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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of ‘Two Giants’ Serving the Cause of Justice, D.C. Attorney Martin McMahon and MLFA’s Tarek AlKadri in Texas

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/7/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of “two giants” serving the cause of justice: Washington, D.C., attorney Martin F. McMahon, who led CAIR’s civil rights work in the organization’s early years, and Tarek AlKadri, who served the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) and Pure Hands, a nonprofit organization that delivers humanitarian aid to those in need in Yemen. [NOTE: Funeral arrangements for Martin McMahon, who died Saturday, have yet to be announced.]

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

“American Muslims have lost a great friend and principled ally with the passing of Martin McMahon. Martin stood with American Muslims when others did not. He gave generously of his time, talent and passion for justice without thought of personal gain. He will long be remembered by those he stood by in their time of need.  

“Tarek Alkadri will be missed as a humble community leader, activist and humanitarian who sought throughout his live to alleviate the suffering of others. 

“We have lost two giants serving the cause of justice. Our sincere condolences to their families and loved ones. To God we belong and to him we return.”  

Tarek Alkadri, an MLFA board member since 2006, was also a board member of the North Texas Islamic Council and the Islamic Association of North Texas and past board member of Islamic Services Foundation.  

Sheikh Omar Suleiman Tribute to Tarik AlKadri:

Pure Hands Memorial to Tarik AlKadri:

In 2019, CAIR presented McMahon with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his service to the cause of justice. 

Video: CAIR Presents Martin McMahon with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ 

Video: CAIR’s 25th Anniversary Banquet 2019 Highlights

In the early years of CAIR’s work, McMahon volunteered to help a number of American Muslims who were targeted by discrimination. He served as CAIR’s first attorney in the 27-year-old civil rights organization’s early years. 

PHOTO: Martin F. McMahon Defending Muslim Woman Targeted by Workplace Discrimination

Video: In 1996, CAIR Wins Its First Hijab in the Workplace Cases 

He was a graduate of Fordham Law School and the founding member and managing partner of Martin F. McMahon & Associates. Prior to starting his own practice in 1978, he worked for Proskauer, Rose, Goetz & Mendelsohn in New York City as a litigation associate and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in Washington, D.C., as senior regulatory counsel. He argued a number of appellate cases before the D.C. Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Appeals.  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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