Mishkah Islamic University of North America says it aspires â€œto be a leading global provider of authentic Islamic knowledge.â€ It is an online school offering degrees in Islamic studies with a regional office in Cairo, Egypt. It was originally named the Sharia Academy of America, but changed its name in 2011 when it merged with the International University of Latin America.
Sheikh Salah Al-Sawy is the President of the University and one of its founders. He is the Secretary-General of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA). Hatem Al-Haj, another AMJA scholar, is the dean of the College of Islamic Studies, English. AMJAâ€™s website is also listed under the â€œUseful Linksâ€ section of the Universityâ€™s website. AMJA and the websites of Al-Sawy and Al-Haj are the only ones listed as sources for fatwas (religious edicts).
Shahin raised money for the Al-Qaeda front called the Global Relief Foundation and the Hamas front called the Holy Land Foundation. He said he raised $7,000 for the Holy Land Foundation in November 2001 alone before it was closed down. Shahin was also a representative for Kind Hearts, another charity that was shut down for financing Hamas. He also says that ICT hosted Islamic Association for Palestine conferences, a pro-Hamas creation of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
On October 4, 2002, Shahin said in a sermon, â€œProphet Mohammed peace be upon him said:Â â€˜You will keep on fighting with the JewsÂ until the fight reaches the east of Jordan river then the stones and trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh (servant) slaves of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him â€¦â€™â€
Shahin defended the mosqueâ€™s involvement with Bin Laden in the 1980s, saying â€œOsama bin Laden was made in America. Our government was sponsoring and supporting him. We are following our government.â€ He also believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories saying, â€œI think the [9/11] investigation is not headed in the right direction. They are focusing on the Arabs, the Muslims. And all the evidence shows that the Muslims are not involved in this terrorist act.â€ He suggested that the FBI and CIA staged the attacks.
In 2006, Shahin was one of six imams that were removed from a flight for suspicious behavior. The imams then sued U.S. Airways for discrimination.
 â€œAbout Us,â€ Mishkah Islamic University of North America website, http://www.mishkahuniversity.com/index.php/about-us/.
 â€œDr. Salah AsSawy,â€ Mishkah Islamic University of North America website, http://www.mishkahuniversity.com/index.php/dr-salah-assawy/
 â€œUseful Links,â€ Mishkah Islamic University of North America website, http://www.mishkahuniversity.com/index.php/students/useful-links/
 â€œBoard,â€ Mishkah Islamic University of North America website, http://www.mishkahuniversity.com/index.php/about-us/executive-team/
 Wichner, David, “Mosque aids group accused of Hamas tie,” Arizona Daily Star, November 18, 2001.
 Lisa Getter, Chuck Neaubauer and Robert J. Lopez. â€œIslamic American Nonprofits Face Increased Scrutiny in U.S.,â€ Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2001. http://articles.latimes.com/2001/nov/04/news/mn-79/2
 â€œOmar Shahinâ€™s ICT Lectures,â€ Americans Against Hate, http://www.americansagainsthate.org/Omar_Shahin’s_ICT_Lectures.htm
 Getter, Neaubauer and. Lopez, 2001.
 Wagner, Dennis and Tom Zoellner. â€œU.S. Muslims Torn Between Love of Islam and America,â€ Arizona Republic, November 4, 2001.
 The Arizona Republic, Sept. 28, 2001, as reported in â€œExposing the â€˜Flying Imamsâ€ by M. Zuhdi Jasser, Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2008, p. 3-11, http://www.meforum.org/1809/exposing-the-flying-imams
 Jasser, M. Zuhdi. â€œExposing the â€˜Flying Imams,â€ Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2008, p. 3-11, http://www.meforum.org/1809/exposing-the-flying-imams
 â€œContact Us,â€ Mishkah Islamic University of North America website, http://www.mishkahuniversity.com/index.php/contacts/