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Topics (messages 1001 through 1100):

CAIR-NET: Muslims Urged to Participate in Primaries
	1001 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: DC Charity Event May Have Terror Link
	1002 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Arab Group Endorses Kucinich/Perle Must Resign
	1003 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 'I Am Muslim, I Am American, I Vote'
	1004 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Louisiana Teacher Removed After Hijab Incident
	1005 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Seeking Electoral Clout, Muslims Register to Vote
	1006 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Mother in Ohio Forced to Leave Children
	1007 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Rulings Halt Deportation of Ohio Muslim Mother
	1008 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ask Congress to Defend Religious Freedom in France
	1009 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Writers Smear Islam and Hajj
	1010 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Calif. Contest Shows Muslim Hopefuls' Plight
	1011 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Vote May Shift to Dems/Reps Sign Hijab Letter
	1012 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: One Person Can Make a Difference
	1013 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: NY Rep Calls Mosque Leaders 'An Enemy Amongst Us'
	1014 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Alabama License Hijab Ban Draws Protest
	1015 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Award for Robertson Irks Muslims/Rep. King Responds
	1016 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: DNC Condemns NY Rep's 'Hate-Filled' Remarks
	1017 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ask Your Senator to Defend Academic Freedom
	1018 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ohio Muslim Mother Will Sue to Halt Deportation
	1019 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. May Veto Islamic Law in Iraq/Don't Misread Quran
	1020 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Form Election Task Force
	1021 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Chaplain's Hearing Postponed for 5th Time
	1022 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Athlete in GA Strives for Olympic Gold
	1023 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Response to Rep. King - Who's 'Extremist?'
	1024 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Alabama Driver's Photo Rule Changed to Allow Hijab
	1025 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: VA Paintballer Acquitted/Apartheid Enforcers in Iraq
	1026 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: NJ School Board Debates Adding Muslim Holidays
	1027 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Corzine, Pascrell Condemn Anti-Muslim Smears
	1028 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Scam Targets U.S. Muslims/Islamic Democracy
	1029 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Californians to Protest Dornan's Islamophobia
	1030 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FBI Director Thanks U.S. Muslims/MD Muslims Sue
	1031 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Fire at Texas Mosque 'Intentionally Set'
	1032 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Imam Shares 'Passion' Reaction/Don't Blame Islam
	1033 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CA College Investigates Anti-Muslim Discrimination
	1034 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ohio School's Mosque Trip Yanked
	1035 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: NY Muslim Worker Allowed to Attend Friday Prayers
	1036 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Anti-Hijab Prof Resigns/Muslim Worker Wins Suit
	1037 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Urged to Vote on 'Super Tuesday'
	1038 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Getting Out the Muslim Vote/Charities 'Witch Hunt'
	1039 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Killings in Iraq, Pakistan
	1040 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Rep. King's Book Creates Stir/'Torture Lite' Takes Hold
	1041 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Capital One Apologizes/CAIR Opens Office in Tampa
	1042 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ohio Muslim Mother's Appeal Denied
	1043 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Guilty Plea in NY Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Case
	1044 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Girl Scouts Harassed in Virginia
	1045 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Texas Mosque Vandalized with Racist Graffiti
	1046 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Kucinich Meets TX Muslims/King Renews Attacks
	1047 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Post-9/11 Opposition to Mosques/DNC Condemns King
	1048 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ann Coulter Says Muslims 'Smell Bad'
	1049 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Rep. King Receives 'Thousands of E-Mails'
	1050 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Madrid Bombings Condemned/Muslim Political Clout
	1051 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: RCMP Asked to Stop Con Artist Who Targets Muslims
	1052 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Foster Parents Needed/Muslims in Mississippi
	1053 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Army Wrong to Ask for Texas Islam Meeting Info
	1054 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FCC Complaint Filed Over Islamophobic Radio Skit
	1055 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Calif. Radio Station Apologizes for Islamophobic Skit
	1056 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Arab-Americans Carry Weight in Pivotal States
	1057 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Meet Spanish Ambassador to Offer Condolences
	1058 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: West Must Back 'Modernist' Muslims - Study
	1059 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Against Terror/Army Drops Charges Against Yee
	1060 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Assassination of Sheikh Yassin
	1061 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 'Dear Abby' Reader Praises Muslim Kindness
	1062 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Publish 'Jesus' Ad in California
	1063 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Cincinnati Muslims Host Share-a-Meal Feast
	1064 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Interfaith Leaders Refute Rep. King's Remarks
	1065 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Troubled by U.S. Veto of U.N. Resolution on Israel
	1066 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Ask Police to Investigate Mosque Hate Crime
	1067 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Conference Stresses Open-Mindedness
	1068 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Minnesota Mannequin's Garb Angers Muslims
	1069 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Welcome Justice Dept. Hijab Defense
	1070 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Mutilation of Bodies in Iraq
	1071 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Group Protests Deportation of OH Woman
	1072 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Major Study of American Muslims to be Released
	1073 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Seek Probe of Iraq Photo/Anti-Islam E-Mail Rejected
	1074 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FBI Urged to Investigate Texas Arson Fires
	1075 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: EEOC Files Burger King Suit/CAIR-Cincinnati Opens
	1076 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Third Muslim Business Torched in Texas
	1077 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Deported Ohio Muslim Mother Spends Night in Park
	1078 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Florida Muslim Woman Assaulted in Mall
	1079 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Since '94 Horror, Rwandans Turn to Islam
	1080 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Imam's Wife Assaulted at Maryland Mosque
	1081 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: MD Lawmakers Issue Rebuke Over Islam E-Mail
	1082 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR to Call for Release of Iraq Hostages, Ceasefire
	1083 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims in U.S. Voice Concern About Iraq
	1084 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Arson Suspect Caught in Texas
	1085 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Americans Will Flex Political Muscle
	1086 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Florida Muslim Child Assaulted in School
	1087 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Important Alert for CAIR-NET Subscribers
	1088 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Marine Under Investigation for Iraq Photo
	1089 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 5 Years for Blades in Carry-On/Islamic Texts Crumble
	1090 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Secret Service Bars Muslim Guard From DC Hotel Floor
	1091 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Restricts Detentions/Correction to 'Secret Service' 
Story
	1092 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Chaplain Cleared of All Charges
	1093 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Mosque Leaders Asked to Sign Up 100 CAIR Members
	1094 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Launches 'Hate Hurts America' Radio Campaign
	1095 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR-Ohio to Announce Diversity Contest Awardees
	1096 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: AZ Police Reach Out to Muslims/Turning Into Israel?
	1097 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Will See Bush 'Green Light' for Assassination
	1098 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Yee's Muzzle/Jewish Group Cancels Anti-Muslim Speaker
	1099 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FBI Probes Threat Against Texas Muslims
	1100 by: cair.cair-net.org

 
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Urged to Participate in Primaries
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 15:24:58 -0500

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #413

MUSLIMS URGED TO PARTICIPATE IN PRIMARIES

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/29/2004) - CAIR is urging American Muslims who are
registered voters to exercise their civic duty by taking part in state
primary elections. (See the schedule of state primaries at the end of 
this
alert.) Beyond voting, a citizen may also get involved in the political
process at the grassroots level. 

Those who voted in their primary should attend precinct conventions.
Precinct conventions are the building blocks of political parties. The
purpose of the precinct convention is to: (a) elect delegates to the 
county
convention (b) make a party platform 

Anyone who votes in a party’s primary is eligible to participate in the
party’s precinct convention. Precinct conventions are usually held in 
the
polling place the day of the primary election after the polls close. 
Rules
governing precinct conventions vary depending on the state. SEE:
http://www.statelocalgov.net/

To find out more about becoming a delegate for the Democratic, 
Republican,
Libertarian, or Green Party, go to: 

http://www.democrats.org/
http://www.gop.com/ContactUs/Default.aspx
http://www.gp.org/
http://www.lp.org/

Schedule of Primaries

February 3  
Arizona 
Delaware 
Missouri 
New Mexico 
North Dakota 
Oklahoma 
South Carolina

February 6-9      
Democrats Abroad

February 7  
Michigan
Washington

February 8  
Maine

February 10 
Tennessee
Virginia 

February 14 
District of Columbia
Nevada 

February 17 
Wisconsin

February 24 
Hawaii
Idaho
Utah 

March 2
California
Connecticut
Georgia
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
New York
Ohio
Rhode Island
Vermont 

March 8     
American Samoa

March 9
Florida
Louisiana
Mississippi
Texas 

March 13
Kansas

March 16 
Illinois

March 20    
Alaska
Guam
Wyoming 

April 13
Colorado

April 17
Virgin Islands

April 27
Pennsylvania

May 4
Indiana
North Carolina 

May 11
Nebraska
West Virginia 

May 18
Arkansas
Kentucky
Oregon 

June 1      
Alabama
South Dakota 

June 6
Puerto Rico

June 8
Montana
New Jersey

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Subject: CAIR-NET: DC Charity Event May Have Terror Link
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 16:28:26 -0500

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/29/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: LITTLE AND SUFFICIENT
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: MICHIGAN
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘MOHAMMEDANS’ IN FL ELECTION (SP Times)
* CAIR-OHIO: VIGIL FOR FAMILY FACING DEPORTATION 
* CAIR-LA: MISCONCEPTIONS OF JIHAD (Daily Bruin)
	- Cultural Groups Bring Laughs (Daily Northwestern)
	- Speaker Explores Mid-East Culture (Daily Nebraskan)
* DC: CHARITY EVENT MAY HAVE TERRORIST LINK (Wash. Post)
	- The Iran Connection (Washington Post)
* FBI CHIEF PULLED OVER HANDLING OF TERROR CASE (Detroit News)
* DC-AREA MUSLIMS MARK END OF HAJJ WITH PRAYERS, FESTIVAL
	- CAIR-LA: Muslims Urge Voter Registration (PE)
	- Muslims From Around World Gather For Hajj (AP)
	- FL: Islamic Group Plans Open House (Orlando Sentinel)
	- TX: Muslim Anticipates Holy Journey (SA Express)
* CAIR-CAN WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC ARAR INQUIRY
	- Canada Will Probe U.S. Deportation Case (AP)
* PATRIOT ACT AUTHOR SUPPORTS SOME CHANGES IN LAW (VOA)
* AL HIJAB: 'I WILL NOT COMPLY' (Selma Times Journal)
* WHITE HOUSE APPOINTS PAKISTANI AMERICAN TO COMMITTEE
* EXPLOSIVE CHARGE NEAR HOME OF FRENCH MUSLIM PREFECT (AFP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LITTLE AND SUFFICIENT

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that angels call out each
day: 
"O people, come to your Lord. What is little and sufficient is better 
than 
what is abundant and causes negligence."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1368

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,189 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Michigan. 324 covered, 339 more libraries to 
go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘MOHAMMEDANS’ IN FLORIDA ELECTION
Elections Have a Baptist Flavor
Will Van Sant, St. Petersburg Times, 1/29/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/01/29/Hernando/Elections_have_a_Bapt.shtml

BROOKSVILLE - In Hernando County, local Democratic and Republican 
executive
committees usually get the headlines during campaign season, but a 
cadre of
Christians affiliated with a single church is quietly making a push for
victory in November.

Three members of Landmark Baptist Church, housed in a single-story tan
stucco building on Candlelight Boulevard in Brooksville, have filed to 
run
for local office. A fourth church member is considering a run, while a
sometime attendee of Landmark Baptist is also seeking office.

In District 3, Phillip Johnson, a Democrat, hopes to beat sitting
Democratic Commissioner Diane Rowden in the August primary. In District 
5,
Richard A. 
Power, who filed with no party affiliation, seeks to defeat Democratic
Commission Chairwoman Betty Whitehouse…

The failure by some to recognize that the war on terrorism is a 
religious
war, Power said, is one example of how the country has strayed too far 
from
the biblical teachings that are the basis of his beliefs.

Power said not all Muslims, whom he called Mohammedans, are guilty of 
the
crimes committed by fellow Muslims, but that too many have failed to 
speak
out and condemn terrorism.

"I don't hate Mohammedans," he said. "But he has to abide by our rules. 
We
don't accommodate our culture to adapt to anyone."

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VIGIL FOR OHIO MUSLIMS FACED WITH DEPORTATION 
Cleveland Church and Immigrant Rights Groups to Show Support for Muslim
Mother of Three Facing February 4 Deportation Order

(WASHINGTON, D.C. 1/29/04) – A vigil will be held on Monday, February 
2, to
show support for Amina Silmi, a Palestinian Muslim woman in Cleveland
facing a deportation order that would separate her from her children. 

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich wrote a letter to the Director 
of
Homeland Security regarding her case. The Ohio casework offices for
Senators DeWine and Voinovich are now involved. Silmi, who must 
surrender
herself to ICE on February 4, has three US-born children and was a 
victim
of domestic violence. 

WHEN: Monday, February 2, 2004 
TIME: 5:30–6:30 PM
WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church 16400 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 
44107

CONTACT: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland office, Julia A. Shearson, Director,
216-440-2247

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SPEAKER OVERTURNS MISCONCEPTIONS OF ISLAMIC JIHAD
Caitlin Roberson, Daily Bruin, 1/29/04
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=27136

The Muslim Student Association hosted an informational forum – 
"Operation 
Jihad: Misconceptions of a Peaceful Intention" – in honor of Islamic
Awareness Week on Wednesday night.

The forum, held in the Computer Science building, was the third forum
hosted by MSA this week.

Speaker Husam Ayloush – a member of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations – discussed the meaning of Islamic Jihad and addressed common
misconceptions of the term.

"The word 'jihad' makes most people think of Islamic extremists and 
events
like Sept. 11," Ayloush said.

"But they do not remember that the image of long-bearded men carrying
machine guns is media-produced," he added.

In Arabic, "jihad" means the exertion of effort for the sake of God, 
and
has no implications of war or violence, Ayloush said.

The forum began with an Arabic hymn and a scripture reading from the 
Koran.
Many individuals in the predominantly Muslim audience bowed their 
heads.

Ayloush mentioned that many individuals incorrectly associate jihad 
with
the idea of a holy war.

This term "holy war" does not exist in Islamic terminology and was only
written to describe the Crusades in the 1400s, he said.

Jihad ultimately promotes peace and justice in everyday activities, 
such as
loving Allah above everything else and resisting worldly temptations, 
he
added...

ALSO SEE:

CULTURAL GROUPS BRING LAUGHS
Robert Samuels, Daily Northwestern, 1/28/04
http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/01/28/40175f124aec
4

For some cultural student groups dealing with stereotypes, a little
laughter could lighten the mood.

A week after journalist-turned-comedian Ray Hanania brought their
culturally driven humor to campus, another minority comic used similar
techniques to raise awareness Tuesday night at Norris University 
Center's
Gathering Place.

The events represent a growing trend among Northwestern cultural groups 
to
bring more entertainment-oriented speakers to campus.

Muslim comic Azhar Usman, who performed Tuesday, is becoming a popular
presence on the comedy circuit, said Danish Qureshi, co-president of
Muslim-cultural Students Association, the event's sponsor. Although 
Usman's
approach to Muslim culture differs from most speakers McSA brings to
campus, Qureshi said he thought Usman's presentation would have just as
much impact for audience members.

"He does a good job of dispelling stereotypes," said Qureshi, a 
Weinberg
junior. "He gets people to laugh at their own fears of Muslim people 
and
gets them to see that those fears are irrational."

Cultural comedy shows are not unknown on campus. Both the Latino 
student
group Alianza and the black student group For Members Only have comedy
shows every Spring Quarter. But at least three additional groups known 
for
bringing academics and intellectuals have joined FMO and Alianza in
featuring humorous events...

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SPEAKER EXPLORES MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURE, STEREOTYPES
Andrew Moseman, Daily Nebraskan, 1/28/04
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/01/28/401737aa6059d

The Middle East consists of more than one country and more than one 
culture.

Hesham Khadawardi said it was critical for Americans to know this to
understand the region.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln English graduate student spoke at 
Middle
Eastern Night on Tuesday in Neihardt Residence Hall's Blue TV Lounge.

Khadawardi, a Saudi Arabia native, said differences in religious views,
society and history distinguish each Middle Eastern country. Because of
this, he said, it is a mistake to consider the whole region as one.

"It's very dangerous to say the Middle East feels a certain way,"
Khadawardi said.

Americans also have difficulty comprehending small aspects of Middle
Eastern cultures, he said, without perceiving the society as a whole.

Many people, he said, have difficulty understanding arranged marriages, 
a
practice common in Saudi Arabia. But Khadawardi said it made more sense
when people understand Saudi society is not as individualistic as 
American
culture.

When Saudis marry, he said, it is not only the two individuals who are
joined, but also two social circles...

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CHARITY EVENT MAY HAVE TERRORIST LINK
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 1/29/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58296-2004Jan28.html

Pentagon adviser Richard N. Perle, a strong advocate of war against 
Iraq,
spoke last weekend at a charity event that U.S. officials say may have 
had
ties to an alleged terrorist group seeking to topple the Iranian 
government
and backed by Saddam Hussein.

The event, attended by more than 3,000 people Saturday at the 
Washington
Convention Center, generated enough concerns within the administration 
that
officials debated whether they had the legal authority to block the 
event,
U.S. officials said yesterday. FBI agents attended it and, as part of a
continuing investigation, the Treasury Department on Monday froze the
assets of the event's prime organizer, the Iranian-American Community 
of
Northern Virginia.

Perle, in an interview, said he was unaware of any involvement by the
terrorist group, known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), and believed he 
was
assisting the victims of the Bam earthquake when he delivered the paid
speech.

"All of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross," Perle said. Informed 
that
the Red Cross had announced before the event it would refuse any monies
because of the event's "political nature," Perle said: "I was unaware 
of
that." Perle declined to say how much he received.

The Web site for the $35-a-person event, billed as "a night of 
solidarity
with Iran," flashed between references to support for "the Iran 
earthquake 
victims" and "a referendum for regime change in Iran." One 
administration
official said that the FBI determined that at least three of the 
sponsoring
organizations were associated with the MEK, while a senior Treasury
official said "there were general indications the MEK may have an 
interest
in the event," but it could not yet prove it...

SEE ALSO:

THE IRAN CONNECTION 
Richard Leiby, Washington Post, 1/29/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58692-2004Jan28.html

Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), who helped put "Freedom Fries" on House 
restaurant
menus in the run-up to the Iraq war, is championing a new patriotic 
cause.
He wants Fox News to fess up about the controversial past of one of its
commentators on Middle Eastern affairs. 

In a letter last week to Attorney General John Ashcroft, Ney identified
Alireza Jafarzadeh as the head of an Iranian exile group that the U.S.
government lists as a terrorist organization. It's a Marxist Islamic 
outfit
called the Mujaheddin el-Khalq, once allied with Saddam Hussein. "The 
MEK
has killed United States military and civilian personnel in the past, 
aided
in the overthrow of the American Embassy in Tehran and targeted 
American
civilians for murder," wrote Ney, who used to teach English in
pre-revolutionary Iran. 

"I watch Fox News, I like Fox News, but I was shocked to see him on 
there,"
the congressman told us. Ney demanded that the network inform viewers 
about
Jafarzadeh's background, saying, "I don't think they're fair and 
balanced
on this issue…" 

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D.C. PULLS DETROIT FBI CHIEF
Norman Sinclair and David Shepardson, Detroit News, 1/28/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0401/28/a01-48394.htm

DETROIT — In a widening investigation into the handling of terrorism 
cases
in Detroit, the agent in charge of the FBI in Michigan was transferred 
to
bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C., and temporarily was replaced 
by
another senior agent from outside the state.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Willie Hulon’s sudden transfer to 
headquarters
came after two separate teams of agents arrived in Detroit to 
investigate
the local FBI office.

A team from the Office of Professional Responsibility, which 
investigates
criminal or serious misconduct, arrived in the city unannounced late 
last
week. Its investigation is expected to last at least several weeks.

A second team of agents from the Office of Inspector General of the
Department of Justice, which has similar responsibility for 
investigating
complaints of fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct, is also in the city
conducting a separate investigation into other allegations of 
misconduct
involving agents, federal sources told The Detroit News.

Federal sources confirm the Office of Professional Responsibility
investigation centers on the Jan. 20 arrests of two Dearborn brothers
suspected of links to Hezbollah and amid the disclosure by an FBI 
informant
claiming he was told to break the law in gathering evidence against 
others
suspected of terrorism.

Detroit FBI spokesman David Brooks would only confirm that Hulon was on 
a
temporary assignment assisting the Bureau’s Criminal Investigative 
Division
in Washington...

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DC-AREA MUSLIMS MARK END OF HAJJ WITH PRAYERS, FESTIVAL

WHAT: On Sunday February 1, 2004, thousands of people from the Muslim
community in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area will celebrate the 
close
of the pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and a
multicultural festival and bazaar.  (22,000 People attended last year's 
Eid
celebrations.) A canned food drive for the needy will also be held at 
the
prayer and celebration. There will also be an exhibit about the history 
of
Muslims in America and an open house for Churches, Synagogues, and 
other
religious groups. SEE: www.dceid.org

The prayers mark the beginning of the three day Eid ul-Adha 
(eed-al-adha)
holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen 
the
community feeling. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by 
saying
"Eid Mubarak" (eed-moo-bar-ak), or "blessed Eid."

The multicultural festival bazaar will feature games and rides for
children, clowns, gift items, clothing, and foods from around the 
Muslim
world. The bazaar is open to the public.  People of all faiths are
encouraged to attend and sample the diversity of Islamic culture

WHEN: On Sunday, February 1, 2004
1st Prayer at 7:45 a.m., 2nd Prayer at 8:45 a.m.
3rd Prayer at 9:45 a.m., 4th Prayer at 11:00 a.m.
Festival and Bazaar begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Open House for Churches, Synagogues and other Religious group, 2-5 p.m.
Blood Drive from 9:30am to 3:30 p.m.; Food Drive Collection For the 
Needy -
All day

WHERE: Prayer and Bazaar: DC Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. Washington DC 
(Next to RFK Stadium.) Please check in at Media Desk.

CONTACT: Primary Contact:  Priscilla Martinez - 703-622-8984, Secondary
Contact:  703-624-6352

MAIN SPONSORS: ADAMS, Dar Al-Hijrah, Masjid Muhammad, Manassas Mosque, 
Dar
Al-Noor, Dar Ul-Salaam, and Southern MD Islamic Center

LOCAL CO-SPONSORS: Masjidush-Shura, Howard University Muslim Community,
Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations of the Washington DC Metro
Area, DC Council of MSA's, Islamic Schools Council of Greater 
Washington
Area

NATIONAL CO-SPONSORS: CAIR, MPAC, AMS, MAS

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Muslims from America and many different countries 
come
to prayers in colorful and cultural clothing.  The prayers themselves 
are
quite visual, with worshippers arranged in neat rows and bowing in 
prayer
in unison. Participants exchange embraces at the conclusion of the 
prayers.


NOTE: Because this is a religious service, reporters and photographers 
both
male and female should dress modestly.  That means no shorts for men or
short skirts for women.  Photographers should early. to get into 
position
for best shots.  Photographers are advised not to step directly in 
front of
worshippers and to ask permission for close-up shots.

ALSO SEE:

INLAND MUSLIMS URGING VOTER REGISTRATION
Bettye Wells Miller, Press-Enterprise, 1/29/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_vote29.a0e24.html

Information about Muslim voter registration drives is available online 
at
www.muslimvote2004.com and www.cair-net.org.

Inland mosques will urge their congregations to register to vote on 
Sunday 
 as part of holy day observances marking the end of Hajj, the annual
pilgrimage to Mecca.

"It's absolutely critical for us as a community to have our voice 
heard,"
said Omar Zaki, a member of the Mosque of Riverside and director of
governmental relations for the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
Southern California region.

Eid ul-Adha (pronounced EED-al-ODD-ha), signifies completion of the 
main
portion of Hajj. It is one of two Muslim holidays of religious devotion 
and
typically draws large numbers of people to local mosques, Zaki said.

CAIR is urging Muslims nationwide to use the holiday to distribute 
voter
registration materials in their communities.

"Muslim voters are becoming more influential in every election as our
numbers continue to grow," Zaki said. "We still have a young community 
and
an immigrant community that hasn't fully grasped how the political 
system
works.

"Part of our message is to get them to understand that voting is their 
way
of speaking. If there are things we don't like, laws we don't like, the
effective way to have our voice heard is to vote," Zaki said...

---

MUSLIMS FROM AROUND WORLD GATHER FOR HAJJ
Rawya Rageh, Associated Press, 1/28/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7824591.htm

MECCA, Saudi Arabia - About 2 million Muslims from around the world
gathered Thursday at the start of the annual pilgrimage, with security
forces at a heightened state of alert to ensure smooth and safe 
proceedings.

The pilgrims - men dressed in identical seamless white garb and women
covered except for their hands and faces - were to circle the Kaaba at 
the
Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in the first ritual of the 
pilgrimage,
or hajj.

The Kaaba is a large cube-like structure that Muslims face during their
five daily prayers. Muslims consider the Kaaba the house of God and 
believe
it was built by Ibrahim and his son Ismail...

---

ISLAMIC GROUP PLANS OPEN HOUSE
Orlando Sentinel, 1/19/04
www.orlandosentinel.com

ORLANDO - The Islamic Society of Central Florida will host an open 
house
Friday and community prayers Sunday in commemoration of the Muslim 
holiday
Eid al-Adha. The holiday is celebrated at the end of Muslims' annual
pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, known as the hajj.

The Islamic faith requires individuals to visit Mecca once in their
lifetime, in a celebration of unity and sacrifice, symbolized by 
communal
prayer.

The Islamic Society's open house is from 4 to 5 p.m. at the 
organization's
Center for Peace, 1021 N. Goldenrod Road, Orlando. Holiday prayers will
take place at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the soccer fields next to the Central
Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando.

For more information, visit www.iscf.org or call 407-273-8363.

---

S.A. MUSLIM ANTICIPATES HOLY JOURNEY
Rachel L. Toalson, San Antonio Express, 1/29/04
http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=180&xlc=1120513

For 14 years, Ismaial Nezar has said his daily prayers in San Antonio,
facing east. This year, he'll see what he's been facing.

He'll join more than 2 million Muslims for the hajj, a pilgrimage to 
Mecca,
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the prophet Mohammad.

As part of the religion's five pillars, or obligations, of faith, 
Muslims
are required to make the hajj at least once in their lifetimes if they 
are
healthy and can afford it.

"For the past year I have wanted to go to hajj," said Nezar, a San 
Antonio
businessman. "But somehow the loving of this life and the fear that I'm
going to lose my money would stop me. But one of the prophets in Koran 
says
there are three things you have to use before it's too late: your 
health,
your wealth and your youth.

"I have the money, the health and the time. I may break my back or lose 
all
my money tomorrow, but I have to take my chances for this."

He left about two weeks ago with a group from Chicago. He'll travel to 
the
Grand Mosque in Mecca, where he'll circle a cubic stone called the 
Kaaba,
which Muslims face during daily prayers.

The events of the pilgrimage, expected to begin today, also include 
praying
at Mount Arafat on Saturday, the ninth day of Dhul-hijja, the last 
month in
the Muslim year. Arafat, 12 miles from Mecca, is where Muslims believe
Mohammad gave his last sermon...

-----

CAIR-CAN WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC ARAR INQUIRY

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 29/1/2004) - The Canadian office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today welcomed the decision by 
the
Canadian Government to hold a public inquiry into the case of 
MaherArar.  

Arar, a Canadian citizen of Syrian origin, was deported to that country 
by
the United States following a stopover at New York's JFK Airport. He
alleges that he was tortured while in Syrian custody. Since his release
from Syria in October, Arar has repeatedly called for a full public 
inquiry
into his ordeal. 

"CAIR-CAN has been calling on the Canadian Government to conduct the 
public
inquiry into the Case of Maher Arar for some time.  We expect this 
process
to uncover the truth as to exactly what happened to Mr. Arar, why he 
was
deported to Syria instead of being allowed to return to Canada, the 
role of
Canadian security agencies in this case and whether those agencies
contributed to his ordeal," said CAIR-CAN spokesperson Hadeel 
Al-Shalchi.

"Canadians have long awaited this decision and we hope that it will 
signal
a recommitment on the part of our government and law enforcement 
agencies
to fairness and greater accountability. The pursuit of greater security
must not come at the expense of civil liberties, due process and the 
rule
of law," said Ms. Al-Shalchi.

CAIR-CAN is a Canadian grassroots Muslim advocacy organization based in
Ottawa, Ontario.

                              - END -

CONTACT: Naeem Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-mail: canada@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CANADA WILL PROBE U.S. DEPORTATION CASE
Colin McClelland, Associated Press, 1/27/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3681518,00.html

TORONTO - Canada said Wednesday it will hold a full public inquiry into 
the
deportation of an Ottawa engineer to Syria, where he says he was 
tortured -
an incident that has rankled Canadian-U.S. relations.

Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, was detained by U.S. authorities in 
New
York in 2002 while on his way home from a visit to Tunisia. 
Intelligence
officials had raised suspicions about alleged links to al-Qaida.

U.S. authorities deported him to Syria, where he says he was tortured.
Released Oct. 5 and now back in Canada, Arar has vehemently denied 
being a
terrorist and has not been charged with any crime.

``I want the facts,'' Prime Minister Paul Martin said Wednesday. ``I 
want
to know exactly what did happen.''

Arar, 33, welcomed the announcement as ``a great day for Canadian 
justice.

``It is ... very important to ensure this inquiry can, indeed, clear my
name and answer all of our questions so that we can begin to rebuild 
our
lives,'' Arar said.

Justice Dennis O'Connor, an Ontario Court of Appeal judge, was 
appointed to
head the inquiry.

Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan said O'Connor ``will assess the 
actions
of Canadian officials in dealing with the deportation and detention of
Maher Arar.''

``He will have all the powers set out in the (Inquiries) Act, including 
the
authority to hold public hearings, summon witnesses, compel testimony 
and
to gather such evidence as needed to conduct the inquiry,'' said 
McLellan,
who is also minister of public safety and emergency preparedness.

O'Connor will not be able to force U.S. authorities to participate in 
the
inquiry. A public investigation into how intelligence on both sides of 
the
border tracks suspected terrorists is not expected to be welcomed by
Washington...

-----

USA PATRIOT ACT AUTHOR SUPPORTS SOME MODIFICATIONS OF CONTROVERSIAL LAW
Jenny Falcon, Voice of America, 1/29/04
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=A54874DF-FFF9-4610-ADF507C199FA6
027

The main author of the controversial USA Patriot Act, the 
post-September
11, 2001 legislation expanding U.S. government powers to combat 
terrorism,
says he supports some modifications of the law.

A panel of supporters and critics of the USA Patriot Act debated the
legislation after the Justice Department said Tuesday it had found no
incidents in which the law had been invoked to abuse civil rights.

Earlier, a federal judge in California tossed out parts of the Patriot 
Act
which prohibit attorneys from providing expert advice to groups that 
may
have ties to terrorist organizations. The judge's ruling indicated that 
the
section was constitutionally "vague."

President Bush has called on Congress to renew the counter-terrorism 
law
which expires in 2005. The former Justice Department official, who 
wrote
much of the Patriot Act, Viet Dinh, says the courts and Congress may 
have
to clarify some aspects of the legislation, such as parts that deal 
with
material support for terrorists and the use of evidence.

But Mr. Dinh also defended the legislation, which was passed by 
Congress
soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United 
States,
to expand law enforcement officials' ability to fight terrorism, 
increase
surveillance, and encourage intelligence-sharing between agencies.

Mr. Dinh, currently a Georgetown University professor in Washington 
D.C.,
joined the New York panel discussion by telephone. He warned against
diluting the Patriot Act. "I think that we can all agree that there are
certain core activities that constitute material support for 
terrorists,
which should be prohibited, and others which would not be prohibited," 
he
said. "Congress needs to take a hard look and draw the lines very 
clearly
to make sure that we do not throw out the baby with the bath water."

Still, critics argue that some aspects of the USA Patriot Act have led 
to
an infringement on individuals' civil rights...

-----

HOLMES: 'I WILL NOT COMPLY'
Robert Bullock, Selma Times-Journal, 1/29/04
http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/articles/2004/01/29/news/news27.txt

"I will not comply," Rajeeyah Holmes said flatly, about an Associated 
Press
story reporting that some Alabama driver's license officials are 
requiring
Muslim women to have their pictures taken without their head scarves.

"I'm disappointed; it's not justified," she said.

Holmes, who is part of the Selma Islamic Center, said she fully 
understands
why the state would want to have the face exposed in the picture, and 
she
does not object to having the picture taken without the face scarf.

But to ask her to remove her head scarf, which is always worn outside 
the
home, is a violation of her religious principles -and of the 
Qur'an-Islam's
sacred scriptures. And, she added, the picture would not depict here as 
she
would appear while driving a car.

"To me it feels like bigotry," said Holmes. "I understand the fear 
people
have since 9/ll, but not all Muslims blow up buildings or themselves 
up.
It's contrary to the teaching of the Qur'an."

Holmes recalls that the last time she had her picture taken for her
driver's license, she was asked if she always wore the head scarf. When 
she
replied yes, there was no objection, she said.

The Associated Press story reported that 10 Muslim women from Mobile 
and
Birmingham had complained to the Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations, which in turn wrote to Alabama Public 
Safety
Director Mike Coppage asking that the state end its requirement for 
women
not to wear their head scarf, or hijab, when having the driver's 
license
picture taken.

A department spokeswoman said officials were reviewing the matter,
according to The Associated Press.

-----

WHITE HOUSE APPOINTS PAKISTANI AMERICAN TO PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE
National Council of Pakistani Americans, 1/28/04
http://www.ncpa.info/default.asp

WASHINGTON: The White House has appointed a prominent Pakistani 
American to
a Presidential Committee. The appointment of Mr. Hanif Akhtar as a 
Member
of the US President's 'National Hire Veterans Committee was announced 
by
the US Secretary of Labor. He will be sworn in at a formal ceremony at 
the
White House on February 19th.

Mr. Akhtar is a successful businessman and a respected 
Pakistani-American
community leader, and also the President of Pakistan American Business
Association (PABA).

-----

SMALL EXPLOSIVE CHARGE NEAR HOME OF MUSLIM PREFECT
Agence France Presse, 1/29/04
http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=58&story_id=41
59

NANTES, France - For the third time in ten days, a small explosive 
charge
detonated Thursday near the home of France's only Muslim prefect,
destroying 
a letterbox at a nearby school.

Police in the western city of Nantes were investigating if there was a 
link
with charges that destroyed the car of Aissa Dermouche and damaged the
entrance to the business school which he ran.

Two weeks ago the Algerian-born Dermouche was appointed prefect -- or
governor -- of the department of Jura on the Swiss border, in the midst 
of
a heated debate over positive discrimination.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 1/30/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: LIFE IS FLEETING
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: GEORGIA
* CAIR-MD SEEKS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/SECRETARY
	- CAIR-St. Louis to Meet with Foreign Journalists
	- CAIR-Houston Needs Volunteers
* NY: HUDSON VALLEY MUSLIMS TO HOLD VOTER DRIVE
	- IL: Volunteers Needed For Eid Voter Drives
	- CAIR-OH Holds Vigil for Amina Silmi
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: SHARPTON ON CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM
	- Arab-American Group Endorses Kucinich (AP)
* IL: MUSLIMS VIEW POOL AS UNUSABLE (Chicago Tribune)
* MI: DOUBTS CAST SHADOW OVER TERROR CONVICTIONS (AP)
	- Court Keeps Guantanamo Suspects Isolated (AP)
* ASHCROFT: BUSH WILL VETO CHANGES TO PATRIOT ACT (Fox)
	- Justice Warns Against Civil Rights Apathy (AP)
	- Patriot Act Should Be Repealed (Pantagraph)
	- Paranoid America Threatens Muslims (John Hopkins)
* PERLE MUST RESIGN OR BE FIRED... (Antiwar.Com)
* MUSLIMS GATHER IN MINA FOR PILGRIMAGE (AP)
	- Sacred Sacrifice (Herald Tribune)
	- NJ: Muslims Mark Hajj Tomorrow (Jersey Journal)
* CA: ISLAMIC LEADER BUILDS BRIDGES (Daily Bruin)
* VA: MUSLIM MARKET BLOSSOMS (FCNP)
	- CA: Muslims Acquire Burial Ground (NC Times)
* BUILDING A WALL, BREAKING A RELATIONSHIP (Wash Post)
	- UK Opposes Court Review of Fence (Guardian)
	- Indiscriminate Killing (Haaretz)
* IRAQI CITY REFLECTS NATION'S FAULT LINES (Wash. Post)
* 4th ANNUAL IOWA CONFERENCE ON ISLAM

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LIFE IS FLEETING

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "He who loves his 
worldly 
life (too much) does damage to his (life in the world to come)...So 
prefer 
what is lasting to what is fleeting."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1343

-----

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,189 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Michigan: 182 sponsored, 204 more libraries to 
go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org

-----

CAIR-MARYLAND SEEKS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/SECRETARY

The ideal candidate will be a person just graduating from college and 
looking for an entry level position in a grassroots organization. Past 
volunteer work or community service work will be a qualification. The 
applicant must be a willing worker who can work under pressure and 
always 
be a part of a solution.

For more information, e-mail: rizwan@cairmd.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-ST. LOUIS DIRECTOR TO MEET WITH FOREIGN JOURNALISTS

(ST. LOUIS - 1/30/2004) - The executive director of CAIR-St. Louis is 
scheduled to meet with a group of foreign journalists today as part of 
the 
U.S. State Department's International Visitor Program to discuss 
grassroots 
organizing and the participation of Muslims in the U.S. political 
process.

The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, a 
Muslim civil rights group, was asked to meet with the delegation of 
journalists from India and Pakistan as part of the State Department's 
Foreign Policy Decision-Making Process - South-Asian Regional Project 
program.

CAIR-St. Louis has also made arrangements for the journalists to attend 
the 
upcoming Eid ul-Adha prayer service on Sunday, February 1, 2004, and to 
observe CAIR's efforts to register voters at that time.

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis, James Hacking, 314-602-3794, E-mail: 
admin@cair-stl.org

---

CAIR-HOUSTON NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR COMMUNITY RELATIONS/OUTREACH

CAIR-Houston is in need of volunteers to both promote and participate 
in 
our events and activities.

We need help in four areas: to advertise; to facilitate feedback; to 
schedule outreach campaigns; to volunteer during an event.

If interested, send your contact information to info@cairhouston.org 
and 
specify which areas are of interest to you.

---

LOCAL MUSLIMS TO HOLD VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
Effort designed to coincide with end-of-pilgrimage festival

WHAT: On Sunday, February 1, 2004, the Greater Hudson Valley Muslim 
community will hold a voter registration drive following Eid ul-Adha 
(EED-al-ODD-ha) prayers marking the end of the Islamic pilgrimage to 
Mecca, 
or Hajj.

Eid ul-Adha, or the "feast of sacrifice," commemorates the Prophet 
Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. 
The 
holiday is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, 
distribution of meat to the needy and social gatherings.

Festivals following Eid ul-Adha prayers draw thousands of Muslims in 
local 
communities and offer an excellent opportunity to distribute voter 
registration materials.

The voter drive is part of an effort coordinated by the 
Washington-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).  Mid-Hudson Muslim 
Women's 
Association is also supporting this drive.

There are more than 5,000 Muslims in the Greater Hudson Valley, an 
estimated seven million in America and some 1.2 billion worldwide. 
Demographers say Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this 
country and around the world.

WHEN: Sunday, February 1, 2004, between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM

WHERE: Casperkill Country Club, 575 South Road (Route 9), Poughkeepsie,
NY 12601

CONTACT: Masjid Al-Noor (845) 297-0882

NOTE: Because the prayer portion of the Eid festival is a religious 
service, reporters and photographers of both sexes should dress 
modestly.

SEE ALSO:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EID VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES

WHAT: Volunteers are needed to help carry out voter registration during 
the 
Eid-ul-Adha prayers on Sunday, February 1, 2004, at all prayer 
locations.

Visit: http://www.mcrcnet.org/votervolunteer.htm

Volunteers are also requested to attend an orientation to know the 
voter 
registration requirements, to receive voter registration packets and to 
be 
able to answer any questions.

WHEN: January 30, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic Foundation (Cafeteria), 300 W. Highridge Road, Villa 
Park, 
IL 60181

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CAIR-OH HOLDS VIGIL FOR AMINA SILMI
Associated Press, 1/30/04

Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ohio, will hold a candlelight 
vigil 
for Amina Silmi, a Palestinian facing deportation and separation from 
her 
children, 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 16400 Detroit Ave. on 
Monday, 
February 2. Contact: Julia Shearson, (216) 440-2247.

-----

QUOTE OF THE DAY: SHARPTON ON CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM

"...Mr. Bush and some of his crowd have said they represent a Christian 
view against the Islamic…I don't think Christ could join most of their 
churches..."

- Al Sharpton at the Democratic Candidate debates in South Carolina, 
1/29/04

ALSO SEE:

ARAB-AMERICAN POLITICAL GROUP ENDORSES KUCINICH
Tarek El-Tablawy, Associated Press, 1/29/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/7827811.htm

DETROIT - Surprising even leaders of their own community, Arab-American 
political activists have endorsed Ohio U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich as 
their 
Democratic candidate for president.

Kucinich, who finished sixth in New Hampshire, came away with more than 
two-thirds of the votes cast by members of the Arab-American Political 
Action Committee, the group's head, Osama Siblani, said Thursday. 
Kucinich 
was followed by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. Retired Gen. Wesley 
Clark 
took third in the voting Wednesday in Dearborn.

"It was not a strategy endorsement, it was an endorsement of 
principle," 
said Siblani, who also is editor-in-chief of The Arab-American News.

"The argument we had yesterday was should we stand by our principles or 
cast a vote based on electability," he said. "But this was a group that 
voted for (President) Bush in 2000 and were stung by the Bush 
administration."

"They decided that they needed to make it clear that this community 
will 
vote for the candidate that best represents its interests, not 
necessarily 
the one that may be elected," Siblani said.

Siblani said while representatives from the campaigns of U.S. Sen. John 
Kerry, Dean and Clark were on hand Wednesday to lobby for their 
respective 
candidates, there was no one representing Kucinich...

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MUSLIMS VIEW POOL AS UNUSABLE
Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune, 1/30/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0401300162jan30,1,2070617.story

When the University of Chicago opened its state-of-the-art Gerald 
Ratner 
Athletics Center in the fall, university officials celebrated its 
dramatic 
curved roof and soaring masts as a modern interpretation of the 
university's predominant Gothic architecture.

Sloping floor-to-ceiling glass walls surrounded the center's crown 
jewel--a 
50-meter handicapped-accessible indoor pool with a shallow center.

But it didn't take long for one group of students to realize the 
limitations of the designer natatorium.

For Muslim men and women, the notion of passers-by watching them do the 
butterfly stroke through the glass walls defies modesty, a key tenet of 
their faith.

"Ratner is off limits," said Isra Bhatty, a senior member of the 
college's 
Muslim Student Association. "When you're swimming, you're in weird 
positions. You [have to] bypass shady glares."

Complicating matters, the University of Chicago is one of a handful of 
schools in the nation that calls for students to pass a swimming course 
to 
graduate.

The school offers an exemption on religious grounds, and this year 
Bhatty 
and about two dozen other Muslim students submitted letters from 
clerics to 
apply for it.

Brian Baldea, associate chairman of physical education and athletics 
for 
the university, said providing the religious exemption has nothing to 
do 
with the new building...

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said the prophet Muhammad taught that each 
religion has an innate characteristic at the core of its faith. For 
Islam, 
it is modesty, Hooper said.

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DOUBTS CAST SHADOW OVER TERROR CONVICTIONS
Sarah Karush, Associated Press, 1/30/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7827989.htm

DETROIT - Just six days after the World Trade Center crumbled, FBI 
agents 
raided an apartment and uncovered what they said was evidence of more 
plots, helping launch a case that would be hailed as a major victory in 
the 
war on terror.

Now, seven months after two Arab immigrants were convicted of being 
part of 
a terrorism conspiracy, investigations into the lead prosecutor in the 
case 
and the FBI's Detroit offices have intensified doubts that those 
convictions will hold up.

As U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen considers whether to grant the 
defendants a new trial, new allegations of misconduct by Assistant U.S. 
Attorney Richard Convertino are being investigated by the Justice 
Department.

The public disagreement between Convertino and his superiors is highly 
unusual and could indicate the government is trying to distance itself 
from 
the prosecutors, some observers said...

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COURT KEEPS GUANTANAMO SUSPECTS ISOLATED
Gina Holland, Associated Press, 1/29/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7819503.htm

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court stepped in Wednesday to temporarily 
continue 
the isolation of terrorism suspects at the Navy base in Cuba.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor granted a request from the Bush 
administration 
to stop a lower court from communicating with a detainee at Guantanamo 
Bay, 
Cuba.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had planned to notify the 
detainee of 
that court's ruling in December that Guantanamo prisoners should be 
allowed 
to see lawyers and have access to courts.

O'Connor granted the government's request to put that ruling on hold, 
but 
she said the high court could reconsider after it hears from lawyers 
for 
the detainee, Falen Gherebi.

O'Connor has jurisdiction over appeals from the San Francisco-based 9th 
Circuit.

Solicitor General Theodore Olson had asked the high court earlier 
Wednesday 
to block any developments in a class-action case over treatment of the 
Guantanamo detainees until the Supreme Court decides this year, in a 
separate case, whether Guantanamo detainees may contest their captivity 
in 
American courts.

The government has been holding about 650 men, mostly Muslims, 
essentially 
incommunicado at the prison in Cuba.

The military maintains that because the men were picked up overseas on 
suspicion of terrorism, they may be detained indefinitely without 
charges 
or trial.

The Supreme Court announced in November that it would consider appeals 
on 
behalf of Guantanamo inmates. A month later, a panel of the 9th Circuit 
issued the ruling in favor of Gherebi, a Libyan captured in 
Afghanistan...

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ASHCROFT: BUSH WOULD VETO CHANGES TO PATRIOT ACT
FOX News, 1/29/04
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,109857,00.html

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration intensified its defense of the 
anti-terrorism Patriot Act on Thursday, threatening to veto legislation 
in 
Congress that would scale back key provisions.

Attorney General John Ashcroft, in a letter to Senate leaders, said the 
changes proposed in the Security and Freedom Ensured Act, known as 
SAFE, 
would "undermine our ongoing campaign to detect and prevent 
catastrophic 
attacks."

Ashcroft told reporters that President Bush would veto the bill if it 
reached his desk.

The threat came a week after Bush, in his State of the Union address, 
urged 
Congress to reauthorize the Patriot Act before it expires in 2005. A 
few 
months earlier, Ashcroft embarked on a 32-city speaking tour in a bid 
to 
answer critics who contend the law threatens civil liberties and 
privacy 
rights.

Ashcroft said the political offensive "reflects the stakes America has 
in 
the war on terror. When American lives are at stake, we need to have 
all 
the capacities to disrupt and to defeat terrorism that we've been 
successfully using over the last 28 months."

The Patriot Act, passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror 
attacks, 
expanded the government's wiretap and other surveillance authority, 
removed 
barriers between FBI and CIA information-sharing, and provided more 
tools 
for terror finance investigations.

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties 
Union 
and a staunch critic of the new law, said the veto threat shows that 
the 
Bush administration is on the defensive. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit 
in 
federal court challenging a key portion of the law, and 241 state and 
local 
governments also have gone on record opposing it...

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JUSTICE WARNS AGAINST CIVIL RIGHTS APATHY
Gina Holland, Associated Press, 1/30/04
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=558&u=/ap/20040130/ap_on_go_su_co/scotus_ginsburg

NEW YORK - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that 
people concerned about losing freedom to government anti-terrorism 
efforts 
should speak out.

The Supreme Court is taking up several terror-related cases this 
spring, 
including challenges to the government detention of terror suspects 
without 
legal rights.

Ginsburg, speaking to a group of women's rights lawyers, was asked if 
people's rights were in danger.

"On important issues, like the balance between liberty and security, if 
the 
public doesn't care, then the security side is going to overweigh the 
other," she said.

That would change, Ginsburg said, "if people come forward and say we 
are 
proud to live in the USA, a land that has been more free, and we want 
to 
keep it that way."

Ginsburg, who argued women's rights cases at the Supreme Court several 
decades before former President Clinton named her to the court in 1993, 
said "an active public" made the difference in the victories of 
feminism...

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PATRIOT ACT CURTAILS CIVIL LIBERTY, SHOULD BE REPEALED, PANEL SAYS
Sharon K. Wolfe, Pantagraph.com, 1/29/04
http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/012904/new_20040129027.shtml

BLOOMINGTON -- The USA Patriot Act was adopted to fight terrorism in 
the 
wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but it goes too far in 
curtailing civil liberties, the Bloomington Human Relations Commission 
said 
Wednesday night.

The commission voted unanimously to draft a resolution calling for the 
act's repeal and to send that resolution to the city council.

Some audience members went further, calling on the commission to ask 
the 
council to look into how it can prevent enforcement of the law within 
the 
city's limits.

"As city officials, you are responsible for what happens in this 
community," said Victor Connor of Normal. "It (enforcement of the law) 
needs to be monitored in this community."

About a dozen people stepped to the podium at City Hall to express 
their 
fears of the law giving the federal government more power to monitor 
religious and political institutions without probable cause to suspect 
criminal activity. Other said they worry the government can seize any 
American's papers, personal effects, medical and financial records and 
even 
a library's list of who checks out what books.

"It's not the just Patriot Act -- it's the path it's on," said Gregg 
Brown, 
Bloomington. "There's a nightmare scenario as each of us becomes more 
watched."

Tom Eimermann, a professor of constitutional law at Illinois State 
University, said the act has provisions to help protect borders and 
fight 
terrorism, but "some of the investigative tools go too far. It allows 
the 
FBI got get information on a person's Internet surfing, what they 
read," he 
said.

He said certain ethnic and religious groups are more likely to be 
targeted...

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PARANOID AMERICA THREATENS MUSLIMS
Zainab Cheema, Johns Hopkins Newsletter, 1/30/04
http://www.jhunewsletter.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/01/30/4019b71a819c6

Report Suspicious Activity. Call 1-800-492-TIPS." This message, 
courtesy of 
the Homeland Security Department, was emblazoned on a billboard near 
I-95, 
just before the highway roars into Washington, D.C. On a whim I decided 
to 
call the number and air some technical reservations. The man who picked 
up 
had a warm, folksy drawl reminiscent of Mayberry; "Detective Taylor 
here."

"I have to say, I am really confused by the word "suspicious,'" I said. 
"Well, there's no textbook definition of what "suspicious is," he 
explained. "It's when you see anything going on which doesn't look 
normal, 
or raises the hair on the back of your neck." Suspicious equals not 
normal. 
Uh-oh.

"I'm a little nervous by all this," I told Taylor, "isn't it possible 
for 
someone to make a mistake about "suspicious activity" and inform on 
some 
innocent person?" "Sure can," he patiently explained, "but that's what 
we're here for. We decide if something is suspicious or not." "How can 
you 
tell?" "Ma'am, after you've been a cop for 22 years, it comes naturally 
if 
someone is being suspicious or not."

But perhaps it doesn't come as naturally as Taylor thinks it does. As 
any 
veteran of the civil rights struggle in the South can tell you, cops 
were 
often on back-slapping terms with Klansmen. The FBI's campaign to 
neutralize Martin Luther King as an effective civil rights leader under 
COINTELPRO included attempts to blackmail him into committing suicide. 
The 
state has a less than spotless record in discriminating between the 
guilty 
and the innocent when certain groups are broadly perceived as dangerous 
and 
threatening, such as its actions regarding the Japanese-Americans 
during 
World War II.

Post-Sept. 11, we fear Muslims. While President Bush's rhetoric has 
distinguished between terrorists and law-abiding patriots, his policies 
have tarred all with a wide brush. The Justice Department detained and 
expelled 13,000 Arabs and other American Muslims overstaying their 
visas, 
after they voluntarily turned themselves in. Not all absconders were 
seen 
as equally illegal, though. Only recently, Bush courted the Latino bloc 
by 
offering temporary green cards to illegal Hispanic immigrants in the 
nation. Apparently, the White House believes Hispanic farm laborers and 
hotel maids are less dangerous than Arab cab drivers...

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PERLE MUST RESIGN OR BE FIRED...
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 1/30/04
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=1804

When Richard Perle, high-visibility neocon and co-author of a recent 
book 
that faults the Bush administration for being soft on terrorism, spoke 
at a 
rally associated with the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian terrorist 
group once allied with Saddam Hussein, the "mainstream" media was 
nowhere 
to be seen. The music-oriented event, billed as a fundraiser for 
victims of 
the Iranian earthquake - and, incidentally, calling for "regime change" 
in 
Tehran - was held this past weekend, and had generated a fair amount of 
controversy before the curtain opened on the first act.

Representative Bob Ney (R-Iowa) - who sounded the alarm on the MEK long 
ago 
in Washington - called for an official investigation of the terrorist 
fundraiser: the Red Cross, originally slated to accept funds raised at 
the 
rally, withdrew. So did La Leche International. But Perle claims that 
he 
gave the keynote speech at the event anyway, because he was "unaware," 
as 
the Washington Post put it, of the group's terrorist connections:

"'All of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross,' Perle said. Informed 
that 
the Red Cross had announced before the event it would refuse any monies 
because of the event's 'political nature,' Perle said: 'I was unaware 
of 
that.' Perle declined to say how much he received."

According to the Post, "FBI agents attended it, and, as part of a 
continuing investigation, the Treasury Department on Monday froze the 
assets of the event's prime organizer."

Perle claims to have been contacted by the Premiere Speakers Bureau, 
and, 
when he requested more information from them about the sponsors, he was 
told the rally would be in "solidarity with earthquake victims in Iran 
and 
an evening for Iranian Resistance." The "Resistance" is one of many 
well-known pseudonyms of the MEK and is the name of their principal 
front 
group: the National Council of Resistance (NCR)...

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MUSLIMS GATHER IN MINA FOR PILGRIMAGE
Rawya Rageh, Associated Press, 1/30/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/7833293.htm

MINA, Saudi Arabia - The hajj pilgrimage began in earnest Friday as 
Muslims 
from around the world arrived in the tent city of Mina, where many 
prayed 
before dawn in cloud-covered valleys outside the holy city of Mecca.

It was their last stop before heading to Mount Arafat for a day of 
prayers 
and soul searching that is the main ritual of the annual gathering.

Police forces were on alert following the death Thursday of five Saudi 
security agents in a shootout with terror suspects in the Saudi 
capital, 
Riyadh.

The militants exchanged fire with Saudi security forces raiding a 
house, 
and five Saudi agents and the father of a suspect were killed, 
according to 
the Interior Ministry. Several others were detained.

But 500 miles to the west, pilgrims said they were too overwhelmed by 
the 
spiritual experience to be worried about terrorism.

Egyptian computer science professor Do'oa Labib, one of nearly 2 
million 
Muslims in this Arab nation for the hajj, said he felt close to God.

``These holy lands fill your heart with such genuine emotions,'' he 
said. 
``I feel that with every step I take my heart is gradually purified 
from 
any blemishes and becomes totally dedicated to God...''

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SACRED SACRIFICE
Steve Heisler, Herald Tribune, 1/30/04
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040129/NEWS/401290385/1034

Would you kill for God? It's a question raised by the experiences of 
Ibrahim (Abraham), recognized as the father of monotheistic religions.

Celebrated in the Koran, the Bible and the Torah, his choice of Allah 
(God) 
over the material world and his willingness to kill a son helped 
Muslims, 
Christians and Jews come to terms with their own spirituality.

Ibrahim's odyssey comes sharply into focus now, as a billion Muslims 
worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice). The 
Muslim 
holiday coincides with the upcoming new moon and begins with al Hajj -- 
the 
pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that all Muslims must make at least 
once in their lifetimes, according to Islamic law.

The experience, during which the actions of Ibrahim's wife and then 
Ibrahim 
are duplicated, is unique among the major monotheistic religions.

"This is fascinating within the Muslim tradition, that everyone should 
take 
that pilgrimage," said Susan Marks, a religion professor at New College 
and 
an expert on early Judaism and Christianity. "It's a very strong 
principle; 
it's very different."

As Marks is quick to point out, differences abound in the distinct 
versions 
of the story of Ibrahim, or Abraham.

In the faith of Islam, for example, Ismail (Ishmael) is the son who 
came 
under the knife of this, the first prophet, during the renowned test of 
faith, and yet was spared by God.

In Judeo-Christian takes on Abraham's life, it is Isaac whom the 
prophet 
nearly sacrifices...

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MUSLIMS TO MARK EID UL ADHA STARTING TOMORROW
Stephanie L. Daye, 1/30/04
http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1075461065189570.xml

Muslims will celebrate the Eid ul Adha, or festival of sacrifice, on 
Sunday 
with prayers, gifts and distribution of meat to the needy.

In Hudson County, the holiday will be celebrated at the following 
events:

SATURDAY
The Altawheed Center, 984 West Side Ave., Jersey City, will present 
lectures by imams from various mosques at 8:30 a.m. They will also 
engage 
in a daylong fast. For more information, call (201) 432-1773.

SUNDAY
The Altawheed Center, 984 West Side Ave., Jersey City, will open its 
doors 
for prayer at 8:30 a.m.

The Altawheed Center and the Islamic Center of Jersey City will be 
celebrating the holiday at the Rex Plex Indoors Amusement and 
Recreation 
Park in Elizabeth from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call the 
Altawheed Center, at (201) 432-1773; the Islamic Center of Jersey City, 
at 
(201) 892-8951; or Rex Plex, at (877) 739-7539, Ext. 233.

The Islamic Education Center of North Hudson County, 4613 Cottage 
Place, 
Union City, will hold prayer services at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:45 a.m.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Education 
Center 
will hold a voter registration drive from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Afterward, 
they 
will host a community gathering at their future Youth Center, 2102 83rd 
St., North Bergen, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 
Yousef 
Abdallah at (201) 658-4544.

MONDAY
The Islamic Center of Jersey City has reserved space at the Rex Plex 
Indoors Amusement and Recreation park, Elizabeth, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
For 
more information, call the Islamic Center, at (201) 892-8951, or Rex 
Plex, 
at (877) 739-7539, Ext. 233.

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ISLAMIC LEADER, SCHOLAR BUILDS BRIDGES OF KNOWLEDGE
Rogelio Morales, Daily Bruin, 1/30/04
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=27153

After a busy day that ended at 1:30 a.m., Hisham Mahmoud speaks 
enthusiastically about his passion: educating others about his culture.

As a respected leader in the community, Mahmoud - a graduate student in 
Islamic studies at UCLA - is driven to fight ignorance and help educate 
people about Islam.

"I'm just the guy they call when the scheduled speaker doesn't show 
up," 
Mahmoud said during a phone interview.

But Mahmoud isn't just a second-place choice to absentee speakers. He's 
developed a reputation among the local Muslim community and beyond for 
his 
scholarship and activism.

Having acquired a command of five different languages and an 
international 
educational experience that has taken him to Europe and the Middle 
East, 
Mahmoud said he feels an immense sense of responsibility whenever he's 
called upon for leadership.

"I've been blessed to meet, talk, and study with many intelligent 
scholars. 
... I feel a great sense of accountability, not pride," he said.

Mahmoud continues to respond to the increasing interest in Islamic 
culture 
in the United States...

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LOCAL MARKET BLOSSOMS FROM SMALLER TO SUPER
Peter Laub, Falls Church News Press, 1/30/04
http://www.fcnp.com/347/news5.htm

Once was a time (January 1999, to be exact) when the Southgate Village 
Shoppes, a small strip mall in Falls Church on East Fairfax St., was 
dubbed 
by The Washington Post as a "destination for all things Middle 
Eastern."

Shortly thereafter, however, in January of 2000, the Falls Church 
Episcopal, Southgate's neighbor across East Fairfax Street, purchased 
the 
shopping center and informed the seven tenants it would not renew their 
leases. All seven businesses there have since either closed their doors 
permanently or found a new home. The church's plan is to demolish the 
center and build a new parish life center.

In the case of Mateen Chida, it turned out to be rather providential. 
He 
didn't have to go far to find a bigger, better location for his Halal 
Meat 
Market.

In October of 2003, Chida relocated his business to 155 Hillwood Ave., 
in 
the Tower Square Shopping Center, just behind the Southgate Center, in 
the 
space formerly occupied by the Galaxy Restaurant.

The lease buyout by the Falls Church Episcopal worked out as a blessing 
for 
Chida's business, now the Halalco Supermarket...

With 12,000 sq. feet, Halalco has more than tripled the space it had at 
its 
former Southgate location and the amenities it has added for its 
costumers 
include a brand new, expansive produce section, an expanded, convenient 
self-service meat counter, and bookshelves lined with the one of the 
most 
extensive collections of Muslim-related literature this side of 
Riyadh...

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MUSLIMS ACQUIRE BURIAL GROUND IN OCEANSIDE
Agnes Diggs, North County Times, 1/29/04
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/01/29/special_reports/religion/1_28_0421_53_38.txt

There is a symmetry to Muslim burial ceremonies that results from 
strict 
observation of centuries-old customs.

"We don't believe in burning the body," explained Toufeeq Khan during a 
discussion after services at the Masjid (mosque) Al-Ittehad in Vista. 
"It 
has to go into the ground again. And that's why we need a place."

Burial is a collective obligation for Muslims, he said, and the mosque 
has 
recently contracted for an exclusive burial area in Eternal Hills 
Memorial 
Park in Oceanside. The allotted space, which will include "72 spaces 
with 
some land around it," will be enclosed by a fence. A sign outside will 
indicate that it is a Muslim burial ground.

"The fencing is because Muslim burial grounds have to be identified 
differently," Khan said. "No other graves are allowed."

Muslim scholars say the burial segregation is to maintain the placement 
of 
the bodies in an unbroken pattern.

All the spaces will be aligned toward the Ka'ba, or Kaaba, the place in 
Mecca toward which Muslims turn when they pray. The body rests on its 
back, 
but the face is turned toward the right. The depth should be at least 
half 
the body's length, but deeper is better. This is according to the 
Islamic 
Sharia, or law.

Burials are not extravagant. If not for the fence, it might be 
difficult to 
discern what lies beyond it. Markers, statues and mausoleums are not 
used 
to mark graves. And the amount of earth mounded above the grave should 
not 
be higher than the breadth of a man's hand, said Imam Nader Dehaini.

"You don't want people to dwell on the dead," Dehaini said. "The dead 
are 
dead. You don't want to worship them. Essentially the poor and the rich 
go 
into the ground the same way, and that's the important thing."

The mourning or grieving period should last no more than three days. 
After 
33 years, the space can be used to bury another person, scholars say...

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BUILDING A WALL, BREAKING A RELATIONSHIP
David Ignatius, Washington Post, 1/30/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61947-2004Jan29.html

Israel's plan to build a security fence inside the West Bank is 
beginning 
to bulldoze its friendly relationship with neighboring Jordan, which 
for 
decades has been one of its few reliable Arab partners.

With Israel under continuing assault from suicide bombers (such as the 
terrorist who attacked a Jerusalem bus yesterday, killing at least 11 
people), Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has pressed ahead with his plans 
for 
the barrier. Sharon argues that if the Palestinians won't control the 
suicide bombers, then Israel must take unilateral steps to protect 
itself 
-- including the fence.

But to Israel's consternation, Jordan has taken a leading role in 
opposing 
the barrier. The Jordanian foreign minister, Marwan Muasher, told his 
country's parliament on Jan. 21: "Construction of the wall would kill 
every 
opportunity for a viable Palestinian state." He said it would pose a 
"direct threat . . . to Jordanian national security because it might 
revive 
the transfer option [of Palestinians to Jordan] despite all Israeli 
assertions to the contrary..."

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BRITAIN OPPOSES INTERNATIONAL COURT REVIEW OF SECURITY FENCE
Ewen MacAskill, Guardian, 1/30/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1134708,00.html

The British government will today infuriate Arab opinion by supporting 
Israel in a legal challenge to the construction of its controversial 
wall 
along the West Bank.

The Foreign Office is to lodge an objection at the international court 
of 
justice in The Hague, which is scheduled to review the barrier's 
legality.

Israel has repeatedly argued that it needs the wall to protect it from 
suicide bombers, such as the one responsible for yesterday's carnage in 
Jerusalem.

But the Foreign Office minister Lady Symons, in an interview with the 
Jewish Chronicle published today, says a hearing at the international 
court 
on the issue of the wall would "serve to politicise the court in a way 
for 
which it was not designed." The objection comes in spite of repeated 
declarations by the Foreign Office that the wall's encroachment onto 
Palestinian land is illegal...

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INDISCRIMINATE KILLING
Haaretz, 1/29/04
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/388246.html

The dry account provided by the army said an armored force entered the 
Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza early yesterday morning to strike at 
Islamic 
Jihad activists. According to the Israel Defense Forces report, a 
firefight 
ensued between armed Palestinians and the armored force and the IDF 
identified direct hits on 10 armed men. The result is that at least 
nine 
Palestinians were killed in the incident, five of them from the Islamic 
Jihad. The Palestinians said an 11-year-old boy and three workers were 
killed and an ambulance driver was wounded.

It was another one of those routine reports that the Israeli public has 
grown used to. Apparently the public is accepting a situation in which 
military activity in Palestinian towns is accompanied by indiscriminate 
killing.

With a kind of collective shrug, the killing is excused as something 
self-evident in the circumstances of the war, in which it is difficult 
to 
distinguish between terrorists and innocent civilians. Nobody disputes 
the 
need to chase down activists from terror groups that want to strike in 
Israeli population centers, and the circumstances of the incident are 
such 
that occasionally innocent civilians can be accidentally harmed because 
terrorists operate in their midst.

But lately, there's a growing impression that the army's finger is too 
quick on the trigger and its senior commanders are forgiving toward 
soldiers and junior officers responsible for the fighting and its 
consequences. The IDF must provide a more serious explanation about the 
unnecessary deaths left behind after its operations…

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IRAQI CITY REFLECTS NATION'S FAULT LINES
Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 1/29/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61704-2004Jan29.html

NASIRIYAH, Iraq - Sabri Rumayidh, the beleaguered provincial governor 
in 
this southern Iraqi city, barked into the telephone Thursday with the 
urgency of a man under the gun. Many guns.

On the roof of his office were two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 
shouldered by tribesmen whom Rumayidh had called in as muscle after a 
protest by 4,000 people a day earlier and rumors of another on Thursday 
demanding that he resign and make way for elections. In the courtyard 
were 
two dozen more tribesmen with AK-47 assault rifles, some of them 
sporting 
bandoliers over their traditional gowns. A gaggle of smiling men hung 
out 
in the deserted lobby with heavy machine guns, their ammunition 
spilling 
across the floor.

"Did you send the patrol?" Rumayidh pleaded with the city's police 
chief, 
his second call in a few minutes. "There's only four policemen here 
with 
one Kalashnikov and 20 bullets. Send 10 or 15 if you want to protect 
the 
building."

With that, Rumayidh packed up and departed, his entourage followed and 
the 
gate of the office was padlocked. But left behind was a standoff over 
the 
question at the heart of the plan for Iraq's political transition: Who 
leads the country, and who chooses the leaders? Guns were drawn, 
clerics 
promised more protests and civil disobedience until elections were 
held, 
and the U.S.-led administration acknowledged its difficult task in 
bringing 
legitimacy to the process it is trying to oversee.

"No bullets have been fired, and that's worth recording," said John 
Bourne, 
the coordinator for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in 
Nasiriyah, a Shiite Muslim city about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad. 
But, 
he added: "It is a question of acceptance. The ultimate test of 
legitimacy 
is: Do they accept it? Do a sufficient majority of the people accept 
the 
results?"

The fault lines that have emerged in Nasiriyah reveal the forces -- and 
dangers -- shaping the U.S. plan to create an Iraqi government and turn 
over sovereignty this summer. In streets along the Euphrates River, 
Nasiriyah's assertive Islamic parties have proved their ability this 
week 
to rally followers, with or without the blessing of the country's 
leading 
cleric. Violence lurks under the surface. And the U.S.-led 
administration, 
residents say, has little goodwill on which to draw in advocating 
anything 
short of direct elections...

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4th ANNUAL IOWA CONFERENCE ON ISLAM

WHAT: The theme of the 4th annual Iowa conference on Islam is "Islam: 
Unity 
of Diversity."

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS: Lectures & Workshops, Distinguished Local & 
National  Speakers, Introductory Sessions on Islam, Interactive 
Sessions, 
Quran Recitations, Private Consultations, Movie Showing, Bazaar & 
Cultural 
Exhibition, Youth Program, Interfaith Dialogue, Basketball Tournament 
for 
Males, Private Swimming for Females, Fieldtrip to the Mother Mosque of 
America, Babysitting Available.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Aminah Assilmi, Siraj 
Wahhaj, 
Dr. Jeffrey Lang and many more!

WHEN: Friday, March 26 to Sunday, March 28, 2004

WHERE: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

No Registration Cost!
REGISTER ONLINE: http://www.iowamuslims.org

Website: http://www.IowaMuslims.org
Email: questions@IowaMuslims.org
Phone: (319) 621-6375, (312) 375-2615

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/2/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: CONSULT WITH THEM
* 'I AM MUSLIM. I AM AMERICAN. I VOTE' (LA Times)
	- CA Eid Appeal for Political Involvement (SJMN)
	- TX Muslims Raise Political Awareness (DMN)
	- WI Muslims Hope to Build Political Power (MJ)
	- Hundreds of NY Muslims Register to Vote (PJ)
	- ST. Louis Muslims Register to Vote (Post-Dispatch)
	- CA Muslims Line Up to Register (Press-Enterprise)
	- IL Muslims Mix Prayer, Politics (Chicago Tribune)
	- FL Muslims Mix faith, Politics at Eid (Sun-Sentinel)
	- DC-Area Muslims Register to Vote (Wash. Post)
* FL CANDIDATE REVEALS IGNORANCE OF ISLAM (SP Times)
	- CAIR-FL: Eid and Voter Registration (WFLA 970)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: CONSULT WITH THEM

And it was by God's grace that you [Prophet Muhammad] dealt gently with 
thy 
followers…Pardon them and pray that they be forgiven, and consult with 
them 
in all matters of public concern.

The Holy Quran, 3:159

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'I AM MUSLIM. I AM AMERICAN. I VOTE'

PATRIOTIC TOUCH IN A HAJJ EVENT
As Southland Muslims mark an annual pilgrimage, those attending an 
Anaheim 
service can also register to vote.
Kimi Yoshino and Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 2/2/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hajj2feb02,1,2929458.story

Thousands of Southern California Muslims gathered Sunday to mark one of 
their most important holidays and the end of hajj, the yearly 
pilgrimage to 
Mecca.

They came - young and old, men and women - to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a 
holiday that honors Abraham, the prophet who was willing to sacrifice 
his 
son at God's request.

But one gathering proved to be more than merely religious observances, 
as 
the Muslims demonstrated their increasing political involvement. At the 
Anaheim Convention Center, where about 8,000 Muslims came together, the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations sponsored a voter registration 
drive, 
which also took place at gatherings in New York and Washington, D.C.

"This is part of our nationwide effort to get Muslim voices out through 
voting, especially this election year," said CAIR spokeswoman Sabiha 
Khan, 
who stood next to a sign that read: "I am Muslim. I am American. I 
vote…"

SEE ALSO:

ON HOLY DAY, AN APPEAL FOR POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT
Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, San Jose Mercury News 2/2/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/7854605.htm

On one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar, Eid-Ul-Adha, nearly 
5,000 Muslims gathered to celebrate the life of Abraham in an 
auditorium at 
the Santa Clara County fairgrounds.

Helal Omeira was there to call upon his fellow Muslims to renew their 
trust 
in American politics. Omeira sat behind a table in the middle of the 
34,000-square-foot hall, in front of a sign that said "Register to 
Vote."

"If you don't vote as an American, what right do you have to complain?" 
said Omeira, executive director of the Bay Area chapter of the Council 
on 
American Islamic Relations, which coordinated similar registration 
efforts 
nationwide. "You have to be a participant in the system…"

At the county fairgrounds on Sunday, resentment of the Bush 
administration 
was palpable. Person after person, including many registered 
Republicans, 
denounced the erosion of civil liberties. The U.S. government has 
forced 
more than 80,000 men and boys from dozens of Muslim countries to 
register 
at immigration offices and placed more than 13,000 in deportation 
hearings 
for immigration violations. American Muslim charities have been frozen. 
American Muslim leaders have been arrested.

"We're not asking for special treatment," said Shafath Syed, 37, who 
moderated Sunday's events and who voted for Bush in 2000. "We just want 
them to be fair."

Complaining is worthless, voting is essential, he said.

"If you don't like how things are going, either shut up or do something 
about it," he said. "Politicians aren't going to care about Muslims 
unless 
we vote."

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MUSLIMS MARK SACRED DAY AND RAISE POLITICAL AWARENESS
TOYA LYNN STEWART, Dallas Morning News, 2/1/04
http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/dn/religion/stories/020204dnmeteid.72af1.html

For North Texas Muslims, Sunday's annual Eid observance included a 
little 
patriotism along with the traditional prayers...

This year's festival included a voter registration drive held to bring 
a 
different sense of unity.

"It's extremely important that the Muslim community unite and make our 
voices heard as Muslim Americans," said Amina-Marisol Rojas, executive 
director of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations.

"It is important we exercise our rights as U.S. citizens instead of 
leaving 
the decisions to others."

The local drive was part of a national effort organized by the council.

"CAIR has encouraged communities to hold voter registration drives in 
the 
past," said Hasan Mansori, a spokesman for the national organization. 
"What 
is different this year is that promoting civic participation is a top 
priority.

"Muslim communities are now embracing the opportunity to get registered 
to 
vote and that is reflected in the number of drives going on this Sunday 
and 
the amount of enthusiasm we hear from volunteers to make this a 
success. 
This is the biggest voter registration drive we've ever seen."

"In the past, some citizens may have seen voting as an option," he 
said. 
"Today we are increasingly concerned about the deteriorating state of 
our 
civil liberties, the economy, our schools and health care, and our 
relations with the global community. Our rapidly growing community is 
well 
aware that they can make an impact in the presidential election, 
particularly in swing states such as Michigan, California, Wisconsin 
and 
Florida..."

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MUSLIMS HOPE TO BUILD POLITICAL POWER
Voter drive seen as way to boost their influence
GEORGIA PABST, Milwaukee Journal, 2/1/04
http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/feb04/204402.asp

Joining more than 5,000 Milwaukee-area Muslims, Yusra Abdel Sabar went 
to 
Wisconsin State Fair Park Sunday to pray and celebrate the religious 
holiday of Eid al-Adha, which marks the completion of the annual 
pilgrimage 
to Mecca.

But Abdel Sabar participated in another ritual Sunday. She registered 
to vote.

A native of Palestine, she became a citizen 25 years ago. But she said 
she 
was never really encouraged to vote before. Issues of safety, security 
and 
war have made her realize she needs to exercise her voting privilege, 
said 
the mother of six, who has a son in the U.S. Army.

"Now more than ever, my community needs to have a voice and help people 
chose the right leaders," she said. "The community is trying to 
improve. We 
need to show the world that the Islamic community is here to help 
everyone."

With concern about civil rights, the USA Patriot Act, discrimination, 
stereotyping of Arab-Americans and the 2004 election, the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., urged Muslim 
communities 
around the nation to conduct voter registration drives Sunday in 
conjunction with the religious celebration.

The CAIR Web site provided a model press release for organizations to 
use, 
along with instructions on how to conduct a voter registration drive 
and 
who can vote…

Janan Najeeb, director of the Muslim Women's Coalition, said this was 
the 
first year a concerted voter registration drive had been mounted.

"The situation for American Muslims is a difficult situation with the 
violation of civil rights, the Patriot Act. And so we need to mobilize 
our 
community," she said. "Before, a lot of Muslims felt disconnected from 
the 
political process," she said. With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 
2001, 
that changed."

"Our religion is under attack, and we as Muslims must face this 
campaign of 
hate with love, mercy and truth," said Ziad Hamdan, the acting imam for 
the 
Islamic Society, in his khutba, or sermon, after prayers Sunday. 
"Muslims 
must fight oppression."

In urging others to register to vote and get involved, he said: "Our 
participation as American Muslims is no longer an option; it's a 
necessity. 
We have to participate and be active in this country. We need to stand 
as 
one and unite our hearts and minds..."

After the celebration, Ahmed Azam, 22, and his sister Rabia Azam, 21, 
went 
to the voter registration tables, raised their hands and became new 
voters. 
The two said they and their family became citizens in November and look 
forward to voting.

"It's the only way to make a difference," said Ahmed, a computer 
programmer. His sister, a Marquette University student, said: "I just 
don't 
want another president like Bush."

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HUNDREDS REGISTER TO VOTE AT DRIVE
Rasheed Oluwa, Poughkeepsie Journal, 2/2/04
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/today/localnews/stories/lo020204s3.shtml

Although Sunday was a day of spiritual awareness for local Muslims, it 
was 
also a day of political awareness.

A voter registration drive was held in conjunction with Sunday's Eid 
al-Adha celebration at the Casperkill Country Club.

The drive was sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Islamic Association and is 
part 
of larger effort coordinated by the Council on American Islamic 
Relations, 
based in Washington, D.C., and the Mid-Hudson's Muslim Women's 
Association.

"We're really focusing on the national election," said Aziz Ahsan, a 
spokesman for the Mid-Hudson Islamic Association. "(Bush) completely 
ignored some of the issues of the Muslim community. At the national 
level 
they have to realize our issues."

These issues include the detaining of hundreds of Arab Americans, 
attacks 
on Muslim charities and the signing of the Patriot Act…

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ST. LOUIS MUSLIMS REGISTER TO VOTE

THOUSANDS CELEBRATE MUSLIM HOLY DAY
Aisha Sultan, Post-Dispatch, 2/1/04
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/0B998E87E798254986256E2E001203EB

Those expecting prayer got a dose of politics as well Sunday morning as 
thousands of Muslims gathered downtown for one of their largest holiday 
celebrations of the year.

"Are you a citizen? Are you registered to vote?" Umer Farouq, a 
volunteer, 
called out to people entering the Millennium Hotel ballroom being used 
as a 
prayer hall. The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic 
Relations set up the booth as part of a nationwide effort to register 
Muslim-American voters for the coming presidential election. A steady 
stream of people filled out the voter registrations cards.

"We want to get as many Muslims involved as we can," said James 
Hacking, 
executive director of the St. Louis chapter of the council. "We're 
really 
trying to encourage greater participation in the political process."

That message was reiterated inside during a sermon that stressed the 
importance of getting involved in one's society…

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MUSLIMS LINE UP TO REGISTER FOR VOTING
Services held at area mosques feature encouragement to show up at the 
polls.
ELENA ARNOLD, Press-Enterprise, 2/1/04
http://www.pe.com/breakingnews/local/stories/PE_News_Local_vote02.d892.html

With thousands of Muslims celebrating the holy day marking the end of 
Hajj, 
mosques took the opportunity Sunday to get members to register to vote.

"The voice of Muslims must be heard," said Ahmed Radwan, a member of 
the 
Islamic Society of Corona-Norco.

Radwan joined about 600 others who gathered at a dirt lot at the corner 
of 
Garretson Avenue and Santana Way Sunday morning to pray, celebrate Eid 
ul-Adha, which signifies the completion of the main portion of the Hajj 
- 
the pilgrimage to Mecca, and to break ground for a mosque.

Congregation members could visit a table just outside the worship tent 
where they could register to vote.

Eid ul-Adha is one of two Muslim holidays of religious devotion and 
typically draws large numbers of people to their mosques.

The surge in membership in the Corona area that is making the new 
mosque 
possible also is a reminder of the impact Muslims can have at the 
polls, 
Radwan said.

"We made a big difference in the Bush election," he explained. "Now 
it's 
time for us to elect a president that will support peace."

Moutaz Herzallah said he has been a voter for "a long time." He just 
recently moved to Corona, however, and took the opportunity Sunday to 
register as a Riverside County voter.

Shaking his head while recalling recent low voter turnouts, Herzallah 
said 
all Americans should realize the importance of getting to the polls.

"Every citizen must participate in democracy," he said. "Voting turnout 
is 
always low, less than 50 percent, but people will complain about who 
was 
elected."

Senad Ajanovic came to the United States from Bosnia several years ago. 
He 
said Sunday was the first chance he'd had to register as a voter.

"I just want to vote," Ajanovic said. "I'd like to see some change..."

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MUSLIMS MIX PRAYER, POLITICS
Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune, 2/2/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0402020212feb02,1,7631758.story

Thousands of Muslims dressed in colorful formal garb prayed together in 
mosques, convention centers and other meeting places Sunday to mark Eid 
ul-Adha, a holiday celebrating sacrifice and thankfulness to God.

During this election year, politics played a role in the festivities, 
too, 
with voter registration booths set up at most sites and political 
candidates speaking at larger forums, such as at the Rosemont 
Convention 
Center, where up to 15,000 Muslims were expected for three prayer 
services…

Before the prayers began, Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Barack 
Obama, 
Gery Chico and Dan Hynes addressed the crowd. They paid their respects 
and 
criticized some federal policies, such as the Patriot Act, instituted 
after 
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Aurelia Pucinski, running for a judge's position, also worked the 
crowd.

Muslim organizers welcomed the candidates, using bullhorns to beckon 
people 
toward the voter registration table. Many announced their displeasure 
with 
President Bush's policies, opposing the war in Iraq and saying that 
Muslims 
have been unfairly targeted since the terrorist attacks.

Dr. Navid Rashid, 28, of Chicago, a resident physician at the 
University of 
Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, was among those who signed up to 
vote.

"I've never voted before," said Rashid, who grew up in Philadelphia.

"The more aware I become about the political news in this country, the 
more 
important for me to be informed and have an opinion. The war concerns 
me. 
Foreign policy concerns me. Profiling and discrimination disturb me. 
Lack 
of cooperation with other countries concerns me."

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S. FLORIDA MUSLIMS MIX FAITH, POLITICS AT HOLY DAY FESTIVAL
Peter Bernard, Sun-Sentinel, 2/2/04
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-cmuslim02feb02,0,2556255.story

On Friday about 900 Muslims registered to vote at the Miami Gardens 
mosque 
alone, Ali said.

"Many Muslim-Americans were not really involved with government or 
politics," Ali said. "But after 9-11, many Muslims have suffered 
difficulties at the hands of the government. We want our political 
voices 
to be heard so we can keep people like John Ashcroft and Donald 
Rumsfeld 
out of office."

Ali cited the example of Adham Hassoun, a Palestinian computer 
programmer 
from Sunrise who has suffered a year and a half in immigration 
detention 
and allegations of terrorist ties. Hassoun, 41, is known for 
associations 
with terror suspects and his strong rhetoric on the Palestinian cause. 
The 
government, however, has never brought a terrorism charge against 
Hassoun, 
and he has denied any connection to terrorism.

"They're still trying to deport him, and he's an innocent man," Ali 
said.

Ali and other local Muslims feel a unified voting bloc could do more to 
prevent such abuses. Similar voter drives took place Sunday in 
conjunction 
with Eid festivities in other parts of the state...

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DC-AREA MUSLIMS REGISTER TO VOTE

MUSLIMS MARK HOLIDAY WITH CALLS FOR UNDERSTANDING
Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 2/2/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4404-2004Feb1.html

A call for community action punctuated a traditional day of prayer and 
family gathering at Washington's largest annual assembly of Muslims 
yesterday, as thousands of worshipers from the District, Maryland and 
Virginia filled the D.C. Armory to celebrate the close of hajj, the 
yearly 
pilgrimage to Mecca.

In between booths stocked with Islamic calligraphy, ornamental clothes 
and 
bottles of perfumed oils, volunteers for Muslim organizations 
registered 
new voters. In addition to annual blood and food drives, organizers 
allowed 
representatives for Democratic presidential candidates to address the 
crowds of people who sat and knelt shoeless for morning prayers over a 
30,000-square-foot floor.

Organizers said the heightened political awareness is part of an 
assertive 
election-year appeal by American Muslims to the U.S. public, almost 
three 
years after the September 2001 attacks. With each new day seeming to 
bring 
reports of new terror threats, suicide bombings by Iraqi insurgents and 
federal investigations into alleged al Qaeda sympathizers, ordinary 
Muslims 
say they want to tell their neighbors the truth about their faith and 
defend their community from misunderstandings spawned by radical 
fundamentalism.

"It is a complicated time for all Americans. Every community has faced 
challenges, and today Muslims have their time of challenge," said 
Rizwan 
Jaka, 31, a systems engineer who is president of the Adams Center 
mosque in 
Sterling and an event coordinator.

"We've got to get that message out so people understand who we are and 
don't get confused with information from the wrong people," he said. 
"We 
have to stand up for justice, human rights and democracy. Otherwise, 
things 
will get worse…"

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CANDIDATE'S WORDS REVEAL HIS IGNORANCE
Ahmed Bedier, St. Petersburg Times, 2/1/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/02/01/Hernando/Candidate_s_words_rev.shtml
Ahmed Bedier is Communications Director Council on American-Islamic 
Relations - Florida

Re: Elections have a Baptist flavor, Jan. 29 Times:

Editor: I was deeply concerned after reading the recent Hernando Times 
article, wherein County Commission candidate Richard Power incorrectly 
referred to Muslims as "Mohammedans," and alleged that not enough have 
condemned terrorism. Mr. Power went on to add that "Mohammedans" have 
"to 
abide by our rules," a statement suggesting that Muslims are foreign 
guests.

Mr. Power's statements portrayed his ignorance and bigotry to other 
religions, politics, and history of this great nation.

The educated know that the followers of Prophet Muhammad are called 
Muslims, and that their religion is Islam. Just as they know that the 
followers of Jesus are called Christians. Islam is an Arabic word that 
means submission (to God), those who submit (to God) are called Muslim. 
Muslims neither worship Muhammad nor pray to him; they simply believe 
that 
he (like Noah, Abraham, and Moses) was a messenger and prophet from 
God. 
Islam is more than 1,400 years old, and is the fastest-growing religion 
in 
the world, with more than 1.2-billion adherents.

The tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on our nation were not only 
crimes 
against Americans, they were crimes against all humanity. People of all 
colors, nations and religions (including Muslims) died on that 
ill-fated 
day. The Muslim-American community responded immediately by condemning 
the 
attacks with public statements and full page advertisements. Muslims 
across 
the nation held blood drives, fundraisers and interfaith events to aid 
the 
victims, while fostering understanding and with healing.

Locally, Muslims in Hernando have done their share of giving, such as 
the 
Ramadan-Thanksgiving Food Basket Program, which was intended to help 
feed 
local needy families. In November the Hernando County Commission 
adopted 
Resolution 2003-310, praising the program, which is now in it's third 
year.

Mr. Power makes a familiar argument often used by radical right-wing 
conservatives, suggesting Muslims have not done enough to condemn 
terrorism. Have we, as a nation, demanded similar condemnations from 
Christians for the acts of Timothy McVeigh or Paul Hill? Neither 
represents 
Christianity, just as the hijackers of 9/11 did not represent Islam.

Mr. Power fails to recognize that an elected official is a public 
servant, 
and is expected to serve his constituents. Hernando County is home to a 
number of Muslim families, many of whom are professionals serving the 
needs 
of the community, while adding to its economic development.

As a political candidate, Mr. Power should understand that we live in a 
great nation built upon democratic values, where "all men are created 
equal." Muslim-Americans are not foreign guests in Mr. Power's home, 
where 
he sets the rules; they are part of that constitutional phrase "We the 
people," and that gives them the right to help set America's rules and 
its 
culture.

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-FL: EID, VOTER REGISTRATION AND THE SUPER BOWL
http://www.cair-florida.org/audio/04-01-31_970wfla_eid_drive.wma

CAIR Florida Communications Director Ahmed Bedier interviewed by Tampa 
Bay 
Talk radio station 970 WFLA.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
				
LOUISIANA TEACHER REMOVED AFTER HIJAB INCIDENT
Teacher allegedly told Muslim student: 'I hope Allah punishes you'
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/2004) - A prominent national Islamic civil 
rights 
and advocacy group today applauded the actions of a Louisiana high 
school 
that removed a social studies teacher who allegedly pulled on the 
Islamic 
head scarf, or hijab, of a Muslim student and made offensive remarks 
about 
her faith.

The 17-year-old student at West Jefferson High School in Harvey, La., 
told 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that the teacher 
pulled 
back her religiously-mandated head scarf during a world history class 
on 
January 30th. After pulling on the student's scarf, the teacher 
allegedly 
said: "I hope God punishes you. No, I'm sorry, I hope Allah punishes 
you. I 
didn't know you had hair under there." The student, who is of Iraqi 
heritage, told CAIR that the teacher had previously made offensive 
remarks 
about other students' ethnic or religious background.

West Jefferson High School Principal Lale Geer today told CAIR that the 
teacher had been removed from the school. Geer also stressed that his 
school respects students of all cultures and that such behavior will 
not be 
tolerated.

"We appreciate the school's swift and decisive action in response to 
this 
shocking incident," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim 
Hooper. "All students, regardless of their religious or ethnic 
background, 
should feel safe in our nation's classrooms."

