(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/1/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today launched an initiative, called “Muslims Care,” designed to promote volunteerism in the American Muslim community.
The summer-long campaign by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offers Muslims the resources and information they need to help improve the communities in which they live. “Muslims Care” is designed as an annual effort, with a focus this year on health awareness, helping the needy and activities for the youth.
CAIR launched its campaign through a new website, www.muslims-care.org, at which potential volunteers may download a toolkit containing information about how to become a volunteer and suggesting volunteer activities such as blood drives, health awareness fairs and student tutoring.
The “Muslims Care” kit also offers advice to Islamic religious leaders about how they can promote volunteerism in local mosques and suggests partnering with established volunteer groups such as the American Cancer Society and Big Brother/Big Sisters. For example, Muslims will participate in the Komen National Race for the Cure in Washington D.C., on June 4th. (Register at: http://www.nationalraceforthecure.org/)
Visitors to the “Muslims Care” website may submit local volunteer opportunities and see what activities are available in their state.
“We believe this important effort will not only help those served by the volunteers, but will demonstrate in a concrete manner that American Muslims care about and want to improve their local communities,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed. She quoted the Prophet Muhammad, who said: “If you are kind to your neighbor, you will be a believer. If you want others to have what you wish for yourself, you will be a Muslim.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
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
CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.
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