(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/3/2015) - The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Maher Hathout, who died last night at the age of 79. Dr. Hathout, a longtime leader of the Islamic Center of Southern California and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), was nationally and internationally respected as a pioneering advocate for American Muslim empowerment and outreach to other faith communities.
"To God we belong and to Him we return," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Dr. Hathout, through his tireless community service and visionary leadership, serves as a model for the American Muslim community and for all Americans who seek a society based on justice, tolerance and mutual understanding."
"Dr. Hathout inspired generations of American Muslims to serve their nation through positive civic engagement and interfaith outreach," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "His leadership and intellectual contributions to the American Muslim community will be missed."
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, January 5, (2 p.m.) at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made either to the Islamic Center of Southern California or to the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Dr. Hathout is survived by his wife Dr. Ragaa Hathout, two children and four grandchildren. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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