(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/4/04) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today congratulated President George W. Bush on his win in
the November 2nd election and offered American Muslim support for building
a better America.
In a letter to the president, Nihad Awad, executive director of the
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said:
“CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, offers its
congratulations on your win in Tuesday’s election.
“We recognize the heavy burden placed on those in a leadership role. We
also appreciate the fact that, to be effective, any person in a position of
authority needs the involvement and support of those he or she leads. The
American public turned out in record numbers and we have faith in the
democratic process that has been a hallmark of our society for more than
“In your victory speech, you stated that, ‘A new term is a new opportunity
to reach out to the whole nation.’ As a nation of different races and
faiths, I hope that we can take advantage of this historic opportunity to
build a better America by turning aside the divisiveness of the past and
looking to a future based on positive cooperation in all that is good and just.
“We look forward to having the opportunity to work with your administration
in projecting an accurate image of America in the Muslim world and envision
playing a positive role in building bridges of understanding.”
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.