(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – 2/18/2019) – On Saturday, February 16, the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations honored three Muslim mayors from New Jersey before a crowd of over 350 people at it’s 13th annual banquet.

Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah, and East Orange Mayor Ted R. Green each received a Community Service award, while Montgomery Township Mayor, Sadaf Jaffer, who became the first female Muslim mayor in the country this year, received a Breaking Barriers award.

Keynote speaker for the event, themed “Faith led, Justice Driven,” was Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, who inspired the guests with his passion for social justice.

CAIR National Executive Director, Nihad Awad reminded those in attendance of the importance of the work that CAIR does at the national and local level and laid out a plan for the future, with a focus on civic engagement.

CAIR-New Jersey received documents of recognition from Governor Phil Murphy, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Congressman Donald Payne Jr.

“The guests at this event reflected a resilient and diverse Muslim community that is willing to stand up for its rights and contribute to the betterment of all citizens,” said Jim Sues, Executive Director of CAIR-NJ.  “Our guest speakers spoke to the current concerns of the Muslim community and inspired the audience to continue working hard to help restore unity in our nation.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.