إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّى يُغَيِّرُواْ مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ
“Indeed, Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they choose to change what is in themselves.” (13:11)
Nihad Awad created the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and has run it as Executive Director for nearly three decades, rising to become the most prominent Muslim civil rights leader in America. Through public documents, this website exposes Awad’s usurpation of CAIR’s noble mission to run a personal fiefdom free from accountability – breaking the trust placed in him by the Muslim community. The tragic result: the most prominent civic rights group representing Muslims is stained by corruption, discrimination, harassment, and sexual abuse.
Driven by Quranic injunction to preach good and dissuade from misdeeds (3:105), a coalition of community members have assembled these materials to help educate the community at large. We deserve to be informed with facts about Nihad Awad, who claims to speak in our name yet has escaped any meaningful accountability for his actions. Just because CAIR confronts Islamophobia does not make Awad exempt from rules expected of any leader.
In March 2001, Ms Tannaz Haddadi, a Shia Muslim, wrote an official complaint letter to both Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmed, CAIR’s
Under Nihad Awad’s leadership, the CAIR-Foundation National office has refused to set clear written policies on Zakat donations despite repeated
Awad directly intervened to block the hiring of a chapter leader solely based on her religious beliefs, and political opinions.
Awad violated the law governing nonprofit organizations by failing to meet the minimum standard of professionalism and ethical responsibility. Nonprofit