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Topics (messages 1301 through 1400):

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Face Unfair Question/Can Kerry Convince Muslim 
Voters?
	1301 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: IL Muslims Condemn Candidate's Comments/OH Muslims Meet 
Candidates
	1302 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Welcome Court Ruling Against Patriot Act
	1303 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: New Poll Measures Hostility to Islam in U.S.
	1304 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: IL Groups to Protest Candidate's Islamophobic Remarks/TX Man 
Pleads Guilty to Threatening Mosque
	1305 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Last Day to Register for CAIR-DC Dinner
	1306 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 350 Arrested in Federal Crackdown/Fake 'Muslims' Land in 
Court
	1307 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR-DC Dinner Sold Out/Muslim Teens Help Build Habitat Homes
	1308 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Poll: 1-in-4 Americans Holds Anti-Muslim Views
	1309 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Lawyer Sues FBI/Muslims Mobilize for Elections
	1310 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Film About Prophet Muhammad to Open in Theaters
	1311 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: NY Muslims Growing Closer Since 9/11
	1312 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: H.R.10 Viewed as Expansion of Patriot Act/Muslims Seek Bloc 
Vote
	1313 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Feces Smeared on North Dakota Mosque, Police Protection 
Sought
	1314 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Mosques Urged to Reach Out with 'Sharing Ramadan' Iftars
	1315 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Killing Condemned/CA Muslims Hold Candidate Forum
	1316 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: GOP Chief Faults Patriot Act/Muslims Could Prove Crucial in 
Election
	1317 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: WA Muslims Rally for Detainee/2,000 Attend CAIR-LA Banquet
	1318 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Celebrates 10 Years of Progress/Police Chief to Fast for 
Ramadan
	1319 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Vote's Impact Weighed/FBI Questions Muslims Before 
Debate
	1320 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Presidential Election Survey
	1321 by: survey.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: OH Muslims to Feed the Needy/CAIR Condemns Gaza Killings
	1322 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Calif. Muslims Launch Ramadan Radio Ads
	1323 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Help CAIR Raise $1 Million During Ramadan
	1324 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ramadan Adds a Political Dimension/Muslim Candidate Blazes 
Trail
	1325 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Scowcroft Says Bush is 'Mesmerized' by Sharon
	1326 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Vote Shifting to Kerry/Double Standard Alleged in Spy 
Charges
	1327 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Rejects Muslims' Plea for 'Approved' Charities
	1328 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Help Get Out Ohio's Muslim Vote
	1329 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Vote Shifts to Kerry/Muslim Girl Sues School System
	1330 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: National Muslim PAC to Announce Presidential Endorsement
	1331 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Coalition Offers Qualified Kerry Endorsement
	1332 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Calif. Prof Suggests Genocide Against Muslims
	1333 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Poll - Muslim Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Kerry
	1334 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Must Fight AIDS/Mosque Attack Brings Indictment
	1335 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: San Diego Orders Removal of Ramadan Banners
	1336 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Seen Abandoning Bush
	1337 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Offers Training for FBI, Hospital Chaplains/Bias 
Complaint Filed Against Circuit City
	1338 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ramadan Banners Go Up Again in San Diego
	1339 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 'Get Out the Muslim Vote' a Success/Bigotry at ABC/Muslim 
Voter Guide
	1340 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Florida Muslims Mobilize to Get Out the Vote
	1341 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: American Imams to Call for Release of Iraq Hostages
	1342 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Imams Say Iraq Hostage-Takers Violate Islamic Beliefs
	1343 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: ABC Host Apologizes for Quran Remark/CA Muslim PAC Launches 
Website
	1344 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Urged to Vote in Record Numbers
	1345 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Slurs Used During Attack on Muslim Student/Muslim Vote Shifts
	1346 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Take CAIR's Muslim Voter Exit Poll
	1347 by: survey.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Mosque Vandalism May be Hate Crime/Canadian Group Asked to 
Repudiate Terror Comments
	1348 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Exit Poll - 93 Percent of Muslims Voting for Kerry
	1349 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Schools Alter Rules to Fit Religions/Mosque Fire May Have 
Been Arson
	1350 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Feed the Needy in FL, OH/CAIR Congratulates President 
Bush
	1351 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Calif. Beating Victim Told 'Go Back to Iraq'
	1352 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Open Letter to Muslims on the Nov. 2 Elections
	1353 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Secret Evidence in Canada/Muslim Rappers/NC Muslims Seek 
Apology
	1354 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Sample Eid News Release for Use by Local Communities
	1355 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Moral Mission May Unify Muslims, Americans
	1356 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Maryland County Prohibits Hearings on Muslim Holidays
	1357 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: House Members Host Ramadan Iftar on Capitol Hill
	1358 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Yasser Arafat
	1359 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Committed to Peace/Suit Filed in Beating of S. Asians
	1360 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Says Civilians in Fallujah Must Receive Aid
	1361 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: U.S. Probes Shooting of Wounded Iraqi/FL Muslims Give to 
Needy
	1362 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Hassan Murder Condemned/800 Civilians Feared Dead in Fallujah
	1363 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Palestinians Called 'Filthy Animals' on MSNBC's 'Imus'
	1364 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: MA Police Probe Anti-Muslim Flier/FL Muslims Feed the Needy
	1365 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: MSNBC 'Imus' Segment Refers to 'Raghead Cadaver'
	1366 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Mosque Attack/Detainee 'Has No Fingernails 
Left'
	1367 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Tenn. Muslims Denied Right to Cemetery
	1368 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET:  'Stinking Animals'/Headscarf Day/Muslims in Foster Care
	1369 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: MSNBC Apologizes for 'Imus' Remark/Suspect Says He Killed 12 
Muslims
	1370 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FL Muslims to Feed the Needy/TN Muslims Abandon Cemetery Plan
	1371 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FL Catholic, Muslim Communities to Create Awareness
	1372 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: American Muslims Get TV Network of Their Own
	1373 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: GA School Divided Over Muslim Prayer/Racist Graffiti Left at 
VA Fire
	1374 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FBI Asked to Assist Probe of VA Fire, Racist Graffiti
	1375 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Canada Probes 'Imus' Slurs/Red Cross Finds Gitmo Abuse
	1376 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: VA Arson Probed as Hate Crime/CAIR-FL Trains FBI on Islam
	1377 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: FBI Asked to Make 'Spy Files' Public/FBI Raids AIPAC
	1378 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Jummah Case Resolved/Pipes Drops Accusation/'No Mecca, No 
Prayer'
	1379 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Hip-Hop and Islam/Retina Scans for Fallujans/Muslims 
Reciprocate Fast
	1380 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims Help Fight Terrorism/GA Schools Accommodate Religion
	1381 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Arizona Muslims to Call for FBI Probe of Mosque Fire
	1382 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Ex-CIA Official Says Terror is From Quran/CAIR-NY Attends 
U.N. Islamophobia Seminar
	1383 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslims in U.S., Canada Ask Wiesenthal Center to Condemn 
Anti-Islam Remarks
	1384 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Two U.S. Mosques Burned in One Week/Feds Asked to Rule Out 
Hate Crimes
	1385 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Intel Bill Worries Liberties Groups/Muslims Fear Arson Hit 
Mosque/FBI Steps Up AIPAC Probe
	1386 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: MA Mosque Fire Was Set/Iranian Couple Fired in WV/Arab Actors 
Hope for Change
	1387 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Shooter, Vandals Target Arizona Muslim Family
	1388 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Reward Offered on Incidents Targeting AZ Muslims/CAIR Opens 
VA Office
	1389 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CA Town Hall Meeting to Address Targeting of Muslims
	1390 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Judge Rules U.S. Detainee May Have Rights
	1391 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: 44% of Americans Would Curtail Muslim Civil Rights
	1392 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: A Muslim-Christian Link/Dubious Evidence in Spy Hunt
	1393 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Treatment Sought for Detained Calif. Muslim Leader
	1394 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Most States Allow Hijab in Driver Photos/MD Muslim Allowed 
Scarf in ID Photo
	1395 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Calif. Muslims Vent Frustrations/Prisoners Wrapped in Israeli 
Flags
	1396 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: VA Muslims to Feed the Homeless/Islamophobia Spreading
	1397 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: TX School Group Questions 'Spread of Islam in America'
	1398 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: Muslim Youth Forge Own Path in America
	1399 by: cair.cair-net.org

CAIR-NET: CAIR, MPAC Discuss Muslim Concerns with DHS Officials
	1400 by: cair.cair-net.org

 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/27/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: WORDS OF PEACE
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: WHY JOIN CAIR?
* MUSLIM-AMERICANS FACE UNFAIR QUESTION (Knight Ridder)
	- CAIR-Albany: Muslims Make Skies Friendlier (Times Union)
	- CAIR-Ohio: Muslim Warns of Threat to Civil Rights (Blade)
* CA: CAN KERRY CONVINCE MUSLIM VOTERS? San Jose Mercury News
* MN: U.S. WRONGLY REJECTS MUSLIM SCHOLARS (Minnesota Daily)
	- Oh, Baby Baby it's a Wild World (Atlanta Journal)
* NH: FAMILY ORGANIZES FOOD DRIVE FOR MUSLIM REFUGEES (AP)

-----

VERSE OF THE DAY: WORDS OF PEACE

"True servants of the Compassionate (God) are those who walk the earth 
in
humility and when ignorant people address them, they reply with [words 
of]
peace." 

The Holy Quran, 25:63

-----

QUOTE OF THE DAY: WHY JOIN CAIR?
Orlando Sentinel, 9/26/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/nationworld/orl-sptletters26092604sep2
6,1,6561871.story
(Scroll Down.)

"As a Muslim American, I decided to join CAIR to retake my faith from 
those
hijackers who attacked my country and took my faith hostage along with 
four
planes."

Ehsan Poonawalla
New Brunswick, N.J.

TO BECOME A MEMBER OF CAIR:
https://www.cair-net.org/asp/membership.asp

-----

MUSLIM-AMERICANS FACE UNFAIR QUESTION
LEONARD PITTS JR., Knight Ridder, 9/27/04
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/editorial/9767350.htm

You could tell he'd had enough.

I'm talking about Ibrahim Hooper. If the name is familiar, it's because
Hooper, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations, has become the news media's go-to guy on 
issues
related to Islam and terrorism.

This particular morning, he was being interviewed on an all-news radio
station in Washington when the anchor asked a pointed, predictable
question: Why don't we ever hear Muslims and Muslim leaders condemn
terrorist atrocities carried out in the name of their faith?

You could almost hear the vein in Hooper's temple throb. He answered in 
a
frustrated voice that he in fact condemns such barbarity all the time 
and
that he e-mails statements saying so to a wide variety of news outlets,
including this particular anchor's own station. The newsman said he'd 
never
received such a statement. Hooper asked for his e-mail address.

He was still fuming when I reached him by phone an hour later. The
question, he said, surfaces in every radio interview. "I spend half my 
time
writing condemnations of terrorism," he told me, "and nobody seems to 
be
paying attention. And when we say something like, 'Gee, an Islamic 
Center
in El Paso was firebombed on Friday; isn't that worthy of condemnation
too?' ... it's almost as if people believe Muslims deserve it…"

I support CAIR's contention that it condemns Islamic terrorism, having
frequently seen such statements in news coverage and on the group's Web
site. "I don't know what more we can do," Hooper said...

But the rules are different for minorities, whether religious, sexual 
or
racial. Them we keep on probation, their acceptance conditioned on an
unspoken understanding that their loyalty to our mores is always 
suspect.

It's not fair, but it is real. So Hooper swallows his frustration and
dutifully sends out a statement of condemnation every time some Muslim
fanatic misbehaves.

At the end of our conversation, I thanked him for his time. He asked 
for my
e-mail address.

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS SEEK TO MAKE THE SKIES A BIT FRIENDLIER 
Islamic group, Albany airport team up to train workers, educate fliers  
CATHY WOODRUFF, Times Union, 9/27/04
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=289314&category=REGIO
N&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=9/27/2004
 
COLONIE -- If you think your trips through the nation's ramped-up 
airport
security gauntlet can be a hassle, imagine the experience if you were a
devout Muslim woman dressed in a traditional head scarf and modest, 
flowing
clothing.

Consider the anxiety you might feel if you traveled with a copy of your
holy book, the Quran, in your carry-on bag. What if your name were 
Ahmed or
Mohamed or Abdul?

Fathom this, and you're getting some sense of what many Muslims say air
travel has been like ever since 19 Muslim men hijacked four airplanes 
on
Sept. 11, 2001.

"Airports are always a place where, I think, most of us feel
uncomfortable," said Faisal Ahmad, a member of the local chapter of the
Council on American Islamic Relations and one of those who recently
approached Albany International Airport officials to open a dialogue.

As a result of a meeting last month, members of the Islamic Speakers 
Bureau
of Albany are slated to present a series of workshops for workers at 
the
airport, including Transportation Security Administration screeners,
airline employees and others.

In turn, airport officials are scheduled to visit the Islamic Center of 
the
Capital District in Colonie next month to talk about what travelers can
expect when they pass through the airport…

---

AMERICAN MUSLIM WARNS OF THREAT TO CIVIL RIGHTS
JANE SCHMUCKER, Toledo Blade, 9/27/04
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040927/NEWS10/409270
359/-1/NEWS

In their fear after Sept. 11, Americans have forgotten they are a land 
of
immigrants, an Islamic civil rights leader said in a speech to about 
325
people in Toledo last night.

Julia A. Shearson, director of the Council of American-Islamic 
Relations
office in Cleveland, illustrated her point by talking about a Cleveland
grandmother arrested in a child-custody dispute.

Speaking at the United Muslims Association of Toledo's annual Unity 
Dinner,
she said jailers forced the woman to remove her Islamic head scarf and 
did
not allow her to wear it to court.

She said she was disturbed that the woman was not allowed to practice 
her
religion, a basic right in the United States.

"That's why we came to this country," said Ms. Shearson, a recent 
convert
to Islam whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower. "Have we truly
forgotten that?"

It was one of several stories that Ms. Shearson used to show how civil
rights have eroded since the war on terrorism began in 2001.

"There's thousands of examples like this," said Ehsan Khan of Ottawa 
Hills,
who applauded Ms. Shearson's speech in the Stranahan Theatre Great 
Hall.

In another case, a mother of three who had never filled out the 
paperwork
for legal status was deported while her case was pending before an
immigration court.

"That's wrong. That's un-American," Ms. Shearson said. "I'm not saying 
she
had a right to stay here. But she had a right to have her day in 
court."

She also talked about a man from Kent, Ohio, who allegedly has direct
connections to the al-Qaeda terrorist network. He has been jailed for 
two
years without the filing of charges. Ms. Shearson said she does not 
know if
the allegations are true, but she said two years is too long to hold a
person without charges…

-----

CAN KERRY CONVINCE MUSLIM VOTERS?
Javed Ellahie, San Jose Mercury News, 9/27/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/9770729.htm

The 2004 election could be one of the closest elections ever, and the
candidate who wins may yet again be the one who receives fewer overall
votes. American Muslim organizations endorsed President Bush in 2000, 
and
the Muslim vote could play a decisive role in 2004.

New California Media and Amnesty International recently conducted a 
joint
poll of Americans of Arab, Iranian and Pakistani descent, who number 
1.8
million and are concentrated in the "swing vote" states. The poll 
indicates
that 73 percent of Arab-Americans and 78 percent of Muslim Americans 
oppose
President Bush on Iraq. Translating this into Kerry votes on Election 
Day
depends on how Kerry addresses the concerns of American Muslims.

This is the question American Muslims ask: Is Kerry a leader who is 
willing
to recognize that American Muslims now live in an America far different
from the one that preceded Sept. 11, 2001? This is an America where 
Muslims
are scrutinized, stereotyped, subjected to regular visits by the feds,
strip-searched, jailed and, if lucky, deported…

Kerry can turn this perception around by personally addressing the 
concern
of American Muslims, attending Muslim events, visiting mosques and
encouraging other Democratic contenders to do the same. The holy month 
of
Ramadan, in which a large number of Muslims attend mosques and 
religious
events, starts on Oct. 16 and provides a rare opportunity for Kerry to 
do
so, just prior to the November elections…

-----

U.S. WRONGLY REJECTS MUSLIM SCHOLARS
Mohamed H. Sabur, Minnesota Daily, 9/27/09 
http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2004/09/27/10378

How can America encourage 'the voices of moderation and tolerance and
pluralism within the Muslim world' when, because of fearful ignorance, 
we
insult and exclude them?" The words of Diana Eck, director of the 
Harvard
University Pluralism Project, resonate all too clearly in "homeland
security" events of the past few weeks. 

The rejection of prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan and peace 
activist
Yusuf Islam from entering the country has only furthered the view that 
the
Bush administration's war on terrorism is haphazard at best. 

Turning away professor Ramadan, recognized by Time magazine as one of 
the
20th century's top-100 innovators, from his position as a professor of
religion, conflict and peace-building at Notre Dame University, 
alienates
the very Muslim thinkers the administration calls upon to denounce the
atrocities committed by terrorists in the name of Islam. 

Ramadan, an author and respected scholar in Europe, has an established
record of speaking out against anti-Semitism, narrow literalism and
militant interpretations of the Quran. He is exactly the kind of
intellectual the United States should be engaging, especially 
considering
the rise of high-visibility extremism. Instead, his previously granted 
work
visa was revoked by the Department of Homeland Security without
explanation. In so doing, this administration sends a clear message 
that
academic freedom, and positive and progressive dialogue are unwelcome 
here. 

This week, the Department of Homeland Security also turned away 
prominent
Muslim musician-turned-peace-activist Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, from
entering the country. His flight from London to Washington, was 
diverted
600 miles to Bangor, Maine, where he was questioned and detained. 
Islam,
who visited the United States just two months ago, was turned away on
national security grounds but without details about any risk he might 
pose.
Speaking with Secretary of State Colin Powell, British Foreign 
Secretary
Jack Straw made clear the action "should not have been taken." British
officials claim there is no evidence Islam posed any danger... 

What more does the administration want from Muslim intellectuals? In
turning away Ramadan and Islam, mainstream Muslims worldwide will
understand that even those who seek peace and condemn terror are not 
fit to
enter the United States… 

SEE ALSO:

OH, BABY BABY IT'S A WILD WORLD
JAY BOOKMAN, Atlanta Journal, 9/27/04
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/bookman/index.html 

Last week, the U.S. government deported the artist formerly known as 
Cat
Stevens, now named Yusuf Islam, on grounds that he posed a terror 
threat.
That seems far-fetched, especially given that the former pop singer had
strongly condemned the attacks of Sept. 11 and other attacks on 
innocent
people. But officials nonetheless insisted that they had good grounds 
for
their decision.

"The intelligence community has come into possession of additional
information that further raises our concern," a spokesman said, 
refusing to
explain further. "It's a serious matter." 

In other words, trust us.

In times such as these, there's a natural instinct to want to trust our
government. But that trust would be much stronger if not for cases such 
as
that of Capt. James Yee, the 1990 West Point grad and Muslim chaplain 
at
Guantanamo Bay who was arrested and charged with spying for al-Qaida. 
After
holding Yee in solitary for 76 days and threatening the death penalty,
military authorities were finally forced to admit they had no case. Yee 
was
returned to active duty and just received his honorable discharge.

Then there's Brandon Mayfield, a convert to Islam and an attorney in
Portland, Ore. He was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of involvement 
with
deadly railroad bombings in Madrid, even though Mayfield hadn't left 
the
country in years and had no contact with Islamic extremists…

The list goes on and on. In Detroit, the convictions of two men for
supporting terrorism were thrown out when it was discovered the 
prosecution
had withheld evidence that would have cleared them. In upstate New 
York,
two Muslims charged with money-laundering in a terrorism case were 
released
when it was learned that the prosecution was based on an incorrect
translation from Arabic. In Idaho, a grad student from Saudi Arabia was
cleared by a jury of charges he had assisted terrorists by setting up
Islamic Web sites. And of the thousands of foreign nationals rounded up 
by
John Ashcroft's Justice Department after Sept. 11, not one has been
convicted of charges relating to terrorism…

Any passenger screening system must guarantee citizens the right to
challenge their inclusion on a no-fly list. Freedom to travel, after 
all,
is an integral part of the American concept of liberty. If government 
can
unilaterally decide which citizens can fly and which cannot, without 
having
to justify that decision, we will have adopted an internal visa system 
just
like that used by totalitarian countries to dictate the movement of 
their
citizens. That's not acceptable, not in this country.

-----

FAMILY ORGANIZES FOOD DRIVE FOR MUSLIM REFUGEES
Associated Press, 9/27/04
http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/wnne/3763180/detail.html

WINDHAM, N.H. -- Four years after they started a food drive for Muslim
refugees in southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts, the Khan
family's tradition has helped dozens of people uprooted from war-torn
nations struggling to make new homes in a new land.

The refugees come from Afghanistan and Sudan, from Kosovo and Bosnia 
and
beyond, and find some measure of relief in the welcoming efforts led by 
the
Khans and other Muslim families.

"We help to reassure them that they are not alone here," said family
matriarch Lubna Khan. 

The food drive coincides with Ramadan, the holiest observance for 
followers
of Islam. Collected food will be distributed to about 100 families.

Several groups are pitching in, including mosques, the Muslim Student
Association at Saint Anselm College, Islamic societies in both states 
and
Catholic and Lutheran charities.

Khan said the family, which immigrated from Pakistan more than two 
decades
ago, started the food drive to get Muslim youth involved in the 
community
and help them practice charity -- a basic tenet of their faith.

"They need to learn the importance of community and charity, and they 
need
to be helping," she said…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/28/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD ENJOINS JUSTICE
* CINCINNATI MUSLIMS TO MEET WITH CANDIDATES
	- 500 Turn Out for CAIR-Houston Dinner
	- CAIR-CT: Muslim Advocacy Group Opens Office
* CAIR-CHICAGO: MUSLIMS CONDEMN CANDIDATE'S COMMENTS
	- CAIR Speaks Out Against Terrorism (Washington Post)
* TX: NEW HOME TRANSCENDS RELIGIONS (Tyler Morning Telegraph)
	- Muslim, Rabbi Sending Message of Tolerance (KLTV)
* JEWS, MUSLIMS DENOUNCE HATE MAIL (New Zealand Herald) 
* FL: MUSLIM WOMEN COVER TO SHOW MODESTY (Times-Union)
	- CAIR-FL: Hijab Sign of Modesty, Pride (Tampa Trib) 

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD ENJOINS JUSTICE

"God enjoins justice, the doing of good and generosity to others. And 
He
forbids all that is shameful and that runs counter to reason."

The Holy Quran, 16:90

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CINCINNATI MUSLIMS TO MEET WITH CANDIDATES
Town hall meeting will encourage political participation

(CINCINNATI, OH, 9/28/04) - On Friday, October 1, the Cincinnati office 
of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati), Muslim
American Society (MAS), Muslim Student Association (MSA)-Xavier 
University,
and the Muslim Education and Cultural Institute (MECI)-University of
Cincinnati, will host an "Election 2004 Town Hall Meeting" with local 
and
state political candidates.
 
WHAT: Election 2004 Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Kelly Auditorium, Alter Hall, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 
Ohio
WHEN: Friday, October 1, 2004, 7 - 9 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Cincinnati Office Director Karen Dabdoub, 
513-281-8200,
E-Mail: cincinnati@cair-ohio.com

At the town hall meeting, political candidates will address issues of
concern to American Muslims, and Muslim leaders will encourage 
increased
political participation by members of the Islamic community. The event 
is
free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place 
at
the town hall meeting, contact: CAIR-Ohio Cincinnati office, 
513-281-8200,
E-Mail: cincinnati@cair-ohio.com

"We are very pleased with the Muslim community's response to our voter
registration drives and other political empowerment efforts," said
CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Committee President Brent Meyer. "That 
response
indicates an increased awareness among American Muslims that 
participation
in the electoral process is a necessity, not just an option." (As a
non-profit group, CAIR does not endorse candidates, but does encourage
political participation.)

Ohio is home to an estimated 150,000 Muslims. 

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.          

CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: cincinnati@cair-ohio.com;
CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Committee President Brent Meyer, 513-276-1600

SEE ALSO:

500 TURN OUT FOR CAIR-HOUSTON DINNER

(HOUSTON, TX) - More than 500 people, including elected officials and
community leaders attended the annual fundraising banquet of CAIR's
Houston, Texas, office (CAIR-Houston) on Saturday.

Speakers and attendees at the event included Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee
(D-TX), Jerry Paterson the Texas Land Commissioner, Sugar Land, Texas, 
May
David Wallace, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt, Houston City Council
members M.J. Khan and Gordon Quan, a number of state and local
representatives of the ACLU, the EEOC, and many interfaith leaders.

"We would like to thank all our speakers, coalition partners and 
supporters
who made our event such a success," said CAIR-Houston President Tarek
Hussein. 

CONTACT: CAIR-Houston, 713-838-2247, info@cairhouston.org

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MUSLIM ADVOCACY GROUP OPENS OFFICE
JENNY BONE MILLER, Norwich Bulletin, 9/26/04
http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040926/NEWS01/40
9260307&SearchID=73185253370040

NEW LONDON-- The first New England chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations opened Saturday with a reception downtown.

The advocacy group at 165 State St. will be available to the roughly 
300 to
500 Muslims in Norwich, New London and Groton. The group says if area
Muslims suffer civil rights violations, they will fight to oppose the
Patriot Act, which leaders say discriminates against Muslims.

"Back in the '60s when blacks had their movement, they were 
discriminated
against because of their color. Now Muslims are discriminated against
because of their faith," Hamza Collins, civil rights director for the 
new
center, said.

Leaders say they will also work toward promoting a more positive image 
of
Islam.

The center, which is run by five volunteers, will serve the entire 
region,
Collins said. Previously, the closest of the 28 CAIR chapters was in 
New
York City.

There are no lawyers in the local chapter, but the national 
organization
can provide free legal help to those who need it and are approved…

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MUSLIMS CONDEMN CANDIDATE'S COMMENTS
Kara Spak, Daily Herald, 9/28/04
http://www.dailyherald.com/mchenry/main_story.asp?intID=3825838

The Republican challenger to three-term Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky 
said
Monday he's distrusted Islam "for years" and supports the federal
government planting human monitors in mosques to track the activity of
those practicing the religion there.

Kurt Eckhardt's comments brought swift criticism from Schakowsky and 
Muslim
groups, who described his remarks as inaccurate and dangerous.

"This feeds the cycle of misunderstanding, feeds the cycle of 
prejudice,
feeds the cycle of hate crimes," said Yaser Tabbara, executive director 
of
the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Tabbara's organization, North America's largest Islamic civil rights 
group,
is working to promote the mainstream Muslim voice, which does not 
condone
violence.

"We are unequivocally opposed to terrorism," he said. "Our religion 
does
not condone it in any way…"

Eckhardt said terrorist acts were not "aberrational behavior" by a few
extreme Muslims but possibly part of a broader culture. 

"Where is the voice of reason in the Islamic community?" Eckhardt said.
"There is none, except in nations we control."

Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, said terrorism or calls to violence 
were
"not at all" inherent in Islam.

"Going in with the suspicion that every mosque is somehow a breeding 
ground
for terrorism defies all the information," she said...

CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Yaser Tabbara, 312-718-3725, 312-212-1520, 
E-Mail:
director@cairchicago.org

SEE ALSO:

SPEAKING OUT AGAINST TERRORISM
Washington Post, 9/28/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55511-2004Sep27.html

I am dismayed that Harris Factor [letters, Sept. 24] and many others
believe and promote the canard that Muslims are not speaking out 
against
acts of terrorism, such as the beheadings of two American hostages in 
Iraq
last week. It is untrue. 

Many Muslim organizations in the United States have spoken out; one of 
the
most vocal is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has been
circulating a petition since May denouncing acts of terrorism committed 
in
the name of Islam. The petition has several hundred thousand 
signatures. 

In addition, Muslims in Marietta, Ga., recently organized a prayer 
vigil in
memory of the slain hostage from their home town. 

Many Muslims -- including me -- are vocal in saying that taking 
hostages
and other acts of terrorism are contrary to our understanding of Islam. 
It
is not fair to stigmatize our religion and all Muslims because of the
aberrant acts of violent extremists.  

KRISTIN KEMP 
Sterling

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NEW HOME TRANSCENDS RELIGIONS
PATRICK BUTLER, Tyler Morning Telegraph, 9/27/04
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13018903&BRD=1994&PAG=461&dept_id=
227937&rfi=6

It was inspiration, pure and simple.

"Is this the event of the decade or what?" asked an incredulous 
audience
member, Shane Payne. He was witnessing the Habitat for Humanity of 
Smith
County groundbreaking of Abraham's House, a cooperative effort by the
Tyler's Muslim and Jewish communities, to build a house for a needy
Christian woman and her son, in Tyler on Monday. 

That sense of awe was not only Payne's but also a palpable one among
participants at the first-ever cooperative effort between the two 
religious
communities in Tyler.

"I'm not aware of any place, anywhere in our nation," said state Rep. 
Leo
Berman, R-Tyler, District 6, to the crowd, "where something like this 
is
taking place. This attitude is something that should sweep through 
Texas,
the nation and all the way to the Middle East."

Not only members of the two religious groups building the home attend 
the
mid-day event. Republican and democrat elected officials along with 
black
and white pastors were swept into the moment by the spirit of 
cooperation
that has been sparked by East Texas Islamic Society spokesman, Anwar
Khalifa, and Rabbi Neal Katz of Tyler's Congregation Beth El.

Declaring that Tyler citizens, "have an obligation to our community to 
make
it the best place for every one, Jew, Christian, Muslim, Black, Brown 
or
White," Khalifa thanked the Habitat staff for, "allowing us to show the
true side of Islam."

"God says in the Quran," Khalifa said, "'Oh humankind! I have created 
you
from a single pair, and male and female, and made you into nations and
tribes that you may come to know one another.' We are all here to serve 
God
and God commands us to do good, for us to love for our neighbors, what 
we
love for ourselves…"

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM & RABBI SENDING MESSAGE OF TOLERANCE IN TYLER
http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2355049&nav=1TjDRMoe 
 
Despite opposing beliefs and very different languages, Anwar Khalifa, a
Muslim, and Neal Katz, a Rabbi, feel the season for unity amongst their
cultures is long overdue. The unlikely pair is teaming up with Habitat 
for
Humanity of Smith County to build a home for a family in need. It's a
project that's unprecedented in East Texas and in some parts of the 
world.

"What we hope is that this project will become a springboard for 
dialogue
between our communities," says Rabbi Neal Katz of Congregation Beth El.

Anwar Khalifa with the Muslim Community of East Texas says, "(We want 
to)
get the name out about Muslims and Jews that we're here and we care 
about
the community…"

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JEWS, MUSLIMS DENOUNCE HATE MAIL CAMPAIGN 
New Zealand Herald, 9/29/04
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?thesection=news&thesubsection=&st
oryID=3595743

Leaders of Wellington's Muslim and Jewish communities have joined 
forces to
denounce the racial hatred that has surfaced in the city. 

Somali families in the capital have recently received hate mail, 
including
a letter featuring a cartoon showing pigs carrying a coffin saying:
"Muhammad the Pig's" Funeral. 

Next to the word funeral the word "Amen" is scrawled in Arabic. Another
contains a scored card of conflicts between Israel and Islam since 1948 
-
it also contained the message: "Get out of Israel Islamic pigs." 

The community leaders issued a joint statement yesterday saying Muslims 
and
Jews were "People of the Book" and had lived together in peace for 
hundreds
of years in many communities throughout the world, including 
Wellington. 

"Together, we denounce all acts inciting hatred as they are contrary to 
our
religious, ethical, and civic beliefs. Let us work together, with all 
of
New Zealand, to build a healthy society where everyone respects each
others' beliefs ...," the statement said. 

The letters - being investigated by police - follow the recent 
desecration
of two Jewish cemeteries in the city… 

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MANY MUSLIM WOMEN COVER HEADS, BODY TO SHOW MODESTY
JUDY WELLS, Times-Union, 9/28/04
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/092804/dsb_16753117.shtml
 
It's gaspingly hot on this Jacksonville sidewalk, and the woman swathed 
in
a head scarf and ankle-length, long-sleeved robe attracts stares of
curiosity, derision, sympathy, enmity and suspicion.

Curiosity because it's an outfit seen mostly in newscasts from the 
Middle
East. Derision because some assume she's backward and uneducated. 
Sympathy
because while everyone else is roasting, she must be broiling. Enmity
because she's one of "them," the beasts who attacked our country on 
9/11.
And suspicion because, well, despite the little boy walking along with 
her,
she might be a terrorist, too.

These are typical reactions faced by students, homemakers, educators 
and
executives who are Muslim women observing their religion's tenets of
modesty. It's called hijab, the practice of covering the head and body. 
In
some cultures, it's modest Western attire and a head scarf; in the most
extreme cases it's the burqa or abaya, a tentlike garment with a veiled
slit for the eyes. Which version is correct has been a topic of 
controversy
for as long as there have been Muslims. At a recent Saturday night
gathering at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, women, ranging 
from
Iman-look-alike Somalis to a self-described full-blooded Irishwoman, 
were
attired in variations of the pants and tunics of India, robes and 
Western
clothing.

"I like wearing hijab," said Sabeen Mansoori, from Pakistan, a student 
in
education at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. "It is my 
identity,
it says something about me without my saying anything at all. It shows 
I'm
Muslim. A requirement of my faith? It's a pleasure..."

SEE ALSO:

HIJAB SIGN OF MODESTY, PRIDE FOR USF WEARERS 
GARY HABER, Tampa Tribune, 9/26/04
http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGBUITFIKZD.html 

TAMPA -- On a college campus where hot weather and MTV make 
shoulder-baring
tank tops and above-the-knee skirts the norm for many women, Rehana
Hakeem's modest attire makes her stand out. 

The 18-year-old University of South Florida freshman, who is Muslim,
scribbles notes like the rest of her Introduction to Philosophy class. 

Unlike them, Hakeem is dressed in khaki pants, a long-sleeved black 
T-shirt
and a traditional Muslim head scarf, known as a hijab. 

Her light green hijab matches her Kate Spade handbag. Her T- shirt 
reads
"Hijab: Oppression or Liberation. I'll decide." 

Hakeem, born and raised in Plant City, is a bubbly, thoroughly modern 
young
woman. The daughter of a surgeon father, and a mother who manages an
apartment complex, Hakeem plans on becoming a dentist. 

She also is among a growing number of female Muslim students at USF who
follow the dictates of the Koran by wearing a hijab and loose-fitting
clothing. According to the Koran, Muslim women should dress in clothes 
that
do not accentuate the shape of their bodies and cover all but their 
hands
and faces. 

Garment A Sign Of Modesty 

Wearing a hijab is something that many, but not all, Muslim women 
choose
after the age of puberty as a sign of modesty and religious devotion. 

About half of the roughly 250 to 400 female Muslin students on campus 
wear
hijabs, said Hassan Sultan, president of USF's Muslim Student 
Association. 

The practice has received more attention on campus after the school 
said on
Sept. 10 it would petition the National Collegiate Athletic Association 
to
allow a Muslim basketball player to wear a head scarf, long-sleeve 
jersey
and long pants on the court. 

The player, Andrea Armstrong, later quit the team, saying she did not 
want
to become a distraction to her teammates. 

USF students who wear the scarfs call it a liberating experience, a
declaration of faith that has brought them closer to their religion. 
They
say have experienced few problems on campus. 

It has also become a bond at a school where Muslims number fewer than 
1,000
out of a student body of nearly 42,000. 

Groups of friends exchange them. They hold "hijab parties" to encourage
women who have started to wear them. 

Choosing to wear a hijab is a decision made after much introspection,
students such as Hakeem say. 

"It's not a phase you're going to grow out of," she said. "It's a 
serious
decision you don't take lightly." 

Hakeem began wearing a hijab at age 15, while in high school, the only
Muslim student at Tampa's Academy of the Holy Names, a Catholic girl's
school. 

Hoping To Dispel Stereotypes 

She had been thinking of wearing a hijab for some time, but decided to 
do
so after the Sept. 11 attacks. She wanted to identify herself publicly 
as a
Muslim. 

"I'm not a bold person," Hakeem said. "But I thought it would be a good
thing for people to see there are good Muslims out there." 

That was the experience of many other young Muslims, who felt if they 
were
more apparent about their faith it could dispel anti- Muslim sentiment,
said Ahmed Bedier, Florida communications director for the Council on
American-Islamic Relations. 

"People would recognize that my neighbor is Muslim, my co-worker is 
Muslim,
and they're not bad people," Bedier said…
 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/29/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MAKE THINGS EASY
*‘MUHAMMAD’ TRAILER TO BE SHOWN AT CAIR-DC DINNER
* MUSLIMS WELCOME COURT RULING AGAINST PATRIOT ACT
	- Judge Rules against Patriot Act Provision (Reuters)
* CAIR-CHICAGO: PANEL ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF ISLAM
* CENSUS MORE CAREFUL WITH ARAB-AMERICANS' DATA (Dispatch)
* SUIT CHALLENGES CITY ON MOSQUE PROJECT (Boston Herald)
* PROTECTION FROM HATE? (Examiner)
        - Muslim Like Me — Difficult Times (Calgary Sun)
* PELOSI: HATE CRIMES PREVENTION LEGISLATION IS RIGHT THING TO DO
* OFFERINGS FOR ISLAMIC INVESTORS GROWING (AP)
* ISLAMIC SOCIETY HOSTING FOOD FESTIVAL (Courier Press)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MAKE THINGS EASY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God did not make things 
harsh, or cause harm, but He sent me to teach and make things easy.”

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 707

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‘MUHAMMAD’ TRAILER TO BE SHOWN AT CAIR-DC DINNER

WHAT: The Council on American-Islamic Relations will be hosting its 
10th 
anniversary fundraising banquet, “Building a Better America: A Decade 
of 
Dedication.” Speakers include Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader, Imam 
Siraj Wahhaj and Amy Goodman from Democracy Now.

A sneak preview of the soon-to-be released Hollywood production 
“Muhammad: 
the Last Prophet” will also be shown. The animated film features 
Prophet 
Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) journey, how people started to embrace 
Islam, and the immigration to Makkah.

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2004
Registration begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Wardman Park Marriott Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $55/$85 per couple R.S.V.P. by September 29, 2004
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per 
child.)

Seats are going fast for CAIR’s 10th Annual Fundraising Banquet, 
October 2, 
in Washington, D.C. TO REGISTER, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/, call 
202-488-8787 or 202-646-6043, or e-mail events@cair-net.org (CAIR 
dinners 
have all sold out in the past, so reserve your tickets today! No 
tickets 
will be sold at the door.)

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MUSLIMS WELCOME RULING AGAINST PATRIOT ACT
Federal court strikes down 'security letter' provision as 
unconstitutional

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/29/04) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group today welcomed a ruling by a federal court which struck 
down 
as 'unconstitutional' an important provision of USA Patriot Act that 
gives 
the government unchecked authority to issue "national security letters" 
to 
obtain sensitive customer records. Judge Victor Marrero of the Southern 
District of New York also found a broad gag provision in the law to be 
an 
"unconstitutional prior restraint" on free speech.

In a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and 
New 
York Civil Liberties Union, Judge Marrero struck down Section 505 of 
USA 
PATRIOT on the grounds that it violates free speech rights under the 
First 
Amendment as well as the right to be free from unreasonable searches 
under 
the Fourth Amendment.

“This landmark ruling proves that our constitution is still the 
fundamental 
law of the land and that there are provisions of USA PATRIOT which have 
absolutely no place in our legal system,” said CAIR national legal 
director 
Arsalan Iftikhar.

The ACLU, CAIR and other organizations are also named plaintiffs in 
another 
federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Section 215 of USA 
PATRIOT.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 30 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.

  					- END -

CONTACT: Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787 or 202-415-0799, E-Mail: 
arsalan@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

ALSO SEE:

JUDGE RULES AGAINST PATRIOT ACT PROVISION
Reuters, 9/29/04
http://olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6368607

NEW YORK - Part of the Patriot Act, a central plank of the Bush 
Administration's war on terror, was ruled unconstitutional by a federal 
judge on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marreo ruled in favor of the American Civil 
Liberties Union, which challenged the power the FBI has to demand 
confidential financial records from companies as part of terrorism 
investigations.

The ruling was the latest blow to the Bush administration's 
anti-terrorism 
policies.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that terror suspects being held 
in 
places like Guantanamo Bay can use the American judicial system to 
challenge their confinement. That ruling was a defeat for the 
president's 
assertion of sweeping powers to hold "enemy combatants" indefinitely 
after 
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The ACLU sued the Department of Justice, arguing that part of the 
Patriot 
legislation violated the constitution because it authorizes the FBI to 
force disclosure of sensitive information without adequate safeguards.

The judge agreed, stating that the provision "effectively bars or 
substantially deters any judicial challenge..."

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CAIR-CHICAGO: PANEL ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF ISLAM
Daily Southtown, 9/29/04
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/yrtwn/seast/292seyt2.htm

A roundtable discussion on media coverage of Arab and Muslim 
communities in 
the Chicago area will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Saint Xavier 
University's Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Panelists will discuss if news organizations are covering Arab and 
Muslim 
communities with accuracy and if journalists are conveying the Arab and 
Muslim experience in the United States.

The Chicago Headline Club will host the event in cooperation with Saint 
Xavier's Student Media Department and the Center for Religion and 
Public 
Discourse.

Panelists and discussion leaders include Sue Sanders of Saint Xavier 
University, M. Yaser Tabbara of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
and Dan Lavoie of the Daily Southtown.

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CENSUS TO BE MORE CAREFUL WITH ARAB-AMERICANS' DATA
Tim Doulin, Columbus Dispatch, 9/29/04
http://www.columbusdispatch.com

The U.S. Census Bureau said it will no longer provide information about 
Arab-Americans to the Department of Homeland Security without top-level 
approval.

The Census Bureau says the statistical data requested by Homeland 
Security 
listed race, ethnicity and ancestry, down to a person's ZIP code, but 
did 
not reveal names or any information about individuals.

The bureau also gave Homeland Security a list of cities of more than 
10,000 
people that have 1,000 or more residents of Arab ancestry. Columbus, 
with 
4,512 people of Arab ancestry in 2000, was among the cities on the 
list.

There had been hesitancy and mistrust of government surveys in the 
Arab-American community "even before the current upsurge of racial 
profiling,'' said Helen Samhan, executive director of the Arab American 
Institute Foundation in Washington D.C.

"We have already had to work very hard to get Arab-Americans to have 
confidence in the Census Bureau and fill out the forms and feel that 
this 
data is valuable,'' she said.

Although the Census Bureau said the information had been on its Web 
site 
for more than two years, available to anyone who looks for it, it said 
it 
will no longer provide specialized data to Homeland Security or other 
agencies unless top officials sign off on it.

The decision was made after some Arab-Americans and privacy groups 
spoke 
out that targeting this data amounts to a breach of trust.

"It is disconcerting as to why the Department of Homeland Security is 
collecting this information,'' said Jad Humeidan, executive director of 
the 
Council on American Islamic Relations in Columbus. "Are they collecting 
a 
list of Arab-Americans in the United States? And what is going to 
happen 
with this data?...''

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SUIT CHALLENGES CITY ON MOSQUE PROJECT
Tom Mashberg, Boston Herald, 9/29/04
http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=46531

A Roxbury resident filed suit yesterday against the city of Boston and 
a 
controversial new $22 million Islamic center in his neighborhood, 
arguing 
that Boston violated the separation of church and state when it cut a 
complex land deal with the center's developers.

In a suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, plaintiff James C. 
Policastro 
alleges two violations each of the state and federal constitutions:

He claims the Boston Redevelopment Authority accepted less than fair 
market 
value for the parcel of city land where the towering new mosque and 
community center are being built. The project is expected to yield the 
biggest Islamic institution in the Northeast.

The BRA valued the parcel at $401,187.50. According to the suit, it 
took a 
cash payment of $175,000 from the center's developers, then made up the 
rest of the price tag by valuing at $272,663 a series of benefits the 
developers are granting Roxbury Community College.

For example, the BRA assessed the value of a lecture series the Islamic 
Society of Boston plans to conduct at the college at $115,598. It 
assessed 
the value of an Islamic library of 5,000 volumes slated for the 
community 
college at $80,000.

Policastro claims the valuations are ``substantially inflated,'' and as 
a 
result the city is unconstitutionally subsidizing a religion - Islam...

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PROTECTION FROM HATE?
Justin Nyberg, Examiner, 9/28/04
http://www.examiner.com/article/index.cfm/i/092804n_hate

REDWOOD CITY -- Hate crimes against Jews around the world would be 
tracked 
by a special government agency should a proposal by local Congressman 
Tom 
Lantos be approved. But the idea has raised eyebrows among some 
organizations questioning why bigotry against one group should be 
singled 
out for special attention.

Lantos, a Democrat from San Mateo, has authored legislation that would 
create an office within the State Department to "monitor and combat" 
anti-Semitism around the world.

The bill, HR4230, cites an increase in the scope and frequency of 
attacks 
against Jews around the world over the last several years as the reason 
for 
creating the special office.

"We assumed at the Second World War that the nightmare of the Holocaust 
would be sufficient to put an end to this horror of anti-Semitism," 
Lantos 
said. "This has not been the case; there has been an upsurge of 
anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe."

Lantos, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, proposed the idea of a special 
office 
on anti-Semitism as part of the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 
2004. 
The House International Relations Committee, where Lantos is the 
highest-ranking Democrat, will consider the bill Wednesday.

The strongest support for the proposal has come from Jewish groups, 
such as 
the Anti-Defamation League, which helped craft the legislation...

However, the idea has been criticized by some, including the State 
Department itself, who say an office focusing on anti-Semitism would 
lead 
to charges of favoritism for combating the persecution of a particular 
group.

Leaders of some local Arab-American groups pointed out that while hate 
crimes against Jews may be rising around the world, Muslims have also 
seen 
an increase in violence against them since Sept. 11, 2001.

"Really, hate crimes and hate incidents aren't mutually exclusive to 
one 
group of individuals," said Helal Omeira, executive director of the 
local 
chapter of the Council for Arab-American Islamic Relations. "The 
precedent 
could be misinterpreted around the world, as in, 'What about everyone 
else?...'"

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM LIKE ME — DIFFICULT TIMES
Nadia Moharib, Calgary Sun, 9/29/04
http://www.calgarysun.com/perl-bin/niveau2.cgi?s=Lifestyles&p=88675.html&a=1

The perception is that these must be difficult times to be a Muslim in 
North America. Muslim militant groups are being blamed for a spate of 
terrorism around the globe over the last several years — from the 9/11 
tragedy to the Beslan school atrocity in Russia. As North American 
security 
forces take greater steps each day to protect the continent from terror 
attacks, the Sun sent reporter Nadia Moharib, a Christian of Arab 
descent, 
onto Calgary streets dressed as a traditional Muslim woman to, as the 
saying goes, walk in another’s shoes. Here is her first report:

It doesn’t matter that it’s likely the last of the hot days in Calgary.

I’ve modestly got my legs and arms covered in clothing.

And I top it off by pulling on the veil hanging on the back of the 
bathroom 
door.

To be honest, I don’t know if this is how one keeps a hijab, a veil 
worn by 
Muslim women, but it didn’t work so well on a hanger.

After a few days, I easily get the morning routine down pat.

I simply line up the hijab’s seam with my chin and pull it over my head 
so 
the white lace frames my face and hides my hair, ears, neck and chest.

It’s become a bit easier to walk outside, inside this veil. But that’s 
not 
to say I like it.

Mostly, I suspect, it’s because this isn’t really me.

I am not the Muslim I appear to be.

It’s not so bad meeting strangers, but I have to wonder what my 
neighbours 
think of my latest fashion statement.

Neighbour Wendy typically sees me sitting on the front porch sipping 
red 
wine — so I imagine the new look, suggesting I’m a practising Muslim, 
is no 
doubt a bit odd.

“Are you going to a mosque?” she asks me without skipping a beat.

I feel myself blush and think I should offer an explanation, but then 
that 
would be an admission that I’m an imposter...

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HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER NANCY PELOSI: HATE CRIMES PREVENTION 
LEGISLATION IS 
RIGHT THING TO DO, LONG OVERDUE

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today urged her colleagues to accept 
hate crimes provisions that are included in the Defense Authorization 
bill.

"We must continue to fight for justice, hope, and freedom by ensuring 
that 
hate crimes prevention provisions are enacted into law. That would be a 
true and fitting memorial to James Byrd, Matthew Shepard, Waqar Hasan, 
Gwen 
Araujo and so many others who have died because of ignorance and 
intolerance," Pelosi said.

For more information contact: Brendan Daly/ Nayyera Haq, 202-226-7616

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OFFERINGS FOR ISLAMIC INVESTORS GROWING
Meg Richards, Associated Press, 9/29/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/9788966.htm

NEW YORK - For the millions of Muslims in America who want to conduct 
their 
financial lives according to their faith, there are few options, 
especially 
when it comes to long-term investing.

Islam has strict rules regarding money, including a sweeping 
prohibition on 
interest, known as riba. This puts everything from conventional savings 
accounts and credit cards to interest-bearing or fixed income 
investments 
like bonds and Treasuries off limits for faithful Muslims. Islamic law, 
or 
Shariah, does allow stock investing, however, and a small but growing 
number of equity mutual funds are targeting Muslims with portfolios 
that 
invest only in acceptable, or halal, companies.

Devout Muslims do not drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, consume 
pornography 
or accept profits from interest - and any business that profits from 
these 
activities is haram, or forbidden. That cuts out the entire financial 
sector, many retailers, most hotel, restaurant and casino operators, 
businesses that are heavily leveraged and companies that derive a 
significant portion of revenues from interest on large cash positions. 
Makers of weapons and defense products, marketers of tobacco and 
polluters 
are also considered unacceptable.

"When you're evaluating a company, what one has to do is not only look 
at 
their primary business, but look at their ancillary businesses, as 
well," 
said Monem Salam, director of Islamic investing at Saturna Capital, 
investment adviser to the Amana funds. "You really have to dig deep 
into 
the financials and the annual reports to find this information."

Islamic mutual funds are a subset of socially responsible funds, and 
with 
the exception of the prohibition on interest, they look a lot like many 
portfolios that invest with an eye toward Christian values or even 
environmentalism. Because they tend to avoid industrials and utilities, 
they often have a growth orientation.

Like socially responsible funds, Islamic funds use a screening process 
to 
determine which stocks are acceptable. They also consult a panel of 
scholars, known as a Shariah board, who help decide whether companies 
are 
good investments under the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Energy 
companies, chemical manufacturers, high-tech concerns and telecom 
stocks 
often pass the test...

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ISLAMIC SOCIETY HOSTING FOOD FESTIVAL
Courier Press, 9/29/04
http://www.courierpress.com/ecp/gleaner_news/article/0,1626,ECP_4476_3215703,00.html

The Islamic Society of Evansville will be having its third annual 
International Food Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The festival is a fund-raiser for the Tri-State Food Bank.

There will be falafel and other Arabic food, beef and chicken shish 
kabobs, 
baklava and other desserts as well as Pakistani and Malaysian food.

"It's so much fun," said Janice Shah of the Islamic Society. "Food is 
universal -- it brings people together through their stomachs."

There will also be a bazaar with clothes, knick knacks, henna tattoos 
and 
Arabic calligraphy.

The festival will take place outdoors at the Islamic Center, 1332 
Lincoln 
Ave., just east of U.S. 41-North. There is no admission charge. Food 
will 
be paid for cafeteria-style.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 15:26:22 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
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Subject: CAIR-NET: New Poll Measures Hostility to Islam in U.S.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 9/30/04

				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

NEW POLL MEASURES HOSTILITY TO ISLAM IN U.S.
Survey results to be announced at Monday news conference

WHAT: On Monday, October 4, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to release the 
results of a major survey designed to measure the American public's 
level 
of hostility to Islam and Muslims.

WHEN: Monday, October 4, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 13th Floor, National Press 
Building, 14th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, 
ihooper@cair-net.org

The random phone survey of 1000 Americans, conducted by an independent 
research firm, asked questions such as: "When you hear the word 
'Muslim,' 
what is the first thought that comes to your mind?" and "Do you feel 
that 
the American Muslim community has been as active as they should be in 
condemning acts of terrorism by other Muslims?"

Respondents were also asked whether they agreed or disagreed with a 
number 
of positive and negative statements about Islam and Muslims, including:

* "Muslims value life less than other people."
* "The Muslim religion teaches violence and hatred."
* "Muslims want to change the American way of life."

Survey responses were then correlated with the interviewee's knowledge 
of 
Islam, interaction with Muslims, age, income, and political beliefs.

"Unfortunately, a significant number of Americans seem to accept and 
internalize anti-Muslim stereotypes," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar 
Ahmad. 
"This is a problem that needs to be addressed by all those who care 
about 
our nation's long-standing traditions of tolerance and religious 
diversity."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional 
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

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NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on 
issues of importance to our society.

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Subject: CAIR-NET: IL Groups to Protest Candidate's Islamophobic Remarks/TX Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Mosque
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 16:30:40 -0400

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/30/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION
* ONLY 1 DAY LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR-DC DINNER
* STATE VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES
	- CAIR: Online Voter Registration Information
* IL GROUPS TO PROTEST CANDIDATE'S ISLAMOPHOBIC REMARKS
	- TX Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Mosque (USDOJ)
* CAIR REP NAMED 'BEST OF ST. LOUIS' 
* CALIF. MUSLIMS FEARING BACKLASH (Press-Enterprise)
	- Powell: Cat Stevens Case 'Under Review' (BBC)
	- CA: Saudi-born Candidate Gains Global Attention
	- CA: Muslims Urged to get Involved (Oakland Tribune) 
* CT: MUSLIM CLAIMS BIAS AT WORK (AP)
* POLL: SHOULD AIPAC REGISTER AS FOREIGN AGENT? (CNI)
	- A Mole Called Mega (Jane's)
* PERMANENT BASES IN IRAQ? (CS Monitor)
	- What a Reporter Really Thinks About the War (EP)
* PLAN MIGHT SUBJECT DEPORTEES TO TORTURE (Wash Post)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION

"Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from 
error.
Whoever rejects evil and believes in God has grasped the most 
trustworthy
hand-hold that never breaks."

The Holy Quran, 2:256

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ONLY 1 DAY LEFT TO REGISTER FOR CAIR-DC DINNER

There is only one day left to register for CAIR's 10th Anniversary 
Banquet
in Washington, D.C. Highlights of the dinner includes speeches by
presidential Candidate Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Imam
Siraj Wahhaj, and James "Yusuf" Yee.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org, call 202-488-8787 or
202-646-6043, or e-mail events@cair-net.org (CAIR dinners have sold out 
in
the past, so reserve your tickets today!)
 
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STATE VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES
http://www.fec.gov/votregis/state_voter_reg_deadlines02.htm

SEE ALSO:

CAIR: ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

If you want to participate in the Presidential election-now is the time 
to
get registered. Register right now by going to:
https://ssl.capwiz.com/cair/e4/
(Click on "Register to Vote.")
 
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CAIR REP NAMED 'BEST OF ST. LOUIS' 
River Front Times, 9/29/04
http://www.riverfronttimes.com/bestof/2004/bestpeople/bestpeople14.html

James Hacking 
 
When three area Muslims were called recently by the FBI for an 
"informal
interview," the men arrived accompanied by attorney James Hacking. As 
head
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, St. Louis Chapter, 
Hacking
lends not only his time but also his legal services to the city's 
estimated
65,000 Muslim residents. "We do a lot of interfaith stuff," says 
Hacking,
whose local chapter has roughly 350 members. "We work with Muslims 
who've
been discriminated against. We work with the media to give an accurate
portrayal of Islam and we try to educate the general public that we're 
not
all a bunch of terrorists." 

CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis, James Hacking, 636-207-8882, E-mail:
admin@cair-stl.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
      		- MEDIA ADVISORY -

IL GROUPS TO PROTEST CANDIDATE'S ISLAMOPHOBIC REMARKS
Religious and minority groups oppose 'hate-filled' rhetoric

(CHICAGO, IL, 9/30/04) - On Friday, October 1, 2004, representatives of
Chicago-area interfaith, Latino, Asian, and immigrant organizations 
will
hold a news conference at the Downtown Islamic Center to protest what 
the
groups say is "hate-filled" rhetoric about Muslims by Illinois 
Republican
congressional candidate Kurt Eckhardt. 

Media reports quote Eckhardt as saying he distrusted Islam "for years" 
and
supports planting human monitors in mosques to track the activity of 
those
practicing the religion there. Eckhardt added that acts of terror and
violence are not "aberrational behavior" by violent extremists, but are
part of the general culture of Islam.

SEE: "Muslims Condemn Candidate's Comments"
http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=3825838

WHAT: News Conference Protesting Islamophobic Remarks by Kurt Eckhardt
WHEN: Friday, October 1, 2004, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State Street, 4th Floor, 
Chicago, IL
CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Yaser Tabbara, 312-212-1520 or
312-718-3725, E-Mail: director@cairchicago.org

"As reported, these disturbing remarks reflect a lack of understanding
about Islam and Muslims," said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Yaser
Tabbara. "Such inflammatory comments create unnecessary divisions among
Americans."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

					- END -

CONTACTS: Yaser Tabbara, Executive Director, CAIR-Chicago, 312-212-1520 
or
312-718-3725, E-MAIL: director@caircicago.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 
202-488-8787
or 202-744-7726, E-MAIL: ihooper@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

EL PASO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THREATENING VIOLENCE 
TO OBSTRUCT FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION 
WWW.USDOJ.GOV, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2004, (202) 514-2008
http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2004/September/04_crt_663.htm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced that Jared
Bjarnason of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty today to threatening 
violence
in order to obstruct members of the Islamic Center of El Paso in Texas 
in
the free exercise of their religion, and to transmitting a 
communication
containing a threat to injure members of the Islamic Center.

Bjarnason admitted that on April 18, 2004, he sent an e-mail message to 
the
Islamic Center of El Paso threatening violence against the Islamic 
Center
and its members. Specifically, the message threatened to turn the 
Islamic
Center into "the center of death and destruction" and to burn the 
Islamic
Center's mosque to the ground, if hostages held in Iraq were not freed
within three days.

"As President Bush has said, 'Those who feel like they can intimidate 
our
fellow citizens to take out their anger don't represent the best of
America; they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be 
ashamed
of that kind of behavior,'" said R. Alexander Acosta, Assistant 
Attorney
General for the Civil Rights Division.  

"In these difficult times we cannot lose sight of the freedoms we hold 
dear
in the United States, including the freedom to worship as we see fit.  
Our
office will aggressively prosecute anyone who, through criminal acts,
threatens, intimidates, or harms people on account of their religious
beliefs," stated U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, Western District of 
Texas.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the threat against the
Islamic Center. The FBI employed a provision of the USA PATRIOT Act 
that
permits providers of electronic mail services to provide electronic
communications directly to law enforcement officials "if the provider
reasonably believes that an emergency involving immediate danger of 
death
or serious physical injury to any person justifies disclosure of the
information."  

With the PATRIOT Act's authority, the FBI was able to trace the 
threatening
e-mail well before the expiration of the three-day deadline contained 
in
the threat. Absent this provision, investigating authorities would have 
had
to obtain a separate search warrant from each service provider through
whose system the e-mail traveled, a process which could have taken over 
30
days. 

Bjarnason faces up to twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 
Sentencing is scheduled for December 21, 2004. 

This was one of two incidents of violence against the Islamic Center 
this
year.  In addition to the incident to which Bjanason pleaded guilty 
today,
a complaint recently filed in federal court alleges that on September 
17,
2004, Antonio Nunez-Flores threw two "Molotov Cocktails" at the Islamic
Center building.  The charges against Nunez-Flores carry a maximum 
possible
sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. All detainees are
considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The fact 
that
complaint has been filed is not evidence of guilt. 

The Civil Rights Division, United States Attorneys' Offices, and the 
FBI
have investigated nearly 600 incidents of alleged bias-motivated crimes
against individuals perceived to be of Middle Eastern origin since
September 11, 2001.  There have been 19 federal prosecutions of 24
defendants brought to date.  In addition, there have been nearly 150 
state
and local prosecutions initiated.

The case is being prosecuted jointly by attorneys from the Civil Rights
Division and the United States Attorney's Office for the Western 
District
of Texas.

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INLAND MUSLIMS FEARING BACKLASH
BETTYE WELLS MILLER, Press-Enterprise, 9/30/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_islam30.a0e28.html

The continuing crackdown on international charities alleged to have
terrorist links is having a chilling effect on all giving by American
Muslims, Southern California Muslims said this week. Giving to Inland 
area
mosques appears to be stable, however. 

Charitable giving takes on special significance with the approach of
Ramadan on Oct. 14, local Muslims said. Ramadan is a month of fasting 
and
prayer during which many Muslims give their zakat to help people in 
need.
Muslims are expected to donate 2.5 percent of the money left after 
paying
household expenses for the year. Zakat, or almsgiving, is one of the 
Five
Pillars of Islam. 

Ramadan also is a time when many Muslims travel to be with friends and
family. 

That is why the deportation last week of Yusuf Islam, the musician 
formerly
known as Cat Stevens, is especially disconcerting, area Muslims said. 

"We were surprised and perplexed that Islam was detained and deported
because he has a long history of working for peace and denouncing
terrorism," Sabiha Khan, spokeswoman for the Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations, said from the group's Anaheim office. 

American Muslims were concerned about their ability to travel even 
before
Islam was deported, Khan said. With many Muslims planning to travel 
during
Ramadan, those concerns were exacerbated by Islam's deportation, she 
said. 

"There's been concern about people traveling back and forth and how 
much
they're scrutinized on the plane," Khan said. "Americans didn't know 
the
extent of it until Yusuf Islam…" 

Hussam Ayloush, Southern California executive director of the Council 
on
American-Islamic Relations, said contributions to CAIR are up. 

"Civil rights have become a priority for the Muslim community," 
Ayloush, a
Corona resident, said by phone. "People also are spending in areas 
where
there is the least controversy. CAIR has benefited, but I'm not happy 
with
that trend. Feeding orphans and widows is equally important. It breaks 
my
heart when I see that people are making those choices out of fear and
intimidation." 

SEE ALSO:

CAT STEVENS CASE 'UNDER REVIEW'
BBC, 9/30/04
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3704120.stm
 
Yusuf Islam said he was told that the order had come from "on high" 
The decision to include British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as 
Cat
Stevens, on a US terrorism "watch list" is now under review. 

"I think we have that obligation to review these matters to see if we 
are
right," said US Secretary of State Colin Powell. 

The 57-year-old was refused entry to the US last week. Authorities said 
it
was on national security grounds. 

The FBI told him to leave the country after he tried to fly to 
Washington. 

Mr Powell said the review of the case was not because of the publicity
surrounding it, saying he undertook reviews, "not only with celebrities
such as Mr Stevens, but for the average citizen coming across who gets
stopped". 

"We want to secure our borders but we want also to make sure that we 
remain
an open nation," he added... 

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SAUDI-BORN DEMOCRAT GAINS GLOBAL ATTENTION
Timm Herdt, Ventura County Star, 9/29/04
www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/co_valley/article/0,1375,VCS_166_3217457,00.ht
ml

Regardless of the outcome on Nov. 2, the next elected representative 
from
the 37th Assembly District will be a woman.

This would hardly be worth noting in contemporary American politics, 
where
female elected officials in partisan offices are commonplace although 
still
a minority. But in this case, there's a twist: The possibility of one 
of
the women winning has become international news.

In the Arab world, the candidacy of Democrat Ferial Masry of Newbury 
Park,
a 
Saudi Arabian immigrant born in Mecca, is such a novelty that she has 
been
featured on magazine covers in Kuwait City and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,
interviewed on the Arab-language television network Al-Jazeera and 
enlisted
by the State Department to spread the word to her homeland about the
opportunities American life affords Muslim women…

For all the money and attention devoted to the free-for-all Republican
primary in March, it was Masry who emerged with the highest profile 
after
collecting 1,693 write-in votes. County Democrats encouraged her to run
after the party's initial candidate failed to turn in his nomination
papers, leaving the party without a named candidate on the March 
ballot.
Because she collected more than 1,200 write-in votes, Masry's name will
appear on ballots in November.

National news organizations and political observers found her story
compelling. Not only is she a Muslim woman and a Saudi Arabian 
immigrant
running for office in a time of anti-Arabic tension, she also is the 
mother
of an Army reservist, Omar, who this summer returned from a tour of 
duty in
Iraq.

Peter Jennings and ABC News featured her as their "Person of the Week."
State Democratic Party officials escorted her to the national 
convention in
Boston.

Masry said her achievement in the primary has allowed her to become a
"bridge-builder," by improving relations between Saudi Arabia and the
United  States, by serving as a role model for oppressed Muslim women 
and,
most importantly, becoming a symbol of hope for Arab-Americans...

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MUSLIMS URGED TO GET INVOLVED
Melissa Evans, Oakland Tribune, 9/30/04
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82%257E1726%257E2436403,00.html

NEWARK -- The organization began by educating mainstream Americans and 
the
media about the plight of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the 
aftermath
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

American Muslim Voice, formed two years ago, then turned its attention 
to
getting more Muslims involved in the political process. 

The Palo Alto-based group is now moving to phase three, urging Muslims 
to
contribute in a meaningful way to society through volunteerism and
activism. 

At its first convention on the effort Sunday in Newark, Muslim and city
leaders will encourage constituents of all religious backgrounds to
participate in their local communities… 

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MAN CLAIMS BIAS AT WORK
Associated Press, 9/30/04

MILFORD, Conn. - A West Haven man has filed a discrimination lawsuit
claiming he was the target of bias on the job at Stop & Shop because he 
is
a Muslim.

Mohamed Arshad, who is from Malaysia, claims that his former supervisor 
at
a Bridgeport Stop & Shop called him a "Muslim idiot" and told him that 
"we
do not want any foreigners at this company." 

The lawsuit also alleges that fellow employees called Arshad "Bin 
Laden" in
his supervisor's presence and accused him of talking to Osama bin Laden 
on
the telephone.

Arshad's lawsuit claims that supervisors at a Westport store put him on
probation after a bad review and that he was passed by for promotions 
when
co-workers "who are not Asian, Muslim and/or Malaysian, but who lacked
Arshad's tenure and his relevant knowledge and experience," were 
promoted.

Stop & Shop spokesman Rob Keane declined comment on the suit Wednesday.

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POLL: SHOULD AIPAC REGISTER AS THE AGENT OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT?
http://www.cnionline.org/learn/polls/aipac/

The Question: A tax-exempt organization that lobbies Congress on behalf 
of
Israel, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (also known as 
AIPAC),
has been under investigation by the FBI for allegedly receiving 
classified
information from a Pentagon official and using this information on 
behalf
of the government of Israel. In view of this investigation, do you 
strongly
agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree that 
AIPAC
should be asked to register as an agent of a foreign government and 
lose
its tax-exempt status?
 
Method: Conducted by Zogby International of 1,004 likely voters from 
9/8/04
through 9/9/04.

The Results:

Strongly agree 44% 
Agree 61%  
Somewhat agree 17% 
Somewhat disagree 6% 
Disagree 12% 
Strongly disagree 6% 
Not sure 27%   
        
SEE ALSO:

A MOLE CALLED MEGA 
Jane's Information Group, 9/29/04
http://www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/fr/fr040929_1_n.sh
tml

The scandal over a suspected Israeli mole in the Pentagon who allegedly
passed highly sensitive policy documents on Iran to Israeli agents in
Washington has rekindled suspicions long held by the US Federal Bureau 
of
Investigation (FBI), and others in Washington, that Israel 
systematically
spies on its strategic ally and benefactor. 

The FBI probe currently under way goes far beyond the allegations that 
a
lone analyst was providing the Israelis with US secrets. 

Shortly before George Tenet retired as director of the Central 
Intelligence
Agency (CIA) in June, he alleged that an Israeli agent was operating in
Washington. Tenet was challenged to identify the agent but for reasons 
that
were never explained apparently did not do so. For years, the FBI has 
been
convinced that there is at least one high-level Israeli mole in 
Washington. 

The Tenet episode underlined growing unease in some quarters in 
Washington
about the influence that Israel's right wing has in US President George 
W
Bush's administration through the pro-Likud neo-conservatives, largely 
in
the Pentagon, and the politically powerful America Israel Public 
Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) and loosely associated organisations, such as the
Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The Mossad, Israel's foreign
intelligence service, is known to seek out Jews around the world to 
serve
as informal agents, known in Hebrew as sayanim or 'helpers'. 

The Israeli government and AIPAC have strenuously denied that they were
involved in the current scandal. But Israel's intelligence 
organisations
have been spying on the US and running clandestine operations since 
Israel
was established. These operations range from spiriting an estimated 200 
lbs
of weapons-grade uranium for its secret nuclear arms programme in the 
1960s
to widescale industrial espionage. 

Much of this is conducted by the secret Scientific Liaison Bureau, 
known by
its Hebrew acronym Lakam, run by the Ministry of Defence and its 
equally
little-known successor, Malmab (the Security Authority for the Ministry 
of
Defence)…

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US BASES IN IRAQ: STICKY POLITICS, HARD MATH
David R. Francis, Christian Science Monitor, 9/30/04 
http://csmonitor.com/2004/0930/p17s02-cogn.html

If a new Iraq government should agree to let American forces stay on, 
how
many bases will the US request? 

One, as the United States Army currently maintains in Honduras? Six, 
the
number of installations it lists in the Netherlands. Or maybe 12?

The Pentagon isn't saying.

But a dozen is the number of so-called "enduring bases" located by John
Pike, director of GlobalSecurities.org. His military affairs website 
gives
their names. They include, for example, Camp Victory at the Baghdad
airfield and Camp Renegade in Kirkuk. The Chicago Tribune last March 
said
US engineers are constructing 14 "enduring bases," but Mr. Pike hasn't
located two of them.

Note the terminology "enduring" bases. That's Pentagon-speak for 
long-term
encampments - not necessarily permanent, but not just a tent on a wood
platform either. It all suggests a planned indefinite stay on Iraqi 
soil
that will cost US taxpayers for years to come…

SEE ALSO:

WHAT A TOP REPORTER IN BAGHDAD REALLY THINKS ABOUT THE WAR 
Greg Mitchell, Editor and Publisher, 9/29/04
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/columns/pressingissues_display.jsp?v
nu_content_id=1000650551
 
(September 29, 2004) -- Readers of any nailbiting story from Iraq in a
major mainstream newspaper must often wonder what the dispassionate
reporter really thinks about the chaotic situation there, and what he 
or
she might be saying in private letters or in conversations with friends
back home. 

Now, at least in the case of Wall Street Journal correspondent Farnaz
Fassihi, we know. 

A lengthy letter from Baghdad she recently sent to friends "has rapidly
become a global chain mail," Fassihi told Jim Romenesko on Wednesday 
after
it was finally posted at the Poynter Institute's Web site. She 
confirmed
writing the letter. 

"Iraqis say that thanks to America they got freedom in exchange for
insecurity," Fassihi wrote (among much else) in the letter. "Guess 
what?
They say they'd take security over freedom any day, even if it means 
having
a dictator ruler." And: "Despite President Bush's rosy assessments, 
Iraq
remains a disaster. If under Saddam it was a 'potential' threat, under 
the
Americans it has been transformed to 'imminent and active threat,' a
foreign policy failure bound to haunt the United States for decades to
come…" 

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PLAN WOULD LET U.S. DEPORT SUSPECTS TO NATIONS THAT MIGHT TORTURE THEM
Dana Priest and Charles Babington, Washington Post, 9/30/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A60779-2004Sep29

The Bush administration is supporting a provision in the House 
leadership's
intelligence reform bill that would allow U.S. authorities to deport
certain foreigners to countries where they are likely to be tortured or
abused, an action prohibited by the international laws against torture 
the
United States signed 20 years ago. 

The provision, part of the massive bill introduced Friday by House 
Speaker
J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), would apply to non-U.S. citizens who are
suspected of having links to terrorist organizations but have not been
tried on or convicted of any charges. Democrats tried to strike the
provision in a daylong House Judiciary Committee meeting, but it 
survived
on a party-line vote… 
	    
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR CAIR-DC DINNER
Limited number of seats left for 10th Anniversary Banquet, Reserve your
ticket today!

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/1/04) - Seats are going fast for CAIR’s 10th 
Annual
Fundraising Banquet, October 2, in Washington, D.C. 

TO REGISTER online until 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org 

You may also register by calling all 202-488-8787 or 202-646-6043, or
e-mailing events@cair-net.org (CAIR dinners have sold out in the past, 
so
reserve your tickets today! No tickets will be sold at the door.)

A limited number of tickets will be sold at Friday prayers in the 
following
centers:

VA: Dar ul Hijrah, ADAMS (main center only)
MD: ICM (main center only, Gaithersburg), ISB-Masjid al Rahmah 
(Baltimore)

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations cordially invites you to 
attend
its 10th Anniversary Fundraising Banquet

BUILDING A BETTER AMERICA: "A DECADE OF DEDICATION"

with

Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader

and

James “Yusuf” Yee
Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now
“Muhammad: The Last Prophet” Animated Film Trailer
Auction of Items Including Signed Muhammad Ali Boxing Gloves
CAIR 10th Anniversary Video
CAIR 10th Anniversary Report

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2004
Registration begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Wardman Park Marriott Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC

Tickets: $55/$85 per couple 
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 
per
child.)

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. REGISTER ONLINE by going to: http://www.cair-net.org

For more information, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail events@cair-net.org.
After you have filled out and submitted your registration information, 
you
will be sent an e-mail confirming your registration.

2. LET OTHERS KNOW about the dinner. Contact Ibrahim Abusway at
202-646-6043 (iabusway@cair-net.org) to give a list of people who 
should be
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/1/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: NO SOUL OVERBURDENED 
* UPCOMING CAIR EVENTS
	- CAIR-DC: Attitudes on Islam Poll to be Released
	- CAIR-Michigan: Muslims to Hold Candidate Forum
	- CAIR-Cincinnati: Muslims to Meet with Candidates
	- CAIR-Ohio: Muslim Hold Town Hall Mtg on Elections
* CAIR-FL: DENOUNCE KILLINGS (Sun-Sentinel)
* 350 ARRESTED IN FEDERAL CRACKDOWN (AP)	
	- ACLU Decries 'Dragnet' in Muslim Communities	
	- MI: Immigrants Focus of Security Plan (Detroit FP)
	- MI: FBI Agents Hunt for Terror Leads (Free Press)
	- WA: Muslim Leaders Warned of Terror Checks (Seattle Times)
* TERROR WATCH LIST CALLED A FAILURE (Wall Street Journal)
	- Yusuf Islam: Fear Could Stop the Peace Train (KC Star)
* OR: FAKE 'MUSLIM' JOKERS LAND IN COURT (Oregon Live)
* NYC TRANSIT CO. SUED OVER HIJAB POLICY (NY Times)
	- Canadian Reporter Dons Hijab (Calgary Sun)
	- French Muslim Removes Scarf and Hair in Protest (Reuters)
* PRESBYTERIANS STAND BY ISRAELI DIVESTMENT (JTA) 
	- Jewish Groups Try to Head Off Divestment Push (Forward)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: NO SOUL OVERBURDENED

"God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear."

The Holy Quran, 2:286

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UPCOMING CAIR EVENTS

CAIR-DC: NEW POLL MEASURES HOSTILITY TO ISLAM IN U.S.
Survey results to be announced at Monday news conference

WHAT: On Monday, October 4, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to release the
results of a major survey designed to measure the American public's 
level
of hostility to Islam and Muslims.

WHEN: Monday, October 4, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 13th Floor, National Press
Building, 14th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, 
ihooper@cair-net.org

The random phone survey of 1000 Americans, conducted by an independent
research firm, asked questions such as: "When you hear the word 
'Muslim,'
what is the first thought that comes to your mind?" and "Do you feel 
that
the American Muslim community has been as active as they should be in
condemning acts of terrorism by other Muslims?"

SEE ALSO:

MICHIGAN MUSLIMS TO HOLD CANDIDATE FORUM 

On Sunday, October 10, the Michigan office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Michigan) and the American Muslim Task
Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) will hold a town hall meeting 
and
candidate forum in the Detroit suburb of Novi. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to provide 
an
opportunity for members of the Muslim community to meet with and ask
questions of local, state and national political candidates. (A similar
event will take place October 9 in Ohio.)

WHAT: CAIR-Michigan/AMT Candidate Forum
WHEN: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2004
WHERE: Novi Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi,
Michigan 
CONTACT: CAIR-MI, Celena Khatib or Misbah Shahid, 248-569-2203,
734-306-9507, 734-673-9430, cairmichigan@yahoo.com

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CINCINNATI MUSLIMS TO MEET WITH CANDIDATES
Town hall meeting will encourage political participation

On Friday, October 1, the Cincinnati office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati), Muslim American Society
(MAS), Muslim Student Association (MSA)-Xavier University, and the 
Muslim
Education and Cultural Institute (MECI)-University of Cincinnati, will 
host
an "Election 2004 Town Hall Meeting" with local and state political
candidates.
 
WHAT: Election 2004 Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Kelly Auditorium, Alter Hall, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 
Ohio
WHEN: Friday, October 1, 2004, 7 - 9 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Cincinnati Office Director Karen Dabdoub, 
513-281-8200,
E-Mail: cincinnati@cair-ohio.com

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OHIO MUSLIMS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING ON ELECTIONS 
Local, state, national candidates will address issues of concern to 
Muslims

On Saturday, October 9, the Islamic Council of Ohio, the Council on
American-Islamic Relations-Ohio (CAIR-Ohio) and the American Muslim
Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) will host a "Muslim Vote
2004" town hall meeting with local, state and national political 
candidates
in Columbus. (A similar event will take place October 10 in Michigan.)

WHAT: Muslim Vote 2004 Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Ohio Statehouse Atrium, Columbus, Ohio
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2004, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail:
ahmad@cair-ohio.com; CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan,
614-571-2770, E-Mail: jad@cair-ohio.com

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CAIR-FL: DENOUNCE KILLINGS
Altaf Ali, Sun Sentinel, 10/1/04
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/letters/sfl-brmail729oct01,0,479828
2.story

There is no rational or logical reason that can be given to justify the
cold-blooded killings of Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong. I am 
confident
in saying, "on behalf of all Muslims, we repudiate this gruesome and
cowardly act perpetrated by masked bandits and tyrants against these
innocent people."

I call on all Muslims to repudiate in the strongest manner the killing 
of
our fellow human beings; Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong.

Altaf Ali is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations in Florida.

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U.S. TARGETS VISA VIOLATORS IN TERROR WAR
Curt Anderson, Associated Press, 10/1/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/9811834.htm

WASHINGTON - More than 350 people who have committed crimes or are
suspected of terrorist links have been arrested in a federal crackdown 
on
foreigners with visa violations, part of a broader effort to prevent
al-Qaida from disrupting U.S. elections.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a Homeland 
Security
Department component known as ICE, are matching identities of visa
violators nationwide with names on secret government terrorism 
databases in
hopes of finding al-Qaida operatives.

"We're intensifying it in the days leading up to the election," ICE
spokesman Dean Boyd said Friday.

Some groups representing Muslims and Arab-Americans are concerned some
people may be targeted because of their ethnicity or religious beliefs.

"If somebody breaks the law in terms of their immigration status, they
should pay the price," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council 
on
American-Islamic Relations. "We can only hope they are not targeting 
people
based on whether they are Muslim."

Since its inception in June 2003, ICE's Compliance Enforcement Unit has
opened more than 5,200 investigations of visa violators nationwide. Of
those apprehended, 359 are considered "priority arrests" - those with
possible links to terrorism or known criminal histories.

The stepped-up initiative is one of many government efforts given new
urgency by persistent intelligence indicating al-Qaida is determined to
attack inside the United States before the Nov. 2 election…

Advocates for Muslims and Arab-Americans don't fault the government for
pursuing people in the United States illegally. But they say the FBI 
and
ICE efforts, taken together, are triggering renewed fears that U.S.
counterterrorism officials are targeting people based on their religion 
or
ethnic or national origin.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said in a statement 
that it
had been contacted by ICE officials after raising concerns that the
initiative "will be selectively carried out against Muslims and Arabs."
Even after those talks, the group said it remained worried ICE would 
base
many of its investigations on a government registry of men from 24 
mostly
Muslim and Arab countries.

Advocacy groups also raised concerns about the FBI interviews. They say
agents appear to be targeting some people multiple times.

Justice Department officials acknowledge the FBI is talking to people 
who
have been helpful in the past but also to many others when they gain 
new
information about them…

SEE ALSO:

ACLU DECRIES PLANNED ELECTION DRAGNET IN MUSLIM AND ARAB COMMUNITIES
http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=16632&c=206

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                
Friday, October 1, 2004                                              
Contact: ACLU National Press Office 
(212) 549-2666 

NEW YORK -- The American Civil Liberties Union today said that it will 
be
monitoring a new plan by the FBI to, among other things, use 
"aggressive -
even obvious - surveillance" techniques on individuals who are not even
suspected of having committed a crime, in advance of the November 2 
general
election.

"The FBI plans to deliberately tail people based on their religion or
ethnic origin during a month that is both religiously and politically
crucial," said Dalia Hashad, the ACLU's Arab, Muslim and South Asian
Advocate. "Instead of bolstering security, the FBI's 'October Plan' is
going to stop Muslims and Arabs from attending mosques during the month 
of
Ramadan, and participating in the upcoming election."

An internal e-mail notice to FBI agents, distributed last week by the
bureau's "'04 Threat Task Force," described an intensified law 
enforcement
effort to "to foster the impression that law enforcement is focused on
individuals who may be a threat."  

According to CBS News, the plan calls for the aggressive and open
surveillance of persons suspected of being terrorist sympathizers, but 
who
are not suspected of any crime. CBS also reported that mosques will be
revisited and worshippers questioned. Already, ACLU affiliates are 
fielding
calls from Muslims panicked by aggressive FBI action.

Over the past three years, Middle Eastern and South Asian neighborhoods 
and
communities have borne the brunt of the federal government's response 
to
9/11.  Directly after the attacks, more than a thousand, and possibly
upwards of 2,000 men were rounded up secretly by the Justice Department
only to be later found to have no connection to the attacks.  

The "October Plan" is the fifth incidence of an explicit FBI dragnet,
targeted at American Muslims and Arabs. Previously, the FBI launched 
four
separate rounds of questioning, which routinely involved interrogating
interviewees with questions about their religious practices and 
political
beliefs. In many of the interviews, the FBI actually collected 
information
about interviewee's associational activity, including copying the data 
from
cell phone contact lists.

In monitoring the program, the ACLU is working closely with Amnesty
International, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 
Arab-American
Institute, Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public
Affairs Council.

"This program is not good law enforcement," Hashad said. "If finding a
terrorist is like looking for a needle in a haystack, you don't make 
the
job easier by adding more hay to the pile."

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IMMIGRANTS FOCUS OF SECURITY PLAN
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 10/1/04
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/immigration1e_20041001.htm

As the presidential election approaches, federal agents in Michigan and
across the country are ratcheting up their efforts to catch illegal
immigrants who may pose security threats.

Immigration officials said Thursday they are moving to interview, 
survey
and analyze records that might help them thwart a terrorist attack in
upcoming months.

"We know that terrorists look for symbolic events ... for the biggest
impact," said Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of 
investigations in
Michigan and Ohio for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "This 
time
period is a crucial one." 

Among the events coming up, Moskowitz said, are the International 
Monetary
Fund and World Bank meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C., the Nov. 
2
election, the holidays and the presidential inauguration.

"As you get closer to a period, which by everyone's account is a 
dangerous
time, everything comes into focus," said Moskowitz, whose agency is
overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. "Our senses are
heightened."

Moskowitz and Daniel Roberts, head of the Detroit FBI office, have 
assured
Imad Hamad, an Arab-American leader in Dearborn, that the government 
would
not unfairly target the Middle Eastern community.

Hamad, regional director of the Michigan chapter of the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee, said he has no problem with the 
crackdown on
illegal immigration. But he worries that the plan will result in the
profiling of Arab Americans and Muslims, as past government initiatives 
did
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"This brings a chilling effect on the community," Hamad said. "It has 
the
potential for creating false impressions again, putting us under clouds 
of
suspicion."

In addition, Hamad said, the initiative would alienate Arab-American
communities at a time when they are needed to help the government in 
the
war on terrorism.

