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CAIR Director Nihad Awad Named to 2020 List of World’s ‘500 Most Influential Muslims’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/1/19) –Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has again been named to “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.”

[NOTE: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was named a “Person of the Year” along with Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan.]

Awad’s entry on the 2020 list states:

“Nihad Awad is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is the most prominent Muslim lobby group in the US and is frequently sought out by the media and politicians for the Islamic perspective on events. Awad is one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You and participates regularly in the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Awad coordinated the formal release of the Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi, signed by over 120 leading Muslim scholars and academics, which rejected the extremist teachings promoted by da’ish.”

SEE: The Muslim 500 2020

Nihad Awad

Other American Muslims named to the list include Dalia Mogahed, Khaled Beydoun, Rep. André Carson, Keith Ellison, Sherman Jackson, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Linda Sarsour, Omar Suleiman, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, and Imam Suhaib Webb.

NOTE: Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar will speak at CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala to be held Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

With the theme “Defending, Educating, and Empowering: Building the Next Generation of American Muslims,” the gala will celebrate CAIR’s 25 years of service to the community. [NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

In past years, the annual banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAYto reserve your place.


Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, may be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing events@cair.comA table of 10 costs $1500. Space in the commemorative program book is available for advertisements to reach all banquet attendees. Email for a sponsorship form. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,

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