CAIR National Board Vice Chair receives Pax Christi Peacemaker of the Year Award
Sarwat Husain, Vice-Chair of the National Council on American Islamic Relations, receives the Texas Pax Christi Peacemaker of the Year Award from Karen Ball, President of Pax Christi San Antonio. (Photo by Chuck Gibbons)
(WASHINGTON, D.C. 3/27/12) –- Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) National Board Vice Chair Sarwat Husain recently received the “Peacemaker of the Year” award at the Texas Pax Christi Conference on Compassion in San Antonio.
Husain, who joined other interfaith leaders at Saturday’s conference, is also president of CAIR’s San Antonio chapter.
In presenting the award, Karen Ball, President Pax Christi San Antonio , said Husain “promotes peace in the face of misunderstanding, opposition, bitterness, and threat of violence” and is “motivated to serve the needs of ones who need help and do her part to make this world a better place to live for all.”
When accepting the award, Husain cited the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, which states: “O mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct.” (49:13)
She went on to say: “We [all] have to seek common ground and respect our differences as we labor together toward a more civil society.”
Georgetown University professor Dr. John Esposito, author of “Who Speaks for Islam, What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” was the keynote speaker at the conference.
The conference was organized by San Antonio Pax Christi and the University of Incarnate Word Liturgical Outreach. CAIR-San Antonio co-sponsored the event.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.