Pope Francis calls for mutual respect to mark Muslim Eid

Pope-Francis-wavingAlexander Besant, Global Post

Pope Francis reached out to Muslims in a speech on Sunday marking the end of Ramadan.

The message calling for mutual respect between the two religious communities was the Pope's second in recent weeks.

Chaplain program graduating more Muslims to fill needs for every faith

chaplain-prayingMark Hicks, The Detroit News
While still in a Muslim chaplain training program at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit and volunteering at a local hospital early last year, Hajj Reyad Mallad was asked to fill a challenging role many others face gaining similar experience: visit the family of a dying patient.

Muslims gather in Richmond to celebrate Ramadan's end

Richmond-Eid-2013By Laura Kebede, Richmond Times-Dispatch

About 1,500 Muslims from around Virginia gathered at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Thursday morning to end the month-long fast of Ramadan. The worldwide ceremony Eid al-Fitr, which includes prayer, teaching and eating with family and friends, marks the end of fasting from food and drink from sunrise to sunset that started July 9 this year.

Video: CAIR News Update, August 8-9, 2013


Topics covered in the video include:

  • CAIR-MN Named 'Nonprofit to Know'

  • CAIR-Sacramento Welcomes Pope’s Outreach to Muslims

  • CAIR Reps Urge Action to Address Global Terror Threat

  • Father of Muslim Shot by FBI Meets CAIR-FL Reps

  • CAIR Distributes Sample Eid Media Advisory to Muslim Communities

Eid Mubarak

As-salaamu 'alaikum and Eid Mubarak!

On behalf of CAIR's board and staff, we wish you and your family a happy and blessed Eid. We pray that God will accept all of our prayers, fasting, and good deeds.

Thank you for your generous support of CAIR this Ramadan and always.



One year since suspicious fire, plans made to rebuild Joplin mosque in town

Joplin-interfaith-iftarBy Roger McKinney, The Joplin Globe

On the anniversary of the suspicious fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque, plans for rebuilding the mosque inside the city are coming into clearer focus.

Muslim 'Foodies' to Host California's First Halal Food Fest

halal-food-festBy Lisa Fernandez, NBC Bay Area

Muslims across the globe are poised to break pita on Thursday with a joyous festival called Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

And in California, Muslim foodies are also gearing up to celebrate the end of the fast with the state's first "Halal Fest," where nearly two dozen vendors will be selling everything from halal hot dogs to cake pops. All the goodies have been prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

Plans to rebuild Joplin mosque announced

Joplin-mosqueBy Roger McKinney, Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. -- An official with the Islamic Society of Joplin during an interfaith event on Saturday provided details about plans to rebuild the mosque, which was destroyed in a suspicious fire on Aug. 6 last year.

How they came to choose Islam

Pittsburgh-convertsBy Marina Bolotnikova, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philip and Sherry Snow grew up Catholic in predominantly Christian towns on opposite sides of the country. Today, Philip and Sherry go by Ibrahim and Safiye, live on the North Side with their four children -- and are devout adherents to Islam.

Muslims love Jesus, too

I-heart-JesusBy Hesham A. Hassaballa, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

These were the beginning words of a now-viral Fox News interview with American religious scholar Reza Aslan about his new book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." As breathtaking as the ignorance of the question was, his calm and measured response was equally breathtaking: