(NEW YORK, NY, 12/20/07) – A representative of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) recently joined a delegation of high-profile Muslim American leaders in a visit to Mali as part of a campaign to build awareness and work to end malaria-related deaths in Africa.
The delegation, hosted by Malaria No More, included CAIR-NY board member Aisha al-Adawiya, the daughter of Malcolm X Ilyassa Shabazz, and Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, as well as representatives from the Islamic Society of North America, Ministry of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, and the Muslim Students Association National.
From December 9 to 14, the group of Muslim scholars, activists and leaders met with local religious officials, witnessing firsthand the effect of malaria on the people of Mali. The group also distributed 2.1 million insecticide-treated bed nets to children under five in an effort to prevent the spread of measles and malaria.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 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.
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