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Jumah at the DNC' Speaker: 'Muslims Visited America Prior to Columbus' & 'It Was a Muslim' Who Guided Him to the 'New World

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"It was a Muslim who guided Columbus on his voyage to the new world"

(Photo: Dwane Gross via NBC News)

The Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA) predicted that roughly 20,000 people would participate in its "Jumah at the DNC" open-air prayer ceremony Friday, but, according to reports, only a few hundred showed up.

That does not mean, however, that it was completely devoid of noteworthy activity.

During his comments at the prayer service, BIMA spokesman Jibril Hough reportedly claimed that Muslims reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus.

He stated, according to the Washington Times: "Muslims visited America prior to Columbus...It was a Muslim who guided Columbus on his voyage to the new world."

Breitbart adds that BIMA is upsetting some Native Americans for claiming to be "indigenous," including a passage from Miki Booth at the Western Center for Journalism:

Native Americans are very angry to learn that Muslims in the United States of America are being touted as “indigenous”, a complete falsehood.  The fact is, American Indians are the indigenous people of North America, as Hawai’ians are to Hawai’i and the Aborigine to Australia.  Organizations like BIMA marginalize native Americans in favor of Muslims, and Indians are not pleased.

In one of the photos of the event, where the men stand in front of the women to pray, one attendee is seemingly wearing a Yasser Arafat-style American flag scarf around his neck.

The event's leaders have come under fire by other Muslims for being radical and, in the words of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, wanting "to replace the US Constitution with the Quran."

The event was quietly removed from the "Charlotte in 2012" page last week after its leaders' radical connections were revealed, prompting an angry response from BIMA spokesperson Jibril Hough.

"This is about caving in to fear and ignorance," he claimed after a senior Host Committee official told NBC the event was determined to be not "appropriate and relevant."

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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