Top Muslim leaders arrested at Speaker Ryan’s office

Art Moore – March 6, 2018

Declaring their solidarity with the children of illegal immigrants, a prominent Muslim activist and several leaders of a U.S. front-organization for the Muslim Brotherhood were among the people arrested Monday in a protest outside the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan in which they demanded a meeting to express their concerns.

Capitol Police led away in handcuffs Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and two CAIR chapter leaders along with Linda Sarsour, the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, who drew national attention last year as co-chairman of the Women’s March.

In a speech last year near Chicago to a Muslim Brotherhood group, Sarsour urged Muslim immigrants not to assimilate and called for “jihad” against the Trump administration.

The other protesters arrested Monday were Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR Michigan; Zahra Billoo, civil-rights attorney and the executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter; Omar Suleiman, president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research; Mujahid Fletcher, CEO of the advertising agency FocusPoint Studios; and Talib Shareef, president and imam of the Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, in Washington, D.C.