CAIR-NJ, Imam Hassan Sharif’s Family, and Masjid Muhammad Leadership to Hold Press Conference Ahead of Imam Hassan Sharif’s Funeral Prayer  

(Newark, NJ, 01/05/2024) – On Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New Jersey (CAIR-NJ)the family of Imam Hassan Sharif, Masjid Muhammad leadership, and the Imam’s Council of Newarwill hold a press conference just ahead of the imam’s janazah (funeral).  

WHO: Imam Hassan Sharif’s family, Masjid Muhammad leadership, Imams Council of Newark 

WHERE: NIA Masjid & Community Center at 231 Roseville Ave, Newark, NJ 07107

WHEN: Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 9 a.m.     

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Dina Sayedahmed,, 551-221-5592

Imam Hassan Sharif was fatally shot on January 3, 2024, just outside Masjid Muhammad as he prepared to lead Fajr (pre-dawn) prayers. He was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the afternoon.  

The shooter remains at large.  

SEE: Murder of NJ imam puts Muslim community on edge  

SEE: Imam Hassan Sharif murdered: Reward offered  

CAIR and its New Jersey chapter announced 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. This reward is separate from the Essex Crime Stoppers’ $25,000 reward.  

SEE: CAIR, CAIR-NJ Announce $10K Reward for Information that Leads to Arrest and Conviction of Imam’s Shooter   

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.   

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.    


CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.                 


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed,, 551-221-5592