From March 19–20, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) hosted a virtual edition of its annual “Muslim Day” at the Oklahoma State Capitol, described as a civic engagement event providing Muslim citizens an opportunity to stay engaged with lawmakers. According to a CAIR press release:
Beginning on Friday, March 19, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host its 7th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol as a virtual event that includes a keynote address, advocacy training session and a panel of legislators from across the political spectrum. (…) “In our 7th year, the Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol has proven to be one of the most important events for the Muslim community in our state, providing us with an opportunity to ensure that our voices are heard, and our presence is felt by the Legislature,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani.
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According to the press release, the event, titled “Bridging the Virtual Divide,” was set to feature a live-broadcast keynote address from Abrar Omeish, the first Muslim elected to public office in the state of Virginia. Omeish is the daughter of former Muslim American Society President Esam Omeish, who acts as chairman of CAIR’s Waqf Washington Trust and in 2007 had to step down from a Virginia State Commission post after advocating for jihad.
In January 2021, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that a coalition of US Muslim advocacy groups tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood that included the CAIR Texas chapter hosted a similar civic engagement event at the Texas State Capitol. Other recent GIOR reporting about CAIR has included:
- A November 2020 report that CAIR had issued a statement congratulating President Biden on his victory, vowing to hold the Biden Administration accountable on Muslim inclusion and civil rights issues.
- A November 2020 report that a 27-year-old CAIR state chapter board member has been elected to the Oklahoma state legislature.
- A February 2021 report that the board of a new human rights watchdog set up by associates of the late Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi featured CAIR Waqf Washington Trust chair Esam Omeish.
- A March 2021 report that CAIR joined Democratic Lawmakers to demand President Biden not reappoint a Minnesota State Attorney over Islamophobia allegations.
CAIR is part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist network covered by the GIOR. It describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” and was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the US Hamas infrastructure at that time.
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