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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

September 2, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 2, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sunday's session at the Islamic Society of North America's convention, "entitled '9/11 and American Muslims: Changes Within Us,' [which] attracted thousands of Muslims into the main hall of the Washington Convention Center. One of the lessons of Sept. 11 was that mosques that had already engaged in dialogue with other faiths fared much better in the aftermath of the attacks..., said Faroque Khan, a medical-school professor and leader at the Islamic Center of...

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Pakistani Reaches Out After Being Saved by Jewish Man on 9/11

September 2, 2002

Source: CNN

On September 2, 2002 CNN reported on Usman Farman's [a Muslim student] recollections of his rescue by a Hasidic Jewish man in the World Trade Center. "the Hasidic Jewish man helped Farman get up... Farman took it upon himself to reach out. He fired off an emotional e-mail [message] to friends and Dr. Joseph Morone, president of his alma mater, Bentley College. 'As I found out, regardless of who we are, and where we come from, we only have each other', wrote Farman. Farman, who has been unable to find his rescuer, says he hopes his experience...

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On Islam: Billy Graham Accepts; Franklin Graham Condemns

September 2, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 2, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "in 1986... the evangelist Billy Graham told the audience that they should regard Muslims not as the enemy but as fellow believers, that they all worshiped the same God. Over a week he repeated it eight times. Over the last year, his son Franklin Graham, now head of the senior Graham's ministry, has called Islam a 'wicked' and 'evil' religion, 'a greater threat than anyone's willing to speak,' as he told Fox News on his book tour last month. In his book, he writes that...

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Update: Increasing Support for Lutheran Reverend Who Participated in Interfaith Event

September 1, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On September 1, 2002 The Washington Times reported that "a national campaign is swelling in support of the Rev. David Benke, who was expelled from his post as head of the New York-area Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for praying at a Yankee Stadium interfaith event after the terrorist attacks on the city. The 'It's OK to Pray' theme, being pushed by Mr. Benke's supporters in the 2.6 million-member conservative denomination, comes as a church review board considers his appeal that he did not commit 'syncretism' or 'unionism...

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Islamic Center Thankful for Interfaith Support

September 1, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 1, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "for the [Islamic Center in Wayland], one of the most significant changes since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has come not in anger directed at members, but in a growing interest in their religion. 'While prior to Sept. 11 we'd be lucky to get 12 people, since then we've had several hundred visitors come to our interfaith meetings,' said Malik Khan, a member of the mosque. The center also has engaged in an extensive outreach program, with many members giving talks at churches...

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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

September 1, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 1, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "more than 30,000 Muslims converged on Washington yesterday to celebrate their wealth and freedom, renew social ties, hear investment advice and hunt for spouses, but they also complained that U.S. conservatives have dehumanized them since the terror attacks of Sept. 11."

Reports of Women Converting to Islam After 9/11

September 1, 2002

Source: The Press Enterprise

On September 1, 2002 The Press Enterprise reported that "at least 8,000 U.S. women have become Muslims since Sept. 11, according to annual projections by the academic Hartford Institute for Religious Research. Conversion rates for all Muslims have quadrupled in the past year, some clerics report. Conversion has brought inner joy but external harassment, some [California] Inland women say. Three of them declined to be interviewed because of anticipated fallout from neighbors, employers or family members. Two asked not to be...

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New Orleans Plans for Civic and Interfaith 9/11 Memorials

September 1, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On September 1, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "around the [New Orleans, Louisiana] area, the schedule of Sept. 11 remembrances shows no less than four major interfaith services, two civic prayer breakfasts and more than a half-dozen outdoor programs in parks, cemeteries, courthouse plazas and parking lots, not to mention unnumbered services morning and evening in the region's churches and synagogues. The collective mission, designers said, is to remember the dead and pray for community."

Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

September 1, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 1, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Muslim money management is one of the hottest topics among the participants and the vendors of Islamic products and services [at the] Islamic Society of North America's four-day convention... The biggest stumbling block to pure Islamic finance is avoiding the money lenders and all those companies that draw profits from collecting interest payments. That violates shariah, or Islamic law, and includes most banks, mortgage lenders, mutual funds and other...

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Muslim Teens Organize to Inform Communities about Islam

August 31, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 31, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that [Massachusetts] teens have "realized that as faithful Muslims they had an important obligation. 'Now I feel like we have more responsibility to do outreach and tell people about Islam,' said Kazmi, a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester. 'If you don't tell them about Islam, they look to Osama bin Laden or suicide bombers [for answers to what Islam is.]' Following the attacks, Mohammad started a Muslim club at Belmont High and is [organizing] an interfaith group in her...

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New York Metropolitan Area Houses of Worship to Offer Memorials on 9/11

August 31, 2002

Source: Newsday

On August 31, 2002 Newsday reported that "[New York] houses of worship [will] offer special services, prayers and music to mark September 11... The Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Whitestone would build a shrine. 'One of St. Francis of Assisi's prayers is for peace,' says Latona, pastor of the 1,000-member congregation. For the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, marking the first anniversary of the attacks will be about healing, for the families of the victims and also for the Muslim community. 'As we were mourning the...

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Interfaith Alliance Benefits Metro East of St. Louis

August 31, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On August 31, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on how "the Metro East [of St. Louis, Missouri benefited] by an interfaith network where lay people and leaders [got] to know each other, [held] joint worship events on Thanksgiving and Memorial Day and [worked] together... In early June [of 2002], [Cathy] Stoltz, [Brent] Shapiro and Dr. Muhlyuddin Khalid, a Belleville mosque founder, met for dinner and officially founded the Metro East Interfaith Alliance."

Religions Struggle with Appropriate 9/11 Memorial

August 31, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On August 31, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "religions [are struggling] for appropriate ways to mark the 1st anniversary of attacks... One year after pastors, rabbis and imams struggled for the appropriate words to comfort a shocked and wounded nation, they are grasping again for just the right words to mourn the loss, acknowledge the pain and look to the future. Finding that religious-cultural balance one year later can be precarious, many liturgists said. Many bristle at the notion of using the anniversary to rekindle...

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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

August 31, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On August 31, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported "some 35,000 followers of the prophet Mohammed are gathered at the Washington Convention Center for the 39th annual meeting of the Islamic Society of North America... The four-day meeting began... with a prayer for the victims of Sept. 11, then quickly turned into a call for American Muslims to assert their rights as U.S. citizens. 'Stand up for justice -- don't hide or run away,' said Muhammad Nur Abdullah, the president of the Muslim group. Thousands of Muslim...

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Hate Crimes Increase in Florida After 9/11

August 30, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On August 30, 2002 St. Petersburg Times reported "hate crimes in Florida increased by 24 percent last year, with the surge tied to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the backlash against Middle Eastern immigrants and Muslim places of worship. 'If it hadn't been for Sept. 11, we would have seen another overall decrease this year,' said Attorney General Bob Butterworth. 'Generally I'm encouraged by the pattern... But as everyone knows, Sept. 11 changed a lot of things.' Law enforcement officials said many threats intended for...

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