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CAIR-LA: Calif. Mosque Holds Town Hall in Response to Anti-Muslim Hate

(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/8/10) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) announced today that a town hall meeting will be held at the Orange County Islamic Foundation tonight in response to the recent anti-Muslim hate incidents in Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.

WHAT: Orange County Islamic Foundation Town Hall in Response to Anti-Muslim Hate Incidents
WHEN: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.
WHERE: Orange County Islamic Foundation, 23581 Madero Dr., Suite 101, Mission Viejo CA 92691
CONTACT: CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Communications Manager Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847 or 714 -851-4851, E-mail:

SPONSORS: The town hall meeting is co-sponsored by the Orange County Islamic Foundation, CAIR-LA and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.

In Mission Viejo, Calif., vandals defaced the Muslim component of an interfaith holiday display over the weekend. A piece of paper stuck to the display stated: “No Islamic Lighthouses in the U.S.A.”

SEE PHOTOS: Interfaith Holiday Display Vandalized in Mission Viejo

The Muslim display included a verse from the Quran encouraging the unity of humankind and promoting righteousness. “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you.” (The Holy Quran, 49:13)

Moreover, an official of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa reported that a burned copy of the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, was found at the back entrance of the mosque during last Friday prayers. Mosque officials told CAIR that another burned Quran had been left in the same spot one month ago and that the center had been vandalized within the last three weeks.

CAIR is urging American Muslim individuals and institutions to review advice on security procedures contained in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Communications Manager Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847 or 714 -851-4851, E-mail:


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