Islam

Museum Accused of Violating Civil Rights Law by Firing Muslim Guard

October 1, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 1, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "in one of the first civil lawsuits of its kind in the country, the Worcester Art Museum was accused by the federal government yesterday of violating civil rights law by firing a security guard after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks solely because he was born in Afghanistan and is a Muslim."

Idaho Mosque Attacked

October 1, 2002

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/Story.asp?ID=21859

On October 1, 2002 The Idaho Statesman reported that "two windows were shattered at the Islamic Center of Boise last weekend, causing some local Muslim leaders to worry about the safety of those who pray at and visit the mosque. On late Sunday or early Monday, bricks were thrown through the windows, shattering broken glass onto a prayer rug below... Before Sept. 11, 2001, about 70 children...

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New Jersey Muslims Educate to Dispel Misconceptions

September 30, 2002

Source: Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/app2001/story/0,21133,623888,00.html

On September 30, 2002 Asbury Park Press reported that "as the number of Muslim families in the Shore area increases, so have their efforts to reach out to the community and dispel misconceptions about their religion. 'We want to try to clarify the negative stereotypes,' said El Mansoury, who spoke at a church in Point Pleasant and at the Uni-tarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth...

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American Muslim Council Leaders Urge Greater Muslim Participation in Politics

September 30, 2002

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/4179192.htm

On September 30, 2002 The Kansas City Star reported that "[Eric Erfan Vickers,] the leader of the American Muslim Council, is urging Muslims to become more involved in politics in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. During a visit to Kansas City on Sunday... Vickers also said that the U.S. government must be more inclusive in foreign affairs, including the decision...

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Lackawanna Arrests and Community's Solidarity

September 30, 2002

Source: Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20020930/1036707.asp

On September 30, 2002 Buffalo News reported on "Dr. Khalid J. Qazi, [who] has spent years building relationships with other religious communities, while trying to empower his fellow Muslims and dispel myths about their faith and Islamic culture. Qazi confides he is not only famished but physically and emotionally drained from the events of the whirlwind week when he was thrust into...

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California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 29, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/editorial/4175623.htm

On September 29, 2002 Mercury News reported that "nearly a month after a Hindu man allegedly tried to rape a Muslim girl while spewing hateful epithets, many Bay Area Indo-American Muslims and Hindus are still divided over the significance of the crime. Within the somewhat estranged communities, the meaning of the Palo Alto incident has transcended the facts stated by...

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Fewer American Muslims Running for Public Office

September 29, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4175574.htm

On September 29, 2002 Mercury News reported that "the number of Muslims running for elective office across the United States has dropped by 85 percent in two years because potential candidates fear the post-Sept. 11 anti-Muslim backlash would doom their campaigns. That's the conclusion reached by the Newark-based American Muslim Alliance, the nation's largest Muslim political...

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One Woman's Conversion Story: From Arguing to Understanding

September 28, 2002

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/0928b2profile28.html

On September 28, 2002 The Arizona Republic reported on "Deedra Abboud, the new president of the Council on American Islamic Relations of Arizona, [who] was raised Christian in Arkansas... She remembers arguing with Muslims about their faith. 'I would verbally attack them,' Abboud said. Your religion oppresses women, she would tell them. Making women cover...

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Religious Groups Take Up Environmentalism

September 28, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On September 28, 2002 The Deseret News reported that "religious groups around the country are finding ecological issues hard to ignore. Clergy are speaking from the pulpit on global warming and Arctic drilling, and practicing what they preach in their own churches, synagogues, temples and mosques... Across faiths, the environmental movement has been evolving slowly over the past decade or more. Denominations have started looking into their traditions, examining how their beliefs could be applied to ecological issues and...

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Religions and Cremation

September 28, 2002

Source: State-Times/Morning Advocate

On September 28, 2002 the State-Times/Morning Advocate reported on different religious traditions and their beliefs about cremation. It stated, "cremation is common among Eastern religions. Hindus in India have crematoriums that are open all the time. The families quickly prepare the body, and family and friends go to the funeral pyre. Since the Buddha was cremated, most Buddhists follow this example. In Islam, cremation is forbidden, based on rituals regarding the dead found in the Quran and Sunnah. Muslims consider...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 27, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On September 27, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the [Glenmary] study estimates that Ohio has 142,255 Jews, 41,281 Muslims and 2,004 Bahais. It found 34 Buddhist, 19 Hindu, nine Sikh and seven Jain groups in the state but gave no membership estimates... This year's study included groups such as Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs for the first time. For Muslims, the 1.6 million national figure included only those who regularly attend mosques that reported figures; for Eastern religions, it included only the...

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Night of the Journey and the Ascent

September 27, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

http://www.dispatch.com/news/religion/faith-story.php?story=dispatch/news/features02/sep02/1508151.html

On September 27, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Sundown Thursday marks the beginning of a Muslim holiday commemorating the Prophet Muhammad's ascent to heaven and return to earth on the same night. Muslims believe the stone from which Muhammad rose is in the Dome of the Rock...

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Muslim Leaders Fear Increasing Marginlization

September 27, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 27, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "a year after the Sept. 11 attacks, American Muslim leaders increasingly fear their community is being pushed to the margins of the American political system. Until the attacks, Muslims had been making steady gains in moving into the American mainstream... In the weeks directly following the attacks, it seemed possible that trend would continue. National leaders, following the lead of President Bush, insisted that the U.S. war on terror should not become an occasion for...

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Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

September 27, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/09/27/TampaBay/2nd_man_jailed_in_mos.shtml

On September 27, 2002 St. Petersburg Times reported that "agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested Samuel 'Val' Shannahan, 42, at his Dunedin apartment Wednesday night. He is charged with illegally giving Seminole podiatrist Robert Goldstein two machine guns and other firearms accessories [to damage or destroy 50 Islamic centers...

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