(WASHINGTON, DC, 6/23/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched a new civil rights app, called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone,” which gives users the ability to immediately report bias incidents they experience -- an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.
The free CAIR app offers advice about an individual’s constitutional rights when contacted by law enforcement or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and when facing discrimination in the workplace or at school. It also offers contact information for CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and for chapters nationwide.
Other features include a donation function, a feed of news articles and alerts of relevance to the American Muslim community and polls on social and political issues of the day.
For a quick download of the app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
(SEATTLE, WA, 6/23/2017) – On June 24, 25 and 26, more than 5,000 American Muslims across Washington state, many along with their families, are expected to visit a total of more than 20,000 of their neighbors of other faiths and backgrounds to deliver greetings and gifts as part of a statewide initiative marking the Eid ul-Fitr holiday at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan by that state’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA). A total of 30,000 Eid cards have been set to be displayed at more than 50 of the approximately 60 mosques across Washington State, each with multiple packets of Eid cards for mosque-goers to pick up and give to their neighbors. (See attached photo of one such display at a local mosque).
SEE: Project web site
ALSO SEE: Facebook ‘event’ page
ALSO SEE: Facebook event pages from past years with photos of Eid Gift Packs by community members in past years:
Washington State Muslim families, youth and children in the following areas will participate in the project: Puget Sound area (Blaine/Bellingham to Olympia), Spokane-area, Vancouver & Clark County area, Tri-City area, Yakima Valley, Pullman and other major towns statewide.
(NEW York, NY, 6/22/2017) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for increased police protection for New York mosques following an alleged threat against a Manhattan house of worship.
According to police, a letter received today by Masjid Manhattan threatened a massacre “on a scale never seen before.” The NYPD is currently investigating the threat, which appears to have been sent from London.
(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 6/22/17) -- The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today welcomed a hate crime charge brought against a man suspected of setting fire to the Islamic Center of Victoria in Victoria, Texas, in January.
Federal officials today charged Marq Perez with a hate crime for damaging religious property, one count of using fire to commit a federal felony and another count for possession of an unregistered destructive device. He could face up to 40 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.
At the time of his arrest earlier this year, Perez was described as a “right-wing extremist.” A prosecutor noted that Perez, who claimed that members of the mosque are “terrorists,” may have targeted multiple mosques based on his social media comment: "Can you pinpoint any mosques that a team can get clear to?"
“We welcome the hate crime charge brought against the alleged arsonist and hope it sends a strong message to anyone contemplating attacking a house of worship,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “We thank state and federal law enforcement authorities for their diligence in investigating and prosecuting this case.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/17) - On Sunday, June 25,* the Muslim community in America will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers around the country.
[NOTE: Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. * Because dates may vary, consult local mosques or Muslim community leaders for exact dates and times of Eid ul-Fitr activities.]
The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying “Eid mubarak” (EED-moo-BAR-ak), meaning “blessed Eid,” and “taqabbalallah ta’atakum,” or “may God accept your deeds.” Many communities also hold multicultural bazaars and other family activities following the prayers.
Eid ul-Fitr is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/21/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is representing the family of a Virginia Muslim teen who was murdered Sunday.
Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, Va., was abducted after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in northern Virginia allegedly by a man who was later arrested on suspicion of murder. CAIR has called for a thorough investigation of a possible bias motive in the case.
“CAIR represents the interests of the family of Nabra Hassanen and will monitor the development of the investigation to ensure a thorough examination of any possible bias aspects of the case,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. “Questions for the family should now be directed to CAIR’s attorneys and spokespeople.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Muslim communities nationwide to step up security measures for end-of-Ramadan activities following a terror attack on Muslims outside a mosque in London, the murder of a Muslim teen near a Virginia mosque and the murder of two men who defended a Muslim being harassed in Oregon.
“Because of the recent spike in hate incidents – particularly those targeting American Muslim women and girls - and because Islamic religious institutions have been targeted recently in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, we urge local communities to implement increased security measures during end-of-Ramadan activities and through the Eid ul-Fitr holiday that follows,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad added: “We urge community leaders to immediately request extra police patrols in the area of Ramadan-related activities and to hire security officers authorized to carry firearms to protect events with large numbers of participants, like taraweeh prayers and Eid ul-Fitr celebrations.”
[NOTE: Many police departments allow the hiring of off-duty officers for such events. Taraweeh prayers are held each evening in mosques during Ramadan. The Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or “feast of fast breaking,” holiday is celebrated with communal prayers, multicultural bazaars and other family activities.]
He also suggested that local communities offer self-defense training for Muslim women and girls.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences on the death of a Virginia Muslim teen who was murdered yesterday and called for a thorough investigation of a possible bias motive in the case.
Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Va., was beaten and abducted after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in northern Virginia on Sunday by a man who was later arrested on suspicion of murder. The girl’s body was found in a local pond. Police have not ruled out a bias motive for the attack.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“There are no words to describe the devastation and anguish felt by the family and by all members of the community as a result of this senseless tragedy. CAIR, its board and staff offer sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Nabra Hassanen in their time of grief. To God we belong and to Him we return.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/16/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Florida-based SCCY Firearms to explain a promotional button issued by that company claiming its handguns are “Real Muslim Stoppers.”
CAIR said the button in question was sent to its Washington, D.C., headquarters by a concerned citizen.
“On its face, this button would seem to promote violence targeting American Muslims, since the manufacturer produces civilian weapons,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor.
The company has not yet replied to CAIR’s concerns.
CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/16/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of a Utah imam (Muslim religious leader) who was prevented from boarding a flight back to his home in the United States from Kenya.
CAIR’s lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Among the defendants are the FBI, the Terrorism Screening Center (TSC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
[NOTE: The imam will try to board a flight home tonight. CAIR’s lawsuit seeks to have the imam allowed to board his flight.]