CAIR, CAIR-NJ Announce $10K Reward for Information that Leads to Arrest and Conviction of Imam’s Shooter
(NEWARK, NJ, 1/4/2024) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations and its New Jersey chapter today offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator who shot and killed Imam Hassan Sharif just outside of Masjid Muhammad in Newark, NJ.
CAIR also called on state and federal law enforcement authorities in New Jersey to investigate the shooting incident thoroughly.
Imam Hassan Sharif was fatally shot on January 3, 2024 as he prepared to lead Fajr (pre-dawn) prayers. He was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the afternoon.
“Due to the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim bigotry and violence we have witnessed in recent weeks, local, state and national law enforcement authorities must thoroughly investigate the shooting of Imam Hassan Sharif and keep the Muslim community safe,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We are saddened by the news of the Imam’s killing and extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. We are hopeful that our reward will result in information leading to an arrest in this case.”
“Imam Hassan was the glue that held his community together and it is evident that he was deeply loved. We are shattered by the news and concerned for the New Jersey Muslim community’s safety and especially the Newark Muslim community,” said CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed. “That more than 24 hours have elapsed and there is still no suspect or person of interest is particularly concerning. We cannot let crimes against our community and our leaders especially go unaccounted for.”
CAIR also asked that anyone with information related to the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) and/or submit online: newarkpublicsafety.org. The $10,000 reward is separate from the $25,000 reward that Essex Crime Stoppers Program is offering.
Sayedahmed added that, irrespective of this specific incident, CAIR-NJ advises all mosques to keep their doors open but remain cautious especially given the recent spike in anti-Muslim bigotry.
Alongside the Newark Muslim community, CAIR-NJ is praying for the Imam, his family and loved ones, and his congregation, and asks everyone to do the same.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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