(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/14/2008) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area chapter (CAIR-SFBA) said today that it is working closely with the Milpitas Mosque and legal counsel to monitor the detention of Imam Mumtaz ul-Haq.
Imam ul-Haq, the religious leader of Milpitas Mosque for more than 10 years, was detained August 5th on immigration-related issues.
On Friday, CAIR-SFBA and the Milpitas Mosque coordinated the signing of a petition for his release. In just two hours, more than 1,000 signatures were collected from members of the Muslim community.
CAIR-SFBA has also coordinated the collection of character references from community members who have known and respected the imam.
“The response to the petition and the spontaneous submission of character references reflects the high level of concern in the community for the detention of Imam ul-Haq, and also demonstrates the enormous support and respect he has in the community,” said CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Coordinator Agnes Chong.
She said CAIR-SFBA will continue to monitor the case and is committed to ensuring that Imam ul-Haq is treated with respect and justice under the law. CAIR-SFBA will also keep the community updated as new developments unfold in the case.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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-SFBA Civil Rights Coordinator Agnes Chong, 408-986-9874, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org