Help CAIR Raise Funds to Enhance Understanding of Islam

Washington, DC: Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR October 4 announced its annual fundraising drive intended (inshallah) to raise $1 million during the month of Ramadan, the month of giving, and culminating with the national fundraising dinner on December 3 in Washington, DC.
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A CAIR message says: NOW is the time to show your support for CAIR, an organization that has been defending Muslims and Islam in America for more than a decade. Your generous donation is more important than ever and will be greatly appreciated.
Funds raised during the campaign, themed "$1 MILLION FOR ISLAM IN RAMADAN," will be used to defend the civil and religious rights of American Muslims, defend against defamatory attacks on Muslims and Islam and promote greater understanding of Islam.
"The success of CAIR is only through the grace of God and the generosity of our donors," said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed. "I hope that every member of our community will help CAIR reach its $1 million Ramadan goal for the second straight year." He quoted Ibn Abbas who said: "The Prophet was the most generous of all the people, and he used to become (even) more generous in Ramadan." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 4:754)
Ahmed also outlined some of the important work CAIR has done in the recent past:
* CAIR'S "EXPLORE THE QURAN" PROJECT - Following reports that the Qur’an had been desecrated by guards in Guantanamo Bay, CAIR launched the "Explore the Qur’an" campaign to put the holy text into the hands of Americans of all faiths. More than 20,000 Qur’ans have been requested and some 10,000 have already been delivered. Help us send the rest! SEE:
* ISLAM TV ADS - CAIR launched this TV and radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign to counter claims that Muslims have failed to condemn terrorism and extremism. Millions of American have seen and heard these PSAs. SEE:
* FATWA AGAINST TERRORISM - CAIR coordinated the release of a Fatwa against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America. SEE:
* MUSLIMS CARE - CAIR launched an initiative to promote volunteerism in the American Muslim community. This effort lets Americans see the true nature of Islam as Muslims help to feed the poor, rebuild places of worship and generally uplift local communities through positive actions. SEE:

* CHALLENGING MUSLIM-BASHERS AND ISLAMOPHOBES - CAIR takes the lead in challenging the smears, lies and distortions of anti-Muslim bigots. We lead the successful campaign to expose the extremist anti-Muslim views of a Washington, DC, talk show host who repeatedly called Islam a "terrorist organization." The host was fired after thousands of people responded to a CAIR request to contact the station.
* DEFENDING YOUR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS - Whether its fighting for religious accommodation in the workplace or schools, challenging unconstitutional provisions of the USA Patriot Act, working with local and national authorities, or exposing anti-Muslim hate crimes, CAIR is at the forefront of the struggle to maintain your rights and enhance understanding of Islam.
* OTHER CAIR INITIATIVES: Summer Internship Program for Muslim youth; get-out-the-vote campaigns; daily CAIR-NET and ISLAM-INFONET e-mails to the Muslim community and opinion-leaders; countless interviews by local, national and international media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, to name just a few. (Factiva lists more than 11,000 media mentions of CAIR in just the past five years.)


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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