(Cleveland, OH, 5/24/05) – The Cleveland Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Ohio chapter (CAIR-Ohio) recently conducted an educational session on Islam and the Middle East for members of the Ohio National Guard. CAIR’s training session, held at the Canton National Guard Armory, was well received by the soldiers, most of whom said they knew little about Islam and Muslims before the training. The training provided detailed information about Muslim beliefs and practices, as well as background information on Middle Eastern history and culture. One attendee said, “Understanding Islam will help us be at ease when an obvious difference is encountered.” A number of soldiers said they had more respect for Islam and Muslims after the training. Each participant was provided with an information packet, including information about the basic beliefs and practices of Muslims.
After the training, participants got a chance to meet each other and to exchange views on a range of issues during a luncheon provided by CAIR. “This was an excellent opportunity to share our faith with others,” said CAIR-Ohio Board Member and Chair of the Cleveland office Isam Zaiem. “Such training sessions provide the opportunity to learn about each other and allow us to avoid needless conflicts and misunderstandings.” CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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