Who We Are

Our Mission

CAIR-MI’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding through education, mediation, media and the law.
CAIR-MI has been serving the entire state of Michigan since 2000 with an emphasis on Metro Detroit, Flint/Saginaw, Ann Arbor/Jackson, Lansing, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, and Grand Rapids/Muskegon.

How CAIR-MI Works

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter (CAIR-MI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. The organization is affiliated with America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, CAIR, whose headquarters is located in Washington D.C.
Through media and government relations, education and advocacy, CAIR-MI puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
CAIR Michigan Staff and Board Members

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Fast Facts

  • 62
    seminars presented 2014
  • 255
    quoted in the media and media appearances
  • 70
    temporary protected status & Syrian asylum, withholding of removal
  • 20
    events participated
  • 26
  • 60
    schools contacted for Safe Spaces


Dawud Walid
Executive Director

Nargis Rahman
Office Manager

Lena F. Masri, Esq.
CAIR-MI Staff Attorney

Warda Ashraf Kalim, Esq.
Safe Spaces Coordinator & Counsel

board members

Haytham Obeid

Haaris Ahmad, Esq.
President, Legal Advisory Board President

Lila Amen
Vice President

Sharif Gindy, Ph.D
Co-Founder, Board Member

Muzammil Ahmed, MD
Board Member

Mohammed Saleem, MD
CAIR Michigan

Rana Hadied, Esq.
Board Member, Legal Advisory Board Member

Tariq Hafeez, Esq.
Board Member, Legal Advisory Board Member

Ihor Debryn

Thasin Sardar
Board Member