(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/14/08) – Some 800 people turned out on Saturday for the second annual dinner of the Pennsylvania office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) in Philadelphia.
Michael H. Morgan, author of “Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists,” offered the evening’s keynote address. Other speakers included CAIR National Director Tahra Goraya and CAIR-Philadelphia President Mazhar Rishi, who outlined his office’s successes defending civil rights in the past year.
Award recipients at the banquet included the American Friends Service Committee, the Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation, the Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council, and the Philadelphia Dialog Forum.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.