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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Dr. Ahmad Sakr

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/2015) – The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Ahmad Sakr, who died last night in Los Angeles.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“To God we belong and to Him is our return. Very few people in our community have left a legacy comparable to that of Dr. Sakr. His intellectual legacy will last for generations to come. We offer sincere and heartfelt condolence to his family and loved ones.

“Through his dedicated friendly, humble and practical efforts, he helped support the establishment of hundreds of mosques, schools and organizations that continue to serve millions of American Muslims.

“Dr. Sakr served the American Muslim community since his days as a founding member of the Muslim Student Association. His 40 years of service is a testament to his sacrifice and dedication to the betterment of our community. We ask Allah to bless Dr. Sakr with the highest levels of paradise and grant his family and his loved ones patience.â€

“My very first few English sermons in 1989 as a student in Austin were read from his books,†said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “At our very first CAIR-LA banquet in 1996, Dr. Sakr volunteered and stood to encourage the attendees to support CAIR-LA’s new office in Southern California. No words can describe how much we owe him. We can only pray that Allah accept from him all his good deeds.â€

The funeral prayer is scheduled for today, November 24, (1:15 p.m.) at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley, followed by burial at the La Verne Cemetery. 

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-LA Communications Coordinator Ojaala Ahmad, 714-851-4851,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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