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CAIR-OH Urges Muslims to Join ‘Race for the Cure’

CAIR-OHIO URGES MUSLIMS TO PARTICIPATE IN RACE FOR THE CURE - TOP

(CINCINNATI, OH, 8/30/07) – The Cincinnati office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) is calling on Muslims in the Cincinnati area to help raise breast cancer awareness by taking part in the upcoming ‘Race for the Cure’ event on Sunday, September 9.

Muslim participation in the event is part of CAIR's third annual summer-long “Muslims Care” campaign designed to encourage volunteerism in the American Muslim community.

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CAIR-NV Supports Jewish Officer's Right to Skullcap, Beard

(LAS VEGAS, NV, 9/4/07) - The Nevada chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NV) today offered its support to a Jewish police officer who is being denied the right to wear a religiously-mandated yarmulke (skullcap) and beard.

The nine-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department filed a discrimination lawsuit last week after failing to negotiate a compromise with his superiors.

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Game Promotes Interfaith Understanding

Through hundreds of questions and playful rules, a new American board game is promoting dialogue between Judaism, Christianity and Islam by helping teens and adults know more about their own faith as well as the faiths of others. 

Every effort was made "to be fair to each religion, offering answers according to that religion's beliefs," John Cooper, the game's developer, told the Washington Post in an interview published Saturday, September 15.

Cooper, a mechanical engineer from Lincoln, Nebraska, got the idea of the 7th Heavens game when he met a group of Iraqi refugees while volunteering at the Lincoln-based Christian charity People's City Mission.

Cooper said he was also motivated by a time marred by many wars and bloody conflicts.

I am trying to "provide a vehicle to start some type of peace happening."

Cooper consulted Muslim, Christian and Jewish theologians while revising questions and answers in the game.

His game includes 300 questions tackling the different aspects of the three faiths.

Do Muslims carry the sins of their ancestors? What does "70 x 7" refer to in the Bible? What is more important in Judaism — the self or the community"? are but a few of the questions in the game.

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The game has already won plaudits from Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders, who agreed that making interfaith learning fun is a good idea.

"It's a very enjoyable game, and I think it can bring people together," Julia Shearson, executive director of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told the post.

"It's a good . . . introduction," he added.
Donna Wilhelm, board president of InterAct Cleveland, an interfaith group, echoed a similar conviction.

"It would be a great discussion starter among already knowledgeable adults," she said.

Playing a board game can make "dialogue and understanding more simple, more human," she added.

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"Georgetown makes Muslims feel at home"

"Georgetown makes Muslims feel at home," Hendi said. His wife, Siron, and the couple's young children joined Hendi at the first iftar. "I encourage my husband to break fast with the students," Siron said. "I want him to be the guardian of these children who are away from their families." ...

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Georgetown is the nation's oldest Catholic Jesuit university. Today, the school welcomes a religiously diverse student body and accommodates the observances of the many faiths practiced on campus, Hendi said. For example, residential dining halls open early for suhoor during Ramadan.

Lydia Habhab, 22, a student at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, established a Ramadan routine away from her home in Dearborn, Michigan. Habhab woke up early for suhoor and stayed up until around 3 p.m. She napped until 5 p.m. and then joined a study group until the iftar. She plans to use the treadmill to fight her hunger. "Exercise will keep my endorphins up," she told USINFO.

Muslim students in America are part of a new wave of "all-Americans," said Adnan Hassan, a senior adviser at the World Bank who attended the Georgetown iftar. According to Hendi, 90 percent of Georgetown's Muslim students are American born and because of the lack of family influence, the observance on campus becomes more personal. (See related article.)

"These young students are all-American in their focus on fitness and athletics and social connections, but they are devout in their faith and responsible in their personal commitments," Hassan said.

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Scottish soccer clubs adapt to their Muslim stars´ fast during Ramadan

HIBS boss John Collins today revealed how he's sought specialist advice to help Moroccan stars Abdessalam Benjelloun and Merouane Zemmama cope with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

As from sunset on Thursday, Benji and Zemmama must fast during daylight hours causing obvious difficulties for professional football players. 

But Collins has turned to fitness guru Roger Propos, who has been working with his Easter Road squad since the summer, for advice, the Frenchman having previously worked with the Moroccan national side.

Collins said: "Roger has great knowledge of what Ramadan entails having been with the Moroccan team. I've taken advice from him and spoken to the players and they'll have different programmes over the next four weeks, a different timetable for training over the next four weeks.

"They can't even drink during daylight so we can't have them training hard in the morning, sweating and then have them becoming dehydrated by starving their bodies of water until night time.

"So we'll be changing some of their sessions to later in the afternoon."

Collins believes it will be important to pay particular attention to Benji and Zemmama in the early days of Ramadan as their bodies adapt to the strict observation of their religious beliefs and that is likely to see the pair start matches from the bench rather than from kick-off.

He said: "We have to be careful, the bottom line is that we have to protect them. It isn't just about a month but the whole season and we want to keep them fit and healthy.

"We don't want them tearing muscles because they've become dehydrated so it is more than likely they will be coming on in games than starting.

"But both of them know what is involved, they have been professional football players for a number of years now. They've grown up with it and they are disciplined lads."

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CAIR-NV to Co-Host Interfaith ‘Sharing Ramadan’ Event

(LAS VEGAS, NV, 9/20/2007) – On Friday, October 5th, the Nevada chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NV), in partnership with the Muslim Student’s Association (MSA) of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), will host a traditional Ramadan iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, at UNLV.

