Islam

Muslims Discourage Aggressive US Military Action During Ramadan

November 4, 2001

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On November 4, 2001, The Tampa Tribune reported that Ramadan "is the holiest month in the Islamic faith, marking when Allah revealed the Muslim holy book, the Koran, to Muhammad the prophet. Muslims submit themselves to the will of God, show self-control and remember the needy who suffer deprivation year-round...To protect the fragile alliance with Muslim countries, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has urged the United States to curtail bombing raids on Afghanistan during Ramadan."

American Muslims Find Faith and Community in College

November 3, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 3, 2001, The New York Times reported that many "colleges provide a haven for spiritual exploration... [and that] many American Muslims have become more religious at school." The article focuses on the experiences of American Muslim women in college. Nadia Aziz, communications director for a coalition of West Coast student groups, said "'I've see such a change in Muslim students in the past few years. There are so many more coming to Islam... Within this country there's an Islamic revival'... Many of the newly devout...

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Arson at Church that Condemned Islam

November 2, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 2, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a fire at a church in Pennsylvania was intentionally set. "Old Paths Baptist Church in North Codorus Township [posted] a roadside sign that [said] 'Trust Mohammed to be damned'...The Rev. Matthew Jarrell said 'Somebody has to be right. Somebody has to be wrong,'...'We think the Bible is right and Koran is wrong. We think Jesus is right and Mohammed is wrong.'"

Arrests Follow Arson at Washington Mosque

November 2, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134361710_mosque03m.html

On November 2, 2001, The Seattle Times reported, "Three arrested in connection with arson at mosque." The article noted, "Police found broken windows and a curtain and door charred at the Masjid Omar Al-Farooq Mosque shortly after midnight. Witnesses said several people were seen running from the scene. A police dog led officers to a nearby home where...

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Cardinal Fears Vandalism Intended to Cause Rift

November 1, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Cardinal Roger Mahony cautioned against a rush to judgment...after three Roman Catholic parishes were vandalized and a stolen statue of Father Junipero Serra was found at a mosque...The vandals could be taking advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to cause rifts within the two religions, the cardinal said at a press conference with Maher Hathout, director of the Islamic Center of Southern California."

Atlanta Business Prayer Breakfast Includes Muslim Prayers

November 1, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 1, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "normally, the Atlanta Interfaith Business Prayer Breakfast will have business leaders read from the Old and New Testament. But this year...Fareed El Amin, an executive with H.J. Russell Construction Co., read from the Quran, the holy book of Islam, before a crowd of more than 1,500 local business leaders."

Outreach Efforts Delay Completion of Orange County Mosque

October 31, 2001

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-000086685oct31.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dpe%2Dcalifornia

On October 31, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks Delay Completion of O.C. Mosque." The article noted, "The terrorism caused county Muslim leaders over the past seven weeks to shift priorities from the mosque and focus instead on security...

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Christian-Jewish Council Expands Membership to Include Muslims

October 30, 2001

Source: The Stamford Advocate

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/stamford/2001-10-30/article9.shtml

On October 30, 2001 The Stamford Advocate reported, "Council to admit two Muslim organizations, change name." The article noted, "To help promote understanding and tolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Southwestern Connecticut has admitted two Muslim organizations and intends to change its name to...

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Low Threshold of Suspicion, Finds American Muslim Military Officer

October 30, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On October 30, 2001 The Baltimore Sun featured the article "It's a nation on edge, Air Force officer finds." The article noted that "[Faisal] Siddiqui, 29, is brown-skinned and Muslim. He's also an American, an Air Force captain and a lawyer who is a judge advocate for the 11th Wing at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington." But in a changed America, the article reports, a simple visit to a car dealership can result in being questioned by the FBI. "FBI sources confirmed yesterday that they visited [Faisal] Siddiqui last week after a...

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Some U.S. Muslim Organizations Call for End to Bombing in Afghanistan

October 29, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 29, 2001, The New York Times reported that "A group of American Muslim organizations has called for the United States to halt its bombing campaign in Afghanistan and instead develop 'a more effective and long-term policy' to counter terrorism." Fifteen Muslim groups signed the document, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Circle of North America. The article noted the diversity of opinion on the issue, reporting that "several major groups did not sign the statement, among them the...

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Moderate Muslims are Beginning to Speak Out

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times reported that "many moderate Muslims are speaking out in favor of a more tolerant form of their faith. They are emboldened by their sense of anger at the Sept. 11 attacks and embarrassed by what they see as a distorted vision of their religion...It is impossible, of course, to say how many among the nation's Muslims, estimated variously at two million to six million, are vocally distancing themselves from conservative Islam, though it is probably a small minority. A majority of Muslims,...

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