The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has announced that its Communications Director was elected to serve on the board of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC). According to the announcement:
Over the weekend, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California held its annual elections for its board of directors (majlis). MPAC’s Communications Director was elected to serve on the board, alongside Imam Taha Hassane from the Islamic Center of San Diego and Dr. Ahmed Soboh, who serves as a board member of CAIR-LA. The Islamic Shura Council is an umella organization of mosques & Muslim organizations serving the Muslims of Southern California. Since 1995, the Council continues to foster the spirit and culture of “working together” at all levels in one of the most diverse and largest Muslim populations in the country. The Shura Council’s membership covers all four counties of Southern California in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino.Its mission is to assist Muslim organizations in serving the Muslim community and the society-at-large. It represents the consensus of its members. It coordinates community activities, enables effective communications, advocates on behalf of its member organizations, and fosters leadership development.
MPAC was established initially in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose key leaders likely had their origins in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Since that time, MPAC has functioned as the political lobbying arm of the U.S. Brotherhood.
It should be noted that Muzammil Siddiqi, one of the key leaders of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), has been a long leader in the the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. The presence of interlocking leadership in MPAC, ISCSC, ISNA, and CAIR is another example of the high degree of inter-relatedness of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations who often act in “coalitions” while claiming to be independent organizations.