Muslims urged to donate for D.C. sniper victims
A national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today asked members of the American Muslim community to help those impacted by recent sniper attacks in and around the nation's capital by donating to a fund set up for that purpose.
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The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged Muslims to send donations to the National Capital Area Healing Fund, established by United Way of the National Capital Area in partnership with SunTrust Bank. The fund is designed to "support the unmet immediate and long term needs of the victims, survivors and their families."
"As Muslims, we have a duty to help those who have been so cruelly targeted. The Prophet Muhammad said, 'Whoever believes in God and the Last Day should be generous to his neighbor,'" said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad also offered sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
Checks should be made out to "National Capital Area Healing Fund" and mailed to:
National Capital Area Healing Fund
95 M. Street SW,
Washington, DC 20024
Donations can also be made at any SunTrust Bank location in the Greater Washington Region. For additional information or to donate online, log onto www.unitedwaynca.org.
Anyone with information related to the investigation of the sniper attacks should call the police tip line at 1-888-324-9800.
CAIR publishes guide to Muslims in North America
On Monday, September 30, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, will hold a news conference in the nation's capital to announce the publication of a first-of-its-kind guide to the North American Muslim community.
The 350-page book, called "The North American Muslim Resource Guide: Muslim Community Life in the United States and Canada [Routledge]," is the first comprehensive analysis of the structural make-up of Muslim communities in both countries. It provides an in-depth look at the history of Islam on this continent, an introduction to Islamic institutions and an assessment of North American Muslims' perception of themselves.
Along with an outline of the response of Muslim media outlets, charities and community support structures to the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, the book also offers an analysis of population statistics, immigration, participation in the political process, and a 127-page directory listing contact information for Muslim organizations in North America. (Charts from the book will be on display at the news conference.)
"The North American Muslim Resource Guide is an indispensable road-map for any reader who hopes to move past the boundary of ethnic and religious stereotypes to view the human face behind one of the fastest-growing and most vital populations in North America," said Research Director Dr. Mohamed Nimer, the book's author.
WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, September 30
WHERE: CAIR's Capitol Hill Office, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. (Near South Capitol Metro stop.)
Report: American Muslims one year after 9/11
A report released today by a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group indicates that American Muslims took a strong stand against terrorism in the year since the 9/11 attacks. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) report, called "American Muslims: One Year After 9/11," outlines condemnations of the attacks by national Muslim leaders, Islamic scholars and local religious institutions.
To download the report, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/911report
The report quotes a statement issued within hours of the attacks and endorsed by almost every major American Muslim organization. That statement read in part: "American Muslims utterly condemn what are…vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts."
It also quoted a full-page CAIR advertisement published in the Washington Post on September 16, 2001. The advertisement stated: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and loved ones of those who have been killed or injured...May we all stand together through these difficult times to promote peace and love over violence and hate."
Other issues discussed in CAIR's report include: 1) the American Muslim community's support for efforts by law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice, 2) Muslim assistance in the 9/11 relief efforts, 3) outreach by local Muslim communities in the wake of the attacks, 4) support offered to Muslims by Americans of other faiths, 5) the post-9/11 backlash against Muslims or those perceived to be "Middle Eastern," 6) the role anti-Muslim rhetoric plays in promoting hate and bigotry, and 7) the curtailment of civil liberties by government policies targeting Muslims and Arab-Americans.
"The events of 9/11 marked a turning point for the American Muslim community. It is not yet clear whether the voices of interfaith tolerance will win out over those preaching anti-Muslim prejudice," said Dr. Mohamed
Nimer, the report's author.
An earlier CAIR study indicated that a majority of American Muslims experienced bias or discrimination since the 9/11 terrorist attacks but, more than three-in-four also experienced kindness or support from friends or colleagues of other faiths.
National Muslim groups also called on all faith communities to participate in a "National Day of Unity and Prayer" on September 11, 2002, by opening houses of worship for interfaith visits, prayers, congregational exchanges, and other activities intended to foster national unity and religious tolerance. Almost 100 such events are scheduled nationwide.
Poll: Majority of U.S. Muslims suffered post 9/11 bias
(Washington, DC - 8/21/2001) - According to results of a poll released today by a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, a majority (57 percent) of American Muslims say they experienced bias or discrimination since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and almost all respondents (87 percent) said they knew of a fellow Muslim who experienced discrimination.
But that same poll of 945 individuals, conducted by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in late July and early August, indicates more than three-in-four American Muslims (79 percent) also experienced kindness or support from friends or colleagues of other faiths. That kindness often took the form of verbal reassurances, support during the anti-Muslim backlash following the attacks and even offers to help guard local mosques.
(Surveys were faxed, mailed and e-mailed to Muslim individuals and organizations nationwide. Less than 1 percent [.7 percent] of respondents indicated they were not Muslim.)
The results of this survey show that while we have all gone through a traumatic year in our nation's history, there is hope for the future if Americans who support and practice tolerance challenge the vocal minority
who seek to divide our nation," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Other survey results include the following:
When asked to name the political party that best represents the interests of the American Muslim community, more respondents named the Democratic Party (16 percent) and Green party (5 percent) than the Republican Party (3 percent). Yet 36 percent of Muslim respondents said they voted for George
W. Bush in the last presidential election. (Thirteen percent voted for Ralph Nader and 9 percent voted for Al Gore.) That seeming anomaly may be explained by the number of respondents (66 percent) who rated the Bush administration's post-9/11 interaction with the American Muslim community as 3 or lower on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 was poor and 10 was excellent. (Eighty-one percent rated CAIR's performance during the past year as 7 or higher.)
Muslims from more than 40 different states (and the District of Columbia) responded to the survey, with the most responses coming from California, Texas, Virginia, New York, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. (In descending order.)
There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 billion worldwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in America.