Which Muslim Leaders Have Been Invited to the White House?


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Since President Obama took office in 2008, Muzammal Siddiqi, Hussam Ayloush, Louay Safi, Esam Omeish, and Mohamed Elibiary have all visited the White House. These individuals are all considered to be, in some sense, Muslim leaders.

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Despite their radical Islamic affiliations, the above named individuals all met with President Obama at the White House and some have even served under President Obama. Mohamed Elibiary, for example, served on the Homeland Security Council. Esam Omeish is the former head of an organization that was created by the Muslim Brotherhood; he has visited the White House three times.

In early February 2015, the President held a meeting with American Muslim leaders at the White House focusing on civil rights, anti-Muslim bias, and extremism. The individuals that attended this meeting are American citizens and included Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Arshia Wajid, Kameelah Rashad, Farhan Latif, Azhar Azeez, Farhana Khera, and Rahat Hussain.

Early in 2014, Anas Altikriti visited the White House. He has been called the key political lobbyist for the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain, and his father is the head of Iraq's Muslim Brotherhood party. Altikriti, who is also believed to have ties to Hamas, attended the White House with Usama al-Naijafi, an Iraqi Parliament Speaker, and other members of the Iraqi delgation.

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