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cair-net Digest of: get.1_100

Topics (messages 1 through 100):

CAIR-NET: Muslim Groups React to Raid on Texas Internet Business
	1 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Texas Raid is "Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt"
	2 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Condemn Terrorist Attacks
	3 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Asked to Offer Help for Victims of Terrorist Attacks
	4 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Leaders to Donate Blood for Attack Victims
	5 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: IMPORTANT - Change in CAIR E-Mail Address
	6 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Ask Elected Officials to Help Unify America
	7 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: "Pig's Blood" Thrown at Calif. Mosque
	8 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Crowd Protests at Illinois Mosque/Bush Condemns Anti-Muslim 
Hysteria
	9 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Leaders Participate in National Day of Prayer
	10 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Report on Muslims Killed, Injured or Missing in Terrorist 
Attacks
	11 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Mosques Asked to Remain Open for Jumah
	12 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Ad to Appear in Washington Post
	13 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: New Muslim Writers Syndicate/AZ Sikh Shot
	14 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: AZ and TX Killings May Be Part of Anti-Muslim Backlash
	15 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Call for Protection in Wake of Hate Crimes
	16 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: President Bush Meets with Muslim Leaders in DC Mosque
	17 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Dinner Volunteers Needed/CAIR Job Openings
	18 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Meetings with Administration Officials/Summary of CAIR's 
Activities
	19 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Imam Jamil's Trial Delayed/Muslim Lawyers Database
	20 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Congressman Says Profile People with "Diapers" on Their Heads
	21 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Passengers Kicked Off Flight/Congressman "Apologizes"
	22 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: USDOT Issues Caution on Airline Discrimination
	23 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: KY Muslims Arrested at Jumah Prayers/News Briefs
	24 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CNN Invites Muslims to Live Town Hall Meetings
	25 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Reporters Asked to Handle 'Islamic' Jargon With Care
	26 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: A Message of Hope/News Briefs
	27 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Show Your Support for CAIR on Oct. 7
	28 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Expressions of Support Surprising to Muslims
	29 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: President Bush Again Meets with U.S. Muslim Leaders
	30 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Columnist Says Air-Lift Pigs Into Mosques
	31 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Questioned by the FBI/News Briefs
	32 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Mosques Urged to Hold Open Houses
	33 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Looking for Answers in Islam's Holy Book (Wash. Post)
	34 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Tonight's ABC News "Nightline" Features American Muslims
	35 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NY Muslim Firefighter Mourns Colleagues Killed in Attacks
	36 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: PBS to Re-Broadcast "Islam: Empire of Faith"
	37 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR's Oct. 7 Dinner in DC is Sold Out
	38 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Oprah to Offer "Islam 101"/Why Chechnya is Different
	39 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ann Coulter Says Deport One Million Muslims
	40 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: America Attacks Afghanistan
	41 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Urge Protection of Innocent Afghanis
	42 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Conducts Survey on Passenger Profiling
	43 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes Says 10 to 15 Percent of Muslims are "Potential 
Killers"
	44 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Congressman Cooksey Again Calls for Racial Profiling
	45 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Criticize Mayor Giuliani for Rejection of Disaster 
Donation
	46 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Eid Stamp Faces Criticism
	47 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Congresswoman McKinney's Letter to Prince Alwaleed
	48 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Death From Above Devastates Simple Afghan Village
	49 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Detentions Raise Civil Liberties Concerns
	50 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: "Wine, Women" (Wash. Times)/News Briefs
	51 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadian Muslim Scholars Reject "Misguided" Calls for Jihad
	52 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Columnist Says Pull Over "Middle Eastern-Looking" Drivers
	53 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Another Columnist Calls for Racial Profiling
	54 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: EITHER YOU ARE A BELIEVER OR AN INFIDEL
	55 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islam Attracts Converts by the Thousands
	56 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: "A Desperate Attempt to Discount the Role of American 
Muslims"
	57 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: New Ramadan Publicity Resource Kit Now Online
	58 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: New Jersey - Jailed Pakistani Dies in Cell
	59 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Fire at Kentucky Mosque/Afghan Teens Attacked in VA
	60 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Washington Times Defames Islam Again
	61 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Transportation Secretary Meets with American Muslims
	62 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Join in FOIA Request on Detainees
	63 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Condemn Killings at Church in Pakistan
	64 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Find Charlie Daniels' Song Offensive
	65 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Colorado Congressman Calls for Passenger Profiling
	66 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: American Muslims in the Aftermath of Sept. 11
	67 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Experts on Islam Pointing Fingers at One Another
	68 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-DFW Initiates Monitoring of Radio Talk Shows
	69 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Requests Recognition of Ramadan in America
	70 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: "Islamophobic Smear Campaign" Goes Public
	71 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Correction to "Islamophobic Smear Campaign"/News Briefs
	72 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Arab, Muslim Men Face Waits for Visas
	73 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes Should "Clean His Filter"
	74 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: More in Hawai'i Turn to Islam
	75 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Rights Group Rejects ADL Demand to Bar Muslim from Panel
	76 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Interviews of 5,000 Visa Holders Are Concern to Muslim Group
	77 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: USPS to Reprint Poster that Excluded Eid Stamp
	78 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Fighting the Image War to Gain Muslim Support
	79 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Immigrants Refuse Meals to Protest Treatment
	80 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CT Forum Rejects AJC Attempt to Exclude Muslim Speaker
	81 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Franklin Graham Claims Islam is "a Very Evil and Wicked 
Religion"
	82 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Incidents in Canada/Graham on Islam
	83 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Congressman Says "Arrest Every Muslim that Crosses the State 
Line"
	84 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Calif. Muslim Gets Job Back/"Christian Jihad"
	85 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Groups Give U.S. Muslims a New Voice
	86 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Swept Up in a Dragnet, Hundreds Sit in Custody and Ask 'Why?'
	87 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: State Department PR Head Meets with U.S. Muslims
	88 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadian Groups to Issue Open Letter on Anti-Terrorism Bill
	89 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Reach Out to Neighbors and Co-Workers During Eid Ul-Fitr
	90 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Colin Powell Hosts Ramadan Dinner for U.S. Muslims
	91 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: ISNA Receives Possible Anthrax Threat
	92 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Congressman Criticizes Plan to Monitor Domestic Groups
	93 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Freeze on Group's Assets Questioned by U.S. Muslims
	94 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: HLF Holds News Conference and Vigil in Texas
	95 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Ask Rabbi to Clarify Remarks About Quran
	96 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Offers DOT Sensitivity Training Workshop
	97 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims' Image Gains, Poll Finds
	98 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: ACLU and CAIR-FL Launch Hotline for Interviewees
	99 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Sample Eid ul-Fitr News Release/News Briefs
	100 by: CAIR

 
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Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001 11:19:42 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair1@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslim Groups React to Raid on Texas Internet Business

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

NOTE: Muslims in the Dallas area are encouraged to attend the news 
conference to show their support.

-----

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 9/6/01

                         --- MEDIA ADVISORY ---

MUSLIM GROUPS REACT TO RAID ON TEXAS INTERNET BUSINESS
National Islamic leaders call government action "anti-Muslim witch 
hunt"

WHAT: On Thursday, September 6, representatives of several national 
American Muslim organizations will hold a news conference in Texas to 
offer 
their reaction to a raid yesterday by federal law enforcement agents on 
a 
local internet business. The Islamic leaders say the raid was part of 
an 
"anti-Muslim witch hunt" promoted by the pro-Israel lobby in America. 
(SEE: 
"Muslim Web Sites Remain Shut Down as FBI Continues Probe," 
http://www.iviews.com/)

Early Wednesday morning, more than 80 agents from the FBI, INS, Customs 
Service, and other federal agencies raided the offices of Infocom 
Corporation in Richardson, Texas. Infocom hosts webs sites for some 500 
companies worldwide. For several years, Infocom and other Muslim 
organizations in Texas have been the focus of pressure from pro-Israel 
groups who object to American Muslim support for Palestinian human and 
political rights. Authorities did not reveal the motive for the raid 
except 
to say it was part of an "ongoing investigation."

One of Infocom's clients whose web site was shut down by the raid is 
Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television network. Al-Jazeera, a 
popular 
and respected Arabic news outlet, has frequently been criticized by 
Israel 
for its reporting on that state's brutal policies in the Occupied 
Territories.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in this country and some 
1.2 
billion worldwide. Demographers say Islam is one of the fastest growing 
religions in America.

WHEN:   Thursday, September 6, 1 p.m. (Central)

WHERE:  Outside Infocom's Offices
                 630 International Parkway
                 Richardson, Texas

-----

SEE ALSO:

CHECHNYA'S NON-HOSTILITIES
The Washington Post, 9/6/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48941-2001Sep5.html

A WAR OF CULTURES
The Washington Times, 9/6/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20010906-692260.htm

ISRAELIS CONSTANTLY HARASS, ATTACK PALESTINIANS
Dallas Morning News, 9/6/2001
http://www.dallasnews.com/editorial/viewpoints/463315_abdelkarim_06e.html

ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF THE PALESTINIANS IS OVERSHADOWING THE UNITED 
NATIONS 
CONFERENCE ON RACISM.
http://radio.cbc.ca/insite/COMMENTARY/2001/8/31.html

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-4880833
E-mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001 15:03:01 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair1@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Texas Raid is "Anti-Muslim Witch Hunt"

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RAID ON TEXAS BUSINESS IS "ANTI-MUSLIM WITCH HUNT" SAY MUSLIM LEADERS

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/6/2001) - American Muslim leaders today said a raid 
Wednesday on a Texas internet business was part of an "anti-Muslim 
witch 
hunt" promoted by the pro-Israel lobby in America. Early yesterday 
morning, 
more than 80 agents from the FBI, INS, Customs Service, and other 
federal 
agencies raided the offices of Infocom Corporation in Richardson, 
Texas.

In a statement released at a news conference outside Infocom's 
headquarters, the Muslim groups said:

"American Muslims view yesterday's action as just one of a long list of 
attempts by the pro-Israel lobby to intimidate and silence all those 
who 
wish to see Palestinian Muslims and Christians free themselves of a 
brutal 
Apartheid-like occupation. We believe the genesis of this raid lies not 
in 
Washington, but in Tel Aviv.

"Hundreds of innocent American businesses and citizens are being harmed 
by 
the government's actions. This incident can only serve to marginalize 
millions of American Muslims who are committed to the betterment of our 
diverse society.

"While Muslims understand the FBI's mission to protect American 
citizens, 
we are concerned that the civil liberties of Infocom's owners and their 
many important clients were violated by this unexpected raid. Such an 
assault leaves the Muslim community and the public at large with many 
unanswered questions and a lingering sense of violation. We expect the 
FBI 
to provide a prompt and full disclosure of the circumstances that led 
to 
this raid, the basis of their suspicions and the evidence for which 
they 
were searching.

"It is disturbing that American law enforcement agencies are now 
perceived 
by American Muslims and Arab-Americans as being tools in the hands of a 
foreign government. Our elected officials must not allow Israel to 
import 
its unjust and discriminatory policies to this country or to mislabel 
peaceful challenges to those policies as 'support for terrorism.'"

Groups represented at the news conference included American Muslim 
Council, 
American Muslims for Jerusalem, American Muslim Alliance, Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America, Islamic 
Circle of North America, Islamic Association for Palestine, Muslim 
Alliance 
in North America, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Muslim Student 
Association of US and Canada.

Infocom hosts web sites for some 500 companies worldwide. For several 
years, Infocom and other Muslim entities in Texas have been the focus 
of 
pressure from pro-Israel groups who object to American Muslim support 
for 
Palestinian human and political rights. Authorities did not reveal the 
motive for the raid except to say it was part of an "ongoing 
investigation."

One of Infocom's clients whose web site was shut down by the raid is 
Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television network. Al-Jazeera, a 
popular 
and respected Arabic news outlet, has frequently been criticized by 
Israel 
for its reporting on that state's brutal policies in the Occupied 
Territories.

The raid came just weeks after a Wall Street Journal column by Steven 
Emerson and Daniel Pipes that called for just such an action by the 
government. They wrote: "...the federal authorities should use the 
tools it 
already has for closing down these Web sites and organizations."

Muslims say Emerson and Pipes are infamous pro-Israel "muslim-bashers" 
who 
have a long history of defaming their community.

SEE: "Steven Emerson's Crusade," 
http://www.fair.org/extra/9901/emerson.html and "Who is Daniel Pipes?," 
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787
                 E-Mail - cair1@ix.netcom.com

-----

SEE ALSO:

OMAHA PANEL REJECTS MOSQUE PLAN, CITING TRAFFIC
BY CHRISTOPHER BURBACH, Omaha World-Herald, 9/6/2001
http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_np=0&u_div=3&u_hdg=0&u_sid=194770

The Omaha Planning Board rejected a plan for a Muslim prayer hall and 
schools on North 72nd Street after neighbors complained that the 
complex 
would bring traffic and parking problems...

-----

CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-4880833
E-Mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

-----

Forwarded Message

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 11:09:20 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair1@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Condemn Terrorist Attacks

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 9/11/01

U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORIST ATTACKS

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/11/2001) - The American Muslim Political 
Coordination 
Council (AMPCC)*, today condemned the apparent terrorist attacks in New 
York and Washington and offered condolences to the families of those 
who 
were killed or injured.

The AMPCC statement read in part:

"American Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and 
cowardly 
acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all 
Americans in 
calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. 
No 
political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts."

                                         - END -

CONTACT: TEL - 202-488-8787 E-Mail - cair1@ix.netcom.com

* The AMPCC consists of American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim 
Council, 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Muslim Public Affairs 
Council.

-----

CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-4880833
E-mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

-----




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Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 13:39:29 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair1@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Asked to Offer Help for Victims of Terrorist Attacks

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #308

MUSLIMS ASKED TO OFFER HELP FOR VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/11/2001) - CAIR is calling on Muslims nationwide to 
offer whatever assistance they can to help the victims of today's 
terrorist 
attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

Muslims in local communities should take the following IMMEDIATE 
ACTIONS:

* Muslim medical professionals are asked to go to the scenes of the 
attacks 
to offer aid and comfort to the victims.
* Muslim relief agencies should contact their counterparts to offer 
support 
in the recovery efforts.
* Individual Muslims should donate blood by contacting the local office 
of 
the Red Cross. (Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.) They should also send donations 
to 
those relief agencies that are on the scene of the attacks.

CAIR also asks community members to 1) REPORT INCIDENTS of anti-Muslim 
harassment or attacks (Report to the police and then to CAIR. See 
attached 
"Incident Report Form.") and 2) ISSUE LOCAL STATEMENTS TO THE MEDIA 
(see 
below) condemning the attacks and offering condolences for the victims. 
It 
is also suggested that steps be taken to increase security around 
mosques 
and Islamic centers.

(In the first few days following the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal 
Building in Oklahoma, Muslims reported more than 200 incidents of 
harassment, threats and actual violence. CAIR has already received 
reports 
of verbal harassment against Muslim women who wear head scarves.) 
Security 
precautions suggested by CAIR include:

* Those who wear Islamic attire should consider staying out of public 
areas 
for the immediate future.
* Request additional police patrols in the vicinity of mosques.
* Post mosque members at entrances and parking areas during prayer 
times.
* Report suspicious packages to police.
* Document descriptions of suspicious people or vehicles.

SAMPLE PRESS STATEMENT: (Fill in appropriate information in bracketed 
items 
and send to local TV assignment editors, newspapers city editors, radio 
news directors, and wire service bureau news editors. Call local media 
outlets to obtain contact information.)

                         U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORIST ATTACKS

([CITY, STATE]- 9/11/2001) - Muslims in [CITY] today condemned the 
apparent 
terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and offered condolences to 
the 
families of those who were killed or injured.

In a statement, local Muslim representatives said:

"We condemn in the strongest terms possible what are apparently vicious 
and 
cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all 
Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the 
perpetrators. No cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts.

"All members of the Muslim community are asked to offer whatever help 
they 
can to the victims and their families. Muslim medical professionals 
should 
go to the scenes of the attacks to offer aid and comfort to the 
victims. 
Muslim relief agencies should contact their counterparts to offer 
support 
in the recovery efforts. Individual Muslims should donate blood by 
contacting the local office of the Red Cross. They should also send 
donations to those relief agencies that are on the scene of the 
attacks.

"We further call on media professionals to exercise restraint and not 
draw 
premature conclusions as to who was responsible for the apparent 
attacks."

                                         - END -

CONTACT: [NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES]

                         - PLEASE COPY, POST AND DISTRIBUTE -

INCIDENT REPORT FORM

Return form with supporting documents (such as police reports, etc.) 
to: 
CAIR Incident Report, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 
20003; 
Tel. 202/488 8787. Fax: 202-488 0833 E-Mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com (All 
reports are confidential.)

NAME OF REPORTING PARTY:
ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP:

TEL: (Day)
TEL: (Evening)
FAX:
E-MAIL:

DESCRIBE THE INCIDENT IN DETAIL: (Who/What/When/Where/Why/How)














-----

CAIR Action Alert
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C., 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 21:34:11 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair1@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslim Leaders to Donate Blood for Attack Victims

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMPCC - American Muslim Political Coordination Council

IMPORTANT NOTE: Muslims in the Washington, D.C. area are strongly 
encouraged to attend this event and them donate blood for the injured.

                         ----- NEWS CONFERENCE -----

MUSLIM LEADERS TO DONATE BLOOD FOR ATTACK VICTIMS
National leaders join local Muslim community in offering assistance to 
injured

WHAT: On Wednesday, September 12, leaders of the American Muslim 
Political 
Coordination Council (AMPCC) will hold a news conference outside a 
hospital 
in Washington, D.C., to encourage Muslims nationwide to donate blood 
for 
the victims of today's terrorist attacks in Washington and New York. 
Members of the Washington-area Muslim community will also be on hand to 
donate their blood.

WHERE:  George Washington University Hospital
                 1915 I Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

WHEN:   Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. (Eastern)

WHO:    The AMPCC consists of American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim 
Council, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Muslim Public 
Affairs 
Council.

CONTACT:  Call 202-488-8787 for more information.

                                         - END -
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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
Page: 202-490-5653
E-mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 15:45:11 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: IMPORTANT - Change in CAIR E-Mail Address

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

IMPORTANT - CHANGE IN CAIR E-MAIL ADDRESS

E-mail messages sent to CAIR should now go to cair@cair-net.org, not 
cair1@ix.netcom.com. Any bounced messages recently sent to 
cair1@ix.netcom.com, particularly reports of anti-Muslim incidents 
related 
to yesterday's attacks in Washington and New York (see below), should 
be 
re-sent to cair@cair-net.org.

Personal e-mail address books and mailing list memberships should be 
updated accordingly.

-----

INCIDENT REPORT FORM

Return form with supporting documents (such as police reports, etc.) 
to: 
CAIR Incident Report, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 
20003; 
Tel. 202-488 8787. Fax: 202-488-0833 E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org (All 
reports 
are confidential.)

NAME OF REPORTING PARTY:
ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP:

TEL: (Day)
TEL: (Evening)
FAX:
E-MAIL:

DESCRIBE THE INCIDENT IN DETAIL: (Who/What/When/Where/Why/How)














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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
Page: 202-490-5653
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 19:05:56 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Ask Elected Officials to Help Unify America

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/12/2001

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HEADLINES:

* MUSLIMS ASK ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HELP UNIFY AMERICA
* DALLAS-AREA MOSQUE TARGET OF SHOOTING (AP)
* MUSLIM BOOKSTORE IN VIRGINIA VANDALIZED (SHNS)
* MUSLIMS CONDEMN ACTS, FEAR REPRISALS (Wash. Post)
* ARAB-AMERICANS FEAR BACKLASH (BBC)

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MUSLIMS ASK ELECTED OFFICIALS TO HELP UNIFY AMERICA

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/12/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a prominent Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today 
faxed a 
letter to all members of Congress asking them to support the American 
Muslim community as reports of an anti-Muslim backlash begin to surface 
in 
the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, 
D.C. 
The letter from CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad and Executive Director 
Nihad 
Awad read in part:

"American Muslims, along with all other Americans, share the sense of 
grief 
and loss resulting from yesterday's horrific attacks on innocent 
civilians 
in New York and Washington. Muslim groups and individuals have 
unequivocally condemned the attacks and offered their condolences to 
the 
families of those killed and injured.

"In addition, members of our community are taking part in the recovery 
efforts through volunteering medical expertise, donating funds to 
relevant 
relief organizations and by providing their life's blood to help those 
in need.

"At the same time Muslims nationwide are doing whatever they can to 
relieve 
our nation's suffering, they are apprehensive about the reality of 
harassment and attacks stemming from anti-Muslim hysteria and 
prejudice. 
Muslim women are forced to remain in their homes because of widespread 
reports of harassment against those who wear Islamic attire. Muslim 
children and students are facing taunts by classmates and teachers. 
Islamic 
institutions are receiving threatening calls and e-mail messages. There 
are 
even reports of physical attacks on Muslim individuals, mosques and 
businesses.

"As Muslims stand shoulder to shoulder with other Americans in this 
time of 
crisis, it is incumbent upon our elected representatives to rise above 
emotionalism and set a tone of tolerance and principled leadership.

"We ask that you, like a number of your colleagues, call on your fellow 
citizens to resist the temptation to scapegoat a religious minority 
because 
of the understandable desire to lash out at those who committed these 
terrible crimes.

"Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) has said: "All Americans - Christians, 
Muslims 
and Jews - condemn this vicious act of cowardice. This is a time for 
all 
Americans to pull together and support each other. These acts seek to 
divide us - we must not allow that to happen."

"Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) wrote: "...it is wrong and irresponsible to 
jump to conclusions and make false accusations against Arabs and 
Muslims in 
our communities. Above all, we must guard against any acts of violence 
based on such bigotry." Please do your part in defending America's rich 
religious and ethnic diversity.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        TEL: 202-488-8787 E-Mail - cair@cair-net.org

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DALLAS-AREA MOSQUE TARGET OF SHOOTING
Associated Press, 9/12/2001
http://www.dallasnews.com/attack_on_america/stories/469117_mosque12e.html

IRVING - At least six bullets shattered windows of a North Texas Mosque 
this morning, causing about $3,000 in damage, officials said.

Windows at the Islamic Center of Irving were found shot out when 
workers 
arrived at the mosque about 6 a.m. Nobody was at the mosque when the 
shooting occurred and no injuries were reported...

"...It's very sad. We're just trying as any Americans, any 
Muslim-American, 
to comprehend what happened and why it happened ... we called on our 
community for a blood drive, we set a fund for donations and we made a 
special prayer last night ... and to come in the morning and find out a 
place of worship like this trashed," Alkawldeh said, his voice 
trembling.

"We have children, we have family ... we have to shut down our school 
operation for two days now so I hope the law enforcement agency come 
also 
to our help as Muslims, as citizens of this country," he said.

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MUSLIM BOOKSTORE IN VIRGINIA VANDALIZED
Scripps Howard News Service, 9/12/2001
http://www.shns.com/frontdoor/

SIEGE-MUSLIMS (SHNS, Hargrove) - ALEXANDRIA, Va.: Islamic bookstore 
manager 
Hazim Barakat looked grimly through his broken glass caused by four 
bricks 
thrown through his windows. "I'm really sorry for the American people 
for 
what happened. This is from my heart," the former Palestinian from 
Jerusalem said. Muslim-American groups report widespread abuses 
following 
terrorist attacks. 600. With photo:

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MUSLIMS CONDEMN ACTS, FEAR REPRISALS
D.C. Area Islamic Groups Urged to Take Precautions
By Caryle Murphy and Emily Wax, The Washington Post, 9/12/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13974-2001Sep11.html

Major American Muslim organizations yesterday forcefully condemned the 
terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and called on their 
communities to donate blood, medical aid and other assistance for the 
victims. But they also voiced fears of a backlash if the perpetrators 
turn 
out to be Muslim, and urged Islamic institutions to take extra 
precautions...

...The District-based Council on American-Islamic Relations urged 
Muslim 
medical professionals and relief agencies to offer help to hospitals 
and 
relief workers...The council -- like some other Muslim groups -- also 
urged 
Muslims who wear Islamic attire to stay "out of public areas for the 
immediate future." It also suggested that community leaders ask for 
additional police patrols near mosques, report suspicious packages to 
police and take down descriptions of suspicious people or vehicles...

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ARAB-AMERICANS FEAR BACKLASH
By BBC News Online's Fiona Symon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/americas/newsid_1540000/1540371.stm

A wave of apprehension and fear is sweeping through the Arab and Muslim 
communities of the United States in the wake of the attacks on the 
World 
Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

Members of the Arab-American and Muslim communities have already 
received 
death threats and several have been attacked as Americans lash out in 
anger 
against those they see as responsible.

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787 Fax: 202-4880833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 20:06:16 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: "Pig's Blood" Thrown at Calif. Mosque

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SAN FRANCISCO POLICE INVESTIGATE HATE CRIME

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN - Bay City News, 9/12/2001)

The San Francisco Police Department reported today that someone left a 
bag 
filled with a red substance thought to be blood on the doorstep of the 
Islamic Community Center and investigators are treating the incident as 
a 
hate crime.

Lt. Morris Tabak said an unidentified caller phoned the center at 3004 
16th 
St. this afternoon and asked a female employee if she worked at the 
Islamic 
Community Center. The woman said yes and then the caller told her that 
they 
had left a message for Osama bin Laden at the front door, according to 
Tabak.

When the woman went to the front door, she found a plastic bag 
partially 
filled with a red substance. It had the words "Pig's Blood" written on 
it, 
and appeared to have been thrown at the door, with the red liquid 
scattered 
around the entrance.

"We're confirming all that," Tabak said at about 4 p.m. "The Hate 
Crimes 
unit is en route."

While police are investigating this report as a hate crime, Tabak said 
the 
number of incidents called in to police has been lower than usual this 
week.

Islamic Center spokeswoman Xequina Berber said today's incident 
occurred at 
2:35 p.m. She said the substance was definitely blood and that it was 
splattered all over the sidewalk and the front of the entrance.

"It was a lot of blood," she said.

The fire department cleaned up the blood, she said, and the police  had 
already come and gone by late afternoon.

She said the center, which fields calls for the Muslim community and 
processes immigration work, has never had anything like this happen 
before.

"There's been a lot of crank calls but this is the first threat," she 
said.

CONTACT:        San Francisco Police, Hate Crimes, (415) 553-1133

Diana Yee
KRON-TV SF

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IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: Mosques should consider taking the 
following 
short and long-term safety measures.

1. Make an appointment with the community relations officer of your 
local 
police department to tour your center and make suggestions on improving 
mosque security.
2. Request additional police patrols in the vicinity of your center. 
Special attention should be paid to times of darkness and during Jumah 
prayers.
3. Consider creating a security committee at your mosque.
4. Post mosque members at entrances and parking areas during prayer 
times.
5. Report suspicious packages to police. Do not touch them.
6. Install perimeter floodlights outside the mosque.
7. Install fire and burglar alarm systems.
8. Replace hollow core doors with more secure solid doors.
9. Install burglar-proof bars on screens and large vents. (Note - 
Research 
local ordinances before beginning security renovations. For example, 
window 
bars should not limit evacuation of the building in case of fire.)
10. Trim shrubs and vines to reduce areas of concealment.
11. Participate in neighborhood watch programs.
12. Document descriptions of suspicious people or vehicles.
13. Make duplicates of all important papers, computer disks and 
records.
14. Remove potential fire hazards, such as trash and debris.
15. Consider installing security cameras.
16. Try to have people attend the mosque as much as possible. Activity 
deters perpetrators.

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787 Fax: 202-4880833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 16:57:27 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Crowd Protests at Illinois Mosque/Bush Condemns Anti-Muslim Hysteria

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CROWD PROTESTS AT ILLINOIS MOSQUE
By MELANIE COFFEE, Associated Press, 9/13/2001

BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois - Arab Americans and Muslims around the United 
States 
have been attacked, threatened and harassed in a backlash over the 
terrorist bloodbath.

Police turned back 300 marchers - some waving American flags and 
shouting 
"USA! USA!" - as they tried to march on a mosque in this Chicago suburb 
late Wednesday. Three demonstrators were arrested. There were no 
injuries 
and demonstrators were kept blocks from the closed Muslim house of 
worship. 
"I'm proud to be American and I hate Arabs and I always have," said 
19-year-old Colin Zaremba who marched with the group from Oak Lawn...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BUSH, ASHCROFT CONDEMN ANTI-MUSLIM HYSTERIA
Other officials join in rejecting attacks on Muslims and Arab-Americans

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/13/2001) - A prominent American Muslim advocacy 
group 
today applauded remarks by President Bush, Attorney General John 
Ashcroft 
and other government officials condemning attacks on American Muslims 
and 
Arab-Americans in the wake of terrorist incidents in New York and 
Washington, D.C. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says 
anti-Muslim attacks have included vandalism and shootings at American 
Islamic centers, threats against Muslim institutions and attacks on 
individuals who are identifiably Muslim.

In a phone conversation today with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, 
President Bush (president@whitehouse.gov) said: "...we must be mindful 
that 
as we -- as we seek to win the war [against terrorism], that we treat 
Arab-Americans and Muslims with the respect they deserve. I know that 
is 
your attitude as well, certainly the attitude of this government, that 
we 
should not hold one who is a Muslim responsible for an act of terror."

In a news conference today, Attorney General John Ashcroft 
(AskDOJ@usdoj.gov) said: "Since Tuesday the Justice Department has 
received 
reports of violence and threats of violence against Arab-Americans and 
other Americans of Middle Eastern and South Asian descents.  We must 
not 
descend to the level of those who perpetrated Tuesday's violence by 
targeting individuals based on their race, their religion, or their 
national origin.  Such reports of violence and threats are in direct 
opposition to the very principles and laws of the United States and 
will 
not be tolerated."

Just after the attacks, Mayor Giuliani said: "Nobody should blame any 
group 
of people or any nationality or any ethnic group. The particular 
individuals responsible or the groups responsible, that's up to law 
enforcement and it's up to the United States government to figure out. 
And 
citizens of New York should, even if they have anger, which is 
understandable, and very, very strong emotions about this, it isn't 
their 
place to get involved in this. Then they're just participating in the 
kind 
of activity we just witnessed. And New Yorkers are not like that."

Other elected officials, including Rep. Tom Davis (202-225-1492) of 
Virginia issued similar statements. Rep. Davis said: "Anyone who 
resorts to 
acts of violence against Arab-Americans and/or American Muslims is 
giving 
the perpetrators of these heinous acts exactly what they wanted. Now 
more 
than ever, Americans of all ethnic and religious backgrounds must stand 
tall together in defense of our rich diversity and in defiance of those 
who 
seek to tear apart the American fabric."

Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia (202-225-4376) wrote: "...our nation must 
resist 
the dark temptation toward human prejudice as the investigation of 
these 
events unfolds...No religious or ethnic group in our diverse society - 
including Arab Americans and Muslim Americans should be made to suffer 
because of fanatics half a world away."

"American Muslims appreciate these expressions of support from 
government 
officials and believe these statements will help to reintroduce a tone 
of 
tolerance in our society," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. 
There 
are an estimated seven million Muslims in American and some 1.2 billion 
worldwide.

                                         - END -

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787 Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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HEADLINES:

* RECENT THREATS LEAD POLICE TO GUARD CITY'S MOSQUES (Seattle Times)
* MUSLIM LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
* AMPCC URGES MUSLIMS TO OBTAIN LETTERS OF SUPPORT
* SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION AGAINST ANTI-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION

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RECENT THREATS LEAD POLICE TO GUARD CITY'S MOSQUES
By Ian Ith and Dave Birkland, The Seattle Times, 9/14/2001
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134341231_hatecrime14m.html

Police in SeaTac last night arrested a California man who attacked an 
Indian taxicab driver and tore out part of the man's beard as he 
accused 
the driver of being a terrorist.

A 53-year-old Snohomish County man was in jail this morning after he 
poured 
gasoline on a Seattle mosque near Northgate, pointed a gun at members 
of 
the mosque, then crashed his car as he attempted to flee.

And King County prosecutors are considering a hate-crime charge against 
a 
Seattle man who allegedly stormed into a South Seattle mosque Tuesday 
evening and threatened to burn it down because of the terrorist attacks 
on 
the East Coast...

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MUSLIM LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/14/2001) - A national American Muslim leader today 
provided the opening prayer at a "National Day of Prayer and 
Remembrance" 
ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., attended by 
President George W. Bush.

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, President of the Indiana-based Islamic Society 
of 
North America (ISNA), read verses from the Quran, Islam's revealed 
text, 
and expressed Muslim grief for those who were killed or injured in the 
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11.

Dr. Siddiqi quoted chapter 35, verse 10 of the Quran that states:

"If any do seek for glory and power, to God belongs all glory and 
power. To 
Him mount up all words of purity. He exalts all righteous deeds. But 
those 
that lay the plots of evil, for them is a terrible penalty; and the 
plotting of such will not abide."

Other Muslim leaders taking part in the invitation-only event included 
Omar 
Ahmad and Nihad Awad, board chairman and executive director 
respectively of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent 
Washington-based Islamic advocacy group. Representatives from other 
member 
groups in the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC) 
also 
took part in the nationally televised event. (The AMPCC consists of 
American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, and Muslim Public Affairs Council.)

"American Muslims share the same sense of grief and loss felt by all 
Americans during this time of national crisis. We were honored to join 
the 
president in expressing support for the families of those who were 
killed 
or injured in these horrible attacks," said Ahmad. Ahmad added that 
American Muslims have an added burden because they not only feel the 
pain 
of all Americans, but are also experiencing the fear and apprehension 
caused by unjustified harassment based on anti-Muslim hysteria and 
scapegoating.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        TEL: 202-488-8787
                 E-Mail - cair@cair-net.org

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AMPCC URGES MUSLIMS TO OBTAIN LETTERS OF SUPPORT

AMPCC has issued a call to all Muslim communities, urging them to 
obtain 
from their elected officials letters condemning any attacks on Muslim 
Americans in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon and the 
World 
Trade Center.

A host of American political leaders, including President George W. 
Bush, 
have urged Americans to refrain from any reactionary attacks against 
Muslims during this emotionally charged period.

AMPCC requests each community to obtain from officials letters stating 
that, in this time of crisis our nation must not only resist the 
temptation 
to stereotype Muslims, but should also recognize the great contribution 
that Muslims are making to American society. Such statements should 
also 
express their full support for the constitutional rights and protection 
of 
Muslim Americans.

Copies of all such letters obtained should be sent to the AMPCC office, 
where they will be compiled along with other letters received, and then 
disseminated to the media, elected officials and others.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send letter of support from elected officials to:

American Muslim Political Coordination Council
3010 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 217
Los Angeles, CA 90010

TEL: 213-383-3443
FAX: 213-383-9674

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SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION AGAINST ANTI-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION

The U.S. Senate last night passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator 
Tom 
Harkin (D-IA), stating that: "...in the quest to identify, bring to 
justice, and punish the perpetrators and sponsors of the terrorist 
attacks 
on the United States on September 11, 2001, that the civil rights and 
civil 
liberties of all Americans, including Arab-Americans and American 
Muslims, 
should be protected; and condemns any acts of violence or 
discrimination 
against any Americans, including Arab-Americans and American Muslims." 
(The 
resolution, an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and state 
Appropriations 
bill, passed 98-0.)

A similar resolution has been introduced in the House.

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 00:07:51 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Report on Muslims Killed, Injured or Missing in Terrorist Attacks

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #310

REPORT ON MUSLIMS KILLED, INJURED OR MISSING IN TERRORIST ATTACKS

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/14/2001) - CAIR is calling on Muslims to report the 
names of friends, colleagues or family members who were killed, injured 
or 
are missing as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New 
York 
and Washington, D.C. These names will be used in CAIR's "Crisis Center" 
at 
www.cair-net.org to inform the Muslim community about issues related to 
the 
attacks.

ACTION REQUESTED:
Fill out the form below.

Name of Reporting Party:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Tel: (Day)
Tel: (Evening)
Fax:
E-Mail:

Names, Ages and Relationship to Reporting Party of 
Killed/Injured/Missing 
Muslims: (Use another sheet of paper if necessary.)



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REPORT ON LOCAL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO ATTACKS

Muslims in North America should also report any activities, such as 
blood 
drives, prayers, relief efforts, memorial services, etc., held to show 
the 
communities concern for those who died.

ACTION REQUESTED: (Send photos, video or news articles about the events 
for 
inclusion on our web site.)

Name of Reporting Party:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Tel: (Day)
Tel: (Evening)
Fax:
E-Mail:
Describe the Community Activity in Detail: 
(Who/What/When/Where/Why/How)



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REPORT ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS

Muslims in North America should also report any incidents of 
anti-Muslim 
harassment, discrimination, threats, or attacks. Hundreds of incidents 
have 
already been reported.

ACTION REQUESTED:
Go to http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/ to fill out the Incident Report 
Form. Call 202-488-8787 or e-mail cair@cair-net.org.

         - ACTIVISTS AND LEADERS - PLEASE ANNOUNCE, POST AND DISTRIBUTE 
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Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C., 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
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Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 19:34:12 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: U.S. Mosques Asked to Remain Open for Jumah

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #309

U.S. MOSQUES ASKED TO REMAIN OPEN FOR JUMAH

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/13/2001) - The American Muslim Political 
Coordination 
Council (AMPCC) is calling on Mosques and Islamic Centers to remain 
open 
this Friday for Jumah prayers. A number of mosques nationwide have 
announced plans to close their doors because of security concerns. (The 
AMPCC consists of American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Muslim Public Affairs 
Council.)

In its statement calling for Jumah prayers, the AMPCC said:

"The American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), a 
coalition of 
national Muslim American organizations, has issued a call to all 
American 
Muslims, urging them to attend tomorrow the regular Friday 
congregational 
prayer.  The leaders of AMPCC stressed that, in this time of national 
sorrow, Muslims should attend Friday prayer to pray for the victims of 
the 
terrorist act and for the nation.

"Dr. Maher Hathout, the chairman of AMPCC, stated that "we will not 
allow a 
few fanatics to intimidate Muslims from exercising their right as 
American 
citizens to pray."

"AMPCC has also called upon John Ashcroft, the Attorney General of the 
United States, to provide to all Muslims attending Friday prayer the 
full 
protection of the law, and urges local law enforcement agencies to take 
all 
steps necessary to ensure their safety."

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AMPCC URGES MUSLIMS TO OBTAIN LETTERS OF SUPPORT

AMPCC has also issued a call to all Muslim communities, urging them to 
obtain from their elected officials letters condemning any attacks on 
Muslim Americans in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon 
and 
the World Trade Center.

A host of American political leaders, including President George W. 
Bush, 
have urged Americans to refrain from any reactionary attacks against 
Muslims during this emotionally charged period.

AMPCC requests each community to obtain from officials letters stating 
that, in this time of crisis our nation must not only resist the 
temptation 
to stereotype Muslims, but should also recognize the great contribution 
that Muslims are making to American society. Such statements should 
also 
express their full support for the constitutional rights and protection 
of 
Muslim Americans.

Copies of all such letters obtained should be sent to the AMPCC office, 
where they will be compiled along with other letters received, and then 
disseminated to the media, elected officials and others.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send letter of support from elected officials to:

American Muslim Political Coordination Council
3010 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 217
Los Angeles, CA 90010

TEL: 213-383-3443
FAX: 213-383-9674

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SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION AGAINST ANTI-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION

The U.S. Senate tonight passed a resolution, sponsored by Senator Tom 
Harkin (D-IA), stating that: "...in the quest to identify, bring to 
justice, and punish the perpetrators and sponsors of the terrorist 
attacks 
on the United States on September 11, 2001, that the civil rights and 
civil 
liberties of all Americans, including Arab-Americans and American 
Muslims, 
should be protected; and condemns any acts of violence or 
discrimination 
against any Americans, including Arab-Americans and American Muslims." 
(The 
resolution, an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and state 
Appropriations 
bill, passed 98-0.)

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CAIR Action Alert
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C., 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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Subject: CAIR-NET: CAIR Ad to Appear in Washington Post

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/15/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CAIR AD TO APPEAR IN WASHINGTON POST
* ANTI-MUSLIM VIOLENCE ASSAILED
* CALIF. TOWN HALL MEETING: AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACKS
* CNN SAYS PALESTINIAN VIDEO WAS NOT FAKED
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: ANN COULTER

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CAIR AD TO APPEAR IN WASHINGTON POST
To view an image of the ad, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/crisiscenter/html/cair_ad.html

As part of a campaign to promote a positive image of Islam, CAIR has 
purchased a full-page advertisement with the following text that will, 
inshallah, appear in the Washington Post (circulation: 1,087,259) on 
Sunday, September 16: (Similar ads will appear in USA Today and the New 
York times.)

We at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with the 
entire American Muslim community, are deeply saddened by the massive 
loss 
of life resulting from the tragic events of September 11th.

American Muslims unequivocally condemn these vicious and cowardly acts 
of 
terrorism.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and loved ones 
of 
those who have been killed or injured.

We also extend our gratitude to the all the heroic firefighters, police 
officers and emergency medical workers who continue to risk their lives 
in 
the ongoing rescue and relief efforts.

We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and 
punishment of the perpetrators of these crimes.

May we all stand together through these difficult times to promote 
peace 
and love over violence and hate.

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to 
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ANTI-MUSLIM VIOLENCE ASSAILED
FBI, Justice Dept. Probing Incidents Across the Nation
By Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, Saturday, September 15, 2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34452-2001Sep14.html

The FBI and the Justice Department have begun investigating what Arab 
American leaders describe as a wave of anti-Muslim violence -- from a 
series of assaults in New York to shots fired at an Irving, Tex., 
mosque to 
the attempted burning of the Islamic Idriss Mosque in Seattle.

"Any threats of violence or discrimination against Arab or Muslim 
Americans, or Americans of South Asian descent, are not just wrong and 
un-American, but are unlawful and will be treated as such," Ralph F. 
Boyd 
Jr., assistant attorney general for civil rights, said yesterday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported 210 incidents of 
violence or threats of violence since the Tuesday morning attacks on 
the 
World Trade Center and the Pentagon...

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CAIR CALIF. TOWN HALL MEETING: AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACKS

Meet with community leaders from around the Southland of California to 
discuss the repercussions of Tuesday's attacks and where the community 
can 
go from here. CAIR will discuss means to deal with mounting harassment 
and 
threats against members of our community.

* Ask Questions
* Hear from our Leaders
* Strategize for the future

WHEN:   10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2001
WHERE:  Islamic Center of Orange County Conference Room
                 9752 West 13th Street, Garden Grove, CA

A must attend event for the entire Muslim community.

CONTACT: Call 714-776-1847, 714-531-1722 or e-mail cair@nayzak.com

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CNN SAYS PALESTINIAN VIDEO WAS NOT FAKED
http://www.poynter.org/medianews/letters.htm
Scroll down to "Ridiculous tale."

 From EASON JORDAN, Chief News Executive, CNN: The suggestion that CNN 
used 
10-year-old images to illustrate Palestinians celebrating the terrorist 
strikes in the U.S. is baseless and ridiculous. The videotape was, in 
fact, 
shot Tuesday in East Jerusalem by a Reuters TV crew...

CONTACT: EASON.JORDAN@TURNER.COM

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Ann Coulter, Syndicated Columnist
http://www.nationalreview.com/coulter/coulter091301.shtml

"...We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert 
them 
to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing 
only 
Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed 
civilians. That's war. And this is war."

POLITE COMMENTS TO: (Hostile comments will be used to harm the image of 
Muslims and Islam.)

Lee Salem
Editorial Director
Universal Press Syndicate
4520 Main St, Ste 700
Kansas City, MO 64111-7701

E-MAIL: lsalem@uexpress.com, gmelvin@uexpress.com, 
amcdermott@uexpress.com, 
eandersen@uexpress.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
Page: 202-490-5653
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 18:21:13 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair1@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: CAIR-NET: New Muslim Writers Syndicate/AZ Sikh Shot

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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BREAKING NEWS:

STORE OWNER KILLED IN SPREE
Was racially motivated, brother says
By Sarah Anchors, The Arizona Republic, 9/16/2001
http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/0916shooting16.html

A gunman shot at two Mesa gas stations and a house Saturday afternoon, 
killing the owner of one of the stores, police said.

No one was injured in the last two shootings, and police say they don't 
have a motive for the attacks. But the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi, 
49, 
the victim of the first shooting, believes he was killed because he 
looked 
Middle Eastern...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW WRITERS SYNDICATE OFFERS MUSLIM VIEW OF ISSUES

(WASHINGTON, DC, 9/16/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today launched its 
new 
"Independent Writers Syndicate" designed to offer a Muslim perspective 
on 
current political, social and religious issues. The service will 
distribute 
original commentaries to newspapers and web sites throughout North 
America.

"For too long, the Muslim viewpoint has been largely missing from 
opinion 
and editorial pages in North America. This new service is designed to 
help 
refute the claim that this imbalance is due to a lack of usable 
submissions," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

During an initial trial period, the commentaries (and later political 
cartoons) will be offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each 
market 
area. Permissions for publication will be granted on a 
first-come-first-served basis. (Contact the individuals listed below to 
receive columns distributed by the syndicate or to have your 
commentaries 
considered for distribution.)

Opinion page editors may also request columns on specific topics.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in the United States and 
some 
600,000 in Canada. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in 
this 
country and worldwide.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Riad Abdelkarim
                 E-Mail: riadzuhdi@aol.com
                 TEL: 949-378-2468

                 Hussam Ayloush
                 E-Mail: cair_sca@cair-california.org
                 TEL: 714-878-9888

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 00:11:42 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair1@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: CAIR-NET: AZ and TX Killings May Be Part of Anti-Muslim Backlash

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 9/17/2001

                         --- MEDIA ADVISORY ---

KILLINGS MAY BE PART OF ANTI-MUSLIM BACKLASH
Shootings in Arizona and Texas are being investigated as bias-related 
crimes

WHAT: On Monday, September 17, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) will hold a news conference in the nation's capital to offer a 
reaction to two shooting deaths over the weekend that may be part of an 
anti-Muslim backlash resulting from last week's terrorist attacks in 
New 
York and Washington, D.C.

In the first shooting on Saturday afternoon, a gunman killed the 
49-year-old Sikh owner of a Mesa, Ariz., gas station. Family members of 
the 
victim believe he was killed because he looked "Middle Eastern." (Sikhs 
are 
often mistaken for Muslims because they wear beards and turbans.)

In the second incident, a Dallas, Texas, area Pakistani Muslim 
storeowner 
was shot and killed Saturday evening. FBI officials told 
representatives of 
CAIR's Dallas office that they are investigating the shooting as a 
bias-related crime.

CAIR has recorded several hundred incidents of anti-Muslim harassment, 
threats, discrimination and violence since the terrorist attacks on 
September 11. These incidents will also be discussed at the news 
conference.

WHEN:   Monday, September 17
                 11 a.m. (Eastern)

WHERE:  CAIR's Capitol Hill Headquarters
                 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., First Floor
                 (Near Capitol South Metro)
                 Washington, D.C.

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787 or 202-489-5108.
                 E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

                                         - END -

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 12:37:46 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Call for Protection in Wake of Hate Crimes

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIMS CALL FOR PROTECTION IN WAKE OF HATE CRIMES

(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/17/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today called on law 
enforcement authorities nationwide to step up protection of Muslim 
institutions and businesses following a spate of what appear to be 
anti-Muslim hate crimes related to the terrorist attacks in New York 
and 
Washington, D.C.

In one weekend incident, a gunman killed the 49-year-old Sikh owner of 
a 
Mesa, Ariz., gas station. Family members of the victim believe he was 
killed because he looked "Middle Eastern." (Sikhs are often mistaken 
for 
Muslims because they wear beards and turbans.)

SEE: "Revenge Motive Studied in Arizona Sikh's Slaying"
http://www.azcentral.com/news/reuters/stories/NEWS-ATTACK-SIKH-DC.shtml

In a second incident, a Dallas, Texas, area Pakistani Muslim storeowner 
was 
shot and killed Saturday evening. FBI officials told representatives of 
CAIR's Dallas office that they are investigating the shooting as a 
bias-related crime.

SEE: "Killing of Pakistani grocer may have been hate crime, police say"
www.dallasnews.com/attack_on_america/stories2/472653_oneshot_17met..html

Just this morning, CAIR received reports of a vehicles being rammed 
into 
Islamic centers in Ohio and Indiana and a bomb going off at the Islamic 
Center of San Diego. CAIR has recorded several hundred incidents of 
anti-Muslim harassment, threats, discrimination and violence since the 
terrorist attacks.

"Muslims has received many messages of support from people of other 
faiths 
who abhor the anti-Islamic backlash that is now taking place. 
Unfortunately, the bigoted acts of a small minority are creating an 
atmosphere of apprehension and fear in the American Muslim community," 
said 
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. He called on President Bush and 
other 
elected officials to strengthen their statements rejecting anti-Muslim 
hysteria and discrimination.

Awad also urged that law enforcement officials not infringe on the 
civil 
liberties of American Muslims as they investigate the September 11th 
terrorist attacks. "We encourage any American who has information about 
these attacks to immediately contact the FBI. But innocent people who 
have 
nothing to do with these crimes should not be harassed or intimidated," 
said Awad.

 From "What is Islam?" - "Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and 
forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against 
the 
innocent." SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/aboutislam.asp

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        TEL: 202-488-8787
                 E-Mail - cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Forwarded Message

Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 18:50:25 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: President Bush Meets with Muslim Leaders in DC Mosque

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESIDENT BUSH MEETS WITH MUSLIM LEADERS IN DC MOSQUE

(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/17/2001) - President Bush today met with American 
Muslim 
leaders in a first-of-its-kind event that included a news conference in 
the 
prayer area of the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Topics discussed 
at 
the hour-long meeting ranged from the current cycle of violence in the 
Middle East and the need for American Muslim input on government 
policy, to 
ways in which terrorism can be eliminated worldwide.

"We thank the president for taking the initiative to reach out to the 
American Muslim community during this time of national crisis. His 
supportive remarks will help set a tone of tolerance and inclusion for 
our 
society," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, who attended today's 
meeting.

Other meeting participants included the Muslim chaplain of Georgetown 
University and representatives from the American Muslim Alliance, 
Muslim 
Public Affairs Council, Islamic Institute, and the Ministry of Imam W. 
Deen 
Mohamed.

At the news conference following the meeting, President Bush said:

"Like the good folks standing with me, the American people were 
appalled 
and outraged at last Tuesday's attacks, and so were Muslims all across 
the 
world, both Americans, our Muslim friends and citizens, tax-paying 
citizens, and Muslims in nations were just appalled, could not believe 
what 
we saw on our TV screens. These acts of violence against innocents 
violate 
the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith, and it's important for my 
fellow Americans to understand that. The English translation is not as 
eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran 
itself. 
'In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do 
evil. 
For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to 
ridicule.'

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what 
Islam 
is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. 
They 
represent evil and war.

"When we think of Islam, we think of a faith that brings comfort to a 
billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and 
solace 
and peace, and that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- 
out of 
every race. America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, 
and 
Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. 
Muslims 
are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, 
entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads, and they need to be treated 
with 
respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each 
other with respect.

"Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable 
going 
outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must not be intimidated in 
America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I 
value."

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        TEL: 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Forwarded Message

Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 19:20:39 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Dinner Volunteers Needed/CAIR Job Openings

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

* VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAIR DINNER
* JOB OPENINGS AT CAIR

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAIR DINNER

As-salamu alaykum - During this difficult time, CAIR's resources are 
stretched to the limits. CAIR's staff has been working harder and 
longer 
everyday this week to try and assist the ummah in every possible way.

We are counting on the support and efforts of the local community in 
continuing CAIR's vital work on behalf of Islam and Muslims, through 
volunteers and financial support. After Allah, we count on the support 
of 
the American-Muslim community to continue our work.

We need volunteers immediately to start selling tickets to the upcoming 
fundraising dinner being held on Sunday, October 7, 2001 at the 
Sheraton 
Premiere-Tysons Corner.

If you or someone you know is available to volunteer a few hours a day, 
please call 202-488-8787 and ask for Br. Khalid Iqbal (ext. 6060) or 
Sr. 
Isra Abdul-Rahman (ext. 6050). CAIR's office is open daily from 9 a.m. 
to 9 
p.m.

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JOB OPENINGS AT CAIR

The Council of American Islamic Relations is seeking applicants for two 
full time positions for its Office in Washington D.C. The positions and 
job 
descriptions are as below:

1. Office Assistant

Answering/directing phone calls, receiving office guests, receiving and 
distributing mail, overnight packages, distributing/copying incoming 
faxes, 
ordering office supplies, checking CAIR email, assisting in annual 
conferences and supporting other departments as needed

Qualification Required:
Grade 12 minimum, with excellent verbal, written and other secretarial 
skills, Good phone personality, interpersonal and communication skills, 
team worker. Good typing skills and attention to details. Proficient in 
spreadsheet and word-processing preferably Microsoft products. 
Familiarity 
with standard office equipment like photocopier, printer and fax 
machines. 
Ability to work under deadlines, and schedule changes under short 
notices.

2. Membership Coordinator

Responsible for developing and maintaining membership and donor 
services, 
and soliciting new members, maintaining membership database and other 
activities related to membership department. The person must be a 
self-starter and have initiative to advance CAIR's image and vision.

Qualifications required:
College graduate with a minimum of two years experience. Working with 
the 
public in the non-profit sector would be an asset. Excellent verbal and 
written skills. Strong commitment to member/customer service. Ability 
to 
work with accuracy and attention to detail. Proficient in spreadsheet, 
word-processing and database applications, preferably Microsoft 
products. 
Familiarity with standard office equipment and postage machines

CAIR offers challenging jobs with a competitive salary and benefit 
package 
and an excellent Islamic work environment. Salary will be based on 
experience. CAIR is an equal opportunity employer. Interested 
candidates 
should apply on or before September 24, 2001 with a comprehensive 
resume 
stating education, work history, and references to:

Khalid Iqbal, Director of Operations
CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations)
453 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington DC 20003
Fax: 202-488-0833   E-Mail: hr@cair-net.org

Note:
1. Please indicate "Administrative Assistant" in the subject of your 
email 
or on top of fax or envelope.
2. When sending your application by email please put your resume in the 
body of the email and NOT as an attachment. CAIR has a policy of not 
opening email attachments.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
Subject: CAIR-NET: Meetings with Administration Officials/Summary of CAIR's Activities
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 19:10:23 -0400

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/18/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CAIR MEETS WITH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY 
CONCERNS
* MUSLIMS PLEDGE TO REBUILD OHIO MOSQUE
* SUMMARY OF CAIR'S ACTIVITIES DURING THE PAST WEEK

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CAIR MEETS WITH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
today
met with officials of the U.S. Department of Justice, State Department 
and
the FBI to discuss issues of concern to the American Muslim community.
Topics of discussion included the investigation into the terrorist 
attacks
on New York and Washington, D.C., the anti-Muslim backlash that is 
currently
taking place and the ongoing violence in the Middle East.

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MUSLIMS PLEDGE TO REBUILD OHIO MOSQUE

(CLEVELAND, OH) -- The Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-Ohio) joins the Islamic Center of Cleveland in urging
Muslims to donate to repair the damage inflicted on the Parma Mosque 
when a
man drove his car through the front entrance.
www.cleveland.com/indepth/attack/index.ssf?/indepth/attack/more/parmamosque.
html

"This attack is not against a mosque," said Imam Fawaz Damra, who 
talked to
a group of officials and neighbors offering support. "It's an attack 
against
all religions, against our liberties and against our values."

The attack was not the first against the Greater Cleveland Muslim 
community
since last week's terrorist attacks. Incidents in Cuyahoga County 
ranged
from slurs to altercations.

As more hate incidents against members of the American Muslim community 
are
reported, the CAIR-Ohio is calling upon religious groups and media 
outlets
to avoid creating an atmosphere of intolerance.

ACTION REQUESTED:
Contact the Islamic Center of Cleveland to offer your support.
Send you donations to:
Islamic Center of Cleveland
c/o CAIR Ohio
4700 Reed Road, Suite B
Columbus, OH 43220

Contact: Imam Fawaz Damra, 216-362-0786
           Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232
  E-Mail: ohio@cair-net.org

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SUMMARY OF CAIR'S ACTIVITIES DURING THE PAST WEEK
(Go to http://www.cair-net.org/ for complete details.)

In the wake of Tuesday's tragedy, all CAIR is working to meet the needs 
of
victims, their families and the Muslim community.  This is a summary of
CAIR's response. The first section details the activities of CAIR's 
national
office.  The second section is comprised of reports from CAIR chapters. 
The
last section is a selection of the numerous positive actions and 
incidents
that are being reported to CAIR.

CAIR NATIONAL

On Tuesday, September 11, after condemning the terrorist attacks, CAIR
issued a call for Muslims to offer whatever assistance possible.

On Wednesday, September 12, CAIR's leadership participated in a press
conference in front of George Washington University Hospital urging 
American
Muslims to donate blood.

As reports of anti-Muslim backlash began to surface, CAIR faxed letters 
to
all members of Congress asking them to support American Muslims. A 
similar
letter was also sent to the White House.

Numerous officials are responding to the call against vigilantism. U.S.
officials who have publicly denounced anti-Muslim behavior include:
President Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft, New York Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani, House Minority Whip David Bonior (D-MI), Rep. Tom Davis 
(R-VA),
and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), and many others.

CAIR also issued an alert on Wednesday recommending a variety of safety
precautions for mosques.

On Thursday, CAIR, in conjunction with the American Muslim Political
Coordination Council (AMPCC), issued an alert requesting Islamic 
Centers to
remain open for Friday prayers. That same day, CAIR announced that the 
U.S.
Senate passed a resolution against anti-Muslim discrimination. The
resolution, introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and approved by a 
98-0
vote, condemned "any acts of violence or discrimination against any
Americans, including Arab-Americans and American Muslims."

On Friday, September 14, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Board
Chairman Omar Ahmad attended the national interfaith service held at 
the
Washington Cathedral.

Research Director Mohamed Nimer took part in a meeting with the ACLU 
where
issues relating to possible civil liberties repercussions were 
addressed.
The Council also initiated a campaign requesting American Muslims to 
report
the names of friends, colleagues, or family members who were killed or 
are
missing as a result of the attacks. In addition, CAIR urged Muslims to
request local elected officials to condemn anti-Muslim discrimination.

On Sunday, September 16, CAIR printed a full-page ad in the "A" section 
of
the Washington Post. This ad condemns the attack, offers condolences to 
the
victims and their families, and applauded the efforts of relief 
workers.

CAIR's staff is processing more than 400 (to date) reports of 
anti-Muslim
incidents since Tuesday's attacks. This initial figure, derived from
incidents reported in the first 72 hours following the terrorist acts, 
is
equal to the number of hate incidents CAIR generally receives in an 
entire
year. These reports are being verified and sent to the appropriate
authorities for legal action.

CAIR is constantly working with the national and international media. A
partial list of domestic media outlets that have interviewed CAIR 
National
since Tuesday includes: Newsweek, Associated Press, CBC Radio, New York
Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, USA Today, Wall Street
Journal, Washington Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Los 
Angeles
Times, WTOP-AM, WMAL-AM, Fox News, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fort Worth Star
Telegram, People Magazine, New Jersey Star-Ledger, Gannett News 
Service,
Financial Times, Metrowest Daily News, the Oregonian, BBC, Boston 
Globe,
Miami Herald, the Newshour with Jim Leher, Religion News Service, 
Bloomberg
News, San Francisco Chronicle, the Chronicle of Higher Education, US 
News &
World Report, the Detroit Free Press, and many other local and national
print or broadcast media outlets.

On Saturday, CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper appeared live 
on
FOX News.

On Monday, September 17, CAIR held a news conference to offer a 
reaction to
two shooting deaths over the weekend that may be part of an anti-Muslim
backlash.

Later that day, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad met with President 
George
W. Bush to discuss the attacks and the resulting anti-Muslim hysteria.

CAIR LOCAL CHAPTERS

In New York, local CAIR activists are conducting continuous fundraising
efforts for the Red Cross. A Red Cross official spoke at the Islamic 
Center
of Long Island to educate the community about direct action they can 
take to
assist relief workers and victims.

CAIR-NY spokesman Kevin James is an active duty fire marshal and 
president
of the Islamic Society of Fire Department Personnel. James published an
opinion piece in Newsday on September 13.

Muslim doctors have volunteered their services from the first moments 
of the
tragedy. It has been reported to CAIR that Muslim paramedics are 
involved in
the relief efforts.

On Saturday, September 15 CAIR-NY Director Gazi Khankan appeared on ABC 
with
Peter Jennings for two hours. Khankan also appeared on CNN's Talkback 
Live
on Sunday, September 16.

The office of the New York chapter is contacting local mosques to 
document
information on hate crimes that are occurring in the wake of the 
attacks.

CAIR-Ohio organized a fundraising effort following prayers on Friday,
September 14. All mosques in central Ohio participated in raising more 
than
$10,000 for victims. Muslim leaders also urged their congregations to
continue donating blood.

At Sunrise Academy, the only Islamic school in central Ohio, a wall was
dedicated to the victims and their families. Local city administrators, 
as
well as representatives of the fire and police departments attended the
ceremony.

Also on Friday, CAIR-Ohio members participated in a multi-faith prayer 
and
healing forum. On Saturday, September 15, the chapter participated in a
similar prayer event on the campus of Ohio State University.

In other efforts, CAIR-Ohio sent letters mourning the tragic situation 
and
requesting vigilance against possible backlash to numerous elected 
officials
and law enforcement representatives.

The chapter also assembled "Helping Children Cope with Tuesday's Acts 
of
Terrorism: Tips for Parents and Teachers." This guide was sent to all 
Ohio
superintendents and school principals.

The CAIR team in Southern California began contacting local media to 
discuss
potential backlash soon after the initial tragedy occurred.

They participated in meetings with the sheriffs of both LA and Orange
counties.  During that meeting, heightened police protection for local
Muslims and Arabs was discussed.

CAIR-S.CA, along with numerous interfaith groups, also took part in a 
press
conference hosted by the Human Rights Commission.

CAIR-S.CA Director Hussam Ayloush gave a Friday sermon asking Muslims 
to
donate to help victims and their families. Funds were collected on 
site. The
mayor of Hawthorne, Calif., and representatives of the local media 
attended
the sermon.

Chapter representatives also met with the local Board of Education to
discuss challenges facing Muslim students.

On Sunday, September 15, CAIR-S.CA participated in a Muslim community 
town
hall meeting. CAIR representatives presented effective ways to deal 
with
hate crimes, the media and the wider community. This theme of training
Muslims to deal with these issues is dominating numerous recent 
meetings
with Muslim youth.

The chapter is helping to organize a blood drive on October 5.

SELECTED AMERICAN MUSLIM AND WIDER COMMUNITY ACTIONS

Just a few of the many other positive actions taking place include:

* The Center for Multicultural Human Services in Virginia reports that 
they
are helping Muslim children who are being harassed. The center reports
having five Muslim counselors assigned to the project.

* DC Web Women, an organization representing 5,000 women, informs CAIR 
that
they are planning to urge their members to wear headscarves for one day 
to
show solidarity with Muslim women.

* A woman brought flowers to the office of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center 
in
Falls Church, VA. She said that she was expressing her regret at the 
actions
some people are taking against Muslims in America. "You do not deserve 
this.
I am very sorry," she said.

* The Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Thousand Oaks, CA sent a letter 
of
support to Muslims. "My heart is breaking for all our Islamic friends 
who
are being targeted by...ignorant Americans," Deborah Ward said in the
letter.

* A letter from Miss. Montgomery of CA states, "No right thinking 
people
will hold all Muslims responsible for the acts of a few extremists." 
She
later adds, "I also know that there were people of the Muslim faith who 
were
lost in Tuesday's tragedy, and that the American-Islamic community is 
in
mourning, too."

* Anne of Homer, Alaska writes, "Buddhists [are] praying for peace 
among
everyone, especially at this time for the safety of Muslims..."

* An employee of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
offered to help develop educational materials for non-Muslims in the 
wake of
the WTC tragedy.

* Joanna, a Muslim living in Seattle was afraid to go to her local 
mosque.
However, after overcoming her fear she was elated by what awaited her
outside the mosque. "I was so surprised when I got there," she writes, 
"to
see the entire front of my mosque arranged with bouquets of flowers, 
flags,
and cards.  The neighbors and other friendly residents [were] standing 
out
front greeting everyone as we arrived with words of encouragement and
kindness.

* Rihan J. of Chicago, Il reports participating in a Muslim community
organized blood drive.

* On Saturday, September 15, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh held a 
press
conference. They report that the event was well covered by local media 
and
that several city officials participated.

* At the request of the Governor of Michigan, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi,
founding Imam of the Islamic House of Wisdom, delivered a prayer at the
Cathedral of Lansing. This prayer was part of Michigan's activities on 
the
national day of prayer, Friday, September 14.

* Friday's sermon at the Islamic Center of Albuquerque was dedicated to
denouncing Tuesday's terrorist acts. Tariq K. reports that excerpts 
from the
sermon were broadcast on local TV.

* Muslims in the Washington, DC area organized an interfaith prayer 
vigil on
Sunday, September 16.

* Muzammil A. of Michigan's Muslim Community of the West Suburbs 
reported
that the community hosted a fundraising dinner for victims of the 
tragedy.
He also reports that a blood drive was conducted on Saturday, September 
15
and that red, white and blue ribbons were distributed to Muslim 
students.

* In Washington, DC members of the WBG/IMF Staff Afghan Association 
report
that they are donating blood and equipment to the American Red Cross.

* The All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Herndon, VA reports hosting a 
town
hall meeting for Muslim youth on Sunday, September 16. The Society is
providing counselors to Muslim youth to discuss Tuesday's tragedy and 
how to
handle possible backlash at school.

* The Islamic Center of Orange County announced a town hall meeting for
Sunday, September 16. Community leaders were slated to discuss 
proactive
ways of addressing Tuesday's terrorist acts.

* At the National Cathedral in Washington, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi,
President of the Islamic Society of North American, delivered an 
opening
prayer at the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance ceremonies.

This prayer was broadcast live over many major national media networks.  
Dr.
Siddiqi quoted chapter 35, verse 10 of the Qu'ran: "If any do seek for 
glory
and power, to God belongs all glory and power.  To Him mount up all 
words of
purity.  He exalts all righteous deeds. But those that lay the plots of
evil, for them is a terrible penalty; and the plotting of such will not
abide."

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Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 18:10:12 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Imam Jamil's Trial Delayed/Muslim Lawyers Database

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/19/2001

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HEADLINES:

* NEW ON CAIR'S WEB SITE - MUSLIM LAWYERS DATABASE
* THE SOLITARY VOTE OF BARBARA LEE (Wash. Post)
* AL-AMIN MURDER TRIAL DELAYED (Atlanta Journal)
* REP. MCKINNEY, IMAM SIRAJ, ROB GARDNER TO SPEAK AT CAIR ANNUAL DINNER

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NEW ON CAIR'S WEB SITE - MUSLIM LAWYERS DATABASE
http://www.cair-net.org/cairlegal.asp

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THE SOLITARY VOTE OF BARBARA LEE
Congresswoman Against Use of Force
By Peter Carlson, Washington Post, 9/19/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52813-2001Sep18.html

"We need to step back," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). "We're 
grieving. 
We need to step back and think about this so that it doesn't spiral out 
of 
control. We have to make sure we don't make any mistakes."

She was walking down a hallway in the Cannon House Office Building. A 
plainclothes police officer hovered a few steps away, looking very 
serious. 
The Capitol Police began guarding Lee on Saturday because of death 
threats 
she received after voting against a resolution authorizing President 
Bush 
to use military force against anyone associated with last week's 
terrorist 
attacks. The resolution passed 98-0 in the Senate and 420-1 in the 
House. 
Lee's was the sole dissenting vote...

CONTACT:

The Honorable Barbara Lee
426 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone:(202) 225-2661
Fax:(202) 225-9817
URL: http://www.house.gov/lee/

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AL-AMIN MURDER TRIAL DELAYED
Fairness for Muslim suspect a concern
By Steve Visser, Atlanta Journal,  9/18/2001
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/tuesday/metro.html
Scroll down to article.

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have delayed the 
trial of an alleged cop-killer in Fulton County until next year because 
lawyers fear jurors might seek vengeance on the Muslim defendant.

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, and a radical 
in 
the 1960s, indicated to Superior Court Judge Stephanie Manis that he 
was 
ready to go forward with jury selection this week, but his lawyers 
argued 
vehemently against the idea.

Lawyer Jack Martin argued that "prejudice, passion and fear" --- the 
three 
big enemies of a fair trial --- would likely raise their heads in wake 
of 
the Sept. 11 attacks that may have cost thousands of lives and are 
suspected of being carried out by Islamic terrorists.

"The nerves of our community are too raw...and our understandable anger 
and 
rage too over-arching," Martin told the court on Monday. "It would be a 
mistake to expect jurors to honestly tell us their fears. I don't know 
my 
own fears."

Manis moved the capital murder trial date to Jan. 7. Jury selection was 
scheduled to begin Sept. 12, but the judge canceled the proceedings 
after 
the attacks...

SEE ALSO: http://www.imamjamil.com

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REP. MCKINNEY, IMAM SIRAJ, ROB GARDNER TO SPEAK AT CAIR ANNUAL DINNER

The Council on American-Islamic Relations cordially invites you to 
attend 
its Seventh Annual Fundraising Banquet

"MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: BRAVING THE STORM"

with

REP. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY (D-GA)

MR. ROB GARDNER
Producer/Director of the PBS documentary
"Islam: Empire of Faith"

IMAM SIRAJ WAHHAJ

2001 Islamic Community Service Awards

Entertainment by ABU RATIB

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WHEN:   Sunday, October 7, 2001
                 Registration begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
                 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA

TICKETS:        $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Oct. 1, 2001
                 No children please.
                 (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per 
child.)
                 For information, call 202-488-8787.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: CAIR needs volunteers to help organize this 
important 
event. Anyone who would like to offer his or her time and expertise 
should 
contact Khalid Iqbal (kiqbal@cair-net.org) or Isra Rahman 
(irahman@cair-net.org) by calling 202-488-8787.

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___ YES, I will attend. Enclosed is my check, payable to CAIR, in the 
amount of $______ for _____ seats.

___ SORRY, I will not be able to attend. But I would like to support 
CAIR's 
important work defending and promoting the image of Islam and the 
rights of 
Muslims by sending a donation of $______.

(Kindly reply by October 1, 2001. Mail to: 2001 Dinner, CAIR, 453 New 
Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC  20003 FAX: 202-488-0833  E-MAIL: 
cair1@ix.netcom.com)

Person Purchasing Tickets:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
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Signature: ________________________________________________

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Congressman Says Profile People with "Diapers" on Their Heads

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/20/2001

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HEADLINES:

* REP. COOKSEY: PROFILE PEOPLE WITH "DIAPERS" ON THEIR HEADS
* MUSLIMS IN THE USA LIVE WITH NEW FEARS AFTER ATTACKS (USA Today)
* CAIR CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES
* Q&A ON ISLAM AND ARAB-AMERICANS (USA Today)
* MUSLIM COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING IN CALIF. 9/21
* OPEN FORUM IN FACE OF THE TRAGEDIES (CALIF. 9/22)
* FBI MEETS WITH DALLAS AREA MUSLIMS TO DISCUSS MOSQUE SECURITY

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REP. COOKSEY: PROFILE PEOPLE WITH "DIAPERS" ON THEIR HEADS

The Reliable Source
By Lloyd Grove, The Washington Post, 9/20/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/style/columns/reliablesource/
Click on September 20 column.

President Bush may be trying to quash anti-Muslim bigotry, but that 
didn't 
stop Rep. John Cooksey (R-La.) from telling a Louisiana radio network 
this 
week: "If I see someone come in that's got a diaper on his head and a 
fan 
belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled 
over." Yesterday Cooksey spokesman Bob Anderson told The Post's Juliet 
Eilperin that his boss was making a larger point -- that turban-wearing 
airline passengers should be taken aside and questioned: "Obviously 
suspicious people should be checked out."

CONTACT: (As always, be POLITE.)
Ask that the congressman apologize for his remarks and explain why the 
comments hurt you and your family by creating a climate of hatred and 
fear.

Rep. John Cooksey
113 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

202-225-8490 phone
202-225-5639 fax

E-Mail: congressman.cooksey@mail.house.gov
URL: http://www.house.gov/cooksey/

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MUSLIMS IN THE USA LIVE WITH NEW FEARS AFTER ATTACKS
Arab-Americans and those who look like them deal with threats, hate 
crimes
By Patrick O'Driscoll, USA TODAY, 9/20/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20010920/3646643s.htm

AURORA, Colo. -- Nervously fingering a strand of prayer beads, Mcdad 
Soleyman sits in his living room, quietly cataloging a week of fear and 
tension.
There was gunfire Saturday night outside his house. Hours later, though 
there was no rain, a suspicious stranger in a hooded raincoat and a ski 
mask stood on the sidewalk in a post-midnight vigil that prompted 
Soleyman 
to call the police again.

His wife is afraid to go out on errands or take her daily walk in a 
public 
park. Her cousin, wearing a headscarf, was accosted in the supermarket 
checkout line last week by an angry man who asked: "Are you a Muslim? 
You 
all are going to burn in hell..."

...In an escalating backlash, some U.S. citizens outraged at the 
hijacked-airliner attacks have unleashed their own retaliatory strike 
-- on 
American citizens of Arab descent, on legal immigrants, on Muslims and 
anyone else whose looks, speech, dress or names somehow fit "Middle 
East" 
stereotypes...

"...The bigoted acts of a small minority are creating an atmosphere of 
apprehension and fear," says Nihad Awad, executive director of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations, which has tallied more than 500 
first-hand 
reports of intolerant acts since the disaster...

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CAIR CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES

(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/20/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group today offered its 
support 
for a 10-point statement released today by a coalition of more than 150 
civil rights groups informally-know as the "Defense of Freedom 
Coalition." 
The statement, released at a news conference today in the nation's 
capital, 
is designed to forestall government infringements on civil liberties in 
the 
wake of last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

The statement is posted at www.indefenseoffreedom.org

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Q&A ON ISLAM AND ARAB-AMERICANS
USA Today, 9/18/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/islam.htm

Q: What is Islam?
A: Muslims believe in one God and in the Day of Judgment and individual 
accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets 
beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob 
Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus. God's message was 
reaffirmed 
and finalized by the Prophet Muhammad. Islam is a religion of peace, 
mercy 
and forgiveness. Muslims pray in a mosque in the same way that 
Christians 
pray in a church...

Q: What is Jihad?
A: Jihad does not mean "holy war." Literally, jihad in Arabic means to 
strive, struggle and exert effort. It is a central and broad Islamic 
concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within 
oneself, 
struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle in the 
battlefield for self-defense or fighting against tyranny or 
oppression...

Q: How does Islam view terrorism?
A: Islam does not support terrorism under any circumstances. Terrorism 
goes 
against every principle in Islam. If a Muslim engages in terrorism, he 
is 
not following Islam. He may be wrongly using the name of Islam for 
political or financial gain...

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING IN CALIF.

The Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) and the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) invite you to a town hall meeting.

Meet with community leaders, County Supervisors, members of the State 
Assembly and Senate, members of Congress, Mayors, representatives of 
law 
enforcement agencies and the FBI, and religious leaders from around the 
Southland.

* Be part of the efforts to unite Americans from all faith backgrounds.
* Hear messages of support from public officials in the wake of the 
misguided backlash against the American Muslim and Arab American 
communities.
* Learn how to prevent and challenge hate incidents.

WHEN: Friday September 21, 2001, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
WHERE: Orange County Islamic Foundation, 23581 Madero Dr., Mission 
Viejo

For more information, contact CAIR-LA at 714-776-1847 or OCIF at 
949-595-0480

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OPEN FORUM IN FACE OF THE TRAGEDIES (CALIF. 9/22)
Workshops, discussions, interfaith panels

DATE:   Saturday, September 22, 2001
TIME:           10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Workshop I
                 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Workshop II
LOCATION:       Islamic Society of Orange County
                 9752 W. 13th Street
                 Garden Grove, CA 92844

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:
      * How tragedies unite nations and communities across all faiths.
      * Coping with backlash, anger and hate
      * Dealing with emotions
      * The need for tolerance and understanding
      * The golden rule in facing reality worldwide
      * Responsibilities of the media
      * How the tragedy is affecting school and college campuses
      * Youth perspectives: Where can we go from here?

Co-sponsored by CAIR, MPAC, and the Muslim Youth Group of the Islamic 
Society of Orange County.

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or comments, please 
email 
Ukahf@aol.com, or call Br. Fawad o at the ISOC Masjid (714) 531-1722.

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FBI MEETS WITH DALLAS AREA MUSLIMS TO DISCUSS MOSQUE SECURITY
Meeting addresses improving communication with Muslim community

(DALLAS, TX)  The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) held a meeting recently with 
Danny 
Defenbaugh, special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI office. Imams and 
representatives of area mosques to discuss security measures also 
attended 
the meeting. Topics discussed included cooperation between Law 
enforcement 
authorities and the local Muslim community. "The meeting was very 
positive 
and constructive," said Mohamed Elmougy, President of CAIR-DFW. "We 
have 
always appreciated our positive relationship with the local FBI office 
lead 
by Mr. Defenbaugh, added Elmougy.

As a result of the meeting, Defenbaugh contacted several local police 
chiefs to ensure presence by uniformed police officers in front of 
local 
Mosques during Friday (Jumm'a) prayer. Defenbaugh was himself in 
attendance 
for Friday Prayer at an Arlington Mosque.

CONTACT: info@cairdfw.org

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/21/2001

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HEADLINES:

* QUOTE OF THE DAY: CAL THOMAS
* MUSLIM PASSENGERS KICKED OFF NORTHWEST FLIGHT
* RACIAL PROFILING MAY GET WIDER APPROVAL BY COURTS
* CONGRESSMAN "APOLOGIZES" FOR "DIAPER" REMARK
* LIST OF MUSLIMS KILLED OR MISSING IN WTC BOMBING
* MARYLAND ISLAMIC SCHOOL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE
* SCHOOL OFFICIALS URGED TO PREVENT HARASSMENT OF MUSLIM STUDENTS
* PHOTO OF SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF WITH PRESIDENT BUSH

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Syndicated Columnist Cal Thomas: "America's enemies know us better than 
we 
know them. They take their faith in a false god more seriously than we 
take 
our faith in the true one." Sept. 17, 2001
http://news.crosswalk.com/religion

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MUSLIM PASSENGERS KICKED OFF NORTHWEST FLIGHT
Islamic group condemns airline's action as "racial and religious 
profiling"

(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/21/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today condemned an 
incident on Thursday in Minneapolis, Minn., in which three Muslim 
passengers were kicked off a Northwest airlines flight because other 
passengers refused to fly with them.

Media reports indicate that the three men, who all live in Utah and 
were on 
their way home from Philadelphia, were taken from a connecting flight 
in 
Minneapolis. Northwest says that security rules say the airline has to 
"re-accommodate" passengers if their presence makes other passengers 
uncomfortable.

SEE: http://www.startribune.com/stories/1576/704367.html

"This is racial and religious profiling of the worst kind. Both the 
passengers and the airplane personnel should be ashamed of their 
actions," 
said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad added that CAIR has 
received 
more than 500 reports of anti-Muslim discrimination, including three 
deaths, following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        TEL: 202-488-8787 or 202-489-5108
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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RACIAL PROFILING MAY GET WIDER APPROVAL BY COURTS
By WILLIAM GLABERSON, The new York Times, 9/21/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/21/national/21PROF.html

Although racial profiling has been harshly criticized in states like 
New 
Jersey, courts in this country have never declared it legally dead. 
Now, 
with law enforcement officials focusing on Arabs in the hunt for 
terrorists, legal experts say profiling may be authorized by judges 
more 
definitively than ever before.

An emerging battle over racial profiling, like disputes over 
detainments of 
immigrants and proposals for increased wiretapping, is becoming a 
volatile 
part of the civil liberties debate over the country's response to the 
attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon...

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CONGRESSMAN "APOLOGIZES" FOR "DIAPER" REMARK

The Associated Press reports that a Louisiana congressman has 
apologized 
for his comment that anyone with "a diaper on his head" should be 
stopped 
and questioned.

Representative John Cooksey, a Republican who is planning to run for 
the 
Senate next year, said on Monday in a radio interview broadcast 
statewide, 
"If I see someone come in and he's got a diaper on his head and a fan 
belt 
around that diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over and 
checked." Mr. Cooksey later said he was referring to Osama bin Laden. 
"I 
never intended to disparage loyal Americans of Arab descent," he said.

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LIST OF MUSLIMS KILLED OR MISSING IN WTC BOMBING

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is compiling a list of 
Muslims 
who were killed or injured in the World Trade Center attack. The list, 
which is updated daily, may be obtained by calling 718-658-7028 or by 
e-mailing tariqhelpinghand@yahoo.com. (CAIR is compiling a similar 
list.)

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MARYLAND ISLAMIC SCHOOL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE

The Islamic Education Center (IEC) and Muslim Community School will 
hold an 
open house for people of all faiths on Sunday, September 23, between 5 
and 
7 p.m. The open house will feature a prayer session and a discussion of 
the 
recent attacks in Washington and New York.

WHERE: 7917 Montrose Road, Potomac, Md.
CONTACT: 301-340-6713 or 301-340-6584

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SCHOOL OFFICIALS URGED TO PREVENT HARASSMENT OF MUSLIM STUDENTS

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige has called on educators to take a 
leading role in the prevention of harassment and violence directed at 
students perceived to be Muslim or Arab American. Citing news reports 
of 
acts of intolerance, Paige wrote to the leaders of the nation's 
schools, 
colleges and universities urging them to take important steps to 
protect 
students from harassment and violence.

"We are all committed to making sure our children across America can 
attend 
school in a safe and secure environment free from harassment and 
threats," 
Paige said. "Today, I call upon school officials to work with students, 
parents, and community groups, to ensure that harassment and violence 
have 
no place in our schools."

In his letter Paige urged school officials to make sure that 
assemblies, 
classroom discussions and other school activities held to honor victims 
of 
the tragedies do not inadvertently foster the targeting of Muslim or 
Arab-American students for harassment.

Paige said educators should:

* Encourage students to discuss diversity constructively and to express 
disagreement over ideas or beliefs in a respectful manner;

* Have a system in place to intervene if particular students exhibit 
conduct that could endanger others; and

* Encourage all students to report threats of racial or ethnic 
harassment.
Paige also took the opportunity to highlight the responsibilities of 
schools, colleges and universities to enforce Title VI of the Civil 
Rights 
Act of 1964.  Title VI prohibits discrimination based on race, color or 
national origin by recipients of federal financial assistance.

"Working together," Paige wrote, "we can make sure that our children 
get a 
good education in a safe environment that does not tolerate violence or 
hatred."

