Assalamu Aliakum wa Rhamatullahi wa Barakathu,
Dear Community Members,
As Muslims it is our duty to defend the honor of Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him) when his honor is violated. It pains me to have to inform many of you that in Saint Louis, over 100 anti-Islam propaganda billboards with cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him) have gone up in our community. These billboards are financed by the well-known anti-Islam hate group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled as a hate group.
Every year CAIR-STL takes on dozens of civil liberties cases. These cases involve American Muslims who suffer discrimination at work, lose their jobs or are never hired because of their appearance, are bullied in school, targeted by the FBI and immigration law enforcement, are harassed by anti-Islam groups, targets of hate crimes, and much more. Many cases go unreported as American Muslims worry about high legal costs and never pursue their case. I believe this is wrong. Anyone who has a case of discrimination should have the resources and ability to fight it in court.
On Monday June 8th, the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-STL) opened its first satellite office inside of the Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center, 8945 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood MO, 63042 in the north county of Saint Louis.
“We want our office to be located in the heart of the Muslim community” said Faizan Syed Executive Director of CAIR-STL. “By opening an office inside a Islamic Center we are precisely where the community prays and is comfortable being. We hope that this will allow us to build stronger grass roots relationships and better empower American Muslims”.
ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis judge has ruled in favor of a Pakistani Muslim taxi driver’s right to wear religious attire while working.
Raja Naeem of St. Louis has been battling the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which licenses drivers in the St. Louis region, for years regarding his clothing.
This campaign was a product of CAIR's strategic approach to reshaping perceptions about Islam and Muslims. In 2005, a CAIR survey confirmed earlier findings that 60 percent of Americans are not knowledgeable about Islam. However, a significant percentage welcomed the opportunity to learn about Islam. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans said that they would like to receive a free copy of the Quran.
Since the campaign was first launched, nearly 28,000 people have requested a free copy of the Quran. This report presents the current status of the campaign and identifies additional resources needed to continue the project to reach more Americans.
Mission Statement for "Explore the Quran" Campaign
In order to promote mutual understanding and educate others about Islam, CAIR will provide a free copy of the meaning of the Quran in English to Americans of other faiths.
The St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Imam Council of Greater St. Louis are coming together to hold a billboard art competition to defend the honor of Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him). Here are the rules for the program.
Questions please contact CAIR-STL Executive Director at email@example.com
In 2007, CAIR launched a major initiative to help enhance understanding of Islam and Muslims in the news media.
Called "Beyond Stereotypes," the campaign centers around distribution of the publication American Muslims: A Journalist's Guide to Understanding Islam and Muslims to editors, reporters, producers, and other journalists nationwide.
CAIR's guide offers journalists tools to gain a better understanding of Islam and to write accurate and balanced stories about Muslims. It also offers background information on issues related to Islam and Muslims, best practices for reporting on the American Muslim community, and definitions of terminology often used in news stories or editorials.
We encourage media professionals who want a free copy of the guide to request one through our website, and we ask American Muslims to sponsor copies of the guide or to order hard copies to distribute to your local media outlets.
CAIR’s department to monitor and combat Islamophobia tracks sources and incidents of Islamophobia across the country, creates dossiers on prominent Islamophobes, and produces factsheets to debunk false information that has been spread about Islam.
In 2013, we released our second Islamophobia report, a 148-page publication that details the 37 groups whose primary purpose is to promote prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims. The report shows that this “inner core” of Islamophobes enjoyed access to more than $119 million in funding between 2008 and 2011, or almost $30 million per year.
The report also tracks the 78 bills or amendments designed to restrict Muslims’ religious practices that have been introduced in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress.
Islamophobia.org presents detailed profiles of individuals and institutions involved in the American Islamophobia network.