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In Memory of the Tragedy of 9/11
Texas Muslim Capitol Day
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EID CELEBERATION
CAIR San Antonio EventsSPECIAL CELEBERATION FOR EID!!!!!

Save the Date September 4th 2011.

We will be having a Muslim Family Day at the Six Flags in honor of Eid.

Discounted ticket price will be $24.00/person and $2.00 for parking.

Time: 10:30 – 9.00 PM.

Muslims will be coming from all over Texas, InshaALLAH.

Special area dedicated for Prayers and Families to relax.


If Muslim Vendors want to have a booth, at a nominal price, please let us know.

About 20,000 to 30,000 people visit the Six Flags every day.

This is a place to sell and get known in the San Antonio community at large.

 

It will be a great exposure for your business.

For more information call  210-378-9528.
EID CELEBERATION
CAIR San Antonio EventsSPECIAL CELEBERATION FOR EID!!!!!

Save the Date September 4th 2011.

We will be having a Muslim Family Day at the Six Flags in honor of Eid.

Discounted ticket price will be $24.00/person and $2.00 for parking.

Time: 10:30 – 9.00 PM.

Muslims will be coming from all over Texas, InshaALLAH.

Special area dedicated for Prayers and Families to relax.


If Muslim Vendors want to have a booth, at a nominal price, please let us know.

About 20,000 to 30,000 people visit the Six Flags every day.

This is a place to sell and get known in the San Antonio community at large.

It will be a great exposure for your business.

For more information call  210-378-9528.
Rep. Peter King "Press Release
Press ReleasePRESS CONFERENCE 


CAIR-SA, Coalition of Interfaith and civil rights group to challenge misinformation in Rep. King’s Hearings

San Antonio, TX., 3/9/11 - On Thursday, March 10th, a coalition of Muslims, interfaith and civil rights group will hold a news conference in San Antonio, TX. to challenge misinformation that may be repeated in the first series of hearings on Muslm "radicalization" to be held Thurday by Rep. Peter King (R-NY).


What: CAIR and other groups to challenge ‘misinformation’ in Rep. Kings hearing.

Where: 12003 Huebner Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78230.

     Time: 11:00 AM.

At the news conference, the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SA) will make available hard copies of its National office’s written testimony submitted for the hearing on Thursday.

CAIR will also challenge Rep. King to offer facts to back up his false claims that "85 percent" of mosques in his state and nationwide are run by "radicals” and that law enforcement officials receive little cooperation from American Muslim leaders.

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.

Contact: Sarwat Husain: 210-378-9528, e-mail shusain@cair.com.       

Invitation
CAIR San Antonio Events

You are invited to attend

Inside Islam:

What a Billion Muslims Really Think 

A video based on  Gallup’s  six years study of Muslims around the world will be shown, followed by discussion.

(Inspired by the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think by John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed)

Where: University of Incarnate Word Library Auditorium

When: Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

Time: 4:30 to 5:45 P.M.

Sponsored by:

UIW Mission and Ministry

Council on American Islamic Relations-San Antonio

UIW Liturgical Outreach

San Antonio Institute of Interfaith Dialogue

Contact: Sarwat Husain, CAIR-SA @ 210-378-9528, email: shusain@cair.com, sister Martha Ann Kirk, UIW 210-829-3854, e-mail kirk@uiwtx.edu

Council on American Islamic Relations (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.

CAIR-San Antonio: Muslim Youth Help the Homeless
CAIR San Antonio Events 

CAIR-San Antonio: Muslim Youth Help the Homeless

(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 12/23/10) -- The Council on American Islamic Relations-San Antonio Youth (CAIR-SA Youth) yesterday donated blankets, socks and food items worth $4,000 to 200 homeless people in that city during the organization's "Serve the  Homeless Day."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxHTgEF6AGA


http://www.goddiscussion.com/38137/muslim-youth-homeless/

http://www.kens5.com/news/Alamo-Citys-Muslim-community-lends-hand-to-homeless-individuals-112434629.html


Some 20 Muslim youth, ages 14 to 21, participated in the distribution of items that were funded through bake sales, garage sales, door-to-door and phone solicitations, donation boxes, and direct contributions. There are an estimated 6,000 homeless people in San Antonio.

"We thank all those in the community who offered such tremendous support for this humanitarian effort," said CAIR-SA President Sarwat Husain. "It was an invaluable experience for our youth to go through the whole process of raising funds, advertising and planning the event from start to finish. These are American Muslim children from middle to high schools -- our future leaders -- who learned what faith teaches us about serving the community they live in."  

She noted that CAIR-SA has been serving the homeless for the past eight years.

