Muslim civil rights group urges mosques nationwide to step up security measures
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/5/2017) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who reportedly bombed a mosque in that state this morning during a prayer service. [NOTE: The Muslim American Society of Minnesota is offering a similar reward.]
CAIR's national office is also urging mosques and Islamic centers nationwide to step up security measures.
Early morning worshipers at Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., were shaken by a blast at 5:05 a.m. that shattered windows in the imam’s (Islamic religious leader) office. No one was hurt in the explosion. A worshiper reportedly saw a truck speed out of the mosque’s parking lot after the blast.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/3/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of four American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s "Muslim Ban 3.0" guidelines on what constitutes a close family relationship as a violation of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling and in support of the State of Hawaii’s successful challenge to those guidelines.
CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, argued in its brief that the four American Muslim citizens “would be irreparably harmed by enforcement of the State Department guidance.” [NOTE: Amici are represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]
Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 8/3/2017) – On Saturday, August 5, the Islamic Circle of North America Relief Division (ICNA-Relief) Muslim charity, Project Downtown St. Louis (PDSTL), a Muslim run feed the hungry program, the Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center, and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host a Back-to-School giveaway at the Ferguson-Florissant School District and Ritenour School District.
The Muslim community will provide more than 300 backpacks and other supplies to students across the city with over 100 supplies distributed at Ferguson-Florissant. This is part of ICNA-Relief’s national Back-2-School Giveaway Project which is hosting 60 other similar events across the U.S, with aspirations to help over 100,000 children.
WHAT: Ferguson-Florissant Back to School Giveaway
WHEN: Saturday, August 5th
WHERE: Administration Center
1005 Waterford Drive, Florissant, MO 63033
“As Muslims, it’s our duty to assist our neighbors and families who are under financial pressure and to promote education,” said Abdul Basit Syed, Outreach Director of ICNA-Relief St. Louis. “Islam teaches us that one is not a Muslim unless that person wants for others what he or she wants for himself or herself. We want to do our part in making sure every student starts off with the tools they need to succeed”.
“Dar Al-Jalal Mosque's mission is to serve our community, regardless of faith,” said Dr. Ferrahs Abdelbaset board member of the Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center, the largest Masjid in North County. “a major part of our community belongs to the Ferguson-Florissant School District and we believe it is our duty to help when called upon..”
“Ferguson is my home and I'm honored to be a part of a project that will give my community's children the tools they need to succeed,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-MO.
The Muslim community will also hold similar back to school drives at the West Florissant Islamic Center, 6809 W. Florissant Ave, St. Louis MO, 63136 on Sunday, August 5th from 12 P.M. – 2 P.M. and at the ICNA-Relief Food Pantry, 10570 Page Ave, St. Louis MO 63132 from 11 A.M. – 1 P.M.
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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(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 8/1/17) -- The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today called the McDonald's fast food chain to identify and fire the staff who inserted pieces of bacon into 14 chicken sandwiches ordered by a Muslim family yesterday at a franchise in Decatur, Ala. CAIR-Alabama also called on the fast food chain to preserve and provide surveillance video of the incident.
“Based on the evidence in this incident, as well as the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide, we believe this was an intentional act of religious and ethnic bigotry,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed. "McDonald's should investigate this incident, identify and terminate the employees responsible, and take proactive steps to satisfy this American family's concerns, starting with an apology."
CAIR-Alabama says the small size of the pieces of bacon inserted in each sandwich points to an intentional act by at least one McDonald's employee. The Muslim civil rights organization noted that anti-Muslim bigots often use pigs or pork products to intentionally offend Muslims because of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork products.
CAIR-Sacramento Urges FBI to Probe Hate Vandalism Targeting Davis Mosque
Last month, CAIR-Alabama called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Muslim family of Middle Eastern heritage in that state as a possible hate crime.
The Washington-based civil rights group said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.
Because of that spike in hate crimes, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
Community members may also report any bias incidents to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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