(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 5/21/12) -- Last Thursday, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) co-sponsored the Michigan Muslim Capitol Day at the Anderson House Office building in Lansing. Throughout the day, Muslims from across the state participated in meetings with more than 20 state legislators to discuss issues of concern to their community.
One of the key issues of concern was the "anti-Sharia" bill introduced into the State House by Rep. Dave Agema-R (Grandville). Michigan Muslims discussed the negative effects of the legislation, including the limiting of religious rights, fueling hatred and fear toward minority communities and the unwelcoming climate for growth and business it would create.
Khadigah Alasry, an educator and local activist from Dearborn, Mich., gave the invocation for that day's House session. Ms. Alasry's invocation encouraged elected officials to work together for the greater good of the state in a spirit of humility and wisdom.
"Opportunities to engage our elected officials face to face are critical in eliminating fear and misunderstanding," said CAIR-MI Outreach Coordinator Raheem Hanifa. "As patriotic citizens Michigan Muslims are making consistent efforts to help improve our state by advocating for policies that will make Michigan welcoming and economically vibrant."
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-MI Outreach Coordinator Raheem Hanifa, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: email@example.com, CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org