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Central Ohio Muslim Community Reacts to CAIR-Ohio’s Ex-director’s Alleged Anti-Muslim Ties

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Many in the local Muslim community are still trying to process the accusations against the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR-Ohio) former director.

Some members of the community found out about the accusations Tuesday night, others found out Wednesday.

Regardless, many said they are in shock that former director Romin Iqbal was fired Saturday after CAIR-Ohio alleged he leaked information about the group to an anti-Muslim group, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, for many years.

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Iqbal often spoke out against Muslim hate. To hear CAIR-Ohio say he admitted to working with what they called an anti-Muslim group was surprising.

Dr. Ayer Hyder is one of the people who said the accusations were shocking. He took part in a workshop Wednesday morning with other American Muslim organizations and said they were all processing this information together.

“For me, it was very troubling,” Hyder said. “And the first question I had in my mind was how is everybody else doing in their staff at CAIR-Ohio.”

Hyder added the Muslim community is resilient and has no doubts the community will get through this.

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