Islam

Farrakhan Plans Million Family March

July 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

n July 15, 2000, The Washington Post published an article about Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's plans for a Million Family March on October 16. Farrakhan "sounded an upbeat message of inclusion...encouraging all ethnic and religious groups, including Jews, to 'come under their own banner.'" To focus attention on what he sees as a breakdown of family values, Farrakhan plans to remarry a million men to their wives at the event and marry 10,000 new couples. "We are all members of the human family, though we are not yet...

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Muslim Voter Drive Launched

July 7, 2000

Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger

On July 7, 2000, The New Jersey Star-Ledger published an article entitled "Muslim group launches voter drive to increase political clout," reporting on the Council on American-Islamic Relations' recent announcement of plans for a national "voter registration drive aimed at bringing thousands of Muslim voters into the electorate and forcing the presidential candidates to heed their concerns."

Students'-Eye Views From the Classroom

July 3, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On July 3, 2000, The New York Times published an article about the pressures facing young Muslims in America. Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman and Tajah Muhammad, students at the Clara Mohammed Elementary School, talked to the Times about their goals, dreams, and the difficulties they sometimes face. Both girls, like so many young children across the country, hope to grow up to be professional athletes. Yet the two African-American girls from devout Muslim families must also wear head scarves while they practice and play; the...

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Ambush at Mosque Raises Specter of Hate

June 21, 2000

Source: The Commercial Appeal

On June 21, 2000, the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, TN published an article about a shooting at Masjid Al-Noor, an East Memphis mosque, as members gathered for morning prayers. The gunman allegedly ambushed a worshiper as he approached the mosque, shot him, and then blasted golf ball-sized holes into the locked doors of the building. Police arrested Brent Fong, who lives next door to the mosque and was charged with attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of reckless endangerment. According to police, Fong said, "I did...

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New Jersey to Protect Islamic Dietary Laws

June 18, 2000

Source: The New Jersey Star-Ledger

On June 18, 2000, The New Jersey Star-Ledger published an article regarding New Jersey's most recent efforts to have "Islamic practices placed on equal footing in the civic arena with those of Judaism and Christianity." The state is "poised to enact a law that would make it the first state with consumer protection laws for food prepared under the Muslim dietary laws known as halal, a religiously mandated system of food practices akin to kosher regulations for Jews." Read the full article at this...

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Islam Still Demonized by the West

May 27, 2000

Source: The Times (London)

On May 27, 2000 The Times (London) published an article entitled " The West is still demonising Islam." Author Karen Armstrong contends that "This is an age when people are beginning to discover the richness of other religious traditions. Without abandoning their own faith, some are turning for nourishment to more than one religion...But one religion seems excluded from this circle of goodwill. For nearly a thousand years, the Western world has cultivated a distorted vision of Islam which bears little relation to the truth but...

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Former Rock Star Finds Peace Serving Allah

May 27, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 27, 2000, the Houston Chronicle published "In the Name of Islam; Former Rock Star Finds Peace Serving Allah." The article reported that Yusef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, recently spoke at the University of Houston about his faith in and conversion to Islam. Islam said "that while many people may have lost the ability to commit to an ideal, becoming a Muslim energized his inner and outer existence while stilling the uncertainty of his restless soul."

Mosque Hosts First Blood Drive

May 26, 2000

Source: The Detroit News

On May 26, 2000, The Detroit News published an article about a blood drive being held at a local Mosque. According to the Red Cross, it is the first blood drive in America to be hosted by an Islamic institution. See "Wayne Briefs" for the full story.

Opposition to ISKCON Temple in California

May 25, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 25, 2000, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that residents may appeal approval of the temple plans based on traffic concerns, even though a traffic study found that "there would be only minor increases in traffic on Rincon Avenue, during worship hours on the weekends."

Opposition to ISKCON Temple in California

May 25, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 25, 2000, an editorial in the The San Diego Union-Tribune suggested that at least some of the opposition to the proposed temple is due to "the fact that people have difficulty accepting a lifestyle or religion different from their own."

Opposition to ISKCON Temple in California

May 24, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 24, 2000, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the Planning Commission meeting that addressed opposition to the temple based on its proximity to homes. "Hare Krishna officials counter that argument with a survey they conducted: Of Escondido's 65 churches, they say, 45 are near homes." The Planning Commission approved the plans.

Palos Heights, Chicago: Controversy over Sale of Church to Muslims

May 24, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On May 24, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "Plans to open a mosque in Palos Heights have upset residents and prompted some City Council members to consider derailing the plan by condemning the property the mosque wants to purchase." The Al Salam Mosque Foundation wanted to buy "the Reformed Church of Palos Heights' building." Residents say they fear increased traffic and would like to use the building for a new recreation center. "But a less vocal group in the south suburb also has expressed fears about the people...

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Opposition to ISKCON Temple in California

May 23, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 23, 2000, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article entitled, "Krishnas Find Their Mecca: Leaders Say Escondido Site is 'Perfect' for Temple; Neighbors Disagree." In order to meet traditional Hindu guidelines the site must be "high in the south, sloped in the north, have hills to the east and be open to the west. It must have a single road on the north, and water flowing through it. The soil must be light-colored and the land sweet-smelling." And this site in Escondito, CA is less than a 20 minute drive...

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Arab-American Muslims and Organ Donation

May 20, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On May 20, 2000, The New York Times published an article on the issues for Arab-American Muslims surrounding organ donation, which is said to be forbidden for Muslims because they are supposed to return to God in Heaven in the same body. Najah Bazzy, a 40-year-old Lebanese nurse, is spearheading an initiative to include in Islamic wills a section for organ donation: "There is a saying in Islam: He who saves a life saves humanity...Why are we so eager to take our organs with us and give up the opportunity to save a life? How do I...

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