CAIR hosts Islamophobia, civic engagement workshop at Virginia mosque

Virginia (OIC-UNA) - CAIR hosted a workshop with Dar al Hijrah Youth Group in Falls Church, Virginia during their weekly Fast and Learn session on Thursday.

During the workshop, students discussed ways to overcome Islamophobia in school by forming coalitions and being accessible to the students and staff for information on Islam.

The students also expressed their thoughts on activism and ways they can get involved to impact society positively. According to an FBI report, Jews and Muslims were the two most common targets of religiously-motivated hate crimes. There were increases in reported hate crimes across the board compared to 2015. Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by nearly 20 percent, anti-white by 17 percent, anti-Latino by 15 percent, and anti-Jewish by 3 percent.

In its report, the FBI noted: In 2016, the nation's law enforcement agencies reported that there were 7,615 victims of hate crimes. The data also showed that Of the 1,584 victims of anti-religious hate crimes 24.5 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.

Source: International Islamic News Agency