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Know-Your-Rights Recap and Upcoming Events

Assallamu Alaikom Community Members,

We hope that this message greets you all in an excellent state of well being.
Summer may be winding down, but the activities and opportunities relating to outreach and activism are are plenty!
CAIR Pittsburgh continues its renewed campaign to spread awareness and ensure that all know their rights. Here are some pictures from our most recent Know-Your-Rights workshop this past weekend at An-Nur Islamic Center in Wilkinsburg. The program consisted of an engaging community meeting, followed by the workshop. A special thank you to the honorable ACLU Attorney, Mike Healey. An additional thank you to the An-Nur Islamic Center for hosting the program. It was a very informative afternoon. Please be sure to contact us if you would like us to set up a Know-Your-Rights workshop for your institution in the near future.
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Please be on the lookout for the following programs, scheduled for this Fall. And PLEASE reply to let us know if you are interested in attending or planning in any of these.
Media / Communications Training Workshop
  • SaturdayOctober 3, 2015 from 9am-Dhuhr at MCCGP
  • Specialist Trainer – CAIR National Communications Director – Mr. Ibrahim Hooper
  • Open to all who wish to become a continuing part of Muslim Communications strength in Pittsburgh
  • Breakfast and light refreshments served
Muslim Capitol Day
  • TuesdayOctober 20, 2015 (All day)
  • A visit to the Capitol Building in Harrisburg by a delegation of the leadership of the Pennsylvania Muslim community and its supporters
  • The visit will consist of three events:
    • A rally/press conference under the Capitol Rotunda
    • Visits to State Senators and Representatives — or their staff — to express the concerns of the Muslim community to their elected officials
    • A traditional Islamic prayer
Outreach Tables and Islamophobia Awareness Programs
  • Contact us to find out how we are working with the MSA and non-Muslim organizations to schedule educational programs and other efforts.
May Peace and Blessings Be Upon You All,
CAIR Pittsburgh Team

CAIR Pittsburgh’s 8th Annual Banquet Photos!!!

The photos from our 8th Annual Banquet are hot off the press, and they really turned out great. Brother Rami Daud really worked hard to run around and catch the many memorable moments, and those of you who participated in the portrait aspects of the photography were clearly having a fun evening, while looking dapper in the process 😉

See the Photo collection here!

A Big Thanks to the Community!

Assallamu Alaikom Honorable Community Members,

On behalf of the CAIR Pittsburgh Board of Directors and Staff, we would like to extend the warmest of thanks to all of you for your support in making our 8th Annual Banquet – Crossing Paths: Living in Harmony one of the best banquets we have had to date!

It was actually the first CAIR banquet that our Program Director, Alia Schindler, had ever attended, let alone planned for, so being one of the primary planners was certainly a challenging feat. However, the support, guidance, and countless task-based efforts of the Banquet Committee Chairperson-Ishfaq Ahmad, with the other Board Members-Noor Un Nahar, Safdar Khwaja, Asim Kokan, Azmat Qayyum, MD, and Ezz-Eldin Moukamal, MD really helped to make the entire joint effort  a pleasant project with an exceedingly positive outcome. Thanks to all of our guests and speakers who have given us nothing but positive feedback thus far; your supportive response was really overwhelming and humbling, mashaAllah.

A recap of the evening:

Zeshan Hasan began the evening with a heartfelt Holy Quran recitation of Surah Hujoorat, Ayas 10-13. ( )

Our Keynote Speaker, Sister Dalia Mogahed presented an informative and eye-opening fact-based speech on some of the primary issues Muslims are facing the United States.  She stressed that it is necessary to explain facts regarding Islam (most strongly correlated with polled perceptions), and demonstrated how the hate and fear industry is damaging American democracy and freedoms.

Three  prominent young ladies from our local Pitt MSA presented a daring spoken word piece, voicing their perspectives of the current socio-political environment, that left tears in the eyes of many attendees.

The Chapter President, Brother Safdar Khwaja highlighted the challenges that we are facing as an Ummah in America, presented some of CAIR Pittsburgh’s work within the is past year, and pointed out the necessity for our set objectives to increase effectiveness in the near future by controlling our media narrative, broadcasting positive Muslim contributions, engaging in political dialogue and participating in mainstream American activities. He also noted that the addition of a Media Consultant and establishing a Legal Defense fund are two new budget objectives for 2015.

Our motivational speaker, Abu Noaman (a prominent local entrepreneur) presented a touching narrative, and additionally presented Islam as a brand, and he provided his unique business analysis, challenging CAIR to expand our mission to celebrate Islam more, to play more to our strengths, which he defined as the values of Islam, expressing that we should put a spotlight and magnify the tens of thousands of Muslims in the US who personify those values, and lastly, we should magnify them not only in words, but that we should infect the media with the stories and success of those people.

Our entertainer, Baba Ali, presented a spot-on performance that  was heartwarming, relate-able, and simply, comical :) He even cited his own personal benefit relating to a positive experience that he had where his local CAIR chapter had assisted him, and it was very well received.

Sister Alia was the moderator for the evening, and was assisted in the program by two very eloquent speaker introducers -Sisters Elaine Linn and Mariam Shalaby,  and alhumdullillah, all had good feedback and lots of support from the audience.

Our volunteers were clearly enjoying themselves, too, while being very professional and ensuring the whole process ran smoothly.

Additionally, a special thank you to the tireless efforts that Brother Rami Daud extended in his photography services. InshAllah we will be sharing pics from the evening soon, so be on the lookout!

Alhumdullillah, the outcome of the donations provided by our gracious guests (may Allah SWT reward them all for their generosity) was humbling, and although we are still short of our target, we greatly appreciate the donations made thus far.

Furthermore, the outpouring of expressed interest by attendees to volunteer with us and to get involved was simply amazing! We received expressed interest on the evening of the event, and have since been receiving an increased amount of emails from interested community members! Alhumdullillah! Please join your fellow community members by responding to this email to let us know of your interest :) We will be organizing some project-based initiatives very soon, and the more the merrier!

As mentioned above, we are still short of our fundraising target, and we are still accepting donations (Tax Exempt and Zakat Eligible) toward our goal. Please submit your donations toward our cause  online or mail them in to:

CAIR Pittsburgh Chapter

801 Negley Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Thank you for sharing an evening filled with inspirations and new connections! Please be on the lookout for future updates and events!

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,

CAIR Pittsburgh Board & Staff

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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

Download flyer for more information


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