Source: New York Newsday
On November 7, 2003 New York Newsday reported on the second annual Ippie awards, which recognizes distinguished work in the press often overlooked by the mainstream media. "A Queens-based weekly publication, Muslims, won six Ippies this year, including one for an editorial on post-war Iraq and another for a first-person account of Muslim neighbors pitching in during the blackout in August. Jawed Anwar, the founder and publisher of Muslims, said he tries to foster dialogue within the Muslim community and across ethnic lines to non-Muslims. Like many newspapers aimed at new immigrants, the publication tries to be a guide to life in America. 'Before 9/11, Muslims were generally thinking about their own situations; Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arabs all had their own communities and were less concerned about what is happening around them,' he said. 'After 9/11, there was a need of the Muslims to know America, to be more aware about the news happening around their communities nationwide.'"