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ISIS and the Islamic State: A Panel Discussion at Purdue University

On February 11, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab was a panelist for an event hosted at Purdue University. Approximately 400 people were in attendance to see Rehab discuss the threat ISIS, along with Professor of Islamic Studies Scott Alexander, and author, attorney, and political philosopher Rafia Zakaria.

ABC7: ISIS Recruiting US Terrorists on Social Media

“We need to empower our communities in which to be able to detect that and prevent that before it’s too late,” said Ahmed Rehab, Council on American Islamic Relations.

WBEZ: CAIR-Chicago Exec. Dir. Discusses ISIS

Ahmed Rehab joined WBEZ Worldview to discuss the impact ISIS is having on the Western world.

WTTW: Exec. Dir. Ahmed Rehab Discusses Islamophobia in U.S.

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, sat down to discuss the rise of Islamophobia with Randa Kuziez from the Interfaith Youth Core, and freelance journalist Deanna Othman on Chicago Tonight.

MEDIA DIGEST: CAIR-Chicago Press Conference on Recent Illinois Hate Crimes

CAIR-Chicago held a press conference Friday to address recent hate incidents targeting Illinois Muslims. Incidents included threats to kill Arab-American Muslim high school students, a threat sent to mosque, and a threatening call to CAIR-Chicago.

Chicago Tribune: Islamic group rips District 230 response to graffiti threats

At a news conference Friday, Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR’s Chicago chapter, criticized the district for not immediately putting the school on lockdown once the graffiti was discovered and said parents weren’t notified quickly enough about the incident.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago Press Conference Addressing Hate Incidents

CAIR-Chicago held a press conference Friday to address hate incidents targeting Illinois Muslims. Incidents included threats to kill Arab-American Muslim high school students, a threat sent to mosque, and a threatening call to CAIR-Chicago.

WGN 9: CAIR-Chicago Press Conference Addressing Hate Incidents

CAIR-Chicago held a press conference Friday to address hate incidents targeting Illinois Muslims. Incidents included threats to kill Arab-American Muslim high school students, a threat sent to mosque, and a threatening call to CAIR-Chicago.

Fox 32: CAIR-Chicago Press Conference Addressing Hate Incidents

CAIR-Chicago held a press conference Friday to address hate incidents targeting Illinois Muslims. Incidents included threats to kill Arab-American Muslim high school students, a threat sent to mosque, and a threatening call to CAIR-Chicago.

CBS 2: CAIR-Chicago Press Conference Addressing Hate Incidents

CAIR-Chicago held a press conference Friday to address hate incidents targeting Illinois Muslims. Incidents included threats to kill Arab-American Muslim high school students, a threat sent to mosque, and a threatening call to CAIR-Chicago.

CLTV: CAIR-Chicago Press Conference Addressing Hate Incidents

CAIR-Chicago held a press conference Friday to address hate incidents targeting Illinois Muslims. Incidents included threats to kill Arab-American Muslim high school students, a threat sent to mosque, and a threatening call to CAIR-Chicago.

NBC 5: CAIR-Chicago Press Conference Addressing Hate Incidents

CAIR-Chicago held a press conference Friday to address hate incidents targeting Illinois Muslims. Incidents included threats to kill Arab-American Muslim high school students, a threat sent to mosque, and a threatening call to CAIR-Chicago.

ABC7: Chicago Muslims Respond to #ChapelHillShooting

After the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC, Chicago area Muslim organizations, including CAIR-Chicago responded to the tragedy with a press conference.

CBS 2: Chicago Muslims Respond to #ChapelHillShooting

After the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC, Chicago area Muslim organizations, including CAIR-Chicago responded to the tragedy with a press conference.

WGN: Chicago Muslims Respond to #ChapelHillShooting

After the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC, Chicago area Muslim organizations, including CAIR-Chicago responded to the tragedy with a press conference.

Fox News Kelly File: Chapel Hill Shooting Motive in Dispute, Listen to Both Sides

After the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC, Chicago area Muslim organizations, including CAIR-Chicago responded to the tragedy with a press conference. A clip of CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab appears on Fox News’s Kelly File.

ABC7: CAIR Banquet Celebrates Diversity of Muslim Community

CAIR-Chicago held its annual banquet in Oak Brook Terrace. The banquet was a chance to celebrate CAIR’s achievements over the past 11 years and the diversity of the Muslim community.

The News Gazette: Authorities investigating threats against Bridgeview mosque

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says federal authorities are helping local law enforcement investigate online threats against a suburban mosque. The chapter’s executive director says the threats targeting the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview alluded to the shooting and killing of Muslims. He says the posts were made [...]

SouthtownStar: Threats target Bridgeview mosque

A Facebook posting making threats against Muslims and targeting a Bridgeview mosque has resulted in increased police surveillance and an investigation by the FBI, according to the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Sun-Times: Authorities investigate online threats against Bridgeview mosque

Authorities said Thursday that they are investigating a series of online threats made this week against a Bridgeview mosque.

WGN 9: CAIR-Chicago Issues Community Alert After Threats to Mosque (Video)

CAIR-Chicago spoke with media after a south suburban mosque received violent threats on social media.

Fox 32: CAIR-Chicago Issues Community Alert After Threats to Mosque (Video)

CAIR-Chicago spoke with media after a south suburban mosque received violent threats on social media.

NBC 5: Following Threats, CAIR-Chicago Calls for Stepped-Up Security at Local Mosques

CAIR-Chicago spoke with media after a south suburban mosque received violent threats on social media.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago Says Threats Triggered Security Alert for Local Mosques (VIDEO)

CAIR-Chicago is working with local law enforcement and the FBI Chicago office on recent social media violent threats against a south suburban mosque.

Patheos: Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram and Three Uncomfortable Questions

Whether purposeful or unwitting — which is quite possible by the way — our disposition to the narrative of the East/West divide, the invading hordes, the clash of civilizations is a timid yet omnipresent undercurrent in mainstream consciousness.

MuslimVillage.com: Paris Attack Condemned Across Muslim World

Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says he was not necessarily “emotionally offended” by the cartoons, but he did find them to be “in poor taste.”

Huffington Post: Who’s Gunning for the Francophile Anti-Islamophobe?

I am not Charlie. I am not the terrorist either. I do not have to be Charlie to loathe the terrorists, and I do not have to resort to terrorism to register my displeasure with Charlie.

Sun-Times: Defeating ISIS, one mom at a time

Yet, whenever there’s an Islamic radical attack, those who fear Muslims anyway demand some sort of collective denouncement from them, as a body, a situation best summed up by Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago.

NBC5 & CBS2: CAIR-Chicago Responds to Paris Attacks (Video)

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, responds to recent attack on the French publication Charlie Hebdo. The heinous crime left 12 dead and lead to a bloody manhunt across Paris.

Executive Director Ahmed Rehab Discusses CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach on NBC

After a local teen was arrested for his alleged attempt to join ISIS, CAIR-Chicago continues to support Muslim and non-Muslim communities across Chicagoland though outreach and education. Executive Director Ahmed Rehab sat down with NBC to outline the strategies being used to address the issue.

CAIR-Chicago Continues to Support Community Post ISIS Arrest

Recognizing the vital need to support communities across Chicagoland, CAIR-Chicago continues its efforts to foster dialogue and defend civil rights.

CAIR Launches Islamophobia.org

This month CAIR launched Islamophobia.org, a website dedicated to documenting and exposing groups, as well as individuals, promoting Islamophobia in the United States.

Ahmed Rehab Interviewed on WBEZ’s “Worldview”

Yesterday, CAIR-Chiacgo’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, was interviewed on how Muslim communities face Islamophobic backlash for the actions of the extremist group the “Islamic State.”

Executive Director Ahmed Rehab Comments on US Action Against ISIS on ABC 7 [VIDEO]

As US starts to become more involved in the fight against ISIS, CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, points out the other forces in the region the US still turns a blind eye to. See more videos by following our channel on YouTube CLICK HERE

Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab talks ISIS with CBS 2 [VIDEO]

As recent events in Chicago, and around the world, fuel the debate surrounding the threat of groups like ISIS and the U.S. governments role in combating them. CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab talks with CBS 2 about how the Muslim community confronts extremist rhetoric. See more videos by following our channel on YouTube CLICK HERE

Letter to the Sun-Times Re: ISIS in Chicago

Tuesday’s headline from the Chicago Sun-Times, “ISIS in Chicago”, was not only sensational but inaccurate and misleading. A more accurate headline would have been: “A Chicagoan in ISIS?” (The added question mark underscoring that it is as of yet an allegation, not a finding).

Ahmed Rehab Interviewed on WBEZ’s “The Afternoon Shift” with Niala Boodhoo

Yesterday, CAIR-Chiacgo’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, was interviewed alongside Dr. Robert Pape on the issue of Civil Liberties and National Security since 9/11. “We didn’t act fast enough to stand with the people.” -Ahmed Rehab on American foreign policy towards the Middle-East. The interview can be found here.

Ahmed Rehab Interviewed on WBEZ’s “The Morning Shift” with Tony Sarabia on American-Muslims

Earlier this Morning CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, was interviewed live along with Mosque Foundation Sheikh Kifah Mustapha on WBEZ this morning at 9:00 am. They spoke on how the perception and treatment of Muslim-Americans has shifted since 9/11. “More Americans who know Muslims in real life situations as neighbors, co-workers, and friends; the less [...]

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Rizza Cadillac to pay $100K in discrimination case

Tinley Park car dealership Rizza Buick GMC Cadillac, Inc. must pay $100,000 to resolve a religious discrimination lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced.

JOURNAL ONLINE: Des Plaines Library Stuck In Anti-Islam Tiff

Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of CAIR, agreed the library was not the right place for ACT! to meet.
“It’s a safe haven for knowledge, education, and enlightenment,” he said. “That place is now being tarnished.”

VIDEO: Ahmed Rehab on ABC7 Windy City Live

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director joined a panel of religious leaders on ABC7′s Windy City Live. The leaders included a Jewish Rabbi, Catholic priest, and Christian pastor and they discussed various issues such as women’s roles, youth involvement, and core faith beliefs.

URDU TIMES: CAIR-Chicago Issues statement on Kansas Shooting

“Whether Sikhs, Muslims, Jews or anyone, such attacks must be seen as against us all, rather than just the targeted group. Hate hurts us all and we can only weed it out as one front,” said Ahmed Rehab.

[VIDEO] ABC7: CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan on IRS Scam Targeting Immigrants

CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan discusses criminals posing as police, IRS agents in tax scam targeting immigrants in Chicago.

SUN TIMES: ‘The Okra’ website offers satire with a Muslim twist

The satirical website, launched by the Muslim-American duo, features headlines including: “Report: Arab Summit After-Party Gets ‘Totally Awkward’ when Muslim Brotherhood Show Up,” “43-Year-Old Bachelor Thinks He ‘Still Has Shot’ Marrying 20-Something Girls” and “Media Outlets Furious Ethiopian Hijacker Was Not Muslim.”

CAIR-Chicago reponds to Megyn Kelly on FOX NEWS on “Honor Diaries” Screenings

CAIR-Chicago Senior Communications Coordinator Agnieszka Karoluk appeared on FOX news’: The Kelly File to discuss the funding behind “Honor Diaries”

SOUTHTOWN STAR: Worship continues at Orland Park mosque as police investigate gunshot

Following the shooting, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had called on the FBI to investigate it as a hate crime. McCarthy said Wednesday he’s spoken with the bureau, and that although it’s not involved in the investigation, “we are keeping them apprised” of the department’s probe.

HUFFINGTON POST: Group Calls For FBI Hate Crime Probe After Bullet Pierces Mosque During Morning Worship

“Had it been aimed lower and gone through a window, I personally believe it could have killed someone, if not injured them very seriously. So that is not lost of anyone and is much cause for concern, and fear, really,” CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab told WGN

SOUTHTOWN STAR:Bullet fired at Orland Park mosque during early morning prayer service

The office had asked the FBI to step in and investigate the incident as a hate crime but had not received a response from the bureau as of late Tuesday, Karoluk said. CAIR also asked Orland Park police for increased patrols around the mosque.

WGN:Shot fired at Orland Park mosque[VIDEO]

Orland Park police are investigating but the investigation may expand to the federal level as well. The prayer center is working with the Chicago chapter of CAIR in asking the FBI to investigate this as a hate crime.

SUNTIMES:Bullet fired at Orland Park mosque during prayer service

CAIR said Orland Park police were contacted and are investigating. Orland Park police could not be reached for comment.

FOX32:Bullet fired at Orland Park mosque during prayer service

No one was hurt when the single shot was fired through the dome of the Orland Park Prayer Center a few minutes after 6 a.m. during the Fajr, or break-of-dawn prayer, according to a statement from the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

ABC7: Orland Park Mosque Hit by Bullet During Morning Prayer Service[VIDEO]

“We need to take these incidents very seriously and that is why we wanted to emphasize for all authorities involved, whether local police or FBI, to look through all the possibilities,” said Agnieszka Karoluk, senior communications coordinator, CAIR.

CBS2: Bullet Fired At Orland Park Mosque During Prayer Service[VIDEO]

“We’re very happy that no one was hurt and because it happened at such an early time, 6:05 for Fajr prayer, that is when most mosques have the least amount of people in them, at least in the United States because it is so early,” said CAIR spokeswoman Agnieszka Karoluk.

NBC5: CAIR-Chicago Says Shot Fired at Illinois Mosque Could Have Been Deadly [VIDEO]

The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) is calling for an FBI hate crime investigation into the incident.

PALOS PATCH: Shot Fired During Morning Prayer Service at South Suburban Mosque

CAIR-Chicago has contacted the Orland Park Police to request increased security patrols and is asking the FBI to investigate the shooting for a potential bias crime.

ALJAZEERA AMERICA: GROUP WANTS FBI PROBE AFTER GUNSHOT FIRED AT ILLINOIS MOSQUE

“It happened during morning prayers when there were people inside,” Ahmed Rehab, executive director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Chicago, told Al Jazeera. “It disrupted the prayer and debris fell down from the dome onto people.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Bullet hits mosque during prayer service, officials say

“Incidents such as this have a chilling effect on worshippers. No one should have to go to their place of worship worried if they’ll make it back home alive,” Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in the statement.

CAIR-Chicago Releases 2013 Annual Report

Click here to view the full 2013 Annual Report in pdf format!

CAIR-Chicago 10th Anniversary Gala covered by ABC7 Chicago!

The Council on American Islamic Relations is marking its tenth anniversary by celebrating the diversity of the Muslim American community.

SUN TIMES: Muslim woman says people friendlier when hat, scarf cover hijab

Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago, said his mother and sister have had similar experiences. He said he first began to understand what Muslim women who wear the hijab experience when he walked with his sister in a mall after she started wearing it.

“People would stare at her, and I would stare at them,” he said. “She on the other hand would just look ahead saying, ‘I won’t let it bother me.’ ”

He said the message of Suleiman’s experience is “just like a book, don’t judge a woman by her cover.”

Chicago Sun Times: Local community organizer takes over National Partnership for New Americans

“I’d definitely say he’s an iconic figure in the movement,” says Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, who counts Hoyt as a mentor.

By “movement,” Rehab was referring to the broader social justice movement, not just immigration

Fox 32 Chicago: Ahmed Rehab responds to controversial billboard in Chicago[VIDEO]

An anti-snoring billboard, showing an American soldier embracing a Muslim woman, is creating a buzz in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Chicago Jewish Activist: Why We Work With Our Local CAIR Chapter in Chicago

Asaf Bar-Tura from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs communicates the importance of the long-standing partnership between his organization and CAIR-Chicago.

Chicago Tribune: Rizza Cadillac created hostile environment for Muslim, Arab staff

The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations separately identified the targets of the alleged harassment as Medhat Adawy, his son Adam and Mohammed El-Hajjami. It said the harassment occurred from January 2007 to November 2009 and blamed Rizza Cadillac’s finance manager at the time.

NBC5 News: Muslim group sues city of Des Plaines [VIDEO]

The American Islamic Center is suing the city of Des Plaines for violating its religious freedoms. NBC5 reports.

CBS2: Chicago Islamic group sues Des Plaines for discrimination [VIDEO]

CBS2 reports on the lawsuit CAIR-Chicago filed against the city of Des Plaines for refusing to issue a zoning permit for the American Islamic Center.

WBBM 780: American Islamic Center files lawsuit against Des Plaines city council [AUDIO]

WBBM Radio’s Bob Conway shares news of the case filed on Monday, September 16 against the city of Des Plaines, alleging that members of the city council were discriminatory in their refusal to issue an Islamic center’s zoning permit request.

WGN Radio: Suit filed in district court against Des Plaines [AUDIO]

WGN AM Radio reports on the recent case brought forth by CAIR-Chicago on behalf of the Bosnian American Islamic Center against the city of Des Plaines.

CLTV: CAIR-Chicago files lawsuit against city of Des Plaines [VIDEO]

CAIR-Chicago announced on Monday, September 16 that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the American Islamic Center against Des Plaines, IL. CLTV Evening News reports.

ABC7: Muslim center files suit against Des Plaines [VIDEO]

ABC7 reports on the lawsuit filed on Monday, September 16th against the city of Des Plaines.

WBEZ 91.5: Islamic group sues city of Des Plaines for discrimination [AUDIO]

WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan reports on CAIR-Chicago’s recent case filed on behalf of the Bosnian American Islamic Center against the city of Des Plaines.

Chicago Tribune: Muslim group says Des Plaines zoning denial violates religious freedom

A Bosnian Muslim congregation filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Des Plaines and five aldermen, alleging they violated its religious freedom when they denied permission to convert a vacant office building into a community center and Muslim house of worship.

NBC5: Muslim Group Sues Des Plaines for Denying Community Center

A Muslim organization has sued a suburban Chicago community for allegedly violating its rights to freedom of religion by denying it permission to open a community center.

Chicago Sun-Times: Islamic group sues Des Plaines for rejecting planned mosque

The Chicago Sun-Times covers the recent controversy in Des Plaines over the city’s denial to issue a zoning permit to the American Islamic Center.

Des Plaines Journal: Bosnian Muslim Group Sues Des Plaines

The American Islamic Center of Chicago filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city of Des Plaines claiming the city violated its Constitutional rights by denying a zoning amendment to open a Bosnian Islamic religious and community center.

Associated Press: Islamic center sues Des Plaines for discrimination

The Associated Press reports on a lawsuit filed against the city of Des Plaines for refusing to approve a request for a zoning permit to the American Islamic Center.

Daily Herald: Muslim group sues Des Plaines for denying religious center

The Daily Herald reports on the American Islamic Center’s lawsuit against the city of Des Plaines for its refusal to approve a zoning permit for its religious and educational institution.

Chicago Sun-Times: Police trainer’s class canceled after group calls him ‘bigot’

A state law-enforcement board and Lombard officials canceled plans for anti-terrorism trainer Sam Kharoba after a Muslim advocacy group labeled him a “Muslim bigot” and claimed he would be “promoting hate.”

Chicago Tribune: Police training called ‘anti-Muslim’ canceled

Amid protests from a Muslim civil liberties group, local police training officials have called off an anti-terrorism course for officers scheduled for Monday in Lombard that was to have been taught by an instructor the group regards as anti-Muslim.

Daily Herald: Lombard cancels police training after protests

A police counterterrorism training seminar in Lombard was canceled Friday following objections from an Islamic group who have called the main presenter an “anti-Muslim bigot.”

Houston Chronicle: Suburban police cancel anti-terrorism trainings

Suburban Chicago authorities canceled a class over objections from advocacy group claiming the trainer and his teachings are anti-Muslim.

The Sacramento Bee: CAIR asks law enforcement to drop anti-Muslim trainer

The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Illinois law enforcement authorities to drop Sam Kharoba, a notorious anti-Muslim bigot, as a counterterrorism trainer.

Anchorage Daily News: Suburban police cancel anti-terrorism trainings

The Cair-Chicago office is protesting against Sam Kharoba’s trainings stating his teaching materials contain inaccuracies and stereotypes.

Chicago Sun-Times: Muslim advocacy group objects to anti-terrorism trainer

A Chicago Muslim advocacy group is calling on the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and others involved with law enforcement training here to drop Sam Kharoba from an anti-terrorism training program, dubbing him “a notorious anti-Muslim bigot.”

WGN-AM: Local Muslims call for dismissal of counter-terrorism trainer [AUDIO]

WGN-AM 720 spoke with CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, about the trainings scheduled with local police from known anti-Muslim bigot Sam Kharoba.

Critical praise for racial profiling: Responding to Hedy Weiss

Jamil Khoury of Silk Road Rising responds to a review by Hedy Weiss, a Chicago Sun-Times theater critic, in which she advocates for racial profiling to prevent terrorism.

Voice of America: Chicago Muslims host ‘Taste of Ramadan’

Voice of America-Bahasa Indonesia wrote about CAIR-Chicago’s fifth annual ‘Taste of Chicago’ on July 17, providing iftar to 300 people at CAIR-Chicago’s office in downtown Chicago.

Yahala Voice: Gerald Hankerson interview about “Taste of Ramadan”

Check out this interview with Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson and Yahala Voice about the “Taste of Ramadan” Iftar.

WBEZ covers Taste of Ramadan!

Listen to CAIR-Chicago Outreach and Government Affairs Coordinator Gerald Hankerson discuss the success of CAIR-Chicago’s 5th Annual “Taste of Ramadan,” which occurred on July 17,2013, and the tradition of Ramadan on WBEZ.

Chicago Sun-Times: Holy month unites Chicago Muslims

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg profiles Chicago’s diverse Muslim community in time for the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

Naperville Sun: Settlement reached concerning Islamic center near Naperville

The DuPage County Board has reached a $445,000 settlement with the Irshad Learning Center.

Daily Herald: DuPage reverses itself, approves Islamic prayer center

In light of the success of CAIR-Chicago’s case against DuPage County on behalf of the Irshad Learning Center, the County Board on Tuesday reversed its position and approved plans for an Islamic prayer center near West Chicago.

OnIslam: US Faiths Demand Immigration Reform

CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab stands with other faith leaders to voice support for immigration reform.

North by Northwestern: Muslim Americans still facing discrimination

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Maryam Arain shares her thoughts on issues of discrimination and Islamophobia with a Northwestern student.

Daily Herald: DuPage County Board to vote to end legal dispute with Islamic group

Kevin Vodak, CAIR-Chicago’s Litigation Director, defends the Irshad Learning Center near Naperville and aims to help them restore the center with a conditional-use permit.

OnIslam: Illinois Muslims Welcome Neighbors

CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson joined the Elgin community at an event themed “Who is my Muslim neighbor?” on Sunday, May 19th.

Ani News: B’day cards showing Muslim terrorist dolls threatening to blow up raises stink in US

A recent birthday card depicting a Muslim doll as a terrorist caught the attention of CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab.

RT America: Greeting Card company converts child toy into ‘terrorist’ [VIDEO]

RT America interviews CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab for his perspective on the greeting card that features a young Muslim doll as a terrorist threat.

Daily News: Muslim terrorist doll on birthday card angers Council on American-Islamic Relations: ‘blatant bigotry’

A birthday card picturing a Muslim doll portrayed as a terrorist designed by Noble Works was found by a staff member at CAIR-Chicago. Daily News reports on remarks from our Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab.

KVOA News: Muslim greeting card- ‘Let me blow you up’

It’s the card that has a small area of the blogosphere a twitter, a card that caught the attention of Chicago`s Council on American Islamic relations.

WBBM Newsradio: Local muslims outraged by card [AUDIO]

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab on WBBM 105.9 discusses the greeting card that portrays a Muslim doll as a terrorist.

WBEZ 91.5: Executive Director Ahmed Rehab blasts a racist greeting card [AUDIO]

Listen to CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab on WBEZ discuss a greeting card that portrays a Muslim doll as a terrorist.

WGN 9: Card causing controversy among Muslim community [VIDEO]

Muslim leaders are blasting a greeting card that portrays a doll as a terrorist.

CBS 2: Local Muslims Outraged By Card Depicting Muslim Girl Doll Terrorist

A Muslim doll as a terrorist. That’s what’s on a birthday card that has upset the head of a local chapter of a civil rights group, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

The Daily Caller: Muslim group urges supporters to call company behind ‘terrorist girl’ greeting card

The civil liberties advocacy organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged its supporters to hit the phones to condemn the company behind a provocative greeting card that makes light of radical Islamic terrorism.

Huffington Post: Card Painting Hijab-Wearing Girl As Suicide Bomber Angers Civil Rights Group

A member of a Chicago-area civil rights group made a disturbing discovery when she found a neighborhood card and novelty shop selling a card that depicted a young hijab-wearing Muslim girl — as a terrorist.

Opposing Views: Anti-Muslim Greeting Card Causes Outrage In Chicago

A greeting card picturing a talking Muslim terrorist doll on the front with the message “Hope Your Birthday Is a Blow Out” is causing controversy in Chicago.

Gawker: Here Is Your Tasteless Muslim Terror-Bomber Birthday Greeting Card

Gawker reports on the Islamophobic greeting card distributed by Noble Works and being sold at a store in Lakeview, Chicago.

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Muslim leader rips ‘Blow Your Brains Out’ doll

A joke birthday card that depicts an Islamic girl doll as a suicide bomber who’ll “Blow Your Brains Out” drew criticism Satuday as “bigoted and moronic” from a leader of the Chicago area’s Muslim community.

On Islam: ‘Terrorist’ Veiled Doll Shocks US Muslims

The featuring of a veiled doll with a message equating Muslims with terrorists and extremists is inviting the outrage of the Muslim community in the United States, in the latest sign of rising Islamophobia in the country.

ABC 7: CAIR banquet honors civil rights [VIDEO]

CAIR-Chicago’s 9th Annual Banquet was featured on ABC 7.

NBC 5: Muslim woman says her faith was attacked in court

CAIR-Chicago is investigating a situation in which a Hammond, IN woman was discriminated against for wearing her hijab in court.

Daily Herald: Elgin event aims to break stereotypes about Islam

“Who Is My Islamic Neighbor?” takes place on May 19,2013 at Elgin Community College. It will include speakers Gerald Hankerson, outreach coordinator for the Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Mariam Nasser, a teacher at Elgin Academy.

Rusty Humphries Show: Ahmed Rehab shares Muslim community’s reactions to the Boston bombings

Listen to Ahmed Rehab on the Rusty Humphries Show talk about the Muslim community’s reactions to the Boston bombings.

WBEZ 91.5: Ahmed Rehab urges caution when discussing Chechen suspects [AUDIO]

In this hour-long radio interview, Ahmed Rehab joins WBEZ staff to discuss reactions to the Boston Marathon bombings.

