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CAIR-MN: Minnesota Muslims to Offer Funeral Prayers for Muhammad Ali

  On Friday, June 10, the Minnesota Muslim Community will conduct funeral prayers for Muhammad Ali after each mosque's weekly congregational service, which begin between 12:30 and 2 p.m.

The funeral prayers, called “salat al-ghaib” (sa-lat all-guy-ib), are performed for Muslims who have died in a distant place among other prayers.

"Muhammad Ali stood up for justice and spoke out against racism and war," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-MN. "With the rise of Islamophobia in America, Ali’s death reminds us all about the positive role American Muslims have had and continue to play in our great nation.”

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Minnesota Muslims Condemn Orlando Massacre, Community urged to attend Vigil and Press Conference

logocenter(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/12/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today joined, the Minnesota Muslim community in condemning the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. 

"Minnesota Muslims condemn in the strongest possible terms the mass shooting in Orlando," said Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured" 

The LGBTQ community has stood side by side with the American Muslim community during challenging and difficult times. We stand together against hatred, violence and demonization of entire communities. 

Communities members are urged to attend a community vigil on Sunday June 12th. 

What: OutFront organized community Vigil: Vigil To Unite in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting

WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 7pm

WHERE: Loring Park 1382 Willow St. Minneapolis, MN 55403

CONTACT: OutFront Executive Director Monica Meyer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 612-817-3480

Community Leaders Press Conference on Monday June 13th 

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CAIR Launches Satirical ‘#ISLAMOPHOBIN’ Public Awareness Campaign to Challenge Anti-Muslim Bigotry

(CAIR), today launched a satirical public awareness campaign to challenge growing Islamophobia in America. 
In its new social media campaign, CAIR is distributing “ISLAMOPHOBIN®,” a mock-medicine designed to “cure” Islamophobia and includes a television commercial for the product. (NOTE: ISLAMOPHOBIN is actually sugar-free-chewing gum. Use #ISLAMOPHOBIN. SEE sample tweets below.) 

ISLAMOPHOBIN is available for purchase at 

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CAIR-MN's Jaylani Hussein Receives Award From Minnesota/Dakotas American Immigration Lawyers Association

The Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and The Advocates for Human Rights on Friday May 13th presented its annual "Immigrant of Distinction Award" to Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).

The award is in recognition to Hussein's outstanding contribution to social justice. Each year at its Upper Midwest Immigration Law conference, the AILA recognizes an Immigrant for his or her outstanding contribution to the society.

Award Video:

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CAIR-MN Welcomes DHS Investigation into TSA Profiling of Somali-Americans

jaylani press conference The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to open an investigation into an allegation of profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

SEE: Homeland Security Investigating after Reports of Racial Profiling at MSP 

 A TSA manager in Minnesota revealed that he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties. 

SEE: Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration 

 "We welcome this investigation and hope it results in the accountability and transparency needed to rebuild trust in the Minnesota TSA," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "Racial and religious profiling is unconstitutional, immoral, ineffective, and undermines the core principals of our democracy."

CAIR-MN and Muslim community leaders had called for just such an investigation. 

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