CAIR-NJ Wishes Imam Elnakib Speedy Recovery, Commends Masjid Omar Community for Swift Response to Stabbing Attack

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 04/10/2023) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today commended the Masjid Omar community for responding quickly to a stabbing attack on Imam Sayed Elnakib and prayed that the imam has a full and speedy recovery.

On Sunday morning, during pre-dawn prayers at Masjid Omar in Paterson, a man walked between worshippers and stabbed Imam Sayed Elnakib at least twice in his back.

The man was immediately held by community members until police arrived at the scene. He has been charged with attempted murder and two different counts of weapons possession.

SEE: Video: CAIR-NJ Responds to Stabbing of Imam During Prayers

SEE: Imam Is Stabbed While Leading Prayers at New Jersey Mosque

CAIR-NJ also urged the local Muslim community and Islamic institutions nationwide to take extra security precautions by using advice offered in CAIR’s booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.


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