CONTACT: Rodger D. Murphey, 202-401-0774

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PHOTO OF SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF WITH PRESIDENT BUSH
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/p/nm/20010921/pl/mdf56024.html

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Subject: CAIR-NET: USDOT Issues Caution on Airline Discrimination

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

USDOT ISSUES CAUTION ON AIRLINE DISCRIMINATION

Since the terrorist hijackings and events of September 11, we have seen 
several reports of airlines apparently removing passengers from flights 
because the passengers appeared to be Middle Eastern and/or Muslim. We 
caution airlines not to target or otherwise discriminate against 
passengers 
based on their race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or 
based 
on passengers' names or modes of dress that could be indicative of such 
classification. Various Federal statutes prohibit air carriers from 
subjecting a person in air transportation to discrimination on the 
basis of 
race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or ancestry. At DOT, we 
are 
and will continue to be vigilant in ensuring that the airport security 
procedures, mandated by FAA and implemented by the airlines, are not 
unlawfully discriminatory.

We strongly encourage each airline to take steps to ensure that its 
employees understand that, not only is it wrong, but it is also illegal 
to 
discriminate against people based on their race, ethnicity, or 
religion. 
Recently, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Delta Airlines 
sent 
a letter to all of the airline's employees worldwide requesting 
tolerance 
of all people and cultures, and explaining that its employees must 
comply 
fully with civil rights laws. A copy of this letter is attached.

Norman Strickman
Assistant Director for Aviation Consumer Protection
Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Department of Transportation

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Date: September 21, 2001
To: All Delta Employees Worldwide
From: Fred Reid, President and Chief Operating Officer
Subject: TOLERANCE

Dear Colleagues,

Last Tuesday's tragedy has affected us in ways that would have seemed 
inconceivable as little as two weeks ago. Unfortunately, we've seen 
some 
Americans become suspicious of people of other cultures - especially 
those 
of Mideast descent. And across the airline industry, we've heard 
stories of 
passengers being deplaned because of their skin color or the sound of 
their 
accents.

We cannot afford to follow this tragic behavior. It is exactly what our 
enemies are striving for: the end of our open, diverse, and tolerant 
way of 
life.

Delta's Code of Ethics and Business Conduct states that, "Delta has an 
uncompromising policy never to discriminate against customers on the 
basis 
of race, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation 
or 
similar classifications.  The law mandates this policy - discrimination 
is 
not only illegal, it is wrong and will not be tolerated."

Safety is our first priority at Delta, and we will not compromise that.  
If 
a passenger behaves suspiciously or in a manner that suggests a 
possible 
security concern while in the airport or on board our aircraft, we 
should 
always take action to investigate the behavior.  But our response must 
be 
based on the passenger's conduct, not on race or national origin.

Last Tuesday's events changed the way airlines do business from now on, 
not 
only in America, but throughout the world.  Already, Delta has 
instituted 
strict security measures designed to make certain those intent on evil 
do 
not reach our airplanes.  And our security measures continue to evolve 
and 
tighten.

Please continue to be observant and vigilant when enforcing security 
that 
protects our passengers and our people.  But don't let last Tuesday's 
events change you into someone suspicious of people just because of the 
way 
they look - if you do that, then the terrorists will have won.

Thank you for the strength of character you've shown since the sad 
events 
last week. You make me proud to work with you.

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Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 22:53:21 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: KY Muslims Arrested at Jumah Prayers/News Briefs

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/22/2001

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HEADLINES:

* KENTUCKY MUSLIMS ARRESTED AT FRIDAY PRAYERS
* FBI TRIES TO EASE MUSLIM FEARS (LA Times)
* JEWISH-MUSLIM DIALOGUE NEWLY TESTED (LA Times)
* OHIO GOVERNOR VISITS TOLEDO MOSQUE
* SOME PASSENGERS SINGLED OUT FOR EXCLUSION BY FLIGHT CREW (NY Times)
* ONCE APPALLED BY RACE PROFILING, MANY FIND THEMSELVES DOING IT (NY 
Times)
* HOUSE MINORITY LEADER DICK GEPHARDT SAY WAR NOT AGAINST ISLAM
* OCC TEACHER ON LEAVE AFTER CLASH (LA Times)

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KENTUCKY MUSLIMS ARRESTED AT FRIDAY PRAYERS

FBI in Kentucky detains at least 25 in attack probe.
Reuters News Service, 9/21/2001

BURLINGTON, Ky., Sept 21 (Reuters) - The FBI said on Friday it has 
detained 
at least 25 people in northern Kentucky on possible immigration 
violations 
as the agency presses forward with a probe of the attacks on the World 
Trade Center and the Pentagon last week.

"Numerous persons were interviewed and at least 25 have been detained 
on 
potential immigration law violations," the Louisville, Kentucky office 
of 
the FBI said in a statement.

It said people were detained after six warrants were issued to conduct 
searches in northern Kentucky.

Local television stations in nearby Cincinnati, Ohio showed three 
federal 
vans transporting some detained people and seized materials in large 
bags 
to an undisclosed destination.

The local reports said the raids were conducted at an apartment near 
the 
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. They quoted 
residents 
of the complex as saying FBI and Immigration and Naturalization Service 
agents timed their raids to coincide with Friday Muslim prayers inside 
the 
complex...

SEE ALSO: FBI ROUSTS 25 IN BURLINGTON
http://www.kypost.com/2001/sep/22/fbi092201.html

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FBI TRIES TO EASE MUSLIM FEARS
Law enforcement: Officials meet in Mission Viejo with members of the 
Islamic community and call for patience and cooperation.
By DANIEL YI, Los Angeles Times, 9/22/2001
http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-000076019sep22.story

An FBI official made a rare appearance at a gathering of Orange County 
Muslims and Arab-Americans on Friday, offering assurances even as he 
urged 
cooperation in the massive national search for suspects in the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks.

"We are not contacting you for intimidation," Steve Steinhauser, FBI 
assistant special agent-in-charge, told about 200 people at the Orange 
County Islamic Foundation offices in Mission Viejo. "We are contacting 
you 
as Americans, for your assistance. Because of the urgency, we cannot 
conduct business as usual, because these are not normal times...We are 
also 
trying to save lives because we believe this is not over and we have no 
information where it may occur next." Steinhauser was among the 
Sheriff's 
Department officials, city representatives and state and federal 
legislators who attended.

But he found himself the sole target of questions during the hourlong 
meeting when the subject turned to the anxiety many Arabs and Muslims 
feel 
about possible law enforcement profiling of them.

"The worry we are having," said Hussan Ayloush, executive director of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations of Southern California, "the 
fear, is 
that slowly but surely every member of the community is becoming a 
lead..."

SEE ALSO: JEWISH-MUSLIM DIALOGUE NEWLY TESTED
By LARRY B. STAMMER, Los Angeles Times, 9/22/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000075993sep22.story

Reactions by Los Angeles' Jewish and Muslim leaders to last week's 
terrorist attacks have put new strains on the two groups' 
already-tenuous 
relationship.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a pro-Israel organization that tracks 
anti-Semitic activities worldwide, posted a picture on its Web site 
showing 
jubilant Palestinian youths celebrating the Sept. 11 attacks on the 
World 
Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Muslims charged that the photograph fanned "the flames of ethnic and 
religious hatred." A handful of Muslims held a brief press conference 
Friday in front of the center's West Los Angeles headquarters. The 
photograph was removed from the Web site shortly before.

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OHIO GOVERNOR VISITS TOLEDO MOSQUE

(COLUMBUS, OH 9/22/2001) --Gov. Bob Taft toured a Toledo mosque and 
school 
this morning to help to ease anti-Muslim tensions in Ohio caused by 
terrorist strikes against New York and Washington.

Governor Taft toured Masjid Saad and the Toledo Islamic Academy, Ohio's 
first Islamic High School. "The Governor's visit sends a strong message 
that Ohioan, regardless of their ethnic and cultural backgrounds are 
equal 
and they should be treated with the same respect we all deserve," 
Masjid 
Saad Foundation board member Abed Alo said.

"Ohio Muslims stand shoulder to shoulder with all Americans in 
solidarity 
in the face of danger." CAIR Ohio president Ahmad Al-Akhras said. "The 
recent tragedies created immense emotions that, at certain times, 
unfortunately were misdirected toward Muslims, Arabs and sometimes 
others. 
The horrible attacks touched all of us," Al-Akhras said.

Ohio is home to more than 130,000 Muslims with almost 10,000 residing 
in 
Toledo.

CONTACT: ohio@cair-net.org

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SOME PASSENGERS SINGLED OUT FOR EXCLUSION BY FLIGHT CREW
By BLAINE HARDEN and SOMINI SENGUPTA
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/22/national/22PASS.html

In San Antonio on Monday, Ashraf Khan, 32, a mobile phone salesman who 
was 
trying to get to his brother's wedding in Pakistan, was ordered off a 
Delta 
Airlines flight. The plane's captain, Mr. Khan recalled, told him that 
the 
flight crew did not "feel safe flying with you..."

...In Orlando, Fla., on Monday, two businessmen from Pakistan were 
ordered 
off a US Airways flight bound for Baltimore. As the businessmen, Akbar 
Ali 
and Muhammad Naeem Butt, recalled their long day at the airport, an 
airline 
agent told them that the pilot would not take off until they left the 
aircraft. He then suggested they take a train. They were accepted on a 
later US Airways flight to Baltimore.

SEE ALSO: ONCE APPALLED BY RACE PROFILING, MANY FIND THEMSELVES DOING 
IT
By SAM HOWE VERHOVEK, The New York Times, 9/23/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/23/national/23PROF.html

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HOUSE MINORITY LEADER DICK GEPHARDT SAY WAR NOT AGAINST ISLAM
DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS - 
9/22/2001

...We will also do all we can to protect the rights that make America 
such 
a special place. We will not adopt the characteristics of those who 
attack 
us. If we begin to compromise the civil liberties of our citizens, the 
terrorists will have won.

In light of these traumatic events, I've heard reports of Americans who 
have attacked other Americans simply because of their race, ethnicity, 
religion or clothes. These attacks must stop. This is not a war against 
Islam. It is against terror.

Those who did this are murderers, not martyrs. They cannot get to 
heaven by 
unleashing hell. The American Muslim community has said this loudly and 
repeatedly. Just as terror is not Islam, we must say to anyone who 
would 
lash out against Muslims this is not America...

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OCC TEACHER ON LEAVE AFTER CLASH
Muslims at Costa Mesa college say instructor called them 'terrorists' 
and 
'murderers.' He says they misunderstood.
By WILLIAM LOBDELL, Los Angeles Times, 9/22/2001
http://www.latimes.com/tcn/pilot/news/front/la-dp0023166sep22.story

Orange Coast College officials placed a veteran teacher on paid leave 
this 
week while they investigate complaints from four Muslim students who 
say he 
called them "terrorists" and "murderers" during a heated
debate in a political science class.

Instructor Ken Hearlson, 57, said in an interview that he was speaking 
only 
about Muslim terrorists and those who support their actions, not the 
students in his class. He said he did, however, regret the timing of 
the 
discussion, just one week after the terrorist attacks in the United 
States...

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Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 16:19:30 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: CNN Invites Muslims to Live Town Hall Meetings

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/23/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CNN INVITES MUSLIMS TO LIVE TOWN HALL MEETINGS
* BLOOD DRIVE IN LA FOR VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS
* CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER VISITS MOSQUE

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CNN INVITES MUSLIMS TO LIVE TOWN HALL MEETINGS

FROM CNN: Invitation to be among audience of Town Hall meetings to be 
broadcast live on CNN, Sept 24 through Sept 28. The CNN/Crossfire Town 
Hall 
meeting line is 1-877-515-4157. Please call this number to leave your 
details if you plan to attend.

WHAT: CNN's Crossfire is hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings on last 
week's terrorist attacks to be broadcast live each evening next week 
from 
GW University.

Hosted by two of CNN's own, the meetings begin with a short interview 
with 
the guests of the night, and then go to questions from an audience of 
200-300 people. Members of the audience can come ready with questions, 
or 
are welcome to sit back and enjoy the discussion. We hope to discuss 
around 
five audience questions each evening.

The panelists so far have been distinguished, including House Minority 
Leader Dick Gephardt, Senator John McCain of Arizona, Sen. Joseph 
Biden, 
(D-DE) Foreign Relations Cmte. Chairman, Sen. Fred Thompson, (R-TN) 
Intelligence Cmte. We expect the guests for the upcoming week to be 
just as 
strong.

WHEN: The meetings will be broadcast LIVE from George Washington 
University 
each night next week from 6:30 - 7:00 pm. Please plan to arrive at 5:30 
pm. 
Doors open at 5 pm each night, everyone must be in their seats by 6 pm.

WHERE:  The Media and Public Affairs Building
                 George Washington University
                 805 21st St., NW, Washington DC
                 (202) 994 8799
                 Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom

The Building is on the corner of 21st and H Street next to Tower 
records.  If you get off at the Foggy Bottom Metro walk 2 blocks east 
and 
one block south. The auditorium where the Meetings are taped is the 
Jack 
Morton Auditorium. Note: the Building itself does not have a name or 
address on the outside.

WHAT NEXT: The Crossfire Town Hall meeting line is 1-877-515-4157.
PLEASE CALL THIS NUMBER AND LEAVE THE NAME AND HOME PHONE NUMBER OF 
EACH 
PERSON IN YOUR PARTY WHO WILL ATTEND. Please add the day you plan to 
attend. We will call you back to confirm. Your name will be on a list 
at 
the door - we will check you off and hand you your ticket when you 
arrive.

Thanks - and look forward to hearing from you!
Abbi Tatton
Associate Producer, CNN
TEL: 202-515-2276
E-MAIL: Abbi.Tatton@turner.com

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BLOOD DRIVE IN LA FOR VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS

SPONSORS: University Muslim Medical Association & Kaiser Permanente, in 
conjunction with Islamic Relief, Islamic Shura Council of Southern 
California, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Public 
Affairs Council (MPAC), ILM Foundation, Islamic Society of Orange 
County, 
Community Coalition, the Muslim Students' Association of UCLA, Friends 
in 
Deed, the Muslim American Society (MAS), Masjid Al-Islam Los Angeles, 
City 
of Hope, and Al-Talib Newsmagazine

WHEN:   Saturday, September 29
                 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  UMMA Free Clinic
                 711 W. Florence Ave.
                 Los Angeles, CA
                 (off the 110 fwy, Florence exit)

For more information, please contact:

Yasser Aman, UMMA Free Clinic, at (323) 789-5610 or 
yasser@ummaclinic.org
Arif Shaikh, Islamic Relief, at (310) 930-8059 or arif@irw.org

In addition, Islamic Relief and UMMA Free Clinic have set up an 
Emergency 
Fund to help the victims of the September 11th tragedies. Please donate 
generously.

Islamic Relief/UMMA Free Clinic
Emergency Fund to help victims of New York and Washington, DC tragedies

Please make check payable to:
Islamic Relief Emergency Fund
P.O. Box 6098
Burbank, CA 91510
Tax ID#: 95-4453134

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CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER VISITS MOSQUE

Address by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien On the Occasion of a Visit to 
the 
Ottawa Central Mosque, September 21, 2001, Ottawa, Ontario
http://www.cbc.ca/clips/ram-newsworld/chretien_mosque010921.ram

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Reporters Asked to Handle 'Islamic' Jargon With Care

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/24/2001

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HEADLINES:

* REPORTERS ASKED TO HANDLE 'ISLAMIC' JARGON WITH CARE (Wash. Times)
* PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER BLOCKING PROPERTY AND PROHIBITING 
TRANSACTIONS WITH PERSONS WHO COMMIT, THREATEN TO COMMIT, OR SUPPORT 
TERRORISM
* NATIONAL OUTRAGE AND ITS IMPACT ON THE WORKPLACE
* OPEN FRIDAY PRAYER AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

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REPORTERS ASKED TO HANDLE 'ISLAMIC' JARGON WITH CARE
By Larry Witham, The Washington Times, 9/24/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20010924-28582028.htm

BOSTON - An organization of religion news reporters yesterday suggested 
that reporters avoid the term "Islamic terrorist" or similar labels as 
Muslims and their beliefs receive greater scrutiny.

The Religion Newswriters Association said it was "troubled" by the 
frequent 
use of the term in the days after the terrorist attacks in New York and 
Washington.

The resolution, adopted by a majority vote at the group's annual 
meeting, 
also rejected "similar phrases that associate an entire religion with 
the 
action of a few."

The statement will be sent to the 240 members of the RNA and other news 
organizations. It will be released today by the Associated Press.

"Terrorist acts are committed by individuals and groups for reasons 
that 
often involve a complex mix of cultural, religious, nationalist, 
economic 
and psychological motives," the resolution said.

Hence, reporting in the wake of the attacks should "avoid stereotypes 
[and] 
be aware of the complexity of religious traditions and to use care in 
attempting to describe the motives of terrorists," the resolution 
said...

...American Muslims and the U.S. media should use the term God instead 
of 
Allah, she said, and the "hijab" that Muslim women wear over their head 
should be called a scarf...

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PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER BLOCKING PROPERTY AND PROHIBITING 
TRANSACTIONS 
WITH PERSONS WHO COMMIT, THREATEN TO COMMIT, OR SUPPORT TERRORISM, 
9/24/2001
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010924-1.html

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NATIONAL OUTRAGE AND ITS IMPACT ON THE WORKPLACE
R. S. Ghio, Chair, Immigration Law Group, Arter & Hadden LLP,
September 2001
http://my.shrm.org/whitepapers/documents/default.asp?page=outrage.asp

The recent tragic events in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania 
are 
having ripple effects throughout our society. Inevitably, one of those 
effects will be for appropriate feelings of anger, outrage, and 
newfound 
patriotism to sometimes spill over into anger and persecution against 
many 
innocent people of Arab origin or the Islamic faith. This will pose a 
significant challenge for employers who still must strive to foster 
harmony 
in the workplace, and must work to ensure the fair and equitable 
treatment 
of all of their employees...

...In U.S. workplaces today, and over the next several weeks and 
perhaps 
longer, there is certain to be increased tension between Muslim or Arab 
employees and their coworkers. Employers need to be concerned about 
such 
tension for at least two reasons. First, discrimination against 
employees 
based upon their race, national origin, or religion is prohibited by 
Title 
VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as well as numerous state laws and 
local 
ordinances. To the extent that employers fail to take steps to prevent 
and 
remedy harassment or discrimination against Arab or Muslim employees, 
they 
may find themselves on the wrong end of a lawsuit...

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OPEN FRIDAY PRAYER AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) at American University invites you 
to 
an "Open Friday Prayer" with the well-known guest speaker Imam Siraj 
Wahhaj, Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn, New York.

WHEN:   Friday, September 28, 2001
WHERE:          American University Main Quad
                 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 2001
TIME:   1:15 - 2 p.m.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

For further information please call the AU-MSA office (202) 225-3473 or 
e-mail ysaid99@hotmail.com.

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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 14:56:43 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: A Message of Hope/News Briefs

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/25/2001

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HEADLINES:

* A MESSAGE OF HOPE
* PROPOSED ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS DRAW TOUGH QUESTIONS (Wash. Post)
* ACLU STATEMENT ON ANTI-TERRORISM ACT OF 2001
* 352 HELD, 400 SOUGHT IN DRAGNET, ASHCROFT SAYS (LA Times)
* AIRLINES WARNED TO REFRAIN FROM RACIAL PROFILING (Mercury News)
* KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AIRLINE PASSENGER (CAIR)
* THE MEDIA'S ISLAMIC BLIND SPOT (Salon.com)
* DONNING SCARVES IN SOLIDARITY (LA Times)
* CAIR-LA FUNDRAISING DINNER OCT. 6
* DC-AREA MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

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A MESSAGE OF HOPE
(The following is an unedited e-mail message received today by CAIR.)

This past Saturday, I was visiting a close friend's grandparent in 
Bloomery, West Virginia. It was a short, peaceful, visit. I was the 
only 
Muslim with the hijab among my group of close friends.

On our way home, we stopped by a Country Buffet Restaurant for dinner. 
I 
was alert, cautious, and aware of my surroundings...we pre-paid for our 
food and headed to the buffet. Ten minutes after we settled into our 
seats, 
the waitress leaned by our table with what appeared to be our money and 
receipt. We assumed they were going to kick us out.

Although, what occurred in the next few moments was what I believed to 
be 
the blessings and mercy of Allah. She told us on behalf of the 
restaurant, 
they wanted to pay for our entire meal and give us a total refund. They 
were very sympathetic of the innocent lives. The waitress by her own 
personal expressions, was also sympathetic to the Muslim Community and 
did 
not want to see any more innocent lives lost due to war. What struck me 
the 
most, that brought tears to my eyes, were her tears. She told me she 
was 
proud that I had the courage and strength to come out and wear the 
appropriate veil.

This experience gave me a sense of encouragement in the midst of crisis 
and 
confusion. There are many who are compassionate and understanding.

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PROPOSED ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS DRAW TOUGH QUESTIONS
Lawmakers Express Concerns to Ashcroft, Other Justice Officials About 
Threat to Civil Liberties
By John Lancaster and Walter Pincus, The Washington Post, 9/25/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19559-2001Sep24.html

The Bush administration's urgent quest for new anti-terrorism laws 
bogged 
down in Congress yesterday, as lawmakers from both parties expressed 
concern that the hastily prepared package could greatly expand police 
powers at the expense of privacy and other civil liberties.

At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, skeptical members 
confronted 
Attorney General John D. Ashcroft and other senior Justice Department 
officials on a number of administration proposals, including one that 
would 
permit the indefinite detention without trial of immigrants suspected 
of 
ties to terrorist groups.

They also complained that the administration is trying to force the 
package 
through Congress without giving lawmakers time to adequately digest 
proposals that could have serious, unforeseen consequences for rights 
that 
Americans now take for granted.

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ACLU STATEMENT ON ANTI-TERRORISM ACT OF 2001
http://www.aclu.org/congress/l092401a.html

ACLU Tells House Judiciary Panel That Administration Seeks Both 
Reasonable 
Anti-Terrorism Tools, Troubling Provisions

WASHINGTON -- In a presentation today (9/24) to the House Judiciary 
Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union said that the 
Administration's proposed counter-terrorism legislation includes both 
reasonable measures to give law enforcement authorities the necessary 
tools 
to investigate terrorism as well as other provisions that go far beyond 
addressing the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

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352 HELD, 400 SOUGHT IN DRAGNET, ASHCROFT SAYS
The number of U.S. arrests, far higher than had been reported, 
indicates 
the scale of the operation and the depth of its secrecy.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU, Los Angeles Times, 9/25/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-000076730sep25.story

U.S. authorities have taken 352 people into custody and are looking for 
nearly 400 more who might have information on the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft disclosed Monday.

The new numbers dwarf previous reports about those detained and sought 
in 
the probe, underscoring how much secrecy surrounds the investigation. 
Until 
Monday, it was known only that about 80 people were being held on 
immigration charges in connection with the case, while perhaps a dozen 
others had been arrested as "material witnesses."

Ashcroft, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee to urge 
passage 
of legislation that would give authorities stronger tools to fight 
terrorists, said the new numbers show that the investigation is "moving 
aggressively forward." Authorities have also conducted 324 searches and 
issued 3,410 subpoenas, he said. Law enforcement authorities say some 
of 
the people arrested in the case are cooperating with authorities and 
that 
the investigation has already produced key evidence about how the 
suspected 
terrorists were organized, financed and trained...

...Some Arab-American leaders and civil rights groups questioned 
whether 
authorities are rounding up Middle Easterners with little or no direct 
connection to the case.

Of the several dozen people whom authorities have publicly acknowledged 
detaining, virtually all are of Middle Eastern heritage. "When you're 
talking about hundreds of people being arrested, it brings a chill to 
the 
whole American Muslim community," said Hussam Ayloush, executive 
director 
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Southern California 
branch.

"The problem is that we know very little about who is being held and on 
what basis. We're putting a lot of trust in our government not to abuse 
the 
powers given them," he said in an interview...

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AIRLINES WARNED TO REFRAIN FROM RACIAL PROFILING
By Jessie Mangaliman, San Jose Mercury News, 9/25/2001
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/locprofile25.htm

SAN JOSE, Calif._In the wake of reports of racial profiling at airports 
across the country, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a 
directive to all airlines urging caution and reminding them that 
targeting 
Arab Americans, Muslims or Sikhs is against the law.

"We strongly encourage each airline to take steps to ensure that its 
employees understand that, not only is it wrong, but it is also illegal 
to 
discriminate against people based on their race, ethnicity, or 
religion," 
said Norman Strickman, assistant director for aviation consumer 
protection 
at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

Since the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, a number of 
Pakistani, Egyptian, and Indo-American passengers have been pulled off 
domestic flights because airline crews and passengers were 
uncomfortable 
flying with them.

National civil rights organizations have denounced the practice as 
racial 
profiling, and have begun collecting information on other incidents not 
reported to airlines. "Whatever racial profiling went on before, 
multiply 
that by 100 and you have an idea of what's going on now," said Helal 
Omeira, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
San Jose.

"There's a level of cautious paranoia that's prominent right now. It's 
making it difficult for a lot of folks," Omeira said...

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS AN AIRLINE PASSENGER
(From CAIR's "Know Your Rights" Pocket Guide. To obtain copies of the 
guide, contact publications@cair-net.org.)

As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and 
non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel. You have 
the 
right to complain about treatment that you believe is discriminatory. 
If 
you believe you have been treated in a discriminatory manner, 
immediately:

1) Ask to speak to a supervisor.
2) Ask if you have been singled out because of your looks, dress, race, 
ethnicity, faith, or national origin.
3) Ask for the names and ID numbers of all persons involved in the 
incident.
4) Ask witnesses to give you their names and contact information.
5) Write down a statement of facts immediately after the incident. Be 
sure 
to include the flight number, the flight date, and the name of the 
airline.
6) Contact CAIR to file a report. If you are leaving the country, leave 
a 
detailed message, with the information above, at 202-488-8787. You may 
also 
file on-line at http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/.

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THE MEDIA'S ISLAMIC BLIND SPOT
By Eric Boehlert, Salon.com, 9/25/2001
http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2001/09/25/arabs_media/index.html

Islamic and Middle Eastern experts who have spent their careers 
attempting 
to educate Americans braced for the worst in the aftermath of the 
attacks 
on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. They feared an immediate 
backlash 
in the press.

Americans have historically expressed low regard for Islam, given the 
violent political struggles it's been associated with, and the press 
has 
often catered to public ignorance and distaste.

These experts' verdict on the press to date, however, has been mixed. 
Many 
are heartened: Coverage of Islamic issues has been better than some 
expected, suggesting the possibility that America's general 
understanding 
of Middle Eastern and Muslim issues has improved, even if only 
slightly...

"...In terms of reporters and editors, there is a much better 
understanding 
of what Islam really is," says Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the 
Council on 
American Islamic Relations, comparing current coverage to what occurred 
during the Gulf War a decade ago.

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DONNING SCARVES IN SOLIDARITY
By Sandy Banks, Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-000076696sep25.story

SEE ALSO: MUSLIM WOMEN'S HIJAB IS PROUD EXPRESSION OF THEIR FAITH
BY L.A. CHUNG, San Jose Mercury News, 9/25/2001
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/columnists/chung/docs/locchung25ps.htm

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CAIR-LA FUNDRAISING DINNER OCT. 6

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles cordially 
invites 
you to attend its Fifth Annual Fundraising Banquet

"BUILDING A FOUNDATION: Through Leadership, Training, and Education"

SPEAKERS:

REP. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY (D-GA)
DR. JOHN ESPOSITO (Georgetown University)
RAFAEL NARBAEZ (Muslim Activist)
OMAR AHMAD (Chairman of CAIR-National)

WHEN:   Saturday, October 6, 2001
         Registration begins at 6 p.m., dinner and program at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Sequoia Conference Center
         7530 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, CA

TICKETS:   $35 per person ($50 at the door)
            Children under 7 years are Free
            Spaces are limited, R.S.V.P. by Sep. 28, 2001.
            For information, call 714-776-1847.

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DC-AREA MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

You are Cordially Invited to Attend an Open House at Dar Al Hijrah 
Islamic 
Center

WHAT: Dear friends and neighbors, please come visit with the Muslim 
Community of Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center.

WHERE: Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, 3159 Row Street, Falls Church, 
VA  22044. Located at the intersection of Route 7 and Row Street. From 
Route 50, take Route 7 East, Row Street is few miles ahead on the left. 
 From I-395, take the exit for King Street, Route 7 West. Row Street is 
about seven miles ahead, on the right.

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2001 - 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

WHY:    Let's come together. Let's take some time to get to know each 
other.  Let's reach out and support each other. Let's show our 
solidarity 
in this time of National challenge.

For More information, please call Katherine J. Walker at 202-682-6653 
or 
703-490-6942.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Tel: 202-488-8787
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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 16:55:43 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Show Your Support for CAIR on Oct. 7

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AS-SALAAMU ALAYKUM: Now is the time to show your support for CAIR's 
important work. Stand with CAIR as we defend Muslim rights and promote 
a 
positive image of Islam in America. Please fill out the form below to 
register for CAIR's annual dinner on October 7. We're counting on you! 
(If 
you can't attend, please send a donation.)

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REP. MCKINNEY, IMAM SIRAJ, ROB GARDNER TO SPEAK AT CAIR ANNUAL DINNER

The Council on American-Islamic Relations cordially invites you to 
attend 
its Seventh Annual Fundraising Banquet

"MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: BRAVING THE STORM"

with

REP. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY (D-GA)

MR. ROB GARDNER
Producer/Director of the PBS documentary
"Islam: Empire of Faith"

IMAM SIRAJ WAHHAJ

2001 Islamic Community Service Awards

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WHEN:   Sunday, October 7, 2001
                 Registration begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
                 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA

TICKETS:        $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by Oct. 1, 2001
                 No children please.
                 (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per 
child.)
                 For information, call 202-488-8787.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: CAIR needs volunteers to help organize this 
important 
event. Anyone who would like to offer his or her time and expertise 
should 
contact Khalid Iqbal (kiqbal@cair-net.org) or Isra Rahman 
(irahman@cair-net.org) by calling 202-488-8787.

                         ----- CLIP AND MAIL/E-MAIL/FAX -----

___ YES, I will attend. Enclosed is my check, payable to CAIR, in the 
amount of $______ for _____ seats.

___ SORRY, I will not be able to attend. But I would like to support 
CAIR's 
important work defending and promoting the image of Islam and the 
rights of 
Muslims by sending a donation of $______.

(Kindly reply by October 1, 2001. Mail to: 2001 Dinner, CAIR, 453 New 
Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC  20003 FAX: 202-488-0833  E-MAIL: 
cair@cair-net.org)

Person Purchasing Tickets:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
Names of Other Attendees:

Payment: ___Check ___VISA ___MasterCard ___Discover ___Money Order
Credit Card Number:
Exp. Date:
Name as on Card:
Signature: ________________________________________________

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
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Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 16:03:28 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Expressions of Support Surprising to Muslims

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/26/2001

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HEADLINES:

* ANOTHER MESSAGE OF HOPE
* EXPRESSIONS OF SUPPORT SURPRISING TO MUSLIMS (LA Times)
* 3 QUESTIONED IN ARSON INVESTIGATION INVOLVING ARAB-AMERICAN STORE 
OWNER 
(Detroit News)
* MINNESOTA NOT IMMUNE TO BACKLASH AGAINST MUSLIMS (KARE-TV)
* CARPET STORE TORCHED IN ARSON ATTACK (Austin American-Statesman)
* US WATCHDOG WARNS OF WORK HARASSMENT AFTER ATTACKS (Reuters)
* YOUR RIGHTS AS AN EMPLOYEE (CAIR)
* SURVEY SHOWS SURPRISING SUPPORT AMONG AMERICANS FOR TIGHTENED U.S. 
IMMIGRATION LAWS GOVERNING MUSLIMS
* CNN STATEMENT ABOUT FALSE CLAIM IT USED OLD VIDEO
* REP. MCKINNEY: "AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD SEE THE EVIDENCE TOO"
* UNVEILING IGNORANCE: IN SOLIDARITY WITH AMERICAN WOMEN

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ANOTHER MESSAGE OF HOPE
(An unedited e-mail received by CAIR from a Muslim woman in Washington 
State.)

I was afraid to go to the mosque today. For the first time since I 
became a 
Muslim a year ago, I was afraid to wear my head covering. I prayed last 
night that God would take the fear out of my heart. I weent to the 
[mosque] 
despite m nerves.

I was so surprised when I got there, to see the entire front of my 
mosque 
arranged with bouquets of flowers, flags, cards. The neighbors and 
other 
friendly residents standing out front greeting everyone as we arrived 
with 
words of encouragement and kindness.

It brought tears to my eyes, and made me ashamed of my fear, for I had 
assumed that everyone was afraid or hated us (Muslims) because of the 
WTC 
tragedy.  These people truly cared about us, they wanted to know us 
(Muslims), they wanted to show us that they are out there for us. This 
community of Seattle, showed it's true colors today, and it was a good 
thing.

In the face of such devastating tragedy for us all, there is a light of 
hope for our future together. The good people of Seattle, that took the 
time to show their friendship today brightened that light so much more. 
May 
Allah show us all many more blessings.

Thank you people of Seattle.

SEND SIMILAR MESSAGES OF HOPE TO: cair@cair-net.org

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EXPRESSIONS OF SUPPORT SURPRISING TO MUSLIMS
Public displays of compassion, kindness come as a shock to many Middle 
Easterners, who had been braced for a widespread backlash.
By SOLOMON MOORE, Los Angeles Times, 9/26/2001
http://www.latimes.com/la-092601kind.story

It was a white-hot e-mail, still echoing with thunderous keystrokes: 
"Go 
back to your beautiful land of sand and pig dirt, and take your HATE 
with 
you!"

Culver City-based IslamiCity.com, a popular Islamic Web site, was an 
easy 
target after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But Mohammed Abdul Aleem, 
the 
site's chief executive, thought the insults had more to do with 
ignorance 
than anger, so he replied with a short compilation of Islamic 
scripture.

The next day, the writer's anger had turned to shame: "I want to 
apologize 
for the hate mail I sent you the other day. I was upset by all the 
things 
that happened. My brother, who works in the armed forces, lost several 
of 
his friends at the Pentagon . . . I appreciate your calm and 
informative 
response . . . and as a result have since then come to my senses."

Reports of ethnic profiling and sporadic attacks on perceived Middle 
Easterners persist, but Muslims in Southern California say they have 
been 
astounded by more numerous reports of restraint and kindness. They see 
it 
in the woman who brings roses to her Persian American colleague. They 
hear 
it in the reassurance of the auto mechanic who tells his Pakistani 
customer, "It's OK" to be named Mohammed...

CONTACT: CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

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3 QUESTIONED IN ARSON INVESTIGATION INVOLVING ARAB-AMERICAN STORE OWNER
Gasoline found inside, Molotov cocktail sitting outside Dollar Daze
By Shawn D. Lewis, The Detroit News, 9/26/2001
http://detnews.com/2001/metro/0109/26/e06-303721.htm

DETROIT -- At least three people have been questioned in the 
investigation 
of an arson that destroyed an east-side store owned by an Arab 
American...

...Faris Ahmad, director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said his group is investigating the fire.

CONTACT: cair@cairmichigan.org

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MINNESOTA NOT IMMUNE TO BACKLASH AGAINST MUSLIMS
KARE-TV, Associated Press
http://www.kare11.com/news-article.html?NEWS_ID=26182

Along with an increase in patriotism, the recent terrorist attacks also 
are 
bringing discrimination against Arab- and Muslim-Americans. In 
Minnesota, a 
Minneapolis cab driver says he was attacked by a customer he picked up 
yesterday. Kamal Omar says he believes his license on the dash board 
led 
one of his fares to conclude he was Muslim.

CONTACT: cairminnesota@hotmail.com

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CARPET STORE TORCHED IN ARSON ATTACK
By Jonathan Osborne, Austin American-Statesman, 9/25/2001
www.austin360.com/auto_docs/epaper/editions/tuesday/metro_state_1.html

When Marwan "Eddie" Janlani opened the door to his Capital Carpet store 
in 
far Northwest Austin on Sunday morning, hot smoke dusted his face as 
water 
spilled out around his feet...

...Investigators think a flammable liquid was used to start the blaze. 
It 
caused about $150,000 in smoke and water damage to Janlani's store, 
which 
is in a strip mall along the east frontage of U.S. 183, just north of 
RM 620...

CONTACT: info@cairdfw.org

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US WATCHDOG WARNS OF WORK HARASSMENT AFTER ATTACKS
Reuters, 9/25/2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
warned 
employers Tuesday to guard against a potential rise in workplace 
harassment 
following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"Anger at those responsible for the tragic events of Sept. 11 should 
not be 
misdirected against innocent individuals because of their religion, 
ethnicity, or country of origin," the EEOC said in a statement.

"Employers and labor unions have a special role in guarding against 
unlawful workplace discrimination..."

...The EEOC, a federal government body, circulated a fact sheet to 
several 
hundred organizations, outlining the rights of employees and explaining 
how 
to lodge complaints.

"We just want to clarify what the laws are regarding discrimination so 
it's 
crystal-clear in the minds of employers and employees in the wake of 
this 
recent situation," spokesman David Grinberg said in a telephone 
interview...

GO TO: http://www.eeoc.gov/

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YOUR RIGHTS AS AN EMPLOYEE
(From CAIR's "Know Your Rights" Pocket Guide. To obtain copies of the 
guide, contact publications@cair-net.org.)

Federal law makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an 
employee on the basis of religion, race, or national origin. Title VII 
of 
the 1964 Civil Rights Act guarantees your right to:

1) Reasonable religious accommodation. The failure of an employer to 
reasonably accommodate your religious practices constitutes 
discrimination. 
"Religious practices" includes wearing a beard, hijab, prayer on the 
job, 
and going to Jumah prayer.
2) Fairness in hiring, firing, and promotions. Your employer is 
prohibited 
from considering religion when making decisions affecting your 
employment 
status.
3) A non-hostile work environment. Your employer must ensure that you 
are 
not subjected to anti-Muslim insults, harassment or unwelcome, 
excessive 
proselytizing.
4) Complain about discrimination without fear of retaliation. Federal 
law 
guarantees your right to report an act of alleged discrimination. It is 
illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for your complaint.

Contact CAIR at 202-488-8787 to file a discrimination report. You may 
also 
file on-line at http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/.

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SURVEY SHOWS SURPRISING SUPPORT AMONG AMERICANS FOR TIGHTENED U.S. 
IMMIGRATION LAWS GOVERNING MUSLIMS
http://www.prnewswire.com
Search using the term "Wirthlin."

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 8 out of 10 Americans 
would 
support restrictions on the number of Arabs or Muslims immigrating to 
the 
U.S., according to a new survey by leading research company Wirthlin 
Worldwide.

83 percent of Americans said they would support a change in U.S. 
immigration laws in light of recent events.  Even more extreme, 58% of 
respondents agreed that there should be "tighter controls on all 
Muslims -- 
including Muslims living in the United States -- who are traveling on 
airlines or trains..."

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CNN STATEMENT ABOUT FALSE CLAIM IT USED OLD VIDEO
http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/09/20/cnn.statement/index.html

There is absolutely no truth to the information that is now distributed 
on 
the Internet that CNN used 10-year-old video when showing the 
celebrating 
of some Palestinians in East Jerusalem after the terror attacks in the 
U.S. 
The video was shot that day by a Reuters camera crew. CNN is a client 
of 
Reuters and like other clients, received the video and broadcast it. 
Reuters officials have publicly made the facts clear as well.

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REP. MCKINNEY: "AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD SEE THE EVIDENCE TOO"
http://www.house.gov/mckinney/news/pr010925.htm

(WASHINGTON, DC) "There has been much ado about providing evidence 
linking 
Osama bin Laden to the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Secretary 
Powell 
has said that our allies will receive irrefutable proof of the bin 
Laden 
ties to this tragic day. Before the use of force occurs, the American 
people must see this proof too," Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) 
stated.

Congresswoman McKinney is the Ranking Member of the International 
Operations and Human Rights Subcommittee of the House International 
Relations Committee, and is also a member of the House Armed Services 
Committee.

"We've lost thousands of people already, and as the Administration 
begins 
its preparations for war, every American and the families of our 
soldiers 
and victims of the hijackings deserve to know that justice for those 
responsible is what motivates our actions and not just convenient 
scapegoating," McKinney continued.

"...Certainly Afghanistan won't end up having more information about 
our 
evidence than will the American people who have suffered this 
tremendous 
injury," McKinney exclaimed.

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UNVEILING IGNORANCE: IN SOLIDARITY WITH AMERICAN WOMEN

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, School of Nursing and 
Muslims Students Association invite you to come together in solidarity 
against the racist backlash of September 11th.

WHEN:   8 pm Thursday, Sept 27
WHERE:  100 HUTCHINS HALL, LAW QUAD, STATE ST
                 (across from MI Union)

As a result of the horrific events of September 11th, Arab, Asian and 
Muslim American communities suffered doubly, mourning with the rest of 
the 
country and simultaneously becoming the targets of misplaced anger. An 
alarming series of hate crimes are sweeping the nation. Muslim women 
who 
wear the hijab (the Islamic headscarf) have been particularly 
vulnerable to 
physical and verbal assault since they are readily identifiable. Many 
Muslim women have been forced to remove their scarves out of fear and 
many 
others have become prisoners in their own homes, terrified to leave.

As a gesture of solidarity, American non-Muslim women are volunteering 
to 
wear the hijab for one day. Our goal is to diffuse the racist backlash 
against Muslim women and to powerfully demonstrate that Islam and 
Americanness are not mutually exclusive. This was carried out by 300 
women 
in Peyore, IL last week and communities across the country will be 
following our example. We will provide free scarves and white ribbons 
for 
those who support the cause but prefer not to wear the hijab.

On Friday, September 28th, the volunteers will wear the Islamic scarves 
throughout the day. There will also be a booth providing more free 
hijabs 
and white ribbons and further information. All are invited to come, 
listen 
and share.

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Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
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Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 18:46:58 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: President Bush Again Meets with U.S. Muslim Leaders

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESIDENT BUSH AGAIN MEETS WITH U.S. MUSLIM LEADERS

(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/26/2001) - In the second meeting with U.S. Muslim 
leaders 
in just two weeks, President Bush today said the "teachings of Islam 
are 
the teachings of peace and good." Groups represented at the meeting 
included the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC) as 
well 
as other national American Muslim and Arab-American organizations. (The 
AMPCC consists of American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Muslim Public Affairs 
Council.)

"PRESIDENT BUSH: ...the outpouring of support for our country has come 
from 
all corners of the country, including many members of the Muslim faith, 
and 
for that I am grateful.

"I appreciate the contributions of time, the contributions of blood to 
help 
our fellow Americans who have been injured. And I'm proud of the -- I'm 
proud of the Muslim leaders across America who have risen up and who -- 
and 
not only insisted that America be strong, but that America keep the 
values 
intact that have made it so unique and different, the values of 
respect, 
the values of freedom to worship the way we see fit. And I also 
appreciate 
the prayers to the -- the universal God.

"And so I want to thank you all for coming. I don't know if you all 
remember the imam was -- led the service at the National Cathedral. He 
did 
a heck of a good job, and we were proud to have him there.

"DR. MUZAMMIL H. SIDDIQI, PRESIDENT OF THE INDIANA-BASED ISLAMIC 
SOCIETY OF 
NORTH AMERICA (ISNA): Thank you.

"PRESIDENT BUSH: And I want to thank you very much for the -- the gift 
you 
gave me, Imam, the Koran. It's a very thoughtful gift. I said, 'Thank 
you 
very much for the gift.' He said, 'It's the best gift I could give you, 
Mr. 
President.' I appreciate that very much."

"We are encouraged that the president has been consistent in his 
statements 
supporting religious diversity in our society. American Muslims will 
continue to condemn terrorism in all its forms while at the same time 
working to defend civil liberties in this country and around the 
world," 
said Council on American-Islamic Relations Board Chairman Omar Ahmad, 
who 
was invited to today's meeting but could not attend. CAIR was 
represented 
at the meeting by the AMPCC's delegate Dr. Maher Hathout.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 17:35:22 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Columnist Says Air-Lift Pigs Into Mosques

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/27/2001

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HEADLINES:

* COLUMNIST SAYS AIR-LIFT PIGS INTO MOSQUES (WorldNetDaily)
* ANN COULTER SAYS DEPORT MUSLIM NON-CITIZENS
* HOUSTON SHOOTING INVESTIGATED AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIME (Houston 
Chronicle)
* TODAY'S REMARKS BY FBI DIRECTOR GEORGE MUELLER
* DRAGNET (Washington Post)
* CAIR-NY FUNDRAISING DINNER OCT. 6
* ANOTHER MESSAGE OF HOPE

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COLUMNIST SAYS AIR-LIFT PIGS INTO MOSQUES

IF PIGS COULD FLY...
By Paul Sperry, Washington bureau chief for WorldNetDaily, 9/27/2001
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=24691

(NOTE: If you choose to reply to this editorial, please be POLITE. 
Hostile 
comments WILL be used to further defame Islam.)

...U.S. forces should start by dropping leaflets over Kabul, the 
capital of 
Afghanistan, warning residents, in their native Persian tongue, that 
we've 
enlisted Afghani moles to contaminate their water supplies with pig's 
blood.

The propaganda would also warn that American soldiers have greased 
their 
bullets with pork fat. We could tell them, while we're at it, that 
we've 
ordered special pigskin-lined fatigues for this mission...

...Can't find bin Laden? Force-feed Taliban clerics pork rinds until 
they 
give up his location. If that doesn't work, air-lift pigs into their 
mosques.

In the meantime, airlines could reupholster plane seats with pigskin, 
and 
cover cockpit yokes with the "unclean" hide to repel future Islamic 
hijackers. For insurance, serve passengers bacon bits instead of 
peanuts.

If their religion is driving them to hate Americans, and rewarding them 
to 
kill our people, then it's hardly indecent to use their faith against 
them 
to protect us.

Hit them where it hurts. They hit us where it hurts - and they're 
already 
planning to do it again.

They're not afraid of death. However, they are afraid of pigs. Send in 
the 
porkers, lock them out of Paradise, and watch them surrender.

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ANN COULTER SAYS DEPORT MUSLIM NON-CITIZENS

FUTURE WIDOWS OF AMERICA: WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN
By Ann Coulter, 9/26/2001
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/
Search using the term "future widows."

...The enemy is in this country right now...The government has been 
doing 
an excellent job rounding up suspects from the last two attacks. But 
what 
about the next attack? We thought there was only one murderous Islamic 
cell 
in America the last time, too.

Congress has authority to pass a law tomorrow requiring aliens from 
suspect 
countries to leave. As far as the Constitution is concerned, aliens, 
which 
is to say non-citizens, are here at this country's pleasure. They have 
no 
constitutional right to be here...

...This time, the very nature of the enemy is that they have 
infiltrated 
this country and pass themselves off as law-abiding, quiet immigrants. 
The 
entire modus operandi of this enemy is to smuggle mass murderers to our 
shores.

...As the entire country has been repeatedly lectured, most Muslims are 
amazingly peaceful, deeply religious, wouldn't hurt a fly. Indeed, 
endless 
invocations of the pacific nature of most Muslims is the only free 
speech 
it is safe to engage in these days...That's not the point. Not all 
Muslims 
may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims...

How are we to distinguish the peaceful Muslims from the fanatical, 
homicidal Muslims about to murder thousands of our fellow citizens? Are 
the 
good Muslims the ones who live quiet lives, pray a lot and obey the 
law? So 
did the architects of Bloody Tuesday's mass murder. Are the peaceful 
Muslims the ones who loudly proclaim their hatred of Osama Bin Laden? 
Mohammed Atta did that, too.

The only thing we know about them -- other than that they live among us 
-- 
is that they are foreign-born and they are Muslims...

...All we can do is politely ask aliens from suspect nations to leave 
-- 
with the full expectation of readmittance -- while we sort the 
peace-loving 
immigrants from the murderous fanatics.

More benefits of the plan next week, but the beauty part of the 
Terrorist 
Deportation Plan can't wait. There will be two fail-safes: (1) Muslim 
immigrants who agree to spy on the millions of Muslim citizens 
unaffected 
by the deportation order can stay; and (2) any Muslim immigrant who 
gets a 
U.S. senator to waive his deportation -- by name -- gets to stay...

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HOUSTON SHOOTING INVESTIGATED AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIME
By S.K. BARDWELL, The Houston Chronicle, 9/26/2001
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/front/1063208

Houston police and the FBI are investigating the shooting of a man of 
Middle Eastern descent in southwest Houston last week as a possible 
hate 
crime...

...The shooting occurred Friday in the 6200 block of Gulfton, where a 
man 
of Middle Eastern descent told police he had just arrived home and was 
getting out of his car when he was approached by his attacker.

The victim told police the man first asked for a cigarette but then 
produced a handgun, held it to the victim's head and began cursing the 
victim, accusing him of having blown up the gunman's country and 
killing 
his family and friends.

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FBI DIRECTOR GEORGE MUELLER LOCATION: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, 
WASHINGTON, D.C. TIME: 2:20 P.M. EDT DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2001

...I want to encourage anyone who has information based upon these 
photographs to contact our FBI immediately, either through our 
toll-free 
hotline, which is 1-866-483-5137 -- again, 1-866-483-5137 -- or through 
our 
website, which is at www.ifccfbi.gov.

I want to turn for a moment to another aspect of our responsibilities. 
As 
reported yesterday, federal indictments were returned on two hate crime 
investigations. These investigations related to attacks on Arab- or 
Muslim 
Americans. These indictments were based on FBI investigations in the 
Salt 
Lake City and Seattle field offices, and these indictments are proof 
that 
those who attempt to take out their anger and frustration on innocent 
Americans will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of 
the law.

To date we've initiated approximately 90 hate crime investigations 
across 
the country in over 30 FBI field offices, and we remain committed to 
working with the various Arab-American, Muslim-American, and 
Sikh-American 
communities to assure that any such acts are vigorously investigated 
and 
prosecuted...

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DRAGNET
The Washington Post, 9/27/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32472-2001Sep26.html

THE GOVERNMENT has rounded up hundreds of people in its investigation 
of 
the Sept. 11 attacks. Many are being held on technical immigration 
violations or minor charges unrelated to the probe, or as material 
witnesses -- people who are not charged with anything but whose 
testimony 
is considered essential and who may flee if released. Such a massive 
dragnet, particularly when so concentrated among Arabs and Muslims, 
raises 
civil liberties anxieties. The overwhelming number of these people are 
probably innocent of any involvement in the attacks, yet whatever else 
happens as the investigation proceeds, many will be deported. The 
danger is 
heightened because many of the names of those detained are being kept 
secret, so it isn't clear who is being held for what or with what kind 
of 
evidence...

...It is easy at a time like this to see procedural rights as a luxury, 
and 
the public may be forgiving. But judges will not be so forgiving if 
serious 
violations are brought before them. Observing the rules now is the best 
way 
to ensure that investigators' efforts bear fruit. Even more important: 
Fair 
play is what separates law enforcement here from that in police states. 
If 
the rule of law is honored almost all of the time -- always except when 
the 
temptation to ignore it is very strong -- it isn't the rule of law at 
all.

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CAIR-NY FUNDRAISING DINNER OCT. 6

CAIR-NY invites you to our Annual Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, 
October 
6, 2001 @ 6:00 PM in New York City.

The theme of this evening is "Honoring Integrity In The Media." Please 
find 
the details in our Web Page. Please click the following address and 
browse 
the web page until the end of the Fundraising announcement & again 
click 
the Blue button "Buy Ticket Online" and then follow the instruction. 
That's 
leads to an absolute secure site. CAIR's Web address is as follow: 
http://www.cair-ny.com/.

May Allah (swt) reward you for your sincere support & devotion, Aameen.

CAIR New York
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 246,
New York, NY 10115
Phone: (212) 870-2002
Fax: (212) 870-2020
E-mail: cair-ny@cair-ny.com
URL: www.cair-ny.com

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ANOTHER MESSAGE OF HOPE
(An unedited e-mail received by CAIR.)

Couple of days ago my wife went to a store in town. Obviously she is 
very 
cautious when she goes out now a days. While she was at the parking 
lot, 
suddenly a minivan pulled right beside her and a lady came out. She 
came 
directly to my wife and introduced herself and said right away, "On 
behalf 
of the American people I want to say that I am so sorry for some of our 
countrymen who are wrongfully accusing people like you. I know you all 
are 
sharing the grief with us but it is not fair the way some of us 
treating 
you and your people." With this, tear came to the lady's eyes and she 
drove 
away.

The second event happened to me just few days after this. One morning I 
came to my office and I found our university President is waiting in 
front 
of my office to see me. I was so shocked to see him that it took me few 
seconds to put myself together. He was the last person I ever expected 
to 
see in my office. He is a new President of our university and I never 
met 
him before. He told me that he wanted to come personally to my office 
to 
show his support to me and my family and the Muslim community of the 
university...

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Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 12:26:39 -0400
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/28/2001

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HEADLINES:

* NOTE FROM A NEIGHBOR
* THE TRUE, PEACEFUL FACE OF ISLAM (Time)
* FIRED OR FURLOUGHED, DETROIT MUSLIM IS SENT HOME AFTER ATTACKS
         - ENGLER TALKS WITH ARAB AMERICANS (Detroit Free Press)
* QUESTIONED BY THE FBI (Miami Herald)
* NPR NEWS SPECIAL: ISLAM
* CAIR-MN: MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL MOSQUES HOLD OPEN HOUSES
* WORKSHOP ON ISLAM AND MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN TEXAS

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NOTE FROM A NEIGHBOR
(From and un-edited email received by CAIR.)

I was away on vacation when this incident occurred on Sept 11. My 
neighbor 
brought us flowers with a card and left it on the doorstep. I have not 
met 
this person in all my 16 years of living in this neighborhood. Her 
wordings 
were: "To our neighbors, in this time, we want you to know that we are 
here 
for you, and it is our sincere prayer that you are not subjected to any 
unpleasantness. With our best wishes, your neighbors"

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THE TRUE, PEACEFUL FACE OF ISLAM
By KAREN ARMSTRONG, Time Magazine, 10/1/2001
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101011001-175987,00.html

There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, and Islam is the world's 
fastest-growing religion. If the evil carnage we witnessed on Sept. 11 
were 
typical of the faith, and Islam truly inspired and justified such 
violence, 
its growth and the increasing presence of Muslims in both Europe and 
the 
U.S. would be a terrifying prospect. Fortunately, this is not the 
case...

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FIRED OR FURLOUGHED, DETROIT MUSLIM IS SENT HOME AFTER ATTACKS
By Patricia Anstett, Detroit Free Press, 9/28/2001

DETROIT _ Dark circles ring his eyes. He's depressed. He is not 
sleeping well.

"Everything is different," says Ahmed Esa, a Muslim from Yemen who 
lives in 
a threadbare apartment in Dearborn's predominately Arabic South End 
neighborhood. "I'm scared."

Esa says he worked for 15 years as a welder at I W & S Inc., a small 
local 
factory. But the day after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade 
Center 
and the Pentagon, his boss, Paul Rokoczy sent him _ and only him _ 
home. 
Esa and Rokoczy disagree about whether Esa was fired or given the rest 
of 
the week off with pay. What's not in dispute are Rokoczy's strong 
anti-Muslim feelings.

"As far as I'm concerned, their religion is done," Rokoczy said 
Thursday, 
standing outside his factory in the blue work clothes of countless 
Americans, his first name on a machine-embroidered pocket label.

"When these guys ran their plane in there like that and hurt all those 
people, that was the end of it right there," Rokoczy said. "That made 
their 
religion _ you might as well write it as I say it _ the scum of the 
earth."

The incident is under investigation by the Michigan chapter of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations as a possible violation of Michigan civil 
rights law.

The council, headquartered in Washington, D.C., said it received 500 
reports nationwide of hate crimes and incidents against Arabs in the 
first 
10 days after the bombings. Many were from metro Detroit, home to at 
least 
200,000 and perhaps as many as 350,000 people of Arab descent, both 
Muslim 
and Christian.

Friday, the council responded by asking 30 Detroit-area mosques to 
dispense 
tips on dealing with possible discrimination and retaliation. "People 
need 
to know they have advocates," said Haaris Ahmad, director of the 
Michigan 
chapter of CAIR. He and lawyer Shereef Akeel planned to meet soon with 
Esa...

SEE ALSO: "ENGLER TALKS WITH ARAB AMERICANS"
http://www.freep.com/news/nw/terror2001/zarab28_20010928.htm

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QUESTIONED BY THE FBI
By RIAD Z. ABDELKARIM, The Miami Herald, 9/26/2001
http://www.miami.com/herald/content/opinion/opcol/digdocs/059753.htm

(Riad Z. Abdelkarim, MD, is a communications director for the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, Calif.)

The ring at my doorbell that Sunday afternoon was innocent enough. When 
I 
first peered out and saw two sharply dressed men in business suits and 
dark 
sunglasses, I thought I was being visited by a pair of friendly 
Jehovah's 
Witnesses.

It struck me that the men were a bit older than the young men of faith 
who 
usually canvas the neighborhood. Any lingering doubt about their 
identities 
was immediately erased when the men flashed their FBI badges. "What can 
I 
do for you, gentlemen?" I asked.

My initial puzzled reaction turned to concern when they said that they 
wanted to speak with me "about the events of last Tuesday."

...I contacted one of the agents by cellular phone and made an 
appointment 
to meet him and his partner at a local coffee shop. What ensued can 
best be 
described as a combination of a fishing expedition and a scene from a 
straight-to-video B-movie.

Holding a thin folder stamped "Secret," the agents queried me about my 
background. One of them stopped in mid-sentence to change a question 
from 
"When did you come to the U.S.?" to "Where were you born?" They 
appeared 
somewhat surprised when I mentioned I was born in Santa Monica, Calif., 
and 
had lived in California my entire life.

I was quizzed about my political views with such vague questions as 
"Are we 
the bad guys in this thing?" I told the agents that there is no 
justification whatsoever for the horrible terrorist attacks. Further, I 
informed them that my political views are widely known because I write 
commentaries published in newspapers nationwide...

...The agents inquired about my affiliations with several widely 
respected 
American Muslim organizations. At no time was I asked about any 
specific 
individual or to identify any suspects in photographs...

...By the end of the 75-minute ordeal, I was convinced that the agents 
were 
not acting on any specific information but were instead groping wildly 
for 
straws in the dark. I found this quite disheartening. I harbor no ill 
will 
toward those agents who interviewed me; they were just "following 
orders."

Like other Americans who are Muslims or of Arabic ethnicity, I 
earnestly 
support the FBI's attempts to vigorously investigate this heinous 
terrorist 
act and bring those responsible to justice. What I do not appreciate is 
being singled out for questioning merely because of my faith, ethnicity 
or 
legitimate political activism...

CONTACT: CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

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NPR NEWS SPECIAL: ISLAM (aired Sep.26)
http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/totn/20010926.totn.04.ram

Host: Neal Conan
Guests:

Aziza Al-Hibri
Executive Director, KARAMAH (organization of Muslim women lawyers for 
Human 
Rights)

Shaker El-Sayeed
Imam, Islamic Center of Dar-al-Hijrah, Falls Church, Va.

Sulayman Nyang
Professor of African Studies, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

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CAIR-MN: MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL MOSQUES HOLD OPEN HOUSES

A series of metro-area mosque open houses will begin on Sunday, 
September 
30, 2001. Open houses will be held at two mosques on September 30th. 
Masjid 
Al-Rahman/Muslim Community Center, 8910 Old Cedar Avenue in Bloomington 
will hold its open house from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on September 
30th. 
Masjid Ummah Muhammed, 315 East Lake Street, will hold its open house 
from 
2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on September 30th.

The mosque open houses are intended to promote understanding and good 
will. 
Visitors are always welcome to visit mosques, meet Muslims and learn 
about 
Islam and Islamic practices. The series of mosque open houses provides 
such 
an opportunity. The public and media are welcome. Light refreshments 
will 
be served.

Additional mosque open houses are scheduled for October and November. 
CAIR 
will announce the dates and times when they become available.

CONTACTS:       Masjid Al-Rahman (952) 883-0044
                 Masjid Ummah Muhammed, (612) 823-1943
                 CAIR Minnesota at (612) 334-9395, fax (800) 
861-3686                                    www.CAIRminnesota.org

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WORKSHOP ON ISLAM AND MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN TEXAS

The Austin Muslin Community Presents: "Islam, Muslims, and the Recent
Events"

WHAT: An informative overview of the religion of Islam and how Muslims 
perceive the tragic events

GUEST SPEAKER: Br. Tony Sylvester from Philadelphia
MODERATOR:     Br. Mohammed Malley

WHEN:          Saturday, September 29, 2001, 4:00 P.M.  at
                Burdine Hall, Room 106, University of Texas

For more information, please call Azhar Rauf at 512-698-8969, Waheed
Din at 512-762-6475 or Adel Lozi at 512-657-2335 or E-mail at
asrauf@yahoo.com

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AUSTIN AREA MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

WHERE:  Islamic Center of Greater Austin
                 5110 Manor Road, Austin, Texas 78723
                 Located at the intersection of E. 51st street and 
Manor Road.

WHEN:   Sunday, September 30, 2001 - 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please call Adel Hussein at 512-657-2335 or
Abdul Moheeth at 512-699-2600 or E-mail at bt@austinmosque.org.

Both events are sponsored by the Bay Area Coordinating Committee, which 
includes AMGPJ, AMJ, AMILA, Arab-American Congress, CAIR, ICNA, ING, 
ISEB, 
Islamic Society of San Francisco, ISNA, MAS, MCA, SBIA, Zaytuna 
Institute, 
& others)

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #311

U.S. MOSQUES URGED TO HOLD OPEN HOUSES

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/28/2001) - CAIR is calling on Mosques nationwide to 
hold open houses for people of other faiths in their local communities 
to 
help promote a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. A 
step-by-step 
guide to holding an open house is available on CAIR's web site at:
http://www.cair-net.org/openhouse.

"Following the tragic events of September 11, and the anti-Muslim 
backlash 
that followed, it is clear that people of other faiths in this society 
are 
in need of accurate information about Islam, said CAIR Executive 
Director 
Nihad Awad. Awad asked imams and mosque leaders to schedule an open 
house 
as soon as possible. (NOTE: Because of recent events, make sure to 
request 
proper security for the event from local police.)

STEPS NECESSARY TO HOLD A MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

1.  PREPARE the members of your local community by explaining the 
necessity 
of building a positive image of the mosque in the surrounding area. Let 
them know that experience of other communities has shown that a 
positive 
neighborhood image offers many benefits. Ask for input concerning the 
details of when and at what time the open house should be held. There 
are 
no hard and fast rules for such things.

2. INVITE local community leaders, clergy, law enforcement officials, 
activists, and government officials. Remember to invite the mayor, 
congressional representatives, the chief of police and members of the 
city 
council. These people should all receive written invitations. Follow up 
with a personal phone call. Letters are not enough.

3. PUBLICIZE the event by sending a well-written news release (see 
sample 
in kit) to the local media. You may also place paid advertisements in 
the 
local newspaper (see sample). Send the news release to the religion 
calendar editor, the city editor, the feature editor at the newspaper, 
and 
the "daybook" editor at the nearest bureau of the Associated Press. 
Send a 
release to the assignment editor at the local television stations. Also 
send copies to news directors at the local radio stations. Send 
announcements to local houses of worship. (see "Media Event Check List" 
in kit)

4. INFORM your guests of mosque etiquette before they arrive (see 
"Welcome 
to Our Mosque" brochure). This will make them feel at ease and avoid 
embarrassment. Be ready to answer questions about prayer, separation of 
men 
and women and other common issues.

5. CLEAN the mosque. The first impression is one that will last. Make 
sure 
bathrooms are spotless. Have a mosque clean up day prior to the open 
house. 
Consider touching up areas that need painting.

6. SET UP a reception area where guests can be received, told about 
mosque 
etiquette and served refreshments. Have greeters at the door to direct 
arriving guests. Have knowledgeable people conduct tours of the 
facility. 
Do not leave guests alone to wander about the mosque. Give each guest a 
nametag. Make sure sisters are available to make female guests feel 
welcome.

7. PROVIDE snacks and drinks to make your guests feel welcome. Serving 
a 
variety of ethnic dishes is an excellent introduction to the diversity 
of 
our community.

8. SELECT literature to be given to the guests. Do not push materials 
on 
guests. Let them select what they wish to read. (see "Islam in America 
- 
The Facts," and "Q&A About Islam and American Muslims")

9. POST signs at appropriate locations in the facility to help guests 
find 
their way around. Many of them have never been to a mosque before.

10. INFORM CAIR of your open house plans so that we may let others 
know.

11. PRAY that your efforts will open the hearts of your guests.

         - ACTIVISTS AND LEADERS - PLEASE ANNOUNCE, POST AND DISTRIBUTE 
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BLACK CAUCUS WAVES THE CAUTION FLAG
Restraint Is Urged by Speakers at Terrorism Forum
By Ann Gerhart, The Washington Post, 9/28/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38055-2001Sep27.html

Expert after expert spoke of quick and merciless layoffs in the 
hundreds of 
thousands, of fears over discrimination and racial profiling, of unease 
over broader wiretapping and government monitoring of civilians, of 
worthy 
domestic agendas set aside for years, of worries for the children of 
soldiers gone to war.

"We can wave the flag, just as long and hard as anyone else, but by all 
means, we also can ask the tough questions," said Rep. Bennie Thompson 
(D-Miss.), who in two weeks overhauled the town hall meeting from its 
intended subject of electoral reform. "We went off to war, and we 
fought, 
just to come back and be on the back of the truck."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/30/2001

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HEADLINES:

* QUOTE OF THE DAY
* ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE
* THE ROLE OF RELIGION (NY Times)
         - SHEIKH HAMZA AND IMAM SIRAJ TO APPEAR ON "60 MINUTES"
* WORDS FROM THE KORAN (Wash. Post)
         - LOOKING FOR ANSWERS IN ISLAM'S HOLY BOOK
* WHAT MUSLIM WOULD WRITE: 'THE TIME OF FUN AND WASTE IS GONE'? 
(Independent)
* JOURNEY AWAY FROM TERROR ENDS IN QUIET HOPE (Chicago Tribune)
         - NYC VISITOR FINDS SAFETY IN MUSLIM'S TAXI
* DOJ INITIATIVE TO COMBAT POST-TERRORISM DISCRIMINATION

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"...the FBI has found little evidence so far that the teams of 
hijackers 
received much support here [in American], sources said. "There seems to 
be 
no U.S. mastermind," one official said. The Washington Post, 9/29/2001

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ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE
(From and un-edited email received by CAIR.)

I am a resident doctor who wears hijab. After the attacks on the world 
trade center I along with many other Muslims felt a bit nervous about 
the 
anti-Muslim backlash...One of my first days back to work I happened to 
go 
into see a child accompanied by her mother and rather large stepfather. 
Quickly launching into my introductions and questions, I was thinking I 
could get through it without issue. Until the stepfather interrupted me 
with a, "Hey. You're one of THOSE." There was a long painful pause as I 
struggled to keep a neutral expression and voice and mustered up a 
calculated, "Huh?" He looked at me and in a booming voice went on, 
"Yeah, 
you're one of those people. Them folks that people are making trouble 
for, 
you guys and those Indians. It ain't got nothing to do with y'all, it 
ain't 
right. They're messing with you guys for no reason at all."

It was, actually, the first of several such encounters over the ensuing 
days. It has been so touching to connect with people that, whatever 
their 
situation in life, show their empathy and concern in whatever ways they 
know...

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THE ROLE OF RELIGION
Scholars Call Attacks a Distortion of Islam
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times, 9/30/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/30/national/30ISLA.html

With evidence that Muslim militants were responsible for the attacks on 
the 
World Trade Center and the Pentagon, prominent Islamic scholars and 
theologians in the West say unequivocally that nothing in Islam 
countenances the Sept. 11 actions. But in interviews, they explained 
that 
certain scriptural passages are distorted by Islamic extremists like 
Osama 
bin Laden.

In his office in Leesburg, Va., Taha Jabir Alalwani, the chairman of a 
council that issues Islamic legal opinions for Muslims in North 
America, 
opened a copy of the Koran to Page 1,732 and read aloud in Arabic a 
verse 
that lays out the rules of when a Muslim may fight.

"The verse says you have a right to fight those people who try to force 
you 
to adopt another religion or to leave your home," said Dr. Taha, a 
Muslim 
judge who founded a graduate school in Leesburg to teach Islam to 
Westerners and Western values to Muslims. "But America didn't ask you 
to 
abandon your religion. America didn't deport you, or tell you to leave 
your 
homes..."

...Mahmoud Ayoub, a professor of Islamic studies and comparative 
religion 
at Temple University, said: "The Bible has descriptions of the 
peaceable 
kingdom, where the lamb and the lion lay down together, but it also has 
the 
Book of Joshua about the bloody conquest of Canaan. Likewise, the Koran 
has 
plenty of verses that talk about peace, even with Muhammad's enemies, 
if 
they are inclined toward peace. But then there are also verses that 
advocate war. And so, we have to make choices."

War has defined limits, said Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, a Muslim scholar who 
is 
founder and director of the Zaytuna Institute, an Islamic study center 
in 
Hayward, Calif.

"The prophet clearly prohibited killing noncombatants, women and 
children," 
he said. "The prophet prohibited poisoning wells, which I think can be 
applied to biological warfare. The prophet prohibited using fire as a 
means 
to kill another being, because only the Lord of fire can punish with 
fire. 
And the destruction of property is prohibited. Even in war, you can't 
destroy other people's property..."

SHEIKH HAMZA AND IMAM SIRAJ TO APPEAR ON "60 MINUTES"
http://cbsnews.cbs.com/now/story/0,1597,13502-412,00.shtml

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf will, inshallah, appear as part of a four member 
panel 
on CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday September 30, at 7:00 p.m. ET Other 
panelists: Imam Siraj Wahaj, Farid Esack, Faisal Abdur Rauf

Topic: Who are the radicals and how are Muslims in America different 
from 
those who attacked the country two weeks ago? Ed Bradley finds out they 
are 
just as frightened as other Americans and that their interpretation of 
the 
Koran differs greatly from that of the terrorists.

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WORDS FROM THE KORAN
The Washington Post, 9/29/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43787-2001Sep29.html

On religious tolerance:

Say ye: "We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to 
Abraham, 
Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and 
Jesus, 
and that given to [all] prophets from their Lord: We make no difference 
between one and another of them: And we bow to God [in Islam]." (Surah 
2:136)

Those who believe [in the Qur'an], and those who follow the Jewish 
[scriptures], and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in 
God 
and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with 
their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Surah 
2:62)

On loving your enemies:

It may be that God will grant love [and friendship] between you and 
those 
whom ye [now] hold as enemies. For God has power [over all things]; And 
God 
is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah 60:7)

...On kindness to others:

When a [courteous] greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting 
still 
more courteous, or [at least] of equal courtesy. God takes careful 
account 
of all things. (Surah 4:86)

And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, [with sincerity and 
under 
discipline]. He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you 
in 
religion. . . . So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and 
hold 
fast to God! He is your Protector -- the Best to protect and the Best 
to 
help! (Surah 22:78)

SEE ALSO: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS IN ISLAM'S HOLY BOOK
By Bill Broadway, The Washington Post, 9/29/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43785-2001Sep29.html

...Since the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, 
apparently orchestrated by people who quote the Koran to justify 
terrorist 
acts, President Bush has joined religious leaders in urging Americans 
not 
to condemn all Muslims because of the actions of a few seeking to 
"hijack 
Islam..."

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WHAT MUSLIM WOULD WRITE: 'THE TIME OF FUN AND WASTE IS GONE'?
Robert Fisk, The Independent, 9/30/2001
http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=96697

...The problem is that no Muslim - however ill-taught - would include 
his 
family in such a prayer. Indeed, he would mention the Prophet Mohamed 
immediately after he mentioned God in the first line...

And what Muslim would urge his fellow believers to recite the morning 
prayer - and then go on to quote from it? A devout Muslim would not 
need to 
be reminded of his duty to say the first of the five prayers of the day 
- 
and would certainly not need to be reminded of the text. It is as if a 
Christian, urging his followers to recite the Lord's Prayer, felt it 
necessary to read the whole prayer in case they didn't remember it.

American scholars have already raised questions about the use of "100 
percent" - hardly a theological term to be found in a religious 
exhortation 
- and the use of the word "optimistic" with reference to the Prophet is 
a 
decidedly modern word.

However, the full and original Arabic text has not been released by the 
FBI. The translation, as it stands, suggests an almost Christian view 
of 
what the hijackers might have felt...

 From the start, the hole in the story has been the reported behaviour 
of 
the hijackers. Atta was said to have been a near-alcoholic, while Ziad 
Jarrahi, the alleged Lebanese hijacker of the plane which crashed in 
Pennsylvania, had a Turkish girlfriend in Hamburg and enjoyed 
nightclubs 
and drinking. Is this why the published text refers to the 
"forgiveness'' 
of sin?

The final instruction, "to make sure that you are clean, your clothes 
are 
clean, including your shoes," may have been intended as a call to 
purify a 
"martyr" before death. Equally, it may reflect the thoughts of a truly 
eccentric - and wicked - mind...

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JOURNEY AWAY FROM TERROR ENDS IN QUIET HOPE
By Mary Schmich, The Chicago Tribune, 9/30/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0109300451sep30.story

When we last saw Joy Ding and her Pakistani cabdriver, they were 
fleeing 
for Chicago, the taillights of their 1996 Dodge van receding from the 
smoke 
of the World Trade Center. Here's a recap of their story, begun in 
Friday's 
column:

Ding, 29, who grew up in China, is the marketing manager for R.R. 
Donnelley 
Logistics in Willowbrook. On Sept. 11, she flew to New York for a 
meeting. 
About 9 a.m., she hopped into an airport cab. While the World Trade 
Center 
burned and rumbled, the cabbie tried to get her to downtown Manhattan. 
He 
met roadblock after roadblock.

The driver, Nadeem Quraishi, 29, was prepared to take Ding wherever she 
wanted to go. Cabbie's duty. Just say where. She had nowhere. So she 
wound 
up in the one-bedroom Bronx apartment shared by Quraishi's sister and 
brother-in-law and three sons. Traditional Muslims, they treated her 
like a 
VIP, serving her Pakistani snacks while helping explore her options to 
get 
home. When all else failed, Quraishi, who never had driven farther than 
Connecticut, said he and his brother-in-law would drive her.

"...I'm honored that she trusted me," Quraishi said Thursday, talking 
on 
his cell phone as he cruised New York's Upper West Side, where business 
is 
bad these days, at least for a Pakistani Muslim. "It was my privilege 
and 
honor that she never showed that she was scared."

This is what Ding thought as he drove away: "He did a very tough thing. 
I 
probably wouldn't do it for someone else. He's going back to another 
world, 
and not a friendly place. I'm worried for him."

SEE ALSO: NYC VISITOR FINDS SAFETY IN MUSLIM'S TAXI
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0109280001sep28.story

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DOJ INITIATIVE TO COMBAT POST-TERRORISM DISCRIMINATION
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/nordwg.html

The Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights has directed the Civil
Rights Division's National Origin Working Group to help combat 
violations 
of federal civil and criminal rights laws affecting individuals 
perceived 
to be of Middle Eastern descent.

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, 
incidents of bias, including hate crimes, assaults and vandalism 
against 
individuals perceived to be of Middle Eastern origin have been on the 
rise. 
These incidents are targeted primarily at Arab Americans, Muslim 
Americans, 
Sikh Americans and South Asian Americans.

The Working Group will seek to combat discrimination by: (1) receiving 
reports of violations based on national origin, citizenship status and 
religion, including those related to housing, education, employment, 
access 
to government services, and law enforcement, and referring them to the 
appropriate federal authorities; (2) conducting outreach to vulnerable 
communities to provide them with information about Department of 
Justice 
services and connect them with other government agencies that can 
assist 
them; and (3) working with other Department of Justice components and 
other 
governmental agencies to ensure accurate referral, effective outreach 
and 
provision of services to victims of civil rights violations.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/1/2001

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HEADLINES:

* AN OFFER OF SANCTUARY
* FAITH GROUPS STAND TOGETHER (The Times)
* ABC'S "NIGHTLINE" FEATURES AMERICAN MUSLIMS
* ISLAM GAINS PLACE IN U.S. MILITARY AS RANKS OF MUSLIMS GROW (Seattle 
Times)

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AN OFFER OF SANCTUARY
(From an un-edited email received by CAIR.)

I came in to work the other day to find a piece of candy with one of my 
American colleague's business card on my desk. First I thought he had 
obtained a new card and he's giving it to me, I did not have time to 
take a 
close look or think about it because I had to run to a meeting where he 
is 
supposed to be also. When I saw him and said thank you for the candy, I 
was 
thrilled by his response:

"I hope it wont come to this, but just in case you don't feel 
comfortable 
by what is going on these days, I left you my home address and phone 
number 
on the back of my business card. Feel free to give me a call or come in 
any 
time, I have enough space in my house for you and your family."

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ABC'S "NIGHTLINE" FEATURES AMERICAN MUSLIMS

Tonight's ABC News "Nightline" is planning to air two segments dealing 
with 
the American Muslim community and the aftermath of the September 11th 
terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The first segment looks 
at 
how law enforcement agencies are interacting with Muslims following the 
attacks. The second piece includes positive stories about Muslims who 
received support from friends, co-workers and strangers as a minority 
of 
Americans attacked or harassed innocent Muslims, Sikhs and 
Arab-Americans. 
(NOTE: Programs are always subject to change because of breaking news. 
Check local listings for times and stations.)

OFFER FEEDBACK AT:
http://abcnews.go.com/Sections/Nightline/

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FAITH GROUPS STAND TOGETHER
By KRYSTAL KNAPP, The Times (NJ), 10/1/2001
http://www.njo.com/news/times/index.ssf?/news/times/10-01-EJAR0_PB.html

SOUTH BRUNSWICK -- Reminders of the pain inflicted by the terrorists 
filled 
the mosque yesterday, from stories told by people who survived the 
World 
Trade Center attacks, to the poster-sized photo of a missing friend 
lost in 
the rubble, to the piles of index cards listing a hotline number for 
reporting bias crimes.

But soothing pain for the people gathered here yesterday were the words 
spoken repeatedly -- salaam, shalom, peace.

Those words sprang from more than 1,500 people gathered at the Islamic 
Society of Central Jersey as people of many faiths attended an open 
house 
for interfaith dialogue to show support to each other and for Muslim 
friends...

...More than 30 clergy members of various religions and members of 
their 
congregations attended the service to show their solidarity, including 
several members of the Princeton Clergy Association...

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ISLAM GAINS PLACE IN U.S. MILITARY AS RANKS OF MUSLIMS GROW
By Ray Rivera, The Seattle Times, 9/29/2001
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134347642_muslimsoldiers29m.html

FORT LEWIS - Air Force Master Sgt. Tony Muhammad Langley kneels, bows 
his 
head to the east and prays to Allah.

It is the weekly Friday Islamic worship service in a small chapel that 
serves as a mosque for Muslim soldiers here and at nearby McChord Air 
Force 
Base. Ten years ago, such a service would have been unheard of on a 
U.S. 
military base. There were no mosques. No Muslim chaplains. And little 
consideration for devotees of Islam.

"I think things really started changing after the Gulf War," said 
Langley. 
"A lot of soldiers who went there came back Muslim."

Now the military, which a decade ago barely acknowledged Muslims in its 
ranks, finds itself defending the faith - even as it prepares for war 
against radical Islamic terrorists...

...The Defense Department estimates at least 4,000 Muslims serve in the 
armed forces...

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HEADLINES:

* MORE MESSAGES OF HOPE
* MUSLIM FIREFIGHTER MOURNS COLLEAGUES KILLED IN TERROR ATTACKS
* MUSLIM LEADERS STRUGGLE WITH MIXED MESSAGES (Wash. Post)
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: ARI FLEISCHER
* NATIONAL REVIEW CANS COLUMNIST ANN COULTER (Wash. Post)
* NEGOTIATORS BACK SCALED-DOWN BILL TO BATTLE TERROR (NY Times)
* TWO MEN ACCUSED OF HATE CRIME (LA Times)
* CAIR ST. LOUIS LETTER IN NEWSWEEK
* EVERY ARAB AMERICAN ISN'T A SUSPECT (Chicago Sun-Times)
* BEFORE ATTACKS, U.S. WAS READY TO SAY IT BACKED PALESTINIAN STATE (NY 
Times)
* CAIR-OHIO OPEN HOUSE - 10/3

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MORE MESSAGES OF HOPE
(From un-edited emails received by CAIR.)

I work for a telecommunications company. A co-worker of mine who sits 
across from my cube was away on vacation when the September 11 attacks 
occurred. While vacationing in Indiana, he received a call from his 
mother 
that his father had died, perhaps as a result of a massive heart 
attack. My 
co-worker could not fly home to North Carolina because the planes were 
grounded. He was eventually able to make it back. After spending a few 
days 
with his mother he came to the office and raced towards me. "Are you 
doing 
OK man? I have been thinking about you. Let me know if you need help."

Not very close to him, I was pleasantly surprised by his concern. Next 
day 
he came back to me again and offered a place to live for me and my 
family. 
I was overwhelmed to find out a little later that his mother, who was 
still 
mourning the loss of her husband, had asked him to make this offer to 
me.

ALSO

I work at a retail store (in Canada) which sells cosmetics and facial 
products.  About two days after the terrorist attacks in New York woman 
came in and I started to talk to her about face moisturizers. When I 
was 
done she turned and asked, "Are you Moslem?" (Due to the fact that I 
wear 
hijab). I nodded trying to brace myself for a hurtful comment, but she 
surprised me by saying, "Sweetie, I just want to apologize for 
everything 
that has been going on lately. I know it is not your fault, but some 
people 
are just ignorant." Her kindness brought tears to my eyes, so I bowed 
my 
head, partly due to embarrassment; however, when I looked up, I 
realized 
she was crying with me.

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MUSLIM FIREFIGHTER MOURNS COLLEAGUES KILLED IN TERROR ATTACKS

FDNY BROTHERHOOD
By Kevin James, Chief (Civil Service Weekly), 10/2/2001
(Kevin James is also a representative of CAIR-New York.)

I am proud to be a Muslim, just as I am proud to be member of that 
elite 
fraternity of firefighters, EMT's, fire marshals, and police officers 
who 
risked and heroically gave their lives at the World Trade Center. I 
mourn 
the loss of my brothers, and on behalf of the Islamic Society of Fire 
Department Personnel, I extend my condolences to their families and all 
who 
knew and worked with them...

...The firefighters, EMT's, fire marshals, and police officers of 
Muslim 
faith who responded to the World Trade Center were sickened by what 
they 
saw just like everyone else. Please don't add to our pain by painting 
our 
community as wild-eyed fanatics and terrorists. No matter how they 
cloak 
themselves, the terrorist's only religion is hatred, whether they be 
Osama 
Bin-Laden or IRA bombers, or the Baruch Goldsteins and Timothy McVeighs 
of 
the world. Those giant molotov cocktails filled with jet fuel did not 
discriminate about who they killed...

