The success of the recent CAIR-Chicago 2012 banquet has been roundly positive from almost everyone: the speakers, awardees, guests, and even the media. But the success of the Chicago Muslim community has left one man agonizing and lashing out in bitter disappointment and desperation. Anti-Muslim, self-styled “terrorism expert” Steven Emerson has published a hysterical piece on IPT, his controversial blog, throwing everything and the kitchen sink at pretty much everyone: CAIR-Chicago, its Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Professor John Esposito, Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, and others.
As more and more Americans use the Internet, anti-Muslim sentiment has found a new platform to spread hate and bigotry. As a result, Muslims have taken to the web to combat this prejudice, and present a more fair, accurate and diverse image of Islam.
CAIR-Chicago, the Arab-American Action Network (AAAN), Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR), among other local organizations are holding a rally this Saturday in Daley Plaza to urge the community to voice their opposition to policies influenced by fear, Islamophobia, and prejudice.
Just returned from an internal OIC workshop held in Brussels to discuss Islamophobia, Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago Office, asserted that Muslims must do more to fight this scourge.
Come and join other Americans of conscience in opposing indefinite detention without a trial, defending immigrant rights, and stopping FBI Repression of anti-war activists.
Among the over 1200 attendees were Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, MPAC spokeswoman Edina Lekovich, author Salahuddin Khan, Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, and Professor John Esposito.
While kosher meals for the Jewish community are taken into consideration by politicians, halal meals for Muslims are essentially not discussed.
In a controversial legal step taken by the Dutch Parliament, the Cabinet has proposed to pass legislation that bans the traditional Muslim garments, the niqab and burqa, by 2013.
Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be speaking at the Islamic Center of Naperville at Ogden on Friday, January 27. He will be discussing Islamophobia, focusing on origins and practical solutions for tackling Islamophobes and anti-Muslim ideologies.
Amina Sharif is the communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago Chapter. She speaks with Vocalo’s Shantell Jamison about the recent Lowe’s decision to pull ad space from TLC’s “All American Muslim” program and what this says about the American sentiment of Islam.