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CAIR Condemns Killing of Marines in Tennessee, Offers Condolences

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/16/2015) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a deadly attack in Tennessee that left four Marines dead. In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We condemn this horrific attack in the strongest terms possible. Such inexcusable acts of violence must be repudiated by Americans of all faiths and backgrounds. The American Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow citizens in offering condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured and in rejecting anyone who would harm our nation’s safety and security. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted by this tragedy.”

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, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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CAIR-Philadelphia Wishes You a Blessed and Happy Eid

The Staff and Executive Committee of CAIR-Philadelphia wishes you a Happy Eid-ul-Fitr. In these turbulent times, may Allah bless and protect you and your family, and may the God of Mercy and Compassion bring peace and justice to the whole world.

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A Letter from Jacob Bender, Executive Director, CAIR-Philadelphia

Dear Friends, As-Salaam-Alaikum,

Nearly two years ago, the leadership of CAIR-Philadelphia made a historic decision: to hire a non-Muslim as the executive director of this chapter of America’s pre-eminent Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. This decision, in the context of the hate-filled times in which we live, was a courageous choice, for it squarely challenged those broadcasters of bigotry who claim that Islam is intrinsically xenophobic and “Jew-hating,” incompatible with religious pluralism and democracy, and addicted to violence and world-wide terrorism.

I remain deeply honored by my appointment and proud of all of CAIR-Philadelphia’s accomplishments during my tenure:

  • Over 100 media appearances, including TV and radio interviews and profiles, newspaper and magazine stories, letters-to-the-editors, op-ed articles, and thousands of postings on the internet and social media;
  • Dozens of Muslim clients and institutions helped, and defended, free-of-charge by our Legal Department;
  • The Township of Bensalem taken to court for refusing to grant Bensalem Masjid permission to build a mosque;
  • Thousands of Muslim youth, students, parents and adults trained in our “Know Your Rights” and “Anti-Bullying” workshops that help empower the American Muslim community;
  • Scores of Christian and Jews and others informed about Islam through CAIR-Philadelphia’s public “Islam 101″ courses and film screenings;
  • And CAIR’s participation in numerous interfaith coalitions that promote and advance the cause of mutual understanding, peace, and justice.

I am continuously moved by the warm reception I have received from all sectors of the Muslim community, yet my travels around the Delaware Valley have made clear the great challenges that still confront American Muslims:

  • Weekly calls to our office from Muslims facing discrimination and harassment in their workplaces because of their faith;
  • Attempted intimidation and entrapment by over-zealous law enforcement personnel;
  • Daily Islamophobic tirades by broadcasters and politicians that denigrate Islam and the Quran and stereotype and scapegoat the Muslim community;
  • A pervasive ignorance among the general public about Muslims and all things Islamic;
  • And the denial of halal food to Muslims in prison.

In order to address these challenges, CAIR-Philadelphia and I need your support.

As this Ramadan draws to a close, and Muslims approach the joyousness of Eid-al-Fitr, now is the time to help your community help and defend itself, to defeat the voices of hate, to prove that Muslims are loyal Americans, that Islam is indeed compatible with democracy, and that an American Jew can serve the Muslim community, because God made us different communities so that we might excel with one another in good works anchored in the teachings of our traditions.

So please, in the next few days, I ask you to consider giving $30, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or whatever you can. We appreciate any contribution you give.

Contributions to CAIR are both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.

Please take a minute RIGHT NOW to show your support for our work by going to pa.cair.com/donate to make a contribution.

Wishing you and your families a Blessed Eid Mubarak,


Jacob Bender

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“Know Your Rights” Workshop in Pottsville

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Ryan Houldin, CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney, presented a “Know Your Rights” (KYR) workshop at the Islamic Society of Schuylkill County; over 50 persons attended the workshop. Ryan addressed several common forms of discrimination that Muslims are likely to experience in this culture of Islamophobia, covering workplace discrimination, interactions with law enforcement, and bullying at school. KYR workshops are one of the many efforts by CAIR-Philadelphia to empower Muslim communities to fight back against pervasive discrimination and harassment.

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A Ramadan of Responsibility

The Sacred Month of Ramadan is one of the greatest gifts from God the Creator to humankind, for it commemorates the month when the Glorious Quran, God’s final Revelation to humankind, began to be revealed. This is why the Holy Month, according to Islamic scholar S.H. Nasr, “is called ‘the blessed,’ mubarak, a time during which the grace or barakah of God flows upon the Islamic community and rejuvenates its deepest sources of life and action.”

One of Islam’s most profound actions is the giving ofzakah, and Anas narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “The best charity is the one given in Ramadan.” (At-Tirmidhi).

When we give zakah, we express gratitude to Allah and provide for those less fortunate than ourselves. Just as important, the act of zakah indelibly connects us to our fellow human beings, and specifically to the American Muslim community, which we are obligated by the Qur’an and the Sunnah to defend.
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