CAIR-PA Hosts Sixth-Graders’ Visit to Mosque

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 1/14/08) – The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) yesterday gave a presentation about Islam and Muslims to some 15 sixth-grade students and their parents at the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge.

“Visits by middle school students to local mosques provide an insight to Pennsylvania students about their neighbors’ faith traditions,” said CAIR-PA Interfaith Chair Lee Phillips, one of the workshop presenters.

“After a Muslim student demonstrated the Adhan (Muslim call to prayer), I saw one of my kids give him a high-five. That was neat and good to see this wasn’t just something that the parents made them do. They really liked it – it was theirs”, said Michele Hohlfeld, one of the visiting parents.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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