Baltimore, MD will be hosting the 40th Annual ICNA/MAS convention Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, 2015.
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is part of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) network in the U.S., and was listed as an affiliated organization in the seized MB document, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America”. The Muslim American Society (MAS) claims to have no affiliation with the MB, but in 2004 then-Secretary General of MAS, Shaker Elsayed, was quoted as saying, “Ikhwan [Brotherhood] members founded MAS…”
This years convention is listing 26 featured speakers to include:
Imam Siraj Wahhaj – Vice President of ISNA and the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brookyn, New York. Wahhaj has also held positions with the following Muslim Brotherhood (MB) organizations: North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), the American Muslim Council (AMC) and the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA). Wahhaj was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Naeem Baig – President of ICNA and the chairman of the American Muslim Taskforce (AMT), an umbrella body of 10 national American Muslim organizations. According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW), “The AMT today is comprised of the most important U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Muslim American Society (MAS). Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle Of North America (ICNA), Islamic Society Of North America (ISNA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the Muslim Student Association (MSA).”
Dr. Jamal Badawi – a professor at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Badawi holds high level positions in a number of MB organizations. The GMBDW notes, “Documents released during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial indicate that he was (and probably still is), a member of the leadership structure of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.“
Sh. Yusuf Islahi – a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) party of India. In 2010 the Investigative Report on Terrorism (IPT) reported that JIH supports Islamic rule over politics/the economy and has backed terrorism against American troops and in the Middle East. At the time of the report, Islahi was noted to be a member of the governing board of the JIH party of India.
Dr. Mukhtar Maghraoui – reported to be with the Islamic Center Boca Raton (ICBR) Maghraoui, is a former member of the Fiqh Council of North America – an organization comprised of Islamic scholars associated with the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A 2014 article in The Clarion Project links the ICBR to MB groups.
Sh. Abdool Rehman Khan – chairman of the Shari’ah Council of Islamic Circle of North America and a member of the Fiqh Council of North America.
Imam Suhaib Webb – Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cultural Center (ISBCC) and former education director of the Muslim American Society (MAS). His MB ties were featured in a December 2011 GMBDW report.
Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed – the GMBDW advises, “Yasmin Mogahed is also the sister of Dahlia Mogahed, formerly a Faith Advisor to US President Obama and close to Saudi-funded Georgetown Professor John Esposito, himself a long-time supporter of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Yasmin Mogahed is a regular speaker on the Global Muslim Brotherhood speaking circuit.”
Dr. Altaf Husain – former two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), a current executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), ISNA Vice President-US, and a board member of the Peaceful Families Project. We reported in May 2015, The Peaceful Families Project board also includes Salma Elkadi Abugideiri and Muna AbuSulayma, the daughters of two major MB leaders.
Imam Khalid Griggs– Imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life at Wake Forest University, and Board Chair of the ICNA Council for Social Justice. A 2012 article in the Creeping Sharia blog highlights Griggs’ radical affiliations including being “a member of the Shura Council for the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), an organization co-founded and led by Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.” In Jan 2015, the Washington Times reported about a call for a Wake Forest University donor boycott until the university addressed the 2010 hiring of Griggs and his radical ties.
Dalia Mogahed – Formerly a Faith Advisor to US President Obama , The IPT notes that she is “a tenacious defender of groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).” We reported on her scheduled June 2015 video appearance at the MSA National Retreat.
Nihad Awad – National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, DC.. The IPT offers a number of reports on CAIR’s link to the MB.
Nahela Alexandra Morales – leader of ICNA’s WHY-ISLAM Hispanic Outreach to Mexico.
Sr. Saadia Z. Yunus – daughter of past ICNA president (1977 – 2000), Dr. Mohammad Yunus.
Qasim Mazhar – Operations Manger for ICNA’S youth branch, Young Muslims.
The ICNA’s Young Muslims will be holding their convention, Lost in Whispers, at the same dates and location.
