Islam

Young Muslims Join Fast for Ramadan

November 17, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 17, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "though not required, children as young as 7 or 8 sometimes fast during parts of the month [of Ramadan]. For them, making it through the whole month is often a cause of celebration for families...'It was a step toward maturity and you feel special, like you are one of the big kids,' said Aisha Ahmed, 16, who began fasting throughout Ramadan by the time she was 8...At first, children often join in the fasting to feel part of the family and not have solitary meals. But as...

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Kansas City Attempts to Better Understand Ramadan

November 17, 2001

Source: Kansas City Star

On November 17, 2001, the Kansas City Star reported that "since Sept. 11 more attention has been directed toward Islam. To further this understanding The Star has prepared this guide on Ramadan." A lengthy guide entitled "What is Ramadan?" follows that explains the history, the customs, and the significance of Ramadan. The guide concludes that "at the end of the month, Muslims have a huge celebration called Eid ul Fitr (or Id al-Fitr). Many communities, including Kansas City, hold combined celebrations, with Muslims throughout the...

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Ohio Muslim Students Request Time to Pray

November 17, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 17, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "with the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month of fasting, Muslim students at Centennial High School are pleading for time to pray. Mohammad Kandil, a 17-year-old junior, said he is among about 25 Muslim students who want to be excused briefly from class about 12:15 p.m. each day...Students are willing to make up classwork missed because of prayer, Kandil said...[Usually] students leave the school for the group prayer on Fridays and receive unexcused absences, he said....

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Ramadan Takes on New Significance

November 17, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 17, 2001, Newsday reported that "while each Ramadan is significant to the global community, this year's observance takes on added meaning in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the conflict in Afghanistan, said Al-Haaj Ghazi Khankhan, director of interfaith affairs and communications at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury."

NBA Players Observe Ramadan Fast

November 17, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 17, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured the story "Ramadan brings Hawks focus" about two Muslim NBA players, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Nazr Mohammed. "Abdur-Rahim and Mohammed will awaken about 5 a.m. for morning prayers. They'll take fluids, eat breakfast before sunup and go back to bed to rest until time to go to shooting practice. They will conserve their energy during the day, while reflecting on life and their beliefs, Abdur-Rahim said. 'I find that I am calmer,' he said. 'I'm more...

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Faith Gets Muslims Through Difficult Times

November 17, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 17, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "as Ramadan begins, dedication to Islam is getting Muslims through what many view as the most difficult period in their years in the Conejo Valley."

Muslims Face Increased Attention and Scrutiny this Ramadan

November 16, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 16, 2001, The New York Times reported that "in past years, American Muslims say, they could celebrate...without their non-Muslim colleagues and neighbors ever noticing...[but] this will be a Ramadan unlike any other." American Muslims have witnessed "their religion, their beliefs and their behavior attract unprecedented scrutiny...Some of the attention is positive. The terrorist attacks have made some non-Muslims increasingly knowledgeable about and accepting of Islam...But some of the attention has heightened Muslims...

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In the Aftermath: African-American Muslims in DC

November 16, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 16, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "in the wake of September's terrorist attacks, the nation's focus has been on Muslims whose origins lie overseas. But a significant number of Muslims in this country are African Americans. They compose about 25 percent of the U.S. Muslim population, whose size is estimated to range anywhere from 3 million to 7 million." Many DC area African-American Muslims belong to Mosques that are affiliated with the Muslim American Society, but "despite the society's success in...

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Groups Use September 11 to Foster Hate

November 14, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 14, 2001, The Kansas City Star featured an article on "a two-year study recently released by the Center for New Community, a faith-based Chicago nonprofit group that monitors hate groups... The study's author said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have been a boon, as many white-power organizations have tried to use the incidents to rouse anti-Semitic sentiment and latch onto anti-immigrant feelings that have sprung up in some parts of the country."

AJC Protests CAIR's Participation in Civil Rights Conference

November 14, 2001

Source: The Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=sfl%2Dptribal14nov14

On November 14, 2001, The Sun-Sentinel reported, "Jewish leaders try to block Islamic speaker at West Palm civil rights meeting." The article noted that leaders of the American Jewish Committee tried to block the participation of a panelist from the Council on American-Islamic Relations at the Florida Commission on Human Relations...

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Muncie Interfaith Roundtable

November 14, 2001

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/Local_News/1114faith.html

On November 14, 2001, The Star Press reported, "Tragedy brings varied faiths together." It reported on a gathering of local Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus: "The Muncie Interfaith Roundtable event was the first time in recent years that members of such varied religions in Muncie [IN] had gathered to share their beliefs and feelings about current events. This time they had good reason to...

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Steven Emerson: Controversial Terrorism Expert

November 13, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24457-2001Nov13.html

On November 13, 2001, The Washington Post featured an article about Steven Emerson, "The man who gives terrorism a name: Expert's finger-pointing troubles Muslim groups." It reported, "His slashing accusations that some Muslim groups in the United States tolerate terrorism draw denunciations from groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations...which...

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National Council of Churches Faces Challenges

November 12, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 12, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the greatest challenge facing the nation's largest ecumenical agency is not getting along with U.S. Muslims -- although terrorism, humanitarian relief and Muslim/Christian cooperation will be on the agenda when its General Assembly meets this week in Oakland..In recent years, the group has been struggling to reinvent itself, broaden its membership base and stay out of debt. Although the National Council of Churches encompasses 36 Protestant denominations and...

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Op-Ed: "Christian in a Muslim World," by Julia Duin

November 12, 2001

Author: Julia Duin

Source: National Review Online

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-duin111201.shtml

I first met Imad Shehadeh at a press conference — and an uncomfortable press conference at that. Several of us in the media, along with some Christian clergy, were sitting in a hotel room in Amman earlier this year listening to a Catholic and three evangelical Protestants talk about being Christian in overwhelmingly Muslim...

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