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CAIR-Chicago Files Federal Complaint Against DuPage County on behalf of Islamic Institution

The Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations announced that it has filed a complaint in federal court today against DuPage County, in response to the county’s rejection of a zoning permit for a proposed Islamic School in Naperville.

Muslims Allege Discrimination by City Colleges of Chicago

Monday, March 29, at 1pm CAIR-Chicago will hold a news conference to call on the City Colleges of Chicago to resolve complaints of discrimination by Muslim employees of Truman College.

Muslim Woman Vindicated for Hate Crime

CAIR-Chicago announced today that it is pleased with the plea agreement reached yesterday between state prosecutors and Valerie Kenney, a suburban woman who faced hate crime charges after attacking a Muslim woman at a Tinley Park grocery store 2 days after the Fort Hood shooting.

Discrimination suit filed against USF Holland, YRC Worldwide Inc. on behalf of African-American Muslim worker

CAIR-Chicago announced today that it has filed a complaint in federal court against USF Holland and YRC Worldwide Inc. on behalf of an African-American Muslim former employee. The complaint alleges that the man, Reginal Exson, suffered discrimination and severe verbal abuse based on his race, religion and disability.

CAIR-Chicago Asks Citibank to Apologize for Hijab Incident

A Citibank security guard reportedly objected to a Muslim woman receiving service because it would encourage more of “them” to come into the bank. Throughout the process, which the Muslim customer described as “humiliating,” the guard allegedly made anti-Muslim remarks.

Executive Director Ahmed Rehab to
Speak at Parliament of World Religions in Australia

About 250 traditions and 10,000 people from around the world are expected to attend the conference. Luminaries in attendance include His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Rehab will be speaking on four panels.

Illinois Muslims to Mark End of Hajj With Prayer and Celebration

On Friday, November 27th, Muslims all over the world and in America will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations. Each year, some two million Muslims, including thousands of American Muslims, go for the Hajj pilgrimage. This Islamic holiday is called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or “festival of the sacrifice” and it commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s faithfulness in willing to sacrifice his son (who was then spared) at God’s command, an important historical event in Christianity and Judaism as well.

Muslim Woman Attacked for Wearing headscarf

CAIR-Chicago announced today that it has reached out to the FBI on behalf of a Muslim woman who was a victim of a hate crime and had her headscarf pulled at her local grocery store.
“I expect Tinley Park police and federal investigators to thoroughly examine the incident and vindicate this woman. Racial and religious discrimination shall not be tolerated in our pluralistic society,” said Abraham.

CAIR-Chicago Calls Out IL GOP For Smear Tactics

“The Illinois GOP’s attack strategy seems to try to deflect mounting criticism from voters by smearing those who hold it accountable for its lack of spine. Additionally, the timing of this fishing expedition seeks to stoke anti-Muslim hysteria on the heels of the tragic shootings at Fort Hood,” said CAIR-Chicago in a statement.

U.S. Muslims Condemn Attack at Fort Hood

“We condemn this cowardly attack in the strongest terms possible and ask that the perpetrators be punished to the full extent of the law, ” said CAIR in a statement today. “American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured.”

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