The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is again showing its affection for the radical Jamaat-e-Islami group of Pakistan and Bangladesh, a group that it derived from. ICNA was the first to publicly mourn the death of a Jamaat-e-Islami leader and to defend his record, eliciting harsh criticism from some Muslims online.
Jamaat-e-Islami is essentially a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Both are Islamist groups with a history of support for terrorism and who intend to use electoral means to implement Sharia governance. Bangladesh is prosecuting Jamaat-e-Islami leaders for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.
ICNA portrays itself as moderate and its leadership has said that it has "no relations—no links to any organization or any country outside the United States." The Clarion Project's profile of ICNA documents its extremism, including its Jamaat-e-Islami and Muslim Brotherhood affiliations.