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Islam Awareness Week Celebrated at Indiana University

November 10, 2000

Source: Indiana Daily Student

On November 10, 2000, the Indiana Daily Student reported that "Ashton Center's Clubhouse at Indiana University was filled Wednesday night with posters, maps, postcards and various other items showcasing different international cultures as part of Islam Awareness Week. The event, 'Sounds and Visions of Islam,' was sponsored and presented by the Muslim Student Union. The decorations served to illustrate the history and present-day life of Muslim cultures across the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa, Saudi Arabia, the...

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Central Ohio Muslims, Christians and Jews Gather for the First Time

November 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Mazhar Jalil, Norman Hosansky and Monsignor Stephan Moloney...are members of a committee that has organized the 'Building Religious Tolerance' conference Nov. 19 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University." This is the first time that Central Ohio Muslims, Christians, and Jews have met all together. The representatives say that the initiative is due partly to the increasing number of Muslism in the area. In response to growing diversity, the community wants to...

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Attorneys Seek Common Ground over Jewish and Muslim Issues

November 10, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On November 10, 2000, the Chicago Sun Times reported that "while two Arab-American teens appeared in a North Side courtroom Thursday, charged with firing marbles at Jews, attorneys with heritage on both sides of the Middle East divide met in a groundbreaking goodwill luncheon at the Chicago Bar Association." Stuart Nudelman, a Jewish judge and Samuel J. Betar III, an Arab-American judge, co-chaired the meeting. "Members of the Arab-American Bar Association and the Decalogue Society of Jewish lawyers agreed they want youth in this...

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Los Angeles Islamic Center Vandalized Yet Again

November 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "For the third time in two weeks, the Islamic Center of Southern California has been vandalized; police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes. Salam Al-Marayati, national director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said that, in the past, similar acts have been triggered by tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in the Mideast. But he could not recall three other incidents in such a short time span. In response, officials have heightened security at the...

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Islam Awareness Week Teaches About Muslims in America

November 7, 2000

Source: Indiana Daily Student

On November 7, 2000, the Indiana Daily Student reported that "Indiana University's Islam Awareness Week, which continues through Friday, began with 'Collections and Stories of American Muslims,' sponsored by the Muslim Student Union and Union Board. The exhibit, presented Sunday, showcases the Muslim presence in America from the 1680s to around 1975. 'Most times, when you say you're a Muslim, most people say, 'Oh where are you from?'' said junior Sohaib Sultan, president of the Muslim Student Union. 'But you don't have to be...

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Muslim Offers Personal Perspective On Rick Lazio

November 3, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On November 3, 2000, the New York Times profiled Dr. Faroque A. Khan, a physician, a Long Island mosque official and a grass-roots political leader. Khan said he views this election as "a second defining moment for Muslim Americans." He said that the first was the Oklahoma City bombing. "That was a wake-up call...This is the second one, a kick in the back. This is telling us, 'Get your act together or you'll be marginal forever.' " Khan is responding to Lazio's accusation that the New York State's American Muslim Alliance's $50,...

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Muslim Home-buyers Find Options to Interest

November 3, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 3, 2000, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Islamic teachings prohibit the paying or receiving of interest -- which touches upon almost every financial transaction in American society, from paying for gas on a credit card to buying a car. For Muslims, this ancient law conflicts with an increasingly complex U.S. society that thrives on debt. The stakes are high. For strict followers in Southern California's growing Muslim population, the price of piety can be owning a home. So Muslims nationwide have...

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Muslim Voters and the Election

November 2, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 2, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "Muslim Americans are grabbing the attention of both parties in the presidential campaign because of where they reside. Concentrated in 'battleground states' such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, and Texas, Muslims could make a difference in the outcome, pollster John Zogby says. With the two candidates running neck and neck in Michigan, for example, both George W. Bush and Al Gore have courted local groups of the estimated 275,000-...

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Christians, Jews, and Muslims Worship Under Same Roof

October 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

October 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported, "twelve years ago, the Irvine United Church of Christ opened its doors--and its arms--to a small Jewish congregation in search of a home. On Sunday, the church embraced followers of another faith--Islam--perhaps marking the first time in the United States that Christians, Jews and Muslims have worshiped under one roof. During the Sunday morning service, the Rev. Fred C. Plumer introduced his congregants to the church's newest tenants in a quest for greater understanding of what it...

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Iranian National Congress Works to Bring Democracy to Iran

October 29, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 29, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that a local Iranian-American group is fighting for democracy back in Iran. The Iranian National Congress formed last year and, according to its backers, "is an effort to unite what has often been a fractured Iranian opposition abroad. 'We believe in the right of the Iranian people to choose a democratic government for themselves,' said Behzad Tabatabaei, a doctoral student at UCLA who serves as the group's chief information officer. The congress, supporters say, is composed of...

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Controversy Rages Over Return of Muslim Funds

October 29, 2000

Source: New York Daily News

On October 29, 2000, the New York Daily News reported that "Hillary Rodham Clinton accused state Republicans yesterday of "exploiting" the bombing deaths of 17 U.S. sailors by blitzing voters with phone calls that charge she has "Arab" donors who embrace such terrorism." The article continues, "The GOP phone banks are targeting more than 1 million voters - one message for Jews, another for non-Jews. Non-Jews hear that 'the Daily News reported...Clinton attended a $50,000 fund-raiser where she accepted a plaque and money from an...

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CAIR Honors California Muslims

October 28, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 28, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that, "two Orange County residents will be honored at the Council on American-Islamic Relations' fourth annual conference and fund-raising banquet this evening at the Sequoia Conference Center in Buena Park. The council is a nonprofit organization founded to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Event organizers for the Southern California chapter said they expect more than 650 to attend. Naziha Wareh, a Fountain Valley resident, will receive an award for...

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Muslim Groups Work for Unity

October 28, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 28, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported "when a coalition of Muslim American leaders delivered its first unified presidential endorsement this week--backing Republican candidate George W. Bush--the move marked an important moment in the community's long struggle for unity and a greater presence on the American political stage. 'There is a tremendous awakening in our community,' said Saed Moujtahed, 39, a Syrian- born entrepreneur. Once politically apathetic, he intends to back Bush and has put his telecommunications...

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Controversy Rages Over Return of Muslim Funds

October 27, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On October 27, 2000, a front page story in The New York Times reported, "Yesterday, as Mrs. Clinton's campaign aides began returning about 100 checks from members of the American Muslim Alliance, Muslims across the country were reminded of how difficult it remains for them to make inroads into American politics and how disputed remarks about other parts of the world can derail the acceptance of Muslim Americans here. Mrs. Clinton said on Wednesday that the checks, from a fund-raising event in June, were being returned because of '...

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