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U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13980-2001Sep23.html

On September 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Sikhs Campaign Against Hate." The article begins, "Their uniforms are Gap khakis and Old Navy T-shirts. Their weapons are e-mail, lawbooks, computer spreadsheets and yellow highlighters. In a cramped and borrowed war room at George Washington University, a few dozen young Sikhs from across the area are...

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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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