An interfaith dinner was held on July 27 at the Islamic Society of Frederick in Maryland, featuring local officials and Christian clergy. One of the speakers, a former leader of the "moderate" Islamic Circle of North America, explained its purpose: "Discrimination is part of the American way," he explained, and "The only way to control that is to make alliances."
The Islamic Circle of North America's parent group is a Pakistani Islamist party named Jamaat-e-Islami. A Bangladeshi court just barred Jamaat-e-Islami from elections because of its opposition to the country's secular governance. One of the former Secretary-Generals of ICNA, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, is on trial in absentia in Bangladesh for alleged war crimes he committed as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing. The Investigative Project on Terrorism discovered that Khan remains on the board of ICNA's New York chapter.
ICNA is mentioned repeatedly in a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memorandum. The author refers to meetings between Muslim Brotherhood and ICNA officials about a planned "merger" and the New York-based group is listed as one of "our organizations and the organizations of our friends."