CAIR Launches ‘ISLAMOPHOBIN’ Public Awareness Campaign to Challenge Anti-Muslim Bigotry
CAIR Releases Toolkit to Help Muslims Introduce Anti-Islamophobia Resolutions in State Legislatures
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/30/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today invited a member of Virginia’s Republican State Central Committee to take part in a Ramadan “iftar,” or fast-breaking meal, with that state’s Muslim community following a controversy in which the GOP leader was forced to apologize for posting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric on Twitter and Facebook.
Fredy Burgos, a supporter of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, called Islam a “death cult organized by Satan,” compared Muslims to Nazis and said “immigration control from Islamic countries is a must.” Burgos later deleted those and other posts and apologized.
“Our research and experience show that Islamophobia is most often the product of lack of knowledge about Islam and Muslims and the absence of interaction with ordinary members of the Muslim community,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We invite Mr. Burgos to share a Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Virginia Muslims at his convenience any time in the remaining days of the holy month.”
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/30/2016) – Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to call on the Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a Wednesday shooting in which the attacker allegedly made disparaging remarks about Muslims before opening fire.
The Muslim victims, who were dressed in Islamic attire, were reportedly attacked as they headed to a mosque to perform nightly Ramadan prayers. Two of the Muslim men targeted by the shooter were treated at a local hospital and then released. The incident is not currently being investigated as a hate crime.
WHAT: Press Conference Calling for Hate Crime Probe of Shooting
WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413
WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 4:30 p.m.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization. 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.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/30/16) - On Wednesday, July 6,* 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.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 6 (Consult local mosques for exact dates and times.) Prayers are held early in the morning. Ask local prayer coordinators for exact dates, times and locations.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/28/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said a video released on Sunday by the ISIS (Daesh) terror group makes threats against San Francisco and Las Vegas, while praising the Orlando nightclub shooter and condemning American Muslim groups like CAIR that denounced the killings.
The ISIS video shows images from recent CAIR press conferences held in Florida and Washington, D.C., to condemn the Orlando massacre and also attacks the Washington-based civil rights group as among “those who claim to be Muslims.” Narration in the video claims ISIS is “not harmed by those [CAIR and American Muslims] who disagree with them and disappointed them.”
"ISIS targets American Muslim community groups, such as CAIR, because we stand against their messages of anti-Islamic hate and extremism," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Now is the time for public figures and elected officials to stand with American Muslims threatened by ISIS for speaking out against their terror campaign.”
In April, CAIR called on federal and state law enforcement authorities to offer protection to American Muslims, including CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad, on a hit list of Muslim leaders in the West published today by ISIS. CAIR’s Awad was pictured in the article about the hit list, but was not named specifically.