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CAIR Director to Attend OIC Summit in Mecca


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/05) – The head of a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group will attend an upcoming summit of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to be held later this week in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will take part in the two-day summit that organizers say is focused on restoring Islam’s true image as a religion of moderation. (Awad will be available for media interviews during the summit. Contact Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726.)

Other issues up for consideration at the summit include the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the war in Iraq, providing women a larger role in Muslim societies, Islamophobia, economic and social reform, problems faced by Muslim minorities in the West, and the creation of a fund for humanitarian relief.

SEE: “Muslims Leaders Tackle Extremism at Mecca Meeting”

An OIC spokesman said a “Mecca Declaration,” which contains the “true principles and common vision of a moderate Islam,” will be submitted to the summit for approval. The Islamic leaders will also receive a report that includes input from a meeting of Muslim scholars and intellectuals held in Mecca last September. CAIR’s Awad participated in that meeting.

Awad also represented CAIR at a U.S.-sponsored conference in Belgium, titled “Muslim Communities Participating in Society,” that brought together American, Belgian and European Muslim leaders. The conference was sponsored by U.S. envoy to Belgium Ambassador Tom Korologos.

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.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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