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NJ Muslims ‘Profiled’ For Praying at Giant’s Stadium

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

– MEDIA ADVISORY –

NJ MUSLIMS ‘PROFILED’ FOR PRAYING AT GIANTS STADIUM
CAIR to launch Eid ul-Fitr ‘Pray for Understanding’ Educational Campaign

(TOTOWA, NJ, 11/1/05) – On Wednesday, November 2, the New Jersey and New York offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ/CAIR-NY) will hold a press conference in New York City to launch a “Pray for Understanding” educational campaign tied to the upcoming Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, or “feast of fast breaking.”

CAIR’s campaign was prompted by an incident in which several Muslim football fans were allegedly profiled by law enforcement authorities for praying publicly in Giants Stadium during a game in September. The men report they were detained and interrogated apparently based on their prayers being perceived as “suspicious behavior” by other fans.

WHAT: CAIR News Conference on Profiling, Launch of ‘Pray for Understanding’ Campaign
WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, Noon
WHERE: 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 246, New York, NY (120th St. and Riverside Drive)
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr, 917-751-1017 or 212-870-2002, E-Mail: director@cair-ny.org

“This incident is of particular concern because a recent report confirmed that a number of New Jersey Muslims have been profiled by law enforcement authorities solely because of their faith,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr.

A federal review concluded that New Jersey counterterrorism agents filed 140 intelligence reports into a database with no grounds for suspicion other than the suspects’ Muslim faith.

SEE: “Report Backs Charges that N.J. Muslims were Profiled”
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-3/112866313196640.xml&coll=1

At the Wednesday news conference, the detained football fans will describe the alleged profiling incident, and CAIR representatives will outline the “Pray for Understanding” campaign.

The campaign itself involves inviting people of all faiths to attend prayers and other activities associated with the Eid ul-Fitr holiday that will take place November 3rd or 4th. (The exact date depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon.)

CAIR has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the 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: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

 

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