(WASHINGTON, DC, 8/31/2016) – Today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offered a ‘Know Your Rights as a Hajj Traveler’ community training webinar for those taking part in the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
The training provided information on airport security agencies, screening, body scanners, your rights at customs and U.S. entry points, the terrorist screening database, no-fly and selectee lists, the complaints process, and more. Common scenarios were discussed.
[MEDIA NOTE: Each year, thousands of American Muslims take part in religious observances associated with the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Hajj is one of the "five pillars" of the Islamic faith. (The other pillars include a declaration of faith, daily prayers, offering regular charity, and fasting during the month of Ramadan.) Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey. When the main portion of the pilgrimage is completed, Muslims worldwide will gather for communal prayers on the first day (on or about September 11) of Eid ul-Adha (eed-al-odd-ha), the second of the two major Muslim holidays.]
Mosque to engage in more community outreach before pursuing construction
Newton County Commissioners, Masjid At-Taqwa, CAIR-Georgia release joint statement
(ATLANTA, GA, 8/31/16) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked a majority of Newton County commissioners for publicly committing to lift a moratorium on houses of worship during their next meeting on September 13, when the county expects to consider recommended updates to its zoning ordinances.
None of those updates will impact projects with prior approval such as the blocked Newton mosque and cemetery.
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 8/31/2016)—The Alabama Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today said a Christian woman in Alabama should be able to wear her headscarf for a driver’s license photo, just as Muslim woman and Sikh men are allowed to wear religious head coverings.
When Yvonne Allen of Tuskegee, Ala., went to renew her license, she was reportedly told to remove the headscarf she wears for religious reasons. She said the clerk told her that only Muslim women are allowed to cover their hair in the license photos. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama has filed a lawsuit on her behalf.
In 2004, Alabama changed a policy that prohibited the wearing of head scarves and turbans in driver’s license photos. The new policy allowed head coverings for religious and medical reasons.
“Alabamans of all faiths should have the right to wear religious apparel in driver’s license photos,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed. “The right to practice one’s faith is a universal right, one that should not be limited to Muslims and Sikhs.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged attack on a Nebraska man by an assailant who reportedly shouted “ISIS” and obscenities at the victim.
The Indian immigrant, who is not Muslim, said he suffered a fractured nose, split lip and a bruised calf after being punched repeatedly. Prior to the assault, the alleged attacker accused the victim of being a “terrorist.” The attacker reportedly shouted: “ISIS (expletive). Get out of my country.”
“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack as a hate crime and for public officials to repudiate the growing Islamophobia in our society that inevitably leads to violence and discrimination targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that the Islamic Center of Omaha has been targeted by vandals a number of times in recent months.