(COLUMBUS, OH – 3/24/10) – Some 350 people turned out on Saturday for the 13th annual banquet of the Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio).
[Those who weren’t able to attend the dinner still have a great opportunity to help continue CAIR-Columbus’ important work and successes by clicking here: CAIR-Columbus donation page.]
Former president of CAIR-Ohio, Asma Mobin-Uddin, was presented with an I-CAIR award in honor of her 11 years of service to CAIR-Ohio and the Muslim Community. Mobin-Uddin was one of the co-founders of CAIR-Ohio and served as president until December 2009.
Attendees also got to hear firsthand about the important legal work of CAIR-Columbus through a moving testimonial given by a client who is a college professor and has been experiencing harassment due to his religion and race for the last several years.
Other highlights of the evening included speeches by Zeinab Schwen, the newly elected CAIR-Ohio President, and Donald Furbee, President of CAIR-Columbus, as well as a hit performance by comedian Azhar Usman from the “Allah Made Me Funny” comedy tour.
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.