U.S. Muslims Meet with King Abdullah in DC Meeting focused on building bridges of understanding
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/2005) – Representatives of the local and national American Muslim community met today with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Washington, D.C.
Participants in the meeting, held in the prayer area of the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue, focused on ways in which King Abdullah, Jordan and American Muslims can
cooperate to help build bridges of understanding between the Islamic world and the West. Suggested cooperative efforts include providing scholarships for American students who wish to study Arabic in Jordan. The Islamic leaders briefed the King about American Muslim aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina and the recent fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism. See: www.mhrtf.net
King Abdullah said, “Islam is under fire because of fringe elements,” and suggested
building bridges of reconciliation. Jordan’s Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad, who also took part in the meeting, detailed efforts by his nation to offer an accurate understanding of Islam. CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed told King Abdullah about the success of the “Explore the Quran” project, which offers free copies of Islam’s holy text to Americans of all faiths. See: www.explorethequran.org “Today’s meeting offered an excellent opportunity for American Muslims to engage in productive dialogue with an international leader who is in a position to explain Islam to policy-makers at the highest levels worldwide,” said Ahmed. Other CAIR representatives taking part in the meeting included Executive Director Nihad Awad, Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper and Board Members Ahmad Al-Akhras and Hadia Mubarak. CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About