Hooper said a similar incident occurred recently in the United Kingdom. 
In 
that case, the teacher allegedly pulled off the hijab of a teenage 
student 
and called Islam "a joke."

SEE: "TEACHER ACCUSED OF ASSAULT ON MUSLIM GIRL"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1131901,00.html

He added that CAIR is also challenging bans on Islamic head scarves in 
Alabama driver's license photographs and in French public schools.

SEE: "ALABAMA MUSLIMS DENIED RIGHT TO ISLAMIC ATTIRE"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=158&page=AA
"U.S. MUSLIMS MEET FRENCH AMBASSADOR ON HIJAB BAN"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1039&page=NR

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Seeking Electoral Clout, Muslims Register to Vote

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/3/04

* CAIR-LA: 2004 ELECTIONS TOWNHALL MEETING
	- CAIR-LA Spring Internship Program
* SEEKING ELECTORAL CLOUT, MUSLIMS REGISTER TO VOTE (AP)
	- Getting Out the Muslim Vote (MSNBC)	
	- Religious Groups to Launch Voter Drive (TIA)
	- FL Voter Drive Coordinated With Eid (Times Union)
	- Presidential Message: Eid Al-Adha
* LA TEACHER REMOVED OVER HEAD SCARF INCIDENT (AP)
* CAIR-CAN: MUSLIMS THANK PM FOR LAUNCHING PUBLIC INQUIRY
	- Mr. Arar's Lawsuit (Wash. Post)
* IL MUSLIM APPEALS TO SUPREME COURT (Daily Southtown)
	- Army Chaplain's Dad Blames Profiling (AP)
* JDL ACTIVIST SUSPECTED IN 1985 KILLING (Jerusalem Post)
* FEDS PROBE CYANIDE IN TEXAS TERROR CASE (AP)
	- Pair Linked To Texas Arsenal Bust (Union Leader)
* VIOLENCE IS A HUMAN, NOT AN ISLAMIC TRAIT (Phil Inq)
	- Media Aren't Telling Whole Story (Phil Inq)
	- Arabs Feel Profiled By 9/11 Measures (Phil Inq)
* MOROCCAN PARLIAMENT MEMBERS HELD IN ORE (AP)
* ISRAEL WANTS U.S. REPORT HELD (Haaretz)
	- Media Ignore Israeli Terrorism (Hartford Courant)
	- Displaced at the Birth of Israel (LA Time)
* TX SCHOOL TEACHES MORE THAN THE THREE R'S (Star-Telegram)
* FIRST MINARET ON MONTREAL SKYLINE (Montreal Gazette)

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CAIR-LA: 2004 ELECTIONS TOWNHALL MEETING

WHAT: The Council on American-Islamic Relations Southern California 
office 
(CAIR-LA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), American Muslim 
Alliance 
(AMA), and community activists and leaders are hosting an elections 
townhall meeting with federal and state officials.

This is one of the most important community gatherings of the year for 
American Muslims. Come and listen to political candidates discuss their 
vision and views and how this affects our community.

WHEN: Sunday February 22, 2004, 3pm-6pm

WHERE: Sequoia Conference Center, 7530 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, 
CA 
90621. (714) 670-5594

For more information, contact: CAIR-LA at 714-776-1847 or 
socal@cair.com

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-LA SPRING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Southern California (CAIR-LA) 
is 
seeking applicants for its spring internship program. The program is 
open 
to Muslim college or university students age 18 and older who have 
legal 
status in the US to receive monthly stipend. CAIR's internship program 
provides first hand experience and training in Community Outreach, 
Education, Governmental Relations, Lobbying, Public and Media 
Relations, 
Legal and Civil Rights, Research and Leadership Training. The 
application 
deadline is February 27, 2004.

Interested and qualified applicants should contact Alia Aboul-Nasr at 
aliaa@cair.com or call 714-776-1847 for an application.

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SEEKING ELECTORAL CLOUT, MUSLIMS REGISTERING TO VOTE
WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press, 2/3/04
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1075849444266341.xml

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Stung by a backlash after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror 
attacks and hoping to increase their clout in this year's presidential 
election, Muslim groups are signing up new voters in New Jersey and 
across 
the nation.

Several thousand Muslims filled out voter registration forms during 
sign-up 
drives last weekend that coincided with a major Islamic holiday, the 
Eid-ul-Adha.

Thousands more took the forms home and said they would complete and 
mail 
them to local election boards in time to register to vote in the 
November 
presidential election…

Across the nation, similar voter registration drives were held over the 
weekend, including in the suburbs near Dearborn, Mich., home to the 
nation's second-largest Arab-American community after New York City.

"They realize that the more we are in numbers, the more people are 
going to 
listen to us," said Celena Khalib, assistant director of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations' Michigan office.

The goal is simple: Bring more Muslims into the political system so 
they 
can help decide the future direction of the nation.

Muslims in cities across the nation voiced concern over an anti-Muslim 
backlash after the 9/11 terror attacks, and what they call the 
subsequent 
attack on civil liberties by the Bush administration. Of the more than 
1,200 detainees caught up in the post 9/11 dragnet, most were Muslims 
or 
people from Arab or southern Asian nations…

"The atmosphere we find ourselves in, people realize we need to have a 
voice, to make sure our rights are protected," said Yaser El-Menshawy, 
chairman of the Majlis-Ash-Shura of New Jersey, the state's council of 
mosques…

In New Jersey, the Majlis-Ash-Shura signed up 160 new voters at a drive 
near Princeton. They also held drives in Hasbrouck Heights, Edison, 
Union 
City, Elizabeth and Newark, and distributed another 1,200 voter 
registration forms to would-be voters, El-Menshawy said.

The drives were held as Muslims gathered for prayers on the 
Eid-ul-Adha, or 
the Feast of the Sacrifice, commemorating the prophet Abraham's 
willingness 
to sacrifice his son at God's command.

Workers were still counting completed registration forms on Tuesday, 
but 
according to preliminary totals, 1,000 new voters were signed up in Los 
Angeles; in one mosque alone in the Miami area, 900 registered.

In Ohio, 350 new voters were registered, in Maryland, at least 300 new 
voters signed up, and an additional 125 were registered in Sacramento, 
Ca. 
The local CAIR office in Albany, N.Y., reported 95 new voters, San 
Antonio 
registered 70, Columbia, S.C., registered 50, and St. Louis another 35, 
according to Hasan Mansori, CAIR's government affairs coordinator.

SEE ALSO:

GETTING OUT THE MUSLIM VOTE
Kari Huus, MSNBC.com, 2/2/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4137092/

With the start of the annual Muslim festival of Eid al Adha on Sunday, 
drawing thousands of believers from around Washington state to Seattle 
for 
prayer, political activists saw an opportunity. A team of volunteers 
roamed 
the crowd, or manned booths, signing up those qualified to vote. A 
major 
push for Muslim voter registration drive was on at similar gatherings 
throughout the country.

Coming on the heels of the Hajj, the holiday draws out devout Muslims 
as 
well as more casual followers. "It's a perfect opportunity for people 
to 
exercise their responsibility and become more politically aware," says 
Hasan Mansouri, government affairs coordinator for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the national groups running 
the 
registration drive. "And it comes at a perfect time, about a month 
before 
Super Tuesday."

Never before have the stakes seemed so high for Muslim Americans.

"There is a sense of crisis in the Muslim community," says Jamal 
Gabobe, a 
U.S. citizen born in Somaliland. Gabobe, who teaches comparative 
literature 
at the University of Washington, has been in the country for decades 
but 
says he is registering to vote for the first time in 2004. "There are a 
lot 
of issues coalescing, with the Iraq war and the war on terrorism. Being 
a 
Muslim, even if you are not interested in politics, you have to react, 
to 
be heard."

To the extent that the get-out-the-Muslim-vote effort succeeds, it will 
largely benefit the Democrats because it is energized by anger over the 
Bush administration's Patriot Act and what is perceived as an 
anti-Muslim 
bias behind the Iraq Iraq war and Israeli-Palestinian policy.

According to Nuom Fariz, a long-time citizen who was born in Jordan, 
this 
is the most political interest she's seen in the U.S. Muslim community 
since her arrival in 1973. She says the majority of Muslims are 
interested 
in Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean. "But if it comes down to it, they 
will 
vote against Bush... The vote is heavy on our minds."

According to CAIR, 78 percent of Muslims voted Republican in 2000. It 
was a 
departure from previous elections, when this community tended to side 
with 
the health and education policies of Democrats. But conservative family 
values that Bush touted were attractive, as was his hints that he would 
seek to eliminate the 1996 Secret Evidence Act, which many Muslims 
believe 
targets members of their community...

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RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO REGISTER VOTERS FOR THE 2004 
ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON, DC - People of faith will play a vital role in the 2004 
elections.  Several of the nation's largest and most influential 
interfaith, ecumenical, and denominational organizations are joining 
together to announce new voter registration and mobilization 
initiatives. 
This group of religious leaders will outline their voter registration 
programs and pledge their support for action by members to encourage 
voter 
education throughout the primary season and general election. With the 
heightened public attention to religion as a factor in the 2004 
Presidential campaign, these leaders will discuss voting as an act of 
faith 
and challenge candidates to engage, rather than manipulate, the faith 
community.

WHAT: Religious support for Democracy - Voter Registration 2004

Speakers: 1. Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary, National 
Council 
of Churches;  2. Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith 
Alliance; 3. Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director, Council 
on  American-Islamic Relations; 4. Rev. William Sinkford, President, 
Unitarian Universalist Association

Representatives from other religious organizations representing a 
variety 
of faith traditions and other voter registration groups will also be 
present to field questions from the media upon request.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., February 4, 2004	

WHERE:  The Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Amphitheater, The George 
Washington 
University, 800 21st St., NW  Washington, D.C.  20052

Contact: John Lynner Peterson or Don Parker 202-639-6370

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VOTER DRIVE COORDINATED WITH END OF HAJJ
Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union, 2/1/04
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/020204/met_14701036.shtml
2/1/04

The thousands of Muslims drawn together Sunday by communal prayers and 
celebration marking the end of hajj -- the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca 
-- 
gave organizers the opportunity this year to begin voter registration 
drives for the Muslim community in anticipation of the upcoming 
election year.

"I think Muslims are realizing the importance of becoming a full 
participant in American democracy," said Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida. Ahmed said that was 
exemplified at the day's ceremony by Muslims' ability to gather and 
worship 
and having a say in public affairs.

Ahmed said the voter registration drive is a significant change for the 
community and that local efforts will continue until election time. The 
local drive is part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.

About 4,000 Muslims gathered Sunday in a temporary location in the 
Regency 
area that was big enough to hold the mass turnout to celebrate Eid 
ul-Adha, 
or the feast of sacrifice. The holiday is celebrated with the prayers, 
small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy and social 
gatherings...

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PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE: EID AL-ADHA

I send greetings to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Adha.

As part of the Hajj, or pilgrimage season, Eid al-Adha commemorates 
Abraham's obedience to God and his willingness to sacrifice. During 
this 
three-day festival, Muslims around the world remember God's greatness 
and 
perform acts of charity and goodwill.

As families and friends gather to share in the traditions of Eid 
al-Adha, I 
encourage people of faith to help those in need and give thanks for the 
blessings God has granted.

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a joyous celebration.

To view this message on the White House website, please go to:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/01/20040128-9.html

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TEACHER REMOVED OVER ALLEGED HEAD SCARF INCIDENT
BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press
http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1075847651258200.xml

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A teacher at a suburban high school was removed from 
his 
classroom because of accusations that he yanked off a Muslim student's 
head 
scarf and allegedly told her, "I hope God punishes you."

West Jefferson High School principal Lale Geer confirmed Tuesday that 
social studies teacher Wes Mix had been sent home a day earlier, but 
declined to go into detail about the incident.

"All I can tell you is he's no longer at my school, and that's the way 
we 
handled it," Geer said. "The school is a good school, and we appreciate 
diversity. We have all different ethnic groups in our school."

The alleged victim, Marym Matar, 17, told The Associate Press that the 
alleged incident occurred Friday as Mix was giving a test in his 10th 
grade 
world history class.

Matar said Mix had a habit of tossing test sheets at students, with the 
tests often scattering on the floor.

"I never thought it was my obligation to pick it up from the floor, so 
I 
snatched it from his hand," she recalled. Soon after that, the teacher 
allegedly pulled back her scarf, or hijab, and said, "I hope God 
punishes 
you - sorry - I hope Allah punishes you ... I didn't know you had hair 
under there..."

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
in Washington, D.C., applauded Geer's decision…

"The scarf is not a religious symbol but an obligation," Hooper said. 
"People try to make it into what it isn't - that it's some symbol of 
radicalism or a propensity toward violence. That's why it's essential 
to 
defend the right of Muslim women to wear them."

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MUSLIMS URGED TO THANK PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN AND DEPUTY PRIME
MINISTER ANNE MCLELLAN FOR LAUNCHING PUBLIC INQUIRY

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 2/2/2004) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-CAN) is calling on Canadians to thank Prime Minister 
Paul 
Martin and Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan for the decision to 
conduct 
a public inquiry into the case of Maher Arar.

Suggested talking points:

* All across Canada, people have been urging the government to call a 
public inquiry.

* This decision shows that our government is committed to fairness and 
accountability of our security agencies.

* The pursuit of greater security must not come at the expense of Civil 
liberties, due process and the rule of law.

* Maher Arar, his family and all Canadians deserve an answer for Mr.
Arar's ordeal.

* By uncovering the truth as to what happened to Maher Arar, we can 
build a 
stronger and safer Canada.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED

1. CONTACT Prime Minister Paul Martin and Deputy Prime Minister Anne
McLellan and thank them for calling a public inquiry into the case of
Maher Arar.

Prime Minister Paul Martin
Tel: 613 992-4284
Fax: 613 992-4291
Email:  Martin.P@parl.gc.ca

Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan
Tel:  613 992-4524
Fax:  613 943-0044
Email:  McLellan.A@parl.gc.ca

2. COPY CAIR-CAN - canada@cair-net.org - on all correspondence.

ALSO SEE:

MR. ARAR'S LAWSUIT
Washington Post, 2/1/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4328-2004Feb1.html

THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT filed last week by Maher Arar -- the Syrian-born
Canadian whom the federal government deported to Syria -- offers a good 
opportunity to shed some light on one of the more peculiar civil 
liberties 
cases to arise during the war on terrorism. Mr. Arar and the U.S. 
government agree on the barest outlines of his story: He was flying 
home 
from Tunisia to Canada in the fall of 2002 on a path that took him 
through 
New York. He had, however, been placed on the terrorist watch list. 
When he 
presented his Canadian passport, he was detained for more than a week 
and 
-- despite his pleas to be sent to Canada -- was sent to Syria. There 
he 
was held for 10 months until intervention by the Canadian government 
secured his release.

That is where agreement ends. Mr. Arar denies any connection to al 
Qaeda. 
He claims to have been savagely tortured in his country of birth. And 
he 
alleges that he was sent to Syria, rather than to Canada, precisely so 
that 
he would be tortured -- to be precise, "so that Syrian authorities 
would 
interrogate him in ways that [American officials] believed themselves 
unable to do directly." All of which, if true, would violate this 
country's 
international treaty obligations, which prohibit turning someone over 
to a 
government likely to mistreat that person. In Canada, Mr. Arar's case 
has 
become a cause, cited as an example of American arrogance and contempt 
for 
Canada's interests and citizens...

-----

EXILED ORLAND MAN APPEALS CASE TO U.S. SUPREME COURT
Allison Hantschel, Daily Southtown, 1/29/04
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsnews/291nd4.htm

The south suburban Muslim leader exiled from the United States last 
year 
appealed his immigration case to the nation's highest court Wednesday. 
Sabri Samirah, formerly of Orland Park, is asking the U.S. Supreme 
Court to 
consider whether the federal government acted legally in keeping him 
out of 
the country for more than a year.

"We think the government is wrong on the law, and we think we're right 
on 
the law," said Samirah's attorney, Mark Flessner. "This case has 
serious 
implications for a million immigrants living in this country, and the 
courts have left important legal issues unaddressed."

Samirah, who lived in the United States for 15 years with his wife and 
three children, traveled to Jordan in December 2002 to visit his 
mother. 
Because he was not yet a citizen, he obtained permission from the 
authorities to travel, but on his way home last January, immigration 
officials stopped him and told him he could not re-enter the country.

Samirah was deemed a "national security risk," but government officials 
refused to say why.

Samirah sued to obtain an immigration hearing to consider the evidence 
against him, and a circuit judge agreed, but a federal appeals court 
overturned that ruling and refused Samirah's request to reconsider.

In his appeal to the Supreme Court, Flessner criticized the 
government's 
position that the courts do not have jurisdiction to "second-guess" the 
attorney general in security matters, the argument used by federal 
attorneys...

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ARMY CHAPLAIN'S DAD BLAMES PROFILING
Richard Pyle, Associated Press, 2/1/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/7857544.htm

NEW YORK - The father of a Muslim Army chaplain accused of mishandling 
classified information said the charges against his son are based on 
ethnic 
and religious profiling.

Capt. James Yee, 35, is Chinese-American who had been serving as a 
chaplain 
to suspected terrorists at the military's detention camp at Guantanamo 
Bay, 
Cuba.

Joseph Yee, 76, of Springfield, N.J., called on the government Monday 
to 
drop charges against his son.

A Pentagon spokeswoman referred questions to a spokeswoman at 
Guantanamo, 
who did not immediately return a call for comment.

The elder Yee spoke at a news conference before flying to Fort Benning, 
Ga., for the resumption Wednesday of a hearing in his son's case.

Capt. Yee was arrested in September at the Jacksonville, Fla., airport 
on 
suspicion of espionage. Customs officials confiscated notes found on 
him 
during a search.

The elder Yee said he believed his son was held in isolation because of 
his 
race and ethnicity. He said he wants to know why another Army officer, 
Col. 
Jack Farr, accused of mishandling classified material and making false 
statements was allowed to remain on duty...

-----

JDL ACTIVIST SUSPECTED IN 1985 KILLING
Tom Tugend, Jerusalem Post, 2/2/04
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/
ShowFull&cid=1075730353516&p=1006688055060

LOS ANGELES - Federal prosecutors are putting pressure on an imprisoned 
Jewish Defense League activist in hope of solving the 19-year-old 
killing 
of an Arab-American official. The case involves Earl Krugel, the JDL's 
former West Coast coordinator, and Alex Odeh, the former Western 
regional 
director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Odeh was killed in 1985 by a bomb that detonated when he opened the 
front 
door to his office in Santa Ana, California.

In a separate case, Krugel pleaded guilty nearly a year ago to 
conspiring 
with JDL national chairman Irv Rubin to bomb a Los Angeles mosque and 
the 
field office of US Rep. Darrell Issue (R-CA), who is of Lebanese 
descent. 
Krugel and Rubin were arrested before the alleged plan could be carried 
out.

Over the years, the FBI has investigated several JDL members in 
connection 
with the Odeh murder, which has become a cause celebre in the Arab 
American 
community. No charges have ever been filed and the
JDL has steadfastly denied involvement...

-----

FEDS PROBE CYANIDE IN TEXAS TERROR CASE
Lisa Falkenberg, Associated Press, 1/31/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-texas-terror-probe,0,5134186.story

NOONDAY, Texas - William Krar and Judith Bruey assembled a frightening 
arsenal in three rented storage units in this East Texas town, and 
federal 
authorities are trying to figure out why.

A raid in April found nearly two pounds of a cyanide compound and other 
chemicals that could create enough poisonous gas to kill everyone 
inside a 
space as large as a big-chain bookstore or a small-town civic center.

Authorities also discovered nearly half a million rounds of ammunition, 
more than 60 pipe bombs, machine guns, silencers and remote-controlled 
bombs disguised as briefcases, plus pamphlets on how to make chemical 
weapons, and anti-Semitic, anti-black and anti-government books.

The findings have led to one of the most extensive domestic-terrorism 
investigations since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Federal investigators believe conspirators may remain free, and one 
question lingers: What did the couple intend to do with the weapons?

"There's no other reason for anyone to possess that type of device 
other 
than to kill people," said Brit Featherston, a federal prosecutor and 
the 
government's anti-terrorism coordinator in Texas' eastern district. 
"The 
arsenal found in those searches had the capability of terrorizing a lot 
of 
people..."

ALSO SEE:

FORMER NH PAIR LINKED TO TEXAS ARSENAL BUST
The Union Leader, 1/31/04
http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_showa.html?article=32629

NOONDAY, Texas - An arsenal of weapons, explosives and enough sodium 
cyanide to kill thousands has been traced to a former New Hampshire 
couple 
who now live in Texas.

The common-law couple - William Krar, 62, and Judith Bruey, 54 - have 
pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges stemming from the discovery 
last 
April. Authorities yesterday said Krar and Bruey lived in New Hampshire 
until the fall of 2001, when they moved to east Texas.

The raid of three rented storage units in Noonday capped an extensive 
federal investigation that involved hundreds of leads in every state in 
the 
country, said Brit Featherston, a federal prosecutor and the 
government's 
anti-terrorism coordinator in Texas' eastern district.

The nearly two pounds of the cyanide compound and other chemicals could 
create enough poisonous gas to kill everyone inside a big-chain 
bookstore...

-----

VIOLENCE IS A HUMAN, NOT AN ISLAMIC TRAIT
Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/1/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7844277.htm

Hussein Ibish is communications director for the American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee

The idea that Islam, and by extension Muslims, are inherently violent 
and 
irrational has become commonplace in our culture.

This misperception, with deep origins in the historical rivalry between 
Christian Europe and the Muslim Middle East, was intensified by the 
Arab-Israeli conflict and a slew of bigoted Hollywood movies, and 
gained a 
solid foothold in the minds of many Americans after 9/11.

Since 9/11, right-wing evangelical preachers such as Pat Robertson and 
Jerry Falwell, and commentators such as Robert Spencer and Daniel 
Pipes, 
have spared no effort to spread fear and hatred of Islam and the 
growing 
American Muslim community.

This defamation probably has its greatest parallel in the anti-Semitic 
ideas that took hold in American culture between the First and Second 
World 
Wars.

The charges directed against the American Jewish community - now eerily 
echoed by anti-Muslim rhetoric - smeared a religious minority as 
dangerous 
and subversive aliens. The Father Coughlins and Henry Fords of that 
era, 
and ours, found the political space to promote prejudice yet remain 
"respectable."

Certainly the 19 hijackers responsible for the carnage of 9/11 saw 
themselves as Muslims. But so, of course, did about 300 of their 
victims...

ALSO SEE:

WESTERN MEDIA AREN'T TELLING THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT WOMEN IN ISLAM
Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/1/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7844272.htm

Laila Al-Marayati is the spokesperson and past president of the Muslim
Women's League

At a recent event at our mosque here in Los Angeles, a TV camera 
focused on 
two women - out of hundreds - who had their faces covered. Yes, they 
were 
there. But if you were watching on TV at home, you might have thought 
they 
represented most of the women participating. Why did the camera choose 
to 
focus on the most extreme depiction? Because it's more interesting, 
even if 
less accurate.

To me, it was just another example of how the media can pass along 
stereotypical and essentially negative views of Muslim women.

The problem is not that the media show these pictures, which, after 
all, do 
reflect a portion of reality. The problem is they don't tell the whole 
story. As long as the American people rely primarily on mainstream 
media 
for information, they may never learn of the real social gains now 
being 
made by Muslim women.

In general, Muslim women either fill in the background of larger 
stories on 
the Middle East or are used as examples of miserable lives. After 9/11, 
in 
the run-up to the attack on Afghanistan, we learned of the harsh 
conditions 
for women under the Taliban. People approached me as if the problem had 
just begun - when the Taliban had been abusing women's rights for five 
years.

That abuse drew little attention at the time. So when all eyes turned 
to 
Afghanistan, people were shocked to hear of routine beatings, killings 
and 
deprivation...

---

ARABS FEEL PROFILED BY 9/11 MEASURES
Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/1/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7844267.htm

Marwan Kreidie is executive director of the Philadelphia Arab-American 
Corp.

Arab and Muslim Americans want this country to be secure. But the 
ethnic 
and religious profiling within the Bush administration's post-9/11 
security 
measures has come down too hard on us. It's unfair, it's 
unconstitutional, 
and it's a waste of time and money. Our community feels under siege, 
not 
from bigots and misguided patriots - but from the overzealous acts of 
the 
administration.

We were doubly damned by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Our initial 
horror 
was immediately followed by worries over retribution. In Philadelphia, 
those fears were not realized. Instead of bricks through our windows, 
neighbors and strangers gave us comfort and support. While there were 
incidents of hate, they were overshadowed by acts of kindness that 
highlighted the true nature and ideals of America.

Nationally, it was a different story. While officials preached 
tolerance 
immediately after 9/11, their actions spoke intolerance. Early on, the 
Justice Department directed the roundup of more than 1,200 people of 
Arab 
background or Muslim belief. This was followed by "voluntary 
interviews" of 
more than 10,000 Arab and Muslim males - appointments that, to this 
Arab 
male, felt anything but voluntary. And last year, there was a special 
registration process for 80,000 Arab and Muslim visitors to this 
country.

What resulted? Not one of the 1,200 individuals detained, nor any of 
the 
80,000 people fingerprinted, nor any of the 10,000 interviewed, have 
been 
charged with anything more than visa violations. This is clearly a 
waste of 
taxpayer money and valuable law-enforcement time - resources that 
should 
have been spent making our nation safer. And we still have to contend 
with 
the ill-defined consequences of the Patriot Act, which has infuriated 
both 
the left and the right.

Racial profiling feeds bigotry, casts suspicion on our community, and 
engenders fear among many in our community, especially immigrants, who 
came 
here for the opportunities and freedoms that are uniquely American...

-----

MOROCCAN PARLIAMENT MEMBERS HELD IN ORE
Associated Press, 2/1/04
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,110106,00.html

PORTLAND, Ore. - Seven delegates from the Moroccan parliament were 
detained 
at Portland International Airport for several hours in what appeared to 
be 
a mix-up involving language barriers.

The group, which was visiting the country as part of a goodwill tour, 
departed Saturday night after the FBI searched and interviewed them.

The visitors were about to board a 7 a.m. flight when one of the 
members, 
Abdellah Abbassi, left his carry-on bag behind while he got coffee, 
said 
Andrew Coose of the Transportation Security Administration.

The other six boarded the flight before he returned; in the meantime, 
someone reported the unattended bag.

Authorities refused to allow Abbassi to board, and the pilot ordered 
the 
other members of the delegation off the flight along with their 
luggage, 
said Coose, the TSA's deputy security director in Portland.

Authorities who searched their bags became alarmed when they found 
documents written in Arabic with 911 written on them, Coose said. The 
delegation could not speak English to explain the documents, he said.

It turned out that the group's host in Dallas, a previous stop, had 
given 
them instructions to call 911 if they got into trouble, but it was 
mistaken 
for a reference to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Coose called the incident ``absolutely unfortunate.''

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ISRAEL WANTS U.S. REPORT HELD UNTIL AFTER HAGUE HEARING
Aluf Benn, Haaretz, 2/1/04
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/389620.html

Israel has asked the U.S. administration to postpone publication of the 
State Department's annual report on human rights around the world, 
fearing 
it will be used against Israel in the discussion on the separation 
fence at 
the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The report is expected to harshly criticize the operation of the fence 
and 
the humanitarian suffering it causes the Palestinians, and Israel wants 
the 
State Department document to see the light only after the ICJ 
discussion to 
prevent it from having any influence over the judges.

The request was raised in recent weeks during the course of discussions 
held by Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Foreign Ministry 
Director-General 
Ilan Biran and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon 
with 
senior U.S. administration and Congress officials. Jerusalem has yet to 
receive a response to its request.

One of Israel's friends in Congress has also approached the State 
Department with a similar request, criticizing the report's negative 
slant 
on the fence and demanding that publication of the document be 
postponed by 
a few weeks.

The report is prepared by the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, 
Human 
Rights, and Labor, which is headed by Lorne Craner. Bureau officials 
have 
completed the second draft of the document, which reviews the human 
rights 
situation throughout the world. The third draft of the report is the 
one 
that is published each year, and according to information that has 
reached 
Jerusalem, the target date for the document's publication is February 
25 - 
two days after the opening of the debate on the fence in the ICJ.

Israel has promised it will take into consideration the practical 
arguments 
raised by the Americans and will improve the fence's operation. Among 
other 
promises, Jerusalem has said it will transfer responsibility for 
operating 
the fence's gates from the Israel Defense Forces to a private company. 
In 
addition, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has appointed Brigadier General 
(ret.) Baruch Spiegel to handle complaints against the fence raised by 
Palestinian residents...

ALSO SEE:

NEWS MEDIA IGNORE ISRAELI TERRORISM

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Hartford Courant 2/2/2004
http://www.ctnow.com/news/opinion/op_ed/hc-mazin0202.artfeb02,1,351974.story

On Jan. 28, Israeli occupation forces killed eight (some reports said 
13) 
Palestinians in an assault on a neighborhood in the Gaza Strip. Among 
those 
killed were three teenagers: Sami Badawi, 16; Akram AbuAjami, 17; and 
Sameh 
Toteh, 16. Like many other such assaults, the mainstream media in the 
United States ignored this event or made cursory mention of it. No 
mainstream newspaper mentioned names of those killed, let alone 
described 
the Israeli assault as terrorism.

The next day, a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 10 Israelis. These 
and 
other attacks inside Israel have been described in detail in major 
newspapers. The media have never shied from allowing the use of such 
labels 
as "terrorism" in those instances.

The net result is that Israeli lives and deaths become valued while 
Palestinian lives and deaths are diminished or erased from our 
conscience.  According to human rights organizations, four times more 
Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli forces as Israeli 
civilians killed by Palestinian forces. These same organizations 
(including 
Amnesty International, B'tselem, and Human Rights Watch) have clearly 
showed in past reports that Israeli forces do target civilians. 
State-sponsored terror is an organic part of colonization of native 
lands. 
The Israeli colonization program, over five decades, has left 5 million 
Palestinians as refugees or displaced people and cornered those 
remaining 
into ghettos surrounded by high walls and watchtowers.

There are individual acts of Palestinian terrorism, but the news media 
do 
not report on the more systematic Israeli terrorism or the reasons for 
all 
this violence. More than 530 Palestinian towns and villages have been 
erased completely in the last 60 years.  Residents have been driven out 
by 
careful use of massacres (33 between 1947 and 1949 and dozens more 
since 
then), intimidation, deprivation, land confiscation and outright 
expulsions...

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DISPLACED AT THE BIRTH OF ISRAEL
Rani El-Hajjar, Los Angeles Times, 1/31/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-palestinian31jan31,1,3321976.story

Re "In '48, Israel Did What It Had to Do," by Benny Morris, Commentary, 
Jan. 26: I am the son of survivors of the ethnic cleansing committed by 
Israel in the Galilee village of Suhmata on Oct. 29, 1948 - a village 
that 
existed before 612, and until October 1948. On that dreadful day, at 
least 
1,000 people (the entire population) were driven out of their homes and 
their homes destroyed.

I am offended by the publication of Morris' commentary because I 
believe 
his ideas are very similar to the extremist Serb, Nazi or Klan 
aspirations 
to have ethnically pure "nations." The time for killing and ethnic 
cleansing has to stop, and we cannot allow this kind of discourse to 
continue. The only way forward is for Israel to acknowledge the past 
and 
make amends to its victims. Otherwise, the victims will never get 
closure 
and will always long for the day when justice will be served.

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SCHOOL TEACHES MORE THAN THE THREE R'S
Bob Ray Sanders, Star-Telegram, 2/1/04
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/7849682.htm

Just over 10 years ago, a group of Muslims purchased a 7-acre tract in 
east 
Fort Worth for $83,000.

They planted a fig tree on the property as a symbol of things to come.

That little tree didn't make it.

But the dream did not wither. It has blossomed beautifully and is 
bearing 
much fruit.

The land was to be the home of a new school, established a year 
earlier, 
and its founders wanted it to become a model institution, representing 
an 
idea that Muslims have cherished for centuries: superior education.

Now, Al-Hedayah Academy has a 12,000-square-foot building to house its 
elementary school and a 15,000-square-foot facility for its middle 
school, 
multiactivity hall and dedicated worship area.

Short-term plans call for building a soccer field and bleachers in 
July, a 
learning resource center with an Islamic library and language 
laboratories 
in December, and a cafeteria building with commercial kitchen and 
reception 
area in 2005-06.

Trustees also envision trails and a jogging area on its wooded lot, 
outdoor 
tennis and basketball courts and an upper school building.

The school has 180 students in kindergarten through eighth grade who 
look 
like a mini-United Nations. Their families come from countries 
including 
every Middle Eastern nation, North Africa, India and Pakistan, and, of 
course, the United States.

Last week, the school celebrated receiving its accreditation from the 
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, only the second Islamic 
school in Texas to be so recognized...

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FIRST MINARET ON MONTREAL SKYLINE APPEARS IN ST. LAURENT ON CITY'S 
OLDEST 
MOSQUE
Harvey Shepherd, Montreal Gazette, 2/1/04
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/story.asp?id=0CCC7C71-64D9-4567-ADB5-9CB22E572423

The first minaret on Montreal's skyline is going up in an unlikely 
corner 
of the city - close to the high-tech businesses in St. Laurent's 
industrial 
park.

The 105-foot minaret, expected to be completed this spring, is being 
added 
to the Islamic Centre of Quebec Mosque, the oldest mosque in the city, 
on 
Laval Rd.

Partly completed, its distinctive crescent points the way to Mecca, 
toward 
which Muslims bow as they pray.

Mosque officials say the expansion, designed by Quebec architect Pierre
Desjardins, will blend Middle Eastern mosque motifs with Quebec 
architectural traditions, reflecting how Islam is now rooted in Quebec.

The striking appearance of the big St. Laurent mosque is an exception 
compared to the way many Muslim places of worship have developed in 
this 
city. They are often housed in unassuming former warehouses, 
storefronts 
and commercial buildings.

This is hardly surprising because they are financed largely by an 
immigrant 
community whose members must direct most of their energies to earning a 
living and raising families.

There are also challenges specific to the Muslim religion...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/4/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DELIVER ME FROM EVIL
* LIBRARY PROJECT: ILLINOIS
* INCITEMENT WATCH: EDITOR SAYS ISLAM ADDS LITTLE TO U.S.
* OH: MUSLIM MOTHER FORCED TO LEAVE CHILDREN (Plain Dealer)
	- Mother Loses Fight to Stay in U.S. (Chicago Trib)
* AL TEACHER REASSIGNED IN VEIL CASE (Times-Picayune)
* MUSLIM STEREOTYPES CHALLENGED IN US (BBC)
* MI: FAITH FACTORS INTO PRESIDENTIAL VOTE (Detroit News)
	- MI Arab Americans Consider the Dems (Village Voice)
	- Patriot Act May Cost Bush Muslim Vote (Mich Daily)
* SUSPECT, ATTORNEYS MEET FOR 1ST TIME (Wash. Post)
	- FL: Judge Won't Force Translation of Tapes (AP)
* 'ISLAMIC' COLAS TAKE AIM AT U.S. GIANTS (AJC)
* HIJAB DEBATE BEGINS IN FRANCE (NY Times)
* ABUSE OF IRAQI PRISONERS COMMON, MARINE SAYS (Union-Trib)
	- Israel Misled US Over Iraq (The Age)
	- Troops Apologize for Child Killed (AFP)
* A RESPONSE TO DANIEL PIPES' ALLEGATIONS (TAM)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DELIVER ME FROM EVIL

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recommended the supplication: 
"O 
God, direct me in the right path and deliver me from the evil within 
myself."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 777

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go!

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For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
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INCITEMENT WATCH: EDITOR SAYS ISLAM ADDS LITTLE TO U.S.
http://washingtontimes.com/national/20040203-123048-6788r.htm

"Americans usually find Islam, with all its laws and orders, more fiat 
than 
faith, imposed by the state rather than something held precious in the 
secret places of the heart. It's hard to see how Islam will ever add 
very 
much to the established Judeo-Christian traditions of the American 
culture..."

Wesley Pruden, Editor in chief of the Washington Times

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments can and WILL 
be 
used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

E-MAIL: letters@washingtontimes.com
COPY TO: cair-net.org

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CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia Shearson, 216-440-2247; Jad Humeidan, 
Executive Director, CAIR-Ohio, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-Mail: 
ohio@cair-net.org

WOMAN BEING DEPORTED SAYS SHE'LL LEAVE KIDS
Donna Iacoboni, Plain Dealer, 2/4/04
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1075890736204060.xml

A Palestinian woman said she will turn herself in to immigration 
officials 
at 8 a.m. today and leave her three U.S.-born children behind.

Immigration officials have ordered Amina Silmi to leave the country 
because 
her visitor's visa expired years ago.

"The travel documents are ready for her to go to Venezuela, where she 
was 
born," Greg Palmore said Tuesday. He is the spokesman for Immigration 
and 
Customs Enforcement, the investigative branch of the Department of 
Homeland 
Security.

Palmore said Silmi will be detained until she can be placed on a plane. 
Silmi has no home, no job and no relatives there, she said. Her father 
and 
brother died last year.

Silmi said her sister, a mother of four sons who lives in North 
Olmsted, 
will take in Haiat, who turns 12 on Sunday; Fida, 6; and Belal, 5. They 
are 
currently attending Lakewood schools.

"Nobody loves me like my mom. She is a good mom," Haiat said Tuesday, 
as 
she nestled into her mother's arm.

Community groups have rallied around Silmi, circulated petitions and 
planned a protest near the Federal Building at East Ninth Street and 
Lakeside Avenue this morning.

"We are good citizens who are concerned that simple fairness and family 
values prevail in this situation," said Brian Fry, justice coordinator 
for 
the Congregation of St. Joseph in Cleveland.

Julia Shearson, director of the Cleveland office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said, "This is unimaginable, to be forced 
to 
take your children into destitution or leave them behind."

Two marriages to legal immigrants kept Silmi here for 13 years, but her 
second husband was deported in December after being convicted of 
trafficking in food stamps prior to their marriage. Silmi has no 
criminal 
record. She earned a high school equivalency certificate last year...

ALSO SEE:

MOTHER OF 3 LOSES FIGHT TO STAY IN U.S.
Deborah Horan, Chicago Tribune, 2/4/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0402040328feb04,1,4481667.story

Amina Silmi never meant to make the journey that changed her from a 
faceless illegal immigrant into a target of immigration authorities and 
a 
cause celebre for America's burgeoning Muslim activist community.

She was a passenger when her husband took a wrong turn during a family 
vacation to Niagara Falls and suddenly found himself locked in a long 
line 
of cars inching toward the customs booth at the Ontario border.

"This is the bridge to Canada," Silmi recalled a border officer telling 
them. "I said, `Oh my God, we can't go back. We can't go in reverse.'"

With that trip, Silmi, a Palestinian born in Venezuela and living in 
Cleveland, was no longer one of thousands of illegal immigrants waiting 
anonymously for federal bureaucrats to issue her proper papers. She had 
caught the unwanted attention of immigration officials, who issued her 
a 
notice to appear in court and eventually ordered her deported.

Since that fateful day in 2000, she has become a symbol for many 
Muslims 
across America, including Chicago, who see in her treatment everything 
they 
have come to despise about the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 
policies.

On Wednesday morning, the 35-year-old Muslim mother of three 
American-born 
children will turn herself in to immigration authorities in Cleveland 
for 
deportation to Venezuela, where she holds citizenship...

On New Year's Eve, Kucinich heard Silmi's plea. The Ohio congressman 
read 
about her case in a newspaper and asked his chief legal counsel, Marty 
Gelfand, to draft a letter to Ridge asking him to halt Silmi's 
deportation. 
By coincidence, Gelfand found a fax in the office from the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group known as CAIR, 
explaining Silmi's case.

"This is a big lie that our security [requires us] to step all over 
people," said Safaa Zarzour, spokesman for CAIR in Chicago...

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JEFF TEACHER REASSIGNED IN VEIL-PULLING CASE
Rob Nelson, Times Picayune 2/4/04
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-1/107587950930470.xml

Sitting in Wes Mix's 10th-grade world history class at West Jefferson 
High 
School in Harvey, Maryam Motar said she had become used to the "jokes."

First, there were the times when she said her teacher thought she was 
of 
Indian descent and called her "Little Curry One."

Then came jabs about how Motar, an Iraqi, hailed from a Third World 
country, she said. Thursday's tease, the 17-year-old sophomore said, 
was 
about how she would "bomb us" if she ever went back to her country.

Motar said the final straw came Friday as Mix was passing out tests. 
After 
pulling back her religiously mandated head scarf, or hijab, Motar said 
Mix 
told her, "I hope God punishes you. No, I'm sorry, I hope Allah 
punishes you."

Motar said the teacher later told her, "I didn't know you had hair 
under 
there."

West Jefferson Principal Lale Geer confirmed Tuesday that Mix was 
removed 
from the school on Monday, and school system officials said he was 
transferred to another teaching position in an unnamed school after 
Motar 
and her family complained and sought support from the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C.

Superintendent Diane Roussel said the incident is under 
investigation...

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the national council, applauded Mix's 
transfer and said the council became involved after outraged Muslims in 
the 
area contacted the agency.

"They view (the transfer) as a good step, but they want to know what 
happens to this teacher and future students," Hooper said, calling the 
school district's reaction to the case "unusually swift."

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MUSLIM STEREOTYPES CHALLENGED IN US
Jacky Rowland, BBC, 2/3/04
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3454115.stm

A training programme aimed at police officers and other public 
officials is 
seeking to increase understanding of Muslim culture, in the hope that 
this 
will defuse tensions.

Lobna Ismael is the daughter of Egyptian immigrants to the US. She is a 
Muslim and she wears the traditional headscarf, the hijab.

"There's been a range of backlash toward Arab and Muslim Americans," 
she says.

"It has included verbal assaults, it has included physical assaults. We 
had 
a woman who just recently was walking down the street and wearing 
hijab, 
and was stabbed and called a terrorist. We've had our mosque defamed 
with 
graffiti and people shooting bullets into the windows of our mosque."

Now Ms Ismael is challenging those stereotypes, by carrying out a 
series of 
training workshops for the Department of Justice...

Captain Edward Coursey was one of her trainees.

Driving me around his Takoma Park beat, he acknowledged that there had 
been 
a tendency to view Muslims as potential terrorist suspects.

This training allows us to realise that the vast majority of people in 
the 
Arab American community have nothing to do with terrorism

"Particularly after the 9/11 attacks, we in the law enforcement 
community 
have obviously geared up to be on the lookout for terrorism. And I 
guess 
the immediate reaction might have been to look at Muslims in a 
sceptical 
way," he said.

"This training allows us to realise that the vast majority of people in 
the 
Arab American community have nothing to do with terrorism. They are 
peace-loving people like ourselves, and they may need our protection…"

-----

FAITH TO FACTOR INTO PRESIDENTIAL VOTE
Kim Kozlowski, Detroit News, 2/4/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0402/04/a06e-55236.htm

As Michigan's Democrats cast votes in Saturday's presidential caucuses, 
faith is likely to play a role in who is elected the next president...

Though religion has long played a role in elections, analysts say it is 
going to be especially prominent in this election with religious-themed 
issues such as the war on terrorism, the Middle East, faith-based 
initiatives and gay marriage.

Religious swing voters - including Catholics and Muslims, two of Metro 
Detroit's largest faith communities - are up for grabs.

Considerable analysis has been focused on what is being dubbed the 
"religion gap." In the past, the gap was based on religious 
affiliation, 
whereas now it is in how often a person attends a house of worship. 
Those 
who attend regularly tend to vote Republican while less frequent 
worshippers tend to vote Democratic...

One religious community that has yet to get much courting from the 
presidential candidates thus far are Muslims. Many Muslims voted for 
President George W. Bush in 2000 but since have become disenchanted 
with 
his post-September 11 policies that have led to some ethnic profiling.

Those who follow the Muslim faith say they are taking a closer look at 
the 
Democratic presidential candidates.

"Civil liberties have not exactly been held in our favor, where people 
have 
been held suspect because of their ethnicity, not any real issues," 
said 
Abdullah Haydar, a Canton resident who is running for Congress. "People 
are 
saying, 'Anybody but Bush.' "

ALSO SEE:

FORSAKEN BY BUSH, MICHIGAN'S ARAB AMERICANS CONSIDER THE DEMS
Kareem Fahim, Village Voice, 2/4/04
http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0405/fahim.php

Last week's meeting of the Arab American Political Action Committee 
(AAPAC) 
ran long, over three hours, and exposed the kinds of divisions that 
roil 
voters nationwide, according to those who attended. Over a hundred of 
the 
PAC's members had gathered in Dearborn, Michigan, intending to endorse 
a 
Democrat for president. But after a contentious first vote that failed 
to 
yield a winner, the group remained stuck between two minds.

"The discussion was very intense," said Osama Siblani, the outgoing 
president of AAPAC who chaired the meeting. "One side was concerned 
with 
the 'electability' question. People asked, should we compromise on the 
issues for the sake of electability? And the other group wanted to 
focus on 
matters of principle."

The issues that affect Arab Americans, according to Siblani and a 
number of 
other community members, are "first, the Patriot Act and the domestic 
civil 
rights agenda. And second, America's foreign policy."

It is still unclear what the political order will look like by February 
7, 
when Michigan holds its Democratic caucus, the first in a major 
industrial 
state. And while many of the state's unions have yet to endorse 
candidates, 
including the 450,000-member United Auto Workers union, many predict 
that 
the Arab American vote may be instrumental.

Michigan is home to the country's largest concentration of Arab 
Americans, 
a community that could represent upwards of 4 percent of voters in the 
state's delegate-rich caucus, and the same percentage in a general 
election. Nationwide, 3.5 million Arab Americans, by some estimates, 
are 
concentrated in other key states, including Florida, Pennsylvania, and 
Ohio...

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RENEWAL OF PATRIOT ACT MAY COST BUSH ARAB, MUSLIM VOTE
Farayha Arrine and Michael Kan, Michigan Daily, 2/3/04
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/03/401f4c8962ba9

As the election year begins, the Arab and Muslim communities on campus 
are 
gearing up to send President Bush a strong signal. Many have 
reconsidered 
their support for him, in part because of the Patriot Act that Bush has 
asked Congress to reaffirm.

In the aftermath of Sept.11, 2001 the Patriot Act was almost 
unanimously 
passed by a Congress still shaken by the al-Qaida terrorist attacks.

Measures of the act allow for surveillance of suspected homes, tapping 
of 
phone lines and access to personal records to better protect against 
future 
terrorist attacks.

Many Muslim and Arab students claim the Patriot Act comes at the cost 
of 
everyone's civil rights and particularly their own. Because the Sept. 
11 
attackers were of the Islamic faith, many Muslim students said they 
feel 
that U.S. officials have used the Patriot act to target Muslims.

Last week's State of the Union address has only caused more frustration 
as 
Bush told Americans they must renew the Patriot act, alarming some 
Muslim 
student groups who were awaiting the expiration of certain parts of the 
act 
in 2005.

LSA senior Irfan Shuttari, a Muslim student on campus, believes the 
continuation of the act will further endanger the rights of Muslims in 
America...

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TERROR SUSPECT, ATTORNEYS MEET FOR 1ST TIME
Jerry Markon, Washington Post, 2/4/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10371-2004Feb3.html

A U.S. citizen jailed since he was captured with Taliban soldiers in 
Afghanistan in 2001 met with his attorneys for the first time yesterday 
in 
a jailhouse session that marked a milestone in the government's war 
against 
terrorism.

Federal Public Defender Frank W. Dunham Jr. emerged from the one-hour 
meeting with Yaser Esam Hamdi, whom the government has declared an 
"enemy 
combatant," and said he was pleased to finally see the man whose case 
he 
has litigated -- sight unseen -- for more than two years.

"This was becoming a hypothetical case to us, and now were are reminded 
it's about a human being who happens to be a U.S. citizen," Dunham 
said. 
"Seeing the client in person, being able to put a human face on this 
case, 
had an effect on me that is not measurable."

Dunham and Assistant Federal Public Defender Geremy Kamens delivered 
legal 
papers and newspaper articles to Hamdi, who Dunham said seemed equally 
happy to see his attorneys. "I'm sure it made an impression on a client 
who 
has been looking down a lightless tunnel for 21/2 years, not knowing 
anyone 
is doing anything for him, and now he knows that he has a case in the 
U.S. 
Supreme Court..."

ALSO SEE:

JUDGE WON'T FORCE PROSECUTORS TO TRANSLATE TAPES IN AL-ARIAN CASE
Associated Press, 2/3/04
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040203/APN/402030848

TAMPA, Fla. - A federal judge refused to force prosecutors to translate 
evidence in the case of a former University of South Florida professor 
accused of having ties to Palestinian terrorists.

Federal public defenders representing Sami Al-Arian co-defendant Hatim 
Naji 
Fariz had argued that prosecutors should translate the mostly 
Arabic-language tapes of wiretap recordings. Lawyers also expect to 
receive 
numerous documents in Hebrew.

The public defender's office has declined to finance a team of 
translators. 
U.S. Magistrate Thomas B. McCoun III issued an order Monday saying 
prosecutors are not required to provide the translations.

He repeated an earlier directive that the U.S. Attorney's Office 
provide 
summaries of about 800 tapes deemed particularly relevant...

-----

'ISLAMIC' COLAS TAKE AIM AT U.S. GIANTS
Scott Leith, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/4/04
http://www.ajc.com/wednesday/content/epaper/editions/wednesday/atlanta_world_0402a44791d40189001b.html

A woman named Firoza Ismail runs a small store in Surrey, British 
Columbia, 
where she relies on a clientele of Muslims who live in that corner of 
Canada.

When a salesman showed up late last year and asked whether she would 
sell 
something called Qibla-Cola, Ismail agreed. She placed the soft drink 
on 
shelves right next to cans of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

This little bit of competition has been more of a cola skirmish than a 
full-blown cola war, but the fact that Qibla has made it to Canada at 
all 
--- and could jump the border into the United States --- is a sign that 
some products that popped up last year to protest U.S. policies in the 
Middle East have survived, if not succeeded.

"We've had a lot of requests for it," said 
truck-driver-turned-entrepreneur 
Mohammad Jafar Bhamji, Qibla's first and so far only distributor in 
Canada.

Qibla-Cola and other "Islamic colas" --- namely Mecca-Cola and Cola 
Turka 
--- have endured as small but high-profile symbols of those who are 
against 
U.S. policies. By going after those most-American of American products 
--- 
Coca-Cola chiefly, but also Pepsi --- these companies hope to take 
advantage of anti-U.S. sentiment in the world.

"The marketing perspective for our brands has been as an alternative 
soft 
drink to people of conscience," said Abdul-Hamid Ebrahim, a spokesman 
for 
Qibla-Cola, which is based in Derby, England.

To be sure, these products appear to pose little real threat to the 
U.S. 
giants. In Britain, Qibla's home market, the company claims to have 
sales 
of about 3.1 million gallons a year. Coke sells roughly that much in 
Britain in less than two days...

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DEBATE BEGINS IN FRANCE ON RELIGION IN THE SCHOOLS
Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, 2/4/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/04/international/europe/04FRAN.html

PARIS - Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin of France said on Tuesday 
that 
Muslim head scarves must be banned from public schools because they 
undermine the French republican ideal of freedom and equality...

He rejected arguments from observant Muslims and Jews that their 
religions 
require head coverings and that the ban would violate their freedom of 
belief. "Religion," he said, "cannot be a political project."

Until now, most French officials, including President Jacques Chirac, 
have 
avoided casting the debate on the banning of religious symbols as 
singling 
out Islam. But in "us against them" language, Mr. Raffarin spoke of 
France 
as "the old land of Christianity," and he called on France's Muslims to 
behave like good citizens...

The bill, as drafted, would ban from public elementary and high schools 
"ostensibly" religious symbols, including the Muslim head scarf, the 
Jewish 
skullcap and large Christian crosses. It would not apply to private 
schools 
or to French schools in other countries. The punishment for violators 
of 
the new law would range from a warning to temporary suspension and 
expulsion.

With passion and anguish during the debate, which is expected to last 
four 
days, some speakers defended the measure as a necessary step to stop 
the 
spread of radical Islam, while others predicted it would be impossible 
to 
enforce...

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ABUSE OF IRAQI PRISONERS COMMON, MARINE SAYS
Rick Rogers, Union-Tribune, 2/3/04
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040203-9999_1m3marine.html

CAMP PENDLETON - A former Marine guard testified yesterday that it was 
common practice in Iraq to kick and punch prisoners who didn't 
cooperate - 
and even some who did.

Lance Cpl. William S. Roy, granted immunity for his testimony, said 
guards 
often abused prisoners at the Camp White Horse detention center.

Roy testified on the sixth and last day of a preliminary hearing in the 
death of Nagem Sadoon Hatab, an Iraqi prisoner at Camp White Horse.

Although guards beat and choked Hatab and although he died in their 
custody, Col. William Gallo, the investigating officer, said he had not 
seen evidence to substantiate charges of negligent homicide against two 
Marines in the case: Maj. Clarke Paulus and Lance Cpl. Christian 
Hernandez.

Gallo said there might be enough evidence, however, to send Sgt. Gary 
Pittman to trial.

The Marines are facing charges arising from the death June 5 of Hatab, 
a 
ranking member of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, while he was at Camp 
White 
Horse near Nasiriyah, Iraq...

ALSO SEE:

CLAIMS ISRAEL MISLED US OVER IRAQ
The Age, 2/4/04
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/04/1075776090094.html

A government critic said that Israel was aware before the war against 
Iraq 
that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction, but 
Israel 
did not inform the United States.

Israel put itself on war footing before the US invasion last year, 
passing 
out gas mask kits to its citizens and then ordering them to open the 
kits, 
a step that eventually will cost millions, since components would have 
to 
be replaced.

But lawmaker Yossi Sarid, a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defence 
Committee, said that Israeli intelligence knew beforehand that Iraq had 
no 
weapons stockpiles and misled US President George W Bush.

In contrast, a lawmaker from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party 
said 
Israel had shared its doubts with the Americans.

During the first Gulf war in 1991, Iraq fired 39 Scud missiles at 
Israel, 
all with conventional warheads. Last year Israel appointed a stern 
general. 
Amos Gilead, as its liaison with the population. Gilead filled the 
airwaves 
with dire warnings of possible chemical or biological attacks from 
Iraq.

Sarid, who represents the dovish opposition Meretz Party, said it was 
just 
a costly show - Israeli intelligence knew the threat was "very, very, 
very 
limited..."

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US TROOPS APOLOGIZE FOR IRAQI CHILD KILLED DURING EID PICNIC IN KIRKUK
Agence France Presse, 2/4/04

KIRKUK, Iraq - US army Colonel William Mayville apologized Wednesday 
for 
the killing of an Iraqi child by mortar rounds fired by his forces as 
the 
boy's family picnicked in the northern oil region of Kirkuk.

Mayville told a meeting with local government officials, attended by an 
AFP 
correspondent, that he has ordered an investigation into Tuesday's 
bombing 
that also wounded the boy's mother and two brothers.

The family was out on a picnic for the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Adha 
some 
10 kilometers (six miles) south of Kirkuk when US mortar rounds landed 
around lunch time, according to Iraqi police Lieutenant Laith Naji 
el-Obeidi.

Mayville, speaking through a translator, said troops of his 173rd 
Airborne 
Brigade opened fire because they suspected insurgents were in the area. 
He 
said the soldiers found responsible for the deadly error would be held 
accountable.

He added that he ordered the payment of 2,500 dollars in compensation 
for 
the family of the nine-year-old boy, Basssam Sami Awwad, and 1,500 
dollars 
for each of the three injured.

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A RESPONSE TO DANIEL PIPES' ALLEGATIONS
Sheila Musaji, The American Muslim, Jan-Feb 2004
http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/2004jan_comments.php?id=458_0_24_0_C

I originally had no intention of replying to this as Mr. Pipes is 
entitled 
to his opinion no matter how much I may disagree with him. However, 
after 
the January 31st update was added to his site, I felt that I needed to 
respond.

I will comment on this statement item by item to avoid any accusation 
of 
"making no attempt to refute the actual arguments" and therefore being 
an 
example of a "totalitarian mind at work" which might somehow put me in 
the 
same boat as "Fascists and Communists…"

SEE ALSO:

A RESPONSE TO DANIEL PIPES' ALLEGATIONS
Jeremy Henzell-Thomas
http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/2004jan_comments.php?id=459_0_24_0_C

Dear Mr. Pipes,

Please allow me to respond to your puzzling accusation that I am a 
"British 
Islamist" with a "totalitarian mind". This assessment appears on your 
website in response to an e-mail I wrote defending The American Muslim 
against a previous allegation of yours that its logo was evidence that 
American Muslims harboured an intention to take over America and 
replace 
the constitution with the Qur'an…

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GOOD NEWS ALERT - 2/5/04

RULINGS HALT IMMIGRANT'S DEPORTATION (Chicago Tribune)
	- Officials Halt Mom's Deportation (Plain Dealer)

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CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia Shearson, 216-440-2247; Jad Humeidan, 
Executive Director, CAIR-Ohio, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-Mail: 
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RULINGS HALT IMMIGRANT'S DEPORTATION
Chicago Tribune, 2/5/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0402050316feb05,1,3957378.story

In a decision that halted her deportation, a federal judge agreed 
Wednesday 
to hear the case of Amina Silmi, an illegal immigrant whose plight has 
galvanized Muslim activists.

And in a second development, the federal Bureau of Immigration Appeals 
in 
Arlington, Va., said Silmi, a Cleveland mother of three American-born 
children, had the right to have her appeal heard. Silmi, 35, was in 
Atlanta 
en route to her native Venezuela, where she holds citizenship, at the 
time.

The decision came hours after U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. 
said 
he would hear a last-minute motion brought by Silmi's attorney 
Wednesday 
morning.

The 11th-hour developments cheered Muslim activists who have rallied 
behind 
Silmi's cause since she and her husband accidentally drove onto a 
bridge 
leading to Canada while on a family vacation to Niagara Falls in 2000 
and 
caught the attention of immigration officials.

"This is a great victory for the Muslim community," said Julia 
Shearson, 
spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a nationwide 
activist organization.

SEE ALSO:

OFFICIALS HALT MOM'S DEPORTATION
Donna J. Iacoboni and Robert L. Smith, Plain Dealer, 2/5/04
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1075982140305081.xml

A day that started emotionally for a Lakewood woman being deported to 
Venezuela ended emotionally as a panel of immigration judges suddenly 
reversed themselves and stopped her deportation in its tracks.

Less than eight hours after Amina Silmi reported to immigration 
authorities 
to board a plane to South America, the confused and frightened mother 
called a friend to relay the news that she had a temporary stay. She 
was in 
Atlanta, and was being given another chance to plead for permission to 
stay 
and raise her children in America…

A Muslim born in Venezuela to Palestinian parents, Silmi had been 
ordered 
to report to immigration authorities downtown by 8 a.m. Wednesday with 
her 
bags, weighing no more than 40 pounds, packed for South America. She 
had 
overstayed a visitor's visa by a dozen years and was ordered out of the 
country.

Complicating the issue were her three American-born children, all of 
whom 
are U.S. citizens. With no home or job prospects in Venezuela, Silmi 
decided to leave her children behind with a sister in North Olmsted.

"It's hard for me," said the sister, Jamila Jabr, 31. "I have four 
kids. I 
have a job to go to."

Outside the Federal Building early Wednesday, in the frigid chill of 
morning rush hour, Silmi hugged Haiat, who will be 12 on Sunday, Fida, 
6, 
and Belal, 5. Then she walked inside, presumably out of their lives.

She was led away without a suitcase. She had not packed, re fusing to 
accept what was happening.

"It's very hard when you separate mom from kids," said Raba Khatib of 
North 
Olmsted, Silmi's cousin. "There's no father either. And she loved this 
country…"

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #414

ASK CONGRESS TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN FRANCE

(WASHINGTON, DC, 2/5/04) - CAIR is calling on American Muslims and 
other 
people of conscience to contact their representative in Congress TODAY 
to 
ask that he or she endorse a congressional sign-on letter to French 
Ambassador Jean-David Levitte expressing concern over that nation's 
proposed ban on Islamic head scarves in public schools.

SEE ALSO: "U.S. Muslims Meet French Ambassador on Hijab Ban"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1039&page=NR

The bipartisan letter will be introduced by Reps. Michael Honda (D-CA) 
and 
Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) next week. If several other representatives sign 
onto 
this letter, a congressional resolution will be introduced. The 
deadline to 
endorse the letter is Friday, February 6th. The Honda/Ehlers letter 
reads 
in part:

"Dear Ambassador Jean-David Levitte:

"As Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, we are writing to 
express 
our concern about legislation pending before the French Parliament that 
would ban religious dress and articles of faith in the country's 
schools. 
We respectfully ask that you convey our concerns to your government in 
advance of this momentous vote.

"France has a proud modern tradition of isolating state institutions 
from 
religious influences in order to maintain a stable and secure 
government 
and to protect the rights of its people. However, the proposed law 
threatens the religious rights of French children by forcing them to 
choose 
between school and religious practices that are central to their core 
values.

"We are particularly concerned that this legislation appears to 
represent a 
backlash against one French minority: Muslims. Despite claims to the 
contrary, this legislation would disproportionately affect Muslims, 
especially Muslim women who often wear headscarves, known in Arabic as 
hijabs. However, restricting religious garb would impact individuals of 
all 
faiths. Many Sikhs, for example, wear turbans as an expression of their 
faith and religious identity. Compelling them to remove their turbans 
in 
school is contrary to the dictates of their faith. In essence, this law 
would force Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and members of other faiths to pursue 
alternative forms of education, slowing their integration into French 
society...

"In the event that this bill passes, we would respectfully urge your 
government to present this bill to the Constitutional Council for 
consideration…We trust that the French government will do its best to 
protect the interests of its citizens and will provide the necessary 
tools 
to ensure that the religious norms each individual citizen wishes to 
exercise are honored."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED

1. CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS TODAY to ask that he or she 
sign 
on to the "Honda/Ehlers letter" in defense of religious freedom. To 
contact 
your House member, go to: http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ and then enter 
your 
ZIP Code.

NOTE: CALLS ARE BEST, followed by faxes and then e-mails.

2. THANK Reps. Honda and Ehlers for their efforts. Call Rep. Honda's 
office 
at (202) 225-2631, e-mail through: http://www.house.gov/honda/ Rep. 
Ehlers 
may be reached at (202) 225-3831, e-mail through 
http://www.house.gov/ehlers/

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Writers Smear Islam and Hajj
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 15:50:33 -0500

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/5/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BLESSINGS OF PARADISE
* LIBRARY PROJECT: SOUTH CAROLINA 
* INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM IS 'VIOLENT AND INTOLERANT' 
	- Is Islam Barbaric? (Opinion Journal)
	- Dornan: The Dark Side of Islam? (AP)
	- Islam: Archaic and Antediluvian (Daily News)
* CAIR-CAN: PROTEST ANTI-MUSLIM FLYER 
* TEACHING INTOLERANCE IN LOUISIANA (Times-Picayune)
* U.S. MUSLIMS SIGNING UP IN VOTER DRIVE (Reuters)
	- Faith Groups Announce Voter Drive (US Newswire)
	- Democrats See MI as Test Run (Forward)
	- Arab-Americans Want to be Heard in MI Caucuses (AP)
* THE RELUCTANT PILGRIM'S GRUDGING RETURN HOME (CSM)
	- Kucinich Extends Eid Greetings to Muslims
* MUSLIM LEADER CALLS FOR UNITY (Herald Sun)
* U.S. IMAGE ABROAD WILL TAKE YEARS TO REPAIR (NY Times)
	- U.S. To Reach Out to Arabs via TV (LA Times)
* NYC COUNCIL PASSES ANTI-PATRIOT ACT MEASURE (Wash Post)
* COURT PRESERVES GITMO ISOLATION, FOR NOW (AP)
* PENTAGON HIDING REALITY OF TOLL FROM IRAQ WAR (PB Post)
* MALNUTRITION AT AFRICAN LEVELS ISRAELIS (Independent)
	- Orphanage Closures Render Many Homeless (AllAfrica)
* BALTIMORE MUSLIMS HOLD BLOOD DRIVE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BLESSINGS OF PARADISE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Paradise is surrounded 
by
hardship and Hell is surrounded by temptations."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1313

The Prophet also said: "(A) person (experiencing even the smallest
blessings of Paradise) who previously led the most miserable life (in 
this
world)...will be asked: 'O, son of Adam, do you (remember) facing any
hardship (in your previous life)? Or did any distress fall to your 
lot?'
That person will reply: "No...my Lord, never did I face any hardship or
experience any distress.'"

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1304

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM IS 'VIOLENT AND INTOLERANT'

QUESTIONS MOUNT ON WHY U.S. WENT TO WAR
Nolan Finley, Detroit News, 2/1/04
http://detnews.com/2004/editorial/0402/01/a15-51414.htm

Liberation in a region of the world so controlled by a violent and
intolerant religion is too uncertain a prospect to risk American lives 
and
resources.

An Islamic democracy is, for the most part, an oxymoron. It remains a 
long
bet that freedom and democratic principles will take hold in Iraq. With 
the
influence of the religious sects and their power-crazed clerics, it's 
just
as likely the Iraqi people will end up enslaved to a different sort of
tyranny.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments can and WILL 
be
used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

E-MAIL: letters@detnews.com 
COPY TO: nfinley@detnews.com, cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

INCITEMENT WATCH: IS ISLAM BARBARIC?

A GOOD REASON TO DODGE THE HAJJ
James Taranto, Opinion Journal, 2/2/04 
http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110004636

Two hundred fifty-one Muslims are dead in Saudi Arabia--not in a 
terrorist
attack, but in a religious ritual. Muslim pilgrims on the annual hajj 
were
in Mina, near Mecca, for the rite, in which they throw rocks at two 
pillars
that symbolize Satan. The victims were crushed to death in a stampede.

This was a normal occurrence, not a freak accident...

Isn't there something barbaric--in practice, if not in principle--about 
a
religion whose rituals routinely result in such bloodshed? That seems 
an
obvious question, and yet somehow we have the sense we're being either
daring or terribly rude by posing it. 

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments can and WILL 
be
used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

E-MAIL: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com, james.taranto@dowjones.com
COPY TO: edit.features@wsj.com, opinionjournal@wsj.com, cair-net.org

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INCITEMENT WATCH: THE DARK SIDE OF ISLAM?

RIVAL REPUBLICANS COMPETE FOR ORANGE COUNTY CONGRESSIONAL SEAT
Laura Wides, Associated Press, 2/5/04

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is an avid surfer, quick to wax on the
spirituality of catching a wave.

His opponent in the March Republican primary for the 46th Congressional
District is the less laid-back former congressman and talk show host 
Robert
Dornan, who earned the nickname "B-1 Bob" in part for his virulent 
attacks
on adversaries…

Where the two differ politically is on U.S. policy toward Israel. 
Dornan, a
staunch supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, hopes that's
enough to catapult him past the popular congressman.

Dornan drew a reputation for making wild charges during his 18 years in
Congress, even on the floor of the House. He called his race against
Rohrabacher "a one issue campaign - terrorism." He said if elected, "I
would be the pre-eminent scholar on the dark side of Islam…"

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ISLAM: ARCHAIC, ANTEDILUVIAN & ANTI-FEMALE
Lloyd Williams, Philadelphia Daily News, 2/5/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/opinion/7879057.htm

BELIEVE IT or not, right now I'm about as fed up with Islam as the 
Revs.
Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and the rest of the Christian Coalition
combined. But for a different reason. I just can't stand the 
unwavering,
arrogant contempt that that repressive religion exhibits toward women…

Listen, I know they're supposed to be our allies and are still 
considered
the "good Arabs" even though 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists were 
Saudis.

But I can't help wondering why we consider these particular
backward-thinking Neanderthals to be less of a threat than the rest of 
the
designated Axis of Evil.

Tell me if I'm reading this wrong. The basic tenets of the faith 
dictate
that half the population be subservient to the other half. That type of
logic reminds me of the brand of Christianity that once rationalized
slavery.

Sexism is as reprehensible as racism. If Islam doesn't get its act
together, Operation Saudi Freedom looms unavoidably on the desert 
horizon...

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE. Hostile comments can and WILL 
be
used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

E-MAIL: burgosf@phillynews.com 
COPY TO: cair-net.org

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CAIR-CAN: PROTEST ANTI-MUSLIM FLYER 

(Ottawa, Canada - 5/2/2004)- The Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations Canada (CAIR-CAN) is calling on Muslims to write to the
University of Western Ontario Student Council before its February 10th
hearing on the actions of The Israel Action Committee (IAC), a student
club. The IAC recently handed out a hateful and malicious flyer that 
showed
a picture of the burning World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 while
clearly attributing the terrorist act to all Muslims and to Islam
as a religion.  

See flyer at: 
www.caircan.ca/downloads/UWO_scan.jpg
www.caircan.ca/downloads/UWO_scan2.jpg

The material was handed out on campus, with the effect of portraying 
Islam
and Muslims as inherently violent and oppressive, thereby creating fear 
and
hate. CAIR-CAN has contacted local police to investigate the incident 
as a
hate-crime, and has called on the UWO Student Council to censure the 
IAC.

On February 10, 2004, the University Students' Council will hold a 
hearing
regarding the actions of the IAC.  The Council will take into account
written opinions of the flyer in making a decision. 
 
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (Be polite, but firm): 

1. CONTACT Rohan Belliapa (VP-Finance - USC):

A. Expressing outrage at the hateful flyer.
B. Demanding that the university uphold its commitment to providing a
harassment-free learning environment that does not tolerate the 
expression
of such hateful stereotypes. 
C. Demanding that the Israel Action Committee is strictly censured for 
its
anti-Muslim conduct.

Rohan Belliapa
VP-Finance (USC)
Tel: (519) 661-3574 x83574
E-mail: usc.finance@uwo.ca

2. Send a copy of your letter to Jennifer Schroeder (Director of Equity
Services) and UWO President and Vice-Chancellor Paul Davenport:

Jennifer Schroeder
Director of Equity Services
Tel: (519) 661-3883 x83883 
E-mail: jschroed@uwo.ca

Paul Davenport
President and Vice-Chancellor
Tel: (519) 661-3106 x83106
E-mail: pdavenpo@uwo.ca

3. COPY CAIR-CAN - canada@cair-net.org - on all correspondence. 

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TEACHING INTOLERANCE
Times-Picayune, 2/5/04
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1075966342243360.xml

Maryam Motar attends school in the United States, not France, where the
government is considering a law that would forbid her to wear the head
scarf required by her religion.

The West Jefferson High School sophomore's attire still made her a 
target
for ridicule, though, and according to Ms. Motar, her mistreatment came 
at
the hands of her world history teacher.

The 17-year-old Muslim student says that last week, as teacher Wes Mix 
was
passing out tests, he pulled back her head scarf and said, "I hope God
punishes you. No, I'm sorry, I hope Allah punishes you."

She says the teacher later told her, "I didn't know you had hair under
there."

Such insults are appalling. They have no place in a classroom --
particularly when directed against a student by a teacher...

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THOUSANDS OF U.S. MUSLIMS SIGNING UP IN VOTER DRIVE
Niala Boodhoo, Reuters, 2/4/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=4284500

WASHINGTON - America's Muslims are looking to expand their political
influence with a national voter registration drive, an effort that 
could
have its first test on Saturday in Michigan, home to the largest
concentration of Muslims and Arabs outside the Middle East.

Thousands of Muslim Americans across the United States have signed up 
ahead
of the presidential election, the first time the community of up to 7
million has formally organized.

"We're Muslims and our voices should be heard," Shazia Chughtai, 34, 
told
Reuters as she signed up at a recent commemoration in Washington of the
Feast of the Sacrifice that ends the traditional haj pilgrimage to 
Mecca.

"I'm an American and a citizen," said Chughtai, adding that in her 
view,
"everything that goes wrong here is blamed on Muslims."

According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is 
helping to
lead the effort, more than 3,000 new voters registered over the weekend 
in
13 states and the District of Columbia.

Many more still had to be processed and counted, said Hasan Mansori, 
CAIR's
governmental affairs coordinator. Further voter drives are planned for 
the
coming weeks.

In Michigan, which on Saturday selects delegates to the Democratic
presidential nominating convention, the local CAIR chapter said 
community
interest in the contest was high.

"People really seem to be motivated and mobilized at this point," said
Celena Khatib, a local CAIR official.

"At the mosques, people have been asking me, how do I vote in this 
caucus?
What do I do?" she said by telephone.

"It gives me an optimistic feeling about the community now, that 
they're
really excited about being politically involved and making a 
difference..."

ALSO SEE: 

RELIGIOUS GROUPS ANNOUNCE 2004 VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECTS
U.S. Newswire, 2/4/04
http://www.usnewswire.com

WASHINGTON -- The Interfaith Alliance brought together representatives 
of
11 organizations Wednesday, including the nation's largest interfaith 
and
ecumenical  coalitions, to announce their voter registration projects.

"At stake in this year's elections is the fate of virtually every issue 
of
social-moral-political significance to religious  communities -- civil
rights, foreign policy, fair housing,  taxation, religious liberty,
economic justice, education,  poverty, health care, and a bright future 
for
our nation's  children," said Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of 
The 
Interfaith Alliance. "All people of faith and goodwill care about these
issues and want to see them addressed helpfully."

Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of
Churches quoted former Vice President Hubert H.  Humphrey: "The moral 
test
of government is what we do to those at the dawn of life, our children;
those in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadows of
life, the poor and the  sick and the disabled."

Edgar said that the moral task of the religious community is also to 
care
for children, the elderly, and the poor, sick, and disabled and one way 
to
do that "is to be faithfully registered and to faithfully vote."

"For American Muslims, voting is no longer an option," said Ibrahim 
Hooper,
national communications director, Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.
"It's an absolute necessity.  That's why we are taking part in this 
effort
today and encouraging people of all faiths to register and then turn 
out
during the election, and vote..."

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DEMOCRATS SEE MICHIGAN AS TEST RUN FOR NOVEMBER 
E.J. Kessler, Forward, 2/4/06
http://www.forward.com/issues/2004/04.02.06/news6a.html

Looking past Saturday's presidential caucuses in Michigan, Democratic
strategists were predicting this week that the results in the Wolverine
State would point the way for the party's strategy in the general 
election. 

What the Michigan campaign showed, pundits said, was that voters in the
center - "white, Catholic men who are disproportionately members of 
labor
unions," in the words of Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf - will
determine who wins the White House in November. The campaign also 
showed,
in searching for those voters, that candidates were eager to avoid 
stepping
into ethnic or other squabbles that diverted them from the main goal. 

In particular, Democrats tried hard to avoid antagonizing either Jewish 
or
Arab American voters, both of which are heavily represented in Michigan 
and
play active roles on the national stage. As a result, the Israeli-Arab
conflict appeared unlikely to figure as a major issue in the fall 
campaign.

"Michigan is going to decide [the 2004] election," said Sheinkopf. 
"It's a
dress rehearsal for fall."

Meanwhile, the Arab American community, which the 2000 census puts at
115,284 souls but communal officials estimate to be at least twice that
figure, was seen as a smaller part of the caucus electorate - 2% to 3%,
Brewer estimated - but an even more important factor than the Jews in
Michigan's general election vote... 

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ARAB-AMERICANS WANT THEIR VOICES HEARD AT THE MICHIGAN CAUCUSES
Tarek El-Tablawy, Associated Press, 2/4/04
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/news-11/107594454013
5031.xml

DEARBORN, Mich. - On those days when Nabil Mohammed is able get through 
to
his family by telephone in the West Bank city of Nablus, he says all he
hears is bad news.

"Closures, Israeli soldiers breaking in doors, Palestinians being 
killed, a
wall being built -- there's nothing but hardship," said the 32-year-old
Dearborn resident. "Then, there's the U.S. road map for peace (between 
the
Israelis and the Palestinians), a map that doesn't seem to be guiding
anyone anywhere. With that kind of news, how can I not vote."

Bemoaning what he says is a lack of momentum on the part of the Bush
administration to pressure a settlement between Israel and the
Palestinians, Mohammed, a Palestinian-American, says he'll seize the
opportunity during the Feb. 7 Michigan caucus to make sure that he 
votes
"for anyone, and I mean anyone, that can get President Bush out of that
office."

His comments echo those of many in the sizable Michigan Arab-American
community, estimated at up to 300,000 people. While the economy and 
health
care are important issues, the overriding concerns are the United 
State's
foreign policy in the Middle East and the perception of the erosion of
civil liberties in the post-Sept. 11 political climate...

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THE RELUCTANT PILGRIM'S GRUDGING RETURN HOME
Christian Science Monitor, 2/5/04
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0205/p07s02-wome.html

MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA - At the goodbye circling of the Grand Mosque, the
final rite of the hajj, a Jordanian woman holding hands with her 
husband
turns around for a last look at the Kaaba. Tears fill her eyes.

I know how she feels.

"Is that it? Aren't there any more rites we can do?" I ask my cousin 
Allal.
He laughs, but he understands. 

In the middle of our final walk around the Kaaba, the geographic and
spiritual center of Muslim prayers the world over, my cousin Allal 
succumbs
too.

"God you are the Generous. God you are the Mighty. God, you who are 
capable
of all things, help us defeat our enemies. Help us defeat our laziness.
Strengthen our faith and bring us back soon to visit your house," he 
says
before his voice breaks from emotion.

I repeat after Allal, but my mind and eye wander, distracted by the 
colors,
smells, and languages around me. In the mass of circling pilgrims, I 
see
two Sufis in white turbans, their eyes closed, chanting in Turkish 
accents,
"God is Great, God is Great, God is Great."

Tradition says that the Kaaba was built by Adam and rebuilt by Abraham 
and
the descendants of Noah. It is known as the House of God and is the 
center
of our circumambulations. At one point, the crowd circling the large 
cube
slows as we make our way around four Lebanese women causing a traffic 
jam.
They have stopped to pray, kneeling on the marble skirt that surrounds 
the
Kaaba, and just in front of a shrine that contains the footsteps of
Abraham. Their husbands are standing and holding hands, forming a human
chain around them...

ALSO SEE: 

KUCINICH EXTENDS EID GREETINGS TO MUSLIMS

The following is a message sent by presidential candidate Dennis 
Kucinich
to the Muslim community in honor of Eid ul-Adha:

Assalaamu Alaykum...May Peace and Blessings be upon all...

As Muslim Americans across the country and Muslims around the world 
gather
to celebrate, I extend my most sincere wishes for a meaningful and 
joyous
Eid ul Adha this year. Health, happiness and peace to all!

Warmly,
Dennis Kucinich

www.kucinich.us

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MUSLIM LEADER CALLS FOR UNITY 
Claudia Assis, Herald-Sun, 2/4/04
http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-443767.html

DURHAM -- Extremists have muddled Islam's message, said Imam W. Deen
Mohammed, a renowned Black Muslim spiritual leader who visited Durham 
this
week to spread the word that Islam is a religion of peace and to bring 
a
message of unity. 

"Good people, no matter what label, what religion, need good people to
survive bad people," he said. "We are all one family ... We can 
strengthen
each other against bad people." 

Mohammed spoke Wednesday with The Herald-Sun, in between speaking
engagements at Duke University, visiting with local imams and 
participating
in a WUNC radio show, "The State of Things." 

For Durham Muslims, Mohammed's visit "straightened out the focus and
determination of our people as viable citizens in Durham," said Imam
Abdul-hafeez Waheed of the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center on West Chapel Hill
Street. Waheed estimated that Durham's Muslim population is fewer than
5,000 people. 

Mohammed, 70, is the son of Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of 
Islam
until his death in 1975. Mohammed then took over the Nation of Islam,
leading many mosques toward more mainstream Sunni Islam and changing 
the
way many American-born blacks practiced the religion. 

Not long after, he founded the group that became the American Society 
of
Muslims, and in 1978, Louis Farrakhan became the leader of the Nation 
of
Islam... 

According to the Council for American-Islamic Relations, based in
Washington, D.C., there are about 7 million U.S. Muslims, with a 
variety of
ethnic backgrounds and national origins. In addition, there are nearly
2,000 mosques, Islamic schools and Islamic centers. 

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U.S. IMAGE ABROAD WILL TAKE YEARS TO REPAIR, OFFICIAL TESTIFIES
Christopher Marquis, New York Times, 2/5/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/05/politics/05DIPL.html

WASHINGTON - Margaret D. Tutwiler, in her first public appearance as 
the
State Department official in charge of public diplomacy, acknowledged
Wednesday that America's standing abroad had deteriorated to such an 
extent
that "it will take us many years of hard, focused work" to restore it. 

Ms. Tutwiler, the former ambassador to Morocco, was recently tapped to 
try
to address rising hostility toward the United States in much of the 
Muslim
world. 

In testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee, she agreed 
with
the main findings of an independent panel that American outreach has
suffered from budget cuts and neglect since the end of the cold war.

"Unfortunately, our country has a problem in far too many parts of the
world," she said, "a problem we have regrettably gotten into over many
years through both Democrat and Republican administrations, and a 
problem
that does not lend itself to a quick fix or a single solution or a 
simple
plan." 

The findings were the result of an extensive bipartisan study led by 
Edward
P. Djerejian, a former ambassador to Israel and Syria. The panel 
asserted
that American prestige had dwindled, that much of its charity was
overlooked and that its overall approach lacked strategic direction...

ALSO SEE:

U.S. TO REACH OUT TO ARABS VIA TV
Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times, 2/5/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/whitehouse/la-fg-bush5feb05
,1,7146046.story?coll=la-news-politics-white_house

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced Wednesday that the U.S. 
government
would next week begin broadcasting an Arabic-language satellite TV 
channel
designed as an alternative to Middle Eastern broadcasts often critical 
of
the United States.

At an appearance at the Library of Congress, Bush said the channel, Al
Hurra, would join other U.S. government broadcasts that are aimed at
cutting through the "hateful propaganda that fills the airwaves in the
Muslim world" and telling people "the truth about the values and the
policies of the United States." 

Al Hurra, Arabic for "the free one," is the most expensive of a number 
of
post-Sept. 11 efforts aimed at changing attitudes about the United 
States
through government-supplied information. U.S. officials have 
acknowledged
that they want the channel to be a rival of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based
satellite channel, and Al Arabiya, based in Dubai, United Arab 
Emirates.
The two Arabic channels have often drawn complaints about their 
programming
from senior Bush administration officials.

The broadcasts will be transmitted from a facility in Springfield, Va., 
and
will cost the government $62 million for the first year of operation. 
The
channel will be overseen by a Lebanese-born news director, who will be
hiring a staff of more than 200, including many Arabs...

Experts on the region have questioned whether the effort will draw 
enough
viewers to justify the expense. Audiences in the Middle East are 
generally
skeptical about America and have not responded well to other U.S.
government efforts to improve America's image.

Al Jazeera officials have dismissed the competitive threat, saying that
Arab listeners will not accept U.S. government broadcasts...

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N.Y. CITY COUNCIL PASSES ANTI-PATRIOT ACT MEASURE 
Michelle Garcia, Washington Post, 2/5/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13970-2004Feb4.html

NEW YORK - New York City, site of the country's most horrific terrorist
attack, Wednesday became the latest in a long list of cities and towns 
that
have formally opposed the expanded investigatory powers granted to law
enforcement agencies under the USA Patriot Act. 
  
The New York City Council approved a resolution condemning the law, 
enacted
by Congress six weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with a voice 
vote
in its chambers a few blocks from the gaping hole at Ground Zero. 

"The Patriot Act is really unpatriotic, it undermines our civil rights 
and
civil liberties," said council member Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan), the
bill's sponsor. "We never give up our rights that's what makes us
Americans." 

The resolution criticized the Patriot Act for allowing infringements on
privacy rights. Among other provisions, the Patriot Act allows
investigators to see citizens' library records and eases requirements 
for
search warrants. The council requested that Congress deliver periodic
reports accounting for the information and records on New Yorkers the
federal government has culled under the Patriot Act, but the measure 
has no
means to enforce that request. 

The vote follows months of negotiations between resolution supporters 
and
New York City Council leadership. A major sticking point in the 
original
proposal of the resolution centered on language prohibiting the New 
York
Police Department from enforcing immigration laws, collecting 
information
on activist groups and businesses, and refraining from establishing an
anti-terrorism reporting database. 

After Wednesday's vote, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D) said 
the
measure in its final version "strikes the right balance..."

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COURT PRESERVES GITMO ISOLATION, FOR NOW
Anne Gearan, Associated Press, 2/4/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3712418,00.html

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Thursday it will not allow a 
potential
breach in the isolation of terrorism suspects at the Navy base in Cuba, 
at
least until the justices decide whether to hear another legal challenge 
to
treatment of the foreigners held there.

The full court granted a request from the Bush administration to stop a
lower court from communicating with a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 
The
action underscored a temporary reprieve granted by a single justice, 
Sandra
Day O'Connor, last week.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was poised to notify the detainee 
of
that court's ruling in December that Guantanamo prisoners should be 
allowed
to see lawyers and have access to courts.

The Supreme Court granted the government's request to put that ruling 
on
hold, at least until the Bush administration files a full appeal in the
case of detainee Falen Gherebi... 

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PENTAGON HIDING REALITY OF TOLL FROM WAR IN IRAQ
Palm Beach Post, 2/1/04
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/auto/epaper/editions/sunday/opi
nion_04a18dbd454ca0b51081.html

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., a Vietnam veteran and senior member of the 
Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, tried asking Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld about U.S. troops who have been wounded in Iraq.

He wanted to know the number of battlefield casualties, how the 
Pentagon
was defining "wounded in action," the procedure for releasing 
information
on wounded and how many Americans had received the Purple Heart. Sen. 
Hagel
told National Public Radio that it took six weeks to get a response. A
letter from the Pentagon said: "At this time, we were unfortunately 
lacking
in information, and we didn't have the information that you requested."
Sen. Hagel found the non-answers "astounding" and criticized a widening
credibility gap between the government and the American people over a
complete accounting of the war's toll.

The nation reached a sad milestone this month with the 500th death in 
Iraq.
But the numbers of wounded continue to be lost beneath the headlines, 
as
does the severity of the wounds. If Sen. Hagel can't get answers, what
chance does the public have? Military records suggest that about 9,000 
U.S.
troops have been evacuated from Iraq for a wide spectrum of reasons,
including combat wounds, accident injuries, psychological problems,
infections and illness. At least 21 have committed suicide. About 3,000
U.S. soldiers are counted among the group wounded in battle or injured 
in
accidents since the invasion...

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PALESTINIAN MALNUTRITION AT AFRICAN LEVELS UNDER ISRAELI CURBS, SAY MPS
Ben Russell, Independent, 2/5/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=487963

Malnutrition rates in the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank are as 
bad
as those in sub-Saharan Africa, MPs said yesterday. They warned that 
the
Israeli security fence around the occupied territories was "destroying 
the
Palestinian economy and creating widespread poverty".

The all-party Commons International Development Committee called for
European Union trade sanctions to be imposed on Israel until it allowed 
the
free export of goods from the West Bank and Gaza.

The committee's report also condemned suicide bombings as "morally
abhorrent" and "a catastrophic tactic that has done great harm to the
Palestinian cause".

MPs called on the Palestinian Authority to be more vocal in its
condemnation of attacks. "Israel's security measures are preventing
Palestinians from accessing services as well as inhibiting humanitarian 
and
development work," the MPs said. "They are destroying the Palestinian
economy and creating widespread poverty."

The MPs, who carried out a fact-finding trip to Israel as part of their
six-month inquiry, criticised corruption and mismanagement by the
Palestinian Authority, but also condemned the actions of the Israeli
government.

They said they understood why the Israeli government had decided to 
build
its 425-mile security fence, but added that it had displaced 
Palestinian
homes, destroyed farms and severely disrupted trade... 

ALSO SEE:

SOMALIA: ORPHANAGE CLOSURES RENDER THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HOMELESS
AllAfrica.com 2/5/04
http://allafrica.com/stories/200402050186.html

About 3,000 Somali orphans are facing an uncertain future after the
orphanages caring for them closed last week, for lack of funds. They 
were
forced to cease operations because the Saudi-based Al-Haramayn aid 
agency,
which was funding them, was banned from working in Somalia after the US
government said it had links with terrorists.

The Islamic agency closed its offices in Somalia in May last year, but 
the
orphanages continued to take care of the children, "because the agency 
left
enough money to run them for six months", Dahir Ghelle, who worked in 
one
of the orphanages in Mogadishu, told IRIN on Thursday. "We had to 
stretch
the money to last us up to now," he said.

There had been hope that the agency would succeed in clearing its name 
and
return, Abdullahi Haji Abukar, who works with the children, told IRIN. 
"I
think they [orphanages] have come to the end of the road, unless some
agency or individual intervenes."

Al-Haramayn first came to Somalia in 1992, at the height of a famine. 
It
funded a total of eight orphanages nationwide, housing children between 
the
ages of six and 13 years. Five of the orphanages were in Mogadishu and 
the
rest in Marka in southern Somalia, and Burao and Hargeysa in the
self-declared republic of Somaliland, respectively. Most of the orphans 
the
agency cared for, had lost one or both parents in war.

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YOUNG MUSLIMS SISTERS OF BALTIMORE'S 2ND ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

The Young Muslims Sisters of Baltimore (YM) is organizing its 2nd 
annual
blood drive on a Saturday in February/early March at the Islamic 
Society of
Baltimore.