"This will not help people to cooperate when it is highly needed," he
said...

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FBI AGENTS HUNT FOR TERROR LEADS
David Shepardson, Detroit News, 10/1/04
http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0410/01/c01-290441.htm

FBI agents stepped up dozens of interviews this week in Arab-American
neighborhoods, in an effort to prevent another terrorist attack before 
the
Nov. 2 election, the bureau said Thursday. 

Arab-American civil rights leaders are warning community members that 
they
don't have to submit to door-to-door interviews by the Detroit FBI, and
advising them to have a lawyer present if they choose. 

"We are out in the community conducting our interviews as part of our
continuing investigation," said FBI Special Agent Dawn Clenney, a
spokeswoman in Detroit. "We're redoubling our efforts. We are very
concerned about preventing any terrorist attacks and we know al-Qaida 
wants
to attack us before the election." 

The checks have the Arab-American and Muslim communities concerned. 

"Already people are very scared and very intimidated," said Imad Hamad,
regional director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. 
He
expressed concern that Arabs who have overstayed their visas will be
targeted for arrest. 

"The challenge of illegal immigration goes beyond the Arab community." 

Clenney said the FBI had a significant number of interviews to conduct 
-
enough that will require agents to continue their efforts beyond the
election. 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Detroit also are 
working
to follow up terror-related leads and intelligence, but aren't engaged 
in a
wide-scale arrests of Arab-Americans who have overstayed visas, a 
spokesman
said. 

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MUSLIM, ARAB LEADERS WARNED OF TERROR CHECKS 
Sara Jean Green, Seattle Times, 10/1/04
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002051178_muslim01m.html

Federal officials warned local Muslim and Arab leaders last night that 
they
should brace their communities for another round of 
intelligence-gathering
interviews in the run-up to the November election. 

The purpose of the 90-minute, closed-door meeting with about 17
Seattle-area leaders was to solicit their help and to assure them that 
the
Justice Department and FBI will protect their civil rights and will
aggressively investigate any reports of hate crimes. 

Muslim and Arab leaders said their communities would cooperate, but 
they're
frustrated and worried about being singled out. 

Though the FBI hasn't received any specific threats nationally, "... 
the
information since May has indicated al-Qaida would like to commit a
terrorist attack against our country," likely during the elections, 
said
Pat Adams, the agent in charge of the Seattle FBI. All 56 FBI offices 
in
the country are holding similar meetings with their local Muslim and 
Arab
leaders, he said. 

In the weeks before the general election, FBI agents will be conducting
"interviews of people who may be able to fill intelligence gaps ... and
[will] talk to people who may have knowledge of people bent on 
[committing]
terrorist attacks," Adams said. "We want to make sure the community 
knows
we're not targeting communities or religions - we're targeting 
individuals
and terrorists." 

John McKay, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, said 
last
night's meeting was part of an effort to reach out to Seattle's Muslim 
and
Arab communities. Leaders told him last night, for instance, that FBI
agents need to be sensitive about visiting Muslim homes during the holy
month of Ramadan, which begins in mid-October. 

The community leaders who gathered at the Islamic School in Seattle's
Central District "offered assistance and have an absolute commitment to
keep people safe," McKay said. "Our job in the federal government is to
protect civil liberties and prevent hate crimes. We're reaching out to 
be
available ... if there is some sort of retaliation" against Muslims and
Arabs. 

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TERROR WATCH LIST IS CALLED A FAILURE
Robert Block and Gary Fields, Wall Street Journal, 10/1/04
http://online.wsj.com/public/us

WASHINGTON -- The watchdog for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
has
found that efforts to create one of the most basic counter-terrorism 
tools
-- a single consolidated watch list of terrorism suspects -- have been
disastrous, saying the department "has not fulfilled its leadership
responsibility" in this crucial front in the fight against terror.

The department's inspector general, in a sometimes scathing report to
Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and congressional leaders, 
states
that the task of merging more than a dozen government databases on
terrorists into a viable, unified list as mandated by Congress and 
ordered
by President George W. Bush, has been beset by a lack of leadership,
oversight and, in some cases, interagency cooperation.

"The manner through which the watch-list consolidation has unfolded has 
not
helped the nation break from its pattern of ad hoc approaches to
counterterrorism," according to the report, which will be publicly 
released
on Sunday but was reviewed Thursday by The Wall Street Journal.

The findings raise questions over Bush administration assertions that 
it
has dramatically improved information sharing among law-enforcement
agencies and sharpened the government's ability to fight al Qaeda. They
also underscores the bureaucratic infighting and lethargy that have 
marked
government attempts to undertake change in the aftermath of the Sept. 
11,
2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. They also come as
Congress is wrestling with creating an intelligence czar to better
coordinate government counterterrorism efforts.

"The watch list is the poster child for information sharing for all our
intelligence and government agencies," says Daniel B. Prieto, the 
research
director for the Homeland Security Partnership Initiative at the 
Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University. "It has been the one 
project
that is the most straightforward; the most defined, the most 
politically
accepted idea, supported by every investigative commission since 9/11. 
If
they can't get this one right, then shame on them."

The report also follows some high-profile watch-list failures, such as
including British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, on 
one
terrorist list but not the Transport Security Administration's "No-Fly
List," which is supposed to be a subset of the single watch list. 
Similarly
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy and Alaska Republican
Representative Don Young have said that they have at times been 
mistaken
for terrorists at airline counters because of namesakes on the watch 
list.

SEE ALSO:

FEAR COULD STOP THE PEACE TRAIN
Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star, 10/1/04
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/9803392.htm

Yusuf Islam didn't seem like a dangerous man to me or to hundreds of 
others
who heard him speak last year in Overland Park.

Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is famous for such musical hits 
as
"Peace Train" and "Morning Has Broken." He spoke at the May 2003 
Islamic
Society of North America's Central Zone Conference.

The singer-turned-Muslim-peace-activist last month was on a United 
Airlines
flight from London to Washington, D.C., when the plane was diverted to
Bangor, Maine, and Islam was removed and questioned by federal agents. 
He
was on a no-fly list and was deported to England because U.S. officials
said he has "connections to groups involved in terrorist activities."

Islam is a British citizen. Officials said he provided money to Hamas, 
a
militant Palestinian group, and may have visited an Islamic extremist 
camp
in Asia. But U.S. officials declined to give details.

Islam came up several times Saturday at the Heartland Muslim Council 
Annual
Dinner at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where the theme was
"Voting is Our Right. To Vote is Your Responsibility!" People knew 
Islam's
fate could easily be theirs...

----- 

PRACTICAL JOKE LANDS TWO IN COURT
Oregon Live, 9/30/04
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/argus/index.ssf?/base/news/1096579869197140.x
ml

Two people will appear in Washington County Circuit Court on charges of
disorderly conduct after an alleged practical joke attempt involving 
toy
guns and Islamic slogans.

Jessica Mae Alsteen, 20, of Portland, and Alexander Michael Pearson, 
25, of
Vancouver, Wash., turned themselves in Monday night to the Hillsboro 
Police
Department's Tanasbourne precinct.

Officers cited them for an incident that occurred Sept. 21 outside the
General Motors call center near Hillsboro Stadium.

According to reports, security guards saw Alsteen and Pearson in the
parking lot dressed in Middle Eastern clothing and holding handguns. 
The
guards locked the building down and called police, who ordered the two 
to
the ground when they arrived.

Alsteen and Pearson reportedly told police they were planning to play a
practical joke on Alsteen's boyfriend, who worked at the center. They
planned to simulate firing the guns in the air while chanting "Praise 
be to
Allah" and other Islamic messages...

---- 

M.T.A. IS SUED OVER ITS POLICY ON MUSLIM HEAD COVERINGS
Michael Luo, New York Times, 10/1/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/01/nyregion/01turban.html

The Justice Department sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
and
New York City Transit yesterday, charging them with discriminating 
against
Muslim and Sikh employees who wear turbans and head scarves for 
religious
reasons.

But in a statement, transit officials declared the lawsuit ''totally
without merit,'' arguing that no one in the Justice Department's Civil
Rights Division had discussed the issue with them and that they had 
already
changed their policy on uniforms to allow religious head coverings 
provided
by the authority.

The lawsuit stems from a series of incidents dating back to 2002. Since
then, four Muslim women -- all bus drivers for New York City Transit --
have been barred from operating buses on the road and reassigned to 
work
inside bus depots because they refused to wear regulation caps over 
their
head scarves, known as hijabs. More recently, transit managers briefly
reassigned Kevin Harrington, a Sikh train operator, to a railyard 
because
he refused to take off his turban at work. After his case drew public
attention, he was allowed back on his old job in June. 

Taken together, the actions constitute a ''pattern and practice'' of
religious discrimination, says the lawsuit, filed in Federal District 
Court
in Brooklyn. It calls for the transit authority to provide 
accommodations
for Muslim, Sikh and other employees whose beliefs require them to wear 
the
head coverings, as well as compensation for those who claim that they 
lost
overtime opportunities because of their transfers. 

Transit officials pointed out that charges brought by the bus operators
were dismissed after an investigation by the United States Equal 
Employment
Opportunity Commission. An independent arbitrator also ruled against 
the
women, concluding that the transit agency had properly accommodated 
them by
giving them alternative jobs. 

Union leaders, however, argued that the jobs inside the depot were not
equivalent because they provided fewer opportunities for overtime, a
significant part of bus drivers' income, said Arthur Schwartz, a lawyer 
for
Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union. The Justice Department's 
lawsuit
makes the same case. 

Even if the jobs were equivalent in pay and other benefits, reassigning
them placed an unfair stigma on them, Mr. Schwartz said, adding that 
one of
the women had been wearing her head scarf while driving a passenger bus 
for
more than 10 years without any problem. 

Three of the Muslim women are once again in arbitration, he said, 
because
they have been trying to change depots, but the transit agency has 
refused
to allow them to do so...

ALSO SEE:

UNVEILING THE REALITY
Nadia Moharib, Calgary Sun, 10/1/04
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/CalgarySun/News/2004/10/01/650713.html
    
The perception is that these must be difficult times to be a Muslim in
North America. Muslim militant groups are being blamed for a spate of
terrorism around the globe over the last several years -- from the 9/11
tragedy to the Beslan school atrocity in Russia. 

As North American security forces take greater steps each day to 
protect
the continent from terror attacks, the Sun sent reporter Nadia Moharib, 
a
Christian of Arab descent, onto Calgary streets dressed as a 
traditional
Muslim woman to, as the saying goes, walk in another's shoes. Here is 
her
third report in our five-part series: 

While I moved around the city behind the veil, pretty much unimpeded, a
reality-check threatened to ground me. 

It was my fault, perhaps, buying a plane ticket on company time -- 
dressed
in a hijab… 

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FRENCH MUSLIM REMOVES SCARF AND HAIR IN PROTEST
Reuters, 10/1/04

STRASBOURG, France - A Muslim schoolgirl bowed to France's ban on 
Islamic
headscarves in state schools on Friday by returning to class and 
removing
her veil to reveal a head shaved bald in protest.

"I will respect both French law and Muslim law by taking off what I 
have on
my head and not showing my hair," Cennet Doganay said outside her high
school in Strasbourg, eastern France. "I respect the law but the law
doesn't respect me."

School officials, who had only let her into a study room since early
September while negotiating her return to class without a headscarf,
allowed her to re-enter the Louis Pasteur Lycee and made no comments to
journalists outside.

About 120 schoolgirls across France insisted on keeping their 
headscarves
when school resumed on Sept. 2 and a ban on veils and other conspicuous
signs of faith was imposed. Most have since given in under threat of
expulsion from school.

Last year, before the ban was voted, about 1,200 girls showed up with
headscarves when school opened. Many of them maintained running 
disputes
with school authorities all year, one major reason why Paris finally
decided on the ban.

Paris issued the ban to counter growing Islamist influence among a 
small
minority of its 5-million-strong Muslim minority. It also outlaws 
Jewish
skullcaps and large Christian crosses, but few pupils wear these to
school...

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PRESBYTERIANS STAND BY DIVESTMENT DESPITE DIALOGUE WITH INCENSED JEWS 
Uriel Heilman, JTA, 9/28/04
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Presbyterians+stand+by+div
estment+vote&intcategoryid=4       
  
NEW YORK - Not long ago, the Presbyterian Church USA managed to do
something most Jewish organizations can only dream of: It generated 
Jewish
unity.

Jewish groups were outraged when the organization passed a resolution 
over
the summer calling for divesting from companies that do business in or 
with
Israel.

The group is sticking to its position after meeting here Tuesday with
Jewish religious leaders and organizational officials, who aired their
sentiments face to face with the Presbyterians for the first time since 
the
decision in July.

As the Jews expressed unanimous, vehement opposition to the move, 
church
officials said they were eager to "dialogue" with the Jews on the issue 
and
expressed regret that the discussion had not taken place earlier.

But they also insisted that the church, representing 3 million-plus
members, would not back away from the decision, which passed by a 
431-62
vote at the group's General Assembly.

"We're looking forward to this being the first of a number of 
meetings,"
Rick Ufford-Chase, moderator of the General Assembly, said at a news
conference following Tuesday's meeting in New York. "It's clear to us 
this
conversation should have taken place some time ago."

Rabbi Paul Menitoff, executive vice president of the Reform movement's
Central Conference of American Rabbis, told JTA after the meeting that
fundamental differences remained.

"There's a natural divide in terms of perspectives. We see things 
through
radically different lenses," he said. "We put on the table very clearly 
our
concerns."

The bulk of the meeting was devoted to the issue of divestiture,
participants said, with the Jews arguing that the decision was patently
unfair and the Presbyterians arguing that it is meant to promote peace 
in
the region...

ALSO SEE:

JEWISH GROUPS SCRAMBLE TO HEAD OFF DIVESTMENT PUSH
Eric J. Greenberg, Forward, 10/1/04
http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=greenberg200409291150

As the push to cut off investments in Israel gains momentum in 
Protestant
circles, Jewish organizations and their allies on Capitol Hill are 
racing
to neutralize the burgeoning divestment movement.

This week, following a tense three-hour summit with upset Jewish 
communal
officials, leaders of the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (USA), 
with
2.5 million members, said they were determined to go ahead with their
recently approved plan to divest selectively from Israel. The 
interfaith
meeting came just days after Anglican Church officials visiting Israel 
said
that they would push for consideration of a divestment plan to protest
Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

"The Presbyterian divestment could potentially create a snowball effect 
and
resurrect what had been a moribund issue," said the interfaith affairs
director of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor. 
"Now
it has provoked the Anglicans, and we know it will not end there. We 
have
to send a clear message to every church that they will have to face a
united Jewish community on this issue."

In an effort to head off anti-Israel divestment efforts, a bipartisan 
group
of 13 congressmen sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce 
stating
that such campaigns violate America's laws regarding the Arab boycott 
of
Israel. The letter, which was initiated by the Zionist Organization of
America, was sent to the Commerce's Office of Anti-boycott Compliance. 
The
congressmembers urged the office to "investigate the national boycott
campaign against Israel, shut down the illegal divestment campaigns and
impose the appropriate penalties."

A second bipartisan group of congressmen sent a letter to the 
Presbyterian
Church's chief executive, the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, calling for the
church to abandon its recently adopted divestment plan. The letter,
organized by Howard Berman, a California Democrat, termed the church's
divestment policy "irresponsible, counterproductive and morally 
bankrupt..."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/2/04
	
* CAIR-DC DINNER SOLD OUT
* CAIR-SEATTLE: MUSLIM TEENS HELP BUILD HABITAT HOMES
* CAIR-CHICAGO: MUSLIMS DENOUNCE CANDIDATE'S REMARKS 
	- Candidate OK with Spies in Mosques (Sun-Times)
* NV: FBI TO INTERVIEW VEGAS-AREA MUSLIMS
* OH: NEW SOCIAL WORKER FOR MUSLIM FAMILY (Beacon Journal)

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CAIR-DC DINNER SOLD OUT

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR's 10th Anniversary Banquet to be
held tonight in Washington, D.C., is sold out. More than 1000 dinner
attendees will hear from presidential candidate Ralph Nader, James 
"Yusuf"
Yee, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, and a number of 
other
special guests. 

Ticket-holders with urgent questions may call 202-646-6043.

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CAIR-SEATTLE: MUSLIM, JEWISH, CHRISTIAN TEENS BUILD HABITAT HOMES

(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 10/1/04) ­ On October 2, 2004, more than sixty 
teens
of diverse faiths and backgrounds will unite to build homes for Habitat 
for
Humanity. The young men and women will join the two-week
interfaith-construction blitz at Snoqualmie Ridge organized by Together 
We
Build A World Community (TWB), an alliance of the Seattle office of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle) and 13 Jewish, 
Muslim
and Christian Seattle-area congregations and organizations.

TWB was formed post-9/11 as vehicle for people of different faith
communities, who were traditionally separated from each other, to come
together to work for the common good.  

"Working on community projects under the umbrella of cooperation and
friendship breaks down barriers and helps us all to realize that we are
much more alike than we are different," said CAIR-Seattle Chair Samia
El-Moslimany.

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2004, 8:30 am ­ 4:00 pm

WHERE: East King County Habitat for Humanity site at Snoqualmie Ridge,
Southeast Orchard Drive and Southeast Gravenstein Court, Snoqualmie, WA
98065
        
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: CAIR-Seattle, Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407, E-MAIL:
samia@cair-seattle.org

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CAIR-CHICAGO: MUSLIMS DENOUNCE CANDIDATE'S REMARKS 
Jon Davis Daily Herald Staff Writer
http://www.dailyherald.com/mchenry/main_story.asp?intID=38262153

Congressional candidate Kurt Eckhardt's comments about not trusting 
Islam
drew renewed criticism Friday from Chicago-area Muslims who called a 
news
conference to say such statements have no place in political campaigns.

Ahmed Rehab, communications director for the Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations' Chicago chapter, also invited the Chicago Republican to 
visit
mosques and Muslim schools, "so that he may come to know the true 
peaceful
and compassionate nature of Islam."

Eckhardt, who attended the group's press conference at the Downtown 
Islamic
Center, 231 S. State St., said he would accept that invitation.

But he defended comments he made Monday to the Daily Herald editorial 
board
about what he says is a threat to secular, non-Muslim democracies from
fundamentalist Islamic radicals.

"I stand by any comments I made," he said.

He called the publication of his statements, made in response to 
questions
during an on-the-record endorsement interview, "disingenuous 
reporting."

Eckhardt, who serves as the 48th Ward Republican committeeman, is
challenging Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the Nov. 2 general 
election
in the 9th Congressional District, which extends from Chicago and 
Evanston
to most of Des Plaines.

Rehab read from a prepared statement which said Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations-Chicago believes Eckhardt's comments "were made out of 
ignorance
and not malice."

"Equating Islam with terrorism is not only unacceptable, it is 
dangerous,"
Rehab said. "We call on him to retract his inflammatory comments and to
issue an apology."

In a prepared statement of his own, Eckhardt acknowledged most of the
world's 1.25 billion Muslims want to live in peace. But he added they 
must
do more to "self regulate their faith by rooting out those who engage, 
fund
and propagate terrorism in the name of Islam."

The Rev. Paul Rutgers, a Presbyterian minister and executive director 
of
the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, said 
Eckhardt's
implications about Islam "simply have no basis in reality."

Eckhardt met Monday with the Daily Herald's editorial board. In 
response to
a question about what is the most important thing he wants to do if
elected, he said: "I think three things that stand out to me. Most
immediately, that of fundamentalist Islamic expansionism."

Later he added, "For years I've been distrustful of Islam," and he said 
he
had no problem with the government placing human monitors in mosques…

CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Yaser Tabbara, 312-212-1520 or
312-718-3725, E-Mail: director@cairchicago.org

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS PROTEST CANDIDATE OK WITH SPIES IN MOSQUES 
STEPHANIE ZIMMERMANN, Chicago Sun-Times, 11/2/04
http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-islam02.html

The Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) drew 
heavy
criticism Friday from a group of Muslim and interfaith activists for 
saying
that he wouldn't object to the government placing spies inside U.S. 
mosques.

But Kurt Eckhardt, a former trader at the Chicago Board of Trade and 
the
Republican committeeman in Chicago's 48th Ward, made no apologies for 
the
statement or for saying he is distrustful of the global designs of
fundamentalist Muslims.

"I acknowledge that the vast majority of the Islamic population in the
world is peace-loving," Eckhardt said. "I'm talking about global 
ambitions
of fundamentalist Islam. I'm very suspicious."

Eckhardt said he made the comments about monitoring U.S. mosques in
response to a journalist's question during an editorial board meeting 
at
the suburban Daily Herald newspaper. "I'm not anti-Islam," he said.

But Muslim leaders in Chicago said such comments only fuel anti-Muslim
feelings -- sentiment that is often directed at moderate, mainstream 
people.

Yaser Tabbara, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, said he's sickened by terrorist acts -- and upset when
mainstream people are blamed.

"Whenever I see something like that [terrorist violence], I get so many
feelings as an American. I feel depressed. I feel that these acts are
directed against me as a Muslim," Tabbara said...

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FBI TO INTERVIEW VEGAS-AREA MUSLIMS
TIMOTHY PRATT and JACE RADKE, Las Vegas Sun, 10/1/04
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2004/oct/01/517601497.html

FBI agents plan to begin interviewing members of the local Muslim 
community
Monday in an attempt to gather information about possible terrorist 
attacks
linked to November's election.

Muslims reacted with skepticism to the plan.

Contacted at the Jamia Masjid mosque, where part of a three-day 
conference
on the Quran will be held this weekend, Aslam Abdullah, director of the
Islamic Society of Las Vegas, quipped, "Why doesn't the FBI just come 
to
the conference? That way they can round us all up at once."

Law enforcement officials downplayed the issue. 

Special Agent David Schrom, a spokesman for the Las Vegas FBI office, 
said
the agency was "not going out to harass people. We're just trying to 
fill
in any intelligence gaps we may have."

The initiative, part of a nationwide effort called "2004 Threat," is in
response to intelligence gathered earlier this year indicating that al
Qaeda may want to strike this fall, Schrom said.

"We know that al Qaeda would love to attack us (the United States) 
before
the election," Schrom said. "They saw what happened with the attacks in
Madrid and would like to see the same type of disturbance created in 
the
United States."

Clark County Sheriff Bill Young said Wednesday there is no evidence of 
a
credible threat to Las Vegas, but he anticipates a shift in terror 
alert
from yellow to the higher orange level as the Nov. 7 election and the 
New
Year's and Christmas holidays approach.

Adjutant Gen. Giles Vanderhoof, commander of the Nevada National Guard 
and
the state's homeland security adviser, said state security agencies 
were in
a "heightened state" in preparation for the upcoming presidential 
election.

Both national and local Muslims leaders said they would cooperate with 
FBI
agents, but were growing tired of what one called feeling "like pawns 
in a
political game."

Khalid Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Las Vegas, said the 
local
Muslim community, estimated at 10,000, has grown somewhat skeptical of 
the
sorts of interviews the FBI has announced on several occasions since 
the
Sept. 11 attacks.

The society is hosting the Quran conference this weekend with the
Department of Asian Studies of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, an
event organizers said would draw at least 250 people from across the
country, as well as speakers from Canadian and U.S. universities.

"We keep thinking that this is more politics than real issues," Khan 
said.
"We really don't think the Bush administration is doing anything about
terrorism - he's just diverting American people's attention from real
issues."

All of the local FBI offices in the country will be operating command 
posts
and interviewing Muslims and Arab-Americans.

The federal agency conducted similar interviews last year prior to the 
New
Year's celebrations in cities around the country, including Las Vegas.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations,
wondered what the FBI hoped to achieve with such interviews.

"You have to wonder, who are they going to talk to that they haven't
already? What is the purpose other than sending a chill through the
community?" he said.

The FBI's initiative starts Monday, the same day as a national group
announces it will be releasing the results of a survey measuring "the
American public's level of hostility to Islam and Muslims…"

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NEW SOCIAL WORKER FOR MUSLIM FAMILY
Imprisoned man's wife hoping to be reunited with kids in foster care
Stephen Dyer, Beacon Journal, 10/2/04 
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/9817986.htm

RAVENNA - The wife of a Yemeni man and former Kent resident who's been
detained without charges for nearly a year by federal authorities won a
victory this week in an attempt to re-gain custody of her children.

A new social worker has been assigned to the case of Michele Swensen. 
She
and Ashraf Al-Jailani have three children who are currently in foster 
care.
After Al-Jailani was detained, Swensen was hospitalized for depression 
and
her children were taken by the Portage County Department of Jobs and 
Family
Services.

Swensen, 34, thought she would get her children back last month, but 
the
department decided to retain custody because she missed three doses of 
her
antidepressant medication. However, Swensen and Al-Jailani alleged it 
was
the social worker who had an anti-Muslim bias that led to the change of
heart.

The social worker's personnel file indicates she is one of the 
department's
more reliable workers.

However, the department assigned a new social worker to Swensen's case
Wednesday, a result Swensen hailed in an e-mail.

"I was told that I could never get a new social worker," she wrote, 
"that
it's never done, and that it would never be done. Well, it got done..."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

POLL: 1-IN-4 AMERICANS HOLDS ANTI-MUSLIM VIEWS
Negative images of Muslims far more prevalent than positive ones

(WASHINGTON, DC - 10/4/2004) - According to a poll released today by a 
prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 1-in-4 
Americans believes a number of anti-Muslim stereotypes and negative 
images 
of Muslims are 16 times more prevalent than positive ones.

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.ppt

The poll, sponsored by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) and conducted by an independent research firm, was 
designed to understand what Americans think about Muslims, identify 
variables associated with anti-Muslim prejudice and to seek out ways in 
which to combat the Islamophobic prejudice that often leads to 
discrimination or even hate crimes.

FOR EXAMPLE, SEE: "Twin Cities' Muslims Detail Vandalism Attacks"
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5013716.html
http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=70097

Poll results include:

* More than one-fourth of survey respondents agreed with stereotypes 
such 
as "Muslims teach their children to hate" and "Muslims value life less 
than 
other people."
* When asked what comes to mind when they hear "Muslim," 32 percent of 
respondents made negative comments. Only two percent had a positive 
response.
* Those with the most negative attitudes toward Islam and Muslims tend 
to 
be less-educated white males who are politically conservative.
* General knowledge of Islam is low but the presence of Muslim friends 
and 
colleagues drives more enlightened attitudes.
* African-Americans hold more favorable attitudes about Muslims than do 
whites.
* While half of respondents believed that American Muslims are 
"cooperating" in the war on terror, 50 percent did not believe that 
they 
are actively "condemning" terrorist acts.
* Most Americans believe that the terrorists are misusing the teachings 
of 
Islam.
* About half of Americans hold one or more favorable attitudes about 
Muslims, such as "Muslims have family-oriented values" and "Muslims 
have 
contributed to civilization."
* Those who believe they are knowledgeable about Islam tend to have 
more 
positive attitudes.

"As a nation that values tolerance and equality, we need to recognize 
the 
growing anti-Muslim prejudice in our society and join together as 
Americans 
to combat this divisive phenomenon," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar 
Ahmad. 
"It is clear from the results of this survey that we have our work cut 
out 
for us in terms of educating other Americans about Islam and providing 
opportunities for positive interactions with the Muslim community."

Ahmad said that CAIR will be encouraging local Muslim communities 
across 
the United States to hold open houses for people of other faiths during 
Ramadan, the Islamic fast that begins in mid-October.

Survey results were based on 1000 telephone interviews conducted by 
California-based Genesis Research Associates 
(http://www.genesisresearch.net ) between June 23 and July 2, 2004. 
Interviewers spoke with a gender-balanced random sample of respondents 
across the continental United States. Margin of error for the poll 
(with 95 
percent confidence) is +/-3.1 percent. CAIR, America's largest Islamic 
civil liberties group, has 29 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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NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/4/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: DO NOT FOLLOW BLINDLY
* CAIR-LA BANQUET ALMOST SOLD OUT
* OR: MUSLIM LAWYER SUES FBI (AP)
* MUSLIMS MOBILIZE FOR NOV. ELECTIONS (Alameda Star)
	- Civil-Liberties in the Background (Boston Globe)
	- Arabs in Florida Angered By Bush (LA Times)
* MN: MUSLIM LEADERS CONCERNED ABOUT VANDALISM (AP)
	- MN: Muslims Fear Crime (Pioneer Press)
* POLL: 1 IN 4 HOLD ANTI-MUSLIM VIEWS (AP)
	- CAIR News Conference Aired on C-SPAN
* FEDS QUIZ ARIZ. MUSLIMS BEFORE ELECTION (AP)
	- NV: Extra Scrutiny Chafes Muslims (Rev. Journal)
* STUDENT BARRED ENTRY TO US BECAUSE OF WATCH LIST (AP)
* TWO PEOPLES, ONE STATE (NY Times)
	- Off the Map (Baltimore Sun)
* ALL FAITHS MUST HELP END WORLD VIOLENCE (Ottawa Citizen)
* ISLAMIC TALK FINDS A SPOT ON RADIO DIAL (Chicago Trib)
* PARIS SUBURB BANS FASHION SHOW BY MUSLIM WOMEN (AFP)
* ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF NEW ENGLAND

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VERSE OF THE DAY: DO NOT FOLLOW BLINDLY

"Do not follow anyone blindly in those matters of which you have no
knowledge, surely the use of your ears and eyes and heart - all of 
these,
shall be questioned on the Day of Judgement."

The Holy Quran, 17:36:

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MUSLIM LAWYER SUES FBI, ASHCROFT FOR FALSE IMPRISONMENT
Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press, 10/4/04    
http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-8/10969151
61184200.xml&storylist=orlocal

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Portland lawyer who was wrongly arrested by FBI 
agents
on suspicion of involvement in Spain's worst terrorist attack filed a
lawsuit Monday against the U.S. government, claiming he was singled out
because of his Muslim faith.
     
Brandon Mayfield, a 38-year-old convert to Islam, is accusing the FBI, 
John
Ashcroft and the Department of Justice of violating his civil liberties 
by
wiretapping his Oregon home and filing misleading affidavits to justify 
his
two-week imprisonment, according to court documents filed Monday.

The FBI issued a rare public apology after Mayfield's release, saying 
human
error had led to Mayfield's fingerprint being incorrectly matched to 
one
found on a bag of detonators near the scene of the Madrid attack, which
killed 191 people on March 11.

Mayfield is seeking unspecified damages as well as a ruling that key
provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act are unconstitutional.

"Not even a 'War on Terror' allows the federal government to deprive 
U.S.
citizens of their constitutionally protected rights," Mayfield's 
attorneys
said in a prepared statement.

His rights, they go on to say, were "trampled" by an "unconstitutional 
law"
and by "overzealous law enforcement."

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MUSLIMS MOBILIZE FOR NOV. ELECTIONS
Melissa Evans, Alameda Times-Star, 10/3/04
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~2443447,00.html

NEWARK -- Four years ago, Agha Saeed pledged his support to George W. 
Bush.

In exchange, Bush promised prominent Muslim leaders, including Saeed, 
that
he would repeal some of the laws that allowed secret searches and 
evidence
against alleged terrorists and other criminals.

When Bush was elected, Saeed and other Muslim leaders scheduled a 
meeting
with the new president to discuss plans to scale back the Secret 
Evidence
Act.

The date of their meeting was Sept. 11, 2001. 

It was canceled. And in the wake of the terrorist attacks, the Bush
administration successfully pressed Congress for sweeping legislation 
that
instead expanded its policing power.

With reports that terrorist suspects are being held behind bars for 
lengthy
periods with no due process, that wiretaps and surveillance cameras are
being used to spy on potentially innocent suspects of Arab descent, and
that men and women are being rounded up for questioning about their 
ties to
Muslim organizations, the support that Bush once enjoyed among Muslim
voters has dissolved, leaders say.

"[Bush's] position has changed," said Saeed, director of the 
Newark-based
American Muslim Alliance and a political science professor at the
University of California, Berkeley. "There is a profound sense of 
betrayal."

Anger over Bush's perceived assault on civil rights has fueled a 
massive
mobilization of the nation's roughly 5 million Muslim voters.

Headed by the American Muslim Task Force -- a group formed by Saeed 
that
includes a dozen influential Islamic organizations -- voter 
registration
drives are being organized across the country along with town hall
meetings, candidate information nights and other events intended to get
Muslims to the polls on Nov. 2.

A town hall meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 23 at Chandni 
Restaurant in
Newark.

The task force includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
which
has 27 chapters across the country and claims to be the leading voice 
in
Muslim advocacy, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Student
Association and other organizations.

Members of the task force plan to endorse a presidential candidate in
mid-October. Polls, however, indicate that most Muslims already have 
made
up their mind...

ALSO SEE:

CIVIL-LIBERTIES ISSUE IN THE BACKGROUND
Charlie Savage, Boston Globe, 10/4/04
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/bush/articles/2004/10/04/civil
_liberties_issue_in_the_background

WASHINGTON - Despite three years of outcry from activists who say the 
Bush
administration has been sacrificing basic individual rights in the name 
of
preventing terrorism, other issues in the presidential campaign have
drowned out the protection of civil liberties.

Senator John F. Kerry, determined to demonstrate that he can be trusted 
to
protect the country from terrorists, says little on the subject beyond
using "end the era of John Ashcroft" as a generic applause line and 
calling
for modestly stronger oversight of a few of the new police powers 
provided
by the USA Patriot Act, a law Kerry voted for after the attacks of 
Sept.
11, 2001.

President Bush, meanwhile, has staunchly defended the Patriot Act, and 
his
administration has asked Congress for even greater surveillance powers 
to
fend off potential terrorist attacks.

In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, two out of three Americans said
some civil liberties had to be given up to fight terrorism. But a 
recent
Pew Foundation poll indicated that half as many Americans now hold that
view.

Still, protection of civil liberties does not rank high as a concern 
among
most voters this year. The Iraq war and the US economy are the big 
issues...

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ARABS IN FLORIDA ANGERED BY BUSH 
Peter Wallsten and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times, 10/4/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/yahoo/la-na-arab04oct04,1,2594908.story

ORLANDO, Fla. - Ever since President Bush narrowly won Florida four 
years
ago, Democrats have meticulously courted key voting blocs that 
strategists
believe could help reverse the party's fortunes in 2004 -- showering
attention on seniors, African Americans, Jews, and Cuban and Haitian
Americans.

On Sunday night, a surprising new ethnic thread wove itself into 
Florida's
ever-complicated political fabric: the frustrated Arab American.

Business owners, physicians, lawyers and others -- furious over the 
Bush
administration's post-Sept. 11 policies that many believe unfairly 
target
Muslims and Arab Americans in the government's quest to root out 
terrorists
-- huddled in a hotel ballroom across the street from Disney World to
demonstrate how much they wanted a change in the White House.

The meeting, intended to be a bipartisan affair sponsored by the
Washington-based Arab American Institute, turned into a cheering 
session
for Democratic nominee Sen. John F. Kerry -- illustrating a dramatic 
shift
in a traditionally Republican group. 

"I thought Bush was another Ronald Reagan on a small scale for what he
believed in," said Ashley Ansara, president of a clinical research 
company
in Orlando. "I found out he's no Reagan. Not even close."

He said this would be the first presidential election since he moved to 
the
U.S. in 1973 that he wouldn't be voting Republican.

Sunday night's fervor first surfaced in the spring, when more than 150 
Arab
American voters packed onto chartered buses bound for the University of
Central Florida in Orlando, where local Democratic leaders were 
gathering
to elect delegates to the party's national convention.

Some had voted for Bush in 2000. Others had never voted at all. But 
when
they arrived at UCF that morning, they made an important statement by
claiming three of the eight delegate slots from two congressional 
districts.

Kerry's gains, though, could prove thorny in Florida, where Democratic
Party politics has long been characterized by close ties to the state's
massive Jewish community and staunch support for Israel.

Some Democrats say privately they fear alienating Jewish voters with an
overt effort to reach Arab Americans.

The Massachusetts senator has already encountered trouble on that 
front,
when he told the Arab American Institute a year ago that the security 
fence
being constructed by Israel in and around the West Bank was a "barrier 
to
peace." Later, he assured miffed Jewish leaders that he believed the 
fence
was a legitimate tool for self-defense against terrorism.

But Kerry also has promoted a Senate voting record that has received a 
100%
rating from pro-Israel lobbyists...

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MUSLIM LEADERS CONCERNED ABOUT VANDALISM ATTACKS
Associated Press, 10/3/04
http://www.in-forum.com/ap/index.cfm?page=view&id=D85GLLFG1

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. - Local Muslim leaders said they were concerned
about recent vandalism at area Islamic centers.

The vandalism began last month when paintballs splattered the Islamic
Center of Minnesota in Fridley. 

"Muslims are under attack in Minnesota," said Hamdy El-Sawaf, the 
Islamic
Center's executive director. "We are shocked and disappointed. This is
something very unusual."

"We haven't seen such hate crimes even after 9/11," he added.

El-Sawaf said he and center members find the events troubling. "We are
afraid something more serious could happen here," he said. "We have no
explanation or idea of what is going on in the minds of people 
attacking
us."

The day after the incident in Fridley, some people reportedly entered a
mosque in Columbia Heights as night prayer was about to start and threw 
a
bottle of rotten eggs at worshippers.

Over the weekend, fire damaged a storage shed at the mosque.

Muslim leaders were asking this week for increased police patrols.

Worshippers said the security of Muslims who attend Friday services in
Columbia Heights are at stake - especially as the holy month of Ramadan
approaches.

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS FEAR CRIME
Pioneer Press, 10/4/04 
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/9828556.htm

Members of a Muslim community in the northern Twin Cities suburbs asked 
for
increased police patrols after a series of recent incidents of 
vandalism
targeting a mosque and community center escalated this past weekend.

Hours after a storage shed at the Columbia Heights mosque caught fire,
leaders of the Islamic Center of Minnesota on Sunday said they believe 
they
are the targets of "hate crimes."

Fazal Karim delayed plans this weekend to help finish building the 
outdoor
storage shed at his Columbia Heights mosque when an early weather 
forecast
first called for rain. He later learned vandals attempted to burn down 
the
10-by-12-foot structure at the Islamic Center mosque, 4056 Seventh St. 
N.E.
The shed's plywood sheeting was charred on one side, but firefighters
contained the damage.

The incident marked the third such incident in 11 days against the 
Muslim
group, community leaders said. Vandals splattered the Islamic Center's
community building at 1401 Gardena Ave. in Fridley on Sept. 23 with 
pink
paintballs; a day later, at least two unidentified assailants entered 
the
Columbia Heights mosque and threw a bottle of rotten eggs in the 
direction
of worshippers there for evening prayers.

"Muslims are under attack in Minnesota,'' said Hamdy El-Sawaf, the 
Islamic
Center's executive director.”We are shocked and disappointed. This is
something very unusual.

"We haven't seen such hate crimes even after 9/11,'' he added.

El-Sawaf said he and center members are troubled by the events. "We are
afraid something more serious could happen here. We have no explanation 
or
idea of what is going on in the minds of people attacking us.''

El-Sawaf said police have no leads but are working on the cases with
federal officials. Columbia Heights police could not be reached for 
comment
Sunday. El-Sawaf has asked Columbia Heights and Fridley to step up 
patrols
of his center's properties and said the center plans to install
surveillance cameras this week.

He called on the Twin Cities community and all Minnesotans "to stand by 
us
and defend us,'' noting that in a couple of weeks Muslims will begin 
the
monthlong observance of Ramadan, a time for fasting and prayer. "We are
peaceful people and would like to promote peace,'' he said...

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POLL: 1 IN 4 HOLD ANTI-MUSLIM VIEWS
Associated Press, 10/4/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/9834122.htm

WASHINGTON -- About one in four Americans holds anti-Muslim views, such 
as
a belief that the religion teaches violence and hatred, according to a
survey an Islamic advocacy group released Monday. 

The survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found a 
majority of
Americans hold positive views of Muslims, while a substantial number 
have
no opinion at all. 

Anti-Islamic sentiment surged in this country after the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks by terrorists who claimed to be acting in the name of the 
faith.
Since then, anti-Muslim views have been encouraged by a continuing 
string
of terror attacks, including decapitations, in Iraq, as well as a 
violent
attack on school children in Russia, said Omar Ahmad, chairman of the
council's board. 

"They have nothing to do with Islam. People claim they are doing it for
Islam, but it's really in spite of Islam," Ahmad said. 

The telephone survey of a random sample of 1,000 American adults found 
that
just over one in four people somewhat or strongly agreed with a series 
of
anti-Muslim sentiments including: the Muslim religion teaches violence 
and
hatred (26 percent agreed); Muslims value life less than other people 
(27
percent agreed); and Muslims want to change the American way of life 
(29
percent agreed). 

More than four in 10 people disagreed with the statements. In each 
case,
nearly 30 percent said they had no opinion. 

Large numbers of Americans also hold a variety of favorable views. More
than six in 10, for instance, say Muslims have "family-oriented 
values,"
and more than half disagreed with the statement, "Muslims are 
dishonest." 

About two in three said they agreed that "the people who use Islam to
justify violence are misinterpreting its teachings." 

The poll found that people most likely to have negative attitudes were
male, white, less educated, politically conservative and living in the
South. 

Hoping to combat these attitudes, the council plans a "Share Ramadan"
project, where it will encourage Muslims to invite others to share an
evening meal during the monthlong event. Ramadan begins Oct. 15 or Oct. 
16
with the sighting of the first new moon in the next lunar year. 

The survey by Genesis Research Associates was conducted June 23 to July 
2
and had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage 
points. 

SEE ALSO 

CAIR NEWS CONFERENCE AIRED ON C-SPAN

Today’s news conference on CAIR’s survey was aired live on C-SPAN. 

Check C-SPAN’s schedule for re-airing of the press conference.
GO TO: http://www.c-span.org/

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FEDS QUIZ ARIZ. MUSLIMS BEFORE ELECTION
Associated Press, 10/4/04
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/politics/9820412.htm

PHOENIX-With the final presidential debate in Tempe less than two weeks
away, the FBI is increasing efforts to interview Phoenix-area 
residents,
including Muslims, as part of a nationwide plan to prevent a terrorist
attack before the Nov. 2 election, agents said.

Susan Herskovits, the FBI's spokeswoman in Phoenix, said this latest 
push
aimed to increase intelligence by contacting as many people as possible 
-
not just Muslims. 

"We're worried about an attack on American soil," Herskovits told the 
East
Valley Tribune. "It isn't really targeting any group."

Deedra Abboud, executive director of the local chapter of the Council 
of
American-Islamic Relations, disagreed, saying Muslims obviously are a 
focus
of the FBI effort. She was called by the FBI earlier this week.

"They are contacting Muslims they've already contacted, and contacting 
ones
they haven't met," Abboud said. "They tell us they are not using ethnic
profiling - we tend to disagree, but we won't deny they are 
interviewing
other people."

She said the FBI told her they had no knowledge of any terror plans for
Arizona "but they can't be too sure."

Abboud said while the agent's tone was congenial, a visit or phone call
from the FBI can still be disconcerting.

"You tend to wonder if you're on a list - why they are at your door," 
she
said. "You feel like you're under investigation even if you're not."

President Bush and Democratic Sen. John Kerry met Thursday night in 
their
first presidential debate in Coral Gables, Fla. They have two more 
debates
scheduled: Oct. 8 in St. Louis and Oct. 13 in Tempe.

ALSO SEE:

NV: EXTRA SCRUTINY CHAFES MUSLIMS
Brian Haynes, Review Journal, 10/4/04 
http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2004/Oct-04-Mon-2004/news/24904951.ht
ml

It's been three years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and
Khalid Khan still feels like he's under suspicion. 

Officials at McCarran International Airport suspended his access badge
without explanation last week, just a few days after he learned local
Muslims would face stepped-up scrutiny from federal authorities in 
coming
weeks. 

"Peaceful people are frustrated at why they have been targeted," said 
Khan,
president of the Islamic Society of Nevada. "We always thought, with 
time,
this thing will fade away." 

Starting this week, FBI agents across the country will step up 
interviews
with Muslims and other groups under a plan to prevent a terrorist 
attack
before the Nov. 2 election, said Special Agent David Nanz, a spokesman 
for
the Las Vegas field office. 

Al-Qaida has threatened an attack designed to disrupt the election. The
terrorist group has been linked to synchronized train bombings that
affected Spain's elections in March. 

In Khan's mind, the investigation will unfairly target Muslims. 

"Are they looking for the terrorists, or are they looking for the 
Muslims?"
he said. "There's a very big question mark in my mind." 

However, Nanz said authorities will question people from various
ethnicities and religions, including many non-Muslims. 

"It's not exclusively Muslims," he said. "It's also not randomly 
Muslims." 

Agents will focus on communicating with community leaders while
interviewing people they believe might have useful information, he 
said. 

The questioning is part of an operation to gather intelligence and 
prevent
terrorist attacks, he said. Cooperation between agents and the local 
Muslim
community has been positive through the years, and Nanz said he hoped 
it
would continue... 

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MUSLIM EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM SWITZERLAND BARRED ENTRY TO UNITED STATES
BECAUSE OF WATCH LIST
Associated Press, 10/4/04
http://www.boston.com/dailynews/278/region/Swiss_exchange_student_barred_:.s
html

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (AP) - A high school student from Switzerland was
barred from flying to the United States for a foreign exchange program
after his name appeared on a government watch list.

The 17-year-old boy, identified by school officials only by his first 
name,
Fuad, was left behind when 20 other students from Switzerland flew 
Thursday
to New England to take part in the exchange.

Sen. Patrick Leahy's office unsuccessfully sought to intervene with the
State Department. Leahy's spokesman, David Carle, said the department 
would
not disclose what list the boy's name was on or why the teenager was on 
it.

Fuad was born in Ethiopia and is Muslim but moved to Switzerland with 
his
family in 1994.

"He's never been in trouble," said his Swiss teacher, Katherine 
Conliffe.
"He worked all summer to make money for the trip."

Leahy is working on legislation to require the Department of Homeland 
Security to create a procedure for individuals who believe they have 
been
put on the post-Sept. 11 watch list incorrectly.

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TWO PEOPLES, ONE STATE
Michael Tarazi, New York Times, 10/4/04 
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/04/opinion/04tarazi.html

Israel's untenable policy in the Middle East was more obvious than 
usual
last week, as the Israeli Army made repeated incursions into Gaza, 
killing
dozens of Palestinians in the deadliest attacks in more than two years,
even as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reiterated his plans to withdraw 
from
the territory. Israel's overall strategy toward the Palestinians is
ultimately self-defeating: it wants Palestinian land but not the
Palestinians who live on that land. 

As Christians and Muslims, the millions of Palestinians under 
occupation
are not welcome in the Jewish state. Many Palestinians are now 
convinced
that Israeli support for a Palestinian state is motivated not by a hope 
for
reconciliation, but by a desire to segregate non-Jews while taking as 
much
of their land and resources as possible. They are increasingly 
questioning
the most commonly accepted solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict 
-
"two states living side by side in peace and security," in the words of
President Bush - and are being forced to consider a one-state solution.

To Palestinians, the strategy behind Israel's two-state solution is 
clear.
More than 400,000 Israelis live illegally in more than 150 colonies, 
many
of which are atop Palestinian water sources. Mr. Sharon is prepared to
evacuate settlers from Gaza - but only in exchange for expanding
settlements in the West Bank. And Israel is building a barrier wall not 
on
its land but rather inside occupied Palestinian territory. The wall's 
route
maximizes the amount of Palestinian farmland and water on one side and 
the
number of Palestinians on the other.

Yet while Israelis try to allay a demographic threat, they are creating 
a
democratic threat. After years of negotiations, coupled with incessant
building of settlements and now the construction of the wall, 
Palestinians
finally understand that Israel is offering "independence" on a 
reservation
stripped of water and arable soil, economically dependent on Israel and
even lacking the right to self-defense.

As a result, many Palestinians are contemplating whether the quest for
equal statehood should now be superseded by a struggle for equal
citizenship. In other words, a one-state solution in which citizens of 
all
faiths and ethnicities live together as equals. Recent polls indicate 
that
a quarter of Palestinians favor the secular one-state solution - a
surprisingly high number given that it is not officially advocated by 
any
senior Palestinian leader...

Michael Tarazi is a legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation 
Organization.

ALSO SEE:

OFF THE MAP
Baltimore Sun, 10/4/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-ed.pals04oct04,1,5255611.story?
coll=bal-opinion-headlines

SECRETARY OF STATE Colin L. Powell urged Palestinians last week to end
their 4-year-old uprising against the Israeli occupation. "What has it
accomplished?" Mr. Powell asked in an interview with an Arab television
network. "Has it produced progress toward a Palestinian state?" 

These are sober questions that many Palestinians have asked themselves. 
But
the question that should be asked is: What has the Bush administration 
done
to facilitate an end to the attacks and counterattacks between 
Palestinian
militants and the Israeli army that have killed more than 1,000 
Israelis
and 3,300 Palestinians?

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an engine for rage in the Arab and 
Muslim
world, has dropped off the national political agenda. If you need 
evidence,
replay last Thursday's presidential debate. During 90 minutes devoted 
to
foreign policy, it never came up. Not a question. Not a comment. Not a
reference. Not a word. During the 2000 race, the issue arose in two of
three debates. But they occurred days after the present uprising began 
and
11 months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The latter has profoundly changed America's response to the failed 
Middle
East peace process. The war on terrorism and, especially, the war in 
Iraq,
which dominated Thursday's debate, have hijacked the White House. They 
have
overwhelmed U.S. foreign policy and recast the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict
from a search for a peaceful end to the occupation to a drive to 
eliminate
the terrorist networks striking Israel.

The waves of Palestinian suicide bombers and rocket attacks against 
Israel
hastened that shift and led to Israel's aggressive military response. A
discredited Palestinian leadership offered little to counter extremist
groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. That and President Bush's
single-minded focus on combating terror and overthrowing Saddam Hussein
drew the administration more firmly into the camp of Israeli Prime 
Minister
Ariel Sharon.

Mr. Bush may support a two-state solution to this conflict, but he
increasingly has let Mr. Sharon control the course of this non-peace
process. He has set aside the U.S. role of honest broker as Israel 
expands
settlements, sends tanks and bulldozers to dislodge Palestinian 
militants
and builds a security barrier across great swaths of disputed land,
isolating Palestinians in towns and villages. Israelis are safer as a
result, but at what cost to their future security in a hostile region?

But let's get back to Mr. Powell's questions. If answered candidly,
Palestinians would have to concede that their society and institutions, 
the
likelihood of independence and prospects for peace have greatly
deteriorated over the past four years...

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ALL FAITHS MUST HELP END WORLD VIOLENCE
Bob Harvey, Ottawa Citizen, 10/4/04
http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/index.html

It is time Christian churches considered working with Muslims and Jews 
to
end violence in the world, says the general secretary of the World 
Council
of Churches.

Rev. Samuel Kobia told an ecumenical service yesterday at Ottawa's
Southminster United Church that "we live in a world that is full of 
wars
and violence. It is as if we live in a jungle where the law of might 
reigns
over the weak. 

"Let us join with other faiths, Muslims and Jews, who have a tradition 
of
struggling for peace.

Rev. Kobia is making his first trip to Canada, and met Canadian 
aboriginal
leaders and gave a public lecture in Winnipeg before arriving in 
Ottawa.

He will give the opening remarks today at an Ottawa Forum on Ecumenical
Dialogues organized by the Canadian Council of Churches.

He told church leaders from several denominations that the world also 
has
problems with climate change, and the exploitation of limited 
resources.

The church must play a role in transforming the world, he said. "It is 
only
the spiritual perspective that gives us the courage to hope for a world
where a lamb can lie down with a wolf."

Rev. Kobia was ordained a Methodist minister in Kenya, and has a degree 
in
city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well 
as
doctorates in theology and religious studies.

The World Council of Churches is the largest expression of the modern
ecumenical movement, whose goal is Christian unity...

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ISLAMIC TALK FINDS A SPOT ON RADIO DIAL
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 10/3/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0410030230oct03,1,34468
82.story

Dressed in a long, white Islamic tunic, Altaf Kaiseruddin sat in front 
of a
large microphone and greeted his last guest, who was calling in to the
Chicago radio station from a cell phone.

"Hello, hello," said Kaiseruddin.

For a few anxious seconds, there was silence.

Then the guest, a comedian named Preacher Moss, sounded a loud "Salaam
aleikum!" the Arabic greeting meaning "Peace be upon you."

Kaiseruddin breathed a sigh of relief through the microphone.

"So tell us about your national tour, `Allah Made Me Funny.'"

Such was the first program of "Radio Islam," which debuted Friday night 
to
a limited audience on a small radio station, WCEV-AM 1450. As America's
first daily English-language program about Islam, the show may never 
earn
the ratings of shock-jock Howard Stern. But over time, "Radio Islam" 
hopes
to raise serious issues--as well as make listeners laugh.

In cities such as Detroit, with a large Arab and Muslim population, 
private
stations for years have aired Muslim or Arab-sponsored programs in 
Arabic.
But "Radio Islam," broadcast in English on a commercial station, stands
apart for being accessible to a wider audience.

"It is in English and this is what makes it the first," said Osama 
Siblani,
publisher and founder of the Detroit-based newspaper Arab American 
News.

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, executive producer of "Radio Islam," said 
that
the goal is to tell non-Muslim listeners things they often don't 
believe or
want to hear: Islam does not condone terrorism; Islam is not at war 
with
the West; and your Muslim neighbor is your friend....

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PARIS SUBURB BANS FASHION SHOW BY VEILED MUSLIM WOMEN
Agence France Presse, 10/4/04

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - The Paris suburb of Montreuil-sous-Bois has banned 
two
fashion shows featuring veiled Muslim women, saying the events -- 
closed to
men -- could disrupt public order, officials said Monday.

In an official order, a copy of which was sent to AFP, the town's
authorities banned "Ready-to-wear for Muslim women", an event that was 
to
have taken place in Montreuil-sous-Bois on Sunday and next Sunday, 
October
10.

The order said the catwalk shows were banned as they aimed to "show the
fashion relevance of items of clothing such as the hijab and the 
burqa",
"trivialize the wearing of the Islamic headscarf" and were closed to 
men.

"A serious disruption to public order could result," the order said.

Officials said the town, led by Communist-linked mayor Jean-Pierre 
Brard,
made the decision after complaints from several pro-secularism 
associations.

Police said the show scheduled for Sunday had not taken place, but an 
Internet chat room said the second catwalk event would go on as planned
next Sunday somewhere in the Paris area, without naming a specific 
site.

The announcement that the two shows organized by the "Jasmeen" label 
were
cancelled came as spring-summer 2005 fashion week began in Paris, 
bringing
together the world's elite designers for eight jam-packed days of 
shows. 

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THE 19TH ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF NEW ENGLAND

WHAT: PRESERVING THE TRUE AMERICAN VALUES: An Islamic Perspective

WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2004 from 8:30AM – 8:00PM

WHERE: Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Curry Student Center

Fees (Conference & meals): Family w/ Children Under !2 Yr (Babysitting
available) - $60, 

Couples -$40, Individual Tickets - $25, Student & 15 to 21 Yr. Old - 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

			- MEDIA ADVISORY -

FILM ABOUT PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO OPEN IN THEATERS 
Nationwide release scheduled for holiday marking end of Ramadan fast 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/5/04) - On Tuesday, October 12, Fine Media Group 
will
hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to announce the nationwide
theatrical release of a feature-length animated film that chronicles 
the
early life and teachings of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. 

Release of "Muhammad: The Last Prophet" is scheduled to coincide with 
Eid
ul-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Islamic fast of Ramadan. 
The
90-minute film, produced by the creators of animated classics such as 
"The
King and I" and "The Fox and the Hound" for Badr International, will be
shown in theaters in 37 U.S. and Canadian cities for one week beginning
November 14. (SEE: http://www.finemediagroup.com/ Because of Islamic
traditions prohibiting the visual representation of religious figures, 
no
images of the Prophet Muhammad appear in the film.)

WHAT: News Conference Announcing Release of "Muhammad: The Last 
Prophet"
WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 13th Floor, National Press
Building, 14th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Oussama Jammal, President, Fine Media Group, 708-636-2003,
708-288-1914, oaj@finemediagroup.com

"This is an exciting opportunity for parents and children of all faiths 
to
learn more about an historic figure like Prophet Muhammad and events 
that
shaped today's world," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "The
release of this film in theaters also offers a chance to interact with
American Muslims in a learning environment." Awad also urged Muslims to
purchase tickets for distribution to their friends and neighbors.

Recent CAIR research has shown that anti-Muslim prejudice decreases 
when
people have access to accurate information about Islam and relate to
ordinary Muslims. SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.ppt

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/5/04

* VERSE/HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT DESPAIR
* INCITEMENT WATCH: COULTER AGREES, 'NO ONE SHOULD BE MUSLIM'
* STUDY FINDS NY MUSLIMS GROWING CLOSER SINCE 9/11 (NY Times)
	- IL: Islam and Humor Do Mix (Sun-Times)
* NY: ALLIANCE URGES MEMBERS TO VOTE IN ELECTIONS (SI Live)
	- Muslims May Vote By Mail During Ramadan
* DISTRUST OF MUSLIMS COMMON IN U.S. (Wash Post)
	- WA: Forum Takes Aim at Muslim Stereotypes (Seattle PI)
	- MI: Students Aim to Repair View of Islam (MI Daily)
* MN: MOSQUE FIRE MIGHT BE ARSON (Pioneer Press)
	- Attacks on Mosque Show Us at Our Worst (Pioneer Press)
* CA: MUSLIM TESTIFIES IN BEATING CASE (Argus Online)
	- Arab, Muslim Americans Targeted Again (IPS)
* THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S EXTREME MAKEOVER (Salon.com)
	- Powell Calls on Israel to End Gaza Foray (AP)

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VERSE/HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT DESPAIR

Say: "O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do 
not 
despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the 
Forgiving, the Merciful."

The Holy Quran, 39:53

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "I would not trade this 
verse for the whole world."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 752

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INCITEMENT WATCH: COULTER AGREES - 'NO ONE SHOULD BE MUSLIM'
Interview With Ann Coulter on Sean Hannity, 10/4/04
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,134400,00.html

COLMES: We continue now with the author of "How to Talk to a Liberal 
(If 
You Must)," and, Ann Coulter, unfortunately for her, must tonight.

Ann Coulter. All right. "I'm often asked if I think we should invade 
their 
countries, kill their leaders, convert them to Christianity." Who do 
you 
want to kill besides -- you want to kill Saddam Hussein?

So what other leaders do you want to kill?

COULTER: Muslim fanatics who shout "Allahu Akbar" before disemboweling 
a...

COLMES: Who? Tell me what leaders you want to kill?

COULTER: What do you mean, leaders of...

COLMES: You said you want to kill their leaders. What leaders do you 
want 
to kill?

COULTER: Leaders of Muslim fanatics. That would include Muslim clerics. 
It 
would include al-Sadr…

COLMES: So no one should be Muslim. They should all be Christian?

COULTER: That would be a good start, yes.

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STUDY FINDS CITY'S MUSLIMS GROWING CLOSER SINCE 9/11
Andrea Elliott, New York Times, 10/4/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/05/nyregion/05muslim.html

Facing increased discrimination after the Sept. 11 attacks, New York 
City's 
Muslims have identified more deeply with their religious roots, setting 
aside the sectarian and linguistic differences that have traditionally 
divided them, according to a six-year study released yesterday by 
Columbia 
University.

The study, financed by the Ford Foundation, provides the most 
comprehensive 
look yet at the religious, social and political affiliations of New 
York 
City's estimated 600,000 Muslims both before and after Sept. 11, 2001, 
and 
involved work by more than a dozen academic researchers and professors. 
Some of the findings were presented yesterday at a two-day conference 
held 
at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, which 
continues today.

''The general comfort level felt by most Muslims was truly jarred by 
Sept. 
11, and they became this threatening minority who would be defined 
mostly 
by their religion,'' Peter J. Awn, a professor of Islamic religion at 
Columbia who helped coordinate the study, said in an interview. ''That 
has 
caused serious soul-searching by the community.''

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Muslims across the country experienced a 
range of discrimination, from the loss of jobs to hate crimes that 
resulted 
in at least seven deaths, according to the American-Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee. More than 80,000 men from mostly Muslim 
countries were forced to register with the federal Department of 
Homeland 
Security, and roughly 13,000, none of whom have been charged with 
terrorism-related offenses, have been placed in deportation 
proceedings.

Though New York City's Muslims are from many places -- Guyana, Turkey, 
Pakistan, Morocco -- they were united after Sept. 11 by a common 
burden, 
the study found. The increased public scrutiny and acts of bias they 
suffered caused many who had previously identified mostly with their 
countries of origin to unite under the larger cultural banner of Islam, 
according to the study.

Part of this new identity was imposed on Muslims by the general public, 
said several researchers who participated in the study, which started 
in 
1998. Jesse Bradford, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University's 
sociology department, interviewed roughly 400 Muslims in New York, 
Boston 
and Chicago. During the presentation at the conference at Columbia, he 
read 
this statement from an anonymous South Asian Muslim interviewed in New 
York: ''I was made to think more of myself as a Muslim from the outside 
world.''

Muslims are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in New York 
City. 
They worship at roughly 140 mosques and have 14 parochial schools, 
according to the study...

ALSO SEE:

COMEDIAN OUT TO PROVE ISLAM, HUMOR DO MIX
Cathleen Falsani, Sun-Times, 10/4/04
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-comic04.html

"Muslim shtick."

It's one of the ways Azhar Usman describes what he does for a living.

Usman, a 28-year-old professional stand-up comedian from Morton Grove, 
is 
fully aware of the irony some people might see in juxtaposing the word 
Muslim with the Yiddish term for a joke or prank.

But irony, juxtaposition and distorting stereotypes are exactly where 
Usman, a former attorney who grew up in Skokie, finds "the funny" and 
the 
fodder for his unique brand of comedy.

Usman and two other Muslim comedians will turn more than a few 
stereotypes 
on their ear when their "Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim 
Comedy 
Tour" pulls in to Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago for four shows tonight 
and 
Tuesday night.

Forefront of civil rights

"What I've come to learn is that comedy of distortion has to do with 
the 
'out' group, meaning the minority group that is the butt of the 
stereotype, 
using that stereotype, flipping it inside out, and exposing it for what 
it 
is -- which is often a racist or xenophobic stereotype. And showing the 
audience that the perspective they hold is ridiculous and doing that 
through humor," Usman said as he sat in the empty Zanies on North 
Wells, a 
brightly colored portrait of Jerry Seinfeld hanging on the wall behind 
him.

"A comedy show is not just a comedy show. There's a lot more going on 
there," he said. "In this country, it is comedians -- ethnic comedians 
-- 
who are at the forefront of, if you will, the civil rights movement 
because 
they're the ones that are pushing the envelope and pressing the issues 
to 
such a degree that eventually mainstream America begins to accept that 
holding these racist or stereotypical views is inappropriate, or is 
unacceptable, or is just absurd."

Serious stuff, Usman agrees. But don't be misled. He isn't an angry 
comic...

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NY: MUSLIM ALLIANCE URGES MEMBERS TO VOTE IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS
Kacey Semler, Staten Island Live, 10/4/04 
http://www.silive.com/news/advance/index.ssf?/base/news/1096897501185590.xml

Members of the Staten Island chapter of the American Muslim Alliance 
are 
being encouraged to vote in November.

"The majority is simply those who are active -- just one active member 
can 
make a difference," said Dr. Abdul Rehmanm the group's president, 
yesterday 
at the Muslim Community Center in Concord.

He said: "The efforts we make locally will go a long way for our 
children 
... in the future they will play a significant role nationally."

Dr. Suhail Muzaffan, secretary, also urged members to become 
politically 
active and described voting as a form of expression. "Our best weapon 
is 
our word, so we must participate and vote," he said.

Senior vice president Javed Syed and treasurer Dr. Saquib Kitan also 
attended.

The alliance was established here eight years ago as a political 
organization aimed at empowering the Muslim community through 
involvement 
in mainstream public affairs, civil discourse and the election 
process...

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS MAY BE ALLOWED TO VOTE BY MAIL DURING RAMADAN

This year's presidential election takes place during Ramadan. Some 
states 
will allow Muslims to vote by mail using absentee ballots in order to 
accommodate the fasting month's additional religious obligations.

Registered voters may visit the following site, which will expedite 
their 
absentee ballot: http://www.fastvote.org/

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DISTRUST OF MUSLIMS COMMON IN U.S., POLL FINDS
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 10/5/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7097-2004Oct4.html

One in four Americans holds a negative stereotype of Muslims, and 
almost 
one-third respond with a negative image when they hear the word 
"Muslim," 
according to a new national poll commissioned by a Washington-based 
Islamic 
advocacy group.

Officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which 
sponsored 
the survey, called the findings alarming. Although the organization was 
aware that hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims had increased 
since the 2001 terrorist attacks, "we did not know [anti-Islamic 
sentiment] 
was that deep," the council's executive director, Nihad Awad, said 
yesterday at a news conference.

He and other council officials urged that American Muslims increase 
their 
outreach and that U.S. officials speak out against anti-Islamic bias.

The violence in Iraq, including the beheadings of hostages by Muslim 
radicals, might be fueling the negative attitudes, Awad said.

The telephone poll of 1,000 Americans was conducted from June 23 to 
July 2 
by Genesis Research Associates, a Southern California marketing firm.

When asked if they agreed with such statements as "Muslims teach their 
children to hate unbelievers" and "Muslims value life less than other 
people," between 26 percent and 29 percent of respondents said they 
did. 
Fifty-one percent said Islam encourages the oppression of women.

When respondents were asked what comes to mind when they hear the word 
Muslim, 32 percent responded with a negative image and 2 percent 
offered a 
positive image. The remaining 67 percent gave a neutral response, which 
CAIR officials called somewhat encouraging.

"We take comfort in this finding," said Awad, adding that "the majority 
of 
Americans are open-minded and receptive" to learning more about 
Islam...

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FORUM TAKES AIM AT NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES AFFIXED TO MUSLIMS
John Iwasaki, Seattle Post Intelligencer, 10/5/04
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/193802_muslims05.html

Rami Al-Kabra put a public face on Islam last month, manning a booth at 
the 
Puyallup Fair to represent local Muslims for an Islamic advocacy group.

"Some people were very supportive. They said, 'Thank you for being 
here. We 
want you to be out there so people can see you,' "said Al-Kabra, 
secretary 
for the Seattle chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

But one woman he encountered blamed Muslims for the kidnapping and 
beheadings of foreigners in Iraq, even though his organization 
repeatedly 
condemned such brutality, he said.

"When someone's mind is set," Al-Kabra said, "you're not going to 
change it."

A poll released yesterday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
in 
Washington, D.C., said that one in four Americans believe several 
Muslim 
stereotypes and hold a much more negative than positive image of 
Muslims.

A quarter of survey respondents believe that Islam teaches violence and 
hatred and that Muslims value life less than other people.

While 67 percent viewed the word "Muslim" in a neutral light, 32 
percent 
had a negative image and only 2 percent a positive one.

"I wasn't surprised, to tell you honestly," Al-Kabra said. "I know 
Muslims 
in the United States have a lot of work to do to educate Americans 
about 
what Islam is and what Islam is not."

Several leaders in the local Muslim community said the news media 
spread 
"disinformation" about Islam, smearing adherents of a worldwide 
religion 
for the violent acts of comparatively few...

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STUDENTS AIM TO REPAIR PUBLIC VIEW OF ISLAM IN WEEKLONG PROGRAM
Michael Kan, Michigan Daily, 10/4/04
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/10/04/416126b9c1046

In a brief instant, LSA junior Amjad Tarsin turned from a regular 
American 
citizen to a suspected terrorist.

"I was going to Saudi Arabia and I had an Arab name. Fit two and two 
together and you can figure it out," he said.

Waiting in line among dozens of other passengers, Tarsin expected to go 
through the ordinary routine of airport security, before getting on a 
plane 
to visit his parents in Saudi Arabia. But before he cleared the metal 
detectors, a guard escorted him out of the line into a different 
detector 
with no waiting line - it was opened only for him.

He said, "It felt like I was a criminal."

Though Tarsin still made his flight, the event lingers in his mind and 
reminds him how difficult it is to be a Muslim in the United States.

Starting today, the Muslim Students' Association hopes to counteract 
those 
difficulties with this year's annual Islam Awareness Week.

Having originated in 1994, the week has the goal of informing the 
University community on Islam and dispelling misconceptions about the 
religion. The past few years have seen the importance of that goal 
increase 
dramatically as the stereotypes have multiplied.

Since Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many Muslim students at the 
University 
like Tarsin say they have watched their religion become linked to words 
and 
phrases such as "terrorism" and "holy war" by non-Muslims uneducated 
about 
Islam.

Furthermore, the media portrayal of Muslims only provides mainstream 
America with a slanted view of Islam, said Lubna Grewal, who is 
co-chair 
MSA Islam Awareness Week along with Tarsin.

"I think there is a complete misrepresentation of Muslims in general. 
The 
Muslims that are in the news are extremists and are only 5 percent of 
the 
population. So I'm being represented by 5 percent of the population of 
Muslims," she said...

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MOSQUE FIRE MIGHT BE ARSON
Allen Powell II, Pioneer Press, 10/04/05
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/9836402.htm

Members of a Columbia Heights mosque are hoping that a fire that caused 
about $1,000 worth of damage Sunday is not indicative of a widespread 
threat that would ruin one of their holiest months.

Early Sunday, a partially constructed outdoor storage shed at the 
mosque on 
Seventh Street Northeast caught fire, according to police reports. The 
fire 
is under investigation, but it appears to be arson, said Capt. William 
Roddy of the Columbia Heights police.

The fire was the third incident of vandalism at the mosque and the 
Islamic 
Center of Minnesota in Fridley in less than two weeks, said Dr. Hamdy 
El-Sawaf, the executive director of the center and the imam, or 
spiritual 
leader, at the mosque. Last month, eggs were thrown at the mosque, and 
the 
center was sprayed by paintballs. Eggs also were found near the fire, 
according to mosque members.

El-Sawaf said members of the mosque and the center are worried for the 
safety of the 360 children who attend school at the center every day 
and 
the 150 Muslims who will attend nightly service over the next month as 
part 
of the observance of Ramadan. Although the other incidents of vandalism 
were minor, the fire was not, and he is worried things could escalate.

"It is not only the physical damage about what happened, it is the 
psychological damage of what might happen," said El-Sawaf, who 
characterized the fire as a hate crime on Sunday and said Muslims in 
Minnesota were under attack.

On Monday, he said those comments stemmed from the close timing of the 
incidents and did not reflect the response the mosque and center have 
received from the community.

Officials with other mosques and Islamic groups in the Twin Cities said 
there have been no coordinated attacks against Muslims and very little 
property damage at mosques.

According to police reports, the Columbia Heights mosque has had 
several 
calls for property damage over the past three years, usually on or 
around 
Sept. 11. Roddy said police will diligently patrol the mosque as they 
have 
in the past. He would not discuss any changes to the patrol schedule...

ALSO SEE:

ATTACKS ON MOSQUE SHOW US AT OUR WORST
Pioneer Press, 10/5/04
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/editorial/9835183.htm

Normally, we'd be hard pressed to think of an uglier episode than the 
attempted arson over the weekend at the Islamic Center of Minnesota 
Mosque 
in Columbia Heights. Unfortunately, it was the third such attack in the 
past two weeks to target local Muslims. Earlier, paintballs were shot 
at 
the center's community building in Fridley and rotten eggs were thrown 
at 
worshippers headed to evening prayers.

We can't condemn these actions loudly enough. They show Americans at 
their 
basest. Moreover, we think (hope) they're the acts of a minority of 
xenophobes - the same people who argue (despite facts to the contrary) 
that 
immigration is not good for the country or the economy.

The vast majority of Americans, we believe, are smart enough to 
understand 
that while the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were indeed carried out by 
Muslim 
extremists, their views are a minority among the estimated 1 billion 
Muslims worldwide, including those who call the Twin Cities home.

For those who unduly fret over such things, the Twin Cities is home to 
an 
estimated 20,000 people whose country of origin is predominantly 
Muslim. 
Those figures more than doubled in the 1990s, according to 2000 census 
data. Some say the number grossly undercounts the Twin Cities' Muslim 
population and that it's closer to 60,000.

For the growing Muslim population - and everyone else - the Islamic 
Center 
has been a welcome voice of reason in the immigration and national 
security 
debates that have raged since Sept. 11.

"The hearts of American Muslims were bleeding due to the terrorist 
attacks 
on innocent victims," Hamdy El-Sawaf, president of the Islamic Center, 
said 
during the first anniversary commemoration of the attacks. Since then, 
the 
center has denounced other attacks by Muslim militants and participated 
in 
important public forums, like the one last month at the Landmark 
Center.

Despite these reasoned words and positive actions, nativist extremists 
have 
continued to demonize innocent Muslims in general. Ironically, what the 
bigots don't understand is that targeting innocent Muslims is no 
different 
from targeting innocents who just happen to work in a particular office 
building in lower Manhattan.

Equally disturbing is the brief popularity of a new book, "In Defense 
of 
Internment," by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, in which the 
author, herself the daughter of Filipino immigrants, defends the World 
War 
II-era internment of more than 100,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese 
ancestry. 
We couldn't disagree more with her premise that the action was based on 
national security, not racism. As reviewer Brendan Miniter said in last 
week's Wall Street Journal, "Ms. Malkin actually remembers the past but 
wants to condemn us to repeat it."

Since Sept. 11, there have been many calls for Muslims to speak up and 
condemn the acts of their most extremist brethren. We think the Islamic 
Center has done that. Now, in the wake of this recent spate of attacks, 
it's time for Minnesotans of all colors, religions and ethnic origins 
to 
stand up and denounce - loudly - the indefensible attacks on innocent 
Muslims.

-----

MUSLIM TESTIFIES IN BEATING CASE
Ben Aguirre, The Argus Online, 10/5/04
http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1971~2446737,00.html

FREMONT -- Amanullah Mehrzai got out of his car hoping to cool tensions 
between him and the passengers of a truck following his family. 
Instead, he 
was hit in the face with a rubber mallet, fracturing his cheek in 
multiple 
places.

That was part of Mehrzai's testimony Monday during a hearing to decide 
whether Daniel and Raul Reyes should stand trial for assault with a 
deadly 
weapon, stemming from the May 22 incident.

The brothers were arrested about two weeks after the beating. Daniel 
Reyes 
remains in custody at Santa Rita county jail in Dublin, while Raul 
Reyes is 
out on bail.

Their hearing began Friday, when Mehrzai's wife, Susan Barrientos, 
testified that she was verbally assaulted as she watched their 
2-year-old 
son playing in Central Park.

Barrientos, a Muslim who wears a scarf over her head, said when a young 
boy 
began hurling racial slurs and insults about her religious beliefs, she 
grabbed her son and headed to the gym where she had dropped off her 
husband.

On Monday, Mehrzai testified that as he got out of the gym's swimming 
pool, 
he saw his wife sobbing. "She was crying and breathing pretty hard," he 
said, adding he was scared. After she told him what happened, he said, 
he 
insisted that they return to the park.

"I wanted to go back to the park and see if I could find the kid's 
parents," he said.

But, when his wife pointed out the child, Mehrzai said, he got out of 
the 
car and headed toward the boy.

"My anger overcame me and I smacked him in the back of the head," 
Mehrzai 
testified. "I may have done it harder than I realized."

The boy began cussing at Mehrzai, who pulled off his belt and held it 
in 
one hand, he testified.

After returning to his car, Mehrzai began feeling bad about what he had 
done, he said. He thought he should speak with the child's parents, but 
instead he left the park, he testified.

As he drove the couple's Toyota Camry down Paseo Padre Parkway, a white 
truck began following and eventually cut them off, he testified. When 
two 
men got out, Mehrzai, who said he feared for his life, put the car in 
reverse, made a U-turn and began driving southbound on Paseo Padre...

ALSO SEE:

ARAB, MUSLIM AMERICANS TARGETED AGAIN
William Fisher, IPS, 10/4/04
http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=25714

NEW YORK - Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are 
again 
contacting Arab and Muslim Americans for what they describe as 
"voluntary 
interviews," as the Bush administration launches a new anti-terrorism 
campaign designed to thwart efforts to disrupt the U.S. elections.

In conjunction with the FBI campaign, an agency of the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS) is initiating a separate programme in major 
metropolitan areas that will target Arab communities prior to the Nov. 
2 
polls.

According to the 'Washington Post', the campaign will probably include 
rounding up and arresting hundreds of aliens from Middle Eastern and 
other 
countries known to be havens for terrorists.

Human rights groups see the initiatives as repeats of the massive 
sweeps 
carried out by the government immediately following the Sep. 11, 2001 
attacks on New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon, operations that 
reportedly netted more than 5,000 individuals.

The Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) says the DHS project 
"consists 
of a stepped-up effort to arrest a number of non-citizens whose 
immigration 
paperwork is 'out of status'."

The Washington, DC-based advocacy group says it is "troubled by the 
idea 
that immigration sweeps are being portrayed by the Bush administration 
as 
successes in the 'war on terror'."

"To date it is unclear whether the ICE initiative will be selectively 
carried out against only Arabs and Muslims," adds the ADC, repeating 
"its 
strong objection to any selective enforcement initiative that is based 
solely on race, national origin or religion."

In September, DHS Secretary Tom Ridge told reporters al-Qaeda is 
continuing 
to make plans to disrupt the election.

Attorney General John Ashcroft often uses high-profile press 
conferences to 
announce arrests for alleged terror-related crimes. But such events are 
rarely organised when these charges are dismissed or substantially 
reduced...

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THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S EXTREME MAKEOVER
Anonymous, Salon.com, 10/4/04
http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/salon39.html

(Editor's note: "Anonymous" is a veteran Foreign Service officer 
currently 
serving as a State Department official. The views expressed are 
personal 
and not related to his official position.)

Secretary of State Colin Powell is not staying for a second Bush term. 
When 
he goes, the last bulwark against complete neoconservative control of 
U.S. 
foreign policy goes with him. The implications are enormous, yet the 
American electorate appears to be blinded by the Bush campaign's 
deliberate 
manipulations of 9/11.

Powell has served both as the reasoned voice of career diplomats and 
the 
experienced voice of career U.S. military in the Bush administration. 
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ignored military advice and 
excluded 
Department of State career professionals from Iraq planning. Power was 
concentrated in the hands of a clique of neocon ideologues he placed in 
key 
policy positions, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz 
and 
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith. In the first term 
of 
George W. Bush, protégés of now disgraced former Defense Policy Board 
member and neocon godfather Richard Perle achieved control or 
subordination 
of every executive branch foreign-policymaking body -- except the 
Department of State...

SEE ALSO:

POWELL CALLS ON ISRAEL TO END GAZA FORAY
BARRY SCHWEID, Associated Press, 10/5/04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Colin Powell called on Israel 
Tuesday 
to end its retaliatory foray into Gaza, while U.S. diplomats at the 
United 
Nations tried to derail an Arab resolution designed to end the 
incursion.

Powell, while flying to Brazil, said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel 
Sharon 
had found a need to respond to rocket attacks. But Powell said he hoped 
that "whatever he does is proportionate to the threat that Israel is 
facing."

Added Powell: "I hope that this operation can come to a conclusion 
quickly…"

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/6/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: A CHANGE OF HEART
* CAIR PSA SEEN BY 2.4 MILLION PEOPLE
* ACTION ALERT: H.R.10 VIEWED AS EXPANSION OF PATRIOT ACT
* MUSLIMS SEEK BLOC VOTE FOR ELECTION (AFP)
	- Michigan Muslims to Hold Candidate Forum
	- Ohio Muslims to Hold Town Hall Mtg on Elections
* TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT ENCOURAGES HOPE NOT HATE (CNS)
	- NY: Trip to Mosque Gives Students Taste of Islam 
* CA: FBI INTERVIEWS CHILLING FREE SPEECH (CC Times)
	- CA: Drive Prompts Complaints by Muslims (SF Chron)
	- CAIR-FL: Agents Meet with Muslim Community 
	- Muslims Wary of New FBI Outreach (Reuters) 
* PA: INNOCENCE IS NO DEFENSE (Phil Independent)
* WA: FBI WANTS TO KNOW WHO CHECKED OUT BOOK ON OBL (KOMO)
* THE MYSTERY OF TARIQ RAMADAN (NY Times)
	- CAIR-PA: Silencing Moderate Muslim Voices 
* CA: MEN TO STAND TRIAL IN FREMONT BEATING (Argus) 
	- Canadian Muslims Say Rights Body Dragging Its Feet 
* PALESTINIAN STATE SHELVED WITH US BLESSING (Reuters)
* PILOTS TOAST HIT ON IRAQI 'CIVILIANS' (Independent)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: A CHANGE OF HEART

"God will never change the blessings that He has bestowed on a people 
until
they first change that which is in their hearts."

The Holy Quran, 8:53

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CAIR PSA SEEN BY 2.4 MILLION PEOPLE

CAIR's "I am an American Muslim" public service announcements (PSA) 
have
been shown 287 times on 20 TV stations. They have been seen by a total 
of
2.4 million people.  

TO VIEW THE PSA, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?page=PSAJun2004

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H.R.10 VIEWED AS EXPANSION OF PATRIOT ACT

CAIR opposes some provisions of legislation (H.R.10) currently in the 
U.S.
House of Representatives aimed at reorganizing the U.S. intelligence
community. The chairman and vice-chairman of the 9/11 Commission 
strongly
oppose the same provisions saying they: "…are controversial and are not
part of our recommendations…" 

The Washington Post says the bill: "might be dismissed as an 
election-year
stunt were it not so dangerous." 

Included among the suspect provisions: 

* Imposition of what amounts to a national identity card. A similar 
measure
providing national standards for birth certificates and driver's 
licenses
was repealed in 2000. 

* Alien removal procedures that bar courts from reviewing claims that 
the
deportee may be tortured upon returning to his or her country of 
origin.
The Supreme Court has previously found that an elimination of judicial
review in these cases raises serious constitutional question. Counsel 
to
the President Alberto R. Gonzales recently wrote that even the 
President
does not support this provision. 

These provisions, along with some others, are viewed by CAIR as an
expansion of the Patriot Act. The ACLU shares this position. 

SEE:
http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=16656&c=206&SubsiteID=58

Act today. This legislation is being fast tracked. Contact those 
persons
who work for you in Washington, DC and urge them to remove these
provisions. 

Act quickly. This bill is expected to go to vote on the House floor 
this
week.

TO TAKE ACTION, GO TO:
http://capwiz.com/cair/issues/bills/?bill=6512691&alertid=6512696

TO READ THE ENTIRE BILL, GO TO:
http://thomas.loc.gov
Search for "H.R.10."

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MUSLIMS SEEK BLOC VOTE FOR US ELECTION
Louise Daly, Agence France Presse, 10/6/04
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=11483 

Bridgeview, Illinois - US Muslims have embarked on a vast drive get the
community registered to vote in the presidential election to build what
could be a potentially powerful voice in deciding the winner.

The war on terror launched by President George W. Bush after the 
September
11, 2001 attacks has antagonised huge numbers of the estimated six 
million
Muslim Americans.

Concerns about US foreign policy in the Middle East have been replaced 
with
concerns about their own civil rights among Muslim leaders who are now
seeking to get as many people registered as possible.

"I got another one," crowed Anam El-Jabali, waving her clipboard in 
victory
as she emerged from a mosque here to compare notes with two other
volunteers. 

"He's Palestinian. He's lived here for 40 years, and he's never voted, 
but
he'll vote on November 2."

It was quite an accomplishment, noted the Palestinian-American mother 
of
five.

"The old men are the hardest," to sign up, she explained. "They've 
lived
here forever, but they feel hopeless. They just want to keep a low 
profile,
and keep out of trouble."

Voter registration drives, like this one at the Bridgeview Mosque
Foundation in suburban Chicago, have been the order of the day at 
mosques
and Islamic centers across the nation in the past couple of months.

Muslim groups say the outreach effort has been unprecedented in size 
and
scope, although they are still waiting on hard figures that would show
exactly how successful they have been.

The likely beneficiary will be Democratic challenger, Massachusetts 
Senator
John Kerry, although The American Muslim Task Force on Elections, an
umbrella group bringing together nine US Muslim groups, has held off
endorsing any one candidate.

The panel is seeking iron-clad promises on political appointees among 
other
things before it delivers what it expects will be a Muslim bloc vote...

