(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/21/15) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the renewal of its â€œShare the Quranâ€ campaign in response to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carsonâ€™s false claim that Islam is â€œinconsistentâ€ with the Constitution and his bigoted belief that a Muslim should not be elected president.
CAIR announced the educational campaign to give away free copies of the Quran, Islamâ€™s released text, during a news conference this morning at its Capitol Hill headquarters.
CAIR: Share the Quran
â€œCAIRâ€™s research shows a direct correlation between increasing knowledge of Islam and decreasing anti-Muslim prejudice,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad said CAIR is open to a meeting with Carson to dispel any misunderstandings he has about Islam and will send him a copy of the Quran so that he may educate himself about the faith.
The high-quality volumes of the Quran distributed in CAIRâ€™s â€œShare the Quranâ€ campaign contain the original Arabic script, an English translation by Muhammad Asad, transliteration of the Arabic text, and notes on individual verses. They include a bookmark guide to the verses related to topics such as womenâ€™s rights, social justice, and respect for other faiths.
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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