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Ariz. Muslims to Support Tempe Doc Denied Re-Entry to U.S.

(PHOENIX, AZ, 1/25/06) – On Friday, January 27, the Arizona office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ), the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the Imams Council of Arizona will hold a news conference in Tempe to urge that immigration authorities reconsider their decision to deny the re-entry of a Muslim physician to the U.S.

WHAT: Arizona Muslims Express Support for Tempe Physician
WHEN: Friday, January 27, Noon
WHERE: Islamic Community Center of Tempe, 131 East 6th Street, Tempe, Arizona
CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Communications Director Nure Elatari, 602-312-2223; CAIR-AZ Chairman, Mohammed El-Sharkawy, 480-343-4048; E-Mail:

Many Arizona Muslims have expressed concern over the recent denial of re-entry of Dr. Nadeem Hassan, after he and his wife returned from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Immigration authorities rejected Dr. Hassan’s green-card application and revoked his travel permit, in part because of his role in an Islamic group that community members say has a history of peaceful religious activities.

SEE: Ariz. Doctor Can’t Return, U.S. Says

“The Muslim community wants to know why our government did not allow Dr. Hassan to defend himself against these allegations before an immigration judge,” said CAIR-AZ Communications Director Nure Elatari. “This case has civil liberties implications for all American Muslims.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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