Correctional Institutions Offered Guide To Islamic Practices
As controversy grows over the treatment of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group today announced the publication of a booklet designed to sensitize correctional institutions to the religious needs of Muslim inmates.
Excerpts from the guide may be downloaded as a printable pdf file by clicking here.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) publication, "A Correctional Institution's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," contains information about the religious rights of inmates, as well as basic details
about Islamic beliefs, dietary and clothing needs and the requirements for the five daily prayers. The booklet also describes the Islamic perspective on the issue of inmates' beards. (The booklet costs $3+S/H.)
"Since CAIR's inception as a civil rights and advocacy organization, we have dealt with issues related to religious accommodation in schools, prisons, hospitals, and the workplace. Each setting has its own
requirements and limitations. We offer this guide as a tool to be used in protecting inmate religious rights while at the same time promoting a secure correctional environment," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad added that CAIR has noted an increase in the number of requests for Islamic materials by prison officials and inmates.
The correctional institution's guide is the fourth in a series of CAIR publications designed to support the religious rights of American Muslims. Other booklets in this series include "A Health Care Provider's Guide to
Islamic Religious Practices," "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices" and "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices." Thousands of these booklets are now being used by corporations, schools and