In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR ‘SHARING RAMADAN’ INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES OUTREACH
Fast-breaking events designed to enhance understanding of Islam
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/2005) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched its annual “Sharing Ramadan” outreach effort designed to enhance understanding of Islam and to help Americans of all faiths meet their Muslims neighbors by taking part in a Ramadan “Iftar,” or fast-breaking meal.
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. It is scheduled to begin on or about October 4, depending on the sighting of the new moon.
CAIR says the initiative addresses the rising level of Islamophobic prejudice in American society. According to the Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group, anti-Muslim bias decreases when people have access to accurate information about Islam and are able to connect on a personal level with ordinary Muslims.
“We encourage Americans of all faiths to take part in a fast-breaking meal and share Ramadan’s spirit of mercy and forgiveness,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.
He quoted the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, which states: “O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another. Surely the noblest of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous.” (49:13)
Ahmed said CAIR is helping local Muslim communities organize “Sharing Ramadan” Iftars by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting the events. The “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide” is available online at: www.cair.com/sharingramadan05.pdf
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
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