CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hanooti
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/4/2015) - The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hanooti, who died yesterday.
Sheikh Hanooti, born in Palestine in 1937, was one of the most respected Muslim scholars in the Washington, D.C., area and nationwide.
"To God we belong and to Him we return," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Sheikh Hanooti’s legacy of scholarship and community service will serve as an example to this and future generations of American Muslims. He was a mentor to many leaders in our community. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Sheikh Hanooti was a member of the Fiqh Council of North America and was the Mufti (interpreter of Islamic law) for the Washington metropolitan area.
A funeral prayer (Salat al-Janazah) is scheduled for Friday, June 5, (11 a.m.) at Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va.
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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