WGN 9: CAIR-Chicago cautions Muslims of possible retaliatory violence and harassment [VIDEO]

At a news conference on Friday, April 19th, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director reiterated the Muslim community’s sympathies for the victims of the Boston bombings and cautions the Muslim community of possible retaliatory acts.

FOX 32: Chicago Muslims condemn violence in Boston [VIDEO]

FOX 32 reports on the CAIR-Chicago news conference where Chicago Muslims reiterated their condemnation of the violence of the Boston bombing attacks.

CLTV: CAIR-Chicago hosts news conference on Boston bombings [VIDEO]

Ahmed Rehab speaks at CAIR-Chicago’s news conference on Friday, April 19th about the heinous acts of violence in Boston and the retaliatory acts of violence against Muslims since.

ABC 7: Ahmed Rehab denounces generalizations about Muslims [VIDEO]

At an April 19th press conference hosted at CAIR-Chicago, Executive Director Ahmed Rehab asks the American public not to judge the entire Muslim community based on the actions of the individual culprits of the Boston Marathon bombings.

CLTV: Ahmed Rehab shares his perspective on Boston bombings [VIDEO]

In this live interview, CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab talks about how the Muslim community has wholly condemned the heinous acts of violence in Boston, and asks Americans to be careful not to make generalizations about the entire Muslim community based on the actions of individuals.

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Muslims hoping Islamophobia doesn’t rise in light of Boston attacks

The Chicago Sun-Times reports on the Friday’s press conference concerning CAIR-Chicago’s response to the Boston bombings.

Chicago Tribune: Muslims guard against backlash

The Council on American Islamic Relations again offered sympathy to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Friday, but added a plea for Americans not to generalize and conclude that Muslim teachings influenced the suspect in any way.

Patheos: Why #MyJihad doesn’t engage with Islamophobes like Pamela Geller

Angie Emara, project coordinator of the #MyJihad ad campaign, wrote a response to Davi Barker, who blogs at The Muslim Agorist and writes for The Examiner and Altmuslim, on his analysis for the debate Pamela Geller had with Michael Krasney opposite David Chiu.

Balkan Chronicle: #MyJihad is steeped in my Balkan roots

Yasmina Kishanov Blackburn is a soccer mom who is involved with the #MyJihad campaign and discusses what the term ‘jihad’ means to her.

Naperville Television 17: Irshad Learning Center moving into Naperville

Naperville Television 17 reports on the current status of the Irshad Learning Center’s developments in the Naperville community.

Daily Herald: Islamic group seeking compensation from DuPage

The Daily Herald reports on CAIR-Chicago’s efforts in reversing the decision by DuPage County’s board to reject a planned Islamic education facility near Naperville.

WBEZ 91.5: Muslim group claims win on DuPage mosque dispute

WBEZ 91.5 FM reports on a Federal judge decision that DuPage County’s zoning denial is ‘arbitrary and capricious.’

CBS Chicago: Lawyer delighted by ruling allowing suburban Islamic center to open

CBS Chicago reports on the ruling by a federal judge that voted in favor of a suburban Islamic religious center and their right to open.

BizPac: CAIR-Florida fights to run ‘#MyJihad’ bus ads

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has embarked on a campaign to redefine the term “jihad,” applying earlier this year to advertise a “#MyJihad” message on Hillsborough Area Regional Transit buses.

Chicago Tribune: Religious leaders come together in Frankfort

Christianity, Islam and Judaism may seem like totally different religions, but participants at an interfaith forum in Frankfort learned they all share some basic principles.

Radio Free Europe: Campaign aims to reclaim true meaning of ‘jihad’

Radio Free Europe covers the #MyJihad ad campaign launched by CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab.

Campus Progress: What Does The Word Jihad Mean To You?

The Council on American-Islamic Relations sponsored an educational campaign to reframe the way people view the word “jihad.”

OPB: Through ad campaign, Muslim activists want to redefine ‘jihad’

In an effort to “reclaim” the word jihad, Muslim activists launched a new ad campaign in the nation’s capitol this week. Commuters in the Washington, D.C. subway system will start seeing posters stamped with the “#My Jihad” hashtag.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Debra Saunders – Sanctimony city

Debra Saunders reviews the recent controversy in San Francisco over Pamela Geller’s #MyJihad counter-campaign.

On Islam: Jihad ad war on American streets

An advertising war is taking place on American streets between Muslims and Islamophobes about the meaning of Jihad.

NPR: In Chicago, dueling ads over the meaning of ‘Jihad’

In Chicago, a group has launched a bus and subway ad campaign meant to reclaim the term jihad from another series of ads that presents jihadists as violent.

Muslim Matters: #MyJihad – The ‘struggle’ to reclaim Islam

Muslim Matters discusses the goal of #MyJihad Public Education Campaign and sheds light on how it is successfully driving home the message that ‘jihad’ in actuality refers to a concerted effort or struggle, namely by an individual in the path of God.

Huffington Post: San Francisco anti-Islam bus ads ignite controversy

The Huffington Post reports on the San Francisco public transit authority’s fight against anti-Islamic ads sponsored by the AFDI. The ads that closely resemble the #Myjihad Public Education Campaign ads are sparking controversy and inspired SFMTA to donate all revenue generated from the ads to the city’s Human Rights Commission.

The New York Times: Using Billboards to Stake Claim Over ‘Jihad’

The New York Times reports on CAIR-Chicago’s public campaign “MyJihad” which promotes a peaceful meaning of the word ‘jihad.’

Jewish News One: Washington’s ‘MyJihad’ advertising campaign

Traditionally, in Islam, the term jihad means ‘striving in the way of God” or more simply, struggle. For many Americans, the term jihad has come to have negative and violent connotations. An advertising campaign in America’s public transport system is trying to change that.

North by Northwestern: Behind the My Jihad campaign

On the Feb. 7 edition of Hannity, conservative pundit and show host Sean Hannity raised concerns over allegedly controversial comments made by CIA Director nominee John Brennan in 2009.

Patheos: Would the real Muslim woman please stand up?

A recent symposium on Islamophobia was held at American Islamic College titled, “Facing religious intolerance: Islamophobia in the 21st. century.” Panel members included Ahmed Rehab, Nathan Lean and Dr. Farid Hafez.

Medill Reports Chicago: A ‘jihad’ to reclaim the word from extremists

Medill Reports Chicago interviews CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, about the #MyJihad campaign.

The Muslim Link: MyJihad campaign comes to area metro stations

The Muslim Link reports on the #MyJihad campaign and the efforts to change the perception of the word in the mainstream majority.

On The Media: The struggle to claim the word jihad

Ahmed Rehab explains the real meaning of the word “Jihad” in an interview with On the Media.

Vocalo, 89.5 FM: Aymen Abdel Halim discusses the portrayal of Muslims in U.S. media

Shows like ‘Homeland’ and ’24′, or movies like ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ might make us think “this must be how it really goes down” – but how do you separate truth from fiction in media?

NNAAC: #MyJihad ads in D.C. metro stations

With a four-week ad buy in the Shaw, Waterfront, Rockville and Dunn Loring Metro stations, organizer Ahmed Rehab, who is also executive director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says that he is hoping to change the narrative around the word jihad.

WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab discusses the history of Egyptian cinema

Film contributor Milos Stehlik and Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, discuss some of Egypt’s most well-known directors and the history of Egypt’s film industry.

KFVS 12: Muslims take back the true purpose of ‘jihad’

KFVS 12 in Paducah, Kentucky reports on the #MyJihad Public Education campaign.

Washington Post: Chicago is ground zero in U.S. Muslim renaissance

New Muslim institutions are emerging at an unprecedented pace led by a nationwide network of young activists.

NY Daily News: War of words: Muslim activists trying to wrestle ‘jihad’ away from extremists and critics

A group of Muslim activists is fighting a battle of words to reclaim “jihad” from Muslim extremists and critics who they say have wrongly used the term to justify violence and discrimination.

KPLR 11 St. Louis: Muslims take back the meaning of ‘jihad’

The Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) recently sponsored a global campaign to reclaim the true meaning of the word ‘jihad’ from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.

Patheos: #MyJihad, for two children, is anchored in brotherly love and loss. What’s yours?

Amir Mahmoud, age 10, and Amal Ali, age 9, wrote short essays describing their own personal Jihad, about brothers they love.

On Islam: “My Jihad” fights U.S. Muslim stereotyping

An American campaign to reclaim the true meaning of jihad is an attempt to give Muslim children in the United States the chance to be judged on their own merits and not according to radical stereotypes.

Muslim Village: #MyJihad: Muslim activists redefine ‘Jihad’

In an effort to “reclaim” the word jihad, Muslim activists launched a new ad campaign in the nation’s capital this week. Commuters in the Washington, D.C., subway system will start seeing posters stamped with the “#My Jihad” hashtag.

Islam Story: “My Jihad” in Washington

An American Muslim campaign to introduce the true meaning of Jihad has reached Washington D.C. in an effort to correct the public perception about the Islamic term.

Christian Post: Muslim activists seek to reclaim ‘Jihad’ in new ad campaign

Muslim activists are seeking to share the proper meaning of the word “jihad” through a public education campaign in Washington, D.C., where they are posting advertisements depicting the personal struggles held by mainstream Muslims, accompanied by the term “#myJihad”.

CNN: Muslim activists aim to reclaim the word ‘jihad’ with ad campaign

A Muslim activist group has launched a new ad campaign to reclaim a word they say has been abused and distorted by Muslim extremists and by anti-Muslim groups.

Rusty Humphries Show: Ahmed Rehab discusses the #MyJihad campaign

Listen to Rusty Humphries talk with Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, about the “MyJihad” campaign.

Daily Northwestern: Northwestern students address racial profiling concerns at workshop

Following the FDLA’s remarks, Rabya Khan, a staff attorney at CAIR Chicago, spoke about how to interact with FBI agents. Following her remarks, the panel engaged with the students in a question-and-answer session, where students raised questions pertinent to their own experiences with racial profiling incidents.

Huffington Post: #MyJihad is to not let others dictate what Muslims are

The Huffington Post reports on the #MyJihad ad campaign; a Chicago based campaign that debuted in Washington D.C., subway stations on Jan. 28.

On Islam: ‘MyJihad’ in Washington

An American Muslim campaign to introduce the true meaning of Jihad has reached Washington D.C. in an effort to correct the public perception about the Islamic term.

WCAI: Through ad campaign, Muslim activists want to redefine ‘Jihad’

In an effort to “reclaim” the word jihad,Muslim activists launched a new ad campaign in the nation’s capital this week. Commuters in the Washington, D.C., subway system will start seeing posters stamped with the “#My Jihad” hashtag.

Malaysia Today: My Jihad ad campaign launches in Washington, D.C.

Just months after controversial anti-Muslim ads went on display, the nation’s capital will feature a campaign meant to redefine, in positive ways, the popular understanding of jihad.

DCist: ‘My Jihad’ ads come to Metro

Metro seems to be the place to wage the ideological battle over what Islam is and is not, it seems.

WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab discusses political unrest and violence in Egypt

On Sunday, President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and deployed the army to several cities to control the violence, which has left at least 50 people dead. Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago joins Jerome McDonnell on Worldview to discuss the latest political unrest.

Washington Post: ‘Jihad’ ads come to D.C. Metro stations

Aiming to “reclaim jihad from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike,” Muslim activists this week announced that their “#My jihad” ad campaign began running Monday in D.C. metro stations. The ads have previously appeared on buses in San Francisco and Chicago.

Huffington Post: My Jihad Ad Campaign Launches In Washington, D.C.

Just months after controversial anti-Muslim ads went on display, the nation’s capital will feature a campaign meant to redefine, in positive ways, the popular understanding of jihad.

LiveNews: #MyJihad is to not let others dictate what Muslims are

Emara and her moving story are part of a Chicago-based campaign known as #MyJihad, an effort to insert a broader, and more nuanced, definition of jihad into the public discourse. The Arabic term, often mistranslated as holy war or narrowly defined as religiously justified warfare, is at its root actually a synonym for struggle or striving.

ISLAMiCommentary: Ahmed Rehab: Taking back Islam from extremists with “My Jihad” campaign — Now in DC

The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today announced its sponsorship of the #MyJihad Public Educational Campaign in Washington, D.C., launched by MyJihad inc., with ads appearing at the Shaw, Waterfront, Rockville, and Dunn Loring train (metro) stations.

On Islam: ‘My Jihad’ to Canada to defeat Islamophobes

An American Muslim campaign that was first launched by the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) in December, has crossed into Canada to introduce the true meaning of Jihad.

Vancouver Observer: #MyJihad: How a hashtag aims to reintroduce Muslims to Canada and US

A #MyJihad activist tells Vancouver Observer about a US-based movement against Islamophobia, crossing the border into Canada.

State of Belief Radio: Taking back Islam from extremists with “My Jihad”

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director and founder of the #MyJihad campaign, Ahmed Rehab, and Rev. Welton Gaddy discuss the purpose of the campaign and what it hopes to achieve.

WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab on the politics behind Egypt’s possible IMF loan

Ahmed Rehab discusses the political implications behind Egypt’s possible International Monetary Fund loan in addition to the status of the recent #MyJihad public education campaign.

Salon: Can “jihad” be rebranded?

It’s an uphill fight, but Muslim activists are trying to reclaim a holy word that’s become synonymous with terror.

Chicago Now: My Jihad – Loss and Heartbreak

Taking back the term “Jihad” continues to spark passionate involvement. Dr. Hassaballa shares a personal story about what his Jihad is and how it is an everyday struggle to endure.

