(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/18/07) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) recently took part in the Fourth Annual Interfaith Dinner in Oklahoma City hosted by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog.
CAIR-OK officials joined other religious leaders, state representatives and community activists at the dinner. The program began with a proclamation from the House of Representatives congratulating the Institute of Interfaith Dialog for its efforts to bring together people of all faiths in an atmosphere of peace and understanding.
Speakers at the dinner included representatives from the United Methodist Church, the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, state and national government, and the FBI.
Imam Imad Enchassi of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City closed the event with a benediction. He said: “Two words in Islam always come together, righteousness and piety. Righteousness is one’s relationship with others and piety is one’s relationship with God, and righteousness must come first before piety.”
“The collective interfaith-based movement is helping to bring peace and understanding to a world that is plagued by poverty, hatred and ignorance,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi. “This movement will help to shape a better, brighter future for our children.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Razi Hashmi, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR-OK Chairperson Lobna Hewedi, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-OK Board Member Saad Mohammed, 405-210-4775, E-Mail: email@example.com