CAIR-NJ to Join Newark Interfaith Alliance in Demanding Imam’s Shooter Turn Themselves In      

(NEWARK, NJ, 1/3/2024) – Later today, the New jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join the Newark Interfaith Alliance in an assembly demanding that Imam Hassan Sharif’s shooter turn themselves in. 

CAIR-NJ: Imam Shot and Killed Outside Mosque in Newark  

WHERE: Masjid Muhammad at 255 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 6 p.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.   

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed said: 

To Allah we belong and to Him we return.     

Imam Hassan was a beacon of leadership and excellence. We are devastated at the news of his killing. We are praying for the Imam, his family and loved ones, and his congregation, and we ask everyone to do the same.    

While the perpetrator’s motive remains unknown and irrespective of this specific incident, we advise all mosques to keep their doors open but remain cautious especially given the recent spike in anti-Muslim bigotry.  


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.