Clarion Project, Meira Svirsky, February 11, 2013:
NAIT says it is a “historical Islamic equivalent of an American trust or endowment” and “facilitates the realization of American Muslims’ desire for a virtuous and happy life in a Shari’ah-compliant way.” It also “develops financial vehicles and products that are compatible with both the Shari’ah (Islamic law) and the American law.” It says it seeks to unify the Muslim community, “which Islamophobic forces are aiming to subvert.”
NAIT holds the titles of over 325 properties in 42 states. The organization also holds the deeds for about one-fourth of the mosques in the U.S. It says it “does not administer these institutions nor interfere with their daily management, but is available to support and advise them regarding their operation in conformity with the Shariah.” However, the Chicago Tribune has documented how moderate Muslims witnessed an Islamist transformation of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois that included giving the deed to NAIT.
NAIT is closely linked to other Muslim Brotherhood-linked entities. It was founded in Indiana by the Muslim Students Association and is today a “constituent organization” of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).Both have Brotherhood origins. The NAIT website acknowledges the interlocking leadership it has with ISNA.The California branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations transferred $325,000 to NAIT in 2003.NAIT shares its address with the Iman Fund/Allied Asset Advisors.
Declassified FBI memos dated 1987-1988 show that agency investigators identified NAIT as a foreign-financed Muslim Brotherhood front. One memo states:
“As reported above by [name redacted] the IIIT [International Institute of Islamic Thought], NAIT, ISNA and various other Muslim organizations under the direction and control of the IKHWAN [Muslim Brotherhood] in the United States has as its ultimate goal political control of all non-Islamic governments in the world.”
The same FBI memo cites a source that has traveled worldwide on orders of NAIT, ISNA and the International Institute of Islamic Thought. He is “convinced that this organization has a secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the United States.” He said that “the entire organization is structured, controlled and funded by followers and supporters of the Islamic Revolution as advocated by the founders” of Muslim Brotherhoodin Egypt.
Another 1987 FBI memo states that “many” leaders of NAIT support the Iranian Islamic Revolution and the group receives money from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries. It says NAIT is financing those “seeking a separate black nation in the U.S. and have also indicated their support of terrorism in the U.S. to further the revolution.” NAIT’s “support of JIHAD (a holy war) in the U.S.” includes planning and funding anti-American and anti-Israeli demonstrations and publishing propaganda against U.S. foreign policy.
A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategic memorandum lists NAIT as one “of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” It also lists NAIT’s American Trust Publications and Islamic Book Service. The document states that the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” The president of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhoodfrom 1984 to 1994, an Egyptian named Ahmed Elkadi, had also served as president of NAIT.
In 2007, NAIT was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas-fundraising trial of the Holy Land Foundation. The U.S. government listed it among “individuals/entities that are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”
On July 1, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis upheld NAIT’s designation as an unindicted co-conspirator, though he ruled that it should not have been made public. He determined there is “ample” evidence tying NAIT to Hamas. The Holy Land Foundation, for example, transferred money to Hamas through a joint NAIT/ISNA bank account.
One of NAIT’s current trustees is Muzammil Siddiqi, ISNA president from 1997 to 2000 and is still a member at large of ISNA’s board of directors. In 1996, he spoke in support of the Brotherhood doctrine of “gradualism.” He said that Muslims “should participate in the [democratic] system to safeguard our interest and try to bring gradual change for the right cause, the cause of truth and justice. We must not forget that Allah’s rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction.”
In 2001, Siddiqi said: “The criminal law of the Sharia is not practiced here [in America] and it is not even required for Muslims to practice the criminal law in a non-Islamic state… Once more people accept Islam, insha’allah, this will lead to the implementation of Sharia in all areas.” He also criticized Muslims for focusing so much on politics because it won’t “bring Sharia in this country” and accused the U.S. of being anti-Muslim.
Another NAIT trustee is Bassam Osman. A 1988 FBI memo about an ISNA conference he participated in says he was previously identified as one of the “members and leaders of the IKHWAN [Brotherhood]. They are also the organizers and leaders of NAIT and its various subsidiary and sponsoring Muslim organizations.” His name also appears in a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directory of the Board of Directors.
NAIT’s website boasts that it created American Trust Publications in 1976 and that it has published over 100 books, including texts by senior Brotherhood cleric Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, Brotherhood member Sayyid Saabiq, fellow unindicted co-conspirator Jamal Badawi (whose name is in a 1992 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood directory) and Hassan Hathout, a “close disciple” of the original founder of the Brotherhood. NAIT’s Islamic Book Service has advertised “Milestones” by Sayyid Qutb, the Brotherhood preacher that inspired Osama Bin Laden, as a “top seller.”