A division of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), the Audio-Visual Center (AVC) was formally established in 1981 by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) “to provide Muslims with Islamic audiovisual materials of the highest quality and attractiveness.” (One of AVC’s fellow NAIT divisions is the Islamic Book Service.)
In 1983 AVC set up the largest Muslim-owned commercial audiocassette-duplication facility in the United States. Specializing in Qur’anic albums and other Islamic-related recordings, this facility developed a production capacity of 1.2 million cassettes and CDs per year. AVC also cultivated a large capacity for video recording, production, and graphic arts, as well as an in-house printing facility to meet the needs of ISNA and its affiliates. Many of AVC’s books and audio recordings promote Wahhabism, a most extreme form of Islam.
AVC was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document — titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” — as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded “organizations of our friends” that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “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 … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”
Also named in the Muslim Brotherhood document were: