Twenty-thousand Muslims are expected to make their presence known to the participants of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC will be held Labor Day Weekend as will the three-day Muslim events starting with the weekly Friday afternoon “jummah” prayer.
In a news conference to announce the Muslim presence at the DNC, Jibril Hough, spokesman for the organization Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), said Muslim presence is necessary to hold political parties accountable for issues that affect Muslims. Among the issues Hough sees as relevant are the Patriot Act, a law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks that expanded anti-terrorism surveillance, the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows indefinite military detention, and the fact that the New York Police Department has surveilled Muslims in an effort to root out terrorism from New York City.
The promo video being used to attract participants to the event features some “interesting” All-American Muslim speakers, including:
Hough, who says that Muslims were in America even before it was discovered by Christopher Columbus;
Siraj Wahaj –who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center attacks that killed Americans and is known to preach about waging jihad;
James Yusuf Yee – who was charged with sedition and aiding the enemy among other things before all court-martial charges against him were dropped “citing national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence;”
Hassen Abdellah – who has made a living defending Islamic terror suspects – some whom have admitted their guilt, including a Muslim involved in the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks. (The DNC Jummah flyer proudly lists Abdellah as, “[sic] A Lead Defense Attorney For First 1993 World Trade Bombing Suspects Hassen Abdellah Has Etched His Name In Islamic History As It Is Being Written Right Here In America.”
According to the flyer, the DNC has approved BIMA’s activities at the DNC, including the mass Islamic prayer. Claiming victimhood, the flyer says, “It is mandatory that concerned Muslims stand up together for their Constitutional rights and human rights and repel injustices that are being perpetuated against the American Muslim Community.”
Other events over the course of the DNC include an Islamic issues conference and banquet and a cultural festival.
Hough said that he got the go ahead for the events from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
Similar events are planned for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida in late August, said Muhammad Jaaber, executive director of BIMA.