Last month Obama nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to serve on the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Qureshi is a Muslim lawyer who was born in Pakistan and has been practicing law in the U.S. for 10 years at Latham & Watkins law firm in Washington.
Abid Qureshi is the first Muslim judge appointed to the federal bench by any president, and reportedly has ties to Islamists, including some in the Saudi Arabian government.
Qureshi has never been a judge, and his private practice has defended Muslims in the past.
According to WND, Qureshi has defended two Muslim filmmakers in their quest to get pro-Islamic “anti-Islamophobia” advertisements placed in the New York subway system, and he also represented the Saudi Arabian government in a dispute involving a Shariah-compliant Islamic school in the U.S.
His appointment to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is currently being supported by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, which are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The nomination of Abid Qureshi to fill a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sends a message of inclusion that is welcomed by the American Muslim community and by all Americans who value diversity and mutual respect at a time when some seek division and discord,” Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR, said in a statement.
In the past Qureshi represented the Islamic Saudi Academy, a K-12 private school with the backing of the Saudi government. According to the National Law Journal “The school is on a mission of providing education ‘rooted in the Islamic faith’ to young people of Saudi Arabia residing in the U.S., especially children of government officials and Saudi diplomats.”
Qureshi won the case for the Saudi government school.
A blogger at JihadWatch.com told WND in an email “Even if this judge’s background is spotless and patriotism unquestionable, this appointment bodes ill for the future. The Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton, deny that jihad terror has anything to do with Islam, they have assiduously courted, supported and collaborated with the Muslim Brotherhood. How will they be able to vet potential judicial appointees who are Muslim for sympathies to a jihad they don’t admit exists, much less Shariah supremacism and more?”
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
Interview: Former White House Staffer Exposes Hillary’s Temperament