ALSO SEE:

MICHIGAN MUSLIMS TO HOLD CANDIDATE FORUM

On Sunday, October 10, the Michigan office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Michigan) and the American Muslim Task
Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) will hold a town hall meeting 
and
candidate forum in the Detroit suburb of Novi.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to provide 
an
opportunity for members of the Muslim community to meet with and ask
questions of local, state and national political candidates. 

WHAT: CAIR-Michigan/AMT Candidate Forum
WHEN: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2004
WHERE: Novi Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi,
Michigan
CONTACT: CAIR-MI, Celena Khatib or Misbah Shahid, 248-569-2203, 
734-306-9507, 734-673-9430, cairmichigan@yahoo.com

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OHIO MUSLIMS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING ON ELECTIONS
Local, state, national candidates will address issues of concern to 
Muslims

On Saturday, October 9, the Islamic Council of Ohio, the Council on
American-Islamic Relations-Ohio (CAIR-Ohio) and the American Muslim
Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) will host a "Muslim Vote
2004" town hall meeting with local, state and national political 
candidates
in Columbus. 

WHAT: Muslim Vote 2004 Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Ohio Statehouse Atrium, Columbus, Ohio
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2004, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail:
ahmad@cair-ohio.com; CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan,
614-571-2770, E-Mail: jad@cair-ohio.com

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MUSLIM TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT ENCOURAGES HOPE NOT HATE
Alison Shackelford, Copley News Service, 10/5/04
https://www.copleynews.com/ 

LOS ANGELES- When the latest in a nationwide series of town hall 
meetings
between Muslims and other Americans comes to Los Angeles tonight, tough
questions and ugly stereotypes are almost certain to be part of the
discussion.

And while the answers aren't liable to be a blueprint for world peace, 
they
will help make the culture gap seem smaller, said Seth Green, a lead
coordinator of the series.

"Hope, not Hate," a series of town hall meetings hosted at universities
nationwide over the last 30 days, seeks to dispel stereotypes that each
culture has about the other, and help the two sides recognize the 
common
ground between them.

"Right now, people in the Muslim world increasingly see the United 
States
in the light of Abu Ghraib, and people in the United States 
increasingly
see Islam in terms of terrorism," said Green, a law student at Yale and
executive director of Americans for Informed Democracy, the lead
organization sponsoring the meetings. 

"We really wanted to create a forum where people could speak out and
recommit to the vast common ground that unites us," Green said. "Abu 
Ghraib
doesn't reflect our character, and terrorism doesn't reflect the 
character
of Islam."

The meetings are sponsored in part by the United Nations and a variety 
of
peace-oriented nonprofit organizations, among others. Among the 
panelists
at tonight's meeting will be Dr. Aslam Abdullah, editor of the Minaret 
and
the Muslim Observer, and Jean Rosenfeld, a senior research associate at
UCLA's Center for the Study of Religion.

At the 25 meetings held so far, a recurring question asked by many
Americans is why they don't see a greater number of moderate Muslims, 
Green
said. For example, a panelist at one of the meetings - the father of a
victim of the Sept. 11 attacks - asked a Muslim panelist why more 
Muslims
don't condemn terrorism....

ALSO SEE:

TRIP TO MOSQUE GIVES STUDENTS TASTE OF ISLAM
Christina Chinnici and Valeriya Yermishova, Pipe Dream, 10/5/04
http://www.bupipedream.com/100504/news/n1.htm

As they stopped to take off their shoes and gazed upon the unadorned 
white
walls and clean, carpeted floors, the students knew they weren't at
Binghamton University anymore.

Members of the Muslim Student Association, along with several 
non-Muslim
students and community members of different race and religious
affiliations, were invited to the Islamic Organization of the Southern
Tier's home on Grand Avenue in Johnson City. Their presence at the 
mosque
was the result of efforts by the Muslim community of Broome County to
dispel common misconceptions of Islam.

During their visit, the group observed Islamic prayer practices, led by
Imam Kasim. (An imam is a man who leads Islamic prayer.) He started the
session off with a short history of the religion.

Islam, Kasim said, began when God revealed it to the prophet Mohammed.
Mohammed, in turn, turned away from traditional places of worship 
because
he saw people praying to idols instead of an absolute and immaterial 
God.
Kasim made it clear that Mohammed wasn't an intermediary between man 
and
God, but rather someone who was looked upon for guidance because he 
knew
the correct practices of Islam.

Kasim then went on to state that Islam's goal is the establishment of 
peace
in our world, our minds and nature. He made it clear that although the 
word
"Islam" means "submission to the will of God," today it has become
stereotypically and unfairly associated with terrorism.

"Islam cannot couple with terrorism," he said. "It is very clear in our
textbooks and our minds."

He went on to quote a verse from the Quran, Islam's holy book, which 
stated
that although God created people in various nations and tribes, we must
become familiar with one another - God wants us all to lead peaceful 
lives.

In order to get a real feel for what Islamic prayer is like, men and 
women
were dispersed into separate rooms when the call to prayer was sounded 
in
Arabic. They learned that it is customary for Muslims to abstain from
alcohol consumption and to wash one's limbs and face in order to enter 
the
session in a pure state of mind. The visitors only prayed once, but
traditional Muslims pray five times a day while facing Mecca, Islam's
religious center. This daily prayer is believed to afford a feeling of
meeting God that connects the roughly 2,000 Muslims of Broome County 
who go
to pray two or three times a week at the mosque.

Observers of the prayer session said they were impressed with its
contents...

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FBI INTERVIEWS SAID TO BE CHILLING FREE SPEECH
Jack Chang, Contra Costa Times, 10/6/04
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/9848189.htm

SAN FRANCISCO - Acting on intelligence about a possible terrorist 
attack in
the United States during the November election, federal investigators 
have
stepped up efforts to question Muslims and Arabs throughout the 
country.

Federal authorities launched a new round of interviews this week about
plans to harm Americans.

At the same time, immigration officials are focusing on finding and
arresting foreigners who have violated the terms of their entry visas 
and
are being sought by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. 

Muslim, Arab and civil liberties groups said these interviews and 
arrests
unfairly target people based on their ethnicity and religion and have
proved ineffectual in finding and convicting terrorists.

The groups also charged that FBI agents have asked intrusive questions
about political and religious beliefs while interviewing Muslims and 
Arabs
and attempted to dissuade people from contacting attorneys before 
answering
questions.

FBI agents are talking to some Muslims and Arabs with critical views of 
the
U.S. government and its foreign policy, said LaRae Quy, spokeswoman for 
the
FBI's San Francisco division. All interviews are voluntary, she said.

But she and representatives of the federal Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agency would not reveal how many people nationwide they are
looking for.

"We're trying to get a feel for people in the community who are 
dissidents,
who are anti-government," Quy said. "We're trying to learn if within 
the
Muslim community, are there supporters of terrorism in Iraq?"

Agents are also talking to Muslim leaders who may know about activity 
the
FBI deemed suspicious such as young men traveling alone to Pakistan 
without
explanation or people donating to Islamic charities with undefined 
goals,
she said.

"We're trying to work with Muslim leaders and mosque leaders and make
inroads into the community," Quy said.

"If no one wants to talk with us, that's fine, but shame on us if 
someone
in the Bay Area were planning an attack and we didn't try to stop 
them."

The interviews and similar investigation tactics have spread fear among 
Bay
Area Muslims and Arabs who have done nothing wrong, said Bob Kearney,
assistant director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern
California.

"That this is happening so close to the elections we find very 
concerning,"
Kearney said during a news conference Tuesday morning about the federal
actions. "We believe (Muslims and Arabs) are having their franchise 
chilled
and their freedom of speech chilled..."

ALSO SEE:

PRE-ELECTION DRIVE PROMPTS COMPLAINTS BY MUSLIM LEADERS
Don Lattin, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/6/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/10/06
/BAG9794CID1.DTL

FBI agents in Northern California and across the nation have started a
campaign to question Muslims and Arabs who might have information 
related
to a possible pre-election terrorist attack.

"We are trying to go into mosques and work with Muslim community 
leaders,"
Special Agent LaRae Quy, spokeswoman for the FBI regional office in San
Francisco, said Tuesday. "We are not showing up with guns or handcuffs,
just pencils and pieces of paper." 

The new investigation -- the latest in a series of campaigns since the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- has prompted sharp protests from
American Civil Liberties Union and several Muslim organizations.

Shirin Sinnar, president of the Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers,
says she fears the Bush administration is trying to "sow fear in the 
Muslim
community and chill Muslim political expression."

At a press conference at the ACLU office in San Francisco, Sinnar 
showed
pamphlets and wallet-sized cards that are being distributed at mosques,
markets and elsewhere in the Muslim community.

Printed in English, Arabic and Urdu, the cards tell people they have a
right to have an attorney present before talking to the FBI, and they 
list
a phone number -- (415) 285-1041 -- for free legal assistance...

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AGENTS MEET WITH MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Saunra Amrhein, St. Petersburg Times, 10/6/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/10/06/Tampabay/Agents_meet_with_Musl.shtml

TAMPA - Federal agents held a town hall meeting Tuesday with members of
Tampa Bay's Arab and Muslim community, giving them warning about an
expected increase in interviews and investigations in coming weeks to
thwart any possible terrorist attack near the elections.

FBI officials have organized similar meetings throughout the country,
trying to spread the word that they need help uncovering plots. "We 
cannot
do this alone," said Carl Whitehead, special agent in charge of the 
Tampa
division, which oversees 18 counties in Central Florida.

The initiative, called the Fall Threat Task Force, is an attempt to 
gather
information from members of the community who might have witnessed or 
heard
about suspicious activity, Whitehead said during the meeting.

The meeting was held Tuesday night at the Embassy Suites at the 
University
of South Florida. About 20 community members from Hillsborough, 
Pinellas,
Pasco and Sarasota counties attended, as did about a dozen FBI agents.

Whitehead said he wanted to assure area residents that Muslims and 
Arabs
were not being targeted, adding that agents will question storage 
business
owners of any background, for example, if they think chemicals or bombs 
are
being stashed at their site. Interviews will "not be based on religious 
or
ethnic background," he said.

What will they be based on? community members asked.

Whitehead said agents will make that decision based on whether their
sources lead them to believe that a resident has "useful" information 
to
give them.

Community members asked for more specifics.

"What type of help are you seeking from our community?" asked Ahmed 
Bedier,
spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We're just as committed to making sure our country and our state are
safe," he said...

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ARAB, MUSLIM AMERICANS WARY OF NEW FBI OUTREACH
Caroline Drees, Reuters, 10/6/04

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The FBI has launched a new drive to seek
information from Muslim and Arab Americans to help thwart any 
pre-election
attack, a move some communities consider a racist campaign which will 
not
make America safer.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was working hard to assure 
Arab
and Muslim groups it was not discriminating against them in the renewed
quest for information, which began with an FBI circular to field 
offices
last week calling for stepped up outreach, including interviews.

"Unfortunately some of these actions coming from Washington paint us 
all
with a big brush," said Marwan Kreidie, a leader of the Arab American
community in Philadelphia which he said wanted to cooperate against 
terror
but were concerned about civil rights.

"I think (Attorney General John) Ashcroft's actions have been racist. I
think they've been very wrong and ineffective. More than that, I think
they've been shredding the Constitution," he said.

Arab and Muslim Americans say they have received unwelcome attention 
since
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the U.S.-led war on extremist Muslim
militants. Many accuse the government of singling them out for 
questioning,
detention and civil rights abuse, and call the latest FBI initiative 
more
of the same.

Some community members say they feel intimidated by the new drive. 
Others
fear they are being strong-armed into snitching on neighbors or 
revealing
political views unrelated to terrorism.

Cassandra Chandler, assistant director and national spokesperson for 
the
FBI, said the fears were unfounded…

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INNOCENCE IS NO DEFENSE: THREE SUSPICIOUS CASES
Philadelphia Independent, 10/6/04 
http://www.philadelphiaindependent.net/public/articles/29.html;jsessionid=3A
C41FFFB49C3F4D658D4C8457D454D7

Late this May, Attorney General John Ashcroft released photos of seven
suspected terrorists as one of the government's "Be on the Look-out
Alerts." Over the next twenty-four hours, the FBI received more than 
2,000
tips from all over the country, one of which came from an employee of a
Philadelphia water pump facility who noticed that one of his 
co-workers, a
Jordanian, bore a striking resemblance to the wanted Kuwaiti Amer 
el-Maati.
So he revealed his suspicions to the boss, who contacted law 
enforcement
officials, who began to inquire about the man's immigration status.

According to Engy Abdelkader, an attorney at the Council of
Islamic-American Relations, the Jordanian had been in this country 
legally
since 2000 or 2001 with a green card. Green card holders are required 
to
have their cards on them at all times, but the Jordanian man was in the
habit of leaving his at home for safekeeping. The law enforcement 
officials
who picked him up refused to allow him to return to his home, several
blocks away, to retrieve the card and prove his legal status. Instead, 
they
took him to the precinct and threatened to arrest him. Finally
acknowledging that he was not the Kuwaiti suspect, they released him.

A week later, Abdelkader explained, the Jordanian man came home to find 
a
card from an FBI agent slipped in his door. When he called the number, 
he
was asked to report alone to a meeting with the agent and a 
Philadelphia
Police Department detective. During that meeting, he was reminded that 
he
resembled the wanted Kuwaiti, and the officials began to question him 
about
his mosque. 

"'Have you seen any airplane seats or weapons at your mosque?'" 
Abdelkader
claims they inquired of her client. "'You might be in some trouble. Do 
you
want to get married? Because we can make that difficult for you-unless 
you
cooperate.' He was asked to be a government informant." Overwhelmed, 
unsure
of his rights, her client agreed to a follow-up meeting with the
authorities.

In the interim, the Jordanian contacted the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) and retained Abdelkader as his counsel. CAIR placed
several calls to the FBI inquiring about their interest in the 
Jordanian
man, but the calls were not returned.

A week later, the Jordanian received a letter from Special Agent 
William
Riley of the Department of Homeland Security, summoning him to the 5th
floor of 1600 Callowhill Street at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 12 to meet 
with
Special Agent Mark Olexa. To the agent's surprise, he arrived with
Abdelkader, she remembers.

"The immigration agent was completely surprised [to see me]," she
explained. "I think that if I wasn't there he would have asked a 
completely
different set of questions. I said listen, it's already been determined
that he's not this individual [the Kuwaiti]. What has this to do with 
his
immigration status? You have his green card. Why are we here?...

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SMALL TOWN LIBRARY TAKES ON THE FEDS
April Zepeda, KOMOTV, 10/5/04
http://www.komotv.com/stories/33363.htmhttp://www.komotv.com/stories/33363.h
tm

WHATCOM COUNTY - The FBI wants to know who checked out a book from a 
small
library about Osama Bin Laden. But the library isn't giving out names,
saying the government has no business knowing what their patrons read. 

The library in Deming isn't much larger than a family home. Located in
rural Whatcom County, it hardly seems the site for a showdown with the
feds. 

"I think we all figure it's places like the New York Library System 
that's
going to be one of the first we hear about," said the attorney for the
Whatcom County Library System, Deborra Garret. 

At the center of the issue, a book titled "Bin Laden: The Man Who 
Declared
War on America." 


The FBI confiscated the original book after a patron reported than some 
one
hand wrote a bin Laden quote in the margin that read: "Let history be
witness I am a criminal." 

The FBI demanded to know the names and addresses of everyone who ever
checked out the book. 

"Libraries are a haven where people should be able to seek whatever
information they want to pursue without any threat of government
intervention," said Director of Whatcom County Library System, Joan
Airoldi. 

Because of privacy policies, the library does not give out circulation
records without a court order. When the FBI got a grand jury subpoena, 
the
library filed a motion to quash it -- citing the rights of all people 
who
use the library. 

"Like the right to read and to read the material of one's choice 
without
fear that someone will come around with questions about why you chose 
that
book," said Garrett. 

The FBI withdrew the subpoena, reserving the right to file it again. 

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office says they are not 
permitted to
discuss anything that involves the grand jury...

----- 

MYSTERY OF THE ISLAMIC SCHOLAR WHO WAS BARRED BY THE U.S.
Deborah Sontag, New York Times, 10/6/04 
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/06/international/europe/06ramadan.html

GENEVA - In a nearly barren apartment here, Najma Ramadan, 3, a
curly-haired blonde wearing tiny bear-shaped earrings, climbed the 
walls
one recent evening, from pipe to pipe. The little girl's toys sat far 
away,
in boxes in South Bend, Ind., where her father, Tariq Ramadan, was to 
have
taken up residence in August as the Henry Luce professor of religion,
conflict and peace building at the University of Notre Dame.

Nine days before his family's scheduled departure for the United 
States,
Mr. Ramadan, 42, a Swiss theologian of Egyptian descent who is probably
Europe's best-known Muslim intellectual, received an urgent message 
from
the American consul in Switzerland: Washington had just revoked the 
visa
granted him after a security review last spring.

Neither Mr. Ramadan, a preacher of self-empowerment to European 
Muslims,
nor Notre Dame was offered any explanation. They have since learned 
that
the government received some information that caused it to 
"prudentially
revoke" the visa pending an investigation, which has yet to occur. 

But the nature of that information - is Mr. Ramadan accused of a link 
to
terrorism, of espousing terrorism, of terrorism itself? - has not been
revealed.

"It's still not clear to him or us who turned him down and on what
grounds," said the Rev. Edward A. Malloy, president of Notre Dame. "We 
have
no reason to think that he's a mole or an underground instigator. He 
seems
to be an above ground, forthright advocate of what some refer to as
moderate Islam and we see him as a really good fit for our peace
institute," the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, where Mr.
Ramadan was to have held a joint tenured appointment with the classics
department...

ALSO SEE:

SILENCING MODERATE MUSLIM VOICES  
Umar Abdur-Rahman, Common Dreams, 10/4/04
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1004-31.htm  

The recent exclusion of Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, and 
Professor
Tariq Ramadan from the United States sends a chilling message to the 
Muslim
community in the West. These are two of Europe's most articulate voices 
for
Muslim integration into Western societies. Both men advocate that 
Muslims
in America and Europe can be both true to their faith and model 
citizens of
their countries without compromising either part of their identity. 

So, why is our government scared of these two accomplished men? The 
answer
may lie in the increasing hostility toward mainstream Islam that has 
been
spread by many pundits on the far right. On talk radio and in 
commentaries,
these anti-Muslim personalities label mainstream Muslim organizations 
as
"Wahabi" and "extremist," making no distinction between Muslims that 
want
to practice their faith and those that misuse Islam for diabolical 
ends. 

The constant slander of national Muslim organizations is baseless and
demonstrates an ulterior motive present on the part of Islam's critics. 
If
a Western Muslim believes in Islam and makes an effort to educate 
others
about its authentic teachings, such a person is a radical to the Daniel
Pipes and Michael Savages of the world. What's disturbing is that the
bigotry of such people has permeated many areas of our government 
including
the Department of Homeland Security. 

There is a real danger in attempting to eradicate the voices of 
mainstream
Islam in America. Polarizing Muslims into a secular, moderate camp and
religious, extremist camp risks bringing Europe's problem with Muslims 
into
the United States. Due to Europe's overall discomfort with immigration 
and
her inability to embrace Muslims as full members of society, the Muslim
community in Europe has had considerable difficulty integrating into 
their
countries of residence. Riots have taken place at least once in Spain,
Germany, Britain, and France between Muslims and locals. 

Although in a minority, extremist preachers in Britain prevail in ways
unimaginable here. Radical clerics like Omar Bakri and Abu Hamza 
al-Masri
have been known to encourage British Muslims to fight for the overthrow 
of
their own government. The influence of these zealots coupled with 
feelings
of isolation present amongst many British Muslims has resulted in the
spread of militant views. 

A poll conducted by the BBC in December of 2003, found that 17% of 
British
Muslims believe that the tragedy of 9-11 was justified with 8% even
supporting al-Qaeda like attacks on Britain. Contrary to the extremist
leaders that fuel such hate, Yusuf Islam has been one of the most 
eloquent
voices of reason and moderation within the Muslim community in Britain.
While extremists have celebrated the tragedy of 9-11, Mr. Islam called 
the
attacks the result of "blind, irreligious hatred" and contributed many 
of
his royalties to 9-11 family funds... 

Umar Abdur-Rahman is the Philadelphia spokesperson for the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) headquartered in Washington, D.C.

----- 

TWO MEN TO STAND TRIAL IN FREMONT BEATING 
Ben Aguirre Jr., Argus Online, 10/6/04
http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1971~2448914,00.html

FREMONT -- A judge ordered two men to stand trial Tuesday in the 
beating of
an Afghan man who suffered a fractured cheek in May. 

Daniel Reyes, 35, and his brother Raul Reyes, 30, who have been charged
with assault with a deadly weapon, sat quietly in the courtroom as 
Judge
Richard Keller said enough evidence had been presented to send the case 
to
trial. 

The Reyes brothers will be arraigned at the Hayward Hall of Justice on 
Oct.
20. 

Both men were arrested and charged nearly two weeks after the May 22
beating of Amanullah Mehrzai, who was struck in the face with a mallet 
and
suffered multiple fractures of the right cheek. 

Both brothers posted bail, but Daniel Reyes later was arrested on a
probation violation and remains at Santa Rita county jail in Dublin,
according to court records. 

The incident began at Central Park, when a child hurled racial slurs 
about
the Muslim head garb of Mehrzai's wife, Susan Barrientos, she testified
Friday. 

She became upset, left the park and went to the gym where her husband 
was
swimming. When she arrived there, she was sobbing and became sick to 
her
stomach as she described what happened, she said. 

Mehrzai then drove to the park to confront the child and his parents. 
He
approached the boy, smacked him in the back of the head and began 
telling
him to respect his elders, he testified. 

The child began cussing at Mehrzai, prompting him to remove his belt 
and
hold it in one hand...

ALSO SEE:

RIGHTS BODY DRAGGING ITS FEET, MUSLIMS CHARGE
Cheryl Cornacchia, Montreal Gazette, 10/6/04 
http://www.montrealgazette.com/

Muslim community leaders are criticizing the Quebec Human Rights
Commission's handling of a complaint filed last fall that's still
unresolved, contending it shows discrimination against Muslims.

Salam Elmenyawi said the commission's investigation into the case of 
Irene
Waseem, 16, expelled Sept. 2, 2003, from College Charlemagne, a
French-language private school in Pierrefonds for wearing a hijab, is 
in
its 13th month. 

"We fear the commission is not resolving this (case) in accordance with
human rights law but in accordance with political sensitivities," said
Elmenyawi, chairperson of the Muslim Council of Montreal.

He said the commission has already ruled that barring Muslim girls from
wearing hijabs in public school violates the Quebec Charter of Human 
Rights
and Freedoms.

The commission made that ruling in 1995 after hearing the case of 
Emilie
Ouimet, 13, who wore the hijab at a French-language secondary school 
where
the traditional Muslim head scarf was banned. She later transferred to 
a
school where the hijab was accepted.

The only difference is that the case now before the commission involves 
a
Montreal-area private school, Elmenyawi said.

He suggested a new wave of anti-Muslim sentiment, demonstrated by 
France's
recent decision to outlaw the hijab in schools there, is at play in 
delay...

----- 

PALESTINIAN STATE SHELVED WITH US BLESSING
Mark Heinrich, Reuters, 10/6/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6430818

JERUSALEM - Israel's plan to withdraw from occupied Gaza will prevent a
Palestinian state emerging and freeze peacemaking, and all with
Washington's approval, a key adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon 
said on
Wednesday.

Adviser Dov Weisglass effectively dismissed an international "road map"
peace plan.

His remarks, coinciding with a massive Israeli offensive into Gaza, 
will
help Sharon win over far-right foes opposed to Gaza "disengagement" and
challenging his grip on power.

"The significance of our disengagement plan is the freezing of the 
peace
process. It supplies the formaldehyde necessary so there is no 
political
process with Palestinians," Dov Weisglass said in an interview 
published in
Haaretz daily on Wednesday.

"When you freeze the process, you prevent the establishment of a
Palestinian state ... Effectively, this whole package called a 
Palestinian
state, with all it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our 
agenda,"
Weisglass said.

Palestinian leaders condemned the comments.

"I believe he has revealed the true intentions of Sharon. We told the
quartet (of U.S.-led peace mediators) eight months ago that the Gaza 
plan
was designed to undermine their road map," said Palestinian 
Negotiations
Minister Saeb Erekat.

Weisglass said there would be no talks on key issues such as 
Palestinian
refugees, borders and the status of Jerusalem in the foreseeable 
future.
"And all this with authority and permission, all with a presidential
blessing."

U.S. President George W. Bush in April approved Sharon's plan to pull
settlers from tiny Gaza in 2005 while holding onto larger Jewish 
enclaves
in the West Bank, displacing the "road map" which promises Palestinians 
a
viable state.

"By the way the Americans read the situation, the blame fell on the
Palestinians, not on us, Arik (Sharon) grasped that (the Palestinians)
would not leave us alone ... and time was not on our side," Haaretz 
quoted
Weisglass as saying.

"What I effectively agreed to with the Americans was that part of the
settlements would not be dealt with at all, and the rest will not be 
dealt
with until the Palestinians turn into Finns," he said...

----- 

PILOTS TOAST HIT ON IRAQI 'CIVILIANS'
Andrew Buncombe, Independent, 10/6/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=569207

The Pentagon said yesterday it was investigating cockpit video footage 
that
shows American pilots attacking and killing a group of apparently 
unarmed
Iraqi civilians.

The 30-second clip shows the pilot targeting the group of people in a
street in the city of Fallujah and asking his mission controllers 
whether
he should "take them out". He is told to do so and, shortly afterwards, 
the
footage shows a huge explosion where the people were. A second voice 
can be
heard on the clip saying: "Oh, dude."

The existence of the video, taken last April inside the cockpit of a US
F-16 fighter has been known for some time, though last night's 
broadcast by
Channel 4 News is believed to be the first time a mainstream 
broadcaster
has shown the footage.

At no point during the exchange between the pilot and controllers does
anyone ask whether the Iraqis are armed or posing a threat. Critics say 
it
proves war crimes are being committed.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/7/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: EVERYONE IS TEMPTED
* FECES SMEARED ON NORTH DAKOTA MOSQUE
	- Poll Taps Deep Anti-Muslim Sentiments (Newsday)
	- Report: Hiring Disparities Based On Ethnic Names
* CAIR-DC: FBI TO GET HELP ON ELECTION DAY PLOTS (USA Today)
	- AZ Muslim Student Visited by FBI 
	- MI: The Undoing of a Terror Prosecution (NY Times)
	- Yusuf Islam to Appear on Larry King Show (CNN)
* PA: STUDENTS LAUNCH ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK (Daily Penn)
* CAIR-FL: HOLIDAY DISPLAY PROPOSAL RUNS AGROUND (Orlando Sent)
* IL: JUDGE DISMISSES SUIT AGAINST MUSLIM GROUP (Chicago Trib)
	- CA: Muslims Hope for New Mosque (SJ Mercury)
* PLEA DEAL REJECTED IN AIPAC SPY SCANDAL (LA Times)

----- 

VERSE OF THE DAY: EVERYONE IS TEMPTED

"Guard yourselves against temptation. The wrongdoers among you are not 
the
only ones who will be tempted."

The Holy Quran, 8:25

-----

FECES SMEARED ON NORTH DAKOTA MOSQUE
CAIR calls for increased police protection during Ramadan

(WASHINGTON, DC, 10/7/04) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and
advocacy group today called on law enforcement authorities nationwide 
to
step up police protection at American mosques during the upcoming 
Muslim
fast of Ramadan.* That request from the Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) came following a series of incidents
targeting Islamic institutions in the Midwest. 

CAIR said vandals smeared feces on a Fargo, N.D., mosque sometime this 
past
Saturday. Tobacco juice had also been spit on the doorknob of the 
mosque.
SEE: "Vandals Hit Fargo Mosque,"
http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=71840

In the neighboring state of Minnesota, two Islamic centers were also
vandalized recently. SEE: "Twin Cities' Muslims Detail Vandalism 
Attacks,"
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5013716.html

Just this week, CAIR released the results of a survey indicating that
1-in-4 Americans holds anti-Muslim views. SEE: "Islam and Muslims: A 
Poll
of American Public Opinion,"
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.pdf

Other incidents of vandalism targeting Islamic institutions and 
individuals
have also taken place nationwide. 

Last month in Texas, firebombs were thrown at an El Paso mosque. In
Washington, D.C., a Muslim prayer area at American University was
vandalized. At the end of August, a Muslim in Tucson, Ariz., reported 
that
his family's car was vandalized and a racist note was taped to the 
vehicle.
A New York Muslim reported finding his car window smashed with a brick. 
In
Virginia, a Muslim reported two separate incidents of vandalism to a 
car.
And in New Jersey, a Muslim found his car's windshield smashed in his
driveway. 

Also in New Jersey, a Muslim driver reported being attacked by a white 
male
in another car who punched him in the face while he was sitting in his 
car
at a traffic light. During the incident, the attacker reportedly called 
the
victim a "terrorist" and a "sand n*gger." 

In July, two Muslim teenagers in Buffalo, N.Y., say they were targeted 
by
white teenagers who shouted ethnic slurs and then tried to hit the 
girls
with their car. A Muslim woman driver in Illinois and a Muslim shopper 
in
California were assaulted at the end of June by attackers shouting
anti-Muslim and racist slurs.

Earlier this year in Florida, vandals wrote "Kill all Muslims" inside 
the
Islamic Community Center in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. The FBI is also
investigating vandalism and threatening messages targeting the Islamic
Community of Southwest Florida in Charlotte Harbor. In Missouri, 
vandals
painted a Nazi swastika and the word "die" on an addition under
construction at the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Three 
Miami
Islamic centers were vandalized.

In Texas, a man was arrested for threatening an El Paso Islamic center, 
an
arson suspect was arrested at the scene of a fire at a Muslim business 
in
San Antonio and vandals scrawled racist graffiti on the interior of a
Lubbock mosque. A home-made bomb exploded in the mailbox of a Houston
Islamic center. 

As a response to these and other anti-Muslim incidents, CAIR published 
a
"Muslim Community Safety Kit." The safety kit may be obtained free of
charge by e-mailing pubs@cair-net.org. (Include name, address and phone
number when requesting the safety kit.)

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

[*Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which 
Muslims
abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn 
to
sunset. It is scheduled to begin on or about October 15, depending on 
the
sighting of the new moon.]

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-Mail:
rahmed@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

POLL TAPS DEEP ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENTS
Colby Itkowitz, Newsday, 10/6/04
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-usmusl053996584oct06,0,7171986.story

WASHINGTON - Nearly one-third of Americans, largely Republican white 
males
from rural areas, associate the word Muslim with images of war, 
terrorism
and Osama bin Laden, according to a new poll from an Islamic civil 
rights
group.

A study by the Council on American-Islamic Relations released Monday 
also
found that more than 25 percent of those surveyed harbor anti-Muslim
sentiments and believe the Islamic faith instills hatred in children. 

The poll of 1,000 people was conducted by Genesis Research Associates 
from
June 23-July 2 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage
points.

"We knew that there's discrimination," said Nihad Awad, the council's
executive director. "And we knew there was hate speech on the rise in 
this
society especially after 9/11. But we did not know it was that deep."

Though a similar study was not conducted before Sept. 11, 2001, members 
of
the council believe these prejudices emerged only after the terror 
attacks
when al-Qaida operatives claimed responsibility and said they were 
acting
in the name of Islam.

Many Americans remain ignorant about the Islamic faith, as more than 70
percent of respondents maintain no close relationships with Muslims in
their communities or in the workplace, according to the study. One in 
four
Americans believes Muslims want to change Western lifestyle and also 
bear
less value for human life. The less educated were more likely to draw 
these
correlations between the Islamic religion and Arab militants who 
encourage
terrorist activity...

---

DRC REPORT FINDS HIRING DISPARITIES BASED ON ETHNIC NAMES; 
Arab Americans/South Asians Fare Worst  

A name should never be a barrier to employment, but according to a 
study
conducted by the Discrimination Research Center (DRC), ethnically
identifiable names can lead to hiring disparities. DRC sent over 6000
resumes with African American, Asian, Latino, white, and Arab/South 
Asian
names to temporary employment agencies throughout California. Resumes 
with
male Arab and South Asian names received far fewer responses-24 out of
100-than all other ethnic groups. Asian Americans also faced 
significant
gaps in employer responses.  
 
DRC used ethnically identifiable African American, Latino, Asian 
American,
Arab/South Asian and white names. Names were randomly matched with 
similar
resumes that specified that the applicant was a college graduate with 
four
years of administrative experience and strong computer skills. 
Temporary
employment agencies responded differently to the same resumes, 
depending on
the name. For example, the most successful resume had a response rate 
of
46.6% when submitted by Jose Gonzalez, 35% when submitted by Tyrone 
Walker,
32% by Rosa Lopez, and only 30% by Joyce Hsu and 29% by Timothy Wu.   

"We e-mailed the same basic resume types to 350 temporary employment
agencies in all regions of California. Everywhere, except in Silicon 
Valley
and San Diego, people with Arab or South Asian names received the 
fewest
responses," explained DRC Director John Trasviña. "Post-September 11
animosity toward Arab Americans or South Asians permeates the 
employment
process. Changing the present situation in which many qualified 
candidates
are not even considered for jobs requires collaborative action by civil
rights law enforcement agencies, employers, community leaders, and the
general public," he stated...  

For more information, contact: Sara Pierre 510-845-3473 x 311

-----

FBI TO GET HELP ON ELECTION DAY PLOTS 
Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 10/7/04
http://thepakistaninewspaper.com/news_detail.php?id=1389

WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft quietly has issued a 
sweeping
directive that authorizes the FBI to use hundreds of law enforcement 
agents
from other federal agencies to help investigate any terrorist plots 
that
target the Nov. 2 elections. 

The directive - the first of its kind since the Sept. 11, 2001, 
terrorist
attacks - allows the FBI to tap agents from the U.S. Marshals Service, 
the
Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives as part of a nationwide effort by FBI-led
counterterrorism units to seek out and stop any plots against the 
elections.

U.S. law enforcement officials continue to say that beyond intelligence
reports indicating that al-Qaeda wants to disrupt the elections, they 
have
no specific information about an existing plot, method or target of a
potential attack. 

The directive was issued without fanfare at a time when the Bush
administration is being accused by Democrats and civil-rights activists 
of
using terrorism alerts to discourage people from voting. But it offers
insight into the government's ongoing concern about an attack similar 
to
the deadly train bombings in Madrid last March, just before the Spanish
elections...

FBI and Homeland Security authorities have acknowledged that the 
government
has deployed an undisclosed number of agents across the country to 
improve
security during the presidential campaign and through the inauguration 
in
January...

Engy Abdelkader, civil-rights director for the Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations, says that Arab-Americans and other minorities could choose 
to
stay away from the polls if they believe that federal agents will be
questioning people there.

"This could have a very politically chilling effect on our community,"
Abdelkader says. "We are monitoring this very closely."
 
ALSO SEE:

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, TO YASER WITH LOVE.
Robrt L. Pela, Phoenix New Times, 10/7/04\
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/issues/2004-10-07/culture/speakeasy.html

When the presidential debate rolls into Tempe next week, Yaser 
Alamoodi, a
27-year-old political science major from Saudi Arabia, almost certainly
won't be in attendance. And not just because Arizona State University,
which is hosting the event, is limiting the number of seats available 
to
ASU students. Apparently, because he's an Arab, Alamoodi's name is, he
says, on a special list kept by the Joint Task Force on Terrorism, and,
according to the folks at the Council on American Islamic Relations, he 
is
one of dozens of Tempe residents in the ASU area recently visited by an 
FBI
agent. (The Joint Task Force on Terrorism hadn't returned our calls by
press time, and apparently the FBI doesn't share information about 
whether
it's visited for a "voluntary chat.") Alamoodi says the friendly agent
questioned him about his school, his work, and whether he planned 
anything
special for the night of the presidential debate. Alamoodi has kept his
sense of humor (he's taken to calling the FBI "the Friendly Brothers of
Islam" and has published an open letter to John Ashcroft, thanking him 
for
the FBI visit, in his column in ASU's State Press)…

---

AFTER CONVICTIONS, THE UNDOING OF A U.S. TERROR PROSECUTION
Danny Hakim and Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 10/7/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/07/national/07detroit.html

DETROIT - Publicly, federal prosecutors declared in the summer of 2002 
that
they had thwarted a "sleeper operational combat cell" based in a
dilapidated apartment here.

Privately, senior Justice Department officials had doubts about the
strength of the case even as they were moving to indict four Middle 
Eastern
immigrants on terrorism charges. The evidence was "somewhat weak," an
internal Justice Department memorandum obtained by The New York Times
acknowledged. It relied on a single informant with "some baggage," and
there was no clear link to terrorist groups. But charging the men with
terrorism, the memorandum said, might pressure them to give up 
information. 
 
"We can charge this case with the hope that the case might get better,"
Barry Sabin, the department's counterterrorism chief, wrote in the
memorandum, "and the certainty that it will not get much worse."

But the case did get worse. After winning highly publicized convictions 
of
two suspects on terrorism charges in June 2003, the Justice Department 
took
the extraordinary step five weeks ago of repudiating its own case and
successfully moving to throw out the terrorism charges. In a long court
filing, the government discredited its own witnesses and found fault 
with
virtually every part of its prosecution.

The blame, the department suggested in its filing, lay mainly at the 
feet
of the lead prosecutor in Detroit, Richard G. Convertino, whom it 
portrayed
as a rogue lawyer. But documents and interviews with people 
knowledgeable
about the case show that top officials at the Justice Department were
involved in almost every step of the prosecution, from formulating 
strategy
to editing the draft indictments to planning how the suspects would be
incarcerated. 

President Bush himself said the Detroit case was one of several 
critical
investigations around the country that had "thwarted terrorists.'' But 
the
wreckage of the case reveals that it was built on evidence that has 
since
been undermined. A series of missteps and in-fighting weakened the case
further, documents and interviews show. The first line of the 
government's
indictment now appears to have been copied without attribution from a
scholarly article on Islamic fundamentalism. Government documents that 
cast
doubt on a critical piece of evidence - what was described as a
surveillance sketch of an American air base overseas - were not turned 
over
to the defense. And tensions between prosecutors in Detroit and Justice
Department officials in Washington escalated into open hostility.

Mr. Convertino angered the Justice Department by testifying at a
Congressional hearing held by a powerful Republican senator who is a 
vocal
critic of the department. Mr. Convertino, who was ultimately removed 
from
the prosecution, is now suing the department and is under investigation 
for
his handling of this case and others. That inquiry led to the public
disclosure of the name of an Arab informant in the case, who then fled 
the
country because, he said, he feared for his safety.

The miscalculations and bad blood so overshadowed the case that the 
truth
about the defendants' intentions may never be known.

Some law enforcement officials, however, continue to insist that the
prosecution was a good one. In an internal e-mail message, an F.B.I.
supervisor in Detroit told agents last month that they should be proud 
that
their work "may have prevented another attack."

But the Justice Department's critics say that the prosecution was
overzealous and that it demonstrated how the Bush administration's
pre-emptive approach to fighting terrorists by disrupting plots before 
they
materialize can clash with legal principles of due process and the 
right to
a fair trial...

---

CAT STEVENS SPEAKS OUT
Thursday, October 7 
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

The one-time pop superstar Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, talks
about being banned from the United States. Tune in at 9 p.m. ET. 

----- 

MUSLIM STUDENTS LAUNCH ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK 
Nina Agrawal, Daily Pennsylvanian, 10/7/04
http://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/10/07/4164e4eba91
4a

Kicking off its annual Islam Awareness Week last night, the Muslim 
Students
Association hosted a panel of two speakers who talked about the 
development
of the Muslim community in America, as well as the recent struggles 
that
have arisen from domestic and international sociopolitical events.

Howard University professor of African Studies Sulayman Nyang and Imam
Abdul Malik, chaplain of the New York City Metropolitan Transit 
Authority,
addressed students and members of the Philadelphia Muslim community in
Houston Hall in a lecture entitled "Muslims in America: Finding a Place 
in
Society."

University Chaplain William Gibson emceed the event, and told around 75
audience members they would be "informed, inspired and challenged" by 
these
two speakers. The speakers focused on different subjects and employed
different speaking styles, but together contributed to a greater 
insight of
Muslims' role in society today.

Nyang took a scholarly approach and described from a historical 
perspective
the five phases in the evolution of the Muslim community in America. He
went on to project an image of the sixth phase -- which he labeled the
"post-9/11 phase" -- as one in which Muslims need to become educated 
and
fight for their rights.

Malik similarly emphasized the importance of education, stating that 
"the
absence of intelligence is what has created so much confusion in the 
world
today." He also commented that education is the means by which students
could come to understand that the position of Muslims today is not 
unlike
those of other minority religious groups in the past...

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HOLIDAY-DISPLAY PROPOSAL RUNS AGROUND
Christopher Sherman, Orlando Sentinel, 10/7/04	
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/southwest/orl-locpolk07100704oct07
,1,4163410.story

BARTOW -- A Polk County commissioner's attempt to start a campaign for 
a
large holiday display in front of county buildings that would include
religious symbols was quashed Wednesday by his fellow commissioners.

Randy Wilkinson had led the successful push to place a 7-foot granite
monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments and other historical 
documents
outside the commission chambers last year.

He made his new proposal with the backing of a law group that defends
religious-expression cases nationally and an offer of free legal 
defense. 

Wilkinson said he was inspired by a large holiday display he had seen 
in
Denver that incorporated religious symbols, such as a Nativity scene, 
as
well as secular symbols such as Santa Claus.

Such a display, which would have been privately funded, could bring 
people
of various religious affiliations together during the winter holiday 
season
and provide a tourism boost if it were large enough, Wilkinson said. 
"So we
can have a time of celebration for all people."

But Commissioner Don Gifford, a strong supporter of the monument 
installed
last year, objected to the inclusion of symbols from other religions 
that
he said did not play as great a role in the history of the United 
States...

Ahmed Bedier, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations'
Central Florida chapter, said Gifford obviously was misinformed about 
Islam.

"Unfortunately, it's a reflection of the times right now -- the level 
of
hatred and bigotry we have in our nation," Bedier said. "There are 
Muslims
in Polk County that pay taxes and vote and are just as American as 
anyone
else."

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JUDGE DISMISSES SUIT AGAINST MUSLIM GROUP
Rachel Osterman, Chicago Tribune, 10/7/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0410070362oct07,1,456
9150.story

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Morton Grove residents 
who
argued that a Muslim group's prayer services and proposed mosque 
violate
the residents' constitutional rights.

The federal court does not have jurisdiction, U.S. District Judge James
Holderman in Chicago said in a ruling that lawyers received Wednesday. 

The dismissal is a victory for the Village of Morton Grove and the 
Muslim
Community Center, both defendants in the suit. Spokesmen said they will
continue with an agreement reached in June for the Muslim group to 
request
a special-use permit to build a mosque for 525 people and to expand its
education and parking facilities.

"This confirms what we've been saying, that the Muslim Community Center 
has
not been violating anybody's rights," said Yasir Aleemuddin, a lawyer 
for
the center.

The lawsuit stemmed from the traffic and congestion that neighbors of 
the
Muslim center said prayer services have caused. Through a group they
formed, the Morton Grove Organization, the neighbors said the village
demonstrated religious favoritism by allowing the Muslim center to hold
services without a proper permit...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS IN EVERGREEN HOPE FOR NEW MOSQUE
HongDao Nguyen, San Jose Mercury, 10/7/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/promotions/9852428.htm

As the Muslim community in San Jose has grown, the South Bay Islamic
Association has worked to keep pace with the numbers.

One center they've focused on is the Evergreen Masjid -- nestled in a
residential neighborhood -- that will most likely be torn down and 
replaced
with a community center and mosque that could be as large as 30,000 
square
feet.

The association is moving closer to getting permits on the property and 
is
simultaneously reaching out to residents.

Plans call for demolishing an old house and mobile home to build the
center, which would have an Islamic flair but would not be as ornate in 
its
decor as the Sikh gurdwarathat recently opened nearby. 

''This is going to be more simple -- it might not have the traditional
domes and minarets,'' said Akbar Syed, who has met with city officials, 
but
people driving by ''should get the impression that it is an Islamic 
place.''

The group has been negotiating with San Jose since at least 2000 when 
it
worked to annex the 2.1 acres into the city of San Jose. Before that, 
the
property was county land.

When the association decided it was time to expand, city planners said 
no,
arguing that another religious group had zoned the empty lot next door 
for
a church, though the association acquired its property first.

San Jose's general plan discourages large, non-residential buildings, 
such
as schools and churches, from being built side by side because it could
disrupt the neighborhood feel of the area, said Mike Enderby, a senior
planner for the city...

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POLICY ANALYST IS SAID TO HAVE REJECTED PLEA DEAL
Richard B. Schmitt, Los Angeles Times, 10/6/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-spyprobe6oct06,1,439590
4.story

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon analyst being investigated for allegedly 
helping
pass secrets to Israel has stopped cooperating with authorities and
retained a new lawyer to fight possible espionage charges, sources 
familiar
with the case said Tuesday.

The analyst, Larry Franklin, has been a key witness in a continuing FBI
investigation looking into whether classified intelligence was passed 
to
Israel by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential
Washington lobbying firm.

Franklin has been accused of passing the contents of a classified 
document
about U.S. policy on Iran to two AIPAC officials, who in turn may have
given the information to Israeli officials in Washington, sources have 
said.

Federal prosecutors had proposed an agreement under which Franklin 
would
plead guilty to some of the charges. Such agreements usually are done 
in
exchange for leniency and are accompanied by a pledge of cooperation.

But sources said Franklin had rejected a proposed deal because he 
believed
the terms were too onerous. He recently replaced his court-appointed
lawyer. "It looks like there is going to be a battle," a source 
familiar
with the case said.

FBI officials have not yet sought charges against Franklin or anyone 
else
in the case, although the breakdown of plea negotiations would appear 
to
raise the odds that he could be charged soon.

The scope of the investigation is believed to encompass a top diplomat 
at
the Israeli Embassy in Washington; two high-ranking analysts at AIPAC; 
and
the Pentagon office in which Franklin works as an Iran analyst, which 
is
headed by Defense Undersecretary Douglas J. Feith...

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #435

U.S. MOSQUES URGED TO REACH OUT WITH ‘SHARING RAMADAN’ IFTARS 
National initiative designed to challenge growing anti-Muslim views

(WASHINGTON, DC – 10/7/04) – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said 
that
Ramadan “is the month of sharing with others.” (Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 
614)
Based on that tradition and on the growing level of Islamophobia in
American society, CAIR is calling on Muslim communities nationwide to 
hold
“Sharing Ramadan” iftars and mosque open houses for people of other 
faiths
to help promote better understanding of Islam and Muslims. 

Recent CAIR research has shown as many as 1-in-4 Americans hold 
anti-Muslim
views. That same research indicates that anti-Muslim prejudice 
decreases
when people have access to accurate information about Islam and relate 
to
ordinary Muslims. SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.pdf  

“Since sharing and appreciation are essential components of Ramadan, we
hope local mosques, community centers and Islamic schools will take 
this
opportunity to invite their neighbors to join in an iftar meal,” said 
CAIR
Executive Director Nihad Awad.  
      
CAIR is helping local communities organize what is hoped to become an
annual effort by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting a 
“Sharing
Ramadan” iftar. The “SHARING RAMADAN” RESOURCE GUIDE is available 
online
at: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.pdf and
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.doc

‘SHARING RAMADAN” KIT TABLE OF CONTENTS

* Welcome Letter from CAIR Director
* Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing an Iftar
* Sample Media Advisory
* Welcome to Our Ramadan Fast-Breaking Brochure
* Ramadan FAQs
* Islam/American Muslims FAQs
* Sample Event Program
* Sample Newspaper Ad

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) FORM A ‘SHARE RAMADAN’ COMMITTEE in your community to help in this
effort. Once a “Share Ramadan” committee has been formed, please email
Ramadan@cair-net.org so CAIR can help and keep track of all the local
communities participating in this nationwide initiative.

2) COPY AND USE the materials in the “Sharing Ramadan” kit.

3) CONTACT A LOCAL CAIR OFFICE for help in organizing the iftar. To 
find
CAIR chapter contact information, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/chapters.asp

4) SEND CAIR photos and video of your event. (Also count the number of
attendees.)

5) BECOME A CAIR MEMBER or DONATE to help us carry out this important 
work.
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/8/04

* CAIR CONDEMNS KILLING OF BRITON IN IRAQ
* CAIR-ST LOUIS HOLDS FUNDRAISING DINNER
	- CAIR-Sacramento Holds Candidate Forum
* CAIR URGES POLICE ALERT AT MOSQUES DURING RAMADAN	
	- Fargo Mosque Vandalized (AP)
* SC: FBI, MUSLIM LEADERS HOLD TALKS (The State)
	- FL: Muslims Question FBI Interviews (AP)
	- FL: FBI Plans Interviews with Arab Americans
	- Muslims in Carolinas Feel Targeted By FBI (KR)
* ANIMATED MUHAMMAD FILM AIMS TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE
* IL: OPEN HOUSE TO FEATURE MUSLIM CULTURE
	- TX: Muslim Students Plan Open House (Eagle)
* U.S. STRIKE KILLS 11 AT IRAQI WEDDING (Reuters)

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CAIR CONDEMNS KILLING OF BRITISH HOSTAGE IN IRAQ
Islamic civil rights group calls for end to cycle of violence in region

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/04) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today condemned the murder of British hostage Kenneth Bigley in 
Iraq 
and called for an end to the cycle of violence in the Middle East.

In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy 
group said:

"We condemn this latest act of mindless cruelty and repeat our call for 
the 
immediate release of all hostages currently held in Iraq, whatever 
their 
nation of origin or faith."

"We must work together to bring an end to the seemingly endless cycle 
of 
violence that has claimed so many innocent lives in the Middle East."

CAIR recently launched an online petition drive, called "Not in the 
Name of 
Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few 
Muslims.

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=169&page=AA

The "Not in the Name of Islam" petition states:

"We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who 
commit 
acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only 
destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the 
faith 
they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify 
the 
massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the 
cause 
of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group 
or 
individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to 
allow 
our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority 
acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet 
Muhammad, 
peace be upon him."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional 
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CAIR-ST LOUIS HOLDS ITS 4TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER

On Friday, October 8, The Council on American Islamic Relations, St. 
Louis 
Chapter (CAIR-St. Louis) will hold its "Fourth Annual Fund raising 
Dinner 
Banquet," with author Michael Wolfe as the keynote speaker.

WHAT: CAIR-St. Louis Dinner Fund raising Banquet

WHEN: Friday, October 8, 2004, 6:45-9:30 PM (Central)

WHERE: Double Tree Hotel, Chesterfield, Missouri

CONTACT: 636-207-8882, E-mail: admin@cair-stl.org, Kamal Yassin, 
kyassin@juno.com

SEE ALSO:

SACRAMENTO MUSLIMS TO HOLD CANDIDATES' FORUM

On Sunday, October 10, the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) will hold a voter education and 
candidates' forum in Sacramento.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to provide 
an 
opportunity for members of the Muslim community to meet with and ask 
questions of local, state and national political candidates.

WHAT: CAIR-SV Candidates' Forum
WHEN: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2004
WHERE: SALAM Community Center, 4541 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA 
95841, (916) 979-1933

CONTACT: CAIR-SV, Basim Elkarra, (916) 289-3748, E-Mail: 
sacval@cair.com

NOTE: Similar events are being held this weekend in Ohio and Michigan.

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GROUP URGES POLICE ALERT DURING RAMADAN
Washington Times, 10/7/04
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041007-032258-9833r.htm

Washington, DC -- A Washington-based Islamic advocacy group called on 
law 
enforcement agencies Thursday to protect mosques during the feast of 
Ramadan, which begins next week.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the call following a 
series of incidents targeting Islamic institutions in the Midwest.

CAIR said vandals smeared feces on a Fargo, N.D., mosque and tobacco 
juice 
had also been spit on the doorknob of the mosque.

The vandalism occurred some time after 9 p.m. Saturday and was noticed 
Sunday morning by Yahya Frederickson as he left the building after 
morning 
prayer.

"It looked like there was feces that had been smeared on the back door 
and 
toilet paper that had been stuck in it," Frederickson said.

"We hope it's just an isolated incident," said Islamic Society of 
Fargo-Moorhead President Mohamed Fakhr. The men said the community has 
generally been supportive of Muslims in the area since the terror 
attacks 
of Sept. 11, 2001.

In the neighboring state of Minnesota, CAIR said, two Islamic centers 
were 
also vandalized recently...

ALSO SEE:

FARGO MOSQUE VANDALIZED
Associated Press, 10/7/04
http://www.in-forum.com/ap/index.cfm?page=view&id=D85IP9I82

FARGO, N.D. - The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations is 
calling for increased police protection at mosques in the United States 
after recent reports of vandalism, including one in this city.

Fargo police say feces was smeared on a door over the weekend, and 
tobacco 
juice was spit on the doorknob. Authorities say they do not know if the 
crime was hate-motivated.

Yahya Frederickson was leaving the mosque after morning prayer on 
Sunday 
when he spotted the vandalism. He said the Muslim community was worried 
about assaults after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but not 
recently.

Frederickson said the weekend incident might have been a prank.

Mohamed Fakhr, president of the Islamic Society of Fargo-Moorhead, said 
the 
community has been supportive of area Muslims.

"We hope it's just an isolated incident," he said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy group, said Islamic centers in Minnesota also were vandalized 
recently. The vandalism included paintballs splattered on a building, 
fire 
damage to a storage shed and a bottle of rotten eggs thrown at 
worshippers...

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FBI, S.C. MUSLIM LEADERS HOLD TALKS
Christina Knauss and J.R. Gonzales, The State, 10/8/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/9864951.htm

FBI agents from regional offices in South Carolina have been in contact 
in 
recent weeks with both Imam Omar Shaheed, spiritual leader of Masjid 
A-Salaam on Monticello Road in Columbia, and Chaudry Sadiq, the local 
leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Shaheed said the agents didn't talk about doing any door-to-door 
interviews 
in the Columbia area, but simply asked for Shaheed and members of his 
mosque to be vigilant.

"They asked that if we observe anything out of the ordinary, we report 
it 
to them," Shaheed said. "They wanted to make sure that lines of 
communication were open."

Shaheed also said that agents asked him to report any threats, 
vandalism or 
other suspicious events at the mosque to them. In recent months, cases 
of 
vandalism and threats against mosques and individual Muslims been 
reported 
in several areas around the U.S., including Florida and the Northeast. 
No 
mosques in South Carolina have reported vandalism or harassment 
recently.

Sabrina Kidwai, who handles communications for the Columbia branch of 
CAIR, 
said Sadiq met with FBI employees to discuss the need for members of 
the 
Muslim community to be more vigilant in the days leading up to the 
November 
election because of possible threats of terrorist attacks in the U.S. 
during that time. There was no mention of any interviews being done in 
the 
Columbia area.

Tom O'Neill, spokesman for the FBI's Columbia division, said the 
interviews 
are part of an effort to "shake the trees" and see if there's any 
intelligence they need to be aware of...

ALSO SEE:

FLORIDA MUSLIMS QUESTION FBI INTERVIEWS
Associated Press, 10/8/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-brf-fbi-interviews,0,6068958.story

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Arab-Americans and Muslims in Florida question the 
FBI's 
latest plan for conducting interviews nationwide to uncover possible 
terrorist plots that could disrupt the presidential election next 
month.

For the past week, FBI officials have met with Islamic community 
leaders 
statewide to explain a July directive from FBI Director Robert Mueller 
to 
seek new information about suspicious activity ahead of the Nov. 2 
general 
election.

The leaders said they understand the need for vigilance but have 
reservations about the order.

"Our community is already afraid and jittery, because there has already 
been several rounds of detainees and interviews since 9-11," said Ahmed 
Bedier, Florida spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations...

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FBI PLANS INTERVIEWS WITH ARAB AMERICANS
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez and Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel, 9/8/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-asecfbiarabs08100804oct08,1,6742308.story

Still upset about past scrutiny, Arab-Americans and Muslims in Central 
Florida are questioning the FBI's latest plan to interview community 
members as part of a broad initiative to uncover possible terrorist 
plots 
before the presidential elections.

For the past week, FBI and state agents have held meetings across 
Florida 
with community leaders to explain a mandate from Washington to seek 
fresh 
interviews about suspicious activity. Similar events are taking place 
across the country, part of a nationwide effort to glean information 
that 
might foil a possible plot by al-Qaeda to disrupt the Nov. 2 vote.

Although Arab-American community leaders said they understand the need 
for 
vigilance and support efforts to root out terrorists, they raised 
questions 
Wednesday about the FBI-led plan.

"Our community is already afraid and jittery, because there has already 
been several rounds of detainees and interviews since 9-11," said Ahmed 
Bedier, a Tampa-based spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, a Washington civil-rights group.

Bedier said the questions, which according to FBI officials number 
about a 
dozen, also come at a sensitive time -- only days before Islam's holy 
month 
of Ramadan.

"I informed them that during the month of Ramadan, all Muslims look 
suspicious and their days are turned upside down," Bedier said of two 
recent meetings with the FBI in Tampa.

"They get up early in the morning. There's heavy traffic at the 
mosques. 
Someone not aware could misinterpret their actions."

Other local leaders echo Bedier's sentiments. But they also say they 
sense 
political overtones in the law-enforcement agencies' actions.

Among some of the questions agents intend to ask is whether they know 
anyone critical of the domestic war on terrorism or whether they have 
heard 
any anti-U.S. propaganda, according to people who attended a meeting 
with 
FBI and state agents....

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MUSLIMS IN CAROLINAS FEEL TARGETED BY FBI
Cristina Bolling, Knight Ridder, 10/8/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/nation/9864782.htm

CHARLOTTE -- As early as this week, the FBI will begin interviewing 
Muslims 
across the Carolinas as part of what the agency says is a nationwide 
push 
to stave off a terrorist attack before the November elections.

Muslims aren't the only ones who will be questioned in the effort, 
officials say. But they are the only group in Charlotte being contacted 
about the interviews ahead of time.

Local Muslims say the interviews again show how they've been singled 
out 
since the 9-11 attacks. Last year, immigrants from countries linked to 
terrorists were fingerprinted and questioned as part of a "special 
registration" effort. Many say they were interviewed by the FBI after 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks. About 8,000 Muslims live in the Charlotte area.

Last Saturday, Kevin Kendrick, FBI special agent in charge for North 
Carolina, gathered 40 to 50 Charlotte-area Muslim leaders to alert them 
to 
the interviews. Similar meetings are taking place across the state, 
Kendrick said.

Contacted by The Charlotte Observer, Kendrick would not say whether the 
questioning had started or how long the effort will last. He wouldn't 
say 
what questions will be asked, how the agency will choose the people to 
interview, or how many people will be questioned. He did say agents 
will 
try to hold the interviews at their subjects' homes, but would not rule 
out 
workplace visits.

One man who attended Saturday's meeting said Kendrick told them the 
visits 
would start this week.

Area Muslims are reacting with anger and frustration.

"We're trying to say, The people that you're looking for are not the 
people 
that we know,'" said Rose Hamid, a member of Muslim Women of the 
Carolinas 
who attended Saturday's meeting. "The people who come to the mosque on 
Fridays are not the ones who are going to be doing these things."

Hamid said she worries that Muslims may lose their jobs if FBI agents 
or 
police approach them at work.

Since 9-11, local FBI officials have met several times with local 
Muslims 
to forge a better relationship. Still, tension remains...

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ANIMATED MUHAMMAD FILM AIMS TO PROMOTE TOLERANCE
CanWest News Service, 10/8/04
http://www.canada.com/national/index.html

OTTAWA -- A full-length animated film about the early life of the 
Prophet 
Muhammad is being released in North America to help fight anti-Muslim 
prejudice.

Muhammad: The Last Prophet will be screened in 37 cities, including 
Toronto, London, Ont., and Windsor, Ont., for one week starting Nov. 
14.

The screenings coincide with Eid ul-Fitr, the holiday marking the end 
of 
the Islamic fast of Ramadan.

Rabiah Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Council on American Islamic 
Relations, 
which is sponsoring the screenings, said studies have shown prejudice 
decreases when people get accurate information about Islam. She said 
the 
film is timed so that Muslim families can celebrate Eid with a film, 
and 
also to spread awareness about Islam to the non-Muslim community.

For information, visit http://www.finemediagroup.com/

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OPEN HOUSE TO FEATURE MOSQUE, MUSLIM CULTURE
Linda Rush, Southern Illinoisan, 10/8/04
http://www.southernillinoisan.com/rednews/2004/10/08/build/local/LOC002.html

CARBONDALE -- Carbondale's Muslim community is holding an open house 
Saturday to let the public tour its newest mosque, learn more about 
Islam 
and become acquainted with ethnic foods and artwork.

"Islam and You" will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the mosque, 
"Masjid An-Nur," 530 N. Wall St. Children's activities also will be 
held 
from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Attucks Park, across the street from the 
mosque. 
The children's activities and food will be free.

The food served will represent many of the cultural groups that are 
part of 
the Islamic community.

Hourly tours of the mosque will be given. At 3 and 5:30 p.m., there 
will be 
an Islamic art exhibit by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir. A panel discussion 
with 
questions and answers about Islam will be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

"The mosque is open to everyone -- as is the study of Islam," Henry 
Muhammad said. "That's how we learn about each other." He has lived in 
Carbondale for two years.

Imam Abdul Haqq, spiritual leader of the mosque, said "Masjid means a 
place 
for worship and adoration of God, of submission," while An-Nur means 
"the 
light." An-Nur also is the name of one of the chapters of the Quran, 
the 
book containing the sacred teachings of Islam.

Though the mosque was completed in 2000, the Muslim community has been 
in 
northeast Carbondale since 1971, Haqq said. He became a Muslim that 
year, 
drawn by Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam, which taught cultural 
expression and a spirit for economic development in African-American 
communities.

"We worshipped in several structures, on Willow Street, Oak, even one 
on 
Main Street where a tattoo parlor is now. We also met at the Eurma C. 
Hayes 
Center."

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MUSLIM STUDENTS PLAN ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Eagle, 10/8/04
http://www.theeagle.com/aandmnews/100804muslim.php

The Texas A&M University Muslim Students' Association will hold its 
third 
annual Mosque Open House on Saturday at the Islamic Community Center.

The open house, part of Islam Awareness Month, is an opportunity for 
people 
of all faiths to interact with their Muslim neighbors, learn about 
their 
culture and have any questions about Islam answered, organizers said.

The event will start at 10 a.m. and conclude about 4 p.m. The mosque is 
at 
417 Stasney St. in College Station.

For more information, call Faisal Chaudhry at 846-9393 or Zahir Latheef 
at 
693-7669.

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REPORT: U.S. STRIKE KILLS 11 AT IRAQI WEDDING
Reuters, 10/8/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6447643

FALLUJA, Iraq - A U.S. air strike on the rebel-held city of Falluja in 
western Iraq killed 11 people and wounded 17 at a wedding party, with 
women 
and children among the casualties, a hospital doctor said Friday.

Rafah al-Hayat said the U.S. raid, the latest of several which the U.S. 
military has staged against targets it says are used by foreign 
militants 
in Falluja, occurred at about midnight Thursday.

The U.S. military said the "precision strike" had hit a safe-house 
being 
used by the network of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at 1:15 
a.m. 
Friday.

"Credible intelligence sources confirmed Zarqawi leaders were meeting 
at 
the safe-house at the time of the strike," a statement said.

"Intelligence sources confirmed that the safe-house was being used by 
the 
group to meet and plan attacks against Iraqi civilians, Iraqi Security 
Forces, and Multi-National Forces."

It said such strikes had killed several Zarqawi leaders in the past 
month, 
including Mohammed al-Lubnani and Abu Anas al-Shami, described as 
Zarqawi's 
number two man and spiritual adviser, who were killed in September.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful 

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/10/04  

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A SEED OF FAITH
* CAIR DINNERS SOLD OUT IN CA AND FL
	- CAIR: Hold a 'Sharing Ramadan' Iftar
	- CAIR-Sacramento: Muslims Meet with FBI
	- 200 Attend ‘Muslim Vote 2004’ Event in Ohio
* MUSLIMS COULD PROVE CRUCIAL IN ELECTION (AP)
* CAIR-OH: GOP CHIEF FAULTS PATRIOT ACT (Columbus Dispatch)
	- Tariq Ramadan Visa Absurdity (Chicago Tribune)
	- PA Student Deported Without Hearing (Post-Gazette)
* FBI PLANS TO INTERVIEW LOCAL MUSLIMS (News 14)
	- ID: Concern About Questioning of Muslims (Statesman)
	- Muslims Talk About Airport Security (Capital News 9)
* TX: ISLAMIC BURIALS HELP EASE PAIN OF BEREAVEMENT (DM News)
* REFLECTIONS ON RAMADAN (Ledger Inquirer)
	- Teaching Ramadan in Public Schools (KC Star) 
	- NY: Muslims Looking Forward to Ramadan (SI Live)
* OH: INTERFAITH MEETING LOOKS AT PEACE (Ledger-Enquirer)
* GA: ANIMATED FILM TELLS MUHAMMAD'S STORY (AJC)
* BUSH TO AID 'MODERATE' PARTIES IN IRAQ ELECTION (Reuters)
	- German Court: Headscarf Ban Applies to Nuns (DW)  
	- Arsonists Blamed for Fire at Australian Mosque (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A SEED OF FAITH

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon) said: "On the Day of Resurrection 
I
will intercede and say, 'O my Lord! Admit into Paradise (even) those 
who
have faith equal to a mustard seed in their hearts.'"

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 600 

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CAIR DINNERS SOLD OUT IN CA AND FL

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR annual banquets held last night 
in
Southern California and Florida were sold-out events. Some 2,000 people
attended the CAIR-LA banquet, while 600 took part in the CAIR-FL 
dinner.

SEE ALSO:

MOSQUES URGED TO REACH OUT WITH 'SHARING RAMADAN' IFTARS
National initiative designed to challenge growing anti-Muslim views 

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that Ramadan "is the month of
sharing with others." (Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 614) Based on that tradition 
and
on the growing level of Islamophobia in American society, CAIR is 
calling
on Muslim communities nationwide to hold "Sharing Ramadan" iftars and
mosque open houses for people of other faiths to help promote better
understanding of Islam and Muslims.

CAIR is helping local communities organize what is hoped to become an
annual effort by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting a 
"Sharing
Ramadan" iftar. The "SHARING RAMADAN" RESOURCE GUIDE is available 
online
at: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.pdf and
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.doc

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SACRAMENTO MUSLIMS MEET WITH FBI, U.S. ATTORNEY 

(SACRAMENTO, CA) On October 6, 2004, more than 30 leaders of the 
Sacramento
Valley Muslim community met with Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter,
U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, and other law enforcement officials to
discuss issues of concern to the Muslim Community.   

The meeting, facilitated by the Sacramento Valley chapter of the 
Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), addressed a wide range of issues,
including the FBI's October plan prior to the November election,
counterterrorism efforts, anti-Muslim hate crimes, civil rights, racial
profiling, and security in Sacramento. 

"The FBI seeks to continue to strengthen relationships with the Muslim
American community, to address concerns, jointly solve issues of mutual
concern, and work together to ensure a safe America while staunchly
preserving the rights and respect of the greater Sacramento Muslim
population," said Special Agent In Charge Keith Slotter.

"Sacramento Muslims will continue to work with law enforcement 
authorities
for the security of our country." said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim
Elkarra. “We welcome assurances from the FBI about the protection of 
our
civil rights.”

Those who took part in the meeting included CAIR-SV, the Islamic Center 
of
Chico, Farooqia Islamic Center of Lodi, Islamic Center of Davis, 
Islamic
Society of Folsom, Lodi Mosque, Masjid AnNur Islamic Center, Masjid
Ibrahim, Muslim Mosque Association, Sacramento Afghan Community and
Religious Center, and Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims 
(SALAM). 

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, 916-289-3748, E-Mail: sacval@cair.com 

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200 ATTEND ‘MUSLIM VOTE 2004’ EVENT IN OHIO

(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/10/04) - Some 200 members of the Ohio Muslim 
community
attended the Muslim Vote 2004 Town Hall meeting held yesterday in the
Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. The meeting was part of the
commemoration of Islamic Day in Ohio. 

Attendees of the town hall meeting included the leadership of the Ohio
Muslim Community from across the state who heard from, federal, state, 
and
local elected officials on the importance of political involvement. 

The town hall meeting was organized by the Islamic Council of Ohio 
(ICO),
the Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-Ohio),
and the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT).

Representatives of the presidential campaigns spoke at the event. 
Robert
Bennett, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, represented the Ohio
Republican Party and the Bush-Chaney Campaign. Bill Shaheen, Chairman 
of
the Kerry-Edwards New Hampshire campaign, represented the Kerry-Edwards
Champaign.

Representatives of the Green Party and the Libertarian Party also took 
part
in the event.

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan at (614) 451-3232 or
(614) 571-2770, or by e-mail at jad@cair-ohio.com

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MUSLIMS COULD PROVE CRUCIAL IN ELECTION
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 10/10/04
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/articles/2004/10/10/muslims_co
uld_prove_crucial_in_election/ 

PATERSON, N.J. - With more than 1,200 Muslims and Arab-Americans taken 
into
custody after the Sept. 11 attacks, and a U.S.-led war raging in Iraq, 
many
Muslims oppose George Bush in the November presidential election.

But their voting for John Kerry is not a slam-dunk, either. 

Muslims in New Jersey and across the country say they support the 
president
on moral issues like abortion and gay marriage, but strongly favor 
Kerry
because they oppose the war in Iraq and feel he'll end it sooner than 
Bush
will. They also support Kerry because they think he has a stronger
commitment to civil rights in the United States. 

In an election that could once again be razor-close, the support of 
Muslims
- whose estimated numbers nationwide range from 1.2 million to 7 
million -
could be crucial. The Bush and Kerry campaigns have courted Muslim 
voters,
particularly in swing states like Ohio and Florida, as well as 
Michigan,
which has the nation's largest Arab-American population. 

"I can't see how any self-respecting American - forget about 
Arab-American
or Muslim - can vote for President Bush, unless you're a total kook," 
said
Hani Awadallah, president of the Arab-American Civic Organization. 
"This
guy is bad for America, he's bad for the Constitution. He is the abyss. 

"He has made America look so bad to the rest of the world," Awadallah 
said.
"Muslims used to look at America as being on the side of the underdog. 
Now
he's shown America to be a cowboy bully, and it will take 50 years to 
undo
this image." 

Not all Muslims share his animus toward the president, however. Sherine
El-Abd is on the New Jersey steering committee for Bush's campaign. 
Earlier
this year, she founded the Egyptian-American Political Action 
Committee,
and hopes to raise enough money for the president's campaign to qualify 
as
either a Pioneer ($100,000) or a Ranger ($200,000). 

The Edison woman admires Bush's public pronouncements on behalf of 
American
Muslims. 

"It is this president that changed the language about how Americans 
pray,"
said El-Abd, an events planner who formerly worked on Democrat Walter
Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign. "Since I came to this country in
1965, it was always `Americans pray in churches and synagogues.' Now it 
is
`churches, synagogues and mosques.' He's the one who started that." 

Bush also impressed El-Abd by including her in a group of Muslims 
invited
to a Ramadan dinner at the White House last fall. During a private
conversation that lasted perhaps a minute, El-Abd said she promised to 
work
hard to deliver Muslim votes to him. 
 
"I said I had a tough job ahead of me," she recalled. "He promised to 
make
my job easier." 

Whether Bush has done a good job is the subject of spirited debate 
among
many Muslims… 

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GOP CHIEF FAULTS PATRIOT ACT 
Muslims 'have some legitimate concerns'
Bill Bush, COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 10/10/04
http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2004/10/10/20041010-C1
-02.html

After bringing greetings from President Bush to the "Muslim Vote 2004"
gathering yesterday at the Statehouse, Ohio GOP Chairman Robert T. 
Bennett
compared the treatment of Muslims under the USA Patriot Act to the
treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

"I think they (Muslims) have some legitimate concerns with regard to 
the
Patriot Act," Bennett told The Dispatch.

"It's very similar to what happened to the Japanese-Americans in World 
War
II, absent the movement and the concentration. There's no question that 
we
have some profiling in place, and that disturbs people." 

Bennett said he believes Bush understands the problems that the Patriot 
Act
has created for Muslims, and he believes Bush will move to correct them 
if
he is elected to a second term.

"We got 78 percent of the American Islamic vote in 2000," based on 
issues
such as family values and education, Bennett said.

Bush campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said he could only clarify 
Bennett's
comments by saying that the Patriot Act is a law-enforcement tool, and 
he
knows of no plans to change it.

"The president believes that the Patriot Act is designed to protect
innocent Americans from the deadly plans of terrorists," Madden said.

Asked about Bennett's analogy, Madden said: "I'd let him have to 
respond to
that."

Bill Shaheen, who spoke for Sen. John Kerry at the event, responded 
that
Bush shouldn't wait to alter the Patriot Act.

"Bush has got control of the House and Senate, he could correct that 
right
now," said Shaheen, Kerry's campaign chairman in New Hampshire and the
husband of former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. "It's going to go 
down
some day as a black mark in our history. These guys are using it like 
it's
almost a police state."

Bennett made his comments about the Patriot Act after being told that 
Jad
Humeidan, executive director of the Council on American Islamic 
Relations
in Columbus, had said that polling showed the act -- which gave the
government broad new powers to monitor citizens -- was now the No. 1 
issue
for Muslim voters.

About 160,000 Muslims live in Ohio, about three-fourths of them 
citizens,
Humeidan said.

"The No. 1 issue by far -- above Iraq, above Middle East policy, above 
all
the foreign-relations issues -- was the issue of civil rights and the 
issue
of the Patriot Act."

The Iraq war is No. 2, followed by health care, he said…

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan at (614) 451-3232 or
(614) 571-2770, or by e-mail at jad@cair-ohio.com

SEE ALSO:

VISA ABSURDITY
Doug Cassel, Chicago Tribune, 10/10/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/perspective/chi-0410100301oct10,1
,4770325.story 

The ghosts of McCarthyism must be dancing with delight. Our government 
has
denied a visa to Europe's leading moderate Muslim intellectual--Swiss
scholar Tariq Ramadan--thereby preventing him from teaching at the
University of Notre Dame. This is not only wrong, but foolish. We 
cannot
win global hearts and minds by being timid and inept on the battlefield 
of
ideas.

After granting Ramadan a visa earlier this year, the government in late
July reversed itself, excluding him just as he was about to begin 
teaching
Islamic studies at Notre Dame as Luce Professor of Religion, Conflict 
and
Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, a
joint tenured appointment with the classics department.

The denial surprised both Notre Dame and Dr. Ramadan, who has been 
teaching
philosophy and Islamic studies at Geneva and Fribourg. No wonder: When
Ramadan was granted a U.S. visa in 2002, his lecture tour included
presentations in such prestigious venues as the Chicago Council on 
Foreign
Relations. 

If the administration wants to signal to the world that we cower in 
fear of
moderate Muslim intellectuals, it could hardly do better…

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DEPORTED WITHOUT A HEARING
BILL SCHACKNER PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/10/04
http://post-gazette.com/pg/04284/393328.stm

Leaders of La Roche College vouched repeatedly for his character.
Professors wrote letters describing him as a model student. Civil 
liberties
lawyers agreed to take up his defense for free.

But in the end, those lawyers said Friday, it wasn't enough to get a
Jordanian man, Abdelqader K. Abu-Snaineh, his day in court. 

For months, he waited for a Sept. 15 hearing to explain to an 
immigration
judge why he missed a deadline to comply with a now-defunct federal 
program
of special registrations imposed on men from mostly Muslim countries 
after
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

But when he and one of his lawyers arrived for the hearing, they were 
told
there would be no testimony. Nor was there a need to submit any written
evidence. The judge, Donald Ferlise, told them he had decided months
earlier that Abu-Snaineh, 22, acted willfully and was deportable, said
Robert Whitehill, one of his attorneys who is working with the American
Civil Liberties Union.

The executive director of a group representing the nation's immigration
lawyers says the judge's decision to deny testimony appears to be
extraordinary, and Abu-Snaineh's lawyers from the ACLU say they are
weighing an appeal, in part on grounds that his due process rights to a
hearing were violated.

But by the time any such appeal is filed, Abu-Snaineh says, he will be 
back
in his home country. He said he's tired of the 15-month fight to stay 
in
America and, for now, is abandoning his dream to further his studies 
and
find a job in engineering…

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FBI PLANS TO INTERVIEW LOCAL MUSLIMS
Mercer Mill, News 14 Carolina, 10/8/04
http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/local_news/?ArID=76207&SecID=2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of Muslims live in the Charlotte area, and
many of them will soon be interviewed by the FBI regarding possible
terrorist threats.

"We want to solicit help," Special Agent Joanne Morley said Friday. 
"This
is not meant to be confrontational. ... It's a window of opportunity to
obtain information."

Morley said the interviews are part of the FBI's ongoing outreach 
program
with the Muslim community. And with the election coming up, any 
information
might help them thwart an al Qaeda attack.

While Charlotte-area Muslims plan to work with the FBI, they also want 
to
work with the rest of the community and offer more insight into Islam.   

Faheem Schuaibb and many other members of the Muslim community said 
they
understand and are willing to cooperate.

"I'm capable of knowing how to separate what's true from what's false 
in
this particular matter, and not take it personally and not feel 
responsible
for what the other individual does," Schuaibb said....

SEE ALSO:

GROUPS CONCERNED ABOUT QUESTIONING OF LOCAL MUSLIMS
Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman, 10/9/04
http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041009/NEWS01/410
090319/1002/NEWS02

Boise-area faith and human rights groups called on the community Friday 
to
show support for the Treasure Valley's 6,000 Muslims.

The groups say Treasure Valley Muslims with deep ties to this country 
are
coming under scrutiny by federal investigators who are looking into
terrorism.

"Right now, right here in our hometown, our friends and neighbors in 
the
Muslim community are being victimized," said Bruce Bistline, an 
attorney
who represents the Islamic Center of Boise.

Federal investigators have interviewed at least 10 Boise-area Muslims 
and
some of their neighbors in the past several months, said Furqan 
Mehmood,
president of the Boise Islamic Center.

"These are people who have been in the country for six, eight and 10
years," Bistline said. "They are not holed up and going to airplane 
school."

Treasure Valley Muslims feel isolated as they come under scrutiny, the
groups said.

FBI officials said Friday they are stepping up their terrorism 
awareness
across the country as the presidential election draws near, recalling 
the
terrorist attacks that happened in Spain shortly before that country's
election...

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MUSLIMS TALK ABOUT AIRPORT SECURITY
Capital News 9, 10/9/04 
http://www.capitalnews9.com/content/headlines/?ArID=98499&SecID=33
  
The Islamic Center of the Capital Region invited officials from the 
Albany
International Airport to meet and talk about concerns over new security
check point measures. 

The local Muslim community wanted to hold the open exchange so the 
airport
could get a better understanding of their cultural customs. That way 
both
groups could have a common understanding and Muslims could have a more
friendly airport experience. 

Dr. Ahmed Nezar, Kobeisy director & Imam, said, "The purpose was to 
bring a
common understanding so Muslim's are allowed to understand the 
procedures
in order for them to cooperate and at the same time not to feel
specifically targeted."

Airport officials said all travelers are treated the same and no one 
should
feel targeted...

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FUNERAL HOME'S ISLAMIC BURIALS CAN HELP EASE PAIN OF BEREAVEMENT
WENDY HUNDLEY, Dallas Morning News, 10/10/04
http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/news/city/collin/stories/101004dnccorahma.2d
39d.html

When his father died last month, Abdul Q. Shariff's loss was eased by 
the
knowledge that the older man was buried in proper Muslim fashion.

His body was ceremoniously washed and shrouded.

When placed in the ground, the right side of his father's body faced 
the
northeast - toward the holy city of Mecca. 

All this was done quickly - within 24 hours of death.

Mr. Shariff was confident that his father was properly laid to rest 
because
Rahma Funeral Home, a new Far North Dallas business that specializes in
Islamic burials, handled all the arrangements.

Owner and general manager Qadeer Qazi opened the business in August.

Mr. Qazi "can do the ritual properly," said Mr. Shariff, who is from
Pakistan but now lives in McKinney. "That helped us a lot."

While he serves people of all faiths, Mr. Qazi said, his knowledge of
Islamic burial rituals allows him to provide a much-needed service to 
the
area's growing Muslim population.

"I have an advantage, being from the same faith," said Mr. Qazi, who
believes that his business is the first licensed Muslim funeral home in
Texas.

For devout Muslims, a quick burial is a prime consideration.

"We bury a body within 24 hours or as soon as possible," said Mr. Qazi, 
who
recently got a call from a bereaved family at 7:30 a.m. and arranged to
have the deceased buried by 3 p.m. the same day.

"For us, death is a gateway to meet God," he said. "We want to rush 
them to
meet God."

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REFLECTIONS ON RAMADAN
Allison Kennedy, Ledger Inquirer, 10/9/04
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/living/9871918.htm

Like every year, the moon will signal to Muslims worldwide that the 
month
of Ramadan is upon them. After they spot the small crescent, expected 
to
show itself this year on Oct. 16, followers of Islam will begin to fast 
for
30 days as they also seek spiritual cleansing and a stronger faith. We
asked four Columbus Muslims about the holy month and what they learn 
from
it. 

The Koran was sent down to the prophet Mohammed, and also God said that
fasting is proscribed to you and the people before you. It is nothing 
new.
The beautiful month of Ramadan is a month of peace. The beginning of it 
is
the mercy of God, given to guidance and concentrating more on the 
aspects
of mercy. The middle third is forgiveness, love and kindness. You clean
your heart. And the end of it, the last third, is freedom -- freedom 
from
bondage, or anything you are doing that is bogging you down. It can be
racism, hatred.

"Every year, these (three) are practiced. What is harming people from
having peace will vary from person to person.

"About fasting: If one does not understand the reason why it's being 
done,
it can be tough. Once one understands the meaning, it becomes very 
easy.
Besides God's proscription, it is good for human beings. In reflection, 
you
concentrate on the Word of God. It has a spiritual effect. Also, it 
causes
you to be more social. You socialize more in the mosque during Ramadan 
and
develop more friendships with people of faith, and encourage everybody
else...

ALSO SEE

TEACHING RAMADAN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Kansas City Star, 10/9/04
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/9870348.htm

During the next few weeks, multicultural trainer Afeefa Syeed will 
bring
third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from a Muslim academy in 
Herndon,
Va., to nearby public schools to share the practices and beliefs of 
their
holiest month, Ramadan.

Syeed and the children will present the call to prayer in Arabic, 
display
prayer rugs and offer tastes of dates. In countless other classrooms 
across
the country, similar efforts will be made to educate students about the
time of fasting and spiritual reflection for adherents of the world's
second-largest religion.

Ramadan, which likely will begin Oct. 15, depending on the sighting of 
the
new moon, is making more appearances in public school classrooms, 
thanks to
a series of new teacher training initiatives, an increased fascination 
with
Islam and the assurance that schools, if careful, can educate
impressionable children about religion without crossing a 
constitutional
line.

The Council on Islamic Education, a nonprofit organization based in
California, plans to release an updated version of its booklet "Muslim
Holidays," which was first published in 1997, for the more than 4,000
teachers nationwide who have used it.

The booklet, which contains lesson plan ideas and historical and 
cultural
background on Ramadan and other Muslim holidays, also outlines the 
various
state regulations governing instruction about religion in public 
schools
and discusses accommodations that schools can make to enable Muslim
students to observe the holiday.

Muslim educators note tremendous progress in education about Ramadan 
and
Islam in general in public schools, particularly since the terrorist
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - perpetrated by extremist Muslims - brought
Islam into the national spotlight.

Another reason for this success, some say, is an increased general
awareness in public education circles of what is constitutionally
appropriate to teach about religion... 

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ISLAND MUSLIMS LOOKING FORWARD TO RAMADAN 
Leslie Palma-Simoncek, Staten Island Live, 10/9/04
http://www.silive.com/living/advance/index.ssf?/base/living/1097250321197080
.xml

For people who are fasting from sunrise to sunset, dinner takes on an 
added
significance. 

