CAIR Urges Muslim Communities to Step Up Security During Upcoming Ramadan Fast

Nation’s largest Muslim civil rights group notes San Diego synagogue shooting suspect apparently claimed responsibility for last month’s Escondido, Ca. mosque arson

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/29/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging Muslim communities around the country to step up security during the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don) that begins on or about May 6.*

[*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan. The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” (eed-al-fitter) or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about June 4.]

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from before dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.

Because many mosques hold special prayers and other activities during Ramadan, and because of recent anti-Muslim incidents in this country and overseas, CAIR is urging American Muslim leaders and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions throughout the month.

The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging mosques and other Islamic institutions to take measures outlined in its "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" booklet. Advice offered in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission

The booklet may be viewed at:

Last week, CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in the San Diego-area and nationwide within hours of a deadly shooting at a synagogue near that city.

SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Deadly San Diego Synagogue Attack

An open letter, posted online purportedly by the suspect in that attack, claims that he committed the arson attack last month on a mosque near Escondido, CA and was inspired by the New Zealand mosque shooter. The open letter expressed a desire to defend the ‘European race’ and numerous anti-Semitic racial slurs and tropes targeting African Americans, Latinos, Arabs and Muslims. Authorities are currently investigating a possible connection between the San Diego synagogue and Escondido mosque attacks.

SEE: Police are investigating possible link between California synagogue shooting suspect and nearby mosque fire

CAIR-San Diego Condemns Arson Attack on Escondido Mosque, Plans Interfaith Vigil

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted  

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Assaults Have Tripled Since a Decade Ago, FBI Stats Show   

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:     

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655,

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  • Rohi Maszka
    commented 2019-04-30 21:49:34 -0400
    Unfortunately, Islamophobia is alive and well thanks to the hate propaganda disseminated by people such as Daniel Pipes and his network of fear.

    Pipes recently attacked me for speaking out against Islamophobia in my book, Washington’s Dark Secret. His large anti-Muslim following has joined in with an onslaught of hate speech and sheer ignorance:

    “The extent to which a professed Muslim is “moderate,” is the extent to which he is not an authentic Muslim. Islam is BY NATURE extreme."

    “Islamophobia is a bogus word created by fascists and used by cowards to manipulate morons.”

    “A bogus God and a bogus anti-human religion.”

    These rants by Pipes and his followers (and many more) can be found at the links below:

    Pipes and his followers claim that there are only two kinds of Muslims: violent Muslims and fake Muslims. However, this caricature of Islam reeks of Orientalism and willful ignorance. Islam is no different than any other religion. It has adherents that fall along a wide continuum from the most nominal to the very devout-none of which necessarily involve violence.

    Fundamentalists (of any religious background) lean toward a strict, and sometimes literal, interpretation of the scriptures they revere. Most fundamentalists are devout, not fanatical. There’s a difference. Fundamentalism in no way equates to violent extremism. The fact that a minute percentage of adherents to any religious faith resort to violence is unfortunate, but this fact in no way implicates the vast majority who do not.

    Many born-again Christians accurately fit the definition of fundamentalism as well. However (and unfortunately), the denotation of the word is very different from its sensational and much-abused connotation, which conjures up images of suicide bombers screaming, “Allahu Akbar,” and slaughtering innocent women and children. It is just as ridiculous to label all fundamentalists Muslims as violent extremists as it is to assume that all fundamentalists Christians are.

    Daniel Pipes adamantly denies being an an Islamophobe, but his statements and those of his followers speak for themselves.