(TOLEDO, OH, 9/21/07) - On Saturday, September 22, the Toledo Islamic Academy and the Masjid Saad Foundation will hold a press conference, candle-light vigil and community dinner with civic and interfaith leaders to promote healing and understanding after a recent vandalism attack at the school. The vandals painted Nazi swastikas on the school building, trees and vehicles and broke windows at the facility. The crime is under investigation.
SEE: Sylvania Islamic School Vandalized (Toledo Blade)
WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2007
TIME: Press Conference at 7 p.m.; Prayers at 7:37 p.m.; Community Dinner at 7:50 p.m.
WHERE: Masjid Saad Foundation & Toledo Islamic Academy, 5225 Alexis Road, Sylvania, Ohio
CONTACT: Alaa Eldeib, Principal, Toledo Islamic Academy, 419-882-3339 or 419-283-5001; Dr. Abed E. Alo, Chairman of the Board, Masjid Saad Foundation, 419-345-9140, e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Ronney Abaza, Spokesperson, Masjid Saad Foundation, 419-699-1095, E-Mail: email@example.com; Julia A. Shearson, CAIR-Ohio Cleveland chapter executive director, Tel: 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mosque and school are inviting neighbors, civic and interfaith leaders, and members of law enforcement to attend the evening's events. A Ramadan iftar dinner will be served in the school gymnasium. ("Iftar" is the meal eaten after sunset each day during Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.)
"By reaching out to our neighbors and the wider public, we hope to turn this crime of ignorance and hate into a chance to promote harmony, tolerance and understanding," said Alaa Eldeib, principal of the Toledo Islamic Academy.
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.