(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/28/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged the nation’s Muslim community to increase security measures after an anonymous letter was delivered to several mosques in London declaring April 3 as "Punish a Muslim Day.”
CAIR said it has received concerned inquiries from American Muslims who have heard of the U.K. threats and wonder if their families or their community will be similarly targeted.
In a community advisory, CAIR said:
“While the ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ threat seems to target British Muslims exclusively, it would only be prudent to increase security at Islamic institutions and in public spaces, and to remain vigilant to any potential bias-motivated actions.”
CAIR is urging Muslim community leaders to obtain and use free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."
A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf
Community members are also 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: http://www.cair.com/report
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: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org