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End User License Agreement
(last modified June 23, 2017)
This End User License Agreement (“Agreement”) is a binding agreement between you and CAIR Foundation (“CAIR”). This Agreement governs your use of the CAIR mobile application, updates, documentation and all content and services provided by or through that mobile application (collectively, the “Application”). The Application is licensed, not sold, to you, and CAIR and its licensors retain all right, title and interest in and to the Application.
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CAIR’s collection and use of information you generate or provide in connection with your access, streaming, downloading, installing or use of the Application is described in the CAIR Privacy Policy (https://www.cair.com/privacy.html) (the “Privacy Policy”). By accessing, streaming, downloading, installing or using this Application, you consent to the Privacy Policy. In summary, in connection with the Application, you may provide the four types of information to CAIR:

  1. Personal information you may provide in the Settings section of the App like your name, address, email, and phone number (“Registration Information”);
  2. the video you take using this App (“Video Reports”);
  3. the survey responses and reports you generate after sending a video (“Written Reports”); and
  4. if you have enabled or opted to broadcast your physical location (“Geo-location Information”).

5. Report Retention Policy.

  1. CAIR reserves the right to retain indefinitely any Video Reports and Written Reports you generate, along with any Registration and Geo-location Information, if CAIR believes doing so will further CAIR’s mission of protecting civil rights and civil liberties. However, CAIR reserves the right to delete such Report and any accompanying Registration Information and Geo-location Information, unless you provide CAIR with written notification of your need for the Reports within thirty days of their submission. Please note this retention policy is subject to change subject to applicable laws and regulations to accommodate our current storage capacity and processing abilities without any notice to you.
  2. Notwithstanding (a) above, CAIR is not responsible or liable for the loss or deletion of, the unauthorized access to, or the failure to store any Report. You should keep an alternative back-up copy of any Report or content contained in a report, if retaining a copy is important to you.

6. Not a solicitation.
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10. Updates.
CAIR may at any time change or eliminate features and functionality of the Application, including through the use of bug fixes, patches and other updates (the “Updates”). Based on your Mobile Device settings, when your Mobile Device is connected to the internet either: (a) the Application will automatically download and install all available Updates; or (b) you may receive notice of or be prompted to download and install available Updates. If you do not promptly download and install all Updates, the Application may not operate properly.
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This Agreement will be interpreted under, and any dispute arising out of this Agreement or the Application will be governed by, the laws of the United States without reference to its conflict of law principles. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the state and federal courts located in Washington, D.C., and will not assert any claim against CAIR in any other courts. Any dispute will be limited to the dispute between CAIR and you individually. To the full extent permitted by law, no legal proceeding will be joined with any other or decided on a class-action basis. Breach of this Agreement could cause irreparable injury for which money damages alone would be an inadequate remedy. In that case, a party will, in addition to remedies at law, be entitled to temporary or permanent injunctive or other equitable relief, without the posting of any bond or other security.
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You (a) will indemnify, defend and hold harmless, and (b) hereby release, CAIR, its licensors, and its and their respective officers, directors, members, employees, agents, affiliates, successors and assigns from and against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, obligations, costs and/or expenses (including reasonable legal fees) which result from or arise out of your use or misuse of the Application or related activities or your violation of this Agreement. CAIR will not represent you in any dispute or proceeding arising out of the use of this Application. We reserve the right to assume control of the defense of any third-party claim that is subject to
indemnification by you, in which event you will cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses. Furthermore, CAIR assumes no responsibility for the content you submit or make available through the Application.
16. Miscellaneous.

    1. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, that provision will be modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid and enforceable, and the validity and enforceability of all other provisions of this Agreement will not be affected thereby.
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Privacy Policy

Effective as of July 17, 2016.

This Online Privacy Statement describes how we treat user data collected during your visit to the CAIR site. The CAIR site is CAIR.com, and includes all web pages whose domain name contains CAIR.com or www.CAIR.com. This is not the online privacy statement for other CAIR websites that don’t contain these domain names unless those websites link directly to this Online Privacy Statement.  Neither is it the online privacy statement for other websites (e.g. blogs or social networking sites) where CAIR has a presence, such as CAIR pages on Facebook. Finally, this is not the online privacy statement for the websites of any CAIR affiliate organizations. In all of those cases, site-specific privacy terms apply, and are posted accordingly.

Privacy and the Internet

The Internet, generally speaking, is not a private place. As you visit websites, use search engines, and conduct business on the Internet, many different companies and organizations are gathering information about your online behavior by tracking your searches, visits, and transactions, and then by matching that data with other information about you. There are some things you can do to prevent your information from being collected.  We encourage you to read our Easy Steps Everyone Can Take to Protect Their Digital Privacy to help protect your privacy online.

The CAIR takes many steps to protect your privacy when you visit the CAIR website. In order to advance our advocacy and outreach programs and provide a feature-rich experience, we do allow some tracking to take place. How and when we do so is explained below.

Our Collection and Use of Information About You

Passively Collected Data

Like most websites, we may automatically receive and record information in our server logs from your browser when you visit CAIR.com. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include your IP address, cookie information, browser type, system type, and the referring URL.

We use this type of information to measure and improve the performance of our site.  On occasion we also access this type of information to investigate or maintain the stability and security of our site.

Voluntarily Submitted Data

Certain pages on the CAIR site may invite you to share personally identifying information, such as your name, address, email address, or telephone number.  Sharing that information will allow you to make a donation, join our email list, sign a petition, or participate in other similar online activities.

We may use that voluntarily submitted data to:

    Fulfill your orders or transactions.

    Contact you about other CAIR activities or news, or about opportunities to support the CAIR.

    In the case of petitions, display your first name, last initial, city, and state on petition forms that you sign.

    In the case of blog comments, post your comment and, if given, your name.

When We May Share Your Information With Other Organizations

When we give you an opportunity to voluntarily submit information about yourself, we may give you the option of indicating that you permit us to share that data with other parties such as coalition partners or specific legislators. We will not share your data with such parties unless you have indicated that you permit us to do so.

To help facilitate our membership growth, we may also use your name and mailing address in blind exchanges with other nonprofit organizations. Learn more about how this type of exchange helps our work, while limiting disclosure of your information: https://www.CAIR.com/address-share. However, you may choose not to participate in this type of exchange by visiting our contact page and submitting a request to opt out.

Our Email List

If you sign up for our email list, we may collect data by using an embedded image to track whether you open our email and by using a URL that enables us to identify that you have taken an action, such as clicking a link in an email or signing an online petition.

This allows us to build a more effective advocacy program, to inform you about the CAIR issues you care about most, and to make it simpler for you to sign petitions and fill out surveys.

How We Work With Third-Party Vendors

We work with a variety of vendors who help us process data or otherwise facilitate the operation of the CAIR site.  For example, outside vendors may help us analyze traffic on our site, process credit card transactions, or facilitate activities such as the collection and delivery of petition signatures.  To the extent that any vendor has access to personally identifiable data about you, by virtue of the fact that it participates in the operation of the CAIR site, we require that vendor to promise that it will keep that data confidential and use it only for the purpose of carrying out the functions we have engaged it to perform.  That is true both as to passively collected data and as to voluntarily submitted data.

In some instances, we may agree to allow a vendor to take aggregated and anonymized data about activity on the CAIR site, and use that data for other purposes such as improvement of the vendor’s products or benchmarking for the vendor’s other clients.  But we won’t agree to that unless we believe, in each instance, that the data won’t be recombined with other information to create any record about you as an identifiable individual.

Our Use of Cookies

We use cookies to improve website performance, to remember user preferences and settings, and to collect analytic data. By "cookies" we mean small text files placed on to your computer by websites you visit. "Cookies" may also refer to local storage, which is a mechanism similar to cookies where the information is stored within your web browser. In some instances we place these cookies ourselves.  In other instances we allow outside service providers to place these cookies, but only if those providers agree to the terms described above under "How We Work with Third-Party Vendors." We use cookies as follows:

Website Performance

Website performance cookies allow the CAIR to improve the visitor experience by making the website easier to use. For example, they may enable us to:

    Determine how often and where you see our "breaking news" alerts or promotions.

    Save you time when filling out a form by populating it with information you provided in previous visits.


If you are visiting our website as a registered user — for example, when you manage your subscriptions for our email lists — we place cookies in your browser that allow our website to recognize that you are logged in.


