Islam

Muslim Leaders, Scholars, and Community Members Clarify that Terrorism is Contrary to Islam

September 24, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On Monday September 24, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Arabic word 'Jihad' is "often misinterpreted...[and] local Muslims tried to set the record straight during a forum at a Wayland mosque...The discussion at the Islamic Center of Boston was led by Ahmed S. Mehanna, a local Muslim activist and an authority on the Koran, Islam's holy book...Literally, jihad is a struggle against something, Mehanna said. The Koran allows jihad as self-defense....'[The terroists] are violating every single rule of Islam and every single rule...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 22, 2001, The New York Times reported, "Arab-Americans Are Finding New Tolerance Amid the Turmoil." The article noted the efforts made to respond to -- and prevent further -- backlash. "Nabeel Abraham, an anthropologist who is co-author of 'Arab Detroit,' said that since the gulf war, during a decade of accelerated immigration from the Middle East and Asia, he had observed a 'phenomenal' improvement in attitudes toward Arab-Americans in the news media and among elected officials."

Mosques, Islamic Centers Targets of Backlash

September 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 22, 2001, The New York Times featured the story, "Abhorring Terror at an Ohio Mosque." The article reviewed some of the aftermath of the terror attacks, including the recent incident at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, when a man drove his car into the building. "The police arrested the driver, who was hospitalized with injuries from the crash. What did the mosque's Muslims do? They prayed for the man, said Imam Fawaz Damra, a spiritual leader at the mosque. And a few days later, the imam said, he and another leader...

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Muslim Leaders, Scholars, and Community Members Clarify that Terrorism is Contrary to Islam

September 21, 2001

Source: The Toronto Sun

On September 21, 2001, The Toronto Sun reported that Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens), responded to the terror attacks by saying "'We should make it clear that such acts of horrific carnage ... have nothing to do with the beliefs of most Muslims. The Koran specifically declares: 'If anyone murders an (innocent) person ... it will be as if he has murdered the whole of humanity.' He targeted extremists who take the Koran out of context."

Congressman John Cooksey on Racial Profiling

September 21, 2001

Source: The Advocate

http://www.theadvocate.com/terror/cooksey/cooksey0921.htm

On September 21, 2001, The Advocate reported "Cooksey backtracks on comment, Congressman apologizes for 'poor choice of words.'" The article noted that "Cooksey said that 'radio talk shows' have created a mistaken impression 'that I said if police or the FBI see someone in a car wearing a turban, they should pull him over... I was talking about airport security...I certainly recognize...

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