Islam

Citizens Act Locally to Support Muslim Neighbors

March 1, 2002

Source: Spirituality and Health

The Spring 2002 edition of Spirituality and Health featured a story on the "huge outpouring of support" from the community after a window at the Islamic Center of Toledo was shot on September 11 in an act of vandalism. Cherrefe Kadri, president of the large mosque, said "YES-FM, a Christian radio station in the Toledo area, had contacted me, wanting to do something... They called out on the airwaves for people to come together at our center to hold hands, to ring our mosque, to circle our mosque, holding hands, to pray for...

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American Muslim Day Schools are Growing

February 25, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 25, 2002, The Washington Post featured an article on the newly formed PTA at the Washington Islamic Academy. "Those who gathered for a meeting of the newly formed Parent Teacher Association at the Muslim school in Springfield [VA] have different opinions and needs, but they have come together to talk about their children's educations... As Muslim schools grow in the United States, they will face pressures and interest about what they teach not only from the outside world, but also from parents, who are...

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American Muslim Day Schools are Growing

February 25, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 25, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "tensions within the walls of Muslim day schools are in many ways emblematic of the U.S. Muslim community's political concerns, fears, biases and hopes, all brought into sharp focus since the events of Sept. 11... The fall attacks could serve as the catalyst in determining whether these schools and their students focus on the culture and politics of faraway Muslim lands or find within Islamic tradition those ideals consistent with U.S. democracy and religious liberty...

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Outrage Follows Robertson's Remarks on Islam

February 24, 2002

Source: Newsday

On February 24, 2002, Newsday featured the editorial "Pat Robertson Is at It Again." It noted that "on Thursday night, Robertson showed a sharply slanted segment on Muslim immigrants in America, portraying many of them as apologists for terrorism." The article quoted the following dialogue: "co-host Lee Webb had a question for Robertson: 'As for the Muslim immigrants, Pat, it makes you wonder, if they have such contempt for our foreign policy why they'd even want to live here?' ... 'Well,' Robertson allowed, 'as missionaries possibly to...

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American Muslims Celebrate Eid ul-Adha Nationwide

February 23, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On February 23, 2002, The Sand Diego Union-Tribune reported that "thousands of Muslims streamed into the San Diego Convention Center yesterday morning to pray about God's greatness and hear speeches extolling the virtues of their religion -- and of women in their faith... While Islam recognizes differences between men and women, 'it also affords them equality,' said Tehseen Lazzouni, one of the speakers at the Eid al-Adha holiday observance... In her talk, the 32-year-old San Diego resident said under Islam,...

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Muslims, Jews, and Christians Celebrate Prophet Abraham at Eid al-Adha

February 23, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 23, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "on one of Islam's most important holidays, a day dedicated to the remembrance of Abraham, Los Angeles Muslims and Jews met Friday and reminded themselves of their common patriarch... With 45 members in tow, Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom journeyed... to meet with the Muslims of King Fahd Mosque... For many from Schulweis' Conservative congregation, it was their first visit to a mosque prayer service--yet, they said, it somehow seemed familiar... And...

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Outrage Follows Robertson's Remarks on Islam

February 23, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 23, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that "religious broadcaster Pat Robertson drew criticism yesterday from Arab Americans and others for describing Islam as a violent religion that wants to 'dominate and then, if need be, destroy'... Robertson made the comment Thursday on his '700 Club' television program... 'The rhetoric is exactly the same as traditional anti-Semitism. All you can do is change the word 'Jew' to 'Arab' or 'Muslim,' ' said Hussein Ibish, spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination...

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Muslims, Jews, and Christians Celebrate Prophet Abraham at Eid al-Adha

February 23, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On February 23, 2002, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "about 2,500 Milwaukee-area Muslims gathered Friday to celebrate one of Islam's holiest days and to learn from a prophet who is a central figure in the world's three great monotheistic religions -- the prophet Abraham... The spelling of his name varies from one religious tradition to another. So do details of his life. What remains rock solid in Islam, Judaism and Christianity is his greatness... And in Islam, that was illustrated by the event...

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American Muslims Celebrate Eid ul-Adha Nationwide

February 23, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 23, 2002, The Times-Picayune reported that "more than 1,000 New Orleans-area Muslims turned out to pray Friday morning to mark the Eid ul-Adha, one of Islam's two great public feasts. But the crowd was smaller than usual this year, because Muslims across the United States are divided over whether the feast fell Friday or today, an uncertainty born in the difficulty of sighting a thin crescent moon suspended in a sunset... The split highlights the work of a small corps of American Muslim scientists who hope to bring a...

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Muslim Organization Holds Voter Registration Drives

February 23, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 23, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "at a Muslim festival marking the end of the hajj, the thousands of faithful who gathered in the capital's huge Armory were called to more than just prayer. They also were exhorted to go back to their communities and become voters... 'We've never heard this announcement here before,' said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR]... The call to the ballot box on what is called the 'feast...

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Olympics Highlight Religious Diversity of Utah

February 23, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On February 23, 2002, The Star Tribune reported that "the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the main religion in Utah, but other faiths - among them Judaism, Buddhism and even Hare Krishnas [ISKCON] - have found a place in the mountains... the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple... This Hindu temple, with 350 families actively worshipping, is flourishing... In the shadow of the Delta Center, home to Olympic figure skating, sits the Buddhist Temple of Salt Lake City, one of 16 Buddhist centers in the state... It's a...

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Religious Centers and Developers Negotiate in Denver Suburb

February 22, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On February 22, 2002, The Denver Post featured a report that "stung by criticism of limits on worship space at Stapleton, the Interfaith Council at Stapleton will draw up a list of restrictions so religious leaders can at least know the ground rules from the beginning... Letters will be sent soon to hundreds of religious organizations that may want to build worship centers, said Landri Taylor, a spokesman for Forest City Inc., which is developing the former Stapleton airport... The amount of land churches, synagogues, mosques...

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Outrage Follows Robertson's Remarks on Islam

February 22, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49436-2002Feb21.html

On February 22, 2002, The Washington Post featured the story "Robertson Calls Islam a Religion of Violence, Mayhem." It reported that "Television evangelist Pat Robertson yesterday described Islam as a violent religion bent on world domination, drawing immediate protests from American Muslims." The article quoted Robertson: "'ladies and gentlemen, I have taken...

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Outrage Follows Robertson's Remarks on Islam

February 22, 2002

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/Newsroom/press/2002/020222.htm

On February 22, 2002, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance issued a press release "Robertson’s Characterization of Islam: A Disgrace to Religion, Harmful to Healing Nation." It read, in part: "Islam, Christianity and Judaism all adhere to teachings that espouse the common values of peace, compassion and human dignity. Islam, as all other religions...

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American Muslims Celebrate Eid ul-Adha Nationwide

February 22, 2002

Source: Pittsburg Post-Gazette

On February 22, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "thousands of Muslims in the Pittsburgh area are preparing their hearts and homes for the celebration of Eid ul-Adha, or 'festival of the sacrifice,'... There also will be community potlucks, games, prizes, brunches and, especially, gift-giving in mosques and households... The merriment of Eid gives Muslims a chance to put the issues of Sept. 11 behind them. But not too far. For Farooq Hussaini, interfaith relations director for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh,...

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