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After Charlottesville

by Jacob Bender CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director There are moments in history when time itself seems to just stop, and then abruptly change direction. Sometimes the momentous quality of these events is self-evident to those caught up in their wake: the fall of Baghdad in 1258; Lenin arriving at the train station in St. Petersburg, Russia… Read more…

Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center Bombed in Bloomington, MN

A bomb exploded Saturday in the early hours of the morning at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The building sustained extensive damage, although there were no injuries. A worshiper reportedly saw a truck speed out of the mosque’s parking lot after the blast. Our colleagues at CAIR-Minnesota are offering a $10,000… Read more…

Church lecture series explores Muslim culture and faith

by John W. Coleman Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church That which is, is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out? I turned my mind to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the sum of things… Ecclesiastes 7:24-25a (NRSV) Grove UMC in West Chester, Pa.,… Read more…

Updated Travel Advisory

Assalamu Alaikum, Brothers and Sisters, Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed parts of President Trump’s Muslim Ban to take effect on a temporary basis, while blocking other parts of the Ban. The Supreme Court plans to make a final decision about the case later this year. In the meantime, here’s what you… Read more…

CAIR-Philadelphia on the Front Lines

Interfaith Iftar Celebration at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr (06/06/2017) CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender was the keynote speaker at an Interfaith Iftar Celebration at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr, co-sponsored by Peace Island Institute. Doylestown Meeting in Solidarity with the Muslim Community (06/10/2017) Over 100 people gathered at… Read more…

Help Secure the Muslim-American Community This Ramadan

If you can donate to our work, please go to http://pa.cair.com/donate/ Dear Friends and Supporters of CAIR-Philadelphia, Assalamu Alaikum. Once again, the nights and days are filled with an aura of sacredness and spirituality. We welcome both the challenge of the fast and the joy of the nightly iftar (the meal that breaks the daytime… Read more…

World Environment Day: Greening our Ramadan

Last week, President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord put the United States at odds with facts, scientific consensus, moral responsibility, and nearly every country in the world implementing the Paris Accord to limit global devastation already being caused by climate change before it’s too late. Today, CAIR-Philadelphia commemorates World Environment Day, with a call… Read more…

March on Harrisburg: #endPAcorruption

Last spring was the beginning of a historic movement to end political corruption and restore democracy in the United States. The Democracy Spring movement began at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and led a ten-night march to Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of people participated in non-violent direct action, garnering the support of over a hundred… Read more…

A Weekend of Marching

This past weekend, following a series of Muslim community conversations organized by CAIR-Philadelphia exploring what would be a meaningful Islamic response to the imminent dangers posed by human-caused climate change, staff and supporters of CAIR-Philadelphia travelled to our nation’s capital to participate — along with over 200,000 of our fellow Americans — in the People’s Climate… Read more…

Faith Climate Action Week: CAIR-PA co-hosting Spiritual Ecology event series and mobilizing for The People’s Climate March

With Earth Day around the corner, and the People’s Climate March just two weekends away, CAIR encourages our Muslim sisters and brothers throughout the Delaware Valley to join Faith Climate Action Week. Together with people of all faiths, we can be part of a global solution to the greatest challenge facing humanity on God’s great earth:… Read more…