Islam

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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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 26, 2002

Source: The Bergen Record

http://www.bergen.com/news/peace200201263.htm

On January 26, 2002, The Bergen Record featured the story "Hackensack: Prayer gathering mirrors service in Assisi, Italy." It reported, "The prayers were voiced in the traditions of more than a half-dozen religious movements, but all had the same theme: a call for religions to foster peace on earth and end human suffering. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil held Thursday night at Hackensack's Church on the Green...

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American Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus Rally for Peace

January 26, 2002

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/1529339p-1605806c.html

On January 26, 2002, The Sacramento Bee featured the story "A Plea For Peace: Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs join in rally at Capitol." It reported, "While speakers used a bullhorn to exhort California's leaders to work for peace on the Indian subcontinent, interviews with rally participants showed agreement that crossed religious and ethnic lines." One participant, Punam...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 25, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "as diverse a religious gathering as Pittsburgh ever sees came to what participants called 'our little piece of Assisi' last night to join their prayers for peace with those of Pope John Paul II and religious leaders from around the world... Catholic Bishop Donald Wuerl came first down the aisle of the chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, where 125 people had gathered. After him came veiled Muslim women, a Baptist minister, Jewish leaders, a Zen...

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U.S. Faces Difficulties in Improving Relations with Muslim World

January 25, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On January 25, 2002, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Yvonne Haddad, professor of Islamic history at Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding spoke on the dilemma facing the U.S. and the Islamic world during an afternoon forum at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "Noting that Islam is the world's second largest religion, Haddad said she has become increasingly aware that the United States' propaganda war against Islamic fundamentalism is not working... The U.S., she said, is using...

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Female Pilot Wins Suit Over Clothing Rules in Saudi Arabia

January 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On January 23, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "seven years after the Air Force's top-ranked female fighter pilot began a one-woman crusade, the Defense Department yesterday dropped its requirement that female military personnel in Saudi Arabia put on black, head-to-toe gowns when leaving their base... Lt. Col. Martha McSally had sued Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld over the dress code. She contended that the policy on abayas, a form of head-to-toe gown similar to the burqa worn by many women in Afghanistan,...

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