Omar Suleiman

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Omar Suleiman

Omar Suleiman is the founder and president of the Irving, Texas-based Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic studies at Southern Methodist University.

Democrats choose Omar Suleiman to Pray

Ilhan Omar praises Omar Suleiman on Twitter May 9 2019

Omar Suleiman gave the opening invocation for Congress in May 2019 after being invited by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. He has referred to Israel as an "apartheid state" and called for a "Palestinian uprising".[1],[2]

Linda Sarsour praises Omar Suleiman Twitter May 9 2019

The decision to invite Omar Suleiman was praised by Ilhan Omar[3] and Linda Sarsour.[4]

ICNA Conferences


Kathy Manley (far left); Imam Omar Suleiman speaking

Omar Suleiman was a speaker at the joint convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) on April 19, 2019:

"CCF had a strong presence at the 44th Annual ICNA-MAS Convention in Washington DC last weekend with two panels and a table. We were honored with the presence of Imam Omar Suleiman, who set the tone of the session from an Islamic perspective. Journalist Murtaza Hussain provided an excellent analysis of the current “war on terror”, setting the historical background and tracing how we got to where we are today. Other speakers were Coalition for Civil Freedoms Legal Director Kathy Manley, Steve Downs, Chair of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms Board of Directors, Hawa Wehelie (impacted family member) and Sabri Benkhala (former prisoner). Panels were moderated by Laila Al-Arian and Dr. Jonathon Brown.[5]

Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy Conference

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In July 2019 Congressmembers Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Judy Chu, Susan Wild and Betty McCollum addressed the inaugural Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy Conference and Presidential Forum July 23-24 at the Washington DC National Housing Center.

Other speakers included Keith Ellison, Abdul El-Sayed, Khizr Khan, Basheer Jones, Omar Suleiman, Sam Rasoul, Zahra Billoo, Catherine Orsborn, Corey Saylor, Daniel L. Weiner Delia Mogahed, Prof. Asifa Quraishi-Landes, James Zogby, Farhana Kheera, Suhail Khan, Mike Ghouse, Zainab Cheema, Sister Simone Campbell, Scott Simpson, Shaun Kennedy, Ken Martin, Sadaf Jaffer, Dilara Saeed, Luqmaan Bokhary, Nabilah Islam, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Rummi Khan, Ghazala Hashmi, Shahed Amanullah,Sevim Kalyoncu, Ani Osman-Zonneveld, Yasmeen Awwad, Amira Daugherty, Sabina Taj, Asina Silva, Dr. Jay Jalisi.

Border trip

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, wrote Aug 1, 2019.

(Religion New Service, July 30, 2019) — Sixteen years ago, when I and other human rights advocates were deported from Iraq by Saddam Hussein’s regime just days before its collapse, we were welcomed into a United Nations refugee camp on the Jordanian border, where we received medical attention, food and accommodations in spacious air-conditioned tents.

The same can’t be said for those staying at the makeshift camp at the U.S. border in Juarez, Mexico, where 200 migrants from Central America and Africa have found temporary shelter.

When we arrived there on Sunday (July 28), we met migrants in the dirt courtyard outside a block building without air conditioning and heard their stories under the desert sun.

I had traveled to Juarez with fellow leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Revs. William J. Barber II, Liz Theoharis and Robin Tanner, as well as Imam Omar Suleiman of the Yaqeen Institute, Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the Union for Reform Judaism and Shane Claiborne of the Red Letter Christians network.

We were there at the invitation of the Border Network for Human Rights, a grassroots advocacy group that has organized in the borderlands for more than 20 years.

In each of our religious traditions, we minister to families in the midst of marriage and child-rearing, sickness and death, economic hardship and unexpected tragedy. The migrants we met in Juarez have faced challenges that would threaten any family. They shared stories of gang violence, domestic abuse and political turmoil in their home countries, along with the trials of their precarious journeys through Mexico.[6]

On the border

CAIR - Greater Los Angeles December 10, 2018:·

This what Protest looks like.


Members of CAIR, faith leaders, community partners and supporters prepare to head to the U.S.-Mexico border with @afsc_org as part of the #LoveKnowsNoBorders: A Moral Call for Migrant Justice mobilization. — with Ahmed Bedier, Danette Zaghari-Mask, Taha Hassane, Mejgan Afshan, Zahra Billoo, Omar Suleiman, Yasmine Taeb, Hussam Ayloush, Asma Rehman, Maytha Alhassen, Ismahan Abdullahi, Imraan Siddiqi and Shakeel Syed.

ICNA Relief

Hussam Ayloush October 15, 2017:


(Many of my local beloved imams and Shuyukh are missing from this picture) — attending ICNA Relief So Cal Oct.14th Benefit Dinner with Nomaan Baig, Furhan Zubairi, Jameel Besada, Omar Suleiman, Anas Amla and Ahmed Ibn Aslam at Hilton Anaheim.

Arrested at Ryan's office

March 5, 2018, several Muslim-American leaders were arrested at the US Capitol while urging Congress to stand against President Donald Trump's effort to end a programme that protects certain young immigrants.

Omar Suleiman, Dawud Walid, Mujahid Fletcher, Talib Shareef and Nihad Awad of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Zahra Billoo, and Linda Sarsour advocated immigration reform before getting arrested.

The protesters participated in an act of civil disobedience at the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, demanding that he meet them to hear their concerns.

Demonstrations have taken place in major cities across the US in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportations.

Fletcher, who also came to the US as a child from Columbia, said he shared the experience of the Dreamers, people who came into the US illegally as children.

"We don't want to live based on fear. We want to live according to the principles of freedom of speech, of religion," he said.

Quoting Malcolm X, Talib Shareef of the Muslim Alliance of North America said: "Almighty Allah has told us to stand for justice. We are not weak in faith and we are here for a mobilization.

"We stand here in the spirit of Malcolm X with the people who are affected by these policies."

"This is creating real fear," Suleiman said, adding that the imams are fighting white supremacy because Islamophobia, racism and hostility against immigrants all stem from the same roots.[7]