Obama Faith Advisor To Speak At Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals Dinner

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The Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP) has announced that it second keynote speaker for its July 2010 annual dinner, held during the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) weekend, will be Obama administration faith advisor Dahlia Mogahed. According to a the announcement:

Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals CAMP has confirmed a second keynote for the CAMP dinner – Dalia Mogahed, Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

CAMP ANNUAL DINNER (ISNA WEEKEND) Location: Sushi Samba Rio – Chicago Time: 6:30PM Sunday, July 4th Thursday at 5:57pm

Also speaking will be Amer Ahmad, deputy state treasurer and chief financial officer for the State of Ohio Treasury and described as one of the highest ranked Muslims appointed to state government. The sponsor for the event is listed as the Amana Mutual Funds, an Islamic investment company tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia.

According to GMBDW research, Ms. Mogahed was born in Egypt and lived in the U.S. since the age of 5. She is the daughter of Elsayed Mogahed, an Egyptian immigrant who is a former engineering scientist at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Islamic Center of Madison (ICM). The website of the ICM links mainly to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations and Souheil Ghannouchi, the President of the MAS was ICM Imam and President for several years. In 2003, Ms. Mogahed was  identified in 2003 as the Outreach Coordinator for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP) whose co-founder recently lost a DOE security clearance and whose Imam will probably be deported on immigration violations. Ms. Mogahed is currently the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies that also includes Georgetown University academic Dr. John Esposito and she also co-authored a book with Dr. Esposito suggesting that majority of the world’s Muslims support some form of democracy. Dr. Esposito, in turn, is a long-time supporter of the global Muslim Brotherhood , has espoused views consistent with Brotherhood doctrine, and has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations.

Although CAMP bills itself as a networking group, it was actually created

….to educate and activate the community on issues of political significance at home and abroad. CAMP organizes activities and lectures, seminars and discussions on political activism to get the membership and the community involved in the political process to better ourselves and our communities at home or abroad.

CAMP has multiple ties to the North American Muslim Brotherhood. At one point, current Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) President Ingrid Mattson was listed by CAMP as an adviser and Zeba Iqbal, the Vice-Chair of CAMP International, is also on the board of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC-NY). At least one of the CAMP chapters, CAMP Toronto, has joined with other USMB organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) , ISNA, and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) to issue protests at Israeli actions in Gaza and against the Niqab (full face veil) ban (a CAMP VP wears it) and in support of Omar Khadr, being held in Guantanamo on charges of killing an American solder in Afghanistan. A number of the speakers at the 2009 CAMP Summit had clear and obvious connections to the USMB including

  • Haaris Ahmad (Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM)
  • Sherman Jackson (ALIM, former North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), former Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)
  • Suhail Khan (the son of ISNA/CAIR leaders, one-time ISNA Committee member)
  • Saeed Khan (Institute for Social Policy & Understanding (ISPU)

It should be noted also that CAMP has listed Islamic Relief USA as a major sponsor and supporter. As previous posts have discussed, Islamic Relief USA and its parent organization are closely associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood and have been tied to Hamas fund-raising. Other CAMP Summit sponsors included the Amana Funds,, CAIR, MPAC, and the ISPU, all part of or close to the USMB.

In 2009, US envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Rashad Hussain spoke before a CAMP summit.

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