Islam

Muslim Scholar and Civil Rights Leader Notes Changes in America

October 13, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On October 13, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Agha Saeed has received a tremendous number of invitations to speak on Islam since the terrorist attacks of September 11. "As a professor at the University of California at Berkeley...he teaches a full load of courses...; as the head of the American Muslim Alliance, Saeed runs a civil rights organization that has 7,000 members and 95 chapters...Born and raised in Pakistan, Saeed says he has seen two examples of U.S. character in the month since the Sept. 11...

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Milwaukee's Islamic Center Hosts Interfaith Forum

October 13, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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On October 13, 2001, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "about 180 people of many faiths and ethnic backgrounds gathere ...at Milwaukee's Islamic Center for the first of four forums the Milwaukee Association for Interfaith Relations is holding in response to the Sept.11 terrorist attacks...Panelists from Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian traditions each spoke for 15 minutes on their faith's teachings about...

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Murder Of Palestinian American Raises Questions of Motive

October 13, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 13, 2001 The Los Angeles Times reported the death of Abdullah Nimer "a Palestinian American and father of six who was murdered while selling clothing door-to-door in working-class South Los Angeles. The funeral was traditional, yet tinged with a new ambiguity that seems likely to plague any violent death of a Muslim living in America: No matter how explicitly the police say otherwise, family members cannot let go of the conviction that Nimer died because of his religion or race."

Christian Tract Defaming Islam Distributed to Ohio Homes

October 12, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On October 12, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "some members of central Ohio's Somali community say they're irate about a Christian tract distributed in the Westerville area that attacks Islam. The tract, from Chick Publications in Ontario, Calif., is in cartoon form. Panels show Muslims...threatening to kill critics or vowing to topple Christianity and take over America. Other Chick publications assert ...certain Catholic practices were inspired by Satan or by pagans; and that Jews who reject Jesus will go to hell...

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Islamic Studies Professor Speaks at Interfaith Forum

October 12, 2001

Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 12, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi', a professor of Islamic Studies and co-director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Connecticut seminary, tried to explain the diversity within Muslim religion, culture and history...The forum, titled "Violence and the Sacred: An Interfaith Response to Recent Terrorism," attracted nearly 600 people."

San Diego Muslims Educate about Islam

October 12, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On October 12, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "San Diego Muslims are discovering an antidote to the fear and suspicion surrounding their faith: education ...Despite their numbers, Muslims remain largely strangers among us. There are an estimated 6 million to 7 million followers in this country, including approximately 100,000 in San Diego County...'We as a Muslim-American community have been here for over 100 years, but we've been living in a cocoon,' said Mohamad Nasser, chapter director of the Muslim...

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Boston's Religious Leaders Condemn Backlash

October 12, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On October 12, 2001, The Boston Herald reported that "more than 30 religious leaders gathered in Boston yesterday to renew their calls for calm amid a backlash against Muslims and Arab-Americans."

San Diego Muslims Troubled by Lack of Response from Mayor

October 12, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "leaders in San Diego's Muslim community are perplexed by Mayor Dick Murphy's delay in meeting with them to discuss vandalism against the Islamic Center and alleged harassment of Muslim children in school."

Muslims of US Navy Aid Search to Understand Islam

October 12, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On October 12, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that after the terroist attacks of September 11 on board the USS Enterprise "crewmates stared, silence replaced greetings and life for some of the 50 or so Muslims aboard this U.S. aircraft carrier changed. Soon enough, the giant ship's Muslim chaplain said, there was curiosity, questions and a search for understanding. 'More questions have come up, and people want to understand how, why and what is Islam about as a religion,' said Lt. Muhiyyaldin, the chaplain. 'I applaud them...

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Leader of Harlem Mosque Attacked

October 11, 2001

Source: Newsday

On October 11, 2001, Newsday reported that "the leader of an East Harlem mosque told police he was attacked by three teenagers with a wooden stick...The 35-year-old man, who is black and not Middle Eastern, told police he was inside the Islamic Cultural Center" at the time of the attack.

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