We use analytics tools that place cookies, in order to give us a better understanding of how people engage with our website.  That in turn allows us to gauge the current performance of Website features, and to develop better content. Analytics cookies provide us with information like:

    How many individual visitors we have

    How many visitors are new or returning

    How often visitors come to the website

    What content they've visited

    How visitors interact with particular pages or content

In addition, if you click on a link in an email we send to you — for example, to sign a petition — a cookie may be generated that enables us to identify that you have signed the petition.

How Certain Content Hosts May Place Cookies and Gather Information About You

Our site is connected in a variety of ways to content residing on other platforms.  We provide links to content on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and to content on other sites, such as articles posted on the sites of news organizations.  Our site also features embedded media, such as videos, that are hosted on other platforms (such as YouTube) but viewable directly through the buttons we provide.  When you click on links or buttons for any of these types of external content, the providers of that content may place their own cookies on your computer, access existing cookies that were set when you previously visited other websites, or otherwise gather information about you as you access their content. 

To learn about how those content hosts treat the data they collect through cookies and otherwise, see their respective online privacy policies and other posted guidance.

To learn how you can minimize the information about you collected by these types of content hosts, please see our Easy Steps Everyone Can Take to Protect Their Digital Privacy.

Security Measures and Data Transmission

We have taken physical, electronic, and managerial measures to safeguard the information we collect. We work to ensure data accuracy and protect against unauthorized access to, and improper use of, information we collect online.

Information that can be readily linked to you personally, such as your name and address, is stored on secure servers and is not publicly accessible (unless, as discussed above, you have chosen to have us disclose information about you when you have signed a petition or submitted a blog comment). Additionally, all data transmitted to and from our website, including credit card numbers, are encrypted using industry standard measures to provide an additional level of security.

Procedure When We Update This Statement

Our privacy statement may change from time to time. We will post privacy statement changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice on our website. We will also keep prior versions of the Online Privacy Statement available for your review in this section.


    January 18, 2013

Procedure for Updating Your Personal Information or Preferences

If you wish to withdraw or change personal information you shared with us previously or adjust personal preferences — such as your preferences regarding email lists — you may contact us to update our records. You have the following options to do this:

    Click on the link in the footer of any email you receive from the CAIR and use our preference center

    Send e-mail to: info@cair.com

    Send mail to our address: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington DC, 20003

To send us any other feedback, please visit: http://www.cair.com/contact-us.html

Why CAIR qualifies for Zakat

Numerous Muslim scholars have confirmed that Zakat is payable to organizations that exist to serve the Muslim community by protecting their rights. This is because the work done by CAIR (and other such organizations) can be classified as fi-sabilillah, which is one of the eight categories of Zakat recipients detailed in the Quran (Chapter 9, Verse 60).

Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Kutty a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

“I think it is not only permissible, rather it is also imperative that we do give our zakah to organizations like CAIR and CAIR-CAN, since they are fulfilling a most timely and essential service for the healthy survival of the community. Supporting such institutions clearly falls under the legitimate objectives of zakah as expounded by authentic scholars and jurists of Islam, both of the past and the present.

The categories of recipients of zakah are stated in the following verse: “Charities are (meant) only for the poor and the needy, and those who are charged with collecting them, and those whose hearts are to be won over, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage, and (for) those who are overburdened with debts, and (for those who strive) in Allah’s cause (fi sabili-llah), and (for) the way-farer: (this is) an ordinance from Allah—and Allah is All-Knowing and All-Wise” (At-Tawbah: 60).

As is clear from the above verse, one of the categories is fi sabili-llah. … among the commentators of the Qur’an (mufassirun) as well as the jurists (fuqaha’), who have used the term fi sabili-llah in a far wider sense, thus extending it to include all beneficial works and projects that are of common benefit to the Ummah. They have thus included in this category such services as funeral arrangements, building and taking care of schools and mosques, establishing hospitals, building bridges, etc. In short, they definitely include institutions that provide educational or social services under this category and thus eligible to receive funds from zakah.

A principle of jurisprudence states: if a thing which has been considered as obligatory cannot be fulfilled without fulfilling another, then fulfilling the latter also becomes obligatory. Thus since protecting the rights of Muslims and empowering Muslims cannot be achieved without such institutions, it is imperative that Muslims support and maintain such institutions.

Muslims should have no hesitation in giving part of their Zakah to CAIR, which is providing a most timely and essential service for the cause of Islam and Muslims. They both have a reputation for professionalism, efficiency, commitment, and integrity, which in my mind are the most valuable assets of any Islamic organization worthy of the name.

May Allah give us all the honor of serving His cause efficiently and professionally, and may He also accept our humble efforts in His cause. Ameen.”

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a well known Islamic Scholar, a regular commentator on Islamic issues and makes fatwas on issues of importance to Muslims.

Shiekh Ahmad Kutty’s Biography: Born in Kerala State, India (1946) Nationality: Canadian

Educational background

  • 1975-1980: McGill University, Montreal: Doctoral Studies; Specialized in Shari’ah Thought.
  • 1972-1973: University of Toronto: Masters in Islamic Studies.
  • 1968-1972: Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia: Licentiate in Usul al-Ddeen (first rank).
  • 1957-1967: Islamiyya College: Graduated in the Traditional Islamic Sciences and received the ‘Ijazah (title) of al-Faqih fi al-ddeen (first rank).

Scholarly papers/works/publications, etc.

  • Shah Waliullah’s Concept of Harmony (tatbiq) of Reason, Revelation and Intuition in the Light of Hujjat Allah al-Balighah (Under Preparation).
  • Human Rights: The Western & Islamic Perspectives (Work in progress)
  • Translation of al-‘aqeedah al-tahawiyyah (2002)
  • An analytical study of Ibn Taymiyyah’s al-‘Aqidat al-Wasitiyyah (1978)
  • Translation of al-Insaf fi bayan asbab al-ikhtilaf (1981)
  • An analytical study of Ibn Khaldun’s Shifa’ al-sa’il fi tahdhib al-masaail (1976)
  • Al-Nass wa al-ikhtiyaar fi al-khilafah: A Comparative Study of the Sunni and the Shi’ah Theories of Khilafah/Imamah (1982)
  • Kitab al-Tawhid of Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (d. 944): A report on his work with reference to his role in the development of Kalam (1978)
  • Abolition of Khilafah and the reaction of the Muslim world (1976)
  • Muhammad b. Abd al-Wahhab: His life & Reformist Ideas (1976)
  • Shah Waliullah’s Concept of Shari’ah (1979)
  • Ibn Taymiyyah’s Attitude towards Sufism (1979)
  • Ramadan: Blessings and Rules (1990)
  • 14 Islamic Funeral Rites (1991)
  • Social Justice in Islam: A translation of Sayyid Qutb’s al-adalatul ijtima’iyyah fi al-islam into Malayalam (4th edition, 1987)
  • Miscellaneous articles published in various newspapers/magazines

Courses taught

  • Evolution of Fiqh and the Emergence of the Schools of Jurisprudence
  • Fiqh al-Hadith: A Study of Bulugh al-Maraam
  • Readings in Sahih al-Bukhari
  • Islamic Ethics: Readings in Riyad al-Saliheen
  • Fiqh of Priorities
  • Islamic Ethics and Morals
  • Studies in Islamic Spirituality based on Imam Ghazzali’s Ihya ulum al-Ddeen
  • Islamic ‘Aqeedah Level One
  • Islamic ‘Aqeedah Level Two
  • Marriage and Family in Islam
  • Comparative Religions
  • Sects and Sectarianism in Islam
  • Fiqh al-Zzakah
  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)


  • Presently: Senior Lecturer/Imam at the Islamic Institute of Toronto & and a non-resident Imam/Khatib (orator) at the following centers/mosques in Toronto: Islamic Center of Canada, Islamic Center of Canada, Bosnian Islamic Center, and Ansar Mosque
  • 1984-1994: Director/Imam Islamic Foundation of Toronto
  • 1979-1982: Director/Imam: Islamic Center of Toronto
  • 1973-1975: Assistant Director: Islamic Center of Toronto

Participation in Seminars/Symposia, etc.

  • Participated as a presenter in numerous seminars, conferences, and symposiums (from 1975 onwards).
  • Participated on a regular basis in the ISNA conferences as a speaker & as a participant in Fiqh Sessions (1975 onwards).
  • Presentations on Islam in various churches/ inter-faith gatherings/hospitals, etc.
  • Gave numerous interviews to newspapers/ television (both local and national) on various issues affecting Islam and Muslims.


