There are two names prominently found on the Tamarac, Florida-based Alazhar School website. One is that of the school’s principal, Dina Ibrahim, and the other is that of the school’s administrator, imam and finance officer, Trinidad-born Nabil el-Shukri. Recently el-Shukri took to the fundraising site GoFundMe to ask for money for a school expansion project. Given the terror-related background of el-Shukri and the extremism coming from a number of Alazhar teachers, any expansion of the school presents an increased threat to the community.
Nabil el-Shukri first arrived in the United States in late 1995, when he, along with his mother and siblings (three sisters and a brother), was summoned to come to Brooklyn, New York by his father, Gulshair Muhammad el-Shukri-Jumah (Shukrijumah). Gulshair, then-missionary for the Saudi Arabian government, found himself in the middle of a federal terrorism trial dealing with the February 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Gulshair had been involved with the main mosque associated in the bombing, Masjid Al-Farooq, and had ties to the spiritual leader of the attack, ‘Blind Sheikh’ Omar Abdel-Rahman, and the explosives supplier for the attackers, Clement Rodney Hampton-El. Both Abdel-Rahman and Hampton-El received convictions for their roles in the bombing, and immediately following their January 1996 sentencing, Gulshair ushered his family out of New York and into South Florida.
In May 2001, el-Shukri’s brother, Adnan, left the United States for Trinidad. Following the September 11 attacks, a number of al-Qaeda terrorists in US custody, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, identified Adnan as a key al-Qaeda operative. Years later, Adnan would serve as a Senior Commander for al-Qaeda. As head of al-Qaeda’s external operations, Adnan was in charge of the September 2009 plot to conduct multiple suicide bombings in the New York City subway system. In December 2014, Adnan was killed during a pre-dawn raid conducted by the Pakistani military in South Waziristan.
While Nabil el-Shukri cannot be blamed for his family’s past, his own past – and present – is rife with Islamist extremism. This includes his MySpace page, myspace.com/onsitedesigns, named for el-Shukri’s former graphic design and printing company. Today, apart from a photo of el-Shukri, the page is restricted from public view. Previously, though, everyone was able to see its disturbing content.
There were the graphics containing black al-Qaeda flags. There was the poster of a Hamas militant with an upraised rifle on a horse watching Jerusalem burn in the distance, with the threatening slogan (in Arabic), “Oh Jerusalem, we are coming.” And there was the graphic containing images of dead and captured US troops. The graphic was taken from the Iraqi terrorist site albasrah.net. The site features a number of photos of masked jihadis brandishing rocket launchers. One photo on the site depicts an Iraqi boy in front of a burning car proudly holding up a leaflet, which states (in Arabic), “Fallujah, the cemetery of the Americans.”
In his position as administrator of Alazhar School, el-Shukri was interviewed for a video produced by al-Hikmat, the media arm of the Pembroke Pines, Florida-based Darul Uloom Institute mosque. The video was published in June 2011. Later that same year, in December 2011, a link was placed on the homepage of the Alazhar website to al-Hikmat’s site and remained there until July 2014.
Darul Uloom has numerous links to al-Qaeda terrorists, starting with el-Shukri’s brother, Adnan, who was a prayer leader there. “Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla was a student at Darul Uloom. And Darul Uloom Arabic teacher Imran Mandhai, along with fellow mosque attendees Hakki Aksoy and Shueyb Mossa Jokhan, hatched an operation at Darul Uloom to blow up power stations, Jewish businesses, and a National Guard armory.
Currently, el-Shukri is looking for assistance to expand his school, $500 thousand of assistance. Computer photos from the expansion project depict a brand-new, attractive and technologically sound infrastructure. However, the city of Tamarac and all those who are effected by the school’s presence need to determine whether or not the school should exist in the first place. And Nabil el-Shukri is not the only concern about Alazhar. There are dangerous radicals within the ranks of its teachers, as well.
One, a third grade teacher whom the school has promoted, is children’s book author and black power advocate Tauheedah Stephens. This past August, Stephens posted on her Facebook page a video from the anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-gay Black Times, making the outrageous claim that sex hormones placed in produce have caused homosexuality to “run rampant.” Other videos on the Black Times site mock Orthodox Jews and teach how to build homemade guns. Last month, Stephens promoted on Facebook a cartoon book in support of the violent Black Panther Party being marketed to young children, titled ‘The ABCs of the Black Panther Party.’
Azza Ibrahim is a former kindergarten teacher at Alazhar School. Today, she works at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy (NUIA), a children’s school with past links to Hamas. Ibrahim is very public about her support for the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. She posts innumerable graphics onto social media featuring Brotherhood symbols and leadership. She, as well, has posted images denouncing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, one of him draped in American and Israeli flags and one threatening his life with him staring at a hangman’s noose. Last month, she posted a photo of herself along with a graphic of Israel covered completely in a Palestinian flag.
It is more than apparent that the people involved with Alazhar School have very extreme backgrounds and beliefs. This, in itself, should be a concern to law enforcement and the local community. The proposed expansion of the school would only serve to further Alazhar’s Islamist agenda and indoctrinate more students.
That Alazhar is allowed to exist in America is a glaring example of how some within the Muslim community exploit constitutional rights to wage jihad under the guise of an educational institution. Alazhar poses a clear and present danger to national security. It should be closed down immediately and its personnel be investigated for promoting and glorifying terrorism.
Alazhar School should not be expanded. It should be demolished and its GoFundMe page deleted.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.