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****  Press Release  ****

 - For Immediate Release  -


CAIR Responds to Cartoon Flap with Educational Campaign


February 10, 2006

CAIR RESPONDS TO CARTOON FLAP WITH EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN - Initiative will focus on life and legacy of Islam's Prophet Muhammad

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/10/06) - On Tuesday, February 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a noon news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to launch a major educational effort focusing on the life and legacy of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. (Similar news conferences will be held at CAIR offices nationwide. Contact the nearest CAIR chapter for details.)

WHAT: CAIR to Launch Educational Initiative in Response to Cartoon Controversy

WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, Noon (Eastern)

WHERE: Lisagor Room, 13th Floor, National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

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

CAIR's initiative, details of which will be announced at the news conference, was prompted by the worldwide controversy over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and is designed to turn a negative incident into a positive learning opportunity.

"People of all faiths in the West and in the Muslim world can either succumb to a downward spiral of mutual mistrust and hostility or they can view this disturbing episode as a 'teaching moment' that should not be wasted," said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.

Following similar international protests over claims that American personnel had desecrated the Quran at Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray, CAIR launched an "Explore the Quran" campaign offering free copies of the holy text to Americans of all faiths. To date, more than 27,000 Qurans have been requested through that campaign.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org.