Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month

Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month

cake from celebration of Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month (photo: Moina Shaiq)

On Monday, the California State Assembly voted to approve House Resolution 59, officially declaring the month of August as “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.”

The resolution, introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk of Hayward,

… respectfully acknowledges the rich history and guiding virtues of Muslim Americans, and commends Muslim communities in California for the lasting positive impact they have made, and continue to make, toward the advancement of the state and the nation…

Assemblymember Quirk said, “It is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves.”

The resolution comes at a time when anti-Muslim rhetoric in the public arena seems to be supporting anti-Muslim actions. A recent report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) noted that attacks on mosques have more than tripled- 78 incidents in 2015 as compared with 20 in 2014 and 22 in 2013.

The California Assembly has previous made similar proclamations of Awareness and Appreciation months for the Hindu and Sikh communities that help to make up our diverse California population.

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