If you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, are 
healthy
(not have any chronic medical conditions and if so, are being treated), 
and
not have donated blood in the last 56 days, you are eligible to donate
blood.

If you are able to donate, please provide your full name and phone 
number
and email your information to Farha Marfani at jannah007@yahoo.com.

We need to give the American Red Cross at least 80 names before they 
even
agree to come.

Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB)
Tel: (410) 747-4869
Email: info@isb.org
Web: www.alrahmah.org

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/6/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD'S MERCY
* LIBRARY PROJECT: NORTH DAKOTA
	- CAIR Job Opening: Civil Rights Coordinator
* AMINA SILMI: OH MOTHER REMAINS JAILED (Plain Dealer)
* CA CONTEST SHOWS MUSLIM HOPEFULS' PLIGHT (Chicago Trib)
	- Kerry's Appeal to Jewish and Arab Voters (JTA)
	- Arab-Americans Want to be Heard in Election (AFP)
	- As Numbers Rise, Immigrants Gain Clout (Detroit News)
* REVIEW FINDS NSEERS RIGHTS VIOLATIONS (IABA)
	- Pentagon to Alter Tribunal Rules (Wash. Post)
* ANTI-SEMITISM: THE SCARLET "A" (American Conservative)
	- Khalidi Focused on Academics (Columbia Spectator)
* SHARING THE BLESSING OF EID-UL-ADHA (U Wire)
	- CA Muslims Celebrate Eid (Gilroy Dispatch)
* ROBBERS HIT IL MOSQUE FOR SECOND TIME (Daily Ilini)
	- Help Restore Chicago Mosque Destroyed By Fire
* IRAQI DETAINEES ALLEGE MISTREATMENT  (LA Weekly)
* MOVE GAZA SETTLERS TO WEST BANK? (AP)
* IL: LATINO MUSLIMS AND THEIR ROLE IN AMERICA
* TEXAS: AMA VOTER REGISTRATION WORKSHOP

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD'S MERCY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "God…has laid down 
certain 
obligations…set certain limits…forbidden certain things…and has kept 
silent 
about other things out of mercy for you…So (keep God's commandments 
and) do 
not seek to discover (what He has kept silent about).

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 577

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,278 SPONSORSHIPS

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libraries to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
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ALSO SEE:

CAIR JOB OPENING: CIVIL RIGHTS COORDINATOR

CAIR has an immediate opening for an experienced dynamic person to fill 
the 
position of Civil Rights Coordinator. The position involves handling of 
civil rights cases, doing research on issues pertaining to civil and 
religious rights in America, maintaining a civil rights data base 
system, 
and generating reports, charts and graphs. Candidates should have a 
Bachelor degree in a related field with general knowledge of the US 
Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He or she should be 
proficient in spreadsheet and database applications. Some travel 
required.

Salary Range: Based on education, skills and experience
CAIR offers an excellent health and dental benefit for its full-time 
employees.

All those interested and eligible to work in US (Citizens or proper 
work 
visa holders) are encouraged to apply in confidence via email to: 
hr@cair-net.org or by fax 202-488-0833. When applying via email please 
ensure to write the position title "Civil Rights Coordinator" in the 
subject line of the email.

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AMINA SILMI UPDATE: LAKEWOOD MOTHER REMAINS JAILED
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/6/04
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1076068520190950.xml

Amina Silmi's deportation remained on hold Thursday. The mother of 
three is 
in jail in Kennesaw, Ga., waiting for the Board of Immigration Appeals 
to 
decide if she can stay in the United States. Her attorney said she will 
ask 
Cleveland-based U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. to allow Silmi 
to 
return to Cleveland while her appeal is decided. Silmi, 35, has lived 
in 
the United States for a dozen years, bearing three children, on an 
expired 
visitor's visa. She was to be deported Wednesday. Immigration officials 
halted her trip at the Atlanta airport, less than eight hours after 
Silmi 
turned herself over to authorities in Cleveland.

CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia Shearson, 216-440-2247; Jad Humeidan,
Executive Director, CAIR-Ohio, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-Mail:
ohio@cair-net.org

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CALIFORNIA CONTEST SHOWS MUSLIM HOPEFULS' PLIGHT
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 2/6/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0402060274feb06,1,6120071.story

SAN FRANCISCO - The name, Maad Abu-Ghazalah, doesn't exactly trip off 
the 
tongue, but that may prove a minor worry for the candidate running for 
Congress in one of America's most open-minded cities.

When Abu-Ghazalah went door-to-door, greeting prospective voters, his 
eyes 
beaming, his light skin slightly tanned against his perfectly pressed 
business suit, there was often the same reaction.

"With this name, I would say this guy doesn't have a chance," said Dan 
Briesach, after opening his front door and glancing at Abu-Ghazalah's 
campaign literature. "M-a-ad A-bu-Gha-za-lah, not a chance."

Without a flinch, Abu-Ghazalah replied matter-of-factly: "I was born in 
Palestine. I live in San Francisco and graduated from Notre Dame. I'm 
running for Congress because I'm concerned about our foreign policy."

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Muslims have become politically 
active like never before, and they are hoping to influence elections in 
a 
number of states, including Michigan, which holds its caucuses 
Saturday...

Islamic groups are behind the voter registration drives, which seek to 
mobilize a potential electorate of 3 million. On Sunday, the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington registered thousands of 
Muslims in 
mosques and community centers across the nation as they marked the 
Islamic 
holiday of Eid al-Adha...

"We have to vote in a bloc," says Omar Saki, head of the Los-Angeles 
chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We have to 
motivate 
people and make our community aware that this is a crisis."

ALSO SEE:

KERRY'S APPEAL TO COMPETING GROUPS EXTENDS TO JEWISH AND ARAB VOTERS
Ron Kampeas, JTA, 2/3/04
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Kerry+appeals+to+Jews%2C+Arabs&intcategoryid=3

WASHINGTON - A couple of weeks after eating lox and cream cheese at a 
synagogue in Des Moines, John Kerry took on bitter Arab coffee and 
baklava 
among Muslims in Cedar Rapids.

Both appearances had a salutary effect on caucus night Jan. 19, when 
the 
majority of both Iowa's Jews and Arabs helped the Massachusetts senator 
come out the clear winner.

It's a pattern repeating itself nationwide.

Kerry, who after Tuesday's primaries has solidified his position as the 
front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, 
appeals to competing constituencies otherwise at odds in the battle for 
the 
Democratic soul.

He is a friend to Jews and Arabs; a storied veteran of both the Vietnam 
War 
and of the movement that ended it; a fiscal conservative and an 
advocate of 
government spending for the disenfranchised; an opponent of President 
Bush's handling of the Iraq War; and a supporter of an assertive U.S. 
posture in the Persian Gulf.

Kerry's positions on the Israel-Palestinian conflict are a study in his 
facility for casting his speeches according to his audience, and 
filling 
them with knowledgeable terms and detailed anecdotes.

His Jewish stump speech - delivered with vigor and passion, with barely 
a 
pause - cites the Roosevelt administration's decision to turn away a 
ship 
of Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe as a failure of U.S. policy he 
would 
never repeat...

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ARAB-AMERICANS WANT TO BE HEARD IN US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Jerome Rivet, Agence France Presse, 2/6/04

DEARBORN, Michigan - The three million Arab-Americans, who have felt 
ostracized since September 11, 2001, want to show they can be a mighty 
political force in this year's presidential election.

"Yalla -- vote February 7!" read a sign written in English and Arabic 
that 
was posted in a major street in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.

Michigan is holding caucuses on Saturday for the Democratic 
presidential 
nomination, a hot contest with six candidates vying to represent the 
party 
against President George W. Bush, a Republican, in November.

With its red-brick buildings, wide roads with snow-covered sidewalks, 
and 
Ford Motor Company's factories, Dearborn looks nothing like an Arab 
city.

Still, this industrial suburb is considered the Arab-American 
community's 
capital with 300,000 people of Arab origin from 22 different countries 
living here or near Dearborn.

The country's three million Arab-Americans could represent a 
considerable 
political force, said Imad Hamad, Michigan director of the 
American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

Unlike blacks and Latinos, who are well organized and number in the 
tens of 
millions, Arab-Americans have never figured as political players...

Several organizations have rallied Arab-American voters, including the 
Arab 
American Political Action Committee and the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.

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AS THEIR NUMBERS RISE, IMMIGRANTS GAIN CLOUT
Francis X. Donnelly, Detroit News, 2/6/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/politics/0402/06/a02-57279.htm

Chased by famine or war or prejudice, they sought a better life in a 
strange land that offered a promise.

First ostracized by political leaders in their new homeland, they 
eventually were pursued by them.

It has been happening to immigrants in the United States for 160 years 
and 
it continues today with a star-spangled twist: These wary wanderers may 
help elect a president in November.

Their numbers may be small but they could carry a lot of weight in a 
tight 
race, which the presidential contest in Michigan is likely to be.

Among these swing voters in a swing state are Arab- and 
Muslim-Americans 
and two of the fastest-growing minorities: Mexicans and Asian Indians.

"We have more visibility," said James Zogby, president of the Arab 
American 
Institute in Washington. "We're benefiting from the work we've done. 
We're 
picking the fruit from the trees we planted 20 years ago.'

So what do Michigan's 523,000 immigrants want from the nation's chief 
executive?

They want what refugees have always wanted. Security. Freedom. It's why 
they came to a place where they didn't know the language, customs or 
laws 
and, against long odds, staked a new life. They were drawn by America 
as 
much as they were pushed from their old homes.

To them, civil rights is more than an election issue. It's a symbol of 
their adopted nation...

But then came September 11 and Bush, who won the election, changed his 
tune. Arabs feel like they're bearing the brunt of profiling, an 
immigration law crackdown and the USA Patriot Act, which allows the use 
of 
evidence kept secret from lawyers and the public...

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REVIEW FINDS EVIDENCE OF NSEERS CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Iranian American Bar Association Study Reveals Iranian Nationals Were 
Arbitrarily Detained and Mistreated
PR Newswire, 2/6/04
http://www.iaba.us

WASHINGTON - The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) released 
results 
today from an independent review examining the implementation of the 
special registration program under the National Security Entry-Exit 
System 
(NSEERS) by the INS in late -- 2002 and early -- 2003. The IABA 
uncovered 
substantial evidence of the arbitrary detention and mistreatment of a 
large 
number of Iranian nationals who had voluntarily appeared to register...

Thirty-four registrants representing a broad spectrum of Iranians 
living in 
the U.S. discussed their experiences during the special registration 
process, including details of their interrogation as well as the 
conditions 
of their subsequent detention, in interviews conducted by the 
organization's legal team which included attorneys from Wilmer, Cutler 
& 
Pickering, a Washington, D.C. law firm retained as pro bono counsel to 
the 
IABA. The Report summarizes evidence indicating improper interrogation, 
arbitrary detention decisions, and poor detention conditions, as well 
as 
demeaning and humiliating treatment by INS officials.

Designed to track the identity and movements of certain categories of 
non-immigrants living in the U.S., the "special registration" component 
of 
NSEERS was established in August 2002 and required males over the age 
of 16 
from 25 predominantly Muslim countries to appear and register at 
specified 
INS offices throughout the country. In December 2003, the Department of 
Homeland Security temporarily suspended the annual re-registration 
requirement of the special registration program.

Twenty-four of the 34 registrants were detained despite voluntarily 
appearing to comply with the new registration laws. Twenty had pending 
applications with the INS concerning their immigration status, and 16 
had 
lived in the U.S. for longer than five years. Twenty-three reported 
having 
immediate family members in the U.S. Notably, there has been no 
indication 
that any of the 24 detainees were deemed to pose a threat to U.S. 
national 
security.

The Report finds that in many instances the registrants were treated in 
a 
demeaning and humiliating manner, and that they were frequently 
subjected 
to arbitrary questioning going well beyond what was necessary to 
accomplish 
the purposes of the special registration program. In one case, a 
registrant 
was asked by an INS official whether he believed in the Bible. Another 
INS 
official reportedly referred to a group of Iranian registrants as 
"animals" 
that he was "tired of dealing with." Yet another stated, "Let me go 
grab my 
shotgun," upon hearing that members of the detained group of 
registrants 
before him were Iranian...

ALSO SEE:

PENTAGON TO ALTER MILITARY TRIBUNAL RULES
John Mintz, Washington Post, 2/9/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17260-2004Feb5.html

In response to complaints from civil libertarians, Pentagon officials 
said 
yesterday that they will change some of the rules governing the work of 
lawyers representing alleged al Qaeda and Taliban fighters before 
military 
tribunals.

Under the new rules, attorneys for the defendants who will be tried 
before 
the special military courts at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be notified 
when 
their conversations with clients are electronically monitored by 
military 
officials, a Pentagon source said. The old rules had not clarified 
whether 
the defense lawyers would be informed about such eavesdropping.

The government's ability to listen in on attorney-client talks was one 
of 
many provisions of the tribunal rules denounced by human rights groups, 
some foreign officials and legal organizations such as the American Bar 
Association.

With rare exceptions, conversations between defense attorneys and their 
clients are confidential under military and civilian law. Last year, 
when 
military officials drew up the rules allowing the electronic monitoring 
of 
attorney-client sessions, some defense lawyer groups said they would 
refuse 
to participate.

Yesterday, some legal experts welcomed the rule changes but said they 
do 
not go far enough...

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ANTI-SEMITISM: THE SCARLET "A"
Taki, American Conservative, 2/16/04
http://amconmag.com/2_16_04/taki.html

An Israeli ambassador physically attacks an art display in a Stockholm 
exhibit linked to an international conference on genocide-a display 
created 
by an Israeli artist, incidentally-and Sharon and his ilk denounce the 
exhibit as anti-Semitic. (Dror Feiler, the artist, opposes the Israeli 
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.) Alicia Colon, a New York 
Sun 
columnist, writes that while Christians enjoyed the festive New Year 
season 
with good cheer, Jewish communities were being inundated with vicious 
anti-Semitic vandalism. New York magazine runs a cover story about the 
return of anti-Semitism, and announces that hating Jews has become 
politically correct in many places. Abraham Foxman, national director 
of 
the Anti-Defamation League, calls the threat to the safety of the 
Jewish 
people "as great, if not greater, than what we faced in the thirties." 
Arnold Beichman, writing in the Washington Times, asks if there will 
never 
be peace between Jews and the rest of the world. Finally, Israel 
Singer, 
chairman of the World Jewish Congress, levels charges against the 
European 
Union for recent decisions he has deemed anti-Semitic. What in heaven's 
name is going on here?

It is an easy question to answer. The defamatory accusation of 
anti-Semitism is the equivalent of a ninth-inning bases-loaded home run 
when down 3-0 against those who charge that Israel is out of control 
and 
point out its misdeeds. If Ariel Sharon can claim anti-Semitism against 
a 
peace-loving Israeli artist living in Sweden, what is so surprising 
when 
American Jews accuse anyone criticizing Israel with the same charge? 
Alas, 
my co-editor Pat Buchanan and I are used to these labels. As are Gore 
Vidal, Norman Mailer, Chronicles, and the Dartmouth Review, just to 
name a few.

What is really going on is that the state of Israel has always 
exploited 
allegations of anti-Semitism, never more than when its policies against 
the 
Palestinians raise the eyebrows (nothing more would be tolerated) of 
fair-minded people and governments throughout the world...

ALSO SEE:

KHALIDI STAYS FOCUSED ON ACADEMICS
Josie Swindler, Columbia Spectator, 2/6/04
http://www.columbiaspectator.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/06/402364547f5ba

A year after he accepted the position and a semester after he began, 
Rashid 
Khalidi, the inaugural Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, has not 
yet 
escaped the controversy surrounding his new role.

Khalidi, also the director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia, 
has 
been under scrutiny for years. That scrutiny only intensified when 
Columbia 
hired him last July. Deemed too radical by his opponents and lauded as 
a 
scholarly genius by his supporters, Khalidi has faced opposition from 
many 
in his field and in the press who question the circumstances 
surrounding 
his chair.

Many challenged the initiation of an Edward Said chair, calling the 
recently deceased Columbia literature professor too radical. During a 
brief 
teaching stint at Columbia in the 1980s, Khalidi had befriended Said, 
but 
emphasized that "he had very little to do with the Middle East field at 
Columbia."

Other criticisms cite the chair's anonymous donors and a University 
announcement saying donor names would not be disclosed...

Nearly a year ago, after multiple requests, Dean of the School of 
International and Public Affairs Lisa Anderson said the names of donors 
would be released shortly. The names, however, still have not been 
disclosed.

Brinkley wrote in an e-mail Wednesday that the University has contacted 
each donor about name disclosure. "That has taken a great deal of time, 
but 
we will be releasing the names soon," he said.

Khalidi, tired of what he called "unfounded falsehoods" and 
"ridiculous, 
wild allegations," refused to comment, saying only that the business 
aspects of his chair should be taken up with the University's 
administration...

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SHARING THE BLESSING OF EID-UL-ADHA
Sharlee Joy DiMenichi, U Wire, 2/5/04
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10921539&BRD=1091&PAG=461&dept_id=425716&rfi=6

Holiday celebrates the prophet Ibrahim, who sacrificed his son to 
please 
Allah.

The affluent and those in need are equal on Eid-ul-Adha.

On the holiday, called the Feast of Sacrifice in English, Muslims 
traditionally slaughter an animal and divide the meat evenly among 
family, 
neighbors and those who cannot afford to buy food.

Magdy Hagag of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, a mosque on Route 
1, 
said dividing the meat enables those with limited means to enjoy as 
nutritious a holiday meal as their wealthier counterparts.

"It becomes an equal thing," Mr. Hagag said.

During Eid-ul-Adha, which began Sunday and ended Tuesday, Muslims 
commemorate the Koran's story of the prophet Ibrahim, who was willing 
to 
sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to please Allah. At the last moment, Allah 
provided a sheep as a substitute for the young man. Believers may 
slaughter 
a sheep, goat or cow.

Modern Muslims imitate the practice of Prophet Mohammad, who recognized 
Ibrahim's devotion by sacrificing an animal annually, Mr. Hagag said.

"He used to slaughter his sacrifice and give most of the meat to the 
needy," Mr. Hagag said.

Rather than slaughtering an animal themselves, as Muslims in 
agricultural 
countries do, many ISCJ members pay to have an animal killed, according 
to 
Islamic dietary laws, at a slaughterhouse and have the butcher 
distribute 
the meat to those in need, Mr. Hagag said...

SEE ALSO:

CA: MUSLIMS CELEBRATE RETURN TO MECCA
Chuck Flagg, Gilroy Dispatch, 2/6/04
http://gilroydispatch.com/gilroylife/gilroylifeview.asp?c=94269

Thousands of South Bay residents gathered at the Santa Clara County 
Fairgrounds on Super Bowl Sunday, but it wasn't to watch the game on a 
jumbo television screen or to root on their favorite team. It was to 
celebrate an important Islamic holiday.

Eid-ul Adha comes on the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th and final 
month 
of the Islamic lunar calendar.

"It is time for reflection on the past year and enjoying all that Allah 
has 
given us, " said Muhammad Janjua, president of the South Bay Islamic 
Center, sponsor of the event.

The month of Dhul-Hijjah, which began on Jan. 23, is when millions of 
Muslims from around the world journey to the holy city of Mecca in 
Saudi 
Arabia to perform their obligatory Hajj (pilgrimage). The Eid prayers, 
which are held on the last day of the pilgrimage, are the same in San 
Jose 
as those said by the pilgrims as they complete their pilgrimage.

The theme of the day is a commemoration of the story in Genesis in 
which 
Abraham, acting in obedience to God, prepares to sacrifice his son. On 
God's command, a lamb was sacrificed instead, so the sacrifice of a 
lamb or 
goat is an important part of the festival.

Many families left the celebration early so they could go to local 
farms or 
ranches to personally sacrifice an animal in memory of the events 
recorded. 
Traditionally, the meat of the butchered animal is divided into three 
portions: one-third for the family to eat, one-third for friends, and 
the 
remainder given to the needy.

The day consisted of many events. Foremost were four prayer services 
led by 
Tahir Anwar, director of religious services for SBIC. In his sermon the 
imam cautioned participants that just as Abraham's faith was being 
tested 
thousands of years ago, the faith of people today is being tested as 
they 
are asked to be obedient to Allah's commands...

A number of exhibits provided information and shopping opportunities to 
the 
gathered community: voter registration, unique jewelry, traditional 
clothing, music cd's, prayer rugs, prayer clocks, and books on Islam 
and 
the Qu'ran in various languages.

Two of the booths had particularly useful information:

o Guidance Financial Group addressed the topic of home ownership, which 
can 
be problematic for Muslims because the Qu'ran forbids paying of 
interest. A 
"Shia-Compliant Solution" allows money to be borrowed without 
traditional 
interest payments.

o The Council on American-Islamic Relations distributed several helpful 
pamphlets for educators, employers, and law enforcement personnel. For 
example, one booklet offered practical suggestions to protect the 
religious 
rights of Muslim students in public schools through accommodations like 
school lunches (labeling clearly pork products), physical education 
classes 
(more modest uniforms) and scheduling (avoiding major tests during 
religious holidays).

Islam is the second-most practiced religion on earth sharing many 
traditions and beliefs with both Christianity and Judaism. Since 9/11, 
however, Muslims have suffered much unwarranted suspicion and 
persecution 
due to unfortunate stereotypes. For more information check the Internet 
at 
www.sbia.net.

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ROBBERS HIT LOCAL MOSQUE FOR SECOND TIME
Craig Colbrook, Daily Illini, 2/6/04
http://www.dailyillini.com/news/story.php?story=420

The Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center was broken into for the 
second time in two weeks Monday morning. While no arrests have been 
made, 
Urbana police and the mosque are taking action.

Mujahid Alfayadh, the imam (prayer leader) for the mosque, said the 
first 
burglary occurred on the morning of Jan. 30. The unknown perpetrator 
forced 
open a donation box and stole the cash inside.

On Monday, the offender broke into the mosque offices and stole more 
cash 
and other property.

While neither Alfayadh or the Urbana police would discuss what was 
stolen, 
Alfayadh said that a set of keys to the mosque is missing, though he 
could 
not say if they were stolen or misplaced.

Lt. Mike Metzler of the Urbana Police Department said the police were 
contacted after both burglaries and have inspected the mosque. Metzler 
said 
he thought there was a "very good possibility" that both burglaries 
were 
committed by one person. While he couldn't release any names, Metzler 
said 
the police do have solid information...

ALSO SEE:

HELP RESTORE CHICAGO MOSQUE DESTROYED BY FIRE
http://www.mcrcnet.org/ENewsletters/ENews_details_2004.htm#14

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, Chicago's Masjid Al-Farooq was completely 
destroyed in a fire that swept through multiple buildings on Chicago's 
southeast side. The accidental fire began in a laundromat next door, 
but 
quickly spread to the building housing the masjid (located at 73rd 
Street & 
Bennet), engulfing it in fierce flames that fire fighters had 
difficulty 
controlling. No one was injured in the blaze, but the masjid's 
property, 
including prayer rugs, Qurans, and other valuables were destroyed. 
Masjid 
Al-Farooq was attended by about 150 worshippers and offered children's 
classes as well as adult education programs. Since then, the 
worshippers 
have been left without a place to gather for prayers and classes. They 
have 
had difficulty identifying another suitable, affordable location in the 
area. Eid al-Adha presented an especially difficult time. Masjid 
Al-Farooq 
was truly a unique place, where Friday khutbas were delivered in 
several 
languages: English, French, Mali, and Arabic. The majority of the 
brothers 
and sisters who attended Masjid Al-Farooq are recent immigrants from 
various central African nations.

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago appreciates and 
values the rich cultural diversity that Masjid Al-Farooq members add to 
the 
Chicago area's vibrant Muslim community. The Council is extremely 
concerned 
about the loss of Masjid Al-Farooq and the difficulties facing the 
worshippers.

Accordingly, the Council has resolved to establish a special account 
designated as the Masjid Al-Farooq Reconstruction Fund. We urge you to 
donate generously so that the masjid can resume its children's and 
adult 
education classes, and thrive as a Muslim institution on Chicago's 
southeast side.

Please donate generously to reestablish the mosque. Please make your 
checks 
payable to CIOGC; designate the funds for "MASJID AL-FAROOQ 
RECONSTRUCTION 
PROJECT; and mail to:

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
330 East Roosevelt Road, Suite G5
Lombard, Illinois 60148
Tel: (630) 629.7490
Fax: (630) 629.7492
Email: Council@ciogc.org
Visit us on the web: www.ciogc.org

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IRAQI DETAINEES ALLEGE MISTREATMENT AND ABUSE
Ben Ehrenreich, LA Weekly, 2/6/04
http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/11/news-ehrenreich.php

A widower and the father of two young boys, Baha al-Maliki worked as a 
hotel receptionist in the Iraqi city of Basra until September 14 of 
last 
year. That day, British soldiers arrested him and seven other hotel 
workers, saying they had found a stash of weapons hidden in the hotel. 
His 
family learned nothing of his whereabouts until three days later, when 
British soldiers came to their door to tell them he was dead. When 
al-Maliki's father retrieved his body from the hospital, according to 
Amnesty International's Khaled Chibane, "it was severely bruised and 
covered in blood." The cause of death listed on his death certificate, 
says 
Chibane, was asphyxiation, apparently from being hooded during his 
interrogation. "It was obvious that he had died," Chibane says, "as a 
result of torture."

Al-Maliki is not the only Iraqi to have died under disturbing 
circumstances 
while detained by coalition forces. Though they have received minimal 
attention in the U.S. press, allegations of mistreatment of detainees 
have 
been surfacing persistently for at least the last six months. The 
allegations range from generalized neglect - unsanitary conditions and 
exposure to the elements - to beatings, electric shock and other forms 
of 
torture.

It was not until early this month, though, that the U.S. military's 
Central 
Command released a brief and tersely worded statement announcing, "An 
investigation has been initiated into reported incidents of detainee 
abuse 
at a Coalition Forces detention facility."

The announcement, so vague as to be enigmatic, came after several days 
of 
Defense Department denials in response to repeated inquiries by the 
L.A. 
Weekly about allegations of the torture and mistreatment of Iraqi 
detainees. Just two days earlier, a Defense spokesperson said, in 
regard to 
the over 13,000 Iraqis currently in coalition custody, "No rights have 
been 
violated to my knowledge."

A military spokesperson would say only that Lieutenant General Ricardo 
Sanchez ordered the investigation following allegations of abuse at Abu 
Ghraib, a Baghdad prison, and that investigators would look at all the 
coalition's detention facilities...

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MOVE GAZA SETTLERS TO WEST BANK?
Israel Considers Relocating Settlers
Ramit Plushnick-Masit, Associated Press, 2/6/04

JERUSALEM - Under an emerging plan to dismantle settlements, Israel is 
considering moving Gaza Strip settlers to West Bank areas that Israel 
wants 
to annex under a final peace deal, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's 
spokesman 
said Friday.

Sharon - who announced earlier in the week plans to dismantle 17 Gaza 
Strip 
settlements and some West Bank communities in the next two years - is 
looking at several options and will present them to U.S. officials, 
spokesman Assaf Shariv said.

Sharon's ideas have outraged his traditional right-wing and settler 
supporters, some of whom accuse him of timing the announcement with a 
bribery investigation.

Police questioned Sharon for a second time Thursday, and Israeli media 
reported that the top investigator believes there is not enough 
evidence to 
indict the prime minister.

Last month, the real estate developer, David Appel, was indicted on 
charges 
of giving Sharon's son, Gilad, $690,000 and promising another $3 
million in 
exchange for help in a business deal...

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LATINO MUSLIMS AND THEIR ROLE IN AMERICA - MOSQUE FOUNDATION

WHAT: Rafael Narbaez, the former priest who reverted to Islam twelve 
years 
ago and currently serves as Director of ACCESS Michigan.

Refreshments will be served. Please urge your Muslim, non-Muslim and 
Spanish speaking friends to attend.

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mosque Foundation, 7360 W. 93rd Street, Bridgeview, IL 60455

For more information, please contact the Mosque Foundation at (708) 430 
5666.

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AMA VOTER REGISTRATION WORKSHOP

WHAT: The AMA will be hosting a Voter Registration Workshop at the 
Dallas 
Central Mosque on Sunday February.
		
WHEN: Sunday February 8, 2004 from 10:30 am ­ 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: IANT/Dallas Central Masjid, 840 Abrams RICHARDSON TX 
(Multi-purpose 
Hall)

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/9/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WORDS THAT GUARANTEE MERCY
* LIBRARY PROJECT: SOUTH DAKOTA
	- CAIR­DFW Annual Fundraising Dinner Feb. 15
	- Have You Experienced Housing Discrimination?
* 47 HOUSE MEMBERS SIGN LETTER AGAINST FRENCH HIJAB BAN
* MUSLIM VOTE MAY SHIFT TO DEMS (Deseret Morning News)
	- FL: Arab Group Rallies Voters (Sun-Sentinel)
	- Rebellion Against the Patriot Act (Wash. Times)
* MUSLIMS FEEL EXCLUDED FROM IMMIGRATION PLAN (AP)
	- NY Muslim Family Faces Deportation (NYT)
* SERIOUS MUSLIM SEEKS SPOUSE-ONLINE (Newsweek)
* RICIN: HOMEGROWN TERROR (Time)
* FEDS WIN RIGHT TO WAR PROTESTERS' RECORDS (AP)
* HOW ISLAM SEE DARWIN'S THEORY (AJC)
* HEAD SCARVES ARE PERSONAL, NOT POLITICAL (RFE)
	- The War of the Headscarves (Economist)
	- France has a State Religion: Secularism (NYT)
* 10,000 CIVILIAN DEAD IN IRAQ (Independent)
	- Bush Aims for 'Greater Mideast' Plan (Wash. Post)
	- UK Spied on UN Allies Over War Vote (Observer)
* ISRAELI OFFICIAL URGES MUSLIM CONVERSIONS (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WORDS THAT GUARANTEE MERCY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recommended the following 
supplication: "I ask Thee for words that will guarantee Thy mercy, 
actions 
that will make certain Thy forgiveness, a supply of every virtue, and 
freedom from every offense."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 401

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,280 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of South Dakota: 38 covered, 60 more libraries to 
go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

ALSO SEE:

CAIR­DFW ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

WHAT: The Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold its annual fundraising banquet on Sunday 
Feb, 15 at 5:30 pm.

WHERE: Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center
5410 LBJ FRWY, Dallas, TX 75240 Ph: (972)-934-8400)

Tickets: $25 per person. ($30 at the door if available)
$250 for table of 10

Childcare Available-10yrs and younger. $5 per child

For more information, call 972-241-7233 or email info@cairddfw.org

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HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED HOUSING DISCRIMINATION?

American Muslims who have experienced or believe they may have 
experienced 
housing discrimination are urged to contact CAIR to give an account of 
the 
incident.

Please report housing discrimination to Roxanne Henry in CAIR's Civil 
Rights Department and Hasan Mansori in CAIR's Governmental Affairs 
Department. All names and other personal information reported to CAIR's 
Civil Rights Department are always kept confidential unless the victim 
grants us permission to share such information.

TEL: 202-488-8787
FAX: 202-488-0833
E-MAIL: hmansori@cair-net.org

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UPDATE: 47 HOUSE MEMBERS SIGN LETTER AGAINST FRENCH HIJAB BAN

Some 47 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed-on to 
a 
letter to French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte expressing concern over 
that 
nation's proposed ban on Islamic head scarves in public schools.

The bipartisan letter was circulated by Reps. Michael Honda (D-CA) and 
Vernon Ehlers (R-MI). The Honda/Ehlers letter reads in part:

"Dear Ambassador Jean-David Levitte:

"As Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, we are writing to 
express 
our concern about legislation pending before the French Parliament that 
would ban religious dress and articles of faith in the country's 
schools. 
We respectfully ask that you convey our concerns to your government in 
advance of this momentous vote.

"France has a proud modern tradition of isolating state institutions 
from 
religious influences in order to maintain a stable and secure 
government 
and to protect the rights of its people. However, the proposed law 
threatens the religious rights of French children by forcing them to 
choose 
between school and religious practices that are central to their core 
values.

"We are particularly concerned that this legislation appears to 
represent a 
backlash against one French minority: Muslims. Despite claims to the 
contrary, this legislation would disproportionately affect Muslims, 
especially Muslim women who often wear headscarves, known in Arabic as 
hijabs. However, restricting religious garb would impact individuals of 
all 
faiths. Many Sikhs, for example, wear turbans as an expression of their 
faith and religious identity. Compelling them to remove their turbans 
in 
school is contrary to the dictates of their faith. In essence, this law 
would force Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and members of other faiths to pursue 
alternative forms of education, slowing their integration into French 
society..."

ACTION REQUESTED:

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS TODAY to ask that he or she 
support 
the "Honda/Ehlers letter" in defense of religious freedom in Frnace. To 
contact your House member, go to: http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ and then 
enter your ZIP Code.

SEE CAIR'S ALERT: ASK CONGRESS TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON FRANCE
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=159&page=AA

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MUSLIM VOTE MAY SHIFT TO DEMOS
Geoffrey Fattah, Deseret Morning News, 2/9/04
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,590041944,00.html

Across the nation, Muslims are about to send a very strong message 
through 
the ballot box to President Bush: We want change.

Although in years past most Muslims have typically voted Republican - 
identifying with the party's opposition to abortion and gay rights 
issues - 
this year the tide is expected to turn.

In a concerted effort, Muslim organizations in Utah and almost every 
other 
state have started voter registration drives and are encouraging 
Muslims to 
vote Democrat...

Local numbers are just as difficult to come by, since area mosques say 
they 
have a difficult time keeping track of how many Muslims live in an area 
at 
any given time because there are many here on student visas who come 
and go.

Due to cultural influences and the fact many Muslims are immigrants, 
voting 
among Islamic communities has been fairly sparse, members of Utah's 
Islamic 
communities say.

But time has changed that. Many have become U.S. citizens, and new 
generations of American-born Muslims may make them a political force to 
be 
reckoned with in the future.

It's no secret that the pull of the effort originates from Bush's war 
on 
terrorism after 9/11. Instances of discrimination, hate crimes and 
civil 
rights being traded for homeland security have become top concerns for 
Muslims, they say.

"I think the reason why people are becoming more involved is because 
after 
9/11 a lot of our civil rights were abused. They felt a little helpless 
that their civil rights were being circumvented and felt there was 
nothing 
they could do," said Rabiah Ahmed with the Council on American Islamic 
Relations, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit political action group...

ALSO SEE:

GROUP FIGHTS STEREOTYPES, RALLIES VOTERS
Tal Abbady, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/ 7/04
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-sparabvoters07feb07,1,4685612.story 


In a downtown Miami office, a small group of white-collar Americans, 
the 
children of Middle Eastern immigrants, met privately with Democratic 
presidential candidate Howard Dean at his invitation.

On the agenda were the Patriot Act, civil rights and U.S. policy in the 
Middle East. On the unspoken agenda was an aggressive courtship that 
has 
sprung up between Arab-American voters and presidential hopefuls tuned 
into 
the community's fund-raising power, high voter turnout and growing 
political presence in Florida and around the country.

Those in the Miami meeting, held in December, saw it as proof that the 
Arab-American community has emerged from the quiet internal exile that 
stretched like a dark shadow after 9-11. They plan to represent South 
Florida in the launch of the Florida chapter of the Arab-American 
Leadership Council today in Orlando. The council, one of nine around 
the 
country, will help coordinate statewide a voter-registration drive and 
serve as the grassroots lobby for Florida's 77,461 Arab-Americans...

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REBELLION AGAINST THE PATRIOT ACT
Nat Hentoff, Washington Times, 2/8/04
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20040208-102841-7428r.htm

There has been insufficient national media attention to an important 
bill 
to revise sections of the Patriot Act that Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, a 
vigorous conservative, introduced - with bipartisan sponsorship - on 
Oct. 
15:The SAFE Act (the Security and Freedom Insured Act). Attorney 
General 
John Ashcroft wrote urgently to Sen. Orrin Hatch, Republican chairman 
of 
the Senate Judiciary Committee, of his strong objections to the bill.

In introducing the bill, Mr. Craig said: "I spend a lot of time on the 
ground in my home state of Idaho, and regardless of the pride Idahoans 
have 
in the success of the war on terrorism, many of them continue to raise 
concerns about the tools being used in that war." He cited the Patriot 
Act 
among those concerns that "are shared by a wide regional and political 
spectrum." The SAFE Act's bipartisan cosponsors include Sen. John 
Kerry, 
Massachusetts Democrat.

Among the groups supporting the SAFE Act's revisions to the Patriot Act 
are 
the American Conservative Union, the Gun Owners of America, the 
American 
Civil Liberties Union, the Free Congress Foundation and the American 
Library Association.

In a letter to the Senate, these groups emphasize that "the SAFE Act 
would 
prevent fishing expeditions into sensitive personal records by 
requiring 
that the records sought in foreign intelligence investigations pertain 
to 
an alleged spy, terrorist or other foreign agent..."

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MUSLIMS FEEL EXCLUDED FROM BUSH IMMIGRATION PLAN
WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press, 2/7/04
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1076156641208840.xml

LODI, N.J. (AP) - When Ibrahim Baker heard President Bush wants to let 
illegal immigrants work here legally for three years, he was excited at 
first.

But the Clifton auto mechanic soon felt the president's plan to "extend 
a 
welcoming hand to those whose presence will benefit our nation and our 
economy" would not help him.

A law requiring men from certain nations suspected of harboring 
terrorism 
to register with the government tripped up the 48-year-old Baker, who 
is 
being deported to his native Jordan because he overstayed a tourist 
visa. 
There is no such requirement for illegal immigrants from Mexico or 
other 
Latin American nations.

"I flipped out," he said in an interview at the auto body shop where he 
was 
busily fixing the suspension on a Volkswagen, his New York Yankees cap 
so 
stained to black from grease and oil that the "NY" on the front had 
vanished. "It doesn't include people like me."

A White House spokesman said Bush's proposal does not differentiate 
among 
illegal workers by nationality, and would apply equally to anyone in 
this 
country illegally who holds a job that no American citizen has been 
willing 
to take.

But Muslim groups say the plan is aimed more at Mexican and Latino 
immigrants who illegally crossed the border - and settled in 
electorally 
crucial states.

"I understand that what Mr. Bush did was catering to the Latino and 
Mexican 
populations in areas where he needs votes," said Osama Siblani, 
publisher 
of the Arab-American News in Dearborn, Mich. "Definitely it was not 
something that takes Arab-Americans or Muslims into account. My problem 
is 
that Mr. Bush is catering to a certain segment of the illegal 
population 
while ignoring another segment…"

SEE ALSO:

BROKEN PROMISES
ERIKA KINETZ, New York Times, 2/8/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/08/nyregion/thecity/08bang.html

FOR Belayet Hossain and his family, the promise of America will most 
likely 
end on Feb. 19.

Like thousands of others, Mr. Hossain, a baker who lives in Kensington, 
Brooklyn, was picked up for violating his visa under a controversial 
aspect, now defunct, of a "special registration" program. This program, 
started in November 2002, required men from North Korea and 24 mostly 
Muslim countries to register in person with the federal government. Mr. 
Hossain registered last April.

Since then, his world has been a nightmarish combination of bad luck, 
bad 
timing and, to him, incomprehensible bureaucracy. As a result, barring 
a 
last-minute reprieve, he will soon be bound for Bangladesh, his 
homeland, 
even though his application for a green card is being processed…

The family's impending departure is the result of a Kafkaesque 
bureaucratic 
saga. In April 2001, the bakery in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where Mr. 
Hossain worked filed an application to get him what is known as labor 
certification, the first step toward getting a green card. After two 
years, 
the application still had not been processed.

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SERIOUS MUSLIM SEEKS SPOUSE-ONLINE
Brian Braiker, Newsweek, 2/6/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4201067/

Imam Luqman Ahmad had heard so many stories about members of his mosque 
meeting their Muslim mates online that he finally decided to log on for 
himself and see what the fuss was all about. "I went to the site and I 
saw 
all these hundreds of perspective spouses," he recalls of his first 
visit 
to Al-Usrah.net in January 2000. "I was taken aback; I didn't know it 
was 
that widely used."

A religious leader at a mosque in Sacramento, Calif., Ahmad, 45, admits 
to 
having had initial concerns about whether online matchmaking was 
sanctioned 
under the tenets of Islamic law, which prohibits dating. But what he 
found 
was a burgeoning community of Muslims seeking other Muslims online, 
with 
the sole purpose of arranging a traditional marriage. What he found was 
the 
Internet as matchmaker. And he found himself, 15 months later, married 
to a 
woman he met on the site.

Traditionally, observant Muslims have marriages arranged through 
relatives 
or a matchmaker who scours the local community, friends, and neighbors 
for 
a suitable, compatible person.  But in a global age when Muslim 
families, 
like so many others, have increasingly dispersed, the nexus of some 
Islamic 
communities has dissolved, making it difficult for individuals to find 
people they know and trust. Especially for second-generation Muslims 
living 
in Europe or North America, the local field of prospective spouses is 
increasingly limited. So as families begin to extend their search, the 
Internet has been embraced as the newest tool in the oldest practice of 
an 
ancient faith.

The numbers tell some of the story. "When MuslimMatch.com was launched 
in 
2002, the site attracted few visitors," Waleed Saeed, the London-based 
site's administrator, wrote in an e-mail to NEWSWEEK. Today 
MuslimMatch.com, probably the Web's most popular Muslim matrimonial 
site, 
boasts 47,648 registered members and 1,500 first-time visitors a day…

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HOMEGROWN TERROR
A potent poison. A Senate mail room. Echoes of the unsolved anthrax 
attacks-with a dash of angry truckers
MICHAEL D. LEMONICK, Time, 2/16/04
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040216-588396,00.html

After anthrax-tainted letters began showing up in the wake of 9/11, 
authorities quickly suggested that this was probably a case of 
homegrown 
terrorism rather than Round 2 of al-Qaeda's assault on the U.S. The 
likely 
perpetrator, many still believe, was a malevolent nerd with 
chemistry-lab 
expertise and a grudge against the government. But when traces of the 
biological toxin ricin showed up in Senator Bill Frist's mail room last 
week, the FBI and other agencies declared there was no evidence 
pointing to 
either a foreign culprit or a mad scientist. One possibility under 
examination: a good ole boy who knows his way around 18-wheelers, weigh 
stations and CB radios.

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FEDS WIN RIGHT TO WAR PROTESTERS' RECORDS
Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press, 2/9/04
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_5059.shtml

DES MOINES, Iowa - In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in 
decades, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records 
about a gathering of anti-war activists.

In addition to the subpoena of Drake University, subpoenas were served 
this 
past week on four of the activists who attended a Nov. 15 forum at the 
school, ordering them to appear before a grand jury Tuesday, the 
protesters 
said.

Federal prosecutors refuse to comment on the subpoenas.

In addition to records about who attended the forum, the subpoena 
orders 
the university to divulge all records relating to the local chapter of 
the 
National Lawyers Guild, a New York-based legal activist organization 
that 
sponsored the forum.

The group, once targeted for alleged ties to communism in the 1950s, 
announced Friday it will ask a federal court to quash the subpoena on 
Monday...

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HOW THE FIVE MAJOR RELIGIONS DO AND DON'T OPEN THEIR DOORS TO DARWIN'S 
THEORY
John Blake, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/7/04
http://www.ajc.com/saturday/content/epaper/editions/saturday/faith_values_0442e35e34b821a71052.html

The Koran's creation stories share many elements with the Christian and 
Judaic accounts found in Genesis.

Islam teaches that the first man, Adam, was created by the will of God. 
It 
insists that Adam lived in paradise with Eve, who was created from his 
rib. 
Then Satan came and seduced Adam, who was reprimanded by God, said 
Khalid 
Siddiq, the director of the Al-Farooq Masjid in Atlanta.

Siddiq said the Koran doesn't teach the concept of original sin.

"Adam was forgiven by God, but still God sent him down to Earth as a 
test 
to see if he was going to be obedient to him," Siddiq said.

Muslims don't tend to accept the theory of evolution's claim that man 
was 
created by random forces.

"The creation of man was for a purpose and was a willful act of God," 
Siddiq said.

Siddiq, a medical doctor, said that a Muslim can accept some of the 
aspects 
of evolution, such as the belief that animals may adapt over time to 
survive in their environment.

But God is the source of those adaptive changes, Siddiq said…

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HEAD SCARVES A MATTER OF PERSONAL, NOT POLITICAL, CONVICTION
Kathleen Knox, Radio Free Europe, 2/6/04
http://www.rferl.org/features/features_article.aspx?id=fffb0d7a-d80b-4bdf-a1b3-68368f2f76dc&y=2004&m=02

Prague - Esma began wearing the hijab when she was 13. For her, the 
traditional Islamic head scarf is her way of showing her religious 
identity 
in a non-Muslim country, Britain.

"As a Muslim, it's part of my religious beliefs," she said. "It's an 
observance I wish to keep, and to me personally, it's also about 
expressing 
my religious identity. And I think especially now that I'm living in 
the 
West, I feel more comfortable in using it as an expression of what I 
believe in."

Many in Europe, however, are not comfortable with the increasingly 
common 
sight of Muslim women covering themselves in public. France, fearing a 
rise 
in Muslim extremism, wants to ban the head scarf in public schools. A 
vote 
on the issue is tentatively scheduled for 10 February in the lower 
house of 
France's parliament. Two German states are introducing laws that would 
ban 
female teachers from wearing them.

"At university, a great deal of my friends decided to start wearing the 
hijab despite their parents -- the previous generation -- being almost 
against it because they never saw it as necessary." And many Westerners 
-- 
women especially -- say the practice of covering up smacks of the 
repression of women.

The practice is based on several verses in the Koran and on the sayings 
and 
teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that instruct women -- and men -- to 
dress modestly…

ALSO SEE:

THE WAR OF THE HEADSCARVES - INTEGRATING MINORITIES
Economist, 2/7/04
http://www.economist.com/

BY THE grassy banks of the Seine, under a vast white marquee the size 
of a 
football pitch, 4,000 sheep are bleating. In the muddy field outside, a 
makeshift sign has been nailed to a wooden post: "Aid-el-Kebir". This 
middling town south of Paris, home to some 15,000 Muslims (nearly a 
third 
of its population), is preparing for the Islamic festival of Eid.

The sheep-slaughter, which used to take place in living rooms, has been 
highly organised. Each family identifies and tags its own sheep. An 
official Muslim sacrificateur dispatches it, and each family then takes 
its 
animal home for the feast. In a country that is battling to protect the 
separation of religion and state, the entire event has been run by the 
town 
hall. "The French must understand that France is changing," says a 
local 
official. "Islam has its place here now."

Evry is particularly ethnically diverse. Some 40 different creeds, 
colours, 
faiths or tongues crowd into the town's rain-streaked tower-blocks. 
Croissants are on sale at the local boulangerie, mint tea and foufou at 
the 
halal butcher, and the "Afro-Coiffure" has skin-whitening cream and 
hair 
extensions on special offer. In the local paper, death announcements 
speak 
of "Pierre" and "Charles"; the births are of "Moussa" and "Fatih". Half 
the 
town's housing is publicly owned, over three times the French average. 
Joblessness is high, particularly among young men. "It's not the 
Bronx," 
suggests an official, but some estates "are a bit like a ghetto."

While the French remain mesmerised by the proposed ban on the Muslim 
headscarf in state schools, other matters have preoccupied Evry. Last 
year, 
for instance, the mayor kicked up a fuss when the Muslim managers of a 
local Franprix supermarket stopped selling alcohol and pork. Local 
French 
shoppers, he argued, could not do without their saucisson and red wine. 
In 
vain: the supermarket is now another halal butcher…

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FRANCE HAS A STATE RELIGION: SECULARISM
Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, 2/8/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/08/weekinreview/08scio.html

PARIS - Who would have thought a piece of cloth could threaten the 
stability of the French state?

For four days last week, France's National Assembly debated the wisdom 
of a 
draft law that would ban most religious symbols from public schools. 
Although the move is aimed at preventing Muslim girls from showing up 
in 
the schoolyard with various degrees of swathing on their heads, 
President 
Jacques Chirac and his ministers, in a bow to egalitarianism, have also 
declared that items like Christian crosses that are deemed too large 
and 
Jewish skullcaps will also be prohibited.

The debate has little to do with the usual reasons for school dress 
codes 
and everything to do with the French state's historical impulse to 
impose 
its republican value system on an increasingly diverse population that 
now 
includes five million Muslims, about 8 percent of the population.

The practices of these new arrivals are often cast as a challenge to 
Christianity, but in many ways they challenge another religion entirely 
- 
the unofficial creed of secularism, which underlies the French 
conception 
of government and dates to 1789 and the French Revolution itself. In 
contrast to pluralist societies that try to accept, or even celebrate, 
cultural differences among their citizens, the French ideal envisions a 
uniform, secularized French identity as the best guarantor of national 
unity and the separation of church and state.

These days, a small but determined minority of France's Muslims has 
begun 
to make demands that clash vividly with that ideal. They include calls 
for 
sex-segregated gym classes and swimming pools for girls and prayer 
breaks 
within the standardized baccalaureate exams at the end of high school. 
Some 
teachers complain that hostility from Muslim students toward Israel has 
made it impossible to teach about the Holocaust. Some Muslim men have 
refused to allow their wives or daughters to be treated by male doctors 
in 
hospitals...

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THE HUMAN COST OF BUSH AND BLAIR'S MILITARY ADVENTURE: 10,000 CIVILIAN 
DEATHS
David Randall, Independent, 2/8/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=489082

More than 10,000 civilians, many of them women and children, have been 
killed so far in the Iraqi conflict, The Independent on Sunday has 
learnt, 
making the continuing conflict the most deadly war for non-combatants 
waged 
by the West since the Vietnam war more than 30 years ago.

The passing of this startling milestone will be recorded today by Iraq 
Body 
Count, the most authoritative organisation monitoring the human cost of 
the 
war. Since the invasion began in March, this group of leading academics 
and 
campaigners has registered all civilian deaths in Iraq attributable to 
the 
conflict. They do this in the absence of any counts by US, British, or 
Baghdad authorities.

Iraq Body Count's co-founder, John Sloboda, said: "This official 
disinterest must end. We are now calling for an independent 
international 
tribunal to be set up to establish the numbers of dead, the 
circumstances 
in which they were killed and an appropriate and just level of 
compensation 
for the victims' families."

His call was backed by Bob Marshall Andrews, Labour MP for Medway. He 
said: 
"These are figures which are airbrushed out of the political equation 
and 
yet are central to whether it is possible to create a stable and 
democratic 
Iraq."

Iraq Body Count said last night that deaths are only recorded by them 
when 
reported by at least two media outlets. Its leading researcher Hamit 
Dardagan said that its careful, but necessarily incomplete, records are 
in 
contrast to "the official indifference" to counting either the Iraqi 
lives 
lost or those blighted by injuries.

Neither the US or British military, nor the Coalition Provisional 
Authority 
have kept a record of Iraq civilian or military casualties, and 
Washington 
and London have both rejected calls for them to compile such totals…

ALSO SEE:

BUSH AIMS FOR 'GREATER MIDEAST' PLAN
Robin Wright and Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 2/9/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4217663/

The Bush administration has launched an ambitious bid to promote 
democracy 
in the "greater Middle East" that will adapt a model used to press for 
freedoms in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Senior White House and State Department officials have begun talks with 
key 
European allies about a master plan to be put forward this summer at 
summits of the Group of Eight nations, NATO allies and the European 
Union, 
U.S. officials say. With international backing, the United States then 
hopes to win commitments of action from Middle Eastern and South Asian 
countries.

"It's a sweeping change in the way we approach the Middle East," said a 
senior State Department official. "We hope to roll out some of the 
principles for reform in talks with the Europeans over the next few 
weeks, 
with specific ideas of how to support them."

Details are still being crafted. But the initiative, scheduled to be 
announced at the G-8 summit hosted by President Bush at Sea Island, 
Ga., in 
June, would call for Arab and South Asian governments to adopt major 
political reforms, be held accountable on human rights -- particularly 
women's empowerment -- and introduce economic reforms, U.S. and 
European 
officials said.

As incentives for the targeted countries to cooperate, Western nations 
would offer to expand political engagement, increase aid, facilitate 
membership in the World Trade Organization and foster security 
arrangements, possibly some equivalent of the Partnership for Peace 
with 
former Eastern Bloc countries.

Vice President Cheney first hinted at the initiative last month in a 
speech 
at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. "Our forward strategy for 
freedom commits us to support those who work and sacrifice for reform 
across the greater Middle East," he said. "We call upon our democratic 
friends and allies everywhere, and in Europe in particular, to join us 
in 
this effort."

The U.S. approach is loosely modeled on the 1975 Helsinki accords 
signed by 
35 nations, including the United States, the Soviet Union and almost 
all 
European countries...

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BRITAIN SPIED ON UN ALLIES OVER WAR VOTE
Martin Bright and Peter Beaumont, Observer, 2/8/04
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,1143550,00.html

Britain helped America to conduct a secret and potentially illegal 
spying 
operation at the United Nations in the run-up to the Iraq war, The 
Observer 
can reveal.

The operation, which targeted at least one permanent member of the UN 
Security Council, was almost certainly in breach of the Vienna 
conventions 
on diplomatic relations, which strictly outlaw espionage at the UN 
missions 
in New York.

Translators and analysts at the Government's top-secret surveillance 
centre 
GCHQ were ordered to co-operate with an American espionage 'surge' on 
Security Council delegations after a request from the US National 
Security 
Agency at the end of January 2003. This was designed to help smooth the 
way 
for a second UN resolution authorising war in Iraq.

The information was intended for US Secretary of State Colin Powell 
before 
his presentation on weapons of mass destruction to the Security Council 
on 
5 February.

Sources close to the intelligence services have now confirmed that the 
request from the security agency was 'acted on' by the British 
authorities. 
It is also known that the operation caused significant disquiet in the 
intelligence community on both sides of the Atlantic.

An operation of this kind would almost certainly have been authorised 
by 
the director-general of GCHQ, David Pepper. But the revelation also 
raises 
serious questions for Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, who has 
overall 
responsibility for GCHQ...

-----

ISRAELI OFFICIAL URGES MUSLIM CONVERSIONS
Associated Press, 2/9/04
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/7908062.htm
	
JERUSALEM - A hawkish Israeli Cabinet minister has asked Christian 
missionaries to try to convert Islamic militants, an aide to the 
minister 
confirmed Sunday.

Tourism Minister Benny Elon made the suggestion during a meeting last 
Wednesday with visiting Christian leaders from Europe, said the 
spokesman, 
Sagiv Rotenberg.

Elon told the Christians that Israel would not accept any missionary 
attempts to convert Jews, but suggested that they turn their attention 
to 
Muslim militants in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

``Go to mosques and bring the light to the Muslims. Remind all the 
Muslim 
killers that thou shall not kill. Make them good Christians and good 
people,'' Elon was quoted as saying in the Yediot Ahronot daily.

Rotenberg confirmed the minister's comments, but said that Elon was 
referring only to Muslims who instruct their faithful to kill.

Islamic militant groups based in the West Bank and Gaza have carried 
out 
dozens of suicide bombings during more than three years of 
Israeli-Palestinian violence... 	

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/10/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: ARIZONA
	- 50 Reps Sign Honda/Ehlers Letter on Hijab
	- Sen. Santorum Protests French Hijab Ban
	- CAIR-Houston: Black History Month Event
* GOOD NEWS: ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
* CAIR-LA: 2004 ELECTIONS TOWN HALL MEETING IN CA
	- Reminder: Vote in the VA and TN Primaries
* CIVIL RIGHTS, TERROR ON TRIAL (Pioneer Press)
       	- Experts Question Secrecy around Case (MPR)
       	- Canadian Tried in Secret (Toronto Star)
       	- Terror Suspect Marks Time (Toronto Star)
* SWEDEN REJECTS FRENCH HEADSCARF BAN (AFP)
	- A Fight Over Religious Symbols (AJC)
	- French Lawmakers Back Veil Ban (Reuters)
* PA: IN DEFENSE OF ISLAM (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* IL: GETTING PORK OFF THE SCHOOL FORK (Daily Herald)
* KS: MUSLIM YOUTH PARTICIPATES IN LEADERSHIP FORUM
* ISRAEL HEMS IN A SACRED CITY (Wash. Post)
        	- Arabs Say They're in Dark on US Plans (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Do you know what most 
commonly brings people into Paradise? It is fear of (displeasing) God 
and 
good character."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1240

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HONDA/EHLERS LETTER ON HIJAB RECEIVES 50 SIGNATORIES

Last week, Reps. Michael Honda (D-CA) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) 
introduced a 
congressional sign-on letter expressing their concerns about France's 
proposed ban on Islamic head scarves in public schools.

The following is a list of representatives signed the letter:

1. Michael Honda (D-CA)
2. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
3. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
4. John Lewis (D-GA)
5. Tim Bishop (D-NY)
6. Ed Case (D-HI)
7. Bobbie Scott (D-VA)
8. Lane Evans (D-IL)
9. Jim Marshall (D-GA)
10. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
11. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
12. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
13. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
14. Bob Filner (D-CA)
15. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
16. Tom Udall (D-NM)
17. Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
18. David Scott (D-GA)
19. Donald Payne (D-NJ)
20. Ken Lucas (D-NY)
21. Jay Inslee (D-WA)
22. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
23. Chris Bell (D-TX)
24. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
25. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
26. Pete Stark (D-CA)
27. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
28. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
29. John Shinkus (R-IL)
30. Joe Crowley (D-NY)
31. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
32. Steve Israel (D-NY)
33. Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
34. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX)
35. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
36. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
37. Donna Christensen (D-VI)
38. Joe Hoefel (D-PA)
39. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
40. Barney Frank (D-MA)
41. John Conyers (D-MI)
42. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
43. Anna Eschoo (D-CA)
44. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
45. Adam Smith (D-WA)
46. Dan Burton (R-IN)
47. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
48. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
49. Jim Ramstad (R-MN)
50. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI)

ACTION REQUESTED: Thank the representatives who signed the Honda/Ehlers 
letter on hijab, go to http://capwiz.com/cair/home/

To read the contents of the Honda/Ehlers letter, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=159&page=AA

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SEN. SANTORUM PROTESTS FRENCH HIJAB BAN

His Excellency Jacques Chirac
Republique Francaise
Palais de l'Elysee
55, rue du faubourg Saint-Honore
75008 Paris FRANCE

Dear Mr. President:

I write as a legislator of a country tied to France by more than two 
centuries of common commitment to freedom.  Without France, the 
American 
Revolution might well have failed.  Without America, France today might 
well be enslaved. Whatever our momentary disagreements, the French and 
the 
Americans have shared a zeal to defend and expand the area of free 
nations 
and free peoples.

Mine is thus the voice of those who love what France has long 
represented, 
and who cherish the values that France has long defended.  But mine is 
also 
the voice of those who fear that France is now abandoning some of those 
values.  The recent suggestions of the Commission of Reflection on the 
Implementation of the Principle of Secularity in the Republic and your 
intention expressed in your address of December 17, 2003, to promote 
the 
adoption of a comprehensive law to limit the free expression of 
religious 
sentiment in France compel me to write and ask you to reconsider this 
action.

I am astonished and dismayed that France is considering action to 
stigmatize people of faith as such.  There is no tolerance in depriving 
an 
individual of the right to observe his religious obligations as a 
member of 
a religious community.

If I have understood your concerns, you seek to eliminate provocations 
between members of different faiths.  I fully support that goal, for 
France 
and for all civilized countries.  But I do not agree that this goal is 
advanced by forbidding religious people to express their faith publicly 
by 
wearing traditional garb or symbols in state schools.  In the case of 
Sikh, 
Jewish and Muslim head coverings, the French Republic could actually 
forbid 
people of those faiths to fulfill their religious requirements.  In the 
case of crucifixes, your legislation places limits on Christians from 
freely expressing their faith.

Such legislation, in my opinion, would not resolve the conflicts 
between 
religious groups in France.  Students and teachers would still know who 
is 
who, and if bigots decide to attack members of a given faith, it would 
not 
be difficult for them to identify their targets.  Indeed, it may be 
that 
the main effects of your decision would be to exacerbate already 
existing 
conflicts, to punish innocent people for the actions of criminal 
bigots, 
and to create another crisis:  An unwanted conflict between the State 
and 
believers of various faiths.

A century and a half ago, your countryman, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: 
"Liberty regards religion as its companion in all its battles and its 
triumphs...it considers religion as the safeguard of morality, and 
morality 
as the best security of law and the surest pledge of the duration of 
freedom..."  He believed that America, which has never established a 
religion but protects the practice of it, invigorates both American 
religion and American politics.  Freedom guaranteed by the State 
protects 
the freedom of faith. He noted that his own country had not understood 
that 
it was a great mistake for the State to meddle in religious practice, 
and 
he hoped that, in time, France would do as America had done.

Mr. President, if religious people are causing civil disorder, they 
should 
be punished for civil violations, not forbidden to practice their 
religions. While I support your goal of having a peaceful country in 
which 
people of many faiths live in harmony, I urge you to reconsider the 
tools 
you have adopted to reach your goal.

Respectfully,

Rick Santorum
United States Senator

ACTION REQUESTED:

Thank Sen. Santorum by going to: http://santorum.senate.gov/index2.html
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR-HOUSTON BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT

(HOUSTON, TX) - On February 29, the Houston office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) will hold a panel discussion 
on 
the history of civil rights in American featuring representatives of 
the 
NAACP, ACLU, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Organization of 
Chinese Americans (OCA), and other civil liberties and minority groups. 
The 
event is titled "Unity, Diversity and Wisdom" in honor of Black History 
Month.

WHEN: Feb. 29th, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic Dawah Center, 202 Main Street, Houston

WHAT: Speakers will give a short history of the civil rights struggle 
followed by a Q&A period.

WHO: Confirmed Speakers:

* Al Green (former NAACP president and congressional candidate)
* Mari Okabayashi (with JACL)
* Debra Chan (President of the Greater Houston Chapter of the OCA)
* Annette Lamoreaux (regional director ACLU TX)

LUNCH: Available for RSVP's only.

This program is free and open to the public. For reservations or for 
more 
information, please visit the CAIR-Houston web site 
http://www.cairhouston.org/ or call 713.838.CAIR (2247).

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GOOD NEWS: ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail received today by CAIR:

"I just wanted to share a small positive experience in contacting my 
congressional representative, Adam Smith, of Washington State.

"Last week, at CAIR-National's recommendation I faxed and called Smith 
to 
urge him to sign on to the Honda-Ehlers letter on the issue of 
President 
Jacques Chirac's proposed legislation banning religious symbols from 
state 
schools.

"When CAIR sent an update on the current signers Smith was not listed. 
I 
called again, and stressed the urgency of Smith signing and offered to 
refax my letter and a list of the current signers. The staffer wasn't 
aware 
of the issue, but said he would look into it.

"The staffer just called me back (I hadn't asked him to) and thanked 
me, 
saying Smith was signing the letter and it was just in time...You CAN 
make 
a difference."

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CAIR-LA: 2004 ELECTIONS TOWN HALL MEETING

WHAT: Listen to and dialogue with presidential, congressional and local 
campaigns to discuss issues facing the American Muslim and Arab 
American 
voters.

SPECIAL GUEST: Former Congressman & Author Mr. Paul Findley.

WHEN: Sunday February 22nd at 3-6 PM

WHAT: Sequoia Conference Center, 7530 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park

The event is sponsored by AMA, CAIR, MPAC Arab American Caucus-State 
Democratic Party, and the Arab American Republican party of Orange 
County. 
Co-sponsors: ADC LA/Orange County Chapter, Syrian American Association, 
Citizens For American Interests, Palestinian American Congress, Union 
of 
Palestinian American Women and the California Civil Rights Alliance

For more information please contact CAIR at (714) 776-1847 or MPAC at 
(213) 
383-3443

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REMINDER: Primary elections are being held today in Virginia and 
Tennessee. 
Please go out and vote!

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CIVIL RIGHTS, TERROR ON TRIAL
Lisa Donovan, Pioneer Press, 2/10/04
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/7908094.htm

Anyone with a high-school civics class or a remote control knows the 
basic 
tenets of the criminal justice system.

You have the right to an attorney.

You are innocent until proven guilty.

But a federal terrorism case playing out in the Twin Cities highlights 
just 
how gray and complex these rights can be, particularly in post-Sept. 11 
America.

For more than a month, Minnesota's chief federal public defender, Dan 
Scott, had not been allowed to see his client, Mohammed Abdullah 
Warsame, 
30, a Minneapolis college student charged with having ties to al-Qaida. 
That's because Scott had refused to agree to a Justice Department 
mandate 
restricting communication between Warsame and his team of lawyers, part 
of 
the federal government's effort to prevent jailed suspects from 
orchestrating acts of terrorism behind bars through their lawyer or 
another 
party.

The defense and prosecution in Warsame's case reached an undisclosed 
agreement allowing suspect and attorney, more comfortable now that he 
can 
talk to his client and other witnesses, to meet and begin working on 
the 
case. But the initial restrictions point to an important balancing act 
the 
government must strike in criminal terrorism cases, experts say.

The government must constantly monitor the threat of terrorism, one 
expert 
says, and officials have to establish what tools are necessary to ward 
off 
that threat...

ALSO SEE:

LEGAL EXPERTS QUESTION SECRECY AROUND WARSAME CASE
Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio, 2/9/04
http://news.mpr.org/features/2004/02/09_stawickie_warsamecase/

Minneapolis, Minn. - Mohamad Warsame pleaded not guilty to a charge he 
conspired to give material support to a foreign terrorist organization. 
Prosecutors argued in court that Warsame should stay in jail while 
awaiting 
trial because he's a flight risk.

For the first time in a case largely sealed from public view, federal 
authorities revealed some of the details behind Warsame's charges in 
arguing why Warsame should stay jailed until trial.

According to court documents, about four years ago Warsame became 
interested in "the utopian Muslim society created in Afghanistan." 
While 
his wife and child lived in Minneapolis, he travelled there with other 
young men on their way to jihad training camps. At the camps he 
received 
military training in weapons, tactics and martial arts. He also 
allegedly 
fought for the Taliban twice on the front lines.

The documents also say Warsame attended lectures and ate with Osama Bin 
Laden during the same time al-Qaeda attacked the U.S.S. Cole while 
anchored 
at a harbor in Yemen.

In early 2001, Warsame asked a senior Al-Qaeda official in Kandahar 
whether 
the organization would pay for Warsame's wife and daughter to join him 
in 
Afghanistan. The official reportedly said instead of bringing Warsame's 
family to Afghanistan, it would pay for Warsame to return home.

In addition, Warsame allegedly told an FBI special agent he maintained 
covert communications with persons he met at the training camps and 
wired 
them funds to a Pakistani bank account.

Warsame's attorney argued that he's concerned for his client's mental 
health, because Warsame has been held in solitary confinement without 
access to his family or religious materials. He told the court that 
Warsame 
has no prior record in Canada or the U.S., and should be freed on a 
personal bond with any restrictions the magistrate would set, including 
house arrest or wearing a monitoring device...

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CANADIAN TRIED IN SECRET
Michelle Shephard, Toronto Star, 2/10/04
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1076368217204&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154

A former St. Catharines resident has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to 
conspiring to kill Americans and plotting to use "weapons of mass 
destruction" to destroy property.

Mohamed Mansour Jabarah is believed to be the first Canadian convicted 
of 
terrorism allegations since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United 
States.

Jabarah pleaded guilty during a secret hearing to five charges in 
total, 
the Star has learned, and a source says he has been co-operating with 
U.S. 
authorities in an effort to reduce his sentence.

He will be in a federal court again at the end of March for a hearing, 
according to his father, and may be sentenced at that time.

A source familiar with the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity, 
told 
the Star yesterday that Jabarah has pleaded guilty to four counts of 
conspiracy which include: to kill U.S. nationals; to destroy U.S. 
property 
abroad with weapons of mass destruction; to kill U.S. employees while 
on 
duty; to use U.S. weapons of mass destruction against American 
property...

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TERROR SUSPECT MARKS TIME
Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star, 2/10/04
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1076368216363&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

The waiting room at Metro West Detention Centre is a bit like a 
small-town 
bus station. It's clean and functional. There are coin lockers to stow 
your 
gear.

The smell of disinfectant is not overpowering.

"These places are depressing," confides a process server waiting to 
serve 
divorce papers on an inmate.

In fact, I don't find the waiting room that depressing. It reminds me 
vaguely of high school. But then I haven't spent 29 months in solitary 
confinement here.

Hassan Almrei has. He hasn't been charged with anything and may well 
never 
be. The Syrian refugee has been jailed under the authority of a 
particularly illiberal Canadian law that permits the federal government 
to 
detain non-citizens indefinitely as national security risks and 
eventually 
deport them - without letting either them or their lawyers know exactly 
why.

Almrei is slight and soft-spoken. Seated on the other side of the glass 
in 
the visitors' room, he looks too small for his orange jumpsuit. He has 
a 
slight stubble. Every now and again, the 30-year-old man punctuates his 
comments with a wide smile.

Unlike torture victim Maher Arar, Almrei will never be a media poster 
boy. 
Arar, the Canadian deported by the U.S. for torture in Syria, is - as 
far 
as anyone can tell - innocent of everything, a true victim of 
circumstances.

Almrei is more typical. Like most of us, he is guilty of some things. 
He is 
a victim not just of the times but of his own foolishness. He has not 
always told the truth to the agents of the state and, by his admission, 
has 
broken the law.

But, he says, he is not a terrorist...

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SWEDEN, FEARING DIVISIONS, REJECTS FRENCH HEADSCARF BAN
Gael Branchereau, Agence France Presse, 2/10/04

STOCKHOLM - Startled by French controversy over banning the wearing of 
headscarfs in schools, Swedes are debating the role of religious signs 
in 
public life, but political leaders tread carefully for fear of creating 
deep divisions in society.

Many Swedes say that to legislate against religious symbols could push 
religious minorities further away from the mainstream, and would go 
against 
this Scandinavian country's tradition of liberalism.

"A ban would lock practising Muslims out of Swedish society," warned 
Mona 
Sahlin, minister for integration.

France's National Assembly was expected on Tuesday to approve the 
controversial law banning the Islamic headscarf and other religious 
signs 
from schools, with a massive majority predicted as a result of a deal 
between the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) of President 
Jacques 
Chirac and the opposition Socialists (PS).

Swedes have had their own experiences with religious signs at school. 
Last 
year, two Somali girls were excluded from school after refusing to take 
off 
their burqa, which covers a woman's hair and face.

But rather than seek a single answer for the whole country, like 
centralized France, the Swedish education authority, backing the school 
principal, reaffirmed the right of each school to run its own affairs.

Both girls were re-admitted to school after agreeing to keep their face 
uncovered...

ALSO SEE:

A FIGHT OVER RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS: FRENCH TARGET MUSLIMS
Shelley Emling, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/10/04
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0204/10headscarves.html

London --- In the town of High Wycombe, England, a church was prevented 
from advertising a Christmas carol service on the public library's 
bulletin 
board for fear it would offend.

In Italy, a Muslim activist successfully sued to have a cross removed 
from 
a public school classroom, prompting the heavily Roman Catholic 
population 
to take to the streets in protest.

And today in France, the National Assembly is expected to approve 
legislation that would outlaw "conspicuous" religious symbols from 
public 
classrooms, including Islamic head scarves, Jewish skullcaps and big 
Christian crosses.

Across Europe, governments are grappling with dramatic demographic 
changes 
that have the potential to transform their culture. More than 12 
million 
Muslims live in Western Europe, and some cities are on track to be 
majority 
Muslim by 2020.

The challenge, sociologists and political experts agree, is to 
integrate 
Muslim residents into secular societies when their devout culture and 
tradition recognize no separation of religion and state.

The bill French legislators are expected to approve today has sparked 
widespread criticism from Muslims in France and abroad who deem it 
discriminatory and warn that it could encourage, rather than prevent, 
Islamic radicalism...

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FRENCH LAWMAKERS OVERWHELMINGLY BACK VEIL BAN
Reuters, 2/10/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4231153/

PARIS - An overwhelming majority of France's National Assembly voted on 
Tuesday to ban religious emblems in state schools, a measure Paris 
wants to 
keep tensions between Muslim and Jewish minorities out of public 
classrooms.

Deputies voted 494 to 36 to ban Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps 
and 
large Christian crosses from state schools and threaten pupils who 
insisted 
on wearing them with expulsion.

The government insists the ban does not single out any religion, but 
cabinet ministers admit its main targets are the Islamic headscarves 
and 
anti-Semitic remarks from Muslim pupils that teachers say have become 
more 
frequent in recent years.

"What is at issue here is the clear affirmation that public school is a 
place for learning and not for militant activity or proselytism," 
Assembly 
Speaker Jean-Louis Debre said...

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IN DEFENSE OF ISLAM
Malik Mubashshir, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/10/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/opinion/7916584.htm

RE LLOYD Williams' op-ed, "Islam: Archaic, antediluvian & anti-female":

Mr. Williams says, "Tell me if I'm reading this wrong." Yes, Mr. 
Williams, 
you are. Islam is a way of life based on the teachings of the Koran, 
Islam's sacred scripture and the exemplary life of the Prophet 
Muhammad.

When Islam came to Arabia in the 6th century, it became one of the most 
progressive forces for the improvement and dignity of women that had 
existed anywhere in the world up to that time.

Through the Koran, God specifically recognized the essential equality 
and 
spiritual dignity between men and women, offering salvation equally to 
both.

The Koran prohibited and ended the killing of infant females (a common 
practice in the ancient pagan world), provided economic protection for 
widows and orphan girls, established equitable laws of inheritance and 
property rights for women and guaranteed her right to choose whom she 
will 
or will not marry.

Mr. Williams says Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, the grand 
mufti 
of Saudi Arabia is "about as close as Islam gets to having a pope." Mr. 
Williams knows very well that Islam has no popes, no priests, no 
centralized authority universally regarded as the final word on how to 
interpret the Koran.

It is unfair and disingenuous on his part to take the cultural 
practices 
peculiar to one country and the comments of one scholar and imply that 
this 
is representative of Islam or Muslims. An example: If women are not 
permitted to drive cars, is the Koran responsible for that?

Did the Prophet, looking 14 centuries into the future, solemnly enjoin, 
"No 
women must drive cars!" No, this is someone's interpretation.

Mr. Williams mentions Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. It would be no 
more 
fair for me to write off Christianity as archaic, bigoted and 
anti-female 
based on their comments than it is for him to try to smear Islam's 
millions 
of followers with such a broad brush.

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GETTING PORK OFF THE SCHOOL FORK
Catherine Edman, Daily Herald, 2/9/04
http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=380269

It's not that Akbar Khan dislikes the lunches his mother packs him for 
school.

Peanut butter and jelly is, after all, one of the world's great treats. 
Even he concedes that.

Every now and then, though, he'd really like something else, 
specifically 
something recently cooked.

"I feel kind of sad 'cause I can't take hot lunch," the 10-year-old 
fourth-grader said.

Akbar is Muslim and eating pork is strictly forbidden by his religion, 
a 
point some area parents are asking school districts to consider. The 
parents hope to see pork products eliminated from public school menus.

And if that's not possible, the parents would at least like to know in 
advance which foods contain pork so their children can avoid them.

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MUSLIM TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM ON LAW
http://www.nylf.org/law/law_home.html

Washington, D.C. - Mr. Adil Shabbir of Stilwell was recently selected 
to 
participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law (NYLF/LAW) 
from 
Tuesday, February 10 to Sunday, February 15, 2004 in Washington D.C. 
Having 
demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in the legal 
profession, 
Shabbir will join approximately 350 outstanding high school juniors and 
seniors from across the United States at the Forum on Law.

The curriculum for NYLF/LAW is based on actual events, which allows its 
participants to learn from the examples set by attorneys of law and 
court 
officials from municipal court to the U.S. Supreme Court. The process 
encourages participants to develop perspective and resolve. Throughout 
the 
Forum, students will examine how court cases often change the legal 
system.

In the past, NYLF/LAW has visited several law firms and area 
courthouses, 
including the District of Columbia Courts of Appeals, District of 
Columbia 
Superior Court and various county circuit courts. The program has also 
included visits to some of our nation's most prestigious law schools, 
including University of Maryland School of Law, Washington College of 
Law 
at American University and Howard University School of Law.

For more information, call Brett West at 202-777-4192.

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ISRAEL HEMS IN A SACRED CITY
John Ward Anderson, Washington Post, 2/10/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27078-2004Feb9.html

JERUSALEM -- Israel is close to finishing a decades-long effort to 
surround 
Jerusalem with Jewish settlements, walls, fences and roads that will 
severely restrict Palestinian access to the city and could reduce the 
chance of its becoming the capital of a Palestinian state, according to 
documents, maps and interviews with Israelis, Palestinians and foreign 
diplomats.

The status of Jerusalem -- a city sacred to Jews, Muslims and 
Christians -- 
is one of the most divisive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
Both sides claim Jerusalem as their religious and political capital, 
but 
most countries do not officially recognize it as such, and the United 
States and others keep their embassies in Tel Aviv. Under past 
Israeli-Palestinian accords, neither side is supposed to take any 
action to 
change the city's status, which is to be resolved through negotiation.

Projects to cut off access to Jerusalem to Palestinians living in the 
West 
Bank, which borders the city on three sides, have accelerated since the 
start of the current Palestinian uprising in September 2000. Today, 
Jewish 
settlements outside the city have been integrated with the urban core, 
redrawing the map of Jerusalem and complicating any negotiations over 
its 
future and the future of West Bank settlements, Israeli and Palestinian 
experts say.

The web of projects includes 13 settlements to the north of the city 
that 
are being linked with each other and with Jerusalem by access roads 
that 
act as physical barriers to Palestinian communities. To the east, 
Israel 
has approved expansion of the West Bank's largest settlement, Maleh 
Adumim, 
to absorb a swath of Palestinian land between the community and East 
Jerusalem. To the south, access and bypass roads and Jewish settlements 
have carved Palestinian lands into a checkerboard...

ALSO SEE:

ARABS COMPLAIN THEY'RE IN DARK ON US REFORM PLANS
Jonathan Wright, Reuters, 2/10/04

CAIRO - The United States has kept most Arab governments in the dark 
about 
its plans for the Middle East, now taking shape under the title of the 
Greater Middle East Initiative, Arab diplomats and officials said on 
Tuesday.

The way Washington has handled the initiative so far has added to Arab 
feeling that the Bush administration is planning a future for the 
region 
behind their backs, they said.

U.S. officials say they want European support for the initiative in 
readiness to announce it in June when the Group of Eight leaders hold 
their 
annual summit, hosted this year by U.S. President George W. Bush at Sea 
Island, Georgia. The Group of Eight does not include any Arab 
countries.

Arab governments have read about the proposals from the media or 
through 
public statements by U.S. officials, though U.S. Secretary of State 
Colin 
Powell did discuss them on Monday with Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin 
Hamad 
of Bahrain.

"The Arab leaders feel their future is on the table at a time when they 
themselves are not sitting around that table. They find that rather 
disturbing," said one Arab diplomat, who asked not to be named...

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #415

NY CONGRESSMAN CALLS U.S. MOSQUE LEADERS 'AN ENEMY AMONGST US'
King says 'no (American) Muslims are cooperating' in war on terror

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/11/2004) - CAIR today called on President Bush and 
other political and religious leaders to repudiate remarks by Rep. 
Peter T. 
King (R-NY) claiming that the vast majority of American Muslim 
community 
leaders are "an enemy living amongst us" and that "no (American) 
Muslims" 
cooperate in the war on terror. (King serves on the Select Committee on 
Homeland Security and the International Relations Committee. SEE: 
http://www.house.gov/king/ )

King made that claim February 9th on Sean Hannity's 
nationally-syndicated 
radio program. (SEE: http://www.hannity.com/ ) While promoting his new 
novel "Veil of Tears," King complained that "no (American) Muslims are 
cooperating" with law enforcement officials to combat terrorism. He 
added: 
"I would say, you could say that 80-85 percent of mosques in this 
country 
are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists. Those who are in control. 
The 
average Muslim, no, they are loyal, but they don't work, they don't 
come 
forward, they don't tell the police [inaudible]."

(King's novel, which he described as "half truth and half fiction," 
deals 
with future terrorist attacks by "Muslim extremists" in Nassau County, 
N.Y. 
During his segment on Hannity's program, King was particularly critical 
of 
an unnamed mosque in Westbury, N.Y., which he accused of failing to 
adequately condemn terrorism.)

When questioned by Hannity whether he was really claiming that 85 
percent 
of mosques in America are "ruled by the extremists," King said: "Yes. 
And I 
can get you the documentation on that from experts in the field. Talk 
to a 
Steve Emerson, talk to a (Daniel) Pipes, talk to any of those. They 
will 
tell you. It's a real issue…I'll stand by that number of 85 percent. 
This 
is an enemy living amongst us."

(Steven Emerson and Daniel Pipes are regarded by many Muslims as 
America's 
leading Islamophobes. Pipes has claimed that up to 15 percent of all 
Muslims are "potential killers" and that the enfranchisement of 
American 
Muslims presents "true dangers" to the United States. SEE: "Staunch 
Israel 
Backer Attacks 'Militant' Islam," 
http://www.dailycal.org/article.php?id=14121 )

King also said that while most American Muslims are loyal to this 
country: 
"They won't turn in their own. They won't tell what's going on in the 
mosques. They won't come forward and cooperate with the police."

"It is unconscionable that an elected official would defame America's 
Islamic leaders and ordinary Muslims, including those in his own 
district, 
just to sell a few more books for personal gain," said CAIR Executive 
Director Nihad Awad. "President Bush and other political and religious 
leaders should repudiate these baseless smears and reject the growing 
exploitation of legitimate fears of terrorism to marginalize an entire 
community."

Awad said that since being among the first to condemn the 9-11 terror 
attacks, American Muslim leaders have frequently worked with law 
enforcement officials on the national, state and local levels. He also 
invited King to meet with Islamic leaders to learn more about Muslims 
in 
America and their contributions to society.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. 
Hostile 
comments can be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

1. CONTACT Rep. King to ask that he 1) apologize to the American Muslim 
community, 2) seek information from unbiased sources and 3) meet with 
Islamic leaders to learn more about Muslims in America. CONTACT: Rep. 
Peter 
T. King, U.S. House of Representatives, 436 Cannon House Office 
Building, 
Washington, D.C. 20515 TEL: 202-225-7896 FAX: 202-226-2279 E-MAIL: 
Pete.King@mail.house.gov, kevin.fogarty@mail.house.gov

2. CONTACT the Republican National Committee to ask that they repudiate 
King's remarks. CONTACT: Mr. Ed Gillespie, Chairman, Republican 
National 
Committee, 310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 TEL: 202-863-8700 
FAX: 202-863-8774 E-MAIL: Chairman@gop.com, RNCommunications@gop.com

3. CONTACT your own elected officials to ask that they also repudiated 
attacks on the American Muslim community and its leadership. GO TO: 
http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ and enter your ZIP Code

4. CONTACT President Bush to ask that he speak out more forcefully 
against 
Islamophobic rhetoric. CONTACT: President George W. Bush, The White 
House, 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 COMMENT LINE: 
202-456-1111 E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/11/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: KIND LEADERSHIP
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: OHIO
	- CAIR Job Opening: Civil Rights Coordinator
* CAIR-LA: MUSLIMS PARTICIPATE IN MULTICULTURAL PARADE
* AL LICENSE HIJAB BAN DRAWS PROTEST (Huntsville Times)
	- CA Mosques to Discuss Hijab Ban (Press-Enterprise)
       	- Ban on Scarves Upsets Muslims (Atlanta Journal)
	- German State Proposes New Headscarf Ban (AP)
	- Veil Ban Faces Criticism, Confusion Abroad (Reuters)
	- French Veil Ban Faces Criticism Abroad (Reuters)
* THE WAR PARTY'S WATERLOO (Antiwar.Com)
* EX-JUDGE VS. THE GOVERNMENT'S LAW-FREE ZONE (NY Times)
* MUSLIMS IMPORTANT IN AMERICA, SPEAKER SAYS (Pitt News)
* IS DISNEY'S 'HIDALGO' A HOAX? (Outside Magazine)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: KIND LEADERSHIP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "O God, he who acquires 
control over the affairs of my people and is hard on them -- be Thou 
hard 
on him, and he who acquires control over the affairs of my people and 
is 
kind to them -- be Thou kind to him."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 845

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,283 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Ohio. 288 covered, 458 more libraries to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
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ALSO SEE:

CAIR JOB OPENING: CIVIL RIGHTS COORDINATOR

CAIR has an immediate opening for an experienced dynamic person to fill 
the 
position of Civil Rights Coordinator. The position involves handling of 
civil rights cases, doing research on issues pertaining to civil and 
religious rights in America, maintaining a civil rights data base 
system, 
and generating reports, charts and graphs. Candidates should have a 
Bachelor degree in a related field with general knowledge of the US 
Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He or she should be 
proficient in spreadsheet and database applications.

Salary Range: Based on education, skills and experience
CAIR offers an excellent health and dental benefit for its full-time 
employees.

All those interested and eligible to work in US (Citizens or proper 
work 
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ensure to write the position title "Civil Rights Coordinator" in the 
subject line of the email.

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MUSLIMS AND ARABS PARTICIPATE IN ORANGE COUNTY MULTICULTURAL PARADE

(Anaheim, CA) - American Muslims and Arab-Americans participated for 
the 
first time in the 24th annual Multicultural Parade and Fair, formerly 
called the Black History Parade, in Santa Ana, California on Saturday. 
The 
Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR-LA), along with the Palestinian American Congress (PAC), Arab 
American Congress (AAC), and others, through the direct efforts of 
National 
Executive Secretary Joanne Abu Qartoumi of PAC, were featured in the 
parade 
that highlighted the diversity of Orange County.

CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush addressed the attendees on 
behalf 
of the Muslim community. Some 5,000 people lined the streets waving at 
the 
marchers and float riders and attended the fair, which featured 
cultural 
booths, face painting, food, and other activities.

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BAN ON MUSLIM HEAD COVERING IN LICENSE PHOTOS DRAWS PROTEST
Anthony MCCartney, Huntsville Times, 2/11/04
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/107652521415511.xml

MONTGOMERY - Dozens of people were expected to attend a legislative 
committee meeting here today to protest a Department of Public Safety 
order 
preventing Muslim women from wearing head coverings in their driver's 
license photos.

Farook Chandiwala, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the 
Birmingham 
Islamic Society, said Tuesday people from around the state were 
expected to 
protest the policy this afternoon.

Chandiwala said as many as 45 people from the Huntsville area may 
attend 
the meeting of the Legislative Council/Joint Committee on 
Administrative 
Regulation Review, which is to set to hear proposed changes to a rule 
governing how legal immigrants to the United States can obtain driver's 
licenses.

"We are just hoping that the Legislative Council will impress upon the 
whole Legislature that this is not right," Chandiwala said.

Last month, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, 
D.C.-based group, brought attention to the policy after two women in 
Mobile 
were denied licenses because they refused to remove their hijabs.

At the time, a Department of Public Safety official, Lt. Col. Glenda 
Deese, 
said the policy barring head coverings had been in effect since March.

Chandiwala said one of the presenters today was expected to tell 
lawmakers 
how neighboring states, including Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida, 
have 
made exceptions for women wearing hijabs, or religious head covering...

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: ALABAMA MUSLIMS DENIED RIGHT TO ISLAMIC ATTIRE
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=158&page=AA

SEE ALSO:

INLAND MOSQUES PLAN TO DISCUSS BAN
Bettye Wells Miller, Press Enterprise, 2/10/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_scarf11.570a6.html

The law banning head scarves for Muslim schoolgirls adopted Tuesday by 
France's Assembly does not surprise Inland area Muslims. But it will be 
a 
topic of discussion in mosques during Friday prayers, representatives 
said 
Tuesday.

In recent weeks, Muslims in the United States have protested the French 
ban 
that also includes Sikh turbans, Jewish yarmulkes and Christian 
crosses.

The Senate is expected to approve it in March.

Hussam Ayloush, a Corona resident and Southern California director of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, called the vote a "knee-jerk 
reaction to the presence of Muslims in France."

"The result will be reinforcing divisions and segregation within 
France," 
he said. "It reminds us how fortunate we are in America, where 
diversity 
and freedom of religion are highly cherished and protected."

Ayloush said the Anaheim CAIR office has received no complaints from 
Southern California Muslim students who wear head scarves to school...

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BAN ON SCARVES UPSETS MUSLIMS
Sheila M. Poole, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/11/04
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/atlanta_world/0204/11scarf.html

Sofia Chaudhary views wearing a head scarf as "one of the most 
beautiful 
aspects of Islam" because it identifies her as a Muslim and is a sign 
of 
her modesty.

"It's a woman's decision," said Chaudhary, 22, a research specialist at 
Emory University's medical school and former president of the Muslim 
Student Association at Agnes Scott College. But she fears that the 
decision 
- or the right to make it - is being taken away from Muslim women in 
France.

Chaudhary and several other Muslims will meet today with French Consul 
General Rene-Serge Marty to discuss the controversy in France. He is 
scheduled to meet Friday with a group of Sikhs.

