CAIR Condemns ‘Barbaric Murder’ of U.S. Aid Worker Peter Kassig by ISIS

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CAIR Condemns ‘Barbaric Murder’ of U.S. Aid Worker Peter Kassig by ISIS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/16/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the “barbaric murder” of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig by the Syria-based ISIS terrorist group.

In a statement, CAIR said:

“Just as we have denounced previous killings of innocent civilians by the ISIS terrorist group, we condemn the barbaric murder of Peter Kassig and once again repudiate the anti-Islamic ideology that produces such brutality. We also offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Kassig’s family and loved ones.”

CAIR recently joined a number of national and local Muslim scholars and leaders in Washington, D.C., to release a first-of-its-kind open letter signed by more than 120 international scholars of Islam and Muslim leaders refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy."

CAIR: U.S., World Muslim Leaders' Open Letter Refutes ISIS's Ideology, Urges Supporters to 'Repent,' 'Return to the Religion of Mercy'

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12663-muslim-leaders-open-letter-refutes-isis-ideology.html  

Along with joining that international initiative, CAIR and its many chapters nationwide have repeatedly condemned and rallied against the "un-Islamic and morally repugnant" violence and religious extremism of ISIS.

SEE: CAIR: ISIS Is Not Just Un-Islamic, It Is Anti-Islamic (TIME)

http://time.com/3273873/stop-isis-islam/   

CAIR: Two Elements are Crucial to Ridding the World of ISIS

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2014/Nov-15/277700-two-elements-are-crucial-to-ridding-the-world-of-isis.ashx

CAIR Condemns Killing of Journalist Steven Sotloff by 'Anti-Islamic' Terror Group ISIS

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12637-cair-condemns-killing-of-journalist-steven-sotloff-by-terrorist-isis.html  

CAIR Condemns Barbaric Killing of U.S. Journalist by Terror Group ISIS

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12622-cair-condemns-barbaric-killing-of-american-journalist-james-foley-by-terrorist-group-isis.html   

CAIR Condemns ISIS Violence and Rejects Calls to Join Extremists Fighting Abroad

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12551-cair-condemns-isis-violence-and-rejects-calls-to-join-extremists-fighting-abroad.html  

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, [email protected]; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, [email protected]

CAIR-MI, ADC-MI File Federal Suit Against Advance America Over Hijab Ban

(SOUTHFIELD, MI 11/12/14) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-Michigan (ADC-MI) today announced the filing of a federal lawsuit against Advance America Cash Advance (Advance America) for denying a Muslim and Arab-American woman money order services at one of its locations.  The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.
 
The lawsuit challenges the company’s policy that prevents Muslim and Arab-American women that wear a hijab, or religious head covering, from obtaining services at their centers.  When Plaintiff Raghdaa Ali attempted to cash her money order at one of Advance America’s centers, she was denied entry by a company employee. She was then told by the store manager that the company’s ‘No Hats, No Sunglasses’ policy does not allow her to enter the store because she was wearing a “scarf,” and that she needed to cash her money order at “one of the bulletproof centers that don’t have that policy.”
 
The lawsuit also seeks an injunction enjoining Advance America from denying Plaintiff and other Muslim and Arab-American women wearing the hijab access to its services based on their religion, race and national origin.
 
SEE:  Video of the Entire Incident
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aXo7K3PFww
 
“Advance America Cash Advance’s policy of not serving Muslim and Arab-American women that wear the hijab, or religious head covering, is outrageous and should not be tolerated in a civilized society,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri.
 
"There should be no place in America today for bigotry of this magnitude,” said ADC-MI Director Fatina Abdrabboh. “We must not allow intolerance to dictate the course of how Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans are serviced.  Sometimes the courts are the best option to make sure our community is protected from all forms of discrimination."
 
Read the Entire Lawsuit:
http://www.4shared.com/office/EM7FWoYEce/1_-_Complaint.htmlCAIR helped resolve a number of similar incidents nationwide in which Muslim customers wearing hijab have been harassed or denied service because of “no hats” policies being implemented in banks nationwide.
 
CAIR: NJ Banks Remove Posters Banning Hijab
 http://cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12182-good-news-nj-banks-remove-posters-banning-hijab.html  
Video: CAIR-OK Wants Tulsa Bank Hijab Policy Revised
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orBF2qqsFXI  
Muslim Woman Denied Service Over Head Scarf to Get Apology
http://tinyurl.com/bn9jpt  
Calif. Muslim Claims Bank Singled Her Out for Head Scarf (Video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kycXXQ8WyXU   
Md. Credit Union Regrets Muslim Woman's Treatment (Video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onoNCK-WVZg    
 
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.
 
