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CAIR Hosts 200 at 2nd Annual Maryland Community Appreciation Iftar

Civil Rights Organization Welcomes Historic Governor’s Citation Marking Holy Month of Ramadan 

(Baltimore, MD, 5/19/19) – On Thursday, May 16, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, hosted 200 guests at its second annual Community Appreciation Iftar in Maryland, where it welcomed the presentation of a historic Governor’s citation marking the holy month of Ramadan.

The citation reads: 

“Ramadan 2019 Greetings: Be it known that on behalf of the citizens of this state, in recognition of the worldwide observance of the holy month, along with over 350,000 Muslims, originating from 60 different nations, who call Maryland home; a tribute to the diversity the community exhibits, while strengthening the political, cultural, spiritual and economic fortunes of our state through positive community engagement; it is during this resolute time of reflection and even greater inclusion, we are pleased to confer upon you this Governor’s Citation given under my hand and the great seal of the State of Maryland this 16th day of May 2019.”

“At a time when our mosques and communities are increasingly being targeted by hate, this Ramadan citation is an important reminder of the contributions of Muslims across our state,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “CAIR welcomes this historic gesture from Governor Larry Hogan and congratulates our communities on this recognition.”

Chaudry noted that at least six Maryland mosques have been targeted by some form of hate in the last year alone, with one mosque experiencing three incidents alone. CAIR has been assisting local Muslim leaders in applying for federal and state grant funding to target harden and bolster security at their houses of worship.

Earlier this month, the civil rights organization called for stepped up security measures during the holy month of Ramadan, which Muslims globally are in the midst of observing.

SEE: U.S. mosques see heightened security concerns for Ramadan

SEE: CAIR Urges Muslim Communities to Step Up Security During Upcoming Ramadan Fast

CAIR’s recently released report ”˜Hijacked by Hate’ found that over one thousand organizations have been responsible for funding nearly forty groups in the Islamophobia Network between 2014-16. 

The total revenue capacity for this network during this time period was discovered to be a staggering $1.5 billion, channeled into advancing anti-Muslim and anti-Islam animus in America.

SEE: Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network

SEE: New CAIR Report to Show How Anonymous Donors Use Mainstream Philanthropic Groups to Funnel Millions to Anti-Muslim Hate Groups

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, , 410-971-6062


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