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 - For Immediate Release  -


PRESS CONFERENCE: CAIR-CHICAGO TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO ‘EXPLORE THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD’


February 15, 2006

Year-long educational effort prompted by Danish cartoon controversy

(CHICAGO, 2/15/06) – The Chicago Chapter of a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced that it will hold a local press conference this Saturday to announce a major educational effort called “Explore the Life of Muhammad” as a positive response to the worldwide controversy over caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The campaign is to be administered in 30 US cities. (The press conference will be followed by an open Town Hall Meeting headed by Muslim leaders and activists discussing the controversy – See Attached Announcement)

The year-long educational initiative will begin by offering people of all faiths a FREE book or DVD about the life and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. CAIR’s campaign will also feature grass-roots educational activities in Muslim communities throughout North America.

WHAT: CAIR-Chicago to announce Educational Initiative in Response to Cartoon Controversy WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 6:00PM
WHERE: Board Room, The Islamic Foundation of Villa Park 300 West Highridge Road Villa Park, IL 60181
CONTACT: Ahmed Rehab, (312) 212-1520, (847) 971-39631 E-Mail: communications@cairchicago.org

Visitors to CAIR’s campaign website, www.exploreMuhammad.com, will be able to choose either a FREE DVD of the PBS documentary “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet” or FREE book, “Muhammad” by Yahiya Emerick. The website will also feature a 13-minute online clip from the DVD and excerpts from the book. (NOTE: Requests for free materials will initially be limited to the United States and Canada, but the campaign is designed to expand to Europe through cooperation with local Muslim communities in Europe.)

Along with the DVD and the book, CAIR’s website will also offer basic information about the Prophet Muhammad and a database of his sayings (hadith).

CONTACT: Ahmed Rehab, (312) 212-1520, (847) 971-3963 E-Mail: communications@cairchicago.org

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