The French government, worried about a blurring of the line between 
church 
and state and divisions between its citizenry based on ethnicity or 
religion, is seeking to ban Muslim head scarves and other religious 
ornamentation in state schools. The National Assembly approved the 
measure 
Tuesday and the Senate is expected to follow suit.

Although the ban would make all religious symbols off limits, much of 
the 
attention has been focused on France's Muslim population, one of the 
largest in Europe...

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GERMAN STATE PROPOSES NEW HEADSCARF BAN
Associated Press, 2/11/04
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V1563.AP-Germany-Headsca.html

WIESBADEN, Germany - The dominant party in the western German state of 
Hesse on Tuesday proposed legislation that would ban Muslim civil 
servants 
from wearing headscarves, a measure that goes further than three other 
states' proposals to outlaw the veil for public school teachers.

The conservative Christian Democrats' leader in the state legislature, 
Franz-Josef Jung, argued that the headscarf is a political rather than 
a 
religious statement and a symbol of repression. The party, which has a 
majority in Hesse, hopes to push its so-called ``bill to secure state 
neutrality'' through by the summer.

Germany has roughly 3.5 million Muslims, most of Turkish origin.

Its 16 states have been divided over whether to ban Muslim teachers 
from 
covering their heads in the classroom since the nation's highest court 
ruled in September that veils were allowed unless existing legislation 
specifically outlawed them.

Although the court stated that any new laws must treat all religions 
equally, many in Germany argue, like Jung, that the headscarf is a 
political symbol. Crosses would be excluded from the proposed Hesse 
ban, 
which calls for authorities to take account of ``Christian and humanist 
Western tradition.''

Unlike the government in neighboring France, the German states are not 
trying to ban school students from wearing Islamic head scarves and 
other 
religious apparel. Students will still have the right to dress as they 
please...

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FRENCH VEIL BAN FACES CRITICISM, CONFUSION ABROAD
Tom Heneghan, Reuters, 2/11/04

PARIS - France's looming ban on Muslim headscarves in state schools met 
widespread criticism abroad  Wednesday as commentators wondered whether 
Paris had forgotten its heritage of liberty, equality and fraternity.

The overwhelming 494-36 vote for the anti-veil law on its first reading 
by 
the National Assembly Tuesday showed legislators saw the ban as a way 
to 
uphold those traditions and defend France's secular system.

The ban on headscarves, Jewish skullcaps, large Christian crosses and 
other 
emblems of faith starting in September did not look that way to many 
commentators.

"France is the country of the first popular revolution, of equality and 
brotherhood, and then an issue of personal freedom requires passing a 
law 
and all this agitation," said Abdulaziz al-Fayez, a member of Saudi 
Arabia's consultative Shura Council.

"It's in complete contradiction with the slogans (on human rights and 
freedom) that France proclaims," said Moroccan journalist Nadia 
Boukilli,
who wears an Islamic scarf herself.

Closer neighbors were no more understanding...

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THE WAR PARTY'S WATERLOO
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 2/11/04
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/

The top two stories on yesterday's front page heralded an event long 
anticipated in my various columns on the subject: the investigation 
into 
the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame - which may soon be dubbed 
Scooter-gate - is about to morph into a scandal that could bring down 
the 
roof on this administration, and strike a knock-out blow to the War 
Party. .

Federal prosecutors are hot on the trail of a series of crimes that may 
involve more than just the two primary suspects first identified by 
UPI's 
Richard Sale - Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the Vice President's chief of 
staff, 
and John Hannah, the VP's Middle East policy wonk. As the Antiwar.com 
staff 
got ready to put up Tuesday's front page, Matt Drudge had a lead in to 
the 
story that read:

"Prosecutors conduct series of meetings described as 'tense, 
combative'... 
Armed with handwritten White House notes, detailed cell phone logs, 
e-mails 
between presidential aides and reporters, prosecutors demand 
explanations 
of conversations... Developing..."

Presidential aides? Libby is officially an Assistant to the President, 
but 
the use of the plural is … intriguing. Just how many neocons nested in 
the 
very heart of our government are going to be frog-marched out of the 
White 
House in handcuffs? I sure hope they show it on television!...

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EX-JUDGE VS. THE GOVERNMENT'S LAW-FREE ZONE
Chris Hedges, New York Times, 2/6/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/06/nyregion/06profile.html

NEWARK- FATE can make strange bedfellows. Take the case of the retired 
federal judge John J. Gibbons, a reserved and slightly dour man who 
wears 
crisp white shirts and pinstriped suits, who was a Nixon appointee to 
the 
bench, and Shafiq Rasue, an Islamic militant accused of fighting 
against 
American forces in Afghanistan and incarcerated in the detention center 
in 
Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

Mr. Gibbons, 79, the former chief judge of the United States Court of 
Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, will go before the 
Supreme 
Court in April and challenge the Bush administration's continued 
detention 
of some 660 men at Guantánamo. He will argue that it cannot hold 
foreign 
citizens without trial and legal representation.

"This case is all about the preservation of the rule of law," he said. 
"There was an editorial cartoon in The Newark Star-Ledger that depicted 
a 
gate outside the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base with the words 'No Law 
Zone.' I 
am uncomfortable with no-law zones..."

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MUSLIMS IMPORTANT IN AMERICA, SPEAKER SAYS
Laura Jerpi, Pitt News, 2/11/04
http://www.pittnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/11/402a522dece66

When Christopher Columbus discovered America, he was carrying a copy of 
the 
13th century Arab scholar Al-Idrissi's work, according to Amir 
Muhammed.

Al-Idrissi's studies contained information that eight Muslim explorers 
had 
previously discovered a new continent.

During Columbus's first voyage, two Muslim captains accompanied him.

The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh hosted the event, "Muslims in America: 
Seven Centuries of History" on Monday evening, where Muhammad, of the 
"Collections and Stories of American Muslims" group, held a lecture on 
the 
history of Muslims in America.

Displays containing photographs and stories created a gallery, which 
praised some of the many Muslims who worked to make America the 
successful 
and powerful country that it is today.

Muhammad explained several different collections of stories about 
notable 
American Muslims...

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LIAR, LIAR, CHAPS ON FIRE
Sara Solovitch, Outside Magazine, March 2004
http://outside.away.com

On March 4, Disney is releasing Hidalgo, an $80 million blockbuster 
based 
on "the incredible true story," as the studio puts it, of a legendary 
cowboy and his trusty mustang. Starring Lord of the Rings hunk Viggo 
Mortensen, the film is a nags-to-riches saga about American hero Frank 
T. 
Hopkins and his 1890 ride in the Ocean of Fire, a death-defying 
3,000-mile 
race across the Arabian Desert.

The contest, as portrayed in the film, is a centuries-old annual event 
restricted to the best Bedouin horsemen and the finest Arabian steeds. 
But 
thanks to Hopkins's fame as an American endurance rider, he's 
challenged by 
a Saudi sheik (played by Omar Sharif) to enter the race with - what 
else? - 
his underdog paint horse, Hidalgo.

Yeah, and Cheez Whiz is cheddar. In the Hidalgo version of history, 
Hopkins 
was, for starters, a star in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show; a 
half-Sioux 
Indian who witnessed the massacre at Wounded Knee; a winner of 400 
endurance races, including a 2,000 mile epic from Texas to Vermont; and 
the 
greatest rider the West had ever known.

In reality, he may have been one of its greatest confidence men. 
According 
to a veritable Greek chorus of historians and other experts who have 
weighed in on what's been called "the Hopkins hoax," there never was an 
annual Ocean of Fire race ­ or a Texas-to-Vermont showdown ­ nor any 
proof 
that Hopkins even rode well. What's more, naysayers add, Hopkins's 
mother 
was not a Sioux, he was not at Wounded Knee, and there's no record of 
him 
working for Buffalo Bill. One of the few things known for certain about 
Hopkins, who was born in either 1865 or 1884 (he lied about his age), 
is 
that he dug tunnels for the Philadelphia subway system in 1926. It's 
possible that he never even lived out west.

Hence the question that currently has authors, scholars, curators, and 
a 
little-known group of real-life endurance riders hopping mad: Why, in 
the 
face of all this evidence, has Disney persisted in calling Hopkins the 
real 
thing?

"Look, Lord of the Rings was a great movie, but no one says it's a true 
story," says CuChullaine O'Reilly, who, with his wife, Basha, founded 
The 
Long Riders' Guild, a Kentucky-based international association of 
people 
who have completed 1,000-plus-mile horseback journeys. In advance of 
Hidalgo's early-March opening, the group devoted 11 months to 
investigating 
Hopkins's claims, nearly all of which dissolved under scrutiny…

Less reticent is Vine Deloria Jr., a Native American historian and 
author 
of the prize-winning nonfiction book Custer Died for your Sins, who 
calls 
Hopkins about as trustworthy as an Indian-treaty writer. "He's the 
biggest 
liar the West has ever seen," Deloria says. "You wonder why Disney is 
doing 
it, and all you see is the dollar signs."

Disney isn't interested, and neither is its studio Touchstone Pictures, 
which is releasing the film. For one thing, movie trailers have been 
trumpeting the "based on a true story" line for months. For another, 
"there's no tangible evidence that disproves the story of Hidalgo," 
insists 
a Touchstone source who asks not to be identified...

The Long Riders concluded that Hopkins's legend was sheer 
self-promotion. A 
newspaper and a horse magazine had published his wild tales, which were 
later passed down in books, including one by Shane author Jack 
Schaefer. 
When Hopkins died in New York in 1951, he also left behind unpublished 
memoirs detailing flabbergasting exploits on Spanish mustangs ­ thus 
the 
Hidalgo premise. But when it came to proof, the trail went cold. 
Archives 
had no record of Hopkins ­ not even a birth certificate.

To Disney's credit, the History Channel will air this controversy in 
The 
True Story of Hidalgo, slated for broadcast March 4. The show features 
the 
O'Reillys and other Hopkins critics but gives equal time to Hidalgo 
screenwriter John Fusco, who believes Hopkins was a genuine hero ­ just 
an 
undocumented one. Given the shoddy record keeping of the times, Fusco 
explains, it's possible that Hopkins did amazing things but somehow 
didn't 
leave a paper trail…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/12/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WHAT IS ISLAM?
* CAIR: CON ARTIST TARGETS MUSLIMS IN GA AND UT 
* ISRAELI AWARD FOR PAT ROBERTSON IRKS MUSLIMS (Chicago Trib) 
* NY MUSLIMS FUME OVER KING'S REMARKS (Newsday)
	- CAIR Action Alert #415
* LA TEACHER PUT ON INDEFINITE SUSPENSION (Times-Picayune) 
	- IL Muslim Claims Prejudice in Cheating Scandal (NBC5)
* TX SPEAKER URGES INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING (Star-Telegram)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WHAT IS ISLAM?

A man once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "What is 
Islam?"
The Prophet replied: "Pleasant talk and serving food (to guests and to 
the
needy). The man then asked: "What is faith?" The Prophet said: 
"Endurance
and benevolence." Next, the man asked: "Which (Muslim) is best? The 
Prophet
said: "One who safeguards (others) against (harm caused by) his tongue 
and
hand." 

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 9

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CON ARTIST TARGETS MUSLIMS IN GA AND UT

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
is
warning Muslims in Georgia and Utah about a con artist who seeks money 
by
impersonating well-known personalities in the Muslim world. 

The con artist calls Muslim individuals and groups pretending to be 
with a
respected Islamic institution. He claims that he and others are coming 
to
visit the United States. Later, he calls back, claiming to have lost 
his
money, tickets or passport and asks for emergency cash to be wired to 
him
at Western Union or a similar facility. 

A person using this same con game was arrested in Canada two years ago 
(see
article below), but was later released. NOTE: The impostor may use many
variations of this scam. 

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED: 

1. Please ANNOUNCE AT JUMA'A and other functions - several hundred 
Muslims
have been targeted in the past. 

2. DO NOT wire money to anyone claiming to be stranded in an airport. 

3. REPORT requests for money to CAIR, the local office of the FBI (ask 
for
a fraud investigator) and to local police. Obtain a copy of the 
complaint. 

4. If you have already been a victim, send copies of wire transfer
documents to CAIR so that a case can be built against this man. (FAX:
202-488-0833) 

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE THE FOLLOWING 2002 ARTICLE AND CAIR ALERT:

CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=125&page=AA

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ISRAELI AWARD FOR PAT ROBERTSON IRKS MUSLIMS
Groups: He incites opposition to Islam
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 2/12/04 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0402120352feb12,1,300030
.story

A high-ranking Israeli official who recently called on Christians to 
"go
from mosque to mosque and bring the Muslims into the light" will 
present an
award this weekend to televangelist Pat Robertson.

Even before Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon could present it, the 
award
was already stoking tension among Islamic activists. They classify
Robertson among several Christian fundamentalist preachers who have 
sparked
outrage from Muslims.

The award is given every year by Israel's Tourism Ministry to an 
American
who has demonstrated strong support for the Zionist state.

Robertson will receive the award Sunday during the National Religious
Broadcasters convention in Charlotte...

The selection of Robertson is prompting criticism from Muslim 
organizations
that say he is among several evangelical preachers who incite 
antagonism
toward Islam. In February 2002, for example, Robertson described Islam 
as a
violent religion that wants to "dominate and then, if need be, 
destroy." He
made the remarks on his "700 Club" television program.

"The alliance between the far Christian right and the right in Israel 
has
been growing in recent years," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the
Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Pat Robertson was chosen 
because
both of these men are anti-Muslim extremists…"

Donald Wagner, professor of religion at North Park University in 
Chicago,
said the Christian Zionist movement has become the largest group in the
United States to support right-wing Israelis. "People like Robertson 
and
some members of Congress are pressing this right-wing Israeli agenda 
that
is even at variance with U.S. policy."

Wagner said that view does not represent the opinion of the mainstream
Jewish community.

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LI MUSLIMS FUME OVER KING'S REMARKS
Elaine S. Povich, Newsday, 2/12/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usking0212,0,7746176.story

Washington -- Rep. Peter King said Wednesday he continues to believe 
that
85 percent of the mosques in the United States have "extremist 
leadership,"
and that while most Muslims are "loyal Americans," they are reluctant 
to
come forward to cooperate with law enforcement when they hear 
anti-American
rhetoric or plots.

King's comments, first made on the Sean Hannity radio show Tuesday,
prompted outrage from the American Muslim community. Ghazi Khankan,
director of the Westbury-based Islamic Center of Long Island, called 
King
"out of touch with the Muslim community" and said he was particularly
offended because King has visited the center many times…
 
"Most of the Muslim community is cooperating with police and local
authorities," King said Wednesday. "But 85 percent of the mosques have
extremist leadership in this country. Most Muslims, the overwhelming
majority of Muslims, are loyal Americans but they seem unwilling to 
come
forward."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim umbrella group 
based in
Washington, D.C., and the Islamic Center both accused King of making 
the
comments to sell his book…

Council on American-Islamic Relations executive director Nihad Awad 
said
that the council was among the first organizations to condemn the Sept. 
11
terror attacks. Since then American Muslim leaders have frequently 
worked
with law enforcement officials on the national, state and local levels, 
he
said. Awad invited King to meet with local and national Islamic leaders 
to
"learn more about Muslims in America and their contributions to 
society."

King said he would meet with them, but "on my terms. I'm not going to
listen to propaganda. The purpose of the meeting will be to detail the
cooperation they are giving to law enforcement and what they are doing 
to
work against al-Qaida in this country."

He said criticizing American foreign policy is fine, but "not in the 
wake
of the largest tragedy ever to strike this country..."

SEE CAIR ACTION ALERT #415: 

NY CONGRESSMAN CALLS U.S. MOSQUE LEADERS 'AN ENEMY AMONGST US' 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=160&page=AA

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. 
Hostile
comments can be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

1. CONTACT Rep. King to ask that he 1) apologize to the American Muslim
community, 2) seek information from unbiased sources and 3) meet with
Islamic leaders to learn more about Muslims in America. CONTACT: Rep. 
Peter
T. King, U.S. House of Representatives, 436 Cannon House Office 
Building,
Washington, D.C. 20515 TEL: 202-225-7896 FAX: 202-226-2279 E-MAIL:
Pete.King@mail.house.gov, kevin.fogarty@mail.house.gov 

2. CONTACT the Republican National Committee to ask that they repudiate
King's remarks. CONTACT: Mr. Ed Gillespie, Chairman, Republican 
National
Committee, 310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 TEL: 202-863-8700
FAX: 202-863-8774 E-MAIL: Chairman@gop.com, RNCommunications@gop.com

3. CONTACT your own elected officials to ask that they also repudiated
attacks on the American Muslim community and its leadership. GO TO:
http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ and enter your ZIP Code

4. CONTACT President Bush to ask that he speak out more forcefully 
against
Islamophobic rhetoric. CONTACT: President George W. Bush, The White 
House,
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 COMMENT LINE:
202-456-1111 E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov

5. COPY ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: cair@cair-net.org

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JEFFERSON TEACHER PUT ON INDEFINITE SUSPENSION 
Rob Nelson, Times-Picayune, 2/12/04 
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-1/10765695669561
0.xml

Embattled Jefferson Parish public school teacher Wes Mix has been 
removed
from the classroom amid an investigation into allegations that he used
religious slurs against a Muslim student and pulled off her head scarf. 

After first transferring Mix from West Jefferson High School in Harvey 
to
Helen Cox Junior High School, the district decided to put him on an
indefinite paid suspension, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel 
Ronald
Ceruti said Wednesday. 

"We just thought that was in the best interest of the school district 
at
this time," Ceruti said. "No final decisions have been made regarding 
his
employment status." 

Superintendent Diane Roussel declined to say whether the suspension is
proof of an accelerating case against Mix or to comment about why his
transfer became a full-fledged suspension. 

"We're not done yet," she said. "The due process is still continuing. 
He is
not currently teaching in our school system." 

Last week, Maryam Motar, a sophomore at West Jefferson, went public 
with
claims that Mix had pulled off her religiously mandated head scarf, or
hijab, during history class on Jan. 30, and told her: "I hope God 
punishes
you. No, I'm sorry, I hope Allah punishes you." 

According to Motar, Mix also said, "I didn't know you had hair under
there." 

Mix was transferred Feb. 2 to Cox Junior High in Harvey, prompting
complaints from Motar and her family about why the district allowed him 
to
continue teaching… 

As word of the incident spread throughout the local Muslim community,
friends encouraged the Motar family to contact the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy group based in
Washington, D.C. 

Its spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, applauded the school system's decision
Wednesday. "Definitely, we would see this as a step in the right
direction," he said, adding that the group will continue to monitor the
case... 

SEE ALSO:

STUDENT CLAIMS PREJUDICE IN GLENBARD NORTH CHEATING SCANDAL
NBC5, 2/11/04
http://www.nbc5.com/education/2841062/detail.html

CAROL STREAM, Ill. -- A suburban honors student maintains he didn't 
cheat
on a high school exam but he says he's being punished for it because he 
is
a Muslim.

The Glenbard North senior made some disturbing allegations about the
cheating scandal that's left nine students facing expulsion, reported
NBC5's Anna Davlantes. He fears his college education could be in 
jeopardy.

"On this calculus test, students who were getting Ds in the class, all 
of a
sudden they were getting the highest grades in the class," the student
said. 

He blames the school for "selectively choosing" who should face 
punishment
in the school's cheating scandal.

"A teacher at my school, his own niece was identified as having a copy 
of
the examination and she was not suspended," the student said. "A girl 
whose
handwriting was discovered in copies of the examination for filling out 
the
examination for other students and she was not suspended. And I 
informed
the school, also, that it's one of their varsity sport players who 
stole
the test, and they still haven't suspended him. "

Fisal Hammoudi, a family spokesman for one suspended student, said the 
way
school officials allegedly questioned Muslim students was even more
disturbing.

"'What is your name means?'" Hammoudi said school officials asked of a
Muslim student. "And when the person says, 'My name is Biblical name,' 
then
the next question is, 'Are you saying that you are an extremist 
Muslim?'
One of the deans asked him that question."

The school would not respond to that allegation, and other students 
don't
believe Asian and Muslim students were treated differently, even though 
the
majority of suspended students are Asian-American.

"Our school's pretty diverse," said student Steve Ross. "And I think 
it's
just a coincidence that most of the kids in the AP classes, they were
Asian, they were the ones who were caught, and they're being punished."

No one from the school, the school board, the district superintendent 
nor
the DuPage County Board of Education would speak on camera about the
allegations.

A hearing to determine if the nine students should be expelled or 
allowed
to graduate will be held Thursday morning.

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SPEAKER URGES UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN RELIGIONS
By Jim Jones, Star-Telegram, 2/12/04
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/7936252.htm

FORT WORTH - Muslims and Christians must seek greater knowledge and
understanding of each others' faiths in the volatile times ahead, a 
speaker
at Texas Christian University's Ministers Week said Wednesday.

"We are at a pivotal moment in human history -- a time of great 
upheaval
and conflict, and how we relate to one another is going to have a 
profound
effect on us all," said Charles Kimball, chairman of Wake Forest
University's religion department and author of books on Islam.

Kimball decried a "raging battle of demonization" between extremist 
Muslims
and some conservative Christians.

"On the one hand, you have tapes of Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11
attacks calling everyone infidels who disagree with him," Kimball said. 
"He
even called people in the buildings [that were attacked] infidels, 
since
that's the only way he could justify what was done under the banner of
Islam."

While not equating them with bin Laden, Kimball criticized high profile
Christians such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham for
calling Islam "an evil religion…"

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/12/04

* DNC CONDEMNS NY REP’S ‘HATE-FILLED’ REMARKS ABOUT MUSLIMS
* MUSLIM STUDENT TOPS ACADEMIC ALL-STARS (USA Today)
* AL LAWMAKERS HEAR LICENSE PROTEST (Huntsville Times)
* NJ NOT TAKING SIDES IN HALAL FOODS FLAP (AP)
* CAIR-FL: AFGHAN DELEGATION TO VISIT JACKSONVILLE MUSLIMS 

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DNC CONDEMNS NY REP’S ‘HATE-FILLED’ REMARKS ABOUT MUSLIMS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/12/2004) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations
(CAIR) today applauded the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC)
condemnation of claims by Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) that “85 percent” 
of
American Muslim community leaders are “an enemy living amongst us” and 
that
“no (American) Muslims” cooperate in the war on terror. King made those
remarks February 9th on Sean Hannity’s nationally-syndicated radio 
program. 

On Wednesday, CAIR called on President Bush and other political and
religious leaders to repudiate King’s “baseless smears” and reject 
attempts
to marginalize the American Muslim community. The Washington-based 
Islamic
civil rights and advocacy group also urged King to meet with Muslim
representatives. 

SEE: NY CONGRESSMAN CALLS U.S. MOSQUE LEADERS 'AN ENEMY AMONGST US' 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=160&page=AA

LI MUSLIMS FUME OVER KING'S REMARKS
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usking0212,0,7746176.story

In a news release headlined “DNC Calls on President Bush to Condemn 
Rep.
Peter King’s Hate Language,” the DNC said in part: (CONTACT: Debra
DeShong/Fabiola Rodríguez-Ciampoli, 202-863-8148)
	                                                      
“’In the past, President Bush has told Muslim Americans that his
administration does not condone bigotry,’ said DNC Chairman Terry
McAuliffe. ‘Muslim Americans are teachers, lawyers, doctors, business
owners who have made invaluable contributions to our country. President
Bush has said ‘those who feel they can intimidate our fellow citizens 
and
take out their anger… represent the worst of humankind.’ That’s why I 
am
calling on President Bush and the Republican leadership to condemn this
latest example of hate-filled language.’”

“We would like to thank DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe for recognizing 
the
positive contributions of American Muslims and rejecting Islamophobic
bigotry,” said CAIR Governmental Affairs Coordinator Hasan Mansori. 
Mansori
also thanked all the other Muslim and interfaith groups that have 
joined in
condemning King’s offensive remarks.
           
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

				- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
rahmed@cair-net.org

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GOOD NEWS: 2004 COLLEGE ACADEMIC ALL-STARS FIRST TEAM
USA Today, 2/12/04
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2004-02-11-2004-college-1st-team_x.ht
m 

Meet the top 20 USA TODAY 2004 College Academic All-Stars, all members 
of
the first team:
 
Lubna Ahmad, Arizona State: Hometown: Chandler, Ariz. Major: Biomedical
engineering GPA: 4.0 Age: 19 Class: Junior Career goal: Biomedical 
engineer
Parents: Jalil Ahmad, Seema Munir Accomplishments: A high school
valedictorian at 16, Lubna invented and has applied for a patent on a
non-invasive breath sensor for medical applications such as diabetes
management; developed, taught summer program robotic engineering 
curriculum
for high school students; Goldwater Scholar; vice president, Biomedical
Engineering Society; mosque volunteer; piano teacher and composer;
Arthritis Foundation volunteer… 

(NOTE: CAIR would like to congratulate the College Academic All-Stars 
for
their educational excellence and achievements.)

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LAWMAKERS HEAR LICENSE PROTEST 
Anthony McCartney, Huntsville Times, 2/12/04
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1076611553150350
.xml

MONTGOMERY - Some lawmakers Wednesday essentially told a group of 
Muslims
and Sikhs to sue the state Department of Public Safety over a rule 
barring
them from wearing head scarves or turbans while being photographed for
driver's licenses. 

Dozens of Muslims and Sikhs from across Alabama came to the Statehouse
Wednesday to protest the policy, which Public Safety officials say was
enacted last March and is still under review. The Muslims and Sikhs 
hoped
to testify before a committee considering rule changes to driver's 
license
procedures, but most never got the chance. 
     
The rule was not on the agenda of the Legislative Council/Joint 
Committee
on Administrative Regulation Review, so committee Chairman Rep. 
Demetrius
Newton limited a handful of speakers to one-minute remarks. The 
committee
could take no action, he said... 

Last month, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington,
D.C.-based group, brought attention to the policy after two women in 
Mobile
were denied driver's licenses because they refused to remove their
hijabs... 

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NJ NOT TAKING SIDES IN HALAL FOODS FLAP
WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press, 2/12/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--halallaw0212feb12,0,7976015
.story
   
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ The state is not involving itself in a dispute over
what type of food should be considered acceptable under Islamic dietary
laws, leaving that determination to consumers.

New Jersey has reworked its regulations governing halal food, requiring
businesses to complete disclosure forms outlining how they prepare and
store their food products.

Consumers then would be free to decide whether those procedures are
acceptable or not under Islamic dietary law. For many New Jersey 
Muslims,
the issue is second in importance only to civil rights concerns in the
aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

New Jersey passed a halal food law three years ago. But critics say the
bill lacked teeth, including criteria that could be used to enforce it.

The Majlis Ash-Shura of New Jersey, the state's council of mosques, 
wanted
the law to explicitly spell out what can be labeled and sold as halal.
Yaser El-Menshawy, chairman of the council, said the compromise is 
probably
as far as state regulators could go.

Sohail Mohammed, a Clifton attorney who helped state regulators craft 
the
regulations, also recognized the limits the state Division of Consumers
Affairs faced.

"The state can't be getting involved in religious matters," he said. 
"For
them to define halal would have meant they were violating the 
separation of
church and state...

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			- MEDIA ADVISORY -
 
AFGHAN DELEGATION TO VISIT MUSLIMS IN JACKSONVILLE
 
(JACKSONVILLE, FL, 2/12/2004) - On February 13, the Florida office of 
the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) and members of the 
Muslim
community in Jacksonville will host an official delegation from 
Afghanistan.
 
WHEN: Friday, Feb 13, 2004
 
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, 2333 St. John's Bluff Road,
South, Jacksonville, FL 32246
 
Prior to any coverage, please contact Sondie Frus, 904-732-5087; cell
904-422-2599; e-mail ircj@ircjax.org with your name, affiliation, 
contact
information and purpose of coverage. Any on the record interview 
requests
must be approved by the US Department of State. 

The official Afghan delegation is currently on tour of the United 
States on
a program entitled "Islam in America" under the sponsorship of the
International Visitor Program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau 
of
Educational and Cultural Affairs. The delegations visit to Jacksonville 
is
being coordinated by the International Resource Center of Jacksonville. 
 
On Friday morning, CAIR-Florida Chairman, Dr. Parvez Ahmed will join a
panel of distinguished academics at the University of North Florida to
speak to the delegation about "Pluralism and Diversity in the Workplace 
and
Community."
 
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CONTACT: Sondie Frus, IRCJ, 904-732-5087, E-Mail: ircj@ircjax.org; 
Ahmed
Bedier, CAIR-FL, 813-731-9506, E-Mail: abedier@cair-florida.org. Altaf
Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-Mail: altaf@cair-florida.org; 

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/13/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PARTISANSHIP
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: Oklahoma
* ALERT: ASK YOUR SENATOR TO DEFEND ACADEMIC FREEDOM
* ALABAMA TAKES ANOTHER LOOK AT SCARF RULE (Huntsville Times)
	- Sikhs in India Protest French Ban on Turbans (Kyodo)
	- Thai Muslims Demonstrate Against Ban (AFP)
* INTERFAITH ALLIANCE DENOUNCES REP. KING'S REMARKS
	- CAIR'S Work With Law Enforcement Authorities
* INCITEMENT: IMUS SAYS "WHO CARES" TO IRANIAN DEATHS (NIAC)
* UT ISLAM CONFERENCE PROMPTS ARMY INVESTIGATION (AP)
	- Ex-Soldier Preaches Bible to Muslims (IR)
* VA: MUSLIM FOOD SAFETY SEMINAR
* RUMSFELD PLANS PANEL TO REVIEW GUANTANAMO (AP)
* U.S. MAY SUPPORT ISRAELI APPROACH ON GAZA (NY Times)
	- Sharon to Ask Bush for $2B for FENCE (Globe)
	- Israel Bars Worshipers from Prayers (AFP)
* FANTASY OF DEMOCRACY IN AN ARAB STATE (Independent)
* GROUP URGES U.S. TO CONDEMN UZBEKISTAN'S CAMPAIGN (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PARTISANSHIP

A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "What is 
partisanship (asabiyyah)?" The Prophet replied: "(It means) helping 
your 
own people in an unjust cause."

Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 2427

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SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK

Support CAIR's important work by donating online at:
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ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,287 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Oklahoma: 82 covered, 137 more libraries to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
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CAIR ACTION ALERT #416

ASK YOUR SENATOR TO DEFEND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/13/04) - CAIR is urging American Muslims and other 
people who value academic freedom to contact their senators, 
particularly 
members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions, 
to express opposition to the creation of an International Studies 
Advisory 
Board that could be part of the Senate counterpart to H.R. 3077, the 
Education Reauthorization Act now being drafted by the HELP Committee.

Section 633 of the Education Reauthorization Act calls for the creation 
of 
an advisory board consisting of at least two appointees that represent 
national security agencies overseeing curricula, course materials and 
the 
recruitment of faculty that accept federal government money for 
international studies. While Asian, African, European, and Latin 
American 
area studies programs will be affected, Middle Eastern studies programs 
are 
the real target of the advisory board.

The advisory board could serve to stifle academic freedom by 
suppressing 
any views that are not viewed as supportive of Israel and in line with 
Muslim-bashers like Daniel Pipes, who has been actively pushing for the 
oversight board.

Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch, a web 
site 
that included "dossiers" on professors and academic institutions 
thought to 
be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.

In a January 13th Washington Post article, Pipes claimed "Middle East 
studies have not served us well" and that the board will serve to 
"....supervise the distribution of government funds…..of what he 
considers 
to be the radical Middle East studies lobby centered in universities 
such 
as Columbia, Georgetown and the University of Chicago."

H.R. 3077 passed the House floor with little notice of academic freedom 
concerns.

"At a time when Congress is pushing for democracy and academic freedom 
in 
the Middle East, it is critical that we uphold these values in our own 
universities," said CAIR Governmental Affairs Coordinator Hasan 
Mansori.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

1) Contact the Chairman of the HELP Committee today and ask that 
section 
633, which creates the advisory board, be removed from H.R. 3077 in the 
Senate bill. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the 
committee.

CONTACT:

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Chairman
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300

TEL: (202) 224-5375, Majority Staff: (202) 224-6770, Minority Staff: 
(202) 
224-0767 FAX: (202) 228-5044

E-MAIL: greggstaff@labor.senate.gov

2) Contact the committee member who represents your state and ask that 
section 633 be removed from H.R. 3077 in the Senate bill. Send copies 
of 
correspondence to the other members of the committee.

LIST OF OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
http://health.senate.gov/committee_members.html

Ranking Member: Edward Kennedy (MA)
202-224-4543 Phone
202-224-2417 Fax

Republicans:

Bill Frist (TN)
202-224-3344 Phone
202-228-1264 Fax

Mike Enzi (WY)
202-224-3424 Phone
202-228-0359 Fax

Lamar Alexander (TN)
202-224-4944 Phone
202-228-3398 Fax

Christopher Bond (MO)
202-224-5721 Phone
202-224-8149 Fax

Mike DeWine (OH)
202-224-2315 Phone
202-224-6519 Fax

Pat Roberts (KS)
202-224-4774 Phone
202-224-3514 Fax

Jeff Sessions (AL)
202-224-4124 Phone
202-224-3149 Fax

John Ensign (NV)
202-224-6244 Phone
202-228-2193 Fax

Lindsey Graham (SC)
202-224-5972 Phone
202-224-1189 Fax

John Warner (VA)
202-224-2023 Phone
202-224-6295 Fax

Democrats:

Christopher Dodd (CT)
202-224-2823 Phone
202-224-1083 Fax

Tom Harkin (IA)
202-224-3254 Phone
202-224-9369 Fax

Barbara Mikulski (MD)
202-224-4654 Phone
202-224-8858 Fax

Patty Murray (WA)
202-224-2621 Phone
202-224-0238 Fax

Jeff Bingaman (NM)
202-224-5521 Phone
202-224-2852 Fax

Jack Reed (RI)
202-224-4642 Phone
202-224-4680 Fax

John Edwards (NC)
202-224-3154 Phone
202-228-1374 Fax

Hillary Clinton (NY)
202-224-4451 Phone
202-228-0282 Fax

Independent: James Jeffords (VT)
202-224-5141 Phone
202-228-0776 Fax

Contact Information for the committee:

428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300
(202) 224-5375 - voice
(202) 228-5044 - Fax
Majority Staff #: (202) 224-6770
Minority Staff #: (202) 224-0767

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STATE TAKES ANOTHER LOOK AT SCARF RULE
Anthony McCartney, Huntsville Times, 2/13/04
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1076694415174301.xml

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Bob Riley's office is reviewing a Department of 
Public 
Safety policy prohibiting Muslim head scarves from being worn in 
driver's 
license photos.

Riley said Thursday he instructed his legal adviser, Troy King, to meet 
with Col. Mike Coppage and other Public Safety officials to review the 
policy.

On Wednesday, more than 50 Muslims and Sikhs traveled to Montgomery 
from 
across the state to protest the policy, which has been enforced in 
recent 
weeks at driver's license offices.

Riley said his office would study the issue and make changes if needed. 
He 
said the state must have identifiable pictures on licenses.

"Something like a burka, we can't allow," Riley said. "You've got to 
have a 
photograph that at least identifies a person. But past that, I think we 
need to look at what other states are doing to see how our policy 
conflicts 
with them - see if we can make some adjustments." A burka covers the 
head 
and face.

None of the men or women who came to address lawmakers Wednesday wore 
scarves or turbans that covered their face.

King said his office is working with the attorney general's office to 
see 
how other states handle head coverings worn for religious reasons. He 
said 
his office could make a recommendation to Riley by early next week...

Rizwan Qureshi, civil rights coordinator for the Washington, D.C.-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his group is working with 
the 
American Civil Liberties Union. "We're ready to fight this to the end," 
he 
said.

He said the two are preparing a "memorandum of law," which is not a 
lawsuit 
but would spell out complaints against the Public Safety policy and how 
it 
"infringes on their religious rights."

Qureshi said his office has received 10 to 15 complaints from people in 
Alabama denied licenses because of their head scarves. If state 
officials 
are properly informed about the religious reasons for head coverings, 
he is 
"confident Alabama will cooperate."

He said the council understands the needs for identifiable license 
photos 
and doesn't support the cases of people who wear garments that obscure 
their faces. He said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had 
wanted 
photos that showed the ears of women wearing scarves. But Homeland 
Security 
relented and made an exemption for religious reasons, he said…

ALSO SEE:

SIKHS IN INDIA PROTEST FRENCH BAN ON TURBANS
Kyodo News Service, 2/13/04

NEW DELHI - Scores of Sikhs protested here Friday against a new French 
law 
that will ban turbans and other religious attire in French public 
schools.

Sikhs carrying placards reading ''Down with French government'' and 
''We 
will not compromise on turbans'' demanded the repeal of the law, which 
also 
bans Muslim headscarves and Jewish skull caps.

Paramjit Singh Pamma, leader of the National Akali Dal, a Sikh 
political 
party, said the law, which will go into effect from September, hurts 
the 
sentiments of the religious community…

Pamma said a similar ban previously imposed by the British government 
on 
Sikh soldiers was withdrawn by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Sikhs protest comes in the wake of the French Foreign Minister 
Dominique de Villepin's one-day visit to the Indian capital Thursday.

There are about 6,000 Indian Sikhs in France.

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THAI MUSLIMS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST FRENCH BAN ON HEADSCARVES
Agence France Presse, 2/13/04

BANGKOK - Some 60 Thai Muslims including veiled women demonstrated 
outside 
the French embassy Friday over the government's decision to ban Islamic 
headscarves.

Witnesses said the protesters, including up to 20 women wearing the 
traditional veil, chanted slogans and waved banners printed in English, 
Thai and the Yawi dialect spoken in Thailand's Muslim-majority south.

The banners read "Down with France", "Dare you Challenge God" and 
"Chirac - 
chief violator of human rights", referring to French president Jacques 
Chirac.

Many of the demonstrators came to the embassy from Friday prayers at a 
nearby mosque in the Thai capital.

They submitted a letter protesting the new law to embassy officials 
before 
dispersing peacefully after about an hour.

In the letter, they accused the French government of contravening basic 
human rights, ignoring the principles of Islam, and introducing a 
measure 
which would result in Muslim girls dropping out of schools.

They also called on Muslims to unite to fight for their rights, warning 
that other European nations were likely to implement similar laws.

The majority of Thailand's 62 million people are Buddhist, but five 
percent 
of the population is Muslim, mostly living in the five southern 
provinces 
bordering Malaysia....

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CONTACT: Don Parker, 202.639.6370
dparker@interfaithalliance.org

INTERFAITH ALLIANCE DENOUNCES CONGRESSMAN'S ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS, URGES 
RECONCILIATION MEETING

Washington, Feb. 13 - Today, The Interfaith Alliance, the nation's 
largest 
interfaith organization, denounced the anti-Muslim remarks by Rep. 
Peter 
King (R-NY), which were broadcast on a live national radio show earlier 
this week. In a letter to the congressman, the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy 
also offered to convene a reconciliation meeting for Rep. King to 
dialogue 
with Muslim, Jewish, and Christian religious leaders.

"I was both shocked and saddened to learn of your biased, inflammatory 
remarks against American Muslims," Dr. Gaddy said. "Your statements 
have 
caused great concern in the interfaith community and . . . .have shown 
a 
shocking lack of understanding of approximately 7,000,000 Muslim 
Americans, 
including many who live in your district."

On the Sean Hannity show, Rep. King said that no Muslim in America has 
assisted law enforcement in the fight on terrorism; that "extremists" 
control 85 percent of the mosques in America; that 85 percent of 
Islamic 
religious leaders are "the enemy living amongst us;" and that he has 
been 
"walled out" when he has tried to talk with them.

"I can't help but wonder if you actually believe those outrageous 
statements or if you got carried away in the moment promoting your 
novel," 
Dr. Gaddy said.

Dr. Gaddy noted that the president and other political and religious 
leaders have called on Americans to refrain from religious bigotry 
against 
Islam and to stand together against terrorism. He said that Rep. King, 
in 
contrast, was not only wrong in his assessments, but that he had 
attempted 
to defame one of the world's great religion and its followers.

"The Interfaith Alliance-an organization committed to promoting the 
healing 
role of religion in the life of the nation-stands ready to help bridge 
any 
possible chasms of communication between you and a large number of your 
constituents," Dr. Gaddy said. "I invite you to join me in a meeting of 
reconciliation with leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian 
communities" on the Hannity show where "perhaps together we can heal 
some 
of the wounds caused by your actions."

For the full text of Dr. Gaddy's letter to Rep. King, see 
www.interfaithalliance.org

SEE ALSO:

PARTIAL LIST OF CAIR'S WORK WITH LOCAL STATE AND FEDERAL LAW 
ENFORCEMENT 
AUTHORITIES

CAIR-FLORIDA:

* Recently received a letter from the commissioner of the Florida 
Department of Law Enforcement highlighting the positive working 
relationship between the department and CAIR-FL
* Conducted sensitivity trainings for the FBI in Orlando and 
Jacksonville.
* Held a joint press conference with the FBI and several other law 
enforcement agencies seeking information on a person wanted for 
questioning
* Participated in an 8-week Police Community Relations Leadership 
Program 
with the Miami Dade Police Department
* In collaboration with the FBI, FDLE, BSO and several other law 
enforcement agencies, coordinated a forum with state Islamic leaders.
* Participated in several town hall meetings with FBI, FDLE, and U.S. 
Attorney's office discussing the issues of security and liberty

CAIR-ARIZONA:

* Formed a Muslim Advisory Committee for the Phoenix Police Department
* Participated in meetings with FBI officials
* Local Muslim is on the FBI Community Advisory Board and is a 
certified 
sensitivity trainer for FBI agents
* Conducts quarterly diversity training for the City of Phoenix. 
Training 
sessions often include law enforcement officials
* FBI and local police attended CAIR-AZ Annual Banquet (An award was 
presented to the Tempe Chief of Police.)

CAIR-MARYLAND:

* Worked with the Montgomery County Police department on hate-crime 
issues 
and town hall meetings
* Regularly meets with an official from the FBI-Baltimore Unit
* Regularly meets with officials from the Prince George's County State 
Attorney's Office
* Has a good working relationship with the Washington County Sheriff

CAIR-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

* CAIR-SOCAL officials graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy
* Worked with FBI Los Angeles Regional Office to create an advisory 
committee comprised of Muslim and Arab-Americans
* Facilitated and organized two major town hall meetings with the FBI 
in 
Southern California in 2003
* Has a working relationship with FBI in southern California, including 
relationships with all senior FBI members in the Los Angeles, Orange 
County 
and Riverside regional offices.
* Member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's advisory 
committee
* Member of Sheriff Baca's clergy council
* Spoke at a diversity training workshop for more than 150 FBI agents 
on 
issues related to the Muslim community and how to enhance cooperation 
and 
better understanding.
* Participated in several diversity training sessions for more than 180 
law 
enforcement officers with the Anaheim Police Department
* Provided a diversity training workshop for 60 law enforcement 
officers at 
Brea Police Department
* Provided diversity training workshops for more than 100 law 
enforcement 
officers at Hawthorne Police Department
* Provided diversity training workshop for members of the Laguna Beach 
Police Department
* Participated in more than a dozen diversity training programs for 
Orange 
County Sheriffs
* Member of Sheriff Michael Carona Community Coalition in Orange County

CAIR-OHIO:

* Invited the FBI chief of northwest Ohio, Carl Spichocci, to talk to 
the 
community.

CAIR-ST. LOUIS:

* Conducted training at FBI headquarters in St. Louis
* Hosted two mosque open house sessions with FBI and U.S. Attorney's 
office.

CAIR MICHIGAN:

* Worked with Ann Arbor Police and Detroit police to help increase 
community policing and investigate hate crimes
* Worked with the Bloomfield Hills to increase understanding of the 
Muslim 
community
* Formed dialogue group with US Attorney's Office/FBI/INS in SE 
Michigan
* Worked with immigration authorities on community education
* Joined the Dearborn police on civil rights issues
* Member of Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust 
(ALPACT) a 
coalition of organizations and law enforcements coordinated and 
facilitated 
by NCCJ
* Member of Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity 
(BRIDGES), which brings local, state and federal law enforcement 
officials 
and leaders in the Muslim and Arab American communities together for 
monthly meetings to discuss mutual concerns

CAIR-SAN ANTONIO:

* Facilitated and organized a major town hall meeting with the FBI
* Developed an ongoing relationship with the FBI officials

SEE: NY CONGRESSMAN CALLS U.S. MOSQUE LEADERS 'AN ENEMY AMONGST US'
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=160&page=AA

LI MUSLIMS FUME OVER KING'S REMARKS
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usking0212,0,7746176.story

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. 
Hostile 
comments can be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

1. CONTACT Rep. King to ask that he 1) apologize to the American Muslim 
community, 2) seek information from unbiased sources and 3) meet with 
Islamic leaders to learn more about Muslims in America. CONTACT: Rep. 
Peter 
T. King, U.S. House of Representatives, 436 Cannon House Office 
Building, 
Washington, D.C. 20515 TEL: 202-225-7896 FAX: 202-226-2279 E-MAIL: 
Pete.King@mail.house.gov, kevin.fogarty@mail.house.gov

2. CONTACT the Republican National Committee to ask that they repudiate 
King's remarks. CONTACT: Mr. Ed Gillespie, Chairman, Republican 
National 
Committee, 310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 TEL: 202-863-8700 
FAX: 202-863-8774 E-MAIL: Chairman@gop.com, RNCommunications@gop.com

3. CONTACT your own elected officials to ask that they also repudiated 
attacks on the American Muslim community and its leadership. GO TO: 
http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ and enter your ZIP Code

4. CONTACT President Bush to ask that he speak out more forcefully 
against 
Islamophobic rhetoric. CONTACT: President George W. Bush, The White 
House, 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 COMMENT LINE: 
202-456-1111 E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov

5. COPY ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: cair@cair-net.org

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MSNBC'S IMUS SAYS "WHO CARES" TO IRANIAN DEATHS IN AIR CRASH
National Iranian American Council
http://capwiz.com/niacouncil/issues/alert/?alertid=5060021&type=CU

On February 10, 2004 Host Don Imus of WFAN and MSNBC's "Imus in the 
Morning" show made insensitive and indecent remarks regarding the air 
crash 
that morning of an Iranian airliner killing 43 passengers.

Responding to the news of Iranians killed in the crash, Imus remarked 
"When 
I hear stories like that, I think who cares." Later, when another 
commentator pointed out the inappropriate nature of the remark, Imus 
defended himself by repeating the phrase "who cares" and saying that's 
"how 
I felt." Imus then later states, "Too bad it wasn't full of Saudi 
Arabians..."

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UT ISLAM CONFERENCE PROMPTS ARMY INVESTIGATION
Associated Press, 2/12/04,
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/state/7941652.htm

AUSTIN - Army Intelligence agents sought a list of participants at a 
University of Texas conference on Islamic law and said they were 
investigating "suspicious" attendees.

UT students have questioned the agents' tactics and motivations.

"It was very boring as far as (controversy) is concerned," law student 
Sahar Aziz told The Daily Texan newspaper for Thursday editions. "I 
question whether those suspicions are more affiliated with ethnicity 
than 
anything else."

Special Agent Jason Treesh on Monday asked students at the UT Law 
School 
for a list of attendees at "Islam and the Law: The Question of Sexism," 
a 
conference last week on the rights of women under Islamic law.

Treesh would not comment about why he was at the law school, but his 
supervisor, Commander Demetria Marria, said Treesh was following 
procedure.

She said the agents were investigating allegations made by two Army 
personnel who attended the conference. The personnel reported being 
approached by three Middle Eastern men who asked questions that were 
"suspicious in nature," she said...

ALSO SEE:

EX-SOLDIER PREACHES BIBLE TO MUSLIMS
Martin J. Kidston, Independent Record, 2/12/04
http://www.helenair.com/articles/2004/02/12/helena/a07021204_05.txt

"We operate almost like special forces," said Mark Rose, a West Point 
graduate and former intelligence officer for the United States Army. 
"We go 
in behind the lines."

Rose isn't a soldier anymore, at least not for the United States 
government.

Instead, the father and husband is a missionary for the Baptist Church, 
and 
he stays busy spreading the Gospel in predominantly Muslim countries.

Rose was in Montana City this week for the 2004 Missions Conference. He 
visits Townsend tonight.

Working under the Russian Inland Mission, Rose and his wife, Robyn, 
created 
the Ratomka Virtual Orphanage and a school for Christian missionaries 
in 
Belarus. It has become a launching point for a more ambitious plan to 
spread the Gospel throughout the Muslim world.

"When the Soviet Union fell apart, my wife and I decided to form this 
organization to spread the Gospel," Rose said. "We train missionaries 
to 
make them like the 'special forces' of missionaries. We only work in 
countries where it's closed to missionaries and it's dangerous."

Rose said his organization is planning a church in Tajikistan. He and 
his 
team made their first trip to the country in 2002 at the invite of 
several 
citizens that he met while passing out Bibles in Russia.

Armed with the Gospel and an offer of humanitarian assistance, Rose 
said 
his organization has successfully introduced Christianity to new people 
in 
new places. He recalled sitting around with the village priest in one 
town 
in Tajikistan, where the conversation naturally turn to religion.

"They're pretty nervous about Christianity," Rose said. "They're afraid 
it 
will catch on and take hold."

Rose shrugs off any ethical questions that may arise over proselytizing 
Christianity in traditionally Muslim countries. He said he reads his 
own 
Bible daily, and it tells him what to do...

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VA: MUSLIM FOOD SAFETY SEMINAR

Want to know more about the effects of genetically engineered or 
irradiated 
foods on you and the environment? Concerned about Mad Cow Disease? Come 
learn about protecting your health & the environment from harmful food 
production technologies. This is an informational seminar to educate 
the 
community.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 7PM
LOCATION: The ADAMS Center, Main Hall 703-433-1325
46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling, VA 20164

Refreshments will be served. This event is free & open to all who are 
interested!

CONTACT:  rullah@gmu.edu or 703-707-0270

For more info about CFS, see: www.centerforfoodsafety.org
For more info about ADAMS & directions, see: www.adamscenter.org

Presented by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) & The Center 
For 
Food Safety

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RUMSFELD PLANS PANEL TO REVIEW GUANTANAMO
Associated Press, 2/13/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/7948511.htm

MIAMI - Suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay will be allowed to 
appeal their detentions to a new panel that would determine if they are 
an 
ongoing threat to the United States, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld 
said 
Friday.

The panel would hear cases annually to decide whether the suspects 
remain a 
threat or could be released, Rumsfeld said in remarks to the Greater 
Miami 
Chamber of Commerce.

Rumsfeld said the United States was planning to hold many of the 
detainees 
``as long as necessary.''

About 660 alleged al-Qaida and Taliban fighters captured in Afghanistan 
and 
elsewhere after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are being held at 
the 
maximum-security prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 
though none has been charged.

The United States says the prisoners are ``enemy combatants,'' not 
prisoners of war, and can be tried by military tribunals. U.S. 
officials 
have said the lengthy detentions are vital to intelligence-gathering 
and 
that the information gleaned from prisoners has led to arrests around 
the 
world.

Human rights groups and some foreign governments have criticized the 
detainees' treatment and the lack of trials or access to lawyers.

The Supreme Court will decide this year whether the Guantanamo 
detainees 
can be held indefinitely without lawyers and hearings...

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U.S. MAY SUPPORT ISRAELI APPROACH ON LEAVING GAZA
Steven R. Weisman, NY Times, 2/12/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/13/politics/13DIPL.html

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration, signaling a major shift of policy 
on 
the Middle East, has indicated that it may support Israel's new 
proposal 
for a unilateral withdrawal from parts of Gaza and the West Bank, 
according 
to administration and Israeli officials.

A senior American official said that the administration is "taking a 
close 
look" at the policy, and that the president would send three senior 
aides 
to Israel next week to get questions answered before the proposal was 
endorsed. But administration and Israeli officials say they expect a 
favorable American response.

In the past, the administration has maintained that peace can be 
achieved 
in the Middle East only by reciprocal concessions agreed upon in 
negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Embracing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan would depart from that 
principle by accepting the idea that such negotiations are not 
possible, at 
least for now.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage said Thursday that a 
pullout 
from Gaza would be "a step in the right direction." Another official 
said 
the withdrawal plan, if implemented properly, "could reduce friction 
between Israelis and Palestinians and improve Palestinian freedom of 
movement."

The Israeli policy, outlined in recent weeks by Mr. Sharon, proposed 
withdrawing Israeli troops and dismantling settlements in parts of Gaza 
and 
smaller parts of the West Bank. American officials have expressed 
concern 
that it would in effect abandon the idea of negotiating with the 
Palestinians to achieve final statehood...

ALSO SEE:

SHARON TO ASK BUSH FOR $2B FOR DISENGAGEMENT, FENCE
Yoav Yitzhak, Globes, 2/10/04
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=769287&fid=942

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will ask US President George W. Bush for $2 
billion in aid next week to finance the evacuation of settlements in 
the 
Gaza strip and several settlements in the West Bank. With this money, 
Sharon intends to finance the construction of two settlements in the 
Negev, 
and compensation to those who will be forced to leave their homes. 
Sharon 
also seeks to finance a railway from Eilat to the center of the country 
in 
this way.

Sharon is also due to ask Bush for help in financing construction of 
the 
separation fence on a new route, close to the Green Line. The Prime 
Minister's Office estimates that the aid request will be granted in 
part, 
and that even if it is granted, the aid will be given in the form of 
long-term loans.

The Prime Minister's Office claims that the demand by the US that the 
route 
of the fence should be changed means that NIS 1.5 billion will have 
been 
wasted. Ministry officials therefore believe that there are grounds for 
requesting US aid in this matter.

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ISRAEL BARS MEN UNDER 45 FROM JERUSALEM MUSLIM FRIDAY PRAYERS
Agence France Presse, 2/13/04

JERUSALEM - Israeli police said they have banned Muslim men under the 
age 
of 45 from attending weekly Friday prayers at the mosque complex here 
for 
fear of demonstrations after 15 Palestinians were killed in Israeli 
military operations this week in the Gaza Strip.

The ban applies to Palestinians from annexed east Jerusalem and to Arab 
Israelis. Women from those categories can access the mosque regardless 
of 
their age.

Palestinians from the Israeli occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are 
barred 
from reaching Jerusalem altogether.

The radical movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad have both threatened 
reprisal 
attacks on Israel following the deaths, most of which came during 
fierce 
gun battles with soldiers in Gaza City on Wednesday.

As a result, the police have stepped up security, particularly in 
Jerusalem 
and around public places...

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THE FANTASY OF DEMOCRACY IN AN ARAB STATE
Robert Fisk, Independent, 2/13/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/story.jsp?story=490787

For democracy, read fantasy. Iraq is getting so nasty for our great 
leaders 
these days that anything - and anyone - is going to be thrown to the 
dogs 
to save them. The BBC, the CIA, British intelligence - any journalist 
that 
dares to point out the lies that led us to war get pelted with more 
lies. 
The moment we suggest that Iraq never was fertile soil for Western 
democracy, we get accused of being racists. Do we think the Arabs are 
incapable of producing democracy, we are asked? Do we think they are 
subhuman?

This kind of tosh comes from the same family of abuse as that which 
labels 
all and every criticism of Israel anti-Semitic. If we even remind the 
world 
that the cabal of neo-conservative, pro-Israeli proselytisers - Messers 
Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Kristol, et al - helped to propel President 
Bush 
and US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld into this war with grotesquely 
inaccurate prophecies of a new Middle East of democratic, pro-Israeli 
Arab 
states, we are told that we are racist even to mention their names. So 
let's just remember what the neo-cons were advocating back in the 
golden 
autumn of 2002 when Tony was squaring up with George to destroy the 
Hitler 
of Baghdad.

They were going to re-shape the map of the Middle East and bring 
democracy 
to the region. The dictators would fall or come onside - thus the 
importance of persuading the world now that the preposterous Gaddafi is 
a 
"statesman" (thank you, Jack Straw) for giving up his own infantile 
nuclear 
ambitions - and democracy would blossom from the Nile to the Euphrates. 
The 
Arabs wanted democracy. They would seize it. We would be loved, 
welcomed, 
praised, embraced for bringing this much sought-after commodity to the 
region. Of course, the neo-cons got it wrong.

The latest contribution to the defence of these men came from David 
Brooks 
in The New York Times. "In truth," he writes, "the people labelled 
neo-cons'... don't actually have much contact with one another... There 
have been hundreds of references, for example, to Richard Perle's 
insidious 
power over administration policy, but I've been told by senior 
administration officials that he has had no significant meetings with 
Bush 
or Cheney since they assumed office... All evidence suggests that Bush 
formed his conclusions independently..."

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RIGHTS GROUP URGES U.S. TO CONDEMN UZBEKISTAN'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST 
MUSLIMS
Aziz Nuritov, Associated Press, 2/13/04

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - A leading international human rights group on 
Friday 
urged the United States to publicly condemn the Uzbek government's 
campaign 
against dissident Muslims that has led to thousands being jailed on 
extremism charges.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the United States should 
designate 
Uzbekistan - a key American ally in its war on terror in neighboring 
Afghanistan - as a violator of religious freedom under the U.S. 
International Religious Freedom Act...

The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent had no immediate comment.

The statement comes a day after an Uzbek court gave a six-year prison 
sentence to the 62-year-old mother of an Islamic activist allegedly 
tortured to death in jail in 2002...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/15/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SHOW MERCY
* OHIO MUSLIM MOTHER WILL SUE TO HALT DEPORTATION (Plain Dealer)
* OHIO GOP LEADER E-MAILS ANTI-MUSLIM POEM (Plain Dealer)
	- NIAC Accepts Imus Apology
* TX STUDENTS PROTEST ISLAMIC CONFERENCE PROBE (AP)
	- Roster Sought of UT Meeting (Houston Chronicle)
	- FL: Foreign Students' Toughest Test (St. Pete Times)
* MUSLIM CHAPLAIN'S CASE SPARKS QUESTIONS ABOUT JUSTICE (AP)
	- Congress Must Secure Civil Liberties (KC Star)
* BREAKING STEREOTYPES OF ISLAMIC FAITH (Gilroy Dispatch)
	- CA: Truth about Muslim Women (SJ Mercury News)
* THOUSANDS PROTEST FRENCH BAN ON SCARVES (AP)
	- Why Hijab Disturbs Dictators, Democrats (The Star)
* MOSQUE TO OFFER OPENNESS (Post-Gazette)
	- IL: Mosque Proposal Frays Relations (Globe)
* WA SOMALIS PROMISED EFFORTS TO FIND SHOOTER (Seattle Times)
	- Family Sure Victim Killed by Stalker (Morning Call)
* CHECHNYA'S AGONY (Washington Times)
* EX-TRUCKER SAYS FBI QUERIED HIM ON RICIN (Wash. Post)
* DID BRITISH SOLDIERS LOSE CONTROL AT CAMP BUCCA? (Indep.)
	- The IDF's Shooting Range (Haaretz)
* AP PHOTO OF THE YEAR FEATURES IRAQI PRISONER

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SHOW MERCY

When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) left an assembly of 
people, 
he would often say: "Oh God…let not worldly affairs be our greatest 
concern 
or all that we know about, and let not those who do not show mercy rule 
over us."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 783

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WOMAN WILL SUE TO HALT DEPORTATION
Jim Nichols, Plain Dealer, 2/15/04
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1076844622136690.xml

A Lakewood mother of three will file constitutional challenges Tuesday 
to 
the federal government's move to deport her to Venezuela and leave her 
children behind, her supporters said Saturday.

The 35-year-old woman, Amina Silmi, made a brief stop in Cleveland on 
Friday night as federal officials moved her from a detention center 
near 
Atlanta to Texas, said Julia Shearson, director of the Cleveland office 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations. An official at a privately 
run 
jail in Beaumont, Texas, said Saturday that Silmi was being held there, 
about 80 miles northeast of Houston.

But she will return to Cleveland "in the next couple days," possibly to 
wait out final verdicts on her deportation fight, said Martin Gelfand, 
an 
aide to Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Gelfand said the Department of Homeland 
Security, which oversees immigration matters, told the Cleveland 
Democrat 
that it would transfer Silmi, but exactly when and for how long were 
unclear.

Shearson, who has rallied behind Silmi's fight to stay, and Silmi's 
sister, 
Jamila Jabr, said they spoke to Silmi by phone late Friday and she told 
them immigration officials secured her in a coat closet at Cleveland 
Hopkins International Airport while waiting for a flight to Houston...

Silmi has said she will leave her children here if she is deported, 
because 
she has no job, home or family in Venezuela.

Shearson said she believes that because of Silmi's Palestinian 
heritage, 
she is on a secret Department of Homeland Security list of "absconders" 
- 
deportation candidates who, for political reasons, are likely to 
disappear 
if not detained and deported immediately…

CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia Shearson, 216-440-2247; Jad Humeidan, 
Executive Director, CAIR-Ohio, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-Mail: 
ohio@cair-net.org

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E-MAILED POEM FORWARDS TROUBLE IN PARMA
Joseph L. Wagner, Plain Dealer, 2/14/04
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/107675483332900.xml

Parma - Lee Stoop, the city's Republican leader, thought she was 
forwarding 
an immigrant-bashing poem to a few close friends for laughs.

But she inadvertently sent it to a much wider audience that included 
dozens 
of local officials and even New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. On Friday, 
few 
people in Cuyahoga County's largest suburb found it funny.

The poem describes turban-wearing immigrants flocking to America to 
collect 
welfare and goes downhill from there.

Parma officials said they consider apparent anti-Muslim references in 
the 
poem to be insensitive because of tensions at the region's largest 
mosque, 
located in Parma.

Stoop, 77, an outspoken advocate of conservative causes for a 
half-century, 
said she "didn't mean to upset the whole community." She said she did 
not 
write the poem, but she would not identify who sent it to her.

She said she wanted to continue the e-mail chain to friends who would 
"get 
a laugh about it…"

Julia Shearson, director of the Cleveland office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said she thinks the poem is derogatory to 
Muslims "who continue to endure stereotyping and a guilt-by-association 
backlash post-9/11."

She also said the poem is historically inaccurate. "Immigrants pay much 
more in taxes than they ever receive in social service benefits," she 
said…

ALSO SEE:

NIAC ACCEPTS MSNBC RADIO HOST DON IMUS'S APOLOGY
http://www.niacouncil.org/

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) today accepted the public 
apology made by radio show host Don Imus of the "Imus in the Morning" 
program, simulcasted on MSNBC and WFAN AM. Mr. Imus apologized to the 
Iranian-American community for the offensive remarks he made regarding 
the 
crash of an Iranian Kish airliner in the UAE on February 10.

On today's show, Imus read on air NIAC's letter to MSNBC and WFAN and 
then 
went on to apologize for his earlier statements. "Probably not 
something to 
kid around about… What I said wasn't good…so I'm sorry. I apologize to 
the 
Iranian people who were offended. I really didn't mean that. I was 
fooling 
around, I was probably stupid. I'm sorry if I made you feel bad… I 
seldom 
apologize to anybody about anything. But I am sorry if I made these 
people 
feel upset."

NIAC demanded a public apology from Don Imus on February 12, sending 
letters to the general managers of MSNBC and WFAN. In less than 24 
hours, 
1400 letters were sent from members of the Iranian-American community 
through NIAC's website to executives of MSNBC and WFAN protesting Mr. 
Imus's remarks.

The National Iranian American Council called WFAN studios to accept Mr. 
Imus' apology. NIAC expects this event to lead to an increased 
understanding between media outlets and the Iranian-American community.

See NIAC's letter to MSNBC:
http://niacouncil.c.tep1.com/maabWEGaa4m1qbexZ24b/

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STUDENTS PROTEST ISLAMIC CONFERENCE PROBE
Matt Joyce, Associated Press, 12/14/04
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0204/126149.html

AUSTIN, Texas - University of Texas law students and civil rights 
activists 
accused the Army of spying on a conference on Islam and denounced an 
investigation of conference participants as a ``campaign of fear.''

Sahar Aziz, a UT law student, said Friday that organizers of the 
conference 
would not willingly turn over to Army investigators a partial list of 
participants or a video of the conference, titled ``Islam and the Law: 
The
Question of Sexism.''

``It is inappropriate for us to invite the public and the student body 
to 
come and freely exchange ideas and then to turn around and relay their 
personal information to the intelligence community,'' Aziz said.

Deborah Parker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Intelligence and 
Security 
Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., declined to comment, saying the students' 
allegations are under review.

Conference organizers said two Army agents visited the UT Law School on 
Monday and knocked on various doors in pursuit of a list of 
participants 
and a video of the conference, which took place last week.

The agents said they were following up on reports from Army lawyers who 
attended the conference and said they were approached by ``suspicious'' 
Middle Eastern men, according to Aziz…

Conference Web site: www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/010704-islam.html

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ROSTER SOUGHT OF ATTENDEES AT UT MEETING ON ISLAM
Janet Elliott, Houston Chronicle, 2/14/04
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2402460

AUSTIN -- University of Texas law students and professors are 
questioning 
the actions of two Army intelligence agents who roamed the school halls 
Monday looking for a roster of attendees at a recent conference on 
Islamic 
law and sexism.

The agents left without the roster, and the U.S. Army Intelligence and 
Security Command says it is investigating the incident.

"We're aware of allegations that have been made. We're reviewing the 
situation," said Deborah Parker, chief of public affairs for the 
Virginia-based command.

Parker confirmed that the two agents, one of whom left his business 
card 
with several students, work for Army intelligence…

UT Law Dean Bill Powers said he's never been aware of the government 
investigating a law school conference or seminar in his three decades 
at 
the law school. He said he's concerned that the government's action 
could 
have a chilling effect on such conferences.

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FOREIGN STUDENTS' TOUGHEST TEST: GETTING IN
Susan Taylor Martin, St. Petersburg Times, 2/15/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/02/15/Worldandnation/Foreign_students__tou.shtml

A complicated visa process is leading many, especially those from the 
Mideast, to seek their education in other countries.

Bo-Abdullah grew up in the Arab nation of Bahrain, but he always 
planned to 
go to college in America. You'll get a better education there, his 
father 
told him.

By last December, the 26-year-old engineering major had completed 
several 
semesters at Florida schools. So he expected no problems when he went 
home 
for vacation and applied for a visa to return to classes this spring.

But what he thought would be a routine interview with U.S. consular 
officials turned into a stressful interrogation. Did he know anyone who 
went to Pakistan or Afghanistan? Did he know anyone who hated the 
United 
States? Why did he attend a certain mosque near his university?

That was Jan. 13. Bo-Abdullah has yet to get his visa, forcing him to 
miss 
this semester and possibly killing forever his dream of obtaining a 
coveted 
U.S. degree.

"I understand why they are doing that," he says about the closer 
scrutiny 
of visa applicants, "but it's like they're shooting everywhere, they're 
not 
aiming. They are investigating the wrong person if they are looking for 
someone…"

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MUSLIM CHAPLAIN'S CASE SPARKS QUESTIONS ABOUT MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM
JEFFREY McMURRAY, Associated Press, 2/15/04
http://www.al.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1076869751313100.xml

WASHINGTON - Muslim Army chaplain James Yee spent 76 days in a prison 
cell 
while authorities tried to build a capital espionage case against him. 
Now 
he is free, the most serious allegations replaced by lesser ones like 
adultery and possession of pornography, and the military justice system 
itself is on trial.

Yee is due to appear Wednesday in front of a military judge in Fort 
Benning, Ga., for his preliminary hearing. Originally scheduled for 
Dec. 2, 
the hearing has been postponed four times - for a total of 78 days - so 
the 
Army can review classified documents in the case.

Both sides say it's possible his preliminary hearing could be delayed 
again.

Prosecutors aren't saying much about this case, but it's apparent they 
are 
no longer pursuing charges of spying, which carry the death penalty. 
Initial reports had said Yee was a target of an espionage probe at the 
U.S. 
military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he ministered to suspected 
terrorists…

The only formal charges against Yee are mishandling classified 
material, 
failing to obey an order, making a false official statement, adultery 
and 
conduct unbecoming an officer for allegedly downloading pornography on 
his 
government laptop. The last two were added since his release from the 
brig.

If court-martialed and convicted on all charges, Yee could face up to 
13 
years in prison. But some familiar with the military justice system 
insist 
those alone hardly ever spark this sort of examination, much less 76 
days 
of pretrial confinement, most of it in solitude.

Solis blames prosecutorial "ineptitude" for the Yee case getting blown 
out 
of proportion and said the charges probably still haven't been dropped 
because of a continuing hope to "make gold out of mud."

John Fugh, a retired judge advocate general, said he fears it was more, 
citing Yee's combination of being both Muslim and of Chinese descent.

"If he were a white American, say a chaplain of some other 
denomination, I 
don't think this would have happened," Fugh said. "Any time you do 
something like this, you're bound to have some damage done to the 
integrity 
of the military justice system…"

SEE ALSO:

CONGRESS MUST SECURE CIVIL LIBERTIES AS IT HONES TOOLS AGAINST TERROR
BILL TAMMEUS, Kansas City Star, 2/15/04
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/opinion/7956566.htm

America's war on terrorism is compromising civil liberties and causing 
some 
citizens to fear the very government that's supposed to protect them. 
Congress must remember that as it considers President Bush's request to 
renew the USA Patriot Act, which he calls essential to fighting 
terrorism.

Some local examples of how federal anti-terrorism efforts have created 
an 
atmosphere of hostility and anxiety among some American citizens:

Shaheen and Iftekhar Ahmed of Leawood are angry that their 
American-born 
sons, both college students, feel like targets of the government. The 
Ahmeds, both physicians, are Muslim natives of India but have been 
American 
citizens for more than two decades.

Mohammed M. Hafez believes the government is unnecessarily opening his 
mail, which contains academic material. Hafez, who teaches political 
science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was born in Kuwait 
but 
has been an American citizen since 1991. He says he's being watched for 
no 
reason.

Farris Aigaer is so convinced that a judge in his child custody case is 
hostile toward his Arab and Muslim background that he has persuaded 
dozens 
of area Muslims to write the court asking for a fair ruling. Aigaer, a 
registered nurse studying to become a chiropractor, is a Palestinian 
who 
was granted political asylum in the United States more than a decade 
ago.

These and other examples from around the country should make Congress 
cautious as it ponders anti-terrorism laws and should remind federal 
investigative agencies to honor our system's presumption of innocence. 
It 
also would help if the government were more open about whom it is 
holding 
and how innocent people can clear their names...

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BREAKING THE STEREOTYPES OF ISLAMIC FAITH
Kat Teraji, Gilroy Dispatch, 2/13/04
http://gilroydispatch.com/gilroylife/gilroylifeview.asp?c=95433

"When you have a billion and a half people belonging to a religion, you 
are 
bound to find a few kooks and extremists among their number," Shista 
Azad 
said in answer to our questions about how she reconciles her Muslim 
beliefs 
with the actions of terrorists like Osama bin Laden.

Teachers like Shista Azad and Maha Elgensidi, Muslim women from the 
Islamic 
Networks Group, (which works to educate people about Islamic beliefs), 
have 
been in great demand since 9/11. They are called most often to give 
presentations to history and social studies classes, police officers 
and 
corporations with cultural competency programs.

Shista turned the question around on us, "How do you reconcile Hitler 
with 
Christian belief? He professed to be a Christian, and yet look what he 
did. 
There are extremists in every religion, and they give a bad name to the 
millions who are trying to practice their own beliefs in peace."

The last two weekends I had the privilege of co-chairing a Leadership 
Training Event called "Making a World of Difference." Women attended 
from 
41 churches throughout the Santa Clara County area, including 
representatives from Greenfield, Salinas, Hollister, Aptos and 
Monterey. 
One session was held in Santa Clara Jan. 31 and another in Hollister 
last 
Saturday; a total of 150 women participated, many of them dynamic 
leaders 
in their own communities. The women attending from Gilroy particularly 
enjoyed a class called "Creating Interfaith Communities," and found it 
a 
fascinating experience to sit in a room close to a Muslim woman in her 
hijab (traditional scarf and loose-fitting modest dress) and be able to 
ask 
her every question they had ever wanted to ask a Muslim…

We found out that the way a Muslim woman dresses is not merely for 
modesty, 
but for the way it forces people to judge her more by character and 
intelligence, rather than just the shape of her body. Muslim men are 
expected to dress modestly as well…

ALSO SEE:

TRUTH ABOUT MUSLIM WOMEN
Maryam Amir-Ebrahimi, San Jose Mercury News, 2/14/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/7954357.htm

Stereotypes often portray Muslim women as uneducated, unsuccessful, and 
incapable of being leaders.

I was given the ''2003 Student of the Year'' award from San Jose 
Leadership 
Academy. I am currently student body president, and I am taking full 
courses in the International Baccalaureate program. I do not say these 
things to impress you; rather, they are meant to show that Muslim women 
are 
not only educated, but are also educators and successful leaders, all 
of 
this by the grace of God.

The thing that sets me apart from other women is my hijab, or covering. 
In 
society, women are constantly portrayed as sexual objects. Women who 
wear 
hijabs command respect, demanding that people see us for our intellect 
rather than our sexuality.

This week, France's National Assembly voted to ban the traditional head 
scarf worn by Islamic women from public schools. On Jan. 17, I attended 
a 
rally with fellow Muslims, Christians, Jews and Sikhs to speak against 
the 
religious intolerance France is imposing. We gathered with the hope 
that 
France will continue to follow the freedom of expression that is 
available 
in the United States.

Maryam Amir-Ebrahimi, 17, is a student at San Jose High Academy.

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THOUSANDS PROTEST FRENCH BAN ON SCARVES
Masha MacPherson, Associated Press, 2/13/04
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V0037.AP-France-Head-Sca.html

PARIS - Thousands of people, many of them women wearing head scarves, 
marched in France Saturday to protest a law banning the Islamic 
coverings 
and other religious apparel in public schools.

Protesters said the law was discriminatory and would prevent Muslim 
girls 
from attending school.

``We can't conceive that an exclusion law has been voted, a law that 
will 
prevent young adolescent women from their right to get education,'' 
Khadidja Marfouk said during the march in eastern Paris.

Police estimated that 2,600 people marched in the southern city of Lyon 
and 
another 1,300 in Paris, just two of a dozen cities where demonstrations 
were planned. Organizers said the turnout was higher.

The government wants to have the law - necessary, it says, to keep 
religion 
out of secular schools - in place for the academic year starting in 
September.

On Tuesday, the lower house of Parliament overwhelmingly approved the 
bill 
despite protests and criticism from around the world that the measure 
infringes on religious freedom.

The measure goes early next month to the Senate, where there is little 
opposition.

Saturday's protests were the latest in a series in France against the 
measure, which would also ban Jewish skullcaps and large Christian 
crosses 
from public schools…

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WHY HIJAB DISTURBS DICTATORS, DEMOCRATS
Harron Siddiqui, The Star, 2/14/04
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1076800208681&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

In 1925, Kamal Ataturk, father of post-Ottoman Turkey, imposed the Hat 
Law, 
banning the traditional fez cap for men. The penalty for wearing one 
was 
death. That was his idea of secularism.

In 1928, Reza Khan, another soldier who seized power, passed a copycat 
Uniform Dress Law in neighbouring Iran. It decreed European attire for 
men 
and, in 1936, banned the hijab for women. That was his idea of 
Europeanizing Muslims.

Last year, seven states in Germany banned the hijab for teachers. That 
was 
their idea of protecting German identity.

On Tuesday, the French Assembly overwhelmingly approved a ban on the 
hijab 
for school students. That is their idea of securing French secularism.

Some German and French citizens envisage extending the hijab ban well 
beyond schools. That's their idea of emancipating all its wearers.

Over the years, rulers of a different kind - such as the Taliban in 
Afghanistan - have also waded in. They decreed the opposite: that women 
must wear the veil or the chador, on pain of being jailed or whipped. 
That 
has been their idea of Islam.

As the target of fascist, feminist or racist and mostly male wrath, the 
hijabi woman is victimized both by those wanting to subjugate her and 
those 
who would liberate her. Or she is scapegoated, in the service of one 
ideology or another.

What is it about her that so rattles dictators and democrats alike?

She is the battleground for the armies of those out to purify Islam or 
demonize it…

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MOSQUE TO OFFER OPENNESS
Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2/15/04
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04046/273231.stm

When a congregation of African-American Muslims cracks the soil on a 
mosque 
expansion project in the East End later this year, more than ground 
will be 
broken.

For a faith group that has spent much of its 84 years misunderstood and 
separated from the Pittsburgh black mainstream, the new worship space 
will 
symbolize a new openness.

A largely working-class community, African-American Muslims are gaining 
visibility here as more professionals appear among their ranks. With 
these 
physicians, teachers, attorneys and scientists comes a desire to reveal 
more of who they are and what fuels their faith.

One of those lifting the veil and pushing the community out of the 
shadows 
is Rashad Byrdsong, a former Black Panther. With his roots in community 
and 
social reform, Byrdsong, 54, and others are in the midst of a 
seven-year 
plan to build an expanded mosque on the site of the existing one on 
Paulson 
Avenue in the city's Lincoln-Lemington section.

The $1 million project upgrades the Masjid Al-Mu'min ("believers" in 
Arabic) and promises to bring adult care, help for ex-offenders 
re-entering 
society and technology training to a long-neglected neighborhood.

Al-Mu'min's plan coincides with development efforts by the nearby Mount 
Ararat Baptist Church and the new construction of a Kingsley 
Association 
community center, which turns 100 this year…

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A MOSQUE PROPOSAL FRAYS INTERFAITH RELATIONS IN ILLINOIS
Sarah Downey, Globe, 2/15/2004
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/02/15/a_mosque_proposal_frays_interfaith_relations_in_illinois/

MORTON GROVE, Ill. -- This quiet, middle-class suburb just north of 
Chicago 
has long enjoyed a reputation for religious and ethnic tolerance. After 
the 
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Jewish and Christian residents 
reached 
out to members of its Islamic community, inviting them to interfaith 
services at a time when many Muslims were in fear of becoming the 
target of 
hate crimes.

That has changed. A fight has broken out over the proposed expansion of 
a 
Muslim school that moved into a shuttered public school 15 years ago. 
Now, 
the most talked-about interfaith gatherings in town are 
conflict-resolution 
sessions, led by a federal mediator from the Justice Department.

Both sides have voiced hope that they can work out the issues. "Our 
interaction with the other religious organizations has been positive," 
says 
Mohammed Kaiseruddin, the president of the nonprofit school's governing 
body, the Muslim Community Center of Chicago.

"I find the Muslims to be the most responsible citizens and the most 
pleasant hosts," says the Rev. Michael Winters of the Morton Grove 
Community Church. "We're hoping as the years go by there will be 
greater 
Islamic participation."

Such efforts were born of an area that some still call "Little Israel." 
The 
suburb of Skokie, which has one of the nation's highest concentrations 
of 
Holocaust survivors and their descendants, is next door…

Outside consultants had said "the site is simply not large enough" to 
support the proposed expansion. Some residents say the site with the 
mosque 
would require 10 acres, rather than the Muslim Education Center's 
current four.

Despite that ruling last spring, village officials could still amend 
the 
zoning code and the center still hopes to build a mosque on the 
property. 
In a $5 million lawsuit, school officials say the village violated the 
federal Religious Land-Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 by 
unlawfully restricting religious assembly.

The officials say that the action is necessary to "prevent a dangerous 
precedent for other Muslim communities and Islamic Centers across the 
nation…"

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SOMALI COMMUNITY IS PROMISED FULL EFFORTS IN FINDING SHOOTER
Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times, 2/14/04
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001857916_farah14m.html

A name is circulating within the Seattle Somali community of a man many 
within it believe may have shot and killed taxi driver Hassan Farah two 
weeks ago.

And Somali community leaders admit they are trying to restrain an 
outraged 
and frustrated population eager to see justice done.

Farah, a Somali immigrant who drove a Yellow taxicab on weekends, was 
found 
slain in his cab early Jan. 31 at 23rd Avenue South and South Graham 
Street.

Yesterday, Farah's friends and family gathered outside police 
headquarters 
in downtown Seattle and accused homicide detectives on the case of 
being 
"lethargic in following leads."

"We urge Mayor Nickels to open his door to the family and the Muslim 
community and demonstrate the value of our lives as contributing 
members of 
the Seattle community," said Ali- Salaam Mahmoud, whom the Farah family 
has 
named as its representative.

The Muslim Community Murder Task Force, formed to seek answers in the 
39-year-old immigrant's death, spelled out its concerns in letters to 
the 
mayor and Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske.

Kerlikowske, coming outside to talk to the community members at the end 
of 
their news conference, told them he's sorry for their loss…

ALSO SEE:

FAMILY SURE WAL-MART GREETER KILLED BY STALKER
Dan Sheehan and Joe McDonald, Morning Call, 2/14/04
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a1_5stabbingfeb14,0,2704318.story

Police remained tight-lipped Friday about the circumstances of a 
Whitehall 
Township man's death, but the victim's family is certain he was stalked 
and 
stabbed to death by a stranger he had encountered at work.

Liaquat Habib's family wondered why he was killed despite what they 
said 
were his repeated warnings to his employer and police that someone was 
threatening him at the Wal-Mart where he worked as a greeter and 
outside 
Independence Square Apartments where he lived.

Habib, a Tanzanian immigrant, died Thursday afternoon at Lehigh Valley 
Hospital, Salisbury Township, after being stabbed multiple times in his 
apartment.

According to relatives and a neighbor at his apartment complex, Habib 
had 
recently complained of being threatened by a man he had repeatedly 
stopped 
for shoplifting at the MacArthur Road store.

On Feb. 4, nine days before he was fatally stabbed, Habib told 
Whitehall 
police that he had been threatened at work and at home, according to 
the 
police log. Police withheld the official report detailing Habib's 
complaint…

Kohuth said the death hasn't yet been classified a homicide. An autopsy 
is 
scheduled for today…

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CHECHNYA'S AGONY
Jeffrey T. Kuhner, Washington Times, 2/14/04
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040214-112852-4962r.htm

As the media remains fixated on Iraq and the next outlandish comment to 
come out of the mouth of Howard Dean, there is a major news story 
receiving 
very little attention: the slow, creeping genocide in Chechnya.

Russian President Vladimir Putin insists his troops are conducting a 
military campaign aimed at wiping out "Islamic international terrorism" 
from the war-torn southern province. Using the global war on terrorism 
as a 
pretext to consolidate Moscow's iron grip over the breakaway republic, 
the 
Russian army has been waging a war of extermination against the Chechen 
people.

Yet the West has been silent in the face of Russia's genocidal 
campaign. 
Instead of demanding the Kremlin withdraw its forces and negotiate a 
peace 
settlement with Chechen leaders, the Bush administration continues its 
shameful policy of neglect.

President Bush is convinced that, after looking into "the soul" of Mr. 
Putin, the former KGB apparatchik is an important ally in the war on 
terrorism. Washington has accepted Moscow's line that the issue of 
Chechnya 
is a Russian "internal matter." Mr. Bush would be better served if he 
looked at Mr. Putin's actions.

Before the conflict began nearly a decade ago, there were approximately 
1 
million Chechens in the small mountainous republic in the Caucusus. 
Since 
then, human-rights activists estimate hundreds of thousands have been 
displaced, thousands more have simply "disappeared" and more than 
one-fourth of the population is believed to have died.

A report last year by the Council of Europe documented extensive 
human-rights violations by Russian forces, including widespread torture 
of 
Chechens…

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EX-TRUCKER SAYS FBI QUERIED HIM ON RICIN
Marilyn W. Thompson, Washington Post, 2/15/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42523-2004Feb14.html

A former mail trucker in Jacksonville, Fla., who maintains a Web site 
that 
has included accusations of corruption by the government and the 
trucking 
industry, says he has been questioned by FBI agents investigating three 
incidents in which the toxin ricin was sent through the mail.

Daniel S. Somerson, of Jacksonville, Fla., a former trucker for Mail 
Contractors of America Inc. of Little Rock, said he was interviewed 
extensively by agents with the FBI's terrorism task force in 
mid-October. 
That was after the first letter containing a ricin vial surfaced in a 
mail 
sorting facility near the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport 
in 
South Carolina. At that time, Mail Contractors of America trucks 
brought 
mail to the facility.

Since then, ricin has been found at a White House mail facility and the 
office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).

Somerson said task force investigators also have interviewed his wife 
at 
herworkplace, a Jacksonville charter school, asking whether her husband 
might have knowledge about ricin, a lethal toxin made from castor 
beans. 
Two agents also extensively questioned a friend of Somerson's, another 
trucker for the same company, as he was about to depart on a 
long-distance 
mail run, Somerson said.

Among the questions asked, Somerson said, was whether the other trucker 
could account for his whereabouts on the dates when ricin, accompanied 
by 
letters signed "Fallen Angel," surfaced, and whether he believed 
Somerson 
could have instigated the crimes.

A law enforcement source said there is "no live suspect" in the ricin 
mailings and that agents are interviewing truckers in many locations, 
some 
based on tips from girlfriends and wives. The FBI has posted a $100,000 
reward for information leading to an arrest in the South Carolina case…

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DID BRITISH SOLDIERS LOSE ALL CONTROL AND DECENCY AT THE NOTORIOUS CAMP 
BUCCA?
Andrew Johnson and Robert Fisk, News Independent, 2/15/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=491465

Photographs brought home from Iraq by a British soldier caused a 
scandal 
last year when he took them to be developed. One showed a prisoner of 
war, 
gagged and bound in netting, dangling from a forklift truck driven by a 
soldier. Others depicted squaddies performing sex acts close to Iraqi 
PoWs.

It may be understandable, though not excusable, that in the heat of 
battle 
troops do not always accord prisoners the dignity to which they are 
entitled. But the Army is now facing accusations of mistreatment of 
civilian detainees, several of whom have died in custody, long after 
the 
war was officially declared at an end.

Charges may soon be brought in the case of Baha Mousa, 26, who died 
after 
he and seven colleagues working at a Basra hotel were arrested by 
British 
soldiers of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment in September. The eight men 
had 
their hands tied and were all hooded during prolonged assaults in which 
the 
prisoners have described being "kick-boxed" by uniformed soldiers.

Mousa repeatedly complained to his British attackers that he was having 
difficulty breathing. When Baha's father, Daoud, and brother, Alaa, 
went to 
see Kifah Taha, one of those arrested, in hospital, they did not know 
Baha 
had been killed. "Kifah looked like half a human, he was so badly 
beaten," 
Alaa said. "When we asked him about Baha, he said he didn't know. Then 
he 
said: 'I hope God will not show any human what I witnessed.'"

Mr Taha said the soldiers had given their detainees the names of 
footballers. Ironically, the practice of giving false names to 
prisoners 
under assault or torture is common in Arab prisons. Iraqi inmates were 
often given fake names by their interrogators during torture sessions, 
and 
male prisoners have often been given female names by Egyptian prison 
wardens before being assaulted…

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THE IDF'S SHOOTING RANGE
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 2/15/04
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/394153.html

It sometimes seems the Gaza Strip has become the central shooting range 
of 
the Israel Defense Forces, the IDF's firing zone and training field. 
The 
weapons in use there are of dubious legality, the rules of engagement 
lack 
the element of restraint, and punitive measures that Israel would not 
conceive of inflicting in the West Bank are par for the course, in a 
region 
that produces far less terrorism than the West Bank.

The operation last Wednesday, in the Sajiyeh quarter of Gaza City, in 
which 
15 Palestinians were killed - including at least seven civilians - was 
the 
latest illustration, for the time being, of what Israel allows itself 
to do 
in Gaza. Fifteen dead for the sake of liquidating one Hamas man who 
wasn't 
very senior in the organization is an intolerable price. In Gaza, 
though, 
it has become routine: Once every week or two, the IDF moves in, kills, 
demolishes and pulls out, and no one knows exactly what it was all in 
aid 
of. Why do wanted individuals have to be liquidated now in Gaza 
altogether? 
Is it only to bring about more revenge terrorism?

The fact that not one terrorist attack against Israel has originated 
from 
the Gaza Strip, because of the fence there, only heightens these 
questions. 
One begins to suspect that the IDF is behaving like this in Gaza simply 
because it can do whatever it fancies there.

