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Published:June 27th, 2009 10:06 EST

100,000 American Leaders Are Reading The Quran

By SOP newswire2

U.S. Muslims to Offer Qurans to 100,000 American Leaders
Major educational initiative prompted by president`s quoting of Islam`s revealed text

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/26/09) - On Tuesday, June 30, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of a major campaign to distribute free copies of the Quran, Islam`s revealed text, to 100,000 local, state and national leaders.

WHAT: CAIR News Conference to Announce Launch of Share the Quran " Campaign

WHEN: Tuesday, June 30, 11 a.m.

WHERE: CAIR National Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com

CAIR`s Share the Quran " educational campaign was prompted by President Obama`s recent address to Muslims worldwide in which he quoted from that holy text.

In the multi-year initiative, American Muslims will sponsor Qurans for distribution to governors, state attorney generals, educators, law enforcement officials, state and national legislators, local elected and public officials, media professionals, and other local or national leaders who shape public opinion or determine policy.

SEE: Muslim Group Giving 100,000 Qur`ans to Elected Officials (Washington Post)

Through this ground-breaking outreach initiative, we hope not only to educate policy-makers and opinion leaders about Islam, but also to provide an opportunity for American Muslims to reach out to their fellow citizens of other faiths, " said CAIR Board Chairman State Sen. Larry Shaw (NC).

The Share the Quran " initiative is an outgrowth of CAIR`s successful Explore the Quran " campaign and is part of the celebration of the Washington-based council`s 15th anniversary. CAIR was founded in June of 1994.

CAIR, America`s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, has 35 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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com