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Central Ohio Muslims Provide Meals to Needy during Ramadan

 

(COLUMBUS, 11/04/04) - On November 6, the Ohio office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), the Islamic Foundation of Central
Ohio (IFCO), and the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus (ISGC), will
commemorate the fasting month of Ramadan by providing more than 400 hot
meals to needy residents of central Ohio. The event will take place at 5
p.m. on Saturday at the Islamic Center of Columbus, a local mosque in the
downtown area, located at 1428 E. Broad St.

Ramadan is a month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other
sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset. It is a month of spiritual
reflection and renewal and a time to reach out the community, especially to
those in need.

Caring for the less fortunate in our community is an important and
rewarding experience, one highly emphasized in the Islamic faith,
especially during the holy month of Ramadan said CAIR-Ohio Executive
Director, Jad Humeidan. Ramadan is a time of deep spiritual significance
for Muslims all over the world. It is a time of purification, charity, and
humility added Humeidan.

This is the fourth such event that CAIR-Ohio has sponsored in the past
year, but it is the first to be held in central Ohio..

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director, Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Or CAIR-Ohio President, Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Florida Muslims to Feed Needy during Ramadan

 

(FT. LAUDERDALE, FL., 11/4/04) - On Saturday, November 6, the Florida
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) will
mark the Muslim fast of Ramadan by providing hot meals to more than 100
residents in the city of Hollywood.

WHAT: Ramadan "Feed the Needy" Program

WHEN: Saturday, November 6, 10:30AM.
WHERE: Jubilee Ministry Center of South Broward, Inc.
CONTACT: Altaf Ali 954-272-0490 or 954-298-8214, Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Syed Rahman 954-205-1048.

Ramadan is a month during which healthy Muslims abstain from food, drink
and other sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset. It is a month of spiritual
reflection and renewal and a time to reach out the community, particularly
to those in need.

As Muslims it is our duty to be charitable and giving back to our community
is one way we can help those in needs and build bridges of
understanding. During this month Muslims focus on improving themselves and
on the less fortunate in society, said CAIR Florida executive director,
Altaf Ali.

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-CAN: Police Should Investigate Mosque Vandalism as Hate Crime

 

(Ottawa, Canada - 11/1/04) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called on local police to treat the recent
vandalism of the Manitoba Islamic Association mosque in Winnipeg as a
possible hate crime.

Reports indicate that on Sunday, October 31, 2004, vandals broke the glass
panels on both sides of the front entrance of the mosque. No worshipers
were present inside the mosque at the time.

Earlier in the week, threatening phone calls were made to the mosque and
subsequently reported to the police.

This is the second time that the mosque was vandalized. The first incident
occurred in 2001, when vandals smeared the front of the mosque with animal
feces, eggs and white paint. Garbage was also thrown in the area of the
mosque. No arrests have been made.

In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

"We call on local officials and the Winnipeg police to work together with
the Muslim community to ensure the safety of the mosque.

"Canadian Muslims must have assurances that their institutions will be
protected, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, where worshipers
frequent the mosque more often and in large numbers."

Since September 2001, CAIR-CAN has documented hate activity against 19
Islamic institutions and mosques, including attempted arson, destruction
and defacement of mosque property, and graffiti threats. Six of those
incidents have occurred in the last 7 months.

CONTACT: Abdurahman Salman at 613-254-9704; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-CAN: B'Nai Birth Asked to Repudiate Terror Comments

 

(Ottawa, Canada - 1/11/2004) - Three prominent national Muslim and Arab
organizations today called on the B'nai Brith to repudiate and clarify
comments made by its spokesperson that Israel's "terror" against
Palestinian civilians is acceptable.

The comments, on the October 19, 2004 Michael Coren Show, were made by Adam
Aptowitzer, Ontario chairperson of B'nai Brith's Institute for
International Affairs. The episode was entitled, "What is a Terrorist?"

In one statement, Mr. Aptowitzer notes that "terror is means to an end":

Aptowitzer: When Israel uses terror to go and, I say, uses terror to
destroy a home and convince people to be terrified of what the possible
consequences are, I'd say that's acceptable use to terrify someone.

Coren: Is it?

Aptowitzer: I'd say so.

Later in the show, the following exchange occurs:

Coren: When you fire into a building and you're not sure who will be there
and people die, that's an act of terrorism.

Aptowitzer: It would depend on the specific facts... I'll agree with you
and say Israel does make use of, I know I'll be misquoted, but the truth is
that terror is an option to be used by states in order to prevent deaths of
their own citizens and of others. Acts that take place in Gaza and West
Bank, you might want to classify them as terrorists sponsored by the state.
But when that is being done to prevent deaths, are we going to say that
that is wrong?

In a statement released today, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN), the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) and the National
Council on Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR) wrote:

"Acceptance and promotion of terror tactics against a civilian population -
especially one suffering under a 37-year illegal occupation - have no place
within Canada.

"The comments by Mr. Aptowitzer legitimizing Israel's terror tactics
against civilians are a violation both of the most basic Canadian human
values and international law.

"We have every confidence that fair-minded Canadians will repudiate these
views in keeping with the universal principles of justice. The use of
violence against innocent civilians is unacceptable, regardless of the
perpetrator.

"We call on the B'nai Brith to unequivocally repudiate Mr. Aptowitzer's
comments and to condemn Israel's use of terror against Palestinian
civilians."

Recently, all three organizations issued statements and repudiated comments
made on the same show regarding the targeting of Israeli citizens over 18
years of age.

-END-

Contacts: Riad Saloojee, Executive Director, CAIR-CAN at 254-9704
Audrey Jamal, Executive Director, CAF at 416-493-8635 x23
Mazen Chouaib, Executive Director, NCCAR

 

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