Islam

California Muslims and Law Enforcement Agencies Unite

May 23, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpac.org/

On May 23, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "in a packed news conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and six representatives of local and federal law enforcement held a joint news conference on the partnership between the American Muslim community and law enforcement during this time when the country is on orange alert... Law enforcement officials included FBI Special Agent in...

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Washington Muslim Leader Brings Together Interfaith Group

May 22, 2003

Source: King County Journal

http://www.kingcountyjournal.com/sited/story/html/131638

On May 22, 2003 the King County Journal reported that "against a background of war and terrorism, Jawad Khaki stepped into the spotlight... Already a leader in an Eastside [WA] Shi'ite Muslim community, Khaki felt the need to educate people of other faiths about the peaceful side of Islam... As part of his outreach, Khaki brought his community, the Ithnasheri Muslim Association of...

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Department of Transportation to Pursue Racial and Religious Profiling Case against American Airlines

May 21, 2003

Source: The Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/5813604.htm

On May 21, 2003 The Star-Telegram reported that "Wajahat Sayeed of Plano [TX] believes he was singled out by American Airlines because of his dark skin and beard, which he keeps full for religious reasons... Sayeed was escorted off American Flight 1048 at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in October, and searched and humiliated, he alleged in a complaint that motivated the U.S....

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Interfaith Program Brings Together Jews and Muslims to Discuss Similarities

May 21, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On May 21, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "two prayer books --- one written in Arabic, the other in Hebrew and English --- brought Huma Faruqi and Jason Burn together, each struck at that moment more by the similarities in their religions than the differences... The Muslim and Jewish metro Atlantans were among those gathered in a hallway at Congregation B'nai Israel in Jonesboro, surrounded by others from their faiths, as they pored over the prayer books --- the air punctuated by...

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Update: Florida Judge Sentences Franklin for Hate Crimes

May 20, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-brf-mosque-crash,0,5290505.story

On May 20, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a man who drove his pickup truck into a mosque and yelled anti-Muslim threats has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison... Charles Franklin, 41, pleaded guilty to the hate crime in November. U.S. District Judge Stephan Mickle sentenced...

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Update: Florida Judge Sentences Franklin for Hate Crimes

May 19, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpac.org

On May 19, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release stating that "the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Gregory R. Miller, and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., announced today that 42-year old Charles D. Franklin of Tallahassee was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $63,668.75 in restitution, for intentionally...

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Arab-Americans and Muslims' More Stressed

May 19, 2003

Source: Religion Writers

http://www.religionwriters.com/public/tips/051903/051903b.shtml

On May 19, 2003 Religion Writers reported that "the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were stressful for all Americans, regardless of national origin or religious background. But while most Americans say their general stress level has declined, doctors across the country say that is not the case among Arab-Americans and Muslims, which various studies number between 2 million...

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America as the Crucible for Islam

May 18, 2003

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/5877654.htm

On May 18, 2003 The Kansas City Star reported that "'America has become the crucible for Islam,' says Johari Abdul-Malik, an imam (leader) at this mosque. 'The crucible is a thing into which you put some elements and then you place it in the fire so you remove all of the impurities, leaving just the pure essence...' When Pakistani, Saudi, Egyptian or Indonesian Muslims come to America,...

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Al Ahad Islamic Center in Pennsylvania Educates Residence about Islam

May 18, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.nj.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1053248694229780.xml

On May 18, 2003 The Express-Times reported that "in the past few weeks, news from Iraq brought images of mass graves containing the bones of Shiite Muslims who opposed Saddam Hussein... This weekend, local [PA] residents learned more about the oppression that led to those graves, and about Islam in general... The education was part...

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"Judeo-Christian" Does Not Define Character of the United States

May 17, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

On May 17, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that, according to leading Muslim organizations, the term Judeo-Christian does not "describe the values and character that define the United States... Sharifa Alkhateeb of the Washington-based Muslim Education Council says 'Judeo-Christian' is outdated but doesn't think 'Judeo-Christian-Islamic' is inclusive enough."

Decline in Reports of Ethnic Harassment in Orange County, CA

May 16, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-relations16may16,0,739026.story

On May 16, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Orange County authorities recorded a steep decline in reports of alleged ethnic harassment, reversing last year's post-9/11 surge in anti-Arab bigotry, according to a report by the Orange County Human Relations Commission released Thursday... In the last year, according to the report, 124 people said they were targeted by...

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