Islam

CAIR's Report on American Muslims' Stance Against Terrorism

September 5, 2002

Source: The Council on American Islamic Relations

On September 5, 2002 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a report which "indicates that American Muslims took a strong stand against terrorism in the year since the 9/11 attacks. [C]alled "American Muslims: One Year After 9/11," [the report] outlines condemnations of the attacks by national Muslim leaders, Islamic scholars and local religious institutions."

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Attacker of Florida Mosque Charged with Hate Crime Violation

September 4, 2002

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/3996277.htm

On September 4, 2002 the Tallahassee Democrat reported that "the man charged with ramming his pickup truck into the front of a local mosque in March will remain in federal custody, a federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday. Charles Franklin, 41, was ordered held pending trial set for the week of Oct. 15, records show. He has pleaded not guilty. The U.S. Attorney's...

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Florida Mosque Vandalized

September 4, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 4, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an east Orange County [Florida] mosque was vandalized when the word "terrorists" was written in red marker on the front door. The word was misspelled, but sheriff's office spokesman Jim Solomons said details are being withheld."

School Guard's Friday Prayer Accommodated

September 4, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/3998466.htm

On September 4, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "Philadelphia school officials will let a Muslim security guard at Olney High School leave campus briefly on Fridays to pray at a local mosque, ending a dispute that flared at one of the city's most diverse schools. Last week, after meetings between Mattox and the district's chief safety executive, both sides...

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Living the Tenets of Compassion and Forgiveness

September 4, 2002

Source: Colorsnw

http://www.colorsnw.com/cover_story.shtml

On September 4, 2002 Colorsnw reported that "Seattle's Issa Qandeel, [has been extraordinary] in the face of assault. Patrick Cunningham, a White Snohomish man, tried to shoot him last year after being discovered dousing two cars with gasoline outside Northgate's Idriss Mosque... Talking nearly a year after the incident, Issa says, 'I wanted to meet the guy to tell him about my background. (Tell him about) who I am.' Issa...

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Photo Exhibit: Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001

September 3, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3991558.htm

On September 3, 2002 Mercury News reported on "a month-long photo exhibit that opened Sunday at San Francisco [California] City Hall, called 'Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001,' [photographed by documentary photographer Rick Rocamora, a Roman Catholic-raised Filipino immigrant]. The exhibit captures Ashan Syed of the Muslim Community Association in San...

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Many American Muslims Still Targeted and Fearful

September 3, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=49897

On September 3, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a year later [in Portland, Oregon], people who once felt harassed are now more relaxed - in part because neighbors, colleagues, and often total strangers reached out to assure them. But they say the initial fear of bodily harm has turned into a dull uneasiness, causing them to worry about their future in the United States, and in some cases strive to...

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A Call for Accountability

September 3, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 3, 2002 The New York Times printed an editorial by Mona Eltahawy that stated, "Muslims across the United States have... visited schools, churches and synagogues to explain how different is the faith they hold dear from the hate-filled zealotry that took control of those planes... But if Muslims are continually called upon to apologize, a defensiveness will set in that will distract from the questions we need to ask to move beyond Sept. 11 and reclaim the stage from the maniacs who want to take over the mosques....

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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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