Neil Munro,The Daily Caller
The White House’s published guest list for this year’s Ramadan Iftar dinner
was much shorter than previous years’ roster. It excluded the names of several controversial advocates who have
attended the event in the past,including some who The Daily Caller can
confirm did attend on Wednesday night.
“It was a squeaky clean list,” said Durriya Badani,director of the
U.S.-Islamic World Forum,an annual event organized by the Brookings
Institution’s Saban Center and the Qatari government. The guests on the
published list are “not controversial at all,” said Badani,whose name is on the
list the White House provided to reporters.
“It was a lot more low-key … It was a more intimate event this year,” said
Haris Tarin,the Washington director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council,whose
invitation was kept off the published list. “I have no idea why they didn’t
publish [MPAC’s invite] … I’m going to learn about that a little bit more,” he
told The Daily Caller.
Mohamed Magid also attended but did not appear on the White
House’s publish list. Magid is imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in Northern
Virginia and the current president of the Islamic Society of North America.
Along with MPAC,Magid’s two organizations have drawn criticism from a loose
network of online critics who claim they are sympathetic to Islamist groups.
Whether intentional or not,the shorter list limited the risk of a political
embarrassment for the White House because it downplayed the attendance of
Islamist groups,including MPAC