"The best part of Ramadan is getting together every night," said 
Skendar
Dedovics of Dongan Hills. "One night you go to one house, the next 
night to
another family. Dinners every day are at a different house." 
     
Ramadan, the month that marks the anniversary of the revelation of the
Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, will begin next week. All able-bodied, 
adult
Muslims around the world -- except pregnant women -- will fast for 30 
days,
abstaining not only from food, but also from water, cigarettes and, for
married couples, sexual relations. 

By all accounts, the sacrifice asked of Muslims is a small one. 

"The first few days are hard, but you get used to it," Dedovic said as 
he
sliced meat in his Stapleton store, Dinora's Halal Meat Market. 

Working around food all day presents its own challenges, said Dedovic, 
a
native of Montenegro, Yugoslavia. 

"The first few days, it's like you want to pick and put something in 
your
mouth," he said. 

"Maybe the first day I get a little bit of a headache," from being cut 
off
from coffee, Eddy Rid, a Brooklyn resident who works at Charma 
Superette in
St. George. 

Miliha Deda, who owns Emil's Halal Meat Market in Tompkinsville, said
customers are treated with special care during this month. 

"We try to be very nice to our people during Ramadan," Mrs. Deda said.
"They're not smoking, there's no coffee, they're getting hungry. We try 
to
take very good care of them..." 

----- 

INTERFAITH MEETING LOOKS AT FAITH AND PEACE
Allison Kennedy, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 10/9/04
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/living/9872060.htm

In these days of war and talk of terrorism, a Columbus clergy 
association
will sponsor next week a three-man panel whose topic is peace. The
presentation will be Thursday at the quarterly lunch meeting of the
Muscogee County Clergy Association, which was founded in 1998 as an
inter-racial group of clergy.

"My Piece of the Peace" is the topic. Presenters are the Rev. J.H. 
Flakes
of Fourth Street Baptist Church; Rabbi Max Roth of Shearith Israel
Synagogue; and Farhad "Ali" Alifarhani who attends Masjid AnNur, a 
Columbus
mosque. Moderating the panel will be the Rev. Chuck Hasty of First
Presbyterian Church and the current president of the MCCA. 

"This program evolved over the past year in conversations we have had 
as
members of the clergy association, in light of world and local events,"
Hasty said. "We wanted to increase understanding among ourselves and 
gain a
greater trust."

Each presenter will offer his own personal perspective on peace, and 
how he
is trying to bring it about locally if not globally. He is not expected 
to
be the spokesman for his particular religion's stance on peace, Hasty
said...

----- 

ANIMATED FILM TELLS MUHAMMAD'S STORY
Atlanta Journal Constitution, 10/9/04
http://www.ajc.com/saturday/content/epaper/editions/saturday/faith_values_14
76929c1739c13000c5.html

The animated, full-length film, "Muhammad: The Last Prophet," is being
released Nov. 14 in cities across the United States to coincide with 
the
Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr. The festival marks the end of the Islamic 
holy
month of Ramadan, which begins Friday. 

"The nature of the holiday --- a celebration after a month of fasting 
---
fit perfectly with the nature of the film," said Oussama Jammal, CEO of
Fine Media Group, which is distributing the movie. "You practice 
patience
and remembrance in Ramadan. This movie will be a great celebration of 
the
holidays."

Promoters hope the film will entertain as well as offer an opportunity 
for
Muslims and people of other faiths to come together. "Interest in Islam 
is
high. This film will present Islam in an accessible way everyone can
enjoy," Jammal said.

The film is scheduled to have several showings at two Atlanta theaters,
United Artists Tara Cinemas 4 and Regal Perimeter Point 10. Tickets 
must be
purchased in advance, through the Web site www.finemediagroup.com or by
calling 1-800-364-2000 for groups of 50 or more.

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BUSH TO AID 'MODERATE' PARTIES IN IRAQ ELECTION
Adam Entous, Reuters, 10/8/04
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20041009/wl_nm/iraq_usa_el
ections_dc&cid=574&ncid=1480

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration plans to give strategic advice,
training and polling data to what it deems as "moderate and democratic"
Iraqi political parties with candidates running in the country's 
upcoming
elections, government documents show. 

The administration said its goal is to help the parties "compete
effectively" in the campaign and "increase their support among the 
Iraqi
people" in national, regional and provincial elections scheduled for
January, according to the State Department documents obtained by 
Reuters on
Friday. 

The White House had no immediate comment on who would qualify for the
party-building support and it was unclear from the documents who would 
make
those determinations. 

Non-governmental groups expected to take part in the efforts said they
understood that religious groups and communist parties would be 
eligible
for help. 

President Bush has made the upcoming elections his top priority in 
trying
to stabilize Iraq amid a worsening insurgency and to shore up support 
for
the war at home. 

Under pressure from lawmakers, the White House said last month that it
would not try to influence the outcome of the elections by "covertly"
helping individual candidates. 

Instead, the administration said it would provide "strategic advice,
technical assistance, training, polling data, assistance and other 
forms of
support" to "moderate, democratically oriented political parties,"
according to the documents... 

SEE ALSO:

COURT: HEADSCARF BAN APPLIES TO NUNS    
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,1564,1355371,00.html
 
A German federal court has ruled that a regional ban on Muslim teachers
wearing headscarves in public schools must also apply to Christian 
nuns,
according to a news report.

The Federal Administrative Court has ruled that a law passed in April 
in
the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg was unfair because it only
applied to Muslim women yet permitted Christian symbols, news weekly 
Der
Spiegel reported in an advance copy of its Monday issue.

Nuns, who often work in public schools in the predominantly Roman 
Catholic
Black Forest region of the state, will now be required to remove their
habits before entering the classroom…

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POLICE BLAME ARSONISTS FOR FIRE AT SYDNEY MOSQUE
Associated Press, 10/10/04

SYDNEY, Australia - Arsonists started a small fire at a Sydney mosque 
early
Monday, but none of the worshippers in the building were injured, 
police
said. 

The attackers set fire to wooden planks at the back of the Rooty Hill
Mosque in western Sydney, damaging a door and carpet, police said in a
statement. There were no immediate arrests…

Muslims in Sydney have said there has been an increase in anti-Muslim
attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/11/04

* CAIR-SEATTLE: WA MUSLIMS RALLY FOR DETAINEE
* 2,000 TURN OUT FOR CAIR-LA BANQUET (Press-Enterprise)
	- CAIR Study an Eye-Opener (Daily News)
	- MI: Christians, Muslims Must Unite Against Fear
	- CAIR-AZ: FBI's Queries of Muslims Spurs Anxiety
* CAIR-SAN DIEGO: VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES
	- OH: Candidates Not Addressing Arab-Americans
* OH: MUSLIM WOMAN SUES OVER HEADSCARF ORDEAL (Fox News)
	- NJ: Freedom Has Limits for man Without a Country
* NY MUSLIMS COME TOGETHER WITH JEWS, CHRISTIANS (Newsday)

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WASHINGTON STATE MUSLIMS RALLY FOR DETAINEE

(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 10/11/2004) ­ On Tuesday, October 12, the Seattle 
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Seattle) will 
join a rally urging that due process rights be accorded to Muslim 
detainee 
Majid al-Massari.

CAIR-Seattle will join al-Massari's co-workers from the University of 
Washington School of Nursing, his attorney, and other civil rights 
advocates at the Immigration hearing to determine al-Massari's 
"removeability" being held at the I.C.E. Tacoma Detention Facility at 1 
pm.

Al-Massari has been held under tight security since his arrest in July 
for 
a relatively routine immigration violation and was held for more than a 
week in solitary confinement in a federal detention center without 
being 
allowed to contact his family or an attorney.

WHEN: 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2004
WHERE: Immigration and Custom Enforcement Tacoma, Northwest Detention 
Center, 1623 East J Street, Tacoma, Washington

CONTACT: CAIR-Seattle, Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407, E-MAIL: 
samia@cair-seattle.org; Rami Al-Kabra, 206-349-5995, 
E-MAIL:  rami@cair-seattle.org

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2,000 TURN OUT FOR CAIR-LA BANQUET

BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS DECRIED
BETTYE WELLS MILLER, Press-Enterprise, 10/11/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/corona/stories/PE_News_Local_cair11.f1a0.html

ANAHEIM - Muslims and people of Arab heritage remain the targets of the 
most extensive campaign of ethnic profiling to occur in the United 
States 
since 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were interned during 
World 
War II, a Georgetown University law professor said Saturday.

"Sept. 11 changed everything for people in this room more than for 
others 
outside," David Cole told more than 2,000 California Muslims, 
politicians, 
law enforcement officials and a rainbow of religious leaders. The 
American 
Bar Association named Cole a Human Rights Hero earlier this year.

The event was a banquet celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations Southern California chapter at the Anaheim 
Convention Center. The Patriot Act, which Congress passed in October 
2001, 
has been especially devastating because Attorney General John Ashcroft 
has 
used it to advance a policy of "preventive detention," Cole said. More 
than 
5,000 immigrants, all of them Arabs or Muslims, have been detained, he 
said. None has been convicted.

"John Ashcroft is zero for 5,000," Cole said. "Many people have been 
picked 
up and held without charges. Arrests were made in secret and remain 
secret 
to this day. Hundreds were tried in secret immigration hearings. Yet 
not 
one was found to be involved in terrorist activity. These kinds of 
figures 
would not be sustainable politically if they targeted mainstream, white 
Americans…"

"On Sept. 12 we had the world's sympathy," Cole said. "Three years 
later we 
have the world's antipathy. Never in the history of our country has 
anti-Americanism been so high. It is rooted in the belief that America 
can 
employ a double standard and not treat people with dignity. That's what 
fuels anti-American sentiment and makes us less safe today."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is one of many organizations 
challenging that double standard, Cole said.

Earlier in the evening, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer told 
the 
crowded convention hall that mosques and synagogues are protected 
places 
under new state hate-crime legislation. He vowed to protect Muslims and 
their places of worship from hate crimes.

"As California's top cop I will not allow it," he said.

The celebration of the Southern California chapter's 10th anniversary 
came 
days after a survey commissioned by the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations found that one out of four Americans holds anti-Muslim 
sentiments…

CONTACT: Sabiha F. Khan, CAIR-LA Communications Director, 714-776-1847, 
E-Mail: socal@cair.com

SEE ALSO:

STUDY ABOUT MUSLIMS AN EYE-OPENER
Heber Taylor, The Daily News, 10/8/04
http://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?wcd=56394

There are three things to say about the assertion that "Muslims teach 
their 
children to hate."

o It's false.

o It's harmful.

o And, sadly, more than one out of four people in this country believe 
it.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which describes itself as an 
Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, recently commissioned an 
independent survey to find out what Americans think about Muslims…

The survey found that knowledge about Islam is generally low in this 
country. Those of us who live in Galveston County ought to pledge to 
remedy 
that in our small corner of the country.

It's possible to make an effort to inform yourself. It's also possible 
to 
reach out and make contacts - and perhaps even make friends.

In releasing the survey, Omar Ahmad, chairman of the council's board, 
said: 
"As a nation that values tolerance and equality, we need to recognize 
the 
growing anti-Muslim prejudice in our society and join together as 
Americans 
to combat this divisive phenomenon. It is clear from the results of 
this 
survey that we have our work cut out for us in terms of educating other 
Americans about Islam and providing opportunities for positive 
interactions 
with the Muslim community."

We'd say it's important for people of all faiths - not just Muslims - 
to 
work toward creating those "positive interactions."

We'd also say that the council performed a real public service in 
publishing this study.

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CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS MUST UNITE AGAINST FEAR
Charles Honey, Grand Rapids Press, 10/9/04
http://www.mlive.com/grpress/

We have a problem in our faith community.

One of the world's major faiths is on trial for its beliefs, and for 
whether those beliefs are matched by right action. Many people of this 
faith feel on the defensive, even persecuted for their beliefs.

I'm talking about Christians.

It's not unusual for Christians to complain to me that they feel 
attacked 
for their beliefs. They say it seems to be OK for the media and other 
critics to go after Christians, especially those of the one-way-only 
variety. But secularists and people of other faiths, notably Islam, get 
off 
scot-free for their extremist views, some of these Christians say.

Which is interesting, since some Muslims say the same thing in reverse.

They definitely feel under siege, and as if every incident involving a 
Muslim with allegedly suspicious motives (see Cat Stevens) gets blown 
out 
of proportion. Christian leaders, meanwhile, routinely make blanket 
attacks 
against Islam and get away with it, they say.

It doesn't seem as if both these perceptions could be true. But they 
are.

First, Christians are under very real attack in some parts of the 
world, 
such as Sudan where they have been persecuted by a radical Muslim 
majority.

And yes, they often are attacked verbally for their more exclusive 
views, 
such as those who say only Christ can save one from an eternity of 
flames. 
They are called intolerant, judgmental and arrogant, often unjustly.

Meanwhile, Muslims are constantly under the gun, ideologically and 
sometimes literally. Despite much talk about reaching out to Muslims 
following the Sept. 11 attacks, a substantial minority still have 
hostile 
views of Islam.

A recent poll of 1,000 adults found about one-fourth believe Islam 
teaches 
violence, that Muslims value life less than other people and want to 
change 
the American way of life…

Did you know, for instance, that CAIR, the country's largest Islamic 
advocacy group, repeatedly denounces terrorism? "No injustice done to 
Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people," states 
CAIR's 
online petition.

Another chance to learn comes in November, when a three-week series on 
Islam will be offered by the Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism.

Yet Muslims also have a responsibility to reach out and speak out. 
Given 
gruesome slaughters and hateful statements by radical Muslims 
worldwide, a 
little paranoia among non-Muslims is understandable, too.

CAIR urges mosques to invite non-Muslims for meals during Ramadan. 
Local 
mosques should take them up on it. And local Muslims need to be more 
public 
in denouncing violence and articulating the faith. Doing so involves 
risk, 
but so does trying to stay under the radar.

Muslims and Christians don't need to agree theologically. We do need to 
respect each other and unite against our common enemy -- fear.

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FBI'S QUERIES OF MUSLIMS SPURS ANXIETY
Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic, 10/11/04
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1011muslims11.html

FBI agents are knocking on doors of Valley Muslims asking questions 
aimed 
at detecting and deterring terrorism before Wednesday's presidential 
debate 
at Arizona State University and the Nov. 2 election, say Islamic and 
civil 
rights leaders.

"They want to leave no stone unturned," said Deedra Abboud, executive 
director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in 
Arizona. 
"And they want to make sure nothing disrupts the election . . . But it 
does 
concern us because it's against the American way, and it's a waste of 
their 
time."

Agents across the nation have been instructed to "foster the impression 
that law enforcement is focused on individuals who might be a threat," 
according to the FBI's so-called "October Plan," which was disclosed 
when 
CBS News obtained an e-mail from the bureau's "04 Threat Task Force."

Special agent Susan Herskovits, an FBI spokeswoman in Phoenix, said 
they 
are not only interviewing Muslims. She declined to describe how 
subjects 
are chosen except to say, "We have not been sent a list. We've been 
sent a 
directive to talk to as many people as we can about a potential 
al-Qaida 
attack between now and the election."

The scenario was described by Abboud this way:

A pair of agents come to the front door and ask to chat. They don't 
allow a 
friend, lawyer or tape recorder during the interview. But it's 
completely 
voluntary and informal. Just a few questions:

Who are your friends?

How do you feel about the Bush administration?

What do you think of U.S. foreign policy in Israel?

Would you become a confidential informant?

Herskovits emphasized that those contacted by agents are not 
necessarily 
viewed with suspicion, but as potential information sources. She said 
there 
are no formatted questions, and anyone may decline to be interviewed…

David Hadley, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of the East Valley, 
said 
he and others recently dined together after completing a fast. A few 
days 
later, he said, FBI agents called one of his meal companions and asked 
by 
name about those who attended the event. "I couldn't figure out how 
they 
knew we were there," said Hadley.

Abboud said some of those contacted by the FBI face a chilling dilemma: 
Cooperate and risk falling under suspicion because of "wrong" answers, 
or 
decline the interview and worry about being put on a watch list or 
harassed...

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES ARE TAKING PLACE IN CONGREGATIONS
Sandi Dolbee, UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/11/04
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20041011-9999-god2_copy.html

The faith factor looms large as Election Day nears, led in part by 
conservative evangelical Christians energized by the continuing 
abortion 
battle and a new debate over same-sex marriage.

Among the faithful, there is an intense and widespread campaign to 
energize 
millions of voters who stayed home in 2000.

Though differing in theologies and motivation, faith-based groups agree 
that they want to make a difference in voter turnout, but their 
activities 
are testing the line separating church and state.

Muslims, many of whom are immigrants, talk about a growing awareness in 
their communities that politics is how they can make their voices heard 
in 
this country.

"You almost have to be involved in the political process to survive," 
said 
Omar Hassaine, executive director of the local branch of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations…

SEE ALSO:

ARAB-AMERICANS: CANDIDATES NOT ADDRESSING THEM
Kerry Staff Member Shows Up To Speak To Local Arab-Americans
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/3799038/detail.html

CLEVELAND -- Some local Arab-Americans do not think that either 
presidential candidate is paying attention to them.

NewsChannel5 reports that the community wants to know which candidate 
will 
be fair in the Middle East.

"Will you promise to be even-handed in the Middle East? That's all I'm 
asking you. We want a voice over there," Isam Zaiem said.

Zaiem, like many Arab-Americans, voted for President George W. Bush in 
the 
last election, but is now a swing voter.

Sen. John Kerry's staff member, Bill Shaheen, also an Arab-American, is 
hoping that Arab-Americans will vote for Kerry.

"I truly believe we can achieve peace in the Middle East, but you've 
got to 
have hope. George Bush offers you no hope," said Shaheen.

No one from the Bush campaign showed up to offer a different 
perspective…

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MUSLIM WOMAN SUES OVER HEADSCARF ORDEAL
Fox News, 10/10/04
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,134905,00.html

CLEVELAND - The Quran commands Muslim women to cover themselves in the 
presence of non-relatives.

So when A'isha Samad of Cleveland, Ohio, went without her headscarf, it 
was 
not by choice.

"It is a protection of [my] modesty," said Samad. "It's no different 
[than] 
if I didn't have a blouse on."

Samad's self-proclaimed nightmare began two years ago when she failed 
to 
appear in court for a hearing related to the custody of a grandchild.

A judge ordered her to be detained in the county jail, where she was 
forced 
to remove her headscarf.

For security reasons, guards remove everything from inmates entering 
the jail.

"Contraband and security play such a vital role here that that's almost 
the 
first thing that gets triggered at intake," said Ken Kochevar of the 
Cuyahoga County Correctional Center (search).

But Samad had no criminal history. In fact, charges against her were 
eventually dropped.

She says she asked for the same covering privileges the jail grants 
Muslim 
men, but her request was denied.

Now she's suing the county for discrimination....

SEE ALSO:

FREEDOM HAS ITS LIMITATIONS FOR A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY
New Jersey Ledger, 10/11/04
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-18/109747023389560.xml

NEW YORK -- Salim Yassir's quest for freedom has been epic. He fled the 
violent Gaza Strip at age 10, spent 14 years in a Libyan refugee camp, 
then 
crossed the Atlantic on a cargo ship to New Jersey, where he spent four 
years in an Elizabeth immigration jail.

And on a rainy street corner on a recent Thursday afternoon in the 
Bronx, 
his journey to freedom continued in a bizarre and maddening way.

In a crew cut and a Yankees cap, Yassir stood outside the King Steak 
restaurant, holding skyward a small black box, turning it, twisting it, 
scowling at it. The box is a global positioning system satellite device 
that federal immigration agents use to track his whereabouts.

Yassir is a man without a country -- a stowaway ordered deported but 
with 
no country that will take him. Federal officials want to know exactly 
where 
he is at all times, so they can deport him as soon as they find some 
place 
that will take him.

In this city of skyscrapers, the Department of Homeland Security has 
never 
placed an alien under electronic or satellite monitoring. And there is 
a 
constant problem: Yassir can never seem to get a signal.

And if he cannot get a signal, he said, the agents assigned to track 
him 
may think he violated the terms of his release, which sets a 20-mile 
limit 
on travel.

Then it will be back to the Elizabeth detention center, a crowded, 
bleak 
place where he said guards confiscated his copy of Muhammad Ali's 
biography 
because they said they didn't want him learning how to fight...

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LI MUSLIMS COME TOGETHER WITH JEWS, CHRISTIANS TO TALK ABOUT WORKING ON
COMMON SOCIAL ISSUES
Nedra Rhone, Newsday, 10/11/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-liisla1011,0,403732.story

There are only two Muslims in Taylor Mill, Ky., according to resident 
Aminah Assilmi, and if not for a moment in time almost 30 years ago, 
there 
may have been only one.

Assilmi, 60, of Native American and Irish descent, grew up Southern 
Baptist 
in Oklahoma. By the time she attended college at the University of 
Denver 
to get a business degree, she was convinced it was her mission to 
convert 
the Muslim students.

But as she studied the Quran to use as a weapon in disproving the 
theories 
of Islam, she paved the way for her own conversion. By the time a group 
of 
Muslims landed on her doorstep for a final religious showdown, "Islam 
had 
already entered my heart," Assilmi said. But in 1977 "it was hard to 
say 
I'm a Caucasian, American Muslim…"
	
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/12/04

* HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: FASTING IS FOR GOD
* CAIR CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF WORK, PROGRESS (OC Register)
	- CAIR Successes
	- CAIR-FL Thanked for Diversity Display
* CA POLICE CHIEF TO FAST IN MUSLIM OUTREACH (SJ Mercury News)
	- NY City to Step Up Mosque Patrols for Ramadan (AP)
* ORDER TICKETS NOW FOR 'MUHAMMAD: THE LAST PROPHET'
* PA: FBI SEEKS TO INTERVIEW 44 MUSLIMS (Tribune-Review)
	- Terrorism Case Shows U.S. Flaws in Strategy (LA Times)
* DC: MINDING THE MEANING OF ISLAM IN THE WEST
	- DC: Citizen's Hearing on Civil Rights Post-9/11

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HADITH/VERSE OF THE DAY: FASTING IS FOR GOD

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) quoted God as saying: "Every
action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely 
for
Me. I give the reward for it."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 107A

"O you who have attained faith! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was
prescribed for those before you so that you may learn self-restraint."

The Holy Quran, 2:183

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JOB'S ONLY GOTTEN TOUGHER FOR LEADING MUSLIM GROUP
CAIR celebrates 10 years of hard work, hard times, progress.
ANN PEPPER, Orange County Register, 10/12/04
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2004/10/12/sections/local/local/article_272805
.php 

When her boss sent Yesi King home from her waitressing job for wearing 
a
religion-related scarf, she called the Council on American-Islamic
Relations in Anaheim for help.

"I converted to Islam about 2-1/2 years ago," King, 21, said recently. 
"I
have grown in my faith and a few months ago decided I wanted to wear 
the
hijab."

Told by her supervisor to uncover her head or go home, she left the
restaurant in tears. CAIR stepped in with a letter of protest to the
restaurant chain - including a discussion of the law - and 
informational
pamphlets. King was reinstated with back pay.

"It was humiliating being sent home that day, but CAIR really helped me
out," King said. "It's awesome." 

Based in Washington, D.C., the organization focuses its work on
civil-rights issues, from promoting communitywide tolerance to handling
everyday problems like King's. 

In Orange County, seven paid staff members serve a community of about
600,000 Muslims - native-born and immigrants from dozens of nations. 

In recent months, CAIR has made successful pleas for the freedom of a 
young
Southern California Muslim held in Egypt, helped a distraught local 
Muslim
mother publicize her search for her missing son and completed a 
"candidate
report card" on Muslim issues.

It also spent uncountable hours publicly condemning terrorism and 
trying to
separate it from Islam…

Now, CAIR works to rebuild bridges between Muslims and their neighbors 
and
issues a constant stream of press releases condemning terrorism…

CAIR has also energized the wider Islamic community - something not
possible at mosques, the traditional centers of Muslim life, which tend 
to
attract only the devout.

The council bankrolls its projects primarily through community 
donations
and its annual banquets, including the 10th anniversary celebration 
held
Saturday. 

The event was evidence of CAIR's growing clout. A decade ago, the 
dinner
drew 400 attendees, all Muslim. This time, 2,100 people - including
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, members of Congress, county 
and
local office holders, and members of the interfaith community - packed 
the
room. 

Audience members donated $450,000 toward the local chapter's 
approximately
$750,000 projected budget for next year. 

Support for CAIR's work remains critical to the most vulnerable in the
community, keynote speaker David Cole of Georgetown University Law 
Center
told the crowd. 

"In the wake of 9/11, CAIR is in the forefront of seeking to reclaim 
the
idea of humanity for all of us," said Cole, an expert on constitutional
law, criminal procedures, civil liberties, and national security and
immigration law. 

Its efforts have brought the group new friendships and understanding,
Ayloush said.

"I think this was a test for our country. Some people were betting that
America would lynch Muslims or put us in internment camps. I think as a
nation we passed the test."

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334

SEE ALSO:

COUNCIL SUCCESSES  

Since the 9/11 attacks, the O.C. chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations - a Muslim civil-rights group - has worked to increase
understanding of Islam and retrieve its good name from the actions of
extremists. Among its works:

o Initiated a project that has put an 18-book-and-video package on 
Islam in
7,000 public libraries.
o Fielded a billboard campaign on the themes of tolerance, unity and
kindness from "your Muslim neighbor."
o Aired public-service announcements about Islam on radio and TV.
o Set up a speakers bureau to reach churches, synagogues, schools and 
service, political and senior-citizen clubs.
o Created the "Not in the Name of Islam" online anti-terrorism petition 
at
www.cair-net.org, which says, in part: "No injustice done to Muslims 
can
ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will
ever serve the cause of Islam. We repudiate and disassociate ourselves 
from
any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic 
acts.

- Ann Pepper, The Orange County Register

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CAIR-FL THANKED FOR DIVERSITY DISPLAY 

(BROWARD, FL, 10/12/04) - The Florida office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today took part in a reception 
hosted
by Broward Mayor Ilene Lieberman. At the reception, Mayor Lieberman 
thanked
CAIR-FL for setting up a diversity display celebrating Middle Eastern
history and culture in the lobby of the Government Center. She also 
thanked
some 30 other members of the South Florida Muslim community for joining 
the
special breakfast meeting.  
 
The diversity display, part of Broward County's Diversity Display 
series, 
features examples of traditional dress, photographs, art work, and 
Islamic
calligraphy. Smaller items such as tea cups and jewelry are also on
display. 

"This is a unique display and one that has received a lot of 
attention,"
said Mayor Lieberman. "As with all of our monthly diversity displays, 
we
hope that this exhibit is entertaining and educational."

"We thank Mayor Lieberman for giving us this opportunity to share with 
the
residents of Broward County the diversity within the Muslim community,"
said Altaf Ali, Executive Director, CAIR-FL. "As Ramadan approaches we 
draw
upon our spiritual traditions to build relationships and bridges of
understanding with people of other faiths."

The exhibition is expected to run until October 30, 2004.

CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org; Altaf 
Ali,
954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org 

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S.J. POLICE CHIEF TO FAST IN MUSLIM OUTREACH
Crystal Carreon, San Jose Mercury News, 10/12/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/9897461.htm

San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis was speaking to 7,000 Bay Area Muslims 
last
year at the end of Ramadan, Islam's holy month of fasting, when he 
suddenly
realized that they had gone hungry when he had not. And they were
celebrating an experience he did not know.

"It just dawned on me," he recalled. "If I am truly going to understand 
the
nuances of this religion, I should join them in this fast."

So this week, Davis will join the world's nearly 1 billion Muslims in
forgoing food and drink from sunrise to sunset in the monthlong 
observance
of Ramadan. Leaders in law enforcement and the Muslim community say 
they
have never heard of a police chief fasting for the entire month. Last 
year
in the United Kingdom, the highest ranking police officer at New 
Scotland
Yard fasted for one day.

Davis' decision carries enormous weight with Muslims, who remain 
worried
about racial profiling, continued backlash from the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks and, most recently in San Jose, the fatal police shooting of a
Bosnian Muslim outside a coffee shop…

During Ramadan, Davis plans to break the fast nightly with a different
Muslim family, and will extend an invitation to eat at his home.

The police chief, who is a Mormon, said his decision to observe Ramadan 
is
not motivated by politics or publicity but by a desire to "truly
understand." Davis made the commitment when he was the deputy police 
chief
and now, as the chief, he believes fasting can help him connect with a
community that is growing in the South Bay…

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the San Jose Police Department has taken steps to
improve relations between officers and area Arab-Americans and Muslims,
some of whom were targeted in a wave of harassment and violence. In the
days after the attacks, San Jose police responded to a spike in 
reported
hate crimes, including ethnic slurs on answering machines, a mutilated 
rat
on a doorstep and racist graffiti at a high school.

Davis read about Islam, visited a mosque and was invited to speak at 
the
Eid al-Fitr, an annual celebration marking the end of Ramadan. At last
year's festival, Davis said he found his inspiration and announced he 
would
fast the next Ramadan…

In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar. Because the
lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar, the 
holy
month of fasting rotates every year. This year, it is expected to begin 
on
Friday or Saturday, depending on whether a new moon is sighted on 
Thursday
night. Ramadan will last 29 or 30 days.

Muslims believe that during the ninth month in the seventh century, God
revealed the first verses of the Koran, Islam's holy text, to the 
prophet
Muhammad. As a sign of deference, observers of Ramadan abstain from 
eating,
drinking and sex during the daylight hours. But every night, feasts 
mark
the breaking of the fast, or Iftar. 

SEE ALSO:

CITY TO STEP UP PATROLS FOR RAMADAN 
Associated Press, 10/12/04

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday the city will beef 
up
security at mosques and other Muslim places of worship during Ramadan,
warning that bias crimes will not be tolerated. 

Though Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that the 
city
has not received any specific threats of violence directed at Muslims, 
some
members of the Muslim community fear they might be the focus of attacks 
and
harassment -- in part because of the U.S. war in Iraq -- during 
Ramadan,
which starts Friday… 

Kelly said the department will increase patrols outside mosques; 
dispatch
plainclothes officers and heavily armed officers around Muslim holy 
places;
and increase outreach between the Muslim community and police 
department. 

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ORDER TICKETS NOW FOR 'MUHAMMAD: THE LAST PROPHET'

Order tickets for the new animated film "Muhammad: The Last Prophet" 
before
October 25 and receive 25-40% discounts. The film will be released on 
Eid
ul-Fitr in theaters nationwide. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 
No
tickets will be sold in the theaters.

To purchase tickets or to view the movie's trailer, go to:
http://www.finemediagroup.com

Perfect for school trips and eid parties.

SEE ALSO:

FOR-'PROPHET' MOVIE 
WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/12/04
http://washingtontimes.com/entertainment/20041011-101651-8842r.htm

The Fine Media Group is holding a press conference today at the 
National
Press Club to announce the nationwide theatrical release of "Muhammad: 
The
Last Prophet," an animated film that chronicles the early life and
teachings of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. 
    
The release is scheduled to coincide with Eid ul-Fitr, the holiday 
marking
the end of the Islamic fast of Ramadan. 
    
The Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes the movie will enrich
non-Muslims' understanding of the roots of Islam and promote good,
interfaith vibes. 
    
"The release of this film in theaters also offers a chance to interact 
with
American Muslims in a learning environment," says CAIR executive 
director
Nihad Awad. 

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FBI SEEKS TO INTERVIEW 44 MUSLIMS FROM AREA
David Conti, TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 10/12/04
http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/newssummary/s_260859.html

The FBI wants to interview 44 area Muslims for any information they 
have
that might help authorities uncover a possible terrorist attack 
targeting
the Nov. 2 presidential election. Agents are conducting similar 
interviews
nationwide. 

The FBI told the Islamic Council of Greater Pittsburgh last week that 
the
44 Muslims are not being investigated for any crime, according to a 
council
advisory. However, those who have violated a visa can be arrested and
deported. 

Muslim leaders said they were told that about 30 people face 
deportation,
but they don't know how many violators are on the FBI interview list. 

A Pittsburgh civil rights lawyer who participated in Oct. 4 talks 
between
the council and the FBI said Islamic leaders are concerned the 
government
is adopting heavy-handed tactics that could backfire. 

"There's concern nationwide that the war on terror could turn into a 
war on
dissidence, that people will be detained without cause," said Witold 
"Vic"
Walczak, legal director for the Pittsburgh chapter of the American 
Civil
Liberties Union. 

FBI officials and U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan discussed with 
Islamic
council leaders their plans for the interviews. 

"We reached out to them to let them know what's going on and that we're 
not
going behind their backs," said FBI Special Agent William Crowley, a
spokesman for the agency's Pittsburgh office, who declined to say if 
any
interviews have taken place or what type of information the FBI is 
seeking. 

He also would not say how the 44 Muslims were selected. 

Islamic Council President Clifton Slater and Nusrath Ainapore, outreach
director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where the meeting took 
place,
declined to speak with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The advisory 
urged
area Muslims to know their legal rights. 

"If you are approached by the FBI, you may refuse to be interviewed. If 
you
choose to be interviewed, we strongly urge you to obtain a lawyer 
before
the interview," the advisory said. 

"The Islamic Council of Pittsburgh does not condone terrorism, and if 
these
interviews will help prevent it, we will certainly help, but we will 
use
all the means at our disposal to protect the civil rights of all 
Muslims
under the laws and the Constitution of the U.S.," the council advisory
stated…

SEE ALSO:

TERRORISM CASE SHOWS U.S. FLAWS IN STRATEGY
Richard Serrano and Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times, 10/12/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/yahoo/la-na-detroit12oct12,1,3061869.story

Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft proclaimed the breakup of a dangerous 
terrorist
cell. Less than two years later, Detroit yielded the first trials and
convictions of alleged terrorists in the United States after Sept. 11.

But the seemingly brilliant prosecution soon imploded. 

Today, the terrorism convictions have been dismissed because the 
government
withheld evidence that could have helped the defense. The Justice
Department is investigating its chief prosecutor in the case, Richard 
G.
Convertino. He, meanwhile, is suing the department.

The waters are so muddied that it may never be known whether the 
defendants
were involved in terrorism or not. Even now, prosecutors admit they 
cannot
show that the defendants had any contact with a terrorist organization, 
and
they don't know if any attack was planned.

And the Detroit case laid bare a problem in the government's basic
strategy. To forestall attacks, officials have adopted the domestic
equivalent of President Bush's doctrine of preemptive action. But
prosecuting suspects before they strike forces the investigators into 
the
murky world of intent, where pitfalls abound.

Evidence can be ambiguous, solid testimony scarce. It's up to 
prosecutors
to distinguish between terrorists and hapless immigrants with phony 
papers. 

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MINDING THE MEANING OF ISLAM IN THE WEST 

Speaker: Bishop Kenneth Cragg
When: Thursday, October 14, 2004, 4:00 p.m. 
Where: ICC Executive Conference Room, 7th Floor, Georgetown University 
~
Main Campus

Co-sponsored by The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, The 
Center
for Contemporary Arab Studies, and The Woodstock Theological Center

Bishop Cragg is one of the foremost scholars of Islamic and Christian
theology. He has held both academic and ecclesiastical posts throughout 
the
Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States. Bishop Cragg's most
recent book is The Tragic in Islam.

RSVP your attendance to: cmcu@georgetown.edu 

SEE ALSO:

DC: CITIZEN'S HEARING ON CIVIL RIGHTS POST-9/11

1 p.m. Homeland Security - Discussion 

SPONSOR: Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation 

TOPIC/SUBJECT: holds a "Citizens Hearing" on "Civil Rights and 
Liberties
Post 9/11" for national organizations, legal experts, religious and lay
leaders, and victims' families to participate in discussion. 

PARTICIPANTS: Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich. 

DATE: October 13, 2004 

LOCATION: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building 

CONTACT: 202-496-1288 

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/13/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: THE PURPOSE OF CREATION
* CAIR-AZ: FBI QUESTIONS MUSLIMS BEFORE DEBATE (Pacifica) 
* NY: MUSLIM VOTE'S IMPACT WEIGHED (Post-Standard)
	- IL: Town Hall Meeting on Muslim Bloc Vote (AMA)
	- The Muslim Vote (Pluralism Project)
* CAIR-FL: COMBATING STEREOTYPES (SP Times)
	- Media Guidelines for War on Terror (SPJ)  
* ND: RAMADAN CELEBRATION PLANNED AT NDSU (Forum)
	- KS: Muslims Ready for Ramadan (Kansan)
	- Fasting and Playing (Sports Illustrated)
* LA: HEARING DELAYED FOR TEACHER WHO YANKED SCARF (AP)
	- PA: Lecture Addresses Gender in Islam (Daily Penn) 
* SPELLING OUT SHARON'S REAL PLAN (IHT)
	- Role of Radio Sawa Questioned (Wash Post)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: THE PURPOSE OF CREATION

"If your Lord had so willed, He would certainly have made mankind one
single community. But that is not what He wants. So [mankind] will 
continue
to hold divergent views…And that very freedom of choice and action is 
the
whole purpose of their creation."

The Holy Quran, 11:118-119

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FBI QUESTIONS HUNDREDS OF MUSLIMS AHEAD OF TONIGHT'S DEBATE IN ARIZONA 
Pacifica Radio, 10/13/04
http://www.pacifica.org/programs/dn/041013.html 

Ahead of tonight's debate in Tempe, FBI agents have been questioning
hundreds of Muslims across the state and visiting mosques in what they 
say
is a new initiative to thwart terrorist attacks. We speak with the 
Council
on American-Islamic Relations in Arizona and a University student from
Yemen who was questioned. 

President Bush and Senator John Kerry meet today in Arizona for the 
third
and final presidential debate of the campaign. The encounter, which is
being held at Arizona State University, will focus on domestic issues
including jobs, health care and taxes. 

In the weeks leading up to the final debate, FBI agents have been 
knocking
on doors of hundreds of Muslims in the key swing state of Arizona and
conducting so-called "voluntary interviews" as well as revisiting 
mosques
in what they say is new initiative to thwart terrorist attacks. 

The FBI plan - officially known as the "Fall Threat Task Force" but 
dubbed
by critics as the "October Plan" - is not just confined to Arizona. 
With
just a few weeks left to go before the election, "interviews" of
individuals in Arab and Muslim communities is taking place all across 
the
country and there is a growing concern that the new government plan 
could
silence political expression in Muslim communities before the 
presidential
election. 

Deedra Abboud, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) in Arizona. 

Yaser Alamoodi, subject of a "voluntary interview" by the FBI recently. 
He
is a 27 year-old immigrant from Yemen who grew up in Saudi Arabia and 
came
to the U.S. for university seven years ago. 

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIM VOTE'S IMPACT WEIGHED
Renee K. Gadoua, Post-Standard, 10/12/04
http://www.syracuse.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1097572829279370.xml 

Although most polls suggest more American Muslims support John Kerry 
than
President Bush, the Democratic challenger should not count on the 
Muslim
vote, according to one public policy expert.

"It's still his to lose," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of 
the
Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles. "He has not galvanized 
the
Muslim community. There is the concern it could go to (Ralph) Nader." 

A coalition of national Muslim organizations - including MPAC and the
Council on American Islamic Relations - expects to announce its
presidential endorsement Sunday, Al-Marayati said. Up to 3 million
registered American Muslim voters could affect the presidential 
election,
especially in swing states including Michigan, Ohio and Florida, he 
said.

About 60 people, including many students and a few Muslim community
members, attended "American Muslims, the Election and the News Media," 
a
talk sponsored by SU's Religion & Society Program Monday at Syracuse
University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. It was the 
last
of three programs addressing the impact of religious groups on the
elections.

In 2000, MPAC and other prominent Muslim organizations supported Bush 
in
their first presidential endorsement. Support for Bush has dropped
significantly as a result of his war on terrorism and U.S. military 
action
in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Our endorsement of Bush is considered one of our biggest blunders,"
Al-Marayati said.

Neither major party candidate has successfully courted the Muslim vote 
this
time, he said, but because Nader is unlikely to win, endorsing him 
would
not help Muslims gain a role in the political debate.

Although American Muslims reflect great diversity, most agree on four 
key
public policy issues, Al-Marayati said. They are: concerns about the
Patriot Act, government restrictions on Islamic charities, access to
government and civil rights.

"The Muslim American community is a bridge for better foreign relations 
in
the world," he said.

Freezing the assets of Muslim charities under the guise of national
security reinforces the idea that American Muslims support terrorism, 
he
said. Targeting Muslim charities also hinders religious freedom and
withholds assistance to those who need help, he said.

"If you don't help, you're allowing the extremists to recruit more 
people,"
he said. "You are excluding Americans from serving in those vital 
areas."

He said the case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir, the Manlius oncologist accused of
misleading contributors to his DeWitt-based charity Help the Needy, 
fits a
pattern of recent federal cases...

ALSO SEE:

IL: TOWN HALL MEETING ON MUSLIM BLOC VOTE

WHAT: American Muslim Alliance Mid-west invites you to attend Town Hall
Meeting
Subject: Presidential Election 2004 and Muslim Block Vote with guest
speaker, Professor Dr. Agha Saeed, Chairman American Muslim Task Force.
 
WHEN: Friday, October 15, 2004, from 6 PM Sharp - 8:15 PM

WHERE: (ICC) Islamic Center of Chicago, 5933 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, 
IL,
60659

Dinner would be served.

For more information or to RSVP, Amir Chaudhry: 773-419-9050

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THE MUSLIM VOTE
http://www.pluralism.org/news/index.php?xref=The+Muslim+Vote&sort=DESC

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COMBATING STEREOTYPES
Waveney Ann Moore, St. Petersburg Times, 10/13/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/10/13/Neighborhoodtimes/Combating_stereotypes.sh
tml

ST. PETERSBURG - As Muslims in America prepare to observe their faith's
holiest month - Ramadan - many will have more than fasting on their 
minds.

A new poll finds that one in four Americans holds negative stereotypes 
of
Muslims. Many agree with statements that Muslims teach their children 
to
hate and that they value life less than others outside the faith. 

Local Muslim leaders are disappointed with the findings.

"I knew that there was obviously a negative perception and anti-Muslim
sentiments in the country, but I was very surprised by the results," 
said
Ahmed Bedier, communications director for the Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations in Tampa.

"However, there was some hope in it. In the poll, it showed that those 
who
actually interacted with Muslims or knew them, over 50 percent had 
positive
feelings."

As believers prepare to observe this year's Ramadan, which begins late 
this
week, they are being urged to combat negative stereotypes.

During Ramadan, a time of penitence, fasting, forgiveness and renewal,
Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. The 
ninth
month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan also is a time for extra prayers 
and
charity. Followers believe that it was during this holy month, which 
begins
with the sighting of the new crescent - Friday or Saturday - that the
prophet Mohammed received his first revelation from God. His 
revelations
make up the Koran, the holy book of Islam...

SEE ALSO: 

GUIDELINES FOR COUNTERING RACIAL, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS PROFILING
Society of Professional Journalists 
http://www.spj.org/diversity_profiling.asp

On Oct. 6 at its National Convention in Seattle, the Society of
Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow
journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of 
the
war on terrorism and to redouble their commitment to: 

Use language that is informative and not inflammatory; Portray Muslims,
Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of 
their
diverse experiences; 

Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help 
audiences
understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York 
City
and Washington, D.C. 

Visual images

* Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds 
when
photographing Americans mourning those lost in New York, Washington and
Pennsylvania. 

* Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds 
when
photographing rescue and other public service workers and military
personnel. 

* Do not represent Arab Americans and Muslims as monolithic groups. 
Avoid
conveying the impression that all Arab Americans and Muslims wear
traditional clothing. 

* Use photos and features to demystify veils, turbans and other 
cultural
articles and customs. 

Stories

* Seek out and include Arabs and Arab Americans, Muslims, South Asians 
and
men and women of Middle Eastern descent in all stories about the war, 
not
just those about Arab and Muslim communities or racial profiling. 

* Cover the victims of harassment, murder and other hate crimes as
thoroughly as you cover the victims of overt terrorist attacks. 

* Make an extra effort to include olive-complexioned and darker men and
women, Sikhs, Muslims and devout religious people of all types in arts,
business, society columns and all other news and feature coverage, not 
just
stories about the crisis. 

* Seek out experts on military strategies, public safety, diplomacy,
economics and other pertinent topics who run the spectrum of race, 
class,
gender and geography. 

* When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist,
radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such 
activity. 

* Do not imply that kneeling on the floor praying, listening to Arabic
music or reciting from the Quran are peculiar activities. 

* When describing Islam, keep in mind there are large populations of
Muslims around the world, including in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, 
India
and the United States. Distinguish between various Muslim states; do 
not
lump them together as in constructions such as "the fury of the Muslim
world..." 

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RAMADAN CELEBRATION PLANNED AT NDSU
Forum, 10/13/04
http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=72454&section=News

North Dakota State University's Muslim Student Association will host a
Ramadan celebration Saturday in the ballroom of Memorial Union.

It starts at sunset, shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Ramadan is the month on Islam's lunar calendar when Muslims abstain 
from
food, drink and other sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset. Ramadan is
scheduled to begin Friday, although its start depends on the first 
sighting
of the crescent moon.

The celebration features an iftar -- a fast-breaking meal -- as well as
prayer and a speech.

Tickets for the dinner are $3. All are welcome to attend.

ALSO SEE:
 
MUSLIMS READY FOR RAMADAN
Andy Hyland, Kansan, 10/13/04
http://www.kansan.com/getstory.aspx?id=2052550c-a209-4cd8-a3da-efbdb315dae0

Starting Friday, Asma Rehman will be refocusing a large part of her 
life on
God and her religious values.

Friday marks the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. Rehman, a
Kansas City, Mo., senior, said it was an important time for 
practitioners
of the faith. 

Lasting for the entire month, Muslims fast during the daylight hours 
and in
the evening eat small meals and visit with friends and family.

"It is a time of worship and contemplation - a time to strengthen 
family
and community ties," she said. 

The Islamic Center of Lawrence, 1917 Naismith Drive, held an open house
yesterday to answer questions from the community about Ramadan and many
other facets of Islam. 

The month-long fast is required of all Muslims said Moussa Elbayoumy, 
the
director of the Islamic Center of Lawrence. He said that the fasting
experience was part of one of the five pillars of Islam. The fasting is
called for by God, he said, and helps Muslims understand the plight of
those less fortunate than them.

"They experience voluntarily what others cannot enjoy," he said.

He said after the month, Muslims are called upon to make a donation of 
food
directly to a needy family. The donation can be food or its monetary
equivalent. He said that each person in the family was responsible for
donating.

Elbayoumy said the donation should be equal to what the Islamic family
normally eats in a day...

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FASTING AND PLAYING 
Amanda Cherrin, Sports Illustrated, 10/18/04
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS linebacker Saleem Rasheed is a devout Muslim- -he 
prays
five times each day--and with the holy month of Ramadan starting on 
Oct.
15, he is about to go four weeks without food or water during daylight
hours. "It's a cleansing process," says Rasheed, 23, who has fasted 
during
Ramadan since he was 12 and living in Birmingham. "I never feel better 
than
I do during Ramadan because I'm focused. It teaches me self-restraint 
and
discipline." 

The 6'2", 229-pound Rasheed, in his third year out of Alabama, deals 
with
the fasting by waking at 4:45 a.m. to eat protein-rich meals (eggs,
sausage, pancakes) before dawn and having meat-and potatoes dinners 
after
sundown. ("I have to be smart about my health, but at the same time I 
live
within the etiquette," he says. "During Ramadan you are supposed to eat 
as
if you weren't fasting.") To guard against dehydration--there are no
Gatorade breaks for him when the defense comes off--he "starts drinking
water as soon as the sun goes down, and I'll keep drinking throughout 
the
night even if I'm not thirsty…" 

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HEARING DELAYED FOR TEACHER WHO ALLEGEDLY YANKED MUSLIM'S SCARF 
Associated Press, 10/13/04
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041013/APN/410130
726&cachetime=3&template=dateline

GRETNA, La. - A school board hearing for a teacher accused of using
religious slurs against a Muslim student and pulling off her head scarf 
has
been delayed until a criminal charge against him is settled. 

Wes Mix, who had faced a termination hearing Wednesday, instead will go
before the Jefferson Parish School Board on Nov. 11, said school board
attorney Michael Fanning. Mix is scheduled for trial later this month 
on a
simple battery charge stemming from the same incident with the student. 

On Jan. 30, Mix allegedly used religious slurs and yanked Maryam 
Motar's
religiously mandated scarf off her head during his world history class 
at
West Jefferson High School in Harvey. 

Motar said Mix told her: "I hope God punishes you. No, I'm sorry. I 
hope
Allah punishes you." After her head scarf was pulled off, Mix said: "I
didn't know you had hair under there." 

At the time, Mix, who is also a professional musician, dismissed the
charges as "a bunch of craziness" and called the situation a 
"nonissue." 

Mix was issued a summons on a misdemeanor simple battery charge and 
pleaded
not guilty in July. The charge carries up to six months in jail and 
$500
fine. 

SEE ALSO:

LECTURE ADDRESSES GENDER IN ISLAM 
Eric Leventhal, Daily Pennsylvanian, 10/13/04
http://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/10/13/416ccdb9807
d5

The sixth lecture in a seven-part series to commemorate Islam Awareness
Week was held Monday night in Logan Hall.

The Muslim Students Association hosted the event called "Unveiling 
Myths of
Gender Roles in Islam," which featured guest speakers Howard University
Chaplain Imam Johari Abdul-Malik and MSA National President Hadia 
Mubarak.

"It was good for all those who are not Muslims," said Imran Jamil, a 
recent
graduate of the School of Medicine.

Abdul-Malik blasted the media for its negative portrayal of Muslim
attitudes toward women.

"What we see on television is not the true story," Abdul-Malik said.

Mubarak and Abdul-Malik focused mainly on the theoretical and Quranic 
basis
of Muslim attitudes toward women. They acknowledged that many Islamic
theocratic governments do treat women harshly, but insisted that such
governments were perverting traditional Islamic law...

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SPELLING OUT SHARON'S REAL PLAN 
Henry Siegman, International Herald Tribune, 10/13/04
http://www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=543237.html
 
NEW YORK Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is approaching 
its
fifth decade. It is an occupation that has inflicted unspeakable 
cruelty on
a civilian population of 3.5 million Palestinians, not to speak of the
suffering inflicted on Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism.

With certain notable exceptions, the overwhelming majority of Israelis 
have
anesthetized their reactions to these cruelties by buying into a 
contrived
narrative that absolves them of all responsibility.

They have convinced themselves that "there is no Palestinian partner 
for a
peace process." A perverse Palestinian leadership, the current argument
typically runs, is now sabotaging the latest opportunity created by 
Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's promise of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from
Gaza by failing to prevent terror attacks on Israeli civilian targets,
proving once again that despite Israel's best efforts, there is no
Palestinian interlocutor for peace.

Against this background, Sharon's senior adviser and until recently his
chief of staff, Dov Weissglas, in an interview in Haaretz, describes in
gleeful detail why the proposed disengagement from Gaza - which he and
Sharon had persuaded President George W. Bush and both houses of 
Congress
to endorse - was actually intended to prevent a peace process, to 
consign
Bush's "road map" to oblivion and to preclude the emergence of a
Palestinian state of any kind.

Apparently Weissglas was concerned that there might be some Israelis 
who
still believed that despite Sharon's intention of killing the peace
process, a disengagement from Gaza might nevertheless trigger further
disengagements in the West Bank - an argument advanced by Shimon Peres, 
the
Labor Party chairman, and others on Israel's left who have been 
salivating
at the prospect of being invited by Sharon to rejoin his government.

Weissglas assures us that given the conditions Sharon attached to a
theoretical resumption of a peace process, "Palestinians would have to 
turn
into Finns" before this could happen...

SEE ALSO:

THE ROLE OF RADIO SAWA IN MIDEAST QUESTIONED
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 10/13/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28031-2004Oct12.html

Radio Sawa, an Arab-language pop music and news station funded by the 
U.S.
government and touted by the Bush administration as a success in 
reaching
out to the Arab world, has failed to meet its mandate of promoting
democracy and pro-American attitudes, according to a draft report 
prepared
by the State Department's inspector general. 

The report credited Radio Sawa with attracting a large audience in key
Middle East countries but said the station, which has an annual budget 
of
$22 million, has been so preoccupied with building an audience through 
its
music that it has failed to adequately measure whether it is 
influencing
minds. 

The report also questioned the validity of some research given to 
Congress
by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Radio Sawa's parent, to 
demonstrate
its success. 

Two independent panels of Arab-language experts hired by the inspector
general's office gave the programming a mixed review, saying it did not
match al-Jazeera in terms of quality and that parents would prefer that
their teenagers not listen to Radio Sawa because its broadcasts 
contained
such poor Arabic grammar. "Radio Sawa failed to present America to its
audience," one panel concluded. 

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has vehemently protested the 
report,
questioning its methodology and assumptions in a 49-page 
pre-publication
rebuttal. The report, based on extensive interviews in Washington and 
the
Middle East with U.S. officials and public diplomacy experts, was 
scheduled
to be published in August, but publication has been repeatedly 
delayed... 

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CAIR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SURVEY - October 14, 2004

As-salaamu alaykum: (peace be with you)

ACTION REQUESTED: The American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and
Elections (AMT), an umbrella organization made up of 10 national 
Islamic
groups, will meet Sunday, October 17th to determine whether or not to 
issue
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___ Yes	
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___ John Kerry 
___ Ralph Nader 
___ Michael Badnarik 
___ Not sure
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___ Democratic Party
___ Green Party
___ Reform Party
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/14/04

* CAIR CONDEMNS KILLINGS OF CIVILIANS IN GAZA
* CAIR-OHIO: MUSLIMS TO FEED NEEDY DURING RAMADAN
	- CAIR-FL: Ramadan is Sacred, Uplifting (Sun-Sent)
* CAIR-CA: 200 ATTEND MUSLIM VOTER FORUM
* CAIR-DC: MUSLIMS EAGER TO VOICE OPINIONS (NBC)
* CAIR-NY: STUDENTS DENIED TIME OFF FOR RAMADAN (NYT)
* SC: MUSLIMS DISCUSS PROTECTION WITH FBI (Herald)
	- Images of Islam in America (Aramco World)
* PROPHET MOHAMMED MOVIE (AFP)
* MI: MUSLIMS HOLD RALLY FOR BUSH (Free Press)
	- MI: Bush Losing Favor in Dearborn (Free Press)
* CONSTRICTING OUR FREEDOMS (Chicago Tribune)

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CAIR CONDEMNS KILLINGS OF CIVILIANS IN GAZA
Death toll rises to 100 in Israeli offensive

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/04) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations
(CAIR) today condemned the daily killings of Palestinian civilians in 
the
Gaza Strip by Israeli armed forces. 

The Palestinian death toll recently hit 100 in Israel's latest attack 
on
Gaza. An Israeli officer was suspended Wednesday for riddling the body 
of a
Palestinian schoolgirl with bullets after she was killed by fellow
soldiers. The girl was shot some 20 times as she walked past an Israeli
military outpost to a Gaza school.

In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy
group said:

"As American officials stand mute, Israel is treating Gaza like a 
fenced
hunting preserve in which human beings are the prey. Muslim 
condemnations
of terrorism and extremism are undercut every time an American
taxpayer-funded plane drops an American-made bomb on Palestinian 
civilians."

CAIR also called on American Jewish leaders and organizations to 
condemn
Israel's brutal actions in the Occupied Territories, particularly the
killing of children.

The U.N. relief agency for Palestinians today called on Israel to end 
its
offensive in the Gaza Strip and to permit the delivery of humanitarian
relief supplies. 

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 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:
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OHIO MUSLIMS TO FEED NEEDY DURING RAMADAN

(CINCINNATI, OH, 10/14/04) - On Sunday, October 17, the Cincinnati 
office
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati), the 
Islamic
Center of Greater Cincinnati and Malik Islamic Center will mark the 
Muslim
fast of Ramadan by providing hot meals to more than 500 residents of 
that
city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 

WHAT: Ramadan "Feed the Hungry" Program
WHEN: Sunset, Sunday, October 17, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Malik Islamic Center, 1432 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH
CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati, Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail:
karen@cair-ohio.com; Brent Meyer, 513-276-1600

Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims
abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn 
to
sunset. It is scheduled to begin on or about October 15, depending on 
the
sighting of the new moon.

"Caring for the less fortunate in our community is an important and
rewarding experience, one emphasized in the Islamic faith," said
CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. Dabdoub quoted Islam's Prophet
Muhammad who said Ramadan "is the month of sharing with others." He 
also
said: "A man has sinned if he neglects to feed those in need." 

CAIR recently launched a nationwide initiative, called "Sharing 
Ramadan,"
designed to enhance understanding of Islam and to help Americans of all
faiths meet their Muslims neighbors by taking part in a Ramadan iftar, 
or
fast-breaking meal. 

The "Sharing Ramadan" Resource Guide is available online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.pdf and
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.doc
 
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: karen@cair-ohio.com; 
Brent
Meyer, 513-276-1600, E-Mail: meyer_brent@hotmail.com; Ibrahim Hooper,
202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah 
Ahmed,
202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-FL: SO THIS IS RAMADAN: SACRED, UPLIFTING
Parvez Ahmed, Sun-Sentinel, 10/14/04
http://www.sun-sentinel.com

"And what have you done, another year over, and a new one just begun." 
John
Lennon spoke of Christmas, but he might have just as well sung about
Ramadan.

Another Ramadan is about to begin. Can another round of terror alerts 
be
far behind?

Last year the terror alert was raised to coincide with the month of
Ramadan. This year a major cable-news outlet queried if we should 
expect
any major act of terror this Ramadan.

Surely an act of terror can take place in this month, as it can in any
month. Despite the lack of any credible evidence linking acts of terror 
to
Ramadan, the constant insinuation of linking the two is of grave 
concern to
Muslims for whom the month is sacred, spiritual and uplifting.

Unfortunately, the only time most Americans hear about an Islamic 
ritual is
in the context of negativity. Thus it is not surprising that one-fourth 
of
respondents to a recent survey sponsored by the Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations agreed with stereotypes such as "Muslims teach their children 
to
hate" and "Muslims value life less than other people." When asked what
comes to mind when they hear "Muslim," 32 percent of respondents made
negative comments. Only 2 percent had a positive response. One 
newspaper
editorial summarized the results as "harmful" to America.

It is not coincidental that American-Muslims are being urged to open up
their homes and places of worship to their neighbors as part of a 
national
campaign called "Sharing Ramadan." The impetus behind this effort comes
deep from within Islam's own tradition of sharing and caring. The fact 
that
those Americans who believe they are knowledgeable about Islam tend to 
have
more positive attitudes toward Muslims certainly serves as a 
motivational
point.

CONTACT: Parvez Ahmed of Jacksonville is a board member for the Council 
on
American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is headquartered in Washington D.C., 
has
28 offices nationwide and is America's largest Muslim civil liberties
advocacy group. He can be reached at pahmed@cair-florida.org

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200 ATTEND MUSLIM VOTER FORUM IN SACRAMENTO
Event designed to encourage Muslim political participation 

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/14/04) - Some 200 members of the Sacramento Valley
Muslim community attended a recent Voter Education and Candidates' 
Forum at
the SALAM Community Center in Sacramento. The Forum, organized by the
Council on American-Islamic Relations-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV), was
designed to educate the community about the importance of voting and to
give candidates the opportunity to address the Muslim community's 
concerns. 

"We hope this forum encourages increased voter participation by the 
Muslim
community and results in more informed decisions at the polls in 
November,"
said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. 

The forum featured candidates Dave Jones (D) and Gaspar Garcia (R), who 
are
running for California State Assembly District 9. The second part of 
the
program featured former Congressman and California Attorney General Dan
Lungren (R) and Gabe Castillo (D), who are running for the U.S. House 
of
Representatives District 3. 

The Nader-Camejo Presidential campaign coordinator Dr. Forrest Hill 
also
addressed the audience. 

The question and answer session, which followed the candidates'
presentations, showed that issues such as civil rights, foreign policy,
education, and health care are of primary concern to the Muslim 
community. 

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, (916)289-3748, E-mail: sacval@cair.com
 
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MUSLIMS EAGER TO VOICE OPINIONS
Janet Shamlian, NBC, 10/14/04
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6247728/

DALLAS - The Bairutys are like many young families. They have a busy
household, with four children under the age of nine. But, while the 
dinner
is all-American - turkey burgers and soup - the language around the 
table
is Arabic.

Saad and Shayma Bairuty are Iraqi-American Muslims living in the Dallas
area. Saad left Iraq over two decades ago. His wife, Shayma, fled 
Baghdad
nine years ago, having grown up during the Iran-Iraq war in the 
1980's...

The right the Bairutys treasure most is the chance to vote.

They are among the 7 million Muslims living in the United States. Of 
those,
as many as 1 million are likely to cast ballots in the 2004 
Presidential
race, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations.

That's significantly higher than the number who voted in 2000.
Voter-registration drives in mosques and Muslim communities across the
country have delivered thousand of new voters to the process.

Nihad Awad heads the nation's largest Islamic advocacy group, The 
Council
on American Islamic Relations. He said Muslims are becoming more 
involved
in politics because they are deeply concerned about foreign policy and
their civil rights here at home.

"I have never seen such interest in the political process within the 
Muslim
community as this year," Awad said. "Today, the Muslim community feels 
its
future is at stake and they have to define their future by going to the
polls."

He pointed out that American Muslims are a diverse group from many 
ethnic
backgrounds. Only about 25 percent are from the Arab world. About 30
percent are African-American and about 30 percent are from South Asia.

While from different ethnic groups, they share the common need to have 
a
voice. "Freedom has to be protected at home before we can spread it to
other nations," Awad said…

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DENIED TIME OFF FOR RAMADAN, BROOKLYN STUDENTS START PETITION
Jen Brown, New York Times, 10/14/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/14/nyregion/14ramadan.html

Since moving to Brooklyn from Yemen two years ago, Mugeeb Sweileh has 
had
days off from school for Christmas, the Jewish new year and assorted
national holidays. So Mr. Sweileh, a 17-year-old junior at Brooklyn
International High School, was surprised to learn that officials at his
school may not let him and 20 to 30 other Muslim students take time off 
to
attend Friday mosque services for Ramadan, which begins this week.
 
"It is really important to us as Muslim students," said Mr. Sweileh, 
who
said he planned to sign a petition to the Board of Education asking for 
the
time off. "Why can't we get two hours off only on Fridays during 
Ramadan?"

Ramadan, a month marked by fasting during daylight hours and prayer, is 
the
holiest time of the year in Islam. 

Muslim students at Brooklyn International say they were denied 
permission
to attend the same services last year, even though Department of 
Education
policy states that students can be excused "to attend a program of
religious instruction/education." A spokeswoman who answered the phone 
at
the Department of Education referred all questions to the department's 
Web
site.

School officials have not granted permission to attend services this 
year,
either. Some of the students, claiming discrimination, are threatening 
to
skip classes if they do not receive permission to leave. 

"Going to the mosque on Friday is obligatory for every Muslim male 
during
the year," said Wissam Nasr, executive director of the New York chapter 
of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Now that it's Ramadan, we
expect that the attendance would rise..."

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SC: AREA MUSLIMS DISCUSS PROTECTION DURING RAMADAN WITH FBI
Andrew Dys, The Herald, 10/14/04
http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3836576p-3438437c.html

The FBI met with Muslim leaders from the Islamville community near York 
on
Wednesday, but not as part of an investigation.

Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, starts this weekend. FBI agents meet
regularly with Islamville residents to make sure they are not harassed,
said FBI agent Dick Watkins.

Islamville, a 40-acre tract where dozens of Muslims have lived for 
decades,
attracts hundreds of visitors during Ramadan.

"We talked about security is all, in a free-flowing discussion," said 
Ali
Abdul Rashid, a senior leader at Islamville.

The federal government is concerned about terrorism before the Nov. 2
elections, Watkins said, but FBI efforts at Islamville are about 
community
outreach.

The FBI terrorism concerns, "have nothing to do with these people," 
Watkins
said.

During events at Islamville, the FBI sometimes receives calls from
neighbors and the community about increased traffic, Watkins said...

Some Muslims have complained about the interview process, but no one in 
Islamville has been interviewed, Rashid said.

The 9-11 terrorist attacks raised government concerns about American 
Muslims and generated more calls, said Abdul Mumin, an Islamville 
leader
who met with Watkins and is considered mayor of the community. The FBI 
has
a vital job to protect the community, and law enforcement visits with
Islamville leaders are accepted and encouraged, Mumin said.

"We have nothing to hide," Mumin said. "We are American citizens who 
are
Muslims."

SEE ALSO:

IMAGES OF ISLAM IN AMERICA
Saudi Aramco World, 2004
http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200405/

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PROPHET MOHAMMED MOVIE
P Parameswaran, AFP, 10/14/04
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/10/14/1097607349021.html

The first animated movie of Prophet Mohammed will finally be screened 
in
North America after being delayed by the September 11 tragedy, which
sparked off unprecedented anti-Muslim sentiment, its distributor said 
today.

Mohammed: The Last Prophet, will premiere in theatres in 37 US and 
Canadian
cities for one week beginning November 14 on Eid Al Fitr, a Muslim 
holiday
marking the end of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.

Oussama Jammal, president of the film's distributing company Fine Media
Group, said it was ironic that Americans would be able to watch the
US-produced movie after much of the world had already seen it.

It was completed just before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the 
United
States by the al-Qaeda terror network of Osama bin Laden.

"The film was scheduled to be released in the United States around 2002 
but
(was put off) because it was just after September 11 and people were 
not in
the mood to go to the movies," Jammal told AFP...

The Council on American Islamic Relations, America's largest Islamic 
civil
liberties group, said the movie was an excellent opportunity for 
parents
and children of all faiths "to learn more about an historic figure like
Prophet Mohammed and events that shaped today's world".

"It ... is a creative and non-political way for the people to know 
about
the history of Islam and the prophet's message," council spokeswoman 
Rabiah
Ahmed told AFP.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOVIE, GO TO:
http://www.finemediagroup.com

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ARABS, MUSLIMS HOLD A RALLY FOR BUSH 
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 10/14/04
http://www.freep.com/news/politics/rally14e_20041014.htm

The heated contest for Michigan's Arab and Muslim vote came to 
Southfield
on Wednesday evening, as more than 100 supporters of President George 
W.
Bush gathered to rally for his re-election.

The crowd, a diverse mix of Arab Americans, Chaldeans, and Muslims of
African and Asian descent, clapped loudly as Republican speakers 
explained
why voters of Middle Eastern backgrounds should support Bush.

"This president has done more for our community than any other
administration," said Farmington Hills City Councilman John Akouri, a
Republican of Lebanese descent who supports Bush. "More Arab Americans 
have
the ear of him than any other in history."

Last week, the Arab American Political Action Committee overwhelmingly
endorsed the Democratic nominee, U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
Several members said that Republicans have ignored the community since 
Bush
took office. And recent polls show that Bush is behind Kerry among
Arab-American voters.

So at Wednesday's event, the speakers pushed hard to convince Arab
Americans that Bush wants their vote...

ALSO SEE:

BUSH LOSING FAVOR IN DEARBORN
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 10/14/04
http://www.freep.com/news/politics/fppoll30e_20040930.htm

Osama Siblani remembers it well.

Four years ago, the publisher of the Dearborn-based Arab-American News 
was
one of 30 community leaders who met with then Texas Gov. George W. Bush 
in
a Dearborn hotel.

I need your support, Bush told the gathering of Arab Americans. And I 
won't
forget you.

Days later that pledge was reinforced during the second presidential 
debate
when Bush surprisingly mentioned Arab Americans and their concerns 
about
airport profiling.

Siblani, along with other Arab and Muslim leaders, was elated and 
strongly
endorsed his candidacy.

But that has changed.

Upset over President Bush's foreign and civil rights policies, Siblani 
and
many other Arab Americans in Dearborn are supporting the Democratic 
nominee
this time.

Last week, the Dearborn-based Arab-American Political Action Committee
voted overwhelmingly to endorse Sen. John Kerry.

So even though a majority of Dearborn voters supported Bush in 2000, 
the
city could go to Kerry next month...

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CONSTRICTING OUR FREEDOMS
Don Wycliff, Chicago Tribune, 10/15/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0410140135oct14,1,619829
7.column 

In August it was Tariq Ramadan, the Islamic scholar from Switzerland 
who
had his visa yanked virtually on the eve of his departure for the 
United
States and a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame.

In September it was Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat 
Stevens,
whose London-to-Washington flight was diverted to Bangor, Maine, where 
he
was hauled off the plane after U.S. authorities realized his name was 
on a
"no-fly" list.

In both of these recent high-profile cases, the exclusion resulted from
decisions taken in the new Department of Homeland Security, decisions 
the
department has declined to explain to the press or the public. Its 
attitude
resembles that of the bandits who tried to pass themselves off as 
lawmen in
the Humphrey Bogart film "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

Asked to show their badges, they replied, "Badges? We ain't got no 
badges.
We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"

Homeland Security's response seems to be, "Explanations? We don't need 
no
stinkin' explanations!"

But in view of the reversals the government has been suffering in 
recent
months, explanations would seem the least we should demand. All the 
more so
since virtually all of these cases involve adherents of the same 
religion.
 
Here are just a few of the growing list of problematic cases:

- It took until June for the U.S. Supreme Court to finally strike down 
the
government's breathtaking claim that it could hold enemy
combatants--whether they be the roughly 600 foreigners captured in
Afghanistan and held more than two years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or
American citizens such as Yasser Esam Hamdi--indefinitely, 
incommunicado,
without legal counsel and without an opportunity to contest their 
captivity.

When the court finally did rule, it was emphatic. Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor said: "We have long since made clear that a state of war is 
not a
blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the 
nation's
citizens."

- Last month the Justice Department was forced to admit that a Detroit 
case
that U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft trumpeted as the smashing of a 
terrorist
cell had been riddled with errors and irregularities. On the 
department's
motion, the judge in the case set aside the terrorism-related 
convictions
of three men.

- Brandon Mayfield, a Portland, Ore., lawyer and a convert to Islam, 
was
arrested earlier this year and held for two weeks as a material witness 
in
the March 11 train bombings in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Mayfield 
was
released after an embarrassed FBI admitted it had mistakenly matched a
fingerprint found near the scene of the Madrid attacks with one of his. 
He
is suing the government.

- Capt. James Yee, the Muslim Army chaplain who was charged with the 
grave
crime of espionage at the Guantanamo detention facility and detained 
for 76
days, ended up being reprimanded for adultery and downloading 
pornography.

Obviously, the Department of Homeland Security doesn't deserve the rap 
for
all of these cases. They also involved the Justice Department, the 
Defense
Department and maybe others as well...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALIF. MUSLIMS LAUNCH RAMADAN RADIO ADS
Spots explain meaning of Ramadan, air until Nov. 15

(ANAHEIM, CA - 10/14/2004)- The Southern California office of the 
Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), in cooperation with local Islamic
centers, today announced the launch of a radio ad campaign designed to
educate the public about the Muslim fast of Ramadan.

The six 60-second spots will air on 980 AM KFWB beginning Friday, 
October
15, and will run for one month. They are scheduled for broadcast 
tomorrow
starting between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. 
to
5:30 p.m., and will continue through the month of Ramadan between 5 
p.m.
and 6 p.m.

Recent CAIR research has shown that as many as 1-in-4 Americans holds
anti-Muslim views. That same research indicates that anti-Muslim 
prejudice
decreases when people have access to accurate information about Islam 
and
relate to ordinary Muslims. SEE:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.pdf  

The Ramadan radio ads are one part of CAIR's effort to educate 
Americans
about Islam and Muslims. Other campaigns include placing ads in 
newspapers,
sending books and videotapes to libraries across the country and 
placing
educational messages on billboards.

The first CAIR Ramadan radio ad begins with the Muslim call to prayer
(Adhan) and continues: 

"This is the Muslim call to prayer. This call also marks the time for
breaking the fast for millions of American Muslims who are currently
observing the holy month of Ramadan.

"Ramadan is a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. It is a time for
spiritual purification, worship, inner reflection, and increased 
charity
and empathy for those less fortunate. It is a time to re-connect with 
our
Creator and make peace with all people. We invite our fellow Americans 
of
all faiths to join in spreading this spirit of peace and brotherhood in 
our
communities.

"The Muslim community wishes everyone a very blessed and peaceful 
Ramadan. 

"To learn more about Islam and the Muslim community, please contact 
CAIR at
888-678-3931 or visit www.cair.com or visit a local mosque."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

				- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-LA: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail:
socal@cair.com; CAIR-DC, 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

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on
issues of importance to our society.

To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Help CAIR Raise $1 Million During Ramadan
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 15:03:15 -0400

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #437

RAMADAN MUBARAK!

HELP CAIR RAISE $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN
Funds will be used to enhance understanding of Islam and Muslims
        
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/15/04) - Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR 
today
announced a fundraising campaign intended (inshallah) to raise $1 
million
during Ramadan, the month of giving. The “$1 Million for Islam in 
Ramadan”
campaign is a nationwide effort to help CAIR continue its important 
work on
behalf of American Muslims.
       
As Muslims worldwide begin their fast, we would like to remind 
ourselves
and our community that giving charity during this month holds a special
significance in Islamic teachings. Whether your donation is $20, 
$20,000,
or $200,000, every dollar that you donate today will be used to help
empower and protect the American Muslim community. 

We succeeded in raising $1 million last Ramadan because most people 
donated
whatever they could. Now the need is even more critical. Remember, 
scholars
say your donations to CAIR count as one of the ways to pay Zakat. 

TO DONATE, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2004/  
       
A recent CAIR survey indicated that as many as 1-in-4 Americans holds
anti-Muslim views. This has to change! And with the help of Allah and 
your
generous donation, it will. (CAIR’s survey also demonstrated that bias
decreases when people have access to accurate information.)
       
Through our civil rights successes and continued community support, 
CAIR
has also become the primary source for national and international media
outlets seeking an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to 
Americans
of all faiths. Although we have had great success in the past, we now 
live
in a time that has become a defining moment for our future in America.
   
PAST DONATIONS helped CAIR achieve: 

* More than 8,000 U.S. public libraries sponsored in CAIR’s Library 
Project
at the cost of $150 each
* CAIR’s “Not in the name of Islam” petition drive signed by more than
800,000 individuals and groups
* Thousands of American Muslims received free CAIR civil rights 
services
* The “Hate Hurts America” campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim 
hate on
talk radio
* CAIR television public service announcements (PSA) seen by millions
nationwide
* Thousands of journalists given daily information on Islam and Muslims
through CAIR’s e-mail media list, ISLAM-INFONET
   
FUTURE PROJECTS that your donation may help support:

* Production of short videos/DVDs about Islam
* TV and radio advertisements on Islam in mainstream media
* Newspaper advertisements on issues of concern to Muslims
* Distribution of accurate and objective books about Islam and Muslims
* Production and distribution of guides on Muslim religious practices
* Open houses, iftars, media and congressional briefings, seminars,
workshops, and other outreach events 
* Increasing the number of CAIR staff attorneys who defend Muslim civil
rights
* Increasing the number of interns CAIR is able to train
* Staff dedicated to voter registration in all 29 CAIR offices

Your support is needed now more then ever as we continue to enhance
understanding of Islam and protect the constitutional rights that are
guaranteed to all Americans. 

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: 

1) Join thousands of others and be part of this campaign! Help us 
achieve
our goal of $1 million by the end of Ramadan. 

TO DONATE, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2004/  

You may also call 202-488-8787 or e-mail: membership@cair-net.org 

2) Invite all of your friends, family and colleagues to contribute 
through
our website during Ramadan.

3) Invite CAIR representatives to raise funds in your area.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/15/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD IS NEAR
* CAIR-LA: RAMADAN ADDS A POLITICAL DIMENSION (LA Times)
* NJ: MUSLIM CANDIDATE AIMS TO BLAZE TRAIL (Jersey Journal)
	- Study: Delay Keeps Immigrants From Polls (AP)
* PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE FOR RAMADAN 
* CAIR-NY: MUSLIM STUDENTS GIVEN TIME OFF IN RAMADAN
	- Ramadan Recognized by Schools (Wash Times)
	- CAIR-DC: For Muslims, a Beleaguered Feeling (Wash Post)
	- CAIR-SV: Muslims Reaching Out to Share Ramadan (Sac Bee)
	- CAIR-DC: In Search of More Open Minds (Gazette Times)
	- CAIR-SC: Muslims Begin Ramadan Observance (The State)
	- CAIR-DC: Muslims Seek Peaceful Fast (DM Reg)
	- CAIR-Chicago: Muslim Children Eager to Fast (Chicago Trib)
* CAIR-CA: MUSLIMS RUNNING ADS THROUGH RAMADAN (CNSNews)
	- Listen to CAIR-LA’s Ramadan Ads
	- Putting Their Faith in Film (Orlando Sentinel)
	- Invisible Hero Muhammad is Talk of Movie (Balt. Sun)
* CAIR-NCA: FBI SCRUTINY DOESN'T DETER LOCAL MUSLIMS (SF Chron)
	- CAIR-CT: Islamic Leaders Suspicious of FBI Visits 
* CAIR-CAN: THE SHARIAH DEBATE (Vancouver Sun)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD IS NEAR

"When my servants question you about Me, tell them that I am near. I 
answer
the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me. Therefore, they 
should
respond to Me and put their trust in Me, so that they may be rightly
guided."

The Holy Quran, 2:186

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RAMADAN ADDS A POLITICAL DIMENSION 
William Lobdell, Los Angeles Times, 10/15/04
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslim15oct15,1,4730120.story

Muslims in California and across the nation will add something new to 
the
fasting, praying and acts of charity that are traditional during 
Ramadan,
Islam's monthlong time of spiritual renewal that begins today: a
get-out-the-vote campaign.

In a rare confluence, the U.S. presidential election falls within the 
holy
month of Ramadan. That timing, coupled with anger among some American
Muslims over the Patriot Act and other anti-terrorist measures by the
government, has Islamic leaders organizing voter registration drives,
giving politically inspired talks and constructing voter databases, all
geared to get Muslims to the polls. 

"People are feeling extremely resentful and betrayed," said Omar Zaki,
governmental relations director for the Southern California chapter of 
the
Council for American-Islamic Relations. "My job was to harness that 
energy
and turn it into something productive."

Ramadan marks the revelation of the Koran to the prophet Muhammad. 
During
this time, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, say additional daily 
prayers
and give to charity. Fasting ends with Eid al-Fitr, or Feast of the
Fast-Breaking.

The organizing effort during Ramadan marks another step in the 
political
maturation of the American Muslim community.

During the 2000 presidential race, Muslims were still debating whether 
it
was religiously appropriate for them to participate in American 
politics
because the U.S. was not governed by Islamic law.

Muslim scholars dispelled that notion, equating the faith's call for 
social
justice as an obligation to vote...

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JERSEY CITY CANDIDATE MANSOUR AIMING TO BLAZE TRAIL FOR MUSLIMS 
NOT EXPECTING TO WIN, BUT MAKE A STATEMENT FOR THE 'AVERAGE CITIZEN' 
Bonnie Friedman, Journal, 10/15/04
http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1097765222305890.xml

In his bid to become mayor of Jersey City, Hosam Mansour has a rather
unusual approach: he will not be asking for anyone's vote. 
     
"If I thought I could actually win this election, I wouldn't be 
running,"
said Mansour, 24. "The responsibility is too great. Anyone who says, 
'vote
for me,' to me, that is a strong indication not to." 

Mansour entered the mayoral race on a fluke. Having grown disaffected 
with
the political system, he and a group of friends hatched a plan to run 
an
"average citizen" on the November ballot, a post Mansour was then 
selected
to fill. 

It was not an honor he was angling for. 

"We are not doing this because it is something fun to do," Mansour 
said.
"It is our duty to do this or else the government will be taken over by
people who don't have our best interests at heart." 

For Mansour, politics was never in the master plan. 

An avid reader and a self-described hermit, Mansour's political
philosophies are deeply rooted in theology. For role models, he looks 
to
figures from the three big religions... 

"Moses is the symbol of justice, Jesus is the spirit and purity of
intention, and Muhammad is the melding of the two," Mansour said. "His
(Muhammad's) leadership inspired people to develop a strong community,
which is the hallmark of a true leader."

SEE ALSO:

STUDY: DELAYS KEEP IMMIGRANTS FROM POLLS
Associated Press, 10/15/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--immigrantvoters1015oct15,0,
2889636.story

NEW YORK- Federal processing delays have disqualified about 60,000 New 
York
State immigrants from being naturalized in time to vote in next month's
presidential election, according to a new study.

Backlogs in the Citizenship and Immigration Services office caused 
about
half the state's 126,000 immigrants with citizenship applications 
pending
to miss last week's voter registration deadline, the study by the New 
York
Immigration Coalition found. 

The study, released Thursday, said delays also prevented immigrants 
from
achieving citizenship in battleground states such as Florida, where 
25,000
applicants were found to have missed the registration deadline.

"This has a potential impact on the election," Margaret McHugh, 
director of
the coalition, told The New York Times for Thursday editions. "They 
feel
their voices have been silenced and their votes have been robbed..."

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PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE FOR RAMADAN 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/10/20041015-2.html

I send warm greetings to Muslims in the United States and around the 
world
as they begin observance of Ramadan, the holiest season in their faith. 

Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Qur'an to Muhammed. By 
teaching
the importance of compassion, justice, mercy, and peace, the Qur'an has
guided many millions of believers across the centuries. Today, this 
holy
time is still set aside for Muslims to remember their dependence on God
through fasting and prayer, and to show charity to those in need. 

American history has taught us to welcome the contributions of men and
women of all faiths, for we share the fundamental values of religious
freedom, love of family, and gratitude to God. Americans who practice 
the
Islamic faith enrich our society and help our Nation build a better 
future. 

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes. 

GEORGE W. BUSH 

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CAIR-NY APPLAUDS DECISION TO GIVE STUDENTS TIME OFF IN RAMADAN

(NEW YORK, NY 10/15/04) - The New York office of the Council on 
American
Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today applauded the decision by the New 
York
City Department of Education to allow students at Brooklyn 
International
High School to attend religiously-mandated services every Friday during 
the
holy month of Ramadan.  

The decision by the Board of Education comes amidst the circulation of 
a
petition by the students of the high school to attend Friday prayer
services during the holy month of Ramadan. The students have also 
claimed
they were denied to attend religious services last year. According to 
Sara
Newman, the school’s first principal, a third of the students are 
Muslim.

SEE: “TIME OFF IS GIVEN FOR RAMADAN FOR STUDENTS AT BROOKLYN SCHOOL”
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/15/education/15ramadan.html

“We commend the students of Brooklyn International High School for 
working
to protect their right to reasonable religious accommodation,” CAIR-NY
Executive Director Wissam Nasr. “The Department of Education also 
deserves
credit for being sensitive to the needs of Muslim students.”

CONTACT: CAIR-NY, Wissam Nasr (917) 751-1017

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RAMADAN RECOGNIZED
Jon Ward, Washington Times, 10/14/04
http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20041014-104500-6059r.htm

Area Muslim students will be able to take two excused absences during
Ramadan to observe the monthlong Islamic holiday of fasting and 
feasting
that begins today, though local school systems do not consider the days
official holidays. 

Muslim students can miss two days during Ramadan: Lailat al-Qadr, the
"Night of Power," which happens during the final 10 days of the month, 
and
Eid al-Fitr, the day that breaks the fast, which also is a day of
celebration for Muslim families and communities. 
 
School closings for religious holidays vary among area districts. 

Montgomery County and Prince George's County public schools and offices 
are
closed for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. 

Prince George's is the only local county to list Ramadan on its 
official
school calendar. Good Friday and Easter also are listed, but "winter 
break"
is named in place of Christmas. 

The other area systems do not specifically address Ramadan, but most 
will
grant students excused absences for recognized religious holidays, even 
if
they aren't on the official school calendar...

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FOR MUSLIMS, A BELEAGUERED FEELING 
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 10/15/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33857-2004Oct14.html

One recent Saturday night, about 50 Muslim scholars filed into a 
classroom
at George Mason University's Arlington campus to hear the keynote 
address
of their three-day conference on Islam and modernity. They had to watch 
it
on a DVD.

The speaker, Geneva-based Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan, could not
attend in person because his U.S. visa had been revoked. Yet to those 
in
the audience, his moderate words sounded like the kind of message U.S.
officials would applaud. He urged a serious dialogue on the "universal
values" shared by Islam and the West and added, "We should not blame 
the
West for our problems..."

