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cair-net Digest of: get.1601_1700

Topics (messages 1601 through 1700):

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Urged to Offer Condolences/Imams Called on to 
Condemn Terror/Mosques Asked to Increase Security
	1601 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Meet U.K. Ambassador to Offer Condolences
	1602 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Probes Indiana Mosque Fire
	1603 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Hoping to Be Heard/Islamic Mutual Fund/U.S. 
Readying Iraq Withdrawal?
	1604 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Feds Rearrest IL Man for Anti-Muslim Attack/OH Pastor Open 
About Disdain for Muslims
	1605 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA National Guard Under Fire for Anti-Islam Display
	1606 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims to Release Anti-Terror TV Ad
	1607 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: We Must Face the Enemy Together/Muslims Care/Lutheran 
Hospital Builds Mosque
	1608 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Help Muslim Anti-Terror Message Air on Local TV Stations
	1609 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.K. Muslim Leader Denied Entry to U.S./American Muslims 
Issue TV Ad
	1610 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Commentary in USA Today/Positive Reaction to Anti-Terror 
PSA
	1611 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Call Now to Impact Patriot Act Renewal
	1612 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CO Muslims Seek Mtg With Tancredo Over 'Bomb Mecca' 
Remark/The Quran's Influence on Western Civilization
	1613 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Rep. Tancredo: No Apology for 'Bomb Mecca' Remark
	1614 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadian Imams to Issue Statement Condemning Extremism
	1615 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Urge Republicans to Repudiate 'Bomb Mecca' Remark
	1616 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: First Live Broadcast from CA Mosque/NY Muslims Offer 
Condolences/Statement by Canadian Imams
	1617 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Anti-Muslim Hate is Not Patriotic/Talk-Show Hosts Meet CA 
Muslims/Tancredo Accuses Colleague of 'Pandering' to MI Muslims
	1618 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Egypt Bomb Attacks
	1619 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Don't Quote Quran Out of Context/'Middle Eastern With a 
Camera'/Muslim Inmate Not Allowed to Pray
	1620 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC Radio Host Says 'Islam is a Terrorist Organization'
	1621 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Suspicious' Fire Destroys Would-Be NJ Islamic Center/FL 
Anti-Muslim Church Sign Draws Criticism/Hispanic, Islamic Groups Want 
Tancredo Out
	1622 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Poll: Fewer Americans Link Islam to Violence
	1623 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Hate-Filled' Comments by DC Radio Host/CA Anti-Muslim 
Incidents Increase/ACLU Sues Over NC Quran Oaths
	1624 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslim Religious Council to Issue Fatwa Against Terror
	1625 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Homeowner Removes Quran 'Flushing' Display/DC Radio Host 
Calls Islam 'Terror Organization'/CAIR-CT On Guard Against Prejudice
	1626 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Backs Fatwa Against Terror
	1627 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC Radio Station Advertiser Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry
	1628 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC Radio Host Suspended Over Anti-Islam Remarks
	1629 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Southern California Mosque Vandalized
	1630 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Those Who Accuse Muslims of Silence Aren't Listening/Latino 
Muslims/Muslim-Bashing Sign/FBI Visits Mosque
	1631 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Find Room to Grow in DC Suburbs/PA Anti-Arab Game 
Raises Concern/AZ Cartoon Shows Bombs Given to Kids at Mosque
	1632 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Asked to Pray for Rain in Niger
	1633 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Probe Eyes Interrogation of U.S. Muslims/Positive 'Explore 
the Quran' Feedback
	1634 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC Radio Host Claims Quran Teaches Muslims to Lie
	1635 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NY Politicians Call for Racial Profiling/Muslims Speak Out 
Against Terror
	1636 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NY Sued Over Subway Searches/Iranian-Americans Targeted by 
FBI?
	1637 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Bus Attack by Israeli Terrorist
	1638 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: MI County Imposes Fines for Fake Halal Ads/NY Muslim Cabbie 
Returns Lost Diamonds
	1639 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: IL Man Arrested for Threatening CAIR, U.S. Mosques
	1640 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: RI Fire Probe Urged/Post-9/11 Work Bias Persists/Boucher 
Meets CA Muslims
	1641 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: VA Muslim Attacked by Men Shouting Racist Slurs
	1642 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: MI Muslims Meet with Paper Over Offensive Cartoon/No Group 
Holds Patent on Terror
	1643 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Profiling a Blessing to Terrorists/Police Investigate Attack 
on Muslim Woman
	1644 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islam, Democracy and American Muslims/Links Between Israeli 
Extremists, Americans
	1645 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: AZ Muslim Dies Helping Police Officer/Muslims in the 
Workplace/Islam and Non-Violence
	1646 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Where is the Quran on Violence?/African-American Muslims
	1647 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Quranic Passages on War Misinterpreted/Halal Law Protects 
Muslim Customers
	1648 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Imams, Mosques Urged to Endorse Anti-Terror Fatwa
	1649 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: No U.S. Tax Dollars for Israeli Settlers/Muslim Actor's Life 
as the Bad Guy
	1650 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Work with Mainstream Muslims to Defeat Extremism/Single 
Muslims Look for Love, With Chaperones
	1651 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA Muslims Will Respond to Arrests/AZ Muslims Offer Free 
Qurans/NY Muslims Meet ICE Officials
	1652 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Moderate Muslim Way to Counter Terror/CA Mosques Hold Open 
Houses
	1653 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Calls on JPMorgan Chase to Probe Racist Letter
	1654 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC Radio Host Fired Over Anti-Islam Remarks
	1655 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Robertson's Assassination Remarks
	1656 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Religious Base in Classrooms Adds to Lessons
	1657 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CA Man Finds No Joke with 'Mr. Bomber' Letter/U.S. Muslim 
Leader Seeks Bush's Support
	1658 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Don't Judge Islam, Christianity by Extremists/A New Welcoming 
Spirit in the Mosque
	1659 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Urged to Probe Racist Attack in Missouri/U.S. Muslims Put 
Faith in Political Arena
	1660 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-FL to Launch Anti-Terror, Free Quran Billboard/U.S. 
Muslims Feel Sidelined in Terror Fight
	1661 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Urged to Aid Hurricane Victims/CAIR Offers 
Condolences on Iraqi Civilian Deaths
	1662 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims to Hold 9/11 Vigil at U.S. Capitol
	1663 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Designate Friday as 'Hurricane Relief Day'
	1664 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Pledge $10 Million for Hurricane Relief
	1665 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Mosques Vandalized in NE, CA and NY
	1666 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Respond to Katrina/CAIR Presents Award to Imam 
W. D. Mohammed
	1667 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Muslims to Air Anti-Terror TV Ads on 9/11 Weekend
	1668 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force Launches Website
	1669 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Texas Muslims to Feed Hurricane Evacuees on 9/11
	1670 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Hughes Working to Ease Perceptions/More Students Choose 
Religion as Major
	1671 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Groups Help Hurricane Victims/Christians, Muslims Plan 
Joint 9/11 Projects/Youths Return to Islam
	1672 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Serve Katrina Evacuees/Christians, Muslims Worship 
Together/Muslim Message Decries Terror
	1673 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Register Today for Nasr Lecture on Shia, Sunni, U.S. 
Relations
	1674 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Tancredo Seeks Publicity with 'Crescent' Comments/Vandals 
Target TX Islamic Center/Muslims 'Loud and Clear' on Hurricane Aid
	1675 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Florida Muslims React to Vandalism at Islamic Center
	1676 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Michigan Mosque Vandalized
	1677 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Gov Suggests Wiretapping Mosques/Columnist Fired Over 
Profiling Op-ed
	1678 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Mosques Urged to Host 'Sharing Ramadan' Iftars
	1679 by: CAIR

Re: Musharraf Urged to Advocate Just Resolution to Mideast Conflict
	1680 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: MA Gov Criticized for Call to Wiretap Mosques/FL Police Probe 
Hate Crime at Mosque
	1681 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: David Frum, CAIR-CAN Settle Defamation Suit/1,800 Turn Out 
for CAIR-LA Banquet
	1682 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Change Face of S. Florida/Bias Threatens Muslim 
Careers
	1683 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Meet with King Abdullah in DC/OH Muslims to Feed 
the Needy in Ramadan
	1684 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-Philly Offers to Mediate Firefighter Beard 
Dispute/CAIR-Houston Dinner Postponed Due to Hurricane Rita
	1685 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Quran Requests Top 20K - Sponsors Needed
	1686 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-LA to Announce Housing Discrimination Suit
	1687 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Urge Your House Rep to Sign Ramadan Resolution
	1688 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Doc Awarded $2.45 Million in 9/11 Search Suit/PA 
Muslims Report Highway Attack
	1689 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NE Muslim Workers Halt Strike Over Prayers/Hijab Unfairly 
Adds to Job Interview Stress
	1690 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Asks States to Check Databases for Muslim Profiling
	1691 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Troops Use Photos of Iraqi Corpses to Access Porn
	1692 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Asked to Probe MD Mosque Vandalism/Army Ends Probe on 
Porn Site Photos of Iraq Corpses
	1693 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 30K Soldiers Registered on Porn-Corpse Site/FDNY to Swear in 
Muslim Chaplain
	1694 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Boeing, Bell Asked to Pull 'Mosque Attack' Ad
	1695 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Boeing, Bell, National Journal Apologize for 'Mosque Attack' 
Ad
	1696 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Islam Gains Hispanic Converts/Latino Women Find a Place in 
Islam
	1697 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Are Part of America's Social Fabric/Who Are American 
Muslims?
	1698 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Builds Ties with Muslims/Muslim Chaplain at Gitmo Tells 
of Abuses
	1699 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Help CAIR Raise $1 Million During Ramadan
	1700 by: CAIR

 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/7/05

* Hadith: Murder is a Great Sin
* American Muslims Respond to London Attacks:
            - CAIR Condemns 'Barbaric' London Terror Attacks
            - Letters to Editor Should Condemn Terrorism
            - U.S. Muslims Urged to Offer Condolences
            - CAIR Calls on Imams to Condemn Terror
            - American Mosques Asked to Step Up Safety Measures
* U.S., Canadian Muslims Condemn Attacks (UPI)
            - US Muslim Groups Condemn London Terror Attacks (AFP)
* CAIR-CA Asks FBI to Probe Bogus Mosque Mail
            - CAIR-LA: Know Your Rights Workshops
* CAIR-CA Offers Diversity Training for Police Cadets
* CAIR-CA: Mosque to Offer Free Korans (SJ Mercury News)
            - Feedback: 'Thank You for My Beautiful Quran'
* FL: Arson May Delay Islamic Cemetery (Orlando Sent)
            - FL: Arson at Muslim-Owned House (WFTV)
* CAIR: MN Muslims Say Celestica Doesn't Allow Prayer
* DC: Kashmir Peace Conference

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MURDER IS A GREAT SIN - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said one of the worst sins a person can commit is "to murder a human being."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 10

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS RESPOND TO LONDON ATTACKS - TOP

CAIR CONDEMNS 'BARBARIC' LONDON TERROR ATTACKS - TOP
http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1647&theType=NR

SEE ALSO:

LETTERS TO EDITOR SHOULD CONDEMN TERRORISM - TOP

CAIR is recommending that American Muslim groups and individuals use the points outline in the above condemnation of the London attacks to write letters to the editor for publication in local newspapers. The letters should outline the Muslim community's repudiation of terrorism.

To locate media outlets in your area, go to: http://www.capwiz.com/cair/dbq/media/

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U.S. MUSLIM URGED TO OFFER CONDOLENCES AT U.K. EMBASSY - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/7/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on U.S. Muslims to offer condolences in response to this morning's terror bombings in London by contacting British diplomatic offices in Washington, D.C., and around the nation.

Send condolence by e-mail through: http://www.britainusa.com/functions/feedback/enquiry.asp

British diplomatic offices outside Washington, D.C., include: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Seattle, Orlando, and Phoenix

SEE: http://www.britainusa.com/consular/embassy/

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CAIR CALLS ON IMAMS TO CONDEMN TERROR - TOP

CAIR today echoed a call by British Muslim groups for prayer leaders (Imams) at mosques around the nation to dedicate their Friday sermons (khutbas) to condemn terrorism and promote peace and interfaith harmony.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group recommended that sermons be based on CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" petition designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.

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."

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=169&page=AA

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AMERICAN MOSQUES ASKED TO STEP UP SAFETY MEASURES - TOP

At times of international crisis, the number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide tends to go up. CAIR is asking that American Muslim community leaders read and implement safety measures outlined below:

MUSLIM COMMUNITY SAFETY KIT TABLE OF CONTENTS:

* Report Suspicious Activity in Your Community
* Developing Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies
* Meet with Elected Representatives to Discuss Community Concerns
* Building Coalitions with Interfaith and Minority Groups
* Meet with Local School Principals to Discuss Student Safety
* Building an Emergency Contact List
* Hold a Community Meeting to Inform Others of Safety Guidelines
* Build a Community Support Network
* Reacting to Incidents of Anti-Muslim Hate
* Mosque Safety Guidelines

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Muslims must do their part to ensure the safety and security of our nation. If anyone notes suspicious persons or activities in their community, they should report it immediately to the local Field Office of the FBI. SEE: http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

DEVELOPING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Community leaders should immediately coordinate meetings between representatives of the Muslim community and local state and national law enforcement agencies. These meetings should focus on ways in which the community can help national security and on how authorities can protect Muslims and Arab-Americans from harassment and discrimination.

MEET WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY CONCERNS

Delegations of Muslim representatives should schedule meetings with local, state and national elected representatives or their key staff to discuss community concerns. To find out who represents your area on the local and national level, go to: http://www.capwiz.com/cair/home/

BUILD COALITIONS WITH INTERFAITH AND MINORITY GROUPS

Similar meetings should be coordinated with representatives of local interfaith and minority groups. These meetings should focus on building lines of communication and support, and hearing from these groups how they deal with discrimination and bigotry.

MEET WITH LOCAL SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO DISCUSS STUDENT SAFETY

Representatives of the Muslim community should meet with local school administrators to discuss safety plans for students and to sensitize the administrators to harassment of Muslim students.

BUILDING AN EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST

Community leaders should develop emergency e-mail and phone contact lists to be used in case of an incident that threatens the community's safety. Local imams, Islamic center board members, and Muslim activists should be on the lists.

A second list should be developed containing contact information for all local law enforcement agencies.

HOLD A COMMUNITY MEETING TO INFORM OTHERS OF SAFETY GUIDELINES

Call for a meeting of the local Muslim community to discuss the information outlined in this kit. The meeting should take place at a local mosque or Islamic center and should be advertised using the emergency contact list.

ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY SUPPORT NETWORK

Establish a network of community members who can offer emotional and material support to those who may be the victims of hate crimes or discrimination. Victims should not be left alone to deal with the negative impact of such incidents.

REACTING TO INCIDENTS OF ANTI-MUSLIM HATE

If you believe you have been the victim of an anti-Muslim hate crime or discrimination, you should:

1. Report the incident to your local police station and FBI office IMMEDIATELY. Ask that the incident be treated as a hate crime. Ask witnesses to give you their name and contact information.
2. Inform CAIR even if you believe it is a "small" incident. TEL: 202-488-8787, FAX: 202-488-0833, E-MAIL: cair@cair-net.org
3. Document the incident. Write down exactly what was said and/or done by the offender. Save evidence. Take photographs.
4. Act quickly. Each incident must be dealt with when it happens, not when convenient.
5. Decide on the appropriate action to be taken. Consider issuing a statement from community leaders, holding a news conference, organizing a protest, meeting with officials, or starting a letter writing campaign.
6. Mobilize community support. Contact CAIR and a local mosque or organization.
7. Stay on top of the situation.
8. Announce results. When the incident is resolved, make an announcement to the same people and organizations originally contacted.

CAIR MOSQUE SECURITY GUIDELINES - TOP

Areas of Vulnerability:

* Mosques located in isolated areas.
* Mosques left unattended for extended periods of time.
* Mosques with unsecured doors and/or windows.
* Absence of a burglar alarm system.
* Heavy exterior vegetation (shrubs, etc.) in which criminals may hide.
* Absence of exterior lighting.

Take the following safety measures:

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

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U.S., CANADIAN MUSLIMS CONDEMN ATTACKS - TOP
United Press International, 7/7/05
http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20050707-024337-3980r.htm

U.S. and Canadian Muslim groups condemned Thursday's subway and bus bombings in London, which killed at least 33 people.

"We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," said a statement issued by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. "American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in today's attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators."

The Islamic Circle of North America, based in Oakville, Ontario, also issued a strong condemnation.

"This is an inhumane crime and a devastating blow against humanity," a statement from the group said.

Similar statements were issued by other Muslim groups in Britain, which urged Muslims in the U.K. to aid in recovery efforts.

SEE ALSO:

US-BASED MUSLIM GROUPS CONDEMN LONDON TERROR ATTACKS - TOP
Agence France Presse, 7/7/05

The three leading US-based Muslim groups roundly condemned the deadly terror attacks in London, expressing sympathy for the victims and criticizing the use of Islam in the attacks.

"We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," read a statement from the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which describes itself as the largest US-based Muslim civil liberties group.

"American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in today's attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators," the statement read.

Another US-based group, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, issued a statement in which it "unequivocally condemns" the attacks.

"Islam considers the use of terrorism to be unacceptable for any purpose," the statement read. "Any individual or group that claims that these heinous actions serve as a redress for legitimate grievances is dreadfully mistaken."

Group members "extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the British people."

A third group, the Burbank, California-based Islamic Relief and development group, "condemns categorically" the London terror attacks.

"A crime of this nature is a crime against all of humanity," the group said in a statement. "In order for good to prevail we must continue to be united."

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CAIR-LA ASKS FBI TO PROBE BOGUS MOSQUE MAIL - TOP

(ANAHEIM, CA, 7/7/05) - The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) has called on the FBI to investigate letters sent to people across the United States that appear to come from a local Islamic center, but in fact originate from unknown parties in another part of the state.

According to Sajid Mahmud, acting president for the Islamic Center of Northridge - Tampa Mosque, several returned envelopes were received at the center on Friday. The envelopes contained materials that would lead recipients to believe that Islam does not support friendly relations with people of other faiths. Mosque officials said that no one known to them sent out the letters.

"The person or group of people who sent these bogus letters is obviously trying to divide Americans along religious lines," said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan. She called on Islamic centers and Muslim organizations in California and around the nation to report similar returned letters they may receive to CAIR-LA and to local law enforcement authorities.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail: socal@cair.com

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-LA KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOP AT ISLAMIC CENTER OF CLAREMONT - TOP

WHAT: On July 10, the Islamic Center of Claremont and CAIR-LA will present a "Know Your Rights Workshop" to learn from experts about immigration issues, civil rights and social activism.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

* Janna Evans, Director of Community Liaison, U.S. Citizenship and Department of Homeland Security
* James Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
* Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director, CAIR-LA

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 2005, 11 - 1 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center of Claremont, 3641 N. Garey Ave. Pomona, CA 91769
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, 714-776-1847, E-Mail: socal@cair.com or ICC (909) 593-1865

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CAIR-LA KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOP AT ISLAMIC INSTITUTE OF ORANGE COUNTY - TOP

WHAT: On July 22, the Islamic Institute of Orange County Public Relations Committee, in coalition with CAIR-LA, will present: "Activism 101: Learn the Skills and Tools Used to Engaged the Media and Protect Civil Rights."

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

* Sabiha Khan, Communications Director, CAIR-LA
* Ra'id Faraj, Public Relations Director, CAIR-LA

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2005 7-9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Institute of Orange County 1220 N. State College Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92806
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, 714-776-1847, E-Mail: socal@cair.com or IIOC 714-533-6271, publicrelations@masjidomar.com

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SACRAMENTO POLICE CADETS RECEIVE DIVERSITY TRAINING ON ISLAM - TOP
CAIR-Sacramento Valley offers presentation on Muslim beliefs and practices

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/7/05) - The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) recently conducted diversity training for 46 graduates at the Sacramento Police Training Academy.

The CAIR-SV representative offered a presentation designed to make the graduates aware of issues that they might face when dealing with the diverse Muslim community in Sacramento.

"From speaking to the staff and recruits, the training was well received. . .The recruits appreciated the information," said Academy Commander Sergeant Floyd Harvey. "Diversity training is important for our staff so that they can learn about other cultures and religions. Muslims form a big part of the Sacramento Community and the Police Department represents and works for all."

Topics addressed in the presentation included the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, the status of women in Islam, the diversity of the American Muslim community, and ways in which area Muslims can have better relations with law enforcement authorities. A question-and-answer session followed the presentation.

CAIR-SV also distributed a booklet, "A Law Enforcement Official's Guide to the Muslim Community," designed to familiarize the law enforcement community with Islamic beliefs and practices. The booklet covers issues such as religiously-sensitive techniques for body searches, proper etiquette for entering Muslim homes and advice on outreach to the Islamic community.

"With more than 45,000 Muslims living in the greater Sacramento area, law enforcement officials need to be aware of issues related to Islamic beliefs and practices," said CAIR-SV President Hamza EL-Nakhal

CONTACT: CAIR-SV, 916-441-6269, E-Mail: sacval@cair.com

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CAIR-CA: MOSQUE TO OFFER KORANS AT NO COST - TOP
Lisa Fernandez, Mercury News, 6/7/05
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/12073347.htm

Responding to reports of the Koran being abused in detainee camps, and in an effort to enlighten Americans about Islam, the Bay Area's largest mosque will hold a two-hour open house Sunday and give away copies of the faith's holiest book.

Program coordinator Amina Ansari said there will be 500 copies of the text available. The event is co-hosted by the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Muslim Community Association, and is part of a nationwide campaign that began May 17 as a response to a recent Newsweek report, since retracted, about Guantanamo Bay prison guards flushing a Koran down the toilet.

Ansari said 15,000 copies of the Koran have been distributed nationally so far, and most of the recipients have been non-Muslims.

"We were concerned," she said, "about how to respond, and we wondered what we could do without proselytizing. We wanted the general public to gain more familiarity with Islam."

The open house will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at MCA Community Hall, 3003 Scott Blvd. in Santa Clara. Contact Ansari at (408) 986-9874 or click on www.cair-net.org/explorethequran/ for more information.

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'EXPLORE THE QURAN' FEEDBACK: 'THANK YOU FOR MY BEAUTIFUL QURAN' - TOP

CAIR RECEIVED the following e-mail from a recipient of a free Quran:

"I wanted to thank you for the gift of my beautiful Quran, which arrived today and now holds an honored place in my desk with other revealed scriptures of the world."

Another e-mail stated: "Thanks for the information and for this opportunity for those of us who are not Muslims to learn and understand more about the faith of Islam. Peace be with you."

To obtain or sponsor a FREE Quran, go to: www.explorethequran.org

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FL: ARSON MAY DELAY ISLAMIC CEMETERY - TOP
Willoughby Mariano, Orlando Sentinel, 7/7/05
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-locvarson07x070705jul07,0,298891.story

These eight acres of oak hammocks and horse pasture in east Orange County are a landmark for area Muslims. The land is the planned site of the area's first Islamic cemetery. For the first time, Muslims will be able to bury their own.

Then early Wednesday morning, someone forced open a door of a house on the property. They lit a broom in the kitchen and set the empty house aflame.

Investigators concluded that the fire was arson. Now they and leaders of the Islamic Society of Central Florida wonder whether the motive is anti-Islamic hate.

"It's a heartbreak," said Muhammad Musri, Imam of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, as he walked through the charred remains of the home. Society volunteers had spent hours painting it, and used their own trucks and chain saws to clear away overgrown brush. (MORE)

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ARSON BLAMED FOR FIRE AT HOME OWNED BY ISLAMIC SOCIETY - TOP
WFTV, 7/6/05
http://www.wftv.com/news/4688841/detail.html

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Fire marshals are investigating a suspicious house fire in Orlando. The Islamic Society of Central Florida owns the home.

The fire started in the kitchen of the vacant house and was so fierce it burned right through the roof, more than 30 feet into the air. Investigators say they have no doubt it was arson and the house's owner says he has little doubt it was a hate crime.

"This only shows the hate and anger of whoever did it," said Imam Muhammad Musri, Islamic Society of Central Florida.

Musri had such high hopes for the house. He runs the Islamic Society of Central Florida, which has gone years without a proper burial ground for Orlando's 30,000 Muslims. They bought the eight-acre property next to the Chapel Hill Cemetery a few months ago. It would have been a caretaker's house. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS SAY THEIR EMPLOYER HASN'T MADE ROOM FOR PRAYER - TOP
Myron P. Medcalf, Star Tribune, 7/7/05
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5494010.html

Five times a day, Ahmed Elmi removes his shoes and moves into position to worship and pray to Allah. Five times a day, he pleads for forgiveness and future fruitfulness.

Elmi, 30, of Minneapolis, has a routine that is symbolic, sacred and mandatory to his spiritual integrity.

But Elmi and more than a dozen Muslim employees at Celestica Inc. in Arden Hills alleged at a news conference Wednesday that their sacred routine is being threatened by managers who are requiring that they pray only during scheduled work breaks.

They contend that the company has terminated or suspended 15 Muslim employees since May and threatened others with the possibility of discipline because of their prayer schedules.

Pam White, a spokeswoman at Celestica headquarters in Ontario, Canada, said Wednesday that the company has always embraced diversity and accommodated religious practices.

The company has even provided its Arden Hills employees with a separate prayer room, she said.

White also said that no employee has been terminated or suspended for religious reasons.

"Celestica does not believe that we are in violation of any laws," she said.

Elmi and other current and former Muslim employees have asked that the company change its policy to respect religious diversity and reinstate those who were suspended or fired.

As of Wednesday, 35 of them -- most of whom are Somali -- had retained the legal help of Arsalan T. Iftikhar, national legal director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Iftikhar, who appeared with employees at the news conference at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis, said his clients are not asking for additional break time. (MORE)

CONTACT: Arsalan Iftikhar at 202-415-0799, E-Mail: arsalan@cair-net.org

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KASHMIR PEACE CONFERENCE - TOP

WHAT: Fifth International Kashmir Peace Conference

WHERE: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Rayburn House Office Building
(Gold Room #2168)
{Independence Avenue & First Street}

WHEN: Thursday, July 14th-Friday July 15th,
Registration begins at 8.00 a.m.

CONTACT: Misbah: Tel: 202-628-6789; Fax: 703-295-8683; E-Mail: kashmirconference@yahoo.com

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U.S. MUSLIMS MEET U.K. AMBASSADOR TO OFFER CONDOLENCES

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/8/05) - Local and national representatives of the American Muslim community met today with the British ambassador in Washington, D.C., to offer condolences for the deaths and injuries suffered in yesterday's bomb attacks in London.

The Muslim delegation included representatives of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations in the Washington, D.C., area.

Prior to meeting with Ambassador David Manning, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed signed the embassy's book of condolences set up following Thursday's bombings. In the meeting, Ahmed and the other Muslim leaders reiterated their community's condemnation of the attacks and expressed solidarity with the people of Britain.

Ambassador Manning told the Muslim visitors that the bombings targeted every segment of his nation's multicultural population and that the attacks should not be linked to Islam, which he described as a faith of "peace, reconciliation and tolerance."

Yesterday, CAIR called the subway and bus bombings "barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused." (SEE: www.cair.com) The group also called on Muslims to offer condolences at British diplomatic offices nationwide and urged prayer leaders (Imams) in American mosques to condemn terrorism in their Friday sermons. (Friday is the day of congregational prayer in Islam.)

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/9/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that the FBI is investigating an apparent arson attack on an Indiana mosque as a possible hate crime.

Local Muslim leaders and law enforcement officials told CAIR that a rock was thrown through a window of the Islamic Center of Bloomington sometime last night. Liquid "accelerant" was then poured through the window and ignited. The fire was extinguished before if could do major damage to the facility. A burned Quran, Islam's holy text, was also found outside the mosque.

Investigators from the Bloomington police and fire departments are working with FBI agents to apprehend the perpetrators.

"We thank the FBI and local law enforcement agencies for their swift and professional response to this disturbing incident," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We can only hope that the vandalism and fire were not prompted by the tragic events that occurred in London on Thursday."

Hooper said CAIR is also investigating reports that an Islamic prayer area in a Houston, Texas, medical center was vandalized and defaced with racist anti-Muslim graffiti on Friday.

In response to similar incidents and to the recent controversy over alleged desecrations of the Quran in Guantanamo Bay, CAIR launched a campaign, called "Explore the Quran," designed to provide free Qurans to Americans of all faiths. More than 15,000 people have already taken advantage of that offer. To obtain or sponsor a free Quran, go to: http://www.explorethequran.org/

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/10/05

* Verse: Pray and Remember God
* CAIR-DC: Muslims Hoping to be Heard This Time (Newsday)
            - CAIR-FL: U.S. Muslims Decry Terror Attacks (FL Today)
            - CAIR-FL: Muslims Condemn Blasts (Miami Herald)
            - CAIR-OH: True Muslims Denounce Terrorism
            - CAIR-CA: Local Muslims Decry Attacks (Sac Bee)
            - CAIR-CA: London Bombings Condemned (OC Register)
            - CAIR-CA: Muslim, Groups Condemn London Bombings
            - NM: Muslims Appalled by Terrorism (Abq. Trib)
            - NJ: Muslims Slam London Attacks (AP)
* IN: Fire at Mosque Probed As Hate Crime (Indy Star)
            - Six New Zealand Mosques Vandalized (TVNZ)
            - Arsonists Target Mosque in UK (ITV)
* MI: Center Invites All to Learn About Islam (Flint Jrnl)
            - IA: Islamic Center Holds 'Ice-Breaker' (DM Reg)
* CA: Woman Plays Cupid for Pakistani Muslims
* Mutual Fund Complies With Laws of Koran (Bloomberg News)
* US, UK Readying Iraqi Withdrawal-Report (Reuters)
* US Army Struggles to Grasp Foreign Cultures (Reuters)
            - Wall to Cut Off 55,000 Palestinians (Reuters)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: PRAY AND REMEMBER GOD - TOP

"Prayer restrains (mankind) from shameful and unjust deeds, and remembrance of God is surely the greatest of all deeds."

The Holy Quran, 29:45

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HOPING TO BE HEARD THIS TIME - TOP
Ellis Henican, Newsday, 7/10/05
http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-nyhen104338161jul10,0,3857674,print.column

It was one of the ugliest myths of 9/11, repeated so many times some people actually started to believe it.

The myth was that large numbers of American Muslims danced and cheered when the planes hit the towers, celebrating a vicious attack on innocent civilians as some kind of twisted victory for Islam.

This was always a lie.

Oh, sure, a couple of knuckleheads here and there might have clowned for a TV camera. And every group has its evil zealots on the fringe. But they didn't speak for the vast majority of American Muslims any more than Eric Rudolph, the Olympic Park bomber and Christian Identity nut-job, speaks for American Christians.

Similarly, reports of thousands of high-fiving American Muslims in the 9/11 aftermath were always a vicious, damaging slander, pounded by a few race-baiting demagogues, spread by testosteronic talk-radio hosts, repeated so many times it finally became impossible to say where the claims originally came from.

Actually, we didn't get quite as much of that talk in New York as they did in a lot of places. Mostly, we knew better.

I'm like a lot of people here, I guess. I can't get to work in the morning without having at least casual contact with a Muslim or six, starting with the Pakistani guy at the newsstand and the Syrian woman at the coffee place.

And I'm pretty sure neither one of them wants to see me incinerated on the No. 6 train platform.

Do you, Mohammed?

I hope not, Hala!

Good.

Militant jihadists have struck again, in London this time - and the sweeping generalizations are about to erupt again.

Or are they?

Having learned a few lessons from last time, American Muslim leaders sprang into action Thursday morning, putting out loud and clear denunciations of the latest terror attacks. No words were minced.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Association of North America - every major group had put a statement out by the time their leaders headed to their mosques on Friday afternoon.

And it wasn't just the big, national groups. They were joined by the Islamic Association of North Texas, the American Moslem Society of Dearborn, Mich., and just about every group with a letterhead and an M in its name.

"We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," the Council on American-Islamic Relations declared. (MORE)

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CAIR-FL: AMERICAN MUSLIMS DECRY TERROR ATTACKS - TOP
Ahmed Bedier, Florida Today, 7/10/05
http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050710/OPINION/507100309/1004

On behalf of the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim community we join Americans of all faiths -- and all people of conscience worldwide -- in unequivocally condemning Thursday's bomb attacks in London as barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused.

American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in the attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

Muslim scholars, clergy and organizations worldwide continue to condemn violent acts of terror committed against humanity.

In 2004, our organization launched an online petition drive, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.

The petition states in part: "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."

To view or sign the petition, go to: www.cair.com.

Ahmed Bedier is the Central Florida director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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MUSLIMS CONDEMN BLASTS, HATE - TOP
Trenton Daniel, Miami Herald, 7/9/05
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/12090328.htm

Leaders of South Florida's Muslim community met Friday to convey their sympathy and to denounce the bloody London bombings believed to be the handiwork of Islamic terrorists.

Hailing from West Palm Beach to Kendall, almost a dozen members of area Islamic groups gathered at the Miami Gardens Masjid to offer words of support and a call for justice, a day after explosives ripped through three subway trains and a double-decker bus, killing more than 50 and wounding more than 700.

''Florida Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in yesterday's attack and call for the swift arrest and punishment of the criminals responsible for these bombings,'' said Altaf Ali, executive director of Florida's Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group also known as CAIR.

But the news conference aimed to serve another purpose: to spread the word that Islam is a peaceful religion and to call for police protection in the event of a local anti-Muslim backlash.

''At the same time, we urge law enforcement officials to ensure the safety of all people, including members of the Muslim community who may be targeted by vigilantes,'' Ali said.

On Friday, news organizations reported that a mosque in England was attacked.

Muslim leaders at the news conference reported that South Florida has seen no serious incidents, though there were a few troubling cases, they said. (MORE)

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CAIR-OH: TRUE MUSLIMS DENOUNCE TERRORISM - TOP
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), 7/9/05
http://www.dispatch.com/

The London bombing act of terrorism is inexcusable and unjustifiable. Muslims join Americans of all faiths and all people of conscience worldwide in condemning this heinous crime.

American Muslims offer their sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims, as well as their families and loved ones, of Thursday's terrorist attacks.

These are moments of sadness. These evil deeds make all of us victims. Those who claimed responsibility have no regard for human life, which is cherished by Islam.

God said in the holy Quran: "On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone slew a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people. And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people." (Quran 5:32) (MORE)

AHMAD AL-AKHRAS
President
Ohio chapter
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Columbus

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CAIR-CA: LOCAL MUSLIMS DECRY ATTACKS - TOP
Cameron Jahn, Sacramento Bee, 7/9/05
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/13202389p-14045438c.html

Sacramento-area Muslim leaders denounced terrorism Friday, calling the London attacks a major setback after four years of outreach to the non-Muslim community.

"We are still guilty by association," said Irfan Haq, spokesman for the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations. "For the Muslim community who worked hard to reach out to Muslims and people of all faiths, it is a direct hit on all of them."

Attendance at Friday prayers was down 20 percent at the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims mosque in east Sacramento, as people stayed home to grieve, Haq said.

The SALAM center will host a community meeting to discuss terrorism and its impact on the local Muslim community at 7 p.m. next Friday.

"As Muslims, we utterly deplore these heinous and horrific acts that contradict all laws of Islam and civilization," the Council on American Islamic Relations' Maren Shawesh said at the news conference at Masjid Annur Islamic Center.

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LONDON BOMBINGS CONDEMNED - TOP
Ann Pepper, Orange County Register, 7/8/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/07/08/sections/news/news/article_590002.php

Orange County groups and religious leaders have joined prominent national Muslim organizations in issuing condemnations of the terrorist bombings Thursday in London.

"American Muslims join other Americans of all faiths and people around the world in condemning these horrific and barbaric crimes which can never be excused," said Sabiha Kahn, spokeswoman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, which represents an estimated 170,000 Muslims in Orange County.

Her group is the largest advocacy and civil rights organization for Muslims in North America.

"We offer our sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured in the attacks," she said.

Kahn said she did not recognize the name of the organization that has tentatively been named in connection with the attack.

"But it doesn't matter who they are," she said. "They need to be brought to justice."

Unlike the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in this country when CAIR's Anaheim office faced an influx of e-mails and hate calls, Khan said she received positive communication after Thursday's attacks.

"We did get several phone calls already today thanking us for our swift and unequivocal condemnation of the London terror. I think the difference is that here in Orange County people are probably more aware of the Muslim community. We've been building relationships through our work and through the American Muslim community in general. We've been trying to educate others about Islam, and people here are generally open-minded and want to learn. It shows how far we've come as a community in understanding one another," she said Thursday. (MORE)

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MUSLIM, INTERFAITH GROUPS CONDEMN LONDON BOMBINGS - TOP
Momo Chang, Inside Bay Area, 7/9/05
http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_2848821

SAN FRANCISCO - Muslim and interfaith groups from across the Bay Area gathered at the Islamic Society of San Francisco Friday to send a clear message to those responsible for the "heinous" and "barbarous" London subway bombings Thursday.

"We're joining Americans of all faiths to condemn the attacks in London," said Imran Maskatia of Hayward, a member of the Islamic Networks Group. "Those who are responsible for the acts are distorting and defaming the name of Islam."

Many from Islamic organizations felt that a quick response to Thursday's bombings was necessary to prevent any misunderstandings about Muslims.

"Those who committed these crimes act in their own name only," said Amina Ansari of the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, and added that the Quran condemns violence.

Ansari said her organization has received over 100 hostile e-mails over the last 24 hours. "There have been no threats of violence, but there is an environment of hostility," she said, who works for the Bay Area chapter of CAIR in Santa Clara. "We've gotten 3-4 calls in the office with people saying 'Muslims are terrorists, go back to your country, we don't need you here.'"

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LOCAL MUSLIMS APPALLED BY TERRORISM, MARRED BY PREJUDICE - TOP
Phill Casaus, Albuquerque Tribune, 7/9/05
http://www.abqtrib.com/albq/op_columnists/article/0,2565,ALBQ_19865_3913518,00.html

Less than 12 hours after terrorists blew up trains and a bus and about 700 lives in London Thursday morning, a man named Abdul Rauf Campos-Marquetti felt compelled to issue the following news release to New Mexico's media outlets:

On behalf of the Muslim community here in New Mexico and around the world, we strongly condemn the act of terrorism that claimed the lives of innocent people today in London. Our prayers and condolences are with them and their families. The terrorists who are hiding behind the peaceful religion of Islam shall never prevail and are not representative of the over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. (MORE)

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N.J. MUSLIMS SLAM LONDON ATTACKS - TOP
Associated Press, 7/9/05
http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050709/NEWS03/507090340/1007/BUSINESS

NEWARK - Muslims across the United States are denouncing the bombing of London's transit system and bracing themselves for a renewed wave of harassment that has continued since the Sept. 11 attacks.

As Muslims gathered for Friday prayers, some New Jersey mosques posted guards at entrances to check bags, peered into garbage cans and circled buildings to make sure no suspicious packages were nearby.

The attacks Thursday killed dozens and injured more than 700, and authorities have said they had the signatures of the al-Qaida terror network.

Aref Assaf, president of the Paterson-based Arab American Forum, urged people to refrain from blaming the entire Arab and Muslim community for the attacks.

Leaders of New Jersey's Muslim community have not asked police to increase patrols near mosques as they did in 2001.

This time, they're doing it themselves, said Sohail Mohammed, a Clifton lawyer who has tracked security issues for the community since Sept. 11.

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FBI: FIRE AT MOSQUE PROBED AS HATE CRIME - TOP
Rob Schneider, Indianapolis Star, 7/9/05
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050709/NEWS01/507090489/1006/NEWS01

A fire at a Bloomington mosque early Saturday is being investigated as a hate crime by the FBI and members of its Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The incident took place at the Islamic Center of Bloomington, where a ground-floor window was broken and an incendiary device was used to start a fire, an official of the mosque said.

FBI Agent Wendy Osborne confirmed that the FBI "received information on an attempted arson or some type of fire that occurred in Bloomington."

"The FBI did respond, and we are investigating and treating this incident as a hate crime, which we take very seriously," Osborne said.

Task force members are officers from local police departments. The force is used to assist the FBI in investigating any domestic or international terrorist act, she said.

A member of the mosque who stopped by between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. to use the restroom at the two-story brick building, located at 1925 E. Atwater Ave., discovered the fire before it caused extensive damage, said Nathan Ainslie, president of the mosque's executive board.

A burned Quran, Islam's holy text, was found near the broken window, and fire damage inside the building was limited to a wall, Ainslie said.

When asked if the mosque had received any messages or threatening calls, he said, "Not to my knowledge. I can't comment on some of this stuff, because the investigation is ongoing."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., released a statement Saturday saying, "We can only hope that the vandalism and fire were not prompted by the tragic events that occurred in London on Thursday."

On the day terrorists set off explosions in London, the council issued a statement advising mosques in the United States to step up safety measures, noting that at times of international crisis, anti-Muslim incidents nationwide tend to increase. (MORE)

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SIX AUCKLAND MOSQUES VANDALIZED - TOP
TVNZ, 7/10/05
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411415/596900

Auckland's Muslim community found six mosques vandalised and walls tagged in graffiti with the message "Londoners RIP" following the terrorist bombings in London that killed more than 50 people.

In what appeared to be a co-ordinated series of attacks in central, south and west Auckland, vandals smashed glass windows and doors and left variations of the same message in black paint on walls facing the street.

Muslim leaders and government ministers condemned the attacks.

New Zealand Federation of Islamic Associations president Javed Khan said it was the first time an attack on this scale had occurred against the country's 40,000 Muslims, about 25,000 of whom live in Auckland.

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ARSONISTS TARGET MOSQUE IN MERSEYSIDE - TOP
ITV, 7/9/05
http://www.itv.com/news/britain_1460219.html

Arsonists have targeted a Mosque in the north of England, sparking fears it may have been in retaliation to the bomb attacks in London.

Fire broke out at the Wirral Islamic Cultural Centre, Shahjalal Mosque, on Birkenhead, Merseyside in the early hours of the morning.

Although the building was empty at the time, one man who lives in a flat above the mosque was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Chief Superintendent Alan Jones, of Merseyside Police, described the attack as "senseless and very dangerous".

He added: "It is of great importance in the current climate that Merseyside sees itself as one community, and we must be united in our condemnation of those that would target people based on their age, race, religion or gender.

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CENTER INVITES ALL TO LEARN ABOUT ISLAM - TOP
Joe Lawlor, Flint Journal, 7/9/05
http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-30/1120918808263600.xml

CLAYTON TWP. - Dr. Abdelmajid Jondy preached a message of peace Friday at the Flint Islamic Center, while condemning the terrorist attacks in London.

"Islam is a peaceful religion," Jondy said. "Those who kill innocent people are not Muslim."

Jondy, president of the center, said he's concerned about terrorists using Islam for political reasons and giving the religion a bad reputation. A group tied to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the bombings that have killed about 50, although authorities Friday were still gathering evidence.

Jondy said the truth is that Muslims are good citizens who don't commit crimes.

"All of you are decent people," Jondy told attendees at Friday's service at the center. "You don't break into people's homes. You don't rob banks. You don't shoot people at McDonald's. Society is ignoring these facts about you."

Mustafa Ghannoun of Flint Township said Muslims are "under the microscope" in the United States, and as a gas station owner, he's already heard negative comments from customers about the London bombings.

"One man said a word to me that I cannot repeat in this place," Ghannoun said, pointing to the spacious center.

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ISLAMIC CENTER HOLDS 'ICE-BREAKER' - TOP
Clark Kauffman, Des Moines Register, 7/10/05
http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050710/LIFE05/507100333/1039/LIFE

Last week, while preparing for Saturday's open house at the Islamic Center of Des Moines, one of the Muslim organizers received a disturbing phone call.

"Tell me, when are you going to blow up another bus?" asked the male caller, making an apparent reference to last week's terrorist attacks in London.

The imam of the center, Ibrahim Dremali, says the call is indicative of some people's lack of understanding when it comes to Islam and the Muslim people. Some Americans still equate peace-loving Muslims with foreign terrorist extremists, forgetting that there are at least 2 million Americans of the Islamic faith.

Saturday's open house was intended to help "break the ice between Muslims and non-Muslims," Dremali said. About 70 people attended a morning presentation at which Dremali and a panel of guest speakers sought to dispel some of the more common myths associated with Islam.

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FREMONT WOMAN PLAYS CUPID FOR PAKISTANI MUSLIMS - TOP
Jonathan Jones, Inside Bay Area, 7/10/05
http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_2850347

FREMONT - Think it's hard finding a mate to settle down with? For Muslim immigrants looking for a traditional marriage arrangement, the considerations go way beyond whether a potential spouse likes country music or hip-hop.

In Pakistan, as in other Muslim countries, families play an important role throughout the marriage process. Typically, parents find spouses for their children. A boy's mother usually will contact a girl's family to arrange a meeting for a potential couple.

In determining whether two people are a good match, families often take into account caste, ethnicity, native province and religious sect.

But as Islamic practices continue to evolve in American culture, some Pakistani Muslims are turning to matchmaking services as a way to maintain some resemblance to traditional marriage arrangements.

Firdous Kamran, a Pakistani-born woman who has lived in Fremont on and off for more than two decades, knows all about it.

She is a 5-foot-2 Kashmiri who describes herself as a moderate Sunni Muslim. Her hobbies include reading, social work and writing short stories. She is an Aries who has been married since 1973.

She is also the founder of Family Connections, a matchmaking matrimonial service for Pakistani Muslims living in North America. (MORE)

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AMANA COMPLIES WITH LAWS OF KORAN - TOP
Ludwig Marek, Bloomberg News, 7/10/50
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/09/AR2005070900122.html

Nicholas Kaiser's Amana Income Fund is outperforming the U.S. stock market this year by following the laws of the Koran. Managed in compliance with Islamic principles known as sharia law, the fund was the best performer of 19 U.S. mutual funds tracked by Bloomberg that are governed by social or religious principles.

The fund can't own shares of financial institutions such as banks that charge interest. Banking stocks are trailing the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index in 2005. Energy stocks, the benchmark's top performers, aided by record oil prices, are among its largest holdings.

"Under the current circumstances, the restricted selection helps us to look for good stocks," Kaiser, 59, said from his office in Bellingham, Wash. The $41.6 million fund owns shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC, the world's two largest publicly traded oil companies.

Amana Income, named for an Islamic term meaning "to have faith," gained 25 percent in the past 12 months, almost triple the S&P 500's 9 percent return.

The assets of the Amana Income Fund and the Amana Growth Fund, also run by Kaiser, increased 64 percent in the 12 months ended May 31 to a combined $95 million. The growth fund climbed 24 percent in the past year.

Inflows into so-called socially responsible funds rose 40 percent faster than net investments in professionally managed funds between 1995 and 2003, according to a study released by the Social Investment Forum, a Washington-based trade group. Updated figures are due in November.

"There is still very strong interest in socially responsible investing," said Amy Domini, chief executive of Domini Social Investments LLC in New York. Her firm oversees the Domini Social Equity Fund, the category's largest, with $1.26 billion in assets.

Kaiser, a Bellingham native, doesn't practice Islam, has never been to the Middle East and doesn't speak any Arabic. Kaiser said he was approached in 1984 by the North American Islamic Trust, a Burr Ridge, Ill., group that oversees assets of the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, and other organizations.

"I had no idea about Islamic funds then," he said.

Two years later, after working with the trust's directors and scholars to form an investment strategy based on Islamic law, he helped start the Amana Mutual Trust Fund. (MORE)

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UK MEMO SAYS US, UK READYING IRAQI WITHDRAWAL-REPORT - TOP
Reuters, 7/9/05
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L09407645.htm

LONDON - A leaked document from Britain's Defence Ministry says the British and U.S. governments are planning to reduce their troop levels in Iraq by more than half by mid-2006, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.

The memo, reportedly written by Defence Minister John Reid, said Britain would reduce its troop numbers to 3,000 from 8,500 by the middle of next year.

"We have a commitment to hand over to Iraqi control in Al Muthanna and Maysan provinces (two of the four provinces under British control in southern Iraq) in October 2005 and in the other two, Dhi Qar and Basra, in April 2006," the memo was reported to have said.

The memo said Washington planned to cut its forces to 66,000 from about 140,000 by early 2006.

"Emerging U.S. plans assume 14 out of 18 provinces could be handed over to Iraqi control by early 2006," the memo said.

The United States is training Iraqi forces to take over the country's defence in the face of an insurgency involving allies of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and foreign militants allied to al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

But critics say Iraqi troops are not ready to take charge of security in their country.

"There is, however, a debate between the Pentagon/Centcom, who favour a relatively bold reduction in force numbers and the multi-national force in Iraq, whose approach is more cautious," read the memo. (MORE)

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US ARMY STRUGGLES TO GRASP FOREIGN CULTURES - TOP
Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters, 7/10/05
http://www.metronews.ca/reuters_international.asp?id=82905

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army plans to train its officers to think like their enemies and better understand foreign cultures after an Army report found that no one could have envisioned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Small groups of officers soon will take classes in cultural anthropology and cross-cultural communication as U.S. troops continue to battle insurgents daily in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Academic experts welcomed the move, but said reshaping the U.S. military would be difficult, given continuing reports of religious intolerance at military institutions and charges of detainee abuse abroad.

The Army's report, released last month, concludes that even seasoned analysts failed to predict a strike of the magnitude of the 2001 attacks because they based their assessments on U.S. culture, values and reasoning. . .

Lobna Ismail, who has done hundreds of cross-cultural training sessions for FBI officials, said the military's failure to understand Arab concepts of honor -- for instance by entering a house where women are alone -- had already fueled perceptions in Iraq of American arrogance, costing the United States potential supporters.

Yvonne Haddad, professor of history at Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, faulted U.S. officials for alienating people in Islamic countries with speeches geared to appeal to the U.S. Christian right.

"Every time President Bush speaks, he creates more enemies," she said. "People think he has declared a war on Islam."

Haddad said she remained worried the military would use its newly acquired knowledge to "subjugate people rather than in trying to work with them."

The Council on American Islamic Relations welcomed efforts to better understand other cultures, but said it was continuing to monitor the U.S. military after reports of inappropriate proselytizing by evangelical Christians at the Air Force Academy, said spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

An Air Force report last month faulted the academy for failing to accommodate "adherents to minority beliefs," but concluded there was no "overt religious discrimination."

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BARRIER TO CUT OFF 55,000 JERUSALEM PALESTINIANS - TOP
Matthew Tostevin, Reuters, 7/10/05

JERUSALEM, July 10 (Reuters) - Some 55,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem will be separated from work, schools and hospitals in the holy city by Sept. 1 when Israel's barrier is completed, according to an Israeli cabinet decision on Sunday.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has called for workers to speed up building the barrier, which Israel says stops suicide bombers and Palestinians call a grab for West Bank land even as the Jewish state quits settlements in the occupied Gaza Strip.

The cabinet on Sunday set Sept. 1 as completion date for the barrier around Jerusalem, which will separate more than one-fifth of the Palestinian residents of the city they want as the capital of a future state. (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/11/05

* Hadith: God's Love
* CAIR Rep on C-SPAN'S 'Washington's Journal'
* CAIR-DC Forum: 'Muslims and Free Markets'
* CAIR: Feds Rearrest IL Man for Anti-Muslim Hate Crime
            - Feds Indict Two Men for 2003 Attack
* Incitement: Ohio Pastor Open About Disdain for Muslims
* CAIR-MO: Solidarity with London on Terror Bombings
            - CAIR-DC: Condolences for Bomb Victims (Seattle Times)
            - CAIR-OH: Muslim Community Condemns London Acts
            - CAIR-MD/VA: Terror in London (Washington Times)
* CAIR-CA: Muslims Hold Open House (Mercury News)
* CAIR-MI: Hundreds Gather to Remember Bosnian Killings
* For Muslims, Charity Can Carry Risks (Chicago Trib)
* Israel Seeks $2.2 Billion from US for Gaza Pullout
            - Israeli Barrier Meant to Ensure Jewish Majority (AP)
* 'Catholic Terror' was Never Used for IRA (Guardian)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD'S LOVE - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) quoted God as saying: "My love is obliged to those who love each other for My sake, who sit with each other for My sake, who visit each other for My sake, and who give to each other generously for My sake."

Al-Muwattah, Volume 51, Hadith 15

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CAIR REP ON C-SPAN'S 'WASHINGTON'S JOURNAL' - TOP

CAIR Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" on Saturday, July 9, to discuss the recent terrorist attacks in London and other issues.

To view the interview, go to:
rtsp://video.c-span.org/project/ter/ter070905_wjhooper.rm

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CAIR-DC FORUM: 'MUSLIMS AND FREE MARKETS' - TOP

* Are there enough Muslims in business?
* What do Muslims in business contribute to community and society?
* How do business people relate to the concerns of equity and justice?

An Address by

* Fakhri Al-Barzinji, President, International Graphics and Amana Publications
* Rehan Dawer, Senior Vice President, Guidance Financial Group

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2005, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR's Capitol Office, 453 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Seating is limited. Refreshments are provided
To R.S.V.P please e-mail mnimer@cair-net.org by July 11

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CAIR: FEDS REARREST MAN IN HATE CRIME - TOP
NATASHA KORECKI, Chicago Sun-Times, 7/11/05
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/hate11.html

In 2003, Eric Nix was charged with a hate crime after he hurled a fireworks-type mortar into a Muslim family's van in Burbank.

But months later, Nix got off with what the Muslim community called "a slap in the face"--two years probation and anger management classes. That case was in state court.

Today, in a rare move, federal authorities have stepped in and rearrested Nix, 26, and charged him in the same incident.

This time though, Nix faces up to 10 years in prison on a federal civil rights charge.

The feds also charged his friend, Daniel Alba, 31, with lying to authorities and leading the investigation astray. . .

Nix also served a month in prison in 2001 after an Oak Lawn Police officer saw him throw a brick through the window of an Arab-owned furniture store in Burbank, the southwest suburb where Nix and Alba live. The incident happened two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"When you have a situation where somebody brings what could have been deadly force against a family and then gets off with anger management classes, we obviously don't believe that was appropriate," said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group.

"I think the original case did not take into account the seriousness of this person's actions. I think it's entirely appropriate to bring federal charges against him."

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TWO BURBANK MEN INDICTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH ALLEGED BOMBING OF VAN BELONGING TO ARAB FAMILY IN 2003 - TOP

CHICAGO - Two south suburban men were arrested today on federal charges in connection with the alleged bombing of a van in Burbank in 2003, the Justice Department and the United States Attorney's Office announced today.

One defendant was charged with violating the civil rights of the owner of the van and her family, all of Arab descent, and the second defendant was charged with lying to investigators.

The defendants were charged in separate grand jury indictments that were returned last Thursday and unsealed today following their arrests, announced Brad Schlozman, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division; Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Andrew L. Traver, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The defendants, Eric K. Nix, 26, of Burbank, and Daniel R. Alba, 31, also of Burbank, were arrested this morning. Nix was charged with one count of violating the victims' civil rights, specifically interfering with their housing rights by using an explosive. Alba was charged with one count of making false statements to ATF agents.

Defendant Nix has an initial appearance scheduled before Magistrate Judge Levin at 11:00 a.m. today, and defendant Alba is scheduled for his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Nolan at 3:00 p.m. today. Both defendants will appear in U.S. District Court.

The Nix indictment alleges that on March 21, 2003, Nix detonated a commercial aerial explosive shell inside a van belonging to Victim A, which was parked in front of the residence of Victim A and her family in the 7700 block of South Mayfield in Burbank. Nix allegedly violated the family's civil rights by force and threat of force involving the use of an explosive, and interfered with Victim A and her family, all of whom were of Arab descent, because of their race and national origin and because they occupied the single-family dwelling where the van was parked.

The Alba indictment alleges that four days later, on March 25, 2003, Alba lied to ATF agents investigating the bombing when he said that he did not know who had caused an explosion in the van, when, in fact, he allegedly did know the identity of the individual who caused the explosion.

The explosion, which occurred just days after the beginning of war in Iraq, caused extensive damage to the van.

"During periods of global tension, residents of this country must obey the law and refrain from engaging in hostile action toward any individuals on account of their race or national origin," Mr. Fitzgerald said. "We are committed to protecting the civil rights of all people by prosecuting anyone who breaks the law by depriving others of their right to live free from harassment and violence."

If convicted, Nix faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. Alba, if convicted, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The Court, however, would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed.

The government is being represented in court by Michael K. Khoury, a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Young.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the United States has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: AUSA Rick Young, (312) 886-7660, PIO Kim Nerheim, (312) 353-5318, DOJ Public Affairs, (202) 514-2007

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INCITEMENT WATCH: PROMINENT OHIO CHRISTIAN RIGHT LEADER SURPRISINGLY OPEN ABOUT HIS DISDAIN FOR MUSLIMS - TOP
Anastasia Pantsios, Cleveland Free Times, 7/11/05
http://www.athensnews.com/issue/article.php3?story_id=21076

Ohio Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Blackwell has made no secret of his ties to Ohio's Christian conservatives.

He seems to be especially tight with the Rev. Rod Parsley, whose World Harvest Ministries in suburban Columbus is headquarters for a growing religious empire. The sprawling campus is home to a congregation of 12,000, a Bible college, kindergarten-through-12th grade school, and an international TV ministry.

Parsley's ties to Blackwell are close and many. The two stumped Ohio together last October in support of the anti-gay-marriage Issue 1. Blackwell spoke at the World Harvest Church during a weekend in April celebrating Parsley's latest book, "Silent No More," whose jacket boasts the following endorsement from Blackwell: "This book should inspire men and women of faith ... and make 'values voters' a force that politicians can no longer ignore." Parsley returns the favor in the acknowledgments: "Ohio's Secretary of State, the Honorable Kenneth Blackwell: thank you for your courageous and outspoken support of moral value... Character like yours is instrumental in restoring honor to public service."

Parsley clearly aspires to greater political influence: his Center for Moral Clarity is part of the Ohio Restoration Project, a thinly veiled "Christians for Blackwell" movement. So their heaping praise on each other is not surprising.

But it will be interesting to see how Blackwell handles the tricky parts of such alliances. For example, Parsley's blunt attacks on Muslims.

Take, for example, these quotes from chapter five of "Silent No More," titled "The Deception of Allah":

"The God of Christianity and the god [sic] of Islam are two separate beings."

"Muhammad received revelations from demons and not from the true God."

"Islam is an anti-Christ religion that intends, through violence, to conquer the world."

Parsley goes on to argue that "America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed," and that "Islam is responsible for more pain, more bloodshed and more devastation than nearly any other force on earth at this moment." He speaks of the "persecution" of Christians by Muslims, and dismisses the latter as deluded illiterates. . .

Ahmad Al-Akhras, president of the Ohio chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) said: "It is disturbing that someone in the cloak of religion and supposedly a follower of the great faith of the peaceful Jesus Christ would spew such venom. This is ignorance what he is saying. This same exact type of claim [about propagating violence] can be prepared about any other religious or ethnic group. Just collect the crimes committed by people who claim to be followers of such groups, whether like Christians or Jews or otherwise. You can put them together and create the impression that this group or that group is responsible for all the crimes of humanity.

"The message of Jesus is the message of peace and the message of embracing other people. Apparently, [Parsley] does not seem to understand this. I think those politicians who are being courted by him need to be called upon and they should denounce his hatred."

The Free Times asked Blackwell spokesman Carlo LoParo to comment on Parsley's writings. LoParo responded by forwarding the text of a speech that Blackwell made to the American Muslim Council three years ago.

Among general thoughts on freedom and fighting terrorism, he said: "Already I have seen many instances of our shared moral code overshadowing our differences, as citizens of all races, religions, and ethnicities form alliances to make sure our national security is preserved within the framework of the Constitution... and to fight bigotry."

Asked again for a response to Parsley's words, LoParo did not reply.

CONTACT: CAIR-OH, Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail: ahmad@cair-ohio.com

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS: SOLIDARITY WITH LONDON ON TERRORIST BOMBINGS - TOP
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/10/05
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/editorialcommentary/story/823A6E4CE60757B68625703900318E1E?OpenDocument

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, St. Louis Chapter, joins Americans of every faith and people of conscience across the world in condemning Thursday's bomb attacks in London.

We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in these attacks. We also call for swift action in apprehending and punishing the perpetrators.

No injustice done to Muslims can justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will serve the cause of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any group or individual who commits, condones or justifies such brutal and un-Islamic acts, whatever name they give themselves. These acts violate the Islamic principles of preserving the sanctity of life and protecting the safety and security of innocent civilians.

We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of the Quran and the teaching of Prophet Muhammad.

Kamal Yassin Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, St. Louis Chapter

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CAIR-DC: THIS MEANS PEACE - TOP
The Seattle Times, 7/8/05
http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=frilets08&date=20050708

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joins Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning Thursday's bomb attacks in London as barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused.

American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in the attacks, and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

In 2004, CAIR launched an online petition drive, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition states in part: "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."

To view or sign the petition, go to: www.cair.com
Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director, CAIR, Washington, D.C.

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CAIR-OH: MUSLIM COMMUNITY CONDEMNS LONDON ACTS - TOP
Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/10/05
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050710/EDIT0202/507100313/-1/all

On Thursday the world witnessed the bombing and terrorizing of innocent people in London. The Muslim community in Cincinnati, the United States and around the world joins people of all faiths in condemning these inexcusable acts of terror. The killing of innocent people is a heinous crime no matter their nationality or faith. Those who have claimed responsibility for these crimes have no regard for human life. This is a sad moment for all of humanity.

The Quran, the book of scripture for Muslims, is very clear that the taking of innocent human life is forbidden. Justice is one of the main themes of Islam. Those who commit acts of terror and murder and claim that they do it in the name of Islam are betraying the most basic teachings of the very faith they claim to uphold.

The Muslim community categorically disassociates itself from those whose criminal actions are perpetrated in contradiction to the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him.

The Muslim community grieves and prays for those killed and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. We pray that peace will soon prevail in our world.

Karen Dabdoub is the Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter in Cincinnati.

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CAIR-MD/VA: TERROR IN LONDON - TOP
Washington Times, 7/11/05
http://www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20050710-100558-1152r

As people of conscience, American Muslims unequivocally condemn Thursday's barbaric attacks against innocent civilians in London ("Terror in the heart of London," Page 1, Friday). These crimes can never be justified or excused. We offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in these attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

No legitimate cause can ever be furthered by such criminal behavior. Any Muslim who commits such acts in the name of Islam is in fact defiling its essence.

In 2004, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights advocacy organization, launched an online petition drive called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition states in part: "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."

SHAMA FAROOQ
Director of Civil Rights
Council on American-Islamic Relations Maryland & Virginia
Bethesda

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CAIR-CA: MUSLIMS HOLD OPEN HOUSE - TOP
Andrea Chang, Mercury News, 7/11/05
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_valley/12104446.htm

An effort to educate the public about the Muslim faith gained a new urgency Sunday in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in London.

The Bay Area's largest mosque held a two-hour open house Sunday, distributing free copies of the Koran for the first time and educating visitors on a religious faith that Muslim program coordinators said is too often misunderstood.

The event, hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Muslim Community Association, was part of a nationwide campaign that began May 17 in response to reports of the Koran being mishandled in detainee camps.

"Education is the key to understanding between all communities," said Amina Ansari, CAIR program manager.

The program began with a welcome address that denounced Thursday's attacks in London and terrorism in general. The open house at the MCA in Santa Clara also targeted misconceptions of Islam by providing information on women in the Koran and freedom of religion. (MORE)

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CAIR-MI: HUNDREDS GATHER TO REMEMBER BOSNIAN KILLINGS - TOP
Norman Sinclair, Detroit News, 7/11/05
http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0507/11/B01-243159.htm

HAMTRAMCK -- With a backdrop of national flags, white carnations and a haunting poster of a grieving war victim, several hundred people gathered at City Hall on Sunday, marking the 10th anniversary of the massacre of an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Serbs in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war.

The somber crowd, including children and teenagers in colorful national dress, also observed a minute of silence in tribute to the American military -- and their adopted country -- for ending that conflict.

"This was the greatest tragedy in the history of Bosnia, and the largest atrocity in Europe since World War II," Sead Camo said. "This was not a civil war where both sides could be faulted. This was genocide."

Camo, of the Bosnian American Islamic Center of Detroit, and other speakers also praised the U.S. Congress for a resolution last month that recognized the killings as an act of genocide against the Bosnian Muslims.

Also on hand was Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council of American Islamic Relations, who said Sunday's memorial highlights more than the tragedy of a decade ago.

"It is significant for all Muslims, especially in the light of what happened in London, to remember the collective suffering of all and to stop killings based on ignorance and hate," Walid said. (MORE)

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FOR MUSLIMS, CHARITY CAN CARRY RISKS - TOP
John Biemer, Chicago Tribune, 7/11/05
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/north/chi-0507110112jul11,1,2715621.story

Here's the dilemma: Your religion, like most others, demands that you give to charity. In fact, it's one of the central tenets of your faith.

But giving to the wrong charity, even unbeknownst to you, might put you on the wrong side of the War on Terror.

"We want to live under the command of our faith, but how can we if we fear arrest and deportation, profiling, persecution or intimidation?" said Zaher Sahloul, vice president of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

Now, almost four years after the Sept. 11 attacks and a federal crackdown on charities allegedly linked to terrorists soon thereafter, steps are being taken to alleviate the fear and anxiety many Muslims feel when they attempt to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam--Zakat, which compels them to donate 2.5 percent of their annual income to the needy.

In May, the Illinois General Assembly passed bipartisan resolutions calling on the federal government to create a list of Muslim charitable organizations to which one can safely donate, legislation that Muslim and immigrant groups said was the first of its kind. It was natural that such an effort would begin in Illinois because it is home to a sizable and well-organized Muslim population, as well as some of the most prominent charities shut down after the attacks. (MORE)

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ISRAEL SEEKS $2.2 BILLION FROM US FOR GAZA PULLOUT - TOP
Dan Williams, Reuters, 7/11/05

http://today.reuters.com/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-07-11T184029Z_01_N11496735_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-MIDEAST-DC.XML

JERUSALEM - Israel will ask the United States for $2.2 billion, one of the largest aid requests by the Jewish state, to pay for its planned withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli political sources said on Monday.

They said the special funding would be used to pay for the pullout from Gaza and a corner of the West Bank slated to begin in the middle of next month, and to relocate some 9,000 evacuated Jewish settlers to underpopulated areas of Israel.

A senior Israeli political source said the U.S. aid request was the biggest in recent years, "which is hardly surprising given the unprecedented scale of the Disengagement Plan".

Israel's Haaretz daily said the request would be made by aides to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in talks with U.S. National Security Council official Elliot Abrams on Monday evening.

The Bush administration has agreed in principle to help fund the Gaza plan, Haaretz said. Washington wants the withdrawals to consolidate a five-month-old truce and spur talks on a U.S.-led "road map" for a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. (MORE)

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BARRIER MEANT TO ENSURE JEWISH MAJORITY - TOP
Karin Laub, Associated Press, 7/11/05
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/07/11/international/i073139D24.DTL

Israel's separation barrier in and around Jerusalem is meant to ensure a Jewish majority in the disputed city, a Cabinet minister acknowledged Monday, contradicting government claims that the divider is solely a temporary security measure.

Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved final details of the 40-mile Jerusalem barrier, which is halfway built and will eventually cut off some 55,000 Arab residents in four neighborhoods from their city, while including some 30,000 Jewish West Bank settlers on the Jerusalem side.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Nasser Al Kidwa on Monday urged more street protests of the barrier, saying Palestinians should organize for a "higher level of daily confrontations against the wall."

Visiting EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the Jerusalem barrier raises humanitarian problems for Palestinians.

Also Monday, Israeli officials said they would seek $2.2 billion in additional U.S. aid for the summer's withdrawal from Gaza and four West Bank settlements. The request was to be made later Monday in a meeting between Israel and U.S. officials in Washington.

Palestinians fear Israel is unilaterally drawing its borders by pulling out of Gaza, beefing up large West Bank settlement blocs and building the barrier around Jerusalem. The terms of Palestinian statehood, including the fate of Jerusalem and the settlements, are to be determined in talks on a final peace deal.

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THE LABEL OF CATHOLIC TERROR WAS NEVER USED ABOUT THE IRA - TOP
The Guardian, 7/11/05
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1525903,00.html

Last year I attended a conference in the US about security and intelligence in the so-called war on terror and was astonished to hear one of the more belligerent participants, who as far as I could tell had nothing but contempt for religion, strongly argue that as a purely practical expedient, politicians and the media must stop referring to "Muslim terrorism". It was obvious, he said, that the atrocities had nothing to do with Islam, and to suggest otherwise was not merely inaccurate but dangerously counterproductive.

Rhetoric is a powerful weapon in any conflict. We cannot hope to convert Osama bin Laden from his vicious ideology; our priority must be to stem the flow of young people into organisations such as al-Qaida, instead of alienating them by routinely coupling their religion with immoral violence. Incorrect statements about Islam have convinced too many in the Muslim world that the west is an implacable enemy. Yet, as we found at the conference, it is not easy to find an alternative for referring to this terrorism; however, the attempt can be a salutary exercise that reveals the complexity of what we are up against.

We need a phrase that is more exact than "Islamic terror". These acts may be committed by people who call themselves Muslims, but they violate essential Islamic principles. The Qur'an prohibits aggressive warfare, permits war only in self-defence and insists that the true Islamic values are peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. It also states firmly that there must be no coercion in religious matters, and for centuries Islam had a much better record of religious tolerance than Christianity.

Like the Bible, the Qur'an has its share of aggressive texts, but like all the great religions, its main thrust is towards kindliness and compassion. Islamic law outlaws war against any country in which Muslims are allowed to practice their religion freely, and forbids the use of fire, the destruction of buildings and the killing of innocent civilians in a military campaign. So although Muslims, like Christians or Jews, have all too often failed to live up to their ideals, it is not because of the religion per se. (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/12/05

* Verse: God's Countenance
* CAIR-CA: National Guard Under Fire for Anti-Islam Display
* ISLAM-OPED: The Blame Islam Game
* CAIR-MI: No Room for Terror in Islam (Free Press)
            - CAIR-CA Condemns London Attacks (Daily News)
            - CAIR-DC: British Ambassador Meets with Muslims (WT)
            - CAIR-FL: Bombs Spread Malice, Mistrust (Sun-Sent)
            - CAIR-SC: Muslims Abhor Terrorist Attacks (The State)
            - CAIR-FL: Muslims Condemn Bombing (Bradenton Herald)
* CAIR-IL: Charges in 2003 Anti-Muslim Attack (Chicago Trib)
* N.C. Courts May Ask Legislators to Decide Quran Issue (AP)
* More Say Iraq Has Reduced U.S. Safety (CNN)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD'S COUNTENANCE - TOP

"To God belong the East and the West, and wherever you turn, there is God's countenance."

The Holy Quran, 2:115

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CAIR-CA: NATIONAL GUARD UNDER FIRE FOR ANTI-ISLAM DISPLAY - TOP
Dion Nissenbaum, San Jose Mercury News
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/12108904.htm

SACRAMENTO - Already under scrutiny for setting up a controversial new intelligence unit and keeping tabs on a Mother's Day anti-war protest, the California National Guard is taking new heat for an anti-Islamic flyer that was hanging in its Sacramento headquarters.

Islamic groups and anti-war activists criticized the Guard on Monday after learning that one Guard soldier had a historically suspect flyer touting World War I General John J. Pershing as a hero for executing Muslim terrorists with bullets dipped in pig's blood to deny them entry to heaven.

"Maybe it is time for this segment of history to repeat itself, maybe in Iraq?" states the flyer that was posted outside a cubicle in the Guard's Civil Support Division. "The question is, where do we find another Black Jack Pershing?"

The flyer, which has circulated since Sept. 11 as a hard-line tale for fighting Islamic terrorists, raised concerns for some activists about the mind-set of Guard soldiers.

"It's troubling to see a governmental organization dedicated to the security of our country promoting culturally and religiously insensitive ideas," said William Youmans, media relations manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Santa Clara. "It's very possible to combat terrorism without offending the cultural values of a major world religion."

Initially, a Guard spokesman defended the flyer Monday as "historically accurate," but called back later to say that it had been removed because of concerns raised by the activists. (MORE)

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ISLAM-OPED: THE BLAME ISLAM GAME - TOP

ISLAM-OPED is a national syndication service of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market area. Permission for publication will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis.

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THE BLAME ISLAM GAME
By Parvez Ahmed
WORD COUNT: 556

[Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., is board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. He may be contacted at: pahmed@cairfl.org. For a photo of Parvez Ahmed, go to: http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=Board&person=Parvez ]

When asked whether the recent bus and subway bomb blasts were acts of Islamic terror, London Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair responded that the culprits were certainly not "Islamic terrorists" because Islam and terrorism do not go together.

He was echoing the sentiments of Prime Minister Tony Blair who earlier said, "The vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims both here and abroad are decent and law abiding people who abhor this kind of terrorism every bit as much as we do."

During a private meeting with American Muslims, British Ambassador to the U.S., Sir David Manning was emphatic in distancing the London terror bombings from Islam, which he described as a faith of "peace, reconciliation and tolerance."

Despite this sentiment, it is quite common to see terrorism committed by Muslims be referred to as "Islamic terrorism." Yet efforts to find an alternative to this false assertion have often proven inconclusive.

As author Karen Armstrong recently noted in the Guardian newspaper, "Incorrect statements about Islam have convinced too many in the Muslim world that the West is an implacable enemy." She also pointed out that acts of terrorism by the Irish Republican Army are not referred to as "Catholic terrorism."

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. That act of barbarism was never attributed to any religion, despite the religious roots of the conflict.

Columnist Thomas Friedman recently promoted another damaging stereotype by writing in the New York Times, "the Muslim village has been derelict in condemning the madness of jihadist attacks....To this day - to this day - no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden."

Juan Cole, a professor of history at University of Michigan, debunks this myth by cataloging numerous condemnations from prominent Muslim religious figures who have not only called the "jihad" of Osama bin Laden un-Islamic but also pointed out Islam's emphatic rejection of terrorism.

Following the bombings in London, every major Muslim group in America and abroad issued clear condemnations, dissociating the barbarism of a few from the peaceful practices of the mainstream majority.

"We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," declared the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

"Attacking civilians who are going about their daily business is a criminal act that violates Islamic principles, and must be condemned by all Muslims," was the response from the Islamic Society of North America, one of America's largest Muslim groups.

Misperception about Islam's position against terrorism is making an already jittery American public even more suspicious. More importantly, it is also preventing meaningful dialogue between American Muslims and policy makers. Lack of dialogue also leads to very little discussion about the "underlying issues" of terrorism, which Tony Blair asserted must be dealt with if terrorism is to be eradicated.

However, this important step cannot be achieved so long as the American public remains misinformed about Islam in general and Muslim positions related to terrorism in particular. Only when the blame game stops can meaningful dialogue begin.

American Muslims should rightfully undertake the mission of building bridges of understanding between America and the Muslim world. This can happen when mainstream American Muslim groups are constructively engaged by policy and opinion makers.

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CAIR-MI: THERE'S NO ROOM FOR TERROR IN OUR RELIGION, AREA MUSLIMS SAY - TOP
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 7/12/05
http://www.freep.com/news/religion/bombs-bar112e_20050712.htm

Several Muslim leaders from across metro Detroit gathered Monday in Dearborn to condemn last week's attacks in London.

Speaking in front of the Islamic Center of America, they said that those who set off the bombs have nothing to do with Islam.

"They are criminals. They are terrorists," said Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights. "They may claim that they are Muslims, but we do not recognize that. ...There is no room for terrorism in Islam."

Both Sunnis and Shi'ites, the two main sects of Islam, attended.

"We join Americans of all faiths and people of good conscience worldwide in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Walid also condemned cases of backlash against Muslims and mosques in Britain. He said he has no reports of attack-related backlash against local Muslims.

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CAIR CARES - TOP
Daily News, 7/11/05
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200%257E21663%257E2959701,00.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, joins Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning Thursday's bomb attacks in London as barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused.

American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in the attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

In 2004, CAIR launched an online petition drive, designed to dissociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition states in part: "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."

To view or sign the petition, go to: www.cair.com.

Hussam Ayloush
Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Anaheim

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CAIR-DC: MEETING WITH MUSLIMS - TOP
James Morrison, Washington Times, 7/11/05
http://washingtontimes.com/world/20050711-120423-6870r.htm

American Muslims offered condolences to British Ambassador David Manning and called the London bombings "barbaric crimes."

Mr. Manning told them the bombings should not be linked to Islam, which he described as a religion of "peace, reconciliation and tolerance."

Representatives of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations met with Mr. Manning on Friday at the British Embassy.

CAIR Chairman Parvez Ahmed signed the book of condolences and called the attacks "barbaric crimes that can never be justified of excused."

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CAIR-FL: BOMBS SPREAD MALICE, MISTRUST - TOP
Ralph De La Cruz, Sun-Sentinel, 7/12/05
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-ralph12jul12,0,2801117.column

The day after Elian Gonzalez was snatched by federal agents, a couple hundred Cuban-Americans took to the streets, overturning dumpsters and setting tires on fire.

It was a tough day to be Cuban in America.

Feeling, on one hand, outraged by the heavy-handedness of my government. And on the other, frustrated at the undisciplined response by protesters. Angry that the moment had been hijacked by thugs who happened to be Cuban like me.

And then there were the uneasy looks from people who should have known me, but suddenly weren't so sure. I went from Ralph the friend, the columnist, to Ralph the Cuban. And it wasn't Ricky Ricardo they saw. More like Tony Montana.

Tell the truth. How many of you were so repulsed the moment you read "Elian" in the first sentence that you almost stopped reading?

See what I mean? Some of the negatives probably won't fade for a generation.

And that was a conflict over where a boy should live. There were no bombs. No wars.

Imagine what it must be like to be Muslim in America today.

"At this point, Muslims are really fed up. We're sick and tired of the senseless violence."

I was speaking to Altaf Ali, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida (CAIR). It was the day after terrorists detonated four bombs in London -- apparently in the name of a religion.

Ali's religion.

"It's an injustice not only against people of other faiths, it's an injustice against other Muslims. Because it's Muslims who are suffering the consequences of these people who have hijacked our religion," he continues, sounding like many Christians must feel every time there's a bombing or burning of an abortion clinic -- supposedly in Jesus Christ's name.

Friday was a busy day for Ali. There would be a press conference later in the day with local Islamic leaders condemning the violence. And he had spent the morning with two FBI agents talking about the vandalism of an Islamic center in Miami-Dade last month.

"It's been a few years since Sept. 11 and we were thinking, `Things should be getting better,'" he said. "Now, there's a high level of anxiety in the Muslim community again." (MORE)

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CAIR-SC: MOST MUSLIMS ABHOR TERRORIST ATTACKS - TOP
The State (Columbia, SC), 7/12/05
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/editorial/letters/12110562.htm

I express my sincere condolences to the families of the loved ones who were killed or injured in the London attacks on Thursday. As a Muslim, I am outraged as well as sad to see those committing this heinous crime in the name of Islam. They not only are destroying innocent lives, but also are betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent.

The national office of Council on American Islamic Relations sent out a release on Thursday condemning the attacks. As media relations director for the S.C. chapter of CAIR, I have sent out releases to all local media condemning these attacks as well. These barbaric crimes can never be justified or excused. We hope those who committed these acts are swiftly apprehended and punished.

Because a few Muslims conduct these violent crimes, CAIR launched an online petition drive in 2004 called "Not in the name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. There are 689,000 signatures on the petition, which includes my signature as well.

I hope non-Muslims will understand these acts don't represent the true teachings of Islam and don't let the acts of a few stereotype all Muslims as terrorists.

SABRINA KIDWAI
Media relations director, CAIR-SC

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CAIR-FL: MUSLIMS CONDEMN BOMBING - TOP
Bradenton Herald, 7/12/07
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/12111744.htm

On behalf of the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim community, we join Americans of all faiths and all people of conscience worldwide in unequivocally condemning Thursday's bomb attacks in London as barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused. American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in the attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

Muslim scholars, clergy and organizations worldwide continue to condemn violent acts of terror committed against humanity. In 2004, CAIR launched an online petition drive called, "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition states in part: "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." To view or sign the petition, go to: www.cair.com

Ahmed Bedier, Central Florida Director Council on American-Islamic Relations - Tampa

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CAIR-IL: MAN FACES NEW CHARGES IN 2003 VAN EXPLOSION - TOP
Tom Rybarczyk, Chicago Tribune, 7/12/05

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0507120177jul12,1,6719103.story

A Burbank man was arrested Monday on federal charges he violated the civil rights of a Muslim family when he allegedly tossed a fireworks explosive into their unoccupied van.

Eric K. Nix, 26, has been convicted in Cook County of misdemeanor charges stemming from the same 2003 incident.

Shortly after his arrest at 8:30 a.m. Monday, he pleaded not guilty to the federal charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ian Levin.

Nix was performing community service as part of his sentence for the misdemeanor conviction when U.S. deputy marshals arrested him.

His punishment in September 2003 in Cook County Circuit Court, 200 hours community service and two years' probation, was criticized as a "a slap on the wrist" by Muslim civil rights groups and the victim, Abbas Salmi.

"We are definitely pleased with the fact that justice is taking its due course," said Fadi Farhan, director of governmental relations for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"The punishment in any case should fit the crime, and this charge fits the act more than the previous [charges]." (MORE)

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N.C. COURTS MAY ASK LEGISLATORS TO DECIDE QURAN ISSUE - TOP
Associated Press, 7/12/05
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/12110165.htm

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Legislators may be asked to decide if the Quran and other religious texts can be used for courtroom oaths, said a spokesman for the agency that manages state courts, as the ACLU pressed for a response on the texts' use.

The legal foundation of the ACLU of North Carolina has called on the state Administrative Office of the Courts to adopt a policy allowing the Quran and other religious texts for oath-taking in North Carolina courtrooms.

The request came after Guilford County's two top judges decided that Muslims could not legally take an oath on the Quran.

"We think they are dragging their feet," said Jennifer Rudinger, the state ACLU's executive director.

In addition, a Washington-based Islamic civil rights organization and Greensboro-area religious leaders have called on the AOC to act. The ACLU wrote a formal letter to the state agency June 28 but has not received a response.

An AOC spokesman said Monday a judicial conference last month and vacation schedules have kept key decision-makers from working on the issue. (MORE)

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MORE SAY IRAQ HAS REDUCED U.S. SAFETY - TOP
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/07/11/bush.terror/index.html

(CNN) -- The number of Americans who believe the war in Iraq has made the United States less safe from terrorism spiked sharply after last week's terror attacks in London, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

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U.S. MUSLIMS TO RELEASE ANTI-TERROR TV AD
'Not in the Name of Islam' PSA says terrorism violates faith

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/13/05) - On Thursday, July 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to launch a nationwide television public service announcement (PSA) campaign, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to highlight the Muslim community's condemnation of terrorism and rejection of those who carry out terror attacks. The PSA will be distributed by satellite feed to television stations on Thursday afternoon and will be re-broadcast next Tuesday. An Arabic-subtitled version of the PSA will also be distributed.

WHAT: "Not in the Name of Islam" PSA Campaign Launch News Conference
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street NW (13th Floor), Washington, D.C.
SATELLITE DISTRIBUTION: The PSA will be distributed by C-Band satellite on Thursday, July 14 at 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8 RE-FEED: Tuesday, July 19, 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8 (The PSA will also be available on CAIR's web site, www.cair.com, following Thursday's news conference.)

At the National Press Club news conference, CAIR will present the 30-second PSA featuring American Muslims stating: "We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone ­ of any faith - who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice." BETA copies of the PSAs, produced by West Glen Communications, will be available at the news conference.

The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1071&page=NR

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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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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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/13/05

* Hadith: The One God Favors
* Muslim Leaders Condemning Terror to Deaf? (Times-Union)
            - CAIR-CAN: We Must Face the Enemy Together
* Muslims Care: DC Muslims Join Clean-Up Initiative
            - CAIR-OH to Launch Food Drive
            - CAIR-CA: Forum on Psychological Impact of Terror
* MN: Muslim Girl Scouts (MPR)
            - MI: Visitors Laud Arab Museum (Det News)
            - CA: New Pakistani-American Play Gets Under the Skin
* NY: Bronx Muslims Wary of Retaliation for London Attacks
* NY: Mosque Constructed in Lutheran Hosp (NY Daily News)
* 128,000 Iraqi Civilian Casualties (UPI)
* UK: Islamophobia Blamed for Beating Death of Muslim

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE ONE GOD FAVORS - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) quoted God as saying: "Truly of those devoted to Me, the one I most favor is a believer who is of meager means and much given to prayer, who has been particular in the worship of his Lord and has obeyed Him inwardly, who was obscure among people and not pointed out, and whose sustenance was just sufficient to provide for him, yet he bore this patiently."

Hadith Qudsi 26

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MUSLIM LEADERS CONDEMNING TERROR TO DEAF? - TOP
MARK WOODS, Times-Union, 7/13/05
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/071305/woo_19226307.shtml

Why don't we hear Muslim leaders condemning terrorism?

In the wake of the London bombings, I called Parvez Ahmed, a Jacksonville resident who three months ago became chairman of perhaps the best-known Muslim organization in America, and asked him that.

And there was silence.

Well, just when the phone cut out.

Once I got him back on the line, the University of North Florida professor who is the new chairman of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, did what he has been doing ever since he woke up Thursday, logged onto his computer and saw the news.

He condemned the bombings.

He condemned the people behind them.

He did it immediately and unequivocally.

"This is just absolute madness," he said. "It does not make any sense whatsoever. No ideology can even remotely justify what's going on."

You want a Muslim condemnation of terrorism?

How would you like it delivered?

In the past week, Muslim groups have been condemning the attacks via e-mail blasts to the media, through news conferences, during a personal meeting with the British ambassador, in prayer services all over the country and, coming soon to television stations, with a public service announcement.

This hardly is new. After Sept. 11, Muslim leaders issued statements, prayed for the victims, encouraged relief efforts and, in some cities, took out a full-page newspaper ad signed by 40 groups that said: "We condemn in the strongest terms possible the use of terror to further any political or religious cause."

Nearly 700,000 Muslims have signed a "Not in the Name of Islam" petition on CAIR's Web site that begins: "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."

Yet when Ahmed speaks in public, the most common question is: Why don't Muslims denounce terrorism? (MORE)

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CAIR-CAN: WE MUST FACE THE ENEMY TOGETHER - TOP
Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, 7/13/05
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050713/COSHEEMA13/TPComment/?query=sheema+khan

[Sheema Khan is chair of CAIR-CAN. SEE: http://caircan.ca/ ]

On Monday, Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan sounded the warning bells. "I don't believe that Canadians are as psychologically prepared for a terrorist attack as probably we all should be," she said, adding that we have a misguided sense of complacency.

According to Ms. McLellan, lack of participation in the Iraq war does not render Canada immune from the madness of terrorism. The New York Times reported on Sunday that an operative of a Moroccan terrorist network (connected to al-Qaeda) has told investigators of sleeper cells prepared to mount synchronized bombings in Britain, France, Italy, Belgium and Canada. And Ward Elcock, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, has warned that a terrorist strike on Canadian soil is not a question of "if," but "when."

Perhaps these snippets should snap us out of our imagined cocoon of safety. Yet, if there is one segment of Canadian society that has lived with the constant fear of terrorist attacks, it is Canadian Muslims and Arabs. They know they will bear the brunt of the fallout.

Already, the fear-mongering is in full swing, with columnist Margaret Wente warning us yesterday that "your average terrorist is likely to look and sound a lot like the guy next door." Some have placed the onus solely on Muslims to rein in extremists in their midst or risk retribution. If they don't, writes Thomas Friedman in The New York Times, "the West will do it in a rough, crude way -- by simply shutting them out, denying them visas and making every Muslim in its midst guilty until proven innocent. . ."

We can only wonder what legislative and policy changes are in the works should an attack occur in Canada. Given Mr. Friedman's comments, Muslims have every right to fear the impact. Is internment in the works? Mass deportations of non-citizens? Limits placed on individual rights and freedom of movement? Are there plans to protect Muslims against the ensuing backlash? Our government has been conspicuously silent on its contingency plans.

Poll after poll has shown that Canadian Muslims are viewed with suspicion by their fellow Canadians, more than any other group. And yet, no level of government has drawn up a plan to lessen this invisible division, let alone acknowledge this fact. It's worth mentioning that Ms. McLellan herself has been dismissive of concerns about racial profiling. When our Public Safety Minister is in denial, what else can this lead to except alienation on the part of Canadian Muslims and Arabs? Left unchecked, this alienation will not help in our common fight against extremism. Prime Minister Tony Blair set an example by affirming his support for British Muslims and Islam. Our leaders, meanwhile, have for the most part been silent.

Our security agencies have done little to reach out to the Muslim community. Even Jim Judd, the new CSIS director, has acknowledged that his agency could do more by way of outreach. And while the RCMP has initiated community round tables, the Arar affair has left many distrustful of the Mounties. Yet, it is in the best interest of all to engage in frank discussions, and to work toward effective means of co-operation. It won't be easy, but it is necessary. Our common security depends on it.

The Muslim community must also look within, and exercise vigilance against hateful rhetoric that masquerades as religion. Greater emphasis must be placed on the universality of Islamic teachings, and the duty before God to work for the welfare of humanity -- first locally, then globally. Finally, all members of the community must contribute toward building an ethic of citizenship based on a foundation of civic responsibility. Islamic teachings emphasize that Muslims are to be a source of security and safety for their neighbours. And, of course, repeat our faith's prohibition against the killing of innocent civilians time and time again at community events.

We live in an age of fragile security. But the Muslim community should not be seen as part of the problem, but as partners in the fight against a common enemy -- extremism. We have unanimously condemned last week's bombings in London, joined in interfaith prayers and offered condolences to the families of victims. And yet, the burden we face is greater, because we are a community under suspicion.

