Educational event counters anti-Muslim rhetoric and seeks to reach out to neighbors of all faiths
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/30/2010) — La Jolla Cross Roads Muslims last night held a “Share the Quran” Ramadan fast-breaking dinner, or “Iftar,” at the La Jolla Cross Roads clubhouse in San Diego. The purpose of the event was to invite neighbors of all faiths to come together and to get to know one another in light of the anti-Islamic rhetoric surrounding the New York City Islamic center project in Manhattan and the planned “Burn the Koran” in Florida.
CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, who was invited to be a guest speaker at the event, spoke about the rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric nationwide and the urgent need to get to know each other as neighbors. The program consisted of the Muslim sunset prayer, an iftar dinner, a short talk, and a question and answer session. More than 50 guests attended the event.
Several copies of the Quran that were also given out to guests as part of CAIR’s “Share the Quran” campaign.
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“In the midst of the anti-Muslim rhetoric being stoked around the country, it is comforting that our local American Muslim community is taking the initiative in reaching out to their neighbors and inviting them to break bread in the spirit of friendship and mutual respect,” said CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida
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.
CONTACT: CAIR San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, 619-913-0719 or 858-278-4547, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org