Muslims discovered the Americas long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, the head of a D.C.-based jihad-linked Islamic lobbying group told a Saudi TV station Dec. 27.

“There are historical accounts according to which the Muslims preceded Columbus, who is said to have discovered the U.S.,” claimed Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

“Some documents and accounts indicate that Muslim seafarers were the first to reach the U.S., [so] the bottom line is that Islam played a part in the establishment and development of the U.S.,” Awad told the Saudi interviewer, in an interview in a New York studio.

CAIR did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for an explanation of Awad’s comments, which were recorded by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

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Commentary: The real -behind the scenes- purpose of Muslim claims of discovering American is found in their teachings of Islam. Islam teaches that a land once claimed for Allah is always Muslim land, and therefore must be re-conquered by Allah’s command. Any denial of such claim is considered an insult to Allah and an act of war against Islam. It’s the old, “you hit me first” claim to justify retaliation of all types. How long will it be before we see these historic revisions in our American Textbooks?

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