Islam

American Muslims: The New Generation

November 4, 2002

Source: USA TODAY

On November 4, 2002 USA Today reported that Asma Gull Hasan "wrote her own book about the Muslim community in the USA, offering an insider's view of its history and inner dynamics, from Pakistani immigrants such as her parents (her dad's a physician) to black converts and others who identify with Islam. She weaves her own story into the narrative. American Muslims: The New Generation, was published in 2000. But it has found a growing mainstream audience since last year's terrorist attacks, when the nation's attention became...

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Former President George Bush Condemns Stereotyping of Arab-Americans

November 3, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 3, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "former President George Bush on Saturday condemned intolerance and stereotyping that have hurt Arab-American families in the wake of the terrorist attacks... at the... Inter-Continental Hotel as part of the Arab-American Cultural and Community Center's annual gala. Bush said he wanted to use the opportunity to 'condemn intolerance (and) condemn the stereotyping that has hurt so many American families.' Bush mentioned the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to exemplify how...

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Discovering Religious Pluralism on a 10-Day Trip to Turkey

November 2, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 2, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, members of each religious community have worried over what they see as increasing intolerance around Georgia and the United States, especially for Muslims. [A] 10-day trip to Turkey, a secular Middle Eastern country with a rich tradition in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was meant to highlight common ground instead of conflict, according to the organizer, the Rev. Wayne Smith. This summer, they...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/News/story.asp?ID=24468

On November 2, 2002 The Idaho Statesman reported that "an interfaith service will be held at 6 p.m. today... in Boise. The service includes prayers for peace from leaders of several churches in the Treasure Valley. Rev. Jon Brown of the First United Methodist Church said the gathering was motivated by the U.S.�s threat of war against Iraq. Representatives from the following faiths and...

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Pre-Game Prayer in New Orleans Hornets Basketball Game

November 2, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 2, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "when the New Orleans Hornets brought professional basketball back to town Wednesday with an opening-night win over the Utah Jazz in the New Orleans Arena, buried in the package was an unusual practice in modern professional sport: a public, pre-game prayer offered on behalf of thousands of diverse fans. Jews, Muslims and Buddhists are likely to be part of the mix, along with Christians of many denominations, said the Rev. David Arceneaux, the Hornets' unpaid team chaplain...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 2, 2002 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "as general secretary for the National Council of Churches, [Robert] Edgar is a leader in the increasingly broad religious opposition to war on Iraq. Some are calling the movement the biggest show of solidarity against war since Vietnam. Some faiths have been silent on the war. Jewish organizations have remained mostly mum on the issue. Some of them fear that support for the war would be interpreted as pro-Israeli or anti-Palestinian. Imam Muhammad Musri, president...

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Putting Tulsa on the Interfaith Map

November 2, 2002

Source: The Herald

http://www.sharonherald.com/localnews/recentnews/0211/ln110202f.html

On November 2, 2002 The Herald reported that "women of various faiths united in Sharon [PA] Friday in the hopes of promoting peace in the world. Local members of Church Women United, a national ecumenical interfaith organization, hosted a service for about 60 Christian, Jewish and Muslim women at Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church. The program, 'Daughters of...

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Muslim Rap Grows

November 1, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the musical genre of Muslim rap, whose lyrics are meant to be positive influences on their young audiences, is gaining ground and attention in the American Muslim community. Some Muslim rappers express themselves through lyrics dedicated to the themes of the holy month [of Ramadan], while others work on their personal faith by not performing during that period. 'There is a large issue about the role of music in Islam,' said Ali Asani, a professor of...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 1, 2002

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/religion/1642275

On November 1, 2002 the Houston Chronicle reported that "this year, Ramadan is expected to begin Wednesday with the sighting of the new moon. In addition to the strict sunup-to-sundown fast, it brings with it fasting from sensual pleasures such as listening to music. But Ramadan also unites Muslim students, especially those far from home, as they gather for evening meals and form a...

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Waupun Clergy Association: Christians Only

November 1, 2002

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0211010219nov01.story

On November 1, 2002 the Chicago Tribune reported that "the first Wiccan to serve as a prison chaplain in Wisconsin and a Muslim chaplain were both ousted from the Waupun Clergy Association, which now allows only Christians as members. Muslim Imam Ronald Beyah said last week's action included him so it wouldn't appear the group was targeting the...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

October 31, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 31, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "thousands of Muslims in the greater New Orleans area will begin their annual  fast of Ramadan on Wednesday at the sighting of the new moon, observing one of  the five pillars of Islam. The remaining pillars of Islam are the declaration of  faith, daily prayers, charity and the pilgrimage to Mecca. Ernest Abdullah is the principal of the Clara Muhammad School at 2700 Magnolia St., a ministry of the New Orleans Masjid Al-Islam, a mosque with about  200 members in the New Orleans...

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Putting Tulsa on the Interfaith Map

October 31, 2002

Source: Tulsa World

On October 31, 2002 Tulsa World reported that "an interfaith service written by three Tulsa women will be presented Friday in hundreds of cities nationwide. 'It's very unusual to have Tulsa people write the national service,' said Harriet Larsen, the leader of a Tulsa Church Women United group. The 'Daughters of Abraham' service on World Community Day, sponsored by Church Women United, was written by Mickey Simpson, who is on the CWU national board; Sheryl Siddiqui, representing the Tulsa Muslim community; and Jeanne Jacobs,...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

October 31, 2002

Source: Council on American Islamic Relations

http://www.cair-net.org/ramkit2002

On October 31, 2002 the Council on American Islamic Relations issued a press release that provided a "publicity resource kit... to assist your community in publicizing Ramadan events and activities. It is designed to provide you with the raw materials with which you can contact the media and, through them, people of other faiths in your area."

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