Mercury News: San Francisco – ‘My Jihad’ Islamic education campaign kicks off on Muni buses

Council on American-Islamic Relations has put up dozens of advertisements on San Francisco Municipal Railway buses this week to reclaim connotations of the word “jihad,” according to campaign organizers.

SF Appeal: “My Jihad” Campaign Kicks Off On Muni Buses

An educational campaign led by the Council on American-Islamic Relations has put up dozens of advertisements on San Francisco Municipal Railway buses this week to reclaim connotations of the word “jihad,” according to campaign organizers.

Examiner: #MyJihad Launches in San Francisco

There is a public education campaign making some waves titled “#MyJihad.” Their homepage proclaims their mission as “Taking back Islam from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.”

Huffington Post: My Jihad, Ad Campaign, Rolls Out On San Francisco Buses

For the second time in recent months, billboards on side of San Francisco’s fleet of buses have become the front lines in a fight over the place of Islam in American popular culture.

USA TODAY: Bus ads aim to explain the meaning of ‘jihad’

The campaign’s founder says extremists — Muslim and anti-Muslim alike — have distorted the meaning of a word that moderates define as personal — not armed — struggles.

KTVU FOX 2: #MyJihad campaign reaches San Francisco Muni buses

KTVU FOX 2 in Oakland, California reports on the #MyJihad campaign appearing on San Francisco Muni buses.

KGO ABC 7: SF buses help teach what ‘jihad’ really means

Buses in San Francisco are carrying messages of jihad, but it’s not what you might think. It’s a campaign to educate residents about the real meaning of the word. It’s a campaign that began in Chicago and has now reached the Bay Area.

KQED: ‘My Jihad’ Ad Campaign Launched on SF Buses

Concerned that many people misunderstand the term — and have negative stereotypes of Muslims — the Council on American-Islamic Relations has launched a an advertising campaign on San Francisco buses.

Patheos: #MyJihad is Language

There is a public education campaign making some waves titled “#MyJihad.” Their homepage proclaims their mission as “Taking back Islam from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.”

BBC Arabic: Is the concept of “jihad” inevitably linked to acts of violence?

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, appeared on BBC Arabic to discuss the concept of jihad and the #MyJihad public education campaign.

Huffington Post: Who Are You Calling a Jihadist?

Jihad, Jihadi, jihadist, even — most ridiculous of all — counter-jihadist. These labels are used by laypeople and journalists alike, often using jihad as a synonym for “any violence undertaken by Muslims.”

Patheos: My Jihad is Autism, Faith and Everything In Between. What’s Yours?

What’s your jihad? Mine is autism awareness and living with autism. My jihad is my son, Lil D, and helping him (and our family) overcome challenges brought on by his autism, helping him be as healthy as possible and finding out what we can do to make him happy.

Washington Post: #MyJihad – Campaign to amplify the voice of mainstream Muslims

As a Muslim American, #MyJihad begins every night—get to bed on time so I can wake for pre-dawn prayer and nourish my soul. #MyJihad is not skipping a healthy breakfast—as our Starbucks society is prone to tempt—and thus properly nourish my body.

United Sikhs joins elected officials to commemorate Illinois House Resolution 1193

On Sunday, December 16th, UNITED SIKHS joined the South Asian and Sikh community at Palatine Gurdwara to commemorate the passing of House Resolution 1193 (HR 1193).

Al Arabiya News: U.S. Muslims to reclaim ‘Jihad’ with an ad campaign

US Muslims launched an advertising and social media campaign Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with terrorism.

United Press International: Groups plan dueling bus ads in Chicago

CHICAGO, Dec. 18 (UPI) — An anti-Muslim group wants to run “My Jihad” ads in Chicago to counter a campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative wants to run their ads on buses like the CAIR ads, the Chicago Tribune reported.

International The News: Islamic body launched MyJihad in US

WASHINGTON: An American Islamic organization criticised for pursuing an extremist agenda has launched a campaign called ‘MyJihad’ to educate proper meanings of the term.

LoonWatch: “#MyJihad” brings out anti-Muslim rage amongst hypocritical Islamophobic warmongers

Social media, specifically Twitter and Facebook have been abuzz with the anti-extremism campaignMyJihad: Reclaiming Islam.

ILLUME: Reclaiming the Meaning of Jihad from Extremists (PHOTOS)

‘MyJihad’, an ad campaign to educate the public about the Islamic meaning of Jihad launched last week in Chicago. City buses and trains will carry advertisements from the “MyJihad Educational Campaign,” sharing the idea of Jihad – which means a personal struggle for improvement – that most Muslims practice.

mUmBRELLA: Muslim group tackles confusion over the meaning of Jihad

A campaign to disassociate ‘Jihad’ with terrorism is coming to Australia. Muslim group the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Chicago chapter is to run bus ads “to reclaim Jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists” in Sydney and Melbourne, the Herald Sun reported today.

The West Australian: US Muslims to reclaim ‘jihad’ with ad campaign

CHICAGO (AFP) – US Muslims launched an advertising and social media campaign Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with terrorism.

Chicago Tribune: ‘MyJihad’ campaign hits Chicago buses, along with opposition

Chicago buses have become a battleground for two groups promoting different definitions of jihad.
This past weekend, the Council on American-Islamic Relations launched “MyJihad,” a national ad campaign featuring individuals’ testimonies about what the central tenet of Islam means to them.

CBS 2: Advertisement controversy, the ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign

Two groups promoting different definitions of the Islamic word ‘jihad’ are using CTA buses as their forum for debate. The Tribune reports Council on American Islamic Relations launched a national ad campaign called “MyJihad.” It features testimonies from Muslims about what jihad, a pillar of Islam, means to them.

NBC 5: “MyJihad” Ads Land on CTA Buses

Chicago’s buses have become a battleground for a controversial ad campaign.

WGN 9: Nationwide ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign launches in Chicago

WGN reports on the launch of the controversial ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign. CAIR-Chicago says the meaning of the word ‘jihad’ has been distorted by Muslims as well as non-Muslim extremists and they’ve launched a nationwide campaign that is beginning here in Chicago to get out the real meaning of the word ‘jihad.’

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago launches an attention-getting campaign

CAIR-Chicago launches an attention-getting campaign, the theme: ‘My Jihad.’ The Council says this is part of a national public education campaign seeking to share the proper meaning of jihad as believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims.

WGN 9: ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign launches in Chicago

WGN reports on the ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign sponsored by CAIR-Chicago. The ads are meant to give a different meaning to the word jihad which is commonly known as ‘holy war’ CAIR-chicago says it actually means struggling to get to a better place. The Council is planning to launch it New York and other major cities.

CLTV: Controversial ‘My Jihad’ ads part of educational campaign

CLTV reports on the ‘MyJihad’ ad campaign, a nationwide public education campaign sponsored by CAIR-Chicago. The campaign aims to give a different meaning of the word ‘jihad.’

Christian Science Monitor: Chicago Muslims aim to reclaim meaning of ‘jihad’ from extremists

CHICAGO – Starting Friday, 25 Chicago buses will carry exterior signs that promote a more positive interpretation of jihad, as expressed by moderate Muslims who say the term has been widely misrepresented by both Muslim extremists and anti-Muslim critics.

WBBM Newsradio: CTA Buses Now Displaying ‘My Jihad’ Ads

CHICAGO (CBS) – Rolling through Chicago now are CTA buses carrying ads from the “My Jihad” campaign. Ahmed Rehab, Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, says he wants to reclaim the word Jihad from the terrorists and Islamophobes and show it means struggle, to improve and not holy war.

Huffington Post: ‘My Jihad’ bus ads debut in Chicago

A new ad campaign debuted this week in Chicago that’s sure to turn some heads. On Monday, 25 CTA buses began sporting ads from “My Jihad,” a new educational campaign introduced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Chicago chapter (CAIR-Chicago).

Chicago Sun-Times: Local Muslim group reclaiming ‘Islam’ with ‘MyJihad’ campaign

A month after an ultra conservative group plastered controversial “Defeat Jihad” ads on 10 CTA buses and likened Muslims to “savages,” a local Muslim group countered back with a campaign to “reclaim Islam” and educate the country about the true meaning of the word “Jihad.”

International Business Times: What Does Jihad Mean? Dueling Ad Campaigns Fight A Holy War Of Semantics

The controversial pro-Israel group that caused a commuter ruckus earlier this year when it posted inflammatory ads in New York City subways is at it again, only this time it has competition.

WGN 9: ‘My Jihad’ ad campaign launches on CTA buses

The “My Jihad” campaign was founded by Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. The goal is to share, what Rehab calls “The true meaning of Jihad” that is believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims.

Al Jazeera: Fighting Islamophobia with #MyJihad

A new public education campaign countering anti-Muslim stereotypes launched this week in the US city of Chicago. “My Jihad” advertisements, sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will appear on 25 public buses featuring Muslims’ interpretations of the term “jihad.”

Chicago Now: My Jihad Bus Ads

What comes to mind when you hear the word “jihad”? If you’re thinking revengeful Muslims, then these bus ads that are beginning to roll out across the United States are desperately needed.

MEDILL Reports Chicago: State lawmakers’ new anti-hate resolution could boost Chicago’s immigrant-friendly drive

When the Illinois House of Representatives recently passed a resolution denouncing hate crimes and bigotry against South Asians, the lawmakers were responding to recent attacks against members of the South Asian community nationwide –- and breaking new legislative ground.

Selective fairness: Fox News on Egypt

There is actually some truth to the claim that Fox News is “Fair and Balanced.” The catch though, is that such treatment only is given to those who subscribe to the network’s right-wing ideology. Anyone else is going to find themselves out of luck.

Fox News: Ahmed Rehab debates Sean Hannity and Zuhdi Jasser on Egypt

On November 27th, 2012, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss the latest protests in Egypt against President Mohamed Morsi.

WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab on the continuing Egyptian crisis

Ahmed Rehab discusses Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s new deal with the country’s top judicial authorities that would limit the scope of the self-appointed powers he’d taken last week. Morsi’s power grab had set off a series of violent protests in Egypt over the last few days.

Huffington Post: CTA Anti-Muslim Ads – Controversial ‘Defeat Jihad’ Ads Arrive In Chicago

Incendiary anti-Muslim ads that previously stirred up controversy when they ran in New York City and Washington, D.C. subway stations arrived Wednesday in Chicago.

WGN 9 Radio: Ahmed Rehab discusses racist CTA ads, sheds light on Jihad

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, discusses the racist CTA ads, and sheds light on the meaning of Jihad that many Americans and the media may not know.

WGN 9: ‘Jihad’ ads on CTA buses spark outrage

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, responds to Pamela Geller’s anti-Muslim CTA ads.

WBEZ: Provocative anti-Jihad ad appears on CTA buses

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, gives a statement to WBEZ about the upcoming Jihad ads by AFDI to be placed on CTA buses, and on the launching of the “My Jihad” nationwide ad campaign.

Religion Ads on CTA buses enrage Jewish group, others

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director gives a statement to the Chicago Tribune about upcoming plans on launching the “My Jihad” nationwide ad campaign next week.

Controversial ‘defeat jihad’ ads show up on CTA buses

CAIR-Chicago’s Director Ahmed Rehab speaks to the Chicago Sun Times about controversial ads on CTA buses, and shares plans of advertising the “My Jihad” national campaign.

Medill Reports Chicago: Walsh’s record on Israel draws criticism from some advocacy groups

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Fox Lake) holds a congressional record that reveals a strong focus on Israel and the federal budget, one that experts and local advocacy groups don’t think will help his re-election bid.

CBS 2: CAIR-Chicago hosts Presidential debate viewing party

On October 22nd, 2012, CAIR-Chicago held a public viewing of the 3rd Presidential debate. CAIR-Chicago staff and community members comment on the candidates positions on various foreign policy issues.

The Badger Herald: Union South hosts event aimed at examining prejudice of Muslims

Around 250 attendees filled Union South’s Varsity Hall Friday for a Muslim Students Association event to raise awareness of what they believe is a nation-wide misunderstanding of Islam.

Al-Ahram: Don’t take the bait

In an exclusive interview, Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Ahmed Rehab tells Gihan Shahine how Muslims should react to the current wave of anti-Islamic bigotry.

Student Life, Washington University: A platform for peace

CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab defines jihad as “the struggle against ignorance, injustice and hate. It is the struggle against the darkness in one’s own soul. It is the struggle to be patient in times of adversity.”

Maynard Media Center: Muslim-Americans decry media portrait of followers of Islam

Communications Coordinator, Aymen Abdel Halim, responds to Newsweek’s “Muslim rage” and Time Magazine’s “Agents of Outrage” issues.

Chicago Sun-Times: Irshad Islamic center case delayed again

Representatives for each side were scheduled to submit responses by Monday to motions for summary judgment filed by both parties. The deadline for turning in that paperwork to Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois was moved to Wednesday.

Columbia Chronicle: Anti-Muslim sentiment reigniting the flames

The recent release of anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims” and anti-Muslim advertisements in New York City’s subway system have caused rage among Muslims in the Middle East. The Chronicle interviewed local Muslims at the Downtown Islamic Center and CAIR (Council on American-Islam Relations) Chicago and asked for their reactions to it.

Daily Herald: Suburban Muslims use positive campaigns to counter anti-Islam messages

Suburban Muslims are using social media and other positive campaigns to counter anti-Islam messages in the wake of global protests — some violent — over a controversial video about Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, and anti-Muslim posters plastered in New York City subway stations.

