Islam

Muslim Offers Personal Perspective On Rick Lazio

November 3, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On November 3, 2000, the New York Times profiled Dr. Faroque A. Khan, a physician, a Long Island mosque official and a grass-roots political leader. Khan said he views this election as "a second defining moment for Muslim Americans." He said that the first was the Oklahoma City bombing. "That was a wake-up call...This is the second one, a kick in the back. This is telling us, 'Get your act together or you'll be marginal forever.' " Khan is responding to Lazio's accusation that the New York State's American Muslim Alliance's $50,...

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Muslim Home-buyers Find Options to Interest

November 3, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 3, 2000, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Islamic teachings prohibit the paying or receiving of interest -- which touches upon almost every financial transaction in American society, from paying for gas on a credit card to buying a car. For Muslims, this ancient law conflicts with an increasingly complex U.S. society that thrives on debt. The stakes are high. For strict followers in Southern California's growing Muslim population, the price of piety can be owning a home. So Muslims nationwide have...

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Muslim Voters and the Election

November 2, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 2, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "Muslim Americans are grabbing the attention of both parties in the presidential campaign because of where they reside. Concentrated in 'battleground states' such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, and Texas, Muslims could make a difference in the outcome, pollster John Zogby says. With the two candidates running neck and neck in Michigan, for example, both George W. Bush and Al Gore have courted local groups of the estimated 275,000-...

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Christians, Jews, and Muslims Worship Under Same Roof

October 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

October 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported, "twelve years ago, the Irvine United Church of Christ opened its doors--and its arms--to a small Jewish congregation in search of a home. On Sunday, the church embraced followers of another faith--Islam--perhaps marking the first time in the United States that Christians, Jews and Muslims have worshiped under one roof. During the Sunday morning service, the Rev. Fred C. Plumer introduced his congregants to the church's newest tenants in a quest for greater understanding of what it...

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Controversy Rages Over Return of Muslim Funds

October 29, 2000

Source: New York Daily News

On October 29, 2000, the New York Daily News reported that "Hillary Rodham Clinton accused state Republicans yesterday of "exploiting" the bombing deaths of 17 U.S. sailors by blitzing voters with phone calls that charge she has "Arab" donors who embrace such terrorism." The article continues, "The GOP phone banks are targeting more than 1 million voters - one message for Jews, another for non-Jews. Non-Jews hear that 'the Daily News reported...Clinton attended a $50,000 fund-raiser where she accepted a plaque and money from an...

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Iranian National Congress Works to Bring Democracy to Iran

October 29, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 29, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that a local Iranian-American group is fighting for democracy back in Iran. The Iranian National Congress formed last year and, according to its backers, "is an effort to unite what has often been a fractured Iranian opposition abroad. 'We believe in the right of the Iranian people to choose a democratic government for themselves,' said Behzad Tabatabaei, a doctoral student at UCLA who serves as the group's chief information officer. The congress, supporters say, is composed of...

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Muslim Groups Work for Unity

October 28, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 28, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported "when a coalition of Muslim American leaders delivered its first unified presidential endorsement this week--backing Republican candidate George W. Bush--the move marked an important moment in the community's long struggle for unity and a greater presence on the American political stage. 'There is a tremendous awakening in our community,' said Saed Moujtahed, 39, a Syrian- born entrepreneur. Once politically apathetic, he intends to back Bush and has put his telecommunications...

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CAIR Honors California Muslims

October 28, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 28, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that, "two Orange County residents will be honored at the Council on American-Islamic Relations' fourth annual conference and fund-raising banquet this evening at the Sequoia Conference Center in Buena Park. The council is a nonprofit organization founded to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Event organizers for the Southern California chapter said they expect more than 650 to attend. Naziha Wareh, a Fountain Valley resident, will receive an award for...

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Lieberman "Hurt" by Muslim Criticism

October 27, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 27, 2000, The Washington Post reported that, "Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said he is stung by concerns raised about his candidacy for vice president by Arab American groups, which are clearly hurting the Democratic ticket in several key states. In an interview with WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Mich., Lieberman, the first Jewish major-party nominee for national office, said, 'I'm hurt [by such criticism]. They have a right to what they choose to do. The fact is I've worked very closely with Arab American groups.' He...

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Controversy Rages Over Return of Muslim Funds

October 27, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On October 27, 2000, a front page story in The New York Times reported, "Yesterday, as Mrs. Clinton's campaign aides began returning about 100 checks from members of the American Muslim Alliance, Muslims across the country were reminded of how difficult it remains for them to make inroads into American politics and how disputed remarks about other parts of the world can derail the acceptance of Muslim Americans here. Mrs. Clinton said on Wednesday that the checks, from a fund-raising event in June, were being returned because of '...

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Muslim Employee Allowed to Attend Friday Prayers

October 26, 2000

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On October 26, 2000, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that, "CTI Logistx, located in Bramalea, Ontario has agreed to allow a Muslim employee to attend Friday prayers following intervention by the Canadian office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN). The employee had approached CTI a few months ago with a request to attend Friday afternoon prayers. At the company's request, he provided religious documentation from local Muslim organizations. CTI initially approved the request...

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Muslim Man Fired for Wearing a Beard Sues

October 26, 2000

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On October 26, 2000, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that, "the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) has announced that a Muslim security guard who was fired for refusing to shave his beard filed a private discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court against his former employer, Sims Security/Burns International Services Corp. The suit alleges that the guard was disciplined twice for wearing a beard and was ultimately fired for refusing to shave. The Equal...

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Los Angeles CAIR Chapter Leaves Dialogue Group

October 26, 2000

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On October 26, 2000, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that, "after lengthy consideration, the Board of Directors of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) has concluded that we can no longer be a part of the Muslim-Jewish dialogue group initiated last year. Regrettably, we note that our Jewish partners in the group have rejected the issuance of a joint statement condemning the ongoing bloodshed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We feel that if the...

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