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Ohio Muslims to Feed Needy During Ramadan

 

(CINCINNATI, OH, 10/14/04) - On Sunday, October 17, the Cincinnati office
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati), the Islamic
Center of Greater Cincinnati and Malik Islamic Center will mark the Muslim
fast of Ramadan by providing hot meals to more than 500 residents of that
city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

WHAT: Ramadan "Feed the Hungry" Program
WHEN: Sunset, Sunday, October 17, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Malik Islamic Center, 1432 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH
CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati, Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Brent Meyer, 513-276-1600

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. It is scheduled to begin on or about October 15, depending on the
sighting of the new moon.

"Caring for the less fortunate in our community is an important and
rewarding experience, one emphasized in the Islamic faith," said
CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. Dabdoub quoted Islam's Prophet
Muhammad who said Ramadan "is the month of sharing with others." He also
said: "A man has sinned if he neglects to feed those in need."

CAIR recently launched a nationwide initiative, called "Sharing Ramadan,"
designed to enhance understanding of Islam and to help Americans of all
faiths meet their Muslims neighbors by taking part in a Ramadan iftar, or
fast-breaking meal.

The "Sharing Ramadan" Resource Guide is available online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.pdf and
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.doc

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Brent Meyer, 513-276-1600, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Condemns Killings of Civilians in Gaza

 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/04) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today condemned the daily killings of Palestinian civilians in the
Gaza Strip by Israeli armed forces.

The Palestinian death toll recently hit 100 in Israel's latest attack on
Gaza. An Israeli officer was suspended Wednesday for riddling the body of a
Palestinian schoolgirl with bullets after she was killed by fellow
soldiers. The girl was shot some 20 times as she walked past an Israeli
military outpost to a Gaza school.

In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy
group said:

"As American officials stand mute, Israel is treating Gaza like a fenced
hunting preserve in which human beings are the prey. Muslim condemnations
of terrorism and extremism are undercut every time an American
taxpayer-funded plane drops an American-made bomb on Palestinian civilians."

CAIR also called on American Jewish leaders and organizations to condemn
Israel's brutal actions in the Occupied Territories, particularly the
killing of children.

The U.N. relief agency for Palestinians today called on Israel to end its
offensive in the Gaza Strip and to permit the delivery of humanitarian
relief supplies.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

200 Attend Muslim Voter Forum in Sacramento

 

Gabe Castillo (Democrat) Addressing the Audience
Gabe Castillo (Democrat)
Addressing the Audience
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/14/04) - Some 200 members of the Sacramento Valley Muslim community attended a recent Voter Education and Candidates' Forum at the SALAM Community Center in Sacramento. The Forum, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV), was designed to educate the community about the importance of voting and to give candidates the opportunity to address the Muslim community's concerns.

"We hope this forum encourages increased voter participation by the Muslim community and results in more informed decisions at the polls in November," said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra.

The forum featured candidates Dave Jones (D) and Gaspar Garcia (R), who are running for California State Assembly District 9. The second part of the program featured former Congressman and California Attorney General Dan Lungren (R) and Gabe Castillo (D), who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives District 3.

The Nader-Camejo Presidential campaign coordinator Dr. Forrest Hill also addressed the audience.

The question and answer session, which followed the candidates' presentations, showed that issues such as civil rights, foreign policy, education, and health care are of primary concern to the Muslim community.

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, (916)289-3748, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

California Muslims Launch Ramadan Radio Ads

 


Listen to Radio Ad:
Radio Ad # 1
Radio Ad # 2

(ANAHEIM, CA - 10/14/2004)- The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), in cooperation with local Islamic centers, today announced the launch of a radio ad campaign designed to educate the public about the Muslim fast of Ramadan.

The six 60-second spots will air on 980 AM KFWB beginning Friday, October 15, and will run for one month. They are scheduled for broadcast tomorrow starting between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will continue through the month of Ramadan between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Recent CAIR research has shown that as many as 1-in-4 Americans holds anti-Muslim views. That same research indicates that anti-Muslim prejudice decreases when people have access to accurate information about Islam and
relate to ordinary Muslims. SEE:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.pdf

The Ramadan radio ads are one part of CAIR's effort to educate Americans
about Islam and Muslims. Other campaigns include placing ads in newspapers,
sending books and videotapes to libraries across the country and placing
educational messages on billboards.

The first CAIR Ramadan radio ad begins with the Muslim call to prayer
(Adhan) and continues:

"This is the Muslim call to prayer. This call also marks the time for
breaking the fast for millions of American Muslims who are currently
observing the holy month of Ramadan.

"Ramadan is a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. It is a time for
spiritual purification, worship, inner reflection, and increased charity
and empathy for those less fortunate. It is a time to re-connect with our
Creator and make peace with all people. We invite our fellow Americans of
all faiths to join in spreading this spirit of peace and brotherhood in our
communities.

"The Muslim community wishes everyone a very blessed and peaceful Ramadan.

"To learn more about Islam and the Muslim community, please contact CAIR at
888-678-3931 or visit http://www.cair.com or visit a local mosque."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
CAIR-DC, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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