"The one thing you want to be able to do is to open doors for people who have felt they didn't belong." So said speaker Altaf Husain at the Muslim Students Association (MSA) National Conference, which was held in conjunction with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill. over the 4th of July weekend. The MSA published the ISNA official's words on its national Twitter account.
ISNA claims that it strives "to be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America that contributes to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large." This assertion has been effective, as ISNA officials have visited the White House and advised the Department of Homeland Security. ISNA even partners with the American Jewish Committee in taking a stand against hate crimes.
Similarly, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), which has chapters on over 600 campuses in the U.S. and Canada, includes among its "guiding principals" [sic] the claim that "love is our highest aspiration" and "tolerance is the banner of our outreach."