Islam

Central Florida's Muslims and Arab-Americans Reach Out

August 30, 2002

Source: Orlando Sentinel

On August 30, 2002 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "central Florida's Muslims and Arab-Americans plan to commemorate the Sept. 11 anniversary with several events that they say will reaffirm their heritage and commitment to peace and unity in the United States. 'When people don't know you, it leads to ignorance. Ignorance leads to hate, and hate may lead to violence,' said Muhammad Quadir, a native of Kenya and naturalized U.S. citizen. The Islamic community's events will culminate Sept. 11 with a minute of silence at area mosques...

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Los Angeles Unites all Faiths to Remember September 11

August 30, 2002

Source: Copley News Service

On August 30, 2002 Copley News Service reported that Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles "announced Thursday he will mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with an interfaith prayer vigil designed to promote harmony between religious faiths...

���Representatives of Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Islam, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths will convene that day ... The 'Towers of Faith Prayer Vigil' event, which is open to the public, is seen as a way of celebrating the region's religious, ethnic and...

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American Muslims Ready for More Dialogue

August 29, 2002

Source: Ctnow

On August 29, 2002 Ctnow reported that "many [American Muslims] are preparing to talk, even more, about their religion, having been thrust into the role of unofficial spokesmen for Islam, caught between those who use Islam to justify terrorism and those who equate it with the terrorist attacks. An August survey of 945 Muslim American households, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, found that 57 percent experienced bias or discrimination after the 9/11 attacks. Also, 79 percent reported acts of kindness and support from...

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Transformation of Minnesota's Only Islamic School

August 29, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 29, 2002 The Associated Press reported that on the night of September 11, someone draped [Minnesota's Islamic Al-Amal] school in toilet paper, a usually benign prank that struck fear into students, parents and administrators in the context of the terror attacks. Since then, Al-Amal School has been reborn, determined to connect with its neighbors and demystify Islam. 'We felt the need to be more outspoken about the moral aspect and the peaceful aspect of our religion,' said Principal Salah Ayari. When police caught...

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Ohio Muslim-American Woman Convicted of Menacing Despite Illegal Traffic Stop and Aggressive Police

August 29, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 29, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported "a Belmont County courtroom... judge found Jamilah Ali guilty of aggravated menacing for threatening the deputy sheriffs... in a remote eastern Ohio county... Ali has claimed she was abused after she was ordered from her car at gunpoint in a traffic stop since ruled illegal... and said she feared for her life as she lay in the roadside grit in her hijab, traditional Muslim head-to-toe garb... Belmont County deputies said they felt threatened, too... In October, [a judge] ruled...

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On Being Jewish or Muslim at Kansas University

August 29, 2002

Source: University Daily Kansan

On August 29, 2002 University Daily Kansan reported on the challenges of non-Christian groups on [the Kansas University] campus. It reported on difficulties such as "Jay Lewis, executive director of the KU Hillel Foundation, explained that [having classes during holy days] was a problem for the Jewish students in early fall... 'The high holidays -- Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur -- come so early in the school year,' Lewis said. 'That's a day that students should spend all day in a synagogue. It's hard to just take days off.'...

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Jewish-Muslim Doubles Team Plays at U.S. Open in New York

August 29, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 29, 2002 The Associated Press reported that a "Jewish-Muslim doubles team advances at U.S. Open... Amir Hadad is from Israel and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is from Pakistan. In these troubled times, they play together, concerned less with symbolism than with serves... And the political implications?    'I never even thought of it,' Qureshi said. 'We're just sports. I don't believe to bring religion or politics to tennis. That's the main part of sports. Everybody gets together, people from all religions, backgrounds....

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

August 29, 2002

Source: The Charlotte Observer

On August 29, 2002 The Charlotte Observer reported that "the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond refused to stop seminar conversations about the Quran at the University of North Carolina... The appellate rejection by a three-judge panel upheld a lower-court ruling by a Greensboro, N.C., judge."

Hospital Managers Encounter Diverse Religious Traditions and Beliefs

August 28, 2002

Source: Hospital Topics

In the Winter, 2002 issue, Hospital Topics reported that "to be effective, [hospital] managers must have a basic understanding of the implications of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, as the number of Americans whose culture, ethnicity, and religion differ from those of the American mainstream increases... This means that the expectations and needs of diverse staff and, as important, the various patients treated in [hospitals] must be understood and met to the greatest extent possible... [The article] provides a basic...

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Muslim-Americans and Others Face Scrutiny When Flying

August 28, 2002

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/news/799864.asp

On August 28, 2002 MSNBC reported on the "interrogations, body searches and suspicious stares... [and other] indignities endured by air travelers of Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian and even South American backgrounds... �The airlines deny they have engaged in racial profiling since the Sept. 11 hijack attacks, in which Islamic extremists struck at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington... �Still,...

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Young Men Face Hate Crimes Trial for Attempted Arson of New York Synagogue

August 27, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On August 27, 2002 the New York Daily News reported that "Mohammed Alfaquih, 20, and Mazin Assi, 23, both of Yonkers, are charged with attempting to set fire to the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale [New York] on Oct. 8, 2000...  The incident took place just before the start of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. The men have been charged with committing a hate crime and face up to 15 years in prison... Family and friends of the young Arab [men] accused in a synagogue arson attempt said...

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Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

August 27, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

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On August 27, 2002, The Miami Herald reported that Florida "State officers started visiting mosques and schools on Tuesday to assess security and potential threats following the arrest of a doctor accused of plotting to blow up Islamic buildings... Gov. Jeb Bush announced the safety checks on Monday... Muslim leaders told Bush that many of their followers were afraid, and that they wanted to work with officials to ensure people are safe... 'We're...

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Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Sponsors 9/11 Memorial Quilt

August 26, 2002

Source: MPAC

On August 26, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release stating that "the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is sponsoring a quilt-making project in [memory] of the victims of September 11... Members of the media are invited to document the construction of the quilt this Saturday, August 31, 2002, at the Islamic Center of Southern California [in Los Angeles] starting at 10:00 A.M... The first presentation of the completed quilt will be at the Islamic Center of Southern California on September 8, 2002, during MPAC's...

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Interfaith Peace March Visits Diverse Religious Centers in New York State

August 26, 2002

Source: The Times Union

http://www.dharmawalk.org

On August 26, 2002 The Times Union reported that "20 peace marchers began a journey from Schenectady County [New York] to New York City on Sunday...    They plan to reach New York Sept. 11 in time for a candlelight vigil seeking a nonviolent resolution to global conflicts...    Representing various religions and nationalities, marchers started near the site of the former Mohawk Mall in Niskayuna and made their way to the Islamic Community...

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