Islamist media has reported on the close of the 13th annual joint convention of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Illustrating as always the close relationships within the Global Muslim Brotherhood, the report identified global Brotherhood figure Tariq Ramadan and US Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi as featured speakers:
December 2014 CHICAGO – Hosting widely sought-after international speakers over the past weekend, the 13th MAS-ICNA Convention concluded another successful season which united thousands of American Muslims under one roof.
The annual convention of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) was held from December 25-29.
More than 15,000 Muslims from across the United States and Canada huddled together at McCormick Place in Chicago, known as the nation’s largest convention center.
The number has increased from only 500 attendants who appeared at the first convention that followed 9/11 twin tower attacks.
This year’s theme of the five-day convention, which wrapped up on December 29, was ‘Faith, Compass for Life.’ This year’s speakers include an impressive list of world-renowned scholars and speakers such as Muslim thinker Tariq Ramadan, Shaykh Nouman Ali Khan, Shaykh Zias Shakir, Omar Suleiman and Dr. Jamal Badawi.
Speakers also included, sister Kristiane Backer, sister Muslema Purmul, Dr. Aminah McCloud, sister Lobna Mulla, sister Karen Danielson and US fencing champ Ibtihaj Muhammad.
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The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and considered to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself allied with the Global Muslim Brotherhood. ICNA is particularly close to the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the two organizations have been holding joint conferences in recent years. The organization is probably best known for its national billboard campaigns.