• Oklahoma Mosques Thank CAIR-OK Muslims’ First Amendment Rights Are Protected

    The Islamic Council of Oklahoma (ICO) celebrates the preliminary injunction announced today by the US District Court blocking State Question 755 from becoming certified into law. If certified this law would have allowed Muslims’ religious rights to be targeted for infringement without the legal recourse guaranteed by America’s Founding Fathers in the Constitution.

    Leaders of mosques statewide congratulate and thank the Council on American Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter’s Executive Director, Muneer Awad, for defending their First Amendment Rights as he defended his own in District Court this month. Awad, an American-born Muslim, proved to the court that SQ755 could prevent Islamic wills from being probated in Oklahoma; Oklahoma Muslims are concerned about other personal documents as well. Muslims here understand that their religion instructs them to follow the laws of the land where they live and have made no requests and have no expectation that Islamic laws from other countries should become laws here.

    “This is a great victory, not just for Muslims, but for Oklahomans of all faiths who seek to enjoy the rights and privileges of this great country. Islam has not, nor will it ever threaten the laws of our land. Good people outside our faith know that Islam is not a threat as exaggerated by some extremists and these non-Muslims see through the fear mongers’ agenda when they seek to use this as a wedge issue for political gain,” said Imam Arif Abdullah of Oklahoma City’s Masjid Mu’min.

    The Imam from the Islamic Society of Tulsa’s Masjid Al Salam reacted with joy and appreciated Mr. Awad’s efforts and the judge’s sense of fairness. “I am very pleased that we asked for justice and we got it. This law that discriminates against Muslims was found to be against America’s founding principles and Oklahoma’s Constitution. Muslims are a vibrant part of Oklahoma, living, studying, working and contributing to the general welfare. Muslims are not, and according to the judge’s welcome judgment, cannot be isolated from the community at large.”