The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says â€œwe seek to empower the Muslim community in America through political and social activism.â€
It is a sub-chapter of CAIR-Texas, which was founded by Ghassan Elashi. He was later convicted for illegal transactions to Syria and Libya. He and two bothers were also convicted of financing Hamas.
Elashiâ€™s company, InfoCom Corp, gave about $270,000 to senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk through his wife up until 2001 when the Holy Land Foundation was shut down. Marzoukâ€™s wife also made a $250,000 investment in Elashiâ€™s company.
According to District Judge A. Joe Fish, Elashi lashed out during the proceedings and told the jury, â€œThis is an extension of the Zionist conspiracy or something to that effect.â€ His lawyer also alleged anti-Muslim bigotry, saying â€œItâ€™s hard times for people of Middle Eastern descent.â€
The president of CAIR-Houston is Tarek Hussein. In 2013, the Egyptian Al-Watan newspaper named him as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood lobby in the U.S.
In 2007, current CAIR-Houston executive director Mustafaa Carroll said, â€œThe root cause of terrorism is oppression.â€ In late 2008, he criticized the description of Hamas as â€œterrorist,â€ saying â€œI think you can only blame Hamas for so long. It takes two to tango â€¦â€
Carroll was criticized in 2013 for saying at the Texas Muslim Capitol Day, â€œIf we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.â€ The event organizers later said it was taken out of context, noting that he also said, â€œShariaÂ means following the law of the land.â€
 â€œWhat is CAIR-Houston?â€ CAIR-Houston website, https://cairhouston.org/about.htm
 â€œAn Unexpected Guest,â€ Counterterrorism Blog, August 20, 2007. https://counterterrorismblog.org/2007/08/an_unexpected_guest.php
 â€œ3 Dallas Brothers Found Guilty in Terror-Funds Trial,â€ Associated Press, April 14, 2005. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/3-Dallas-brothers-found-guilty-in-terror-funds-1928960.php
 â€œ2012 CAIR Texas Banquetâ€”President Dr. Tarek Hussein,â€ CAIR Texas Houston Youtube channel, September 17, 2013. https://youtu.be/ixoTPiiet_w
 Mauro, Ryan. â€œEgyptian Paper Names 30 Brotherhood Operatives in U.S.,â€ Clarion Project, November 5, 2013. https://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/egyptian-paper-names-30-brotherhood-operatives-us
 â€œCAIRâ€™s True Colors,â€ IPT News, January 30, 2009. https://www.investigativeproject.org/986/cairs-true-colors
 â€œClarifying â€˜â€¦Above the Lawâ€™ Comment from 2013 Texas Muslim Capitol Day Session,â€ Texas Muslim Capitol Day website, March 6, 2013. https://texasmuslimcapitolday.com/2013/03/06/clarifying-comments-from-texas-muslim-capitol-day-sessions/