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    Passing of Aminah Assilmi Friday, March 5, 2010 From: CAIR (WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/5/10) - The board and staff of the Council on
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      Passing of Aminah Assilmi
      Friday, March 5, 2010
      From: "CAIR" <info@...>


      (WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/5/10) - The board and staff of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered their sincere condolences to the family of Aminah Assilmi, a national Muslim community activist, scholar and leader who died earlier today in a car accident outside of Newport, Tenn. She was returning with her son from a speaking engagement in New York. Her son, who was injured in the accident, was taken to a hospital in Knoxville.

      "To God we belong and to Him we return," said CAIR National Board Chairman State Senator Larry Shaw (NC). "We ask God to shower His mercy on Sister Aminah and to grant her loved ones strength and patience in this time of sorrow."

      Sister Aminah, who was 65, served as the Director of the International Union of Muslim Women. She was an internationally-respected author, an advocate for womens rights and a renowned speaker on Islam.

      Despite health issues, Sister Aminah maintained a rigorous schedule of speaking engagements around the nation and the world. She was instrumental in the U.S. Postal Service's 2001 issuing of the "Eid" stamp, which marks the two main Muslim holidays. Her current project included a Center for Muslim Womens Studies that would serve as a resource center for new Muslims and as a summer camp for Muslim children.

      Funeral arrangements are being made through:

      Click Funeral Home
      109 Walnut Street
      Lenoir City, TN 37771
      Tel: (865) 986-8013

      She is survived by her daughter Amber, and sons, Whitney and Mohammad, as well as by several grandchildren.

      Donations are being accepted to offset burial expenses. For more information, visit the web site of the International Union of Muslim Women, http://www.IUMW.org Any surplus donations will go to continue her work. The International Union of Muslim Women is a nonprofit, 501 c(3) organization.

      Remembrances can be sent to IUMW@.... Some of these may be published on the web site.

      For additional information, contact Nadiah Beekun at (775) 762-4905 or e-mail nadiah@....

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