About Us


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

The Pennsylvania Chapter (CAIR-Pennsylvania) is also a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) with offices located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.


To be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.


To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


  • CAIR-PA supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
  • CAIR-PA is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.
  • CAIR-PA supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.
  • CAIR-PA opposes domestic policies that limit civil rights, permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
  • CAIR-PA is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.
  • CAIR-PA supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government based on socio-economic justice.
  • CAIR-PA believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.
  • CAIR-PA condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.
  • CAIR-PA advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.
  • CAIR-PA supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women.



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