August 20th, 2009 08:41 EST
Ramadan Anti-Malaria Effort
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today urged American Muslims to increase the spiritual benefits of the upcoming Ramadan fast by participating in a United Against Malaria " event on September 5 near Washington, D.C.
SEE: United for Change
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with other major American Muslim organizations led by United for Change and Islamic Relief, is sponsoring the day-long event that will feature speakers such as Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Imam Mohamed Majid, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Dr. Fatimah Jackson, and Imam Zaid Shakir.
WHAT: Muslims United Against Malaria
WHEN: September 5, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Gaylord National Resort & Conventional Center, 201 Waterfront Street, Fort Washington, MD 20745
CONTACT: CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Muslims United for Change Against Malaria video here.
Ramadan is not only a time for prayer and fasting, it is an opportunity to strengthen and renew one`s faith through positive actions that benefit society, " said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. Malaria is a serious concern in Africa and American Muslims can play an important role in helping to alleviate the suffering caused by this disease. "
United for Change notes that malaria affects some 420 million individuals in Africa annually, resulting in one million deaths. Children under five are among those hardest hit by malaria. One African child dies every 30 seconds as a result of the disease.
CAIR`s participation in the anti-malaria effort is part of its Muslims Care " campaign, an ongoing program designed to encourage community service by American Muslims.
Muslim communities are being asked to plan new volunteer community service initiatives, to expand existing activities and to report all such efforts to the Muslims Care website. Muslims Care is one response to President Obama`s United We Serve " initiative and is being coordinated with Muslim Americans Answer the Call, " a nationwide grass-roots campaign to mobilize American Muslims to answer the call to service.
SEE: United We Serve
SEE: Muslims Care United We Serve " Project Submission Form
Muslim Americans Answer the Call
The data gathered by CAIR and Muslim Americans Answer the Call will be submitted to United We Serve for inclusion in its final report and for recognition on the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, 2009.
CAIR is America`s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.