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CAIR Community Alert: Khatibs Urged to Address Post-Election Concerns in Muslim Community During Jummah Prayers

(WASHINGTON, D.C, 11/10/16) – As-salaamu alaykum. Based on many requests from community leaders and parents for guidance on how to address post-election anxieties and concerns, CAIR is calling on khatibs (Islamic prayer leaders) and imams (Islamic religious leaders) to address those concerns during their Friday khutbas (sermons) for the normal congregational prayers (jummah).

To assist those preparing to offer sermons for the Friday prayers, CAIR is offering an initial outline prepared by Sh. Omar Suleiman, president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research in Texas. CAIR is also preparing a more comprehensive community toolkit to be released at a later date.

CAIR is urging the community to refocus and strengthen Muslim organizations that protect the rights and interests of American Muslims.

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COMMUNITY ALERT: CAIR-NY Calls for Increased Safety Measures After Attack at Queens Mosque

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CAIR-NY Calls for Increased Safety Measures After Attack at Queens Mosque

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 4/20/16) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today urged that state’s Muslim community to step up security measures in mosques after worshippers were attacked yesterday in Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens, N.Y.

SEE: Drugged Up Man Punches 2 Men in Queens Mosque

Michael Voyard, 26, reportedly charged into Jamaica Muslim Center during the afternoon prayer service shouting, “I am a Prophet, give me a Quran.” He punched two men and then ran outside, where he ripped a car mirror from a vehicle in which a Muslim woman was a passenger. One victim that Voyard allegedly punched is a 69-year-old congregant who was admitted at Jamaica Hospital.

“We call on community leaders to step up security measures and urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this attack thoroughly and to prosecute the alleged perpetrator with appropriate charges,” said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique.

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CAIR, Maryland Muslim Leaders to Hold News Conference on Chattanooga Attack

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/17/2015) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join Maryland Muslim leaders at a news conference to condemn yesterday’s deadly attack in Chattanooga, Tenn., that left four Marines dead.

WHAT: CAIR, Maryland Muslim Leaders to Condemn Chattanooga Attack

WHEN: Friday, July 17, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Makkah Learning Center, 814 Brandy Farms Lane, Gambrills, Md., 21054

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

CAIR’s national office has also condemned the attack.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Killing of Marines in Tennessee, Offers Condolences

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13081-cair-condemns-killing-of-marines-in-tennessee-offers-condolences.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR: 11-Year-Old Maryland Student to Be Recognized for Muslim School Holiday Effort

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CAIR: 11-Year-Old Maryland Student to Be Recognized for Muslim School Holiday Effort

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/4/15) – On Sunday, July 5, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of Washington Area (ISWA) in Silver Spring, Md., will recognize an 11-year-old Montgomery County Public School student for championing equal rights for Muslims. 

WHO: CAIR, ISWA to Recognize 11-Year-Old Eleanor Cope for Solidarity with Montgomery County Muslims' Eid Equality Efforts
WHEN: Sunday, July 5, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Society of Washington Area, 2701 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, Md., 20905
CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

After learning of Muslim friends' efforts to seek equality for the Muslim holiday of Eid on Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) calendar, fifth-grader Eleanor Cope researched the issue and circulated a petition seeking Eid inclusion in her school. She collected hundreds of signatures.

At Sunday's ceremony, which coincides with the Ramadan fast-breaking meal (iftar), Cope will be presented a plaque to recognize her solidarity with the Montgomery County Muslim community.

Efforts led by the Equality 4 Eid Coalition and CAIR have been underway for a number of years to seek equal and fair treatment for the county's Muslim students. Last fall, despite a strong push by the coalition, CAIR, and allies, the MCPS school board voted to strike all references to religious holidays from the school calendar. Schools would remain closed on Jewish and Christian holidays, but would not reference the holidays.

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250 Turn Out for CAIR-Pittsburgh Interfaith Iftar

250 Turn Out for CAIR Pittsburgh Interfaith Iftar(PITTSBURGH, PA, 7/3/15) - Some 250 people turned out on Thursday for an interfaith iftar, or Ramadan fast-breaking meal, hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh).

Highlights of the event, which took place at the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (MCCGP), included a thought-provoking address to the community by CAIR Pittsburgh's President, Safdar Khwaja, a presentation relating to Ramadan and spirituality given by the MCCGP’s President Salah El-Moukamal, and a pre-screening of the UPF film – “American Muslim.”

The showcase of the evening was a segment in which four people from different walks of life shared their perspectives and reflections on what being Muslim in America has meant to them.  The program concluded with the interfaith audience breaking the fast together and enjoying some social time.

Attendees included religious leaders, teachers, students, and representatives of specific congregations and organizations such as the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) - which encompasses many faiths ranging from Christian to Jewish to Unitarian - the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee (PAJC), the Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh’s Help for the Convert, the Jewish Chronicle, the Consortium for Educational Resources in Islamic Studies (CERIS) and others. Ahmed El-Hattab, the executive director of the ISNA Development Foundation also took part in the event.

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100+ Turn Out for CAIR-Philadelphia Interfaith Iftar

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 6/29/2015) – More than 100 CAIR staff, board members, and interfaith guests gathered on the evening of June 28 at the Philadelphia Friends Center for CAIR-Philadelphia's First Annual Interfaith Iftar, or Ramadan fast-breaking meal.

Presentations were made Shaikh Yahya Rhodus of the Al-Maqasid Institute, Rabbi Yael Levy of Mishkan Shalom Synagogue, and Rev. David Tatgenhorst of St. Luke United Methodist Church.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of a gift to Rabbi Arthur Waskow by CAIR-Philadelphia Vice President Iftekhar Hussain for his lifetime of service to peace and justice, and for his furtherance of Jewish-Muslim relations.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender, 267.515.6711, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Texas, Interfaith Leaders to Hold Vigil in Dallas in Solidarity with Community of Charleston

cair texas logo (DALLAS, TX, 6/19/15) – Later today, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) and interfaith community leaders from North Texas will hold a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity with the Charleston, S.C., community and remember the nine victims who were murdered when a gunman opened fire Wednesday night inside the Mother Emmanuel AME church.

WHAT: Interfaith Candlelight Vigil
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: MLK Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215
CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/755911104528916/

Reverend Dr. Michael Waters of the Joy tabernacle AME Church in Dallas, one of the speakers at tonight’s vigil, said in a statement earlier today, "It is most appropriate that lovers of justice and peace, from many faith traditions across the Dallas Metroplex, join together in offering their petitions to God upon the grounds that bear the name of that great drum major for peace and justice, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an A.M.E. pastor, and as chair of the King Center Board, I am overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support as we stand in solidarity with our fellow A.M.E's in Charleston, and across the world."

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1.       Rev. Dr. Ella M. McDonald, Pastor - Greater Dallas District AME Church &  St. Luke AME Church
2.       Rev. Dr. Michael Waters, Pastor - Joy Tabernacle AME Church
3.       Imam Omar Suleiman, Resident Scholar - Valley Ranch Islamic Center
4.       Rev. Dr. Eric Folkerth, Pastor - Northhaven United Methodist Church
5.       Reagan Martin aka Poetry Teacher - Poet/Spoken Word Artist
6.       CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem will emcee the event

CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem said in a statement:

"We are deeply saddened by the shooting at the historic 'Mother Emanuel' AME church in Charleston that took the lives of nine innocent worshippers. This is a national tragedy and a horrific act of racially-motivated violence. The deaths of these nine individuals is a heartbreaking reminder of how far we haven't come. We mourn for Charleston and we mourn for our country during this dark time. It is up to all of us to come together and heal as a human community while also working to end these atrocities."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR: Houston Interfaith Prayer Vigil to Be Held in Memory of South Carolina Shooting Victims

cair texas logo(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 6/18/15) - On Friday, June 19, an interfaith vigil and prayer service will be held in Houston, Texas, to honor the victims of yesterday's tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C.

WHAT: Interfaith Vigil and Prayer Service for Victims of Charleston AME Church Shooting
WHERE: Dominican Center for Spirituality, 6501 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77021
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 4 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 713-838-2247 (office), 832-549-1042 (cell), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, 713-838-2247 (office), 713-585-6314 (cell), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"We will come together to pray for the shooting victims, their families and for our country," said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. "This type of apparently hate-motivated attack should not happen in today's America."
The vigil will include prayers and statements from leaders in Houston's interfaith community including ministers from local AME churches.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 713-838-2247 (office), 832-549-1042 (cell), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, 713-838-2247 (office), 713-585-6314 (cell), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; P.K. McCary, Think Peace International, 713-485-9214

CAIR: Minnesota Muslims to Begin the month of Ramadan this week.

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/16/15) - On June 18,* the Muslim community in Minnesota and around the world will begin the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don), the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset.

Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of 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.

The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called "Eid ul-Fitr," or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about July 17.

The fast is performed to exercise 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.

Local mosques will host iftars (fast-breaking meal) on a daily basis, as well as other social activities. Mosques will also have special prayers, called taraweeh, after the daily nighttime prayer. In the last odd-numbered nights of Ramadan, Muslims mark Lailat ul-Qadr ("Night of Power" or "Night of Destiny").

Some Ramadan story coverage ideas for media include:

  • Ramadan food specialties from different parts of the Muslim world
  • Charitable giving and volunteering during Ramadan
  • Sharing Ramadan Dinners
  • Employers and religious accommodations in the workplace
  • Students fasting at school, participating in sports teams
  • Fasting long summer days 
  • Iftar (fast breaking meal) with a Muslim family
  • Economic impact of Ramadan, businesses that market to Muslims during this time

On Friday, June 26 at 6;30pm, CAIR-MN will hold its 9th Annual Ramadan Dinner on Civil Rights at the Mounds View Community Center (5394 Edgewood Drive Mounds View, MN 55112). For more information, visit www.cairmn.com

[*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. ]

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, E-Mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR Joins in Bipartisan Letter to Congress by 25 Groups Against Warrantless FISA Searches of Government Databases

CAIR logoCAIR today joined a bipartisan letter signed by 25 organizations and sent to leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives in support of an amendment that prohibits warrantless searches of government databases for information that pertains to U.S. citizens.

Sponsored by Reps.Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2016 would prohibit warrantless searches of government databases for information collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that pertains to U.S. citizens.

Although Section 702 prohibits the government from intentionally targeting the communications of U.S. persons, it does not explicitly restrict deliberately querying communications of Americans that were “inadvertently” or “incidentally” collected under Section 702.

SEE: Letter on Massie-Lofgren Amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2016, H.R. 2685

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