Great News

As-salaamu alaykum (peace be upon you).

Dear friends,

GREAT NEWS: According to CAIR’s analysis of the Factiva database, there have been 54,857 media mentions of Ramadan in the past month. That amazing figure is in stark contrast to the figure of 314 media mentions of Ramadan in 1994, when CAIR first began assisting Muslim communities nationwide through distribution of our first "Ramadan Publicity Kit." These kits, distributed on an annual basis, are now called "CAIR’s Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide" and contain media relation tips, information about Ramadan, news release templates, and creative ideas for Ramadan events.

These and all other CAIR outreach initiatives require resources to produce a result.

We have been inspired by the tremendous support and generosity shown to CAIR this Ramadan by true friends and supporters of CAIR. We set a seasonal fundraising goal of $780,000 -- and we are almost there. We need just $180,000 to put us over the top.

These funds are needed to help the thousands of Muslims CAIR assists every day. They count on us to do this work for them, and we count on you so that we can continue to do so. Let's not end Ramadan before achieving our goal.

We know that many of you have given already this month, and we are inspired by your generosity and service.

If all of our friends and supporters on this list can give a little more, thousands of community members will be grateful because CAIR will have the resources to serve them this season.

Please take a minute to click here and make a zakat-eligible and tax-deductible donation so that we may reach our goal today, before the end of Ramadan.

Consider giving $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, or whatever you can. Any contribution, no matter how small or large, is appreciated.

 

We can’t reach our goal without your help.

Thank you for your support and may Allah bless and protect you and your family.

Sincerely,

Nihad Awad

CAIR National Executive Director

 

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This last Friday and weekend in Ramadan

As-salaamu alaykum (peace to you).

Many of you consider this blessed last Friday and weekend in Ramadan to give your zakat or other donations because of the opportunity to receive additional blessings. We still need $350,000 to meet our Ramadan fundraising goal of $780,000, and we believe with your help we can do it.

This is a critical campaign, and we need your help to continue and expand our important work. [NOTE: Contributions to CAIR are both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.]

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that anyone who performs an obligatory good deed during Ramadan, "it is as if that person performed 70 obligatory good deeds at another time."

Just in the past few days, CAIR has:

  • Submitted testimony for a U.S. Senate hearing on the closure of the Guantanamo detention center
  • Challenged an anti-Islam bill legislators sent to the governor in North Carolina
  • Joined with a broad coalition seeking to ban racial and religious profiling by law enforcement
  • Exposed the extremist views of the leader of an anti-Muslim hate group invited to speak in a Minnesota school
  • Defended Muslim communities targeted by hate in Texas, New Jersey and California

Consider giving $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 or whatever you can. Every dollar helps.

Thank you for your support and may Allah bless and protect you and your family.  

 

Sincerely,

The CAIR Team
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Why are 10 and 440 so important?

As-salaamu alaykum (peace to you).

 

Ten and 440 are important numbers. We are now in the last 10 days of Ramadan, a period in which blessings are multiplied many times, and CAIR needs to raise $440,000 in this period to meet our Ramadan fundraising goal to help the people who call on CAIR on a daily basis.

Why not gain additional blessings for yourself and your family these last days of Ramadan by sending your zakat or sadaqah to CAIR, the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization? Contributions to CAIR are both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever does a voluntary good deed during this month [Ramadan], it is as if that person performed an obligatory good deed at another time, and whoever performs an obligatory good deed, it is as if that person performed 70 obligatory good deeds at another time."

Another hadith states: "(The Prophet, peace be upon him) would strive (to do acts of worship) during the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would at any other time."

CAIR has been educating our fellow Americans about Islam for almost 20 years and we need your support tocontinue and expand this important work.
Thousands of people count on CAIR for our legal and civil rights services, which we offer free of charge.Can we count on you to ensure that we’ll have the resources to helpeveryone who calls us? Our Ramadan fundraising goal is$780,000.

Every donation counts, no matter how small. Please don’t hesitate to take advantage of the last few days of this holy month to multiply your rewards by helping CAIR help others.

Consider giving $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or whatever you can. We appreciate any contribution you give.

Thank you for your support and may Allah bless and protect you and your family.

 

 

Omar Zaki
CAIR National Board Chair

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More Qurans, less discrimination

As-salaamu alaykum (peace to you).

"I have placed the CAIR Quran in our chapel along with the Bible and Torah as a symbol of openness and inclusivity. Thank you for such a lovely gift and your efforts to enlighten humanity of its similarities versus its differences." - A hospital chaplain

 

"Our library recently received your gift of the amazingly beautiful book ... We are delighted to add it to our collection. While we have a translation on our shelves, having one accompanied by the original text and commentary will be much more meaningful for those opening the pages." - A librarian at a public library

 

"[W]e would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of a Quran. Your thoughtfulness reflects the concern that you feel for our Veterans and for the service they provided to all of us while in service to our country." - A veterans hospital

These are just a few of the positive comments we have received from recipients of the beautiful copies of the Quran sent to your fellow Americans through CAIR’s "Share the Quran" initiative. Our surveys show that almost 90 percent of those who responded said the project was "beneficial to prevent misunderstanding and conflict."

