The New York Times has reported that the recent international counterterrorism conference held in Mecca and sponsored by the Muslim World League (MWL) was attended by Nihad Awad, the leader of the US-based Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to the NYT report:
The conference was held in the worn, white headquarters of the Muslim World League, an umbrella group for charitable organizations that was founded by the Saudi monarchy in the 1960s to counter the leftist ideologies then sweeping the region. The league is seen as a cornerstone of the Saudi effort to disseminate its version of Sunni Islam and claim leadership as a charitable benefactor to the Muslim world.
The report later cited remarks made at the conference by Mr. Awad:
Nihad Awad, the director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, lamented the paucity of civil society organizations because of restrictions imposed by the region’s states. “The structure of Arab and Islamic society needs to be reviewed,” he said. “Who would the youth go to in order to express themselves?”
The GMBDW reported last month on the MWL conference where the new Saudi king delivered his remarks. Our reported noted that the conference attendance list revealed the participation of a number of other Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders including:
- Ali Al Qaradaghi (Deputy leader of the International Union of Muslim Scholars headed by global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi)
- Muzammil Siddiqi (longtime leader in the US Muslim Brotherhood and the MWL representative in the US)
- Ahmad al-Rawi (Head of the Europe Trust)
- Munib Hasan al-Rawi (representative of the Europe Trust in the Czech Republic)
- Ibrahim Salah (long time Muslim Brotherhood leader in Switzerland)
- Abdullah bin Mansour (likely the current President of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe)
The disclosure by the New York Times report that Nihad Awad was also in attendance further reinforces the role of CAIR in the Global Muslim Brotherhood and adds to the long list of reasons why the GMBDW remains skeptical about the intention of Saudi Arabia to sever relations with the Brotherhood.