CAIR ‘Explore the Quran’ Requests Top 20K
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/22/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that more than 20,000 people have requested free copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, since the launch of its “Explore the Quran” campaign earlier this year, and more requests are coming in daily.
CAIR initiated its educational campaign as a positive response to the controversy over allegations that American military personnel desecrated the Quran at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay. Those who requested free Qurans include law enforcement officials, students, religious leaders, and ordinary people of all faiths who just wish to learn more about Islam and Muslims.
A North Carolina physician who requested a Quran wrote to CAIR: “I appreciate what your group is doing to foster better understanding between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. I look forward to reading the Quran and learning more about Islam.”
Another Quran recipient from California wrote: “It just arrived today and I’ve only read the intro and forward and started reading the verses. My reaction surprises me: I feel an attraction to the words that I never expected. . .No matter what, I will learn so much about Islam thanks to your generosity.”
To request or sponsor a free Quran, go to: http://www.explorethequran.org
For background on the campaign:
USA Today – “Getting the Holy Word Out”
ABC News – “Free Korans”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters 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.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
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