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CAIR Thanks Virginia Town for Ending Police Blockade of Muslim Business Ahead of End-of-Hajj Holiday

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/20/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization, today thanked the Town of Warrenton, Va., for ending a police blockade of a Muslim-owned business so that local Muslims may carry out obligations associated with the end-of-Hajj Eid ul-Adha (“festival of the sacrifice”) holiday that begins on Tuesday.

[NOTE: Eid ul-Adha, commonly referred to as just ”˜Eid,’ is the largest Muslim holiday and commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command. The holiday is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings.]

Earlier today, CAIR sent a letter to town officials seeking an end to the blockade.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Virginia Town to End Police Blockade of Muslim Business in Time for End-of-Hajj Holiday

https://www.cair.com/cair_calls_on_virginia_town_to_end_police_blockade_of_muslim_business_in_time_for_end_of_hajj_holiday

It has now been agreed that the event will go forward as in previous years, along with a commitment by the business owners to expedite action on any concerns town officials may have about the site.

“We thank the Town of Warrenton for its prompt and professional action in resolving this issue that is so important to the Muslim community in Northern Virginia,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We look forward to working with town officials and the business owners to ensure a safe and efficient Eid ul-Adha event this year and in the future.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Earlier this year, CAIR released its 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” which showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan, 202-748-4319, nmodan@cair.com

 

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