(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/14/08) – On Saturday, May 10, a team of Southern California Muslims joined the “Field of Dreams” OC AIDS Walk to help raise awareness of the disease and funds needed to provide services to AIDS patients and their families.
The team, called “Muslims Care,” was sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) in cooperation with the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC), the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF), and the Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC).
The Muslim team included youth, activists and community leaders such as Shaykh Mohammed Faqih, the imam of IIOC. “The participation of the Muslim team in the OC AIDS Walk reaffirms that Muslims care about and want to help effect a positive change in their communities,” Faqih said.
The opening ceremony featured prayers offered by Muslim, Christian and Native American representatives. CAIR-LA President Fawad Yacoob prayed for health, ease and a cure for those battling AIDS.
Muslim participation in the event is part of CAIR’s fourth annual summer-long “Muslims Care” campaign designed to encourage volunteerism in the American Muslim community.
“The goal of the Muslims Care campaign is to encourage volunteerism and the spirit of giving in the American Muslim community,” Yacoob said. “This year marks the first time a Muslim team participated in the OC AIDS Walk, and we hope to further increase participation and donations to this honorable cause in the coming years.”
More than 8,000 people participated in the annual walk and organizers expected to raise at least $750,000.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties 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-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, Tel: 714-776-1847, E-Mail: email@example.com