CAIR-Seattle to Launch 'Explore the Life of Muhammad’
Year-long educational effort prompted by Danish cartoon controversy
(SEATTLE, WA, 2/21/06) – On February 23, the Seattle chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle) will hold a noon press conference to announce the local launch of the “Explore the Life of Muhammad” campaign. The campaign is designed to be a positive response to the worldwide controversy over caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
CAIR’s year-long educational initiative will begin by offering people of all walks of life a FREE book or DVD about the life and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. CAIR’s campaign will also feature grass-roots educational activities in Muslim communities throughout North America.
WHAT: CAIR-Seattle to Launch 'Explore the Life of Muhammad’ Campaign
WHEN: Thursday, February 23, Noon
WHERE: CAIR-Seattle Office, 12351 Lake City Way NE, Ste 103, Seattle, WA 98125
Visitors to CAIR’s campaign website, http://www.cair.com/Muhammad/, will be able to choose either a FREE DVD of the PBS documentary “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet” or FREE book, “Muhammad” by Yahiya Emerick. The website also features a 13-minute online clip from the DVD.
Along with the DVD and the book, CAIR’s website will also offer basic information about the Prophet Muhammad and a database of his sayings (hadith).
CAIR-LA: Threatening Flyer Left at S. Calif. Mosque
CAIR-LA calls for repudiation of anti-Muslim bigotry
(ANAHEIM, CA, 2/17/2006) - The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today said the FBI is investigating a threat allegedly made against the Islamic Center of Claremont in Pomona, Calif.
According to mosque officials, on February 3 a woman left a flyer at the center that contained the threat: “We will kill every last one of you. . .We are at WAR.”
“Americans of all faiths should be concerned whenever a house of worship is threatened,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “Religious and political leaders must speak out against the anti-Muslim bigotry that can prompt such threats.”
Ayloush noted that an anti-Muslim sign was left outside a Texas mosque earlier this month and that the FBI is investigating attacks on a Michigan mosque. He said vandalism or other possible bias-related incidents have been reported recently at mosques in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, California, and New York. In December of last year, bombs damaged an Ohio mosque.
The Washington-based group is urging Muslim institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR's "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
CAIR-Chicago Condemns Synagogue Vandalism
(CHICAGO, 2/17/06) – The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today condemned anti-Semitic attacks at a Chicago Area Synagogue earlier this week.
On Monday morning, February 13, Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation was vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic writings.
“As a community that is fighting its own battle against intolerance and bigotry, Muslims wish to express our solidarity with Chicago’s Jewish community in their fight against anti-Semitism,” said Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago’s Director of Communications.
Executive Director Yaser Tabbara said that CAIR’s Chicago office will send a team of volunteer activists from Chicago’s Muslim community to participate in the rally against anti-Semitism and to assist in the clean up process of the Synagogue this Sunday.
WHAT: Rally Against Hate & Synagogue Clean Up
WHEN: Sunday, February 19, 2:00PM
WHERE: Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, 5029 N. Kenmore, Chicago
Update: CAIR 'Explore the Life of Muhammad’ Campaign
CAIR has received more than 2000 requests for free DVDs and books through the "Explore the Life of Muhammad" campaign announced nationwide and in Canada yesterday.
It will cost CAIR $70,000 just to fulfill these initial requests. Please do your part to help support this important educational campaign.
Sponsor a DVD ($20) or a book ($15) (or both $30) by going to: http://www.cair.com/Muhammad/