Islam

Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 28, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On November 28, 2001, the USA TODAY featured an article on community meals during Ramadan at a California Islamic center. "Serving food to friends is one way of serving God, says Safi Mosa, 29, who left Afghanistan more than 11 years ago...On weekends during Ramadan, he closes the shop early and heads to the Islamic Center in Hawthorne, Calif., where he and his sisters volunteer to help prepare food for 300. 'I love to serve people,' Mosa says, as a way of 'helping in the name of God.'"

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

November 28, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 28, 2001, Newsday reported, "Southern Baptist Call to Prayer; Group's leader asks vigil, hopes for religious conversions of Muslims." The article noted that, "In past years, Southern Baptists have prayed for the conversion of Jews and Hindus on the holy days of those faiths, often provoking anger and consternation." The article indicated concerns from Muslim leaders such as Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations: "Hooper noted that Merritt's call comes at a difficult time for American Muslims, when many are...

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Baltimore Interfaith Events Continue

November 27, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 27, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, interfaith exchanges have been on the rise, with many Baltimore-area Christians and Jews trying to increase their understanding of Islam as mosques have begun opening their doors to visitors. Those encounters continue this week as the Institute for Christian...

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

November 27, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 27, 2001, The New York Times reported "Baptist Head Urges Prayers for Muslim Conversion." The article noted, "Mr. Merritt said Baptists should pray for Muslim conversions on Dec. 16, at the end of Ramadan." The article continued, "Calling Christianity 'the only true religion,' Mr. Merritt said that 'every other religion gives a false hope of having a relationship with God.' 'That's not what I say,' he added. 'That's what Jesus says.'"

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

November 26, 2001

Source: SBC Baptist Press News

http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=12242

On November 26, 2001, The SBC Baptist Press News reported, "Merritt calls on Baptists to fast and pray on last day of Ramadan." The article quoted James Merritt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention: "'I call on all our Southern Baptists to pray and fast that God will miraculously and supernaturally reveal himself through Jesus Christ to Muslims on that day ... We need to fast because we do believe...

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American Academy of Religion Addresses Terrorism

November 25, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On November 25, 2001, The Denver Post featured an article on the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion where "in many of the hundreds of sessions, whether the subject was mythology or Egyptology, the conversation eventually turned to terrorism, Islam, war, peace and how the world's many religions can live with each other...A new book by Diana L. Eck, 'A New Religious America,' which chronicles religious practices in America, was the subject of a two-hour panel composed of people of several faiths...'The American ideal...

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Non-Muslim Teachers and Students at Muslim Schools

November 25, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0111250380nov25.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed

On November 25, 2001, The Chicago Tribune featured the article, "Different faiths, common bond" about the positive and broadening experiences of non-Muslim students and teachers in local Muslim schools. "Although Christian teachers are a presence in almost every Muslim school, Christian...

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EEOC Reports, Responds to Workplace Bias After September 11

November 25, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 25, 2001, The New York Times reported, "After Sept. 11, Complaints of Job Bias Mount." The article noted, "The complaints are coming from all corners of the country and from people in all types of industries -- from an airplane mechanic in Texas to a Wal-Mart greeter in Virginia. Since Sept. 11, Arab-American groups say, hundreds of people have said they are experiencing discrimination in the workplace because of their nationality or religion." The article continued, "Companies forcefully deny any discrimination. Some...

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Rev. Franklin Graham Criticizes Islam

November 24, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On November 24, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the editorial "Casualty of War; Franklin Graham's comments strain religious tolerance." It reads, in part: "Religious leaders of all stripes are entitled to their theology. What they should bear in mind is that if they insist on saying things that antagonize millions of their neighbors, they won't be known as paradigms of tolerance and peace -- or enlisted as unofficial presidential chaplains."

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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