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July 28, 2005

Chicago Muslim Organizations officially endorse formal Islamic decree reaffirming that terrorism is prohibited under Islamic Law in local Press Conference to be held Friday

(CHICAGO, IL, 7/28/05) - On Friday, July 29, The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) – an umbrella organization representing 54 Chicago area Mosques & Islamic Organizations - and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago Chapter (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a news conference at the Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State Street, to officially endorse the recently issued national fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) against terrorism and extremism. The fatwa was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and is being endorsed by over 150 major U.S. Muslim organizations including CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, and MAS.
  The Fiqh Council is an association of Islamic legal scholars that interprets Muslim religious law. (The term “fiqh” refers to Islamic jurisprudence.)
  WHAT: Endorsement of “National Fatwa Against Terror and Extremism” by Chicago Muslims
  WHEN: Friday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.
  WHERE: Downtown Islamic Center, 3rd Floor, 231 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
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  CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago, Yaser Tabbara, 312-718-3725 or 312-212-1520, E-mail:; Ahmed Rehab, 847-971-3963 or 312-212-1520, E-Mail: