The increase in Muslim women athletes, particularly those who wear the hijab help in breaking the stereotype placed on Muslim women, while also paving the way for other Muslim women to participate in sports they love.
While negative stereotypes of Muslim women are perpetuated through the media, it becomes important to challenge them. This article is the second in a two-part series that dispels common myths that skew the public’s perception of Muslim women.
While negative stereotypes of Muslim women are perpetuated through the media, it becomes important to challenge them. This article is the first in a two-part series that dispels common myths that skew the public’s perception of Muslim women.
Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif and Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson gave a presentation on Muslims in America and common misconceptions about Islam to the congregants of First United Methodist Church in Western Springs.
“Read and your Lord is Most Honorable, Who taught with the pen, Taught man what he knew not.”
These are among the Quranic verses read by CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson at the American Library Association (ALA) Banned Books Week Read-Out in Washington Square on September 25. The most recent list of most frequently banned readings for 2010 was topped by the Qur’an, the holy text of Islam.
CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson will participate in another banned book reading hosted by the American Library Association. Hankerson will read from the Qur’an.
On September 11, Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson participated in an event hosted by the American Library Association(ALA), entitled “The Qur’an Read-out Protest”. The event was in coordinated as response to recent Qur’an burning threats, such as Pastor Terry Jones’ proposed “Burn A Koran Day.”
“I expect police and federal investigators to thoroughly examine the incident and remain vigilant as there has been a significant rise in these sorts of hateful, Islamophobic incidents across the country,” said Abraham. “We will not let hatemongers spread fear and intimidate Muslims.”
With Pastor Terry Jones’ “Burn A Koran Day” fiasco and the ongoing Park51 debate taking center stage in the media, CAIR-Chicago is taking action. We are challenging misinformation and anti-Muslim rhetoric through interfaith and outreach efforts to educate the public. You may have also seen us in the news recently, adding balanced and informed perspectives to public discourse.
Ahmed Rehab talks to France 24’s Mark Owen and various panelists about the proposed Qur’an burning. They also discuss the state of Islamophobia in America.