Islam

Ohio Area Muslim Establishments Vandalized

September 16, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 16, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "someone pumped seven bullets into the front of an unoccupied [Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio] mosque early yesterday - including one that pierced a plate-glass window and went into a prayer hall. The president of the Islamic congregation that worships there said it could have been worse. 'A few hours earlier we had probably 10 people praying there before sunrise, and hundreds of people back at 10 a.m. for Sunday school, so someone could have been hurt badly,' said Ihsfan Ul Haque,...

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New York Memorial Emphasizes Inclusiveness

September 15, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 15, 2002 The New York Times reported on "a memorial, given by the Upper Westchester Muslim Society... The moderator, Asser Tantawi, took the podium and called the Sept. 11 attacks 'an act of evil which happened a year ago that has absolutely nothing to do with our religion or faith.' Mr. Tantawi then used an example, not from the Koran, but from mainstream American life. 'How many of you remember 'Eight is Enough?' ' he asked. His reference was to the television series from the late 1970's, but his point was that...

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Muslim "Pedals for Peace" Ride

September 15, 2002

Source: Islamic Horizon

On September 15, 2002 Islamic Horizon reported that "Shakeel Syed, a 42-year-old Los Angeles resident, has announced that he will bike 4,000 miles (from Los Angeles to Boston) to bring peace to everyone everywhere. Syed, who will start his solo Pedals for Peace on march 1, 2003, hopes to finish his journey by June 30, 2003."

Muslims Reflect on Life in America

September 15, 2002

Source: Islamic Horizons

On September 15, 2002 the Islamic Horizons reported that the Islamic Society of North America's Islam in America conference "was held in Chicago on July 5-7... The three day conference brought together scholars, researchers, and community workers and leaders to focus on issues ranging from the spread of Islam in American prisons to how Muslims should communicate with non-Muslims... 'The strength of America is in its diversity, and this diversity includes the Islamic component which is part of the American mainstream now.' So...

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Update: Virginia Mosque Vandalized

September 14, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 14, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "vandals have sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on a Sterling [Virginia] mosque...

Yasir Syeed with The All Dulles Area Muslim Society ('Adams') said the center on Sugarland Road was attacked Friday night. The building is under construction and will be in use next month... Syeed said vandals sprayed obscenities and swastikas on the backside of the mosque. He said it's the second time they've been vandalized. The Muslim Society's temporary site of worship was attacked...

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Some Hate Crime Victims "Feel Forgotten"

September 14, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 14, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "at least a dozen murders are being investigated as hate crimes by [Texas] authorities. Families of those victims say they share the grief of the families of those who perished at the World Trade Center and Pentagon and who were aboard the jetliners that crashed that day. But amid the commemorations and observances of the first anniversary of Sept. 11, they feel forgotten. Representatives of the national charities say the issue is not so simple. The September 11th Fund...

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Arab American Lawyer Fights for Clients' Constitutional Rights

September 13, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 13, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported on "Randall B. "Randy" Hamud, [who] has represented four San Diego residents held as material witnesses because they knew Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar, who lived in San Diego in 2000 and were among the hijackers who crashed a jet into the Pentagon. Hamud has also represented more than 20 other Middle Eastern immigrants questioned or detained by the federal government, as well as the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui, the man facing trial as the suspected '20th hijacker.'...

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Inclusion of Jewish and Muslim Holidays in the Workplace

September 13, 2002

Source: Equal Time

http://eastbay.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2002/09/16/smallb3.html

On September 13, 2002 Equal Time reported that "few U.S. employers list the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur as employee holidays. The same goes for Ramadan, the most religiously significant time of year for the world's 1 billion Muslims. But as the workplace has become more racially, ethnically and religiously diverse, firms have tried to...

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Young Female Athletes Negotiate Requirements of Muslim Faith and Sports

September 13, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 13, 2002 The Plain Dealer featured an article on the Farley-Samad family of Shaker Heights, Ohio. The four sisters all played sports at Shaker Heights High, and negotiated the requirements of their Muslim faith through their athletic careers. The girls had "letters of exemption from the Ohio High School Athletic Association" (OHSAA) so they could wear their hijab during games.  "Even when they are playing sports - a combination of basketball, track, cross country and volleyball for each - they wrap up their hair and...

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The Muslim American Experience in the Past Year

September 13, 2002

Source: Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0913/p10s04-comv.html

On September 13, 2002 the Christian Science Monitor reported that "the impulse to place collective blame for 9/11 on [Muslims and Americans of Middle Eastern background] groups has surfaced in acts of prejudice and, sometimes, violence. But... there have also been acts of kindness and reassurance by Americans determined to show their Muslim neighbors or colleagues that they are...

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Hate Crimes Increase; Civic and Religious Leaders Struggle Over Political Differences

September 12, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 12, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission reported the highest increase in hate crimes in its 21 years of record keeping. In all, there were 118 suspected hate crimes targeting Middle Easterners and Muslims in the three months after Sept. 11 compared with 14 in all of 2000, the commission said. Religious and civic leaders who founded the [Muslim -Jewish Dialogue] group met just prior to the terrorist attacks - and then saw dialogue turn into bitter debate as some...

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Interfaith Memorials in Ohio

September 12, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 12, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "throughout the [Northeast Ohio] region - in a Muslim mosque in Parma, at a Jewish candle-lighting ceremony downtown and in a daylong Buddhist walk of remembrance crossing nearly the entire city - people of all faiths joined in gestures of unity and respect... as thousands of worshippers gathered in special services, prayer vigils and communitywide events to commemorate the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history."

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