(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/2006) – A delegation from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) met Sunday with the U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Abu Dhabi.
The CAIR delegation offered Ambassador Michele J. Sison information about the American Muslim community and its desire to act as a bridge of understanding between the United States and the Muslim world.
Meeting participants also discussed recent CAIR initiatives, such as “Explore the Quran” and “Explore the Life of Muhammad,” designed to enhance the American public’s understanding of Islam and Muslims. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad presented Ambassador Sison with a copy of the Quran that is being offered free of charge to Americans of all faiths.
“American Muslims can help people in the Middle East and the larger Islamic world better understand the United States, just as they explain Islam and Muslim concerns to fellow Americans,” said Awad. “All of our research shows that when levels of knowledge go up, prejudice and misunderstanding decrease.”
Awad also thanked Ambassador Sison for receiving the CAIR delegation and promised to follow up on a number of ideas for mutual cooperation that came up at the meeting.
He said the CAIR delegation is in the region to discuss initiatives to improve the image of Islam in the United States.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.
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