Islam

Interfaith Remembrance of 9/11 Held at the Islamic Center of Southern California

September 15, 2006

Source: Jewish Journal

On September 15, 2006 the Jewish Journal reported, "Five years and 3,000 miles from the site of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the mournful strains of calls to prayer in Hebrew and Arabic open the Islamic Center of Southern California's fourth annual commemoration of the attacks of Sept. 11. The audience, dressed in saris, suits, skirts or slacks, bareheaded, or wearing head scarves, kippahs, kufis or turbans, gathered to pray together and to honor three religious leaders, Jewish, Christian and Muslim...

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Profile of Azhar Usman, a Muslim Comedian

September 15, 2006

Source: Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week1003/feature.html

On September 15, 2006 Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly reported, "KIM LAWTON, guest anchor: American Muslims have developed a variety of strategies to combat ignorance and prejudice against their community, from grassroots political pressure to high-profile media campaigns. But Azhar Usman has chosen a more unorthodox route -- standup comedy. The 30-year-old...

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Opinion: "The Hizbullah Factor Poses Dilemma for American Muslim Charities"

September 15, 2006

Source: New America Media/Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=f5e2553d18ad7755b0ac44cd4023dbae

On September 15, 2006 New America Media/Pakistan Link published a commentary by Abdus Sattar Ghazali, executive editor of the online magazine American Muslim Perspective: "Attracting charities to help rebuild Lebanon in the aftermath of Israeli rampage has once again highlighted the problem faced by...

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Jordanian Lawmakers Impose Limits on Fatwas

September 14, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060914/ap_on_re_mi_ea/jordan_religious_edicts

On September 14, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Lawmakers have approved a measure that would only allow a state-appointed council to issue religious edicts, a move aimed at denying Islamic hard-liners a forum for disseminating extremist ideology. The proposal on 'fatwas,' Arabic for religious edicts...

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London Week of Peace Begins with Interfaith Meeting

September 14, 2006

Source: Enfield Independent

http://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.922154.0.united_for_a_peaceful_life.php

On September 14, 2006 the Enfield Independent reported, "London Week of Peace kicked off positively on Monday, as ninety community leaders gathered for a 'Peace through Diversity' meeting at the headquarters of the Greater London Authority. Discussing what makes peace possible in the city,...

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After Malegaon Mosque Bombings, Calls for Calm by Indian Imams Heeded

September 14, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0914/p01s04-wosc.html

On September 14, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "The smell of explosives was still lingering in the air when the discussion began. Malegaon's streets had just been seared by three bombs that killed at least 30 people, and as the crowds began to seethe with anger, the city's most revered Muslim leaders gathered to decide what to do. There was little question about the...

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Five Years Later, Some Muslims Say Life Returning to Normal

September 14, 2006

Source: Lowell Sun

http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_4336929

On September 14, 2006 Lowell Sun reported, "In the days immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks, Jaafar Hammoumi says, many Americans questioned Muslim neighbors about their faith and sought answers about what could have led people to commit such horrible acts. 'They figured out, finally, that it has nothing to do with Islam. It's just there are bad people everywhere,' says Hammoumi, a 41-year-old Chelmsford...

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Op/ed: "Looking for Extremism in All the Wrong Places"

September 14, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-sokatch14sep14,0,7582733.story

On September 14, 2006 the Los Angeles Times published an opinion piece by Daniel Sokatch, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Progressive Jewish Alliance, "Moments after I heard about the shootings at the Seattle Jewish Federation building earlier this summer, my phone rang. It was Salam Al-Marayati, the executive director of the Muslim Public...

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Muslim Leaders Criticize Pope's Comments on Islam

September 14, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/14/world/europe/15papalcnd.html?_r=1&hp&ex=1158292&oref=slogin

On September 14, 2006 The New York Times reported, "As Pope Benedict XVI arrived back home from Germany, Muslim leaders strongly criticized a speech he gave on his trip that used unflattering language about Islam. Some of the strongest words came from Turkey, possibly putting in jeopardy Benedict’s...

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Zionist Organization of America Wants Investigation of LA Human Relations Committee Regarding Award for Muslim Leader

September 13, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-hathout13sep13,1,4470623.story

On September 13, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The Zionist Organization of America asked for an investigation Tuesday into allegations that the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission violated state open meeting laws when it selected a local Muslim leader for its annual humanitarian award.

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Update: In Minneapolis, Muslim Congressional Candidate Receives Democratic Nomination

September 13, 2006

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14814245/

On September 13, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A state lawmaker could become the first Muslim elected to Congress after edging out three rivals Tuesday for his district's Democratic nomination. Keith Ellison, 43, prevailed after overcoming questions about parking tickets, overdue taxes and his ties to the Nation of Islam. Because the district has long been dominated by Democrats, he...

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Kazakh President Convenes Congress of World and Traditional Religions to Promote Tolerance, Security

September 13, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5341822.stm

On September 13, 2006 BBC News reported, "More than 40 spiritual leaders from around the world are in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for the Congress of World and Traditional Religions. The event was organised by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, to promote security and stability through religious tolerance and understanding. Critics say it was also designed to promote Kazakhstan. Delegates...

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Update: Ellison's Victory in Primary Seen as a Step Forward for the Muslim Community

September 13, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-09-13-muslim-congress_x.htm

On September 13, 2006 USA Today reported, "The Minnesota Democrat who is likely to become the first Muslim elected to Congress says he wants to "promote the idea that America needs friends around the world, not more enemies." Keith Ellison, an African-American state legislator from Minneapolis, won Tuesday's Democratic primary to replace Rep. Martin Olav Sabo...

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Archbishop of York Says Christians and Muslims are Allies Against Secularism

September 13, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/5343940.stm

On September 13, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Archbishop of York has said British Christians should see Muslims as allies in the struggle against secularism. In a speech at York Minster, Dr John Sentamu said British Muslims were not offended by Christianity and preferred it to a secular state... He also said Britain had been damaged by the downgrading of religion...

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Chaplain James Yee Reflects Back on 9/11

September 12, 2006

Source: Esquire

http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2006/060807_mfe_September_06_Yee.html

In September 2006 Esquire reported, "James Yee, a West Point graduate and Muslim Army chaplain, was arrested in September 2003 for spying and aiding the enemy while ministering to detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His record was eventually cleared. Yee has since written a book about his experience, For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under...

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