Omar Ali

  • published Guides to Muslim Religious Practices in Resources 2018-11-29 12:11:59 -0500

    Guides to Muslim Religious Practices

    CAIR offers a series of guides to explain relevant Muslim religious practices to employers, educators, healthcare providers, and law enforcement and correctional facility agents.

    An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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    An excellent introduction to Muslim religious practices for educators and school administrators, this guide is a tool to promote diversity and accommodate Muslims students in educational institutions.

    An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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    The US Constitution protects and asks for religious accommodation in the workplace. This is a guide for employers that explains some basic Islamic religious practices including dress guidelines, holidays, prayer timing, and fasting.

    A Health Care Provider's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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    This booklet was developed in consultation with medical professionals and is ideal to help healthcare professionals work with Muslim patients, including explaining dietary requirements and guidelines for interacting with patients of the opposite sex.

    Law Enforcement Official's Guide to The Muslim Community

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    This publication is designed to assist law enforcement officials in forming and implementing policies to create a culturally aware environment and cooperative relationship between American Muslims and law enforcement agencies.

    A Correctional Institution's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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    This booklet is designed to assist chaplains, program coordinators, correctional officers and administrators in forming and implementing policies to create a culturally aware environment. It also explains some religious practices of Muslim inmates and their visitors.

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

    Haitham Abulhaija

    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

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  • 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 spokespeople are available for television, print and radio interviews throughout the country. If you're a member of the press, please contact CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, Mobile Phone: (202) 744-7726; E-mail: Spokespeople include, but are not limited to the following:

    Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR National Communications Director

    Ibrahim Hooper is the National Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (GAIR). He holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's of art in journalism and mass communication.
    Hooper has been with GAIR since its founding in 1994. As CAIR's spokesman he appears frequently on national and international television programs to off er an Islamic perspective on current events or debate controversial issues.

    Nihad Awad, CAIR National Executive Director

    Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations {CAIR}, the largest non-profit Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

    He has been frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, BBC World Service, PBS, C-SPAN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Voice of America and Al-Jazeera. CAIR news releases are disseminated to hundreds of thousands people worldwide on a daily basis.


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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.

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