Islam

Christian Men from Middle East Accused of Celebrating Terror Attacks

October 25, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 25, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that three men of Middle Eastern descent have been accused of celebrating in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Police in Ashland, MA have investigated the rumors and are not pursuing the matter with charges. The article reported that "'We never did what they said," said Malhab, who moved here from Lebanon in 1998. 'Maybe we were happy, maybe we were singing, but it was not over what they said. I think people are afraid and assume these things because of the way we look...

Muslim State Trooper Awaits Ruling on Police Ban on Beards

October 24, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 24, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is expected to decide soon whether the state police ban on beards violates a Muslim state trooper's religious freedom, a contention the state police union does not support. Ahmed Abdul-Kaliq, 40, of Hamden, filed the complaint two years ago, but after a recent hearing, the commission is reportedly close to a decision, state police say."

Reports that "Backlash" Incidents are Declining; Workplace Discrimination Rising

October 24, 2001

Source: The Nando Times

http://www.nandotimes.com/nation/story/157108p-1484889c.html

On October 24, 2001, The Nando Times reported, "Groups tracking backlash violence since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks say hate crimes appear to be declining, although there are new complaints of workplace discrimination." The article notes that while groups report fewer violent incidents, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has "received so many calls to its field...

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Connecticut Interfaith Group Strengthened in Aftermath

October 24, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 24, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured an article on Richard Freund, director of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and an interfaith trip to Morocco he led with a group of Muslims, Christian and Jews. Freund described the trip as part of a forum "'to allow dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews to occur in this country.'" Since September 11, "the group felt its mission had become even more significant...Interfaith dialogue, he said, 'is the only way to save ourselves, the...

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The Arab-American Community of Dearborn, Michigan

October 23, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 23, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that in the city "that is the heart of the nation's largest concentration of Arab-Americans, vibrant ethnic media offer an intriguing mix of supportive and critical views of the war on terrorism."

Islamic Society of Boston Continues Outreach

October 23, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/getasciiarchive?script/2001/10/23/p15s1.txt

On October 23, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured an article that described an event at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, MA intended to allow Non-Muslims to learn about Islam. The first such event attracted 700 people, and programs at the Society's mosque and elsewhere continue to attract many people curious...

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Volunteer Efforts to Assist Muslim and Arab-American Women

October 22, 2001

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2001/10/22/women_of_cover/index.html

On October 22, 2001, Salon.com featured the story "Stand beside her" which reported on volunteer efforts to help Muslim and Arab-American women feel safe. In St. Louis, "Local volunteers have come forward to act as escorts for those who have been threatened, or feel threatened, by knee-jerk reactions to their clothing or appearance. Similar ad hoc programs have sprung up,...

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Jewish-Muslim Relations Suffer in Aftermath of September 11

October 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 22, 2001 The New York Times reported "For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslims Is a Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks." The article described that "In several cities, rabbis and Jewish lay leaders have walked out of long-standing interfaith dialogues with Muslim leaders, complaining that the Muslims are condoning suicide bombing attacks against Israelis while condemning the attacks against the United States....Muslims, on the other hand, say Jewish groups are using the attacks as an excuse for putting Palestinian...

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New Muslim Converts Face Difficulties in Aftermath

October 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 22, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on the "thousands of new Muslim converts [in the US] struggling with their identities amid anti-Muslim fervor and declarations of an Islamic holy war being broadcast on television. Already estranged from relatives and friends, some of whom accuse them of joining a cult, these new Muslims face catcalls and fresh challenges to their faith....[However] many say the events of Sept. 11 only confirmed their commitment" to Islam.

Texas Muslim Leaders Teach about Islam in Houston

October 21, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 21, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Islamic leaders gathered in Houston ...to show the true face of their religion...to a crowd of more than 350 at the University of Houston." The forum was "an effort to stem the scrutiny and discrimination that Muslims have faced since the Sept. 11 attacks attributed to Osama bin Laden...U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee promised Muslims support in Houston and from Congress.'We will stand with you and not against you,' she said. 'We will recognize that there is a separation...

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Muslims in New Orleans Teach about their Faith

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured an article that began "for Muslims in New Orleans, these are doubly trying times. They are Americans, horrified and grieving over an attack on their home. And they are religious suspects, at pains to explain their faith, one of the world's oldest, most devout and most peaceful religions. Here is the Islam they know." The article describes Islam as it was described to congregants at an open-house event at the Bilal Ibn Rabah Islamic Center in New Orleans.

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