...Those who practice the Muslim faith in America rallied to provide 
relief 
for the victims and their families as other Americans have. Doctors 
donated 
their time and blood drives were organized. Mosques and Muslim 
charitable 
organizations raised money, food and clothing...

...The brotherhood and camaraderie of firefighters never ceases to 
amaze 
me. I went running last Sunday after a 24-hour tour wearing my Vulcan 
Society tee shirt. For those who don't know, the Vulcan Society is the 
New 
York City Fire Department's fraternal organization of African-American 
firefighters. As I lumbered down Second Avenue along the Brooklyn Army 
Terminal, I heard the distinctive rumbling of a fire truck from behind 
and 
then a quick blast on the air horn. The firefighters, all white, waved 
as 
they went past I waved back. This scene was repeated 2 or 3 times as a 
series of fire trucks returned home to quarters with their exhausted 
crews. 
My eyes watered as I swelled with pride...

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MUSLIM LEADERS STRUGGLE WITH MIXED MESSAGES
By Hanna Rosin and John Mintz, The Washington Post, 10/2/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55677-2001Oct1.html

On Sept. 20, FBI agents showed up at the house of Hamza Yusuf, a Muslim 
teacher and speaker in Northern California. They wanted to question him 
about a speech he had given two days before the Sept. 11 attacks, in 
which 
he said that the U.S. "stands condemned" and that "this country has a 
great, great tribulation coming to it."

"He's not home," his wife said. "He's with the president."

The agents thought she was joking, Yusuf said. But she wasn't. That day 
Yusuf was at the White House, the only Muslim in a group of religious 
leaders invited to pray with President Bush, sing "God Bless America," 
and 
endorse the president's plans for military action.

"Hate knows no religion. Hate knows no country," Yusuf said that day 
outside the White House. "Islam was hijacked on that September 11, 
2001, on 
that plane as an innocent victim."

Yusuf's mixed message created awkwardness for the White House -- and 
revealed a dilemma for the suddenly very visible Muslim leadership in 
America.

The president invited Yusuf because he is one of the "leading Muslim 
clerics," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. When the 
president 
meets with a group, "you should never assume . . . that he would ever 
agree 
with anything anybody in that group has said," added another Bush 
spokesman, Ari Fleischer.

Before the Sept. 11 attacks, Yusuf's speeches would occasionally stray 
into 
anti-American rhetoric, hitting apocalyptic themes. At least one other 
Muslim leader invited to the White House since the attacks also has 
made 
provocative remarks about America.

But now Yusuf has joined other American Muslim leaders as they have 
closed 
ranks behind the message that Islam is a peaceful religion and that 
extremists are outside its fold...

...Another popular Muslim cleric invited to the White House after the 
attacks also has made controversial remarks. Muzammil Siddiqi, who also 
spoke at a service at the Washington National Cathedral after the 
attacks, 
harshly criticized U.S. support for Israel at a rally outside the White 
House last October, at which marchers chanted in praise of the 
Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group.

"America has to learn," Siddiqi said at the rally. "If you remain on 
the 
side of injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please, all Americans. 
Do 
you remember that? Allah is watching everyone. God is watching 
everyone. If 
you continue doing injustice, and tolerate injustice, the wrath of God 
will 
come." Siddiqi could not be reached for comment.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"As I indicated already, I'll say it again, when the President meets 
with 
groups, it's not an indication, of course, that he agrees with 
everything 
anybody may have said in that group." (10/1/2001) Presidential press 
secretary Ari Fleischer in response to a question about the 
advisability of 
President Bush's meetings with American Muslim leaders.

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NATIONAL REVIEW CANS COLUMNIST ANN COULTER
By Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, 10/2/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55454-2001Oct1.html

Even by her usual incendiary standards, Ann Coulter's response to the 
terrorist attacks was something of a jaw-dropper.

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them 
to 
Christianity," the conservative commentator declared in her column on 
National Review Online.

Those words created an uproar at the Web site, which refused to run a 
follow-up piece in which Coulter singled out what she called "swarthy 
males." She promptly began bad-mouthing National Review, which 
responded by 
axing her as a contributing editor...

...Asked for comment, National Review Online Editor Jonah Goldberg 
said: 
"We didn't feel we wanted to be associated with the comments expressed 
in 
those two columns. We got a lot of complaints from sponsors and a lot 
of 
complaints from readers left, right and center. We've decided for 
editorial 
reasons we think are sound that we're no longer going to run Ann 
Coulter's 
syndicated column..."

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NEGOTIATORS BACK SCALED-DOWN BILL TO BATTLE TERROR
By NEIL A. LEWIS and ROBERT PEAR, The New York Times, 10/2/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/02/national/02RIGH.html

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 - Democratic and Republican negotiators in the
House reached agreement today on a bill that would give law enforcement 
officials expanded authority to wiretap suspected terrorists, share 
intelligence information about them and monitor their Internet 
communications.

But the compromise bill also makes the wiretap authority temporary and 
omits or scales back some of the measures the Bush administration 
sought, 
notably the authority to detain immigrants suspected of terrorism 
indefinitely without charges. The administration had been pressing for 
far 
more extensive changes in the law and had hoped its proposals would 
move 
with little debate through a Congress eager to respond to the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon...

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TWO MEN ACCUSED OF HATE CRIME
Charges: They allegedly followed a Latino man to his home and beat him 
because they thought he was of Middle Eastern descent.
By DAVID PIERSON and CAITLIN LIU, Los Angeles Times, 10/2/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000078673oct02.story

Hate crime charges will be filed today against two white men who 
allegedly 
followed a Latino man to his Lancaster home and attacked him, 
mistakenly 
thinking he was from the Middle East, according to district attorney 
spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons...

"...It appears that these two suspects mistook the victim for a person 
of 
Middle Eastern descent" based on statements they made, said Sheriff's 
Lt. 
Gordon Carn of the Lancaster station. Pimental was driving on the 
Antelope 
Valley Freeway near Lancaster about 9:15 p.m. Friday when two men in a 
white truck tailgated him and bumped his car, authorities said. 
Pimental 
left the freeway and the men followed, bumping his car two more times 
and 
yelling at him, Patterson said.

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CAIR ST. LOUIS LETTER IN NEWSWEEK
http://www.msnbc.com/news/635899.asp

In the two weeks after the tragic events, Muslim store owners have been 
murdered, scarved women have been assaulted by bat-wielding gangs and a 
mosque has had a Ford Mustang driven through it. On certain Northwest 
and 
Delta flights, pilots have refused to fly with passengers they thought 
looked like Arabs or Muslims. These acts totally contradict American 
principles and reflect the same kind of prejudice as the terrorists' 
perverse plan. There are more than 1 billion Muslims on earth and 3 
million 
to 6 million living in this wonderful country. To harass an entire 
demographic based on the actions of a few goes against everything the 
Founding Fathers worked so hard to achieve.

Arsalan Tariq Iftikhar
Midwest Communications Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations
St. Louis, Mo.

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EVERY ARAB AMERICAN ISN'T A SUSPECT
BY MARK BROWN, Chicago Sun-Times, 10/2/2001
http://www.suntimes.com/output/brown/cst-nws-brown02.html

Itedal Shalabi, a Palestinian American, was taking a nap upstairs in 
her 
Bridgeview home one evening last week when the doorbell rang. Moments 
later, her 11-year-old son came running into her room.

"Mom. Mom. It's the FBI," he said. As you can imagine, Shalabi awoke in 
a 
hurry...

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BEFORE ATTACKS, U.S. WAS READY TO SAY IT BACKED PALESTINIAN STATE
By JANE PERLEZ and PATRICK E. TYLER, The New York Times, 10/2/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/02/international/02MIDE.html

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 - Before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, the Bush 
administration was on the verge of announcing a Middle East diplomatic 
initiative that would include United States support for the creation of 
a 
Palestinian state, administration officials said, and it is now 
weighing 
how to revive the plan...

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CAIR-OHIO OPEN HOUSE - 10/3

CAIR Ohio invites you to our monthly open house. Please come and join 
us in 
discussing issues of concern to you and our communities.

WHERE:  CAIR Ohio
                 4700 Reed Road, Suite B
                 Columbus, Ohio
                 Tel 614-451-3232

  WHEN:  Wednesday, October 3, 2001
                 6 - 8 p.m.

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HEADLINES:

* SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
* N. KY. RAID A BUM STEER (Cincinnati Enquirer)
* IN 60 YEARS, WHAT WILL WE THINK OF THIS ETHNIC CRACKDOWN? (Mercury 
News)
* WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN AGAIN DEFENDS MEETING WITH MUSLIMS
* A MUSLIM CHILD DEFENDS THE FAITH (Birmingham News)
* PBS TO RE-BROADCAST "ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH"
* SOME SEATS REMAIN FOR CAIR'S ANNUAL BANQUET ON OCT. 7
* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MUSLIMS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING

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SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
(From a un-edited emails received by CAIR.)

I am the principal of our newly opened full-time Islamic school...This 
is 
the first year of school and I have been very nervous about what has 
recently taken place.

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised when the principal of the public 
elementary school right behind us came to introduce herself.  She said, 
"I 
just wanted to introduce myself and welcome you to our neighborhood. I 
am 
happy to assist you in whatever you need--please feel free to contact 
me 
anytime. I hope the recent events that have taken place don't make you 
uncomfortable in anyway."

I was deeply moved and sent her a letter today. In it I said, "It is 
people 
like you that makes us all proud to be American. American in 
citizenship, 
and more importantly, American in spirit."

ALSO

I live in Oakdale MN. A week after the Sept. 11 hijacking, a neighbor 
of 
mine came to me with flowers cut from her garden and fresh baked 
cookies. 
She gave me a card with signatures from neighbors (lots from the next 
culdesac down - whom I don't even know) and told me how everyone was 
worried about me. They know that I am Muslim because I wear a hijab.

In the card, people reassured me that they don't associate me with the 
terrorists and offered their help if needed. The best part was when 
tears 
started rolling down her cheeks. Even though we hear about the increase 
in 
discrimination since Sept 11th, there are a lot more people out there 
with 
open minds and kindness in their hearts.

SEND SIMILAR POSITIVE STORIES TO: cair@cair-net.org

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N. KY. RAID A BUM STEER
By Patrick Crowley, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/3/2001
http://enquirer.com/editions/2001/10/03/loc_n_ky_raid_bum_steer.html

BURLINGTON - Federal authorities made a case of mistaken identity when 
they 
rounded up about 25 North African immigrants during a Sept. 21 sweep 
through three Boone County apartment complexes. The FBI was following 
up on 
a tip - now thought to be erroneous - that some of the Sept. 11 
hijackers 
had been living in Northern Kentucky.

It is believed that none of the immigrants detained - all identified by 
authorities as Muslims from Mauritania, an Islamic nation in Northwest 
Africa - is still being held by federal officials, although a local 
investigation by the Boone County Sheriff's office is continuing.

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IN 60 YEARS, WHAT WILL WE THINK OF THIS ETHNIC CRACKDOWN?
BY SHARON NOGUCHI, San Jose Mercury News, 10/3/2001
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/opinion/columns/043504.htm

ON Dec. 8, 1941, FBI agents showed up at the San Francisco flower 
market 
and arrested Kaoru Okamura. They escorted him to his Redwood City 
nursery, 
where he gathered extra clothes, then took him away without 
explanation. 
Sakaye "Sak" Okamura, now retired from chrysanthemum-growing, didn't 
see or 
hear from his father for more than half a year. In Lodi, the FBI picked 
up 
Taro George Masuda. "I can even remember the rap on the door when they 
came," said his daughter, Susie Sasagawa of Palo Alto. His wife and 
five 
children sobbed, not knowing where their father was going...

...Two weeks ago, FBI agents appeared unannounced at the Orange County 
home 
of American-born Dr. Riad Z. Abdelkarim. In an interview, the agents 
didn't 
ask whether he knew the hijacking suspects, or show him their pictures. 
Instead, they quizzed him on his political views. "If you'd read the 
newspapers, you'd know them," answered Abdelkarim, who frequently 
contributes opinion pieces to major dailies...

...In 2001, our leaders have called on us not to vilify Arab and 
Muslim-Americans. It's unclear whether investigators have gotten that 
message. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is 
encouraging Muslims to cooperate with investigators, is concerned that 
even 
those volunteering information have been treated as suspects and 
intimidated...

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WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN AGAIN DEFENDS MEETING WITH MUSLIMS
Regular Press Briefing by White House Spokesman Ari Fleischer, 
10/2/2001

Q     Ari, we've learned additional comments by some of the people who 
attended the meeting with the president, particularly Hamza Yusuf.  
Does 
the White House now have any second thoughts at all about the people 
who 
were invited to that meeting?

MR. FLEISCHER:  Jim, I think I've addressed that question repeatedly in 
the 
last several days.  There's no answer - no different answer.

Q     Ari?

Q     Are you aware of all the --

MR. FLEISCHER:  Go ahead.

Q     Were you aware of all the things that those people had said 
before 
you came, or was that a surprise to the White House?

MR. FLEISCHER:  We were aware that there very well could have been 
statements made and the president didn't agree with them.  The 
president 
will have meetings with groups that he does not agree with everything 
they 
say.  But it's also important to remind Americans that even for those 
who 
have differing views, that the rights of Arab Americans, Muslim 
Americans 
must be respected...

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A MUSLIM CHILD DEFENDS THE FAITH
The Birmingham News (Alabama), 10/2/2001
http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/today/

I am 9 years old, and I am a Muslim. I am writing this essay to tell 
you 
about Muslims. Muslims are not bad people. They do not do bad things. 
They 
do not blow up buildings. They respect people. They respect the world. 
Muslims aren't mean to people. They are friendly and honest.

Muslims live all over the world. Not all Muslims are the same.

We worship one God, Allah. Allah has 99 names, like the Most Gracious 
and 
the Most Merciful. Muslims pray five times a day. We fast in Ramadan 
from 
dawn until dusk. Our holy book is the Koran. We should try to go to the 
Kaba in Mecca at least once in our lifetime if we can.

Muslims are clean; they are not dirty. Muslims are kind to animals. 
They do 
not hurt animals.

We believe in Prophet Mohammed and many other prophets like Adam, 
Abraham, 
Noah and Jesus. Shaytan is the Arabic word for the devil. He makes 
people 
do bad things. He is bad.

Janan Abdein
Homewood

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PBS TO RE-BROADCAST "ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH"

Robert Gardner, producer-director of the documentary series "Islam: 
Empire 
of Faith," informed CAIR that PBS has decided to re-broadcast his 
program. 
Airdates for the three-part series are October 5, 12 and 19 (10 p.m. 
EDT). 
Check local listings for details, or go to www.pbs.org and look up the 
contact information for your local station. Call the programming 
department 
if you do not find the program on the schedule.

DESCRIPTION: ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH tells the story of the great sweep 
of 
Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years -- from the birth 
of 
the prophet Muhammad to the peak of the Ottoman Empire under the reign 
of 
Suleyman the Magnificent. Interviews with scholars from around the 
world 
are intercut with evocative reenactments, ethnographic footage and an 
exposition of Islamic art, artifacts and architecture. ISLAM: EMPIRE OF 
FAITH recounts the glory of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo. It is the epic 
story of a cultural empire that dominated a millennium, encompassed 
half 
the world and shaped history.

The three-hour series provides a foundation for better understanding 
the 
Islamic faith, which has become a topic of conversation and an area of 
misunderstanding following the recent terrorist attacks.

NOTE: Robert Gardner is scheduled to speak, and receive an award, at 
CAIR's 
Annual Fundraising Banquet on October 7.

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SOME SEATS REMAIN FOR CAIR'S ANNUAL BANQUET ON OCT. 7
(Seating is limited, please call 202-488-8787 TODAY to avoid 
disappointment.)

REP. MCKINNEY, IMAM SIRAJ, ROB GARDNER TO SPEAK AT CAIR ANNUAL DINNER

The Council on American-Islamic Relations cordially invites you to 
attend 
its Seventh Annual Fundraising Banquet

"MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: BRAVING THE STORM"

with

REP. CYNTHIA MCKINNEY (D-GA)

MR. ROB GARDNER
Producer/Director of the PBS documentary
"Islam: Empire of Faith"

IMAM SIRAJ WAHHAJ

2001 Islamic Community Service Awards

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WHEN:   Sunday, October 7, 2001
                 Registration begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
                 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner/Vienna, VA

TICKETS:        $55/$85 per couple
                 No children please.
                 (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per 
child.)
                 For information, call 202-488-8787.

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___ YES, I will attend. Enclosed is my check, payable to CAIR, in the 
amount of $______ for _____ seats.

___ SORRY, I will not be able to attend. But I would like to support 
CAIR's 
important work defending and promoting the image of Islam and the 
rights of 
Muslims by sending a donation of $______.

(FAX: 202-488-0833  E-MAIL: cair1@ix.netcom.com  CALL: 202-488-8787)

Person Purchasing Tickets:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
Names of Other Attendees:

Payment: ___Check ___VISA ___MasterCard ___Discover ___Money Order
Credit Card Number:
Exp. Date:
Name as on Card:
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MUSLIMS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING
Religious and political leaders will address over 800 attendees

In the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attack: New Challenges for American 
Muslims, Is there really a clash of civilizations?

WHAT: On Saturday, October 6, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-LA) is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the new challenges 
for 
American Muslims in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack.

Invited guests include:

Dr. John Esposito, a professor of Religion and International Affairs 
and of 
Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Dr. Esposito is founding 
director 
of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and is considered a 
leading expert on Islam.

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), a strong defender of the civil 
rights of American Muslims. Rep. McKinney is a proponent of a U.S. 
foreign 
policy that reflects American values of fairness and justice.

At a time when certain political pundits are warning of a new "clash of 
civilizations" between Islam and the "West", forum speakers will refute 
this theory and emphasize solidarity among all Americans. Over 800 
community members and leaders of interfaith groups are expected to 
attend.

WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. dinner, 8:00 p.m. program starts, 
10:00 p.m. program ends.

WHERE: Sequoia Conference Center, 7530 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, 
CA

CONTACT: Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director, CAIR-LA  714-776-1847

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Subject: CAIR-NET: CAIR's Oct. 7 Dinner in DC is Sold Out

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #312

CAIR'S DINNER IN DC IS SOLD OUT
Your support is still vital to our work during this crisis

(WASHINGTON, DC - 10/4/2001) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR's 
October 7th annual dinner with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) in 
Washington, D.C., is sold out. More than 1,000 tickets have already 
been 
sold, and more are being requested. (We apologize for any inconvenience 
this may cause.)

"This overwhelming show of support is an indication that Muslims 
appreciate 
the efforts of all of the Islamic organizations during this time of 
national crisis," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad asked 
those 
who are unable to obtain tickets for the dinner to show their support 
by 
making a generous donation. (See form below.)

In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, CAIR worked to 
meet 
the needs of victims, their families and the Muslim community. On the 
day 
of the attacks, CAIR, as part of the American Muslim Political 
Coordination 
Council and along with other national Muslim groups, issued a strong 
condemnation and called on Muslims to offer any possible assistance.

On September 12, CAIR's leadership participated in a press conference 
in 
front of George Washington University Hospital urging American Muslims 
to 
donate blood. At this same time, CAIR established a "Crisis Center" on 
its 
web site (www.cair-net.org) and initiated daily news updates to the 
community and the media. CAIR's staff and budget are stretched to the 
limit.

As reports of anti-Muslim backlash began to surface, CAIR faxed letters 
to 
all members of Congress and to the president asking them to support 
American Muslims. CAIR also issued an alert recommending a variety of 
safety precautions for mosques.

On September 14, CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad attended 
the 
national interfaith service with President Bush held at the Washington 
Cathedral.  CAIR's Nihad Awad, along with other Muslim leaders, met 
with 
President Bush to discuss Muslim issues and concerns.

On September 16, CAIR printed a full-page ad in the "A" section of the 
Washington Post. This ad condemned the attack, offered condolences to 
the 
victims and their families, and applauded the efforts of relief 
workers. To 
date, CAIR's staff has processed more than 700 reports of anti-Muslim 
incidents since the attacks. This initial figure is more than two times 
the 
number of incidents CAIR receives in an entire year.

During the crisis, CAIR has been working non-stop with the national and 
international media. A partial list of media outlets that have 
interviewed 
CAIR National since September 11 includes: ABC Nightline, Newsweek, 
Associated Press, CBC Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, National 
Public Radio, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, New 
York 
Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, NBC, CBS, 
CNN, 
People Magazine, Gannett News Service, BBC, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, 
the 
Newshour with Jim Leher, Religion News Service, Bloomberg News, San 
Francisco Chronicle, US News & World Report, the Detroit Free Press, 
and 
dozens (perhaps hundreds) of other local and national print or 
broadcast 
media outlets.

CAIR and other groups also called on mosques nationwide to hold open 
houses 
to present a positive image of Islam and the Muslim community.

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Oprah to Offer "Islam 101"/Why Chechnya is Different

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/4/2001

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HEADLINES:

* OPRAH TO OFFER "ISLAM 101"
* WHY CHECHNYA IS DIFFERENT (Washington Post)
* MUSLIM BUSINESS OWNERS WATCH SALES FALL, FEAR BACKLASH (USA Today)
* HOLLYWOOD STRUGGLES TO CREATE VILLAINS FOR A NEW CLIMATE (NY Times)
* IDENTITY MISTAKEN, HE STAYS UNSHAKEN (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* ISLAMIC BANKING SURVEY
* COLORADO MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

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OPRAH TO OFFER "ISLAM 101"
http://www.oprah.com

On Friday, October 5, the Oprah Winfrey Show will discuss basic Islamic 
beliefs in a program called "Islam 101."

FROM THE OPRAH.COM WEB SITE: "Since our world was horribly shaken three 
weeks ago, all eyes have focused on a part of the world and a set of 
beliefs that many of us know very little about.

"We're told that terrorism violates the teachings of Islam, but what is 
Islam? Who are Muslims? What are their practices?

"Even if you think you know the answers, this show is for you."

FEEDBACK: http://www.oprah.com/email/tows/email_tows_main.jhtml

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WHY CHECHNYA IS DIFFERENT
The Washington Post, 10/4/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2683-2001Oct3.html

...Mr. Putin would like the world to believe that the U.S. steps are 
equivalent to his own support for a U.S. offensive against Osama bin 
Laden 
and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. But they are not; and before the 
Bush administration goes further in backing Mr. Putin's policies in 
Chechnya, it is worth reviewing why that conflict, and the terrorism 
associated with it, are different.

Chechnya is not a terrorist syndicate or an Islamic movement but a 
nation 
that was conquered by Russia in the 19th century and that for more than 
a 
decade has been seeking to regain self-rule. Its leader, Aslan 
Maskhadov, 
is not an Islamic extremist or even a man of arms but a pro-Western 
politician who was democratically elected in 1997, two years before Mr. 
Putin chose to reverse a peace accord by sending 80,000 Russian troops 
to 
invade the republic.

Most important, the most brutal atrocities of the Chechen conflict -- a 
fight that could have been avoided had Russia been willing to grant 
self-rule to this subject nation -- have been perpetrated not by 
international terrorists or the Chechen rebels but by Mr. Putin's own 
Russian forces...

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MUSLIM BUSINESS OWNERS WATCH SALES FALL, FEAR BACKLASH
By Lorrie Grant, USA Today, 10/4/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/money/general/2001-10-04-islamic-biz.htm

October is shaping up to be a bad month for restaurateur Hafiz Abbasi.

Weekend wedding celebrations and engagement and retirement parties at 
his 
Afghan Restaurant -- key moneymakers -- all have canceled through Oct. 
26 
after the terrorist attacks. Sales at his Alexandria, Va., restaurant, 
not 
far from the Pentagon, are off $ 30,000, about 40%, since Sept. 11.

"They say they are scared there may be some retaliation because the 
restaurant says 'Afghan,' " Abbasi says. His is just one of many 
Muslim-owned businesses reeling from effects of the attacks. For some, 
the 
fallout has gone beyond lost business to vandalism and threats...

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HOLLYWOOD STRUGGLES TO CREATE VILLAINS FOR A NEW CLIMATE
Now that America has an actual national villain in the form of Islamic 
terrorists, what will Hollywood do?
By RICK LYMAN The New York Times, 10/3/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/03/movies/03VILL.html

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 After more than a decade of fumbling about in 
search of 
a workable bad guy upon which to hang its crowd-pleasing action 
blockbusters, Hollywood has been handed the gift of actual national 
villains in the form of Islamic terrorists. But unlike the months after 
Pearl Harbor, when moviemakers enthusiastically embraced stereotypes of 
Japanese evil, this time the entertainment industry has opted for 
restraint 
to avoid accusations of bias and the danger of offending audience 
sensibilities in an increasingly multiracial America...

"...I don't think anybody would have a problem with making the Taliban 
the 
bad guy," the film producer Alison R. Rosenzweig said. "You just have 
to be 
careful that it doesn't seem as though all Arabs or all Muslims are bad 
guys. You'll have to be really sensitive to that..."

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IDENTITY MISTAKEN, HE STAYS UNSHAKEN
A N.J. man resembles a terrorism suspect. Although he lost a job and a 
relative's business suffered, he said: "I love America. I understand."
By Angela Couloumbis, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/3/2001
http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/10/03/local_news/JGAS03.htm

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Akram Mena is back to pumping gas - and 
grateful 
for it. Shortly after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, 
the 
37-year-old Egyptian native thought his life had irrevocably changed 
because he looked strikingly like one of the hijackers.

Residents of the Bayville section of this Shore community in Ocean 
County 
remembered Mena from his days pumping gas and told agents that they 
thought 
he was Marwan al-Shehhi, believed to have piloted a United Airlines 
plane 
into the World Trade Center's South Tower.

Investigators inquired about Mena's past, and newspapers reported that 
the 
gas station was under suspicion.

As the FBI later acknowledged, it was a case of mistaken identity, one 
of 
several to emerge as hundreds of people have been caught up in a 
nationwide 
security sweep prompted by the deadliest attack in American history.

The only thing he could do at first, Mena said, was pick up the phone 
and, 
in his faltering English, explain his situation to the FBI.

His name was cleared, but not before he lost his job as a welder and a 
torrent of threats fell on the Bayville Shell station, where he had 
worked 
until six months ago and which his cousin Magdy Beshara owns.
Still, Mena said, he is not bitter...

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ISLAMIC BANKING SURVEY

Please take the survey on Islamic banking conducted by ImanLinc. They 
would 
like to know your preferences if a Shari'ah-based bank were to offer 
its 
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Please take a moment and fill the survey by clicking on the following 
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COLORADO MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

What: The Islamic Society of Colorado Springs will hold an Open House 
on 
Sunday, October 7th, between 2 and 5 pm. Short presentations on Islam 
will 
be repeated at 2:20, 3:20 and 4:20.

Refreshments will be served, and local Muslims will be present to 
discuss 
their faith.

When:   Sunday, October 7th, 2 - 5 pm
Where:  Islamic Society of Colorado Springs, 2125 N. Chestnut, 80907

Contact: Islamic Society of Colorado Springs
(719) 632-3364
Arshad Yousufi
(719) 590-2930
Leslie Rezgui
(719) 229-1928

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/5/2001

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HEADLINES:

* ANN COULTER SAYS DEPORT ONE MILLION MUSLIMS
* MUSLIMS ABHOR THE DOUBLE STANDARD (LA Times)
* MUSLIM LEADER RESPONDS TO THE WASHINGTON POST
* IN TERROR AFTERMATH, MUSLIM FIREFIGHTERS COPE WITH MORE THAN GRIEF, 
RUBBLE (AP)
* FBI DIRECTOR ROBERT MUELLER REPORTS ON BACKLASH
* MUSLIMS RECEIVE THREATS, SUPPORT (Sacramento Bee)
* THE OTHER AMERICANS (Metro Pulse)
* SCREENING OF "ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH" IN MARYLAND
* JOURNALIST SEEKS MUSLIM WOMEN FOR INTERVIEWS
* CAIR-CAN: MUSLIMS AND THE MEDIA 101

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ANN COULTER SAYS DEPORT ONE MILLION MUSLIMS
Capitol Hill Blue
http://www2.uclick.com/client/cap/ac/

House leaders recently rejected the Bush administration's request for 
authority to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely. Under the House 
plan, the government could hold immigrants suspected of terrorism for 
only 
seven days without bringing charges.

Let's hope seven days is enough for the government to perform a 
thorough 
intelligence-based investigation of a million Muslim immigrants...

...Surely, thousands of immigrants could be waived in instantly on the 
basis of reliable evidence either that they are not Muslims, or that 
they 
are the peaceful, law-abiding variety not planning mass murder -- as 
opposed to the peaceful, law-abiding Muslims who recently slaughtered 
thousands of our fellow countrymen...

...A mass deportation order also ought to ease the way for "ethnic 
profiling." If noncitizens from various suspect countries were under an 
order to leave, all security personnel would have grounds to look for 
potential violators of that law...

POLITE COMMENTS TO: (Hostile comments WILL be used to harm the image of 
Muslims and Islam.)

Lee Salem
Editorial Director
Universal Press Syndicate
4520 Main St, Ste 700
Kansas City, MO 64111-7701

E-MAIL: lsalem@uexpress.com, gmelvin@uexpress.com, 
amcdermott@uexpress.com, 
eandersen@uexpress.com
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MUSLIMS ABHOR THE DOUBLE STANDARD
By GRAHAM E. FULLER, The Los Angeles Times, 10/5/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000079717oct05.story
Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence 
Council at the CIA

Since Sept. 11, we have repeatedly heard that the Muslim world "hates 
American values"--a view that is dangerously wrong. In fact, the vast 
majority of Muslims or even Islamist political parties do not challenge 
most American values, but query whether the United States is constant 
to 
its own values, especially the spread of democracy...

...it is not our values to which Muslims are hostile; it is their 
perception of our unwillingness to share these values that brings forth 
anger. They accuse the U.S. of maintaining a double standard: Our 
values 
are fine for home consumption but are not for export. Washington 
regularly 
promotes democracy in Latin America and Africa but rarely if ever in 
the 
Muslim world...

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MUSLIM LEADER RESPONDS TO THE WASHINGTON POST

The Editor, Washington Post, Washington D.C.

Dear Sir:

Hanna Rosin and John Mintz's article in your esteemed paper ("Muslim 
Leaders Struggle With Mixed Messages," October 2, 2001) quotes me out 
of 
context and gives a very distorted view of my position.
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55677-2001Oct1.html)

The rally referred to in the article was entitled "Solidarity for 
Jerusalem."  The rally was in support of the Palestinian people's 
struggle 
for justice and particularly for Muslims' rights in the City of 
Jerusalem, 
the site of the Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.  The rally was not in 
support of any particular group or party in the Middle East, as the 
article 
suggests. The organizers did not approve any slogans or banners except 
those calling for peace and justice in Palestine and Jerusalem.

In my speech at the rally, I did mention that injustice has been 
suffered 
by the Palestinian people. I did say that certain U.S. policies in the 
Middle East were not just. I did remind the audience of the warning of 
the 
wrath of God against those who do injustice or those who support 
injustice, 
a warning which was given by many prophets of God, including many of 
those 
mentioned in the Bible. But I also said that we wished the blessings of 
God 
for America, and not the wrath of God. I also said that we want God's 
blessings for all people and wish to awaken the conscience of America.

I am sad to see that the authors of this article attempted to distort 
my 
honest criticism of a specific U.S. foreign policy (which criticism is 
shared by many patriotic Americans, of all faiths) into a condemnation 
of 
America itself. The authors mentioned the warning about wrath but 
ignored 
the rest of my speech and, specifically, my prayer for blessings upon 
America. Honest reporting demands giving the whole story. Even if you 
disagree with someone it is important not to misrepresent and malign 
that 
person.

I do not feel I need to prove my love for America and my fellow 
Americans.  My record speaks for itself. I have supported and worked 
for 
interfaith relations for more than 30 years. I have given numerous 
speeches 
and participated in many discussions in churches, synagogues and 
mosques, 
calling for good relations among all people regardless of race, color 
and 
faith. I have received support from people of all faiths. I am pleased 
to 
have many good friends in the Jewish and Christian communities. I want 
nothing but peace and justice for America and all people in the world. 
I 
abhor and totally reject and condemn all terrorism in any part of the 
world.

Muzammil H. Siddiqi
Former President of the Islamic Society of North America
Director, the Islamic Society of Orange County
9752 West 13th Street, Garden Grove, CA 92844
714-531-1722

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IN TERROR AFTERMATH, MUSLIM FIREFIGHTERS COPE WITH MORE THAN GRIEF, 
RUBBLE
By KATHERINE ROTH, The Associated Press, 10/4/2001

NEW YORK (AP) -- As Farooq Muhammad treated victims of the World Trade 
Center attack, the emergency medical technician and Muslim struggled 
with 
more than saving lives.

"Even as I was helping treat people from the service, I could see they 
were 
looking at me in a different way," he said. "I felt ashamed because 
Muslims 
had done this. I felt ashamed of my religion and I felt isolated."

An American of Pakistani descent, Muhammad is among an estimated 200 to 
300 
Muslims in the 13,000-member Fire Department. While they grieve for the 
more than 300 firefighters lost, they are also dealing with the fallout 
of 
the attack made in the name of Islam.

"It's a double whammy. As a human being I'm outraged. As a Muslim I 
feel 
the people who did this launched an attack on Islam," said Kevin James, 
a 
supervising fire marshal and president of the Islamic Society of Fire 
Department Personnel.

Muhammad, 26, was helping at the scene when the twin towers collapsed 
and 
was injured himself in the stampede away from the falling buildings. He 
has 
spent the three weeks since struggling with his feelings that 
morning...

..Muhammad said he felt relieved when, amid the chaos and suffocating 
debris, he found himself face to face with a Muslim colleague...

...At least one Muslim, Salman Hamdani, a police cadet working on an 
emergency medical service team, is missing following the attacks.

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FBI DIRECTOR ROBERT MUELLER REPORTS ON BACKLASH
Remarks at a news conference in Washington, D.C., 10/4/2001

...One area in which state and local enforcement has historically 
played a 
leading role is in the area of civil rights. And during these times of 
anxiety and frustration, that role has taken on increasing importance. 
Vigilante attacks against Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Americans continue to 
escalate. Yesterday alone, the FBI initiated 15 new investigations, 
possibly linked to the September 11th attacks, which brings to the 
total, 
120 investigations we've opened under the hate crimes statute...

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MUSLIMS RECEIVE THREATS, SUPPORT
By Laura Mecoy, The Sacramento Bee, 10/4/2001
http://www.capitolalert.com/news/capalert02_20011004.html

The killing of an Arab American convenience store owner in the Fresno 
County community of Reedley last weekend sent tremors of fear through 
the 
local Arab American community.

Muslim leaders urged the slaying be investigated as a hate crime 
triggered 
by anger over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and 
Washington...

...Statewide and nationally, Arab American and Muslim leaders said fear 
continues to pervade their community, even as reports of hate crimes 
against Arab Americans and Muslims subsided in the last two weeks.

...Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California 
chapter of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his organization has 
received 10 to 15 reports of supportive gestures for every single 
account 
of a hate incident. Non-Muslim women have offered to wear traditional 
Muslim head scarves to show their support for Muslim women, he said, 
and 
some families have shopped for Muslim women who are afraid to leave 
their 
homes.

In Pomona, Ayloush said non-Muslim neighbors even escorted Muslim 
parents 
and their children to a local Islamic school.

"I have seen and heard things I would never have believed or imagined," 
he 
said. "It makes me proud to be an American..."

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THE OTHER AMERICANS
In the aftermath of brutal terrorism, some Americans have been singled 
out. 
But people rarely fit into the categories we create.
By Joe Tarr, Metro Pulse Online, 10/4/2001
http://www.metropulse.com/dir_zine/dir_2001/1140/t_cover.html

Maha Ayesh heard about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in her first class 
at 
the University of Tennessee that morning. A classmate mentioned that 
two 
planes had flown into the World Trade Center. It was terrorists, he 
said. 
He was kind of vague, but said a guy on the radio was blaming 
Palestinians...

...After class she walked over campus alone. It was 11 a.m., and she 
was 
worried about what it all meant and not sure what to do, knowing that 
everyone probably suspected Arabs or Muslims.

Students were crowded around a television in a lounge but she was 
afraid to 
join them. She called her mom on her cell phone. "Come home if you want 
to," her mother said.

"I have a Palestinian flag on my rearview mirror," Ayesh says. "She 
told me 
to take it down..."

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SCREENING OF "ISLAM: EMPIRE OF FAITH" IN MARYLAND

WHAT: A presentation of the PBS series "Islam: Empire of Faith" Rob 
Gardner, producer/director of the series, will be on hand to answer 
questions.

WHEN:   October 14, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:          Islamic Education Center, 7919 Montrose Road, Potomac, 
MD

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JOURNALIST SEEKS MUSLIM WOMEN FOR INTERVIEWS

Hello. My name is Reshma Yaqub. I am a reporter for a national women's 
magazine called Glamour.

I am searching for women in Arab/Muslim countries to interview for an 
article about what women around the world are feeling in the aftermath 
of 
the attacks on the U.S. I'm ideally looking for women in their 20s and 
30s 
(that's the target audience of the magazine, but really, any age is 
fine), 
living in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, 
Palestine/Israel, and other potentially affected areas. Can you help by 
either putting me in touch with such women (by giving me their email 
addresses) and circulating this message to others who may be able to 
help? 
I need to get interviews with about 10 women by October 12, 2001.

My questions for the women, to be asked and answered via email: What do 
you 
want American women to know about what you are feeling after the attack 
on 
the US, and on the cusp of potential US military response in your part 
of 
the world? What are your fears, concerns, hopes, prayers? What is life 
like 
there now - for you as a person living there and for you as a woman? 
How 
are people around you behaving/reacting? What do you want Americans to 
know 
about your people, your community, your religion, your government? How 
did 
you react when you heard about the attack on the US? Do you have copies 
of 
any emails that you sent to friends/relatives after the attack, 
expressing 
your concerns? Perhaps we could excerpt those.

As I am on deadline, I would sincerely appreciate hearing from you soon 
if 
you are able to help. Thank you for your time!

Best wishes, Reshma Yaqub
TEL: 301-762-8713
E-MAIL: reshmay@aol.com

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CAIR-CAN: MUSLIMS AND THE MEDIA 101
An emergency workshop on the essential tools for media activism

WHAT:           An intensive, hands-on workshop

WHEN:           Sunday, October 7th, 2001
                 9:30 am (sharp!) to 3:30 pm
                 Breaks to include lunch and dhuhr

WHERE:          Ottawa University
                 Montpetit 202

CONTACT:        canada@cair-net.org

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/7/2001

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HEADLINES:

* BREAKING NEWS - AMERICA ATTACKS AFGHANISTAN - WATCH CAIR-NET FOR 
UPDATES
* MORE THAN 1,000 ATTEND CAIR-LA FUNDRAISER
* KORAN MUST BE READ IN CONTEXT (Washington Times)
* NATION QUIETLY FIGHTS INTOLERANCE (San Francisco Chronicle)
* FOR MUSLIMS, BENEVOLENCE IS PREVAILING OVER BACKLASH (Wash. Post)
* AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSLIMS: SADNESS AND FEAR AS THEY FEEL DOUBLY 
VULNERABLE 
(NY Times)
* ISLAM AND ITS ADHERENTS RIDE THE PUBLICITY WAVE (NY Times)
* KU KLUX COULTER (Antiwar.com)

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MORE THAN 1,000 ATTEND CAIR-LA FUNDRAISER

MUSLIMS URGED TO WORK ON IMPROVING IMAGE
The Los Angeles Times, 10/7/2001

American Muslims must put forth more women and young people who speak 
accentless American English to articulate their community's message, a 
prominent professor of Islamic studies said Saturday evening.

"Unless you tap the next generation, you are not going to make it 
through 
the next few months," said John Esposito, expert on Islam and professor 
at 
Georgetown University. And by using representatives who speak English 
as 
Americans do, he said, Muslims will avoid appearing as though they are 
a 
predominantly foreign group.

Esposito spoke at the Council on American-Islamic Relations' annual 
fund-raising banquet, which focused on responses to the Sept. 11 
terrorist 
attacks. Also at the event, Fouad Kahtib, president of the council's 
California chapter, said the organization will work on training young 
people to be activists and to build relationships with other 
minorities.

The banquet and conference drew more than 1,000 people to the Sequoia 
Conference Center in Buena Park.

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KORAN MUST BE READ IN CONTEXT
Letter to the Editor by SALEH A. MUBARAK, Tampa, Fla.
The Washington Times, 10/6/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20011006-97304731.htm

Commentary columnist Cal Thomas was unsurprisingly selective in quoting 
the 
Koran ("Can we be fooled twice?" Oct. 3). Not only does he take certain 
verses out of context but he quotes half or incomplete verses. For 
example:

* Sura 5:82 (not 85), which Mr. Thomas quotes as: "strongest among men 
in 
enmity to the Believers wilt thou find Jews and Pagans." He fails to 
quote 
the rest of the verse, however, which says, "and nearest among them in 
love 
to the Believers wilt thou find those who say 'We are Christians'; 
because 
amongst these are men devoted to learning. And men who have renounced 
the 
world, and they are not arrogant."

* Sura 9:5, which Mr. Thomas begins quoting midverse: "Then fight and 
slay 
the Pagans wherever find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie 
in 
wait for them in every stratagem of war." The full meaning of this 
passage 
cannot be understood, however, unless you read from verse 1 through the 
end 
of verse 5.

These verses were talking exclusively about the non-Muslim Arabs of 
Mecca 
who fought and persecuted the Muslims, prevented them from performing 
pilgrimage and violated the sacred rules that all Arabs respected - not 
fighting during the forbidden months. Muslims didn't even defend 
themselves 
during this time for fear of the sin of fighting during the forbidden 
months. Mr. Thomas' quote indicates when they may again do so...*

* ...The Bible has been misused, as well. Take, for instance, the 
teachings 
of David Koresh, Jim Jones and other Christian extremists. How about 
Barukh 
Goldstein, who killed 29 Muslim worshippers while praying in Hebron and 
later became a hero to many extremist Jews? Do I blame or blaspheme 
Christianity or Judaism for the actions of a few? Of course not...

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NATION QUIETLY FIGHTS INTOLERANCE
Acts of solidarity illustrate what many see as newfound maturity
By Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/7/2001
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/10/07/MN58893.DTL

More than 1,000 worshipers prayed with Imam Hatem Bazian in a Berkeley 
mosque after the terrorist attacks last month, yet most of those who 
knelt 
toward Mecca had no Islamic background and little knowledge of the 
rituals. 
But for them, it was still an act of faith.

They were joining their fellow Americans in prayer.

Bazian was stunned by the turnout and amazed to see that many 
non-Muslim 
women had donned a traditional Islamic head covering. Many continued to 
wear it for days after the service as a sign of unity.

"It's astonishing that people will go this far to show their 
solidarity," 
said Bazian, who holds a doctorate in Islamic studies in addition to 
the 
religious title imam, or teacher of the faith...

...Helal Omeira, executive director of the Northern California Chapter 
of 
the Council on American Islamic Relations agrees that some good has 
emerged 
from the evil.

"I don't remember any official coming out after the Gulf War saying 
there 
should not be a backlash," Omeira said. "America's tolerance has 
evolved. 
It shows in the leadership we have. America is a great place."

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FOR MUSLIMS, BENEVOLENCE IS PREVAILING OVER BACKLASH
By Caryle Murphy, The Washington Post, 10/6/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13999-2001Oct5.html

Shortly after last month's terrorist attacks, two bricks ferried 
handwritten notes with crude, racist remarks through the front window 
of 
the Old Town Islamic Bookstore in Alexandria. Store manager Hazim 
Barakat 
was angry and frazzled. The Palestinian immigrant also was unprepared 
for 
what happened next.

About 15 bouquets of flowers and more than 50 cards -- some with money 
-- 
arrived at his store. People from as far away as Tennessee and Nebraska 
called with condolences. A local businessman, who would not give 
Barakat 
his name, paid for a new window. Christian ministers and a rabbi 
dropped by 
to express their support.

"The people in the neighborhood were so nice you don't believe," said 
Barakat, 44, who runs the store for the American Muslim Foundation. 
"This 
is like another family I have. This is my big family. I want to thank 
everybody."

Terrorism and bigotry, it seems, can have unintended consequences.

Across the Washington area and the nation, many Muslims say that since 
Sept. 11, they have been encouraged and comforted by unexpected acts of 
kindness from communities and individuals. In subdivisions, stores, 
restaurants and offices, non-Muslims have approached them with hugs, 
handshakes, moral support -- even the sanctuary of their own homes -- 
as 
well as apologies for attacks by others.
"The love and support we got from the community was overwhelming," said 
Mohamed Magid, 36, imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Herndon, 
describing the response after someone spray-painted anti-Muslim 
obscenities 
in the hallway outside the mosque's prayer room...

Many reports have suggested that tolerance was a casualty in the 
devastation at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Middle 
Eastern-looking men have been ejected from airliners on concerns by 
nervous 
pilots and passengers, and Muslim women wearing Islamic head scarves 
have 
been forced off roads by other drivers.

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened about 100 criminal 
investigations 
into "ethnically motivated" acts of violence -- including three deaths 
-- 
since Sept. 11, a spokesman said.

Still, a steady stream of e-mail to the D.C.-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations reveals another kind of story...

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSLIMS: SADNESS AND FEAR AS THEY FEEL DOUBLY 
VULNERABLE
By JOHN W. FOUNTAIN, The New York Times, 10/5/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/05/national/05MUSL.html

RIDGEVIEW, Ill., Oct. 2 - Beneath the silk white scarf and coffee- 
brown 
skin, it is American blood that flows through Hannah El-Amin's veins.

But for Mrs. El-Amin, Allah comes first, she says, sitting in her 
fluorescent-lighted office in an Islamic multimedia company in 
Bridgeview, 
a suburb south of Chicago where anti-Arab and Muslim protests have 
cooled.

What troubles her and other African-American Muslims about the 
intensified 
public scrutiny they say they now face is that they were as deeply 
touched 
as any other Americans by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against their 
country...

...In times like these, many African- American Muslims find themselves 
in 
the bind of being Americans singled out because of their Islamic faith. 
Any 
backlash they have faced, they say, generally has amounted to glares 
and 
harsh words rather than physical attacks that have been experienced by 
their Arab-American brothers and sisters...

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ISLAM AND ITS ADHERENTS RIDE THE PUBLICITY WAVE
By CARYN JAMES, The New York Times, 10/6/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/06/arts/06OPRA.html

Modern Muslim women!" Oprah Winfrey cheered at the end of her show 
yesterday, with the sense of triumph that her audience now saw that the 
phrase was not a contradiction. She also displayed a trace of relief 
that 
she had gotten through something tough...

...The evidence of a new curiosity about Islam is all around. Last 
night 
PBS began repeating "Islam: Empire of Faith," a historical series first 
shown in May (it will continue for the next two Fridays). Last night, 
No. 9 
on Amazon.com's best-seller list was "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and 
Fundamentalism in Central Asia," a book published by Yale University 
Press 
that was accompanied by dozens of readers' online reviews. And 
Wednesday's 
episode of "The West Wing," dealing largely with misconceptions about 
the 
Arab world, gained the series its highest ratings ever...

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KU KLUX COULTER
A spat on the Right reveals a lot
By Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 10/5/2001
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j100501.html

Ann Coulter is a leggy, sassy blonde telebimbo, (and constitutional 
lawyer) 
whose career as a TV talking head took off during the Clinton scandals 
- 
and, like Clinton, she never really went away. Her column, distributed 
by 
Universal Press Syndicate, has been a mainstay of the firebreathing 
Right, 
and she is (or was) a regular on such venues as Bill Maher's 
Politically 
Incorrect and Fox News. Ms. Coulter is now embroiled in one of those 
intramural spats on the Right that reveal more about the participants 
than 
anyone ever intended, a scrap which underscores the new era of ugliness 
that now seems to be dawning in wartime America.

Coulter's post-9/11 column, "This Is War," offered this charming 
prescription for prosecuting the war on terrorism: "We should invade 
their 
countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We 
weren't 
punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top 
officers. 
We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And 
this 
is war..."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIMS URGE PROTECTION OF INNOCENT AFGHANIS

(WASHINGTON-DC, 10/8/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today expressed both 
support for President George W. Bush's effort to fight terrorism and 
concern for the safety of innocent Afghanis.

In a statement reacting to the American and British attacks on 
Afghanistan, 
CAIR wrote:

"We support the president's strategic campaign to combat terrorism and 
to 
protect American citizens from attack. This support will remain firm 
whether or not we agree with particular tactics used to carry out that 
campaign. American Muslims have stated clearly that the horrific 
attacks of 
September 11th warrant an appropriate response aimed at the 
perpetrators.

"We commend the president for stating that every effort will be made to 
protect the lives of innocent Afghani civilians and that those who are 
impacted by war and famine will be assisted. We also echo his 
statements 
that this is a war against terrorism, not Islam.

"This is not a conventional war between armies in uniform. It is a 
long-term struggle for hearts and minds that will only be won by 
tackling 
the root causes of terrorism.

"Now more than ever, it is imperative that our nation's foreign policy 
promote justice and human rights in all areas of the world, including 
the 
Middle East. American Muslims stand ready to help our nation in the 
cause 
of justice and to serve as a bridge of understanding to the Islamic 
world."

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, Communications Director, 202-488-8787
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/9/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CAIR CONDUCTS SURVEY ON PASSENGER PROFILING
* DOONESBURY TAKES ON ISSUE OF PROFILING
* MORE THAN 1,000 ATTEND CAIR DINNER IN DC
* THE WAR TO WIN ISLAMIC OPINION (Daily Herald)
* HATE-CRIME REPORTS REACH RECORD LEVEL (Chicago Tribune)
* FAMILY, ISLAMIC GROUP SAY KILLING WAS HATE CRIME (AP)
* CAIR-NY DIRECTOR TO APPEAR ON CNN
* CAIR-LA: TOWN HALL MEETING WITH THE FBI IN CALIF.
* AFGHAN-AMERICANS HOLD FUNDRAISER IN VA
* 2 DAYS LEFT - SURVEY ON ISLAMIC BANKING

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CAIR CONDUCTS SURVEY ON PASSENGER PROFILING

CAIR is conducting a survey on passenger profiling in airports since 
the 
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. If you believe you or someone 
you 
know was subjected to passenger profiling because of "Middle Eastern" 
appearance, religion, ethnicity, or national origin, please fill out 
the 
survey by clicking on the link below:

http://www.cair-net.org/profiling.asp

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DOONESBURY TAKES ON ISSUE OF PROFILING
http://www.doonesbury.ucomics.com/strip/dailydose/index.htm
(The cartoon appeared on October 9.)

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MORE THAN 1,000 ATTEND CAIR DINNER IN DC

More than 1,000 people turned out for CAIR's annual dinner in 
Washington, 
D.C. on October 7. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney addressed the 
standing-room-only gathering using the theme "American Muslims: Braving 
the 
Storm."

Other highlights of the event included an address by Robert Gardner, 
producer-director of the PBS "Islam: Empire of Faith" series, screening 
of 
a video outlining CAIR's response to the September 11th attacks, and 
awards 
presented to Muslim firefighters and military personnel.

Those sponsoring tables at the dinner included national Muslim leaders 
and 
groups, local mosques and Islamic centers, as well as nine embassies of 
Muslim nations and the League of Arab States.

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THE WAR TO WIN ISLAMIC OPINION
By Stacy St. Clair Daily Herald Staff Writer, 10/9/2001
http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intID=3717399

If the United States doesn't step carefully, Muslims worldwide soon 
will 
view the war against terrorism as an attack on Islam, some experts 
predicted Monday.

As anti-American protests raged in the Middle East following the 
bombings, 
Muslims say they are going to need reassurances and lots of them. No 
nation 
can erase centuries of deeply rooted anxieties and suspicions by 
tossing 
37,000 food bags out of an airplane.

"The air drops are meaningless," said Kareem M. Irfan, chairman of the 
Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. "It's a drop in 
the 
ocean."

Many Muslim leaders accept President Bush's plan to root out terrorism 
- 
but only if his definition includes protecting Palestinians from 
Israeli 
attacks, which Muslims consider acts of terrorism...

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HATE-CRIME REPORTS REACH RECORD LEVEL
By Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune, 10/9/2001

Leaders of Muslim and Arab-American advocacy groups are braced for a 
backlash if U.S.-led military strikes in Afghanistan lead to a 
terrorist 
reprisal on American shores.

There already have been hundreds of reports of hate crimes against 
Muslims 
and other religious and ethnic groups following the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, numbers not seen 
since 
the Persian Gulf war, leaders of the advocacy groups say. Verbal 
threats 
and property damage have been reported across the country, and at least 
four homicides are being investigated as possible hate crimes, 
according to 
law-enforcement officials...

...Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
a Washington organization, said his group has collected reports of more 
than 700 possible hate crimes across the United States. Federal 
officials 
said they are investigating at least 120 incidents.

"There's really nothing I can compare it to," Hooper said. "During the 
gulf 
war, there were isolated problems, and after the crash of Flight 800 
[off 
the coast of New York in 1996], but nothing like this..."

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FAMILY, ISLAMIC GROUP SAY KILLING WAS HATE CRIME
The Associated Press, 10/9/2001

An Islamic group and family members said Tuesday the killing of a 
Palestinian-American should be investigated as a hate crime.

Abdulla Mohammed Nimer, 54, was shot to death last week as he sold 
clothing 
door-to-door in his South Los Angeles neighborhood.

"Nothing will bring my father back but if this is a hate crime, I don't 
want it to happen to anyone else," said a statement attributed to one 
of 
Nimer's sons and released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations' 
Southern California chapter. The man's name was not released. Nimer has 
six 
children. Police said the shooting the afternoon of Oct. 3 "appears to 
be 
an attempted robbery," said police spokesman, Officer Don Cox...

...Statewide, dozens of hate crimes directed at people of, or perceived 
to 
be of, Middle Eastern descent have been reported and are under 
investigation.

In San Diego County, Swaran Kaur Bhullar, 51, a Sikh, said she was 
attacked 
by two men who stabbed her twice in the head and threatened to kill her 
by 
slitting her throat. In Fresno County, Abdo Ali Ahmed, 51, a 
Yemeni-American Muslim, was shot and killed at his Reedley convenience 
store after receiving a death threat and several racial slurs.

In Orange County, a number of Arab-American businesses in Anaheim were 
vandalized. Police caught three teen-age boys hurling a skateboard 
through 
the window of Sinbad Ranch market. In Los Angeles County, 47-year-old 
Gerard Pimentel of Lancaster was chased and beaten by two men who 
shouted 
anti-Middle Eastern slurs at him. Pimentel is Hispanic. At Pierce 
College 
in the San Fernando Valley community of Woodland Hills, a fight broke 
out 
after two people wrote "die" on a Persian (Iranian) Club booth.

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CAIR-NY DIRECTOR TO APPEAR ON CNN

Ghazi Y. Khankan, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, New York Chapter will appear on CNN on the "Panel 
Discussion" 
between 3 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2001.

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TOWN HALL MEETING WITH THE FBI IN CALIF.

COALITION 2000

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Arab American Republican Club of Orange County
American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Arab American Democratic Club of Orange County

INVITE THE ARAB AMERICAN AND AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES TO ATTEND A 
TOWN 
HALL MEETING

With the

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 10, 2001
                 From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:  The Holiday Inn Select
                 14299 Firestone Blvd
                 La Mirada, CA 90638
                 Tel: 714-739-8500

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AFGHAN-AMERICANS HOLD FUNDRAISER IN VA

WHAT:   Charity Fundraiser Dinner and Cultural Awareness Program

WHEN:   Sunday, October 14th, 2001
                 5 - 9 p.m.

WHERE:  George Mason University,
                 Johnson Center Multipurpose Room (Ballroom)

$25.00/persons; $60.00/family (2 adults, 2 children)  All profits go to 
charity.

Come help us raise money for emergency food, shelter, and medical 
supplies 
for the innocent Afghan civilians. Enjoy authentic Afghan cuisine, 
while 
speakers share their experiences living in Afghanistan, and in their 
second 
homeland, the United States. You'll come away with an accurate picture 
of 
the dynamics of Afghanistan's history, a taste of its culture, and more 
importantly, your donation will help save lives.

This event is sponsored by the Afghan American Community of the DC 
Metro 
Area, admission price covers dinner, tea, and dessert. Note: the 
speaker 
line-up may include writer Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect 
Storm, 
who recently filmed a documentary in Afghanistan.

All proceeds will go to Help The Afghan Children, Inc., a 501-c-3 
non-profit organization that will be going inside Afghanistan in two 
weeks 
to distribute the contributions. More information on the organization 
is 
available at www.htaci.com

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2 DAYS LEFT - SURVEY ON ISLAMIC BANKING

Please provide Imanlinc with your input as to what type of things you 
would 
like to see if a Shari'ah based bank were to open in your area.

The first 50 people who will take the survey will receive a free "Guide 
to 
Islamic Finance and Banking".

Please click on the link below to take the survey. It will only take a 
few 
minutes of your time.

http://203.194.131.212/imanlinc/bsurvey.htm

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes Says 10 to 15 Percent of Muslims are "Potential Killers"

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/10/2001

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HEADLINES:

* DANIEL PIPES SAYS 10 TO 15 PERCENT OF MUSLIMS ARE "POTENTIAL KILLERS"
* DOONESBURY AGAIN TACKLES PASSENGER PROFILING
* ISLAM ACCORDING TO OPRAH (National Review)
* PROF. JOHN ESPOSITO'S SPEECH ON "CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS" AT CAIR-LA 
DINNER
* REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH AT ANNOUNCEMENT OF MOST-WANTED TERRORIST 
LIST, 
10/10/2001
* 'MOST WANTED TERRORISTS' LIST RELEASED (CNN)
* MUSLIMS IN MILITARY (Detroit Free Press)]
* FLOODLIGHTS SHINE ON MOSQUES (Boston Globe)

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DANIEL PIPES SAYS 10 TO 15 PERCENT OF MUSLIMS ARE "POTENTIAL KILLERS"
Commentator backs passenger profiling, curbs on freedom of speech

"Its program resembles those of fascism and 
Marxism-Leninism...Islamists 
constitute a small, but significant, minority of all Muslims, perhaps 
10 to 
15 percent of the population.

"Many of them are peaceable in appearance, but they all must be 
considered 
potential killers..."

"...We have gotten used to some very good times. Now, we have to 
adjust...in terms of allowing the police or law enforcement more 
leeway, in 
terms of having profiling, which is absolutely critical on airlines and 
in 
other aspects of life, in terms of immigration and freedom of speech...

"When you're in a condition of war, there needs to be a control over 
the 
public debate in a way there doesn't need to be in times of peace. 
People 
need to be aware of that, have a greater sense of responsibility."

Daniel Pipes in an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, 
10/8/2001
dailynews.philly.com/content/daily_news/2001/10/08/local/PIPE08C.htm

SEE: "Who is Daniel Pipes?"
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

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DOONESBURY AGAIN TACKLES PASSENGER PROFILING
http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/index.htm

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ISLAM ACCORDING TO OPRAH
Is Oprah Winfrey a threat to national security?
By Rod Dreher, columnist for the New York Post, 10/8/2001
http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-dreher100801.shtml

"The nation cannot afford the naive illusions that have given many 
Americans comfort in peacetime. Chief among them is the notion, 
repeated ad 
nauseam by our leaders and the media, that Islam is a religion of 
peace. 
This may not be an outright lie, but it is so far from the full truth 
as to 
approach falsehood."

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PROF. JOHN ESPOSITO'S SPEECH ON "CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS" AT CAIR-LA 
DINNER
http://islamicity.com//video/ch20/Cair2001_Esposito.ram

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REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH AT ANNOUNCEMENT OF MOST-WANTED TERRORIST 
LIST, 
10/10/2001

"I also want to remind my fellow Americans, as we round up the 
evildoers, 
as we're -- as we look for those who might harm our fellow Americans, 
we 
must remember not to violate the rights of the innocent. Our war is not 
against a religion. Our war is against evil. There are thousands of 
Muslim 
Americans who love America just as much as I do, and we will respect 
their 
rights."

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'MOST WANTED TERRORISTS' LIST RELEASED
http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/10/10/inv.mostwanted.list/index.html

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MUSLIMS IN MILITARY
BY NIRAJ WARIKOO, The Detroit Free Press, 10/9/2001
http://www.freep.com/news/nw/terror2001/muslim9_20011009.htm

The holiday was Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast, and Houssain 
Sareini 
was testing his faith in God and country.

The Dearborn native was a Navy sailor aboard the USS Vicksburg, 
stationed 
in the Persian Gulf in January 1996. And Sareini was the ship's chief 
swimmer: If any aircraft crashed overboard, he was the one responsible 
for 
diving in and saving the pilot. At the same time, he worked 12 hours a 
day 
in the combat center, scanning radar for hostile planes.

Through it all, Sareini was determined to make sure he didn't eat from 
sunrise to sundown, as required during the month of Ramadan...

...The story of Sareini, today a petty officer awaiting a possible 
call-up, 
is in many ways the story of the more than 4,000 Muslims in the U.S. 
armed 
forces...

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FLOODLIGHTS SHINE ON MOSQUES
Muslims invited to share, teach
By Anand Vaishnav, The Boston Globe, 10/9/2001
www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/282/metro/Floodlights_shine_on_mosques+.shtml

In a good month - make that a very good month - the Islamic Society of 
Boston might get three, maybe four, requests to make presentations on 
Islam 
to schools or churches.

But in the four weeks since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, at least 
100 
calls for speakers have poured in to the society's Cambridge mosque. It 
has 
also logged another 100 calls from the news media for interviews.

The deluge for the Islamic Society and other Muslim groups reflects yet 
another fact of life in the post-Sept. 11 world, as local Muslims turn 
from 
simple worshipers to ambassadors of their faith. The change is 
affecting 
people on the receiving end as well, particularly schools, which have 
invited Muslim speakers and are dissecting Islam and religion in 
unusually 
public ways...

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 14:25:08 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Congressman Cooksey Again Calls for Racial Profiling

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/11/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CONGRESSMAN COOKSEY AGAIN CALLS FOR RACIAL PROFILING
* REP. TRAFICANT SUPPORTS PALESTINIAN STATE
* MUSLIMS SET TO MARK "ISRA AND MIRAJ"
* U.S. UNVEILS 'MOST WANTED' TERRORIST LIST (LA Times)
* FAITH AND TERROR (Washington Post)
* TRACKING HATE CRIMES (LA Times)
* SLAIN MUSLIM INTERRED IN WESTMINSTER (Orange County Register)
* PAKISTANI NATIVE SAYS MURDER THREATS PROMPTED HIM TO CLOSE STORE (AP)
* MAN'S MESSAGE TO 'FOREIGNERS' FUELS CONTROVERSY (Times Union)
* CNN PRESENTS: THE STRUGGLE FOR ISLAM
* ISLAM AS AMERICAN AS OTHER RELIGIONS (Miami Herald)

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CONGRESSMAN COOKSEY AGAIN CALLS FOR RACIAL PROFILING

AN UGLY APPEAL
The Washington Post, 10/11/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40467-2001Oct10.html

AFTER A FLAP erupted over his offensive observation that any airline 
passenger wearing "a diaper on his head" should be "pulled over" for 
extra 
questioning by airport security personnel, Louisiana Rep. John Cooksey 
issued an apology. Then he went on the House floor to declare his 
opposition to harassment of Sikhs, Muslims and Arab Americans. Then he 
put 
together a commercial that went right back to the ugly posture of 
singling 
people out for suspicion based on appearance and ethnic background.

"Recently, my words were too tough, but my beliefs are still strong," 
he 
says in the spot that aired during the LSU-Florida game and is 
prominently 
displayed on the Web site for his 2002 Senate campaign. "We know the 
faces 
of terrorists and where they're from. Terrorist profiling is essential 
for 
our nation's security..."

...Never mind that Rep. Cooksey's position is wrongheaded as a matter 
of 
law enforcement; there are millions of Arabs and Arab Americans who 
travel, 
and targeting all of them would mean targeting no one. What's more 
important is that Rep. Cooksey is inflaming fears and bigotry that he 
should be fighting. It's no off-the-cuff remark this time but a 
carefully 
crafted ad. His campaign is reported to be planning to continue to air 
it 
over the next two weeks, at a total cost of nearly $200,000. That ought 
to 
give voters plenty of time to recognize that they're seeing an appeal 
to 
prejudice and stereotype that is unworthy of a member of Congress. And 
plenty of reason to reject his bid for higher office.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
Ask that the congressman pull his commercial off the air and end calls 
for 
racial and religious profiling.

Rep. John Cooksey
113 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

TEL: 202-225-8490
FAX: 202-225-5639
E-Mail: congressman.cooksey@mail.house.gov
URL: http://www.house.gov/cooksey/

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REP. TRAFICANT SUPPORTS PALESTINIAN STATE

Congressman James A. Traficant, Jr. (D-OH) yesterday expressed support 
for 
Palestinian self-determination.  He said, "Congress must pursue a 
strategy 
of providing statehood and recognizing statehood for Palestine and 
working 
it out in the Mideast region." He urged America to "pursue a 
comprehensive 
strategy" against terrorism. "Palestinian children are God's children, 
too," he said, and until the issue of Palestinian homeland is resolved, 
there will always be terrorists....there will be more bin Ladens."

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact Rep. Traficant to thank him for his support of Palestinian 
rights.

Congressman James A. Traficant, Jr.
TEL: (202) 225-5261
FAX: (202) 225-3719
E-MAIL: telljim@mail.house.gov
URL: http://www.house.gov/traficant/

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MUSLIMS SET TO MARK "ISRA AND MIRAJ"
Event describes Prophet Muhammad's miraculous journey to Jerusalem

On October 14, Muslims worldwide will mark "Isra and Miraj," the 
Prophet 
Muhammad's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, and from the rock now 
located in the Dome of the Rock, to heaven. (NOTE: This is not a 
religious 
holiday.)

The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states: "Glorified be He (God) who 
took 
his servant (Muhammad) for a journey by night from al-Masjid al-Haram 
(in 
Mecca) to al-Masjid al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem), whose precincts we have 
blessed..." ("Masjid" is the Arabic word for "mosque.") Masjid Al-Aqsa 
and 
the Dome of the Rock are located on "Haram Al-Shareef," or the "noble 
enclosure" in Jerusalem's Old City.

Jerusalem is one of Islam's holiest sites, after Mecca and Medinah in 
the 
Arabian Peninsula. It was home to many prophets of Islam, including 
David, 
Solomon and Jesus. It was Islam's first "Qibla," or direction to which 
Muslims turned in prayer.

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U.S. UNVEILS 'MOST WANTED' TERRORIST LIST
By ERIC LICHTBLAU, JOSH MEYER, The Los Angeles Times, 10/11/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000081240oct11.story

President Bush on Wednesday unveiled a list of the world's 22 "most 
wanted" 
terrorists--all Middle Easterners who the administration says have 
"blood 
on their hands"--and offered tens of millions of dollars in bounty 
money to 
help bring them to justice...

...Another cautionary note came from Islamic leaders, who questioned 
why 
Bush's most-wanted list featured only Middle Easterners and included no 
fugitives from terrorist groups within Latin America, Asia or the 
United 
States.

"This creates a very troubling perception," said Ibrahim Hooper, 
spokesman 
for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group in 
Washington. "This list perpetuates the stereotype that while all 
Muslims 
may not be terrorists, all terrorists are Muslims."

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FAITH AND TERROR
By Robert Malley, The Washington Post, 10/11/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40466-2001Oct10.html

...There is, of course, no Islamic monopoly on either violence or 
terrorism. One tends to forget -- perhaps because they rarely or only 
indirectly affected Americans -- that for long stretches of the 20th 
century, groups that resorted to terror could be found in Europe (the 
Baader Meinhof in Germany, Red Brigades in Italy, Action Directe in 
France), Latin America (the Shining Path in Peru; the Monteneros in 
Argentina), and other non-Muslim countries such as Sri Lanka and Japan. 
Indeed, earlier expressions of Palestinian terrorism were the province 
of 
secular, not religious, organizations.

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TRACKING HATE CRIMES
Police often have difficulty telling whether acts are motivated by 
bias. 
There is no unified system for tracking reports.
By BETH SHUSTER, Los Angeles Times, 10/11/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-000081224oct11.story

Despite near-daily reports of attacks against people who appear Middle 
Eastern, the difficulty in determining what motivated the criminals and 
the 
nation's imprecise system for tracking hate crimes make it impossible 
to 
know how dramatically such violence has surged...

...Did the killer of an Egyptian grocer in San Gabriel have an ethnic 
bias 
against Egyptians, or was the killing an interrupted armed robbery that 
turned into a murder? Was a Muslim woman nearly driven off a road in 
Florida because of her ethnicity, or was it a case of road rage? Were 
the 
windows of a service station in Michigan shot out because its owners 
are 
Arab Americans or because it was a good target for a shooting spree...?

...Some recent incidents seem to clearly fit the definition of a hate 
crime. An Iraqi grocery store owner in San Francisco found "Terrorist 
Go 
Home" scrawled in black marker on his storefront. A Sikh gas station 
owner 
in Mesa, Ariz., was killed, allegedly by a pickup truck driver who 
shouted, 
"I stand for America all the way" as he was apprehended. In Tacoma, 
Wash., 
vandals spray-painted, "Zionism + U.S. = 5,000 dead" in a synagogue 
parking 
lot.

Mosques have been burned; Arab Americans have reported receiving 
threatening e-mails on their personal computers, and a Pakistani 
restaurant 
was set on fire in Salt Lake City.

...community and activist groups say not all these cases receive the 
law 
enforcement attention they deserve. The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, for example, insists that last week's killing of Abdullah 
Mohammed Nimer in South Central Los Angeles was a hate crime. But the 
LAPD 
believes otherwise; Det. Bill Fallon said Nimer's ethnicity was 
"totally 
unrelated" to his murder...

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SLAIN MUSLIM INTERRED IN WESTMINSTER
By Valeria Godines, Orange County Register, 10/11/2001
http://www.ocregister.com/local/funeral01011cci7.shtml

WESTMINSTER, Calif. _ About 200 Muslims gathered in Orange County on 
Wednesday for the funeral of a Los Angeles man who family members say 
was a 
victim of Muslim backlash following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Los Angeles police say Abdullah Nimer, 53, of Bell, Calif., was instead 
the 
victim of a robbery _ shot to death last week in south-central Los 
Angeles...

Family members have asked that the police and FBI investigate the 
slaying 
as a hate crime, arguing that none of the victim's belongings, 
including a 
wallet full of money, were taken. FBI officials said they are reviewing 
the 
case. No one has been arrested...

...Religious leaders say Orange County has become a central gathering 
place 
_ in life and death _ for Muslims. The county, home to one of the 
nation's 
largest Islamic Centers, has a Muslim population estimated at 120,000.

At least half a dozen mosques are under construction or preparing for 
expansion in Orange County, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, which opened an office in Orange 
County in 1996 to serve the growing Muslim population. The county has 
12 
mosques _ in Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo, Fullerton and Santa 
Ana _ 
and another one is scheduled to open in Irvine in about a year...

"...Orange County is a central location for Muslims," Ayloush said. 
"Many 
Muslims prefer to be buried in Orange County because the cemetery is so 
close to the mosque, and the facilities are newer here."

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PAKISTANI NATIVE SAYS MURDER THREATS PROMPTED HIM TO CLOSE STORE
ASSOCIATED PRESS, 10/10/2001
http://www.reporternews.com/2001/texas/pak1010.html

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - A Pakistani native says murder threats prompted 
him 
to shut down the business he ran in North Texas for 20 years.

Mobinur Khandurrani, an American citizen, recently closed his Exxon 
station 
in Cleburne after a man twice threatened to kill him a week after the 
terrorist attacks on the East Coast...

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MAN'S MESSAGE TO 'FOREIGNERS' FUELS CONTROVERSY
Stillwater-- Residents complain, but officials say sign is legal
By DENNIS YUSKO, The Times Union (NY), 10/10/2001
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyKey=67356&category=C

A body shop owner has ignited a townwide controversy by putting a large 
sign next to an American flag on his property that reads "Foreigners Go 
Home."

Frank D'Aloia, 47, created the white sign with black letters minutes 
after 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He hung it on a fence near his 
automotive 
shop on Lake Road and has refused a number of requests from residents 
to 
remove it...

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CNN PRESENTS: THE STRUGGLE FOR ISLAM
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/presents/index.html

With international attention focused on Osama bin Laden, an Islamic 
extremist who thinks he can rid the Muslim world of U.S. presence, most 
of 
the world, especially the West, is now asking how a religion can be 
used to 
justify acts of a terrorist?

Tune in to CNN 7 p.m. and
11 p.m. EDT Sunday

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ISLAM AS AMERICAN AS OTHER RELIGIONS
By GREGORY KANE, The Miami Herald, 10/10/2001
http://www.miami.com/herald/content/opinion/opcol/digdocs/088171.htm
Gregory P. Kane is a columnist for The Baltimore Sun.

The roots of Islam run deep in America, dating back nearly as far as 
Judaism and Christianity. Islam arrived with Africans who were forcibly 
brought to these shores...

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Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 14:35:25 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Criticize Mayor Giuliani for Rejection of Disaster Donation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIMS CRITICIZE GIULIANI FOR REJECTION OF DISASTER DONATION

(WASHINGTON-DC, 10/12/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today criticized New 
York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for rejecting a $10 million World Trade 
Center attack disaster-relief check from a Saudi Arabian prince who 
said in 
a statement that America "should re-examine its policies in the Middle 
East 
and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinian cause."

SEE: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/12/nyregion/12PRIN.html

Giuliani called the remarks by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a nephew of 
King 
Fahd and one of the world's wealthiest men, "highly irresponsible and 
very, 
very dangerous." He directed that the prince's donation to the Twin 
Towers 
Fund be rejected.

(In his remarks Prince Alwaleed also offered condolences for the 
victims of 
the World Trade Center attack and condemned terrorism in all its forms. 
In 
another statement issued today, Prince Alwaleed reiterated his support 
for 
Palestinian rights.)

"It is unconscionable that Mayor Giuliani would sacrifice the interests 
of 
the victims of these horrific attacks in order to score points with the 
domestic lobby for a foreign government. The mayor's actions are in 
opposition to President Bush's repeated warnings not to turn the fight 
against terrorism into a war against Muslims or Arabs," said CAIR Board 
Chairman Omar Ahmad.

"It is just this kind of uncritical support for Israel's brutal 
policies 
toward Palestinian Christians and Muslims that creates resentment in 
the 
Muslim world that is in turn exploited by terrorists. American policy 
in 
the Middle East should be based on what is best for America, not 
Israel," 
said Ahmad. He added that more Americans are calling for a re-alignment 
of 
United States foreign policy in the Arab and Muslim worlds based on 
justice 
and universal standards of human rights.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 16:27:11 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Eid Stamp Faces Criticism

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/12/2001

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HEADLINES:

* EID STAMP FACES CRITICISM
* ISRA AND MIRAJ Q&A
* CAIR-CAN ASKS CANADIAN MUSLIMS TO ADDRESS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN 
AFGHANISTAN
* A DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE (Kansas City Star)
* MUSLIMS AND NON-MUSLIMS JOIN IN SHOW OF SOLIDARITY (Herald-Sun)
* POEM FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD MUSLIM GIRL
* CNN LISTS THOSE MISSING FOLLOWING WTC ATTACK
* POLL - AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT CONFLICT ESCALATING (Reuters)

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EID STAMP FACES CRITICISM

MUSLIMS CRY FOUL OVER STAMP
By Michael Paulson, Boston Globe, 10/12/2001
http://www.globe.com/dailyglobe2/285/metro/Muslims_cry_foul_over_stamp+.shtml

There's a Christmas postage stamp, a Hanukkah stamp, even a Kwanzaa 
stamp 
and a Cinco de Mayo stamp, and for years, American Muslims have pushed 
the 
US Postal Service to create an Eid stamp to commemorate a Muslim 
holiday. 
This year, Muslims got their wish, but the timing has turned out to be 
awkward...

...Now Muslims are concerned, as a moment that might have been a 
celebration of their arrival as an accepted group has become a moment 
when 
they have to defend the very tenets of their faith.

Yesterday, a leading New England Muslim said that the 34-cent stamp has 
been badmouthed on talk radio and is being hidden at post offices 
afraid of 
how customers might react.

"There is a negative presentation by some media that they are trying to 
put 
down this stamp," said A. Karim Khudairi, chairman of the interfaith 
committee of the Islamic Council of New England. "And here, the post 
offices are so afraid they stuck all the stamps behind. They are not at 
the 
windows..."

...The Postal Service denies it has changed the way it is marketing or 
displaying the stamp.

"We have had a few inquiries from customers asking if we were going to 
go 
on selling the stamp, and absolutely, we are," said Cathy Yarosky, 
spokeswoman for the Postal Service.

The agency printed 75 million of the stamps, which will be sold for 
about a 
year. Another Eid stamp will be issued only if this year's proves 
popular, 
and Postal Service officials yesterday declined to provide any sales 
figures.

In the Harvard Square Post Office, a spokesman said the stamp has sold 
out. 
But at the J.W. McCormack Station in Boston's Post Office Square, clerk 
Michael Sutherby said the stamp is selling poorly. "They're not selling 
at 
all - the only people that are buying them are collectors," he said.

...A group of interfaith leaders meeting yesterday offered, at 
Khudairi's 
request, to buy stamps to show support for Islam...

ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Make sure that your local post office stocks and displays the eid 
stamps.

2. Buy and use the stamps for all your correspondence.

3. Ask that your friends, relatives and colleagues use the stamps.

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ISRA AND MIRAJ Q&A
(Isra and Miraj falls on October 14.)

Q: What is Isra and Miraj?
A: It is the Night Journey and the Ascension, which occurred on the 
27th 
day of Rajab, the seventh month of the Muslim lunar calendar.

Q: Why does Isra and Miraj fall on a different day each year?
A: Because it occurs in a lunar month, it is about eleven days earlier 
each 
year.

Q: What is the significance of Isra and Miraj?
A: Prophet Muhammad is believed to have made a miraculous journey from 
Mecca to the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in 621 C.E., where he then 
traveled 
to the heavens where God commanded him to initiate prayers five times 
each 
day.

Q: What was the significance of the occasion in early Islamic history?
A: When the Prophet Muhammad told people about the experience, the 
pagans 
of Mecca called him crazy for claiming to have made a round trip to 
Jerusalem in one night, when it required a normal person several weeks 
to 
travel that distance. To Muslims, the event solidified their belief in 
the 
prophethood of Muhammad, who was bestowed with a miracle from the God. 
The 
event also established Jerusalem as a holy place for Muslims, with its 
centerpiece Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Q: What does the Quran say about Isra and Miraj?
A: A whole chapter in the Quran, al-Isra (No. 17), is named after the 
event. The chapter starts with the following verse:

"Glory to (Allah) Who did take His Servent for a journey by night from 
the 
Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) to the Aqsa Mosque (in Jerusalem) Whose 
precincts 
We did bless--in order that We might show him (Prophet Muhammad) some 
of 
Our signs: for He is the one who hears and sees (all things)."

Q: What does the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad say about the 
significance of al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem?
A: Before Muslims turned their faces toward Mecca in prayer they turned 
to 
Jerusalem. Prophet Muhammad said that visiting al-Aqsa mosque is a 
religious practice only comparable to the pilgrimage to Mecca. The 
Prophet 
also stated that a prayer in al-Aqsa mosque is multiplied 500 times.

Q: What is al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) in Jerusalem?
A: It denotes the Aqsa Mosque compound and used interchangeably with 
Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Q: What is the Dome of the Rock?
A: The structure was built by Muslims in the Aqsa Mosque compound 
around 
the rock from which the prophet Muhammad is believed to have ascended 
to 
heaven.

Q: Why do Muslims educate their children and communities about Isra and 
Miraj?
A: To remember the genesis of the most important duty in Muslim life: 
the 
daily prayer; and to remember the significance God has placed on 
Jerusalem 
and the Aqsa Mosque.

Q: What do contemporary Muslims do in remembrance of the event?
A: They reflect upon the references of Quran and Hadith to the event 
and 
proclaim the historical, theological and spiritual significance the 
city of 
Jerusalem. They also reflect on the current situation in the city, 
where 
non-Jewish residents face discrimination their daily lives and their 
ability of to visit and worship in the city is restricted by the 
Israeli 
occupation authority.

Q: What is the appropriate way to discuss Isra and Miraj in the 
classroom?
A: Teachers of world religions and history can use the occasion to 
discuss 
the significance of this historical event and illustrate why Muslims 
revere 
Jerusalem.

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CAIR-CAN ASKS CANADIAN MUSLIMS TO ADDRESS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN 
AFGHANISTAN

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Canada (CAIR CAN) is 
calling on 
Canadian Muslims to contact their elected representatives for an 
upcoming 
parliamentary debate, and ask them to participate in a resolution to 
the 
current crises in Afghanistan that addresses the already-desperate 
humanitarian situation.

The threat of US military strikes have lead to massive social 
dislocation 
in Afghanistan as an estimated 60 percent of the urban population 
abandoned 
the major cities for rural areas and neighbouring states that have 
closed 
their borders.

Since the September 11th and the subsequent airstrikes, the United 
Nations 
and other aid agencies have either stopped delivering much-needed help 
to 
the Afghan people or have been curtailed in their capacity to deliver 
aid.

According to the UN, for example, bombing and airspace restrictions in 
the 
region have interrupted relief supply airlifts and closed convoy routes 
used for the delivery of aid and other essential relief.

The United Nations has characterized the refugee crises as one of
"catastrophic proportions." With Winter six weeks away, and without 
adequate food and shelter, many Afghans may die. According to the UN, 
nearly 6 million Afghans are in need of aid, 20% of them children under 
the 
age of 5.

Respected humanitarian relief groups, including Doctors Without 
Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), expressed fears that "airdrops 
of 
food and medicine will not by themselves address the very significant 
humanitarian needs of the Afghan people" and that such airdrops are of 
"negligible value" and even "potentially dangerous."

The airdrops are random, constitute a mere drop-in-the-ocean of 
necessary 
food, and are likely to be ineffective in a country that has an 
estimated 
10 million landmines.  Moreover the airdrops do little to alleviate 
other 
causes of human suffering such as the lack of shelter, clothing and 
basic 
sanitation.

"Canadian Muslims have been unequivocal in their condemnation of the 
terrorist attacks of September 11th and their resolve to see justice 
accomplished. It is also our civic duty to ensure that efforts to 
combat 
terrorism do not punish the innocent and cause human suffering," said 
CAIR 
CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Obtain the name and full contact information of your Member of 
Parliament 
by calling (613) 992-4793.

Contact your local MP to convey your concerns. Ask him/her to encourage 
a 
resolution to the crises that addresses the mounting humanitarian 
suffering.  You can send a letter to your MP free of charge at the 
following address: House of Commons, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, 
Ontario, 
K1A 0A6

CONTACT: canada@cair-net.org
URL: www.caircan.ca

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A DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE
The Kansas City Star, 10/11/2001
http://www.kcstar.com/item/pages/opinion.pat,opinion/3acd0c77.a11,.html

Some commercial pilots or flight crews have refused to fly because 
Arabs or 
people of Middle-Eastern appearance are on board. Steps should be taken 
to 
prevent this type of discrimination.

