Islam

Editorial: American Muslims and Thanksgiving

November 24, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On November 24, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed an editorial by Ghazala Hayat that stated, "as a Muslim, I thank for all the bounties from God every day. As an American, I look forward to the holiday; children come home; friends are also in town. I hear the familiar laughs and the door opens and closes often. The dinner is traditional: kosher turkey, corn, cranberries and pumpkin pie. We almost always have friends to join us. As first-generation immigrants, most of us do not have parents or relatives living in...

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Interfaith Soup Kitchen

November 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28312-2002Nov22.html

On November 23, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the chaplain, Imam Johari Abdel-Malik, challenged the Rev. Graylan Hagler to work with him on an interfaith charity project in Washington. Abdel-Malik said he could provide food and volunteers for an effort to feed the needy. Could Hagler provide a place for them to serve the meals? This week, as a result...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 23, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On November 23, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "this is the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to dusk for an entire month. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it started Nov. 6. At sunset, Muslims break their fast - customarily with friends, family members or at the mosque - and resume their regular activities. Naeemah Abdus-Salam says the mosque offers a sense of community. She said it is also good for her children to see that Muslims come from various...

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Fasting and Sports

November 23, 2002

Source: The Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/fast23_20021123.htm

On November 23, 2002 The Free Press reported that "despite the difficulties, a surprising number of Muslim students across metro Detroit are running, tackling and winning games on empty stomachs and parched throats. It's a striking symbol of how the increasing number of U.S.-born Muslims are melding their faith and American traditions like high school sports."

"What Would Jesus Drive?"

November 22, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1122/p02s01-ussc.html

On November 22, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "prominent Christian and Jewish leaders called this week on the auto industry and their own congregations 'to recognize that transportation choices are moral choices' because of 'the extraordinary impact they have on God's creation and God's children.' In an open letter to auto executives, and in meetings Wednesday at...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/96573_fastfood21.shtml

On November 21, 2002 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "about 100 students and other members of the campus community, including Christians, came together for what was billed as a 'Fast Food' dinner. The event celebrated the breaking of the daily fast by Muslims during their holy month of Ramadan and allowed each group to learn about fasting in Islam and...

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Pennsylvania Passes "The Religious Freedom Protection Act"

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17286

On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "Pennsylvania could become the 10th state to pass a bill meant to give new protections to religious groups but criticized by opponents as giving the groups free rein to ignore many laws. The Religious Freedom Protection Act... would allow laws that burden a person's religious practice or belief to be challenged in court...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: The Tucson Citizen

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/11_21_02ramadan.html

On November 21, 2002 The Tucson Citizen reported that "about 100 Muslims and Methodists from St. Francis in the Foothills congregation sat together to celebrate iftar - breaking of the Ramadan fast - at the Islamic Center of Tucson... A few Jews also were on hand."

Arranged Marriages in Hindu and Muslim Communities

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "with increasing numbers of Hindus and Muslims living in the United States, members of these communities say arranged marriages are becoming more common, although no one tracks their numbers. These unions are very different from marriages in rural parts of their native countries where girls in their early teens can be forced by their parents to marry older men. Here it's often a family decision with parents and children, usually in their mid-20s, both holding veto...

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Marin Community Foundation Awards Community-Building Efforts

November 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 21, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Marin Community Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 congregations throughout the county that are actively involved in community-building efforts. A variety of religious faiths are represented, ranging from Bridge the Gap (a partnership by Sausalito Presbyterian Church and the Marin City Church of God) to the Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and the Novato-based International Association of Sufism. A grant to St. Andrews...

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Luncheon to Discuss Diversity of Corpus Christi, Texas

November 21, 2002

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

On November 21, 2002 the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported on "'Breaking Bread to Break Barriers: An Understanding of World Cultures,' an education series for community leaders. The six-month luncheon series is hosted by the National Conference of Community and Justice in cooperation with the Corpus Christi [TX] Chamber of Commerce. Business and community leaders are invited to learn more about the many different cultures and religions in the Coastal Bend and about those who helped to found Corpus Christi,...

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Discussion of American Muslim Relations in Iowa

November 20, 2002

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=279

On November 20, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "relations between Americans and people of Muslim and Middle Eastern backgrounds have improved in some ways since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but much more needs to be done to foster understanding and peaceful co-existence among the groups, a diverse panel of cultural officials said Monday. Discussion at the Iowa City Public...

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Sikhs Discuss Post 9/11 Abuses

November 20, 2002

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/news/1798310/detail.html

On November 20, 2002 The KCRA Channel reported that "complaints of civil rights abuses in our California escalated after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and now, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is investigating. What does an American look like? And what does a terrorist look like? Those two questions are at the heart of the civil rights concerns raised by a number of groups at a...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 19, 2002

Source: U.S. Department of State

On November 19, 2002 the U.S. Department of State reported that "Secretary of State Colin Powell hosted a Ramadan Iftaar dinner at the State Department on November 18 for American Muslim and Arab American community leaders. In his welcoming remarks, the Secretary said diversity, spirituality, and tolerance are America's greatest strengths, and extremism and violence are its greatest foes. The event was attended by a large group of Muslim community leaders from around the country, including representatives from American...

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