Husain cited Islamic traditions mandating serving those in need. She quoted the Prophet Muhammad, who said: "O people! Spread greetings of peace, feed (the poor and needy), behave kindly to your relatives, offer prayer when others are asleep, and (thus) enter Paradise in peace."

The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states: "(The righteous) feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: 'We feed you for the sake of God alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.'" (76:8-9)

"We are so fortunate that God has given us so much without asking Him, so now we have to give back some of it to the less fortunate," said one Muslim youth who took part in the fundraising and distribution to the homeless.

Comments from recipients included:

"This is the first blanket this winter I received. I and my two children were so cold and we were praying to God to get us some blankets."

"The ready-to-eat packed food items you gave us, I can keep and eat for a few days without worrying about them getting spoiled."

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.



Jesus and Mary hold positions of respect
CAIR San Antonio in the News

Jesus and Mary hold positions of respect
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/article/Jesus-and-Mary-hold-positions-of-respect-904849.php

Sarwat Husain

Published: 12:00 a.m., Thursday, December 16, 2010

“O People! Verily We have created you from a man and woman and We made you into various tribes and
creeds for the purpose of mutual recognition (not discrimination and racial pride). Verily the most
prestigious and honored amongst you is he who fears God most. Verily, God is All Knowing, All Aware.”

QURAN ON EQUALITY [49:13]
 The above quote is one of the favorite verses of mine in the Quran. It proves that all people are created equal by the same creator; we can call him by different names.
As the festivities of Christmas celebrations are going on, it is also time to reflect on the peaceful teachings of Jesus, peace be upon him, and how other faiths view him.

By doing so we all can learn that there is so much more in common between Islam and Christianity than the dividers want us to know.
In Islam, the Quran speaks of Mary (called Miriam in Arabic) not only as the mother of Jesus but as a righteous woman in her own right.

The 19th chapter of the Quran is named after her.
“And make mention of Mary in the Scripture, when she had withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking east and had chosen seclusion from them. Then we sent unto her Our spirit and it assumed for her the likeliness of a perfect man. She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art God-fearing. He said I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son. She said: How can I have a son when no man has touched me, neither have I been unchaste? He said: So it will be. Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And We may make of him a revelation for mankind and mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained.”

In chapter 3 verses 42 and 48, the Quran says “ ‘Behold (O Mary!)' The Angel said, ‘God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Anointed (Masih or Messiah), Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the hereafter, and one of those brought near to God. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and shall be of the righteous. ‘And He will teach him scripture and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel.”

In the Quran, there are many stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called Isa in Arabic). The Quran recalls his miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he performed by God's permission, and his life.Muslims respect and revere Jesus. They consider him one of the greatest of God's messengers to humankind.According to the Quran, Jesus was a dutiful boy who always obeyed his mother. His mission of spreading the message of God began after he reached manhood. He started teaching people about true faith in God.

The Quran says Jesus was not teaching a new religion but the same message that was sent before him by the other messengers of God such as Abraham, David, Moses and afterward to Mohammed.
He was granted several miracles. Among them were the curing of blind, healing the lepers, revival of the dead and knowledge of surplus goods that people tried to hide in their homes and not give in charity.

Like what happens to the good leaders most of the times, Jesus also had a difficult time getting the people to listen to him in the beginning. The Quran records that fierce opposition to Jesus came from the community leaders. He was called an imposter, and they contrived to plot against him. They got him arrested and tried to get him executed.

According to the Quran, it was made to appear that they crucified him but he was replaced by a man who betrayed him and looked very much like him. God saved Jesus and took him to paradise until the hour would come to complete his mission in the end of time.

All the above quotes from the Quran tell us how much respect Islam has given to Mary and her son, Jesus. Sure, there are some differences between the two faiths, but just understanding the teachings, wisdom and the miracles of Jesus can be an opportunity for the believers of two faiths to celebrate and work together for the betterment of the society and the world. Amen.  

University of Incarnate Ward 2010 Alumni of Distinction for Service in Mission
CAIR San Antonio in the News                                                                    
Alumni Relations Spotlight
 December 2010

 
Sarwat Husain, MS '94

2010 Alumni of Distinction for Service in Mission


Sarwat Husain is the
Vice Chair of the National Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations based in Washington, DC and she is nationally respected.  Ms. Husain has been profiled in The Face Behind the Veil: The Extraordinary Lives of Muslim Women in America and in articles published in the San Antonio Current, ColorLines, PressTime, and the San Antonio Express News.  She is the founding president of the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a leader in our city in inter-faith relations. 