We are part of the Canadian fabric, choosing to live in a land envied by many. We are professionals, students, workers, parents trying to raise families. We are your neighbours and co-workers. Any terrorist attack, God forbid, will not differentiate between me and you, between Muslim and not. We are not the "other." Let us join together in our common humanity to stop this madness.

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MUSLIMS CARE: DC MUSLIMS JOIN CLEAN-UP INITIATIVE - TOP

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/13/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that local Muslims will participate in clean-up initiative in southeast Washington, D.C., as part of the summer-long "Muslims Care" volunteerism campaign. SEE: www.muslims-care.org

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2005 10 a.m.
WHERE: Islamic Information Center, 301 L St, SE Washington, D.C.

CAIR's "Muslims Care" campaign offers American Muslims the resources and information they need to help improve the communities in which they live.

The first month of the campaign focused on health awareness issues. Muslim communities in Ohio, Florida, California, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C., organized blood drives, health fairs and participated in the Relay for Life.

July's theme is "Helping the Needy." Muslims nationwide are being encouraged to coordinate clothing or food drives and to organize or participate in efforts to feed the homeless.

Visitors to the "Muslims Care" website may submit local volunteer opportunities, see what activities are available in their state, and share their own volunteer experiences.

"We need to build on the successful beginning of the 'Muslims Care' campaign to do whatever we can to help those who can benefit from our individual and collective efforts," said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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

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CAIR-CINCINNATI TO LAUNCH FOOD DRIVE - TOP

(CINCINNATI, 7/13/05) - The Cincinnati office of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced the launch of a food collection drive to benefit the needy of the Cincinnati community. The effort is part of a larger, national effort initiated by CAIR called "Muslims Care" (SEE: www.muslims-care.org).

CAIR-Cincinnati is asking local Muslims to donate canned and dry food items as well as personal care items at their local mosque to benefit the needy families. All items donated during this CAIR event will be given to local food banks to be distributed to those in need.

CAIR-Cincinnati also holds an annual event, called "Feed the Hungry," during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in which approximately 500 people in Over-the-Rhine are fed a hot meal. This event has taken place for the past two years and is planned again for this coming October.

CAIR, America s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 31 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

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CAIR-CA HOLDS FORUM ON IMPACT OF TERROR - TOP

(SACRAMENTO, 7/13/05) - The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations (COSVIO) and the Sacramento Region chapter of Muslim American Society (MAS) announced plans to hold a panel presentation at 7:00 pm Friday, July 15, 2005, to discuss the psychological impact of terrorist acts on local communities.

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 2005 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: SALAM Community Center, 4541 College Oak Dr., Sacramento, CA 95841 (across from the American River College)

SPONSORS: The panel is organized by Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) and sponsored by the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations (COSVIO) and the Sacramento Region chapter of Muslim American Society (MAS)

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THE NEW GIRL SCOUTS - TOP
Bianca Vazquez Toness, Minnesota Public Radio, 7/11/05
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_tonessb_girlscouts/

Minneapolis, Minn. - A group of Girl Scouts gather at a community center in Minneapolis. Like many Girl Scout troops, these young girls start each meeting with the Girl Scout promise. The girls face each other, holding their three middle fingers in the air, and recite their pledge. But this troop does it a little differently than most.

"On my honor," they start, "I will try to serve Allah and my country, to help people and live by the Girl Scout law."

Substituting Allah for God is one of a few tweaks the Girl Scouts of America have made to the traditional scouting rituals and practices to include Muslim girls. These girls wear traditional head scarves, called the hijab. They earn some badges unique to their faith. Islamic merit badges are rewards for learning prayers or teaching non-Muslims about their religion. (MORE)

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VISITORS LAUD ARAB MUSEUM - TOP
Eric Lacy, Detroit News, 7/12/05
http://www.detnews.com/2005/wayne/0507/12/B03-244363.htm

DEARBORN -- The Arab American National Museum, which opened May 5, has earned rave reviews among its more than 600 weekly visitors from Metro Detroit and beyond.

With activities for families, education programs for children, projects for college students and partnerships with other museums, this cultural center wants to branch out and tell the world the story of Arab-Americans.

Visitors like Mohamed Bantahar, 35, of Dearborn already have embraced it.

Bantahar enjoys the museum's creative design and historic exhibits.

"All the culture that's on display is what I like," Bantahar said. "This museum is good for the city and really good for my children. It makes you proud." (MORE)

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NEW PAKISTANI-AMERICAN PLAY GETS UNDER THE SKIN - TOP
Eric K. Arnold, East Bay Times, 7/13/05
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/issues/2005-07-13/calendar/billboard3.html

After 9/11, a lot of people who look a certain way have been profiled ... we're seen as terrorists or threats," says Wajahat Ali, a native Californian of Pakistani descent. "I wanted to peel away those layers and show who these people really are." The first-time playwright and first-year law student, who was elected social chair of UC Berkeley's Muslim-American Student Association just in time for 9/11, experienced the hypocrisy and hatred of bigotry firsthand, which made him critical of both the right-wing and left-wing point of view. "Everybody thought Berkeley was a den of [Islamic] radicalism," he recalls.

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MUSLIMS IN THE BRONX WARY OF RETALIATION FOR LONDON TERROR ATTACKS - TOP
Dean Meminger, NY1 News, 7/11/05
http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=12&aid=52069

Muslim children from the Baitul Aman Islamic Center enjoyed Monday's sunny weather, but adults from the center know this is a dangerous time after the subway and bus bombings in London.

"We are very nervous. Every time we walk around in the street with Muslim dress, those people look at us like we are terrorists," says Muslim Jami Chowdhury.

There has been violence and arson attacks against mosques in London and others cities around England in revenge for the terrorist bombings. That's disturbing news for Muslims here.

The leader of the Islamic Leadership School says no one should want to kill another human being.

"When you attack a mosque you attack innocent people. This is exactly what the terrorist are doing - they are attacking innocent people," says Sheikh Moussa Drammeh of the Islamic Leadership Center.

The Baitul Aman Islamic Center had its windows broken last year. Now, security gates and cameras have been placed on the building.

Muslims are fearful it could happen again, but they say they won't be forced out.

"We respect this country, we love this country," says Chowdhury. "My generation and future generations, they will be here." (MORE)

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SMALL MOSQUE CONSTRUCTED IN LUTHERAN HOSP - TOP
Joyce Shelby, NY Daily News, 7/14/05
http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/327457p-279920c.html

Patterns in the turquoise rug point toward Mecca.

Copies of the Holy Koran line the shelves on beige walls.

A closet holds rugs for use during prayer. A partition separates male and female worshipers.

Behind the door next to a storage case for shoes is a room where worshipers may do ritual washing before they begin their time of prayer or meditation.

Welcome to the brand-new masjed at Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park.

To meet the needs of Muslim patients and staff, Lutheran has just opened the masjed, or small mosque, in the main hospital building, a few doors from a Christian chapel.

"You can't find a better place for all religions to serve together than in a hospital," said the Rev. Don Stiger, the hospital vice president. "We serve the needs of all our neighbors."

Lutheran has had two small rooms for Muslims to pray, but neither was big enough, said hospital officials.

"When we saw people in the halls, the stairways, anywhere, making a place to pray, we thought, 'Why not make a place where they could practice their religion when they needed to, especially in an atmosphere where people are sick?'" said Lutheran obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Ahmad Jaber.

When a first-floor room became available, the hospital put together a team of staff members, imams from Brooklyn's Islamic community, volunteers and fund-raisers to plan the new masjed.

"It means a great deal to have a place that you can come to here in the hospital," said Imam Adel Barhouma of the Beit Al Maqdis Islamic Center in Bay Ridge, who helped establish the masjed.

"We believe that medicine doesn't cure by itself. Prayer and reading from the Koran are also part of your healing." (MORE)

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IRAQI CIVILIAN CASUALTIES - TOP
World Peace Herald, 7/12/05
http://www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20050712-122153-5519r

BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi humanitarian organization is reporting that 128,000 Iraqis have been killed since the U.S. invasion began in March 2003.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that chairman of the 'Iraqiyun humanitarian organization in Baghdad, Dr. Hatim al-'Alwani, said that the toll includes everyone who has been killed since that time, adding that 55 percent of those killed have been women and children aged 12 and under.

'Iraqiyun obtained data from relatives and families of the deceased, as well as from Iraqi hospitals in all the country's provinces. The 128,000 figure only includes those whose relatives have been informed of their deaths and does not include those were abducted, assassinated or simply disappeared.

The number includes those who died during the U.S. assaults on al-Fallujah and al-Qa'im. 'Iraqiyun's figures conflict with the Iraqi Body Count public database compiled by Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies. According to the Graduate Institute of International Studies' database, 39,000 Iraqis have been killed as a direct result of combat or armed violence since March 2003. No official estimates of Iraqi casualties from the war have been issued by the Pentagon, which insists that it does not do "body counts." (MORE)

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ISLAMOPHOBIA BLAMED FOR ATTACK - TOP
Vikram Dodd, The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1527288,00.html

A Muslim man has been beaten to death outside a corner shop by a gang of youths who shouted anti-Islamic abuse at him, the Guardian has learned.

Kamal Raza Butt, 48, from Pakistan, was visiting Britain to see friends and family. On Sunday afternoon he went to a shop in Nottingham to buy cigarettes and was first called "Taliban" by the youths and then set upon.

Nottinghamshire police described the incident as racially aggravated, not as Islamophobic, angering Muslim groups and surprising some senior officers.

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HELP MUSLIM ANTI-TERROR MESSAGE AIR ON LOCAL TV STATIONS
'Not in the Name of Islam' PSA rejects terrorism as un-Islamic

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/14/05) - CAIR is calling on Muslim community leaders and activists nationwide to urge local television stations to air a CAIR public service announcement (PSA) released today that is designed to highlight Islam's rejection of anyone who carries out terror attacks such as those witnessed recently in London.

The "Not in the Name of Islam" PSA is now online and will be distributed by satellite feed to television stations this afternoon and re-broadcast next Tuesday. (Arabic and Urdu-subtitled versions of the PSA will also be distributed.)

To view the PSA online, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

At today's news conference, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed said: "Defeating terrorism is in everyone's interest. That is why we are launching one more effort to make the Muslim community's condemnation of terrorism crystal clear. . .This PSA also serves another purpose. It communicates to Muslims, whether here or abroad, Islam's clear position on this matter. Any effort by terrorists to hide their criminal activities under the mask of religious piety is being categorically and unequivocally rejected by mainstream Muslims."

CAIR's 30-second PSA features American Muslims stating: "We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone ­ of any faith - who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice."

The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. SEE: http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=169&theType=AA

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Muslim activists and community leaders should contact all local TV stations and ask for the name and contact information of the "Public Service Director" or, if the station does not have such a position, ask for the person who handles "public service announcements."

2) Call that person to ask that they record the PSA when it is broadcast on the satellite. Give them the satellite times and coordinates. (If they miss today's broadcast, recommend that they downlink the PSA next Tuesday.)

PSA SATELLITE COORDINATES: C-Band Satellite, Thursday, July 14 at 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8

RE-FEED: Tuesday, July 19, 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8

Hard copies of the PSA are also available for delivery to TV stations. CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/14/05

* Verse: God's Countenance Will Remain Forever
* U.K. Muslim Leader Denied Entry to U.S. (AP)
* ISLAM-OPED: Terror Not in Faith of Muslims (LA Daily News)
* CAIR: American Muslims Issue TV Ad (AFP)
            - View the 'Not in the Name of Islam' PSA Online
            - CAIR Urges Broadcast of Anti-Terror Ad (OC Register)
            - MD: Muslim Council Condemns London Bombings (Wash Post)
            - We Need to Listen More to Muslims (Toronto Star)
* CAIR Rep Discusses Anti-Islam Guard Flyer on MSNBC
* Employers Must Accommodate Religious Needs (VOA)
* FBI E-Mails Shed Light on Arrest of Oregon Attorney (AP)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD'S COUNTENANCE WILL REMAIN FOREVER - TOP

"All that exists on the earth is bound to pass away, but the countenance of your Lord will remain, full of Majesty and Glory."

The Holy Quran, 55:27

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BRITISH MUSLIM LEADER DENIED U.S. ENTRY - TOP
Robert Barr, Associated Press, 7/14/05
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5141343,00.html

LONDON (AP) - One of Britain's most senior Muslim leaders said Thursday that he was denied entry to the United States without explanation, nearly a week after the deadly subway and bus attacks in London.

Dr. Zaki Badawi, head of the Muslim College, had been invited to speak at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., where he planned to give a talk under the title ``The Law and Religion in Society.''

But Badawi told The Associated Press that he was detained for about six hours upon arrival Wednesday in New York and questioned.

"America is a lovely country. There is no reason why it should behave like that," Badawi said in a telephone interview.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Washington and New York City did not return calls seeking comment. The U.S. Embassy in London also did not respond to a request to discuss the case.

On Sunday, Badawi joined other British religious leaders in condemning the July 7 bombings that killed at least 53 people in London. He appeared with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Free Churches Moderator David Coffey and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks. . .

Badawi said authorities didn't give him a reason for denying him entry to the United States. (MORE)

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ISLAM-OPED: TERRORISM NOT IN FAITH OF MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS - TOP
Parvez Ahmed, Daily News, 7/14/05
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~24781~2963573,00.html

When asked whether the recent bus and subway bomb blasts were acts of Islamic terror, London Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair responded that the culprits were certainly not "Islamic terrorists" because Islam and terrorism do not go together.

He was echoing the sentiments of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who earlier said, "The vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims, both here and abroad, are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this kind of terrorism every bit as much as we do."

During a private meeting with American Muslims, the British ambassador to the United States, Sir David Manning, was emphatic in distancing the London terror bombings from Islam, which he described as a faith of "peace, reconciliation and tolerance."

Despite this sentiment, it is quite common to see terrorism committed by Muslims referred to as "Islamic terrorism." Yet efforts to find an alternative to this false assertion have often been inconclusive.

As author Karen Armstrong recently noted in the Guardian newspaper, "Incorrect statements about Islam have convinced too many in the Muslim world that the West is an implacable enemy." She also pointed out that acts of terrorism by the Irish Republican Army are not referred to as "Catholic terrorism."

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. That act of barbarism was never attributed to any religion, despite the religious roots of the conflict.

Columnist Thomas Friedman recently promoted another damaging stereotype by writing that "the Muslim village has been derelict in condemning the madness of jihadist attacks. ... To this day -- to this day -- no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden."

Juan Cole, a professor of history at the University of Michigan, debunks this myth by cataloging numerous condemnations from prominent Muslim religious figures who not only have called the "jihad" of Osama bin Laden un-Islamic, but also have pointed out Islam's emphatic rejection of terrorism. (MORE)

Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., is board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Write to him by e-mail at pahmed@cairfl.org.

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS ISSUE TV AD - TOP
Agence France Presse, 7/14/05
http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,15936488%255E1702,00.html

MUSLIMS must not let extremists hijack their faith, a prominent American Islamic group has warned in a television public service announcement issued in the wake of the London bombings.

Stung by criticisms that Islamic leaders have not done enough to condemn the blasts blamed by police on British Muslims, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent the spot to television stations across the United States.

"We will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals," said one of the speakers on the advertisement, which features shots of Muslims speaking directly to the camera.

"Islam is not about hatred and violence; it is about peace and justice," says another of the featured speakers, a young woman.

Parvez Ahmed, CAIR board chairman, said the new TV spot was needed because persistent efforts by US Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism in the name of Islam had failed to penetrate public perceptions.

"We don't know why we are not breaking through that. Maybe the rising level of anti-Muslim rhetoric is drowning out our condemnation," said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's national communications director.

The group quickly condemned the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US, and published a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post offering condolences to victims' families.

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VIEW THE 'NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM' PSA ONLINE - TOP
http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

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U.S. MUSLIM GROUP URGES BROADCAST OF ANTI-TERROR AD - TOP
Vik Jolly, Orange County Register, 7/14/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/07/14/sections/news/news/article_596699.php

A U.S. Muslim organization began urging broadcasters Wednesday to air a 30-second announcement against terrorist violence.

"We hope that the managers see the importance of letting the larger community know about the true feelings of Muslims regarding terrorism," said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim.

"The noise of the false accusations that Muslims do not condemn terrorism have overwhelmed any voice of Muslims that condemn terrorism. We're trying to overpower those false accusations," he said.

The announcement shows two women and one man, an imam of a Washington, D.C.- area mosque, voicing different parts of this statement:

"We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone - of any faith - who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice."

One of the women ran for office in Virginia, while the other is a college student, said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR in Washington.

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MUSLIM COUNCIL CONDEMNS FATAL LONDON BOMBINGS - TOP
Irfan Malik, Washington Post, 7/14/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/13/AR2005071301002.html

The Howard County Muslim Council condemns the bombing attacks on civilians in London on July 7 and extends deep, heartfelt condolences to all those who have sustained injuries and those who have lost their loved ones.

This attack was a heinous crime against humanity.

Such appalling acts of violence against innocent civilians as we have seen in London are condemned both in the revealed words of the Quran and in the received wisdom from the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones in this horrific act. The council joins hands with people of faith and conscience to work for a just and peaceful world. We condemn, oppose and overcome those who try to spread fear, hatred and death.

Irfan Malik is with the Howard County Muslim Council of the Ellicott City.

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WE NEED TO TALK LESS, LISTEN MORE, TO MUSLIMS - TOP
Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star, 7/14/05
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1121291412240&call_pageid=968256290204&col=968350116795

Germany has been as vociferous as France among the G 8 nations in opposing the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. It has also been increasingly skeptical of Washington's war on terrorism.

Germany also has a sophisticated understanding of, and good relations with, the Muslim world. In addition, it considers itself the closest European ally of Israel.

The German perspective on terrorism, especially on young European jihadists, is, therefore, useful.

"We need a dialogue with the Muslim world but there's too much distrust," said a very senior policy official in Berlin in a lengthy and candid interview, given on condition of anonymity, and conducted before last week's bombings in London. (MORE)

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CAIR REP ON MSNBC DISCUSSING ANTI-ISLAM NATIONAL GUARD FLYER - TOP
Tucker Carlson with Sabiha Khan, Communication Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 7/13/05
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8063292/

CARLSON: Welcome back. A curious situation tonight from the West Coast where Islamic leaders are criticizing the California National Guard for a flyer posted by a guardsman at its Sacramento headquarters. The flyer suggested the U.S. execute Islamic terrorists with bullets dipped in pigs` blood.

Muslims, of course, are forbidden by their religion from eating pork or having any contact with pigs. One of the outraged is the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Their communications director in Southern California, Sabiha Khan, joins us now.

Ms. Khan, thanks a lot for joining us. I should say at the outset, we asked the California National Guard for a statement about this flyer, where it came from, and I want to read it to you first off.

Quote: "The flyer was a personal item that was posted in a soldier`s work area. It does not reflect the policies or the viewpoints of the California National Guard. The flyer was inappropriate for the workplace, and it has been removed."

The point, of course, is this was not an official flyer posted by the National Guard, U.S. government, anyone else. It was one guy's. Anything to be upset about here?

SABIHA KHAN, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Well, and we appreciate that point, but the fact of the matter is, people who were visiting the base saw it. And so if they saw it, other members of the National Guard as well saw it.

I think the most important thing why people are upset is that it unfortunately sends a message that this is a religious war and that unfortunately that American Muslims are not welcome to defend our own country. And there are about 15,000 in the Armed Forces today and that...

CARLSON: Oh whoa, whoa, whoa. I'm sorry, Ms. Khan. Hold on. Slow down.

It says in no place in this flyer, that I think we've characterized accurately, that American Muslims aren't welcomed to serve, and many serve very honorably in the Armed Forces, as you just pointed out.

It merely says that terrorists ought to be executed with bullets coated with pigs` blood because that would be extra offensive to terrorists and they deserve to die in an extra offensive way. You must agree with that.

KHAN: Well, about this specific story, first of all, it's a historical myth that Blackjack Persian did such a thing. But secondly, it basically talks about what the myth is out there that Islamically speaking that something that happens to your body bars you from going to heaven. And that points to a religious context, unfortunately.

And anybody who is, you know, smart enough will take that as something against -- going against the Muslim religion, saying something very unfair and very unfortunate against Muslims.

CARLSON: But wait a second. It's not against -- hold on, I want to be absolutely clear. This flyer does not attack Muslims. It attacks Islamic terrorists. The two, as you often point out correctly, are completely different.

Most Muslims in the world are lawful, and law-abiding, and peaceful people. These are Islamic terrorists. So as I understand it, you're not allowed to insult your enemies? It's OK to kill terrorists, but it's not OK to insult them when you kill them? Is that what you're saying?

KHAN: Well, our enemies are people who have no moral or normal value. It doesn't matter what religion they are. And we need to go after them because of what they've been doing.

But the fact of the matter is, this story is one that's been circulating but unfortunately also has religious context, somehow pointing that Islam says that, if you have pigs` blood, then you cannot go to heaven.

And, you know, we can still -- we can say, you know, the terrorists are horrible. We can say a whole bunch of things, but leave it out of religious context because people, unfortunately, will take it. And not just...

(CROSSTALK)

CARLSON: Well, wait a second. But the terrorists themselves put their terrorism in a religious context. They say we're doing this because of our religion. We're inspired by our understanding of Islam.

It's a perverted understanding, I think we all agree. But they're the ones who put it in the religious context. So a very simple question, what would be wrong with putting pigs` blood on bullets and using them to kill terrorists?

KHAN: Well, our own President Bush has said this is not a religious war. And Tony Blair and the high commission in England have made a distinction between Islam and the terrorists attacks. Then why are we falling into the terrorist rhetoric? That's what Usama bin Laden wants. He wants to divide us. And he wants to make our soldiers increasing targets in the Muslim world.

CARLSON: But, wait, hold on.

KHAN: So why are we following them and not our president?

CARLSON: Here's where I'm confused. When you see a flyer that attacks terrorists, people who take life indiscriminately, who kill civilians, who are fighting the United States, why do you see an attack on terrorists as an attack on you?

KHAN: Well, that's the whole thing. The whole point of the poster -- I mean, you can read it the way you want. But people who do see it often see the story as pointing to the religion. And you know, the more important thing, really, is the fact of the matter that, as well it puts our armed soldiers in danger overseas when we have rhetoric like that, because people can see through that, unfortunately...

(CROSSTALK)

CARLSON: Ms. Khan. Ms. Khan, our soldiers are already in danger overseas. There are fighting people who want to kill them. Seventeen hundred of them have already been killed in Iraq, even before this poster became public. You're not suggesting that the terrorists kind of like us, but this is going to -- you know, this is going to tip the scales, and now they're really going to be mad? They're already really mad. They already hate us.

KHAN: No, there are people -- what I'm trying to say is there are people out there who are trying to increasingly make it a religious war, including those terrorists like Usama bin Laden and other extremists. And we have to keep our eye on the ball that, in fact, it is a war against terrorists, regardless of their religion.

CARLSON: OK, OK, well, to some extent, I think you're right. That reminds me of a fascinating column by Tom Friedman the other day in the "New York Times" in which he pointed out that no Muslim group in the world -- and I think you researched this -- has issued a fatwa against Usama bin Laden yet.

There was one, of course, issued against Salman Rushdie for writing a novel that supposedly insulted the prophet Mohammed, but not yet against Usama bin Laden. Why do you think that is? It sounds like cowardice to me.

KHAN: That actually is untrue. Thomas Friedman has twisted facts once again. Basically every religious leader since September 11th has denounced Usama bin Laden and terrorism...

(CROSSTALK)

CARLSON: No, hold on, excuse me. That's different -- denouncing is different, as I understand it, from issuing a fatwa, which is a decree, right, that could only be issued by people of a certain rank in the religion, is that right?

I mean, I could not issue a fatwa. I could denounce. There's been no official fatwa issued by any religious leader? Has there been, or is that wrong? Do you know of one?

KHAN: There has. There has been fatwas against what Usama bin Laden has done and that anybody following him, from high people like Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Sheikh Tantawi. Recently, in Spain, they've done the same thing. So really, Friedman ignores those facts. And I don't know how he even got published in the newspapers.

CARLSON: Interesting. OK, thank you, Ms. Khan, Sabiha Khan, we appreciate it very much.

KHAN: You're welcome.

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EMPLOYERS MUST ACCOMMODATE RELIGIOUS NEEDS IN THE WORKPLACE - TOP
Chana Joffe-Walt, Voice of America News, 7/12/05
http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2005-07-12-voa33.cfm

Federal law says employers in the United States may not discriminate on the basis of religion. While this seems to be a straightforward rule, practically speaking, employers appear to be having trouble following it. As religious diversity increases in U.S. society and the workplace, so do the number of religious discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Employers are being asked to be more accommodating.... and more knowledgeable.

During Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims are required to fast during the daylight hours and pray at sunrise and sunset. So when the Oberto Sausage Company made a change in its workers' shifts, 6 Muslim employees on the processing line became worried. It was Ramadan and the women, all Somali refugees, needed to pray and break their fast at 5 o'clock. After their requests to take a break at sunset were denied, the women sought help from the Refugee Support Services Coalition in Seattle. Its director, Suldan Mohammoud, a Somali refugee himself, wrote a letter to the company in English on the women's behalf. (MORE)

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FBI E-MAILS SHED LIGHT ON ARREST OF OREGON ATTORNEY IN MADRID TRAIN BOMBINGS - TOP
Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press, 7/13/05
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-spain-bombings-lawyer,0,978914.story

PORTLAND, Oregon - The day before a Portland attorney was wrongly arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Madrid train bombings, an FBI official stated in an e-mail that the agency did not have enough evidence to arrest the man on criminal charges.

The recently declassified e-mail, written by Portland FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele in May 2004, also noted that the attorney, Brandon Mayfield, was a Muslim convert. And it said the FBI had a plan to arrest Mayfield ``if and when'' his supposed link to the March 2004 terrorist attack ``gets outed by the media.''

Mayfield was arrested a day later under the material witness law, which allows the arrest and detention of witnesses who might flee before testifying in criminal cases. The FBI said at the time that fingerprints found on a bag of detonators near the bombings had been matched to Mayfield. (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/15/05

* HADITH: The Best People
* CAIR 'Explore the Quran' Requests Top 16,000
            - Letter from Quran Recipient in Ohio
* CAIR Commentary in USA Today: 'Not In the Name of Islam'
* Positive Reaction to CAIR Anti-Terror PSA
            - CA: Muslim Group Takes Stand Against Violence (CBS)
            - GA: Muslim Groups Assail London Attacks (AJC)
            - IL: PSA Reminds that Muslims Condemn Terror (ABC)
* CAIR-CA: Blaming Islam is Wrong Way to Fight Terror
            - CAIR-CA: Leaders Say Bombings Violated Islam
            - WI: Attacks Frustrate Madison's Muslims (NBC)
            - PA: Muslims at this Mosque Disdain Violence (Times)
* NC: Judges Look to Legislature on Use of Quran (RM News)
            - OR: Muslim Lawyer Sues Gov't for False Arrest (AP)
* VA: Three Years After Raids, Still No Charges (Connection)
* DC: MSN Lecture on Islam and African-Americans

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST PEOPLE - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Shall I tell you who are the best (people)?. . .The best of you are those who, when you look at them, you remember God."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1302

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CAIR 'EXPLORE THE QURAN' REQUESTS TOP 16,000 - TOP
www.explorethequran.org

UPDATE: More than 16,000 people have requested free copies of the Quran since the launch of CAIR's "Explore the Quran" campaign on May 17.

ACTION REQUESTED: CAIR has pledged to cover the costs of shipping Qurans to all those who submit request, but we need your support to fulfill that pledge.

1) SPONSOR a free copy(s) of the Quran so that people of other faiths may learn the truth about Islam and Muslims. To sponsor one or more Qurans online, go to: http://www.explorethequran.org To sponsor a Quran by phone, call 1-800-78-ISLAM (1-800-784-7526). (In order to ease the pressure on CAIR's switchboard, those sponsoring a free Quran may also send a donation to: Explore the Quran, CAIR, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003)

2) IMAMS and COMMUNITY LEADERS should ask congregations to support this important project.

3) FORWARD this alert to your Muslim friends, family and colleagues.

4) Join CAIR-NET. CAIR offers an e-mail list designed keep American Muslims informed about efforts such as "Explore the Quran." To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/ CAIR is willing to respond, inshallah, to every request received. We ask every Muslim to help cover the cost of at least one Holy Quran.

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LETTER FROM QURAN RECIPIENT IN OHIO - TOP

CAIR received the following e-mail message from an Ohio recipient of a free Quran. It contained a letter to the editor that person sent to their local newspaper. The following are excerpts from the letter:

I recently received my free copy of the Quran from CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). I expected a little pocket size version of the text. Instead I received a full size leather bound volume, with gold embossed lettering.

I wish to thank Nihad Awad, and CAIR for funding this effort. They obviously care deeply for their cause, and are sincere in their efforts to spread understanding and tolerance. Mr. Awad's accompanying letter requested that I treat the Quran with respect. I assure him that I honor his generous gift.

I have read through the text and was surprised to find that the Quran and the Bible share many of the same stories and characters. Mary, Joseph, Moses, The story of David and Goliath, Noah's flood, and many other familiar teachings are found all throughout the Quran. Jesus is referred to 22 times. . .

Instead of fighting over our differences, I suggest we explore our commonalities. May the reward of the fruit from the tree of life go to CAIR, and everyone who extends the olive branch of, mutual respect, diversity and peace.

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CAIR COMMENTARY IN USA TODAY: 'NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM' - TOP
Ibrahim Hooper, USA Today, 7/14/05
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-07-14-oppose_x.htm

[Ibrahim Hooper is national communications director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.]

The question I am asked most often in media interviews and on radio call-in programs is: "Why don't Muslim leaders condemn terrorism?"

As a person who writes frequent statements condemning terrorism in all its forms, it is frustrating to hear that question come up in interview after interview.

After all, it was a broad coalition of American Muslim groups that issued what was perhaps the first condemnation of the 9/11 attacks. My own organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), published a full-page advertisement condemning those attacks and offering condolences to the victims.

Muslim organizations and leaders in this country and around the world have consistently condemned violence against civilians, whether it is suicide bombs in the Middle East, attacks on Christian churches in Pakistan or the bombing of London's transportation system. Those condemning terrorism ranged from the Grand Shaykh of Al-Azhar University in Egypt to ayatollahs in Iran.

Following the latest terrorist outrage in Britain on Thursday, CAIR echoed a call by British Muslim groups urging all Islamic prayer leaders, or imams, to condemn terrorism in their Friday sermons.

Ordinary Muslims contacted British diplomatic offices to offer condolences. A delegation of Muslim leaders also met with the British ambassador to show solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.

In 2004, CAIR launched a petition drive, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition, signed by some 700,000 Muslims, states in part: "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." (MORE)

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POSITIVE REACTION TO CAIR ANTI-TERROR PSA - TOP
To view the PSA online, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

CA: AMERICAN MUSLIM GROUP TAKES STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE - TOP
Sherry Hu, CBS 5, 7/15/05
http://cbs5.com/topstories/local_story_195211704.html

American Muslims from New York to the Bay Area are taking a stand against violence in the name of Islam.

The campaign follows growing complaints that mainstream Muslims could do more to combat terrorism. It was launched Thursday in Washington, D.C. In the public service announcement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, condemns the London bombings.

"We reject anyone of any faith who commits such brutal acts," says one woman in the ad.

"We will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals," another man says.

CAIR is the largest Muslim organization in the United States. While CAIR works on a national level, the Bay Area will be just as vocal. Ameena Jandali says it's important that local Muslim leaders go public.

"It is up to the mainstream community to say this is not our religion, you don't have the right to misrepresent our religion," Jandali said. "That voice has been lacking for a long, long time."

Many Muslims in Britain are spreading the same message. A young woman at a memorial service in Leeds held a sign reading "Islam wants peace."

"We are talking to other nations, Muslims and non-Muslims, as to how to mobilize internationally the moderate and true voice of Islam," said British Prime Minister Tony Blair. (MORE)

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MUSLIM GROUPS ASSAIL LONDON ATTACKS - TOP
Eunice Moscoso, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 7/15/05
http://www.ajc.com/hp/content/auto/epaper/editions/friday/news_247dc55a32b821f100f5.html

Washington --- A week after deadly attacks in London, a U.S. Muslim group launched a public service announcement Thursday that condemns the hijacking of Islam by terrorists.

In Atlanta, a Muslim leader said he agreed with the message of the ad, and local Muslims scheduled a news conference today to express condolences to the British people and to the families of the victims in the attack.

The ad, to be distributed to television stations in the United States and abroad, is designed to fight the public perception that mainstream Muslims have been silent on terrorism, said Parvez Ahmed, board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties group.

"Any effort by terrorists to hide their criminal activities under the mask of religious piety is being categorically and unequivocally rejected by mainstream Muslims," Ahmed told a press conference.

The 30-second spot, which features American Muslim men and women, states that people who commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad.

"We reject anyone --- of any faith --- who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice," the announcement says. (MORE)

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IL: PSA REMINDS AMERICANS THAT MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORISM, TOO - TOP
Sarah Schulte, ABC, 7/14/05
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/news/071405_ns_muslim_psa.html

Muslim-Americans are airing a new public service announcement on the heels of the London terrorist attacks. The PSA is an effort to show that Muslims are just as outraged by terrorism as any other religious group.

Muslim-American groups say they have been blamed for not publicly condemning terrorism. So, in an effort to change that perception, the Council on American-Islamic relations is launching a nationwide public service campaign. The goal is to make it clear that Islam is not about hatred or violence.

Exactly one week after suicide bombers attacked London, America's largest Muslim group says now is the time to reach as many people as possible to remind them that Muslims condemn terrorism.

"Even though Muslims have been condemning terrorism persistently and consistently over the past months and years, the message has not been received by certain members of the open community," Ahmed Rehab, Council American-Islamic Relations.

By using different faces of Islam, the Council on American-Islamic relations is hitting the airwaves to get their message across. (MORE)

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BLAMING ISLAM IS THE WRONG WAY TO FIGHT TERRORISM - TOP
William Youmans, San Francisco Gate, 7/15/05
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/07/15/EDG2IDOBG61.DTL

British officials deserve praise for their responsible remarks following the attacks in London last week. By embracing the views of Islam's moderate majority, they steered clear of the trap American commentators often fall into -- holding Islam and Muslims accountable for the acts of an extreme fringe. It is not only factually accurate to dissociate Islam from these horrendous crimes, but also an important strategic step in the war on terrorism.

Asked whether the bus and subway bomb blasts were acts of Islamic terrorism, London Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair responded that the culprits were certainly not "Islamic terrorists." He stated that Islam and terrorism are incompatible. The commissioner echoed the sentiments of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said, "The vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims both here and abroad are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this kind of terrorism every bit as much as we do."

During a private meeting with American Muslims, Sir David Manning, British ambassador to the United States, was emphatic in distancing the London terror bombings from Islam, which he described as a faith of "peace, reconciliation and tolerance." British officials recognize that promoting these views undermines the aims of extremist groups.

This important outlook is largely absent in political rhetoric on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, however. It is quite common to see terrorism committed by Muslims referred to as "Islamic terrorism." Similarly, pundits and military leaders often depict Islam as a religion with members more prone to violence than others. The California National Guard recently stirred a controversy over a flyer in its offices suggesting that dipping bullets in pig's blood and burying dead terrorists with pig entrails could be tactics in the war on terrorism. This rests on the notion that U.S. Armed Forces should demean Islam's sacred values. (MORE)

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MUSLIM LEADERS SAY BOMBINGS VIOLATED ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES - TOP
Union Tribune, 7/14/05
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050714/news_1c14relbrief.html

U.S. Muslim groups and leaders have been swift to condemn last week's terrorist bombings in London - and in urging people not to blame Islam.

"The entire Muslim community of San Diego is united in complete condemnation of the criminal and barbaric acts of terrorism," Imam Sharif Battikhi, a longtime San Diego Islamic representative, wrote in a statement.

"To the grieving families of those who perished, and to the persons who have been so seriously injured by these horrible attacks, we Muslims pray that the persons responsible for these crimes are found and brought swiftly to justice," wrote Battikhi, who heads the American Islamic Services Foundation, an education and outreach group in San Diego.

In Anaheim, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Southern California, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Muslim Public Affairs Council expressed their outrage.

"We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," said Hussam Ayloush of the American-Islamic relations council. (MORE)

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ATTACKS FRUSTRATE MADISON'S MUSLIMS - TOP
Justin Williams, NBC, 7/15/05
http://nbc15.madison.com/home/headlines/1697852.html

The effects of London's recent terrorist bombings are being felt here at home. Some local Muslims say they are now experiencing a recurrence of the harassment they experienced in the weeks following 9/11.

Thursday, a new effort designed to combat what many Muslims say are inaccurate stereotypes was launched nationwide. Local Muslims hope it relieves their harassment, and results in a healthier community for everyone.

It took place in what's billed as one of America's most livable cities -- Madison, Wisconsin.

"There was a car full of teenage boys, and they yelled out the window at me, 'Go home!' As if America is not my home." But Aisha Robertson is home. Born and raised in the States, the woman of Scottish and English decent, converted to Islam 14 years ago.

"I realized that that young man who said that was actually just very ignorant," Robertson explains.

To stem the rising tide of ignorance, Robertson says she's taken it upon herself to educate others about Islam.

And she has some help--in the form of a new public service announcement from the Council on American Islamic Relations. Released to media outlets nationwide, the PSA is called, "Not in the name of Islam," and it rejects terrorism as un-Islamic. (MORE)

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PA: MUSLIMS AT THIS MOSQUE DISDAIN VIOLENCE - TOP
Gil Spencer, Times, 7/15/05
http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?BRD=1675&dept_id=18168&newsid=14864578&PAG=461&rfi=9

It is 12:55 p.m. Thursday and I am standing in front of the Masjid Al-Madinah mosque in Upper Darby, waiting for someone, anyone, to show up for 1 p.m. prayers.

The mosque is a converted house on the corner of Ludlow and Kent streets, white with green trim. There is a portable basketball hoop in the driveway but its backboard is broken off. It sits upside down, propped up against the building. And that's it. Not a car to be seen.

The president of the mosque is Abu Rahman. He lives in Broomall. I called him earlier in the day and he told me the mosque would be open for afternoon prayers.

Rahman is kind of our go-to guy when any Muslim in the world does something awful. We call him to reassure our readers that the Muslims who attend his mosque are peace-loving and condemn violence.

Last week's suicide bombings in London committed by four young Muslim men require condemnation, especially by other Muslims. Some 50 innocent people were slaughtered.

In Iraq the other day, a suicide terrorist drove an SUV packed with explosives into a crowd of kids taking candy from American soldiers. Some 18 children, all Muslim, were blown to bits.

It is an odd thing to have to ask the mothers and fathers of Muslim children here in America whether they approve of these sorts of killings. But we do. Not so much because we don't know the answers we're going to get, but because it is important to allow Muslims the opportunity to decry and condemn murder committed in the name of Allah. (MORE)

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JUDGES LOOK TO LEGISLATURE FOR GUIDANCE ON USE OF QURAN IN COURT - TOP
J. Eric Eckard, Rocky Mount Telegram, 7/15/05
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/07/15/071505rmtquran.html

Without clearer legislative guidelines over using the Quran and other religious texts for courtroom oaths, judges across the state probably will make different rulings, said N.C. Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner.

"We've never had a request like that (in Nash County) - ever," Sumner said. "At this point, I don't know what I'd do.

"The legislature needs to address the issue because different judges will decide differently."

Court officials in Edgecombe County said they've never had a request to swear to tell the truth on a Quran, either. At present, courtroom witnesses, defendants and jurors in the Twin Counties take oaths on the Bible or they affirm - or promise - to tell the truth.

The issue has come to light after two judges in Guilford County decided that oaths taken on the Quran were not legal. Muslims in Greensboro had tried to donate copies of the Quran last month to the courthouse there, but Senior Resident Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Albright and Guilford Chief District Court Judge Joseph E. Turner turned down the donation, saying that taking an oath requires someone to lay hands on the "Holy Scriptures." (MORE)

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LAWYER SUES U.S. GOV'T FOR FALSE ARREST - TOP
Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press, 7/15/05

PORTLAND, Ore. - Just over a year ago, a bespectacled lawyer sat in a holding cell inside Portland's federal courthouse, suspected of being involved in the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people.

Brandon Mayfield's fingerprints, the FBI said, were found on a bag of detonators near the scene - prints that three senior agents analyzed and vetted.

But their analysis was wrong. On Friday, Mayfield returns to the courthouse for a pretrial hearing in his civil lawsuit against the U.S. government.

A convert to Islam, Mayfield argues he was singled out because of his faith. He also charges that key sections of the Patriot Act, which he says were used to install wiretaps and conduct secret searches of his home, are unconstitutional.

Legal experts agree that Mayfield, who has never been to Spain, was wronged. He was released two weeks after his May 2004 arrest and the FBI apologized for bungling the fingerprint examination.

But experts are divided over whether he will be successful in challenging portions of the Patriot Act, which is at the center of a heated debate in Congress. The law expanded the government's intelligence-gathering powers after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

``Because the Patriot Act is up for renewal, Mr. Mayfield's case is important because it shows how the government can secretly avoid the civil rights and civil liberties of Americans - and leave no one secure from secret government spying and investigations,'' said Elden Rosenthal, one of Mayfield's lawyers. (MORE)

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THREE YEARS AFTER RAIDS, STILL NO CHARGES - TOP
Brian McNeill, Connection Newspapers, 7/14/05
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/article.asp?article=53160&paper=0&cat=109

When federal agents raided properties in Northern Virginia and Georgia in March 2002 as part of an investigation into suspected financial ties to terrorist groups, the investigators enjoyed new powers granted to them under the Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act, which had been signed into law just a few months earlier, allowed the investigators to obtain a search warrant in a jurisdiction other than where the search would take place. Critics say this provision allows prosecutors to "shop" for a friendly judge when seeking permission to search private property.

In this case, the search warrant was obtained from federal court in Virginia. The Patriot Act permitted the agents to search not only the Virginia properties, but also a poultry plant in Georgia and other undisclosed properties.

A collection of Islamic-American businesses and non-profit entities have been under federal investigation for allegedly bankrolling terrorist organizations.
But more than three years later, no charges have been filed.

The group of organizations - which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials call the "Safa Group" - has been under investigation since at least March 2002, when federal agents raided their Herndon offices at 555 Grove St. and eight homes in Herndon and Loudoun County.

"All I can say is that the investigation is ongoing," said Dean Boyd, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security. The groups are being scrutinized for allegedly funding Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, according to court documents.

Through their attorney, members of the Safa Group denied any connection to terrorist groups. None of them have been charged with any illegal activity.

Over the last four years, the Safa Group entities have contributed nearly $63,000 to candidates for the General Assembly.

But the Safa Group's campaign contributions have nothing to do with the federal investigation. Instead, the contributions are intended to back candidates who reflect a traditionally conservative political ideology - specifically those who oppose same-sex marriage, vote to further restrict abortion, according to their attorney and three General Assembly candidates who have enjoyed their support.

Mukit Hossain, chairman of the Herndon-based Muslim American PAC, which supports candidates from both parties, said the 2002 raids prompted fear and confusion in the Northern Virginia Muslim community.

Three years later, he said, many Muslim-Americans are outraged the investigation appears to have been fruitless and the Safa Group's reputation was destroyed. (MORE)

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MSN LECTURE ON ISLAM AND THE BLACK AMERICAN - TOP

WHAT: Muslim Student Network Presents "Islam and the Black American" with Dr. Sherman Abdul-Hakim Jackson, University of Michigan Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and author of Islam and the Black American.

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday July 16, 2005

WHERE: Blackburn Auditorium Blackburn Center
Howard University
2397 Sixth Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Free and open to the public. For more info call Malika Bilal at 773 350-6428; e-mail: mbilal@ameritech.net

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #460

CALL NOW TO IMPACT PATRIOT ACT RENEWAL

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/18/2005)
- CAIR today called on all people of conscience to ask their elected officials to support common sense changes to the USA Patriot Act that would protect both national security and civil liberties. Sixteen provisions of the act are slated to expire at the end of this year and Congress is considering modifications.

A bill that permanently extends many controversial sections of the Patriot Act was considered by two House committees last Wednesday. It is expected to go to a vote on the House floor this week. Hundreds of CAIR supporters have already taken action by contacting or meeting with their elected representatives to express their concerns. They asked that Congress:

* Pass the Security and Freedom Enhancement (SAFE) Act of 2005 (H.R. 1526 and S. 737) and the Protection of Civil Liberties Act (H.R. 1310)

* Set any renewed provision to sunset again in 2007 and add a similar sunset provision to Section 213, which does not sunset. This ensures that measures undertaken in times of great need do not endure longer than necessary.

Two of the Patriot Act's provisions in particular raise major civil liberties concerns.

* Section 215 allows law enforcement to acquire a search warrant for "any tangible thing." This can include: library records, medical records, and travel records. Additionally, it places a gag order on the person who must turn over records. Under this provision, a librarian could not tell his or her lawyer that they had to turn over someone's library records.

