Mosques urged to distribute copies of the Quran at ‘Share the Quran’ events during Ramadan
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/10) –- CAIR is calling on American Muslims to respond to a Florida church’s planned “International Burn a Koran Day” by hosting educational “Share the Quran” Ramadan iftars at which copies of the holy text will be distributed to neighbors, public and law enforcement officials and journalists. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a step-by-step guide to hosting a Ramadan iftar.)
Representatives of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., say they will burn a Quran outside the church on September 11 and are encouraging others to follow their example.
This is the same controversial church that has been in the news for claiming that “Islam is of the devil” and for protesting recently outside a local mosque.
“American Muslims and other people of conscience should support positive educational efforts to prevent the spread of Islamophobia,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He said CAIR’s research shows that anti-Muslim bias decreases when people have access to accurate information about Islam and are able to connect on a personal level with ordinary Muslims.
Hooper added that the Florida church’s anti-Islam initiative joins similar Islamophobic efforts in that state and nationwide.
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CAIR is urging all those who support mutual understanding and oppose book burnings to organize a local educational “Share the Quran” iftar during Ramadan. (Quran sponsorships and donations to CAIR are tax deductible and zakat eligible.)
The presentation-quality Muhammad Asad translation offered through CAIR’s Share the Quran campaign is produced by the Book Foundation. This magnificent production contains the Arabic text, the English translation, the English transliteration, and footnotes.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:
1. ORGANIZE a “Share the Quran” Ramadan iftar during which the local Muslim community will present copies of the Quran to neighbors, elected officials, law enforcement authorities, and other community leaders. To order enough high-quality copies of the Quran to give out at the event, e-mail email@example.com. Quantities of presentation-quality Qurans are limited. Charges and shipping costs will vary depending on the number of copies of the Quran ordered. (Bulk orders may be shipped within a few days.)
2. INDIVIDUALS should sponsor one or more copies of the Quran by going to the Share the Quran campaign website.
Encourage others to do the same. Sponsorships and donations to CAIR are tax deductible and zakat eligible.
3. DONATE to CAIR’s Share the Quran campaign.
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