WHAT: On Tuesday, May 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will hold a news conference at the nation’s capital to launch a campaign to offer free Qurans to the American public. The campaign by the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is in response to a recent controversy generated by a Newsweek article alleging that Islam’s holy text was flushed down a toilet.
CAIR’s campaign, called “Explore the Quran” involves the community sponsored distribution of Islam’s revealed text to Americans nationwide. “We are initiating this campaign as an attempt to turn a negative incident into something more positive,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “It is our belief that greater access to Islam’s holy book will help foster a better appreciation and understanding of Islam by ordinary Americans.”
WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey, SE, Washington D.C., 20003
WHEN: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.