BREAKING NEWS: ISNA Announces 2010 Election Results
|Wednesday, September 29,2010 22:38|
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has announced the results of its 2010 elections which resulted in the election of Mohamed Magid as its new President. According to the announcement:
Mohamed Magid, the new ISNA President, is the former VP of the organization and replaces convert Ingrid Mattson who was elected in 2006 as the first female President. The announcement contains a bio of Magid:
According to his online bio, the new ISNA VP has a background with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). together with ISNA one of the parts of the US Muslim Brotherhood:
Photographic and other public record information indicate that Asma Mirza, a former President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), is likely the daughter or other close relative of Yaqub Mirza, a Pakistani native living in Virginia who was the former Vice-President of the now defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in 2003. The SAAR foundation was established in 1983 by individuals who had also established some of the most important U.S, Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Muslim Student Association, the Islamic Society of North America, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought. SAAR is generally thought to have been funded by the Al-Rajhi family of Saudi Arabia and until recently was the subject of an ongoing investigation into possible financing of terrorism. In August 2007, Mirza appeared on a panel at an Islamic Society of North America convention together with Zaki Barzinji, likely a relative of Jamal Barzinji, another important figure in the SAAR network. The leadership of many organizations in the global Muslim Brotherhood is passed down to younger generations and Jamal Barzinji was one of the original founders of the Muslim Student Association in the early 1960′s.
According to various sources, Ihsan Bagby is a black Islamic convert and Professor of Islamic Studies who is the Secretary-General of the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA) and is a member of several U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Fiqh Council of North America, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Mohamed Bekkari, the new President of ISNA Canada, is also a board member of the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation, likely the Candadian counterpart of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), the ISNA affilate which owns and controls many of the mosques in the US.
As documented in a Hudson Institute report, ISNA grew directly out of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The organization has a long history of fundamentalism, anti-semitism, and support for terrorism and during the recent Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator as a result of what the government called “ISNA’s and NAIT’s intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case.” Although it is true that recently ISNA has issued condemnations of terrorism which for the first time identify Hamas and Hezbollah by name, there is no indication that the organization has ever addressed or acknowledged its history of support for terrorism. Also, as the Hudson Institute report observes, almost all of the ISNA founders remain active in the organization and ISNA maintains close relations with all other components of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.