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A Letter From Nicole Souadda, CAIR-Philadelphia Advisory Board

Dear Friends of CAIR-Philadelphia,

I know. These appeal letters can be exhausting and you are probably receiving 2 or 3 a day now especially because we are in the last 10 days of Ramadan.

So I’m going to do something different. I’m not going to appeal to you to donate money to CAIR because of some particular programming CAIR does. No, I’m here to explain to you that just like you need medical insurance whether you ever get sick or not, you need to support CAIR whether you think you “need” them now or not. Why? Because what are you going to do when, just because you are a Muslim, you are denied a job or your child is separated from their class on a school field trip due to “security concerns”? What are you going to do when the rights you have living in the United States are compromised simply because you are Muslim and CAIR isn’t there to help you because you didn’t donate to them today?

You simply can’t afford NOT to support CAIR.

No matter where you are from — India, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco, Kuwait, Malaysia, or Turkey, or a US-born or converted Muslim — you are now part of the American Muslim community and have a responsibility to let others know and understand our beautiful religion.

Our children are growing up in the United States, and because of how you have raised them within an Islamic environment, they will always be both Muslims and Americans. Don’t you want your kid’s classmates, teachers, and coaches to know and understand them and what makes them want to proudly identify as Muslims, even at this difficult time? CAIR can help with that.

Your insurance policy with CAIR for just $30 a month ensures that CAIR will be around to hold workshops at your kids’ schools and community centers, that CAIR will be around to speak for the Muslim community when we are attacked in the media, and that CAIR will be there to defend us when someone marginalizes or demonizes us because we each day we say: “La i­llah illa-llah wa Mohammadur Rasulu-llah!”

I am contributing my share to ensure that CAIR is always there to support me and my family. Won’t you do the same?

Please donate today.

Thank You,
Nicole Souadda

Donate Now

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Second Annual Interfaith Iftar

Over 100 guests participated in CAIR-Philadelphia’s Second Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner at the Friends Center in Center City Philadelphia. Representatives from the Jewish and Christian communities joined with Muslim friends in celebrating the breaking of the daily fast during the Sacred Month of Ramadan.

View More Photos from the Iftar

Presentations on the themes of fasting, charity, and identity were made by three remarkable women religious leaders of Philadelphia: (Above, L-R) Prof. Fariha Khan of the University of Pennsylvania; The Very Rev. Judith Sullivan, Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia; and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Guests at our Iftar sat at tables named after those who have inspired us in our work to repair a broken world. View the collected biographies of these inspirational figures (PDF)

Last week at the Philadelphia City Hall Iftar on June 23rd, Mayor Jim Kenney stopped for a photo-op with two of his guests, CAIR-Philly President Osama Al-Qasem and CAIR-Philly Executive Director Jacob Bender.

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Interfaith Press Conference, Organized by CAIR-Philly, Mourns Victims of Orlando Massacre

In an emotional press conference organized by CAIR-Philadelphia, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian religious leaders joined a spokesperson from the LGBT community and a city official to denounce the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL.

Those speaking at the press conference (above, L-R) were: Rue Landau, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations; Imam Salaam Muhsin, Masjidullah; Jacob Bender, Executive Director of CAIR-Philadelphia; Shan Cretin, General Secretary, American Friends Service Committee; Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Tikkun Olam Havurah; Rev. Robin Hynicka, Arch Street United Methodist Church; and Mark Segal, Publisher, Philadelphia Gay News. Read more…

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Philadelphia Interfaith Press Conference to Condemn Mass Murder

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 6/13/16) – Muslim, Jewish, and Christian religious leaders and city officials, together with representatives from the LGBT community, will gather today for a press conference to condemn the horrifying mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left at least 50 people dead and more injured.

Press Conference Details:

WHAT: Philadelphia Interfaith Press Conference in Response to Mass Murder
WHO: Leaders from Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and LGBT communities
WHERE: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia PA 19102 , The Cherry Room
WHEN: June 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Jacob Bender, Executive Director of CAIR-Philadelphia, said, “CAIR stands in solidarity with the LGBT community and offers its deepest condolences to our LGBT brothers and sisters, their families, and to all who have been impacted by this act of carnage. In the past, the LGBT community has condemned Islamophobia and discrimination against, and scapegoating of, American Muslims. We now stand with the LGBT community in this dreadful moment of mass murder.”

CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights 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-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender, 267-515-6711, jbender@cair.com

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A Ramadan in Unsettling Times


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 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 of zakah, 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. Read more…

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