3. CAIR EDUCATES ABOUT ISLAM, DECLARES 2006 YEAR OF THE PROPHET
When a Danish newspaper printed offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) late last year, depicting him as a terrorist with a bomb in his turban, many in the Muslim world expressed outrage and threatened to boycott Danish goods.
CAIR seized the opportunity to turn a negative incident into a teaching moment by decrying the violence and encouraging education about the life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). CAIR declared the year 2006 as the “Year of the Prophet Muhammad” and launched the “Explore the Life of Muhammad” campaign, a major educational effort that offered people of all faiths a free book or DVD about the Prophet.
To date, more than 19,000 people have requested books and DVDs through this campaign.
CAIR spokespeople across the country appeared on the airwaves and in newspapers, urging a balance between the right to free speech and the respect for religious sensitivities.