Islam

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.

Americans Attempt to Educate Themselves about Islam and the Muslim World

October 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 21, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an article on the "many initiatives underway in colleges and secondary schools around the region to better educate students and others in the community about the Muslim religion and the history and culture of the Middle East."

Meeting of Buddhist and Muslim Teens in Louisiana

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001 The Times-Picayune featured the article "Common ground: Muslim and Buddhist teens learn religious tolerance by talking about their differences." Buddhist and Muslim teens met for discussion at Al-Tawbah Mosque in Gretna, Louisiana. More meetings are planned for the future. The article quoted Lisa Lincoln of Soka Gakkai International USA and Dr. Mahmoud Sarmini, spokesman for the Muslim group: "Lincoln and Sarmini say such a program will go a long way in helping teen-agers of different backgrounds treat one...

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Americans Attempt to Educate Themselves about Islam and the Muslim World

October 21, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 21, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "long renowned both for collective indifference and relative ignorance about the rest of the world, Americans have been shocked out of their insularity by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Books about the Taliban, Palestinians and Islam are now top sellers as growing numbers of Americans, suddenly feeling vulnerable, try to arm themselves with information about issues and regions once deemed too complicated to grasp or too remote to affect them."

For Display, Pastor WantsTraditions That Are "Part of America's Heritage"

October 21, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 21, 2001 The St. Petersburg Times reported "Pastor wants just two religions in display." The article explained, "A pastor organizing the drive to display the Ten Commandments at the Polk County administration building says people of religions other than Judaism and Christianity need not join the effort. Hindus and Muslims are not welcome on the organizing committee because their religious traditions are not part of America's heritage, said the Rev. Mickey P. Carter, pastor of the Landmark Baptist Church in Haines City...

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Editorial: "Seeing Ourselves"

October 21, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24084-2001Oct19.html

On October 21, 2001, The Washington Post featured an editorial by Diana Abu-Jaber, "Seeing Ourselves." She wrote, "In the wake of terrorism it's natural to feel frightened, angry and disoriented. But to honor our dead and to strengthen our living, we must draw together, recognizing our mutual humanity. We must be at peace -- at the very least -- with ourselves...

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Editorial: "Bias has Always Existed but Now is More Overt"

October 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 21, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an essay by Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi, an American Muslim who works for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, an organization "founded in 1996 to support racial and ethnic justice through research and advocacy." The editorial discusses several stories of discrimination Muslims have faced in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks. Tobias-Nahi has been active in the Civil Rights Project's working group to address Muslim civil rights concerns.

Muslims in the Military

October 21, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 21, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured a story on a 38 year-old sailor in the US Navy named Fawaz, who is the Muslim lay leader of an aircraft carrier. The article reported that "these days, counseling and rallying the smattering of Muslim sailors are no simple tasks. It is a trying time to be Muslim, a draining time to be military and a wrenching time to be both...The United States is assaulting Afghanistan with a relentless string of bombing raids. The U.S. government has vowed, time and again, that the 'war on...

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Joint Statement of Concern Regarding Civil Liberties

October 19, 2001

Source: American Muslim Council

http://www.amconline.org/cgi-bin/release/viewnews.cgi?newsid1003524666,86571,

On October 19, 2001. The American Muslim Council issued a press release stating that "The American Muslim Council, along with other groups of Christian, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist religious organizations, sent a letter to Members of Congress and the Administration today expressing concerns over the civil liberties, including religious...

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