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is the nation’s largest Arab-American grassroots organization and is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Arab-Americans and promoting their rich cultural heritage
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: [email protected]; ADC Executive Director Fatina Abdrabboh, 313-510-5832, E-Mail: [email protected]; Akeel & Valentine, PLC Attorney Shereef Akeel, 248-269-9595, E-Mail: [email protected]

Nearly 2,000 Turn Out to Hear Nobel Laureate at CAIR-LA Banquet

$390,000 raised to support CAIR-LA's civil rights and advocacy work

(Anaheim, Calif. - 11/12/14) -- Nearly 2,000 people turned out on Saturday at the Anaheim Hilton to hear Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman speak at the 18th annual banquet of the Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) During the event, supporters donated some $390,000 in support of CAIR-LA's civil rights and advocacy work.

SEE: CAIR-LA 18th Annual Banquet Photos 

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With the theme, "Rooted in Faith, Growing Through Service," this year's banquet featured groundbreaking figures whose acts of service reflect their commitment to their faith's values of peace, justice and freedom for all.

A human rights activist, politician, and journalist of Yemeni decent, Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Making her visit to the United States to speak at CAIR-LA’s banquet, she accepted the civil rights organization’s "Champion of Freedom" award for her commitment to human rights, freedom of the press and women's empowerment.

Karman delivered an earnest keynote address in which she underscored the value of CAIR's work in empowering the American Muslim community to actively contribute to positive social change for America and for all people.

In her speech, Karman said:

"In making America better, all of you have to rise, because everyone around the world needs America to be better. We need an America that is based on principles and value -- based on freedom, on human rights, on acceptance, co-existence, love for each other, and peace. We need this America, because when America is away from its principles, all the world is away from its principles. And now we sacrifice because American politics are far away from its principles and values. Now I'm speaking to all Americans, you should make America to practice its values and principles. We need you to regain America!"

She encouraged the audience to be aware of their civic duty and ability to contribute to the accurate image of Islam and Muslims, stating: "It is up to you to choose whether you are a key to the solution or the problem. So please, please, choose wisely."

Karman’s speech received a standing ovation from the audience.

Attendees also heard from Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib, who was the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature and the second Muslim woman to be elected to any state legislature in the United States. Tlaib stressed the importance of conveying the teachings of Islam through the acts of service. She shared her journey of running for public office and the challenges she faced belonging to a faith that was widely misunderstood. She shared how being rooted in the teachings of Islam drives her to contribute to civic life for the betterment of her constituents.

Tlaib was presented with an award of appreciation by Betty Yee, a member of the California State Board of Equalization and CA State Controller Elect.

CAIR-LA Executive Director, Hussam Ayloush thanked the community for their continued support and shared CAIR's vision and strategy to help advance the American Muslim's state of affairs.

“CAIR is developing our community’s infrastructure of leadership. CAIR is empowering and training Muslims to launch campaigns for justice, run for office, stand for their rights, build coalitions, and challenge anti-Muslim bigotry and misinformation.  CAIR is developing an American Muslim identity that is proudly and confidently rooted in faith, and that is free of guilt, fear, and a false sense of powerlessness. I hope that we can continue to count on you to be with us on this journey as we strive and work towards these goals,” said Ayloush.

Banquet attendees watched a short video summarizing CAIR-LA's programs and events to help empower and equip American Muslim youth to be future leaders.

 summarizing the CAIR-LA's programs and events to help empower and equip American Muslim youth to be the future leaders of America.

Imam Johari Abdul Malik, director of community outreach at the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia, inspired American Muslims to continue to support civil rights advocacy work.

Additionally, there were a number of city and state officials present as well as interfaith leaders, and imams and representatives from almost all of the Southern California Islamic Centers and mosques. including California State Board of Equalization member and CA State Controller Elect, Betty Yee who spoke about the significant contributions of American Muslims and CAIR's role in being a leading advocate for advancing justice and mutual understand. "Thank you for being inspiring models of life as Americans. Insha'Allah (God willing) may each of (our communities) live a life free of discrimination and one with peace and harmony. Insha'Allah may it be so." 

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.​