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Opponents: Scholar Scheduled to Speak at Local Mosque has Ties to Terror

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - There's a new concern tonight about a religious facility that's dealt with years of controversy. That concern involves the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and a Muslim speaker who's going to be there next month. November 3 the Islamic Center is hosting a forum called God's Books. It includes scholars from various faiths, but there's an email circulating with specific concerns about one of them, a man mosque opponents say has ties to terror. Big questions, and Iman Ossama Bohloul plans to discuss them all next month inside the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Bohloul invited 2 Christian scholars and a Rabbi to speak, but he's getting criticism for his Islamic speaker, former Canadian professor Dr. Jamal Badawi.

Critics say Badawi has connections with radical Islam. J. Lee Douglas' group the 9/12 Project believes Badawi's appearance is a sign the Murfreesboro mosque is more than it advertises. In particular, he's concerned about reports on anti-Islamic websites that claim Badawi was an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal terrorists funding case.

It's a claim to date no member of law enforcement has publicly agreed with and we did some checking on Badawi with the U.S. Attorney's Office. A spokesperson there tells FOX17 NEWS there are no alarms raised by any law enforcement agency concerning the Islamic speaker. Imam Bohlol says it's silly for critics to say his mosque is hiding anything, considering everyone is invited to hear Badawi speak. Terrorist funding case opponents' link to Badawi began in Dallas in the early 2000s.

We reached out to that U.S. Attorney's Office to find out more about what role, if any, Badawi might have had in the case. We are still waiting for their response and will let you know if there's anything concerning.

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