(MIAMI, FL, 1/9/06) – The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will hold a voter registration drive at events marking the Eid ul-Adha holiday that begins on Tuesday. CAIR-FL’s Eid voter registration drive is part of CAIR’s non-partisan Muslim political mobilization effort to be conducted during the 2006 election cycle.
WHAT: Eid Voter Registration Drive
WHEN: Tuesday, January 10, 2006, 8:30 A.M.
WHERE: Miami Gardens Mosque, 4305 NW 183rd Street, Miami, FL
CONTACT: CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali, 954-272-0490, 954-298-8214; E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor at 202-488-8787 or 571-278-4658, or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Contact Corey Saylor to obtain a step-by-step guide to holding a voter registration drive.)
“Our community’s issues will only be addressed if all eligible Muslims first register to vote, and then go to the polls on election day,” said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.
CAIR Muslim political mobilization effort will include in-person and online voter registration drives, candidate forums, production of voter guides, get-out-the-vote campaigns, conducting research on and surveys of American Muslim voters, and other grass-roots activities. CAIR will also be calling on Muslim students to volunteer in political campaigns.
On January 10, Muslims in America will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations at locations around the country. The prayers, and the holiday that follows, are called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or “festival of the sacrifice.” Eid ul-Adha commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command. The holiday is celebrated with prayers, gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings.
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.