SUPPORTING THE MUSLIMS CARE PROGRAM OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
HON. CHARLES B. RANGEL of New York in the House of Representatives Thursday, June 8, 2006
Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to enter into the Record, my heartfelt support for the “Muslims Care” campaign, launched by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, to promote volunteerism in the Islamic community. CAIR is asking Muslims across the country to volunteer their time for raising health awareness, helping the needy and supporting activities for youth. Using verses from the Qur'an and Hadith, the “Muslims Care” tool kit (available in www.muslims-care.org) is encouraging local mosques to participate and promote volunteering programs such as blood drives, health awareness, student tutoring, etc.
First of all, the “Muslims Care” program has a community benefits focus, which can potentially bring together people from a multitude of backgrounds and interests. Moreover, it offers an opportunity to weave Muslims and Islamic identity into the American sociocultural fabric, a viable approach to counter the misinformation that is out there about Islam and Muslims. Lastly, a recent survey, conducted by CAIR, showed that the majority of Americans promised to change their views about Islam if Muslims are seen to be concerned about healthcare, education, economy, issues that plague the average American. The “Muslims Care” campaign is an excellent way to overcome this us/them mentality and the prejudices about Islam and Muslims.
I heartily support this undertaking by CAIR, as well as their other programs that promote cross-cultural dialogue to enhance the understanding of Islam.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey P. Saylor, 202-488-8787 or 571-278-4658, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org