CAIR Launches Oklahoma Chapter With Sold-Out Banquet

May 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington-
 based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently launched an
 Oklahoma chapter (CAIR-OK) with a sold-out fundraising dinner in Norman,
 Okla. CAIR-OK joins 32 other CAIR chapters and offices throughout the
 United States and Canada.
     Attendees at CAIR-OK's May 12th banquet, themed "American Muslims:
 Connecting & Sharing," included representatives from the FBI, local and
 state government officials and interfaith leaders.
     In his keynote address to the gathering, CAIR National Board Chair Dr.
 Parvez Ahmed said: "I urge that you stand for the cause of justice, for
 Islam stands for justice. . .for the cause of peace, for Islam is peace,
 and. . .for the cause of mutual understanding, for Islam advocates
 cooperation and harmony between people of all faiths."
     Imam Dr. Imad Enchassi, president of the Islamic Society of Greater
 Oklahoma City welcomed CAIR to the state and urged community members to
 support the council's civil rights and advocacy work. Enchassi said: "CAIR
 stood up for the rights of those who could not stand up for themselves. I
 ask that each and every one of you support CAIR in its mission to promote
 civil rights and civil liberties for everyone."
     "We will work hand-in-hand with people of other faiths to build a more
 solid foundation of interfaith relations in our state," said CAIR-OK
 Chairperson Lobna Hewedi. She said CAIR-OK will also work with local law
 enforcement agencies, educational institutions and houses of worship to
 foster mutual understanding and tolerance.
     CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices
 and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance
 understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties,
 empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and
 mutual understanding.
     CONTACT: CAIR-OK Chairperson Lobna Hewedi, 405-248-5853, E-Mail:; CAIR-OK Board Member Saad Mohammed, 405-210-4775, E-
 Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim
 Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR
 Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441,
 E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin,
 202-488-8787, E- Mail:

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