Islam

Ramadan in America, 2002

December 1, 2002

Source: Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/4640933.htm

On December 1, 2002 the Herald-Leader reported that "born Michaela Colleen Jeffries, the Somerset, [Kentucky] resident and former Seventh-day Adventist converted to Islam in June, about a year after a tour of the Middle East led her to begin studying the Koran. 'Islam has given me an inner peace,' said Saleem, author of the autobiography Grasping for Love, about surviving...

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Bush Praises Islam as "Peace-Loving Faith"

November 30, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55273-2002Nov29.html

On November 30, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "in a score of speeches since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the president has called for tolerance of Muslims, describing Islam as 'a faith based upon peace and love and compassion' and a religion committed to 'morality and learning and tolerance.' But a large number of foreign policy hawks -- some of them...

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Conflict Over Mosque Construction in East Meadow

November 29, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limosq293024235nov29,0,1664916.story

On November 29, 2002 Newsday reported that "nearly a decade ago, the Long Island Muslim Society bought two small houses on a busy street in East Meadow and began holding prayer services there. Now the Islamic group of about 40 families, mostly of Bangladeshi origin, wants to tear down the houses and build a new mosque and school in their...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 28, 2002

Source: Austin American Statesman

On November 28, 2002 Austin American Statesman reported that "at Barsana Dham [in Texas], a Hindu temple, there were gathered a Roman Catholic bishop, an Episcopalian priest, Protestant ministers of various stripes (Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian and Baptist), a Jewish rabbi, Buddhist monks, a Muslim imam -- and more. That's not all. There were about 1,000 black people, brown people, yellow people and white people, men, women and children, and everybody took off their shoes in respect for Hindu ways."

Muslim Woman Reaches Out to New Orleans Community

November 28, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 28, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "ever since the Sept. 11 attacks in America by Islamic extremists, Aneela Shuja of Kenner, a Muslim, has been on a mission to dispel the stereotypes and fear in the community about people of her faith. 'I felt somebody had to speak up or something bad was going to happen,' Shuja, 42, said. 'It is a calling for me. I have been encouraged to do this.' She's traveled around New Orleans talking at local public and Catholic schools and churches, to priests and politicians to...

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FBI Reports Rise of Hate Crimes against Muslims Post 9/11

November 27, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On November 27, 2002 The Denver Post printed an editorial that stated, "the FBI's annual survey of hate crimes released Monday showed that in the aftermath of 9/11, threats, beatings and discrimination against people of Middle Eastern descent, Muslims and South Asian Sikhs (often mistaken for Muslims) rocketed more than 1,600 percent during 2001 to 481 incidents. That's significant, because with only 28 such crimes tallied in 2000, Muslims were barely on the radar screen the year before. In Colorado, hate crimes against Muslims...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 27, 2002

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

On November 27, 2002 the Chicago Daily Herald reported that "a smorgasbord of religions will emphasize the spiritual side of Thanksgiving next week. Participants in the DuPage Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will include Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Sikhs, Bahais and theosophists. The annual service began in the early 1990s after members of the DuPage Interfaith Resource Network decided they could find common ground in recognizing that Thanksgiving goes deeper than turkey and football. The ceremony will...

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Christians and Muslims Unite to Help Homeless

November 27, 2002

Source: USA TODAY

On November 27, 2002 USA TODAY reported that "the volunteers who serve meals at the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C., also give sustenance to another ideal -- this is a country where Muslims and Christians live and work together. Imam Johari Abdel-Malik and the Rev. Graylan Hagler conceived the idea of a Muslim-Christian volunteer effort early this fall. 'We are a community under siege after Sept. 11,' says Abdel-Malik, who is a Muslim chaplain at Howard University. 'We need to come out of our bubble. This is a good...

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Public Schools and Accommodation to Muslim Students

November 27, 2002

Source: Education Week

http://www.edweek.org/ew/newstory.cfm?slug=13ramadan.h22

On November 27, 2002 Education Week reported that "when school administrators acknowledge students' needs and accommodate them, it makes it easier to practice a religion that many other Americans find unfamiliar, students say. Muslim activists agree that U.S. school systems' awareness and understanding of the religion are growing. This year, the news media are paying heightened...

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CFMT (OMNI) Apologizes for Jimmy Swaggart's Remarks Against Islam

November 26, 2002

Source: CAIR-CAN [Council on American-Islamic Relations-Canada]

http://www.caircan.ca/aa_more.php?id=P186_0_3_0_C

On November 26, 2002 CAIR-CAN [Council on American-Islamic Relations-Canada] released a statement "asking Canadians to thank CFMT (OMNI) for their unqualified apology regarding recent statements made by Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. CAIR-CAN filed a CRTC complaint on November 16th, 2002 regarding a November 10 broadcast by televangelist Jimmy Swaggart on CFMT...

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FBI Reports Rise of Hate Crimes against Muslims Post 9/11

November 26, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On November 26, 2002 The Denver Post reported that "an increase in hate crimes against Colorado Muslims in 2001  mirrored the sharp rise nationwide in hate crimes against people of the Islamic faith. Seventeen hate crimes against Muslims were reported in the second half of 2001, including the months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. In contrast, there were no reported anti-Islamic hate crimes in Colorado in 2000 and the first half of 2001... Hate crimes increased nationally...

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Symbolic Cleansing of Courthouse Steps after Ku Klux Klan Rally

November 25, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 25, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "a crowd of white, black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist Milwaukeeans joined forces for a symbolic cleansing of the federal courthouse steps where white supremacists had rallied the day before. The Sunday ceremony followed a Saturday rally by about 50 members of the Ku Klux Klan, the National Socialist Movement and the World Church of the Creator, whose message of white separatism was jeered by hundreds of protesters...

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