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CAIR-San Diego Meets with College Over ‘Wudu’ Incident

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 7/10/08) – A representative of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) met Tuesday with an official of Mesa College over a recent incident in which a faculty member allegedly confronted a Muslim student who was performing ritual ablutions, or “wudu,” in preparation for his prayers.
According to the student, he was confronted by the faculty member three weeks ago while using water from a campus restroom sink to wash his feet. The faculty member reportedly demanded the student’s name, telephone number and student identification card. Both the student and the faculty member then went to the campus police office to file a report on the incident.
In Wednesday’s meeting, the Mesa College official affirmed that there are no college policies that prohibit students from washing their feet in the sink. The official also stated that the faculty member’s actions in this incident were not appropriate.
CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida presented the college official with a copy of CAIR’s publication “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.”
That booklet states: “Before each prayer, Muslims are required to wash their faces, hands and feet with clean water. This washing is normally performed in a rest room sink or other facility that has running water, and takes about two minutes.”
SEE: An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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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CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, Tel: 619-913-0719 or 858-278-4547, E-mail:


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