(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/26/21) – As the inaugural campaign of the newly formed Maryland Muslim Prison Project, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Maryland office and the ICNA Council for Social Justice are urging community members to compose and submit Eid greetings to Muslim inmates incarcerated at correctional facilities in Maryland.
Messages of up to 150 words should be emailed by Wednesday, May 5th to email@example.com ahead of the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. These messages will be printed, inserted into Eid greeting cards along with informational brochures and delivered to incarcerated Muslims observing the Eid ul-Fitr holiday in Maryland.
“While COVID-19 restrictions prohibited us from providing dates and meals during Ramadan, our communities still have an opportunity to make Eid special for Muslim sisters and brothers who have been fasting under uniquely challenging circumstances,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “This campaign is an important opportunity to let them know that we are thinking of them.”
“Our incarcerated brothers and sisters are always appreciative of any contact from the outside Muslim community, and it brightens up their day to know that the community cares,” said Communications Director for ICNA Council for Social Justice Rameez Abid. “Let’s do our utmost to send them the greetings of Eid this year because they too were fasting behind bars, and we pray that Allah accepts it from them and us.”
The Maryland Muslim Prison Project is comprised of a diverse group of nearly a dozen grassroots Muslim activists, advocates and chaplains who have joined together to priorItize the needs and rights of incarcerated Muslims within the state.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.