On Sunday, October 1, CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator, Usjid Hameed, and Operations Coordinator, Monuza Ashraf, spoke at Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Grandview to a study group focused on learning more about Muslims and the Islamic faith.
During the event, Hameed and Ashraf discussed the overlaps between Christianity and Islam, the diversity among Muslims both within Central Ohio and around the globe, as well as how individuals can safely intervene when witness to someone verbally attacking another person who appears to be Muslim.
“This event provided an excellent opportunity for us to engage the interfaith community and further mutual understanding,” Ashraf said. “I hope places of worship continue to reach out to CAIR in an effort to learn about Islam and how it relates to other faiths. Too many times, individuals focus on how we are different than one another rather than how we are alike.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. The CAIR-Ohio affiliate has three chapters in Ohio – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Their 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.