All our research over a number of years also indicates that levels of prejudice and stereotyping go down as the level of knowledge about Islam and Muslims goes up.

SHARE THE QURAN UPDATE: CAIR recently received an additional 50,000 copies of the Quran. We need your help to meet our goal of distributing 20,000 copies during the month of Ramadan.

Take a minute right now to donate just $10, the cost of shipping one Quran to one person. A donation of $100 will help deliver 10 Qurans, $500 delivers 50 Qurans, and so on. With your help, we can meet this goal.


Please also donate your zakat to help us meet our overall Ramadan fundraising goal of $780,000. (Remember that giving during Ramadan has multiplied blessings.)

I urge you to consider giving $10, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or whatever you can. Share this message with your friends and family and encourage them to donate today.
CAIR is both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.

May Allah increase your reward during this holy month.

The CAIR Share the Quran Team

 


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They knew they could rely on us

 

As-salaamu alaykum (peace to you).

 

Remember the two Virginia Muslim cab drivers recently assaulted and abused by passengers who made derogatory remarks about their faith?

UPDATE: The alleged assailant of one of the cabbies has a court date in August.

When the drivers called CAIR, our civil rights attorneys immediately took up their cases with law enforcement authorities. We have also dedicated CAIR lawyers to represent them as their cases go forward.

The reality is that CAIR is the only national organization with the experience and resources needed to challenge incidents of anti-Muslim bias and discrimination.

Please take a minute right now to donate at least $100 in zakat to fund the legal team working on behalf of the Muslim taxi drivers and to help us meet our Ramadan fundraising goal of $780,000. (Remember that giving during Ramadan has multiplied blessings.)

Share this message with your friends and family and encourage them to donate today. CAIR is both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.

 

CAIR

You can use our zakat calculator or make a general donation to CAIR this Ramadan by clicking the button below.

 

 

May Allah increase your reward during this holy month.

Sincerely,

 


Nadhira Al-Khalili
CAIR National Legal Counsel

 


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Why and how to dedicate your zakat to CAIR this Ramadan

As-salaamu alaykum and Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.

I am asking all our friends like you to read this request and respond as soon as possible. Would you dedicate some of your zakat and donations to CAIR this Ramadan? Here is why and how.

While our community has many worthy organizations seeking your zakat, I believe CAIR is unique in its mission of defending your rights and educating the public about Islam. As you consider distributing your Ramadan zakat and sadaqah, keep the following critical needs in mind:

  • More than 50,000 of your fellow Americans are waiting to receive their copies of the Quran through CAIR's "Share the Quran" initiative. We need your help to put the holy text in their hands to enhance understanding of Islam. (Our surveys show that almost 90 percent of those who received copies of the Quran said the project was "beneficial to prevent misunderstanding and conflict.")
  • Hundreds of mosques are waiting to receive their copy of CAIR's new publication "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." Those mosques, and maybe your own house of worship, need this safety information right away.
  • Thousands of elected officials nationwide need to hear accurate information about Islam as they are bombarded with propaganda by Islamophobes promoting anti-Islam bills in state legislatures. (So far this year there have been at least 30 anti-Islam bills in 14 states.)
  • Dozens of city transit systems are waiting to put up our educational and enlightening advertisements projecting a positive image of Islam and Muslims. When anti-Islam hate group leader Pamela Geller put up ads on buses and in metro stations equating Muslims with savages, we developed and displayed positive advertising to counter her hate.
  • More than 2,500 people are currently looking to CAIR to offer legal help in dealing with their discrimination cases. CAIR provides free legal help to all those who have been targeted because they are, or are perceived to be, Muslim.

Our Ramadan fundraising goal for this year is $780,000. CAIR is both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible. With help from people like you, we can achieve this goal inshaAllah.

Here's how you can help:

 

Calculate your zakat with our zakat calculator. CAIR
Donate all or part of your zakat or make a general donation to CAIR this Ramadan.
Urge the zakat committee of your mosque to dedicate a portion of its distribution of zakat for CAIR.
Send CAIR contact information for your mosque's zakat committee so that we may submit a formal request. Send that information to: zakat@cair.com

 

Support for giving zakat to CAIR:

Numerous scholars have confirmed that zakat is payable to organizations that exist to serve members of the Muslim community by protecting their rights. The work done by CAIR can be classified as "fi-sabilillah" (working in the way of Allah), which is one of the eight categories of Zakat recipients detailed in the Quran (9:60).

Commentators on the Quran (mufassirun) and jurists (fuqaha) have extended the term "fi-sabilillah" to include all beneficial works and initiatives that are of common benefit to the society.

CAIR also fits the zakat category of "muallafatu quloobuhum," those who are new Muslims and those sympathetic to Islam and may be brought closer to the faith. CAIR's numerous outreach projects, such as "Share the Quran" and "Explore Islamic Civilization and Culture" library campaign, have a proven track record of educating new Muslims and people of other faiths about Islam.

Even the zakat category of "ibnus-sabeel," a stranded traveler, in need of assistance, fits CAIR's work. We have taken on numerous cases of Muslims stranded overseas and prevented from returning home by being placed on no-fly lists.

A principle of Islamic jurisprudence states that if something that has been considered as obligatory cannot be fulfilled without fulfilling something else, then fulfilling the latter also becomes obligatory. Thus, since defending and empowering Muslims cannot be achieved without institutions like CAIR, it is imperative that Muslims support such groups.

Your zakat donation will show support for CAIR's steady perseverance and commitment. Along with your zakat, I urge you to consider giving $10, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or whatever you can.

I thank Allah Almighty for giving us the blessed month of Ramadan. We hope to get your donation during Ramadan so that you receive more blessing and CAIR is able to carry out its important work on your behalf.

Sincerely,

Nihad Awad

P.S. - It is my sincere prayer that you will find a space in your heart to make a generous donation to support CAIR's important work. If you and others do your part, we can achieve our Ramadan fundraising goal.


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Breaking News in Hate Assault on VA Muslim Army Reservist

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We would like to update the community about an important case CAIR has been working on since the weekend.

Yesterday, we called for hate crime charges for an alleged assault on a Virginia Muslim U.S. Army reservist and veteran reportedly attacked by a man who allegedly compared him to those who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings and threatened to kill him.

UPDATE: Ed Dahlberg of Clifton, Va., turned himself in to Fairfax County Police at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and was served with a misdemeanor assault charge, according to Fairfax County Police.


Hate Will Not Fight Itself

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Hate Will Not Fight Itself

 

As-salaamu alaykum (peace be to you).

 

Since the deadly attacks on the Boston Marathon, CAIR staffers nationwide have been working on your behalf to challenge those who seek to promote their Islamophobic agendas by blaming all Muslims for the perpetrators' sadism.

Rightly so, CAIR came out strongly with a condemnation of the bombings and issued a call for prayers and blood donations. We also asked anyone with eyewitness information to contact law enforcement authorities.

When the suspects were identified as Muslims, CAIR coordinated a Washington, D.C., news conference [covered by most major television networks] with other national organizations to seek unity in the face of the attempts to divide our nation along religious lines.

Showing unity, CAIR representatives have taken part in a number of interfaith events to support the bombing victims and their loved ones.

We also challenged extremist media commentators who exploited the tragedy to make inflammatory allegations against all Muslims and Islam.

Yesterday, we showed you concrete examples of inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric currently circulating.

We are monitoring Islamophobic websites which are promoting every anti-Muslim conspiracy theory in the book. From past experience, you know this will make its way onto irresponsible media outlets.

Violent extremists want Americans to turn on each other. Targeting people at a sporting event is designed to make us afraid.

We cannot let them succeed. We must be vocal against hate to keep our nation unified.

CAIR needs your immediate support to continue challenging the hate. We need to raise $150K by Friday in order to ensure a continued strong and consistent response to hatred and scapegoating.

Please donate to CAIR today.

 


Please consider giving $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50 or whatever you can.

If you donated in the past, please consider doubling that donation.

 

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You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003.

Thank you for your support and may God bless you.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Nihad Awad
National Executive Director

 

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Good News: Why is 163 an important number?

Good News: Why is 163 an important number?

 

As-salaamu alaykum,

 

I am pleased to tell you that over the past two days, as part of our service to you, CAIR experts fromNihad Awad across the nation came to Washington, D.C., and held a record number of meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate on your behalf discussing issues such as protecting children from bullies, immigration reform, and airport profiling.

The total number of congressional office visits during this 7th annual event so far has topped 163, including 100 Democratic and 63 Republican offices. CAIR is making sure your voice is heard in Washington.

 

Last year CAIR met with 113 congressional offices. This year’s effort represents a 44 percent increase in the number of congressional offices that heard our community’s voice.

 

Efforts like this cost money. CAIR representatives came to Washington, D.C. because an empowered Muslim community must have a direct voice in congressional hallways.

 

The simple logistics of arranging meetings with so many congressional offices and making sure the community is represented in a professional manner are what CAIR does best, but we cannot do it alone.

 

I hope you will take a moment to support this record-setting effort to make the American Muslim voice heard in Congress. You pay taxes. Your voice needs to be part of any conversation about policies that dictate how those taxes are used.

 

Please, donate right now to show your support for an empowered Muslim community. I urge you to consider giving $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or whatever you can.

 

CAIR is a tax-deductible and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

DONATE

 

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You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003.

Thank you for your support and may God bless you.

 

Sincerely,

(c)

Nihad Awad
CAIR National Executive Director

 

 

 

 

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