(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/5/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried reports of Islamophobia targeting Maryland Muslims shopping for a home in Frederick, Md.
According to the Washington Post, realtors were showing a Muslim couple — a U.S. military veteran and his wife — a home at a community in Frederick, Md., when a local resident who saw the wife’s Islamic head scarf reportedly said loudly: “We don’t want Muslims in our clubhouse. Take off that robe over your head!”
That was not the first time the realtors witnessed anti-Muslim bigotry against prospective Muslim homeowners while showing them properties. The Muslim couple is still shopping for a home.
(San Antonio, TX, 7/05/16) - 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.]
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.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/5/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for unity against ISIS following a series of deadly attacks apparently carried out or inspired by that terror group in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We no longer need to make the argument that ISIS is acting outside the bounds of Islam. They have clearly demonstrated that fact by their actions. Over the past two years, these mass murderers have repeatedly attacked innocent people without regard to the principles or norms of any belief system. These attacks culminated in yesterday's bombing outside the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Medina.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/5/2016) - Later today, the director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join other Muslim community leaders at a meeting with Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith.
The meeting will focus on concerns facing the Minnesota Muslim Community as well as providing an opportunity for Muslim leaders to thank the Governor and Lt. Governor for their leadership on critical issues of interest to that state's Muslims.
WHAT: Post Meeting Press Conference
WHERE: Dar Al Farooq Center, 8201 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55420
WHEN: Tuesday, July 5, 5:15-6 p.m.