Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed was recently a special guest speaker at a fund raiser for a Nation of Islam (NOI)-affiliated mosque.
This is not the first time El-Sayed has spoken at a fundraiser for the mosque. In October 2017, El-Sayed spoke at their annual fundraiser, alongside radical left-wing activist and sharia apologist Linda Sarsour.
NOI has a long history of extremism. Imam Deen Mohammad’s former assistant Imam Mubarak affiliates himself with the mosque and regularly posts to the Center’s Facebook page, including posts describing Jews and Christians as untrustworthy.
In addition to its connection to the Nation of Islam, the Muslim Center has several ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Center is under the direction of resident Imam Sheikh Momodou Ceesay. Ceesay is a graduate of Al-Azhar University, the top school of Sunni jurisprudence, which has a long history of Muslim Brotherhood activity.
The Center has an “Executive Team” responsible for the day-to-day programming and maintenance of the mosque and center. The chair of the team is Mark Crain. Crain is a co-founder of MPower Change along with Sarsour. MPower Change has numerous connections to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.
El-Sayed’s campaign has prominently featured Sarsour, an inflammatory activist with ties to radical individuals and organizations, including her husband’s support for terrorists, which was exposed in 2016.
This is not the first time El-Sayed has embraced groups and individuals with extremist views.
The Clarion Project recently brought attention to El-Sayed’s embrace the Islamic House of Wisdom, a radical, pro-Iran mosque in Dearborn Heights. The Islamic House of Wisdom is one of three Iran-linked mosques in Michigan.
The Islamist Money in Politics initiative also found that El-Sayed has earned the support of Islamist donors connected to various groups identified by the U.S. government as Muslim Brotherhood entities.
The list includes donors affiliated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Esam Omeish, whose support for radical groups has made him known internationally.