CAIR Opens Nominations for 2018 'American Muslim of the Year' Award

Award to be presented at CAIR's 24th annual banquet recognizes achievements and contributions of American Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/21/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it is seeking nominations for the annual "American Muslim of the Year" award to be presented at its 24th annual banquet October 20 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., alongside speakers such as Abdul El-Sayed, Aisha al-Adawiya and Khaled Beydoun.


The award will honor an American Muslim who demonstrated "exemplary service to the country and the community" at the local or national level over the last year by "inspiring and empowering."

To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must also reside in the United States and be able to attend the banquet. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. (Eastern), October 5, 2018. Three finalists will be announced on October 8th and the public will be invited to vote for the winner between October 9-12, 2018.

To nominate someone for the 2018 CAIR American Muslim of the Year Award, take 2 minutes or so to provide Tell us who you nominate and why you think they qualify. Click here for the nomination form:  

[NOTE: Past American Muslim of the Year awardees cannot be nominated. Previous awardees include Linda Sarsour, Khizr Khan, Ahmed Mohamed, Rep. Keith Ellison, and M.J. Khan.]

CAIR’s banquet will be held after the conclusion of its October 19-20 Leadership and Policy Conference, themed “We the People, Organizing for Justice: Vision 2020,” also at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Conference attendees will learn the most up-to-date organizing skills from American Muslim leaders and civil rights activists who are on the front lines mobilizing for justice in today’s divisive political climate.

To Register for the Banquet or for CAIR’s Leadership and Policy Conference, GO TO:

SEE ALSO: Video: CAIR Islamophobia Researcher Invites You to National Conference, 24th Annual Banquet

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.



CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan, 202-748-4319,


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