Omar Ahmad

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This article is about the founder of CAIR. For the American politician, see Omar Ahmad (American politician).
Omar Ahmad
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Omar Ahmad (Arabic: عمر أحمد‎) was the founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington D.C.-based Muslim civil rights organization. He also worked for the Islamic Association of Palestine, a precursor to CAIR. He was born in Amman, Jordan. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Santa Clara University as well as a Masters in Political Science. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Santa Clara City Library for 8 years.

He had been the chairman of CAIR's board of directors since its founding in 1994, but stepped down from that position in May 2005.[1] At the time that he resigned, CAIR claimed to be the largest Muslim civil liberties organization in the United States, with over 30 regional offices and chapters.[2]


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  2. ^ "25 facts about CAIR". Retrieved 1 October 2010. 

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