Hundreds of Muslims Gather at Yosemite National Park

July 4, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

On July 4, 2004 The Fresno Bee reported, "Year after year, Zainab Munjy, 22, makes the drive from her Fresno home to join hundreds of Muslim families at Camp Green Meadows in Fish Camp. About 250 people are expected to attend this year's 15th annual Youth and Adult Islamic Camp, hosted by the Muslim Society of Central California near the entrance to Yosemite National Park. The retreat, which began Thursday and ends Monday, attracts people of all races and nationalities who share the Islamic faith. A few things have changed at the retreat since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq, organizers said. There have been a few discussions on how Muslims could interact with and educate others about their faith. And one of their new goals: Refute the misconception they say is portrayed by the media that Muslims are terrorists... There are about 20,000 Muslims in the San Joaquin Valley."