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CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of ‘Fallen Hero’ Slain Maryland Muslim Police Officer

(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/23/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences on the death of slain Prince George's County Police Officer Corporal Mujahid A. Ramazziddin. 

SEE: ‘He saved her life by giving his own’: Off-duty officer killed protecting woman

Cpl. Ramazziddin, who was shot and killed off-duty while coming to the aid of a woman in a domestic incident, was a former American Muslim Marine and 14-year-veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division.

The county's Police Chief Henry Stawinski said Cpl. Ramazziddin was “selfless” throughout his career, describing him as "a devout Muslim who helped many other Muslim officers." He earned the Medal of Valor in 2006, and those close to him say he often volunteered his time to serve the less fortunate.  

In a statement, CAIR’s Maryland Representative Zainab Chaudry said:

“We offer sincere condolences to the loved ones of Cpl. Mujahid A. Ramazziddin, a noble, courageous officer whose final deed embodies the meaning of his name, which means to struggle or strive in the right path. His sacrifice, service and legacy of protecting those in need will not be forgotten. Indeed, to God we belong, and to Him is our return.”

The salatul janaza, or Islamic funeral prayer, will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Diyanet Center of America located on 9610 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland.

Message from the Prince George's County Police Department regarding the funeral procession:

IN HONOR OF OUR FALLEN OFFICER.

In order to honor Corporal Ramzziddin’s religious beliefs and the family’s requests, the funeral arrangements for Corporal Mujahid A. Ramzziddin #2770 are as follows:

The funeral ceremony is Friday, February 23, 2018 at approximately 1:30pm at the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham.

Due to space and timing concerns at the funeral itself, we are asking officers and members of the public to instead join us along cordons along the procession route.

We must adhere to a strict time schedule in order to honor our Corporal’s religious traditions, so we expect to begin the procession to Fort Lincoln cemetery by 2:15pm. Fort Lincoln cemetery address: 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Maryland.

The internment is private.

The cordon route will be along Route 193 from Good Luck Road to Kenilworth Avenue, and Bladensburg Road from Peace Cross to Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

We are asking officers to render a salute as the motorcade passes. Civilians should place a hand over their heart. For law enforcement officers, please come to attention as the procession approaches then render a hand salute as the first Motors Unit pass their position. Maintain the salute until the hearse passes, then complete the salute and remain at attention until the end of the motorcade passes. Officers should not attempt to join the procession, but should instead head directly to FOP Lodge 89 for the repast.

Residents and commuters should plan for road closures and delays in the area of the 9600 block of Good Luck Road and along the procession route. Please follow local media outlets and our twitter page @PGPDNews for traffic updates.

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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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-Sacramento Expresses Concern About Racist Incident Involving Modesto Muslim

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 2/22/18) -- The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, expressed concern to law enforcement authorities about a racist incident targeting a Muslim man in Modesto.

In the incident, which was captured on video, a man claiming to have connections to immigration agents can be heard saying, "They're looking for you. . .and you're not supposed to be in this country," while physically intimidating and verbally harassing the alleged victim.

Video: CAIR-California Rep Reacts to Racist Attack on Iraqi-American

“Over the last year, we have seen not only an unprecedented spike in violence against Muslims and other minority communities, but also higher rates of discrimination and bullying targeting Muslim students in particular,” said CAIR-SV Outreach & Communications Fellow Dr. Hammad Khan. “The correlation between anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric from our nation’s leadership and the rise of violence in our communities cannot be taken lightly. As Californians, we take pride in our diversity and we must stand up for the safety and the security of our minority communities.”

Unshakable: The Bullying of Muslim Students and the Unwavering Movement to Eradicate It (CAIR-CA 2017) 

CAIR: The Empowerment of Fear 

At this time, community members are being urged to report any information they may have about this incident to the Modesto Police Department (209-572-9500) and to contact CAIR Sacramento Valley / Central CA at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report at:http://ca.cair.com/sacval/

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-SV Outreach & Communications Fellow Hammad Khan, (916) 581-0063, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, (916) 441-6269; 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-Philadelphia, Public Officials, Activists to Call on Athletic Association to Drop Hijab Waiver Rule

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2/22/18) – On Friday, February 23, the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) will join elected officials, community leaders, and civil rights activists at a news conference to support the religious rights of a Muslim student athlete who was recently barred from playing basketball because of her Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

Sixteen-year-old Nasihah Thompson-King was prevented from competing in a playoff game on February 16 -- despite never having an issue wearing her hijab in previous games -- based on a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) policy that requires prior approval for any head covering for medical or religious purposes. News conference participants will call on the association to reverse its policy.

SEE: Philadelphia Hoops Player Forced Out of Game Due to Hijab 

CAIR-Philadelphia contacted PIAA earlier this week to communicate its support of the student’s religious rights and to seek an immediate resolution of the issue.

WHAT: News Conference in Response to Violation of Student Athlete’s Right to Wear Religious Head Covering

WHEN: Friday, February 23, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Mastery Shoemaker Charter School, 5301 Media Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

WHO: PA State Legislators; CAIR-PA; Mastery Shoemaker Charter School; Family of Nasihah Thompson-King

CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney Timothy Welbeck, Esq., 267-515-6712,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NEWS CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS:

  • Sharif El-Mekki, Principal, Mastery Charter School
  • State Senator Sharif Street and Members of the Philadelphia Senate Delegation
  • State Representative Jordan Harris, Chair of the PA Legislative Black Caucus and Members of the PLBC
  • Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., PA Human Relations Commissioner
  • CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney Timothy Welbeck, Esq.
  • Family of Nasihah Thompson-King

CAIR has defended a number of Muslim, Jewish and Sikh athletes who wish to wear religious attire, including a recent similar case in Maryland.

SEE: Hijab rule keeps junior from playing in regional title basketball game

Last year, welcomed the official implementation of a new ruling by the Switzerland-based International Basketball Federation (FIBA) that lifted the ban on religious headgear and allows players who wear articles of faith -- including hijab -- to participate in international competitions.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Implementation of New FIBA Policy Allowing Religious Headgear

Also last year, CAIR-Philadelphia called on the Marple-Newtown School District in Newtown Square, Pa., to allow a Sikh high school soccer player to compete while wearing his religiously-mandated head covering.

SEE: CAIR-Philadelphia Asks School District to Allow Sikh Athlete to Compete Wearing Religious Head Covering

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney Timothy Welbeck, Esq., 267-515-6712,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-Cincinnati Hosts Discussion on Muslim Ban, Refugees, DACA

20180221 144629(CINCINNATI, 2/21/18) – On February 17, the Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) hosted a panel discussion entitled “Muslim ban, Refugee ban, DACA: A Year of Resistance.” The panel included speakers from CAIR-Cincinnati, ACLU, LULAC, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and a local immigration law firm.

The panel members, as attorneys, community advocates and immigrants who deal with these issues every day, shared their insights into the chaos caused by government policies that are often inhumane. They also offered general advice to immigrants, as well as ideas for citizens who support immigrants’ rights and immigration reform.

“Our speakers presented thought-provoking and critical discussion as we work to move forward during this historic time and demand just and humane action from the Trump administration.” said Ms. Sana Hassan, CAIR-Cincinnati staff attorney and panelist.

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-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, Executive Director, 513-281-8200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Sana Hassan, 513-281-8200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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