In 1994, Ms. Husain received a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word. Growing up in Pakistan, she attended Catholic schools and illustrates mutual respect between Catholicism and Islam from an early age.  In Eau Claire, Wisconsin she owned and operated alternate care facilities for the elderly and in San Antonio a child development center, and has worked as a nutritional consultant to hospitals and nursing homes.  Ms. Husain also served on the San Antonio Interreligious Council and the Texas Media Empowerment Project.

She is a founder of the San Antonio Muslim Council and a member of the San Antonio Council for International Visitors. She formerly served on the FBI Regional Advisory Council and was selected to serve on the board of the San Antonio Mayors Commission under Mayor Garza.
Ms. Husain founded Al-Ittihaad Monthly, which was the largest American Muslim newspaper in Texas.  She is a frequent guest columnist for the San Antonio Express News. 

Ms. Husain works to encourage political engagement in Texas, conducting regular voter registration drives and trainings on how to become delegates, precinct chairs and judges. She is a member of the Texas Muslim Political Taskforce and a founding member of American Muslim Democratic Caucus.
   

Ms. Husain helped found the American Muslim Youth Association and the Muslim Boys Scouts of America, Pack 786, and acts as an advisor to both. She is extensively involved in interfaith dialogue and regularly offers diversity trainings on Muslim beliefs and practices at businesses, universities, churches and law enforcement agencies.  She also continues to serve local refugees, homeless and battered women.


She is on the Board of Directors of the SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church which has educational programs for adults.  Ms. Husain is married to Dr. Zakir Husain who is now a retired professor and they have two adult children. 

By fasting, Muslims can redirect lives
CAIR San Antonio in the News

Speak Out: By fasting, Muslims can redirect lives

San Antonio Express - San Antonio,TX,USA
By Sarwat Husain

Ramadan, the ninth month of the lunar calendar, is almost over. Today is the last day. The month concludes with 29 or 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

Ramadan fasting is the fourth of five pillars of Islam. The other pillars are declaration of faith, five daily prayers, almsgiving and pilgrimage or “hajj.”

The Arabic word for fasting is sawm, which literally means to refrain.


Gender equity rooted in teachings of Islam
CAIR San Antonio in the News

By Sarwat Husain - http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/Speak_Out_Gender_equity_rootedin_teachings_of_Islam.html

Throughout history, women all over the world had to struggle for equality in a male-dominated world. During International Women's Month, it's worth considering how Islam's teachings were an early harbinger of gender equity — contrary to a common misperception.

Prior to Islam, a female child was often regarded as a threat to the economic welfare of the family and some were even buried alive as soon as they were born. As an adult, she was a sex object that could be bought and sold. From this inferior position, Islam raised women to a position of influence and prestige in the family and in society.

Many of the rights conferred on women by the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago have only partially and grudgingly been given to women in other cultures in recent centuries.

With respect to gender equity, the essential human dignity and fundamental equality of women in Islam is at one with the feminist movement of the West, despite images of Muslim women in the media and some agenda-driven circles as ignorant, oppressed and submissive. The perception that Islam subjugates women is far from the facts.

Most Muslim women have a firm conviction in the Islamic concept of family cohesiveness and happiness. Their own individuality ensures their sense of self-fulfillment.

Islam has defined the rights and duties for women as well as men based on sexual, biological and social realities, not from romantic idealism. The Quran, Islam's revealed text, says in 49:13 — “O mankind! We made you from a single (pair) of male and female.”

Women are viewed as equal partners with men in life as well as in religion. Islam does not teach that women are inferior. “O Mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person, created of like nature his mate, from them scattered countless men and women, Fear God, through whom you demand your mutual rights and reverence the wombs (that bore you), for God ever watches over you.” (Quran, 4:1)

If any abuse occurs in Muslim homes it is due to the same destructive motivations that cause men to abuse their wives in the rest of the world. Clearly such husbands are not following the teachings of their faith.

The Quran considers women as vital to any society's life as men. It refutes the idea that Eve tempted Adam to disobey God and negates the idea that women are a source of evil.

Women have as much right to education as men. The Prophet Muhammad declared the pursuit of knowledge is incumbent on every Muslim, male and female.

Marriage in Islam is based on peace, love and compassion. A husband is responsible for the maintenance, protection and overall leadership of the family in consultation with his wife. No woman can be forced to marry somebody she does not like.

Muslim women have been elected leaders of their countries and serve in all levels of public offices. They are granted equal rights to establish contracts, to engage in business and to earn money and possess property independently.

Islam gave women their own identity. A Muslim woman is a responsible being in her own right and carries the burden of her moral and spiritual obligations. “Never will I waste a worker among you, whether male or female, the one of you being from the other.” (Quran 3:195)

Sarwat Husain is president of the Council on American Islamic Relations-San Antonio, and is a CAIR national board member. She can be reached at shusain@cair.com.


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