The Gaza Strip and the West Bank have always been differentiated in the 
Israeli consciousness. Whereas Ramallah and Bethlehem are considered 
cities 
inhabited by people, Gaza has always been portrayed as a "nest of 
terrorists." The fact that nearly 1.5 million people live there, among 
them 
farmers and intellectuals, merchants and craftsmen, religious and 
secular 
people - just like anywhere else - has been deliberately distorted 
here. 
Try to tell an Israeli that the beaches of the Gaza Strip are among the 
most beautiful in the Middle East and that the majority of the Gazans 
are 
cordial, especially warm people. Who will believe that? The 
demonization to 
which Gaza has been subjected, going back to the period before the 
occupation, has made it possible to behave differently there…

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AP PHOTO OF THE YEAR FEATURES IRAQI PRISONER
Anthony Deutsch, Associated Press, 2/13/04
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040213/ap_on_re_eu/world_press_photo_1

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A color image of a masked Iraqi war prisoner 
holding his 4-year-old son at a U.S. detention camp by Associated Press 
Photographer Jean-Marc Bouju won the World Press Photo of the Year 
award 
Friday…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/16/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER
* CAIR-NY JOB OPENING: OFFICE ASSISTANT
* HOME NEEDED IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR AFGHAN ORPHANS
* U.S. MAY VETO ISLAMIC LAW IN IRAQ (AP)
* CAMPUS WATCH: RETURN OF CAMPUS MCCARTHYISM (Berkshire Eagle)
	- CAIR: Ask Your Senator to Defend Academic Freedom
	- Daniel Pipes: Disservice to Muslims (Tulsa World)
* DEAN ACCUSES BUSH OF TARGETING ARAB-AMERICANS (AP)
* CAIR-CAN: DON'T MISREAD THE KORAN (Globe and Mail)
* IMAGE OF ISLAM BASED ON FALSE NOTIONS? (Charlotte Observer)
	- FL: Muslims also Dialogue-Oriented (Herald Tribune)
* CA: FIRST MUSLIM FILM FESTIVAL IN THE BAY AREA (PR Newswire)
* NC MUSLIMS ANGERED BY PRAISE OF ROBERTSON (Charlotte Observer)
* TUNISIA: OUR FRIEND THE AUTOCRAT (Washington Post)
	- Groups Want Bush to Press Tunisia Reform (Reuters)
* SCARF BAN? NOT IN TORONTO (Toronto Star)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "There is nothing 
heavier 
put on the scale of a believer on the Day of Resurrection than good 
character."

Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 2234

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CAIR-NY JOB OPENING: OFFICE ASSISTANT

CAIR-NY has an opening for an experienced and dynamic person to fill 
the 
position of Office Assistant.

Candidates should be proficient word processing, spreadsheet and 
database 
software.

Salary Range: Based on education, skills and experience

All those interested and eligible to work in US (citizens or proper 
work 
visa holders) are encouraged to apply in confidence via email to: 
cair-ny@cair-ny.com or by fax 212-870-2020. When applying via e-mail, 
please write the position title "Office Assistant" in the subject line 
of 
the e-mail.

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HOME NEEDED IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR AFGHAN ORPHANS

A home is needed for two Afghan Muslim orphans on there way to the 
Pacific 
Northwest, They are two boys (ages 13 and 17) who currently live in 
Pakistan but were orphaned when there parents were killed as a result 
of 
the war in Afghanistan. Through a series of tragedies, they do not have 
any 
relatives left to offer them a home. The older boy works in a marble 
factory just to earn a meager living to support his brother and 
himself.

If Lutheran Community Services cannot find them a Muslim home then they 
will undoubtedly go to a non-Muslim home either here in the Seattle 
area or 
in another state where there most likely won't even be an Afghani 
community 
to support their cultural and religious needs. The boys speak Afghani 
and Urdu.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent for these orphaned 
boys, 
then please contact Catherine England (425-487-3527) or Becky at 
Lutheran 
Community Services (206-694-5700).

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U.S. MAY VETO ISLAMIC LAW IN IRAQ
Associated Press, 2/16/04
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040216_451.html

KARBALA, Iraq Feb. 16 - The top U.S. administrator in Iraq suggested 
Monday 
he would block any interim constitution that would make Islam the chief 
source of law, as some members of the Iraqi Governing Council have 
sought.

L. Paul Bremer said the current draft of the constitution would make 
Islam 
the state religion of Iraq and "a source of inspiration for the law" as 
opposed to the main source....

Asked what would happen if Iraqi leaders wrote into the constitution 
that 
Islamic sharia law is the principal basis of the law, Bremer suggested 
he 
would wield his veto. "Our position is clear. It can't be law until I 
sign 
it," he said…

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RETURN OF CAMPUS MCCARTHYISM
The Berkshire Eagle, 2/16/04
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/Stories/0,1413,101~6267~1959217,00.html

Congress was smart enough to jack up funding for university-level 
Middle 
Eastern studies after the 9/11 attacks and the war in Afghanistan. If 
Americans are going to be waist-deep in that tortured part of the 
world, 
more of us need to speak the languages and know the cultures. Now 
lawmakers 
must resist a clumsy campaign by pro-Bush administration ideologues to 
shape college Middle Eastern studies to their liking and to curb 
academic 
freedom in ways not seen in the United States since the darkest years 
of 
the McCarthy era.

Campus Watch is an organization set up by conservative scholar Daniel 
Pipes 
as an adjunct to Middle East Forum, a think tank dedicated to 
"promoting 
American interests in the Middle East." Campus Watch monitors 
professors by 
having students report ideas that run counter to administration policy. 
When Rashid Khalidi assumed the Edward Said Chair of Middle East 
Studies at 
Columbia University last year, he became the target of an Internet 
campaign 
questioning his patriotism. What was Mr. Khalidi's crime? He opposed 
the 
U.S. going to war in Iraq. This made him, in Mr. Pipes' words, "a 
left-wing 
extremist" guilty of academic "bias" and "lack of balance..."

The most dangerous Campus Watch initiative involves legislative changes 
that would increase congressional oversight of $95 million in 
government 
subsidies for Middle East and other area-studies programs. The Pipes 
group 
is pushing Congress to set up an advisory board to make sure university 
programs "reflect diverse perspectives and a full range of views." A 
diversity of views is necessary for a vital academic program. But 
nothing 
would be worse than to have congressionally appointed thought police 
establishing minimum quotas for officially approved ideas, which is 
what 
Campus Watch seems to be after...

SEE ALSO:

CAIR ACTION ALERT #416

ASK YOUR SENATOR TO DEFEND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/13/04) - CAIR is urging American Muslims and other 
people who value academic freedom to contact their senators, 
particularly 
members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions, 
to express opposition to the creation of an International Studies 
Advisory 
Board that could be part of the Senate counterpart to H.R. 3077, the 
Education Reauthorization Act now being drafted by the HELP Committee.

Section 633 of the Education Reauthorization Act calls for the creation 
of 
an advisory board consisting of at least two appointees that represent 
national security agencies overseeing curricula, course materials and 
the 
recruitment of faculty that accept federal government money for 
international studies. While Asian, African, European, and Latin 
American 
area studies programs will be affected, Middle Eastern studies programs 
are 
the real target of the advisory board.

The advisory board could serve to stifle academic freedom by 
suppressing 
any views that are not viewed as supportive of Israel and in line with 
Muslim-bashers like Daniel Pipes, who has been actively pushing for the 
oversight board.

Pipes faced a storm of criticism when he launched Campus Watch, a web 
site 
that included "dossiers" on professors and academic institutions 
thought to 
be too critical of Israel or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.

In a January 13th Washington Post article, Pipes claimed "Middle East 
studies have not served us well" and that the board will serve to 
"....supervise the distribution of government funds…..of what he 
considers 
to be the radical Middle East studies lobby centered in universities 
such 
as Columbia, Georgetown and the University of Chicago."

H.R. 3077 passed the House floor with little notice of academic freedom 
concerns.

"At a time when Congress is pushing for democracy and academic freedom 
in 
the Middle East, it is critical that we uphold these values in our own 
universities," said CAIR Governmental Affairs Coordinator Hasan 
Mansori.

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)

Contact the Chairman of the HELP Committee today and ask that section 
633, 
which creates the advisory board, be removed from H.R. 3077 in the 
Senate 
bill. Send copies of correspondence to the other members of the 
committee.

CONTACT:

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Chairman
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300

TEL: (202) 224-5375, Majority Staff: (202) 224-6770, Minority Staff: 
(202) 
224-0767 FAX: (202) 228-5044

E-MAIL: greggstaff@labor.senate.gov
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

2) Contact the committee member who represents your state and ask that 
section 633 be removed from H.R. 3077 in the Senate bill. Send copies 
of 
correspondence to the other members of the committee.

LIST OF OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
http://health.senate.gov/committee_members.html

Contact Information for the committee:

428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6300
(202) 224-5375 - voice
(202) 228-5044 - Fax
Majority Staff #: (202) 224-6770
Minority Staff #: (202) 224-0767

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DISSERVICE TO MUSLIMS
Tulsa World, 2/13/04
http://www.tulsaworld.com

I can only imagine how Bill Sherman's "Militant Islam is seen as key 
peril" 
(Jan. 17), was received in Tulsa's Muslim community. How would you like 
to 
belong to a minority faith and have 10 to 15 percent of your 
co-religionists placed "on a par with communism and fascism"?

And won't this be news to law-abiding Muslim Americans to know that 
extremists "control most of the Muslim organizations, mosques, schools 
and 
publishing operations in the United States"? These are the kinds of 
wild, 
unsubstantiated charges that have discredited Daniel Pipes' work by 
reputable scholars.

What appears to drive Mr. Pipes is his statement -- not quoted by 
Sherman 
-- that "increased stature, affluence and enfranchisement of American 
Muslims will present true dangers to American Jews." Most Muslims are 
American citizens by birth and believe and practice American values. 
Those 
Muslims who came as immigrants, become Americans adopting American 
values 
-- as has every immigrant group - - and contribute to the well-being of 
us 
all.

Mr. Pipes's charges have done a disservice to interfaith relations in 
our 
community and slander an entire group of American citizens and 
hardworking 
immigrants simply because of their faith.

Russell L. Bennett, Tulsa

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DEAN ACCUSES BUSH OF TARGETING ARAB-AMERICANS AFTER NINE-ELEVEN
Associated Press, 2/16/04
http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1647023&nav=0s3dKqno

Milwaukee -- The day before a primary that could mark his departure 
from 
the presidential race, Howard Dean is aiming his fire at the Bush 
administration, and not at John Kerry.

Speaking Monday morning to the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Dean 
accused 
the administration of taking too harsh a stance against Arab-Americans 
in 
the aftermath of 9-11. He said the major difference between himself and 
President Bush is that Dean believes "we cannot continue as a divided 
society..."

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DON'T MISREAD THE KORAN
We must abolish the misperception that a good Muslim woman is a silent 
doormat, subservient to her husband, with few independent aspirations, 
says 
SHEEMA KHAN
Globe and Mail, 2/14/04 (Sheema Khan is the Chair of CAIR-CAN.)
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040214/COSHEEMA14

I met "Leila" 10 years ago. She was 19, maybe 20. She had left family 
and 
friends to join her new husband in Montreal. The marriage had soured; 
she 
bore the brunt of his frustrations. When she became pregnant, he 
demanded 
an abortion. When she refused, he punched her in the abdomen. The 
violence 
grew worse after the child was born. Leila finally called the police 
when 
he stabbed her in the hand. She was ready to start a new life, with 
infant 
in tow, at a shelter for battered immigrant women. Despite her ordeal, 
she 
maintained a sparkle in her eyes and flashed an infectious smile.

She was also trying to reconnect with her faith, Islam, and the Muslim 
community. All the more astounding, given that her husband had told her 
that Islam gave him the right to inflict violence on his wife. Yet 
Leila 
knew with implacable certainty that his actions were anathema to her 
faith. 
She could easily separate his actions from his perverse 
interpretations. I, 
on the other hand, had a harder time, having heard too many stories 
like 
Leila's.

I related these incidents to Ridwan Yusuf, a wonderful soft-spoken imam 
from Nigeria, who listened patiently to my tirade at the impotence of 
our 
community leaders to speak out against conjugal violence: "Wife-beaters 
are 
absolving themselves of responsibility by saying that Islam gives them 
the 
right to do this, when clearly it does not. Who is teaching this to 
them? 
Why are not the men in our community speaking out against it? We scream 
indignation at the oppression of Muslims by others, but we remain 
silent 
about oppression from within."

Clearly moved, he pledged to co-operate with community leaders to 
assist 
vulnerable women and children. Volunteers came forward to offer moral 
and 
financial support, ready to learn more about the roots, symptoms and 
treatment of a social blight that cuts across all societies.

Ridwan Yusuf had the courage to address the issue head-on at the 
largest 
community gathering of the year, the Eid prayer. He systematically 
stripped 
away the mantle of Islamic legitimacy given by violence-prone husbands, 
followed by exhortations toward building a marriage foundation based on 
love, mercy, and respect.

Prophet Mohammed never once laid a finger on any of his wives, 
denounced 
those who did and asserted that those best in character are those who 
are 
best to their wives…

CONTACT: canada@cair-net.org

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IS OUR IMAGE OF ISLAM BASED ON FALSE NOTIONS?
D.G. MARTIN, Charlotte Observer, 2/16/04
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/7964005.htm

FOLLOWING MUHAMMAD: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World
By Carl W. Ernst. UNC Press. 244 pages. $24.95.

Last month, ABC's Peter Jennings asked presidential candidate John 
Edwards, 
the Democratic senator from North Carolina, about widespread beliefs 
that 
the greatest security threat to the United States is a possible 
confrontation between the West and Islam: "[C]ould you take a minute to 
tell us what you know about the practice of Islam that would reassure 
Muslims throughout the world who will be listening to you that 
President 
Edwards understands their religion and how you might use that knowledge 
to 
avoid a confrontation?"

Edwards responded, in part, "I would never claim to be an expert on 
Islam. 
I am not."

Edwards is not alone in his lack of knowledge on the subject, according 
to 
UNC religion professor Carl Ernst, author of "Following Muhammad: 
Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World."

Ernst believes that almost all Americans lack a clear understanding of 
the 
religion that claims more than a billion adherents. Indeed, Ernst 
writes, 
many Americans are bound to a false notion of Islam as a backward, 
women-oppressing, fanatical, and fundamentalist religion that is 
responsible for the Middle East-based terrorism with which our country 
is 
at war.

In fact, Ernst also attacks the premise of Jennings' question that 
there is 
a looming "confrontation between the West and Islam."

A true understanding of Islam, Ernst writes, would show its rich 
diversity, 
its solid, ethical principles of peacefulness, tolerance, and respect 
for 
women, and its admirable commitment to submit to the will of God. Only 
with 
this broad understanding of Islam can we put into proper perspective 
its 
aberrations that we associate with Muslims whose conduct supports 
Jennings' 
premise of a confrontation between Islam and the West...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS ALSO DIALOGUE-ORIENTED
Ahmed Elrefai, Herald Tribune, 2/16/04
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040216/OPINION/402160701/1029

Regarding your article "Archbishop speaks in Naples; The Vienna church 
leader encourages Christians to talk more with Muslims while keeping 
their 
faith," in Tuesday's Charlotte-Englewood editions of the 
Herald-Tribune>:

Muslims like myself concur with the views expressed by the archbishop 
of 
Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, and also believe that Muslims 
should 
reciprocate and talk with Christians.

To many Muslims, Christians and Jews, this dialogue is not new. It has 
been 
frequent since the beginning of Islam and has continued throughout time 
in 
cities in Muslim and non-Muslim countries. Muslims welcomed the recent 
changes in the position of the Catholic Church relative to this 
dialogue.

Such dialogues are not only possible, they are one of the tenets of 
Islam. 
The two sources of the religion of Islam, the Koran and the teachings 
of 
prophet Muhammad, clearly encourage the dialogue and establish the 
basis of 
how it will be conducted.

Koran 29:46: "Conduct the dialogue with the People of the Book with 
courtesy and better means, apart from those among them who transgress. 
Say 
to them: We believe in that which is revealed to us and which was 
revealed 
to you. Our God and your God is one and the same, and to Him we all 
surrender ourselves."

Koran 49:12: "Believers, do not let some of your men or women mock or 
ridicule other men or women, who perhaps may be better than they are. 
Neither defame nor insult one another by offensive nicknames."

Prophet Muhammad said: "The People of the Book, Christians and Jews 
among 
us, are completely equal to us. They have the same rights and 
responsibilities as we do."

There is more in common between us. Following the steps of our 
forefathers, 
we encourage the dialogue and have no hesitations in participating in 
it.

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FIRST MUSLIM FILM FESTIVAL IN THE BAY AREA
PR Newswire, 2/16/04

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Muslim Film Festival 
announces the first Bay Area Muslim Film Festival to be held on March 
13, 
2004 at UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University (date to be confirmed). 
The 
Muslim Film Festival (MFF) is an annual event that screens films by or 
about Muslims.

The world has become increasingly interested in understanding the 
diverse 
Muslim culture and society. The MFF seeks to help portray Muslim 
artists 
and their view, providing Muslims with a venue to share their work 
about 
themselves and their diverse traditions…

Muslim Film Festival will offer an audience award and hold a filmmakers 
social hour network gathering at the festival. MFF hopes to enhance the 
film industry by providing a focused event for films about and by 
Muslims.

The festival will screen such films as "On Common Grounds," "'T' for 
Terrorist," "Haters," "Born in the USA" and international entries such 
as a 
music video from Denmark featuring the group 'Outlandish' and "Oil 
Children," a feature film from Iran. The festival will highlight the 
talent 
of Muslim filmmakers from around the world, showcasing the creativity 
and 
richness of Muslim culture. The festival is the first of its kind in 
the 
Bay Area and looks forward to expanding to Los Angeles, Texas and New 
York.

http://www.muslimfilmfestival.org/
Web site: http://www.muslimfilmfestival.org/
CONTACT: Irfan Rydhan of Muslim Film Festival, +1-408-509-7965, 
orinfo@muslimfilmfestival.org

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MUSLIMS ANGERED BY PRAISE OF ROBERTSON, WHO CRITICIZES ISLAM
KEN GARFIELD, Charlotte Observer, 2/16/04
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/7964047.htm

The Israel Ministry of Tourism honored evangelist Pat Robertson Sunday 
in 
Charlotte -- a tribute that drew fire from Muslims locally and across 
the 
nation.

Israeli tourism officials recognized the conservative Christian author 
and 
commentator for his support of their nation at a breakfast at the 
Westin 
hotel uptown. The event was held in connection with the National 
Religious 
Broadcasters' convention, which is bringing 6,000 Christian media 
executives to town through Wednesday.

Robertson accepted the honor and reiterated evangelical Christian 
support 
for Israel. Proof of the existence of God, he said, is found in the 
survival of the Jewish people.

He also praised Israel's survival in the face of what he called a 
"fanatical religion" (Islam)…

In a Chicago Tribune article last week, Ibrahim Hooper of the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington criticized "the alliance 
between 
the far Christian right and the right in Israel."

Elon, shadowed by a security aide, told the Observer after the 
Robertson 
tribute, "Not all of the Muslims are enemies ... But there are many 
that 
have really forgotten morality..."

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TUNISIA: OUR FRIEND THE AUTOCRAT
Neil Hicks, Washington Post, 2/16/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44715-2004Feb15.html

President Bush will have an opportunity to put his "forward strategy 
for 
freedom in the Middle East" into practice this week when he meets with 
Tunisian President Zine Abidine Ben Ali at the White House.

President Ben Ali is an unreconstructed autocrat who runs one of the 
most 
repressive police states in the Arab world. He was "reelected" to a 
third 
five-year term by better than 99 percent of the vote in 1999. In 2002 
the 
ruling party called a referendum in which it claimed that more than 99 
percent of the voters favored allowing the president run for a fourth 
term 
and granting him blanket immunity from prosecution, even after he 
leaves 
office -- assuming he ever does.

President Bush has pledged that "when the leaders of reform ask for our 
help, America will give it," and he has said that America is "expecting 
a 
higher standard from our friends" when it comes to upholding liberty.

These are fine words, but the champions of liberty in Tunisia will be 
expecting little from their president's visit to Washington. The 
Tunisian 
government, on the other hand, will be expecting further affirmation of 
its 
position as a U.S. ally in the war against terrorism. In short, it will 
be 
expecting business as usual, with Washington turning a blind eye to 
persistent violations of human rights in Tunisia and the brutal gagging 
of 
peaceful dissent...

President Bush can prove wrong those who are skeptical about his plans 
to 
reshape the Middle East by delivering a clear message to President Ben 
Ali 
that his repression of nonviolent dissent must stop.

The writer is international programs director of Human Rights First 
(formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights).

SEE ALSO:

RIGHTS GROUPS WANT BUSH TO PRESS TUNISIA TO REFORM
Lamine Ghanmi, Reuters, 2/16/04

TUNIS, Tunisia (Reuters) - President Bush should demonstrate his 
commitment 
to rights in Arab states by pressing Tunisia's leader to allow more 
freedom 
and dissent, human rights groups said Monday.

Local and international activists said President Zine al-Abidine Ben 
Ali's 
talks at the White House Wednesday this week must be seen in the light 
of 
Bush's initiative for democratic reforms in the "greater Middle East."

"The credibility of President Bush's plan to promote democracy for the 
Middle East is on the line. Ben Ali's government tolerates almost no 
dissent," New York-based Human Rights Watch said…

The Tunisian Human Rights League, its only legal independent rights 
group, 
accuses the government of routinely beating dissidents and rights 
campaigners and of muzzling the press…

"Since Ben Ali seized power he has helped transform Tunisia's press 
into 
one of the most restricted in the Arab world," the Committee to Protect 
Journalists said ahead of the Tunisian president's official visit to 
the 
United States…

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SCARF BAN? NOT IN TORONTO
Leslie Scrivener, Toronto Star, 2/16/04
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1076887505348 


Every day students in Toronto schools see classmates wearing religious 
symbols - crosses on Christians, skullcaps on Jewish students, head 
scarves 
on Muslim girls following the Qur'anic instruction to dress modestly. 
They 
also see few outward signs of religious affiliation.

And their reaction to head scarves and other religious attire that have 
caused the French government to introduce legislation to ban such 
symbols 
in public schools starting next September?

No problem.

"It's Toronto," said Clancy Zeifman, 16, who attends Forest Hill 
Collegiate.

"It's so multicultural. We are encouraged to practise our religion. 
We're 
taught in school to accept all religions. It's the way we've grown up."

In Toronto, where 17 per cent of the population is Muslim, Jewish, Sikh 
or 
Buddhist, and another 17 per cent say they have no religion, educators 
have 
chosen an alternative to banning signs of religious affiliation. It's 
called accommodation.

In 1980, when the Toronto public school board made it clear that the 
Lord's 
Prayer was not to be read exclusively during opening exercises in its 
schools, prayer wasn't banned.

Despite objections from the province, led then by Progressive 
Conservative 
premier Bill Davis, the Lord's Prayer was dropped, but the board 
replaced 
it with a booklet of prayers and readings from all faiths, chosen by a 
40-member inter-faith panel. The booklet became so popular it was used 
around the world.

"It's the way we are," said Ned McKeown, who was the Toronto board's 
education director through the 1980s. "This issue of tolerance clearly 
sets 
us apart.

"That's been a good thing. If we are not going to accept differences, 
that's the slippery slope. The right thing is to accommodate 
differences."

The Toronto District School Board has a set of guidelines, introduced 
in 
2000, to accommodate students' religious beliefs.

The guidelines tell teachers that some Jewish boys will want to wear a 
head 
covering, such as a skullcap or yarmulke, or even a baseball cap. Some 
Seventh Day Adventists may want their children to be exempt from 
Halloween 
activities. Sikh students may carry a kirpan, a small ceremonial sword, 
but 
at school it must be secured in its sheath at all times.

Be prepared for Jehovah's Witness students to bow out of Christmas or 
Valentine's Day festivities, the guidelines say. Some Muslim students 
may 
not be allowed to play stringed instruments and may require a prayer 
room 
during the school day.

The argument that making allowances for different religious needs may 
lead 
to greater segregation of minorities doesn't sit well with Cathy Dandy 
of 
the Toronto Parent Network. "That slippery-slope argument is just a 
licence 
to discriminate. The same argument was used against giving the vote to 
women.

"Democracy is incredibly messy," she said. "You have to keep things as 
open 
and wide as you can, to be tolerant and transparent and diverse."

Young people don't have to be separated by their religious differences, 
said Michelle Sebasta, 17, of St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in 
Mississauga, where about 200 students in the Catholic school are 
Muslim.

"Here at Xavier, we embrace the differences. They unify us…"

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR VOTER REGISTRATION AND ELECTION INFORMATION:
https://ssl.capwiz.com/cair/e4/

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
				
U.S. MUSLIMS FORM ELECTION TASK FORCE
Coalition to promote political participation and civil liberties
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/17/2004) - A nationwide coalition of Islamic 
organizations today announced the formation of a task force designed to 
encourage community-based Muslim political participation and to defend 
against the erosion of civil liberties in a post-9/11 social 
environment.

The new group, called the "American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights 
and 
Elections (AMT)," will concentrate on helping Muslims become "full 
partners 
in the development and prosperity of our homeland," defending the civil 
rights of all Americans and developing alliances "on a wide variety of 
social, political, economic, and moral issues." SEE: 
http://www.americanmuslimvoter.net/

Task force organizers say they will put forward a "civil rights plus" 
agenda for the 2004 election cycle in which civil rights is the most 
important issue, but not the only issue. The AMT election plan states: 
"We 
remain equally committed to (the issues of) education, homelessness, 
economic recovery, environmental and ecological safety, electoral 
reform, 
crime, and global peace and justice."

"Our vote is the best guarantee of our civil rights and the best 
expression 
of our citizenship," said AMT Coordinator Agha Saeed. "We will mobilize 
American Muslim voters at the local, state and national levels, with a 
primary focus on those states and races that may have the most impact 
in 
the coming elections."

AMT co-sponsors have committed to organize voter education and 
registration 
drives, encourage Muslims to work in political campaigns, host 
candidates' 
town hall meetings, issue candidate scorecards on issues of importance 
to 
the Muslim community, and to form coalitions with like-minded groups.

The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections is an 
umbrella 
organization representing American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America 
(ICNA), 
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance of North 
America 
(MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council 
(MPAC), Muslim Student Association - National (MSA-N), and Project 
Islamic 
Hope (PIH).

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Agha Saeed, 510-299-9313; Ibrahim Hooper (CAIR), 202-488-8787 
or 
202-744-7726, E-Mail: cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 
202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/17/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: BENEFICIAL KNOWLEDGE
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: New York
       	- CAIR-LA: 2004 Elections Town Hall Meeting
* MUSLIM CHAPLAIN'S HEARING POSTPONED FOR 5TH TIME (AP)
* CAIR-LA: UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM ESSENTIAL (Daily Bruin)
       	- CT: Muslim Presence Increases (Yale Daily News)	
	- MI: WD Mohammed Speaks on Islam's Image (MI Daily)
* BETTER RELATIONS, BETTER INTELLIGENCE (Miami Herald)
	- Arabs in U.S. Raising Money to Back Bush (NY Times)
	- Jewish Fundraising Shifts to Supporting (JTA)
* IL: VOTE SEEN EASING MUSLIM MEETINGS (Chicago Trib)
	- IL: Muslims Feel Threatened by Article (Chicago Trib)
* COULTER GETS A PINK SLIP (Press Enterprise)
	- Academic Freedom Prevails, Panel Says (LA Times)
	- Rise of Arabic in US Speaks Volumes (Financial Times)
* THROUGH THE VEIL, DARKLY (Find Law)
	- Women Embrace the Hijab (Daily Telegraph)
* SAMEEH HAMMOUDEH SHACKLED WHILE PRAYING (TBCPJ)
	- U.S. Ally Sentences Elderly Mother (Common Dreams)
* IL: MUSLIMS JOIN MILLIONS FOR PILGRIMAGE (Journal Star)
* ACCUSATIONS IMPERIL TERROR CONVICTIONS (Wash. Times)
	- Prosecutor Sues Ashcroft (AP)
* NJ MOTHER SAYS SON 'DIED FOR NOTHING' (Hopewell Valley)
* ISRAEL APPROVES $20M FOR SETTLEMENTS (AP)
	- Israel: The Threat From Within (NYT Review of Books)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: BENEFICIAL KNOWLEDGE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Knowledge from which no 
benefit is derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in 
the 
cause of God."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 108

The Prophet also said: "Acquire knowledge and impart it to the people."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 107

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SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK

Support CAIR's important work by donating online at:
https://www.cair-net.org/asp/donate.asp

ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,290 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of New York: 391 covered, 713 more libraries to 
go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit:
www.libraryproject.org.

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CAIR-LA: 2004 ELECTIONS TOWN HALL MEETING

WHAT: Listen to and dialogue with candidates and representatives of 
presidential, congressional and state level campaigns discussing issues 
facing the American Muslim and Arab American voters. A great 
opportunity to 
share your views on the election with community leaders and to show our 
community's growing political participation

WHEN: Sunday, February 22nd from 3-6 PM

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

Join AMA, CAIR, MPAC Arab American Caucus-State Democratic Party, and 
the 
Arab American Republican party of Orange County.

Co-sponsoring organizations: ADC LA/Orange County Chapter, Syrian 
American 
Association, Citizens For American Interests (CAI), Palestinian 
American 
Congress (PAC), Union of Palestinian American Women, the California 
Civil 
Rights Alliance, ILM Foundation, Islamic Shura Council of Southern 
California, Palestinian American Women's Association (PAWA), Iranian 
Muslim 
Association of North America (IMAN)

For more information please contact CAIR at (714) 776-1847  or  MPAC at 
(213) 383-3443

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COURT HEARING FOR MUSLIM CHAPLAIN POSTPONED FOR FIFTH TIME
Associated Press/News 4, 2/17/04
http://www.news4jax.com/news/2853228/detail.html

FORT BENNING, Fla. -- The preliminary hearing for a Muslim Army 
chaplain 
charged with adultery and possession of pornography has been delayed 
again 
-- for the fifth time.

James Yee was due to appear before a military judge in Fort Benning 
Wednesday, but base officials announced the postponement Tuesday.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, and already has been 
delayed four times so the Army can review classified documents in the 
case. 
Officials have not yet announced a reason for this delay but are 
expected 
to explain further this afternoon.

After his arrest in Jacksonville as he was returning from duty 
counseling 
al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison, Yee had spent 
76 
days in a prison cell while authorities tried to build a capital 
espionage 
case against him.

Now he is free -- the most serious allegations replaced by the lesser 
ones 
of adultery and possession of pornography.

Prosecutors have not said much about this case, but it's apparent they 
are 
no longer pursuing charges of spying, which carry the death penalty.

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UNDERSTANDING ESSENTIAL IN CHANGING UNFAVORABLE ISLAMIC VIEWS
Derek Lazzaro and Jenna Sutton, Daily Bruin, 2/13/04
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=27419

(Hussam Ayloush is the executive director of CAIR Southern California.)

LOS ANGELES - Daily Bruin: What is the basic mission of the Council on 
American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and what is your role in the 
organization?

Hussam Ayloush: CAIR is one of the largest Muslim advocacy groups in 
the 
United States today. It was established in 1994 to promote a positive 
image 
of Islam and Muslims in America and to defend the civil rights of 
Muslims 
and non-Muslims throughout the country. Today's mission seems to be 
focusing more on the civil rights, especially...as we notice civil 
rights 
being violated more and more over the last few years. What we hope to 
achieve...is a society where a person's color, race, or religion is not 
a 
factor in how they get treated or what kind of jobs they get…

DB: How do you think the perception of Muslim Americans has evolved 
since 
Sept. 11, 2001?

HA: Every poll has shown the number of Americans who perceive Islam 
unfavorably, unfortunately, has increased since 9/11 -- there is 
obviously 
an understandable reason why, because the people who perpetrated the 
terrorist attacks on 9/11 followed the Muslim faith. So, immediately 
many 
people misperceived this act as a representation of what Islam is. But 
on 
the other side, it is important ... to note many average Americans 
today 
are much more aware of what Islam stands for and who the Muslims are 
than 
they were several years ago -- which is leading to a slow change in the 
attitude towards Muslims and Islam.

Maybe a few years ago, I think a large segment of our society and 
country 
didn't know (about) Islam, didn't have an opinion. Today, yes, it 
sounds 
polar, it sounds (as if) there are more people who are unfavorable 
toward 
Islam, but I think this is shifting with increased understanding and 
increased interaction with Muslims. (This is) leading to an 
understanding 
that Islam is a religion that abhors and opposes indiscriminate 
violence.

DB: Do you think there is anything about the United States that has 
been 
especially good for Muslims?

HA: If you ask probably any Muslim in America today ... whether they 
were 
immigrants or indigenous Muslims who converted to Islam and who had a 
chance to visit different countries - Muslim and non-Muslim alike - I 
think 
you will find very little debate that probably America is the best 
place 
for Muslims to live in. (This is) for many reasons: one is the freedom 
of 
religion which is a very important value in our belief system in Islam 
and 
a very important value in our system of government in this country, 
allowing people to choose their religion and choose how they want to 
worship God. ... And the second thing is America, by nature, is very 
diverse, and when you're diverse, you're more (likely to) welcome 
others 
that are different from you. Just look at the way Europe is dealing 
with 
its growing minorities of colored people - different religions, 
different 
languages - there is a growing level of racism we don't witness here in 
the 
United States, and that tells us why this place is a good place not 
only 
for Muslims but for anyone who is not part of the majority…

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MUSLIM PRESENCE INCREASES
Stephen Gikow, Yale Daily News, 2/17/04
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=25055

In the past decade, Muslim communities have grown significantly across 
the 
nation. Yale is not an exception. As the Muslim student body continues 
to 
expand, the Muslim Students Association has grown.

As the only Muslim student organization registered through the Yale 
Chaplain's office, the MSA has worked to accommodate members of the 
University's Muslim community and educate other students about Islam.

This week, the MSA is sponsoring Islamic Awareness Week, during which 
the 
group and co-sponsors will offer lectures and discussions, as well as a 
film screening and a poetry jam. The week's theme is "Women in Islam." 
Yusuf Samara '04, president of the MSA, said the MSA hopes to inform 
the 
greater student body about Islam.

Samara said the MSA has about 50 regular members this year who attend 
the 
weekly Friday night prayer in the Bingham basement. Samara said the 
growth 
parallels a general increase in Muslim worship nation-wide...

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MUSLIM LEADER TO SPEAK ON ISLAM'S IMAGE IN AMERICA
Michigan Daily, 2/17/04
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/4031b8f2d8188

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the Muslim American 
Society, will be speaking on Islam's image in the United States on 
Thursday 
at 7 p.m. in the Michigan Union Ballroom. The title of his talk is 
"Correcting Islam's Image: The Balance Between Living a Life of Faith 
and 
Addressing Material Needs."

Mohammed is the son of the late Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation 
of 
Islam from the 1950s to 1975. Mohammed succeeded his father as leader 
and 
is credited for working to reform the group and bringing followers to 
mainstream Islam. Mohammed was also the first Muslim to deliver an 
invocation to the U.S. Senate in 1992.

The Muslim Graduate Student Association, the Muslim Students 
Association 
and the Islamic Education Society will sponsor the event.

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BETTER RELATIONS WITH MUSLIMS WOULD YIELD BETTER INTELLIGENCE
Salam Al-Marayati, Miami Herald, 2/17/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/7969950.htm

Our policy-makers need to look at the Muslim world as both a region and 
as 
separate localities.

Intelligence failures in Washington are not limited to the Iraq crisis 
and 
alleged weapons of mass destruction programs. Based on my 
organization's 
work with government officials and their staff members in Washington, 
D.C., 
I believe that the lapses in credible information-gathering and 
judgment 
will grow unless we change the style and approach within the 
decision-making process.

There is a deficiency in our government of sound cultural, religious 
and 
political analysis of trends and attitudes about the Muslim world. 
Developing sound intelligence in the U.S. government requires three 
steps: 
understanding the interconnectedness of events in the Muslim world; 
strengthening partnerships between the U.S. government and Muslim 
communities; and developing American Muslim participation in 
policymaking...

First, our policymakers need to look at the Muslim world as both a 
region 
and as separate localities. While each country has distinct problems 
and 
different demographics, the development of an Islamic civilization in 
the 
past has defined the history and politics of the region in a unique 
manner.

No other region in the world is defined by a religion. This orientation 
will help our analysts see how actions in one part of the region affect 
others...

Salam Al-Marayati is executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs 
Council in Washington, D.C.

ALSO SEE:

ARABS IN U.S. RAISING MONEY TO BACK BUSH
Leslie Wayne, New York Times, 2/17/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/17/politics/campaign/17MONE.html

Wealthy Arab-Americans and foreign-born Muslims who strongly back 
President 
Bush's decision to invade Iraq are adding their names to the ranks of 
Pioneers and Rangers, the elite Bush supporters who have raised 
$100,000 or 
more for his re-election.

This new crop of fund-raisers comes as some opinion polls suggest 
support 
for the president among Arab-Americans is sinking and at a time when 
strategists from both parties say Mr. Bush is losing ground with this 
group. Mr. Bush has been criticized by Arab-Americans who feel they are 
being singled out in the fight against terrorism and who are uneasy 
over 
the administration's Palestinian-Israeli policies.

Yet the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq have been a 
catalyst 
for some wealthy Arab-Americans to become more involved in politics. 
And 
there are still others who have a more practical reason for opening 
their 
checkbooks: access to a business-friendly White House. Already, their 
efforts have brought them visits with the president at his ranch in 
Crawford, Tex., as well as White House dinners and meetings with top 
administration officials.

The fund-raisers are people like Mori Hosseini, the Iranian-born chief 
executive of ICI Homes, a home builder in Daytona Beach, Fla. Mr. 
Hosseini 
is a Ranger, gaining the top designation after raising $200,000 from 
his 
family and acquaintances. (The minimum level of money raised for a 
Ranger 
is $200,000, while it takes $100,000 to be a Pioneer.)

Never before has Mr. Hosseini been this active politically. But he said 
he 
was inspired by Mr. Bush's "decisive" action, especially in Iraq, and 
Mr. 
Hosseini's efforts have led to an invitation to a White House Christmas 
party and a private meeting with the president and a handful of other 
donors at a recent fund-raiser at Disney World...

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IN 2004, U.S. JEWISH FUND RAISING SHIFTS TO SUPPORTING - NOT UNSEATING 
- 
INCUMBENTS
Matthew E. Berger, Global Jewish News, 2/16/04
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Jews+back+friends+in+Congress&intcategoryid=3

WASHINGTON- It was a big deal two years ago, when Jewish money helped 
unseat two incumbent Democratic lawmakers viewed as anti-Israel.

This year, Jewish fund-raisers in the United States expect business to 
go 
back to normal.

This year, Jews will focus on supporting incumbents viewed as 
pro-Israel, 
including several facing tough challenges.

While most of America is watching the presidential primaries play out, 
hundreds of lawmakers are seeking to maintain their congressional seats 
in 
the November elections and are quietly raising money.

Jews are expected to play a large role in that fund-raising effort, 
with 
Jews engaged in some key races around the country, including Florida, 
Pennsylvania and Virginia.

One-third of the senators are up for re-election, as are all House 
members. 
But only a few of those hundreds of seats are considered "in play," or 
up 
for grabs.

Jewish backing for challengers of incumbents in Democratic primaries 
made 
national news in 2002, when Jewish support for Denise Majette in 
Georgia 
and Artur Davis in Alabama helped unseat U.S. Reps. Cynthia McKinney 
and 
Earl Hilliard respectively...

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MORTON GROVE VOTE SEEN EASING MUSLIM MEETINGS
Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 2/17/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/nearnorthwest/chi-0402170072feb17,1,1647590.story 


The Morton Grove Planning Commission recommended on Monday that the 
village 
ease its requirements for holding public assembly, a step some 
neighbors 
say could legalize the controversial prayer services at the Muslim 
Community Center and boost the organization's effort to build a mosque 
on 
the land.

The village currently requires organizations to have a special-use 
permit 
for holding large gatherings on their property. The community center 
has 
been holding Friday services at the school it operates at 8601 N. 
Menard 
Ave. since it opened 15 years ago but has never had such a permit. 
Under 
the proposal, approved 5-1, only houses of worship on property 
exceeding 
3.5 acres in residential areas would have to obtain a permit. The 
Village 
Board is expected to vote on the issue March 8.

Village officials said Monday that the zoning changes are a part of a 
long-standing effort to ensure the village's laws don't conflict with 
the 
federal Religious Land-Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.

"This was not a knee-jerk reaction to the lawsuits the village is 
facing," 
said Ralph Czerwinski, village manager. "We have been trying to make 
sure 
our ordinance does not violate state and federal law."

Mohammed Kaiserudin, president of the community center, said Monday he 
is 
uncertain if the change would affect his group. It technically owns 4 
acres. But the property is bisected by a sliver of land owned by the 
village, resulting in the center having two parcels under the 3.5-acre 
limit, said Patrick Kansoer, president of the Morton Grove 
Organization.

The neighborhood group opposes plans to build a mosque on the property 
and 
has complained about the hundreds of people attending services at the 
school...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS FEEL THREATENED BY ARTICLE
Mohammed Sahloul, Chicago Tribune, 2/17/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-0402170056feb17,1,2916931.story

In the article "Hard-liners won battle for Bridgeview mosque," the 
writers 
followed the same lines of misinformed accusations against the Mosque 
Foundation and the Muslim community in the southwest Chicago area. 
These 
accusations reinforce the stereotyping against Muslims, label any 
immigrant 
American Muslim who sends donations to his or her family in the land of 
origin as "terrorist" or "aiding" the terrorists, and brand this 
community 
of American Muslims as practicing "a strict version of Islam."

Your article represents another media effort to link the Mosque 
Foundation, 
its leaders, its Imam, its worshipers and the whole Muslim community in 
the 
U.S. to extremism and terrorism. It presented the basic Islamic rulings 
in 
worship and personal dealings as very "rigid," "conservative" or a 
"hard-line" version of Islam.

It strikes me as another step to discredit all Muslim institutions, 
including houses of worship, schools, charitable organizations, 
financial 
institutions, political and social organizations, and to discredit 
prominent Muslim leaders and activists.

It casts doubts on even the most basic activities of American Muslims, 
like 
holding prayer in the proper Islamic way and abiding by the Islamic 
rules 
of modesty and Islamic attire.

It reinforces stereotyping of Muslims in America as extremists, 
promotes 
discrimination based on ethnicity, national original, appearance and 
faith; 
it endangers the lives of Muslim children, women and men; and it 
creates a 
rift in American society between American Muslims and their fellow 
Americans.

The Mosque Foundation has spent $1 million on its youth center in the 
past 
five years, the first youth center among all Muslim institutions in the 
U.S. It is now being remodeled and expanded, and is not a "neglected 
building with broken windows," as you describe...

Mohammed Sahloul is a Board member of the Mosque Foundation.

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COULTER GETS A PINK SLIP
Gale Hammons, Press-Enterprise, 2/15/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/localviews/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_op_15_hammons.579a3.html

I wanted to like Ann Coulter's work. Her best lines make me laugh out 
loud. 
A recent example was her bit that suggested slogans for the Democratic 
candidates for president (Kucinich: ".001 Percent of America Can't Be 
Wrong!").

The problem is her worst lines, which make me - and many others - 
absolutely cringe. Because of her repetitive, tasteless "jokes" about 
minority groups, we have dropped her column from The Press-Enterprise.

We brought Coulter aboard last month as one of 13 fresh voices; the 
basic 
idea was to add vitality and diversity to our pages. Coulter joined the 
mix 
because several of our editors liked her vigor and candor even if we 
didn't 
necessarily agree with her views. Her sample columns did not contain 
offensive material, and we expected her writing to meet a more 
professional 
standard. We took a chance on a firebrand writer, and it didn't work. 
We're 
not afraid to admit our mistake, and fix it.

Readers should not take this to mean that conservative or provocative 
writers will be shoved from our pages. We'll continue to publish a 
range of 
columnists from across the political spectrum, and we will replace 
Coulter 
with that standard in mind.

However, we will not harbor columnists whose work is threaded with 
invective.

ALSO SEE:

ACADEMIC FREEDOM PREVAILS, PANEL SAYS
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angles Times, 2/17/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/los_angeles_metro/la-me-freedom17feb17,1,6702260.story

American universities have generally defended academic freedom and 
resisted 
public pressure to penalize professors critical of the U.S. war on 
terrorism, panelists at a Los Angeles forum said Monday.

U.S. universities have turned back public demands to take action 
against 
academics who have called for the death of U.S. troops in Iraq, blamed 
"American colonialism" for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks or jokingly 
praised the attack on the Pentagon. Universities have also resisted 
government attempts to review their research before publication for the 
potential disclosure of "sensitive information."

At least so far, the panelists said, academic freedom has fared better 
today than during other times of national crisis -- including the Cold 
War 
and the attacks against alleged Communist sympathizers led by Sen. 
Joseph 
McCarthy in the 1950s.

"There are grounds for concern, but overall the reaction has been 
supportive of academic freedom," said Michael Genovese, director of 
Loyola 
Marymount University's Institute for Leadership Studies, which 
sponsored 
the forum exploring how the war on terrorism has affected academic 
freedom. 
"In a way, we have learned from history."

Still, panelists noted some ongoing concerns...

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RISE OF ARABIC IN US SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR WAR ON TERROR
Betty Liu, Financial Times, 2/17/04
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1075982591557

Last week, school officials in an Atlanta suburb approved the creation 
of a 
new elementary school that, among other things, will require pupils to 
learn Arabic.

While the news barely registered on the national radar, its passage has 
excited foreign language educators as further proof that Arabic, a 
language 
few Americans have any knowledge of, is worthy of attention. Amana 
Academy, 
which opens in August, will be the first publicly funded elementary 
school 
in the US requiring students to learn Arabic.

For decades, foreign language study has reflected US immigration trends 
and 
the nation's view of the world at large - German and Italian were first 
introduced to schools after a rush of European immigrants arrived at 
the 
turn of the twentieth century; Russian gained popularity shortly after 
Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, orbited the earth in 1957; and 
Japanese learning leaped during the country's economic rise in the 
1980s. 
For Arabic, it has been the events of September 11 2001, the "war on 
terror" and war in Iraq that account for rising interest in the 
language.

According to the Modern Language Association, the number of university 
students enrolled in Arabic courses doubled from 1998 to 2002, to 
10,584 
students.

"We always have these waves of foreign language study in the American 
educational arena," says Muhammad Eissa, a former Arabic professor and 
educational consultant to secondary and elementary schools. "There was 
once 
such a demand for Japanese in college that they had to expand 
classrooms 
and hire lots of teachers in a short period of time - everyone wanted a 
piece of the pie. You have these surges and then they fade out again."

According to the founders of Amana Academy, white Christians, African- 
Americans and Asians in the community have all joined Arab-Americans in 
championing the study of Arabic. "Less than a quarter of the student 
population will be Arabs," predicts Ehab Jaleel, a Jordanian-American 
parent who helped establish the school. "We've been able to rally 
parents 
to go to board meetings and say 'This is something I want my kids to 
learn'. If my kids can learn Spanish, French and Japanese, why not 
Arabic?"

Only a couple of people have asked if there is really a need for this, 
he 
adds...

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THROUGH THE VEIL, DARKLY
Ruti Teitel, FindLaw, 2/16/04
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20040216_teitel.html

Not since the Mao jacket, has a dress code been at the core of a 
cultural 
revolution. But now, a country's new ban on the wearing of overt 
religious 
symbols in public schools -- including the Islamic head scarf (the 
hijab), 
the Jewish skullcap, and oversized versions of the Christian cross -- 
has 
sparked a public furor of international dimension.

One might have expected such a ban in a totalitarian country. But the 
country at issue here, strangely, is France -- a staunch constitutional 
democracy, now in its Fifth Republic. (And even more strangely, 
France's 
ban has the blessing of none other than Sunni Islam's leading cleric.)

The ban was just approved by one house of the French Parliament. Soon, 
on 
March 2, the French Senate will vote upon it. It stands a good chance 
of 
becoming law. Already, it has inspired large-scale protest.

American observers may wonder at this development, understandably: How 
is 
any of this even remotely imaginable in a country that, more than any 
other, prides itself on its constitutional tradition of civil 
liberties, as 
well as individual self-expression in fashion? However one looks at it, 
France's law violates the very values--including secularism--that the 
French claim to hold dear.

Many have pointed out an obvious reason why the law is oppressive: It 
targets and, indeed, forbids religious expression. That reason, alone, 
is 
certainly a reason to passionately oppose the law. But it's not the 
only 
one. In this column, I will point out a few other aspects of the law 
that 
are less obvious, yet also very troubling...

ALSO SEE:

WOMEN EMBRACE THE HIJAB
Rachel Morris, Daily Telegraph, 2/16/04
http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1260&storyid=903221

More young Sydney women are choosing to wear the hijab, or head scarf, 
to 
show pride in their religion and encourage others to understand Islam 
rather than fear it.

At a time when the wearing of the veil has come under intense attack in 
Europe, Muslim women in Sydney are taking up the practice in 
unprecedented 
numbers.

Shops and internet sites selling the hijab have reported a spike in 
sales 
in recent months.

The shift in visibility of Muslim women in post-"war on terror" 
Australian 
society has also led to the introduction of a magazine aimed at 
twenty-something Muslim women, featuring fashion articles and cooking 
tips.

Nineteen-year-old student Feda Abdo said more of her friends were 
choosing 
to identify their religion...

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SAMEEH HAMMOUDEH SHACKLED WHILE PRAYING
Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace, 2/16/04

CONTACT: tampabayjustice@yahoo.com

TAMPA - 2/16/04- On Friday Ryan Berry, head of the U.S. Marshal 
Services in 
Tampa, interrupted Sameeh Hammoudeh's prayers, handcuffed him and 
placed 
chains around his waist. Hammoudeh, along with Dr. Sami Al-Arian, was 
praying one of the five daily prayers required in the Islamic religion, 
after a day of examining evidence at the Federal Courthouse in Tampa. 
As 
had occurred on a daily basis, the men had been granted permission by 
another marshal to pray the afternoon prayer, which does not take 
longer 
than five minutes to perform. The official who interrupted Hammoudeh 
displayed utter disrespect for and ignorance of the Islamic faith when 
he 
disrupted his prayer and chained him.

For the past few weeks, this same official has been badgering Hammoudeh 
and 
Al-Arian, telling them repeatedly to "speed up" their examination of 
thousands of documents of evidence. There are an estimated 100,000 
documents to be examined, not including 15 additional boxes of which 
the 
men were recently informed. Since they have already spent close to ten 
months at Coleman Federal Penitentiary without being able to examine 
evidence, it is Al-Arian's and Hammoudeh's right to be able to go 
through 
the evidence without time restraints…

ALSO SEE:

U.S. ALLY SENTENCES ELDERLY MOTHER TO PRISON, HARD LABOR
Jim Lobe, Common Dreams, 2/16/04
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0216-04.htm

WASHINGTON - After torturing her son to death, allegedly by boiling him 
in 
water, the government of Washington's closest Central Asian ally, 
Uzbekistan, has sentenced his 62-year-old mother to six years of hard 
labor 
in prison, according to human rights groups, who are calling on the 
Bush 
administration to speak out against the continuing persecution of 
independent Muslims there.

The mother, Fatima Mukhadirova, was sentenced last week on charges of 
possessing unsanctioned religious literature, membership in a banned 
religion organization, and "attempted encroachment on the 
constitutional 
order after a closed trial.

Uzbek authorities alleged that she was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir 
(Party of 
Liberation), a prohibited Muslim group that promotes the peaceful 
establishment of an Islamic state in Uzbekistan and Central Asia. 
Currently, some 4,000 alleged members of the group are believed to be 
in 
prison on similar charges, although most rights groups estimate the 
total 
number of independent Muslims--that is, those who practice outside 
government-controlled mosques--at more than 6,000...

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PEORIA-AREA MUSLIMS JOIN MILLIONS FOR ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA
Carrie Kepple, Journal Star, 2/16/04
http://www.pjstar.com/news/topnews/b26l8qe4013.html

PEORIA - Muslims in Peoria, as in other parts of the world, gathered 
Sunday 
in celebration of Eid ul-Adha, the Islamic festival of sacrifice 
observed 
at the end of Hajj.

Nearly 300 men, women and children congregated inside the Michel 
Student 
Center at Bradley University for a commemorative dinner and activities 
organized by three local groups.

The Islamic Center of Peoria, the Islamic Foundation of Peoria and the 
Muslim Association of Greater Peoria set up the open-house event twice 
a 
year depending on the lunar calendar.

"This celebration is primarily for the kids to enjoy and have fun," 
said 
Suhail Syed, president of the Islamic Center of Peoria. "It has really 
grown over the years."

Though similar as many celebrations before it, this one was a bit 
different. Fifteen local residents who recently joined more than 2 
million 
Muslims in Mecca for Hajj, the annual pilgrimage, were welcomed home...

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MISCONDUCT ACCUSATIONS IMPERIL TERROR CONVICTIONS
Jerry Seper, Washington Times, 2/16/04
http://washingtontimes.com/national/20040216-121921-6396r.htm

Three terrorism convictions in Detroit cited last year by Attorney 
General 
John Ashcroft as proof that the government's war on terrorism is 
working 
are in jeopardy.

The lead prosecutor in the first terrorism-related trial after the 
September 11 attacks was removed from the case, as was his boss. 
Justice 
Department lawyers and FBI agents in Washington and Detroit are looking 
into accusations of misconduct.

The U.S. attorney in Detroit, who reassigned lead prosecutor Richard 
Convertino and supervisor Keith Corbett, has been accused of 
retaliating 
against a Senate committee witness, and Mr. Ashcroft was censured by 
the 
presiding judge, who has described the case as "a fine kettle of fish."

Sentencing in the case has been delayed pending a consideration of a 
defense motion for a new trial.

In June, Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi and Karim Koubriti, both Moroccans, were 
found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism. A 
co-defendant, Ahmed Hannan, also a Moroccan, was convicted of document 
fraud. They were accused as members of a sleeper cell that schemed to 
commit terrorist acts against U.S. targets...

After the convictions, Mr. Ashcroft said in a statement that the case 
showed that the Justice Department would "work diligently to detect, 
disrupt and dismantle" terrorist cells in the nation and abroad, adding 
that "every victory in the courtroom brings us closer to our ultimate 
goal 
of victory in the war on terrorism."

Seven months before the verdict, Mr. Ashcroft described the 
government's 
key witness, Youssef Hmimssa, as a "critical tool" in the war on 
terrorism, 
a remark that brought the threat of a contempt charge by the judge.

Mr. Ashcroft apologized and promised to "make every effort" to avoid 
similar statements...

ALSO SEE:

PROSECUTOR IN TERROR CASE CONTROVERSY SUES ASHCROFT
Associated Press, 2/17/04
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-02-17-ashcroft-sued_x.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino of Detroit 
accused the Justice Department of "gross mismanagement" of the war on 
terrorism in a whistleblower lawsuit filed late Friday in federal court 
in 
Washington.

Convertino also accused Justice officials of intentionally divulging 
the 
name of one of his confidential terrorism informants (CI) to retaliate 
against him.

The prosecutor is being represented by the National Whistleblower 
Center, 
which has represented FBI agents and other whistleblowers in recent 
cases 
involving terrorism. Its chief lawyer successfully helped Linda Tripp 
win 
damages under the Privacy Act for the leak of information from her 
Pentagon 
personnel file after the Monica Lewinsky affair...

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FALLEN SOLDIER'S MOTHER SAYS HER SON 'DIED FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING'
John Tredrea, Hopewell Valley News, 2/12/04
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.asp?brd=1091&dept_id=425744&newsid=10958951&pag

Generous, compassionate, warm, piercingly intelligent and insightful, 
frank 
and open about his feelings, and fun loving.

That is how Army 1st Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, who was killed in 
Iskandariyah, 
Iraq on Feb. 3, is remembered by his grieving family. But their 
tumultuous 
emotional mix is replete with stinging anger and frustration, as well 
as 
overwhelming sorrow.

"My son died for absolutely nothing," Lt. Dvorin's mother, Sue 
Niederer, 
declared with quiet, forceful bluntness in her Hopewell Township home 
on 
Lake Baldwin Drive Friday. Ms. Niederer blames President George W. Bush 
personally for her son's death.

"Seth died for President Bush's personal vendetta," she said. "Bush put 
us 
where we should never have been. We're not even in a declared war."

Ms. Niederer says the growing national controversy over the failure to 
find 
any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq proves that "we have a very big 
problem in this country. If the intelligence on which this war was 
based is 
as inefficient as it now appears to have been, there is something is 
seriously wrong here."

Ms. Niederer and other members of Lt. Dvorin's family also are upset 
that 
he may have been trying to diffuse an unexploded bomb when he was 
killed. 
He had no training in defusing bombs, they said.

"We're getting mixed stories from the Army, to say the least," Ms. 
Niederer 
said sardonically. "You won't get anything from them. They'll just tell 
you 
it's all under investigation. One officer I spoke to told me Seth was 
handling the bomb, attempting to deactivate it, when it went off, 
killing 
him. It took off a piece of his skull. Another officer told me that 
there 
is no way, absolutely no way, he was touching the bomb..."

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ISRAEL APPROVES $20M FOR SETTLEMENTS
Gavin Rabinowitz, Associated Press, 2/17/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3757121,00.html

JERUSALEM - A parliamentary committee has approved more than $20 
million in 
new funding for Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, 
despite 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent calls to evacuate parts of these 
areas.

The decision Monday by the Finance Committee outraged the Palestinians 
as 
well as opposition legislators. It also threatened to complicate a 
visit 
this week by senior U.S. diplomats, who are to arrive to discuss peace 
efforts with Sharon.

Sharon has recently called for Israel to unilaterally separate from the 
Palestinians if peace efforts fail. He has proposed a pullout from 
virtually all of the Gaza Strip as well as isolated settlements in the 
West 
Bank.

Although Israel hasn't carried out any of these steps, talk of 
abandoning 
settlements has alarmed Sharon's hawkish coalition partners. On 
Tuesday, a 
hard-line partner proposed that Israel turn over Arab towns inside 
Israel 
to Palestinian control in exchange for Jewish settlements in the West 
Bank.

The proposal floated by Deputy Education Minister Zvi Hendel of the 
National Union Party was the latest effort by hawkish coalition 
partners to 
thwart Sharon's calls to evacuate settlements.

In the Gaza Strip, meanwhile, some 1,500 angry Palestinians early 
Tuesday 
shut down the crossing point Gaza residents use to reach jobs in 
Israel. 
The laborers were protesting new security restrictions and Monday's 
death 
of a fellow worker they blame on Israel.

Security at the Erez crossing, the main entryway to Israel for the 
19,000 
workers with permits, has been heightened since a Palestinian suicide 
bomber blew herself up there Jan. 14, killing four Israelis. Israel 
said 
Monday's death of a 41-year-old laborer was caused by a heart attack...

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ISRAEL: THE THREAT FROM WITHIN
Henry Siegman, NY Review of Books, 2/17/04
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/16916

A recent front-page New York Times article on Condoleezza Rice's role 
in 
shaping US foreign policy reported that in the spring of 2002, when 
violence was escalating between Israel and the Palestinians, President 
Bush 
asked the following of Dr. Rice: Beyond the question of whether the US 
is 
"pushing this party hard enough or that party hard enough," what is the 
"fundamental problem" that has defeated all previous peace initiatives 
and 
continues to stand in the way of a political agreement?[1]

Dr. Rice's answer was that the fundamental problem is Yasser Arafat- 
his 
refusal to act to stop terrorism and the absence of democracy and 
accountability in Palestinian political institutions. She concluded, 
therefore, that sidelining Yasser Arafat, democratizing Palestinian 
institutions, and bringing to the fore a new Palestinian leadership 
would 
improve the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. This 
insight, according to Dr. Rice, countered the "prevailing wisdom" that 
the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict was "just about land."

Of course, the conflict has never been just about land, but what has 
defeated every previous peace initiative -from the Oslo Accords to the 
Mitchell proposals to the Tenet guidelines to the current roadmap-is 
the 
struggle over land. And what has made land the central issue is 
Israel's 
unilateral expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, an 
expansion 
that continues relentlessly even as Prime Minister Sharon speaks of 
disengagement, withdrawal, painful concessions, and the dismantling of 
settlements...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/18/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECT COVENANTS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: Massachusetts
       	- CAIR-DFW: 250 Turn Out For CAIR-DFW Dinner
	- CAIR-NY Job Opening: Executive Director
* MISSING PERSON IN ILLINOIS: ZUBAIR ALI GHIAS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: DON'T VIOLATE RIGHTS (Davis Enterprise)
* GA: MUSLIM ATHLETE STRIVES FOR OLYMPIC GOLD (Atlanta Journal)
	- Huge Talent Swims to Quiet Splash (Atlanta Journal)
* CA: SHARED RELIGION VIEWED AS VITAL TOOL FOR PEACE (PE)
* RADICAL ISLAM ISN'T THE ONLY SOURCE OF TERROR (LA Times)
	- Daniel Pipes as a Cool Medium (Reason)
	- Religious Views Challenge Liberal Values (Yale Daily)
* U.S. MUSLIMS FORM ELECTION TASK FORCE (UPI)
	- Who You Calling "Arab"? (Slate)
* NLG CONDEMNS EFFORT BY ARMY TO GATHER INFO ON STUDENTS
* IT'S ISLAMIC AWARENESS WEEK AT SU (News 10 Now)
	- FL: Classes on Islam Reflect National Trend (Sun Herald)
* IS HIJAB A THREAT TO STABILITY? (Star Telegram)
	- Muslims Fight US State Fiat against Scarves (HT)
* MINNEAPOLIS'S OWN SLICE OF MOGADISHU (City Pages)
* US COMMANDER SEES TROOPS STAYING IN IRAQ FOR YEARS (Reuters)
	- Advice to Kerry on Exiting Iraq (NY Times)
* ISRAEL BARRIER VIOLATES HUMANITARIAN LAW-RED CROSS (Reuters)
	- Kerry: "Cause of Israel is the Cause of America" (CP)
* UNDEMOCRATIC TUNISIA (NY Times)
* NY: PAKISTANI AMERICANS HOST DINNER WITH SENATORS
       	- NY: Discussion on the Detainees of 9/11

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HADITH OF THE DAY: RESPECT COVENANTS

Enemies of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once sent a 
messenger 
who, on arrival, accepted Islam. The messenger then told the Prophet he 
would never return to those who sent him. The Prophet replied: "I do 
not 
(want to create the impression that I would) break a covenant or 
imprison 
messengers, so return (to them), and if you feel the same as you do 
now, 
come back." The messenger later returned to the Prophet and became a 
Muslim.

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1182

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ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,292 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Massachusetts: 162 covered, 315 more libraries 
to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
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250 TURN OUT FOR CAIR-DFW DINNER
More than $100,000 raised for civil rights work

(DALLAS, TX) - The Dallas/Fort-Worth office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) said today that some 250 people 
turned out its fundraising dinner on Sunday. The dinner, held at the 
Hilton 
Dallas Lincoln Center, raised more than $100,000.00 in donations to 
support 
CAIR-DFW's civil rights work.

Speakers and attendees at the event included Dr. Mardi Chev, 
representing 
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, State Representative Terry Hodge, 
State Representative Lon Burnam, and Star Telegram editor Bob Ray 
Sanders. 
The guests were presented awards for their continuous support on issues 
impacting the entire Dallas/Fort-Worth Muslim community.

CONTACT:

Council on American Islamic Relations-DFW
3010 LBJ FRWY, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75234
Ph: 972-241-7233, Fax: 972-241-7466
E-mail: info@cairddfw.org
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CAIR-NY JOB OPENINGS: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CAIR-NY has an opening for an experienced and dynamic person to fill 
the 
position of Executive Director.

The position involves:

* Overseeing the CAIR-NY office
* Community affairs and outreach, mosque visits
* Fundraising
* Government relations
* Membership and volunteer management

Salary Range: Based on education, skills and experience

All those interested and eligible to work in US (Citizens or proper 
work 
visa holders) are encouraged to apply in confidence via email to: 
cair-ny@cair-ny.com or by fax 212-870-2020. When applying via email 
please 
ensure to write the position title in the subject line of the email.

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MISSING PERSON: ZUBAIR ALI GHIAS
http://www.zeashan.com/

Chicago, IL
Age: 27
Height: 6"
Weight: 160 pounds
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown

LAST SEEN:
Saturday, February 14th, afternoon
driving a White 2004 Range Rover with Illinois plate: D279249

If you have ANY information regarding Zubair Ali Ghias

PLEASE CONTACT Investigator Robert Burkart: Phone: (312) 744-8200

Chicago Police Department, 18th District: (312) 742-5871

Please send all tips to: 
http://us.f419.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=findzubair@zeashan.com

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: DON'T VIOLATE RIGHTS
Cory Golden, Davis Enterprise, 2/17/04
http://www.davisenterprise.com/articles/2004/02/17/news/320new3.txt

"Every time we ally ourselves with the most repressive forces in the 
world 
we put the lie to President Bush's eloquent contention that the war on 
terror is being fought in the name of freedom and the rule of law.

"Similarly, every time we violate rights here at home, particular the 
rights of Muslim residents, we make it harder - if not impossible - for 
moderates in the Muslims communities around the world, to say nothing 
of 
our European allies, to stand with us."

William F. Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA

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MUSLIM ATHLETE STRIVES FOR OLYMPIC GOLD
Curtis Bunn, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/18/04
http://www.ajc.com/wednesday/content/epaper/editions/wednesday/sports_0433f04600434175002b.html

Mujahid El-Amin of W.D. Mohammed High is the rarest of athletes: a 
superlative swimmer who happens to be African-American and Muslim and 
who, 
with his decision to attend Florida A&M, will eschew some of the top 
swimming programs to attend a historically black college.

The 17-year-old El-Amin was the youngest competitor to qualify for the 
finals of the USA Swimming Nationals in the 100-meter butterfly over 
the 
weekend in Orlando. He placed 17th in 55.12 seconds.

"It wasn't a big struggle for me to make my decisions," he said. "I 
just 
wanted to be at a place where I can be comfortable like at W.D. 
Mohammed. 
If I'm comfortable in my surroundings, I'll be able to concentrate on 
pushing myself to a higher level."

That higher level is Olympic gold. El-Amin will compete for a spot on 
the 
2004 Olympic team, but "in 2008, I'm talking gold medal," he said. 
"Basically, I'm focusing on that."

He said he will use his time at Florida A&M, which has a burgeoning 
swim 
program, to get stronger and faster than his best of 54.46 seconds in 
the 
100 butterfly.

El-Amin, who started swimming at 6 and is a member of the Atlanta 
Dolphins 
swim team, said his status as an African-American swimmer has made him 
a 
more intense competitor. From other swimmers, "I don't feel any racism. 
But 
from coaches, I feel it," he said, without elaborating. "As an 
African-American, I have to prove myself to be worthy of competing. And 
I 
use that as motivation."

ALSO SEE:

HUGE TALENT SWIMS TO QUIET SPLASH
Michelle Hiskey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/18/04
http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/columns/hiskey/index.html

Lots of hoopla surrounds gifted high school athletes --- especially 
football players --- making their college decisions this month. Tuesday 
morning, a subdued atmosphere greeted one of the country's most 
acclaimed 
young swimmers as he revealed his choice to the 80-some schoolmates at 
East 
Atlanta's W.D. Mohammed High.

Mujahid El-Amin is the second-fastest American teenager in the 
100-meter 
butterfly. He has earned the chance to qualify in July for the next 
U.S. 
Olympic team and likely will swim even faster before the 2008 Games in 
Beijing.

He is what the best in this sport are not: African-American, from a 
working-class family, raised in an urban neighborhood, trained at 
public 
pools. His school doesn't even have a swim team.

And he's Muslim --- a faith that helps explain how El-Amin has gotten 
so 
fast and so far, and why he chose a full scholarship from Florida A&M 
over 
national swimming powerhouses like Georgia and Auburn.

Islam also values modesty, and with El-Amin's reluctance to brag, so 
few of 
his peers knew of his success that Tuesday's ceremony came with an 
unusual 
preface:

"Mujahid El-Amin is to swimming what Isma'il Muhammad is to 
basketball," 
school board president Sabir Muhammad Sr. explained, invoking the alum 
who 
is a star dunker for Georgia Tech.

Nods and claps rippled through the boys in white shirts and ties, the 
girls 
in jumpers and scarves seated on the bleachers of the Shareef 
Abdur-Rahim 
gymnasium (the former Hawks star was a major benefactor).

For a Muslim devoted to the rigors of fasting during Ramadan and five 
daily 
prayers, the discipline required of elite swimmers is not such a great 
leap...

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SHARED RELIGION VIEWED AS VITAL TOOL FOR PEACE
Bettye Wells Miller, Press Enterprise, 2/18/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_peace18.58c37.html

A theory of peacemaking that is grounded in the scriptures and 
traditions 
of Islam and Christianity could help reduce violence globally and in 
the 
United States, an evangelical theologian leading a conflict-resolution 
project in Pasadena said.

"The more we can work for common ground, the more chance we have of 
working 
through our differences and areas of conflict," said J. Dudley 
Woodberry, 
professor of Islamic studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Fuller, an evangelical seminary in Pasadena, received a $993,500 grant 
from 
the U.S. Department of Justice last year for the Muslim-Christian 
Conflict 
Transformation Program, which Woodberry said is an outgrowth of the 
seminary's efforts to reach out to Muslims since Sept. 11, 2001.

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RADICAL ISLAM ISN'T THE ONLY SOURCE OF TERROR
Tom Impelluso, Los Angeles Times, 2/18/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-le-impelluso18feb18,1,3095521.story

Though I would agree with Michael Ramirez's cartoon (Commentary, Feb. 
15) 
that terrorism (Islamic or otherwise) is indeed a cancer, medicine 
teaches 
us that we must locate the cancer even earlier if we are to prevent 
disease.

The birth of a tumor on the body begins with more seemingly benign 
growths 
such as American Airlines pilots who announce religious preferences, 
Georgia school superintendents who subvert science and actors whose 
Passions are more aimed at divisiveness than spiritual sustenance.

---

Norman M. Pate, LA Times, 2/18/04

Ramirez's cartoon depicting radical Islam as "The Cancer" is itself a 
manifestation of the growth of radical Christianity. Ramirez would do 
well 
to get his own house in order before throwing stones.

Ramirez is right about the cancerous nature of terrorism. However, to 
single out radical Islam and ignore radical Christianity and radical 
Judaism is American ethnocentrism at its worst.

Has Ramirez forgotten the assassination of abortion doctors or the 
murder 
of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin? Perhaps these cancer cells 
should 
be drawn a bit smaller. But let us not forget that radicalism and any 
religion is a dangerous mixture.

ALSO SEE:

DANIEL PIPES AS A COOL MEDIUM
Tim Cavanaugh, Reason, 2/17/04
http://www.reason.com/links/links021704.shtml

"We totally support Mr. Pipes' right to speak on campus," says Lisa 
Stampnitzki, of the student group Tzedek, an affiliate of Berkeley 
Hillel, 
"but as a Jewish group we're very concerned that Hillel has chosen to 
sponsor him, due to the fact that he has made many anti-Muslim 
statements 
and also the fact that his organization is clamping down on academic 
freedom. We're concerned that Hillel's sponsorship would lend the 
appearance that the Jewish community supports his views."

She's referring to the controversial Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, 
who 
is appearing at the University of California at Berkeley's 523-seat 
Pimentel Hall. Elegantly titled "An Evening with Daniel Pipes," the 
event 
has a built-in protest factor, spiced up by its being set in the 
historic 
capital of campus unrest. Sure enough, the call has gone out for 
demonstrators against the "Zionist Racist." An hour before the speech 
is 
set to begin, about 200 demonstrators have already shown up to, well... 
heckle Pipes? Grill him? Scare him? Support him? Stop him from 
speaking?

This question goes to the root of Pipes' appearance and its value as 
theater. One of the speaker's central contentions is that American 
universities have become tiny gulags of radical intolerance, places 
where 
voices like his are not only (in the words of the anti-Pipes 
demonstrators) 
"not welcome," but forcibly silenced. In preparation for the dustup, 
Pipes 
has already made a last-minute change of venue and brought in his own 
security detail-by my count there are about 30 uniformed cops of one 
stripe 
or another milling around outside or already in the building. "I 
encourage 
those sympathetic to my message to come out and support it and me," 
Pipes 
has advised his mailing list...

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RELIGIOUS VIEWS CHALLENGE LIBERAL VALUES
Yale Daily News, 2/17/04
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=25067

Yale is as modern an institution as any, and it has had little trouble 
integrating Muslims. In their discussion of Islamic Awareness Week in 
Tuesday's Yale Daily News, members of the Muslim Students Association 
sounded largely positive about the Yale community's acceptance of its 
Muslim members. Their comments suggest that both informal, 
interpersonal 
interactions and institutional work, such as the MSA's cooperation with 
the 
Chaplain's Office, have helped make Yale a place where Muslims are 
fully 
welcome. Students did raise some concerns, but none amounted to a fear 
of 
outright exclusion.

An institution like the Yale chaplaincy, which exists to ease the 
practice 
of various faiths and inspire broader understanding of all, might feel 
like 
an imposed religious authority to French sensibilities. As we were 
reminded 
last week, however, the Yale Chaplain's Office has no interest in 
imposing 
faith in the classroom, only in giving people of faith some 
institutional 
support for their activities. Both officially and unofficially, Yale 
makes 
it clear that people of faith are welcome as themselves. Even the 
Rumpus, 
which no one would accuse of excessive religious sympathies, named a 
Muslim 
woman one of its most beautiful Yalies this year and spoke approvingly 
of 
her headscarf.

While Yale's institutional and cultural support for Muslims soundly 
rejects 
the French logic of secularism, however, it is not yet clear whether 
Fortuyn has followers here. Most Yalies have no problem with the 
Muslims in 
their midst, or with the other international students and people of 
faith 
on this campus, but nobody is rocking the boat. The Dutch system, which 
resembles Yale's in some respects began to break down when voices from 
the 
religious immigrant community began challenging western liberal norms, 
especially on gender and sexuality. Religious and national diversity 
were 
fine with Fortuyn, but religious voices preaching some ethics were 
unacceptable...

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U.S. MUSLIMS FORM ELECTION TASK FORCE
United Press International, 2/17/04
http://www.turks.us/article.php?story=20040218073101774

WASHINGTON - A coalition of U.S.-Islamic groups announced Tuesday the 
creation of a task force to promote political participation among 
Muslims 
in the United States.

The new group, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and 
Elections, 
will focus its efforts on helping Muslims living in the United States 
to 
become "full partners" in the American way of life and will also 
defend, it 
says, against the erosion of civil liberties in the post-Sept. 11 
environment.

"Our vote is the best guarantee of our civil rights and the best 
expression 
of our citizenship," AMT Coordinator Agha Saeed said. "We will mobilize 
American Muslim voters at the local, state and national levels, with a 
primary focus on those states and races that may have the most impact 
in 
the coming elections."

The AMT is an umbrella group whose members include the American Muslim 
Alliance, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public 
Affairs Council and Project Islamic Hope.

ALSO SEE:

WHO YOU CALLING "ARAB"?
Jack Shafer, Slate, 2/17/04
http://slate.msn.com/id/2095636/

The headline on today's Page One, above-the-fold New York Times story, 
"Arabs in U.S. Raising Money To Back Bush," sets the table for a 
promising 
meal. You assume that reporter Leslie Wayne is about to serve a dish 
about 
how the war in Iraq and aggressive Republican Party outreach have paid 
dividends to Bush campaign coffers in the form of Arab-American 
donations.

But the uncoiling lede sells a more expansive story than the hed: It's 
not 
just "wealthy Arab-Americans" but also "foreign-born Muslims" who are 
raising big chunks of money for the president.

In today's sensitive times, even schoolchildren know that the terms 
Arab 
and Muslim aren't interchangeable. Not all Arabs are Muslims, and not 
all 
Muslims are Arabs. So the generous reader reads on, thinking that maybe 
the 
headline writer made an innocent goof and the hed should have read 
"Muslims 
in U.S. Raising Money To Back Bush."

But no. The next two paragraphs of the story-the "billboard" promising 
what 
is to follow-are all about Arab-Americans and their support of Bush; 
their 
opposition to Bush; their criticisms of Bush; and their eagerness to 
buy 
seats at the political table by making campaign donations and thereby 
winning invitations to the Texas White House. OK, the reader assures 
himself, the story is really about Arab-Americans, and the single 
Muslim 
reference in the lede was a bit of a mistake...

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IS MUSLIM HEAD SCARF REALLY A THREAT TO STABILITY?
Alan Cochrum, Star-Telegram, 2/18/04
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/7960222.htm

Think of it as "lese-majeste." That's Gallic for "sticking your 
religious 
thumb in France's eye," which apparently is what President Jacques 
Chirac, 
several hundred lawmakers and others think some Muslim girls and their 
families are doing.

Last week, France's National Assembly gave initial approval (494-36 _ 
now 
it's on to the Senate) to a bill stating that "in schools, junior high 
schools and high schools, signs and dress that conspicuously show the 
religious affiliation of students are forbidden," according to a news 
report.

In other words, no head scarf for Ali's sister, no matter what she or 
her 
parents believe about modesty in public.

No skullcap for Rivkeh's brother, no matter what he and his family 
think 
about propriety in the presence of the Almighty.

And if that cross around Marie's neck seems a bit large to some campus 
administrator, forget that, too.

"The Muslim veil, whatever name it is given, the kippa (skullcap) or 
the 
cross, if of manifestly excessive dimensions, don't have a place in the 
walls of public schools," Chirac said in a televised speech late last 
year.

France, it seems, is a devoutly secular state, and public school 
students 
who dress in accordance with their various faiths are profaning the 
sanctum 
sanctorum, so off with their ... well, garb...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS, SIKHS FIGHT US STATE FIAT AGAINST SCARVES, TURBANS
S Rajagopalan, Hindustan Times, 2/17/04
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_576268,00050001.htm

The US state of Alabama has raised the hackles of the Sikhs and the 
Muslims 
by framing a new rule that bars them from wearing turbans or head 
scarves 
while being photographed for driving licences.

Activists from both communities have threatened a class action lawsuit 
if 
the "discriminatory order" is not scrapped right away. For a start, 
they 
have held a protest at the Statehouse in Montgomery, the state capital.

Some see a parallel with the controversial French law against wearing 
head 
scarves and turbans in schools. But the Alabama authorities say the 
rationale here is not religion, but "the need to have identifiable 
pictures 
on licences".

One of the first victims of the new rule is Chitraltan Singh Sethi, a 
student of University of Alabama in Huntsville. An engineering student 
who 
immigrated from India six months back, Sethi was denied the driver's 
licence a fortnight ago.

The man taking up cudgels on Sethi's behalf is Rajinder Singh Mehta, an 
aerospace engineer at NASA in Huntsville. Mehta, who has lived in 
Alabama 
for 35 years, said the latest rule will not stand scrutiny in a court 
of law.

Dr Surjit Singh Sidhu, a resident of Lauderdale county, said the state 
rule 
was out to "deprive us of our religion". No matter how long they have 
lived 
in this country, the upshot of this rule was to treat the Sikhs, 
Muslims 
and others as "non-citizens".

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations has received 
10 
to 15 complaints from people in Alabama who have been denied licenses 
lately because of their head scarves...

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MINNEAPOLIS'S OWN SLICE OF MOGADISHU
Mike Mosedale, City Pages, 2/18/04
http://www.citypages.com/databank/25/1211/article11891.asp

It's a dismal day in south Minneapolis, one of those cold midwinter 
afternoons when the sun shines as though its batteries were dying. At 
times 
like this, a good portion of Twin Cities natives wishes they lived 
somewhere else, like Florida. But, what can you do? Move, gripe, or 
shut 
up. At a bustling little mall called Karmel Square--where, until fairly 
recently, practically everyone did live somewhere else--the frigid 
weather 
is a favorite topic of conversation. "We are an outdoor people," 
grumbles 
mall regular Abdullahi Hassan. But Hassan, along with many of the 
estimated 
25,000 Somalis living in Minnesota, has come to grudgingly accept 
snowdrifts and windchill as part of the bargain he makes for a better 
life. 
Besides, when he wants a taste of home, he can always make the trek to 
Karmel Square.

In the food court, the mall's social nexus, the tile floor is littered 
with 
dirty napkins and snowmelt. Broken Styrofoam cups float in the 
ornamental 
fountain. Plastic buckets, which have been scattered about the room, 
catch 
drips falling from leaks in the roof. But the building's lackluster 
upkeep 
doesn't seem to bother anyone much. The air is filled with 
conversation. 
People constantly greet one another in excited voices. There is a 
virtual 
epidemic of hugging and touching.

On this midweek afternoon, the food court is inhabited by maybe two 
dozen 
people, almost exclusively Somali men speaking Somali. Most are sipping 
coffee or sweet tea. A few are munching hunger-quenching snack foods 
like 
nafaqo--a delectable batter-fried hunk of mashed potato wrapped around 
a 
hardboiled egg. As usual, a bunch of guys are clustered near the 
television. It's tuned to an English soccer match. At Karmel Square, 
the TV 
is always tuned to soccer. Unless there's no soccer. Then it's tuned to 
CNN 
and everyone looks a little bored...

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NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD CONDEMNS EFFORT BY U.S. ARMY TO GATHER 
INFORMATION 
ON STUDENTS
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD, 2/17/04
http://www.nlg.org/news/statements/UTexasLaw_pressrelease.htm

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has condemned an apparent effort on 
the 
part of the United States Army to gather information about students 
engaged 
in a civilian academic conference. On February 9, two Army officers 
came to 
the University of Texas Law School seeking information about a 
conference 
that had been held on February 4. The agents requested a roster of 
attendees and sought to interview the organizer of the event.

The conference was entitled, "Islam and the Law: The Question of 
Sexism?" 
and was co-sponsored by the U.T. student chapter of the National 
Lawyers 
Guild. The conference was also co-sponsored by the University of Texas 
School of Law, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Student Bar 
Association, the Texas Journal of Women and the Law, the Center for 
Women's 
and Gender Studies, the Freedom and Justice Foundation, the Muslim Law 
Students Association and the Human Rights Center at U.T. Law. (For more 
information on the conference, go to: 
www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/010704_islam.html ). The conference was 
apparently also attended by military personnel in plain clothes.

NLG student vice-president Maunica Sthanki, a law student at U.T. noted 
that, "The conference itself was extremely secular, apolitical and was 
an 
attempt to educate people about Islam, as well as engage in an academic 
debate on issues of women's rights in the Muslim world." She said, "It 
is 
particularly frightening that the Army sent investigators to an 
institution 
of higher learning. This raises disturbing issues of information 
sharing 
between the Army and civilian authorities such as the F.B.I..."

For more information about the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense 
Committee visit our website at: www.nlg.org

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IT'S ISLAMIC AWARENESS WEEK AT SU
News 10 Now, 2/17/04
http://news10now.com/content/all_news/?ArID=10593&SecID=83

Teaching others about Islam is the goal of Islamic Awareness Week going 
on 
at Syracuse University. It's run by the Muslim Student Association. 
Monday 
night, the group showed a documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict.

Organizers say everyone, including Muslims, should attend these events.

"Well, for example, in this movie called 'Promises', they get to 
understand 
that the conflicts going on in Israel, the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan 
are 
more about the people than about the religion," Saba Ali said.

The next event is called "A Taste of Islam" and will be from 3:00 pm to 
5:00 pm Tuesday in Hendricks Chapel.

Ali says there'll be free food from different countries...

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CLASSES REFLECT NATIONAL TREND
Sun Herald, 2/16/04
http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/021604/tp1ch11.htm?date=021604&story=tp1ch11.htm

Donald Fialka encourages his fellow Americans to "take the blinders 
off." 
Fialka, a Venice resident, spoke up during a recent class on Islam 
offered 
at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. He and the students who 
turned 
out for the six-week course taught by Ahmed N. Elrefai, Ph.D., are 
representative of a national trend in education.

America's involvement in the Middle East -- whether military, economic 
or 
political -- has led many people like Fialka to want to learn more 
about 
the region and its people. Universities across the country are adding 
more 
Middle East studies classes. In this area, courses about the Middle 
East 
and Islam are being offered at the Cultural Center and Edison Community 
College.

Elrefai and Samar Jarrah are both offering classes beginning in March 
at 
the Cultural Center. His focuses on religion and hers deals with 
politics 
and history. Hassan Hammami is finishing up his lecture series at 
Edison 
Community College.

Elrefai's "Islam in Focus" class is designed to give an overview of the 
religion. The six-week lecture series begins with the foundations of 
Islam 
and ends with a discussion on misconceptions about the religion.

Elrefai recently finished teaching a course on Islam that drew students 
from Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties. Perhaps no one was more 
surprised at the crowd than Elrefai himself. He said he was struck not 
only 
by the number of students, but by their lively discussion and probing 
questions...

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US COMMANDER SEES TROOPS STAYING IN IRAQ FOR YEARS
Reuters, 2/18/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4382360

MADRID - The U.S. commander in Iraq, in an interview published on 
Wednesday, said he sees American troops staying for years, and helping 
Iraqis maintain order in Baghdad for at least the coming 12 months.

"I would say we're talking about years, not months," Lieutenant General 
Ricardo Sanchez told Spanish newspaper El Pais when asked how long the 
U.S. 
army would remain in Iraq.

"The Iraqis tell us they don't want us here, but nor do they want us to 
go. 
It's very complicated," he said.

Asked about Baghdad, where U.S. troops are moving to the outskirts to 
help 
ease newly trained Iraqi police and soldiers into their eventual role 
as 
the capital's guardians, Sanchez said tactical control remained firmly 
in 
the coalition's hands.

"The only thing that is changing is that we are giving Iraqi police 
officers and Civil Defense Corps soldiers a little bit more 
responsibility 
and they are starting to operate more freely," he was quoted as saying.

"But (the Iraqi forces) continue to operate under the tactical control 
of 
the coalition forces. It's not a case of us leaving town and leaving 
them 
on their own."

Sanchez said U.S. troops on the outskirts of Baghdad would coordinate 
with 
the Iraqis and send them rapid reaction forces to help out in case of 
problems...

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ADVICE TO KERRY ON EXITING IRAQ
George McGovern, New York Times, 2/18/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/18/opinion/L18FRIE.html

I am a longtime admirer of Thomas L. Friedman. I disagree, however, 
with 
his advice to Senator John Kerry relative to our Army in Iraq, which is 
summarized in his final line: "We will not run" (column, Feb. 15).

This determination to stand and fight is tempting to political leaders. 
The 
trouble with this appeal is that brave young Americans do the bleeding 
and 
dying - not the political leaders who committed them to a mistaken war. 
Terrorists are killing American soldiers in Iraq because our Army is in 
Iraq. I hope that President Bush, with the help of the United Nations, 
will 
find a way to return Iraq to the Iraqis and bring our Army home.

Paradoxically, on the same page as Mr. Friedman's column is a column by 
Maureen Dowd detailing how Ahmad Chalabi, the convicted criminal Iraqi 
exile, snowed the neoconservatives in the Bush administration into 
believing that the American Army could walk into Iraq unopposed and 
that he 
would be an ideal replacement for Saddam Hussein.

Replacing Saddam Hussein with Ahmad Chalabi would be comparable to 
replacing Jack the Ripper with Al Capone. Such a development is not 
worth 
risking the death of one additional American.

Thousands of young Americans bled and died in Vietnam to keep a series 
of 
political frauds in power in Saigon. Let's not go down that road again, 
claiming all the while, "We will not run." How about a compromise? 
Let's 
walk out of Iraq...

The writer was the Democratic candidate for president in 1972.

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ISRAEL BARRIER VIOLATES HUMANITARIAN LAW-RED CROSS
Robert Evans, Reuters, 2/18/04
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/71658/1/.html

GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on 
Wednesday that Israel's controversial West Bank barrier violates 
international humanitarian law because it cuts across Palestinian land.

It said the barrier -- a network of metal fences and concrete walls -- 
bars 
thousands of Palestinians stranded on its western side from adequate 
access 
to basic services like water, health care and education.

"The ICRC's opinion is that the West Bank Barrier, in as far as its 
route 
deviates from the 'Green Line' into occupied territory, is contrary to 
IHL 
(international humanitarian law)," a statement from the body's Geneva 
headquarters said.

The statement also called on the Israeli government -- which says the 
measure aims at keeping out suicide bombers who have killed hundreds of 
its 
citizens -- "not to plan, construct or maintain this Barrier within 
occupied (Palestinian) territory."

In a prompt reaction, Israel's ambassador in Geneva Yaakov Levy said 
the 
ICRC's statement "could compromise the neutral stance" essential for 
the 
body -- which monitors global pacts on humanitarian issues in war and 
post-war situations...

ALSO SEE:

"THE CAUSE OF ISRAEL IS THE CAUSE OF AMERICA"
Sen. John Kerry, Counterpunch, 2/17/04
http://www.counterpunch.org/kerry02172004.html

My first trip to Israel made real for me all I'd believed about Israel.

I was allowed to fly an air force jet from the Ovda Airbase. It was 
then 
that Israeli insecurity about narrow borders became very real to me. In 
a 
matter of minutes, I came close to violating the airspace of Egypt, 
Jordan, 
and Syria. From that moment on, I felt as Israelis do: The promise of 
peace 
must be secure before the Promised Land is secure on a thin margin of 
land.

Back on the ground on that first trip, I toured the country from 
Kibbutz 
Mizgav Am to Masada to the Golan. I stood in the very shelter in a 
kibbutz 
in the north where children were attacked and I looked at launching 
sites 
and impact zones for Katousha rockets. I was enthralled by Tel Aviv, 
moved 
by Jerusalem and inspired by standing above Capernaum, looking out over 
the 
Sea of Galilee, where I read aloud the Sermon on The Mount. I met 
people of 
stunning commitment, who honestly and vigorously debated the issues as 
I 
watched and listened intently. I went as a friend by conviction; I 
returned 
a friend at the deepest personal level.

As the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel has both the 
burden 
and the glory of a vigorous public square. We as Americans must be the 
truest and best kind of ally--forthright enough to say what we 
think--and 
steadfast enough to stay the course in hard passages as well as easy 
days.

