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U.S. Muslims to Meet with Danish Ambassador about Cartoon Controversy

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

– MEDIA ADVISORY –

U.S. MUSLIMS TO MEET WITH DANISH AMBASSADOR ABOUT CARTOON CONTROVERSY

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/6/06) – On Monday, February 6, representatives of the American Muslim community will meet with the Danish ambassador in Washington, D.C., to discuss their concerns about defamatory caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad originally published in Denmark.

WHAT: U.S. Muslims to Meet With Danish Ambassador
WHEN: Monday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. (Muslim representatives will be available for media interviews after the meeting.)
WHERE: Danish Ambassador’s Residence, 3200 Whitehaven Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org

Representatives of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) met with the Norwegian ambassador last week to discuss this same issue.

SEE: CAIR Voices Concerns About Cartoons to Norwegian Ambassador
http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1975&theType=NR

Yesterday, CAIR held a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters to express the U.S. Muslim community’s rejection of violence in response to the defamatory caricatures.

SEE: U.S. Muslims Reject Violent Response to Cartoon Controversy
http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1977&theType=NR

Also over the weekend, American Muslims protested peacefully outside the United Nations in New York City.

SEE: Protest is Peaceful in NY
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-nyisla064616069feb06,0,3485009.story

On Friday, CAIR distributed a syndicated editorial, titled “What Would Muhammad Do?” describing how the Prophet Muhammad himself refrained from violent reactions to personal attacks and abuse.

SEE: Muslims Must Respond Peacefully to Affronts to Islam
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0206hooper.html

Also on Friday, CAIR urged prayer leaders at mosques nationwide to defend the Prophet Muhammad’s image through educational activities, the sharing of books and other materials with friends and colleagues of other faiths and through “personal example of good character as instructed by the Prophet Muhammad.”

SEE: Help Defend the Image of Prophet Muhammad
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=364&theType=AA

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance 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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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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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

 

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