Nihad-title(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/2/14) – Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has again been named to “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.”

Awad’s entry on the list states:

“Nihad Awad is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is the most prominent Muslim lobby group in the US and is frequently sought out by the media and politicians for the Islamic perspective on events. Awad is one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You and participates regularly in the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Awad coordinated the formal release of the ‘Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi’, signed by over 120 leading Muslim scholars and academics, which rejected the teachings which DA’ISH are promoting.”

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Other Americans named to the list include Dr. Azizah Al-Hibri, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Keith Ellison, Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Dalia Mogahed, and many others.

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,

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