A coalition of U.S. groups dominated by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood announced that earlier this month, they were taking part in a “Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People.” According to the announcement:
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) August 06, 2012 On Friday, August 10, mosques and Islamic centers nationwide will take part in a ‘Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People’ to raise awareness about the growing humanitarian disaster created by that nation’s dictatorial regime and to raise funds for civilian relief assistance. WHAT: National Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People at U.S. Mosques WHEN: Friday, August 10, (Prayer times will vary) WHERE: Mosques Nationwide CONTACT: To find a local mosque taking part in the solidarity campaign, contact Syrian American Council Director of Government Relations Mohammed A. Ghanem (571-263-1310, m.ghanem(at)sacouncil(dot)com). The ‘Save Syria’ coalition of national Muslim and Syrian-American organizations*, is asking mosque religious leaders (imams) to dedicate their sermons (khutbas) during the normal Friday congregational prayers to urge support for the Syrian people and their desire for freedom. Worshippers will be provided with information about accredited relief organizations serving civilians who have suffered at the hands of the Syrian regime. American Muslims and other people of conscience will also be asked to contact their elected representatives to urge action to help stop attacks on civilians. [NOTE: On Saturday, September 8, thousands of people will take part in a ‘Walk for the Children of Syria’ at locations nationwide. The events are designed to generate vital funds for Syrian children suffering under Assad’s regime and to raise awareness about the increasing humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the regime’s brutal anti-freedom crackdown. Proceeds from the walks event will benefit the work of UNICEF.
The organizations involved were identified as:
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
- Islamic Relief USA
- Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
- Muslim American Society (MAS)
- Muslims Without Borders
- Syrian American Council (SAC)
- Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
- Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF)
- Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO)
- Syria Relief and Development (SRD)
- Syrian Sunrise Foundation (SSF)
- United for Free Syria (UFS)
- Zakat Foundation of America
CAIR, ICNA, Islamic Relief, and the MAS are all part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
A post from November 2011 reported that U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Louay Safi was a leading member of a newly formed council of Syrian opposition leaders. Safi is now part of the leadership of the Syrian National Council, an opposition group dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Another earlier post discussed leaked diplomatic cables showing that the U.S. State Department secretly financed Syrian opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV station whose news director may have a brother with ties to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. In 2007, the Wall Street Journal reported on moves by the U.S. Government to reach closer relations with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.