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Ramadan in America, 2003

November 5, 2003

Source: Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=61b693299822917fdf435a060643ee0a

On November 5, 2003 the Pakistan Link reported that "with the recent commencement of the holy month Ramadan, Muslim Americans are more concerned than ever about where their zakat money, their yearly donation to the poor, is going. Last year as part of anti-terror investigations, the United States government had...

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Oklahoma Sixth Grader Suspended over Muslim Head Covering

November 5, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=2827

On November 5, 2003 the Religion News Service reported that "a Muslim girl who was suspended twice for wearing a religious headscarf to her Oklahoma public school has filed a suit saying her rights to free speech and religious exercise have been violated. The Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based civil liberties organization, filed suit Oct. 28 on behalf of Nashala Hearn, an 11-year-old...

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Muslims Seek Out Christian Resources to Aid in Home Schooling

November 4, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50600-2003Nov1.html

On November 4, 2003 The Washington Post reported on Priscilla Martinez, a Muslim who is turning to Christian resources in order to home school her children. "Martinez, of Sterling, joined the Christian-based Homeschool Legal Defense Association, which helped her with the paperwork for a religious exemption allowing her to teach her youngsters, ages 4 and 5, at...

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Cabinet Minister Says Islam Must Be Modernized

November 4, 2003

Source: Aftenposten

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=662218

On November 4, 2003 Aftenposten reported, "Cabinet Minister Erna Solberg...suggests...that the burden of integration into Norwegian society lies as much with Muslims as it does with ethnic Norwegians who are part of the state church. After meeting with her British counterpart Beverly Hughes in London...Solberg is on the offensive. 'The Norwegian Islamic...

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For Iranians in Los Angeles, Exile Feels Unusually Like Home

November 3, 2003

Source: The New Yorker

http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?fact/031110fa_fact

On November 3, 2003, Iranian-American author Tara Bahrampour wrote in The New Yorker that "the L.A. area is home to the largest Iranian community outside Iran. (The number of Iranians in the greater metropolitan area falls somewhere between a hundred thousand and six hundred thousand, depending on which source you choose to believe.) The city has Iranian Republican clubs, Iranian Rotary...

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Editorial: Ramadan for the Single Woman

November 2, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/editorial/7153110.htm

On November 2, 2003 Asma Gull Hasan reported in an editorial in the Pioneer Press that "if I were married, as I should have been 10 years ago under Pakistani cultural standards, I would not be fasting alone. And this Ramadan, like me, many Gen-X Muslim women will also be fasting alone. According to statistics compiled by the Islamic Society of North America,...

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Are Muslims Serving in the Military a Risk? A "Delicate Question", With Mixed Responses

November 2, 2003

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A50998-2003Nov1?language=printer

On November 2, 2003 the Washington Post reported that "U.S. military officials are wondering whether they have been inattentive to outside influences on the small community of Muslims in the armed forces. But even asking that question is a delicate matter for an institution that has long embraced tolerance of all faiths. Some military officials believe...

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Ramadan in America, 2003

November 1, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-ramadan1nov01235430,1,3865535.story?coll=la-news-religion

On November 1, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported on "the many new ways that Muslims are sharing Ramadan with the broader non-Muslim community. Such efforts multiplied after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks sparked widespread public curiosity -- and some hostility -- toward Islam, and seem...

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With the Words Washed Away, the Hurt Remains: Colorado Muslims React to Racist Graffiti

November 1, 2003

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_2393264,00.html

On November 1, 2003 the Rocky Mountain News reported that "messages of hatred jumped out at two Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies while they were on routine patrol Tuesday near the Colorado Muslim Society Islamic Center.Scrawled with a black marker on a green telephone box just outside the center's fence were the words "KKK" and 'All...

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Headscarf Controversy Sparked by Annual President's Party

October 31, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1031/p08s02-woeu.html

On October 31, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor ran an article on a controversy over the hijab sparked by Turkey's annual president's party celebrating the anniversary of the republic: "While foreign diplomats and opposition lawmakers - pillars of Turkey's Westernized and staunchly pro-secular elite - were invited to bring their spouses, male members of the conservative Justice...

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In Wake of Deadly Fires, California Muslims Pray for Rain

October 31, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On October 31, 2003 Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that their Southern California office had "called on mosques and Islamic centers across the state to offer prayers for rain following the normal Islamic congregational gatherings on Friday. The Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is also calling on people of all faiths to offer prayers for rain according to their own religious traditions. CAIR-LA initiated the prayer request to provide a spiritual dimension in the efforts to bring California'...

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Iftaar at the White House

October 31, 2003

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20031028-103856-4806r.htm

On October 31, 2003 The Washington Times reported that a group of American Islamic leaders were upset over the fact that several Islamic organizations were not invited to Iftaar at the White House this year. The Muslim Students Association, American Muslims for Jerusalem, the Islamic Society of North America, Project Islamic Hope, the Coordinating Council of Muslim...

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