My appointment as Executive Director has continued to generate media attention. I was interviewed last week by Radio Sawa, a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week Arabic-language radio station broadcasting in the Arab world. The station is a service of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and is publicly funded by the U.S. Congress. Read the story (in Arabic) at RadioSawa.com.
I was also interviewed on AslanMedia, the website of best-selling American Muslim author Reza Aslan.
Last week, I represented CAIR at a meeting of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, a community of faith-based organizations responding to climate change as a moral issue, through advocacy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable energy. PAIPL is planning a city-wide interfaith conference in the Fall of 2014 to address such issues as the energy industry’s proposal to turn Philadelphia into an “energy hub” for compressed natural gas. This would require the dangerous transporting — by pipeline or train through a large urban center danger — of combustible and dangerous fuels, and lead to expanded “fracking” as a method of extracting natural gas.
We should note that of all religious communities in the world, it is the Muslim Ummah (in the Arab Gulf, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia) that is most at risk from raising sea levels due to human-induced climate change.
To learn more about this important issue, please read the article “Climate Change and Global Warming: An Islamic Perspective” by Imam Ebraima Kebba Saidy, Imam of the Daru Salaam Islamic Centre and Member of the Imam Committee of the Islamic Council of Norway. Read more…