Trump Chooses Wrong Imam for Nat’l Prayer Service

While the participation of Muslim clergy in the traditional interfaith National Prayer Service held the morning after the presidential inauguration is to be applauded, the imam chosen for the job should not.

January 21 saw Mohamed Magid take his place among other faith groups at Washington National Cathedral at a service in honor of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Magid is the executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center and former executive director of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

In September 2014, Magid endorsed a letter opposing the Islamic State terrorist group’s tactics, but endorsed sharia governance’s brutal hudud punishments, the recreation of a caliphate and the Islamist doctrine of gradualism. The letter also implied that journalists that are viewed as dishonest are acceptable targets for violence.

Declassified FBI memos reveal that ISNA was identified as a Brotherhood front as early as 1987. A 1988 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood document states ISNA is part of the “apparatus of the Brotherhood.”  A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood document, which says “its work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within,” lists ISNA as the first of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”

In 2007, ISNA was designated as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity shut down by the U.S. government for financing Hamas. The U.S. government listed ISNA as one of the “individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”

The Holy Land Foundation was based within the ISNA building. ISNA deposited checks into its own bank account that were made out to the “Palestinian Mujahadeen,” the name used at the time for Hamas’ military wing. The funding was then transferred to the Holy Land Foundation.

For a complete profile on ISNA, click here

In March 2002, the Herndon office of the ADAMS Center was raided by federal agents as part of a terrorism investigation into the Safa Group, a network tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. A government affidavit said the group is “suspected of providing support to terrorists, money laundering, and tax evasion through the use of a variety of for-profit companies and ostensible charitable entities under their control, most of which are located at 555 Grove Street, Herndon, V.A.”


The affidavit also states that Ahmad Totonji, chairman of the ADAMS Center board of trustees and considered one of the main founders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network, was one of the suspects in the investigation. The homes of an ADAMS Center Project Committee member, the ADAMS Center legal adviser and the vice president of the ADAMS Center board of trustees and a Laws Committee member were also raided.


For a complete profile on the ADAMS Center, click here

In his first speech as president, Trump promised to “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.” Unfortunately, taking partners such as Magid is not going to get that job done.  

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Meira Svirsky is the editor of