Herzl's famous words--"If you will it, it is no dream"--signify the 
promise 
and the greatest power of Israel--and the hope that a fair and secure 
peace 
can be achieved. We must be committed to support Israel in the 
exacting, 
essential search for that dream...

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UNDEMOCRATIC TUNISIA
New York Times, 2/18/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/18/opinion/18WED3.html

Last fall, President Bush declared that Washington had learned the 
folly of 
accommodating Middle East dictatorships in the name of stability and 
that 
America would start putting its power in the service of democratic 
values 
throughout the region. Today, one of the area's most unbudging 
autocrats, 
President Zine el-Abidine ben Ali of Tunisia, will visit the White 
House. 
If Mr. Bush meant what he said last fall, he will offer some 
constructive 
public criticism on the value of free elections, a free press and an 
independent judiciary. Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared the 
ground 
yesterday by offering Mr. ben Ali just such criticism.

Mr. ben Ali's record on human rights and democracy is poor even by the 
standards of the Middle East. No serious political opposition is 
allowed, 
no critical coverage appears in the mass media, and hundreds of 
Tunisians 
remain jailed after unfair trials. Such arbitrary practices warrant 
condemnation anywhere, but are doubly deplorable in Tunisia, a 
relatively 
developed country that enacted pioneering protections of women's rights 
decades ago.

Tunisia's political progress has all but ground to a halt since Mr. ben 
Ali 
seized power in 1987. Since then, he has had himself re-elected three 
times, on each occasion claiming more than 99 percent of the vote.

He plans to run for yet another term this October, and he recently 
pushed 
through constitutional changes that would allow him to remain in power 
through 2014...

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NY PAKISTANI AMERICANS HOST DINNER WITH SENATORS

WHAT: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is hosting a 
reception 
and dinner with Senator Jon S. Corzine, DSCC Chair, Senator Charles 
Schumer, Senator Tom Harkins and New York's Pakistani American 
Community

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2004 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm

WHERE: New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott, 102-05 Ditmars Boulevard, 
East 
Elmhurst, New York

COST: $5000 Senate Roundtable, $1000 Sponsor, $500  Host, $100 Friend

Please RSVP to: Mr. Shahid Ahmed Khan at 617-905-9060 or 
shahidahmedkhan@aol.com, Mr. Shafqat Tanweer at 917-331-2878 or 
stanweer@aol.com, Dr. Salman Zafar at 718-496-2290 or salmanz@aol.com, 
or 
Roger Chiang at 202-314-3230 or chiang@dscc.org.

Contributions or Gifts to the DSCC are not deductible for federal 
income 
purposes.

Paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, www.dscc.org 
http://www.dscc.org/, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate 
committee.

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NY: DISCUSSION ON THE DETAINEES OF 9/11

WHAT: Join the Islamic Center of NYU Alumni Association and the Islamic 
Center of NYU as they present "The Detainees of Sept 11th." Discussion 
will 
include issues such as the 1000 detainees that were arrested post 9/11, 
many of whom are still in custody without access to lawyers. In 
addition, 
we will reflect on the human rights violations and the legality of the 
actions taken by the US Government.

Various well-informed speakers such as Ghazi Khankan from the Council 
of 
American-Islamic Relations, Dalia Hashad from ACLU, and Br. Adem from 
the 
Islamic Circle of North America will share their insight into this 
dilemma. 
(Tentative: Imam Abdul Malik, Amnesty International, Center for 
Constitutional Rights and more.)

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Rosenthal Pavillion (NYU Kimmel Center - 10th Floor, 60 Wash. 
Sq. South)

Cosponsored by: Pakistani Students Association, Arab Students United, 
United Sikh Association, Amnesty International, Islamic Circle of North 
America, ACLU, Newman Club, Students for Justice in Palestine, Journal 
for 
Human Rights, Council for American-Islamic Relations, International 
Socialists Organization

For more info please email alumni@icnyu.org  or visit us at 
http://alumni.icnyu.org

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* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST CHARITY
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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Shall I guide you to 
the 
best (form of) charity? It is to provide for your daughter when she 
(returns) to you (because of divorce or other circumstances) and has no 
one 
but you to provide for her."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1296

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS CONGRATULATE LULAC ON ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY

(LOS ANGELES, CA) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations - 
California 
(CAIR-CA) and the Muslim community today congratulated the League of 
United 
Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on its 75 year anniversary.

In its statement, CAIR-CA said:

"We commend LULAC and its dedicated staff and members for their 
tireless 
efforts in defending civil rights and promoting justice for all 
Americans. 
LULAC's fight for equality over the years has helped to strengthen our 
democracy and keep America true to its ideals. The struggle against 
anti-Latino bigotry continues to inspire us in our current struggle 
against 
Islamophobia and discrimination, a struggle in which LULAC has 
continually 
offered its solidarity and support to the Muslim community.

"We look forward to a continued cooperation and friendship between our 
respective organizations and communities across our country."

CONTACT:

CAIR-Southern California
2180 W. Crescent Ave., Suite F
Anaheim, CA 92801
Tel: (714) 776-1847
Fax: (714) 776-8340
E-mail: SOCAL@cair.com

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CAIR-MD TESTIFIES ON IMMIGRATION BILLS

(BETHESDA, MD) - The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR-MD) testified before the House Judiciary committee on 
Wednesday in Annapolis, Md., in opposition to a series of bills that 
could 
make life more difficult for immigrants in that state.

CAIR-MD said House Bills HB 4, HB 7, HB 40, HB 41, HB 79, and HB 89 
would 
unfairly single out Asians, Arab-Americans, Latinos, and other 
immigrant 
communities.

The bills would restrict some immigrants from obtaining driver's 
licenses, 
require local police to arrest and detain all illegal aliens, or 
require 
the confiscation of the vehicle and revocation of the license of any 
person 
who lends their car to an illegal alien.

A person who is routinely stopped for a faulty tail lamp could be 
profiled, 
checked for his or her immigration status and detained for hours to get 
clearance from the NCIS.

PG County States Attorney Glen Ivey, Mayor O'Malley of Baltimore, 
Montgomery County Executive Duncan, ACLU, AFL-CIO of Maryland, Latino 
groups of Maryland, and several other civil rights organization also 
expressed their dissatisfaction of the bills.

CONTACT:

CAIR - Maryland
7752 Woodmont Avenue Suite 213
Bethesda, MD 20814
TEL: 301-986-1900
E-MAIL: info@cairmd.org

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT JAPANESE AMERICAN BANQUET

WHAT: On February 21, CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director James Hacking 
will 
speak at the annual banquet of the Japanese American Citizens League 
(JACL). His address will touch on the history of the JACL, the group's 
efforts in combating racism directed towards Japanese-Americans, the 
experiences of Muslims in America after 9/11, and ways the JACL and 
CAIR 
can work together in the future.

WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Japanese American Citizens League Banquet

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call (636) 207-8882

CAIR-St. Louis
14366 Manchester, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63011
E-MAIL: admin@cair-stl.org

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP

CAIR-St. Louis is offering a $500 scholarship for the 2003-2004 school 
year 
to be used towards educational expenses for any local, full-time Muslim 
student from Eastern Missouri or Southern Illinois who plans to pursue 
a 
career in journalism. Students must be interested in pursuing a career 
in 
print, television, radio or online media.

Applicants will be judged on their academic record, personal statement 
and 
interview with a member of our executive board.

Applications can be picked up at the Daar ul-Islam mosque or at the 
CAIR-St. Louis Office.

To apply, submit an application, along with a high school or college 
transcript to:

Journalism Scholarship CAIR St. Louis
14366 Manchester Suite 200
Manchester, Missouri 63011

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2004

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WHO'S 'EXTREMIST'
Jameel Aalim-Johnson, Newsday, 2/19/04
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-vpqltr193677328feb19,0,7962995.story

It is very unfortunate when individuals use difficult times to demonize 
people of other races, religions or ethnicities for their own political 
or 
financial gain. Remarks by Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) on the Sean 
Hannity 
radio show, reported in Newsday ["King's Remarks Outrage Muslims," 
News, 
Feb. 12] very ignorantly state that "85 percent of the mosques in the 
United States have 'extremist leadership.'"

First of all, what is the basis for this figure? Did King do any 
studies or 
take any surveys? Or is he just parroting the prejudicial remarks put 
forth 
by anti-Muslim bigots like Steven Emerson and Daniel Pipes. Taking 
information about Muslims from these two is akin to relying on 
information 
about African-Americans from the Ku Klux Klan.

Also, is King using the term extremist as a synonym for terrorist? 
Perhaps 
he believes that woman who wear a head scarf or men who wear beards are 
extremist.

As an individual Muslim who has been a member of the leadership of two 
mosques, I would like to know if King thinks that I am a part of the 85 
percent or the 15 percent.

Individuals who are selected to positions of leadership show more 
responsibility than King has, and they don't take advantage of a 
prejudicial atmosphere for the purpose of gaining votes or selling 
books.

Jameel Aalim-Johnson
Rockaway

SEE ALSO:

NY CONGRESSMAN CALLS U.S. MOSQUE LEADERS 'AN ENEMY AMONGST US'
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=160&page=AA

DNC CONDEMNS NY REP'S 'HATE-FILLED' REMARKS ABOUT MUSLIMS
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=32936&page=NB

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. 
Hostile 
comments can be used to further defame Islam and Muslims.)

1. CONTACT Rep. King to ask that he 1) apologize to the American Muslim 
community, 2) seek information from unbiased sources and 3) meet with 
Islamic leaders to learn more about Muslims in America. CONTACT: Rep. 
Peter 
T. King, U.S. House of Representatives, 436 Cannon House Office 
Building, 
Washington, D.C. 20515 TEL: 202-225-7896 FAX: 202-226-2279 E-MAIL: 
Pete.King@mail.house.gov, kevin.fogarty@mail.house.gov

2. CONTACT the Republican National Committee to ask that they repudiate 
King's remarks. CONTACT: Mr. Ed Gillespie, Chairman, Republican 
National 
Committee, 310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 TEL: 202-863-8700 
FAX: 202-863-8774 E-MAIL: Chairman@gop.com, RNCommunications@gop.com

3. CONTACT your own elected officials to ask that they also repudiated 
attacks on the American Muslim community and its leadership. GO TO: 
http://capwiz.com/cair/home/ and enter your ZIP Code

4. CONTACT President Bush to ask that he speak out more forcefully 
against 
Islamophobic rhetoric. CONTACT: President George W. Bush, The White 
House, 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 COMMENT LINE: 
202-456-1111 E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov

5. COPY ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: cair@cair-net.org

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MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB TRIP OPENS EYES TO ISLAM
Rachel R. Makwana, Record-Journal, 2/19/04
http://www.record-journal.com/articles/2004/02/19/news/news01.txt

NEW HAVEN - Wearing a satin New York Yankees jacket and a white kufi, 
the 
traditional hat worn by Muslims at prayer, Sheik Mohammed Ahmed 
explained 
Islam's standards for prayer to his classmates during a field trip to 
New 
Haven Wednesday.

Ahmed and 10 other Muslim students from Washington Middle School, 
members 
of the Meriden school's International Ambassadors Club, helped Yale 
University's Programs in International Educational Resources dispel 
misconceptions about Islam for their classmates.

Yale hosted the trip and provided six hours of presentations about the 
Muslim faith and culture, from a lesson in Arabic writing to eating an 
authentic Middle Eastern lunch.

Forty students started the day with a trip to a Muslim house of 
worship, 
the Masjid Al-Islam mosque on George Street.

Out of respect, they took their shoes off, leaving them by the 
entrance. 
They sat quietly on the carpeted floor, legs crossed, listening to 
Mohammed 
Altikriti, president of the New Haven Islamic Center, explain Arabic 
calligraphy and different styles of writing.

After that presentation, Ahmed, 12, who moved to the United States in 
2002 
from Bangladesh, showed off a Muslim prayer book and explained that 
Muslims 
pray five times each day, starting at 4 a.m., then again at 11 a.m., 2 
p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m...

ALSO SEE:

ISLAM ONCE WAS AT FOREFRONT OF WORLD CIVILIZATION
Stevenson Swanson, Chicago Tribune, 2/18/04
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/7981897.htm

GRANADA, Spain - As the fiery orange sun sinks behind the mountains, 
the 
stones of the 800-year-old Alhambra take on a rosy glow. Against the 
backdrop of the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the fortress' 
rugged 
towers stand out in the gathering dusk.

As the lights of this long-ago capital of al-Andalus - Islamic Spain - 
blink to life, about 30 men kneel in neat rows inside a whitewashed 
mosque 
atop a hill facing the Alhambra. Palms held upward, they recite the 
evening 
prayers and bend forward until their heads touch the floor. Behind a 
thin 
screen, the shadowy outlines of the women of the mosque move in the 
same 
time-honored rhythms.

These two hilltop edifices represent the past and present faces of 
Islam.

The Alhambra fortress, which the Moorish rulers of southern Spain began 
to 
construct in 1238, recalls the splendor and achievements of the golden 
age 
of Islam, when the youngest of the three great monotheistic religions 
held 
sway from the Straits of Gibraltar in the west to the banks of the 
Indus 
River in the east.

Across the ravine, the humble mosque, whose plain white walls and red 
tile 
roof make it virtually indistinguishable from its neighbors, testifies 
to 
the renewed vigor of Islam, a fast-growing religion with a worldwide 
membership of about 1.2 billion, including 2 million to 4 million in 
America, although some Muslim groups put the figure at 7 million.

It is the first new mosque in Granada in more than 500 years, yet its 
opening in July came at a time of profound questioning about the 
meaning 
and direction of Islam. The Koran, Islam's holy book, preaches peace 
and 
charity, but to some Western ears, the loudest voices in the Muslim 
world 
extol hate and violence...

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POPULARITY OF ARABIC PROGRAM FLOURISHES
Tarek Zeni, Purdue Exponent, 2/19/04
http://www.purdueexponent.org/interface/bebop/showstory.php?date=2004/02/19&section=campus&storyid=arabicprogram

The increase of enrollment in Arabic classes at Purdue has soared by 
over 
355 percent during the past 3 years.

Nationwide, college campuses are trying to keep up with the demand of 
students wanting to take Arabic and Purdue is no exception. 
Consequently, 
for the first time ever, Purdue will be offering an Arabic class in the 
summer. Arabic 201 will be available for interested students  during 
the 
second session of the Summer 2004 semester, as long as a minimum of 15 
people enroll.

Keith Dickson, professor of foreign languages and literature and head 
of 
the Arabic program, notes that there are three prominent groups of 
people 
who take Arabic. Those groups consist of non-Arab, non-Muslim 
Americans, 
the group that has seen the highest growth rate; second-generation 
Arab-Americans or "heritage speakers"; and international students who 
are 
Muslim.

Dickson said that global issues have, in an exponential manner, been 
the 
catalyst for the increased interest in Arabic and the Middle East.

Rockford Stites, sophomore in the School of Liberal Arts, naturally 
finds 
Arabic as a way to complement his interest in Middle-Eastern history 
and 
culture...

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ISLAM ILLEGAL UNDER LAW, COURT TOLD
Barney Zwartz, The Age, 2/20/04
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/19/1077072778607.html

Islam was an illegal religion because the Koran preached violence 
against 
Christians and Jews, a Christian group told a judge yesterday.

The group's barrister, David Perkins, said that Christianity was 
established under Australia's constitution and had special protection, 
especially through the blasphemy law.

Mr Perkins told the Victorian and Civil Administrative Tribunal that if 
the 
state's new religious hatred law intended to fetter the teaching of 
Christian doctrine it was invalid.

Victoria's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 referred to lawful 
religion, and it was in that sense, he said, that by preaching violence 
Islam was disqualified.

"The Koran contradicts Christian doctrine in a number of places and, 
under 
the blasphemy law, is therefore illegal," he said.

In the first case under the act, the Islamic Council of Victoria has 
complained that Catch the Fire Ministries, Pastor Danny Nalliah and 
speaker 
Daniel Scot, also a pastor, vilified Muslims at a seminar in March 
2002.

Opening the defence yesterday, Mr Perkins said Christianity was 
embedded in 
the constitution...

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UNDERCOVER OFFICERS AT ANTI-WAR MEETINGS
Clay Reddick, Daily Texan Online, 2/18/04
http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2004/02/18/TopStories/Undercover.Officers.At.AntiWar.Meetings-610217.shtml

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas prove 
that undercover Austin police officers attended anti-war meetings in 
March.

The Texas ACLU obtained two memos in November discussing undercover 
police 
protest planning meetings. One of the documents details a detective's 
observations at a March 23 direct-action training where protesters 
practiced civil disobedience. On March 24, about 40 people were 
arrested 
while protesting against the war in Iraq.

"In an attempt to gather intelligence information regarding mass civil 
disobedience, members of the Organized Crime Division were requested to 
participate in training sessions and actual protests in an undercover 
capacity," the memo says.

Texas ACLU lawyer Ann Del Llano said police waste resources when 
investigating nonviolent protesters, and such police activities may be 
unconstitutional.

"These people intended to commit a Class C misdemeanor," said Del 
Llano. 
"Police should focus on violent crimes [instead]."

APD Assistant Chief Robert Dahlstrom said the department uses 
undercover 
police to better protect both demonstrators and police...

ALSO SEE:

FOR MUSLIMS IN U.S., POST-9/11 ERA HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF RELIGIOUS 
FREEDOM
Edward Fitzpatrick, Providence Journal, 2/19/04
http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20040219_church19.23d799.html

The call to prayer went out from a white-shingled building in 
Providence's 
West End yesterday, the Arabic words amplified by a loudspeaker on the 
side 
of the mosque.

"Allah is the greatest. I bear witness that none deserves worship 
except 
Allah. Come to prayer." Inside the Islamic Center of Rhode Island, 
three 
men knelt at one end of a large carpeted room, bowing forward, facing 
Mecca, praying in silence.

Freedom of religion -- one of the five freedoms protected by the First 
Amendment -- is a valuable right for all Americans but especially for 
Muslims, who have faced suspicion and, in some cases, harassment after 
the 
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"The First Amendment is very valuable, particularly for those 
considered a 
religious minority," said Imam Farid Ansari, of the Muslim American 
Dawah 
Center of Rhode Island. "This is one of the beauties of America. If 
ever 
there was a point of light, that is it: freedom of religion."

It is a freedom firmly rooted in Rhode Island, a state founded by Roger 
Williams on the principle of religious tolerance. The concept is 
literally 
carved in stone -- above the south entrance to the State House: "To 
hold 
forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing civil state may stand 
and 
best be maintained with full liberty in religious concernments."

"That is a very comforting thought," Ansari said of the inscription. 
"It's 
something I cherish as a Muslim-American and as a citizen of Rhode 
Island."

But America became a very uncomfortable place for many Muslims after 
the 
terrorist attacks. Ansari calls it "Islamaphobia." He noted, for 
example, 
that the son of the Rev. Billy Graham -- the Rev. Franklin Graham -- 
called 
Islam "a very evil and wicked religion."

And closer to home, authorities swarmed the Providence train station 
one 
day after the attacks to arrest a man wearing a turban and a Sikh 
ceremonial dagger. Charges were later dropped...

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DANES RESTRICT IMAMS TO STIFLE MUSLIM RADICALS
Julian Isherwood, Telegraph, 2/19/04
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/19/wdane19

Denmark will crack down on the immigration of Islamic preachers to try 
to 
stifle radicalism among its Muslims.

A parliamentary bill does not mention the Islamic faith, but Anders 
Fogh 
Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, has made the target of the 
legislation clear in announcing restrictions on "foreign missionaries".

It had been "too easy" for them to get a residence permit, he said.

"That is why we are now putting forward new requirements for residing 
in 
the country, like the demand that imams and others have an education 
and 
that they be financially self-sufficient."

The bill is expected to be passed by parliament within weeks. To cater 
for 
the Danish constitution, which bans any form of religious 
discrimination, 
the legislation will affect all religious persuasions.

About 30 organisations under the banner of the Danish Missionary 
Society 
reacted strongly to the proposals yesterday, saying the government was 
"stifling the freedom of religion and thought".

The bill makes exemptions for certain clerics and nuns. "Residence will 
only be allowed provided that the number of foreigners seeking permits 
as 
missionaries or priests is reasonably related to the size of a 
denomination."

It adds that foreign missionaries must have formal training and a close 
relationship to Danish parishioners. Foreign imams will have to show 
that 
they have a good knowledge of Danish affairs and practices, a 
rudimentary 
knowledge of Danish and an understanding of the country's democratic 
traditions...

ALSO SEE:

DUTCH PASS LAW TO EXPEL FAILED ASYLUM SEEKERS
Ian Black, Guardian, 2/18/04	
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Refugees_in_Britain/Story/0,2763,1150482,00.html

MPs in the Netherlands passed a controversial law last night allowing 
for 
the mass expulsion of 26,000 failed asylum seekers from the country.

The Dutch parliament in The Hague rejected motions to soften plans by 
the 
Christian Democrat-led government and approved the policy by 83 votes 
to 57.

The unprecedented move was a blow to the Netherlands' reputation for 
tolerance and set a tough benchmark for Europe's asylum policies.

Asylum and immigration have been hotly debated across the continent in 
recent years, with centrist parties from Austria to Denmark following 
an 
agenda set further to the right.

The legislation, opposed by large sections of the population and 
international human rights groups, will force the 26,000 affected 
asylum 
seekers to return to their countries of origin within three years.

Mass hunger strikes and demonstrations - quietly encouraged by social 
workers - have been threatened in response to the vote. One Iranian 
asylum 
seeker has sewn up his eyes and mouth in protest. The potential 
deportees 
include Somalis, Afghans, and Chechens who may be sent back to 
countries 
without a functioning government and still affected by violence.

But the government has insisted that those genuinely at risk would not 
be 
forced to leave.

Human Rights Watch has criticised the measure as a "deportation law 
violating international standards" but Rita Verdonk, the minister for 
immigration and integration, has called the policy "very good, very 
humane..."

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FIFTH GERMAN STATE PROPOSES MUSLIM HEADSCARF BAN
Special Broadcasting Service, 2/19/04

The southwestern region Saarland has became the fifth German state to 
propose legislation to ban Muslem teachers from wearing headscarves in 
public schools.

However displaying Christian and Jewish symbols would be allowed under 
the 
law because the teaching of Western religions is part of the public 
school 
curriculum in Saarland.

The ban is yet to be approved by the state legislature, but unlike 
France 
the German states are not trying to ban school students from wearing 
religious apparel.

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WHEN ISLAMIC CLERICS MEET 'THE GREAT SATAN' FACE TO FACE
Scott Baldauf, Christian Science Monitor, 2/19/04
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0219/p01s02-wome.html

NEW DELHI - As the principal of an Islamic seminary in New Delhi, 
Maulvi 
Mohammad Mouzzam Ahmed knows there is no such thing as a free lunch.

So when he was offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States a 
few 
months ago, to see how religious schools operate there, he was curious, 
and 
a little skeptical. What, he wondered, would the world's greatest 
superpower want with a nice moderate Muslim like him?

The maulvi was not alone. He was just one of a half-dozen Indian Muslim 
clerics invited to the United States in September as part of the US 
State 
Department's International Visitors program, a 60-year-old institution 
that 
has brought nearly 100,000 emerging world leaders an exposure to US 
culture, society, and institutions.

Every year, US embassy officials choose a theme. Last year's tour group 
of 
Islamic clerics from India - the country with the world's third-largest 
Muslim population - focused on American religious education, and was 
called 
"the madrassah program." Smart alecks here had another name for it: 
"Meet 
the Great Satan."

Maulvi Mouzzam, a pious middle-aged man with a disarming smile, is 
still 
not entirely sure what it was all about. But he did have a good time, 
he 
says. "Americans only work on a profit and loss basis, and I'm not sure 
what sort of benefit they have gotten from my visit," he says, now back 
at 
his job handling admissions at the madrassah he runs at Fatehpuri 
Mosque in 
Old Delhi. "I did enjoy the American people, though. They were not as 
virulently anti-Muslim as their government."

Given the prevalent anti-American sentiment found in South Asia these 
days, 
such suspicion is perhaps not surprising. But US diplomats in New Delhi 
say 
they have no hidden agenda. The main point, they say, is good old 
fashioned 
interaction: to bring different people from all over the world to see 
the 
United States for themselves, and determine whether the impressions 
they 
have or the propaganda they hear matches their own experiences...

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BRITISH SOLDIERS KICKED AND PUNCHED HOODED IRAQI PRISONERS
Singapore News, 2/19/04
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/040219/1/3i55y.html

British soldiers in Iraq kicked and punched hooded prisoners as they 
screamed for mercy, a witness to an incident in which one Iraqi 
detainee 
was allegedly beaten to death was quoted as saying.

The serving British soldier, speaking on condition of anonymity, told 
Thursday's edition of The Sun newspaper he had been "sick to his 
stomach" 
after witnessing the beatings in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

Britain's defence ministry said earlier this month that it was 
investigating the death of an Iraqi prisoner while in British custody 
following reports that he had been beaten to death.

According to The Sun, the dead man was among nine Iraqis held by the 
Queen's Lancashire Regiment on suspicion of being bandits last 
September, 
just a few weeks after the regiment lost one of its number to a 
roadside bomb.

The unnamed soldier said that when he visited the British base's cell 
block 
he saw the prisoners stretched out or kneeling with hoods over their 
heads...

ALSO SEE:

SUICIDES IN IRAQ, QUESTIONS AT HOME
Theola Labbé, Washington Post, 2/19/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52735-2004Feb18.html

LUFKIN, Tex. -- Two-year-old Jada Suell tumbled out of the car and ran 
ahead of everyone -- her grandmother, her mother, her cousins and her 
4-year-old sister, Jakayla -- toward the grave of Joseph Dewayne Suell.

"Dada," said the little girl. In the Sunday afternoon quiet of Cedar 
Grove 
cemetery, her toddler voice reverberated like a shout.

"Yes, we're going to Daddy's grave," her grandmother Rena Mathis said 
reassuringly.

The silver grave cover bore colorful wreaths and American flags -- a 
nod to 
Suell's three years of military service. He was deployed to Iraq in 
April 
2003 as an Army petroleum supply specialist out of Fort Sill, Okla. 
Less 
than two months later, he was dead.

A report provided to the family at their request says that the 
24-year-old 
died of a drug overdose on Father's Day, one of 22 suicides reported 
among 
troops in Iraq last year.

According to William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense 
for 
health affairs, who discussed the suicides in a briefing last month, 
that 
represents a rate of more than 13.5 per 100,000 troops, about 20 
percent 
higher than the recent Army average of 10.5 to 11. The Pentagon plans 
to 
release the findings of a team sent to Iraq last fall to investigate 
the 
mental health of the troops, including suicides.

The number Winkenwerder cited does not include cases under 
investigation, 
so the actual number may be higher. It also excludes the suicides by 
soldiers who have returned to the United States. For instance, two 
soldiers 
undergoing mental health treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center 
in 
Washington reportedly committed suicide there, in July 2003 and last 
month. 
In its weekly report on the treatment of returning battlefield 
soldiers, 
the hospital never mentioned the deaths. An official at Walter Reed 
said 
the deaths are "suspected" suicides and are being investigated by the 
Army's criminal division...

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REPORT SAYS MILITARY DISTORTS WAR DEATHS
Bryan Bender, Boston Globe, 2/18/04
http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2004/02/18/report_says_military_distorts_war_deaths

WASHINGTON -- By refusing to make public its estimates of civilian 
casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has undercut 
international 
support for the US campaigns in those countries and has made the 
postwar 
stabilization of the two societies more difficult, according to an 
independent report to be released today that accuses the Pentagon of 
appearing indifferent to the civilian cost of war.

The analysis by the Project on Defense Alternatives, a nonpartisan 
think 
tank in Washington, concludes that the Pentagon has not fully disclosed 
in 
recent years accidental deaths and injuries inflicted upon civilian 
populations by American military forces. Its failure to do so has made 
it 
more difficult to predict how local populations will receive the United 
States after a conflict, the report said.

According to the report -- "Disappearing the Dead: Iraq, Afghanistan, 
and 
the Idea of a `New Warfare' " -- the Pentagon's stance has also 
distorted 
the national debate over whether to go to war.

The report says the US military has wrongly given the impression that 
its 
high-tech form of warfare is extremely low risk, creating unrealistic 
expectations that war produces very low casualties.

Ignoring evidence to the contrary, the report says, the Pentagon has 
also 
said that estimates of the number of war casualties cannot be known and 
that such numbers nonetheless would not be meaningful in assessing the 
overall success of a military operation.

"Distortion of the civilian casualty issue can only serve to impede the 
sober assessment of US policy, policy options, and their consequences," 
states a draft copy of the report, provided to the Globe. "It is 
antithetical both to well-informed public debate and to sensible policy 
making."

Based on a review of thousands of news articles and other publicly 
available materials, the report estimates that 18,000 combatants and 
civilians were killed during the course of the recent wars in Iraq and 
Afghanistan, about one-third -- 6,000 -- were civilians. A Pentagon 
official, who said he had not yet read the full report, maintained that 
the 
Pentagon is unable to tally civilian casualties and has no need to...

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MEET OUR NEW SADDAM
Sadik H. Kassim, Counterpunch, 2/17/04
http://www.counterpunch.org/kassim01172004.html

Introducing Islam Karimov, one of Washington's most recent allies in 
the 
War on Terror. The neo-Stalinist autocrat presides over Uzbekistan, a 
vast 
mineral and oil rich country strategically located in central Asia. A 
country where dissidents are boiled alive (1); where having an 
Islamically 
sanctioned beard can get you arrested (2); where torture is widespread. 
In 
short, a country where human rights abuses are occurring on "a massive 
scale," (3) financed in part by the American taxpayer.

Slightly larger than the state of California and home to the fabled 
Silk 
Road cities of Samarqand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan today is a prime 
theater 
in the "War on Terror". After the September 11 attacks, Uzbekistan 
granted 
American troops permission to use its Khanbad military base located 
just 
north of Afghanistan.

The establishment of Khanbad, along with other bases in neighboring 
Kyrgyzstan, enabled the American government to achieve three major 
strategic goals. In addition to providing a center from which the 
American 
military could pursue the Taliban in Afghanistan, the bases more 
importantly, improved "American access to Kazakh and Turkmen oil and 
gas," 
and extended "US influence to a region hitherto dominated by Russia and 
of 
constant concern to China (4)." The bases in essence paved the way for 
America to gain a foothold in a globally strategic region thereby 
putting 
it in a better position to compete with Russia and China for the great 
oil 
treasures of the Caspian Sea.

In addition to being the world's largest lake, the Caspian sea is 
believed 
to hold vast oil reserves comparable to those of the Middle East. Yet, 
unlike the Middle East, transport of the extracted black gold from the 
landlocked lake to the open sea is a major hurdle. Therefore, the 
primary 
issue guiding the politics of the region revolve around not ownership 
of 
oil, rather control of the proposed pipelines by which the oil is 
transported5. It is within this context that Uzbekistan has emerged as 
"the 
key strategic state in the area (5)."

Uzbekistan's cooperation with Washington has not gone unrewarded. In 
March 
2002, Messrs Bush and Karimov formally met for 45 minutes in the White 
House. The meeting produced a five point strategic partnership between 
the 
two countries. Among other things, in exchange for continued use of 
Khanbad, the agreement granted Uzbekistan $500 million in aid and 
credit 
guarantees (6), $25 million for military assistance, $18 million for 
"border security assistance", and $1 million in policing assistance 
(7). 
These concessions were made to one of America's "foremost partners in 
the 
fight against terrorism (8)" despite the State Department's own 
declaration 
that, "Uzbekistan is an authoritarian state with a very poor human 
rights 
record (9)..."

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THE MIDDLE EAST: KNOW RESPECT, KNOW PEACE - NO RESPECT, NO PEACE
Hedy Epstein, St. Louis Today, 2/17/04 	
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/Editorial+/+Commentary/0522E30D086B418686256E3D003CD8EE?OpenDocument&Headline=THE+MIDDLE+EAST+KNOW+RESPECT,+KNOW+PEACE+-+NO+RESPECT,+NO+PE&highlight=2%2Chedy%2Cepstein

Violence, humiliation only aggravate the conflict between Israel and 
the 
Palestinians.

In 1939, I left the village of Kippenheim, Germany, on a 
Kindertransport - 
a small group of children allowed to go to England - thus surviving the 
Holocaust. In December, I went to Israel to honor the memory of my 
parents, 
Ella and Hugo Wachenheimer, who did not survive the war against the 
Jews. 
At a monument near Jerusalem, I lit candles for my parents and for the 
other 80,000 Jews deported from France to the death camps.

It is impossible to visit Israel these days without being aware of the 
constant threat posed by terrorists. Suicide bombs kill and maim 
innocent 
persons riding in buses or taking a meal in a restaurant. We Jews who 
survived the Shoah know all too well that the intentional targeting of 
civilians is illegal and immoral. So I grieve the loss of life in 
Jerusalem 
from the suicide bombs.

But I also grieve the loss of life in Palestine, which occurs almost on 
a 
daily basis. So I went to Palestine as a member of the International 
Solidarity Movement to observe the difficult conditions of daily life 
under 
military occupation. It would have been enough to reach out and touch 
just 
one Palestinian and place my hand on her shoulder and tell her that I 
was 
with her in her pain. But I saw and did much more.

In Bethlehem, I saw a Caterpillar bulldozer ripping up centuries-old 
olive 
trees to clear a path for rolled razor wire and antitank trenches 
dividing 
the town where Jesus was born.

In Qalqilia, I was dwarfed by Israel's separation wall rising more than 
25 
feet. In President George W. Bush's phrase, it "snakes in and out of 
the 
West Bank." It keeps farmers from their fields and hems in 50,000 
residents 
on all sides...

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CAIR GOOD NEWS ALERT #417

ALABAMA DRIVER'S PHOTO RULE CHANGED TO ALLOW HIJAB
CAIR applauds state's move to grant religious accommodation

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/20/2004) - Alhamdulillah, (praise be to God) - 
CAIR
today applauded a decision by the state of Alabama to allow Islamic 
heads
scarves, or hijab, in driver's license photographs. 

In January, CAIR called for a review of a new Alabama Department of 
Public
Safety (DPS) policy banning all head coverings in license photographs. 
CAIR
sought the review after receiving reports from Muslim women in Alabama 
who
were prevented from obtaining or renewing licenses because they refused 
to
take off their religiously-mandated scarves. (Hundreds of concerned 
Muslims
from across the nation contacted the DPS and the governor in response 
to
CAIR's alert.)

According to the new policy: 

"The photograph of each applicant must be a 'full face' photo…Although
variations in hairstyles and head covering make it difficult to 
rigorously
define the term 'face' in general, the head of the applicant shall be 
shown
from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin and from 
hairline
side-to-side…Head coverings and headgear are only acceptable due to
religious beliefs or medical conditions…"

"We thank Governor Bob Riley for recognizing the need to accommodate 
the
religious beliefs and practices of his constituents," said CAIR
Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We also thank all those 
individuals
and groups, such as the Alabama office of the ACLU and Muslim leaders 
in
Birmingham and Montgomery, who contacted or met with state officials to
support religious freedom." 

Hooper said Alabama is now in conformity with the majority of other 
states
that already allow religious and medical exemptions to prohibitions 
against
head coverings in driver's license photographs.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

CONTACT Alabama Governor Bob Riley to thank him for supporting 
religious
freedom.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/20/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A PATIENT PROPHET
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: Washington
	- CAIR-LA: Forum on the Palestinian Issue
	- VOA Profiles CAIR Researcher
* JUDGE ACQUITS ONE OF FOUR IN VA PAINTBALL CASE (AP)
* APARTHEID ENFORCERS GUARD IRAQ FOR THE U.S. (Forward)
	- Muslim Chaplain Teaches Religious Sensitivity (AFP)
* ALABAMA CHANGES RULES ON HEAD SCARVES (AP)
* PROF. MATTSON ON ROLE OF WOMEN IN ISLAM (Yale Daily)
	- MI: W.D. Mohammed Addresses Religious Identity (MI Daily)
	- WI Muslim Teen Wins Girls Scout Award (Journal Sentinel)
* CA CANDIDATE PROFILE: ALI RAMEZANZADEH (CA Aggie)
* JOHN ASHCROFT'S SUBPOENA BLITZ (FindLaw)
	- Undercover Officers at Anti-War Mtgs (Daily Texas)
	- House Judiciary Divided Over Anti-Terrorism Law (AP)
* IL: SUIT SEEKS TO BLOCK MUSLIM SERVICES (Pioneer Press)
	- Bill Shocks Constitutional Scholars (Prov. Journal)
* U.S. SOLDIER SEEKS CANADIAN REFUGEE STATUS (CBC)
	- Court to Decide Powers in Padilla Case (Reuters)
* GOP SENATOR RAPS BUSH AND SHARON OVER TALKS (Forward)
* BUTCHER OF BELGRADE MAY GO FREE (Independent)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A PATIENT PROPHET

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: "I served the Prophet (Muhammad) at Medina for 
ten 
years (when) I was a boy. Not everything I did was (to his liking), but 
he 
never (rebuked me even gently), nor did he say to me: 'Why did you do 
this?' or 'Why did you not do that?'"

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2220

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CAIR-LA: FORUM ON THE PALESTINIAN ISSUE

WHAT: Forum with Leading Palestinian activist Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, 
Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, and Khalid Turaani, 
Executive Director of American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ).

WHEN: Saturday, March 6th Reception - 1 pm. Program - 2 pm (sharp)

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FREE ADMISSION (Not a fundraising event)

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ARAB-AMERICAN POLITICAL ACTIVIST
Voice of America, 2/19/04
Radio Scripts - English Programs Feature: New American Voices 7-38375

INTRO: As the U-S presidential campaign season heats up, leaders of 
various 
ethnic communities across the country encourage their people to become 
engaged in the political process, as a way of furthering the groups' 
interests. Alaa Bayoumi [ah-LAY baa-YOU-me] is an activist in the 
American 
Islamic community and works to increase the political involvement of 
Arabs 
and Muslims in America. Mr. Bayoumi is Oksana Dragan's guest today on 
New 
American Voices.

Alaa Bayoumi, a burly, soft-spoken man, works for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a private organization whose goal is to 
promote 
a positive image of Islam and Muslims. He believes that one way to 
achieve 
this is for more Arabs and Muslims to take part in American grassroots 
politics and he sees it happening.

"I think we are becoming more active, because our issues are becoming 
more 
clear to us. The issues first, civil rights. We are concerned about our 
civil rights after September 11th. Second issue, we want to help our 
American neighbors and our American friends understand Islam and 
Muslims 
better. We feel that our image in the media is not correct. We also 
want to 
push more Muslims to be active in the American political system."

There are a number of strategies the Council uses to increase political 
participation by Arabs and Muslims. Mr. Bayoumi says one is to educate 
them 
about the American political system.

The more you inform Arabs and Muslims about the American political 
system, 
the more they will understand it, they will not fear it, they will 
think 
there is an opportunity they would like to join."

Another strategy is organizing voter registration drives to encourage 
foreign-born Arabs and Muslims who have become U-S citizens to use 
their 
newly acquired political power the right to vote...

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JUDGE ACQUITS ONE OF FOUR ACCUSED IN 'VIRGINIA JIHAD' NETWORK
MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press, 2/20/04
http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-va--paintballterror0220feb20,0,6076734.story

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A judge on Friday acquitted one of four men charged 
in an 
alleged conspiracy to aid the Taliban in its fight against the United 
States and tossed some charges against some of the other defendants.

The defendant facing the most serious charges, Masoud Khan, is still 
accused of conspiracy to levy war against the United States and 
conspiracy 
to provide support to Osama Bin-Laden's al-Quaida network.

But U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, after the prosecution rested 
its 
case Friday, dismissed all charges against Caliph Basha 
ibn-Abdur-Raheem, 
29, of Falls Church. She also threw out several conspiracy and firearms 
charges against Seifullah Chapman and Hammad Abdur-Raheem and one 
lesser 
count against Khan.

Caliph Abdur-Raheem's mother wept when Brinkema announced her ruling. 
He 
smiled and shook hands with his co-defendants before walking out of the 
courtroom a free man.

"I knew I didn't do anything," Abdur-Raheem said. "I always try do to 
everything by the law."

Prosecutors had argued that Abdur-Raheem's possession of an AK-47-style 
rifle and his participation in paintball games with group members in 
2000 
and 2001 were sufficient participation in the alleged conspiracy to 
allow 
the case to move forward.

But Brinkema said she saw little evidence in the two-week trial to link 
him 
to the conspiracy in any meaningful way.

"He does ascribe to perhaps a more radical form of Islam," Brinkema 
said. 
"He did go and participate in paintball...but playing paintball itself 
is 
not an illegal activity."

Brinkema dismissed the other charges because she said the government 
could 
not possibly prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt…

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APARTHEID ENFORCERS GUARD IRAQ FOR THE U.S.
Marc Perelman, Forward, 2/18/04
http://forward.com/main/article.php?ref=perelman20040218608

In its effort to relieve overstretched U.S. troops in Iraq, the Bush 
administration has hired a private security company staffed with former 
henchmen of South Africa's apartheid regime.

The reliance on apartheid enforcers was highlighted by an attack in 
Iraq 
last month that killed one South African security officer and wounded 
another who worked for the subsidiary of a firm called Erinys 
International. Both men once served in South African paramilitary units 
dedicated to the violent repression of apartheid opponents.

François Strydom, who was killed in the January 28 bombing of a hotel 
in 
Baghdad, was a former member of the Koevoet, a notoriously brutal 
counterinsurgency arm of the South African military that operated in 
Namibia during the neighboring state's fight for independence in the 
1980s. 
His colleague Deon Gouws, who was injured in the attack, is a former 
officer of the Vlakplaas, a secret police unit in South Africa.

"It is just a horrible thought that such people are working for the 
Americans in Iraq," said Richard Goldstone, a recently retired justice 
of 
the Constitutional Court of South Africa and former chief prosecutor of 
the 
United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former 
Yugoslavia 
and Rwanda.

The Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and the Pentagon did not 
return 
requests for comment...

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SYRIAN-BORN MUSLIM US ARMY CHAPLAIN TEACHES RELIGIOUS SENSITIVITY IN 
IRAQ
Jennie Matthew, Agence France Presse, 2/20/04

HAWJE, Iraq - As a Syrian-born Muslim cleric and chaplain to hundreds 
of 
American soldiers in Iraq, Captain Abdullah Ahmed Hulweh is proof that 
fact 
can be stranger than fiction.

Forty years old, married and with eight children, Hulweh left Syria 21 
years ago to embrace the American dream and the American army, 
unflustered 
by stormy relations between Damascus and Washington.

His family had sent him to study engineering at a university in Kansas 
in 
1983, and there he met his future wife, a Cambodian Muslim. In 1989 he 
joined the army.

Later, confronted with what he calls American misunderstanding about 
Islam, 
he studied to become an imam and joined the chaplain corps.

Hulweh is unwitting public relations candy for a US military that 
continues 
to battle a bloody insurgency in Iraq and has been branded as an 
unwelcome 
occupation force in Iraq by critics abroad, not least in the Middle 
East...

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RILEY ADMINISTRATION CHANGES RULES ON HEAD SCARVES
Phillip Rawls, Associated Press, 2/20/04
http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=1656444&nav=0hBEKy5m

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Responding to complaints from Muslim women, Gov. Bob 
Riley's administration is changing a policy that prohibited the wearing 
of 
head scarves in driver's license photos.

The new policy says head coverings and headgear are acceptable for 
religious beliefs and medical conditions, but for no other reason. 
State 
Public Safety Director Mike Coppage said his department was delivering 
the 
rule change to county probate judges on Friday, and that it would take 
effect Monday.

Muslim women who had complained were glad to see the state's quick 
response. "This is a victory for religious freedom for everyone in this 
country," said LaTonya Floyd of Mobile.

The new policy requires that the face be visible from the top of the 
forehead to the bottom of the chin and from the hairline on one side to 
the 
hairline on the other side.

Troy King, the governor's legal adviser, said the change would maintain 
the 
state's goal of being able to identify a person from a driver's license 
photo while being respectful of people's religious beliefs and 
traditions...

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, said the policy change brings Alabama in line with the 
majority 
of states...

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MATTSON TALKS REAL, POTENTIAL ROLES OF WOMEN IN ISLAM
Stephen Gikow, Yale Daily News, 2/20/04
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=25115

Hartford Seminary Islamic Studies professor Ingrid Mattson discussed 
the 
role of women in Islam at a Trumbull College Master's Tea Thursday. The 
talk was one of several events hosted by the Muslim Students 
Association to 
celebrate Islamic Awareness Week.

MSA political action co-chair Arafat Razzaque '06 said the MSA hopes to 
educate the greater Yale community about the role of women in Islam 
with a 
series of talks and panels this week.

"Our goal is to inform the Yale community about Islam," Razzaque said. 
"We 
felt there should be more awareness about women [in the religion]."

Razzaque said Mattson, who serves as vice president of the Islamic 
Society 
of North America, exemplified the potential extent of a Muslim woman's 
influence.

"She is in a position of power as a female Muslim leader," Razzaque 
said.

At the talk, Mattson proposed ways to integrate women into Islamic 
religious leadership. She said she thinks the best way to do this is by 
re-examining ancient law as it existed before Islam split into sects.

"I believe that the solution is to some extent in looking at 
pre-classical 
law," Mattson said.

Mattson said the ambiguous role of women in Islam is often due to the 
problem of "categorization." She said many Muslims oppose female 
leadership 
for political reasons, not because of any religious justification, 
which 
she said can only come directly from the Islamic prophet Muhammad...

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SPEAKER ADDRESSES ISSUES OF BLACK RELIGIOUS IDENTITY
Michael Kan, Michigan Daily, 2/20/04
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/4035bc427e646

Blacks across America face a burden on their soul, said Muslim leader 
Warith Deen Mohammed. They deal with the consequences of being taken 
away 
from their homeland of Africa several centuries ago and while living in 
a 
place where people are often identified by their skin color, he added.

Speaking last night at the Michigan Union to more than 100 Ann Arbor 
residents and students, Mohammed said this identity of skin color has 
to 
end. He called on members of the Muslim community to reclaim their 
identity, not only as Muslims or as blacks, but also to think 
themselves as 
human beings above all else. Only through this identity can people work 
together, he added.

The lecture, titled "Correcting Islam's Image: Where is the balance 
Between 
the life of Faith and addressing material needs," featured keynote 
speaker 
Mohammed, who is the son of Elijah Muhammed, leader of the Nation of 
Islam 
from the 1950s to 1975, and formerly led the American Muslim Mission. 
At 
the event, Mohammed attempted to clarify the message of Islam by 
explaining 
the Muslim community should not only identify themselves by their faith 
or 
by their race, but more importantly recognize that all people 
regardless of 
ethnicity or creed are equal to one another.

Mohammed began his speech by citing the struggles of blacks in the 
United 
States and how they had to endure the cultural changes of being 
separated 
from Africa. He added that once blacks arrived in America, they had to 
live 
under a new identity that was detrimental to their spirit...

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TEEN'S FORUM ABOUT ISLAM EARNS DISTINCTION
Journal Sentinel Online, 2/19/04
http://www.jsonline.com/news/ozwash/feb04/208927.asp

Saukville resident Sarrah Abulughod, who turned 18 last Friday, has 
been 
named a Girl Scout Gold Award Young Woman of Distinction, one of 10 in 
the 
nation. Abulughod was recognized for creating and organizing a 
three-day 
forum in November 2002 called "Confidence in Knowledge" at the Islamic 
Center on Milwaukee's south side. In the forum, about 150 Muslim 
teenagers 
discussed issues concerning their faith, religious practices, social 
restrictions and their appearances. For Abulughod, the award means a 
$1,000 
scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from 
March 
1-6. Abulughod, who is home-schooled, spoke with Journal Sentinel 
reporter 
Dan Benson.

Q. How and when did you learn that you were named a "Woman of 
Distinction?"

A. I found out in an e-mail, actually, while I was overseas in Jordan 
in 
January visiting my dad's family. I was at an Internet cafe in Amman 
and 
hadn't checked my e-mail in quite a while, and there was a message 
telling 
me that I had been selected and would I be able to make the trip to 
Washington, D.C., the first week of March. They couldn't give me the 
award 
unless I could make the trip. My mouth just dropped open, and my dad 
said, 
"What's going on? What is it?"

Q. Tell me about your project, about the forums.

A. There were three programs on three different nights. The first night 
was 
an introduction of what the program was going to be about, but I also 
chose 
topics to get discussions going. We talked about how to explain to our 
peers and adults the Muslim practice of fasting and prayer because it 
was 
the month of Ramadan. On the second night, we talked about dating and 
dances. That was a hot topic because it's unusual for teenagers not to 
have 
boyfriends and girlfriends or not to attend dances. On the third night, 
we 
talked about modesty and head coverings and the reasons for Muslim 
dress 
and how to explain it to anyone who asks things like, "Why do you have 
that 
towel on your head?..."

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CANDIDATE PROFILE: ALI RAMEZANZADEH
Tara Edwards, California Aggie, 2/19/04
http://www.californiaaggie.com/article/?id=2743

When Ali Ramezanzadeh arrived at UC Davis, he noticed many things he 
wanted 
to change. This independent candidate immediately got involved in a 
variety 
of student organizations, including the Muslim Student Association, the 
Iranian Student Cultural Aesthetics Association, the Ski and Snowboard 
Club, and the Davis Honors Challenge.

He feels most passionately about the university's financial 
responsibility. 
He said that students at UCD pay higher tuition than any other campus 
in 
the UC system, and that his goal is to find where this extra tuition is 
going.

Ramezanzadeh is also interested in increasing the number of on-campus 
print 
stations, funding the Middle Eastern and South Asian minor programs, 
creating nondenominational prayer and mediations rooms on campus, 
bringing 
in more money for student entertainment activities, and enabling 
students 
to use Munch Money at the ASUCD Coffee House.

When asked what he would do differently from the current senators, 
Ramezanzadeh expressed his discontentment with the minutes for the 
current 
senate meetings.

"They sort of play around and stuff," he said. He was particularly 
frustrated with the hour-long debate that was dedicated to the purchase 
of 
couch.

"That is something we shouldn't spend time discussing," Ramezanzadeh 
said.
Ramezanzadeh hopes that running as an independent will prevent him from 
being restricted by agendas in a particular slate, and will help him 
focus 
on a wider variety of campus issues.

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JOHN ASHCROFT'S SUBPOENA BLITZ
Noah Leavitt, Find Law, 2/18/04
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20040218_leavitt.html

Over the past two weeks, the Justice Department has issued two 
intensely 
controversial sets of subpoenas. The first targeted peaceful 
demonstrators 
in Iowa. The second targeted medical caregivers in Illinois, New York, 
Pennsylvania and Michigan.

None of the targets of these subpoenas is alleged to have anything to 
do 
with terrorism.

The Iowa Subpoenas: Information Related to An Anti-War Demonstration

The Ashcroft Justice Department has had its eye on peaceful 
demonstrators 
and dissenters for quite some time. In May 2002, for instance, the 
Attorney 
General announced the elimination of twenty-six-year-old regulations 
that 
had prevented the FBI from monitoring "open to the public" events held 
by 
domestic religious, political and civic organizations unless it had 
specific cause for doing so.

These regulations had been specifically developed to counter the 
COINTELPRO 
domestic spying program that had led to massive civil rights era abuses 
during the 1960s and 70s. Now, these restrictions no longer exist -- 
and 
such abuses may well be repeating themselves.

Indeed, in a November 23, 2003 article, the New York Times detailed how 
-- 
according to a leaked bureau memorandum -- the FBI was collecting 
extensive 
information about, and tracking, antiwar demonstrators. According to 
the 
Times, the memo "possessed no information that violent or terrorist 
activities are being planned" as a part of major protests. Still, even 
with 
no evidence of a link to terrorism, the surveillance continued -- and 
likely continues to this day...

ALSO SEE:

UNDERCOVER OFFICERS AT ANTI-WAR MEETINGS
Clay Reddick, Daily Texan Online, 2/18/04
http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news/2004/02/18/TopStories/Undercover.Officers.At.AntiWar.Meetings-610217.shtml

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas prove 
that undercover Austin police officers attended anti-war meetings in 
March.

The Texas ACLU obtained two memos in November discussing undercover 
police 
protest planning meetings. One of the documents details a detective's 
observations at a March 23 direct-action training where protesters 
practiced civil disobedience. On March 24, about 40 people were 
arrested 
while protesting against the war in Iraq.

"In an attempt to gather intelligence information regarding mass civil 
disobedience, members of the Organized Crime Division were requested to 
participate in training sessions and actual protests in an undercover 
capacity," the memo says.

Texas ACLU lawyer Ann Del Llano said police waste resources when 
investigating nonviolent protesters, and such police activities may be 
unconstitutional...

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HOUSE JUDICIARY DIVIDED OVER ANTI-TERRORISM LAW'S REACH
Lawrence Messina, Associated Press, 2/20/04

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A divided House Judiciary Committee has killed a 
bill 
aimed to address alleged excesses of the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping 
federal anti-terrorism law enacted after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

With three absences, an 11-11 tie on Thursday felled the bill (HB4367), 
which would have barred the surveillance of people or groups engaging 
in 
legal activities by law enforcement who lack "particularized suspicion" 
to 
justify the attention.

As introduced, the bill cited "the reality or public perception" that 
violations of privacy and assembly rights "alienates people from 
police, 
hinders community policing efforts, and causes law-enforcement agencies 
to 
lose credibility and trust among the people law-enforcement agencies 
are 
sworn to protect and serve."

The Patriot Act granted the government broad powers for searches, 
wiretaps 
and electronic and computer eavesdropping to prevent future attacks. An 
unusual alliance of groups nationwide has raised challenges to the 
Patriot 
Act and its impact on civil liberties.

Delegate Larry Faircloth, R-Berkeley, co-sponsored the bill and a 
successful amendment aimed to help it pass legal muster...

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RESIDENT GROUP FILES REVISED SUIT
Pioneer Press, 2/19/04
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/mg/02-19-04-227258.html

A neighborhood group is charging a "conspiracy" exists between the 
village 
and Muslim Community Center that has allowed the school to continue to 
hold 
public religious services without a special use permit.

The amended complaint filed Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court on behalf of 
the 
Morton Grove Organization also asks for monetary damages and seeks a 
court 
order that would stop the MCC from holding services.

"The village and MCC acted in a conspiracy to violate the civil rights 
of 
my clients," said Douglas Cannon, MGO attorney.

The MGO originally filed suit against the MCC, village and several 
village 
officials in September contending that under the village ordinance a 
special-use permit is needed for the MCC to offer prayer services for 
the 
public. The suit contended that by allowing the services, the village 
is 
depriving neighbors of the right to enjoy use of their property.

The suit followed more than a year of discussions over parking and 
traffic 
problems near the school at 8601 Menard Ave.

A hearing in the case was scheduled Wednesday..

ALSO SEE:

CARCIERI'S BILL SHOCKS CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARS
Tom Mooney, Providence Journal, 2/19/04
http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20040219_firsta19.23dedc.html

Editor's note: Governor Carcieri has proposed legislation that some 
experts 
believe would impose limits on how Rhode Islanders exercise the five 
freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 
The 
Providence Journal today explores how the state's citizens use these 
freedoms daily.

Constitutional scholars and First Amendment advocates reacted with 
shock 
yesterday at Governor Carcieri's homeland security proposal, saying it 
threatens protected free speech and assembly in ways not seen in 
decades.

No other state in the nation, they said, has attempted such an 
encroachment 
on civil rights in the name of fighting terrorism. And they predicted 
the 
legislation could never survive a constitutional challenge...

Carcieri has proposed, among several other steps, making it illegal in 
Rhode Island to "speak, utter, or print" statements in support of 
anarchy 
or government overthrow.

His proposal would make it unlawful for any person "to teach or 
advocate" a 
government overthrow, or display "any flag or emblem other than the 
flag of 
the United States" as preferable to the United States government.

Both acts are plainly protected, the experts said, by the First 
Amendment, 
part of the Bill of Rights, enacted in 1791. The founding fathers 
adopted 
the Bill of Rights, said McMasters, because they "had a very passionate 
desire . . . to have something in that Constitution that said what the 
government could not do..."

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U.S. SOLDIER SEEKS CANADIAN REFUGEE STATUS
CBC News, 12/19/04
http://cbc.ca/stories/2004/02/19/awol040219

TORONTO - A U.S. soldier who is absent without leave is seeking refugee 
status in Canada as a conscientious objector.

Jeremy Hinzman, who faces prosecution in the U.S., left the 82nd 
Airborne 
Division in North Carolina last month and fled to Toronto with his wife 
and 
baby.

Hinzman told the Fayetteville Observer in a phone interview that he had 
"a 
romantic vision" of the army when he joined three years ago.

He said the structure of army life, complete with subsidized housing, 
groceries and money for education, appealed to him.

But at the start of basic training, he became disillusioned and 
horrified 
by chanting about killing during marches, shooting at targets without 
faces 
and the dehumanization of the enemy.

Hinzman applied as a conscientious objector, saying he wanted to fulfil 
his 
service obligation but not fight in combat...

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US COURT TO DECIDE BUSH'S POWERS IN PADILLA CASE
James Vicini, Reuters, 2/20/04
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N20517130.htm

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday it would decide 
whether 
President George W. Bush has the power to order an American citizen 
seized 
on U.S. soil held as an enemy combatant, another case arising from 
Washington's war on terror.

Expanding its review of the government's actions, the high court agreed 
to 
decide the case of Jose Padilla, who has been held since May 2002 as a 
suspect in an alleged al Qaeda plot to detonate a radioactive "dirty 
bomb" 
in the United States.

Padilla, a former Chicago gang member and convert to Islam, has been 
held 
in a military brig in Charleston, South Carolina, without any charges 
brought against him and without access to his lawyers. The Pentagon 
said on 
Feb. 11 it would allow him to meet with his attorneys, who said the 
meeting 
had yet to be arranged.

His case involved fundamental constitutional questions about Bush's 
powers 
as commander in chief. It has pitted the government's national security 
arguments adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against concerns 
that 
civil liberties have been violated.

As part of its broad assertion of presidential authority, the Bush 
administration has sought to sharply limit the role of federal judges 
to 
review the government's decisions in the designation and treatment of 
enemy 
combatants...

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GOP SENATOR RAPS BUSH AND SHARON OVER TALKS
Ori Nir, Forward, 2/18/04
http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=nir20040218614

WASHINGTON - Senator Lincoln Chafee has a reputation as a maverick 
within 
the Republican Party, but that's only half his troubles. Much of the 
pro-Israel lobby views him as a pain in the neck and wouldn't mind 
seeing 
him gone from the Senate.

Yet, in an exclusive interview, Chafee argued that it was President 
Bush 
and Prime Minister Sharon who had failed to deliver as leaders.

The only Republican senator to vote against the war in Iraq, and one of 
only three to oppose Bush's tax-cut bills, Chafee told the Forward that 
he 
worries about the growing influence of the right-wing camp in his 
party. 
Many of the national tensions between liberals and conservatives on 
social 
issues, including gay marriage, he said, could have been avoided had 
Bush 
"really been a uniter and not a divider."

"We need leadership to calm the emotions at this time," Chafee said, 
"instead of incite them."

Chafee also seemed to take aim at Sharon when asked about the Israeli 
leader's long-term strategy. "That's a hard one," he sighed. "I watch 
it 
every day, and I try to figure it out. Is it perpetual war? Who wants 
that? 
I don't have a good answer."

In his four years as a senator, Chafee has enraged the GOP leadership 
by 
repeatedly voting against Bush and publicly criticizing the president; 
he 
has antagonized conservative pro-Israel lobbyists with his criticisms 
of 
Israeli policies and calls for American pressure on Jerusalem...

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TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CORPSES, 296 WITNESSES, 30,000 PAGES OF EVIDENCE
Paul Vallely, Independent, 2/20/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=493179

THE CASE against Slobodan Milosevic should have been concluded at the 
War 
Crimes Tribunal in the Hague yesterday, but the former president of 
Yugoslavia fell ill again, setting back until next week the last two 
days 
of the prosecution case against him.

It was an unhappily apt anti-climax. So far Mr Milosevic, who is 
accused of 
66 separate war crimes in the Balkans during the 1990s, has been ill on 
at 
least half a dozen occasions - with ailments ranging from repeated 
bouts of 
flu to high blood pressure - during the two-year hearing. The resulting 
postponements have been almost as characteristic of the trial as the 
pugnacious manner in which he has sought to drag-out the proceedings 
with 
long political speeches and vexatious attacks on the judges.

Still, after 296 witnesses over 290 days and 30,000 pages of 
documentary 
evidence - including telephone intercepts, military orders and 
transcripts 
of political meetings, witness statements, videos, maps and charts - 
the 
case against him is complete...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/22/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK PARDON IN THIS LIFE
* NJ SCHOOL BOARD DEBATES ADDING MUSLIM HOLIDAYS (PAC)
* MUSLIM STORY'S MESSAGE CAN FEED THE CHRISTIAN SOUL (E. Trib)
* CANADIAN MUSLIMS AWAKEN TO EMERGING POWER (Ottawa Citizen)
	- Arab American Leads MI Fire Department (Free Press)
* CEMETERY IN WA FULFILLS TEACHINGS OF ISLAM (Seattle Times)
* TX: NO MYSTERY BEHIND THE VEIL (Dallas Morning News)
	- MN: West Should Keep Its Hands Off Hijab (Star Trib)
	- Sikhs Win Battle for Turbans in AL (Hindustan Times)
	- Alabama Scraps Driving License Hijab Ban (Islam-Online)
* TARIQ RAMADAN HAS NO SHORTAGE OF CRITICS (Chicago Trib)
	- BEN ALI: The Wrong Man to Promote Democracy (NY Times)
* HI: PAKISTANI GIRL INSPIRES PEACE MARCH (Honolulu Advertiser)
* ISLAMIC NEW YEAR MARKED (News Press)
	- GA: Muslim Women Speak Out (Ivanhoe Newswire)
	- Canadian Architect Blends Tradition, Innovation (RNS)
* GA: TURKISH-AMERICANS PRESERVE HERITAGE (Atlanta Journal)
* ISRAELI FENCE LEADS TO HEART OF A GREAT DIVIDE (LA Times)
* REVIEWER SLAMS 'AN END TO EVIL' (LA Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK PARDON IN THIS LIFE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever has wronged his 
brother, should ask for pardon (before death comes)…(He should secure 
pardon in this life) before some of his good deeds are taken and paid 
to 
his brother, or, if he has done no good deeds, some of the bad deeds of 
his 
brother are taken to be loaded on him (in the Hereafter)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 541

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A.C. SCHOOL BOARD DEBATES ADDING MUSLIM HOLIDAYS
John Brand, Press of Atlantic City, 2/22/04
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/atlantic/022204ISLAM.cfm

ATLANTIC CITY - Math teacher Robin Salaam has only missed work for two 
reasons during 26 years with the school district: For illness or to 
observe 
Islamic holidays.

But unlike her Christian counterparts, for whom the school district 
gives 
lengthy breaks to recognize their major holidays, Salaam uses personal 
days 
to excuse her holiday absences.

Meanwhile, her non-Muslim students go one, two or three days without 
their 
everyday math teacher.

"If I take two days off, then my kids will be two days behind," said 
Salaam, who is one of at least five Muslim teachers in the school 
district.

As this city continues to grow, change and diversify, so, too, will the 
religious beliefs of its residents, which include students, teachers 
and 
other school staffers.

The second-largest religion next to Christianity, Islam is also the 
fastest-growing religion in the world, weighing in at about 1.6 billion 
members - 10 million of whom live in the United States.

The Atlantic City Board of Education is considering recognizing two 
Islamic 
holidays - Id al-Fitr and Id al-Adha - with district-wide days off...

"The Muslims would like to see their holidays recognized like the rest 
of 
the holidays," said Khalid Mohammed, the Imam, or teacher, at Masjid 
Furqaan. "These Muslim holidays are considered sacred to Muslim 
individuals, just like Easter is sacred to the Christians and different 
holidays are sacred to the Jews…

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MUSLIM STORY'S MESSAGE CAN FEED THE CHRISTIAN SOUL
By Richard Griffin, Eagle Tribune, 2/22/04
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/stories/20040222/LI_002.htm

How can a story familiar to hundreds of millions of people all over the 
world have never been heard by me? That is the question I ask myself 
after 
finally hearing it told two Sundays ago.

Not only is this narrative known far and wide but the event it 
describes is 
celebrated each year by communities of believers in dozens of nations, 
including the United States.

The story bears the title "The Ascension of the Prophet" in English. In 
the 
Arabic language it is referred to as "Al-Miraj," a name that can also 
refer 
to the holy day that is observed on the 27th day of the seventh month 
of 
the Islamic year.

I heard the story told by Ali Asani, a scholar of Islam who teaches at 
Harvard University. Asani, speaking to a group of Christians seeking 
deeper 
understanding of Islam, shared with us an ancient narrative that 
centers on 
the Prophet Muhammad and his face-to-face encounter with God.

In beginning his talk, Asani stressed the core belief of Islam, namely 
that 
God is one. Each believer bears witness to that basic fact about God.

"There is no god but God" expresses the faith of every Muslim. These 
words 
contain both a negation and an affirmation, the denial of existence to 
false gods, and the full acknowledgement of the one true God.

What all Muslims must do is submit to Allah. This submission involves 
turning away from being centered on oneself and instead becoming 
centered 
on God.

The holy book of Islam, the Quran, frequently mentions seeing God, 
though 
it also teaches that human beings cannot physically do so. The Prophet 
Muhammad, however, receives the privilege of a personal meeting with 
God.

When Muhammad ascends toward God, he leaves from the Dome of the Rock 
in 
Jerusalem under the guidance of the angel Gabriel. This guide will not 
be 
allowed to go all the way up, however. Only the prophet himself does 
so.

Muslim tradition has sweetly interpreted God's motive for having 
Muhammad 
make the ascent. The reason is: God could not bear being separated from 
his 
beloved so he had Gabriel call him forth.

Returning to an earlier theme, the storyteller emphasized that 
submitting 
one's ego is a prerequisite for seeing God. You must "die before you 
die" 
said Asani as he explained the self-transformation that Muslims 
understand 
to be the goal of life...

Though not as learned in the Muslim tradition as I would like to be, I 
find 
it easy to relate to this charming narrative. It smacks of authentic 
religious feeling and speaks beautifully of love both divine and human.

The story also validates the mystical tradition as it has unfolded over 
the 
centuries. It dramatizes an intimacy between God and God's creatures 
featuring an interplay back and forth. Though God remains above human 
grasp, human beings can enter into a love relationship with God.

James Herrick, author of a recent book on spirituality, asserts that 
"mystical experience is the common core of all religious traditions." 
If 
so, this story can feed the soul of people who are not themselves 
Muslim 
but who relate to some of the spiritual wisdom in the Muslim tradition.

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CITY MUSLIMS AWAKEN TO EMERGING POWER
Sarah Staples, Ottawa Citizen 2/21/04
http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=c7182957-d53b-441c-a3ba-f1f9623e5500

Many Muslims worry about mixing politics and religion, seeing the 
potential 
for manipulation and abuse by politicians who make vague promises. But 
others see great benefit to the community.

The numbers hint at an unfolding story.

According to Statscan census data, during the last provincial election 
39,345 residents of Ottawa declared themselves to be Muslim. That makes 
Muslims the second largest voting block in the city -- dwarfed by more 
than 
500,000 Catholics and Protestants, but nearly double the combined 
strength 
of Jews, Hindus and Sikhs. At least 20,000 of those Muslim voters hail 
from 
Arab countries, according to the data.

So it wasn't surprising that Somali leaders who met with members of 
their 
community yesterday consider that soiree only a first step. Under the 
slogan, "We vote, we are the majority," speaker after speaker at last 
night's meeting of the Somali community urged visible minorities -- and 
especially Ottawa Muslims -- to take note of the power that comes with 
a 
growing population.

"Demographically we are not a majority, but we want to be, and will be, 
a 
political force," said Mohamed Awal, a consultant for the Canadian 
Association of Francophones of the Horn of Africa, one of the meeting 
organizers.

Their sheer numbers make Muslims in Ottawa a political force to be 
reckoned 
with -- and veritable power block in certain ridings. And in the 
lead-up to 
a possible spring election, politicians are listening. For months, 
candidates from three main national parties have angled for invites to 
rubber chicken dinners, and are hiring organizers to woo members of the 
increasingly influential Muslim business and religious elite to their 
parties.

Nowhere is the growing influence of the Muslim vote more apparent than 
in 
the ridings of Ottawa South and Ottawa Centre...

ALSO SEE:

ARAB AMERICAN CHOSEN TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 2/21/04
http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw93320_20040221.htm

A veteran firefighter tapped to be Dearborn's new fire chief has become 
the 
city's only Arab-American department head.

Mayor Michael Guido announced the appointment of Nazih Hazime, a 
firefighter with 20 years of experience, last week. He also is the 
first 
Muslim to head one of Dearborn's 18 departments.

"I'm honored to have been selected as the head of one of the best fire 
departments in the country," Hazime said in a statement. "And I'm 
honored 
to serve such a great and diverse community as Dearborn."

In recent years, Arab Americans have pushed Guido to reach out to their 
community, whose members make up a growing percentage of Dearborn's 
population.

Hazime, 43, was chosen because of his excellent qualifications, not 
because 
of his ethnic or religious background, said city officials and 
colleagues...

According to information from the city, Hazime joined the fire 
department 
in 1984. He received awards for service beyond the call of duty in 
1986, 
1995 and 1996. As a lieutenant, he played a key role in leading and 
training. This year, Hazime was accepted to the National Fire Academy, 
a 
4-year program for fire department officers.

Hazime and his wife, Laurie, have lived in Dearborn for 26 years. He 
declined to be interviewed for this report...

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MUSLIM CEMETERY IN COVINGTON FULFILLS TEACHINGS OF ISLAM
Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times, 2/18/04
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001862816_cemetery22m.html

COVINGTON - The All-Muslim Cemetery sits on a wooded slope on the 
western 
edge of this suburban community in South King County.

Bordered by Soos Creek, its grave sites angle slightly toward Mecca.

It seems an unlikely final resting place for immigrants of the Islamic 
faith - men and women from countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia, 
Iraq, 
Pakistan, Syria - and their children.

The 3-year-old graveyard is one of only a few in the United States 
exclusive to Muslims.

It's the only one in the state of Washington.

Dr. Mahmood Sarram, a retired Tacoma obstetrician from Iran, who first 
envisioned this place more than 16 years ago, thought the region's 
growing 
Muslim population needed a burial site that fulfilled the teachings of 
Islam - and a place where "future generations could come, pause and 
reflect," he said.

Plans also call for a Muslim school and a mosque on the site...

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COMMENTARY: NO MYSTERY BEHIND THE VEIL
La Tonya Floyd, Dallas News, 2/21/04
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/irving/opinion/stories/022204dnirvfloyd.9dfa.html 


Columnist Tammy Swofford recently wondered on this page what life is 
like 
for Muslim women she sees around Irving under the veil. As a Muslim 
woman 
who partially veils herself (I do not cover my face) by choice, I'm 
pleased 
to tell her.

I am an American convert to Islam, and have been a Muslim for over 
eight 
years. I was born and raised in Maryland, grew up Catholic and went to 
Catholic school. Seeing nuns every day had a powerful impact on me. 
Covering was a sign of a religious woman. It meant purity, modesty and 
obedience to God.

As I grew older, I noticed other women covered like nuns, and I 
immediately 
recognized them as religious women. I was in awe of them and their 
devotion 
to God.

My early twenties were met with a desire to find a religion and way of 
life 
that matched my moral and spiritual beliefs. There were certain things 
I 
was looking for. First, it had to be truly monotheistic, meaning no 
praying 
to anything or anyone except God. Second, it had to accept all of the 
messengers and books, or revelation, sent by God. These requirements 
led me 
to research the three Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity and 
Islam.

I was also seeking a religion that did not subjugate women. I read the 
Quran, Islam's holy book, in its entirety. When I learned of the 
God-given 
rights of Muslim women, I was totally surprised. At the same time, I 
felt 
affirmation that the God I was searching for was a just God. Therefore, 
anyone who denies a woman her God-given rights is committing a sin. 
Additionally, the Quran states there is no compulsion in religion...

ALSO SEE:

WEST SHOULD KEEP ITS HANDS OFF THE MUSLIM HEAD SCARF
Shafi A. Khaled, Star Tribune, 2/21/04
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/4619983.html

Muslims in the United States worry and wait for the other shoe to drop. 
Now 
that Afghanistan and Iraq have been "freed," what will the West, in 
particular the United States, do to further liberate the Muslims?

Listen to a Muslim woman's story, as told in an article on the 
Internet: 
"On the plane, I fell into a very interesting conversation with an 
educated 
Christian woman who was sitting next to me. We began talking about 
religion, and she made a very surprising comment, which showed me just 
how 
very little Americans know about Islam. She said that every time she 
saw a 
Muslim woman covered with the head scarf, she felt an impulse to snatch 
the 
scarf off her head and force her husband to wear it instead. My first 
reaction upon hearing this was to put my hands on my scarf, because I 
couldn't help thinking that's how she must feel about me."

Is there a danger that the United States and other Western countries 
might 
follow the French lead and assault the Muslims' civil rights? Will 
there be 
no personal space allowed for individuals to retain as their own in the 
public arena? Is this the absolute example of the separation of church 
and 
state?

Recently, in Alabama, a law was passed requiring a Muslim woman to take 
off 
her hijab to obtain a driver's license, whereas Minnesota and the 
federal 
government are content to accept the face and exposure of an ear.

France, the land of liberty, equality and fraternity, is in the process 
of 
banning the Muslim woman's right to wear the hijab. How can one make 
sense 
of it?

In an Internet discussion group, I wrote that this law would be 
discriminatory. I was answered by a Muslim that the law was designed to 
be 
a broad-spectrum device affecting all religious symbols.

Well, the hijab is not a symbol, however much one may assert that it is 
so...

Shafi A. Khaled, Richfield, is a professor at Metro State University 
and 
education director of the Islamic Center of Minnesota.

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SIKHS WIN THE BATTLE FOR TURBANS IN US STATE
S Rajagopalan, Hindustan Times, 2/23/04
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_582341,0005.htm

The Sikhs and the Muslims have won their battle over a US state order 
against the wearing of turbans and head scarves while being 
photographed 
for driving licences.

Following a vigorous campaign by the two communities -- and a threat to 
file a class action lawsuit -- the Alabama state has changed its 
controversial rule on headgears and head coverings.

Several Muslim women and Sikh men had been denied driving licences in 
Alabama in recent weeks because of their refusal to take off head 
scarves 
or turbans while being photographed.

The new policy, to take effect from Monday, says turbans and head 
scarves 
are acceptable for religious beliefs and medical reasons. It, however, 
lays 
down that the face of a person being photographed "should be visible 
from 
the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin and from the hairline 
on 
one side to the hairline on the other side".

Both the communities have hailed Alabama's reversal as a victory for 
religious freedom. Some activists view it as a possible forerunner in 
the 
larger battle being waged in France against the new law barring the 
wearing 
of turbans and head scarves in schools...

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which had 
received about 15 complaints of denial of driving licences, said the 
change 
of policy by Alabama now brings it in line with the majority of US 
states.

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AFTER PROTESTS, ALABAMA SCRAPS DRIVING LICENSE HIJAB BAN
Islam-Online, 2/21/04
http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-02/21/article02.shtml

WASHINGTON, February 21 (IslamOnline.net) - After its decision to ban 
women 
from wearing hijab for driving license photos triggered a backlash 
among 
American Muslims, the state of Alabama backtracked on the measure 
Friday, 
February 20.

Muslim women had appealed to Alabama state officials to reconsider the 
ban 
in January while the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) issued an alert against the measure.

Many concerned Muslims from all over the country contacted the Alabama 
Department of Public Safety (DPS) to scrap the decision.

According to the new policy, the photograph of each applicant must be a 
'full face' photo, and that head coverings and headgear are only 
acceptable 
due to religious beliefs or medical conditions.

Although variations in hairstyles and head covering make it difficult 
to 
rigorously define the term 'face' in general, the policy stipulates 
that 
the head of the applicant shall be shown from the top of the forehead 
to 
the bottom of the chin and from hairline side-to-side.

Hijab is a religious obligation under the Islamic law, not a symbol as 
many 
believed the gear to be.

"We thank (Alabama) Governor Bob Riley for recognizing the need to 
accommodate the religious beliefs and practices of his constituents," 
CAIR 
Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper said in a press release.

"We also thank all those individuals and groups, such as the Alabama 
office 
of the ACLU and Muslim leaders in Birmingham and Montgomery, who 
contacted 
or met with state officials to support religious freedom," he added.

Hooper said Alabama is now in conformity with the majority of other 
states 
that already allow religious and medical exemptions to prohibitions 
against 
head coverings in driving license photographs.

A recent survey by CAIR's Civil Rights Department indicated that most 
other 
states, - including Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee - allow a 
religious 
exemption to prohibitions against head coverings in driver's license 
photographs.

The driving license hijab ban has drawn an outcry across Alabama.

Boyd Campbell, a Montgomery attorney who specializes in immigration 
law, 
said banning hijab makes no sense when Alabama allows men to wear hair 
pieces and women to wear wigs in their driver's license photos.

"What's the difference?" Campbell asked.

The press also reacted with surprise to the state officials' demand, 
saying 
it is needless and ridiculous to ask Muslim women to remove hijab for 
photographing…

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NOTRE DAME'S NEW EXPERT ON ISLAMIC ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHY HAS NO 
SHORTAGE OF 
CRITICS, WHICH THE UNIVERSITY DOESN'T MIND ONE BIT
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 2/21/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0402210204feb21,1,942488.story
Controversy starts even before professor

Tariq Ramadan, a world-renowned philosopher and cleric whose ideas on 
Islam's place in modern life took shape in the academies and salons of 
Paris and Cairo, has been called everything from a religious ideologue 
with 
Al Qaeda ties to a liberal who wants to Westernize his faith.

The University of Notre Dame views him as a professor of peace. 
Beginning 
this fall, Ramadan will teach Islamic philosophy and ethics in South 
Bend 
through the Joan Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The 
tenured appointment already has drawn the attention of Jewish leaders 
who 
say his ideas encourage Islamic radicalism.

But for Notre Dame, his reputation as a provocateur is not a deterrent; 
it 
is the reason he was chosen. The school believes Ramadan could inspire 
new 
thinking about Islam within intellectual circles in the United States, 
just 
as he has already done in Europe. His prolific writings touch on one of 
the 
most vexing issues facing the East and West: How can Muslims remain 
true to 
their religion and culture in the modern world?...

ALSO SEE:

THE WRONG MAN TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY
Kamel Labidi, New York Times, 2/21/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/21/opinion/21LABI.html

This week, President Bush played host to President Zine el-Abidine ben 
Ali 
of Tunisia, giving this ruthless autocrat a long-coveted audience at 
the 
White House. To his credit, Mr. Bush rebuked Mr. ben Ali for his 
violations 
of press freedom, but the United States is sorely mistaken if it 
believes 
that democracy and the rule of law can ever take hold under leaders 
like 
Mr. ben Ali. The Bush administration's welcome of Mr. ben Ali makes 
America's aggressive promotion of democratic reform in the Arab world 
ring 
hollow.

It's not obvious from Mr. Bush's public statements, but Tunisia today 
is 
one of the world's most efficient police states. Since his ouster of 
President Habib Bourguiba in a coup in 1987, Mr. ben Ali has quashed 
virtually all dissent and silenced a civil society that once was an 
example 
of vibrancy for North Africa and the neighboring Middle East. In the 
early 
1990's, the regime cracked down on the country's Islamist movement, 
arbitrarily arresting thousands of suspected activists and subjecting 
them 
to torture and unfair trials. Mr. ben Ali then extended his crackdown 
to 
human rights defenders, opposition leaders and independent journalists. 
(I, 
for example, was stripped of my accreditation after 19 years as a 
journalist following the publication of an interview with a human 
rights 
advocate.)

Tunisian society is now a shell of its former self; political debate is 
relegated to a whisper under the gaze of the omnipresent secret police. 
Newspapers are filled with Soviet-style hagiography: Mr. ben Ali is 
called 
the Architect of Change, a title that's hard to accept given that last 
year 
he won a referendum (with more than 99 percent of the vote) that will 
allow 
him to run for a fourth presidential term in 2004 and grant him 
immunity 
from prosecution for life. Meanwhile, human rights advocates have to 
put up 
with constant surveillance, the cutting of their phone lines, anonymous 
threats, and even attack by thugs for the regime.

For more than a decade, American policy toward Tunisia has quietly 
ignored 
these excesses, focusing instead on the country's role as moderate ally 
in 
a turbulent region, a supporter of the Israeli-Palestinian peace 
process, 
and a model of relative prosperity for the Arab world...

Kamel Labidi is a former director of Amnesty International-Tunisia and 
former Tunisian correspondent for La Croix, a French daily.

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PAKISTANI GIRL INSPIRES LOCAL PEACE MARCH
Curtis Lum, Honolulu Advertiser, 2/20/04
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Feb/20/ln/ln22a.html

A Honolulu doctor is organizing a peace march on Sunday, saying he was 
inspired by a 2-year-old Pakistani girl whose damaged heart has warmed 
relations between his native Pakistan and India.

The "Hearts for Peace" march begins at 9 a.m. at Magic Island and will 
conclude at Kapi'olani Park.

Dr. Inam Rahman is a naturalized citizen and has been in the United 
States 
since 1974. Originally from Pakistan, he knows the tense relationship 
between the two countries.

But in July 2003, leaders of the warring countries put down their 
swords to 
help Fatima Noor Sajjad, a 2-year-old girl who was born with a 
congenital 
heart defect. Her doctors advised her parents, Nadeem and Tayyaba, to 
take 
Fatima Noor to a special cardiac hospital in India.

With relations strained between the countries, there was no rail or air 
travel, and bus service was suspended after an attack on the Indian 
Parliament in 2001.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee heard of the family's plight 
and 
offered to restore transportation links. People on both sides of the 
border 
prayed for the girl and rallied to her support.

Last summer, a "friendship bus" brought the little girl to Delhi, where 
she 
underwent the successful operation. The goodwill between the two 
countries 
has continued and has led to peace talks and a partial reopening of the 
border.

Rahman said he was inspired by this story and organized the march to 
support world peace...

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ISLAMIC NEW YEAR MARKED
Saadia Malik, News Press, 2/21/04
http://www.news-press.com/news/lifestyle/040221islamcalendar.html

Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the new year 
begins upon the sighting of the crescent moon. Sophisticated 
astronomical 
calculations are generally employed to determine exactly when this 
happens. 
On the Western/Gregorian calendar, this translates to approximately 
Sunday 
this year. The Islamic calendar year is comprised of 12 months, either 
29 
or 30 days per month, which makes 354 days per year. Many Muslim 
countries, 
with the exception of Saudi Arabia, use the Islamic calendar, called 
the 
Hijra, only for religious purposes and reference the Gregorian calendar 
for 
civil purposes.

Q How do Muslims traditionally celebrate the New Year?

A Muslims quietly reflect upon the new year. Morality and the passing 
of 
time is the focus of remembrance.

Q Which holidays are observed during the Islamic calendar year?

A Al-Hijra is the new year and is observed on the first day of the 
first 
month, Muharram. In addition, Al-Hijra is also the anniversary of the 
Prophet Muhammad's migration to the holy city of Medina, an important 
theological event.

Mawlid al-Nabi lands on day 12 of the third month, Rabi al-Awwal. This 
date 
marks the celebration of Muhammad's birth, and is celebrated with 
sermons, 
gift-giving and a feast.

The ninth month, Ramadan, is considered the holiest. Muslims fast from 
sunrise to sunset every day in order to purify themselves through a 
kind of 
sacrifice. The last day of this month is cause for the greatest 
celebration 
of the year...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM WOMEN SPEAK OUT
Ivanhoe Newswire, 2/20/04
http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=43066&SecID=2

ATLANTA - Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The U.S. 
government estimates two million Muslims live in the United States, but 
Muslim groups estimate a much higher number. Muslim women are often 
shown 
in the media as oppressed and voiceless. Here are two women changing 
that 
image.

Tayyibah Taylor and Saleemah Abdulghafur are preparing the next issue 
of 
their magazine Azizah. There's food and fashion but that's where 
similarities to other magazines end. They have different goals.

"One, it's to be the voice of Muslim women, and two, it's to empower 
Muslim 
women to forge their own identities," said COO Abdulghafur. Shocked? 
Taylor 
may know why. "Islam and Muslims are looked at through the lens of 
Middle 
Eastern politics mostly in this country so there's lots of 
misconceptions."

"That she's oppressed, that she can't be educated, that she must listen 
to 
her father or husband first and foremost," Abdulghafur said.

Each issue of Azizah profiles prominent Muslim women. Articles cover 
issues 
like female Islamic scholars, AIDS, and the disabled. The founders 
themselves learn about Islam from the articles like the one discussing 
feminism...

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MUSLIM ARCHITECT BLENDS TRADITION AND INNOVATION
Religion News Service, 2/20/04
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/arts/stories/022104dnrelarchitect.11d6f.html 


PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia - Something is different about the 
elegant 
entrance to the first mosque ever built in this Vancouver suburb. There 
are 
two large carved wooden doors under Moorish arches that are exactly the 
same.

One is for men.

The other is for women.

Gazing up at the portals, architect Sharif Senbel is proud of his 
creation 
- a mosque that emphasizes women and men are equal, even if they 
worship 
separately.

The grand twin entrances are among a variety of Western-sensitive 
features 
Mr. Senbel has fitted into his graceful, brick-faced mosque in the 
growing 
municipality of Port Coquitlam. An Egyptian-born Vancouverite, Mr. 
Senbel, 
37, is one of a handful of architects who are trying to create a new 
look 
for mosques in Canada and the United States.

Straddling many cultural worlds, Mr. Senbel has been busy in the past 
couple of years designing three mosques in Greater Vancouver, which has 
more than 60,000 Muslims, out of an estimated 600,000 across Canada.

They are testaments to artistic, spiritual and environmental 
innovation.

On the surface, everything about Mr. Senbel seems hip and secular: He 
is a 
windsurfer, snowboarder and dedicated eco-activist. He wears oversized 
silver rings and tony clothes. He has his office on the edge of funky, 
gritty Gastown, where the city's young filmmakers gather.

The thing that sets him apart from most up-and-coming North American 
architects, though, is that he's a devout Muslim.

Like virtually all Muslims, he interprets the Quran literally, 
believing it 
is the word of God. On one of his rings, "Allah" is written in Arabic 
calligraphy...

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CULTURAL MECCA: EXPATRIATES PRESERVE HERITAGE, SHARE TRADITIONS WITH 
OTHERS
Rick Badie, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2/22/04
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/0204/22turkish.html

Turkish-Americans yearning for a touch of home can find it in a 
Norcross 
office park.

In one suite, they can watch an international soccer game on satellite 
TV, 
learn to bake baklava or nurse a cup of thick, mild Turkish coffee.

Next door, possibly the only Turkish grocery in Georgia beckons with a 
variety of "konservesi" (canned goods) and traditional candies such as 
Turkish delight, a sugary confection made with an assortment of nuts.

In a cookie-cutter complex off Jimmy Carter and Atlantic boulevards, 
the 
Bereket Turkish Grocery Market and the Istanbul Cultural Center are 
social 
lifelines for expatriates as well as people interested in the 
culture...

A network of immigrants is working to bring pockets of 
Turkish-Americans 
together socially and to offer activities that pass traditions to young 
folks. They also want to educate the public about Turkey, and that 
includes 
letting people see that not all nations with a Muslim majority support 
radical Islam...

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FENCE LEADS TO HEART OF A GREAT DIVIDE
Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times, 2/22/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-palfence22feb22,1,7189691.story

MASHA, West Bank - From his front door, Hani Amer once took in a view 
of 
rolling, rock-crusted hills and the stately minarets that poke above 
mosques of nearby Palestinian villages like exclamation points.

Now the Palestinian farmer stares at a world transformed by the barrier 
Israel has been erecting against much of the West Bank. In this spot 
and 
others, the serpentine divider cuts miles into territory claimed by 
Palestinians for a future state -- one reason it is being challenged in 
the 
International Court of Justice in The Hague. The court will open 
hearings 
Monday.

The wall's arrival in this farming region a few months ago already has 
altered life so deeply that the Amers and hundreds of other Palestinian 
families wonder how they will endure Israel's bid to fence off land 
they 
view as their own. Along the barrier's path and elsewhere across the 
West 
Bank, the project has produced confusion and outrage among 
Palestinians, 
along with a growing resignation that it may be here to stay.

Some residents have been left on the Palestinian side, cut off from 
olive 
groves to the west that have sustained their families for generations. 
Others have been left in a kind of no man's land on the Israeli side, 
and 
can't get their children to school or visit relatives in Palestinian 
communities across the fence.

The Amer family inhabits a category of its own: unable to go in either 
direction with ease...

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THE ENEMIES WITHIN; AN END TO EVIL
Warren I. Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 2/22/04
http://www.latimes.com/

(Warren I. Cohen is Distinguished University Professor at the 
University of 
Maryland, Baltimore County and Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson 
International Center for Scholars.)

