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CAIR offers a series of guides to explain relevant Muslim religious practices to employers, educators, healthcare providers, and law enforcement and correctional facility agents.
An excellent introduction to Muslim religious practices for educators and school administrators, this guide is a tool to promote diversity and accommodate Muslims students in educational institutions.
The US Constitution protects and asks for religious accommodation in the workplace. This is a guide for employers that explains some basic Islamic religious practices including dress guidelines, holidays, prayer timing, and fasting.
This booklet was developed in consultation with medical professionals and is ideal to help healthcare professionals work with Muslim patients, including explaining dietary requirements and guidelines for interacting with patients of the opposite sex.
This publication is designed to assist law enforcement officials in forming and implementing policies to create a culturally aware environment and cooperative relationship between American Muslims and law enforcement agencies.
This booklet is designed to assist chaplains, program coordinators, correctional officers and administrators in forming and implementing policies to create a culturally aware environment. It also explains some religious practices of Muslim inmates and their visitors.
Islam is not a new religion. It is the same truth that God revealed to all His prophets throughout history. Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against the innocent.
There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide. No more than 20 percent of Muslims live in the Arabic-speaking world. In fact, the country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia. Muslims believe in One, Unique, and Incomparable God. They believe in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon, and Jesus, and that God's eternal message was reaffirmed and finalized by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on them all). One becomes a Muslim by saying and believing: "There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God." By this declaration, the person announces faith in all of God's messengers.
The Quran is the record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad. It was memorized by Muhammad and then dictated to his companions. The text of the Quran was cross-checked during the life of the Prophet. The 114 chapters of the Quran have remained unchanged through the centuries.
There are an estimated 6-7 million Muslims in America. The Muslim community in America is made up of people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and national origins. There are almost 2,000 mosques, Muslim schools and Islamic centers in America. Muslims are active in all walks of life. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this country and around the world.
Over the years, CAIR has produced television and radio public service announcement (PSA) to help increase understanding of Islam and Muslims among our fellow Americans.
In 2010, the national debate over the construction of mosques focused on a center to be built near Ground Zero in New York City, triggering hostility toward Muslims as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approached. CAIR produced two video PSAs featuring Muslim first responders describing how they helped after the 9/11 attacks. Within a month, more than 13 million people watched the PSAs. The simple reminder that 9/11 happened to us all helped calm the anti-Muslim hysteria.
At the same time, we produced a PSA featuring a Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders describing the three faiths' versions of the Golden Rule and expressing solidarity and support for the religious rights of all Americans.
American Muslim's have consistently condemned terrorism in all forms. In 2005, CAIR produced a PSA for TV and radio to add another clear voice to the condemnations.
Radio versions of the "American Muslims condemn terrorism" PSAs were produced in English, Arabic and Urdu.
CAIR's 30 and 60-second PSAs feature American Muslims of European, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage. Each describes how they and their families have served America and ends by saying, "I am an American Muslim."