Columbia Chronicle: Senate hearing looks to expose domestic extremism

Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations arranged a viewing of the Senate’s hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism at their headquarters. The hearing focused on exposing hate crimes and preventing domestic extremism in America.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago rep leads community forum on understanding Islam

CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson participated in a cultural forum entitled, “Who are my Muslim neighbors?,” at Hanover Park on Saturday.

Daily Herald: Hanover Park discusses Islam at community forum

Gerald Hankerson, outreach coordinator for CAIR-Chicago, spoke Saturday at Hanover Park’s forum called, “Who are my Muslim neighbors?” at village hall. The event was sponsored by the village’s Cultural Inclusion & Diversity Committee.

Daily Herald: Hanover Park forum aims to better know community’s Muslim neighbors

Believing a dialogue should take place to form a deeper understanding of Hanover Park’s own Muslim residents, and hopefully prevent them from becoming future targets, village leaders put together a cultural forum, “Who are my Muslim Neighbors?”

FOX 39: CAIR-Chicago hosts vigil for slain ambassador

On Friday September 14, CAIR-Chicago, along with members of the Libyan and Muslim community held a candlelight vigil for the late U.S. Ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab and Laith Saud talk about Muslim film protest violence

Ahmed Rehab and Laith Saud speak to WBEZ’s Worldview about the violence and anti-American protests throughout the Muslim world that has resulted from an amateur anti-Muslim film.

Chicago Tribune: Muslim grave site in Evergreen Park vandalized again

A grave site in the Muslim section of Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park has been defaced for the second time in two weeks.

MEDIA DIGEST: CAIR-Chicago responds to vandalism of Muslim grave

CAIR-Chicago held a protest downtown condemning hate and Islamophobia and it’s media department gave numerous interviews addressing the recent desecration of a Muslim man’s grave in Evergreen Park, IL.

VIDEO: CBS 2 – CAIR-Chicago calls grave desecration hateful

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator, Aymen Abdel Halim, speaks to CBS 2 reporter Kris Guiterrez about the hateful graffiti that was found on a Muslim man’s grave in an Evergreen Park, Ill. cemetery.

VIDEO: NBC 5 – CAIR-Chicago responds to hateful graffiti on Muslim grave

Aymen Abdel Halim, Communications Coordinator for CAIR-Chicago, speaks to NBC 5 reporter Sharon Wright, about how hate and Islamophobia has contributed to the vandalism of a Muslim man’s grave.

VIDEO: Fox 32 – Muslim grave site desecrated, CAIR-Chicago responds

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, speaks out against anti-Muslim rhetoric which has contributed to hate crimes against Muslims.

VIDEO: CBS 2 – Hate graffiti found at Illinois Muslim grave site

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator, Aymen Abdel Halim, speaks to CBS 2 reporter Dorothy Tucker about a Muslim grave that was desecrated in Evergreen Park, Ill.

WBEZ: Islamic rights group sounds alarm over grave desecration

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, speaks to WBEZ’s Odette Yousef about the desecration of a Muslim man’s grave in Evergreen Park, Ill.

CBS 2: Muslim Headstones Desecrated At Evergreen Park Cemetery

Executive Director Ahmed Rehab and Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim respond to hateful graffiti on a Muslim man’s grave in Evergreen Park, Ill.

ABC 7: Gravestone defaced with anti-Islam graffiti

Anti-Muslim graffiti is found on a Muslim man’s grave in Evergreen Park, Ill. Communications Coordinator, Aymen Abdel Halim, comments.

NBC 5: “Hate graffiti” found on Muslim grave in Illinois

Anti-Islam “hate graffiti” was found spray-painted this week on a Muslim grave at a cemetery in Evergreen Park, Ill., a local group has discovered.

VIDEO: ABC 7 – Anti-Muslim graffiti found on Muslim grave in Evergreen Park

Communications Coordinator, Aymen Abdel Halim, responds to anti-Muslim graffiti found on a Muslim grave in Evergreen Park, Ill.

Chicago Sun-Times: Muslim grave desecrated at Evergreen Park cemetery

Community and religious groups will protest in downtown Chicago on Friday after a Muslim man found his father’s grave desecrated at an Evergreen Park cemetery, an apparent act of vandalism that follows two other incidents targeting Muslim institutions.

Al Jazeera: Attacks on US Muslims creates Eid worry

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab comments on the demonizing of Muslims in the U.S. in this new Al Jazeera piece.

Salon.com: Eight attacks, 11 days

“How long are we going to go pretending like there is no relationship between this acquiescence of hatred and politics and the inclination of violence on the ground?” asked Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago. “You cannot demonize a community and then be surprised when they’re under attack.”

MEDIA DIGEST: CAIR-Chicago’s reaction to anti-Muslim attacks in Ill., Governor Pat Quinn Speaks Out

CAIR-Chicago gave numerous interviews on different media venues addressing the recent anti-Muslim attacks in Morton Grove and Lombard, Ill., while also receiving a statement from governor Pat Quinn, condemning the attacks.

MEDIA DIGEST: Standing up to Congressman Joe Walsh

CAIR-Chicago’s media department gave over 20 interviews on 16 different media venues calling out Congressman Joe Walsh’s bigoted comments on Islam and Muslims. The following digest includes a selection of these interviews.

VIDEO: CBS 2 – Police in Lombard investigating attack at Islamic school

The Lombard, Ill. police department are investigating an attack on the College Preparatory School of America – an Islamic school in this Chicago suburb. CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab responds.

Chicago Tribune: Islamic groups alarmed by suburban incidents

Two suburban Islamic institutions apparently were the targets of weekend incidents that caused property damage and raised concerns among Islamic leaders that the attacks were intended to harm worshippers.

VIDEO: CBS 2 – Morton Grove man charged with firing rifle at nearby mosque

CBS 2 reports on Morton Grove man, David Conrad, being charged with firing a rifle at a nearby mosque. CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab comments.

NBC 5: Suspect arrested for firing BB shots at mosque

Police say they’ve arrested a man who lives near a mosque in north suburban Morton Grove, for firing a pellet rifle at the mosque Friday night while 500 people prayed inside.

Chicago Tribune: Charges against Morton Grove man in connection with shooting at mosque

A 51-year-old man was charged with shooting at a mosque he lives near in north suburban Morton Grove, according to authorities.

WBEZ, Worldview: Christina Abraham talks about relations between Syrian ethnic and religious groups

CAIR-Chicago’s Civil Rights Director, Christina Abraham, is interviewed about Syria’s various ethnic and religious groups and how the uprising has affected relations between them.

WBEZ, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab discusses Morsi’s dismissal of military leaders in Egypt

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago discusses Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s dismissal of several top military generals.

ABC 7: Man charged after pellets fired at Morton Grove mosque

Investigators say David Conrad, 51, lives next to the mosque in Morton Grove. They say he fired a pellet rifle at the building while 500 people prayed inside Friday evening and damaged the mosque.

Press TV: Two deadly shots fired in mosque area

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director, talks about a shooting incident that happened near a mosque in Chicago, saying “two shots fired into a mosque area” by a deadly gun.

Chicago Tribune: Suburban mosque says someone shot air rifle at wall

Members of a suburban mosque say someone took several shots with an air rifle last night at the building’s outer wall in Morton Grove.

WGN Radio: Charges against Morton Grove man in connection with shooting at mosque

A 51-year-old man was charged with shooting at a mosque he lives near in north suburban Morton Grove, according to authorities.

NY Daily News: Man arrested for shooting at Chicago-area mosque with pellet rifle as hundreds worship inside

A 51-year-old man has been arrested for shooting at a Chicago-area mosque with a pellet rifle Friday, as hundreds prayed inside, authorities said.

WIND 560 AM: Ahmed Rehab refutes Joe Walsh’s statements

On Friday August 10th, 2012, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, was interviewed by radio host Steve Cochran regarding Rep. Joe Walsh’s controversial statements about Muslims.

VIDEO: ABC 7 – CAIR-Chicago, interfaith community address Rep. Joe Walsh

CAIR-Chicago and the Chicago interfaith community demand that Congressman Joe Walsh retract his statement that Muslims are a ‘real threat’ to the US.

VIDEO: WGN 9 – CAIR-Chicago holds press conference to address Rep. Joe Walsh

WGN 9 TV news at 5 reports on CAIR-Chicago’s press conference to address Rep. Joe Walsh’s anti-Muslim remarks.

VIDEO: CBS 2 – CAIR-Chicago and interfaith community respond to Rep. Joe Walsh

CBS 2 reports on CAIR-Chicago’s interfaitrh press conference on Rep. Joe Walsh’s anti-Muslim remarks. CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, is interviewed.

VIDEO: CLTV – Ahmed Rehab addresses Rep. Joe Walsh’s comments

Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, Ahmed Rehab, responds to Rep. Joe Walsh’s anti-Muslim statements on Politics Tonight.

VIDEO: WGN 9 – CAIR-Chicago responds to Rep. Joe Walsh

CAIR-Chicago responds to US Republican congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh, who tells a town hall meeting that Muslims are a ‘real threat’.

Chicagoist: Joe Walsh Manages Two Racially Insenstive Remarks In One Week

Rep. Joe Walsh once again managed to make several racially offensive statements this week, offending both Muslims and African Americans.

Daily Herald: CAIR blasts Walsh for ‘bigoted’ comments

Controversy over comments about “radical Islam” sprouting up in the suburbs is one political fire that’s showing no signs of being doused for Congressman Joe Walsh.

WGN TV: Islamic, Interfaith group respond to Walsh’s controversial comments

The Muslim Community is responding to comments made by Congressman Joe Walsh (R) that they say are outrageous and reinforce racial stereotypes.

FOX Chicago: Chicago Muslims Outraged by Rep. Walsh’s Comments

On Friday, August 10th, CAIR-Chicago along with the Chicago Muslim and interfaith community held a press conference to demand that Rep. Joe Walsh retract and apologize for his insensitive remarks about Islam and Muslims.

Daily Herald: Suburban Muslims say they’re becoming “punching bag” for GOP

Suburban Muslims are refuting claims made by Congressman Joe Walsh about the growth of “radical Islam” in the suburbs, saying instead that their religion is increasingly becoming a “punching bag” for Republicans.

Huffington Post: Joe Walsh – Muslims In America, Radical Islam ‘A Threat’ More Now Than After 9/11

Walsh’s most recent self-admittedly politically incorrect statements have outraged the state’s Muslim communities, who say he’s directing hate speech at a minority group.

WBEZ: Chicago Muslims denounce Congressman Walsh remarks

Muslims in Chicago are denouncing remarks by Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, who said there are radical Muslims in this country who are “trying to kill Americans every week.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Religious figures denounce Rep. Walsh’s comments on Muslims, demand apology

Christian and Jewish figures in Chicago joined a coalition of Muslim groups Friday in denouncing a comment by U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who told a town hall gathering Wednesday in Elk Grove Village that some radical Muslims in this country are “trying to kill Americans every week.”

WBBM Newsradio: Taste of Ramadan at CAIR-Chicago

WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports. Some attendees wolfed down pizzas, chips and sodas, while others dined on more exotic dishes from around the world.

CBS 2: Hundreds Turn Out To Break Fast After Sundown During Ramadan

The month-long Muslim observance of Ramadan continues, and hundreds of people broke the daily fast after sundown the fast in the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

FIRSTPOST: CAIR-Chicago Celebrates ‘Taste of Ramadan’

After a day of fasting, hundreds of Chicago Muslims celebrated a taste of Ramadan. They gathered at the Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations to enjoy dishes from around the world.

ABC 7: Chicago Muslims celebrate after a day of fasting

After a day of fasting, hundreds of Chicago Muslims celebrated a taste of Ramadan. They gathered at the Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations to enjoy dishes from around the world.

ABC 7: Chicago activist, Ahmed Rehab, in Egypt for election results

Mohammed Morsi was declared Egypt’s first democratically elected president on Sunday. CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab reports live from Tahrir Square.

Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim joins press conference on Egypt

On Monday, June 25th, Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim participated in a press conference hosted by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) regarding the election results in Egypt.

NPR, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab gives update from Egypt on the presidential elections

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, gives an update from Egypt on the elections, the revolution, and the historic events taking place.

ABC 7: Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim comments on Hizb ut-Tahrir

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator, Aymen Abdel Halim, comments on the cancellation of Hizb ut-Tahrir’s conference in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

ABC 7: Rolling Meadows hall cancels Islamic conference

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator, Aymen Abdel Halim, responds to the Hizb ut-Tahrir conference which was scheduled to be in Rolling Meadows, Ill. this coming weekend.

Chicago Tribune: Islamic conference loses area venue for 3rd time in 4 years

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator, Leena Saleh, comments on Hizb ut-Tahrir’s goals and philosophy and the recent cancellation of their event.

Fox News, O’Reilly Factor: Ahmed Rehab responds to NYPD spying on Muslims

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, discusses the NYPD surveillance of Muslims in New York and New Jersey on “The O’Reilly Factor”.

Worldview, NPR: Ahmed Rehab discusses fate of Egyptian Presidential elections

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab joins Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell to discuss potential outcomes of the Presidential election in Egypt.

USA TODAY: Proposed mosques spark opposition in some U.S. communities

CAIR-Chicago’s Litigation Director, Kevin Vodak, comments on the struggles of the Irshad Learning Center and the opposition to proposed mosques in the U.S.

The Doings Hinsdale: Lawsuit urged after DuPage board spurns mosque request

CAIR-Chicago Litigation Director, Kevin Vodak, responds to DuPage County’s objections to a proposed mosque in the Western Suburbs – making parallels to the difficulties in the development of the Irshad Learning Center in Naperville.

