Islam

Role of Military Chaplains

March 3, 2003

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On March 3, 2003 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "the chaplain in all U.S. military services is an officer and a full member of the armed forces. No matter what his or her rank, even if it is general or admiral, he or she is addressed simply as chaplain... All branches of the armed services require chaplains to have at least one graduate degree in theology or pastoral care from a seminary. All need the continued sponsorship of their faith group. If that sponsorship is dropped, unless they find another denomination...

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Libraries Receive Islam Collection from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "In September 2002, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national civil rights and advocacy group, launched a major educational initiative to educate Americans about Islam and to counter anti-Muslim bigotry. The year long campaign, called 'Explore Islamic Civilization and Culture," involves the community-sponsored distribution of books, videos and audiocassettes about Islam and Muslims to some 16,200 public libraries nationwide."

An Islamic Response to Domestic Violence

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "in 2002, MCCHS (Muslim Community Center for Human Services) started a domestic violence counseling program and established a relationship with area women's shelters. MCCHS, which cannot afford to operate a shelter, receives calls from women in distress and from shelters where women are taking refuge, offers counseling, and assists in their rehabilitation. MCCHS strives to council families before relationship problems become serious and irresolvable... Muslim leaders and imams...

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Faiths Unite to Protest War

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "Busloads of Muslim Americans from across the U.S. joined tens of thousands of fellow citizens of many faiths in Washington on Jan. 18-- in 20 degree temperatures-- to demand peace. The rally, preceding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, was part of the ongoing preemptive antiwar movement. The most popular chant was 'No War For Oil,' and the crowd carried placards saying: 'Regime Change Starts at Home' and 'Would Jesus Bomb Them?' Organizers said that it was the largest showing...

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Inaugural Ceremony of All Area Muslim Society Masjid attended by Virginia Leaders

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "Over 500 people attended the formal inaugural ceremony of the All-Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) masjid in Sterling, VA held on Jan. 25." Republican and Democratic representatives from Virginia, Virginia Lt. Governor Tim Kaine, VA state senators, and other government officials spoke at the event.

Internet Islamic School Opens

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "The Internet Islamic School will be inaugurated with an epoch-making event being held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 13, 2003, under the theme, 'Let's make this world a better place to live.' This event will bring together the national Muslim leadership and scholars, and provide an avenue for building up the confidence of the Muslim community and motivating them as well, said Zaheer Uddin, president of the Internet Islamic University that also operates IIS.

Muslim Unity Conference Held in Orlando

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "the third annual Muslim Unity Conference was hosted by the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) in conjunction with ISNA, under the theme, 'Our Youth, Our Family, Our Future' Dec. 26-29, 2002 in Orlando, Florida. ISNA secretary general Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed ... said that on the national level, ISNA has developed a relationship of total respect and trust with the major non-Muslim religious organizations, and it is now up to the local level to confirm this work."

Religious Walk by Muslims Draws Police Attention

February 28, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

On February 28, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "with Americans on the alert for terrorists and a war looming in Iraq, Muhammad Amir and his colleagues attracted more attention than they bargained for as they passed through Connecticut on a religious walk from New York to Boston... State police received several 911 calls Thursday afternoon as Amir and a small group of men wearing beards, turbans and Muslim dress walked along Route 6 near the Bolton Ice Palace and a pizza parlor... Amir said police have stopped his group...

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First Muslim-American Elected to Alabama State Legislature

February 28, 2003

Source: Muslim Journal

On February 28, 2003 the Muslim Journal reported that "History was again made in Selma on Sun., Jan. 19, 2003, with the ceremonial swearing-in of Imam Yusuf Abdus-Salaam as the new Alabama House of Representative for District 67. Salaam becomes the first Muslim American to serve in the Alabama Legislature. The event began with an invocation given by ministers of all faiths... 'We are bringing people together,' he [Salaam] said. This was further demonstrated by Salaam as he sat on stage flanked on both sides by various religious...

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FBI Director Meets with Muslim and Sikh Leaders

February 28, 2003

Source: FBI National Press Office

http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel03/mueller022803.htm

On February 28, 2003 the FBI National Press Office issued a press release stating "FBI Director Robert S. Mueller met today with key leaders of national Arab-American, Muslim, and Sikh organizations. The meeting built on earlier discussions on a number of issues -- ranging from vigilante attacks and other hate crimes to the value of continuing assistance from the Arab-...

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"Patriot Act II" Draws Concern From Civil Rights Community

February 26, 2003

Source: India-West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=38d1468dcaae17abedcec9c45ea0db46

On February 26, 2003 India-West reported that "the Center for Public Integrity Feb. 9 published on its Web site a secret draft of the 'Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003,' or 'Patriot Act II,' as some within the Justice Department have called it. The new legislation would give the U.S. attorney general and the...

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Fasting in the Baha'i Tradition

February 25, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/frameset.asp?pageLoc=/story/121/story_12160_1.html&storyID=12160&boardID=52221

On February 25, 2003 Beliefnet printed an editorial by Sherna Hough Deamer, stating that "it’s hard to believe that I’ve come to love the Fast. In the Bahá’í calendar, the 19-day month of fasting comes between the hospitality of the Intercalary Days (February 26 to March 1) and the...

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Minority Groups Brace for Backlash in Case of War with Iraq

February 24, 2003

Source: Religion Writers

http://www.religionwriters.com/public/tips/022403/022403a.shtml

On February 24, 2003 Religion Writers reported that "as the possibility of war presses closer, American Muslims - and those sometimes mistaken for Muslims - say they are bracing for discrimination. Iraq is a predominately Muslim nation and the Bush administration says that Saddam Hussein may be cooperating with Islamic terrorists, giving rise to worries of scapegoating...

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Editorial: Inappropriate Link Between Terrorism and Hajj

February 24, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55842-2003Feb23.html

On February 24, 2003 The Washington Post printed an editorial by Mona Eltahawy stating that "males 16 and over from 25 nations -- all Muslim or Arab, with the exception of North Korea -- must register under the program, which began in September. It is aimed at temporary foreign visitors who present 'increased national security concerns...' I feel a disconnect...

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