On Thursday, Imam Omar Suleiman from the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, based in Irving, Texas, delivered a sensitive and rousing prayer at the opening of a session at US House of representatives.
Within hours, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York City denounced both Suleiman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to invite him to offer the opening prayers.
“Totally unacceptable that Nancy Pelosi had Omar Suleiman give the opening prayer yesterday in the House. He compares Israel to the Nazis & calls them terrorists, supports Muslim Brotherhood, incites violence calling for a Palestinian intifada & the end of Zionism, etc. Bad call,” he wrote in a tweet.
The congressman’s comments were followed by a volley of articles from the Jereusalem Post, right-wing website Breitbart and a large number of other right wing sites.
“It is clearly part of an attempt to erase Muslim leaders from public life and also to keep deflecting from the real anti-Semitism of the right”, said Omar Suleiman.
My Sunday morning column for the Dallas Morning News
Bottom line: This hate seeks to silence, intimidate and bully American Muslim leaders. It also seeks to fracture the crucial alliances that have been formed to challenge it.https://t.co/jgwjTrahhU
— Omar Suleiman (@omarsuleiman504) May 12, 2019
Source of article: Middle Eastern Eye