Rating: 4.56 stars   41 reviews


2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 402 Minneapolis MN 55413 USA


To enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions of mutual understanding.


CAIR-MN has represented over 600 cases of employment discrimination, hate crimes, and school harrassment since our doors opened in 2007. CAIR-MN holds an annual workshop, "Positive Interactions - How to Effectively Interact with your Muslim Employees. Employers and HR professionals from fortune 500 companies like General Mills, 3M and others have attended. CAIR-MN also provides individualized diversity trainings to companies. The Mayo Clinic, Ameriprise, and The YWCA are just some of our clients. Both of these trainings provide a better understanding of Islam and practices and help employers understand their legal responsibility to provide religious accommodation.

Target demographics:

those who have faced racial, religious, or ethnic discrimination.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 120 clients, provided free legal advice at legal clinics to 75 people, 50 students attended the leadership program, over 200 positive media stories, and over 1000 community members have gone through media, Know Your Rights, civic engagement and Safety trainings.

Geographic areas served:

Twin Cities Metro and Greater Minnesota


complaint resolution through pro bono legal aid and advocacy, media justice and balanced views, community empowerment trainings, and civic engagement.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAIR MN has done very beneficial work for the community. They have helped to organize many events that teach and train the Muslim community to work with the system and be an citizen that works to build and nurture the greater community. The board is a very professional board and the employees are very skilled and qualified group. I am extremely impressed by their work and their team.

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The people who run CAIR MN are upcoming leaders who work very hard to lead Muslims in Minnesota to work with the system to deal with civil rights issues and discrimination.

Many good-hearted people bemoan the deterioration of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims since 9/11, but CAIR MN is actually doing the hard work of repairing the relationship. Through their work on various projects and organizations, their leadership reached out to mainstream institutions and donated their time and money to
constructively enhance Muslims and people of other faiths to work together. Through their leadership, I have seen many Muslim youth now lead in opening other organizations as well as leading
projects to contribute to a better Minnesota.

I was invited to many such forums and was impressed by the level of
organization, hard work and professionalism within the meetings. We recently had a forum with Law Enforcement and it was amazing to see many Muslim and Somali leaders address their concerns to Law Enforcement officials to understand how to secure our country as well as protect our civil rights. Such meetings in the political climate are very hard to arrange and facilitate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The community now turns to them for problems. When problems arise in our community - they have developed a trust with the community and the system to effectively bring about a solution. Some examples is the anti-Shariah bill by working with a coalition of interfaith partners. And recently - leading the community when hate crimes occur to respond by working with law enforcement effectively.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The organization seeks out input and wisdom from the community. So it is an open organization for voices to contribute their ideas. We are always given out opinions and ideas and that is important. So I would not change a thing.

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I know the people personally and worked with them on various projects that helped to lead youth to effective leadership and social skills.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Coalition Building

What is its top priority in the long run?

Financially independent and running various projects and committees to build the community to counter Islamophobia and effectively deal with hate crimes and civil rights.

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Rating: 5 stars  

An amazing group of young people making a huge difference and making America and MN a better place for everyone.

These are the new Rosa Parks and new MLKs, & other amazing figures who stood up to bigotry, challenged racism and made America better.

Kudos to the volunteers and staff for standing up for Equality and LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
This is what America is all about.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAIR-Minnesota is a dynamic non-profit organization that works on ensuring the civil rights of Muslims throughout the state. It provides a voice to so many people that don't know what to do when they experience discrimination. It also provides excellent training so employers and others can better understand the Islamic religion and how it relates to employment.

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