For an organization that has tried to distance itself from its Muslim Brotherhood roots, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) continues to rely on a Muslim Brotherhood official as a key speaker at many of its events.
Jamal Badawi is scheduled to speak during three sessions at ISNA's East Regional Conference in Tampa this weekend. Among them, "Understanding Shari'ah: Sacred Principles in Striving for the Human Development."
Badawi, a member at large on ISNA's governing board, is deeply rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood's North American infrastructure, records show. He is listed on the first page of a 1992 telephone directory of Brotherhood members. He also was founding member of the Muslim American Society (MAS), identified as the Brotherhood's U.S. arm in a 2004 Chicago Tribune story.