Islam

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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Controversy Over Holiday Stamps

November 25, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On November 25, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the piece of postage features a greeting for two major Islamic holidays rendered in gold Arabic calligraphy against an azure background. 'Eid Mubarak,' it reads in homage to Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the monthlong period of fasting and prayer that will conclude this year on Dec. 6, and Eid al-Adha, a celebration during the pilgrimage to Mecca in February. The U.S. Postal Service first issued the stamp 10 days before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: Post-Gazette

On November 25, 2002 the Post-Gazette reported that "followers of Islam welcomed guests of all faiths to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh last night with hospitality, prayer and a dinner that broke a daily fast during the month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, the lunar month of peace, God revealed the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. This year, Ramadan began Nov. 6 and will end Dec. 5. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a way to develop patience, self-control and a deeper connection with God. Last...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 25, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "Zoroastrians celebrated bountiful harvests in Persia long before the storied fall gala the Pilgrims put on near Plymouth Rock in 1621. Ditto for the Jewish faithful, who call their harvest festival Sukkot, and for followers of many of the world's other religions. So last night, four days before the Thanksgiving holiday, John Lecky brought together Buddhists and Christians, Hindus and Jews, Muslims and Zoroastrians to reflect on the thanks they all give in one way or another....

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Habitat for Humanity to Use Interfaith Coalition to Build Home

November 25, 2002

Source: Connecticut Post

On November 25, 2002 the Connecticut Post reported that "Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bridgeport [CT], using for the first time, an interfaith coalition of support, will have a two-story, four-bedroom house for Sundus, her parents and five siblings sitting on the property. Salem Lutheran will be teamed with members of Al-Aziz Islamic Center, Congregations B'nai Israel and Rodelph Sholom and Shiloh Baptist Church, all of Bridgeport, and Congregation Beth El of Fairfield. Habitat executive director Bob Knebel said the organization...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 24, 2002

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83%257E1971%257E1010917,00.html

On November 24, 2002 The Argus reported that "more than 40 years ago, three Protestant churches of different denominations came together in the name of unity for a Thanksgiving service. It was a progressive step at the time, said Don Anderson, former pastor of First Christian Church, one of the churches that met in 1961. During the 1960s, more churches...

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