(TAMPA, FL, 11/18/04) – On Wednesday, November 24, the Florida office of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) plans to serve hot
meals to more than 1000 low-income residents in the city of Tampa on the
night before Thanksgiving.
WHAT: CAIR Pre-Thanksgiving Community Dinner to Feed the Needy
WHEN: Wednesday, November 24, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: University Community Center, 14013 N 22nd Street, Tampa, FL
CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier 813-514-1414 or 813-731-9506, E-mail:
The Islamic faith obligates its followers to give to the poor and the
hungry. Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He is not a
true believer who sleeps with a full stomach, while his neighbor is hungry.”
“Muslims have an obligation to give back to the communities in which they
live,” said CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed Bedier. “This is a great
way to reach out and build bridges of understanding.”
The Tampa Thanksgiving Community Dinner is part of CAIR-FL’s “Feed the
Hungry” campaign. CAIR-FL was recognized earlier this week by the Hernando
County Commission for a similar effort in that county to distribute food
baskets to the needy. CAIR-FL also held a similar event in Broward County
earlier in the month.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Its mission is to enhance 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: Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, email@example.com