* Section 213 replaces traditional "knock and announce" search warrants with "sneak and peek." searches, delaying notice of the execution of a search warrant for a "reasonable time." This can mean never informing the subject of the warrant that their possessions were searched. In substantive cases involving international or domestic terrorism, investigations conducted in secret are reasonable. However, Section 213, as written, is not limited to terror cases. It can be applied to any federal investigation, such as an examination of delinquent student loans.

"Congress hears the concerns of constituents," said CAIR Governmental Affairs Director Corey Saylor, "Already, a positive modification disallowing funds for law enforcement searches of bookstores and libraries has passed the House."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/18/05

* VERSE: God is with You
* Reminder of CAIR PSA Satellite Re-Broadcast
            - New PSA Says Terror Against Islam (State Dept)
            - Muslims Launch TV Ad Against Terrorism (Reuters)
* CO Muslims Seek Mtg With Tancredo Over 'Bomb Mecca' Remark
* CAIR-ST. Louis Takes Part in Highway Clean-Up
            - CAIR-CA: Friedman Tarred Islam Without Facts
            - CAIR-SC: Non-Muslims Invited to Explore Islam
            - CAIR-IL: Patriot Act Topic of Town Hall Meeting
* ISLAM-OPED: The Quran's Influence on Western Civilization
* INCITEMENT: Hating Christians, Jews is Part of Islam
* British Muslim Leader Gets Apology from U.S. (AP)
* KY: What It's Like to Wear Hijab in Bluegrass State
             - NC: Legislators Mixed On Quran Law (News Record)
* Plan Called For Covert Aid in Iraq Vote (NY Times)
            - Did Washington Manipulate Iraq's Election? (New Yorker)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD IS WITH YOU - TOP

"It is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods, then firmly established Himself on the throne of authority. He knows all that enters the earth and all that emerges from it, all that comes down from Heaven and all that ascends to it; and He is with you wherever you are."

The Holy Quran, 57:4

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REMINDER OF PSA RE-BROADCAST - TOP
http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

The CAIR "Not in the Name of Islam" PSA is now online and will be re-distributed by satellite feed to television stations on Tuesday. To view the PSA online, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

SATELLITE RE-FEED: C-Band Satellite, Tuesday, July 19, 2:00-2:15 p.m. (EDT), 11:00-11:15 a.m. (PT), IA 6 Transponder 16, D/L Freq: 4020 (H) 93°WL, Standard Audio: 6.2, 6.8

CAIR's 30-second PSA features American Muslims stating: "We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone ­ of any faith - who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice."

The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1071&page=NR

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact the Public Service Directors at local TV stations to request that they downlink the PSA on Tuesday.

ALSO SEE:

NEW PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT SAYS TERRORISM IS AGAINST ISLAM - TOP
Mercedes L. Suarez, Washington File, 07/14/05
http://www.usembassy.org.uk/terror579.html

Washington -- The largest Islamic civil rights group in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is releasing a nationwide public service announcement making it clear that terrorism violates the tenets of Islam.

The announcement, called "Not in the Name of Islam," is "a rejection of those who carry out terror attacks in the name of our faith," said Parvez Ahmed, the board chairman of the Council, at a July 14 press conference where the 30-second video of the announcement was shown.

Two Muslims, an African-American imam and a woman wearing a head covering are featured in the video, which is being distributed via satellite feed to television stations around the United States.

"We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism," says the woman in the video. "Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace," continues the announcement, with subtitles in Arabic and Urdu, the dominant language of Pakistan. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS LAUNCH TV AD AGAINST TERRORISM - TOP
Reuters, 07/15/05
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2005-07-15T222933Z_01_N15166761_RTRIDST_0_USREPORT-SECURITY-USA-MUSLIMS-DC.XML

WASHINGTON - American Muslims have launched an advertising campaign to denounce acts of terrorism after bombers believed to be British Muslims killed at least 54 people in attacks on London.

"Any effort by terrorists to hide their criminal activities under the mask of religious piety is being categorically and unequivocally rejected by mainstream Muslims," said Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

He said the television ad, which will air nationwide by July 19, is an attempt to detach Islam from the "heinous" acts of a few Muslims.

Police believe the attacks are linked to al Qaeda, the Islamic militant group behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the Madrid train bombings last year.

"Backlash is a concern ... but it's not our main motive," said CAIR spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed. "Our main motivation lies with making sure our position is clear where Islam stands on terrorism."

The 30-second public service spot, called "Not in the Name of Islam," features two American Muslim women and religious leader Imam Johari Abdul-Malik. (MORE)

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CO MUSLIMS SEEK MTG WITH TANCREDO OVER 'BOMB MECCA' REMARK - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/18/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that it is working with leaders of the Colorado Muslim community to set up a meeting with Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) over his recent remarks suggesting support for bombing Mecca, Islam's holiest site.

Tancredo made the remarks during an interview on the Pat Campbell Show in Florida last Thursday discussing what should be done in response to an attack on this country by "extremist fundamentalist Muslims." Tancredo said one possible response would be to "take out their holy sites." When Campbell asked if the congressman was "talking about bombing Mecca," Tancredo replied, "Yeah."

To listen to an excerpt of the interview, go to:
http://www.cairfl.org/audio/Tancredo_comments_071405.mp3

On Sunday, Tancredo released a statement saying he was just trying to figure out how the United States could deter future attacks. The statement said: "Among the many things we might do to prevent such an attack on America would be to lay out there as a possibility the destruction of these sites."

"I do not advocate this," said Tancredo in his statement. "Much more thought would need to be given to the potential ramifications of such a horrific response."

SEE: "Tancredo Clarifies 'Ultimate Response'"
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3934448,00.html

CAIR said local and national Republican leaders should repudiate the congressman's remarks and Tancredo himself should apologize immediately to the people of Colorado and to the American Muslim community.

The Washington-based council asked Muslims and other people of conscience to contact the Republican Party to ask for an apology and repudiation of the offensive statements. (E-Mail: info@gop.com, Copy to: cair@cair-net.org )

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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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CAIR-ST. LOUIS TAKES PART IN HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP - TOP

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 7/18/05) - On Saturday July 16, a group of volunteers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) St. Louis chapter worked on cleaning highway 40/64 through the Adopt A Highway Program.

The Missouri Department of Transportation put a sign carrying our name on both sides of the highway. (You can see the sign on both the north and the south side of the highway in that area.)

Farooq Uraizee, a CAIR-St. Louis board member and organizer of the event thanked everyone who helped cleanup.

For more information, contact Kamal Yassin at 314-477-8407.

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CAIR-CA: FRIEDMAN TARRED ISLAM WITHOUT FACTS - TOP
Fouad Khatib, OC Register, 7/17/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/07/17/sections/commentary/READER%20REBUTTALS/article_599221.php

The Alhambra resident is board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman makes the claim, "[t]o this day - to this day - no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden" ["What can we do to limit the fallout?" Commentary, July 10]. His claim is absurd.

On Oct. 13, 2001 Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., informed the House of Representatives that the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Tantawi, denounced bin Laden. Rep. Pitts was clear in characterizing Sheikh Tantawi as "the highest and most respected Islamic authority in the world."

Within days after 9/11, Talgat Tajuddin, the high mufti of Russian Muslims, called for the extradition of bin Laden from Afghanistan. The high mufti stressed that a man who advises to kill cannot be God's counselor, however much he may quote the Quran.

The North American Fiqh (jurisprudence) Council issued a formal fatwa on Sept. 27, 2001, that condemned bin Ladin's actions of 9/11 and sanctioned Muslim participation in the United States' military response in Afghanistan.

On April 3, 2002, an extraordinary session of the Organization of Islamic Conference foreign ministers in Kuala Lumpur adopted a stark resolution condemning the brutal terror attacks of Sept. 11. Although the OIC is not a religious body, it is an umbrella organization of 57 Islamic countries.

On March 12 of this year, Spain's leading Muslim clerics issued a religious order condemning bin Laden and declaring that he had violated Islam by backing attacks such as the Madrid train bombings. The order was issued after consultations with North African religious scholars in Morocco, Algeria and other countries. (MORE)

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CAIR-SC: SEMINAR INVITES NON-MUSLIMS TO EXPLORE ISLAMIC FAITH - TOP
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3601410&nav=0RaPcDpT

(Columbia) July 16, 2005 - Responding to the July Seventh terrorist attacks in London, Muslim leaders from around the world are speaking out.

Many of them are trying to teach tolerance through education, and separating the Islamic faith from terrorist violence. Imam Muhammad Adly is the head of Columbia's Islamic Center, "Everyone including the media, non-Muslims, and Muslims alike are trying to explain to the public what Islam is. It's time for the people to hear if from the horse's mouth."

In the Midlands, Muslims from Columbia's Islamic Center opened their doors to the public on Saturday night. Adly says the seminar by The Council on American Islamic Relations gave non-Muslims a chance to better understand the Islamic faith, "We don't have bombs, we don't have mass destruction weapons. We're not about that. We're about educating ourselves, we're about worshiping the almighty God and being a part of the community."

Adly says that the recent attacks by a few make it difficult for the many keep an open mind to Islam, "Islam is not about terror, and you shouldn't judge all Muslims by what some people may do."

Methodist Tiffany Ginn says she learned a lot and now has different perceptions about Islam, "Before I came tonight I looked at Muslim women as obeying and being outside of a man, that the man was superior, and today I learned they are equal."

Outside the Muslim mosque, a couple of protestors chanted and held signs during the seminar.

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CAIR-CHICAGO: PATRIOT ACT DISCUSSED AT LOCAL TOWN HALL MEETING - TOP

(Chicago, IL, 7/18/05) - The Chicago chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), in participation with the Civil Liberties Coalition of Illinois (CLCI), held a town hall meeting yesterday with guest speaker, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, to encourage Illinois' elected representatives to vote "NO" to the reauthorization of the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.

CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago, Fadi Farhan, 773-220-4715 or 312-212-1520, E-mail: gov.relations@cairchicago.org

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ISLAM-OPED: THE QURAN'S INFLUENCE ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION - TOP

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

ISLAM-OPED is a national syndication service of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market area. Permission for publication will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis.

CONTACT: ihooper@cair-net.org
TEL: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726 (c)

Please consider the following commentary for publication.

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THE QURAN'S INFLUENCE ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION
By Fouad Khatib
WORD COUNT: 625

[Fouad Khatib is a board member of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and board chairman of CAIR's California offices.)

News of religious humiliation of detainees in Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray has introduced into contemporary American discourse the significance of the Quran in the lives of Muslims.

While some on the political and religious fringe have attacked the Quran, most Americans have exhibited curiosity, not hostility. In fact, more than 16,000 people of all faiths have already requested a free Quran through the Council on American-Islamic Relations' "Explore the Quran" program. (See: www.explorethequran.org )

Those who study the Quran for the first time might also reflect on the positive influence that Islam's holy text has had on Western civilization.

The Quran has the unique distinction of causing an ancient Semitic language, Arabic, to thrive as the language of learning for the better part of a millennium. While most ancient languages have either perished or been confined to the hallways of academia, Arabic continues to be a living language in more than two dozen countries. Arabic also formed the linguistic cornerstone of one of the greatest civilizations mankind has experienced.

The Quran and the example of the Prophet Muhammad, which gave Muslims a complete code of life, stimulated a belief in the importance of learning and inspired Arab-Muslim civilization to direct its creative energies into literary and scientific pursuits. Muslim science, mathematics, literature and medicine became the best in the world.

To understand how the Quran influenced civilizations, one should study the evolution of the Renaissance, the great revival of learning in 14th century Europe that had its origins in the interactions between the "Christian" West and the lands of Islam. For centuries preceding the Renaissance, Islamic Spain offered fertile intellectual ground from which sprang an enormous wealth of knowledge.

The famous libraries of Baghdad preserved in Arabic translations great Latin works of literature that were banned by the Church. Muslim Spain preserved the intellectual content of the Greco-Roman civilization that was later rediscovered by the West.

This vast knowledge base became the springboard for the Renaissance. The genesis of the Renaissance lies in the translation into Latin of books in all branches of knowledge then extant in the Arabic language.

Some precepts of law familiar to us today were also inspired by the Quranic code. Its influence on the international law is characterized by strict limitations on warfare, prohibition of harming of civilians or destruction of trees and crops, and adherence to treaties.

Distinguishing criminal intent from criminal action was first advanced by Islamic law. Consequently, children and the insane could not be prosecuted as they were deemed incapable of harboring criminal intent.

The Magna Carta and English common law were also influenced by the Quranic code. Pope Sylvester II graduated from a Spanish university with a degree in Islamic Law. He went on to translate Islamic legal texts into Latin and called it the "New Roman Law." This code became the basis for the French legal system as well as that of Louisiana.

On the social and civic front, a profound contribution of the Quranic code was the explicit banning of racism, which provided a practical framework for thriving multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies exemplified by the peaceful coexistence of different peoples in Muslim Spain.

In the 8th century Iraq, entire schools of grammarians in Baghdad, Basra and Kufa minutely scrutinized the Quran in an effort to elucidate its meanings. This led to the formal scrutiny of the Arabic language itself. Some significant outcomes of this intense linguistic exploration were the development of lexicography, rules of grammar and cryptology.

Only a serious study of the Quran and its influence on history can help one truly understand why more than a billion human beings revere this book as their revealed scripture. Polemics and hostile rhetoric, apart from being distasteful, do little to further understanding or mutual respect.

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INCITEMENT WATCH: HATING CHRISTIANS, JEWS IS PART OF ISLAM'S DOCTRINE - TOP
Professor Samuel Ablemanbr, Northwest Indiana Times, 7/17/05
http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2005/07/17/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/97b79f01ec6b4bbd8625703f0000a13c.txt

The world community is blind to the heart of Islam and what it teaches. It seems that the majority of the world's terrorists are Muslims.

Islam has a fundamental series of teachings, starting with Muhammad and going throughout history, indoctrinating Muslims to hate Christians and Jews.

Look at the history of Islam. Islam is a religion of bloodshed. The current examples of what Muslims are doing to further their evil plight is a part of their religion. There are no liberal or open-minded Muslims.

Muslims have been oppressive to all non-Muslims living under their rules. Talk to the Christians in Egypt. Ask the Christians in Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and rest of the world.

Today, Christians and Jews suffer at their hands. (MORE)

ACTION REQUESTED:

Send polite comments to: letters@nwitimes.com
Copy to: cair@cair-net.org

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BRITISH MUSLIM LEADER GETS APOLOGY, VISA FROM U.S. EMBASSY - TOP
Associated Press, 7/16/05
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--britain-muslimlea0716jul16,0,3295370.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. - The British Muslim leader who was denied entry to the United States this week said he has received an apology and assurances of a visa from the U.S. Embassy in London.

Dr. Zaki Badawi, the chief imam at London Central Mosque and head of the Muslim College, had been scheduled to speak Thursday at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y.

On Thursday, Badawi told The Associated Press he was detained and questioned for about six hours upon arrival in New York on Wednesday. Badawi said authorities didn't give him a reason for denying him entry to the United States.

Thomas Becker, president of the institution, said Badawi told him by phone Friday of the embassy's apology.

Badawi said he was told he would be receiving a visa from the embassy and that he was encouraged to resume his travels to the United States. (MORE)

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WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WEAR A HEAD COVERING IN THE BLUEGRASS - TOP
Samieh Shalash, Lexington Herald Leader, 07/17/05
http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/12153227.htm

Most 5-year-old girls run from the bully on the playground who wants to yank their pigtails. As a kindergartner, I ran from the bully who wanted to tug off my hijab, the Islamic head cover.

"Is Saddam Hussein your daddy?" I was asked in fourth grade. Seventh grade brought frequent taunts of "towelhead" from a gang of boys.

High school and college at the University of Kentucky were better -- more curiosity and polite inquiry than anything.

As a 21-year-old Muslim woman, I've worn hijab -- pronounced hee-JAHB -- for nearly 16 years. My six sisters, ages 11 to 29, and mother also wear it. Images of women dressed like us in war-torn countries have been splashed across the media since 9/11.

Strangers often ask where we're from, expecting "Saudi Arabia" or "Iraq." The answer -- born and raised in Lexington -- usually surprises them. A saleswoman once complimented my language skills: "Wow, you speak really good English."

A sweet older gentleman was shocked when I answered "I'm Muslim" after he asked why I cover my hair. "You can't be Muslim, young lady. You've got freckles," he said earnestly.

He's not the first to think all Muslims are Arab -- or that all Arabs have darker skin than mine. But only 20 percent of Muslims are Arab; the largest Islamic population is in Indonesia. (MORE)

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NC: LEGISLATORS MIXED ON QURAN LAW - TOP
Eric Collins and Mark Binker, News Record, 7/17/05
http://beta.newsrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050717/NEWSREC0101/507160330

Two local legislators say state law should be changed to resolve a controversy over the use of the Quran for courtroom oaths. But other legislators say the General Assembly doesn't need to get involved.

Rep. Earl Jones, a Greensboro Democrat, and Sen. Stan Bingham, a Davidson County Republican, said the law should allow people to swear on holy texts other than the Christian Bible.

To do otherwise defeats the intent of the process, Jones said. The oath is a tool the court uses to tap people's inner spiritual beliefs to enhance the likelihood they won't lie, he said.

"(An oath) is meant to guarantee that the person will not commit perjury and will tell the truth," Jones said last week. "It doesn't serve any purpose if he's made to swear on something he doesn't believe in."

The issue arose last month after Muslims from the Al-Ummil Ummat Islamic Center in Greensboro tried to donate copies of the Quran to Guilford County courtrooms. The county's two top judges turned down the gift after determining that an oath on the Quran is not a legal oath. (MORE)

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PLAN CALLED FOR COVERT AID IN IRAQ VOTE - TOP
Douglas Jehl and David E. Sanger, New York Times, 07/17/05
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/17/politics/17elect.html

WASHINGTON, July 16 - In the months before the Iraqi elections in January, President Bush approved a plan to provide covert support to certain Iraqi candidates and political parties, but rescinded the proposal because of Congressional opposition, current and former government officials said Saturday.

In a statement issued in response to questions about a report in the next issue of The New Yorker, Frederick Jones, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said that "in the final analysis, the president determined and the United States government adopted a policy that we would not try - and did not try - to influence the outcome of the Iraqi election by covertly helping individual candidates for office."

The statement appeared to leave open the question of whether any covert help was provided to parties favored by Washington, an issue about which the White House declined to elaborate. (MORE)

ALSO SEE:

DID WASHINGTON TRY TO MANIPULATE IRAQ'S ELECTION? - TOP
Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, 7/18/05
http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/050725fa_fact

The January 30th election in Iraq was publicly perceived as a political triumph for George W. Bush and a vindication of his decision to overturn the regime of Saddam Hussein. More than eight million Iraqis defied the threats of the insurgency and came out to vote for provincial councils and a national assembly. Many of them spent hours waiting patiently in line, knowing that they were risking their lives. Images of smiling Iraqis waving purple index fingers, signifying that they had voted, were transmitted around the world. Even some of the President's harshest critics acknowledged that he might have been right: democracy, as he defined it, could take hold in the Middle East. The fact that very few Sunnis, who were dominant under Saddam Hussein, chose to vote was seen within the Administration as a temporary setback. The sense of victory faded, however, amid a continued political stalemate, increased violence, and a hardening of religious divides. After three months of bitter sectarian infighting, a government was finally formed. It is struggling to fulfill its primary task: to draft a new constitution by mid-August.

Whether the election could sustain its promise had been in question from the beginning. The Administration was confronted with a basic dilemma: The likely winner of a direct and open election would be a Shiite religious party. The Shiites were bitter opponents of Saddam's regime, and suffered under it, but many Shiite religious and political leaders are allied, to varying degrees, with the mullahs of Iran. As the election neared, the Administration repeatedly sought ways-including covert action-to manipulate the outcome and reduce the religious Shiite influence. Not everything went as planned.

The initial election plan, endorsed in late 2003 by Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, involved a caucus system in which the C.P.A. would be able to exert enormous influence over the selection of a transitional government. Each major ethnic group-the Shiites, who represent sixty per cent of the population; the Sunnis, with twenty per cent; and the Kurds, with around fifteen per cent-would have a fixed number of seats in a national assembly. The U.S. hoped to hold the election before the transfer of sovereignty, which was scheduled for June 30, 2004, but the lack of security made the deadline unrealistic. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of one of the Shiite parties, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or sciri, agreed to accept a delay, as the U.S. wanted, in return for the White House's commitment to hold a direct one-man, one-vote election. President Bush agreed. It was a change in policy that many in the Administration feared would insure a Shiite majority in the new assembly. (MORE)

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/19/05

* VERSE: God's Love
* CAIR-DC: Muslims Join Clean-Up Initiative
            - 1.3 Million View CAIR Anti-Terror PSA
            - CAIR 'Explore the Quran' Requests Top 17K
* CAIR-MI: U.S. Muslims Don't Pose Threat to America
            - The Border Mentality (Boston Globe)
* ISLAM-OPED: A Muslim Perspective on Church and State
* Tancredo Says No Apology for 'Bomb Mecca' Remark (RM News)
            - Action: Urge Republicans to Repudiate Comments
            - DNC Chairman Condemns Tancredo's Remarks
            - Tancredo Won't Back Down (Denver Post)
            - Tancredo's 'Off-Cuff' Talk Off The Wall (Denver Post)
            - Turkish Official Condemns Tancredo's Remarks (AP)
* CAIR: Swear to Tell the Truth on the Koran? (CS Monitor)
* UPN, WWE Arab-American Character 'Insensitive' (TV Week)
            - CAIR-CA: 'Smackdown!' Story Line Shameful
* Patriot Act Wrong Then, Worse Now (KC Star)
* PA: City Can't Ask Muslim Firefighter to Shave Beard
            - Halal Food Options Common (Dallas Morning News)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD'S LOVE - TOP

"(God) the Most Gracious will bestow love on those who believe and work deeds of righteousness."

The Holy Quran, 19:96

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CAIR-DC: MUSLIMS JOIN CLEAN-UP INITIATIVE - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C. 7/19/05) - On Sunday, July 17, a group of volunteers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) helped clean up the neighborhood surrounding the Islamic Information Center in southeast Washington D.C. The effort was part of the summer-long "Muslims Care" volunteerism campaign. SEE: www.muslims-care.org

CAIR's "Muslims Care" campaign offers American Muslims the resources and information they need to help improve the communities in which they live.

July's theme is "Helping the Needy." Muslims nationwide are being encouraged to coordinate clothing or food drives and to organize or participate in efforts to feed the homeless.

CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 ext 3243, 202-439-1441

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MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY VIEWED CAIR PSA - TOP

More than 1.3 million people nationwide have already viewed CAIR's "Note in the Name of Islam" television public service announcement (PSA) since it was release last week. This is an amazing number of viewers, given the fact that it usually takes up to a month for a PSA to be aired by a station.

CAIR's 30-second PSA features American Muslims stating: "We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone ­ of any faith - who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice."

To view CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" PSA, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.

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CAIR 'EXPLORE THE QURAN' REQUESTS TOP 17K -TOP
http://www.explorethequran.org

More than 17,000 Americans of all faiths have ordered a FREE Quran since CAIR launched its "Explore the Quran" campaign in May.

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CAIR-MI: U.S. MUSLIMS DON'T POSE THREAT TO AMERICA - TOP
Dawud Walid, Detroit News, 7/19/05
http://www.detnews.com/2005/editorial/0507/19/A10-252131.htm

[Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Lathrup Village.]

Since the London attack on July 7, condemnations and condolences from the international community have been extended to the victims of the London attack and the British population.

And although Islamic scholars from across the globe have denounced the London attack and Prime Minister Tony Blair has stated that this attack is not indicative of Islam, the perception of many is that Islam is directly responsible for the barbarism of July 7th.

Within days of the London attack, Muslims residing in Western nations have reported an increase in arson attacks and vandalism of mosques and a renewal of slurs based upon their religion and ethnicities. The suspicions, which Muslims are subjected to, however, may be a more serious problem than these overt attacks.

The majority of Muslims, who are moderate and abhor the destruction of life and nature, have had their religion hijacked by the horrific schemes of people, whose exact background and motives are unclear.

Thus, a cloud of evil Muslims has been conjured, and this cloud has come to represent the biggest enemy to the American way of life since the cloud of communism in the 1950s through the 1980s. (MORE)

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THE BORDER MENTALITY - TOP
James Carroll, Boston Globe, 7/19/05
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/07/19/the_border_mentality

ONE TIME, a US Customs official sent a chill through me, and I feel it still. We were returning from a ski trip to Canada. At the border, the official was brusque as he interrogated me. To my horror, I realized that I had neglected to declare a purchase made at the ski resort, and he seemed to sense it. He began a rough search of our car. His rudeness prompted me to say at one point: "You can't treat me like this. I have rights. I am an American."

He looked at me coldly. "You're not in America yet, Bub. You don't have rights until I say you do." I felt humiliated, but instructed. A border by definition is the territory of absolute power, and such power by definition demeans.

I thought of that encounter last Thursday when I learned that a distinguished leader of the Islamic community in London was refused admittance into the United States at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

Zaki Badawi is an Egyptian-born scholar, the principal of the Muslim College in London, which trains imams and Islamic leaders, emphatically preparing them to build bridges with British culture. Holding a doctorate from the University of London, Badawi has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth, has served as an adviser to Tony Blair, and is co-editor of an interfaith magazine with an archbishop and a chief rabbi. He is in his 80s.

Badawi was en route to the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, where he was to give a major address on the compatibility of Islam and Western culture. But on Wednesday evening, US border officials at JFK detained the elderly scholar for six hours, then put him on a plane back to England. Rejected.

As it happened, I was at Chautauqua as part of a program exploring the common roots of the three Abrahamic religions. Those waiting to welcome Badawi included Muslims, Jews, and Christians. All were stunned by news of his banishment. I do not know what, precisely, prompted the border officials' action, but I am certain that the humiliation Badawi suffered will be felt by every British Muslim who learns of it. Power at the border demeans, and in today's context, resentment, too, can be absolute. (MORE)

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ISLAM-OPED: A MUSLIM PERSPECTIVE ON CHURCH AND STATE - TOP

ISLAM-OPED is a national syndication service of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market area. Permission for publication will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis.

CONTACT: ihooper@cair-net.org
TEL: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726 (c)

Please consider the following commentary for publication.

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A MUSLIM PERSPECTIVE ON CHURCH AND STATE
By Parvez Ahmed
WORD COUNT: 567

[Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., is board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. He may be contacted at: pahmed@cair-net.org. For a photo of Parvez Ahmed, go to: http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=Board&person=Parvez ]

The U.S. Supreme Court's yes-and-no decision on the public display of the Ten Commandments and the loss of Sandra Day O'Connor swing vote has refocused the debate over the line separating of church and state. In that debate, we may wish to consider redrawing that line.

The First Amendment clearly states that that government shall not make any laws "respecting an establishment of religion," but it fails to offer a precise definition of what role religion may play in the public arena. The establishment clause is a key pillar of American society and an idea the Bush administration tried to introduce into the Iraqi and Afghan constitutions.

But before this or any subsequent administration tries to promote separation of church and state abroad, particularly in the Muslim world, it is first necessary to get it right at home.

American Muslims, like other religious minorities in this country, are among the beneficiaries of the establishment clause and thus are among its biggest supporters. Like other minority groups, American Muslims remain concerned that the next Supreme Court nominee may very well redefine the church-state relationship.

The new court will determine not just the future of religious discourse in America, but will send a strong signal to the rest of the world. Are we going to continue to provide leadership on this question of separating church and state? Are we willing to recalibrate this principle that has helped religious life flourish in America?

Noah Feldman writing in the New York Times Magazine posits the redrawing of the church-state line to allow the display of religious symbols on public property while banning government funding of faith-based programs. Ten Commandments are in and voucher programs for private religious schools are out, essentially reversing the Supreme Court's direction over the past decade.

Feldman argues that public displays of religious symbols are by and large non-threatening to minorities. Any religious occasion for the majority will bring with it overt displays of their religious symbols all around.

During Christmas, overt Christian decorations may make some uncomfortable, even feel left out, but such displays do not reduce the citizenship rights of any minority. Invoking God in a prayer before the opening of a congressional session or mentioning God in the pledge of allegiance or on a coin may make atheists uncomfortable, but does not reduce their rights.

Moreover, this change in policy will provide minorities opportunities to educate others about their religious views. Displays of religious symbols of minority communities can be placed side by side with symbols from majority faiths. Thus the Ten Commandments can be displayed next to verses from the Quran. Religion will find a space in public life and yet the state will not endorse any particular religion.

In contrast, government funding of religious institutions may infringe upon the citizenship rights of minorities. Majority religious institutions, often because they are the best organized, have an unfair advantage in receiving public funds. Majority faith-based institutions receiving public funds will invariably have close proximity to public offices, thus creating an environment for a particular religion to gain influence over government.

This proposed reinterpretation of church and state makes common sense. It has a chance of not only winning wide support in this country but also seems very "exportable," providing America a chance to claim the high ground on an issue that is likely to influence politics for generations to come, both here and abroad.

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TANCREDO: NO APOLOGY - TOP
M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News, 07/19/05
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3937059,00.html

WASHINGTON - The remarks were hypothetical but the outrage was real.

Facing mounting criticism, Rep. Tom Tancredo on Monday refused to apologize for suggesting the United States could target Muslim holy sites if radical Islamic terrorists set off multiple nuclear attacks in American cities.

"It's a tough issue to deal with," Tancredo told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference. "Tough things are said. And we should not shy away from saying things that need to be said."

Tancredo is known for his fiery rhetoric on immigration and other issues, but his words are coming under more scrutiny because he has started traveling to test the waters for a possible presidential candidacy in 2008.

A spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Tancredo's remarks irresponsible.

"They do nothing to advance our national security and protect Americans from terrorists," Pelosi spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which calls itself the largest Islamic civil rights group in the United States, demanded an apology Monday, after the Rocky Mountain News published an account of his Friday interview with WFLA radio in Florida. . .

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper called Tancredo's remarks irresponsible, inflammatory and "unworthy of an elected official."

"These kinds of . . . comments just serve to fuel negative perceptions of the United States in the Muslim world that create a downward spiral of hostility," Hooper said.

"He needs to go far beyond a clarification and apologize, not only to the people of Colorado, but to the American-Muslim community."

Tancredo rejected the idea of apologizing at his news conference, where the controversy overshadowed the topic he wanted to address, his introduction of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. His bill would create a limited guest worker plan for immigrants but only after beefing up border security.

Last week in Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucuses, he pressed his immigration reform agenda to members of the Christian Coalition. At each stop, he also spoke briefly about what he sees as a clash of civilizations and war against "radical Islam."

Hooper said it was a "quantum leap" for Tancredo to go a step further and suggest destroying Muslim holy sites that are at the center of a faith for one-fifth of the world's people.

"Unfortunately, there's a veritable cottage industry of anti-Muslim rhetoric now in our society, and it seems to be growing," Hooper said. "I don't know where it's taking us, because if people really do believe we're in conflict with the faith of Islam, what does that mean? What are the implications of that? Unending civilizational and religious war? It's too much to contemplate. . ."

Late Monday, CAIR officials said they were trying to arrange a meeting between Tancredo and Colorado Muslim leaders. Tancredo spokesman Will Adams said he had not received the invitation but that the congressman would be willing to meet with moderate Muslims. (MORE)

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ACTION REQUESTED: URGE REPUBLICANS TO REPUDIATE COMMENTS - TOP

Contact state and national Republican Party leaders to ask (politely) that they repudiate Tancredo's inflammatory and irresponsible remarks.

Mr. Bob Martinez
State Chair, Colorado Republican Party
E-mail: BobMartinez@coloGOP.org
Phone: 303-758-3333

Republican National Committee
E-mail: info@gop.com
Phone: 202.863.8500

President George W. Bush
E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov
Phone: 202-456-1111

COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, http://tancredo.house.gov/contacttom.asp

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DNC CHAIRMAN STATEMENT ON REP. TANCREDO'S EXTREMIST REMARKS - TOP
CO Congressman Suggests Bombing of Holy Muslim Sites

Washington, DC - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement regarding U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) refusal to apologize for comments suggesting that the United States should bomb Muslim holy sites, including Mecca.

"Tancredo's statements go against the very message America is trying to send to the world, that the war against terrorism is not a war on Islam.

Remarks threatening the destruction of holy sites akin to the Vatican or Jerusalem do nothing to win the hearts and minds of Muslims in the United States and abroad.

Congressman Tancredo certainly owes Muslims around the globe an immediate apology for his offensive remarks. At the same time, he also owes Americans an apology for projecting a message that goes against our values. With these remarks, Tancredo has been utterly careless with his responsibility for shaping our foreign policy. Tancredo's continued refusal to apologize poses a very real danger to our troops. President Bush should strongly condemn Tancredo's statement."

Contact: Karen Finney - 202-863-8148

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TANCREDO WON'T BACK DOWN - TOP
Mike Soraghan and Anne C. Mulkern, Denver Post, 07/19/2005
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_2869419

Washington - Rep. Tom Tancredo refused Monday to back down from his statement Friday suggesting that the United States might respond to a radical Islamic terrorist attack by bombing Muslim holy sites.

Muslim groups earlier Monday called on Tancredo to apologize and said they want to meet with the Colorado Republican.

"I'm not suggesting we do it. I have nothing to apologize for in that respect," Tancredo said. "I'm simply saying to have a good discussion on this issue, a thorough discussion on what is perhaps the most serious kind of possible situation we could face as a civilization, that you cannot simply take things off the table because they are uncomfortable to talk about."

Tancredo, a Littleton Republican, made the statement about bombing Muslim holy sites, including the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, on a Florida talk-radio show. (MORE)

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TANCREDO'S "OFF-CUFF" TALK OFF THE WALL - TOP
Diane Carman, Denver Post, 07/19/2005
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2869468

Colorado U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo was just talking "off-cuff." It was "an extremely hypothetical situation." Everybody knows he's the kind of guy who "thinks out loud."

I was positively dizzy from the spin.

It was as if press secretary Will Adams was channeling Scott McClellan.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," the WFLA-AM talk-show host in Florida said to Tancredo on Friday. "Yeah," said the Littleton Republican, who's never been accused of sensitivity.

Adams tried to equivocate: There's a "widespread misconception about what he said. Congressman Tancredo is not advocating bombing Mecca or Medina or anybody's holy site."

Next up: a discussion of what the meaning of "yeah" is. (MORE)

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TURKISH OFFICIAL CONDEMNS TANCREDO'S REMARKS - TOP
Associated Press, 7/19/05
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3937678,00.html

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul today condemned comments by Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., that the United States could "take out" Islamic holy sites if there were a nuclear attack on America by Muslim fundamentalists.

Gul, whose nation is officially 99 percent Muslim, commented on the congressman's remarks at a news conference with Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Gul said that he didn't think the people or the government of the United States shared Tancredo's view. "The United States has a Muslim population," the Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying. . .

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a U.S. group, demanded an apology. Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper called Tancredo's remarks irresponsible, inflammatory and "unworthy of an elected official."

"These kinds of comments just serve to fuel negative perceptions of the United States in the Muslim world that create a downward spiral of hostility," Hooper said. (MORE)

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RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH ... ON THE KORAN? - TOP
Patrik Jonsson, Christian Science Monitor, 7/19/05
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0720/p02s02-usju.html

RALEIGH, N.C. As Muslim-Christian relations are under the spotlight around the world, US judges sometimes face a vexing question: Can witnesses raise their right hand and swear to tell the truth ... on the Koran?

The recent refusal by a Guilford County, N.C., judge to allow a Muslim woman to swear upon Islam's holy text before testifying is, in part, a new First Amendment challenge. And here in the Tar Heel state, the idea of swearing on books other than the Bible has reinvigorated a debate on the relationship between faith and truth that goes back to the founding documents of both the Carolinas and the country&

Muslims say the judge may be tapping into a post-9/11 ferment, with unspoken inferences to terrorism. "This shows there's a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment, especially here in the United States," says Arsalan Iftikhar, legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington.

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UPN, WWE SHOWED A LACK OF SENSITIVITY - TOP
TV Week, 7/18/05
http://www.tvweek.com/lockland.cms?articleId=28402

Only hours after terrorists' bombs exploded July 7 in London, an episode of World Wrestling Entertainment's "SmackDown!" aired on UPN that included a story line focusing on Arab American "bad guys" and featuring a mock terrorist attack. Characters involved in the story line in recent weeks have made statements that play directly to cultural stereotypes, such as, "I see sand people."

That such dialogue, which is dangerously close to hate speech, has been allowed at any time is alarming. That the "terrorist" episode was allowed to air that particular evening was a mistake on the part of UPN.

The network did add a "parental discretion" crawl to the show, a warning to parents that in light of the day's events the content might not be suitable for children. That move by UPN seemed to imply that the program material was suitable for adult viewers and suitable to air without disclaimers on any day in which terrorist bombings did not occur.

The network's approach reflects insensitivity to the real nature of the problem with this "SmackDown!" story line. As Americans, Iraqis and others-both combatants and civilians-continue to die in Iraq and terrorism remains prominent in the nation's consciousness on a daily basis, programming that is clearly anti-Arab without any nuance, context or balance fuels the flames of cultural hatred.

Keeping in mind that much of the audience for "SmackDown!" is made up of impressionable young people, UPN and WWE share responsibility for presenting material that might inspire hatred or even violence toward Arab Americans. The unfortunate timing of the broadcast merely underscored the inappropriateness that already existed.

UPN and WWE need to put some serious thought into how far they will allow this story line to go and where they will take future "SmackDown!" story lines. We understand that the show is one of UPN's most successful and that the network for commercial or contractual reasons might be reluctant to tinker with a formula that succeeds in part by courting controversy. But we also know that both the network and the producers have to be responsible for what they put on the air. That also goes for Spike TV's two WWE shows, "Raw" and "Raw Zone." And it is something the USA Network should keep in mind as it begins running programming from the WWE later this year.

We defend the right of any network to carry programming like the WWE shows, but we call on all who make or televise such shows to display greater sensitivity toward the cultural climate. In today's world, every program distributor must be aware of the potential for its programming to do harm and must act responsibly.

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LETTERS: 'SMACKDOWN!' STORY LINE SHAMEFUL - TOP
Baraa Kahf, TV Week, 7/18/05
http://www.tvweek.com/lockland.cms?articleId=28402

It is refreshing to see that "WWE SmackDown!" has worked into its story line the character of a patriotic Arab American, loyal to his country. It is a shame, however, that it chose to do this while reinforcing negative stereotypes of Arabs to further its ratings goal.

In a statement posted on its corporate Web site, the WWE claims that its aim behind the Hassan story line is to debunk stereotypical images of Arab Americans. It is difficult, however, to see how it will achieve such a noble goal with a sketch that includes images of masked Arab men carrying their fallen brethren after he had "sacrificed" himself-amid boos and chants of "U-S-A" from the crowd-or with a character that wears Arab garb that is stereotypically associated with uncivilized camel-riding Arabs, or with Palestinian terrorists.

As a popular entertainment program, "WWE SmackDown!" has a responsibility toward its viewers not to exploit real-life tragedies for material gain and not to promote extreme stereotypes of Arab and Muslim Americans, as much as they may be more cinematically interesting to portray.

Baraa Kahf is with the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, Calif.

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PATRIOT ACT LEGISLATION WAS WRONG THEN AND WORSE THIS TIME AROUND - TOP
Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, Kansas City Star, 7/19/05
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/opinion/12151053.htm

In the name of "homeland security," government officials can access your credit history, library and medical records, voice-mail messages and search your home without probable cause. It's part of the USA Patriot Act. Parts of the bill expire this year.

Some in Congress now realize the error of their post-Sept. 11 haste. Last week Senate and House lawmakers tried to modify sections under reauthorization bills. One Senate Intelligence Committee proposal, however, seeks to expand government powers.

Why should the government, which claims not to know the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, believe it has a right to know if a man takes Viagra, a woman reads mystery novels or a deacon watches porn during hotel stays? Under the Patriot Act, your private life could be part of a government database without you knowing.

It's no wonder author Ray Bradbury, speaking recently to the American Library Association, found similarities to the Bush administration and the fictional police state in his "Fahrenheit 451."

You can't get the Bush administration to talk freely about prisoner abuses at Gitmo, about underwear-draped detainees at Abu Ghraib, about what White House insider(s) illegally exposed CIA operative Valerie Plame, or who sat on the vice president's covert energy task force. Yet, the government wants to know everything about you even if you've committed no crime.

"I think there is clearly a campaign to fan people's fears, but there's no demonstration that we are safer today because of the Patriot Act," said John Simpson, acting interim director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Missouri. (MORE)

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CITY CAN'T ASK MUSLIM FIREFIGHTER TO SHAVE BEARD - TOP
Asher Hawkins, The Legal Intelligencer, 07/19/2005
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1121690085963

A Philadelphia firefighter who is a practicing Muslim should not have to shave his beard in order to stay on the job, a common pleas judge has ruled in a decision that is apparently the first to interpret Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom Protection Act.

In DeVeaux v. City of Philadelphia, Judge Joseph A. Dych argued that the Commonwealth Court should affirm his decision to grant Curtis DeVeaux a preliminary injunction.

According to Dych's opinion, DeVeaux has been suspended since February without pay for refusing to shave his beard as required by Fire Department Directive No. 13.

"It appears to be undisputed, and in any event the record clearly establishes, that Fire Department Directive #13 imposes a substantial burden upon plaintiff's free exercise of religion by, inter alia, forcing him to chose between his religion and his job," Dych wrote. (MORE)

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HALAL FOOD OPTIONS BECOME COMMON - TOP
Michael Kress, Dallas Morning News, 07/19/05
http://www.freep.com/features/food/halal19e_20050719.htm

When Shaheda Sayed was growing up in southern California in the 1960s, her father would occasionally drive 100 miles to slaughter animals so his family could have meat. That's because the family, devout Muslims, ate only food that was halal -- permitted for Muslims. And, in those days, it could not be found in U.S. stores.

Halal, the Muslim rules governing (among other things) food preparation and consumption, bear similarities to the kosher laws of Judaism. Here's a look at where they overlap, and where they don't.

Similarities:

All pork products are forbidden.
Meat and poultry must be slaughtered in prescribed ways.
Blood cannot be consumed and must be drained from animals after slaughter.

Differences:

Halal laws forbid alcohol; kosher laws allow it.
Kosher laws forbid shellfish; halal laws don't.
Kosher laws forbid any combination of dairy and meat products; halal laws have no such restriction.

Halal is an Arabic word meaning "permitted." It's used to describe acceptable behavior under Muslim law. When applied to food, the term refers to dietary laws that require meat to be slaughtered in a prescribed manner. (MORE)

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/20/05

* VERSE: Good and Evil
* CAIR-CAN: Imams to Issue Statement Condemning Extremism
            - CAIR-MI: Attack Victimized Muslims Too (LSJ)
            - DC: State Department Officials Speak at CAIR Seminar
* CO: Congressman's Remark Stirs Up Muslim World (Denver Post)
            - ACTION: Urge Republicans to Repudiate Comments
            - Trancedo's Threats Spark Criticism (RM News)
            - U.S., Turkey Condemn Congressman's Remarks (AP)
            - A Season for Hating Those Who Aren't Us (RM News)
            - Norwegian Politicians Played at Shooting Muslims
* FL: Enlist Muslims to Combat Islam's Fringe (Tampa Trib)
* GA: Somali Airplane Cleaners Faced Discrimination (AP)
* PA: Muslims Shun Men Who Abuse Wives (KR)
            - PA: Arab-American, Like Me (Post Gazette)
            - WA: Preserving Modesty, in the Pool (Seattle Times)
* Group: 25,000 Civilian Deaths in Iraq (AP)
            - British Troops Face Iraq Abuse Charges (AP)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOOD AND EVIL - TOP

"Whoever recommends and helps a good cause will have a share in its blessings, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause will share in its burden."

The Holy Quran, 4:85

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CAIR-CAN: CANADIAN IMAMS TO ISSUE STATEMENT CONDEMNING EXTREMISM - TOP

(OTTAWA, CANADA, 7/20/05) - On Thursday, July 21, a national statement denouncing terrorism and confronting religious extremism signed by some 120 Canadian Imams, or Islamic religious leaders, will be released at a news conference in Toronto.

The declaration, coordinated by the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), has been signed by Imams from across Canada. CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee will join Imams from Calgary, Newfoundland and Toronto at the news conference following prayers in a Toronto mosque.

WHAT: News Conference Announcing Imams' Statement Against Extremism
WHEN: Thursday July 21, 2:15 p.m. (Prayer begins at 1:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Masjid Toronto, 168 Dundas St. West, Toronto
CONTACT: For more information, contact Halima Mautbur (CAIR-CAN) at 613-254-9704 or by cell: 613-795-2012, www.caircan.ca

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: The mosque is situated in Toronto's downtown business core. The noon-time prayer will start at 1:30 p.m. and is attended by many
Canadian Muslims in the downtown area. Those wishing to photograph or film the prayer should arrive by 1 p.m.

This is a religious service, reporters and photographers of both sexes are requested to dress modestly, such as no shorts for men or short skirts for women. Photographers are also advised not to step directly in front of worshipers and to seek permission for close-up shots. Shots of shoes removed for prayer, and rear-angle shots of prostrating worshipers are considered inappropriate.

The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is an Ottawa-based, nonprofit organization with a grassroots membership.

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CAIR-MI: ATTACK VICTIMIZED MUSLIMS, TOO - TOP
Dawud Walid, Lansing State Journals, 7/20/05
http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050720/OPINION02/507200335&SearchID=73214744483652

Since the barbaric attack in London on July 7, news reports have described the alleged perpetrators of these attacks as "radical Muslim extremists." Numerous Islamic scholars and leaders across the world and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington, D.C., have denounced the London bombings, and unequivocally state that such attacks cannot be justified by religion.

According to the teachings of Islam, Muslims are those who live their lives based upon the principle of moderation. In fact, Muhammad, the last prophet of Islam, warned his community, "Beware of extremism in religion."

The vast majority of Muslims heed this advice, although their voices are not given the same attention as those who commit atrocities in the name of Islam. Consequently, these hard-working, tax-paying citizens also have been victimized by the London attacks.

The Muslims are victims because through the intense media attention, the seeds of distrust are created amongst people. Some of this distrust already has translated into hate-based attacks.

Numerous reports from across the world have been coming in of hate-based crimes against Muslims or those perceived to be Muslims. Several mosques have been burned in England, a Pakistani man was beaten to death in London, and several mosques have been vandalized in the United States.

Indeed, CAIR reports that hate activity and vandalism has increased by 52 percent since 2003. The London bombing is sure to compound the effect.

It is the hope of American Muslims, that through improved understanding and dialogue, the public will be able to distinguish between the sentiments of a majority of Muslims and those of a fringe element. Fringe elements are found in all religions and ideologies. It is unfortunate Muslim fringe elements receive so much focus at this time. It is incumbent on the American-Muslim community to vociferously condemn these acts of terror, and remind their neighbors that we have the same concerns and aspirations as all Americans of goodwill.

As American Muslims make it a priority to interact with the broader society, we will enhance all of our communities with a sense of peace and security. By using these tragic events to bring our communities closer together, the very aim of those who commit terror would be thwarted.

Dawud Walid is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Michigan branch

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DC: STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SPEAK AT CAIR SEMINAR - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C. 07/20/05) - Two State Department officials spoke today at a seminar hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, D.C. The seminar, titled "U.S. Outreach to the Muslim World," took place at CAIR's Capitol Hill headquarters.

David Abramson, from the State Department Office of International Religious Freedom, and David Staples of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs spoke to CAIR interns, staff and members of the community.

Abramson discussed the history and objectives of the Office of International Religious Freedom, focusing on the annual report on religious freedom that characterizes the status of religious tolerance around the world.

Staples discussed the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and its promotion of international security, economic participation and democratic reform.

A short question and answer session followed the seminar.

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REMARK STIRS UP MUSLIM WORLD - TOP
Mike Soraghan and Manyy Gonzales, Denver Post, 7/20/05
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_2872009

Washington - Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday condemned Rep. Tom Tancredo as a "fanatic" as the Colorado Republican's comments about bombing Muslim holy sites in retaliation for a terrorist nuclear strike echoed around the world.

"This was nothing but a fanatic speaking completely personally, irresponsibly and without thought of how far his statements would reach or what kind of problems they would create," Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said, according to Turkey's Anatolia news agency.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department labeled Tancredo's remarks Friday on a radio talk show "insulting to Islam," and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean joined the chorus of those calling on the Littleton Republican to apologize.

Tancredo's 6th District constituents interviewed Tuesday mostly criticized their congressman's comments.

"Tancredo's stirring up a lot of trouble that doesn't need to be stirred," said Melinda Pride, 39, a Douglas County resident who said she is a Bush supporter. "Just to say we'll attack one group of people if we're attacked is dumb." (MORE)

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ACTION REQUESTED: URGE REPUBLICANS TO REPUDIATE COMMENTS - TOP

Contact state and national Republican Party leaders to ask (politely) that they repudiate Tancredo's inflammatory and irresponsible remarks.

Mr. Bob Martinez
State Chair, Colorado Republican Party
E-mail: BobMartinez@coloGOP.org
Phone: 303-758-3333

Republican National Committee
E-mail: info@gop.com
Phone: 202.863.8500

President George W. Bush
E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov
Phone: 202-456-1111

COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org, http://tancredo.house.gov/contacttom.asp

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TANCREDO'S THREATS AGAINST MUSLIM HOLY SITES SPARK CRITICISM - TOP
M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News, 7/20/05
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3939704,00.html

WASHINGTON - From Turkey, from Russia and from the desk of Howard Dean - angry reaction to Rep. Tom Tancredo's threat against Muslim holy sites came from around the world Tuesday.

In Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul blasted Tancredo's comments suggesting the United States could "take out" holy sites, including Mecca, if Islamic terrorists detonated nuclear bombs in U.S. cities.

"This was nothing but a fanatic speaking completely personally, irresponsibly and without thought of how far his statements would reach or what kind of problems they would create," Gul said, according to an Anatolia news agency report quoted by The Associated Press.

Despite an international outcry, the Colorado Republican continued to stand by his comments Tuesday, saying he did not intend to offend moderate Muslims during last week's interview with Florida radio talk show host Pat Campbell.

During the WFLA broadcast, Campbell referred to a report that Islamic terrorists hoped to strike several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons and he asked Tancredo how the United States could respond. (MORE)

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U.S., TURKEY CONDEMN CONGRESSMAN'S REMARKS - TOP
Benjamin Harvey, Associated Press, 7/19/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/19/AR2005071900989.html

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Top U.S. and Turkish officials on Tuesday condemned comments made last week by Rep. Tom Tancredo that the United States could "take out" Islamic holy sites if there was a nuclear attack on America by Muslim fundamentalists.

The Colorado Republican refused to apologize Tuesday, telling The Associated Press that his comments had been taken out of context.

U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli called the statements Tancredo made Friday "insulting and offensive." He said Americans "respect the dignity and sanctity of other religions."

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul labeled them irresponsible.

"This was nothing but a fanatic speaking completely personally, irresponsibly and without thought of how far his statements would reach or what kind of problems they would create," Gul said, according to the Anatolia news agency. The Foreign Ministry confirmed Gul's remarks.

On Friday, Tancredo was asked by a radio talk show host how the United States should respond if terrorists struck several of its cities with nuclear weapons.

"Well, what if you said something like _ if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered. (MORE)

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A SEASON FOR HATING THOSE WHO AREN'T US - TOP
Bill Johnson, Rocky Mountain News, 7/20/05
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_3939335,00.html

We clearly are in the mean season now, our fears having taken firm hold, a time when even the horrific is justifiable if there is even the slightest chance of saving our American skins.

Of course I am talking about U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, and the nuclear-strike-on-Mecca silliness he spouted over the weekend. Someone really needs to toss a net over the man and get it over with.

When I say mean season, I am talking, too, of the absurdities being played out in the streets of Denver, Boulder and elsewhere locally the past few days - those perpetrated by the Operation Save America loonies. They're lambasting Muslims and gays, while making just about everyone vomit with their bloody abortion photos - all in the name of Jesus Christ.

It is enough to make the sane pull the covers up and remain in bed. But that would eliminate all the fun of encountering and talking to these freaks.

I know them, or at least their kind.

The woman from Fullerton Road in Southern California is here this week. At least I am almost certain it is her.

I used to pass her every morning on my way to work, a woman who stood on a street corner outside an abortion clinic virtually in the shadows of Disneyland holding high these same pictures of aborted fetuses.

She stood there with her large glossies every day. I finally stopped.

"Jesus loves you," she told me when I approached and asked about her dedication to the street corner and her message. She repeated this with every question I would pose.

Finally, though, she'd had enough. It was, maybe, after the eighth question I asked that she softly intoned that she would "kill" me if I didn't get away from her.

When I wrote of her then, of her threat, in my column, she hounded me for two years with similar threats.

I know that was her on the 16th Street Mall. A decade of living changes facial features, but I am certain it was her. She spoke the same Jesus-loving lines.

And she stared at me with the same thinly veiled malice. It was her.

I believe the last thing Jesus ever spoke about was killing. Yet here were these self-proclaimed "Jesus-loving" fruits going about their Jesus-loving business, spouting malice for everything and everyone who was not one of them.

They picketed, of all places, the mosque on South Parker Road a couple of days ago. "Abortion, Islam and Homosexuality. What do these three have in common?" read a sign outside the mosque.

I couldn't even hazard a guess.

Yet I get it. I had to work hard, but I got it. Those who are not us are to be held at arm's length and reviled.

Examining our own actions and what those actions might provoke, well, that's never part of the equation.

It is why we have Tom Tancredo contemplating on the radio the bombing of the holiest of Muslim sites - holding that out as a potential preventative to a terrorist group setting off a nuke in the good ol' USA.

The congressman is never shy when it comes to his opinions. And this is a good thing, as long as what he says includes a modicum of sense. And let's just say he will not be indicted this time for using good sense.

He is a man, too, who needs to speak with just one of the military men and women the government has dispatched to Iraq to seek out and destroy the radical Islamists who hate us so.

"I can't believe he said that," more than one soldier serving in Iraq wrote to me.

"He might as well have gone on the radio and told every American to buy a Quran and flush it down the (toilet)," a lifelong friend now serving in Iraq e-mailed. (MORE)

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POLITICIANS PLAYED AT SHOOTING MUSLIMS - TOP
http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1083258.ece

Politicians from one of Norway's small parties played at shooting Muslims when they gathered for a summer meeting on the Hurum Peninsula. The event has drawn fire from anti-racists.

It all started when members of The Democrats (Demokratene), along with some of their supporters, held a paintball competition at what they called an "informal" summer meeting. The politicians divided themselves into two groups, one of them dressed up like Muslim terrorists.

"This was both fun and useful, and we hope to have more competitions like this in the future," John Arntsen, leader of the Hurum chapter of the Democrats, told Aftenposten.no.

When asked what he meant by "useful," Arntsen said that "if the world keeps developing like it is now, with terrorism especially in Muslim circles, people can quickly have a need for knowledge about self-defense."

He claims it wasn't planned in advance that one of the teams in the paintball competition would be Muslim. "It just happened that the one team dressed up like terrorists," he said. "This was innocent stuff."

Svein Otto Nilsen, deputy leader of The Democrats, stressed to Aftenposten.no that the party isn't racist. "Everyone is welcome to join and we'll help everyone, also Muslims," he said.

The Hurum chapter of the party, however, continues to have a note on its web site that it's a "Muslim-free zone." And when asked why he thinks The Democrats of Hurum chose to let their terrorist team be Muslims, Nilsen said: "Most terrorists are Muslims today."

Reaction was swift to news of the paintball shooting against Muslims. "When it becomes sport to shoot Muslims, it's going way too far," said Tor Bach of the anti-fascist magazine Monitor. (MORE)

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DON'T ANTAGONIZE, BUT ENLIST MUSLIMS TO COMBAT ISLAM'S FRINGE - TOP
Saleh A. Mubark, Tampa Tribune, 7/20/05
http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGBB7XVRCBE.html

In the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that if we want to win this war against terrorism, we have to win mainstream Muslims to our side.

Blair cannot be more correct, and I hope he will make true on his words. It is in the best interest for the British government as well as the large Muslim community in the United Kingdom to unite against extremism and terrorism.

Every religion has fringe groups that act on their own agendas and against the majority's interests and beliefs. They pick and choose from their holy book to justify their actions.

The question that Blair, Bush and other leaders have to answer is this: Are we at war with the religion of Islam and 1.5 billion Muslims or with a small renegade group that gives more trouble to Muslims than to non-Muslims? If the answer is the latter - and I hope it is - then they must work with mainstream Muslim leaders and organizations toward the common goal.

Unfortunately, the Bush administration has missed this point. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Bush made statements similar to Blair's, but his administration's actions contradicted him. The government alienated most American Muslims, including moderate leaders who unequivocally denounced terrorism. Many renowned scholars who actively battled extremist groups were denied entry to the United States; the latest was the British Muslim leader Zaki Badawi.

Even the office President Bush created to improve the U.S. image in the Muslim world, headed by his former aide Karen Hughes, did not include a single Muslim in its top posts.

I believe there is a lot American and British Muslims can do to help the authorities, but it takes teamwork to do the job. A team member cannot work efficiently if he is distrusted, disrespected or unfairly treated.

I hope the British authorities have learned this lesson well from the failure of our own government.

Saleh Mubarek of Tampa is an American Muslim of Syrian descent.

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EEOC: SOMALI AIRPLANE CLEANERS FACED DISCRIMINATION - TOP
Associated Press, 7/20/05

ATLANTA: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that Delta Air Lines Inc., Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and a company that manages airplane cleaners discriminated against Somali airplane cleaners because of their national origin and religion.

An airport rule, created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, requiring cleaners take a test in English to get a security badge was discriminatory, the Atlanta EEOC office said. In the past, the Somali cleaners could use a translator to take the multiple-choice test.

In addition, the agency ruled that a supervisor for Aramark Aviation Services, which manages the cleaners, acted inappropriately by complaining about the Muslim headscarves female Somali cleaners wore.

"We used to wear the uniform, but we used to cover our hair, and they didn't like us to do that," said Safio Mohamed, 41, one of a dozen Somali women and two men who lost their jobs cleaning planes. The Somali refugees had cleaned planes for seven years at the airport before they were dismissed in January 2004.

The agency, in its June 28 determination, ruled that the supervisor "made disparaging remarks towards employees."

The commission sent letters to Delta Air Lines, the airport and Aramark Aviation Services explaining the discrimination ruling. An Aramark manager at Hartsfield-Jackson did not return phone calls seeking comment. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS IN PHILADELPHIA SHUN MEN WHO ABUSE WIVES - TOP
Kristin E. Holmes, Knight Ridder Newspapers, 7/20/05
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/12177340.htm

PHILADELPHIA - (KRT) - The veil shrouding spouse abuse in Muslim families is being torn away by some mosque leaders - putting them at the forefront of efforts by American Muslims to stem domestic violence.

The Philadelphia clergy council - known as the Majlis Ash'Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley - has adopted a tough policy of public shunning of Muslims who abuse their spouses or abandon their families.

Under the initiative, adopted in May, offenders will go on a list circulated among area Muslims. They will be banned from future marriages in communities that adhere to the policy. Fellow Muslims will be discouraged from patronizing any businesses they own.

"We need to take a public stand," said Imam Isa Abdul-Mateen, secretary of the Majlis Ash'Shura, an association of 30 imams. "We want people to know that this will not be tolerated."

In coming months, the council will address issues such as the criteria for putting names on the list and safeguards to protect spouses who step forward. (MORE)

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ARAB-AMERICAN, LIKE ME - TOP
Moustafa Ayad, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7/20/05
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05201/540408.stm

Local News Editor Tom Birdsong has never had to verify a reporter's affiliation with the Post-Gazette to a district justice's office before.

Young, chubby, blessed with thick eyebrows that weigh heavy on his dark rimmed glasses and oh, he's an Arab.

I mean A-raab. Haji as the soldiers in Iraq like to call us. Or, if you're the sporting type, Camel Jockey. There are a few others - sand flea, that's a good one. The list goes on forever. I've come up with a few myself, for instance: Jumping Jihadis.
If you decide to use that one though, think twice, I'm planning on turning it into a Middle Eastern restaurant chain. The jingle would get customers through the doors with ease: "Jumping Jihadis, home of the explosive Tahini Tamales."

Being a first-generation Arab-American Muslim with a long, funny-sounding name to most Americans means I've been through all sorts of interesting encounters. (MORE)

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PRESERVING MODESTY, IN THE POOL - TOP
Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times, 7/19/05
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002389078_muslimswim.html

It's Saturday evening, the end of a hot day, and a group of women and children have gathered at North Seattle's Meadowbrook Pool for their monthly swim.

Most of the pool staff has left, except for two female lifeguards, who on this day will be on duty for the next two hours.

The women and children - all Muslims - have been swimming in private once a month at Meadowbrook as part of a program organized by the North Seattle Family Center.

Because Islam requires Muslim women to fully cover themselves in public, swimming in pools or the ocean is largely off-limits for many.
But across the Puget Sound area, that's starting to change as public and private pools at times are sending home their male staff members, covering up their windows and allowing women of faith to swim alone and in private.

It's occurring here as it has elsewhere across the country, as the Muslim population increases and families seek more ways to stay active. (MORE)

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GROUP: 25,000 CIVILIAN DEATHS IN IRAQ - TOP
Michael McDonough, Associated Press, 7/19/05
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2005/07/19/international/i164107D63.DTL

LONDON (AP) - A British research group said Tuesday that about 25,000 civilians died in violence in Iraq in the two years after the start of the U.S.-led invasion.

Iraq Body Count compiled its figures of killings that occurred between March 20, 2003 and March 19, 2005 from reports by the major news agencies, including The Associated Press and British and American newspapers.

The results could not be independently confirmed. U.S. and coalition authorities say they have not kept a count of such deaths and Iraqi accounting has proven to be haphazard.

"There are no wholly reliable figures for civilian deaths," Britain's Foreign Office said. "It is recognized by everybody that statistics are very hard to collect under these circumstances." (MORE)

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3 BRITISH TROOPS FACE IRAQ ABUSE CHARGES - TOP
Michael McDonough, Associated Press, 7/19/05
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/12171255.htm

LONDON (AP) - Three British soldiers face war crimes charges for the inhumane treatment of detainees in Iraq, the government said Tuesday. One soldier is also charged with manslaughter in the death of an Iraqi civilian.

It was the first time British troops have faced war crimes charges stemming from the Iraq war, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said.

The troops will face a British court martial under the International Criminal Court Act in connection with events surrounding the death of a hotel receptionist who was arrested in September 2003 along with other Iraqi civilians and taken to a British military base, said Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

Cpl. Donald Payne, 34, is charged with manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Baha Mousa and with the war crime of treating him inhumanely, according to a charge sheet released by Goldsmith's office.

Payne is also charged with inhumanely treating eight other Iraqi detainees and with perverting the course of justice by urging anyone questioned about Mousa's death to say he banged his head and died accidentally.

The government offered no further details on Mousa's death and did not say what happened to the other detainees. (MORE)

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URGE REPUBLICANS TO REPUDIATE TANCREDO'S 'BOMB MECCA' REMARK

(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/21/2005)
- CAIR today called on all people of conscience to contact Colorado and national and Republican Party leaders and urge them to repudiate Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) remarks suggesting that America could bomb Mecca.

Tancredo made the remarks during an interview on a Florida radio talk show last Thursday during a discussion of what should be done in response to an attack on this country by "extremist fundamentalist Muslims." Tancredo said one possible response would be to "take out their holy sites." When Campbell asked if the congressman was "talking about bombing Mecca," Tancredo replied, "Yeah." Despite condemnation of those remarks by Muslim in this country and worldwide, Tancredo has refused to apologize.

"While the rest of America seeks to win the war on terror, isolate extremists and improve our nation's international image, Rep. Tancredo is busy handing rhetorical ammunition to those who would do us harm," said CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor.

SEE: "Muslims Keep Up Criticism of Tancredo"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/20/AR2005072001699.html

Saylor urged the Republican Party and its leadership to clearly distance America and the GOP from Tancredo's inflammatory and irresponsible remarks. Yesterday, CAIR sent letters to President Bush and to the chairmen of the national and Colorado Republican Parties asking that they repudiate Tancredo's remark.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.)

1) Contact the Republican Party and urge them to publicly repudiate Tancredo's remarks.

Mr. Ken Mehlman
Chairman
Republican National Committee
Phone: (202)863-8500
Fax: (202)863-8820
E-Mail: info@gop.com

Mr. Bob Martinez
State Chair
Colorado Republican Party
Phone: (303)758-3333
Fax: (303)753-4611
E-Mail: BobMartinez@coloGOP.org

President George W. Bush
E-Mail: president@whitehouse.gov
Phone: 202-456-1111

2) Contact Representative Tancredo and insist that he apologize for his remarks

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/21/05

* HADITH: Remember God at All times
* CAIR-CA: First Live Broadcast from U.S. Mosque
* CAIR PSA: `Not in the Name of Islam' (Tampa Trib)
            - CAIR-NY: Muslims Offer Condolences to U.K. Consul-General
* CAIR-CAN: Canadian Imams to Condemn Terrorism
            - Statement by Canadian Imams on Extremism
* CO: Lawmaker Creates Firestorm with 'Bomb Mecca' Remark
            - Tancredo Voicing Views Of Public, Radio Host Says
            - Rep. Dingell Condemns Tancredo's Remarks
* INCITEMENT: Author Threatens Anti-Muslim 'Holocaust'
            - CA: Islam Not About Freedom
            - CA: Muslims Have Forfeited Rights as Citizens
            - FL: Islam Itself is at Root of Terror
* MA: Boston Muslims Condemn Terror
            - WI: American Muslims Ache, Too (Milwaukee Journal)
* In U.S., No Mirror Image of Muslims of Leeds (NY Times)
            - FL: Curious Hear Muslim Explain 'Lifestyle'
            - MI: Muslims Reach Out to Dispel Myths
* DC: Muslims in American History

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HADITH OF THE DAY: REMEMBER GOD AT ALL TIME - TOP

A man came to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and said: "The laws of Islam seem to be a lot for me (to remember), so tell me something that I should stick to." The Prophet replied: "Let your tongue never cease to be moist with the remembrance of God."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 437

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CAIR-CA: FIRST-EVER LIVE BROADCAST FROM U.S. MOSQUE - TOP

(ANAHEIM, CA - 7/21/05) - On Thursday, July 21, the Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will help coordinate the first-ever live radio broadcast from an American mosque. Radio station KFI 640 AM will broadcast the "John and Ken Show" on location at the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The show can be heard live from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 640 AM radio. It can also be heard on the internet at www.kfi640.com. The community is encouraged to call in or visit OCIF during those hours. [OCIF address: 23581 Madero Dr., Suite 101, Mission Viejo CA 92691; KFI listener call-in line: (800) 520-1KFI or (800) 520-1534 (MORE)

"We thank the Orange County Islamic Foundation for opening its doors to the public and allowing them to learn more about Islam and the Muslim community," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail: socal@cair.com

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CAIR PSA: `NOT IN THE NAME OF ISLAM' - TOP
http://www.tampatrib.com/News/MGBQL33AEBE.html

American Muslims have produced a powerful 30-second video that plainly condemns terrorist attacks. In some parts of the country, it is being run as a public service announcement on TV.

The message, which confirms Islam's intolerance for violence, will be especially useful if it reaches the defiant young radicals who think a suicide attack would make them religious martyrs. They are dead wrong.

Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, producer of the video, says there is no room for argument: ``Any effort by terrorists to hide their criminal activities under the mask of religious piety is being categorically and unequivocally rejected by mainstream Muslims.''

Meanwhile, Britain's largest Sunni Muslim group has condemned the bombings in London on July 7, saying they are based on ``perverted ideology.'' The group's chairman, Mufti Muhammad Gul Rehman Qadri, put it bluntly: ``Anyone who commits suicide will be sent to hell.''

The U.S. video, featuring everyday Muslims defending their religion against terrorists trying to hijack it, can be viewed on the Internet at www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

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NY MUSLIM LEADERS OFFER CONDOLENCES TO BRITISH CONSUL-GENERAL - TOP

(NEW YORK, NY, 7/21/05) - The New York office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) organized a meeting today between British Consul-General in New York Sir Philip Thomas and New York Muslim leaders.

The Muslim leaders met with Sir Philip and signed the book of condolences for the recent terror attacks in London. They discussed Muslim condemnation of the attacks and expressed solidarity with the British people.

"Muslims around the world stand in sympathy and solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr, who participated in today's meeting.

Groups expressing their condolences included CAIR-NY, and:

Arab Muslim American Federation
ICNA-Relief
Arab American Association
Masjid Abideen
Masjid Beit Al-Jannah
Islamic Cultural Center of New York
Mid-Manhattan Mosque
Masjid Alhamdulilah
Masjid Rahman
Bosnian-Herzogovinian Muslim Center
Muslim American Society-NY
South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow
National Association of Muslim Lawyers
The Sikh Coalition,
United American Muslim Association

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CAIR-CAN: CANADIAN IMAMS TO CONDEMN TERRORISM - TOP
Marina Jiménez, Globe and Mail, 7/21/05
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050721/MUSLIM21/TPNational/Canada

In an unprecedented move, 120 Canadian imams and other Islamic religious leaders from across the country will release a statement today denouncing terrorism and vowing to confront religious extremism.

The declaration, coordinated by the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), will be released at a news conference at a downtown Toronto mosque following noontime prayers. Imams from Calgary, Newfoundland and Toronto will attend.

The planned statement comes several days after Britain's largest Sunni Muslim group issued a fatwa -- a binding religious edict -- condemning the July 7 bombings on the London Underground and a double-decker bus that killed at least 56. The attacks were carried out by four suicide bombers, three British-born men of Pakistani origin and a Jamaican-Briton.

Organizations representing Canada's 600,000 Muslims have struggled to articulate a co-ordinated response to jihadi Islam, and today marks the first time such a large group of imams from diverse ethnic backgrounds will issue what is expected to be a similar fatwa or declaration condemning the bombings as un-Islamic. (MORE)

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STATEMENT BY CANADIAN IMAMS ON EXTREMISM - TOP

"We are Canadian Muslims. The first of us came to this country in the 1800's. We have journeyed from six continents to make Canada our home.

"Our life in Canada has been one of positive contribution and near seamless integration. It has not been a clash of cultures or of civilizations.

"Canada has offered us a new life with untold opportunities. It has offered us a hope that can only be repaid with thankfulness and sacrifice. We care deeply about Canada's prosperity, its growth and its safety and security.

"Those who would use violence for their twisted acts betray the most basic value of the sanctity of human life. We have opposed, and will continue, to oppose all extremism, hate and terrorism.

"Any one who claims to be a Muslim and participates in any way in the taking of innocent life is betraying the very spirit and letter of Islam. We categorically and unequivocally reject such acts. We will confront and challenge the extremist mindset that produces this perversion of our faith.

"We remind Canadian Muslims that no injustice done to Muslims anywhere can ever justify the taking of innocent life. All life, whether here or abroad, is sacred: 'And whoever saves a life it is as though he had saved the lives of all humankind.'

"As religious leaders, we echo the exhortation of the Koran for Muslims to be firm advocates for justice, even if it be against their families, their communities or themselves and to insist on Islam as a lived reality that is compassionate, tolerant, just and life sanctifying."

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LAWMAKER CREATES FIRESTORM WITH CALL TO BOMB MUSLIM HOLY SITES - TOP
Agence France Presse, 07/20/05
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050720/pl_afp/usislampolitics_050720201844

A conservative US lawmaker has stirred up controversy by advocating that Washington respond to a future Islamic terror attack by bombing Muslim holy sites.

"If this (terror attack) happens, and if, in fact, we can prove that it was perpetrated by some fundamentalist Islamic -- "Islamo-fascist" is really I think what we should call them -- then you might think about this as a threat, the retaliation on their holy sites," said US Representative Tom Tancredo on US television on Tuesday, reprising remarks he made on a Florida radio station last week.

"We are talking about a situation where our very lives are at stake, not just the life of the United States, but of Western civilization, Tancredo told Fox television.

In last week's radio interview about Muslims and the war on terror, Tancredo said US bombs could "take out their holy sites."

When asked if he was "talking about bombing Mecca," Tancredo reportedly replied, "Yeah."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the remarks this week, and called for a retraction and an apology.

The group issued a statement saying it is working with leaders of Colorado's Muslim community to set up a meeting with Tancredo. (MORE)

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TANCREDO VOICING VIEWS OF PUBLIC, RADIO HOST SAYS - TOP
M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News, 7/21/05
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3942200,00.html

WASHINGTON - Back when Pat Campbell was a math teacher, he never imagined he'd see his name in Pravda, Al Jazeera and media outlets around the globe.

That's what happened this week, when the self-made radio talk show host in Florida guided U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo into some dicey talk about deterring terrorism that triggered an international backlash.

During an interview last week on Orlando-based WFLA, Campbell asked Tancredo, a Littleton Republican, how the United States should respond if Islamic terrorists set off nuclear attacks in U.S. cities.

"Well, what if you said something like - if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," Campbell said.

"Yeah," Tancredo responded.

Campbell and a producer said they knew the comments were "powerful stuff."

"We've heard this from a lot of callers," Campbell said. "What's significant here is you have an elected official saying what people have said themselves." (MORE)

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DINGELL CONDEMNS REMARKS ATTACKING ISLAM BY REP. TANCREDO - TOP
Calls on Republican Leadership, President to Denounce Comments as Anti-Religion and Un-American

Congressman John D. Dingell (MI-15), the Dean of the House of Representatives, condemned the recent comments made by Representative Tom Tancredo (CO-06) as "ignorant" and "inexcusable" for a Member of Congress. During a recent interview on Tampa radio station WFLA-AM, Mr. Tancredo said that the US might "take out (Muslim) holy sites" in response to another terrorist attack on the US. When asked if he meant Mecca, Congressman Tancredo responded "yeah."

Said Dingell, "First of all, suggesting the bombing of a holy site of any religion is simply inexcusable for an elected official in the United States Congress and an anathema to the millions of people of faith across our nation. To even suggest an attack on Mecca shows Congressman Tancredo has no understanding of the true nature of Islam and the peaceful Muslims living in the Arab world. The holy sites of all religions - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and all others - are the most sacred and hallowed places for their respective followers and to suggest that any one of these sites be bombed is clearly an attack on that religion and its followers. Mr. Tancredo's reprehensible attack on Islam is ignorant and offensive.

"We must stand united and strong against terrorism, but these are exactly the kind of careless comments that Muslim extremists feed off of and use to recruit new terrorists. To suggest that we hold an entire religion responsible for the actions of a minority of religious extremists - in effect declare a holy war against Islam - is outrageous and plays right into the hands of those very radicals. There is no better motivation to get someone to fight an apparent enemy than to threaten what they love most and are willing to defend at any cost - whether it is their family, homeland, or their holy land. I only hope that his statement won't be used on extremist websites as justification for a 'holy war' against the United States and our allies.

"America was founded by people who believed strongly both in God and in the free expression of religion; that solid foundation remains and is part of what makes us the greatest nation in the world. Mr. Tancredo's comments --while he has the absolute right to make such remarks-- are contradictory to freedom and the values of this nation. I call on the Republican Leadership in Congress and the President to condemn these comments and make clear that this is an action that the United States would never lower itself to."

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INCITEMENT WATCH: AUTHOR THREATENS ANTI-MUSLIM 'HOLOCAUST' - TOP
Hal Lindsey, WorldNetDaily, 7/21/05
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45367

We are tired of the "peaceful" Muslims sitting by and doing nothing to expose the disciples preaching hate and jihad in their mosques. . .Our intelligence forces all warn that it is only a matter of time before Islamic terrorist will attack our cities with weapons of mass destruction. This includes everything from nuclear to biological bombs.

When one of these attacks happens, a flood of rage will burst forth, and nothing or anyone will be able to stop it. The law of the jungle will take over. Muslim communities who did nothing to stop the radicals among them will be the first targets. . .Help your fellow Americans stop them before a catastrophe strikes us all and ignites an unstoppable holocaust.

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ISLAM IS NOT ABOUT FREEDOM - TOP
Kirstin Muhm, Ventura County Star, 7/21/05
http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/opinion/article/0,1375,VCS_125_3941755,00.html

Re: Frank Moraga's July 15 essay, "Voices of moderation": As a world traveler who just returned from Egypt, I can tell you that America is the most tolerant nation in this world. We have more freedom in this country, and that is why so many immigrants desire to come here.

But one thing that Americans will not tolerate is our freedom being taken from us.

I quote from Mr. Moraga's essay: "Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice."

Any Muslim who tries to convince us of that is trying to whitewash Islam. We are not stupid. We can read the Quran for ourselves. To be Muslim and not follow the Quran is blasphemy. It is full of violence and hatred, and it suppresses the rights of all women.

Look at recent history and see what is happening to countries that are dominated by Islam. Freedom is taken away, and seventh century Arab culture becomes the law.

If that isn't enough, the Quran says in Sura 8:30 to fight them (non-Muslims) until persecution is no more, and religion is all of Allah. In other words, keep up the terrorist activities until Islam dominates the world.

To try to convince us that this is not true, show me an Islamic nation that loves and enjoys freedom as much as we do.

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MUSLIMS HAVE FORFEITED THEIR RIGHTS AS U.S. CITIZENS - TOP
Contra Costa Times, 7/21/05
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/

In my view, adherents of the Muslim religion have forfeited their right to be accepted as loyal citizens of the United States.

At the very least, they should expect to be granted citizenship only after being interrogated as to their intentions after being granted such status.

Our nation is not obligated to welcome persons who belong to a group whose membership includes many who have no intention to embrace this nation's fundamental principles as sent forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The violence-prone Muslims, it is now clear, are not just a tiny fraction of the billion or so Muslims scattered about the earth.

No, Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida, the Taliban, the Wahabis, and other such militant factions within Islam are a substantial portion of the whole. (MORE)

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ISLAM ITSELF IS AT ROOT OF TERRORISM - TOP
Earle Greene, Tallahassee Democrat, 7/21/05
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/editorial/letters/12180325.htm

Re: "To crush terror, find its cause" (column, July 18).

I could not agree more with Eugene Robinson's column, but it was disappointing that he did not offer any insight into understanding the cause.

Unlike Tony Blair's assertion after the London bombings that the cause is linked to promotion of "a perverted and poisonous misinterpretation of Islam," politicians should stop trying to whitewash Islam and recognize that it is the root cause.

Any individual who will take the time to read the entire Quran will find that it provides a clear ideology supporting and encouraging terrorist activity. The terrorists are nothing more than Muslims who are taking their religion seriously. As long as we continue to allow our thirst for oil and commitment to tolerance to keep us in denial of this dirty truth, we will continue to live with the bombs.

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LETTER: ALL PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE - TOP
Dr. Malik M.A. Khan, Tewksbury Advocate, 7/21/05
http://www2.townonline.com/tewksbury/opinion/view.bg?articleid=290122

In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.

The members of the Islamic Center of Boston join their fellow Americans and all people of conscience every where in the world in unequivocally condemning the senseless acts of violence that were committed in London on July 7, 2005.

No cause or excuse can be used to justify the taking of innocent lives and causing of wanton destruction and injury. The Holy Qur'an teaches us that the killing of one innocent human being is as if one has killed the whole of humanity. As followers of the Islamic faith all of us repudiate this barbarism in the strongest possible terms and ask that every thing possible be done to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice and punishment.

As members of the American Muslim community in the Greater Boston area, we offer our sincere condolences to those whose loved ones were killed or injured in this random act of terrorism. May Allah (swt), the same God as the God of Jesus, Mosses and Abraham, grant them patience and courage to deal with this calamity.

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS ACHE, TOO - TOP
Farha Tahir, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/19/05
http://www.jsonline.com/news/editorials/jul05/342111.asp

You see us walking down the street every day. We are your doctors, your lawyers and your shop owners. We are your neighbors, your students and your everyday acquaintances. Who are we?

We are your fellow Americans, but we are also Muslims.

However, we are the Muslims no one ever hears about. The Muslims who contribute positively to our societies every day but whose efforts are often overshadowed by a radical political faction twisting our religion to justify atrocities committed for nationalistic political motives.

Every day, we turn on our televisions and read our newspapers only to see that the strides we have made no longer matter. And what seems like every day, we are forced to start at square one because of people who cannot understand the dignity of each human life.

But we are not deterred. Sept. 11 brought an attack not only upon America, but also upon Islam. Because of that, as well the subsequent attacks in Spain and England, we have been given the task of teaching everyone what Islam truly is: a religion of peace.

The men who claimed to be fighting in the name of Islam were only corrupting it. Instead of looking at the essence of Islam, they disregarded our religion's call to peace and equality to advance their own political agendas. (MORE)

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IN AMERICAN CITIES, NO MIRROR IMAGE OF MUSLIMS OF LEEDS - TOP
Nina Bernstein, New York Times, 7/21/05

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/21/nyregion/21immigration.html

After the four suicide bombers in London were identified last week, news accounts focused on life in the old mill town of Leeds, where they grew up: the immigrant enclaves, the high unemployment, the rising anger and alienation of Muslim residents. Some Britons grasping for an explanation pointed at those conditions, however tentative their link to homegrown terrorism.

That rough sketch of Leeds had a familiar ring for many residents of the Northeastern United States, where old mill towns in New Jersey and upstate New York have also drawn many immigrants to faded neighborhoods teetering between blight and renewal.

Three of the suspects were raised in immigrant families from Pakistan and one from Jamaica. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now home to at least 20 percent of the nation's 219,000 Pakistani immigrants, and more than half of the 513,000 immigrants from Jamaica.

But the differences between the suspects' hometown and the depressed cities around New York are actually stronger than the similarities. Social conditions among British immigrants, for example, appear to be considerably worse than they are in the United States. (MORE)

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CURIOUS HEAR MUSLIM EXPLAIN HIS 'LIFESTYLE' - TOP
Sherry Boas, Orlando Sentinel, 7/21/05
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/southwest/orl-swswclub21072105jul21,0,1293661.story

CLERMONT -- A typical meeting of the South Lake Philosophy Club usually lasts about 90 minutes, and usually no more than a dozen local residents attend.

That was not the case July 13 when a crowd of about 30 people from throughout Lake and Polk counties assembled in Clermont's Kehlor Building to hear Bassem Chaaban, director of the Islamic Center for Peace in Orlando.

Three hours later, attendees were still plying Chaaban with questions.

"If you were the president of the United States, would you pull our troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq?" posed Nick Jones of Clermont,

"Right now, we're stuck," Chaaban responded. "If we pull troops out, there'll be civil war. If we stay, there's quagmire."

Chaaban, 28, is an American citizen born in Lebanon. For the past 16 years, he has lived in Central Florida. He attended Apopka High School and graduated from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs.

As director of the center, Chaaban's mission is to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and the Muslim community. The center is the educational arm of the Islamic Society of Central Florida in Orlando. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS REACH OUT IN EFFORT TO DISPEL MYTHS ABOUT ISLAM, ARAB TRADITIONS - TOP
Naomi R. Patton, Detroit Free Press, 7/21/05
http://www.freep.com/news/cfp/2/mosque21n_20050721.htm

Asmaa Ibrahim's business card says that she will be the first woman president.

But Saturday she was simply a precocious 9-year-old girl enjoying the 10th annual Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs Mosque Summer Festival in Canton.

Scattered rain failed to deter about 1,000 people from attending the festival at the mosque on Palmer Road.

"I still knew people would come," said Asmaa, a soon-to-be fifth-grader at Crescent Academy International, which adjoins the mosque. "You get to buy stuff . . .and you're spending time with your own religious community."

Few would argue either point, but festival organizers say their goals for the festival are shifting. They want to include non-Muslims in western Wayne in an effort to further dispel misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY - TOP
The Washington Post, 7/21/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/Search?keywords=DISTRICT%20COMMUNITY%20EVENTS

MUSLIMS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, historian Amir Muhammad discusses highly educated Africans who lived in the American South during the 1700s and 1800s, including Job Ben Solomon, a slave acknowledged for his literacy and knowledge of the Koran, and Ben Ali Muhammad, an Islamic law scholar and Georgia plantation manager who organized a group of Muslims to defend the United States against Britain during the War of 1812, 3 p.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-633-4870.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/22/05

* HADITH: Seek God's Guidance
* INCITEMENT WATCH: Islam Does Not Mean Peace
            - Anti-Muslim Hate is Not Patriotic (Wichita Eagle)
* CAIR-LA: Talk-Show Hosts Meet Muslims (OC Reg)
            - CAIR-CAN: Canadian Islamic Leaders Denounce Terror (AP)
            - American Muslims Condemn London Bombings (State Dept)
            - CAIR Welcomes Call for Conference on Extremism
            - CAIR-FL Condemns London Terror Scare
* CO/MI: Tancredo Accuses Colleague of 'Pandering' to Muslims  (AP)
            - ACTION: Urge GOP To Repudiate 'Bomb Mecca' Remark
            - Congressman Sounds Foolish (Miami Herald)
            - And then what? Bomb the Vatican? (AZ Republic)
            - Interfaith Alliance Condemns 'Bomb Mecca' Remark
* MD: Islamic Art Museum to Open in Baltimore (Balt Sun)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: SEEK GOD'S GUIDANCE - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to teach his companions to perform a specific prayer, called "Istikhara," whenever they had to make an important decision. He recommended offering two units of the normal Islamic prayer, and after finishing, saying in part: "O God! If you know that this matter is good for me in my faith, my livelihood and for my life in the Hereafter, then make it (easy) for me. And if you know that this matter is not good for me in my faith, my livelihood and my life in the Hereafter, then keep it away from me and take me away from it, and choose what is good for me wherever it is and make me be pleased with it."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 487

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INCITEMENT WATCH: TRUTH IS ISLAM DOES NOT MEAN PEACE - TOP
Hernando Today, 7/22/05
http://www.hernandotoday.com/letters/MGB2QU7PFBE.html

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, President Bush declared: "These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith."

But the Muslim murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh knows better than our president, and recently explained in court: "I acted purely in the name of my religion." So did the Sept. 11 highjackers and the terrorists that bombed Madrid and London.

Consider the Koran, for example, which Muslims believe is the word of Allah revealed to Muhammad, his prophet. There is no shortage of passages in the Koran that, taken literally, demand just that kind of savagery; e.g., "And slay them wherever you catch them . . . and fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah."

In fact, no fewer than 36 different verses sprinkled throughout the Koran call on Muslims to wage war against non-Muslims, e.g., "Fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war."

It is easy to see how Muslim fanatics who believe that these verses are the literal truth feel justified in their evil actions. They hear in these verses the demanding voice of Allah calling on them to act. And they seem willing to oblige.

If we want to understand the enemy and win this war, we must take these terrorists at their word and stop pretending that, in President Bush's characterization, "Islam is peace."

The truth is that "Islam" does not mean peace, as President Bush and many others would like to believe. Literally and existentially, "Islam" means surrender. Surrender to Allah -- by the word or by the sword.

David Holcberg
Irvine, Calif.

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E-MAILERS' DEEP HATRED IS TRULY SHOCKING - TOP
Mark McCormick, Wichita Eagle, 7/22/05
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/local/12194226.htm

I'm not sure which group scares me more: foreign terrorists or some of the domestic wackos crawling out from under rocks in response to the terrorists.

Take this latest batch of e-mail sent to Eagle religion writer Joe Rodriguez after he wrote about the completion of a new mosque ("With mosque, dream is reality," July 14).

I'd ordinarily ignore such e-mail, but it traveled so far beyond civil discourse into hate speech that I felt compelled to sound a critical social alarm.

I apologize to anyone of the Islamic faith who is offended by what follows. I use it only because people need to know that such disgusting attitudes exist here in our community of faith.

"We don't need this blood thirsty Religion in America," read one e-mail, signed "Semper Fi. USMC Vietnam Combat Veteran."

Another seemed to advocate internment camps for Muslim Americans.

"All jihadists are Muslims, but not all Muslims are jihadists. But how are we supposed to distinguish between the ones who are plotting attacks and the ones who are just selling pitas and fatoush?" the writer said.

"Whether or not Muslims actually want to blow us up is irrelevant simply because the average citizen can't tell the good from the bad, therefore all are suspect."

Wow. What about all the people resembling Eric Rudolph and Tim McVeigh? Should we start locking them up too?

Muslims, says another writer, have "infiltrated our lands, multiplied their numbers, slowly used our own constitution against us, the same constitution that they will love to do away with so that we all can 'submit' to a Muslim theocracy...."

In response to a photo of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in the new mosque with her head covered, another person wrote, "It was really nice to see Sebelius wearing the mark of a 7th century slave."

Under the heading of "dream of mosque opening" still another wrote, "More like a... nightmare. I say to our military, bomb the mosques."

Another writer wanted to go beyond bombing mosques.

"I don't give a tinker's damn about their mosques, their warlord's religion or their phony god. If I were President there would no longer be an Arab world. These people understand nothing but death."

There was much more, but you get the point.

Sometimes crazy e-mails such as these waft in from the fringe. This time, though, there are so many of them, and fringe folk ordinarily don't leave a name and address. These folks did. That's what's so scary.

The people who wrote these screeds didn't appear to feel any shame about the racist sentiments in the e-mails. In fact, they seemed imbued with some sort of twisted patriotism.

It's not patriotism. It's sick. (MORE)

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CAIR-LA: TALK-SHOW HOSTS MEET MUSLIMS - TOP
KFI's John & Ken hold panel with Islamic leaders on faith and terrorism.
ANN PEPPER, Orange County Register, 7/22/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/07/22/sections/local/local/article_606561.php

MISSION VIEJO - Fan- proclaimed "talk-radio heroes" John & Ken gave the microphone to Muslims on Thursday as they took their afternoon show to the Orange County Islamic Foundation.

For four hours, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, both known for being quick, confrontational and sometimes sarcastic, questioned local Muslim leaders on such subjects as whether Islam forces women to cover their hair to why U.S. Muslims don't speak out more against terrorism.

By the end of the show on KFI/640 AM, the two had made it clear they felt they had heard a sincere expression of opposition to terrorism from Orange County's Islamic community.

Chiampou said young Muslim "jihadists in the Middle East" behave "almost like they had joined a gang." And Kobylt acknowledged that terrorists have left the local Muslim community in a tough spot.

"Islam in America was defined by 9/11, and. . .now you guys are fighting an uphill battle trying to explain that you are not all terrorists, that you don't all want to kill us."

The show's timing couldn't have been more appropriate, after the report of a second, though unsuccessful, bomb attack on London's public transportation system.

The packed audience of more than 100 was split between members of the Muslim community and non-Islamic fans of John & Ken.

Many, such as Don Black, 59, of Lake Forest thought Muslims should make a greater effort to show their stance against terrorism.

"Why don't they hold some kind of major event and have Muslim imams publicly denounce terrorism in a way that would catch the attention of the press?" he asked.

Imam Yassir Fazaga, foundation board member Mohanad Malas and Hassam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, took turns condemning terrorism and urging others not to identify terrorism with their faith. (MORE)

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CANADIAN ISLAMIC LEADERS DENOUNCE TERROR - TOP
JANIE GOSSELIN, Associated Press Writer
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-canada-bombings-muslims,1,3632493.story

TORONTO -- More than 120 Islamic religious leaders from across Canada issued a declaration Thursday denouncing acts of terrorism as a perversion of their faith.

"Anyone who claims to be a Muslim and participates in any way in the taking of innocent life is betraying the very spirit and letter of Islam," said the statement, which was read by Imam Ahmad Kutty of the Islamic Institute of Toronto after midday prayers at a mosque.

The declaration was organized by the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations and signed by imams representing Muslim communities across the country. It was intended as a response to the first London bombings on July 7, but wound up being made public on another day of attacks in the British capital.

"We categorically and unequivocally reject such acts. We will confront and challenge the extremist mindset that produces this perversion of our faith," said Kutty, who read the declaration to the media and about 50 worshippers.

"It is our religious duty as imams to confront this evil," Kutty told reporters after his statement. "It is our duty to preach against all kinds of extremism." (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIMS CONDEMN LONDON BOMBINGS - TOP
Islamic groups speak out against terrorism, condemn the taking of innocent life
The Washington File, U.S. Department of State
http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2005&m=July&x=20050721173921xbtterrets0.2144586&t=livefeeds/wf-latest.html

Washington -- Muslim organizations across the United States have condemned the terror attacks that hit London July 7 and July 21 with strong statements that violence runs counter to the tenets of Islam.

"To those who seek to divide us through fear or hatred, we will not allow the voices of hate to defeat the voices of unity and goodwill," the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) said in a statement after the July 7 London bombings.

ISNA, a nongovernmental organization that promotes Islamic civil rights in North America, has condemned terrorism and emphatically stated that such violence violates the principles of Islam. Along with other prominent Muslim groups, ISNA is working to eliminate the perceived association of Islam with terrorism that exists in some parts of the world.

The organization's statement said the attacks also "betrayed Islamic teachings that members of a community have a duty and obligation to protect, safeguard and uphold the laws of that community."

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), an organization affiliated with ISNA, said in a statement released July 7, "Islam holds the sanctity of human life at the highest regard, and shedding the blood of innocent people is considered a most heinous crime."

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee issued a similar statement saying it was "horrified by the series of bombings that rocked London's public transportation" on July 7. The committee encouraged all Americans to come together to support the British people.

Mohamed Sheibani, the president of the Muslim Students Association of the United States, said, the "bombings were not only attacks against the innocent people of London, but attacks against God's divine revelations, which condemn indiscriminate violence and the targeting of innocents."

Likewise, the Coalition of Islamic Organizations of Chicago, a group that organizes Muslims in the Chicago area through cultural and civil rights events, "unequivocally condemned the attacks" of July 7. Council Chairman Abdul Malik Mujahid said, "These attacks are an affront to Islam and to Muslims all over the world including Muslims in America. They are in no way a reflection of Islamic teachings, which order Muslims to preserve and protect life."

Mujahid called for Muslims to pray for the victims of the attacks.

In a statement released immediately after the July 7 bombings, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), another group affiliated with ISNA, condemned "the exploitation of people and issues, regardless of the perpetrators and their justifications."

"This assault is unmistakably an act of terrorism, an attack against humanity," the council said.

After the July 21 incidents, MPAC issued a statement that said, "As a representative of mainstream American Muslims, MPAC reminds the international community during this sensitive time that Islam does not tolerate the use of terrorism for any purpose, regardless of who the aggressors are and what their justifications might be."

The council is working with other Muslim groups in the National Grassroots Campaign to Fight Terrorism. (Additional information is available on the organization's Web site.)

The campaign focuses on raising religious awareness "to create a strong Islamic environment that does not allow terrorism to be considered as a form of struggle in Islam," according to the mission statement. It also works to prevent intruders in mosques and teaches skills to detect and thwart possible terrorist activity.

Additionally, one of the largest Islamic civil rights groups in the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said its members "join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused," according to a statement released July 7. CAIR is also releasing a public service announcement called "Not in the Name of Islam," which denounces the terrorist attacks in London and elsewhere.

Smaller, local Muslim organizations have also condemned the attacks. The Islamic Center of North America, located in Michigan, said after the first attacks in July, "Islam considers the use of such brutality to be totally unacceptable. No cause could ever be justified by such immoral acts --. We are all one humanity and we will continue to pray for safety and peace in America and throughout the world."

The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California spoke out on July 7, saying that it condemns "these horrific acts and all forms of terrorism that target innocent lives."

Numerous other Muslim organizations have released statements similar to those quoted above, most of which highlight the peaceful nature of Islam and call for Muslims to unite in prayer for the victims of the "barbaric" attacks. Full statements of condemnation can be found on the ISNA Web site.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.)

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CAIR WELCOMES CALL FOR CONFERENCE ON EXTREMISM - TOP

BLAIR TAKES ON ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
David Sands, Washington Times, 7/21/05
http://www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20050721-090831-9804r

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the District-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the group welcomed Mr. Blair's idea for an international gathering on Islamic extremism.

He said leading Muslim groups around the world have condemned the London bombings, including in a statement to be released today by leading Canadian imams condemning religious-inspired terrorism.

"It clearly shows that we are all fed up with any violence that claims to be motivated by religious belief," Mr. Hooper said.

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CAIR-FL CONDEMNS LONDON TERROR SCARE - TOP

LATEST TERROR SCARE REVIVES FEARS, AND ANGER
Michael Mayo, Sun-Sentinel, 7/22/05
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pcmayo22jul22,0,7602517.story

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, but the similarities to the July 7 bombings will lead many to conclude it is the work of al-Qaida, its affiliates or sympathizers.

Altaf Ali, head of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, condemned Thursday's incident and said, "When is this nonsense going to stop, when is sanity going to come? I'm disturbed people can twist our religion in such a violent way by committing these atrocities." (MORE)

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TANCREDO ACCUSES COLLEAGUE OF 'PANDERING' TO MUSLIMS - TOP

CRITICISMS OF CONGRESSMAN'S COMMENTS KEEP COMING
Associated Press, 7/21/05
http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw118769_20050721.htmhttp://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw118769_20050721.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Comments by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo that suggested the United States could "take out" Islamic holy sites if Muslim attackers targeted America in a nuclear strike are "careless" and could be used to recruit terrorists, U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan said Thursday.

Dingell, a Democrat whose Detroit-area district includes thousands of Arabs and Muslims, called on Republicans in Congress and President Bush to join him in condemning the Colorado representative's statement.

The Detroit area has an estimated 300,000 Arab-Americans, though not all are Muslim. About a third of the nearby city of Dearborn, Mich., where Dingell has a district office, are of Arab descent. . .

His response to criticism Thursday was a dig at Dingell, who has served almost 50 years in the U.S. House.

"Dingell was in Congress when Mecca was built," Tancredo said in a statement. "He has a large Muslim constituency in his district to pander to. I understand why he'd attack me."

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ACTION: URGE REPUBLICANS TO REPUDIATE TANCREDO'S 'BOMB MECCA' REMARK - TOP
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=260&theType=AA

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CONGRESSMAN SOUNDS FOOLISH - TOP
LEONARD PITTS JR., Miami Herald, 7/22/05
http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/pitts22e_20050722.htm

It is probably not a good idea in terms of job security to publicly call your boss a horse's ass. So have some sympathy for Will Adams, spokesman for Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo. He was asked by reporters to explain the asinine thing the congressman said last week. Adams told them Tancredo is just a "free thinker."

Or haven't you heard? Tancredo thinks maybe the United States should bomb Mecca. . .

Tancredo has refused to apologize, but he did issue a written "clarification," which said in part, "I do not advocate this. Much more thought would need to be given to the potential ramifications of such a horrific response."

You don't need to give any thought to the ramifications of such an action, because they should be self-evident.

In other words, the same situation we have now, except worse.

And I wonder: Am I the only who feels that since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation seems overrun by yahoos? (MORE)

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AND THEN WHAT? BOMB THE VATICAN? - TOP
Arizona Republic, 7/22/05
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0722frilets228.html

How do we define extremism?

Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado asserts that if a terrorist attack were to occur in the USA by Muslim extremists then our response could be to bomb Mecca.

OK, let me get this straight: Does that mean if an Irish Catholic radical group goes off the deep end and hurts Americans, then we should level the Vatican?

Yup, that's it.

Punish a small group of extremists by doing something so off-the-wall extreme that it would horribly scar millions upon millions of innocent people?

Maybe Rep. Tancredo is just suffering Washington burnout and doesn't want to be re-elected. I'm sure there must be a better way to drop out of the running than to paint a target on the USA by uttering such extremist views.

- Salli Nelson, Mesa

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TIA CALLS ON TANCREDO, BUSH TO REPUDIATE ANTI-MUSLIM REMARKS - TOP
http://www.interfaithalliance.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=8dJIIWMCE&b=490355&content_id={2365D0A4-853D-418E-B882-5F20F578A826}&notoc=1&tr=y&auid=1005319

Washington, July 19 --- Today, the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance, called on Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to apologize to all Muslims and all Americans and emphatically retract his recent radio remarks suggesting that the United States should consider a nuclear strike against Mecca, Islam's most holy site, as a possible response to a hypothetical attack on American cities by radical fundamentalists.

Gaddy also called on President Bush to assure the world that Congressman Tancredo does not speak for the United States government or for the American people, and that the United States will never consider using nuclear weapons on a holy site.

"Military action against a religious target would violate American values honoring religions and religious liberty," Gaddy said. "Together we must work toward mutual understanding and education about the central role religion plays in American culture and around the world. (MORE)

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ISLAMIC ART MUSEUM SET TO OPEN IN DOWNTOWN - TOP
Glenn McNatt, Baltimore Sun, 7/22/05
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.islam22jul22,1,7667749.story

A new museum of Islamic art and culture will open in December in downtown Baltimore as part of an effort by Maryland Muslims to promote greater understanding of their religion in the aftermath of attacks such as this month's bombing of the London subway.

Plans for the museum, to be called the American Museum of Islamic Arts, will be announced during a launch today of a new Islamic community center inside a former bank building at 240 N. Howard St. Mayor Martin O'Malley is expected to be on hand for the 1:45 p.m. ceremony.

The center will serve as a mosque for Muslims who live or work downtown, as well as house the museum and a library where the public can learn more about the Islamic faith.

"We want to build a positive image of Islam and Muslims," said Ghazal Chughtai, the center's executive director. "It's clear we still have a lot of work to do." (MORE)

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CAIR CONDEMNS EGYPT BOMB ATTACKS

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/05) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned bomb attacks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik early Saturday (local time) that left at least 45 people dead and many more wounded.

In its statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:

"It is with great sadness and revulsion that we once again witness senseless attacks on innocent civilians. American Muslims condemn these brutal attacks, offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

"To prevent the terrorists from achieving what seems to be their goal of sparking an apocalyptic conflict, people of all faiths should react to these crimes by redoubling their efforts to promote interfaith understanding and to challenge mindless hatred, whatever its source."

In 2004, CAIR launched a petition drive, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition, signed by some 700,000 Muslims, states in part: "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."

Last week, CAIR turned that petition into a television public service announcement that is being distributed nationwide. Arabic and Urdu subtitled versions will also be made available to television stations in Muslim countries. (To read the petition or to view the PSA, go to www.cair.com )

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/24/05

* HADITH: The Best Jihad
* CAIR-DC: Demand Depletes Free Quran Supply
            - CAIR-LA: Don't Quote Quran Out of Context (PE)
            - CAIR-OH: Muslims Are Speaking Out Against Terror
            - CAIR-DC: No Religious Profiling in NY/NJ Transit Searches
* CAIR Rep Discusses 'Why Do They Hate Us' on CNN
* VA: Muslim Inmate Not Allowed to Pray (Roanoke Times)
* Vigilance Urged for American Muslims (AP)
* CO: Frustrated Muslims Fight 'Ignorance' (Denver Post)
            - Misstep, Hubris are Double Offenses (Denver Post)
            - Tancredo's Reckless Rhetoric (Press-Enterprise)
            - Tom Tancredo Eyes White House Run (AP)
            - Tancredo Responds to Critics of 'Bomb Mecca' Remark
            - ACTION: Urge GOP to Repudiate Tancredo's Comments
* CAIR-DC: Growing Ties Between U.S., Israeli Law Enforcement (NYT)
            - M.E.W.C. - Middle Eastern With a Camera
            - UK: Israeli 'Procedure' in Shooting of Innocent Man

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE BEST JIHAD - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The best (Jihad) is (to speak) a word of justice to an oppressive ruler."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2040

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CAIR-DC: DEMAND DEPLETES FREE QURAN SUPPLY - TOP
RENEE K. GADOUA, Post Standard, 7/24/05
http://www.syracuse.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1122108031325370.xml

According to an e-mail and a postcard received this week, my free English translation of the Quran will be in the mail in the next eight to 10 weeks. The notification comes about a month after the request, via the Web site of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"Due to the overwhelming response to our campaign, we have temporarily depleted our existing supply of Qurans and are waiting for the arrival of a new shipment," CAIR said in its note, addressed "Dear Friend."

According to the Washington-based civil liberties group, more than 17,000 Americans of all faiths have ordered free copies of Islam's holy text since CAIR launched its "Explore the Quran" campaign in May. The group started the educational program shortly after news reports that the Quran was improperly treated at a prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Order the book or learn more about Islam at www.cair-net.org

ACTION REQUESTED:

Sponsor a free Quran by going to: www.explorethequran.org

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CAIR-LA: QUOTING THE QURAN - TOP
HUSSAM AYLOUSH, Press-Enterprise, 7/22/05
http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/editorials/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_22_quran.8a0801c.html

Editor's note: When a reader recently wrote to us with a provocative question about the nature of Islam, we sought a response from a Muslim leader from the Inland region. The query and answer are published here.

Peaceful precepts?

Parvez Ahmed's commentary ("Blame Islam game misguided pastime," July 15) states that the bombings in London were committed by "Islamic extremists" and were universally condemned by major Muslim groups throughout the world as being totally against the precepts of Islam.

I have a simple, straightforward question and I'd like a simple, straightforward answer. The Quran, sura 47:4, states, "When you meet the unbelievers, strike off their heads; then when you have made wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives."

How do Parvez Ahmed and the others reconcile their statements with the command of Allah as recorded in the inerrant word of Allah by Muhammad, His prophet?

WALTER MARTIN CLARK, Riverside

Imagine a letter to the editor asking Christians or Jews to reconcile Christianity or Judaism in light of an out-of-context verse from the Bible, such as: "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." (1 Samuel 15:3)

Or this verse: "The people of Samaria must bear their guilt because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open." (Hosea 13:16)

This is certainly not a fair or scientific way to understand the Bible nor the peaceful message of Christianity or Judaism. The Quran, like all other scriptures, cannot be understood except within its context. Taking a verse out of its theological or historical context can lead to misinterpretations, often the hallmark of extremists. Just as the Bible has been abused by fanatics to justify slavery and holocaust, so have Muslim fanatics abused the Quran to further their murderous agenda.

The verse that the writer referred to, verse 4 from chapter 47, specifically refers to Muslim armies involved in a battle encounter. Here is a more authentic -- and less sensational -- translation:

"So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterward either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates."

Islam forbids wars of aggression and, like Christianity, sets strict conditions for just warfare. Those conditions are limited to self-defense or removing injustice against other people, as stated in the following verses in the Quran.

"Fight in the way of God against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! God loves not aggressors." (2:190) (MORE)

Hussam Ayloush is the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Southern California (for more information, see www.cair.com). He is a resident of Corona.

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CAIR-OH: MUSLIMS ARE SPEAKING OUT TO CONDEMN TERRORIST ACTS - TOP
Columbus Dispatch, 7/23/05
http://www.dispatch.com

In a Tuesday editorial ("The solution within"), The Dispatch erroneously suggested that Muslim scholars need to declare "that murder and suicide are sins" and that Muslims are not doing enough, especially within their communities.

In fact, Muslims all over the world have condemned acts of terrorism wherever they occur, from Bali to the Middle East.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations recently released a national television public-service announcement called "Not in the name of Islam," designed to highlight the Muslim community's condemnation of terrorism and rejection of those who carry out terror attacks. Arabic and Urdu-subtitled versions of the spot are being distributed to media outlets in the Muslim world.

The council's online petition drive of the same name was signed by more than 700,000 Muslims around the world. To view the "Not in the name of Islam" public-service announcement and the petition, go to www.cair.com. In addition, the council has a section on its Web site that has a large document that compiles condemnations and fatwas, or religious edicts, against terror acts.

Muslim scholars have taken a strong stand against terrorism. Just this week, 120 Canadian imams, or Islamic religious leaders, signed a statement condemning religious extremism.

Dr. Juan Cole, a University of Michigan history professor, has compiled an extensive list of such condemnations. Cole shows that almost all Muslim jurists have issued statements against terrorism and terrorists. See www.juancole.com.

In a recent interview about whether Muslims' condemnations were enough, the council's board Chairman Parvez Ahmed said: "That trap needs to be avoided. The breadth of Muslim voices against terrorism is as broad as it can be, from the most conservative to the most liberal and everything in between."

One more thing, the war against terrorism can never be won without winning mainstream Muslims, as British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

So why don't we hear Muslim leaders and scholars condemning terrorism? Maybe we're not listening.

AHMAD AL-AKHRAS
President
Ohio chapter
Council on American-Islamic Relations

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N.J. TO BEGIN TRANSIT SEARCHES - TOP
SHANNON D. HARRINGTON and ERIC HSU, North Jersey, 7/23/05
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2NzI4ODUzJnlyaXJ5N2Y3MTdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5Mg==

New York City police officers search passengers, chosen at random, before they pass through turnstiles at the Lafayette Avenue subway station in Brooklyn.

Police will start randomly checking bags and packages of New Jersey rail and bus riders Monday morning.

The announcement by NJ Transit and Port Authority officials came a day after New York city police adopted the same measures at subway stations and bus lines - the most visibly aggressive mass transit security efforts yet after this month's attacks on London's transit system, the commuter train bombings in Madrid last year and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. . .

Still, civil libertarians have expressed skepticism that officers in New Jersey and New York will refrain from profiling.

"If it's truly random, if it's done before people get on the bus or train, that's one thing," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington. "We'll know soon enough if we start getting reports that people feel they are being singled out based upon their perceived religion or ethnicity." (MORE)

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CAIR REP DISCUSSES 'WHY DO THEY HATE US' ON CNN - TOP
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0507/23/stn.01.html

CNN SATURDAY NIGHT
July 23, 2005

HOST: Carol Lin
GUESTS: Ibrahim Hooper, Michael Swetnam

LIN: At this hour, police in London continue to search for the team of would-be killers, whose bombs failed on Thursday. And Egypt is seeking clues to the bombings that killed scores of people at a Red Sea resort.

So now we ask the question we asked on 9/11 and many times since, why is this happening? Joining us now with some insights, Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American Islamic Relations and Michael Swetnam, CEO and president of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. They are both in Washington tonight.

Good evening, gentlemen to both of you.

IBRAHIM HOOPER, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS: Good evening.

LIN: Ibrahim, let me start with you. Is it fair or overly simplistic to say that the reason why the terrorists hate us is because the United States supports Israel, the United States in the last two years has attacked two Muslim countries. And that the perception is that the U.S. would stop at nothing short of some form of world domination?

HOOPER: Well, you know, ever since 9/11 and all of these terrorist attacks began, I've asked myself the same question. Why -- what could possibly motivate somebody to do such things?

I mean, obviously, they're not bringing any kind of credit to Islam. They're damaging the image of Islam. They're damaging the situation of Muslims around the world. And they're also harming legitimate causes, like justice for the Palestinian people or these various causes. They're being damaged.

So the only answer I could come up with is that they're trying to do a Timothy McVeigh. They're trying to spark some kind of apocalyptic conflict. And at the end of all of it, somehow their particular ideology will come out on top.

LIN: Yes. Well, who wins in a situation like that?

Michael, what do you think?

MICHAEL SWETNAM, POTOMAC INST. FOR POLICY STUDIES: I think that Ibrahim is quite correct. It is driven by the very fringe radicals characterized by Osama bin Laden, who is spouting this venom that Western civilization, secular Western civilization, is a threat to Islam, which is absolutely not the truth.

But he's able to convince a segment of the young population and incite them to do horrible things, which is not at all in keeping with their religion.

And until we're able to counter that terrible inciteful ideology that he's preaching around the world. We won't be able to stop this.

LIN: So what kind of policy, what kind of United States policy works against that? I mean, is it crush them until they beg for mercy? Or is it to try to build democracies as is allegedly being the case in a place like Iraq, Michael?

SWETNAM: Well, I think that building democracy and living up to what we preach, not just having a good democracy here, but helping to spread democracy around the world is a very, very good thing.

But we have to do more than that. We have to also spread the good news, the ideology for too long, for at least a decade, as the press and the media has proliferated around the world. We've allowed those who have evil messages to dominate that media, instead of being very aggressive ourselves about putting out the good ideology.

LIN: All right, well...

SWETNAM: We need to tell the story better.

LIN: All right. Speaking of ideology in the media, Ibrahim, what responsibility does the Arab media play in this? What is their role in spreading the hatred against Iraq?

HOOPER: Well, I think not only the Arab and Muslim media, but American Muslims and Muslims around the world have a responsibility to challenge extremism and hatred whenever they...

LIN: You see that being done?

HOOPER: I see it being done, and increasingly so in recent days. And we also need to challenge home grown extremists. When Congressman Tancredo in Colorado suggests that Islamic holy sites be bombed in response to an attack on America, that harms our image in the world. It makes it tougher for us to do what we need to do to fight the war on terrorists.

LIN: Michael?

SWETNAM: That's exactly right. Couldn't have said it better myself. We have to not just say the words of freedom and equal opportunity. We have to live them. That means here, as well as around the world.

And it's only when we can counter the evil ideology with a proper ideology that will win this war. We can't kill all the terrorists. You can kill a terrorist, but you can't kill the ideal that inspired him.

We have to counter that ideal with our good ideals.

LIN: All right. Thanks very much, gentlemen.

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VA: INMATE SAYS GUARDS WON'T LET HIM PRAY - TOP
An inmate's sister said a Wallens Ridge prison correctional officer threatened to kill Muslims who kept praying.
Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times, 7/24/05
http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke%5C28112.html

Ever since two high-security prisons opened in far Southwest Virginia, critics have complained of a culture clash between minority inmates from metropolitan areas and a predominantly white correctional staff drawn from the surrounding countryside.

For the most part, the tension has shown up in excessive-force complaints made by prisoners.

Lorenzo McLean's case is different.

McLean is a Muslim inmate who claims that correctional officers at Wallens Ridge State Prison are violating his right to pray in his cell.

The inmate says he has encountered problems with one particular correctional officer who recently returned from military duty in Iraq. The correctional officer has said he hates Muslims and has threatened to kill them if they did not stop praying, teaching Islam and congregating, according to McLean's sister, Tyana Arawole of Maryland.

"These allegations have been brought to our attention and are currently under investigation," Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said last week. "Because there is an investigation and because DOC employees are involved, we cannot comment further."

McLean, 27, is serving two life sentences on convictions of murder, robbery and malicious wounding in Norfolk.

"As a prisoner without much freedom, he should at least be able to pray if he so chooses," his sister wrote in an e-mail.

A spokeswoman with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., confirmed that the organization has been contacted about the case. (MORE)

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VIGILANCE URGED FOR AMERICAN MUSLIMS - TOP
RACHEL ZOLL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/entertainment/12210245.htm

American Muslim leaders say they have already taken up the challenge facing British Muslims after this month's deadly suicide bombings -- helping law enforcement root out extremists. But their efforts face a similar problem: getting support from all the faithful.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council, an advocacy group based in Los Angeles, last year started the "National Anti-Terrorism Campaign," urging Muslims to monitor their own communities, speak out more boldly against violence and work with law-enforcement officials.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights organization, is running a TV ad and a petition drive called "Not in the Name of Islam," which repudiates terrorism.

And Muslims in New York and several other cities have joined FBI advisory committees to resolve complaints about law enforcement and educate government agents about the religion.

"It's a proactive way to deal with this problem, rather than waiting for catastrophic events to happen, then pick up the pieces afterward," said Salam Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

But winning broader support for these undertakings among the nation's more than 2 million Muslims has been difficult. Hostility toward Islam after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has discouraged participation, leaders say.

Muslims have felt unfairly targeted by antiterrorism measures adopted after the four suicide hijackings, such as the Patriot Act, which gave law enforcement broad new powers. The Bush administration considers the law essential to national security.

"I used to talk about internal policing two years ago after 9/11, and people used to get really upset," said Muqtedar Khan, a political scientist and author of "American Muslims." "They said, 'Are you asking us to turn in our brothers?' "

Muslims have also been discouraged by American leaders who consider the entire community suspect, and dismiss condemnations of terrorism from major Muslim organizations as a public relations-ploy, said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"The assumption by people outside our community is that we're overrun with extremists," Hooper said. "The new thought of the Islamophobes is you can't be a good person if you're a practicing Muslim. The only good Muslim is one who doesn't follow the faith." (MORE)

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CO: FRUSTRATED MUSLIMS FIGHT "IGNORANCE" - TOP
Diane Carman, Denver Post, 7/24/05
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2883827

When U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., suggested that bombing Mecca might be an appropriate response to the terrorist threat, he sent shock waves around the world.

And he thrilled many of his supporters.

I heard from dozens of nuke-happy Tancredo fans, though not all of them had the courage to sign their names.

From Don MacEwan: "Islam was and is the religion of terror. ... Putting forth a warning to Islam that mutually assured destruction means their holy city of Medina is nuked if they do not curb their terrorist urges seems to be a prudent step."

From Cynthia J. Starks: "The problem is with the religion of Islam. ... These people are EVIL!!"

From John M. Conway: "I think Mr. Tancredo is right. ... These people are barbarians and it's bed-wetting cowards such as yourself who somehow think they can be reasoned with."

From Margaret Wilmott: "Tancredo hit a nerve. Good for him. I'd prefer a first strike. Why wait?" . . .

All religions have extremists who ration alize violent behavior through some distorted interpretation of their faith, he said. "Eric Rudolph is one of those radicals who went out and started bombing places because he thought he had a religious duty to do that. You don't go out and bomb the Vatican to stop that."

He said the misunderstanding of Islam among Americans - especially people in positions of power - is appalling.

"That someone in Congress on the International Relations Committee is able to make such statements ... and have no shame whatsoever, no understanding whatsoever of the emotions of the more than 7 million Muslims in the U.S., that's what shocks us, that's what angers us and scares us," he said.

"It's such a high level of ignorance of our beliefs," he said. "It's such a message of hate."

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MISSTEP, THEN HUBRIS ARE DOUBLE OFFENSES - TOP
Gail Schoettler, 7/24/05
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_2880545

Congressman Tom Tancredo has plenty of political experience, but not much political savvy. He wants to strut on a big stage, but he talks like a novice, seeming not to understand that national politics is a vastly different platform from a backyard political fundraiser. Since the congressman has the hubris to think he's a credible presidential candidate, he'd be smart to figure that out, fast.

One hard-learned political lesson is taking personal responsibility for your mistakes, especially one as dim-witted as Tancredo's suggestion that the United States consider a retaliatory bombing of holy sites of a religion that isn't his and a country that is an ally (and, not incidentally, a major supplier of oil to the United States). But Tancredo hasn't reached that level of astuteness. He refuses to admit he said something remarkably foolish or to apologize for insulting 20 percent of humanity.

One thing we Americans hope for in our president is common sense. We don't expect a candidate to know everything required for the most important job in the world. But we do expect that person to meet a reasonable standard of knowledge and restraint. We don't want someone who, in a fit of arrogance and anger, pulls the wrong trigger and kills countless innocent people - and puts us at greater risk than necessary.

Rash commentary has no place in the Oval Office, nor in the remarks of a potential presidential candidate. (MORE)

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RECKLESS RHETORIC - TOP
Pres-Enterprise, 7/22/05
http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/editorials/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_23_ed_tancredo2.146d207.html

How irresponsible of Rep. Tom Tancredo to say that the United States should retaliate to a nuclear detonation on American soil by bombing Islamic holy sites, including Mecca. The Colorado Republican would do well to apologize for his intemperate remarks. . .

There may be a thin line between "tough" and "reckless." If the culprits are fringe extremists, why declare war on the entire religion? Mecca is the holiest city in Islam. Bombing it would inflame 1 billion Muslims, many of whom deplore the terrorists who kill in their name.

The global war on terrorism is not a war against Islam. It is a war against a small number of extremists who believe their faith compels them to kill non-believers -- and the nations that nurture these murderous activities.

U.S. policy recognizes this fact. As President Bush said in the days following 9/11, "any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime." The proper response is to retaliate forcefully and decisively against the regimes that support terrorism, not to lash out recklessly against symbolic targets and slaughter innocent people.

The latter is what our enemies do.

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TOM TANCREDO EYES WHITE HOUSE RUN - TOP
STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press, 7/22/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/22/AR2005072201277.html

DENVER -- Tom Tancredo has been called a one-trick pony of a politician, a man out of step with his party, a bigot. The Republican congressman vehemently opposes illegal immigration, and he created an uproar last week when he talked about nuking Muslim holy sites.

No matter, Tancredo is pressing on and even hinting at a long-shot presidential bid in 2008.

Tancredo has already visited New Hampshire and Iowa this year, and says he found a welcome audience among voters who are fed up with the nation's immigration policies, including proposals by President Bush.

"Unless I misread the political tea leaves, there is a great deal of support for what I say," Tancredo said.

Tancredo raised eyebrows last week by telling a radio talk show host that "you could take out" Islamic holy sites should terrorists ever launch a nuclear attack against the United States.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," asked the host.

"Yeah," Tancredo responded, saying he was "just throwing out some ideas." He later said his comments were taken out of context and refused to apologize.

Few consider Tancredo a serious challenger for the GOP presidential nomination, but his stance resonates with some in a post-Sept. 11 era when volunteer groups like the Minutemen have been patrolling the border for illegal immigrants. (MORE)

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BIGGER SINS THAN OFFENDING - TOP
Rep. Tom Tancredo
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_2880546

By now, many people in America - and likely around the world - are familiar with my statements regarding a possible response to a nuclear attack on U.S. cities by fundamentalist Islamic terrorists.

Without question, my comments have prompted strong reactions from many quarters, but they have also served to start a national dialogue about what options we have to deter al-Qaeda and other would-be Islamic terrorists.

Many critics of my statements have characterized them as "offensive," and indeed they may have offended some. But in this battle against fundamentalist Islam, I am hardly preoccupied with political correctness, or who may or may not be offended. Indeed, al-Qaeda cares little if the Western world is "offended" by televised images of hostages beheaded in Iraq, subway bombings in London, train attacks in Madrid, or Americans jumping to their death from the Twin Towers as they collapsed.

Few can argue that our current approach to this war has deterred fundamentalists from killing Westerners - nor has it prompted "moderate" Muslims and leaders of Muslim countries to do what is necessary to crack down on the extremists in their midst who perpetuate these grisly crimes.

That being the case, perhaps the civilized world must intensify its approach.

Does that mean the United States should be re-targeting its entire missile arsenal on Mecca today? Does it mean we ought to be sending Stealth bombers on runs over Medina? Clearly not.

But should we take any option or target off the table, regardless of the circumstances? Absolutely not, particularly if the mere discussion of an option or target may dissuade a fundamentalist Muslim extremist from strapping on a bomb-filled backpack, or if it might encourage "moderate" Muslims to do a better job cracking down on extremism in their ranks. (MORE)

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URGE REPUBLICANS TO REPUDIATE TANCREDO'S COMMENTS - TOP
http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=260&theType=AA

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.)

1) Contact the Republican Party and urge them to publicly repudiate Tancredo's remarks.

Mr. Ken Mehlman
Chairman
Republican National Committee
Phone: (202)863-8500
Fax: (202)863-8820
E-Mail: info@gop.com

Mr. Bob Martinez
State Chair
Colorado Republican Party
Phone: (303)758-3333
Fax: (303)753-4611
E-Mail: BobMartinez@coloGOP.org

President George W. Bush
E-Mail: president@whitehouse.gov
Phone: 202-456-1111

2) Contact Representative Tancredo and insist that he apologize for his remarks Washington Office: Phone: (202) 225-7882 Fax: (202) 226-4623

Main District Office: Phone: (720) 283-9772 Fax: (720) 283-9776

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SUICIDE BOMBINGS BRING URGENCY TO POLICE IN U.S. - TOP
SARAH KERSHAW, New York Times, 7/25/05
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/25/national/nationalspecial3/25bombings.html

SEATTLE, July 22 - Inside a former Starbucks warehouse, this city's bomb squad headquarters, the police chief and 15 captains and sergeants - accompanied by a robot that can extract explosives from packages and pin down a suspect - huddled the other day to tackle a topic suddenly urgent to the police across the nation: suicide bombers.

"Now it's really time," the chief, Gil Kerlikowske, told his commanders. "It almost seems to be a question of when in this country, not a question of if, after London."

Across the country, police departments large and small are preparing for a possibility once thought improbable and now feared to be inevitable. On Thursday, the day of four attempted explosions in the London subways, the New York City police began randomly searching bags and backpacks at subway stations and other travel hubs.

In Miami, the police chief returned recently from a conference in England and Scotland that included a long session on suicide bombers. Several officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department returned last Thursday after spending a week with the British authorities studying terrorism responses, department officials there said.

A growing number of police departments, including ones in Seattle; Boston; Los Angeles; Washington; Suffolk County, N.Y.; and Sterling Heights, Mich., a small city north of Detroit, are also turning for guidance to the place many police officials consider the pinnacle of terrorism training. They are sending groups of officers to Israel and bringing Israeli officers to the United States to train the police on the harrowing science of suicide bomber intelligence gathering and apprehension.

Several American police officials said advice from the Israelis had included looking out for suicide bomber "handlers," who scout bus stations or other crowded areas for deadly attacks. And although the police are typically told to aim for the chest when shooting because it is the largest target, the Israelis are teaching officers to aim for a suspect's head so as not to detonate any explosives that might be strapped to his torso.

But the growing relationship between Israeli and United States law enforcement, expanding now after the London bombings, has prompted criticism among some Muslim groups, who say they fear that American police officers will engage in religious or ethnic profiling.

Some officials talk about receiving reports from the public about what the police refer to as "M.E.W.C.'s" - Middle Eastern with a camera - perhaps taking pictures of a bridge, a hydropower plant or a reservoir.

"Israel's antiterror tactics are largely based on profiling, whether it's on airlines or at checkpoints," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington. "And they've produced tremendous resentment and hostility in the Palestinian population through humiliating tactics and through abuses on a daily basis. And I don't think that's something we want to replicate." (MORE)

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MAN SHOT DEAD BY BRITISH POLICE WAS INNOCENT BRAZILIAN CITIZEN - TOP
Glenn Frankel, Washington Post, 7/24/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/23/AR2005072300987.html

LONDON, July 23 -- The man shot dead by police in front of terrified passengers inside a subway car Friday was an innocent Brazilian bystander mistaken for a suspect in the abortive bomb attacks the day before, police officials acknowledged Saturday.

The officials said the man emerged from the same South London apartment complex as a prime suspect in the failed bombings of three subway trains and a double-decker bus, and was followed by armed plainclothes officers to a nearby subway station.

They gave chase fearing the man was preparing to attack a train, police officials said. The officers pushed him to the floor of the car and shot him five times in the head at close range, according to witnesses, who gave searing accounts broadcast on television and radio. Under guidelines adopted in recent years, officers are advised to shoot suspected suicide bombers in the head to prevent them from setting off explosives.

Police identified the man as Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, a Brazilian citizen.

The mistaken shooting set off a new wave of alarm and criticism from leaders of Britain's minority Muslim community, who expressed concern that police are singling out men with certain physical characteristics or ethnic backgrounds in their pursuit of the would-be bombers, believed to be Muslims of South Asian or North African origin. . .

The shooting took place under shoot-to-kill guidelines adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States under the name "Operation Kratos" to deal with the threat of suicide bombers. While officials would not publicly discuss the guidelines, sources told British reporters that a senior officer is authorized to deploy special armed units to track and, if necessary, shoot dead suspected suicide bombers. The officers are advised to shoot such assailants in the head to keep them from setting off explosives.

The guidelines are based in part on procedures used by the Israeli authorities in intercepting suicide bombers. (MORE)

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DC RADIO HOST SAYS 'ISLAM IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION'
Ask WMAL to reprimand Michael Graham for 'hate-filled' remarks

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/25/05) - CAIR today called on a Washington, D.C., radio station to reprimand a talk show host who states repeatedly that "Islam is a terrorist organization." American Muslims are also being urged to contact the station's advertisers to express their concerns about the host's Islamophobic views.

CAIR says it has received complaints today from Muslim listeners who heard WMAL-AM's Michael Graham state: 1. "Islam is a terrorist organization." 2. "Islam is at war with America." 3. "The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam." 4. "We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam."

When contacted by CAIR, WMAL's Program Director Randall Bloomquist said he stands behind Graham. He said that while WMAL would not permit the use of the "N-word" or anti-Semitic slurs, Graham's remarks about Islam do not require disciplinary action.

"Such hate-filled and inflammatory remarks only serve to encourage those who would turn bigoted views into violent or discriminatory actions against ordinary American Muslims," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "Reasoned discussion on issues related to terrorism should be encouraged, but extremist anti-Muslim rhetoric harms our nation's image worldwide and serves as a recruiting tool for terrorists."

Hooper said CAIR is asking American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact WMAL advertisers and express their concerns about Graham's remarks.

Last year, CAIR challenged on-air remarks by Graham that seemed to make an implicit call for violence against Muslims. He said: "I don't wanna say we should kill 'em all [Muslims], but unless there's reform [within Islam], there aren't a lot of other solutions that work in the ground struggle for survival." (Graham later claimed he was only referring to so-called "Islamists," but the context of the quote indicated otherwise.)

Graham also said: "Would you hire an Arab-Muslim group for a friend's daughter's Bat Mitzvah, I wouldn't, if you would you're a dope, that's not bigotry, that completely reasonable smart discrimination." Graham's remarks were highlighted in the announcement of CAIR's "Hate Hurts America" campaign designed to counter anti-Muslim hate on radio talk shows. SEE: http://www.cair.com/hatehurtsamerica/

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.)

1. CONTACT WMAL to urge that Michael Graham be reprimanded for his anti-Islam statements.

CONTACT:

Mr. Randall Bloomquist
Program Director
WMAL
4400 Jenifer Street NW
Washington DC 20015
Switchboard: 202-686-3100,
Direct: 202-895-2327
To be on a WMAL talk show, call 202-432-WMAL, Toll Free 888-630-WMAL.
E-Mail: randall.bloomquist@abc.com, ernie.fears@abc.com, chris.j.berry@abc.com

2. CONTACT the first of WMAL's advertisers:

Mr. Dan Testa
President
TCI - Telcept Holdings, LCC
5554 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151,
TEL (703) 321-3030, 1-800-824-1001
Fax: (703) 321-5046,

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/25/05

* VERSE: God Loves the Equitable
* 1.7 Million View CAIR Anti-Terror PSA
* CAIR-FL: Anti-Muslim Church Sign Draws Criticism
* NJ: 'Suspicious' Fire Destroys Would-Be Islamic Center
* CO: Hispanic, Islamic Groups Want Tancredo Out (AP)
            - Rally Targets Tancredo (Rocky Mountain News)
* PA: When Our Fears Lead To Prejudices (Phil Inq)
* OH: Muslim Moms Take a Stand Against Violence (Enquirer)
            - CA: Murder Not Sanctioned in Islam (LA Daily News)
            - VA: Muslims Discourage Violence (Wash Times)
            - Popes Won't Condemn Islam Over Bombings
            - NY: Muslim Chaplain Decries Terror (Buffalo News)
            - TX: Irving Mosque Makes Outreach a Matter of Faith
* Cheney's Plan: Nuke Iran (Antiwar)
            - Iraq: This is Now an Unwinnable Conflict (Indep)
            - Quote Raises Iraq PR Questions (CNN)
            - War on Terror Can't Be Won by Steel Alone (AJC)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD LOVES THE EQUITABLE - TOP

"God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable."

The Holy Quran, 60:8

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1.7 MILLION VIEW CAIR ANTI-TERROR PSA - TOP

UPDATE: Some 1.7 million people nationwide have already viewed CAIR's "Note in the Name of Islam" television public service announcement (PSA) since it was release two weeks ago.

CAIR's 30-second PSA features American Muslims stating: "We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. We reject anyone ­ of any faith - who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals. Islam is not about hatred and violence. It's about peace and justice."

To view CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" PSA, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.

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FL RELIGIOUS LEADERS ASKED TO REPUDIATE ANTI-MUSLIM CHURCH SIGN - TOP

(JACKSONVILLE, FL, 7/25/05) - The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on religious leaders in that state and throughout the nation to repudiate a Jacksonville Baptist church road-side display that says, "Islam is Evil and Believes in Murder, Surah 9-29, Jesus Teaches Peace..."

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See Also: "Anti-Muslim Sign Draws Strong Reaction"
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=41164

This not the first such display at the First Conservative Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. In January of 2003, CAIR-FL called on religious leaders to condemn a similar anti-Muslim message falsely claiming that Islam's Prophet Muhammad approved of murder.

"Leaders of all faiths should condemn hate speech designed to divide our nation along religious lines," said CAIR National Board Chairman and Jacksonville resident Parvez Ahmed. "The religious texts of any faith can always be read out of historical context to create a distorted picture of that faith."

Ahmed noted that both the Quran, Islam's revealed text, and the traditions (hadith) of Islam's Prophet Muhammad condemn murder. In fact, the Prophet Muhammad said murder is one of the greatest sins a person can commit.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org

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FAST-MOVING FIRE DESTROYS WOULD-BE MUSLIM CENTER - TOP
EMAN VAROQUA, The Record, 7/25/05
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk0NSZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NjczMTkxMiZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTM=

PATERSON - It was to be a Muslim youth center, a place for people to meet and mingle, but after a fire ravaged the building Sunday, it was nothing more than a toppled pile of charred bricks.

A fast-moving blaze broke out around 4 p.m. and within 30 minutes had destroyed the historic warehouse at West Railway and Genessee avenues. The outer walls did not buckle under pressure, but everything inside succumbed. Three stories collapsed into one, and the wooden interiors fed the fire's fury even more.

The Islamic Center of Passaic County purchased the abandoned warehouse in June 2003 for $1.25 million - money raised entirely from local donations. Community members wanted to build a place for their children to spend time after school and on weekends.

Tucked away inside South Paterson, across the street from the city's outdoor produce market, the youth center would have been in the heart of North Jersey's Muslim community. Nearly 25,000 Muslims live in a four-mile radius.

But since there was nothing inside the building, and no utilities hooked up, some were left wondering if this was arson. The building's windows were nailed shut with boards, and the doors locked. A wooden 8-foot-tall fence used to hug the perimeter.

"It's very suspicious," said Sohail Mohammed, a community member. "Things are pointing in that direction. I hope not, but I'm afraid that it is."

Others on the scene said this could be a backlash because of deadly bombings in London this month, believed to be set off by Islamic extremists. Many said they would reserve judgment until an investigation was concluded. (MORE)

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HISPANIC, ISLAMIC GROUPS WANT TANCREDO OUT - TOP
Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press, 7/25/05
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5165883,00.html

DENVER -- Hispanic and Islamic groups called on Rep. Tom Tancredo to resign Monday, saying he has embarrassed Colorado by suggesting bombing Islamic holy sites if terrorists launch a nuclear attack on the U.S.

They also criticized the GOP congressman's staunch advocacy of tougher immigration controls.

"Enough is enough. We're here to say 'Stop,'" Hispanic activist Manolo Gonzalez-Estay told a crowd of about 200 at the state Capitol.

Abdur-Rahim Ali, imam of a Muslim shrine in Denver, said Tancredo's statement that "you could take out" Islamic holy sites in a retaliatory attack was unacceptable.

