(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 7/13/2022) — The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today announced the release of its updated digital “Guide to Islam and Muslims in Oklahoma.”
SEE: Digital Guide to Islam and Muslims in Oklahoma
With an influx of 1,800 Afghan parolees into Oklahoma, the majority of whom are Muslim, it becomes even more important for Oklahomans to have a resource that can introduce them to the Islamic faith practice, Muslim community, and the culture surrounding it.
CAIR-OK’s digital guide, updated for 2022, contains information about Islamic theology, common Muslim religious practices, an overview of Islamic centers and schools in the state, and documentation of the social and civic involvement of the Oklahoma Muslim community. Additionally, the guide provides information on the history of Islamophobia in Oklahoma, including examples of discrimination, anti-Muslim propaganda, harassment, and physical violence directed at Muslims.
“This presents an opportunity for our fellow Oklahomans to understand the Islamic faith and the diverse community of Muslims in our state,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “It is our hope that elected officials, journalists, academics, and others will use this as a continual resource to build bridges between communities and dispel myths and misunderstandings about the world’s second-largest religion.”
The information in this guide is designed to assist the reader in gaining a better understanding of the Islamic faith and Muslim community in Oklahoma. This is a first-of-its-kind guide compiled over the course of several years documenting the growing diversity of Oklahoma’s Muslim community and the many contributions that Muslims make to the state. It should be noted that it is intended only as a guide, and individual observances may vary.
CAIR-OK has also produced Guides to Islamic Religious Practices for employers, educators, and for healthcare professionals. The guides outline basic Islamic religious practices and suggest best practices for teachers, administrators, and healthcare professionals to use in supporting their Muslim students, clients, patients, and families.
SEE: Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
SEE: Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
SEE: Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK Executive Director, 405-248-5853, firstname.lastname@example.org; Veronica Laizure, CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director, 405-430-9877. email@example.com