Muslim civil rights organization extends condolences on loss of ‘local hero’
(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/31/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged Maryland Muslims to support flood relief efforts in Baltimore and Ellicott City after flash floods ravaged the region earlier this week, destroying businesses, displacing families, and causing widespread destruction.
Support Relief Efforts in Baltimore City:
- Donate supplies to Still Meadow Community Fellowship, 5110 Frederick Ave, Baltimore, MD; daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items requested: washcloths, towels, sanitary products, socks, deodorant, toothbrush, paste, pampers, baby food and formula, cleaning products, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, toys
Support Relief Efforts in Howard County:
- Donate supplies to the Howard County Food Bank, 9385 Gerwig LaneJ, Columbia, MD; daily from 10 a.m. to 4p.m.
Items requested: peanut butter, canned tuna, fruit cups, crackers, paper towels, toilet paper, cereal, cleaning supplies, flashlights
- Sign up to be a Disaster Recovery Volunteer: https://www.volunteerhoward.org
- Volunteer for Community Action Council of Howard County cac-hc.org
Muslims in Howard County alone have donated more than 2,000 pounds of supplies toward flood relief in Ellicott City over the last few days.
“Tragedies like these are a reminder of the responsibility we have to help alleviate others’ suffering,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We encourage our communities to donate items, volunteer their time and keep all those affected by these floods in their prayers.”
The civil rights organization extended its condolences to the family and loved ones of Sgt. Eddison Hermond - a 39-year-old member of the National Guard and Air Force veteran who drowned in the flood waters as he tried to rescue others.
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“Congregants of the Muslim Family Center and parents of Tarbiyah Academy students were able to collect and deliver 900 pounds of essential supplies to the Howard County Food Bank,” said Muslim Family Center Representative Sami Zaharna. “The Prophet Muhammad teaches us that to accompany our fellow brother in a moment of need is better in the sight of God than secluding oneself in the mosque during the blessed nights of Ramadan.”
“The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was the most generous during the holy month of Ramadan,” said Baltimore-based Muslim Social Services Agency Executive Director Imam Hassan Amin, who encouraged local mosques to support Baltimore’s disaster-stricken neighborhoods. “In this tradition, we encourage Muslims to help our neighbors and brothers and sisters in humanity during this difficult time and reap the rewards.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org