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CAIR Calls for Prayers, Support for Those in Need During Solar Eclipse

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/20/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to offer prayers and to make charitable donations to help those in need during tomorrow’s solar eclipse.

On Monday, a total solar eclipse will be visible in a band crossing a number of states, with a partial eclipse visible in many other areas.

When a similar solar eclipse occurred on the day that the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) young son Ibrahim died, the people thought the eclipse took place because of his death.

The prophet challenged that view, telling the people: “The sun and the moon are two signs of the signs of God; they do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So, when you see the eclipse, remember God, extoll His greatness (say takbir), pray, and give charity.” (Narrated by the Prophet’s wife Ayesha)

“At this time of growing societal divisions and rising support for un-American intolerance, we are all greatly in need of prayer and contemplation,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We urge all Americans to use the opportunity provided by Monday’s eclipse to offer prayers based on their own faith traditions and to donate to organizations or institutions that help those in need.”

[NOTE: Some American mosques will hold special eclipse prayers.]

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:      

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:    

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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