WHEN: Friday, October 5th, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Community Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4765 Brussels Street Las Vegas, NV

“As more than one billion Muslims worldwide observe the fast of Ramadan, it is important for the Muslim American community to reach out to those of other faiths as an example of true Islamic ideals,” said CAIR-Nevada’s Executive Director Yasser Moten. “We are pleased to be able to share our Muslim American culture with our friends on the UNLV campus.”

The evening’s program will feature a presentation on Ramadan, a recitation of the Quran, and the Muslim call to prayer (adhan). 

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Respect Ramadan in Cosmopolitan Dubai

DUBAI — Out of respect for the holy month and the native Muslims, scholars in Dubai have launched a "respect Ramadan" program for the majority non-Muslim expatriates living in a liberal city-state aiming to become a global business and leisure hub with too much freedom.

The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is championing the drive, raising awareness of and understanding between the estimated 150 nationalities living in the emirate, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP) Tuesday, September 25.

It organizes regular activities during Ramadan, with one of the most popular being a guided tour of the Jumeirah mosque, the only mosque in the United Arab Emirates, which is open to non-Muslims.

"This tour opens the minds of the people who take part," the mosque supervisor Latifa Flook told AFP.

"We just want everyone to learn to respect each other," the British-born Muslim convert added in an unmistakable London accent.

The mosque tour takes one hour and a quarter, and visitors are invited to discover more about the life and religion of the Emirates by asking as many questions as possible.

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US Muslim Students Clear Stereotypes

A leading US Muslim advocacy group is championing a leadership training seminar for fighting stereotypes and empowering American Muslims to define themselves in US society, reported the Daily Southtown on Thursday, September 27.

"We have to fix that, by making people aware of who we are," said student Nadia Ahmed.

Ahmed took part in the leadership training seminar organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at Universal School in Bridgeview to teach American Muslims how to clear stereotypes.

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Documentaries that clear misconceptions

Battling the ignorance that feeds Islamophobia in the West, a Canadian Muslim filmmaker is on a mission to shape the minds of young generations about Islam and Muslims.

Jawad Jafry is producing documentaries that clear misconceptions in the West about Islamic issues such as hijab, reported the Arab News on Saturday, September 29.

"Hijab is one of the most misunderstood symbols of Islam," he Jafry.

His documentary "Hijab: An Act of Faith," is tackling the concept of hijab and modesty in Islam.

"My documentary tries to explain Islam’s concept of modesty and why Muslim women cover," said the 42-year-old.

"A number of articulate and committed Muslim women with varied backgrounds share their experiences and insights about their choice to wear hijab."

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Muslim Day Solaces US Needy

As a demonstration of their faith, US Muslim organizations and volunteers are coming together on Sunday, September 30, to mark the annual humanitarian day that celebrates Ramadan by helping thousands of homeless and needy fellow Americans in 21 cities nationwide.

"All of us are just a few steps away from being homeless or in need," Karim Amin, who coordinated Baltimore's Humanitarian Day, told the Baltimore Sun.

"We just want to help people get to the next step in life."

Under the motto "Convert One day into a life Mission and Put Faith into Action," the Humanitarian Day brings together Muslim volunteers to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.

It is co-organized by the Intellectual, Love and Mercy (ILM) Foundation, a Los Angeles-based Muslim charity, and the Islamic Relief international charity.

Organizers say the activities are being held with a goal of serving 25,000 people, irrespective of religious or ethnic considerations.

The event is held in 21 cities nationwide including Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Detroit, Dallas, Chicago, Boston and Baltimore.

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Islam is Peace in Britain

Championed by Muslim volunteers from across the country, the campaign aims to create grassroots awareness about the peaceful message of Islam and disseminate accurate information about the Muslim minority and their faith.

It projects the lives and views of ordinary Muslims and demonstrate how British Muslims are part of the fabric of British society.

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CAIR-IL: Muslim Students Learn to Fight Stereotypes

Rehab and Yaser Tabbara, CAIR's national director of development, led a leadership training seminar Wednesday to help students define themselves as Muslim Americans and fight stereotypes. The two men developed the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium, which they hope to launch nationwide.

As part of the workshop, students develop social service projects rooted in the values of Islam to help promote a positive image.

"Each and every one of them are inspired to serve the community and grow as individuals and leaders of tomorrow," Assistant Principal Hanan Abdallah said.

The projects ran the gamut: visiting hospitals and nursing homes, working with orphans, making documentaries about Muslim life, developing a pen pal program with students in other schools.

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New York Schools Observe Ramadan

Schools in the New York City's borough of Bronx have been trying their best to accommodate Muslim students during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, offering them prayer spaces and helping them get a smooth fast, The New York News Daily reported Tuesday, October 2.

The Bronx High School of Science has allocated a space in the back of the cafeteria to Muslims so that they can perform their obligatory daily prayers during Ramadan.

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Ramadan Effort Feeds 25,000 U.S. Homeless

An Islamic humanitarian group held a nationwide campaign this weekend to assist tens of thousands of homeless people.

The effort to serve at least 25,000 homeless in as many as 19 major cities was carried out by the nonprofit group Islamic Relief-USA based in Buena Park, California.

The group's Humanitarian Day, which was observed on both Saturday and Sunday this year, brought Muslim volunteers into the streets to provide food, clothing, and medicines to America's poorest, even as the volunteers themselves continued to fast in observation of the holy month of Ramadan.

This is the third consecutive year that Islamic Relief activists have organized humanitarian efforts during Ramadan. Last year, while fasting during the daytime, the volunteers reached out to an estimated 18,000 people in a number of cities.

As they did in 2006, this month, many activists are taking essentials to the homeless in local neighborhoods, such as a warm meal or gift package including hygiene and emergency kits, bath towels, clothing, blankets, ponchos, and toys for children.

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