Executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Chicago, Ahmed Rehab holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a graduate degree in software engineering from DePaul University. Adjunct lecturer at American Islamic College, Rehab also serves as the Board member of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
“…the Hizmet started interfaith dialogue in a very serious way long before it was fashionable and continues with this dialogue even in areas of the world where it is still deemed unfashionable because it really believes in what I’m saying now, which is; it is the Prophetic way, it is the Sunnah to engage other people.”
“… What the Hizmet will come back and say is that, ultimately, da’wah is about pleasing Allah. And, ultimately, educating someone, giving them knowledge to replace misinformation or lack of information or even ignorance in some cases, is service to Allah through service of the people.”
“…I recall, for example, in Haiti, when I was volunteering there after the earthquake, that I saw a lot of Turkish flags. And normally, I’m used to seeing a lot of American flags, maybe Swiss flags, maybe French, you know, Western, rich countries. There were a lot of Turkish flags. Almost always, it was a case of Kimse Yok Mu, which is an organization, a charitable trust, funded by the Hizmet.”
“The Hizmet has done more for the image of Turkey around the world than the actual state department of the Turkish government. Through the dialogue work, through the schools, through the charities, the Turkish flag is almost always there.”
“Their only interest in politics is integrity, honesty, transparency… values, values of the leader. When the leading party or the leading politicians do not live up to these values, by virtue of being Muslim, by virtue of being contributing to society, by virtue of being people who stand up for the truth, they will speak out at any cost. That’s not infiltration, that’s not even political participation; that is citizenship at its best.”