Islamic Society of North America
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is a Plainfield, Illinois-based umbrella organization that describes its vision as being “an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America that contributes to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large.” ISNA emerged out of the early US Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial as a result of what the US Justice Department called the organization’s “intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case.” A report by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) editor demonstrates ISNA’s history of ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas as well as its history of fundamentalism and support for terrorism, which ISNA has long denied. Although more recently having issued robust condemnations of anti-Semitism and emphasizing it “never was, and is not now, affiliated with or influenced by any international organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood,” current ISNA leaders continue to have organizational and family ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in the US, including:
- Saafa Zarzour, ISNA President and President of CAIR Zarzour is also a board member and former principal of the Universal School, located in Bridgeview Illinois and which has strong ties to the USMB.
- Magda Elkadi Saleh, ISNA US Vice-President and daughter of the late Ahmed Elkadi, a prominent early leader in the USMB.
- Mohammed Jallaludin, ISNA Canada Vice-President and a former board member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the first key MB group in the US.
- Mir Khan, former Chair and Vice-Chair of the ISNA Convention Steering Committee and who also served as President of MSA at the Northeastern Illinois University.
- Malika Khan, ISNA West Zone Conference Program Chair and a former CAIR San Francisco — Bay Area Executive Board member
- Iqbal Unus, former ISNA Secretary-General and who has also served as an early President of MSA.