https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14411-cair-sues-feds-for-barring-utah-imam-from-returning-to-u-s-after-being-placed-on-no-fly-list.html (WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/16/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of a Utah imam (Muslim religious leader) who was prevented from boarding a flight back to his home in the United States from Kenya. CAIR’s lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Among the defendants are the FBI, the Terrorism Screening Center (TSC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). [NOTE: The imam will try to board a flight home tonight. CAIR’s lawsuit seeks to have the imam allowed to board his flight.] Imam Yussuf Awadir Abdi, an American citizen and imam of Madina Masjid in Salt Lake City, Utah, traveled to Kenya to bring his wife and children to the United States. All members of his family are either United States citizens or have permission to enter and reside in this country. Imam Abdi was added to the no-fly list after he left the country and was therefore prevented from boarding his flight home. [NOTE: The imam will try to board a flight home tonight.] SEE: Muslim Utahn — and U.S. citizen — Prevented From Boarding Plane by Kenyan Officials http://www.sltrib.com/news/5404414-155/muslim-is-detained-in-kenya-on As a result of being denied boarding, Imam Abdi was unable to return home in time for the last 10 nights of the holy month of Ramadan -- the most important nights of the month -- when he is expected to lead prayers each night at his mosque. The last 10 nights of Ramadan began on the evening of June 15. A motion filed in conjunction with the lawsuit seeks an emergency court order compelling the United States to allow Imam Abdi to board a flight and return to his home in Utah. Parker & McConkie is co-counsel in the lawsuit. “The federal government has used the no-fly list as a tool to attack the constitutional rights and liberties of innocent American Muslims around the country,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena F. Masri, Esq. “In the case of Imam Abdi, the federal government wrongfully placed him on the list without notice or due process after he left the country, which effectively exiled him by preventing him from returning to his home in Utah.” Masri noted that CAIR has assisted a number of other American Muslim citizens who have been stranded overseas by government actions. SEE: CAIR Calls No-Fly Policy Change a 'Step in the Right Direction' http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12936-cair-calls-no-fly-policy-change-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html CAIR Welcomes Ruling that No-Fly List Appeals Process is Unconstitutional http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12536-cair-welcomes-ruling-that-no-fly-list-appeals-process-is-unconstitutional.html 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. La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua. Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational Subscribe to CAIR's Email List http://tinyurl.com/cairsubscribe Subscribe to CAIR's Twitter Feed http://twitter.com/cairnational Subscribe to CAIR's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/cairtv - END - CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, email@example.com; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper interviewed by Press TV -- Should the Constitution protect American Muslims? This question was posed by Lt. General William Boykin in an article published recently in which he attacked Islam, saying Sharia provides "no individual freedoms while virtually enslaving those who live under its authority." Boykin served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under Bush II from 2003-2007, in the heat of the so-called 'War on Terror'. A born-again evangelical Christian, the retired army general is no stranger to controversy, having made anti-Islam statements before. Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational Subscribe to CAIR's E-Mail List http://tinyurl.com/cairsubscribe Subscribe to CAIR's Twitter Feed http://twitter.com/cairnational Subscribe to CAIR's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/cairtv
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Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Texas high school student who was arrested over a clock mistaken for bomb, spoke out after police dropped the charges against him and thanked his supporters, including President Barack Obama.
Islam is a religion built upon justice and fulfilling our obligations to others. What are our obligations to those who have disabilities, whether they are born with them or incurred them during their lives? How did the Prophet honour those with disabilities, and strengthen them and encourage them? What was the beautiful tradition of the Islamic where Umar ibn Abdel Aziz employed a caretaker for every person with disabilities? Listen to this powerful talk by Imam Ibrahim Hindy on the Mercy of Disabilities.
