Thursday, June 02, 2005

CAIR Summer Activism and Dawah Power

It's amazing. I don't know how these guys can take a horrible event like the Gitmo/Qur'an Desecretion riots and turn it into an opportunity for dialogue and dawah. When they offered to give away free Qur'ans for the asking, I had to admit that I was skeptical...even cynical. But there are just some people who know how to turn a tragedy into an opportunity. I received this e-mail today and some of you probably did, too.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/2/05) - CAIR today said some 5,000 people have requested free copies of the Quran since the launch of the group's "Explore the Quran" campaign on May 17. Calls are coming into CAIR's Washington, D.C., headquarters at the rate of one-per-minute since the publication of an article on the campaign in today's USA Today newspaper.

"Getting the Holy Word Out"
http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2005-06-01-koran_x.htm
CAIR's campaign is designed as a positive response to the recent controversy over desecration of the Quran. Those who have requested free Qurans include a police officer who works with the Muslim community, Christian religious leaders who wish to explain Islam to their congregations and Americans of all faiths who just wish to learn more about Islam's revealed text.

Combining religious tolerance, education and peace initiaves into this wonderful effort can only garner one response...Masha'Allah.

Oh and uh, they also launched a summer initiative to promote community activism. You can read about here at Muslims Care and at Progressive Muslims. They already have great events in the works such as health fairs, blood drives, fitness days and free medical services for the uninsured.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ann said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

I think these kinds of things work well because people can be sort of anonymous. A lot of people might be curious about the Quran, but they wouldn't go so far as to actually walk into a mosque or Islamic Center to ask about it; they might be afraid of being pressured, etc.

5:47 AM  
Blogger Yusuf Smith said...

As-Salaamu 'alaikum,

CAIR's Qur'an campaign - what's the fuss?

Replies to critics of CAIR's effort

3:57 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Salaam alaikum guys, Sister Ann, that's a good point. I know before I became a Muslim, I was very nervous when I visited my first mosque in America. I think some people are afraid that they might offend us so the anonymous aspect of this project is superb.

Brother Yusuf, I posted my comments to your blog. :)

6:37 PM  

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