Majlis Ash-Shura:

After saying an opening prayer in the halls of Congress, one of the most beloved leaders of Muslims in America, Imam Omar Suleiman, has become yet another Muslim who is a victim of an orchestrated fear mongering campaign by right wingers, Zionists, and Islamophobes. He is being particularly targeted because of his firm stances on causes such as Palestine, police brutality, and against institutional White Supremacy.

The image of a Muslim with traditional Islamic headwear providing a prayer in the Congress strikes a chord with these hateful groups and individuals who have made a career off of demonizing and dehumanizing Muslims. They fear that Muslim leaders will not only empower their own communities, but will begin being accepted as leading voices towards just causes by society as a whole. Islamic principles and values espoused by the likes of Imam Omar Suleiman undermine their bigoted ambitions for America.

Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York stands in support of Imam Omar Suleiman, who has shown a notable willingness to consistently stand with those suffering at the hands of oppression. Currently many of his detractors are seeking to force Speaker Pelosi to publicly condemn Imam Omar Suleiman for the just positions he has taken throughout his life. We urge any and all who have benefitted from and appreciate the good that Imam Omar Suleiman has done for many, to contact Speaker Pelosi’s office and let her know that the decision to allow the Imam to say an opening prayer in congress was a correct decision and is one that is supported by many; and to not succumb to the pressures of hateful individuals and organizations.