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Islamic College Expresses Shock at Arrest of Former Student

November 28, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3246140.stm

On November 28, 2003 the BBC News reported, "The Islamic college searched in connection with the arrest of Sajid Badat has expressed shock at the detention of a former pupil it had seen as conscientious. Abdus Samed Ahmed, head of the College of Islamic Knowledge and Guidance in Blackburn, said Mr. Badat had been a good student. 'I was stunned to find a former student has been allegedly linked with al-Qaeda,' [...

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This Year, Muslims Celebrate a Special Thanksgiving

November 28, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/136/story_13617_1.html

On November 28, 2003 Beliefnet published an editorial by Hesham Hassaballa on a this year's special "Muslim Thanksgiving." Hassaballa writes, "Another great feature of Ramadan this year is that the end of the month coincides with Thanksgiving, and few things can be more fitting. The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, or 'Feast of the Breaking of the Fast,' is a time of happy celebration after completing a...

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2001 Census Shows Growing Religious Diversity

November 28, 2003

Source: The West Australian

http://www.thewest.com.au/20031128/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto116339.html

On November 28, 2003 The West Australian reported, "The most comprehensive profile of WA's religion, language and birthplace - launched this week - reveals there are five main religions and more than 30 minor ones flourishing in WA. The profile is based on results from the 2001 census.More than 63 per cent of the population...

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Foreign Office Minister's Comments Upset Muslims

November 28, 2003

Source: The Scotsman

http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2235938

On November 28, 2003 The Scotsman reported, "Muslim residents of a Labour minister’s constituency have demanded an inquiry by the party’s ruling body into comments they claim could have incited racial and religious hatred...Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane was forced to tone down a speech in his Rotherham constituency last week, in which he had been planning to urge British Muslims...

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New Muslim Chaplain to Replace James Yee Won't Have Access to Detainees

November 28, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-chaplain28nov28,1,6589686,print.story

On November 28, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "a new Muslim chaplain is at Guantanamo early next month but, unlike his predecessor, he will not be allowed to meet with the 660 suspected terrorists now held at Camp Delta, officials said. The new chaplain will replace Army Capt. James Joseph Yee, who was...

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Muslims Experience European Life "Separate and Apart"

November 27, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16652-2003Nov26.html

On November 27, 2003 The Washington Post ran a feature article detailing a Muslim family struggling for acceptance in The Netherlands, as an illustration of a larger European phenomenon: "Yaakoub's experience offers a glimpse into the conflict between Europe's historically Christian, increasingly secular societies and the large -- and often alienated -- Muslim...

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Update: Espionage Charges Dropped for Chaplain Yee, New Charges Follow

November 26, 2003

Source: Pacific News Service

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=868db9fa70f7049008926a7bc03acc52

On November 26, 2003 Pacific News Service reported that "Captain James Yee, the Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, was freed after spending almost 3 months in military prison on espionage charges. But his release is bittersweet to his family and supporters. Yee is now charged with downloading pornography and...

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At Kentucky Eid Service, American Muslims Called Islam's Best Hope

November 26, 2003

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/11/26ky/met-front-ramadan11270-6292.html

On November 26, 2003 The Courier Journal reported, "More than 1,000 Louisville-area Muslims celebrated the largest festival of their religious calendar yesterday, as a prayer leader said educated American Muslims represent the best hope for those in impoverished, embattled Islamic countries.

'Those who are...

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American Muslim Scholar Urges Muslims to be Self-Critical

November 26, 2003

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031125-043542-6436r

On November 26, 2003 United Press International reported that "an American Muslim scholar finds it 'condescending' to dismiss hate speech from Muslim leaders as 'rhetorical' while holding Christian and Jewish leaders to higher standards of discourse. 'For a long time, Muslim American organizations have been allowed to get away with all kinds of hate speech against the U.S...

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Sacramento Muslims Hold Interfaith Iftaar

November 26, 2003

Source: Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=023b1a7cf635

On November 26, 2003 Pakistan Link reported, "On one day of Ramadan every year, Muslims at SALAM (Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims) who are blessed with a degree of affluence, invite several members of the Sacramento Interfaith community to share with them what Islam is all about. This year it was five Arab-Americans who funded this effort,...

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Islamic Center Purchases School in Florida

November 25, 2003

Source: Palm Beach Post

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/auto/epaper/editions/tuesday/south_county_f32c3ed901f342a20022.html

On November 25, 2003 the Palm Beach Post reported that "the purchase of a small private school has doubled the amount of property owned by the Islamic Center of Boca Raton. The center bought the 3.36-acre Clerisy Academy property earlier this month... The purchase of an...

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Milwaukee Interfaith Conference Grants Islamic Society Full Membership

November 25, 2003

Source: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/lifestyle/religion/nov03/188031.asp

On November 25, 2003 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, "Representatives of 11 denominations and faith groups that oversee the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee have voted to admit the city's Islamic Society to full membership, the first addition in three decades, conference officials said Tuesday.

Coming the same week as Thanksgiving and...

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Visible Minorities Face Discrimination After 9/11

November 25, 2003

Source: The Eyeopener

http://www.theeyeopener.com/storydetail.cfm?storyid=812

On November 25, 2003 The Eyeopener reported, "As executive director of the Canadian Arab Federation, Audrey Jamal documented an alarming increase in hate crimes after the Twin Towers were toppled in 2001...In a report released in September, Statistics Canada noted that 20 per cent of visible minorities aged 15 and over said they had been victims of racism in the last five years. For Arabs...

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President Bush Issues Eid Greeting

November 24, 2003

Source: The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/11/20031124-10.html

On November 24, 2003 The White House issued President George Bush's Greeting to Muslims on Eid al-Fitr. The text reads, in part: "Islam is a religion that inspires its followers to lead lives based on justice, compassion, and personal responsibility.

During this joyful season, I encourage people of all faiths to reflect on our shared values: love of family...

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School Assignment on "Fasting" Sparks Protests

November 24, 2003

Source: Pasadena Star

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~22097~1789230,00.html

On November 24, 2003 the Pasadena Star reported that "about 200 protesters marched outside Royal Oak Intermediate School on Monday, opposing an assignment in which students fast to learn about Islam... The protest began brewing last week when Christian-based groups learned a teacher gave the optional extra-credit assignment to students studying Islam in a...

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