(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans to urge their members of Congress to co-sponsor two resolutions in Congress recognizing American Muslims, their culture and their contributions to the United States.
1) Recognizing American Muslim history and contributions to our Nation
Introduced by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), the resolution celebrates the history and contributions to the United States of American Muslims. It specifically names more than 50 individuals, including Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Rashida Tlaib, Hasan Minaj, and Imam Warith Deen Mohammed.
Rep. Chu introduced the same resolution in 2018, but this is the first time it has been introduced in the Senate. The House and Senate resolutions currently have 29 and 6 cosponsors respectively.
“America is great because we have been shaped by the aspirations and hard work of people from every country and religion. That includes our vibrant American-Muslim community. Whether born here or an immigrant here, American Muslims are as vital to our history and our future as anyone, which is why it is so heartbreaking to see so many attempts at division and fear mongering from even the highest levels of our government,” said Congresswoman Chu.
“I’m proud to celebrate our diversity and to judge people based on what they do, not who they worship. With this resolution, I hope we can continue to build connections and appreciation, not division and fear.”
“The truth of America is that we are more powerful, more secure, and a more just nation when we celebrate and embrace our diversity,” Senator Booker said. “The traditions and values of Muslim Americans have greatly enriched the culture of our nation and their impressive contributions in a myriad of fields and disciplines have advanced our society. During the month of Ramadan, this resolution recognizes the millions of Muslims in our country and celebrates their historic impact.”
2) Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commending Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith
Introduced by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the resolution recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world, acknowledges the start of Ramadan, and expresses respect to Muslims in the United States and worldwide.
Rep. Johnson first introduced a resolution commemorating the onset of Ramadan in 2003. The bill has 20 cosponsors.
“As Muslims across our nation and the world prepare to observe the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, it is important that we join them in recognizing the great significance these 30 days hold. For the entirety of the month, Muslim men and women of faith seek to be stewards of peace, brotherhood, and virtue,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “The ideals of this month call on all to engage in contemplation and self-reflection in order to achieve self-betterment. It is an honor to join together with our nation’s 3 million American Muslims in celebrating this month of generosity, compassion, empathy, and spiritual renewal. I am delighted to wish all Muslims a joyous and fulfilling Ramadan Mubarak!”
Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from before dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam. It began May 6 and is expected to end on or about June 4.
[*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the end date for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the end date of Ramadan. The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” (eed-al-fitter) or Feast of the Fast-Breaking.]
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.