(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 7/26/17) – The Alabama chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today invited U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore to visit a mosque and learn firsthand about Islam from fellow Alabamians after he recently described Islam as a “false religion” at a meeting of the North Jefferson County Republican Club.
“Statements that espouse Islamophobia and cast out fellow Alabamians, implying that they do not have the same rights under the law, are un-American,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed in a statement. “We invite Judge Roy Moore to visit a mosque, meet with Alabamian Muslims and learn about their faith and about the Muslim constituents he intends to serve as a senator. As a candidate for the Senate, this is perhaps the best time for him to do so.”
“As long as there is no actual harm or threat of violence, as in the recent case of vandalism in Helena, our hope is indeed to engage in dialogue that will lead to mutual understanding,” said Hadeed.
She added: “Muslims are a thriving community in Alabama, with Islamic centers and award-winning schools across the state. We wake up every morning wanting the same things as our fellow citizens of other faiths. We work hard, raise families, give back, and watch football (in that order). We are not ashamed to be Muslims or follow the teachings of our faith, a right guaranteed under the Constitution.”
CAIR-Alabama recently called for vandalism of a Muslim family’s vehicles to be investigated as a hate crime.
Hadeed’s response is in line with the Quran’s teachings that call on Muslims to respond with kindness, rather than rude debate to their Christian and Jewish brethren:
The Quran, Islam’s revealed text, states: “And do not argue with the People of the Book except in a way that is best, unless it be with those of them who act unjustly, and say (to them): ‘We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. Our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit.’”
Because of the spike in hate crimes, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
Community members may also report any bias incidents to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 334-224-2196, email@example.com; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com