In some cases, passengers have been taken off planes for no apparent 
reason 
other than that the pilot or crew felt uncomfortable with them aboard.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based group, 
has 
logged at least 27 reported incidents of what a spokesman called 
"Flying 
While Muslim..."

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MUSLIMS AND NON-MUSLIMS JOIN IN SHOW OF SOLIDARITY
By GEOFFREY M. GRAYBEAL, The Herald-Sun, 10/10/2001
http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-149505.html

CHAPEL HILL -- To demonstrate solidarity among Muslims and non-Muslims 
and 
to combat ignorance about Islam, about 100 folks gathered Wednesday at 
UNC's Polk Place in a symbolic showing of support almost a month after 
the 
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...

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POEM FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD MUSLIM GIRL
(From an e-mail received by CAIR.)

The attacks on New York were too bad.
I am very very sad.
I cried and cried
For the innocents who died.
I am also very mad.
At astray hijackers who liked to kill.
They are not Muslims, they are ill.
Muslims are peaceful, they are not bad.

Pain made me grow big.
Religiously, I do not eat pig.
But I love to farm.
And of course not to harm.
Even a pig.

We love America too.
We came here just like you.
We never brought America hate.
It was brought by a terrorist and mate.
America is in my heart.
We and it will never be apart.

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CNN LISTS THOSE MISSING FOLLOWING WTC ATTACK
http://missing.cnn.com/viewphotos.asp

In the days following the attacks on America, friends and family sent 
photos of people they believed to be missing as a result of the 
attacks. As 
hope for rescue becomes slim CNN presents the images of men and women 
feared lost in this tragedy. (NOTE: There are a number of Muslims on 
the list.)

To contact CNN with information regarding names posted here, send 
e-mail to 
missing@cnn.com. If you have information about any of the people 
reported 
missing, please call the NYC missing persons hotline at 212-560-2730 or 
the 
New York Family Relief Center hotline at 212-447-2998.

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POLL - AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT CONFLICT ESCALATING

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Americans are concerned the 
current
U.S. campaign against those accused of responsibility for the Sept. 11
attacks on New York and Washington could escalate into a wider war 
pitting
America and its allies against the Arab and Muslim world, according to 
a
poll released on Thursday...

...Respondents were asked whether they were worried that the conflict, 
which currently involves U.S. and British air strikes on targets in 
Afghanistan (news - web sites), could turn into a broader war between 
the 
United States and its allies against Arabs and Muslims. Sixty-six 
percent 
said they were worried (25 percent greatly worried and 41 percent 
somewhat 
worried), while 33 percent said they were not worried and 1 percent had 
no 
opinion...

...Asked their opinion of Islam, 47 percent said they had a favorable 
view, 
39 percent unfavorable and 13 percent had no opinion. Sixty-five 
percent 
said they did not have a good, basic understanding of the teachings and 
beliefs of Islam, while 34 percent said they did and 1 percent had no 
opinion.

Eighty-seven percent of those questioned said those who carried out the 
Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon 
(news - web sites) outside Washington were part of a radical Islamic 
fringe, while 7 percent said the attackers adhered to mainstream 
Islamic 
beliefs and 5 percent had no opinion...

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Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001 13:29:10 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Congresswoman McKinney's Letter to Prince Alwaleed

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

REP. MCKINNEY'S LETTER TO PRINCE ALWALEED

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October 12, 2001

His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
Embassy of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Dear Prince Alwaleed bin Talal:

I would like to take just a moment to thank you for your recent 
demonstration of empathy with those suffering from the devastating and 
heinous September 11 attacks on the United States Pentagon and the 
World 
Trade Center.  I would especially like to thank you for your most 
generous 
offer of $10 million to assist those Americans in need as a result of 
those 
attacks.

I was disappointed that Mayor Giuliani chose to decline your generous 
offer 
and instead criticize you for your observations of events in the Middle 
East.  Whether he agreed with you or not I think he should have 
recognized 
your right to speak and make observations about a part of the world 
which 
you know so well.  I think Mayor Giuliani would do well to listen to 
the 
words of one of our greatest Americans, former Senator Robert Kennedy.  
In 
1968 he said that America "is a great nation and a strong people.  Any 
who 
seek to comfort rather than to speak plainly, reassure rather than 
instruct, promise satisfaction rather than reveal frustration--they 
deny 
that greatness and drain that strength.  For today as it was in the 
beginning, it is the truth that makes us free."  I believe Senator 
Robert 
Kennedy's remarks remain as inspirational and true today as when he 
first 
spoke them over 30 years ago.

Let me say that there are a growing number of people in the United 
States 
who recognize, like you, that US policy in the Middle East needs 
serious 
examination.  Indeed, on the same day that you made your remarks about 
US 
policy in the Middle East, the Chairman of the House International 
Relations Committee, The Honorable Henry Hyde, spoke on National Public 
Radio and said, "There's no question in my mind that the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the most important issue in dispute, 
and 
has generated a lot of the animosity towards us because of our 
unwavering 
support for Israel, which will remain in place."

At the same time, CNN played an interview with former National Security 
Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski who stated that America must "deal with 
some of 
the issues that animate the hostility" against us, like "the treatment 
of 
the population of Iraq" and that "the Israelis are stronger, so they're 
naturally inflicting much more casualties than the Palestinians on the 
Israelis and that produces frustration and rage."

Your Royal Highness, many of us here in the United States have long 
been 
concerned about reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch 
that reveal a pattern of excessive, and often indiscriminate, use of 
lethal 
force by Israeli security forces in situations where Palestinian 
demonstrators were unarmed and posed no threat of death or serious 
injury 
to the security forces or to others.  Israeli peace organizations like 
B'Tselem accuse the Israeli Defense Forces of violating the most 
fundamental rules of international law in committing atrocities against 
Palestinians.

The Israeli Gush Shalom boldly states that "Israeli occupation of the 
West 
Bank and Gaza Strip is the root cause of the violence and hatred.  As 
long 
as the occupation continues, bloodshed will continue and 
increase."  Indeed, Your Royal Highness, all people of good conscience 
understand that this kind of mistreatment breeds a hotbed of anger and 
despair that destabilizes peace in the Middle East and elsewhere.  
Until we 
confront the realities of events in the Middle East our nation and the 
nations of the Middle East will be at risk.

Your Royal Highness, there are many people in America who desperately 
need 
your generosity.  People who have been locked out, marginalized from 
America's mainstream.  All of those people are poor and too many of 
them 
are people of color.  A black baby boy born in Harlem today has less 
chance 
of reaching age 65 than a baby born in Bangladesh.  Your Royal 
Highness, 
the state of black America is not good.

It is painfully visible in Washington D.C., where, just a few hundred 
yards 
from the White House, one can find black man after black man huddled in 
bus 
shelters, doorways, over subway ventilation shafts, sleeping on the 
street, 
thrown away like trash. Ironically, many of them are Vietnam veterans 
who, 
having served this nation with distinction in Vietnam, now find 
themselves 
without adequate care and accommodation. Unfortunately, this same scene 
is 
repeated in each and every one of our major cities here in the United 
States.

I am ashamed to say that my home city of Atlanta is no exception. Just 
last 
night my son was out with members of Atlanta's Muslim community who, 
for 
years, have been feeding Atlanta's homeless.  Sadly, no one in 
mainstream 
Atlanta knows about the tireless and generous work of the local Muslim 
community. But the poor know, and I guess at one level that's all that 
matters. But on a broader view mainstream America should know.

The Justice Department admits that blacks are more likely than whites 
to be 
pulled over by police, imprisoned, and put to death.  And, though 
blacks 
and whites have about the same rate of drug use, blacks are more likely 
to 
be arrested than whites and are more likely to receive longer prison 
sentences than whites.  Incredibly, 80% of people in prison in the 
United 
States are people of color.

Twenty-six black men were executed last year, some probably innocent; 
America began 2001 by executing a retarded black woman.

Government studies on health disparities confirm that blacks are less 
likely to receive surgery, transplants, and prescription drugs than 
whites. 
Physicians are less likely to prescribe appropriate treatment for 
blacks 
than for whites and black scientists, physicians, and institutions are 
shut 
out of the funding stream to prevent all this.

I serve in Congress where the Black Caucus is shrinking.  Yet, sections 
of 
the Voting Rights Act will soon expire, and quite frankly, after 
crippling 
Court decisions, there is not much left of affirmative action to mend.

In the FBI's own words, its counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) 
had as 
a goal, "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise 
neutralize" 
the activities of black organizations and to prevent black "leaders 
from 
gaining respectability."

And instead of real leaders, COINTELPRO offers us hand-picked "court 
priests" who are more loyal to the plan than to the people.  Court 
priests 
who preach peace, peace when there is no peace.

As you can see, the statistics are very grim for Black America.  
Although 
your offer was not accepted by Mayor Giuliani, I would like to ask you 
to 
consider assisting Americans who are in dire need right now.  I believe 
we 
can guide your generosity to help improve the state of Black America 
and 
build better lives.  My office can provide you with a list of charities 
who 
labor under the most difficult circumstances to try and improve the 
lives 
of the people they serve.  I hope you will consider reaching out to our 
charities and to our people who are in need.  Please do not hesitate to 
contact me with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Cynthia McKinney
Member of Congress
http://www.house.gov/mckinney/guest.htm

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Death From Above Devastates Simple Afghan Village

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/14/2001

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HEADLINES:

* DEATH FROM ABOVE DEVASTATES SIMPLE AFGHAN VILLAGE (Reuters)
* MUSLIMS IN AMERICA WAKING UP POLITICALLY (San Francisco Chronicle)
* BELLICOSITY ON ISLAM WON'T WIN THIS WAR FOR US (Toronto Star)
* ATTACKERS TORCH ARAB-OWNED STORE (AP)
* FLA. FIREFIGHTER CHARGED WITH MAKING "JIHAD" BOMB THREATS (Reuters)
* SAN DIEGO MUSLIMS CRITICIZE MAYOR'S RESPONSE TO PLEAS (LA Times)
* MAN EJECTED FROM PLANE WAS 'TERRIFIED' (Halifax Daily News)
* ARAB APPEARANCE ISN'T A CRIME (Chicago Tribune)
* NO `ETHNIC CRACKDOWN' (San Jose Mercury News)
* CAIR ST. LOUIS HELPS BUILD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE

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DEATH FROM ABOVE DEVASTATES SIMPLE AFGHAN VILLAGE
By Zeeshan Haider, Reuters, 10/14/2001

KHORUM, Afghanistan, Oct 14 (Reuters) - There aren't many witnesses to 
say 
what happened to Khorum village in eastern Afghanistan last Wednesday 
night.

There aren't many survivors.

One thing is clear, however, the simple collection of mud huts and 
livestock pens around 60 km (38 miles) from Jalalabad was hit by a 
devastating firestorm from above.

Taliban officials say Khorum was flattened in an air raid by U.S. 
warplanes 
and as many as 200 people may have been killed.

"I ask America not to kill us," said resident Hussain Khan, who said he 
lost four children in the raid and survived only by racing out of the 
house 
when he first heard the plane.

Officials say 160 bodies have already been pulled from the rubble, and 
villagers from neighbouring hamlets were still scrambling around 
looking 
for more on Sunday when a group of reporters accompanied by Taliban 
officials toured the area from Pakistan...

...Washington has so far not commented on the report, although Pentagon 
officials have said at least one of its bombs had missed its target, 
but 
that was near Kabul, since air raids in pursuit of Saudi-born fugitive 
Osama bin Laden began last week...

"...We are poor people, don't hit us," he said. "We have nothing to do 
with 
Osama bin Laden. We are innocent people."

Villagers said around 20 to 25 bombs or missiles rained on the area in 
two 
waves of attacks.

"I lost my four daughters, my son and my wife in this attack," said a 
distraught Toray, a farmer who was out of his house when the bombs 
struck.

He held up a piece of shrapnel with the words "fin guided bomb" 
stencilled 
on it -- virtually all he recovered from the debris of his flattened 
home.

The stench of death enveloped the village.

In the rubble of one house, the remains of an arm stuck out from 
beneath a 
pile of bricks. A leg had been uncovered nearby.

The carcasses of livestock -- by which many Afghan farmers measure 
their 
family's wealth -- lay bloated in the surrounding fields, attracting 
swarms 
of buzzing flies...

"...There are no military bases in this village," said Gul Mohammad. 
"Where 
is Osama? He is not here, so why we are being bombed?"

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MUSLIMS IN AMERICA WAKING UP POLITICALLY
By Jonathan Curiel, The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/14/2001
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/
Search using the term "Omar Ahmad."

"...Muslims should take the next step and be leaders in general 
society," 
said Omar Ahmad, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
and 
one of the convention's high-profile speakers. He also urged greater 
efforts to familiarize Americans in general with Islam. Muslims in the 
United States say they are making political progress -- and that the 
tragic 
events of the past month have raised their profile for the better, even 
as 
many U.S. Muslims experience public harassment and threats...

...In one of the most riveting speeches of the day, Maher Hathout, a 
senior 
adviser with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said he was less upset 
about ethnic profiling of Arab and Muslim Americans than about 
"political 
profiling," which he says targets anyone who criticizes Israel's domain 
over the West Bank and Gaza.

"To be (included in American politics), you have to support the 
atrocities 
of Israel," Hathout said. "Hell, no. This is not what it's all about. 
As an 
American, I will hold to my constitutional right to develop and express 
my 
opinion -- and this is a very patriotic act..."

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BELLICOSITY ON ISLAM WON'T WIN THIS WAR FOR US
By Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star, 10/14/2001
http://www.thestar.com/
Click on "Star Columnists."

GEORGE BUSH says, and the anti-terrorism alliance agrees, that we are 
at 
war with terrorists, not Muslims, let alone Islam. Critics argue 
otherwise. 
They say the formulation merely suits the political needs of the moment 
- 
Muslim allies have to be kept in tow. Or it is politically correct - 
for 
the sake of Muslim minorities here who must be protected from visceral 
accusations of being the enemy within...

...But the question for our own introspection remains: Why does his 
religiously skewed hate produce such a dizzying array of instant 
experts 
analyzing "militant Islam" when we got few or none on "violent 
Christianity" after the bombings of abortion clinics by Christian 
fundamentalists or the mass murder of 6,500 innocent Muslims at 
Srebrenica 
by the Serbs..?

...Almost all scholars have similarly dismissed as humbug the notion of 
religious sanction of suicide. Yet it is being presented in the media 
as 
some widespread pathology. A different standard is at work here; after 
all, 
we don't equate the cyanide-carrying Tamil Tiger suicide bomber with 
Hinduism or members of the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo with Buddhism.

Some critics attribute Muslim anti-Americanism to Wahabism, the 
interpretation of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. The short rejoinder 
is 
that Saudi rulers, America's staunchest allies, are also followers of 
the 
same sect.

It is also said that the Muslim world suffers from cultural confusion, 
from 
the twin pulls of history and modernism. Which people don't? Piety and 
temptation are always at war, everywhere, in varying degrees. If 
Muslims 
are "anti-modern," how to explain their almost mad rush to 
modernization, 
and westernization, wherever they can afford it? Or, their migration to 
the 
West where they constitute a disproportionate number of doctors, 
engineers 
and scientists...?

...It is a dangerous delusion to think we can win the war against him 
by 
dictating to the Islamic world a Western view of Islam or, worse, by 
holding that religion up to constant ridicule...

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ATTACKERS TORCH ARAB-OWNED STORE
The Associated Press, 10/13/2001

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - Attackers broke the windows, 
sprayed gasoline and torched an Arab-owned grocery store in the U.S. 
Virgin 
Islands, fire officials said Saturday.

Much of the Eagle Mini Mart in St. Croix burned on Thursday afternoon, 
and 
a two-day investigation of the debris allowed police and fire 
inspectors to 
reconstruct the arson attack, said Fire Marshall Alex Rivera...

...There was no immediate evidence that the arson, which came exactly a 
month after Sept. 11, was part a backlash after the terrorist attacks 
in 
the United States.

But there has been some anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. 
Virgin Islands. Callers to radio shows have suggested a boycott of 
Arab-owned businesses. On one occasion, a sign reading "Arabs Go Home, 
Killers All" was placed in front of an Arab-owned store on the main 
island 
of St. Thomas...

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FLA. FIREFIGHTER CHARGED WITH MAKING "JIHAD" BOMB THREATS
Reuters, 10/13/2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 13 (Reuters) - A firefighter has been charged 
with 
making repeated bomb threats to government facilities over the phone in 
the 
name of "Jihad," said a statement by the U.S. Attorney's Office on 
Saturday.

Adam Ray Elliott, of Jacksonville, was indicted on five counts of 
making 
bomb threats and false bomb reports to 911 operators by a Jacksonville 
jury 
on Thursday. He faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and $1.25 
million in fines if convicted.

On Sept. 26, two weeks after the hijack attacks in New York and 
Washington, 
Elliott allegedly made a phone call threatening that Jihad -- a Muslim 
term 
for holy struggle which forms part of the name of several militant 
groups 
in the Middle East -- would bomb the U.S. Post Office in Suwannee 
County in 
northern Florida.

He is also charged with making calls on Sept. 27 stating that Jihad 
would 
destroy police and fire training facilities in Duval and St. Johns 
counties 
in northeast Florida, and two false 911 calls on the same day reporting 
a 
bomb on a Duval County bridge...

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SAN DIEGO MUSLIMS CRITICIZE MAYOR'S RESPONSE TO PLEAS
Leaders say he ignored requests for a meeting to discuss vandalism and 
reports of harassment. His office cites past support for Arab 
Americans.
By H.G. REZA, Los Angeles Tiems, 10/12/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/rezulin/la-101201mayor.story

Leaders in San Diego's Muslim community are perplexed by Mayor Dick 
Murphy's delay in meeting with them to discuss vandalism against the 
Islamic Center and alleged harassment of Muslim children in school.

Mayors in other major cities, from New York to Los Angeles, were quick 
to 
call for calm after the Sept. 11 attacks, said Dr. Omaran Abdeen, 
spokesman 
for the Islamic Center of San Diego, the county's largest mosque.

But calls and e-mails to Murphy's office went unanswered until a few 
days 
ago. His spokeswoman, Elena Cristiano, said he has a meeting scheduled 
next 
week with local Muslim leaders. "We felt an urgent need to meet with 
the 
mayor to relate our concerns about the safety of our children and 
families," said Abdeen, an associate professor at the UC San Diego 
School 
of Medicine. "We asked his office to issue a calming statement, but he 
has 
been silent..."

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MAN EJECTED FROM PLANE WAS 'TERRIFIED'
Deaf Muslim's brother says flight attendants didn't try hard enough to 
communicate
By CHRIS LAMBI, The Daily News, 10/11/2001
http://www.canada.com/halifax/dailynews/

A 24-year-old Muslim man who can't speak or hear was ordered off a 
plane in 
Halifax last week simply for going to the bathroom, says his brother.

Nazar Al-Gumer - a Kuwaiti man studying sign language in Halifax - was 
flying to Montreal Friday morning to visit his younger brother, Waleed, 
for 
the Thanksgiving weekend. But the plane's crew insisted Al-Gumer leave 
the 
A319 Airbus after the deaf man walked to the rear of the plane to use 
the 
bathroom before takeoff.

"He was really terrified," said Waleed Al-Gumer, 20.

Nazar tried communicating with flight attendants using sign language 
after 
he left the bathroom, said his brother.

"That caused the whole problem," he said. "The flight attendants were 
scared and then it led to the passengers getting scared..."

...Nazar Al-Gumer can read lips, but the flight attendant was speaking 
too 
quickly. He tried showing the crew a card he carries that says he's 
deaf 
and can't speak, said his brother. But that didn't seem to help and the 
crew eventually ordered Nazar off the plane, said his brother.

"I think it was really stupid, because they didn't even talk to him. 
They 
didn't negotiate with him. They just kicked him off."

Nazar Al-Gumer was wearing jeans and a shirt, but he has dark skin and 
a 
moustache.

"He said they looked at him really weird," said his brother. "He was 
the 
only Arab on the flight."

An Air Canada spokeswoman said passengers were upset by Al-Gumer's 
behaviour, especially in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 
the 
United States...

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ARAB APPEARANCE ISN'T A CRIME
The Chicago Tribune, 10/13/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com

Before Sept. 11, racial profiling--the casting of suspicion by 
law-enforcement authorities merely because of someone's race or 
ethnicity--was roundly condemned as unfair if not illegal. Many local 
police departments had disavowed the practice and Congress was 
considering 
legislation against it.

It's all different now. Everyone in America has seen video clips of 
planes 
smashing into the World Trade Center, of the subsequent terror--and 
also 
the mugshots of the perpetrators, all of whom were Arabs. Americans are 
scared and demanding something be done.

So racial profiling is coming back into vogue. The Federal Motor 
Carrier 
Administration, which is responsible for inspecting trucks carrying 
hazardous materials, issued a warning that it would closely scrutinize 
drivers "who look to be of Arab descent." Since last month, jittery 
passengers have sometimes demanded--and the airlines have acceded--that 
passengers of Middle Eastern appearance be removed from flights before 
departure. Recent polls suggest that the vast majority of Americans, 
including blacks--who were heretofore the primary victims of racial 
profiling--are in favor of it now...

...President Bush and other political leaders have cautioned against 
the 
present national trauma creating a hostile environment for 
Arab-Americans, 
Muslims and other Middle Easterners here. That ought to extend to 
increased 
airport security measures, which to be effective must be based on due 
diligence and evidence, rather than generalized fears and suspicions.

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NO `ETHNIC CRACKDOWN'
By Bruce J. Gebhardt, San Jose Mercury News, 10/13/2001
Special Agent In Charge, San Francisco Division, FBI
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/opinion/letters/fbilet.htm

SHARON Noguchi (Opinion, Oct. 3) compared the internment of 
Japanese-Americans, a sad chapter in American history, to the current 
FBI 
investigation, where close to 6,000 individuals are dead or missing...

...The headline characterizes the FBI's current investigation as an 
"ethnic 
crackdown." This characterization is without merit and can only causes 
divisiveness at a time when society needs to work together.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks, I personally met with leaders of 
the 
Islamic community in the Bay Area, including representatives from the 
Council on American Islamic Relations. At that meeting, I emphasized 
the 
FBI's commitment to aggressively investigate these terrorist acts and 
all 
violations of federal hate crimes laws...

...I hope that history will judge today's FBI as being protectors of 
the 
rights of all during this time of crisis.

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CAIR ST. LOUIS HELPS BUILD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE

CAIR-STL, along with twenty local Muslims, recently joined Habitat for 
Humanity to help build a house for the less fortunate. Chapter workers 
wore 
T-shirts with the words "Muslims CAIR" in large letters.

"We worked for 7 hours in torrential rain and mud, but our spirits were 
high," said a CAIR St. Louis spokesman.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/15/2001

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HEADLINES:

* DETENTIONS RAISE CIVIL LIBERTIES CONCERNS (Washington Post)
* RAIDS DURING RAMADAN COULD OFFEND MUSLIMS (USA Today)
* U.S. MUSLIMS FIND OPPORTUNITY FOR EQUALITY (USA Today)
* U.S. MESSAGE LOST OVERSEAS (Washington Post)
         - NY COLUMNIST SAYS SHUTTING DOWN AL-JAZEERA IS "JOB FOR 
MILITARY"
* PARALLEL PROPAGANDA (Washington Post)
* ISRAELIS POSE WITH DEAD PALESTINIANS (Sydney Morning Herald)
* THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD AS FOUND IN THE KORAN (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* GIULIANI BLOWS IT (Miami Herald)
* CAIR MEETS WITH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS
* PANEL DISCUSSION IN TEXAS WITH AMERICAN MUSLIM LEADERS

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DETENTIONS RAISE CIVIL LIBERTIES CONCERNS

QUESTIONS SWIRL AROUND MEN HELD IN TERROR PROBE
By Lois Romano and David S. Fallis, The Washington Post, 10/15/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59466-2001Oct14.html

In a high-security wing of Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional 
Center, an 
unknown number of men with Middle Eastern names are being held in 
solitary 
confinement on the ninth floor, locked in 8- by 10-foot cells with 
little 
more than cots, thin blankets and, if they request it, copies of the 
Koran. 
Every two hours, guards roust them to conduct a head count.

They have no contact with each other or their families and limited 
access 
to their lawyers. Their names appear on no federal jail log available 
to 
the public. No records can be found in any court docket in New York 
showing 
why they are detained, who represents them or the status of their 
cases.

The nearly absolute secrecy surrounding the detentions is a growing 
concern 
to civil libertarians and legal observers who fear basic rights are 
being 
violated as authorities pursue the terrorist conspiracy responsible for 
the 
attacks in New York and Washington...

...Authorities will say virtually nothing about the detainees in the 
Metropolitan Correctional Center or hundreds of others who have been 
held 
during the investigation. The Justice Department has also refused to 
reveal 
the names of the lawyers representing them.

It is unknown whether the detainees are considered conspirators in the 
worst act of terrorism in U.S. history, valuable witnesses or merely 
people 
who might have information because they crossed paths with the 
terrorists 
responsible for the deaths of nearly 5,000 people Sept. 11...

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RAIDS DURING RAMADAN COULD OFFEND MUSLIMS
Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today, 10/15/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/life/2001-10-15-ramadan.htm

The war on terrorism took a day of rest Friday when the U.S. military 
forces ceased bombing Afghanistan to recognize the Muslim weekly holy 
day. 
But President Bush has told the world that the battle likely will still 
be 
blazing next month, even though Ramadan, holiest month in the Islamic 
religious calendar, is just weeks away.

That raises fears that the United States will deeply offend Muslims 
worldwide, when the holiday starts Nov. 16 with images of the Christian 
West at war in Muslim regions and Muslims fighting Muslims as well...

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U.S. MUSLIMS FIND OPPORTUNITY FOR EQUALITY
By John Ritter, USA Today, 10/15/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/news/attack/2001/10/15/muslims-opportunity.htm

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Last month's terrorist attacks may have put 
America's 
Muslims on the defensive, but they also sense an opportunity to bolster 
their political clout.

At the American Muslim Alliance's national convention here this 
weekend, 
activists from around the country distilled this message: In a time of 
national strife, not only must Muslims show the rest of America they're 
part of the mainstream, but they also must use their visibility to 
forge 
political influence just as minority groups before them have.

"This is not the time to hide but to come out and let people know who 
we 
are," declared Omar Ahmad, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations. "It is our opportunity to raise the level of understanding 
and 
be a part of a solution." Whatever differences may divide the nation's 
7 
million Muslims, they put up a united front in the glare of their first 
major political gathering since the attacks Sept. 11 on the Pentagon 
and 
World Trade Center...

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U.S. MESSAGE LOST OVERSEAS
Officials See Immediate Need for 'Public Diplomacy'
By Robert G. Kaiser, The Washington Post, 10/15/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59440-2001Oct14.html

For weeks, the Washington bureau of al-Jazeera, a satellite TV news 
network, pleaded with the State Department for interviews to give Arab 
viewers the American perspective on the new war on terrorism. Secretary 
of 
State Colin L. Powell appeared for an interview on Sept. 23, but mostly 
"I 
was begging them" in vain, said Hafez Al-Mirazi, the bureau chief.
Late last week, policy changed.

On Thursday, the director of the Agency for International Development, 
Andrew S. Natsios, appeared on al-Jazeera, an independent all-news 
channel 
based in Qatar. On Friday, William J. Burns, assistant secretary of 
state 
for the Near East, gave the channel an interview. National security 
adviser 
Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to appear today, and Defense Secretary 
Donald 
H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday.

The interviews with al-Jazeera are one sign of the administration's 
intensifying interest in "public diplomacy" -- selling its policies to 
the 
public, especially in the Arab Middle East, where U.S. positions have 
been 
unpopular for years...

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NY COLUMNIST SAYS SHUTTING DOWN AL-JAZEERA IS "JOB FOR MILITARY"
http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-10-14/News_and_Views/Opinion/a-128449.asp

...Dealing with Al Jazeera is a job for the military. Shutting it down 
should be an immediate priority because, left alone, it has the power 
to 
poison the air more efficiently and lethally than anthrax ever could...

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PARALLEL PROPAGANDA
By Jackson Diehl, The Washington Post, 10/15/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59638-2001Oct14.html

Six days before Sept. 11, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and 
Russian 
President Vladimir Putin -- the leaders of two countries that never 
used to 
get along -- met in Moscow and found one strong area of agreement: "the 
danger," as Sharon put it, "of fundamentalist, extremist Islamic 
terror." 
It was the beginning of what is becoming a beautiful friendship -- and 
one 
of the most dangerous points of weakness within the U.S. 
counterterrorist 
alliance.

With their handshake in the Kremlin, Sharon and Putin exchanged a 
common 
falsehood about the wars their armies are fighting against rebels in 
Chechnya and the West Bank and Gaza. In both cases, the underlying 
conflict 
is about national self-determination: statehood for the Palestinians, 
self-rule for Chechnya...

...Before Sept. 11 their parallel propaganda may not have been 
persuasive 
even with each other. But in the past five weeks, the two have been 
emboldened to believe that they can force the world to accept a new 
understanding of the Chechens and Palestinians -- and though the logic 
is 
no better than before, the power of Sept. 11 is working for them...

...It will be tempting to go along with them. Why bother with Chechnya 
or 
the Palestinians while the war against al Qaeda is going on? But there 
is a 
real danger: The national grievances of the Palestinians and Chechens, 
though not the cause of Islamic extremism, offer a political bridge 
between 
the terrorists and a significant sector of mainstream society in Muslim 
countries. The two wars and their atrocities are featured on the 
recruitment videos that al Qaeda circulates. Just as ending them would 
rob 
the terrorists of vital oxygen, the failure to do so will make it 
harder to 
root them out.

Even worse would be the realization of the Putin-Sharon program -- the 
crushing of legitimate Muslim national aspirations under the guise of 
counterterrorism. If the U.S. alliance allows itself to be tied or 
tarred 
with that strategy, there will be no hope of victory.

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ISRAELIS POSE WITH DEAD PALESTINIANS
By Inigo Gilmore, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10/15/2001
http://www.smh.com.au/news/0110/15/world/world13.html

The Israeli Army is investigating reports that its soldiers are 
circulating 
"trophy" photographs of themselves posing next to dead and sometimes 
mutilated Palestinians...

...The Israeli Defence Force said it was investigating the report of 
soldiers taking photographs of Palestinians, but dismissed suggestions 
that 
"the phenomenon" was widespread...

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THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD AS FOUND IN THE KORAN
By David O'Reilly, Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/14/2001
http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/10/14/review/koran14.htm

...In a Muslim world filled with people as diverse as Indian software 
workers, Indonesian islanders and North African farmers, the Koran is 
the 
great uniter. From Pakistan, to Paris, to the rowhouses on Germantown 
Avenue, the world's entire Muslim population shares not only a common 
religious language but a supreme confidence that theirs is the one, 
true 
faith...

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GIULIANI BLOWS IT
The Miami Herald, 10/14/2001
http://www.miami.com/herald/content/opinion/editorials/digdocs/039790.htm

New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani may be a great crisis manager, but he's 
a 
lousy diplomat. The mayor has impressed just about everybody lately 
with 
his stellar leadership after the attacks on the World Trade Center. But 
the 
mayor flubbed it the other day when he rejected a $10 million donation 
from 
a wealthy Saudi Arabian, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal...

...Bringing Osama bin Laden and his henchmen to justice would be 
meaningless if Americans ultimately fail to comprehend why so many 
people 
in the Muslim world think that the United States is unfair to 
Palestinians 
and that the terrorism war is against Islam.

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CAIR MEETS WITH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS

Representatives of the United States Department of Justice Community 
Relations Service today visited CAIR's Washington headquarters to 
discuss 
issues related to the anti-Muslim backlash following the terrorist 
attacks 
in New York and Washington, D.C.

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PANEL DISCUSSION IN TEXAS WITH AMERICAN MUSLIM LEADERS

THEME: "Practicing True Islam"

PANEL PARTICIPANTS: (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Aslam Abdullah, Editor in Chief, The Muslim Observer
Br. Nihad Awad, Executive Director CAIR
Dr. Muneer Fareed, Associate Prof. Of Islamic Studies, Wayne State 
University, Detroit
Dr. A. Raheman S. Nakadar, Publisher of The Muslim Observer
Sr. Noor Abdallah, Women Social Activist
Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, Prof. Of African Studies, Howard Univ., 
Washington DC
Dr. Dilnawaz Siddiqui, Prof. of Communication, Clarion University of 
Pennsylvania
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui, Dir. Islamic Soc. of Orange County, CA; past 
President of
ISNA
Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam, Masjid E Taqwa, New York, well known social 
activist/ leader

DATE:       Saturday, October 20, 2001

TIME:       8 PM

LOCATION:  ISGH Spring Branch Community Hall
            1209 Conrad Sauer, Houston 77043
           (Next to EL-Farouq Masjid)

TICKETS:        $10/person

FOR INFORMATION: Salman Jalali, 832-593-9107 or Afaq Durrani 
281-599-1213

SPONSORED BY:

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston,
The Pakistan Association of Greater Houston
The Muslim Observer

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/16/2001

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HEADLINES:

* WINE, WOMEN (Washington Times)
* CHRISTIAN ARABS, TOO, ARE HARASSED (New York Times)
* SWEDISH PILOT REFUSES ARABS ON FLIGHT (AP)
* 5 YOUNG ISRAELIS, CAUGHT IN NET OF SUSPICION (New York Times)
* DALLAS-FORT WORTH MUSLIMS RALLY AGAINST TERRORISM
* CAIR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HOLDS FUNDRAISING DINNER
* CAIR-MI ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

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WINE, WOMEN
By Julia Duin, The Washington Times, 10/16/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/culture/20011016-91553978.htm

A sensuous heaven, replete with all manner of delights, is a 
little-known 
but important part of the mentality that may have inspired 19 
terrorists to 
immolate themselves in the Sept. 11 attacks.

If the terrorists held to popular Islamic conceptions of heaven, the 
radical Muslims believed their reward for killing infidels in the World 
Trade Center and Pentagon would include dozens of amorous virgins per 
person and rivers flowing with nonintoxicating wine in a reconstructed 
Garden of Eden...

...The conception of an Islamic heaven is part of the popular culture 
of 
the East...

TO OFFER POLITE AND SCHOLARLY COMMENTS:

E-MAIL: jduin@washingtontimes.com
COPY TO: letters@washingtontimes.com, fcoombs@washingtontimes.com, 
cair@cair-net.org
(To be considered for publication, your letter must include name, 
address, 
and a phone number where you can be reached.)

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CHRISTIAN ARABS, TOO, ARE HARASSED
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR, The New York Times, 10/15/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/15/national/15COPT.html

...It can come as news to many Americans that the Middle East is not 
uniformly Islamic, and that many nations contain historic Christian 
churches, the largest being the Coptic Church, which traces its roots 
to 
the First Century.

...While they are still outnumbered in the United States by Muslims of 
Middle Eastern origin, other Middle Eastern Christians have settled 
here as 
well, coming from churches in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and 
elsewhere.

Since Sept. 11, the harassment has not been confined to one region. In 
New 
York, the Rev. Khader N. El- Yateem, pastor of Salam Arabic Lutheran 
Church 
in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, said three families in his 
congregation 
had suffered harassment. The majority at Salam Arabic Church come from 
Syria, said Pastor El-Yateem, a Palestinian Christian who has worked to 
build ties in his area between Christians and Muslims.

Reflecting on the harassment, Pastor El-Yateem said he believed the 
bigotry 
was directed against Middle Easterners in general, regardless of 
religion. 
"We've had Christian families that have been attacked more than Muslim 
families in Bay Ridge," he said...

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SWEDISH PILOT REFUSES ARABS ON FLIGHT
By STEPHAN NASSTROM, The Associated Press, 10/14/2001

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - A pilot refused to fly three men of Arab 
ancestry 
- two of them Swedish citizens - and forced them to leave his plane 
even 
after they were cleared by police, authorities said Sunday.

The men had bought tickets a day earlier for the Premiair flight 
Saturday 
from Stockholm to Las Palmas, Spain.

"Everything went well when we checked in. But after we sat down in the 
plane, the cabin crew told us that the captain wanted to talk," Ismail 
Fouda said by telephone.

Police checked their passports and also ran a computer check while the 
men 
waited in the plane.

"We judged that they were not a threat and told the captain," said 
Arlanda
International Airport police officer Barry Gunnarsson. "But the captain 
is 
king."

Fouda, who was born in Egypt but is a Swedish citizen, said he was 
convinced their Arab ethnicity was the reason. He and the two others 
filed 
a police complaint against tour operator Ving...

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5 YOUNG ISRAELIS, CAUGHT IN NET OF SUSPICION
By ALISON LEIGH COWAN, The New York Times, 10/8/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/08/nyregion/08DETA.html

As their lawyer tells it, when the five young men were picked up by 
F.B.I. 
agents in midday on Sept. 11, they had a box cutter with them. One man 
carried $4,000 in cash, another had two passports.

In short, there probably were good reasons to be suspicious of the men 
who 
became the subjects of widespread news coverage.

What those early news accounts missed, however, was that all five of 
the 
men were Israeli Jews, and that if they had box cutters, it was because 
at 
least four of them and possibly all five worked for Urban Moving 
Systems, a 
household moving company in New York and New Jersey.

They are now facing deportation for overstaying their visas and other 
immigration offenses, but their lawyer says their case is a reminder 
that 
though roughly 500 people have now been detained as part of the 
crackdown 
on possible terrorists, that does not mean all of them are part of any 
terror network...

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DALLAS-FORT WORTH MUSLIMS RALLY AGAINST TERRORISM

(Dallas, Texas) - Muslims in Dallas/Fort Worth are planning a rally to 
express their condemnation of all forms of terrorism. The rally will 
take 
place on Saturday, October 20th at the Kennedy Memorial in downtown 
Dallas. 
This event is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and is expected to last 
until 4 
p.m.

In a statement, Mohamed Elmougy, President of the local chapter of the 
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) said:

"We felt the need to organize a forum for local Muslims to reiterate 
their 
condemnation of terrorism and the killing of innocent civilians. We 
also 
intend to use the forum to express our appreciation for the 
overwhelming 
support we received from our neighbors and friends of all faiths during 
the 
backlash inflicted on the Muslim community following the September 11th 
terrorist attacks."

CONTACT CAIR-DFW:
TEL: (972) 462-9630
E-MAIL: Info@cairdfw.org

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CAIR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HOLDS FUNDRAISING DINNER

CAIR-Northern California cordially invites you to its Annual 
Fundraising 
Banquet

WHEN:   Saturday, October 20th,  6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

WHERE:  Chandni Restaurant, Fremont*

COST:   $20 family, $10 individual

SPEAKERS:

* Representative Cynthia McKinney of the US Congress
* Presentations by CAIR N. CA and S. CA

For More Information or to reserve tickets, contact:
TEL: (408) 986-9874
E-MAIL: cair_nca@cair-california.org.

*(Chandni Restaurant is located in Fremont/Newark at 5748 Mowry School 
Rd.
For directions please call the restaurant at (510) 668-1051)

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CAIR-MI ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

CAIR-MI invites you and your family to its Annual Fundraising Dinner 
entitled "The Great Opportunity"

WHEN:   Sunday November 11, 2001 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:          Novi Hilton-275 & 8 Mile Rd.
COST:   Tickets are $50 per person.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact the CAIR-MI office.
TEL: (248) 569-2203 or E-MAIL cair@cairmichigan.org

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/17/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CANADIAN MUSLIM SCHOLARS REJECT "MISGUIDED" CALLS FOR JIHAD
* FIND THE TERRORIST IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
* BOMBS, LAWLESSNESS THREATEN AID EFFORTS (Washington Post)
* THE PALESTINE QUESTION IS CENTRAL (Christian Science Monitor)
* MUSLIMS GET COMPASSION, SUPPORT (Los Angeles Times)
* USDA RESEARCHES HALAL MARKET
* CAIR-LA WORKSHOP: ANSWERING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN NEW JERSEY
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MINNESOTA

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CANADIAN MUSLIM SCHOLARS REJECT "MISGUIDED" CALLS FOR JIHAD

(OTTAWA, CANADA) - The Canadian office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR CAN) and the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties 
Association 
(CMCLA) today denounced a series of recent statements made by Osama bin 
Laden and his al-Qaeda network that state that Muslims should wage a 
"jihad" against Americans.

In a joint statement endorsed by prominent Canadian Islamic scholars,* 
the 
two organizations wrote:

"Islam respects the sacredness of life, and rejects any express 
statement 
or tacit insinuation that Muslims should harm innocent people. Despite 
our 
disagreement with certain American policies, we must never abuse the 
concept of Jihad to target innocent civilians.

"Jihad, which literally means 'struggle,' has an internal, societal and 
combative dimension. The internal dimension of Jihad encompasses the 
struggle against the evil inclinations of the self, and the spiritual 
project to adorn the self with virtues such as justice, mercy, 
generosity 
and gentleness. The societal dimension includes struggling against 
social 
injustice and creating a communal identity based on charity, respect 
and 
equality. Finally, the combative aspect of jihad is only to be used as 
self-defense against aggression or to fight oppression, and, even then, 
to 
be observed with strict limits of conduct that preserves the life of 
innocents and the sanctity of the environment. Moreover, this latter 
type 
of Jihad can only be declared by a legitimate, recognized religious 
authority.

"Using the concept of Jihad to justify harming the innocent is contrary 
to 
the letter and spirit of Islam. We condemn any violence that springs 
from 
this misguided interpretation."

CONTACT:  Riad Saloojee at 613-798-0003

* Dr. Jamal Badawi, Imam Munir El-Kassem, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

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FIND THE TERRORIST IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
http://www.markfiore.com/animation/fresh.html

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BOMBS, LAWLESSNESS THREATEN AID EFFORTS
Red Cross Warehouses in Kabul Are Struck
By Karen DeYoung and Marc Kaufman, The Washington Post 10/17/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5390-2001Oct16.html

U.S. bombs and increasing lawlessness on the ground are endangering 
humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan and hampering delivery of 
emergency 
food that must be distributed before winter snows start to fall on the 
mountainous areas of the country, relief organizations said yesterday.

The Defense Department confirmed that bombs from a Navy F/A-18 Hornet 
"inadvertently struck one or more warehouses used by the International 
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northern Kabul" yesterday, 
destroying 
buildings and emergency food and refugee supplies. One employee was 
injured.

On Monday, a missile fired from a plane that was clearly visible 
overhead 
struck less than 500 feet from a World Food Program warehouse in 
Afsotar, 
on the northern edge of Kabul, wounding one laborer, according to 
several 
aid organizations. The missile struck as trucks were being loaded for 
an 
Oxfam convoy of 250 tons of food for the mountainous Hazarajat region. 
Loading was suspended and the warehouse remained closed today, aid 
officials said.

"It is now evident that we cannot, in reasonable safety, get food to 
hungry 
Afghan people," said Oxfam America President Raymond C. Offenheiser. 
"We've 
reached the point where it is simply unrealistic for us to do our job 
in 
Afghanistan. We've run out of food, the borders are closed, we can't 
reach 
our staff, and time's running out..."

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THE PALESTINE QUESTION IS CENTRAL
By David Hirst, Christian Science Monitor, 10/17/2001
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1017/p11s1-coop.html

BEIRUT - British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he and President Bush 
are 
"completely seized of the need to push forward" the Middle East peace 
process, because the Arab-Israeli conflict helps terrorists justify 
their 
activities.

Meanwhile, the Bush administration is reportedly preparing to pressure 
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to accept a viable Palestinian 
state, 
including a "shared Jerusalem." Officials describe Mr. Bush as 
"incensed" 
over Mr. Sharon's recent outburst likening Israel to Czechoslovakia in 
1938, and warning Bush not to "appease the Arabs."

The two leaders of the war on terror are thus close to recognizing the 
centrality of the Palestinian question in this world crisis...

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MUSLIMS GET COMPASSION, SUPPORT
By RONALD D. WHITE, The Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2001
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-000082381oct16.story

In the days following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, many American 
Muslims 
went to work with some trepidation, expecting cold shoulders or even 
harassment, based on their experiences during the Persian Gulf War and 
other periods of U.S. tension about the Middle East.

But to their surprise, many have found normality, acceptance, even open 
expressions of solidarity. And when there were incidents of harassment, 
many have reported, their employers came to their defense swiftly...

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USDA RESEARCHES HALAL MARKET

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in cooperation with 
the 
Mountain Pride Cooperative (Maryland), is researching the zabiha halal 
(meat prepared according to Islamic guidelines) market.  The project 
seeks 
to educate small farmers about the zabiha halal market - particularly 
consumer preferences, interests and concerns.

One segment of the project is to hold focus groups with Muslim women 
living 
in Northern Virginia. The focus groups would be about 2 hours in 
length, 
refreshments will be served and compensation provided. If you are 
interested in participating, please contact Claire Klotz Ould-Yahya at 
(202)690-4077 or claire.klotz@usda.gov.

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CAIR-LA WORKSHOP: ANSWERING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS

Since Sept. 11, many Muslims have been faced with difficult questions 
about 
their faith and fellow Muslims. Please join various leaders of the
Southern California Muslim community in an intense interactive workshop 
on 
answering these difficult questions.

WHAT:   Answering Difficult Questions on Islam and Muslims
WHERE:  CAIR office in Anaheim, 2180 W. Crescent Ave., Suite F
WHEN:   Saturday, Oct 20, 11 a.m.

Speakers include Sheikh Yasser Ibrahim, Dr. Ahmed Sakr, and Sr. Rahman
Bin Nabi.

There will be a question and answer session insha'allah.

Seating is limited so please rsvp to the CAIR office as early as 
possible.
TEL: (714) 776-1847 E-MAIL:  CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN NEW JERSEY

Dar Ul Islah Mosque is Teaneck, NJ, is holding an open house this 
Sunday, 
Oct. 21. Mohammad Abbasi will give a sort speech and the entire program 
will last from 4:30 TO 8 p.m. The mosque is located at 320 Fabry 
Terrace, 
Teaneck NJ. TEL: 201-692-7730.

Directions: From Turnpike North, take exit 70 B, make right onto 
Glenwood 
Ave, make right onto Fabry Terrace. From Parkway South, take exit 159 
to 
route 80 East, take exit 70B, right on Glenwood Ave, right on Fabry 
Terrace.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, E-MAIL: janemaaz@hotmail.com

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MINNESOTA

The Muslim community in Minnesota invites people of all faiths to an 
open 
house and fund-raiser for the victims of the September 11 tragedy.

LOCATION:       Islamic Center of Minnesota, 1401 Gardena Ave. NE,
                 Fridley, Minn.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 20, between 3 and 6 p.m.

PROGRAM

3 to 3:45 p.m.
Press conference
Prayer
Introduction and word of thanks
Islamic Center of MN president's address
Comments from invited guests

4 to 4:45 p.m. Presentations
Information about Islam
Security concerns and economic impact
Questions & Answers
Positive Notes

5 to 5:45 p.m. Presentations Repeated (Same as above)

CONTACT:
Islamic Center of Minnesota
TEL: 763-571-5604

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/18/2001

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HEADLINES:

* COLUMNIST SAYS PULL OVER "MIDDLE EASTERN-LOOKING" DRIVERS
* A HEALTHY DOSE OF 'BIGOTRY' (National Post)
* BIN LADEN DOES AMERICAN MUSLIMS NO FAVORS (Hartford Courant)
* AFGHANS NOW QUESTION U.S. STRIKES (Washington Post)
* AFGHANISTAN: WE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO THIS (San Francisco Chronicle)
* DC PEACE RALLY FOR THE CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN
* ACLU ASKS ASHCROFT FOR DETAILS ON WIDESPREAD DETENTION
* ACLU FORUM ON TERRORISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
* DAY-LONG "DISCOVERING ISLAM" EVENT IN NJ
* GREENSBORO MUSLIMS HOLD MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
* UNVEILING IGNORANCE: THE TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN IN ISLAM
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN NJ
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MARYLAND

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A NOTE ABOUT RESPONDING TO HOSTILE COMMENTARIES:

Please resist the temptation to respond emotionally to hostile or 
Islamophobic commentaries. Often, the authors of these commentaries 
will 
pick one or two angry e-mails out of the dozens of reasonable messages 
they 
receive to say "see what Muslims are like." Don't give them that 
opportunity.

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COLUMNIST SAYS PULL OVER "MIDDLE EASTERN-LOOKING" DRIVERS

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS VS. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Mona Charen, The Washington Times, 10/18/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20011018-27353210.htm

...There are thousands of Arabs in the United States at this moment on 
student and travel visas. They should all be asked, politely and 
without 
prejudice, to go home. This will work hardships in many cases, and that 
is 
regrettable. But, there is no constitutional right to visit the United 
States. There is no constitutional right for foreign students to study 
here.

This is not a proposal for concentration camps or even preventive 
detention 
(and this would not apply to citizens of Middle Eastern origin - though 
they, too, should receive some scrutiny). It should be done more in 
sorrow 
than in anger, because we know only a tiny fraction of these people 
mean us 
harm. But we cannot take chances.

As for those missing hazardous materials drivers, the only answer is 
ethnic 
profiling. Every Middle Eastern-looking truck driver should be pulled 
over 
and questioned wherever he may be in the United States....

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO:
info@creators.com, letters@washingtontimes.com, 
hbering@washingtontimes.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
http://www.creators.com/opinion_show.cfm?columnsName=mch

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A HEALTHY DOSE OF 'BIGOTRY'
By Jonathan Kay, The National Post (Canada), 10/18/2001
http://www.nationalpost.com/
Search using the term "Jonathan Kay."

It is indicative of Canada's famously tolerant national character that 
the 
loudest standing ovation Prime Minister Jean Chrétien received on 
Monday 
night came when he departed from his primary theme of fighting terror, 
and 
began speaking of a parallel battle against discrimination...

...But while the PM is right to denounce hatred and bigotry, we should 
not 
pretend that an effective fight against terrorism can be waged in a 
truly 
colour-blind fashion.

The fact is, those who plot the annihilation of our civilization are of 
one 
religion and, almost without exception, one race. Yet admitting this is 
a 
problem for Mr. Chrétien...

...We are not talking about imprisoning all Arabs, or all Muslims. We 
are 
talking about devoting a disproportionately large part of our 
investigative 
apparatus to these communities. We are talking about ethnic profiling 
at 
airports, the use of informants in suspect mosques (several North 
American 
imams have recently been implicated in terror activities) and tracing 
the 
expenditures of Muslim charities...

...Politicians, who endlessly and truthfully remind us that terrorists 
are 
aberrations within the Muslim community, seem to believe we can have 
our 
multicultural cake and beat terrorism, too. But notwithstanding the 
standing ovation Mr. Chrétien received on Monday, they are wrong. 
Multiculturalist pieties, however noble in the abstract, are a luxury 
we 
cannot always afford to indulge in this time of war.

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO:
letters@nationalpost.com, jkay@nationalpost.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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BIN LADEN DOES AMERICAN MUSLIMS NO FAVORS
By Riad Z. Abdelkarim, The Hartford Courant, 10/18/2001
http://www.ctnow.com/
Search using the term "Riad."

(Riad Z. Abdelkarim, M.D., is California communications director for 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy organization.)

...We are just as American as our fellow citizens of innumerable ethnic 
and 
religious backgrounds. And we are just as Muslim as any Muslim in any 
other 
part of the world. In fact, because we were blessed to be born in or 
immigrate to this great country, we are able to practice the teachings 
of 
our noble faith more freely than in any other part of the world, 
including 
those with predominantly Muslim populations.

As American Muslims, we join the vast majority of Muslims worldwide who 
reject the twisted teachings of bin Laden. We deeply resent the fact 
that 
he has hijacked our faith and has attempted to justify his actions by 
hypocritically adopting many of the legitimate grievances of the Muslim 
and 
Arab worlds. Osama bin Laden has no more legitimacy in his claim to be 
the 
poster boy for the Palestinian cause than did Saddam Hussein a decade 
ago.

Yes, it is true that my government has supported undemocratic, 
unpopular 
and repressive regimes in the Muslim world while promoting democracy 
and 
human rights in the rest of the world.

Yes, it is true that much of the world has turned a blind eye as 
America's 
sanctions against Iraq have killed innocent children and left the Iraqi 
regime more entrenched in power than ever.

And yes, it is true that my government has offered blind, unconditional 
moral and financial support to the state of Israel, which continues to 
terrorize Palestinian civilians daily with its own brand of apartheid.

It is also true that many of us in America - not just Muslims but 
people of 
other faiths as well - sincerely believe that bombing Afghan cities and 
villages will only make matters worse. But we believe in voicing our 
differences by engaging in honest dialogue, not by perpetrating mass 
murder 
against innocent civilians or by threats.

By perverting the teachings of our faith, bin Laden and Abu Gheith have 
already placed the lives and livelihoods of American Muslims in peril. 
In 
addition to the Muslims massacred in the Sept. 11 attacks, nearly 1,000 
acts of hate against us have been reported. The FBI has questioned 
thousands of us (including myself) across the country, and cynical 
pundits 
and commentators have vociferously and unfairly questioned our loyalty 
and 
patriotism.

So, Mr. bin Laden and Mr. Abu Gheith, if you were hoping to do us any 
favors, don't bother...

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AFGHANS NOW QUESTION U.S. STRIKES
Refugees Say Civilian Deaths Are Softening Opposition to Taliban
By John Pomfret, The Washington Post, 10/18/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12142-2001Oct17.html

...As reports of civilian casualties and other mistakes mount in 
America's 
war in the skies over Afghanistan, a growing number of Afghans from 
different backgrounds and political persuasions are questioning whether 
the 
United States is conducting a war against terrorism and Afghanistan's 
ruling Taliban militia or against the Afghan people.

The distinction is important to the success of the U.S.-led coalition 
trying to defeat terrorism. President Bush has assured the world that 
his 
war is not against Islam or the Afghan people. For every bomb dropped 
on 
targets associated with Osama bin Laden or his Taliban protectors, U.S. 
pilots have dropped thousands of packets of food, radios and reading 
material to Afghans.

But interviews with a range of Afghan refugees, activists and tribal 
leaders who oppose the Taliban, and are in a position to benefit from a 
successful U.S. assault, indicate that America's hearts-and-minds 
campaign 
to woo the Afghan people away from the Taliban is running into 
trouble...

"...Most of us thought this was an issue between the United States and 
Osama bin Laden," said Fareed Alim Shah, 32, an Afghan who came to 
Quetta 
on Tuesday.

But several widely reported American misses, along with frequent 
Taliban 
claims of heavy civilian casualties, have begun to change people's 
views, 
Shah said...

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AFGHANISTAN: WE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO THIS
By Stephanie Salter, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/17/2001
http://www.sfgate.com/
Search using the term "Salter."

AS LONG AS WE STILL HAVE IT, I'm going to make the most of the First 
Amendment: What we are doing in, above, and to Afghanistan is 
short-sighted, counterproductive and immoral. That I am among a mere 6 
or 
10 percent of Americans (depending on the poll) who feel this way hurts 
my 
heart.

The amount of nonthink, or flat-out denial, that is required to support 
Operation Enduring Freedom is painful to contemplate. Sending thousands 
of 
kids -- "our brave men and women in uniform" -- to risk their lives for 
it 
is unbearable...

...Without a doubt, after Sept. 11, we did have to do something, 
something 
that takes time, deep and true coalition-building and patient cunning. 
Instead, we've chosen to play into a mass murderer's hands and prove 
that 
our reverence for human life starts diminishing at America's borders.

CONTACT: ssalter@sfchronicle.com, chronletters@sfgate.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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DC PEACE RALLY FOR THE CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN

There will be a peace rally and Jummah prayer for the civilians of 
Afghanistan who have been suffering over 20 years of war and 
devastation 
compounded by famine and drought.

WHEN:   Friday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m.
                 Jummah Prayer begins at 2:15 p.m.

WHERE:  Across from the State Department
                 23rd & C Street NW, Washington, DC

CONTACT:        Mahdi Bray, 202-879-6726

SPONSOR:        COORDINATING COUNCIL OF MUSLIM ORGANIZATIONS
                 THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA

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CONCERNED ABOUT REPORTS OF DENIAL OF RIGHTS,
ACLU ASKS ASHCROFT FOR DETAILS ON WIDESPREAD DETENTION
http://www.aclu.org/news/2001/n101701a.html

WASHINGTON -- Saying that unprecedented government secrecy is raising 
questions about the fairness of the government's investigation into the 
terrorist attacks, the American Civil Liberties Union today asked the 
Justice Department to release to the American public additional 
information 
about the more than 700 people held in detention since September 11.

In a letter sent today to Attorney General John Ashcroft, the ACLU said 
that it was troubled by reports that some detainees have been impeded 
in 
their ability to contact lawyers and their families. If accurate, 
"these 
reports raise fundamental due process issues that we hope the 
Department 
will promptly address," the ACLU letter said...

...The ACLU letter to Attorney General Ashcroft can be found online at:
http://www.aclu.org/congress/l101701a.html

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ACLU FORUM ON TERRORISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

WHEN:   November 1, 2001, 10 a.m.
WHERE:  Washington Court Hotel
                 525 New Jersey Avenue NW
                 Washington, DC

Join the ACLU for a discussion about the tensions between public safety 
and 
individual rights and to receive a new comprehensive report examining 
the 
consequences of the 1996 anti-terrorism legislation.

To attend, email jason@publicinterestpr.com.

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DAY-LONG "DISCOVERING ISLAM" EVENT IN NJ

WHEN:           12:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 3
WHERE:          Bergen Community College (parking in lot A)
                         400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ
INFORMATION:    URL: www.DiscoverIslam.cc
                         E-mail: Discoverislam113@hotmail.com
                         Call 201-522-6471 or 201-887-0414

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GREENSBORO MUSLIMS HOLD MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
Mosque neighbors invited to learn more about Islam

WHAT: On Sunday, November 4, 2001 members of the local Islamic 
community 
will hold an open house at the Islamic Center of Greensboro to offer 
people 
of all faiths an introduction to Islam and their Muslim neighbors.

The free event will feature discussions about Islamic beliefs and the 
positive role Muslims play in American society and display of Islamic 
literature. Light refreshments will be served.

"Only through getting to know one another on a personal level can 
people of 
different faiths build bridges of understanding and tolerance," said 
Said 
Atif, Imam at the Islamic Center of Greensboro.

There are an estimated 10,000 - 15,000 Muslims in the Triad and some 
seven 
million nationwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in 
this 
country and around the world.

WHEN:   November 4, 2001, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE:  2023 16th Street, Greensboro, NC 27407
                 Northeast corner of Hwy 29 and 16th Street,
                 near Carolina Circle Mall
CONTACT:

Shafiq Mohammad (336) 686-6944
Jameel Khalifa  (336) 834-9968
Tim Clark               (336) 996-0955
Raouti Benallal (336) 869-5322

URL: http://www.islamiccenterofgreensboro.com/

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UNVEILING IGNORANCE: THE TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN IN ISLAM

WHEN:   7:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct.18
WHERE:  2040 VLSB, UC Berkeley
                 Berkeley, CA

An invitation for Americans of faiths and backgrounds to come together 
in
solidarity against the racist backlash of September 11th. Arabs, 
Asians, 
and Muslims have become the targets of misplaced anger as hate crimes 
have 
swept the nation. Muslim women wearing the headscarf have particularly 
become vulnerable to physical and verbal assault.

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN NJ

WHEN:   Sunday October 21, 2001.
WHERE:  Muslim Center of Middlesex County,
                 1000 Hoes Lane in Piscataway, New Jersey,
TIME:   2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MARYLAND

WHEN:   Saturday, October 20, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE:  The Prince George's Muslim Association
                 9150 Lanham Severn Road, Lanham
                 (1 mile east of exit 20A of the beltway)

The program includes a presentation by Ali Darwish and other speakers. 
Guests will include community leaders, neighboring churches/synagogues 
and 
neighbors.

For more information, please call (301) 459-4942.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/19/2001

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HEADLINES:

* REMINDER: DALLAS-FORT WORTH MUSLIMS RALLY AGAINST TERRORISM
* ANOTHER COLUMNIST CALLS FOR RACIAL PROFILING
* BLACK MUSLIMS SAY THEY FEEL INCREASE IN DISCRIMINATION (AP)
* FELONY CHARGES FILED IN HATE-CRIME CASE (Orange County Register)
* 'THIS IS MY STRUGGLE' (Boston Globe)
* ARAB-AMERICAN KIDS ENCOUNTER MIXED REACTION (Detroit News)
* AFGHAN BITTERNESS RISING AS U.S. RAIDS TAKE TOLL (Reuters)
* ACTIONS WE TAKE NOW WILL DEFINE US FOR A LONG TIME TO COME (Atlanta 
Journal)
* MULTI-FAITH EVENT TO PROBE MEANING BEHIND TERROR

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REMINDER: DALLAS-FORT WORTH MUSLIMS RALLY AGAINST TERRORISM

(Dallas, Texas) - Muslims in Dallas/Fort Worth are planning a rally to 
express their condemnation of all forms of terrorism. The rally will 
take 
place on Saturday, October 20th at the Kennedy Memorial in downtown 
Dallas 
and is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and is expected to last until 4 
p.m.

In a statement, Mohamed Elmougy, President of the local chapter of the
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) said:

"We felt the need to organize a forum for local Muslims to reiterate 
their 
condemnation of terrorism and the killing of innocent civilians. We 
also 
intend to use the forum to express our appreciation for the 
overwhelming 
support we received from our neighbors and friends of all faiths during 
the 
backlash inflicted on the Muslim community following the September 11th 
terrorist attacks."

CONTACT CAIR-DFW:
TEL: (972) 462-9630
E-MAIL: Info@cairdfw.org

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ANOTHER COLUMNIST CALLS FOR RACIAL PROFILING

PROFILES ENCOURAGED
Under the cirumstances, we must be wary of young Arab men.
PEGGY NOONAN, Wall Street Journal, 10/19/2001
http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id=95001349

...In the past month I have evolved from polite tip-line caller to 
watchful 
potential warrior. And I gather that is going on with pretty much 
everyone 
else, and I'm glad of it. I was relieved at the story of the plane 
passengers a few weeks ago who refused to board if some Mideastern 
looking 
guys were allowed to board. I was encouraged just last night when an 
esteemed journalist told me of a story she'd been told: Two 
Mideastern-looking gentlemen, seated together on a plane, were 
eyeballed by 
a U.S. air marshal who was aboard. The air marshal told the men they 
were 
not going to sit together on this flight. They protested. The marshal 
said, 
move or you're not on this flight. They moved. Plane took off...

...I think we're going to require a lot of patience from a lot of 
innocent 
people. And you know, I don't think that's asking too much. And when 
it's 
not given, I think we should recognize that as odd...

POLITE RESPONSES TO:
james.taranto@dowjones.com, brendan.miniter@dowjones.com, 
Peggy@PeggyNoonan.com, opjournal.help@dowjones.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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BLACK MUSLIMS SAY THEY FEEL INCREASE IN DISCRIMINATION,
EVEN FROM OTHER BLACKS
By TANIA FUENTEZ, The Associated Press, 10/18/2001

...According to widely varying estimates, there are 1 million to 3 
million 
black Muslims living in the United States, many converting in the 1960s 
and 
1970s. Unlike many immigrant Muslims, they don't have Middle Eastern 
features or accents. Still, black Muslims say they have been subjected 
to 
subtle and not-so-subtle religious discrimination in the past six 
weeks.

"We had incidents here," said Hassan Yamini, a 55-year-old truck driver 
and 
an imam at the Abdullah Muslim Islamic Center in Syracuse, N.Y. "Some 
of 
the members have been harassed, people yelling at them, 'Pull that rag 
off 
of your head,' or 'Go back to your country."'

Yamini was born in Mississippi.

Ayisha Abdul-Salaam is a 22-year-old teacher at Pace Academy, a private 
school near Emory University in one of Atlanta's wealthiest 
neighborhoods. 
A second-generation Muslim, Abdul-Salaam says her loyalties have been 
questioned.

"At school, the environment has been supportive," she said. "But a lot 
of 
African-American Christians are afraid of it (Islam) and they don't 
understand why an African-American would want to be Muslim."

Jimmy Jones, a professor of world religion and African studies at 
Manhattansville College in New York, ignores the occasional taunting or 
stares.

"I dress in a way that's apparent that I'm different," said Jones, who 
was 
raised Southern Baptist and has been Muslim since 1979. "I was in the 
store 
the other day and I saw a brother in his Army fatigues. I spoke but he 
didn't speak back...subtle things like that make you aware."

Imam Plemon El-Amin of the Atlanta Masjid says metro Atlanta has about 
22 
mosques with approximately 75,000 members - about 40 percent of them 
black

Nearly 1,000 attend the Atlanta Masjid, said El-Amin, who converted 30 
years ago. Hundreds gather there for Friday prayers each week...

...Days after the terrorist attacks, the mosque received crank calls. 
Instead of worrying about the detractors, El-Amin focuses on words of 
support from non-Muslims...

...Hatim Madyun, a member of the Atlanta Masjid, says black Muslims can 
balance their faith and patriotism.

"I can embrace that," he said, pointing to an American flag on his car. 
"I 
hold it up because I've got a share in America ... my grandparents' 
blood 
is a part of this land."

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FELONY CHARGES FILED IN HATE-CRIME CASE
Jason Fulkerson of Fullerton is accused of chasing two Afghan ice cream 
vendors with a baseball bat.
By ALDRIN BROWN, The Orange County Register, 10/18/2001
http://www.ocregister.com/local/hate01018cci.shtml

In Orange County's first hate-crime case stemming from the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks, county prosecutors on Wednesday announced the filing 
of 
felony charges against a Fullerton man who is alleged to have chased 
two 
Afghan ice cream vendors with a baseball bat.

Jason Fulkerson, 31, faces charges of brandishing a weapon and 
interfering 
with the civil rights of Gurcharan Singh and his wife, Banso, of Buena 
Park, who were said to have been threatened while selling ice cream 
from 
their truck Sept. 14. Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 2.

The act is said to have been prompted by Fulkerson's outrage in the 
wake of 
last month's terrorist attacks in New York and the Pentagon, police 
have 
said...

"...We look like Muslims because I have a turban and a beard," said 
Singh, 
48. "We are of the Sikh religion from India. We are not terrorists."

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'THIS IS MY STRUGGLE'
Muslim teens who wear traditional garb are torn between customs and 
assimilation
By Joanna Weiss, The Boston Globe, 10/18/2001
www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/291/living/_This_is_my_struggle_%2b.shtml

Aziza Hussain isn't shy, but she was nervous that morning last April, 
as 
she stood before her Spanish class to make her big announcement. This, 
she 
said, was one of the last times her classmates would see her hair. 
After 
spring break, she would come to Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in 
a 
hijab, the head covering that religious Muslim women wear in the 
presence 
of men.

Other changes would follow: No more coed parties or hugs from male 
friends, 
no more high heels or tight-fitting clothes, no more expectations of 
the 
prom. The Koran says that women should avoid potentially compromising 
friendships with men, and requires, many believe, that they should wear 
the 
hijab for modesty and protection. Without prodding from her family, or 
resistance from her friends, Aziza, 15, decided to comply. Islam, she 
said, 
was more important than her social life...

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ARAB-AMERICAN KIDS ENCOUNTER MIXED REACTION
Ethnicity generates support as well as anxiety
By Oralandar Brand-Williams, The Detroit News, 10/19/2001
http://detnews.com/2001/metro/0110/19/d01-322374.htm

NORTHVILLE -- Ameera David, 15, has often thought of ways to hide her 
Arab-American identity since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ameera has seriously considered wearing a sari, a garment worn by 
southern 
Asian Indian women, and dying her raven hair. "When people ask what I 
am, I 
tell them I'm Arabic -- but I mumble it. I don't say it loud and 
proud," 
she said. Mahfouz Ackall has had a far different experience since the 
attacks. Ackall, 17, a senior at Franklin High School in Livonia, said 
his 
schoolmates and neighbors have been very supportive of him. They have 
been 
so accepting, in fact, that he was recently elected Homecoming King...

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AFGHAN BITTERNESS RISING AS U.S. RAIDS TAKE TOLL
By Sayed Salahuddin, Reuters, 10/18/2001

KABUL, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Nazirullah watched in despair as a bulldozer 
tore 
through the rubble of his home in the Afghan capital, knocking down 
walls 
that were leaning precariously following a direct hit in a U.S. air 
raid.

Five members of his family were killed when a bomb struck his home in 
the 
Qalaye Zaman Khan residential area of Kabul on Thursday, and Nazirullah 
appeared to be in shock. Their badly damaged bodies were laid out 
beside 
the rubble.

Like tens of thousands of other residents of the city, Nazirullah may 
not 
be a friend of the Taliban or Osama bin Laden, but he doesn't blame 
them 
for the calamity that has befallen him...

"...It was around 12 o'clock when the bomb hit here," he said. "My 
wife, 
sister, brother, sister-in-law and mother died in it. I don't know 
about my 
neighbours," he said.

A woman passing by was killed by a second bomb that blasted a huge 
crater 
in the street in front of what remained of Nazirullah's home. There 
could 
have been more dead had they not run for cover when they heard the 
sound of 
approaching planes...

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ACTIONS WE TAKE NOW WILL DEFINE US FOR A LONG TIME TO COME
By Nadirah Z. Sabir, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 10/11/2001
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/opinion/sabir/index.html

It's been a month. Let's take a look at where we stand. Our military is 
in 
action bombing and feeding Afghanistan. As New York, Washington and the 
economy attempt to recover, the nation braces for bioterrorism and/or 
more 
suicide bombers. More death.

Congress and the press sit just outside the loop. Polls show the 
American 
public expresses complete, unquestioning confidence in our leaders. We 
don't want to think about the details of this engulfing ordeal. We just 
want it handled. And so our executive branch has managed to gain almost 
total latitude, creating a vacuum of front-line information, evidence 
and 
discourse.

No questions. Only applause. Besides, we do have latitude. We have the 
entire Taliban regime and a margin of error of at least 6,000 civilians 
to 
kill before some of us can seriously think about checking our 
bloodlust. 
Afghanistan is a big, inconsequential target and a safe distance away. 
England's Tony Blair is a bit more forthcoming with pertinent data, but 
then he's much closer to the fallout zone.

The bombing of Afghanistan as a prelude to our long-lasting overseas 
agenda 
against Mideast terrorist groups isn't winning over too many Muslims 
overseas. Americans don't really care about that quite yet. We're still 
in 
the "they're all barbarians in need of a spanking, shave and Macy's 
one-day 
sale" mode...

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MULTI-FAITH EVENT TO PROBE MEANING BEHIND TERROR

The breadth of American faith traditions will be represented October 
22, 10 
a.m. to 2 p.m., in Washington D.C., when the multi-faith Web site 
FaithandValues.com convenes Faith in the Face of Terror. Prominent 
religious leaders, journalists and educators will probe the meaning of 
the 
terrorist attacks and America's response to them.

Faith in the Face of Terror is hosted by the distinguished journalist 
and 
broadcaster, Tony Brown, whose public affairs series, Tony Brown's 
Journal 
is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS.

Presenters include:

Ingrid Mattson, professor of Islamic Studies at the Macdonald Center 
for 
Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in 
Hartford, CT and vice president of the Islamic Society of North 
America. 
She has issued a provocative challenge both to American Muslims and to 
all 
Americans. "Who has the greatest duty to stop the oppression of Muslims 
committed by other Muslims in the name of Islam," she asks. "The 
answer, 
obviously, is Muslims."

For more information, call 859-422-0445 or visit the Web site at 
www.faithandvalues.com.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/21/2001

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HEADLINES:

* EITHER YOU ARE A BELIEVER OR AN INFIDEL (Wash. Post)
* RALLYING 'TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE' (Dallas Morning News)
* MOSQUES FIRE-BOMBED IN CANADA (680 News)
* SILENCE OF 4 TERROR PROBE SUSPECTS POSES DILEMMA (Wash. Post)
* ARRESTS HAVE YIELDED LITTLE SO FAR, INVESTIGATORS SAY (NY Times)
* CHARITY'S A DAILY DUTY FOR MUSLIMS (Wash. Times)
* ISLAM IS FAITH WITH MANY FACES (Wash. Times)
* CASTING THE NET TOO WIDELY (Chicago Tribune)
* AN AMERICAN MUSLIM SPEAKS OUT (The Miami Herald)
* WHO IS HIGH-RISK? (The Toronto Star)
* ARAB-AMERICANS FEEL STING OF PROFILING (Boston Globe)
* SCARVES WRAP UP UT STUDENTS' SOLIDARITY (News-Sentinel)
* SEEING OURSELVES (Wash. Post)
* MISPLACED 'PATRIOTISM' (Los Angeles Times)
* NORTHERN CALIF. MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
* NJ MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
* SO. CALIF. - "TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING ISLAM"

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EITHER YOU ARE A BELIEVER OR AN INFIDEL
By Michael Skube, The Washington Post, 10/21/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27255-2001Oct20.html
(Michael Skube is a critic and essayist based in Atlanta.)

 From President Bush to imams at American mosques, everyone wants to 
make 
earnest bows toward Islam's civilizing past and its deep spirituality, 
taking issue only with terrorists who claim to act in its name. "Our 
quarrel is not with Islam," the president has repeated in so many 
words.

The problem is that Islam has a quarrel with us, and the antagonists 
are 
not simply a few extremists trained in the use of a box cutter. By now, 
the 
elephant -- or camel, if you will -- in the room can no longer be 
ignored: 
Islam not only exhibits a frightful intolerant streak at times, but its 
very nature seems to be one of intolerance. Either you are a believer 
or 
you are an infidel...

...Here and abroad, Muslim clerics have condemned the attacks of Sept. 
11, 
and no one should doubt their sincerity. Scholars of the Koran assure 
us 
that nothing in the text commands the faithful to take up the sword 
against 
the innocent. But, as the text makes clear, the sword is to be taken up 
-- 
against those who deny Allah and his Messenger, against those who once 
believed but fell away, against foes of the faith, real or imagined...

...This is a fighting faith, not everywhere willing to live peaceably 
in a 
world of many faiths...

...The Islamic past has known no such intellectual transformation, and 
nothing suggests it will any time soon. Its most liberal 
revolutionaries, 
men such as Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938), the secular-minded 
father of 
modern Turkey, are little honored outside their own lands. (It may be 
just 
as well: Ataturk thought religion a superstition anyway.) Islam pays 
tribute instead to dictators -- from Abu Bakr, Mohammed's son-in-law 
and 
the first caliph, to the Ayatollah Khomeini -- whose cruelty met no 
opposition from Islam's holy men.

For all the Koran's pious homage to equality, it is an equality in 
submission, and none are more in submission than Muslim women. In 
America, 
blacks were in bondage for more than two centuries, and women did not 
win 
the right to vote until 1920. But women and blacks won full rights as 
citizens because the soil had been tilled and readied.

The Islamic world, by contrast, was content to remain in its torpor, 
locked 
in rigid orthodoxy, fearful of freedom, achieving little except what it 
could achieve through fear or force.

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RALLYING 'TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE'
Muslims denounce terrorism, support patriotism, peace
By KATHERINE MORALES, The Dallas Morning News, 10/21/2001
www.dallasnews.com/metro/stories/STORY.e9ad25a282.b0.af.0.a4.b6264.html

Imad Ismail stood on a sidewalk in downtown Dallas, telling strangers 
the 
same things he has told his friends at school for the last six weeks.

The 14-year-old didn't commit the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Nobody he 
knew was involved.

His religious beliefs don't condone them, and he was appalled by them. 
"I'm 
here because I think I can try to make a difference - to inform the 
public 
about what's going on," he said.

Imad joined hundreds of other families and community leaders, Muslim 
and 
non-Muslim, on Saturday for a rally against terrorism sponsored by the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations-DFW...

"...The last six weeks have been difficult for our nation as a whole," 
said 
Mohamed Elmougy, president of the council. "We are here to reclaim our 
faith from those who have hijacked it from us. We cannot allow the few 
to 
ruin it for the many."

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MOSQUES FIRE-BOMBED IN CANADA
http://www.680news.com/topstories.html

An Oakville man is in jail accused of firebombing two area mosques. A 
molotov cocktail was thrown onto the roof of the Islamic Center on 
South 
Sheridan Way Saturday morning in Mississauga. There are no injuries and 
the 
damage is considered minor. During the investigation, police learned 
that a 
molotov cocktail was also thrown on the roof of a mosque on Fairview 
Street 
in Burlington about half an hour before. A further investigation 
revealed 
that the incidents were related, and a suspect was identified. A 
35-year 
old Oakville man has been arrested and is facing a variety of explosive 
related charges. He is also considered a suspect in an earlier Mosque 
attack in Hamiton.

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SILENCE OF 4 TERROR PROBE SUSPECTS POSES DILEMMA
By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post, 10/21/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27748-2001Oct20.html

FBI and Justice Department investigators are increasingly frustrated by 
the 
silence of jailed suspected associates of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda 
network, and some are beginning to that say that traditional civil 
liberties may have to be cast aside if they are to extract information 
about the Sept. 11 attacks and terrorist plans.

More than 150 people rounded up by law enforcement officials in the 
aftermath of the attacks remain in custody, but attention has focused 
on 
four suspects held in New York who the FBI believes are withholding 
valuable information...

...Among the alternative strategies under discussion are using drugs or 
pressure tactics, such as those employed occasionally by Israeli 
interrogators, to extract information. Another idea is extraditing the 
suspects to allied countries where security services sometimes employ 
threats to family members or resort to torture...

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ARRESTS HAVE YIELDED LITTLE SO FAR, INVESTIGATORS SAY
By DON VAN NATTA, The New York Times, 10/21/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/21/national/21DETA.html

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 - After 40 days of the most aggressive criminal 
investigation in American history, federal law enforcement officials 
have 
arrested 830 people but have failed to develop evidence that anyone now 
in 
custody was a conspirator in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Despite pursuing more than 365,000 tips from the public, senior 
investigators in the United States acknowledged that most of their 
promising leads for finding accomplices and some of their long-held 
suspicions about several suspects have unraveled.

Beyond that, none of the nearly 100 people still being sought by the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation is seen as a major suspect, law 
enforcement 
officials said. "There is no one in that group that I'd want someone to 
wake me up at 3 o'clock in the morning to tell me about," a government 
official said...

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CHARITY'S A DAILY DUTY FOR MUSLIMS
Religion requires helping the needy
By Margie Hyslop, The Washington Times/10/20/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/metro/20011020-929075.htm

Mention Muslims or Islam to many Americans and it is unlikely they will 
think of charity. Instead, most will think of people kneeling on rugs 
to 
pray five times a day, or of the poor and oppressed Muslims in 
Afghanistan 
- particularly with the images that are appearing daily in the news.

Few are apt to know the emphasis Muslims place on charity at home and 
beyond.

Required giving, called "zakat," is one of Islam's "five pillars" - 
along 
with prayer, fasting during the month of Ramadan, making a pilgrimage 
to 
Mecca, and the belief that there is one God and that Mohammed is God's 
last 
prophet. Even Muslims of relatively modest means are required to give 
2.5 
percent of their wealth - not income - to charity, based on a 
complicated 
set formula. But they are encouraged to give more.

"We are expected to give charity every day," says Maryam Funches, 
executive 
director of the Muslim Inter-Community Network in Bethesda.

More than 5 million Muslims live in the United States. Members of the 
faith 
operate about 59 social services organizations, 30 relief organizations 
and 
39 community development organizations, says Mohamed Nimer, research 
director at the Council on American Islamic Relations...

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ISLAM IS FAITH WITH MANY FACES
By David R. Sands, The Washington Times, 10/21/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20011021-28614822.htm

No short survey can do justice to the vast diversity of modern Islam, a 
1,400-year-old faith that stretches today from sub-Saharan Africa to 
Indonesia.

Muslim culture claims figures as diverse as Saudi militant Osama bin 
Laden 
and Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie, U.S. boxing great Muhammad Ali 
and 
Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. An estimated 6 million followers of 
Islam 
reside in the United States...

...Despite the identification of Islam with its Middle Eastern roots, 
less 
than a quarter of the world's Muslims are Arabs.

India, among the most vocal critics of extremist Islamic militancy, 
boasts 
the world's second-largest Muslim population, trailing only Indonesia. 
Yet 
Muslims make up just 14 percent of India's population...

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CASTING THE NET TOO WIDELY
There are many Islamic movements around the world that are non-violent.
By Laila Al-Marayati, The Chicago Tribune, 10/21/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0110210021oct21.story
(Dr. Laila Al-Marayati was a presidential appointee to the Commission 
on 
International Religious Freedom from 1999 to May, 2001.)

In the next phase of the war against terrorism, Muslims are expected to 
begin a process of flushing out the extremists among them who are bent 
on 
destruction of all things American.

Such a plan of self-policing that is superficially appealing quickly 
falls 
apart over the definition of a Muslim extremist. Under many repressive 
regimes in the Muslim world, political participation and religious 
expression that does not conform to government policies is brutally 
thwarted. In order to relieve themselves from international censure, 
rulers 
will claim that such tactics are necessary in the battle against 
extremists, which threaten the state and support terrorism.

Such broad generalizations provide cover for widespread abuse of 
innocent 
Muslims from Central Asia to China and throughout the Middle East. 
There is 
no denying that, based on statements issued publicly, Osama bin Laden 
and 
others with a similar philosophy espouse extreme views about Islam and 
its 
relation to the world that are not shared by the mainstream.

The tendency to paint all Islamic movements with the same brush 
reflects an 
overly simplistic and shortsighted view of the Muslim world that will 
be 
interpreted as a green light for further abuse...

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AN AMERICAN MUSLIM SPEAKS OUT
`Don't let the terrorists set the agenda'
By Modhiaddin Mesbahi The Miami Herald, 10/21/2001
http://www.miami.com/herald/content/opinion/opcol/digdocs/082363.htm
(Modhiaddin Mesbahi, an associate professor of International Relations 
at 
Florida International University, is an expert in foreign-policy and 
terrorism issues.)

The following are excerpted remarks made by Dr. Mohiaddin Mesbahi at a 
recent forum on terrorism co-hosted by Florida International University 
and 
The Miami Herald.

I am one of those profiled: Muslim, Iranian and a citizen of this 
country. 
And I live among you. I say this because I recently lived under a death 
threat for two weeks -- not because of any comments I've expressed, but 
because of my name and my religion. And on a recent Friday afternoon, I 
met 
with the person who threatened my life. The police took the matter [a 
death 
threat made by telephone] seriously, followed through and found the 
person. 
They asked me "What do you want to do about it? Are you going to press 
charges?" I said "No. If he does not mind, I'd like to meet him."

He happens to be a young university student. We sat together in my 
office 
and talked. It was an emotional meeting. He said that as the towers 
were 
coming down, so did his world. And the enemy, he heard, were the 
Muslims -- 
those living and breathing among us.

