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-MI serves as a credible voice for Michigan Muslims, and has been present in most, if not all, forms of local media and multiple international media outlets.  CAIR-MI provides a more accurate image of Islam and Muslims and well-informed dissemination of American Muslim views to public audiences.

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Fast Facts

  • 70
    Seminars Presented
  • 315
    Quoted in the media and media appearances
  • 126
    Legal representation for Syrians (Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal and Political Asylum Applications) since 2012
  • 30
    Events Participated
  • 50
    Trainings
  • 62
    Schools contacted for Safe Spaces

STaff

Dawud Walid
Executive Director

Nargis Rahman
Office Manager

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

Warda Ashraf Kalim, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Safe Spaces Coordinator

board members

Haytham Obeid
Treasurer

Haaris Ahmad, Esq.
President, Legal Advisory Board President

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

Muzammil Ahmed, MD
Board Member

Mohammed Saleem, MD
CAIR Michigan

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

Ihor Debryn
Secretary

Thasin Sardar
Board Member

Dr. Jukaku Tayeb
Board Member