Islam

Muslim Doctor Calls on All Faiths to "Tend the Garden of Diversity"

October 17, 2003

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal

http://www.cjonline.com/stories/101003/loc_interfaith.shtml

On October 17, 2003 The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Dr. Shahid Athar, who has dedicated his life since September 11 to educating the nation's interfaith community on Islam, will bring his message of peace to the Interfaith of Topeka Conference on the Washburn University campus. His presentation is titled "Understanding Islam and Muslims: An Interfaith...

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Dallas Latinos Embrace Islam, Citing Similarities to Latin Culture

October 17, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/localnews/stories/101603dnmetmuslim.54df9.html

On October 17, 2003 The Dallas Morning News reported that many Latino converts to Islam have been surprised by the similarities between Islamic and Latino customs. "Respect for elders, respect for family, courtesy and manners," are all similarities cited by Latin American converts between Islam and their own culture. Increasingly events, such as...

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Nomination of Daniel Pipes Alarms Muslim Groups

October 17, 2003

Source: The Times Higher Education Supplement

http://www.thesis.co.uk/current_edition/story.aspx?story_id=2005019

On October 17, 2003 The Times Higher Education Supplement published an editorial by Hamid Dabashi, chair of the department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, on the barrage of hate mail he has received as a result of articles against him written by Daniel Pipes. Pipes accused Dabashi in an article in the...

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ADL Comments on World Reaction to Malaysian Prime Minister's Speech

October 17, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/4375_13.htm

On October 17, 2003 Anti-Defamation League released a statement that "expressed appreciation to those countries and leaders who strongly condemned the vehemently anti-Semitic speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad before the summit of the Organization of Islamic Countries, but called those who acquiesced or were silent in their reaction to the speech, 'willingly complicit in...

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U.S General Boykin's Remarks Called Offensive to Islam

October 16, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/134/story_13423_1.html

On October 16, 2003 The Associated Press discussed the claims published by the Los Angeles Times against U.S. General Boykin, who is accused of publicly casting the war on terrorism as a religious war between Judeo-Christian values and Satan. "Senators who appeared before reporters at the Pentagon Thursday on another matter were asked about the reports. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, R-R.I., said...

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U.S General Boykin's Remarks Called Offensive to Islam

October 16, 2003

Source: U.S.Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=142-10162003

On October 16, 2003 U.S.Newswire reported that "the Interfaith Alliance, the nation's leading interfaith organization, issued a response to last night's report on NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw and this morning's article in the Los Angeles Times exposing divisive statements on Islam by the new Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Lt. Gen. William Boykin." In the...

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Oklahoma Sixth Grader Suspended over Muslim Head Covering

October 15, 2003

Source: Reuters

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Southwest/10/15/life.scarf.reut/

On October 15, 2003 Reuters reported that "an 11-year-old Muslim girl suspended from an eastern Oklahoma school for wearing a religious head scarf was allowed to return to classes on Wednesday, wearing her head covering... Nashala Hearn will be allowed to wear her head scarf while Muskogee school officials evaluate their dress code policy that forbids any kind of head covering. "

U.S General Boykin's Remarks Called Offensive to Islam

October 15, 2003

Source: NBC News

http://www.msnbc.com/news/980841.asp

On October 15, 2003 NBC News published a excerpts from speeches by U.S. General Boykin that reveal that "this highly decorated general has a history of outspoken and divisive views on religion — Islam in particular." The excerpts include statements referring to the U.S. militairy enemy "Satan" and to participants in the war against terror as a "warriors of God’s kingdom." In addition, General Boykin claims that Muslims...

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FBI Revokes Award to Michigan Arab Leader

October 15, 2003

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0310/15/e01-298323.htm

On October 15, 2003 The Detroit News reported that "federal officials cleared community activist Imad Hamad of any terror suspicion Tuesday. But Arab-American leaders said their trust in government won't be restored unless they can meet with FBI head Robert Mueller and win reinstatement of a national community service award rescinded from Hamad... More than a dozen Arab-American...

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FBI Revokes Award to Michigan Arab Leader

October 14, 2003

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/hamad9_20031009.htm

On October 14, 2003 Detroit Free Press reported that "after pressure from a pro-Israeli group and columnist, the FBI rescinded an award it had planned to give to a prominent Arab-American leader this week and raised questions about his connections with men the government wants to deport. Imad Hamad, who heads the local branch of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, had been...

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Not Simply Fast, but Also Fasting: Muslim Cross-Country Runner Inspires during Ramadan

October 14, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-sp-hssondcol14oct14,1,1473144.story?coll=la-news-religion

On October 14, 2003 the Los Angeles Times discussed the challenges ahead for high school cross-country runner Mehdi Taieb-Brahim, a top Muslim athlete who will soon face the challenge of running long distances without water before and after his races as he observes Ramadan. The holy month will...

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Multifaith Community Rallies Behind Muslim Mosque Project in Voorhees

October 14, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/7006772.htm

On October 14, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the formation this month of a local pro-mosque group in Voorhees, the Coalition for Multi-Faith Democracy, has "drawn the Anti-Defamation League in New Jersey and the Interfaith Freedom Foundation in California to its cause. The coalition - made up of more than a dozen Roman Catholics, Methodists, Unitarians and...

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Residents Protest Building of Mosque in Athens

October 14, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1014/p07s02-woeu.html

On October 14, 2003, The Christian Science Monitor ran an article on the controversy surrounding the proposal to build a mosque in Peania, a suburb of Athens [Greece], to serve the country's Muslim population and visitors during the 2004 Summer Olympics. The article highlighted the mayor of Peania's resistance to the plan: "[local mayor Paraskevas] Papacostopoulos has sought court...

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