Top Internet Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories About CAIR

Top Internet Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories About CAIR

Updated May 2013

"CAIR exists to uphold the right to liberty that Americans are guaranteed under the Constitution. We will challenge any attempts to erode constitutionally-protected liberties. We will also continue to work to ensure that American Muslims play a positive and productive role in our society." - Former CAIR National Board Chairman and retired North Carolina State Senator Larry Shaw, March 2009.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has a record of exemplary social and political activism stretching back to 1994. The organization is arguably the most visible and public representative of the American Muslim community.

Because of CAIR's high profile and very public record of principled advocacy of civil liberties, interfaith relations and justice for all people, a small but vocal group of anti-Muslim bigots has made CAIR the focus of their misinformation campaign. Internet hate sites then recycle these attacks using a template-like style without verifying the authenticity of the information.

This document summarizes the most common of these attacks and offers a fuller picture of these issues for your evaluation.


Internet Disinformation #1: CAIR is "the Wahhabi lobby," a "front-group for Hamas," a "fund-raising arm for Hezbollah," or "...part of a wider conspiracy overseen by the Muslim Brotherhood. ..."

CAIR was born out of a desire on the part of its founders to "concentrate on combating anti-Muslim discrimination nationwide." The organization's advocacy model -- work closely with media and provide direct services to local Muslim communities -- was developed when Nihad Awad and Ibrahim Hooper worked as community activists.

In a March 14, 2007 New York Times article, Michael Rolince, a retired F.B.I. official who directed counterterrorism in the Washington field office from 2002 to 2005, said, "Of all the groups, there is probably more suspicion about CAIR, but when you ask people for cold hard facts, you get blank stares."

The article also reported, "Government officials in Washington said they were not aware of any criminal investigation of the group. More than one described the standards used by critics to link CAIR to terrorism as akin to McCarthyism, essentially guilt by association."

CAIR is not is "the Wahhabi lobby," a "front-group for Hamas," a "fund-raising arm for Hezbollah," "...part of a wider conspiracy overseen by the Muslim Brotherhood..." or any of the other false and misleading associations our detractors seek to smear us with. That we stand accused of being both a "fundraising arm of Hezbollah" and the "Wahhabi lobby" is a significant point in demonstrating that our detractors are hurling slander not fact. Hezbollah and the Salafi (Wahhabi) movement represent diametrically opposed ideologies.

CAIR's origin story is simple. In the February-March 2000 edition of "The Link," a newsletter published by Americans for Middle East Understanding, Nihad Awad wrote the following, "The core challenge [to American Muslims], that of stereotyping and defamation, was having a devastating effect on our children and paralyzing adults from taking their due roles in civic affairs." Based on a desire to address this issue on a national level, Awad, "contacted my friend Ibrahim Hooper, a professional journalist and communications genius, and tried to persuade him to move to Washington and join the project."

With this premise in mind, CAIR was founded in 1994.


Internet Disinformation #2: The organization condemns terrorism and extremism in a broad sense, but at the same time the group is laying groundwork for anti-American extremism.

CAIR's advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of anti-American extremists. Indeed, our track record of success solidly repudiates extremist arguments that Muslims cannot get fair treatment in our nation.

CAIR advocates for American Muslims through the media, government and all legal, traditional avenues available to public interest groups. CAIR staff and volunteers proactively train our community in strategies to improve grassroots ability to take their due roles in civic affairs and redress grievances.

Our moral position is clear. We unequivocally condemn terrorism. Any group that hurts civilians deserves condemnation. As recently as January, 2009, CAIR's vigorous condemnation of violence committed in the name of Islam was acknowledged by the United States Institute of Peace in its report "Islamic Peacemaking Since 9/11."

We are proud of our principled advocacy for just and peaceful resolutions to conflicts even when that advocacy requires stances that are not viewed as politically correct.

In truth, however, condemnations alone do not solve problems. That is why CAIR's moral position, which is prompted by the basic Islamic principle that no one has the right to take innocent life, is backed by action. CAIR has its sent staff to Baghdad to appeal for the release of a kidnapped American journalist; produced anti-terror public service announcements in English, Arabic and Urdu; coordinated an Islamic anti-terror religious ruling (fatwa); raised money for rebuilding churches in the wake of Middle East violence and called on Islamic religious leaders to deliver anti-terror messages in their sermons.

CAIR has condemned specific terrorist actions against Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Americans, Spaniards, Turks, Israelis, Saudis, Russians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Iraqis, British, and so on.

CAIR has condemned specific terrorist groups by name. On 3/11/2009, the fifth anniversary of the tragic Madrid attacks, CAIR issued a statement saying, "We unequivocally condemn all acts of terrorism, whether carried out by al-Qa'ida, the Real IRA, FARC, Hamas, ETA, or any other group designated by the U.S. Department of State as a 'Foreign Terrorist Organization'."

In 2007, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad joined 137 other Muslim leaders and scholars from around the world in sending a first-of-its-kind open letter designed to promote understanding between Muslims and Christians worldwide. The letter, entitled "A Common Word Between Us and You," was sent to Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and more than 20 other Christian leaders. Awad is also an original endorser of the Amman Message and its three points of tolerance.

Anti-American extremists are well aware of our rejection of their views. Following CAIR's criticism of remarks by an extremist leader, a German blogger noted that some within the "jihadi community...issu[ed] angry rants about the apparent treachery of American Muslims, including specifically the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)." Alleged Tampa Bay extremist Sami Osmakac, who was charged in 2012 with plotting to attack location in Florida, also railed against CAIR.

We find that our detractors prefer to nitpick -- to give a facetious example: "You did not condemn terror against Brazilians, ergo you must support it" -- rather than acknowledge our resoundingly clear words and deeds.

To allow ourselves to focus on promoting a more positive society rather than writing a specific condemnation of every group or addressing murderous behavior toward every ethnic and religious group on the planet, we have adopted a simple, comprehensive message: "We condemn terrorism whenever it happens, wherever it happens, whoever commits it. Period."


Internet Disinformation #3: Rather than praise the conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, CAIR or Nihad Awad deemed it "a travesty of justice."

This is a lie; no evidence substantiating this falsehood has ever been offered. No CAIR document or official ever made such a statement. CAIR obtained hard copies of relevant editions of the Muslim World Monitor, the publication in which Awad is alleged to have made this remark. Awad never wrote or spoke the comment or anything like it. In addition, he was not the editor in chief of Muslim World Monitor as CAIR's detractors claim.

CAIR has never dealt with this case other than a one-paragraph mention in the 1996 CAIR report on Muslim civil rights in which CAIR quoted attorney Stanley Cohen as saying that he thought "... the case against his client is political rather than criminal."


Internet Disinformation #4: CAIR receives foreign money.

CAIR's operational budget is funded by donations from American Muslims.

While the majority of CAIR's financial support comes from American Muslims, CAIR is proud to receive the support of every individual -- whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or of another faith background -- who supports the organization's mission of promoting justice and mutual understanding. This willingness to accept support from foreign nationals exists as long as there are no "strings" attached to the bequest.

The U.S. government, corporations and many other non-profit organizations -- such as the American Red Cross -- routinely receive money from foreign nationals.

CAIR is frequently criticized for receiving $500,000 from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men. That money was donated specifically to CAIR's library project, a program designed to distribute a set of books on Islam, the majority of which were written by non-Muslim academics, to libraries so that people can learn more about Islam.

According to Forbes magazine, Bin Talal's Kingdom Holding "...contains his investments in well-known companies such as Citigroup and News Corp., as well as Four Seasons Hotels and Fairmont Hotel management companies, among many others." (Forbes, 3/05/2008)

News Corp. is headed by Rupert Murdoch and is the parent company of Fox News channel.

If CAIR is taken to task for bin Talal's donation to us, so should these companies be taken to task for accepting his money.

CAIR was proud to receive that donation to help further efforts to eradicate ignorance and misinformation about Islam.


Internet Disinformation #5: CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad publicly declared support for Hamas at Barry University in Florida in 1994, saying: "I'm in support of the Hamas movement."

CAIR detractors -- such as Steven Emerson and Daniel Pipes -- selectively recycle this and other incomplete statements to assert their pre-fabricated conclusions.

In response to a direct question from an audience member about social programs in the occupied territories, Awad said, "I'm in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO." This excerpt was lifted from a longer answer in which Awad also stated: "There are some radicals. We are not interested in those people."

This statement was made in March 1994, before CAIR was formed. Hamas did not commit its first suicide bombing until October 1994. The United States subsequently identified Hamas as a specially designated terrorist in January 1995.

Thus, Awad's remarks came seven months prior to Hamas' first suicide bombings and nine months before the organization received the specially designated terrorist label from the government.

Our detractors always fail to add that in 2006 Awad said, "I don't support Hamas today. My position and CAIR's position is extremely clear: we condemn suicide bombings. We are mainstream American Muslims." (Associated Press, 11/22/2006)

Awad and CAIR have consistently denounced violence by Hamas, Israel and other groups and advocated peaceful and negotiated resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere.


Internet Disinformation #6: The labeling of the organization as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial in Dallas, TX implies that CAIR was somehow involved with criminal activity and is facing indictment.

This issue was settled by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Department of Justice in CAIR's favor.

On October 20, 2010, Judges Garza, Benavides, and Crone of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the U.S. Department of Justice violated the Fifth Amendment rights of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), and by implication the rights of more than 300 similarly-named Muslim organizations and individuals, such as CAIR, when it included them on the publicly-filed un-indicted co-conspirator list in 2007.

The court also ruled that inclusion on the list was the result of "simply an untested allegation of the Government made in anticipation of a possible evidentiary dispute that never came to pass." The listing is simply part of tactical pre-trial maneuvering and not an indicator of guilt.

In August 2007 Newsweek reported, "According to one senior law-enforcement official (who asked not to be named talking about an ongoing case), the listing of ISNA, CAIR and other groups as 'unindicted co-conspirators' was largely a tactical move by the government." (Newsweek, 8/08/2007) A June 2008 ACLU press release also reports, "The prosecutor also acknowledged that the public labeling was simply a 'legal tactic' intended to allow the government to introduce hearsay evidence against HLF later at trial."

The three-judge court of appeals panel was the final arbiter and takes precedence over an earlier ruling by district Judge Jorge Solis.

In 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that Department of Justice officials determined after "looking at the facts and the law, a prosecution would not be appropriate." This conclusion was reached after two reviews conducted under both the Bush and Obama administrations.

After Holder, the chief law enforcement officer in America, stated this fact, internet rumor held that a prosecution had been suppressed due to political interference.

This allegation has also been put to rest.

James Jacks, the U.S. Attorney who led the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation issued a statement that was partially reproduced in the Dallas Morning News: "'The decision to indict or not indict a case is based upon an analysis of the evidence and the law,' [Jacks] wrote. 'That's what happened in this case.'"

The Dallas Morning News (U.S. attorney in Dallas says Obama's White House didn't meddle in case, April 29, 2011) went on to report the following:

"Nathan Garrett, a former FBI agent who was also a prosecutor in the Holy Land case until he left for private practice in 2007, said 'politics played no role' in determining who was prosecuted when he was there.

"'Decisions were hashed out in often tough and pressure-filled situations and conditions, but always -- in my experience -- grounded in evidence and law,' he said. 'The process was what the American people would want and expect it to be.'"

Garret's assertion was later mirrored by special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI Field Office, Robert E. Casey Jr. The Dallas office did the investigating preceding the HLF indictments. Reflecting on his twenty-six years in the FBI, Casey said, "...I've never been told to stop doing something that was legitimately authorized because of some political or other agenda." (Source: Jason Trahan, "FBI's top North Texas agent looks back at his career," Dallas Morning News, March 1, 2012.)

Finally, there is no legal implication to being labeled an unindicted co-conspirator, since it does not require the Justice Department to prove anything in a court of law. Merely claiming someone is guilty without due process is both un-Constitutional and offensive to the principles of our justice system.


Internet Disinformation #7: Former CAIR employees and board members have been arrested, convicted, deported, or otherwise linked to terrorism-related charges and activities.

The short answer to this is guilt by association. CAIR has hundreds of board members and employees and thousands of supporters. It would be illogical and unfair to hold CAIR responsible for the personal activities of all these people.

For example, when Aldrich Ames (CIA) and Robert Hanssen (FBI) admitted to being spies for foreign governments, it did not automatically associate the CIA or FBI with being complicit in any of these criminal activities. Currently, former members of US Congress are serving jail time and others are under the cloud of ethical suspicion. Does such behavior by members of Congress while in office incriminate the entire U.S. Congress?

The acts of a person done outside the scope or duration of his or her employment, and without the employer's knowledge, have no legal bearing on the employer.

CAIR believes that anyone who is found guilty of committing a crime, especially one that furthers terrorist motives, should receive a fair, objective trial and, if found guilty, be punished to the fullest extent of the law. CAIR would never compromise its principles, both American and Islamic, in the furtherance or assistance of any illegal endeavors.

McCarthy-like attempts to portray CAIR as guilty by association with certain individuals evoke memories of attempts to smear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a communist or womanizer.

The smears normally involve the following individuals: Ismail Royer, Dr. Bassem El-Khafagi, Rabih Haddad, and Ghassan Elashi.

ISMAIL ROYER -- In January 2004, Royer pled guilty to weapons charges. He did not plead guilty to any charge of "terrorism." Any criminal action to which he pleaded guilty was done when Royer was no longer employed with CAIR and it was certainly not at CAIR's direction.

BASSEM EL-KHAFAGI -- El-Khafagi was never an employee of CAIR and was never convicted on terrorism charges. According to the Associated Press (AP) article announcing his plea, federal officials stated that he was charged with writing bad checks in February and June of 2001. El-Khafagi was an independent contractor for CAIR, effective November 2, 2001. The actions of which he was accused occurred before any relationship with CAIR had commenced and without any knowledge by CAIR's of any wrongdoing on his part. Writing bad checks is a criminal offense, not terrorism. Surely if there had been strong evidence of terrorist activities, the Justice Department would have vigorously pursued those avenues and not allowed him to plead guilty to non-terrorism related charges.

RABIH HADDAD -- Haddad was never an employee of CAIR. He was "deported for overstaying his tourist visa" and was "never charged with a crime." He was never an employee or associate of CAIR. His only association with CAIR was as a speaker at a single CAIR chapter event. He was not a "CAIR fundraiser," as is sometimes claimed.

GHASSAN ELASHI -- Elashi was never an employee or officer of CAIR. The fact that Elashi was once briefly associated with one of our more than 30 regional chapters has no legal significance to our corporation since any actions he took were outside the scope and chronology of his association with one of our chapters.


Internet Disinformation #8: The FBI severed relations with CAIR in October 2008

Writing in the New York Times on March 11, 2011, Scott Shane reported, "Last month, the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, said that the bureau had no 'formal relationship' with CAIR, but that the organization's officials and chapters regularly worked with F.B.I. officials on investigations and related matters. This included a news conference held on Thursday in Sacramento to announce an arrest in a mosque vandalism case."

CAIR's work with law enforcement was highlighted by the Congressional Research Service, the non-partisan institution which works for the U.S Congress, in its 2010 report American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat:

  • "The [2010] story of the five men from the Alexandria, Virginia area...became public when the Council on American-Islamic Relations got their families in touch with the FBI after the five left the United States without telling their families." [CAIR note: This case is cited in numerous sources as a core example of the American Muslim community working with law enforcement.]
  • "Posing as a new convert, Monteilh arrived at the Irvine Islamic Center in 2006 wearing robes and a long beard, using the name Farouk al-Aziz. Monteilh had a criminal record that included serving 16 months in state prison on two grand theft charges. Members of the Islamic Center of Irvine were reportedly alarmed about Monteilh and his talk of jihad and plans for a terrorist attack. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported him to the Irvine police and obtained a three-year restraining order against him." [CAIR Note: It was later revealed the Monteilh was an FBI informant.]

CAIR has long worked to improve Muslim community relations with law enforcement, a CAIR press release issued in October of 1998 is the earliest record we have of CAIR meeting with FBI representatives.

Despite this, in 2008, FBI offices contacted many CAIR chapters stating that they were suspending some ties between the Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group and FBI field offices. This action was apparently taken in relation to issues laid to rest in Internet Disinformation #6.

The letters also stated that the FBI would continue to work with CAIR on civil rights issues impacting American Muslims.

As a civil rights organization, CAIR is frequently called upon to challenge FBI actions. In this role we have filed legal challenges against the FBI in cases involving the placement of an agent provocateur in mosques in California (the case noted above) and the apparent use without a warrant of a GPS tracking device on a man's car, also in California. We have also challenged the bureau on its use of anti-Muslim trainers for its agents.

As a Muslim advocacy organization, CAIR frequently calls upon the FBI to investigate acts of hate directed at community members. As demonstrated above, when persons of concern are brought to our attention we also report that.


Internet Disinformation #9: CAIR is part of a conspiracy, sometimes alleged to be a plot hatched by the Muslim Brotherhood, to infiltrate the U.S. government and subvert the U.S. Constitution.

"The Constitution is the law of the land and CAIR likes it that way. Our organization expends enormous legal and advocacy energy defending its principles," CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick told the New York Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs by in 2011. McGoldrick's words are the best summary we can offer of CAIR's position on our nation's founding document.

CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor said the same thing in a 2011 blog post discussing the role of Islamic law in the United States, a subject that is in vogue among conspiracy theorists who assert that Muslims are sneaking sharia into America:

"The U.S. Constitution is the law of the land. Individuals may enter into agreements based on their faith. Such practices are reasonably common. However, any such agreement must comply with U.S. law. So if I choose to finance my house with a sharia-compliant company, the resulting contract must be within the boundaries of standing law."

For the most part, the subversion conspiracy allegation relies on a line found in wiretaps of a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia during which a participant discussed "establishing alternative organizations which can benefit from a new atmosphere, ones whose Islamic hue is not very conspicuous." The conspiracy theory runs that CAIR was the product of this discussion.

CAIR is subjected to reams of false accusations, but even our most vehement detractors never assert that the organization is "not very conspicuous" in its "Islamic hue."

Indeed, "Islamic" is all over our founding. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was created as an "organization that challenges stereotypes of Islam and Muslims," a "Washington-based Islamic advocacy group" and an "organization dedicated to providing an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public." (Emphasis added.)

In 1995, CAIR took on its first discrimination case involving an employer refusing to reasonably accommodate an employee's choice to wear the hijab, or Islamic headscarf. Since the headscarf is one of the key things frequently associated with Islam in the public consciousness this choice appears contradictory of the alleged goal of being inconspicuous.

In 2002, PR Week noted that, "Since 1994, CAIR has employed a well-rounded plan in its role as a top Muslim voice in the US." (Source: PR Week, 11/04/2002) That CAIR is the American Muslim organization most frequently cited by media outlets, a "top Muslim voice," also undermines any assertions that CAIR was sneakily founded to be "inconspicuous."

Another pillar of the subversion conspiracy theory is that CAIR is attempting to infiltrate the United States government for nefarious purposes. This conspiracy theory's key document is the book Muslim Mafia. One of the book's authors has likened Islam to a "cancer" and the other once proposed putting pigs' blood in water in Afghanistan.

At the time of the book's release, Newsweek concluded, "CAIR has tried to place interns on Capitol Hill, but as it points out, that's standard practice for advocacy groups of all types and allegiances. There's no proof of sinister motives or an effort to encourage international jihad."

The book's sole credibility boost came from its forward, which was written by then U.S. Representative Sue Myrick (R-NC).

According to Mother Jones, community activist Mohamed Elibiary met with Myrick in September 2011. Elibiary says, "[Myrick] let me know that she doesn't hold any bad feelings towards the community and that some of the previous things, like her writing the foreword for the Muslim Mafia book, was done through bad advice she received."

Mother Jones adds the following:

It wasn't Myrick's only attempt to make things right. She conveyed a similar message to Ellison. "I don't think she ever knew what she was really getting herself into," Ellison says. "She was a little stunned that she would be associated with hating a religious minority group. I think she re-evaluated a number of things, and I think she's far less aggressive than she used to be."

CAIR staff and volunteers see their job as making sure that American democracy works for everyone. One of the ways we achieve this goal is by undertaking advocacy efforts or filing legal challenges against our government when we believe it has exceeded the authority granted to it by the Founding Fathers.

Much of our legal work involves upholding First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.

For instance, Awad v. Ziriax, a lawsuit filed by CAIR-OK Executive Director Muneer Awad seeking to block the implementation of an anti-Muslim amendment to that state's constitution argues that the law would violate the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause, as well as the Supremacy Clause. On January 10, 2012 the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision to block implementation the law based on Awad's arguments.

Similarly, on March 2, 2011, CAIR filed a civil rights lawsuit against the FBI on behalf of a California Muslim who found a secret GPS tracking device that was placed on his car without first obtaining a warrant. The lawsuit states that the FBI violated the California Muslim's First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights when the bureau failed to obtain a warrant to place the GPS tracking device on his car to monitor his daily activities.

Also, CAIR frequently invokes the Constitution's Article VI in defending the right of minority faiths, most recently in the case of Mormon Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to hold public office.

Eighteen years of work, dozens of campaigns, and thousands of civil rights cases, much of it involving defense of constitutional principles result in a very public track record of making democracy work for everyone.

In 2011, the FBI undertook to training materials dealing with Islam and Muslims and remove items that incorporated "factual errors"; "poor taste"; employment of "stereotypes" about Arabs or Muslims; or presenting information that "lacked precision." Included in the assessments of the five subject matter experts assigned by the FBI to conduct the review is the finding, "Page 10 inaccurately implies that CAIR and MAS are [Muslim Brotherhood] organizations." This factual error linking CAIR to a foreign agency appears to have been removed on the basis of the subject matter expert's recommendation.



CAIR is a high-profile organization that represents a minority in the United States that is often treated as suspect and frequently subjected to discrimination. We recognize that this very public profile, along with our community's current struggle to find full acceptance in our nation's pluralistic landscape, will draw the ire of nativists, bigots and those who seek to profit from the Islamophobic "fear industry."

CAIR's former board chairman and North Carolina State Senator Larry Shaw summed up the truth of the organization's mission when he issued the following statement in March, 2009:

"CAIR exists to uphold the right to liberty that Americans are guaranteed under the Constitution. We will challenge any attempts to erode constitutionally-protected liberties. We will also continue to work to ensure that American Muslims play a positive and productive role in our society.

"In carrying out our mission of promoting justice and mutual understanding, we honor and will continue to learn from groups who have faced similar challenges, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans and many others.

"CAIR embraces the cultural and religious pluralism that is a hallmark of America and repudiates any misuse of Islam to falsely justify violence or intolerance.

"We look forward to partnering with the Obama administration to help defend civil liberties and to project to the world the best of our nation's universal, constitutional and pluralistic values of freedom and justice."

We realize that many people and entities are subjected to the misinformation campaign about CAIR. It is our hope that those who seek the truth and are willing to evaluate the full picture share these responses with interested individuals and entities.

Encouraging Cooperation with Law Enforcement

CAIR: Who We Are Series

Does CAIR Encourage Cooperation with Law Enforcement?

June 2011

Like the rest of the mainstream American Muslim community, CAIR believes it is both our civic and religious duty to work with law enforcement to protect our nation. Even one incident of violent extremism is too many. CAIR's a civil liberties and advocacy organization. We act to ensure that American democracy, with its foundational belief that individuals have a right to legal counsel when dealing with law enforcement, works for everyone.

CAIR is proud to continue the Founding Fathers' tradition of working for checks on overly-broad law enforcement efforts. In 1761, Boston lawyer James Otis spoke against overly-broad warrants issued by the British government. These Writs of Assistance allowed the crown's agents to search any house or ship they choose. John Adams--who went on to sign the Declaration of Independence and become our nation's second president--said of Otis's speech, "Then and there, the child Independence was born."

We are not law enforcement. Our staff are neither trained as, nor empowered to be, investigators. We make this point because some in the wider society expect Islamic institutions to have prescient knowledge of criminal activity by Muslims. Such a notion is ridiculous.

CAIR materials consistently reinforce the organization's policy of constitutionally-informed cooperation with law enforcement.

  • CAIR's American Muslim Civic Pocket Guide, distributed at mosques and CAIR events nationwide, notes: "IF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACTS YOU ... American Muslims strongly support law enforcement and the protection of our national security. As Americans, we also value civil rights. All Americans have the constitutional right of due process and the right to be politically active. If you know of any criminal activity taking place in your community, it is both your religious and civic duty to immediately report such activity to local and federal law enforcement agencies." (emphasis added)
  • CAIR's "Community Safety Kit" for American Muslims begins by urging American Muslims to "do their part to ensure the safety and security of our nation." It goes on to say: "If anyone notes suspicious persons or activities in their community, they should report it immediately to the local Field Office of the FBI."

In its 2010 report American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat, the Congressional Research Service, the non-partisan institution which works for the U.S Congress, relates two instances of CAIR working with authorities regarding persons of concern.

  • "The [2010] story of the five men from the Alexandria, Virginia area ... became public when the Council on American-Islamic Relations got their families in touch with the FBI after the five left the United States without telling their families."
  • "Posing as a new convert, Monteilh arrived at the Irvine Islamic Center in 2006 wearing robes and a long beard, using the name Farouk al-Aziz. Monteilh had a criminal record that included serving 16 months in state prison on two grand theft charges. Members of the Islamic Center of Irvine were reportedly alarmed about Monteilh and his talk of jihad and plans for a terrorist attack. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported him to the Irvine police and obtained a three-year restraining order against him." [Note: It was later revealed the Monteilh was an FBI informant.]

