Omar Ali

  • published $7 will close the gap 2019-05-30 08:01:38 -0400

    $7 will close the gap

    As-salaamu alaykum (peace be to you).

    Thank you for the tremendous support you have shown during our current fundraising campaign.

    We’re still short of our goal for the campaign. Will you help us reach it?

    If everyone on this list gives just $7 (the price of a lunch) before the end of the campaign on June 3rd, we can – inshallah – reach our goal and continue to do our important work defending your rights.

    I ask for this added effort even if you have already given.

    Please give a tax-deductible and zakat-eligible donation (Tax ID: 77-0646756) of $7 -- or multiples of $7 - $70, $700, $7,000, etc.

    Please visit to make a secure online donation using a credit card, e-check or PayPal.

    Monthly donations help us the most.

    May God bless you and your family.


    Nihad Awad
    CAIR National Executive Director

    P.S. - Although you may receive many solicitations during the month, I would ask that you make it a priority to support CAIR’s unique and irreplaceable work on behalf of all Americans. Thank you for supporting us as we strive to protect our communities. IMPORTANT NOTE: Make your gift help even more by asking your employer to match your donation.


  • CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw: ‘I Came to CAIR After Getting Inspired at a CAIR Civic Engagement Training’

    Watch this video in which CAIR National Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw shares what motivated him to join CAIR and work to give American Muslims a voice that is heard by policymakers.

    This video is part of a series in which CAIR staff share what brought them to our organization.

    Support Robert and all the CAIR staff who defend your rights.

    Donate your zakat to CAIR this Ramadan and receive added blessings. To donate on your phone, text RAM2019 to 41444 and follow the prompts.

    Every donation counts, no matter how small.

    Please consider giving $10,0000, $5,0000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can.


    Remember: CAIR is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

  • published Pay Zakat to CAIR 2019-05-10 11:11:05 -0400

  • published Confirmation 2019-04-25 15:32:58 -0400

    Thank you for your support and interest in our work!


  • published Haitham Abulhaija in National Board of Directors 2018-10-12 11:35:31 -0400

    Haitham Abulhaija - National Board Member

    Mr. Abulhaija has been involved and volunteered at various capacities for CAIR since 2010 where he served as the vice-chair of the local governing board of CAIR-Sacramento Valley office. In 2012, Mr. Abulhaija joined the CAIR-California state board and currently serving as the vice-chair. Mr. Abulhaija has also been involved with a variety of local and national community projects and initiatives for more than 20 years and served on local masjid executive committee for many years.

    Mr. Abulhaija earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1994; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University in 1997 and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Golden Gate University in 2007. Mr. Abulhaija joined Intel Corporation in 1997 and currently working as an engineering manager.

    He is married with 3 beautiful children and reside in Sacramento, CA.

  • published CAIR 2018 Banquet 2018-08-27 12:01:15 -0400

  • published Department Directors in About Us 2018-05-17 12:14:26 -0400

  • CAIR-MI Urges ‘Robust’ Charges for Shooting Targeting Unarmed African-American Teen

    CAIR-MI_Urges_Robust_Charges_for_Shooting_Targeting_Unarmed_African-American_Teen.png(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/13/18) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on Oakland County prosecutors to “robustly” charge a man who discharged his firearm on an unarmed African-American teen.

    On Thursday, the teenager went to a home in Rochester Hills asking for directions after becoming lost on his way to school. A man in the house reportedly brandished a firearm at the teen and then opened fire at him as he ran for his life.

    SEE: Michigan homeowner fires gun at teen who knocked on the door to ask for directions (WDIV Channel 4)

    The shooter is currently in law enforcement custody while prosecutors are deliberating potential charges.

    “The shooter should be robustly charged according to our state’s criminal law for shooting at the unarmed teen who simply came to a home asking for directions,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We suspect that the alleged shooter may have been motivated to attempt to murder the unarmed teen due to racial bias.”

    Walid noted that CAIR-MI was involved in calling for justice in similar case when an unarmed black teen, Renisha McBride, was fatally shot in 2013 by a white male after seeking help after a car accident.

    SEE: “Criminalizing Black Corpses”: No Charges Filed After White Man Kills Detroit Teen Renisha McBride (Democracy NOW!)

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  • published Register to Vote in Resources 2018-04-03 16:22:15 -0400

    Register to Vote


    • You must be a United States citizen who will be 18 or older on Election Day in order to register to vote.
    • Each state has its own guidelines about who can register, how to register and what information you need to provide. Additionally, each state sets its own registration deadline for voters who wish to participate in the next election.
    • You can register by downloading a copy of the National Mail Voter Registration Form online. You can also visit the office of the local election official in your city or county.
    • According to the US Election Assistance Commission, you can also register to vote "when applying for a driver's license or identity card at State DMV or driver's licensing offices, State offices providing public assistance, State offices providing State-funded programs for the disabled, and at armed forces recruitment offices."

    Register to vote from the convenience of your home. Go to CAIR's Rock the Vote-sponsored online voter registration tool.

    To watch CAIR's video on how to register to vote, click here.

    Obtain a copy of the National Mail Voter Registration Form here.

    Specific information about registering to vote in your state can be found here.

    Want to know more? Need help or advice? Call CAIR and talk to our government affairs department.

  • published CAIR Testimony in Resources 2018-04-03 16:19:02 -0400

    CAIR Testimony

    information needed

  • published Use Your Voice in Get involved 2018-04-03 15:40:00 -0400

    Use Your Voice, Share Your Story

    We are looking for American Muslims willing to share stories of their lives, contributions, hopes and dreams in media interviews. We are also looking for non-Muslim allies who are leaders in business, military, law enforcement, faith and other sectors, as well as everyday people, who are allies to American Muslims.

