(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/7/2004) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights
and advocacy group today launched a nationwide initiative 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
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the
initiative, called "Sharing Ramadan," was prompted by the rising level of
Islamophobic prejudice in American society. A recent CAIR survey indicated
that as many as 1-in-4 Americans holds anti-Muslim views. That same
research demonstrated that bias decreases when people have access to
accurate information about Islam and relate to ordinary Muslims.
"The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said that Ramadan is the month of
sharing with others," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Since
sharing and appreciation are essential components of Ramadan, we hope local
mosques, Islamic centers and Muslim schools will take this opportunity to
invite their neighbors to join in an iftar meal."
CAIR is helping local Muslim communities organize what the group hopes will
become an annual effort by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting
a "Sharing Ramadan" iftar. The "Sharing Ramadan" Resource Guide is
available online at: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.pdf and
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.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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CAIR's "I am an American Muslim" public service announcements (PSA) have
been shown 287 times on 20 TV stations. They have been seen by a total of
2.4 million people.
TO VIEW THE PSA, GO TO:
On Sunday, October 10, the Michigan office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Michigan) and the American Muslim Task
Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) will hold a town hall meeting and
candidate forum in the Detroit suburb of Novi.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to provide an
opportunity for members of the Muslim community to meet with and ask
questions of local, state and national political candidates.
WHAT: CAIR-Michigan/AMT Candidate Forum
WHEN: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2004
WHERE: Novi Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, Michigan
CONTACT: CAIR-MI, Celena Khatib or Misbah Shahid, 248-569-2203,
On Saturday, October 9, the Islamic Council of Ohio, the Council on
American-Islamic Relations-Ohio (CAIR-Ohio) and the American Muslim
Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) will host a "Muslim Vote
2004" town hall meeting with local, state and national political candidates
WHAT: Muslim Vote 2004 Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Ohio Statehouse Atrium, Columbus, Ohio
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2004, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail: