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

MEDIA ADVISORY      

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, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 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.

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CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, PACC to Address NJ Elected Officials’ Responses to Calls for a Ceasefire in Gaza and West Bank

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, PACC to Address NJ Elected Officials’ Responses to Calls for a Ceasefire in Gaza and West Bank

(NEWARK, NJ, 11/20/2023) – On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New Jersey (CAIR-NJ) will hold a joint press conference with the American Muslims for Palestine’s New Jersey chapter and the Palestinian American Community Center to address New Jersey elected officials’ responses to calls for a ceasefire in Gaza and the West Bank.

WHERE: CAIR-NJ Office, 570 Broad Street, Suite 703, Newark, NJ 07102

WHEN: Tuesday, November 21, 11 a.m.

LIVESTREAM: CAIR-NJ Facebook

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, dsayedahmed@cair.com; American Muslims for Palestine-NJ Chairperson Wassim Kanaan, 973-856-0180, wkanaan@ampalestine.org; Palestine Education Director Basma Bsharat, 973-253-6145, bbsharat@paccusa.org

The three groups have met with several New Jersey congressmembers since October 7, calling on them to support a ceasefire in Gaza and to address the root causes of violence and aggression in Palestine. The groups will highlight each official’s response to their calls at Tuesday’s press conference.

The Israeli government has killed more than 13,000 Palestinians since its raid of Gaza on October 7. The Israeli government has also doubled its number of Palestinian captives and prisoners.

SEE: Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza Tops 13,000 as Israel Repeatedly Strikes U.N. Schools Housing Refugees

SEE: Israel doubles number of Palestinian prisoners to 10,000 in two weeks

In New Jersey, American Muslims and Palestinian Americans are experiencing unprecedented levels of bigotry. Many have faced retaliation in their workplaces and academic settings for speaking up in support of Palestine.

SEE: Anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim attacks on rise in NJ amid Israel-Gaza conflict, advocates say

SEE: New Jersey residents express overwhelming grief after learning Palestinian relatives were killed in Gaza

The three groups have consistently called on New Jersey elected officials to take action and condemn the root cause of violence in Gaza, which is Israel’s ongoing siege and blockade of the strip.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Calls on NJ Elected Officials to Meet with Palestinian Human Rights Advocates, Stands in Solidarity with Gaza

SEE: Open Letter to New Jersey Elected Officials Address Root Cause of Violence: Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

Together, CAIR-NJ, AMP-NJ, and PACC continue to stand in unwavering solidarity with Palestinians and their right to freedom.

 

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CAIR-NJ Urges Muslims to Participate in Early Voting

CAIR-NJ Urges Muslims to Participate in Early Voting

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/29/2021) –The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today urged members of the New Jersey Muslim community to vote early by mail or in person.

Find the most convenient early voting site in your county and pick a day that works for you between now and October 31st. Earlier this year, historic legislation established in-person early voting in New Jersey. This law makes New Jersey even more voter-friendly and strengthens our democracy by expanding opportunities to exercise your right to vote. This new option allows registered voters to cast their ballot in person, using a voting machine, during a nine-day period prior to Election Day.

 

SEE: In-Person Early Voting in New Jersey is here!

https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-early-voting.shtml

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“The Islamic imperative is to do good, and build a better world. Voting is one effective means through which New Jersey Muslims can do just that. To bring about the positive change we wish to see in the world the Muslim community must unite and work together to ensure we are civically engaged, vote in high numbers, and have our voices heard.

“Thanks to early in-person voting it has never been easier to vote. It’s important we all exercise our right and make sure you, your family and neighbors vote!”

 

Maksut also noted that for the first time ever the Islamic Center of Passaic County is an early voting location and encouraged Passaic County residents to vote at the ICPC.

“We’re excited to have the ICPC masjid be a location for early voting. It brings our Muslim community great pride knowing we can help build a strong and more equitable New Jersey,” said Maksut.

 

See: ICPC Statement

https://www.facebook.com/icpc.nj/photos/pcb.10159715817036948/10159715813541948/

 

 

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact CAIR-NJ at(908) 668-5900or info@nj.cair.com.

NOTE:As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CAIR-NJ does not endorse or oppose any candidate running for office.

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CAIR-New Jersey Issues Letter Condemning Kashmir Siege After Declining Invitation to Meet with Indian Consulate Officials

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 8/21/2019) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today issued a public letter to the Indian Consul General condemning that nation’s actions in Kashmir and its abuses of Indian Muslims, and declining an invitation to meet with consulate officials.

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CAIR-NJ Calls For Resignation of Board of Education Member Who Shared Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 7/23/2019) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for the resignation of Toms River Board of Education member Dan Leonard who shared racist and Islamophobic posts on his Facebook account.

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