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U.S. Muslims Reject Violent Response to Cartoon Controversy

February 05, 2006

CAIR to offer educational initiatives highlighting legacy of Prophet Muhammad

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/5/06) – On Sunday, February 5, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to express the U.S. Muslim community’s rejection of violence in response to the defamatory caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in European newspapers.

WHAT: U.S. Muslims Reject Violence in Response to Cartoon Controversy

WHEN: Sunday, February 5, 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)

WHERE: CAIR Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: Islam-OpEd: What Would Muhammad Do?

Also on Friday, CAIR urged prayer leaders at mosques nationwide to defend the Prophet Muhammad’s image through educational activities, the sharing of books and other materials with friends and colleagues of other faiths and through “personal example of good character as instructed by the Prophet Muhammad.”

SEE: Help Defend the Image of Prophet Muhammad

SEE ALSO: North American Media Shy Away from Muslim Cartoons

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: