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CAIR-Cincinnati Secures Muslim Student’s Right to Hijab

(CINCINNATI, OH, 4/15/10) — The Cincinnati office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) announced today that it has helped a Muslim student at a local college secure the right to wear her Islamic head scarf, or hijab, while attending classes.
Initially, the student was told by Kaplan College that she had to present a letter from her mosque before she would be allowed to wear her hijab while she was in the school facility.
“We appreciate that Kaplan College recognized its obligation under the law to make religious accommodation for this Muslim student,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub. “The student is very happy that she can seek an education while practicing her faith.”
Dabdoub noted that CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for students of all 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.
There are three CAIR chapters in Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.

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CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-mail: kdabdoub@cair.com; Roula Allouch, rallouch@cair.com

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