(ST. LOUIS, MO., 7/31/2014) -- Hundreds of people from St. Louis, including members of Veterans for Peace and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis), are expected to attend the local film premiere by Unity Production Foundation (UPF) of Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story.

The documentary recalls the life of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim who joined the French Resistance and worked to liberate occupied France from Nazi Germany during WWII.

WHAT:  Film Premier, "Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story"
WHEN: Sunday August 3rd @ 5:25 p.m.  
WHERE: Des Peres Cinema, 12800 Manchester Road, Des Peres MO, 63131
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"Despite the fact that many Muslims played brave roles and sacrificed during World War II, the prevailing narrative of that conflict usually doesn't include any mention," says Alex Kronemer. Kronemer is co-founder with Michael Wolfe of Unity Productions Foundation, which has produced the award-winning documentaries Prince Among Slaves and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, that have both been aired nationally on PBS.

In 1940, when the Nazis invaded France, Khan fled to England, where she trained as a wireless operator after joining Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force. In early 1943, she began her assignment as a covert operative, joining Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE). This organization sought to undermine the Axis powers in occupied Europe via espionage, among other tactics. From Paris, Noor Inayat Khan secretly transmitted messages to Britain.

"For six months she was the only link between the U.K. and the French Resistance, pursued by the Gestapo, betrayed by French collaborators," says Kronemer.  The Nazis arrested her and sent her to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where "she fought back against her captors. She escaped twice. She never gave up one name or even her own name," says Wolfe.

"More Americans need to know the story of Noor Inayat Khan, who fought against one of the most heinous enemies of democracy of the last 100 years," says Faizan Syed one of the host committee members for the film premier.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(SAINT LOUIS, M.O., 10/14/13) - On Tuesday, October 15, St. Louis Muslims will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations at locations across&nbspthe city. One of the larger celebrations will take place at the Dar Al Jalal Islamic Center in Hazelwood, Mo.

The prayers and the holiday that follows are called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or "festival of the sacrifice." Eid ul-Adha also commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. The holiday is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. During this holiday, Muslims exchange the greeting "Eid Mubarak" or "blessed Eid." Each year, some two million Muslims, including thousands of American Muslims, go on Hajj.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Dar Al Jalal Islamic Center, 8945 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042

Read more: MEDIA ADVISORY: St. Louis Muslims to Mark End of Hajj with Prayers

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 8/26/13) – On Thursday, August 29, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will join Somali community leaders in holding a news conference at West Pine Masjid to express concerns about a possible bias motive for the attack on Hamadi Muhando.

WHEN: Thursday, August 29, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: West Pine Masjid, 3843 W. Pine Mall, St. Louis MO 63108
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-330-2946, 
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Read more: CAIR-St. Louis to Join Somali Leaders in Urging Bias Probe of Attack on Teen

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/22/13) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed an arrest in the case of a Joplin, Mo., mosque targeted by arson in 2012.

CAIR said the suspect, 30-year-old Jedediah Stout, was arrested in connection with recent arson attempts at a Planned Parenthood center. Stout reportedly also confessed to setting the fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin last year.

Read more: Good News Alert: CAIR Welcomes Arrest of Missouri Mosque Arson Suspect

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