(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/21/07) – On September 21, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) participated in an event marking the United Nations as the International Day of Peace at its new office location, the Gold Dome. The Gold Dome’s Multicultural Society welcomed the new CAIR chapter and supported CAIR’s mission of social justice and equality.
The Gold Dome helped Oklahoma celebrate peace through “Pinwheels for Peace,” with pinwheels decorated by children along the roadside, performances, speakers of prominent state representatives, as well as booths from organizations promoting peace. “A pinwheel is a childhood symbol – it reminds us of a time when things were simple, joyful, peaceful.” (The Pinwheel for Peace project)
Individuals approached the CAIR-OK booth and asked about the Islamic interpretation of peace. Razi Hashmi, Executive Director of CAIR-OK responded: “Islam carries on the message of peace and nonviolence just as the Judaeo-Christian traditions preach. We at CAIR hope to be the voice to carry on that message here in Oklahoma and America.&rdquo
“Through the Pinwheels for Peace project, we can make a public statement about our feelings about war, peace, tolerance, cooperation, harmony, unity; and, in some way, maybe awaken the public and let them know what we are thinking.” (The Pinwheel for Peace project)
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