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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of American Muslim ‘Pioneer’ Dr. Jamal al-Barzinji

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/26/15) –- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of Dr. Jamal al-Barzinji, who died this morning in Virginia after a long illness.

A funeral service will take place Sunday after noon prayers at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Va. [NOTE: Check the ADAMS website for updated details. ]

“To God we belong and to Him we return,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “On behalf of CAIR’s board and staff, I offer sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Dr. al-Barzinji, whose legacy will benefit the American Muslim community for generations to come.â€

He noted that Dr. al-Barzinji received CAIR’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Community Service Award for “a lifelong dedication to community service and for pioneering the development of Islamic thought in the United States and worldwide.â€

At that time, Awad said: “Dr. al-Barzinji has been a groundbreaking pioneer in a number of fields that have advanced beneficial knowledge in our nation and in the world community. We are honored to be in a position to recognize his many positive achievements.â€

Dr. al-Barzinji was a founding member and vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in Virginia. He had more than 40 years of experience in the development and leadership of diverse business, educational, political, and charitable organizations such as Mar-Jac Poultry, Amana Mutual Funds and Bank Islam Malaysia. Dr. al-Barzinji also held leading positions with the International Islamic University Malaysia and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).

He was a founding member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) and the Association of Muslim Scientists & Engineers (AMSE) and served as advisor and consultant to various educational, charitable and professional organizations.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202.744.7726

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