As-salaamu alaykum (peace be to you) and Ramadan Mubarak.
Think of the benefit of giving your zakat this Ramadan to support the organization that defends your rights.
Numerous Muslim scholars have confirmed that zakat is payable to organizations that exist to serve the Muslim community by protecting their rights. This is because the work done by CAIR can be classified as “fi-sabilillah,” which is one of the eight categories of zakat recipients detailed in the Quran (Chapter 9, Verse 60).
Since its founding in 1994, CAIR has helped more than 20,000 American Muslims who faced discrimination or who were the target of hate crimes.
Every day, CAIR receives reports of civil rights abuses suffered by American Muslims nationwide.
Last year, CAIR and our more than 30 chapters processed the highest number of Muslim civil rights complaints ever reported. The number of reported civil rights complaints from mosques and Muslim organizations has also increased.
Just recently :
CAIR reported racist graffiti was scrawled in a Muslim business in Philadelphia when it was trashed by vandals.
CAIR-Seattle met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to discuss allegations of racial and religious profiling.
CAIR’s Tampa office assisted the family of a Florida Muslim who was acquitted by a jury of terror charges but later held for deportation based on the same allegations. He was subsequently released.
Please support these vital efforts to defend your rights with your zakat and sadaqah during this holy month. All contributions to CAIR are both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.
I urge you to consider giving $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can. We appreciate any contribution you give.
We realize that there are many worthy causes to support. We look forward to our generous support to this noble cause.
Thank you for your support and may Allah bless you and your family.
State Senator Larry Shaw (NC)
CAIR National Board Chairman
P.S. Please send this appeal to your friends and family,
and post on Facebook, Twitter, and other such sites.
Donations to CAIR are tax-deductible and zakat eligible. CAIR is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax-exempt under U.S. Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).