(Sacramento, CA, 5/26/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, honored the Memorial Day holiday with the release of a video featuring American Muslim veterans expressing pride in serving their nation through military service and sacrifice.

In the 44-second video, three CAIR representatives describe their service in the Army and Navy:


"My name is Dawud Walid. I'm executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and I served honorably in the Navy.


"My name is Sakinah Mujahid. I'm on CAIR's Minnesota board of advisors and I served 13 years in the Army.


[In Spanish] "My name is Wilfredo Ruiz. I am an attorney with CAIR's Florida office and I am a former officer in the U.S. Navy.


"American Muslims serve our nation's military and have died for our freedoms."


The video ends with the tag line: "On this Memorial DayCAIR honors all who served our country."




CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.



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CONTACT: CAIR-Sacramento Valley Executive Director Basim Elkarra, belkarra@cair.com,  CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, arubin@cair.com