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Hanukkah Celebrated with Interfaith Service

December 5, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 5, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo [CA] will celebrate the first night of Hanukkah... with a three-faith service that will include an observance of Islam's Ramadan and Christianity's Advent. The interfaith gathering was designed as a sign of peace between religions in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and made even more poignant by recent violence in Israel, organizers say."

Pittsburgh Community Gathers at Islamic Center

December 5, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On December 5, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a 'sold-out' crowd of more that 350 people curious about Islam "flowed into Oakland's Islamic Center of Pittsburgh for the seventh Humanity Day -- a chance to give non-Muslims a peek at the religion." Among other activities "non-Muslim women were invited to try the hijab, or head covering, and showed how to put it on and tie it. Many wore them throughout the evening."

Editorial: "The Qur'an Offers Clues About 'Mosque and State'"

December 5, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 5, 2001, Newsday featured an editorial by Hassan Zillur Rahim. He writes, "Western critics have raised certain questions about Islam in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack on America that call for soul-searching and thoughtful response by Muslims. Chief among them is the issue of 'mosque and state.' ... Traditional Muslim theologians have suggested an integration of the two. Modern Muslim men and women must revisit this view, and add to or amend it with their own knowledge and understanding." He continues, "American Muslims must...

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Bush Freezes Assets of Texas-based Holy Land Foundation, a Muslim Charity

December 4, 2001

Source: The American Muslim Council

http://www.amconline.org/cgi-bin/update/viewnews.cgi?newsid1007570421,31748,

On December 4, 2001, The American Muslim Council issued a statement which read, in part: "American Muslims support President Bush's effort to cut off funding for terrorism and call for a peaceful resolution to the Middle East conflict, but that goal is not achieved by taking food out of the mouths of Palestinian orphans or by succumbing to...

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Citizens Honored at the Capitol for Support of Arab-American and Muslim Neighbors

December 4, 2001

Source: Department of Energy

http://www.energy.gov/HQPress/releases01/decpr/pr01203_v.htm

On December 4, 2001, The Department of Energy issued a press release stating, "Secretary of Energy Abraham Joins Members of Congress to Present Distinguished Citizen Awards." It read, in part: "Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham was joined by Members of Congress and the Chairman of the Arab American Institute in a ceremony on Capitol Hill honoring distinguished citizens with a...

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Young American Muslims Memorize the Quran

December 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 4, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an article on young Muslim Americans who are learning the tradition of memorizing the Quran. Sulaiman Abdul-Musawwir is "the child of parents who converted to Islam and who do not speak Arabic, [but he] represents the first wave of an effort to replicate an ancient Islamic tradition in the new world. He is one of perhaps five American-born Muslim youths in Boston who have been formally trained to recite the entire holy book of Islam, a status that wins him respect in this life and is...

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Columbus Community Gathers for Iftar

December 4, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On December 4, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on a Columbus, OH community Iftar or meal that breaks the daylight fast of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan. "For years, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has hosted the evening to explain Islamic culture and build friendships. Such an outreach paid off after Sept. 11. Many in the community already understood that Muslims, like Christians and Jews, follow God's laws." The Mayor of Columbus attended the event as did the Superintendent of schools and other government...

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Female Pilot Wins Suit Over Clothing Rules in Saudi Arabia

December 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 4, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "the Air Force's highest-ranking female fighter pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally, sued... to try to overturn a policy requiring servicewomen to wear restrictive Muslim clothing when off base in Saudi Arabia... McSally said the policy is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The US Central Command said the policy helps protect women from harassment."

Interfaith Service in Omaha

December 3, 2001

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On December 3, 2001, the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on an interfaith gathering at Oamha, Nebraska's Temple Israel. "In the space of a half-hour, a Muslim call to prayer; Jewish prayers and rituals that mark the end of the Sabbath; and two Christian prayers were uttered by their respective leaders in Temple's spacious social hall as 300 people from all three faiths looked on."

Muslim Leader Educates about Islam

December 3, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On December 3, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured an article on Ali Antwar, a Connecticut Muslim leader. "As the president of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, Antar was among the first Muslim leaders in the state to challenge the demonic image of his faith created by Osama bin Laden and other Muslim extremists. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, the 61-year-old Bristol resident was repeatedly interviewed on television and radio. He continues to promote understanding by contributing newspaper opinion pieces...

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Southern Baptist Convention's Leader: Pray for Conversion of Muslims

December 1, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On December 1, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "the Southern Baptist Convention called for Baptists to pray and fast for Muslims' conversion to Christianity on the final day of Ramadan. Meanwhile, there is a growing movement among some Christians to respect and observe Islam's holiest month." These links provide further information on the "Southern Baptist Convention" and Christians "Respecting Ramadan "

UCLA Muslims and Jews Come Together for Ramadan

December 1, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 1, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that Muslim and Jewish students at UCLA gathered for the daily breaking of the Muslim students' fast for Ramadan, and ate a kosher meal together. "The joint iftar celebration... reflected a burgeoning effort to forge ties between young followers of the two faiths, overcoming historical campus tensions between them, the emotions fueled by the Mideast conflict and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

San Diego's Many Faiths Share Season of Holidays

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 30, 2001. The San Diego Union-Tribune featured an article on the diverse and numerous religious holidays that take place at this time of year. The article included a description of the following holidays: Ramadan - the Muslim holy month, Bodhi Day - the anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment, Hanukkah - "the eight-day Jewish festival of lights commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, Jewish warriors who overthrew their oppressors in about 165 B.C.", Yule and Winter Solstice - the Wiccan and Pagan holiday...

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Commemorative Eid Stamp Faces Difficulties in Aftermath

November 30, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 30, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on a US Postal stamp issued to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. "Several Muslim organizations are worried that bewilderment about the stamp's meaning and design might limit its popularity and future availability. 'After Sept. 11, some people were confused about what it represented and shied away from it, but essentially, what it says is that "We wish you the best in your festivities," and it could be a...

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

November 29, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/getasciiarchive?script/2001/11/29/p11s2.txt

On November 29, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured an opinion piece "How many US Muslims? Our best estimate." Its authors, Howard Fienberg and Iain Murray, are analysts at the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a nonpartisan research organization. They detail methodological flaws with earlier studies, including...

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