I told him this: "I carry two burdens. One I share with you -- shock, 
outrage, anger and a desire for justice. The second I don't share with 
you, 
and that is guilt by association. You can't put 1.2 billion people, 
seven 
million of whom live in the United States, in the same category with 
terrorists and political extremists. What the terrorists did is not 
Islamic 
in any book. It is ideology. When religion or any idea becomes 
ideology, 
people begin to argue that the ends justify the means..."

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WHO IS HIGH-RISK?
By Lynda Hurst, The Toronto Star, 10/20/2001
http://www.thestar.com/
Search using the term "profiling."

So now does it begin? The targeting of certain groups of travellers?

In announcing a $280 million antiterrorism bill that will bring into 
play 
new security technologies at airports and borders, Ottawa has 
scrupulously 
stayed clear of the controversial issue of profiling.

But given that all 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were 
Muslims of Middle East background, is it not simply common sense to 
boost 
airport screening of passengers with the same background?

Is it a necessary evil or an extraordinary violation of peoples' civil 
rights? If so, is the trade-off for increased public safety - or the 
perception thereof - worth the price...?

"...They are profiling at the airport right now," says Faisal Khutty, 
general counsel at the Canadian-Islamic Civil Liberties Association. 
"Profiling by name. Muslim workers there have told us..."

...Arab Canadians understand the larger security issue, says Riad 
Saloojee, 
executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(Canada). 
"What we fear is an abuse of profiling because there are so many 
misconceptions, so many rampant stereotypes, out there about us."

If you're going to screen people, you might as well screen on the basis 
of 
criminal activity, he says. Not that that would have caught the Sept. 
11 
terrorists, none of whom had criminal records. Nor would assuming that 
suicidal hijackers always pay cash for one-way tickets. Some paid cash, 
others used credit cards, two bought round-trip tickets, one even 
presented 
a frequent-flier card.

What, then, do those most likely to be subject to heightened checks 
suggest 
be done?

"Sept. 11 was a profound failure of intelligence," says Saloojee, "If 
you're going to profile for terrorists, you have to study and 
investigate 
who they are. You need information on the culture, faith and religion. 
You 
need to reach out and craft a collective strategy. But no type of 
bridge 
has been built into our community to do that..."

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ARAB-AMERICANS FEEL STING OF PROFILING
By Mary Leonard, The Boston Globe, 10/19/2001
boston.com/dailyglobe2/292/nation/Arab_Americans_feel_sting_of_profiling+.shtml

DEARBORN, Mich. - The three Boy Scouts thought profiling meant 
something 
about mathematics. It wasn't until State Police pulled over their van 
and 
threatened to detain their scoutmaster as a terrorist suspect that 
Mustafa, 
Kaseem, and Jihad felt the fear of being Arab-American today.

The scoutmaster, Khalil Baydoun, said the campers were stopped because 
they 
looked Middle Eastern. "After it was over, I explained to the boys that 
this was racial profiling, and it has been happening to black people 
for a 
long time," Baydoun said. "But the anger and humiliation never hits 
home 
until it happens to you..."

...Haaris Ahmad, Michigan director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, said a Muslim high-school girl, wearing the hijab, or 
traditional head scarf, was slammed into a locker, kicked, bruised, and 
verbally abused. He added that another Arab-American girl was kicked 
and 
tripped by the same assailant, who cursed her and told her to "go home, 
you 
terrorist..."

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SCARVES WRAP UP UT STUDENTS' SOLIDARITY
By Jeannine F. Hunter, News-Sentinel (Tenn.), 10/20/2001
http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/religion/article/0,1406,KNS_315_853314,00.html

She's white, Roman Catholic and before this week, Ashley Maynor's 
patriotism was never questioned.

For the University of Tennessee sophomore, the half-day she spent 
wearing a 
head covering worn traditionally by Muslim women was an eye-opening 
experience.
In one of her classes Friday, she was asked if she was an Afghan 
sympathizer or a true American.

Maynor was a participant in Friday's Scarves for Solidarity Day. Female 
students and faculty displayed sisterliness toward Muslim women by 
wearing 
either imported scarves ordered from Detroit suppliers or white ribbons 
pinned to their shirts...

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SEEING OURSELVES
By Diana Abu-Jaber, The Washington Post, 10/21/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24084-2001Oct19.html
(Diana Abu-Jaber is a professor of writing and the author of the novel 
"Arabian Jazz.")

Ten days after the terrorist attacks, I was on campus preparing for the 
start of school when the clean-cut young man approached and handed me a 
flier. He looked me in the eye and nodded as if we'd conducted a 
business 
transaction. And then I looked at the flier; it called for, among other 
things, "a rounding up and questioning of all Arabs."

My first thought was to tell him he'd confused me with someone else. He 
hadn't realized I was one of the ones he wanted rounded up. But after I 
climbed the four flights of stairs to my office, I found the same flier 
slipped under my office door -- the same door that bears my very Arabic 
name...

This is a strange and painful time to be Middle Eastern and American -- 
a 
time when some people are buying American flags because they're 
frightened 
not to fly them. My Aunt J., who also lives in a place called 
Palestine, 
once told me: Catastrophes can bring out the very best and the very 
worst 
in people. Some people become better than they naturally are and some 
become much worse. That is why you must not judge ahead of time or 
expect 
too much in either direction.

Remembering this makes me hope that there's an opportunity for us to be 
better: to feel more deeply, to see each other and ourselves more 
clearly. 
If only we will look.

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MISPLACED 'PATRIOTISM'
The Los Angeles Times, 10/21/2001
http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-000083888oct21.story

In the month following the terrorist attacks in New York and 
Washington, 
the Orange County Human Relations Commission received 24 reports of 
hate-related incidents involving people perceived to be from the Middle 
East.

The commission says it had never before recorded that many cases toward 
that community. Given the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and the 
patriotic 
reaction to them, some residents might conclude that the high incidence 
is 
understandable.

It's not. Especially not when nine of the victims in those incidents 
weren't even from that part of the world. The commission found that the 
verbal, and in one or two cases physical, assaults were against Latinos 
and 
others not from the Mideast.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations received about 85 more 
reports 
covering verbal and physical assaults, vandalism and graffiti in Orange 
County. Again, not all the victims were from the Middle East. Nor 
should 
they, or anyone else, be singled out for assault. Our enemies are the 
terrorists. It is also significant that U.S. Muslims and others 
throughout 
the world have denounced the attacks and terrorism conducted in the 
name of 
their faith...

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NORTHERN CALIF. MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

The Muslim Community Association and CAIR cordially invite you to a
Mosque Open House

WHEN:   Sunday October 28th, 11 AM to 4 p.m.
                 (One-hour presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

WHERE:  MCA Islamic Center, 3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara
                 (Between San Tomas & Central Expressways)

CONTACT:        For more information visit http://www.mca-sfba.org or
                 call (408) 986-9874, (408) 970-0647

Co-sponsored by AMGPJ, ING and MAS

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NJ MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

WHEN:   Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10-4 p.m.
WHERE:  Masjid al-Nur
                 161 Grand Ave
                 Johnson City, NY

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SO. CALIF. - "TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING ISLAM"

WHEN:   Monday, October 22, 2001
                 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

University of Southern California, Bovard Auditorium

Featuring:

- Qari Ashraf Carrim
- Chaplain Abu Ishaq Abdul Hafiz
- Ustadha Maha Hamoui
- Shaykh Sa'dullah Khan
- and a Question and Answer Forum

Co-sponsored by Student Senate and the Office of Religious Life.

DIRECTIONS:
www.usc.edu/student-affairs/bovardauditorium/maps_and_directions.html

(Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please arrive early. Seating is limited. Free
Admission.)

CONTACT:  muslimsu@usc.edu URL: http://www-scf.usc.edu/~muslimsu

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/22/2001

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HEADLINES:

* ISLAM ATTRACTS CONVERTS BY THE THOUSANDS (NY Times)
* FBI CONSIDERS TORTURE AS SUSPECTS STAY SILENT (The Times)
* HEAD SCARF HAS VIEWERS HOT UNDER THE COLLAR (Globe and Mail)
* CRTC TELLS STATIONS TO BAN ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS (CBC)
* CAT STEVENS SONG HEARD AGAIN (The Times)
* IN BETHLEHEM, ALTAR BOY'S DEATH BRINGS CONFLICT HOME (Wash. Post)
* CHAREN COLUMN UNFAIRLY STIGMATIZES ARAB AMERICANS (Wash. Times)
* BOWED HEADS AT THE ISLAMIC CENTER OF MINNESOTA (Star Tribune)
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN HOUSTON
* CALIF. LECTURE: "MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM"

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ISLAM ATTRACTS CONVERTS BY THE THOUSANDS
By JODI WILGOREN, The New York Times, 10/22/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/22/national/22CONV.html

...With some 6 million adherents in the United States, Islam is said to 
be 
the nation's fastest-growing religion, fueled by immigration, high 
birth 
rates and widespread conversion. One expert estimates that 25,000 
people a 
year become Muslims in this country; some clerics say they have seen 
conversion rates quadruple since Sept. 11.

Experts say Islam is attractive because of its universal message - the 
faithful believe that everyone is born Muslim and thus call the 
transformation reversion, not conversion - and because its teachings 
incorporate other traditions, honoring Jesus Christ, the Jewish 
patriarch 
Abraham and other Biblical figures as prophets. Though missionary work 
is 
rare in Islam, spreading the message is demanded by the Koran. 
Conversion 
is as simple as reciting one sentence - "I bear witness that there is 
no 
deity except Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger" - in front of 
witnesses, a ceremony known as Shahadah.

"There's no class," said Khalid Yahya Blankinship, chairman of the 
religion 
department at Temple University. "There isn't really a formalized 
requirement, you don't have to be tested." Mr. Blankinship, who 
converted 
to Islam in 1973 and has since witnessed 100 Shahadahs, added: "It's 
very 
important that Islam should spread. The idea is that one should want 
other 
souls to be saved..."

...Nine years ago, Jim Hacking was in training to be a Jesuit priest. 
Now, 
he is an admiralty lawyer in St. Louis who has spent much of the last 
month 
explaining Islam at interfaith gatherings. Mr. Hacking's search began 
in 
the 12-step program Overeaters Anonymous and intensified when he 
befriended 
an Egyptian-born woman, Amany Ragab, at the law review at St. Louis 
University. He made the Shahadah on June 6, 1998, and proposed marriage 
to 
her the next day. This summer, the couple traveled to Mecca.

"The thing I've always latched to is that there's one God, he doesn't 
have 
equals, he doesn't need a son to come do his work," Mr. Hacking, 31, 
said...

...To help with the social transition, the All Dulles Area Muslim 
Society 
in Sterling, Va., pairs converts with mentors. Other mosques offer 
seminars 
in the basics of Arabic prayer. Web sites like jews-for-allah.org and 
understandingislam.tripod.com provide glossaries to common Muslim 
expressions, step-by-step guides to ritual washing, interactive games 
to 
teach Arabic, and profiles of fellow converts, organized 
alphabetically, by 
county of origin and by former religion...

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FBI CONSIDERS TORTURE AS SUSPECTS STAY SILENT
By DAMIAN WHITWORTH, The Times (UK), 10/22/2001
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2001350021-2001364909,00.html

AMERICAN investigators are considering resorting to harsher 
interrogation 
techniques, including torture, after facing a wall of silence from 
jailed 
suspected members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, according to a 
report yesterday...

...Options being weighed include "truth" drugs, pressure tactics and 
extraditing the suspects to countries whose security services are more 
used 
to employing a heavy-handed approach during interrogations...

...The public pressure for results in the war on terrorism might also 
persuade the FBI to encourage the countries of suspects to seek their 
extradition, in the knowledge that they could be given a much rougher 
reception in jails back home...

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HEAD SCARF HAS VIEWERS HOT UNDER THE COLLAR
By INGRID PERITZ, The Globe and Mail (Canada), 10/22/2001
http://www.globeandmail.com/
Search using the term "scarf."

MONTREAL -- Canadian TV journalist Celine Galipeau figured she was just 
catering to local Muslim sensibilities this month when she donned a 
head 
scarf during her broadcasts from the pro-Taliban city of Quetta, 
Pakistan.

The veteran CBC war correspondent hadn't counted on offending Canadian 
sensibilities back home, however.

Soon after Ms. Galipeau appeared on the air wearing a head covering, 
the 
CBC's French-language newsroom was deluged with virulent complaints 
that 
the nation's public broadcaster was caving in to Muslim 
fundamentalists...

...In an interview yesterday from Pakistan, she said she was shocked 
when 
she heard about the complaints, and has no plan to ditch the head 
covering, 
which she bought when she arrived in Pakistan...

"...If I didn't wear it, I couldn't work," she said. "I think of it as 
part 
of my job, the same way a man who goes into a synagogue wears a kipa to 
interview a rabbi. The bottom line is getting the story."

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CRTC TELLS STATIONS TO BAN ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS
http://cbc.ca/
Search using the term "CRTC." Scoll down to 'News Stories."

"Canada's broadcast regulator has asked radio and television stations 
to be 
extra careful about keeping racist or abusive comments off the air. 
It's 
concerned about signs of a backlash against the country's Muslim 
community 
since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) 
says 
it has received 34 complaints about language on open-line shows 
recently."

"So it's sent a letter to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters 
asking 
stations to avoid letting hatred hijack public forums..."

CAIR-CAN NOTE: If you hear hateful speech on radio or tv, file a 
complaint 
with the CRTC by following directions on its website: 
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/RapidsCCM/Register.asp?lang=E
Send a copy of your complaint to CAIR-CAN at canada@cair-net.org

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CAT STEVENS SONG HEARD AGAIN
The Times (London), 10/22/2001
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2001350021-2001364752,00.html

YUSUF ISLAM, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has roundly 
condemned the attacks on the United States by professed Muslims as a 
contradiction of the meaning of the Koran.

In an interview to accompany the Concert for New York, the 
singer-songwriter said: "Throughout the ages you will find there have 
always been people who take religion or scripture or holy words out of 
context and apply them to justify their own concepts.

"The whole idea of killing innocent women and children has no place 
whatsoever in Islam. It is a distortion, an aberration..."

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IN BETHLEHEM, ALTAR BOY'S DEATH BRINGS CONFLICT HOME
By Lee Hockstader, The Washington Post, 10/22/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30991-2001Oct21.html

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Oct. 21 -- Apple-cheeked Johnny Thalgieh, an 
altar 
boy who hoped to become a priest, died near the place he loved best.

His blood still cakes the polished paving stones a few paces from 
Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, considered the birthplace of Jesus, 
where Johnny spent much of his life. That's where he was struck in the 
chest Saturday by a large-caliber bullet, apparently fired from an 
Israeli 
position on a ridge a half-mile away with a clear line of sight into 
Manger 
Square.

When he was hit, at dusk, he was playing with his 4-year-old cousin 
Michael, hoisting him skyward and then setting him down. A burst of 
fire 
raked Manger Square from the southeast -- the one exposed corner of the 
enclosed stone-faced plaza. Johnny cried out. He fell, rolled three 
times 
and died on the spot...

...This morning around 8:30, as parishioners gathered for Mass in the 
Church of St. Catherine, which adjoins the Church of the Nativity, two 
bullets hit the apse's high windows, spraying the worshipers with 
splinters 
of glass...

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CHAREN COLUMN UNFAIRLY STIGMATIZES ARAB AMERICANS
Letters to the Editor, The Washington Times, 10/22/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20011022-73011405.htm

In her Oct. 18 column, "Survival instinct vs. political correctness," 
Mona 
Charen announced to the world that the Sept. 11 terrorists have 
succeeded 
in causing her to hate and fear at a level equal to them.
(SEE: http://www.washtimes.com/ Search using "Mona Charen.")

One purpose of terrorism is to kill innocent people in an effort to 
express 
political opinions. Other, more insidious, purposes are to cause fear 
in a 
society, to bring unease to the minds of a population and to foment 
suspicion at every turn.

Americans have lived obliviously in a world of safety and security for 
decades. Now, for the first time, Americans feel the same fear that 
exists 
daily in the minds of the residents of Northern Ireland, the 
Palestinians, 
the Kashmiris and any other people besieged by a regular threat of 
random 
acts of violence.

What Americans in increasing numbers have forgotten is that we live in 
a 
country based on principles of human rights. Those rights are the 
bedrock 
of our existence.

If our civil liberties are not protected right now, they are not worth 
anything. Rights were designed to protect us when the times are bad - 
and, 
right now, the times definitely are bad if you are a Muslim.

Didn't the courts rule recently that racial profiling is illegal? 
Haven't 
the courts consistently upheld our right to a free education? Hasn't 
the 
U.S. government issued student visas to people of all nationalities?

What Mrs. Charen is proposing is against every basic principle of our 
society and has nothing to do with political correctness. Forcibly 
removing 
an ethnic group from the United States will not improve safety. It will 
show the terrorists that they have succeeded in creating panic, hate 
and 
distrust in a society that always has been a melting pot. By assuming 
we 
would be safer if we removed all Arabs from the United States, Mrs. 
Charen 
is exposing her racism...

...Safety is not an excuse for violating the rights of human beings - 
whatever their nationality, religion or skin color. Have we learned 
nothing 
from the civil rights movement of the '60s?

NOLA AGHA
Brussels, Belgium

In response to Mona Charen's Oct. 18 Commentary column, I would like to 
ask: Where were you, Mrs. Charen, when Timothy McVeigh blew up the 
federal 
building in Oklahoma City? Would you have advocated the profiling and 
deportation of people that "looked like" Mr. McVeigh?

There are more than 1 billion people who "look like" Middle Easterners. 
Why 
do you want to stigmatize all of them as terrorists? What happens when 
the 
next villains pop their ugly heads up and they are not from the Middle 
East? Would you advocate that their group be isolated and attacked?

HUSNI S. SAYED
Fort Collins, Colo.

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BOWED HEADS AT THE ISLAMIC CENTER OF MINNESOTA
State Rep. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights; Hennepin County Attorney 
Amy 
Klobuchar; U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo, and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman bowed 
their heads at the Islamic Center of Minnesota's open house Saturday in 
Fridley.
Published 21-Oct-2001
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1577/772974.html

MUSLIMS AND POLITICIANS PLEDGE TO STAND TOGETHER IN CRISIS
By Maura Lerner, Star Tribune (Minn.), 10/21/2001
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/772953.html

When U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton visited an Islamic school in Fridley a few 
days 
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he saw fear in the children's 
eyes.

Last week "I saw that same fear," he said, as he watched Senate staff 
members lining up for nose swabs for anthrax testing.

"We're all feeling vulnerable," he told more than 200 people at an open 
house Saturday at the Islamic Center of Minnesota, which houses the 
Islamic 
school. "We're all feeling fragile."

Dayton, D-Minn., was one of a dozen state, county and local officials 
who 
turned up to show solidarity with Minnesota's Muslim community at the 
event, which also was a fund-raiser for victims of the Sept. 11 
attacks...

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN HOUSTON

There will be an open house October 28, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Islamic 
Society of Greater Houston's Southeast Zone Masjid, 8830 Old Galveston 
Rd. 
For information, call 281-222-2114 or 713-524-6615.

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CALIF. LECTURE: "MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM"

SPEAKER:        Dr. Ahmad Saker
WHEN:   Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.
WHERE:  California State University -long Beach
                 Students Union, Sunset lounge

FOR INFORMATION: Call (562) 857-4110
SPONSORED BY: Muslim Students Association

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/23/2001

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HEADLINES:

* A "DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO DISCOUNT THE ROLE OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS" (AP)
* FOR SOME JEWISH LEADERS, PARTNERSHIP WITH MUSLIMS IS A CASUALTY OF 
SEPT. 
11 ATTACKS (NY Times)
* MUSLIM IN AMERICA (U.S. News & World Report)
* ERIE WOMAN CALLED UPON AS "MUSLIM ANSWER LADY" (Times-News)
* AMERICAN MUSLIMS ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS (Dallas Morning News)
* THE CRUSADERS' GIANT FOOTPRINTS (Washington Post)
* TWO SIKH MEN ATTACKED NEAR SEATTLE (AP)
* THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF TOLERANCE IN THE WORKPLACE (HRFocus)
* A MOSQUE OPENS ITS DOORS, AND A CONVERSATION (Christian Science 
Monitor)
* CURIOUS PACK ISLAMIC CENTER (Des Moines Register)
* A MUSLIM TOWN MEETING WITH POLICY MAKERS IN NJ
* CAIR-FLA: MUSLIMS IN THE USA - OUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* CAIR-NY: A DIALOGUE ON CIVIL LIBERTIES IN A TIME OF WAR
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN ALABAMA

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A "DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO DISCOUNT THE ROLE OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS"

GROUP: MUSLIM POPULATION OVERSTATED
By RACHEL ZOLL, The Associated Press, 10/22/2001

NEW YORK (AP) - The American Jewish Committee, concerned by the growing 
political influence of U.S. Muslims, released a report Monday saying 
commonly used estimates of the Muslim population in this country are 
too 
high, likely by millions.

The study concludes that the best estimate of Muslims in the United 
States 
is 2.8 million at most, compared to the 6 million figure used by many 
researchers and Muslim organizations. Muslim leaders said the report 
was an 
attempt to undercut their influence.

David Harris, the committee's executive director, said his group 
commissioned the review just after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

At the time, President Bush was making an unprecedented effort to reach 
out 
to American Muslims, as he built his anti-terrorism coalition and tried 
to 
stem harassment of Muslims in this nation...

...Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a 
Washington lobby group, called the report a "desperate attempt to 
discount 
the role of American Muslims.

"Very often the representatives of the extremist wing of the pro-Israel 
lobby such as the American Jewish Committee seek to block Muslim 
political 
participation," Hooper said.

In the past, Harris has warned that the increasingly visible American 
Muslim lobby posed a challenge to U.S.-Israel relations.

The American Jewish Committee and other groups estimate the number of 
Jews 
in this country is about 6 million.

"Six million has a special resonance," Harris wrote in a May 21 article 
in 
Jerusalem Report magazine. "It would mean that Muslims outnumber Jews 
in 
the U.S. and it would buttress calls for a redefinition of America's 
heritage as 'Judeo-Christian-Muslim,' a stated goal of some Muslim 
leaders..."

SEE CAIR'S REPORT, "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," at:
http://www.cair-net.org/mosquereport

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FOR SOME JEWISH LEADERS, PARTNERSHIP WITH MUSLIMS
IS A CASUALTY OF SEPT. 11 ATTACKS
By DAVID FIRESTONE, The New York Times, 10/22/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/22/national/22JEWS.html

In the weeks since the Sept. 11 attacks, a wide and increasingly bitter 
gulf has opened between many Jewish and Muslim leaders in this country 
over 
the nature of terrorism and the role played by Israeli policies in 
fomenting Muslim anger against the United States...

...Muslim leaders say that they are disappointed at the Jewish anger 
directed against them, but that they cannot give up their support for 
the 
Palestinian struggle simply because of one group's terrorist attack on 
the 
United States.

"The Jewish leadership says we support terrorism, but at the same time 
they 
are supporting Israeli violence and terrorism against our people," said 
Dr. 
Sabri Samirah, president of the United Muslim Americans Association, 
one of 
Chicago's most prominent Muslim groups...

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MUSLIM IN AMERICA
What is Islam? In this country, there are many answers to that question
BY JEFFERY L. SHELER, U.S. News & World Report, 10/29/2001
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/011029/ideas/29islam.htm

...Islam embraces the monotheism of Christianity and Judaism, accepts 
the 
Hebrew Bible, and venerates Jesus as a prophet. It is centered on the 
Koran-the Islamic scriptures, which Muslims believe were revealed to 
the 
prophet Mohammed-which commands five basic devotional duties, called 
the 
"Five Pillars": a declaration of belief that "there is no God but Allah 
[Arabic for "the God"] and Mohammed is his prophet"; prayers offered 
five 
times a day; daytime fasting during the month of Ramadan; charitable 
giving; and at least one pilgrimage to Mecca.

Muslims are forbidden to consume alcohol, illicit drugs, pork, or any 
meat 
that is not halal-the Islamic equivalent of kosher. Premarital sex and 
extramarital sex are sternly prohibited, as are most forms of 
unchaperoned 
dating. Emphasis on public modesty prompts many Muslims to cover 
themselves 
from the wrists to the ankles. Muslims also may not gamble or pay or 
accept 
interest on loans or savings accounts. It is a regimen that often runs 
in 
conflict with the dominant culture. Most American Muslims have no 
choice 
but to break the prohibition on usury to buy homes and automobiles, for 
example.

But if the intense scrutiny focused on world Islam since September 11 
has 
revealed anything, it is that the faith is no monolith. While there is 
much 
that binds the world's 1.2 billion Muslims together, there is no 
authoritative hierarchy-no pope, no central group of elders-that speaks 
to 
them or for them. And American Islam, it emerges, is its own special 
brand.

A recent study sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
cooperation with the Hartford Institute for Religion Research found 
that 
American Muslims generally are more accepting of differences, less 
inclined 
to fundamentalism, and more at home in a secular society than most 
Muslims 
elsewhere. They are also ethnically diverse: Most are immigrants or 
their 
descendants from Islamic countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle 
East. 
About a third are African-Americans, and a small number are whites of 
European descent...

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ERIE WOMAN CALLED UPON AS "MUSLIM ANSWER LADY"
By Robin Cuneo, Erie Times-News, 10/23/2001
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2001110200026

She has blond hair, blue eyes and a peaches-and-cream complexion. But 
she 
is covered from head to heel - all but her hands, feet and face - in 
the 
manner of Middle Eastern Muslim women.

Mary Al-Hasnawi, 43, is both as all-American as peach pie and a Muslim.

"It is possible to be both," said Al-Hasnawi, the supervisor of 
citizenship 
programs at International Institute of Erie, 517 E. 26th St. She's also 
the 
assistant supervisor of child care, an immigration counselor and 
caseworker 
for immigrants from Iraq.

Al-Hasnawi converted to Islam six years ago and never had a second 
thought, 
she said. Because of the change, however, she frequently finds herself 
called upon by media and the public to be a "Muslim answer lady." And 
since 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she has found herself explaining Islam 
more 
than ever.

"We're inundated with calls for speakers." Al-Hasnawi said. "We would 
go to 
schools a couple times a year before. Now, we have requests every 
day..."

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS
By Arsalan Tariq Iftikhar, Dallas Morning News, 10/23/2001
(Arsalan Tariq Iftikhar is Midwest Communications Director for Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations, St. Louis, Mo.)
http://www.dallasnews.com/

When someone firebombs an abortion clinic or a federal building, do we 
blame all Christians for these horrific acts? When 15-year-olds run 
into a 
school and gun their fellow classmates down, do we collectively round 
up or 
monitor all 15-year-old, blond-haired, skinny white suburbanite boys? 
Of 
course not.

To categorically implicate the 7 million American Muslims with the 
actions 
of Sept. 11 would be to succumb to the same ignorant xenophobia as the 
terrorists.
Your Oct. 22 editorial, "Muslim Anxiety - U.S. can turn diversity to 
its 
advantage," helped to educate the American public as to the dual 
anxiety we 
as American Muslims are feeling. We feel the threat of another 
terrorist 
attack and are forced to be anxious of continuing backlash from our 
American neighbors.

Typically, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's 
largest 
Muslim advocacy group, receives about 300 hate crime incidents against 
Muslims annually. In the past 41 days alone, we have received over 900. 
Scarved Muslim women being assaulted by bat-wielding gangs of men, 
store 
owners murdered because of their olive complexion and a fool who drove 
his 
white Mustang into a mosque in Cleveland.

We are no less American than we were on Sept. 10. I was born in the 
United 
States. I took my first steps on this soil. I have been a ball boy for 
the 
Chicago Bulls. I have been to four U2 concerts. I am a second-year law 
student specializing in international human rights. I and my 7 million 
Muslim brothers and sisters are contributing members of American 
society.

Two members of President Bush's Cabinet are of Arab descent. It was a 
Muslim who was the architect for the Sears Tower. Islam is the fastest 
growing religion in America and in the world. We are doctors, lawyers, 
engineers, mechanics, teachers, and store owners.

We are your neighbors.

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THE CRUSADERS' GIANT FOOTPRINTS
After a Millennium, Their Mark Remains
By Ken Ringle, The Washington Post, 10/23/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35989-2001Oct22.html

The average American probably thinks of the Crusades -- if he thinks of 
them at all -- as a dimly recalled page in a high school history book, 
possibly overlaid with images from the 1935 Cecil B. De Mille film epic 
starring Jason Robards Sr. and Loretta Young.

In the Islamic world, it's not like that.

Arab societies "have a very fluid sense of time," explains Mary-Jane 
Deeb, 
adjunct professor at American University and a Middle East specialist. 
"For 
them, events like the Crusades, a thousand years ago, are as immediate 
as 
yesterday. And they are very, very powerful events in the Arab mind. A 
lot 
of Islamic rhetoric revolves around the crusaders."

The reasons why are part history, part culture, part linguistics. When 
President Bush on Sept. 15 declared that "this crusade, this war on 
terrorism, is going to take a while," Muslims were stung...

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TWO SIKH MEN ATTACKED NEAR SEATTLE
The Associated Press, 10/22/2001
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20011022/aponline194636_000.htm

SEATAC, Wash. -- Two Sikhs were attacked in the suburbs around 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, apparently in the mistaken belief 
that they are Muslims, authorities said.

Sikh men who grow beards and wear turbans are sometimes mistaken for 
Muslims. The Sikh religion is from India and has no link to those 
suspected 
to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Since the terrorist attacks, a number of Sikhs have been assaulted, and 
a 
Sikh gasoline station owner in Arizona was killed.

Karnail Kail Singh, who owns the SeaTac Crest Motor Inn, said his 
assailant 
threatened him at the motel two or three weeks ago. He was on the 
telephone 
quoting room rates at about 8 a.m. Friday when the man returned, 
shouted 
"You still here? Go to Allah!" and knocked him unconscious with two 
blows 
from a cane. He required nine stitches in the head...

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THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF TOLERANCE IN THE WORKPLACE
HRfocus, November 2001

The events of Sept. 11 make it more important than ever to protect your 
workplace from discrimination based on the religious and ethnic origins 
of 
employees...

...Even before the attacks, anti-Muslim discrimination, including 
violence, 
stereotyping, and harassment, rose 15% between March 2000 and March 
2001, 
according to a report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(Washington, DC). The report, The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the 
United States 2001: Accommodating Diversity, covers 366 discriminatory 
incidents reported to the council 44 more than in 2000. Almost half of 
those complaints involved the workplace.

The factor prompting the most discrimination complaints was religious 
attire or appearance, such as headscarves or beards (more than 33% of 
incidents), racist comments on perceived ethnic origin because of skin 
color (25%), and incidents involving prayer (18%). The biggest number 
of 
discrimination complaints has come from women who wear headscarves and 
other Islamic clothing.

ACcommodation
Under Title VII, employers must reasonably accommodate employees' 
religious 
beliefs unless they create an undue hardship on the employer...

According to the EEOC, actions that could be considered discriminatory 
include:

* Scheduling an employment interview or job test that conflicts with a 
current or prospective employee's religious needs.
* Inquiring about an applicant's future availability at certain times.
* Maintaining a restrictive dress code.
* Refusing to allow observance of a Sabbath or religious holiday, 
unless 
the employer can prove that doing so would cause an undue hardship.
* Requiring an employee to pay union dues when his or her religious 
practices prohibit such payments (as a compromise, the employee could 
pay 
an equal sum to a charitable organization, says the EEOC).
* Making a worker take training programs that involve such activities 
as 
meditation, yoga, or biofeedback, if such practices conflict with the 
worker's religious views.

STEPS TO TAKE
To build a solid religious-accommodation program:
* Make it clear to employees that they may express their religious 
views as 
long as they don't impose them on others.
* Emphasize that although the company will make reasonable efforts to 
accommodate employees' religious expression, the company's primary 
mission 
is to achieve its business objectives.
* Make safety, not religion, the main issue. If religious it-ems or 
apparel 
pose a serious safety risk, let it be known you retain the right to ban 
such apparel. But if there is no risk or other legitimate business 
excuse, 
try to be accommodating.

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A MOSQUE OPENS ITS DOORS, AND A CONVERSATION
By Mary Wiltenburg, The Christian Science Monitor, 10/23/2001
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1023/p15s1-leca.html

...The Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, Mass., has opened its 
doors 
to groups of visitors like these every week since Sept. 11. The 
community 
outreach began with an ISB open house the week of the attacks; 700 
locals 
attended, many of them searching for ways to show support for Muslims 
and 
to learn about Islam.

After this flood of interest, the society decided to offer this 
"Introduction to Islam" class, a discussion series, and a display at 
the 
Boston Public Library. Numerous such efforts have sprung up nationwide 
in 
the past six weeks...

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CURIOUS PACK ISLAMIC CENTER
Volunteers were pleased with the number of visitors who came to learn 
about 
the Muslim faith.
By TOM ALEX, Des Moines Register, 10/22/2001
http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c5351764/16252573.html

Volunteers at the Islamic Center of Des Moines were unprepared Sunday 
for 
the crowd that came to learn about Islam.

"I thought maybe 30 to 50 people. We have here hundreds," said Dr. 
Sameer 
Yaseen, one of the volunteers. "The mosque is too small. That's the 
problem."
He wasn't complaining. The volunteers were pleased with the turnout 
although no one at the center kept a head count.

The room where several Muslims were taking questions holds fewer than 
100 
people. It was packed. Visitors tried to listen from the hall. One 
woman 
asked if it was all right to take notes...

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A MUSLIM TOWN MEETING WITH POLICY MAKERS IN NJ

WHEN:   OCTOBER 25, 2001
WHERE:  THE O'DONNELL DEMPSEY CENTER
                 602-616 SALEM AVENUE, ELIZABETH
TIME:   6 - 9 P.M.

FEATURING:

Sec. Of State, New Jersey - DeForest B. Soaries
Hon. John Farmer - Attorney General
Hon. Thomas Manahan - Union County Prosecutor
Hon. Donald Campolo Essex County Prosecutor

Special Guests:
Imam Siraj Wahaj
Imam Hamad Chebli

NOTE: Gubernatorial Candidate Bret Shundler will be at Dar Ul Islam, 
Masjid, November 4, 2001. For more information please contact- 
908-965-2010/908-965-2011/908-355-7666

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CAIR-FLA: MUSLIMS IN THE USA - OUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

WHERE:  FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS)
                 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL. 33199
WHEN:   NOVEMBER 4, 2001, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

4:00 - 5:30             TOWN HALL MEETING (Room AT-100)

                         Panelists: Alex Penelas (Mayor of Miami);
                         Derick Daniels (Florida Comm. On Human 
Relations);
                         Mr. Tom Battles (US Dept. of Justice);
                         Frank Cobo (Dade County Public Schools);
                         Three South Florida Muslims leaders (TBA)
                         Moderator: Br. Altaf Ali (President CAIR 
Florida)

CONTACT: CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations- Florida
Tel: 954-797-7493
Fax: 954-337-2356
Florida@cair-net.org

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CAIR-NY: A DIALOGUE ON CIVIL LIBERTIES IN A TIME OF WAR

WHEN:   Friday, October 26, 2001
                 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WHERE:  The Interchurch Center Lounge
                 475 Riverside Drive at 120th Street, New York City
                 (Entrance on Claremont Avenue)

This lecture will deal with the new legislation being passed following 
the 
tragic events of September 11th and the impact it will have on our 
Civil
Liberties.

Guest Speakers:

* Donna Lieberman
New York Civil Liberties Union
* Omar T. Mohammad, Esq.
Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammad
* Chaumtoi Huq, Esq.
Civil Rights Committee, New York Bar Assn.
* Christine Quinn
New York City Councilwoman, District 3
* Barbara Olshansky, Esq.
Center for Constitutional Rights
* Hasan Abdullah, Esq.
Law Firm of Hasan Abdallah
* Christoper W.Chan, Esq.
* Moushumi M. Khan, Esq.
* Michael Tarif Warren, Esq.

Sponsored by the Council on American Islamic Relations, New
York Chapter. For more information, contact CAIR-NY: 212.870.2002

Co-Sponsor: Women In Islam

Lectures on Human Rights and Social Justice is coordinated by Aisha
H.L.Al-Adawiya

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN ALABAMA

Huntsville Islamic Center (Huntsville, AL) will have an open house on 
November 3, 7 to 9 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO:
http://www.huntsvilleislamiccenter.org

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR RAMADAN 2001 PUBLICITY RESOURCE KIT

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Dear Imam, activist, community leader, committee, brother or sister:

As-salaamu alaykum. Peace to you.

CAIR's RAMADAN 2001 PUBLICITY RESOURCE KIT has been developed to assist 
your community in publicizing Ramadan events and activities. It is 
designed 
to provide you with the raw materials with which you can contact the 
media 
and, through them, people of other faiths in your area.

DOWNLOAD THE KIT BY GOING TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadankit

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CONTENTS:

* RAMADAN PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN SUMMARY AND TIPS
* STEPS TO TAKE
* NEWS RELEASE - MUSLIM FAST OF RAMADAN BEGINS NOVEMBER 17
* RAMADAN FACTS
* RAMADAN Q&A
* Q&A ABOUT ISLAM AND AMERICAN MUSLIMS
* ISLAM IN AMERICA - THE FACTS
* TERMS AND CONCEPTS
* NEWS RELEASE - AMERICAN MUSLIMS CELEBRATE END OF RAMADAN FAST
* MEDIA ADVISORY - LOCAL MUSLIMS CELEBRATE END OF MONTH-LONG FAST
* PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - LOCAL MUSLIM COMMUNITY HOLDS MOSQUE 
OPEN HOUSE
* SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR PHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE MEDIA
* STEPS NECESSARY TO HOLD A MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
* WELCOME TO OUR MOSQUE

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HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE KIT:

1. Read the "Ramadan Publicity Campaign Summary and Tips" provided in 
this 
kit. You will probably not achieve all these objectives, but the list 
will 
give you an idea of what is possible. Also study the "Talking Points" 
at 
the bottom of that page. These are the key points you will want to pass 
on 
to people of other faiths.

2. Photocopy pages such as "Ramadan Q&A" and "Islam in America - The 
Facts." These pages can be distributed in the materials you send to the 
media and hand out at open houses. The announcement for Ramadan will be 
sent to national and regional media by CAIR, but the local communities 
should make contact with local media. (Call CAIR if you need a local 
list 
of media addresses and phone numbers.)

3. Re-type the "Media Advisory" and the "Public Service Announcement" 
on 
your group's letterhead.

4. Re-format and print copies of the Mosque Open House brochure for 
distribution at your Islamic center's event.

5. Distribute your announcements to the media no later than TWO WEEKS 
before any event.

6. Make phone calls to follow up with editors, producers, talk show 
hosts, etc.

7. Call CAIR if you have any questions, or if you do not understand any 
part of the Resource Kit.

8. Clip news articles and record TV items. Send originals of newspaper 
clips  (please include the front page of the paper for our files) and 
clear 
video copies to CAIR. Your community may appear in CAIR's next 
publication 
or video production.

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STEPS TO TAKE

1) Form a local committee to handle publicity for Ramadan activities. 
Make 
sure the committee has representatives from all local communities. Do 
not 
waste time and energy setting up a formal structure. Just choose a 
coordinator and include people who are willing to do the work.

2) This committee should have a name such as Seattle Ramadan 
Information 
Committee, etc.

3) Decide which activities your community will undertake. The main 
suggestions are:

* Moonsighting event
* Ramadan "Taste of Islam" open house at the Islamic Center
* Eid Bazaar
* Public lectures on Ramadan and Islamic solutions for societal 
problems
* School presentations by parents and students
* Iftars for the homeless
* Canned food drive
* Eid treats for non-Muslim classmates

4) To publicize these events, modify the attached materials for your 
own 
organization's use. Use these materials when contacting the people 
listed 
in the "objectives" section. To find the phone and fax numbers for 
these 
people, just call the media outlet in question and ask. You may also 
call 
CAIR at 202-488-8787, to ask for a customized local media list with the 
names, addresses and phone numbers of the media in your area. Use your 
"talking points" whenever communicating with the media.

5) TIMING - Don't wait until Ramadan to start calling faxing and 
mailing 
materials to the media. Calendar editors need at least two weeks lead 
time 
to publish an item. Feature editors and others need at least that long 
to 
develop and schedule stories. Public service announcements also need 
time 
to be approved and scheduled.

Make initial contact as soon as you can and then follow up with phone 
calls 
to the same people a couple of days before each activity. When you make 
calls close to the day of any event, focus on the television news 
assignment editors and newspaper city and photo editors.

6) IMPORTANT - Make sure you send a copy of all your announcements and 
news 
releases to the ASSOCIATED PRESS "DAYBOOK" EDITOR at the Associated 
Press 
office in your area or in the nearest large city. Also send Ramadan 
news 
releases to metro, food and feature editors at newspapers, assignment 
editors at TV stations, and news directors and public service directors 
at 
radio stations.

7) Clip copies of any news articles and tape any broadcast reports. 
Send 
copies of these to CAIR.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Tel: 202-488-8787
Fax: 202-488-0833
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/24/2001

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HEADLINES:

* JAILED PAKISTANI DIES IN CELL (AP)
* WRITERS QUESTION LOYALTY OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS
         - SKEPTICAL OF THE PEACEFUL LABEL (Washington Times)
         - MUSLIMS IN U.S. SHOULD PROCLAIM LOYALTY (Chicago Sun-Times)
* TRUE FACE OF ISLAM (New York Times)
* MUSLIM OPENS SENATE SESSION WITH PRAYER
* THE COMPATIBILITY OF A NATION'S VALUES (St. Petersburg Times)
* URI AVNERY PRESS CONFERENCE AT CONGRESS
* MUSLIMS, JEWS TALK AT MOUNT HOLYOKE (AP)
* LARGE MAJORITY OF GERMANS WANT BOMBING CEASEFIRE (Reuters)
* VATICAN UN OBSERVER QUESTIONS US ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN
* AIRLINES AGGRESSIVELY PROFILE FLIERS (Wall Street Journal)
* CRITICAL E-MAILS MAY HAVE COST JOB (Edmonton Journal)
* SUSPECT CHARGED IN MOSQUE ATTACKS (Globe and Mail)
* HOUSE OKS ANTI-TERROR BILL (AP)
* ACLU LETTER TO HOUSE MEMBERS ON ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN ORANGE COUNTY
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN VISTA CALIF.

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JAILED PAKISTANI DIES IN CELL
By WAYNE PARRY; Associated Press, 10/24/2001

(NEWARK, New Jersey) A Pakistani man arrested by the FBI in its 
investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was found dead in his 
jail 
cell, authorities said.

The 55-year-old man, whose identity was not immediately released, was 
found 
dead Tuesday morning at the Hudson County Jail in Kearny, New Jersey. 
An 
autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death. A doctor who 
examined 
the man's body said a nasal swab showed no signs of anthrax, but 
further 
tests were planned, county spokesman Jacob Delemos said.

The man was arrested Sept. 19 as part of the investigation into the 
terrorist attacks, a government source who insisted on anonymity told 
The 
Associated Press on Wednesday.

He was being held on immigration charges, authorities said. Federal 
immigration officials didn't immediately return calls for comment...

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WRITERS QUESTION LOYALTY OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS

SKEPTICAL OF THE PEACEFUL LABEL
By Cal Thomas, The Washinton Times, 10/24/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20011024-19226812.htm

One sees many white, Anglo-Saxon, mostly Protestant members of Congress 
and 
others on television today vouching for the "peaceful" nature and 
intent of 
Islam. Oprah Winfrey has done a show on "modern Muslim women" - none of 
whom would be allowed to dress in contemporary clothing, be educated, 
or 
even appear on television if they lived in radical Muslim states.

I ask the Right Rev. Bullen Dolli, an Episcopal bishop in Sudan, what 
he 
believes about the nature and intent of contemporary Islam. "It is a 
militant religion," he tells me and laughs at those who serve as its 
character witnesses...

...When Christians, Jews and those of most other faiths disagree with 
the 
American government, they have worked within the system to change it, 
or in 
extreme cases (as with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.) have been 
willing 
to suffer government's punishment for violating our laws for a nobler 
purpose. It is different with militant Islam, which seeks to dominate 
the 
nation in which it grows and, when in control, diminishes the rights of 
all 
who disagree.

Don't think so? Is there a country controlled by Islamic militants that 
guarantees equal rights for all? Why are we allowing Muslim schools in 
this 
country to promote ideas that are seditious?

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO: (NOTE: Cal Thomas WILL use hostile response 
to 
further defame Islam. Also note that the Washington Times has a 
consistent 
pattern of publishing Islamophobic articles.)
E-MAIL: jctlatsyn@aol.com, letters@washingtontimes.com, 
hbering@washingtontimes.com, fschecker@tribune.com, 
ddwilliams@tribune.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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MUSLIMS IN U.S. SHOULD PROCLAIM LOYALTY
BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN, Chicago Sun-Times, 10/24/2001
http://www.suntimes.com/output/osullivan/cst-edt-osul24.html

...In the past, the majority was expected to show a welcoming tolerance 
to 
a new minority; the minorities were expected to demonstrate loyalty. In 
the 
context of a crisis like today's, this would have meant asking Muslims 
to 
offer wholehearted support to America's war against Osama bin Laden, 
while 
other Americans were urged to respect their Muslim neighbors.

Everyone would thus be reassured.

Under the multiculturalism inspired by suspicion of the American 
majority, 
however, no expressions of loyalty are demanded of American Muslims. We 
are 
supposed to assume the loyalty of every single person in America until 
someone furnishes legally recognizable proofs of disloyalty. Hence, the 
official condemnation of the practice of subjecting men of "Middle 
Eastern 
appearance" to intrusive questioning when they are boarding airplanes.

This apparent indulgence damages American Muslims. For it reduces the 
incentives for Muslims to join the collective, unqualified condemnation 
of 
bin Laden. Some Muslim leaders have issued such condemnations anyway. 
But 
others, encouraged to stress a Muslim identity over an American one, 
have 
been noticeably equivocal--complaining, for instance, that U.S. 
sanctions 
on Iraq are also a form of terrorism.

Such statements might well instill in other Americans the very 
suspicion of 
Muslims that official policy is designed to dispel...

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO:
shuntley@suntimes.com, letters@suntimes.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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TRUE FACE OF ISLAM
The New York Times, 10/24/2001

To the Editor:

"Islam Attracts Converts by the Thousand, Drawn Before and After 
Attacks" 
(news article, Oct. 22) shows that the true face of Islam is not the 
color 
of one's skin but the content of one's character. You enlighten us as 
to 
the true nature of Islam, a profound and peaceful faith practiced by 
people 
of all races and socioeconomic statuses. Muslims are lawyers, teachers, 
police officers and mechanics. We are as American today as we were 
before 
Sept. 11.

RIAD ABDELKARIM, M.D.
California Communications Dir.
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Anaheim, Calif.

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MUSLIM OPENS SENATE SESSION WITH PRAYER

For just the second time in the history of the U.S. Senate, a Muslim 
today 
offered that body's opening prayer. The prayer was offered by Imam 
Yusuf 
Saleem, National Educational Director for the Muslim American Society 
of 
Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam Yusuf is also associated with Masjid 
Muhammad 
in Washington, D.C.

Masjid Muhammad will hold an open house on November 18.

CONTACT: 202-483-8832

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THE COMPATIBILITY OF A NATION'S VALUES
By BILL MAXWELL, The St. Petersburg Times, 10/24/2001

How about a little straight talk about the relationship among Israel, 
the 
Palestinians and the United States...?

...For decades, the Jewish state has brutalized an entire people, 
bulldozed 
homes, dynamited others, raided neighborhoods with powerful gunships. 
Do 
these state-sponsored actions manifest American values?

...Alas, however, one of the best ways to determine the values of a 
nation 
is to follow the money. America is Israel's most loyal and vocal 
international ally. We hand the Jewish state $270-million in economic 
aid 
and about $2-billion in military aid. How much of this money funds the 
continued dehumanization and disenfranchisement of the Palestinian 
people?

What does our largess say about our values? What does it say to the 
Islamic 
world? Do we care? This is no time for blind allegiance to past 
practices. 
This is a time for straight talk, fairness and wise action.

CONTACT: maxwell@sptimes.com, letters@SPTimes.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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URI AVNERY PRESS CONFERENCE AT CONGRESS

Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JPPI) will hold a press 
conference 
with members of Congress and Mr. Uri Avnery, founder of Gush Shalom 
(Peace 
Bloc), an Israeli peace organization.

The press conference will take place Thursday, October 25, at 2:30 PM 
at 
the House Triangle.  During the press conference, members of Congress 
will 
welcome Avnery to Washington, DC. Avnery is on the final leg of a U.S. 
speaking tour to promote a just peace for both Israelis and 
Palestinians. 
Uri Avnery is Israel's most celebrated peace activist.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Joshua Ruebner, 202-423-7666

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MUSLIMS, JEWS TALK AT MOUNT HOLYOKE
By ADAM GORLICK, The Associated Press, 10/24/2001

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) - Sehr Karim never expected to sit across the 
dinner table from a student with the religious background of Melissa 
Simon. 
Karim is a devout Muslim from United Arab Emirates, while Simon is a 
religious Jew from Boston.

But they are among many Muslims and Jews at Mount Holyoke College who 
have 
been breaking bread at a unique college dining hall that opened two 
days 
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A main topic of conversation has 
been 
the tenets of Islam and how it differs from the hateful dogma preached 
by 
Osama bin Laden...

...The dining is possible because the hall serves dishes in accordance 
with 
Jewish rules that define kosher food and with Islamic dietary laws, 
known 
as halal.

While kosher and halal food is increasingly available on college 
campuses 
across the country, Mount Holyoke administrators say their kitchen is 
one 
of the few that cooks and serves meals that meet both religions' 
requirements every day...

...Both Islam and Judaism prohibit eating pork and require animals to 
be 
slaughtered in a particular way. While halal meat is not automatically 
considered kosher, all kosher meat can be eaten by Muslims.

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LARGE MAJORITY OF GERMANS WANT BOMBING CEASEFIRE

BERLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of Germans want the 
United States to call at least a temporary halt to its bombing of 
Afghanistan, a survey released on Wednesday said.

Sixty-nine percent of Germans polled answered "yes" to the question, 
"Do 
you agree with the demands for a ceasefire in Afghanistan?" the survey 
by 
the respected Forsa polling institute found.

The poll, to be published in the liberal weekly Die Woche on Thursday, 
showed that 60 percent of Germans were opposed to Germany sending 
combat 
troops to support the U.S.-led mission, while 35 percent were in 
favour...

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VATICAN UN OBSERVER QUESTIONS US ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN
Catholic World News, 10/23/2001
http://cwnews.com/news/getstory.cfm?recnum=16646&auth=No

VATICAN, Oct 23, 01 (CWNews.com) - The Vatican's representative at the 
UN
has sharply questioned American military activities against 
Afghanistan,
and called for more serious efforts to eliminate the "roots" of 
terrorism.

Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Archbishop Renato 
Martino
ignored the efforts of American military planners to avoid civilian
casualties during the current bombing campaign. He said: "Reprisals, 
which
strike indiscriminately at the innocent, continue the spiral of 
violence
and are illusionary solutions that prevent the moral isolation of the
terrorists."

The Vatican envoy also brushed aside any military rationale for the US
campaign, characterizing the air strikes as "acts of revenge" and 
saying
that they would not eliminate the causes of terrorism...

...The veteran Vatican diplomat also complained that the peacekeeping 
work 
of the UN itself has been thwarted by countries that refuse to honor UN
decisions. In an obvious reference to the conflict in the Middle East, 
he
went on: "Those who honor God must be in the first rank of those who 
fight
against all forms of terrorism."

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AIRLINES AGGRESSIVELY PROFILE FLIERS
Carriers get FBI watchlists; files play new role after attack
By David Armstrong and and Joseph Pereira, The Wall Street Journal
http://www.msnbc.com/news/646421.asp?0dm=N237B

BOSTON, Oct. 23 - On Oct. 8, Muhammad Ali settled into his seat on 
United 
Airlines Flight 1471 at Logan International Airport, opened a newspaper 
and 
waited for takeoff.

ALI, A NETWORK consultant at Lucent Technologies Inc., was eager to get 
back to his family in suburban Virginia after spending the weekend with 
a 
Boston client. Instead, a United security manager asked him to gather 
his 
belongings and step off the plane. Outside on the boarding ramp, 
Federal 
Bureau of Investigation agents and police officers grilled Ali for 20 
minutes about everything from the purpose of his trip to his 
immigration 
status.

United says that Ali, a Pakistani who holds a U.S. work visa, was 
identified as a security risk because his name is similar to one on an 
FBI 
list of suspected terrorists. After checking his identification and 
interviewing him, the FBI found that Ali didn't pose any danger. Even 
so, 
Flight 1471 left without him.

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CRITICAL E-MAILS MAY HAVE COST JOB
By Jac MacDonald and Kelly Cryderman, Edmonton Journal, 10/24/2001
http://www.canada.com/
Search using the term "Abdul-Kariim."

E-mail letters to the White House criticizing U.S. foreign policy 
towards 
Muslims could have aroused RCMP suspicions and cost him his job, 
Abdul-Kariim Muhammad says.

"It is a possibility," said Muhammad, a Spruce Grove Muslim who began 
sending the letters following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The provincial government asked the company he worked for to remove him 
and 
his wife from their jobs as janitors cleaning sensitive government 
buildings until they obtained criminal record checks...

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SUSPECT CHARGED IN MOSQUE ATTACKS
By Andrew Mitrovica, Globe and Mail, 10/22/01
www.globeandmail.com
Search using the term "mosque."

A 35-year-old Oakville, Ont., man has been charged in connection with 
the 
attempted firebombing of two mosques over the weekend.

One of the buildings is in Burlington and the other in Mississauga.

Kendrick House faces several counts of arson and other 
explosive-related 
charges after Molotov cocktails were thrown onto the roofs of two 
mosques...

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HOUSE OKS ANTI-TERROR BILL
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, The Associated Press, 10/24/2001

WASHINGTON -- The House gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a
compromise anti-terrorism bill giving police new power to secretly 
search
the homes of terrorism suspects, tap all their phones and track their 
use
of the Internet.

The bill passed 357-66. It was to be taken up by the Senate later in 
the
day or Thursday with the idea of getting it to President Bush for a
possible Friday signing at the White House...

...Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft have been calling for the
legislation since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, but
civil liberty and privacy concerns by House and Senate members have
delayed the legislation...

...Some House members say the bill gives the government too much power. 
They complained about House leaders dumping a GOP-Democratic compromise
approved unanimously by the committee in favor of the modified Senate
version...

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ACLU LETTER TO HOUSE MEMBERS ON ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION
http://www.aclu.org/congress/l102301a.html

Dear Representative:

The American Civil Liberties Union is writing to urge you to reject the
conference report on the anti-terrorism bill, the Uniting and 
Strengthening 
America Act of 2001 (H.R 2975, "USA Act") (also known as the Patriot 
Act). 
This is an historic vote that is based upon a false dichotomy: that 
safety 
must come at the expense of civil liberties. We can be safe and fight 
terrorism without substantially surrendering our civil liberties, and 
without giving enormous, unwarranted power to the executive branch - 
which 
can be used against U.S. citizens -- unchecked by meaningful judicial 
review...

...While it contains provisions that we support, the American Civil 
Liberties Union believes that the USA Act gives the Attorney General 
and 
federal law enforcement unnecessary and permanent new powers to violate 
civil liberties that go far beyond the stated goal of fighting 
international terrorism. These new and unchecked powers could be used 
against American citizens who are not under criminal investigation, 
immigrants who are here within our borders legally, and also against 
those 
whose First Amendment activities are deemed to be threats to national 
security by the Attorney General...

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN ORANGE COUNTY

The Islamic Educational Center of Orange County will hold an open house 
Saturday, November 3rd, at 11 to 4 p.m. (3194-B Airport Loop Dr.,Costa 
Mesa, CA)

The mosque is open to people of all faiths. The free event will feature 
discussions about Islamic Beliefs by Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini, 
"Women 
in Islam" by author Fatma Saleh and an open dialogue with community 
members.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 714-432-0060
E-mail: info@iecoc.org or go to www.iecoc.org

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN VISTA CALIF.

WHERE:  Masjid Al-Ittehad
                 925 Anza Ave, Vista, CA
WHEN:   Saturday, October 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, please call the masjid at 760-945-9544.

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/25/2001

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HEADLINES:

* QUOTE OF THE DAY: OUTLAW ISLAM
* CAIR ARRANGES MEETING BETWEEN AMR MUSA AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEMBERS 
OF 
CONGRESS
* MUSLIM GROUP WANTS KY MOSQUE FIRE INVESTIGATED AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIME
* AFGHAN AMERICAN TEENAGERS ATTACKED (Washington Post)
* DEATH CALLED HATE CRIME (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
* WASHINGTON STATE MUSLIM BEATEN TO DEATH (KIRO)
* WAVE OF CRIMES HAS THE LOOK OF HATE (Orange County Register)
* MUSLIMS ASK DAYTON PANEL TO PASS ANTI-HARASSMENT RESOLUTION (AP)
* BACKLASH VIOLENCE REPORTS DECREASE, BUT CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS UP 
(AP)
* ANTI-ARAB BIAS, HATE CRIMES HIT OPERATORS (Restaurant News)
* PRESIDENT BUSH ASKS STUDENTS TO REACH OUT TO MUSLIM WORLD
* CAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DISCUSSES AIRPORT PROFILING ON CNN
* CAIR COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DISCUSSES RAMADAN ON FOX NEWS
* BIDEN QUESTIONS CONTINUING STRIKES (Washington Times)
* PENTAGON SAYS TALIBAN IS READY FOR LONG FIGHT (Washington Post)
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MASS.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: OUTLAW ISLAM
Letter to www.worldnetdaily.com

...How to reconcile freedom of religion ("Congress shall make no law 
...") 
with a violent cult that requires the overthrow of the Constitution and 
its 
replacement with a foreign bible? I refer, of course, to Islam and the 
Koran.

The answer, it seems to me, must be to outlaw radical Islam as a 
seditious 
political movement that advocates the violent overthrow of the 
government. 
Should it become apparent that Islam is, as I believe, a purulent, 
pestilential philosophy rising like a stench from the darkest periods 
of 
mankind, perhaps it will become necessary to outlaw its presence in 
this 
hemisphere altogether...

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CAIR ARRANGES MEETING BETWEEN AMR MUSA AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEMBERS OF 
CONGRESS

African-American members of Congress met yesterday with Amr Musa, 
secretary 
general of the League of Arab States. The meeting was arranged by the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the office of 
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-4th GA).

The secretary general gave his condolences to the American people and 
expressed his condemnation of all forms of terrorism, stating, "We are 
all 
in the same boat." He said that we must all work together against the 
promotion of the idea of a "clash of civilizations." He also voiced his 
concern that the continued killing of Palestinians will not help the 
cause 
of peace in the Middle East

The representatives expressed their hope for continued communication 
with 
the secretary general and encouraged greater participation of Arab and 
Muslim Americans in the political process. They also stated their 
concern 
about the expansion of racial profiling in the United States as a 
result of 
the September 11th attacks.

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MUSLIM GROUP WANTS KY MOSQUE FIRE INVESTIGATED AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIME

CAIR today called on law enforcement authorities in Kentucky to 
investigate 
a fire at a Lexington mosque on Wednesday as a possible bias-related 
incident. SEE: 
http://www.wkyt.com/Global/story.asp?S=521520&nav=4CAK5Lbl

One firefighter was hit by debris inside the Islamic Society of Central 
Kentucky and was transported to the hospital. No one was in the 
building at 
the time of the fire. The center was being renovated as a Muslim 
elementary 
school.

Investigators speculate that the fire may have been caused by 
lightning. 
But they told CAIR the mosque received threats after one member spoke 
out 
against the bombing of Afghanistan in a recent television interview.

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AFGHAN AMERICAN TEENAGERS ATTACKED
The Washington Post, 10/25/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48101-2001Oct24.html

A Dumfries (Va.) mother and son were arrested Tuesday after they 
allegedly 
led a mob attack on two Afghan American teenagers in what police said 
was a 
hate-related melee.

Prince William County police said April Scruggs, 42, and Jarvis Berkley 
Wilhoit, 19, both of Cusack Lane in Dumfries, hit and kicked the 
teenagers 
after more than a month of taunting them and calling them "terrorists."

According to police, Wilhoit and a group of friends approached the two 
youths -- who are brothers ages 16 and 17 -- on Tuesday near Wexford 
Loop 
and Kirby Drive and began taunting them and hitting them. Police said 
Scruggs then entered the fight and hit the 17-year-old youth in the 
head 
with a wrench. Both boys escaped into a neighbor's home, police said. 
Neither was seriously injured.

Wilhoit was charged with two counts of assault and battery, which were 
elevated to felonies because they apparently were hate-related. Scruggs 
was 
charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.

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DEATH CALLED HATE CRIME
BY BILL GARDNER and DAVID HAWLEY, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 10/25/2001
http://www.pioneerpress.com/news/mtc_docs/169004.htm

Friends describe Ali as a gentle man who enjoyed helping other Somalis 
with 
their English. He was 66 and lived with his wife and grown children in 
Minneapolis.

He was proud of becoming a new American citizen just last month.

He was waiting for a bus on a Sunday afternoon when he was attacked and 
beaten unconscious 11 days ago.

Ali died late Monday night at Hennepin County Medical Center in 
Minneapolis. His friends, family and many in the Twin Cities Somali 
community say Ali was attacked because he was a Somali.

It was a hate crime, said Abdi Warsame, one of Ali's children.

"I have no doubt about that," Warsame said.

Minneapolis police are investigating the assault but have made no 
arrests  and have not concluded that Ali was attacked because he was 
Somali, said  police spokeswoman Cyndi Montgomery...

(NOTE: CAIR Minnesota is looking into this incident.)

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WASHINGTON STATE MUSLIM BEATEN TO DEATH

KIRO 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS
http://www.seattleinsider.com/partners/kirotv/news/2001/10/24/beating.html

LAKE STEVENS -- A man died after being found beaten and wrapped in a 
blanket beneath the Pilchuck River bridge southeast of town, Snohomish 
County sheriff's deputies said.

Mohamed Salah Hassan, 21, barely had a pulse when he was found by a 
passer-by Saturday evening. He died Sunday at Harborview Medical Center 
in 
Seattle of head injuries and was identified Tuesday by investigators in 
the 
medical examiner's office.

Investigators have not determined who might be responsible and are 
asking 
the public for any information, said Jan Jorgensen, a spokeswoman for 
the 
sheriff's office.

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WAVE OF CRIMES HAS THE LOOK OF HATE
Muslims and others lie low after a fire, a beating, threats and 
vandalism.
By ALDRIN BROWN, The Orange County Register, 10/25/2001
http://www.ocregister.com/local/hate01025cci3.shtml

ANAHEIM -- Akbar Ali doesn't need to wait for arson experts to finish 
their 
criminal investigation and for sophisticated scientific analysis to 
figure 
out why somebody set fire to his 2,400-square-foot restaurant last 
month.

Emblazoned with a blue and white sign reading "Islamic Halal Tandoori 
Pakistani and Indian Cuisine Restaurant," the West Ball Road eatery was 
torched in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 27.

The blaze is among more than 10 possible hate incidents reported in 
Anaheim 
since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - the most of any community in 
Orange 
County, according to preliminary reports filed with civil-rights 
advocates.

The incidents also have taken the form of taunts, harassing telephone 
calls 
or acts of vandalism...

...Perpetrators of hate incidents likely are drawn by the relatively 
high 
profile of Anaheim's Middle Eastern and Islamic communities, said 
Hussam 
Ayloush, who heads the Southern California chapter of the Council on 
American- Islamic Relations.

The city, one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations, boasts 
a 
blocks-wide section of town known as Little Gaza, named for the 
Palestinian 
enclave in the Middle East.

"They're very visible," said Ayloush, whose group also is based in the 
city. "I don't know in terms of numbers, but they are more concentrated 
here than elsewhere in the county..."

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MUSLIMS ASK DAYTON PANEL TO PASS ANTI-HARASSMENT RESOLUTION
By JAMES HANNAH, Associated Press, 10/25/2001

DAYTON, Ohio - His son was nearly run off the road. And one of his 
ex-students was threatened with being shot while he dined in a 
restaurant.

Khurshid Ahmad, an American Muslim and professor at Wright State 
University, said the incidents stemmed from anti-Muslim sentiment 
following 
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On Wednesday, Ahmad and other members 
of 
the Muslim community asked the City Commission to adopt a resolution 
condemning harassment based on a person's heritage and pledging to help 
educate the public to prevent such acts of misdirected anger...

...The Council on American Islamic Relations says hundreds of people in 
the 
United States have reported being harassed or assaulted in apparent 
reprisal for the terror attacks. The Washington-based group said hate 
crimes are more prevalent in the Midwest than in other parts of the 
nation...

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BACKLASH VIOLENCE REPORTS DECREASE, BUT CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS UP
By DEBORAH KONG, Associated press, 10/25/2001

Groups tracking backlash violence since the Sept. 11 attacks say hate 
crimes appear to be tapering off, although there are new complaints of 
workplace discrimination.

Reports of beatings, hate mail and firebombings poured into the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination 
Committee, and the Sikh Coalition in the weeks following the terrorist 
attacks.

For the most part, those reports seem to have slowed, advocates said. 
Harassment has "shifted from those public cases of abuse and assault 
and 
verbal harassment on the streets," said Joshua Salaam, civil rights 
coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's moved 
to 
airport profiling, to FBI harassment and workplace discrimination."

The council says it received 960 complaints between Sept. 11 and Monday 
in 
which people said they were targeted because of their ethnicity, or 
because 
they appeared to be Middle Eastern...

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ANTI-ARAB BIAS, HATE CRIMES HIT OPERATORS
By Carolyn Walkup, Nation's Restaurant News, 10/22/2001

Reported hate crimes against Arab-Americans and Muslims and their 
businesses, including restaurants, have reached a fever pitch since the 
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and subsequent U.S. military retaliation.

Some 800 possible hate crimes throughout the United States have been 
reported so far to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 
Washington, 
D.C. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington also 
is 
tabulating a record number of hate-crime reports.

Incidents targeting restaurants that appear to be owned by 
Arab-Americans 
of many nationalities range from threatening phone calls to suspected 
arson. And other restaurant owners report declining business and 
canceled 
banquets in the weeks following Sept. 11. While the entire economy can 
be 
characterized as "in shock," there has been more of a backlash against 
Arab-American-owned businesses than others, said Imad Hamad, Midwestern 
director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Detroit. 
"It 
was a double-dose burden," he said. "When our community had the same 
feeling of grieving, at the same time they had to deal with looks of 
wonder 
against them."

Incidents directed against Arab-Americans have gone far beyond "looks 
of 
wonder" in some cases. Police and fire departments are investigating 
instances of suspected arson at Pakistani restaurants in Anaheim, 
Calif., 
and Salt Lake City, where a suspect was arrested, and of an Iraqi-owned 
pizza shop in Plymouth, Mass...

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PRESIDENT BUSH ASKS STUDENTS TO REACH OUT TO MUSLIM WORLD

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH LOCATION: THURGOOD MARSHALL 
ELEMENTARY 
SCHOOL, WASHINGTON, D.C., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

PRESIDENT BUSH:  (Applause.)  Thank you all very much.

Americans believe in patriotism. We don't believe in prejudice. We're 
determined to fight terror; (it's what?) we're going to do. And we're 
equally determined to build ties of trust and friendship with people 
all 
around the world, particularly with children and people in the Islamic 
world.

As you all know, our nation is at war right now. We're going to defend 
America and defend the values that we all hold dear. And our nation is 
united in the defense of our country. We are not at war with Muslims.  
We 
don't have a beef with Muslims.  We want to be friends with Muslims and 
Muslim children.

We're fighting evil people. It's important for the boys and girls of 
Thurgood Marshall to know that we're fighting evil with good. And one 
way 
to fight evil with good is you can help by writing letters to boys and 
girls your age. You can let boys and girls know what you think are 
important. You can let boys and girls know what our dreams are, and ask 
them about theirs, too...

...And one way that people who are interested in participating can do, 
they 
can call up on a website to find out how to participate. And I'd like 
to 
give the address at the website. It is 
www.friendshipthrougheducation.org. 
That is
www.friendshipthrougheducation.org. And that's a way for other 
principals 
and parents and concerned citizens to participate in this outreach...

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CAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DISCUSSES AIRPORT PROFILING ON CNN

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: For most Americans, the days and weeks since 
last month's terror attacks have been difficult in many ways and for 
many 
reasons. But for one group of Americans, it is particularly tough, at 
times 
frightening, in their lives...

...WOODRUFF: Mr. Awad, is that [airport profiling] a reasonable thing 
to do?

NIHAD AWAD, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: We have to be 
balanced 
in our approach to securing our borders, our airports. And I think if 
we 
allow profiling to take place, we create a false sense of security. And 
it 
was wrong when Japanese-Americans were put in concentration camps. It 
was 
wrong when the Jews were forced to wear the Star of David, although 
many 
Germans at the time thought it was a good idea. But looking back at it, 
we 
look at it in shame. And it was a horrible idea.

So it is important to secure our borders. We have to introduce certain 
measures. We have to make sure that those who work in airport security 
are 
well trained, are loyal. And if we just focus on the looks of people, 
it 
makes us lose the values that we try to defend...

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CAIR COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DISCUSSES RAMADAN ON FOX NEWS

JOHN SCOTT (HOST): Joining me now from Washington, the spokesman for 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper.

Welcome to you.

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Thanks for 
having me.

SCOTT: Let's talk about Ramadan. What is it?

HOOPER: Ramadan is the month on the Islamic calendar during which 
Muslims 
fast from break of down till sunset. And by that we mean no food, no 
water. 
If you're smoker, you don't smoke. No sexual relations during the 
daylight 
hours. So it's a time of spiritual reflection. It's a time to recharge 
your 
spiritual batteries for the rest of the year...

...And one of the main things about Ramadan is to teach you discipline 
and 
self-restraint and compassion for those who are less fortunate. Very 
often 
in our societies, we can go our whole lives without feeling the want of 
food or water. And this actually makes you feel what others are 
deprived of 
through no choice of their own, so in the rest of the year, when you're 
-- 
when you come upon somebody in need, you're far more likely to help 
them...

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BIDEN QUESTIONS CONTINUING STRIKES
By Audrey Hudson and Dave Boyer, The Washington Times, 10/25/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20011025-541140.htm

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle yesterday distanced himself from 
comments by the top Democratic foreign policy lawmaker that America 
risks 
looking like a "high-tech bully" in the bombing of Afghanistan.

Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations 
Committee, departed from the post-Sept. 11 spirit of bipartisanship in 
a 
speech to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a nonpartisan group 
of 
foreign policy experts.

On Monday, Mr. Biden told the group in New York he did not know how 
much 
longer President Bush's "honeymoon" or "unquestioning period of 
unabashed 
support for the president's policy will continue..."

...Asked by The Washington Times yesterday if his comments were 
misconstrued or taken out of context, Mr. Biden would only say "the 
speech 
speaks for itself."

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PENTAGON SAYS TALIBAN IS READY FOR LONG FIGHT
By Vernon Loeb and Thomas E. Ricks, The Washington Post, 10/25/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47797-2001Oct24.html

The Pentagon acknowledged for the first time yesterday that 
Afghanistan's 
ruling Taliban militia is proving to be a tenacious opponent and is 
hunkering down for a long fight that could drag on for months through 
the 
harsh Afghan winter...

"...They are proven to be tough warriors," Stufflebeem said. "We're in 
an 
environment they obviously are experts in, and it is extremely harsh. 
The 
entire world needs to recognize that terrorism and terrorists are a 
much 
different kind of threat than we have ever faced before..."

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MASS.

WHERE:  Islamic Society of Greater Lowell, MA
                 At Wang School Auditorium,
                 West Meadow Lane, Lowell MA

WHEN:   Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/26/2001

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HEADLINES:

* WASHINGTON TIMES DEFAMES ISLAM AGAIN
         - FOR SOME, A MINDSET THAT LEADS TO VIOLENCE
         - ISLAM IS IN DARK AGES
* UNDERSTANDING ISLAM (Washington Post)
* NEIGHBOR VS. NEIGHBOR (Akron Beacon Journal)
* HATE CRIMES IN BAY AREA DECLINE (San Jose Mercury News)
* POLICE APOLOGIZE FOR TERROR REPORT (Detroit News)
* MUSLIM CHAPLAINS SUPPORT TROOPS (AP)

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WASHINGTON TIMES DEFAMES ISLAM AGAIN

FOR SOME, A MINDSET THAT LEADS TO VIOLENCE
By Jonah Goldberg, The Washington Times, 10/26/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20011026-19218527.htm
Goldberg is the editor of National Review Online - 
http://www.nationalreview.com).

Is Islam the problem? It's an increasingly public debate the White 
House 
seems less than thrilled to have. President Bush insists that "our 
quarrel 
is not with Islam," because, well, "Islam means peace." End of story...

...At one time or another all religions have been nasty. For all of the 
passages in the Koran that have been used to justify violence, one can 
just 
as easily find passages in the Jewish or Christian Bibles justifying 
violence.

The difference is that Europeans and Americans, broadly speaking, no 
longer 
have the desire to use religion to justify violence. Vast numbers of 
Arabs, 
North Africans and East Asians still do. Our inquisitions are in the 
past, 
their inquisitions happen every day.

Much of Muslim world simply lives in a different time than the West. Oh 
sure, some of the big cities, with their cars and satellite dishes, may 
look modern. But their culture is horribly behind the times...

...Meanwhile, Muslims use the word jihad in its literal sense, i.e. a 
holy 
war, and nobody in America or Europe is at all offended, despite the 
fact 
that the West has been a victim of Muslim jihads just as much as 
Muslims 
were victims of Crusades - take the Ottoman Empire for example. But you 
don't hear us shrieking about their insensitive use of the word 
because, 
frankly, we don't remember or care enough to know we should be 
offended. 
That's all in the past.

It's unfashionable to say some cultures are more "backward" than 
others, 
but that doesn't make it any less true (the lifestyle of millions of 
Afghans today is indistinguishable from, or worse than, the way Afghans 
lived centuries ago). The West went through the Protestant Reformation, 
the 
Counter Reformation, hundreds of revolts and revolutions, the 
Enlightenment 
and dozens of wars to unshackle itself from the sort of mindset that 
seeks 
religious justification for cruelty and barbarity.

Much of the Muslim world has yet to go through such a process. When 
they 
do, I have no doubt they will still be Muslims. They just won't use 
that as 
a justification to murder people.

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO: (NOTE - Mention, politely, that this and the 
following column are just the latest in a number of Islamophobic 
articles 
published by the Washington Times.)
E-MAIL: letters@washingtontimes.com, hbering@washingtontimes.com, 
mforbes@washingtontimes.com, JonahEmail@aol.com, fschecker@tribune.com, 
ddwilliams@tribune.com
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ISLAM IS IN DARK AGES
By Diana West, The Washington times, 10/26/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20011026-25413235.htm

When George W. Bush says "Islam is peace" and Tony Blair insists the 
war 
now begun "has nothing to do with Islam," some of us scratch our heads 
and 
try, brows furrowed, to reconcile their soothing words with our 
frightening 
vision: the dirty war on Western civilization waged by evil forces in 
the 
name of Islam.

The experts tell us militant Islamic fundamentalists, or "Islamists," 
represent a narrow, if murderous, fringe. They number no more than 10, 
maybe 15, percent of all Muslims. That works out to somewhere between 
100 
million and 150 million people. Which is a lot of murderous fringe.

Meanwhile, where is that peaceable majority overflowing Islamdom? Are 
they 
filling the streets in unity with America's effort to eradicate 
Islamist 
terrorism, "marginal" though its supporters may be? Hardly...

...Every Muslim, of course, is not Osama bin Laden. But why don't more 
Muslims say so, quite loudly and very specifically? Muslim condolences 
after Sept. 11 very often came across as rather generic expressions of 
sympathy, equally as suitable for a natural disaster as for a terrorist 
act 
of war committed by co-religionists. There is being communicated little 
sense of the magnitude of events, and, thus, little recognition of the 
urgent need for civilized people of all faiths and nations to denounce 
this 
evil, vociferously and by name, and array themselves in warring 
solidarity 
against it.

What accounts for this? And what is a reflexively tolerant, 
post-multicultural Westerner to make of it? Our dauntless leaders may 
repeat that the Islamist threat has nothing do with Islam, but, 
frankly, 
their mantra is getting a little ridiculous...

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO:
E-MAIL: dwest@washingtontimes.com, letters@washingtontimes.com, 
hbering@washingtontimes.com, mforbes@washingtontimes.com
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UNDERSTANDING ISLAM
By ARSALAN TARIQ IFTIKHAR, The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53761-2001Oct25.html
(Iftikhar is Midwest Communications Director Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations - St. Louis.)

Michael Skube's Oct. 21 Outlook piece, "Either You Are a Believer or an 
Infidel," attempted to paint Islam as a belligerent and unenlightened 
religion that by "its very nature seems to be one of intolerance."

Was this exemplified by the fact that Muslims and Jews peacefully 
coexisted 
under the Medina Document during the life of our beloved prophet, 
Muhammad?

Or by the fact that during the Ottoman caliphates, people of minority 
religions were able to set up their own religious courts to deal with 
their 
own religious affairs?

Or was it that the intolerance was evident as Ottoman Muslim soldiers 
defended the land, lives and families of their Muslim, Christian and 
Jewish 
constituents?

Every faith has fringe elements: Remember the Spanish Inquisition and 
the 
Thirty Years' Wars, in which Christian conquistadors murdered and 
pillaged 
"infidels"? Shall we remind him of the crusaders, who slaughtered 
thousands 
of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Arabs.

Mr. Skube says of the Koran that the "text makes clear, the sword is to 
be 
taken up." He grossly failed to understand the context in which any 
mention 
of a self-defensive action is to be taken. Christianity has a concept 
of a 
"just war," which like in Islam, has to be fought in self-defense only 
and 
under a legitimate state authority.

That women are oppressed in Islam is another of Mr. Skube's claims. He 
didn't mention that the Prophet Mohammed's wife, Khadijah, was one of 
the 
most successful merchants of her time. Under Islamic law, a woman is 
not 
obligated to change her maiden name, and her husband has no legal 
rights to 
her income. Islamic women had the right to own land centuries before 
the 
"enlightened" West allowed women to do so.

As an American Muslim and a student of law, my feelings for Mr. Skube 
are 
evident by the great words of Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, 
but 
I will defend to the death your right to say it."

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NEIGHBOR VS. NEIGHBOR
Flag-waving incident leads to ethnic intimidation charge in Kent
BY CARL CHANCELLOR, The Akron Beacon Journal, 10/23/2001
http://www.ohio.com/bj/news/2001/October/23/docs/028273.htm

KENT: Their front doors are less than five feet apart. Yet, the gulf 
that 
now exists between neighbors Joe Oriti and Talal Al-Maghrabi is 
enormous 
and growing by the day...

...The nightmare, or misunderstanding -- depending on which side of the 
small flower bed you are on at the midpoint of their Athena Drive 
duplex -- 
occurred on the evening of Oct. 8.

Oriti said that on that evening, around 11, he took down the American 
flag 
that hangs above his front door, went out into the front yard and waved 
Old 
Glory as a show of support for the country he loves.

Oriti was allegedly joined in the flag-waving incident by his friend, 
Michael A. Anderson, 23, of Kent. Anderson could not be reached for 
comment.

...Al-Maghrabi remembers rushing home on that night after receiving a 
frantic call from his wife.

"She said these guys were running around outside the house, waving a 
flag, 
knocking on the doors and windows, yelling some words she didn't 
understand 
and telling her to come out," said Al-Maghrabi, a Saudi national 
working on 
a master's in business administration.

Al-Maghrabi said his wife, who was trying to calm their 4-year-old 
daughter 
and 2-month-old son during the incident, was so afraid that she also 
called 
a nearby friend, who in turn called police...

...On Oct. 15, Oriti and Anderson were arrested on misdemeanor charges 
of 
ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct...

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HATE CRIMES IN BAY AREA DECLINE
By Connie Skipitares, San Jose Mercury News, 10/26/2001
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/hate26a.htm

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Hate crimes against people of Middle Eastern 
appearance 
in the Bay Area and around the state continue to decline from those 
highly 
emotional days immediately following Sept. 11, but Islamic-American 
groups 
say there still is a need to educate the public about tolerance.

And while some groups acknowledge the number of incidents reported to 
authorities is going down, they believe the actual number of assaults, 
threats and episodes of harassment is higher than what has been 
reported...

...The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it has received 105 
complaints nationwide of workplace incidents in which people were 
allegedly 
fired, demoted or harassed because of their ethnicity, religion or 
appearance.

The group also said it has received 96 reports of racial profiling at 
airports in which passengers of Middle Eastern descent were subjected 
to 
more scrutiny or asked to leave an airplane...

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POLICE APOLOGIZE FOR TERROR REPORT
Information resulted in unfair attention to Arab Americans
By David Shepardson, The Detroit News, 10/26/2001
http://detnews.com/2001/metro/0110/26/d02-327721.htm

NORTHVILLE -- The Michigan State Police said a report assessing the 
extent 
of potential terrorist activity was flawed and apologized to Arab 
Americans 
at a meeting Thursday.

The report, which was reviewed and approved by the FBI, said there were 
at 
least "374 potential threat elements," which included groups or 
individuals 
in Michigan.

State Police spokesman Michael Prince said that the report may have 
overstated the number of potential threats. Under U.S. Justice 
Department 
guidelines, each of Michigan's 83 counties and 10 largest cities were 
asked 
to submit potential threats -- and had to list at least one.

"It's my understanding that they couldn't put zero," he said...

...On Thursday, the State Police didn't retract those statements, but 
said 
the department "is deeply concerned that the release of law enforcement 
sensitive information has resulted in unfair attention on the 
Arab-American 
community.

"Any reports that the Dearborn community or any other community in 
southeast Michigan is any more prone to harbor terrorist elements is 
also 
unfair, inaccurate and irresponsible."

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MUSLIM CHAPLAINS SUPPORT TROOPS
By STEPHEN MANNING, The Associated Press, 10/26/2001

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - One day back in 1979, Qaseem A. Uqdah was in the 
mess 
hall line at the Parris Island boot camp when a cook slapped a piece of 
ham 
onto his outstretched tray.

A convert to Islam, Uqdah refused to take the pork, which the religion 
forbids. A Marine drill sergeant noticed and wasn't happy. He chewed 
out 
Uqdah until a Roman Catholic chaplain stepped in and persuaded the 
sergeant 
to lay off.

To Uqdah, who now helps select Muslim chaplains for the military, the 
memory shows how unprepared the armed forces were for Muslims a few 
decades 
ago - and how much has changed. Yet the tide of world events has again 
put 
Muslim soldiers in an awkward position.

The military now provides packaged Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs, that 
meet 
Muslim diet requirements. Muslim women wearing head coverings serve 
alongside other soldiers. An Islamic crescent now sits beside the 
Jewish 
Star of David and Christian cross at the National Naval Medical Center 
chapel in Bethesda.

But now Muslims have been called to fight for their country against an 
enemy that has couched the struggle in terms of Islam vs. the West, and 
has 
urged all Muslims to fight as one against the United States.

