CAIR: 'MUSLIMS CARE' CAMPAIGN IMPROVES AMERICAN HEALTH, COMMUNITIES
Summer in the United States is often a time to slow down the pace of everyday life, and for many, including some American Muslims, to get to know neighbors and solve shared problems.
The Muslims Care campaign is a summer volunteer program launched three years ago to encourage Muslims to help their communities. Monthlong themes offer ideas of ways for Muslims to contribute to American society, said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which spearheads the campaign. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, with 33 chapters in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
To kick off the third annual campaign, a team of 40 Muslims raised money and awareness to fight breast cancer by walking in the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure in Washington on June 5.
"We were proud to be part of the race and hope that the combined efforts of all those involved will bring us that much closer to a cure for breast cancer," said CAIR's Rabiah Ahmed.
"Oftentimes we get so caught up with our own issues and affairs that we forget to help someone in need or to do a good deed, which is so important to Islam," Ahmed told USINFO.
Muslims in America have busy professional lives, Ahmed said, but it is their duty to be good neighbors concerned with issues that affect many, including disease and hunger.