Following intervention by CAIR, a Muslim woman who is a Mexican citizen and
resident of Illinois, will now be allowed to wear a religiously-mandated
head scarf, or hijab, in her passport photo.
The woman was prevented from taking her photo when officials said that
Mexican policy prohibited the covering of ears in passport photos.
After CAIR sent letters to the Mexico Ambassador in Washington and the
consulate in Illinois, the Muslim woman was allowed to obtain her passport
On Wednesday, May 26, 2004, CAIR-LA published a full-page advertisement in
the Los Angeles Times denouncing all forms of terror carried out in the
name of religion. The ad will also be published in five Orange County, Los
Angeles-area and Northern California community newspapers as part of the
ongoing "Islam in America" advertising campaign.
SEE: U.S. MUSLIMS PUBLISH AD DENOUNCING TERROR, BIGOTRY
In response we received a very large number of responses, almost all
positive from the community. Below are a few examples:
Hi! I'm a fundamentalist born-again Christian raised in a Christian home
and active in Christian churches all my life. I was moved to tears by your
full page ad in the LA Times today. I totally believe that the Spirit of
God Almighty is taking part in your reach out to others of faith within our
communities...God bless you. Shalom; I wish I knew how to say "Aalaam
Allukum", you know what I'm trying to say. Ok, God bless! - Tim J.
As an American Christian, or perhaps more properly, simply a 'monotheist',
I was heartened to read your LA Times presentation in the May 26, 2004
issue on disavowing any support of terrorists and terrorism, particularly,
those perpetrated in the name of Islam. This is the first public
announcement of this type from a Muslim organization that has come to my
attention. I'm sure there may have been others that I did not see. - Philip K.
As a Jewish person, I was touched by the ad and it nearly brought tears to
my eyes... - Roberta L.
Representatives of several American Muslim groups met
recently with House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) to begin a
dialogue with the growing Islamic community in his district.
Groups participating in the meeting included the Muslim American
Republican Caucus, Pakistan American congress, Islamic Society of Greater
Houston, Pakistan Council of Texas, and the Houston office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston). Houston City Councilman M.J.
Khan, Sugar Land City Council Member Russell Jones, Fort Bend County
Commissioner Andy Meyers, Spirit of Freedom Club President Debra Ross, and
former Fort Bend School Trustee Naomi Lam also took part in the meeting.
"Congressman DeLay allocated ample time for an open dialogue and was
attentive to the many viewpoints presented, allowing for a productive first
meeting," said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa Galloway.
Galloway said DeLay expressed interest in attending future local Muslim events.
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The Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN) announced (2/6/2004) that it has published the first
installment of its "Election 2004 Resource Guide" for Canadian Muslims.
The guide, which has been developed to educate Canadian Muslims about the
Canadian election system and to encourage them to vote, is available at
ww.caircan.ca. The first installment includes a section on "Why Should I
Vote?" and discusses the essentials of the Canadian election system.
CAIR-CAN also plans to publish a weekly "Election Watch" which will
summarize important articles that deal with the election campaign from
media outlets across the country. The election watch is intended to keep
potential voters informed and educated.
An excerpt of the "Why Should I Vote?" reads:
"It is your sacred duty to participate and make your society better. As a
Canadian Muslim, you have made your home in Canada and you benefit from the
many rights and privileges of Canadian citizenship. It is time to give back
to your community and your country. Your vote demonstrates that you are
committed to making Canada a better place for all Canadians.
"Voting plays a tremendous role in the making of government policy at all
levels - both locally and internationally. Voting is your chance to choose
a representative who best expresses your values and opinions as a Canadian
"Complacency, apathy and a mindset of victimization are your greatest
enemy. If you bury your head in the sand, you will harm no one but
yourself. If you are not vigilant about your rights and freedoms, you will
lose them. If you don't speak up, no one will speak up on your behalf.
"The issues that affect you, your family and your community are too
numerous to mention. They include health care, education, childcare,
employment, immigration, national security, discrimination, racial
profiling and taxes...."
There are approximately 600 000 Muslims in Canada and 1.2 billion worldwide.