MSA National Retreat to Feature Muslim Brotherhood and Homeland Security Speakers
The Muslim Students Association (MSA) will be holding it’s National Leadership Retreat (NLR), June 2-7 2015 at Camp Lindenmere in Henryville, PA
MSA’s Facebook page states that the NLR is a “critical platform that” will:
- Provide participants with personal development opportunities
- Allow participants to network with other activists and MSA Officers from different parts of the nation. This network will become a critical resource of support that participants can use beyond the Retreat for their personal and institutional development
- Create opportunities to exchange best practices, challenges and solutions participants might be experiencing on the local level
- Connect local MSA activists and officers with the new vision, mission and leadership of MSA National
Scheduled speakers include:
Dr. Altaf Hussain – former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National), a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Peaceful Families Project – dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. Dr. Hussain was recently elected the Vice President of ISNA in 2014.
Dalia Mogahed (by video) – chairman and CEO of Mogahed Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based executive coaching and consulting firm specializing in Muslim societies and the Middle East. She is former executive director of and senior analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslims worldwide, including in the U.S. and Europe. With John L. Esposito, Ph.D., she is coauthor of the book “Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.”
Corey Saylor – legislative director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus – frequent Islamic teacher and lecturer. Past instructor at Zaytuna Institute.
Ehsan Zaffar – a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security where he advises the Office of the Secretary on civil rights and civil liberties issues. He teaches courses at the intersection of national security, homeland security and civil rights/civil liberties.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The Muslim Students Association (MAS) was formed in 1963 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood which explains the backgrounds for most of the speakers.
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- Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, the daughter of the late Ahmed Elkadi – former leader of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (1984-94).
- Muna AbuSulayma, former general secretary of the charitable foundation of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and daughter of global Muslim Brotherhood leader Dr. AbdulHamid Abu Sulayman.
- Imam Magid, Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia and served as the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
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Dalia Mogahed’s affiliation with the MB is not as clear. The Global Muslim Daily Watch notes:
Dahlia Mogahed was born in Egypt and lived in the U.S. since the age of 5. She is the daughter of Elsayed Mogahed, an Egyptian immigrant who is a former engineering scientist at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Islamic Center of Madison (ICM). The website of the ICM links mainly to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations and Souheil Ghannouchi, the President of the Muslim American Society (MAS), close to the Egyptian Brotherhood, was ICM Imam and President for several years.
Mogahed has been a vocal supporter of other MB front groups and other Islamists according to a 2010 Investigative Project report.
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Corey Saylor has been with CAIR for over ten years. CAIR’s ties to the the MB was firmly established through documents seized during the Holy Land Foundation investigation regarding terrorist funding.
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Dept. of Homeland Security representative Ehsan Zaffar is a frequent speaker at Muslim and Arab-American focused events.