"What would happen if a prominent Muslim made that statement about Catholic holy places like the Vatican?" asked Ali.

Tancredo was traveling and unavailable for comment. His spokesman, Will Adams, said the four-term congressman has no intention of apologizing or resigning.

"They are a lot more upset about what he stands for, our nation's security and border policy, than anything else," Adams said.

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RALLY TARGETS TANCREDO - TOP
John Aguilar, Rocky Mountain News, 7/25/05
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3951234,00.html

A rally will be held at the state Capitol today to decry Rep. Tom Tancredo's suggestion that the U.S. could deter terrorist attacks inside its borders by threatening to bomb Islamic holy sites.

The group, led by political activists Manolo Gonzalez-Estay and Leroy Lemos, will gather on the west steps of the Capitol building at noon today for what it is calling an "Enough is Enough" rally.

"It will be a demonstration to the world that Congressman Tancredo is an embarrassment to Colorado and that he doesn't speak for all of us," Gonzalez-Estay said Sunday. (MORE)

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WHEN OUR FEARS LEAD TO PREJUDICES - TOP
John Grogan, Philadelphia Inquirer, 07/25/05
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/columnists/john_grogan/

The sin of prejudice paid me a little visit last week.

No, I'm not proud of myself.

I was visiting New York City and arrived at the Port Authority late in the afternoon to grab an express bus back to Pennsylvania. On my way into the terminal, I passed a knot of National Guardsmen in camouflage, automatic rifles slung over their shoulders. They chatted among themselves as the masses streamed by, many like myself toting packages and suitcases. It occurred to me that there was little they could do to stop someone whose bag just might hold a bomb.

The bus was nearly full. Just as it was about to pull out, a last-minute passenger clambered aboard carrying a large rectangular package wrapped in a black trash bag. He kept his eyes down and sat in the only remaining seat, directly in front of me.

I felt an immediate, visceral response to his presence. My heart began to race, my stomach to tighten. I could feel the blood coursing through my temples.

The man was young, probably 19 or 20, with short black hair and a closely trimmed beard. He appeared to be of Middle Eastern ancestry.

Oh God... a suicide bomber. (MORE)

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MUSLIM MOMS TAKE A STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE - TOP
Karen Vance, Enquirer, 7/23/05
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050723/NEWS01/507230391/1056/NEWS01

WEST CHESTER - They're mothers; they're Muslim. Now, after the terrorist attacks in London, they've joined to take a stand against violence, abroad and at home.

"We're all feeling that sense of helplessness, that we want to do something, but aren't sure what to do," said Shakila Ahmad, one of the organizers of a new Muslim Mothers Against Violence group.

"We decided we just needed to stop talking and do something after the London bombings," she said. "There's always been education, talks, press releases condemning the actions of these terrorists, but we wanted to do more."

As a mother of three and a member of the Greater Cincinnati Islamic community for 30 years, Ahmad of Mason decided to tackle that sense of helplessness by bringing other mothers together to form the group at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester. (MORE)

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WIDESPREAD MURDER IN THE NAME OF ISLAM NOT SANCTIONED - TOP
Charles F. Bostwick, L.A. Daily News, 07/23/05
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20943~2978798,00.html

PALMDALE -- Antelope Valley's Islamic leaders say terrorists are trying to hijack the religion's name.

Scores of Muslims from two local mosques gathered Friday night at Palmdale's business intersection to condemn London terror bombings, waving American and British flags and carrying signs that said "Not in our name" and "Terrorists are not jihadists."

"It is the duty of every Muslim in the United States and around the world to show their disdain for terrorists and their actions," said rally organizer Abdul-Wahab Omeira.

Passing motorists honked and waved Friday evening as men in ties, sport shirts and traditional garb, youngsters in baseball caps and women in head scarves and skirts stood along Rancho Vista Boulevard across 10th Street West from the Antelope Valley Mall.

Participants included members of the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley in Palmdale and the Islamic Center of North Valley in Lancaster, where the rally had been announced at Friday services. The rally drew non-Muslims as well.

Omeira, who is the Muslim chaplain at the state prison in Lancaster as well as a board member of the Lancaster mosque, said the rally was in response to people who ask why Muslims don't speak out more against terrorism&

The Antelope Valley Muslims' approach is one advocated by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which launched a petition drive, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. (MORE)

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POPE WON'T CONDEMN ISLAM OVER BOMBINGS - TOP
Associated Press, 7/25/05
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5165042,00.html

LES COMBES, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he did not see an anti-Christian motive in the recent wave of terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, attributing them instead to "a much more general intention."

The pontiff also told reporters it was important to seek dialogue with the best elements of Islam.

He spoke while on vacation in the Italian Alps after visiting a church, brushing off a question about whether he believed Islam was a religion of peace.

"I wouldn't want to label (it)," he said. "Certainly there are elements that favor peace. It also has other elements."

Benedict said last week that terrorism is not the result of a clash between the West and Islam but the action of "fanatics."

The pope's spokesman said Sunday that Benedict was placing immense importance on a meeting with Muslims in Cologne, Germany, while he is in his homeland next month to lead the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day.

Benedict, who is approaching 100 days in the papacy, also was asked if he found it difficult being pontiff.

"In a certain sense yes, because I never thought about this ministry," he said. "But it has gone well, also because the people have been good with me."

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MUSLIM CHAPLAIN DECRIES TERROR ATTACKS - TOP
Jay Tokasz, Buffalo News, 7/25/05
http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20050725/1072288.asp

Wearing a kufi on his head and a flowing linen shirt and pants, instead of his usual crisp Army uniform, Maj. Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad launched into a condemnation of the London bombings and other deadly attacks by terrorists claiming to act on faith.

"Who gave them the authority to randomly kill human beings, supposedly in the name of Islam?" Muhammad preached during a recent service inside Masjid Nu'Man, the mosque at Fillmore and Box avenues.

Muhammad, a Buffalo native and graduate of Lafayette High School, became the nation's first Muslim military chaplain in 1993.

Muhammad's appointment opened the door for 11 other Muslim chaplains in the Army, Navy and Air Force, and his distinction as the first remains a point of pride in the local African-American Muslim community.

He also has been a frequent subject of media interviews, with the approval of his Army superiors, including a recent Memorial Day feature story on National Public Radio.

Muhammad's success "cuts through the myth that as an African-American and as a Muslim, you can't rise through the ranks and you can't be effective," said Zaid Islam, a congregant at Masjid Nu'Man.

Muhammad said the military needs more Muslim chaplains.

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IRVING MOSQUE MAKES OUTREACH A MATTER OF FAITH - TOP
Eric Aasen, The Dallas Morning News, 07/23/05
http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/dn/religion/stories/072405dnmetirvislam.26ec18f.html

IRVING - Muslims have been too introverted for too long, says Imam Zia Sheikh, the prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Irving. He believes it's time to get out of the mosque and into the community.

"We have to be a little more outgoing," he says. "We're not a threat to people in society. We are positive contributors."

Concerned about how Muslims are perceived, the center is reaching out. In the past year, fueled in part by their new mosque, members are raising their voices and playing a more prominent role in city affairs.

Worshippers were active last year in opposing and defeating an election that would have allowed beer and wine sales in Irving stores. The center invited political candidates to mingle with worshippers last spring. And members are meeting residents, city officials and community leaders.

By interacting with neighbors, the center hopes to dispel myths, said Jason Black, an Islamic Center leader. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS DISCOURAGE VIOLENCE - TOP
Robert Redding Jr., Washington Times, 07/23/05
http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20050722-112719-3561r.htm

The organizer of a regional, midday-prayer service yesterday for Muslims hopes that the event encourages participants, especially youths, to engage in "productive, meaningful programs to eliminate hatred."

"We must get to our youth before someone else does," said Imam Mohammed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Va. "We must respond to their needs and their questions so that we don't leave room for individuals with false and dangerous ideologies to lead them astray."

The gathering of about 300 Muslims at the center in Sterling follows terrorist bombings in London this month. Muslims claiming to be working with the al Qaeda terrorist network have taken credit for the July 7 and July 21 attacks. At least 56 persons, including four suicide bombers, were killed and over 700 injured on July 7. No casualties were reported in the failed July 21 bombings.

"We would like to see this notion of suicide bombing stopped, whether it takes place in Israel, Palestine, the Middle East or Iraq," Mr. Magid said. "We would like to give the youth a message of hope, a message of peace." (MORE)

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CHENEY'S PLAN: NUKE IRAN - TOP
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 7/25/05
http://antiwar.com/justin/

A recent poll shows six in ten Americans think a new world war is coming: the same poll says about 50 percent approve of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Somewhat inexplicably, about two-thirds say nuking those two cities was "unavoidable." One can only wonder, then, what their reaction will be to this ominous news, revealed in a recent issue of The American Conservative by intelligence analyst Philip Giraldi:

"The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing - that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack - but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections." (MORE)

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IRAQ: THIS IS NOW AN UNWINNABLE CONFLICT - TOP
The Independent, 7/24/05
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article301250.ece

The Duke of Wellington, warning hawkish politicians in Britain against ill-considered military intervention abroad, once said: "Great nations do not have small wars." He meant that supposedly limited conflicts can inflict terrible damage on powerful states. Having seen what a small war in Spain had done to Napoleon, he knew what he was talking about.

The war in Iraq is now joining the Boer War in 1899 and the Suez crisis in 1956 as ill-considered ventures that have done Britain more harm than good. It has demonstrably strengthened al-Qa'ida by providing it with a large pool of activists and sympathizers across the Muslim world it did not possess before the invasion of 2003. The war, which started out as a demonstration of US strength as the world's only superpower, has turned into a demonstration of weakness. Its 135,000-strong army does not control much of Iraq.

The suicide bombing campaign in Iraq is unique. Never before have so many fanatical young Muslims been willing to kill themselves, trying to destroy those whom they see as their enemies. On a single day in Baghdad this month 12 bombers blew themselves up. There have been more than 500 suicide attacks in Iraq over the last year. (MORE)

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'ENEMIES OF HUMANITY' QUOTE RAISES IRAQ PR QUESTIONS - TOP
CNN.com, 7/24/05
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/07/24/military.release/index.html

Following a car bombing in Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. military issued a statement with a quotation attributed to an unidentified Iraqi that was virtually identical to a quote reacting to an attack on July 13.

After questioning by news media, the military released the statement without the quotation.

Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, spokesman for the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division, said use of the quote was an "administrative error." He said the military was looking into the matter.

The car bomb killed 25 people and wounded 33 others near the al-Rashad police station, Baghdad emergency police said. (MORE)

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WAR ON TERROR CAN'T BE WON BY STEEL ALONE - TOP
Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 07/25/05
http://www.ajc.com/hp/content/auto/epaper/editions/monday/opinion_244ee869f5aa327400e4.html

It's been almost four years since those airplanes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center, yanking us out of our blissful naiveté and into the cold, hard reality we call the global war on terror.

At least, that's what we'd like to believe. We'd like to believe that while we might have been caught napping, today we understand the stakes and the problem and are fully committed to solving it. We've invaded two countries, we've compromised our civil liberties, we've at least flirted with torture, we've gotten tough with allies and enemies alike --- what more could we possibly do to prove our new seriousness?

Well, I don't buy it. Personally, I think we've merely exchanged one form of blissful naiveté for another. We still don't understand the true nature of the threat against us, and we still don't have an effective strategy for fighting it, and someday we're going to pay for that failure. (MORE)

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CAIR says Muslim anti-terror message is being heard

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/26/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the results of a new survey showing that the public's concerns over recent terror bombings do not translate into less favorable opinions of either American Muslims or Islam.

The nationwide survey of 2,000 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life also indicates that the number of Americans who believe Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence fell significantly to 36 percent from 44 percent two years ago. SEE: http://pewforum.org/docs/index.php?DocID=89

According to the survey, which was conducted between the day of the first terrorist attacks in London and July 17, a majority of Americans (55 percent) say they have a favorable opinion of American Muslims. That figure is significantly higher than the 45 percent holding favorable views in March 2001, prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"The results of this survey may be an indication that, while more work needs to be done, the American Muslim community's anti-terror message is finally being heard," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Ordinary Americans seem to understand that Islam, like Christianity, should not be defined by the acts of a tiny minority of extremists." He said that Muslims are increasingly becoming part of the fabric of American society, despite the rise in Islamophobic rhetoric.

Awad added that CAIR recently released a nationwide television public service announcement (PSA), called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to highlight the Muslim community's condemnation of terrorism and rejection of those who carry out terror attacks. Almost two million people have already viewed the PSA. (To view the PSA online, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram )

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/26/05

* HADITH: Love One Another
* CAIR-CT: Muslims on Record Condemning Terror
* CAIR-LA: Report to Show Jump in Anti-Muslim Incidents
            - NJ: Bias Feared in Islamic Center Blaze (Herald News)
            - CA: Muslim Name a Basis for Bias (Recorder)
            - Airline Passengers 'Uneasy' With Pakistanis (ABC 7)
            - NY Mayor Apologizes For Bus Raid (BBC)
            - Arab-American Written Out of Wrestling (Free Press)
* CAIR-DC: 'Hate-Filled' Comments by DC Radio Host (Wash Post)
            - ACTION: Contact WMAL's Advertisers
* ACLU Sues N.C. to Allow Quran for Oaths (AP)
* CO: 'Tancredo Does Not Speak For Me' (Denver Post)
            - CO: Resign From Congress? (RM News)
            - CO: Preventing Wars, the Tancredo Way (Denver Post)
            - CO: Tancredo Just Playing to Faithful (RM News)
* Latino Muslims Growing in Number (VOA)
* IL: Imam W. Deen Mohammed Calls for Unity (Chicago Trib)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LOVE ONE ANOTHER - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "You will not believe as long as you do not love one another."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 19

"It may be that God will grant love (and friendship) between you and those whom you (now) hold as enemies."

The Holy Quran, 60:7

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CAIR-CT: MUSLIMS ON RECORD AS CONDEMNING TERRORISM - TOP
Sarah Azis, The Day, 7/26/2005
http://www.theday.com/eng/web/news/re.aspx?re=44FB1DBD-BEE7-4BA2-A544-7D180591CD8E

Letters to the Editor:

Regarding The Day's editorial titled, "Muslims must speak out," published July 20, you fail to recognize that Muslims worldwide have condemned the London attacks. This has not just included the Muslim laity, who has always condemned such attacks, but also the Islamic religious establishment.

Recently, Britain's largest Muslim group issued a fatwa condemning the London attacks.

In fact, just hours after the attack, the Connecticut chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT), sent The Day a news release condemning the attack. However, your paper did not publish it. It's unfortunate that the media consistently fails to report Muslim condemnations of these horrific atrocities, further polarizing the Muslim and non-Muslim communities and thus handing a victory to those that wish to divide us.

Sarah Aziz is the director of media relations for CAIR-CT.

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CAIR-LA: REPORT TO SHOW SHARP JUMP IN ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS - TOP

WHAT: On Wednesday, July 27, the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA) will hold a news conference at its office in Anaheim to release its 2nd annual report on discrimination against the California Muslim community, titled "The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in California 2005." The report will show a significant increase in the reported discrimination complaints during 2004.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA), 2180 W. Crescent Ave. Suite F, Anaheim, CA 92801

According to the report, at least some of the sharp rise in the reported incidents is due to the ongoing and lingering atmosphere of fear since the 9/11 attacks against American Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, began documenting anti-Muslim incidents following the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City .

CAIR has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

CONTACT: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail: socal@cair.com

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HISTORIC BUILDING WAS OWNED BY COUNTY ISLAMIC CENTER - TOP
MAYA KREMEN, HERALD NEWS, 7/26/05
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzNTcmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY3MzIyMjEmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkz

PATERSON - Fire officials on Monday started demolishing a historic building destroyed by a Sunday fire to aid them in an arson investigation.

The building, at West Railway and Genessee avenues, was owned by the Islamic Center of Passaic County, and mosque leaders worried that it might be a bias attack. But authorities said on Monday that it was still too early to determine the cause of the fire.

Arson investigators from the city Fire Department and the county Prosecutor's Office weren't able to venture very far into the building because of the precariousness of the structure, according to Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano.

"We haven't ruled out anything," Avigliano said. "There's nothing to indicate at this point in time how this fire started. If it's an accidental fire, there's no bias."

The fire started late Sunday afternoon and ripped through the three-story building's wooden rafters and floors. Within the first hour, the building partially collapsed onto itself. The blaze was mostly extinguished by Sunday evening, but on Monday afternoon, firefighters were still wetting down hot spots. All that was left were charred beams and a few sections of wall sticking up from a pile of bricks.

The mosque bought the property, a 110-year-old former lighting factory, for nearly $1.2 million in 2003. It was planning to use it for a community center, with a pre-school, after-school programs and a food market. The mosque hadn't purchased fire insurance, because it wasn't sure whether the building would be demolished or salvaged, said Nabil Abbassi, head of the Islamic Center's development committee, and a former mosque president. Mosque officials had been waiting to hear from the city's Historic Preservation Commission about whether the building had to be preserved.

On Monday morning, Abbassi stood in front of the charred remains of the building. He glanced at the pile of bricks, then looked away.

"I'm very sad - sad only because if it was arson in any way, it's not good," he said. "If it's an act of God, though, we take it in stride."

Mosque leaders increased security at the Islamic Center on Sunday night after news of the fire. Men stood guard outside the doors, and will continue to do so during busy prayer sessions, said Abbassi.

Leaders of the mosque were already on high alert before the fire. Reports of hate crimes against Muslims have increased nationwide in the last few years, according to the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group CAIR, the Council of American Islamic Relations. The number of New Jersey incidents reported to CAIR climbed from one in 2002 to seven in 2004. (MORE)

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WHAT'S IN A NAME? A BASIS FOR DISCRIMINATION, SAYS 9TH CIRCUIT - TOP
Justin Scheck, Recorder, 7/26/05
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1122294926971

"A good name," wrote Cervantes, "is better than riches."

Mamdouh El-Hakem would agree. After spending years fighting a former employer who thought his name wasn't good enough, El-Hakem was vindicated by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week with a modest amount of money -- and an opinion that reaffirms the value of his name.

In a ruling that bolsters plaintiff arguments that discrimination can take many forms, the 9th Circuit said that Gregg Young, the CEO of BJY Inc. should not have insisted on calling El-Hakem "Manny." Or, for that matter, "Hank."

"Young intended to discriminate against El-Hakem's Arabic name in favor of a non-Arabic name," Judge Johnnie Rawlinson wrote for a three-judge panel, "first by altering Mamdouh to 'Manny' and then by changing Hakem to 'Hank.'"

The ruling is the latest to reinforce the view that a wide range of behavior can create a hostile work environment, along with liability for employers who allow harassment.

"It's a broadening of the application of pre-existing law," said Barbara Lawless, a partner with the plaintiff firm Lawless & Lawless. "Definitely, there's a trend of applying the law more liberally."

The trend, she said, was also clear in last week's California Supreme Court decision that sexual favoritism was a form of workplace discrimination. That ruling came in a case that Lawless brought in the trial court.

Employment defense lawyers agreed with Lawless -- and with the court -- that imposing a name change amounted to discrimination, even if racial or ethnic epithets were never used.

"It's a message to employers that these kinds of actions, which may seem insignificant or trivial to some people, will lead to liability," said Richard Curiale, a partner at Curiale Dellaverson Hirschfeld & Kraemer who represents employers. (MORE)

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LAX TO LONDON PLANE DIVERTED - TOP
Kathy Vara, ABC 7, 7/25/05
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/news/072605_nw_plane_diverted.html

LOS ANGELES - Three Pakistani businessmen -- passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to London -- have been checked out and cleared to travel.

United Airlines Flight 934 made an unscheduled landing today in Boston, because other passengers complained the three men were acting suspiciously. The flight was diverted to Logan International Airport, where the men were questioned and then released. They said they were traveling for business.

An FBI spokeswoman says passengers were uneasy because the men were walking back and forth between first class and coach. It turns out their pacing was because they'd been seated in different sections.

Massachusetts State Police say the plane was also searched and nothing suspicious was found. It was cleared to continue on to Heathrow.

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NY MAYOR APOLOGISES FOR BUS RAID - TOP
Laura Trevelyan, BBC News, 7/25/05
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4718793.stm

The mayor of New York has apologised to five British tourists who were removed from a bus by police and forced to kneel on the pavement.

Michael Bloomberg said the men represented no threat whatsoever.

The men, who are all members of the Sikh religion, were on a tourist bus on Sunday when a worker became suspicious.

Security in the city has been increased since the London bombings and residents have been urged to report anything out of the ordinary to the police.

'No hard feelings'

The double decker bus was evacuated in Sunday's incident.

Armed police handcuffed the men with their arms behind their backs and ordered them to kneel on the pavement by Times Square.

However, the police later decided they represented no threat and released them.

Mayor Bloomberg warned the police to use common sense and avoid pigeon-holing people such as South Asian-looking Britons.

However, the mayor defended the police's show of force, saying they did not have any option based on what the bus tour operator had reported to them.

One of the five men from Birmingham told the New York Daily News there were no hard feelings. He said the incident had not ruined the men's trip.

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MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW RUBS TERROR WOUNDS RAW - TOP
DETROIT CHARACTER A VILLAIN TO MANY - TOP
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 7/26/05
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/wrestle26e_20050726.htm

He is an Arab American born and raised in Detroit.

But after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Muhammad Hassan was treated like an outsider: profiled at airports, ethnically insulted and shunned by a cold America. And so he transformed into a raging fiend bent on revenge.

That story -- complete fiction -- is the basis of a controversial pro-wrestling character watched by millions across the country over the past several months. Scowling, he enters arenas with an Arab headdress to the thump of Middle Eastern music and cries of "Allah Akhbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." Despite the baying crowds, he usually wins.

But late Sunday night, Hassan was beaten bloody in a match that may be his last. After protests from viewers, TV stations and Arab-American groups, Hassan's character has been written out of the fantasy world of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). (MORE)

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MUSLIMS CALL COMMENTS BY WMAL HOST 'HATE-FILLED' - TOP
Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 07/26/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/25/AR2005072501649.html

A local radio talk show host touched off complaints from an Islamic civil rights organization yesterday after repeatedly describing Islam on the air as "a terrorist organization" that is "at war with America."

The organization, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), asked the station to take disciplinary action against Michael Graham, who hosts WMAL-AM's late-morning call-in program & CAIR denounced the comments yesterday as "hate-filled" and "Islamophobic" and asked its members to contact the station's advertisers to express their dismay.

"It's amazing," said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director. "I talked with Mr. Bloomquist and asked him if he would reprimand someone who used the n-word on the air. He said yes. I asked him if he would reprimand someone who read [approvingly] from the [anti-Semitic] 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' He said yes. So I asked him if he would do the same if someone had called Islam a terroristic organization. Well, he said, it's all about context, but he never quite explained it to me."

Added Hooper, "The First Amendment allows people to be idiots and bigots. All you can do is embarrass people and have them defend their reputation. If WMAL doesn't feel embarrassed and doesn't want to defend its reputation in the face of anti-Muslim bigotry, then there's not much we can do about it." (MORE)

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.) - TOP

1. CONTACT WMAL to urge that Michael Graham be reprimanded for his anti-Islam statements.

CONTACT:

Mr. Randall Bloomquist
Program Director
WMAL
4400 Jenifer Street NW
Washington DC 20015
Switchboard: 202-686-3100
Direct: 202-895-2327
To be on a WMAL talk show, call 202-432-WMAL, toll free 888-630-WMAL
E-Mail: randall.bloomquist@abc.com, ernie.fears@abc.com, chris.j.berry@abc.com

2. CONTACT WMAL's advertisers to express your concerns about their support for a station that promotes anti-Muslim bigotry.

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ACLU SUES N.C. TO ALLOW VARIOUS RELIGIOUS TEXTS FOR OATHS - TOP
Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press, 7/25/05
http://newsobserver.com/news/ncwire_news/story/2628558p-9065090c.html

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The religious texts of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and faiths other than Christianity should be allowed in North Carolina courts for oaths promising truthful testimony, the ACLU argued in a lawsuit filed against the state Tuesday.

State law allows witnesses preparing to testify in court to take their oath either by laying a hand over a "Holy Scripture," by saying "so help me God" without the use of a religious book or by using no religious symbols.

"We hope that the court will issue a ruling that the phrase "holy scripture" includes the Quran, Old Testament, and Bhagavad-Gita in addition to the Christian Bible," said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.

A spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office, which represents the state in lawsuits, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The ACLU last month called on the state Administrative Office of the Courts to adopt a policy allowing use of the Quran and other religious texts in North Carolina courtrooms. The request came after the two top judges in Guilford County decided that Muslims could not legally take an oath on the Quran.

AOC director Ralph Walker replied in a letter July 14 that his office would not sanction use of religious texts other than the Bible until the General Assembly or the courts settled the matter.

The language of the state's law on court oaths is already broad enough to include other religious texts, so the Legislature need not clarify it, Rudinger said.

"The lawsuit is seeking a declaration by the court that this is what Holy Scripture means in the law," she said.

The issue surfaced after Muslims from the Al-Ummil Ummat Islamic Center in Greensboro tried to donate copies of the Quran to Guilford County's two courthouses last month.

Guilford Senior Resident Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Albright and Guilford Chief District Court Judge Joseph E. Turner decided not to accept the texts for courtroom use.

Both said an oath on the Quran is not a legal oath under state law, which refers to someone laying his hands on the "Holy Scriptures." The two judges interpreted that to mean the Christian Bible.

In response, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations asked for a statewide policy allowing oaths to be taken using the Quran. (MORE)

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"TANCREDO DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME" - TOP
Elizabeth Aguilera, Denver Post, 07/26/05
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2890395

Garrett Weekly brought his children to the state Capitol on Monday to protest U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, saying the Colorado congressman crossed the line with his recent remarks about bombing Islamic holy sites.

"He is wrong for Colorado. Colorado is the most racially mixed state," said Weekly, 35, a social-studies teacher in Cherry Creek Schools. "I learned at an early age that people are based on character and not on looks."

The rally attracted more than 150 people.

Protesters said Tancredo's fierce anti-illegal-immigration stance already has foes accusing him of racism, and his recent bombing remarks added fuel to the fire. (MORE)

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RESIGN FROM CONGRESS? TANCREDO'S NOT BUYING - TOP
David Montero, Rocky Mountain News, 7/26/05
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3953519,00.html

Steve Nash wants U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo to resign from office, but he admitted he isn't prone to fantasy, either.

Tapping the back of a poster that read "Tom Tancredo Needs a Time Out" at a rally against the congressman Monday afternoon, he extolled the thickness of his homemade placard.

"We tried to make the sign out of heavy-duty stuff because we figure he will be around for quite some time," Nash said. "A man who would say it's a good idea to bomb holy sites isn't likely to step down anytime soon."

Quite right, Tancredo spokesman Will Adams said. (MORE)

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PREVENTING WARS, THE TANCREDO WAY - TOP
Ed Quillen, Denver Post, 7/26/05
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_2889836

Tom Tancredo, a Republican who represents Colorado's 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House, markedly improved his national name recognition recently. That's important because Tancredo might run for president in 2008, and before his remarks on a Florida talk-radio program, he was getting about as much traction as an empty two-wheel-drive pickup with bald tires on Floyd Hill after a February blizzard.

Not that he hasn't tried. Twice already this year, he has visited New Hampshire, site of America's first presidential primary. He railed against illegal immigrants, telling his audience that "They need to be found before it is too late. They're coming here to kill you, and you, and me, and my grandchildren."

He has scheduled a trip to a Super Tuesday primary state, South Carolina, for an Aug. 2 speech. He appeared in Iowa, home of the first presidential caucus, earlier this month. And for all of his time away from his $158,100-a-year day job of representing Coloradans, he wasn't even a blip on the national radar.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That may explain his statements while conversing with radio talk-show host Pat Campbell in Florida on July 15. Tancredo theorized that illegal immigrants could smuggle in a nuclear weapon, then detonate it in an American city. Campbell asked Tancredo how the United States should respond.

"You could say something like, 'If this happens in the United States and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims,' you could take out their holy sites." (MORE)

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TANCREDO JUST PLAYING TO HIS FAITHFUL FANS - TOP
Mike Littwin, Rocky Mountain News, 7/26/05
http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_3954064,00.html

Tom Tancredo is not a serious person.

And yet, there are many people who take him seriously. You can see them scribbling those campaign checks every time Tancredo's lips move.

Let's call it the Tancredo Paradox.

He has a serious job. He discusses serious issues.

But, in fact, he is about as serious as a carnival barker. (MORE)

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LATINO MUSLIMS GROWING IN NUMBER IN THE US - TOP
Greg Flakus, Voice of America, 7/13/05
http://author.voanews.com/english/2005-07-13-voa49.cfm

Over the Fourth of July weekend, several hundred American Muslims came together in Dallas, Texas for the south-central regional conference of the Islamic Society of North America. Among them were many Spanish-speaking people who have embraced Islam.

Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States and Latinos represent one of the fastest-growing minorities. Increasingly, the two trends are meeting in the form of Hispanic converts to Islam.

San Antonio native Juan Galvan says the transition to Islam is made easy for many Hispanics because of historic and cultural traditions dating back to the time when Muslims ruled much of Spain.

"Islam was in Spain for over 700 years. Spanish, as we speak it today, has been highly influenced. There are over a thousand words which have Arabic roots," says Mr. Galvan. "Muslims and Latinos have a lot of similarities. Both appreciate family, both appreciate religion and I think that is one of the reasons that a lot of Latinos are coming to Islam." (MORE)

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MUSLIM LEADER, GEORGE CALL FOR UNITY - TOP
Margaret Ramirez and Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune, 07/26/05
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0507260241jul26,1,7243393.story

Cardinal Francis George and Imam W. Deen Mohammed called on Catholics and Muslims in Chicago to unite for the common causes of ending racism and strengthening families.

On Monday, nearly 600 invited guests from the Roman Catholic and Muslim communities gathered in the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Auditorium, adjacent to Holy Name Cathedral, to witness a conversation between the two leaders about the impact of their respective faiths on the common good.

George challenged the audience to befriend their Catholic and Muslim neighbors and become a catalyst for positive change.

"If we don't know someone personally, we can easily stereotype a whole class of people," George said. "When we get to know each other by creating neighborhoods, diverse in many ways--economically, racially, culturally--then it is less easy to put people into boxes." (MORE)

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U.S. MUSLIM RELIGIOUS COUNCIL TO ISSUE FATWA AGAINST TERROR
CAIR to release English, Arabic, Urdu radio versions of anti-terror PSA

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/27/05) - On Thursday, July 28, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to release a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) against terrorism and extremism. The fatwa is being issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by major U.S. Muslim groups.

Representatives of the Fiqh Council, an association of Islamic legal scholars that interprets Muslim religious law, and leaders of several leading American Muslim organizations will take part in the news conference. (The term "fiqh" refers to Islamic jurisprudence.)

WHAT: Release of Fatwa Against Terror and Extremism/Release of CAIR Radio Anti-Terror PSA
WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club (13th Floor), Murrow Room, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org

At Thursday's news conference, CAIR will also release radio versions of its 30-second "Not in the Name of Islam" television public service announcement (PSA) in English, Arabic and Urdu. The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. To view the television PSA, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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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.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/27/05

* HADITH: The Just will be Near God
* CAIR-FL: Homeowner Removes Quran 'Flushing' Display
            - FL: Anti-Muslim Sign at Church Causes Debate
* CAIR: Muslims Did Condemn 9/11 Attacks (Newsweek)
            - CAIR Rep on ABC's 'Nightline'
* CAIR-CT: Constant Watch for Muslim Rights (Bay)
            - CAIR-CT: On Guard Against Prejudice (Bay)
* DC: Radio Host Calls Islam 'Terror Organization'
            - ACTION: Contact WMAL's Advertisers
* CO: Tom Tancredo as the Fonz (Denver Post)
            - CO: Calling All Moderates (Rocky Mountain News)
            - OR: 'Jihad' Reference Prompts Complaint
            - KS: Religious Rally Around Muslims (Wichita Eagle)
* U.K. Blasts Didn't Boost Anti-Muslim Views (Star-Ledger)
* TX: Muslim Sues Bexar, Guards Over Detainment
* NY: Profile of Muslim Woman - Debbie Almontaser

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE JUST WILL BE NEAR GOD - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 844

VERSE OF THE DAY: SPEAK FOR JUSTICE

"Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant."

The Holy Quran, 7:199

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GOOD NEWS: FL HOMEOWNER REMOVES QURAN 'FLUSHING' DISPLAY - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/27/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that one of its representatives helped convince a Florida man to remove a toilet in his yard with a sign attached that read: "Koran flush 1 p.m." SEE: http://www.cairfl.org/images/flush02.JPG

The owner of the toilet said it was designed to honor those who died in the 9/11 attacks and in Iraq. It was also retribution, he said, for what he believed to be a failure of Muslims to object to the terrorism of extremists.

SEE: "Now Toilet Makes a Statement"
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/07/27/Neighborhoodtimes/Cited_by_Pinellas_Par.shtml

After CAIR-FL Central Florida Director Ahmed Bedier learned of complaints about the display, he went to the home to take a picture. When he noticed that the owner was home, he knocked on the door to inquire about the motivation for the display.

Bedier, who happened to have his laptop computer with him, showed the homeowner some of the Muslim condemnations of terrorism and CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" public service announcement. After about an hour of discussion, the homeowner offered to take down the toilet display.

SEE: http://www.cairfl.org/images/flush03.JPG
http://www.cairfl.org/images/flush05.JPG

"This incident proves that anti-Muslim prejudice decreases whenever ordinary people are given accurate information about Islam and have personal interactions with Muslims," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. Hooper thanked the homeowner for his willingness change his preconceived ideas about Islam and Muslims.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, abedier@cair-florida.org; Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, altaf@cair-florida.org

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SIGN OUTSIDE OF MANDARIN CHURCH CAUSING DEBATE - TOP
WTEV.com, 7/26/05
http://www.wtev.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=62B9A952-9B9F-46F3-A309-1341BF7C50D1

A sign outside of a Mandarin church is causing some commotion within the religious community. The sign reads, "Islam is evil and believes in murder. Jesus believes in peace."

The man behind the sign, Dr. Gene Youngblood, says the message comes straight from the pages of the Koran. But Muslim leaders disagree.

Youngblood has harsh words for the religion.

"If there's any religion on the globe that's evil, it's Islam," he says. "If you're not a Muslim, you're an infidel. Muhammed mandates that all infidels be put to death."

Muhummad Zaid Malik is a religious leader at the local Islamic Center, and says that Dr. Youngblood is taking the words out of context. (MORE)

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CAIR: RESPONDING WITH STOICISM AND RESOLVE - TOP
Parvez Ahmed, Newsweek, 8/1/05
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8681529/site/newsweek/

Fareed Zakaria writes that after 9/11, "it was sad and disturbing that Muslims were reluctant to condemn the attacks." Muslims did so in unequivocal terms. Within hours of the attacks the Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group, along with most other major American Muslim groups, released a statement that read, in part, "American Muslims utterly condemn the vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join. . .in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators." We followed this with a full-page ad in The Washington Post. After the London blasts, we released a TV public-service announcement with Arabic and Urdu subtitles that in part read, "As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad. We. . .will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals." Why have such condemnations not stemmed the tide of terrorism being committed in the name of our faith? A partial answer is found in Zakaria's column as he remarks, "such condemnations. . .will not solve the problem."

Parvez Ahmed is Chairman of the Board for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Washington, D.C.

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CAIR REP ON ABC'S 'NIGHTLINE' - TOP
ABC Nightline, 7/25/05
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/

HEADLINE: TERROR TIES - WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ISLAM?

CHRIS CUOMO, ABC NEWS

Police in London made two more arrests in the probe of the botched bombings there and released new images of the suspects still at large. Police also say they found a fifth bomb device in a west London park. In Egypt, the death toll now stands as high as 88. Police surrounded two Bedouin villages near the resort that was attacked, searching for suspects. You should know, it remains unclear if there is any connection between Egypt and London at all.

CHRIS CUOMO

But this much is clear, the new global focus on terror is undeniable. So, too, for many, is the role of Islam in the recent attacks. Is that reasonable? Is it wrong? There are some very tough questions to ask tonight. So, let's get right to it. I'm joined now by Irshad Manji, a Canadian television host and author of "The Trouble With Islam," a Muslim's call to reform her faith. And Nihad Awad, executive direct of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The motivations of recent terrorists are unclear. One thing that is clear is that these men have all been Muslims. Irshad, is it time that we start taking a look at the faith, at the religion of Islam, for an answer to whether or not it is breeding terror?

IRSHAD MANJI, JOURNALIST / AUTHOR

Oh, I certainly believe so, Chris. But, you know, in your opening set-up there, you suggested that -the role of Islam is undeniable. Quite the opposite. In Britain itself, the Muslim council of Britain is saying flat out that religion plays absolutely no part in these bombings. They're pointing to factors like alienation and segregation. And I'm saying, look, even if those factors play a role, and clearly they do, how can you be so sure that Islam itself is an innocent bystander in all of this? Indeed, the British Muslim Council is steeped in its own denial.

CHRIS CUOMO

(Off Camera) So, what do you propose? If you agree that it is undeniable that there is a relationship between the religion and the acts of those who believe in it, what do you propose?

IRSHAD MANJI

I'm proposing, first of all, that mainstream Muslim leaders own up to the verses in the Koran that could conceivably be perverted and twisted in order to support this kind of violence. And I know that many moderate Muslims argue that there are no such verses in the Koran. That is simply not true. I have pointed out in many of my own writings that such verses exist. But here's why it's so important to own up to them, Chris. It's that, unless we do, we are telling the rest of the world that we have something to hide. And that means that we're not building trust. And until we build trust with the wider communities in the West, we are never going to be able to garner the support to actually implement the kind of reforms that mainstream Muslim leaders want.

CHRIS CUOMO

(Off Camera) Mr. Awad, how does that sound to you? The proposal that you need to somehow change the perception of your religion? That moderate Muslims need to come out and say what that means. Is that what the US should be espousing, some type of idea that we need to change the way Muslims see themselves?

NIHAD AWAD,

COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS

First of all, if you would like to examine Islam, you have to look at 1,400 years of prosperity, civilization, tranquility, and peace and development. But I think to suggest that Islam is the problem, I think this is a, an unfair approach to a worldwide religion, adhered to by 1.2 billion people, living in peace from Morocco to Malaysia. What I agree with is, yes, we have to look deeper into the issues. Nobody can cite a single verse from the Koran, or the - which is the tuition of the prophet, to justify the killings of innocent people. This is criminal behavior, criminal attacks, and they have been condemned.

CHRIS CUOMO

(Off Camera) Yes - go ahead, Irshad.

IRSHAD MANJI

But, Chris, with respect -with respect, this is exactly the sort of denial that I'm referring to. Mr. Awad says that there is simply no verse in the Koran that could even be manipulated to support these kinds of bombings. That is not true. There is a verse, for example, that says that whoever kills a human being, except as punishment for murder or other villainy in the land, shall be regarded as having killed all mankind. That clause, beginning with the word except, is conveniently sanitized, erased out of the Koran by moderate Muslim leaders. But in fact, it is a loophole that is used consistently by those who wish to justify their violence on the basis of the Koran. I'm simply saying, Mr. Awad, that we can no longer deny this, that we have to confess this. Indeed, I'm asking us, as Muslims, to do what moderate Jews and moderate Christians are already doing about their holy books, which is admit what one Episcopalian bishop in the US calls "the sins of scripture." This is about trust-building and it's about being honest.

CHRIS CUOMO

(Off Camera) But let me ask you this, in the vain of being honest, Irshad, you're saying as with all of the big three religions, you can look at things that are in the Bible, in the Torah, that can be taken out of context. Certainly the same thing would be with the Koran. However, is that really something that the US or the West in general, wants to be in the business of proposing? That Muslims needs to go back and critique their own religion? Won't that just engender more animosity than we have already? Is that really a solution?

IRSHAD MANJI

Well, I think one of the solutions is for self-defined moderate Muslims to be challenging other moderate Muslims to be doing that. Exactly what I'm doing on this show with Mr. Awad. And this is why my challenge goes out to you, sir. Do you at least admit that such verses exist in the Koran?

NIHAD AWAD

I believe that Ms. Manji is trying just to exploit misunderstanding of this verse in the Koran. Anybody can misquote the Bible, the Torah, the Koran. And this very specific verse that she's citing, apparently she does no understand it herself, because in it, nobody has the authority to take the innocent life, except government for justifiable, you know, cause. And I think that verse has been cited by mainstream Muslims worldwide. And that's the basis for them to condemn innocent -the taking of innocent lives.

CHRIS CUOMO

(Off Camera) Mr. Awad, leaving the scholarship to the side for a moment, is it true that you believe this is an unfair criticism of just Muslims and their clerics, that you believe the same scrutiny should be applied to Christianity and to see whether or not they speak out when there are atrocities committed in the name of their religion?

NIHAD AWAD

You know, let me just cite you an example. Just a few days ago in the news, Eric Rudolph, you know, an abortion clinic bomber who in his testimony used Christianity and Christian text, you know, as a religion, as a political dimension in his work. But we have not seen -clergy or Christian leaders need to come out to condemn him as a Christian terrorist. You know, or they did not have to say that Christianity stands apart from what he did. Why? Because the general public understands the teachings of Christianity stands away and alone and apart from what Eric Rudolph and many others have done. Now, that -understanding, unfortunately, has not been granted to Islam and Muslims. Mainstream Muslims worldwide in their societies, do not also have to come out everyday to condemn the suicide bombing in Iraq, here and there. Because they understand that the teaching of Islam do not condone such criminal behavior.

CHRIS CUOMO

(Off Camera) I appreciate very much the points and perspectives from both of you. Miss Manji, Mr. Awad, thank you very much for joining us on "Nightline."

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CAIR-CT: COUNCIL ON CONSTANT WATCH FOR MUSLIM RIGHTS - TOP
Bethe Dufresne, The Day, 7/27/05
http://www.theday.com/eng/web/news/re.aspx?re=927A4DF1-FC2E-4108-BFFF-A58C8DC5037F

Like most special interest groups, CAIR routinely compiles pertinent news items from around the world, e-mailing them to subscribers.

Frequent topics are a Muslim woman's right to wear the hijab, or head scarf, in public life; time and space to pray at work or at school; accommodating Muslim holidays; and opposition to the Iraq war, Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, and parts of the Patriot Act.

Lately CAIR has followed a court controversy in North Carolina, where Muslims have refused to swear an oath on the Bible, seeking to replace it with the Quran. CAIR offers free Qurans to those in need, reporting that 16,000 have been distributed so far.

The organization also keeps tabs on images of Muslims in the culture, criticizing a terrorist character in Fox TV's "24," and lauding the movie portrayal of 12th-century Muslim general Saladin in "The Kingdom of Heaven."

CAIR also liked a recent segment of Morgan Spurlock's reality TV show, "30 Days," in which a Christian insurance salesman lived for a month with a Muslim family, observing all their customs, food and dress - and fending off the same suspicions. (MORE)

ALSO SEE:

CAIR-CT: ON GUARD AGAINST PREJUDICE - TOP
Bethe Dufresne, The Day, 7/27/05
http://www.theday.com/eng/web/news/re.aspx?re=4FE0BD92-0EA5-4FF4-AABC-256313A4D181

Norwich -- As America and its allies seek protection from terrorists claiming to act in the name of Islam, Hamza Ismail Joel Collins has the unenviable job of protecting fellow Muslims from stereotyping and discrimination.

The 50-year-old New York native thought hard before accepting the title of civil rights director for the only New England branch of the nation's leading Islamic civil rights organization, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

"I told my wife it's going to be a lot of work," he said in an interview at his home in Norwich earlier this month.

And on the morning of July 7, his job got tougher. Muslim suicide bombers murdered 56 civilians in London. That afternoon the Connecticut CAIR council joined branches nationwide in condemning the London attacks as "barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused" and calling for "swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators." (MORE)

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RADIO TALK SHOW HOST DRAWS IRE FOR CALLING ISLAM 'TERROR ORGANIZATION' - TOP
Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Belief Net, 7/26/05
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/171/story_17168_1.html

A national Islamic civil liberties organization and a conservative radio talk show host are squaring off over the host's on-air reference to Islam as "a terrorist organization."

Michael Graham made his remarks on his Monday (July 25) show, which airs on WMAL-AM in Washington, D.C. The problem is not extremism, the problem is Islam," Graham said. "We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based group, called on the station to reprimand Graham for the comments.

"Such hate-filled and inflammatory remarks only serve to encourage those who would turn bigoted views into violent or discriminatory actions against ordinary American Muslims," said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director, in a statement urging "people of conscience" to contact the station and demand an apology or disciplinary action. (MORE)

ALSO SEE:

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.) - TOP

1. CONTACT WMAL to urge that Michael Graham be reprimanded for his anti-Islam statements.

CONTACT:

Mr. Randall Bloomquist
Program Director
WMAL
4400 Jenifer Street NW
Washington DC 20015
Switchboard: 202-686-3100
Direct: 202-895-2327
To be on a WMAL talk show, call 202-432-WMAL, toll free 888-630-WMAL
E-Mail: randall.bloomquist@abc.com, ernie.fears@abc.com, chris.j.berry@abc.com

2. CONTACT WMAL's advertisers to express your concerns about their support for a station that promotes anti-Muslim bigotry.

