Islam

Atlanta Muslim Organization Struggles to Get New Cemetery Approved For Zoning

February 7, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 7, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Bert Nasuti tried to set the record straight Tuesday night as the Gwinnett County Planning Commission heard impassioned arguments for and against a planned Islamic cemetery near Lawrenceville... 'We're not here to make decisions about religion,' said Nasuti, the panel's chairman. 'We're here to make land use decisions'... Dennis Still, an attorney for the Georgia Islamic Institute of Religious & Social Sciences, set the tone early...

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Los Angeles City Schools Pull Copies of Quran from Shelves

February 7, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 7, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Los Angeles city school officials have pulled nearly 300 translations of the Koran from school libraries after learning that commentary in the books was derogatory toward Jews... Copies of 'The Meaning of the Holy Quran' were donated in December to the Los Angeles Unified School District by a local Muslim foundation, said Jim Konantz, director of information technology for the district. Konantz said the books, offered as a goodwill gesture in response to the Sept....

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U.S. Navy Muslim Chaplain Ministers to Prisoners in Cuba

February 4, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 4, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "some of the prisoners captured in the war on terrorism who are being held [in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba] may not be fully aware of the events of Sept. 11, according to a Muslim cleric who ministers to them... Navy Lt. Abuhena Mohammad Saiful-Islam... is a native of Bangladesh. In addition to English, the married father of one daughter speaks Bangla, Urdu and some Arabic. A former enlisted Navy payroll clerk at the Pentagon, he was involved in...

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Post Sept. 11 Increase in Attendence at Religious Services Levels Out

February 3, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 3, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that "in the weeks immediately following Sept. 11, church pews, synagogue seats and mosque prayer halls were filled as they hadn't been in years. People openly talked about God and religion, uttered prayers and returned to places of worship they hadn't been inside since childhood. Some predicted a revival of religious life in America... But these days, the initial rush has tapered off. Americans, it seems, have gone back to life as usual, which, for most, doesn't include weekly...

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Create Mandala in DC for Protection of US

February 3, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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On February 3, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "for six hours a day for two weeks... 20 Tibetan Buddhist monks... [created] the largest sand painting ever constructed in the United States... They began creating Jan. 11, four months after terrorists struck the Pentagon, [until] the day of the painting's final consecration, just before it was destroyed, its millions of grains of crushed...

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U.S. Navy Muslim Chaplain Ministers to Prisoners in Cuba

February 3, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 3, 2002, the Los Amgeles Times reported that "Navy Lt. Abuhena Saif-ul-Islam has [an] assignment with no historic precedent: to provide spiritual guidance and comfort to the captured Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba... Although the detainees have been described as boiling with anger at America and Americans, Saif-ul-Islam finds them mostly confused and anxious about the future... 'They're pretty consistent in seeking God's help' he said. 'The Koran says God helps those...

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Connecticut Muslims Open New Mosque in Former Bowling Alley

February 2, 2002

Source: The Hartford Courant

On February 2, 2002, The Hartford Courant reported that "after years of worshiping in rented space while enduring failed attempts to establish a place of their own, [central Connecticut] Muslims have what they have been searching for... The mosque is in a former bowling alley turned office building... The congregation does not yet have an imam, a Muslim religious leader, and plans for a library and kitchen will have to wait until funding improves. But just having a site for the 44 member families devoted to the Shiite branch of...

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New Zen Monastery to Open in Oregon

February 1, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On February 1, 2002 The Oregonian featured an editorial on a meeting in Clatskanie, OR that was "sponsored by a Portland-based Zen Buddhist group, the Zen Community of Oregon, to explain its plans to remodel a former elementary school into a monastery and seminary. But many objected to adding the Zen sanctuary to the community's eight churches... 'Our goal is to protect those that have not yet accepted Christ,' said Loren Dummer, the Assembly of God pastor. He worried that that the Zen Buddhists, who are not evangelical, would try to...

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Man to Perform Community Service with Arab-American Agency He Threatened

January 31, 2002

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/metro/email31_20020131.htm

On January 31, 2002, The Detroit Free Press reported "E-mail threats lead to lesson." It noted, "A California man who sent hate-filled e-mail to an Arab services group in Dearborn on Sept. 11 received his sentence Wednesday: He must spend a week working with the group he targeted. ... After Snyder was charged with ethnic intimidation in October, directors at ACCESS [Arab Community...

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Muslim-American Woman Sues Florida DMV

January 30, 2002

Source: Yahoo News

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020130/ts/rights_veil_dc_1.html

On January 30, 2002, Yahoo News reported that "a Muslim woman in Florida [Sultaana Freeman] sued the state for revoking her driver's license because she refused to have her photo taken without the face-covering veil she wears for religious reasons, her lawyer said... Howard Marks, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the license revocation violated U.S. and Florida...

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U.S. Navy Muslim Chaplain Ministers to Prisoners in Cuba

January 27, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 27, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the Muslim chaplain from Camp Pendleton who was rushed to Guantanamo Bay to minister to prisoners from the war in Afghanistan admits he was a little worried they might rebuff him... But that hasn't happened... 'I've been received very, very positively,' said Navy Lt. Abuhena Saif-ul-Islam in a telephone interview yesterday from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba... 'My approach is to minister to them and not to convince them or to debate with them to...

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U.S. Colleges Look to Increase Offerings on Islamic Studies

January 26, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 26, 2002. The Boston Globe featured an article on the increasing interest in Islamic Studies at America's Colleges and Universities. Many Schools are actively looking to hire a Professor to teach courses on Islam and the Arab World. "'We don't have any firm numbers yet, but I've heard from a number of people that they are starting the process of hiring, and it is expected that there will now be an increase in openings for people who concentrate in Islamic Studies,' said Jonathan E. Brockopp, a Bard College religion...

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