(SAN JOSE, CA, 10/4/06) – On Saturday, October 7, the Rahima Foundation, the San Francisco chapter of the Council on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and other Muslim organizations from around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area will host the third annual Humanitarian Day for the Homeless in San Jose, CA.

During the event, Muslims will provide hot meals, water, t-shirts, and hygiene packages to San Jose’s homeless community.

The coalition selected the holy month of Ramadan as a global observance that transcends race, religion and gender in a spirit of love, equality, and respect for each other and all of humanity.

“Ramadan is a time of increased compassion and caring for others. Our goal is to give the homeless community hope and relief to ease their struggle,” said Habibe Husain, founder of the Rahima Foundation, the event’s primary organizer.

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: South Bay Islamic Association, 325 N. 3rd Street, San Jose, CA (Across the street from the Salvation Army Parking Lot)

Event Co-Sponsors: American Muslim Voice (AMV), Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center (BVMCC), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Granada Islamic School (GIS), Hidaya Foundation, Islamic Center of Fremont (ICF), Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC), Islamic Networks Group (ING), Islamic School of Stanford, Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB), Muslim Community Association (MCA), New Islamic Directions (NID), Northern American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA), South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), SEMAH, United Muslims of America (UMA), Zaytuna Institute.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Sameena Usman, CAIR-SFBA, 408-986-9784, E-mail: susman@cair.com ; Sabiha Moinuddin, Rahima Foundation, 408-945-0050, E-mail: mail@rahima.org ; Samina Faheem, AMV, 650-387-1994, E-mail: samina_faheem@yahoo.org


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