The Philadelphia chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sponsored the event, which included two copies of the Holy Qu’ran being presented for the research section. Q. Amin Nathari, CAIR-PA executive director, presided over the occasion and Q&A. He spoke to the audience of more than 50 and shared the importance of why it was critical to be proactive to the interested crowd.Continue reading »
Iftekhar Hussain, who moved to the United States from Bangladesh 26 years ago, has been teaching classes in the Delaware Valley area for the last 6 or 7 years, he said. He helped found CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Pennsylvania chapter. Part of the nonprofit’s mission statement, Hussain said, is to educate and help spread the true ideas of Islam, especially in a post Sept. 11, 2001, world, where he believes Muslims face discrimination. “We address this issue through education.”Continue reading »
Gen. Powell questioned those who were stirring up anti-Muslim fervor: “I’m also troubled by … what members of the party say … such things as, ‘Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.’ Well, the correct answer is, ‘He is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian.’ … But the really right answer is, ‘What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?’ The answer’s ‘No, that’s not America.’ Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim American kid believing that he or she could be president?”Continue reading »
“It is unfortunate that the Islamophobic views of one legislator apparently prevented the passage of a resolution recognizing our nation’s religious diversity.” said CAIR-PA Civil Rights Director Justin Peyton. “This unnecessary controversy indicates just how much work still remains to be done to promote true religious tolerance and to reject religious litmus tests.”Continue reading »
Iftekar Hussain, chairman of the Council on Islamic American Relations in Pennsylvania, says the primary marks a watershed for many Muslim-Americans as they will be participating in far larger numbers. “One of the main things I’ve seen with Pennsylvania Muslims is that four or eight years ago I’d I talked to Muslims about the primaries they had no idea – they thought it was the November elections and that was it,” he says.
“This time I’ve seen lots of Muslim participation and you will see it in the primaries which is something you didn’t have before, and this has come through a learning process in the Muslim community.”Continue reading »