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Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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New Studies on Number of Muslims in the U.S.

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7459-2001Nov23.html

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Number of U.S. Muslims Depends on Who's Counting." It noted, "With a spotlight cast on American Muslims since Sept. 11, one seemingly simple question has defied a clear answer and become the focus of a politically charged dispute: What is the size of the U.S. Muslim population?" Studies include estimates of...

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Chicago Muslims Plan Ramadan Display

November 24, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 24, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Chicago Muslims plan to mark the current holy month of Ramadan by building a minaret display at Daley Plaza in early December, joining Christians and Jews as they decorate the public square for their holidays. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago has preliminary approval to build a 30-foot reproduction of the tower used to call Muslims to prayer and an illuminated crescent moon affixed to a dome. The display will stand alongside a Hanukkah menorah and...

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Interview with Scholar Leila Ahmed

November 24, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 24, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an interview with Dr. Leila Ahmed, professor of women's studies in religion at Harvard Divinity School, who studies women in Islam and has started to examine these issues in the American context. Dr. Ahmed noted, "'I think increasingly the voice of Islam in America, or the many voices, will become enormously important to the rest of the Muslim world. This is the only place where we're free to think and speak - in addition to Europe - so it's a very extraordinary and rare historical...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On November 24, 2001, The Star Tribune reported, "The Rev. Franklin Graham said in Minneapolis this week that he is concerned with the way Islamic law is enforced in several countries, and not with the people or the faith itself." However the article continued by quoting Graham as saying, "'I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion,'" with reference to Islam. "Aly R. Abuzaakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council, said that Graham's remarks have caused pain and confusion 'and are in stark contrast to the unity and...

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Islamic Media Grows

November 24, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 24, 2001, The New York Times reported on the "widely scattered universe of American Muslim publishing, which links members of an ethnically diverse community through newspapers, magazines, books and Internet sites. But Muslims in America are of course a very long way from the communication and publishing operations of evangelical Protestants, whose ventures have set the gold standard for media identified with a particular religious group. Such resources raise a group's public profile and ensure that its views will be...

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Young American Muslims Memorize the Quran

November 24, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 24, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "at Al-Rahmah School in Woodlawn, [Maryland] the boys are beginning to memorize the Quran. Their teacher, Muhammad Zahid, is a hafiz, Arabic for 'guardian' and a term designating the respect bestowed on those who can recite the Quran by heart." During the month of Ramadan, the Islamic Society of Baltimore offers a live webcast each day at 8 p.m. at www.isb.org, featuring Zahid's recitation of the Quran. "Not surprisingly, most hafiz live in Islamic countries, although their...

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Religious Diversity in Arkansas

November 24, 2001

Source: The North West Arkansas Times

On November 24, 2001, The North West Arkansas Times featured an article on the research conducted by a Pluralism Project student affiliate that mapped religious centers in Arkansas. The article reported that Barbee compiled profiles of Buddhist and Islamic centers in Arkansas, including Wat Buddhasamakeedham, a Thai Buddhist temple, the Islamic Center of Northwest Arkansas, and the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock. Eric Barbee, a student at the Divinity School of Harvard, is working on a master's in...

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Govenor-Elect Speaks at New Jersey Mosque

November 24, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 24, 2001, The New York Times reported that Governor-elect of New Jersey James E. McGreevey "greeted Muslim worshipers today after a Ramadan prayer service at a large mosque here, offering a message that carefully avoided divisive political issues related to the Middle East. During his brief visit to the mosque, the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, Mr. McGreevey's hosts, pointedly reminded him of their concerns about the... Arab-Americans who have been detained for questioning by federal authorities in the months...

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Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 23, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 23, 2001, The New York Times featured a story on the Bashir family who, in observance of Ramadan "waited until sunset... [before] they gathered around the dining room table with other relatives, Muslim, Christian and Jewish, offering thanks in their suburban Chicago home... While some Muslim Americans believe that Thanksgiving conflicts with their religion, many, like the Bashirs, observe the holiday, saying that, of all the American holidays, Thanksgiving is most in harmony with the teachings of Islam."

Editorial: "Anti-terrorism laws singling out Arab Americans destroy trust."

November 23, 2001

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/ehamad23_20011123.htm

On November 23, 2001, The Detroit Free Press featured an editorial by Imad Hamad, regional director for the American Arab Discrimination Committee. It read, in part: "The question of trust between the Arab-American community and the rest of society seems certain to haunt us for a long time to come, in the wake of the appalling terrorists attacks. Our country has been...

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Minnesota Family Makes Islamic School a Priority

November 23, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On November 23, 2001, the Star Tribune featured a story on a Muslim Family in Minnesota that has decided to send their two young daughters to a Muslim school where the girls "learn Arabic and Islamic studies as part of a full curriculum, and they wear a uniform that includes the traditional hijab."

Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 23, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 23, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "this year, Thanksgiving fell during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. So [in Kansas City] the Papa family, of the Islamic faith, broke their fast with a traditional holiday meal. But across town, Mustafa Hussein will have nothing to do with Thanksgiving. The holiday has Christianity as its root, he says, and to celebrate it is to betray his own Islamic heritage." The article also reported that although most Muslims in the area usually...

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California Students Gather for Ramadan Prayers

November 23, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 23, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that at lunchtime during Ramadan at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School a group of students gathers for prayers. "This year, these students, ages 14 to 18, are determined to stand up for their faith through prayer in this quiet yet public way. They say that praying together during Ramadan is one way they can show their commitment to a religion that has recently become the most discussed, criticized and defended of any in the world."

EEOC Reports, Responds to Workplace Bias After September 11

November 22, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 22, 2001, The Boston Globe reported, "Workplace bias claims jump after September 11." The article noted, "The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has received 123 complaints of workplace bias nationwide against Muslims between Sept. 11 and Nov. 20, up from 47 for the same period last year. Alarmed by the increase, the EEOC joined this week with the US Justice and Labor Departments in urging employers to promote tolerance on the job." Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a professor at Brandeis University was...

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