Islam

Sufi Travels U.S. to Teach His Faith

July 21, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On July 21, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported on Abdul Haqq, a Sufi shaykh, "a disciple of a Muslim mystical tradition that is more than 1,200 years old." He converted from Judaism 25 years ago. For the past 20 years, he has traveled "around the country explaining Sufism to non-Muslims and...carrying a spiritual power to fellow Sufis...Even many Muslims don't approve of Sufism...Sufism is a tradition with similarities to Jewish Hasidism and to some Christian religious orders."

Candidate for New Jersey Governor Prevails Despite Islamophobia

July 20, 2001

Source: Council on Islamic-American Relations

On July 20, 2001, the Council on Islamic-American Relations reported that "CAIR is calling on Muslims in New Jersey and nationwide to express their support for a gubernatorial candidate's refusal to disassociate himself from that state's Muslim community, despite pressure to do so...New Jersey Republican candidate Bret Schundler has come under fire for speaking at a meeting of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA)." The Anti-Defamation League found Schundler's presence at the meeting "troubling," because of "unspecified...

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Muslim Guard Sues Prison for Discrimination

July 19, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On July 19, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that "a guard at a Grafton [Ohio] prison is suing the state, claiming that his bosses won't let him pray behind bars. Dawoud Kareem Muhammad...filed a First Amendment claim in U.S. District Court in Cleveland...His attorney...said the prison discriminated against Muhammad because employees can wear crucifixes under their uniforms," but he is not allowed to wear a skullcap under his uniform hat.

New Jersey General Assembly Honors Indo-American Association President

July 16, 2001

Source: News India Times

http://www.newsindia-times.com/community09.htm

News India Times reported that "the New Jersey General Assembly has honored Purushottam Karra, founder and president of the Indo-American Senior Citizens Association of NJ, with a resolution...Karra...was recently appointed to the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission...He was honored with a citation...The...

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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

July 16, 2001

Source: Newsweek

On July 16, 2001, Newsweek reported on Abdullah Al-Arian, the Arab-American student who was expelled from the White House. "Al-Arian had registered Democratic, but he was so encouraged by Bush's outreach to the Arab community that he voted for him and took a job this summer as a congressional intern...But his optimism faded his first week in Washington, D.C. [when he] was ejected from a White House annex by a security guard, on an erroneous tip that the student had terrorist connections."

Lansing Area Muslims Form Chapter of American Muslim Council

July 15, 2001

Source: Lansing State Journal

http://www.lsjxtra.com/news/010715MUSLIM.15.html

On July 15, 2001, the Lansing State Journal reported that Muslims in the Lansing area "formed a chapter of the American Muslim Council this year. They hope to translate their growing numbers into political clout and social change. The Islamic Center...is planning a $5.5 million expansion project. The center serves Muslims throughout Greater Lansing...One of the main goals of the Lansing chapter...

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Diana Eck's New Book Examines Religious Diversity in America

July 14, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On July 14, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on Diana Eck's new book, A New Religious America. "'The religious landscape of America has changed radically in the past 30 years,' Eck writes, 'but most of us have not yet begun to see the dimensions and scope of that change.'" The main part of the book focuses on Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in America.

Islamic Group Speaks About Political Issues at Cleveland Convention

July 14, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 14, 2001, Los Angeles Times reported that "the Islamic Circle of North America focused on the plight of Muslims in war-torn countries and political activism in the United States during its recent annual convention" in Cleveland's Public Square .

Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

July 13, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000057480jul13.story

On July 13, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "at a recent get-together with White House officials, Muslim leaders expected to discuss President Bush's [faith-based initiative]. Instead, the session produced yet another setback for Muslims struggling to find their place in the high-stakes game of influence in Washington [when] the Secret Service...

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Workshop Will Familiarize Muslims with their Rights

July 13, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On July 13, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported on a "Know Your Rights" workshop, co-sponsored by CAIR-LA, The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the MSA at California State University, Fullerton. Legal experts will talk about one's rights as an employee, how to protect one's civil rights, and immigration laws. It will be held Saturday, July 28, 2001 at California State University, Fullerton.

Female Muslim Firefighter Allowed to Wear Headscarf

July 12, 2001

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On July 12, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "in a first-of-its-kind case of workplace religious accommodation, a female Muslim firefighter in Maryland will be allowed to wear a religiously-mandated Islamic headscarf while on duty...The decision by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) to allow the scarf came following discussions with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)."

Muslims' Eating Restrictions Have Health Benefits

July 11, 2001

Source: The Orange County Register

On July 11, 2001, The Orange County Register reported on the "emphasis on moderation [that] is especially stressed by Muslims during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting...In rat studies, the kind of fasting done during Ramadan was shown to lower the animals' risk of heart disease. And a study of practicing Muslims found that eating patterns during Ramadan raised 'good' cholesterol levels."

Plans to Increase Number of Islamic Schools in Omaha

July 11, 2001

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On July 11, 2001, the Omaha World-Herald reported that "Islamic schools are emerging" in Omaha. The first two are the Albayan Academy the school planned by the Islamic Center of Omaha. "Islamic leaders say the growing community needs a private school where instructors can do what religious-based schools already do in Omaha: teach core subjects in a religious environment. More than 1,400 Islamic families live in the Omaha area."

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