Muslim Group: Ben Carson 'Unfit' to Lead, Should Withdraw from Race. Nihad Awad, Council on American-Islamic Relations. Related: Ben Carson: I Would Not Agree a Muslim Should Become the US President. GOP Candidate Ben Carson severely decreased his own chances to win the elections after offending the Muslim voters in US. (Newswire.net -- September 21, 2015) -- Given the number of Muslim voters in US, GOP candidate Ben Carson may have just eliminated himself from the presidential run. By openly declaring that he would not endorse a Muslim as President of the United States, Carson aggravated Muslim voters and provoked the largest Muslim community organization to condemn his political views. Speaking to NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press’, Carson claimed that Islam is not compatible with the US constitution. Carson said he would not agree with putting “a Muslim in charge of this nation.” “I guess it depends on what that faith is,” answered Carson to a question of religious beliefs of a future president of the United States. “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and is consistent with the constitution, no problem," Carson said. Reminding him that US presidency is not about being a Christian but about being a righteous leader of all Americans, the country’s largest Muslim civil rights group condemning the politician's reasoning. “It's beyond the pale and he should withdraw,” said Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) representative Ibrahim Hooper. “This disqualifies him from being the President” CAIR director Nihad Awad said. He slammed Carson’s explanation that Muslim presidency would be against the Constitution. “My advice to GOP presidential candidates: Read the US constitution if you haven't yet! It keeps America great.” Even Carson’s party mates washed their hands after his speech. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another presidential candidate, spoke out against Carson's comments. “I think Dr. Carson needs to apologize,” Graham said, adding the comments were particularly offensive to American soldiers who are Muslim. Carson’s campaign office said responding to the criticism, that their chief never said directly that a Muslim can’t be allowed to run for the presidency, but that Americans are “far from ready to accept a Muslim as President in our Judeo-Christian society.” “Without question, there are complex differences between the practice of the Muslim faith and our Constitution, differences that are very real and very much in conflict with one another,” spokesman Doug Watts said.
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CAIR UPDATE on Florida Teen Brutally Beaten by Israeli Forces (TAMPA, FL 7/5/14) -- Yesterday, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) called on the U.S. Department of State to demand that Israel immediately release 15-year-old Florida high school student Tariq Khdeir after he was brutally beaten and held by Israeli forces. Khdeir's beating was captured on video. He is a cousin of kidnapped and murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Video: ABC World News Report on Beating of Florida Teen by Israeli Forces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkBTN6nK9ok CAIR-FL: Israeli Forces Beat American Teen, Family Says (CNN) http://q13fox.com/2014/07/05/isreali-forces-beat-american-teen-family-says/ CAIR-FL: Florida Teen Beaten by Israeli Police Is Detained (NBC) http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/florida-teen-beaten-israeli-police-detained Watch: Video Shows Israelis Beating Florida Teen (CAIR-FL) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OajlxFD3NY CAIR: Video Shows Israelis Brutally Beating Florida High School Student https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCk0fhW8pYI Since CAIR's original call for Khdeir's release: * CAIR-FL issued a community action alert on the case asking people of conscience to contact the State Department. SEE: CAIR-FL Community Action Alert on Beating of Tariq Khdeir http://tinyurl.com/TariqAA * The State Department has issued a statement confirming that Tariq Khdeir is being held by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem and was visited today by an official from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. The statement also said: "We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force." Video: U.S. Lodges Protest Over American Teen 'Severely Beaten' by Israeli Border Police http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/05/video-u-s-lodges-protest-over-american-teen-severely-beaten-by-israeli-border-police/ * Israel claims it is opening a "probe" of the beating. CAIR-FL: Israelis to 'Probe' Brutal Beating of Florida Teen http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Justice-Ministry-opening-probe-into-alleged-police-beating-of-Arab-American-teen-361597 * Tariq Khdeir parents say they went to visit him today but were denied that visit by Israeli authorities. Their car was attacked on way back to their residence. * Tariq Khdeir is scheduled to appear at an Israeli court hearing on Sunday. CAIR-FL: Autopsy Suggests Palestinian Boy Was Burned Alive, Reports Say (NY Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/world/middleeast/autopsy-suggests-palestinian-boy-was-burned-alive-reports-say.html CAIR-FL: American Teen Brutalized by Israeli Police 'to Be Tried Sunday' http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=710148 * CAIR joined Maryland relatives of Tariq Khdeir at a rally today outside the White House in Washington, D.C. CAIR Photo: White House Rally Shows Support for Tariq Khdeir https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152256737692695 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. - END -- CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Florida Regional Operations Director Nezar Hamze, 954-673-9459, email@example.com; CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, (410) 971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171,firstname.lastname@example.org
Following three deadly terrorist attacks that took place in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, RT takes a look at how Islamic extremism continues around the world and what governments are doing to quell future violence. Manuel Rapalo speaks with Middle East analyst Naseer Alomari and Ibrahim Hooper of the Council of American-Islamic Relations about Friday’s attacks and their radical roots. Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/ Or watch us online: http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/ Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTAmerica Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_America