We’ve covered this event almost exclusively several years running (links at end) so it is glad to see others now giving it wider publicity. First from ICNA’s own website:
Muslims to gather to combat anti-Shariah movement (i.e., to fight for sharia in the U.S. and the world)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – Some 15,000 Muslims are expected at this weekend’s 37th annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America in Hartford, where the theme of “Defending Religious Freedom: Understanding Shariah” reflects the worry that anti-Muslim activists are fanning fear of Islamic law to marginalize U.S. Muslims.
Some of the best-known Muslims in America will be speaking, including Rep. Andre Carson, a Democratic Muslim from Indiana; Islamic Society of North America President Imam Mohamed Magid; and Imam Siraj Wahaj of Brooklyn, who in 1991 became the first Muslim to give an Islamic invocation to the U.S. House of Representatives.
We are the anti-sharia movement. They are the pro-sharia movement.
Siraj Wahaj is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Much more on him in our archives including audio imploring Muslims in the U.S. to wage jihad.
Full program here including rewriting history, how to push sharia, how to push Islam on unsuspecting Americans, and Hygiene & Sexuality of a Muslim Woman. Speaker list here, littered with Hamas-linked CAIR alumni, NYPD infiltrator, Congressional infiltrator, and State Department pals. There are likely many others not listed for obvious reasons.
American Muslims who are disheartened by increasingly fervent attacks on sharia law are planning to assemble en masse this weekend to protest against what they fear are attempts to discriminate against their way of life. This weekend, 15,000 believers are expected to descent upon Hartford, Connecticut, for the 37th annual Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) convention.
The Muslim American Society-sponsored conference, entitled, “Defending Religious Freedom: Understanding Shariah,” will take place from May 26-28. According to Religion News Service, the event is the second largest annual event for Muslims in the U.S., behind the Islamic Society of North America’s annual gathering (the latter event attracts 30,000+ people).
There are more reasons than ever to attend the ICNA-MAS 37th Annual Convention being held May 26 – 28, 2012 (Memorial day weekend) at the Hartford Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. This year’s theme is “Defending Religious Freedom – Understanding Shariah” which is an extension of our 1 year long campaign. It is an educational initiative that hopes to “help the public understand Shariah and counter the rise of Islamophobia in America. The campaign aims to further shift focus from the misnomer “Shariah law” and draw attention to what really is at stake here—your religious freedom.