CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit

Dear imam, activist, community leader, brother or sister: As-salaamu alaykum. Peace be to you,

This Muslim Community Safety Kit was developed to better equip you and your community with the knowledge necessary to protect against anti-Muslim bigotry or attacks, and to secure your basic legal rights. In times of difficulty we remind people to depend on God the Almighty with sincere prayers, especially for those who are suffering.



Reports and Surveys

Reports and Surveys

This a selection of reports and surveys CAIR has published over the years. We hope they will be useful for anyone seeking such information. Older reports are included as reference points. Our civil rights reports can be found here.

These reports may be cited with attribution. For any questions about citations or to order hard copies, please contact us.

The American Mosque 2011, Part 1: Basic Characteristics of the American Mosque and Attitudes of Mosque Leaders

This report presents the initial findings from the U.S. Mosque Survey 2011. The U.S. Mosque Survey 2011 is part of a larger study of American congregations called Faith Communities Today (FACT), which is a project of Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership, a multi-faith coalition of denominations and faith groups. The FACT series of national surveys includes massive surveys of all religious congregations in 2000 and 2010. The strategy of the FACT surveys is to develop a common questionnaire and then have the member faith groups conduct their own study with their respective congregations. The U.S. Mosque Survey participated in both studies in 2000 and 2010.

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The American Mosque 2011, Part 2: Activities, Administration and Vitality of the American Mosque

This is the second report from the US Mosque Survey 2011, which is a comprehensive study of mosques in America. The first report focused on the basic demographics of mosques and attitudes of mosque leaders to America and involvement in American society. This second report focuses on mosque activities, administration and vitality. A third report on women in the mosque is forthcoming.

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The Mosque in America: A National Portrait (2000)

This report presents findings from the Mosque Study Project 2000, the largest, most comprehensive survey of mosques ever to be conducted in the United States. The purpose of the study is twofold: to provide a comprehensive, detailed portrait of mosques, which can be subsequently used by mosque leaders and Muslim scholars to envision ways to strengthen mosques. Secondly the study provides a public profile of mosques that will hopefully further the understanding of the Muslim presence in America.

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Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2011-2012

The U.S.-based Islamophobia network’s inner core is currently comprised of at least 37 groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims. An additional 32 groups whose primary purpose does not appear to include promoting prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims but whose work regularly demonstrates or supports Islamophobic themes make up the network’s outer core.

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Same Hate, New Target: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States 2009-2010

This report by CAIR and the UC Berkeley Center on Race and Gender offers a definition of Islamophobia, an overview of its growing negative impact in the United States and names of individuals and institutions known for promoting or opposing the phenomenon.

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American Muslim Voters and the 2012 Election: A Demographic Profile and Survey of Attitudes

This report presents a detailed picture of American Muslim voter demographics and explores their views on a multitude of communal concerns and public policy issues several weeks before the 2012 presidential election. The survey results are drawn from a random sample telephone survey of 500 American Muslim registered voters.

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American Muslim Voters 2006: A Demographic Profile and Survey of Attitudes

The CAIR Research Center presents here the results of its first scientific survey of American Muslim voters. The poll provides a detailed picture of American Muslim voter demographics and attitudes. To reach a deeper understanding of this sample in its larger American and Muslim contexts, this report compares findings of this poll to other surveys, including U.S. Census Data and public opinion trends.

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American Public Opinion about Islam and Muslims, 2006

In 2004, CAIR commissioned a public opinion survey to gauge anti-Muslim sentiment and found nearly one-fourth of the American public believing anti-Muslim canards and stereotypes.

A replication of the initial 2004 survey was administered in 2005. This report will provide a comparison of both polls in an effort to identify major trends.

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A Decade of Growth - CAIR Tenth Anniversary Report, 1994 - 2004

Over the years, CAIR has served as a credible voice for American Muslims, appearing on national and international news shows and in front of Senate committee hearings. It has worked diligently to disseminate accurate information about Islam and Muslims to the American public and policy makers, challenging those who choose to do otherwise.

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Western Muslim Minorities: Integration and Disenfranchisement

This CAIR policy bulletin was published to offer constructive ideas to advance public discourse at all levels of American society.

[This paper is adapted from a lecture given at "Changing Societies and Transatlantic Relations," co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Transatlantic Relations and the Robert Schuman Foundation and held in Washington, D.C. October 27-28, 2005]

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Islam Basics

What is Islam?

Islam is not a new religion. It is the same truth that God revealed to all His prophets throughout history. Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against the innocent.

Who are Muslims and what do they believe?

There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide. No more than 20 percent of Muslims live in the Arabic-speaking world. In fact, the country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia. Muslims believe in One, Unique, and Incomparable God. They believe in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon, and Jesus, and that God's eternal message was reaffirmed and finalized by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on them all). One becomes a Muslim by saying and believing: "There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God." By this declaration, the person announces faith in all of God's messengers.

What is the Quran?

The Quran is the record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad. It was memorized by Muhammad and then dictated to his companions. The text of the Quran was cross-checked during the life of the Prophet. The 114 chapters of the Quran have remained unchanged through the centuries.

What are the "five pillars" of Islam?

  • The declaration of faith - This consists of the two sentence declaration described above.
  • Prayer - Muslims perform five obligatory prayers at certain times each day. Islamic prayers are a direct link between the worshiper and God, as Islam has no hierarchical authority or priesthood. The obligatory prayers can be prayed privately or with others. When praying together, a congregation chooses a respected and learned Muslim to lead the prayer.
  • Zakat (charitable giving) - One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God and that wealth is held in trust by human beings. Zakat, or charitable giving, "purifies" wealth by setting aside a portion for those in need. This payment is usually two and a half percent of one's capital per year.
  • Fasting - Every year in the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from first light until just after sunset. The fast is another method of self-purification.
  • Pilgrimage - A pilgrimage to Mecca, called Hajj, is a one-time obligation for those who are physically and financially able.

What about the American Muslim community?

There are an estimated 6-7 million Muslims in America. The Muslim community in America is made up of people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and national origins. There are almost 2,000 mosques, Muslim schools and Islamic centers in America. Muslims are active in all walks of life. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this country and around the world.