Last Month saw our first ever Muslim Capitol Day in Connecticut. Students from around central Connecticut took part in a visit to the State Capitol, where they learned about the history of the state and the fundamentals of the political process in America. The students met with law makers including the state’s first Muslim Senator, Senator Saud Anwar. Each of the students said that they felt a sense of pride seeing a Muslim elected official in on the floor of the State Senate. Jazakallah Khairan to those who contributed. Special thanks to all those that helped in making this event a success including Imam Rafai and and the chaperones from the Berlin Mosque.
At the end of the month of April, we also held CAIR CT’s first ever Fundraising Luncheon. The event featured Representative Movita Johnson-Harell of Pennsylvania. As you know, Representative Johnson-Harrell is the first Hijabi representative elected in Pennsylvania. She gave a heart felt talk about the importance of organizations like CAIR in representing Muslims and shared her personal story of hope and overcoming tragedy and focusing on making a positive impact on the community at large. Also speaking at the event was Josh Salaam Muslim Chaplain at Duke University and member of the Nasheed Group Native Deen. Mariam Azeez, young author of the book “Soulful Sydney,” spoke about her experience with school bullying. Ms. Azeez gave signed copies of her book to those who attended the event in support of CAIR CT.
We also recognized Dr. Sajjad Khan recipient of CAIR CT’s Defender of Freedom Award for his steadfast support of CAIR Connecticut through out the years. Jazakallah Khairan to those who donated, our volunteers, and all those participated in making the Luncheon a success.
In preparation for the events in April CAIR CT received seven letters of congratulations from Connecticut State Legislators. Attorney General Tong also sent in a video acknowledging the important work that organizations like CAIR CT do in the State of Connecticut.