Islam

American Muslims Plan 'National Day of Unity and Peace' for September 11

August 26, 2002

Source: CAIR

http://www.cair-net.org/dayofunity/

On August 26, 2002, the Council for American Islamic-Relations (CAIR) issued a press release stating that "the Muslim American Society (MAS), under the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, announced today that it will join with the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC) in encouraging local Muslim communities to observe a 'National Day of Unity and Prayer' on September 11, 2002... The AMPCC consists of American Muslim...

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Interfaith Peacemakers in Minnesota Remember September 11

August 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On August 26, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "bells will toll and tornado sirens will go off. Muslims, Jews and Christians will pray together. Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel will be honored. There will be events at the Minnesota History Center, the Metrodome, the Mall of America and the State Capitol...

�������Across Minnesota, an extraordinary number of events are planned for the first anniversary of Sept. 11 to commemorate those killed."

Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

August 26, 2002

Source: The Bradenton Herald

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/3938018.htm

On August 26, 2002, The Bradenton Herald reported that Altaf Ali, executive director of the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, "called Sunday for Gov. Jeb Bush to provide leadership in the investigation of a plot to bomb Florida Islamic centers and mosques... [He] also asked that the state provide security at mosques until the threat of more attacks has passed......

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Services for 9/11 Anniversary in Minnesota

August 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On August 26, 2002 Star Tribune reported that "across Minnesota, an extraordinary number of events are planned for the first anniversary of Sept. 11 to commemorate those killed. Bells will toll and tornado sirens will go off. Muslims, Jews and Christians will pray together. Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel will be honored. There will be events at the Minnesota History Center, the Metrodome, the Mall of America and the State Capitol."

Las Vegas Community Closer After Attacks

August 25, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 25, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a year later, [Las Vegas Jami Masjid] mosque members say something good came out of the attacks: a chance to explain who they are and share their religion with outsiders. 'We're Americans,' said Cadry Genena, 57, a member of the Jami Masjid mosque. 'I think some people think if you're a Muslim, you're already on the other side.' Ambar Faridi, 19, said her brother's car was vandalized and one of her friends was beaten up at a bus stop. 'People were naturally angry,' Faridi...

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Muslim Americans Gather for Picnic and Political Empowerment in Virginia

August 25, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60787-2002Aug25.html

On August 25, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "Muslim Americans from more than 20 countries gathered at a Reston [Virginia] park yesterday for an old-fashioned picnic, eating grilled burgers and watermelon and listening to appeals to vote in the upcoming election... Sponsors of the event at Lake Fairfax Park, which included several area mosques and...

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Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

August 24, 2002

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www.tampatrib.com/MGAU4E7Z85D.html

On August 24, 2002, The Tampa Tribune reported that "one day after authorities say they stumbled upon a cache of munitions at his town house,... Robert Goldstein... was accused of planning to blow up roughly 50 mosques and Islamic centers in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the state [of Florida]... Federal agents say they found a meticulous, three-page 'mission template' to destroy an Islamic education center...

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Albuquerque Learns More about its Immigrant Communities

August 24, 2002

Source: Albuquerque Tribune

On August 24, 2002 the Albuquerque Tribune reported that "three local organizations have teamed up to survey how people born abroad hold on to their culture... language, art and religion [in Albuquerque, New Mexico]... the survey... is aimed at identifying and documenting about 45 ethnic groups with populations of 750 or more... Funding slightly more than $60,000 comes from the city's Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts and the Arts Alliance...   Interviews are designed to find...

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Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

August 24, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/08/24/TampaBay/Podiatrist_s_arsenal_.shtml

On August 24, 2002 the St. Petersburg Times reported on the arrest of Robert Jay Goldstein, a 37-year-old podiatrist from Seminole, Florida who was "charged with possessing illegal bombs and attempting to damage Islamic centers... [He] had compiled a list of 50 Islamic centers and mosques in the Tampa Bay area and Florida, federal authorities said...

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New Survey Shows Majority of Muslims Experienced Support After September 11

August 23, 2002

Source: The Detroit News

http://detnews.com/2002/nation/0208/23/a04-569430.htm

On August 23, 2002 The Detroit News reported that "the terrorist attacks last Sept. 11 triggered acts of kindness, as well as bias toward Arab Americans and people of the Muslim faith, a survey released this week found... ���The nationwide survey, released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, found that 57 percent of Muslim Americans said they experienced bias after the...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

August 20, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On August 20, 2002, The New York Times reported that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's "3,500 freshmen gathered today to discuss their summer reading assignment, which this year was a book about the Koran... The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., upholding a district court finding from last week, ruled against... a conservative Christian group that had sued to stop them... In the courtroom, lawyers for the university had spent the weekend arguing that the discussions...

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New Jersey Mosque's Outreach Praised as Model for Muslim Communities

August 19, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 19, 2002 The Associated Press reported that after September 11, "mosques around the country recoiled in fear of a backlash from angry Americans... But in Paterson, the northern New Jersey city... the community's leading mosque responded with openness... Leaders of the mosque welcomed outsiders into their center, held a blood drive and collected $15,000 for the Red Cross victims' fund, and offered classes explaining Islam to those of other faiths. They had Christian neighbors in for brunch, and still offer free...

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Harvard Divinity School Names New Dean

August 17, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 17, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "Harvard University this week named the first Islamicist - and the first layman - to head its venerable divinity school... A professor of Middle Eastern studies and religion history, William A. Graham is a recognized authority on the Koran and early Islamic literature. He has also studied Hindu and Buddhist texts. He speaks Arabic, French, and German fluently and reads Greek, Latin, Dutch, Italian, Turkish, Persian, Sanskrit, and Pali, a Buddhist scriptural language."

New Weekly Interfaith Radio Show to Air in Nebraska

August 17, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On August 17, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald reported that in Nebraska, "'Faith to Faith,' a new interfaith radio show, will debut Sept. 8...     The weekly show will discuss religious issues from several different faith perspectives, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim.  Guest panelists will address such topics as faith and ethics, creationism, forgiveness and the afterlife... During the first half of the hourlong show, local and national panelists of different religious persuasions will discuss a topic among themselves...

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