White House reveals names of Muslim 'leaders' president met

The White House casually released the names of Muslim leaders the president met with earlier this week, attaching the list to the back of the daily press briefing transcript with no announcement.

Reporters had been clamoring for a list since the Wednesday meeting, and the White House gave no reason why they were reluctant to say who attended.

No members of CAIR were invited to the event, but the president of the Islamic Society of North America was present.  ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007, where several people were convicted of supplying material support to Hamas.

Washington Times:

Imam Magid, a native of Sudan, has served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group and has worked as an adviser to the White House National Security Council to formulate U.S. responses to appeal to moderate Muslims in the battle against Islamist extremists.

It was Mr. Obama’s first meeting with American Muslim leaders at the White House, coming at a time of renewed discussion about the threat of radicalization of Muslims in the West. The hourlong talk focused on civil rights, anti-Muslim bias, and extremism, according to participants.

The other attendees were Bilqis “Qisi” Abdul-Qaadir, director of women’s basketball operations at Indiana State University; Arshia Wajid, founder of American Muslim Health Professionals; comedian Dean Obeidallah; Kameelah Rashad, founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation and Muslim chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Diego Arancibia, board member and associate director of the Ta’leef Collective; Farhan Latif, chief operating officer and director of policy impact at the Institute of Policy and Understanding; Sherman Jackson, professor of religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America; Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates; Rahat Hussain, president of the Universal Muslim Association of America; Hoda Hawa, national policy adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute and Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO of Webs.

Also at the meeting were Mr. Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

The White House said Mr. Obama “reiterated his administration’s commitment to safeguarding civil rights through hate crimes prosecutions and civil enforcement actions” during the meeting, and also discussed countering the Islamic State “and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam.”

The president urged Muslim Americans “to remain civically engaged in their communities,” the White House said.

The president tried to avoid controversy by inviting a group of obscure Muslims to meet with him.  I doubt whether too many Muslims consider any of these people "leaders" in the sense that they shape opinion and advocate for Muslim causes on a national stage.

The president received a lot of flak for a White House meeting with members of the Muslim Brotherhood last year.  This attempt at Muslim outreach is designed more for domestic Muslim sensibilities than anything else.  I'm sure if you vet the opinions of most of those Muslims who attended, you'd find broad support for the PLO and Hamas, as well as a hatred of Israel.  I can't see the point, then, of bringing these people to the White House, thus legitimzing their positions.

The White House casually released the names of Muslim leaders the president met with earlier this week, attaching the list to the back of the daily press briefing transcript with no announcement.

Reporters had been clamoring for a list since the Wednesday meeting, and the White House gave no reason why they were reluctant to say who attended.

No members of CAIR were invited to the event, but the president of the Islamic Society of North America was present.  ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007, where several people were convicted of supplying material support to Hamas.

Washington Times:

Imam Magid, a native of Sudan, has served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group and has worked as an adviser to the White House National Security Council to formulate U.S. responses to appeal to moderate Muslims in the battle against Islamist extremists.

It was Mr. Obama’s first meeting with American Muslim leaders at the White House, coming at a time of renewed discussion about the threat of radicalization of Muslims in the West. The hourlong talk focused on civil rights, anti-Muslim bias, and extremism, according to participants.

The other attendees were Bilqis “Qisi” Abdul-Qaadir, director of women’s basketball operations at Indiana State University; Arshia Wajid, founder of American Muslim Health Professionals; comedian Dean Obeidallah; Kameelah Rashad, founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation and Muslim chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Diego Arancibia, board member and associate director of the Ta’leef Collective; Farhan Latif, chief operating officer and director of policy impact at the Institute of Policy and Understanding; Sherman Jackson, professor of religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America; Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates; Rahat Hussain, president of the Universal Muslim Association of America; Hoda Hawa, national policy adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute and Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO of Webs.

Also at the meeting were Mr. Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

The White House said Mr. Obama “reiterated his administration’s commitment to safeguarding civil rights through hate crimes prosecutions and civil enforcement actions” during the meeting, and also discussed countering the Islamic State “and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam.”

The president urged Muslim Americans “to remain civically engaged in their communities,” the White House said.

The president tried to avoid controversy by inviting a group of obscure Muslims to meet with him.  I doubt whether too many Muslims consider any of these people "leaders" in the sense that they shape opinion and advocate for Muslim causes on a national stage.

The president received a lot of flak for a White House meeting with members of the Muslim Brotherhood last year.  This attempt at Muslim outreach is designed more for domestic Muslim sensibilities than anything else.  I'm sure if you vet the opinions of most of those Muslims who attended, you'd find broad support for the PLO and Hamas, as well as a hatred of Israel.  I can't see the point, then, of bringing these people to the White House, thus legitimzing their positions.