CAIR-SFBA invites our community to join us in celebrating the sixth annual Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month (MAAM) in California! Since 2016, MAAM has been recognized by the state legislature and by 17 local cities and counties.
Why do we have MAAM? MAAM helps Muslims and the broader community embrace our diversity and affords everyone the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate our rich history and shared principles.
MUSLIMS ARE RESILIENT
Muslims have long been a part of the history of the United States and have contributed to the production of wealth and construction of this country, dating back to enslaved Muslim Africans who were kidnapped and brought to the United States under human chattel enslavement. Estimates range between 15% to 40% of Africans stolen from their homelands were Muslim.
Nearly 400 years later, the San Francisco Bay Area has one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States with more than 250,000 Muslims and over 100 diverse mosques, religious centers, and community institutions. Muslims pursue diverse professions and make rich contributions to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy and fabric of the United States.
MUSLIMS ARE POWERFUL
Muslims have distinguished themselves by fostering greater respect and understanding among all people through faith and community services. Muslims have long contributed to the welfare, humanitarian, social justice, and community-building initiatives in the region, including through founding grassroots organizations that challenge inequality and center people for community justice.
Want to learn more and get involved? It’s easy!