The website of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, has launched the “National Muslim-Christian Initiative in North America ” together with unidentified other Muslim organizations. According to the report:
Fifteen representatives met this week near Washington D.C. The meeting – coordinated by Mr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Director of Communications and Community Outreach of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Consultant for interfaith relations of The Episcopal Church U.S.A. – was convened following consultations between numerous Muslim and Christian organizations and leaders in the recent past. The initiative was further inspired by an unprecedented letter from Muslim to Christian leaders around the world, as well as mutual concerns over misrepresentations of Islam and stereotypes of Muslims in North America. “This initiative is part of ongoing Muslim efforts to engage other faith communities in North America, and to bring about an understanding of common goals and reconciliation in our communities,” stated Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Director of ISNA’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances.
The report also identified the National Council of Churches as a participant in the project. Previous posts have discussed the cooperation between ISNA and the NCC. Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations have participated in interfaith activities for many years and the new ISNA project appears to represent a continuation of past practices.