Islam

San Diego's Large Muslim Community Becomes More Visible

December 7, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On December 7, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "today, up to 100,000 Muslims live throughout San Diego County, quietly and largely unnoticed until Sept. 11. The revelation that the county is home to 80,000 to 100,000 Muslims surprises many... 'Meet Your Muslim Neighbors,' a series of town hall meetings organized this fall by several religious and interfaith groups, is intended to bridge the void of knowledge and unfamiliarity between the region's Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors."

Editorial: "Pearl Harbor's Legacy"

December 7, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/comment/2001-12-07-edtwof2.htm

On December 7, 2001, USA Today featured the editorial "Pearl Harbor's legacy." It noted: "Amid all the Pearl Harbor memorials one stood out as particularly fitting � a remembrance of America's worst instincts and a tribute to its best. ... Last weekend, a group of Japanese-Americans reached out to Muslim-Americans in a Pearl Harbor ceremony at a mosque in Santa Clara, California....

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Atlanta Area Police Force Holds Interfaith Blessing for its Cars

December 6, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 6, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "religious leaders, including Buddhists, Roman Catholics, Hindus and Muslims, lined up side by side one day last week while uniformed police officers stood inside the open doors of their cars, engines roaring, blue lights flashing. Taking turns, each cleric approached a podium and offered a special prayer during the first interfaith blessing of the fleet for the Morrow Police Department... A Buddhist monk concluded the ceremony by splashing...

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Boston Muslims Speak to Christian Community in Marion, MA

December 6, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 6, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Muslims from the Islamic Society of Boston traveled to St. Gabriel's Church [in Marion, MA] last week to talk about the differences and similarities between their faith and Christianity... The session was organized by St. Gabriel's and two other town congregations, the First Congregational Church and St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, and supported by the other three churches in Marion: the Community Baptist, the South Coast Community, and Marion United Methodist... Since Sept. 11...

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The Pew Research Center: Post-September 11 Attitudes About Religion

December 6, 2001

Source: The Pew Research Center

http://www.people-press.org/120601rpt.htm

On December 6, 2001, The Pew Research Center for People and the Press released its report on Post-September 11 attitudes. The report indicated: "The Sept. 11 attacks have increased the prominence of religion in the United States to an extraordinary degree, but not at the expense of acceptance of religious minorities. Fully 78% now say religion's influence in American life is growing -- up from 37% eight months ago...

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

December 5, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 5, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "members of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston, Va., organized an escort service" for Muslim women in their community that felt afraid to go outside in the wake of September 11. This "program was one of three honored on Capitol Hill for acts of compassion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks... The awards recognized 'just a few of the many Americans here in the Washington area and around the nation who responded to the terrorist attacks by...

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

December 5, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On December 5, 2001, The New York Times reported "Bush Freezes Assets of Biggest U.S. Muslim Charity, Calling It a Deadly Terror Group." The article noted that "Mr. Bush accused the charity of supporting Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that took responsibility for three suicide bombings in Israel over the weekend." It continued, "Treasury officials said the charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, based in Richardson, Tex., had been under investigation since 1993. ... Officials said the group relied on...

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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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