Islam

A Call for Accountability

September 3, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On September 3, 2002 The New York Times printed an editorial by Mona Eltahawy that stated, "Muslims across the United States have... visited schools, churches and synagogues to explain how different is the faith they hold dear from the hate-filled zealotry that took control of those planes... But if Muslims are continually called upon to apologize, a defensiveness will set in that will distract from the questions we need to ask to move beyond Sept. 11 and reclaim the stage from the maniacs who want to take over the mosques....

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Photo Exhibit: Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001

September 3, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3991558.htm

On September 3, 2002 Mercury News reported on "a month-long photo exhibit that opened Sunday at San Francisco [California] City Hall, called 'Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001,' [photographed by documentary photographer Rick Rocamora, a Roman Catholic-raised Filipino immigrant]. The exhibit captures Ashan Syed of the Muslim Community Association in San...

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Many American Muslims Still Targeted and Fearful

September 3, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=49897

On September 3, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a year later [in Portland, Oregon], people who once felt harassed are now more relaxed - in part because neighbors, colleagues, and often total strangers reached out to assure them. But they say the initial fear of bodily harm has turned into a dull uneasiness, causing them to worry about their future in the United States, and in some cases strive to...

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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

September 2, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 2, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sunday's session at the Islamic Society of North America's convention, "entitled '9/11 and American Muslims: Changes Within Us,' [which] attracted thousands of Muslims into the main hall of the Washington Convention Center. One of the lessons of Sept. 11 was that mosques that had already engaged in dialogue with other faiths fared much better in the aftermath of the attacks..., said Faroque Khan, a medical-school professor and leader at the Islamic Center of...

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On Islam: Billy Graham Accepts; Franklin Graham Condemns

September 2, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 2, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "in 1986... the evangelist Billy Graham told the audience that they should regard Muslims not as the enemy but as fellow believers, that they all worshiped the same God. Over a week he repeated it eight times. Over the last year, his son Franklin Graham, now head of the senior Graham's ministry, has called Islam a 'wicked' and 'evil' religion, 'a greater threat than anyone's willing to speak,' as he told Fox News on his book tour last month. In his book, he writes that...

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Pakistani Reaches Out After Being Saved by Jewish Man on 9/11

September 2, 2002

Source: CNN

On September 2, 2002 CNN reported on Usman Farman's [a Muslim student] recollections of his rescue by a Hasidic Jewish man in the World Trade Center. "the Hasidic Jewish man helped Farman get up... Farman took it upon himself to reach out. He fired off an emotional e-mail [message] to friends and Dr. Joseph Morone, president of his alma mater, Bentley College. 'As I found out, regardless of who we are, and where we come from, we only have each other', wrote Farman. Farman, who has been unable to find his rescuer, says he hopes his experience...

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Islamic Center Thankful for Interfaith Support

September 1, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 1, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "for the [Islamic Center in Wayland], one of the most significant changes since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has come not in anger directed at members, but in a growing interest in their religion. 'While prior to Sept. 11 we'd be lucky to get 12 people, since then we've had several hundred visitors come to our interfaith meetings,' said Malik Khan, a member of the mosque. The center also has engaged in an extensive outreach program, with many members giving talks at churches...

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New Orleans Plans for Civic and Interfaith 9/11 Memorials

September 1, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On September 1, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "around the [New Orleans, Louisiana] area, the schedule of Sept. 11 remembrances shows no less than four major interfaith services, two civic prayer breakfasts and more than a half-dozen outdoor programs in parks, cemeteries, courthouse plazas and parking lots, not to mention unnumbered services morning and evening in the region's churches and synagogues. The collective mission, designers said, is to remember the dead and pray for community."

Reports of Women Converting to Islam After 9/11

September 1, 2002

Source: The Press Enterprise

On September 1, 2002 The Press Enterprise reported that "at least 8,000 U.S. women have become Muslims since Sept. 11, according to annual projections by the academic Hartford Institute for Religious Research. Conversion rates for all Muslims have quadrupled in the past year, some clerics report. Conversion has brought inner joy but external harassment, some [California] Inland women say. Three of them declined to be interviewed because of anticipated fallout from neighbors, employers or family members. Two asked not to be...

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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

September 1, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 1, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Muslim money management is one of the hottest topics among the participants and the vendors of Islamic products and services [at the] Islamic Society of North America's four-day convention... The biggest stumbling block to pure Islamic finance is avoiding the money lenders and all those companies that draw profits from collecting interest payments. That violates shariah, or Islamic law, and includes most banks, mortgage lenders, mutual funds and other...

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Reflections at the Islamic Society of North America's Convention

September 1, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 1, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "more than 30,000 Muslims converged on Washington yesterday to celebrate their wealth and freedom, renew social ties, hear investment advice and hunt for spouses, but they also complained that U.S. conservatives have dehumanized them since the terror attacks of Sept. 11."

Update: Increasing Support for Lutheran Reverend Who Participated in Interfaith Event

September 1, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On September 1, 2002 The Washington Times reported that "a national campaign is swelling in support of the Rev. David Benke, who was expelled from his post as head of the New York-area Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for praying at a Yankee Stadium interfaith event after the terrorist attacks on the city. The 'It's OK to Pray' theme, being pushed by Mr. Benke's supporters in the 2.6 million-member conservative denomination, comes as a church review board considers his appeal that he did not commit 'syncretism' or 'unionism...

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Interfaith Alliance Benefits Metro East of St. Louis

August 31, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On August 31, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on how "the Metro East [of St. Louis, Missouri benefited] by an interfaith network where lay people and leaders [got] to know each other, [held] joint worship events on Thanksgiving and Memorial Day and [worked] together... In early June [of 2002], [Cathy] Stoltz, [Brent] Shapiro and Dr. Muhlyuddin Khalid, a Belleville mosque founder, met for dinner and officially founded the Metro East Interfaith Alliance."

Muslim Teens Organize to Inform Communities about Islam

August 31, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 31, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that [Massachusetts] teens have "realized that as faithful Muslims they had an important obligation. 'Now I feel like we have more responsibility to do outreach and tell people about Islam,' said Kazmi, a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester. 'If you don't tell them about Islam, they look to Osama bin Laden or suicide bombers [for answers to what Islam is.]' Following the attacks, Mohammad started a Muslim club at Belmont High and is [organizing] an interfaith group in her...

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New York Metropolitan Area Houses of Worship to Offer Memorials on 9/11

August 31, 2002

Source: Newsday

On August 31, 2002 Newsday reported that "[New York] houses of worship [will] offer special services, prayers and music to mark September 11... The Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Whitestone would build a shrine. 'One of St. Francis of Assisi's prayers is for peace,' says Latona, pastor of the 1,000-member congregation. For the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, marking the first anniversary of the attacks will be about healing, for the families of the victims and also for the Muslim community. 'As we were mourning the...

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