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Unexpected Friendship: Tea Party Leader Joins CAIR-GA for Joint NPR Interview

13442378 10100201610517937 1865102053561648515 nCAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Bob Ross, leader of the Tea Party in Fayette County, sat down together for a joint interview with NPR on June 21.

The two discussed their "unexpected friendship," which arose after Ross attended interfaith dinners at the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, including an annual Ramadan Interfaith Dinner on June 18th. Listen to the audio at time mark 52:45:

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Well over 100 people attended an interfaith dinner June 18 at Fayetteville's Islamic Community Center.

"We were pleased and excited to welcome a capacity crowd into our mosque for an evening of dinner and dialogue," said Mitchell, a Fayetteville resident who serves as a member of the ICCA's Board of Trustees.

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GA Muslims Condemn Orlando Massacre, Launch Blood Drive

CAIR Minnesota(6/12/16 - ATLANTA, GA) Georgia's Muslim community today united to condemn the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
 
"Georgia Muslims join their fellow Americans in denouncing Sunday's mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando," said CAIR Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. “Heroes like Muhammad Ali embody the world’s Muslim community, not this mass murderer."
 
"As proud Americans and devout Muslims, we respect religious freedom, human rights and freedom of choice,” said Imam Arshad Anwar, leader of Roswell Community Masjid. “Our community will, God willing, continue its efforts to combat extremism and encourage tolerance."

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Full Video: Atlanta Muslims Host Interfaith Memorial for Muhammad Ali

unspecifiedAs many as 1,000 people attended an interfaith memorial service for Muhammad Ali at the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam on Thursday, June 9th. CAIR Georgia united with other Georgia Muslim organizations and mosques to remember and pray for the late athlete and humanitarian. 

Full video of the event can be viewed here.

“The diversity of the crowd showed [Muhammad Ali] was admired universally,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. “He was a Muslim and an African-American but he was loved by so many people from different communities, and the diversity of this evening proves that.”

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CAIR-GA Invites Baptist Editor, Who Would Deny Religious Freedom to American Muslims, to Ramadan Dinner

Harris(ATLANTA, GA, 6/7/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today invited Dr. Gerald Harris, the editor of the official newspaper of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, to fellowship with his Georgia Muslim neighbors during a Ramadan interfaith dinner at the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta.

Dr. Harris recently published an article in the Christian Index in which he argues that constitutionally-protected freedom of religion should be denied to American Muslims, presumably including the 5,000 American Muslims who serve in the armed forces as well as cultural icons like the late athlete and humanitarian Muhammad Ali.

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Georgia Muslims To Host Interfaith Memorial Service for Muhammad Ali

alipyayingATLANTA, GA, 6/5/16) – On Thursday, June 9, Georgia's Muslim community will, God willing, host an interfaith memorial service (6 p.m.) for Muhammad Ali at the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Georgia's oldest Muslim house of worship. RSVP on Facebook or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Space is limited.
 
In addition to the memorial service, mosques across Georgia plan to conduct funeral prayers for the renowned athlete and humanitarian on Friday after each mosque's weekly congregational service, which begin between 1:45 and 2:00 pm, and end between 2:30 and 3:00 pm.
 
CAIR National has also called on mosques across the United States to conduct prayers for Ali on Friday to coincide with hus burial in Kentucky.

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