Islam

W.D. Mohammed Sends Emissary to Speak in Philadelphia

September 26, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/6862738.htm

On September 26, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Imam Earl Abdulmalik Mohammed, the national emissary of Imam W.D. Mohammed, who resigned last month as head of the American Society of Muslims, was coming to speak in Philadelphia, to "pave the way" for a Nov. 2 talk by W.D. Mohammed. "The Chicago-based statesman [W.D. Mohammed], a widely respected spiritual...

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Chaplain Yee's Arrest Causes Concern Among Chinese Americans

September 26, 2003

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=aaaffc9c905bffddbda8d967fdc35da6

On September 26, 2003 NCM reported that "many Chinese Americans are feeling dread in the wake of the arrest of Capt. James Yee, a Muslim chaplain stationed at Fort Lewis Army Base, Wash. The case brings back memories of the prosecution -- some would say persecution -- of Dr. Wen Ho Lee.

Lee, the Los Alamos National...

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Hijab Sparks Controversy in Germany, France, Turkey

September 26, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3135600.stm

On September 26, 2003 the BBC News ran a story on the controversy over the hijab in various countries: "Few pieces of headwear prompt such controversy. A number of European countries are currently struggling with the dilemmas posed by the Muslim headscarf, which throws up a variety of difficult issues relating to tolerance and equality." The story was prompted by the decision by Germany's highest court to allow...

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Editorial: Muslims Only Given a Voice When They Serve Government's Purpose

September 26, 2003

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/frameset.asp?pageLoc=/story/133/story_13316_1.h

On September 26, 2003 Beliefnet.com ran a commentary by Omid Safi on the arrest of Chaplain James Yee in which he raised the question, "Is it true that when Muslims serve the government’s purpose, we get a voice--but when we are suspected, our rights are taken?" About the Yee case, Safi said, "The case against Captain Yee is very unsettling for American...

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"Quebec Identity" vs. the Headscarf: Student Expelled for Wearing Hijab

September 26, 2003

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030926/COSHEEMA26/E-MAIL

On September 26, 2003 The Globe and Mail reported on the controversy surrounding the hijab, or Muslim headscarf, in Quebec: "The current hijab controversy involves Irene Waseem, 16, who was recently expelled from College Charlemagne, a private Catholic girls' school, for wearing the hijab on her first day back at the...

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Muslim Teen Resigns from New Jersey School Over Head-Scarf

September 25, 2003

Source: Atlantic Highlands Herald

http://www.ahherald.com/news/2003/0925/elgohail_mast.htm

On September 25, 2003 Atlantic Highlands Herald reported that Mona Elgohail, a Muslim teen who was not permitted to wear her head-scarf with her school's naval uniform, had resigned from the Marine Academy of Sciences and Technology. Mona and her mother Nemera Elgohail say that the hijab is required of their religion, but school officials argued that the head...

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Muslim Employees Settle with Electrolux Over Prayer Break

September 25, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/6853210.htm

On September 25, 2003 the Pioneer Press reported that "the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached a settlement with the Electrolux Group over a charge that the company's Muslim employees were being disciplined for taking prayer breaks...The case was initiated about a year ago when the Somali Community Center in Minneapolis filed a discrimination charge on behalf of 165...

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CAIR Urges Due Process for Guantanamo Bay Terrorism Suspects

September 25, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On September 25, 2003 Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement on the American military's "probe into possible security violations at the American prison camp for terrorism suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The statement by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said suspects should be granted due process of law and punished if proven guilty by evidence presented in open court.

CAIR's full statement said:

'If proven, crimes...

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Bay Area South Asians Gather to Discuss Patriot Act, Sept. 11 Backlash

September 25, 2003

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=ce475792c28cdd2135a2163926b8c8a6

On September 25, 2003 NCM reported that "in a rare show of solidarity, some 100 members of the South Asian American community of the Bay Area gathered Sept. 14 at the India Community Center to discuss the backlash felt over two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the effects of the USA Patriot Act. The community forum...

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Islamic Civil Rights Group Disputes Sentence of Anti-Muslim Bomber

September 24, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On September 24, 2003 according to the Chicago Tribune "an Islamic civil rights group Tuesday called for federal terrorism charges to be brought against a Burbank man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime but was given probation, contending the state is letting the man off too easy. Cook County Circuit Judge Robert Smierciak sentenced Eric K. Nix, 24, to 2 years of probation and 200 hours of community service. And he ordered him to attend anger management classes for throwing a fireworks device into an unoccupied van of a Burbank Muslim...

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AZ Law Enforcement Educated About Islam

September 24, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0924antibias24.html

On September 24, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported "With a mosque soon to be built in his city, Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell joined other police officials, representatives from social service agencies and citizens this week to learn about an opportunity to educate his officers about the Muslim community and Islam. Police officials...

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Shari'a Law Causes Tensions Between Christians and Muslims

September 24, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3155279.stm

On September 24, 2003 the BBC News reported, "President Obasanjo likes to refer to Nigeria as a 'multi-religious' country, with a constitution that, whilst reflecting the expectations of the different faiths, remains essentially secular. There are roughly the same number of Muslims and Christians in a country of 120 million people...over the past few years, relations between members of the two faiths have been...

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AZ Law Enforcement Educated About Islam

September 24, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0924antibias24.html

On September 24, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported "With a mosque soon to be built in his city, Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell joined other police officials, representatives from social service agencies and citizens this week to learn about an opportunity to educate his officers about the Muslim community and Islam. Police officials...

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Court Upholds Teacher's Right to Wear Headscarf in Class

September 24, 2003

Source: Duetsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1432_A_978043_1_A,00.html

On September 24, 2003 Duetsche Welle reported: "Germany’s highest court on Wednesday confirmed the right of a female Muslim teacher to wear a headscarf in the classroom. The move lays to rest a long-standing row in Germany, that has caused controversy all over Europe.

Fereshta Ludin will be celebrating a victory on Wednesday, after the Federal...

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