WTTW Chicago Tonight: CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab on NATO’s role in global politics

On April 5th CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab discussed NATO’s role on global politics and what it’s alliance means today in an interview on WTTW Channel 11′s Chicago Tonight.

Arab News: Muslims must counter bigotry and hatred online

Just returned from an internal OIC workshop held in Brussels to discuss Islamophobia, Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago Office, asserted that Muslims must do more to fight this scourge.

WBEZ: McCarthy publicly reassures Muslims

McCarthy is the first Chicago Police Superintendent to have attended a CAIR-Chicago annual banquet, according to CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. Rehab said even if McCarthy knew of the spying effort in Newark, he believes that McCarthy did not intend to target Muslims maliciously.

Huffington Post: Garry McCarthy, Chicago Police Chief, Pledges No NYPD-Esque Spying On Muslims

For the first time in public, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy promised his department will never conduct blanket surveillance of Muslims like the New York Police Department did in Newark, N.J., when he was chief there.

ABC 7 News: CAIR-Chicago banquet promotes A Future Without Bigotry

Members and supporters of the Muslim-American community were recognized for defending the civil and constitutional rights of Muslim- Americans, and Americans as a whole.

Chicago Now: My Enormous Respect for Garry McCarthy

Hesham Hassaballa comments on his great experience at CAIR-Chicago’s 8th annual banquet on Saturday, March 3rd.

The Wall Street Journal: Chicago police chief pledges no NYPD-style spying

CAIR Executive Director Ahmed Rehab praised McCarthy for his “heartfelt” sincerity and taking the initiative to attend, and the audience applauded when the chief said police need to work with the city’s communities to prevent crime and terrorism.

CBS: McCarthy Pledges No NYPD-Style Spying On Muslims

CAIR Executive Director Ahmed Rehab praised McCarthy for his “heartfelt” sincerity and taking the initiative to attend, and the audience applauded when the chief said police need to work with the city’s communities to prevent crime and terrorism.

WBEZ 91.5: Chicago Muslims reassured after meeting McCarthy

Less than one week after sending a letter to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a Muslim rights advocate organization says it has been reassured that Chicago police will not undertake blanket surveillance of the city’s Muslim population.

Chicago Tribune: Muslim leader – Top Chicago cop vows no spying

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy vowed at a meeting with a local Muslim leader Tuesday to confine his department’s surveillance activities to those that pursue “criminal leads,” and to avoid the type of widespread spying allegedly carried out by New York police.

KSRO Newstalk 1350: Rehab wants McCarthy to reassure Muslims

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, wants Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to clarify his position on the NYPD spying program and also to assure Muslims that a spying operation has not been implemented in Chicago.

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New York Times: CAIR-Chicago and Gain Peace combat anti-Muslim rhetoric

CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab and Sabeel Ahmed from Gain Peace discuss battling anti-Muslim rhetoric fueled by the presidential campaign by using tactics including a television ad campaign and public forums against bigotry.

Chicagoist: Rehab expresses concern over McCarthy’s knowledge of spying program

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, expressed concern over the revelation of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s involvement in the NYPDs spying on Muslims.

WBEZ 91.5: Rehab responds to McCarthy’s involvement in spying on Muslims

CAIR Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, responds to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s involvement in spying on Muslims.

Wall Street Journal: Rehab responds to NYPD spying on Muslims, and the Chicago connection

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab speaks to the Wall Street Journal regarding the NYPD secret operation of spying on Muslims, and the Chicago connection

ABC 7: Rehab responds to NYPD spying on Muslims, and the Chicago connection

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab speaks to ABC regarding the NYPD secret operation of spying on Muslims, and the Chicago connection.

On the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution: Ahmed Rehab on WBEZ WorldView with Wael Ghonim

Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, Ahmed Rehab, takes part in a conversation with Wael Ghonim, a leading Egyptian activist and protest organizer, and Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZ’s WorldView on 91.5 FM in Chicago.

The DePaulia: 2012 Defense Act ‘detainment policies without due process’ could apply to American citizens, civil rights

Aymen Abdel Halim, the communications coordinator for Chicago’s Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), described the bill as a violation of citizens’ constitutional and civil rights. “This is kind of a widespread action against all Americans,” he said. “What we are seeing is a continued erosion of our civil liberties.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Letter to the editor – Stop the NDAA

Communications intern Aabeda Masra’s published letter to the Chicago Sun-Times regarding their lack of coverage on the National Defense Authorization Act.

Amina Sharif of CAIR-Chicago on the Lowe’s Scandal

Amina Sharif is the communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago Chapter. She speaks with Vocalo’s Shantell Jamison about the recent Lowe’s decision to pull ad space from TLC’s “All American Muslim” program and what this says about the American sentiment of Islam.

WGN Radio: Jonathon Brandmeier talks to CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab about Lowe’s All-American Muslim Controversy

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab talks to WGN Radio’s Jonathon Brandmeier about how the home improvement chain, Lowe’s, gave in to anti-Muslim bigotry when it decided to pull its ads off the show ‘All-American Muslim’.

Sun-Times: Backlash over Lowe’s pulling ads from Muslim show

“It’s a stupid decision morally and a stupid decision economically,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations Chicago. “They need to acknowledge their error and that they got duped by right-wing bigots, apologize and resume their ads.”

Islamophobia Today: Let’s Face it – It’s the Radical Right, not Islam, that is the Greatest Threat to the American Way

Ahmed Rehab discusses the ridiculous decision by the chain store Lowe’s to pull it advertisements from the show ‘All-American Muslim.’ “Imagine if a major American advertiser were to pull its ads off of ‘Jersey Shore’ because they received objections that the show, while portraying a group of Italian-Americans, made the glaring error of excluding Mafiosi,” writes Rehab.

NBC 5: CAIR-Chicago Criticizes Lowe’s for Pulling Ads from ‘All-American Muslim’

“We were really disappointed and stunned that Lowe’s, a major corporation, would take such a stupid decision to side with bigotry,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago. Rehab called the group’s action a step in the wrong direction and an insult to the Muslim community.

Chicago Tribune: Lowe’s criticized after fleeing Muslim reality show

Chicago activist, Ahmed Rehab, said a conference call was planned with Muslim groups and other groups to craft a response. He said it is not too late, however, for Lowe’s to fix things. “There will be room for reconciliation,” he said. “We would call on Lowe’s to do the right thing and apologize for their really insane action and to reverse the decision to pull out.”

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab Discusses Lowe’s All-American Muslim Controversy

“What we’re being told here essentially is that it is too controversial to have a show with Muslim characters that are not portrayed as terrorists,” remarked CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago calls for hate crime charges in downstate slashing

“It’s something that we must take very seriously,” said CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed M. Rehab. “CAIR-Chicago is very disturbed by this news. The Muslim community is disturbed. People of conscience are disturbed. We’ve called police to investigate it, and to prosecute it as a hate crime, because that’s what it is.”

WJBC: Group believes Champaign stabbing was hate crime

A stabbing at the Champaign train station this week is not a hate crime, according to the charges filed by the state’s attorney’s office. But an advocacy group disagrees. Amina Sharif, spokeswoman for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Thursday it’s important to discourage prejudice.

Worldview, NPR: Ahmed Rehab Sets the Record Straight on Egypt Events

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, talks to Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell about the protests in Egypt against the country’s military leaders.

New America Media: Is New Reality Series ‘Cosby Show’ for Muslims?

Amina Sharif, communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) office in Chicago, said she is hopeful for the new series, because it will offer “a more mainstream image of American Muslims. They are often stereotyped and misunderstood because of negative portrayals in media and pop culture. [This program] is normalizing Muslims,” said Sharif. “That’s the way [of] American culture – we needed ‘The Cosby Show’ to help normalize African American families. In this society public opinion is shaped mainly by media and pop culture,” she said.

WLS Radio 890AM: TSA officer fired over anti-Muslim Facebook posts

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director commended the TSA for Egan’s firing. “We made it clear that Egan’s discourse was as much an embarrassment to the agency and the values it stands for, as it was an affront against Muslims and other minorities,” Rehab said in a statement.

Huffington Post: Roy Egan, Former O’Hare TSA Agent, Fired Over Repeated Anti-Muslim, Racist Facebook Remarks

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director commended the TSA for Egan’s firing. “We made it clear that Egan’s discourse was as much an embarrassment to the agency and the values it stands for, as it was an affront against Muslims and other minorities,” Rehab said in a statement.

Fox News: O’Hare TSA Employee Fired Over Racist, Homophobic, Anti-Muslim Facebook Posts

“The TSA works hard everyday to keep Americans safe,” Amina Sharif, TSA communications coordinator said in the release. “When such egregious behavior is flagged on the part of one of their agents, it breeds confidence in us as passengers that it is dealt with as swiftly and as seriously as it was in the case of Roy Egan.”

Orlando Sentinel: Politicians are politely avoiding Tea Party Convention

As the Tea Party convention comes to Daytona Beach, many polititians declined their invitation not wanting to associate themselves with speakers like Pamela Geller, an anti-Muslim activist. “In other states, elected officials have pulled out and do not want to be on the same stage as her,” said CAIR media-relations director Ahmed Rehab.

The Sun: Mentone woman says Islam ‘has given me a new life’

Gina Cuellar, a 24-year-old psychology student at Cal State San Bernardino is happy that she converted to Islam.
“The qualitative anecdotes are women particularly are converting at a much faster rate, particularly Latinas,” said Ahmed Rehab, media relations director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington.

Naperville Sun: Civil liberty advocates laud new rules for religious facilities

The County Board Tuesday gave unanimous thumbs-up to ordinance revisions that over the past few years were crafted, criticized and reworked in an attempt to streamline the process of locating places of assembly in residential districts. The new set of rules applies to clubs, lodges and other organizations as well as religious uses, but about 90 percent of such requests that come to the county are from faith groups.

Chicago Tribune: Muslim Sues Bottling Company Over Prayer Time

A former delivery driver has filed a federal lawsuit against a soda bottling plant in Harvey that allegedly fired him shortly after he asked to time his lunch break to attend weekly Islamic prayers at a mosque.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab Welcomes End of Libyan Dictatorship

“We’re relieved at the end of an era. Muslims don’t rejoice at the death of an individual. However, we are rejoicing at the death of dictatorship and tyranny, and the murderous period that Gadhafi was going after his own people,” said CAIR’s Ahmed Rehab. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago says, now that the war against Gadhafi’s regime is over, Libya will face a new challenge.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab Discusses Racist, Anti-Muslim TSA Official

A veteran officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Chicago is being disciplined after posting hundreds of racist and derogatory comments on Facebook. Not only were Officer Roy Egan’s racial and religious rants open for anyone to see, for years he openly identified himself by name on Facebook and listed his employer as U.S. Homeland Security-TSA, the Transportation Security Administration.

Worldview, NPR: Ahmed Rehab on the Rising Tensions in Egypt and the Upcoming Elections

Just back from Egypt, Ahmed Rehab talks to Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell about the state of military rule and sectarian violence as Egypt inches closer to next year’s historic presidential election.

Sun-Times: U.S. oversteps boundary

I read Neil Steinberg’s Oct. 3 column, “Suddenly they trust Obama to kill people.” I appreciate that he pointed out that the murder of Anwar al-Awlaki’s violates the Constitution.

Daily Herald: Cal Thomas Israel Column Ludicrous

The Sept. 21 opinion piece in the Daily Herald, “Israel’s future under siege from U.N.,” by Cal Thomas was inflammatory and illogical.

Media With Conscience News: Modern Barbarism

Michael Quigley, a Democratic Congressman from Chicago, made the New York Times on 24 September 2011. He made it by promoting the virtues of tolerance and diversity and lamenting the suffering that occurs when tolerance fails. Out and about in his Chicago district, he stopped in at a meeting of the American Islamic Conference.

Huffington Post: Courage: Cairo, Egypt

Joshua Hoyt from the Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), discusses the organization of the Egyptian Spring. According to Hoyt, physical courage in the face of police brutality is what led to the overthrow of the dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

OnIslam: Keith Ellison in Cairo to Deliver Messages

Congressman Keith Ellison, accompanied by two American Muslim activists (of Egyptian origin), Ahmed Bedier, the president of United Voices for America, and Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago’s executive director, met on Wednesday, Sept. 29 with a big group of Egyptians, around 70, of all ages and backgrounds, in a location nearby the famous Tahrir Square.

The New York Times: Congressman’s Remarks Stir the Blogosphere

Mike Quigley knows about cheap shots on ice. Now he’s an expert on being blindsided on the Internet and cable TV. Mr. Quigley, a Democratic Chicago congressman, had a relatively light Saturday recently. He played ice hockey in the morning, did a beach cleanup with the Sierra Club and hit four block parties in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. Along the way he surfaced at a conference held by the American Islamic College. It was a quick in-and-out, with remarks to perhaps 100 attendees about the strengths of American pluralism, the sort he makes to many groups.

Daily Herald: Don’t blame religion for terrorism

Terms like “radical Islam” reflect negatively on a peaceful religion. The terrorists who recognize themselves as Muslims are not true followers of the religion as Islam condemns the killing of innocents. Therefore, the term “Islam” should be avoided in the discourse of terrorism and 9/11.