A U.S. Attorney and FBI Director Mueller acknowledge that CAIR works with them. The head of the largest sheriff's department in America defends CAIR.

  • "Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, who watched the [a hearing held by Rep. Peter King], also took exception to [Minnesota Rep.] Cravaack's characterization [of CAIR]. "I'm frustrated by the blanket condemnation of (the council)," Jones said. He said his terrorism unit of prosecutors has a working relationship with the council's local chapter as well as other entities in sniffing out extremism or wrongdoing. "I hope that (the hearing) does not have an adverse impact on the good things happening here in Minnesota with our Somali community," Jones said. "We are on a good path with closer collaboration. - Rubén Rosario, (Minnesota) Pioneer Press, March 11, 2011
  • "Last month, the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, said that the bureau had no 'formal relationship' with CAIR, but that the organization's officials and chapters regularly worked with F.B.I. officials on investigations and related matters. This included a news conference held on Thursday in Sacramento to announce an arrest in a mosque vandalism case. - Scott Shane, New York Times, March 11, 2011.
  • "When you attack CAIR, you attack virtually every Muslim in America." - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, head of the largest, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2010.

2010: Meetings with Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security

  • In December, 2010, CAIR-Tampa met with representatives of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
  • CAIR-Michigan met 13 times with Federal law enforcement in 2010, including the FBI, TSA, ICE and CBP.
  • CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Moein Khawaja was a main speaker at a town hall meeting with the FBI held by the Council of Islamic Organizations in Philadelphia, an umbrella group that of which CAIR-Philadelphia is a member. Similarly, CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Director Christina Abraham moderated an event featuring a speech by Robert D. Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Chicago Field Office, at the American Islamic College in July.
  • In November, 2010, pre-Hajj season, CAIR-Philadelphia had a meeting with the customs and borders protection officers and Homeland Security officers who oversee international arrivals in Philadelphia. DHS gave tips to CAIR on how to make hajj travelers better prepared on what they can bring and what they can't bring on travel. In turn, CAIR gave DHS security tips, such as hajj travelers should know which hajj group they are travelling with. If the traveler does not know, they may be a candidate for additional screening.
  • CAIR-Minnesota, met with Customs and Borders Protection agents quarterly to bring up any cases or issues that come up at the airports. Once or twice a year DHS holds meeting with several Muslim organizations in Minnesota and CAIR participates in this meeting.

2010: Law Enforcement Coordination and Advisory Groups

  • In 2010, CAIR-Sacramento, met with the Lodi Police Department, conducted a diversity training for the Lodi Police Department, participated in the U.S. Attorney's Hate Crimes Task Force, participated in the Sacramento Police Multicultural Advisory Meeting, met with Office of Public Safety Accountability Director Francine Tournour, and met with District Attorney Jan Scully and Muslim community leaders.
  • CAIR-Sacramento is affiliated with the District Attorney's Multicultural Advisory Board, the American Immigration Lawyers Association-Law Enforcement Co-liaison-Sacramento/Chico sub region, the U.S. Attorney Hate Crimes Task Force, and the City of Sacramento Police Multicultural Committee.
  • CAIR-San Antonio conducted three diversity trainings at the Police Academy in San Antonio in 2009. The chapter also conducted one diversity training in Austin, Texas at the Austin Police Department. The chapter conducted two other trainings for the State Police Academy in Austin that year.
  • CAIR-New York attends monthly meetings with a group of the city's Muslim leaders and representatives of the NYPD. The purpose of the initiative is to build trust, voice concerns and improve law enforcement. The chapter has regular communication with the NYPD's community liaisons and hate crimes unit. As part of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition, CAIR-NY has regular contact with higher levels of the NYPD regarding their counter-terrorism training policies. The collaboration has resulted in revisions and additions to the NYPD's report on radicalization. CAIR-NY sent a representative to a meeting with Customs and Border Patrol from JFK airport to discuss policy and some specific cases of possible discrimination.
  • CAIR-Philadelphia attends a monthly meeting with a state-wide agency in Pennsylvania, overseen by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). PHRC is a state-wide law enforcement agency that enforces equal opportunity laws and also monitors civil tensions. Every month they have a task force meeting called the Interagency Task Force on Civil Tension, which is made up of civil rights non-profits, law enforcement, Penn state agencies, and individuals who have positions in the community.

1996: First documented CAIR-led law enforcement bridge building function

  • The organization's first documented attempt to build bridges between American Muslims and those who enforce our nation's laws was on March 26, 1996. (CAIR was founded in 1994.) A public release issued by CAIR on that date relates how staff arranged a meeting between representatives of the local and national Muslim community and the Colorado Attorney General, a U.S. Attorney and representatives from the Adams County District Attorney's office.

2011: Policy violation, "Don't talk to the FBI" poster A poster placed on a CAIR chapter's website is alleged to be "evidence" of nefarious intent on CAIR's part. Like any organization, we are subject to occasional violations of our policies.

  • The following statement was issued over CAIR's national e-distribution list on January 14, 2011, shortly after the poster was brought to the attention of national staff:
    • "CLARIFICATION: A 30-year old image that is inconsistent with CAIR's policy of constitutionally-informed cooperation with law enforcement agencies was placed on the local events page of a CAIR chapter web site. Once it was brought to our attention it was removed. The image was not designed by CAIR and the event it promoted was not organized by CAIR."
  • Additionally, CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor appeared on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor to reaffirm CAIR's policy.

2009: False accusations that CAIR told Somalis not to talk to the FBI

  • On Saturday, June 13, 2009, representatives of more than a dozen Twin Cities Somali civil, religious and political organizations held a rally demonstrating their support for Minnesota's only Muslim civil rights organization, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
  • An article that appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune described the scene this way:
    • Last week, relatives of a Minneapolis teenager who said he was recently killed in Somalia and a Somali community leader claimed that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota chapter was discouraging area Somalis from cooperating with the FBI. But supporters Saturday said CAIR has only advised Somalis about their civil rights and urged them to tell the truth and work with law enforcement.
    • "I was at CAIR's three workshops for people who were issued subpoenas by the FBI and others seeking help and this was consistently the group's message," said Omar Hurre, executive director of Abubakar as-Saddique Islamic Center, Minneapolis' largest Somali mosque.
    • "CAIR has been the only organization to come into the Muslim community, the Somali community, to help them understand their civil rights," said Somali Community Link Radio Host Zuhur Ahmed. "They've been here educating us about our rights as Americans since long before any men left for Somalia." Ahmed added that, in addition to know your rights trainings, CAIR-MN has been promoting cooperation with law enforcement.
  • Even an article reporting on community members who were critical of CAIR, refutes any allegation that CAIR violated its own policy of constitutionally-informed cooperation with law enforcement:
    • During a months-long investigation into the disappearance of up to 20 Somali men, CAIR Minnesota launched a campaign to encourage anyone asked to speak to the FBI to be aware that they can have a lawyer present. Jessica Zikri, communications director for CAIR Minnesota, said that effort was not meant to discourage anyone from speaking to investigators. Rather, the campaign is meant to ensure that people's civil rights are protected, she said. She said the group is willing to meet with families of the missing men.
  • More recently, "FBI Special Agent Ralph Boelter, who investigated the Somalis who fled Minnesota to join the al-Shabab terror group, said Muslim-Americans couldn't have been more helpful."

CAIR’s Condemnation of Terrorism

CAIR issued more than 100 releases in which we specifically condemn terrorism during the period from 1994-2015. The organization’s formula on terrorism is simple and comprehensive: CAIR condemns terrorism whenever it happens, wherever it happens, whoever commits it.

CAIR is a natural enemy of violent extremists. Our positive track record of success fully discredits their arguments that minorities cannot receive fair treatment in our nation.

CAIR has condemned specific terrorist actions against Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Americans, Spaniards, Turks, Israelis, Saudis, Russians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Iraqis, British, and so on.

CAIR has condemned specific terrorist groups by name. As a single example, on 3/11/2009, the 5th anniversary of the tragic Madrid attacks, CAIR issued a statement saying, “We unequivocally condemn all acts of terrorism, whether carried out by Al-Qaeda, the Real IRA, FARC, Hamas, ETA, or any other group designated by the U.S. Department of State as a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization.” Condemnations have included state-actors, as well as other groups like the Jewish Defense League, Islamic Jihad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Kahane Chai and the Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and the Sabotage Battalion of the Chechen Martyrs group.

