Islamist Organizations

  • American Muslim council (AMC)

  • American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

    AMP provides training, infrastructure, money, and logistical support to the college Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israeli products and companies. Chiefly, AMP has given extensive support to SJP, the most extreme BDS-supporting campus organization. AMP's board is full of alumni of Muslim-Brotherhood-linked organizations such as IAP, UASR, and HLF. Notable examples include Osama Abu Irshad (late of IAP and UASR) and Salah Sarsour (who was convicted by an Israeli court of raising money for Hamas through the HLF).

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

    The United States government named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator to fund the terrorist group Hamas. A federal judge found "ample evidence" of CAIR's link to Hamas. The U.S. identified CAIR as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee. "The FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner." CAIR's current executive director, Nihad Awad, participated in a secret 1993 meeting of Hamas members and sympathizers, according to FBI wiretaps – one year later, Awad became a founding member of CAIR.

  • Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF)

    The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) is a now-defunct charitable trust, originally established in 1988 as the "Occupied Land Fund" by Muslim Brotherhood operatives. In November 2008, HLF officials were convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the terror group Hamas. According to the indictment, total aid to Hamas from 1988 to 2004 exceeded $57 million.

  • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

    The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is one of the many Islamist institutions set up by MSA and ISNA. A think tank, IIIT publishes scholarship and organizes educational conferences in close collaboration with U.S. universities, but with the overall goal of advancing the cause of Islamism. IIIT was mentioned in the famous 1991 "Explanatory Memorandum" by Mohammed Akram, a leading officer of the Muslim Brotherhood, where it was described as a Brotherhood-allied organization.

  • Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)

    The Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) is a now-defunct nonprofit that ostensibly created awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, chiefly by publishing allegedly factual news items that were supposedly blacklisted by hostile Western media. In fact, IAP was a media-relations arm of Hamas in the U.S. It was founded in 1981 by Musa Abu Marzook, the Hamas operative who would later finance HLF, and Sami al-Arian, who would become the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

  • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

    ICNA, the Islamic Circle of North America, is closely tied to the Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami and aims for "the establishment of Islam in all spheres of life." Its conferences are characterized by radical speakers, and its indoctrination process and handbook drill home the notion that Islamic rule must be instituted. ICNA Relief, its humanitarian wing, has promoted jihad donations and funded a Pakistani charity financing Hamas.

  • Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

    ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, was an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal prosecution of the Hamas-funding Holy Land Foundation. It was listed in a Muslim Brotherhood memorandum as one of "our organizations and the organizations of our friends." Based on its long record of advancing the Islamist worldview, ISNA has been described as "one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States."

  • Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)

    MANA, the Muslim Alliance in North America, is led by Siraj Wahhaj, who was named in a federal prosecutor's list of "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Other senior members have included Luqman Ameen Abdullah, a radical imam shot to death after opening fire during an FBI raid, and Kenny Gamble, a record producer reportedly assembling a "black Muslim enclave" in South Philadelphia.

  • Muslim American Society (MAS)

    According to a brief from federal prosecutors, MAS, the Muslim American Society, "was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." Evidence points to a very close relationship with the global Brotherhood. Its officials have praised jihad and spoken glowingly of the quest for an Islamic state, prompting one researcher to view MAS as "a major component of the 'Wahhabi lobby'" in the U.S.

  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

    MPAC, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It has whitewashed the Brotherhood's radicalism and questioned the terrorist labels for Hamas and Hezbollah, even as it lamented that the same designation has not been applied to Israel. MPAC seeks to tie the hands of law enforcement with respect to combating Islamic terrorism.

  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)

    The Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA) was established in 1963 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the most significant of whom were Dr. Hisham Altalib, Jamal Barzinji, and Ahmed Totanji. Since then, MSA provided organizational support for the creation of ISNA, ICNA, IIIT, NAIT, and many other Islamist organizations in the United States. As an organization for college students, MSA has been at the forefront of the effort to radicalize and Islamize American universities.

  • North American Imam's Federation (NAIF)

    The North American Imam's [sic] Federation (NAIF) is a consortium of imams in the U.S. and Canada that provides professional support and advocacy on behalf of its members. It was founded in 2003 and formally registered in 2004. NAIF has been active in setting up Islamic jurisprudence organizations that are noted for their Salafist views.

  • North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)

    The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) describes itself as a wakf, or Islamic trust for the perpetual endowment of mosques, Islamic schools, and communal institutions. In practice, it does not merely endow these institutions, but exerts ideological control to enforce its brand of extremist Islamism. NAIT was mentioned in the famous 1991 "Explanatory Memorandum" by Mohammed Akram, a leading officer of the Muslim Brotherhood, where it was described as a Brotherhood-allied organization.

  • SAAR Network (SAAR)

    The SAAR Network (SAAR) and the Safa Group (SAFA) are both terms used to refer to a group of associated nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and asset-management companies, which often shared officers or members of the board, and were often registered to the same addresses. The Network served as a money-laundering conduit for al-Qaida and other terror groups.

  • Safa Group (SAFA)

    The SAAR Network (SAAR) and the Safa Group (SAFA) are both terms used to refer to a group of associated nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and asset-management companies, which often shared officers or members of the board, and were often registered to the same addresses. The Network served as a money-laundering conduit for al-Qaida and other terror groups.

  • United Association for Studies and Research (UASR)

    The United Association for Studies and Research (UASR) was founded in 1989 by senior Hamas operative Musa Abu Marzook (who also funded the establishment of HLF), as the media-relations headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States. While as a public entity the UASR appears to be defunct, many former leaders of UASR went on to positions within CAIR, including Anisa Abdel-Fattah (AKA Caroline F. Keeble), Mohamed Nimer, and Nabil Sadoun, who was deported in 2010 after not disclosing his ties to UASR on his visa application.

  • World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY)

    The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is the world's largest Islamic youth organization. Founded in 1972 in Saudi Arabia, by Muslim Brotherhood member Kamal Helwaby, it has satellite organizations in over 50 countries. The U.S. branch was founded in 1992 in Falls Church, VA, by Abdullah bin Laden, nephew of Osama bin Laden. It was closed in 2004 after being raided by Federal agents.

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