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Become an Ambassador

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The Ambassador program is based on the Seerah (Life History) of the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him). During his life, Muhammad (May Peace be Upon Him) would send Muslim Ambassadors to represent Islam and the Muslim community to the rulers in Persia, Rome, and Africa. These Ambassadors would speak about Islam, represent the Muslim community, and build relationships with these people who held positions of power and influence.

Today, sadly few American Muslims ever meet their elected officials. Even though we live in a Representative Democratic society which is built on people in power having relationships with their constituents. Many elected officials never meet a Muslim and have limited understanding or worse, misinformation about our Islam and the Muslim community.

That’s why we need you to join the CAIR-STL Ambassador program. By becoming an Ambassador you will help build a long term relationship between American Muslims and our elected officials. You do this by holding meetings with them to build relationships and discuss issues of concern.

The program is simple:

  • CAIR-STL will provide you the training to meet your elected officials, will assist in organizing meetings, and develop discussion points.

Become a CAIR-STL Ambassador today by clicking on this link below and filling out the form. You will then be contacted by a CAIR-STL team member who will start the process with you. 



294 St. Louis could resettle almost 300 Syrian refugees by end of September

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St. Louis could resettle almost 300 Syrian refugees by end of September

The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the grass-roots campaign #BringThemHere hosted a rally on Sunday in the Delmar Loop to welcome refugees already settled here and to reiterate their hope to see more Syrian refugees admitted into the country.

We’re very grateful the U.S. is upholding its history and legacy,” CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed said Thursday of the thousands of Syrian refugees accepted into the country in the last year. “But it can and should do so much more.”

He said the country’s geographic size and economic resources make the U.S. capable of hosting greater numbers of Syrian refugees.

CAIR-Missouri is working on a project with Baitul-Mal (“House of Good”) to relocate Syrian refugees to homes in North County because it is less expensive and has a larger network of Arab and Islamic communities, Syed said.



285 Leadership Camp Summer of Sunnah

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Give Your Children Leadership Skills this Summer! Don’t Have Them Waste Their Time on their Phones.

Join us with a summer of fun sisterhood and brotherhood activities while being involved and learning the sunnah and path of our beloved Prophet (pbuh). Boys and girls from 5th grade to 12th grade are encouraged to sign up. Camp supervises will be brother Faizan Syed(executive director of CAIR-MO) and sister Nour Alhiyari (Islamic studies teacher) along with parent volunteers. Maximum capacity for this camp will be 30 total kids based on first come first serve bases. 


Parents will be expected to drop off and pick up their children from the daily activity location. Most programs are held at Darul Islam Masjed (517 Weidman Rd Ballwin MO). 

Social Activities: include zip lining, paint balling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and team building camp out.

Community Activities: include public speaking, interacting with the media, meeting our elected officials, and launching your own Dawah projects.

Location:
Majority of the events occur in Darul Islam Masjed located at 517 weidman rd, ballwin MO. Parents will be expected to drop off and pick up their children from the daily activity location. All events occur no further than 20 miles from Ballwin MO. Check schedule below to see all the event venues. 

Cost:
$250 for 1 child 
$400 for 2 siblings
$500 for 3 siblings

Financial aid is available. If you cannot afford above costs please mention the amount you can pay when registering below.

Date & Time:
July 11 – July 28, 2016
Mondays to Thursdays (10 AM – 2 PM) 

Tentative Schedule: (May change according to any restrictions that come)

Mon 7/11 
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Program Introduction 
10:30 PM – 12:00 PM Breakfast & Games (Getting to know each other)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Grouping and Discussing Dawah Project Ideas
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Halaqa: Loving Allah and His Messenger (PBUH)

Tues 7/12 
10:00 PM – 2:00 PM CANOEING DAY AT CREAVE COEUR PARK

Wed 7/13 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Event Discussion & Preparation
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Public Speaking Workshops

Thurs 7/14 
10:00 PM – 2:00 PM HIKING, REFLECTION, & GLORIFYING DAY AT CASTELWOOD STATE PARK

Mon 7/18 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Breakfast & Inspirational Videos
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Working on Dawah Projects
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Halaqa: Being a Modern Muslim 

Tues 7/19 
10:00 PM – 2:00 PM SWIMMING/SPORTS DAY AT DARUL JALAL MASJED & SYED FAMILY HOME

Wed 7/20 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Event Discussion
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Being in the Media Workshop

Thurs 7/21 
10:00 PM – 2:00 PM PAINTBALL DAY AT GATEWAY PAINTBALL

Mon 7/25 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Breakfast & Inspirational Videos
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Halaqa: Good Character of the Prophet (PBUH)
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM Lunch Break
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Launching Your Dawah Projects

Tues 7/26 
10:00 PM – 2:00 PM TEAM BUILDING BROTHERHOOD ACTIVITY CAMPOUT AT QUEENY PARK

Wed 7/27 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Event Discussion
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Meeting Elected Officials Workshop

Thurs 7/28 
10:00 PM – 2:00 PM ZIPLINING AT CREVE COUR PARK



274 3rd Annual Sharing Ramadan open house

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3rd Annual Sharing Ramadan Open House

RSVP Today Click Here…

Join us for our 3rd Annual, “Sharing Ramadan” open house at the Daar-Ul-Islam Masjid. This annual event hosted by the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis (IFGSTL) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Missouri (CAIR-MO) is a yearly occasion that brings peoples of all faiths or no faiths to visit their local Islamic Center and share in the breaking of the fast meal.