The situation may be the most delicate for 14 Muslim chaplains in the 
armed 
forces, who counsel and minister to 4,000 or more Muslim troops. (Most 
Muslims in the military are black, with smaller numbers of whites and 
Arab-Americans).

Many chaplains have responded by echoing the words of Muslim leaders 
worldwide, who have condemned the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a 
twisting 
of Islam - an attempt to use religion to justify the taking of innocent 
civilians.

While Muslims are encouraged not to fight against each other, Islamic 
law 
also has strict guidelines that forbid the killing of noncombatants, 
said 
James J. Yee, chaplain at Fort Lewis, an army base outside Tacoma, 
Wash.

Yee has been busy recently, speaking with soldiers and conducting 
seminars 
on Islam in an effort to educate troops on a religion that most 
Americans 
know little about.

A Chinese-American and West Point graduate, Yee converted to Islam in 
college and became a chaplain after spending several years in the Army. 
Between Fort Lewis and nearby McChord Air Force Base, he ministers to 
about 
150 military personnel and their families...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY MEETS WITH AMERICAN MUSLIMS
Discussion focused on issues of passenger profiling and airline 
security

(WASHINGTON, DC, 10/26/2001) - Representatives of the American Muslim 
and 
Arab-American community met today with Secretary of Transportation 
Norman 
Y. Mineta to discuss a variety of issues related to airline safety and 
security, including that of racial, ethnic and religious profiling of 
passengers. (SEE: http://www.dot.gov/affairs/mineta.htm)

Muslim and Arab groups represented at the two-hour meeting included the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Islamic Institute. 
Representatives from the Japanese-American and Sikh communities also 
attended today's meeting.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad made a presentation to Secretary 
Mineta 
outlining the more than 90 cases of airline passenger profiling that 
have 
been reported to that group's civil rights department. (These reports 
included incidents in which pregnant women were poked to check their 
pregnancies.) Awad suggested the creation of a civil rights advisory 
panel 
for airline security along with sensitivity training for security 
personnel.

CAIR has received more than 900 reports of anti-Muslim incidents, 
ranging 
from verbal harassment to murder, since the terrorist attacks of 
September 
11. Many of these incidents have involved those who, like Sikhs and 
Christian Arabs, who are perceived to be Muslims or "Middle 
Eastern-looking." (SEE: http://www.cair-net.org)

"Passenger profiling should be rejected not only because it violates 
American values of equality and justice, but because it also creates a 
false sense of security for the traveling public," said CAIR Board 
Chairman 
Omar Ahmad.

"It is important that we improve airport safety by increasing the level 
of 
training and professionalism for those who screen passengers and by 
applying heightened security measures to all travelers, not just to 
those 
who fit a stereotypical image of what a terrorist should look like," 
said 
Ahmad.

There are some seven million Muslims in America and an estimated 1.2 
billion worldwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in 
this 
country and around the world.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/29/2001

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HEADLINES:

* MUSLIMS JOIN IN FOIA REQUEST ON DETAINEES
* ROUND UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS (Washington Times)
* ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR END TO BOMBING (New York Times)
* A STRONGER VOICE FOR MUSLIMS (Los Angeles Times)
* MUSLIMS REACHING OUT TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS (Mercury News)
* DON'T GENERALIZE ABOUT MUSLIM RESPONSE TO ATTACKS (Washington Times)
* REP. ISSA: I WAS PROFILING VICTIM (AP)

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MUSLIMS JOIN IN FOIA REQUEST ON DETAINEES

(WASHINGTON, DC, 10/29/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today joined with a coalition of other human rights 
organizations in 
filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information 
about 
the hundreds of Muslims and Arabs who have been detained since the 
terrorist attacks of September 11. These groups say government 
officials 
have been reluctant to release information about those being held. The 
coalition's letter to the Department of Justice requested:

SEE: http://www.aclu.org/congress/l102901a.html

1. The identities of each such individual, the circumstances of their 
detention or arrest, and any charges brought against them...

...2. The identity of any lawyers representing any of these 
individuals, 
including their names and addresses.

3. The identities of any courts, which have been requested to enter 
orders 
sealing any proceedings in connection with any of these individuals, 
any 
such orders which have been entered, and the legal authorities that the 
government has relied upon in seeking any such secrecy orders.

4. All policy directives or guidance issued to officials about making 
public statements or disclosures about these individuals or about the 
sealing of judicial or immigration proceedings...

Media reports indicate that almost 1,000 people have been detained, 
though 
some have been released. Fewer than 10 of the detainees are suspected 
of 
having demonstrable ties to the terrorist attacks, and human rights 
advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have 
questioned 
whether law enforcement authorities are abusing their authority.

"As we pursue those responsible for the horrific crimes of September 
11, we 
should not violate our own standards of human rights or due process of 
law. 
It is through maintaining standards of justice that we will demonstrate 
to 
the world that freedom and security are not incompatible concepts," 
said 
CAIR Governmental Affairs Director Jason Erb.

Groups sponsoring the letter include: American Civil Liberties Union, 
American Friends Service Committee, American Immigration Lawyers 
Association, American Immigration Law Foundation, American Muslim 
Council, 
Amnesty International USA, Arab American Institute, Arab-American 
Anti-Discrimination Committee, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center 
for 
Democracy and Technology, Center for National Security Studies, Council 
on 
American Islamic Relations, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic 
Privacy Information Center, Federation of American Scientists, First 
Amendment Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human 
Rights, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, OMB 
Watch, The Nation Magazine

There are some seven million Muslims in America and an estimated 1.2 
billion worldwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in 
this 
country and around the world.

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787
                 E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org

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ROUND UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS
By Nat Hentoff, The Washington Times, 10/29/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20011029-97878186.htm

...Some of the detainees are being held and charged for violations of 
state 
or local laws, or of their status as immigrants. But that's not the 
primary 
reason they were picked up. Most troublesome to civil libertarians is 
that 
an undisclosed number are being detained as material witnesses. Under 
that 
statute, the government does not have to show probable cause of 
criminal 
wrongdoing to lock someone up. They purportedly may have some useful 
information, but they are not being charged with any connection to 
terrorism. And they can be in custody indefinitely...

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ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR END TO BOMBING
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR, The New York Times, 10/29/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/29/national/29MUSL.html

A group of American Muslim organizations has called for the United 
States 
to halt its bombing campaign in Afghanistan and instead develop "a more 
effective and long-term policy" to counter terrorism.

The document was signed by 15 groups, primarily small ones, but 
including 
two prominent organizations, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
and 
the Islamic Circle of North America. The statement was posted on the 
IslamiCity.com Web site.

In an interview, Naim Baig, general secretary of the Islamic Circle of 
North America, said the statement was drawn up at a meeting on Oct. 20 
and 
21 in Washington.

Mr. Baig said it reflected a concern among some American Muslims that 
"this 
bombing is not going anywhere, and more and more civilian casualties 
are 
going on." The United States began bombing Afghanistan on Oct. 7.

The statement, signed by groups representing public-policy 
organizations, 
students and journalists, among others, voices an "unequivocal 
condemnation" of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and calls for the 
perpetrators to be brought to justice. But it says the bombing campaign 
is 
not in the interests of the United States or the rest of the world.

"The bombing victimizes the innocent, exacerbates the humanitarian 
disaster 
and creates widespread resentment across the Muslim world," the 
statement says.

The statement also says its signers believe it their "civic duty" to 
speak 
out in favor of the nation's long-term interests.

"We strongly reject the suggestion that opposing a certain policy of 
our 
government is tantamount to disloyalty," it says...

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A STRONGER VOICE FOR MUSLIMS
Several American Muslim leaders in California are at the forefront of 
an 
emerging political movement.
By MARY ROURKE, Los Angeles Times, 10/29/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-000085955oct29.story

On Sept. 26, two weeks after the attacks on the Pentagon and World 
Trade 
Center, President George W. Bush met with 15 American Muslim leaders at 
the 
White House. The event was a watershed moment. Suddenly, a cause for 
which 
the men had long toiled--Muslims' civil rights--had captured the 
public's 
attention, and the president was calling on them to help with the 
national 
crisis.

Five of the men who attended the meeting--Maher Hathout, Muzammil 
Siddiqi, 
Agha Saeed, Salam al-Marayati and Omar Ahmad--are from California. They 
have started to become familiar as the faces of an emerging American 
Muslim 
political movement at a time that one of them describes as a "Muslim 
moment..."

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MUSLIMS REACHING OUT TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS
BY OMAR AHMAD, The Mercury News, 10/26/2001
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/opinion/columns/omar26.htm
(Omar Ahmad is the national chair of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.)

Most Americans realize that American Muslims and Arab-Americans love 
their 
country just as much as everybody else. Those who count among their 
acquaintances and friends American Muslims know them as hardworking and 
honest classmates, co-workers, physicians, engineers and business 
owners. 
It is ignorance and unfortunate stereotypes, many perpetuated by 
Hollywood, 
that breed hate and intolerance. This ignorance is the common enemy of 
all 
Americans.

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DON'T GENERALIZE ABOUT MUSLIM RESPONSE TO ATTACKS
By ARSALAN TARIQ IFTIKHAR, The Washington Times, 10/29/2001
http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20011029-11813051.htm#4
Iftikhar is Midwest communications director for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations - St. Louis.)

In an era in which we Americans and our global neighbors need to 
nurture a 
greater understanding of each other's beliefs, customs and ways of 
life, 
columnist Diana West does nothing to forward that dialogue. In her Oct. 
26 
Op-Ed column, "Islam is in Dark Ages," she does nothing more than 
propagandize and try to marginalize the world's 1.2 billion Muslims.

Mrs. West asks where the world's Muslims were in categorically 
condemning 
the horrific acts of Sept. 11. During this time, the 7 million American 
Muslims were organizing hundreds of blood drives all around the 
country. We 
had thousands of mosque open houses in which we had interfaith 
dialogues 
and explained the true essence of Islam.

Since Sept. 11, I have been on numerous TV and radio shows in the 
Midwest 
categorically condemning the acts and educating people about Islam. I 
know 
there are hundreds of Muslims better than me who have been doing the 
same 
on national television. We have written hundreds of editorials and been 
interviewed countless times, always repeating emphatically, "This is 
not 
Islam, and we condemn it."

Alas, that still is not enough. Will it ever be enough? Must there be a 
Muslim on every street corner with a megaphone repeating over and over 
again, "This was not Islam"?

When Timothy McVeigh bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City, did 
we 
question the motives of Christians? When Yigal Amir assassinated 
Israeli 
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, did we say that all Jews were against the 
Middle East peace process? Of course not. That would have been absurd.

Why is it that when most people commit crimes, their religion is not 
brought into it, but when a Muslim commits a crime, Islam is the enemy?

We live in a country that offers more freedoms than any country in the 
world, but this deadly double standard has to stop. On behalf of the 
American Muslim community, Mrs. West: We condemn any acts of terrorism 
as 
against Islam.

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REP. ISSA: I WAS PROFILING VICTIM
By MARK SHERMAN, The Associated Press, 10/26/2001

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Darrell Issa, grandson of Lebanese immigrants, 
says 
he was the victim of racial profiling when he tried to board an Air 
France 
flight to Paris this month.

The airline denied the California Republican a seat on a late-night 
flight 
from Washington's Dulles International Airport on Oct. 4, after he 
showed 
up at the gate an hour before departure with a one-way ticket to Saudi 
Arabia via Paris, and, he said, "an Arab surname."

Air France workers would not budge, despite Issa's protest that he was 
a 
member of Congress who was departing on an official trip to the Middle 
East, and the intervention of Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., who had 
already 
boarded the plane. Both men carried a series of one-way tickets, 
including 
one for a return trip to Washington, which Issa said he gave to the 
airline 
employees.

"They disappeared with my stuff for 15 or 20 minutes. When they came 
back, 
they said, 'You're flying tomorrow,'" Issa said in a telephone 
interview 
Friday.

...Issa said he wants Congress to look into racial profiling, "whether 
it's 
flying while Arab or driving while black," but not while the country is 
at 
war with terrorists, one reason he kept quiet about the episode for 
three 
weeks. "I want us to keep our eyes on the ball, which is the war we're 
fighting," Issa said.

SEE: http://www.house.gov/issa/

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/30/2001

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HEADLINES:

* U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN KILLINGS AT CHURCH IN PAKISTAN
* VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE MEETS WITH MUSLIMS
* MOSQUE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY IN VIRGINIA
* WASH. DC: UNDERSTANDING ISLAM AND MUSLIMS
* JOB OPENING: RESEARCHER ON HATE CRIMES IN THE U.S.

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U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN KILLINGS AT CHURCH IN PAKISTAN

Several prominent national American Muslim groups today expressed their 
"deepest sorrow" at the brutal killing of 16 worshipers at St. 
Dominic's 
Roman Catholic Church in Pakistan on Sunday.

In a joint statement, the groups wrote:

"We extend heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. We are 
greatly distressed that some lawless elements have violated the 
sanctity of 
a place of worship and the rights of minorities in Pakistan. Freedom of 
worship is a basic right in Islam, and protection of religious 
minorities 
and houses of worship is a fundamental obligation of Muslim 
governments. We 
support the government of Pakistan in its stated commitment to 
apprehend 
the criminals and punish them according to the law."

The statement was sponsored by: (in alphabetical order)

American Muslim Council
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Islamic Circle of North America
Islamic Society of North America

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VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE MEETS WITH MUSLIMS

Muslim leaders from northern Virginia met Monday with Democratic 
Gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner to discuss a variety of issues 
related 
to that state's Islamic community. SEE: http://www.markwarner2001.org

Of particular concern to meeting participants was Muslim participation 
in 
the field of education. Another major concern was the civil liberties 
implications of anti-terrorism legislation resulting from the September 
11 
attacks.

CONTACT:
Jason C. Erb
CAIR Department of Governmental Affairs
TEL: 202-488-8787
E-MAIL: jerb@cair-net.org

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MOSQUE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY IN VIRGINIA

On Saturday, November 3, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) 
will 
hold a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the 
construction of 
its new community center in the Herndon/Sterling (Va.) area.

SEE: http://www.adamscenter.org/invite/GroundBraking.htm

The new center will have a multipurpose hall, weekend school, daycare 
center, recreational spaces, and administrative offices. The proposed 
structure is a two-story building with an upper mezzanine level with a 
first-phase area of 25,500 sq ft.

WHEN:   Saturday, November 3, 2001
                 10 AM - 2 PM
                 11 AM - Reception
                 11:30 AM - Presentations by Guests/Ground breaking
                 1:30 PM - Prayers (on site)

CONTACT:
Mr. Yasir Syeed, Public Relations Director, 571-213-5966

Directions:
The site of the new ADAMS Center is located in Sterling, VA at the 
corner 
of Dranesville Road and Sugarland Road.

 From 495: Take exit 10, Rt. 7 (Leesburg Pike) West towards 
Leesburg.  Drive for about 9 miles. Turn left on Dranesville Road.  
After 
half a mile, turn right on Sugarland Road. (New ADAMS Center sign at 
the 
corner.) The site is on your left.

 From 66: Take exit Rt. 7 (Leesburg Pike) West towards Leesburg. Drive 
for 
about 9 miles. Turn left on Dranesville Road.  After half a mile, turn 
right on Sugarland Road. (New ADAMS Center sign at the corner.) The 
site is 
on your left.

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WASH. DC: UNDERSTANDING ISLAM AND MUSLIMS
An explanation of Islam for people unfamiliar with its teachings

Presented by:

Imam Yahya Hendi
Muslim Chaplain
Georgetown University

WHEN:   Thursday, November 8, Noon
WHERE:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
                 901 G Street, NW, Main Lobby
                 Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: 202-727-1251

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JOB OPENING: RESEARCHER ON HATE CRIMES IN THE U.S.

Human Rights Watch, the international human rights monitoring and 
advocacy 
organization, is seeking a researcher to monitor, investigate, assess, 
and 
report on official actions to prevent or investigate and prosecute hate 
crimes in the U.S. perpetrated against ethnic or religious minorities 
in 
apparent retaliation for the September 11 attacks in New York City and 
at 
he Pentagon.

APPLY BY DECEMBER 1, 2001 (no calls, please) by sending a cover letter, 
resume, names or letters of reference, and a writing sample (preferably 
unedited) to:

Human Rights Watch, Attn: Search Committee (Hate Crimes Researcher)
1630 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20009 U.S.A.
Fax: 202-612-4333
Email: hughesa@hrw.org

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/31/2001

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HEADLINES:

* SOME MUSLIMS FIND CHARLIE DANIELS' NEW SONG OFFENSIVE (News-Sentinel)
* CNN CHIEF ORDERS 'BALANCE' IN WAR NEWS (Washington Post)
* CAIR ONLINE ISLAMIC INFORMATION RESOURCES
* OTHER CAIR RESOURCES:
         - WRITERS SYNDICATE OFFERS MUSLIM VIEW OF ISSUES
         - CAIR MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN ARABIC
* CAIR-CAN MUSLIM ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
* "ISLAM UNCENSORED" IN MINNESOTA

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SOME MUSLIMS FIND CHARLIE DANIELS' NEW SONG OFFENSIVE
Preschool chief fears 'uneducated view' will foster more prejudice
By Doug Mason, News-Sentinel, 10/31/2001
www.knoxnews.com/kns/local_news/article/0,1406,KNS_347_863904,00.html

Zaynab Karnes hasn't heard Charlie Daniels' controversial new song 
"This 
Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag," but the Muslim woman is familiar with the 
sentiment expressed in its first verse: "This ain't no rag, it's a 
flag/And 
we don't wear it on our heads."

"My own grandmother told me I should take 'that rag' off my head," says 
the 
28-year-old Knoxville native, whose family settled here before the 
Civil War.

Karnes was raised Baptist but converted to Islam 1 1/2 years ago. She 
wears 
hijab, or Muslim dress, which includes a head covering.

She was offended when told of Daniels' song, which is receiving airplay 
on 
area radio stations, including WIVK.

The song sparked controversy after Daniels was asked not to perform it 
at 
the Country Freedom Concert in Nashville on Oct. 21. The nationally 
televised concert raised more than $5 million for the Salvation Army 
Disaster Relief Fund...

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO: cdbfanclub@aol.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.charliedaniels.com/home_frame.html

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CNN CHIEF ORDERS 'BALANCE' IN WAR NEWS
Reporters Are Told To Remind Viewers Why U.S. Is Bombing
By Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, 10/31/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14435-2001Oct30.html

The chairman of CNN has ordered his staff to balance images of civilian 
devastation in Afghan cities with reminders that the Taliban harbors 
murderous terrorists, saying it "seems perverse to focus too much on 
the 
casualties or hardship in Afghanistan."

In a memo to his international correspondents, Walter Isaacson said: 
"As we 
get good reports from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, we must redouble 
our 
efforts to make sure we do not seem to be simply reporting from their 
vantage or perspective. We must talk about how the Taliban are using 
civilian shields and how the Taliban have harbored the terrorists 
responsible for killing close to 5,000 innocent people."

As more errant U.S. bombs have landed in residential areas, causing 
damage 
to such places as a Red Cross warehouse and senior citizens' center, 
the 
resulting television images have fueled criticism of the American war 
effort. This has sparked a growing debate, which began with the Osama 
bin 
Laden videotape, about how the media should handle stage-managed 
pictures 
from Afghanistan...

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CAIR ONLINE ISLAMIC INFORMATION RESOURCES

The Mosque in America: A National Portrait
http://www.cair-net.org/mosquereport/

Ramadan 2001 Media Kit
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2001

Ramadan 2001 Publicity Resource Kit
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadankit

Mosque Open House Kit
http://www.cair-net.org/openhouse

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OTHER CAIR RESOURCES:

WRITERS SYNDICATE OFFERS MUSLIM VIEW OF ISSUES

CAIR's "Independent Writers Syndicate" is designed to offer a Muslim 
perspective on current political, social and religious issues. The 
service 
distributes original commentaries to newspapers and web sites 
throughout 
North America.

The commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each 
market area. Permissions for publication are granted on a 
first-come-first-served basis. (Contact the individual listed below to 
receive columns distributed by the syndicate or to submit commentaries 
to 
be considered for distribution.)

Opinion page editors may also request columns on specific topics.

CONTACT: Riad Abdelkarim at riadzuhdi@aol.com, or call 949-378-2468

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CAIR MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN ARABIC

Arabic translations of CAIR materials are now available. Join the CAIR 
Arabic News list by going to:

http://cair1.biglist.com/arabic/

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CAIR-CAN MUSLIM ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

The Council on American Islamic Relations-Canada (CAIR-CAN) will hold a 
free media relations/political advocacy workshop, (co-sponsored by the 
MSA 
at U of T Erindale)

WHEN:   SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1 PM to 5 PM,

WHERE:          STUDENT CENTRE, ROOM 270, ERINDALE CAMPUS,
                 3359 Mississuaga Road, Mississauga
                 For campus map, please see:
                 http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/maps/erindale/

SPEAKER:        Riad Saloojee, Lawyer, and National-Executive
                 Director of CAIR-CAN in Ottawa

To register or for more info, please e-mail your name, & phone number 
to 
ib.danial@utoronto.ca or call (416) 203-3768.

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"ISLAM UNCENSORED" IN MINNESOTA

WHAT:   "ISLAM UNCENSORED," a free event to learn about
                 Islam and Muslims
WHEN:   Saturday, November 3rd, 2001
                 9 a.m. TO 5 p.m.
WHERE:  University of Minnesota, Mondale Hall (Law School),
                 229 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis, Minnesota (West Bank)
WHO:    Organized by the Islamic Resource Group, the Muslim 
American            Society, the Muslim Student Association and the 
Al-Madinah              Cultural Center

* In-depth discussion on Islam and Muslims
* Myths about Islam
* Qur'an and the Messenger
* Relations between Islam and the West
* Women in Islam
* Islamic Social and Political Systems
* Current Crisis Through Muslim Eyes

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.islamuncensored.org or call Hannia 
Chahn, 
651-270-6720

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/1/2001

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HEADLINES:

* COLORADO CONGRESSMAN CALLS FOR PASSENGER PROFILING (CNN)
* PROFILING GIVES US A FIRST IMPRESSION, BUT NOT A LASTING ONE 
(Post-Dispatch)
* PROFILING BY FEAR (Wall Street Journal)
* PAKISTANI MAN BARRED FROM FLIGHT SUES AIRLINE (San Francisco 
Chronicle)
* SIKHS SAY FORCED TO REMOVE TURBANS (AP)
* ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION IMPACTS DETENTION POWERS (National Law 
Journal)
* MORE CHRISTIAN LEADERS VOICE CONCERN OVER ISRAELI ACTIONS (Boston 
Globe)
* MUSLIM LEADERS QUESTION DECISION TO END THREE-DECADE HOLIDAY DISPLAY 
TRADITION (LA Times)
* SEPT. 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS DELAY COMPLETION OF O.C. MOSQUE (LA Times)
* PENNSYLVANIA MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
* Q&A ABOUT VISITING A MOSQUE

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COLORADO CONGRESSMAN CALLS FOR PASSENGER PROFILING

CNN WOLF BLITZER REPORTS
October 31, 2001

REP. SCOTT MCINNIS (R), COLORADO: Well, let me tell you that I'm not 
sure 
of the word ethnic profiling. But I think the word profiling -- we all 
use 
profiling. CNN uses profiling, of course, to take a look at who their 
viewers are out there. We use it in every activity of our life. And, 
for 
God's sake, we ought to use profiling to protect the national security 
of 
this country. I mean, not using it right now is simply a diversion to 
our 
safety. And our safety has got to come first.

BLITZER: So you are saying, Congressman McInnis, if someone looks like 
he 
is an Arab or of Middle Eastern ancestry, be should singled out?

MCINNIS: Well, let me tell you, if you put that in a combination with 
factors -- for example, these hijackers, we knew that they were all in 
a 
certain age group. We knew that they were all male. We knew that they 
were 
all Arab. We knew that they were of the Islamic faith. When you put all 
of 
those factors together, you are darn right you better pull those people 
aside and start asking some questions.

Almost every other country in the world does do that. And, frankly, 
that's 
why Israel, for example, hasn't had a hijacking on one of their 
aircraft...

...MCINNIS: But you have got to agree with me that when we have people 
of 
Arab descent, for example, who buy a one-way ticket, who have no 
baggage 
that get onto an airplane, and they're traveling some distance, and 
they 
fall within a certain age range, and they belong to a certain radical 
part 
of a religion, those people ought to be pulled aside because of that 
profile. And that's profiling...

...MCINNIS: OK. I'm telling you that a profile utilizing a number of 
different elements -- just like we do before we issue an insurance 
policy 
to a teenage driver. We know that a teenager driver has a much higher 
likelihood of speeding, much higher likelihood of driving. And, 
therefore, 
we charge him more for insurance.

Now, you may call that discrimination. You may call that what is wrong 
with 
America. I'm telling you it is what is needed in America for the 
national 
defense of this country...

POLITE COMMENTS TO:

Congressman Scott McInnis
320 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-4761
Fax: (202) 226-0622
URL: http://www.house.gov/mcinnis/

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PROFILING GIVES US A FIRST IMPRESSION, BUT NOT A LASTING ONE
By Greg Freeman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/01/2001
http://www.post-dispatch.com
Search using the term "profiling."

...Racial profiling is in the news again because of the attacks Sept. 
11 on 
the United States. Not only are Muslims and people of Middle Eastern 
descent being profiled, some wags -- like syndicated columnist Mona 
Charen 
-- are even suggesting that Arabs in this country be forced to leave, 
and 
that citizens of Middle Eastern origin be given "some scrutiny."

That is going way too far.

Profiling offers a simple, first impression under which assumptions are 
made. But you can't make wise decisions based on assumptions...

...Our skin color isn't a matter of our choosing. And more often than 
not, 
we tend to choose the religion that our parents chose for themselves. 
Neither is a predictor of how we think or how we behave...

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PROFILING BY FEAR
By David Harris, The Wall Street Journal, 11/1/2001
http://public.wsj.com/home.html
Prof. Harris is Balk Professor of Law and Values at the University of 
Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio. He is also is author of "Profiles 
In 
Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work," The New Press, February 
2002)

Jason L. Riley's endorsement of racial profiling of Arabs and Muslims 
as 
part of the war on terrorism (editorial page, Oct. 24) takes a 
simplistic 
view of a complex problem. Mr. Riley argues that profiling based on 
racial 
or ethnic appearance is "a logical and legitimate response" to the 
events 
of Sept. 11. Unfortunately, he does this without examining his basic 
assumption.

It is no surprise that people generally believe we should focus our 
enforcement efforts on Arabs or Muslims. Given the catastrophic nature 
of 
the terrorist attacks and the fact that all of the attackers we know of 
were Middle Easterners, people react by fearing Middle Easterners. The 
problem is that fear can harm our enforcement and investigation efforts 
if 
we use it to decide upon whom to focus as we try to prevent other 
terrorist 
attacks.

Mr. Riley assumes that it just makes sense to focus our efforts on 
Arabs 
and Muslims, but he never stops to question the assumption that doing 
so 
would make for effective policing. As we have learned through bitter 
experience in the context of the profiling of African-Americans, 
Latinos 
and others in our quest to rid the roads of drugs, using race or ethnic 
appearance this way does not work. In fact, we get lower rates of 
success 
from stops and searches focused through racial profiling than we do 
through 
traditional enforcement efforts that do not use appearance to tell us 
who 
"looks" suspicious...

...Treating wide groups of Middle Easterners like suspects will also 
harm 
our intelligence gathering capabilities. If there is one group of 
Americans 
more likely than all others to notice suspicious behavior among Arabs 
and 
Muslims, it is Arabs and Muslims themselves. Treating all of them as 
potential suspects will not encourage them to come forward; in fact, 
they 
could end up feeling unjustly victimized and less inclined to 
cooperate.

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PAKISTANI MAN BARRED FROM FLIGHT SUES AIRLINE
By HARRIET CHIANG, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/30/2001
http://www.sfgate.com/
Search using the term "Baig."

SAN FRANCISCO - A Pakistani who works at a technology company in Mill 
Valley, Calif., has filed a discrimination suit against United Airlines 
after the airline refused to let him board a flight at San Francisco 
International Airport last month.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, M. Ahsan 
Baig, a 
U.S. resident of Asian descent, said he was singled out because of his 
race 
when a flight crew prevented him from boarding a Sept. 22 flight to 
Philadelphia. The suit is one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Baig said he was told that a United crew member had seen him engage in 
"suspicious communications" with another passenger, prompting the 
captain 
to bar him from the flight.

Baig hotly denied the charge, which he said a United representative 
could 
neither explain nor prove. Baig said that he had been on the phone to 
his 
wife and to a company straightening out a ticket mix-up just before he 
sat 
down in the waiting area...

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SIKHS SAY FORCED TO REMOVE TURBANS
By DEBORAH KONG, The Associated Press, 11/1/2001

Followers of the Sikh faith say they have been unfairly singled out for 
elaborate security checks at airports, sometimes being forced to remove 
their turbans, an integral part of their religious identity.

Some say racial profiling at airports has been part of a backlash 
against 
people of Middle Eastern appearance since the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks, 
which have been blamed on Islamic extremists.

Sikhism was founded in India in the 16th century and contains some 
elements 
of Islam and Hinduism. Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims because 
they 
also wear turbans.

The Sikh Communications Council and the Sikh Coalition say they have 
each 
received more than a dozen reports of Sikhs being asked to remove their 
turbans at airports. For Sikhs, the removal of a turban is as intrusive 
as 
a strip search, said Ed Vasquez, spokesman for the council...

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ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION IMPACTS DETENTION POWERS
David E. Rovella, The National Law Journal, 11/1/2001
http://www.nlj.com/index.shtml

On Nov. 2, the Justice Department may be forced to charge, deport or 
release many of the 952 people detained as part of its investigation 
into 
the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Though the DOJ gained broad powers under the anti-terrorism bill signed 
into law on Oct. 26 by President George W. Bush, it also became 
constrained 
by its new seven-day limit on detentions.

The new law, according to a DOJ official, Senate legislative aides and 
immigration lawyers, trumps a more expansive rule quietly put in place 
by 
the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service on Sept. 17. Enacted 
under 
the agency's rule-making power, it allows detention without charge for 
an 
indefinite "reasonable period of time" in "the event of an emergency or 
other extraordinary circumstance..."

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MORE CHRISTIAN LEADERS VOICE CONCERN OVER ISRAELI ACTIONS
By Michael Paulson, The Boston Globe, 11/1/2001
http://www.boston.com/globe/
Search using the term "Christian leaders."

Christian leaders from around Massachusetts yesterday added their 
voices to 
those of three Episcopal bishops calling for greater concern for 
Palestinian rights, as Jewish leaders decried the Tuesday protest by 
the 
bishops outside the Israeli consulate in Boston as unfairly one-sided.

Following the most dramatic local expression of Christian concern over 
the 
conduct of the Israeli government, many Christians and Jews said they 
were 
worried that a growing divide over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 
might 
endanger a relationship Christians and Jews have worked hard to forge 
since 
World War II.

Christian anger over Israeli conduct increased sharply over the last 
two 
weeks, after Israel invaded Bethlehem, traditionally regarded as the 
birthplace of Jesus, and a young Palestinian died in gunfire in Manger 
Square...

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MUSLIM LEADERS QUESTION DECISION TO END THREE-DECADE HOLIDAY DISPLAY 
TRADITION
By DAVE McKIBBEN, Los Angeles Times, 10/31/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000086683oct31.story

Yes, Mission Viejo, there will be a Santa Claus at La Paz Road and 
Chrisanta Drive this year, but there won't be a Nativity scene, giant 
menorah or Ramadan display.

City officials say only secular exhibits will be allowed this holiday 
season because they were "unable to make the corner available to all 
faiths" wishing to be represented, as was the custom in past years.

Some Muslim leaders found the timing of the decision to end a 
three-decade-old holiday tradition to be "rather strange," especially 
since 
last year marked the first time in California that the holy month of 
Ramadan received equal billing with Christmas at some public spaces. 
"Because of the timing regarding Sept. 11, we should have more reason 
to 
show unity within the diversity," said Hussam Ayloush, executive 
director 
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations office in Anaheim. "I hope 
we're not responding to our paranoia or our fears."

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SEPT. 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS DELAY COMPLETION OF O.C. MOSQUE
By WILLIAM LOBDELL, Los Angeles Times, 10/31/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000086685oct31.story

A new Orange County mosque, expected to draw one of the largest Muslim 
congregations in the nation, will not open Friday as planned because of 
construction delays blamed on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Even so, despite the wet paint, bare floors and windowless frames, 
officials of the $2-million Masjid Al-Raham in Garden Grove said 
Tuesday 
that they will continue with the Friday and Saturday opening 
ceremonies, 
which are expected to attract more than 2,500 Muslims, interfaith 
leaders 
and community members...

"...This building basically confirms that Islam is an intricate part of 
the 
American fabric," said Ra'id Faraj, a spokesman for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

"And the Muslim community is here to stay. This is home for them."

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PENNSYLVANIA MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

Sponsored by the American Muslim Society of the Tristate Area, 
Foundation 
for Islamic Education and the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge.

WHEN:   Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 - 6 PM
WHERE:  Foundation for Islamic Education
                 1860 Montgomery Avenue, Villanova, PA

For more information, call Iftekhar Hussain at 610-721-2746.

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Q&A ABOUT VISITING A MOSQUE
(From CAIR's "Welcome to Our Mosque" brochure. To obtain hard copies of 
the 
brochure, contact publications@cair-net.org.)

WELCOME TO OUR MOSQUE

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Q: WHAT IS A MOSQUE?
A: A mosque is a place of worship used by Muslims. The English word 
"mosque" is derived from its Arabic equivalent, masjid, which means 
"place 
of prostration." It is in the mosque that Muslims perform their 
prayers, a 
part of which includes placing the forehead on the floor.

Q: HOW IS A MOSQUE USED?
A: Mosques play a vital role in the lives of Muslims in North America. 
The 
primary function of the mosque is to provide a place where Muslims may 
perform Islam's obligatory five daily prayers as a congregation. A 
mosque 
also provides sufficient space in which to hold prayers on Fridays, the 
Muslim day of communal prayer, and on the two Muslim holidays, called 
Eids, 
or "festivals."

Q: IS A MOSQUE A HOLY PLACE?
A: A mosque is a place that is specifically dedicated as a place of 
prayer. 
However, there is nothing sacred about the building or the place 
itself. 
There is no equivalent of an altar in a mosque. A Muslim may pray on 
any 
clean surface. Muslims often pray in public places.

Q: HOW BIG ARE MOSQUES?
A: In North America, mosques vary in size from tiny storefronts serving 
a 
handful of worshippers, to large Islamic centers that can accommodate 
thousands.

Q: DO MOSQUES WELCOME VISITORS?
A: Mosques in North America welcome visitors. Tours can be arranged at 
most 
facilities. It is always best to call mosque administrators before 
arrival. 
They will want to make sure your visit is enjoyable.

Q: WHAT ARE THE DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF A MOSQUE?
A: The musalla, or prayer hall, in each mosque is oriented in the 
direction 
of Mecca, toward which Muslims face during prayers. In North America, 
Muslim worshippers face northeast. Prayer halls are open and 
uncluttered to 
accommodate lines of worshippers who stand and bow in unison. There are 
no 
pews or chairs. Members of the congregation sit on the floor.

Because Muslim men and women form separate lines when they stand in 
prayers, some mosques will have a balcony reserved for the use of 
women. 
Other mosques will accommodate men and women in the same musalla, or 
they 
may have two separate areas for men and women.

Q: WHAT ELSE IS IN THE PRAYER AREA?
A: All mosques have some sort of mihrab, or niche, that indicates which 
wall of the mosque faces Mecca. The mihrab is often decorated with 
Arabic 
calligraphy. Its curved shape helps reflect the voice of the imam, or 
prayer leader, back toward the congregation. Many mosques also have a 
minbar, or pulpit, to the right of the mihrab. During the Friday prayer 
service, the imam delivers a sermon from the minbar.

Q: WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN IN THE PRAYER AREA?
A: Children will often be present during prayers, whether 
participating, 
watching or imitating the movements of their elders. Their presence 
continues the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, who behaved tenderly 
toward children. The Prophet sometimes carried one of his grandchildren 
on 
his shoulder while leading the prayer and was also known to shorten the 
prayer if he heard a baby cry.

Q: WHAT MIGHT I HEAR DURING MY VISIT?
A: You might hear Muslims exchanging the Islamic greeting, the Arabic 
phrase "as-salaam alaykum" ("peace be with you"). Muslims return this 
greeting by saying, "wa alaykum as-salaam" ("and with you be peace").

You might also hear the call to prayer. The call, or adhan, contains 
the 
following phrases (in Arabic):
God is most great, God is most great.
God is most great, God is most great.
I bear witness that there is no god but God.
I bear witness that there is no god but God.
I bear witness that Muhammad is a messenger of God.
I bear witness that Muhammad is a messenger of God.
Hasten to prayer, Hasten to prayer.
Hasten to success, Hasten to success.
God is most great, God is most great.
There is no god but [the One] God.

All Muslim prayers begin with recitation of Al-Fatihah, the opening 
chapter 
of the Qur'an:

In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds.
The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
Ruler of the Day of Judgment.
Only You do we worship, Only You we ask for help.
Show us the straight path.
The path of those whom You have favored,
not that of those who earn Your anger, nor those who go astray.

Q: WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE BUILDING?
A: Many mosques have a minaret, the large tower used to issue the call 
to 
prayer five times each day. In North America, the minaret is largely 
decorative. Facilities to perform wudu, or ablutions, can be found in 
all 
mosques. Muslims wash their hands, faces and feet before prayers as a 
way 
to purify and prepare themselves to stand before God. Wudu facilities 
range 
from washbasins to specially designed areas with built-in benches, 
floor 
drains and faucets.

Bookshelves are found in most mosques. They contain works of Islamic 
philosophy, theology and law, as well as collections of the traditions 
and 
sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Copies of the Quran, Islam's revealed 
text, are always available to worshippers.

Calligraphy is used to decorate nearly every mosque. Arabic quotations 
from 
the Quran invite contemplation of the revealed Word of God. Other 
common 
features found in the mosque are clocks or schedules displaying the 
times 
of the five daily prayers and large rugs or carpets covering the 
musalla 
floor. Many American mosques also have administrative offices.

Q: IS A MOSQUE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR PRAYER?
A: Though its main function is as a place of prayer, the mosque plays a 
variety of roles, especially in North America. Many mosques are 
associated 
with Islamic schools and day care centers. Mosques also provide diverse 
services such as Sunday schools, Arabic classes, Quranic instruction, 
and 
youth activities.

Marriages and funerals, potluck dinners during the fasting month of 
Ramadan, and Eid prayers and carnivals are all to be found in North 
American mosques. They are also sites for interfaith dialogues and 
community activism.

Many mosques serve as recreational centers for the Muslim community and 
may 
have a gymnasium, game room and weight equipment, as well as a library 
and 
classrooms.

Q: DO MOSQUES HAVE SPECIAL RULES?
A: Men and women should always dress conservatively when visiting a 
mosque, 
covering their arms and legs. Examples of inappropriate clothing would 
be 
shorts for men and short skirts for women.

Shoes are always left at the entrance to the prayer area so as not to 
soil 
the rugs or carpets. Shelves are usually provided to hold shoes. Women 
may 
be asked to cover their hair when visiting a mosque. Many mosques have 
scarves on hand for visitors to borrow, but it is better to bring a 
head 
covering in case none are available.

Visitors to mosques should behave as they would when visiting any 
religious 
institution, but they should feel free to ask questions about the 
mosque, 
its architecture, furnishings, and activities. Muslims are happy to 
answer 
questions about their religion.

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Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001 15:26:52 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: American Muslims in the Aftermath of Sept. 11

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/2/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CAIR CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: AMERICAN MUSLIMS IN THE AFTERMATH OF 
SEPTEMBER 11
* TONIGHT: "THE NEW LEGISLATION TO FIGHT TERRORISM - ANALYSIS & IMPACT"
* CAIR-MI ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSES IN MICHIGAN
* SAN ANTONIO MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
* CAIR-OHIO OPEN HOUSE
* JEWISH LEADERS ANGRY OVER EPISCOPAL PROTEST (Boston Globe)
* UNDERSTANDING ISLAM PROMOTES PEACE (Star Press)
* REMARKS BY U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND NIGERIAN PRESIDENT 
OLUSEGUN 
OBASANJO
* WRONG TUNE, WRONG TIME (San Francisco Chronicle)
* AFGHANISTAN: US SHOULD STOP USING CLUSTER BOMBS (Human Rights Watch)
* AUTHORITIES DENY REPORT OF SIX SUSPICIOUS MEN (Anchorage Daily News)

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CAIR CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: AMERICAN MUSLIMS IN THE AFTERMATH OF 
SEPTEMBER 11

WHO ARE THE AMERICAN MUSLIMS? - Demographic data on the Muslim 
population 
and the structure of the American Muslim community

HOW CAN ONE CHARACTERIZE MAINSTREAM MUSLIMS? - Views of practicing and 
ethnic Muslims on women, other religions, war and peace, and attacks 
against civilians

WHAT DOES CITIZENSHIP MEAN FOR THE AMERICAN MUSLIM WORLDVIEW? Recent 
fatwa 
(religious opinion) about Muslim participation in the U.S. war effort

WHERE DO MUSLIMS STAND ON CURRENT ISSUES? - Muslim views on abortion, 
welfare, discrimination, taxes, prayer in public schools, and foreign 
policy

PRESENTER: Dr. Mohamed Nimer, Research Director
                 Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

WHEN:   Monday, November 19, 2001, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  2105 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP with Ibrahim Abdullah at 202-488-8787 or 
Iadullah@cair-net.org

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"THE NEW LEGISLATION TO FIGHT TERRORISM - ANALYSIS & IMPACT"

WHEN:   Friday, November 2, 8:15 p.m. - 10 p.m. (after Isha prayers)

WHERE:  Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
                 3159 Row Street, Falls Church, VA

PANELISTS:

Nihad Awad       CAIR
Greg Nojeim             ACLU
Ashraf Nubani    Immigration/Civil Rights Attorney
Asim Ghafoor    Consultant

CONTACT: (703) 536-1030

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CAIR-MI ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

CAIR-MI invites you and your family to its Annual Fundraising Dinner

THEME: "The Great Opportunity"

WHEN: Sunday November 11, 2001 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Novi Hilton-275 & 8 Mile Rd.
COST: Tickets are $50 per person

For more information, contact the CAIR-MI office:
Tel: 248.569.2203
E-mail: cair@cairmichigan.org

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSES IN MICHIGAN

The ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION OF GREATER DETROIT is hosting a Mosque Open
House on November 3, 2001. IAGD is located in Rochester Hills at 879
W. Auburn Road, between Rochester and Livernois.

The TAWHEED CENTER IN FARMINGTON HILLS is planning their Open House on 
November 10, from 12-4 p.m. The Center is located on 10 Mile between 
Middlebelt and Farmington Road.

The ANN ARBOR MASJID is also hosting an Open House on Sunday November
11. The Masjid is located on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, West of US-23.

The FRANKLIN COMMUNITY MOSQUE Open House is on Sunday November 11, from 
1 
to  6 p.m. The building is located on Franklin Road, between 13 Mile 
and 14 
Mile in Franklin Village.

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SAN ANTONIO MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

WHEN: November 11, 2 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic Center of San Antonio, 8638 Fairhaven, San Antonio, TX

CONTACT: Said Motawea (210) 373-8573, Abdulrahman Ali (210) 240-2486, 
or 
(210) 614-0989

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CAIR-OHIO OPEN HOUSE

CAIR Ohio invites you to a monthly open house. First Wednesday of the 
month. Please come and join us in discussing issues of concern to our 
community.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 7, 2001, 6 - 8 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR Ohio, 4700 Reed Road, Suite B, Columbus, Ohio

CONTACT: 614-451-3232

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JEWISH LEADERS ANGRY OVER EPISCOPAL PROTEST
By Michael Paulson, The Boston Globe, 11/2/2001
http://www.boston.com/globe/
Search using the term "Jewish leaders."

Jewish community leaders yesterday blasted the bishops of the Episcopal 
Diocese of Massachusetts for a "deeply troubling and almost 
unexplainable" 
demonstration in front of the Israeli consulate, while Cardinal Bernard 
F. 
Law and a top Protestant leader tried to calm rapidly escalating 
Christian-Jewish tensions in Boston over the Middle East.

Law, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston and long active in working 
to 
improve Christian-Jewish relations, said he was alarmed by developments 
of 
the last few days: Episcopal bishops joined the pro-Palestinian 
demonstration Tuesday, leaders of other Christian denominations added 
their 
voices in support of Palestinians on Wednesday, and Jews expressed pain 
and 
anger yesterday.

The dispute, in a city that has prided itself on constructive 
interfaith 
relations, reflects longstanding differences over the Middle East that 
suddenly have exploded into public view with Christians upset over the 
Israeli military incursion two weeks ago into Bethlehem, traditionally 
regarded as the birthplace of Jesus...

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UNDERSTANDING ISLAM PROMOTES PEACE
By Faiz Rahman, The Star Press (IN), 11/2/2001
http://www.thestarpress.com/Opinion/01/nov/1102Guestcolmedop.html
(Faiz Rahman is an assistant professor in the geography department at 
Ball 
State University.)

...Seven hundred years before King John's Magna Carta, Islam had taught 
that all humans are equal and all are born sinless. The Quran declares 
that 
both man and woman are equal in God's sight, and man has been given the 
responsibility of maintenance and security of the household. 
Maltreatment 
of women in some of the Islamic countries is due to the cultural 
background 
of those countries, not because of Islam.

A Muslim must pray five times each day and fast during the month of 
Ramadan 
which is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Any Muslim who 
possesses 
a certain amount of wealth annually is required to pay an obligatory 
charity. A financially and physically able Muslim must also perform the 
pilgrimage to Mecca once a lifetime.

In addition, one has to be kind to parents and generous to poor, needy 
and 
kinsfolk. Sex is permitted only inside the bounds of marriage. Killing 
is a 
major sin. To kill one person without justice is equivalent to slaying 
the 
humanity, and to save one human life is equivalent to saving the whole 
humanity...

NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: letters@thestarpress.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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REMARKS BY U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND NIGERIAN PRESIDENT 
OLUSEGUN 
OBASANJO AT THEIR MEETING LOCATION: THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE, 
WASHINGTON, D.C. TIME: 11:50 A.M. EST DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2001

PRESIDENT BUSH:  I'm proud to welcome President Obasanjo back to the 
White 
House. We just had a very good visit. We discussed our mutual concern, 
our 
mutual desire, and that is to fight and win the war against terror...

...He's got a huge Muslim population in his country, and I assured him 
and 
assure those Muslims who live in his country that our war that we now 
fight 
is against terror and evil; it's not against Muslims. We both 
understand 
that the Islamic faith teaches peace, respects human life, is 
nonviolent...

...PRESIDENT OBASANJO: We -- as I said, we are unique, in a way, 
because we 
have the highest population of Muslims in Africa. We are also unique in 
the 
fact that almost 50 percent of our population are Muslims, and almost 
50 
percent are Christians. That has advantage and also has disadvantage.  
It 
is up to us to let our people, the citizens of our country, know that 
whatever faith they belong to, they are not safe as long as we allow 
terrorism to take hold of the world.  Whatever ideal they stand for, 
their 
ideal will amount to nothing, if terrorism rules the world. Whatever 
ambition or aspiration they have, their ambition and aspiration will 
come 
to naught if terrorism is allowed to take over the ruling of the 
world...

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WRONG TUNE, WRONG TIME
The San Francisco Chronicle, 11/1/2001
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/11/01/ED100366.DTL 


WAR CAN bring out the best and the worst in popular culture. Our hats 
are 
off to all the entertainers who have offered their time and stature to 
help 
the September 11 relief efforts. Then again...

Charlie Daniels, while trying to pander to patriotism, is offending 
many 
loyal Americans with his new song and its boorish lyrics: "This ain't 
no 
rag, it's a flag...and we don't wear it on our heads." Someone should 
tell 
Daniels that appreciation of American values is not defined by a 
person's 
appearance or religious and cultural practices. Daniels ought to listen 
to 
President Bush's appeals for tolerance...

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AFGHANISTAN: US SHOULD STOP USING CLUSTER BOMBS
In-Depth Analysis Cites Hazard to Civilians
Human Rights Watch, 10/31/2001
http://www.hrw.org/press/2001/10/cluster1031.htm

The United States should immediately stop using cluster bombs in 
Afghanistan because they pose an unacceptable risk to civilians, Human 
Rights Watch said in a backgrounder released today.

(SEE: http://www.hrw.org/backgrounder/arms/cluster-bck1031.htm)

Human Rights Watch has called for a global moratorium on use of cluster 
bombs because they have been shown to cause unacceptable civilian 
casualties both during and after conflict...

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AUTHORITIES DENY REPORT OF SIX SUSPICIOUS MEN
FBI: Story of search for group with pipeline details disputed.
By Lucas Wall, Anchorage Daily News, 11/1/2001
http://www.adn.com/front/story/734076p-779195c.html

Authorities in Alaska and the nation's capital Wednesday disputed a 
report 
that the FBI is looking for six men stopped by police in the Midwest 
last 
weekend but released even though they possessed photographs and 
descriptions of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and a Florida nuclear 
power 
plant.

Despite the official denials, the news service that published the story 
said it stands behind it.

Special Agent Eric Gonzalez, an FBI spokesman in Anchorage, called the 
story published by Knight Ridder Newspapers "completely inaccurate and 
not 
true."

Part of the story appeared Wednesday in the Anchorage Daily News.

Knight Ridder, quoting an anonymous senior law enforcement official, 
reported that the men appeared to be of Middle Eastern origin, carried 
box 
cutters and other equipment, and had Israeli passports. The news agency 
reported that its source said the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service 
had inspected the men's passports, determined they were valid and let 
them 
go...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/3/2001

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HEADLINES:

* EXPERTS ON ISLAM POINTING FINGERS AT ONE ANOTHER (New York Times)
* OP-ED ECHO CHAMBER: LITTLE SPACE FOR DISSENT TO THE MILITARY LINE 
(FAIR)
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN FLORIDA
* CAIR'S "MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE KIT"

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EXPERTS ON ISLAM POINTING FINGERS AT ONE ANOTHER
By RICHARD BERNSTEIN, The New York Times, 11/3/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/03/arts/03EXPE.html

If many of the country's specialists on Islam and the Middle East are 
getting more public exposure than usual, the debate over who's right 
has 
also been heating up. One well-known expert in particular is blaming 
what 
he sees as the establishment in the field for failing for years to 
predict 
the danger of Islamic extremism.

The expert, Martin Kramer, who teaches both in the United States and in 
Israel and is editor of Middle East Quarterly, writes in a new book, 
"Ivory 
Towers on Sand," that the study of the Middle East and of Islam has 
been 
afflicted with so much political bias and wishful thinking that most 
scholars have missed "the major evolutions of Middle Eastern politics 
and 
society over the past two decades..."

...Not surprisingly, Mr. Kramer's accusation has provoked a heated 
debate 
in the academic world, with angry rejoinders from some of those 
criticized 
by name in his book. Those who disagree accuse Mr. Kramer of a host of 
sins, from being motivated by his own political agenda to quoting his 
rivals out of context to misunderstanding the nature of Islam himself. 
"I 
haven't read the book yet, but what I've read about it is completely 
consistent with the views that Martin has expressed in recent years, 
and 
completely offensive," said Richard Bulliet, a professor of history at 
the 
Middle East Institute at Columbia University. "The impression that I 
have 
is that he thinks that any degree of sympathetic study of Islamic 
politics 
is simply dead wrong, that it's anathema and should be represented as 
such..."

...The disagreements have a good deal to do with Middle East politics 
themselves, with Mr. Kramer and his scholarly allies tending to be more 
pro-Israeli and more critical of the Arabs than his scholarly 
adversaries...

"...There are two camps," said John L. Esposito, a leading American 
scholar 
of Islam and the founder of the Center for Muslim-Christian 
Understanding 
at Georgetown University, who is among the scholars criticized by Mr. 
Kramer. "One of them believes that all Islamic fundamentalist groups or 
movements are a threat. The other, represented by myself and several 
others, would say that you have to distinguish between mainstream 
Islamic 
society and extremists, who attack people in their own societies and 
now in 
the West."

Daniel Pipes, the founder of Middle East Quarterly and author of 
several 
books on the Middle East, is a colleague of Mr. Kramer and agrees that 
the 
division has to do with the vision of fundamentalism. Asked how he 
differed 
from Mr. Esposito, he replied:

SEE: "Who is Daniel Pipes?"
http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

"What I say is that this is a totalitarian movement and everybody 
involved 
in it is a problem. There is no good in it. He would make a distinction 
between good and bad fundamentalisms..."

...Mr. Kramer's book was published by the Washington Institute for Near 
East Policy, a group that has close relations with Israel, and Mr. 
Kramer 
himself is a past director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern 
and 
African Studies in Tel Aviv. These organizations are respected by 
scholars 
in the field, but these institutional affiliations suggest to some of 
Mr. 
Kramer's detractors that his underlying purpose is to discredit those 
who 
disagree with him on the basic Israeli-Arab conflict.

"If you look at Martin's own profile, his own ideological profile, and 
that 
of his publisher -- which are not primarily concerned with what is best 
for 
America -- it's clear that there is an agenda here, which is to 
discredit 
the entire Middle East establishment," Mr. Esposito said...

...Mr. Bulliet, who, like Mr. Esposito, is criticized by name by Mr. 
Kramer, agrees with him that a degree of wishful thinking has 
infiltrated 
the analyses of some experts. Still, he argues that it is Mr. Kramer's 
view 
of Islam as monolithic and unchangingly hostile that is incorrect.

"The question is what do you see when you look at Islamic politics," 
Mr. 
Bulliet said. "Is it an evil that must be fought against root and 
branch? 
Or is it a spectrum of political activities that encompasses strong 
advocates of participatory government, and Iran would now be 
representative 
of that, and advocates of totalitarian government, and bin Laden would 
represent that.

"But if you say that everyone that wants Islam central to public life 
is an 
enemy," Mr. Bulliet said, "then you empower the radical fringe."

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OP-ED ECHO CHAMBER: LITTLE SPACE FOR DISSENT TO THE MILITARY LINE
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), 11/2/2001
http://www.fair.org/activism/nyt-wp-opeds.html

During the weeks following September's terrorist attacks, two leading 
dailies used their op-ed pages as an echo chamber for the government's 
official policy of military response, mostly ignoring dissenters and 
policy 
critics.

A FAIR survey of the New York Times and the Washington Post op-ed pages 
for 
the three weeks following the attacks (9/12/01 - 10/2/01) found that 
columns calling for or assuming a military response to the attacks were 
given a great deal of space, while opinions urging diplomatic and 
international law approaches as an alternative to military action were 
nearly non-existent...

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN FLORIDA

WHEN:

Saturday, November 10, 2001
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Four identical one-hour programs)

WHERE:

Islamic Center of Northeast Florida
2333 St. Johns Bluff Road S.
Jacksonville, FL 32246

CONTACT: 904-646-3462, or icnef@yahoo.com

Directions: From Atlantic Blvd: Take South on St. Johns Bluff Road. The 
Islamic Center is on left about 11/2 mile.

 From JTB: Exit on St. Johns Bluff Road North (UNF). Pass Beach Blvd. 
The 
Islamic Center is on right about 2 miles.

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http://www.cair-net.org/nr/9-28.asp

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Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 11:23:56 -0500
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HEADLINES:

* NOTE TO AMERICAN MUSLIM COUNCIL E-MAIL LIST SUBSCRIBERS
* CAIR-DFW INITIATES MONITORING OF RADIO TALK SHOWS
* A JUDICIOUS APPROACH TO LIFE AND FAITH (Washington Post)
* AN AMERICAN, A MUSLIM, A TEEN (Christian Science Monitor)
         - MUSLIMS NURTURE SENSE OF SELF ON CAMPUS (NY Times)
* "I BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND AMERICA" (Providence Journal)
* ANTHRAX? BIG DEAL (Salon.com)
* ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT BUSH TO THE WARSAW CONFERENCE ON COMBATING 
TERRORISM
* MEDIA EXPERTS: NO ONE'S WINNING THE INFORMATION WAR _ YET (Miami 
Herald)
* COMMENTARY: AN INJUSTICE TO INNOCENT AFGHAN CIVILIANS (Star Tribune)
* MEDIA STOKE DEBATE ON TORTURE AS U.S. OPTION (NY Times News Service)
* ALL-FAITHS DISPLAY TO CONTINUE (Los Angeles Times)
* MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MICHIGAN
* BUILDING THEIR 'AMERICAN DREAM' (Washington Post)
* BEATING OF PAKISTANI CAB DRIVER CALLED A HATE CRIME (Wash. Post)
* THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ARSON AT MOSQUE (Seattle Times)
* MUSLIM NAME ISSUE IN COUNCIL ELECTION (Washington Times)
* SUDAN IS SIMPLY MISUNDERSTOOD

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NOTE TO AMERICAN MUSLIM COUNCIL E-MAIL LIST SUBSCRIBERS

On Friday, November 2, someone hacked into the American Muslim Council 
(AMC) e-mail list, resulting in multiple confusing messages being 
distributed to subscribers.

AMC's list has been temporarily disabled pending a full report on the 
incident from the service provider. Updates on the list status will be 
available at http://www.amconline.org/.

"Although this was beyond our control, we apologize for any material 
that 
may have been sent. We assure you that we will watch this matter with 
extreme care," said AMC Executive Director Aly Abuzaakouk.

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CAIR-DFW INITIATES MONITORING OF RADIO TALK SHOWS

Because of complaints from Muslim radio listeners, CAIR-Dallas/Fort 
Worth 
is initiating an effort to monitor radio talk shows for Islamophobic 
content.

Volunteers are needed to monitor shows for one hour per week. If 
interested, please refer to the radio talk show schedule at:
http://www.cairdfw.org/radiotalkshows.htm

E-mail your preferred time, day and program to info@cairdfw.org. Once a 
list of volunteers is compiled, a workshop will be set up to discuss 
the 
most effective ways of monitoring and calling-in to talk shows.

Effective monitoring may include:

1) Taping the show and listening for Islamophobic remarks.
2) Transcribing the offensive material for use in FCC complaints or 
legal 
proceedings.
3) Calling the program to correct misconceptions about Islam and 
Muslims.

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A JUDICIOUS APPROACH TO LIFE AND FAITH
By Marc Fisher, The Washington Post, 11/6/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45163-2001Nov5.html

Of course, the question made him angry. Hassan El-Amin was up for a 
judgeship, a chance to become the first Muslim judge in Maryland 
history, 
and someone wanted to know if being a Muslim and being a judge, a 
custodian 
of American law, would be compatible.

"I wanted to say, 'Well, we have Catholic judges and Jewish judges, and 
nobody asks them that question,'" El-Amin recalls. But instead he said 
this: "The two are absolutely consistent, and I just revel in the 
harmonies 
between Islam and the American ideals, everything from the Preamble to 
the 
Bill of Rights and the great value that's placed on the individual as a 
creation of God." You haven't heard much like that lately, have you?

Prince George's District Court Judge Hassan El-Amin, his black robes 
hanging on the coatrack, his tie loosened, lays that down and then 
launches 
into a soaring tribute to Jefferson and Madison and how their ideals 
became 
the rock of this nation and how those ideals struggled with the 
realities 
of slavery and other inequities until we reached this room at this 
moment: 
a Muslim, a black man, a guy who sold fish on the streets of 
Washington, 
who now comes to work each day, puts on a robe and interprets and 
enforces 
laws inspired by the Founding Fathers...

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AN AMERICAN, A MUSLIM, A TEEN
By Sara Steindorf, The Christian Science Monitor, 11/6/2001
www.csmonitor.com/cgi-bin/getasciiarchive?script/2001/11/06/p18s1.txt

AS A MUSLIM AMERICAN, 14-year-old Feda Eid might seem to live a life of 
contrasts.

A Dunkin' Donuts bag and a Koran share space on her dresser. Sneakers 
and 
head scarves are both part of her daily dress. And in the evenings, she 
might watch "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" after praying toward Mecca with 
her 
parents and six siblings.

But in our nation's melting pot of cultures and religions, it's those 
contrasts that make Feda Eid (FEE-dah ah-YEED) distinctly American.

"I don't see why anyone would think I'm more or less of an American 
just 
because of my religion," Feda says. Her greenish-blue head scarf 
accents 
the intense green of her eyes...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS NURTURE SENSE OF SELF ON CAMPUS
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times, 11/3/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/03/education/03SCAR.html

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"I BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND AMERICA"
By Arsalan Tariq Iftikhar, The Providence Journal (RI), 11/6/2001
(Iftikhar is the Midwest Communications Director for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest non-profit Muslim 
advocacy 
and civil rights group.)

Myself included, there are over one billion humans on earth who call 
God by 
his Arabic name, Allah. Out of that billion, over seven million of us 
call 
America our home. Many of us are born as Americans, study in American 
institutions and go on to work and pay American dollars to our tax 
system. 
Like everyone else, we eventually find our better half, have chubby 
babies, 
go to zoos, get season tickets to the Chicago Bulls, go on our 
childrens' 
field trips and fix the leak in our roofs...

...Muslim American is not a paradox. As Muslim Americans we currently 
live 
in a diaspora having to deal with an attack on our, yes, our, country. 
We 
also have a dual anxiety because our way of life, which is not far 
different from our Christian and Jewish counterparts, is under attack.

I am a law student. I study international human rights. I have been to 
U2, 
Sarah Maclachlan, Dido and Outkast concerts. I have been a ball boy for 
the 
Chicago Bulls. I have owned a Ford Mustang. I pray for peace and have 
read 
Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech ninety-six times. I may be a 
dreamer, 
but I promise you, I am not the only one.

I am a Muslim and I am an American. I am proud of both and will 
compromise 
neither.

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ANTHRAX? BIG DEAL
By Asra Q. Nomani, Salon.com, 11/6/2001
http://salon.com/news/feature/2001/11/06/anthrax/index_np.html

During his radio address over the weekend, President Bush urged the 
American public to remain calm in the face of current anthrax attacks.

For a lesson in calm, I met four uniformed sixth grade girls from Miss 
Saeeda's class, 6A, at Karachi Public School. It's Saturday afternoon, 
and 
they're standing outside the school library, where Shakespeare's "Romeo 
and 
Juliet" sits on the shelves. News broke here about the first discovery 
of 
an anthrax-laced letter delivered outside America, and it was delivered 
just down the road from these children's school to the office of the 
country's leading Urdu newspaper, the Daily Jang.

Is all this talk about anthrax frightening these young girls? A refrain 
of 
"No!" "No!" "No!" "No!" comes stumbling out of the mouths of 
10-year-old 
Arfa Khan and 11-year-old Quratul-Ain Nasir and their classmates, 
Kainat 
Akra and Mehak Sohail.

Why not? Quratul-Ain, in the spirit of her famous namesake (eclectic, 
cutting-edge Urdu novelist Qurratulain Hyder), explains from behind her 
spectacles: "Our God is with us." Of course, she believes that's the 
same 
God who happens to be watching over America. But Pakistanis, from 
elementary school-aged children to the reporters in the Daily Jang 
office, 
are taking the news of this scare with a calm that doesn't seem to be 
the 
case in America -- partly, they say, because this is a society that is 
unprotected by EPA clean-air regulations, Transportation Department air 
bag 
rules or Agriculture Department poultry farm requirements. They're not 
used 
to having their health monitored and protected...

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ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT BUSH TO THE WARSAW CONFERENCE ON COMBATING 
TERRORISM, 
11/6/2001

PRESIDENT BUSH: ...We have seen the true nature of these terrorists in 
the 
nature of their attacks. They kill thousands of innocent people and 
then 
rejoice about it. They kill fellow Muslims, many of whom died in the 
World 
Trade Center that terrible morning, and then they gloat. They condone 
murder and claim to be doing so in the name of a peaceful religion...

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MEDIA EXPERTS: NO ONE'S WINNING THE INFORMATION WAR _ YET
By Fred Tasker, The Miami Herald, 11/6/2001
http://www.miami.com/herald/content/news/national/digdocs/105418.htm

MIAMI _ Into the fourth week of a military initiative of which its 
effectiveness remains inconclusive, a crucial new front is heating up: 
a 
war of information.

Leaders on all sides are scrambling to put the most favorable spin on 
events, in a battle reminiscent of the Vietnam War struggle for the 
"hearts 
and minds" of the people...

"...I have noticed that the American press tends to play down the 
civilian 
casualties in a way we haven't seen in past conflicts like Kosovo or 
the 
Gulf War," said Ibraham Hooper, of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations in Washington.

Others say they show anti-Muslim bias in constantly showing images of 
angry 
demonstrators in the streets of Pakistani cities.

"In the minds of many Muslims there is a bias," said Charles MacDonald, 
a 
Middle East expert at Florida International University. "The protesters 
are 
only a tiny part of the population. What about the millions and 
millions 
who don't feel that way?"

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COMMENTARY: AN INJUSTICE TO INNOCENT AFGHAN CIVILIANS
By Zafar Siddiqui, Star Tribune, 11/6/2001
http://www.startribune.com/stories/562/807985.html

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the media that Osama bin 
Laden 
may have escaped Afghanistan and the United States might never catch or 
kill him.

If this is the case, then why bomb an already war-ravaged and defeated 
nation at all?...

...An innocent life in United States is equally important to an 
innocent 
life in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world. We need to show to 
the 
world that we value human life and pursue the criminals who were 
responsible for the inhuman and evil attacks of Sept. 11 through 
channels 
of diplomacy or surgical strikes. Let our quest for justice not end up 
in 
injustice to thousands of innocent people who had nothing to do with 
the 
terrible crime against humanity.

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MEDIA STOKE DEBATE ON TORTURE AS U.S. OPTION
By Jim Rutenberg, New York Times Service, 11/6/2001
http://www.iht.com/articles/37992.html

NEW YORK In many quarters, the Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter is 
considered a liberal. Yet there he was last week, raising this 
question:

"In this autumn of anger," Mr. Alter wrote, "even a liberal can find 
his 
thoughts turning to...torture." He added that he was not necessarily 
advocating the use of "cattle prods or rubber hoses" on men detained in 
the 
investigation into the terrorist attacks. Only, "something to 
jump-start 
the stalled investigation of the greatest crime in American history."

The column, titled "Time to Think About Torture," is worrying to human 
rights groups. The sense of alarm was heightened because Mr. Alter is 
just 
one of a growing number of voices in the mainstream U.S. news media 
raising, if not necessarily agreeing with, the idea of torturing 
terrorism 
suspects or detainees who refuse to talk. On Thursday night, the Fox 
News 
anchor Shepard Smith introduced a segment asking: "Should law 
enforcement 
be allowed to do anything, even terrible things, to make suspects spill 
the 
beans? Jon DuPre reports. You decide."

A week earlier, on the CNN program "Crossfire," the conservative 
commentator Tucker Carlson said: "Torture is bad. Keep in mind, some 
things 
are worse. And under certain circumstances, it may be the lesser of two 
evils. Because some evils are pretty evil."

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ALL-FAITHS DISPLAY TO CONTINUE
By DAVE McKIBBEN, Los Angeles Times, 11/6/2001
http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-000088786nov06.story

A week after a residents' committee banned religious displays from a 
busy 
intersection, the Mission Viejo City Council agreed Monday to continue 
the 
three-decade holiday tradition after all.

But the seasonal exhibition--celebrating holidays from Christmas to 
Ramadan--will be moved to a neighborhood park rather than the 
intersection 
of La Paz Road and Chrisanta Drive, which was the traditional spot...

...Muslim leaders, who for the first time put up a Ramadan message at 
the 
intersection last year, said the timing of the cancellation was 
unfortunate. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist atrocities at the 
World 
Trade Center and the Pentagon, the displays are a fitting show of 
diversity, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim...

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MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE IN MICHIGAN

The Albanian Islamic Center of Harper Woods, Mich., will hold an open 
house 
on Sunday, November 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. The mosque is located at 19775 
Harper Avenue, Harper Woods, Mich. It is on the corner of Allard and 
Harper.

CONTACT: (313) 884-6676.

NOTE: To hold an open house in your area, see CAIR's "MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE 
KIT" at: http://www.cair-net.org/nr/9-28.asp

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BUILDING THEIR 'AMERICAN DREAM'
In Herndon, 500 Supporters Join To Break Ground on New Mosque
By Michael Laris, The Washington Post Staff, 11/4/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36299-2001Nov3.html

Mahmood Khan immigrated from his native Pakistan in 1985, became a 
software 
consultant and citizen, and three years ago moved to a quiet 
neighborhood 
in Herndon because of what was coming: a new mosque. "I wanted to be 
close," he said.

Yesterday, a crowd of 500 was on hand for the groundbreaking of the All 
Dulles Area Muslim Society's new Islamic Center, scheduled to be 
completed 
before Ramadan next year.

U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), shovel in hand and backed by chants 
of 
"Allah-u-Akbar" (God is great), joined with local Muslim leaders to 
mark 
the beginning of construction after a decade of planning. Afterward, 
organizers rolled out plastic tarps, and hundreds of people took off 
their 
running shoes, flip flops and loafers to kneel for an afternoon prayer.

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BEATING OF PAKISTANI CAB DRIVER CALLED A HATE CRIME
Two Passengers Charged With Assault
By Josh White, The Washington Post, 11/4/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36056-2001Nov3.html

Two out-of-town concrete layers allegedly beat a Middle Eastern taxicab 
driver severely in what police and prosecutors are calling a hate 
crime.

The beating, which police said began after the two men berated the 
driver 
because he is of Middle Eastern descent, was the second violent hate 
crime 
in the Prince William County area since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 
Manassas Police Chief John J. Skinner said he and other law enforcement 
officials have zero tolerance for such incidents in a community "that 
prides itself on tolerance and the strength of our diversity..."

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THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ARSON AT MOSQUE
The Seattle Times, 11/2/2001

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE - Two juveniles and an adult were arrested after an 
arson 
did minor damage to a mosque here early this morning.

Police found broken windows and a curtain and door charred at the 
Masjid 
Omar Al-Farooq Mosque shortly after midnight. Witnesses said several 
people 
were seen running from the scene. A police dog led officers to a nearby 
home where the three were arrested after questioning...

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MUSLIM NAME ISSUE IN COUNCIL ELECTION
By Valerie Richardson, the Washington times, 11/5/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20011105-9707550.htm

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Ripples from the September 11 attacks have reached an 
unlikely destination: a city council race in this western Denver 
suburb, 
where charges of discrimination against a Muslim candidate could decide 
the 
election.

Tom Booher, a candidate for the council seat from Lakewood's Ward 4, is 
accused of trying to link his opponent, Zenat Shariff Belkin, to 
terrorism 
by highlighting her Muslim ancestry. In a campaign flyer mailed to 
2,000 
voters last week, he left out her married name, Belkin, four times and 
referred to her instead as Zenat Shariff.

The issue for voters in Colorado's fourth-largest city now becomes 
whether 
Mr. Booher was trying to tar Mrs. Belkin through guilt by association - 
or 
whether Mrs. Belkin's supporters are guilty of playing a new kind of 
race 
card...

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SUDAN IS SIMPLY MISUNDERSTOOD
By AMBASSADOR KHIDIR HAROUN AHMED, The Washington Times, 11/5/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20011105-25460943.htm#2
(Ahmed is Head of mission at the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C.)

Though we are pleased with the thoughtful Oct. 26 Embassy Row column 
about 
Sudan, we cannot say the same for the Oct. 24 Commentary column 
"Skeptical 
of the peaceful label" by Cal Thomas. It is regrettable that this 
article 
is insensitive to the feelings of Muslims in general and inaccurate 
with 
regard to Sudan in particular.

Mr. Thomas reports that the Right Rev. Bullen Dolli, an Episcopal 
bishop in 
Sudan, says the government of Sudan "uses brutal force to ensure that 
no 
other religion but Islam is practiced." This is untrue. There are 
dozens of 
churches of all denominations throughout the country, some more than 
100 
years old. Christians are free to practice their faith. In fact, they 
also 
are in every part of the government, including the national, state and 
local levels. Mr. Thomas is welcome to visit our embassy in Washington 
and 
see for himself that we even have Christians working here.

Another blatant misnomer is the allegation that "all women, whether 
Muslim 
or not, are forced to wear the black chador and veil." Perhaps Mr. 
Thomas 
is confusing Sudan with Afghanistan, but Sudanese women are 
characterized 
by their beauty and the colorful clothes and head scarves they wear. 
Again, 
come to our embassy and see for yourself. Furthermore, we have more 
than 30 
women in parliament, some female ambassadors, and women serving at all 
levels of government, including our Supreme Court and federal Cabinet.

One more of the many inaccuracies: Our army, composed of nationals of 
all 
faiths and from all parts of the country, is called the Armed Forces, 
not 
Jundy Allah (the Soldier of Allah), which is a phrase in our national 
anthem, written in 1956. It is obvious that the phrase is applicable to 
Christians in the army as well.

We are working very hard to end the tragic civil war that has afflicted 
our 
country for too long. We want a Sudan that is inclusive and respectful 
of 
the rights of all of its citizens, whether from the north or south, 
whether 
Muslim, Christian or practicing traditional African religions. Columns 
such 
as Mr. Thomas', full of distortions and untruths, only fuel the fires 
of 
hatred and encourage those who wish to keep this African country in 
turmoil...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/7/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CAIR REQUESTS THAT TV STATIONS RECOGNIZE RAMADAN
* FOOD EDITORS ASKED TO FEATURE "RECIPES OF RAMADAN"
* OHIO GOVERNOR ISSUES RAMADAN PROCLAMATION
* QATARI AMBASSADOR VISITS CAIR'S DC OFFICE
* WAR SUPPORT EBBS WORLDWIDE (Washington Post)
* U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT WEB SITE ON "MUSLIM LIFE IN AMERICA"
* COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR UNDER FIRE FOR HIS COMMENTS ABOUT MUSLIMS (Santa 
Barbara News-Press)
* IMMIGRANTS ASSURED ON TIPOFFS TO LAWMEN (NJ Star-Ledger)
* ARAB LEAGUE SAYS WANTS MIDEAST PEACE, NOT 'PROCESS' (Reuters)
         - TRIP TO JERUSALEM PUTS CONFLICT IN PERSPECTIVE (Dallas 
Morning News)
* U.S. NOW MIGHT HAVE TO CONSIDER WHAT ONCE WAS UNTHINKABLE, DERSHOWITZ 
SAYS (Post-Dispatch)
* Q: SHOULD POLICYMAKERS SEE ISLAM AS AN ENEMY OF THE WEST? (Insight)

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CAIR REQUESTS THAT TV STATIONS RECOGNIZE RAMADAN

CAIR sent the following letter to Public Service Directors at 
television 
stations nationwide: (A "station ID" is the short break during which 
the 
station identifies itself.)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) would like to formally 
request that you produce "Ramadan Greetings" station IDs for the 
upcoming 
Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan, during which Muslims abstain 
from 
food and drink from break-of-dawn to sunset, begins on or about 
November 
17, 2001.*

As you may know, there are an estimated 7 million American Muslims. It 
is 
for this reason that American Muslims would appreciate the same public 
acknowledgment offered to other faith traditions during their holiday 
seasons.

SEE: www.cair-net.org/mosquereport

Our office would be willing to work with you staff to produce these 
station 
IDs. A theme of "Best Wishes During the Month of Ramadan" or "Ramadan 
Greetings" would be most appropriate.

(* Since the beginning of Ramadan is determined by the actual sighting 
of 
the new moon, this date may vary.)

Attached you will find CAIR's Ramadan Media Kit.
SEE: www.cair-net.org/ramadan2001

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact your local television stations to follow up on this request or 
to 
make a similar request of those stations that may not have received 
CAIR's 
letter.

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FOOD EDITORS ASKED TO FEATURE "RECIPES OF RAMADAN"

CAIR sent the following letter to Food Editors at newspapers 
nationwide:

As you may know, the Muslim fast of Ramadan is approaching. During this 
month-long fast, and during the holiday at the end of the month, 
special 
foods are served during pre-dawn and after-sunset meals. Each area of 
the 
Muslim world has its favorite Ramadan recipes. For example, Egypt has 
special pastries and Pakistan has special drinks. Other examples 
include 
items such as African-American bean pies.

I believe your readers would be interested in an article about the 
foods of 
Ramadan and how the fast is observed by American Muslims. Attached you 
will 
find CAIR's Ramadan media kit. (It would be appropriate to publish 
articles 
on Ramadan in the period from November 17 through December 16.)

Please feel free to contact me for any assistance you may need. You can 
also go to www.islamicfinder.com to find a mosque in your area.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact the Food Editor of your local newspaper to follow up on this 
story 
idea and to provide recipes from your community.

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OHIO GOVERNOR ISSUES RAMADAN PROCLAMATION
Governor Taft extends greetings to Muslims

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- Ohio Governor Bob Taft has issued the following 
resolution recognizing the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan.

"On behalf of the State of Ohio, I want to extend my warmest greetings 
to 
all people of Islamic faith during your approaching holy month of 
Ramadan," 
said Governor Taft in his letter to CAIR Ohio and all Ohio Islamic 
organizations.  "May this time bring about understanding, respect, and 
greater tolerance throughout Ohio," the governor said.

CAIR-Ohio has been working with the Governor's office for some time. In 
September, the governor toured Masjid Saad and the Toledo Islamic 
Academy, 
Ohio's first Islamic High School. In early October, the governor 
declared 
October 13 as the Islamic Day in Ohio.

"We thank Governor Taft for his recognition of Muslim contributions to 
the 
strength and richness of the State of Ohio," said CAIR-Ohio President 
Ahmad 
Al-Akhras said. "Ohio is home to more than 130,000 Muslims, and the 
home of 
the third mosque built in this nation," said Al-Akhras.

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QATARI AMBASSADOR VISITS CAIR'S DC OFFICE

(WASHINGTON, DC) - H.E. Ambassador Bader Omar Al-Dafa of the State of 
Qatar 
met Monday with Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), at CAIR's Washington, D.C., 
headquarters 
to discuss a variety of issues related to the American Muslim 
community.

Topics of discussion included the important role American Muslims can 
play 
in serving as a bridge of understanding to the Muslim world and the 
Emir of 
Qatar's concerns about places of worship and other properties damaged 
in 
the anti-Muslim backlash following the horrific terrorist attacks of 
September 11.

"We appreciate Ambassador Al-Dafa's important responsibility in 
representing a nation that has a key role to play in promoting 
stability in 
the Gulf and the entire Middle East," said Awad. Awad also thanked the 
ambassador for his expression of appreciation for CAIR's efforts to 
promote 
a positive image of Islam.

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WAR SUPPORT EBBS WORLDWIDE
Sept. 11 Doesn't Justify Bombing, Many Say
By Kevin Sullivan, The Washington Post, 11/7/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51068-2001Nov6.html

MEXICO CITY -- It was a traditional altar for Mexico's Day of the Dead 
observance, filled with flowers, candles and sweet bread laid out for 
departed loved ones. Except this one also featured bagels and photos of 
New 
York, and it sat next to the U.S. Embassy here as a show of solidarity 
with 
the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mexicans who showed up to inaugurate the display made clear their 
sympathy 
for the dead in the United States. But they also made clear that 
sympathy 
did not necessarily translate into support for the U.S. war in 
Afghanistan. 
"I think the government of President Bush has gone too far; the war 
frightens me," said Guadalupe Loaeza, a columnist and social 
commentator 
who helped organize the altar display.

Such views seem to be increasingly widespread around the world. The 
initial 
outburst of solidarity after Sept. 11 has frayed considerably as U.S. 
warplanes bomb Afghanistan relentlessly for the fifth week running. 
This is 
true not only in Arab and other Muslim countries, where the U.S. 
military 
campaign has provoked popular outrage, but in other countries where 
people 
feel less of a direct connection to the events.

In opinion polls and interviews in several countries in Africa, Asia, 
Latin 
America and Europe, many people who said they were horrified by the 
Sept. 
11 attacks added that the horror then does not justify the bombing of 
Afghanistan now -- even if their governments continue to back the U.S. 
campaign. In a war that Bush has described as a battle between good and 
evil, many said it is not so simple...

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U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT WEB SITE ON "MUSLIM LIFE IN AMERICA"
http://www.usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/muslimlife/homepage.htm

IN THE MAINSTREAM

Islam is considered one of the fastest-growing religions in the United 
States today...

...In terms of doctrine and practice, ethnic origins, and ways of 
adapting 
to the more general culture of America, it is difficult to overstate 
the 
sheer variety of the Muslim experience in the United States. And 
American 
Muslims themselves make up only one segment in the complex mosaic of 
American religious life today...

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COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR UNDER FIRE FOR HIS COMMENTS ABOUT MUSLIMS
By JUNE RICH, SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS, 11/6/2001
http://news.newspress.com/topsports/1106brown.htm

County administrator Mike Brown spent much of Monday apologizing for 
recent 
comments that, some say, equated all Muslims with terrorists.

Mr. Brown, the top county official below the elected leaders, said that 
he 
misspoke Friday during his annual state-of-the-county address to nearly 
200 
county managers and department heads.

In describing the possible toll the nation's "war on terrorism" might 
take 
on the economy, Mr. Brown said he meant to explain that the war might 
be 
drawn out because of who American officials say is behind the enemy...

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IMMIGRANTS ASSURED ON TIPOFFS TO LAWMEN
BY JEFF DIAMANT, (NJ) STAR-LEDGER, 11/5/2001
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/page1/ledger/14eb192.html

Representatives from the FBI and New Jersey State Police offered advice 
yesterday on how people who are in the U.S. illegally can report 
terrorism-or anthrax-related tips to authorities without the fear of 
deportation.

Foreigners who have overstayed their visas or have otherwise violated 
immigration laws should avoid taking tips directly to the authorities; 
rather, they should relay them through a trusted attorney, community 
leader 
or religious cleric to maintain anonymity, State Police Superintendent 
Col. 
Carson Dunbar, and Kevin Donovan, who heads the FBI bureau in New 
Jersey, 
said.

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ARAB LEAGUE SAYS WANTS MIDEAST PEACE, NOT 'PROCESS'
By Dominic Evans, Reuters, 11/7/2001

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said 
on 
Wednesday that Arabs would not be "duped" by an artificial resumption 
of 
Middle East peace talks aimed solely at calming Muslim concerns over 
U.S. 
strikes against Afghanistan.

Moussa, who heads the 22-strong group of Arab states, said "a process 
for 
the sake of a process" would only stoke up Arab frustration and anger.

"We are not ready to spend 10 more years entering into a vicious circle 
of 
talks and talks and talks without results," Moussa told reporters in 
London 
ahead of a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. "We are 
not 
going to be duped by the idea of a resumption of the peace process..."

...Moussa said the time for modest confidence building measures was 
over, 
calling instead for a "full initiative" to resolve the Arab-Israeli 
conflict.

"Small steps will not suffice," he said. "What would they say? That the 
Arab people will be glad and then they will support whatever is done by 
the 
big powers?"

