The Islamic Association of North Texas, also known as the Dallas Central Mosque, has deleted its webpage discussing its “Islamic Village Project” after a blog wrote about the group’s radical ties.
The IANT had a page about its “Islamic Village Project” on its website, along with a YouTube video, as far back as December 2012. After a blog discussed the organization’s Islamist history, the IANT deleted the page and ended public access to the YouTube video.
According to the deleted page, the “self-sufficient neighborhood” would have an educational complex under the leadership of Imam Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, the Scholar-in-Residence for IANT. IANT’s goal would be to generate over $1 million in revenue annually, in part by leasing over 60,000 square feet of space.
According to his bio, Kavakci is a member of the Shura Council of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group that is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity according to the Justice Department and the Muslim Brotherhood’s own documents.
The government labeled it an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in U.S. history, that of the Holy Land Foundation. When a federal judge upheld the designation in 2009 because of “ample” evidence tying ISNA to the Brotherhood/Hamas network, he noted that the Holy Land Foundation “operated from within ISNA” and financed Hamas through a bank account it held with ISNA.
Kavakci’s bio also says he is a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, an affiliate of ISNA. It was previously an official branch of ISNA. When the Clarion Project reviewed the members of the Fiqh Council, we found that 14 of the 17 officials have strong Islamist backgrounds.
Although Kavakci says he does not follow the Wahhabist interpretation of Islam, he praises the preaching of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi and Hassan al-Turabi, the leader of the Brotherhood in Sudan that has been dubbed "The Pope of Terrorism." He was also a speaker at a tribute in 2004 to Ayatollah Khomeini which called him a “Great Islamic Visionary.”
The Creeping Sharia blog says the director of IANT is Nabil Elibiary and that he is the father of Mohamed Elibiary, currently a senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security. There is a long list of disturbing facts about Mohamed Elibiary, including his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, meetings with relatives of Hamas leaders and intimate ties to the Holy Land Foundation.
In 1999, the Journal of Counterterrorism and Security International wrote that the Dallas Central Mosque/IANT under Kavakci’s spiritual leadership is “considered to be one of the most active centers of Hamas activity in the United States and hosts the leadership and members of both the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) and the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). Both organizations are the primary conduits for Hamas activity and fundraising in the United States.”
The HLF was shut down for financing Hamas after the 9/11 attacks. The IAP was created by the Muslim Brotherhood to support Hamas in the U.S. The IAP was successfully sued in 2004 because its support for Hamas contributed to the killing of an American in Israel in 1996. It has been defunct since 2005.
As for the teaching at the mosque itself, the Dallas Morning News reported in 2005 that the youth had been quizzed on the teachings of Sayyid Qutb, one of the most influential Islamists in history. He was a Brotherhood cleric that inspired Osama Bin Laden.
A 2005 study by Freedom House about Saudi Arabia’s promotion of radical thinking in U.S. mosques found that the “Richardson Mosque,” another name for the Dallas Central Mosque/IANT, was a recipient.
One item discovered was a fatwa, or official Islamic ruling, published and distributed by the Saudi government states:
“It is not right for a Muslim to support the unbelievers, or to ask them to support him against his enemies, they are the enemy, do not trust them … Muslims should not be recruited into their Army, whether they are Arabs or non-Arabs, because the unbeliever is the enemy of the believer.”
A book published by the Saudi government quoted Saudi King Fahd as saying, “[We] consider ourselves to be in a continuous war against the Zionist enemy until we achieve the hopes of the Arab nation driving the occupier out.”
Another text found at IANT’s mosque was published by the Saudi-backed Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America Research Center. It teaches that detailed fatwas are necessary for Muslims in the West because of the risk that they will fall “prey to foreign ideologies” due to “Western colonial power manipulation through education.”
Yet another Saudi government publication found at the mosque taught that Arab nationalism was “created by Westerners and Christians to fight Islam and to destroy it in its own home.” It teaches against nationalism in general as “an apparent aberration, a flagrant ignorance, and a malicious plan against Islam and its people” because it divides Muslims.
Freedom House also found a text that discourages Muslims from reinterpreting their religious teachings “to conform to what came to be known as the Western tradition.”
The publication by the aforementioned Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America Research Center warned that Muslims in the West had “blindly accepted this subordinate position and exposed themselves to some of the worst of the world’s forms of manipulation.”
One would have hoped that Muslims in the West would have discarded the extremist teachings of the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Wahhabism, Qutb and al-Turabi, yet, instead, the Islamist ideology continues to permeate.
And now, if IANT is successful in its endeavors, a purveyor of these teachings will have its own “Islamic Village” with an income of over $1 million every single year.
Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.