(WASHINGTON, DC, 8/31/2016) â€“ Today, Â the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offered a â€˜Know Your Rights as a Hajj Travelerâ€™ community training webinar for those taking part in the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
The training provided information on airport security agencies, screening, body scanners, your rights at customs and U.S. entry points, the terrorist screening database, no-fly and selectee lists, the complaints process, and more. Common scenarios were discussed.
[MEDIA NOTE: Each year, thousands of American Muslims take part in religious observances associated with the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Hajj is one of the “five pillars” of the Islamic faith. (The other pillars include a declaration of faith, daily prayers, offering regular charity, and fasting during the month of Ramadan.) Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey. When the main portion of the pilgrimage is completed, Muslims worldwide will gather for communal prayers on the first day (on or about September 11) of Eid ul-Adha (eed-al-odd-ha), the second of the two major Muslim holidays.]
CAIR offers an informational pocket guide, “Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim,” which states in part: “As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel. It is illegal for law enforcement officials to perform any stops, searches, detentions, or removals based solely on your race, religion, national origin, sex, or ethnicity.”
If you believe your rights have been violated, you may call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email email@example.com CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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. – END – CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure:email@example.com; CAIR National Staff Attorney Maha Sayed: firstname.lastname@example.org