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Commemoration and Hope

Assallamu Alaikom and May Peace and Blessings Be Upon You!

On this day, we thankfully commemorate one of the greatest figures in our great nation’s history.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an inspirational leader, and we are all truly blessed for the great strides that he made in the realm of civil rights. He saw injustice and chose to stand up and speak out. He faced the strong currents opposing him in order to motivate others and to ensure that the vital rights of human equality were acknowledged and implemented.

However, this struggle did not end with him. We can still see an unfortunate rise in the mistreatment of others driven by ignorance, fear, and misrepresentation; we are all searching for an effective means to confront injustice and preserve the right for Muslim Americans to live harmoniously within our great nation. We gain strength and a means of guidance in how to do so when we remember and honor the peaceful and bold efforts made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim].

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew what was right in his heart, and he used that passion to speak about it with his eloquent words, and to act upon it by mobilizing others through groundbreaking forms of civic engagement.

CAIR Pittsburgh sends out its thanks to all hardworking civil rights leaders, and expresses hope and determination to champion the cause of civil liberties in this great city of ours.

Alia Schindler
(Program Director)

CAIR-Pittsburgh 7th Annual Banquet

Towards Becoming Valued Members of Society

Saturday, March 29th, 2014
5:30 – 10:00 pm

At Doubletree by Hilton, Monroeville
(101 Mall Plaza Blvd., Monroeville PA 15146)

$50 Adult, $25 Student, $5 Child (Babysitting)
No tickets will be sold at the door

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Town Hall Meeting – Saturday, February 1, 2014

For all Muslims (12 years or older) living in the Pittsburgh Area, you cannot afford to miss this interactive event. Please join MCCGP & CAIR Pittsburgh for tea and an afternoon of information and lively discussion on

“PROVOCATIVE INFLUENCES – Making Enduring Choices”
Growth of easily accessible worldwide media brings all types of influences to us; some of them are not wholesome “education”. Our youth needs to develop the ability to discriminate and make wise choices to guide behavior. Come and listen to expert perspectives on this sensitive contemporary issue.


  • Imam Sohail Chaudhry – Imam Islamic Center of Morgantown
  • Dr. Buba Misawa – Professor of Political Science at the Washington & Jefferson College and University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Safdar Chaudhary – Founding member of S’eclairer, an Integrative Psychiatric Medical Practice

Date: Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Program: 3:00 – 3:30pm – Meet and Greet over tea
3:30pm – Asr Prayer
3:45 – 5:30pm – Discussion
Venue: MCCGP Social Hall

 This event is free and open to the community.

CAIR 6th Annual Banquet 2013

Get Out and Vote on November 6, 2012


 Dear Pittsburgh community,
Be part of more than the 80% registered Muslim voters in the US who will, insya Allah, vote on November 6, 2012. 
CAIR Pittsburgh would like to remind registered Muslim voters in the community to go to the polls on this Tuesday November 6, 2012 to vote. Please remember that voters in the state of PA might be asked to show photo ID, but there is NO REQUIREMENT to show it. Also, please remember to remind friends, colleagues, relatives to go to vote on that day.
Find out your registration status and your polling location in this website; Select your category and click the Go button to find out more information relevant to your case.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released the detailed data from a recent survey indicating that 91 percent of registered Muslim voters will go to the polls on November 6 (please click here for the full article and the summary).
We believe it is essential that American Muslims participate in the nation’s democratic process. There are many ways to do this; one of the simplest and most critical is voting in national and local elections. Civic participation, especially voting, is a citizenship right. It is our duty to give our leaders sincere advice. We should support public officials who prove themselves trustworthy and a benefit to the nation.
Islam’s message is comprehensive, encompassing all aspects of life. Inaction, or worse cynicism, denies this. Good Islamic character compels us to care for others and show concern for their problems. Faith should compel us to act in ways that benefit all people. If you are not present as a voter to give your opinions, others will do so for you. As American Muslims it is vital that we actively participate in our nation’s democratic process.
We look forward to seeing the wonderful turnout of our community. We can make a difference one vote at a time.
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CAIR Pittsburgh – 1st Annual Tennis Tournament

CAIR President Dr. Azmat Qayyum initiated CAIR sponsored Tennis Tournament to promote healthy living among the muslim community. This program truly fits to one of the CAIR missions; to empower local muslim community. Insya Allah, this will become an annual sport program sponsored by CAIR Pittsburgh. This year, nineteen players showed up (after several players dropped out due to conflicting schedule) from many different areas and muslim congregation in Pittsburgh. Br. Abdul Rahman, from MCCGP, came out strong and dominated both the single and double tournament. In double, Dr. Azmat Qayyum joined the first place with him. Came out second in the double are the team of br. Mohsin Rasheed and Saleem Ahmad.

The  Round Rubin game was played on Saturday from 1 pm at the Club – Monroeville and alhamdulillah the competition went exciting and full of enthusiasm. CAIR congratulates all the participants and thank the community for the generous support. Past CAIR President; br. Asim Kokan, congratulated and awarded the winners at the end of the game. Alhamdulillah. The participants for this year are;   Br. Abdul Rahman, Dr. Mohammad Idrees,    Br. Mohsin Rasheed,  Br. Hashim Raza,  Br. Shazi Raza, Dr. Azmat Qayyum, Manal Piracha,  Br. Sami Iren, Dr. Amjad Jalil,  DR. Owais Rahim, Dr. Imran Bajwal, Rashed, Br. Khalid and Rashed Harun from ICP, and br. Sayeed.


Presentation – Bullying and religious rights in schools

Sr. Rugiatu Conteh – Outreach Coordinator of CAIR Philadelphia presented Talk on School Bullying to Pittsburgh muslim community during the Family Night program of the MCCGP (Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh). This is a collaborative program between CAIR Pittsburgh and MCCGP aimed to educate the community about the religious rights in public schools and how to identify and deal with bullying.


PIIN Public Action Meeting – Oct 18

CAIR Pittsburgh participated in the Public Action Meeting organized by PIIN (Pennsylvania Impact Interfaith Network) on October 18 from 6:30 PM at Temple Rodef Shalom, Shadyside. CAIR congratulates the Pittsburgh muslim community delegation who came out with more than 100-people strength largely organized by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP). Imam Atef Mahgoub from the ICP opened the meeting with the prayer. An excellent organization by PIIN has produced a super productive meeting with more than 1000 enthusiastic attendance flooded the sanctuary of the Rodef Shalom temple. The meeting has resulted commitments by public officers and politicians to work with PIIN in the upcoming year in the critical areas such as public transportation, education, and water treatment. CAIR Pittsburgh would like to thank the muslim community from many different congregations for demonstrating the positive participation in this critical process of Pittsburgh regional development. Particularly, CAIR also want to thank both imams from ICP; imam AbduSemih and Atef Mahgoub and the ICP Board and EC members who have worked hard in bringing the community to this event.
Politicians attended the meeting
Mike Doyle, US House of Reps, Dist. 14
Matt Smith, PA House of Reps, Dist. 47
Michael Martin Schmotzer, PA House of Reps, Dist. 22
Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive
Bill Peduto, Pgh. City Council, Dist 8
Bruce Kraus, Pgh. City Council, Dist 3
Corey O’Connor, Pgh. City Council, Dist 5
Bob Casey, US Senate, (Representative only)
Mike Critz, US House of Reps, Dist.  (Rep only)
Matt Drozd (maybe), Allegheny County Council, Dist. 1

Issues to address:

The hard work of PIIN and our partners helped avert the proposed 35% cuts in transit service in September but if the problem of insufficient transit funding is not resolved, the system will again be at risk.  PIIN and our partners are coming together to kick-off a multi-year campaign to get sufficient dedicated local and state funding for public transit. We are better together!
PIIN is seeking a commitment from Dr. Linda Lane, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent, and Nina Esposito-Visgitis, President of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, to continue to work with PIIN and our partners to achieve equity for all of our students, which can only be achieved with a partnership of parents, community, administration and teachers.
Jobs and the Clean Rivers Campaign
ALCOSAN has proposed and plans to implement a multi-billion dollar fix to the sewer system.  PIIN, as part of the Clean Rivers Coalition, wants this, the largest infrastructure investment in Allegheny County’s history, to do the maximum good in the community.  We are pushing for good jobs, for green methods to help solve the storm water problem, and provide benefits to our communities and for strategies to reduce flooding.
Voter ID and Turnout
We will ask all present to not only commit to vote but to consider working the polls on November 6th,  work to get people in our congregations and communities to the polls, and make sure that people have an acceptable form of ID so they can vote.  Civic participation is a cherished value of each of the faith traditions represented in PIIN and we will put it into action by encouraging and protecting the vote this November.