From 28–30 May 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland, this year’s edition of the annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) brought together a large number of Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) leaders, a member of the US Congress, and high-ranking US government officials. According to a post on the ICNA Facebook page:
During the Memorial Day weekend of 2022, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) hosted its 47th annual ICNA-MAS convention in Baltimore, MD. The convention featured over 170 speakers and 200 sessions on wide-ranging topics focused on the theme of “Building a Just Society”.
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The event, historically one of the largest annual Islamic conventions in North America, was held in person for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the ICNA, this year’s sessions covered education, parenting, social justice, Islamic finance, and character development. The ICNA also said that it provided a platform to discuss “social problems such as LGBTQ” and sought to further the development of the Muslim community “without compromising its moral and religious values.” According to the ICNA, the gathering drew more than 22,000 attendants.
The MAS was identified in a report authored by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) editor as a part of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US and closely tied to the Egyptian organization. ICNA is also part of the US Muslim Brotherhood and closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself allied with the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
The conference keynote was delivered by Omar Suleiman, a prominent imam and a regular speaker at GMB events in the US. The convention also featured several high-ranking US government officials and GMB leaders. These included Ilhan Omar, the US Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, and Keith Ellison, the Attorney General of Minnesota who has a long history of cooperation with USMB groups. Prominent US Muslim Brotherhood leaders included Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Oussama Jamal, Secretary-General of the USCMO and long-time leader of New Jersey’s Bridgewater mosque. The Mosque is tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood, whose members raised funds for Hamas-linked charities. Other notable US officials and USMB/GMB leaders included:
- Noha Gaber, Chief Strategy Officer at the US Economic Development Administration
- Saeed Mody, Deputy Associate Attorney General at the US Department of Justice
- Mohsin Ansari, President of the ICNA and Chairman of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)
- Naeem Baig, former President of the ICNA
- Zahra Billoo, the Executive Director of CAIR-San Francisco
- Hatem Bazian, Board Chair of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a Palestinian advocacy group with strong ties to the GMB in the US and to the Hamas support infrastructure in the US.
- Taher Herzallah, AMP Associate Director of Outreach and former AMP Campus Coordinator
- Suhaib Webb, a former imam of the Islamic Society of Boston, historically tied to the GMB.
- Siraj Wahhaj has held various positions in the Islamic Society of North America, the American Muslim Council, the North American Islamic Trust, and CAIR, all part of the USMB.
- Hammad Lodhi, President of the UK Islamic Mission, a British mosque umbrella affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami, a Southeast Asian Islamist movement close to the GMB.
In October 2020, the GIOR reported that a virtual “leadership conference” sponsored by the USCMO had brought together many GMB leaders from around the globe, including several of the individuals mentioned above.
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