Islam

Imam W.D. Mohammed, Leader of American Black Muslims, Resigns

September 5, 2003

Source: PBS.org

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On September 5, 2003, PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweeky featured an interview with Geneive Abdo, religion reporter for the Chicago Tribune, who spoke with W.D. Mohammed after his resignation.

Update: Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Pipes

September 5, 2003

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.09.05/news13.pipes.html

On September 5, 2003 the Forward reported that "former presidential adviser William Quandt told the Forward that he is suspending work on several projects to protest President Bush's appointment of Pipes, who has been accused by Arab groups and Middle East scholars of harboring an anti-Muslim bias. Pipes and his defenders have vehemently rejected such characterizations,...

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Voorhees Residents Oppose Building of Mosque

September 4, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/6685651.htm

On September 4, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported: "Flyers, contentious township meetings, and a threat of legal action have marked efforts to convert a vacant Voorhees building into a mosque. The zoning board will consider a site plan...Its approval could pave the way for construction by spring.

The proposal - in these days before the second anniversary of...

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Imam W.D. Mohammed, Leader of American Black Muslims, Resigns

September 4, 2003

Source: Atlanta Daily World

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On September 4, 2003 Atlanta Daily World reported that 'Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the Black Muslim spiritual leader, who over three decades transformed how American Blacks practice the religion, has resigned as head of the American Society of Muslims.      Mohammed said he will continue to represent and guide Black Muslims and direct his ministry, The Mosque Cares, but would no longer...

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First Muslim High School in France Opens in Lille

September 2, 2003

Source: Associated Press

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On September 2, 2003 the Associated Press reported on the opening of France's first Muslim high school: "Only a dozen students--six boys and six girls--showed up at the mosque where France's first Muslim high school began holding classes on Tuesday. Despite the small enrollment, school officials said they expect big things from the 10th graders at the private Averroes Lycee an experiment aimed at reconciling the nation's deep...

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Muslims Organizing to Establish First Muslim Cable TV Channel

August 31, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)

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On August 31, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported on a New York couple who are trying to start America's first Muslim cable television station. "They [Muzzammil and Assiya Hassan] have enlisted hundreds of mosques around the country, including many in the Bay Area, to spread the word and help get Bridges TV into living rooms by next summer. The idea came to Hassan's wife, Assiya Hassan, in...

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Update: Support for Savannah Islamic Center After Arson Fire

August 30, 2003

Source: Savannah Morning News

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On August 30, 2003, the Savannah Morning News reported that local faith communities were uniting to support the Muslim community, which has been the target of recent violence, including a fire that destroyed the Savannah Islamic Center. The paper reported: "Savannah's Inter-racial Interfaith Community and some members of the Unitarian Universalist Church plan to place a newspaper advertisement reminding the community about the right...

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Update: Support for Savannah Islamic Center After Arson Fire

August 30, 2003

Source: The Augusta Chronicle

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On August 30, 2003, The Augusta Chronicle reported that "members of a south Georgia Islamic group whose mosque was destroyed by arson last week are finding support from a local Baptist congregation that lost its own house of worship to fire nearly a decade ago. The Aug. 24 fire at the Islamic Center of Savannah brought back painful memories for the Rev. Matthew Southall Brown. He immediately thought of the challenges his own...

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Post 9/11 Muslim-Christian dialogue group established in Cleveland

August 30, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

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On August 30, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported: "A group of religious leaders is developing a Muslim-Christian dialogue to promote understanding between the two faiths in Northeast Ohio. Christians and Muslims Establishing Peace, the working title of the new group, is planning an evening of prayer and reflection on "Making Peace and Seeking Justice in a Post 9/11 World" on the eve of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11...

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Annual Meeting of American Muslims Convenes in Chicago

August 29, 2003

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.Beliefnet.com/story/131/story_13178_1.html

On August 29, 2003, an article from the Associated Press appearing on Beliefnet.com reported on the separate meetings of African-American and immigrant Muslims at the upcoming annual meeting of American Muslims in Chicago. "American blacks and immigrant Muslims are holding separate conventions just three miles apart--underscoring the divide between the two groups that Muslim leaders...

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Annual Meeting of American Muslims Convenes in Chicago

August 29, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On August 29, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "American Muslims are expected to gather in record numbers at two Chicago conventions this weekend to chart a course for increasing their political power and influence. Attendance at the annual meetings is expected to be greater than in previous years, Muslim leaders said, because the Islamic community believes that events since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks have created an urgent need to organize to defend their constitutional rights."

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