Some past convention highlights:
According to an IPT report, at the 2000 convention Tayyib Yunus, then leader of the Young Muslims branch and son of former ICNA president Dr. Mohammad Yunus, urged ICNA members to send their children to fight in jihad:
“The youth is very important, as parents, for us to facilitate the youth. And, we all want to see our youth to succeed to become doctors, to become engineers; but how many of you can actually say that you want to send your son to Jihad, to Chechnya ? How many of you can actually say that? [Takbir! Allahu Akbar!] How many of you can actually say that you want to send your child [He begins to sob] Takbir! Allahua Akbar! Takbir! Allahua Akbar! [He cries uncontrollably now, after a delay, he begins to speak again] How many of you can actually say that you want to send your youth to fight in Jihad or to send them to Azhar or to these Islamic Institutions to become educated?” [Emphasis added]
“The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi.
They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
– Zaid Shakir
2013 ICNA Convention, Hartford, CT
On April 23, 2014, the Interfaith Dialogue: Do Not Hate Your Brother in Your Heart event was hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and presented by Cleveland Jewish News. It featured Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of Beachwood’s Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and Imam Mohammed Magid of the Islamic Society of North America in Washington, DC. The promo states that both, ” .. have been leading initiatives for interfaith dialogue for a decade and have been honored widely for collaboration between synagogue and mosque.”
The two apparently have an interesting roadshow. In 2009, both were featured Washingtonians of the Year by Washingtonian magazine.
In RenewAmerica, columist Tabitha Korol covered the Maltz hosted event and starting off with Rabbi Nosanchuk, she wrote:
Rabbi Nosanchuk spoke first. His leadership of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of diverse religious groups, seemed inclusive and therapeutic, but out of focus with the needs of Jews worldwide and Israel. He feigned ignorance about the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) that is perilous for Jewish university students across the US, most egregiously on the University of California campuses, where forty protesters bullied, harassed and blocked Jewish students from entering a university administrative building; where the president of the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) hosted an event that spoke of killing Israeli “colonizers,” and where Jewish students have been physically attacked.
Palestinian students at Boston’s Northeastern University defaced a campus menorah, disrupted Jewish events, and frightened students for a year before they were finally suspended. Thirty-nine corrupt Vassar faculty members, administration and detached citizens, signed a libelous letter supporting an academic boycott of Israel. Threats, harassment, intimidation and assaults on Jewish students are now a California tradition that is spreading across the country, yet this rabbi not aware.
Ms. Korol then continued with Mohammed Magid, noting:
Imam Mohammad Magid spoke of his family, his long friendship with the rabbi, and his leadership in ISNA, the largest Muslim organization in America. ISNA traces its1963 origin to several US and Canadian organizations, including the Muslim Student Association (MSA), whose attacks against Jewish students are infamous. In the Holy Land Foundationterrorist-financing case, ISNA, the United States Department of Justice, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the North American Islamic Trust, were named unindicted co-conspirators and one of a number of “members of the US Muslim Brotherhood” with ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine and Hamas, extremists and terrorists.
Since October 2003, Magid and ISNA have been providing US Bureau of Prisons with extreme orthodox Wahhabi Muslim clerics who promote their radical political, ideological and theological foundation, and connecting them to 50 to 79 percent of mosques in North America. Three-quarters of “charitable” funding to ISNA supports warriors (irregular combatants – terrorists) who volunteer to fight for the Cause of Allah.
Her article pointed out that Iman Magid’s presentation during the event was filled with false narratives, yet Rabbi Nosanchuk remained silent – never challenging Iman Magid. She wrote, ” Is Rabbi Nosanchuk bearing false witness against the Torah? His silence lends credibility to the imam’s misrepresentation.“
Korol’s sums it up quite well with:
If some of the audience’s questions had substance, surely the answers did not. We heard nothing of intervention for campus harassment and boycotts; we heard nothing of 22,885 deadly Muslim terrorist attacks committed since 9/11 (to date). Does Magid consider his outreaches successful? Nosanchuk? Maltz? There may well be some who think they heard cooperation between Judaism and Islam, the “religion of peace.” Rather, they attended a step toward P-E-A-C-E, as in:
P – The Project, the Muslim Brotherhood’s 100-year mission to reclaim Islam’s manifest destiny
E – enslavement of all or death
A – acquisition of all land
C – caliphate domination
E – eternal Islam – uber alles.
