(ANAHEIM, CA – 10/14/2004)- The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), in cooperation with local Islamic centers, today announced the launch of a radio ad campaign designed to educate the public about the Muslim fast of Ramadan.
The six 60-second spots will air on 980 AM KFWB beginning Friday, October 15, and will run for one month. They are scheduled for broadcast tomorrow starting between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will continue through the month of Ramadan between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Recent CAIR research has shown that as many as 1-in-4 Americans holds anti-Muslim views. That same research indicates that anti-Muslim prejudice decreases when people have access to accurate information about Islam and
relate to ordinary Muslims. SEE:
The Ramadan radio ads are one part of CAIR’s effort to educate Americans
about Islam and Muslims. Other campaigns include placing ads in newspapers,
sending books and videotapes to libraries across the country and placing
educational messages on billboards.
The first CAIR Ramadan radio ad begins with the Muslim call to prayer
(Adhan) and continues:
“This is the Muslim call to prayer. This call also marks the time for
breaking the fast for millions of American Muslims who are currently
observing the holy month of Ramadan.
“Ramadan is a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. It is a time for
spiritual purification, worship, inner reflection, and increased charity
and empathy for those less fortunate. It is a time to re-connect with our
Creator and make peace with all people. We invite our fellow Americans of
all faiths to join in spreading this spirit of peace and brotherhood in our
“The Muslim community wishes everyone a very blessed and peaceful Ramadan.
“To learn more about Islam and the Muslim community, please contact CAIR at
888-678-3931 or visit http://www.cair.com or visit a local mosque.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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