Starting today, Muslims begin observing Islam's holy month of Ramadan, 
a
period of daytime fasting and prayer aimed at acquiring spiritual
discipline and deeper faith. But as the George Mason incident 
underscores,
many American Muslims feel more beleaguered and discouraged than at any
time since the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

In the weeks after 9/11, American Muslims encountered an angry backlash
that included violence. But many of them considered this to be an
understandable and temporary emotional reaction, and the outbursts were
tempered by many acts of kindness toward Muslims by non-Muslim 
neighbors
and co-workers.

Three years later, many Muslims say the atmosphere seems much bleaker.
Anti-Muslim sentiment appears to be hardening into a permanent feature 
of
public discourse, and Muslim advocacy groups report an increase in hate
crimes and discrimination...

Leaders of those groups acknowledge that continuing acts of violence by
Islamic terrorists, especially beheadings in Iraq, have contributed to
Islam's deteriorating image in this country. But, they add, so has a
constant stream of invective against Islam by ill-informed talk radio 
and
television pundits and some religious leaders.

A recent national poll found that almost one-third of Americans respond
with a negative image when they hear the word "Muslim." Ibrahim Hooper,
spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations,
which commissioned the poll, said he has a folder of more than 800 
e-mails
against Islam or Muslims that have been sent to his organization in the
last two years. The "viciousness" of such messages has gone way up 
compared
with the period immediately after 9/11, Hooper said...

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MUSLIMS REACHING OUT TO SHARE RAMADAN MEALS
Fahizah Alim, Sacramento Bee, 10/15/04
http://www.sacbee.com/content/lifestyle/story/11084600p-12001051c.html

For more than a thousand years, Muslims around the world have observed
Ramadan, a monthlong, daylight fast that culminates in evening dinners
called iftars.

The fasting season is viewed as a time for spiritual renewal and, 
during
the iftars, families and communities coming together to strengthen 
their
relationships.

This year, to create a better understanding of Islam - and Ramadan, 
which
begins with the sighting of the new moon tonight or Saturday - the 
Council
on American-Islamic Relations, a national civil rights organization, 
has
launched a program called "Sharing Ramadan." The initiative encourages
American Muslims to invite non-Muslims to their iftars.

Organizers say this type of ecumenical outreach is more important now 
than
ever, especially after a recent CAIR survey found that as many as one 
in
four Americans hold anti-Muslim views, such as a belief that Islam 
promotes
violence and hatred.

"Islam and American Muslims are misunderstood," says Basim Elkarra,
executive director of CAIR's Sacramento Valley chapter. "We have to do 
our
best to convey to our fellow Americans what this religion is about.

"We are not preaching or trying to convert," he adds. "All we are 
trying to
do is to clarify the misconception about our faith. Ramadan is a month 
of
peace, sharing, religious reflection - and excellent food..."

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IN SEARCH OF MORE OPEN MINDS
Carol Reeves, Gazette-Times, 10/15/04
http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2004/10/15/news/community/friloc01.txt

As Muslims around the world begin their Ramadan fast, many in America 
are
hoping the annual event will convince their neighbors to be more
open-minded when it comes to Islam. 

The monthlong fast, during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and 
other
sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset, began today in most of the 
world. In
Canada and the United States, Ramadan could start today or Saturday
depending on whether a new moon was seen Thursday night.

Either way, the annual observance could be greeted by suspicion or
misunderstanding, according to a new study of Americans' attitudes 
toward
the world's fastest-growing religion.

A poll released early this month by the Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations reveals one in four Americans believe a 
number
of negative Muslim stereotypes, such as that Islam "teaches violence 
and
hatred" and "Muslims want to change the American way of life."

It also showed most people don't know much about Islam and about 75 
percent
of Americans say they don't know any Muslims personally.

In response, Islamic leaders across the country are calling on local
mosques to host open houses during Ramadan and welcome people of other
faiths inside.

Muslims fast during Ramadan to learn discipline, self-restraint and
generosity while obeying God's commandments. It is one of the "five
pillars" of Islam, along with a declaration of faith in Allah as the 
one
true God, daily prayers, charity and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

When the fast ends Nov. 13, communitywide celebrations and communal 
prayers
called Eid ul-Fitr provide a prime opportunity for mosques and 
community
centers to "invite their neighbors to join in an iftar meal," said CAIR
executive director Nihad Awad...

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LOCAL MUSLIMS BEGIN RAMADAN OBSERVANCE
Christina Lee Knauss, The State, 10/15/04
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/9923212.htm

Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for followers of Islam, begins
tonight.

A time of fasting, prayer and purification for Muslims (followers of
Islam), Ramadan begins with the first sighting of the crescent moon.

The dates for Ramadan are determined by a lunar cycle and vary from 
year to
year. No matter when the month starts, it is a time of self-denial for
Muslims.

“Muslims fast during the daylight hours and spend most of their time
worshipping while also going through their normal daily life,” said 
Mirza
Baig, a member of the Islamic Center of Columbia, on Gervais Street.

During the day, Muslims are not supposed to partake of food or drink or
engage in sexual relations with their spouses. During Ramadan in 
general,
they also are supposed to focus more on Islamic values of purity and
charity...

Members of CAIR also are hoping to participate in other efforts to feed 
the
hungry in Columbia during Ramadan, according to Sabrina Kidwai, CAIR
communications director.

--- 

MUSLIMS SEEK PEACEFUL FAST
Shirley Ragsdale, Des Moines Register, 10/15/04
http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041015/LIFE05/4101
50373/1039/LIFE

Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, is anxiously 
welcomed
by Iowa Muslims this year.

With a new survey reporting that one in four Americans hold anti-Muslim
views, Iowa believers are eager to immerse themselves in the month's 
strict
regimen of prayer, fasting and charity demanded by their faith.

"In these troubled times, Ramadan offers a source of relief," said 
Rabiah
Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in
Washington, D.C. "It is time to devote ourselves to reflection and
spiritual renewal, a very blessed time."

Several mosques also are reaching out to Iowans by offering them the 
chance
to learn more about Islam during Ramadan, which begins today. The month
begins at the first sighting of the new moon.

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MUSLIM CHILDREN EAGER TO JOIN FAST OF RAMADAN
Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune, 10/15/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0410150202oct15,1,488757
4.story

Mention the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to 8-year-old Afra Mirza and 
her
sparkling brown eyes widen with anticipation.

That's because this year's Ramadan, expected to dawn after the sighting 
of
the new moon Friday, will mark Afra's first fast, a rite of passage 
into
the adult world of discipline and self-restraint.

"I want to get good deeds," she said. "Allah commanded me to do it, and 
I
want to make him happy." 

Although Afra and other Muslim children who have not yet reached 
puberty
are exempt from the religious requirement to fast, more children are
voluntarily abstaining long before their adolescence.

Eager to grow up and express their faith in adult ways, they are 
fasting
with fervor, as long as their parents allow it.

Afra, for example, hopes to fast for 20 of the 30 days. Her mother, 
Abida,
says Afra will fast only on the weekends.

"No, not weekends!" Afra protested at the family's Grayslake home 
earlier
this week. "If only on weekends, then why am I doing it?"

During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims are
commanded to fast from dawn to dusk as a show of patience and piety. 
The
fast not only prohibits eating and drinking during daylight hours, it 
also
forbids vices such as smoking, profanity and bad temper.

"The whole purpose of fasting is to remind ourselves that all the 
bounties
that God has given us can't be taken for granted," said Ahmed Rehab,
communications director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations...

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CALIFORNIA MUSLIMS RUNNING PUBLIC EDUCATION ADS THROUGH RAMADAN
Susan Jones, CNSNews.com, 10/15/04
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200410%5C
CUL20041015c.html

The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations
is running radio ads intended to education the public about the Muslim 
fast
of Ramadan.

The six, 60-second spots will run for the next month, CAIR-LA said.

CAIR points to recent research showing that as many as 1 in 4 Americans
holds anti-Muslim views. But the research also show that the 
anti-Muslim
bias decreases when people "get accurate information about Islam and 
relate
to ordinary Muslims."

The first ad CAIR-LA is running begins with the Muslim call to prayer.

"Ramadan is a month of fasting from dawn to sunset," the ad says. "It 
is a
time for spiritual purification, worship, inner reflection, and 
increased
charity and empathy for those less fortunate. It is a time to 
re-connect
with our Creator and make peace with all people. We invite our fellow
Americans of all faiths to join in spreading this spirit of peace and
brotherhood in our communities.

"The Muslim community wishes everyone a very blessed and peaceful 
Ramadan."

During Ramadan, which begins with the sighting of the new moon on or 
around
Oct. 15, Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures 
from
sunup to sundown. 

Muslims believe it was during Ramadan about 1,400 years ago that the 
Quran,
Islam's holy book, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, 
and
pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the "five pillars" of Islam. CAIR said 
the
fasting teaches discipline, self-restraint, generosity, and obedience 
to
God's commandments... 

ALSO SEE:

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PUTTING THEIR FAITH IN FILM
Mark I. Pinsky, Orlando Sentinel, 10/15/04
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/orl-livramadan101504oct15,
0,1783482.story

Stung by widespread negative media stereotypes, many of America's 
Muslims
will take to mainstream movie theaters to mark the end of their holy 
month
of Ramadan, which begins today, with a groundbreaking, full-length 
animated
feature called Muhammad: The Last Prophet.

The film's screening in November coincides with Eid al-Fitr, the feast 
that
concludes Ramadan.

Distributors of the children's film are taking their cue from Christian
filmmakers, although no one connected with the 90-minute cartoon 
expects
the limited run to duplicate the half-billion dollar success of Mel
Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

"It's not about what the box office generates, but about how much 
interest
and benefit the people can get out of it," says Oussama Jammal, whose
animation production company owns the North American distribution 
rights to
Muhammad...

Central Florida Muslims also hope Muhammad will increase understanding 
of
their faith among the larger American community. A poll released Oct. 4 
by
the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations found 
that
25 percent of Americans believe anti-Muslim stereotypes. In a separate
finding, the survey reported that negative images of Muslims in media 
and
popular culture far outweigh positive ones...

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INVISIBLE HERO MUHAMMAD IS TALK OF MOVIE
Frank Langfitt, Baltimore Sun, 10/15/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.mohammed15oct15,1,2545696.stor
y

Imagine that you're a movie director preparing to make a bio-pic. The 
story
has box office potential, with an exotic desert locale, epic sword 
battles
and a compelling hero known to billions.

But there's one hitch: The title character can't actually appear in the
movie. You can't even use his voice.

That's the conundrum the makers of Mohammed: The Last Prophet faced in
bringing the story of Islam's prophet to the big screen in an animated 
film
that opens next month around the country. Because Islam forbids 
physical
renderings of Muhammad (the preferred spelling) as disrespectful, the
prophet can't appear in paintings or sculpture, let alone a cinematic
cartoon.

"This was the biggest problem," said Muwaffak Al Harithy, chairman of 
Badr
International, the Saudi-based entertainment company that produced the
film. "How do you make a 90-minute movie when you cannot see your main
character? How do you get your audience to develop an attachment to 
him?"

For American Muslims and others, the answer will come Nov. 14, the 
Muslim
holiday of Eid Al Fitr, when the film opens in more than 40 cities in 
the
United States and Canada. Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the 
Muslim
holy month of fasting.

Ramadan begins today, based on the sighting of the moon last night 
marking
the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The holy month coincides
with the period nearly 1,400 years ago when the Quran was revealed to
Muhammad in what is now Saudi Arabia. Like the prophet, who fasted 
twice a
week, Muslims will observe a fast for the next month, refraining from
eating, drinking and sex during daylight.

By movie standards, Mohammed will have a tiny release -- 100 screens 
and a
one-week run. The distributor says the only thing more challenging than
making a film without a visible hero is marketing a Muslim movie in
post-9/11 America.

"We had a tough time with theaters," said Oussama Jammal, president and 
CEO
of Fine Media Group, a Chicago-based film distributor.

Jammal said some owners turned him down before they had heard the 
film's
title. Others said they had no space. Jammal blames economic and 
political
concerns, as well as prejudice -- though he declined to elaborate when
pressed for evidence of discrimination.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO: http://www.finemediagroup.com 

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FBI SCRUTINY DOESN'T DETER LOCAL MUSLIMS 
Cicero A. Estrella, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/15/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/10/15/BAGV099P6J1.DTL

For the next month, the focus for Bay Area Muslims will be on fasting,
prayer and cultural connectedness during Ramadan. Members of the 
community
say the recent scrutiny placed on them by the FBI will not deter them 
from
that focus. 

"Ramadan is about being spiritual, making a closer connection to God," 
said
Lina Akka, a 23-year-old anthropology student at San Francisco State. 
"You
do good deeds, read the Quran, go to the mosque to pray. I don't think 
it
will be approached any differently because of the FBI." 

"It's very personal," said Ameena Jandali of the Islamic Networks 
Group.
"It's a once-a-year experience that we look forward to rejuvenate our
spiritual side. It's not taken lightly. People won't stop going to 
mosque
just because the FBI is there." 

Muslims around the world will observe Ramadan by abstaining from food 
and
drink from dawn to dusk for the lunar month that begins today. The 
purpose
of the fast is to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity.
Traditional practices during the observance also include the breaking 
of
the fast with water and dates, the reading of the entire Quran and 
social
visits. Nightly mosque services are held about an hour after fast is
broken. 



But a pall hangs over this year's observance. In recent weeks, Bay Area
Muslims have reported an increase in the number of interviews that FBI
agents have conducted with Muslims and Arabs. The new investigation -- 
the
latest in a series of campaigns that followed the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001 -- is focusing on the possibility of an attack before
election day Nov. 2 or before the presidential inauguration Jan. 20. 

"The main message we want to get out is that these interviews have been
going on since May," said a special agent with the FBI in San 
Francisco,
who spoke on condition his name not be used. "We've been doing 
interviews
and community outreach all along. It's just getting more attention 
now." 

The agent added that interviews would continue during Ramadan. 

"Based on what we know, there is a threat of attack," he said. "The 
window
of time is shrinking, since it is bracketed by the election time 
frame." 

Helal Omeira, executive director of the Bay Area branch of the Council 
on
American Islamic Relations, said there was a misconception that the 
Muslim
community was uncooperative. He said his organization had always 
stressed
that Muslims and Arabs should report suspicious activities. 

Omeira said he knew of at least five instances in the last two weeks in
which FBI agents had conducted voluntary interviews at South Bay 
mosques
and that no one had refused to talk to the agents. 

"What we would appreciate is a little courtesy -- like not showing up 
at
our Friday services," Omeira said. "Every mosque has a phone. Why not 
call
first?..." 

ALSO SEE:

ISLAMIC LEADERS SUSPICIOUS OF FBI VISITS
Bethe Dufresene, The Day, 10/15/04
http://www.theday.com/eng/web/news/re.aspx?re=C6C371FB-7F5F-4EBD-867A-358E05
1168D3

Groton — The FBI paid a visit to local Muslims two weeks ago as part of 
a
national effort to assess security risks for the presidential 
elections,
but upon arriving at the mosque here found no one home.

Since then, directors of the mosque, known as the Islamic Center of New
London, have contacted a lawyer from the Connecticut Civil Liberties 
Union
who has pledged to be present if and when the FBI calls on them again.

“What happened was we got a call from an FBI agent saying they needed 
to
urgently talk to the board,” Imran Ahmed, president of the mosque, said
Thursday. He spoke on the eve of Ramadan, a monthlong observance
commemorating the beginning of divine revelations to the prophet 
Muhammad,
founder of Islam.

The message left by the federal agent said it was all part of an 
“outreach
program,” said Ahmed. But having heard reports from other Muslims about
being asked questions “outside the scope” of what's proper when no one 
is
charged or suspected of anything, he said, board members weren't eager 
to
meet without a lawyer present.

“Luckily we were left messages,” said Ahmed. “He couldn't contact us
directly, and then he missed us when he came to the facility two weeks 
ago,
so he just left us his card.”

Ahmed said an FBI agent showed up about the same time at a satellite 
mosque
in Norwich, unnerving members. “They (agents) have you face-to-face to
create a sense of urgency,” said Ahmed, “and people who aren't trained,
they don't know how to act.”

“A lot of them were Muslim immigrants,” he said, “and they got really
shocked. They said, ‘Did they do anything wrong?'”

The Washington, D.C.-based Council for American-Islamic Relations, 
which
last month opened its first office in New England on State Street in 
New
London, says the FBI is interviewing members of mosques around the 
nation
in response to intelligence reports that al-Qaida plans an attack in
America around the elections.

“Just about every mosque we've spoken to has been contacted,” said 
Ahmed,
small and large, from New London to Hartford.

Since Islamic terrorists attacked New York and Washington, D.C., on 
Sept.
11, 2001, security agents also have been treating Ramadan as a time of
heightened risk.

The national Interfaith Alliance, a nonpartisan group that claims to 
have
150,000 members, last week condemned the government program of 
“volunteer
interviews” just prior to the election and during the holy month of 
Ramadan.

“The nation would be outraged if this were to happen to Jews or 
Christians
during Passover or Easter, for any reason,” said the Rev. Dr. C. Welton
Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, charging that it “has a
chilling effect on our democracy.”

Ahmed said Islamic Center board members would willingly meet with the 
FBI
but want to be sure their civil rights are protected.

“CAIR warned us,” said Ahmed, that the FBI “will ask questions from 
many,
many angles. We contacted CAIR just in time,” he said, adding, “It's
fortunate they just established an office here.” CAIR put them in touch
with a CCLU lawyer, he said...

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THE SHARIAH DEBATE: THE LETTER OF ISLAMIC LAW DEPENDS ON ITS SPIRIT; 
ITS
USE BY MUSLIMS IN CANADA DOES NOT MEAN THE BARBARIANS ARE AT THE GATES
Riad Saloojee, Vancouver Sun, 10/15/04
http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=2f
12e25c-d751-401f-8fb0-1fd3df454c70

The debate on an Islamic arbitration initiative has reached fever pitch
recently with some people concerned that many Canadian Muslims want to 
use
Islamic law to resolve personal and family disputes.

Part of this concern is natural, given the undeniable and inequitable
application of the shariah in many countries. Part of the problem, as 
well,
concerns a general ignorance of Islamic law -- its history, principles 
and
nuances -- that permits intellectual chauvinism to pass for fair 
comment.

The shariah is not, as some think, "immutable." The spirit of Islamic 
law
-- its universals such as justice, equity and mercy -- is unchangeable. 
The
letter of the law, however, varies depending on whether its application
would promote or violate the letter's spirit. 

There is a rich body of principles that govern the application of law 
to
ensure that law is equitable, gradual, moderate and sensitive to 
individual
and communal context.

It is precisely for this reason that many Canadian Muslims support
Islamic-based arbitration.

Given current faith-based arbitration initiatives by the Jewish and
Christian communities, why would the Muslim community not be entitled 
to do
the same?

Permitting members of religious minority groups to have the option of
resolving civil disputes according to their own religious doctrine 
within a
framework that is respectful of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is
consistent with the Charter's own guarantee of freedom of religion.

In Muslim communities, the line between mediation and arbitration is
porous. The reality on the ground is that many Canadian Muslims resolve
their disputes by referring them to local community leaders.

Opponents of Islamic-based arbitration, far from protecting vulnerable
parties, are ensuring that such processes are not standardized or
scrutinized and do not operate openly and with accountability. Pure
pragmatism indicates that a significant group of people want to, and 
will,
resolve their personal disputes quickly, quietly and in keeping with 
deeply
held religious convictions. By denying this, opponents are keeping 
their
eyes shut.

A number of critical concerns, however, are justified. The 
consultations of
Marion Boyd, former attorney-general of Ontario, about the use of 
private
arbitration to resolve family issues under Ontario's Arbitration Act, 
are
timely...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/17/04

* SCOWCROFT: BUSH IS 'MESMERIZED' BY SHARON
	- Bush Appointee Calls for End to Palestinian Aid, Diplomacy
	- Alliance Breeds Influence for Israel (St. Pete Times)
* MUSLIM AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR BUSH HAS FALLEN (Express-News)
* STATEMENT BY JOHN KERRY ON THE BEGINNING OF RAMADAN
* CAIR-FL: DEVOUTLY MUSLIM - AND AMERICAN (St. Petersburg Times)
	- IL: Ramadan a Challenge for Busy Doctors (Sun-Times)
	- AZ: Ramadan a Joy for New Convert (Arizona Republic)
* LA: SCARF INCIDENT MAY ALTER COURT DRESS CODE (Times-Picayune)
	- CAIR-Houston: Conference to Examine Hate Crimes (El Paso Times)

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SCOWCROFT: BUSH IS 'MESMERIZED' BY SHARON

SCOWCROFT IS CRITICAL OF BUSH
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 10/16/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36644-2004Oct15.html

Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to President George H.W. 
Bush, 
was highly critical of the current president's handling of foreign 
policy 
in an interview published this week, saying that the current President 
Bush 
is "mesmerized" by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, that Iraq is a 
"failing venture" and that the administration's unilateralist approach 
has 
harmed relations between Europe and the United States.

Scowcroft's remarks, reported in London's Financial Times, are unusual 
coming from a leading Republican less than three weeks before a highly 
contested election. In the first Bush administration, Scowcroft was a 
mentor to Condoleezza Rice, the current national security adviser, and 
he 
is regarded as a close associate of the president's father.

Scowcroft declined a request for an interview yesterday. When asked if 
he 
had been quoted correctly, his office responded with a statement: "He 
has 
been and is a supporter of President Bush and thinks he is the best 
qualified to lead our country."

Scowcroft's remarks to the Financial Times reflect a sense of unease 
among 
some GOP foreign policy experts about the White House's handling of 
foreign 
policy -- especially those who, such as Scowcroft, are considered part 
of 
what is called the realist wing. Realists, in contrast to those who are 
called neoconservatives, prefer to deal with other nations on their own 
terms, whether they are democracies or not, and were skeptical that a 
war 
in Iraq would help make democracy blossom throughout the Middle East.

Generally, such concerns have been muted and voiced privately, but 
Scowcroft's interview was blunt, especially over Bush's handling of the 
Arab-Israeli conflict.

"Sharon just has him wrapped around his little finger," Scowcroft told 
the 
Financial Times. "I think the president is mesmerized." He added: "When 
there is a suicide attack [followed by a reprisal] Sharon calls the 
president and says, 'I'm on the front line of terrorism,' and the 
president 
says, 'Yes, you are…' He [Sharon] has been nothing but trouble."

Although both Bush and Kerry have been very supportive of Sharon's plan 
to 
withdraw from the Gaza Strip, Scowcroft said he warned Rice that this 
is a 
ruse to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state.

"When I first heard Sharon was getting out of Gaza I was having dinner 
with 
Condi and she said: 'At least that's good news,'" Scowcroft recounted. 
"And 
I said: 'That's terrible news…Sharon will say: 'I want to get out of 
Gaza, 
finish the wall [the Israeli security barrier] and say I'm done.' "

SEE ALSO:

BUSH APPOINTEE CALLS FOR END TO PALESTINIAN AID, DIPLOMACY

PIPES CALLS FOR END TO PALESTINIAN AID
Kelly Rohrs, Chronicle, 1/15/04
http://www.chronicle.duke.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/10/15/416fc6499e890

Pro-Israeli activist Daniel Pipes advocated ending the 
Palestinian-Israeli 
conflict by cutting off worldwide support to the Palestinian cause in a 
Thursday night speech sponsored by the Duke Conservative Union.

"Diplomacy in a time of war is not effective," Pipes said. "It just 
gets in 
the way…"

[NOTE: President Bush used a recess appointment to place Daniel Pipes 
on 
the board of the United States Institute for Peace. SEE: 
http://www.usip.org ]

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ALLIANCE BREEDS INFLUENCE FOR ISRAEL
SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN, St. Petersburg Times, 10/17/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/10/17/Worldandnation/Alliance_breeds_influ.shtml

During their debate on foreign policy, President Bush and Sen. John 
Kerry 
wrangled over Iraq. They also tussled over Iran, North Korea and 
Afghanistan.

But except for two fleeting references, there was no discussion of the 
issue that so often commands center stage: the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict. It was an omission that surprised few experts.

"This is an area where both candidates, at least in their declared 
policies, agree solidly," says Duncan Clarke, professor of 
international 
relations at American University. "Both of them have repeatedly stated 
their undying commitment to Israel and Israel's interests."

Born in 1948 from the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel has inspired 
fierce 
loyalty among generations of American policymakers. In part, that stems 
from a genuine feeling that Israel, with its democratic, pro-Western 
government, is the United States' most reliable ally in a tumultuous 
region 
rife with dictatorships.

But the support has been deftly cultivated by pro-Israel organizations, 
particularly the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Through an 
aggressive network of members, lobbyists and friends high in the Bush 
administration, AIPAC wields a power that keeps politicians toeing a 
pro-Israel line.

The result: Israel exerts a significant influence on U.S. foreign 
policy, 
especially in the Middle East.

A case in point is Iraq. Although protecting Israel was not the only 
reason 
for invading Iraq, it clearly was a factor. Just days after the Sept. 
11 
attacks, President Bush told several House members that the biggest 
threat 
was not al-Qaida but "Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass 
destruction."

"He can blow up Israel and that would trigger an international 
conflict," 
Bush said, as recounted in Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack.

In the past year, the administration has also backed off efforts to 
resolve 
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while appearing to give free rein to 
the 
hard-line government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Critics 
say 
the failure to push for peace is inflaming tensions in the Mideast and 
hurting U.S. credibility.

And while Israel is a small nation (pop. 6.2-million) with one of the 
world's highest standards of living, it long was the largest recipient 
of 
American foreign aid. It dropped to second place this year only because 
of 
the huge sums allocated for Iraq…

The administration's ardent support is widely presumed to be rooted in 
the 
influence of the "neocons" or neoconservatives - a group of top 
officials 
and advisers with longtime ties to the Jewish state. Among them are 
Paul 
Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary, and Richard Perle, former chairman 
of 
the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board.

Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, says the 
neocons have a world view in which an aggressive, militarized Israel 
plays 
the same role on a regional level as America plays on a global scale.

"Let your allies and potential adversaries know that no country or 
group of 
countries will be allowed to match, let alone supercede, your level of 
military capacity," she said. "Let them know you will deal 
pre-emptively 
and militarily with anything you deem a threat, rather than (using) 
diplomacy."

The neocons' vision for Israel was laid out in the 1996 treatise, "A 
Clean 
Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm." In it, Perle and others 
said 
Israel should adopt a get-tough policy with Syria and the Palestinians, 
and 
"focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq."

Thus, in the wake of 9/11 it came as little surprise when the neocons 
pressed for action against Iraq as well as al-Qaida…

Even before the neocons became a factor in U.S. foreign policy, Israel 
enjoyed almost unqualified support in Congress. One big reason is the 
American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Founded in 1954, AIPAC calls itself "America's Pro-Israel Lobby." 
Fortune 
once named it the second most powerful lobby in Washington, after AARP.

"AIPAC has become masterful in combining its real political power in 
Washington with the perception of power," says Ori Nir, who covers 
AIPAC 
for the Jewish newspaper Forward. "I have in the past interviewed quite 
a 
few members of Congress who said things like, "Don't quote me on that, 
I 
don't want to get in trouble withAIPAC…'"

At the start, AIPAC concentrated on lobbying Congress. But it broadened 
its 
reach into the executive branch, where in recent years it has 
established 
close ties to neocons in the Bush administration.

Too close, some say.

The FBI is investigating whether a Pentagon analyst passed a classified 
document about U.S. policy on Iran to AIPAC, which in turn may have 
given 
information to Israeli officials. Israel and AIPAC deny wrongdoing, and 
AIPAC mounted a counteroffensive:

"Not only is AIPAC under attack - the U.S.-Israel relationship itself 
is 
also under assault," the organization's leaders said in a statement.

But critics say the matter raises questions about whether AIPAC has 
crossed 
the line between lobbying and acting as an agent for a foreign 
government. 
AIPAC also "risks fueling claims of those who would accuse the Jewish 
community" of working with the neocons to pursue a regime change in 
Iran, 
Nir wrote in Forward…

Stephen Zunes, a Mideast expert at the University of San Francisco, 
says 
the history of U.S. aid belies a common perception: Israel needs huge 
amounts of money because it is weak nation threatened by its Arab 
neighbors.

Instead, more than 90 percent of American aid has flowed since 1967, 
when 
Israel demonstrated its military superiority over Arab armies, occupied 
the 
West Bank and Gaza Strip, and began building the settlements that have 
complicated efforts to create a Palestinian state.

"The more dominant Israel has become, the more aid it has gotten," 
Zunes 
says. "If we're really concerned about Israel's survival, we would have 
given most of our aid in the first years of existence when it was most 
vulnerable."

Critics say some of the money now going to Israel would be better used 
in 
countries like Afghanistan, with five times as many people and far more 
pressing needs. A reduction in aid could also hasten the Mideast peace 
process, some say.

"Israelis might have to learn to live with their neighbors, God forbid, 
if 
they're not subsidized by Uncle Sugar," says Clarke of American 
University…

Publicly, there is little daylight between the candidates. Both support 
a 
Palestinian state but call Arafat a "failed leader." Both support 
Sharon's 
plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. Both appeared at AIPAC's annual 
conference.

"If you read between the lines, there may be some more flexibility in a 
Kerry administration than clearly there has been in the Bush 
administration, which has washed its hands of the so-called peace 
process," 
Clarke says. "There is a certain internationalism in Kerry's tone 
overall 
that might carry over into Arab-Israel issues, but I'm speaking now as 
an 
optimist…"

The Christian right "has a very clear idea what it would like to see 
happen 
in the Mideast, and that's not based on Israel's pragmatic security but 
on 
theology - what could be called an apocalyptic foreign policy," says 
Gorenberg of the Jerusalem Report.

"When you look at the behavior of the current administration you have 
to 
wonder to what extent its hands-off policy toward Mideast negotiations 
is 
determined by the desire to keep its base in the Christian right or 
even 
the ideological affinity of the president himself to the Christian 
right."

But whoever occupies the White House for the next four years, don't 
expect 
any fundamental change in U.S.-Israeli relations…

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MUSLIM AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR BUSH HAS FALLEN
Lisa Marie Gómez, San Antonio Express-News, 10/17/04
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA101704.7B.muslim.626f426.html

Muslim Americans helped put George W. Bush in the White House four 
years 
ago, but fallout from 9-11 and the domestic war on terrorism have 
eroded 
the president's support in the Muslim community.

But that doesn't mean their political allegiance will automatically 
shift 
to Bush's Democratic challenger.

With the election little more than two weeks away, many Muslims remain 
undecided on the presidential race. That could change today when a 
coalition of national Muslim groups meets in Washington to decide if it 
will endorse a candidate. The decision is to be announced this week.

"Except for (Ralph) Nader, neither Bush nor (Sen. John) Kerry are 
addressing concerns in the Muslim community," said Surwat Husain, a San 
Antonio resident who moved here from Pakistan more than 30 years ago. 
"The 
bottom line is I'm a Democrat, but I'm still not too very happy with 
Kerry. 
So it's still up in the air."

She said she feels that if Muslims are not going to get anything from 
either party, then "why should we waste our vote?" And if Muslims give 
their collective vote to Nader, perhaps the two main party candidates 
will 
get the hint, she said.

Husain, chairwoman of the San Antonio chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said despite the indecisiveness as a whole, 
the 
interest among Muslim Americans to get out and vote has never been 
greater.

The chapter sponsored a series of voter registration drives in 
September 
that brought in 700 new voters.

Of the 10,000 to 12,000 Muslims living in San Antonio, an estimated 
6,000 
are expected to vote in the Nov. 2 election. Nationally, there are 
about 3 
million registered Muslim voters.

Much of the new interest in voting stems from the war on terror and the 
effect its domestic aspects have had on Muslim Americans.

"9-11 has woke all of us up," Husain said…

As for Husain in San Antonio, she plans to support a Muslim bloc vote 
decision.

"We are stronger when we are unified," she said.

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STATEMENT BY JOHN KERRY ON THE BEGINNING OF RAMADAN
http://www.johnkerry.com/pressroom/releases/pr_2004_1015f.html

For Immediate Release

Ramadan Greetings from John Kerry and John Edwards

Milwaukee, WI - John Kerry issued the following statement today as 
Muslims 
across America and around the world mark the beginning of Ramadan:

"I send my sincere greetings to Muslims across America and around the 
world 
who are beginning the fast for the holy month of Ramadan 1425.

"During this month of charity and reflection, we join you in praying 
for 
peace and understanding. American Muslims span nearly every culture and 
race and we honor and recognize the valuable contributions that Muslim 
Americans have made to our nation.

"Freedom of religion is a founding principle of our nation. American 
society and democracy are stronger when we welcome people of all faiths 
and 
traditions. America needs people of goodwill, and conscience, to come 
together and promote peace, as Islam teaches. True understanding and 
real 
progress can only come about when we are all willing to look beyond our 
differences and embrace our common humanity."
	
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DEVOUTLY MUSLIM - AND AMERICAN
WAVENEY ANN MOORE, St. Petersburg Times, 10/16/04
http://www.sptimes.com/
Search using the term "Bedier."

As Muslims in America begin observing their faith's holiest month - 
Ramadan 
- many will have more than fasting on their minds.

A new poll finds that one in four Americans holds negative stereotypes 
of 
Muslims. Many agree with statements that Muslims teach their children 
to 
hate and that they value life less than others outside the faith.

Local Muslim leaders are disappointed with the findings.

"I knew that there was obviously a negative perception and anti-Muslim 
sentiments in the country, but I was very surprised by the results," 
said 
Ahmed Bedier, communications director for the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations in Tampa.

"However, there was some hope in it. In the poll, it showed that those 
who 
actually interacted with Muslims or knew them, over 50 percent had 
positive 
feelings."

As believers observe this year's Ramadan, they are being urged to 
combat 
negative stereotypes...

This Ramadan, mosques are being asked to hold open houses for members 
of 
other faiths and to invite non-Muslims to the traditional evening meals 
that break their dawn-to-dusk fast.

Individual members of the Muslim community also are being encouraged to 
identify themselves to neighbors and colleagues and to talk openly 
about 
their faith. In Jacksonville, a company has created a Ramadan postcard 
that 
can be used to send goodwill greetings to non-Muslims.

Locally, the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association had a public pre-Ramadan 
gathering Wednesday in St. Petersburg. The Islamic Society of the Tampa 
Bay 
Area held an annual open house last weekend at its large Tampa mosque.

In Hernando County, Dr. Adel Eldin, a Spring Hill cardiologist, said 
Muslims plan to ask others in the community to join them for an evening 
break-the-fast meal, or iftar, during Ramadan. He said the community 
began 
distributing Ramadan-Thanksgiving baskets after the Sept. 11, 2001, 
terrorist attacks. Eldin added that Hernando Muslims also offer 
programs in 
local schools about Ramadan.

"Those of us who consider ourselves to be devout Muslims and also 
consider 
ourselves to be American patriots have to do a better job of 
communicating 
to the American population in general that we are, in fact, part of the 
same society, country and diverse American culture," said Askia 
Muhammad 
Aquil, an imam, or prayer leader, from St. Petersburg.

"We have to do everything to dispel the myth that Islam is anti-West, 
anti-Christian or anti-Jewish…"

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RAMADAN A CHALLENGE FOR BUSY YOUNG DOCTORS
CATHLEEN FALSANI, Chicago Sun-times, 10/17/04
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-fast17.html

In the pre-dawn darkness, Dr. Sofia Shakir, chief resident at Cook 
County's 
John Stroger Hospital, will rise to say her morning prayers and eat a 
small 
meal before heading to the hospital by 7 a.m. to begin a long day of 
rounds, lectures and paperwork.

Once the sun rises, Shakir, a Muslim, will take no food, no water, and 
-- 
perhaps most importantly for a young doctor working an average of 80 
hours 
a week -- no coffee until the sun sets, because it is Ramadan, the 
Muslim 
holy month.

For young Muslim physicians such as Shakir, 32, the requirements of 
Ramadan, with its sunrise-to-sunset fast, spiritual self-examination 
and 
emphasis on increased prayer, add new demands to their already hectic 
schedules…

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JOY FOR NEW CONVERT
Michael Clancy, Arizona Republic, 10/16/04
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1016phxramadan16.html

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun, bringing with it high 
expectations of joy and fulfillment among the Islamic faithful.

The new moon was spotted Thursday evening, starting Ramadan. Muslims 
rely 
on the phases of the moon at the end of the eighth month of the Muslim 
calendar to start the monthlong event.

The 1,425th year of Islam will be the second year of Ramadan for Alyssa 
Yingling of Tempe, who officially converted to the faith last year, a 
week 
before Ramadan began.

The month of fasting "was a joy, a fantastic experience," said the 
20-year-old student at Arizona State University…

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SCARF INCIDENT MAY ALTER COURT DRESS CODE
Michelle Hunter, Times-Picayune, 10/16/04
http://nola.com/search/index.ssf?/base/library-58/1097913488171260.xml?nola

Officals at 1st Parish Court in Metairie are working to formulate a new 
courtroom dress code after an incident involving a Muslim woman who was 
asked to remove her head scarf, officials said.

Fadwa Askar, 36, of Metairie, went to the courthouse Oct. 8 with her 
husband, Ayman, and daughter, Fatima, to pay a traffic ticket for an 
expired brake tag.

The family passed through security at the front doors of the 
courthouse. 
But as they entered the courtroom, they said they were approached by 
Bailiff Charlie Love, who told Askar she had to remove "that thing" or 
leave.

"It was embarrassing in front of all the people there," Fadwa Askar 
said. 
"He (made) us go out like we are some kind of bad people."

Court officials said the incident was a misunderstanding on the part of 
the 
bailiff, who did not know the religious significance of the head scarf. 
They said the court's two judges and administrator will meet to work 
out a 
new dress code.

"It's an unfortunate incident," Court Administrator Bee Parisi said 
Friday. 
"No one wants to be disrespectful of any religion..."

SEE ALSO:

CONFERENCE TODAY TO EXAMINE HATE CRIMES IN EL PASO
Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times, 10/16/04
http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20041016-181744.shtml

The tossing of a firebomb onto a playground at the Islamic Center of El 
Paso was the most visible hate crime in the city in recent years.

It also raised doubts among El Pasoans about their traditionally 
tolerant 
community.

"I was devastated after it happened. I almost broke down in tears," 
said M. 
Omar Hernandez, president of the Islamic Center of El Paso. "I started 
to 
ponder, 'Why would somebody do this? We haven't done anything to 
anybody.' "

The crimes against the Islamic Center of El Paso were quickly reported 
to 
police. A firebombing suspect was arrested within minutes while still 
driving in the neighborhood. The attacks on the center are part of a 
wave 
of anti-Muslim crimes in the United States, Muslim civil rights 
activists 
said.

The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked 
Texas 
leaders to speak out against "Islamophobia" after the firebombing 
attempt, 
which was reported internationally.

Antonio Flores, a 57-year-old disabled retiree from the Lower Valley, 
who 
allegedly tossed two firebombs at the center, told investigators he 
disliked Muslims and was angry after watching a program on the Sept. 
11, 
2001, terrorist attacks, court documents said.

The firebombing was the second crime targeting the Islamic center in 
2004.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/18/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD 
* JOIN CAIR'S 'SHARING RAMADAN' CAMPAIGN
	- CAIR-TX: Ramadan a Time to Build Understanding
	- CAIR-CA: Campaign for Ramadan Understanding 
* CA: MUSLIM VOTE SHIFTING TO KERRY (Sac Bee)
	- DC: MAPS to Announce Results of U.S. Muslim Poll 
	- Without a Doubt (New York Times)
* MUSLIMS ALLEGE DOUBLE STANDARD IN SPY CHARGES (Chicago Trib) 
	- Halabi Case a 'Life-Altering Experience' (USA Today)
* CAIR-MI: DIVERSITY DAY ON TAP FOR MONDAY (Flint Journal)
	- NJ: Interfaith Dialogue Offers Forum (Princetonian)
* CO: U.S.-BORN IMAM TURNS HEADS, MINDS, HEARTS (Denver Post)
	- NY: Speaker - Radicals a Minority in Islam (Saratogian)
	- Europe Struggling to Train New Breed of Imams (NYT)
* EX-GITMO WORKERS CLAIM ABUSE WAS WIDESPREAD (Guardian)
* CAIR-DC: GROUPS SPEAK OUT AGAINST 9/11 ACT (Atlanta Journal)
* GAZA: 'WHEN WE CAME BACK THEY HAD DESTROYED ALL THE HOUSES'
	- Killing Children No Longer a Big Deal (Haaretz)
	- Israeli Thrust Ruins Gazans - Report (Reuters)
	- Mass Home Demolitions in Gaza (Human Rights Watch)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD

"If God helps you, none can overcome you. If He forsakes you, then who 
else
is there other than Him who can help you? Therefore, in God let the
believers put their trust."

The Holy Quran, 3:160

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JOIN CAIR'S SHARING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Please, encourage your community to join CAIR's Sharing Ramadan 
campaign by
filling out the following form and e-mailing it to: 
ramadan@cair-net.org

ORGANIZATION NAME:
DATE OF YOUR IFTAR OPEN HOUSE:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPECTED:
CONTACT PERSON NAME:
STREET ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:

Once we receive the form back from, the local events will be listed at
CAIR's web site.

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: 

"U.S. MOSQUES URGED TO REACH OUT WITH 'SHARING RAMADAN' IFTARS"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=182&page=AA 

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CAIR-SAN ANTONIO: RAMADAN A TIME TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING 
Sarwat Husain, San Antonio Express-News, 10/17/04  
http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/stories/MYSA101704.4H.husaincomment.11c2
2220b.html

[Sarwat Husain is chairwoman of the San Antonio chapter of the Council 
on
American-Islamic Relations.]

Ramadan, the ninth month on the lunar calendar for Muslims, started 
Friday.
This is the month during which more than 1 billion adult Muslims around 
the
world, and some 10.5 million in North America, who are in good health, 
fast
from sunrise to sunset every day. It is the fourth pillar of Islam. 

Muslims are not only to abstain from food and drink and all the other
sensual pleasures of life, but also from any evil or wrongdoing, such 
as
falsehood in speech or action, and from arguing and fighting. They are
asked to do good to the society they live in, to reach out, be 
generous,
give in charity to the needy and protect civil rights and human rights 
for
all. Social responsibility is impressed in the human conscience, and 
for
Muslims it is a religious duty and form of worship. 

After the horrific attacks of 9-11 on innocent Americans, the one faith
that has come under constant attack is Islam, even though hundreds of
American Muslims also lost their lives in those tragic attacks. 
Arbitrary
detention, imprisonment without due process, torture and ill treatment,
discrimination, political persecution and hate crimes commonly take 
place
against American Muslims. 

Recently, the Council on American-Islamic Relations commissioned a poll 
to
understand what Americans of other faiths think about Islam and 
Muslims,
the variables associated with anti-Muslim prejudice and to seek ways to
combat the Islamophobic prejudice that often leads to discrimination or
even hate crimes... 

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FRESH CAMPAIGN FOR RAMADAN UNDERSTANDING IN US 
Islam Online, 10/15/04
http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-10/15/article06.shtml

WASHINGTON - US Muslim organizations have launched a nationwide 
campaign in
Ramadan, in an effort to reach out to non-Muslims and create a better
understanding of Islam during the holy fasting month.

The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations
- the largest US Islamic civil liberties group - has run radio
advertisements intended to educate the public about Ramadan.

The six, 60-second spots will run for the next month, CAIR said on its
website on Thursday, October 14.

The first ad begins with adhan (the Muslim call to prayer). "Ramadan is 
a
month of fasting from dawn to sunset," the ad says.

"It is a time for spiritual purification, worship, inner reflection, 
and
increased charity and empathy for those less fortunate. It is a time to
re-connect with our Creator and make peace with all people.

"We invite our fellow Americans of all faiths to join in spreading this
spirit of peace and brotherhood in our communities," it added.

Ramadan is the holiest month of Islam, a time of spiritual reflection 
and
discipline for the world's more than 1 billion Muslims. Besides 
abstaining
from food, Muslims avoid drinking, smoking and sexual activity from 
dawn to
dusk. Other prohibitions include lying, anger and unkind remarks.

The Islamic Shura Council of North America and the Fiqh Council of 
North
America have announced that Friday, October 15, is the first day of
Ramadan...

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MUSLIM, ARAB AMERICAN VOTE SHIFTING TO KERRY, POLLS SHOW
Stephen Magagnini, Sacramento Bee, 10/18/04
http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/11133305p-12049737c.html

Davis businessman Hamza El-Nakhal helped elect George W. Bush president 
in
2000, along with a majority of the estimated 3 million Muslim and Arab
American voters nationwide.

"It was a big mistake," El-Nakhal says now. "He rejected the whole 
world
community to make war on Iraq, and with the Patriot Act, he's really
intruded on our civil rights. I'm scared all the time that I could be
prosecuted for something completely phony - the Constitution does not
protect us any more."

El-Nakhal, a native of Egypt, and at least half a million other Muslim 
and
Arab Americans are expected to switch their support to John Kerry on 
Nov.
2, according to several nationwide polls.

Their votes could prove key in the battleground states of Florida,
Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

"In just the four battleground states we're polling, over 200,000 Arab
American voters have switched from the Republican to the Democratic
column," said Jim Zogby, senior analyst for Zogby International, which
specializes in Muslim and Arab polling.

A Zogby poll of the four states in September projected a turnout of 
510,000
Arab American voters. That includes 120,000 in Florida and 85,000 in 
Ohio -
both of which went to Bush in 2000, along with their combined 46 
electoral
votes. The poll showed Kerry leading Bush in these states, 47 percent 
to
31.5 percent, with 9 percent backing independent candidate Ralph Nader.

A second Zogby poll of 1,700 Muslim voters nationwide conducted for
Georgetown University showed Kerry leading Bush, 68 percent to 7 
percent,
with 11 percent backing Nader.

Zogby and other analysts estimate the Muslim electorate at around 2 
million
voters. About 40 percent of them are African American and the rest 
fairly
evenly divided among Arab Americans, Pakistanis and other immigrants 
from
non-Arab countries...

ALSO SEE:

PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE AMERICAN MUSLIM POLL 2004

WHAT: A press conference will be held to announce the results of the
American Muslim Poll 2004, Muslims in the American Public Square: 
Shifting
Political Winds & Fallout from 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Project 
MAPS
conducted the nationwide poll through Zogby International. Participants
will discuss key findings from the study and answer questions from 
audience
members.

WHO: Panelists: John Esposito, University Professor and Founding 
Director
of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; John Voll, Professor 
and
Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; Sulayman 
Nyang,
Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Dr. Zahid 
Bukhari,
Director of Project MAPS and Fellow in the Center for Muslim-Christian
Understanding.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 19, 2004; 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Leavey Center, Salon E, Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets, 
NW,
Washington, D.C. 20057

SPONSORS: Project MAPS and the Center for Muslim-Christian 
Understanding in
the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

COVERAGE: Media planning to attend must RSVP to Andrea Sarubbi in the
Office of Communications at (202) 687-4328. Press will need to present
valid photo ID on campus.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information about Project MAPS please visit: 
http://www.projectmaps.com/.

For more information about the Center for Muslim-Christian 
Understanding
please visit: http://cmcu.georgetown.edu/

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WITHOUT A DOUBT
RON SUSKIND, New York Times, 10/17/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/17BUSH.html

Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a 
treasury
official for the first President Bush, told me recently that ''if Bush
wins, there will be a civil war in the Republican Party starting on 
Nov.
3.'' The nature of that conflict, as Bartlett sees it? Essentially, the
same as the one raging across much of the world: a battle between
modernists and fundamentalists, pragmatists and true believers, reason 
and
religion. 

''Just in the past few months,'' Bartlett said, ''I think a light has 
gone
off for people who've spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct 
he's
always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he
thinks God has told him to do.'' Bartlett, a 53-year-old columnist and
self-described libertarian Republican who has lately been a champion 
for
traditional Republicans concerned about Bush's governance, went on to 
say:
''This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda and the
Islamic fundamentalist enemy. He believes you have to kill them all. 
They
can't be persuaded, that they're extremists, driven by a dark vision. 
He
understands them, because he's just like them. . . . 

''This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with 
inconvenient
facts,'' Bartlett went on to say. ''He truly believes he's on a mission
from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The
whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no
empirical evidence.'' Bartlett paused, then said, ''But you can't run 
the
world on faith.'' 

Forty democratic senators were gathered for a lunch in March just off 
the
Senate floor. I was there as a guest speaker. Joe Biden was telling a
story, a story about the president. ''I was in the Oval Office a few 
months
after we swept into Baghdad,'' he began, ''and I was telling the 
president
of my many concerns'' -- concerns about growing problems winning the 
peace,
the explosive mix of Shiite and Sunni, the disbanding of the Iraqi Army 
and
problems securing the oil fields. Bush, Biden recalled, just looked at 
him,
unflappably sure that the United States was on the right course and 
that
all was well. '''Mr. President,' I finally said, 'How can you be so 
sure
when you know you don't know the facts?''' 

Biden said that Bush stood up and put his hand on the senator's 
shoulder.
''My instincts,'' he said. ''My instincts.'' 

Biden paused and shook his head, recalling it all as the room grew 
quiet.
''I said, 'Mr. President, your instincts aren't good enough!'''… 

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MUSLIMS ALLEGE DOUBLE STANDARD IN SPY CHARGES
E.A. Torriero, Chicago Tribune, 10/18/04
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0410180165oct18,1,5066923
.story

ANAHEIM, Calif.- In his recurrent nightmares, Airman Ahmad Al Halabi
pictured how the military would execute him for espionage: by electric
chair or firing squad.

"I wondered whether I'd be dead before they realized that I wasn't a 
spy or
a terrorist," Al Halabi, 25, told a military judge last month at Travis 
Air
Force Base in California.

After months of confining and prosecuting him, the U.S. military 
concedes
that Al Halabi was not a mole after all.

As the spy charges against him crumpled, so did Bush administration
allegations that a ring of undercover agents linked with Al Qaeda had
permeated the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 
the
Air Force senior airman served as a translator.

Three high-profile cases revolving around the alleged espionage and
mishandling of classified documents at the naval base turned terrorist
detention center were dropped in recent weeks without criminal 
convictions.
They included the highly publicized travails of Muslim chaplain Capt. 
James
Yee, 36, who spent 76 days in solitary confinement before the Army
dismissed charges. 

With one remaining case--Ahmed Mehalba, a former civilian translator of 
the
detainees, awaits trial in Boston on charges he lied about carrying
computerized Guantanamo files to Egypt--the government's vigorous 
pursuit
of the allegations against the facility's Muslim staff has come into
question.

Now members of Congress, former top military judicial officials,
human-rights groups and leaders of America's Muslim community are 
asking
why the military and government rushed to judgment.

"What they did in these cases was simply wrong," said Kevin Barry, a 
former
military judge...

ALSO SEE:

SPY CASE WAS A 'LIFE-ALTERING EXPERIENCE' FOR AIRMAN GITMO TRANSLATOR 
IS
NOT BITTER, BUT 'CAUTIOUS'
Laura Parker, USA Today, 10/18/04
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-10-17-halabi_x.htm 

FAIRFIELD, Calif. ---- The day Ahmad Al Halabi, an Air Force translator 
at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was arrested, he was more puzzled than alarmed.

His focus had been on getting to Syria for his wedding before his
non-refundable airline ticket expired. It wasn't until he had been 
jailed
in a windowless cell and told that he could face the death penalty that 
he
learned what to him was unthinkable: He had been accused of spying 
against
the United States. 

Over the next 14 months, he found himself in a kind of hell in an 
adopted
country that he had once praised as having so many freedoms that even 
"the
animals had rights." Al Halabi, however, spent 10 months in solitary
confinement.

The case against him ---- part of the so-called spy ring case at 
Guantanamo
---- collapsed last month, when all of the spy charges were dropped 
after a
black comedy of errors. But he pleaded guilty to lesser charges. He has
been reduced in rank to airman basic and is being kicked out of the Air
Force, a place he would like to stay, on a bad-conduct discharge.

Despite the ordeal, Al Halabi, 25, says he is not bitter. "The American
dream is still out there for me. I am pursuing it," he says.

"It may have got a little more difficult because of the charges and
labels," he says of his pursuit. "I am more cautious of what I do. It's
been a life-altering experience."

Al Halabi is still absorbing the consequences of having been accused of
something he says he didn't do.

He is aware that some friends have dropped him out of fear of being
associated with a suspected spy.

Al Halabi's arrest so frightened his fiancee, who was left waiting with 
200
relatives for her missing groom, that she's not sure she wants to move 
to
the USA. He would like to visit her in the United Arab Emirates, where 
she
lives, to calm her. But Al Halabi worries that if he leaves, he'll have
trouble returning, although he's a naturalized U.S. citizen.

He was accused of attempting to deliver about 200 secret documents to
unknown enemies in his native Syria. A week before his court-martial,
however, military officials concluded that only one document was 
classified
secret...

----- 

MULTICULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY ON TAP FOR MONDAY
Matt Bach, Flint Journal, 10/16/04
http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-24/1097934621186480
.xml

An evening dinner and a panel discussion about bringing cultures 
together
are among activities Monday as part of Multicultural Diversity Day in
Flint. 

The event - under the theme "E Pluribus Unum," or "out of many, one" -
starts at 8 a.m. with a breakfast at the International Institute, 515
Stevens St., said Cleorah Scruggs, event organizer and founder of the
National Multicultural Diversity Institute of Flint. 

After the breakfast will be a discussion featuring Saginaw Mayor Wilmer
Jones Hamm, Flint Board of Education President Christopher Martin and
others. The main speaker for the event is Celina Khatib, executive 
director
for the Council on American Islamic Relations. Donations will be 
accepted
at the door. 

A dinner will take place from 4-7:30 p.m. at the International 
Institute.
The event will include multicultural food and entertainment featuring 
area
youths. The cost for the evening event is $15 for adults and $6 for
children 16 and younger. To register, call (810) 787-4543 or e-mail
cookieck50@aol.com. 

The school or organization with the most children attending will 
receive a
prize. Dressing in ethnic attire is optional but encouraged. 

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM-JEWISH DIALOGUE OFFERS FORUM FOR NON-POLITICAL DISCUSSION
Alexandra Silver, Daily Princetonian, 10/18/04
http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2004/10/18/news/11129.shtml

Muslim and Jewish students shared cookies, conversation and conceptions 
of
God in Cafe Vivian Wednesday at the second Muslim-Jewish Dialogue (MJD)
event of the year.

Marc Grinberg, a senior in the politics department, and Rasha 
Al-Duwaisan,
a junior in the Wilson School, created the program last year as a
collaboration between the Center for Jewish Life and the Muslim 
Students
Association.

Both Grinberg and Al-Duwaisan felt there was a general lack of 
interaction
- and consequent lack of knowledge - between students of the two 
faiths.

While the University does not release information about religious
identification, the CJL estimates 10 to 11 percent of the undergraduate
population is Jewish. There are substantially fewer Muslim students, 
though
no percentage is available.

The casual gatherings of the MJD are meant to increase cultural
understanding and are not forums for political discussions, Grinberg 
said.

"It's politics that will be divisive," Grinberg said.

Earlier this month, forum participants gathered in the dining hall of 
the
CJL to discuss various holidays. Twenty-seven undergraduates and 
graduates,
representing at least three faiths and spanning several academic
departments, attended the first MJD gathering of the year...

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U.S.-BORN IMAM TURNS HEADS, MINDS, HEARTS
Eric Gorski, Denver Post, 10/17/04
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2473591,00.html
 
Ammar Amonette leads a service at the Islamic Center of Boulder. It's 
rare
for someone born in the U.S. to be educated as a Muslim prayer leader. 
 
He didn't choose the name. People started calling him Ammar after he
converted to Islam at 18 in a Michigan dorm room. In Arabic, it means
"builder." 

He grew up a military brat, attending a dozen schools in as many years. 
He
dreamed of becoming a lawyer or architect like one of his heroes, 
Thomas
Jefferson.

But Allah, or God, had different plans: 12 years of study in Saudi 
Arabia,
memorization of thousands of texts and a place at the head of the 
prayer
room.

Ammar Amonette of Aurora is a rarity: a red-haired, blue-eyed, highly
educated, American-born imam, or Muslim prayer leader.

In a country scarred by terrorist attacks carried out by Muslim 
extremists,
the 42-year-old is well-positioned as an ambassador to non-Muslims and 
a
leader for a growing melting-pot American Muslim population that 
includes
more and more people like him...

ALSO SEE:

SPEAKER: RADICALS A MINORITY IN ISLAM 
Matt Leon, Saratogian, 10/18/04 
http://www.saratogian.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13160782&BRD=1169&PAG=461&dep
t_id=17708&rfi=6

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A discussion about Islam led by a Skidmore College
professor with the Unitarian Universalist congregation on Sunday 
quickly
dove into big issues like martyrdom and holy war. 

Dr. Laury Silvers, assistant professor of religion at Skidmore, 
revealed a
religion that is far more complex and forgiving than the impression 
many
Americans have in this post-9/11 world. 

'Americans don't know a thing about Islam,' she said. 'The ignorance is 
so
profound, it's not to be believed.' 

Silvers said that extremist, or fundamentalist, Muslims -- among which 
are
those who pulled off the 9/11 attacks -- are a vocal minority, while 
noting
that a few can do a lot of damage. While she said she would not be an
apologist for Islam, she said it's important that Americans learn more
about the religion so they can better understand world events rather 
than
painting the Middle East or the religion with the same broad brush all 
of
the time.

Silvers weaved her presentation through a story known as 'The Hadith of
Gabriel,' which describes the five pillars of Islam: faith in one god, 
five
daily prayers, contributing to the community's general welfare, fasting
during the holy month of Ramadan and a pilgrimage to Mecca. To mark 
last
week's beginning of Ramadan, the congregation invited Silvers to 
increase
its understanding of the religion. 

Silvers used the word 'evangelists' to talk about fundamentalist 
Muslims.
She equated evangelical Muslims with evangelical Christians, those who
interpret the Bible most strictly and leave no room for any other
understanding. Similarly, she said, regular Muslims accept that early
Islamic stories are open to interpretation, but radicals do not accept
those shades of gray... 

--- 

EUROPE STRUGGLING TO TRAIN NEW BREED OF MUSLIM CLERICS
Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, 10/18/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/18/international/europe/18mosque.html

France - On a wooded hillside in deepest rural Burgundy sits a modest
19th-century chateau with a daunting mission: the training of imams to
minister to the Muslims of Europe.

Here, for $3,200 a year, about 150 French and foreign students study 
and
live in a damp, dilapidated former corporate summer resort with a tiny
library, few computers, no television and no cellphone reception.

The goal of the European Institute for Human Sciences, as the 
coeducational
school is known, is an urgent one shared by political leaders and
intelligence and law enforcement authorities across the Continent.

They believe that the growing Muslim population of Europe must stanch 
the
migration of Muslim clerics who often are self-appointed, unfamiliar 
with
the West, beholden to foreign interests and in the most extreme cases, 
full
of hate and capable of terrorist acts. To that end, they say, a 
homegrown
breed of imams must be created.

"We are here to create modern imams who will respond to the needs of 
our
Muslims in France and in Europe," said Zuhair Mahmood, the Iraqi-born
director of the school who trained as a nuclear scientist and helped 
found
it 12 years ago. "We need more mosques for the faithful and that means 
more
imams."

The perceived threat is so great that a number of European governments
closely monitor the activities and sermons of their Muslim clerics...

----- 

EX-GUANTÁNAMO BAY WORKERS CLAIM PRISONER ABUSE WAS WIDESPREAD 
Julian Borger, Guardian, 10/18/04
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1329810,00.html

The abusive treatment of inmates at Guantánamo Bay was far more 
widespread
than the Pentagon has admitted, according to a new report published
yesterday.
Many detainees at the US prison camp were "regularly subjected to harsh 
and
coercive treatment" over a long period of time, far beyond the isolated
cases that have been acknowledged to date, according to the report, 
which
appeared in the New York Times.

It quoted sources who once worked at the naval base and who were angry 
at
the treatment dealt out to the prisoners, suspected terrorists from 
around
the world who have been held without charge, most for more than two 
years.

The harsh treatment was intended to persuade inmates to talk, and was
matched by incentives to co-operate.

One "regular procedure" was making prisoners strip to their underwear, 
sit
on a chair while their hands and feet were shackled to a bolt on the
ground, while they were subjected to strobe lights, loud music 
(reportedly
by Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine and Eminem) and cold. Such
sessions could go on for up to 14 hours, with a few breaks. 

"It fried them," one official was quoted as saying. Another said: "They
were very wobbly. They came back to their cells and were completely out 
of
it."

Responding to the report, a Pentagon spokesman, Major Paul Swiergosz, 
said
yesterday: "We take all allegations of detainee abuse seriously, and 
...
we've directed several enquiries to be conducted into a number of
allegations..."

----- 

GROUPS SPEAK OUT AGAINST 9/11 ACT
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 10/18/04
http://www.ajc.com/

Muslim, civil liberties and human rights organizations are voicing
opposition to legislation they believe expands the Patriot Act and 
denies
civil liberties to immigrants.

The 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act, which passed the House in 
a
282-134 vote last week, details a plan to reorganize the U.S. 
intelligence
community in light of the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission, 
which
published its report in late August.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations urged its members to contact
their representatives in Congress to oppose provisions in the 
legislation
that relate to immigration, saying it "is viewed by CAIR as an 
expansion of
the Patriot Act."

Specifically, the group objects to provisions of the bill that would 
allow
for immigrants to be deported without any judicial review.

The "expedited removal" provision was absent from a version of the bill
that passed the Senate overwhelmingly last week, but passed in the 
House
version. House and Senate leaders continue to debate the provisions as 
they
prepare the final version that they will send to the White House for
approval.

The human rights organization Amnesty International also opposes the
legislation, calling it "the outsourcing of torture" because of its
proposal allowing people to be deported to countries where they may 
face
torture.

The American Civil Liberties Union also opposes what it refers to as
"mean-spirited measures" in the legislation...

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'WHEN WE CAME BACK THEY HAD DESTROYED ALL THE HOUSES' 
Chris McGreal, Guardian, 10/18/04 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1329830,00.html

The Israeli general who commanded the destruction of the only Jewish
settlement in the Sinai before it was returned to Egypt recently 
offered
Ariel Sharon advice on how to carry out his pledge to remove settlers 
from
the Gaza strip.

"Evicting someone from the home they've lived in for 20 years isn't a
simple matter," wrote Brigadier General Obed Tira. "To remove a family 
from
its home is embarrassing and difficult, and that is why the removal 
needs
to be done with a lot of love and a lot of wisdom."

The soldiers who arrived outside the home of Ghalia Abu Radwan, her
octogenarian parents, blind siblings and assortment of children in Khan
Yunis in the middle of the night showed no love, and, if they were
embarrassed, there was no way to know it because they were hidden 
behind
the armour of their bulldozers and tanks.

As the loudspeakers on the tanks ordered the families out, and bursts 
of
gunfire sharpened the terror, Mrs Abu Radwan shepherded her blind 
brother
and sister to safety.

"I grabbed them by the hand and shouted to my mother to follow us," 
said
Mrs Abu Radwan. "Think of it - 25 children, two blind adults and my 
parents
who cannot run. My sister-in-law left her three year-old behind in the
chaos and had to go back to get him. When we came back they had 
destroyed
all the houses."

Mrs Abu Radwan's mother, Ommuhammed, said she thought she would also 
die.

"I kept imagining a piece of shrapnel hitting my head. I was so 
exhausted I
had to crawl in the sand sometimes or put my hand on Ghalia's shoulder 
and
let her pull me," she said.

"Since 1948, the Israelis have demolished three of my homes. This is 
the
most difficult because before others helped us rebuild but now everyone
needs help and I don't know who will help us..."

ALSO SEE:

KILLING CHILDREN IS NO LONGER A BIG DEAL   
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 10/18/04
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/489479.html
 
More than 30 Palestinian children were killed in the first two weeks of
Operation Days of Penitence in the Gaza Strip. It's no wonder that many
people term such wholesale killing of children "terror." Whereas in the
overall count of all the victims of the intifada the ratio is three
Palestinians killed for every Israeli killed, when it comes to children 
the
ratio is 5:1. According to B'Tselem, the human rights organization, 
even
before the current operation in Gaza, 557 Palestinian minors (below the 
age
of 18) were killed, compared to 110 Israeli minors. 
 
Palestinian human rights groups speak of even higher numbers: 598
Palestinian children killed (up to age 17), according to the 
Palestinian
Human Rights Monitoring Group, and 828 killed (up to age 18) according 
to
the Red Crescent. Take note of the ages, too. According to B'Tselem, 
whose
data are updated until about a month ago, 42 of the children who have 
been
killed were 10; 20 were seven; and eight were two years old when they 
died.
The youngest victims are 13 newborn infants who died at checkpoints 
during
birth.

With horrific statistics like this, the question of who is a terrorist
should have long since become very burdensome for every Israeli. Yet it 
is
not on the public agenda. Child killers are always the Palestinians, 
the
soldiers always only defend us and themselves, and the hell with the
statistics.

The plain fact, which must be stated clearly, is that the blood of 
hundreds
of Palestinian children is on our hands. No tortuous explanation by the 
IDF
Spokesman's Office or by the military correspondents about the dangers
posed to soldiers by the children, and no dubious excuse by the public
relations people in the Foreign Ministry about how the Palestinians are
making use of children will change that fact. An army that kills so 
many
children is an army with no restraints, an army that has lost its moral
code...

--- 

ISRAELI SECURITY THRUST RUINS GAZANS - RIGHTS GROUP
Mark Heinrich, Reuters, 10/18/04

JERUSALEM, Oct 18 (Reuters) - A U.S. human rights watchdog accused 
Israel
on Monday of exaggerating threats of Palestinian arms-smuggling tunnels 
to
justify a devastating security thrust into a Gaza refugee camp that has
left thousands homeless.

Human Rights Watch said Israeli forces had trampled on international 
law by
razing swathes of Rafah to broaden a buffer zone along Gaza's border 
with
Egypt and carrying out raids that had killed many camp civilians as 
well as
militants.

"Expansion of the patrol corridor has brought Israeli army 
fortifications
closer to the camp, exposing them to risks subsequently invoked to 
justify
further demolitions," the group said in a study released at a news
conference.

The Israeli army declined immediate comment.

Israel has said that over the past four years it had flattened houses
hiding more than 90 tunnels or served as gun nests in the bullet-pocked
militant hotbed of 80,000 Palestinian refugees. The U.N. agency for 
Palestinian refugees put the number of people made homeless at 16,000.

The army has recommended doubling the breadth of the buffer strip to 
300
metres (1,000 feet).

Human Rights Watch, in a 133-page report quoting interviews with scores 
of
Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians in the region, said most of the
roughly 1,600 demolitions of homes in Rafah were not warranted by 
"military
necessity."

It said army officers acknowledged to its researchers that the figure 
of 90
included entrance shafts, some of which led to existing tunnels and 
others
to nothing at all.

--- 

RAZING RAFAH: MASS HOME DEMOLITIONS IN THE GAZA STRIP
Human Rights Watch, 10/18/04   
http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/gaza/

Over the past four years, the Israeli military has demolished over 
2,500
Palestinian houses in the occupied Gaza Strip.3  Nearly two-thirds of 
these
homes were in Rafah, a densely populated refugee camp and city at the
southern end of the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt.  Sixteen 
thousand
people - more than ten percent of Rafah's population - have lost their
homes, most of them refugees, many of whom were dispossessed for a 
second
or third time.4

As satellite images in this report show, most of the destruction in 
Rafah
occurred along the Israeli-controlled border between the Gaza Strip and
Egypt.  During regular nighttime raids and with little or no warning,
Israeli forces used armored Caterpillar D9 bulldozers to raze blocks of
homes at the edge of the camp, incrementally expanding a "buffer zone" 
that
is currently up to three hundred meters wide.  The pattern of 
destruction
strongly suggests that Israeli forces demolished homes wholesale,
regardless of whether they posed a specific threat, in violation of
international law.  In most of the cases Human Rights Watch found the
destruction was carried out in the absence of military necessity.

In May 2004, the Israeli government approved a plan to further expand 
the
buffer zone, and it is currently deliberating the details of its 
execution.
The Israeli military has recommended demolishing all homes within three
hundred meters of its positions, or about four hundred meters from the
border.  Such destruction would leave thousands more Palestinians 
homeless
in one of the most densely populated places on earth.  Perhaps in
recognition of the plan's legal deficiencies, the Israel Defense Forces
(IDF) are not waiting for the government to approve the plan.  Ongoing
incursions continue to eat away at Rafah's edge, gradually attaining 
the
desired goal...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/19/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: NEVER TOO PROUD
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
	- Join CAIR'S 'Sharing Ramadan' Campaign
	- CAIR: Insight Offered Into Ramadan (Hartford Courant)
* U.S. REJECTS MUSLIMS' PLEA FOR 'APPROVED' CHARITIES (AP)
	- NY: Doctor Faces New Charges (Wash Post)
	- Government to Strip Citizenship from TX Muslim (CBS-11)
* CAIR-CA: A KINDER, GENTLER SURVEILLANCE (News Review)
	- CA: Interviews Must Not Be Used To Intimidate (Sac Bee)
	- CA: Peaceful Muslims Deserve Better (Daily Cal)
* MA: MUSLIMS FIGHTING A BATTLE OF PERCEPTION (Standard Times)
	- CA: Comics Poke Clean Fun at Life, Policies (SF Chon)
* 'I WILL STAND WITH YOU, MOTHER KHADIJA' (Beliefnet)
* SHOULD WE OUTSOURCE TORTURE? (Cheboygan News)
* PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MAY PRESSURE ISRAEL (AP)
	- Bush Would Accept Islamic Rule in Iraq (Reuters)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: NEVER TOO PROUD

"Surely those who are close to thy Lord are never too proud to worship 
Him."

The Holy Quran, 7:206

----- 

SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

For the past 8 years, CAIR has issued a daily digest of information
relating to the American Muslim community. To help us continue offering
these free services, donate generously to the "$1 Million for Islam in
Ramadan" campaign at: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp 

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

ALSO SEE:

JOIN CAIR'S 'SHARING RAMADAN' CAMPAIGN 

Please, encourage your community to join CAIR's Sharing Ramadan 
campaign by
filling out the following form and e-mailing it to: 
ramadan@cair-net.org

ORGANIZATION NAME:
DATE OF YOUR IFTAR OPEN HOUSE:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPECTED:
CONTACT PERSON NAME:
STREET ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:

Once we receive the form back from, the local events will be listed at
CAIR's web site.

ALSO SEE:

THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS HOPES TO COUNTER `GROWING
ANTI-MUSLIM' VIEWS LINKING VIOLENCE TO THE SEASON 
William Weir, Hartford Courant, 10/16/04
http://www.ctnow.com/hc-ramadan1016.artoct16,0,2288957.story

The Council on American-Islamic Relations recently called on mosques 
around
the United States to share the customs and beliefs of Ramadan, the 
Islamic
holy season that began Friday, by holding open houses for people of 
other
faiths. 

The council said the initiative is designed to counter what advocates 
say
are ``growing anti-Muslim views.'' The call came as U.S. forces in Iraq
anxiously awaited an anticipated increase in insurgent violence to mark 
the
monthlong sacred observances. 

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed through
fasting, prayer and charitable works. Observant Muslims refrain from
eating, smoking and sexual activity during daylight hours. Evenings are
typically spent in family gatherings, at which food is served. 

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, based in Washington, D.C., spoke about 
the
significance of the season against the backdrop of continued violence 
in
Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. 

Q: Has there been a change in the tone of the celebration [because of 
the
situation in Iraq]? 

I think when Ramadan comes around, most Muslims put aside what's 
happening
in the larger society and focus more on family and community and 
carrying
out the requirements of Ramadan. 

Q: Could you talk about the general public's perceptions [regarding 
links
between terrorism and Ramadan]? 

There are two sides to that. We've asked for increased police 
protection
around mosques around the country. We've seen a spike in violence, most
particularly in the Midwest. There's have been incidents of vandalism 
at
mosques in Minnesota and North Dakota. In cities like New York and Los
Angeles, [police] have paid attention. 

The flip side is that Ramadan is unfairly linked to violence in other 
parts
of the world...

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U.S. REJECTS MUSLIMS' PLEA FOR 'APPROVED' CHARITIES
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 10/18/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--ramadan-muslimcha1018oct18,
0,3331073.story

NEWARK, N.J. -- The federal government rejected a plea Monday by Muslim
groups that wanted a list of preapproved Islamic charities to which 
they
could donate without being suspected of helping fund terrorism. 

Federal scrutiny has many Muslims in the United States wary of giving 
to
Islamic charities because of raids on high-profile organizations by 
federal
officials who claimed the groups might have been funding terrorism. The
request and rejection Monday came in the opening week of the Muslim 
holy
month of Ramadan, a period when Islam requires giving to the poor. 

A coalition of Muslim groups held a news conference outside the federal
building in Newark, calling on officials to publicly identify which
charities are considered suspect, and which can safely receive 
donations. 

Members of the groups said many Muslims fear that giving to a charity 
that
is in good standing now might bring a knock at the door from the FBI 
years
later if that charity subsequently runs afoul of the law. 

"We want our government to provide the answers today, not five years 
later
so we don't have to go into this building and adjudicate this," said 
Sohail
Mohammed, a lawyer for the Paterson-based American Muslim Union, 
pointing
to the federal building behind him. "If the government knows there are
charities that are misleading the American Muslim community, it's their
obligation to help protect these innocent Americans." 

The plea was rejected by the U.S. Justice Department, which called it
impossible to fulfill. 

"Our role is to prosecute violations of criminal law," said spokesman 
Bryan
Sierra. "We're not in a position to put out lists of any kind, 
particularly
of any organizations that are good or bad..." 

ALSO SEE:

ARREST WAS CALLED PART OF WAR ON TERRORISM, BUT DOCTOR FACES OTHER 
CHARGES
Michael Powell, Washington Post, 10/19/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43278-2004Oct18.html

SYRACUSE, N.Y., - Federal prosecutors heralded the arrest 19 months ago 
as
another blow in the Justice Department's war on terrorism. More than 85
federal agents descended on the home of a prominent local doctor, Rafil
Dhafir, handcuffing him in his driveway and hauling away dozens of 
boxes of
books and records. 

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft spoke of a terrorism supporter
apprehended. A federal prosecutor suggested that an Arab engineer who 
was a
friend of Dhafir's might be proficient in fashioning "dirty bombs." And 
a
federal magistrate denied bail to the oncologist, saying he might 
escape to
Canada over the ice on the St. Lawrence River. 

Syracuse oncologist Rafil Dhafir was arrested 19 months ago by the 
Justice
Department and was described by Attorney General John D. Ashcroft as a
terrorism supporter. But no terrorism-related charges were filed 
against
him…  
 
In a prison interview and a letter to a newspaper, Dhafir has 
attributed
his troubles to anti-Arab bias and fallout from the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks. Humanitarian groups and prominent American corporations have
violated U.S. sanctions against Iraq without facing criminal charges, 
his
lawyer contends. 

"We believe the government targeted him because he's an Arab American,"
said Deveraux L. Cannick, Dhafir's attorney. "They rushed to the 
conclusion
that this man was sponsoring terrorism. They colored him as the devil
incarnate." 

...Last week, U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue prohibited Dhafir's
attorneys from raising the question of selective prosecution because he 
is
a Muslim. Nor can his attorneys mention that authorities have offered 
no
evidence of a terrorism tie. Mordue said that such issues have nothing 
to
do with the charges lodged against Dhafir. 

Back at the county lockup, Dhafir shrugged when asked about the 
prospect of
decades behind bars. "Religion is what keeps me going. I know that 
nothing
happens without a reason." He offered a slight smile. "But sometimes 
you
won't know what it is until the end."

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GOVERNMENT MOVES TO STRIP CITIZENSHIP FROM FORMER HLF BOARD MEMBER
Todd Bensman, CBS-11 News, 10/18/04
http://cbs11tv.com/localnews/local_story_292192305.html

The Dallas-based office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
has
filed a highly unusual civil court motion to strip a wealthy North 
Texas
businessman of his American citizenship and eventually deport him to 
his
native Middle East.

CBS-11 News has learned that federal authorities have invoked a 
rarely-used
federal statute - mainly used in past decades to deport former Nazis - 
to
de-naturalize native Palestinian Rasmi Khader Almallah. The 
government's
"Complaint to Revoke Naturalization" claims Almallah paid a woman for a
"sham marriage" in 1981 that helped him gain permanent residency and 
then
American citizenship in 1988. 

But sources tell CBS-11 the motive behind the government effort is
Almallah's long association with the Richardson-based Holy Land 
Foundation,
which the Bush administration shuttered in 2001 and accused of
clandestinely providing funds to help the designated terrorist group 
Hamas
deploy suicide bombers against Israeli civilians.

Almallah, since remarried, the father of seven U.S.-born children, and 
the
founding owner of the booming 50-store Carpet Mills of America chain,
served as a board member of the Holy Land Foundation, according to a 
2000
foundation tax return…

Since 9-11, Attorney General John Ashcroft's Department of Justice has
invoked a variety of legal means, short of time-consuming - and 
politically
risky - criminal charges, to remove Middle Easterners suspected of ties 
to
terrorism or its financial infrastructure. The government, for 
instance,
has deported several former Holy Land Foundation employees for 
immigration
law violations in recent years, rather than criminally prosecute them.

In the recent deportation case against former Holy Land Foundation
fundraiser Aynan Ismail, covered exclusively by CBS-11, government
attorneys actually cited terrorism as grounds to send him to Jordan, 
but
never attempted to try him on criminal charges. He was deported last 
month.

Government officials in Dallas have openly acknowledged the Bush
administration's use of alternative means to get suspected Middle 
Eastern
terrorists out of the country.

Immigration law experts tell CBS-11 News that use of the 
de-naturalization
statutes has been rare. Prior to the 9-11 terror attacks, the statutes 
were
invoked mainly as a means to deport former Nazis who were discovered to
have illegally gained American citizenship by lying on application
materials about their pasts.

But since 9-11, although still very rare, a number of denaturalization
lawsuits have been brought against Middle Eastern Americans suspected 
of
terrorist ties…

Immigration experts say the proceedings against him may fit an emerging
government pattern in which de-naturalization becomes a more frequently
used weapon in the Bush administration's domestic war on terror. 

"Since 9-11, we're seeing more prosecutions and more attempts to take 
away
people's citizenship on the basis of memberships in organizations," 
Dallas
immigration attorney Kenneth Wincorn said. 

----- 

A KINDER, GENTLER SURVEILLANCE 
Chrisanne Beckner, News Review, 10/14/04
http://www.newsreview.com/issues/sacto/2004-10-14/news.asp

Special Agent Keith Slotter and U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott explained 
that
increasing surveillance before the election would not mean an
"investigative sweep" of the Muslim community. 
                
In September of this year, news agencies began reporting on what became
known as the federal government's October plan, which consisted of
stepped-up surveillance techniques in the weeks leading to the national
election on November 2. CBS News quoted from an internal e-mail 
advisory
that discussed aggressive--even obvious--surveillance and extraordinary
methods that would be in place throughout October. Whether this news
quieted Americans fears or warned potential terrorists that law 
enforcement
was watching, it had a decidedly negative effect on members of 
Sacramentos
local Muslim community. 

Feeling harassed since 9/11 by tales of Muslim Americans around the 
country
subjected to multiple interviews, detentions, visits from FBI agents 
and
deportation, some local Muslims have become hyper-aware of how law
enforcement views their community. Some fear that religious activities 
or
other customs, including donating to charities that potentially could 
be
linked to terrorist organizations, might identify them as terrorist
sympathizers-- or worse. This became obvious on October 6, when a 
meeting
quickly was arranged by Special Agent Keith Slotter of the FBI with 
leaders
of the Muslim community. An e-mail sent to Muslim business leaders 
called
this a good time to"meet and discuss the FBI's current investigative
actions, timetable and impact it might have on the Muslim-American
community." 

Early in the evening, the meeting room at the Sacramento Area League of
Associated Muslims (SALAM) Center filled with religious leaders, 
teachers,
business owners and attorneys. Previous meetings between the FBI and 
Muslim
leaders had given everyone a chance to discuss concerns, share points 
of
view and build bridges. But, armed with alarming news stories from 
other
parts of the country on similar meetings held with other Muslim
communities, audience members appeared nervous. 

Rashid Ahmad, president of the local chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), opened the meeting by introducing 
two
representatives of the federal government, Slotter and U.S. Attorney
McGregor Scott, both dressed in dark suits and wearing American flag
emblems... 

ALSO SEE:

INTERVIEWS MUST NOT BE USED TO INTIMIDATE
Sacramento Bee, 10/18/04
http://www.sacbee.com/content/opinion/story/11142613p-12059009c.html

In Sacramento and across the country, Muslim Americans are facing new,
chilling encounters with the FBI.

FBI agents are interviewing Muslim Americans to investigate rumors that
terrorists will try to disrupt the November elections. Critics say this
amounts to illegal ethnic profiling. That may overstate the case, but 
it's
clear the potential for intimidation is real. Many Muslim Americans are
fearful and understandably so.

Locally, FBI agents have contacted Muslims to ask about suspicious
activities they might be aware of, about who attends their mosques or 
where
they make charitable donations.

The 9/11 attackers had embedded themselves in local Muslim communities.
That Muslims are being questioned about suspicious activities is not
surprising nor necessarily wrong, but it must be done carefully. FBI 
agents
who contact law-abiding citizens at work or question neighbors can 
create
fear and suspicion where none is merited. The "October Plan" operation 
by
the FBI offers a cautionary tale. Our country's leaders cannot afford 
to
alienate Muslim Americans. We need their help...

---

PEACEFUL MUSLIMS DESERVE BETTER
Hiraa Amber Khan, Daily Cal, 10/19/04
http://www.dailycal.org/article.php?id=16580

In light of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Free 
Speech
Movement, it is hard to believe that blatant travesties of free speech 
not
only still exist in our society, but stand unchallenged by a public 
that
highly values freedom of expression. 

Two international figures, one a renowned scholar and the other a '70s 
pop
icon, have recently been barred from entering the United States. 
Despite
the fact that both Dr. Tariq Ramadan and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat 
Stevens)
are prominent Muslims who espouse moderate views, the Department of
Homeland Security has refused them entry to the U.S. without a 
sufficient
explanation. 

Dr. Ramadan is a respected Swiss scholar at the University of Fribourg 
in
Geneva. When Notre Dame University invited him to teach as a professor 
in
its Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the U.S. State
Department granted Dr. Ramadan a work visa. However, just a few days 
before
Dr. Ramadan and his family were going to move to the United States, the
Department of Homeland Security revoked his visa, giving no motive for 
its
decision. 

The Department's withdrawal of its decision infringes upon the most 
basic
American liberty, that of freedom of speech. 

The American Association of University Professors, which believes that 
the
decision is "manifestly at odds with our society's respect for academic
freedom," along with the American Civil Liberties Union, our ASUC and
various other organizations committed to defending First Amendment 
rights,
have all encouraged the DHS to reconsider its decision and reinstate 
Dr.
Ramadan's visa. 

There is also the case of Cat Stevens, the former British pop star who
changed his name to Yusuf Islam after converting to Islam in the '70s. 

As Cat Stevens, he rocketed to the top of the charts with hits such as
"Peace Train." In more recent years, Yusuf Islam has opened a school in
Britain and become an outspoken activist and voice for peace and 
moderate,
mainstream Islam...

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MUSLIM AMERICANS FIGHTING A BATTLE AGAINST PERCEPTION 
Dunstan Prial, Standard-Times, 10/17/04
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/10-04/10-17-04/a01lo102.htm

"I am an American like you." 
 
Sherif El Wakil, an engineering professor at UMass Dartmouth and a 
Muslim,
votes, is active in his community and contributes to the local economy 
by
living and working here.  

And, similar to most other Americans, he is appalled at recent events
perpetrated in the name of his religion, events that have captured the
world's attention for the sheer enormity of their brutality. 

"It's horrible," Mr. El Wakil said of the videotaped beheadings and 
suicide
car bombs targeting children, acts committed by soldiers ostensibly 
engaged
in a broad holy war, the goal of which is to retain a way of life 
dominated
by religious doctrine rather than secular law. 

