CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper shows off his new look
In “Muslims celebrate holy month with charity, service projects,” September 3, Cathy Lynn Grossman supplies USA Today readers with what is essentially a CAIR press release, focusing on Muslim charity to non-Muslims and “outreach programs.” As if to emphasize the impeccable character of this charitable endeavor, the USA Today story carries a link to charitynavigator.org, showing that Islamic Relief USA outperforms similar non-Muslim charities.
So what could be wrong? Only a greasy Islamophobe could find something objectionable in charity outreach, right? Well, I can’t help but think about some of the things that Grossman left out of her story:
She makes no mention of CAIR’s questionable history: the terror convictions of various former CAIR officials, the supremacist statements made by some of its leaders, or its derivation from the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), which is listed as an allied organization in the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memo detailing a “grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “˜sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
Above all, the USA Today story says nothing about an earlier CAIR foray into charitable giving: its connection with the Holy Land Foundation, which was shut down for funding Hamas. Right after 9/11, CAIR’s website featured a donation button for the HLF — earning it “unindicted co-conspirator” status during the HLF’s trial last summer.
One would think that at least some mention of that would be pertinent in a story about CAIR and Muslim charitable giving. But for whatever reason, Cathy Lynn Grossman, like virtually all of her mainstream media colleagues, do not find any of this fit to print.
Muslims across the country are marking Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic year, with charity and outreach programs.
The Council for American-Islamic Relations, the Washington-based advocacy and civil rights group, is urging Muslims to invite their non-Muslim neighbors to join them at an iftar”” the evening meal when Muslims break their dawn-to-sunset fast during the 30-day holiday, which began Monday evening.
The idea, says spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, is to increase understanding of Islam by sharing the experience of Ramadan, when Islam’s holy scripture, the Quran, was revealed. Observing the fast is one of the five pillars of the faith, along with submission to God, pilgrimage to Mecca, prayer and charity.
Many Muslims make charitable gifts during the month of Ramadan, and service projects are also popular. This year, hundreds of Muslims around the nation will serve the hungry and homeless at Day of Dignity events in 18 U.S. cities. The events are coordinated by Islamic Relief USA, based in Buena Park, Calif.