(WASHINGTON, D.C, 11/10/16) – As-salaamu alaykum. Based on many requests from community leaders and parents for guidance on how to address post-election anxieties and concerns, CAIR is calling on khatibs (Islamic prayer leaders) and imams (Islamic religious leaders) to address those concerns during their Friday khutbas (sermons) for the normal congregational prayers (jummah).
To assist those preparing to offer sermons for the Friday prayers, CAIR is offering an initial outline prepared by Sh. Omar Suleiman, president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research in Texas. CAIR is also preparing a more comprehensive community toolkit to be released at a later date.
CAIR is urging the community to refocus and strengthen Muslim organizations that protect the rights and interests of American Muslims.
CAIR-NY Calls for Increased Safety Measures After Attack at Queens Mosque
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 4/20/16) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today urged that state’s Muslim community to step up security measures in mosques after worshippers were attacked yesterday in Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens, N.Y.
Michael Voyard, 26, reportedly charged into Jamaica Muslim Center during the afternoon prayer service shouting, “I am a Prophet, give me a Quran.” He punched two men and then ran outside, where he ripped a car mirror from a vehicle in which a Muslim woman was a passenger. One victim that Voyard allegedly punched is a 69-year-old congregant who was admitted at Jamaica Hospital.
“We call on community leaders to step up security measures and urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack thoroughly and to prosecute the alleged perpetrator with appropriate charges,” said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/17/2015) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join Maryland Muslim leaders at a news conference to condemn yesterday’s deadly attack in Chattanooga, Tenn., that left four Marines dead.
WHAT: CAIR, Maryland Muslim Leaders to Condemn Chattanooga Attack
WHEN: Friday, July 17, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Makkah Learning Center, 814 Brandy Farms Lane, Gambrills, Md., 21054
CAIR’s national office has also condemned the attack.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Killing of Marines in Tennessee, Offers Condolences
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy 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.
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CAIR: 11-Year-Old Maryland Student to Be Recognized for Muslim School Holiday Effort
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/4/15) – On Sunday, July 5, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of Washington Area (ISWA) in Silver Spring, Md., will recognize an 11-year-old Montgomery County Public School student for championing equal rights for Muslims.
WHO: CAIR, ISWA to Recognize 11-Year-Old Eleanor Cope for Solidarity with Montgomery County Muslims' Eid Equality Efforts
WHEN: Sunday, July 5, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Society of Washington Area, 2701 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, Md., 20905
After learning of Muslim friends' efforts to seek equality for the Muslim holiday of Eid on Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) calendar, fifth-grader Eleanor Cope researched the issue and circulated a petition seeking Eid inclusion in her school. She collected hundreds of signatures.
At Sunday's ceremony, which coincides with the Ramadan fast-breaking meal (iftar), Cope will be presented a plaque to recognize her solidarity with the Montgomery County Muslim community.
Efforts led by the Equality 4 Eid Coalition and CAIR have been underway for a number of years to seek equal and fair treatment for the county's Muslim students. Last fall, despite a strong push by the coalition, CAIR, and allies, the MCPS school board voted to strike all references to religious holidays from the school calendar. Schools would remain closed on Jewish and Christian holidays, but would not reference the holidays.
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