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CAIR-NY Urges Person Who Left 'Jesus' Painting at Mosque to Learn About Islamic Beliefs

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CAIR-NY Urges Person Who Left 'Jesus' Painting at Mosque to Learn About Islamic Beliefs

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 7/9/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on a person or persons who left a painting of Jesus on the cross at a mosque in that state to learn what Muslims actually believe.

CAIR-NY said the painting was found Friday on a fence of the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

SEE: Jesus Painting Left on Islamic Center Investigated as Hate Crime
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Jesus-Painting-Left-on-Islamic-Center-Investigated-as-Hate-Crime-433432283.html

SEE: Painting of Jesus Christ on a Cross Hung From Islamic Center Fence
https://patch.com/new-york/newhydepark/painting-jesus-christ-cross-hung-islamic-center-fence

In a statement, CAIR-NY said:

"Bias may have motivated this incident, but it could serve as a teaching moment for the perpetrator and for the community if it leads to greater understanding of the love Muslims have for Jesus, peace be upon him. "The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states, 'Behold! The angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and in (the company of) those nearest to God.' (3:45)

"Other verses in the Quran state that Jesus was strengthened with the 'Holy Spirit' (2:87) and is a 'sign for the whole world.' (21:91) His virgin birth was confirmed when Mary asked: 'How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?' (3:47)

"In the Quran, Jesus is shown speaking from the cradle and, with God's permission, curing lepers and the blind. (5:110) God also states in the Quran: "We gave (Jesus) the Gospel (Injeel) and put compassion and mercy into the hearts of his followers." (57:27)

"The spiritual unity of the Abrahamic faiths is confirmed in the Quran when God states: 'Say ye: 'We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves.' (2:136)

"Islam's Prophet Muhammad also said: 'Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.'

"The spiritual legacy of Jesus (peace be upon him) should be a unifying factor for Muslims and Christians, not a source of division or bigotry."

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR's national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

SEE: CAIR-Sacramento Thanks Law Enforcement for Prompt Action on Quran Desecration Incidents

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14429-cair-sacramento-thanks-law-enforcement-for-prompt-action-on-quran-desecration-incidents.html

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf

CAIR-NY recently released a report showing a 560 percent increase in 2016 anti-Muslim incidents in New York compared to the previous year. The same report showed that more than half of 2016 anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York occurred in the last 7 and a half weeks of the year, following Donald Trump's election as President.

Muslim community members are urged to report any bias incidents to police and to the organization. Contact CAIR-NY by calling (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of 'Suspicious' Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants

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CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of 'Suspicious' Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants

 
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 5/11/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the Erie County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigation Unit to step-up its investigation of a “suspicious” fire that damaged a building owned by the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque of Lackawanna, N.Y., injuring seven.
 
Authorities, who have confirmed an accelerant was used in the April 22 fire, have yet to classify the blaze as arson. The incident was the second “suspicious” fire set at the building in April alone.
                                                                                                                    
The four-unit housing block was occupied by several families, many of whom were newly arrived immigrants. Three victims remain hospitalized, including a 3-year-old boy. Friends, family and community members are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the possible arsonist(s). CAIR-NY has reached out to mosque leaders and other local Muslim community leaders about the incident.
 
SEE: Seven Hurt in Lackawanna Apartment Fire
http://www.wgrz.com/news/seven-hurt-in-lackawanna-apartment-fire/433314975

$10,000 Reward to Be Offered for Info on Suspicious Fire That Hurt 7 in Lackawanna
http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/11/10000-reward-expected-suspicious-fire-immigrant-housing-lackawanna/
 
“It is critical that authorities use every resource available to apprehend and prosecute anyone responsible for this tragedy,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director, Afaf Nasher. “Our prayers are with those injured in the fire and with their loved ones.”        

“We can’t ignore the fact that this tragedy comes in the wake of attacks on American Muslims, immigrants and other minority groups across America,” said Albert Cahn, CAIR-NY Legal Director. “It is unacceptable that today, nearly three weeks later, that county officials have still not made an arson determination or contacted mosque officials.”

SEE: Woman in coma, five others remain hospitalized after fire in Lackawanna
http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/24/woman-coma-six-still-hospitalized-suspicious-fire-lackawanna-apartment-building/

Source: Accelerant found at Lackawanna fire site
http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/source-accelerant-found-at-lackawanna-fire-site/438834993
 
The fire follows a surge in anti-Muslim incidents across the United States.
 
In CAIR’s recently released 2017 Civil Rights Report, “The Empowerment of Hate,” the civil rights group noted a nationwide spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose more than 580 percent from 2014-2016. Additionally, attacks on Muslim-owned property, including vandalism and arson, increased nearly eight-fold from 2014-2016. The situation is even more extreme in New York State, where anti-Muslim hate incidents increased more than 560 percent in just 2016.
 
SEE CAIR Civil Rights Report 2017
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/10/press-release-civil-rights-report-2017

“The Empowerment of Hate” Civil Rights Report
http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/188-the-empowerment-of-hate.html

Video: Press Conference: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Report 2017
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlhYaJhGyi8
 
Muslim community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.  
 
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NY State Senator Seeks Probe of Agency's Mosque Approval

Orriginally Published in Queens Chronicle
Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016 10:30 am
by Ryan Brady, Associate Editor

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) again has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney of the Southern District Preet Bharara to review the Board of Standards and Appeals for possible improper conduct because its chairwoman appeared at the opening for a mosque that the agency approved . . .

According to Council on American Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, opposition to mosque construction is often Islamophobic, although opponents of the Flushing mosque proposal have said that they are not against it because of the religion.

“We always hear that the opposition has nothing to do with it being a mosque or a school or a Muslim cemetery until you scratch the surface and you almost always find a level of anti-Muslim bias,” Hooper said.

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CAIR-NY, Muslims to Announce Lawsuit Over Proposed Yonkers Mosque

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CAIR-NY, Muslims to Announce Lawsuit Over Proposed Yonkers Mosque

 

(NEW YORK, NY, 9/20/16) – On Wednesday, September 21, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will join other Muslim organizations at a news conference to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the city of Yonkers, N.Y., alleging discriminatory use of landmark laws to hinder long-planned construction of a mosque.

 

WHAT: Yonkers Muslims to Sue City for Obstructing Construction of Mosque

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, LLC, 233 Broadway, Suite 801, New York, NY 10279

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 646-665-7599 anasher@cair.com

 

The Islamic Community Center for Mid-Westchester (ICCMW) and its members, CAIR-NY, civil rights organizations, and interfaith partners will hold a press conference to announce the filing of a civil complaint and request for injunction against the City of Yonkers. 

 

The Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, LLC, on behalf of its client ICCMW, alleges that the City of Yonkers discriminated against the Muslim community of Colonial Heights when it improperly designated the planned site for their mosque as a landmark.

 

SEE: Muslims fight to gain right to build mosque
http://www.concordmonitor.com/Muslims-see-anti-mosque-bias-in-landmarking-decision-2762774

 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

 

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

 

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