Khaula Hadeed

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Khaula Hadeed


Khaula Hadeed is an Alabama activist. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from AUM, as well as her Master's Degree in International Relations. She's a graduate of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. Upon graduating, she received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award. Khaula helped establish the AL chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and now serves as its Executive Director. In addition to her other responsibilities, Khaula serves on the board of Greater Birmingham Ministries.[1]

Background

Khaula Hadeed came to the United States from Pakistan in 2002 to join her husband, who was training in internal medicine in New York.

They moved to the South in 2004 so he could serve the indigent population in rural Alabama.

Dr. Talha Malik and another Muslim doctor were among three physicians working in the emergency room at Bullock County Hospital. Malik worked in Union Springs for four years before becoming a researcher at UAB, where he is now a gastroenterologist.

While her husband treated needy patients, Hadeed graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in political science in 2008 and a master's degree in international relations in 2009. She graduated from Cumberland Law School at Samford University in Birmingham in 2014.

Hadeed, 32, now serves as executive director of the Alabama chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which incorporated in 2015. She has been helping Alabama Muslims straighten out problems with travel and visas.[2]

"Being Muslim in Alabama"

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Being Muslim in Alabama:March 9, 2016 - Vestavia Hills Library, Vestavia, Alabama.

Being Muslim in Alabama: a Discussion with Mark Potok, Sr. Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center; Khaula Hadeed, Executive Director of the Alabama Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations; Ashfaq Taufique, President of the Birmingham Islamic Society.

Sponsored by Forward Alabama and Over the Mountani Democrats.[3]

Supporting Doug Jones

Muslim activists Megan Dubeansky and Khaula Hadeed worked to get out the vote for the Dec. 12, 2017 special election for U.S. Senate

"Alarmed by Roy Moore's derogatory comments about Islam", Alabama Muslims turned out in large numbers to vote for Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

More than 20,000 Muslim voters - about the margin of victory for Jones - turned out and voted almost without exception for Jones, said Khaula Hadeed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Alabama.

"This is a remarkable moment for the Muslim community in Alabama," said Hadeed. "We found hope, empowerment and fellowship amidst a year of derision and discrimination. Thankfully the people spoke and rejected bigotry and racism in favor of solidarity with the most vulnerable among us."

Hadeed joined other minority leaders at Greater Birmingham Ministries on Thursday December 14, who worked to get out the vote in an election that brought together the most marginalized groups, they said.

"It took a whole group of us working together," said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.

"We touched as many people as we could," said Scott Douglas, executive director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, speaking on behalf of the Stand As One Coalition.

"What happened on Tuesday wasn't an accident; it was hard work," said Daniel Schwartz, executive director of Faith in Action Alabama. "When the impossible happens it only whets your imagination for the other things that are impossible."[4]

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The press briefing held by a Stand As One Coalition included Scott Douglas of Greater Birmingham Ministries, Isabel Rubio: National Council of La RazaGeneral Board of Directors and Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, Daniel Schwartz of Faith in Action Alabama, CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, and Pastor Winfield Burks of the Burns Seventh-day Adventist Church.[5]

CAIR delegation Congress

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Birmingham, AL, 5/4/2017 - CAIR-Alabama, the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), led a delegation of five Alabamian Muslims to meet with Congress members and staff on issues important to American Muslims and other minority communities. The delegation joined over 400 delegates from 30 states who met with some 230 elected officials and congressional staff on Monday and Tuesday, during the record-breaking third annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The largest congressional Muslim advocacy event in the country, Muslim Hill Day was sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations of which CAIR is a founding member.

Alabama’s delegation met with Representatives Terri Sewell and Gary Palmer, and with congressional staff from the offices of Senators Richard Shelby and Luther Strange and Representatives Bradley Byrne and Martha Roby. “In this divisive political climate where reaching an agreement on policy appears to be far fetched, Muslim Hill Day was more important than ever. Each person in our delegation had compelling personal stories to tell. We had constructive dialogue that achieved the real goal of having our voices heard. We hope our lawmakers felt better educated about serious issues facing our communities and policies that can assist in bettering the lives of all Alabamians," said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.

The delegates outlined the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, advocating for an endorsement of all legislation pushing back against federal policies and programs wrongfully targeting Muslims. They also advocated for legislation supporting DREAMers and protecting the rights of immigrant and minority communities by ending racial and religious profiling. Specifically, delegates promoted a legislative agenda that includes support for:

• The SOLVE Act 2.0 (H.R. 724) – Declares that the Muslim Ban 2.0 is “null and void, shall have no force and effect, and may not be implemented or enforced” and prohibits federal funding of the executive order.

• Freedom of Religion Act of 2017 (H.R. 852) – Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that non-American citizens may not be denied admission or entry to the U.S., or other immigration benefits, because of their religion, and for other purposes.

• No Religious Registry Act of 2017 (H.R. 489) – Ensures that individuals of all faiths are protected from the establishment of a national religious registry and prohibits surveilling certain U.S. persons and other individuals based on religious affiliation.

• S.248 – Blocks all federal funding for the Trump Administration’s first “Muslim Ban” executive order.

• Access to Counsel Act (S. 349) – Guarantees legal counsel to those detained on entry to the U.S., and clarifies the rights of all persons who are held or detained at a port of entry or at any detention facility overseen by CBP or ICE.

• Protect American Families Act (S. 54) – Would prohibit the creation of an immigration-related registry program that classifies people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, or citizenship.

• The Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow our Economy Act (H.R. 496/S.128) – The BRIDGE Act would protect undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children, commonly referred to as DREAMers, should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued under the Trump Administration.

• The No State Resources for Immigration Enforcement (NSRIE) Act (H.R.1446) – Would amend section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Secure Communities Program, to prohibit state and local law enforcement officers and employees from performing the functions of an immigration officer in relation to “the investigation, apprehension, or detention” of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

• The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (S. 411), and its companion bill introduced in the House, the End Racial Profiling Act (H.R. 1498) – These companion bills would effectively eliminate racial, religious, and other forms of discriminatory profiling by law enforcement.

Delegation members were David Gespass, CAIR-Alabama board chair Khaula Hadeed, CAIR-Alabama executive director Mohammad Haq, Anniston Islamic Center Imam Ali Massoud, Ream Shoreibah, CAIR-Alabama communications director.[6][7]

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