Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR National will announce the filing of a lawsuit against DeKalb County Jail for repeatedly denying the provision of halal (Islamically-approved) special food and pre-dawn and post-sunset Ramadan meals just for Muslims for an entire month.
And it isn’t just Georgia that CAIR will be suing: In Virginia, inmates alleged that they did not receive evening meals at all for two days and that their breakfast meals arrived too late for them to eat. In Mississippi, inmates received their breakfast meals too late.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink. Jails are expected to prepare a breakfast meal just for Muslims before dawn and an evening meal after sunset. Over the past week, CAIR has received complaints from incarcerated Muslims at a Virginia prison and a Mississippi prison, alleging that their respective institutions failed to provide inmates meals at the Muslim-designated times.
CAIR–Georgia’s mission is to protect civil rights, promote justice, empower American Muslims, and enhance the understanding of Islam.