Islam

Ramadan in America, 2002

November 10, 2002

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week610/feature.html

On November 10, 2002 PBS reported that "this week, Muslims around the world began celebrating Ramadan, the holy month of prayer and fasting. During Ramadan, adult Muslims are expected to fast and abstain from sex during daylight hours. President Bush sent Ramadan greetings to Muslims and, on Thursday evening, held a special fast-breaking meal at the White House for American Muslim...

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Update: Virginia Mosque Vandalized

November 10, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 10, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "two teenage boys have been charged with felony hate crime for vandalizing a mosque in Sterling the weekend after Sept. 11 this year. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said they appear to have acted alone. The youths, ages 14 and 16, were also charged Wednesday with five counts of misdemeanor destruction of property and one count of felony destruction of property, sheriff's officials said. Sheriff's officials charged the 16-year-old with a second count of felony hate crime...

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At Start of Ramadan, Many Muslims in Solemn Mood

November 9, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 9, 2002 the reported that "Muslims across the world began fasting yesterday for the holy month of Ramadan... Some used the occasion to condemn militants whose campaign of violence, notably the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, triggered a backlash against Islamic communities... But for millions the main sensation was a mounting sense of injustice at what they see as anti-Muslim policies of Western governments, especially, the United States..."

PBS Reports on Sufism in the U.S.

November 8, 2002

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week610/profile.html

On November 8, 2002 PBS reported that "there is a mystical tradition among Muslims that was once widely popular, drawing followers from every branch of Islam and from other religions too. It's Sufism, which is under attack now by Muslim fundamentalists for being too liberal, but which is drawing more and more interest in the U.S. It's best known in the West for the dance of the...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 8, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On November 8, 2002 The Buffalo News reported that "Ramadan, the holiest of months for Muslims, began this week. And the next four weeks of fasting, praying and reflection is a special time for the several million American Muslims still under the public microscope. 'With everything going on,' said Hodan Hassan, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Muslim Relations based in Washington, 'I think people have been looking forward to Ramadan to recharge their batteries.' In the last eight weeks, [Western New York] area Muslims...

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Ramadan Prayers in Public Schools

November 7, 2002

Source: nbc4columbus

http://www.msnbc.com/local/wcmh/a1382279.asp

On November 7, 2002 nbc4columbus reported that "a group of Muslim students walked out of their classrooms Thursday at Brookhaven High School because they said they were not allowed to pray. Columbus Public Schools spokesman Michael Straughter said the district is not saying the students can't pray, but just not during instructional time. Brookhaven officials said individual prayer time will be allowed, but not...

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President Bush Opens White House for Iftaar Dinner

November 7, 2002

Source: White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/11/20021107-11.html

On November 7, 2002 the White House released remarks issued by President Bush during an Iftaar dinner. Bush stated, "Islam is a religion that brings hope and comfort to more than a billion people around the world. It has made brothers and sisters of every race. It has given birth to a rich culture of learning and literature and science. Tonight we honor the traditions of a...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 6, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 6, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "ever since [9/11], young Muslims who work for a government that is vigorously waging a war on terrorism -- acts often committed in the name of Islam -- have faced the unusual challenge of being in the middle of the battle. On the eve of Islam's holy month of Ramadan... five Washington area Muslims who work for the federal government discussed the impact of last year's terrorist attacks. They spoke of living amid two countervailing winds, one bringing acts of kindness and...

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Seattle Muslims Reach Out with Ramadan

November 6, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On November 6, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "local Muslims are seeing the holy month of Ramadan -- which was expected to begin last night with the sighting of the new moon -- as an opportune time to organize their growing and diverse community and to reach out to the broader public. In the year since Sept. 11, Muslims here as well as nationwide have come under intense scrutiny. Locally, the attention flared again with the Oct. 24 arrests of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, suspects in the recent East Coast...

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Native Muslim Leaders Emerge

November 6, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-ramadan6nov06,0,4407742.story

On November 6, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "each evening for a month, a handful of teenage boys across Southern California will recite from memory a chapter of the Koran -- Islam's holy book -- to crowds gathered at mosques. Just one of these evening prayers can take up to 90 minutes. By the end of the 30 days of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that began at sundown...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 6, 2002

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/news/830635.asp?0dm=C19ON

On November 6, 2002 MSNBC reported that "as Ramadan gets underway, the war on terror heats up and military action against Iraq looms, Muslim communities across America are on a PR mission to explain what their religion is all about. From political fundraisers and food drives to open houses at Mosques, grass roots Muslim groups are working hard to shake off the bad image Islam earned in many Americans’ eyes...

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Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat's Decade Long Interfaith Work

November 6, 2002

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/bal-md.islam06nov06.story

On November 6, 2002 The Baltimore Sun reported that "for many Baltimoreans, Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat is the public face of Islam. The bearded, thoughtful Syrian native was the first Muslim leader many local political, civic and religious leaders turned to as they scrambled to fathom the intricacies of Islam after the terrorist attacks in September last year. His message: Islam, Judaism and...

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One Woman's Journey from Catholicism to Islam

November 6, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 6, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "in eighth grade, [Meghan O'Connor] walked to her neighborhood Catholic school, St. Wenceslas, in a plaid uniform skirt. At 20, she was a party girl and single mother. Today, she covers her hair with the hijab, the traditional scarf that signifies modesty for Muslim women. 'The women's issue was huge for me,' O'Connor said. 'I found that all the pressure to look thin and the lines fed to us - equal opportunity to expose our bodies - weren't good for me. As I studied, Islam...

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