Islam

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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Colleges Struggle to Find Trained Muslim Chaplains

February 16, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On February 16, 2002, The New York Times reported that "for colleges and universities, finding Muslim chaplains is often difficult... Yahya Hendi, an imam, became the first full-time Muslim college chaplain in the United States when Georgetown University in Washington hired him three years ago... By Mr. Hendi's count, 27 colleges have Muslim chaplains, most of whom serve part time or as volunteers and, like Ms. Sheikh, started with little religious training. Because colleges and universities are scrambling to meet the needs...

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Los Angeles City Schools Pull Copies of Quran from Shelves

February 16, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 16, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "this month's flap over whether Qurans containing anti-Jewish commentary should be pulled from public schools underscores a question of growing prominence in today's pluralistic times: How do you make sure ancient scriptures mesh with modern-day sensibilities?... The prevailing answer among scholars: You can't. No scripture is politically correct--nor, many scholars argue, should anyone expect it to be... Religious scholars say there is a plenty of political...

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Day of Interfaith Chanting Becomes Annual Event in Seattle

February 16, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 16, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that Joy Carey, a founder of Mystical Chant, expected about 400 people to attend the first daylong interfaith chanting event in 1999. However, "about 800 people came to St. Mark's Cathedral to watch and participate in Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist chants. "We were absolutely amazed at the number of people who showed up," said Carey, a counseling psychologist and Sufic Muslim. "I never expected this to be an annual event." Indeed, next Saturday marks the third...

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Women in America Among those Converting to Islam

February 16, 2002

Source: Newsday

On February 16, 2002, Newsday featured an article on American women who have converted to Islam. "The women say they consider the veil and modest dress symbols not of oppression, but of liberation. They say the emphasis on the female body in the Western world, with all its manifestations in popular culture, has led to the sexual objectification of women. And... they say their religion treats each gender equally, though not identically... these women are among the estimated 20,000 Americans a year who, since the mid-'90s, have adopted...

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Ford Makes Donation to Arab-American Organization

February 15, 2002

Source: The Detroit Free-Press

http://www.freep.com/news/metro/darab15_20020215.htm

On February 15, 2002, The Detroit Free-Press reported "Ford donates $2 million to Arab-American center." It noted, "In one of the largest contributions ever to an Arab-American group, Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday that it will give $2 million to the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) for projects that include a new museum and cultural center. ... The...

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Discrimination Complaint to be Filed by Arab-American Air Traveler

February 15, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/442452439/

On February 15, 2002, The Boston Globe reported "Airline faces bias complaint." It noted, "A 32-year-old Arab-American ... plans to file a discrimination complaint today that alleges American Airlines barred him from boarding a Boston-to-Los Angeles flight three...

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

February 14, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0214/p03s01-ussc.html

On February 14, 2002, The Christian Science Monitor featured the story "America's black Muslims close a rift." The article reported that Imam W. Deen Mohammed has been invited to lead friday prayers at the convention of the Nation of Islam. It explained, "The proceeding, an orthodox Islamic ritual known as Jummah, will mark an important milestone for the famously radical group...

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Court Rules for Nation of Islam's Exclusion of Women from a 1994 Meeting

February 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On Tuesday February 14, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam had the right to exclude women from a 1994 speech at a Dorchester [MA] theater,... a state court ruled... The civil rights of Marceline Donaldson... who sued after she wasn't allowed to hear Farrakhan speak, were not violated, the Supreme Judicial Court decided... Donaldson did not prove that the speech, sponsored by a local mosque, was a public event."

Uproar Over Ashcroft's Statements About Islam

February 12, 2002

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/NEWS/newsitemdisplay.asp?ID=82&ITEMTYPE=NEWS

On February 12, 2002, the Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a press release stating, "Department of Justice Response to Muslim Community Unsatisfactory." It read, in part: "The letter maintained that the Attorney General's offending comment, 'Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a...

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American Scholars Issue Letter of Support for War on Terrorism

February 12, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 12, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "sixty leading intellectuals, mostly high-powered academics who study ethics, religion and public policy at American universities and think tanks, will issue an open letter today explaining why they believe the war on terrorism is necessary and just... There are times when waging war is not only morally permitted, but morally necessary, as a response to calamitous acts of violence, hatred and injustice. This is one of those times," the letter says... The 10-page...

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American Muslims on the Hajj, 2002

February 11, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 11, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that the "Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam every Muslim is obliged to follow. It's a five-day period that begins the eighth day of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. That's expected to begin next Monday this year. Muslims worldwide are heading to the holy city... In recent years, safety and security have become concerns as 2 million pilgrims converge on Mecca, Mina and other places in Saudi Arabia. Some have died, trampled by crowds, while...

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