Islam

Muslims Gather in New York to Celebrate Inauguration of Internet Islamic School

July 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On July 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "New York's famed Madison Square Garden was a showcase of Muslim unity, for Muslim scholars and national and community leaders gathered there to celebrate the inauguration of the Internet Islamic School, April 13. This event [was] sponsored by the Islamic Internet University (IIU)."

Panel Discussion of Young People of Minority Religions in North Carolina

June 30, 2003

Source: The Herald-Sun

http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-367211.html

On June 30, 2003 The Herald-Sun reported that "the Century Center is hosting a panel discussion tonight on how young people from minority religions living in the United States can remain true to their faith in a time of war abroad and distrust at home... Tonight's dialogue, 'Keeping the Faith: Expatriate Communities,' will bring together six college and high school students, an audience from the community...

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Opinion: Intramarriage Keeps Immigrant Communities Isolated

June 30, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0630/p09s01-coop.html?entryBottomStory

On June 30, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor ran an opinion piece by Bruce Bawer, an American writer living in Norway, on a study of non-Western immigrant patterns. The article read, "While non-Muslim Europeans live in democracies, most Muslims in the same countries inhabit theocratic enclaves where they are expected to tread a narrow path - or...

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Muslim Prayer Leaders Face Changing Role in the US

June 29, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 29, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "Muslim leaders say the position of imams in the United States has evolved to the point that they are becoming an institutionalized clergy-- a remarkable shift since Islam has no ordained clergy and is led instead by religious scholars, traditionally a group that is distinct from imams... Imad Benjelloun, an imam for mosques in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, said Muslims often ask him for guidance on issues that counselors, scholars, and others would provide in his native...

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The Yuba-Sutter Abrahamic Interfaith Dialogue Program

June 29, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

On June 29, 2003 the Appeal-Democrat reported that Ali "Jensen, of Santa Cruz [CA], converted to Islam about 26 years ago after exploring transcendental meditation and Zen Buddhism, he said. According to Islamic teachings, he prays five times a day and fasts for an entire month, among other things... Jensen was speaking at the second Yuba-Sutter Abrahamic Interfaith Dialogue Program, a group involving Christian, Jewish and Muslim members... Coordinators stressed mutual understanding and peace as goals for the dialogue. They also...

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Defense Department Chaplain Services Directing Personnel to Radical Web Sites

June 29, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45822-2003Jun28.html?referrer=emailarticle

On June 29, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "some Defense Department chaplain services have been directing military personnel to a Web site that promotes material from radical Muslim jihadists, including two Saudis who have been identified as Osama bin Laden's spiritual advisers... The chaplains' service Web...

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What You Will See Inside A Mosque Introduces Children to Different Houses of Worship

June 28, 2003

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/saturday/lifeentertainment/stories/li062803s2_p.shtml

On June 28, 2003 the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that Aisha "Khan's recently published book, What You Will See Inside A Mosque, is part of an effort by Skylight Paths Publishing to educate children about the rituals, beliefs and celebrations at different houses of worship... Last fall, Skylight published ...

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Muslim Lawyer Seeks Virginia General Assembly Seat

June 28, 2003

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/metro/20030628-104406-5307r.htm

On June 28, 2003 The Washington Times reported that "a Republican immigration lawyer from Falls Church is seeking to become the first Muslim to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly... Kamal Nawash, 33, a Palestinian Arab born in Bethlehem, says he is running for state Senate because he believes he can foster understanding between Muslims, including Arabs, and...

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Kansas Rapper Converts to Islam

June 28, 2003

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/6187742.htm

On June 28, 2003 The Wichita Eagle reported that "the days of Damian Williams running with his fellow rappers, pursuing fame, women and a hip-hop image are over. The 26-year-old turned in baggy jeans for long robes around the house. He sports a curly beard and is studying Arabic with his wife so they can read the Quran together... Williams, who now goes by Shaheed, is a convert to Islam, a...

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Muslims Gather in Dallas for 'Better America'

June 28, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

On June 28, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "the Islamic Society of North America is expecting more than 5,000 participants at a three-day regional conference scheduled for Dallas over the Forth of July weekend... The regional conference [titled 'Better Muslims for a Better America'] is aimed at helping Muslims reach out to the larger American society while protecting their own identities."

Press Release: U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Protocol Seminars

June 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/6181076.htm

On June 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "wearing a traditional head scarf, Lobna 'Luby' Ismail stood silently Thursday before a room packed with community leaders and members of Florida's law-enforcement agencies... Ismail is president of Connecting Cultures, a Silver Spring, Md.-based cultural-training company. She has been traveling across the country...

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