IslamismMarch 30 2021, 11:29 am

US Muslim Brotherhood Group Hosts Virtual Annual Muslim Day At Oklahoma State Capitol

From March 19–20,  the Okla­homa chap­ter of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) host­ed a vir­tu­al edi­tion of its annu­al “Mus­lim Day” at the Okla­homa State Capi­tol, described as a civic engage­ment event pro­vid­ing Mus­lim cit­i­zens an oppor­tu­ni­ty to stay engaged with law­mak­ers. Accord­ing to a CAIR press release:

Begin­ning on Fri­day, March 19, the Okla­homa chap­ter of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR-OK) will host its 7th Annu­al Mus­lim Day at the Capi­tol as a vir­tu­al event that includes a keynote address, advo­ca­cy train­ing ses­sion and a pan­el of leg­is­la­tors from across the polit­i­cal spec­trum. (…) “In our 7th year, the Okla­homa Mus­lim Day at the Capi­tol has proven to be one of the most impor­tant events for the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty in our state, pro­vid­ing us with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to ensure that our voic­es are heard, and our pres­ence is felt by the Leg­is­la­ture,” said CAIR-OK Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Adam Soltani.

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Accord­ing to the press release, the event, titled “Bridg­ing the Vir­tu­al Divide,” was set to fea­ture a live-broad­cast keynote address from Abrar Omeish, the first Mus­lim elect­ed to pub­lic office in the state of Vir­ginia. Omeish is the daugh­ter of for­mer Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety Pres­i­dent Esam Omeish, who acts as chair­man of CAIR’s Waqf Wash­ing­ton Trust and in 2007 had to step down from a Vir­ginia State Com­mis­sion post after advo­cat­ing for jihad.

In Jan­u­ary 2021, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed that a coali­tion of US Mus­lim advo­ca­cy groups tied to the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood that includ­ed the CAIR Texas chap­ter host­ed a sim­i­lar civic engage­ment event at the Texas State Capi­tol. Oth­er recent GIOR report­ing about CAIR has included:

  • A Novem­ber 2020 report that CAIR had issued a state­ment con­grat­u­lat­ing Pres­i­dent Biden on his vic­to­ry, vow­ing to hold the Biden Admin­is­tra­tion account­able on Mus­lim inclu­sion and civ­il rights issues.
  • A Novem­ber 2020 report that a 27-year-old CAIR state chap­ter board mem­ber has been elect­ed to the Okla­homa state legislature.
  • A Feb­ru­ary 2021 report that the board of a new human rights watch­dog set up by asso­ciates of the late Sau­di dis­si­dent Jamal Khashog­gi fea­tured CAIR Waqf Wash­ing­ton Trust chair Esam Omeish.
  • A March 2021 report that CAIR joined Demo­c­ra­t­ic Law­mak­ers to demand Pres­i­dent Biden not reap­point a Min­neso­ta State Attor­ney over Islam­o­pho­bia allegations.

CAIR is part of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, a transna­tion­al Islamist net­work cov­ered by the GIOR. It describes itself as “a grass­roots civ­il rights and advo­ca­cy group” and was found­ed in 1994 by three offi­cers of the Islam­ic Asso­ci­a­tion of Pales­tine, part of the US Hamas infra­struc­ture at that time.


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