The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group, announced today that it has opened new chapters in Lexington, Kentucky, and Albany, New York.
Both CAIR-Kentucky and CAIR-Albany will assist local Muslim communities in dealing with issues related to political participation, civil rights and interfaith dialogue. They join 26 other regional offices and chapters that the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group has nationwide and in Canada.
CAIR-Albany will address the needs of the upper New York state Muslim community. It will also help lighten the load of civil rights cases currently handled by CAIR-NY. "With the addition of a second chapter, we will be better able to serve the Muslim community throughout the state of New York and to deal with the growing number of civil rights cases reported to our office each year," said Mohammed Mohammed, president of CAIR-NY. Mohammed said the number of such cases tripled in just the past year.
CAIR-Kentucky is the first chapter established in that state. "The founding of CAIR-Kentucky will help the Muslim community in our great state promote religious tolerance and respect for civil rights," said CAIR-Kentucky
Chairman Abdul Quayyum.
"CAIR's steady growth shows that we have the support of the Islamic community and are tackling those issues that make a difference in the lives of ordinary American Muslims," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. Ahmad added that CAIR plans to open other offices around the country over the next year.
Abdul Quayyum, 859-221-9081
Feroze Abdul-Munim, 212-870-2002
Nizar Yaghi, 518-527-4335
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: [email protected]
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: [email protected]
Following intervention by CAIR, a Muslim woman who is a Mexican citizen and
resident of Illinois, will now be allowed to wear a religiously-mandated
head scarf, or hijab, in her passport photo.
The woman was prevented from taking her photo when officials said that
Mexican policy prohibited the covering of ears in passport photos.
After CAIR sent letters to the Mexico Ambassador in Washington and the
consulate in Illinois, the Muslim woman was allowed to obtain her passport
On Wednesday, May 26, 2004, CAIR-LA published a full-page advertisement in
the Los Angeles Times denouncing all forms of terror carried out in the
name of religion. The ad will also be published in five Orange County, Los
Angeles-area and Northern California community newspapers as part of the
ongoing "Islam in America" advertising campaign.
SEE: U.S. MUSLIMS PUBLISH AD DENOUNCING TERROR, BIGOTRY
In response we received a very large number of responses, almost all
positive from the community. Below are a few examples:
Hi! I'm a fundamentalist born-again Christian raised in a Christian home
and active in Christian churches all my life. I was moved to tears by your
full page ad in the LA Times today. I totally believe that the Spirit of
God Almighty is taking part in your reach out to others of faith within our
communities...God bless you. Shalom; I wish I knew how to say "Aalaam
Allukum", you know what I'm trying to say. Ok, God bless! - Tim J.
As an American Christian, or perhaps more properly, simply a 'monotheist',
I was heartened to read your LA Times presentation in the May 26, 2004
issue on disavowing any support of terrorists and terrorism, particularly,
those perpetrated in the name of Islam. This is the first public
announcement of this type from a Muslim organization that has come to my
attention. I'm sure there may have been others that I did not see. - Philip K.
As a Jewish person, I was touched by the ad and it nearly brought tears to
my eyes... - Roberta L.