Tampa’s OakTree Institute – Improving U.S. Islamic “Activist” Skills
“These courses are part of the comprehensive curriculum aiming to develop the attributes of the ‘Ideal’ Muslim American Activist Leader.” – OakTree Institute
With the news coverage of the Boston bombing, it was reported that much of the media was missing the Tsarnaev brothers’ ties to the Muslim Students Association (MSA). At this point, little will probably be learned of the actual connection to the MSA – clean-up is well underway, if not already completed.
For the most part, MSA and other Islamic special interest groups are not focused on violent acts in the United States. Terrorist actions tend to be counter-productive to fundraising and the MB’s stated methods towards a goal of the desired “grand Jihad”.
The Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S. (MB) has provided documentary evidence along with member interviews that provide a very clear understanding of their agenda to establish the dominance of Islam and sharia in the west. Subordinate organizations working to this end have been identified and the role of the Muslim American Society (MAS) to act as the MB’s public face was explained.
Mohamed Akram’s An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America, indicated:
“The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.“
Realizing that “settlement” takes several generations, MAS/MB groups in the U.S. work closely with youth and student organizations to educate and groom the next generation of cultural jihadis. The Boston bombing actually caused the postponement of a MAS training event by the OakTree Institute, with offices in Tampa, Florida.
Established in 2011, the OakTree Institute is an Islamic Education and Leadership Development Institute that has been providing lectures, seminars and camps. Their website states it acts as a “leadership academy developing value driven, action focused, results oriented citizens of tomorrow. OakTree Institute is an affiliate of the Muslim American Society (MAS).”
According to the OakTree Institute’s Facebook page:
Courses: Both content and skills based, delivered onsite and online, to understand fundamental Islamic principles that shape the individual, family, and community at large. In addition, an intensive spiritual & character development track will be implemented to build the faith and principles of the young Muslim Activist Leader. These courses are part of the comprehensive curriculum aiming to develop the attributes of the “Ideal” Muslim American Activist Leader. Each course will include expansive reading materials, supplementary video and audio lectures, workbooks, homework assignments and exams to asses the students progress through the course.
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The staff of OakTree includes some familiar names from MAS. The financial officer, Almas Shodhan, had worked for four years as the Head of Finance at Islamic Relief USA. Islamic Relief USA’s activities have been suspicious at best.
OakTree’s listed instructors includes Qatari professor Dr. Jasser Auda, affiliated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and a host of other MB organizations. IIIT was one of many groups associated with the now defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia and raided in 2002 for financing of terrorism. IIIT was also reported to have provided at least $50,000 in funding to a Tampa, Fla.-based group World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), founded by Sami Al-Arian.
OakTree’s board of directors consist of:
AMR ABOUZIED – Doctor of Internal Medicine, Tampa, FL
(past president of MAS Tampa)
AMR MORSY – Anesthesiologist, Wayne, NJ
MOHAMED OSMAN – Cardiologist, Davie, FL
AHMED ABOBAKER MOHAMED – Pediatrician, Lynn Haven, FL
HAYTHAM (S) MOHAMED – Anesthesiologist, Shrewsbury, MA
In regards to Ahmed Abobaker Mohamed, the city of Lynn Haven is adjacent to Panama City, FL. Florida corporate records disclosed that at one time, Dr. Mohamed shared an address with Panama City pediatrician Dr. Yahia Rahim.
In the 1992 Phone Book seized during the Holyland Foundation investigation into terrorist funding, Dr. Rahim (Y. Abdul-Raheem) was listed as the economic head of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Dr. Rahim is currently listed as the NAIT contact for the Bay County Islamic Society and is a director of the the Panama City Advanced School Corporation.
With the MAS affiliation, staff MB connections, and self-described as targeting the “‘Ideal’ Muslim American Activist Leader”, the OakTree Institute presents a disturbing new trend for those concerned about Islamists working through American youth – especially on college campuses.