CAIR-PA Philadelphia Chapter
Ninth Annual Banquet | March 7, 2015
“Madinah on the Delaware: A Celebration of Muslim Philadelphia”
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Dear Friends and Supporters of CAIR-Philadelphia,
As-Salaam Alaikum. The year 2014 is drawing to a close and once again CAIR-Philadelphia’s annual fundraising banquet is right around the corner. We are pleased to announce that Imam Suhaib Webb will be our keynote speaker this year, followed by the renowned Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble. It promises to be an inspiring and unforgettable evening at Springfield Country Club on Saturday, March 7th, 2015.
Our staff and executive committee are excited to bring you an entertaining and enlightening program. Our theme this year is “Madinah on the Delaware: A Celebration of Muslim Philadelphia.” With this title, we applaud the many accomplishments of the diverse Muslim population of the city (new Muslims and new immigrants alike). We are inspired by the example of the Prophet (pbuh) and the Companions (pbut) who established the first Muslim city in Madinah following the Hijrah; hence the “Madinah on the Delaware” name.
But while we celebrate the flowering of Muslim life in our city, we must not forget that American Muslims continue to face discrimination and harassment as well as widespread distortions of Islam and defamation of Muslims by the media and Islamophobic groups. This is exactly why CAIR exists: to defend the civil rights of the Muslim community, and to educate the general public about our community’s high standards for ethical conduct and the morality inherent in our religious tradition and faith.
CAIR-Philadelphia can only continue this crucial work in civil rights and community outreach with your support. Through the grace of God and your generous donations, we have been able to provide many valuable services to our community, including:
- Providing free legal services to over 100 people and organizations reporting instances of anti-Muslim discrimination; including representing the Bensalem Muslim community in a federal law suit against the local government for refusing to allow the construction of a mosque in the township;
- Participating in a city-wide interfaith coalition responding to anti-Muslim ads targeted for SEPTA buses;
- Presenting our “Know Your Rights” and “Anti-Bullying” workshops to both students and adults throughout the Delaware Valley Muslim community; and
- Dozens of appearances in the print and broadcast media by our staff.
For a more detailed description of our many 2014, please download our 2014 End-of-Year Newsletter (PDF).
On behalf of CAIR-Philadelphia’s staff and executive committee, I invite you to join us on March 7th, 2015 to support your local CAIR chapter. We look forward to spending another inspiring evening with the community we serve!