www.explorethequran.org UPDATE: More than 16,000 people have requested free copies of the Quran since the launch of CAIR's "Explore the Quran" campaign on May 17.
CAIR has pledged to cover the costs of shipping Qurans to all those who submit request, but we need your support to fulfill that pledge.
1) SPONSOR a free copy(s) of the Quran so that people of other faiths may learn the truth about Islam and Muslims. To sponsor one or more Qurans online, go to: http://www.explorethequran.org To sponsor a Quran by phone, call 1-800-78-ISLAM (1-800-784-7526). (In order to ease the pressure on CAIR's switchboard, those sponsoring a free Quran may also send a donation to: Explore the Quran, CAIR, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003)
2) IMAMS and COMMUNITY LEADERS should ask congregations to support this important project.
3) FORWARD this alert to your Muslim friends, family and colleagues.
4) Join CAIR-NET. CAIR offers an e-mail list designed keep American Muslims informed about efforts such as "Explore the Quran." To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/ CAIR is willing to respond, inshallah, to every request received. We ask every Muslim to help cover the cost of at least one Holy Quran.
SEE ALSO: Letter from Quran Recipient in Ohio
CAIR received the following e-mail message from an Ohio recipient of a free Quran. It contained a letter to the editor that person sent to their local newspaper. The following are excerpts from the letter:
I recently received my free copy of the Quran from CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). I expected a little pocket size version of the text. Instead I received a full size leather bound volume, with gold embossed lettering.
I wish to thank Nihad Awad, and CAIR for funding this effort. They obviously care deeply for their cause, and are sincere in their efforts to spread understanding and tolerance. Mr. Awad's accompanying letter requested that I treat the Quran with respect. I assure him that I honor his generous gift.
I have read through the text and was surprised to find that the Quran and the Bible share many of the same stories and characters. Mary, Joseph, Moses, The story of David and Goliath, Noah's flood, and many other familiar teachings are found all throughout the Quran. Jesus is referred to 22 times. . .
Instead of fighting over our differences, I suggest we explore our commonalities. May the reward of the fruit from the tree of life go to CAIR, and everyone who extends the olive branch of, mutual respect, diversity and peace.