Re-launched this year to encourage Muslim-Americans to fight positively against the increased bigotry that the Park 51 controversy and Qur'an burning event have brought, citizens across the country will be participating in community service and interfaith efforts this Saturday, September 11.

“Muslim Serve,” is a project launched by a collaboration of high-profile Muslim-American organizations, including but not limited to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). The project was originally created last year as part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” initiative and has been re-launched this year with overwhelming support and popularity.

The Bay Area Muslim community, vibrant and growing, has organized a number of events for interested participants. See details below:

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
What: Muslims Helping the Hungry 
When: Saturday, 9/11/10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Where: Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco 
Contact: Jason Hamza van Boom, 510.219.2431, E-mail:

Islamic Circle of North America
What: Feed the Hungry, Serve the Humanity 
When: Saturday, 9/11/10, packaging food from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., distribution from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Food packaged in Cupertino and distributed in San Francisco and Oakland 
Contact: Junaid Shaikh, 408.674.6794; E-mail:

San Ramon Valley Islamic Center
What: Food Drive Benefitting the Contra Costa County Food Bank
When: Friday, 9/10/10
Where: SRVIC, 2232 Camino Ramon, San Ramon
Contact: Aamir Farooq, E-mail:

South Bay Islamic Association
What: Hot Meals for the Homeless 
When: Saturday, 9/11/10, 10 a.m. 
Where: SBIA, 325 North 3rd Street, San Jose 
Contact: Shafath Syed, 408.205.7702, E-mail:

To learn more about “Muslim Serve”, visit their website at:

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