Muslim Link Addresses Civil Rights Issues for Community

March 27, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On March 27, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Friday prayer services at the Prince George's Muslim Association Community Center in Lanham [MD] have always been followed by a series of cheerful public announcements -- the start of a new Arabic class, an upcoming feast to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, another sale at a local halal grocery of items required by Islamic dietary laws... But recently the list is just as likely to include a more serious type of event -- the latest seminar on how to stand up for your rights as a Muslim in the United States... There have been many such events from which to choose. Mosques and community groups across Prince George's County are expanding their mission to address new immigration and security laws that the U.S. government maintains are needed to prevent terrorism but that critics charge unfairly target thousands of innocent Muslims and Arab and South Asian residents... 'A lot of families in our community are feeling very apprehensive . . . and immigration lawyers tell us it's only going to get worse,' said Minhaj Hasan, editor of the Muslim Link, a monthly newsletter published by the Dar-us-Salaam mosque in College Park... Now it also contains articles on civil rights and editorials exhorting readers not to abandon their faith in the face of discrimination, or to shop at Muslim-owned businesses that lost non-Muslim customers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon."