American Muslim Council

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The American Muslim Council (AMC) is an Islamic organization and registered charity in the United States. Its headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois.[citation needed]

An earlier organization with the same name was founded in 1990 by Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi with the support of the Muslim Brotherhood.[1] (Al-Amoudi is also the former leader of the Islamic Society of Boston.)[citation needed]

The AMC later reorganized itself under a new name and moved its national headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Chicago. The organization currently using the name "The American Muslim Council" is different from the AMC founded by al-Amoudi; it is much more moderate.[1]

AMC took part in the defense of South Florida Professor and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian and questioned the US government's allegation that the professor took part in terrorist activities.[2] AMC produced a pamphlet in which it said that "the FBI has a history of harassing and harming minority and immigrant communities".[3] On March 2, 2006, Al-Arian entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a "specially designated terrorist" organization.[4] Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison, and ordered deported following his prison term.[5]

AMC is also a member of the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), along with the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). AMPCC's primary concern is to coordinate the member organizations on activism and lobbying.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Mintz; Douglas Farah (September 11, 2004). "In Search Of Friends Among The Foes U.S. Hopes to Work With Diverse Group". The Washington Post. p. A01. Retrieved February 13, 2007. 
  2. ^ Gaffney, Frank (June 28, 2002). "The Truth About The AMC". Fox News. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ Levin, Jon (May 7, 2003). "Sami’s Still Their Man". National Review. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Plea Agreement; U.S. v. Al-Arian". February 28, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ MegLaughlin, In his plea deal, what did Sami Al-Arian admit to?, St. Petersburg Times, April 23, 2006.
  6. ^ Arab-American faces and voices: the origins of an immigrant community, p. 261, Elizabeth Boosahda, University of Texas Press, 2003, ISBN 0-292-70920-X, 9780292709201, accessed November 30, 2009

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