Apostolic succession is a Christian doctrine: it is the idea that the bishops are successors of the apostles and derive their authority from those apostles. Catholicism and Orthodoxy, as well as the ancient Oriental Churches and some others, hold that only those bishops who hold a valid succession from an apostle have any legitimate authority in the Church.
Apostolic succession is not an Islamic doctrine. Yet Imad Enchassi, the imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), which the jihad beheader Jah’Keem Yisrael attended, claims to have a “certificate of ‘Apostolic Succession.'” He says his certificate is “earned by a selected few,” but doesn’t say where or how he earned it, or from whom. Which apostle did Imad Enchassi succeed? Where is his see? As far as I know he is not a Christian, much less a bishop, priest or deacon. He mentions this “certificate” in connection with his education, and yet his education is all Islamic. There is no apostolic succession in Islam.
Enchassi is the chairman of Islamic studies and “Chaplin” at Oklahoma City University. (Does he occupy the coveted “Charlie Chaplin” post, earned by a selected few?) He is also an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at both Phillips Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology. Enchassi has received the Interfaith Alliance “Community Service Award,” Hamas-linked CAIR’s “Inspiration Award,” the Dialogue Institute’s “Dialogue Award,” the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice’s “Humanitarian Award,” and the Oklahoma Conference of Churches “Interfaith Award.” He was named a “Visionary in Religious and Education Outreach” in The Daily Oklahoman’s Progress Edition.
Question: if a Christian minister had claimed to have attained “Ayatollah status earned by a selected few,” and had the claim displayed prominently in the bio on his church’s website, do you think he would be teaching Christianity at three schools, and be laden with honors and accorded the respect and deference of the community? I don’t think so, either. So why is the obvious charlatan Imad Enchassi so hailed and celebrated in Oklahoma City? Could it be because he reinforces establishment Leftists’ sense of themselves as broad-minded multiculturalists, and tells them all the soothing deceptions they so desperately want to hear?
“About the Imam: Dr. Imam Imad Enchassi,” Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (thanks to Mark):
…In 2004, Enchassi made a career move, turning his previous part-time volunteering activities into a full time commitment by becoming the founder and executive director of the Mercy Education Foundation – a multi-million dollar project creating the first accredited Islamic school of Oklahoma City. During that time, he also became the founder, imam and president of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC). In that role, he studied overseas at the Daawa University Institute and the University Institute for Islamic Studies in Lebanon, where he received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degree in Islamic Studies. In addition, he earned a certificate of “Apostolic Succession” earned by a selected few.
Besides being the senior Imam at ISGOC, the chairman of Islamic studies and Chaplin [sic] at Oklahoma City University, an adjunct professor of Islamic studies at both Phillips Theological Seminary and St. Paul School of Theology, Enchassi is also in charge of organizing outreach and curriculum with the Muslim and non-Muslim communities throughout the state of Oklahoma. He is a highly sought after public speaker, and he is regularly booked to address audiences at academic institutions, government functions and interfaith events to offer his expertise in Muslim principles, comparative religions, interfaith dialogue and human rights.
Among much recognition, Enchassi has received the Interfaith Alliance “Community Service Award,” CAIR “Inspiration Award,” Dialogue Institute “Dialogue Award,” Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice “Humanitarian Award,” Oklahoma Conference of Churches “Interfaith Award” and was named a “Visionary in Religious and Education Outreach” in The Daily Oklahoman’s Progress Edition.