CAIR is an advocacy group and thus takes position on issues of importance to our nation.  Sometimes such stances are unpopular, but necessary.  For example, CAIR spoke out against torture and detainee abuse when majority public opinion was not in favor of our position.  We do not expect everyone to agree with all our positions but we, like every other American, exercise our freedom to express our views free from any fear of being ostracized, marginalized, smeared or threatened.

All date references in this document are from publicly issued CAIR statements.  This document is only illustrative, not exhaustive.

Alleged ISIS fighter tells others to avoid CAIR[i]

According to the SITE Intelligence group, in May 2015 an alleged ISIS fighter wrote to the group’s very small circle of supporters in the U.S.: “Be careful not to call upon the CAIR organization hastily. They are RAND Muslims and will give you up if needed to save their skin. Their aqeedah [belief] is false and their foundation is baatil [falsehood].”

Daesh’s need to call CAIR out for our anti-extremism efforts better sums up the impact of our actions against them than any statement we could author.


  • Joins international scholars on letter to ISIS leadership refuting the group’s ideology – Signed and issued a first-of-its-kind open letter in Arabic, with English translation, endorsed by more than 100 international scholars of Islam and Muslim leaders offering a religious refutation of the extremist ideology of the terrorist group ISIS.[i] The 28-page open letter -- which uses classical religious references and covers 24 issues such as "the killing of innocents," "killing of emissaries," "jihad," "declaring people non-Muslim," "torture," and "the caliphate" -- is a result of deliberations by dozens of experts on Islamic law and offers a point-by-point deconstruction of any claimed religious justification for ISIS's brutal actions. (9/24/2014)
  • Participates in Interfaith Delegation to Iran to Appeal for Release of American Hikers – An interfaith delegation including Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Washington, The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Episcopal Bishop of Washington and Interim Dean of Washington National Cathedral, CAIR's National Executive Director Nihad Awad, and its Board Chairman former State Senator Larry Shaw (NC) travelled to Iran, met with representatives of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and spent over an hour with President Ahmadinejad and other senior government officials. Delegates were informed that their work prior to the trip and during their stay in Iran was extremely helpful and important in the decision to release American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. Bauer and Fattal had been found guilty by Iranian courts of entering Iran illegally, and were accused of spying for the United States government. They were sentenced to serve eight years in prison. (9/19/2011)
  • Sends Delegation to Baghdad to Appeal for the Freedom of a Captured American Journalist – CAIR sent two of its senior staff to appeal for the release of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll. (1/18/2006)
  • Calls on Sudan to Release Woman Charged with Apostasy, Upholding the Organization’s Longstanding Position that Religious Decisions are a Matter of Personal Choice–In a statement on the issue of apostasy CAIR reiterated, “Islamic scholars say the original rulings on apostasy were similar to those for treasonous acts in legal systems worldwide and do not apply to an individual's choice of religion. Islam advocates both freedom of religion and freedom of conscience” and “Religious decisions should be matters of personal choice, not a cause for state intervention. Faith imposed by force is not true belief, but coercion. Islam has no need to compel belief in its divine truth.” (5/15/14)
  • CAIR uses the international prestige earned through its domestic programs to make humanitarian appeals – CAIR delivered a letter to the Iran’s leader from the family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who has been missing in Iran since 2007. Similarly, in 2009, CAIR staff spoke directly to the Iranian President urging him to release journalist Roxana Saberi. CAIR’s
  • CAIR Condemns 9/11 Hours After the WTC is hit – On September 11th, 2001 CAIR issued a statement that read, in part: “American Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians.”
  • CAIR Publishes Full Page Ad in Washington Post – The above message was published in a full page ad in the Washington Post on September 16th.
  • CAIR Launches on-line Petition – In 2004 CAIR’s “Not in the Name of Islam” petition declares that the terrorists are, “betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent.”  By August 2006 nearly 700,000 individuals and organizations endorsed the petition.
  • CAIR Launches Public Service Announcements – An ad campaign in 2003 and a Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign launched in 2005 also project this anti-terror message.  Over 6.5 million people viewed these messages.
  • CAIR Coordinates anti-terror Fatwa – CAIR coordinated a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism in 2005.  The fatwa was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America and endorsed by more than 340 American Muslim organizations, mosques and imams.  Among the statements in the fatwa are the following:“Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives.Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram – or forbidden – and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not martyrs.”It is haram (forbidden) for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.”
  • CAIR Appeals to Mosque Leaders to Send Anti-Terrorism Messages – CAIR Called on American Muslim religious leaders to dedicate their Friday sermons to “…condemn terrorism and promote peace and interfaith harmony” (6/07/2005). Following a series of bombings in Spain that left almost 200 people dead, CAIR called on prayer leaders, or Imams, in mosques across America and the Muslim world to use sermons at Friday congregational prayers (Jumah) to convey the message that terrorists are destroying the image of their faith (3/13/2004).


In January 2009, the United States Institute of Peace acknowledged CAIR’s vigorous condemnation of violence committed in the name of Islam in its report “Islamic Peacemaking Since 9/11.”

Some examples of repudiation of violent extremism include:

  • Defends Free Speech (1/07/2015) -"We strongly condemn this brutal and cowardly attack [on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo] and reiterate our repudiation of any such assault on freedom of speech, even speech that mocks faiths and religious figures. The proper response to such attacks on the freedoms we hold dear is not to vilify any faith, but instead to marginalize extremists of all backgrounds who seek to stifle freedom and to create or widen societal divisions.
  • Elimination of Osama bin Laden (5/2/2011) – "We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel. As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam.”
  • New York’s Times Square Bomb Incident (5/4/2010) – "On behalf of the American Muslim community, we condemn the attack in Times Square and thank all those who reported their suspicions, disarmed the bomb or are participating in the current investigation. We welcome the arrest of a suspect and hope that anyone involved in the attack will be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
  • Fort Hood, Texas Murders – CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that CAIR “reacted to the shooting spree, condemning the attack in the strongest terms possible.” On MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews noted that CAIR was “quick to condemn the massacre.”
  • Anwar al-Awlaki (3/18/2010 and 11/9/2009) – “There is no contradiction between being a Muslim and being an American. We repudiate Anwar al-Awlaki's call for attacks on our nation and urge anyone who may be swayed by his extremist views to instead seek out scholars and community leaders who can offer a mainstream perspective on the positive role Muslims are obligated to play in every society.” CAIR also said, “The twisted and misguided views in Anwar al-Awlaki’s posting are not those of American Muslims and do not reflect mainstream Islamic beliefs or sentiments.”
  • The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in its report American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat, relates two instances of CAIR working with authorities regarding persons of concern:
    • Irvine, CA man talks of plan for a terrorist attack (2006) - “Posing as a new convert, Monteilh arrived at the Irvine Islamic Center in 2006 wearing robes and a long beard, using the name Farouk al-Aziz. Monteilh had a criminal record that included serving 16 months in state prison on two grand theft charges. Members of the Islamic Center of Irvine were reportedly alarmed about Monteilh and his talk of jihad and plans for a terrorist attack. The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported him to the Irvine police and obtained a three-year restraining order against him.” [Note: It was later revealed the Monteilh was an FBI informant.]
    • Five Alexandria, VA men disappear (2010) - “The story of the five men from the Alexandria, VA area...became public when the Council on American-Islamic Relations got their families in touch with the FBI after the five left the United States without telling their families.” (Note: After hearing the families’ concerns, Naeem M. Baig of the Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, contacted CAIR.)
  • Two additional cases illustrate where CAIR stands on reporting suspicious activity:
    • “A secret training session on the use of firearms” (2005) – CAIR reported a letter to the FBI which described an individual claiming to represent a group of 300 who alleged to be “receiving a secret training session on the use of firearms” and planned to “send some volunteers to Iraq, Palestine and Israel, under the guise of going for an Islamic conference.”
    • Dearborn, MI man seeking opinions of Taliban and expressing desire to travel to Pakistan (2009) – The President of the American Moslem Society Mosque in Dearborn contacted CAIR-Michigan to report a white male convert who was approaching youth during their Friday night gatherings. The convert would inquire if the attendees thought the Taliban was good and how he could travel to Pakistan. CAIR-Michigan informed the FBI who investigated and picked up the man in question.
  • Finally, CAIR calls upon the civic responsibilities of all members of the American Muslim community. CAIR features in its “Know Your Rights Pocket Guide: Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim” the following language: “If you know of any criminal activity taking place in your community, it is both your religious and civic duty to immediately report such activity to local and federal law enforcement agencies.”


