—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
LOS ANGELES, California (March 22, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America, Southern California Chapter (ICNA-SC) thanks the residents of Orange County for their support against Islamophobic statements made by OC elected officials on February 13, 2011.
ICNA-SC also appreciates various leaders and organizations from across the political and religious spectrum that have supported its call for a rally today against the hateful remarks of these elected officials, particularly those of Councilwoman Deborah Pauly. We demand the City Council of Villa Park publicly censure Ms. Deborah Pauly for her comments against American Muslims.
We intend to continue its projects in the areas of social service and education with even more resolve than ever before. We are now building coalitions and partnerships with various organizations to counter rising hate and Islamophobia in Orange County.
ICNA-SC along with its partner organizations also intends to challenge the GOP-OC to check rising hate and bigotry within its officials. We demand the GOP-OC relieve Ms. Deborah Pauly of her position as Vice Chair and clarify its position on the hateful and bigoted remarks made by her and Councilman John Anderson against American Muslims. We would also like the GOP-OC to note that the residents of OC are no longer willing to tolerate such bigotry in our midst.
ICNA thanks the following organizations that responded to its invitation to the rally and its request to endorse it (in alphabetical order):
American Civil Liberties Union – Orange County, Answer – LA, Code Pink – LA, Easy Yolk Progressive Christianity, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Jewish Voices for Peace, LA Jews for Peace, Los Amigos of Orange County, Orange County Peace Coalition, Peace and Freedom Party – Orange County, and the Villa Park Peace Coalition.
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Southern California Contact: Waqas Syed
Deputy Secretary General
Office: (714) 333-ICNA (4262)
Cell: (949) 521-0597
The inclusion of poor in our festivity must be done without which we cannot complete our service to Allah SWT. How many societies the poor is left out of the pie and the rich eats the entire pie. A few weeks ago, we celebrated Eid-ul Fitr. And on that Eid, we enjoy its virtues by giving the Zakaat-ul Fitr to the poor before we begin the Eid prayer. This Eid we have to complete its celebration by giving 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy. As Allah SWT says: Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (22:28) EID MUBAARAK!