State: California

Location: Maywood, CA


The Babul Ilm Islamic Center is a Shiite mosque located in Maywood, California.

In 2005, Babul Ilm received a $150,000 loan from the Alavi Foundation which was later converted to a donation. The Alavi Foundation is a known front for the Iranian regime that was used to finance its nuclear program and promote its radical ideology.[1]

In 2009, The Washington Post, reported U.S. officials’ claims that the Alavi Foundation “promotes Tehran’s views on world affairs.”[2] Hamid Azimi, communications director for the Iranian-American Community of Northern California, says the foundation is part of the regime’s “propaganda machine.”[3]


[1]  Meira Svirsky, “Iranian Gov’t Front Group Funded Over 60 Islamic Sites in U.S.,” Clarion Project, July 1, 2013,

[2]  Glenn Kessler, “Prosecutors tie Iran, U.S. assets,” The Washington Post, November 13, 2009,

[3]  Michael B. Farrell, “What’s known about Iran-linked Alavi Foundation?” The Christian Science Monitor, November 14, 2009,



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