BREAST CANCER; ‘MUSLIMS CARE’ CAMPAIGN TO FOCUS ON HUNGER, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
2007 MAY 19 – (NewsRx.com) — A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on American Muslims to join its third annual campaign designed to encourage volunteerism by supporting efforts to raise hunger and breast cancer awareness.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking Muslims nationwide to focus on these two important issues during its annual summer-long “Muslims Care” campaign.
Washington-area Muslims will participate in the Komen National Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. on June 2. [SEE: http://www.nationalraceforthecure.org/ ] CAIR is also supporting Hunger Awareness Day on June 5. [SEE: http://www.hungerday.org/content/index.php ]
Visitors to CAIR’s “Muslims Care” website, http://muslims-care.com/ , may download a toolkit containing information about how to become a volunteer and suggesting a variety of other volunteer activities such as blood drives, health awareness fairs and student tutoring. CAIR is suggesting that community members visit the website to submit local volunteer opportunities and to see what activities are available in their states.
The “Muslims Care” kit also offers advice to community religious leaders about how they can promote volunteerism in local mosques and suggests partnering with established volunteer groups such as the American Cancer Society and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Imams (Islamic prayer leaders) are also being encouraged to give Friday sermons on the importance of volunteerism.
“Making sure everyone in the community has enough to eat is a basic principle of Islam,” said CAIR Communication Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.
She cited an Islamic tradition (hadith) in which God offers a spiritual reward for feeding the needy. God said: “(O humankind) … Did you not know that had you fed (those in need), you would surely have found (the reward for doing so) with Me?” (Hadith Qudsi)
“Like hunger awareness, access to health care information is also important to Americans of all faiths,” said Ahmed.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.