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WASHINGTON (  – The newly formed Coalition of African Muslims held a press conference on September 2, 2010 at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington DC to address the controversy regarding the proposed building of an Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York. The coalition members believe that the voice of Black American Muslims has been left out of the discussion.

The speakers were: Abdul Jalil Muhammad, Akbar Muhammad , Nisa Islam Muhammad, Imam Zaid Shakir of the Zaytuna Institute, Mahdi Bray executive director of Muslim American Society Freedom, Asma Hanif, Imam Abdul Malik of Islam on Capitol Hill, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, amir of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.

“Muslims are here. We are not terrorists,” said Minister Farrakhan. “We will not allow anyone on our watch to do some silly act to deprive an innocent human being of their life. And if we see it, we’ll stop it. We will arrest them.” he said.


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