"Be assured, it makes the Muslims very sad," Mr. El Wakil said. "It is
against the very principles of the Islamic faith." 

The fear among Muslims, according to Mr. El Wakil and several other
SouthCoast residents who share his Islamic faith, is that these 
horrific
events, inextricably linked as they are to the attacks of Sept. 11, 
2001,
are tarnishing all Muslims as radicals, extremists and terrorists. 

Abdul Jaami Mahmoud, the 68-year-old imam of New Bedford's only Muslim
mosque, is none of those. 

Mr. Mahmoud, a retired businessman and Air Force veteran who converted 
to
Islam at 35, oversees the small Masjid Al-Khidhr mosque adjacent to his
home in New Bedford's North End. His wife drives their children to 
school
in a late-model sport utility vehicle, and he spars with his son over 
the
proper amount of time needed for chores and homework. 
In other words, his chosen faith is likely the only notable difference
between him and his non-Muslim neighbors... 

A similar message is being spread by the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, an Islamic advocacy Group. It recently funded a survey that
revealed that one in four Americans holds a negative image of Muslims. 

Unless you have a Muslim friend, neighbor or co-worker, the stereotypes 
of
the Muslim as terrorist as presented in the media is how many Americans
have formed their views, said Rabiah Ahmed, a CAIR spokeswoman. 

"A lot of the positive efforts and contributions Muslims have made to
society are not usually highlighted," she said... 

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM COMICS SWAY BELIEVERS, NONBELIEVERS AS THEY POKE CLEAN FUN AT 
LIFE,
POLICIES IN U.S.
Jonathon Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/18/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/10/19/DDGTF9BGLC1.DTL

Standing on the stage of the San Jose Improv, in front of 300 people 
who
want to laugh, Azhar Usman is riffing about life as an American Muslim.

There's a joke about being on a plane and making other passengers 
nervous
because of his black beard, black clothing and Muslim skull cap. 
"Look,"
Usman says, "if I'm going to hijack a plane, this isn't the disguise 
I'm
going to go with."

There's a joke about the Muslim greeting "Salaam alaikum," in which 
Usman
acts like a non-Muslim who misunderstands what he hears. "Salami and 
bacon?
I thought you don't eat pork."

And there's a joke about his immigrant uncle who brags to a co-worker 
about
America's increasing Muslim population. " 'Can you believe it, Bob? --7
million Muslims in America.' He thinks Bob is impressed. He's not. He's
scared," Usman says. "Bob is on the phone during lunch talking to his
co-workers, 'Can you believe it -- Abdul talking about 7 million of 
them?'
We have to do something about this!"

Women wearing hijab laugh at Usman's quips. Men wearing Muslim skull 
caps
also laugh. It's an unusual scene for anyone who's never seen a Muslim
laugh, but to Usman and the other comedians on the "Allah Made Me 
Funny"
tour, Wednesday's show in San Jose was business as usual. The tour, 
which
began in May, has stopped at venues around the United States and 
Canada,
drawing adoring crowds and word-of-mouth interest from bookers as far 
away
as England, Australia and the Middle East.

Preacher Moss, a main organizer of the tour, who's also one of its 
three
comics, calls it nothing short of "historic" -- that it's the first 
time
American Muslim comedians have performed in such an organized way. 
Moss,
who wrote for "Saturday Night Live" in the 1990s, says the tour "far
exceeded my expectations. We've been overwhelmed with interest. We're
booked into 2005."

So far, the tour has played to audiences that are mostly Muslim, but at 
the
San Jose Improv, a smattering of non-Muslims attended, and Moss and 
Usman
see a day when Muslim comics are widely embraced by mainstream 
audiences...

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'I WILL STAND WITH YOU, MOTHER KHADIJA' 
Rasheeda Muhammad, Beliefnet.com, 10/18/04
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/154/story_15424_1.html
 
"I will stand with you Mother Khadija." These are the words that
reverberate in my mind as I think about the first wife of the Prophet
Muhammad, who gave her life in the cause of Islam. I struggle to 
comprehend
why these words have chosen to form together as a mantra in my 
innermost
thoughts. They take me back to my childhood, when I was first 
introduced to
her story. I look over at my tattered old textbook containing stories 
on
Khadija, my name neatly written on the front next to a scribbled "4th
Grade." Suddenly I realize it is because Khadija is the quintessential
Muslim woman, the woman I have always hoped to be--beautifully human,
beautifully woman and beautifully Muslim.

Here was a woman born when female infants were often buried alive and 
women
were treated as chattel. Yet God gave her extraordinary character and
superior business acumen. She became the richest merchant in all of 
Mecca
and was hailed as the Princess of Mecca and the Princess of the 
Quraysh.
She was also given the title of Al-Tahira, The Pure One, for her
humanitarian efforts in aiding the poor, widows, orphans, the sick and
disabled. 

Khadija was wealthy and accomplished--but also twice widowed and 40 
years
old--when she married the future Prophet of Islam, 15 years her junior. 
She
had immediately recognized his trustworthiness and high moral standards 
and
had taken it upon herself to propose to him. He readily accepted.

Khadija's story gave me hope as I married recently, at age 29, to a man
much younger than me. It also did not hurt that I met my husband during 
the
month of Ramadan, which made me think that, like Khadija, I might be
entering into a match made in heaven. 

The marriage of Khadija and Muhammad is a model for all Muslims. It was 
one
of extraordinary love, commitment and mutual respect. It is arguably 
one of
the greatest love stories of all times and a prelude to Islam's 
humanistic
beginnings. 

Muhammad's first encounter with God's revelation had been terrifying 
for
him. He came home shaking with terror at the magnitude of what he had
experienced. He beseeched Khadija, "Cover me, cover me!" And she 
shielded
him immediately in her lap, listened to his account and assured him of 
his
prophethood. She recounted to him the excellence of his character as 
reason
that God could not have turned against him. 

Muhammad once said of Khadija, "She believed in me when all others
disbelieved; she held me truthful when others called me a liar; she
sheltered me when others abandoned me; she comforted me when others 
shunned
me; and Allah granted me children by her while depriving me of children 
by
other women..." 

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SHOULD WE OUTSOURCE TORTURE? 
Nat Hentoff, Cheboygan News, 10/18/04
http://www.cheboygannews.com/articles/2004/10/18/news/opinion/opinion2.txt
 
After the photographs of the egregious abuses of prisoners at Abu Graib
prison in Iraq flashed worldwide, the president said: "Let me make very
clear the position of my government and our country. We do not condone
torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture. The
values of this country are such that torture is not a part of our soul 
and
our being."

Yet, on Oct. 8, the Republican leadership of the House rammed through a
bill, H.R. 10, "the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act," that 
would
permit the secretary of Homeland Security to deport noncitizen 
detainees to
countries known for torturing their prisoners. 

A last-minute, deceptive, unrealistic amendment by U.S. Rep. John
Hostettler (R-Ind.) appeared to make it possible for the president to 
avoid
vetoing this bill, which officially legitimizes torture.

This amendment allows the permanent imprisonment of "specially 
dangerous
aliens" here at the "unreviewable discretion" of the Homeland Security
secretary. But the Supreme Court has ruled (in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 2004)
that it is unconstitutional for us to lock anyone away permanently 
without
due process.

So that part of the Hostettler amendment is a sham. The second part 
allows
the rendition of detainees to countries that practice torture, provided 
the
secretary of state gets "diplomatic assurances" from such countries 
that
the prisoners will not be tortured.

As Congressman Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who has been the leader in 
Congress
to prevent the already covert practice of the CIA outsourcing torture,
asks: "Are we really going to trust the assurances of some of the 
countries
that our own State Department says torture detainees?..."

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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MAY PRESSURE ISRAEL
Albert Ali, Associated Press, 10/18/04
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slu
g=Syria%20US%20Presbyterians

DAMASCUS, Syria - The head of a visiting U.S. Presbyterian Church
delegation called on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian
territories and said Monday that his church is studying the possibility 
of
withholding investments to increase pressure on Israel.

``The occupation by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza must end because 
it is
oppressive and destructive for the Palestinian people,'' the Rev. Nile
Harper said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He criticized as ``unhelpful'' the barrier Israel is building in the 
West
Bank to prevent Palestinian suicide bombings.

Harper, of Ann Arbor, Mich., warned that the General Assembly of his
church, whose investments in U.S. firms total $8 billion, had 
instructed
its investment agency to study the possibility of withdrawing its money
from U.S. corporations whose products ``are being destructively used
against the Palestinians'' by Israel.

The 24-member delegation traveled to Lebanon on Sunday and met with the
south Lebanon commander of Hezbollah, a group Washington calls 
terrorist
but Lebanon sees as a legitimate resistance movement against Israeli
occupation of Arab lands.

On Monday, they traveled to Syria, where they met with the minister of
expatriates. They were scheduled to meet with President Bashar Assad on
Tuesday and to travel to Jordan on Wednesday.

The meeting will aim to gauge the Syrian president's views on Syria's
relationship with the United States, said the delegation's coordinator,
Peter Sulyok.

``We are interested in peace and justice for Palestinians as well as in 
the
relationship between Syria and Lebanon and Syria and Israel,'' Sulyok 
said.
``We will be looking to see what new initiatives there might be, what
possibilities there might be for peace...''

SEE ALSO: 

BUSH WOULD GRUDGINGLY ACCEPT ISLAMIC RULE IN IRAQ
Reuters, 10/18/04
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?sf=2813&art_id=qw1098145801566B262&click_id=2
813&set_id=1

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George W. Bush said on Monday that he would
grudgingly accept an Islamic fundamentalist government in Iraq, if the
Iraqi people voted to create one in free elections.

"I would be disappointed, but democracy is democracy," Bush said in an
interview with the Associated Press, when asked about the possibility 
that
Iraqis might some day prefer an Islamic government to secular rule.

"If that's what the people choose, that's what the people choose," the
president added.

AP said the interview took place aboard Air Force One as Bush traveled 
to a
campaign stop in New Jersey.

Bush's rare reference to the prospect for Islamic rule appeared to 
clash
with previous remarks from an administration that rejected popular 
calls
for an Iranian-style Islamic state in Iraq soon after the fall of 
Saddam
Hussein's regime in April 2003.

A senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, 
said
the president has long believed that Islam is compatible with 
democracy.

Free elections are expected next January in Iraq, and Bush has touted 
the
prospect for democratic governments there and in Afghanistan as 
evidence
that his administration is making progress in the U.S. war on 
terrorism...

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Help Get Out Ohio's Muslim Vote
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #438

HELP GET OUT OHIO'S MUSLIM VOTE 
Volunteers needed to staff ‘Get Out the Muslim Vote’ phone banks 

(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/20/2004) – CAIR-Ohio is seeking volunteers for “Get 
Out
the Muslim Vote” election centers in Columbus, Cleveland and 
Cincinnati.
Those volunteers will staff phone banks in the election centers to call
eligible Muslim voters and urge them to go to the polls on November 2. 

CAIR’s election center in Columbus will also provide information about
voter registration, polling station locations and absentee ballots. 
Prior
to the election, CAIR-Ohio plans to issue a voter guide detailing the
candidates’ stances on issues of importance to the Muslims. The Ohio
election centers are part of CAIR’s nationwide strategy to get out the
Muslim vote in key states.

“Ohio is a crucial battleground state in this election and every 
additional
Muslim voter at the polls helps strengthen the Islamic community’s 
voice in
the political process,” said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan. 
He
said top Muslims concerns in this election include stemming the 
post-9/11
erosion of civil liberties and promoting a productive American foreign
policy toward the Islamic world.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: 

Volunteer for a shift on a CAIR-Ohio phone bank by calling 614-451-3232 
or
e-mailing csaylor@cair-net.org. 

CAIR-Ohio will be calling Muslim voters from its regional offices on 
the
following dates: (Phone scripts will be provided.)

Columbus (4700 Reed Road, Suite B)
Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cleveland (2999 Payne Ave., Suite 201) 
Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cincinnati (2938 Vernon Place)
Tuesday, October 26 thru Friday, October 29, 5-6 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/20/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: A GREAT REWARD
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
	- Join CAIR'S 'Sharing Ramadan' Campaign
* MUSLIM AMERICAN VOTE SHIFTS TO KERRY (FOX)
	- Muslim Voters (PBS)
	- Muslim Voters: A Demographic Shift (Newsweek)
	- American Muslim Poll 2004
* CAIR-CHICAGO: TOLERANCE TAKES A HIT (Daily Herald)
	- OK: Parents Concerned About Workshop on Islam (KOTV)
* CAIR-CAN APPLAUDS ARREST OF HATE CRIME SUSPECT
	- Canadian Arrested For Anti-Muslim Threats 
* NV: HARASSED MUSLIM GIRL SUES RENO SCHOOL SYSTEM (AP)
	- First French School Expulsions Linked to Hijab (AP)
* NC: MUSLIM WOMEN SPURN STEREOTYPE (Daily Herald)
	- CA: Wearing Hijab Provides Protection (Daily Bruin)
      - Religion, Fashion Often at Odds (AP)
* BREAKING RAMADAN'S FAST WITH A FAMILY MEAL (NY Times)
* FAMILY OF 6 FOUND DEAD IN IRAQI HOME HIT BY U.S. (Reuters)
	- How Many Iraqis are Dying? (NY Times)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: A GREAT REWARD

"Surely the Muslim men and the Muslim women, the believing men and the
believing women, the devout men and the devout women, the truthful men 
and
the truthful women, the patient men and the patient women, the humble 
men
and humble women, the charitable men and the charitable women, the 
fasting
men and the fasting women, the men who guard their chastity and the 
women
who guard their chastity, and the men who remember God much and the 
women
who remember God much - for all those, God has prepared forgiveness and 
a
great reward."

The Holy Quran, 33:35

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

Donate generously to the "$1 Million for Islam in Ramadan" campaign at:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp 

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

ALSO SEE:

JOIN CAIR'S 'SHARING RAMADAN' CAMPAIGN 

Please, encourage your community to join CAIR's Sharing Ramadan 
campaign by
filling out the following form and e-mailing it to: 
ramadan@cair-net.org

ORGANIZATION NAME:
DATE OF YOUR IFTAR OPEN HOUSE:
NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPECTED:
CONTACT PERSON NAME:
STREET ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: 

“U.S. MOSQUES URGED TO REACH OUT WITH 'SHARING RAMADAN' IFTARS”
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=182&page=AA 

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MUSLIM AMERICAN VOTE SHIFTS TOWARD KERRY 
Liza Porteus, FOX, 10/19/04 
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135970,00.html
 
NEW YORK — George W. Bush (search) may have received overwhelming 
support
from the Muslim American community in the 2000 presidential election
against Al Gore, but it looks like he has lost a lot of ground within 
the
community this year. 

"The shift by American Muslims away from the president — and the
Republicans — is dramatic, and the truest example of a backlash we've 
seen.
This is virtually unprecedented," John Zogby, president of Zogby
International (search), said Tuesday.

Zogby International and Georgetown University's Project MAPS (search) 
on
Tuesday released a survey that showed, despite the fact that a 
plurality of
Muslims supported Bush in 2000, 76 percent now support Massachusetts 
Sen.
John Kerry (search) and only 7 percent support the incumbent.

"The results of this survey are truly astonishing. For American 
Muslims,
there has been a sea-change in political alignment and outlook since 
Sept.
11," said Zahid Bukhari, director of Project MAPS. "The political
realignment in the Muslim community is unprecedented in all of American
history."

The poll, which also found that 51 percent said it's a good time to be 
a
Muslim in America, was based on a survey of 1,846 Muslims chosen 
randomly
nationwide, including an over sample of 146 face-to-face interviews of
African-American Muslims in mosques. The poll has a margin of error of 
2.3
percentage points. Surveys were conducted Aug. 5 through Sept. 15.

SEE ALSO: 

MUSLIM VOTERS
October 15, 2004    
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week807/cover.html
  
BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: Now, we continue our special series on religious
voting blocs. This week, Muslim voters. No one is sure exactly how many
Muslims there are in the U.S. Estimates range from two million to more 
than
six million. In recent years, Muslims have been trying to organize into 
a
political body that can influence elections. But they've faced 
significant
challenges, particularly since 9/11. Kim Lawton has our report.
 
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MUSLIM AND ARAB VOTERS: A DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT 
Lorraine Ali, Tamara Lipper and Mehammed Mack, Newsweek, 10/25/04
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6257073/site/newsweek/

When George W. Bush addressed issues like profiling with a Dearborn, 
Mich.,
crowd in 2000, he became the first presidential candidate to openly woo 
the
Arab-American and Muslim vote. Exit polls showed it paid off: he won 45
percent of the Arab vote nationwide and swept 70 percent of the Muslim
vote. So why isn't he aggressively courting the estimated 3 million
Arab-Americans or the 5 million to 7 million U.S. Muslims now? "The
dissatisfaction among these communities on key issues is too great," 
says
James Zogby of the Arab American Institute. "Those concerned about 
Iraq,
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or their civil liberties are not going 
to
vote for him." The detainment of thousands of Arabs and Muslims under 
the
Patriot Act, the bloodshed in Baghdad and Bush's support of Ariel 
Sharon
have eroded his credibility among a group that could be a real factor 
in
this tight race. 

A Zogby poll of Arab voters in four swing states shows John Kerry 
leading
Bush 49 to 32 percent, while a Council on American-Islamic Relations 
poll
finds that only 3 percent of U.S. Muslims plan on voting for Bush. 
Hassan
Essayli, an Arab-American and Republican who voted for Bush in '00, 
feels
"betrayed." Bush spokesman Scott Stanzel says the campaign was 
"gratified"
to have these groups' backing in 2000 and that it's "working to 
maintain
and build on that support."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM POLL 2004
http://www.projectmaps.com/

(Washington, DC)- Georgetown University’s Project MAPS and Zogby
International today announced the results of their joint 2004 American
Muslim Poll, “Muslims in the American Public Square: Shifting Political
Winds & Fallout from 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq.” 

“The results of this survey are truly astonishing—for American Muslims,
there has been a sea-change in political alignment and outlook since 
9/11,”
said. Dr. Zahid Bukhari, director of Georgetown’s Project MAPS. “The
political realignment in the Muslim community is unprecedented in all 
of
American history.”

The 2004 Project MAPS survey found that Muslims had shifted massively 
from
2000, when a plurality supported President George W. Bush over Vice
President Al Gore, to today, when 76% support Massachusetts Senator 
John
Kerry and just 7% support President Bush. This political realignment 
seems
to come from several factors, including a higher emphasis by American
Muslims on domestic policy than on foreign policy; high opposition to 
both
the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan; and a higher percentage of
Muslims than other subgroups saying America is not moving in the right
direction. 

The poll found 53% of American Muslim voters say they believe Muslims
should vote as a bloc for a presidential candidate. Four in five (81%)
respondents to the poll also indicated they supported the agenda of the
American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a 
U.S.-wide
coalition of the ten largest Muslim organizations, during the 
presidential
election. Over two in three (69%) said an AMT endorsement would be
important in making their decision for whom to cast their ballot… 

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TOLERANCE TAKES A HIT
Sara Burnett, Daily Herald, 10/20/04
http://www.dailyherald.com/news_story.asp?intid=38280367

"Are you Yaser Tabbara?" the man on the other end of the phone wanted 
to
know.

Tabbara, the executive director of the Chicago office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, barely eked out a "yes," before the unnamed 
man
continued.

"I want to ask you," he demanded, "why are you Muslims killing us?

"Why are you bombing us?" he went on, never pausing for a reply. "Why 
are
you terrorizing?"

"I finally asked him," Tabbara recalled about a week after the phone 
call,
"Sir, are you going to let me respond?"

The answer was quick:

"No."

Then, a dial tone.

The exchange didn't come as a shock for Tabbara, who says his office
receives dozens of pieces of hate mail each week.

Particularly at times of war, it isn't unusual for different religions 
to
clash, both on the battlefield and back home. But people of many 
religious
faiths say today's tension isn't limited to the differences between 
Muslims
and Christians...

SEE ALSO:

TULSA PARENTS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER TEACHER WORKSHOP ON ISLAM 
KOTV, 10/20/04
http://www.kotv.com/main/home/stories.asp?whichpage=1&id=70965

Several Tulsa citizens are speaking up about a teacher workshop on the
Muslim world. The workshop is called "The Arab world and Islam".

Organizers say the goal is to give teachers information on the Muslim
culture. But opponents of the class don't want any part of it.

News on 6 Reporter Omar Villafranca looks at both sides.

Opponents of the workshop met at a church Tuesday night. They voiced 
their
opposition to what they're calling the indoctrination of their 
children. A
pastor, who's also a former Muslim, spoke to the group. He says he 
wants
the class stopped before it even starts.

Workshop organizers say the class explains the concepts of Islam, and 
then
discusses Arab issues, like politics, natural resources and culture.

Some people at the meeting don't want any of it taught to their kids. 
"They've made a big issue about making sure that Christianity and God 
is
not talked about in school so I think it's only right that we stand up 
and
defend our children against being taught things from another religion."

"I believe in Jesus Christ and I prefer him over the Islamic faith so
that's why I'm here I want to make sure my voice counts in that."

Educators say the class is designed to inform teachers and to let them 
use
the information when the lesson calls for it. Tulsa School Board member 
Matt Livingood: "We are not implementing any curriculum for Arab 
studies or
the study of Islam. What was provided at the particular workshop was a 
set
of resources that teacher may or may not incorporate into their regular
classroom instruction."

Schools in 42 states have allowed the workshop and according to 
Oklahoma
education standards, one of the goals of teaching history is 
understanding
the world's major religions...


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MUSLIM COMMUNITY APPLAUDS RYERSON ARREST
Attorney General must proceed with hate crime charges, says CAIR-CAN
 
(Ottawa, Canada - 20/10/2004) - The Canadian Council on 
American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN) today expressed its relief that a suspect has been
arrested and charged with mischief and two counts of threatening death 
in
connection with death threats and hate literature found at Ryerson
University. The suspect also faces hate-crimes charges.
 
Kevin Haas, 21, was arrested on Monday, October 18, as he was 
reportedly
posting hate literature outside the Arab Student Association office 
(ASA).
On October 14, the ASA and the Muslim Student Associations (MSA) 
received a
note under their door that read, "Those who follow the Islam faith need 
to
be killed in the worst possible way imaginable."
 
For more details, see:
http://www.theeyeopener.com/storydetail.cfm?storyid=1366 
http://www.caircan.ca/mw_more.php?id=1191_0_7_0_M  
http://www.caircan.ca/mw_more.php?id=1192_0_7_0_M 

Earlier this summer, CAIR-CAN called on the administration of Ryerson
University and the Toronto police to investigate the hate incidents 
that
targeted Canadian Muslims at the university. (See:
http://www.caircan.ca/itn_more.php?id=A1101_0_2_0_M) 
 
In June, the multi-faith room at Ryerson University was sprayed with 
the
words "Die Muslim Die" and Stars of David.
 
In August, a notice was found signed by a group called "Full Blooded
Israeli Brigades" claiming responsibility the hate graffiti. The 
message
stated in part: "...We assure the Muslim students at Ryerson University
that we will continue to send messages and that this incident is only 
the
first of many. We want to let them know that no Muslim student will be 
safe
and that security isn't going to stop us."
 
Also in August, flyers were found on bulletin boards at four locations 
on
campus. One of the flyers reportedly said: "The Islamic infidels have 
no
belonging in Toronto and in the world at all...we ask that whenever you
spot a Muslim...that you beat them and cause harm to them. Kill these
Islamic infidels."
 
In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN wrote:

"Canadian Muslims commend the vigilance of Ryerson's security officers 
in
apprehending the suspected subject connected with the recent string of 
hate
threats and literature.

"We hope the arrest at Ryerson University is the beginning of closure 
to
this disturbing episode. Despite the recent arrest, it is welcome to 
see
that Toronto Police will continue with their investigation and have not
ruled out the possibility that other individuals may have been 
involved.

"The criminal charges against Mr. Haas are not, however, sufficient. We 
are
calling on Ontario's Attorney General Michael Bryant to prosecute this 
case
as a hate crime."

CONTACT: Abdurahman Salman at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

SEE ALSO:

ARRESTED FOR THREATS
Robyn Doolittle, The Eye Opener, 10/19/04
http://www.theeyeopener.com/storydetail.cfm?storyid=1366

A man has been arrested in connection with death threats and hate
literature found at Ryerson. 

Kevin Haas, 21, has been charged with two counts of threatening death, 
and
seven counts of mischief under $5,000. The Crown is seeking the 
attorney
general's approval to also charge Haas with hate crimes. 

Haas is not a student at Ryerson, nor is he a member of the Ryerson
community.

"Haas has been a person of interest because of his relationship with a
couple of people on campus," said Det. Matt Moyer, the lead 
investigator in
the case, at a press conference held at Ryerson yesterday.

Throughout the years, members of Ryerson's Jewish student group, Hillel
knew of Haas from various non-Ryerson events. But the group is not
acquainted with him.

Ryerson security had been on alert since late last week, when both the 
Arab
and Muslim Student Associations found death threats slipped under their
office doors. 

Nahla Darkazanli, president of the ASA, discovered a threatening flyer 
in
her office on Thursday evening and immediately called Ahmed Arshi,
president of the MSA...

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HARASSED MUSLIM GIRL SUES RENO SCHOOL SYSTEM
Associated Press, 10/19/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/10/19/stat
e1904EDT0106.DTL

Lawyers for a 17-year-old Muslim girl who dropped out of school after 
being
bullied by other students sued the Washoe County School District on 
Tuesday
for not taking steps to stop such harassment. 

The civil rights lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by Allen
Lichtenstein, ACLU of Nevada general counsel, and Reno lawyer Kenneth
McKenna on behalf of Jana Elhifny, who moved with her family from Egypt
last year. 

After enrolling in North Valley High School, Elhifny said she was 
insulted
and spat on and even got death threats for wearing a hijab, a religious
head scarf. She stopped attending classes last December. 

Laura Mijanovich of the ACLU said the failure of the high school and 
the
school districts "to stop the harassment and to provide Jana with a 
safe
educational environment was an abdication of their legal 
responsibility." 

Besides the student harassment, Mijanovich said Elhifny overheard a 
school
district staffer call her a "damned Afghani." She added there's 
evidence
the high school principal told another student who reported the abuse 
to
mind her own business "and be a good American..." 

Muslim girls who choose to wear the hijab are more of a target for
harassment, said Rabiah Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Council on
American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C...He said there have been
many misconceptions about Muslims and what the scarf stands for since 
the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

ALSO SEE:

FIRST SCHOOL EXPULSIONS LINKED TO NEW LAW BANNING RELIGIOUS SIGNS
Elaine Ganley, Associated Press, 10/20/0
http://www.wboc.com/Global/story.asp?S=2454348

PARIS - Two Muslim girls who refused to remove their head scarves in 
class
have been expelled from their schools and two more risked the same fate 
Wednesday as officials began taking action against those who defy a new
French law banning conspicuous religious symbols from public schools.

At least nine disciplinary hearings were being held this week to decide 
the
cases of students who risk being expelled from school for refusing to
follow the law, according to the Education Ministry.

Two girls, ages 12 and 13, were expelled from a school in the eastern 
city
of Mulhouse on Tuesday night - the first expulsions under the new law, 
the
ministry said.

Two 17-year-old girls risk the same fate when their schools convene
disciplinary hearings Wednesday, said Gilles-Jean Klein, spokesman for 
the
Academy of Strasbourg, which oversees schools in the area.

At the start of the week, there were 72 cases of students who risk
expulsion for refusing to remove conspicuous religious signs or apparel 
-
17 in the Strasbourg area. Most are Muslim girls who wear Islamic head
scarves. However, some Sikh school boys who refuse to remove turbans 
are
among the 72.

With two hostages held in Iraq since Aug. 20, France has proceeded
cautiously. The Islamic Army of Iraq, claiming to hold the two 
journalists,
Christian Chesnot and Christian Malbrunot, has demanded that the law
banning Muslim head scarves from public schools be lifted. A required
period of dialogue aimed at persuading those who defy the law to change
course has continued for weeks...

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MUSLIM WOMEN SPURN STEREOTYPE
Kelly Ochs, Daily Tar Heel, 10/19/04
http://www.dailytarheel.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/10/19/41750843e560f

Wearing a head scarf has not stopped Jamila Boutrid from doing what she
wants to do - going swimming each morning dressed in her scarf and
full-length robe.

Boutrid, a senior journalism major, said Muslim women are supposed to 
cover
themselves in front of men they are not related to by blood, with the
exception of their husbands.

People often misunderstand why many women choose to wear a veil, she 
said.

"They don't see it as an act of faith. They see it as oppression."

The Muslim Students Association is sponsoring Islamic Awareness Week 
this
week to inform students about the religion. And today's theme, "Beyond 
the
Veil," focuses on Muslim women.

In the Islamic culture, it is traditional for girls to start wearing a 
veil
when they enter puberty.

But not all Muslim women choose to wear a hijab, or covering - and it 
is a
choice, said freshman biology major Mona Masood. 

"It has to be voluntary," she said. "We can't force our religion on
anybody..."

ALSO SEE:

WEARING HIJAB PROVIDES PROTECTION, LIBERATION
Heather Rabkin, Daily Bruin, 10/20/04
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=30445

As a Muslim woman, Rida Hamida, a fourth-year history student, wears 
her
hijab for many reasons, but not because women are forced to – a common
misconception. 

"I feel more focused wearing my hijab. I'm not distracted by people 
when I
wear it," Hamida said, "I feel protected." 

The hijab, an Islamic veil, is worn by women when out in public. 

"Modesty is the driving force and prescribed to protect women from
molestation. ... Modesty is protection," according to a "Women in 
Scarves"
booklet. "Thus, the only purpose of the veil in Islam is protection." 

Based on Islamic tradition, once Muslim females reach puberty, they 
should
begin wearing the hijab. 

"We should wear it, but we are not forced; it should be something we 
love
to do," Hamida said... 

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RELIGION, FASHION OFTEN AT ODDS 
Richard N. Ostling, Associated Press, 10/20/04
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/20/tem_1020missamerica.html

Islam's emphasis on female modesty is increasingly familiar to 
Americans
observing Muslim neighbors wearing headscarves and, during the 
Olympics,
some nations' limitations of women's participation in sports such as
archery. Similarly, strictly observant Orthodox Jewish women wear wigs 
or
kerchiefs in public.

Many Christians' beliefs about modesty are also continually at odds 
with
current dictates of fashion and the mass media.

Consider observations about the Miss America pageant, that fading icon 
of
respectability, from Erin Curry, who monitors cultural trends for 
Baptist
Press, the news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southerners often excel at beauty contests and the new Miss America,
Alabama's Deidre Downs, graduated from Baptist-related Samford 
University
in Birmingham and attends a local Baptist church.

Instead of cheering, Curry felt uncomfortable, writing that changes in 
this
year's pageant "implied the emphasis had been moved from scholarship to 
sex
appeal to gain viewers" in response to declining TV ratings.

One change was shortening ABC's telecast by limiting the talent 
competition
to two brief acts.

Speaking of brief, seven years ago the pageant began permitting 
two-piece
swimsuits. This year, 42 contestants wore the string bikinis supplied 
by
the pageant, courtesy of a sponsor. Some refused...

Religions' teachings about female modesty have deep and authoritative 
roots.

In Islam, the Quran (24:31) directs women, "Let them drape their bosoms
with their veils and not show their finery" except to specified 
relatives,
servants or children.

Muslims vary in applying those words. Some simply avoid revealing garb.
Muslim schoolgirls might shun shorts in gym classes. Others believe 
women
should expose only their faces and hands. And Afghans don 
all-enveloping
burkas with mesh eyeholes...

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BREAKING RAMADAN'S FAST WITH A FAMILY MEAL
Joan Nathan, New York Times, 10/20/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/20/dining/20RAMA.html

FOR many Muslims, Ramadan, the holy month that began on Friday, is a 
family
time. 

Omar Chamseddine, 34, lives with his sister Fatima Bourara and her 
family
in a mostly Middle Eastern community near Steinway Street in Astoria,
Queens. Each evening of Ramadan they share dates and milk or yogurt,
sometimes tea or coffee, and then pray.

But Mr. Chamseddine will soon be leaving for Florida, to spend the rest 
of
the holiday with some fellow Moroccans. Like all observant Muslims, Mr.
Chamseddine and his family fast from sunrise to sunset during this 
period,
but his job makes that difficult. He is a waiter at the restaurant Bice 
in
Manhattan. 

''Florida's climate reminds me of Morocco,'' he said. ''And besides, as 
a
waiter, it is hard to stand around and watch people eating all day 
long.'' 

For millions of Muslims in the United States, food takes on a new
significance this month: in a land of gratification they spend a month
denying themselves pleasure. (Sex is also forbidden in daylight hours.) 
So
it is nice to spend time with loved ones who know what you're going 
through.

Getting together is often difficult, but most families try to break the
fast together sometime during Ramadan. The children of Suad Shallal, 
who
came from Iraq in 1966, take their families to her house in Falls 
Church,
Va., for the first and last days of the holiday and a few days in
between... 

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FAMILY OF SIX FOUND DEAD IN IRAQI HOME HIT BY U.S.
Reuters, 10/20/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6552397

FALLUJA, Iraq - Rescuers dug the bodies of six members of one family -- 
a
couple and their four children -- out of the rubble of an Iraqi house
bombed by U.S. warplanes on Wednesday, witnesses said.

The house was destroyed during air strikes on the insurgent-held town 
of
Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad.

A Reuters cameraman filmed the dead bodies being removed from the 
rubble of
the house.

U.S. forces say their strikes are carefully targeted against fighters 
loyal
to Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a self-declared ally of al
Qaeda who the U.S. says is hiding in the town.

But Falluja residents say they know nothing about Zarqawi -- some even
doubt his existence -- and that the air raids regularly kill civilians 
and
destroy homes.

ALSO SEE:

HOW MANY IRAQIS ARE DYING? BY ONE COUNT, 208 IN A WEEK
Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, 10/19/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/19/international/middleeast/19casualties.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq - It began with the killing of two Iraqi civilians in a
suicide bomb attack against an American military convoy in the northern
city of Mosul last Monday. It ended Sunday evening, when a car bomb 
killed
seven Iraqi police officers and civilians at a Baghdad cafe where 
police
officers had apparently broken their fast during this month of Ramadan.

A weeklong effort to tally Iraqi casualties shows soldiers, insurgents,
politicians, journalists, a judge, a medic and restaurant workers among 
the
victims. They included Dina Mohammed Hassan, a television reporter 
killed
by three men who called her a collaborator, and Ali Hussein's son and
nephew, nighttime guards who died when Americans bombed a restaurant in
Falluja. 

From Oct. 11 to Oct. 17, an estimated 208 Iraqis were killed in 
war-related
incidents, significantly higher than the average week; 23 members of 
the
United States military died over the same period.

The deaths of Iraqis, particularly those of civilians, has become an
increasingly delicate topic. Early this month, the Health Ministry, 
which
had routinely provided casualty figures to journalists, stopped 
releasing
them. Under a new policy that the government said would streamline the
release of the figures - which were clearly an embarrassment to the
government as well as to the Americans - only the Secretariat of the
Council of Ministers is now allowed to do so.

"It's a political issue," a senior Health Ministry official said last 
week.

This account was pieced together from partial tallies by the Iraqi
government, reporting by Iraqi employees of The New York Times 
stationed in
Falluja, Mosul and Najaf, and counts from hospitals, news agencies and 
the
American military...

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Subject: CAIR-NET: National Muslim PAC to Announce Presidential Endorsement
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:26:29 -0400

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 10/20/2004

			- MEDIA ADVISORY -

NATIONAL MUSLIM PAC TO ANNOUNCE PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT 

WHAT: On Thursday, October 21, the American Muslim Task Force Political
Action Committee (AMT-PAC) will hold a news conference in Washington, 
D.C.,
to announce its decision about endorsement of a presidential candidate. 

AMT-PAC is an affiliated political action committee of the American 
Muslim
Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). AMT 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 Ummah of North America
(MUNA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Project Islamic Hope (PIH), 
and
United Muslims of America (UMA). SEE: 
http://www.americanmuslimvoter.net/

Muslims are a potential swing-voting bloc in key battleground states 
such
as Ohio and Florida.

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 10 a.m. (Eastern)

WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street, NW, 
Washington
D.C.

CONTACT: Dr. Agha Saeed, 510-299-9313

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslim Coalition Offers Qualified Kerry Endorsement
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 12:56:59 -0400

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections - Political 
Action
Committee (AMT-PAC) 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Agha Saeed (510) 299-9313 

MUSLIM COALITION OFFERS QUALIFIED KERRY ENDORSEMENT
AMT-PAC calls for 'protest vote' as guarantee of civil rights 

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/04 - Following careful consideration of overall
U.S. interests, interaction with presidential campaign officials and
extensive input from the Islamic community, the American Muslim 
Taskforce
on Civil Rights and Elections - Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC) is
calling on Muslims nationwide to cast a protest vote for Sen. John 
Kerry. 

AMT-PAC is an affiliated political action committee of the American 
Muslim
Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT). AMT 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 in North 
America
(MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Ummah of North America
(MUNA), Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N), Project Islamic 
Hope
(PIH), and United Muslims of America (UMA). SEE:
http://www.americanmuslimvoter.net/

Muslims are a potential swing-voting bloc in key battleground states 
such
as Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. There are an
estimated seven million Muslims in the United States. 

In its statement, AMT-PAC said: 

"We believe that our vote is the best guarantee of our civil rights and 
the
best expression of our citizenship.

"Unfortunately, the Bush administration has been insensitive to the 
civil
liberties and human rights of American Muslims, Arab-Americans and 
South
Asians. Today, American Muslims are being treated like second-class
citizens. 

"American Muslims are also disappointed with a number of domestic and
foreign policies instituted by the Bush administration since the 9/11
terror attacks.

"AMT-PAC appreciates the outstanding role of Ralph Nader in 
highlighting
the denial of civil liberties to religious and ethnic minorities.  

"We acknowledge the considerable outreach to our community by Sen. 
Kerry's
campaign, particularly by his campaign co-chair Sen. Edward Kennedy. We
also appreciate the ongoing dialogue with Muslim leaders about problems
posed by the USA PATRIOT Act. 

"While the Kerry campaign has critiqued a number of Bush administration
polices, it has so far failed to explicitly affirm support for due 
process,
equal justice and other constitutional norms. We are also disappointed 
that
his campaign has shied away from expressing unambiguous support for
principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution that prohibit use of ex 
post
facto laws, secret proceedings and secret evidence.  

"Because pluralism is based on partial agreements, support for Sen. 
Kerry
is premised on our overall effort to help restore liberty and justice 
for
all. 

"Mindful of disagreements with Sen. Kerry on some domestic and
international issues, including the war in Iraq, we are willing to work
with him to help restore due process and equal justice in accordance 
with
the U.S. Constitution.  

"AMT-PAC therefore urges American Muslim voters and their allies in the
struggle for civil rights to focus on the real issues: civil liberties,
human rights, international peace and justice, jobs, education, health
care, economic development of inner cities, and sound foreign policy. 
It is
vital for the protection of our liberties to vote together, in high
numbers, and for a common purpose."

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Subject: CAIR-NET: Calif. Prof Suggests Genocide Against Muslims
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 23:16:16 -0400

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ACTION ALERT

CALIF. PROF SUGGESTS GENOCIDE AGAINST MUSLIMS
CAIR-LA calls college’s report on incident a ‘whitewash’ 

(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/21/2004) - The Southern California office of the 
Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called the results of an
investigation into anti-Muslim remarks by a college professor who 
suggested
genocide against Muslims a "whitewash."   

Imperial Valley College (IVC) in Imperial, Calif., failed to reprimand 
a
business management professor who suggested that "the only way to end
Islamic terrorism is to eliminate the Islamic religion." 

Despite the offensive nature of the remarks, the college’s report
recommends little more than the professor "take more care in the future 
in
linking current events to course material."

Earlier this month, a student in the professor's class initially 
reported
to CAIR-LA that the professor said, "The only way to end the war on
terrorism is to kill all Muslims." When confronted by the student in 
class,
the professor allegedly disagreed with the student's statement that 
most
Muslims are good people and instead said the majority of Muslims are
terrorists. 

The student, an attorney of the Hindu faith, says that after he 
challenged
the professor's bigoted statements, he was told to leave the class for
being "disrespectful." 

CAIR requested in an October 8 letter to the college's president that 
an
investigation of the incident be launched and that appropriate actions 
be
taken. 

Though IVC promised to organize sensitivity training, reinstated the
student in the class and the professor apologized for his "out of 
context"
remarks, CAIR-LA says the college did not adequately address the
seriousness of the incident. IVC’s report even seemed to equate the
student’s challenge to the offensive remarks with the comments 
themselves.

"We thank this courageous student for standing up for Islam and 
Muslims,"
said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan. “Unfortunately, 
Imperial
Valley College's decision to whitewash this incident sends the message 
that
suggesting genocide is acceptable on an American college campus.” 

Khan called on the college to publicly repudiate the professor's 
remarks
and, at a minimum, issue a formal reprimand. 
 
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact Imperial Valley College and ask that they publicly repudiate 
the
professor's remark and issue a formal reprimand to the professor.

CONTACT: 

Dr. Paul Pai, Ed.D.
Superintendent/President
Imperial Valley College
380 E. Aten Road, Building 10
Imperial, CA 92251

Tel: 760.355.6219
Fax: 760.355.6461

E-MAIL: paul.pai@imperial.edu
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Poll - Muslim Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Kerry

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

POLL: MUSLIM VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY FAVOR KERRY

(WASHINGTON, DC - 10/22/2004) - According to the results of a 
post-debate 
poll, 80 percent of likely American Muslim voters say they plan to vote 
for 
Sen. John Kerry on November 2.

The poll, conducted by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) following the third presidential debate, also 
indicates 
that 11 percent of Muslim voters favor Ralph Nader and just two percent 
say 
they will vote to re-elect President Bush. Only four percent of the 
Muslim 
voters said they are still undecided.

Thirty-three percent of poll respondents said the Democratic Party most 
closely reflected their views, followed by the Green Party at 20 
percent 
and the Republican Party at 13 percent. One-quarter of Muslim 
respondents 
said they were not sure which party reflected their views.

When asked to list the most important issue they used to determine a 
presidential choice, the issues mentioned most often by respondents 
were 
related to civil rights and foreign policy.

Muslims from 43 states responded to the survey, with the most responses 
coming from California (17 percent), Texas (8 percent), Virginia (7 
percent), Michigan (6 percent), Illinois (6 percent), Maryland (5 
percent), 
New York (5 percent), Ohio (4 percent), Florida (4 percent), New Jersey 
(4 
percent), and Pennsylvania (3 percent).

Muslims may be swing voters in politically-important states such as 
Ohio 
and Florida. CAIR is opening "Get Out the Muslim Vote" election centers 
this weekend in Ohio.

SEE: "'Get Out the Muslim Vote' Centers to Open in Ohio"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1272&page=NR

Poll results are based on responses from 857 American Muslims who say 
they 
will vote in the November 2 election. A total of 973 people responded 
to 
the CAIR survey. Surveys were faxed and e-mailed to Muslim individuals 
and 
organizations nationwide.

Yesterday, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections 
- 
Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC) called on Muslims to cast their 
votes 
for Sen. John Kerry.

SEE: "Muslim Coalition Offers Qualified Kerry Endorsement"
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1275&page=NR

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 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

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on 
issues of importance to our society.

To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 17:01:33 -0400

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful 

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 10/22/04 

* VERSE OF THE DAY: EVERYTHING RETURNS TO GOD
* CAIR OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF SHARIFA ALKHATEEB
* CAIR-CAN: MUSLIMS MUST HELP FIGHT AIDS (G & M)
	- CAIR-CAN: The Spirit of Ramadan (Gazette)
* CAIR-FL TAKES PART IN CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT
* TX: MOSQUE ATTACK BRINGS INDICTMENT (Wash Times)  
* DE: PARENTS SAY SCHOOL DENIES RIGHTS (News Journal)
	- NY: Jail Accommodates Religion (Post Standard)
	- Airmen Celebrate Ramadan (Air Force Link)
	- France’s Tough Policy on Religious Garb (NY Times)
* MUSLIMS GIVE KERRY QUALIFIED ENDORSEMENT (AP)
* ACLU SEEKS FBI DATA ON MUSLIM INTERVIEWS (AP)
	- ACLU-NC Sues FBI and DOJ Seeking Records 
	- FBI Interviews 'Scary,' (KC Star)
* FORUM WEIGHS STRATEGIES FOR JEWISH-MUSLIM TALKS (Forward)
	- MO: Rare Muslim-Jewish Student Group Thrives (Record)
      - PA: Concerned Muslims Are Singled Out (Post-Gazette)
	- OH: Islam for Non-Muslims (Plain Dealer)
* PENTAGON OFFICIAL DISTORTED INTELLIGENCE (NY Times)
* TWO IRAQI CHILDREN KILLED IN CAR, U.S. BLAMED (Reuters)
	- Religious Leaders Ahead In Iraq Poll (Wash Post)
* HARASSMENT AS AN ISRAELI MILITARY DUTY (Haaretz)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: EVERYTHING RETURNS TO GOD

“Every soul shall have a taste of death. We test you [all] with the bad 
and
good [things of life] by way of trial. To Us you must return.”

The Holy Quran, 21:35

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CAIR OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF DR. SHARIFA ALKHATEEB
 
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered its
heartfelt condolences to the family of American Muslim activist and
community leader Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb, who passed away this week 
following
a long illness. She was buried on Thursday in Northern Virginia.

Sr. Sharifa was founder of the North American Council for Muslim Women 
and
president of Muslim Education Council. She was well-known and respected 
for
her decades-long work on issues related to women, families, social 
justice
and education.

CAIR’s board and staff pray that God grants her His mercy, and gives 
her
family the patience and serenity needed at this difficult time.

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CAIR-CAN: MUSLIMS MUST HELP FIGHT AIDS 
Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, 10/21/04
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041021/COSH
EEMA21/TPComment/TopStories 

[Dr. Sheema Khan is the chair of CAIR-CAN.]

As we hurtle toward a clash of civilizations, a crash of civilization 
has
been unfolding in Africa, barely registering in the consciousness of 
the
West or the East. The AIDS pandemic threatens much of the continent: A
population the same size as Canada's is infected with the virus. In the
worst-hit African countries, life expectancy is predicted to dwindle to 
29.
Women have been disproportionately affected; a recent United Nations 
AIDS
report indicates that women aged 15 to 24 constitute 75 per cent of all
those living with HIV/AIDS in that age group. 

One man has made it his business to make sure that the rest of us open 
our
eyes to the suffering in the heart of Africa. Stephen Lewis, the UN's
special AIDS envoy for Africa, has worked tirelessly to present a 
dignified
human dimension amidst the numbing statistics. 

At a African pediatric ward, he told the 2004 Canadian Bar Association
meeting, a heart-piercing wail would be heard every few minutes — the 
cry
of a mother whose child had just succumbed to an AIDS-related illness.
Imagine — a blanket of death enveloping tiny souls, while parents watch
helplessly. The reverse scenario is also being played out. Women, 
infected
by their husbands, lie on their deathbeds at home. Their bodies are 
covered
with open sores, while their children watch them writhing in pain, 
waiting
to die. 

Both Mr. Lewis and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan have been scathing 
in
their characterization of male behaviour, which they hold largely
responsible for this carnage. But perhaps the most daunting feature of 
the
pandemic is that children are becoming the head of households as an 
entire
generation of parents is swept away. An “explosion of orphans” is under
way. 

While governments can do much more, international NGOs such as Médecins
sans frontières are at the forefront of the battle to save lives. In
Canada, ordinary citizens are doing the extraordinary by raising 
awareness
and money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, whose goal is threefold: to
provide community care for dying women; to assist orphans and 
AIDS-affected
children; and to support associations of people living with HIV/AIDS in
Africa. 

Given the importance that Islam places on the welfare of orphans, 
widows
and the ill — regardless of faith — one would expect Muslims to help
alleviate such suffering…

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-CAN: THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN
Riad Saloojee, Gazette, 10/22/04
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/index.html

[Riad Saloojee is the executive director of CAIR-CAN.]

Growing up, I remember Ramadan by my incessant questioning - "Is it 
time to
break fast yet?" - and my growling stomach. And no one made a break for
food as fast as I did when the sun had set. Poutine never looked so 
good.

Fasting in Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is
generally taught with ritual precision: abstaining from food, drink and
intimate relations from dawn to dusk. Ironically, Ramadan is best 
known,
whether by Muslims or others the world over for its exotic culinary
delicacies.

Ramadan, however, has nothing to do with feasting. The spirit and 
intent of
Ramadan lies in a human transformation, with hunger and thirst being 
merely
the first stage, the external dimension, in a month-long inner journey 
of
struggle and discovery.

For starters, fasting is not solely about hunger and thirst. The 
prophet
Mohammed taught that God has no need for the hunger and thirst of 
someone
who hurts others, violates their dignity or usurps their rights. The
fasting of the stomach must be matched by the fasting of the limbs. The
eyes, ears, tongue, hands and feet all have their respective fasts to
undergo. The tongue's temptations, for example - lies, backbiting, 
slander,
vulgarity and senseless argumentation - must be challenged and curbed 
to
maintain the integrity of the fast.

Consciousness of behaviour and vigilance over action are meant to lead 
to
the most profound dimension of fasting: the fasting of the heart in 
focus
on, and attachment to, the divine. It is then that Ramadan really 
becomes a
source of peace and solace.

Fasting is meant to impart a sense of what it means to be truly human…

CAIR-CAN
Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA
P.O. Box 13219, Ottawa, ONT, K2K 1X4
Tel: 1-866-524-0004
URL: www.caircan.ca

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CAIR-FL TAKES PART IN CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT

(BROWARD, FL, 10/22/04) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) recently took part in the first 
South
Florida Civil Rights Summit in Broward County.

The summit, sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity, featured 
speakers
such as Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman, Derick Daniel, executive
director of the Florida Commission on Human Relations, Florida Attorney
General Charlie Crist, and CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

"We thank the Office of Equal Opportunity of Broward County for giving 
us
an opportunity to share Muslim concerns," said Ali. "We hope that 
summits
such as this can help build bridges of understanding and tolerance
throughout Florida."

					- END -

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org; Ahmed Bedier, 
813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org

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TEXAS MOSQUE ATTACK BRINGS INDICTMENT
Washington Times, 10/21/04
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041021-013158-9974r.htm

El Paso, TX -- A Texas man was indicted Thursday for an alleged arson
attack on the Islamic Center in El Paso. 

The Islamic Center contains the only mosque in the El Paso area, the
Justice Department said.

The government alleges on Sept. 17, Antonio Nunez-Flores of El Paso
fashioned two incendiary devices and threw one at the Islamic Center.

Children playing in the area ran away as the gasoline filled bottle
shattered on the ground, the government said.

The first device scorched the ground but failed to explode. The 
government
said Nunez-Flores lit the second device and placed it near a natural 
gas
meter, but it was discovered and extinguished before it could explode.

The charges against Nunez-Flores carry a maximum penalty of 100 years 
in
prison and a $1.25 million fine.

The indictment is the second time this year that a person has been 
charged
with threatening or using violence against the Islamic Center. On Sept. 
30,
another El Paso man pleaded guilty to sending a threatening e-mail.

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PARENTS SAY SCHOOL DENIES RIGHTS
Mike Billington and Michael Besso, News Journal, 10/22/04
http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2004/10/22parentssayschoo.ht
ml

The parents of some Muslim students attending Bancroft Intermediate 
School
in Wilmington have charged that the Christina School District is
interfering with their children's observance of Ramadan, Islam's 
holiest
month. 

The students are required to go to the cafeteria for lunch during a 
month
when they are supposed to fast during daylight hours, parents said. 
They
also are being denied the opportunity to go to an empty classroom and 
pray
during the day. Muslims normally pray five times daily, a religious
practice that is especially important during Ramadan. 

Assistant Superintendent David Sundstrom said Thursday that he wasn't 
aware
of the cafeteria issue. He said the district would try to find an
alternative place for students to go during lunchtime. 

"That's what they said, but today our children were still sent to the
cafeteria so nothing has been solved," parent Antoinette Watson, 30, 
said
Thursday evening. 

Watson went to the school Thursday afternoon and took two of the seven
Muslim students home to pray. She was not allowed to bring the other 
five
to her home, she said, because school officials had not received 
permission
from other parents. 

"We don't know what is going to happen so we're trying to coordinate
bringing them all home at 1 p.m. so they can pray," said parent Shahida
Fennell, 30. "We're very upset about this…" 

ALSO SEE:

JAIL BARS BEND TO ACCOMMODATE RELIGION 
Renee K. Gadoua, Post-Standard, 10/18/04
http://www.syracuse.com/news/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-1/10980886343
2710.xml

About 5 a.m. Friday, Muslim inmates at Syracuse's Onondaga County 
Justice
Center awoke to the news that Ramadan had begun. 

About 20 men and women began the holy month of Ramadan with an early 
meal -
two hours before the rest of the more than 600 inmates. It would be 
their
only food or drink until sunset. For the next month, dinner will also 
be
served earlier for Muslim inmates who request it. They will be allowed 
to
pray individually during the day and as a group several nights a week. 

During Ramadan, officials at the Justice Center adjust policies so that
observant Muslims can participate in prayers and traditions central to
their faith. Similar changes are made for Muslim prisoners at the 
Onondaga
County Correctional Facility in Jamesville. 
     
"You give up some rights when you're incarcerated, but we want to give
every religious accommodation we can," said Sgt. Joseph A. Powlina, who
works in the Justice Center's 01.

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TWO DEPLOYED AIRMEN CELEBRATE RAMADAN
Capt. Aaron Burgstein, Air Force Link, 10/22/04
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123008979

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- For most Airmen, deploying on the current air 
and
space expeditionary force rotation means spending the holidays far from
family and home. But for two Airmen with the 386th Air Expeditionary 
Wing
here, it means getting closer to their religious roots.

Though a general order prohibits Airmen from entering mosques, Staff 
Sgt.
John Autry, of the 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, and 
Airman
1st Class Adeel Meo, of the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness
Squadron, have been spending time since their deployments began 
worshiping
at the local mosque. 

In the process, they have been serving as informal ambassadors,
representing their comrades and their country to the local community. 
At
the same time, they said they are educating their fellow Airmen about 
their
religion.

Sergeant Autry and Airman Meo are practicing Muslims, two of the fewer 
than
800 in the Air Force. Through a special arrangement between the 386th 
AEW
and its host nation, these Airmen get the chance to not only worship at 
the
local mosque, but to do so during Ramadan, one of the holiest months of
Islam.

“I knew that (the order) said no mosques,” Sergeant Autry said. “But 
that’s
for non-Muslims. Since I am a Muslim, I asked the chaplain about it.” 

“We explored all the options available,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Samuel 
Rorer,
a 386th AEW chaplain. “There’s no military Imam in the area, so we 
looked
to see what other resources were available. We spoke with the local 
base
commander and made contact with the administrator of the mosque and 
found
out that not only were they willing to accept our guys, but that they 
would
welcome them with open arms, and the Imam himself ensured they were 
taken
care of.”

Both Airmen have been attending services at the mosque since shortly 
after
they arrived in September. While not quite sure what kind of reaction 
to
expect, they were thrilled with the warm reception they received…

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FRANCE TURNS TO TOUGH POLICY ON STUDENTS' RELIGIOUS GARB
Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, 10/22/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/22/international/europe/22france.html

PARIS - To enforce its new law banning religious symbols from public
schools, the Ministry of National Education has decided to get tough.

This week it held formal disciplinary hearings and began expelling 
students
who violated the law. The goal was to get rid of those defined as 
hopeless
cases before the 10-day All Saints school vacation that ends with a
national holiday honoring all of Catholicism's saints.

The French government sees no contradiction or irony here.

Nine female Muslim students who have refused to remove their Islamic 
head
coverings have been thrown out of schools across France. After the All
Saints break, dozens of cases that are pending will be reviewed.

"The phase of dialogue and consultation is over," said an official at 
the
ministry, who refused to allow her name to be used. "It was an 
unbearable
situation for the teachers and the pupils. It was a crazy situation. 
The
law has to be respected at some point."

Since school started a month ago, students who have refused to remove 
what
school administrators define as conspicuous religious symbols have been
quarantined in study halls or libraries and not allowed to attend 
class.

The banned symbols include anything that can be construed as an Islamic
veil (head scarf, bandanna, beret), a Jewish skullcap, a large 
Christian
cross and a Sikh turban.

Officially the law is aimed at enforcing France's republican ideal of
secularism. Unofficially it is aimed at stopping female Muslim public
school students from swathing themselves in scarves or even long veils.

There have been odd, unintended consequences…

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MUSLIMS GIVE KERRY QUALIFIED ENDORSEMENT
Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, 10/22/04 
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/9979689.htm

Major American Muslim groups gave what they called a "qualified
endorsement" Thursday to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry,
urging Muslims to vote for him while calling his platform on civil 
rights
inadequate.

The American Muslim Taskforce had been leaning against backing a 
candidate,
but some members felt not making an endorsement could inadvertently 
help
President Bush.

In 2000, a committee comprised mainly of the same U.S. Muslim groups
endorsed Republican George W. Bush over Democrat Al Gore, because Bush 
had
indicated he would address their concerns about the use of secret 
evidence
in deportation hearings.

But the task force said in its statement Thursday that the Bush
administration has "been insensitive to the civil liberties and human
rights" of Muslims since the Sept. 11 attacks.

"American Muslims are being treated like second-class citizens," they 
said.

Yet, the group also expressed disappointment in Kerry, urging Muslims 
to
vote for him only as a "protest vote." Kerry "has so far failed to
explicitly affirm support for due process, equal justice and other
constitutional norms," they said.

Muslim leaders want a rollback of several parts of the USA Patriot Act,
which gave the government broad powers to monitor citizens. Bush says 
the
changes are critical for national security.

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ACLU SEEKS FBI DATA ON HANDLING OF MUSLIM INTERVIEWS
David Kravets, Associated Press, 10/22/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_
valley/9980263.htm

SAN FRANCISCO - The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the FBI, 
trying
to get more information about the agency's questioning of Muslims and 
Arabs
as it investigates the possibility of pre-election terror attacks.

The ACLU is seeking internal documents under the Freedom of Information 
Act
to find out whether the government is protecting the constitutional 
rights
of the subjects of its unannounced interviews at homes, workplaces and
mosques.

``We are trying to get much greater sunshine over these activities,'' 
ACLU
attorney John Crew said Thursday.

The FBI has conducted more than 13,000 interviews this year as part of 
an
effort to detect and disrupt a potential election-year terror attack.

The interviews are voluntary and are not meant to indicate that the 
person
is a suspected terrorist. Still, Muslim groups have expressed concern 
that
they are being singled out for unfair scrutiny.

The ACLU wants to know, among other things, how the agency chooses whom 
it
will interview.

``These random interviews or interrogations raise the concern that the 
FBI
and the Joint Terrorism Task Forces operating in Northern California 
are
infringing upon the civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants, 
U.S.
citizens and organizations by interrogating them without any valid 
basis,
rationale, or individualized suspicion for doing so,'' the ACLU's FOIA
request says….

ALSO SEE:

ACLU-NC SUES FBI AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEEKING RECORDS OF ONGOING
QUESTIONING OF MUSLIMS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 
FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces May Be Violating the Constitutional
Rights of Immigrants and U.S. Citizens 
http://www.aclunc.org/pressrel/041021-foia.html

SAN FRANCISCO -- The ACLU of Northern California, under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA), today filed a lawsuit seeking expedited 
processing
and release of FBI and other Department of Justice documents pertaining 
to
the ongoing investigation, interviews and questioning of Muslims and 
U.S.
citizens of Middle Eastern descent in Northern California.

The ACLU-NC is concerned that the questioning by FBI's Joint Terrorism 
Task
Forces (JTTF's) of immigrants and U.S. citizens may violate their First
Amendment rights and have a chilling effect on the exercise of
constitutional rights. The JTTF's are made up of state and local 
officers
working with agents of the FBI and officers of the Bureau of 
Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The ACLU's lawsuit charges the federal government with stalling the 
release
of public records that would reveal the scope, purpose and policies 
behind
controversial tactics currently being pursued throughout Northern
California by the FBI's JTTFs.

The documents sought by the FOIA request would (among other things) 
reveal
the scope of JTTF operations in Northern California and whether the 
FBI's
JTTFs have any written policies that -

Control the maintenance, storage, use and destruction of the sensitive
religious, political and personal information gathered in these 
interviews;

Ensure that state and local officers do not violate stronger California
constitutional rights and local policies while operating under Attorney
General John Ashcroft's drastically loosened intelligence guidelines 
for
the FBI; and,
Ensure the rights to lawfully practice one's religion or to express 
dissent
from government policies are not, by themselves, appropriate subjects 
for
law enforcement inquiry… 

The ACLU encourages individuals who are contacted by the FBI to seek 
legal
advice before agreeing to respond to questions. The National Lawyers 
Guild
has made available a free legal hotline at 415-285-1041.

For more information, call Stella Richardson, ACLU-NC, 415-621-2488  or
Cell 415-845-3042 

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FBI INTERVIEWS 'SCARY,' AREA MUSLIM LEADER SAYS
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star, 10/22/04
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9982011.htm

The FBI has stepped up interviews with Muslims across the country amid
concern about a possible terrorist attack to disrupt the Nov. 2 
elections.

Muslim leaders in the Kansas City area say they are willing to 
cooperate
but think their community is being unfairly singled out. They say they 
fear
that interviews considered voluntary by federal agents will turn into
interrogations.

"Of course, we want peace and security for ourselves and for our 
families,"
said Zulfiqar Malik of Overland Park, who regularly sends out news to 
area
Muslims through e-mail. "But this is scary."

FBI officials stress that the interviews are part of continuing 
terrorism
prevention efforts.

"This is part of an ongoing effort to prevent a terrorist attack in
response to intelligence gathered last spring," said Jeff Lanza, FBI
spokesman in Kansas City. "Nothing gathered to date has changed that
threat. The only thing that has changed is the window of time."

Some area Muslims think the interviews may be especially intimidating 
to
new immigrants…

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FORUM WEIGHS STRATEGIES FOR JEWISH-MUSLIM TALKS
Eric J. Greenberg, Forward, 10/22/04
http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=greenberg200410201127

In an emerging national conversation about the future of Jewish-Muslim
relations, several experts this week debated the appropriate conditions
under which Jewish community officials should break bread with Islamic
groups.

The issue is a growing concern for Jewish leaders across the country as
Islamic groups are increasing their visibility in national and local
politics in the wake of September 11 attacks, which increased the 
mistrust
between Jews and Muslims.

The October 17 forum, sponsored by the Jewish Council for Public 
Affairs,
centered on a new study by Raquel Ukeles, a doctoral student in Jewish 
and
Islamic studies at Harvard University who is critical of the current
standards used by American Jewish defense organizations in determining
which Muslims should be included in dialogue. 

Citing her report, "Locating the Silent Muslim Majority: Policy
Recommendations for Improving Jewish-Muslim Relations in the United
States," Ukeles told a gathering of about 75 Jewish community
representatives from across the country that they have a rare, small 
window
of opportunity to take some risks and engage Muslim organizations that 
were
previously deemed unacceptable for dialogue. 

At issue is whether to dialogue with moderate Muslims who are linked to
organizations or coalitions that do not renounce terrorism against 
Israel
or that are associated with terror-funding groups — a policy dubbed a
"secondary boycott…"

ALSO SEE:

RARE MUSLIM-JEWISH STUDENT GROUP THRIVES
Neil Schoenherr, Record, 10/22/04
http://record.wustl.edu/news/page/normal/4070.html

Muslims and Jews sitting down together and talking? Even becoming 
friends? 
Sound like a fantasy? Well, it's not. 

The University's Muslim Jewish Dialogue Group, formed in spring 2003, 
is
one of only a few such organizations in the nation. 

Composed of Muslim and Jewish students, the group provides a means for
biweekly formal dialogue sessions and educational programs. It allows
Jewish and Muslim students to learn about each other's religion and to
become friends in the process…

The group was founded by Pamela Barmash, Ph.D., assistant professor of
Hebrew bible and biblical literature in Arts & Sciences, along with 
several
students. The group has grown to include 15 members who meet often to
discuss issues, have dinner and listen to speakers. 

"We are completely apolitical and intentionally include students of a 
wide
array of political beliefs and theological ideas," Barmash said. "Other
campuses may have a group of politically left-wing students who pursue 
a
political left-wing Middle Eastern agenda, but we do not deal with
politics. 

"Rather, we deal with issues of common concern, the issues that young
adults growing up in America face, both as Americans and as Muslims or
Jews. The members of the group are genuinely eager to listen to each 
other
and to learn together in an honest and sympathetic way." 

The group has fostered positive relations between Muslim and Jewish
students, a very rare situation on American university campuses…

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WE ARE CONCERNED THAT MUSLIMS ARE BEING SINGLED OUT
Robert Kraftowitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/22/04
http://www.post-gazette.com/search/redir.asp?path=/pg/04296/399686.stm&date=
10%2F22%2F04+4%3A00%3A33+AM

We are members of a group of Muslims and Jews from Pittsburgh who have 
been
meeting together for the past two years. We have enjoyed learning about
each other's faiths and cultures, and we have become friends.

Recently, the local FBI has sent a chill through our group. It has
announced plans to interview a large number of Muslims, citing fear of 
a
possible Election Day terrorist attack ("Agents to Mine Muslims for 
Data: Questioning Alarms Islamic Community," Oct. 12). The Muslims 
among
us, who came to the United States because of their love of liberty and
civil rights, are now very concerned about being detained and possibly
deported. 

They are being singled out simply because they are Muslims.

It is time for our community to stand up to those who use fear to 
justify
the erosion of our basic rights and liberties. The undersigned members 
of
our group have decided that we cannot remain silent while this is 
happening.

Robert Kraftowitz is with the Muslim-Jewish Discussion Group of 
Pittsburgh.

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ISLAM FOR NON-MUSLIMS
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/22/04 
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/109843764
7276130.xml

As they observe their holiest month, local Muslims are inviting the 
larger
community into their religion. 

A new moon signaled the start of Ramadan Oct. 15, and Muslims began
abstaining from food, drink, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. 

The fasts are meant to teach self-restraint and compassion for the 
poor.
Muslims are also encouraged to say special prayers and act generously
during Ramadan. Increasingly, they are being asked to explain their 
faith,
too. 

To counter anti-Muslim attitudes, national Islamic groups have urged 
the
faithful to invite non-Muslims to Ramadan events. Local groups are
responding with interfaith iftar dinners. The iftar, or "breaking of 
the
fast," happens nightly this month in Muslim homes. 

The public iftar meals are free and open to all. 

The Islamic Discussion Group at Cleveland State University will host an
iftar dinner at Mather Mansion, 2605 Euclid Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 
Wednesday,
Oct. 27. Call 440-749-2797 for reservations. 

The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
will
host its iftar dinner at 5:45 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 30, at CSU's 
Joseph
Cole Center, 3100 Chester Ave. Call 216-830-2247. 

The Islamic Society of Akron and Kent will host an interfaith iftar 
dinner
at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at its mosque at 152 E. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga
Falls. Call 330-922-9991

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PENTAGON OFFICIAL DISTORTED INTELLIGENCE, REPORT SAYS  
Douglas Jehl, New York Times, 10/22/04
http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/10/21/news/intel.html

WASHINGTON As recently as January 2004, a top Defense Department 
official
misrepresented to Congress the view of American intelligence agencies 
about
the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda, according to classified
documents described in a new report by a Senate Democrat.
The report said that a classified document prepared by Douglas Feith, 
the
undersecretary of defense for policy, did not accurately reflect the
intelligence agencies' assessment of the relationship, despite a 
Pentagon
claim that it did.

In issuing the report, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat 
on
the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he would ask the panel 
to
take "appropriate action" against Feith. Levin described the Jan. 15
communication from Feith as part of a pattern in which the Defense
Department official, in briefings for Congress and the White House,
repeatedly described the ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda as far more
significant and extensive than the intelligence agencies had assessed.

The broad outlines of the role played by Feith as a champion of the 
view
that Iraq and Al Qaeda were closely linked have been disclosed 
previously.
The view, a staple of the Bush administration's public statements 
before
the Iraq invasion in March 2003, has since been discredited by the 
Sept. 11
commission, which concluded that Iraq and Al Qaeda had "no close
collaborative relationship." 

Bush administration officials have defended Feith's prewar efforts as
reflecting a legitimate effort to develop an alternative analysis of 
the
relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda. But the report by Levin 
includes
new details showing that Feith's accounts to the White House and 
Congress
through early 2004 deviated from the intelligence agencies' assessments 
to
a degree that the Pentagon official did not acknowledge.

The 46-page report by Levin and the Democratic staff of the Armed 
Services
Committee is the first to focus narrowly on the role played by Feith's
office. Democrats had sought to include that line of inquiry in a 
report
completed in June by the Senate Intelligence Committee, but Republicans 
on
that panel succeeded in an effort to postpone that phase of the study 
until
after the presidential election.

In an interview, Levin said that he had concluded that Feith had 
practiced
a "continuing deception of Congress." But he said he had no evidence 
that
Feith's conduct had been illegal in any way…

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TWO IRAQI CHILDREN KILLED IN CAR, U.S. BLAMED
Reuters, 10/22/04
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6581922

FALLUJA, Iraq - Two young Iraqi girls were killed on Friday when their 
car
came under U.S. fire near the rebel-held city of Falluja, according to 
an
Iraqi who helped rescue four people wounded in the incident.

Villager Mahmoud Mohammed said the mother of the two girls and the 
driver
of the car, who were both wounded, had told him a U.S. tank had fired 
at
the vehicle in Naamiya, 10 km (six miles) southeast of Falluja. Two 
other
children in the car were hurt.

Hospital officials in Falluja confirmed the casualties.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military, which has
intensified air and artillery strikes around Falluja in the past week 
in
what it says is a drive against foreign fighters led by Jordanian 
militant
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

ALSO SEE:

RELIGIOUS LEADERS AHEAD IN IRAQ POLL
Robin Wright, Washington Post, 10/22/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52674-2004Oct21.html

Leaders of Iraq's religious parties have emerged as the country's most
popular politicians and would win the largest share of votes if an 
election
were held today, while the U.S.-backed government of interim Prime 
Minister
Ayad Allawi is losing serious ground, according to a U.S.-financed poll 
by
the International Republican Institute. 

More than 45 percent of Iraqis also believe that their country is 
heading
in the wrong direction, and 41 percent say it is moving in the right
direction. 

Within the Bush administration, a victory by Iraq's religious parties 
is
viewed as the worst-case scenario. Washington has hoped that Allawi and 
the
current team, which was selected by U.S. and U.N. envoys, would win or 
do
well in Iraq's first democratic election, in January. U.S. officials
believe a secular government led by moderates is critical, in part 
because
the new government will oversee writing a new Iraqi constitution. 

"The picture it paints is that, after all the blood and treasure we've
spent and despite the [U.S.-led] occupation's democracy efforts, we're 
in a
position now that the moderates would not win if an election were held
today," said a U.S. official who requested anonymity because the poll 
has
not been released. 

U.S. officials acknowledge that the political honeymoon after the 
handover
of political power on June 28 ended much earlier than anticipated. The 
new
poll, based on 2,000 face-to-face interviews conducted among all ethnic 
and
religious groups nationwide between Sept. 24 and Oct. 4, shows that 
Iraqi
support for the government has plummeted to about 43 percent who 
believe it
is effective, down from 62 percent in a late-summer poll. 

A senior State Department official played down the results. "When the
interim government took over, the [poll] numbers were artificially 
high.
It's very difficult to meet expectations when they're sky-high," he 
said on
the condition of anonymity because the data are still being analyzed. 

But in another blow, one out of three Iraqis blames the U.S.-led
multinational force for Iraq's security problems, slightly more than 
the 32
percent who blame foreign terrorists, the poll shows. Only 8 percent 
blame
members of the former government... 

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HARASSMENT AS A MILITARY DUTY   
Amira Hass, Haaretz, 10/20/04
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/490930.html
 
Every day soldiers confiscate the identity cards of West Bank 
Palestinians
even though this is prohibited by the law - even by military orders, 
except
under very specific conditions.  
 
It looks like a concentrated mass violation of army instructions. Every 
day
soldiers confiscate the identity cards of West Bank Palestinians even
though this is prohibited by the law - even by military orders, except
under very specific conditions. 
 
In the best cases, people are delayed for five, six, or seven hours - 
far
more than any reasonable security check - and then they get their cards
back at the end of the day. In the worst cases the ID cards get lost in 
the
shuffle between soldiers' shifts. Often, the soldiers tell people "come
tomorrow" to some place where they will get their ID card back - the
district coordination office, another checkpoint. The West Bankers show 
up
the next day and are greeted by apathetic shrugs.

In the narrow columns rationed out in the media for reports about the
occupation, the confiscation of ID cards cannot compete with the 
killing of
children, the obstruction of olive harvests, the demolition of homes. 
But
the confiscation of documents, like the hours of delays at the 
checkpoints
using "security checks" as an excuse, are some of the most common
harassment measures that define the Israeli to Palestinians - 
arbitrary,
malicious, negligent, arrogant, brutal…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 10/24/04 

* CAIR’S 'SHARING RAMADAN' IFTAR INITIATIVE
	- UT Islamic Groups Invite Public (Deseret Morning News)
	- View Local Iftar Listings
	- ‘Muhammad: The Last Prophet’ Opens Nationwide on Eid
* SAN DIEGO ORDERS REMOVAL OF RAMADAN BANNERS (Union-Trib)
* CAIR-LA: RIGHTS GROUP CRITICIZES RESPONSE TO PROF'S COMMENTS (AP)
	- CA Professor Suggests Genocide Against Muslims (CAIR)
* DE SCHOOL GIVES MUSLIM STUDENTS PLACE TO PRAY (News Journal)
* A SECRET REWRITING OF MILITARY LAW (New York Times)
	- Memo Lets CIA Take Detainees Out of Iraq (Wash Post)
* FL: CONDOLEEZZA RICE TO SPEAK AT AIPAC EVENT (Reuters)

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CAIR’S 'SHARING RAMADAN' IFTAR OPEN HOUSE INITIATIVE
http://cair-net.org/ramadan2004/ramadan2004.asp?page=rsvp

SEE ALSO:

ISLAMIC GROUPS INVITE PUBLIC 
Deseret Morning News, 10/23/04
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595100042,00.html

During this month of Ramadan mosques and Muslim organizations are being
encouraged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations to open their 
doors
to non-Muslims in an effort to spread understanding about their 
religion
amid attacks by terrorists who lay a more dubious claim to Islam. 

In that spirit, the Iqra Academy of Utah and the Islamic Society of 
Greater
Salt Lake City will hold an iftar potluck dinner to which the public is
invited to attend. The dinner will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the 
Lone
Peak Park Pavilion, 10140 S. 700 East, in Sandy. Dinner will begin at
sunset, around 5:30 p.m. 

The public is also invited to attend a screening of "Muhammad the Last
Prophet" at the Broadway Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South, on Nov. 14 at noon,
2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. 

The film, which will debut across the country, is a cartoon depiction 
of
the life of Muhammad.

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VIEW LOCAL IFTAR LISTINGS
http://cair-net.org/ramadan2004/ramadan2004.asp?page=listings

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‘MUHAMMAD: THE LAST PROPHET’ OPENS NATIONWIDE ON EID
SEE: http://finemediagroup.com/

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DISPLAY OF RAMADAN BANNERS AT ISSUE 
Removal upsets Muslim group
Kristen Green, UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/23/04 
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20041023-9999-7m23ram.html

Muslim business owners in southeastern San Diego are angry over the 
city's
ordering the removal of 16 green-and-white Ramadan banners from 
lampposts
this week. 

For the past five years, the signs have been a fixture in the community
during the monthlong holiday, a time of fasting and prayer. The banners
feature a half moon, a star and the words "Ramadan Mubarak," which mean
blessed Ramadan. 

Yet, this week, a city code enforcement officer who received a 
complaint
said the banners needed to be taken down because of their religious
content. 

Abdur-Rahim Hameed, president of the Black Contractors Association, 
said
the removal of the Ramadan banners is "a very upsetting thing." He
questions whether Christmas displays are also going to be outlawed by 
the
city. 

The code officer who inspected the banners found they didn't meet city 
code
because of their religious subject matter. The officer's supervisor, 
code
enforcement coordinator Melody Negrete, also noted that the Diamond
Business Improvement District, which runs the neighborhood's banner
program, had not obtained a permit to display them. 

The city asked the district, which stores the banners and pays to have 
them
put up and taken down every year, to immediately take down the banners. 
The
district complied the following day, the district's executive director,
Cordell Thomas, said. 

The city of San Diego reimburses the district for putting up and 
removing
the banners, Thomas said. 

Negrete said the officer cited city code that says "banners shall be 
used
for the purpose of promoting cultural or civic events or activities of
general public interest." The officer also referred to a city special 
event
flier, which says that "the banners cannot be political or religious in
subject matter." 

The attorney for the district, John Stump, takes issue with the city's
decision. He said the district has a contract with the city that allows 
it
to place banners up throughout the year. 

He questions the determination that the banners are religious, saying 
the
U.S. Postal Service has issued a Ramadan stamp in its holiday series, 
which
has been out for years. 

Stump said he was waiting for a call on the matter from the City 
Attorney's
Office. But Maria Velasquez, that office's spokeswoman, said, "It's a 
very
straightforward matter that is being handled by neighborhood code
compliance." 

Hameed said the decision is an attack on Muslims, who he believes have
become an easy target since 9/11. "It's open season on Muslims," he 
said… 

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO:

Mr. Dick Murphy
Mayor of San Diego 

E-MAIL: dickmurphy@sandiego.gov, manager@sandiego.gov, 
Crudy@sandiego.gov,
bw@sandiego.gov
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RIGHTS GROUP CRITICIZES RESPONSE TO IMPERIAL PROFESSOR'S COMMENTS
MICHELLE MORGANTE, Associated Press, 10/22/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/coun
ties/alameda_county/9990318.htm

SAN DIEGO - A civil liberties group criticized Imperial Valley College 
on
Friday for declining to reprimand a professor who suggested to his 
students
that Islamic terrorism could only be wiped out by eliminating the 
Islamic
religion.

Jeff Beckley, an assistant professor of business, was discussing the
presidential campaign with his students at the campus in Imperial on 
Oct. 7
when the talk turned to terrorism.

Beckley, 42, said Friday he told the class: "Terrorism is a fact of 
life.
Terrorists are people."

"I said 'The only way to eliminate Islamic terrorism would be to end 
the
Islamic religion. The only way to eliminate Christian terrorism, would 
be
to end the Christian religion. The only way to eliminate terrorism, 
would
be to eliminate people.'"

One student, Prabhath Shettigar, an El Centro attorney, objected to
Beckley's statements, according to the Southern California office of 
the
Council on American-Islamic Relations. Beckley said Shettigar's 
comments
became personal and he asked the student to leave the class…

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the college has not
adequately addressed the seriousness of the incident and commended
Shettigar, whom it said was of the Hindu faith, for "standing up for 
Islam
and Muslims."

The college's response "sends the message that suggesting genocide is
acceptable on an American college campus," said Sabiha Khan, 
spokeswoman
for the Anaheim-based council.

SEE ALSO:

CALIFORNIA PROFESSOR SUGGESTS GENOCIDE AGAINST MUSLIMS
http://cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=189&page=AA

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MUSLIMS SEE CHANGE AT SCHOOL
Parents say children have been given place to pray during holiday
By MIKE BILLINGTON, News Journal, 10/23/04
http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2004/10/23muslimsseechang.ht
ml

A day after Muslim students at Bancroft Intermediate School were told 
they
could not pray in school and had to sit in the cafeteria at lunch 
despite
fasting in observance of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, one child was
allowed Friday to go to a private room to pray. 

The Christina School District said the students will not be forced to 
sit
in the lunchroom as long as their parents submit in writing that the
children are fasting. 

The mothers of two Muslim students said Friday they were pleased with 
the
district's response to their request that the students be allowed to
observe Ramadan properly. 

Shaida Fennell said that her son, Hashim, 12, was escorted by a teacher 
to
a private room twice during the day so he could pray. He also was not
forced to remain in the lunchroom with other students, she said. 

The two mothers had complained that it was unfair that their children 
sit
in the lunchroom because Muslims are required to abstain from food and
drink during daylight hours during Ramadan... 

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AFTER TERROR, A SECRET REWRITING OF MILITARY LAW
TIM GOLDEN, New York Times, 10/24/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/24/international/worldspecial2/24gitmo.html

WASHINGTON - In early November 2001, with Americans still staggered by 
the
Sept. 11 attacks, a small group of White House officials worked in 
great
secrecy to devise a new system of justice for the new war they had 
declared
on terrorism.

Determined to deal aggressively with the terrorists they expected to
capture, the officials bypassed the federal courts and their 
constitutional
guarantees, giving the military the authority to detain foreign 
suspects
indefinitely and prosecute them in tribunals not used since World War 
II.

The plan was considered so sensitive that senior White House officials 
kept
its final details hidden from the president's national security 
adviser,
Condoleezza Rice, and the secretary of state, Colin L. Powell, 
officials
said. It was so urgent, some of those involved said, that they hardly
thought of consulting Congress.

White House officials said their use of extraordinary powers would 
allow
the Pentagon to collect crucial intelligence and mete out swift, 
unmerciful
justice. "We think it guarantees that we'll have the kind of treatment 
of
these individuals that we believe they deserve," said Vice President 
Dick
Cheney, who was a driving force behind the policy.

But three years later, not a single terrorist has been prosecuted. Of 
the
roughly 560 men being held at the United States naval base at 
Guantánamo
Bay, Cuba, only 4 have been formally charged. Preliminary hearings for
those suspects brought such a barrage of procedural challenges and 
public
criticism that verdicts could still be months away. And since a Supreme
Court decision in June that gave the detainees the right to challenge 
their
imprisonment in federal court, the Pentagon has stepped up efforts to 
send
home hundreds of men whom it once branded as dangerous terrorists…

SEE ALSO:

MEMO LETS CIA TAKE DETAINEES OUT OF IRAQ
Practice Is Called Serious Breach of Geneva Conventions
Dana Priest, Washington Post, 10/24/04 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57363-2004Oct23.html

At the request of the CIA, the Justice Department drafted a 
confidential
memo that authorizes the agency to transfer detainees out of Iraq for
interrogation -- a practice that international legal specialists say
contravenes the Geneva Conventions. 

One intelligence official familiar with the operation said the CIA has 
used
the March draft memo as legal support for secretly transporting as many 
as
a dozen detainees out of Iraq in the last six months. The agency has
concealed the detainees from the International Committee of the Red 
Cross
and other authorities, the official said… 

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BUSH, AIDES COURT JEWISH VOTES IN TIGHT RACE
Adam Entous, Reuters, 10/24/04

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - A speech by President George W. Bush's
national security adviser to a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group in
Florida eight days before the election caps a concerted Republican 
drive
for Jewish votes that has so far yielded minimal results.

Seemingly undeterred by a probe into whether the AIPAC lobbying group
passed classified information to Israel -- an allegation it denies -- 
the
White House has given the organization almost unparalleled access to 
top
officials, from Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on down.

Bush addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, 
in
May, and declared that it was "serving the cause of America."

Now his national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, who described AIPAC 
as
"a great asset to our country," will address the group on Monday in
Hollywood, Florida, in one of the most hotly contested battleground 
states
in the Nov. 2 race…

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/25/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: RIGHTEOUS DEEDS REWARDED
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
	- Join CAIR's 'Sharing Ramadan' Campaign
	- CAIR Library Project: 7774 Sponsorships
* MUSLIMS SEEN ABANDONING BUSH (Wash Post)
	- Arab and Jewish Votes (NY Times)
	- Poll: Muslim Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Kerry
	- AMT-PAC Offers Qualified Kerry Endorsement
* NY: LAWMAKER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR MUSLIMS' RIGHTS (PJ)
* WI: ISLAMIC SCHOOLS TEACH AGE-OLD LESSONS (Journal Sent)
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VERSE OF THE DAY: RIGHTEOUS DEEDS REWARDED

"Whoever does righteous deeds - whether man or woman - and has faith, 
We 
shall surely grant him a new life, a life that is good. And We will 
certainly reward such people according to the noblest of their deeds."

