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CAIR Offers Condolences to Maryland Congressman After Family’s Tragic Loss

(BALTIMORE, Md., 1/5/21) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered condolences to Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) on the tragic loss of his son Thomas Raskin, who died on New Year’s Eve.  

SEE: Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Remarkable Life of Tommy Raskin

In a statement, CAIR’s Director in Maryland Zainab Chaudry said: 

“Our hearts go out to the Raskin family during this incredibly difficult time. Tommy Bloom Raskin was a compassionate, conscientious student who cared about animal and human rights, injustice and war. He touched many lives in his 24 years, and clearly had an impact even on people who had never met him. We pray for patience for the congressman’s family, may his late son’s memory be a blessing. To God we belong, and to Him we return.” 

Please note: The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll, and many are struggling.  If you know someone in crisis, encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or to text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing may contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. The National Institute for Mental Health recommends contacting social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dialing 911 in an emergency.  

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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.     


CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 

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