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ISNA's Syeed to open Saudi funded Jihad through Da'wa office in DC under guise of promoting interfaith

March 30, 2006

Robert King, IndyStar, 3/29/06

The leader of a Plainfield-based Muslim organization with a national profile is moving to Washington to head an effort to improve interfaith cooperation and educate government officials about Muslim issues.

Sayyid Syeed will give up his post as secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America based in Plainfield to open the organization's first Washington office.

The move comes as Syeed and ISNA, which hosts the nation's largest Muslim convention each year in Chicago, have been trying to help American Muslims weather the storms following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Frequently, that task has kept Syeed flying between Indianapolis and Washington to meet with government officials and interfaith organizations. The Washington office should make the organization's mission easier, said Louay Safi, who directs ISNA's leadership development programs.

ISNA's headquarters will remain at its current location just off I-70 in Plainfield. A search to find a successor to Syeed should produce a new secretary general within a few months, Safi said. The post will be held on an interim basis by Ahmed El Hattab, who currently heads ISNA's development foundation.

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