Self-Defense –> Wayne Pratt reports for NPR’s All Things Considered that “with members of the area Muslim community feeling like they are under a continuing threat of violence, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is coordinating efforts for members to protect themselves.” The effort includes “a self-defense course for women run by a former Jackson, Missouri, police officer who converted to Islam a couple of years ago” and was attacked on the street for wearing a hijab only three months later.

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Muslim Women Self Defense Class

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Citing an increase in the number of attacks against young Muslim women wearing the hijab, the local Islamic community is providing self-defense classes for women.

Local Council on Islamic/American Relations Executive Director Faizan Syed says they’re not trying to turn them into Jackie Chan, but teaching them how to de-escalate situations or, if necessary, protect themselves.

“We’re hoping that these classes will at least give Muslim women particularly, even all women, but particularly Muslim women, the ability to know that if something like this ever does happen, how you respond to it in a way that you get out with the least amount of harm as humanly possibly,” he says.

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CAIR-Missouri was invited by ING to speak on a webinar about engaging interfaith work during the blessed month of Ramadan.

Facilitated by ING Interfaith Coordinator Kate Chance, this webinar explored the various ways that mosques, Muslims, and their allies can engage in interfaith work during Ramadan, with a particular focus on inviting other faiths to participate in Ramadan events. We heard from Ameena Jandali of Islamic Networks Group – ING , Faizan Syed from CAIR-St. Louis, Jeff Eagan from Se7enfast, and Tim Brauhn from ING (representing Shoulder-to-Shoulder ).

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