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Nihad Awad: We’re in this together

As-salaamu alaykum and Ramadan mubarak,

On behalf of the entire CAIR family, I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Like you, we at CAIR are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by working and worshipping from home during this blessed month of Ramadan.

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Although I have experienced many unprecedented events in the 26 years since the founding of CAIR, I never expected to send a Ramadan greeting to you under these circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect of our lives—separating us from our loved ones, our offices, and even our houses of worship.

However, the pandemic has not disrupted CAIR’s work. In fact, COVID-19 has led us to expand and increase our work in order to protect the Muslim community from this unexpected crisis.

Why?

As one of the largest and most experienced Muslim organizations in the United States, we have a special opportunity and responsibility to help American Muslims navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

That’s why we quickly mobilized to launch two new community resources:

• CAIRNewsroom.com, a brand-new website about the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day, CAIRNewsroom shares important news updates, resources, expert advice, and spiritual guidance with the community.

• The Daily Dose: Covid Conversations with CAIR, a Facebook Live news program that features

interviews with spiritual leaders, health care professionals, legal experts, and others from around the country Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. (ET).

Using these and other CAIR resources, we are highlighting the positive ways American Muslims are responding to the COVID-19 crisis: Islamic charities distributing food to those in need, masajid volunteers creating protective face masks for health care workers, and Muslim doctors on the front lines – treating patients, researching cures, and advocating for better health care policies.

Even as CAIR addresses the COVID-19 crisis, we continue to do our civil rights work. We currently represent more than 100 Muslims in lawsuits across the country. We also receive about 150 new civil rights complaints every month. Over the past two years, we have recovered over $1,000,000 in settlement proceeds for more than 175 clients.

American Muslims count on CAIR’s leadership, especially during times of crisis. We hope that we can, in turn, count on your generosity.

To be frank, this crisis has limited our resources, as well as our ability to raise funds for our work. CAIR needs to raise $2.6 million during Ramadan to meet our fundraising goals for the year. If you have the means to help, we ask you to give what you can. Allah assures us that the blessings and rewards for sadaqa and zakat in Ramadan – and in challenging times – are multiplied many times over.

As Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever does a voluntary good deed during this month, it is as if that person performed an obligatory good deed at another time, and whoever performs an obligatory good deed, it is as if that person performed 70 obligatory good deeds at another time.”

If everyone unites by giving even a little, we can reach our goal and continue our work. I have no doubt that the generosity and support of people like you will help CAIR navigate our community through and out of this crisis, insha’Allah.

Remember, CAIR is a tax-deductible and zakat-eligible organization (Tax ID: 77-0646756).

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Please visit https://www.cair.com/donate/ to make a secure online donation using a credit card, e-check or PayPal. 

Monthly donations help us the most.

Thank you. May Allah bless you and your family with the best of health.

Sincerely,

Nihad Awad

CAIR National Executive Director

P.S. Like you, I receive many letters during Ramadan requesting donations. I have learned not to turn down any request – even by donating a little – because I know that when we all chip in, it adds up. Thank you for giving what you can.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make your gift help even more by asking your employer to match your donation. Your gift to CAIR is tax-deductible and zakat-eligible.

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