(ATLANTA, GA - 1/30/2020) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that activist, educator and former imam Abdullah Jaber has been chosen to serve as the next director of the Muslim civil rights organization effective March 1, 2020.
Jaber previously served as resident scholar and imam at Masjid Omar, one of Georgia's largest Islamic houses of worship. He is also a former member of the advisory committee of CAIR-Los Angeles, the co-founder of Muslim Youth of Los Angeles (MyLA), and the founder and director of the non-profit educational organization Tibyaan.
In recent years, Jaber became well-known for speaking and fundraising for various social justice causes across Georgia, including voter turnout, civic engagement and opposition to Islamophobia. In 2017, he delivered the opening prayer at the Democratic National Committee's national winter conference.
Jaber succeeds outgoing CAIR-Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, who has been appointed to serve as Deputy Director of CAIR's national office in Washington, DC.
In a statement, outgoing CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"Over the past four years, I have come to known Abdullah Jaber as a scholar-activist who puts his faith into action by standing up for causes of justice across our state. In addition, his experiences as an interfaith activist, a prolific fundraiser and the founder of a non-profit organization make him the ideal person to strengthen and advance CAIR-Georgia in 2020, a critical moment for American Muslims."
Jaber plans to make his first public appearance in his new role at CAIR-Georgia's fourth annual gala, "Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future," on Feb. 15th, 2020. Other scheduled speakers include Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Imam Suhaib Webb.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.