This resource tells you about your basic rights. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your rights have been violated.

 

Can I give to a charity organization without becoming a terror suspect?

Q.Can I give to a charity organization without becoming a terror suspect?
A.

Yes. You should continue to give money to the causes you believe in, but you should be careful in choosing which charities to support. For helpful tips, see Muslim Advocates’ guide on charitable giving— http://www.muslimadvocates.org/docs/DonorGuidance101106.pdf.

Is it safe for me to practice my religion in religious institutions or public places?

Q.Is it safe for me to practice my religion in religious institutions or public places?
A.

Yes. Worshipping as you want is your constitutional right. You have the right to go to a place of worship, attend and hear sermons and religious lectures, participate in community activities, and pray in public. While there have been news stories recently about people being unfairly singled out for doing these things, the law is on your side to protect you. 

What else can I do to be prepared?

Q.What else can I do to be prepared?
A.

You should keep informed about issues that matter to you by going to the library, reading the news, surfing the internet, and speaking out about what is important to you. In case of emergency, you should have a family plan—the number of a good friend or relative that anyone in the family can call if they need help, as well as the number of an attorney. If you are a non-citizen, remember to carry your immigration documents with you.

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