Tuesday, November 19, 2013

  • Traditions (Hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) About Seeking Knowledge
    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Acquiring knowledge in (the) company (of others) for an hour in the night is better than spending the whole night in prayer." The Prophet also said. . .
  • CAIR-CT: Meeting Will Focus on Racial Profiling (NH Register)
    The CHRO is holding the event along with other local organizations such as the Connecticut State NAACP, the Greater New Haven NAACP, the African American Affairs Commission, the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, CTRP3, CT-CAIR and others.
  • CAIR-LA: Journalist Who Published Snowden Leaks Embraces Backlash
    Imam Siraj Wahhaj, religious director of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York City, addresses the crowd in an effort to help raise funds at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area's 17th annual Faith in Freedom banquet at the Hilton in Anaheim on Saturday. Speakers at the event included Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Rohina Malik, playwright, and a video message from Glenn Greenwald, journalist, who was scheduled to headline the event.
CAIR-FL, Students, Others to Oppose Censorship of Teaching on Islam
(TAMPA, FL, 11/18/13) -- Later today, the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will join with local students, members of the Democratic Party and moderate Republicans at a school board meeting in Deltona, Fla., to counter an organized protest against a textbook offering information about Islam.
The students will present the board with a petition against censorship signed by some 500 of their classmates from local schools.
WHAT: CAIR-FL, Students, Others to Support School Targeted by Anti-Islam Protesters
WHEN: Monday, November 18, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Outside the DeLand Administrative Complex, 200 North Clara Avenue, DeLand, Florida.
CONTACT: CAIR-Florida's Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321, hshibly@cair.com; CAIR-Florida Communications Director Samantha Bowden, 703-298-7782, sbowden@cair.com; CAIR-South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze, 954-673-9459, nhamze@cair.com
"The campaign to censor teaching about Islam in public schools is based on ignorance and on the intolerant hysteria whipped up by the well-funded Islamophobia industry in America," said CAIR-Florida's Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly.
He cited CAIR's recently-released report, "Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its Impact in the United States," which reveals that anti-Islam groups received more than $119 million in funding between 2008 and 2011.

To read CAIR's report, click here.
Opponents of the textbook, which they claim contains too much information about Islam and not enough about Christianity and other religions, say they will attend today's Volusia County School Board meeting.
The Volusia County Democratic Party is inviting residents to push back against the "book burners" opposed to the textbook.
The school board has issued a fact sheet refuting the false claims of the anti-Islam protesters, while one Republican school board member has ridiculed the anti-Islam hysteria promoted by the book's opponents.
In an editorial, Republican School Board Member Stan Schimidt wrote in part:
"When you read the chapter on Islam, four pages give a brief summary of the tenets of the religion, followed by 25 pages of historical narrative. The grade 6 text has much more in-depth coverage of the tenets of Judaism and Christianity. The truly sad part of this episode is that a leader of one of the political parties has chosen to get involved without truly understanding the course, the standards or the process of adopting them."
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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