(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 5/26/17) -- On Friday, June 2, the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) will host its 21st Annual "Sharing Ramadan Interfaith Iftar” at the Dublin Recreation Center.
The event is designed to welcome the fast of the holy month of Ramadan and to help those of other faiths better know the Columbus Muslim community. Attendees from other faiths will get a glimpse of how Muslims celebrate Ramadan and of the experience of fasting.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims from just before dawn until sunset. The fast is performed to increase spirituality, increase discipline, self-restraint, and generosity while obeying God’s commandments. An iftar is the fast-breaking meal eaten just after sunset.
"Each year, Ramadan presents us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the interconnectedness of the Abrahamic faiths and our shared values as a community," said Jennifer Nimer, CAIR-Columbus executive director. "This year more than ever, we feel it is important for American Muslims to reach out to their neighbors of all faiths in an atmosphere of sharing and mutual respect."
(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/26/17) - The Maryland outreach office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that registration has opened for its Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
To be held on July 13, 2017, this year's symposium is organized in partnership with congressional leadership, and is themed "Introduction to Congress in a New Era of Politics." It will include tours of the Library of Congress and Capitol Hill.
The core mission of the event is to encourage civic and political engagement among American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society, and to help foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic America. WHO: Maryland Youth Ages 17-25
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/26/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a video message marking Memorial Day from Gold Star father Khizr Khan in which he urges all Americans to “recommit ourselves to unity, liberty, justice, and finally – to an end to all wars.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/25/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by the full panel of 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., that refused to lift a nationwide injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s revised “Muslim ban” executive order.
“Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute,” wrote U.S. Chief Circuit Judge Roger Gregory in the ruling.
“We welcome today’s ruling as a strong indication that the federal courts reject the ‘Muslim ban’ as unconstitutional and un-American,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.
Earlier this month, CAIR’s California office joined a group of other community organizations in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the case.
(SAINT LOUIS, MO, 5/25/17) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Resolution 32 by the Board of Aldermen that “recognizes Ramadan as a holy month and commits to creating a culture of respect in the City of St. Louis.”
In a statement, CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed said:
“We are proud of the Board of Aldermen and especially John Collins-Muhammad for unanimously passing this resolution. Recognizing the holy month of Ramadan, which thousands of St. Louis Muslims celebrate, is another positive step in building a culture of respect for all of St. Louis’ diverse communities.”
The resolution was passed by a unanimous decision by all members of the board. A Muslim delegation with representatives from CAIR-Missouri, the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, the Bosnian community, Muslim students, and Muslim-owned businesses was present to witness the historic resolution.
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 5/24/17) – On Thursday, May 25, the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will join community partners at a news conference to express support for a safe learning environment for all students following the filing of a lawsuit against the San Diego Unified School District’s plan to protect Muslim students from bullying.
WHAT: CAIR-San Diego, Community Partners to Support Safe Learning Environment for All Students
WHEN: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
WHERE: 7710 Balboa Ave, Suite 326, San Diego, CA 92111
(DALLAS, TX, 5/23/2017) -- The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called on Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree to reaffirm his commitment to equal justice for all county residents regardless of faith, ethnicity or national origin following revelation of an Islamophobic rant on his Facebook page.
On May 22, Sheriff Murphree posted a statement on Facebook filled with inaccurate and stereotypical claims apparently targeting all Muslims, not just the tiny minority who commit acts of violence.
Writing in reference to yesterday’s terror attack in Manchester, Sheriff Murphree wrote in part:
“This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting. When you allow political correctness to dictate how you respond to an enemy that wants to kill you. . .When you give up your city's and your neighborhoods to a religious ideology that says you must convert or die.”