Readers old enough to have enjoyed the John Birch Society's 1950s 
attacks 
on the Eisenhower administration -- the suggestions that President 
Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles were conscious 
dupes 
of the internationalist communist conspiracy -- will be delighted by 
the 
new book "An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror." Substitute 
terrorism for communism and we have a wonderfully vulgar screed that 
explains what Americans must do to win the war against terrorism and 
fingers all the individuals, organizations and countries that pose 
obstacles to victory.

According to authors David Frum and Richard Perle, the enemies of a 
secure 
America include Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, his deputy Richard 
L. 
Armitage, the State Department and U.S. diplomats generally, especially 
career foreign service officers (who tend to be disloyal), the CIA, the 
National Security Council (composed largely of men and women seconded 
from 
State and the CIA), the FBI, Democrats (except for Sen. Joe Lieberman), 
the 
United Nations, the French, Belgians and, worst of all, the Saudis. 
Let's 
not forget those members of the first President Bush's foreign policy 
apparatus -- specifically national security advisor Brent Scowcroft and 
senior foreign policy aide Richard N. Haass -- who dared disagree on 
policy 
issues with Perle, then assistant secretary of defense for 
international 
security policy, and Frum, a National Review columnist and former 
speechwriter for President George W. Bush. In "An End to Evil," they 
describe all of the above as facilitators of terrorism against the 
United 
States.

Is this the New McCarthyism? Perhaps the book is meant as red meat for 
the 
faithful, but I don't think so. Surely this is an uncharacteristic 
effort 
by Frum, who boasts of having put the words "axis of evil" in the 
president's mouth, and Perle, known in Washington as the "Prince of 
Darkness," presumably for his insistence on the gravity of the Soviet 
threat on the eve of the collapse of the Soviet Union, to be funny, a 
deliberate parody of what they imagine Roy Cohn, Sen. Joseph McCarthy's 
chief prosecutor, would have written.

They assure us we are not alone in this fight against terrorism. 
Fortunately, President George W. Bush is usually on our side -- at 
least 
when he listens to the right people...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact Sen. Corzine and Rep. Pascrell to thank them for defending the 
Muslim community against defamatory attacks. (Calls are best, followed 
by 
faxes and then e-mails.)

Sen. Corzine: http://corzine.senate.gov/
Rep. Pascrell: http://www.pascrell.house.gov/

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CORZINE, PASCRELL CONDEMN ANTI-MUSLIM SMEARS
Islamic civil rights group thanks officials for their support

(TOTOWA, N.J., 2/23/04) - The New Jersey office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today thanked Sen. Jon Corzine 
(D-NJ) 
and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) for their repudiation of Rep. Peter T. 
King's 
(R-NY) recent claims that "85 percent" of American Muslim community 
leaders 
are "an enemy living amongst us" and that "no (American) Muslims" 
cooperate 
in the war on terror.

King first made those claims February 9th on Sean Hannity's 
nationally-syndicated radio program and later repeated the accusations 
to 
local media.

Corzine and Pascrell repudiated King's remarks at an event for Muslim 
community leaders on Saturday in Teaneck, N.J.

Rep. Pascrell challenged King's claim that the vast majority of mosque 
leaders are extremists. He said the accusation is "not true." "In town 
after town, we know that Muslims are great Americans," said Pascrell.

At the same event, Sen. Corzine said: "It is outrageous to believe that 
80 
to 85 percent of mosques are (run by extremists). This is just not 
representative of what we see."

"We thank Senator Corzine and Congressman Pascrell for coming to the 
defense of the American Muslim community at this critical time," said 
CAIR-NJ Board Member Saladin Mustafa. "Congressman King's smears only 
serve 
to cast suspicion on all American Muslims and to create divisions 
between 
faiths." Mustafa called on other political and religious leaders to 
similarly repudiate King's defamatory comments.

Earlier this month, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called 
King's 
statements "hate-filled," while the Interfaith Alliance termed them 
"inflammatory" and "outrageous."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Faiza Ali, Executive Director, CAIR-NJ, 908-209-7440, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-nj.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org

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SEE ALSO:

NY CONGRESSMAN CALLS U.S. MOSQUE LEADERS 'AN ENEMY AMONGST US'
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=160&page=AA

LISTEN TO AN AUDIO CLIP OF REP. KING'S REMARKS
http://www.cair-net.org/audio/peterking.ram

KING'S REMARKS OUTRAGE MUSLIMS
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usking123667152feb12,0,5646552.story

A RELIGIOUS AWAKENING IN TEANECK
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk0NjUmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY0OTExOTQmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkz 


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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/23/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A VIRTUOUS WOMAN
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: Nevada
* INTERNATIONAL SCAM TARGETS MUSLIMS IN UTAH
       	- Con Artist Targets Muslims Across America (CAIR)
* CAIR-FL: ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY NO THREAT TO U.S. (Orlando Sent)
* WA: WORLD OF POLITICS CHANGING FOR UW MUSLIMS (The Daily)
	- MT: UM Events Educate On Muslim Culture (Missoulian)
	- NJ: Alliance Bridging Gap Among Religions (Gannett)
* MUSLIMS HAD INSIGHTS INTO HIEROGLYPHS (Reuters)
* MA: MUSLIMS, DEVELOPERS COMPETE OVER SCHOOL (Boston Globe)
* REPORT SHOWS ISRAEL OWNS 82 NUKE WEAPONS (Drudge Report)
	- A Wall as a Weapon (New York Times)
* FEW HURRAHS FOR AL-HURRA (Washington Times)
* US-LED WAR IN IRAQ AN 'EXCEPTIONAL INJUSTICE' (VOA)
	- Military Justice a Self-Inflicted Casualty (CSM)
* BOSNIAN SURVIVOR FACES HER TORMENTOR (Toronto Star)
* INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL DINNER IN BALTIMORE

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A VIRTUOUS WOMAN

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The world and all 
things in 
it are valuable; but the most valuable thing in the world is a virtuous 
woman."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 704

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Support CAIR's important work by donating online at:
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ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,310 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Nevada: 28 covered, 56 more libraries to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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INTERNATIONAL SCAM TARGETS MUSLIMS IN UTAH
Pat Reavy, Deseret Morning News, 2/23/04
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,590045165,00.html

An organization based in Washington, D.C., says several Utahns have 
been 
targets of an international scam aimed at Muslims.

Police say a man has been posing as a Muslim leader or scholar who is 
stranded at an airport in another city, typically Toronto, and needs 
money 
wired to him so he can continue his journey. He promises to repay the 
lender immediately.

Instead, officials say, he pockets the cash and moves on to the next 
potential victim.

A man who used that same story recently called a handful of Utahans of 
Muslim descent. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it was 
positive it was the same scam artist and recently issued a warning 
about 
the man. So far, however, local police departments said they have not 
had 
any complaints filed.

The man typically targets leaders or activists in local Muslim 
communities, 
according to CAIR. The group believes he has taken money from Muslims 
in 
the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

"Over time, it adds up to a tremendous amount of money," said CAIR 
spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed, who estimated the man may have pocketed more 
than 
a million dollars from the scam over the past decade.

Two Utah men say they have received calls from a man with a similar sob 
story. One of the Utahns was Adnan Abed, principal of the Iqra Academy 
of 
Utah, 2887 E. 7000 South.

A man called the school claiming he was a doctor from Saudi Arabia in 
charge of an Islamic bank who was traveling to different Muslim 
communities 
for the purpose of donating money to Muslim charities and projects such 
as 
schools and mosques. He asked the school to prepare a proposal that he 
could review, Abed said.

The next day, however, the man called back, claiming his wife had 
accidentally put their plane tickets and all their travelers checks and 
money into luggage that was already shipped to Salt Lake City. He 
claimed 
they were stranded in Toronto and needed $2,000 wired to them so they 
could 
buy plane tickets, Abed said. The man promised to repay the school as 
soon 
as he got to Utah.

Abed said he was about to wire the man money until he talked to a 
friend 
who made some phone calls and found out it was a scam...

ALSO SEE:

CON ARTIST TARGETS MUSLIMS ACROSS AMERICA

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/23/04) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) is warning Muslims throughout the United States and Canada about 
a 
con artist who seeks money by impersonating well-known personalities in 
the 
Muslim world.

The con artist calls Muslim individuals and groups pretending to be 
with a 
respected Islamic institution. He claims that he and others are coming 
to 
visit the United States. Later, he calls back, claiming to have lost 
his 
money, tickets or passport and asks for emergency cash to be wired to 
him 
at Western Union or a similar facility, usually in Canada.

A person using this same con game was arrested in Canada two years ago 
(see 
article below), but was later released. NOTE: The impostor may use many 
variations of this scam.

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:

1. Please ANNOUNCE AT JUMA'A and other functions - several hundred 
Muslims 
have been targeted in the past.

2. DO NOT wire money to anyone claiming to be stranded in an airport.

3. REPORT requests for money to CAIR, the local office of the FBI (ask 
for 
a fraud investigator) and to local police. Obtain a copy of the 
complaint.

4. If you have already been a victim, send copies of wire transfer 
documents to CAIR so that a case can be built against this man. (FAX:
202-488-0833)

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE THE FOLLOWING 2002 CAIR ALERT:

CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=125&page=AA

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DESIRE FOR ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY IS NO THREAT TO U.S.
Parvez Ahmed, Orlando Sentinel, 2/23/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpahmed23022304feb23,1,3497614.story

The Bush administration is grappling with the real possibility that 
Iraq 
will most likely end up being an "Islamic democracy." Although U.S. 
civilian administrator Paul Bremer initially favored allowing Iraqis to 
decide for themselves the final shape and content of their 
constitution, he 
now says that the current draft of the constitution should make Islam 
"a 
source of inspiration for the law" as opposed to being the main source.

Asked what would happen if Iraqi leaders wrote into the constitution 
that 
Islamic sharia law is the principal basis of the law, Bremer suggested 
he 
would veto it. "Our position is clear. It can't be law until I sign 
it," 
said Bremer. The threat of veto has angered Iraqis.

As an American-Muslim, I am bemused at Bremer's paranoia, for I see no 
conflict between Islam and democracy. At the core of democracy lies the 
ideals of a representative government that safeguards the rights of all 
its 
citizens. It may come as a shock to many, but Islam's idea of 
governance is 
not far from these ideals.

Democracy in essence calls for the accountability of governments to the 
governed. With accountability comes the right to elect governments. 
Election thus becomes the means to the goal of accountability, which it 
is 
assumed keeps a democratic society close to the ideals of justice and 
fairness...

Parvez Ahmed is the chairman of board for the Florida Chapter of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations in Davie. CAIR is America's 
largest 
Muslim civil-liberties advocacy groups.

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WORLD OF POLITICS CHANGING FOR UW MUSLIMS
Matt Ironside, The Daily of Washington University, 2/23/04
http://thedaily.washington.edu/news.lasso

The UW Muslim Student Association (MSA) Islamic House is a work in 
progress. Step inside and you'll see lined studs and ceiling boards 
where 
walls and tiles once were.

The renovation of the building the MSA intends to use for many of its 
future activities is an indication of changes elsewhere in the Muslim 
community. Sept. 11, 2001, the Patriot Act, and the wars in Iraq and 
Afghanistan are common mentions when members of MSA discuss how the 
last 
four years have changed their community politically.

"With non-Muslim friends before 9/11 we never use to talk about 
politics, 
but after [Sept. 11] people started to ask," said Zia Qadir, a freshman 
in 
pre-engineering. "We have to know what we're standing for,"

Qadir admits that he and his Islamic friends have never been 
politically 
active in the past. It is a past that many in the community see 
changing.

"I believe there has been a large increase of activity compared to four 
years ago," said Rami Al Kabra, a member of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) Seattle Chapter.

Al Kabra cited a higher-than-expected turnout at a recent Islamic 
community 
event as an example of how things have changed. CAIR held the event to 
educate people on how to participate in the Feb. 7 caucuses...

ALSO SEE:

UM EVENTS EDUCATE ON MUSLIM CULTURE, FAITH
Betsy Cohen, Missoulian, 2/23/04
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2004/02/23/news/local/news05.txt

Muslim cultural understanding will be the focus of an upcoming event 
sponsored by the University of Montana.

During the week of March 8 -14, UM's Muslim Student Association and the 
Office of International Programs will host a weeklong program called 
"Expanding Horizons."

Events will include educational programs and activities aimed at 
strengthening community relationships between Missoula Muslims and the 
greater Missoula community.

Lectures, presentations and films are among some of the program's 
offerings. Workshops will be held for Muslim Student Association 
members 
and other interested international students, which will focus on 
various 
aspects of U.S. government and American political and social history.

Throughout the week, members of the Muslim Student Association will 
visit 
local high schools to give presentations on their countries and 
cultures...

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ALLIANCE BRIDGING GAP AMONG RELIGIONS
Craig Yetsko, Gannett New Jersey, 2/23/04
http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,912431,00.html

OLD BRIDGE - In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Moin 
Ansari 
saw an opportunity to promote a positive interaction among Muslims, 
Christians and Jews. The Pakistan-born Muslim, along with Allan 
Shapiro, a 
member of the Flemington Conservative Jewish Community Center, sought 
to 
create a group that focused on the positives of the three religions. 
The 
result: formation of the American Jewish Muslim Alliance.

"There is a lot of commonality between our faiths," Ansari said to a 
group 
of 25 on Sunday at Congregation Beth Ohr.

He said Muslims pray to the God of Jesus and Moses. The languages of 
Arabic 
and Hebrew also are alike, Ansari added.

He said the slogan of the alliance, based in East Hanover, is that 
every 
time a terrorist event happens, the group should form 10 new 
Jewish-Muslim, 
Jewish-Christian or Christian-Muslim relationships.

Ansari, along with alliance member Jory Samkoff-Oulhiad, spoke about 
their 
group's travels to churches and synagogues to provide a dialogue among 
the 
faiths.

Samkoff-Oulhiad has a unique perspective on Judaism and Islam -- she is 
married to Lahsen Oulhiad, a Moroccan Muslim.

She said Jewish people are accepted by Muslims in Morocco…

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MUSLIMS HAD INSIGHTS INTO HIEROGLYPHS
Reuters, 2/22/04
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/02/22/egypt.hieroglyphs.reut/

CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian scholar based in London, England, has been 
delighting Arab audiences with his inquiries into the recondite world 
of 
medieval Muslims who wrote about ancient Egypt and had some insights 
into 
hieroglyphic writing.

Among Western scholars, who have led the field of Egyptology since 
Napoleon's 1798 campaign and Jean-Francois Champollion's groundbreaking 
work on hieroglyphics in the 1820s, the conventional wisdom has been 
that 
Arabs and Muslims dismissed ancient Egypt as an irrelevant pagan 
civilization.

The French set up Egypt's first organized archaeological 
administration, 
and Egyptians hardly figure among the pantheon of honored scholars who 
patched together our vast knowledge of ancient Egypt from tombs, 
temples, 
pyramids and inscriptions.

But Okasha El Daly, who lectures at University College London and holds 
an 
outreach post at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, says that a 
thousand years earlier, when Arab civilization was close to its height, 
Muslim scholars not only took an interest in ancient Egypt but also 
could 
interpret at least a few characters in the hieroglyphic script...

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TWO GROUPS COMPETE OVER FUTURE OF SCHOOL
Angelica Medaglia, Boston Globe, 2/22/04
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/02/22/two_groups_compete_over_future_of_school/

MEDFORD -- Facing an intense lobbying effort by West Medford residents 
that 
included letters, telephone calls, and petitions, the City Council last 
week asked a city-appointed committee to reconsider its decision that 
would 
prevent the shuttered Hervey school from being used as an educational 
facility.

In a move called into question by Mayor Michael McGlynn, the council 
voted 
to ask the city's School Reuse Committee to revisit its decision last 
month 
to limit the sale of the former school on Holton Street to developers 
who 
would use it for condominiums. The committee's decision ruled out a 
proposal from a group of area Muslims who wanted to use the building 
for 
the Malik Academy, an Islamic school.

Committee member Richard Laskey has said his group believed that the 
city 
would get more tax revenue by selling the school to a developer than to 
the 
Malik Academy backers. And McGlynn said city officials fear that if the 
Hervey building is allowed to be used as an educational facility, then 
a 
group could start a charter school there and draw state funding away 
from 
the public schools.

Some neighbors support the condo idea. But many have voiced strong 
support 
for the academy or for another plan that would allow the school to 
continue 
to be used for educational purposes. They argue that a school would be 
more 
in keeping with the character of the neighborhood than a condominium 
development...

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SECRET DEFENSE REPORT SHOWS ISRAEL OWNS 82 NUKE WEAPONS
Drudge Report, 2/23/04
http://www.drudgereport.com/mattrs.htm

RUMSFELD'S WAR, the new book by WASHINGTON TIMES Pentagon reporter 
Rowan 
Scarborough, includes a secret Defense Intelligence Agency report that 
shows Israel owns 82 nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, arch-rivals Pakistan 
and 
India plan big increases in their atomic arsenals.

The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained a copy of that report, one of many 
secret 
document cited in RUMSFELD'S WAR. Following is an excerpt from this new 
book which is being released Monday and which has sold out advance 
copies 
at some bookstores:

President Bush's inaugural address followed the traditional script: 
paying 
homage to the outgoing president before mentioning the continuing 
national 
security threats and what he planned to do about them. "We will build 
our 
defenses beyond challenge, lest weakness invite challenge," he said. 
"We 
will confront weapons of mass destruction, so that a new century is 
spared 
new horrors" .... Waiting for the new president at the Pentgon was an 
extraordinary, massive and classified paper on future threats 
stretching to 
the year 2020, prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

On the nuclear front, a page stamped secret says more countries will 
possess nuclear weapons in the next twenty years. A classified chart 
predicts that Iran will have ten to twenty weapons.

China¹s nuclear ICBM force will grow from forty missiles to as many as 
220. 
Rivals Pakistan and India will more than double their nuclear 
stockpile. 
Stalinist North Korea may have ten atomic weapons by 2020. Israel will 
maintain an arsenal of about eighty warheads. North Korea possesses not 
only two to four nuclear weapons - of limited nuclear yield - but it 
also 
has an offensive biological and chemical arsenal. Says the DIA report, 
"Despite limited intelligence on the status of its biological warfare 
capabilities, North Korea is thought to have developed agents including 
anthrax, plague, cholera and toxins..."

ALSO SEE:

A WALL AS A WEAPON
Noam Chomsky, New York Times, 2/23/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/23/opinion/23CHOM.html

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - It is a virtual reflex for governments to plead 
security 
concerns when they undertake any controversial action, often as a 
pretext 
for something else. Careful scrutiny is always in order. Israel's 
so-called 
security fence, which is the subject of hearings starting today at the 
International Court of Justice in The Hague, is a case in point.

Few would question Israel's right to protect its citizens from 
terrorist 
attacks like the one yesterday, even to build a security wall if that 
were 
an appropriate means. It is also clear where such a wall would be built 
if 
security were the guiding concern: inside Israel, within the 
internationally recognized border, the Green Line established after the 
1948-49 war. The wall could then be as forbidding as the authorities 
chose: 
patrolled by the army on both sides, heavily mined, impenetrable. Such 
a 
wall would maximize security, and there would be no international 
protest 
or violation of international law.

This observation is well understood. While Britain supports America's 
opposition to the Hague hearings, its foreign minister, Jack Straw, has 
written that the wall is "unlawful." Another ministry official, who 
inspected the "security fence," said it should be on the Green Line or 
"indeed on the Israeli side of the line." A British parliamentary 
investigative commission also called for the wall to be built on 
Israeli 
land, condemning the barrier as part of a "deliberate" Israeli 
"strategy of 
bringing the population to heel..."

Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute 
of 
Technology, is the author of "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for 
Global Dominance."

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FEW HURRAHS FOR AL-HURRA
Arnaud de Borchgrave, Washington Times, 2/22/04
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040222-103508-3982r.htm

Small wonder the first Arabic-language U.S. satellite television 
station 
named Al-Hurra, Arabic for "the free," did not garner any hurrahs from 
the 
intended audience - some 310 million Arabs in 22 Arab countries.

America's message was blunted from the start by the Bush 
administration's 
benign neglect of the Middle East peace process, pushed aside as it was 
by 
the occupation of Iraq, and a much-heralded "road map" for a road that 
wasn't on the map. That is now seen as a diversion to allow Ariel 
Sharon to 
complete his housekeeping chores in the West Bank and Gaza before 
drawing a 
new line in the sand.

Al-Hurra is seen by Arabs as a new vessel for the same merchandise - 
promotion of U.S. policies and interests as well as those of Israel.

Ever since Prime Minister Sharon convinced Mr. Bush that Israel's war 
on 
Palestinian terrorism was an integral part of America's war on global 
terrorism, Mr. Sharon has moved his pieces on the Middle Eastern 
chessboard 
to ensure the stillbirth of a Palestinian state. He has forged ahead 
with a 
420-mile, $2 billion wall/fence/ditch that snakes deep into Palestinian 
territory and expropriates almost 15 percent of the West Bank 
(excluding 
East Jerusalem).

And if the barrier is extended along the Jordan River with a no-man's 
land 
on either side, as presently envisaged, Israel will have annexed 55 
percent 
of the area designated to become a Palestinian state. Not by the 
remotest 
stretch of an Israeli's imagination - dove or hawk - could this 
possibly be 
seen as a future Palestinian state. As a sop to the World Court of 
Justice 
taking up Palestinian complaints this week, Sharon agreed to shorten 
the 
anti-terrorist barrier by five miles...

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US-LED WAR IN IRAQ A 'EXCEPTIONAL INJUSTICE' SAYS INDONESIAN PRESIDENT
Tim Johnston, VOA News, 2/23/04
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=FE4C8BCE-A85F-49BB-AE2DB92F25D6AF14

The president of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, 
has 
attacked the coalition campaign in Iraq. The comments are a reflection 
of a 
deep distrust of U.S. motives in the Iraq campaign.

President Megawati Sukarnoputri opened a conference of Islamic scholars 
Monday, by saying the U.S. led war in Iraq was symptomatic of 
"exceptional 
injustice" by big Western nations against Muslim nations. "The act of 
violence undertaken unilaterally against the Republic of Iraq by 
certain 
countries, which are now finding it difficult to prove the existence of 
weapons of mass destruction there, which is the sole justification to 
launch the biggest military attack at the beginning of the 21st 
century, is 
an evident picture of this injustice," she says.

She went on to criticize the recent decision by France to ban 
conspicuous 
religious symbols, including the headscarves worn by Muslim women, in 
schools. She described it as discrimination, and a blow to human 
rights.

The Jakarta conference is designed to promote dialogue among different 
faiths and counter the impression given by some militants that Islam is 
a 
violent religion.

The overwhelming majority of Indonesia's 190 million Muslims follow a 
moderate form of Islam. They have been deeply shocked by the acts of 
terrorism carried out in the name of Islam, including the murderous 
bombings on the island of Bali in 2002 and the explosion outside a 
U.S.-run 
hotel in Jakarta last August...

ALSO SEE:

MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM A SELF-INFLICTED CASUALTY IN TERROR WAR
Juliette Kayyem, Christian Science Monitor, 2/23/04
http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0223/p09s02-cogn.html

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Has our traditional system of military justice 
become 
the latest casualty in the war on terror? One gauge of that question is 
the 
handling of the case against a former Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo 
Bay, US 
Army Capt. James Yee.

Last week, for the fifth time in three months, Captain Yee's military 
court 
preliminary hearing was postponed to give the Army more time to review 
classified documents it alleges Yee took from Guantanamo Bay. Last 
year, 
Yee spent 76 days in prison while military prosecutors tried to build a 
much-publicized espionage charge against him. Failing that, the 
government 
charged the West Point graduate with mishandling classified material 
(material apparently still being assessed by the government). And just 
in 
case those charges don't stick, Yee was also accused of adultery and 
downloading pornography on his government laptop computer, both 
punishable 
in a military court. Somehow, he's got to be guilty of something.

The delay is unfortunate, and suggests the government's case is weak. 
To 
date, despite a cadre of military prosecutors involved in months of 
investigation, the government has failed so far to disclose to the 
court, 
or evidently to the defendant, the basis for its allegations that Yee 
posed 
a harm to the nation.

If Yee was in fact in physical possession of classified materials when 
he 
was originally detained, it should not take prosecutors months to cull 
through the material. Yet in previous public testimony, the sole 
evidence 
against Yee was made by his former mistress, who admitted to an affair 
in 
violation of military rules. This may be of significant interest to 
Yee's 
wife, but hardly a US security breech.

The government has now stated that even if its national security 
charges 
come to naught, it will still pursue Yee for his affair and 
pornography...

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A SURVIVOR FACES HER TORMENTOR
Sandro Contenta, Toronto Star, 2/23/04
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1077491410261&call_pageid=968332188854&col=968350060724

A few days ago, Nusret Sivac came face to face with the man who ran the 
concentration camp where she was raped and others were killed.

It's not uncommon in today's Bosnia for victims and perpetrators of a 
war 
that ended in 1995 to cross paths. And nowhere is this more likely than 
in 
the Prijedor area, where Muslim victims of "ethnic cleansing" by 
Bosnian 
Serbs are returning in force.

For Sivac, a pre-war civil court judge who returned in 1999, the chance 
encounter was especially charged with emotion.

Walking towards her was Miroslav Kvocka, a Bosnian Serb she testified 
against at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He was released two 
months 
ago, after serving two-thirds of a seven-year sentence for war crimes.

Sivac screwed up her courage...

It was a moment of personal triumph for the survivor of Omarska camp, 
where 
3,000 Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats were tortured and starved. On 
one 
of Prijedor's bleak streets, human dignity had prevailed...

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INDIAN MUSLIM COUNCIL DINNER IN BALTIMORE

WHAT: The Baltimore Chapter of the Indian Muslim Council-USA are 
hosting 
its annual awareness event and fund raising dinner, titled, 
"Marginalization of Muslims in India."

WHEN: Saturday, 6th March 2004 @ 6:00 pm

WHERE: The Palace Hall, Sam's Plaza, 1724 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, MD 
21207

For Tickets and other details Contact IMC-Baltimore:

E-mail: baltimore@imc-usa.org
Phone: 410 903 1157
Website: www.imc-usa.org/baltimore.htm

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

			- MEDIA ADVISORY -

CALIFORNIANS TO PROTEST DORNAN'S ISLAMOPHOBIA
Religious and minority groups oppose candidate's 'hate-filled' rhetoric

WHAT: On Friday, February 27, 2004, representatives of Los Angeles-area 
interfaith, Latino, Asian, and immigrant organizations will hold a news 
conference outside the Huntington Beach office of Republican 
congressional 
candidate Robert Dornan to protest what the groups say is his 
"hate-filled" 
rhetoric about Muslims, Arabs, immigrants, and other minorities. 
(Dornan is 
seeking election in California's 46th congressional district.)

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2004, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: In front of Robert Dornan's listed campaign office, 18851 
Goldenwest 
St., Huntington Beach, CA
CONTACT: Sabiha F. Khan, Communications Director, CAIR-LA, 714-776-1847 
or 
714-390-0334

News conference organizers say Dornan has a history of making 
Islamophobic 
remarks. In a recent Orange County Register article, Dornan cited his 
"Middle East" and "Islamic expertise" and said, "The dark side of Islam 
has 
been a problem for 1,400 years." (12/5/03).

In December of 2001, Dornan criticized the father of John Walker Lindh, 
for 
letting Lindh "give up Jesus for a camel driver with nine wives." (CNN, 
12/14/01)

During the same broadcast, the host asked: "How could you actually as 
an 
elected official in a country that embraces separation of church and 
state 
make pro-Jesus Christ and anti-Islam statements?"

Dornan responded by saying: "Why? All you've heard is pro-Islamic 
statements for the last three months. It's not wrong...you ought to 
study 
the two men. Study Jesus Christ, a man of peace, and study Mohammed, a 
man 
of war." He went on to say that Islam urged people to "murder other 
camel 
drivers" and Muhammad said to "cut their throats".

At a rally in March of 2003 at the Lincoln Memorial, it was reported 
that 
Dornan "denounced the Koran as 'a book of war and terrorism' and said 
that 
the Koran 'must be rewritten' and that passages seen as endorsing 
violence 
'must be expunged.'" SEE: 
http://www.overthrow.com/lsn/news.asp?articleID=4137

In a letter sent to Dornan, CAIR-LA requested that Dornan clarify 
whether 
these comments are indeed accurate and reflective of his views on Islam 
and 
Muslims.

"As reported, these Islamophobic remarks reflect a lack of 
understanding 
about Islam and Muslims," said CAIR-LA Director of Governmental 
Relations 
Omar Zaki. "Such comments demonstrate an attempt to treat American 
Muslims 
as an outcast community."

Zaki added that Islamophobic speech directed at the American Muslim 
community creates unnecessary division among Americans during a time 
when 
national unity is needed more than ever.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

					- END -

CONTACTS: Sabiha F. Khan, Communications Director, CAIR-LA, 
714-776-1847 or 
714-390-0334, E-MAIL: socal@cair.com; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 
202-744-7726, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/24/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A CONSIDERATE PROPHET
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: West Virginia
* CAIR-CAN FUNDRAISING DINNER
	- CAIR-LA: Election Town Hall Meeting a Success
	- CAIR-NY: Muslims Vote 2004 Dinner
* INCITEMENT WATCH: 'YOU CAN'T BELIEVE AN ARAB'
* CA OFFICIAL CHALLENGES REP KING'S ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS
	- FBI Director Thanks American Muslims (C-SPAN)
* MD MUSLIMS FILE DISCRIMINATION SUIT (Wash Post)
	- CAIR-CAN: Muslims Face New Pressures (Macleans)
* CA: MUSLIMS SUPPORT ONE OF THEIR OWN (Pakistan Link)
	- RESOURCES: New Haitian Muslim Group Formed
* FRANCE: SECULAR...OR ANTI-ISLAMIC? (Washington Times)
* COURT DENIES REVIEW OF POST-9/11 SECRECY (Wash. Post)
	- Detainee Claims Torture in Syria (National Post)
* YVONNE RIDLEY CHANGED BY CONVERSION TO ISLAM (Guardian)
* US SUSPENDS 17 TROOPS IN DETAINEE ABUSE PROBE (Reuters)
	- Gunned Down With Abandon (New Nation)
	- Shi'ite Anger at Occupation Mounts (Reuters)
	- Clerics Urge Release of Detained Women (Reuters)
* PALESTINIANS AND THE 'SECURITY' BARRIER (Indep.)
* A HISTORY WRITTEN IN CHECHEN BLOOD (Washington Post)
* MOROCCO EARTHQUAKE KILLS AT LEAST 229 (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A CONSIDERATE PROPHET

A'isha, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), said: "I 
never once saw the (Prophet) making voluntary (supplications to God), 
without doing so myself. Sometimes the (Prophet) would refrain from a 
practice that he loved to do, fearing that people would do the same and 
(mistakenly believe) that it had become obligatory for them."

Al-Muwatta, Volume 9, Hadith 32

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SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK

Support CAIR's important work by donating online at:
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ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,311 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of West Virginia: 54 covered, 112 more libraries 
to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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CAIR-CAN FUNDRAISING DINNER - TORONTO

WHAT: The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) 
presents its second annual Toronto fundraising dinner, "Striving for 
Full 
Citizenship. Your Voice, Your Future." The wife of Maher Aras, Dr. 
Monia 
Mazigh, Sheikh Abdalla Idris Ali, Dr. Munir El-Kassem, Executive 
Director 
of CAIR-CAN Riad Saloojee LL.B., and Chair of CAIR-CAN Dr. Sheema Khan 
will 
be featured speakers. There will also be a multimedia presentation.

WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 2004. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
WHERE: Toronto Congress Centre, Leonard Cohen Hall, 650 Dixon Rd (near 
Pearson Airport)

For additional information, call 416.409.8451 or email 
toronto@cair-net.org.

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-LA: ELECTION TOWN HALL MEETING A SUCCESS

(BUENA PARK, CA) - Some 400 members of the American Muslim and 
Arab-American communities turned out for the Elections 2004 Town Hall 
meeting held in Buena Park on Sunday to hear from federal, state, and 
local 
candidates running in the primaries on March 2, 2004.

The town hall meeting was co-organized by the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA), Muslim Public Affairs 
Council 
(MPAC), American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Arab American Caucus-State 
Democratic Party, and the Arab American Republican Club of Orange 
County, 
and co-sponsored by dozens of groups including other Muslim, Iranian, 
Pakistani, Indian, and Arab-American organizations.

Candidates from various local races told the community that Muslim and 
Arab 
voices were needed in our political system. They urged the community to 
continue playing an important role and to challenge attempts at 
exclusion.

With the exception of the Bush campaign, all major presidential 
campaigns 
were present, with representatives from the John Kerry, Dennis 
Kucinich, 
John Edwards, Howard Dean, and Green party campaigns. Ralph Nader, who 
had 
announced his candidacy on that day, called in to the meeting.

Representatives from state and local races from Los Angeles, San 
Bernardino, and Orange Counties also spoke to the community. Candidates 
present included Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-47th), Congresswoman 
Linda Sanchez (D-39th), Assemblyman Lou Correa, Councilman Mark Leyes, 
assembly candidates Dave Silva and Kermit Marsh, Congressional 
candidates 
Cynthia Matthews, Vicki Johnson and Judge Jim Gray, and Mayor pro tem 
of 
Garden Grove, Van Tran.

Several leaders of the Muslim and Arab communities spoke at the event. 
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA, stressed the importance 
of 
voting by American Muslims and Arab-Americans.

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CAIR-NY: MUSLIMS VOTE 2004 DINNER

WHAT: A Muslims Vote 2004 dinner will take place that will examine the 
role 
of the 7 million American Muslims in the 2004 elections. Confirmed 
Guest 
Speakers include Omar Ahmad, Chairman, Council on American-Islamic 
Relations; Agha Saeed, Chairman, American Muslim Alliance

WHEN:  Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 630 PM

WHERE: Crowne Plaza la Guardia Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd,
East Elmhurst, Queens, NY 11369 (Across LaGuardia Airport)

For directions please call hotel at (718) 457-6300
For more information, contact CAIR-NY at (212) 870-2002
E-Mail: cair-ny@cair-ny.com

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INCITEMENT WATCH: 'YOU CAN'T BELIEVE AN ARAB'
IsraelNN.com, 2/24/04
http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=58417

During a memorial service today, Deputy Defense Minister (Likud) Ze'ev 
Boim 
questioned what drives "Islam in general and the Palestinian people 
specifically", asking if their yearning for terrorism is not "cultural 
or 
even genetic", calling their murderous actions "unexplainable".

SEE ALSO:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=397853&displayTypeCd=1&sideCd=1&contrassID=2

Fellow Likud legislator Yehiel Hazan rushed to defend Boim against 
charges 
that the deputy minister had practiced anti-Semitism against the Arab 
branch of the Semitic peoples.

"He's right," Hazan said, "It's been a known fact for many years that 
the 
Arabs slaughter and murder Jews, without any connection to land. It's 
imprinted in their blood. It's something genetic. I haven't done 
research, 
but there's no possibility of explaining it differently.

"You can't believe an Arab, even one who's 40 years in his grave," 
Hazan said.

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CA OFFICIAL CHALLENGES REP KING'S ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS

February 19, 2004

Honorable Peter T. King
US House of Representatives
436 Cannon House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515

Dear Representative King;

As Chair of the California Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes, I 
am 
writing to express my concerns with your recent comments about U.S. 
mosque 
leaders.

On February 9, 2004, during a radio interview on Sean Hannity's 
nationally 
syndicated radio show, you affirmed your stance that extremists rule 85 
percent of mosques in America. You further stated that mosques were "an 
enemy living amongst us" and unwilling to "cooperate with police."

The response by leaders of U.S. mosques after the attacks on September 
11, 
2001 alone provides ample evidence to repudiate your comments. Leaders 
of 
the U.S. mosque community were among the first to denounce the attacks 
of 
September 11, 2001, issuing public statements and offering their help. 
Muslim­American doctors, firefighters, and business owners volunteered 
their time and raised substantial money for relief efforts. And despite 
the 
fact that anti-Islamic hate crimes increased 1600 percent between 2000 
and 
2001, leaders have offered their mosques as gathering places for public 
dialogue.

Furthermore, leaders of U.S. mosques have continued to invite community 
and 
elected leaders to learn about their culture and practices. Thousands 
of 
Muslim-Americans serve in the US military and in law enforcement, 
working 
to protect all Americans.

Mr. King, I believe your viewpoints are grossly misguided. I am 
concerned 
that such inflammatory speech will only encourage more acts of 
discrimination and violence against the Muslim-American community. I 
urge 
you to issue a public apology for the comments that you made. 
Additionally, 
I hope that you accept the invitation of Mr. Nihad Awad, the Executive 
Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, and learn about 
the 
important contributions that Muslim-Americans have made to this nation.

Thank you for taking your time to listen to my concerns. I look forward 
to 
hearing your response on this matter.

Sincerely,

Judy M. Chu, Ph.D.
49th Assembly District [California]
http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a49/

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

NY CONGRESSMAN CALLS U.S. MOSQUE LEADERS 'AN ENEMY AMONGST US'
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=160&page=AA

LISTEN TO AN AUDIO CLIP OF REP. KING'S REMARKS
http://www.cair-net.org/audio/peterking.ram

KING'S REMARKS OUTRAGE MUSLIMS
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usking123667152feb12,0,5646552.story

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send a note of appreciation to Assemblywoman Chu through: 
http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a49/contacts.htm
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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SEE ALSO:

FBI DIRECTOR THANKS AMERICAN MUSLIMS
http://www.c-span.org (Minute 40:48 of the video clip)

Tenet & Mueller Before Committee - CIA Dir. George Tenet & FBI Dir. 
Robert 
Mueller testify on current & projected national security threats before 
the 
Senate Intelligence Cmte.

"…at the outset, I should mention that the Muslim American, 
Iraqi-American, 
and Arab-American communities in the United States have contributed a 
great 
deal to our success. And on behalf of the FBI, I would like to thank 
these 
communities for their assistance and for their ongoing commitment to 
preventing acts of terrorism."

FBI Director Robert Mueller, 2/24/04

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MD MUSLIMS FILE DISCRIMINATION SUIT
The Washington Post, 2/24/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/

Islamic groups in Montgomery and Frederick counties have filed a 
federal 
discrimination suit against Frederick County and members of its Board 
of 
County Commissioners, accusing the board of illegally blocking them 
from 
building a mosque and community center on 100 acres of rural land south 
of 
downtown Frederick.

The Islamic Society of Frederick, the Islamic Center of Maryland and 
WAQF, 
a trust set up by the two entities to raise funds for the mosque, said 
the 
board unfairly denied the center access to water and sewer lines that 
had 
been granted to non-Muslim applicants.

John L. Thompson Jr., president of the five-member board, said the 
development application was turned down solely because of land-use 
considerations. The county had earlier classified the water and sewer 
line 
off-limits to new development and refused to make an exception for the 
mosque, although exceptions had been made previously for two sports 
facilities that were never built.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 18 in Greenbelt, names three from the board -- 
former commissioner David P. Gray and current commissioners Jan H. 
Gardner 
and Thompson Jr.

ALSO SEE:

RIAD SALOOJEE: CANADA'S MUSLIM COMMUNITY FACES NEW PRESSURES
Alan Martin, Macleans, 2/24/04
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/qanda/article.jsp?content=20040301_76045_76045

The decision by American authorities to deport Canadian computer 
engineer 
Maher Arar to his native Syria in September 2002 highlighted several 
flaws 
in the way security agencies in Canada and the U.S. are trying to 
grapple 
with the global terror threat. Riad Saloojee, a lawyer and executive 
director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada, recently 
spoke with Maclean's correspondent Alan Martin on the problems facing 
Muslims in Canada since the World Trade Center attacks, the dangers of 
racial profiling, and the Arar case.

How has life changed for Canada's Muslim community since Sept. 11?

We did a survey in September 2002 in which a third of respondents said 
their lives had changed for the worse. People generally blamed 
discrimination, racial profiling and a heightened state of fear and 
anxiety. The anti-terrorism legislation gutted some very basic rights 
and 
freedoms that are entrenched under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 
But 
Sept. 11 was also very productive in breaking down barriers between 
Muslims 
and the general Canadian society. About 22 per cent said their lives 
had 
changed for the better because they now had the opportunity for greater 
dialogue and debate.

How have anti-terrorism measures affected Canadian Muslims?

CSIS and the RCMP can procure information from foreign intelligence 
agencies and governments that are not democratic, that have no 
transparency 
in how they accumulate evidence. That evidence is inherently 
unreliable, 
yet the solicitor general can use it in designating someone as a 
terrorist. 
Once the label is levelled, a person's life is completely ruined. There 
is 
a feeling that could happen at the drop of a hat. Let's say we express 
an 
opinion that is not necessarily popular, for example that we disagree 
with 
the war in Iraq -- there is concern that we may be pegged as 
terrorists.

Has this translated into Muslims being less visible in the expression 
of 
their faith?

Yes, there has been a chilling effect. Our office gets a lot of calls 
from 
Muslims saying that CSIS or the RCMP wants to visit them. That by 
itself is 
not a problem, though some of the tactics are unethical and 
unconstitutional. People are told, "There are a lot of questions you 
need 
to answer, but you don't need to have a lawyer with you." Typically, 
the 
questions are very loaded: "Do you pray? Do you pray five times a day? 
At 
which mosque? Who do you know in the community? What are your views 
about 
Afghanistan?" These questions would be deemed completely irrelevant if 
you 
had a lawyer present. This has been quite traumatic -- many people have 
experienced it...

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MUSLIM AMERICANS SUPPORT ONE OF THEIR OWN IN CONGRESSIONAL RACE
Ras H. Siddiqui, Pakistan Link, 2/24/04
http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=791b4a9b5989e24451457861ad6d0c29

NEWARK, Calif. - The dinner event at the Hilton Hotel in Newark 
actually 
had a combination of reasons behind it.

It was Eid Day this year, it was an effort to recognize the certain 
community individuals who have worked tirelessly on our behalf in 
California's Bay Area and it was a fundraising effort for 
Muslim-American 
Maad Abu Ghazalah who is running for U.S. Congress from District 12 
(San 
Mateo/San Francisco) against incumbent Tom Lantos.

The Feb. 1 program started with a recitation from the Holy Qur'an and 
the 
Pledge of Allegiance of the United States. Reflecting on this day being 
"a 
day of sacrifices" as Eid Al Adha is about the sacrifice of a father 
(the 
Prophet Abraham) and his son (Ishmael), Reshma Yunus spoke briefly on 
Muslims in America and the price that we need to pay for continued 
peace 
and prosperity and the efforts through political participation still 
needed 
to make a difference here.

It is important to note that this event, which was actually slated to 
start 
around 6 p.m., actually did not begin till after 8 p.m. due to the 
close 
Super Bowl football game between the Patriots and the Panthers. A 
little 
less than a hundred people participated but quality and not quantity in 
numbers was important here. Dinner was served in the buffet style and 
the 
opportunity presented to socialize was not wasted, as this was also an 
Eid 
Milan party.

After dinner the main force behind this evening's effort Salim Mastan 
made 
a short speech and called for a renewal of awareness on behalf of 
Muslims 
and how we need to re-establish our priorities. He made his continued 
call 
of his wish to see a Muslim in the White House by the year 2020 and 
asked 
the community to support Maad Abu Ghazalah.

Dr. Agha Saeed next presented his views on our obligations as citizens 
of 
this country by our pledge to 1) Defend it 2) Defend its freedom and 
civil 
liberties and 3) defend it spiritually. He explained the formation of 
the 
American Muslim Task Force and the urgent need to have a proper way to 
articulate the Muslim interests in the United States...

ALSO SEE:

RESOURCES: NEW HAITIAN MUSLIM GROUP FORMED

Haitian African-American Islamic Community
E-Mail: Haitiancommunity@bellsouth.net
Tel: 305-758-3881 or 786-356-1335
Address: 7828 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami 33138

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SECULAR…OR ANTI-ISLAMIC?
Bruce Fein, Washington Times, 2/23/04
http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20040223-091416-8031r.htm

On Feb. 10, 2004, the French National Assembly voted 494-39 to prohibit 
the 
wearing of Islamic head scarves in public schools. The prohibition is 
facially evenhanded among religions in forbidding "signs and dress that 
conspicuously show the religious affiliation of students."

Its ostensible purpose is to protect a secular state. According to 
Prime 
Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin in hailing the magnitude of the 
legislative 
triumph, "The Republic and secularism are strengthened."

But the timing and arguments surrounding the legislation show an 
anti-Islamic motivation. Its secular state justification is patently 
bogus. 
And the prohibition on religious garb has already inflamed France's 
climbing Muslim population and weakened national unity.

The bill was introduced after French Muslims had surged to 5 million 
and 
fears of Islamic terrorism had spiked in the wake of September 11, 
2001. 
France's prevailing separation of church and state, decreed in 1905 by 
the 
Third Republic, accommodates religion in public life. The eastern 
provinces 
of Alsace and Lorraine, for instance, which were German in 1905, 
maintain a 
Concordat relationship with Paris that enables clergy to receive 
government 
salaries.

Article 1 of the French Constitution enjoins both secularism and 
respect of 
all beliefs: "France is a Republic, indivisible, secular, democratic 
and 
social. It shall ensure the equality of citizens before the law, 
without 
distinction of origin, race or religion. It shall respect all beliefs." 
In 
1989, the French Constitutional Council declared illegal a blanket 
school 
ban on religious signs...

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COURT DENIES REVIEW OF POST-9/11 SECRECY
Charles Lane, Washington Post, 2/24/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64058-2004Feb23.html

The Supreme Court said yesterday that it will not hear a Miami man's 
case 
against the unusual secrecy that enveloped the proceedings against him 
in 
lower federal courts, ending the court's involvement in one of the 
murkier 
legal stories to emerge from the Bush administration's investigation of 
the 
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Mohamed Kamel Bellahouel, 34, an Algerian immigrant, was detained on a 
visa 
violation in October 2001, then turned over to the FBI as a material 
witness after it developed that he had waited on a table occupied by 
some 
of the Sept. 11 hijackers at a Middle Eastern restaurant in the Miami 
area.

He was released on bond in March 2002 after testifying before a grand 
jury, 
but the government still sought to deport him -- and got both a federal 
district court in Florida and the Atlanta-based federal appeals court 
that 
heard Bellahouel's constitutional challenge to the deportation to agree 
they would not publicly acknowledge that the matter had even been 
before them.

Bellahouel had asked the Supreme Court to rule that the official 
blackout 
over his case violated the public's First Amendment right of access to 
court proceedings. Courts may not conduct proceedings in secret without 
providing a public explanation for doing so, Bellahouel's lawyers 
argued. 
His appeal was supported by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the 
Press, but the court denied the organization's motion to join in the 
case.

Initially, U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson brushed off the 
case, 
declining the opportunity to respond to Bellahouel's petition for 
review. 
But in a sign the court did not regard the matter as routine, the 
justices 
asked him in November to reply. Olson's eventual response was filed 
under 
seal, as was the response from Bellahouel's lawyers...

ALSO SEE:

DETAINEE'S TALE OFFERS CLUES TO ARAR CASE: CLAIMS TORTURE IN SYRIA
Stewart Bell, National Post, 2/24/04
http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/index.html

TORONTO - An Egyptian-Canadian confessed in writing that he was part of 
a 
plot to drive a truck bomb into the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, but 
he 
now says he made up the story because he was being tortured.

Ahmad Abou-Elmaati, an Ottawa truck driver, signed the detailed 
confession 
after he was arrested by Syrian authorities in November, 2001, 
according to 
a Toronto Muslim leader who met him in Cairo two weeks ago.

In his written confession, Mr. Elmaati said the plot involved "a truck 
full 
of explosives." When his Syrian interrogators suggested his target was 
the 
U.S. embassy, he replied: "No, no. I was planning to hit the Parliament 
buildings."

Mr. Elmaati gave his account of the confession to Aly Hindy, the Imam 
at 
the Salahedin mosque in Scarborough, when the two spoke in Egypt this 
month. Mr. Elmaati was released from prison in January, but has not yet 
returned to Canada.

His statement may help explain a secretive RCMP investigation into a 
suspected terrorist plot in Ottawa. In January, 2002, the RCMP searched 
the 
homes of seven Ottawa men for explosives and photos of government 
buildings. The timing suggests the probe could have been triggered when 
the 
Syrians notified Canada about Mr. Elmaati's confession. At about the 
same 
time, the RCMP tried to question Maher Arar, who vaguely knew Mr. 
Elmaati.

Then in September, 2002, Mr. Arar (who also knew one of the men, 
Abdullah 
Almalki, whose house was searched) was detained while passing through 
New 
York and deported to Syria, where he says he was tortured...

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YVONNE RIDLEY WAS A HARD-DRINKING, HARD-NOSED NEWS REPORTER UNTIL HER 
CONVERSION TO ISLAM.
Eloise Napier, Guardian, 2/24/04
http://media.guardian.co.uk/presspublishing/story/0,7495,1154560,00.html

It was September 28 2001 - just 17 days after the destruction of the 
World 
Trade Centre. Yvonne Ridley, a 43-year-old single mother, and chief 
reporter at the Sunday Express, had been sent to Islamabad in nearby 
Pakistan to cover the start of George Bush's "war on terror". In search 
of 
a scoop, she had dressed in a burka and made an illegal sortie over the 
border into Afghanistan.

It was on the return journey, just two miles from the border, that her 
careful plans unravelled, with disastrous consequences. Ridley was 
passing 
by a Taliban checkpoint when her donkey bolted. She was just attempting 
to 
scoop up the reins when her camera slipped from her shoulder and into 
full 
view of a Taliban soldier.

Ridley thought she was either going to be gang-raped or stoned to 
death. "I 
wondered how much pain I could take and prayed that, whatever happened, 
I 
would die quickly," she says. In the event, she was only taken to jail, 
first in Jalalabad and then in Kabul, and held for a total of 10 days. 
In 
her diary, she recorded: "They (her Taliban captors) constantly refer 
to me 
as their guest and say that they are sad if I am sad. I can't believe 
it . 
. . I wish everyone at home knew how I was being treated. I bet people 
think I am being tortured, beaten and sexually abused. Instead, I am 
being 
treated with kindness and respect. It is unbelievable."

Her capture was to mark a watershed in Ridley's life - it began her own 
road to Islam and her decision to become a committed peace campaigner. 
She 
quit her job at the Sunday Express and moved to Qatar, leaving her only 
child in the UK.

"I always wanted to be an actress," says Ridley with a lopsided smile. 
It 
is now two years and three months since her capture, and we are sitting 
beside a swimming pool in the well-heeled compound where she lives in 
Doha, 
Qatar's capital. It is midwinter, and the heat from the sun is gentle 
on 
our backs. Far from wearing the voluminous robes sported by many Muslim 
women in Qatar, she is clad in green combat-style trousers and a large 
black T-shirt bearing the words "Don't panic, I'm Islamic!"

When, last year, Ridley converted from C of E to Islam, some 
commentators 
suggested that she was suffering from Stockholm syndrome - the 
psychological condition in which captives divest themselves of former 
beliefs and adopt those of their captors. Ridley rejects this, saying 
that 
at no time did anyone try to brainwash her. She tells me that, at one 
point, she was visited by a cleric who asked if she wanted to convert 
to 
Islam. She refused but said that she would read the Koran if she ever 
got 
out. She kept her word, and what began as an academic exercise became a 
spiritual journey....

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US SUSPENDS 17 TROOPS IN IRAQ DETAINEE ABUSE PROBE
Reuters, 2/23/04
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=463128&section=news

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces investigating allegations of mistreatment of 
Iraqi 
detainees at a prison west of Baghdad have suspended 17 soldiers 
including 
a battalion commander and a company commander, the Army said Monday.

"We can confirm that 17 personnel have been suspended from duty pending 
the 
outcome of the investigation," a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad 
said.

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of ground forces in Iraq, last 
month 
ordered an investigation into reports that prisoners had been abused at 
Abu 
Ghraib, a notorious jail during Saddam Hussein's rule which is now run 
by 
U.S. forces. The Army gave no details of the alleged abuse.

On Jan. 5, the U.S. Army said three soldiers had been discharged for 
abusing Iraqi prisoners of war at another detention camp.

They were found guilty of beating, kicking and harassing prisoners at 
Camp 
Bucca in southern Iraq. The Army had said the three faced up to 25 
years in 
jail if convicted of all charges. The soldiers said they acted in 
self-defense.

The U.S. Army has said it is also investigating the treatment of three 
Iraqis working for Reuters and one working for U.S. network NBC who 
were 
detained Jan. 2 while covering the aftermath of the shooting down of a 
U.S. 
helicopter and held near the town of Falluja for three days...

ALSO SEE:

GUNNED DOWN WITH ABANDON
Robert Fisk, New Nation, 2/2/04
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5743.htm

Running the gauntlet of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades 
after 
check-in at Baghdad airport Baghdad, Iraq --I was in the police station 
in 
the town of Fallujah when I realised the extent of the schizophrenia. 
Captain Christopher Cirino of the 82nd Airborne was trying to explain 
to me 
the nature of the attacks so regularly carried out against American 
forces 
in the Sunni Muslim Iraqi town. His men were billeted in a former 
presidential rest home down the road--"Dreamland", the Americans call 
it--but this was not the extent of his soldiers' disorientation. "The 
men 
we are being attacked by," he said, "are Syrian-trained terrorists and 
local freedom fighters." Come again? "Freedom fighters." But that's 
what 
Captain Cirino called them--and rightly so.

Here's the reason. All American soldiers are supposed to 
believe--indeed 
have to believe, along with their President and his Defence Secretary, 
Donald Rumsfeld--that Osama bin Laden's "al-Qa'ida" guerrillas, pouring 
over Iraq's borders from Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia (note how those 
close 
allies and neighbours of Iraq, Kuwait and Turkey are always left out of 
the 
equation), are assaulting United States forces as part of the "war on 
terror". Special forces soldiers are now being told by their officers 
that 
the "war on terror" has been transferred from America to Iraq, as if in 
some miraculous way, 11 September 2001 is now Iraq 2003. Note too how 
the 
Americans always leave the Iraqis out of the culpability 
bracket--unless 
they can be described as "Baath party remnants", "diehards" or 
"deadenders" 
by the US proconsul, Paul Bremer.

Captain Cirino's problem, of course, is that he knows part of the 
truth. 
Ordinary Iraqis--many of them long-term enemies of Saddam Hussein--are 
attacking the American occupation army 35 times a day in the Baghdad 
area 
alone...

No wonder morale is low. No wonder the American soldiers I meet on the 
streets of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities don't mince their words about 
their own government...

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IN BAGHDAD SHI'ITE SLUM, ANGER AT OCCUPATION MOUNTS
Suleiman al-Khalidi, Reuters, 2/24/04
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040224-0803-iraq-shiites.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sewage floods the alleys of Baghdad's largest slum, 
power 
cuts are frequent and jobless youths loiter in the streets -- all 
signs, 
say Sadr City's Shi'ite residents, that the U.S. occupation has failed 
them.

"What have the Americans done for me? People now say the Americans are 
people who give false promises," said plumber Saleh Shweiki, 28, in the 
bustling slum district where almost half of the capital's five million 
population live.

Sewage ducts from Shweiki's home flow into the street outside, where 
barefoot children play among piles of garbage.

Municipality workers say U.S. civil administrators and aid officials 
came 
months ago to inspect the district's decrepit Habibiya sewage treatment 
plant, but never returned. They say U.S. soldiers offer little help 
rebuilding the district.

"When the American commander comes, he talks. We can talk until the 
morning. But when we ask him for asphalt for the street, he cannot 
provide 
it," said Karim al-Taeei, head of finance in the district. "He only 
asks 
for our help in allowing access to military convoys."

U.S. officials in charge of overseeing projects in the area say recent 
initiatives have ranged from repairs of roads to a $2,000 donation to a 
deaf school and a $95,000 grant for the U.S. backed local council to 
buy 
cars for its members.

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IRAQ SUNNI CLERICS URGE RELEASE OF DETAINED WOMEN
Michael Georgy, Reuters, 2/24/04
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/GEO444559.htm

BAGHDAD - Sunni Muslim religious leaders demanded on Tuesday that 
U.S.-led 
forces release women detained in raids across Iraq, saying this was a 
key 
condition for their cooperation with the occupying powers.

At a meeting of Iraqi religious and ethnic leaders aimed at promoting 
unity 
and overcoming sectarian strife, the clerics said many Iraqi women were 
in 
U.S. detention after being arrested in the volatile Sunni areas around 
Baghdad.

"The Americans should realise that if they keep doing this the 
resistance 
will only get stronger and there will be more violence," Sunni cleric 
Mohammed Bashar al-Faydee told Reuters.

"A lot of these women belong to tribes, and tribal leaders want 
revenge. I 
heard about an American soldier who pulled the hair of a daughter of a 
tribal sheikh. Even that is a big deal."

Sunni leaders said they had held several fruitless meetings with U.S. 
officials on the fate of the women.

A U.S. military spokesman said he had no immediate information on the 
status of women detained in Iraq.

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'NO JOBS, NO HOPE, NO LIFE, NO FREEDOM': PALESTINIANS AND THE 
'SECURITY' 
BARRIER
Maxine Frith, Independent, 2/24/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=494530

The young paramedic picked up a blood-soaked school homework sheet from 
the 
remains of the latest bus bomb and said: "This is why we need this 
wall. 
There were children on that bus doing their homework on the way to 
school 
and then they are blown up. How can I see the Palestinians as human 
beings 
when they do things like this? The wall will save lives. How can anyone 
argue against something that could save a child's life?"

A few miles away, Nebal Mara'beh, 10, sat quietly on her father's knee. 
She 
had fallen seriously ill with a fever last week. Her parents had wanted 
to 
take her to a doctor but they could not. They live in the Palestinian 
village of Ras Tira; virtual prisoners because they have been left on 
the 
Israeli side of the fence; cut off from their relatives, jobs, 
farmland, 
schools and doctors on the West Bank; denied permission to travel and 
work 
in Israel.

Nebal's father, Tawfiq, said: "We went to the soldiers on the wall and 
asked them to open the gate so we could take our daughter to a doctor. 
They 
refused. In the end, the doctor had to come to the wall at night and 
try to 
diagnose our daughter from the other side of the gate. Last month, a 
woman 
had to give birth by the wall because the soldiers wouldn't let her 
through 
the gate. Her baby died...

Ras Tira is one of five Palestinian villages which have been stranded 
on 
the "wrong" side of the security wall, and their plight goes to the 
heart 
of the argument over the legality of what the Israeli government is 
doing. 
The 700km wall - part wall, part fence which in places stands eight 
metres 
high - is not being built along the "green line" that marks the 1967 
boundary between Israel and the occupied territories, but further into 
the 
West Bank...

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A HISTORY WRITTEN IN CHECHEN BLOOD
Khassan Baiev, Washington Post, 2/24/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A802-2004Feb23.html

Yesterday was Armed Services Day in Russia, so, of course, there were 
observances in Moscow. But yesterday also was the 60th anniversary of a 
Soviet crime perpetrated against the Chechen people -- and, of course, 
there was no official observance in Moscow. In fact, a proposed 
ceremony 
was banned, and the small number of people who nevertheless gathered to 
solemnize the event were dispersed by the police. But the past will not 
be 
so easily dispersed -- it must be dealt with if there is to be a 
political 
settlement of the cruel Chechen conflict.

The crime was Joseph Stalin's deportation of the Chechens on Feb. 23, 
1944. 
This event is to Chechens what the Holocaust is to the Jews or the 
genocide 
is to the Armenians. That day, when Stalin packed the Chechen 
population of 
1 million into cattle cars and shipped them to the wastes of Siberia 
and 
Central Asia, lies in our collective memory. One-third of the 
population 
died on the journey. Many others perished under the harsh conditions of 
exile.

During Soviet times, the deportation was a taboo subject, talked about 
behind closed doors. As a small boy, most of what I learned was from 
old 
women gathered in our kitchen. Once, when they thought I wasn't 
listening, 
I heard my mother tell my sisters how women were so ashamed to relieve 
themselves in the railroad cars in front of men that they held on until 
their bladders burst. Only when I was 14 years old did I understand the 
true horror of what had happened. That summer my father showed my twin 
brother and me the cliff near our ancestral village of Makazhoi, over 
which 
troops of the NKVD (the secret police of the time) pushed resisters, 
including some of our relatives...

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POWERFUL MOROCCO EARTHQUAKE KILLS AT LEAST 229
Souhail Karam, Reuters, 2/24/04

AL HOCEIMA, Morocco (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake killed at least 
229 
people in northern Morocco Tuesday, collapsing mud-brick homes and 
burying 
residents in their sleep under tons of rubble.

Officials warned the death toll could rise in poor mountain villages 
around 
the Mediterranean port city of Al Hoceima.

In the village of Ait Kamara, 11 miles to the south, many houses were 
flattened like cardboard boxes...

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured 6.5 on the Richter 
scale 
and struck early in the morning when people were asleep.

It was the country's worst quake in more than 40 years. But damage in 
the 
fishing port and beach resort of about 70,000 inhabitants was limited… 	

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIRE AT TEXAS MOSQUE 'INTENTIONALLY SET'
Islamic civil rights group thanks ATF for swift action

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/25/04) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today thanked federal law enforcement authorities for their 
quick 
action in investigating a fire at a Texas mosque that is believed to 
have 
been "intentionally set." The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy group also called for donations to help repair the mosque.

The fire at Masjid Al-Muhaiman in Houston, Texas, broke out Monday 
night 
and caused an estimated $50,000 damage. Mosque officials tell CAIR that 
neighbors reported the blaze and helped prevent it from spreading to 
the 
entire structure before firefighters arrived. No one was inside the 
mosque 
at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Agents of the 
Bureau 
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are investigating 
the 
incident.

SEE: "Federal Officials Investigate Prayer-House Fire"
http://www.click2houston.com/news/2869318/detail.html

"We appreciate the quick response of local and national law enforcement 
agencies and call on people of all faiths to help repair the damage to 
this 
house of worship," said Iesa Galloway, executive director of CAIR's 
Houston 
office. He said donations may be sent to: Masjid Al-Muhaiman, 3103 
Cleburne 
Street, Houston, Texas, 77004 (Make checks payable to "Masjid 
Al-Muhaiman." 
Inform CAIR of donations sent by e-mailing: cair@cair-net.org) Galloway 
is 
also meeting today with local officials to seek stepped-up police 
patrols 
in the area of Houston's mosques.

Similar incidents have occurred at American mosques in the recent past. 
In 
August of last year, investigators determined that a blaze at the 
Islamic 
Center of Savannah in Savannah, Ga., was an act of arson. As early as 
1994, 
a nearly completed mosque in Yuba City, Calif., burned to the ground in 
what was ruled an arson attack. In 1995, arson destroyed a Springfield, 
Ill., Islamic center. In 1996, a suspect was charged for involvement in 
an 
arson attack on a Greenville, S.C., mosque. In 1999, an arson attack 
severely damaged a Minneapolis, Minn., mosque.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Houston, Iesa Galloway, 832-656-0449 or 713-838-2247, 
E-Mail: 
info@cairhouston.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, 
E-Mail: 
cair@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

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CAIR
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/25/04

* VERSES/HADITH OF THE DAY: JESUS, SON OF MARY
* CA IMAM SHARES 'PASSION' REACTION (OC Register)
	- CAIR-FL: 'Jesus is a Revered Prophet in Islam'
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: Pennsylvania
	- CAIR Job Opening: Civil Rights Coordinator
* FBI DIRECTOR PRAISES AMERICAN MUSLIM COOPERATION
        - OH: Wife Still Fights Husband's Jailing (CD)
* CAIR-MI: DON'T BLAME ISLAM (Detroit News)
* NJ: MOSQUE PLAN GETS A BOOST FROM JUDGE (Phil Inq)
* CALIF. MUSLIM RUNS FOR CONGRESS (Islam-Online)
* ISLAMIC BRITAIN LURES TOP PEOPLE (Times)
* YOUNG TURKMEN FACE BEARD BAN (BBC)
	- CAIR-OHIO: Hijab Is More Than Symbol (CD)
* NC CHRISTIANS GREETS FIRST SOMALI BANTU (The State)
* CA: AD DISTORTS EVENTS IN PALESTINE (Daily Stanford)

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VERSES/HADITH OF THE DAY: JESUS, SON OF MARY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Both in this world and 
in 
the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of 
Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, 
but 
their religion is one."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith 652

"Behold! The angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a 
Word 
from Him. His name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor 
in 
this world and the Hereafter, and of (the company of) those nearest to 
God.'"

The Holy Quran, 3:45

Behold! God said: "O Jesus! I will take you and raise you unto Myself 
and 
clear you (of the falsehoods) of those who deny the truth; I will make 
those who follow you superior to those who reject Faith, to the Day of 
Resurrection. Then shall you all return unto Me and I will judge 
between 
you as to the matters wherein you used to dispute."

The Holy Quran, 3:55

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ORANGE COUNTY CLERGYMEN SHARE 'PASSION' REACTION
Ann Pepper, Orange County Register, 2/25/04
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=82623

Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" opens in theaters nationwide 
today 
after weeks of unprecedented pre-opening chatter and advanced ticket 
sales.

The opening was intentionally set on the first day of Lent - Ash 
Wednesday. 
It marks a season of soul-searching and repentance ending on Easter 
Sunday...

Here's what the clergy experienced...

IMAM YASSIR FAZAGA

Jesus is not the possession of Christians only.

There are 1.4 billion Muslims that do believe in Jesus, peace be upon 
him. 
Maybe not in the exact same way as Christians, but he is a very 
important 
figure in Islam.

I thought that I would come to this movie and learn more about the 
values 
that he taught and the principles that he lived by.

I appreciated the suffering that he has done, but as an "unchurched" 
person 
or an outsider, I really do not think it has added any more knowledge 
to me 
about the character of Jesus, except his commitment to his beliefs.

I really do not get the point of why the violence was the focal point 
of 
the movie, but then I am coming from a non-Christian point of view.

I liked that they would show the suffering of Jesus ... and then Jesus 
would say: 'Love your enemies.' It was skillfully placed in the midst 
of 
the suffering, but I think that message was lost in the violence.

About anti-Semitism, I really appreciated the words of Pastor Smith, 
but I 
wonder if he was not there to remind the people, what kind of message 
will 
they take with them?

In principle, we appreciate that people of the caliber of Jesus are 
being 
paid attention...

Imam Yassir Fazaga, 31, is the religious leader of the Orange County 
Islamic Foundation mosque in Mission Viejo.

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-FL: 'JESUS IS A REVERED PROPHET IN ISLAM'

"IT WAS R-RATED WHEN IT HAPPENED"
Jeannie Blaylock, First Coast News, 2/25/04
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=15227

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Churches all over the First Coast have rented out 
entire 
theaters and bought blocks of tickets to "The Passion of The Christ," 
Mel 
Gibson's much-debated movie. After weeks of anticipation and discussion 
people can see for themselves what they think starting February 25th…

People of other faiths besides Christian tell First Coast News they 
plan to 
see the movie, as well. Dr. Parvez Ahmed, a Muslim and chairman of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, says he wants to go because, 
"people 
don't realize Jesus is a revered prophet in Islam." Dr. Ahmed says 
Muslims 
do not believe Jesus was crucified but their holy texts contain "many 
pages" of the story of Jesus and His miracles...

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SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK

Support CAIR's important work by donating online at:
https://www.cair-net.org/asp/donate.asp

ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,316 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Pennsylvania: 210 covered, 452 more libraries 
to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims, 
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit: 
www.libraryproject.org.

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JOB ADVERTISEMENT: CAIR CIVIL RIGHTS COORDINATOR

CAIR has an immediate opening for an experienced dynamic person to fill 
the 
position of Civil Rights Coordinator. Candidates should have a Bachelor 
degree in a related field with general knowledge of the US Constitution 
and 
the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He or she should be proficient in 
spreadsheet 
and database applications.

Salary Range: Based on education, skills and experience
CAIR offers an excellent health and dental benefit for its full-time 
employees.

All those interested and eligible to work in US (Citizens or proper 
work 
visa holders) are encouraged to apply in confidence via email to: 
hr@cair-net.org or by fax 202-488-0833. When applying via email please 
ensure to write the position title "Civil Rights Coordinator" in the 
subject line of the email.

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FBI DIRECTOR PRAISES AMERICAN MUSLIM COOPERATION
Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. 
Department of Justice, Foreign Press Center Briefing, 2/17/04
http://fpc.state.gov/29513.htm

These are excerpts from the interview:

QUESTION: Mr. Mueller, good morning. Thank you, sir, for this 
opportunity. 
My name is Abderrahim Foukara from Al-Jazeera television. I have a 
couple 
of questions. US-based civil liberties organizations are saying that a 
number of Arab and Muslim people who were picked up after 9/11 have 
either 
disappeared or were deported. I was wondering if you could comment on 
that. 
I would also appreciate any statistics you may have.

DIRECTOR MUELLER: Since September 11th, we have had substantial 
assistance 
and cooperation from the Muslim-American community, the Arab-American 
community, [and] the Sikh-American community within the United States. 
And 
for that all of us are tremendously thankful. Special Agents In Charge 
around the country meet often with the leaders of the Muslim-American 
communities. I periodically meet with the leadership here in 
Washington.

And I want to add that from my view that 99.9 percent of 
Muslim-Americans, 
Arab Americans, Sikh-Americans are every bit as patriotic and 
supportive of 
the United States as any others of us here in the United States, and 
that 
has come out since September 11th.

QUESTION: Hi. My name is Khaled Dawoud from Egypt's Al-Ahram Newspaper. 
I 
just wondered, actually, maybe you mentioned it during your 
commencement, 
whether you had a reaction to Congressman Peter King's accusations that 
80 
to 85 percent of the mosques here in the United States are being 
controlled 
by extremists, and that Muslim community is not cooperating properly 
with 
the U.S. authorities.

DIRECTOR MUELLER: Well, as to the first issue, I had not heard of that 
statement made by the Congressman and I would reaffirm what I said 
before, 
that we have had very good cooperation from the Muslim-American 
community, 
and I anticipate that to continue.

QUESTION: Yes, sir. Thank you for putting the emphasis on the 
patriotism of 
the Arab and Muslim community in the United States.

My question is that, I have read, on my visit to Detroit several weeks 
ago, 
some stories from the Arab community here. It seems to me like they 
need -- 
or they are looking for new assurances the protection of their civil 
rights, the continuation of that protection would continue. Can you 
tell me 
about, or put more emphasis on the, or elaborate on the measures that 
you 
are taking in order to maintain that protection of their civil rights?

DIRECTOR MUELLER: Well, even in the hours after September 11th, you 
would 
recognize that there might be some in the United States who would want 
to 
take individual retribution against Arab-Americans or Muslim-Americans 
and 
we immediately sent word out to our Special Agents In Charge to be 
alert to 
any such charges and to immediately follow-up and investigate them 
thoroughly and aggressively.

We reached out to the Muslim-American community, the Arab-American 
community, to make certain that we were immediately alerted to any such 
occurrences. Over the two, two and a half years since September 11th, 
unfortunately, there have been such occurrences. Everyone has been 
thoroughly investigated. There have been a number of persons who have 
been 
indicted, tried and convicted for such acts. And when we hear about it, 
we 
will investigate. When we investigate and find evidence of a violation 
of 
the federal civil rights laws, we will prosecute. And when we 
prosecute, we 
will convict and they will go to jail. That has happened in the past 
and 
will continue to happen if such occurrences repeat themselves.

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WIFE STILL FIGHTS MUSLIM MAN'S JAILING
Tiffani Helberg, Columbus Dispatch, 2/25/04
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2004/02/25/20040225-C5-00.html

KENT, Ohio -- Ashraf Al-Jailani's incarceration has left most of his 
close 
relatives bewildered, but his 7-year-daughter, Amina, says she 
understands.

"He's in jail because they think he's a terrorist, and he's really 
not,'' 
she said. "They think that on Sept. 11, he was in the plane that 
crashed 
into the building.

"But,'' she added, "he was at home.''

Al-Jailani's wife, Michele Swensen, said she wishes she could view her 
husband's plight -- and her own, for that matter -- in such clear-cut 
terms.

The 33-year-old Portage County resident said she has been looking for 
answers for so long that she's exhausted and "emotionally numb.''

"I get tired of never having answers for them,'' Swensen said of Amina 
and 
the couple's two other children, Layla, 5, and Sami, 3." 'Where's Baba? 
When's he coming home? Why is he in jail?' ''

Al-Jailani, a 39-year-old Yemeni immigrant who married Swensen eight 
years 
ago, was arrested Oct. 23, 2002, moments after he arrived at the Akron 
soap-manufacturing plant where he'd worked as a quality-control chemist 
for 
more than two years...

On two occasions, last March and again in December, an immigration 
judge in 
York, Pa., ordered that Al-Jailani be released on bond. Each time, the 
U.S. 
Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security fought the 
decision. A government appeal is pending.

Representatives of the two federal agencies confirm that Al-Jailani is 
in 
custody and that no charges have been filed. Citing provisions of the 
Patriot Act, the officials said they could offer no other information.

The bottom line: Swensen isn't sure when -- or even if -- her husband 
will 
return home.

Swensen said Al-Jailani is limited to one phone call every other week. 
Because he was the family's sole breadwinner, she's now scraping by on 
government assistance and can't afford to visit him in prison.

During his 16 months behind bars, Al-Jailani has missed a number of his 
children's significant milestones, including Sami's first steps and 
first 
words...

In October, however, Swensen regained custody of the children, and now 
she's promoting a Web site she recently created: www.helpashraf.com…

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CAIR-MI: DON'T BLAME ISLAM
The Detroit News, 2/24/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/editorial/0402/25/a08-72354.htm

Although many of Nolan Finley's criticisms have some merit, it was 
grossly 
ill-informed and xenophobic of him to suggest the Middle East region is 
controlled by a "violent and intolerant religion" ("Questions mount on 
why 
U.S. went to war," Feb. 1). Furthermore, he made the point that 
"Islamic 
democracy" is an "oxymoron."

Regardless of faith, egregious violence and intolerance of other ethnic 
and 
religious groups has been a recurrent theme throughout human history. 
Whether we look to the Crusades, Nazi Germany, apartheid in South 
Africa, 
Soloban Milosevic's genocide in Bosnia and many more; the list is 
unfortunately very long and bloody, and religious conflicts, 
particularly 
those involving Islam, are not very prominent.

As with all major world religions, the true essence of Islam promotes 
compassion and tolerance. The rise in violence in Islamic countries is 
more 
attributable to poor economic conditions and oppression. By 
categorically 
blaming Islam for all of the world's ills throughout the history of 
time, 
Finley is looking at only a few pieces of a much larger puzzle.

Muzammil Ahmed
Board Member, Michigan Chapter
Council on American-Islamic Relations

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MOSQUE PLAN GETS A BOOST FROM JUDGE
Gaiutra Bahadur, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/25/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/8034281.htm

Officials in Clementon violated New Jersey zoning laws when they 
rejected a 
bid by a group of immigrants to turn a derelict apartment house into a 
mosque in the tiny South Jersey borough, a judge has ruled.

The Delaware Valley Islamic Center needed a use variance to turn the 
boarded-up triplex into a house of worship. A use variance allows 
exceptions to zoning laws - in this case, establishing a religious 
center 
in an area designated for commercial use.

Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Francis J. Orlando Jr. of Camden County 
gave the two dozen Bangladeshi immigrants who formed the group their 
variance, saying that local officials bothered by traffic and lost 
taxes 
either considered issues that are not relevant under zoning laws or did 
not 
adequately analyze the issues.

The Islamic Center sued the borough's Zoning Board, saying that it did 
not 
follow state guidelines for zoning boards regarding use variances and 
that 
it violated protections for religious groups under the U.S. 
Constitution 
and a federal law that the Bush administration has embraced.

A ruling is awaited on the constitutional questions. The federal 
Department 
of Justice is investigating the board's decision.

Yesterday, Orlando described the decision to deny the variance, made in 
April, as "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable" and said the Zoning 
Board must consider a site plan for the mosque.

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U.S. MUSLIM RUNS FOR CONGRESS
IslamOnline.net, 2/25/04
http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-02/25/article02.shtml

NEWARK, Ohio - Maad Abu-Ghazalah is hoping to be the first Muslim 
American 
ever elected to Congress.

He will vie in the March 2nd Primary against fellow Democrats Tom 
Lantos 
and Rohit Khanna.

The Palestinian-born Abu-Ghazalah, 44, has already raised $30,000 at a 
fundraiser at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara, 
California, reported the New California Media (NCM), a group comprising 
some 700 ethnic communities worldwide.

His platform calls for brining home the U.S. troops occupying Iraq, 
repealing the U.S. Patriot Act, ending the corporate influence on the 
policy-making mechanism and protecting the environment.

Abu-Ghazalah has already received the endorsements of several American 
organizations and figures, notably the Mexican American Political 
Association (MAPA), the American Muslim Alliance and the Armenian 
National 
Committee of America in addition to various editorials in widely 
circulated 
American newspapers...

At a recently held fundraiser dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Newark, the 
young and ambitious Abu-Ghazalah received a morale boost from different 
ethnic communities in the U.S..

Salim Mastan, a Muslim American of an Indian origin and the sponsor of 
the 
event, wished to see a Muslim in the White House by the year 2020 and 
asked 
the community to support Abu-Ghazalah.

Dr. Agha Saeed, founder and secretary general of the American Muslim 
Alliance, spoke next, endorsing Abu-Ghazalah's campaign...

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ISLAMIC BRITAIN LURES TOP PEOPLE
The Times, 2/22/04
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1010553,00.html

More than 14,000 white Britons have converted to Islam after becoming 
disillusioned with western values, according to the first authoritative 
study of the phenomenon.

Some of Britain's top landowners, celebrities and the offspring of 
senior 
Establishment figures have embraced the strict tenets of the Muslim 
faith.

The trend is being encouraged by Muslim leaders who are convinced that 
the 
conversion of prominent society figures will help protect a community 
stigmatised by terrorism and fundamentalism.

Zaki Badawi, chairman of the Imams and Mosques Council, said: "The 
community has been unfairly targeted and these developments encourage 
it in 
a time of difficulty." Meanwhile, the Muslim Council of Britain has 
co-opted Joe Ahmed-Dobson, son of Frank Dobson, the former health 
secretary, to chair its regeneration committee.

The new study by Yahya (formerly Jonathan) Birt, son of Lord Birt, 
former 
director-general of the BBC, provides the first reliable data on the 
sensitive subject of the movement of Christians into Islam. He uses a 
breakdown of the latest census figures to conclude that there are now 
14,200 white converts in Britain.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his faith this weekend, 
Birt, 
whose doctorate at Oxford University is on young British Muslims, 
argued 
that an inspirational figure, similar to the American convert Malcolm X 
for 
Afro-Caribbeans, would first have to emerge if the next stage, a mass 
conversion among white Britons, were to happen...

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YOUNG TURKMEN FACE BEARD BAN
Monica Whitlock, BBC, 2/25/04
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3486776.stm

Niyazov's laws are increasingly aimed at individualism Turkmenistan 
President Saparmurat Niyazov has passed a decree forbidding young men 
in 
the country to wear long hair or beards.

The president said the Education Ministry should be in charge of 
checking 
people's hair as the issue was most pressing among the young.

Mr Niyazov's rule in the central Asian state has always been 
authoritarian.

But his latest decree takes to a new level the degree of state 
intervention 
in people's private lives.

President Niyazov appeared on television saying that men can no longer 
grow 
their hair and that beards are not allowed, at least among the young.

He gave no reason - but that is not unusual in Turkmenistan...

ALSO SEE:

HEAD SCARF IS FAR MORE THAN A SYMBOL FOR MUSLIM WOMEN
Asma Mobin-Uddin, Columbus Dispatch, 2/25/04
http://www.dispatch.com/editorials-story.php?story=dispatch/2004/02/25/20040225-A11-00.html

The French National Assembly voted recently to ban Islamic head scarves
(hijab) from public schools. The French Senate will vote on the issue 
in 
March, and it is expected to pass. The French state feels it has the 
right 
to mandate what parts of women's bodies must be shown in public. French 
feminists support the ban, citing concerns about oppression of women.

Muslim women in France and all over the world have demonstrated against 
the 
ban, rejecting the stereotype that hijab implies oppression and 
protesting 
the infringement on their religious freedom. Clearly there is confusion 
as 
to what constitutes oppression of women.

The oppression of women can take many forms. Obvious examples include 
when 
women are denied access to education, subjected to violence or refused 
a 
political voice. Less obvious forms of oppression can be just as 
damaging 
to women's freedom and potential for development. The objectification 
and 
commercialization of women in Western societies are forms of such 
oppression. Popular culture stresses that, whatever else she achieves, 
a 
woman should look young, supple and sensual. In this environment, a 
woman's 
primary value becomes based not on her character, intelligence or 
abilities, but rather on her physical attributes.

Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a Columbus pediatrician who grew up in the 
United 
States, has worn hijab for the past 15 years and is vice president of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio Chapter.

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SC: COLUMBIA GREETS FIRST SOMALI BANTU
John C. Drake and J. R. Gonzales, The State, 2/24/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/8033696.htm

With a gracious smile, a 22-year-old Somali Bantu refugee accepted the 
outstretched hand of Columbia's mayor Tuesday night after a daylong 
journey 
from Africa.

He was five hours late and almost all that he had -- one piece of 
luggage 
-- had been lost by the airline.

But he was welcomed.

More than a dozen supporters bearing signs, cameras and flags greeted 
Abdulkadir H. Mohamed Tuesday night at Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

The journey took slightly longer than expected for Mohamed, the first 
of 
about 120 Somali Bantu refugees selected to start a new life in 
Columbia.

Mohamed missed his connecting flight to Columbia after his flight from 
Europe was late in arriving in Newark, N.J...

Seeing in the flesh the refugee they'd been prepared to receive for 
months 
brought St. Andrew's Lutheran Church member Judy Moir to the brink of 
tears.

The Rev. John Trump, pastor of St. Andrew's, said of Mohamed, "He just 
seems like he's got a great disposition."

Church members wasted no time presenting Mohamed with a baseball cap 
emblazoned with the South Carolina and American flags.

He held up a small American flag given to him by another church member 
even 
as he searched for his luggage at the baggage claim.

"He's going to be an American, so he needs an American flag," said Pat 
Huffstetler, a church member.

Resettlement officials hope Mohamed will be able to help some of the 
families, who will arrive later, adapt to American culture, Garane 
said.

"I want to work for my life. I want to rest. I want to help," Mohamed 
said 
through Garane soon after arriving…

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ADVERTISEMENT MISREPRESENTED HISTORICAL EVENTS IN PALESTINE
Ammar Nayfeh, Daily Stanford, 2/24/04
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=13258&repository=0001_article

In response to David Horowitz's ad yesterday ("The Middle East War is 
not 
about a Palestinian state or Palestinian land"), members of several 
student 
groups want to clear up the distorted facts and history presented.

Theodor Herzl, considered by many to be the founder of the modern 
Zionist 
movement, wrote in his diaries about how to bring about the exodus of 
the 
native Palestinians, which would enable the Zionists to create a purely 
Jewish state. Herzl's June 12, 1895, entry reads, "We must expropriate 
gently the private property on the estates assigned to us. We should 
try to 
spirit the penniless Arab population across the borders by procuring 
employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any 
employment 
in our country." Herzl's statement at the face of it seems to be mild, 
but 
the principle of evicting the Palestinian population in the future 
Jewish 
state was already enunciated.

The process of expropriating the property of the Palestinians was 
carried 
out during and in the aftermath of the war of 1948, which was 
accompanied 
by a large number of massacres. These massacres were the main 
instrument 
for forcing the Palestinians to leave and then expropriating their 
properties under the 1950 Absentee Property Law.

The Israeli newspaper Ha'ir published an article on May 6, 1992, 
entitled 
"Massacres of Palestinians in 1947-49: During the war, many Arabs were 
massacred by Jews not only in Deir Yassin." This article included 
details 
of previously unreported massacres. In the article, Israeli history 
researcher Ariyeh Yitzhaki concluded that "at least 20 large massacres 
of 
Arabs took place during the War of Independence (defined as over 50 
murdered in each massacre) and about 100 small massacres (defined as of 
individuals or small groups). These massacres had a profound effect on 
the 
fleeing of Arabs from the country."

Yitzhaki points out that "for many Israelis it was easy to cling to the 
safe claim that Arabs left the country because that was what their 
leaders 
ordered. That is a total lie. The fundamental cause for the flight of 
the 
Arabs was their fear of Israeli violence and that fear had a basis in 
reality. From almost every report that appears in the [Israeli] army's 
archives about the occupation of Arab villages from May to July 1948 - 
the 
height of confrontations with the Arab villagers - there comes the 
smell of 
a massacre." You ask, why massacre the Arabs?...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR-LA GOOD NEWS ALERT #37

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

Send a note of appreciation to Antelope Valley College. CONTACT: Dr.
Jackie L. Fisher, Sr. Superintendent/President at Tel: 661-722-6301,
Fax: 661-722-6333, E-Mail: jfisher@avc.edu, COPY TO: socal@cair.com

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CA COLLEGE INVESTIGATES ANTI-MUSLIM DISCRIMINATION
Muslim student told to remove Islamic head scarf in class

(ANAHEIM, CA, 2/26/2004) - The Southern California office of the 
Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today applauded a decision by 
Antelope 
Valley College (AVC) in Lancaster, Calif., to open an investigation 
into an 
incident in which a professor allegedly ordered a Muslim student to 
take 
off her religiously-mandated head scarf, or hijab.

The Muslim electrical engineering student reported to CAIR-LA that the 
professor told her "to either stay and follow his rules (by removing 
the 
scarf) or leave the class." He allegedly made this demand despite being 
told the student wears the scarf for religious reasons. (The same 
professor 
allegely did not react to the presence of a male student wearing a 
bandana.)

SEE: "College Probes Alleged Religious Bias"
http://www.avpress.com/n/westy3.hts

After a discussion with one of the college's deans, the Muslim student 
was 
allowed to return to the class while wearing her scarf, but says she 
continues to feel intimidated and excluded by the professor's ongoing 
actions.

Representatives of CAIR-LA, the Los Angeles Hate Crime Task Force in 
the 
Antelope Valley area, and local interfaith and community leaders joined 
the 
student's family members in a meeting with the president of the 
college.

At that meeting, CAIR-LA requested that AVC initiate an investigation 
into 
the incident, take disciplinary action against the professor, issue an 
apology to the Muslim student, and conduct sensitivity trainings for 
faculty and staff at the college.

AVC's president promised to launch an investigation and take all 
necessary 
steps to resolve the matter.

"We commend Antelope Valley College for its swift response to this 
disturbing incident," said Ra'id Faraj, CAIR-Southern California Public 
Relations Director. "The religious rights of all students, regardless 
of 
their faith, ethnicity or background should be protected and 
respected."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 25 offices nationwide and in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/26/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PERFORM GOOD DEEDS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: North Carolina
* OHIO SCHOOL'S MOSQUE TRIP YANKED (Middletown Journal)
	- CA: Girls for a Change (SJ Mercury News)
* MUSLIM FBI AGENT REINSTATED (Newsweek)
* TX: SIRAJ WAHHAJ SPEAKS ABOUT MALCOLM X (Battalion)
* CA: CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY CONFERENCE ON ISLAM (BP)
	- Crowd Laughed at Koran Seminar (The Age)
* RAPES REPORTED BY SERVICEWOMEN IN GULF (NY Times)
	- Video Clip Killings Trigger Inquiry (DJ)
* SAMI AL-ARIAN: A 70-MILE, 20 HOUR JOURNEY (TBCJP)
	- Judge to Consider Request in Al-Arian Case (Bay News)
* DETAINED CANADIAN SAYS HE WAS TORTURED (Globe & Mail)
* SCARF CONUNDRUM GRIPS TURKEY (BBC)
	- In Europe, the Enemy Within (Wash. Post)
* CONGRESSMEN APPALLED AT PERSECUTION IN INDIA (CT)
	- Over 560 Dead in Morocco Quake (Islamic Relief)
	- Rights Report Criticizes Adversaries, Allies (VOA)
* QATAR CHARGES RUSSIANS IN CHECHEN'S MURDER (Reuters)
* NM: ABIQUIU MUSLIM YOUTH CAMP

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PERFORM GOOD DEEDS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Every Muslim must give 
charity." The people asked the Prophet: "What if someone has nothing to 
give?" The Prophet replied: "Then he should work with his hands and 
benefit 
himself and also give in charity (from what he earns)." The people 
further 
asked: "If he cannot find even that?" The Prophet replied: "He should 
help 
the needy who appeal for help." Then the people asked: "If he cannot do 
that?" The Prophet replied: "He should perform good deeds and keep away 
from evil deeds, and this will be regarded as charity."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524

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ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,316 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of North Carolina: 121 covered, 276 more libraries 
to go!

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information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

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614-571-2770, E-Mail: ohio@cair-net.org

MOSQUE TRIP YANKED
Tracy Kershaw-Staley, Middletown Journal 2/26/04
http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/2004/02/26/1077779755.26609.7788.0788.html

An Edgewood teacher canceled a class field trip to the Islamic Center 
of 
Greater Cincinnati after hearing a barrage of complaints from concerned 
parents.

