(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

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/4/13) -- On Wednesday February 6, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will join a coalition of civil rights and academic groups at a press conference in Columbia, Mo., to speak out against the possible hiring of retired military psychologist Dr. Larry C. James as the division executive director at the Missouri University College of Education.

James worked at the Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) and Abu Ghraib (Iraq) prisons and commanded the Behavioral Science Consultation Team (BSCT), a group of mental health professionals whose job it was to advise on and participate in interrogations.

WHAT: Coalition to Hold News Conference in Opposition to Possible Hiring of Dr. James

WHEN: February 6, 10:30 a.m. (Central)

WHERE: University of Missouri Columbia Student Center, Room 2206A

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.

A complaint filed against James by a representative of the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic states in part:

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"During Dr. James's tenure as the senior intelligence psychologist in Guantánamo, boys and men were threatened with rape and death for themselves and their family members; sexually, culturally, and religiously humiliated; forced naked; deprived of sleep; subjected to sensory deprivation, over-stimulation, and extreme isolation; short-shackled into stress positions for hours; and physically assaulted. The evidence indicates that abuse of this kind was systemic, that BSCT health professionals played an integral role in its planning and practice, and that Dr. James, as the Chief Psychologist of the intelligence command, at minimum knew or should have known it was being inflicted."

Read the full complaint.

Opposition to the possible hiring of Dr. James has been growing over the last several days, with protests and written opposition by civil rights groups, faculty, students, and concerned citizens.

SEE: Students and Columbia Residents Protest Possible Hiring of Dr. Larry James

Petitions signed by University of Missouri-Columbia students and concerned citizens will be presented to university officials.

SIGN THE PETITION: Mizzou: Deny Hiring of Dr. James Chief Psychologist at Torture Prisons

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.

(ST. LOUIS, MO., 4/15/2013): This evening, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will take part in an interfaith prayer service for the victims of the Boston marathon bombings scheduled at Dar Al Islam Masjid in Ballwin, Mo.

"By holding this prayer service with peoples of other faiths, we hope to show a united sense of compassion when any life is lost," said Mufti Asif Umar, Imam of Dar Al Islam Masjid.

WHAT: Interfaith Community to Hold Prayers for Victims of Boston marathon Tragedy
WHEN: Tuesday April 16, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Dar Al Islam Masjid, 517 Wiedman Road, Ballwin MO, 63011

The prayer service will include brief speeches, prayers in various languages and religious traditions and reflections.

"All faiths traditions clearly condemn these types of attacks and the resulting injuries and loss of life," said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. "We hope that by holding this prayer service, we will give people the opportunity to grieve as our nation goes through this together."

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.

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