...designed to serve and facilitate the efforts of Islamic organizations and Institutions in their endeavors as well as spread awareness about Indigenous Muslim issues. BIMA’s purpose in rallying large numbers of Muslims to participate in this event, Jumah at the DNC, is to make the general public aware that the Muslim community is a healthy and vibrant component to the American society. This platform is non-partisan; meaning that it is not an endorsement of any political candidate or elected official. It is intended to address the concerns and issues that are challenging to the American Muslim citizens in the 21st century.
Non-partisan? Are they holding anything similar at the RNC? A few small ones but those I'm sure are more protests than prayer events. Now I have no problem if the DNC wants to have someone from every faith participate in some sort benediction, but why snub the Catholics? That did change, however, and Dolan will now give the closing benediction, but what was up with that? Muslim yes, Catholic no? BIMA wants a large showing - and 20,000 are expected- to ensure that Muslims do not become marginalized, and to deal with issues including the infamous "Islamophobia", The Patriot Act and anti-Shariah sentiment.
But not all Muslims are thrilled about two of the leaders of the event. Though most are in denial about the radical element in their midst, some are well aware, and what they have to say is very troubling. According to The Blaze:
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, wrote:
The leaders of this event – Jibril Hough and Imam Siraj Wahhaj [are not] moderates. They are radicals. These individuals embrace Islamist supremacy and have demonstrated support for radical ideologies.Jasser goes on to say:
A quick Google search by the DNC would have shown them that Hough and Wahhaj are leaders in the separatist American Islamist movement. While they may be able to get a few thousand Muslims to attend the event, they are NOT going to be mainstream Muslims. Most will likely come from Hough and Wahhaj’s radical networks that have long been entrenched in the Charlotte area. Make no mistake they are part of the Islamist movement.This is not about their right of assembly; this group under a different name pulled the same stunt at the US capitol in 2009 claiming 20k and getting 2-3k. THIS IS ABOUT the DNC calling this an “official function” listing these radicals as typical of the DNC community and more importantly about this organization speaking out AS representing supposedly typical American Muslims (or “Mainstream”). If that is who the DNC is consorting with then all Americans, Democrats should be concerned. There are many patriotic Muslims who are part of both parties, and when radical ideologues like this do a demonstration of “solidarity” in the name of our faith and choose an imam like Siraj Wahhaj who I saw with my own eyes in 1995 seditiously say it his duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the US Constitution with the Quran- then we need to speak up!Read the rest of his commentary here. Thankfully there are those like Jasser who speak up, but not enough. You might remember him as the voice of reason and narrator of The Third Jihad.