Islam

Muslim Matchmaking

October 23, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 23, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that, "as founder of the Matrimonial Services Committee at the Islamic Society of Orange County, Rukhsana Farooqui pores over notebooks full of photographs and applications, then prays to make a good match. Since dating is forbidden under Islamic religious law, many unmarried young Muslims rely on their parents to arrange a supervised gathering to mingle with a prospective mate. When those liaisons haven't worked out, more than 200 local Muslims have turned to Farooqui to set them...

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Election 2000

October 23, 2000

Source: The American Muslim Council

On October 23, 2000, The American Muslim Council issued the following press release: "The American Muslim Political Coordinating Council Political Action Committee (AMPCC-PAC) announced its endorsement of Governor George W. Bush at a press conference held this morning. The AMPCC-PAC cited Bush's accessibility to the American Muslim community and his stand on the issues of secret evidence and profiling as the key dynamics contributing to the endorsement. There are more than six million Muslims in the United States. Muslims...

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Election 2000

October 23, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 23, 2000, The Boston Globe reported on Imam Hassan Qazwini. The article reported that Imam Qazwini, an Iraqi-born Muslim, recently urged his students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to vote in the upcoming election. "How else can they persuade the U.S. government to reduce its support for Israel? To halt the alleged singling out of Muslims and Arab-Americans for interrogation at U.S. airports? To stop the use of secret evidence to justify the detention of suspected terrorists? 'We should pursue our rights in...

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Interfaith Prayer Vigil Held for Children

October 21, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On October 21, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "the hum of gospel hymns, clapping hands and fervent prayer echoed off the glass walls of the office towers surrounding Charles Center Plaza yesterday as young and old gathered to observe an interfaith Sabbath for children. About 100 Christians, Jews and Muslims joined hands and voices as they prayed for the youth in Baltimore in a local vigil that was part of the Children's Sabbath, an annual event sponsored by the National Children's Defense Fund. As part of the observance,...

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Ismaili Center to be Built in Texas

October 21, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 21, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Houston-area Ismaili Muslims, who are under the spiritual leadership of the Aga Khan, are building a $10 million mosque and cultural center in Sugar Land. The 36,000-square-foot Ismaili Jamatkhana, or place of gathering, will be on 11 1/2 acres at 1700 First Colony Blvd. Lt. Gov. Rick Perry and Alaudin Bhanji, president of the Ismaili Council for the United States, attended ground-breaking ceremonies this week. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2001...

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More Attention Paid to Muslim Vote

October 21, 2000

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On October 21, 2000, the Omaha World-Herald reported that "Much attention has been paid in recent years to the voting patterns of Jews (overwhelmingly Democrat), evangelical Christians (overwhelmingly Republican) and Catholics (all over the map). But hardly anyone has collected data on the voting preferences of the nation's Muslims - a growing group that could decide close elections in swing states such as Michigan, where there is a large Muslim population. The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C.,...

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Election 2000

October 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "soon after his selection as Al Gore's running mate, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman met with several dozen Arab American leaders in Michigan who worried that, if elected vice president, the orthodox Jew would not be evenhanded on Middle Eastern policy. At the time, Lieberman earned guarded praise by listening to their concerns and reassuring them that he understands their agenda and has a record of fighting for the civil rights of Arab Americans. But after violence exploded in...

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Controversy Rages Over Return of Muslim Funds

October 19, 2000

Source: UPI

On October 19, UPI reported: "Last week, after counterterrorism researcher Steven Emerson said that the head of the American Muslim Alliance supported the terrorist group Hamas, Clinton returned $50,000 raised for her campaign at a fund-raiser she attended sponsored by the American Muslim Alliance...However, the head of the American Muslim Alliance, Dr. Agha Saeed, told United Press International in a statement that: 'We are, deeply troubled that Mrs. Clinton has accepted accusations about a major mainstream Muslim organization without inquiring...

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Million Family March Held

October 17, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 17, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "For all the preaching and politics, the Million Family March yesterday sometimes felt most like a big family photo album thrown open. For Seth Shaheed Muhammad, and his wife, Marcia, the moment was the renewal of their vows of marriage. The plan had always been to wait until their 50th wedding anniversary. But here they were, having journeyed from Oakland, Calif., in the 48th year of marriage, pulling a luggage cart along the Reflecting Pool. The cart was packed with a...

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Interfaith Gathering for Peace

October 17, 2000

Source: The Seattle Times

On October 17, 2000, The Seattle Times reported that as "spasms of deadly violence between Arabs and Jews continued, Jews and Muslims yesterday gathered at separate Seattle-area rallies to voice their support for friends and relatives in the Middle East, and for an end to the fighting. 'God empowers us with peace,' said Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim on Mercer Island. 'We must then take that empowerment and actualize it.' About 1,500 people attended the packed Mercer Island service, held at the Herzl-Ner...

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Million Family March Held

October 17, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On October 17, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "hundreds of thousands of men, women and children gathered at the National Mall yesterday to celebrate family unity and racial and religious harmony in a Million Family March organized by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. Spread from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, families listened as Farrakhan delivered a rambling three-hour speech that touched on a variety of issues but mostly sounded a theme of the importance of family. 'The family is the basic unit...

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Muslim Bank to Open in Dearborn

October 16, 2000

Source: The Detroit News

On October 16, 2000, The Detroit News reported that "metro Detroit's devout Muslim community will have its own bank soon. Founders of the Amana Bank, which means 'trust' in Arabic, plan to open the financial institution in east Dearborn. Although the bank would serve customers of diverse backgrounds, its officers plan to offer a mortgage program catering to devout Muslims who have religious beliefs that forbid them from paying interest on loans or even collecting interest on savings...Ned Fawaz, a Dearborn businessman who is the...

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American Children Discuss Peace in the Middle East

October 16, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On October 16, 2000, The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that "children at Temple Emanuel in Denver had some advice for world leaders prepared to take part in Middle East peace talks today: Get over it. 'What's so great about some land,' said Erin Cohan, 11. 'You already have some.' Adults and children, at a temple and a mosque, mostly agreed that the flashpoint of the battle, Jerusalem, must be fairly divided. Many were thankful that peace talks appear to be under way, but expectations were low. 'The wound is...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 16, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

October 16, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "in a white dress shirt and suit pants, Sherif Mohamed stands silently among a crowd of several thousand chanting protesters in the heart of Manhattan, holding up a hand-lettered sign that reads: 'Palestinians are also God's people.' A recent immigrant from Egypt, he wants to be sure that America's Muslim community, its anger and pleas for peace, are heard. But amid the waving Palestinian flags, mock coffins, and mothers in chadors pushing their toddlers,...

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