(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/27/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is offering its condolences to the family of Dr. Hassan Hathout, an Islamic scholar, activist and leader of the American Muslim community who died Saturday at his home in California.
The Los Angeles Times noted today: “In 1998 Hathout delivered a sermon at the first White House celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the day marking the end of the Muslim holy month Ramadan…Hathout also helped organize the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race, one of the first major inter-religious efforts in Los Angeles.”
We are from God and to him we return,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Dr. Hathout’s positive activism and depth of knowledge will be sorely missed by the American Muslim community and by all those who seek improved interfaith dialogue and understanding. Muslims in American and worldwide have lost a great thinker and humanitarian.”
Awad told Islamonline.net: “He was a visionary person and a scholar at the same time. He inspired so many of us with his understanding of Islam and his dedication to Islamic work in general.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 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.
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