CAIR Asks Feds to Probe Incident at Maryland Mosque

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an incident at a Laurel. Md., mosque.

Monday evening, the driver of a large truck entered the Islamic Community Center of Laurel parking lot, reversed into the side of the mosque, pulled forward, and then reversed again hitting the mosque more forcefully before driving off.  The mosque, which was unoccupied at the time of the incident, sustained property damage to its awning and railings.

The incident was captured on surveillance cameras and was reported to local authorities.

“In light of the hostile political climate impacting the American Muslim community, and because of the spike in hate crimes and threats targeting Muslims and their institutions, we urge federal law enforcement authorities to add their resources to the investigation to help bring the perpetrators to justice and to establish a motive for this disturbing crime,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.

Just today, the Atlanta Journal reported that a Georgia mosque recently received a death threat.

SEE: Islamic Center Official Decries Recent Death Threat Made to Congregation

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CAIR: American Muslims to Mark End of Hajj with Prayers, Celebrations

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/16) - On  Monday, September 12, American Muslims will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations at locations around the country. The prayers and the holiday that follows are called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or "festival of the sacrifice."

Eid ul-Adha, commonly referred to as just “Eid,” commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. The holiday is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. During this holiday, Muslims exchange the greeting "Eid Mubarak" or "blessed Eid." Each year, some two million Muslims, including thousands of American Muslims, go on Hajj.

SEE: What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why (NY Times) 

[NOTE: For actual pilgrims, the rites of Hajj continue for some time after the Eid prayers. Eid al-Fitr, which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the other of the two “Eid” holidays Muslims celebrate each year.]

WHEN: Monday, September 12 - The prayers are held in the morning. Many communities also hold day-long Eid festivals for families. 

WHERE: The Eid prayers and festivals are held either in local mosques or in public facilities designed to accommodate large gatherings. Call local CAIR chapters or other Muslim organizations for details about Eid celebrations. GO TO: http://www.cair.com/cair-chapters.html

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Each year, Muslims from America and many different countries come to the prayers in colorful dress. The prayers themselves are quite visual, with worshipers arranged in neat rows and bowing in prayer in unison. Participants exchange embraces at the conclusion of the prayers.

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CAIR-New Jersey to Present Award to Olympic Bronze Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad at Parade to be Held in Her Honor

CAIR logo(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 9/9/16) - On Saturday September 10, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will present Olympic Bronze Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad with the "Breaking Barriers Award" at a parade to be held in her honor in Maplewood, N.J.  A native of Maplewood, Muhammad is the first American Muslim to compete on the US Olympic team wearing the Hijab.  Muhammad won the Bronze Medal for fencing in the team competition at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

WHAT: CAIR-New Jersey to present Olympic Medalist, Ibtihaj Muhammad with the Breaking Barriers Award

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 11:00 am

WHERE: Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040

CONTACT: Jim Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, 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.

To learn more about CAIR, go to: http://www.cair.com or http://nj.cair.com

CAIR-San Antonio to Hold Blood Donation Drive Marking 9/11 Anniversary

CAIR logo(SAN ANTONIO, TX, 9/8/2016) – On Friday, September 9, the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) will sponsor a blood donation drive to mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The blood donation drive will be hosted in conjunction with a free health clinic by Al Bary Community Health Center to be held on Saturday, September 10. Both events are open to the public.

WHAT: CAIR-San Antonio Blood Donation Drive

WHERE: Islamic Center of San Antonio, 8638 Fairhaven Street, 78229,

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT: CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WHAT: Al-Bary Community Health Center: Free Health Clinic

WHERE: Al-Bary Community Health Center, MCECC, 5281 Casa Bella San Antonio, 78249

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