Here is one example.  The section at the end of this document provides additional examples.  On 12/20/1999, CAIR made the following statements in the wake of the arrest of an Algerian man who was allegedly trying to smuggle bomb-making materials into the United States from Canada:

  • "American Muslims condemn terrorism in all its forms."
  • "…the possibility that a Muslim could be involved in such an attack in the United States… is a cause of distress and apprehension for our community."
  • "It therefore must be clearly stated that any Muslim who plans, attempts or carries out a terrorist attack would be acting outside the boundaries of his or her faith and would be repudiated and condemned by our community."
  • "American Muslims would urge that any such individuals be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."


Date CAIR Condemned

1/3/1997 Letter bombs sent to the Al-Hayat offices in DC
8/7/1998 The bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
8/10/1999 Attacks on a California Jewish Center
9/11/2001 Terror attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon
9/12/2001 Terror attacks in New York and Washington
9/16/2001 Terror attacks in New York and Washington and resulting hate crimes
9/26/2001 Terrorism in all its forms
12/2/2001 Terror attacks in Jerusalem and Haifa
3/17/2002 Terror attacks on a Pakistani church
3/28/2002 Terror attacks in Netanya
3/28/2002 Terror attacks on Jewish Passover celebrations
7/23/2002 Terror attacks in Gaza
12/30/2002 The slaying of American medical personnel in Yemen
3/4/2003 Terror attacks in Philippines
5/13/2003 Terror attacks in Riyadh
7/5/2003 Terror attacks on a Pakistani Mosque
10/4/2003 Terror attacks in Haifa
10/15/2003 An attack on an American diplomatic convoy in Gaza
11/20/2003 Terror attacks in Istanbul
3/2/2004 Terror attacks in Spain
3/2/2004 Terror attacks on Shia Muslims
3/31/2004 The mutilation of American civilian contractors in Iraq  
5/11/2004 Beheadings in Iraq
6/18/2004 Beheadings in Iraq
6/18/2004 The murder of an American in Saudi Arabia
8/1/2004 Terror attacks on an Iraqi church
9/7/2004 Terror attacks in Russia
9/21/2004 Beheadings in Iraq
10/8/2004 The killing of British hostages in Iraq
11/17/2004 The killing of British hostages in Iraq
7/7/2005 Terror attacks in Great Britain
7/24/2005 Terror attacks in Egypt
8/4/2005 Terror attacks in Shfaram
10/30/2005 Terror attacks in India
11/9/2005 Terror attacks in Jordan
2/9/2006 Terror attacks on Shia Muslims
2/20/2006 Terror attacks on a Nigerian church
4/24/2006 Terror attacks in Egypt
7/11/2006 Terror attacks in India
7/28/2006 Attacks on a Seattle Jewish Center
7/11/2006 Mumbai Bombing
8/10/2006 Plot to blow up ten airplanes in route to the United States
9/11/2006 Rhetoric and world view of Al-Qaeda
12/8/2006 Alleged planned mall bombing
12/21/2006 Threat against peace activist
3/6/2007 Attacks on Iraqi pilgrims
4/5/07 Desecration of Chicago synagogue
5/25/2007 India bombing
6/13/2007 Samarra mosque bombing
9/11/2007 Bin Laden’s praise for 9/11 hijacker
2/21/2008 Attack on U.S. Embassy in Serbia
11/27/2008 Mumbai Attacks
4/29/2009 Terrorism and piracy in Somalia
3/18/2010 Anwar Al-Awlaki’s call for attacks on U.S.
3/29/2010  Hutaree Militia plan to kill U.S.   police officers
3/29/2010 Attacks on Moscow subway
5/5/2010 Times Square bomb threat
5/6/2010 Attack on California Rabbi
6/23/10 “honour” killings and murder of Aqsa Parvez
7/28/10 Vandalism of Olney synagogue
9/5/10 Perverted religious views of bomber Faisal Shahzad
9/22/2010 Vandalism of Chicago synagogue
10/30/2010 Yemeni attempt to bomb Chicago synagogues
11/05/2010 Threat on Iraqi church
11/10/2010 Massacre at Assyrian Church in Iran
1/3/11 Church attack in Egypt, Nigeria
4/28/11 Killing of peaceful protesters in Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain
7/29/11 Plots to harm our nation’s security and safety
10/11/11 Threat to U.S. by Syrian Official
12/21/11 Religious intolerance
12/25/11 Attacks on Nigerian churches
1/2/12 Firebombing of New York mosque
1/5/12 Bigotry against minorities
2/7/12 Vandalism of Sikh house of worship
5/31/12 Burning of cross in Minnesota
6/15/12 Vandalism of Arizona church
8/5/12 Shooting in Wisconsin Sikh community
8/22/12 Ft. Hood shooting
8/23/12 Pakistani girl held for “blasphemy”
9/11/12 Attack on American embassy
9/12/12   Killings of American diplomats
9/14/12 Killing of U.S. Ambassador, diplomats, and Libyans who died defending the embassy
9/14/12 Violence at vigil for Ambassador Christopher Stevens
9/21/12 Killing of ambassador and following violence
11/20/12 All attacks against civilians
2/21/13 Bombing in Pakistan
2/25/13 Shooting of Sikh man
3/12/13 Anti-Christian violence in Pakistan
4/15/13 Boston Marathon bombing
4/19/13 Terrorism in all its forms
4/24/13 Boston Marathon bombing
5/7/13 Attack on elderly Sikh man
5/22/13 Attack on British Soldier
6/25/13 Killing of four Egyptians
8/14/13 Killing of dozens of pro-democracy demonstrators in Egypt
8/22/13 Syria gas massacre
9/16/13 D.C. Navy Yard Shootings
9/23/13 Beating of Sikh professor
9/23/13 Attack on Nairobi mall
9/23/13 Church Bombings in Pakistan and Iraq
4/2/14 female genital mutilation, forced marriages, “honor killings”, and domestic violence
4/21/14 Jewish Center shootings
4/25/14 Nazi Swastika hate crime
5/5/14 Anti-Semitic attack in New York
5/5/14 Boko Haram’s kidnapping of schoolgirls
5/7/14 Boko Haram
8/11/15 ISIS
8/20/15 Murder of James Foley. Labeled it “gruesome and barbaric” and a “violation of Islamic beliefs”
9/02/15 Murder of Steven Sotloff, labeled it “unconscionable and un-Islamic”
11/16/15 Murder of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig
1/7/15 Attack on offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
1/11/15 Massacre by Boko Haram
2/03/15 “Unspeakable brutality” of ISIS killing of a captive Jordanian pilot
2/16/15 Heinous killing of Egyptian Christians and attacks in Denmark that targeted a free speech event and a synagogue
7/16/15 Killing of U.S. Marines in Tennessee
11/13/15 Paris terror attacks



CAIR’s position is clear.  Any action that harms innocent civilians is reprehensible.  Dialogue and diplomacy ought to be the way to overcome conflicts.  CAIR represents its constituents, clients and supporters through exclusively peaceful and democratic means. Objective people who are familiar with our work know that we expend enormous amounts of legal and advocacy energy defending Constitutional principles, particularly the Bill of Rights.

The unfortunate reality is that the loudest voices attempting to smear American Muslims and CAIR by hurling empty labels lack any similarly strong record of condemning atrocities.  It is time for people of conscience to repudiate this culture of demonizing minority groups by using the worst forms of stereotype and guilt by association.

The way forward is to address the major factors that contribute to terrorism, without justifying it.  Several scholarly works suggest that religion (Islam) is not the cause of terrorism.  Dr. Robert Pape author of Dying to Win and Cutting the Fuse, reports, “The central fact is that overwhelmingly suicide-terrorist attacks are not driven by religion as much as they are by a clear strategic objective: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland… suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation and not Islamic fundamentalism.”

There is no denying that people of vile intent covet the opportunity to recruit Americans to their mindset, pull them away from the straight path and seduce them into opting for violent extremism.

There is also no denying that—excepting a tiny minority—violent extremists have not found fertile ground in America. Many individuals and institutions—including law enforcement, homeland security personnel, and the leaders and members of the American Muslim community—deserve a share of the credit for this.


[1] The SITE Intelligence group document may be seen, in part, here: https://news.siteintelgroup.com/Jihadist-News/alleged-american-is-fighter-advises-on-security-killing-agents-when-fearing-arrest.html

[1] The letter can be read in full at http://www.lettertobaghdadi.com/.

[1] http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/05/muslims.fort.hood/index.html

[1] Transcript, MSNBC: Hardball, 11/6/2009