The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold its 11th Annual Awards Banquet from 6-9:30 p.m., on Saturday, at Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City, 741 N Phillips Ave. The banquet will feature a keynote address Arsalan Iftikhar, an international human rights lawyer, media commentator and author of the book “SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms.” Entertainment will be provided by nationally-recognized comedian Amer Zahr.
CAIR-OK’s event will also honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their community with the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award and an Oklahoma Muslim of the Year Award, a new honor given to a person nominated by his or her peers.
“This awards banquet is a time for us to come together as a community and honor the work of our past, while at the same time looking forward to the future of our organization,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “In a time of unprecedented Islamophobia, it is increasingly important for the Muslim community to have pride in its accomplishments and to share in celebrations together.”
“Given the current political climate, the community has responded with great enthusiasm and support. We are expecting a large crowd, and we have worked hard to create an exceptional program for the evening,” said Fazili.
CAIR-Oklahoma is a chapter of 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.