Islam

Muslim Leaders, Scholars, and Community Members Clarify that Terrorism is Contrary to Islam

September 12, 2001

Source: Agence France Presse

On September 12, 2001, Agence France Presse reported that "The top authority for the world's Sunni Muslims, the imam of Al Azhar, condemned Wednesday the wave of deadly terrorist attacks in the United States as contrary to the Islamic religion." (Al Azhar is a religious and educational institution that is more than 1,000 years old; based in Egypt, it issues opinions on matters of concern to Sunni Muslims around the world.) Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi's statement noted, "'Al Azhar is opposed to terrorism, whatever its source...

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Increased Security in Response to Muslim Fears of Backlash

September 12, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 12, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported that, "From Washington to Los Angeles, Muslim leaders quickly mobilized to put out the word that they stood united with other Americans. At the same time, Muslim parochial schools were being closed, Islamic centers and mosques were being shuttered, and Muslim workers were staying off the job out of fear that they would be targeted amid an upturn in e-mail and telephone threats." Mosques and Islamic Schools throughout Southern California will increase security in response to a...

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Local Communities Face Hate Crimes

September 12, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 12, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on harassment in the Bay Area in the article, "Tolerance put to test in Bay Area; Muslims, mosques, Arabs find themselves targets of threats." Religion reporter Don Lattin wrote, "Yesterday's horrific terrorist attacks in New York and the nation's capital were not just a test of national security, but a test of national tolerance. It was a test of interfaith understanding, a test of whether Americans understand that the average American Muslim does not endorse...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence - Immediate Backlash

September 12, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 12, 2001, The New York Times reported on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America. "In the face of suspicion and discrimination, Muslims struggled to assert their identities as loyal American citizens and to say that their religion does not approve of violence against innocents. Jews, meanwhile, could not help linking the victimization of Americans to that of Jews in Israel." The article continued, "...Muslim and Arab leaders in the New York area emphasized that they were reacting to the emergency first and...

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Americans Turn to Religion

September 12, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 12, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported, "As the shock and horror of yesterday's terrorist attacks began to sink in, churches, synagogues and mosques opened their doors for formal services, shared petition and quiet meditation." The article also made note of an interfaith service with Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Columbia, Maryland. "Under the Star of David, Islam's crescent moon and other symbols of world religions, about 85 people prayed for the victims, their families - and for those responsible for the attacks. 'I...

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U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 12, 2001

Source: New England Sikh Study Circle Press Release

On September 12, 2001, the New England Sikh Study Circle issued a press release regarding the attacks on the U.S. "The Sikh American Community of Boston would like to express our deep pain and shock about the horrific attack on the people and property of the United States." The press release continues, "Sikhs, with their turbans and beards, might be mistaken for associates of certain well-known terrorist leaders...In the past 36 hours since the attack on America began, there have been confirmed reports of Sikhs...

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