Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Michigan



Canton, MI

Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2021):

Revenue: $265,950
Expenses: $286,428
Assets: $53,618


Islamic Activist Group




Dawud Walid

Latest Tax Filing(s):

2021 990 Form

2020 990 Form

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CAIR Michigan is a state chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, a prominent and influential advocacy group for Muslims in the United States which has alleged ties to Islamist movements. Like its parent organization, CAIR Michigan conducts publicity campaigns to generate a more favorable public image of Islam in America, especially within its own state. The group also works to increase the political and societal influence of Muslims. 1

Despite an extensive track record of aligning with left-of-center causes, including racial minority identity politics and ideologically motivated “hate crime” policies, both CAIR Michigan and its parent organization have come into conflict with other sectors of the left, most notably the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). As a left-of-center Jewish advocacy group, the ADL has mostly taken issue with CAIR and its local affiliates for criticizing the state of Israel and endorsing Palestinian activism. However, the ADL has also attacked CAIR, particularly the leadership of the Michigan chapter, for voicing religiously based opposition to pro-homosexuality messaging and to the normalization of transgender lifestyles. 2 3

In October 2023, following the attack on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the subsequent Israeli military invasion of the Gaza Strip, CAIR Michigan issued a call for financial support to sustain its growing Palestinian activism. This has included supporting Palestinian activists in schools and universities, as well as pushing for what the group has called “repatriation” of Palestinians remaining in Gaza who claim rights of return to Michigan. 4 The following month, CAIR Michigan also joined its parent organization in supporting radical left-wing Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) after she was censured by the U.S. House of Representatives for her stridently anti-Israel rhetoric. 5


CAIR Michigan has sued for the elimination of the Terrorism Screening Dataset, a tool used by federal law enforcement agencies to track and restrict the travel of alleged extremists. The group claims that nearly all the individuals on this watch list are “identifiably Muslim” and that this amounts to “Islamophobic” discrimination. 6

CAIR Michigan has opposed taxpayer funding of adoption agencies with faith-based values, claiming that their inclusion of religion in their criteria for placing children with families is a form of discrimination. At the same time, the group has claimed that children from Muslim backgrounds must be placed with Muslim families, citing “Islamic norms.” 7

CAIR Michigan has pushed for religious protections and exemptions in legislation designed to favor LGBT interests. The group argues that laws which compel inclusion of sexual minorities would force faith-based organizations into “costly litigation” to protect their First Amendment rights. To prevent this, CAIR Michigan has attempted to rally people of all religious backgrounds and put pressure on state lawmakers. 8

The CAIR Michigan “Safe Spaces Department” pushes for the accommodation of Islamic religious practices, dietary preferences, and cultural particularities in schools, workplaces, and government institutions, including correctional facilities. The group states that the objective of this project is to “normalize” Muslim “practice and expression” in American society. 9


Dawud Walid is the executive director of CAIR Michigan. He was previously a cleric at a mosque in Detroit and an Islamic center in Hamtramck, Michigan. He has also spoken several times at the left-wing Congressional Black Caucus, and touts his participation in events featuring radical black activist leaders such as Jesse Jackson and Keith Ellison, now the Democratic attorney general of Minnesota. 10

Nour Ali is the director of the CAIR Michigan “Safe Spaces” initiative, which works to create a favorable environment for Islam in public institutions. She previously interned for House Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI). 11


Since 2015, annual revenue to CAIR Michigan has fluctuated between $260,000 and $440,000. In 2021, the group’s net assets totaled approximately $53,000. 12


  1. “Who We Are.” CAIR Michigan. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  2. “Press Releases.” CAIR Michigan. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  3. “The Council on American Islamic Relations.” ADL. July 18, 2023. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  4. “Assistance Relating To War On Gaza.” CAIR Michigan. October 19, 2023. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  5. “CAIR Slams House’s ‘Cowardly’ Censure of Palestinian-American Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.” CAIR Michigan. November 8, 2023. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  6. “CAIR-MI Announces Lawsuit Seeking End to Secret Government Watchlist.” CAIR. September 18, 2023. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  7. “CAIR-MI Action Alert: Urge Governor Not to Sign Child Placement Bill Allowing Discrimination.” CAIR Michigan. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  8. “CAIR-MI Concerned by Senate Vote Failing to Include Religious Protections in Civil Rights Law.” March 2, 2023. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  9. “Safe Spaces Department.” CAIR Michigan. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  10. “Dawud Walid.” CAIR Michigan. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  11. “Nour Ali.” CAIR Michigan. Accessed December 1, 2023.
  12. “Cair Michigan Chapter Inc.” ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer. Accessed December 1, 2023.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: October 1, 2000

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Dec Form 990 $265,950 $286,428 $53,618 $0 N $265,950 $0 $0 $73,000
    2020 Dec Form 990 $308,348 $304,119 $74,096 $0 N $308,348 $0 $0 $73,000
    2018 Dec Form 990 $275,687 $330,442 $89,691 $0 N $273,475 $0 $0 $73,000 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $404,282 $382,149 $144,446 $0 N $403,602 $0 $0 $80,300 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $332,872 $495,954 $122,313 $0 N $330,417 $0 $0 $73,000 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $435,327 $387,125 $285,394 $0 N $431,499 $0 $60 $73,000 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $316,487 $330,833 $237,192 $0 N $316,487 $0 $0 $69,150 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $372,362 $365,745 $251,538 $0 N $372,362 $0 $0 $66,269 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $316,272 $296,210 $244,921 $0 N $316,272 $0 $0 $65,808 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $322,114 $293,157 $224,859 $0 N $322,087 $0 $27 $61,385 PDF

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    Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Michigan

    1905 Haggerty Road, Suite 5
    Canton, MI