Islam

Muslims in Military Are Underserved

March 11, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 11, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Islam is the fastest growing major religion in the military...Yet there there are only 10 Muslim chaplains for a population that the military estimates at 4,140, and that Muslims estimate at more than 10,000...Muslims say they face special challenges in the military, not only because of their particular dietary regulations and their requirement for frequent prayer, but also because they are unfamiliar to many in military leadership." The military is trying to train more Muslim...

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Muslim Prisoners Contest Prohibition on Growing Beards

March 11, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/11

On March 11, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a group of Muslim inmates at Vacaville State Prison has now invoked [the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act] in a class-action suit that asserts their right to grow beards." A basic tenet of their religion is that men must grow beards, but "...

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Muslims Divided over When to Observe Holidays

March 10, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 10, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on a split among Muslims on when to observe key Islamic holidays, which is based on the lunar calendar. "A large block of American mosques--relying more on science and less on the human eye--this year came to a different conclusion from authorities in Mecca, Saudi Arabia" on when the new moon appeared in the sky. Muzammil Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Society of North America, is planning to meet soon with both American and Middle Eastern Muslims to work out an agreement....

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Lawyer Challenges Use of Secret Evidence to Fight Terrorism

March 9, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 9, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on civil-rights lawyer Juliette Kayyem, who is executive director of a project on counterterrorism and domestic preparedness at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She is waging what seems "like a one-woman war within the Justice Department against the use of secret evidence... Acting on secret evidence, US officials now seize, detain, and deport foreigners suspected of terrorist activities." The National Commission on Terrorism, the congressionally appointed panel she sits on, "...

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Muslim Leaders Condemn Taliban's Destruction of Buddhist Statues

March 9, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 9, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "leading Southern California Muslim scholars...denounced the ruling Taliban's destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan as contrary to their faith's laws and traditions...The Los Angeles meeting...reflected growing efforts by a network of Muslim intellectuals and human rights advocates...to challenge, on the basis of Islamic law, oppression that they believe is being falsely imposed in the name of Islam...In a unanimous statement, eight intellectuals said the Taliban's...

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Muslims Seek Apology from Rev. Falwell for Bigotry

March 8, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On March 8, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced that it "is demanding an apology for anti-Muslim bigotry by prominent television evangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell." In an interview Falwell said that he thinks the Muslim faith teaches hate and should be barred from Bush's faith-based initiatives. Excerpts from the interview can be found at http://www.Beliefnet.com/story/70/story_7040_1.html. CAIR's letter to Falwell can be found...

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Muslims Seek Apology from Rev. Falwell for Bigotry

March 8, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On March 8, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on the Rev. Jerry Falwell's remark that "the Moslem faith teaches hate" and should be barred from Bush's faith-based initiatives. "Falwell later told USA Today that he meant any group that is anti-Semitic, racist or in any way bigoted should be disqualified...Islamic, Christian and Jewish leaders, even a spokesman for Middle East terrorist group Hezbollah, denounced Falwell's remarks."

Exodus of Bangladeshi Immigrants from Queens to Detroit

March 8, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On March 8, 2001, The New York Times reported that an estimated 8000 Bangladeshis have moved from Queens to Detroit in the past 18 months. "The mini-exodus...has created a Bangladeshi community" in the Detroit area and "it has mildly unnerved the tight-knit collection of Bangladeshi immigrants in Queens...According to several estimates, the Bangladeshi population in Detroit has grown from a few thousand in the mid-1990's to 15,000 to 20,000." Many are attracted to Detroit by the job opportunities and real estate prices and the...

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Organization Creates Friendships that Cross Different Religions

March 7, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On March 7, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported on the founder of HateBusters, an organization that arranged the first of a monthly series of visits by Christians to the houses of worship of three other major religions in Kansas City, the Hindu Temple, Beth Shalom Synagogue and the Islamic Center." The purpose of the trips, said the founder, is to ask, "How are we all as people of faith like each other, and how can we become neighbors?"

New York City Tries to Accommodate All Faiths with Special-Interest Legislation

March 6, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On March 6, 2001, The New York Times reported that "the New York political theory [is] that the way to honor the dignity of faith is by passing special-interest legislation for every religion in sight." This began when the New York City government began "celebrating Id al-Adha, the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, by suspending alternate-side street parking rules." After the city's recognition of this holiday other religious groups began demanding special legislation as well.

Muslims Divided over When to Observe Holidays

March 6, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 6, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Muslims are divided over when to celebrate Eid al Adha, the end of the hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca. Some think they "must coordinate the date of the Eid according to the hajj." Others think they "must follow the sighting of the moon in [their] local area...For years the two schools of thought have been trying to come up with a unified date for the Eid." Aminah McCloud, professor of Islamic studies at DePaul University, said "It would be nice for the sake of unity to...

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Islamic Leaders Denounce Taliban's Destruction of Non-Islamic Art

March 3, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 3, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Taliban has ordered the "ruination of every non-Islamic religious piece of art in the country... Islamic leaders in the U.S. and other countries, including Iran and Pakistan, called on the Taliban to grant a reprieve." Muzammil H. Siddiqi, director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, said the demolition of the art is "'a very un-Islamic act.' Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a national organization based in Los Angeles, agreed."

Pilgrimage a Spiritual Experience for American Muslims

March 3, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On March 3, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "about 2 million Muslims are on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, among them a group of nine persons from Al-Inshirah Islamic Center in Kansas City." For the Kansas City group, the article said, it really is "the journey of a lifetime."

Annual Muslim Pilgrimage Requires Careful Planning

March 3, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On March 3, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "getting to Saudi Arabia for hajj is not as easy as hopping a plane. It requires planning - on the part of Muslim pilgrims and the Saudi government... With 1.3 million pilgrims from outside the country joining nearly 1 million Saudi citizens, organization is key...The Saudi government issued 10,876 visas to American residents for the 2000 pilgrimage, up from 5,339 in 1996," including 619 visas last year to Houston residents, compared to 195 in 1996.

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