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CAIR-Michigan Files Civil Rights Complaint on Behalf of Muslim Kicked Off Greyhound Bus for Speaking Arabic

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 12/12/2018) – The Michigan chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), an office of the nation’s leading civil rights advocacy organization, today filed a discrimination complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights against Greyhound on behalf of a Muslim man who was kicked off of a bus for speaking on his phone in Arabic.

Earlier this year, Abrahaim Mohamed, an American Muslim, was traveling from Michigan to Ohio by Greyhound bus. After the first stop, Mohammed was not permitted to continue on to his final destination because the bus driver stated that she did not like the way he was speaking on his phone. Mohamed asserts that several other passengers were also speaking on their phones but were allowed to continue their trip. The only difference between Mohamed and the other passengers using the phone was that Mohamed was speaking in Arabic. 

CAIR-MI has made several attempts to reach out to Greyhound to discuss this matter but has received no response.  Greyhound’s lack of response to the biased treatment against Mohamed prompted CAIR-MI to file a formal civil rights complaint on his behalf. 

“Companies like Greyhound that provide a service open to the public have a duty to ensure that all of their customers are safe from racism and anti-Muslim bigotry at the hands of their employees,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure. “American Muslims should feel free to go about their day-to-day lives without having to worry that they will be discriminated against simply for speaking to their loved ones in a language other than English.”

“Greyhound’s lack of concern in addressing the situation is extremely troubling given the rise of anti-immigrant sentiments that have swept across the nation in the past two years,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “Such incidents bring into question whether it is safe for immigrants and those who speak languages other than English to continue to ride Greyhound.”

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-MI Staff Attorney-Amy V. Doukoure (586) 943-8823; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418

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