Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: Post-Gazette

On November 25, 2002 the Post-Gazette reported that "followers of Islam welcomed guests of all faiths to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh last night with hospitality, prayer and a dinner that broke a daily fast during the month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, the lunar month of peace, God revealed the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. This year, Ramadan began Nov. 6 and will end Dec. 5. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a way to develop patience, self-control and a deeper connection with God. Last...

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Controversy Over Holiday Stamps

November 25, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On November 25, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the piece of postage features a greeting for two major Islamic holidays rendered in gold Arabic calligraphy against an azure background. 'Eid Mubarak,' it reads in homage to Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the monthlong period of fasting and prayer that will conclude this year on Dec. 6, and Eid al-Adha, a celebration during the pilgrimage to Mecca in February. The U.S. Postal Service first issued the stamp 10 days before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade...

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Symbolic Cleansing of Courthouse Steps after Ku Klux Klan Rally

November 25, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 25, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "a crowd of white, black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist Milwaukeeans joined forces for a symbolic cleansing of the federal courthouse steps where white supremacists had rallied the day before. The Sunday ceremony followed a Saturday rally by about 50 members of the Ku Klux Klan, the National Socialist Movement and the World Church of the Creator, whose message of white separatism was jeered by hundreds of protesters...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 24, 2002

Source: The Argus,1413,83%257E1971%257E1010917,00.html

On November 24, 2002 The Argus reported that "more than 40 years ago, three Protestant churches of different denominations came together in the name of unity for a Thanksgiving service. It was a progressive step at the time, said Don Anderson, former pastor of First Christian Church, one of the churches that met in 1961. During the 1960s, more churches...

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Editorial: American Muslims and Thanksgiving

November 24, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On November 24, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed an editorial by Ghazala Hayat that stated, "as a Muslim, I thank for all the bounties from God every day. As an American, I look forward to the holiday; children come home; friends are also in town. I hear the familiar laughs and the door opens and closes often. The dinner is traditional: kosher turkey, corn, cranberries and pumpkin pie. We almost always have friends to join us. As first-generation immigrants, most of us do not have parents or relatives living in...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 23, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On November 23, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "this is the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to dusk for an entire month. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it started Nov. 6. At sunset, Muslims break their fast - customarily with friends, family members or at the mosque - and resume their regular activities. Naeemah Abdus-Salam says the mosque offers a sense of community. She said it is also good for her children to see that Muslims come from various...

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Interfaith Soup Kitchen

November 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 23, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the chaplain, Imam Johari Abdel-Malik, challenged the Rev. Graylan Hagler to work with him on an interfaith charity project in Washington. Abdel-Malik said he could provide food and volunteers for an effort to feed the needy. Could Hagler provide a place for them to serve the meals? This week, as a result...

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Fasting and Sports

November 23, 2002

Source: The Free Press

On November 23, 2002 The Free Press reported that "despite the difficulties, a surprising number of Muslim students across metro Detroit are running, tackling and winning games on empty stomachs and parched throats. It's a striking symbol of how the increasing number of U.S.-born Muslims are melding their faith and American traditions like high school sports."

"What Would Jesus Drive?"

November 22, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 22, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "prominent Christian and Jewish leaders called this week on the auto industry and their own congregations 'to recognize that transportation choices are moral choices' because of 'the extraordinary impact they have on God's creation and God's children.' In an open letter to auto executives, and in meetings Wednesday at...

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Arranged Marriages in Hindu and Muslim Communities

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "with increasing numbers of Hindus and Muslims living in the United States, members of these communities say arranged marriages are becoming more common, although no one tracks their numbers. These unions are very different from marriages in rural parts of their native countries where girls in their early teens can be forced by their parents to marry older men. Here it's often a family decision with parents and children, usually in their mid-20s, both holding veto...

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Marin Community Foundation Awards Community-Building Efforts

November 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 21, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Marin Community Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 congregations throughout the county that are actively involved in community-building efforts. A variety of religious faiths are represented, ranging from Bridge the Gap (a partnership by Sausalito Presbyterian Church and the Marin City Church of God) to the Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and the Novato-based International Association of Sufism. A grant to St. Andrews...

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Pennsylvania Passes "The Religious Freedom Protection Act"

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "Pennsylvania could become the 10th state to pass a bill meant to give new protections to religious groups but criticized by opponents as giving the groups free rein to ignore many laws. The Religious Freedom Protection Act... would allow laws that burden a person's religious practice or belief to be challenged in court...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: The Tucson Citizen

On November 21, 2002 The Tucson Citizen reported that "about 100 Muslims and Methodists from St. Francis in the Foothills congregation sat together to celebrate iftar - breaking of the Ramadan fast - at the Islamic Center of Tucson... A few Jews also were on hand."

Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 21, 2002

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

On November 21, 2002 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "about 100 students and other members of the campus community, including Christians, came together for what was billed as a 'Fast Food' dinner. The event celebrated the breaking of the daily fast by Muslims during their holy month of Ramadan and allowed each group to learn about fasting in Islam and...

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