    Your participation will counter stereotypes and the crisis of anti-Muslim hate created by years of defamatory media portrayals, by helping create more realistic TV, radio, newspaper and magazine stories that feature everyday American Muslims' stories.

    We especially need American Muslims nationwide who, inspired by their Islamic faith, are doing great things in life and/or serving as military personnel/veterans, law enforcement officers, public school teachers, firefighters, medics, student athletes, pro athletes, youth starting social or entrepreneurial projects, nurses, retirees, young families, working moms balancing their schedules, non-working moms/dads raising great kids, class valedictorians, musicians, students involved in student gov't, etc. 

    No information will be shared until we directly contact anyone recommended and have their express written permission.

    Here are just a few examples of media stories that could be created by your suggestions:

  • published Media Research in News & Media 2018-04-03 12:31:38 -0400

    Media Research

    Click here to read a study of New York Times’ coverage of Islam and Muslims
    Click here to read a study of The Seattle Times’ coverage of Islam and Muslims
    Click here (pdf) to download Media Tenor’s study of primetime news coverage of Islam and Muslims

  • published Get the Facts in News & Media 2018-04-03 12:31:23 -0400

    Important Facts

    Get the Facts

    Get the facts in response to common myths about Islam and Muslims at

    Basics of Islam

    Click here to read the basics of Islam.




  • published CAIR Logos in News & Media 2018-04-03 12:29:58 -0400

  • published Bookable Speakers in News & Media 2018-04-03 12:29:44 -0400

    Bookable Speakers

    A diverse array of CAIR experts and spokespeople, with a variety of subject matter expertise and experience, are available for television, print and radio interviews throughout the country.

    If you are a member of the press, please contact CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, Mobile Phone: (202) 744-7726; E-mail: to request an interview with a CAIR spokesperson. 

    CAIR's experts and spokespeople include, but are not limited to the following:

    Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR National Communications Director

    Expertise: Media portrayals of minorities including Muslims; Media relations practices; Crisis communications


    Nihad Awad, CAIR National Executive Director


    Lena Masri, Esq., National Litigation & Civil Rights Director, General Counsel

    Expertise: High-impact and strategic civil rights litigation; Federal 'WatchList' and 'No Fly List' litigation; Constitutional law; Employment litigation, Prison litigation; Anti-bullying litigation; State anti-BDS/anti-boycott litigation; RLUIPA/mosque zoning litigation; President Trump's Muslim Ban


    Dr. Abbas Barzegar, Research & Advocacy Director

    Expertise: American Muslim history; Civil rights; African-American Muslim history; Trends in anti-Muslim discrimination; Funders of Islamophobia; Islamophobic/anti-Muslim hate groups; Advocacy campaigns


    Gadeir Abbas, Esq., Senior Litigation Attorney

    Expertise: Civil rights litigation; Federal 'WatchList' and 'No Fly List' litigation; Constitutional law; Employment litigation, Prison litigation; Anti-bullying litigation; State anti-BDS/anti-boycott litigation; President Trump's Muslim Ban

    Carolyn Homer, Esq., Trial Attorney

    Expertise: Copyright litigation; Intellectual property litigation; Civil Rights litigation; Federal 'WatchList' and 'No Fly List' litigation; Constitutional law; Employment litigation, Prison litigation; Anti-bullying litigation

    Megan Fair, Grant Administrator/Civil Rights Chapter Support Specialist

    Expertise: Grant writing; Relationship building with philanthropic organizations


    Robert McCaw, Government Affairs Department Director

    Expertise: Anti-Muslim laws at local, state and federal levels; Legislative solutions to anti-Muslim discrimination


    Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Director

    Expertise: Community organizing; Public speaking; Media relations


    Zainab Arain, MS, Research and Advocacy Manager

    Expertise: Civil rights case data; Philanthropic funding of hate groups; Islamophobic/anti-Muslim hate groups


    Danette Zaghari-Mask, Esq., Nonprofit and Compliance Attorney

    Expertise: Nonprofit law; Nonprofit compliance; Strategic planning


  • published Photos in News & Media 2018-04-03 12:29:02 -0400


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    Who: Gadeir Abbas (at podium) speaks at a press conference following oral argument seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the ban from taking full effect, at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland on October 16, 2017. Credit: Omar Alsaray/Council on American-Islamic Relations

    Click here to see media advisory with details on this press conference

    Who: (L-R) Trial Attorney Ahmed Mohamed, Zainab Chaudry, Gadeir Abbas and Lena Masri outside the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland following oral argument seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the ban from taking full effect, at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland on October 16, 2017. Credit: Omar Alsaray/Council on American-Islamic Relations

    Click here to see media advisory with details on this hearing.

    Who: Fahed Muqbil of Jackson, Mississippi (carrying bag) returns to Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson, MS, on January 26, 2018 after his wife was given one of first-ever waivers granted to the unconstitutional Muslim Ban. To his right are his wife and daughter. His attorney, Gadeir Abbas, is to his left. Credit: David Selman/Council on American-Islamic Relations

    Click here to see press release announcing their return

    Who: American Muslim students outside the U.S. Capitol during the CAIR Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) on July 13, 2017. The program is designed to help American Muslim youth learn about careers in media and politics.  Credit: Omar Alsaray/Council on American-Islamic Relations

    Click here to see press release announcing the event.

  • donated 2019-06-19 10:50:00 -0400


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