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CAIR-GA: Georgia Muslims Encourage Evacuees Fleeing Hurricane Irma to Use Local Mosques as Temporary Shelters

(ATLANTA, GA, 9/7/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that a dozen mosques across the State of Georgia plan to serve as temporary shelters for Georgia and Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Irma.

Starting Friday afternoon and continuing through the end of the storm, mosques as far north as Marietta, as far east as Savannah, and as far south as Macon are encouraging travelers, evacuees and others displaced by the Category 5 storm to check the listing of participating mosques, and seek refuge in the one closest to them.

"When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, dozens of Houston mosques served as shelters for residents left stranded or homeless by the disaster. Georgia mosques stand ready to provide the same service to our neighbors of all faiths and backgrounds," said Hamid Qureshi, executive director of the Atlanta chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), one of the nation's largest Muslim charities.

"Because most Georgia mosques contain expansive, carpeted prayer halls, our houses of worship can easily shelter large numbers of people," said Dr. Khalid Siddiq, a member of Al-Farooq Masjid, the largest mosque in Georgia.

Travelers who need help identifying the closest available mosque should call 404-940-4430 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Anyone who would like to donate their time as a volunteer to assist evacuees can sign-up here. Anyone would like to make a donation of goods can sign-up here. Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation can do so here by selecting the option, Charity to Support All Masajid in Atlanta Hosting Hurricane Victims.

For a regularly updated list of shelter locations open from Friday, Sept. 8th for evacuees of Hurricane Irma, visit the website of Al-Farooq Masjid. So far, participating mosques are:

Atlanta (Metro Area):

Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta

442 14th Street NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Marietta (North/NW):

Masjid Al Furqan

1018 Powder Spring

Marietta, Georgia 30064

East Cobb Islamic Center

1111 Braswell Rd

Marietta, GA 30062

Gwinnett (NE):

Darul Huda Masjid

2755 Centerville HWY

Snellville, GA 30078

Masjid Maryam

3650 Savannah Place Dr.

Duluth, Georgia

Alpharetta (North):

Hamza Islamic Center

665 Tidwell Rd

Alpharetta, GA 30004

Cumming (NE):

Masjid Al-Rahman

1235 Peachtree Parkway

Cumming, Georgia

Macon/Warner Robins (South of Atlanta):

Islamic Center of Macon

2131 Vineville Ave

Macon, Georgia

Islamic Center of Warner Robins

2501 Elberta Road

Centerville, Georgia

Savannah (East)

Islamic Center of Savannah

1030 Dutchtown Road

Savannah, GA

CONTACT: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Hamid Qureshi, 404-940-4430, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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