MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR-St. Louis to Co-Sponsor 1st Interfaith Youth Ramadan Iftar

(ST. LOUIS, MO., 7/10/2014) – On Thursday, July 17, The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) and Interfaith Quest will host the city's first-ever interfaith youth Ramadan fast-breaking (iftar) dinner in an effort to promote mutual understanding.

WHAT: Interfaith Youth Iftar Dinner
WHEN: Thursday July 17, 7:45 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis Gym, 517 Wiedman Road, Ballwin, MO, 63011
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.
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Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments.

At each sunset during Ramadan, Muslims have "iftar," a meal that breaks the fast. It is a time for food, community, prayer, and fellowship. This year, the interfaith community is working to build bridges of peace and mutual understanding by encouraging high school and college students of various faiths and backgrounds to join together in the breaking of the fast with Muslim youths.

Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the "five pillars" of Islam.

"We are all very excited to have young people of various faiths participate in the iftar," said Beth Damsgaard Rodriguez, an interfaith consultant and director of Interfaith Quest. "The best way to build peace, tolerance and understanding within a society is for people to interact with one another and understand what is sacred to each faith. What better way of doing that then having young people participate in the breaking of the fast?"

The evening will include informal discussion with young people before the breaking of the fast, followed by the sunset Muslim prayers and then dinner.

"We've been hosting iftars for years," said Sara Beg, one of the key organizers of the event and whose family is sponsoring the meal. "This year, we decided to host it specifically for young people to add to the recent interfaith youth activities that we have organized within the last couple of years."

"Sharing Ramadan with others is a part of our faith," said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-St. Louis. "What better way of building friendships with others than by sharing in a meal?"

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.

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR: St. Louis Muslim Youth Organize First 'Walk+Run Against Hunger'

(ST. LOUIS, MO., 3/24/2014) – On April 20, Project Downtown St. Louis (PDSTL), the Muslim Student Association Unity Project (MSA Unity) and the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will host the first Muslim organized 'Walk+Run Against Hunger' to raise money for the needy and the homeless.

WHAT:  St. Louis Walk+Run Against Hunger

WHEN: Sunday April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Creve Couer Lake, 13725 Marine Ave, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

EVENT PAGE: https://runagainsthunger.eventbrite.com

Read more: CAIR: St. Louis Muslim Youth Organize First 'Walk+Run Against Hunger'

CAIR-St. Louis: Local Premiere of 'Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story'

(ST. LOUIS, MO., 7/31/2014) – Hundreds of people from St. Louis, including members of Veterans for Peace and the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis), are expected to attend the local film premiere by Unity Production Foundation (UPF) of "Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story."

The documentary recalls the life of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim who joined the French Resistance and worked to liberate occupied France from Nazi Germany during WWII.

WHAT:  Film Premier, "Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story"

WHEN: Sunday August 3rd @ 5:25 p.m.  

WHERE: Des Peres Cinema, 12800 Manchester Road, Des Peres MO, 63131

EVENT PAGE:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/upfs-enemy-of-the-reich-the-noor-inayat-khan-story-st-louis-public-premiere-tickets-12176318697

"Despite the fact that many Muslims played brave roles and sacrificed during World War II, the prevailing narrative of that conflict usually doesn't include any mention," says Alex Kronemer. Kronemer is co-founder with Michael Wolfe of Unity Productions Foundation, which has produced the award-winning documentaries Prince Among Slaves and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, that have both been aired nationally on PBS.

In 1940, when the Nazis invaded France, Khan fled to England, where she trained as a wireless operator after joining Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force. In early 1943, she began her assignment as a covert operative, joining Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE). This organization sought to undermine the Axis powers in occupied Europe via espionage, among other tactics. From Paris, Noor Inayat Khan secretly transmitted messages to Britain.

"For six months she was the only link between the U.K. and the French Resistance, pursued by the Gestapo, betrayed by French collaborators," says Kronemer.  The Nazis arrested her and sent her to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where "she fought back against her captors. She escaped twice. She never gave up one name or even her own name," says Wolfe.

"More Americans need to know the story of Noor Inayat Khan, who fought against one of the most heinous enemies of democracy of the last 100 years," says Faizan Syed one of the host committee members for the film premier.

You may also visit: www.enemyofthereich.org

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.

(ST. LOUIS, MO., 7/31/2014) -- Hundreds of people from St. Louis, including members of Veterans for Peace and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis), are expected to attend the local film premiere by Unity Production Foundation (UPF) of Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story.

The documentary recalls the life of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim who joined the French Resistance and worked to liberate occupied France from Nazi Germany during WWII.

WHAT:  Film Premier, "Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story"
WHEN: Sunday August 3rd @ 5:25 p.m.  
WHERE: Des Peres Cinema, 12800 Manchester Road, Des Peres MO, 63131
Get more details or buy tickets on
the event page.

"Despite the fact that many Muslims played brave roles and sacrificed during World War II, the prevailing narrative of that conflict usually doesn't include any mention," says Alex Kronemer. Kronemer is co-founder with Michael Wolfe of Unity Productions Foundation, which has produced the award-winning documentaries Prince Among Slaves and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, that have both been aired nationally on PBS.

In 1940, when the Nazis invaded France, Khan fled to England, where she trained as a wireless operator after joining Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force. In early 1943, she began her assignment as a covert operative, joining Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE). This organization sought to undermine the Axis powers in occupied Europe via espionage, among other tactics. From Paris, Noor Inayat Khan secretly transmitted messages to Britain.

"For six months she was the only link between the U.K. and the French Resistance, pursued by the Gestapo, betrayed by French collaborators," says Kronemer.  The Nazis arrested her and sent her to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where "she fought back against her captors. She escaped twice. She never gave up one name or even her own name," says Wolfe.

"More Americans need to know the story of Noor Inayat Khan, who fought against one of the most heinous enemies of democracy of the last 100 years," says Faizan Syed one of the host committee members for the film premier.

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, 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.

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