December 28, 2018

Abdullah will be laid to rest Saturday in Lodi

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/28/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley office (CAIR-SV), announced today that Abdullah Hassan, the 2-year-old son of Shaima Swileh and Ali Hassan, has passed away at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

A funeral service is set for Saturday afternoon in Lodi.

“We are heartbroken. We had to say goodbye to our baby, the light of our lives,” said Ali Hassan. “We want to thank everyone for your love and support at this difficult time. We ask you to kindly keep Abdullah and our family in your thoughts and prayers.”

In a statement, CAIR-SV Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem, who represents the family, said:

“Ali and Shaima are in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of dear Abdullah. With their courage, this family has inspired our nation to confront the realities of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban. In his short life, Abdullah has been a guiding light for all of us in the fight against xenophobia and family separation.”

WHAT: Funeral Service & Burial for Abdullah Hassan (there will be an area for the media)

WHERE: Funeral Service: California Islamic Center, 12882 Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi, CA 95242; Burial: California Islamic Cemetery, 14273 Beckman Road, Lodi, CA 95240

WHEN: Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29; Burial Service will follow. Please check our Facebook page for updates (in case the time of the funeral changes):

(NOTE: Find a full-size copy of the image above for media use here. Please credit the photo as follows: Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley.)

Abdullah was brought to California by his father months ago to receive medical treatment due to a degenerative brain condition that continued to worsen. Abdullah and Ali are U.S. citizens.

Swileh is a Yemeni national who was unable to come to the United States to be with her ailing child and her husband because of the Muslim Ban. She had applied for a waiver and multiple expedite requests before CAIR got involved in the case two weeks ago.

Swileh finally received a visa waiver from the State Department on the morning of Dec. 18 after CAIR-SV and Nimer Law filed an emergency lawsuit and the case received international media attention and public support.

SEE: Yemeni mother wins visa fight to see her dying child in a California hospital

SEE: Letter from Members of Congress

SEE: CAIR-CA Action Alert

SEE: MPower Change Action Alert

Swileh arrived at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Dec. 19, where she was reunited with her husband after months of separation due to the Muslim Ban. After a brief press conference, she rushed to the hospital to reunite with her ailing son.

SEE: Yemeni mother barred by travel ban arrives at SFO to visit dying son

CAIR-California and the Yemeni Alliance Committee have created a crowdfunding campaign on LaunchGood for the public to help the family during this difficult time:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.


CONTACT: CAIR-SV Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269,