The Holy Quran, 16:97

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MUSLIMS SEEN ABANDONING BUSH
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 10/25/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A59781-2004Oct24

Absar Chowdhury of Sterling cast his ballot for George W. Bush in 2000 
because the Republican candidate vowed to stop the use of secret 
evidence 
in deportation hearings, opposed abortion and "looked like he was 
religious."

But the Bangladesh-born Muslim said he will vote for Democrat John F. 
Kerry 
next week because President Bush has disappointed him in several ways. 
In 
particular, Chowdhury cited an erosion of civil liberties, including 
the 
continuing use of secret evidence, and the war in Iraq, which has left 
thousands of Iraqis and more than 1,100 Americans dead.

"He was saying that he was religious, but the Fifth Commandment says we 
shall not kill," said Chowdhury, 45, a computer center shift manager.

Chowdhury is emblematic of a dramatic switch among Muslim voters. Four 
years ago, 42 percent of them voted for Bush. But in this year's race, 
they 
are expected to vote overwhelmingly for his Democratic opponent, with 
one 
recent poll showing 76 percent of the Muslim vote going to Kerry and 7 
percent to Bush.

"For American Muslims, there has been a sea change in political 
alignment 
and outlook since 9/11," said Zahid H. Bukhari, director of Georgetown 
University's Project MAPS, a long-term research project on American 
Muslims, which commissioned Zogby International to conduct the recent 
poll.

"No matter what Bush says to Muslims right now, it doesn't matter 
because 
he's broken so much trust with our community," said Nabil Yousef, 21, 
of 
Arlington, a Georgetown University senior who started 
www.muslimsforKerry.com in August.

The election also has sparked unprecedented Muslim activism. After 
months 
of voter registration drives and candidate forums, Muslim organizations 
are 
arranging transportation for voters on Election Day, phone banks to get 
out 
the vote and volunteers to explain ballot designs. Mosque prayer 
leaders, 
or imams, are encouraging their congregations to vote, and Muslim 
leaders 
anticipate the highest-ever turnout in their community.

"Muslims are probably the most sensitized and motivated group to vote 
this 
year," said Mukit Hossain of Sterling, president of the Muslim American 
Political Action Committee, which endorsed Kerry. "Voter registration 
is in 
the 90 percent range, and I would be very surprised if almost 80 
percent of 
those people don't come out to vote..."

ALSO SEE:

ARAB AND JEWISH VOTES
William Safire, New York Times, 10/25/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/25/opinion/25safire.html

Washington - You have to give credit to Arab-Americans, and to the 
overlapping category of American Muslims, for knowing what side they 
are on 
in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and for voting for those they 
believe 
would address their concerns.

Four years ago, they voted almost two to one for George W. Bush, 
thinking 
he would act like his father. Today, according to the Zogby poll, 
American 
Muslim voters are going 10 to 1 in the opposite political direction - 
for 
John Kerry over Bush. Not only do they see Bush's Patriot Act as 
discriminatory, most of these Americans dislike the president's 
unwavering 
support of Israel - including his backing of Ariel Sharon's security 
fence 
and the diplomatic isolation of Yasir Arafat.

This stunning reversal of opinion within a growing voting bloc is 
having an 
impact. For example, about a half million Arab-Americans live in 
Michigan, 
according to the Arab American Institute; most have turned strongly 
anti-Bush. That's why pollsters are counting Michigan, with its 17 
electoral votes, as "leaning toward Kerry."

What about the other voting group that has a special interest in ending 
the 
war launched against Israelis after Yasir Arafat turned down the offer 
brokered by President Clinton?

Jewish American voters who differ with their Arab and Muslim 
compatriots, 
one might logically conclude, would seriously consider supporting the 
candidate who many Israelis believe has been their best friend in the 
White 
House.

But such logic is misleading. Four years ago, candidate Bush received 
20 
percent of the "Jewish vote," about halfway between the low point for a 
Republican candidate (5 percent for Goldwater) and the high point (39 
percent for Reagan). Today, it appears that Bush is getting only 
slightly 
more than the 20 percent of last time.

Despite the fact that this president has firmly backed Israel's 
vigorous 
self-defense - and time and again vetoed or denounced lopsided U.N. 
votes 
to ostracize Israel - 8 out of 10 Jewish American voters will still 
vote as 
a bloc to oust him...

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POLL: MUSLIM VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY FAVOR KERRY
http://cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1277&page=NR

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MUSLIM COALITION OFFERS QUALIFIED KERRY ENDORSEMENT
http://cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1275&page=NR

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HINCHEY VOWS TO FIGHT FOR MUSLIMS' RIGHTS
Nik Bonopartis, Poughkeepsie Journal, 10/25/04
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/today/localnews/stories/lo102504s5.shtml

NEW HACKENSACK -- In a campaign stop at the Masjid Al-Noor mosque 
Sunday, 
U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey broke the Ramadan fast with local Muslims and 
vowed to help protect their civil rights.

It was the first appearance by a politician at the Wappinger mosque, 
but 
not the first visit to a mosque by Hinchey, D-Hurley. He said he last 
fasted on Ramadan in Damascus, Syria.

Hinchey is running against Republican Bill Brenner of Sullivan County.

After participating in evening prayers, Hinchey spoke to the assembly, 
warning them of the stakes in the upcoming election.

''This is a critical moment where we can't afford not to be honest with 
each other,'' Hinchey said, referring to the presidential race and his 
bid 
for a seventh term. ''There is very much at stake here.''

Hinchey fielded questions ranging from topics such as immigration to 
why 
there aren't days off in the public school calendar for Muslim 
holidays. 
But the crowd seemed most interested in issues they say hit closer to 
home: 
racial profiling and anti-Muslim bias since the terrorist attacks of 
Sept. 
11, 2001, and the implications of the Patriot Act on civil liberties.

Muslims ''lost respect'' after Sept. 11, said Arif Muslim, chairman of 
the 
board of the Mid-Hudson Islamic Association.

Muslim said ''many Americans watched us with one eye open and feared 
that 
the majority of Muslims were like the terrorists they now feared, 
instead 
of like the friends they once respected...''

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ISLAMIC SCHOOLS TEACH AGE-OLD LESSONS
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Journal Sentinel, 10/24/04
http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/oct04/269383.asp

In the second-floor science lab at Salam School - where a telescope 
sits 
near a window and a human model with an exposed heart sits atop a shelf 
- 
12-year-old Afreena Kahn recites passages from a book more than 14 
centuries old.

You can memorize 100 suras. But if you don't know what they mean, they 
will 
not have an impact on your life.

As her instructor listens intently, she reads aloud from a chapter 
called 
"The Light."

Most textbooks would be considered outdated if they were more than 10 
years 
old, let alone 1,400. But for Kahn and a growing cadre of students at 
two 
Islamic schools in Milwaukee, this particular book - which describes 
itself 
as a book "explaining all things" - could never be obsolete.

The book is the Qur'an, and Islam's faithful regard it as the word of 
God, 
whom Muslims call Allah.

The students at Salam School, 4707 S. 13th St., and Clara Mohammed 
School, 
317 W. Wright St. - choice schools where more than 75% of the students 
attend with taxpayer funds - are studying the text in Arabic.

Those lessons will take on added importance over the next few weeks, as 
Muslims worldwide observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan - the month 
in 
which Muslims believe the Qur'an was revealed. Arabic is the language 
spoken by Mohammed, the unlettered, 7th century caravan trader to whom 
Muslims believe the book was revealed...

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MUSLIMS PLAN TO BUILD HOMES IN M'VILLE
Deborah Laverty, Times Online, 10/25/04
http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2004/10/25/news/top_news/89486edd4969c9cb86256f370070d3a9.txt

MERRILLVILLE -- Spurned by some Chicago suburbs, Muslims are planning a 
large scale subdivision near the Lake-Porter county line.

Congregants of the Northwest Indiana Islamic Center have been quietly 
buying land adjacent to the center in Merrillville with the dream of 
building a large residential subdivision modeled after one of Northwest 
Indiana's most prestigious communities, but centered around a mosque 
instead of a golf course clubhouse.

"It would be like a Briar Ridge (in Schererville/Dyer). A lot of 
subdivisions, like Briar Ridge, have country clubs but we're giving 
buyers 
an option to have a mosque as a centerpiece," said Northwest Indiana 
Islamic Center spokesman Ali Khan.

He said the subdivision would be built on 300 to 400 acres to the west 
of 
the center, 9803 Colorado St.

Plans are to build high-end to medium-priced houses as well as high-end 
apartments on surrounding acreage owned by members of the local Islamic 
center.

Some Chicago suburbs, including Orland Park and Palos Heights, have 
found 
themselves at odds with growing Muslim populations, but Muslim leaders 
in 
Northwest Indiana said their favorable reception locally encouraged 
them to 
plan to build their own community on open fields in Merrilville.

Even so, some Merrillville officials suggest the plan has obstacles to 
cross before gaining approval, including extension of water and sewer 
lines 
and concerns about increased traffic...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/26/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MODESTY IS PART OF FAITH
* SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN
	- CAIR Library Project: 7774 Sponsorships
* CAIR-KY OFFERS WORKSHOP ON ISLAM FOR FBI AGENTS
	- CAIR-Houston Offers Training to Hospital Chaplains
	- CAIR-GA: Muslim Students Seek Friday Prayer Sessions
	- CAIR-CT Files Bias Complaint Against Circuit City
* CAIR REP DISCUSSES MUSLIM VOTE ON CNN
	- INCITEMENT WATCH: Will Muslims Elect Sen. Kerry?
* NY: ISLAMIC CENTER BUILDS COMMUNITY (Daily Orange)
* MN: HATE ATTACKS ARE UN-MINNESOTAN (Twin Cities)
	- NJ: Arab-Americans Find Their Voice (Herald News)
* P.S. - AL-ARIAN HASN'T BEEN TRIED (Palm Beach Post)
* RADIO ISLAM A FIRST IN CHICAGO (NPR)
* U.S. BARS RIGHT OF SOME CAPTURED IN IRAQ (NY Times)
* 78 PEOPLE SUFFOCATED OR KILLED IN THAILAND (AP)
	- Muslims Beg Thai Army for News of Kin (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MODESTY IS PART OF FAITH

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Modesty is part of 
faith
and faith is in Paradise, but obscenity is a part of hardness of heart 
and
hardness of heart is in Hell." 

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1313

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SUPPORT CAIR'S $1 MILLION DURING RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

In the past 10 years, CAIR representatives have taken part in thousands 
of
print, television and radio interviews, contributing to a dramatic 
increase
in the positive and accurate coverage of Islam and Muslims.

Donate generously to the "$1 Million for Islam in Ramadan" campaign at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp

(NOTE: Scholars says CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.)

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CAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY PROJECT UPDATE: 7440 SPONSORSHIPS

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, Muslim individuals and groups may sponsor 18-item 
packages
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: 
http://www.cair-net.org/libraryproject/

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CAIR-KY OFFERS WORKSHOP ON ISLAM FOR FBI AGENTS
FBI supervisor to speak at Ramadan fast-breaking

(LEXINGTON, KY, 10/26/04) - The Kentucky office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-KY) held a sensitivity training 
workshop
on Islam and the American Muslim community yesterday for FBI agents in
Lexington.

Thirteen FBI agents, including supervisory personnel, attended the 
workshop
that examined basic Islamic beliefs and concepts, common stereotypes of
Islam and Muslims and ways in which to improve interactions with the 
Muslim
community. Agents were able to ask questions throughout the formal 
CAIR-KY
presentation.

"These types of educational workshops help build a better relationship
between law enforcement agencies and the Muslim community," said 
CAIR-KY
Chairman Abdul Quayyum. "We hope to expand this successful program to 
help
the police and FBI in other areas of our state."

Quayyum said CAIR-KY is also hosting a Ramadan fast-breaking event, or
iftar, for public and law enforcement officials on October 29 in 
Lexington.
A senior FBI official who attended the CAIR-KY sensitivity training 
session
will speak at that event.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky, Abdul Quayyum, 859-221-9081, E-Mail:
cairky@cairky.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, 
E-Mail:
ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-Mail:
rahmed@cair-net.org

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CAIR-HOUSTON OFFERS TRAINING TO HOSPITAL CHAPLAINS

(HOUSTON, TX, 10/26/04) - The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) provided sensitivity and
diversity training yesterday for local health care professionals and
chaplains at Ben Taub Hospital.

The CAIR-Houston presentation, part of Pastoral Care Week events, 
covered
basic Islamic beliefs and practices, as well as specific information 
about
Muslim perspectives on illness, medical treatment, gender relations and 
the
sanctity of human life. Attendees received copies of CAIR's booklet, "A
Health Care Professional's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices." (The
booklet may be requested by e-mailing pubs@cair-net.org. Include name,
address and phone number in the request.)

"I just want to thank you for the wonderful presentation this morning, 
the
Chaplains found that they learned a lot in order to serve the Muslim
community more effectively," said Chaplin Luis Gomez, Director of 
Spiritual
Care at LBJ Hospital in Houston. 

"We thank Ben Taub Hospital for this opportunity to provide an accurate
portrayal of Islam and the Muslim community," said CAIR-Houston 
Executive
Director Iesa Galloway.

Recent CAIR research has shown as many as 1-in-4 Americans hold 
anti-Muslim
views. That same research indicates that anti-Muslim prejudice 
decreases
when people have access to accurate information about Islam and relate 
to
ordinary Muslims. SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.pdf

Galloway said CAIR-Houston training is available to other 
organizations.
Speaker requests may be submitted online at:
http://www.cairhouston.org/speaker.htm 

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-Houston, Iesa Galloway, 713-838-CAIR-(2247) or 
832-656-0449,
E-Mail: iesa.galloway@cairhouston.org 

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MUSLIM STUDENTS SEEK FRIDAY PRAYER SESSIONS 
Brian Feagans, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 10/26/04
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1004/26prayer.html

Isam Rashied memorized the Quran at age 13. Illnesses aside, Isam has
prayed at a mosque every Friday since he was a toddler.

But the 15-year-old says he has hit a spiritual wall at Duluth High 
School.
The Gwinnett County school hasn't been willing to excuse Isam and his
17-year-old brother, Imaad, from their last class period on Fridays for 
the
weekly juma'a prayer required of Muslims.

"It's like stopping others from practicing their religion," said Isam, 
a
freshman who until this year attended private Islamic schools that had 
the
prayer.

Schools around the country perform a delicate balancing act when asked 
to
accommodate juma'a.

Administrators have to balance respect for the religious practice with 
a
responsibility to provide a sound education and abide by the principles 
of
the separation of church and state.

Bobby Crowson, chief of staff at Gwinnett County schools, said 
districts
look at each case individually. "Is the request that has been made
reasonable, given our accountability for educating all children?" he 
said.

The Quran commands Muslims to pray in congregation, not alone, on 
Friday
afternoons. And in the Atlanta region, most mosques hold juma'a prayer 
by 2
p.m., before schools let out.

When asked to help Muslim students meet that obligation, metro area 
schools
have responded with everything from a polite "no" to offers to set 
aside
classroom space for prayer. Crowson will tackle the issue Wednesday. 
He's
scheduled to meet with officials from the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) to discuss the Rashied family's request and others 
like it
in Georgia's largest school system...

CONTACT: CAIR-NGA Executive Director Chris Burke (770) 220-0082, 
E-mail:
bagindo@comcast.net 

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CAIR-CT FILES BIAS COMPLAINT AGAINST CIRCUIT CITY
Muslim customer says he was falsely accused of bomb threat

(NEW LONDON, CT, 10/26/04) - The Connecticut office of the Council of
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) today announced that it has filed 
a
discrimination complaint against Circuit City with the Massachusetts
Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) on behalf of a Muslim customer 
who
says he was falsely accused of making a bomb threat.

The Muslim customer, who is of Pakistani origin and lives in 
Middleboro,
alleges that employees of a Circuit City store in Taunton, Mass., made 
the
false accusations to the FBI after he complained about customer service
when he attempted to return a computer purchased at the store earlier 
this
month. 

On Oct 18, an FBI agent visited the Muslim customer and notified him 
that
Circuit City had filed a complaint against him alleging that he said he
"was going to put a bomb in the computer" and that he would "be back so
they better watch out." The customer says no such exchange took place 
and
believes he was targeted by store employees because of his Muslim name.

CAIR-CT has called the Circuit City headquarters in Virginia, but has 
not
yet received a response.
 
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-CT, Badr Malik, 860-995-6628, 860-575-4400

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CAIR REP DISCUSSES MUSLIM VOTE ON CNN

CNN International
INSIGHT 11:00 PM EST
October 25, 2004 

HEADLINE: The Muslim American Vote

HOSTS: Jonathan Mann, Octavia Nasr

HIGHLIGHT: How will Arab and Muslim American voters impact the upcoming
presidential election?

JONATHAN MANN, CNN HOST: Alienated, uneasy and acting on it. Muslim and
Arab Americans have been buffeted by events since 9/11. When they go to 
the
polls to elect a president, they'll be pushing for change.

Hello and welcome.

The numbers are a little unclear, but the broad trend is not. There are
believed to be between 3 and 7 million Muslims in the United States, a
figure that overlaps with the nearly 2 million registered Arab American
voters. Polls suggest Muslims voted overwhelmingly to elect President 
Bush
in the year 2000 and that this time things will be different. Could it 
cost
him the election? 

On our program today, minority momentum. CNN senior Arab affairs editor
Octavia Nasr…

Joining us now to talk about that is Nihad Awad, executive director of 
the
Council on American Islamic Relations.

Thanks so much for being with us.

There are millions of Muslim Americans in this country. Why don't the
political institutions of this country, why don't the rest of us hear 
more
from them?

NIHAD AWAD, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS: It is I believe a 
matter
of time. There are 7 million Muslims in the United States. Many of them 
are
immigrants. Many of them are becoming more involved in the political
process.

You know, one administration after the other is paying attention to 
what
Muslims have to say. Are they being included in the decision making? 
Not
yet.

The Muslim organizations who base themselves on political platforms are
just new and therefore the experience, the American Muslim experience, 
is
fresh, but I think parties and politicians, candidates, are paying
attention, because they can be a critical mass in the elections, 
especially
in the swing states.

MANN: Let me ask you about that in fact. Where do you think they're 
going
to be most important? And do you think that Muslims by and large will 
vote
all the same way? Strength in numbers?

AWAD: Well, of course, you know, the concentration of American Muslims 
are
in California, New York, Michigan, Florida and Ohio, including
Pennsylvania. I believe that this year they may hold the margin of 
victory
in their hands the same way they had it in the year 2000.

In the year 2000 for the first time they formed the American Muslim 
voting
block and they voted 78 percent for George Bush. George Bush now has 
lost
most of this support because of certain policies and we have seen in 
the
previous debate talking about civil rights and foreign policy.

Today I think from the surveys and polls, most American Muslims are
planning to vote for John Kerry. Now what will help American Muslims to
vote together and maintain the voting block they started in the year 
2000
is the formation of the coalition or the American Muslim Task Force on
Civil Rights and Election, and that represents I believe the majority 
of
American Muslims, immigrant Muslims, indigenous Muslims and the second
generation.

There is great enthusiasm about this election because how Muslims feel 
that
what went wrong in the past few years, whether on the domestic level or
foreign policy…

SEE ALSO:

INCITEMENT WATCH: WILL MUSLIMS ELECT SEN. KERRY?
Chattanooga Times Free Press, 10/26/04
http://class.timesfreepress.com/

Everyone agrees next Tuesday's presidential election will be very, very
close. Will 7 million Muslims in America elect Sen. John Kerry?

That's what they intend to do, according to their plan that has not 
been
widely reported by American wire news services, most newspapers, big TV
news broadcasts and cable TV news programs. 

We reported on this editorial page last Saturday that nearly a dozen 
Muslim
groups in the United States, which seek to guide 7 million Muslims, 
have
declared their opposition to President George W. Bush and support for 
Sen.
Kerry.

The Muslim organizations say the presidential election may be decided 
by
the way several battleground states -- Florida, Michigan, Ohio,
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- go.

Since polls suggest voters in those states are nearly equally divided, 
the
Muslims say they believe that if the 7 million Muslims vote for Sen. 
Kerry,
that will tip the scales and make Sen. Kerry president.

There are 538 electoral votes. Imagine a map of the United States.
California's 55 electoral votes are surely going for Sen. Kerry. Color
California blue. New York's 31 electoral votes surely are going for 
Sen.
Kerry. Color New York blue, along with a nest of little states in that 
area.

Then look at the vast rest of the United States, particularly the South 
and
West. Most of those states are for President Bush. Color them red.

It is easy to check off states and find about 200 electoral votes for 
each
candidate. But a winner must have 270.

That's why President Bush and Sen. Kerry are frantically seeking to win
Florida's 27 electoral votes, Michigan's 17, Ohio's 20, Pennsylvania's 
21,
Wisconsin's 10, and others that may be in doubt.

The question Americans should be asking is whether the interests of 7
million Muslims in supporting Sen. Kerry correspond with the best 
interests
of the United States as we are fighting a worldwide war against 
terrorism
and seeking to establish democratic rule in Iraq.

Will we let 7 million Muslims make Sen. Kerry our next president by
determining the outcome in the closely contested states?

Or do the best interests of all Americans call for the re-election of
President Bush?

SEND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AT: haustin@timesfreepress.com,
landerson@timesfreepress.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org
  
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NY: ISLAMIC CENTER BUILDS COMMUNITY
Molly Murkett, Daily Orange, 10/26/04
http://www.dailyorange.com/news/2004/10/26/Pulp/Islamic.Center.Builds.Commun
ity-781060.shtml

Urooj Khan had been on campus for only two days when he discovered the
Islamic Society of Central New York Mosque on Comstock Avenue. 

The Syracuse University graduate accounting student soon became a 
regular
at the center, attending prayer meeting every Friday. He finds the 
Muslim
community in Syracuse far stronger than that in India, where he was 
born,
as people are more committed to the cause of Islam. 

"It made me feel like I should give back to the community," Khan said.

And now, in the midst of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, even more
people have demonstrated their devotion to their doctrines and 
community at
the center. More than 200 people attend services at the center, said 
Anwer
Ahmed, president of the society and an associate professor of 
management at
SU. Normally, about 40 to 60 students attend services, but this greater
attendance is nothing unusual for this time of reflection and
self-assessment...

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HATE ATTACKS ARE UN-MINNESOTAN
Zafar Siddiqui, Twin Cities, 10/26/04
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/editorial/10012486.htm

Since the 9/11 attacks, Muslims across the United States have faced
unprecedented harassment and discrimination, including death threats,
arson, loss of employment and isolation.

The recent increase in hate crimes against the Muslim communities in
Minnesota is disturbing to say the least. According to a poll released
recently by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, one in four
Americans believes a number of anti-Muslim stereotypes, and negative 
images
of Muslims are 16 times more prevalent than positive ones. The other
factors contributing to this increase in hate is the hate-mongering in 
some
political circles and in some media outlets.

Minnesota Muslims have been somewhat shielded from these hate campaigns
sweeping America. While we experienced some harassment and 
discrimination,
it was to a much smaller degree than what most Muslims have been 
enduring
in other states in the aftermath of 9/11. Immediately after the 9/11
terrorist attacks, Minnesotans demonstrated great understanding and 
concern
for their Muslim compatriots. Lawmakers, law enforcement officials and
faith-based organizations made great efforts to reassure the Muslim
community, which feared backlash.

By and large, Minnesotans have been gracious in welcoming thousands of
refugees from Muslim countries. Indigenous and immigrant Muslims are 
very
much part of the mosaic of Minnesota's social fabric. We have always 
felt
that Minnesota is a shining example for America as a whole.

The Islamic Resource Group communicates with dozens of Islamic 
speakers'
bureaus across the United States, and we always praise the civility and
tolerance that Minnesota provides.

While some speakers' bureaus would tell stories of the difficulty and
challenges to speak and build rapport with non-Muslims, we would tell a
much different story of many requests from schools and other public
institutions seeking to create a better understanding.

In nearly 900 presentations on Islam, our experience with the 40,000
audience members has been extremely edifying. This emphatically 
underscores
the point that there is no substitute to bilateral education...

SEE ALSO:

FIND THEIR VOICE    
JONATHAN MASLOW, HERALD NEWS, 10/26/04
http://www.northjersey.com
  
Basima Mustafa checked out of her American skin after Sept. 11, 2001.

When the Paterson teacher led a discussion of the terrorist acts with 
her
School 9 social studies classes, she felt herself reeling from the 
shock,
hurt and confusion. She would never forget one Hispanic blind girl, who
asked the question on the minds of most Americans, "Why do they hate 
us,
Ms. Mustafa?"

Us. In the following months, Mustafa, 43, who was born in Jordan, 
raised in
Paterson and graduated from William Paterson University, retreated from 
the
fine line she had always walked between her identity as a modern 
American
professional woman and the traditional culture of her Palestinian 
parents.
She shrank from the flag waving and patriotic fervor. Instead of 
following
her lifelong habit of reading The New York Times every day, she found
herself gazing numbly at shows like "The Bachelor" on television.

"And that's so not me," Mustafa said.

Then came the winter of 2003 and the debate over whether Saddam Hussein 
had
weapons of mass destruction and posed an imminent threat to the United
States. Suddenly, Mustafa got angry at the idea that a war she was
skeptical about could be started in her name as an American - and she
lifted her post-9/11 veil.

She began by attending an anti-war rally in Washington. In time, she 
would
join the Arab-American Democratic Caucus and the Network of 
Arab-American
Professionals. Last year, she was appointed to the New Jersey Arab and
Muslim Advisory Committee to the Attorney General. She registered 
parents
of students, teacher colleagues and neighbors to vote. In September, 
she
started teaching night classes in English to immigrants, most of them
Arabic speaking. Now it's hard to keep up with her whorl of engagement.

"Anger is a great feeling. Because you start to get angry, and you 
start to
care about something." Mustafa said.

Like Mustafa, a number of Arab-Americans in North Jersey have overcome 
the
challenges of the past three years by doing what Americans do best:
speaking out to defend their constitutional rights and organizing to 
fight
injustice as they see it…

----- 

P.S.: AL-ARIAN HASN'T BEEN TRIED
C.B. Hanif, Palm Beach Post, 10/24/04
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/opinion/epaper/2004/10/2
4/m12e_lp_1024.html

Bill Neubauer "was fascinated by an element that the professional 
analysts
did not mention after the debate by Betty Castor and Mel Martinez,
candidates for the U.S. Senate. As nearly as I could tell," said the 
West
Palm Beach reader, "they spent the most time on the status of the 
tenured
professor at the University of South Florida accused of aiding 
terrorists."

The reference was to Sami Al-Arian, whom Mr. Martinez has made the 
issue in
that campaign, despite the fact that Dr. Al-Arian campaigned with 
candidate
George Bush and his wife in 2000 and even was invited to the White 
House in
2001 while Mr. Martinez was a member of President Bush's Cabinet. Mr.
Neubauer's point?

"Both candidates seemed to assume that the professor is guilty. 
Actually,
they are not alone. In articles about school vouchers, The Post has
suggested that the school founded by the professor was somehow tainted
because the founder was accused of helping terrorists. What nobody 
seems to
acknowledge is that the guy has not been convicted of anything. I 
couldn't
help wondering what ever happened to that fine American tradition of a
presumption of innocence until proven guilty."

Mr. Neubauer is correct in his assessment of how the school has been
characterized. He also has spotlighted another case of news 
organizations'
failure to hold not only government officials accountable.

The Post accurately reported the facts, for example, in the case of 
Mustafa
Abu Sway. The State Department-vetted Fulbright scholar was a visiting
professor at Florida Atlantic University's Honors College a year ago. 
Then,
he was accused of being tied to a terrorist group, based on no known
evidence other than that claim in a document on Israeli government
stationery. Leading the charge in that case was Daniel Pipes, infamous 
for
his Islam- and Arab-baiting. But news organizations don't appear to be
questioning how he and others are getting away with their "tied to
terrorists" strategy, whose object seems to be to discourage academic
freedom and certain viewpoints...

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RADIO ISLAM, A FIRST, IN CHICAGO
NPR, 10/27/04
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4125875

All Things Considered, October 25, 2004 · Radio Islam, the nation's 
first
daily English-language Muslim radio program produced in the United 
States,
began airing this month in Chicago. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports...

(Soundbite of radio broadcast) 

Unidentified Announcer: This is WCEV, 1450 AM, Cicero, Illinois. 

CHERYL CORLEY reporting: 

In the tiny control room of WCEV Radio, an engineer and a producer, 
already
hunched by the phone, take a quick glance at the clock. The station 
sells
time to producers of ethnic programs, and its newest show is about to
begin. 

(Soundbite of "Radio Islam" broadcast) 

Ms. SAMIRA SAEED (Host, "Radio Islam"): WCEV now presents "Radio 
Islam,"
produced by... 

CORLEY: This day, Samira Saeed, one of the program's seven Muslim 
hosts,
starts "Radio Islam's" hourlong show with a newscast, while producer 
Chuck
Ruby(ph) gets ready for the next segment. 

Mr. CHUCK RUBY (Producer, "Radio Islam"): OK. We have about two 
minutes, I
think. We're coming out of news. I'm going to put you on hold. 

CORLEY: The guest on the telephone is Professor Jack Shaheen, who 
examines
how Muslims and Arabs are portrayed in film in his book "Real Bad 
Arabs:
How Hollywood Vilifies a People." 

(Soundbite of "Radio Islam" broadcast) 

Professor JACK SHAHEEN (Author, "Read Bad Arabs"): So what we have is 
an
unending barrage of images that teach audiences that Muslims are 
different,
that they're not to be trusted. 

CORLEY: "Radio Islam" is the latest offering of SoundVision Foundation, 
a
program that produces video, audio and Web-based programs for Muslims 
and
others interested in learning more about Islam. The foundation's 
president,
Abdul Malik Mujahid, says he wants the call-in radio show to foster
dialogue and a better understanding between neighbors… 

CORLEY: "Radio Islam" is among a number of Islam-related radio talk 
shows,
but the research director for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, or
CAIR, says most others are weekly, not in English, often deal with
religious issues and are mainly geared towards new immigrants. Mohamed
Nimer says a national poll released by CAIR earlier this month shows
ventures like "Radio Islam" are needed. 

Mr. MOHAMED NIMER: Well, the poll asked an open-ended question: `What 
comes
to mind when you hear the word "Muslim"?' Only 2 percent could come up 
with
something that was deemed positive. About a fourth agreed or strongly
agreed with statements like `Muslims value life less than other 
people,'
`Islam teaches hate and violence,' and `Muslims teach their children 
hate
and violence.' 

CORLEY: And it's those perceptions the organizers of "Radio Islam" say 
they
hope to dispel... 

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U.S. ACTION BARS RIGHT OF SOME CAPTURED IN IRAQ
Douglas Jehl, New York Times, 10/26/04
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/26/politics/26detain.html

WASHINGTON - A new legal opinion by the Bush administration has 
concluded
for the first time that some non-Iraqi prisoners captured by American
forces in Iraq are not entitled to the protections of the Geneva
Conventions, administration officials said Monday.

The opinion, reached in recent months, establishes an important 
exception
to public assertions by the Bush administration since March 2003 that 
the
Geneva Conventions applied comprehensively to prisoners taken in the
conflict in Iraq, the officials said. 
 
They said the opinion would essentially allow the military and the 
C.I.A.
to treat at least a small number of non-Iraqi prisoners captured in 
Iraq in
the same way as members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban captured in
Afghanistan, Pakistan or elsewhere, for whom the United States has
maintained that the Geneva Conventions do not apply. 

The officials outlined the opinion on Monday in response to a report in 
The
Washington Post over the weekend that the Central Intelligence Agency 
had
secretly transferred a dozen non-Iraqi prisoners out of Iraq in the 
past 18
months, despite a provision in the conventions that bars civilians
protected under the accords from being deported from occupied 
territories.

Since early 2002, the United States has moved hundreds of Qaeda and 
Taliban
prisoners to the American base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. American 
officials
have said prisoners captured in Iraq would not be moved to Guantánamo, 
but
they declined to say Monday where any prisoners transferred out of Iraq
were being sent...

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78 PEOPLE SUFFOCATED OR CRUSHED TO DEATH IN TRUCKS AFTER RIOT IN 
SOUTHERN
THAILAND
Associated Press, 10/26/04
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20041026-0640-thailand-southernviol
ence.html

PATTANI, Thailand (AP) - At least 78 people were suffocated or crushed 
to
death after being arrested and packed into police trucks after a riot 
in
southern Thailand, officials said Tuesday.

The announcement dramatically increased the death toll from the latest
eruption of violence in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south to 84. 
Officials
had earlier said that six people were shot to death during clashes 
Monday
at a police station in Narathiwat province.

Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunan, a forensics expert who works for the Justice
Ministry, told a news conference Tuesday that she and a team of doctors
conducted autopsies on 78 bodies at an army camp in Pattani province 
and
found that most of them had perished from suffocation.

The dead were among some 1,300 people arrested Monday following the 
police
station riot.

Maj. Gen. Sinchai Nujsathit, deputy commander of the fourth army, said 
the
victims may have died from suffocation ``because we had more than 1,300
people packed into the six-wheel trucks.''

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS BEG THAI ARMY FOR NEWS OF MISSING KIN
Noppawan Bunluesilp, Reuters, 10/26/04

PATTANI, Thailand, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A crowd of around 50 Muslims 
gathered
outside an army compound in southern Thailand on Tuesday, begging for 
news
of relatives they fear could be among scores who died in military 
custody
following a bloody protest.

Most were women, sobbing as they cried out to soldiers patrolling the
barbed wire fence for a list or photographs of those who died following
Monday's demonstration.

"I don't know if my husband's alive or not," wept Piwarat Arwae, 38. 
"He
took our two kids to school and must have dropped by at the protest on 
the
way back. He never came home."

Officials said on Tuesday 78 male protesters had died of suffocation as
they were taken in army trucks from the scene of the protest to the 
army
compound around 100 km (62 miles) away. The journey took five hours, 
one
army official said.

Another six died at the demonstration -- the worst violence since April 
in
the restive, mostly Muslim deep south of the predominantly Buddhist 
kingdom.

A local journalist paced outside the army camp as evening fell on 
Tuesday.
He had lost his 14-year-old son in the confusion as troops fired water
canon and tear gas to try to disperse the 1,500-strong rally.

"I was reporting on the protest and my son just came to join me to see 
what
was happening," the man, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

Another local reporter said officials let journalists take photographs 
of
soldiers quelling the protest but then told them to leave when the 
regional
army commander arrived. They left before the protesters were herded 
onto
trucks.

Pornthip Rojanasunan, the chief forensic expert at the justice ministry 
who
examined the 78 bodies, told a news conference no life-threatening 
wounds
were found. But the men could have been gagged to death.

"It wasn't a case of not enough air to breathe," Pornthip said. "But 
they
might have had something stuffed in their mouths or nostrils," she 
said…

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

SEND A NOTE OF APPRECIATION TO:

Mr. Dick Murphy
Mayor of San Diego
202 "C" Street, 11th floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: 619-236-6330
Fax: 619-236-7228

E-MAIL: DickMurphy@sandiego.gov, manager@sandiego.gov, 
Crudy@sandiego.gov, 
bw@sandiego.gov
COPY TO: socal@cair.com, cair@cair-net.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RAMADAN BANNERS GO UP AGAIN IN SAN DIEGO
Muslims nationwide protested removal of banners

(LOS ANGELES, CA, 10/27/2004) - The Southern California office of the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today announced that 
Muslim 
businesses in San Diego have once again been allowed to display banners 
marking the Muslim fast of Ramadan.

City officials ordered the removal of 16 green-and-white Ramadan 
banners 
from lampposts last week, despite the fact that they had been displayed 
for 
the past five years. The banners feature a star and crescent and the 
words 
"Ramadan Mubarak," or "blessed Ramadan."

A city official said the banners had to be taken down because of their 
religious content. One of the Muslim business owners told CAIR that the 
banners went up again sometime early this morning.

SEE: "Display of Ramadan Banners at Issue"
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20041023-9999-7m23ram.html

After learning of the order to remove the banners, CAIR urged Muslims 
nationwide to contact city officials in protest. Many Muslims responded 
by 
sending e-mails requesting that display of the banners be permitted.

"The decision to permit display of the banners demonstrates San Diego's 
commitment to religious accommodation and sensitivity to the cultural 
needs 
of all city residents," CAIR-LA Civil Rights Director Ra'id Faraj.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional 
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334; Ra'id 
Faraj, 
714-776-1847, 714-390-1077

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NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on 
issues of importance to our society.

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Subject: CAIR-NET: 'Get Out the Muslim Vote' a Success/Bigotry at ABC/Muslim Voter Guide
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/27/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GENEROSITY IN RAMADAN 
* AN APPEAL TO CAIR-NET SUBSCRIBERS
* INCITEMENT WATCH: CASUAL BIGOTRY ON ABC
	- CO: Candidate Smears Quran (Rocky Mtn. News)
* CAIR-OHIO: 'GET OUT THE MUSLIM VOTE' A SUCCESS
	- Officials Attend CAIR-Ohio Iftar
	- CAIR-Cleveland: Ohio Muslims Meet with FBI
* CAIR-LA: MUSLIM GROUP ISSUES CALIF. VOTER GUIDE
* CAIR CALLS FOR PROBE OF THAI MUSLIM DEATHS
	- Muslims in Thailand Grieve Deaths (Reuters)
	- Thai PM Defiant Amid Anger over Deaths (AP)
* CAIR-CT: MUSLIM CUSTOMER FILES BIAS COMPLAINT (Globe)
* U.S. ACTS AGAINST GENERAL BOYKIN (Reuters)
* LAWYERS SEEK DAMAGES FOR ABUSED DETAINEES (AP)
	- Torture in the 'War on Terror' (Amnesty)
* SHARIFA ALKHATEEB: MUSLIM SCHOLAR DIES (Wash Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GENEROSITY IN RAMADAN

Narrated Ibn Abbas - (The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) was the 
most
generous of all the people, and he used to be (even) more generous in 
the
month of Ramadan.

Sahih Al-Bukhari, 4:443

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AN APPEAL TO CAIR-NET SUBSCRIBERS

HELP CAIR ACHIEVE ITS RAMADAN FUNDRAISING GOAL

At the beginning of Ramadan, CAIR announced a fundraising campaign 
intended
(inshallah) to raise $1 million so that we can continue to enhance
understanding of Islam and defend the rights of Muslims, as 
demonstrated in
the news releases below. To date, we have collected more than $135,000. 
God
willing, we will easily reach our goal if every member of CAIR-NET 
donates
just $25, $50, or whatever they can. No amount is too small!

TO DONATE, GO TO: 
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2004/ramadan2004.asp

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INCITEMENT WATCH: CASUAL BIGOTRY ON ABC

CAIR has received complaints about an offensive comment made today by a
host of ABC's "The View." In a discussion of who airline passengers 
should
sit next to on a plane, host Joy Behar said: "You want somebody who's 
calm,
you don't want somebody who's reading the Quran as you're going down."
Behar's remark solicited laughter from the studio audience.

SEND POLITE REQUESTS FOR AN ON-AIR APOLOGY TO:

ABC Audience Relations Department
E-MAIL: netaudr@abc.com
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

E-mail the hosts directly through: 
http://abc.go.com/daytime/theview/index.html
Click under the "Email your View" section.

TEL: (818) 460-7477

ALSO SEE:

COMMENTS ABOUT ISLAM IRK MUSLIM
M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News, 10/27/04
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/election/article/0,1299,DRMN_36_328423
8,00.html

Republican Senate hopeful Pete Coors lost at least one vote Tuesday for 
his
comments about Islam in the wake of a pep talk for his Colorado Springs
supporters.

Coors and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist were talking with campaign
workers Tuesday when one woman said she had heard a media report that 
an
American Muslim organization had endorsed Democratic Sen. John Kerry 
for
president.

"Well, that'll tell you something, won't it," Coors responded.

"It's anti-Christian, is what it is," said campaign worker Shirley 
Maresko,
of Colorado Springs, who was wearing a sparkling, twin-towers lapel 
pin.

Coors didn't respond to her comment. Later in the day, during the drive 
to
another campaign event in Douglas County, Coors said he didn't have 
enough
information about the endorsement to say whether he agreed with 
Maresko.

Last week, a coalition of organizations called the American Muslim Task
Force issued a "qualified endorsement" of Kerry, although the group
criticized both presidential candidates and said it was only endorsing
Kerry "to send a message to President Bush."

In an interview later Tuesday, Coors questioned whether Islam is as
tolerant as other religions.

"Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus are pretty tolerant of other 
people's
religions," he said.

Referring to the Quran, Coors said, "It does tell you if you don't go 
along
with their beliefs, you are infidel and can be subject to jihad. 
Radicals
take it to an extreme." Anwar Ahmed, president of the Aurora Islamic
Center, said that Coors' interpretation of the Quran was false...

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE PETE COORS:
info@petecoorsforsenate.com 
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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OHIO 'GET OUT THE MUSLIM VOTE' CENTERS A SUCCESS
Volunteers staffing phone banks in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati

(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/27/2004) - The Ohio office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today reported the ongoing 
success
of its "Get Out the Muslim Vote" election centers in Columbus, 
Cleveland
and Cincinnati. The centers are using phone banks staffed by volunteers 
to
urge eligible Muslim voters to go to the polls on November 2.

On Saturday and Tuesday, volunteers made more than 3,000 phone calls to
registered Muslim voters. More than 650 of those contacted took a voter
pledge, committing to going to the polls on election day.

"We have 22,000 more numbers to call this weekend," said CAIR-Ohio
Executive Director Jad Humeidan. "Muslims are not sitting by and 
watching
this election, we are full participants."

"You can see the volunteers becoming more energized as they get 
positive
response after positive response," said CAIR-National Government 
Relations
Director Corey Saylor, who is in Ohio to help coordinate the voter 
outreach
effort.

Saylor said that even during the fast of Ramadan, volunteers who cannot 
eat
or drink during their daytime shifts have stayed past their three-hour
commitment.

CAIR's election center in Columbus will also provide information about
polling station locations and voter rights on election day.

CAIR-Ohio will be calling Muslim voters from its regional offices on 
the
following dates:

Columbus (4700 Reed Road, Suite B)
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cleveland (2999 Payne Ave., Suite 201)
Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

Cincinnati (2938 Vernon Place)
Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Anyone wishing to volunteer for a shift on a CAIR-Ohio phone bank may 
call
614-451-3232 or e-mail csaylor@cair-net.org.}

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232 or
614-571-2770, E-mail: jad@cair-ohio.com; CAIR-Ohio President, Ahmad
Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-mail: ahmad@cair-ohio.com

ALSO SEE:

OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY LEADERS ATTEND CAIR-OHIO IFTAR

(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/27/2004) ­ The Ohio office of The Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today said more than 400 people,
including some 20 officials and community leaders, turned out for the 
6th
annual Ramadan Iftar banquet in Columbus on Sunday, October 24th.

Attendees at the event included Columbus City Councilwoman Mary Jo 
Hudson,
Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer, representatives of different 
state
and local governments, and a number of interfaith leaders.

Councilwoman Mary Jo Hudson presented CAIR-Ohio with a resolution from
Columbus City Council: "To recognize and congratulate The Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for its continued efforts in leading 
the
way for social and increased understanding of the Islamic faith."

"We would like to thank all those who made our dinner such a success," 
said
CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras. "The success of this event clearly
demonstrates the tremendous support CAIR enjoys in the American Muslim
community and the respect it has earned in religious and political 
circles
through its civil rights and interfaith work."

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in 
Canada.

CONTACT: Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232 or 614-571-2770, E-Mail:
jad@cair-ohio.com; Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail:
ahmad@cair-ohio.com

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OHIO MUSLIMS MEET WITH FBI
Meeting prompted by concerns over interviews

(CLEVELAND, OH, 10/27/04) - Leaders of the Northeast Ohio Muslim and
Arab-American communities met recently with officials from the FBI, the
Justice Department and local law enforcement agencies to discuss issues 
of
mutual concern, including a new round of FBI interviews taking place 
during
October.

The meeting included officials from the Cleveland office of the FBI, 
the
U.S. Attorney's office and the Cleveland Police Department. Islamic 
leaders
who attended the meeting raised concerns about the treatment of
out-of-status Muslim immigrants, citing such treatment as a factor in 
the
community's wariness of FBI interviews.

Cleveland Police Department Chief Edward Lohn spoke of the many ethnic
groups in Cleveland and expressed interest in reaching out to Muslims.
Chief Lohn also requested diversity training for the police academy.

The outgoing Director of the Cleveland FBI, Gerald Mack, called on 
those at
the meeting to "increase the level of dialogue," stating that his 
agency
wanted the community to be "fully informed about the things we do 
here."

Muslim and Arab-American groups represented at the meeting included the
Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, the Islamic Center of Cleveland, 
First
Cleveland Mosque, the Muslim Association of Cleveland East, AACCESS, 
Task
Force for Community Mobilization, and Uqbah Mosque Foundation. Local
immigration and ACLU attorneys were also in attendance.

CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia A. Shearson 216-830-2247 or 
216-440-2247;
CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail:
ahmad@cair-ohio.com; CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan,
614-571-2770, E-Mail: jad@cair-ohio.com

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MUSLIM GROUP ISSUES CALIF. VOTER GUIDE
Congressional scorecard provided to Muslim voters

(ANAHEIM, CA - 10/27/04) - The California office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today released a non-partisan 
voter
guide designed to help educate and inform Muslim voters in that state.

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/cair-ca-voter-guide-2004.pdf
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/congressional-scorecard-108th-ca.pdf

The CAIR-CA voter guide will assist Muslim voters as they make 
decisions on
ballot initiatives and political candidates. It lists the voting record 
of
members of Congress on issues such as the war in Iraq, civil rights,
immigration, and foreign policy.

"We hope this voter guide will be a valuable tool as the estimated 
200,000
registered Muslim voters in the state of California go to the polls 
next
week," said Omar Zaki, director of governmental relations for CAIR-CA's 
Los
Angeles chapter.

The guides are being distributed at Islamic centers and mosques 
throughout
California.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Omar Zaki, 714-776-1847, E-MAIL: socal@cair.com

----- 

CAIR CALLS FOR PROBE OF THAI MUSLIM DEATHS

The following are excerpts from a letter sent to the Ambassador of 
Thailand
to the United States on behalf of CAIR, expressing concern about the 
death
of some 80 Thai Muslim protestors. 

October 27, 2004

H.E. Kasit Piromya 
Ambassador of Thailand 
1024 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20007

Your Excellency,

As the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in the 
United
States, I am writing to you today to express my sorrow and concern 
about
the tragic deaths of some 80 Thai Muslim protestors who were suffocated 
to
death while being transported to a detention center. 

I respectfully call for a full investigation into this tragedy and 
demand
that the rights of the Muslim Thai minority within your country be
respected within the precepts of international law...

International human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have 
also
condemned these heavy-handed state actions and urged the Thai 
government to
impartially investigate the deaths, in the province of Narathiwat.

We appreciate the regret and concern voiced by Prime Minister Thaksin
Shinawatra and would like to know what the Thai government will do in 
order
to stop this crisis from escalating.

As our world tries to maintain its global equilibrium, I hope that your
government will continue to protect the rights of religious minorities 
so
that all people are free to practice their faith, provide for their
families and contribute to greater society at large.

Most Sincerely,

Nihad Awad
Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS IN THAILAND GRIEVE DEATHS IN ARMY CUSTODY
Noppawan Bunluesilp, Reuters, 10/27/04
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK155987.htm

PATTANI, Thailand - Grieving relatives sought loved ones among the dead 
in
Thailand's restive Muslim south on Wednesday amid fears of a violent
backlash after almost 80 Muslim protesters suffocated to death in army
custody.

More than 300 relatives, many of them sobbing women, pored over lists 
of
the dead, alive and unidentified outside an army barracks in Pattani
province where more than 1,000 Muslim protesters are being held after
Monday's violent demonstration.

"I came to pick up my dead nephew. I am sad for what has happened. I 
never
thought this would happen," said a 58-year-old village chief from
Narathiwat province where the protest erupted.

His 21-year-old nephew was among 78 male protesters who died of 
suffocation
as they were taken in trucks from the scene of the protest in 
Narathiwat to
the barracks 100 km (62 miles) away.

Another six were killed at the demonstration -- the worst violence 
since
April in the restive, mostly Muslim deep south of the predominantly
Buddhist kingdom...

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THAI PM DEFIANT AMID ANGER OVER DEATHS
Alisa Tang, Associated Press, 10/27/04
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=202152

BO THONG, Thailand (AP) - Thailand's prime minister was defiant in the 
face
of mounting anger at home and from his country's Asian neighbors and 
the
United States over the deaths of 78 Muslims while in army detention 
after a
riot, insisting Wednesday that the military used ``the soft approach.''

Grieving relatives of the dead crowded outside an army base in southern
Thailand, as outraged Islamic leaders warned the deaths could worsen
sectarian violence in the Muslim-dominated south of predominantly 
Buddhist
Thailand.

The victims suffocated or were crushed when hundreds of Muslim 
protesters
were crammed into army trucks for hours. The deaths, during the Islamic
holy month of Ramadan, threatened to increase Muslim complaints that 
they
are unfairly treated by the government. The resentment has fueled a 
revival
of a long-simmering insurgency in the south in which more than 400 
people
have been killed this year.

In a stormy appearance before the Thai Senate, Prime Minister Thaksin 
Shinawatra expressed his regrets for the deaths but staunchly defended 
the
military's actions in Monday's riot in southern Narathiwat province.

Thaksin sought to partly blame the deaths on the detainees' weakness 
from
dawn-to-dusk fasting during Ramadan, saying they died of dehydration or
suffocation.

The leader acknowledged ``there were some mistakes,'' including that
authorities lacked enough trucks to properly transport the nearly 1,300
people arrested in the unrest because it was a public holiday.

Gen. Sirichai Thunyasiri, commander of a regional task force on 
security,
said detainees spent more than six hours in them before arriving at an 
army
camp in a neighboring province...

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CIRCUIT CITY CUSTOMER FILES BIAS COMPLAINT
Diane E. Lewis, Boston Globe, 10/27/04
http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2004/10/27/circuit_city_customer_fil
es_bias_complaint/

A Muslim man has filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission
Against Discrimination alleging that a Circuit City in Taunton 
contacted
federal authorities and falsely accused him of threatening to rig a
store-bought computer with a bomb.

Mohammad A. Butt, a native of Pakistan and the owner of a discount 
Dollar
Express in Fall River, is alleging that investigators from the Federal
Bureau of Investigation in Boston came to his house nearly two weeks 
after
he returned a defective computer to Circuit City at 70 Taunton Depot 
Drive
and asked the company to fix it.

"Unexpectedly on Oct. 18th, I was contacted by the FBI and told that
Circuit City had filed a complaint," Butt alleges. "They claimed I
threatened them by saying I was going to place a bomb into the computer 
I
had purchased. I believe that Circuit City perceived me as dangerous
because I am Muslim, and I believe I was discriminated against."

Steve Mullen, a spokesman at Circuit City's corporate headquarters in
Richmond, Va., declined to comment yesterday.

FBI special agent Gail A. Marcinkiewicz, public affairs coordinator for 
the
agency in Boston, said she could neither confirm nor deny that agents 
spoke
to Butt.

"All I can say is that if there was a threat of a bomb, we would 
respond,"
Marcinkiewicz said.

The case has attracted the attention of the Council for American 
Islamic
Relations, an advocacy group in Washington that tracks discrimination
complaints brought by Muslims. Hamza Collins, director of civil rights 
for
the organization's division in Connecticut, said the group is 
investigating
the charges and will provide Butt with legal counsel if necessary. 
Collins
said Butt never threatened to plant a bomb in the returned computer...

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U.S. ACTS AGAINST GENERAL WHO SAW A 'CHRISTIAN' WAR  
Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, 10/26/04

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army has taken action against Lt. Gen. William
Boykin, who embarrassed the Bush administration by giving speeches in 
which
he described the war on terrorism as a Christian battle against Satan.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody declined to give any details 
of
the action taken in response to Boykin's remarks, which violated 
Pentagon
rules, but said it was not "significant."

"I took the appropriate action based on the recommendations of the
Inspector General," Cody told Reuters while attending the annual 
meeting of
the Association of the U.S. Army.

He did not say when the action was taken.

"If it was something significant, it would be something we would talk
about. So that should give you an indication," Cody said.

Boykin, who was at the meeting, declined comment.

The Pentagon inspector general concluded in an August report that 
Boykin
should face "appropriate corrective action" because he failed to clear
official data in some of the 23 religious-oriented speeches he gave 
after
January 2002.

Although he initially described the war against terrorism as a 
"crusade,"
President Bush has since worked to shore up relations with Muslim 
states
and avoid the appearance of a Christian-Muslim struggle.

The Bush administration has come under fire from Muslim Americans for 
what
they see as heavy-handed law enforcement in a crackdown against groups
associated with al Qaeda, blamed for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the
United States...

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LAWYERS SEEK DAMAGES FOR GUANTANAMO DETAINEES WHO WERE ALLEGEDLY ABUSED
Associated Press, 10/27/04

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Four prisoners released from Guantanamo 
Bay
have filed the first lawsuit against the United States seeking US$10
million each in damages for abuse they allegedly suffered at the U.S.
military outpost in Cuba, attorneys said Wednesday.

The suit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the
Washington-based law firm of Baach Robinson and Lewis on behalf of four
British citizens released from the camp in March. The men are Shafiq 
Rasul,
26; Asif Iqbal, 22; Rhuhel Ahmed, 22; and Jamal Al-Harith, 37.

Although the abuse allegations out of Guantanamo Bay are not as 
widespread
as those at the U.S.-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, there have 
been
at least eight substantiated cases of abuse at the Cuba camp, according 
to
a report by James R. Schlesinger, who headed a U.S. congressional 
committee
to investigate abuses in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo...

ALSO SEE:

TORTURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE 'WAR ON TERROR'
Amnesty, 10/27/04
http://www.amnestyusa.org/ 

A report based on Amnesty International's 12-point Program for the
Prevention of Torture by Agents of the State 

Summary

Then [the guard] brought a box of food and he made me stand on it, and 
he
started punishing me. Then a tall black soldier came and put electrical
wires on my fingers and toes and on my penis, and I had a bag over my 
head.
Then he was saying 'which switch is on for electricity?' Iraqi 
detainee,
Abu Ghraib prison, 16 January 2004(1)

The image of New York's Twin Towers struck by hijacked airliners on 11
September 2001 has become an icon of a crime against humanity. It is 
tragic
that the response to the atrocities of that day has resulted in its own
iconography of torture, cruelty and degradation. A photograph of a 
naked
young man captured in Afghanistan, blindfolded, handcuffed and 
shackled,
and bound with duct tape to a stretcher. Pictures of hooded detainees
strapped to the floor of military aircraft for transfer from 
Afghanistan to
the other side of the world. Photographs of caged detainees in the 
United
States (US) Naval Base in Cuba, kneeling before soldiers, shackled,
handcuffed, masked and blindfolded. Television images of orange-clad
shackled detainees shuffling to interrogations, or being wheeled there 
on
mobile stretchers. A hooded Iraqi detainee sitting on the sand, 
surrounded
by barbed wire, clutching his four-year-old son...

The struggle against torture and ill-treatment by agents of the state
requires absolute commitment and constant vigilance. It requires 
stringent
adherence to safeguards. It demands a policy of zero tolerance. The US
government has manifestly failed in this regard. At best, it set the
conditions for torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by
lowering safeguards and failing to respond adequately to allegations of
abuse raised by Amnesty International and others from early in the "war 
on
terror". At worst, it has authorized interrogation techniques which 
flouted
the country's international obligation to reject torture and 
ill-treatment
under any circumstances and at all times...

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SHARIFA ALKHATEEB DIES; U.S. MUSLIM SCHOLAR
Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 9/27/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A766-2004Oct26.html

Sharifa Alkhateeb, 58, who founded advocacy groups for Muslim women and
explained the ways of Islam to America and the world as a scholar,
journalist and educator, died Oct. 21 of pancreatic cancer at her home 
in
Ashburn. 

Mrs. Alkhateeb embraced both American and Islamic ways in her lifelong
effort to bridge gaps between the two cultures. Often quoted in news
reports about Muslim matters, particularly pertaining to women, she 
also
advised schools, police departments, corporate directors, governmental
agencies and textbook publishers on the nature of Islamic life. 

Sharifa Alkhateeb wrote about Islam and the lives of Muslim women.  
 
As founder of the North American Council for Muslim Women, she focused
attention on domestic violence and other problems of women in the 
Islamic
world. She edited an English translation of the Koran, chaired the 
Muslim
caucus at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in 
1995
and helped get Arabic introduced as a subject in Northern Virginia 
public
schools. 

In many ways, Mrs. Alkhateeb lived a conventional Muslim life. She was 
the
mother of three daughters, faithfully prayed five times a day and 
observed
her religion's dietary practices and other customs. Although she wore
western dresses and slacks, she had covered her hair with a scarf since 
she
was 16. 

Yet within the bounds of her faith, Mrs. Alkhateeb sought -- and 
usually
found -- a way to forge a strong, independent voice for herself and for
other Islamic women... 

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/28/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: SPEAK FOR JUSTICE
* AN APPEAL TO CAIR-NET SUBSCRIBERS
* FLORIDA MUSLIMS MOBILIZE TO GET OUT THE VOTE
* CA: MUSLIMS FACING TOUGH CHOICE AT POLLS (NC Times)
	- CAIR-Seattle: Elections in Ethnic Communities (SPI)
	- MI: Arab Americans Could Sway Crucial States (SF Chron)
	- IL: Volunteers Needed for Election Phone Bank
* CAIR-GA: MUSLIMS, SCHOOLS DRAW UP PRAYER DEAL (AJC)
* CAIR-LA: MUSLIMS CHEER RETURN OF RAMADAN BANNERS (AP)
* NON-MUSLIM STUDENTS GIVE UP FOOD FOR RAMADAN (AZ Daily)
* ABU GHRAIB, UNRESOLVED (NY Times)
	- Scientists Estimate 100,000 Iraqi Deaths (AP)

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The Holy Quran, 7:199

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FLORIDA MUSLIMS MOBILIZE TO GET OUT THE VOTE
CAIR-FL will bus voters to early polls after Friday prayers

(MIAMI, FL, 10/28/04) - The Florida office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today announced plans for a 
statewide
"Get Out the Muslim Vote" campaign that includes busing voters to early
polls and using phone banks to increase voter turn-out.

CAIR-FL's campaign began with action alerts distributed to Florida 
Muslims
urging them to cast their ballots in early voting. The Muslim civil 
rights
and advocacy group has also designated this Friday, the day of Islamic
communal prayer, as "Get Out the Muslim Vote Day."

Registered Muslim voters in Broward and Hillsborough counties will be 
bused
from area mosques after Friday prayers to early polling stations.

Buses will be available at:

BROWARD COUNTY
Darul Uloom Institute, 7050 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL Caravan 
leaves
on Friday, October 29, at 2:30 p.m.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area (ISTBA)
7326 E Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL
Bus leaves at Friday 10/29/04 at 2:30pm

Islamic Community of Tampa (ICT)
5910 E 130th Ave, Tampa
Bus leaves at Friday, October 29, at 2:30 p.m.

CAIR-FL is also planning phone bank operations in its Pembroke Pines 
and
Tampa offices to encourage Muslim voter turn-out on November 2. Similar
phone banks have been set up in Ohio, another battleground state. (To
volunteer for a phone bank shift, contact CAIR-FL at 813-514-1414 or
954-272-0490. E-mail: abedier@cair-florida.org [Tampa] or 
altaf@cair-florida.org [S. Florida])

"This is an historic first for the American Muslim community," said 
Parvez
Ahmed, Chairman of CAIR-FL. "Our year-long efforts, from voter 
registration
to voter education campaigns, are now culminating in a final push to 
get
the maximum numbers of Muslims to the polls." Ahmed said the Florida 
Muslim
vote could be a key factor in the presidential election.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org; Altaf 
Ali,
954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or
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AMERICAN MUSLIMS FACING TOUGH CHOICE AT POLLS
Agnes Diggs, North County Times, 10/28/04
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/10/28/special_reports/religion/15_41_59
10_27_04.txt

Pundits and predictions notwithstanding, in the close-fought battle for 
the
presidency, when all is weighed and measured, American Muslims might be 
the
voting bloc that tips the scales, some polls say.

But they are facing a tough choice between the two major candidates, 
said
Nader Dehani, who serves as imam at the Masjid Al-Ittehad mosque in 
Vista. 

"We're pushing toward Kerry, although we don't believe in some of the
things he stands for," Dehani said. "It's really change that we're 
pushing
for."
 
In the 2000 election, reportedly 78 percent of American Muslims ----
including Dehani ---- voted for George W. Bush. Issues related to civil
rights and foreign policy have eroded that support, Muslim leaders say.

On the other hand, some of the issues espoused by the Democratic party 
are
a sticking point for members of the Islamic community.

"I voted for Bush because I don't agree with the gay and lesbian and
abortion issues," Dehani said. "But at the same time, you have a guy 
going
into war after war without really knowing what he's getting into, 
without
understanding the culture he's dealing with. I see us ---- Americans 
----
losing our kids there because of decisions that are stupidly made. I'd 
like
a change for the sake of a change, because I know where this line is 
going
for us. It's tough, but what do you do? We have to vote. My wife and I,
we're both voters. And we will vote. We will all vote."

An estimated 7 million Muslims live in the United States, immigrants as
well as first- and second-generation citizens. Although they are 
ethnically
and racially diverse, they are bound by their common religion ---- a
religion that has often been demonized as a result of the acts of some 
of
its radical followers...

In America, Muslim numbers are concentrated in states like Michigan,
Florida and Ohio ---- also known as battleground states.

A recent survey conducted among Muslim Americans by polling group Zogby
International revealed a greater level of involvement in the election
process and a greater level of organization and cooperation among the
various ethnic groups and community organizations.

Several grass-roots organizations, including the Council on
American-Islamic Relations and the American Muslim Taskforce, have
established "get out the vote" efforts. AMT gave a "qualified" 
endorsement
to John Kerry.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations conducted a 
poll
after the last of the three presidential debates and found that 80 
percent
of likely Muslim American voters said they planned to vote for Kerry. 
Ralph
Nader came in second with 11 percent, undecided voters polled at 4 
percent
and President Bush received just 2 percent. Again, civil rights and 
foreign
policy were the concerns most often mentioned by poll respondents...

ALSO SEE:

SKY-HIGH INTEREST IN ELECTION IN ETHNIC COMMUNITIES
John Iwasaki, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10/28/04
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/197160_ethnicvote28.html

Jirdeh Abdalallah escaped civil war in Somalia to become a U.S. citizen 
in
2000, a year in which his new country was split not by tribal bloodshed 
but
by a presidential election.

Mindful of that lesson in democracy, he mailed in his absentee ballot 
last
weekend, the first time the Seattle man has voted here.

"We were foreigners. We don't know all the situation in this country,"
Abdalallah said yesterday, explaining why he hadn't exercised his 
voting
rights before. "Day after day, we understand the situation. ... Now 
it's
time to vote -- everyone -- because it's a presidential election."

The election is driving interest skyward in the ethnic and immigrant
communities, where concern over the Iraq war, civil liberties and 
health
care has prompted thousands of people of color to register to vote for 
the
first time.

Several local organizations have targeted specific groups in their
campaigns to increase voting by Muslims, Asian/Pacific Islanders, 
African
Americans and Latinos.

"With a presidential election, it's like a worldwide presidency -- the
interest is tremendous," said Cheryl Lee, president of the Korean 
American
Voters Alliance, which held its convention last weekend. "We're getting
lots of phone calls -- people like my granny's friend -- asking, 'where 
do
I vote, where do I call?' I'm delighted."

A joint campaign by Hate Free Zone Washington and the Seattle chapter 
of
the Council on American Islamic Relations has registered more than 
1,200
voters, mostly Muslims. The advocacy groups are presenting information 
this
week in several cities on the electoral process, candidates and issues…

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ARAB AMERICANS COULD HELP SWAY CRUCIAL STATES 
San Francisco Chronicle, 10/28/04
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/28/MNGIE9HQ6S1.D
TL

Dearborn, Mich. -- Four years ago, Husham al-Husainy voted for George 
W.
Bush as president. In the run-up to the Iraq war, al-Husainy even 
rallied
in favor of the planned conflict and met at the Pentagon with Deputy
Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. 

On Tuesday, however, al-Husainy will cast his ballot for Massachusetts 
Sen.
John Kerry. He said the continuing presence of U.S. troops in his 
native
Iraq is inciting more bloodshed there, not less. 

"I supported Bush's policy for liberation, not occupation," says Al-
Husainy, sitting in the Karbala Islamic Education Center here, where 
he's
the spiritual leader. "And we never supported a policy that kills 
Iraqis.
No way. . . We hope our vote can bring peace to Iraq and more stability 
to
the region." 

Al-Husainy is indicative of a key voting bloc in Michigan: Arab 
Americans
and Muslims, whose ballots could help sway the hotly contested state 
and
its 17 electoral votes to Kerry. In 2000, Vice President Al Gore 
carried
Michigan by just 200,000 votes. Among Arab Americans in Michigan, more 
than
235,000 are likely to vote Tuesday, according to the Arab American
Institute, a Washington, D.C., political organization. And a growing
majority favors Kerry. 

The institute released a poll this week saying that 54 percent of
Michigan's Arab American voters plan to vote for Kerry. In Ohio,
Pennsylvania and Florida -- three other swing states that are crucial 
for
either candidate -- Bush also is losing ground to Kerry among Arab
Americans, according to the poll. 

The war in Iraq, which the president has championed as a key success of 
his
administration, is one of the biggest negatives for Arab Americans, the
poll says. Also negative: the Bush administration's implementation of 
the
Patriot Act and its policies regarding Israel and the Palestinian
territories. In 2000, Bush won about 54 percent of the Arab American 
vote.
This year, polls suggest he won't do as well... 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MCC’S ELECTION PHONE BANK

WHAT: MCC has set up a phone bank to encourage the community to go out 
and
vote on Election Day. Volunteers are needed to make the telephone 
calls.
The sessions are from 6.30-8 pm each evening. Call lists will be 
provided.
MCC is targeting to make 500 calls each session. Ten lines have been 
set up
and 10 or more volunteers are still needed each night to do the 
calling. 

MCC provides free iftar and dinner each evening at its premises, during
Ramadan. After the phone banking, Taraweeh prayers will be offered. 

WHEN and WHERE: Volunteers meet on the second floor next to the Library 
at
MCC, tonight and each night until Election Day. On Sat and Sun we will 
be
calling between 2-4pm also. 

MCC is teaming up with other community partners such as Albany Park
Neighborhood Council in this effort. Please join us in this grass root
activity and help in getting the vote out. 

For more information, please call 773 775-1990 to volunteer or e-mail
info@mccchicago.org

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MUSLIMS, SCHOOLS DRAW UP PRAYER DEAL
Brian Feagans, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 10/27/04
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1004/28muslimprayer.html

Muslim students in Gwinnett County schools would be excused for Friday
afternoon prayer under a tentative compromise reached Wednesday by 
Muslim
leaders and officials in Georgia's largest school system.

School officials proposed three options. Muslim leaders plan to 
circulate
the choices at five Gwinnett mosques this weekend and choose one by 
next
week.

The compromise grew out a 90-minute meeting between Gwinnett Schools 
chief
of staff Bobby Crowson, two local Muslim officials and Khalid Rashied, 
the
father of two students at Duluth High School.

Three years ago, Rashied couldn't get the school to excuse his eldest 
son
from the final class period to attend the juma'a prayer required of 
Muslims
on Friday afternoons.

Rashied renewed his request this year and enlisted the help of the 
Council
on American-Islamic Relations, which set up the meeting Wednesday.

"The meeting was very, very nice," Rashied said. "I think it should be
resolved by Monday..."

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SAN DIEGO MUSLIMS CHEER RETURN OF RAMADAN BANNERS FOLLOWING CONTROVERSY
Michelle Morgante, Associated Press, 10/28/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/peni
nsula/10030845.htm

SAN DIEGO - Muslim business leaders in a San Diego neighborhood cheered
Wednesday to find banners celebrating the holy month of Ramadan hanging
from light posts as they drove to work. The 16 green and white banners 
were
restored following protests over a city decision to remove them.

Abdur-Rahim Hameed, president of the Black Contractors Association, 
said he
was surprised to see the banners - with the words Ramadan Mubarak, or
Blessed Ramadan around a star and crescent moon - flying in a 
rainstorm.

"I cried with joy," Hameed said. "It was just like the 'Grinch Who 
Stole
Christmas.'"

Entrepreneurs in the Diamond Business Improvement District, an 
organization
in southeastern San Diego, raised objections last week when a city code
enforcement officer ordered the 2-by-6-foot banners be taken down.

It is somewhat unclear why the banners, which have been raised annually 
for
six years, were ordered removed last week.

Bob Didion, a deputy director with the city's Department of Development
Services, said Wednesday that someone complained to the code 
enforcement
office, and a check found there was no permit for them.

But a city Web site also said such banners could not have religious 
content
- a message that was conveyed to the Diamond district when the removal
order came.

That prompted Hameed and others to accuse city officials of hypocrisy 
since
symbols of Christian holidays, such as Christmas trees, lights, and 
doves,
are commonly tolerated in December...

In the meantime, the dispute prompted media coverage and led the 
national
Council on American-Islamic Relations to rally supporters to e-mail the
city in protest. A public meeting this week had City Council candidates 
for
the ethnically diverse neighborhood unanimously express support...

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NON-MUSLIM STUDENTS GIVE UP FOOD FOR RAMADAN FAST-A-THON  
Natasha Bhuyan, Arizona Daily Wildcat, 10/28/04
http://wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/98/48/01_3.html

More than 300 non-Muslim students gave up food and water yesterday, in 
an
effort to raise money for the poor and gain insight into the Islamic
religion. 

Organized by the Muslim Student Association, the Ramadan Fast-a-thon
invited non-Muslim students to fast for 12 hours from sunrise to sunset
yesterday. 

For each of students who participated, local business donated money to 
the
Tucson Community Food Bank, said Miriam Hoda, student coordinator for 
MSA. 

The fast was broken last night after sunset, when students were served 
a
free dinner, watched the Maghrib (sunset) Prayer and listened to guest
speakers. 

Hoda said the purpose of the event, which raised $1,000 for Tucson
Community Food Bank, was to let non-Muslim students experience fasting 
and
gain empathy for the poor by realizing what the impoverished must go
through every day. 

Sandra Lujan, a Tucson Community Food Bank representative, said 60,000
children in Pima County go to bed hungry every night, even though 
mothers
and fathers are also giving up meals just to feed their children. 

Although the food bank distributes 34,000 meals daily to the homeless 
and
working poor, it only meets 20 percent of the need in Pima County, 
Lujan
said. 

Andrew Friedman, an engineering freshman, said he fasted although he 
had to
study for a test, and realized how difficult it was to concentrate 
while
hungry... 

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ABU GHRAIB, UNRESOLVED
New York Times, 10/28/04 
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/28/opinion/28thu1.html

When the Abu Ghraib prison scandal first broke, the Bush administration
struck a pose of righteous indignation. It assured the world that the
problem was limited to one block of one prison, that the United States
would never condone the atrocities we saw in those terrible photos, 
that it
would punish those responsible for any abuse - regardless of their rank 
-
and that it was committed to defending the Geneva Conventions and the
rights of prisoners.

None of this appears to be true. The Army has prosecuted a few 
low-ranking
soldiers and rebuked a Reserve officer or two, but exonerated the top
generals. No political leader is being held accountable for the 
policies
set in Washington that led to the abuses at Abu Ghraib and at other 
prison
camps operated by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency in 
Iraq
and Afghanistan, and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where prisoner abuse was
systemic. And we've learned that the administration's respect for the
Geneva Conventions, which some senior officials openly disdain as an
antiquated nuisance, is highly conditional. 

The Times's Tim Golden documented this week the way the Bush 
administration
secretly created a parallel - and unconstitutional - judicial universe 
for
Gitmo. The White House was so determined to suspend the normal rights 
and
processes for the hundreds of men captured in Afghanistan - none of 
them
important members of Al Qaeda and most of them no threat at all - that 
it
hid the details from Secretary of State Colin Powell and never bothered 
to
consult Congress.

The Washington Post and The Times also reported this week that over 18
months, the C.I.A., which has a record of hiding prisoners in Iraq from 
the
Red Cross, secretly spirited a dozen non-Iraqi civilians out of prisons 
in
Iraq to undisclosed locations - another evident violation of the Geneva
Conventions. To justify that operation after the fact, the same legal
offices that produced the infamous paper on how to pretend that torture 
is
legal drew up a new opinion claiming that the president has the right 
to
decide which prisoners are covered by the Geneva Conventions and which 
are
not.

This happened in secret, at the same time that administration officials
were testifying at the Senate's Abu Ghraib hearings about the 
president's
allegiance to the Geneva Conventions and to American constitutional 
values
when it came to the treatment of prisoners...

SEE ALSO:

SCIENTISTS ESTIMATE 100,000 IRAQI DEATHS
Emma Ross, Associated Press, 10/24/04
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-iraq-death-toll,0,
7799287.story 

LONDON - A survey of deaths in Iraqi households estimates that as many 
as
100,000 more people may have died throughout the country in the 18 
months
after the U.S. invasion than would be expected based on the death rate
before the war.

There is no official figure for the number of Iraqis killed since the
conflict began, but some non-governmental estimates range from 10,000 
to
30,000. As of Wednesday, 1,081 U.S. servicemen had been killed, 
according
to the U.S. Defense Department.

The scientists who wrote the report concede that the data they based 
their
projections on were of ``limited precision,'' because the quality of 
the
information depends on the accuracy of the household interviews used 
for
the study. The interviewers were Iraqi, most of them doctors.

Designed and conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, 
Columbia
University and the Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, the study is
being published Thursday on the Web site of The Lancet medical journal.

The survey indicated violence accounted for most of the extra deaths 
seen
since the invasion, and air strikes from coalition forces caused most 
of
the violent deaths, the researchers wrote in the British-based journal.

``Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and
children,'' they said.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
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Subject: CAIR-NET: American Imams to Call for Release of Iraq Hostages

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 10/28/04

				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

AMERICAN IMAMS TO CALL FOR RELEASE OF IRAQ HOSTAGES
Islamic religious leaders will denounce targeting of civilians

WHAT: On Friday, October 29, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., at which 
American 
Imams will call for the release of all hostages currently being held in 
Iraq. The Muslim religious leaders will also refute the claims of 
hostage-takers who say they are acting in the name of Islam.

WHEN: Friday, October 29, 10 a.m.
WHERE: CAIR's Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue S.E., 
Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, 
ihooper@cair-net.org

More than 150 foreigners have been kidnapped this year in Iraq and 
about 
one-third of them have been killed. The most recent kidnap victims have 
included a Japanese traveler, a Polish woman who has lived in Iraq for 
decades, drivers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and Margaret Hassan, 
the 
director of a foreign relief organization working in Iraq.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, recently 
launched an 
online petition drive designed to disassociate Islam from the violent 
acts 
of a few Muslims.

SEE: CAIR "NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM" PETITION
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=169&page=AA

					- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: 
ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
E-Mail: 
rahmed@cair-net.org

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NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
American 
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news 
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on 
issues of importance to our society.

To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/

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Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
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Subject: CAIR-NET: U.S. Imams Say Iraq Hostage-Takers Violate Islamic Beliefs
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 10:56:57 -0400

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. IMAMS SAY IRAQ HOSTAGE-TAKERS VIOLATE ISLAMIC BELIEFS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/29/04) - A number of American Imams today issued 
a
statement calling for the release of all hostages currently being held 
in
Iraq. The declaration by Muslim religious leaders, released at a 
Capitol
Hill news conference hosted by the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations
(CAIR) stated: (The statement was read in English and Arabic.)

"As leaders of American mosques and as representatives of the American
Muslim community, we call for the immediate and unconditional release 
of
all civilian hostages currently being held in Iraq, whatever their
nationality or faith.

"The targeting of civilians has always been prohibited in Islam. Those 
who
kidnap and murder civilians are violating Islamic norms and deserve to 
be
repudiated by Muslims in America, in Iraq and throughout the Islamic 
world.
As it states in the Quran, Islam's revealed text: 'If anyone slays a 
human
being…it shall be as though he had slain all mankind, and if anyone 
saves a
life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind.' 
(5:32)

"It is time for all parties to the tragic conflict in Iraq to end any
actions that result in harm to the civilian population and the 
destruction
of property. Reports now indicate that some 100,000 Iraqi civilians 
have
died as a result of the invasion of Iraq. All human beings, whether
hostages or ordinary Iraqis, have a right to life and liberty that must 
be
protected."

SEE: "100,000 Iraqi Civilians Have Died in Coalition Actions, Study
Estimates"
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1029iraq-casualties29.html
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol364/iss9445/early_online_publication

More than 150 foreigners have been kidnapped this year in Iraq and 
about
one-third of them have been killed. The most recent kidnap victims have
included a Japanese traveler, a Polish woman who has lived in Iraq for
decades, drivers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and Margaret Hassan, 
the
director of a foreign relief organization working in Iraq.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, recently 
launched an
online petition drive designed to disassociate Islam from the violent 
acts
of a few Muslims. 

SEE: CAIR's"Not in the Name of Islam" Petition 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=169&page=AA

				- END -

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
ihooper@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 
American
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive 
news
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on
issues of importance to our society.

To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Subject: CAIR-NET: ABC Host Apologizes for Quran Remark/CA Muslim PAC Launches Website
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 16:03:37 -0400

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 10/29/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER
* AN APPEAL TO CAIR-NET SUBSCRIBERS
* CAIR JOB OPENING: CIVIL RIGHTS COORDINATOR
* ABC TALK SHOW HOST APOLOGIZES FOR QURAN REMARK
* CAIR-OHIO HOSTS RAMADAN INTERFAITH BANQUET
* NEW CA MUSLIM PAC LAUNCHES WEBSITE
	- CAIR-FL: Muslims Plan Voter Turnout Campaign (UPI)
	- CAIR-Ohio: Muslims Getting Out Vote (Cinn Enquirer)
	- Muslims Cite Betrayal by Bush (Houston Chron)
	- Iraqi Americans Waver on Bush (Detroit Free Press)
* INTELLIGENCE ON ELECTION THREAT QUIETED (AP)
* CAIR-OH: RAMADAN BRINGS NEARNESS TO GOD (Dispatch)
	- Animated Film About Prophet Muhammad Opens on Eid
	- Purchase Tickets for 'Muhammad: The Last Prophet'

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOOD CHARACTER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "By his good character, 
a
believer will attain the degree of one who prays during the night and 
fasts
during the day."

Abu Dawood, Hadith 2233

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AN APPEAL TO CAIR-NET SUBSCRIBERS

HELP CAIR ACHIEVE ITS RAMADAN FUNDRAISING GOAL

At the beginning of Ramadan, CAIR announced a fundraising campaign 
intended
(inshallah) to raise $1 million so that we can continue to enhance
understanding of Islam and defend the rights of Muslims, as 
demonstrated in
the news releases below. To date, we have collected more than $135,000. 
God
willing, we will easily reach our goal if every member of CAIR-NET 
donates
just $25, $50, or whatever they can. No amount is too small!

TO DONATE, GO TO: 
http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2004/ramadan2004.asp

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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.

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 of the email. Please send your application with cover letter 
and
complete resume and references. Absolutely no phone calls please.

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ABC TALK SHOW HOST APOLOGIZES FOR QURAN REMARK
Joy Behar says she did not mean to 'offend any religion' 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/29/04) - Following complaints from Muslim 
viewers, a
host of ABC's "The View" talk show has apologized for a remark she made
about the Quran, Islam's revealed text. 

SEE: http://abc.go.com/daytime/theview/index.html

On Wednesday's episode of "The View," host Joy Behar said in a 
discussion
of who airline passengers should sit next to on a plane: "You want 
somebody
who's calm, you don't want somebody who's reading the Quran as you're 
going
down."

Behar's apology came one day after the Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued an alert urging viewers to 
e-mail
ABC's Audience Relations Department and express their concerns about 
the
insensitive nature of the remarks. CAIR issued the alert after 
receiving
complaints from Muslims who watched Wednesday's program.

In her apology, Behar stated: "Yesterday I said something on the air 
and I
received all these letters from people. I really did not mean to offend 
any
religion yesterday. I was talking about being on a plane and how if 
someone
is reading a Holy Book I get scared because it looks like they know
something. I mentioned one particular religion, it could have been any
person, any prayer book and I upset people and I'm sorry about that. I
don't mean to be disrespectful to any religion."

"We thank all those viewers who took the time to express their concerns 
to
ABC, and we also thank Ms. Behar for her swift and sincere apology," 
said
CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, Email:
ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, 
Email:
rahmed@cair-net.org

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CAIR-OHIO HOSTS RAMADAN INTERFAITH BANQUET

(CLEVELAND, OH, 10/28/2004) - On Saturday, October 30, the Cleveland 
office
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will host its 
1st
annual Ramadan Iftar banquet. Guests will include public officials, 
civic
leaders and members of the interfaith community. ("Iftar" is the meal 
eaten
after sunset each day during the Islamic fast of Ramadan.)

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2004
TIME: Registration 5:15-5:45 p.m., Program begins 6 p.m.
WHERE: Cleveland State University, Joseph Cole Center, 3100 Chester 
Ave.
Cleveland Ohio 44115
CONTACT: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland Office, Julia A. Shearson, Director, 
216-440-2247 or 216-830-2247; e-mail: Julia@cair-ohio.com

Ramez Islambouli, President of the Uqbah Mosque Foundation will speak 
about
the spiritual significance of fasting and prayer during the Holy Month 
of
Ramadan. Bashir G. Ahmed, President of Samad Group, Inc., will discuss 
the
role of Muslims in the upcoming election. CAIR staff will highlight the
Cleveland office's civil rights and educational outreach work. Muslims 
will
break the day's fast and offer communal prayers during the program.

"The Month of Ramadan is a time of spiritual renewal, charitable giving 
and
personal humility," said Isam Zaiem, Chairman of the Cleveland office 
of
CAIR-OHIO. "This event is a wonderful chance for Americans of all 
faiths to
move beyond stereotypes by getting to know their Muslim neighbors."

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in 
Canada.

					- END -

CONTACT: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland Office, Julia A. Shearson, Director,
216-440-2247 or 216-830-2247; e-mail: Julia@cair-ohio.com

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NEW CA MUSLIM PAC LAUNCHES WEBSITE
CAIR-CA PAC issues endorsements on key federal and state elections

(PASADENA, CA, 10-29-04) - A newly formed political action committee 
(PAC),
CAIR-CA PAC, announced today the launch of its website 
www.caircapac.com
designed to create awareness of political candidates and issues related 
to
the California Muslim community and to urge them to vote in the 
elections
on November 2nd.   

CAIR-CA PAC's voter advisory for the November 2nd elections located on 
the
website includes endorsements of candidates for U.S. President, 
California
Congressional seats, U.S. Senate seat from California, and select seats 
in
the State Assembly and Senate. 

"We wish to educate, inform and inspire American Muslims to partake in 
the
American political process through voting, supporting candidates, and 
other
similar political activity," said Paul Shaikh, board member and one of 
the
founders of CAIR-CA PAC. 

The PAC plans to increase its membership base significantly to help 
support
its political efforts.  

CAIR-CA PAC is a duly-registered and independent PAC. It is a separate
entity, and is not financed, managed or controlled by the California 
Office
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA).

					- END -

Contact: Paul Shaikh 818-404-1162; E-MAIL: pauls@caircapac.com

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS PLAN FLA. VOTER TURNOUT CAMPAIGN
United Press International, 10/28/04
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041028-034341-4340r.htm

Miami, FL -- An Islamic group said Thursday it will use buses and phone
banks in a statewide "Get Out the Muslim Vote" campaign across Florida. 
 
The Florida office of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic
Relations said the campaign has already begun with action alerts
distributed to Florida Muslims, urging them to cast their ballots in 
early
voting.

The Muslim civil rights and advocacy group has also designated Friday, 
the
day of Islamic communal prayer, as "Get Out the Muslim Vote Day."

Registered Muslim voters in Broward and Hillsborough counties will be
bussed from area mosques after Friday prayers to early polling 
stations,
CAIR said.

