The White House finally released the names of the Muslim leaders President Obama met with Wednesday by attaching the participants names to the end of the presidential briefing transcript Thursday evening.
Heading the list is Imam Mohamed Magid, who immigrated to the United States from Sudan, is the president of the Islamic Society of North America, the White House press office reported, and a frequent White House visitor.
The Washington Times reported:
The Justice Department named ISNA in a court document as an unindicted co-conspirator with other “entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood” during prosecution of a terrorist financing case in 2007 against the Holy Land Foundation, once the largest Muslim charity in the U.S.
A federal judge later ruled that the document should not have been revealed to the public. The ISNA has said that its inclusion in the charitable foundation’s list of unindicted co-conspirators amounted to guilt by association.
The hour-long meeting with Muslim leaders, reportedly a first for the White House, focused on civil rights, anti-Muslim bias and extremism, according to a White House brief.
The other participants were, according to the White House press office were: Bilqis “Qisi” Abdul-Qaadir, director of women’s basketball operations at Indiana State University; Arshia Wajid, founder of American Muslim Health Professionals; comedian Dean Obeidallah; Kameelah Rashad, founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation and Muslim chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Diego Arancibia, board member and associate director of the Ta’leef Collective; Farhan Latif, chief operating officer and director of policy impact at the Institute of Policy and Understanding; Sherman Jackson, professor of religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America; Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates; Rahat Hussain, president of the Universal Muslim Association of America; Hoda Hawa, national policy adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute and Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO of Webs.
Senior presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett and National Security Advisor Susan Rice also participated in the meeting.
Matters discussed included “issues of anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism,” the White House reported in a statement.
Obama “reiterated his administration’s commitment to safeguarding civil rights through hate crimes prosecutions and civil enforcement actions” the statement continued, and also discussed “countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam.”
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