BismilliahIn the Name of God, the Merciful and Beneficent

              On behalf of the Imam Council of Metropolitan St. Louis (ICMSTL), a council of eighteen Imams that represent the various Islamic Centers and Muslim communities in the Metropolitan area, we would like to express our sincere sadness at this cowardly act of vandalism at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. We believe this act of hate is not only against the Jewish community but is an attack against all faiths and the values we hold as peoples of faith and Americans.

               In the Quran, Allah, the God of Abraham says, “And from the followers of Moses are a people who are guided by the Truth, and by it, they are just.” (Qur’an 7:158).

              We unanimously condemn this act of vandalism as well as the second round of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers across the United States, and all acts of hate against religious groups. The growing antisemitism in our country is both alarming and unacceptable. Sadly, we’ve witnessed the rise of both antisemitism and bigoted actions against several religions in our ever polarized nation.

               We want every member of the Jewish community to know that we will continue to stand in solidarity and are willing to help however needed. So please reach out to us. Currently, we are encouraging our congregations to help rebuild and repair not only the physical damage but the emotional damages this incident has these caused.

               Finally, we believe that Allah tests humanity in many ways in order to bring them closer to Him. “Give good tiding to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to God, and indeed to Him we will return’”. We are here to support you and stand with you during these difficult times; as an ally, a friend, and people of the Abrahamic faith.

In peace, with full sincerity and respect,

The Imam Council of Metropolitan St. Louis

CAIR MISSOURI(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/21/17) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) and the Imam Council on Metropolitan St. Louis (ICMSTL)  - a body that represents 18 Islamic Centers in the Metropolitan area - today condemned the vandalism targeting a historic Jewish cemetery in University City.
The Imam Council will be encouraging Muslim congregations to donate money to help repair damages in the Jewish cemetery.
  
SEE: DONATE:Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery
Vandals Wreck Headstones at Historic Jewish Cemetery in St. Louis
In a statement, Imam Mufti Asif Umar said:
“This is a horrific and disgusting act of vandalism which cannot be tolerated. We stand with our Jewish friends who have also faced numerous bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers across the Country. We hope the perpetrators of these crimes are swiftly caught and brought to justice.”
IMCSTL wrote a letter of solidarity to the various Jewish centers in St. Louis.
SEE: Imam Council Letter to the Jewish Community
This comes in the wake of a second round of bomb threats against Jewish community centers around the nation. Over President’s Day, at least 10 centers received bomb threats. CAIR’s national office has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who made these threats. Over 150 tomb stones were vandalized, knocked over or damaged in the incident.
SEE: CAIR Offers Reward for Info On Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers Nationwide
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Jewish Community,” said Imam Djilali Kacem head of the ICMSTL. “We are truly appalled at this act of vandalism in our city. We want the Jewish community to know that the Muslim community stands with you in solidarity as Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hate in general is on the rise in our nation.”

“Many of my personal friends have family members who are buried in this cemetery,” said Faizan Syed of CAIR-Missouri. “This is a cowardly and an unacceptable act of hate against not only the Jewish community, but against all faiths and the values we hold dear as Americans.”
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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CONTACT: CAIR-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626,faizan@cair-stl.org; Imam Mufti Asif Umar, 636-394-8982,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR MISSOURIMEDIA ADVISORY
 
CAIR-Missouri to Announce Discrimination Motion Filed Against North County City for Denying Muslim Family a Business License
 
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/14/2017) – On Wednesday, February 15, the Law Offices of Jay Kanzler and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO) will hold a news conference to discuss a lawsuit against a North County mayor who allegedly denied an Arab Muslim family a business license based on their faith and ethnicity.
 
WHAT: Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against North County Mayor Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 10:00 A.M. 
WHERE:  Country Club Hills City Hall, 7422 Eunice Ave, St. Louis, MO 63136
CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Attorney Jay Kanzler, 314-645-5367 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Attorney Jay Kanzler said in a statement:
 
“It is appalling that a city would deprive its residents of a business license just because the mayor doesn’t like the owners, their religion or national origin.  The mayor should resign and the city should immediately issue the business license for the new laundromat without the pretextual restrictions the Mayor has imposed. This is another embarrassing moment for our wider community, which is committed to coming together and rebuilding after Ferguson.”
 
A Copy of the Motion & Affidavit: https://tinyurl.com/zw7cfcn
 
CAIR-Missouri’s Executive Director Faizan Syed said in a statement:
 
“It’s unacceptable that this motion has to be filed in the first place to get this city to do its job. This family should not have to engage in a legal battle just to get a business license.”
 
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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