(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/2/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said some 5,000 people have requested free copies of the Quran since the launch of the group’s “Explore the Quran” campaign on May 17. CAIR’s campaign is designed as a positive response to the recent controversy over desecration of the Quran. Those who have requested free Qurans include a police officer who works with the Muslim community, Christian religious leaders who wish to explain Islam to their congregations and Americans of all faiths who just wish to learn more about Islam’s revealed text. (Calls are coming into CAIR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters at the rate of one-per-minute.) SEE: “Getting the Holy Word Out” http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2005-06-01-koran_x.htm
“The overwhelmingly positive response to our ‘Explore the Quran’ campaign reflects a desire by ordinary Americans to better understand Islam and Muslims,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. He encouraged Muslims to support the campaign by sponsoring a Quran. Awad added that a letter explaining how Muslims are taught to handle the Quran with due respect will be included with each shipment. To learn more about CAIR’s “Explore the Quran” campaign, go to: http://www.explorethequran.org To request or sponsor a copy of the Quran by phone, call 1-800-78-ISLAM (1-800-784-7526). (In order to ease the pressure on CAIR’s switchboard, those requesting a free Quran may also send a letter or postcard to: Explore the Quran, CAIR, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003)
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, 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.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
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