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Muslim Brotherhood Convention Comes to Chicago
by Ryan Mauro
For the second time in two months, stars of the Islamist movement in America will come together in the Chicago area, parading as the moderate Muslims we need to guide us. This time, it's the 11th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America on December 21-25.
Both the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) are in a 1991 internal Muslim Brotherhood list of "our organizations and the organizations of our friends." Imprisoned Brotherhood operative Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified that "everyone knows that MAS is Muslim Brotherhood." ICNA is closely linked to a Pakistani Islamist group called Jamaat-e-Islami and its 2010 handbook laid out a five-step strategy that culminates in a "united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari'ah (Islamic law)." A former president and secretary-general of ICNA, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, is accused of committing war crimes by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal.
The theme of the event is, "Toward a Renaissance: Believe, Act & Engage." The "Arab Spring associated with the Islamic Awakening in many parts of the Muslim world" is given as an example of this "renaissance." By "renaissance," MAS-ICNA means the Islamist ideology. That is the message an expected audience of 9,500 will hear.
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