National Muslim group opens new office in Texas
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that it has opened a new office in Houston, Texas. CAIR-Houston joins 15 other offices the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group has nationwide and in Canada.
The new CAIR-Houston office will assist the local Muslim community in dealing with issues related to political participation, civil rights and interfaith dialogue. Upcoming events planned by the office include a public forum on new INS registration requirements for Muslim visa-holders and a voter registration drive at local mosques. There are existing CAIR offices in Austin and Dallas/Fort-Worth.
(The CAIR-Houston INS forum will take place February 11 at the University of Houston.)
“We will work to address the needs of a growing Muslim population and will promote tolerance and religious diversity in our community,” said CAIR-Houston President Tarik Hussein. Hussein said a recent CAIR-Houston fundraising event was sold out.
“The expansion of CAIR nationwide reflects a growing awareness in the American Muslim community that civil liberties and religious freedom can only be maintained through active social and political participation at the local level,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad added that CAIR plans to open four more offices around the country over the next few months.
There are several hundred thousand Muslims in Texas, seven million in America and some 1.2 billion worldwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this country and around the world. For background on the American Muslim community, see The Mosque in America: A National Portrait.