Three seventh-grade social studies classes were scheduled to visit the 
West 
Chester mosque Wednesday. The visit was to be part of the students' 
study 
of the five major religions of the world, which include Islam.

But parents approached teacher Debbie Weber and other school officials 
in 
the past few weeks with concerns about the visit, Superintendent Tom 
York 
said. Weber decided to cancel the trip, York said.

Some parents said the trip was a violation of the separation of church 
and 
state. They argued that if students were taken to a mosque, they should 
also be taken to a Christian church, a Jewish synagogue and a Hindu 
temple.

At least one parent was concerned the students would be asked to engage 
in 
Muslim rituals while at the mosque, York said.

York said there would have been no evangelizing by the mosque leaders; 
it 
was just an effort to educate students, he said.

"It was a sad thing," York said. "I thought it was a great idea and a 
good 
effort by our teachers to try to broaden our kids a little bit and 
expose 
them to different cultures..."

SEE ALSO:

GIRLS FOR A CHANGE: 1,200 EXPECTED TODAY AT EVENT AIMED AT FINDING 
SOLUTIONS
Katherine Corcoran, San Jose Mercury News, 2/26/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8045081.htm

Stephanie Ramirez, 16, with spiked hair, thick eyeliner and numerous 
body 
piercings, knows what people think when they pass her on the street: 
"Trouble."

Naiema Din, 16, a Muslim who is makeup-free and wears a hijab 
(covering) 
along with her jean jacket and flip-flops, knows what people think when 
they see her: "Oppressed."

Today, both San Jose girls will stand before 1,200 of their peers at 
the 
San Jose McEnery Convention Center and ask them, just for a day, to 
forget 
about looks and think about change…

The two veterans of Girls for a Change, a non-profit South Bay group 
challenging teen girls to identify problem issues in their lives -- and 
work to solve them -- will help the organization host its second 
summit, 
drawing girls from 50 Bay Area middle and high schools for a day of 
workshops, performances and inspirational speakers…

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REINSTATED: BITTERSWEET VICTORY FOR FBI MUSLIM AGENTS
Newsweek, 2/25/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4374015/

Overturning the action of its senior disciplinary officer, the FBI has 
reinstated a high-profile Muslim agent who had been fired last year 
amid a 
swirl of controversy over allegations of conflicting loyalties in the 
war 
on terrorism, NEWSWEEK has learned.

Gamal Abdel-Hafiz, an Egyptian-born agent who had played a crucial role 
in 
some of the bureau's biggest terrorism cases, was recently notified 
that a 
three-member FBI Disciplinary Review Board had overturned his dismissal 
and 
"decided to reinstate you to the rolls of the FBI." The board acted 
after 
concluding that allegations that he had been involved in a 15-year-old 
case 
of insurance fraud-and then lied about it to FBI investigators-could 
not be 
corroborated.

The firing of Abdel-Hafiz last May set off reverberations throughout 
the 
ranks of the FBI, raising concerns that it would seriously impede the 
bureau's ability to recruit new Muslim and Arab-American agents badly 
needed to work counterterrorism cases. Abdel-Hafiz, who was one of only 
about a half dozen Muslims in a force of  11,500 agents, charged that 
he 
was "hit in the back" by fellow agents who  were  distrustful of him 
because of his Muslim faith and Arab background.

Contacted by NEWSWEEK, Abdel-Hafiz said from his home in Dallas that he 
was 
"thrilled" to get his job back and grateful to "have this injustice 
lifted." But the victory was also bittersweet. As a result of the 
considerable publicity his case has generated, Abdel-Hafiz said he 
doubted 
that he could ever be as effective an agent as he was in the past.

"I'm a certified undercover agent who is worthless now," said 
Abdel-Hafiz, 
noting that it was unlikely he would be able to attempt to penetrate 
Muslim 
terrorist organizations in the future...

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MUSLIM LEADER SPEAKS ABOUT MALCOLM X
The Battalion, 2/26/04
http://www.thebatt.com/news/2004/02/26/News/Muslim.Leader.Speaks.About.Malcolm.X-619351.shtml

Muslim leader Imam Siraj Wahhaj said Wednesday that we can learn to be 
a 
better society by studying the legacy of the militant, black civil 
rights 
leader Malcolm X, who was assassinated in 1965 at age 40.

"I think it is wrong to study a man just to glorify him," Wahhaj said. 
"We 
need to use the legacy of Malcolm to make our society better."

Wahhaj, a founder of Masjid Taqwa in Brooklyn and former minister of 
the 
Nation of Islam, told an audience of about 250 that although Malcolm X 
had 
a terrible past, he was able to turn his life around and leave behind a 
legacy of unity.

"The legacy of Malcolm is the brotherhood of mankind, for sure," Wahhaj 
said.

Wahhaj was invited by the Muslim Student Association to give his speech 
"Struggling for Truth and Justice: The Legacy of Malcolm X" in honor of 
Black History Month. Wahhaj said Malcolm Xl was a revolutionary black 
leader who had a tremendous love for black people worldwide.

"Malcolm X was articulate, charismatic, bold and courageous," Wahhaj 
said. 
"Malcolm was not just concerned about black people, he was concerned 
about 
the struggle of dark people around the world."

Wahhaj linked Malcolm X to Martin Luther King Jr. and said both had a 
great 
impact on the civil rights movement by asking for justice and equality 
in 
society.

"People like Martin Luther King and Malcolm cared about their people 
and 
gave their lives for them," Wahhaj said. "There were two different 
businesses competing in the same market. If they ever got together what 
a 
powerful force it would be, and I think both of their lives were cut 
short 
because of that."

Wahhaj said one of the legacies Malcolm X left was to always keep 
reading 
and educating one's self, which Wahhaj said is vital to today's black 
society...

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250 COLLEGIANS GAIN INSIGHTS INTO ISLAM AT GOLDEN GATE
Jeff Jones, Baptist Press, 2/24/04
http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=17717

MILL VALLEY, Calif. - A better understanding of Islam was the agenda at 
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's annual mission conference 
Feb. 
13-15. Hosted by The David and Faith Kim School of Intercultural 
Studies, 
the conference drew approximately 250 college students from across the 
West 
to the seminary's northern California campus in Mill Valley.

"Within our culture today, there is a sense of fear about Islam," said 
Tyler Watts, a student from California Baptist University. "This 
conference 
has helped me understand the nature of the Islam faith and how, out of 
love, we can more effectively share the Gospel to Muslims."

Bringing in experts from both academia and the mission field, the 
conference offered practical help to reach the nearly 1.2 billion 
Muslims 
worldwide with the message of Jesus Christ.

"This has been a strategic opportunity for Golden Gate to host this 
event 
and to connect these potential missionaries with one of the most 
demanding 
and thrilling mission fields on earth," said Ray Tallman, director of 
the 
Kim School of Intercultural Studies, who has worked with Muslim people 
in 
North Africa and the Middle East throughout his career.

One of the featured speakers was Imad Shehadeh, founder and president 
of 
Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary, the only state-recognized 
seminary 
in Jordan. "God's power is one of the most untapped powers in the 
universe," Shehadeh said. "As believers, there is not a task that is 
insurmountable."

Brannan Duncan, a student at Golden Gate who recently returned from the 
United Arab Emirates, felt the conference added to his depth of 
understanding of Islam...

ALSO SEE:

CROWD LAUGHED AT KORAN SEMINAR
Mark Russell, The Age, 2/27/04
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/26/1077676896778.html

A pastor said yesterday the audience at a Christian seminar laughed 
when he 
read out excerpts from the Koran but he had not intended to ridicule or 
mock Muslims.

"If I read from the holy Koran that King Solomon heard the speech of an 
ant, some people might think it funny an ant can make a speech," Pastor 
Daniel Scot told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 
"That's 
not my fault.

"Sometimes people laugh for different reasons. I could not control them 
to 
laugh."

Pastor Scot said some Australians liked to tell jokes about their 
mother-in-law but this was considered offensive in other cultures.

He admitted telling the seminar Muslims could trade in their wives like 
used cars but denied this was a criticism. This was simply how Muslims 
valued women, according to the Koran, he said.

When asked if he had wanted the audience to laugh at what he said, the 
pastor, giving evidence in Victoria's first racial hatred case, said: 
"It 
was a religious meeting. It is customary in churches for people to 
laugh, 
speak, respond. It is nothing unusual..."

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RAPES REPORTED BY SERVICEWOMEN IN THE PERSIAN GULF AND ELSEWHERE
Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 2/26/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/26/national/26MILI.html

WASHINGTON - The United States military is facing the gravest 
accusations 
of sexual misconduct in years, with dozens of servicewomen in the 
Persian 
Gulf area and elsewhere saying they were sexually assaulted or raped by 
fellow troops, lawmakers and victims advocates said on Wednesday.

There have been 112 reports of sexual misconduct over roughly the past 
18 
months in the Central Command area of operations, which includes Iraq, 
Kuwait and Afghanistan, military officials said on Wednesday.

The Army has reported 86 incidents, the Navy 12, the Air Force 8 and 
the 
Marine Corps 6.

Military officials said that the bulk of the charges were being 
investigated and that some had already resulted in disciplinary 
actions, 
but they could not provide specifics. They said a small number of the 
reports had turned out to be unfounded.

In addition, about two dozen women at Sheppard Air Force Base, a large 
training facility in Texas, have reported to a local rape-crisis center 
that they were assaulted in 2002. The Air Force Academy in Colorado is 
still reeling from the disclosure last year of more than 50 reported 
assaults or rapes over the last decade.

The latest accusations are the most extensive set of sexual misconduct 
charges since the Navy's Tailhook incident of 1991 and the Army's drill 
sergeant scandal about five years later. In response, Defense Secretary 
Donald H. Rumsfeld this month ordered a senior-level inquiry into the 
reported sexual assaults in Iraq and Kuwait, and how the armed services 
treats victims of sexual attacks. The Army and Air Force have opened 
similar investigations.

The issue came to a boil at a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill on 
Wednesday, where Senate Democrats and Republicans sharply questioned 
the 
Pentagon's top personnel official and four four-star officers for what 
the 
lawmakers said were lapses in the military's ability to protect 
servicewomen from sexual assaults, to provide medical care and 
counseling 
to victims of attacks and to punish violators...

ALSO SEE:

IRAQ VIDEO CLIP KILLINGS TRIGGER TV INVESTIGATION
Jemima Kiss, Dot Journalism, 2/26/04
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story823.shtml

German broadcaster NDR will air a TV documentary this Thursday that 
investigates two video clips of US military action in Iraq that have 
been 
widely circulated on the web.

Both clips show US soldiers shooting apparently unarmed and injured 
Iraqis. 
According to military and legal experts interviewed by the Panorama 
programme, they show US troops breaking international law by shooting 
unarmed people.

As reported by this site on 14 January, a video of footage from a US 
Apache 
helicopter had been widely circulated on the web following its 
broadcast on 
ABC News. Aerial footage shows Iraqis apparently abandoning something - 
which soldiers assumed to be a weapon - and running for cover.

Soldiers receive instructions to 'shoot it' and kill all three men, 
including one wounded person already lying on the ground.

A second incident was recorded in April 2003 by a CNN crew and 
broadcast in 
October that year. Soldiers are seen shooting unarmed and seriously 
injured 
Iraqis during a search of an industrial area. Immediately after the 
shooting, one soldier describes the situation as 'awesome' and says he 
'wants to do it all over again'...

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THE SUFFERING CONTINUES: A 70-MILE, 20 HOUR JOURNEY
Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
CONTACT: tampabayjustice@yahoo.com

The suffering by Dr. Sami Al-Arian and his co-defendant Sameeh 
Hammoudeh 
extended to the one-year anniversary of their unjust arrest, as they 
endured a grueling forced transfer back to the oppressive conditions of 
Coleman Federal Penitentiary following a brief four week stay at the 
local 
Orient Road Jail in Tampa to attend court hearings and review evidence.

The men were awakened at 4 am on Wed., February 18 at which point they 
were 
kept in a room for four hours. Thereafter, they were taken to the Tampa 
Federal Courthouse where they again had to wait for four hours until 
noon 
when they were rushed to a van awaiting them outside. They were then 
taken 
to Tampa International Airport to await an incoming flight of transfer 
inmates from Miami. With their legs and hands shackled until they 
reached 
Coleman, they were forced to wait for many hours in the back of the 
vehicle 
until the flight arrived with the other prisoners.

The journey to Coleman, Florida, which is 70 miles from Tampa, took an 
astonishing eight hours, during which time Dr. Al-Arian and Hammoudeh 
were 
not allowed to leave their uncomfortable seats to stretch their legs or 
use 
bathroom facilities.

By the time they reached Coleman Penitentiary at approximately 9:30 pm, 
prison officials were angered that the men had returned "too soon," as 
there was no room to accommodate them in the solitary confinement 
disciplinary section known as the "Special Housing Unit." The officials 
then stated that they had expressed these facts to U.S. Magistrate 
Judge 
Thomas McCoun, who allegedly was fully aware of the situation, but 
authorized the transfer anyway. As such, the men were placed in a 
temporary 
holding cell with no chairs, beds, or mattresses, but only the concrete 
ground on which to lie and a thin blanket to cover them.

The room was excessively cold, with freezing air rushing through the 
vent 
in the ceiling, which guards refused to turn off. They also refused to 
provide them with blankets or warmer clothing. The men were forced to 
endure the torturous conditions of this cell for many hours. Throughout 
the 
20-hour journey, the men were not given any food or water, and were 
continuously denied their requests for food by officers and prison 
officials who told them to wait until the following morning's 
breakfast. 
Both men had been extremely weary and fell ill, while Hammoudeh, who is 
diabetic, suffered from dizzy spells as a result of this purposeful 
deprivation. While in the holding cell, officials confined Dr. Al-Arian 
and 
Hammoudeh with another inmate, who out of sympathy for their suffering 
throughout the day, offered them an apple, the only food he had...

ALSO SEE:

JUDGE TO CONSIDER A REQUEST IN SAMI AL-ARIAN CASE
Bay News 9, 2/25/04
http://www.baynews9.com/site/content/34479.html

Ghassan Zayed Ballut wants the court to spend half a million dollars on 
a 
translator for the defense.

Ballut's attorney says he needs 14 people to translate 20,000 hours of 
wiretap conversations that are mostly in Arabic.

Earlier this month, a federal judge refused to force prosecutors in the 
case to translate the evidence.

Federal public defenders representing Al-Arian co-defendant Hatim Naji 
Fariz, argued that prosecutors should translate the mostly 
Arabic-language 
tapes. Lawyers expected to receive numerous documents in Hebrew.

U.S. Magistrate Thomas B. McCoun III issued an order saying prosecutors 
were not required to provide the translations. He instead wanted the 
U.S. 
attorney's office to provide summaries of 800 tapes deemed particularly 
relevant.

McCoun also refused to allow Al-Arian and another defendant, Sameeh 
Hammoudeh, to use defense support staff and related resources paid for 
by 
taxpayers…

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DETAINED CANADIAN WANTS ANSWERS FROM OTTAWA
James Rusk, Globe and Mail, 2/26/04
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040226.wxnureddin26/BNStory/Front/

Muayyed Nureddin, a Canadian who was held in a Syrian military 
detention 
centre for a month, said yesterday that "one terrible torture session" 
left 
him unable to walk for several days.

Syrian authorities arrested Mr. Nureddin, who is of Iraqi origin, on 
Dec. 
12, 2003, as he was returning to Canada from a two-month visit to his 
family in Kirkuk. He was held in prison for a month, released on Jan. 
13, 
and flown home by Canadian consular officials on Jan. 14.

In his first press conference since his return, Mr. Nureddin, 36, said 
he 
was forced to strip to his underwear and lie on the floor on his 
stomach, 
where he was soaked with cold water while a ceiling fan spun overhead.

"The officers did not like my answers. I was made to lift my legs, 
still 
lying on my stomach. The soles of my feet were lashed with a cable more 
than a dozen times. I was told to stand and they poured cold water on 
my 
feet. I was made to walk while standing in one place for 10 minutes. 
They 
then repeated the same process twice more," Mr. Nureddin said.

When he was sent back to his cell, Mr. Nureddin said he was told he 
should 
think about his answers and that the next time he was questioned, a 
worse 
form of torture would be used.

Now that he is back in Canada, he said he wants answers from the 
federal 
government about the situation he found himself in.

Specifically, he said he would like to know if the Canadian Security 
Intelligence Service was responsible for his detention and torture in
Syria...

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SCARF CONUNDRUM GRIPS TURKEY
Tabitha Morgan, BBC, 2/25/04
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3513259.stm

As France pushed ahead with its planned school headscarf ban, in Turkey 
the 
issue has been the subject of impassioned debate for more than 20 
years.

Turkey is often held up as a model of Islamic democracy.

The separation of public secular identity from private religious 
practice 
is fiercely defended by the country's powerful military.

It's a separation which many here in Turkey are keen to show the world. 
They want to present a country which is secular, modern and Western.

It was an image captured perfectly in last year's Turkish winning entry 
in 
the Eurovision song contest. Sparsely-clad Sertab Erener's song "Every 
Way 
That I Can" fused Eastern rhythms and hip-hop and became the country's 
first-ever winner.

Even Prime Minister Erdogan suffers - his daughters wear the headscarf. 
But 
he has the money to send them to the US to be educated, so they can 
keep 
wearing the scarf...

ALSO SEE:

IN EUROPE, THE ENEMY WITHIN
Jim Hoagland, Washington Post, 2/26/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7231-2004Feb25.html

One sense of what security means in the age of terror arrived via the 
self-confident words of a senior French official during a recent chat 
in 
Paris: "We know where to find 90 percent of the people who are threats 
in 
this country. We can and do track them."

Later that day, a French woman who is a lawyer told me of having been 
stopped for an identity check while driving in Paris a week before:

"There were twin messages in the intrusive grilling I got. One was that 
the 
police have a free hand today in France. The other was meant to be 
reassuring. If we are treating you like this in an upscale quarter of 
Paris, think about what we are doing in the Arab ghettos that you 
fear."

These conversations took place as the French National Assembly was 
passing 
a law to forbid Muslim girls' wearing head scarves to public schools. 
The 
law was framed more broadly than that -- it prohibits displays of any 
religious symbols in state schools -- but its true focus was widely 
understood. At some level the measure was meant to reassure the French 
that 
their government was not afraid of confronting Muslim fundamentalists 
at home.

This concern is not confined to France. Across the channel, Britain's 
Labor 
government is raising funding for its MI5 internal security force by 50 
percent to pay for 1,000 new agents, many of whom will be recruited 
"from 
ethnic minorities with the language skills to infiltrate radical 
Islamic 
groups in Britain," according to the Sunday Telegraph...

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CONGRESSMEN APPALLED AT RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS
Joshua Newton, Christianity Today, 2/25/04
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/003/18.26.html

A fact-finding team of four U.S. congressmen has raised hopes among 
Indian 
Christian leaders fighting persecution.

After a weeklong tour in January requested by Indian Christians, Joseph 
Pitts (R-Pa.) expressed shock at the persecution. We are touched by the 
suffering of the Christian and Muslim minorities at the hands of Hindu 
extremists here, Pitts said.

The team will take up with both U.S. and Indian authorities the 
country's 
controversial anti-conversion laws, the status of oppressed Dalits, and 
violence against minorities. The All-India Christian Council (AICC), 
with 
help from Jubilee Campaign, organized the delegations visit.

We learned about the Dalits, 250 million people who are suffering in 
almost 
indescribable, inhumane ways, Pitts said. This is a great human rights 
tragedy.

According to police records, the number of reported attacks on 
Christians 
in India rose from seven in 1996 to 380 in 2003. Unofficial estimates 
put 
last years number at 600.

ALSO SEE:

OVER 560 DEAD, 300 INJURED IN MOROCCO EARTHQUAKE
Islamic Relief, 2/25/04

A devastating earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit 
northeast 
Morocco around dawn on Tuesday near the tourist city Al Hoceima. Over 
560 
people are feared dead, and 300 injured in the worst natural disaster 
to 
hit the country in more than 40 years.

Although damage in Al Hoceima was minimal, six villages around the 
resort 
town were severely damaged. One of villages, Ait Kamra, has been 
completely 
destroyed.

According to the Red Crescent, local health facilities do not have the 
capacity to deal with the number of arriving casualties.

Islamic Relief Action

The president of Islamic Relief France is already in Morocco assessing 
the 
situation. Islamic Relief France is preparing to send in-kind relief 
materials consisting of shoes, blankets and hygiene kits in conjunction 
with other French non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Islamic Relief 
Worldwide has already allocated $250,000 for emergency relief and is 
launching a campaign to raise $1.25 million to help support the victims 
of 
the earthquake.

Islamic Relief USA is urgently appealing to our donors to help the 
victims 
of the devastating earthquake in Morocco. Do not let them down.

Please rush your donation today.
Islamic Relief
1919 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506

(888) 479-4968
http://www.irw.org/
info@irw.org

Tax ID#: 95-4453134

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US ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT CRITICIZES ADVERSARIES, ALLIES
David Gollust, State Department, 2/25/04
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=3DB9998E-E8EB-4C50-9115511157E2B3D8

The U.S. State Department Wednesday issued its annual report on human 
rights practices world-wide, saying there were rights developments in 
2003 
ranging from dramatically uplifting to disappointing. It cited 
"backsliding" in China's human rights record and said the U.S.-led 
invasion 
of Iraq ended years of grave human rights violations by the Saddam 
Hussein 
government.

It was the 28th annual report issued since the State Department began 
the 
congressionally-mandated assessments and it included criticism of U.S. 
allies and adversaries alike.

Introducing the two million word document at a news briefing, Secretary 
of 
State Colin Powell said President Bush regards the defense of human 
rights 
as the United States' "special calling" and said the annual reports are 
a 
"vital instrument" in policy making.

Mr. Powell said the past year saw important strides for human rights 
and 
democratic freedoms in a number of countries including Iraq, where he 
said 
the United States and its allies unseated an "outlaw regime" that had 
flouted 12 years of U.N. Security Council resolutions, not the least of 
which were human rights measures. "Today Iraq no longer threatens 
international peace and security. Saddam Hussein's torture chambers 
have 
been put out of business. Mass graves no longer await his victims. And 
we 
are working intensively with our coalition partners and the United 
Nations 
to help the Iraqi people achieve a united stable country and move 
toward 
democracy and prosperity under a representative government that 
respects 
the rights of all its citizens," he said...

SEE: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2003/

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QATAR CHARGES RUSSIANS IN CHECHEN LEADER MURDER
Kedar Sharma, Reuters, 2/26/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4443176

DOHA - Qatar said on Thursday it had arrested two Russians and charged 
them 
with involvement in the assassination of a former rebel Chechen 
president 
in what Moscow termed a hostile act against agents of its special 
services.

Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, added at Russia's request last year to a U.N. 
list 
of people with suspected links to the militant Islamist al-Qaeda group, 
was 
killed by a car bomb in Qatar on February 13. He had been living in 
Qatar 
for three years.

Russia accused Qatar of conniving with global terrorism in giving 
refuge to 
Yandarbiyev, who it says was responsible for the death of hundreds of 
Russians in a decade-long separatist war. It said Qatari officials used 
force in the arrests, which took place a week ago but came to light 
only on 
Thursday.

Qatar, a key U.S. ally in the Gulf, strongly rejected the Russian 
accusation that it had supported terrorism.

"The charge is absurd," a Qatari Foreign Ministry official, who 
declined to 
be named, told Reuters...

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NM: ABIQUIU MUSLIM YOUTH CAMP

WHAT: The purpose of the camp is to enrich and strengthen the hearts, 
minds 
and bodies of American Muslim teenagers.

Invited teachers include:  Sr. Karima Alavi, Br. Abdur Ra'uf Declerck, 
Br. 
Benyamin van Hattum, Sr. Rabia van Hattum, Sr. Rahmah Lutz, Br. Hakim 
Archuletta, Br. Abdul Aziz Eddebbarh, Sr. Toni Eddebbarh, Br. Muhammad 
Bachir (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence), Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Br. Wakeel 
Declerck (Wilderness Survival), Br. Abdal Aziz (Archery), Imam Dawood 
Yassin from Connecticut

WHEN: June 20-26, 2004

WHERE: Dar al Islam, Abiquiu, New Mexico.

The site of the camp is at Dar al Islam which is on approximately 1600 
acres in Abiquiu, Northern New Mexico. The strikingly beautiful 
mosque-madressa building was designed by the famous Egyptian architect 
Hassan Fathy, and built mainly by local Hispanic and Anglo builders and 
craftsmen.

TRANSPORTATION - Roundtrip transportation between the Albuquerque 
airport 
and the Dar al Islam site will be provided for those who request it.

REGISTRATION - The cost of the camp is $500/participant and will be 
accepted on a first come first served basis. Registration covers board 
and 
lodging, transportation (to/from Albuquerque airport) and camp 
activities.

COUNSELORS - Applications are being accepted for Counselors. The 
application can be downloaded via the link below at 
http://youthcamp.daralislam.org/counselorapplication.doc . E-mail to A. 
Aziz Eddebbarh aeddebbarh@cox.net.

ACCOMMODATIONS - Accommodations at the camp will be communal. Brothers 
and 
sisters will be housed separately, in yurts for brothers and madressa 
dorms 
for sisters. All meals will be halal.

CAMPERS/PARENTS - The camp is appropriate for brothers and sisters 
between 
the ages of 12-18. Currently there is no program for parents.

For more information visit:
Site Details - http://youthcamp.daralislam.org/campinfo.htm
Registration Form (MS Word - 150K) - 
http://youthcamp.daralislam.org/regform.doc
Registration Form (PDF - 91K) - 
http://youthcamp.daralislam.org/regform.pdf
Download a Camp Flyer (PDF - 250k) - 
http://youthcamp.daralislam.org/flyer.pdf

Or call Abdul Aziz & Toni Eddebbarh at 702-256-3218

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/27/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ASHURA
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: Maine
	- CAIR Hosts Azerbaijani Delegation
* NY MUSLIM WORKER ALLOWED TO ATTEND FRIDAY PRAYERS
* CAIR-CAN TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE
* FEINGOLD ON THE 'END RACIAL PROFILING ACT OF 2004'
	- Pelosi: 'Profiling is Un-American'
	- TX: Council Votes against Patriot Act (ST)
* MUSLIM SPEAKER WOULD HAVE MORE IMPACT (Clovis News)
	- Questioning Islam (Clovis News Journal)
* NY: MUSLIMS RALLY IN CLINTON SQUARE (News 10 Now)
	- IL: Mosque Hosts Latino Muslims
	- NY: Events to Support Community (Syracuse.com)
* B-1 BOB' BACK ON CALIF. CAMPAIGN TRAIL (AP)
	- Blue Triangle Network Condemns King's Remarks
* WOMAN'S SCARF A COLLEGE ISSUE (LA Times)
	- CA: Teacher Investigated for Scarf Incident (AP)
	- Headscarf Ban Violates Religious Freedom (HRW)
* NEO-AUTHORITARIANS WHINE ABOUT LACK OF FREEDOM (Antiwar)
* US 'MAY HOLD CLEARED DETAINEES'(BBC)
* ISRAELI COMPANY TO FUEL TO ARMY IN IRAQ (National News)
	- Israel Razes 120 Palestinian Shops (Reuters)
* SYRIA RESTRICTS ISLAMIC TEACHING (BBC)
* LIFE FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR AFGHANISTAN ORPHANS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ASHURA

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Fasting on the day of 
Ashura may atone for the sins of the preceding year."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1000

Ashura is the 10th day of the first Islamic lunar month of Muharram. 
This 
year, Ashura falls on Tuesday, March 2.

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SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK

Support and view CAIR's important work by visiting:
https://www.cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7,319 SPONSORSHIPS

Let's help the state of Maine: 73 covered, 179 more libraries to go!

The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
information about Islam to America's 16,000 public libraries.

For only $150, you may sponsor an 18-item package about Islam and 
Muslims,
which are then distributed to the library of their choice.

To sponsor a library call, 1-800-392-7876, ext. 320, or visit:
www.libraryproject.org.

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CAIR HOSTS DELEGATION FROM AZERBAIJAN

CAIR today had the honor to host a group of 10 religious dignitaries, 
civic 
leaders and government officials from Baku, Azerbaijan. The focus of 
the 
program was religious diversity and how American Muslims help foster 
this 
diversity within religious institutions, social service organizations 
and 
government.

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CAIR-NY: MUSLIM WORKER ALLOWED TO ATTEND FRIDAY PRAYERS

(NEW YORK, 2/27/2004) - The New York office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today applauded an agreement that 
allows a Muslim custodian at a school on Staten Island, N.Y., to attend 
weekly Islamic congregational prayers.

The Muslim custodian reported to CAIR-NY in June of 2003 that he was 
not 
being allowed to attend the religiously-mandated prayers. He and 
CAIR-NY 
tried to come to an agreement with his boss and union representatives, 
but 
the issue was not resolved.

On February 25, a union arbitration hearing was held to determine 
whether 
the Muslim custodian's request to attend Friday prayers was reasonable. 
CAIR-NY Civil Rights Coordinator Firdos Abdul-Munim was called on to 
testify on the importance of Friday prayers to Muslims.

"Denying the opportunity to attend Friday congregational prayers is 
similar 
to denying a Christian the right to attend church services on Sunday," 
said 
Ms. Abdul-Munim.

CAIR-NY commended the efforts of both the employer and the Muslim 
custodian's union to reach an amicable agreement. "We hope this case 
sets a 
precedent for a greater understanding of Islamic practices by other 
employers," said Abdul-Munim.

CAIR publishes a booklet called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic 
Religious 
Practices," available for $5 by e-mailing: publications@cair-net.org

CONTACT: Firdos Abdul-Munim, 347-277-4061, 212-870-2002, 
cair-ny@cair-ny.com

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CAIR-CAN TESTIFIES ON CANADIAN MEDIA BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE

(Ottawa, Canada - 2/26/04) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR-CAN 
Chair Sheema Khan and Executive Director Riad Saloojee testified today 
before the Standing Senate Committee on Transportations and 
Communications 
as part of its study of the Canadian news media.

The presentation was researched and drafted by CAIR-CAN Communications 
Spokesperson Hadeel al-Shalchi.

As a full-time national Islamic organization dedicated to media and 
public 
advocacy, CAIR-CAN presented its experience with the media, conveyed 
many 
of the sentiments regarding the media expressed by Canadian Muslims and 
engaged the Senators in a discussion involving pressing media issues in 
Canada.

The full text of the submission may be viewed at:
http://www.caircan.ca/downloads/sctc-26022004.pdf

Senator Mobina Jaffer, who was present at the hearings and has 
conducted 
roundtables on issues relevant to the Canadian Muslim community, 
stated, "I 
found the presentation to be thorough and very engaging. It was well 
researched and I believe it made a very positive impact on the Senators 
present."

"Mr. Saloojee and Ms. Khan articulated a very balanced and fair view of 
Islam and the issues facing the Canadian Muslim community today," she 
added.

ACTION REQUESTED:

CONTACT the Committee and thank them for inviting Canadian Muslims to 
present their perspectives on the Canadian media.

E-MAIL transcom@sen.parl.gc.ca

COPY Canada@cair-net.org on correspondence

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FOR INFORMATION ON THE 'END RACIAL PROFILING ACT OF 2004', GO TO:
http://thomas.loc.gov/
Enter the term "profiling" or "S2132."

TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION, GO TO:
http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/

FEINGOLD: STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF THE END RACIAL PROFILING ACT OF 
2004
(2/26/04)

Three years ago tomorrow, in his first address to a joint session of 
Congress, President Bush declared that racial profiling is wrong and 
pledged to end it in America.  He then directed his Attorney General to 
implement this policy.

It is now three years later, and the American people are still waiting 
for 
the President to follow through on his pledge to end racial profiling.

So, today I join with Representative John Conyers, the distinguished 
ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, in re-introducing the 
End 
Racial Profiling Act. We first introduced this bill in 2001, shortly 
after 
the President made his pledge and the Attorney General asserted that he 
would
work with us on our legislation.

The End Racial Profiling Act would do exactly what the President 
promised 
to do:  it would ban racial profiling once and for all and require 
federal, 
state, and local law enforcement to take steps to end and prevent 
racial 
profiling.

I am very pleased that several of my distinguished colleagues have 
joined 
me on this bill - Senators Corzine, Clinton, Lautenberg, Kennedy, 
Schumer, 
Durbin, Kerry, Boxer, Reid, Dodd, Cantwell, Mikulski, and Edwards...

I might add that the urgency for legislation banning racial profiling 
is 
compounded by concerns post-September 11th that racial profiling - not 
good 
police work and following up on legitimate leads - is being used 
against 
Arab and Muslim Americans, or Americans perceived to be Arab or 
Muslim...

I urge the President to make good on his pledge to end racial 
profiling, 
and I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the End Racial 
Profiling 
Act...

ALSO SEE:

PELOSI: 'RACIAL PROFILING IS FUNDAMENTALLY UN-AMERICAN'

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the 
following statement today on the introduction of the End Racial 
Profiling 
Act of 2004:

"I am proud to join Congressman John Conyers, the Ranking Member of the 
House Judiciary Committee, as a cosponsor of the bipartisan End Racial 
Profiling Act of 2004 to end the shameful practice of racial profiling 
and 
to ensure that each of our citizens is treated with dignity and 
fairness.

"Numerous recent studies have demonstrated that African Americans and 
Hispanics are stopped in traffic and searched far in excess of their 
share 
of the population.  Since September 11th, many Arabs, Muslims, and 
Asians 
have been subjected to searches and seizures at airports and other 
locations based upon religion and national origin, without any credible 
information linking specific individuals to criminal conduct.

"Such practices are ineffective, create suspicion, and erode the trust 
in 
law enforcement.  Racial profiling is fundamentally un-American.

"While the Bush Administration has issued guidelines on racial 
profiling, 
these do not go far enough and are not binding on all levels of law 
enforcement.  We must make racial profiling illegal.

"The End Racial Profiling Act of 2004 prohibits racial profiling at all 
levels of law enforcement -- federal, state, and local.  It conditions 
law 
enforcement grants on adoption of policies that prohibit racial 
profiling, 
authorizes grants for best policing practices, and requires the 
Attorney 
General to provide periodic reports on profiling practices.

"This crucial legislation is long overdue.  Congress should enact it 
now."

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DALLAS COUNCIL VOTES FOR RESOLUTION DENOUNCING FEDERAL PATRIOT ACT
Bill Miller, Star-Telegram, 2/27/04
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/8045589.htm

DALLAS - After a round of impassioned debate, a resolution denouncing 
the 
USA Patriot Act was approved Wednesday in a 9-6 vote of the Dallas City 
Council.

In approving the resolution, Dallas joins three states and 225 local 
governments that have taken stands against the Patriot Act.

The measure states that city officials will uphold citizens' 
constitutional 
rights and monitor the implementation of the act.

It does not, however, have authority over the federal legislation.

The Patriot Act, passed soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist 
attacks, 
must be reauthorized periodically by Congress.

It expands law-enforcement officers' surveillance and investigative 
powers, 
allowing them to, for example, examine library patrons' records.

It has been criticized by some civil-rights organizations, including 
the 
Bill of Rights Defense Committee, which was represented at the council 
meeting by dozens of people dressed in blue shirts and waving small 
American
flags...

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MUSLIM SPEAKER WOULD HAVE MORE IMPACT
Darrell Maurina, Clovis News Journal, 2/27/04
http://cnjonline.com/engine.pl?station=clovis&template=storyfull.html&id=4760

Rabiah Ahmed of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said she 
appreciated the desire of Christians to learn more about Islam, but 
wished 
that First Baptist Church of Texico had invited a Muslim speaker to 
explain 
the Islamic faith from the Islamic perspective.

"It's not going to help anybody if it is presented from a biased 
perspective," Ahmed said.

"We invite church communities to invite a Muslim from a speakers' 
bureau to 
come and speak. We've noticed in the post-9-11 climate that there has 
been 
a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric propagated in churches which incites 
hatred 
toward Muslims, dividing rather than uniting us."

"People need to be very responsible with the words they use and the way 
they describe millions and millions of Americans," Ahmed said.

Ahmed, a media spokeswoman at CAIR's national office in Washington, 
said 
her organization has four chapters in Texas - Austin, Dallas, Houston 
and 
San Antonio - but none in New Mexico. CAIR exists to correct 
misunderstandings and misrepresentations about Islam, she said.

"There are obviously going to be differences of opinion and beliefs, 
and 
that's fine as long as we respect people's right to practice religion 
as 
they choose," Ahmed said...

ALSO SEE:

QUESTIONING ISLAM
Darrell Todd Maurina, Clovis News Journal, 2/27/04
http://cnjonline.com/engine.pl?station=clovis&template=storyfull.html&id=4759

When a missionary to the Islamic world told Pastor Rob Hollis of First 
Baptist Church of Texico that he'd be available to speak, the church 
jumped 
at the chance to offer a presentation on Islam to the community.

On Sunday, David Witt of the Voice of the Martyrs organization, a 
ministry 
that a number of church members have supported for years, will lead 
seminars at 9 and 10:15 a.m. at the church.

"Because we don't know enough about the Muslim religion and the 
movement 
and the focus of Islam, and he is a keynote speaker in the United 
States in 
this area and has contributed to a lot of enlightenment among Christian 
people, I did contact him," Hollis said. "Christians all over the world 
are 
being persecuted by Muslims."

While attacks on Christians by Muslims in nations such as Sudan and 
Indonesia have received the most media attention, Hollis said the Sept. 
11, 
2001, attacks caused many in his church to believe Islamic terrorism 
wasn't 
limited to foreign Christians but also could be a threat to America...

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NY: MUSLIMS RALLY IN CLINTON SQUARE
Tammy Palmer, News 10 Now, 2/27/04
http://news10now.com/content/all_news/?ArID=11697&SecID=83

A local group of Muslims rallied in Clinton Square Thursday, claiming 
that 
since the attacks of September 11th, they've been singled out.

At the rally, signs and flags helped carry messages of injustice and 
discrimination. Women donned head scarves to show support for their 
Muslim 
neighbors.

The gatherers were inspired by the memory of a day one year ago on 
which 
federal investigators questioned dozens of Arab and Muslim families 
living 
in Central New York.

A local group of Muslims rallied in Clinton Square Thursday. The group 
claims that since the September eleventh attacks they've been singled 
out.

Group members say their treatment is similar to the way the Jews were 
treated during World War II.

"When we talk about the events that lead up to World War II…we say, 
'How 
did it happen? Where was everybody?' Nazism and Fascism in Europe did 
not 
appear all of a sudden - it crept up slowly, then faster and faster. 
The 
same situation can happen here," one group member stated...

ALSO SEE:

MOSQUE FOUNDATION OF BRIDGEVIEW HOSTS LATINO MUSLIMS IN DISCUSSION OF 
GROWTH OF ISLAM IN AMERICA

WHAT: Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview is the proud host of a speech by 
Rafael Narbaez entitled "Latino Muslims and Their Role as Muslims In 
America."  This is an event of Mosque Foundation, a member of the 
Council 
of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, an umbrella organization 
representing over 400,000 Muslims throughout Chicagoland.

The speaker for the event is Rafael Narbaez and his speech will be in 
Spanish.  His speech will focus on the growing influence of Latinos in 
America and their unique contributions to the diverse Muslim community.

Mr. Narbaez was born and raised in Texas and currently lives in 
Michigan. 
Initially, he started reading the Quran to get a better understanding 
of 
the Bible.  Over time his reading of the Quran helped him understand 
Islam. 
He later embraced Islam.

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mosque Foundation, 7350 W. 93rd Street, Bridgeview, Illinois 
60455.

For further information please contact Farhan Younus at 
fyounus@ciogc.org or
at 630-926-5566.

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NY: EVENTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Renee K. Gadoua, Syracuse.com, 2/26/04
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1077788374247541.xml

A year ago today, three federal agents visited Braham Himed at his 
Syracuse 
home to ask about his donations of money to Help the Needy.

"They had a set of questions," recalled Himed, a Muslim and a native of 
Algeria who has lived in Central New York 18 years. "'How many times do 
you 
go to the mosque?' 'How often do you pray?' What does that have to do 
with 
Help the Needy?"

He and Muslim leaders estimate up to 150 local Muslim families were 
questioned last year in connection with the arrests of four people 
accused 
of violating U.S. sanctions by diverting money - intended for 
humanitarian 
aid in Iraq - to other purposes. Help the Needy is based in DeWitt, and 
its 
officials attend the Islamic Society of Central New York in Syracuse.

During a recent interview at the mosque at 925 Comstock Ave., four 
local 
Muslims talked about their reactions to how law enforcement officials 
treated them. They say officials harassed and intimidated them and 
asked 
inappropriate questions about their religion, ethnic background and 
citizenship status...

Within hours of last year's arrests and interviews, local religious 
leaders 
expressed outrage at what they considered unfair targeting of Muslims. 
Several events today, including a news conference and a prayer service, 
are 
planned to show support for the Muslim community.

Organizers had sought 150 participants to represent the 150 Muslim 
families 
believed to have been interviewed by authorities. The majority of 
participants in today's events are not Muslim, they said...

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B-1 BOB' BACK ON CALIF. CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Laura Wides, Associated Press, 2/27/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-b-1-bob-congress,0,6743697.story

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - It has been eight years since he was turned 
out 
of office by a young, liberal upstart and his comeback bid was soundly 
rejected by voters two years later. Now the firebrand conservative 
ex-congressman known as "B-1 Bob" Dornan is asking voters for one more 
chance.

Only this time, Dornan, famous in the 1970s, '80s and '90s for his 
slash-and-burn tactics targeting liberals, is trying to unseat a fellow 
Republican whose record is equally conservative.

He all but retired from politics after losing back-to-back 
congressional 
campaigns to Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, in 1996 and 1998. But 
now 
he has decided to seek the Republican nomination for the congressional 
seat 
of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach.

Rohrabacher, whose Orange County district is next to Sanchez's, differs 
little on the issues from Dornan. Both support a freeze on taxes, favor 
the 
war in Iraq and oppose President Bush's proposal to allow temporary 
work 
visas for undocumented immigrants.

The similarities have led some political analysts to view the election 
as 
nothing more than an effort to return to the spotlight by the 
70-year-old 
Dornan, who earned his nickname for both his support of the military 
and 
his bombastic personality...

A spokeswoman for the Southern California chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations dismissed Dornan's remark as calculated to 
gain 
votes by playing on racial fears after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist 
attacks.

"Candidates are attempting to scapegoat an entire Muslim community to 
gain  prominence," said Sabiha Khan. "Dornan is just an example of this 
kind of hate-filled rhetoric in our own back yard..."

ALSO SEE:

BLUE TRIANGLE NETWORK JOINS AMERICAN MUSLIM VOICE IN CONDEMNING 
CONGRESSMAN 
KING'S INFLAMMATORY REMARKS AGAINST AMERICAN MUSLIMS

Blue Triangle Network in conjunction with American Muslim Voice 
denounces 
the hate filled, inflammatory remarks against Muslim Americans by 
Congressmen Peter T. King on the Sean Hannity nationally-syndicated 
radio 
program on February 9th, 2004. In language reminiscent of anti-Japanese 
American rhetoric of the 1940s and German anti Jewish propaganda of 
that 
same period, the Congressman said that the vast majority of American 
Muslim 
community leaders are "an enemy living amongst us" and that "no 
(American) 
Muslims are cooperating" with law enforcement officials to combat 
terrorism. He further added: "I would say, you could say that 80-85 
percent 
of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists".

Congressman King's baseless and unsubstantiated remarks are more than 
the 
ravings of an ignorant crank, speaking as he is from a government which 
has 
already imprisoned, brutalized, harassed, deported and traumatized 
thousands upon thousands of people because of the  religion they 
practice 
or the region they come from.   Since   9/11/2001, a tragedy roundly 
condemned by large numbers of American Muslim leaders, the government 
has 
set loose a hurricane of repressive measures justified by the lie of 
the 
"enemy within".

Congressman King has added his bit of bigotry to an ugly repertoire 
lies 
and fictions. Blue Triangle Network joins American Muslim Voice in 
calling
upon all people of conscience in condemning these statements.

Action Requested

Please call upon Congressman King to retract his inflammatory remarks. 
It 
is unbecoming of an elected representative to make such xenophobic 
remarks.

Please call the radio station that hosted Sean Hannity's program on 
which 
Congressman King made his inflammatory remarks and ask them invite 
Muslim 
community leaders on their program to address Congressman King's 
baseless 
allegations.

Contacts:

Congressman Peter T. King
436 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202 - 225 - 7896
Pete.King@mail.house.gov

Congressman Peter T. King
1003 Park Boulevard
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
516 - 541 - 4225
Sean Hannity's radio station: Call 1-800-941-SEAN (7326), or write to 
Program Director Phil Boyce at phil.boyce@abc.com

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WOMAN'S SCARF A COLLEGE ISSUE
Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times, 2/27/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-scarf27feb27,1,6136184.story

The board of trustees of Antelope Valley College will decide at its 
meeting 
today what action to take in regard to an instructor who ordered a 
19-year-old Muslim student to remove her hijab head scarf or leave his 
class, the college president said Thursday.

Student Fajr Burhan said instructor Robert Daniel told her to remove 
her 
scarf when she walked into his computer information science class last 
week. Burhan said she refused, explaining that she wore the hijab for 
religious reasons.

"I sat down. I knew my rights, but I was shaking like crazy," Burhan 
said. 
"Two minutes later, he said something like, 'Now you have a choice, 
take 
off the scarf and stay in the class or leave.' "

When she again refused, Burhan said, Daniel asked her to walk out to 
the 
hall, where they met Tom Miller, dean of business and computer studies.

"The dean looked at me and said, 'Is this for religious purposes?' I 
said 
yes, and he told [Daniel], 'If this is for religious purposes, you have 
to 
respect that.' "

Burhan had shown up for the class, the first of the semester, along 
with 
four other students, hoping to add the course. When five students were 
dropped for missing the class, Burhan asked to be added. Daniel denied 
her 
request, telling her he was saving a slot for an emergency, college 
officials said...

In some workplaces, when Muslim women have been asked to remove their 
head 
scarves, the matter has been resolved once the employers learned of the 
religious significance of the hijab, said Ra'id Faraj, public relations 
director for the Southern California office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations...

"It's really bizarre that we would encounter this in a college," Faraj 
said. "It's rather a surprise that a professor at a college would make 
such 
comments and such demands."

ALSO SEE:


SOCAL TEACHER WHO ALLEGEDLY TOLD MUSLIM WOMAN TO REMOVE SCARF 
INVESTIGATED
Associated Press, 2/26/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8050312.htm

LANCASTER, Calif. - An instructor is being investigated by Antelope 
Valley 
College officials for allegedly ordering a female Muslim student to 
remove 
her traditional hajib head scarf.

Fajr Burhan, 19, said she walked into a college classroom on Feb. 18 
and 
instructor Robert Daniel told her to remove the hajib, religious attire 
she 
began wearing about five years ago.

"The second I walked into the class the teacher turned around and told 
me 
to remove my scarf," she told the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task 
Force on
Monday night. "I felt humiliated in front of the whole class, which has 
about 35 students."

Wearing the same sheer scarf she wore to class last week, Burhan said 
she 
told Daniel the hajib is "for a religious purpose" and "it's not 
something 
that I can just take off."

She then sat down without removing the scarf and Daniel became "very 
furious," Burhan told the panel...

Interim President Jackie Fisher apologized and said an investigation 
was 
under way...

The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
praised the college's decision to investigate.

The council also asked the college to take disciplinary action against 
Daniel, issue an apology to Burhan and conduct sensitivity training for 
faculty and staff...

"We commend Antelope Valley College for its swift response to this 
disturbing incident," council spokesman Ra'id Faraj said Thursday. "The 
religious rights of all students, regardless of their faith, ethnicity 
or 
background should be protected and respected."

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HEADSCARF BAN VIOLATES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch, 2/26/04
http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/02/26/france7666.htm

(New York, February 27, 2004)-The proposed French law banning Islamic 
headscarves and other visible religious symbols in state schools would 
violate the rights to freedom of religion and expression, Human Rights 
Watch said today. The law, which forbids "signs and dress that 
conspicuously show the religious affiliation of students," will be 
debated 
in the French Senate on March 2.

The proposed law is an unwarranted infringement on the right to 
religious 
practice. For many Muslims, wearing a headscarf is not only about 
religious 
expression, it is about religious obligation.

"The proposed law is an unwarranted infringement on the right to 
religious 
practice," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. 
"For many Muslims, wearing a headscarf is not only about religious 
expression, it is about religious obligation."

International human rights law obliges state authorities to avoid 
coercion 
in matters of religious freedom, and this obligation must be taken into 
account when devising school dress codes. The proposed prohibition on 
headscarves in France, as with laws in some Muslim countries that force 
girls to wear headscarves in schools, violates this principle.

Under international law, states can only limit religious practices when 
there is a compelling public safety reason, when the manifestation of 
religious beliefs would impinge on the rights of others, or when it 
serves 
a legitimate educational function (such as prohibiting practices that 
preclude student-teacher interaction). Muslim headscarves, Sikh 
turbans, 
Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses-which are among the 
visible 
religious symbols that would be prohibited-do not pose a threat to 
public 
health, order or morals; they have no effect on the fundamental rights 
and 
freedoms of other students; and they do not undermine a school's 
educational function...

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NEO-AUTHORITARIANS: DAVID HOROWITZ WHINES ABOUT A LACK OF 'ACADEMIC 
FREEDOM'
Justin Raimondo, AntiWar.com, 2/27/04
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/

Is there a bigger, fatter, more egregious hypocrite on God's green 
earth 
than David Horowitz? What else can we call someone who mounts a 
campaign 
for censoring campus speech - in the name of "academic freedom"?

According to Horowitz's own website, Colorado Republican lawmakers have 
introduced legislation embodying his Orwellian concept of "academic 
freedom":

"The bill requires schools to enact a grievance procedure for students 
subjected to a 'hostile environment' toward their religious and 
political 
views. It also says students have a right to be free from professors 
who 
introduce 'controversial matter' unrelated to the subject they are 
teaching."

Echoing the left-liberal victimology he's supposed to be so opposed to, 
Horowitz and his campus minions are crying that their views are not 
automatically accepted and given credence - and they want their 
"rights" as 
an officially accredited "minority group"! But since when is anyone 
entitled to be free of "hostility" on account of their ideas? Should, 
say, 
a Nazi be accorded the same hostility level as a liberal Republican? 
Does a 
defender of Joseph Stalin have the right to be free from a "hostile 
environment" - when his ideas amount to an endorsement of genocide?

For years, conservatives and libertarians have been complaining about 
campus "speech codes" that forbid, for example, campus Christians from 
promulgatin their views on, say, homosexuality, and quash any rational 
discussion of affirmative action. So now Horowitz is campaigning for 
legislation to ensure that the tender little egos of the campus 
Republicans 
are protected from bad vibes and other potentially deadly 
hate-thoughts! 
How pathetic. Horowitz isn't and never was opposed to "political 
correctness" - he just wants in on the PC game...

Daniel Pipes and his "CampusWatch," which targets professors thought to 
be 
unsympathetic to U.S. foreign policy, is another sinister example of 
how 
neoconservatism is fast morphing into neo-authoritarianism. As a 
government 
official - in a testament to the complete moral inversion of the 
Bizarro 
World we are living in, the militantly pro-war Pipes was appointed to 
the 
Board of the government-funded "U.S. Peace Institute" - his 
witch-hunting 
proclivities take on a threatening aspect...

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US 'MAY HOLD CLEARED DETAINEES'
BBC, 2/27/04
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3487958.stm

Pentagon officials have confirmed that Guantanamo detainees may still 
be 
kept in detention, even if they are found not guilty by a military 
tribunal.

They say detainees could be kept prisoner if they are considered a 
security 
risk.

If found guilty, they could also be held beyond any sentence laid down 
by 
the tribunal.

The Pentagon this week laid the first charges against two foreign 
detainees 
held in Guantanamo Bay.

US military officials argue that there are two processes under way, BBC 
Pentagon correspondent Nick Childs says.

Detainees are being held because they are suspected of being enemy 
combatants in an ongoing war.

Separately, some may be put before tribunals accused of specific war 
crimes 
or other offences.

But the officials say it would not be common sense to release detainees 
after trials if it was thought they might launch new attacks on US 
interests.

The officials add that anyone convicted of war crimes would have to 
serve 
out their sentences - even if other detainees were released because the 
war 
on terrorism was deemed to be over...

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ISRAELI COMPANY TO SUPPLY FUEL TO US ARMY IN IRAQ
Israel National News, 2/24/04
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=58458

Israel's Sonol gasoline company, along with its foreign partner 
Morgantown 
International, have won a tender valued at $70-80 million to supply 
fuel to 
US troops in Iraq. Sonol is expected to supply the US forces with some 
25 
million liters of fuel each month.

The tender was issued by the US-based KDR Company, a subsidiary of 
Halliburton, who has been entrusted with the majority of contracts for 
the 
US troops in Iraq. Among Sonol's competitors was Delek, another Israeli 
company. Until now, the US forces have received most of their fuel from 
Kuwait. However, following Halliburton's admission that it overcharged 
the 
US military by passing on the Kuwaitis' inflated price the US Army 
decided 
to approach other suppliers, among them Israel.

Sonol is one of Israel's three largest oil product marketing firms with 
a 
network of around 205 branded service stations.

Fuel, imported to Israel, will pass through the fuel terminal operated 
by 
the TASHAN (Oil and Energy Infrastructure Company) north of Beer Sheva 
and 
will then be shipped to Iraq by land through Jordan.

SEE ALSO:

ISRAEL RAZES 120 PALESTINIAN SHOPS IN TUNNEL HUNT
Reuters, 2/27/04

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces, uncovering a tunnel used by 
Palestinian 
militants for a deadly attack on the Gaza Strip boundary, razed at 
least 
120 Palestinian-owned shops nearby Friday, witnesses said.

They said two army bulldozers backed by four tanks plowed through a 
cluster 
of buildings leading up to Erez, a heavily fortified Israeli industrial 
zone on the Gaza-Israel boundary, after giving shop-owners a summary 
notice 
to evacuate.

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SYRIA RESTRICTS ISLAMIC TEACHING
Kim Ghattas, BBC, 2/27/04
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3491618.stm

The Syrian authorities will no longer allow foreign students to study 
Islam 
in private schools.

 From the next academic year foreigners will only attend classes at the 
Islamic law faculty of Damascus University, in the Syrian capital.

There are 20 Islamic schools operating in Syria under the supervision 
of 
the social affairs and labour ministry.

They cater to several thousand foreigners from the US, Japan, Britain 
and 
Indonesia among other countries.

Officially the Syrian government said it was taking measures against 
private Islamic schools because their degrees were not officially 
recognised yet.

But these institutes were always closely watched by the staunchly 
secular 
Syrian Baath regime and now it appears that things have been taken one 
step 
further.

This comes after several Muslims arrested for alleged terrorist 
activities 
were found to have stayed in Damascus.

Capt James Yee, a Muslim military chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay 
detention 
centre, who was arrested and then released last year after allegedly 
being 
caught with classified documents, had studied Islam and Arabic in 
Damascus 
in the mid-1990s.

And in April last year, Assaf Mohammed Hanif, a British Muslim blew 
himself 
up in a Tel Aviv pub.

He had studied Arab at Damascus University in 2000 and it is thought 
this 
is where he was recruited by the Palestinian group, Hamas.

There are about 3,000 foreigners studying in Syria...

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LIFE FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR AFGHANISTAN ORPHANS

WHAT: LIFE for Relief and Development and other religious organizations 
are 
hosting a fundraising dinner to support LIFE's orphan projects in 
Afghanistan. The dinner will feature Sheikh Sadullah Khan and a short 
film 
on LIFE"s projects in Afghanistan.

WHEN: Saturday February 28th 2004 at 6pm

WHERE: Location: Masjid Dar-Ul Quran (Bayshore Masjid), 1514 E. 3rd 
Ave., 
Bayshore, NY 11706

Tickets: $20

For more info contact:  events@lifeusa.org or 917-579-7185

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 2/28/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK KNOWLEDGE
* CA TEACHER IN SCARF ISSUE RESIGNS POST (LA Times)
	- Teacher Resigns Over Muslim Scarf Flap (NBC4)
* OH: MUSLIM AIRLINES WORKER WINS SUIT (AP)
* MUSLIM GROUP PROTESTS DORNAN'S COMMENTS (Daily Pilot)
	- Groups Decry Dornan's Remarks (OC Register)
* ONLINE NETWORK HELPS MUSLIMS FIND SOUL MATES (AP)
* LOVE FOR JESUS CAN BRIDGE CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM GAP (RNS)
	- Muslim, Christian Doctrines Overlap (Express-News)
	- Jew, Muslim Find Common Ground Through Laughter (SJMN)
* MUSLIMS TO BUILD MOSQUE IN MICHIGAN (Grand Rapids Press)
* PA: IMAM TO TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC PROJECTS (Phil. Inquirer)
* MN: POLICE REACH OUT TO SOMALI COMMUNITY (Pioneer Press)
* TREASURY WARNS ABOUT EDITING 'ENEMY' MANUSCRIPTS (NYT)
	- Qatar says Russia Holding Two Nationals (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK KNOWLEDGE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone travels on a 
road 
in search of knowledge, God will cause him to travel on one of the 
roads of 
Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure 
with 
one who seeks knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth 
and 
(even) the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned 
man. The superiority of the learned over the devout is like that of the 
moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The 
learned 
are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave (no monetary 
inheritance), they leave only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an 
abundant portion.

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1631

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TEACHER IN SCARF ISSUE RESIGNS POST
Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times, 2/28/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-scarf28feb28,1,6594938.story

An Antelope Valley College instructor under fire for ordering a 
19-year-old 
Muslim student to remove her head scarf in his class resigned Friday, 
school officials said.

Robert Daniel, an engineer who taught part time since 2002, resigned 
before 
the Lancaster school's board of trustees could decide whether he should 
be 
fired, interim college President Jackie Fisher said.

"We could have dismissed him - that was an option - but he came in and 
resigned," Fisher said.

"He will not be rehired or work here again."

The student, Fajr Burhan, said that when she walked into Daniel's 
computer 
information science class last week, he told her to remove her hijab or 
leave.

Burhan said she refused, explaining that she wore the scarf for 
religious 
reasons. After she took her seat, Burhan said, Daniel asked her to walk 
outside with him. They then encountered the dean, who told Daniel he 
had to 
respect Burhan's right to wear the scarf.

Burhan said she returned to the class, but felt uncomfortable.

Fisher said Daniel clearly had acted inappropriately...

Ra'id Faraj, spokesman for the Southern California office of the 
Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said: "We are very pleased by the quick 
response of the Antelope Valley College leadership president and the 
board. 
This sends the right message that we live in a country that respects 
freedom of religion…"

SEE ALSO:

TEACHER RESIGNS OVER MUSLIM SCARF FLAP
http://www.nbc4.tv/news/2882512/detail.html

LOS ANGELES -- An Antelope Valley College instructor resigned Thursday, 
a 
week after ordering a Muslim student to take off her religiously 
mandated 
head scarf or leave class, school officials said.

Robert Daniel, described as a part-time instructor, taught an 
introduction 
to computer science information course. He resigned in writing this 
morning, school officials said.

The college's Board of Trustees was expected to decide Friday night 
what 
action to take against Daniel. The school said other instructors will 
be 
brought in to teach the two spring semester courses that had been 
assigned 
to Daniel.

Daniel could not be reached for comment...

Ra'id Faraj of the Southern California office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations applauded the move.

"It's really bizarre that we would encounter this in a college," Faraj 
said.

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EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES WORKER WINS SUIT
The Associated Press, 2/28/04

CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal jury awarded $250,000 to a former 
Continental 
Airlines worker who said he was harassed on the job because of his 
Middle 
Eastern origin.

The jury Thursday found that supervisors used ethnic and racial slurs 
against Nizar Kamal. Jurors rejected Kamal's claims that he was 
harassed 
for being a Muslim and that Continental intentionally caused him 
emotional 
distress.

Kamal, 48, was fired in September from his job loading and unloading 
planes 
at the airline's hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

He had sued Houston-based Continental in 2001, saying co-workers and 
supervisors had made slurs against him since the first Gulf War in 
1990. He 
also said they posted demeaning cartoons and once locked him in a 
portable 
toilet…

The jury ordered $200,000 compensation and $50,000 in punitive damages, 
as 
well as yet-to-be-determined attorney's fees.

Kamal is trying to get his job back through the U.S. Equal Opportunity 
Commission. 	

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GROUP PROTESTS DORNAN'S COMMENTS
Jenny Marder, Daily Pilot, 2/28/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/pilot/news/la-dpt-dornan28feb28,1,6029556.story 


Human rights activists protested what they called the "hate-filled 
rhetoric" from Republican congressional candidate Robert Dornan outside 
Huntington Beach City Hall on Friday.

Protesters, unfazed by Dornan supporters' screams and shaking fists, 
showed 
up to support the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which claims 
that 
the candidates comments about Muslims are racist.

Dornan is challenging Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in the March 2 primary for 
the 
46th Congressional District seat, which Rohrabacher has held since 
1988. 
Many thought Dornan had retired from politics, when Rep. Loretta 
Sanchez 
edged him out of what is now the 47th Congressional District in 1996.

But, at 70, he's back to fight the war on terrorism and defeat what he 
refers to as "the dark side of Islam."

Led by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, eight organizations 
banded together on Friday to speak out against racism.

Dornan has referred to the prophet Mohammed, as "a camel driver with 
nine 
wives," and the Koran, Islam's holy book, as "a book of war and 
terrorism," 
said Sabina Khan, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.

Dornan did not return calls, but his son and campaign manager, Mark 
Dornan, 
said his father's comments were taken out of context.

"These are historical facts that they are twisting into politically 
correct 
slander…. He discussed the Koran and the Bible as being a book full of 
stories on war," Mark Dornan said.

This is not the first time Robert Dornan been in the political 
spotlight. 
While in office, a history of fiery rhetoric earned him nicknames like 
"Mouth of the House." During 1992, he told an interviewer that "every 
lesbian spear-chucker is hoping that I get elected."

"All of [Robert Dornan's] remarks break the community," said 
Ranjinderjit 
Singh, president of the East and West Assn. of Sikh Women. "We need 
people 
and leaders that bring the community together. Otherwise, we are 
alienating 
good people."

The group is not endorsing any particular candidate in the race, she 
said, 
and added that most Muslims oppose Rohrabacher's stand on immigration 
and 
the war in Iraq.

"We could care less about his campaign," Khan said. "The issue is 
racism in 
political discourse."

The news conference was small, but heated. Speakers were from the 
Orange 
County Human Relations Commission, the Greater Huntington Beach 
Interfaith 
Council, the Sikh Community, the Islamic Society of Orange County, the 
League of United Latin American Citizens and the Asian and Pacific 
Islander 
Community Alliance.

While the groups were drawn from a mixed tapestry of religious and 
ethnic 
backgrounds, their members stood united behind one message: Racism, 
prejudice and hatred are unwelcome in political discourse.

"[Robert] Dornan is challenged with representing all people," said 
Kathryn 
McCulley, assistant director of the National Conference for Community 
and 
Justice's Orange County chapter. "His views and beliefs must be free of 
all 
bias and injustice."

Anna Sanchez of Newport Beach came with her dog, Oreo, to support the 
protest.

"Every time he opens his mouth, he insults somebody," Sanchez said. 
"He's a 
despicable creature, full of hatred…"

SEE ALSO:

GROUPS DECRY DORNAN'S REMARKS
ZAHEERA WAHID, Orange County Register, 2/28/04
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=83126&section=LOCAL&subsection=LOCAL&year=2004&month=2&day=28

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Leaders of local faith and ethnic groups on Friday 
condemned remarks made by congressional candidate Bob Dornan and called 
on 
communities to unite against a "rising tide of Islamophobia" among 
politicians.

"It's unacceptable to divide us (along) religious lines," said Sabiha 
Khan, 
spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in 
Anaheim.

Khan also singled out a remark by Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., that "mosques 
are 
run by extremists."

"It seems to be a national trend ... stepping on American Muslims," 
Khan said.

Dornan, who lost his congressional seat in 1996, is running against 
incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R- Huntington Beach, for the 46th 
House 
District seat.

Representatives of several groups, including the League of United Latin 
American Citizens, the Sikh community, a local synagogue, and the Asian 
and 
Pacific Islander Community Alliance joined Khan in front of Huntington 
Beach City Hall to call for unity.

Khan cited several statements made by Dornan, including a recent 
Register 
article in which Dornan was quoted as saying "The dark side of Islam 
has 
been a problem for 1,400 years."

Such statements, said CAIR executive director Hussam Ayloush, "create 
fear 
within the targeted community ... (and) create anger and reinforce 
hatred 
among those who accept the message…"

Newport Beach resident Ana Sanchez said she came to support CAIR 
because 
she remembers "how racist (Dornan's) remarks were against Hispanics" 
during 
his 1996 campaign against Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana…

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ONLINE NETWORK HELPS MUSLIMS FIND SOUL MATES
Deborah Kong, Associated Press, 2/28/04
http://www.silive.com/living/advance/index.ssf?/base/living/1077912901211550.xml

The online chat service Naseeb offers marriage-minded twentysomethings 
a 
culturally sensitive middle ground between dating, which is 
discouraged, 
and old-fashioned arranged marriages.

Part of her hoped she'd find her soul mate when she joined Naseeb, a 
new 
online Muslim community. But getting a marriage proposal just three 
months 
later - while on a snowboarding trip in Pennsylvania - was way beyond 
Saara 
Sheikh's expectations.

Raised by conservative, Pakistani Muslim parents, Sheikh knew dating 
was 
out. Still, she rebelled at the idea of a traditional arranged 
marriage, 
skipping out on meetings her parents set up with potential spouses.

"They've been trying to hook me up since I was, like, 20," said Sheikh, 
a 
25-year-old Franklin Lakes, N.J., mental health professional. "I told 
my 
mom I would want to find somebody on my own. The arranged thing would 
be 
very hard for me."

Naseeb seemed like a good compromise. Sometimes called the Muslim 
version 
of Friendster, the site allows people to network with friends of 
friends.

Like the company, which is based in San Jose, Calif., but has 
engineering 
operations in Lahore, Pakistan, many of Naseeb's users are a blend of 
East 
and West, comfortable with technology yet tied to tradition. In Naseeb, 
they've found a culturally sensitive middle ground that lies somewhere 
between dating, which experts say is discouraged by Islamic law, and 
the 
old-fashioned practice of marriages brokered by parents.

In the Muslim community, arranged marriages vary by ethnicity - they 
are 
more common among South Asians and some Arabs than American blacks. 
Such 
practices, brought from immigrants' home countries, typically involve 
parents helping choose a mate for their children, said Aminah McCloud, 
professor of Islamic studies at DePaul University.

Naseeb is one example of how that tradition has evolved in the United 
States, said Ahmar Masood, Sheikh's fiance…

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LOVE FOR JESUS CAN BRIDGE CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM GAP
HESHAM A. HASSABALLA, Religion News Service, 2/28/04
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/8058431.htm

The season of Lent is upon us, and Christians the world over are 
preparing 
for arguably the most important event in the Christian calendar.

Although I do not celebrate Easter, the holiday is fraught with very 
pleasant memories for me. Growing up, Good Friday would always be a day 
off 
from school (making it an Even Better Friday for me). During my years 
at 
Marquette University, a Jesuit institution, I would look forward to 
Easter 
even more because we would get five days off for the holiday.

In all seriousness, however, even though, as a Muslim, I do not 
celebrate 
Easter, it is not out of disdain for Jesus (peace be upon him). We 
Muslims 
absolutely adore Jesus (though not literally). One cannot be a Muslim 
without a firm belief in, and love for, Jesus Christ. He is considered 
one 
of the five mightiest Prophets ever sent to humanity, along with 
Abraham, 
Noah, Moses and the Muslim Prophet Muhammad (peace be unto them all). 
Muslims believe Jesus to be the Messiah sent to the Children of Israel.

The fundamental difference between Christianity and Islam lies in the 
belief about Jesus' nature: The majority of Christians believe Jesus to 
be 
divine, the Son in the Trinity, who was sent to die for the sins of 
humanity. Muslims, however, believe Jesus to be a mighty messenger of 
God 
and do not accept the divinity of Jesus or any human being.

This belief is clearly outlined in the Quran: "O People of the Book 
(Christians)! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of God aught 
but 
the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle 
of 
God, and his Word, which he bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding 
from 
him." (4:171) Muslims do believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, and the 
story of Jesus' birth is recounted twice in the Quran. To Muslims, the 
miraculous virgin birth signals the greatness of Jesus as a prophet but 
is 
not a sign of his divinity. Further distinguishing itself from 
Christianity, Islam maintains that Jesus was never crucified: "... they 
killed him (Jesus) not, nor crucified him... of a surety they killed 
him 
not." (4:157) Muslims believe God raised Jesus to him before the Romans 
arrested him. Muslims, however, as do Christians, believe Jesus will 
return 
to Earth again.

Jesus is mentioned 27 times in the Quran, more than six times as much 
as 
Muhammad himself, and he is mentioned even more times in the sayings of 
the 
Prophet Muhammad. In fact, salvation for Muslims necessarily includes 
belief in Jesus as outlined by this Prophetic saying: "If anyone 
testifies 
that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone, who has no 
partners, and that Muhammad is his slave and his apostle, and that 
Jesus is 
God's slave and his apostle and his word which he bestowed on Mary and 
a 
Spirit created by him, and that paradise is true, and hell is true, God 
will admit him into Paradise." Not only is Jesus prominent in Muslim 
belief, but the Virgin Mary is also greatly revered. The story of her 
birth 
was also recounted in the Quran. In fact, God set the Virgin Mary as an 
example for the ideal believer: "And God sets forth, as an example to 
those 
who believe... Mary the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity." 
(66:11-12) Mary is also highly praised, but again, Mary is not accorded 
any 
divinity in Islam…

It is my hope and prayer that the common love for Jesus by both Muslims 
and 
Christians will serve as a desperately needed bridge of understanding 
between both faith communities. The sooner we American Muslims and 
Christians can come together as people of faith, the sooner we can work 
together to change our country and our world for the better.

Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa is a Chicago physician and author of "Why I 
Love 
the Ten Commandments," published in the book "Taking Back Islam: 
American 
Muslims Reclaim Their Faith" (Rodale Press).

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES OVERLAP
Mansour El-Kikhia, San Antonio Express-News, 2/28/04
http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/columnists/melkikhia/stories/MYSA27.09B.mansour0227.f64a584.html

Muslims believe Jesus, like Moses before him, was sent to show them the 
way 
of doing good, of practicing mercy and salvation.

Like Christians, Muslims believe he was born of a virgin, and they also 
believe his mother is a perpetual virgin. Indeed, according to Muslims, 
Jesus completes the human cycle, for just as Eve was produced out of 
man 
without a woman's seed, so is man produced from a woman without a man's 
seed.

Muslims also believe Jesus did heal the leper and perform miracles. 
They 
also believe in his social and economic teachings.

They observe the Ten Commandments that Jesus followed and like him 
reject 
usury in trade. Indeed, only Muslims follow Christ's teaching on usury 
and 
trade in money.

The honoring of Jesus extends to his mother, companions and those close 
to 
him. A case in point is John the Baptist. The Koran refers to John as 
Yahya, which means "everlasting." Muslims believe God gave him that 
name 
because he would die as a martyr for the sake of God, and all martyrs 
are 
everlasting.

Many Christians are unaware Muslims believe that at the end of time 
Jesus 
Christ, not Muhammad the prophet of Islam, will return…

There are, of course, also profound differences between the faiths, but 
in 
the final analysis Islam is more willing to accept these differences 
than 
it is given credit.

Had Islam pursued a model of inquisitions and forced conversions, Spain 
and 
by extension all of Latin America, Eastern Europe, India and everywhere 
Muslims went would have now been Muslim.

They didn't because "there is no compulsion in faith," and in the end 
none 
of us is in a position to judge anyone else. Let's leave that to Allah.

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JEW, MUSLIM FIND COMMON GROUND THROUGH LAUGHTER
San Jose Mercury News, 2/28/04

Is there anything funny about the different ways Jews and Arabs look at 
the 
world?? A rabbi and his Egyptian-born partner in comedy dispel 
stereotypes 
with their lighter look at the Arab and Jewish cultures in a 
performance 
Sunday at Congregation Shir Hadash, 16555 Shannon Road in Los Gatos.

The unique humor of the stand-up comedy team of Rabbi Bob Alper and 
Egyptian-born, California-raised Ahmed Ahmed has appeared on ABC, CNN, 
Comedy Central and public television and featured in Newsweek and 
newspapers across the country. They have performed in synagogues and 
comedy 
clubs, such as the Hollywood Improv.

Alper's humor comes from his experiences studying in Israel and 
learning 
Hebrew. Ahmed draws from life as a Muslim in California.

Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Children over 11 are 
welcome. For more information, call (408) 358-1751.

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MUSLIMS PLAN TO BUILD MOSQUE ON EAST PARIS
Grand Rapids Press, 2/27/04
http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-13/1077897492160620.xml

KENTWOOD -- Crowding at a Burton Street mosque was part of the reason a 
group of Muslims began leasing a Fuller Avenue gym two years ago. 
Squeezed 
for space once again, leaders of the Islamic Mosque and Religious 
Institute 
were looking for another building.

This time, they plan to build one, complete with a dome and minaret.

Muslim leaders today were to buy three acres on the west side of East 
Paris 
Avenue, south of 32nd Street SE in Kentwood. They are raising money for 
a 
$750,000 mosque that would be the first of its kind in the region.

"It's going to be a facility the Muslim community will be proud of, and 
it 
will bring the community together," said Ali Metwalli, a board member 
of 
the Islamic Mosque and Religious Institute.

"This will be the first mosque in Grand Rapids built from the ground up 
as 
a mosque."

Plans call for a 10,000-square-foot domed building with a minaret, or 
tower, along Whiskey Creek at 3333 East Paris Ave. SE. The main floor 
will 
feature a prayer room with a separate mezzanine for women, classrooms, 
a 
day-care center and a place for visitors to wash before prayer. The 
basement will include a kitchen, lunch room and more classrooms. There 
will 
be enough room for up to 100 children to attend religious classes on 
Saturdays and Sundays.

The site has room for a community recreation center or Islamic 
elementary 
school as the need and funding develops…

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IMAM TO TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC PROJECTS
Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/28/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/8061482.htm

One of America's most prominent Muslim leaders, Imam W. Deen Mohammed 
of 
Chicago, is to deliver a public address this afternoon in University 
City.

The visit will be his first to Philadelphia since stepping down in 
August 
as head of the 1.5-million-member American Society of Muslims.

Mohammed rose to fame 30 years ago when he rejected the 
black-supremacist 
ideology of his father, Nation of Islam founder Elijah Mohammed, and 
led 
most of the flock into mainstream Sunni Islam.

He is known for his patriotic views and promotion of clergy training, 
interfaith work and neighborhood development - efforts he continues 
through 
his Mosque Cares ministry...

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POLICE FORCE REACHES OUT TO SOMALI COMMUNITY
MARA H. GOTTFRIED, Pioneer Press, 2/28/04
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/8061874.htm

St. Paul police officers are learning how to say, "Booliis baan ahay" 
and 
"Ma dhibataa jirta?" to encourage trust between the department and 
members 
of the Somali community.

The first means "I am the police," in Somali, and the second translates 
into, "Is there a problem."

Other waves of immigrants to St. Paul, including Hmong and Latinos, 
have 
led to similar cultural training in the department. With Somalis 
representing the newest large group of immigrants to St. Paul, this 
marks 
the first time that all St. Paul officers are being trained in Somali 
culture and the Islamic community.

More Somalis live in Minneapolis than St. Paul, and in Minneapolis, 
there 
has been some conflict between the community and the police, but that 
hasn't been a problem in St. Paul, said Abdisalam Adam, Somali 
community 
specialist for St. Paul's public schools.

Still, Adam said: "There is a need for interaction. We don't need to 
wait 
for anything to happen to have this kind of training."

In St. Paul, because there are particular neighborhoods where Somalis 
tend 
to live, there are officers working other parts of the city who have 
had 
little or no contact with them, said Cmdr. Kenneth Reed, who oversees 
the 
department's training unit.

"The training is recognition that we have a growing Somali population," 
he 
said. "To become good law enforcement officers, you learn to know the 
community because the better you understand them, the more effective 
you'll 
be…"

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TREASURY DEPARTMENT IS WARNING PUBLISHERS OF
THE PERILS OF CRIMINAL EDITING OF THE ENEMY
ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times, 2/28/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/28/national/28PUBL.html

Writers often grumble about the criminal things editors do to their 
prose. 
The federal government has recently weighed in on the same issue - 
literally.

It has warned publishers they may face grave legal consequences for 
editing 
manuscripts from Iran and other disfavored nations, on the ground that 
such 
tinkering amounts to trading with the enemy.

Anyone who publishes material from a country under a trade embargo is 
forbidden to reorder paragraphs or sentences, correct syntax or 
grammar, or 
replace "inappropriate words," according to several advisory letters 
from 
the Treasury Department in recent months.

Adding illustrations is prohibited, too. To the baffled dismay of 
publishers, editors and translators who have been briefed about the 
policy, 
only publication of "camera-ready copies of manuscripts" is allowed.

The Treasury letters concerned Iran. But the logic, experts said, would 
seem to extend to Cuba, Libya, North Korea and other nations with which 
most trade is banned without a government license…

SEE ALSO:

QATAR SAYS RUSSIA HOLDING TWO OF ITS NATIONALS
Reuters, 2/28/04

DOHA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Qatar said on Saturday that Russia had 
detained 
two of its citizens on Thursday -- the day the Doha government 
announced it 
had charged two Russians for the murder of a former rebel Chechen 
leader, 
sparking fury in Moscow.

The state news agency QNA quoted a Qatari Foreign Ministry official as 
saying the ministry was in touch with Russian authorities over the 
arrest 
of the two Qataris, both of whom were members of the national wrestling 
team.

It said the two were seized at Moscow airport on Thursday, the day 
Qatar 
said it had charged two Russians with involvement in a car blast that 
killed Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in the Gulf Arab state on February 13.

"They were detained on arrival in Moscow airport from Belarus on their 
way 
to Serbia to participate in the qualifying tournament to prepare for 
the 
2004 Olympic Games," QNA said.

Russian officials were not immediately available to comment.

Moscow was furious at Qatar's arrest of the two Russians, who it 
acknowledged were spies but insisted had been involved in fighting 
international terrorism and had nothing to do with the killing of the 
Chechen.

It demanded their release and accused Qatar of having assisted 
terrorism by 
giving Yandarbiyev refuge for three years…

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION #418

MUSLIMS URGED TO VOTE ON 'SUPER TUESDAY'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/1/2004) - CAIR is urging all Muslim voters in 
California, New York, Ohio, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, 
Massachusetts, 
Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Vermont to vote in tomorrow's "Super 
Tuesday" 
democratic primaries and caucuses. (NOTE: Only registered democrats can 
vote in the Connecticut, California, New York, and Maryland primaries. 
Minnesota has a democratic caucus.)

REASONS WHY MUSLIMS SHOULD VOTE:

* Supporting accommodation of Islamic religious requirements in the 
workplace and in schools
* Creating a safe and drug-free environment for families
* Challenging discrimination and stereotyping
* Encouraging foreign and domestic policies that are based on justice
* Deciding how your tax dollars are used

WHO MAY VOTE:

* Must be registered to vote in a Super Tuesday state
* Must be a registered democrat to vote in a closed primary. 
Connecticut, 
California, New York, and Maryland primaries are closed. All registered 
voters can vote in Vermont, Ohio, Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 
and 
Vermont. Minnesota democratic caucus participants who are not active 
with 
another party can participate.
* Must be a citizen of the United States
* Must live in the state where he/she is registered
* Must not claim the right to vote in any other state

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

1) VOTE: Most polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Refer to your 
voter registration card to find your polling location or call or visit 
the 
website of your state board of elections. Most polling locations are in 
schools. The best time to vote is before going to work because lines 
are 
short.

2) Be an informed and effective voter by RESEARCHING LOCAL CANDIDATES.

3) For undecided voters, CAIR has compiled a comprehensive list of 
issues 
specific to the Muslim community and where each candidate stands on 
those 
issues. Go to: http://www.cair-net.org/muslimvote2004/

4) If you are not already REGISTERED TO VOTE, go to: 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 3/1/04

CAIR: Celebrating 10 Years of Community Service

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROPHETS ARE EQUALS
* SUPPORT CAIR'S IMPORTANT WORK
	- CAIR Library Project: Missouri
* GETTING OUT THE MUSLIM VOTE (NY Times)
	- CA: Faith Shows Ballot Clout (Press Enterprise)
	- CA: Saudi-American Runs For Congress (Arab News)
	- NY: Pakistani-Americans Raise $65000 (Pak News)
	- IL: Muslims Promote Political Participation
* U.S. MUSLIM CHARITIES COMPLAIN OF "WITCH HUNT" (Reuters)
	- TX: Court Won't Hear Muslim Charity Appeal (AP)
	- Govt's Pursuit of Personal Data Lives On (Wash Times)
* MD: MUSLIMS LOBBY TO CLOSE SCHOOLS ON EIDS (Balt Sun)
	- TX: American Airlines Reaches Settlement with Muslim (AP)
* AL: MUSLIM WOMEN'S PROTEST BRINGS CHANGE (Mont. Advertiser)
* CA: MEN RETURN HOME AFTER DEPORTATION (SJ Mercury News)
	- NY: The Terrorism Case That Wasn't (Standard News)
* CA: 'LITTLE ARABIA' GIVES MUSLIMS TASTE OF HOME (LA Times)
	- NY: Islam 101 Tries To Bridge Gap (D & C)
* TARGETING MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (Village Voice)
	- RI: Pastors Take Message into War Zone (Prov Journal)
* NEO-CONS, ISRAEL AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION (Counterpunch)
	- Israel Exported Billions in Defense Goods (Haaretz)
	- Kerry Emphasizes Strong Support of Israel (NY Times)
	- Arab-Israel Conflict Not in U.S. Mideast Plan (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE PROPHETS ARE EQUALS

Once when two people, one Muslim and the other Jewish, quarreled over 
the 
relative status of the Prophets Moses and Muhammad (peace be upon them 
both), Prophet Muhammad told them: "Do not give one prophet superiority 
over another."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 595

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Let's help the state of Missouri: 106 covered, 264 more libraries to 
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The goal of CAIR's library project is to send accurate and objective 
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GETTING OUT THE MUSLIM VOTE
Christine Hauser, New York Times, 3/1/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/01/nyregion/01vote.html

The melodic syllables of Arabic recitation mingled with the din of 
traffic 
on Third Avenue in Manhattan and with the chatter of merchants selling 
books and beads from sidewalk tables outside the Islamic Cultural 
Center 
mosque.

The main weekly prayer session was coming to a close.

As Muslim men and women drifted from the carpeted mosque into a cold 
winter 
day, pausing to rummage for the shoes they had left in piles at the 
door, 
religion suddenly collided with politics.

"As the election comes, our constitutional rights and religious rights 
are 
being trampled on," came a voice, speaking in a mixture of English and 
Arabic, over the mosque loudspeaker. "We don't have clout. And so it is 
very important for all of us, God willing, to register."

The announcement came from Ghazi Khankan, the executive director of the 
New 
York branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy 
group. The council is among nine Islamic groups that have formed a 
national 
task force intended to rally Muslims to register to vote before the 
2004 
presidential election.

"The more numbers we have, the more influence we'll have," said a 
council 
director, Khalid Iqbal, as he stood outside the mosque, between 96th 
and 
97th Streets, where bundles of forms and fliers were handed out, 
including 
one with a 12-point checklist on how to conduct a voter registration 
drive...

ALSO SEE:

FAITH SHOWS BALLOT CLOUT
Bettye Wells Miller, Press-Enterprise, 3/1/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_relig01.de6a.html

For decades, income, education and social class have been important 
predictors of how voters choose candidates, particularly in national 
elections.

Now religion is beginning to emerge as an additional factor in voter 
behavior, some political scientists say...

Nearly half of Muslim voters supported Bush in 2000 but may not this 
year, 
said Omar Zaki, director of governmental relations for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations Southern California office.

Before Sept. 11, family values were very important, and continue to be 
important, Zaki said by phone.

Since the terrorist attacks on the East Coast, however, an erosion of 
civil 
liberties, racial profiling and harassment in airports have taken 
priority, 
said Zaki, who lives in Riverside. Many Muslims also are disappointed 
that 
Bush has not kept campaign promises to end racial profiling and the use 
of 
secret evidence, he said. They also expected he would do more to create 
a 
Palestinian state and bring peace to the Middle East.

"It's not that American Muslims have lessened their values," Zaki said. 
"It's a question of what's more critical: survivability and civil 
rights, 
or morality issues…When push comes to shove, is it more important to 
look 
at a politician's moral foundation or his view from a constitutional 
standpoint about detaining people without arresting them? This is why 
we're 
having great success in getting the community to register to vote."

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SAUDI-AMERICAN, FARYAL AL-MASRI, RUNS FOR US CONGRESS
P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News, 2/28/04
http://www.aljazeerah.info/News%20archives/2004%20News%20archives/Feb/28%20n/Saudi-American,%20Faryal%20Al-Masri,%20Runs%20for%20US%20Congress.htm

JEDDAH - Faryal Al-Masri hopes to be the first Saudi-American to enter 
the 
US Congress, contesting elections in California to become a member of 
US 
House of Representatives.

Al-Masri is running on a Democratic Party ticket in the 37th electoral 
district in California, which has been a Republican stronghold for over 
half a century. But Democrats have high hopes for her. "They are 
optimistic 
as they see my birth in Makkah as a good omen," she said.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News' sister publication 
Al-Majalla, 
which hits the stands today, Al-Masri said it is going to be a tough 
fight 
but she is ready for it.

"Ours has been a Republican constituency for more than 50 years. So if 
I 
win, I'll be the first Democrat to get elected in five decades, and 
people 
are eagerly looking forward to this election," she said. Standing 
against 
her are three other candidates, including the wife of a former 
Congressman.

She described herself as well prepared to counter any Republican smear 
tactics.

"I am ready to counter any attack because of my Saudi, Arab and Muslim 
background. If they say I am getting oil money for the campaign, I'll 
tell 
them that I don't accept any donations from outside the United States," 
she 
said.

"If they accuse me of having links with terrorism, I'll tell them they 
are 
lying because I am a staunch opponent of terrorism. I don't have any 
connection with terrorists, and terrorism is not limited to a 
particular 
people...

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PAKISTAN-AMERICANS COLLECT $65000 IN FUND-RAISING DINNER FOR DEMOCRAT
Pakistani Newspaper, 2/29/04
http://thepakistaninewspaper.com/news_detail.php?id=516

NEW YORK -  Pakistani Americans have established the validity of their 
support to Democrats, US President Bush rivals, and generated $65000 in 
the 
first fund-raising dinner for them. About 250 guests attended the 
dinner 
meeting in New York.

Three influential U.S. senators Tom Harkin, Jon S. Corzine and Charles 
Schumer assured the Pakistani expatriates of their support and 
condemned 
Bush Administration's unconstitutional measures depriving the 
immigrants of 
their civil rights.

Since 911 attacks, Pakistanis living in United States suffered all 
sorts of 
local and US Administration backlashes. One Pakistani murdered, several 
beaten, hundreds harassed. A large number faced the hate crime actions. 
Pakistanis in jails hit by the jail authorities. 1769 Pakistanis were 
deported back to Pakistan. Even today about 170 Pakistanis in jails.

Senator Harkin assured that his country will live up to its promise of 
equality and respect for people who comes to this country to achieve 
their 
better life. He said We got to bring people from all over the world 
here, 
our doors must be open.

Harkin said he was badly hurt of what happened with the Pakistani 
community, so many innocent Pakistanis were deported and are being 
throwing 
in jails without due process. These are not good things for a country 
like 
the united states, said Harkin.

The US patriotic act was used as an instrument to go after people with 
different colors skin and different accent or having a different kind 
of 
name. The patriotic act is not to single people out, objected Harkin...

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ILLINOIS MUSLIMS FORM COORDINATION COUNCIL TO PROMOTE POLITICAL 
PARTICIPATION

(Chicago, IL, 2/28/2004) - Today several statewide American Muslim 
organizations announced the formation of a coordinating council to 
promote 
grass root political participation and to defend civil liberties.

The new group, the Illinois Muslim Political Coordinating Council 
(IMPCC), 
will assist the over 450,000 Muslims living in Greater Chicago in 
becoming 
full partners in the development and prosperity of the nation, defend 
civil 
rights of all Americans and develop alliances on variety of 
socio-political 
and economic issues.

The IMPCC constituent members will organize voter education and 
registration drives and encourage Muslims to lend their support to 
political campaigns.

The newly formed Council will also arrange town hall meetings with the 
candidates, distribute candidate scorecards on issues of importance to 
the 
Muslim community, and form coalitions with like-minded groups.

The IMPCC is an initiative of the Muslim Civil Rights Center (MCRC) and 
proudly sponsored by the Council of Islamic Orga