Islam

Emergency Minister of the Eucharist

March 31, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On March 31, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "as a top officer in a combat helicopter squadron, Army Maj. Mike Mahony is used to emergencies. Two of his pilots were shot down last week. His unit's AH-64 Apache helicopters were damaged by Iraqi artillery. But this morning, he was handling a different kind of emergency: getting Communion to troops near the front lines... Mahony is an emergency minister of the Eucharist, or EME, a layman trained to administer the sacrament of Communion because of a shortage of Roman Catholic...

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United for Justice with Peace Organizes Boston Protest

March 30, 2003

Source: Boston Globe

On March 30, 2003 Boston Globe reported that "tens of thousands of people from across New England and beyond converged on a damp, windswept Boston Common for a massive antiwar rally yesterday, then marched through the city, saying they hoped to show the world that not all Americans support President Bush and the war in Iraq..." The protest was "organized by the Greater Boston group United for Justice with Peace..." During the protest, the pro-government group and the protesters "found some common ground: When the pro-government group...

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Islamic Society of Central Florida Hosts Women Empowerment Program

March 30, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locmuslimwomen30033003mar30,0,3130933.story

On March 30, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Lobna Ismail rattled off a list of stereotypes about women who wear the traditional Muslim headscarf called a hijab... 'Oppressed. Subservient. Terrorist. Can't work. Can't drive...' About a dozen women, most of them wearing a hijab, nodded. They had...

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Muslim Woman Fights Government Order to Unveil for Driver's License Picture

March 30, 2003

Source: Los Angelas Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-veil30may30,1,5567236.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dreligion

On March 30, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that Sultaana LaKiana Myke Freeman, "the 35-year-old Florida mother of two and convert to Islam, has taken the state to court because it has refused to issue her a new driver's license unless she agrees to be photographed with her face revealed. For...

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Timely Celebration of Afghan New Years

March 30, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/alameda_county/5517617.htm

On March 30, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "from Mustafa Hakimi's perspective, the Afghan new year celebration comes at just the right time... 'This is perfect," said the 18-year-old San Leandro [CA] resident and Afghan native. 'We want everybody to realize we are a friendly people, a...

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Islamic Community Center of Atlanta Hosts Workshop to Help Muslim Youth

March 30, 2003

Source: The Atlantic Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/sunday/news_e368a948d6fdc1d410a0.html

On March 30, 2003 The Atlantic Journal-Constitution reported that "for 90 minutes, 20 boys and girls ranging from 12 to 18 discussed the issues they face daily as Muslims in metro Atlanta schools --- from mean-spirited taunts to questions about their religion and dress. The workshop, held at the Islamic...

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N.Y. Mayor Assures City's Muslim Community

March 29, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/29/nyregion/29MAYO.html

On March 29, 2003 The New York Times reported that "mayor Michael R. Bloomberg prayed and pleaded yesterday with dozens of Muslim worshipers in Queens, urging them not to view the city's fight against terrorism and the nation's war with Iraq as anti-Islamic... Bringing what he called a message of peace, a sliver of which he tried to deliver in Arabic, Mr. Bloomberg set out to remind the...

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Islam and Charitable Giving

March 29, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On March 29, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "charitable giving is a requirement of the Islamic faith... But with America at war in Iraq and tension escalating worldwide for Muslims, that's an element of the religion rarely portrayed... On Sunday, for the seventh year, about 1,000 Muslims will fulfill their spiritual obligation and provide free food, clothing, toys and medical assistance to the needy at a downtown park. They hope the event will create better community relations and bolster an image tarnished by fundamentalists...

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Interfaith Prayer Event in Oklahoma

March 29, 2003

Source: The Daily Oklahoman

On March 29, 2003 The Daily Oklahoman reported that "When Muslim John Graff watches television news coverage of the war in Iraq, he admits to having mixed emotions... There is a sense of distaste resulting from the harmful things Saddam Hussein and his regime have done to the Iraqi people. Yet, Graff said there is the hesitancy to support the American military going in 'full force' to stop the Iraqi leader, because the Iraqis in the middle are 'our brothers and sisters...' Unitarian clergyman Mark Christian said he understands...

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Metwalli B. Amer Gives Invocation at State of California Democratic Convention

March 28, 2003

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council News

On March 28, 2003 Muslim Public Affairs Council News reported that "on Saturday, March 15, 2003, MPAC Advisor Dr. Metwalli B. Amer gave an invocation at the State of California Democratic Convention at the Sacramento Convention Center... Dr. Amer is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM), the President of the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations, and a Professor Emeritus at the California State University, Sacramento... [He stated,] one...

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Iraqi-American Home Vandalized in Phoenix, AZ

March 28, 2003

Source: Arizona Republic

On March 28, 2003 the Arizona Republic reported that "explosives were hurled into the back yard of an Iraqi-American family in Phoenix on Wednesday, the same day a Muslim advocacy group called on the governor to take action to prevent hate crimes... Four 'dry ice explosives' were thrown at Basil Sayad's home shortly before 5 p.m., Phoenix police Sgt. Randy Force said. The devices, concoctions of dry ice mixed with water in a bottle, did not injure the Sayads and their two teenage children. Force said that there was minor property...

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Bay Area Community Leaders Urge Tolerance in Wake of War in Iraq

March 27, 2003

Source: The Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1274448,00.html

On March 27, 2003 The Tri-Valley Herald reported that "in an attempt to curb backlash against Arabs and South Asians as America's war with Iraq continues, police and city leaders issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they will not tolerate hate crimes... Police chiefs from Fremont, Union City and Newark [CA] said all crimes committed against...

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