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OUR VISION

To be a leading advocate for Justice & Mutual Understanding.

OUR MISSION

To enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CAIR at a glance

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

CAIR San Diego was established as a full time office in 2006 to serve the needs American Muslims in San Diego County.

San Diego Area (CAIR-SD) Staffback to top

Portrait of Hanif Mohebi
Hanif Mohebi   |  Executive Director

Mr. Mohebi is raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, he is the former Director of a Communication Consulting Firm in San Jose; he has held various directing positions at for-profit and non-profit organizations. At a young age, he was exposed to both United States, United Nations, and community dignitaries which has influenced his character. He has appeared in both local and national media outlets bridging the gap between minorities and the mainstream Americans. Mr. Mohebi has completed a Pre-PhD program, and has published research. He has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Globalization and Social Justice. He has emerged as a guest speaker at high schools, universities, companies and community events on variety of topics ranging from Concepts of World Citizenship to The Cycle of Love, to History of Anti-Civil Liberties Legislations. He is a young and passionate Muslim American with a wonderful cosmopolitan attitude and great love for civil rights, human rights, and the Constitution of the United States. He is obsessed with the idea of bringing about a positive change to the world through dedicating his life to serving humanity. In quest for this dream, he joins CAIR San Diego, as an Executive Director, with glowing recommendations and over a decade of community service.

CAIR-SD Law Clerks & Internsback to top

Portrait of Kevin Iraniha
Kevin Iraniha  |  Intern

Kevin Iraniha was born here in San Diego, at the Balboa Navel base. He is an American Iranian Muslim who obtained his B.A. in Political Science at San Diego State University. He received his M.A. in International Law and the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace (Upeace) in Costa Rica. Kevin has been a long time human rights activist while volunteering his time for the Islamic Community. Kevin helped lead the 2009 Viva Palestina Convoy, was treasurer for the SDSU Students for Justice in Palestine, President of the Upeace Students for Justice in Palestine, history teacher for the Islamic Educational Center of San Diego, and Muslim Student Association leader for Upeace.

CAIR-SD Executive Committeeback to top

Portrait silhouette of Ziad  Asghar
Ziad Asghar  |  President

Ziad Asghar serves on the Executive Committee of CAIR-SD. He is also on the board of Iqraa Academy of San Diego, a non-profit academic institution focused on Arabic and Quranic learning. Ziad works on wireless product & technology strategy in the semiconductor industry. He holds a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of California, San Diego.

Portrait silhouette of Noha Salem
Noha Salem  |  Vice President

Portrait silhouette of Hani Eltalmas
Hani Eltalmas  |  Secretary

Portrait silhouette of Ahsen Ahmed
Ahsen Ahmed  |  Treasurer

Portrait silhouette of Dr. Ehab Shehata
Dr. Ehab Shehata  |  Member

Portrait silhouette of Owais Siddiqui, Esq.
Owais Siddiqui, Esq.  |  Member

CAIR-California Boardback to top

Portrait of Safaa  Ibrahim
Safaa Ibrahim  |  Chairman

Safaa Ibrahim holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Strayer University. Her professional experience includes internet and software project management, operations, marketing, and she has contributed to the establishment of two small business start-ups. In the past five years, Ms. Ibrahim has shifted her career path by dedicating herself to nonprofit endeavors by volunteering full-time to the San Francisco Bay Area community. She has been active with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CAIR-SFBA), the Muslim Community Association (MCA), and GiveLight Foundation. Ms. Ibrahim was appointed Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA in July 2005 and currently serves on the executive committee for the chapter.

Portrait of Wazhma Mojaddidi, Esq.
Wazhma Mojaddidi, Esq.  |  Vice President

Portrait silhouette of Anbar Mahar
Anbar Mahar  |  Treasurer

Portrait silhouette of Ziad Asghar
Ziad Asghar  |  Secretary

Ziad Asghar serves on the Executive Committee of CAIR-SD. He is also on the board of Iqraa Academy of San Diego, a non-profit academic institution focused on Arabic and Quranic learning. Ziad works on wireless product & technology strategy in the semiconductor industry. He holds a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of California, San Diego.

Portrait of Dr. Hamza El Nakhal
Dr. Hamza El Nakhal  |  Member

Dr. Hamza El-Nakhal is a retired professor. He was born in Cairo, Egypt. His B.S. (1964) and M.S. (1965) degrees were in Food Science and Technology from University Of Ein Shams In Cairo. His Ph. D. degree is in Microbiology from UCD 1976. He worked in the US, Saudi Arabia and Egypt at different times. He is married with two daughters, one son and one grand son. As a student in Davis, Hamza served as president of International club, Orientation club. He, also, was a member of the international student advisory committee to the Late Chancellor James Mayer and member of Club Finance Council of ASUCD. As a university professor, beside teaching and research, he served as head of Dept. and chaired many committees including Budget, Laboratories, Scientific research, curriculum, admission and registration and many others. Hamza has many published one book in Microbiology, many scientific papers and educational papers. After retirement, Hamza served in many non-profit organizations including Human, Civil Rights, Charity, Interfaith and Community service. Currently Serving as: member of Community Advisory Board to Davis Police Dept., member of the Board of Directors of International House and member of the Board of Directors of Davis Community Meals.

Portrait of Hussam Ayloush
Hussam Ayloush  |  Member

Hussam Ayloush is the Executive Director and has been since 1998. He frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs pertaining to American Muslims. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media advocating and articulating the mainstream Muslim position on various issues.

Portrait of Sameena Usman
Sameena Usman  |  Member

Portrait silhouette of Noha Salem
Noha Salem  |  Member

Portrait of Yasir Mahar
Yasir Mahar  |  Member

Yasir Mahar is an Assistant Fund Controller for a financial services firm. Being in the field for almost ten years, his areas of expertise include accounting, finance, and business process improvement. He loves playing basketball and reading.

Portrait silhouette of Rashid Ahmad
Rashid Ahmad  |  Advisor

Proven Results. Our Annual Reportback to top

2012/2013 Annual Report
2012/2013 Annual Report

Download Arrow  Download the 2012/2013 Annual Report in .PDF format

Our annual report is an opportunity to share our advancements in our grassroots advocacy work with the broader community. As with prior years, this year was full of exciting and proud moments for CAIR and the California Muslim community.

PAST ANNUAL REPORTS: 2011/2012 | 2010/2011 | 2009/2010 | 2007/2008 | 2006/2007