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CAIR, MPOWER Change, Poligon Education Fund Respond to #PunishAMuslimDay Threat with #LoveAMuslim Twitterstorm

(WASHINGTON, DC, 4/2/18) — On Tuesday, April 3, in response to an anonymous letter delivered to several mosques in London declaring that day “Punish a Muslim Day,” national American Muslim organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), MPOWER Change and the Poligon Education Fund will hold a #LoveAMuslim twitterstorm at 3 p.m. EDT encouraging people to tweet about Muslims in their lives they appreciate, and why. 

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The Twitterstorm is inspired by the Quranic verse that instructs Muslims to repel evil with that which is better. 

“Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.” [Qur’an 41:34]

Its purpose is to amplify voices appreciating the contributions of Muslims, embrace diversity, and reject fear tactics designed to intimidate Muslim communities.

Last week, CAIR issued a community safety advisory after receiving concerned inquiries from American Muslims worried if their families or community will be similarly targeted.

SEE: Community Advisory: CAIR Urges Increased Security Measures Following ”˜Punish a Muslim Day’ Threat in UK

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report  

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

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