CAIR-Missouri Open House Photo

Directly beneath Straub’s of Clayton Rd., interns Atif Shamail and Shehmin Awan nervously packed up the vacuum in their executive director’s office. The rest of the CAIR team and early guests-turned-volunteers lent hands in the lobby for last minute printing, product placement, and arranging literature tucked into bookcases flanking a giant flat screen TV along the eastern wall.

CAIR-MO, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Missouri, celebrated their St.Louis office open house on February 19, 2017 with huge success, inspiring momentum to blaze forward. Humble projections for attendance were cast aside when over 150 visitors strengthened ties with the civil rights advocacy team over lively conversation from 1pm to 5pm that Sunday. Guests were also treated to snacks and homemade ethnic cuisine and sweet pastries donated by Humaira Qalbani. It took two people, Dr. Anjum Shariff, board President, and Faizan Syed, Executive Director, to calm the lively crowd for formal introductions at 2pm.

For CAIR-MO staff themselves, the most memorable part was the generous attendance and the inspiration it yielded. Chris Caras, CAIR-MO’s outreach director, also noted attendant diversity while Ian left to right Chris Caras Dr. Anjum Shariff and Zach GoldMooney, intern and volunteer coordinator, was energized by the didactic discussions taking place around him. Linah Elnashar, entrepreneur and assistant to CAIR-MO, enjoyed the networking opportunity as she looks forward to representing Muslims and CAIR at the liberal women meeting this Monday. Yusra Ali, event coordinator for CAIR-MO, won't forget the fiery chatter with local artists coming out to support and be involved. Yusra is overseeing an upcoming event, “Creativity and Identity: A Muslim-American Art Exhibit”.

CAIR-MO team attendees not mentioned previously include Yasir Ali, Sadia Ali, Omar Malik, Ali Chaudry, Omar Memon, Meraj Sirajuddin, and Naveen Ayesh.  Absent for travel was Robert West, CAIR-MO attorney.

CAIR-MO was grateful to welcome guests aligned with their tradition of peace, justice, and freedom of faith. Allies for political peace included representative Bill Otto among many democratic and bi-partisan activists. For justice advocacy, members of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) and New Legal Alliance came. Faith leaders and representatives of many local religious organizations and groups, including Metropolitan Congregations United and Ethical Society of St.Louis were also in force.

When the event came to a close and remaining guests left warmly, CAIR-MO staff gathered the volunteer sign-up forms littered about the office. Sweet smell lingered, from cookies and cake as well as the encouraging words that still hung in the air. CAIR-MO invites everyone to follow them for future events and opportunities to help out Muslim minorities and bring hope to a healing nation.

Creativity Identity Muslim Art Display St. Louis CAIR MissouriFriday, 4-7-2017 6-9pm

3rd Degree Glass Factory
5200 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108

Enjoy St. Louis' first ever American Muslim Exhibition celebrating creativity and identity with Muslim Artists who defy media stereotypes. American Muslims are more than just the political and religious labels put on them. We each have our own individual identities and nurture our own forms of creativity, be it science, language, or the arts, just like any other human being.

Featuring Artists of all kinds that live right here in our hometown of St. Louis will be quite a night to see. You'll have the opportunity to speak with Artists and learn how they became passionate about art, started their businesses, and what inspires their creativity. We hope that you'll also introduce yourself and discuss your passion for art and get to know one another on a personal basis.

The evening will include:

  • Various artist booths with displays, interactive art, photography and much more
  • Slam poetry, Nasheed (signing), comedy, and other on-stage performances
  • Informational tables on Islam, Muslims, and free literature
  • Henna art, write your name in Arabic, and custom stenciled t-shirts 
  • Delicious foods from around the world
  • & so much more...

We encourage you to spend your evening immersed in local Muslim art, enjoy in-depth conversation, and enjoy delicious foods.

Purchase Your Ticket Today Click Here...

 

Indivisible With Liberty Justice for All CAIR MO Fundraising PosterIslamophobia is one of the greatest threats to civil rights today. After the Presidential election, hate crimes against American Muslims have spiked. The administration continues to pursue an Islamophobic agenda of banning all Muslims, targeting Muslim organizations, and denying religious freedoms to American Muslims. The mainstreaming of hate is not only against Muslims but has led to an unacceptable rise in Anti-Semitism, a rise in hate groups in America, and other troubling trends. CAIR-Missouri is a local civil rights and advocacy organization and a non-profit 501(c)3 that stands on the front line of defending not only American Muslim civil rights but all peoples civil rights. We invite you to attend a vital Educational and Fundraising program to support our work.

WHAT: Defend Muslim Civil Rights Fundraising Dinner
WHERE: Dar-Al-Islam Masjid Gym, 517 Wiedman Rd, Ballwin MO, 63011
WHEN: Saturday, March 25th at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Free with Online Registration, Click Here to Reserve Your Spot Today!
BABYSITTING: Will be provided for $10 per child, 6 and younger
YOUTH ACTIVITIES: 7 - 12, $5 per child, games, and activities will be available for children ages 7-12 to have fun, enjoy delicious pizza, and not be bored at the event.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/437210139958605/

Over the last month, CAIR-Missouri has seen a dramatic hike in discrimination cases and hate incidents. We've also witnessed the tremendous outpouring of support from our neighbors, interfaith groups, and the general public. Whether it's hundreds of thousands marching on the streets to oppose the Muslim ban, protest in front of airports, the march in downtown St. Louis, and literally thousands of other activities. We are living in an amazing time. A time when people are coming out to say no to anti-Muslim bias and demand a nation that respects all religions. 

Less than 8-months ago, CAIR-Missouri was only 1-full-time staff member working without an office. Now, thanks to your generous support, we have 3-full-time staff members and a beautiful office in West County St. Louis. We've been able to hire our full-time civil rights attorney Robert West and Islamic Education Director Chris Caras. Our goal is to hire another full-time employee and increase our activities to keep up with the growing challenges that we will be facing.

This event will feature:

  • Quran Recitation and Opening Dua (prayers)
  • The National Anthem
  • Video of CAIR-Missouri accomplishments and strategy
  • Speeches by Executive Director Faizan Syed, Civil Rights Attorney Robert West, and Islamic Education Director Chris Caras
  • Fundraiser by Executive Director Faizan Syed
  • A delicious international dinner after Maghrib Salath

Questions: Contact 636-207-8882 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 747930 legal 1407900073 291 640x480The Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO) will be holding a community forum to discuss the recent Executive Orders by Donald Trump and how they may affect American Muslims. This is an important conversation for those who have Green Cards, Visas, are applying for Visas, or are U.S. Citizens who wish to travel.

WHAT: Community Forum at Dar-Al-Jalal Masjid to Discuss Muslim Ban
WHERE: Dar-Al-Jalal Masjid Musallah (Prayer Hall), 8945 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood MO, 63042
WHEN: Sunday, February 12th at 7:30 P.M. (After Isha)

Attorney's include Jim Hacking of Hacking law practice and Robert West Civil Rights Attorney for CAIR-Missouri.

The program will consist of a panel conversation around the Muslim ban, it's history, it's potential implication on the American Muslim community. We will then open the conversation to questions from the audience. Attorney's will be around to answer individual questions. 

About Us

CAIR-MO vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. Our mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Contact us

Addresse: 13408 Clayton Rd, St. Louis MO, 63131
Tel: 636-207-8882
Email: info@cair-mo.org

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