CAIR-Philadelphia Offers Condolences on Passing of Imam Asim Abdur-Rashid

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2/1/2022) – The Philadelphia chapter and national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today extended condolences to the family and friends of Imam Asim Abdur-Rashid.

Imam Asim served as the imam at Philadelphia’s Masjid al-Mujahideen since its establishment. He also served as the amir of the Al-Ummah National Community, a national organization consisting of autonomous local Muslim communities. Imam Asim is also the father of our longtime board member Salima Diop.

His janazah, or funeral prayer, is scheduled for Feb. 1st at 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Masjid (4700 Wyalusing Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131.)

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“To Allah we belong, and to Allah we return. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Imam Asim. We ask Allah to grant him the highest rank of Paradise and comfort his family, loved ones, and the Muslim community of Philadelphia.”

CAIR-Philadelphia Education and Outreach Director Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu said:

“Imam Asim was loved and respected by the Philadelphia Muslim community, which he served with passion throughout his life. He was a source of guidance and wisdom for the community, and his absence will be sorely felt. We ask Allah to enter him into the highest rank of Paradise and grant solace to his family and loved ones.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Education and Outreach Director Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu, PhD; 617-401-5397 (mobile),

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