CAIR said it is also planning phone bank operations in its Pembroke 
Pines
and

Tampa offices to encourage Muslim voter turnout Tuesday.

Similar phone banks have been set up in Ohio, the group said.

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS GETTING OUT VOTE
Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/29/04
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/29/loc_ohpreznotebook29.html

Ohio's Muslims said they made more than 3,000 phone calls to registered
Muslim voters last weekend - and they've got 22,000 more calls to make 
this
weekend.

"Muslims are not sitting by and watching this election; we are full
participants," said Jad Humeidan, executive director of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations' Ohio chapter. Muslims are so energized 
that,
despite the fact that most are fasting during the days as part of 
Ramadan,
they stay past their three-hour shifts to make more calls.

In Cincinnati, local Muslims will be making calls from 2938 Vernon 
Place in
Walnut Hills from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more
information contact csaylor@cair-net.org.

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MUSLIMS CITE BETRAYAL BY BUSH
Kristen Mack, Houston Chronicle, 10/28/04
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/2872161

Syed Ahmed voted for George W. Bush in 2000. But he won't this year.

Ahmed, an engineering consultant and one-time delegate to the state
Republican convention, said he believes the president has taken the 
country
in the wrong direction.

Like many Muslims around the country who overwhelmingly supported Bush 
in
the last presidential election, Ahmed now appears to be backing 
Democratic
candidate John Kerry, according to several polls.

Muslim-Americans, who often identify themselves as fiscal and social
conservatives, would appear to be a natural constituency for Bush. But 
when
it comes to civil liberties, especially since the Sept. 11, 2001, 
terrorist
attacks, their support is changing.

Muslims are disenchanted with the Bush administration for its support 
of
the Patriot Act, which has left them feeling betrayed, several Muslims
leaders said.

"The Patriot Act has many nonpatriotic provisions in it," Ahmed said.

The Bush-Cheney campaign realizes that it can't take any group's votes 
for
granted, said Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the campaign.

"Every single vote is significant in this election. We are reaching out 
to
people on an individual level. We recognize and appreciate the
contributions that are made every day by Muslim-Americans in 
contributing
to our national security and (ensuring) that progress continues," he 
said.
"The Patriot Act is an important tool that allows law enforcement to 
fight
terrorism."

The Patriot Act, which Congress passed shortly after 9/11, expands the
government's authority to identify, track and apprehend suspected
terrorists, including using roving wiretaps on any telephone.

The Bush administration has said the act breaks down legal and 
bureaucratic
walls that hampered intelligence and law enforcement agencies from
collecting and sharing information.

Yet, many Muslims and other critics view it as an attack on civil 
liberties
and say it has led to the perception of racial profiling, especially at
airports.

While it is difficult to define the Muslim community as strictly 
liberal or
conservative, it appears to be more actively engaged in this year's
presidential election...

---

IRAQI AMERICANS WAVER ON BUSH 
NIRAJ WARIKOO, Detroit Free Press, 10/29/04
http://www.freep.com/news/politics/iraqivote29e_20041029.htm

In a photo that hangs in a Dearborn mosque, a Muslim leader is pointing 
at
a crowd, his jaw jutted as he pounds home why President George W. 
Bush's
plan to liberate Iraq is the right one.

It's a still frame of Sheikh Husham al-Husainy, a reminder to him and
visitors that not too long ago, he passionately supported Bush and his 
Iraq
war. Two years ago this week, al-Husainy organized dozens of local 
Iraqis
on a trip to Washington, D.C., to counter one of the largest antiwar
protests in the United States since Vietnam with their own pro-Bush 
rally.

"You know how many times I demonstrated and supported the 
change-of-regime
policy of Bush?" said al-Husainy, the Iraqi-born head of the Karbalaa
Islamic Education Center, as he gestured toward the photo this week. 
"You
can see."

But not anymore. Upset with how Bush has handled the Iraq war, 
al-Husainy
and some other Iraqi Americans are turning against him. A poll last 
month
by EPIC/MRA found that 46 percent of Iraqi Americans in Michigan have 
an
unfavorable view of Bush, while 43 percent hold a favorable view. A 
similar
poll in May 2003 found that 64 percent had a positive view of Bush. 
Both
polls had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
 
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INTELLIGENCE ON ELECTION THREAT QUIETED
Katherine Pfleger Shrader, Associated Press, 10/27/04
http://newsobserver.com/24hour/politics/story/1780134p-9634318c.html

Since Oct. 1, agents have arrested 137 people on immigration violations 
in
a stepped-up enforcement action aimed at finding those who may pose a
threat to national security, ICE officials said. The names of some of 
those
arrested appear on government lists of those with possible connections 
to
terrorism.

Those people under heightened government scrutiny were identified 
through
methods such as intelligence gathered inside and outside the United 
States;
FBI interviews with an estimated 10,000 Muslims, Arabs and others based 
on
investigative leads; and immigration database alerts triggered when 
someone
violates the terms of a visa, such as failing to attend college as
promised...

Some Muslims worry the arrests and interviews could intimidate Muslims 
from
voting, said Council on American-Islamic Relations spokeswoman Rabiah
Ahmed. The FBI has had town-hall meetings and other forums hoping to 
ease
those fears.

"Members of our community have been targeted for reasons that are often
unexplained or untold," Ahmed said...

----- 

RAMADAN OFFERS PROMISE OF NEARNESS TO GOD
Asma Mobin-Uddin, Columbus Dispatch, 10/29/04
http://www.dispatch.com/news/religion/faith-story.php?story=dispatch/2004/10
/29/20041029-F2-01.html

Busy with the worldly demands of our hectic lives, many of us leave the
deepest needs of the human heart unattended. For Muslims, the holy 
month of
Ramadan, which began this year on Oct. 15, is a time to subjugate the 
needs
of the body to tend to the needs of the heart. This month, the call of 
the
heart and its longing for connection with God take precedence. 

Every year before Ramadan starts, I am filled with anticipation, hope 
and
usually some apprehension. I wonder if I will be able to meet the 
demands
of the fast. Abstinence from all food and drink, even water, is 
required
every day during daylight hours. Even in a state of hunger and fatigue, 
a
fasting person must do his or her best to be patient, avoid harshness 
with
anyone, show compassion and mercy to others, give of time and wealth in
charity, and avoid any falsehood or bad deed. 

Every year, I quickly realize that the greatest challenges of this 
month
lie not in the physical abstinence but in the struggle to improve my
character. Muslims believe God provides tremendous support, love, mercy 
and
forgiveness for those struggling to attain piety and nearness to him. 
Islam
teaches that, during Ramadan, God binds the forces of evil so their
negative influences on people are restrained. The gates of God's mercy
being wide open, even the smallest acts of goodness are rewarded
exponentially by him. 

What I cherish most about Ramadan are the opportunities for quiet 
moments
in solitude with God. The stillness of the morning before dawn provides 
a
perfect setting for communication with God. In a silence far removed 
from
the frenzied pace of the day, with intimacy, I pour out my soul's 
thoughts
to God. In those moments of devotion, I deeply sense God's love and
compassion. 

Another part I love about this sacred month are the taraweeh prayers 
held
at the mosque every evening. During these prayers, held only in 
Ramadan,
the Quran is usually recited in its entirety over the course of the
month... 

(Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin is vice president of the Ohio chapter of the 
Council
on American-Islamic Relations.)

ALSO SEE:

A RAMADAN RELEASE
Mark I. Pinsky, Orlando Sentinel, 10/20/04
http://www.newsday.com/features/religion/ny-lsfaith1030,0,3448212.story

Stung by widespread negative media stereotypes, many of America's 
Muslims
will take to mainstream movie theaters in New York and elsewhere to 
mark
the end of their holy month of Ramadan with a groundbreaking, full- 
length
animated feature called "Muhammad: The Last Prophet."

The November screening of the children's film coincides with Eid 
al-Fitr,
the feast that concludes Ramadan.

Distributors of the film are taking their cue from Christian 
filmmakers,
although no one connected with the 90-minute cartoon expects its 
limited
run to duplicate the half-billion-dollar success of Mel Gibson's "The
Passion of the Christ..."

Many Muslims also hope "Muhammad" will increase understanding of their
faith among the larger American community. A poll released Oct. 4 by 
the
Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations found that 
25
percent of Americans believe anti-Muslim stereotypes. In a separate
finding, the survey reported that negative images of Muslims in media 
and
popular culture far outweigh positive ones...

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Urged to Vote in Record Numbers
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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #439

MUSLIMS URGED TO VOTE IN RECORD NUMBERS
Exercise your rights, defend your future 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/1/2004) – CAIR is urging every eligible Muslim 
voter
to got to the polls on November 2 and vote for the candidates of their
choice. To help get out the Muslim vote, particularly in key 
battleground
states such as Ohio and Florida, CAIR:

* Opened “Get Out the Muslim Vote” Election Centers in Columbus, 
Cleveland
and Cincinnati
* Called more than 18,000 Ohio Muslim voters to ask for a commitment to 
vote
* Distributed Ohio community voter guides at Friday and Taraweeh 
prayers 
* Bused Florida Muslim voters to early polls after Friday prayers
* Called Florida Muslim voters using volunteer phone banks
* Published a voter guide for Muslim voters in California
* Cooperated in a civil rights phone bank for Illinois voters

“More Muslim voters are being mobilized for this election than at any 
time
in the past,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad said CAIR 
will
conduct an exit poll of Muslim voters.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. GO TO THE POLLS on Tuesday and VOTE!
2. TAKE A MUSLIM friend or family member along with you to vote.
3. REPORT any incidents of voter intimidation, harassment or denial of 
the
right to vote to CAIR. Contact CAIR by calling 202-488-8787, or by
e-mailing csaylor@cair-net.org. 
4. DISTRIBUTE this alert at taraweeh prayers and on your personal 
e-mail
list.

WHAT TO DO ON ELECTION DAY:

1. KNOW WHERE TO GO. In many states, you will NOT be allowed to vote if 
you
show up at the wrong polling place. Your board of elections can tell 
you
where to vote. Call today to locate your polling place. If you can't 
reach
your board, call 1-866-OURVOTE.

2. BRING PROPER IDENTIFICATION. Proper forms of ID can include a 
driver’s
license, a utility bill or another document that includes your name and
address. Make sure the ID matches your address.

3. READ SIGNS AT POLLING PLACES for instructions on how to vote and how 
to
file a complaint if you believe your rights have been violated.

4. REVIEW THE SAMPLE BALLOT BEFORE VOTING. Ballots are often confusing, 
and
their designs can change considerably from election to election. If you
have questions about how to vote on your ballot, ask a poll worker or 
poll
monitor for help.

5. CHECK YOUR BALLOT BEFORE CASTING YOUR VOTE. If you are having a 
problem
understanding instructions, or if you just want to make sure you are 
voting
in the correct manner, ask to speak to a poll worker

6. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CONCERNING “PROVISIONAL BALLOTS.” No voter can be
turned away in any state this year without being allowed to vote. If 
there
is a question about your eligibility, you must be allowed to vote on a
provisional ballot, the validity of which will be determined later. But 
if
you are entitled to vote on a regular ballot, you should insist on 
doing
so, since a provisional ballot may be disqualified later on a 
technicality. 

7. KNOW WHERE TO TURN FOR HELP. It is a good idea to bring a cell phone 
and
phone numbers of nonpartisan hotlines such as 1-866-OURVOTE and
1-866-MYVOTE1. 

8. BE PREPARED FOR LONG LINES. Try to get to your polling place very 
early
in the morning, or between the before-work and after-work rushes. As 
long
as you are in line before the polls close, you are legally entitled to
vote. Do not let poll workers close the polls until you have voted.

SEE: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/01/opinion/01mon1.html 
http://www.lwv.org/voter/read.cfm?pid=elections101
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/e4/

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 11/1/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: MUTUAL CONSULTATION
* CAIR-OH: 18K MUSLIM VOTERS CALLED BY CAIR VOLUNTEERS
	- CAIR-FL: Minorities Key to Election (Brad Herald)
	- CAIR-FL: Muslim Vote Shifts (Broward)
	- CAIR-Seattle: Muslims Urged to Vote (King 5 News)
* 350 TURN OUT FOR CAIR-CLEVELAND INTERFAITH BANQUET
       - CAIR-FL to Hold Interfaith Iftar
* NY: SLURS USED DURING ATTACK ON MUSLIM STUDENT (WNBC)
	- MN: Somalis Picket Firm Over Alleged Bias (Star Trib)
* MA: CALLING MUSLIMS TO GET OUT AND VOTE (Globe)
	- NC: Candidates Reach Out to Local Muslims (News 14)
	- AZ: Palestinian Tells Why he Backs Kerry (Republic)
	- IN: Muslims May be Abandoning Bush (Indy Star)
	- FL: Muslims Switch Sides in Tampa (St Pete Times)
* CAIR-DC: IRAQ KIDNAPPINGS ATTACKED (Wash Post)
	- Understanding Islamic Ethics (Centre Daily)
* CA: MUSLIMS SEEK HALAL FARE IN RAMADAN (Press Enterprise)
	- PA: Songs Shine Light on Ramadan (Phil Inq)
	- FL: Muslim Fasts While Playing B-Ball (CC Times)
* PENTAGON SUPPRESSES DETAILS OF IRAQI CIVILIAN CASUALTIES 

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VERSE OF THE DAY: MUTUAL CONSULTATION

“Whatever you are given is nothing but a provision for the transitory 
life
of this world. Better and everlasting is the reward which God has for 
those
who 
believe, put their trust in their Lord, avoid major sins and shameful
deeds, forgive even when they are angry, answer the call of their Lord,
establish prayer, conduct their affairs with mutual consultation, spend 
out
of the sustenance which We have given them, and when they are 
oppressed,
help and defend themselves.”

The Holy Quran, 42:36-39

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18K OHIO MUSLIM VOTERS CALLED BY CAIR VOLUNTEERS
Muslim voter guides distributed at mosques during Ramadan prayers

(COLUMBUS, OH, 11/1/2004) - The Ohio office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today said that volunteers in 
its
"Get Out the Muslim Vote" election centers have called more than 18,000
eligible Muslim voters.

Volunteer staffers at CAIR-Ohio election center phone banks in 
Columbus,
Cleveland and Cincinnati asked the Muslim voters for a commitment to go 
to
the polls on November 2. Of the Muslim voters who could be reached, 
more
than 3,000 committed to vote on Tuesday.

"Muslims are not sitting by and watching this election, we are going to 
be
full participants," said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan. He 
said
there are an estimated 50,000 registered Muslim voters in Ohio.

CAIR-Ohio also distributed a community voter guide designed to help 
educate
and inform Muslim voters in that state. The voter guide was distributed 
at
Friday congregational prayers throughout Ohio and are being handed out 
at
mosques and Islamic centers during special evening prayers (Taraweeh)
conducted each night throughout the month or Ramadan.

The CAIR-Ohio voter guide, which was printed in both English and 
Somali,
can be viewed at:

English: http://www.cair-ohio.com/election_guide_English.pdf
Somali: http://www.cair-ohio.com/election_guide_Somali.pdf

CAIR-Ohio's election centers and voter guides are part of CAIR's 
nationwide
effort to get out the Muslim vote in key states.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and
in Canada.

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232 or 
614-571-2770, E-mail: jad@cair-ohio.com; CAIR-Ohio President, Ahmad 
Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-mail: ahmad@cair-ohio.com

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-FL: MINORITY VOTES KEY TO ELECTION
Sylvia Lim, Bradenton Herald, 10/31/04
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradentonherald/news/local/10059456.htm

MANATEE - Local minority communities realize their votes could sway the
outcome of the elections on both local and national fronts.

Since the presidential race is projected to be a close one, each group
hopes to tip Tuesday's election.

With pet issues such as racial profiling, gay marriage, immigration
policies and fears that their votes may not be counted, some minorities
worry their voices will be drowned out in the midst of fierce campaign
battles.

Muslim representatives have strong opinions about both presidential
candidates but feel disenfranchised by the Bush administration.

Some of the county's gays and lesbians are voting for John Kerry 
because
his campaign appears to be less vehement on the gay marriage debate.

Hispanic voters in the area are torn between both candidates.

Local Asian-Americans, particularly Filipino-Americans, have decided to
endorse Bush's campaign.

Even if sentiments vary sharply among different groups when it comes to
trusting one particular party or candidate, the minority community in
Manatee County as a whole could prove important to candidates come
Tuesday...

The two regional offices for Council on American-Islamic Relations in
Florida have been overwhelmed with volunteers canvassing local Muslims 
to
vote, said its director, Altaf Ali.

Buses were hired to take Muslims to the polls in Broward and 
Hillsborough
counties on Friday.

"We decided this year to play an active role in encouraging Muslims to
vote," Ali said...

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POLLS FIND MUSLIM VOTE SHIFT
Ruth Morris, Broward, 10/31/04
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/elections/sfl-carabvoteoct31,0,318826.story

A week after the 9-11 terror attacks, President Bush removed his shoes 
and
stepped into a quiet mosque in Washington, D.C. Hate crimes against 
Muslims
had begun to crackle across the country and the visit was meant to
forestall further retaliatory violence.

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam," Bush said in a 
speech
that drew deep appreciation from Muslims across the country.

Three years later, with the presidential campaigns in their final 
frenetic
stage, the sentiment has shifted. Citing lengthy and humiliating 
airport
checks, detentions and taunts, many Arab Americans say they'll be 
voting
for Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday in the hopes that he will reverse the 
racial
profiling. 

"If your first name is Mohammad you're looked on with a doubtful eye," 
said
Mohammad Ahmad, 38, who stood in line outside a Pembroke Pines polling
station after leaving Friday prayers at a nearby mosque. Referring to
Bush's mosque visit in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, he added: "If 
he
had a sincere feeling about it, he should have stayed in touch with the
Muslim community."

Polls show a virtual sea change in political allegiance among Arab
Americans and Muslims who voted decisively for Bush four years ago, 
partly
because his emphasis on family values was a snug fit with their
conservative leanings. A Project MAPS/Zogby International poll released
last month found 76 percent of Muslim Americans supported Kerry over 
Bush,
compared with 2000 when Bush garnered 42 percent of the Muslim vote vs. 
31
percent for Democrat Al Gore.

While their numbers are not huge in swing states -- Arab Americans 
account
for about 2 percent of Florida voters -- leaders in the communities are
fond of pointing to the 537 votes that swayed the last presidential
election. When every vote counts, they say, this sector of disgruntled
voters counts in a big way.

"The civil rights issues have kind of alienated the Muslim community, 
from
the Patriot Act to the war on Iraq," said Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for
Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, referring 
to
post-9-11 legislation that handed federal agents greater access to 
private
records in their hunt for terror suspects. "It's not necessarily that
people think it will be any better with Kerry ... but they want to try
something different..."

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MUSLIMS ENCOURAGED TO VOTE 
Roberta Romero, King 5 News, 10/30/04
http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_103004ELBmuslimvoteEL.bc2b2dc.html

SEATTLE - With the clock ticking closer to Election Day, local Muslims 
are
taking every opportunity they can to get the vote out. 

Muslims feel they could make a big difference in choosing the next
president and now it's just a matter of making sure they go to the 
polls. 

At a ballot party Ahmad Alkabra was learning the ins and outs of voting 
in
a presidential election. 

“The primary thing is to get educated and.. listen to each other and 
get
focused on this,” he said. 

Muslim voters were briefed on the voting process.

Traditionally, Muslims tend to vote more conservatively. In fact, four
years ago the majority of Muslims voted Bush into office. But this 
year,
after Sept. 11, the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, the choice is not as
clear cut...

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350 TURN OUT FOR CAIR-CLEVELAND INTERFAITH BANQUET

(CLEVELAND, OH, 11/1/2004) - The Cleveland office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OHIO) today said that more than 350
people, including public officials, civic leaders and members of the
interfaith community, attended its 1st Annual Ramadan Iftar Banquet in 
the
Joseph Cole Center at Cleveland State University on October 30. 

(Iftar is the meal eaten after sunset each day during the Islamic fast 
of
Ramadan.)

CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2770, E-Mail: 
julia@cair-ohio.com

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-FL: FLORIDA MUSLIMS TO HOLD INTERFAITH IFTAR

(JACKSONVILLE, FL, 11/1/2004) - The Florida office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), in cooperation with the Islamic 
Center of Northeast Florida and the Islamic Circle of North America, 
will
host an interfaith Ramadan Iftar Banquet November 3rd in Jacksonville.
(Iftar is the meal eaten after sunset each day during the Islamic fast 
of
Ramadan.) Invited guests include local elected officials, as well as
interfaith and community leaders.

The effort is part of CAIR's nationwide "Sharing Ramadan" program.
SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/ramadan2004/ramadan2004.asp?page=rsvp

WHEN: Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 5-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, 2333 St. Johns Bluff Road, 
Jacksonville, FL 32246
CONTACT: Parvez Ahmed, (904) 710-6514, E-Mail: pahmed@cair-florida.org

"Iftar dinners offer an excellent opportunity for people of other 
faiths to
learn more about their Muslim neighbors," said Parvez Ahmed, Chairman 
of
Board, CAIR-FL.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in 
Canada.
The group's Florida office has chapters in Broward and Tampa.

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NY: 2 ARRESTED IN ALLEGED HATE CRIME AT STONY BROOK
WNBC, 11/1/04
http://www.wnbc.com/news/3875751/detail.html

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Two Staten Island men were arrested and charged 
Friday
with hate crimes for allegedly hitting a Muslim student at Stony Brook
University while using anti-Muslim slurs.

Suffolk police charged 19-year-old Michael Parker and 20-year-old Marat
Bravin, both Staten Island residents, with criminal trespass in the 
second
degree and aggravated harrassment in the second degree as a hate crime.

The two men were visiting a friend on the campus when they allegedly
knocked on a student's door to wake him at about 4 a.m. The alleged 
victim,
who asked not to be identified, said he opened the door and the two men
went into his room and began throwing items at him, hitting him and
overturning furniture, while calling him anti-Muslim names. 

Stony Brook police detained the suspects for Suffolk County police.

The men are scheduled to be arraigned Saturday.

ALSO SEE:

SOMALI WORKERS PICKET CHANHASSEN CELL PHONE FIRM 
H.J. Cummins, Star Tribune, 10/30/04 
http://www.lucianne.com/threads2.asp?artnum=179952

About 100 Somali workers set up a picket line Friday at the Teleplan
Wireless Co. in Chanhassen, protesting conditions they said include 
ethnic
slurs, religious insensitivity and hiring discrimination. 

Almost twice that number reportedly walked off their jobs on Monday. 
Some
have returned to work. The rest rejected a company offer to settle on
Wednesday and said they will begin to consider contacting labor unions 
this
weekend. 


The company, which assembles and refurbishes cell phones, released a
statement Friday saying "the door is still open" to workers who want to
return. However, like any business serving customers, it continued, "we
will have to begin to replace workers who choose not to come back." 

The conflict is part of a growing trend as the numbers of Somali, 
Hmong,
Latino and even Bosnian immigrants bring greater diversity to Minnesota
workplaces. The state's Department of Human Rights has fielded 
complaints
about Muslim prayer schedules and days-long Asian bereavement periods, 
for
example. Employers have struggled with foreign-language translations of
company handbooks and dietary restrictions at company functions, said
Janice Downing, CEO of Fredrickson Human Resources Consulting in
Minneapolis. 

A list of complaints

Teleplan's Somali workers have sought help from the Somali Justice 
Advocacy
Center in St. Paul.

"We are concerned about the basic rights of these people," said Omar 
Jamal,
the center's director. "All they're asking is to be treated decently 
and
with respect..."

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CALLING MUSLIMS TO GET OUT AND VOTE
Colleen Walsh, Boston Globe, 10/31/04
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/10/31/calling_m
uslims_to_get_out_and_vote/

These days his alarm rings at 4:30 a.m. The wakeup call gives Mushtaque
Alikhan Mirza, a practicing Muslim fasting for the celebration of 
Ramadan,
just enough time for breakfast before sunrise. Then he settles in to 
work
for the next 15 hours -- for free.
  
Within minutes he's installed in front of the computer in his Cambridge
home. There he will remain until 9 or 10 p.m., volunteering his time by
sending countless e-mails and making call upon call to Muslims around 
the
country.

"I have been calling the Somalian communities in Minneapolis and the 
Arab
communities in Michigan," said Mirza. "I have been traveling to New
Hampshire and driving to Maine and campaigning among its large Somalian
community."

The chairman of the Cambridge Ward 4 Democratic Committee for the last 
10
years, Mirza has taken on the task of helping organize Muslims around 
the
nation to mobilize, register, and vote.

Phil Johnston, chairman of the state Democratic Party, who has worked 
with
Mirza for years, called his contributions invaluable. "He is a great, 
great
Democrat, a great activist," said Johnston. "Mushtaque is certainly one 
of
the key leaders in the [Muslim] community."

Johnston recalled a moving speech Mirza gave to the state committee 
days
after Sept. 11. "He said he and his family and his community shared in 
our
sorrow. There wasn't a dry eye in the room when he got through 
speaking."

Currently, Mirza's work focuses on John Kerry's presidential bid, but 
it
was a visit from another famous Massachusetts resident to his homeland 
more
than 40 years ago that planted the seed of political interest. As a 
young
Muslim of Iranian ancestry growing up in India, he was inspired by John
Kennedy's simple message and outreach to the poor. "He went around and
talked to average people and asked what you can do for your nation," 
Mirza
said.

Violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims in the late '60s made Mirza 
look
toward America as an escape. "That was October 1969. So many Muslims 
were
killed; some of my relatives' houses were burned. I said this was just 
not
the place to live."

His first act after becoming an American citizen in 1978 was to cross 
the
street from his home and vote. "At St. Peter's Church one older lady 
was
standing there with a sign. She said, 'Will you vote for my son?' “The
woman was the mother of Scott Harshbarger, who was running for district
attorney.

Since then Mirza has become engrossed in local and national politics. 
In
1986 he joined the Cambridge Democratic City Committee, and in 1988 was
involved with the Dukakis campaign. In 1996, he worked on John Kerry's
re-election run for US Senate. He joined the Massachusetts Democratic 
State
Committee in 1999, and in 2000 that committee's executive board...

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CANDIDATES REACH OUT TO LOCAL MUSLIMS
News 14 Carolina, 10/31/04
http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/local_news/?ArID=77971&SecID=2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some of the candidates running in Tuesday's 
elections
met with members of the Islamic community Saturday at the south branch 
of
the Islamic Center of Charlotte.

It was an opportunity for community members and neighbors to share in a
Muslim tradition. To mark the end of each day of fasting during the 
holy
month of Ramadan, Muslims hold a special ceremony and feast.

The event gave community members and neighbors an opportunity to share 
in a
Muslim tradition.   

Muslims who attended the event believe that in recent years they have 
been
left out of the election process. They feel it is time more people 
seeking
office make the effort to reach out to them.

"If you look in the past, especially the past three years, no one group 
has
been such disenfranchised as the Muslims here in America and abroad," 
said
Muslim Jibril Hough.

Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds 
and
spending time with family and friends. The goal of fasting is to help 
teach
Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It also reminds
them of the suffering of the poor.

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PALESTINIAN- AMERICAN TELLS WHY HE BACKS KERRY 
Bishara A. Bahbah, Arizona Republic, 10/31/04
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/1031bahbah1031.
html

Though I'm a proud Republican, I have already mailed my early ballot 
and
cast my vote in the presidential election for a Democrat - John F. 
Kerry.
As much as I would like to see a Republican occupy the White House, I
simply could not bear another four years of George W. Bush. Here's why:

In the face of the vicious attacks on the United States on 9/11, 
President
Bush acted promptly and decisively in the face of the ominous danger 
facing
the nation. He seemed strong, presidential, and confident. Americans of 
all
walks of life rallied around him. It did not take long before we 
witnessed
the emergence of a cocky, confused and ideologically driven president.

Bush's first mistake was to lose focus on the war on terror. Instead of
hunting down Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror network in
Afghanistan, he switched his focus to Iraq's Saddam Hussein. The result 
has
been an Afghanistan in which security exists only in the capital city. 
The
central government controls but pockets of the country and Osama bin 
Laden
and his thugs roam free, uncaptured, and able to strike targets around 
the
world. 
 
President Bush waged the war in Iraq without the support of the United
Nations Security Council and the vast majority of countries around the
world, claiming that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and
connections to al-Qaida terror group. With neither claim remotely
substantiated; with over 1,000 U.S. soldiers killed and many more 
wounded;
with Saddam Hussein captured; and with billions of dollars spent on an
invasion that went awry, the president still claims that he was 
justified
in invading Iraq.

Today, Iraq is chaotic, dangerous and ungovernable. Its oil industry 
that
was supposed to fuel its reconstruction is in flames, forcing this 
country
with the second largest oil reserves in the world, to import oil and, 
thus,
significantly contributing to skyrocketing oil prices around the world.

In Europe, Asia and the Muslim and Arab worlds, the United States is
scorned and resented. President Bush, unlike his father, failed to 
create
an international coalition to deal with world crises.

Much of the world sees the United States and its few allies as 
committing
blunders in their conduct of international diplomacy. The United States
might still be the sole superpower in terms of its military and 
economic
strength; unfortunately, it is widely viewed as a misguided giant led 
by an
intellectual midget.

With regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict, a major foreign policy issue 
that
has dogged every U.S. president, President Bush, to his credit, has 
been
the first president to support publicly the establishment of a 
Palestinian
state. Ironically, his strong words of support have been unmatched by 
his
actions. The president has given the Israelis carte blanche in their
dealings with the Palestinians allowing them to build a monstrous wall 
to
encircle the West Bank and not stopping them from continuously bombing 
and
invading the Gaza Strip. Under President Bush, the Arab-Israeli peace
process has died...

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MUSLIMS MAY BE ABANDONING BUSH
Robert King, Indianapolis Star, 11/1/04
http://www.indystar.com/articles/0/191073-3300-009.html

Four years ago, Muslim Americans were heartened to hear Republican
presidential candidate George W. Bush assure them he would end racial
profiling and the use of secret evidence in criminal investigations.

What's more, Bush's conservative views about abortion and other social
issues lined up with their own. As a result, Muslims voted 
overwhelmingly
for Bush in the 2000 election.

Four years later, though, Muslims are abandoning Bush in droves. Some 
polls
say Sen. John Kerry could receive more than 80 percent of the Muslim 
vote
and that Bush may do well to finish ahead of Ralph Nader.

"I would say -- as Bush says -- that he has a proven record. And I 
would
not say it is very favorable for Muslim rights around the world," said
Muhammad Abdul-Wahid, an Indianapolis resident and regular at the 
Masjid
Al-Fajr mosque on Cold Spring Road.

"I've yet to hear anybody claim to be a supporter of Bush."

Seated shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of other Muslims on Friday at 
the
Westside mosque, Abdul-Wahid heard a sermon about the equality of all
people in the eyes of Allah, regardless of race, class or nationality.

Muslims say equality and justice are themes of their faith, and that 
lately
they haven't felt so equal in America. Since the terrorist attacks of 
2001,
many Muslims say their rights have been eroded, that the Patriot Act 
has
put them disproportionately at risk for unchecked surveillance and that
they live under suspicion.

Dr. Haroon Qazi, a native of Pakistan who immigrated to America decades 
ago
and served in the U.S. Army during the 1970s, said after Friday's 
service
that he was weary of routinely having his bags searched at airports and
being the only person pulled out of line.

"I've been a Republican all my life until now," said Qazi, a plastic
surgeon.

Andrea Quarles, another member of the mosque, blames Bush for lost jobs 
and
lost health care for many Americans and a war in Iraq that she sees as 
bad
choice. "Nothing good has come from it, and we are still losing 
soldiers."

Umar Al-Khattab, the mosque's imam, and friend Ahmad Abdul-Majid, say 
they
expect 90 percent of the people in their mosque to vote for Kerry.

They say Muslims opposed the war and are disenchanted with what they 
see as
Bush's lopsided support for Israel in dealing with the Palestinians. 
But
there is also great concern about the deportation of Muslims since 
Sept.
11, 2001, and what they see as the unjustified detention of Muslim
Americans.

"This has turned a lot of people off," said Abdul-Majid. "It's about
freedom and equality."

Luke Messer, executive director for the Indiana Republican Party, said 
he's
not aware of any national trends that show Muslims abandoning Bush.

He said he understands concern about the Patriot Act, and he expects 
that
law to be revised soon.

But Messer said some Muslim groups have expressed appreciation for Bush 
and
how America's military efforts have spread freedom to new lands.

"I know (Bush) has Iraqi groups who are American citizens today who are
very supportive of the president," Messer said. "I know that's true of
Afghan citizens as well."

Still, Bush and the course America has taken since Sept. 11, 2001, has
inspired new heights of political activism. At the Indianapolis mosque,
leaders have helped members register and urged them to vote.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim
civil rights group, has set up phone banks in Ohio, Election Day
transportation in Florida and issued Arabic voter guides in Michigan -- 
all
battleground states considered too close to call and likely to hinge on
turnout...

--- 

IN TAMPA: MUSLIMS SWITCH SIDES
Adam C Smith, St Petersburg Times, 11/1/04
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/11/01/Decision2004/Democracy_s_foot_sold.shtml

Four years ago, the crowd leaving Ramadan services at the Islamic 
Society
of Tampa Bay was ripe for Republicans. Bush overwhelmingly won over
Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans; they account for roughly 120,000 
votes
in a state Bush won by 537 four years ago.

The scene Friday offered a stark reminder of how much has changed with 
this
socially conservative electorate. After services, buses drove some 70
worshipers to early voting sites, offering sheets of candidate
recommendations that amounted to nearly straight Democratic tickets.

"This is life and death," Saleh Mubarek, a Bush supporter in 2000 who 
now
backs Kerry, said as he left services. "The most fundamental things in 
this
country - freedom and civil liberties - are threatened right now."

Over and over, the Tampa Muslims said they fretted about the Patriot 
Act
and how American authorities have targeted them for suspicion since 
Sept.
11. In get-out-the-vote phone banking, the Council on American-Islamic
Relations is finding more than 80 percent support for Kerry, a virtual
reversal of how area Muslims are believed to have voted in 2000.

"I have a bad feeling about this election," Yudebsy Aissam said as she
waited on the bus to vote early, citing drug costs, the economy and
resolving the war in Iraq as her top priorities. "I am afraid they will 
try
everything in their power to get President Bush back in power."

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KIDNAPPINGS ATTACKED 
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 10/29/04
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10805-2004Oct29.html

Six Muslim leaders from the Washington area yesterday condemned the 
taking
of hostages in Iraq and demanded the release of all prisoners. 

"Those who kidnap and murder civilians are violating Islamic norms and
deserve to be repudiated by Muslims in America, in Iraq and throughout 
the
Islamic world," the imams said in a statement read at a news conference 
at
the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a
Washington-based Muslim advocacy group. 

The statement was read a second time in Arabic by Mohamad al Hanooti, a
former imam of Dar Al Hijrah in Falls Church. Council officials said 
they
intend to disseminate it widely in the Arabic press of the Middle East,
where they hope it will have an impact despite the region's high level 
of
anti-American sentiment. 

"I think our message was very loud and clear to the kidnappers: That 
they
are harming Islam by these actions [which] are counterproductive . . . 
and
inhumane," said Nihad Awad, the council's executive director. The 
hostage
takers, he added, "cannot quote one verse in the Koran" to justify what
they are doing. 

In addition to Hanooti, the imams included Abdul Fazal Nahidian, 
Mohamad El
Sheikh, Faizul Khan, Mohamad Bashar Arafat and Daoud Nassimi. 

More than 150 foreigners have been kidnapped this year in Iraq and 
about
one-third of them have been killed, several by beheading. 

ALSO SEE:

UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC ETHICS
Jonathan E. Brockopp, CentreDaily, 11/1/04
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/opinion/10059279.htm

The Islamic tradition sees religiously sanctioned war as a positive 
means
by which God effects change in this world. But it also prohibits 
murder. It
is no surprise, then, that Muslim scholars have long argued over the 
ethics
of war.

In ethical terms, the normal prohibition of killing can disappear 
during
times of war.

Indeed, winning a war brings the risk of death and killing the enemy. 
This
suggests that war aims at some good that conflicts with the good of 
human
life, rendering it a means to an end.

For this reason, religious traditions that place a high value on human 
life
have an uneasy relationship with this most bloody of human endeavors.

While it may surprise some people, Islam does place a high value on 
human
life, and Muslim authorities also place clear limits on killing in war.
There are even Muslim pacifists who reject war altogether.

Major Muslim authorities have condemned the terrorist attacks of Sept. 
11,
2001, and the Beslan massacre as murder and not acceptable under the 
rules
of war.

Yet, as a way to combat injustice, war can be a moral good in Islam.

This does not mean that killing in war is an undifferentiated act or 
that
enemies are sub-human. All life is valued in Islam, and rules of war 
even
protect vegetative life, such as crops and trees.

Further, the Quran explicitly recognizes a common humanity, all of whom 
are
"children of Adam," so the simple state of unbelief does not cause 
one's
life to be forfeited.

Likewise, the fact that attackers are often motivated by politics, 
poverty
and desperation does not explain the use of religious rhetoric in
justifying their actions.

The world wants to know how a supposedly peaceful religion, one with a
history of religious tolerance, can also be the foundation of such 
violence.

There are at least two answers to this question, historical and 
structural.

Historically, we can trace the meaning of the word "jihad" and its 
function
as a central concept in the Islamic tradition...

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MUSLIMS SEEK HALAL FARE DURING RAMADAN
Bettye Wells Miller, Press Enterprise, 10/31/04
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_halal01.a1382.html

The meat counter at Hala Produce & Market in Riverside is an 
international
smorgasbord. 

Legs of lamb imported from Australia. Tins of corned beef from Uruguay.
Beef hot dogs from Iowa. 

All bear a halal stamp, a designation that tells Muslim shoppers that 
the
food has been prepared according to Islamic dietary rules. Halal means
"lawful" in Arabic. 
 
A lamb from Australia bears the Halal stamp, which indicates it was 
handled
in accordance with Muslim dietary rules.  
 
"It's very important to eat halal," said Omar Zaki, a Riverside Muslim.
"Muslims believe everything they do they are being judged on. ... There 
are
many Muslims who won't eat meats sold in (super)markets because they 
are
not certain it is halal." 

Eating halal food is important year-round, Zaki said. It becomes even 
more
so during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to 
dusk.
Ramadan began Oct. 16. 

Families that might otherwise buy meat from a supermarket and pray over 
it
before cooking "will go out of their way to buy halal meat" during the 
holy
month, Zaki said. 

Sales of halal meat increase significantly during Ramadan, the owners 
of
two Middle Eastern markets in the Inland area said. 

"Our Ramadan business goes up at least 10 to 15 percent extra, 
sometimes 25
percent if there are a lot of iftar invitations," said Shaker Mohammad, 
who
has owned the Hala market for 19 years. 

An iftar is the evening meal that breaks the daytime fast...

ALSO SEE: 

MUSLIM MOTHER SHINES A LIGHT ON THE FAITH WITH SONGS
Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/31/04
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/10061283.htm

'Music can be the bridge that connects one culture or religion to 
another,"
Lisa Abdelsalam writes in the liner notes to her children's CD, We 
Believe.
While that may seem like a message with global aspirations, for the
Hatfield Township woman it literally began at home.

Like many Muslims, the 41-year-old mother of three was horrified at the
events of Sept. 11, 2001, and worried how the actions of a few would
reflect upon a religion she had come to embrace. As the holiday season
approached, Abdelsalam and her family prepared for Ramadan, the 
monthlong
period of fasting, which in 2001 coincided with the Christmas, Hanukkah 
and
Kwanzaa holidays. 

A music teacher at the Abdelsalam children's former school, York Avenue
Elementary in Lansdale, was aware of their faith and approached their
mother about including a Ramadan song in the holiday pageant. 
Abdelsalam
searched but wasn't happy with the English-language songs she found. 
They
were too "hokey," she said, and were set to well-known American 
melodies.

The idea of writing a song herself came one night as she lay in bed - 
as
did the lyrics and melody, too. "I ran in and woke up my son, I was so
excited," Abdelsalam said with a laugh.

"We Stand as One in Ramadan" was performed at York Avenue's holiday 
pageant
by the older Abdelsalam children - Joseph, now 13, and Sophia, now 11 - 
and
22 other Muslim children at the school.

For Abdelsalam, who had never before written or performed music, it 
felt
like a revelation. She was compelled to write more. She had taken the 
song
to Connie Cooper, a secretary at York Avenue, who helped her "bang out 
the
melody" and transcribed it into sheet music for use by the school's 
music
teachers.

Cooper, now at North Wales Elementary, said the teachers were thrilled 
to
have Ramadan music for the school's holiday festivities. "With a 
changing
population, we try to represent everyone as much as possible."

The CD "embodies the new American Muslim culture," said Tarek 
el-Messidi,
inventory manager for the Muslim site Astrolabe.com, which is selling 
it.
He said it's proving very popular…

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GAELS' 7-FOOT CENTER REBOUNDS FROM KNEE SURGERY
Jennifer Starks, Contra Costa Times, 11/1/04
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/sports/10068573.htm

MORAGA - Every day, members of the St. Mary's College men's basketball 
team
take a break from the rigors of practice and jog to the sidelines for a
swig of water. And every day, center Reda Rhalimi stays behind.

It's not that Rhalimi isn't thirsty. He's really thirsty. But for now, 
his
religious convictions trump his thirst. 

Rhalimi, a Morocco native, is currently observing the Muslim holy month 
of
Ramadan, a 30-day holiday marked by worship and fasting. He must 
abstain
from food and drink from sunrise to sunset until Ramadan ends Nov. 12.

"I give him so much credit," Gaels sophomore Blake Sholberg said. "Just 
not
being able to drink water during our breaks. ... I give him a bunch of
props for that."

Rhalimi admits fasting is difficult, but waiting 12 hours for a 
sandwich
and a Coke is nothing compared to the waiting game he's endured for the
past two years.

Rhalimi tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while 
playing
at Daytona Beach (Fla.) Community College in January 2003. The road 
back to
health has been an arduous one for the 7-footer, involving two surgical
procedures and months of rehabbing. But with the 2004-05 season about 
to
begin, Rhalimi is finally ready to go.

"This is the best I've felt since I injured it," said Rhalimi, a 
junior.
"I'm getting my confidence back and trusting my knee. I need to be able 
to
make a move and do it without thinking about it. I just need to forget 
it
ever happened..."

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PENTAGON SUPPRESSES DETAILS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES, SAYS EXPERT
Raymond Whitaker, Independent, 10/31/04
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=577793

The Pentagon is collecting figures on local casualties in Iraq, 
contrary to
its public claims, but the results are classified, according to one of 
the
authors of an independent study which reported last week that the war 
has
killed at least 100,000 Iraqis.

"Despite the claim of the head of US Central Command at the time, 
General
Tommy Franks, that 'We don't do body counts', the US military does 
collect
casualty figures in Iraq," said Professor Richard Garfield, an expert 
on
the effects of conflict on civilians. "But since 1991, when Colin 
Powell
was head of the joint chiefs of staff, the figures have been kept 
secret."

Professor Garfield, who lectures at Columbia University in New York and 
the
London School of Hygiene and Public Health, believes the Pentagon's 
stance
has confused its response to the latest study. "The military is saying: 
'We
don't believe it, but because we don't collect figures, we can't 
comment,"
he said.

"Mr Powell decided to keep the figures secret because of the 
controversy
over body counts in Vietnam, but I think democracies need this 
information."

The first scientific study of the human cost of the Iraq war, published
last week in The Lancet, showed a higher level of casualties than 
previous
estimates. Iraqbodycount.net, a website which collects accounts of 
Iraqi
civilian deaths reported by two separate media sources, said yesterday 
the
toll was between 14,181 and 16,312, but admits that the spreading 
violence
in Iraq, which has made it all but impossible for journalists to move
around safely, has undermined its method. That did not prevent the 
Foreign
Secretary, Jack Straw, from using its figures to cast doubt on the 
academic
survey.

The Government would examine the results "with very great care", Mr 
Straw
told BBC Radio 4's Today programme last week. "It is an estimate based 
on
very different methodology from standard methodology for assessing
casualties, namely on the number of people reported to have been killed 
at
the time or around the time." Previously the Government has dismissed 
the
findings of the Iraqbodycount website.

The study by US and Iraqi researchers, led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health in Baltimore, surveyed 1,000 households in 33
randomly chosen areas in Iraq. It found that the risk of violent death 
was
58 times higher in the period since the invasion, and that most of the
victims were women and children...

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NOVEMBER 2004 MUSLIM VOTER EXIT POLL

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___ Yes 
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2. Who did you vote for?
___ George Bush
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___ Ralph Nader
___ Other - Specify: ________________

3. In which state did you vote? ________________

4. Did you experience any problems in casting your vote?
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS – 11/2/04

* HADITH OF THE DAY: RACISM REJECTED
* PAY YOUR ZAKAT TO CAIR
* MUSLIM VOTER EXIT POLL TO BE RELEASED
* CAIR-CAN: MOSQUE VANDALISM MAY BE HATE CRIME  
	- Canadian Muslims Fear Shattered Windows (CP)
	- INCITEMENT WATCH: Searching the Quran for Intolerance 
* CAIR-CAN: B'NAI BRITH ASKED TO REPUDIATE TERROR COMMENTS
	- Official Apologizes For Backing State Terrorism (G&M)
* CAIR-OH: MUSLIMS TO HOLD ‘SHARING RAMADAN’ BANQUET 
	- OH: Volunteers Flock to Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts (AP)
* MANY ARAB AMERICANS NOW SUPPORT KERRY (Mercury News)
	- Elections Key to UW Muslims (The Daily)
* GA: MUSLIM STUDENTS FACE NEW HURDLES (AJC)
* LECTURE ON WOMEN'S ROLES IN ISLAM (Western Herald)
	- CA: Patriot Act Invasive Of Rights (Daily Bruin)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: RACISM REJECTED

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once told a companion: "You 
are
not better than people (of other races) unless you excel them in 
piety." 

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1361

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PAY YOUR ZAKAT TO CAIR

Alhamdulilah (praise be to God), almost half a million has been raised 
to
date for CAIR’s $1 Million during Ramadan campaign. Please continue
donating generously to the campaign at
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/millionforislam.asp. 

We have half a million more to go and with your help, we can achieve 
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Remember that scholars say CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations.

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MUSLIM VOTER EXIT POLL TO BE RELEASED 

CAIR is currently compiling the results of a Muslim voter exit poll and
will release preliminary figures when they are available. 

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CAIR-CAN: POLICE SHOULD INVESTIGATE MOSQUE VANDALISM AS HATE CRIME 
Vandalism follows threatening phone calls to Winnipeg mosque
 
(Ottawa, Canada - 11/1/04) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called on local police to treat the recent
vandalism of the Manitoba Islamic Association mosque in Winnipeg as a
possible hate crime.
 
Reports indicate that on Sunday, October 31, 2004, vandals broke the 
glass
panels on both sides of the front entrance of the mosque. No worshipers
were present inside the mosque at the time.
 
Earlier in the week, threatening phone calls were made to the mosque 
and
subsequently reported to the police. 
 
This is the second time that the mosque was vandalized.  The first 
incident
occurred in 2001, when vandals smeared the front of the mosque with 
animal
feces, eggs and white paint. Garbage was also thrown in the area of the
mosque. No arrests have been made.
  
In a statement issued today, CAIR-CAN wrote:
 
"We call on local officials and the Winnipeg police to work together 
with
the Muslim community to ensure the safety of the mosque. 
 
"Canadian Muslims must have assurances that their institutions will be
protected, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, where 
worshipers
frequent the mosque more often and in large numbers."
 
Since September 2001, CAIR-CAN has documented hate activity against 19
Islamic institutions and mosques, including attempted arson, 
destruction
and defacement of mosque property, and graffiti threats.  Six of those
incidents have occurred in the last 7 months.
        
CONTACT: Abdurahman Salman at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org 

ALSO SEE:

WINNIPEG MUSLIMS FEAR SHATTERED WINDOWS AT MOSQUE MORE THAN VANDALISM
Steve Harris, Canadian Press, 11/1/04

WINNIPEG (CP) - Muslims who found the windows at Winnipeg's main mosque
shattered on Sunday say they fear there was more behind the act than
vandalism.

"Maybe it's a hate crime,'' said Ghassan Joundi, president of the 
Manitoba
Islamic Association. "It's a shock. It's really cruel when you see
something like that.''

Joundi said police declined to investigate, even though the mosque has 
been
attacked twice before and threatening phone calls have recently been 
made
to Winnipeg Muslim agencies.

"(Police) said it's only broken glass,'' said Joundi.

Const. Bob Johnson said Monday he could find no report about vandalism 
at
the mosque.

Joundi said the attack is especially upsetting given its timing during 
the
holy month of Ramadan.

"Every day, people come and pray at the mosque five times a day. Every
night there are more than 300 people, so there is a concern for their
safety.''

In February 2001, vandals smeared the building with animal feces, 
pelted
the front doors with eggs and paint and threw garbage around the site.

The previous December, eggs were thrown at the building. In a show of
support to the Muslim community, then-mayor Glen Murray visited the 
mosque
and publicly condemned the act and police investigated it as a hate 
crime.

"Given the history that it is not the first incident we would like it 
to be
taken seriously,'' said Abdurahman Salman, the Canadian director of
communications for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We're asking the Winnipeg police as well as local officials to condemn 
it
and to work with the Muslim community to make sure they're safe...''

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INCITEMENT WATCH: SEARCHING THE QUR'AN FOR INTOLERANCE
Steve Harris, Calgary Herald, 11/2/04
http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgaryherald/news/letters/story.html?id=1bc2f
5f3-e294-4a53-9787-6b8e04ef28c4 

Re: "Why tolerate intolerance?" Danielle Smith, Opinion, Oct. 30.

Danielle Smith is right that political correctness demands Canadians be
"tolerant of intolerance." 

But that only begs questioning: where does this intolerance come from, 
and
how prevalent is it within the Muslim world?

Considering that Islam and the Qur'an are one and the same, could it be
possible the Qur'an is the source of hatred towards others? Most of us
don't know the answer to that because we, as a nation, are reluctant to
objectively investigate its teachings. I have -- only to find God 
calling
me ape, swine, evil-doer, blasphemer, the worst of beasts, ridiculer of
truth, liar and patron of the devil. Talk about intolerance.

When I lived in Egypt, the expatriates in the company tried to organize 
a
picnic to get to know our Egyptian co-workers and their families 
better.
They told us "we aren't ready for that yet." Apparently, they didn't 
want
to subject their wives and children to a day spent with infidels.

As to worldwide Muslim sentiment, look no further than Friday sermons 
in
mosques calling for the killing of infidels, and to streets named after
Palestinian suicide bombers. If, as we are constantly being told, the 
vast
majority of Muslims are peace-loving, why are there no fatwas calling 
for
an end to acts of terror being perpetrated in their name, and why are 
there
no mass demonstrations for peace in Muslim countries?

SEND POLITE COMMENTS TO: letters@theherald.canwest.com
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MUSLIMS, ARABS CALL ON B'NAI BRITH TO REPUDIATE "TERROR" COMMENTS 
Israeli "terror" against civilians acceptable, says spokesperson on 
Coren
show
 
(Ottawa, Canada - 1/11/2004) - Three prominent national Muslim and Arab
organizations today called on the B'nai Brith to repudiate and clarify
comments made by its spokesperson that Israel's "terror" against
Palestinian civilians is acceptable.
 
The comments, on the October 19, 2004 Michael Coren Show, were made by 
Adam
Aptowitzer, Ontario chairperson of B'nai Brith's Institute for
International Affairs.  The episode was entitled, "What is a 
Terrorist?" 
 
In one statement, Mr. Aptowitzer notes that "terror is means to an 
end":

Aptowitzer: When Israel uses terror to go and, I say, uses terror to
destroy a home and convince people to be terrified of what the possible
consequences are, I'd say that's acceptable use to terrify someone.

Coren: Is it?

Aptowitzer: I'd say so.

Later in the show, the following exchange occurs:

Coren: When you fire into a building and you're not sure who will be 
there
and people die, that's an act of terrorism.

Aptowitzer: It would depend on the specific facts... I'll agree with 
you
and say Israel does make use of, I know I'll be misquoted, but the 
truth is
that terror is an option to be used by states in order to prevent 
deaths of
their own citizens and of others. Acts that take place in Gaza and West
Bank, you might want to classify them as terrorists sponsored by the 
state.
But when that is being done to prevent deaths, are we going to say that
that is wrong?

In a statement released today, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-CAN), the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) and the 
National
Council on Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR) wrote:

"Acceptance and promotion of terror tactics against a civilian 
population -
especially one suffering under a 37-year illegal occupation - have no 
place
within Canada.

"The comments by Mr. Aptowitzer legitimizing Israel's terror tactics
against civilians are a violation both of the most basic Canadian human
values and international law.

"We have every confidence that fair-minded Canadians will repudiate 
these
views in keeping with the universal principles of justice. The use of
violence against innocent civilians is unacceptable, regardless of the
perpetrator.

"We call on the B'nai Brith to unequivocally repudiate Mr. Aptowitzer's
comments and to condemn Israel's use of terror against Palestinian
civilians."

Recently, all three organizations issued statements and repudiated 
comments
made on the same show regarding the targeting of Israeli citizens over 
18
years of age.
       
                                  -END-

Contacts: Riad Saloojee, Executive Director, CAIR-CAN at 254-9704
Audrey Jamal, Executive Director, CAF at 416-493-8635 x23
Mazen Chouaib, Executive Director, NCCAR

ALSO SEE:

JEWISH OFFICIAL APOLOGIZES FOR BACKING STATE TERRORISM
Marina Jiménez, Globe and Mail, 11/2/04
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041102/NATS
02-2/TPNational/Briefs

A B'nai Brith official who called Israeli-sponsored state terrorism an
acceptable way to defend its citizens has retracted his comments and
apologized.

Adam Aptowitzer, Ontario chairman of the B'nai Brith Institute for
International Affairs, told The Michael Coren Show on the Crossroads
Television System, that state terrorism "that is being done to prevent
deaths" is not wrong. 

His comments prompted criticism from the Canadian Arab Federation and 
the
Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada 

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MUSLIMS TO HOLD ‘SHARING RAMADAN’ BANQUET 
People of all faiths will break the fast with Muslim community

(CINCINNATI, 11/1/04) -  On Sunday, November 7, the Cincinnati office 
of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will host its 1st
annual Ramadan Iftar Banquet. Guests will include public officials, 
civic
leaders and members of the interfaith community. "Iftar" is the meal 
eaten
after sunset to break the fast each day during the Islamic observance 
of
Ramadan.
	
WHAT:	1st Annual Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Banquet
WHEN:	November 7, 2004, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

CONTACT: CAIR-OH, Cincinnati, Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail:
cincinnati@cair-ohio.com; Brent Meyer, 513-276-1600
		
“As more than one billion Muslims worldwide observe the fasting of 
Ramadan,
it is important for the American Muslim community to reach out to its
neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals,” said CAIR-Ohio’s
Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. “We are pleased to be able to share 
our
American Muslim culture with our friends and neighbors during this 
special
month,” said Dabdoub.

The evening’s program will include presentations on Ramadan and 
CAIR-Ohio.
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims
abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn 
to
sunset.  

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in 
Canada.
	
CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: karen@cair-ohio.com; 
Brent
Meyer, 513-276-1600, E-Mail: meyer_brent@hotmail.com

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VOLUNTEERS FLOCK TO BUCKEYE STATE IN GET-OUT-THE-VOTE EFFORTS
Allen G. Breed, Associated Press, 11/2/04
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/10074435.htm

CLEVELAND - They spent the summer registering people to vote. Now the 
two
major political parties will try to make sure those people turn out to 
vote.

Volunteers from across the country descended on Ohio to take part in a
pitched battle to keep their man in the White House or to install a new
occupant...

Across this battleground state, unions and church groups were 
mobilizing to
bring voters to the polls, even as political operatives readied 
themselves
to challenge the results, should they not favor their candidate. In the
past week, Ohio voters have been bombarded with recorded telephone 
pitches
from across the political spectrum, from Laura Bush and Arnold
Schwarzenegger to Bill Clinton and comedian Chris Rock.

In a more targeted effort, the Ohio office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations said Monday its volunteers had contacted 
more
than 18,000 voters in its "Get Out the Muslim Vote" effort, which 
included
distributing Muslim voter guides at mosques during Ramadan prayers. The
group's national office has made much of recent polls showing American
Muslims drifting away from President Bush and toward Sen. John Kerry as 
the
war in Iraq continued.

"Muslims are not sitting by and watching this election," said Jad 
Humeidan,
director of CAIR-Ohio, who estimates there are 50,000 Muslim registered
voters in Ohio. "We are going to be full participants."

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BACKERS OF BUSH IN 2000, MANY ARAB AMERICANS NOW SUPPORT KERRY
Ruth Morris, Mercury News, 11/1/04
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/election200
4/10071530.htm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A week after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, 
President
Bush removed his shoes and stepped into a quiet mosque in Washington, 
D.C.
Hate crimes against Muslims had begun to crackle across the country and 
the
visit was meant to forestall further retaliatory violence...

Three years later, with the presidential campaigns in their final 
frenetic
stage, the sentiment has shifted. Citing lengthy and humiliating 
airport
checks, detentions and taunts, many Arab Americans say they'll be 
voting
for Sen. John Kerry on Tuesday, and not Bush, in the hopes that he will
reverse the racial profiling that has shadowed their communities...

Polls show a virtual sea change in political allegiance among Arab
Americans and Muslims who voted decisively for Bush four years ago, 
partly
because his emphasis on family values was a snug fit with their own
conservative leanings. A Project MAPS/Zogby International poll released
last month found 76 percent of Muslim Americans supported Kerry over 
Bush,
compared with 2000 when Bush garnered 42 percent of the Muslim vote 
versus
31 percent for Democrat Al Gore.

While their numbers are not huge in swing states, leaders in the Arab
American community are fond of pointing to the meager 537 votes that 
swayed
the last presidential election. When every vote counts, they say, this
sector of disgruntled voters counts in a big way.

``The civil rights issues have kind of alienated the Muslim community, 
from
the Patriot Act to the war on Iraq,'' said Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman 
for
Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, referring 
to
post Sept. 11 legislation that handed federal agents greater access to
private records in their hunt for terror suspects. ``It's not 
necessarily
that people think it will be any better with Kerry ... but they want to 
try
something different...''

ALSO SEE:

ELECTIONS KEY TO UW MUSLIMS
Kayla Webley, The Daily, 11/1/04
http://thedaily.washington.edu/news.lasso?-database=DailyWebSQL&-table=Artic
les&-response=newspage.lasso&-keyField=__Record_ID__&-keyValue=10604&-search

For members of the UW Muslim Student Association (MSA), Tuesday's 
election
has larger implications than economic policy, health care and taxes. 

"The Muslim vote is important because I'd say, more than any other
population, we've been affected the most by the policies after 9/11," 
said
Irmina Haq, public relations officer for the MSA.

Eighty percent of likely American Muslim voters say they plan to vote 
for
Sen. John Kerry in the upcoming presidential election, according to the
Council on American-Islamic relations Web site.

Though the MSA cannot officially endorse one candidate over another,
members align with national statistics in their support Kerry for 
president
because of the effect the current administration has had on their 
community.

"I think four more years of [George W.] Bush will be extremely 
detrimental
to the Muslim population, in considering immigration, residency status,
getting jobs and working within society," said Sara Levy, graduate 
student
in social work.

Haq feels that young members of the Muslim community have recently 
become
politically involved because of the direct effect the election could 
have
on their community.

"After 9/11 a lot of Muslim people, young Muslims in particular, felt 
the
need to really get politically involved. We've had demonstrations, we
joined groups, we created campaigns," said Haq. "When policy affects 
you,
the only way you can improve your standing is by getting involved and 
not
staying out of the picture. We had to get involved."

Legislation passed since Sept. 11, 2001 is the main issue of concern 
for
Muslims in regards to the election...

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MUSLIM STUDENTS FACE NEW HURDLES ON EARLY RELEASES
Brian Feagans, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/01/04
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1004/02muslimprayer.html

Gwinnett County schools and the family of two students at Duluth High
School continued negotiations Monday over how best to accommodate 
Muslims
who want to attend congregational prayer on Friday afternoons.

Last week, the school system presented three options excusing Muslims
students from the final class period every day of the week.

Members of the Rashied family of Duluth, who raised the question of 
Friday
prayer with school officials, initially were encouraged by the offer
because it would allow students in the state's largest school system to
attend the juma'a prayer required of Muslims on Friday.

But the arrangement could create another set of problems for families
unable to pick up their children early from school every day, said Isam
Rashied, a freshman at Duluth High. Isam's father first asked Duluth 
High
three years ago to release his eldest son early on Fridays, but was
rebuffed. 

"I think my dad was enthusiastic [at first] because he actually got
somewhere after three years," Isam said. "But then I talked to him 
about it
and we realized how many problems there were."

Attempts to reach his father, Khalid Rashied, for comment Monday were 
not
successful.

Isam said he would prefer to enroll in a sixth-period class and be 
excused
early only on Fridays. He would ask teachers to arrange make-up work.

But schools Chief of Staff Bobby Crowson rejected that, saying in an 
e-mail
to the Rashied family that excusing students only on Fridays would 
increase
both the workload and the political pressure on teachers...

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LECTURE TO CLARIFY WOMEN'S ROLES IN ISLAM 
Matt Fritz, Western Herald, 11/2/04
http://www.westernherald.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/11/02/4186ec3b9adf1

The Muslim Student Association will be combating misconceptions of 
Muslim
women for their semester event.

The lecture titled, "Women in Islam: Rights and Responsibilities," will 
be
held Nov. 16 and will include a dinner.

The purpose of this event, according to Yaser Al-Alawi, MSA president, 
is
to clarify some of the misunderstanding of women's roles in Islam for 
both
Muslims and non-Muslims. This is especially important today, he said,
because of the common misconceptions of Islam as a religion that treats
women unjustly.

Last year's events covered Islam in general, said Sarah Husain, 
community
relations representative of MSA's public relations committee, but now 
MSA
is tackling more specific issues.

"We wanted to focus on women in Islam because it's definitely one of 
the
most misrepresented groups among Muslims," she said. "People don't get 
to
hear the voice of Muslim women."

Speaking at the event will be Islamic scholar Imam Sirraj Wahhaj, the 
Imam
of Masjid Taqwa in Brooklyn, N.Y. Al-Alawi said Wahhaj was chosen to 
speak
because of his knowledge of the subject and experience communicating 
with
non-Muslims...

ALSO SEE:

PRESENTATION SPEAKER SAYS PATRIOT ACT INVASIVE OF MUSLIMS’ RIGHTS
Noah Cason-Zesiger, Daily Bruin, 11/2/04
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=30687

Americans will go to the polls today to express their views on such 
issues
as counterterrorism, the war in Iraq and the economy, but for some 
voters,
the most important issue will be the fate of civil liberties under the 
USA
Patriot Act. 

The act, which passed almost unanimously just six weeks after Sept. 11,
2001 without a public hearing in Congress, codified previously gray 
areas
of law enforcement and information gathering and initiated a massive
rethinking of immigration law. 

Last Wednesday, a day after the third anniversary of the act's passage, 
a
group largely comprised of Muslim students filed into Kerckhoff Hall, 
fresh
from breaking their daylight fast in observance of Ramadan and itching 
to
discuss a perceived assault on their Fourth Amendment rights. 

The presentation, titled "The Realities Behind the Patriot Act," was 
hosted
by the Academic Affairs Commission of the undergraduate student 
government,
the Muslim Student Association and the United Arab Society. 

Speaker Ban Al-Wardi, president of the Southern California chapter of 
the
Anti-Discrimination Committee, talked to the students about the act and 
its
impact on Muslim communities as well as her own family. 

Al-Wardi said that FBI agents came to her home and the homes of many in 
her
community, sometimes carrying guns and tape recorders. 

"They put a map of Iraq on the wall and asked my father, who immigrated
from Iraq 30 years ago, 'In which cities do you think it would be 
possible
for weapons of mass destruction to be hidden?'" Al-Wardi said... 

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EXIT POLL: 93 PERCENT OF MUSLIMS VOTING FOR KERRY
Samplings in Ohio and Florida show overwhelming support

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/2/2004) - Preliminary results of an exit poll by 
a 
prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group indicate 
that 
more than 90 percent of Muslim voters are casting their ballots for 
John 
Kerry in today's election.

In that early survey of 537 Muslim voters, conducted by the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 93 
percent 
of respondents said they voted for Kerry, 5 percent favored Ralph Nader 
and 
less than 1 percent said they supported President Bush.

The exit poll exceeds the results of a post-debate CAIR survey 
indicating 
that 80 percent of likely American Muslim voters planned to vote for 
Kerry. 
Today's poll results are also in line with the American Muslim 
Taskforce on 
Civil Rights and Elections - Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC) 
endorsement of John Kerry. SEE: http://www.americanmuslimvoter.net/

In the key battleground state of Florida, a CAIR sampling of 335 
Muslims 
who cast their votes today or in early polling shows that 95 percent 
voted 
for Kerry and just 3 percent voted for President Bush. Ralph Nader 
received 
under 2 percent of Muslim votes.

In Ohio, a similar sampling of 222 Muslim voters showed 86 percent 
voting 
for Kerry, 4 percent for Bush and 10 percent for "other" or a third 
party.

"We are seeing an unprecedented level of voter mobilization by the 
American 
Muslim community in this election," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad 
Awad. "I believe Muslim voters have come of age and will be a factor in 
all 
future elections."

Muslims from almost every state responded to the exit poll, with the 
most 
responses coming from California, Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, 
New 
York, Florida, and Ohio.

Surveys were faxed and e-mailed to Muslim individuals and organizations 
nationwide this afternoon.

In the weeks leading up to the election, CAIR launched a nationwide 
"Get 
Out the Muslim Vote" campaign that included phone banks in a number of 
election centers, distribution of Muslim voter guides and 
transportation 
services for Muslim voters.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide 
and 
in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 11/3/04

* VERSE OF THE DAY: RUSH TO FORGIVENESS
* VIEW CAIR'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY AD
* CAIR-OH: SCHOOLS ALTER RULES TO FIT RELIGIONS (Dispatch)
* LA: MOSQUE FIRE MAY HAVE BEEN ARSON (Times-Picayune)
	- MN: Islamic Center's Growth Sparks Debate (Star Trib)
* MD: BLACK, MUSLIM AND REPUBLICAN (Baltimore Sun)
* INTEREST IN ARABIC GROWING AT COLLEGES (Knight Ridder) 
* CAIR-CAN: B'NAI BRITH OFFICIAL QUITS AFTER REMARK (G&M)
	- Official Quits After Backing Israeli Terror (OC)
	- B'nai Brith Official Quits (The Record)
* GA: MCKINNEY HEADED BACK TO WASHINGTON (AJC)
* WA: MUSLIMS TRY TO SAVE HALAL SLAUGHTERHOUSE (Seattle PI)
* A DILEMMA: WHAT'S MODEST DRESS? (JTA)
	- AZ: Muslim Woman Calls for Understanding (Daily Star)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: RUSH TO FORGIVENESS

"Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord and for a garden 
whose
width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth that has 
been
prepared for the righteous. (The righteous are) those who spend (in His
way), whether in prosperity or in adversity, who control their anger 
and
forgive other people. For God loves those who do good."

The Holy Quran, 3:133-134

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VIEW CAIR'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY AD

CAIR has produced an advertisement marking its 10th anniversary of 
service
to the Muslim community. To view the ad, go to: 
http://www.cair-net.org/

To support CAIR's important work, please donate generously to CAIR's 
"$1
Million for Islam in Ramadan" campaign. We are already halfway to our 
goal. 

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REMEMBER: Scholars say CAIR is able to receive ZAKAT donations. 

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SCHOOLS ALTER RULES TO FIT RELIGIONS 
Bill Bush, Columbus Dispatch, 11/3/04
http://www.columbusdispatch.com

The Columbus Board of Education last night passed a policy governing
religion in the schools that creates rules for an increasingly diverse
student body. 

Under the policy, the district will try to meet the dietary needs of
students whose religion restricts what they eat, prohibit organized 
prayer
in the classroom during school hours and permit religious organizations 
to
use buildings during nonschool hours. 

In a last-minute amendment, the board added a provision allowing 
students
to wear "loose-fitting, nonrevealing clothing as required by 
established
religious practice," including head coverings, at all times, "even 
during
physical-education instruction."

The district may require a written explanation for such dress from a
religious leader, parent or guardian. 

The board also added a provision allowing students who are fasting to
request to be seated apart from students who are eating meals. 

But the district will not require schools to operate "a special-diet
kitchen." Instead, schools must "endeavor to offer an alternative 
entree.'' 

Board vice president Karen Schwarzwalder said the changes were largely 
the
result of input from religious groups. 

Jad Humeidan, executive director of the Council on American Islamic
Relations in Columbus, said he was pleased with the policy, which had 
been
in the works about a year. 

"We thought it was something that was definitely needed in Columbus 
Public
Schools," he said…

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan, 614-451-3232 or
614-571-2770, E-Mail: jad@cair-ohio.com; CAIR-Ohio President, Ahmad
Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail: ahmad@cair-ohio.com

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BLAZE DAMAGES MOSQUE IN ARABI
Steve Cannizaro, Times-Picayune, 12/3/04
http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/metro/index.ssf?/base/news-5/109938246196800.xm
l

A possible arson fire Sunday afternoon in a Muslim mosque in Arabi 
closed
for the Islamic month of Ramadan is being investigated by both St. 
Bernard
Parish and federal agencies. 

No one was injured in the 2:45 p.m. fire at the Islamic Association of
Arabi, 7527 West Judge Perez Drive. The blaze was under control in 15
minutes and extinguished within 45 minutes, Fire Department officials 
said. 
 
The fire began in rear sleeping quarters and caused moderate fire 
damage
and heavy smoke damage, officials said. 

The building had been closed for at least three weeks for the religious
observance and there were no utilities connected, officials said. 

Fire officials suspect vandalism; a broken window pane means someone 
may
have entered the building, Deputy Fire Chief Raleigh Richards said. 

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 
were
notified of the investigation and will be involved because of the
possibility of a hate crime, said Col. Richard Baumy of the St. Bernard
Parish Sheriff's Office. 

The mosque was opened in 1985 by the Islamic Association of Arabi as a
place of worship for the parish's growing community of Muslims. 

In the 1990s, the Islamic Association included more than 200 families 
in
St. Bernard Parish. Unlike New Orleans, where a large number of the 
Muslims
are Arabs, the majority of Muslims in St. Bernard are from India or
Pakistan. Many have been in the United States for several 
generations... 

SEE ALSO:

ISLAMIC CENTER'S GROWTH SPARKS DEBATE 
Sarah Mc Cann, Star Tribune, 11/3/04 
http://www.startribune.com/stories/142/5063213.html
  
The Islamic Center of Minnesota has outgrown its Fridley building and 
wants
to expand, but upset neighbors fear the center may grow too big for the
neighborhood. 

"I think neighbors really want to see them [the center] succeed in 
their
mission, but sometimes you get so big you need to move," said Tim 
Byrne,
who has lived near the center for 11 years. "Maybe their mission could 
be
fulfilled in a location that would meet their needs for parking and
traffic." 

The center is trying to address neighbors' concerns about parking, 
privacy
and traffic in the expansion's design, said Anwar Abdul Karim, the 
center's
vice president.

The center's main function is housing a school for preschool-grade 12
students, but it is used for other activities as well, including 
weekend
youth and adult education classes, a medical clinic, a food shelf and
prayer.

The center wants to expand the school in two phases, the first to add 
14
classrooms. The school now has about 350 students and its leaders want 
to
plan for 400 to 500 long term.

The city doesn't want to deal with the center's plan piecemeal, 
however, so
it asked the center to lay out a long-term vision. 

That vision includes a second phase of development including a 
multipurpose
room/gymnasium, offices, meeting rooms, a library, a kitchen and locker
rooms...

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BLACK, MUSLIM AND REPUBLICAN

BILAL'S NOT TILTING AT WINDMILLS; HE'S MAN ON A MISSION 
GREGORY KANE, Baltimore Sun, 11/3/04
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/elections/bal-md.kane03nov03,1,5331562.colu
mn

HE'S BLACK. He's a Muslim. And he's Republican. 

How's that for being a minority within a minority within a minority? 

As if that weren't enough, Baltimore attorney Melvin A. Bilal decided 
to
add another - trying to wrest a City Council seat in the newly created 
6th
District away from Democrat Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, one of the 
incumbents
in the old 5th District. 

But it's not that Bilal chose what may seem a quixotic mission. Folks 
at
his campaign headquarters on Liberty Heights Avenue said last night 
that
Bilal is a draftee. 

"We came to Melvin," said John Cason, a Muslim in Bilal's Northwest
Baltimore neighborhood. "We told him we need somebody who's not owned 
and
operated by anyone other than the people of the community…"  

"We need to get off this thing of Democrats or Republicans," Cason 
said.
"We need who's going to best represent us." 

For Cason, that would have been Bilal, who has already done extensive 
work
on education, drugs and crime, boarded-up houses, and bringing jobs to 
the
district. 

"My knowledge of the business community is going to be very helpful," 
Bilal
said. 

Cason said Bilal is part of a Muslim community that hopes to bring 
stable,
crime-free neighborhoods to the district. Cason and Bilal worked 
together
to shut down a liquor store in a neighborhood that already has far too
many. In Cason's view, Bilal has already done the work many feel
Rawlings-Blake hasn't done. 

"We pray that Melvin wins," he said. "But if he doesn't win, we're 
going to
keep the message going." 

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INTEREST IN ARABIC GROWING AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS
EDWARD M. EVELD, Knight Ridder News Service, 11/3/04
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/10078784.htm

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Tanner Wycoff is studying Arabic. His reasons are 
both
personal and global.

"There's a lot of hatred right now," he said. "Maybe I could be a good
influence."

During class recently at the University of Kansas, Wycoff and fellow
students huddled in threes, struggling to perfect a translation. They 
are
among a burgeoning number of American college students enrolled in 
Arabic
courses. 

The growing interest led the university to add a new section of Arabic 
this
fall. It's the same across the country. Enrollment in Arabic studies at 
the
University of Kansas jumped 58 percent, compared with last fall. 
Enrollment
has quadrupled in the past two years at the University of Pennsylvania. 
At
Georgetown University, where 370 students make up the largest Arabic
program among U.S. colleges, fall enrollment is up 36 percent over last
year.

Wycoff, a 25-year-old senior from Lawrence, Kan., wanted to experience 
a
new language and culture. So he studied Arabic in Morocco through the
university's study-abroad program. He made lasting friendships with the
family he stayed with.

"I was so grateful," Wycoff said. "They took me under their wing."

Wycoff had dropped out of college for a time but returned the semester
after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, determined to make a
difference. He's interested in a Mideast foreign service assignment 
with
the State Department.

Arabic is the language of about 200 million people and the liturgical
language of more than 1 billion Muslims. Europeans and other Westerners
have studied Arabic language and culture for 1,000 years, experts said.

But wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian
conflict helped create new demand for Arabic college courses in the 
United
States. The most recent national numbers, which cover the period from 
1998
to 2002, show enrollment in Arabic language classes jumping from 5,000 
to
more than 10,000, according to the Modern Language Association, a group 
of
educators and scholars.

A shortage of Arabic speakers has been lamented by U.S. military and
intelligence officials for years. But their objectives can be at odds 
with
academic interests.

The proposition that Americans suddenly need to understand Arabic to 
fight
terrorism upsets many who teach and love the language and culture…

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B'NAI BRITH OFFICIAL QUITS AFTER TERRORISM REMARK
Marina Jimenez, Globe and Mail, 11/3/04
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041103/BRIT
H03/TPNational/Canada

An official with B'nai Brith Canada resigned after statements he made 
on
The Michael Coren Show that Israel's use of state-sponsored terrorism 
is
justified to protect its citizens.

Adam Aptowitzer, former Ontario chairman of B'nai Brith Institute for
International Affairs, apologized for the comments, and the 
organization
announced yesterday it had accepted his resignation.

His remarks were condemned by Muslim groups, including the Canadian 
Council
on American-Islamic Relations, the Canadian Arab Federation and the
National Council on Arab Relations.

The groups said Mr. Aptowitzer's apparent endorsement of terrorism did 
not
receive the same degree of scrutiny by the news media as Mohamed 
Elmasry's
controversial statement on the same program that all Israeli citizens 
over
18 are fair targets for Palestinian suicide bombers. Mr. Elmasry, 
president
of the Canadian Islamic Congress, later apologized for his comments, 
but
his organization did not accept his offer to resign...

ALSO SEE:

B'NAI BRITH OFFICIAL QUITS AFTER BACKING ISRAELI ARMY'S 'TERROR 
TACTICS'
Bob Harvey, Ottawa Citizen, 11/3/04
http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/index.html

B'nai Brith, the Jewish human rights organization, has accepted the
resignation of one of its spokesmen after Muslim organizations made 
public
a transcript from a television program in which he said it is 
acceptable
for Israel to use terror against Palestinian civilians.

On Oct. 19, Adam Aptowitzer, the Ontario chairman for B'nai Brith's
Institute of International Affairs, and Mohamed Elmasry, the president 
of
the Canadian Islamic Congress, appeared on the Michael Coren Show. Mr.
Elmasry said all Israelis over 18 were legitimate targets for suicide
bombers. 

Mr. Aptowitzer told journalists: "This Elmasry guy considers any Jew to 
be
a valid target. I was appalled." Two weeks later, a transcript of Mr.
Aptowitzer's remarks was given to the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations
Canada (CAIR-CAN). Mr. Aptowitzer justified the use of "terror" tactics 
by
the Israeli military as necessary to save Israeli lives.

"When Israel uses terror to go, and, I say, uses terror to destroy a 
home
and convince people to be terrified of what the possible consequences 
are,
I'd say that's acceptable use to terrify someone," he said. Later, he 
said
"acts that take place in Gaza and West Bank, you might want to classify
them as terrorists sponsored by the state. But when that is being done 
to
prevent deaths, are we going to say that that is wrong?"

When his remarks were made public Monday by a group of Arab-Canadian
organizations, B'nai Brith said the statements did not reflect its
positions and accepted his resignation...

Riad Saloojee, executive director of CAIR-CAN, proposed yesterday that
Muslim and B'nai Brith leaders meet and start discussions between 
Muslim
and Jewish organizations...

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B'NAI BRITH OFFICIAL QUITS; QUOTED ON COREN SHOW AS SAYING ISRAELI 
TERROR
ON CIVILIANS 'LEGITIMATE'
Mirko Petricevic, The Record, 11/3/04
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041103/BRIT
H03/TPNational/Canada

An official with a Canadian Jewish advocacy group has resigned after 
making
controversial remarks on the same TV talk show that has a local Muslim
leader in trouble.

Adam Aptowitzer, Ontario chairman of the B'nai Brith Institute for
International Affairs, resigned Monday for saying that Israel 
legitimately
terrorizes Palestinian civilians to protect Israeli citizens.

Aptowitzer made his remarks on The Michael Coren Show on Oct. 19...

Aptowitzer's remarks were challenged this week in a joint news release 
from
the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), the 
Canadian
Arab Federation and the National Council on Canada Arab Relations.

The groups asked why the words had not attracted the same flurry of 
media
attention as what was said on the same show by Mohamed Elmasry, 
national
president of the Canadian Islamic Congress. They demanded that B'nai 
Brith
"repudiate and clarify" the remarks.

The same day, in a brief news release, B'nai Brith said "the measures
Israel is forced to take to protect itself against ongoing Palestinian
terrorist attacks against its civilians constitute legitimate 
self-defence
and not 'state terrorism.' "

Riad Saloojee, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations Canada, said yesterday he wasn't satisfied with the 
statement.

The council was one of the groups that demanded the clarification.

"The fact remains that terror is terror," he said. "There is no good 
form
of terror. The only way that we're actually going to achieve true 
dialogue
and peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is if we used, all of us, 
a
benchmark of universal justice. That means condemning terror. No matter 
who
perpetrates it..."

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MCKINNEY HEADED BACK TO WASHINGTON
Mae Gentry, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/03/04
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/election/1104georgia/03mckinney.html

Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who lost her District 4 
congressional
seat two years ago after criticism of the Bush administration's war on
terrorism, is headed back to Washington.

McKinney, who swamped Republican rival Catherine Davis with 64 percent 
of
the vote, will fill a seat vacated by Denise Majette, who lost her bid 
for
the U.S. Senate.

"What we represent is the future of America, the first step in taking 
our
country back," McKinney told supporters Tuesday.

Her heavily Democratic district encompasses most of DeKalb County and a
small slice of Gwinnett County.

The former five-term U.S. lawmaker was ousted from office in 2002, 
losing
to Majette after asserting the Bush administration knew of terror 
threats
before Sept. 11 but did nothing to prevent them so the president's 
friends
in the defense industry would profit.

Davis, a human resources manager for Sprint, faced an uphill battle 
against
McKinney.

From July through September, McKinney raised $174,345, according to the
Federal Election Commission. Davis raised $5,460.

McKinney said her priorities will be job creation, economic stability 
and
diplomatic alternatives to war.

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MUSLIMS TRY TO SAVE HALAL SLAUGHTERHOUSE
Vanessa Ho, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11/3/04
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/197904_nsecondary03.html

As local Muslims observe Ramadan this month, many have heeded the 
holiday's
call for charity by going to a halal slaughterhouse in the rural Pierce
County town of Sumner. 

There, on a few gravelly acres tucked against the mountains, they can 
have
lambs, cows and goats killed in accordance with Islamic dietary laws. 
Then,
they give the meat away or cook it for a fast-breaking feast to share 
with
friends and strangers.

But the slaughterhouse, called Crescent Custom Meats and the only halal 
one
in Washington, is in danger of closing down. That's because the city of
Sumner is proposing to change the zoning of the property to 
residential,
which means Crescent can still operate but won't be able to do much
expansion. 

The plant's president, Mohamed Aden, said a cap on expansion would 
severely
curtail business and possibly shut it down, because the aging 
facilities of
the slaughterhouse need much work to continue. 

"That building is very old," said Aden, who is Ethiopian and opened the
business four years ago with a group of other East African immigrants. 
"We
cannot do anything..."

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FOR WOMEN OF DIFFERENT FAITHS, A DILEMMA: WHAT'S MODEST DRESS? 
Lisa Sopher, JTA, 11/2/04
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=Religious+women+contemplat
e+dress&intcategoryid=5&SearchOptimize=Jewish+News
       
NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (JTA) - Though much else separates them, religious 
women
of Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds struggle with similar 
issues
related to their clothing.

According to Devora Zlochower, an Orthodox woman who directs the Drisha
Institute for Jewish Education, the Hebrew term tzniut, translated as
"modesty," comes from a biblical verse stating that man should "walk 
humbly
with God." 

But while modesty can be associated with many types of behaviors, it 
most
often is associated in Judaism with women's dress, a link Zlochower 
finds
disturbing.

As is customary among many Orthodox women, Zlochower covers her head 
with a
hat - though she leaves some of her hair showing, unlike her mother, 
who
wears a wig or a hat that covers all of her hair. 

Similarly, Sarah Sayeed, a Muslim who is an assistant professor at 
Baruch
College's School of Public Affairs, wears a scarf that covers all of 
her
hair - but not her face, as some Muslim women do.

As is traditional among Orthodox Jews, Zlochower began covering her 
hair
when she married. Sayeed decided to wear a head scarf after her first 
child
was born and she began to think of herself as a role model...

SEE ALSO:

U.S. MUSLIM WOMAN CALLS FOR UNDERSTANDING 
Maryam Mir, ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 11/2/04
http://www.dailystar.com/dailystar/allheadlines/46172.php 
 
Attitudes of negativity toward Muslim women do play a role in our fight
against worldwide terrorism. The answers do not lie in requiring Muslim
women to remove their scarves, whether in schools in France or on the
streets of Tucson, but are in the very core of our misunderstandings as
humans. Once we get over our misconceptions of one another, we are able 
to
begin building constructive avenues of communication and education. 
This
will bring us closer to understanding our common bonds. After all, 
we're
all made from the same clay. 
 
Without patience and understanding, the likes of the letter writer may,
horribly, grow into a continuous flood of paranoia resulting in the
shredding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the United States 
of
America. 

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