A predominantly black organization representing Muslims indigenous to the United States, the Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA) was founded in February 2001 by Siraj Wahhaj and Ihsan Bagby. The latter is currently MANA’s General Secretary. Convicted cop-killer Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly known as H. Rap Brown) was once a driving force behind MANA and continues to enjoy the organization's support to this day.
MANA seeks to establish Sharia, or Islamic Law, as the governing principle of American society.
MANA is part of the American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMTF), a national coalition of some of the largest Muslim organizations in the U.S., whose common objectives are to “[m]ainstream the American Muslim community” and work for “the empowerment of [that] community and for the protection of its rights.” MANA’s fellow AMTF members include the American Muslim Alliance, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Muslim Students’ Association of the U.S. and Canada, the Muslim Ummah of North America, Project Islamic Hope, and United Muslims of America.
MANA's Director of Governmental Affairs is Johari Abdul Malik, who likens the Israeli anti-terror separation barrier to South African apartheid; advocates divestiture from Israel; urges a boycott of all entertainers who perform in Israel; and accuses the Israeli government of engaging in a “scorched earth policy” against the Palestinians. At an anti-Israel rally in April 2004, Abdul Malik lamented the Israeli army’s recent killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, describing him as "a poor paraplegic in a wheelchair."
MANA chose not to endorse or participate in the May 14, 2005 "Free Muslims March Against Terror," an event whose purpose was to "send a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered ... [and to send] a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them."
On October 28, 2009, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, a member of MANA's governing board, was killed during an FBI raid as he engaged federal agents in a gun battle. Several of his accomplices were subsequently arrested on "charges including conspiracy, receipt of stolen goods, and firearms offenses." Prosecutors had previously called Abdullah "a highly placed leader of a nationwide radical fundamentalist Sunni group."
According to an FBI agent’s affadavit, Abdullah “regularly preache[d] anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric. [He] and his followers … trained regularly in the use of firearms, and … in martial arts and sword fighting."
The website Islamist Watch reports that music legend Kenny Gamble served on the same MANA board with Abdullah; Gamble has been accused of working to build a "black Muslim enclave" on real estate in Philadelphia that was given to him by the city.