The full article can be read at: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/korol/140504
COMMENTS/ANALYSIS: Islamic interfaith programs and events in America have been on the rise. Critics claim that most of the Christian and Jewish leaders attending have little grasp the principles of Islam, let alone the goals of the Islamic attendees/participants. In an excellent article featured in the New Oxford review, William Kilpatrick pointed out, “It is difficult to see what benefits these faith alliances bring to Catholics, but they provide a number of benefits to Muslims. The benefit of having Catholic schools and colleges act as apologists for Islam is obvious and is, by the way, a favor that is not reciprocated in Islamic schools.”
According to a Clarion article by Ryan Mauro, during last year’s ICNA convention, Zaid Shakir told an audience of 32,000 attendees, “The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen].They won’t be equal with the Muslim.” CulturalJihad last mentioned Iman Shakir in Dining Jihad: MAS Chicago’s 2014 Community Dinner.
One wonders if the creators of the original outreach program envisioned it becoming a propaganda tool for Islamic special interest groups falling under the Muslim Brotherhood.
Clicking on the link results in a page index of American Muslims with links to about 30 online articles by the U.S. State Department.
While the latest religious demographic information for the United States shows Muslims compose roughly 0.6 % of the population, the U.S. State Department works with the international community.
Keeping this in mind, the current breakdown of world religions according to the Pew Research center shows Christians being most prevalent at 31% followed by Muslims composing 23%.
A search of the Embassy website for “American Christians” (the quotes were used to match exactly on the phrase) showed 11 results.
A similar search was made on the phrase “American Muslims” with the result of 387 results.
The Pew Research center data shows a global population that is 15% Hindu and a search of “American Hindus” showed 2 results on the Embassy/State Department website.
To round out this little exercise, a search for “American Jews” did result in 15 results.
What does all this searching signify? -Absolutely nothing … well, almost nothing …
There was a definite department focus on presenting American Muslim “fluff” articles in 2014. Almost all those listed in the link tweeted by CAIR show publication dates of April 1, 2014.
Was it part of an organized PR campaign pushed by Islamist backed special interest groups? Probably. The U.S. State Department and satellite agencies have provided a comfortable home for a number of individuals that promote an Islamist agenda.
Have your doubts of the influence? The State Department produced and funded the video “American Muslims: Who Are American Muslims?” – part of a four-part series on American Muslims.
The start of this campaign can be traced back to the outreach effort started by President Bush/Secretary of State Rice to provide U.S. Embassies and Consular officers with a publication – Being Muslim In America – to alleviate fears that Muslims were actually being persecuted in the United States.
Of special note: The U.S. State Department has never produced a similar pamphlet for other faiths, let alone work a program at the level that resulted in the recent media releases.
A quick scan of the articles being pushed brings up some serious concerns as to what exactly the U.S. State Department is supporting … or if they even have a clue what is being promoted by them (with U.S. tax dollars). A couple of examples:
o A profile of Abdul Malik Mujahid is included under the What Do American Muslims Do? section. It starts off with:
“Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid is a man of many titles: former chair of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; current chair of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions; and the founder and president of Sound Vision Foundation, a leading producer of educational materials about Islam.”
What the profile doesn’t mention is that Mujahid is also the former president of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). In a 1995 speech at the
annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Columbus, Ohio he said:
“Qital [killing] is an essential element of Islam. And sometimes you don’t like it. Qital is ordained upon you, though it is hateful to you, but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you …. And one example is, now we have 60 or so Muslim countries, and not a single one of them wants to go for Qital and Jihad for Bosnia. Qital is ordained upon you though it is hateful to you.”
We made mention of Mujahid and his company, Sound Vision, in our post, Accused Islamic terror supporter featured speaker to Detroit Muslim youth.