Islam

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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American Muslims Celebrate Eid ul-Adha Nationwide

February 22, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 22, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "thousands of Muslims are to gather downtown in [St. Louis, MO] to celebrate Eid ul-Adha, the end of the hajj and Islam's second most celebrated day... 'It's one of the two biggest celebrations of the year,' said Aftab Ahmad, 38, a former Islamic Center board member. 'We might have 3,000 or 4,000 people downtown'... Imam Muhamed Hassic, a religious leader of the Bosnian Muslim community, will say the holy day morning prayers at the downtown service. In...

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American Muslims Celebrate Eid ul-Adha Nationwide

February 21, 2002

Source: The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/02/20020221-4.html

On February 21, 2002, The White House issued a press release containing the following remarks from President Bush: "I am pleased to send warm greetings to Muslims across the United States as you celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday... During this special time, our Nation is reminded of the remarkable contributions of American Muslims to our history, culture, and...

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D.C. Area Music Group Performs Muslim Rap

February 21, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 21, 2002, The Washington Post featured an article on the Muslim hip-hop group Native Deen, "which puts a twist on the notion of 'Muslim rap.' The group's beat may sound heavy or angry, but the three young band members are all about choosing virtue over vice. Their songs encourage fasting during Ramadan, avoiding sex and violence, and being a good Muslim in school to avoid going to hell -- traditional Islamic messages but with a hip-hop beat... These days, their voices are tingling the ears of Muslims in the Washington...

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Uproar Over Ashcroft's Statements About Islam

February 20, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 20, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "contrasting 'the way of God and the way of the terrorists,' [Attorney General] Ashcroft's speech to a group of Christian broadcasters in Nashville included some of the most explicitly religious remarks from the attorney general since he was confirmed amid controversy over his views more than a year ago... 'Civilized people -- Muslims, Christians and Jews -- all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the Creator,' Ashcroft said in prepared...

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American Muslims on the Hajj, 2002

February 20, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 20, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "nearly 11,000 Muslims from the United States went on the hajj last year; Saudi officials say it's too early to determine whether attendance will be up or down this year... One influence on the turnout will be the increased tension in the Islamic world. The war in Afghanistan, sanctions against Iraq, escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians and U.S. warnings that the war on terrorism may spread to other countries have...

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Hostility at Missouri PTA Meeting Distresses Muslim Speaker and Students

February 17, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 17, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Sheila Musaji and a group of parents in the Pattonville School District planned an evening to promote understanding of the Islamic faith. And they expected to find a sympathetic audience in the Pattonville PTA... But the evening took a hostile turn when some people who don't routinely attend PTA sessions showed up. One called Islam a violent religion and suggested Musaji was lying about her faith... Musaji is a longtime parent and volunteer in the district....

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Controversy Over Al-Amin Trial

February 17, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 17, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured an article on the trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. Formerly know as H. Rap Brown, he was "a combative man who attacked the racist political and economic system he saw as infecting America in the 1960s, first by registering voters and later by urging blacks to arm themselves... Then he... vanished for most of America after he took on a new name, new religion and new persona. As the soft-spoken Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, he joined a branch of...

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Imam W. D. Mohammed Builds Partnership with Nation of Islam Leader

February 16, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 16, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Islam's two preeminent African American leaders... Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and W.D. Muhammad of the Muslim American Society [who were] separated by two decades of rivalry before reconciling two years ago, reaffirmed unity Friday in their first joint appearance in Los Angeles... Once united under Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, they split 25 years ago over doctrine, with W.D. Muhammad rejecting his father's blend of Islam and black nationalism...

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