U.S. Muslims Call for Unity After Attack on Iraqi Shrine
Posted Feb 22, 2006

Washington-Area Sunni and Shia leaders to condemn attacks on religious sites

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/22/06) - On Wednesday, February 22, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a Capitol Hill news conference to condemn attacks today on a Shia Muslim shrine and on Sunni mosques in Iraq and to call for calm and religious unity. Local Sunni and Shia leaders will take part in the news conference.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“The atrocious attack on the Askariya shrine is an obvious attempt to incite sectarian violence,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The Iraqi people, and Muslims worldwide, must not fall into the trap set by those who seek division and mutual hatred.” Awad said sectarian violence serves only the enemies of Iraq and the Iraqi people.

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CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.