FOX, O’Reilly Factor: Ahmed Rehab Debunks O’Reilly’s Denial of Islamophobia

CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly discuss Congressmen Mike Quigley’s apology for Islamophobia in the U.S. as O’Reilly goes on to deny that Muslim Americans face discrimination. Rehab provides several statistics and examples that prove O’Reilly is blatantly wrong.

The New York Times: Pa. School Pulls ‘Kismet’ After 9/11 Complaints

A Pennsylvania school district has decided not to stage a Tony Award-winning musical about a Muslim street poet after community members complained about the timing so soon after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack. Ahmed Rehab, a spokesman for the CAIR-Chicago, said that literature and the arts are some of the best ways to bridge gaps between people.

Time Out Chicago: 9/11 Remembrance at the Chicago Fringe Festival

Daniel Gerzina attends Chicago Fringe Festival on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 which was organized by HumanThread and presented by CAIR-Chicago and AFSC.

Aljazeera: Arabs and Muslims carve a place in the US

“For Amina Sharif, communication director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the mainstream interest in Islam and Muslims began after September 11, but the negative feelings were always there.

“For Sharif much of the blame lies with the media and popular culture in the US, which she says is often “orientalist and slanted” in its depiction of Muslims and Islam.”

MEDIA DIGEST: CAIR-Chicago Reflects on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

See our recent media coverage here.

CBS: Ahmed Rehab discusses Muslim relations before and after 9/11 on John Williams radio show

Ahmed Rehab appeared on The John Williams Show on CBS Minnesota to discuss Muslim relations both before and after the events out of 9/11.

Le Nouvel Observateur: Les musulmans, des Américains plus comme les autres

Quand elle vient parler de l’islam dans les écoles, Amal Ali commence toujours par cette même question : “Qu’est-ce qui vous vient à l’esprit lorsque vous entendez le mot ‘musulman’?” La réponse, toujours la même : “terroriste”, a lancé ce jour-là un petit garçon de 10 ans. C’était il y a quelques semaines au collège Colin Powell, dans la grande banlieue de Chicago. “Qui partage cette opinion ?”, a-t-elle alors demandé aux quelque 600 enfants dans l’auditorium. La plupart des doigts se sont levés. “Il y avait pourtant plusieurs élèves musulmans dans l’assistance, mais le seul qu’ils pensent connaître, c’est Oussama Ben Laden”, soupire Amal Ali.

WDCB News: Area Islamic Group Also Remembers 9/11

For Muslim Americans… Sunday wasn’t just the anniversary of a terrorist attack on their country. It was also the anniversary of the day public opinion of the community changed. The Council of American-Islamic Relations in Chicago wants to erase the link between the Muslim faith and the terrorist attacks. CAIR-Chicago’s Amina Sharif spoke with WDCB News reporter Brian O’Keefe.

Today: Interfaith action can make a change

With the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, the United States has been concerned about its image and its relations with the Muslim world.

Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ: 9/11 Primer, The Epoch of the Peacemakers

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago and the American Friends Service Committee present a special event created and organized by HumanThread, a Pilsen-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting peace and inspiring actions that build a just society. The 9/11 Primer will memorialize 9/11 and reaffirm the role of artists as peacemakers.

WGN: Council on American-Islamic Relations calls for end to scapegoating in wake of 9/11

The Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes Americans can move forward 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. Representatives including Muslims, Christians, and Jews say its time to quit feeding into fear and embrace the principles America was founded on.

CLTV: Muslims gather to honor victims of 9/11, discuss how to move forward

The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes Americans can move forward 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. Representatives including Muslims, Christians, and Jews say its time to quit feeding into fear and embrace the principles America was founded on.

ABC 7: Muslims, religious leaders honor 9/11, discuss principles of religious tolerance and pluralism

Muslim, Jewish and Christians leaders gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 and to address the increase in anti-Muslim discrimination post-9/11.

NBC 5: Muslims reflect on the tragic events of 9/11, call for country to move forward together

Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined leaders from different faiths and backgrounds to reflect on 9/11 and call for an end to the fear and discrimination against the Muslim community in the wake of those attacks.

CBS 2: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Islamophobia Post 9/11 and How to Move Forward

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, joins CBS 2′s Jim Williams to talk about the effect of 9/11 on American Muslims

WBEZ: Chicago Muslim group combats ‘Islamaphobia’ in a post-9/11 world

Ahmed Rehab and CAIR-Chicago staff discuss Islamophobia in a post-9/11 world with members of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC).

Vocalo, Chicago Public Media: Amina Sharif Talks Live In Studio About 9/11 and Islamophobia

In the wake of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Vocalo Overdrive team, Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison, asked Amina Sharif of the Council on American-Islamic Relations about the perception of Muslims in America. Check out what she had to say.

WBBM: Islamic-American Group: Link Between 9/11, Muslim Religion Must Stop

Ahmed Rehab of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says many people still are under the false impression that Islam is a radical religion, and that its believers want to change the U.S. into an Islamic state.

Welingelichte Kringen: 9/11 kleurboek doet veel stof opwaaien

Met ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11. The Kids’ Book of Freedom’, bereikt de Amerikaanse trend van kleurboeken met een politieke boodschap een cynisch hoogtepunt. Volgens uitgever Really Big Coloring Books moet dit informatieve kleurboek jonge kinderen die geboren werden na 11 september 2001, uitleggen hoe belangrijk de gebeurtenissen van die dag wel zijn voor Amerika en de Amerikanen.

Vocalo, CAIR-Chicago Audio-Documentary: The Media and Islamophobia

CAIR-Chicago intern, Becky Fogel, created this audio documentary for Vocalo and Chicago Public Media on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to share perspectives on the media’s role in harboring Islamophobia. Becky interviewed civil rights activists in the Muslim community and had them share their thoughts on how public perception of Muslims has changed since 9/11.

Arab News: 9/11 children’s coloring book sparks controversy

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy approaches, Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. of Clayton, Missouri, US, has released what he calls a “memorial tribute” coloring book. “We shall never forget: The kids’ book of freedom,” is being described by Bell as a “graphic coloring novel on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.” According to ABC 7 News in Chicago, the coloring book contains the phrase “radical Islamic Muslim extremists,” at least 10 times.

Metro Networks: Islamic Group Doesn’t Like 9-11 Coloring Book

Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif says she was very offended by the sometimes subtle and sometimes overt anti-Muslim imagery displayed in the book, “it’s dangerous to put it in the hands of children,” she says, “this book gives them the false impression that Muslims are terrorists or paranoid conspiracy theorists.”

WJBC: Illinois Muslims hope for tolerance as 9/11 approaches

As many Americans gear up to mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, one Chicago-based Muslim group warns people should be careful not to give all Muslims a bad rap for the attacks. In the days following 9/11 there were reports across the U.S. of violence toward Muslim-Americans. The group American-Islamic Relations hopes the public has learned more about the Islamic faith’s message of peace since that time.

MSNBC: 9-11 coloring book draws controversy

Amina Sharif, communications director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Chicago Tribune that the book fails to separate extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago takes issue with anti-Muslim coloring book

“I think it’s very clear that the book has an agenda and is anti-Muslim,” Amina Shariff, CAIR Chicago, said.

“If they are trying to imply subliminally some kind of Christian-Muslim conflict here, I think that that is very dangerous and completely inappropriate.”

The Atlantic Wire: Bin Laden’s Human Shield Now in 9/11 ‘Kid-Friendly’ Coloring Book

The book allows children to color scenes like Navy SEALs raiding the Bin Laden’s compound, Osama bin Laden using a veiled woman as a human shield, and the World Trade Center Towers burning. The Chicago communications director of CAIR told the Tribune that the book shows 9/11 and its aftermath “in a ‘slanted’ manner,” painting Muslims in broad strokes and failing to distinguish extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims.

Chicago Tribune: Critics say 9/11 coloring book crosses the line

Amina Sharif, communications director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the book depicts the events of 9/11 and the aftermath in a “slanted” manner, painting Muslims in broad strokes and failing to distinguish extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims.

“It’s hateful, inflammatory and completely inappropriate for children or anyone for that matter,” Sharif said.

Chicago Tribune: Fasting Ramadan: Finding Beauty in the Mundane

“Islam teaches us that we are not merely physical beings but spiritual beings as well. But while most people acknowledge the need to nurture our bodies through sustenance and exercise, we tend to neglect the same for our souls,” writes Ahmed Rehab in the Chicago Tribune.

Mail & Guardian Online: SA on Syria: Erring on the side of caution?

Christina Abraham, civil rights director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, added that these actions would speed up the process of overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad and would “lessen the human and economic costs of our struggle”.

Worldview, Chicago Public Radio: Ahmed Rehab reflects on uncertain future of post-revolution Egypt

Today in Cairo, frustrated activists plan to stage another mass protest to accelerate the pace of government reform. In a recent visit to Cairo, Ahmed Rehab, director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and frequent Worldview contributor, met with high-ranking officials and activists to discuss the way forward. He tells Jerome what he thinks the Egyptian people should demand now.

Business Day: SA should condemn Syrian human rights abuse

“Since the beginning of the peaceful demonstrations in Syria on March 15 this year, 1350 civilians have been killed. An estimated 15000 civilians have been detained, tortured or have disappeared and more than 12000 refugees have fled the country,” Christina Abraham, Civil Rights director at CAIR-Chicago, told the media in Johannesburg today.

CNN: Tricia Erickson: ‘An indoctrinated Mormon should never be elected as President’

“Erickson’s faux patriotism flies in the face of the basic freedoms enshrined in our constitution, threatens our commitment to pluralism, and undermines our culture of meritocracy, by seemingly mistaking the U.S. for a religious state that privileges her chosen faith over those of other Americans,” said Ahmed M. Rehab, Executive Director, CAIR-Chicago.

Chicago Tribune: Small mosque easily wins approval from DuPage

“It’s basically the ideal zoning application for DuPage County, with absolutely no controversy surrounding it,” said Amina Sharif, communications coordinator with the Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations. “The area where it’s located is already commercially zoned, next to a synagogue, and there is more than adequate parking there. If the DuPage County Board had rejected this, then we’d have an obvious problem. This is a very easy thing to approve.”

Chicago Tribune: Chicago protesters rally against Syria’s government

“We’re living in a world now where there is no room for totalitarianism, dictatorships and oppression,” said Christina Abraham, civil rights director for the Council of American-Islamic Relations in Chicago. “When we see these movements happening, we need to support them. We don’t give leeway to governments that violate human rights, like the Assad government is doing right now.”

New York Times: Fighting the Syrian Regime From a Chicago Office

Yaser Tabbara may live half a world away from Syria, where he grew up. But as the uprising there continues, the Chicago lawyer has mounted a one-man legal and diplomatic assault against the Syrian regime to highlight the brutality of its response and help depose President Bashar al-Assad.

Southtown Star: Orland Hills verbal altercation results in arrest, claim of beating

An argument among neighbors, involving 20 people, in Orland Hills on Saturday night ended in the arrest of a 46-year-old mother and her teenage son. “She contacted us and told us her side of the story,” Said Law Clerk Eyad Tabahi. “It’s in the preliminary stages of investigation. We’re looking into the matter to see what the proper course of action should be.”

Naperville Sun: Naperville Islamic center suit continuing

The lawsuit naming DuPage County for its refusal to allow an Islamic prayer center just east of Naperville is moving ahead after attempts to settle the issue apparently fell short.

POLITICO: Letter to the editor- Unfair to CAIR

There is no legal implication to being labeled an unindicted co-conspirator, since it does not require the Justice Department to prove anything in a court of law. Merely claiming someone is guilty without due process defies the principles of our justice system.

FOX Business: Christina Abraham Discusses Sharia Paranoia

“I think that we need to understand that Sharia is just religious law; to the extent that people use religious law as a part of their everyday lives. The majority of Muslims here don’t want to see Sharia imposed as some part of a government obligation, or anything of that sort,” said Christina Abraham.

VOCALO 89.5: CAIR on Obama Middle East Speech

The Overdrive invited Christina Abraham and Yaser Tabbara to help give perspective on the President’s speech from the point of view of people who are invested in the rights of the Middle Eastern people and the policy positions of the U.S.

WBEZ: Local Reactions to President Obama’s Foreign Policy

Ahmed Rehab is the Executive Director of CAIR Chicago: the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said the President sugar-coats the US demands on Israel. “Would you please do this, pretty please do that? That’s not the message the United States should have. We need to be a lot more courageous and bold and demanding of the right thing.”

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago Shares Hopes for Obama’s Speech on Middle East Policy

“I think the President realizes that this is a historic opportunity for us to shift our foreign policy towards the Arab world, towards acknowledging the fact that it is the millions in the street calling for democracy and freedom, that are the real voice of that part of the world – and not the sporadic, peripheral, marginal, militant radical groups,” said Ahmed Rehab.

NBC5: CAIR-Chicago Reacts to Hateful Remarks On Sox Website

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab comments on a hateful posting directed at Muslims that was found on an online forum for the Chicago White Sox.

FOX News: Ahmed Rehab on Glenn Beck debating Zuhdi Jasser on Pakistan and torture

“The difference between us and those that we fight, in the form of Al-Qaeda and other militant radical groups is that we are a nation of values. We’re a nation of laws. In the fight to maintain the upper hand we can’t loose our souls. We can’t loose our principles and our values that make us worth fighting for. At the end of the day torture is torture,” said Rehab.

CBS2: Ahmed Rehab Discusses the President’s Decision About bin Laden Photo

“Bin Laden was a major figure, and his death was a major world event. You need to address that in a public manner with evidence and not just hearsay. It’s all about the DNA,” said Rehab.

