Masjid al-Salam Islamic Society of Tulsa: FBI Report Ties to Muslim Brotherhood, ISNA, NAIT

Captain Paul Fields of the Tulsa Police was suspended and then transferred for refusing to order his officers to attend an event at the Masjid al-Salam, the Islamic Society of Tulsa (IST). Masjid al-Salam means Mosque of Peace Be Upon You (or something very close). In the IST constitution, on their website, they say they have a “continuous affiliation with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).” The ISNA is an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trials (they collected charitable funds and funneled the money to Hamas and others), as is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), who owns IST. It is believed the NAIT is funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Video below.

Islamic Society of Tulsa

Here are the questions we need answers to:

Does/did Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan know about Islamic Society of Tulsa’s connections to the ISNA, NAIT, and the Muslim Brotherhood when they suspended and reassigned Captain Paul Fields, and then charged him with having an “anti-Islamic agenda?” Did he know it when he and 150 Tulsa police officers shared the hospitality of BBQ chicken and baklava with the Islamic Center of Tulsa? Do un-indicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation terrorism funding trials mean nothing to Tulsa law enforcement? Do FBI reports mean nothing? It doesn’t matter whether mosque goers are seen as peaceful members of the community. The Masjid al-Salam Islamic Society of Tulsa has terrorist ties. Z Truth has the story of the anti-Islamic agenda charge against Fields and some good commentary.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism on FBI information:

The Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) roots in the Muslim Brotherhood have been strengthened by newly declassified FBI memos and from a second, highly unlikely source.

The records, recently obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism through Freedom of Information Act requests, show that FBI agents investigated a parent organization to ISNA, the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), during the mid 1980s.

The FBI investigation concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood members who founded U.S.-based groups had risen to “leadership roles within NAIT and its related organizations,” including ISNA, “which means they are in a position to direct the activities and support of Muslims in the U.S. for the Islamic Revolution.” The FBI memo also said that:

“Within the organizational structure of NAIT, there have been numerous groups and individuals identified as being a part of a covert network of revolutionaries who have clearly indicated there (sic) support for the Islamic Revolution as advocated by the AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI and his government as well as other fanatical Islamic Shiite fundamentalist leaders in the Middle East. This faction of Muslims have declared war on the United States, Israel and any other country they deem as an enemy of Islam. The common bond between these various organizations is both religious and political with the underlying common goal being to further the holy war (Islamic Jihad).”

According to the Tulsa County Property Assessor, IST is owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Both ISNA and NAIT were named by the U.S. Justice Department, as recently as November 2008, as a party to the financing of millions of dollars to the terrorist organization Hamas.
The Islamic Society of Tulsa gained national attention in 2006 when a member wrote a letter to the liberal Tulsa World which was printed on October 29, 2006. Jamal Miftah is the Muslim we all look for, and want to hear more from. In his letter he took on Ayman al-Zawahiri, second in power to Osama bin Laden. Zawahiri had released his famous video of condemnation of the publishing of the cartoon of Mohammed. Here is a portion of Miftah’s response:
“Even mosques and Islamic institutions in the U.S. and around the world have become tools in [terrorists’] hands and are used for collecting funds for their criminal acts.”
Urban Tulsa Weekly writer Michael D. Bates, of the esteemed BatesLine interviewed Miftah:
Miftah was not condemning all mosques, but was referring, for example, to Brooklyn’s al-Farooq mosque, which had been an incubator for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and to a mosque in Bridgeview, Illinois, which had been investigated for funneling money to terrorist organizations….
On November 18, 2006 Miftah had the first run-in with mosque officials when they approached him and accused him of being anti-Muslim. A friend rescued him from a crowd of 10-15, some raising their shoes and cursing him. You can see from the comment by Miftah to Bates, that he clearly thought in American Islam would be different, and if it was not, his fellow Muslims would “appreciate” his “research and writing….” To me, that is a profound statement. We know Muslims like Miftah are here in our midst, but seldom do we have it confirmed.
Miftah told me he was shocked by the incident. “At least here, I thought there would be more appreciation from the mosque and IST; that at least some member is taking the pain of doing some research and writing… On the contrary it was a totally different reaction.” He says that friends of his who are long-time contributing members of IST were just as shocked.

Miftah called Tulsa police and filed a report. The mosque obtained a restraining order against him, not to be lifted until an apology was given at that Friday’s prayers. Miftah attended the prayer service, not knowing about the restraining order, until an official announced it and the “anti-Islamic things” Miftah had done. Apparently Miftah did not issue the apology, and the congregation was told he would be arrested if was seen on mosque property.

Eventually word got back to Miftah that he was welcome to come back to the mosque if he created no further “disturbances.” Miftah said he would consider returning if officials publicly said he was not anti-Muslim, never made a disturbance and that the mosque did not have the authority to keep him from attending.

Apparently, Miftah did go back to his mosque, because BatesLine published a petition by Miftah against the IST. He and six others wanted “monthly accounts” to be made public, said the mosque was operating in “grey areas” and specifically there was concern about cash donations coming in to IST:

Jamal Miftah further made it clear to the Shura [governing body] that he was concerned that this type of financial activity would damage Muslims in the USA and the World and “convey yet another wrong message to the world about Islam and Islamic organizations.” Jamal Miftah received no response and the Shura refused to adopt transparent accounting practices.

The petition alleges the NAIT, which “holds title to the real property of local mosques,” funds the mosque, and NAIT is “largely” funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The suit says IST, ISNA and NAIT have a policy of “intimidating dissident Muslims, by assault, by defamation…putting dissidents in danger of assassination via official or vigilante action with false claims of apostasy.” See a video interview with Miftah below.

The complaint (Case No. CJ 2007-04083) linked above includes charges of  defamation, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

I don’t know the resolution, or if a resolution is to be expected in a “complaint” or “petition,” but I offer the Jamal Miftah story to give you a feel for this mosque sitting in a quiet neighborhood in what was once a neighborhood elementary school – where a friend who lives just down the street says mosque goers routinely park on both sides of the streets, often going in the wrong direction, in front of fire hydrants and sometimes on the sidewalks (although calls to police have pretty much discouraged sidewalk parking).

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan attended a seminar in Israel in April. He was one of 15 law enforcement “leaders” to receive an invitation from the Anti-Defamation League. Maybe Israel saw the insane treatment of Captain Fields and thought Jordan needed some retraining. Jordan says he now has “a more global perspective on combating terrorism in our country.”

“We need to make it so it’s not so difficult for our citizens to get us information on anti-terror matters, on crime matters, anything,” he said.

The delegation met with several security agencies, including the Israeli security agency, Shin Bet, the Israeli Defense Force and the border police. The group also spent a day at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Jordan said one of the most significant things he observed on the trip was the role that all Israelis play in fighting terrorism. Source: Tulsa World

Captain Paul Fields has not been reinstated since this April meeting the Chief attended. Perhaps Jordan doesn’t understand that Israelis fight terrorism ONLY AGAINST ISLAMISTS. The ISNA and the NAIT are Islamist organizations.  The NAIT owns the Tulsa mosque. The Islamic Society of Tulsa is affiliated with the ISNA. The FBI says the ISNA and the NAIT are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. This police department is every Islamists dream.

Jamal Miftah Interview – Kicked Out of Islamic Center of Tulsa, the Masjid al-Salam Mosque (video – 11/2006)

Thanks to The Neo-Conservative Right for linking and adding to the story.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook