Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CAIR: Mich. Muslims to Condemn Al-Qaeda Involvement in Airline Attack

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 12/28/09) On Tuesday, December 29, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), along with Nigerian-American Muslim leaders, will hold a news conference in Southfield, Mich., to condemn Al-Qaeda’s reported involvement in a failed attack on a plane arriving in Detroit on Christmas Day.

SEE: Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Failed Terror Attack

WHAT: Muslims to Condemn Al-Qaeda Involvement in Failed Airline Attack
WHEN: Tuesday, December 29, 9:30 a.m. (Eastern)
WHERE: 21700 Northwestern Highway, Suite 1199, Southfield, MI
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail:

“It is the responsibility of mainstream Muslims in America and worldwide to repudiate those whose unlawful and un-Islamic actions tarnish the beautiful faith of Islam,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

News conference participants will also address concerns about possible profiling of West Africans and Muslims at airports.

On Sunday, CAIR called on airline passengers, crews and security personnel to avoid ethnic and religious profiling in the wake of the attempted bombing. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy group reported two incidents, one in Arizona and one in Michigan, in which innocent passengers were targeted based either on their national origin or on otherwise ordinary behavior.

SEE: CAIR Video - Passengers Should Not Succumb to Fear, Stereotyping

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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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