COMMUNITY ALERT: CAIR-NY Calls for Increased Safety Measures After Attack at Queens Mosque

COMMUNITY ALERT:

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.

SEE: Drugged Up Man Punches 2 Men in Queens Mosque

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.

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CAIR, Maryland Muslim Leaders to Hold News Conference on Chattanooga Attack

(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

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

CAIR’s national office has also condemned the attack.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Killing of Marines in Tennessee, Offers Condolences

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13081-cair-condemns-killing-of-marines-in-tennessee-offers-condolences.html

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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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR: 11-Year-Old Maryland Student to Be Recognized for Muslim School Holiday Effort

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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
CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

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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250 Turn Out for CAIR-Pittsburgh Interfaith Iftar

250 Turn Out for CAIR Pittsburgh Interfaith Iftar(PITTSBURGH, PA, 7/3/15) - Some 250 people turned out on Thursday for an interfaith iftar, or Ramadan fast-breaking meal, hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh).

Highlights of the event, which took place at the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (MCCGP), included a thought-provoking address to the community by CAIR Pittsburgh's President, Safdar Khwaja, a presentation relating to Ramadan and spirituality given by the MCCGP’s President Salah El-Moukamal, and a pre-screening of the UPF film – “American Muslim.”

The showcase of the evening was a segment in which four people from different walks of life shared their perspectives and reflections on what being Muslim in America has meant to them.  The program concluded with the interfaith audience breaking the fast together and enjoying some social time.

Attendees included religious leaders, teachers, students, and representatives of specific congregations and organizations such as the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) - which encompasses many faiths ranging from Christian to Jewish to Unitarian - the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee (PAJC), the Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh’s Help for the Convert, the Jewish Chronicle, the Consortium for Educational Resources in Islamic Studies (CERIS) and others. Ahmed El-Hattab, the executive director of the ISNA Development Foundation also took part in the event.

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