Chicago Tribune: How bin Laden’s demise could bring a new era in U.S.-Muslim relations

Bin Laden’s death marks a key historical juncture, in that it offers us an opportunity to break away from the polarizing, divisive atmosphere he helped ignite and the paranoia and fear-mongering we unfortunately allowed to ensue in our culture as a result of it. For almost a decade, we have played into bin Laden’s hands by allowing him and his outfit to dominate our national discourse on Islam and Muslims.

Aljazeera: Fomenting nationalism with murder

“It [Bin Ladens' death] brings closure for the families of 9/11, and all Americans, and hopefully brings closure on an era,” said Rehab. “I hope now we can usher in a new era that focuses more on the Arab Spring which is the reality now, and less on the so-called War on Terror.”

Sun-Times: Area Muslims express relief that bin Laden no longer alive

“The relevance of bin Laden should be overshadowed by the wave of pro-democracy movements in the Middle East,” said Yaser Tabbara, a Chicago attorney and member of the board of directors of the Council on American Islamic Relations. “Bin Laden was already marginalized, I’m someone who goes to the Middle East quite a bit and I haven’t heard his name in a very long time.”

CBS 2: Ahmed Rehab of CAIR-Chicago weighs in on whether photos of bin Laden should be released

“It is a double-edged sword and it has to be balanced out against the conspiracy theories that are likely to come out if there is no evidence provided by the government that this was Osama bin Laden,” says Rehab.

FOX Chicago: CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab discusses whether photos of bin Laden should be released

“I think Obama should issue proof to the public that this was indeed bin Laden. We don’t need to see gory photos. We don’t need to put ourselves in a worse spot in terms of our national security, and so the DNA report, rather than the photos, can accomplish that,” said Ahmed Rehab.

Houston Chronicle: National Day of Prayer prompts reflections on the practice

“In Islam, people may pray for “justice, prosperity, for the nation and its leaders,” said Ahmed Rehab. “Getting people from different faiths to pray together for the common good, the good of our nation, is positive.”

ABC 7: Ahmed Rehab talks to Hosea Sanders and Judy Hsu about bin Laden’s Assassination

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab appears as a live, in-studio guest on ABC7 News This Morning to talk to Hosea Sanders and Judy Hsu about the death of Osama bin Laden.

FOX Chicago: Ahmed Rehab Discusses the Role of Torture in Interrogations

“I don’t think anything justifies torture. We as a civilized nation should be anti-torture. Many governments in the Western world, and the world in general are against torture. We don’t want to be known as the ones who are employing a Spanish Inquisition torture technique to keep ourselves safe,” said Rehab.

FOX Chicago: CAIR-Chicago Thanks Obama for Ridding the World of bin Laden

“I wish it would have happened sooner, so as to save trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. But nonetheless justice delayed is better than justice denied. We’re very thankful for the fact that this man has been apprehended and eliminated,” said Ahmed Rehab of CAIR-Chicago.

CLTV: CAIR-Chicago Welcomes News of bin Laden Elimination

I sincerely appreciate that President Obama made that statement, and wholeheartedly agree that Osama bin Laden isn’t an Islamic leader; that in fact, he’s a mass murderer of Muslims,” said CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif.

FOX Business: Ahmed Rehab on How Bin Laden’s Assassination Highlights Flaws in Our ‘War on Terror’

“We’ve politicized 9/11, we’ve had costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with surges, military personnel, with trillions of dollars spent. And then at the end of the day it takes what we’ve been saying all along – good, hard intelligence and a committed group of surgical strikes,” says Ahmed Rehab.

NBC 5: CAIR-Chicago Welcomes New Begining After bin Laden’s Death

“I’m just waiting to see if this is going to change anything in terms of our foreign policy, our strategy in Afghanistan and the war of terror, and if it will change anything in Muslim-West relations,” said Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif.

ABC 7: Local Muslim Leaders Respond to bin Laden’s Death

“We are optimistic; we are looking forward to a better day in which we can cooperate together for justice,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago.

Chicago Tribune: From quiet relief to open rejoicing

Amina Sharif, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, sought to distance Islam from bin Laden during a news conference Monday.

“Bin Laden never represented Islam and was never seen as a Muslim leader,” Sharif said.

FOX Chicago News: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Impact of Death of bin Laden

“The American Muslim community was relieved, there’s a sense of vindication. This has been a long time coming,” said Rehab.

The Daily Herald: Suburban Muslims feel closure

Like many fellow Americans, Muslims also are eager to see an end to America’s ongoing military involvement in the world, said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago.

“This incident shows what we’ve been saying all along that it’s good intelligence and surgical strikes that are most effective in dealing with terrorists and not military occupation, certainly not the war in Iraq or the curbing of civil liberties and civil rights domestically,” Rehab said.

WGN : CAIR-Chicago Comments on Death of Osama Bin Laden

CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif comments on the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Fox Chicago: CAIR-Chicago On FBI Questioning Libyan Visitors

CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator speaks with Fox News on how the FBI is questioning travelers from Libya in Chicago.

ABC 7: Communications Coordinator Speaks About FBI Questioning Libyan Visitors In Chicago

CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator speaks to ABC News about the recent FBI questioning of Libyan visitors in Chicago.

Naperville Sun: Naperville Islamic center refusal going to court

CAIR, which advocates for religious freedom and civil liberties in the Muslim community, also maintains that Irshad officials tried to pursue remedies for the permit refusal through normal administrative channels before filing the federal suit.

Kevin Vodak, the attorney arguing the case for CAIR and Irshad, was pleased overall with the ruling.

Chicago Tribune: Judge: Suit over proposed mosque will proceed

CAIR-Chicago, which said the center would serve about 30 families, “will continue to pursue the Center’s right to use the facility they own to accommodate the needs of the community,” said Kevin Vodak, CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney.

FOX News: CAIR-Chicago’s Christina Abraham Discusses Hajj Accommodation Case

“She’s asking for unpaid leave that means they didn’t have to pay her for the three weeks that she was going to be out and she gave them three months for which to prepare,” argues CAIR-Chicago attorney Christina Abraham.

Daily Herald: Durbin to hold hearing on Muslim civil rights

“It’s a very timely and much needed initiative,” Ahmed Rehab said. “There has been a very one-sided conversation from Congress on Muslim rights and the Durbin hearing promises to balance the conversation… There have been a lot of politicians who are in denial as to the growing threat of Islamaphobians to the U.S. itself, this fear mongering, paranoid approach to anything Muslim.”

The Washington Post: Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate

Christina Abraham talks to The Washington Post about a local teacher who was denied leave from work to preform the Hajj. The Justice Department is suing on the teacher’s behalf, accusing the district of violating her civil rights by forcing her to choose between her job and her faith.

ABC 7: Ahmed Rehab talks about local Libyan students, challenges they face

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab speaks with ABC 7′s Eric Horng about local Libyan students whose educations are now in jeopardy.

NBC 5: Amina Sharif discuses local No-Fly List controversy

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif talk to NBC 5′s Christian Farr about a Chicago area man who was placed on the No Fly List as leverage by the FBI to get him to become an informant.

Chicago Tribune: DuPage County approves mosque near Willowbrook

The distinctive minaret and golden dome will be absent, but MECCA — after months of controversy — won approval Tuesday to build a mosque near Willowbrook. After rejecting a call to send the matter back to the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals for further study, the board signed off on the revised plan by approving a conditional-use permit 13-5.

NY Times: Muslim Cultural Center Appears Near Approval

“We think there is a bias against the Muslim institutions,” said Kevin Vodak, the lawyer for CAIR-Chicago. He noted that the board rejected the Irshad proposal without explanation, which is highly unusual, and that last fall the county took up an amendment to prohibit any new religious institutions in residential areas. “Most of the new proposals are from Muslims,” Mr. Vodak said.

WGN: Ahmed Rehab comes to the studio to assess King hearings

“Its an embarrassment to our political system,” said Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director. “There is nothing wrong with questioning the sources of radicalization, the nature of radicalization. The problem is when he fails to differentiate between the mainstream on one end, who is us, and the extreme on the other end – the many and the few – the community and underground individuals. Failing to distinguish between the two is precisely the problem we are seeing at the hearings.”

FOX Business: Christina Abraham takes on Robert Spencer

Christina Abraham, Civil Rights Director at CAIR-Chicago, debates anti-Muslim blogger Robert Spencer over Rep. Peter King’s Islamophobic hearings on “Radical Islam” in America.

Fox Business: Christina Abraham takes on Frank Gaffney

CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Director takes on liar and fear monger Frank Gaffney.

WGN: Chicago Muslims Respond to King Hearing

Muslim Americans in Chicago call Thursday’s hearings embarrassing; Embarrassing to Muslims and Embarrassing to Americans as a whole. The result is America is no better off today than it was yesterday when it comes to representing the intentions and the population of the Muslim people in the United States.

ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago responds to King hearings on radicalization of Muslim Americans

“It seemed like a political circus. It seemed like it was for political show and not an honest attempt by Rep. Peter King to address the issue of radicalization,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, in a press conference responding to the congressional hearings.

VOA News: Muslim Americans in Illinois Criticize Capitol Hill Hearing

“The whole issue of Muslim community, radicalization, Islamaphobia, etc, it is being politicized more and more,” said Ahmed Rehab. “And as we approach the next presidential elections, I fear it may explode just like it did with the last presidential election cycle. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that this is happening. It’s not good for our nation. It’s not an intelligent way to discuss the issues. It’s insulting.”

WLFI CBS Indiana: Egyptian activist to speak at Purdue

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, a regular contributor to some of the nation’s largest news publications is, coming to Purdue University to talk about the Egyptian Revolution.

ABC 7: Ahmed Rehab Back From Egypt and Reflecting on the Revolution

“The stereotype that the Arab world, or the Muslim world, is forever stuck between dictatorship on one end and Islamist extremist theocracy a la Iran on the other end has been defeated with the people saying there’s a third alternative. It’s called democracy and that’s what we want,” said Rehab.

Ahmed Rehab Talks With John Williams About American Muslims and Homeland Security

Ahmed Rehab speaks with John Williams about different controversies on Muslim persecutions. Rehab talks about the idea of guilt by association and how it is very speculative to associate the Muslim community with radicalized individuals.

Vimeo: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Egypt’s Transition to Democracy

Ahmed Rehab and fellow activist Laith Saud discuss their recent experiences in Egypt and the country’s transition to democracy.

NPR, Worldview: Ahmed Rehab Reflects on his Experiences in Egypt

Worldview frequently checked in with Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab who was in Cairo during the mass protest movement that eventually brought down President Hosni Mubarak. Ahmed, also the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago, left Egypt this week. He joins us in studio to reflect on his experiences

Daily Herald: Mosque requests raising questions in DuPage

For area Muslims, practicing their faith can require traveling to mosques outside their communities or gathering in residential homes to pray. Now after years of fundraising and preparation, several groups want to move ahead with plans for their own places of worship in DuPage County.

CBS News: Amina Sharif Comments On Possible Power Shift In Egypt

Amina Sharif refutes the idea that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood would change Egypt into a radical Islamic state and go against the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

ABC News: Chicago Egyptians Comment On Mubarak’s Resignation

Chicago Egyptians are commenting on the news that President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. They’re excited that this will bring a new era for Egypt and are hopeful the country will recover quickly.

NBC 5: Ahmed Rehab Talks About The Results of Peaceful Demonstrations in Egypt

Ahmed Rehab says the the biggest weapon the Egyptian people had against Mubarak was their numbers and perseverance. Rehab is excited that peaceful demonstrations were extremely effective in this revolution.

CBS 2: Ahmed Rehab Discusses The Reaction To Mubarak’s Speech 2/10/11

Ahmed Rehab had his hopes up when Mubarak began his speech, but along with the crowd was quickly disappointed. Rehab and the protesters in Egypt were very upset that Mubarak had not stepped down from office.

CLTV: Ahmed Rehab On Continued Protests and Mubarak’s Refusal to Resign 2/11/11

Ahmed Rehab talks about how upset and angry the Egyptian protesters are after the televised statement from Mubarak. Rehab said the protesters are even more upset and is worried about what may happen after the Friday prayers.

CBS News: Egyptian Supporters Talk About Mubarak’s Resignation

CAIR-Chicago representatives talk about the history making resignation of President Mubarak. Yaser Tabbara comments on the persistence of the Egyptian people for Mubarak to step down.

WGN: Ahmed Rehab Talks About Mubarak’s Resignation

As Egypt’s President Mubarak resigns, Ahmed Rehab speaks about the excitement seen throughout the country. Rehab and Egyptian protesters marched in Tahrir Square hugging each other and cheering after hearing the news.

CLTV: Ahmed Rehab Excited About President’s Resignation

Ahmed Rehab reveals how the protesters in Egypt are reacting to the news that Hosni Mubarak has resigned. Rehab and other Egyptian protesters had been rallying against the Mubarak regime for 18 days.

ABC News: Ahmed Rehab Continues to Protest in Egypt Against Mubarak 2/11/11

Ahmed Rehab is in Egypt right now currently joining the protests in Tahrir Square. He reports that the protests will not stop until Mubarak resigns from office. ABC News reports that Chicago Egyptians are extremely upset at the televised speech from Mubarak and continue to hope for change in Egypt.

CBS News: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Why Mubarak Stepped Down

Ahmed Rehab discusses possible reasons Mubarak stepped down today and what that means for the country. He says that Egypt is on its way to a new beginning and that the start of a new Egypt will not be easy.