"Nobody will buy that... Don't underestimate the intelligence of the 
Arab 
public opinion..."

SEE ALSO:

TRIP TO JERUSALEM PUTS CONFLICT IN PERSPECTIVE
By Timothy O'Leary, The Dallas Morning News, 11/4/2001
http://www.dallasnews.com/editorial/columnists/

...People can believe what they want, but I think that Gilo is an 
illegal 
settlement, which no amount of creative zoning can disguise, and that 
as 
such it represents an obstacle to peace. I think that its inhabitants 
delude themselves if they suppose that they somehow are purer than the 
inhabitants of settlements not contiguous to Jerusalem...

...Gilo's final status will be a matter for negotiations, when or if 
Israelis and Palestinians tire of bloodshed. It might be reunited with 
Beit 
Jala - or it might not. But I don't doubt to whom it ought to belong.

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U.S. NOW MIGHT HAVE TO CONSIDER WHAT ONCE WAS UNTHINKABLE, DERSHOWITZ 
SAYS
By Tina Hesman, The Post-Dispatch, 11/5/2001
http://home.post-dispatch.com/channel/pdweb.nsf/pages/SimpleSearchPage
Search using the term "torture."

Americans may have to consider ideas as foreign as truth serums and 
torture 
warrants when thinking about striking a balance between liberty and 
security after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

That was the message celebrity lawyer and civil libertarian Alan M. 
Dershowitz delivered to a crowd packed into a gymnasium Sunday at the 
Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. Dershowitz was the opening 
speaker 
for the Jewish Book Fair...

...Americans need to consider what measures should be allowed to get 
information from unwilling terror suspects, he said. After law 
enforcement 
officials have asked, begged, cajoled, threatened and bribed a 
close-mouthed witness, they may need to take more drastic measures to 
elicit vital information, Dershowitz said...

...Even torture may not be off the table as an information-gathering 
tool, 
Dershowitz said. But there must be a national debate about the 
circumstances in which torture is permissible and who should have the 
power 
to decide when to use it. Dershowitz suggested that judges could issue 
torture warrants in certain cases...

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Q: SHOULD POLICYMAKERS SEE ISLAM AS AN ENEMY OF THE WEST?
Insight on the News, 11/5/2001
http://www.insightmag.com (Article is not online. It was part of the 
"Symposium" section.)

BY DON FEDER
(Feder is an editorial writer for the Boston Herald. He is a nationally 
syndicated columnist and the author of Who's Afraid of the Religious 
Right? 
and A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America.)

Yes: Islam opposes Western ideals such as tolerance, democracy and 
civil 
liberties...

...From its seventh-century breakout from the Arabian peninsula until 
the 
late 17th century, Islam advanced at sword point, spreading from the 
Pyrenees to the Philippines. The tide was checked only at the gates of 
Vienna. From the decline of the Ottoman Empire until the 1970s, Islam 
ebbed. Today- fueled by oil wealth, surplus population, immigration and 
the 
rise of fundamentalism - Islam is resurgent. Instead of wild horsemen, 
its 
banners are carried by guerrillas, terrorists, theocrats and tyrants...

...From its seventh-century breakout from the Arabian peninsula until 
the 
late 17th century, Islam advanced at sword point, spreading from the 
Pyrenees to the Philippines. The tide was checked only at the gates of 
Vienna. From the decline of the Ottoman Empire until the 1970s, Islam 
ebbed. Today- fueled by oil wealth, surplus population, immigration and 
the 
rise of fundamentalism - Islam is resurgent. Instead of wild horsemen, 
its 
banners are carried by guerrillas, terrorists, theocrats and tyrants.

...Islam now is the fastest-growing religion in the United States (an 
estimated 7 million followers). While many of these people are peaceful 
- 
and some may have left the Arab world to escape sectarian strife - 
immigrant communities contain terrorist cheering squads. When the imam 
at 
New York City's Hazrat-I-Abubakr Sadiq mosque denounced the World Trade 
Center attack, half of the congregation walked out. Is it wise for the 
West 
to import a potential fifth column?

Doubtless, the above will be decried as fear-mongering and intolerant. 
But 
tolerance is a Western concept that - along with democracy and civil 
liberties - does not exist in the Islamic world. Unlike communism 
during 
the Soviet twilight, there are millions -perhaps hundreds of millions- 
across the globe who are willing to die and kill for this creed. 
Platitudes 
about terrorists perverting peaceful Islam only obscure a harsh 
reality...

BY ANTONY T. SULLIVAN
(Sullivan, a senior scholar of the Center for Middle Eastern and North 
African Studies at the University of Michigan, has written several 
books 
and articles about Islam.)

No: Islam, Judaism and Christianity historically produce societies with 
like characteristics.

Islam - as a religion, culture and society - most emphatically is not 
an 
enemy of the West.

Those who argue the contrary slander not only the third and last of the 
three great Abrahamic revelations but make all too likely the outbreak 
of 
either a religious war pitting Christianity (and perhaps Judaism) 
against 
Islam or a war of civilizations pitting the West against the entire 
Muslim 
world. And be assured: Any wars of religion or civilization will not be 
wars that the West or the United States - will win...

...Not only is Islam not an enemy of the West, but it, like Judaism, is 
part of the larger civilizational ecumene that we in the contemporary 
West 
know - or ought to. In fact, the West stops at the Indus, not at the 
Dardanelles. Today, Islam is part and parcel of the West, just as the 
West 
is part and parcel of Islam. What occurred on Sept. 11 was first and 
foremost an attack on Islam itself. Specifically, that criminal 
operation 
constituted an attack on the values of compassion, beneficence and 
mercy 
that pervade the Koran and that historically have characterized the 
practice of Islam...

...To the extent that the Koran endorses war at all, it endorses only 
defensive combat designed to protect the Islamic community in the most 
dire 
of circumstances. No faithful Muslim possibly could justify the 
operation 
of Sept. 11 within that limitation.

The Koran includes passages invoking violence. But so does the Old 
Testament, in considerable number. To wit, Deuteronomy 32:42: "I will 
make 
my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that 
with 
the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the long-haired heads 
of 
the enemy." (See also Deuteronomy 2:34, 3:6 and 7:2.) Evocations of 
violence in religious texts is one of many elements the Abrahamic 
religions 
share...

...Rather than any antipathy emanating from Islam, Americans and other 
Westerners should recognize that anger toward the United States in the 
Muslim world emanates primarily from the rage at specific American 
policies. US. partiality to Israel at the expense of Palestinians, 
maintenance of sanctions on Iraq that fail to weaken Saddam Hussein 
while 
resulting in the death of half-a-million Iraqi children, and consistent 
failure to support individual liberty and limited government in Muslim 
states are among their major grievances. Those who pontificate on Islam 
somehow being an enemy of the West almost never mention or grant any 
legitimacy to this list of complaints...

...As a Republican and a conservative, I call on my philosophical 
comrades 
in arms to reject the anti-Islamic triumphalist warmongering of 
neoconservative ideologues. And I urge all Americans to repudiate any 
belief that Islam is an enemy of the West. This idea is wrong. Worse, 
it is 
dangerous. To all of us. Especially now...

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO:

Paul M. Rodriguez
Managing Editor
Fax: 202-529-6326
E-Mail: editor@insightmag.com, dfeder@bostonherald.com, 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"ISLAMOPHOBIC SMEAR CAMPAIGN" GOES PUBLIC
CAIR says campaign is "unfair, un-American and outrageous"

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a prominent Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today 
called 
for an end to what it says is an "Islamophobic smear campaign" against 
the 
American Muslim community and its leaders. CAIR also called on media 
professionals and elected officials not to allow themselves to be used 
as 
unwitting tools in this campaign or to undermine President Bush's 
efforts 
to show that the war on terrorism is not a conflict with Islam.

"Since the terrorist attacks on our nation in September, American 
Muslims 
and groups that represent them, have been the target of an 
unprecedented 
smear campaign. These smears have been distributed by fax, e-mail and 
direct communication with journalists and government officials in an 
attempt to create links between legitimate Muslim groups and 
terrorists," 
said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. "On almost a daily basis, we have 
been 
forced to defend our organization to well-meaning reporters who have 
been 
given information that is false, misleading or ridiculously out of 
context."

In its statement on the smear campaign, CAIR wrote:

"One of the first rules of political debate is to avoid restating the 
charge of an opponent. But these malicious rumors have been spread so 
far 
and wide that we've taken this extraordinary step to make sure 
journalists 
and politicians understand they are being misled.

"To set the record straight, CAIR is a respected national Islamic civil 
rights and advocacy organization that since its inception almost eight 
years ago has had an incredible record of success in defending Muslim 
rights in the workplace, in schools and in the public arena. CAIR has 
been 
instrumental in promoting a positive image of Islam in North America. 
We 
have the enthusiastic support of Muslims in this country and the 
respect of 
Muslims worldwide. CAIR representatives have over the years met and 
worked 
with innumerable elected officials, law enforcement agencies and 
policy-makers, including Presidents Clinton and Bush, to offer an 
Islamic 
perspective on issues of importance to our country.

"CAIR deals almost exclusively with issues related to the American 
Muslim 
community. We do not support terrorism in any way, shape or form, 
whether 
it is committed by Muslim groups or individuals, or by those who base 
their 
violent acts on other religions or philosophies. We condemn by name any 
individual, group or state that carries out terrorist acts. We do not 
support directly or indirectly, or receive support from, any overseas 
group 
or government. In all its actions and statements, CAIR seeks to reflect 
the 
mainstream beliefs and views of the Muslim community in North America. 
We 
also condemn all human rights abuses or irresponsible rhetoric, by any 
party, anywhere in the world.

"CAIR should be judged on its work, not on a few false and distorted 
slurs 
promoted by those who would seek to bar Muslims from political 
participation and influence.

"In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, a number of 
groups 
and individuals alarmed at the growing prominence of Muslims are taking 
shameless advantage of those tragic events to push for their long-term 
goal 
of marginalizing and delegitimizing the American Muslim community and 
its 
leadership."

To support this assertion, CAIR cited a November 3 article in the Los 
Angeles Times that, for the first time, laid direct responsibility for 
the 
smear campaign at the feet of specific organizations. Times reporter 
Solomon Moore wrote: "Pro-Israel or Jewish organizations such as the 
Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Defense League and the Middle East 
Forum 
think tank have provided news organizations with reams of critical 
documentation on Muslim leaders in recent weeks." (Los Angeles Times, 
11/3/2001) A number of other media professionals and officials tell 
CAIR of 
similar behind-the-scenes slurs.

The Middle East Forum's Daniel Pipes, one of the foremost proponents of 
the 
current smear campaign, goes so far as to recommend "vigilant 
application 
of social and political pressure to ensure that Islam is not accorded 
special status of any kind in this country." (November 2001) The 
"special 
status" Pipes refers to includes ordinary religious accommodations for 
Muslims in the workplace and "inclusion of Muslims in 
affirmative-action 
plans." (Employment discrimination is one of CAIR's main areas of 
work.)

Recent media reports also indicate that groups such as the American 
Jewish 
Committee (AJC) have warned that "the increasingly visible American 
Muslim 
lobby posed a challenge to U.S.-Israel relations." (Associated Press, 
10/22/2001)

CAIR's statement continued:

"This smear campaign is unfair, un-American and outrageous. It is based 
on 
distortions, fabrications, outdated and out of context information, and 
guilt by association. It relies on the amplification of prejudice and 
stereotyping that resulted from the justifiable rage expressed by the 
American people, including Muslims and Arab-Americans, following the 
World 
Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Every major American Muslim group 
and 
leader, without exception, has been the target of these unjustified and 
politically motivated smears.

"Media professionals and elected officials have a responsibility not to 
let 
themselves be used as unwitting tools in a campaign of defamation and 
political disenfranchisement. We ask that journalists and policy-makers 
examine the agenda of those who are making these false allegations and 
to 
refrain from assisting anyone who would seek to silence the voice of an 
entire American religious minority or to undermine the President's 
assertions that we are engaged in a war on terrorism, not against Islam 
or 
Muslims.

"The seven-million strong American Muslim community can serve as a 
bridge 
of understanding to the Islamic world during this time of national and 
international crisis. It goes against our nation's interests to let a 
vocal 
and politically influential special-interest groups dictate American 
domestic policy or to drag our country into partisan disputes that will 
impede efforts to form an international coalition against all forms of 
terrorism.

"We ask our fellow Americans for their support in resisting attempts to 
divide us as a people or to drag our nation into a wider conflict with 
the 
Muslim world."

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/8/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CORRECTION TO: "ISLAMOPHOBIC SMEAR CAMPAIGN" GOES PUBLIC
* REMINDER: CAIR-MICHIGAN ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER
* RESOURCES FOR HISPANIC MUSLIMS
* PALESTINIANS SHOT BY SOLDIERS AT CLOSE RANGE, WITNESSES SAY (Wash. 
Post)
* U.S. TO LAUNCH ADS TO INFLUENCE MUSLIMS (Miami Herald)
* IN THE LIMELIGHT, MUSLIM STUDENTS EMBRACE PRO-ACTIVE ROLE (Christian 
Science Monitor)
* OP-ED: PROFILING TERRORISTS NOT THE ANSWER (Boston Herald)
* WEARING HIJAB: VEIL OF VALOR (Detroit Free Press)
* SUPPORT DEEPENS FOR THE TALIBAN, REFUGEES REPORT (Washington Post)

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CORRECTION TO: "ISLAMOPHOBIC SMEAR CAMPAIGN" GOES PUBLIC
http://www.cair-net.org/nr/11-08.asp

THE SECOND TO LAST PARAGRAPH IN THE NEWS RELEASE SHOULD READ: "The 
seven-million strong American Muslim community can serve as a bridge of 
understanding to the Islamic world during this time of national and 
international crisis. It goes against our nation's interests to let 
vocal 
and politically influential special-interest groups dictate American 
domestic policy or to drag our country into partisan disputes that will 
impede efforts to form an international coalition against all forms of 
terrorism."

(The word "a" has been removed from the second sentence.)

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REMINDER: CAIR-MICHIGAN ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

WHEN: Sunday, November 11, 2001, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Novi Hilton, Novi Michigan

COST: $50/Person

CONTACT:

Council on American-Islamic Relations-MI
28820 Southfield Rd., Suite 126
Lathrup Village, MI
TEL: 248.569.2203 FAX: 248.569.9748 E-MAIL: cair@cairmichigan.org

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RESOURCES FOR HISPANIC MUSLIMS
http://www.HispanicMuslims.com

CONTACT: LatinoDawahNY@aol.com or JJGalvan@hotmail.com

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PALESTINIANS SHOT BY SOLDIERS AT CLOSE RANGE, WITNESSES SAY
By Lee Hockstader, The Washington Post, 11/8/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58804-2001Nov7.html

TELL, West Bank, Nov. 7 -- Summoned to a rocky hillside in the northern 
West Bank, Dalya Diab, a Palestinian medic, arrived at the scene of a 
dwindling exchange of gunfire between Israeli troops and Palestinian 
guerrillas. While she was trying to revive a mortally wounded Israeli 
officer, she said, another Israeli officer told her three Palestinians 
were 
involved in the battle. Two were wounded, she recalled him telling her, 
and 
one was unscathed.

Moments later, as she helped carry the dying Israeli officer to a jeep, 
she 
said she heard gunfire, glanced up the hill and saw a small group of 
Israeli soldiers standing close together, firing their automatic 
weapons 
toward the ground. "When the shooting was finished, we went back to the 
Israeli officer," said Diab, 29. "Then he said the three terrorists 
were 
already dead."

What she saw, Diab alleged, was the Israelis executing their 
Palestinian 
prisoners. She said she became certain after she saw their bodies, all 
of 
which she said had severe and apparently close-range bullet wounds to 
the 
head. Her account of the wounds was confirmed by two other medics and 
two 
ambulance drivers who recovered the bodies at the scene, and by the 
chief 
pathologist in Nablus, who examined the corpses...

...Journalists who asked Diab and an ambulance driver to lead them to 
the 
scene today found skull fragments, brain matter and patches of blood on 
the 
ground. That was the spot where the Palestinian medics and the 
pathologist 
said the three Palestinians had been shot through the head, and, 
judging 
from lacerations and burn marks around the wounds, at point-blank 
range...

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U.S. TO LAUNCH ADS TO INFLUENCE MUSLIMS
THE MIAMI HERALD, 11/8/2001
http://www.miami.com/herald/content/business/digdocs/107375.htm

Frustrated by a feeling that Osama bin Laden has been more successful 
than 
America in the battle for the hearts and minds of the Muslim world, the 
U.S. State Department is responding with a uniquely American solution: 
a 
Madison Avenue-style campaign to sell its point of view.

On Friday, it will announce a TV and print ad campaign using in part 
U.S. 
sports stars and other celebrities. It's being designed by Charlotte 
Beers, 
new undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, 
whose 
career has included running two of the country's most powerful ad 
agencies, 
J. Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather.

Beers won't release details before the Friday news conference, but the 
plan 
has provoked particular interest from advertising executives, public 
relations specialists and experts on the Muslim world...

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IN THE LIMELIGHT, MUSLIM STUDENTS EMBRACE PRO-ACTIVE ROLE
By Jane Lampman, The Christian Science Monitor, 11/8/2001
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1108/p14s1-ussc.html

When Rasha Madkour came from the Middle East to the US last year to 
study 
journalism at the University of Texas, she was worried that the 
environment 
might dilute her faith. She found in the Muslim Student Association 
(MSA) 
on campus the reassuring support and sense of community that she 
needed...

...Samir Qureshi was born and raised in Miami, but the MSA at Florida 
International University is just as important to him as a place to 
foster 
unity and a strong sense of Muslim identity within American society.

Yet as Muslim groups at hundreds of colleges and universities across 
the 
country work to create the Islamic umma (community), the devastating 
events 
of Sept. 11 have propelled many of them in a fresh direction - into a 
more 
active and visible presence on campus and in the broader community.

Both the challenge of responding to misperceptions and questioning of 
Islamic teachings and the explosion of interest in the faith on the 
part of 
churches, schools, and the media are spurring a new sense of purpose 
and 
vitality among local groups and the national MSA network...

"...The MSA is becoming more empowered in the aftermath of Sept. 11," 
suggests Arsalah Iftikar, a law student at Washington University in St. 
Louis who is also the Midwest communications director for the Council 
of 
American-Islamic Relations. "It has allowed us to take a leadership 
role in 
the community."

Members of his MSA have spoken to churches and other community groups, 
and 
last weekend they received training on how to teach elementary school 
students about Islam...

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OP-ED: PROFILING TERRORISTS NOT THE ANSWER
Deborah RAMIREZ and Jack LEVIN, The Boston Herald, 11/7/2001
http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/jack11072001.htm

Prior to the attack on America, racial profiling was considered a 
blatant 
civil rights violation. The practice of singling out racial or ethnic 
groups during traffic stops or at border checks was condemned by 
courts, 
civil rights groups and the American public. In the aftermath of the 
Sept. 
11 attack, however, thousands of Arabs and Muslims complain that they 
are 
being unfairly scrutinized and harassed. A practice that was once 
considered intolerable is now accepted as a necessary tactic in the war 
on 
terrorism.

Profiling Arabs and Muslims represents a critical test for our 
multiracial, 
multicultural democracy. Must we sacrifice individual rights in order 
to 
avoid another terrorist hijacking? Will we adhere to the principle that 
people are to be judged by their acts, not by the group into which they 
were born? Or will we allow our fears to balkanize America?...

...there have been more than 300 reports of harassment and abuse filed 
with 
the Council on American- Islamic Relations.

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WEARING HIJAB: VEIL OF VALOR
By EMILIA ASKARI, The Detroit Free Press, 11/6/2001
http://www.freep.com/news/religion/hijab6_20011106.htm

Alya Kazak had been thinking about wearing hijab, a scarf that would 
publicly identify her as Muslim, for a long time.

It was just a rectangle of cloth, plain and black. But it was heavy 
with 
symbolism -- a reminder of her faith, her modesty, her wish that 
strangers 
would be attracted by her personality and not her physical beauty...

...The first day Kazak took up the veil, tears were pouring down her 
face 
as she drove toward the Somerset Collection.

She pulled over to the side of the road, daubed her eye makeup and 
prayed.
Please make this an easy transition for me. Please make me strong.

Today, about two and a half years later, Kazak is among tens of 
thousands 
of Muslim women in Michigan who wear hijab -- pronounced hee-JAHB -- in 
public. The practice often is misunderstood by non-Muslims, who may 
associate it with female oppression. But most hijabis, as women who 
wear 
the scarves are called, say that covering their hair was a personal 
choice. 
They credit the veils with improving their relationships with people 
and 
God...

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SUPPORT DEEPENS FOR THE TALIBAN, REFUGEES REPORT
U.S. Errors Fuel Sympathy
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post, 11/8/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58791-2001Nov7.html

QUETTA, Pakistan, Nov. 7 -- Afghans who have entered Pakistan in recent 
days say that a month of U.S. airstrikes has failed to diminish popular 
support in central and southern Afghanistan for the ruling Taliban 
militia, 
which they say continues to exert a firm grip over the civilian 
population 
despite a heavy loss of military equipment.

The arriving Afghans, interviewed in Quetta, near the Afghan border, 
said 
sympathies toward the Taliban remain strong in part because of 
perceptions 
among many Afghans that the U.S. bombing campaign has hurt civilians as 
well as military and terrorist targets. Those views appear to have been 
stoked by U.S. bombing errors, compounded by an aggressive Taliban 
propaganda campaign casting the conflict as an American attack on 
Islam...

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Arab, Muslim Men Face Waits for Visas

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/9/2001

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HEADLINES:

* QUOTE OF THE DAY: PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
* GOOD NEWS
         - MUSLIM POSTAL WORKER IN NJ GIVEN PRAYER SPACE
         - MUSLIM EMT ALLOWED TO WEAR BEARD
         - KY FIRE BEING INVESTIGATED AS HATE CRIME
* CAIR REPRESENTATIVE MEETS WITH FBI ON DETAINEES
* U.S. WILL MONITOR CALLS TO LAWYERS (Washington Post)
         - ACLU RESPONSE
* ARAB, MUSLIM MEN FACE WAITS FOR VISAS (UPI)
* MIDDLE EASTERN EMPLOYEES FACE THREATS, FIRINGS (San Francisco 
Chronicle)
* SECRET EVIDENCE MEASURE RESOUNDINGLY DEFEATED (ACLU)
* RAIDS LEAVE CUSTOMERS IN THE LURCH (Washington Post)
* FBI SEEKING HELP IN ANTHRAX PROBE (CBS)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

"Nothing better illustrates the total lack of protection in airport 
"security" than the spectacle of non-U.S. citizens and persons of 
Middle 
Eastern origin searching the personal effects of native-born blue-eyed 
blond mothers traveling with small children."

"Penalties borne by rush of patriotism," The Washington Times, 
11/8/2001, 
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/

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GOOD NEWS

MUSLIM POSTAL WORKER IN NJ GIVEN PRAYER SPACE

After seeking advice from CAIR, a Muslim postal worker in New Jersey is 
now 
being given a clean place to offer his daily prayers.

MUSLIM EMT ALLOWED TO WEAR BEARD

A Muslim Emergency medical Technician in New Jersey is now being 
allowed to 
wear a beard after intervention by CAIR. The fire department employee 
was 
initially asked to trim his beard, but department officials allowed 
this 
religious accommodation after receiving a letter from CAIR.

KY FIRE BEING INVESTIGATED AS HATE CRIME

A recent fire at the Islamic Society of Kentucky in Lexington, 
Kentucky, 
will now be investigated as a possible hate crime. CAIR contacted fire 
investigators and explained that the blaze could have been related to 
the 
anti-Muslim backlash prompted by the terrorist attacks of September 11. 
Local officials have assured CAIR that such an investigation will take 
place.

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CAIR REPRESENTATIVE MEETS WITH FBI ON DETAINEES

Representatives of several national Muslim groups met Thursday with FBI 
officials to discuss the status of those detained following the 
terrorist 
attacks of September 11. The Muslim leaders met with Robert Jordan of 
the 
Integrity in Government-Civil Rights Section and Supervisory Special 
Agents 
Tom Reynolds and Jody Norris.

Muslim groups represented at the meeting included CAIR, American Muslim 
Council, Muslim Public Affairs Council and Muslim Alliance of North 
America.

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U.S. WILL MONITOR CALLS TO LAWYERS
Rule on Detainees Called 'Terrifying'
By George Lardner Jr., The Washington Post, 11/9/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64663-2001Nov8.html

The Justice Department has decided to listen in on the conversations of 
lawyers with clients in federal custody, including people who have been 
detained but not charged with any crime, whenever that is deemed 
necessary 
to prevent violence or terrorism.

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft approved the eavesdropping rule on an 
emergency basis last week, without the usual waiting period for public 
comment. It went into effect immediately, permitting the government to 
monitor conversations and intercept mail between people in custody and 
their attorneys for up to a year at a time.

The move, which the Justice Department said was necessary "in view of 
the 
immediacy of the dangers to the public," stunned defense lawyers and 
civil 
libertarians. They assailed it as an unconstitutional attack on the 
right 
to counsel and, in the words of American Civil Liberties Union official 
Laura W. Murphy, "a terrifying precedent..."

SEE ALSO: "POWER GRAB ALLOWS GOVERNMENT EAVESDROPPING ON
INMATE-ATTORNEY CONVERSATIONS"
http://www.aclu.org/news/2001/n110901a.html

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ARAB, MUSLIM MEN FACE WAITS FOR VISAS
By Eli J. Lake, United Press International, 11/9/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20011109-70631627.htm

The United States will introduce a 20-day waiting period for men from 
predominately Muslim nations who apply for visas, State Department 
officials said yesterday...

...One State Department official described the new policy this way: 
"Anyone 
in a Muslim country, where the predominant religion is Islam, who is a 
male 
aged 18 to 45, will be given an additional questionnaire."

Three State Department officials confirmed the list of countries where 
the 
new policy will take effect include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, 
Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, 
Lebanon, 
Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, 
Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen...

SEE ALSO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States will slow down the visa process for 
young men from Arab and Muslim nations so it can search for evidence of 
terrorist activities.

"We have to make sure we are not letting people in who cause us harm," 
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Friday...

...Asked if the new policy raised questions of racial profiling, the 
spokesman said, "As a nation we have a right and a duty to make sure 
our 
borders are safe."

Secretary of State Colin Powell, in an interview with Fox News Channel, 
said he hoped it would be a temporary measure...

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MIDDLE EASTERN EMPLOYEES FACE THREATS, FIRINGS
By Harriet Chiang, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/09/2001
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/
Search using the term "Chiang."

The number of smashed windows, screamed epithets and other sporadic 
hate 
crimes has subsided. But almost two months after the terrorist attacks, 
people of Middle Eastern descent are facing another, more subtle 
backlash 
-- in the workplace.

Civil rights groups report hundreds of cases involving people who say 
they 
have been harassed by co-workers, suspended from work, demoted or even 
fired because of their race, religion or ethnicity.

"Don't show up to work." "We can't afford a Middle Eastern person here 
anymore." That's what some local employers have told Arab Americans, 
according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal 
anti-discrimination agency.

In one case, a man from Iraq who is a U.S. citizen said he was fired 
from 
his job in the Bay Area and was specifically told it was because he is 
Middle Eastern.

...Many of them also are not familiar with state and federal 
discrimination 
laws. But that is beginning to change.

"You're seeing more awareness of people's rights," said Hodan Hassan, 
civil 
rights coordinator for the Council on American Islamic Relations in 
Washington, D.C., which has received more than 100 job- related 
complaints 
since Sept. 11...

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SECRET EVIDENCE MEASURE RESOUNDINGLY DEFEATED
ACLU Applauds Senate Vote Favoring Basic Due Process
http://www.aclu.org/news/2001/n110801c.html

WASHINGTON -- Calling it a victory for basic due process rights, the 
American Civil Liberties Union applauded the overwhelming defeat in the 
Senate today of a measure that would have further stripped away the 
safeguards that exist to prevent the incarceration and deportation of 
legal 
residents on the basis of secret evidence...

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RAIDS LEAVE CUSTOMERS IN THE LURCH
Money Transfer Firms Linked to Terrorists
By Leef Smith, The Washington Post, 11/9/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14-2001Nov8.html

Yousef Abukasawi put aside a chunk of his weekly paycheck from his job 
as a 
driver in Fairfax County until he saved $1,200. It took months.
He wired the cash home to Sudan to feed and clothe his pregnant wife 
and 
baby. The money would have supported them for seven months.

It never arrived.

Abukasawi's nest egg was included in the approximately $1 million that 
so 
far has been seized or frozen by the federal government as it targets 
two 
financial networks -- known as Al Barakaat and Al Taqwa -- it alleges 
are 
funding Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network.

Among the businesses raided Wednesday were money-wiring operations in 
Falls 
Church and Alexandria, where officials said unregulated international 
financial transactions could be linked to terrorism. Nobody in either 
of 
the Northern Virginia businesses has been charged with a crime, and 
neither 
has been shuttered by the government. Law enforcement sources said they 
know of no direct link between the two companies and the Sept. 11 
attacks...

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FBI SEEKING HELP IN ANTHRAX PROBE
Prevailing Theory Is That Attacks Are Not Related To Osama Bin Laden
CBS, 11/9/2001
http://www.cbsnews.com/now/story/0,1597,313936-412,00.shtml

(CBS) ...Frustrated over its lack of progress, the FBI is preparing to 
share what it knows about who is responsible for the anthrax letters in 
the 
hope of shaking loose more tips from the public.

Gregg McCrary, a former FBI profiler, said that while the bureau has 
not 
discounted the notion that the anthrax mailer may be a terrorist 
associated 
with Osama bin Laden, that is not the prevailing theory.

"They're also looking at the possibility of a homegrown individual, 
maybe 
the loner-paranoid type of individual as well who may be doing this," 
McCrary says. Perhaps someone like Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, reports CBS 
News Correspondent Jim Stewart...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANIEL PIPES SHOULD "CLEAN HIS FILTER" SAYS MUSLIM GROUP
As Pipes fans flames of anti-Muslim hysteria, neighbors put out fire at 
Wash. mosque

(WASHINGTON-DC, 11/11/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today suggested that Islamophobic pundit Daniel Pipes should 
visit 
an oil-change facility following a published interview in which he 
claimed 
to have a special mental "filter" with which he can detect those who 
want 
to "create a Muslim state in America." ("Islamism is fascism," 
www.salon.com, 11/9/2001) Pipes said that, despite lack of evidence, he 
can 
"sense" that CAIR "without a doubt" wants to create such a state.

"Mr. Pipes should really consider visiting Jiffy Lube(r) to have his 
'filter' cleaned of its obvious accumulation of bigotry and 
misinformation," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 
"Pipes 
continues to repeat this bizarre claim even though he himself admits he 
has 
nothing to back it up but special mental faculties not possessed by 
others. 
His claims sound more like ESP than credible political analysis," added 
Hooper.

The Salon.com interview read in part:

PIPES: ...Now, they [CAIR] don't say that [they want to impose Islamic 
law 
in America] in black and white in their writings. I can't prove that to 
you. I can tell you that there are all sorts of intimations of it. I 
can 
tell you I can sense it. I can make this case, but I can't make it 
specifically for CAIR...

SALON: ...Saying Muslims want to create a Muslim state in America, does 
that strike you as alarmist at all?

PIPES: How could that be alarmist when I can see signs all around? 
...Look, 
I have a filter. I've studied Islam and Islamism for 30 years. I have a 
sense of how they proceed and what their agenda is like. And I see it. 
You 
don't...

When asked about a statement by an American Muslim leader who wanted to 
see 
a Muslim president by 2020, Pipes replied: "It's like saying I want a 
fascist president."

The interviewer also asked Pipes about his recent statement 
recommending 
the "vigilant application of social and political pressure to ensure 
that 
Islam is not accorded special status of any kind in this country." 
Pipes 
explained that "their [American Muslim] acceptance would go beyond what 
I 
consider normal acceptance. They want the rules to be rewritten for 
them. 
They want a whole host of ways that Islam and Muslims have special 
status."

Salon also questioned Pipes about his recommendation that "officials 
need 
to scrutinize the speech, associations, and activities of potential 
visitors or immigrants for any signs of Islamist allegiances and keep 
out 
anyone they suspect of such ties." Pipes replied: "Look, I like this 
country as it is and I don't want it to turn into something quite 
different...If you want to see an Islamist country, then you will have 
the 
opposite view from mine...The danger is within..."

CAIR noted that as Pipes fanned the flames of religious hatred, the 
citizens of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., were coming to the aid of their 
Muslim neighbors by putting out a fire that had been set at a local 
mosque. 
Thanks to the neighborly intervention, damage to the mosque was 
limited. 
Mountlake Terrace police Cmdr. Mike Mitchell said the suspects were 
"definitely not history majors. America was founded to protect 
religious 
freedoms."

SEE: http://www.heraldnet.com/Stories/01/11/7/14662334.cfm

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/12/2001

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HEADLINES:

* NY ASSAILANT ARRESTED FOLLOWING INTERVENTION BY CAIR
* MORE IN HAWAI'I TURN TO ISLAM (Honolulu Advertiser)
         - MUSLIM WOMEN SAY HEAD COVER IS LIBERATING
* SERVING ALLAH AND AMERICA (Religion News Service)
* ANSWERS ABOUT ISLAM: THE MOSQUE (Charlotte Observer)
* IN SWEEPING CAMPUS CANVASSES, U.S. CHECKS ON MIDEAST STUDENTS (NY 
Times)
* MANY AFGHANS HAUNTED BY NORTHERN ALLIANCE'S PAST (Atlanta Journal)

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GOOD NEWS ALERT

NY ASSAILANT ARRESTED FOLLOWING INTERVENTION BY CAIR

A New York teenager who allegedly assaulted a Muslim high school 
student 
has been arrested following intervention by CAIR.

The mother of the Muslim student says hers son was severely beaten by a 
group of young people from his high school. As a result of his 
injuries, 
the 17-year-old junior lost the use of one eye. During the attack, the 
perpetrators were reported to have yelled anti-Muslim slurs. The 
assailants 
fled the scene before police arrived.

Family members say calls to police investigators were not returned, 
despite 
the fact that the victim says he recognized his attackers as fellow 
students.

After being approached by the victim's mother, CAIR sent a letter to 
local 
authorities expressing concern that the case was not being treated as a 
serious hate crime. CAIR-NY also inquired about the status of the 
investigation. The victim's mother credits those inquiries, and a 
report on 
the case in local media, for the subsequent arrest of one of the 
alleged 
perpetrators.

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MORE IN HAWAI'I TURN TO ISLAM
Muslim women say head cover is liberating
By Mary Kaye Ritz, Honolulu Advertiser, 11/11/2001
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2001/Nov/11/ln/ln06a.html

Less than three weeks after terrorists struck New York City and 
Washington, 
Heather Ramaha stood among a group of women at the mosque in Manoa and 
recited the shahada in Arabic:

"Ash-hadu alla illaha illa Allah. Wa-ash-hadu anna Mohamadan rassulu 
Allah."

She was testifying that "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah 
(one 
true God), and Mohammed is a prophet of God."

By doing so, she became a convert to the Islamic faith, extending a 
recent 
national trend.

Some Muslim clerics across the country say they are seeing a fourfold 
increase in conversions since Sept. 11, when stories about Islam jumped 
from the back pages of the religion section to front pages worldwide.

Hakim Ouansafi, the president of the Muslim Association of Hawai'i, 
said 
that prior to Sept. 11, there had been an average of three converts per 
month.

In the two months since then, there have been 23.

And oddly enough for a religion that is often perceived as one that 
cloaks 
its women from head to foot, the newly converted Westerners tend to be 
female. Ouansafi said the national ratio of converts is 4-to-1, women 
to 
men. Here, he said, it's closer to 2-to-1...

SEE ALSO: MUSLIM WOMEN SAY HEAD COVER IS LIBERATING
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2001/Nov/11/ln/ln07a.html

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SERVING ALLAH AND AMERICA
Muslims in the military strive to reconcile religion and duty
By NORM MAVES JR., Religion News Service, 11/10/2001
http://www.charlotte.com/observer/faith/docs/military1110.htm

FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- Marty Thompkins' resonant tenor rises above the 
silence inside Building TO3725.

"Allah" he intones, singing the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, 
"Allahu 
akbar!" "God is most great!"

Only the faraway echoes of artillery practice serve as a reminder that 
this 
is a U.S. Army post. The four soldiers sitting on the carpet behind him 
- 
all barefoot, all in camouflage uniform - do not notice the distant 
booms.

This is the prayer session of Juma - the Day of Gathering, which comes 
every Friday - and they have much on their minds.

The 80 to 100 Muslim soldiers serving their country at Fort Lewis pray 
five 
times a day to Allah. Their units could be sent to areas in the same 
region 
as their most holy shrines in Mecca and Medina - perhaps to kill or be 
killed by other Muslims.

For Muslims in the U.S. military, these are wrenching times...

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ANSWERS ABOUT ISLAM
Charlotte Observer, 11/10/2001
http://www.charlotte.com/observer/faith/docs/mosque1110.htm

EDITOR'S NOTE: Charlotte's Mohammed Idlibi fielded so many questions 
about 
Islam after Sept. 11 that he prepared this Q&A to help people learn to 
appreciate his faith. Idlibi, 22, is a financial broker who moved with 
his 
family to the United States from his native Syria when he was 3. He put 
this together with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. To learn 
more, call the Islamic Center of Charlotte at (704) 537-9399 or the 
Islamic 
Society of Greater Charlotte at (704) 536-2016.

Q. What is a mosque?
A mosque is a place of worship used by Muslims. The English word 
"mosque" 
comes from its Arabic equivalent, masjid, which means "place of 
prostration." It is in the mosque that Muslims perform their prayers, a 
part of which includes placing the forehead on the floor.

Q. How is a mosque used?
The primary function of the mosque is to provide a place where Muslims 
may 
perform Islam's obligatory five daily prayers as a congregation. A 
mosque 
also provides sufficient space to hold prayers on Fridays, the Muslim 
day 
of communal prayer, and on the two Muslim holidays, called Eids, or 
"festivals."

Q. Are visitors welcome?
Mosques in North America welcome visitors. Tours can be arranged at 
most 
facilities. It is always best to call mosque administrators before 
arrival...

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IN SWEEPING CAMPUS CANVASSES, U.S. CHECKS ON MIDEAST STUDENTS
By JACQUES STEINBERG, The New York Times, 11/12/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/12/national/12STUD.html

In the two months since the attacks of Sept. 11, federal investigators 
have 
contacted administrators on more than 200 college campuses to collect 
information about students from Middle Eastern countries, the most 
sweeping 
canvass of the halls of academia since the cold war, the colleges say.

The agents have asked what subjects the students are studying, whether 
they 
are performing well and where they are living.

They have also questioned the students themselves, asking about their 
views 
on Osama bin Laden, the names of their favorite restaurants and their 
plans 
for after graduation.

The investigations have put the universities in a difficult position, 
pitting the government's interest in security against the institutions' 
desire to protect students' privacy and to avoid engaging in racial 
profiling...

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MANY AFGHANS HAUNTED BY NORTHERN ALLIANCE'S PAST
By DAN CHAPMAN, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 11/12/2001
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/
Search using the term "Northern Alliance."

Chaman, Pakistan --- Haji Abdul Ghani placed a forefinger in his mouth, 
and 
cocked his thumb like a pistol.

"They put the nozzle of the gun in the baby's mouth," said Ghani, an 
Afghan 
refugee. "The baby began sucking it like the nipple of his mother's 
breast. 
Then they fired." Ghani, a truck driver, swore his story was true. It 
happened, he said, three weeks ago in Central Afghanistan. A fighter 
with 
the Northern Alliance pulled the trigger, he added.

Beyond its abject horror, the story told by Ghani --- who has no love 
for 
the Taliban either --- illustrates the anger and fear many Afghans 
harbor 
for the Northern Alliance.

Far from the underdog militia trying to overthrow the despotic Taliban 
regime, Northern Alliance troops are reviled across much of Afghanistan 
for 
their brutality.

They are also despised because they are primarily Uzbeks, Hazaras, 
Tajiks. 
Pashtuns comprise the main Afghan ethnic group in a country whose 
ethnic 
stew never stops boiling...

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787
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Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 15:24:37 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: FL Rights Group Rejects ADL Demand to Bar Muslim from Panel

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FL RIGHTS GROUP REJECTS ADL DEMAND TO BAR MUSLIM FROM PANEL
CAIR: ADL demand part of nationwide effort to exclude Muslims from 
political participation

(WASHINGTON-DC, 11/13/2001) - The Florida Commission on Human Relations 
(FCHR) has rejected a demand by that state's chapter of the 
Anti-Defamation 
League (ADL) to exclude a Muslim representative from a panel discussion 
at 
an annual civil rights conference.

For several weeks, the ADL, along with the Jewish Community Relations 
Council of the Palm Beach Jewish Federation, has been in discussions 
with 
FCHR representatives seeking to bar Altaf Ali, Executive Director of 
the 
Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) 
from 
a panel discussion at the 11th Annual Florida Civil Rights Conference 
beginning today in West Palm Beach. That session, titled "Day of 
Dialogue, 
Communicating Across Ethnic, Cultural and Religious Lines," includes 
panelists from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations 
Service 
and the National Conference for Community and Justice. SEE: 
http://fchr.state.fl.us/

In response to the ADL demand, FCHR Director of Education and Outreach 
Ron 
Snell told Ali: "...we have advised the ADL that we see no reason to 
ask 
that you not participate. I am looking forward to your participation in 
this event." (CAIR is North America's largest Muslim civil rights 
organization.)

"This malicious attempt at exclusion, which is ironically aimed at a 
conference on multicultural inclusion, is just one small part of a 
nationwide campaign by the ADL to marginalize and disenfranchise the 
Muslim 
community in America. We thank the FCHR for refusing to be 
intimidated," 
said CAIR's National Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

Ahmad added that the ADL's Islamophobic smear campaign recently went 
public 
when the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Pro-Israel or Jewish organizations 
such 
as the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Defense League and the Middle 
East Forum think tank have provided news organizations with reams of 
critical documentation on Muslim leaders in recent weeks." (Los Angeles 
Times, 11/3/2001) SEE: "'Islamophobic Smear Campaign' Goes Public" at 
http://www.cair-net.org/nr/11-08.asp

Ahmad also noted the ADL's long history of such attacks. Just this 
April, a 
federal judge upheld a jury's findings that the ADL defamed a Colorado 
couple by publicly accusing them of being anti-Semitic. U.S. District 
Court 
Judge Edward Nottingham said that evidence was sufficient to support 
the 
jury's conclusion that the ADL "acted recklessly in its efforts to 
publicize what it perceived to be anti-Semitic conduct." (Associated 
Press, 
4/4/2001)

In 1999, the ADL agreed to pay $25,000 to a community relations fund 
and 
said it would not spy on other organizations as part of a settlement 
with 
the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other groups. The 
settlement resolved a class-action lawsuit filed in 1993 that accused 
the 
ADL of spying on Arab-American, pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid 
groups 
and individuals. (AP, 9/28/1999)

Other Jewish groups protested the ADL leadership's 1990 attendance at 
the 
funeral of anti-Arab extremist Meir Kahane, whose group is now listed 
as a 
terrorist organization by the State Department. (Tikkun, 7/1/1994)

                                         - END -

CONTACT:        CAIR-DC - Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org
                 CAIR-FL - Altaf Ali, 954-797-7493
                 E-MAIL: Florida@cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact the Florida Commission on Human Relations to thank them for 
their 
refusal to be intimidated into excluding the Muslim voice at their 
annaul 
conference.

CONTACT:

Ms. Rita B. Craig, Chair
Florida Commission on Human Relations
325 John Knox Road
Building F, Suite 240
Tallahassee, Florida 32303-4149

TEL: (850) 488-7082
FAX: (850) 488-5291

E-MAIL: SnellR@dms.state.fl.us, fchrinfo@dms.state.fl.us, 
newmanv@dms.state.fl.us
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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
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Fax: 202-488-0833
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Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 18:28:38 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Interviews of 5,000 Visa Holders Are Concern to Muslim Group

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SEE BELOW: DR. LAURA TO INTERVIEW ISLAMOPHOBE ON WEDNESDAY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERVIEWS OF 5,000 VISA HOLDERS ARE CONCERN TO MUSLIM GROUP

(WASHINGTON-DC, 11/13/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today expressed 
concern 
that plans by the Justice Department to interview some 5,000 young men 
who 
entered this country legally on non-immigrant visas since January of 
2000, 
could create the impression of racial and religious profiling.
SEE: www.cnn.com/2001/US/11/13/inv.terrorism.interviews/index.html

In a speech today in Washington, Attorney General John Ashcroft said 
the 
interviews were necessary to "expand our knowledge of terrorist 
networks 
operating within the United States." Officials said the interviews 
would be 
conducted with men from specific countries, but did not name them.

"American Muslims condemn terrorism in all its forms and hope to see 
the 
perpetrators of the September 11 terrorist attacks brought to justice. 
Unfortunately, this type of sweeping investigation carries with it the 
potential to create the impression that interviewees are being singled 
out 
because of their race, ethnicity or religion. We ask that all elements 
of 
due process and respect for civil liberties be adhered to as local and 
national authorities carry out these interviews," said CAIR Executive 
Director Nihad Awad.

Awad added that he hopes the Justice Department will publish guidelines 
for 
these interviews, including the right of those being interviewed to 
have 
legal representation.

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in American and some 1.2 
billion worldwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in 
this 
country.

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CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
                 E-MAIL - cair@cair-net.org

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DR. LAURA TO INTERVIEW ISLAMOPHOBE ON WEDNESDAY

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the nationally syndicated talk-show host, will 
interview WorldNetDaily Editor Joseph Farah for a full hour Wednesday.

The interview is scheduled for the second hour of her three-hour 
program, 
which airs live in many markets. For a listing of times and stations, 
go 
to: http://www.drlaura.com/audiolinks/stations1.html

Farah is CEO of WorldNetDaily.com, a web site that frequently defames 
Muslims and Islam. WorldNetDaily columnists have suggested actions such 
as 
parachuting pigs into mosques in Afghanistan and contaminating that 
country's water supply with pig's blood.

Schlessinger's web site claims:

"Dr. Laura will interview Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of 
WorldNetDaily.com, and perhaps the world's leading expert on the Middle 
East. Mr. Farah is an Arab-American journalist who's bold and clear 
writings explain radical Islam and its intentions for America. Do not 
miss 
this important and informative show! Dr. Laura and Mr. Farah will be 
taking 
your calls."

SEE: http://www.drlaura.com/listen/listen2.html

Her program has millions of listeners nationwide.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be polite. These individuals WILL use 
hostile 
comments to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

1. Visit www.worldnetdaily.com to familiarize yourself with its 
anti-Muslim 
tone.

2. Listen to the program and call in to offer your polite and reasoned 
views.

CALL 1-800-DRLAURA (1-800-375-2872) or (818) 461-5403

E-MAIL: kbellows@premiereradio.com, aforester@premiereradio.com, 
dmandis@premiereradio.com, kkitchin@premiereradio.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

FAX: (818) 461-5440
URL: www.drlaura.com

ADDRESS:

Dr. Laura Schlessinger
15260 Ventura Blvd, Ste 500
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-5307

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
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Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 16:08:31 -0500
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Subject: CAIR-NET: USPS to Reprint Poster that Excluded Eid Stamp

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/14/2001

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HEADLINES:

* QUOTE OF THE DAY: MOSQUE LEADERS' RE-EDUCATION CAMPAIGN STEPPED UP
* USPS TO REPRINT POSTER THAT EXCLUDED EID STAMP
* CONGRESS TO MARK BEGINNING OF RAMADAN WITH MUSLIM PRAYER
* CAIR PANEL DISCUSSION: THE NEW ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION AND ITS 
IMPACT 
ON AMERICAN MUSLIMS
* THE MAN WHO GIVES TERRORISM A NAME (Washington Post)
* DANIEL PIPES AND THE NEW INQUISITION (Antiwar.com)
* IMMIGRANT MUSLIM WORKERS: FEW DRIVE TAXIS, MANY ARE MANAGERS (NY 
Times)
* BUSH SETS OPTION OF MILITARY TRIALS IN TERRORIST CASES (NY Times)
* US MUSLIMS IN SOMBER MOOD AS RAMADAN APPROACHES (AFP)
* SAHOOR SUSTAINS THE FAITHFUL AS THEY FAST THIS RAMADAN (NY Newsday)
* OPEN HOUSE OPENS A WINDOW INTO ISLAM (Tallahassee Democrat)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: MOSQUE LEADERS' RE-EDUCATION CAMPAIGN STEPPED UP
By Vivien Pik-Kwan Chan, South China Morning Post, 11/14/2001

Beijing has intensified a nine-month "political re-education campaign" 
for 
8,000 imams in charge of mosques in Xinjiang as national security 
forces 
step up their drive against "splittist" movements...

"...Each session is a 20-day programme aimed at re-establishing correct 
ideological understanding and improving the political qualities of the 
religious leaders," Xinhua quoted officials as saying...

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USPS TO REPRINT POSTER THAT EXCLUDED EID STAMP

STATEMENT BY AZEEZALY S. JAFFER, VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND 
COMMUNICATIONS, U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

November 14, 2001 - "The U.S. Postal Service today is reproducing its 
Holiday Stamp promotional posters in local post offices in response to 
recent concerns raised by the American Muslim community.

Due to an oversight, an image of the Eid stamp, which commemorates two 
important Islamic festivals, was left off the promotional posters.

The Postal Service deeply regrets the oversight and is reprinting the 
holiday posters depicting the Eid stamp image in local post offices. 
Eid 
stamps will be available for sale at post offices nationwide this 
Holiday 
season. These historic stamps are featured prominently on the Postal 
Service's web site and are available for purchase online at the Postal 
Store www.usps.com, or by calling toll free 1-800 STAMP-24.

Also, we have held numerous ceremonies and events around the country to 
promote and celebrate this stamp since its issuance September 1.

The Postal Service is proud to feature the Eid stamp as part of its 
commemorative holiday stamp series in recognition of the many 
outstanding 
contributions of the Muslim community here in the United States and 
throughout the world."

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:
http://www.usps.com/news/2001/philatelic/sr01_054.htm

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact the Postmaster General John E. Potter to thank the USPS for its 
decision to reprint the poster.
E-MAIL: jpotter@email.usps.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

Postmaster General John E. Potter
United States Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20260-0010

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CONGRESS TO MARK BEGINNING OF RAMADAN WITH MUSLIM PRAYER

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, the United States House of 
Representatives will mark the beginning of the Muslim fast of Ramadan 
with 
an opening prayer by an Islamic religious leader. Imam Yahya Hendi, 
Muslim 
Chaplain at Georgetown University and spokesman for the Islamic 
Jurisprudence Council of North America, will offer the prayer. (Ramadan 
is 
expected to begin November 16 or 17, depending on the sighting of the 
new 
moon.) FOR BACKGROUND ON RAMADAN, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2001

CONTACT: Imam Yahya Hendi, 202-687-4272

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CAIR PANEL DISCUSSION: THE NEW ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION AND ITS 
IMPACT ON 
AMERICAN MUSLIMS

Learn how individuals, organizations and communities are impacted by 
the 
new anti-terrorism legislation. Topics of discussion will include 
profiling 
of Muslims and Arab-Americans and an outline of individual legal and 
civil 
rights.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR Building, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: 202-488-8787

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THE MAN WHO GIVES TERRORISM A NAME
Expert's Finger-Pointing Troubles Muslim Groups
By John Mintz, The Washington Post, 11/14/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24457-2001Nov13.html

People invited to the Washington-area office of terrorism expert Steven 
Emerson say he sets one condition: They must swear never to reveal its 
location. Some visitors have been blindfolded as they're driven to his 
headquarters, where the masks are removed to reveal a warren of rooms 
piled 
high with dossiers, transcripts and videotapes, they say. The people 
who 
work there call it "the bat cave..."

...His slashing accusations that some Islamic groups in the United 
States 
tolerate terrorism draw denunciations from groups like the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, which calls 
Emerson "a Muslim-basher with a long history of defamatory and 
inaccurate 
attacks on the American Muslim community."

Since the Sept. 11 bombings, the heavily caffeinated Emerson, who says 
he 
operates on five hours of sleep a night, has privately laid out his 
terrorism findings to officials at the Justice Department, FBI, Customs 
Service, National Security Council and the White House. He also has 
been in 
contact with Treasury Department officials acting to freeze terrorists' 
assets.

Emerson has given closed-door briefings to the banking and judiciary 
committees of both chambers of Congress and to the Senate Intelligence 
Committee. Copies of his hour-long 1994 documentary, "Jihad in 
America," 
were given to all 535 members of Congress and "played a real role" in 
winning House passage of the recent anti-terrorism bill, says Rep. 
Chris 
Smith (R-N.J.)...

...Yet James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and a 
longtime 
Emerson adversary, says the fact that 19 men from the Middle East 
committed 
a terrorist atrocity in no way substantiates Emerson's decade-long body 
of 
work warning of a U.S.-based Muslim threat to the United States.

"He's made his life's work discrediting Arab American and Muslim 
groups, 
and his obsession makes me uncomfortable," says Zogby.

A scathing report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations lists 
what 
it considers his many exaggerations, such as his 1997 statement to the 
Jerusalem Post that "the U.S. has become occupied fundamentalist 
territory..."

"...Elected and public officials say this war on terrorism isn't a war 
on 
Islam," says Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR and a bitter Emerson 
opponent. "But if they're consulting Mr. Emerson, it calls into 
question 
the credibility of those statements..."

...Emerson has made missteps. A day after the Oklahoma City federal 
building was bombed in 1995, he went on television theorizing -- 
wrongly -- 
that the culprits were Arab. Attempting "to inflict as many casualties 
as 
possible -- that is a Middle Eastern trait," he said in one interview, 
one 
of many statements his enemies call reckless and biased...

...While covering an unrelated story in Oklahoma City for CNN in 1992, 
Emerson says he happened to stroll downtown, only to find hundreds of 
Arab 
youths attending a conference. Intrigued, he talked his way in by 
claiming 
to be a Muslim convert...

...He declines to specify who funds his group, called the Investigative 
Project, beyond saying that the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum -- 
also attacked by his critics as anti-Islamic -- has supplied some 
funds. 
Associates say much of Emerson's cash has come from conservatives like 
Richard Mellon Scaife and Jewish individuals and groups. He strenuously 
denies his critics' vague accusations that he is secretly funded by the 
Israeli or U.S. governments.

His staff of six and an equal number of interns, several of them Arabic 
speakers, comb the Internet and the world media, subscribe to Arab 
publications using made-up names and swap information with law 
enforcement 
and intelligence officials around the world. His group also dispatches 
associates to gatherings of Muslims with hidden microphones to record 
speeches by radical leaders...

...Emerson can be his own worst enemy. Miami Herald reporter Martin 
Merzer 
once called him for comment on a case involving alleged terrorist 
sympathizers in Florida, and said he had written an earlier piece on 
the 
controversy. He said Emerson replied: "What perspective did you take, 
that 
this is a brutal Zionist plot against the weak, underprivileged Arab 
minority?" After sensing the new piece would be unflattering, Emerson 
sent 
a nasty letter about Merzer to his editor and local Jewish leaders.

In 1998, Emerson heard a Muslim activist planned to leaflet against him 
at 
a New York speech of his. He dashed off a withering seven-page 
response, 
which included the false assertion that in the 1960s one of his 
critics, 
California journalist Reese Erlich, "was charged with conspiracy to 
carry 
out violence in support of the Black Panthers." Emerson apologized and 
paid 
Erlich $3,000.

Emerson's enemies also cite an incident in 1996, when Emerson helped 
Associated Press reporters on a terrorism series. After the series ran, 
an 
alternative newspaper in Florida that has long criticized Emerson 
quoted an 
AP reporter saying he believed Emerson had misrepresented a memo about 
Arab 
radicals as an FBI-authored document...

...CAIR and other Emerson detractors level harsher accusations -- that 
he 
is a tool of Israeli intelligence. He denies it but says he does swap 
data 
with the Israelis -- as well as with intelligence officials from other 
nations, including Germany, England and Arab countries he declines to 
name...

"...The pro-Israel lobby uses Emerson as their point man going after 
political participation by Muslims and Arabs," CAIR's Hooper says. "We 
make 
no apology for defending Palestinian rights..."

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

STEVEN EMERSON'S CRUSADE - "Why is a journalist pushing questionable 
stories from behind the scenes?" By John F. Sugg - 
http://www.fair.org/extra/9901/emerson.html

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DANIEL PIPES AND THE NEW INQUISITION
By Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 11/14/2001
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j111401.html

...A whole mini-industry has grown up in the wake of the 9/11 atrocity 
dedicated to the proposition that Islam is the root of all evil in the 
world. Just as anti-Communism employed and otherwise elevated a whole 
cadre 
of professional witch-hunters - and witch-doctors - so the rise of 
anti-Islamism opens up a whole new frontier for those thrown out of 
work by 
the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war. With 
untold 
billions of tax dollars being thrown into the "war on terrorism," the 
market for anti-Islamists, once severely restricted, has expanded 
exponentially, and this field of expertise is no longer quite so 
rarefied. 
The war has made formerly obscure figures, such as New York Post 
columnist 
and author Daniel Pipes, familiar to news junkies, and it is in Pipes 
that 
the anti-Islamist ideology takes on its purest, most extreme form...

...Pipes believes that the international Islamist conspiracy - there is 
no 
other way to phrase it - is out not to destroy America but to subjugate 
it. 
Asked by Salon whether the goal of the Islamists is to create a Muslim 
state in America, his answer was "without a doubt." One can only wonder 
if 
he said this with a straight face. Pipes went on to explain that this 
meant 
a state prohibition on converting out of Islam, as well as the banning 
of 
pork, criminalizing adultery, and "doing away with the equality of the 
sexes." How does he know this? Well, you see, he kind of divines it...

...He can "sense" it! US intelligence agencies are employing the 
services 
of psychics in the search for Osama bin Laden, according to reports, 
but 
Pipes' extrasensory powers are even more valuable to the war on the 
home 
front. For Pipes and his ilk are the attack dogs of the New 
Inquisition, 
whose job it is to sniff out "intimations" of treason. Pipes was vague 
when 
it came to the evidence for his outrageous claims, but very specific in 
singling out a particular organization - the Council on 
Islamic-American 
Relations, whose leaders met with President Bush and other Arab and 
Muslim 
figures at a mosque. But Bush, at least according to Charles 
Krauthammer, 
"is hardly an authority on Islam," i.e. he's too stupid to comprehend 
that 
all Muslims are just plain evil.

The view of the anti-Islamists coincides perfectly with the perspective 
of 
the Israeli foreign ministry. What they want is the sort of "war on 
terrorism" the Bush administration is laboring mightily to deny: a war 
on 
Islam. A war in which the US and its faithful ally, Israel, take on the 
entire Muslim world - and US military power is utilized, albeit 
indirectly, 
to further the dream of a Greater Israel...

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IMMIGRANT MUSLIM WORKERS: FEW DRIVE TAXIS, MANY ARE MANAGERS
By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN, The New York Times, 11/14/2001
(Not available online.)

Ask someone living in New York City what most Arab and Muslim 
immigrants do 
for a living and the first reply is likely to be: Taxi driver.

But, according to data compiled from the 1996-2001 current population 
surveys by the sociology department of Queens College, only 28,000, or 
5 
percent, of the almost 600,000 foreign-born Muslims in the labor force 
earn 
a living by driving a vehicle. The No. 1 occupation among that 
immigrant 
group is executive or manager of a business.

Foreign-born Muslim workers are, in general, better educated and earn 
more 
than the average worker. Just over 30 percent of the entire labor force 
aged 25 and over has a college or advanced degree compared to more than 
57 
percent of Muslim workers...

...The majority of foreign-born Muslims appear to be committed to 
staying 
in the United States. Almost 57 percent are now citizens and more than 
70 
percent arrived before the Gulf War.

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BUSH SETS OPTION OF MILITARY TRIALS IN TERRORIST CASES
By ELISABETH BUMILLER and DAVID JOHNSTON, The New York Times, 
11/14/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/14/national/14DETA.html

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- President Bush signed an order today allowing 
special military tribunals to try foreigners charged with terrorism. A 
senior administration official said that any such trials would "not 
necessarily" be public and that the American tribunals might operate in 
Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At the same time, the Justice Department has asked law enforcement 
authorities across the country to pick up and question 5,000 men, most 
from 
Middle Eastern countries, who entered the country legally in the last 
two 
years.

...The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an Islamic advocacy group 
based in Washington, expressed concern about the plan and said the 
government should publish guidelines for these interviews, including 
the 
right of those being interviewed to have legal representation.

"This type of sweeping investigation carries with it the potential to 
create the impression that interviewees are being singled out because 
of 
their race, ethnicity or religion," said Nihad Awad, the group's 
executive 
director.

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US MUSLIMS IN SOMBER MOOD AS RAMADAN APPROACHES
By Louise Daly, Agence France-Presse, 11/14/2001

CHICAGO, Nov 14, (AFP) - America's Muslim community -- unsettled by the 
September 11 attacks and uneasy about airstrikes on Afghanistan -- have 
faced turbulent times in past months.

And with the US-led fight against terrorism taking a decisive turn 
overseas 
and the homeland on the defensive against further terror attacks, they 
see 
little evidence their anxiety will abate any during the holy month of 
Ramadan, which starts this weekend.

"People are hoping against hope for some positive outcome," in the 
conflict 
between the US-backed opposition forces and the Taliban regime, said 
Agha 
Saeed, chairman of the American Muslim Alliance.

"But expectations change as the situation changes..."

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SAHOOR SUSTAINS THE FAITHFUL AS THEY FAST THIS RAMADAN
By Ramin Ganeshram, (NY) Newsday, 11/14/2001
http://www.newsday.com/features/food/ny-fdram2462547nov14.story

WHEN MAMZAR ASHTARI was a little girl in Iran, it wasn't easy to wake 
up 
during the wee hours of the morning, to have breakfast during Ramadan - 
even though the meal was usually one of delectable goodies.

"We would be so tired, and often had only finished dinner a few hours 
before," said Ashtari, a medical physicist who lives in New Hyde Park 
with 
her husband and children. "We would complain and carry on about getting 
up."

Called Sahoor, this breakfast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan 
is as 
important a meal as the breaking of the fast, or Iftar, in the evening. 
Sahoor is eaten before dawn and is meant to sustain the faithful as 
they 
fast during daylight hours to celebrate the revelation of the Koran to 
the 
prophet Mohammed...

...The following recipe was adapted from one in Claudia Roden's "The 
New 
Book of Middle Eastern Food" (Knopf, $35).
Ful Medames (Fava Bean Soup)...

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OPEN HOUSE OPENS A WINDOW INTO ISLAM
By Andrew Dunn, Tallahassee Democrat, 11/12/2001
http://web.tallahasseedemocrat.com/content/tallahassee/home/
Search using the term "Hiak."

At the same time many Christian services were letting out Sunday, the 
Islamic Center of Tallahassee was opening its doors to allow 
Tallahasseeans 
a glimpse of Muslim culture and a better understanding of Islam.

About 40 people sat in the center's mosque to watch a video about the 
religion and have questions answered by members of the congregation. 
Outside, booths were covered with colorful clothing, traditional food 
and 
informative pamphlets. The "open house" was the first of its kind for 
the 
center.

"People would like to know more about Islam now," said Yousef Hiak, a 
member of the center's board of trustees. "And it is the right 
opportunity 
to open the mosque and see what it is about..."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/15/2001

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NOTE: Ramadan is expected to begin November 16 or 17. To download 
CAIR's 
"Ramadan Publicity Resource Kit," go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadankit

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HEADLINES:

* REMINDER - CAIR CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: AMERICAN MUSLIMS IN THE 
AFTERMATH 
OF SEPTEMBER 11
* FIGHTING THE IMAGE WAR TO GAIN MUSLIM SUPPORT (Washington Post)
* SHERIFF'S GREETING HAS A MILITANT EDGE (Winston-Salem Journal)
* PAKISTANI NATIVE STUNNED BY FBI RAID (AP-NYT)
* U.S. IS BRUTALIZING PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE (San Jose Mercury News)
* CITY NATIVE NOW FIRST MUSLIM JUDGE IN MD. (Charleston Daily Mail)

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CAIR CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: AMERICAN MUSLIMS IN THE AFTERMATH OF 
SEPTEMBER 11

WHO ARE THE AMERICAN MUSLIMS? - Demographic data on the Muslim 
population 
and the structure of the American Muslim community

HOW CAN ONE CHARACTERIZE MAINSTREAM MUSLIMS? - Views of practicing and 
ethnic Muslims on women, other religions, war and peace, and attacks 
against civilians

WHAT DOES CITIZENSHIP MEAN FOR THE AMERICAN MUSLIM WORLDVIEW? Recent 
fatwa 
(religious opinion) about Muslim participation in the U.S. war effort

WHERE DO MUSLIMS STAND ON CURRENT ISSUES? - Muslim views on abortion, 
welfare, discrimination, taxes, prayer in public schools, and foreign 
policy

PRESENTER: Dr. Mohamed Nimer, Research Director
                 Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

WHEN:   Monday, November 19, 2001, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  2105 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP with Ibrahim Abdullah at 202-488-8787 or 
Iadullah@cair-net.org

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FIGHTING THE IMAGE WAR TO GAIN MUSLIM SUPPORT
Information Center Plans Prayer, Traditional Dinner
By Mike Allen, The Washington Post, 11/15/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31560-2001Nov14.html

On Monday, President Bush will greet 50 ambassadors from Muslim 
countries 
who will munch dates and sip juice, then kneel and touch their 
foreheads to 
the floor of the White House's East Reception Room. The five-minute 
prayer 
by Bush's guests will mark the breaking of a daily sunrise-to-sundown 
fast 
during the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this weekend.

The prayer and the traditional Iftar meal that will follow are part of 
a 
global effort by the U.S. government, which is struggling to build 
support 
in Muslim countries for its anti-terrorism coalition, to convey a 
better 
image to the 1.2 billion followers of the world's fastest growing 
religion. 
Officials of the White House and State Department said the 
administration 
wants to use the occasion of Ramadan to highlight its sensitivity to 
Islamic tradition and to point to its increasing humanitarian 
deliveries in 
Afghanistan...

"...One of the things that became clear to us as we began this campaign 
is 
that we had a real deficit in the Arab world to fight against," a 
senior 
administration official said. "For so long, our basic, fundamental 
viewpoints have been absent -- the millions of Muslims who live happily 
in 
America, the millions of people who want to come here, our respect for 
religion. Those are the kind of things which over the longer term we 
want 
to be out there with, so that when there's a crisis in the region, we 
don't 
begin with such an incredible deficit of understanding..."

...Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is expected to hold an Iftar 
dinner 
of his own, following the precedent of his Clinton administration 
predecessor, Madeleine K. Albright, officials said. U.S. embassies 
around 
the world will do the same. The State Department is printing up 
thousands 
of copies of a series of posters, "Mosques of America..."

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SHERIFF'S GREETING HAS A MILITANT EDGE
Area Muslims say they're insulted by Hege's personal holiday card
By Deirdre Fernandes, Winston-Salem Journal, 11/14/2001
http://www.journalnow.com/wsj/MGB8L5QL0UC.html

For his personal Christmas card this year, Davidson County Sheriff 
Gerald 
Hege passed on the traditional snowy evening, dazzling tree or a baby 
Jesus 
in the manger scene.

Instead, about a dozen of Hege's friends and family will be receiving a 
controversial card that is being criticized by some local Muslims.

The card, printed on letter-size Kodak photo paper, depicts a desert 
background. Hege, dressed in his black combat-style uniform and new 
black 
beret, holds the severed head of Osama bin Laden in one hand and a 
bloody 
sword in the other hand.

The greeting reads, "Happy Ramadan!! Merry Christmas and Happy 
Holidays! 
Sheriff Gerald K. Hege..."

...some area Muslims aren't impressed. They said they are insulted by 
the 
content of Hege's card and the way he depicts Ramadan, one of Islam's 
most 
sacred times...

"...Ramadan should not be associated with blood ... considering with 
thousands of civilians are dying because of the winter and thousands 
will 
die from famine," said Atassi, who emigrated from Syria 15 years ago. 
"What 
Sheriff Hege is trying to do is not really appropriate, but then it's a 
free country."

The card also associates bin Laden with all worshippers of Islam - a 
connection that is unfair and false, said Abdel Hadi, a Muslim who owns 
a 
sandwich shop in Winston-Salem and recently bought property in Davidson 
County...

"I liked Hege as a sheriff," Hadi said. "But he has no business 
insulting 
1.5 billion people. That's wrong. That's sad that we're in the United 
States and there is such bigotry."

Bin Laden doesn't represent Muslims around the world, he said...

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PAKISTANI NATIVE STUNNED BY FBI RAID
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 11/15/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-FBI-Search.html

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- When armed FBI agents suddenly broke down his 
door, 
held his wife at gunpoint, swabbed his furniture and questioned him 
about 
biochemical agents, Asif Kazi said it was like living a TV nightmare.

"I haven't had a parking ticket in my life. I'm shaking," said Kazi, 
who 
came to the United States from Pakistan in 1999. "We watch 'The 
X-Files' on 
television, but we never thought it would happen here."

More than 30 FBI agents and a hazardous materials team participated in 
raids Tuesday at Kazi's home and a nearby building owned by Dr. Ishad 
Shaikh, another Pakistani native, who has been the city health 
commissioner 
since 1994.

Authorities wouldn't say why the homes were searched. FBI spokeswoman 
Linda 
Vizi has declined to identify the seized items. Federal court documents 
used to obtain search warrants were sealed. No charges have been 
filed...

...Kazi said agents told him he had been seen dumping a cloudy liquid 
on 
the ground behind his home and handing a silver canister to someone. 
The 
liquid, Kazi said, was soapy water from a clogged sink and the canister 
was 
a food dish...

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U.S. IS BRUTALIZING PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE
San Jose Mercury news, 11/15/2001
http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/opinion/edit/046314.htm

First, the Justice Department rounds up more than a thousand people and 
holds them without letting anybody know the charges against them, or 
even 
who is being held.

Then the State Department announces that it will slow the process for 
granting visas to men from Arab and Muslim countries.

But don't stop there. Why not violate the long-held principle that 
people 
in custody are entitled to private conversations with their attorneys?

And while we're at it, why not just ignore the American criminal 
justice 
system for some people and let their cases be handled in secret, by 
military courts?

What next? Summary executions?...

...The president has the constitutional authority to do what he's 
doing. He 
nonetheless undermines the values America seeks to defend as it battles 
those for whom civil rights have no meaning.

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CITY NATIVE NOW FIRST MUSLIM JUDGE IN MD.
By Brad McElhinny, Charleston Daily Mail, 11/14/2001
http://www.dailymail.com/display_story.php3?sid=2001111431

Hassan El-Amin, who grew up in Charleston, is a very successful man. 
Last 
year, he became the first practicing Muslim ever to serve as a judge in 
the 
state of Maryland.

His life has been a long journey. He grew up black in a white 
community. As 
a young man, he joined the Nation of Islam when that organization 
preached 
racial separatism. Now, El-Amin has emerged as a judge -- an arbiter of 
fairness, the robed symbol of equal representation...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/16/2001

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HEADLINES:

* MULTICULTURALISM'S NASCENT STRESS POINTS (Washington Times)
* CAIR DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO CONGRESSIONAL BLACK ASSOCIATES
* A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE (New York Times)
         - CONYERS CHALLENGES ADMINISTRATION ON MILITARY TRIBUNALS
* IMMIGRANTS REFUSE MEALS TO PROTEST TREATMENT (New York Times)
* AL-JAZEERA'S CORRESPONDENT IN US BRIEFLY DETAINED (Agence 
France-Presse)
* WRITER DOCUMENTS HOLLYWOOD'S VILIFICATION OF ARABS (Reuters)
* SAN DIEGO'S MUSLIMS REACH OUT (Los Angeles Times)
* MORE MUSLIMS FEELING TARGETED AT WORK (USA Today)
* ISLAM: BELIEFS AND PRACTICES (Christian Science Monitor)
* SCHOOLS OK RAMADAN PRAYERS (New York Post)
* INLAND MUSLIMS HAVE DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS BUT SHARE A COMMON FAITH AS 
THEY 
CELEBRATE THE START OF RAMADAN (The Press-Enterprise)
* LA MUSLIM FREE CLINIC RECEIVES AWARD (PR Newswire)

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MULTICULTURALISM'S NASCENT STRESS POINTS
Paul Craig Roberts, The Washington Times, 11/16/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20011116-75497502.htm

The idea of a multicultural state is an obvious insanity. The problems 
of 
multicultural politics led to the breakup of the Austrian-Hungarian 
Empire. 
In our own time we have witnessed the breakup of the multicultural 
Yugoslav 
state and the Russian Empire...

...Of all the hyphenated-Americans, Muslims pose the greatest 
challenge. 
Islam assimilates neither into a Judeo-Christian civilization, nor into 
a 
secular one. Secular Muslim states are experiencing difficulties 
themselves 
and have to rely on force to remain in power.

The assimilation of Muslims in the U.S. would be daunting even for a 
culture aware of the challenge. It became impossible when civil rights 
policy turned every hyphenated-American into a "preferred minority" and 
endowed them with special legal privileges.

U.S. civil rights policy not only turned native-born whites into 
second-class citizens, but also prevents the implementation of sensible 
airport security measures...

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CAIR DIRECTOR SPEAKS TO CONGRESSIONAL BLACK ASSOCIATES

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad spoke Wednesday at a Capitol Hill 
panel 
discussion on racial profiling organized by the Congressional Black 
Associates.

He joined representatives of the Hispanic, Sikh and African-American 
communities in challenging the effectiveness and legality of profiling 
as a 
law enforcement tool. Several of the panel participants noted that 
although 
profiling is now being directed primarily at Muslims and people who 
look 
"Middle Eastern," experience shows that it will also be used against 
other 
minorities.

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A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE
The New York Times, 11/16/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/16/opinion/16FRI1.html

President Bush's plan to use secret military tribunals to try 
terrorists is 
a dangerous idea, made even worse by the fact that it is so 
superficially 
attractive. In his effort to defend America from terrorists, Mr. Bush 
is 
eroding the very values and principles he seeks to protect, including 
the 
rule of law.

The administration's action is the latest in a troubling series of 
attempts 
since Sept. 11 to do an end run around the Constitution. It comes on 
the 
heels of an announcement that the Justice Department intends to wiretap 
conversations between some prisoners and their lawyers. The 
administration 
also continues to hold hundreds of detainees without revealing their 
identities, the charges being brought against them or even the reasons 
for 
such secrecy...

SEE ALSO: CONYERS CHALLENGES ADMINISTRATION ON MILITARY TRIBUNALS
http://www.house.gov/conyers/pr111601.htm

Today Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House 
Judiciary 
Committee joined other Democratic members of the House Judiciary 
Committee 
to address the recent actions taken by the Administration regarding 
Military Tribunals and other anti-terrorism acts...

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IMMIGRANTS REFUSE MEALS TO PROTEST TREATMENT
The New York Times, 11/16/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/16/nyregion/16STRI.html

Seven immigrants detained at a county jail in New Jersey since the 
Sept. 11 
terror attacks are staging a hunger strike to protest their treatment 
by 
federal immigration officials, county officials said yesterday.

But the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which pays the jail to 
house the detainees, said it was unaware of any hunger strikers. 
Nonetheless, the agency said it would take steps to address concerns of 
detainees at the jail, the Hudson County Correctional Center, including 
serving halal meals, which adhere to Islamic dietary rules, beginning 
today.

Jacob de Lemos, a county spokesman, said two of the seven detainees 
began 
refusing to take meals two weeks ago, and have been joined in a hunger 
strike by five others. He would not identify the detainees. The jail, 
in 
Kearny, N.J., about five miles west of Manhattan, was holding 303 
immigration service detainees yesterday, most of them rounded up since 
the 
attacks, Mr. de Lemos said. "They feel that the I.N.S. does not visit 
them 
enough at the jail or let them know what's going on with their cases," 
he 
said...

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AL-JAZEERA'S CORRESPONDENT IN US BRIEFLY DETAINED
Agence France-Presse, 11/15/2001

DOHA, Nov 14 (AFP) - Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite channel said one of 
its 
correspondents in the United States was detained for several hours by 
police while covering Wednesday's US-Russian summit in Texas.

"American police detained Al-Jazeera's Washington correspondent 
Mohammad 
al-Alami while he was covering the US-Russian summit in Texas," it said 
in 
an on-screen announcement.

Alami later told Al-Jazeera by telephone that he had been freed.

The journalist had been detained at Waco airport from where he was to 
travel to Crawford for the summit between US President George W. Bush 
and 
Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"Policemen armed with M-16 automatic rifles followed me as I was 
leaving 
the airport and arrested me," he told Al-Jazeera, during his 
short-lived 
incarceration.

"The police told me that a credit card of Al-Jazeera's Washington 
office 
that I used to rent a car and reserve a plane ticket and my hotel room 
had 
in the past served for transactions linked to Afghanistan," he said...

...The White House said the US Secret Service, which is responsible for 
Bush's safety, had "worked with local law enforcement to clear it up. 
He's 
been released..."

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WRITER DOCUMENTS HOLLYWOOD'S VILIFICATION OF ARABS
By Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, 11/15/2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jack Shaheen, born in western Pennsylvania to 
Christian Lebanese parents, never met a Muslim Arab until he was 40 -- 
when 
he won a Fulbright award to teach in war-torn Beirut in the 1970s...

...The retired professor recently published "Reel Bad Arabs: How 
Hollywood 
Vilifies a People," a catalogue of the negative stereotypes of Arab 
men, 
women and children used by the U.S. movie industry in nearly every film 
of 
the past century that has an Arab character.

"Seen through Hollywood's distorted lenses, Arabs look different and 
threatening," Shaheen concludes. "From 1896 until today, filmmakers 
have 
collectively indicted all Arabs as Public Enemy Number 1 -- brutal, 
heartless, uncivilized, religious fanatics and money-mad cultural 
'others' 
bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners, especially Christians and 
Jews."

Islam is also regularly linked with male supremacy, holy war and acts 
of 
terror, he said. "Arab equals Muslim equals terrorist -- that is the 
predominant image of Islam..."

...Of all the movies Shaheen examined since 1980, he includes only 12 
on 
his "best" list of those containing positive portrayals of Arab people, 
including "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" from 1991 and "The 13th 
Warrior" 
from 1999...

...Shaheen said hundreds of hate crimes committed against 
Arab-Americans 
and Muslims in the United States after the attacks underscored the 
importance of combating stereotypes...

"...When we look at the vilification of Arab Muslims, it just makes it 
that 
much easier to hate and kill them," he said. "We should not be in the 
business of vilifying people because of the actions of a minority of a 
minority..."

NOTE: "REEL BAD ARABS: HOW HOLLYWOOD VILIFIES A PEOPLE" is available at 
www.amazon.com

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SAN DIEGO'S MUSLIMS REACH OUT
By WILLIAM LOBDELL; H.G. REZA, The Los Angeles Times, 11/16/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000091625nov16.story

The fallout from the terrorist attacks that fastened Americans' 
attention 
on Islam is putting a new face on some of the traditions of Ramadan, 
the 
religion's month of contemplation.

And nowhere is that more true than in San Diego...

...San Diego's 12 mosques for the first time are inviting Christians 
and 
Jews and anyone else who is interested to attend Ramadan observances in 
an 
attempt to satisfy their curiosity and calm their fears about Islam...

...Muslim leaders also have planned town hall meetings, taken out 
informational ads in the local newspaper and will hold 
feed-the-homeless 
nights downtown.

"We're basically coming out of our cocoon," said Mohamad Nasser, head 
of 
the newly formed American Muslim Coalition...

"...Many years ago, we Muslims had to take the effort to raise the 
awareness of ourselves and our holiday," said Hussam Ayloush, executive 
director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Southern 
California. "This year we'll witness the largest ever coverage of 
Muslims 
and their holidays. Our prayer is that this will help balance out the 
negative coverage..."

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MORE MUSLIMS FEELING TARGETED AT WORK
Claims of harassment rise after terrorist attacks
By Stephanie Armour, USA Today, 11/15/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20011115/3626814s.htm

Complaints about workplace harassment of and discrimination against 
Muslims 
and Arab-Americans are increasing 2 months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The rise comes despite a drop in overall claims of vandalism, violence 
and 
overt harassment, officials say.

* The Council on American-Islamic Relations has logged more than 100 
complaints about workplace discrimination -- topping the number of 
reports 
on discrimination in schools, death threats, airport profiling or 
intimidation by state or federal officials.

"Physical and verbal harassment has gone down," says Hodan Hassan at 
the 
council, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit membership group. "But in 
the 
employment area, we've seen an increase in the past 2 weeks..."

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ISLAM: BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
By Jane Lampman, The Christian Science Monitor, 11/15/2001
http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1115/p18s1-lire.html

This weekend, Muslims around the world mark the holiest month of the 
Islamic calendar as they begin the fast of Ramadan. On this occasion, 
the 
Monitor takes a brief look at the foundational beliefs and practices of 
the 
world's second-largest religion, which has about 1.2 billion 
adherents...

...Islamic community (umma)

A prime aim of the Koran is the establishment of a just, ethically 
based 
social order on earth, and Muslims are to strive to bring this about. A 
high value is thus placed on the community of the faithful and on 
propagating the faith (da'wa). Some political and religious groups 
active 
in many countries are working to bring nonobservant Muslims back to 
active 
practice and to make conversions. Other Muslims see da'wa as their 
responsibility simply to lead moral and exemplary lives.

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SCHOOLS OK RAMADAN PRAYERS
By CARL CAMPANILE, New York Post, 11/15/2001
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/34481.htm

Muslim students will be permitted to pray in school during the holy 
period 
of Ramadan - with restrictions, Schools Chancellor Harold Levy's office 
said. The prayers can't disrupt classes or impinge on the rights of 
other 
students, said Levy spokeswoman Margie Feinberg...

"...Students want to pray for the religious holiday. We want to 
accommodate 
them," Feinberg said, adding that students can ask to have their 
schedules 
altered to avoid missing classes...

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INLAND MUSLIMS HAVE DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS BUT SHARE A COMMON FAITH AS 
THEY 
CELEBRATE THE START OF RAMADAN
By SYBEL ALGER, The Press-Enterprise, 11/15/2001
http://www.pe.com/lifestyles/stories/10014422_PE_LIV_nislam15.html

...The Inland area's Muslim community is growing. A mosque opened in 
Perris 
a few months ago. Islamic societies in the Temecula Valley and Corona 
are 
raising money to build larger mosques. And a new mosque is in the 
planning 
stages for Redlands. The Riverside mosque was recently remodeled. 
Mosques 
in San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Chino, Adelanto and Rialto cater to a 
population growing because of immigration and conversion...

...A recent report found that 33 percent of American Muslims affiliated 
with mosques are from South-Central Asia, 30 percent are 
African-American 
and 25 percent Arab.

The study found that in the United States, 64 percent of converts to 
Islam 
are African-American, 27 percent white and 6 percent Hispanic.

There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide. No more than 20 
percent of Muslims live in the Arabic-speaking world, according to the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations. The country with the largest 
Muslim 
population is Indonesia.

Here is a look at some of the Muslims who live in the Inland area...

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LA MUSLIM FREE CLINIC RECEIVES AWARD

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles marks its fifteenth 
year 
of National Philanthropy Day by honoring local philanthropists in 
individual, corporate and non-profit categories at an annual 
celebration 
that attracts over 1,000 people. Los Angeles hosts the largest National 
Philanthropy Day celebration in the country.

"Changing the World with a Giving Heart" is the theme of this year's 
event, 
which spotlights nine honorees in categories, including Outstanding 
Volunteer, Outstanding Corporation, Outstanding Youth Volunteer and 
Outstanding Professional...

...National Philanthropy Day was signed into effect in 1986, from a 
declaration by President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Congress, as well 
as 
several individuals and organizations in the nonprofit sector. Douglas 
Freeman, Esq., this year's special honoree, worked with President 
Reagan to 
put the national day into effect...

...This year's honorees include:

Outstanding Volunteer Organization -- The UMMA Free Clinic
The UMMA Free Clinic is the only free clinic in South Central LA. 
Patients 
receive free medical care, medications, laboratory evaluation and 
treatment. UMMA means community in Arabic (University Muslim Medical 
Assoc.)...

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Subject: CAIR-NET: CT Forum Rejects AJC Attempt to Exclude Muslim Speaker

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ACTION REQUESTED: Contact the World Affairs Forum to express 
appreciation 
for their refusal to be intimidated by an Islamophobic smear campaign.

Ms. Eileen Heaphy
Executive Director
The World Affairs Forum
20 Summer Street, 2nd Floor
Stamford, CT 06901

TEL: (203) 356-0340
E-MAIL: (203) 348-7130
E-MAIL: info@worldaffairsforum.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CT FORUM REJECTS AJC ATTEMPT TO EXCLUDE MUSLIM SPEAKER

(WASHINGTON, DC - 11/18/2001) - In the second such incident in two 
weeks, a 
Jewish group's call to have a Muslim speaker excluded from a public 
forum 
designed to promote intercultural understanding has been rejected by 
event 
organizers.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) had asked that Ghazi Khankan, 
Executive 
Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relation's New York 
chapter, be 
denied the right to speak today at a panel discussion, titled 
"Understanding Islam - after 9/11," sponsored by the Connecticut 
Humanities 
Council and the World Affairs Forum. Other panelists include Rep. 
Christopher Shays (R-CT) and author James Reston, Jr. (The forum will 
be 
held at 4 p.m. on the University of Connecticut's Broad Street Campus.)

Last week, the Florida Commission on Human Relations rejected a similar 
demand by that state's chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to 
exclude a Muslim representative from a panel discussion at an annual 
civil 
rights conference.

In response to the AJC demand, World Affairs Forum Executive Director 
Eileen Heaphy was quoted as saying, "He [Khankan] comes highly 
recommended 
and we look forward to hearing from him." SEE: 
http://www.worldaffairsforum.org/calendar.htm

"AJC e-mail messages circulated to religious and community leaders, and 
obtained by CAIR, make false and defamatory accusations against our 
organization," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. In one e-mail from 
the 
AJC's Ellen Israelson wrote, "Regarding Ghazi Khankan - I have an 
entire 
file on Ghazi...Ghazi has always been vocally anti-Israel." (See note 
below 
concerning similar activities by the ADL.)

"As we have recently documented, this is just one part of a nationwide, 
politically-motivated smear campaign by the AJC, the ADL and other 
Islamophobic groups designed to marginalize and disenfranchise the 
Muslim 
community in America. We thank the event organizers for rejecting these 
exclusionary tactics," said Ahmad. SEE: "'Islamophobic Smear Campaign' 
Goes 
Public" at http://www.cair-net.org/nr/11-08.asp

"Muslims, like every emerging ethnic or religious minority in our 
nation, 
have to struggle to take their proper place in the American social and 
political arena. But no other group ever had to contend, as we do, with 
another minority actively seeking to block its progress. We believe the 
current ratcheting-up of this malicious campaign is prompted by alarm 
at 
the growing influence American Muslims are having on this country's 
political process," said Ahmad.

To support its assertion that there is on ongoing smear campaign 
against 
Muslim groups, CAIR cited a recent Los Angeles Times article that laid 
direct responsibility for the campaign at the feet of specific 
organizations. Times reporter Solomon Moore wrote: "Pro-Israel or 
Jewish 
organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Defense 
League 
and the Middle East Forum think tank have provided news organizations 
with 
reams of critical documentation on Muslim leaders in recent weeks." 
(Los 
Angeles Times, 11/3/2001)

Today's Washington Post carries an article that says "Jewish groups and 
some conservatives have been lobbying the president to stop courting 
certain Muslim leaders."

The Post article quoted the leader of one of these groups as saying: 
"There 
is no such thing as peaceful Islam...Islamics cannot fit into an 
America in 
which the first loyalty is to the American Constitution. They should be 
encouraged to leave. They are a fifth column in this country."

In the May 28, 2001, issue of The Jerusalem Report, AJC Executive 
Director 
David A. Harris wrote: "We dare not underestimate the Arab and Muslim 
lobbies [in America] or delude ourselves as to their ultimate 
objectives. 
The stakes are too high. The call for action by American Jewry...is 
clear."

The Middle East Forum's Daniel Pipes, one of the foremost proponents of 
the 
current anti-Muslim campaign, goes so far as to recommend "vigilant 
application of social and political pressure to ensure that Islam is 
not 
accorded special status of any kind in this country." (Commentary, 
November 
2001) (The "special status" Pipes refers to includes ordinary religious 
accommodations for Muslims in the workplace and "inclusion of Muslims 
in 
affirmative-action plans.") In that same article, Pipes wrote: "The 
Muslim 
population in this country is not like any other group...they harbor 
designs for this country that warrant urgent and serious attention."

In a recent Salon.com interview, Pipes was questioned about his 
recommendation that "officials need to scrutinize the speech, 
associations, 
and activities of potential visitors or immigrants for any signs of 
Islamist allegiances and keep out anyone they suspect of such ties."

Pipes told Salon.com: "Look, I like this country as it is and I don't 
want 
it to turn into something quite different...If you want to see an 
Islamist 
country, then you will have the opposite view from mine...The danger is 
within..." He has also compared American Muslim voter registration 
drives 
to those of the Communist Party USA.
SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/misc/people/daniel_pipes.html

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide. "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," (SEE: 
www.cair-net.org/mosquereport), the largest study of its kind, showed 
the 
number of American mosques grew by 25 percent in the past seven years.

NOTE: In 1999, the ADL agreed to pay $25,000 to a community relations 
fund 
and said it would not spy on other organizations as part of a 
settlement 
with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other groups. 
The 
settlement resolved a class-action lawsuit filed in 1993 that accused 
the 
ADL of spying on Arab-American, pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid 
groups 
and individuals. (Associated Press, 9/28/1999)

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CONTACT:        Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787
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MUSLIMS ASK FOR MEETING WITH EVANGELIST OVER REMARKS ON ISLAM
Franklin Graham claims Islam is "a very evil and wicked religion"

(WASHINGTON, D.C. - 11/19/2001) - A prominent American Muslim advocacy 
group today requested a meeting with Christian evangelist Franklin 
Graham 
to discuss his recently-revealed remarks that attacked Islam as an 
"evil 
and wicked religion."

In a report aired Friday on "NBC Nightly News," Graham stood by remarks 
he 
made about Islam last month at the dedication of a chapel in North 
Carolina. At that event, Graham said: "We're not attacking Islam but 
Islam 
has attacked us. The God of Islam is not the same God. He's not the son 
of 
God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian faith. It's a different God, 
and I 
believe it is a very evil and wicked religion." In the NBC report, 
Graham 
said, "I don't believe this [Islam] is this wonderful, peaceful 
religion."
SEE: http://www.msnbc.com/news/659057.asp?cp1=1

On Sunday, Graham issued a statement in which he said: "It is not my 
calling to analyze Islam or any other religions, though I recognize 
that 
all religions have differences. In the past, I have expressed my 
concerns 
about the teachings of Islam regarding the treatment of women and the 
killing of non-Muslims or infidels." Graham said he would have no 
further 
comments on the issue.
SEE: http://www.charlotte.com/observer/natwor/docs/franklin1119.htm

In a letter sent today to Graham, Nihad Awad, executive director of the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), wrote: 
"We 
have found that negative impressions of Islam are most often based on a 
lack of accurate and objective information. As God states in the Quran, 
Islam's revealed text: 'O mankind! We created you from a male and a 
female 
and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each 
other 
(not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of 
you 
in the sight of God is the most righteous.' (49:13)

"The Quran also states: 'Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with 
wisdom 
and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and 
most 
gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best who have strayed from His Path and 
who 
receive guidance.' (16:125)

"I would therefore respectfully request a meeting during which 
recognized 
Muslim scholars may offer you information about Islam, particularly 
Islam's 
stance on the rights of women and minorities, that is free of bias and 
distortions. At this time of national and international crisis, it is 
imperative that we come together as people of faith to promote 
inter-religious understanding and mutual respect."

Franklin Graham is the son of Billy Graham, an internationally-known 
minister who has counseled a number of world leaders. The younger 
Graham 
offered the benediction at President Bush's swearing-in ceremony. On 
September 14, at the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance service in 
Washington's National Cathedral, his father said: "We come together 
today 
to affirm our conviction that God cares for us, whatever our ethnic, 
religious or political background may be."

There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 
billion worldwide. SEE: "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," 
at 
http://www.cair-net.org/mosquereport.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/20/2001

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HEADLINES:

* RAMADAN GREETINGS FROM CAIR
* CAIR-CAN RELEASES INTERIM REPORT CARD ON ANTI-MUSLIM HATE
* EDITORIALS: GRAHAM ON ISLAM (Charlotte Observer)
* ISLAMIC GROUP HOPEFUL FOR GRAHAM MEETING (AP)
* MUSLIM GROUP SEEKS TO MEET BILLY GRAHAM'S SON (New York Times)
* RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE MAY BE WEAKENING (USA Today)
* REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT IFTAAR DINNER
* ISLAM IS PART OF THE WEST, TOO (New York Times)
* JOINT STATEMENT AGAINST EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION IN THE AFTERMATH OF 
THE 
SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS
* FORD MOTOR WORKERS GET ON THE JOB TRAINING IN RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE (NY 
Times)
         - MANAGERS WRESTLE CHALLENGES OF POST-ATTACK WORKPLACES (USA 
Today)
* FAA FACT SHEET: NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, 
NATIONAL 
ORIGIN, SEX OR CREED
* UNDERSTANDING RAMADAN: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN IMAM (Washington Post)
* RAMADAN: REFLECTING ON SEPT. 11 AND BEYOND (Providence Journal)
* ISRAEL FAILS TO ADDRESS INCREASING USE OF TORTURE (Amnesty 
International)
* RESOURCES ON ISLAM
         - AMERICAN MUSLIM ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS
         - AMERICAN MOSQUES: A PHOTO ESSAY
* CAIR-LA: KNBC TO AIR "RAMADAN GREETINGS"

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RAMADAN GREETINGS FROM CAIR
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadangreeting/

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CAIR-CAN RELEASES INTERIM REPORT CARD ON ANTI-MUSLIM HATE, WARNS OF 
RACIAL 
PROFILING UNDER BILL C-36

(OTTAWA, CANADA) - The national office of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-CAN) and the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties 
Association 
(CMCLA) today released an interim report card on incidents of 
anti-Muslim 
hate in Canada since September 11th, 2001. CAIR-CAN is currently 
producing 
a formal report that will further analyze the character and 
distribution of 
the anti-Muslim backlash.

To date, there have been 110 reported incidents that have included 
harassment, threats, death threats, attacks on personal properties, 
physical assaults and the vandalism and attempted arson of Canadian 
Islamic 
centers and places of worship. (For a full breakdown by incident type, 
please see the report card at the end of the release.)

Of particular concern are the incidents of racial profiling, many of 
which 
have been covered in the mainstream media. In one incident, for 
example, a 
Muslim flight attendant was searched because he was told 'he fits the 
bill.' In another incident, a Muslim janitor was dismissed from a 
provincial medical examiner's building and told not to return until he 
obtained a criminal check from the police and the Canadian Security 
Intelligence Service (CSIS). In recent news, a Muslim engineer is now 
suing 
the RCMP and CSIS when he was dismissed as a security risk after the 
agencies questioned him about his religion and life history. He was not 
proven to be a security threat at all.

CAIR-CAN says government's proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill 
C-36, 
is an invitation for further profiling of Canadian Muslims. The vague 
provisions of C-36, its use of undisclosed secret evidence, and its 
unprecedented powers of arrest might very well disproportionately 
impact 
the Canadian Arab and Muslim communities. Individual and groups who are 
smeared with the crime of the century -- as terrorists or terrorist 
sympathizers -- will have their lives, reputations and livelihoods 
irreparably damaged.

"The anti-Muslim hate and incidents of racial profiling demonstrate a 
number of latent biases and stereotypes prevalent about Muslims. It is 
alarming to know, as confirmed by the Police, that such incidents are 
under-reported and represent a small proportion of the total backlash," 
said CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee.

President of the CMCLA Faisal Kutty stated, "The ambiguous and 
draconian 
provisions under Bill C-36 will only exacerbate the scapegoating of the 
Canadian Muslim and Arab communities. Our government must make 
substantive 
amendments to the Bill to ensure the safety and security of all 
Canadians."

INTERIM REPORT CARD ON ANTI-MUSLIM HATE
SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001 - NOVEMBER 15TH, 2001

INCIDENTS BY CATEGORY

Attacks on Personal Properties:            7
Attacks on Mosques/Islamic Centres:       12
Death Threats:                            10
Hate Messages:                            10
Job Termination:                           3
Physical Harassment:                      13
Racial Profiling:                          5
Refusal of Services:                       2
Threats:                                   5
Verbal Harassment:                        33
Miscellaneous Harassment:                 10
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TOTAL                                    110
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CONTACT:  Riad Saloojee: 613-798-0003 or cair_can@hotmail.com

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EDITORIALS: GRAHAM ON ISLAM
Should a religion be blamed for its adherents' evil acts?
The Charlotte Observer, 11/20/2001
http://www.charlotte.com/observer/natwor/docs/grahamedit1120.htm

Suppose you encountered a religion whose sacred book taught that 
everyone 
who didn't profess that faith would fry for eternity in a fiery pit, a 
religion whose teachings were cited as the justification for burning 
unbelievers at the stake, keeping blacks in slavery, restricting 
women's 
freedom, banning books and executing scientists whose findings 
contradicted 
the religion's tenets.
Hardly a religion based in love and tolerance, you might say.

That religion would be Christianity.

Given the intolerant, aggressive, bloody history of people acting in 
Christ's name, you'd hope Christians would think twice before calling 
somebody else's religion "wicked." There's no evidence, however, that 
Christian evangelist Franklin Graham thought even once before putting 
that 
brand on Islam...

...The list of murderers and terrorists who claimed God was on their 
side 
is long and depressing. The question of whether a religion should be 
judged 
by its best or its worst adherents is open to debate, but it's plainly 
unfair to use one standard for somebody else's religion and another for 
your own...

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: opinion@charlotteobserver.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
Please include your name, complete address and daytime telephone number 
if 
you would like your letter to be publish.

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ISLAMIC GROUP HOPEFUL FOR GRAHAM MEETING
By The Associated Press, 11/20/2001

  An Islamic advocacy group wants to meet North Carolina evangelist 
Franklin Graham to discuss his recent statement that Islam is "a very 
evil 
and wicked religion," a group spokesman said Tuesday.

"Negative impressions of Islam are most often based on a lack of 
accurate 
and objective information," Nihad Awad, executive director of the 
Council 
on America-Islamic Relations, said in a letter faxed Monday to Graham. 
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based council, said Graham 
needs to clarify his position, but the group hadn't heard from him. The 
council gets involved in civil rights cases involving Muslims.

"If that is his belief, what does that say about him being accepted in 
mainstream Christian thought," Hooper said. "You've got everybody from 
the 
president to the pope saying Islam is not evil and wicked.

"How does he integrate his view with these views? What does that say 
about 
any elected officials who is associated with him?..."

...Graham, who had been traveling and just returned to his office 
Tuesday, 
didn't have immediate comment on the letter, said spokesman Jeremy 
Blume.

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MUSLIM GROUP SEEKS TO MEET BILLY GRAHAM'S SON
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR, The New York Times, 11/20/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/20/national/20GRAH.html

A Muslim advocacy organization, the Council on America-Islamic 
Relations, 
said yesterday that it had sent a letter to the Rev. Franklin Graham, 
to 
discuss remarks that Mr. Graham, an evangelist, made describing Islam 
as evil.

Nihad Awad, the council's executive director, said that he wrote to ask 
Mr. 
Graham to meet with him and Muslim scholars, as a response to remarks 
Mr. 
Graham made in an October interview broadcast on Friday on NBC's 
"Nightly 
News."

Mr. Graham, the eldest son of the evangelist Billy Graham, is president 
of 
Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization that provides food, 
clothing and medical aid to poor people overseas. SEE: 
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

...His criticism of Islam stands out when many public figures have 
emphasized interreligious understanding, not least Mr. Bush, who has 
asked 
Americans not to blame the faith for the acts of Sept. 11.

Mr. Awad said he wanted to give Mr. Graham "a chance to know Islam 
first-hand."

In his letter, Mr. Awad said "negative impressions of Islam are most 
often 
based on a lack of accurate and objective information..."

...A spokeswoman said yesterday that Mr. Graham would not comment 
further.

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RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE MAY BE WEAKENING
USA Today, 11/20/2001

President Bush calls Islam a religion of peace, and Congress opened 
last 
week with prayer by a Muslim chaplain, but some well-known Christian 
conservative political activists and preachers are breaking ranks. This 
weekend, Paul Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation, 
called 
for the U.S. Postal Service's year-old "Eid Greetings" stamp to be 
rescinded and "overprinted with the image of the twin towers," because 
"America's most notable experience with Islam was the attacks on Sept. 
11."

Meanwhile, the leaders of Council on American-Islamic Relations and the 
American Muslim Council were outraged by evangelist Franklin Graham, 
seen 
on NBC Nightly News on Friday, the first night of the Islamic holy 
month of 
Ramadan, calling their faith "wicked, violent and not of the same God." 
Graham's only statement since the broadcast says he is called to "love 
all 
people, regardless of their faith," and points out that Muslim people 
are 
the chief beneficiary of his international relief mission, Samaritan's 
Purse.

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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT IFTAAR DINNER
The State Dining Room, 5:50 P.M. EST, 11/19/2001

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, and welcome to the White House. I'm so 
honored 
to welcome such distinguished guests and ambassadors during the holy 
month 
of Ramadan.

America is made better by millions of Muslim citizens. America has 
close 
and important relations with many Islamic nations. So it is fitting for 
America to honor your friendship and the traditions of a great faith by 
hosting this Iftaar at the White House...

...Ramadan is a time of fasting and prayer for the Muslim faithful. So 
tonight we are reminded of God's greatness and His commandments to live 
in 
peace and to help neighbors in need. According to Muslim teachings, God 
first revealed His word in the holy Qur'an to the prophet, Muhammad, 
during 
the month of Ramadan. That word has guided billions of believers across 
the 
centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and 
literature 
and science.

All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its 
achievements. 
Ramadan and the upcoming holiday season are a good time for people of 
different faiths to learn more about each other. And the more we learn, 
the 
more we find that many commitments are broadly shared. We share a 
commitment to family, to protect and love our children.  We share a 
belief 
in God's justice, and man's moral responsibility. And we share the same 
hope for a future of peace. We have much in common and much to learn 
from 
one another...

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ISLAM IS PART OF THE WEST, TOO
By WOLFGANG PETRITSCH, The New York Times, 11/20/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/20/opinion/20PETR.html

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- The Sept. 11 attack on America has 
sparked 
a debate about Islam that has, unfortunately, been framed in terms of 
us 
(the civilized, Western world) and them (the dangerous, suspect 
Muslims). 
Even well-intentioned statements dismissing the rhetoric of crusades 
have 
not softened an implicit skepticism among many people toward Islam. 
This 
wariness is of immediate concern to the 12 million Muslims who are 
citizens 
of European Union countries, five million of them in the Balkans...

...When we step beyond the us-and-them paradigm, we might remember that 
Islam is part of the European tradition. This is the larger context in 
which the small country of Bosnia and Herzegovina must prove that 
peaceful 
coexistence of Islam and Christianity is possible. More than ever, it 
needs 
Europe's support in doing so...

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JOINT STATEMENT AGAINST EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION IN THE AFTERMATH OF 
THE 
SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS
http://www.eeoc.gov/press/11-19-01-js.html

Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, we have seen compassion and 
respect for people of all faiths, races, and national and ethnic 
origins in 
workplaces throughout our country. One month after the attacks, 
President 
Bush noted with gratitude this "outpouring of compassion for people 
within 
our own country," recognizing that individuals of many religions stand 
side-by-side in America.

Nonetheless, we continue to receive reports of incidents of harassment, 
discrimination, and violence in the workplace against individuals who 
are, 
or are perceived to be, Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, South Asian, or 
Sikh. 
When people are singled out for unfair treatment or are harassed based 
on 
their national origin, immigration status, ethnicity, or religious 
affiliation, practices, or manner of dress, we must act quickly to 
address 
and redress these acts of discrimination.

As leaders within the principal federal agencies responsible for 
enforcing 
the laws against discrimination in employment, we are issuing this 
joint 
statement to reaffirm the federal government's commitment to the civil 
rights of all working people in our fight against terrorism. These 
agencies 
- the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Civil Rights 
Division of 
the Department of Justice, and the Office of Federal Contract 
Compliance 
Programs of the Department of Labor - together continue to intensify 
their 
efforts to combat discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, national 
origin, or immigration status in the workplace.

To that end, we are encouraging victims to come forward so that we can 
promptly investigate their complaints...

...Individuals who wish to file a complaint of employment 
discrimination 
should call the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 
1-800-669-4000 
(allegations involving employers of fifteen or more employees); the 
Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel Worker Hotline at 
1-800-255-7688 (national origin allegations against employers with four 
to 
fourteen employees and citizenship or immigration status allegations 
against all employers); or the Office of Federal Contract Compliance 
Programs at 1-888-376-3227(allegations against federal government 
contractors).

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FORD MOTOR WORKERS GET ON THE JOB TRAINING IN RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
By DANNY HAKIM, The New York Times, 11/19/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/19/business/19FORD.html

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 15 -- The Christians asked about fatwas, divine 
revelation and the promise of paradise for terrorists, while the 
Muslims 
listened. Both groups wore sport coats, work shirts or lab coats, and a 
few 
women came with heads covered. But they all carried the same storied 
emblem 
on their ID cards, the blue oval encircling the scripted Ford.

Several hundred Ford Motor workers of many faiths and jobs -- 
engineers, 
designers, computer jockeys, plant foremen -- turned out today for "An 
Islamic perspective on the events of Sept. 11." The event was sponsored 
by 
Ford, the nation's second-largest automaker and a company in a unique 
position since Sept. 11...

SEE ALSO: MANAGERS WRESTLE CHALLENGES OF POST-ATTACK WORKPLACES
http://www.usatoday.com/money/bcovfri.htm

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FAA FACT SHEET: NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL 
ORIGIN, SEX OR CREED
http://www.faa.gov/acr/NonDiscTrans.htm

This Fact Sheet is intended to address questions and concerns about the 
travel of persons and potential discrimination on the basis of race, 
color, 
national origin, sex or creed as it relates to airports and airlines. 
In 
the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, security 
measures 
have been heightened for the safety of all. While safety and security 
are 
the highest priorities, of equal importance is a smooth, and safe 
experience for all individuals as their journey takes them through the 
aviation system...

...While we are hopeful that contacting and coordinating with the 
airline 
and/or airport in advance will make your trip a smooth one, we realize 
that 
things do not always go as planned.  As an air traveler, if you feel 
that 
you have been treated in a discriminatory manner and in a way 
inconsistent 
with the safe carriage of all passengers, you may file a complaint 
against 
the airline or airport owner. Complaints on discrimination matters 
regarding race, color, national origin, sex or creed should be filed 
with 
the following:

* Complaints and concerns against airlines in providing air 
transportation 
regarding discrimination against persons based on race, color or 
national 
origin, should be directed to:

Aviation Consumer Protection Division (C-75)
Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and 
Proceedings
Department of Transportation, 400 7th Street, SW, Room 4107
Washington, DC  20590

* Complaints and concerns against 1) businesses serving the public on 
the 
airport property regarding discrimination, or 2) against an airport 
operator/owner in providing services at the airport or in airport 
programs 
regarding discrimination against persons, should be directed to:

Office of Civil Rights
Federal Aviation Administration, Room 1030
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20591

* Complaints and concerns regarding discrimination based on race, 
color, 
national origin or sex in programs or activities of federally assisted 
entities or in the provision of public accommodations, should be 
directed to:

U. S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Coordination and Review Section
P. O. Box 66560
Washington, DC 20035-6560

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UNDERSTANDING RAMADAN: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN IMAM
The Washington Post, 11/18/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/liveonline/111801-1v.htm

Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, of the Falls Church Dar Al-hijrah Islamic Center, 
shares his daily experience during the month of Ramadan, the Islamic 
holy 
month of fasting.

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RAMADAN: REFLECTING ON SEPT. 11 AND BEYOND
RIAD Z. ABDELKARIM, The Providence Journal, 11/17/2001
http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/opinion/06560701.htm
(Riad Z. Abdelkarim, M.D., is Western Region communications director 
for 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR], the nation's largest 
Muslim civil-rights and advocacy group.)

AS OUR NATION'S estimated seven million Muslims have begun to mark the 
holy 
month of Ramadan this week, they join many of the world's 1.2 billion 
Muslims on an annual journey of heightened spiritual awareness 
consisting 
of dawn-to-dusk fasting, special communal prayers, reading the Koran 
(Islam's holy book), and giving to the poor...

...Foremost in the minds of most Muslims this year are the horrific 
events 
of Sept. 11 and their aftermath. For the American Muslim community, the 
terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on 
that 
dark day were doubly painful.

First, like the rest of our country, we watched in stunned horror as 
the 
twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked. 
Many 
of us wondered whether any of our friends or loved ones were aboard one 
of 
the hijacked planes or inside one of the targeted buildings...

...This Ramadan, American Muslims are most thankful for the support of 
their neighbors and friends of other faiths. As our nation turned to 
war, 
American Muslims were unequivocal in their support of efforts to bring 
the 
perpetrators of the Sept. 11 horrors to justice.

...On a positive note, since Sept. 11 there has been an intense 
interest in 
Islam and Muslims among ordinary Americans. Bookstores and libraries 
cannot 
seem to keep enough books about Islam on their shelves. This Ramadan, 
American Muslims hope to make the most of this thirst for knowledge and 
provide our fellow Americans with a true, undistorted picture of our 
beautiful faith. Ours is a religion of peace, tolerance, and 
moderation...

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ISRAEL FAILS TO ADDRESS INCREASING USE OF TORTURE
Amnesty International, 11/20/2001
http://www.amnesty.org/

GENEVA -- The Israeli government has failed to address the evidence of 
increasing use of torture by its law enforcement officials, Amnesty 
International said today as the United Nations Committee Against 
Torture 
prepares to examine the country's third periodic report.

Amnesty International's briefing to the Committee stated that, since 
the
September 1999 High Court of Justice judgement which banned 
interrogation 
methods constituting torture, there has been strong evidence that these 
methods - including sleep deprivation often seated in painful 
positions; 
prolonged squatting on haunches; painful handcuffing - are now being 
used 
again...

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RESOURCES ON ISLAM

AMERICAN MUSLIM ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS
http://www.amafandvac.org

AMERICAN MOSQUES: A PHOTO ESSAY
http://www.usinfo.state.gov/usa/islam/mosques.htm

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KNBC TO AIR "RAMADAN GREETINGS"

Beginning this week, KNBC Channel 4 will be airing "Ramadan Greetings" 
Station ID's throughout the month. CAIR encourages the community to 
keep a 
look out for the "Ramadan Greetings" and to contact KNBC and express 
appreciation for being the first TV station in Southern California to 
air 
"Ramadan Greetings."

CONTACT:
Jamie Foster, Assistant News Director, KNBC
E-MAIL: jamie.foster@nbc.com
COPY TO: CAIR_SCA@cair-california.org

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/21/2001

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HEADLINES:

* CAIR PARTICIPATES IN STATE DEPT. CONFERENCE CALL ON MIDEAST PEACE
* GOOD NEWS: MUSLIM POSTAL WORKER GETS JOB BACK
* WRC-TV TO AIR "RAMADAN GREETINGS"
* GA CONGRESSMAN SAYS "ARREST EVERY MUSLIM THAT CROSSES THE STATE LINE"
* KINDNESS OFFENSIVE? (Washington Times)
* NOT ALL CHRISTIANS REACH OUT TO ISLAM (USA Today)
* A POLICE FORCE REBUFFS F.B.I. ON QUERYING MIDEAST MEN (NY Times)
* "TAKE YOUR THING OFF!" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
* U.S. AMBASSADOR IN PAKISTAN JOINS RAMADAN FASTING (Reuters)
* MUSLIMS FIND WELCOMING HOME ON TEXAS RANGE (Chicago Tribune)
* IN BROOKLYN, HEALING RHYTHMS OF RAMADAN (NY Times)
* AREA MUSLIMS FIND THEIR FAITH IS UNDER SIEGE (Indianapolis Star)

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CAIR PARTICIPATES IN STATE DEPT. CONFERENCE CALL ON MIDEAST PEACE

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, along with several other American 
Muslim and Arab-American leaders, participated in a conference call on 
Tuesday with David Satterfield, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for 
Near Eastern Affairs. The call was initiated to provide community 
feedback 
on Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech dealing with U.S. proposals 
for 
peace in the Middle East. Reaction of call participants was generally 
positive, but concerns were expressed about continued construction of 
Israeli settlements, Muslim rights in Jerusalem and Palestinian 
refugees' 
right of return.

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GOOD NEWS: MUSLIM POSTAL WORKER GETS JOB BACK

Alhamdulillah - A Muslim postal worker in Connecticut is back on the 
job 
after being fired during the anti-Muslim backlash following the 
September 
11 terrorist attacks. The worker had been terminated after he 
complained 
about harassment from a co-worker. With CAIR's help, he filed an EEOC 
complaint that resulted in his being re-hired and offered back pay.

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WRC-TV TO AIR "RAMADAN GREETINGS"

Beginning Tuesday, November 27, WRC-TV NBC Channel 4 in Washington, 
D.C., 
will air "Ramadan Greetings" Station IDs. CAIR encourages local 
community 
members to contact WRC and express appreciation for being one of the 
first 
TV stations in the Washington metropolitan area to air "Ramadan 
Greetings."

CONTACT:
Donna Weston
E-MAIL: donna.weston@nbc.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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GA CONGRESSMAN SAYS "ARREST EVERY MUSLIM THAT CROSSES THE STATE LINE"

LAWMAKER TRIES TO EXPLAIN REMARK
Rep. Chambliss, a Senate Hopeful, Commented on Muslims
By Thomas B. Edsall, The Washington Post, 11/21/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60899-2001Nov20.html

Rep. C. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), chairman of the House subcommittee on 
terrorism and homeland security and a candidate for the Senate, 
yesterday 
sought to play down remarks to Georgia law enforcement personnel 
suggesting 
they "just turn [the sheriff] loose and have him arrest every Muslim 
that 
crosses the state line."

In a letter to the Valdosta Daily Times, Chambliss contended that his 
comments were taken "out of context" and "should in no way be 
interpreted 
as my view of what should happen...If my remarks were offensive in any 
way, 
I apologize."

...Chambliss, according to sources in Valdosta, personally sought to 
persuade the reporter, Bill Roberts, to kill the story using his 
remarks, 
and asked the local sheriff to help block publication. An aide to 
Chambliss 
said he did not know what the congressman did in connection with the 
story.

Chambliss, in his letter to the Valdosta paper, said he agrees 
"wholeheartedly with remarks made by President Bush expressing the 
sentiment that this war is against terrorism -- not Muslims...I regret 
that 
any comments I made might have been misconstrued and misrepresented my 
true 
intentions and beliefs concerning this issue. Those of the Muslim faith 
or 
Arabic heritage are not our enemies. Terrorists are our enemy..."

ACTION REQUESTED:

CONTACT Rep. Chambliss to express your concerns about his remarks.

Congressman Saxby Chambliss
1019 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

TEL: (202) 225-6531
FAX: (202) 225-3013
URL: http://www.house.gov/chambliss/
E-MAIL: saxby.chambliss@mail.house.gov, michelle.hitt@mail.house.gov, 
dhastert@mail.house.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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KINDNESS OFFENSIVE?
By Cal Thomas, The Washington Times, 11/21/2001
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20011121-84983942.htm

The weapon of choice following the hoped for vanquishing of the Taliban 
appears to be kindness.

President Bush on Monday (Nov. 19) invited 50 ambassadors from Muslim 
countries to the White House for a traditional Iftar meal, breaking the 
sunrise-to-sunset daily fast of Ramadan. The ambassadors knelt and 
touched 
their foreheads to the floor of the East Reception Room. It's unlikely 
they 
were praying Lee Greenwood's lyrics for "God Bless the USA."

Last Thursday, a Muslim cleric delivered the opening prayer before the 
U.S. 
House of Representatives. Historically, only Christians and Jews have 
delivered such prayers...

...In New York City, Islamic public school children are now allowed to 
pray 
during the school day, a practice denied to Jews and Christians...

...A president's primary duty is not to make friends but to protect the 
United States and its people. Muslims who take their faith seriously 
are 
prohibited from making alliances with "infidels" except as a means to 
the 
end of forcing them to submit to Allah. In the Koran, Sura 9:123 
commands 
faithful Muslims to "Fight the unbelievers who are near to you and let 
them 
find harshness in you." In Sura 47:7, Muslims are commanded to "Smite 
at 
[unbelievers] necks" and are also instructed to "subdue" and "bind" 
them. 
There are no commands to make friends with "infidels."

E-MAIL POLITE COMMENTS TO: (NOTE: Cal Thomas WILL use hostile response 
to 
further defame Islam. Also note that the Washington Times has a 
consistent 
pattern of publishing Islamophobic articles.)

E-MAIL: jctlatsyn@aol.com, letters@washingtontimes.com, 
hbering@washingtontimes.com, fschecker@tribune.com, 
ddwilliams@tribune.com
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NOT ALL CHRISTIANS REACH OUT TO ISLAM
FRANKLIN GRAHAM'S COMMENTS STIR CONTROVERSY
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today, 11/21/2001
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20011121/3641403s.htm

The Rev. Franklin Graham, a strict evangelical Christian, gave an 
invocation at President George W. Bush's inauguration "in Jesus' name," 
and 
he still toes a sectarian line on the hot topic of Islam -- even when 
it 
means breaking ranks with the president he blessed. Graham is the 
latest of 
several conservative Christians to call Islam evil and to make no 
differentiation between the beliefs of terrorists and the teachings of 
Islam's holy book, the Koran.

Bush never misses a moment to praise Islam as a religion of peace.

Tuesday, at a pre-Thanksgiving event, Bush talked about compassion and 
charity as values Muslims share with everyone of faith. Monday, he held 
the 
first Iftar party in the White House, for ambassadors from Muslim 
nations. 
Muslims are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan with prayers and 
fasting 
from sunrise to sunset, when people gather for an Iftar meal.

Bush cited the teachings of "God's greatness and his commandments to 
live 
in peace and to help neighbors in need, according to the (Koran)."

But Graham, quoted last weekend calling Islam evil and wicked, has not 
backed down.

Following criticism from Muslim leadership, Graham issued a brief 
statement 
saying, "All religions have differences." He specified concern for 
Muslim 
treatment of women and "the killing of non-Muslims or 'infidels,' " and 
mentioned his relief mission, Samaritan's Purse, for its 
multimillion-dollar aid to Muslims worldwide.

Graham should not be faulted for standing by the fundamental Christian 
concept "that no man comes to the Father except through me (Jesus)," 
says 
the Rev. Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, 
often 
cited by Bush as a model of faith-based public service.

"I wouldn't have said what Graham said. But I agree that Islam is a 
religion, which, if taken seriously, promotes violence."

Colson decries "a mushy civil religion ecumenism where we want to be 
united 
as a nation so there are these interfaith services and there is a 
tendency 
to think one God is the same for everybody..."

...Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
counters that critics of Islam "don't know as much as they think they 
know. 
They know as much as they want to know..."

"...There's no problem with Christians saying Christianity is wonderful 
and 
everyone should accept it. It's when they attack other faiths that we 
have 
problems. Muslims begin everything we do 'in the name of God, the 
compassionate, the merciful.' It opens almost every chapter of the 
Koran -- 
and our letter to Graham."

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A POLICE FORCE REBUFFS F.B.I. ON QUERYING MIDEAST MEN
By FOX BUTTERFIELD, The New York Times, 11/21/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/21/national/21PORT.html

The Portland, Ore., police will not cooperate with the Federal Bureau 
of 
Investigation in its efforts to interview 5,000 young Middle Eastern 
men 
nationwide because such questioning violates state law, the 
department's 
acting police chief, Andrew Kirkland, said yesterday.

The decision is the first known case of a city's refusing to go along 
with 
the antiterrorism effort, which was announced last week by Attorney 
General 
John Ashcroft...

...Acting Chief Kirkland said the United States attorney's office in 
Portland asked the police last Thursday to help with interviews of 
young 
Middle Eastern men in the city, sending along a list of 200 names. He 
said 
he quickly decided not to cooperate...

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"TAKE YOUR THING OFF!"
By Anila Sial, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/20/2001
http://home.post-dispatch.com/channel/pdweb.nsf/Tuesday
Click on "Editorial."

I prepared myself for some delays when I took my first post-Sept. 11 
flight. Like most travelers, I had read about tighter security at 
airports. 
Plus, as a 22-year-old, scarf-wearing Muslim woman, I figured I might 
be 
targeted for extra scrutiny. But I wasn't prepared for what happened 
when I 
left St. Louis to visit my sister in New York City recently. Getting 
there 
from St. Louis was no problem. It was the return trip from John F. 
Kennedy 
Airport where things became surreal.

Following the same procedure as I have on countless other flights, I 
checked my baggage and proceeded to the first security checkpoint. This 
is 
where travelers lay their luggage through the X-ray machine and walk 
through the metal detector. I laid down my purse, jacket and cell phone 
to 
be scanned and walked through the metal detector without setting off 
the 
alarm. I stepped ahead to grab my belongings, when one of the airport 
security women stopped me abruptly. "I need you to take that off," she 
said, pointing towards my scarf.

Caught off guard by this unusual request, I stuttered, "What? Why?"

The woman repeated in a much louder voice, "Take your thing off!"

"I can't," I started to explain.

At this point, she began to yell: "Yes you can, take that off now!"

I had no choice but to follow her directions, especially since everyone 
was 
now looking at me. I unpinned my scarf and let it sit on my shoulder. 
Under 
the scarf I wore a tight cap to keep my hair in place. The security 
guard 
pointed to it and demanded I remove it, as well. I pulled the hat down 
half 
way. Finally, she was satisfied and allowed me to go.

Completely shocked and humiliated, I felt like crying. I realized that 
the 
security agent probably didn't even realize how violated I felt. 
Imagine if 
the woman behind me was randomly targeted and asked to remove her 
blouse in 
front of everyone. She would probably be stunned...

CONTACT: letters@post-dispatch.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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U.S. AMBASSADOR IN PAKISTAN JOINS RAMADAN FASTING
REUTERS, 11/21/2001

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin, a 
Christian, is fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in a bid to 
deepen her understanding of what Muslims experience.

"She decided she wanted to fast in Ramadan," embassy spokesman John 
Kincannon said on Tuesday.

"I think it was a sense of cultural empathy," he added. "She wanted to 
better understand what Muslims experience during Ramadan and gain a 
sense 
of spiritual values that Ramadan reflects, such as sympathy with the 
poor."

"...I have never had a religious conversation with her but I believe 
she is 
a person of faith," Kincannon said...

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MUSLIMS FIND WELCOMING HOME ON TEXAS RANGE
Amarillo, with its growing Islamic community, was a litmus test of 
tolerance following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
By Robert L Kaiser, The Chicago Tribune, 11/21/2001

During the long prayer Saturday after Iftar--the traditional dinner 
that 
breaks fasts for Muslims observing Ramadan--a boy kneeling in the 
little, 
brick mosque on Quail Street made a silent wish.

"I wished that my family would be OK, that nothing bad would happen 
again 
to America and that the whole world will be in peace," 11-year-old 
Sonny 
Teodosie said later.

Elsewhere in Amarillo as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began, the 
rodeo 
crowned a new steer-roping champion and the Kiwanis Club sponsored a 
Bible-reading marathon.

Such is life in this city of 220,000, a Bible Belt town in cowboy boots 
that is doing its best to make way for a swiftly growing Islamic 
community...

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IN BROOKLYN, HEALING RHYTHMS OF RAMADAN
By DANIEL J. WAKIN, The New York Times, 11/21/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/21/nyregion/21RAMA.html

Wisps of gloom have settled in the Almontaser home these first days of 
Ramadan.

For the first time, the older son, Yousif, was not at the table to 
break 
the fast. He is a national guardsman, called up after Sept. 11. The 
second 
son, Mohammed, spent most of the evening in his room. The attack 
crushed 
his spirit and he dropped out of his senior year of high school. Their 
mother, Debbie, is saddened by the death of a close friend's brother in 
the 
World Trade Center.

The terrorist attacks weighed heavily on this Arab-American home in 
West 
Midwood, Brooklyn. But sitting around a food-laden table on Sunday, the 
family talked about how the disaster had also made their observance of 
Islam's holiest month that much more intense. They said that it had 
made 
them extra thankful at a time when Americans are about to celebrate 
Thanksgiving...

...The Almontasers are prominent in Arab and Muslim circles in 
Brooklyn. 
The family owned the well-known Moroccan Star restaurant on Atlantic 
Avenue 
from 1977 to 1991. They seem to feel the responsibility of serving as 
an 
example of what it means to be a Muslim in America.

It wasn't always that way. Their parents were not observant as they 
were 
striving to assimilate. After a struggle to find a spiritual path, Mr. 
Almontaser said he rediscovered his faith at age 19. Mrs. Almontaser, 
originally from Buffalo, also grew more observant as an adult. They are 
raising their children in the faith, and Ramadan is a prime occasion 
for 
that...

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AREA MUSLIMS FIND THEIR FAITH IS UNDER SIEGE
By Judith Cebula, Indianapolis Star, 11/21/2001
http://www.indystar.com/print/frontpage/sun/articles/islam18.html

Ismail Abdul-Aleem feels strangely invisible. Yet at no time in the 30 
years since he became a Muslim has Islam, the faith that shapes his 
life, 
been more exposed in American culture.

Television news, the daily papers and the Internet are saturated with 
information about Muslims and their beliefs. But much of the portrait 
of 
Islam emerging in America since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is 
foreign 
to Abdul-Aleem, a native of Indianapolis.

Islam does not promote terrorism, he said.

"I read the headlines about Muslims: 'Why Do They Hate Us?' And I'm 
confused. I am Muslim. I am American. How can that be about me?"

Abdul-Aleem is not alone. An estimated 6 million Muslims in the United 
States and 200,000 in Indiana now are participating in the fast and 
prayers 
of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, which continues through Dec. 17.

They are facing an unprecedented onslaught of questions and criticism 
about 
their faith. Fellow Americans who knew little or nothing about Islam 
before 
Sept. 11 want to know how a religion that professes peace can inspire 
followers to plow jetliners into New York skyscrapers in the name of 
Allah...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/22/2001

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HEADLINES:

* GOOD NEWS: MUSLIM GETS JOB BACK IN SAN DIEGO
* LETTERS: PANEL SEEKS UNDERSTANDING OF MUSLIMS (Harrisburg Patriot)
* EDITORIAL: HALL OF SHAME (Washington Post)
* LETTERS: FRANKLIN GRAHAM ON ISLAM (New York Times)
* ANTI-ISLAM SIGN AT CHURCH STIRS CONTROVERSY (AP)
* CHRISTIAN JIHAD (Beliefnet)
* U. FLORIDA SENIORS EXPERIENCE PROFILING (U-Wire)
* RECORD NUMBER OF WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS FILED SINCE 
SEPT. 11 
(Boston Globe)
* POLICE ARE SPLIT ON QUESTIONING OF MIDEAST MEN (New York Times)
* FOOD IMPORTANT PART OF RAMADAN TRADITION (Denver Post)
* LETTERS: STEVEN EMERSON (Washington Post)

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GOOD NEWS: MUSLIM GETS JOB BACK IN SAN DIEGO

Alhamdulillah - A Muslim employee at a Hollywood Video store in San 
Diego 
is back on the job after being fired because she refused to take off 
her 
headscarf. After CAIR intervened in the case, the worker was reinstated 
and 
allowed to wear her scarf.

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LETTERS: PANEL SEEKS UNDERSTANDING OF MUSLIMS
The Harrisburg Patriot, 11/21/2001

Sincerest thanks to the Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg and the 
newly 
founded central Pennsylvania chapter of CAIR (Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations) for their excellent program Nov. 18, "Civil Rights, Media 
Relations and the Muslim Community."

The combined panel session, prayer service and dinner was a wonderful 
opportunity for non-Muslims to learn more about this ancient 
peace-promoting religion, and for Muslims to learn more about their 
rights 
as Americans in the face of others' fears, ignorance and prejudice.

It was also an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to discuss 
issues of 
concern to both groups, and since the sexes are separated in Muslim 
mosques, I want to particularly thank all the lovely women who were so 
friendly, open and willing to share their customs with me.

What will stay with me most, however, is the understanding that the 
terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks acted in complete 
opposition to the teachings of Islam.

Throughout history, fanatics have always twisted their religions' 
teachings 
to suit their own malevolent ends, and those Arab criminals no more 
represent all Arabs nor all Muslims, than the Ku Klux Klan represents 
Christians.

Paulette Lee Harrisburg

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EDITORIAL: HALL OF SHAME
The Washington Post, 11/22/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1190-2001Nov22.html

IT SEEMS a small thing to ask of our religious and political leaders 
that 
they refrain from expressing outright bigotry in these sensitive times. 
Muslims in this country have been attacked. Passions are running high, 
and 
American troops are on the ground in a Muslim country. President Bush 
has 
responded to the crisis by emphasizing consistently that this country's 
battle is not with Islam but with terrorism. By and large, this 
country's 
leaders have followed suit. The exceptions, however, have been beauts 
-- 
and they should not be forgotten...

...If people can't restrain themselves for the right reason -- that 
such 
expressions are wrong, irresponsible and dangerous -- they might at 
least 
consider how they undermine Mr. Bush's position. Comments that cast the 
current struggle as a battle between the West and Islam, or that cast 
Muslims as enemies, get noticed both here and abroad. They make the 
White 
House's laudable efforts at outreach look false...

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: letters@washpost.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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LETTERS: FRANKLIN GRAHAM ON ISLAM

To the Editor:

The Rev. Franklin Graham's despicable and sweeping bigotry against 
Muslims 
-- he said in an interview in October that he believed Islam to be "a 
very 
evil and wicked religion" -- is especially reprehensible in light of 
the 
access he is given to the highest levels of government, corporations 
and 
the media (news article, Nov. 20). Mr. Graham must apologize or be 
ostracized from the mainstream of American society.

MUJEEB R. KHAN
Oak Park, Ill., Nov. 21, 2001
The writer is policy coordinator, Muslim Voters of America.

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ANTI-ISLAM SIGN AT CHURCH STIRS CONTROVERSY
Associated Press Newswires, 11/22/2001
http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/daily/20011122/LocalNews/189152.shtml

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A new sign outside the Crossroads Assembly of God 
Church in the town of Wilder equates Islam with evil. The sign, posted 
in 
block capital letters, reads: "The spirit of Islam is the spirit of the 
Antichrist."

The church's pastor, who put up the sign Monday, said the message 
reflects 
not hatred, but the Gospel.

But most of the town's residents, including the mayor, say the sign is 
inappropriate and passers-by are complaining about the anti-Muslim 
sentiment.

Wilder Mayor Steve Rhodes said he finds the sign offensive, but the 
city 
cannot censor the opinion reflected on the sign.

"It is inappropriate. It doesn't reflect the community, and it sure 
doesn't 
reflect myself or my council," Rhodes said.

The sign was put up by Pastor Geoff Cole, who has led the church for 
three 
years.

"It is not a hate crime against Islam," Cole said. Cole, who said he 
has 
read the Qur'an and the Bible extensively, said he draws the sign's 
statements from the Bible: 1 John, 4:2-3. The quotation reads, in part, 
"...every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This 
is 
the spirit of the Antichrist..."

...Those who are alarmed by the sign's message can complain, Rhodes 
said, 
but the sign is not a violation of any law.

"What makes this country great is our freedom of speech," Rhodes said.
Cole said the sign will eventually come down as part of his standard 
message-rotating routine.

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CHRISTIAN JIHAD
By Deborah Caldwell, Beliefnet, 11/22/2001
http://www.beliefnet.com/
If the article is not on the home page, click on "previous."

When the Taliban captured humanitarian relief workers Dayna Curry and 
Heather Mercer in August, religious and political leaders in the United 
States were aghast. The Taliban accused the aid workers of being on a 
secret campaign to convert Muslims. It seemed yet another sign of the 
Taliban's dishonesty, extremism and paranoia.

But now that Curry and Mercer and the six other Shelter Now relief 
workers 
are safe, a different story can be told. The Taliban was partly right. 
Curry and Mercer did spend time in Afghanistan evangelizing--in 
violation 
of Afghani law. More significantly, they are part of a widespread and 
rapidly growing effort among American Christians to convert Muslims 
around 
the world.

They are warriors, in other words, in what can fairly be described as a 
Christian jihad against Islam...

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U. FLORIDA SENIORS EXPERIENCE PROFILING
By Sarah Cervone, Independent Florida Alligator (U. Florida), 
11/21/2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- University of Florida liberal arts and sciences 
seniors Ismael Khan and Nauman Piracha planned to take Delta Flight 915 
to 
Atlanta last week.

Unfortunately, the flight crew had other plans.

Khan and Piracha were removed on Nov. 13 from the commercial airliner 
because the Delta flight attendants thought they looked suspicious.

"A Delta employee told us we were suspicious because we didn't give eye 
contact and we separated," said Khan.

He explained that he frequently closed his eyes to nap because he was 
tired. Khan also joked about having a window seat, so Piracha moved to 
an 
empty chair directly behind him.

As they waited for take off, Khan and Piracha say they were approached 
by a 
flight supervisor who asked for identification and passports and 
questioned 
them about their nationality. The two students showed their driver's 
licenses.

"I said, 'I am American born and raised. I don't need a passport to 
travel 
within the United States -- I am an American,'" Khan recalled. "I was 
getting a bit frustrated; I knew what was happening."

The students eventually were forced to exit the plane. After additional 
questioning, they were allowed to take the next flight...

...While some people are contacting governmental agencies to file 
complaints, others are contacting advocacy groups tracking complaints 
or 
helping those who believe they have been victimized.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., has 
received 
nearly 35 reports of Arab-Americans or Muslims being forced to evacuate 
commercial airliners because of their ethnic or religious identity, 
said 
Joshua Salaam, civil rights coordinator for the group. Overall, the 
organization has received more than 116 complaints that involve 
discrimination in airports since Sept. 11.

"A lot of people think all Arabs are Muslims, so all Arabs are 
suspicious. 
But also, Indians and Pakistanis are being kicked off, or a white 
American 
who has changed their name to an Arabic name, or those dressed in 
Islamic 
attire," Salaam said...

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RECORD NUMBER OF WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS FILED SINCE SEPT. 
11
By Diane E. Lewis, The Boston Globe, 11/22/2001
http://www.boston.com/globe/business/
Or go to http://www.boston.com/globe/ and search using the term "EEOC."

A record number of workplace discrimination complaints have been filed 
with 
the government since terrorists struck the nation's financial and 
political 
centers on Sept. 11, alleging threats, name-calling, demotions, and 
firings 
against employees thought to be Muslim, Arab-American, or sympathetic 
to 
the cause of Islamic extremists...

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POLICE ARE SPLIT ON QUESTIONING OF MIDEAST MEN
By FOX BUTTERFIELD, The New York Times, 11/22/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/22/national/22POLI.html

Police chiefs across the nation are torn between a desire to assist the 
investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks by following Attorney General 
John 
Ashcroft's request that they help interview thousands of Middle Eastern 
men 
and a concern that the plan seems like racial profiling...

...Mr. Ashcroft announced the plan to find and interview 5,000 men, 
most of 
whom hail from Middle Eastern countries, in a Nov. 9 memorandum. Some 
police chiefs have said they have no problem with the effort. But the 
plan 
has prompted a kind of role reversal, with the police now the guardians 
of 
civil liberties, instead of being criticized for violating them...

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FOOD IMPORTANT PART OF RAMADAN TRADITION
Kristen Browning-Blas Denver Post, 11/21/2001
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,40%257E231544,00.html

'Kullu am wa antum bi-khair' (May you be well throughout the year) - 
Arabic 
blessing for Ramadan, which began at the sighting of the new moon Nov. 
16.

After Sept. 11, when a man on an RTD bus pointed at her and said, 'This 
is 
how terrorists dress,' Fatouma Ahmed stopped wearing her hajib. But now 
that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun, Ahmed is once again 
covering her head...

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LETTERS: STEVEN EMERSON
The Washington Post, 11/22/2001

The Nov. 14 Style article on Steven Emerson ignored one of the man's 
most 
ludicrous claims: that Oklahoma City was one of the largest centers of 
Islamic radical activity outside the Middle East.

This comment was particularly imprudent considering that it was made on 
national television the day the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in 
Oklahoma 
City was bombed. Not surprisingly, Mr. Emerson incorrectly linked this 
attack to Arab groups.

Mr. Emerson's claim that "information" drives terrorism policy is a 
half-truth -- in his case, it is misinformation. And this 
misinformation 
can prohibit the truth from coming out by lulling us into a false sense 
of 
security, which is the last thing we need in our efforts to combat 
terrorism and punish those responsible for it.

TAREK HELOU
San Francisco

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

STEVEN EMERSON'S CRUSADE - "Why is a journalist pushing questionable 
stories from behind the scenes?" By John F. Sugg - 
http://www.fair.org/extra/9901/emerson.html

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/24/2001

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: THOSE WHO BELIEVE
* CAIR MICHIGAN SPEAKERS TRAINING PROGRAM
* GROUPS GIVE U.S. MUSLIMS A NEW VOICE (Los Angeles Times)
* NUMBER OF U.S. MUSLIMS DEPENDS ON WHO'S COUNTING (Washington Post)
* STAMP BACKLASH WORRIES MUSLIMS (Washington Post)
* THE LIMITS OF RELIGIOUS UNITY (Washington Post)
* PARISHIONERS UPSET ABOUT ANTI-ISLAMIC SIGN (AP)
* FAITH OF COLLEGE PRESIDENT BECOMES AN ISSUE (Winston-Salem Journal)
* AMERICAN ISLAMIC MEDIA: ASSORTED AND ASPIRING (New York Times)
* BIN LADEN, BAYWATCH AND THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS (San Diego 
Union-Tribune)
* US PLANS TV STATION TO RIVAL AL-JAZEERA (The Guardian)
* CHICAGO MUSLIMS TO BUILD MINARET DISPLAY (Los Angeles Times)
* COMING TOGETHER FOR THEIR FAITH (Los Angeles Times)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: THOSE WHO BELIEVE

"Those who believe (in the Qur'an) and those who follow the Jewish
(Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians and who believe in 
Allah 
and the last day and work righteousness shall have their reward with 
their 
Lord; on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve."

Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 62

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CAIR MICHIGAN SPEAKERS TRAINING PROGRAM

Introducing al-Risala:

The objective of the Risala program is to establish a speaker program 
geared toward disseminating accurate and objective information about 
Islam 
to the general public.

WHAT:   CAIR-MI Speakers Training Program
WHEN:   December 1, 2001, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE:  The University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus, School of 
Management 
(UMD is located on Evergreen Rd. in Dearborn Michigan between Ford Road 
and 
Michigan Avenue.)

For more information about al-Risala, contact Jameel Syed at:
jameelsyed100@hotmail.com

For general questions about CAIR-MI's Education Department, email:
cair_education@hotmail.com or cair@cairmichigan.org

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GROUPS GIVE U.S. MUSLIMS A NEW VOICE
Four organizations step up efforts to overcome historic obstacles, 
scattered constituencies.
By SOLOMON MOORE, The Los Angeles Times, 11/24/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000093694nov24.story

Even before the second plane crashed on Sept. 11, Ibrahim Hooper of the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations was typing out a 
condemnation of terrorism. By noon, it was ricocheting off faxes and 
computer screens worldwide.

In the Washington office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Maher 
Hathout and Salam Al-Marayati offered the "Muslim point of view" on the 
Arab television network Al Jazeera, CNN and Fox News.

A few blocks away, executives at the American Muslim Council called an 
ally, a GOP stalwart with presidential access. A lot of innocent, 
hard-working American Muslims could get hurt because of this incident, 
they 
told their intermediary. We need the president to say something.

Two days later, during a televised conference call with New York Mayor 
Rudolph W. Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki, President Bush did just 
that: 
"We must be mindful that as we seek to win the war, that we treat Arab 
Americans and Muslims with the respect they deserve," he said.

Those moments illustrated how a bevy of young American Muslim 
organizations 
have suddenly risen in visibility. A decade ago many of those groups 
did 
not exist. Since Sept. 11 they have mounted a coordinated campaign to 
contain an anti-Muslim backlash and weigh in on U.S. decisions 
affecting 
the Muslim world. They are also telling a fearful and suspicious 
American 
public who Muslims are, what they believe--and how they distinguish 
themselves from madmen with box cutters...

...Following the lead of secular civil rights groups such as the 
National 
Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and the Anti-Defamation 
League, 
U.S. Muslim groups are more likely to fax a news release than issue a 
fatwa 
(a religious edict). The new breed of U.S. Muslim groups that surged 
into 
action Sept. 11 is ecumenical and media-savvy. They endorse political 
candidates and lobby Congress on the treatment of Muslims here and 
abroad...

...From among about 20 national Muslim organizations, four groups have 
taken the lead:

...The Council on American-Islamic Relations started sending out press 
kits 
with vocabulary lists and usage guides. (Examples: Allah means God, not 
"a 
god." jihad means struggle, not "holy war." "Moslems" prefer to be 
called 
"Muslims.") With 12 regional offices, the council's main strategy is to 
use 
public relations campaigns to combat anti-Muslim discrimination in 
Hollywood and in the workplace.

The council's first major response came after the bombing of the Alfred 
P. 
Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. In the time it took 
to 
discredit false reports of "Middle Eastern suspects," there were a 
spate of 
hate crimes, including an attack on a pregnant Middle Eastern woman. 
And an 
innocent Jordanian American was arrested, named in news reports and 
photographed in handcuffs.

"We actually flew [Executive Director] Nihad Awad [from Washington] to 
the 
site to coordinate the Muslim response there and meet with the media," 
said 
council co-founder Hooper. Such a direct approach was unprecedented for 
the 
Muslim community, Hooper said. A photograph of that scene shows Awad 
standing alone at the center of a thick moat of reporters.

"Since then we developed the idea of a crisis team," Hooper said...

The council also began publishing annual reports on anti-Muslim 
incidents--spurring law enforcement agencies to be more vigilant in 
their 
protection of Muslims. In the same way African Americans have 
historically 
called upon the NAACP, the council has become one of the first places 
many 
Muslims turn when they believe their rights have been violated. Since 
the 
terrorist attacks the group has recorded more than 1,000 reported 
anti-Muslim incidents...

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO: letters@latimes.com, 
solomon.moore@latimes.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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NUMBER OF U.S. MUSLIMS DEPENDS ON WHO'S COUNTING
By Bill Broadway, The Washington Post, 11/24/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7459-2001Nov23.html

With a spotlight cast on American Muslims since Sept. 11, one seemingly 
simple question has defied a clear answer and become the focus of a 
politically charged dispute: What is the size of the U.S. Muslim 
population?

Four major Muslim organizations released a study in April that 
estimated 
the population at 6 million to 7 million. Based in part on that report, 
most media organizations, as well as the White House and the State 
Department, have said in recent weeks that there are at least 6 million 
Muslims in the country.

But two studies released last month, including one commissioned by the 
American Jewish Committee, concluded that the total is much lower: no 
more 
than 3.4 million and perhaps as few as 1.5 million.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, one of the sponsors of the April report, condemned the 
AJC-sponsored study, calling it part of an effort by the Jewish 
community 
to "marginalize" Islam in the United States.

"Why are they worried about our numbers? What's it triggering?" Awad 
asked. 
"We have never misrepresented our figures and have never been 
interested in 
competing with any other faith or ethnic community..."

...Awad said the council's interest in U.S. Muslim population estimates 
has 
more to do with its desire to have a voice on domestic issues such as 
health care, education, crime and drug abuse...

...The April report co-sponsored by CAIR, titled "The Mosque in 
America: A 
National Portrait," was the Muslim portion of the largest U.S. 
denominational survey ever, a project coordinated by the Hartford 
Institute 
for Religious Research.
SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/mosquereport/

...The AJC's Harris said his group knew it would be criticized for 
commissioning Smith to do the study. Smith was known to be skeptical 
about 
the figure of 6 million U.S. Muslims; last year, he told the Los 
Angeles 
Times that the number was "completely invalid" and that Muslim groups 
were 
"inventing an estimate..."

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STAMP BACKLASH WORRIES MUSLIMS
By Sylvia Moreno, The Washington Post, 11/24/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7407-2001Nov23.html

Less than three months ago, American Muslims celebrated the debut of a 
U.S. 
Postal Service stamp commemorating two Islamic holidays as the ultimate 
sign of acceptance in the United States. Now they're working to ensure 
that 
it doesn't become a symbol of rejection...

...Mekeel's and Stamps Magazine, a weekly philatelic newsletter, ran 
editorials this month and last month against using the Eid stamp, 
citing 
the terrorist attacks. The newsletter urged Muslims and others to 
instead 
support the United We Stand stamp, which depicts a U.S. flag. Last 
weekend, 
the Free Congress Foundation, a conservative policy group, asked 
Republican 
congressional leaders to retract the stamp... (Contact: Mekeel's, Box 
5050, 
White Plains, NY 10602.)
SEE: http://www.freecongress.org/

"I am writing to suggest that the current stamps be withdrawn, to be 
overprinted with the image of the Twin Towers and then reissued," 
foundation President Paul M. Weyrich wrote in letters to House Speaker 
J. 
Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) and 
Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).

"I have no doubt a majority of Americans would find the altered stamps 
a 
more appropriate commemoration of Islam than the current celebratory 
version," he said...

...Postal officials said there has been no attempt to cut back on the 
stamp's distribution. "As far as we're concerned, it's going to stay on 
sale and should be in stock at post offices around the country," said 
Dave 
Failor, manager of community relations for the Postal Service...

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:
http://www.usps.com/news/2001/philatelic/sr01_054.htm

ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Buy the Eid stamp and encourage others to buy it. The stamp is 
available 
at the Postal Store (www.usps.com), or by calling toll free 
1-800-STAMP-24.
2. Make sure the Eid stamp is available at your local post office.
3. Use the Eid stamp on all correspondence.

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THE LIMITS OF RELIGIOUS UNITY
Interfaith Services for Terrorism Victims Raise Questions for Clergy
By Bill Broadway, The Washington Post, 11/24/2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7821-2001Nov23.html

The events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith 
services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying 
for 
peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims.

But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their 
clergy participating in such gatherings, including the Sept. 23 "A 
Prayer 
for America" service at Yankee Stadium.

"...There's a movement afoot toward a kind of universalism that 
evangelicals do not accept, that we all pray to the same God and have 
different paths and the result is the same," said Richard Cizik, 
spokesman 
for the National Association of Evangelicals.

"...We take issue not so much with interfaith services but with the 
impression they leave in the minds of millions of Americans who are 
confused about the nature of God to begin with," Cizik said. "We want 
it 
understood that Christians, Buddhists and Muslims are not praying to 
the 
same god. Allah is not Jehovah."

The Rev. Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Northeast 
Washington, said he has never participated in an interfaith service and 
does not intend to.

"I don't want to be seen approving or encouraging prayer to Allah or to 
a 
Hindu god," said Dever, who calls himself a "conservative evangelical."

By appearing to be universal in scope, interfaith services "belittle 
differences" between religions, he said. "The Allah I know is not at 
all 
the God of the Bible. I'd be lying if I say they are [the same]..."

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PARISHIONERS UPSET ABOUT ANTI-ISLAMIC SIGN
The Associated Press, 11/24/2001

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Some church members at the Crossroads Assembly of 
God 
Church in Wilder say they may picket over a church sign displaying an 
anti-Islamic message.

The church moved into the spotlight this past week when the message 
appeared on its reader board. The sign says: "The spirit of Islam is 
the 
spirit of Antichrist" in block capital letters.

Although Pastor Geoff Cole says the sign bears an important message, it 
has 
generated disapproval from some longtime church-goers.

"There are very few people in the church who agree with it," said 
Sharon 
Wilks, a caretaker of the church with her husband, Mike...

...The Wilkses called Cole after seeing reports last week in the news. 
They 
told him it reflects poorly on church members.

"It disgraces the church, the people who go to church here and the 
community," Mike Wilks said. "There is good and bad in every faith, 
every 
race, creed and color."

The Wilkses said they want to try to mobilize church members to picket 
before church services...

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FAITH OF COLLEGE PRESIDENT BECOMES AN ISSUE
Some Bennett College alumnae have expressed disapproval over having 
Muslim 
as leader
By John Railey, Winston-Salem Journal, 
11/10/2001              
http://www.journalnow.com/wsj/news/MGBTPD82VTC.html

GREENSBORO -- When Althia Collins became the first Muslim president in 
the 
United Methodist Church's national network of 124 affiliated colleges, 
she 
kept the news to herself.

Collins became the president of Bennett College in July. She didn't 
volunteer information about her religion when she interviewed for the 
job 
at the historically black women's college of about 520 students. But by 
late summer, alumnae across the country had learned that Collins was 
Muslim, and some weren't happy.

...Though Collins did not discuss her faith, word of it began to leak 
out 
this summer. In an anonymous letter to a Greensboro newspaper, the 
Carolina 
Peacemaker, a writer said that Collins was mounting "a cultural 
takeover" 
of Bennett as a non-Methodist leader of "Muslim persuasion..."

...On Sept. 19, Collins met with the student body and dealt with the 
complaints, including the one about her faith. "Yes, I am Muslim," she 
said, according to The Bennett Banner. "And I do not believe that will 
have 
an effect on the way I perform my duties."

Few in the student body, composed almost entirely of Christians, have 
criticized her for being Muslim...

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AMERICAN ISLAMIC MEDIA: ASSORTED AND ASPIRING
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR, The New York Times, 11/24/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/24/national/24RELI.html

When a visitor stopped by his office, Ahmed Osman pointed to a table 
laden 
with paperbacks that Amana Publications, a publisher of Islamic books, 
had 
been producing at its headquarters in Beltsville, Md., a Washington 
suburb, 
where Mr. Osman is director of publications.

"Muslim Teens: A Practical Islamic Parenting Guide" was one title. 
Others 
dealt with marriage, conversion and more. But the big seller was the 
Koran, 
in the English-language translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Mr. Osman 
said.

Amana belongs to a widely scattered universe of American Muslim 
publishing, 
which links members of an ethnically diverse community through 
newspapers, 
magazines, books and Internet sites...

...Ibrahim Hooper, national director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, said many American Muslims also got their news from the 
Internet.

One site is IslamiCity.org, with a 12-member staff and headquarters in 
Culver City, Calif. Its chief executive, Muhammed Abdul Aleem, said its 
goal was to create "a medium for Muslims around the world and for 
non-Muslims, where they can get an objective view of Islam..."

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BIN LADEN, BAYWATCH AND THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS
By Riad Z. Abdelkarim, San Diego Union Tribune, 11/22/2001
www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/fri/opinion/news_1e23riad.html
(Abdelkarim is Western Region Communications Director for the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest grass-roots 
American Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.)

There has been much talk in recent weeks about winning "the hearts and 
minds" of the Muslim and Arab worlds in order to earn their support in 
the 
U.S. "war on terrorism." The spectrum of those expounding this view has 
ranged from armchair generals to columnists, pundits and an endless 
array 
of talking heads making the television talk-show rounds.

A common theme has been that, while we may quickly win the military 
battle 
in Afghanistan, we will have a much more difficult time winning the war 
of 
public opinion on the streets of Cairo, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur and 
Amman...

...While the United States contemplates Madison Avenue tactics to 
improve 
our image overseas, a review of television programming in the Arab and 
Muslim worlds demonstrates that this will be no easy task. In recent 
weeks, 
Arab and Muslim viewers have seen around-the-clock news images of the 
war 
in Afghanistan -- with emphasis on the daily civilian casualties of the 
U.S. bombing provided by graphic photos of the bodies of men, women, 
and 
children pulled from the rubble. Except for minimal excerpts, this 
footage 
has not been aired here at home by the major networks...

...It is apparent that the United States faces an uphill struggle in 
its 
efforts to convince ordinary Arabs and Muslims that its campaign in 
Afghanistan is not just the opening blow in a new "Crusade" being 
launched 
against the entire Islamic world. What will it take to win over these 
"hearts and minds"? Perhaps what is needed is a deeper look at our 
nation's 
flawed foreign policy vis-a-vis the Muslim world. More likely to bear 
fruit 
would be efforts directed toward promoting less repression and more 
democratization in that corner of the world -- and applying a single 
standard when it comes to human and political rights.

In this regard, our nation's seven million citizens who are both 
Americans 
and Muslims can serve as "bridges of understanding" to the Muslim 
world...

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US PLANS TV STATION TO RIVAL AL-JAZEERA
Propaganda Satellite channel would be aimed at anti-American Muslim 
youngsters, while allies release details of regime's alleged brutality
By DUNCAN CAMPBELL IN LOS ANGELES, The Guardian (UK), 11/23/2001
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4305529,00.html

An Arabic-language satellite television station financed by the US and 
aimed at winning hearts and minds in the Muslim world could shortly 
become 
a reality. President George Bush has been told of Initiative 911, which 
would put half a billion dollars into a channel that would compete in 
the 
region with al-Jazeera and would be aimed specifically at younger 
Muslims 
who are seen as anti-American.

Senator Joe Biden, the Democrat chairman of the Senate foreign 
relations 
committee, is the driving force behind the scheme, which goes beyond 
the 
current radio broadcasting initiatives. It represents a new phase of 
the 
propaganda war and would be a third prong for the US in the media 
battle 
along with a beefed-up Voice of America and a new Radio Free 
Afghanistan...

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CHICAGO MUSLIMS TO BUILD MINARET DISPLAY
The Los Angeles Times, 11/24/2001
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-000093698nov24.story

CHICAGO -- Chicago Muslims plan to mark the current holy month of 
Ramadan 
by building a minaret display at Daley Plaza in early December, joining 
Christians and Jews as they decorate the public square for their 
holidays.

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago has preliminary 
approval to build a 30-foot reproduction of the tower used to call 
Muslims 
to prayer and an illuminated crescent moon affixed to a dome. The 
display 
will stand alongside a Hanukkah menorah and Christmas manger scene...

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COMING TOGETHER FOR THEIR FAITH
A group of Muslim students meets quietly yet proudly to show support 
for 
Islam.
MARY ROURKE, The Los Angeles Times, 11/23/2001
http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-000093399nov23.story

Boys in front with their arms folded across their waists, girls in back 
with scarves covering their hair. This arrangement fell into place as 
naturally as if the classroom where they had gathered were a mosque. 
Fourteen Muslim students were ready to begin their midday prayers.

Surrounded by desks, books, maps and slide projectors, the group paid 
no 
attention to the classroom chaos, nor to the racket outside the door. 
It 
was lunchtime at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, and the campus was 
buzzing. More important for these boys and girls, it was Ramadan, the 
sacred monthlong period during which Muslims are required to fast from 
sunup to sundown. This year, these students, ages 14 to 18, are 
determined 
to stand up for their faith through prayer in this quiet yet public 
way...

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HEADLINES:

* VERSE OF THE DAY: ALL PROPHETS FROM THEIR LORD
* SWEPT UP IN A DRAGNET, HUNDREDS SIT IN CUSTODY AND ASK, 'WHY?' (NY 
Times)
* WITHOUT WARNING, AL-NAJJAR JAILED (St. Petersburg Times)
* VISITORS TO U.S. CAN EXPECT PROBING TERRORISM QUESTIONS (Detroit Free 
Press)
         - HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUESTIONS LIST
         - TASK FORCE INTERVIEW GUIDELINES
* NEW FEDERAL PATRIOT ACT TURNS RETAILERS INTO SPIES AGAINST CUSTOMERS 
(Boston Globe)
* AFTER SEPT. 11, COMPLAINTS OF JOB BIAS MOUNT (New York Times)
* MUSLIMS IN GRAY (New York Times)
* DIFFERENT FAITHS, COMMON BOND (Chicago Tribune)
* FEAR RIDES IN CAB WITH HATE CRIME VICTIM (Chicago Tribune)
* HATE GROUPS USING ATTACKS TO PUSH AGENDAS (Atlanta Journal)
* US TARGETS THREE MORE COUNTRIES (Sunday Times)
* IDF BOOBY TRAP CAUSED DEATHS OF 5 GAZA SCHOOLBOYS (Jerusalem Post)
         - ISRAELI ARMY ADMITS KILLING BOYS (The Guardian)
* S.F. BAY AREA MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE

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VERSE OF THE DAY: ALL PROPHETS FROM THEIR LORD

Say ye: "We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to 
Abraham, 
Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and 
Jesus, 
and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no difference 
between one and another of them, and we bow to God (in Islam)."

Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 136

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SWEPT UP IN A DRAGNET, HUNDREDS SIT IN CUSTODY AND ASK, 'WHY?'
By JODI WILGOREN, The New York Times, 11/25/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/25/national/25DETA.html

...Over all, more than 1,200 people have been detained as part of the 
sweeping investigation, including men traveling the country with large 
amounts of cash and box cutters, and those who sought information on 
crop-dusters and flying lessons on large jets.

But a senior law enforcement official said for the first time last week 
that just 10 to 15 of the detainees are suspected as Al Qaeda 
sympathizers, 
and that the government has yet to find evidence indicating that any of 
them had knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks or acted as accomplices.

While most members of this small group are being held in New York on 
material witness warrants, some 500 others - almost twice as many as 
previously believed - are in federal custody on immigration charges for 
violations like overstaying their visas or lying on documents...

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WITHOUT WARNING, AL-NAJJAR JAILED
Jailed for 3 1/2 years on secret evidence, then freed, the former USF 
teacher's detention is not based on new evidence.
By MIKE BRASSFIELD, The St. Petersburg Times, 11/25/2001
http://www.sptimes.com/News/112501/TampaBay/Without_warning__Al_N.shtml

TAMPA -- With his wife at work and his three daughters still in bed, 
Mazen 
Al-Najjar walked out of his apartment Saturday morning to get quarters 
to 
do his laundry. Outside, INS agents were waiting to take him away.

Al-Najjar, a former University of South Florida teacher who was jailed 
for 
31/2 years on secret evidence allegedly tying him to terrorism, was 
rearrested Saturday for overstaying his visa. After spending nearly a 
year 
in freedom, he is in federal prison.

His arrest Saturday was not based on new evidence or classified 
information, according to the U.S. Justice Department...

"...Why detain a person who has never been accused of a crime, who has 
already lost 31/2 years of his life to an unconstitutional detention 
and 
who has nowhere to go?" said David Cole, a Georgetown University law 
professor who represents Al-Najjar. "It would be one thing if they had 
a 
country in mind. But it's unlikely they're going to be able to deport 
him..."

...Al-Najjar's lawyers are arguing his case in court, and now they'll 
be 
fighting his detention. They say the government is using Al-Najjar as a 
test case for expanding its antiterrorism powers in the wake of the 
Sept. 
11 attacks.

The Justice Department released a statement Saturday reiterating its 
accusations against Al-Najjar, but the evidence that purportedly links 
him 
to terrorism remains a mystery...

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VISITORS TO U.S. CAN EXPECT PROBING TERRORISM QUESTIONS
BY TAMARA AUDI AND DAVID ZEMAN, The Detroit Free Press, 11/24/2001
http://www.detroitfreepress.com/news/metro/quest24_20011124.htm

Although federal terrorism investigators say none are suspects, 
thousands 
of Middle Eastern men in the United States will be asked detailed 
questions 
-- ranging from whether they sympathize with the Sept. 11 hijackers to 
where they have traveled.

They will be asked whether they own guns or have scientific training. 
As 
well, investigators will ask for the phone numbers of their family and 
close associates, according to an 8-page U.S. Justice Department memo 
obtained by the Free Press.

Information gathered in the interviews, which may begin as early as 
next 
week, is to be entered into an electronic database.

The questions were developed by the deputy attorney general and 
distributed 
Nov. 9 to all U.S. attorneys and some police departments who have 
officers 
serving in federal terrorism task forces.

But some police chiefs, including in Detroit and Ann Arbor, have raised 
serious reservations.

SEE ALSO: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUESTIONS LIST
http://www.detroitfreepress.com/news/metro/qlist24_20011124.htm

Here are some of the questions the U.S. Justice Department wants asked 
of 
5,000 Middle Eastern men in the United States. Federal officials say 
none 
of the men are considered suspects.

TASK FORCE INTERVIEW GUIDELINES
http://www.detroitfreepress.com/gallery/2001/interviews/index.htm

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NEW FEDERAL PATRIOT ACT TURNS RETAILERS INTO SPIES AGAINST CUSTOMERS
By Scott Bernard Nelson, The Boston Globe, 11/18/2001

Ordinary businesses, from bicycle shops to bookstores to bowling 
alleys, 
are being pressed into service on the home front in the war on 
terrorism.

Under the USA Patriot Act, signed into law by President Bush late last 
month, they soon will be required to monitor their customers and report 
"suspicious transactions" to the Treasury Department -- though most 
businesses may not be aware of this.

Buried in the more than 300 pages of the new law is a provision that 
"any 
person engaged in a trade or business" has to file a government report 
if a 
customer spends $10,000 or more in cash. The threshold is cumulative 
and 
applies to multiple purchases if they're somehow related -- three 
$4,000 
pieces of furniture, for example, might trigger a filing.

Until now, only banks, thrifts, and credit unions have been required to 
report cash transactions to the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes 
Enforcement Network, under the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970. A handful of 
other 
businesses, including car dealers and pawnbrokers, have to file similar 
reports with the Internal Revenue Service.

"This is a big deal, and a big change, for the vast majority of 
American 
businesses," said Joe Rubin, chief lobbyist for the US Chamber of 
Commerce. 
"But I don't think anybody realizes it's happened..."

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AFTER SEPT. 11, COMPLAINTS OF JOB BIAS MOUNT
By PAM BELLUCK, The New York Times, 11/25/2001
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/25/national/25DISC.html

Since Sept. 11, Arab-American groups say, hundreds of people have said 
they 
are experiencing discrimination in the workplace because of their 
nationality or religion.

Nearly 100 people have filed complaints with the Federal Equal 
Employment 
Opportunity Commission, and others have decided to sue over what they 
perceive as a backlash against people of Arab descent. Their advocates 
say 
that the number of complaints to the commission would be higher but 
that 
many Arabs and Arab-Americans are suspicious of the federal government.

Of the complaints that have been filed, Reginald Welch, a spokesman for 
the 
commission, said: "These people say they were singled out for 
mistreatment, 
they were harassed, or they were fired. Something happened on the job 
that 
they believe would not have happened if it were not for Sept. 11 and if 
they were not perceived to be of Middle Eastern descent."

But a look at a handful of complaints suggests the circumstances may be 
murkier than that. Companies forcefully deny any discrimination. Some 
said 
the crippled economy was the culprit, forcing them to lay off many 
people, 
not only those of Middle Eastern descent. Others said workers were 
fired 
because of behavior or performance problems...

"...People who used to joke with them didn't return hellos," said Hodan 
Hassan, a civil rights coordinator for the Council on American- Islamic 
Relations, an Islamic advocacy group. "Some say e-mails would go 
unanswered. Co-workers have anti-Muslim and anti-Islam conversations 
that 
were loud enough for them to hear, saying things like all Muslims 
should be 
deported."

The advocates say they believe there is more discrimination than is 
being 
reported to the commission because of suspicion of the federal 
government 
among some Arabs and Arab-Americans...

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MUSLIMS IN GRAY
By COREY KILGANNON, The New York Times, 11/25/2001
(The article is not online.)

To face Mecca from West Point, one must look across the Hudson River, 
over 
the rugged highlands of Garrison and past Putnam Valley.

In the 200 years since West Point opened, few cadets have needed to 
know 
this. West Point is known for molding the Army's finest officers -- 
think 
Grant, Eisenhower, MacArthur and Patton -- not for its Muslim cadets.

But as ethnic diversity has grown at the military academy, so has the 
number of Muslim cadets. Currently 9 out of some 4,000 cadets declare 
themselves Muslim at West Point.

Of the roughly 4,000 Muslims that Army officials estimate are in its 
ranks, 
most of them are African-Americans. But there are also Arab- and 
Asian-Americans and even white converts. Until 1993, the military had 
no 
Muslims among the 3,150 active duty chaplains. Now it has nine...

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DIFFERENT FAITHS, COMMON BOND
Non-Muslim students are rare in area Muslim schools, but such pupils 
discover similarities with classmates and get a unique look at another 
culture.
Tracy Dell'Angela, The Chicago Tribune, 11/25/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0111250380nov25.story

It's finals week in the Muslim school in Lombard, and Agnes Babinski is 
poring over the notes from her 10th-grade Islamic studies class. Only 
an 
oval of her pale face peeks out from the fringe of her white hijab, and 
a 
shapeless, ankle-length tunic conceals her jeans and T-shirt.

Agnes and her younger brother, Piotr, are the only non-Muslims enrolled 
in 
the College Preparatory School of America or in any of the six other 
Muslim 
schools in the Chicago area. Nonetheless, theirs has been a seamless 
transition into an educational culture largely ignored and 
misunderstood by 
non-Muslim-Americans.

"We have a Christian background, and we thought the cultural 
differences 
might be too much for them," said their father, Roman, an engineer and 
Polish immigrant who lives with his family in Bolingbrook. "But the 
biggest 
adjustment was academic. They had to catch up to the other students and 
there was so much homework..."

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FEAR RIDES IN CAB WITH HATE CRIME VICTIM
Celeste Garrett, The Chicago Tribune, 11/25/2001
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0111250046nov25.story

More than two months after Mustapha was beaten and bloodied in a hate 
crime 
after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the part-time Chicago 
cabdriver's 
emotional wounds are eating t