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Oklahoma Muslims to Commemorate Month-Long Ramadan Fast with Iftar at State Capitol, Community Service

CAIR OK(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 6/9/15) – The Oklahoma Muslim community will join Muslims from around the world in beginning the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don) on June 18. During this holy month the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will encourage dialogue between Muslim community members and elected officials by hosting an Iftar or Ramadan fast-breaking meal at the State Capitol and community service through its annual Ramadan day of service at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.

“Ramadan is not only a time of spiritual renewal with the focus of obtaining nearness to God,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, “Ramadan is also an opportunity to put our beliefs into practice by fostering dialogue, building bridges of understanding, and most importantly helping our fellow Oklahomans in need.”

The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July.

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.

CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-OK Events Coordinator Anna Facci, 405-286-6009 ext. 3, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Cleveland to Join Legal Effort by Religious, Civil Rights Groups Seeking Charges in Tamir Rice Case

CAIR OhioCLEVELAND, OH – On Tuesday, June 9th, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will join other civil rights leaders, activists, and clergy at a press conference in front of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center to announce that they are filing a number of citizens’ affidavits for probable cause in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by Cleveland Police Officers on November 22, 2014.

SEE: Cleveland Leaders Bypass Prosecutors to Seek Charge in Tamir Rice Case

These affidavits, to be filed in Cleveland Municipal Court, will call upon a municipal court judge to issue arrest warrants for Cleveland Division of Police Officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann in connection with the death of Tamir Rice.

The affidavits will be filed in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 2935.09 and 2935.10.

“We are still waiting for the criminal justice system to enact justice in the name of Tamir Rice. It has been more than six months since his tragic death and, yet, the people still have no answers and no one has been held accountable. Today, citizens are taking matters into their own hands utilizing the tools of democracy as an instrument of justice,” said Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin, pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

Who: A group of civil rights leaders, activists, and clergy
What: A press conference
When: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 11 a.m.
Where: Cuyahoga County Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Physical location of press conference will be on the north side of the Justice Center on Lakeside Avenue.
Contacts: Edward Little, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Consultant, 216-256-7020, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, Director, Social Justice Institute, Case Western Reserve University, 216-559-0909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

U.S. Muslims to Begin Month-Long Ramadan Fast

Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2015CAIR offers Muslim communities ‘Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/8/15) – The Muslim community in America and around the world will begin the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don) on or about June 18.

[*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan. GO TO: http://www.islamicfinder.com]

Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.

The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about July 17.

To assist local Muslim community leaders, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has produced a “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2015” that offers step-by-step advice on hosting an interfaith iftar, or fast-breaking meal, with their fellow Americans of other faiths and backgrounds.

SEE: CAIR Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2015

The resource guide includes instructions on forming a “Sharing Ramadan” committee, a sample media advisory for an iftar, advice on reaching out to local media, an advertisement for the event, text for a “Welcome to Our Ramadan Fast-Breaking” brochure, frequently-asked questions about Ramadan, and a sample event program and newspaper advertisement.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NY: Christian, Jewish and Muslim Teens Speak at UN on ‘Ending the Chains of Hate’

CAIR NY logo(NEW YORK, NY, 6/5/15) - On Monday, June 8, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the Stony Point Center will stand in solidarity with Christian, Jewish and Muslim teenagers of “UNITE for Harmony” as they address the United Nations to promote interfaith dialogue and cooperation and call for “Ending the Chains of Hate.”

CAIR-NY is a co-sponsor of the event.

WHAT: Christian, Jewish and Muslim Teens to Address United Nations
WHEN: Monday, June 8, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE: United Nations Tillman Chapel at the Church Center at the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, NY
LIVE STREAMING: https://youtu.be/VaYR4YdYhLM
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique 914-266-2122, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After spending more than a year getting to know one another, visiting each other’s houses of worship and learning about each other’s religion, 12 teenagers will tell the UN about their experience and about how interfaith cooperation can move the world forward in a positive way and help “End the Chains of Hate” in these troubling times.

Inspired by the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, the goal of the teens has been to learn about one another's religious traditions, to stand firmly against violence and to advocate for social justice.

“In the end, their real success has been forging deep friendships with each other and developing mutual respect and understanding of each other’s faiths,” said Sahar Alsahlani, UNITE program coordinator and CAIR-NY board member. “The world needs more future leaders like these young people.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique, 914-266-2122, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hanooti

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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hanooti

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/4/2015) - The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hanooti, who died yesterday.

Sheikh Hanooti, born in Palestine in 1937, was one of the most respected Muslim scholars in the Washington, D.C., area and nationwide.

"To God we belong and to Him we return," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Sheikh Hanooti’s legacy of scholarship and community service will serve as an example to this and future generations of American Muslims. He was a mentor to many leaders in our community. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Sheikh Hanooti was a member of the Fiqh Council of North America and was the Mufti (interpreter of Islamic law) for the Washington metropolitan area.

A funeral prayer (Salat al-Janazah) is scheduled for Friday, June 5, (11 a.m.) at Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR Co-Sponsors Md. Tribute to Malcolm X on His 90th Birthday

‎(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/14/15) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it is co-sponsoring a tribute to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) on what would have been his 90th birthday on Tuesday, May 19th.

WHO: Caucus of African American Leaders, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Concerned Muslims of Maryland WHAT: Tribute to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz - Malcolm X WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m. WHERE: Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis, Md. 21401 COST: FREE CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The event, billed as one of the largest celebrations of the legacy of Malcolm X in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia area, will highlight his contributions to the civil rights movement. Several speakers will remember the iconic civil rights legend on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

CAIR Announces April 25 as First Dallas/Fort Worth Open Mosque Day

CAIR-logo(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 4/23/15) - The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today announced the First Annual Open Mosque Day to be held Saturday, April 25. This event is a multi-organization effort to provide an opportunity for North Texans to visit local mosques and to get to know their Muslim neighbors.

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CAIR-LA Welcomes OC School's Correction of Inaccurate Materials on Islam

CAIR-logo(ANAHEIM, C.A. 4/22/2015) - The Greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed a decision by an Orange County high school to stop distributing academic materials that provided inaccurate information about Islam and the decision of the publishing company to produce updated, accurate materials.

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