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CAIR-Chicago

 

Address: Chicago, IL 60602

Year Founded: 2005

Website:http://www.cairchicago.org/

The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says, “We work to empower the Muslim community and to foster an understanding between Chicago’s Muslim and non-Muslim communities via public education…”[1]

CAIR-Chicago claims that it is “not in any way affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, or any foreign or local religious or political group. The same is true of CAIR National in DC and ISNA [Islamic Society of North America].”[2] However, the links between the Brotherhood and CAIR and ISNA are extensive and well-documented.

The executive director of CAIR-Chicago is Ahmed Rehab. He says he “believe[s] in the United States as a secular democracy and the U.S. Constitution as its supreme law.”[3]

Rehab’s personal website listed Hassan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, as one of the “contemporary Muslim intellectuals who influenced me.” He also listed Brotherhood theologian Sayyid Qutb as his “favorite modern personality.” He also said he is influenced by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric that some experts describe as an Islamist.[4]

Rehab has said that Hamas “is part of the problem, not the solution,” but does not condemn the group as a whole.

In 2006, Rehab was asked to condemn Hamas as a terrorist group and he replied, “Do I condemn the hospitals run by Hamas, or the schools that help children learn, in Hamas? No, I don’t condemn that. But I do condemn the blowing up of Tel Aviv pizzerias or cafes.”[5]

In 2007, Muslim activist Dr. Zuhdi Jasser challenged Rehab to condemn Hamas. He dodged the question by saying, “Are you asking me to condemn terrorism or to condemn Hamas?” He then said any condemnation of terrorism must include a condemnation of Israel.[6]

Rehab has also consistently defended entities and individuals linked to Hamas and the Brotherhood, such as the Holy Land Foundation. He said the prosecution of the Foundation was a “case against the Muslim community.” He also stood by Muhammed Salah, who was labeled as a Specially Designated Terrorist by the U.S. government, calling him “a man we hold dear.”[7]

In 2011, Rehab said he is “politically aligned against the Muslim Brotherhood.”[8] Rehab was harshly critical of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt.[9]  However, he condemned the Egyptian government’s labeling of the Brotherhood as a terrorist group. He wrote on Facebook:

“The recent designation of the MB as a terrorist group is farcical and politically-motivated. Say what you will about the MB, they do not subscribe to terrorism. If they did, they would not bother with protests.”

 

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[1] “About Us,” CAIR Chicago website, http://www.cairchicago.org/about-us/

[2] “Radical Anti-Muslim Site FrontPageMag’s Hate Affair,” CAIR-Chicago website, November 28, 2011. http://www.cairchicago.org/2011/11/28/radical-anti-muslim-site-frontpagemags-hate-affair/

[3] “I Believe,” Ahmed Rehab website, http://www.ahmedrehab.com/i-believe/

[4] “CAIR’s Ahmed Rehab,” Americans Against Hate, http://www.americansagainsthate.org/Ahmed_Rehab_Muslim_Brotherhood.html

[5] “An IPT Investigative Report: Ahmed Rehab,” Investigative Project on Terrorism, http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/474.pdf

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.

[8] “Radical Anti-Muslim Site FrontPageMag’s Hate Affair,” CAIR-Chicago website, November 28, 2011. http://www.cairchicago.org/2011/11/28/radical-anti-muslim-site-frontpagemags-hate-affair/

[9] Rossomando, John. “American Islamists Rally Behind MB Amid Egypt Protests,” IPT News, July 2, 2013.  http://www.investigativeproject.org/4068/american-islamists-rally-behind-mb-amid-egypt

 

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