(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/16/21) – On Thursday, May 13, representatives from the Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with community leaders, hand delivered Eid greeting cards after the Eid ul-Fitr prayer service to Muslims incarcerated at a correctional facility in Prince Georges’ County, Md.
[NOTE: the Eid ul-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. During Eid ul-Fitr or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, Muslims would normally offer public prayers, exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying “Eid mubarak” (EED-moo-BAR-ak), meaning “blessed Eid,” and “taqabbalallah ta’atakum,” or “may God accept your deeds.” Eid ul-Fitr is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]
SEE: CAIR & ICNA CSJ ACTION ALERT: Send Eid Greetings to Maryland Muslim Inmates
“Incarcerated Muslims are inarguably one of the most underserved populations of Muslims in the United States,” said CAIR representative Hannah Shraim, who is part of the newly-formed Maryland Muslim Prison Project designed to protect the rights and serve the needs of this community. “American Muslims have duty to stand firm against the negative forces that plague incarcerated people, namely mass incarceration, economic injustice and the prison industrial complex. This year, thousands of incarcerated Muslims spent Eid alone in a prison cell. We hope that our Eid greeting initiative will serve as a stepping-stone for our continued advocacy for incarcerated Muslims across the state.”
Muslims make up nearly a quarter of the inmate population at the Prince Georges’ County Correctional Center where the greeting cards were delivered.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, email@example.com