Ramadan is the holy month in the lunar Islamic Calender. During this month Muslims will abstain from food, drink, and sexual relationships with one spouse from dawn till sunset. Muslims strive to build a closer relationship with the Allah (God) through the fasting and increased prayer, charity, family and community building, and being God conscience. 

Schedule:

– Guests will be given a tour of the Islamic Center

– Enjoy the Iftar (Breaking of the fast meal)

– Witness the Maghrib (After Sunset prayer)

– Enjoy an international dinner

– Hear a presentation on Islam & So much more

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage American Muslims to invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, and the general public to the program.



191 cair stl Ferguson meeting discussing justice for Michale Brown

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Alabama man pleads guilty to assaulting Muslim in Missouri

An Alabama man facing felony hate crime charges in Missouri pleaded guilty instead to misdemeanor assault charges after he was accused of punching a Muslim man, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported today.

Randall Heath, 29, of Salem, was sentenced to 40 days in jail.

Heath was arrested as he appeared in Boone County Circuit Court on a drunken driving charge, according to The Associated Press. 

That report continues:

“Authorities allege that in June, Heath shouted anti-Muslim insults at four men who were walking to prayers at the Islamic Center in Columbia. The men said Heath circled the block four times and shouted insults. One of the men who confronted Heath in the vehicle was struck in the arm…

The St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) in September welcomed the hate crime charge.

“We believe this case is yet another example of the rising Islamophobia faced by the American Muslim community,” said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed



190 stl muslim community letter to Michale Brown family

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Dear Brown family,

On behalf of the St. Louis Muslim community, which is comprised of 18 Islamic Centers, and over 100,000 thousand Muslims from every ethnic background in the world, we would like to share our condolences regarding the loss of Michael Brown.

We know that unarmed black men are killed at an alarming rate in this country. We recognize that all life has value. We also recognize that the officer has a right to due process.

The Prophet Muhammad once said we must “help our brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is oppressed… [We should help the oppressor] by preventing him from oppressing others.”   We thank the FBI for launching a parallel investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown and hope that a thorough investigation will be completed, the truth will be disclosed, and justice will be served.

We will pray and stand with the Ferguson community in this time of much needed healing. The Holy Qur’an tells us that humanity is like one body, when one part of it is in pain, the whole body should wake up in a feverish state. Islam is a way of life that invites all of humanity to it in order to establish justice, build meaningful brotherhood of all people, and worship God alone with no partners. We the Muslim community in Saint Louis share your family’s pain. Your family’s sorrow is our sorrow.

We pray that the Most Merciful strengthens your family and the St. Louis community with patience to endure this sad time. We wish you peace and safety.

Sincerely,

The Saint Louis Muslim Community

Adil Imdad, Chairman of West Pine Islamic Center

Dr. Aniyu Jimoh, President of West Florissant Islamic Center

Dr. Bahar Bastani, President of Shia Islamic Center

Dr. Ferrahs Abdel-Basit, Board Member of Dar Al Jalal Islamic Center

Dr. Helal Ekramuddin, President of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Dr. Mujtiba Qazi, Presidet of Missouri Muslims for Civic Engagement

Faizan Syed, Executive Director of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations

Imam Aboo Muawiyah, Grand Islamic Center

Imam Ahmed Serdarevic, St. Louis Islamic Center Nur

Imam Council of Greater St. Louis

Imam Envir Kunic, Bosnian Islamic Center

Imam Mohammed Hasic, Islamic Community Center

Myra Ekram, President of the Muslim Youth of St. Louis

Raed Abuhamda, Al-Manara Academy Football Club

The Chief of STLIslam.com

The Board of the Downtown Islamic Information Center

Tim Kaminski, President of the Masjid Qouba Foundation

Umar Lee, Author and Evening-Whirl Columnist

Yumna Ali, Executive Director of the Islamic Information Center of St. Louis



169 stl4syria bring Syrian-refugees to stl

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#STL4Syria is a grassroots movement whose purpose is to bring as many Syrian refugees to St. Louis as possible. The first community meeting will be held on Saturday October 3rd at 6:30 PM, location TBA.

FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1490183471295389/

The ongoing crisis in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. Hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered, millions are either internally or externally displaced, hundreds of thousands are living in tent cities for years, while thousands drown in the sea or are brutalized while trying to flee to Europe. The United Nations is encouraging the United States to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2016. So far the U.S. has accepted less then 1,000

As Americans we believe this is unacceptable. The U.S. has the largest economy in the world, large land mass, and the ability to integrate refugees much better then any other nation in the world. The U.S. is emotionally, morally, economically, militarily, and strategically invested in Syria more then most nations in the world. It is only natural that the U.S. leads in bringing Syrian refugees to it’s soil.

During the Bosnian Genocide, St. Louis became the home for tens of thousands of Bosnian refugees. This community was able to find peace, security, job opportunity, education and have been able to rebuild their lives. The influx of these refugees into St. Louis in the 90s has also revitalized the areas where they resettled into, especially South City and the South County areas. St. Louis is the perfect destination for the now Syrian refugees who need a home and St. Louis needs them in order to help revitalize the city. 




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