Islam

Heifer International Holds Interfaith Prayer

October 18, 2002

Source: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

On October 18, 2002 The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that "about 150 civic leaders, architects and the charity's employees gathered on weedy industrial land on the eastern edge of Little Rock. Their heads bowed, they prayed Jewish, Muslim and Christian prayers and blessed the roughly 27 acres that bulldozers will begin transforming next year... For Heifer International, a Little Rock-based world relief organization, the blessing marked the first time the organization publicly acknowledged that its...

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Interfaith Volunteers Sew Lap Quilts for Houston Elderly

October 17, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 17, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "dozens of volunteers from a variety of faiths gathered Sunday at a West Houston mosque to sew lap quilts for the elderly. Hunched over sewing machines, or cutting and pinning fabric, Muslims labored alongside Jews and Christians as part of a two-day, citywide effort by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston to break down religious barriers by engaging in simple acts of charity and finding a common thread of humanity."

Lackawanna Arrests and Community's Solidarity

October 17, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On October 17, 2002 The Buffalo News reported that "in a gesture of good will and outreach to the Yemeni community, the Lackawanna School Board held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday night at the Yemenite Benevolent Association, drawing both compliments and questions from Yemeni parents. The meeting... was attended by the usual participants and observers at School Board meetings, as well by as about three dozen men, women and children from the local Muslim community. In a statement that drew great applause, Jim Tatko, a...

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Reactions to Falwell's Statement "Mohammed was a Terrorist"

October 15, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 15, 2002 The Boston Globe printed an Op-Ed piece that stated, "Fundamentalist leaders like Jerry Falwell are a threat to democracy not because of their claims of exclusive truth but because they attempt to ignite religious wars.    Just like Osama bin Laden's version of Islam, some Christian fundamentalist clergymen are aggressive in delegitimizing other believers about their religious traditions. In particular, they are driven to forcing their brand of Christianity on others; they read scripture with a narrow lens...

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Reactions to Falwell's Statement "Mohammed was a Terrorist"

October 15, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On October 15, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "Falwell apologized over the weekend for calling Muhammad, the founder of Islam, a 'terrorist' in an interview broadcast Sept. 30 by the CBS News program '60 Minutes.' 'I sincerely apologize that certain statements of mine... were hurtful to the feelings of many Muslims. I intended no disrespect to any sincere, law-abiding Muslim,' the Southern Baptist minister said."

Religious Diversity in Queens, New York

October 15, 2002

Source: The Village Voice

On October 15, 2002 The Village Voice reported that "Flushing is no longer 'the valley of ashes' that Fitzgerald described. The former cultural void brims with residents from over 30 countries. An afternoon's stroll will expose you to cultures of Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. Heralded as the birthplace of religious freedom, Flushing teems with Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and Christians."

International Ramifications of Falwell's Statement on Islam

October 15, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On October 15, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "a recent series of disparaging remarks about Islam by the Rev. Jerry Falwell and other evangelical Christian leaders have sparked riots in India, helped religious parties win elections in Pakistan and undermined public sympathy in Islamic countries for the U.S. war on terrorism, experts said yesterday. 'Jerry Falwell makes a statement, he pleases his constituents, then he says he's sorry and apparently thinks that's the end of it,' said Akbar Ahmed, chairman of Islamic...

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Letter Urges President Bush to Stem Anti-Islamic Rhetoric

October 14, 2002

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On October 14, 2002 the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "a coalition of American Muslim civil rights and advocacy groups said today that only a clear statement from President Bush can stem the 'rising tide' of anti-Islamic rhetoric in this country. Leaders of the groups say the ongoing demonization of Islam and Muslims by right-wing commentators and evangelical leaders is being encouraged by the president's silence on the issue of Islamophobia. Earlier this week, the ad hoc coalition sent a...

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Lackawanna Arrests and Community's Solidarity

October 14, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On October 14, 2002 The Buffalo News reported that "Maj. Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad -- the first Islamic chaplain affirmed into the U.S. Armed Forces -- spoke to about 100 people at a meeting of the American Muslim Council Sunday evening in Lackawanna, where the spotlight on Islam has shined brightest since the arrest last month of six Muslims of Yemeni descent accused of supporting terrorists. Muhammad, who grew up in Buffalo, encouraged people to study Islamic history. He reminded them how Muslims of previous eras got through...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 14, 2002

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://www.portland.com/news/state/021014lewiston.shtml

On October 14, 2002 the Portland Press Herald reported that "about 300 people Sunday joined a peaceful march to show support for Somali immigrants. The one-mile march originally was planned as a Sunday school procession, but it was opened to the entire community after Lewiston's mayor issued a letter expressing concerns that local services will be strained if many more Somalis...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 14, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On October 14, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "Lewiston, Maine mayor, Laurier T. Raymond, has asked the Somali elders [leaders of the Somali Muslim immigrant community] to put a stop to... immigration. In a public letter earlier this month, Raymond warned of the toll taken by so many immigrants on the city's finances and cultural fabric, and asked the elders to help stanch the flow. 'This large number of new arrivals cannot continue without negative results for all,' Raymond wrote. 'I am well aware of the legal right...

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Corpus Christi Muslim Leader Reaches Out to Local Community

October 14, 2002

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

On October 14, 2002 the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that "Usama Nassar, an Islamic leader and member of the mosque on McArdle Road... said he and other local Muslims have been pursuing a public relations campaign of sorts to prove to the community that people of the Islamic faith are the same as anyone else living in Corpus Christi [TX]. Nassar added that he is looking forward to Nov. 3, when the mosque and the local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice will hold a forum called '...

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Muslim Rap Grows

October 14, 2002

Source: Foxnews

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,65540,00.html

On October 14, 2002 Foxnews reported that "they are three young, black Muslim-Americans who are in a religious rap group called Native Deen, based in a suburb of Washington, D.C. -- and they're part of a growing trend of singing or rapping about Islam. Mainstream musician/actor Mos Def, who is Muslim, incorporates Islamic principles and Arabic words into his raps. Even R...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 14, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "a year ago, a coalition of religious charities told Holyoke [Mass.] Mayor Michael Sullivan they were seeking nearly $1 million in federal funds to relocate as many as 60 Somali Muslim families over the next three years to this city, one of the state's poorest. Holyoke seemed the perfect fit, the charities said, because of affordable housing, entry-level jobs, and the city's long tradition of absorbing newcomers. Sullivan agreed, but advised the coalition to find more money...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

October 13, 2002

Source: Chapel Hill Herald

On October 13, 2002 Chapel Hill Herald reported that "the ongoing squabble about a summer reading assignment drawn mainly from the Quran figured prominently in UNC's 209th birthday celebration on Saturday. Speakers at two University Day events alluded directly to the controversy and praised Chancellor James Moeser and other officials for defending the faculty's right to have asked incoming freshmen to read Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations."

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