The website of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has posted a statement by a representative of a Philippine Islamic organization praising the lecture given by the ISNA President at a recent gathering of Philippine Islamic leaders. The statement was signed by Amina Rasul of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) who said:
I am sharing with you the outcomes from the first national ulama summit which PCID organized. Almost 200 ulama, aleema and resource persons attended. The ulama and aleema agreed to establish a national network. We hope you will join us in praying for their success. Dr. Muneer Fareed’s lecture was the perfect trigger that made our ulama make the leap that overcame their organizational differences. Our ulama truly appreciated his lecture. Thanks!
Ms. Rasul was a 2001-2002 Fellow in a program operated by the United States Institute of Peace raising the possibility of State Department involvement in facilitating the appearance of a U.S. Islamic leader at a Philippine conference. The PCID name is also quite similar to the U.S based Center for the Study of Islamic Democracy also raising the possibility of a relation between these two organizations, a relationship which is supported by Ms. Rasul’s praise for CSID on a CSID web page. The State Department has a history of promoting contact between U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations and their counterparts overseas.