In a year in which Muslim political candidates are breaking new ground or falling just short, it's not surprising to see politics dominate the country's largest annual gathering of Muslim Americans.
But the political sessions at the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Houston were far from celebrations. Rather, they cast a dire picture for Muslims of life in America.
Speakers cast "Islamophobia" as a dire threat lurking just outside their doors. And while a travel ban upheld by U.S. courts targets people from five Muslim-majority countries among dozens, the policy was repeatedly described as a "Muslim ban" in full effect.
Leading the charge was Linda Sarsour, a co-chair of the national Women's March and founder of a political activist group called MPower Change. Sarsour spoke to at least four separate sessions during the weekend, with ISNA President Azhar Azeez introducing her as "the most famous, known activist in America today."