Islam

Ramadan In America 2001

November 10, 2001

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On November 10, 2001, The Tampa Tribune reported that "America's sudden awareness of Islam has a local school district...suggesting a lunchtime alternative for Muslim students during Ramadan, a holy month of daylight fasting that starts Nov. 17." Schools in the district may begin "asking parents whether they prefer their children spend time in the library or another class instead of in the cafeteria during lunch."

For Many, their Muslim Doctors are "the Face of Islam"

November 10, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 10, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on "dozens of Muslim physicians in Greater Hartford -- and thousands across the country -- who are the face of Islam to many non-Muslims. For many Americans, Muslims in the healing professions may be the only Muslims they know...Dr. Shahid Athar of Indianapolis, president of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, said there are about 20,000 Muslim physicians in the United States...In the first few days after the attacks, Athar said, he got a couple of harassing phone...

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St Paul Muslims and Christians "Seek Common Ground"

November 10, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On November 10, 2001, the Star Tribune reported that "about 450 people met Thursday night at Luther Seminary in St. Paul [Minnesota] to seek common ground between the two faiths. Mark Swanson, director of the Islamic Studies Program at Luther, said, 'Muslims and Christians must work together in times of crisis.' He 'rejects' claims, he said, that the current situation is a clash between Christianity and Islam."

American Academy of Religion Addresses Terrorism

November 9, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On November 9, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "sessions on Islam and on teaching religion in the wake of Sept. 11 will be among hundreds of topics at next week's international meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. About 8,000 religious scholars who teach in universities and seminaries in the United States and several other countries will attend... Two sessions were added to specifically address terrorism and the Afghanistan war...The academy has urged seminaries and universities...

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"The Three Faiths:" War and the "Moral Use of Force"

November 9, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 9, 2001, The Plain Dealer featured the article "Three faiths agree: War is hell; Mainstream Islam, Judaism and Christianity have developed similar principles on the moral use of force, but extreme elements in each faith have also distorted religious teachings with murderous results."

Annual Islamic Awareness Week at USF Takes on New Significance

November 9, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 9, 2001, the St. Petersburgh Times reported that "any other year, the events of Islamic Awareness Week at the University of South Florida would be an opportunity for USF Muslims to share what they know about one of the world's great religions. This year, though, the recent terror attacks have created an urgency to get their message out about the true meaning of Islam and counter what they say are misconceptions and distortions being fostered by fears and ill-informed media sources."

Commemorative Eid Stamp Faces Difficulties in Aftermath

November 8, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 8, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "for five years, the American Muslim community lobbied the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp honoring the Islamic religion...Finally, on Sept. 1, the commemorative Eid stamp was issued. 'We saw it selling in the first few days, but then came the holocaust of September 11, and unfortunately it has become a catastrophe for the stamps, too,' said Aly R. Abuzaakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council...In some areas, people have asked the Postal Service to...

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Outreach of Muslim Student Associations, On Campus and Beyond

November 8, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1108/p14s1-ussc.html

On November 8, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured the article "Islam on Campus: In the limelight, Muslim students embrace pro-active role." The article reports, "as Muslim groups at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country work to create the Islamic umma (community), the devastating events of Sept. 11 have propelled many of them in a fresh direction - into a...

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Muslim Youth Share Their Views

November 7, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On November 7, 2001, USA Today featured an article on the viewpoints of Muslim-American teenagers. "Muslim youths of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent in the USA are watching the war on terrorism from a complicated, often tortured vantage point. They say they have felt the soul-searing tug of competing loyalties and have seen their beloved religion distorted by both the nation's enemies and its media." Despite all of the young Muslims recently interviewed "deplor[ing] the terrorist attacks,...many of these young people say their non-...

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Afghan-Americans in Virginia

November 5, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39690-2001Nov4.html

On November 5, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Va. Afghans Caught Between Old World and New." The article noted, "Before anyone else, they saw the brewing turmoil in Afghanistan. And though Washington's Afghan American community -- one of the largest in the country -- could never have imagined how it would spill over into the United States on Sept. 11, they...

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Seattle Muslims Come Together, Reach Out

November 5, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134362669_muslimpower05m.html

On November 5, 2001, The Seattle Times reported, "Area Muslims say it's time to join together, speak out." It profiled Tariq Panni, noting that he and "other local Muslims who have not been much of a political force are suddenly making themselves into one." The article explained that, motivated by hate crimes and profiling, diverse local...

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