House Members Attend CAIR Capitol Hill Iftar

Washington, DC: More than 100 people, including nine members of the US House of Representatives, turned out September 26 for the fourth annual Capitol Hill Ramadan iftar, or fast-breaking meal, hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
A number of congressional staffers, American Muslim community leaders, members of the military and law enforcement, representatives of civil rights groups, and diplomats from Muslim nations joined the House members in the networking event.
Several of the elected officials who spoke at the iftar expressed appreciation for CAIR's civil liberties advocacy work.
"CAIR is more important now than maybe ever in our lifetime," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) said: "I do want to give a great deal of credit to the Council on American-Islamic Relations because you have spoken up against discrimination, against religious profiling, against a great deal of the misunderstandings that have been perpetrated and cause people so much hurt."
"We thank all the elected officials, diplomats and members of our armed forces and law enforcement agencies who took the time to gain a greater understanding of Islam and the American Muslim community," said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor.
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset.
CAIR has 32 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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