(DALLAS FORT-WORTH, TEXAS, 10/12/20) – The Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today commended Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter for calling out “hate speech” on social media after hateful messages surfaced about Muslim burial plots in the city’s cemetery.
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“Mayor Shetter has shown true moral character by calling out online hate speech that dehumanizes American Muslims and goes against American values,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-DFW. “Muslims are productive and valuable members of the community who’ve been buried in the Burleson Memorial Cemetery for years. This level of Islamophobia that targets the deceased and burials reflects ugly hatred and willful ignorance. What kind of vile person or group attacks people who are trying to bury their dead?”
The Dallas Fort-Worth Muslim community has experienced backlash in the past. When several Islamic Centers purchased land in Farmersville for a cemetery, they also experienced hate speech until the city council approved the purchase in 2018.
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Muslim burials follow all state guidelines as it relates to burials. In addition, Muslims also wash the body, pray over the deceased in communal prayer, and bury them facing Mecca, the prayer direction of Muslims. This process helps bring comfort to the families of the deceased and gives them closure.
CAIR Backgrounder: Islamic Funeral Practices
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, 469-290-2909, firstname.lastname@example.org