Islam

New Muslim Converts Face Difficulties in Aftermath

October 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 22, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on the "thousands of new Muslim converts [in the US] struggling with their identities amid anti-Muslim fervor and declarations of an Islamic holy war being broadcast on television. Already estranged from relatives and friends, some of whom accuse them of joining a cult, these new Muslims face catcalls and fresh challenges to their faith....[However] many say the events of Sept. 11 only confirmed their commitment" to Islam.

Volunteer Efforts to Assist Muslim and Arab-American Women

October 22, 2001

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2001/10/22/women_of_cover/index.html

On October 22, 2001, Salon.com featured the story "Stand beside her" which reported on volunteer efforts to help Muslim and Arab-American women feel safe. In St. Louis, "Local volunteers have come forward to act as escorts for those who have been threatened, or feel threatened, by knee-jerk reactions to their clothing or appearance. Similar ad hoc programs have sprung up,...

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Jewish-Muslim Relations Suffer in Aftermath of September 11

October 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 22, 2001 The New York Times reported "For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslims Is a Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks." The article described that "In several cities, rabbis and Jewish lay leaders have walked out of long-standing interfaith dialogues with Muslim leaders, complaining that the Muslims are condoning suicide bombing attacks against Israelis while condemning the attacks against the United States....Muslims, on the other hand, say Jewish groups are using the attacks as an excuse for putting Palestinian...

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Muslims in New Orleans Teach about their Faith

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured an article that began "for Muslims in New Orleans, these are doubly trying times. They are Americans, horrified and grieving over an attack on their home. And they are religious suspects, at pains to explain their faith, one of the world's oldest, most devout and most peaceful religions. Here is the Islam they know." The article describes Islam as it was described to congregants at an open-house event at the Bilal Ibn Rabah Islamic Center in New Orleans.

Editorial: "Bias has always existed but now is more overt"

October 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/294/city/Bias_has_always_existed_but_now_is_more_overt+.shtml

On October 21, 2001, The Boston Globe published a piece by Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi, an American Muslim and civil rights advocate. She writes, "As parents, students, workers, and neighbors, we have all been touched. We linger less, we laugh less. As I mourn for the innocent killed in my homeland, I...

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For Display, Pastor WantsTraditions That Are "Part of America's Heritage"

October 21, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 21, 2001 The St. Petersburg Times reported "Pastor wants just two religions in display." The article explained, "A pastor organizing the drive to display the Ten Commandments at the Polk County administration building says people of religions other than Judaism and Christianity need not join the effort. Hindus and Muslims are not welcome on the organizing committee because their religious traditions are not part of America's heritage, said the Rev. Mickey P. Carter, pastor of the Landmark Baptist Church in Haines City...

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Editorial: "Seeing Ourselves"

October 21, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24084-2001Oct19.html

On October 21, 2001, The Washington Post featured an editorial by Diana Abu-Jaber, "Seeing Ourselves." She wrote, "In the wake of terrorism it's natural to feel frightened, angry and disoriented. But to honor our dead and to strengthen our living, we must draw together, recognizing our mutual humanity. We must be at peace -- at the very least -- with ourselves...

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Texas Muslim Leaders Teach about Islam in Houston

October 21, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 21, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Islamic leaders gathered in Houston ...to show the true face of their religion...to a crowd of more than 350 at the University of Houston." The forum was "an effort to stem the scrutiny and discrimination that Muslims have faced since the Sept. 11 attacks attributed to Osama bin Laden...U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee promised Muslims support in Houston and from Congress.'We will stand with you and not against you,' she said. 'We will recognize that there is a separation...

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Meeting of Buddhist and Muslim Teens in Louisiana

October 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 21, 2001 The Times-Picayune featured the article "Common ground: Muslim and Buddhist teens learn religious tolerance by talking about their differences." Buddhist and Muslim teens met for discussion at Al-Tawbah Mosque in Gretna, Louisiana. More meetings are planned for the future. The article quoted Lisa Lincoln of Soka Gakkai International USA and Dr. Mahmoud Sarmini, spokesman for the Muslim group: "Lincoln and Sarmini say such a program will go a long way in helping teen-agers of different backgrounds treat one...

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Americans Attempt to Educate Themselves about Islam and the Muslim World

October 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 21, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an article on the "many initiatives underway in colleges and secondary schools around the region to better educate students and others in the community about the Muslim religion and the history and culture of the Middle East."

Muslims in Lodi, California Find Support Amidst Hostility

October 21, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/10/21/MN7559.DTL

On October 21, 2001 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Long-term relationship with its Muslim community may help Lodi weather the recent spate of ... Fear and suspicion." The article noted that "Mindful of how Lodi's Japanese Americans disappeared into internment camps during World War II, residents didn't...

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Editorial: "Bias has Always Existed but Now is More Overt"

October 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 21, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an essay by Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi, an American Muslim who works for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, an organization "founded in 1996 to support racial and ethnic justice through research and advocacy." The editorial discusses several stories of discrimination Muslims have faced in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks. Tobias-Nahi has been active in the Civil Rights Project's working group to address Muslim civil rights concerns.

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