E-MAIL: testad@tcicomm.com, routhierd@tcicomm.com, tcimail@tcicomm.com, sales@pohankalexus.dealerspace.com, mandelle@pepperlaw.com, bbroullire@comcastsportsnet.com, jcreech@melwood.com, fedgov@1igsi.com, info@fairoakschurch.org, admissions@regent.edu, emba.coordinator@business.wm.edu, combsa@fmmc.army.mil, redelman@ricedelman.com, rmalone@fbw.com, cbraudis@mutualfundstore.com, trock@erols.com, crricchi@aol.com, chef47@msn.com, fodebbie@aol.com, midatlantic@basements.com, Roofdog@aol.com, sales@solatubeskylight.com, sales@sjroof.com, info@heartcheck.com, tony1winkler@yahoo.com, pumphrey@pumphreyfh.com, sfrazier@bgf.org, bill@1031.us, StewartTeam@PointingYouHome.com, info@annhand.com, cuttingedgekiosks@yahoo.com, pottenritter@jordankitts.com, jmack@gutterhelmetsystems.com, vabeach@procraftcoatings.com, info@thompsoncreek.com, smiles@bethesdasedationdentistry.com, info@theeyecenter.com, jay@rosenbergmedia.com, customerservice@tni.com, info@tonyandjoes.com, pr@1800gotjunk.com, gloriag@manorworks.com, fodebbie@aol.com, suggestions@merrifieldgardencenter.com, schapman@offenbachers.com, info@regionalpestmanagement.com, info@cabinetdiscounters.com, info@getstyle.com, etessel@croppmetcalfe.com, out2dry@nomorewater.com, jwingert@alexandriabuickpontiacgmc.com, mcarroll@brownscar.com, ernie@smithgifford.com, ehill@cherner.com, gsm@cowlesford.com, jeffdoughty@moorecadillac.com, elliot@roiadvertising.com, wanda@radialtire.com

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TOM TANCREDO AS THE FONZ - TOP
Denver Post, 7/27/05
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_2892073

Like the Fonzie character on "Happy Days," U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo can't bring himself to say, "I was wrong."

Ten days after Tancredo suggested on a Florida talk radio show that bombing Islamic holy sites might be considered if jihadists ever set off nuclear weapons in U.S. cities, he's still defending his foolhardy remark.

Tancredo delights in provocative statements, but raising the idea of an attack on Mecca - a site sacred to 1.3 billion Muslims, one-fifth the world's population - was positively Talibanesque.

He was wrong to make such a suggestion, and we'd like to see him use some of his media airtime to admit it. (MORE)

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CALLING ALL MODERATES - TOP
Rocky Mountain News, 7/27/05
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_3956254,00.html

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo used the phrase " 'moderate' Muslims" three times in his commentary in The Sunday Denver Post, each time with "moderate" in quotation marks. He also referred to the " 'mainstream' Muslim world" and " 'mainstream' Islam" - again, notice the skepticism regarding "mainstream" - in defense of his suggestion that we consider bombing Mecca in the event of a devastating terrorist attack in the United States.

In short, Tancredo is one of those who believe we are at war with the Islamic world, not with a radical segment of it. That's a serious argument worth debating, but not in the context of bombing Mecca. (MORE)

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"JIHAD" REFERENCE PROMPTS COMPLAINT - TOP
Niki Sullivan, Seattle Times, 7/27/05
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002404398_jihad27m.html

SALEM, Ore. - A Portland Muslim leader is asking a pesticide-industry lobbyist to retract a statement in which she warned that Senate Democrats had declared "jihad" against Republicans over an environmental dispute.

Shahriar Ahmed, president of the Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, said use of the term in an e-mail dealing with a controversy over a pesticide-use reporting program perpetuates negative stereotypes about Muslims.

"The term 'jihad' here was used intentionally to aggravate the situation," Ahmed said during a news conference yesterday.

The word has been used by Muslim extremists to describe holy war, but Ahmed said mainstream Muslims use the Arabic word to describe a person's internal struggle to do good. (MORE)

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RELIGIOUS RALLY AROUND MUSLIMS - TOP
Joe Rodriguez, The Wichita Eagle, 7/27/05
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/12232163.htm

More than 50 people of various faiths gathered Tuesday to condemn recent anti-Muslim comments, calling them examples of hatred, racism and a "festering problem."

Leaders of local interfaith and peace groups spoke out after learning of remarks that were e-mailed to The Wichita Eagle earlier this month.

About a dozen e-mails were sent to the paper after a story was published about the recent opening of a mosque in north Wichita. Eagle columnist Mark McCormick wrote about the responses and used some of the e-mails as examples.

Eleven people -- including interfaith leaders, a Christian pastor and local Muslims -- spoke at the gathering at Inter-Faith Ministries, 829 N. Market.

They condemned the anti-Muslim comments, encouraged people to learn more about Islam and reminded them not to let fear guide their actions and words. (MORE)

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POLL: BRITISH BLASTS DIDN'T BOOST ANTI-MUSLIM VIEWS - TOP
Jeff Diamant, Star Ledger, 7/26/05
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1122442728258600.xml?starledger?ntop&coll=1

Though this month's London subway bombings raised fears in the United States about more terrorist attacks here, they did not result in an increase in anti-Muslim feelings among Americans, according to a poll released yesterday.

A higher percentage of those polled reported favorable views of Muslims than in the past and said they were less likely to believe Islam encourages violence more than other religions do, the poll found.

The telephone poll of 2,000 adults was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life from July 7to July 17, after the initial bombings, for which British-born Muslims are believed responsible. . .

Many American Muslims have felt unfairly discriminated against since the 9/11 attacks -- all 19 hijackers were Muslims -- and Muslim leaders interviewed yesterday said they were heartened by the poll's results.

"I think it's encouraging that fewer people are linking Islam to violence even as we've seen horribly violent acts around the world associated with Muslims," said Ibrahim Hooper, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's an indication that ordinary Americans can differentiate between the violent acts of a few Muslims and the faith of Islam itself." (MORE)

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MUSLIM SUES BEXAR, GUARDS OVER DETAINMENT - TOP
Guillermo Contreras, Express-News, 7/27/05
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA072705.03B.inmate_suit.128f43fd.html

A Muslim man incarcerated in 2003 at the Bexar County Jail sued the county and several guards Tuesday over his detention, claiming he was denied medication and was taunted, beaten and had his beard shaved forcibly in violation of his religion.

The Texas Civil Rights Project and the Texas Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights filed the suit in federal court here on behalf of Moeineddin Ghavami, 47, a U.S. citizen born in Iran.

"We are seeking individual relief for Ghavami in the form of damages, but more importantly we're also bringing this case to inform and hopefully reform the way the Bexar County Detention Facility treats individuals who are Muslim and/or who suffer from a disability," said attorney Javier N. Maldonado of the Texas Lawyers' Committee.

Jail officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Ed Schweninger, chief of the Bexar County District Attorney's Office Civil Division, said he had not seen the suit.

"I can't comment without looking into the facts of the case," Schweninger said.

Ghavami, a former teacher who was pursuing his master's degree, suffered from schizophrenia. In 2003, he was picked up by police on suspicion of criminal trespass and booked into the jail, but the charges were dropped, according to the lawsuit. (MORE)

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NY: PROFILE OF MUSLIM WOMAN: DEBBIE ALMONTASER - TOP
Sheila McKenna, Newsday, 7/27/05
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nypro274359784jul27,0,1178360.story

Coordinator of external programs, Region 8, Brooklyn, for the Department of Education. Coordinator of first Arab-American Heritage Week celebration (July 9-16). Member of boards of Park Slope-based Dialogue Project and of Women in Islam Inc. Co-founder of Brooklyn Bridges and founding member of We Are All Brooklyn Coalition.

BIOGRAPHY

38; native of Yemen. Raised in Buffalo; bachelor's from St. Francis College and master's in multicultural education from Adelphi University. Also received master's in leadership and administration from Baruch College. Has worked for the Department of Education for 14 years. Married, three children and lives in Midwood section of Brooklyn.

COMMITMENT

"My passion is to bring people together, to develop understandings and to be a bridge of understanding for all. One of things I did recently is take people from the Peace Boat - a Japanese NGO [non-governmental organization] - to the Arab and Muslim communities in New York so that they will have a better understanding of the grass-roots community in the post-9/11 era. For the past three years, I've toured with them to Downtown Brooklyn to meet with Arab-American leaders and to have a discussion about what the issues are and how the community has moved forward ."

IMPACT

"At the Department of Education, I worked as a para-professional, teacher and principal. Then September 11th happened and my whole perspective on the world changed. I felt that I needed to be in a capacity where I could work 9 to 5 but have the flexibility and time to do my community work. My work is all about empowerment and building bridges between the Arab and Muslim and South Asian community, and the broader world. I also do a lot of interfaith work. In June, on Brooklyn-Queens Day, I helped organize the second annual Children of Abraham Peace Walk. We had over 300 people who joined us and walked from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge to Trinity Church in lower Manhattan."

PROUD OF

"I am a Muslim woman and wear a hijab. I was selected to become a Revson Fellow and finished this past May at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College. I was very proud of getting such a rare and privileged opportunity. Now I plan to continue on for a doctoral degree in international and peace education."

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453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
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Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 12:41:15 -0400
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: CAIR Backs Fatwa Against Terror

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR BACKS FATWA AGAINST TERROR
English, Arabic, Urdu radio anti-terror PSAs released

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/28/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered its support for a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by more than 120 U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. (The term "fiqh" refers to Islamic jurisprudence.)

The fatwa, released during a news conference this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., states in part:

"Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not 'martyrs'. . .In the light of the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state: 1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam. 2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence. 3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians. We issue this fatwa following the guidance of our scripture, the Qur'an, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him."

SEE THE FULL TEXT AT:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/fatwa-english.txt

SEE ALSO: "U.S. Muslim Scholars to Forbid Terrorism"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/27/AR2005072702082.html

"From Muslims in America, a New Fatwa on Terrorism"
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/28/national/28fatwa.html

In a statement read at the news conference, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said: "United, we can confront the terrorists and frustrate their goal of sparking an apocalyptic war between faiths and civilizations. . .The presence here today of American Muslim leaders indicates the willingness of our community to strengthen national security and to work with policy-makers to gain victory over this international menace to humanity." CAIR urged that the fatwa be read by Imams, or Islamic prayer leaders, at Friday prayers across the United States.

Awad also announced the release of radio versions of CAIR's 30-second "Not in the Name of Islam" television public service announcement (PSA) in English, Arabic and Urdu. The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. To listen to the PSAs, go to:

English: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/english.mp3
Arabic: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/arabic.mp3
Urdu: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/urdu.mp3
TV: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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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 or UNSUBSCRIBE from 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: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 20:41:17 -0400
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: DC Radio Station Advertiser Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/28/05

* HADITH: A Trustworthy Merchant
* DC: WMAL Advertiser Rejects Anti-Muslim Bigotry
            - Contact Other WMAL Auto-Related Advertisers
* CA: Muslims Report More Hate Incidents (OC Register)
* FL: Baptist Preacher Defends Anti-Islam Sign (Times-Union)
            - PA: Diversity of Faiths Tests Our Character (Phil Inq)
            - MI: Living Together in Arab America (Indy Star)
* U.S. Muslim Scholars Issue Edict on Terror (AP)
            - Islamic Scholars Issue Fatwa Against Terror (VOA)
            - U.S. Muslims Issue Anti-Terror 'Fatwa' (Reuters)
            - Truly Muslim, Fully American (CSM)
* NJ: Muslims Vow to Fulfill Plan for Burned Center
* FBI Seeks to Probe Israeli Diplomat in AIPAC Spy Case

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A TRUSTWORTHY MERCHANT - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "A truthful and trustworthy merchant is associated with the prophets, the upright and the martyrs."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 850

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WMAL ADVERTISER REJECTS ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY - TOP

UPDATE: CAIR recently called on a Washington, D.C., radio station to reprimand Michael Graham, a talk show host who states repeatedly that "Islam is a terrorist organization." We also urged American Muslims to contact the station's advertisers to express their concerns about the Graham's Islamophobic views.

SEE: "Muslims Call Comments by WMAL Host 'Hate-Filled'
Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 07/26/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/25/AR2005072501649.html

In response to a CAIR action alert, many people contacted those advertisers. One advertiser responded with the following e-mail message:

"Thank you for contacting our company regarding the comments made by Michael Graham on the WMAL Radio Station.

"I can assure you that we at Moore Cadillac Hummer agree with you totally. Anyone that paints a negative picture of an entire segment of society based on the actions of a few is shortsighted and ignorant. That type of broad-brush stereotyping is detrimental to the extensive progress this country has made in the battle against prejudice and bigotry.

"WMAL programming features two other personalities that have come out against Michael Graham in Chris Core and Fred Grandy. Their views are much more in line with ours and we support them fervently. . ."

Sincerely,
Jeff C. Doughty
General Sales Manager
8595 Leesburg Pike ~ Vienna, VA 22182
Direct: 703 448-6250
Fax: 703-448-6240
703-906-3407
jeffdoughty@moorecadillac.com

CONTACT OTHER WMAL ADVERTISERS TO EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS - TOP

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.)

1. CONTACT other WMAL auto-related advertisers to ask that they reject anti-Muslim bigotry in a manner similar to that of Moore Cadillac Hummer.

Alexandria Buick, Pontiac & GMC
499 South Pickett Rd
Alxandria VA
phone: 703-370-7211
www.alexandriabuickpontiacgmc.com

Brown's Buick
10245 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
phone: 703-934-4900
fax: 703-934-4957
http://ffxbuick.brownscar.com

Brown's Lincoln Mercury
10287 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
phone: 703-352-5500
www.brownsautomotive.com

Cherner Lincoln Mercury
8550 Leesburg Pike
phone: 703-893-0800
fax: 703-898-8559
www.cherner.com

Cowles Parkway Ford
13779 Noblewood Plaza
Woodbridge VA
phone: 800-730-8203
www.cowlesford.com

Fairfax Automile
Route 50 Fairfax--21 different dealers
www.fairfaxautomile.com

Manassas Chrysler
8100 Centreville Rd.
Manassas, VA.
phone: 703-368-5300
fax: 703-392-0457
www.manassaschrysler.com

Moore Cadillac/Hummer
The Choice is yours Moore or less
8595 Leesburg Pike
phone: 703-790-0950
www.moorehummer.com

New Car Network
3273 Blue Heron Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
phone: 703-534-SAVE
fax: 703-241-8861

Ourisman World of Ford
Why Go Anywhere Else?
6129 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA.
phone: 703-660-9000
www.OurismanWorldofFord.com

Pohanka Lexus
13909 Lee Jackson Highway
Chantilly, VA 20151
phone: 800-399-0681
fax: 703-968-7725
email: sales@pohankalexus.dealerspace.com
www.pohankalexus.com

Radial Tire
9101 Brookville Road
Silver Spring MD 20910
phone: 301-585-2740
www.radialtire.com

Safford Lincoln Mercury
It's Saffordable
3110 Automobile Blvd
Silver Spring, MD 20904
phone: 301-890-3900
fax: 301-890-7817
www.saffordlm.com

WANADA
Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association
5301 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington DC NW 20015
phone: 202-237-7200
www.wanada.org

2. CONTACT WMAL to urge that Michael Graham be reprimanded for his anti-Islam statements. CONTACT: Mr. Randall Bloomquist Program Director, WMAL, 4400 Jenifer Street NW, Washington, DC 20015 Switchboard: 202-686-3100 Direct: 202-895-2327 To be on a WMAL talk show, call 202-432-WMAL, toll free 888-630-WMAL. E-Mail: randall.bloomquist@abc.com, ernie.fears@abc.com, chris.j.berry@abc.com

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CAIR-LA: STATE'S MUSLIMS REPORT MORE HATE INCIDENTS - TOP
Ann Pepper, Orange County Register, 7/28/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/07/28/sections/local/local/article_613542.php

Hate incidents reported by California Muslims increased by about 38 percent in 2004 over the previous year, the highest number of annual cases ever reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a 7-year-old Muslim civil-rights group.

At the same time, CAIR's annual report, released Wednesday in Anaheim, showed that, overall, the state's Muslims felt the law was more fairly applied to them in 2004.

Complaints of racial or religious profiling, verbal harassment or denial of service dropped from 32 percent of the cases reported in 2003 to 15 percent last year.

"We in no way want to portray, by sharing this information, that California Muslims feel under siege," said Ra'id Faraj, a CAIR spokesman.

"We view this report in many ways as positive," Faraj said. "That discriminatory application of the law has decreased is a tremendously positive thing." (MORE)

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BAPTIST PREACHER DEFENDS CHURCH'S ANTI-ISLAM SIGN - TOP
Jeff Brumley, Times-Union, 7/28/05
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/072805/met_19354060.shtml

The sign may be controversial, but the Rev. Gene A. Youngblood said it is researched and speaks the truth.

"Islam is evil and believes in murder," reads the sign at the entrance of First Conservative Baptist Church and the Conservative Theological Seminary on St. Augustine Road in Jacksonville. "Jesus teaches peace."

References to specific Quranic and biblical verses accompany the statement, which Youngblood said are meant to serve as a warning to society.

"I am of the opinion, based on enormous research of the Muslims' own books, that Islam is the most vile, wicked, evil danger facing the world today," Youngblood said. (MORE)

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DIVERSITY OF FAITHS TESTS OUR CHARACTER - TOP
Jane Eisner, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/28/05
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/12240234.htm

"Wanna know how hot it is?" the man on the radio asked in the expectant tone that precedes a punch line.

"It's so hot the Muslim men are taking the towels off their heads to wipe their faces!"

The bigotry in that remark was matched by its ignorance. Not all Muslims are Arab, and not all Arabs wear the headdress known as the keffiyeh. And it's an entirely different faith, Sikhism, whose adherents wear turbans.

Such subtleties are too often lost on the average American, and despite all the fine words and noble intentions uttered since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the continued lack of knowledge about and respect for Islam and other religions is appalling.

This was underscored in a poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center and the Forum on Religion & Public Life. The headline struck a vaguely cheerful note - fewer Americans now say that Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence - but the data showed how stuck this nation remains in its insularity and prejudice. (MORE)

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LIVING TOGETHER PEACEFULLY IN HEART OF ARAB AMERICA - TOP
Pierre M. Atlas, Indianapolis Star, 7/28/05
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050728/OPINION/507280383/1002

DEARBORN, MI- I traveled to Dearborn with my friend Charlie Wiles, a third-generation Hoosier and Lebanese American, to soak in what might be called America's "Arab street."

About 300 miles northeast of Indy, Dearborn is home to the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Middle East. Thirty percent of Dearborn's residents are of Arab origin, as are half the kids in its public schools.

Storefronts have signs in Arabic as well as English and shopkeepers bid goodbye to customers with "Allah Ma'ak" or "God be with you." Arab markets, bakeries and halal butcher shops line West Warren Street, and many shops display large inventories of narghilas, the traditional water pipe smoked in the Middle East.

The sights, sounds and smells reminded me of my visit to Jordan last summer. But Dearborn is unlike any city in the Arab world -- because it is also American. (MORE)

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U.S. MUSLIM SCHOLARS ISSUE EDICT ON TERROR - TOP
RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press, 7/28/05
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5173914,00.html

Following deadly bombings in Britain and other nations, American Muslim scholars issued an edict Thursday condemning religious extremism and calling terrorists "criminals, not `martyrs.'"

The 18-member Fiqh Council of North America said Muslims were barred from helping "any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence. . ."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is running a TV ad and a petition-drive called ``Not in the Name of Islam,'' which repudiates terrorism. In New York and other cities, mosque leaders have joined advisory committees created by the FBI to build relations between law enforcement and their local communities.

"We have been speaking repeatedly, clearly, unequivocally for years, even before 9/11," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights organization based in Washington. "But apparently some people have just started to hear us." (MORE)

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AMERICAN ISLAMIC SCHOLARS ISSUE FATWA AGAINST TERRORISM - TOP
Meredith Buel, Voice of America, 7/28/05
http://www.voanews.com/english/2005-07-28-voa63.cfm

A council of Muslim scholars in the United States has issued a religious ruling, or fatwa, against terrorism and extremism.

The Muslim scholars released the ruling during a press conference in Washington, saying that Islam condemns terrorism, religious radicalism and the use of violence.

The scholars serve on the Fiqh Council of North America, an association of Muslim jurists who interpret Islamic law.

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U.S. MUSLIMS ISSUE ANTI-TERRORISM "FATWA" - TOP
Romney Willson, Reuters, 7/28/05
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28360873.htm

WASHINGTON- Top U.S. Muslim scholars issued a "fatwa," or religious edict, against terrorism on Thursday and called on Muslims to help authorities fight the scourge of militant violence.

The fatwa was part of efforts by U.S. Muslims to counter perceived links between Islam and terrorism and avert any negative backlash after this month's bombings by suspected Islamic extremists in London and Egypt.

"Having our religious scholars side by side with our community leaders leaves no room for anybody to suggest that Islam and Muslims condone or support any forms or acts of terrorism," said Esam Omeish, president of the Muslim American Society, one of the groups which announced the fatwa.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said it was the first time Muslims in North America had issued an anti-terrorism edict, although they had repeatedly condemned such acts of violence. (MORE)

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TRULY MUSLIM, FULLY AMERICAN - TOP
Fatina Abdrabboh, Christian Science Monitor, 7/28/05
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0728/p09s01-coop.html

"I condemn terrorism." Lately, because I'm a Muslim, these are the only three words people seem to want to hear come out of my mouth. Beyond the words themselves, the way I proclaim them is measured for sincerity. Perhaps even more than the days immediately after 9/11, I as a Muslim feel now that many of my fellow Americans believe that Islam and its adherents are evil, pure and simple.

I can't help wondering if the fact that I'm identifiably Muslim through my hijab, or scarf, is so potent that the only response I evoke is anger.
Thinking through recent incidents, I try to assess the validity of my feelings - am I overreacting, or paranoid?

Last month, while driving home from the airport, I managed to get lost in construction detours. I rolled down my window and asked a woman in the car next to me for directions: "Will this road take me into Cambridge?" I couldn't believe my eyes when she ignored my question and rolled up her window. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS VOW TO FULFILL PLAN FOR CENTER - TOP
Eman Varoqua, NorthJersey.com, 7/28/05
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MDYmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY3MzI4OTcmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkz

PATERSON - Muslim community members vowed Wednesday to establish a community center even as investigators sought the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic building proposed as the center's home.

Plans had been in the works to convert the abandoned warehouse on West Railway and Genessee avenues into a community center with a focus on youth, but the unexplained fire ravaged the three-story building in less than an hour Sunday.

"The cause is undetermined," said Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano. "We are continuing with our investigation."

Staff from the county's arson unit and city Fire Department have searched the site for clues and sent items to the state police laboratory for analysis. Avigliano said authorities have interviewed many people, and are seeking others. (MORE)

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FBI SEEKS TO PROBE SENIOR ISRAELI DIPLOMAT IN PENTAGON SPY CASE - TOP
Aluf Benn, Haaretz, 7/28/05
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/605551.html

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is demanding that Naor Gilon, head of the political department at the Israeli embassy in Washington, be interrogated in connection to the Pentagon spy case.

It is possible the FBI will also want to interrogate other Israeli diplomats in connection with Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin, an Iran expert under investigation for allegedly passing classified documents to Israel via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The American request was discussed a few weeks ago at an interministerial meeting in Jerusalem. The consensus was that neither Gilon nor other officials should be allowed to undergo investigation by the FBI but that Israel would be prepared to respond in writing to questions.

According to accepted practice, Israeli civil servants have immunity and cannot be investigated by foreign countries about actions taken in their work capacity, and it appears that Israel would like this immunity applied in the current affair. (MORE)

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #463

DC RADIO HOST SUSPENDED OVER ANTI-ISLAM REMARKS
Contact WMAL to ask that Michael Graham be fired

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/29/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded a Washington, D.C., radio station's decision to suspend without pay a talk show host who stated repeatedly that "Islam is a terrorist organization."

CAIR said WMAL-AM morning host Michael Graham should be fired for his Islamophobic remarks, for other statements made before and after the most recent controversy and for his refusal to apologize for those comments.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group this week initiated a campaign against WMAL and the station's advertisers after receiving complaints from Muslim listeners who heard Graham state: 1. "Islam is a terrorist organization." 2. "Islam is at war with America." 3. "The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam." 4. "We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam."

Other listeners said that Graham even encouraged a public "backlash" against Muslims. (Graham later claimed he meant a backlash of social pressure, not violent attack on Muslims.) In response to his suspension, the Washington Post quoted Graham as saying, "I will not recant."

When first contacted by CAIR, WMAL stood behind Graham, but changed its position after hundreds of people responded to the group's action alerts by contacting the station and its sponsors. In a statement, WMAL President and General Manager Chris Berry said that Graham would be suspended for statements that "crossed the line." "We do not condone his position and believe his statements were irresponsible," said Berry. (WMAL is owned by the Walt Disney Co.)

SEE: "WMAL Suspends Talk-Show Host for Comment on Islam"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/28/AR2005072802241.html

"We believe the station's actions are appropriate, if long overdue," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "It is time for WMAL to distance itself and its advertisers from bigotry by making Graham's suspension permanent."

Last year, CAIR challenged on-air remarks by Graham that seemed to make an implicit call for violence against Muslims. He said: "I don't wanna say we should kill 'em all [Muslims], but unless there's reform [within Islam], there aren't a lot of other solutions that work in the ground struggle for survival." (Graham later claimed he was only referring to so-called "Islamists," but the context of the quote indicated otherwise.)

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.)

CONTACT WMAL to urge that Michael Graham's suspension be made permanent.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MOSQUE VANDALIZED
CAIR-LA calls for FBI probe of possible bias motive

(ANAHEIM, CA, 7/29/05) - The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called on the FBI to investigate vandalism at the Ahlul Bayet Mosque in Pomona as a possible hate crime.

Mosque spokesman Basam Alhussaini contacted CAIR-LA and reported that the vandalism took place sometime before Wednesday evening. Alhussaini told CAIR-LA that the vandals destroyed the walls, carpet, windows, and doors of five classrooms in the mosque. Pornographic pictures were also posted in the prayer area.

SEE: "Area Mosque Defaced"
http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208~12588~2986309,00.html

"We urge the FBI and other law enforcement agencies working on the case to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime," said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan. "We pray that the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice, whatever their motive."

Khan said a series of similar incidents has been reported in recent months by Muslim individuals and institutions nationwide.

SEE: "Muslims' Reports of Bias Rose in 2004"
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/state/la-me-cair29jul29,1,6491645.story

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.) It may also be ordered at: https://www.cair-net.org/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=1021

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 7/31/05

* HADITH: Moderation in All Things
* CAIR-FL: Muslim-Bashing Sign Retracted (St. Pete Times)
* CAIR-NY: FBI Counterterror Agent Visits Mosque (AP)
            - CAIR San Francisco Bay Area Appoints New Director
            - CAIR-CAN and Imams Meet Prime Minister
* CO: Latino Muslims Face Kin's Fears Over Islam (Denver Post)
            - WA: Muslim Magazine Treads Carefully (Seattle Times)
            - IL: Muslims' Teen Center Reopens (Chicago Tribune)
* DC: Judge to Resolve Debate Over Muslim Firefighters' Beard
* CAIR-DC: Suspended Radio Host to Miss TV Show (Wash Times)
            - Contact WMAL to Urge Firing of Michael Graham
* You Can't Fight Terrorism With Racism (Wash Post)
            - CAIR Rep Discusses Profiling on CBS News Early Show
            - CA: Muslims Feel Targeted at Mosque (LA Times)
* MN: Those Who Accuse Muslims of Silence Aren't Listening
            - Being Muslim in a Mad, Sad World (Washington Post)
* CAIR-FL: Muslim Campaign Rejects Terror, Extremism (PB Post)
            - CAIR-FL: Muslim Leaders Join National Fatwa (Sun-Sent)
            - CAIR-IL: Muslims Decry Religious Extremism (Sun-Times)
            - CAIR: Muslims Work to Get Anti-Terror Message Heard (RNS)
* FL: Muslim-Jewish Wedding Has Lessons for Today (SP Times)
* CO: Muslims Not Satisfied with Tancredo 'Apology' (Denver Post)
            - Bangladeshis Protest Tancredo's Mecca Remark (Reuters)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MODERATION IN ALL THINGS - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once asked a companion: "(Is it true) that you fast all day and stand in prayer all night?" The companion replied that the report was indeed true. The Prophet then said: "Do not do that! Observe the fast sometimes and also leave (it) at other times; stand up for prayer at night and also sleep at night. Your body has a right over you, your eyes have a right over you and your wife has a right over you."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 127

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MUSLIM-BASHING SIGN RETRACTED FOR NOW - TOP
ANNE LINDBERG, St. Petersburg Times, 7/31/05
http://www.sptimes.com

PINELLAS PARK - Ahmed Bedier went to photograph the anti-Muslim display that stood boldly last week in a front yard on 62nd Avenue N.

But when the Central Florida director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations realized the property owner was home, he made a bold move.

"I knocked on the door and had a conversation with him," Bedier said. "I asked him why he was doing it and why he had the display."

Mike Allen's display featured a toilet with a red-lettered sign that read, "Koran flushing. 1 p.m."

Allen said he explained that the tableau was his way of protesting what he saw as the failure of Muslim clerics to condemn terrorism and the actions that resulted in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Allen was a bit surprised by Bedier's response.

"He said, "I feel the same way about those terrorists you do,' " Allen said.

Bedier went out to his car and brought back his laptop computer. Then he showed Allen the press releases and articles that CAIR had issued to condemn terrorism and explain Islam to U.S. citizens. He also showed Allen a video of a public service announcement that CAIR recently released. The video, like the press releases, condemns terrorism.

"He was surprised to see those different things and that we're actually taking action," Bedier said.

Bedier also showed Allen pictures of his wife and child.

Then Bedier asked Allen to remove the display.

Allen said he agreed because Bedier had been "so nice."

"We took pictures of me removing the sign," Allen said. "I took it back over to the trash cans . . . and I put that sign in the trash can."

He also got rid of the toilet.

Allen said, "I told him I wished I had some bread in the house. We'd break bread."

Instead, the two ate grapes and cantaloupe. (MORE)

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CAIR-NY: FBI COUNTERTERROR AGENT VISITS N.Y. MOSQUE - TOP
MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press, 7/29/05
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/12258512.htm

NEW YORK - The burly FBI agent in the pinstriped suit stepped to the front of the mosque and looked out over a sea of Pakistani men in white kufi caps and women in brightly colored headscarves.

"A-salaam aleikum," said Charles Frahm, special agent-in-charge of the FBI's New York counterterrorism division. "It's a great honor to be here today in the capacity of a friend."

Frahm has become a frequent presence in the mosques and social clubs of New York's Arab and Muslim neighborhoods, trying to ease tensions where law-enforcement scrutiny has spawned some anger and much anxiety. On Friday, he joined leaders of the nation's largest Pakistani community in a declaration of mutual respect and abhorrence of terrorism in the wake of the London terror attacks.

Pakistani New Yorkers have reported increased pressure from law-enforcement since three young men of Pakistani descent helped carry out the July 7 bombings of London's transit system. Concerned calls about FBI requests for interviews have doubled, from about two a week, since the London attacks, said Faiza Ali, civil rights coordinator for the New York office of the Council of American-Islamic Relations. (MORE)

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CAIR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - TOP

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 7/31/05) - The San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced the appointment of a new executive director, Safaa Ibrahim.

"I am thrilled to be entrusted with this position and given an opportunity to realize the vision I have for this chapter," said Ibrahim

Together with the executive committee of CAIR-SFBA, Ibrahim will help develop and execute strategies that meet CAIR's vision.

Ibrahim has been on the CAIR-SFBA Board and Executive Committee as well as volunteering on a part-time basis for the past two years, having been involved in many areas of the organization, from creating an internal civil rights case management system to producing promotional campaigns.

She holds a Bachelor s of Science degree in International Business.

CONTACT: E-Mail: safaa@cair.com or at (408) 986-9874

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CANADIAN IMAMS AND CAIR-CAN MEET PRIME MINISTER - TOP

(OTTAWA, CANADA ­ 28/07/05) ­ Prime Minister Paul Martin held a roundtable discussion with 19 Imams from across Canada and the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) earlier tonight. The meeting, which took place in Toronto, was arranged after the Imams released a declaration condemning extremism last week.

After the discussion, the Imams released a statement, which read in part:

". . .We have challenged, and will continue to challenge, extremism in all its forms, and affirm Islam as a lived reality that is compassionate, tolerant, just and life-sanctifying.

"We also stand ready to embrace the challenge of ensuring that our country does not compromise its longstanding commitment to the values of justice, embodied in the rule of law, equity, transparency and accountability. To that end, we will continue to take a principled position on Canada's national security legislation and policy, and our nation's role in addressing the difficult challenges that face our world. . ."

The full statement, which includes proposals by the Imams on areas the government and Canadian Muslims can work together, can be read here: http://www.caircan.ca/downloads/CCPMOM-IS-072805.pdf

The Imams' declaration condemning extremism, released last week, can be read here: www.caircan.ca/downloads/PC-IS-072105.pdf

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Halima Mautbur at 613-254-9704 or 613-795-2012.

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LATINOS FACE KIN'S FEARS OVER ISLAM - TOP
Virginia Culver, Denver Post, 7/31/05
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2902407

Latino Muslims say it's a lot easier to convert to Islam than to convince family members it's a good idea.

Some Latino Muslim converts gathered in Denver on Saturday to discuss problems they have in adjusting to their new religion, keeping up family relationships and putting up with rejection from people who fear Muslims.

Misunderstandings about Islam are rampant, said the converts, many of whom were reared as Catholics.

Juan Galvan of San Antonio said that after the 2001 terrorist attacks, his sister asked: "Who's your pope? Is it Osama bin Laden? He started a holy war."

Galvan tried to explain to her that Muslims have no central leader, and if they did, it wouldn't be bin Laden.

Galvan, who is with the Latino American Dawah Association, the organization for Latino Muslims, said no one knows the number of Latino Muslims, but estimates are from 25,000 to 75,000 in the United States.

There are only a handful in Denver.

But Dilsher Nawaz, a board member of the Colorado Muslim Society, said Latino Muslims are not unusual.

"They are absolutely welcome in our mosque," Nawaz said.

A Pakistani, Nawaz said there are Chinese and South Asian and even American Indian Muslims.

Judith Martinez said her mother was "shocked" that she had become a Muslim.

"My family thinks it's a phase I'll snap out of," she said.

But the Denver-area converts, ranging in age from 24 to 38, said Islam isn't something they're going to leave anytime soon. (MORE)

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MUSLIM MAGAZINE TREADS CAREFULLY IN DIVERSE FAITH - TOP
Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times, 7/31/05
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002412423_risingstar31m.html

By 5:30 on a recent Sunday morning, when most people in his suburban Issaquah neighborhood were still asleep, the unpaid publisher of Washington's largest Muslim magazine was already hard at work in his tidy den.

After morning prayers, Nazeer Ahmed Basheer, who on weekdays works for a cellphone company, sat at the computer doing his other job: publishing Our Rising Star.

An English-language publication that was founded here 10 years ago as a Muslim newspaper with an academic and international bent, Our Rising Star has since morphed into a family-oriented magazine. It features articles, for instance, on whether it's OK to let Muslim kids read Harry Potter books, and reviews of movies such as "Kingdom of Heaven." (MORE)

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MUSLIMS' TEEN CENTER REOPENS TO FUN, FAITH - TOP
Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune, 7/31/05
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0507310283jul31,1,7112319.story

A Muslim youth center shuttered in 2003 for building and fire code violations has been given new life and a renewed mission: to guide Muslim teens away from worldly temptations and toward moderate Islam.

The Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview reopened the area's only Muslim recreation center Friday with fanfare that included politicians, clerics and scores of children.

The renovated space, which will be open after school to children 13 and older, houses a fitness center; equipped with treadmills, stationary cycles, benches and weights; a library with books and movies in English and Arabic; and a cafe and lounge with a big-screen TV.

Colorful calligraphy spray-painted above the basketball court conveys the center's guiding philosophy: "The hearts will have peace once they find the Lord" and "In your Lord you will believe."

"We wanted something the kids could understand," said counselor Ahmed Aduib, 19, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "The beauty is the design. Words make it even better." (MORE)

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JUDGE COULD RESOLVE DEBATE OVER FIREFIGHTERS' FACIAL HAIR - TOP
Del Quentin Wilber, Washington Post, 7/31/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/30/AR2005073001554.html

To D.C. fire officials, beards are a safety hazard -- interfering with the seal between the firefighter's skin and oxygen mask. The department wants to bar firefighters from growing any facial hair that affects the fit of the protective gear.

To firefighter Calvert Potter and others on the force, beards are an expression of their faith. Potter, who converted to Islam a decade ago, has a two-inch beard, and he refuses to clip it.

"Basically, what they are saying to me is that a Muslim can't be a fireman," said Potter, 43, who joined the department 14 years ago. "This is part of my religion."

At a hearing tomorrow, a federal judge could settle the dispute over whether the department can force firefighters to shave their beards. The issue has been mostly dormant since 2001, when the department first tried to restrict beards and hair length of firefighters. (MORE)

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RADIO HOST IN EYE OF STORM TO MISS TV SHOW - TOP
Chris Baker, Washington Times, 7/30/05
http://www.washingtontimes.com/business/20050729-102055-7291r.htm

Talk-show host Michael Graham, suspended by radio station WMAL-AM (630) this week for calling Islam a "terrorist organization," will not appear this weekend on "Eye on Washington," the syndicated television show where he has been a regular panelist

Darryll J. Green, president and general manager of WUSA-TV (Channel 9), the CBS affiliate that produces and distributes "Eye on Washington," did not return telephone calls yesterday, and it was not clear if Mr. Graham's absence was linked to his statements on Islam.

On Monday, Mr. Graham -- who hosts a midmorning show weekdays on WMAL -- told listeners that "Islam is at war with America." He also said that "Islam is a terrorist organization," "We are at war with a terrorist organization called Islam," and "The problem is not extremism. The problem is Islam."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on WMAL to discipline Mr. Graham and urged its members to contact WMAL advertisers. At least one, Moore Cadillac Hummer, wrote to the group to denounce Mr. Graham's statements but did not say it would pull its ads.

The station initially refused to discipline Mr. Graham, but it relented Thursday by pulling him off the air without pay while it investigates. (MORE)

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.) - TOP

CONTACT WMAL to urge that Michael Graham's suspension be made permanent.

CONTACT:

Mr. Chris Berry, President & General Manager, TEL: 202-895-2333
Mr. Randall Bloomquist, Program Director, TEL: 202-895-2327

WMAL
4400 Jenifer Street NW
Washington DC, 20015

Switchboard: 202-686-3100
FAX: (202) 537-0009
To be on a WMAL talk show, call 202-432-WMAL, toll free 888-630-WMAL.

E-MAIL: randall.bloomquist@abc.com, ernie.fears@abc.com, chris.j.berry@abc.com
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YOU CAN'T FIGHT TERRORISM WITH RACISM - TOP
Colbert I. King, Washington Post, 7/3/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/29/AR2005072901626.html

During my day job I work under the title of deputy editorial page editor. That entails paying more than passing attention to articles that appear on the op-ed page. Opinion writers, in my view, should have a wide range in which to roam, especially when it comes to edgy, thought-provoking pieces. Still, I wasn't quite ready for what appeared on the op-ed pages of Thursday's New York Times or Friday's Post.

A New York Times op-ed piece by Paul Sperry, a Hoover Institution media fellow ["It's the Age of Terror: What Would You Do?"], and a Post column by Charles Krauthammer ["Give Grandma a Pass; Politically Correct Screening Won't Catch Jihadists"] endorsed the practice of using ethnicity, national origin and religion as primary factors in deciding whom police should regard as possible terrorists -- in other words, racial profiling. A second Times column, on Thursday, by Haim Watzman ["When You Have to Shoot First"] argued that the London police officer who chased down and put seven bullets into the head of a Brazilian electrician without asking him any questions or giving him any warning "did the right thing."

The three articles blessed behavior that makes a mockery of the rights to which people in this country are entitled. . .

Reportedly, after Sept. 11, 2001, some good citizens of California took out after members of the Sikh community, mistaking them for Arabs. Oh, well, what's a little political incorrectness in the name of national security. Bang, bang -- oops, he was Brazilian. Two young black guys were London bombers: one Jamaican, the other Somalian. Muslim, too. Ergo: Watch your back when around black men -- they could be, ta-dum, Muslims. . .

What the racial profilers are proposing is insulting, offensive and -- by thought, word and deed, whether intentional or not -- racist. You want estrangement? Start down that road of using ethnicity, national origin and religion as a basis for police action and there's going to be a push-back unlike any seen in this country in many years.

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CAIR REP DISCUSSES PROFILING ON CBS EARLY SHOW - TOP
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?channel=earlyshow&clip=/media/2005/07/29/video712660&sec=500202&vidId=500202&title=Racial$@$Profiling$@$'Terrorists'&hitboxMLC=earlyshow

CBS News Early Show
7:00 AM EST CBS, July 29, 2005 Friday

Ira Mehlman and Ibrahim Hooper discuss the controversy of racial profiling in the US

JULIE CHEN, co-host:

Following the recent bombings in London, everyone is again on the lookout for terrorists. Some fear that members of the Muslim community are being unfairly targeted by authorities, but others believe racial profiling is the only way to keep us safe from another attack. Two men with opposing viewpoints are Ira Mehlman, from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and Ibrahim Hooper, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Gentlemen, good morning.

Mr. IRA MEHLMAN (Media Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform): Good morning, Julie.

Mr. IBRAHIM HOOPER (Council on American-Islamic Relations): Good morning.

CHEN: Mr. Mehlman, let me start with you. Do you think racial profiling could be an effective tool in preventing another attack from happening, protecting us from terrorists?

Mr. MEHLMAN: Yes, it's exactly that, a tool. It's not the answer to the danger of attacks on the United States, but we use profiling all the time. The fact of the matter is, you pay less for your auto insurance than a 20-year-old man because a 20-year-old man is more likely to cause an accident. It doesn't mean that every 20-year-old man is an irresponsible driver, but we do assign risk. And certainly, if you look around the world, if you look at what happened in London, what happened on September 11th, the attacks in Madrid, attacks on transit systems in Israel all the time, it does--the people who perpetrate these acts do meet a certain profile, and we need to be wary of that. We need to do more than simply check people coming onto the subway. We need to do a better job controlling who comes into this country, infiltrating the terrorist cells that we know are here. But there's no reason why we should be looking at 70-year-old women the same way we're looking at a 22-year-old man from the Middle East.

CHEN: Mr. Hooper, what do you say about racial profiling? We're living in a time where many people feel that they're willing to give up some of their, you know, privacy rights in this day that we're living in now. What do you say?

Mr. HOOPER: Yeah. Well, profiling is one of those things that sounds good. It sounds like it would make you safer, but it really doesn't support effective law enforcement. When you think about it, the people who advocate the profiling for terrorism, they say, `Well, you've got to profile Muslim men.' Well, I'm a Muslim man. Do I fit that profile? And what are you going to be looking for? There's no ethnic, racial profile for an Arab, for instance. There are red-haired, brown-eyed Arabs. There are Arabs with skin as dark as can be. There's everything in between. The bombers in England were Indo-Pakistani. So what you'd end up doing basically is profiling every person of color that wants to go on a transportation system.

CHEN: What do you see as a solution, Mr. Hooper, if you don't think racial profiling. . .

Mr. HOOPER: A solution is to use real criteria, real suspicious behavior. If you're--if they're acting suspicious, they look like they're--you know, looking furtively around, sweating excessively. There's a whole list of criteria that you can use that are actually indicators of suspicious behavior that have nothing to do with the color of one's skin.

CHEN: Mr. Mehlman, what about that?

Mr. MEHLMAN: Well, first of all, if you're looking at people who are sweating on the New York City subway system in the middle of July, you are going to target everybody. The fact of the matter is that although there are people who don't meet a particular profile, the vast majority of people who perpetrate these acts do meet a certain profile. Just this week the--they arrested in Newark several Egyptian men who they thought might be targeting the New York City subway. Those people did meet a certain profile. Again, this is not. . .

Mr. HOOPER: So are you going to target. . .

Mr. MEHLMAN: This is not the panacea. . .

Mr. HOOPER: . . .every Hispanic?

Mr. MEHLMAN: This. . .

Mr. HOOPER: Are you going to target every Hispanic. . .

Mr. MEHLMAN: Mr. Hooper. . .

Mr. HOOPER: . . .who looks like they might be Middle Eastern?

Mr. MEHLMAN: This is not the panacea. What we need to do is do a better job controlling who comes into this country. We need to have better intelligence about who is in this country, the terror cells that everybody in intelligence tells us are already here and targeting our subways and other vital institutions.

Mr. HOOPER: Are you going to target every African-American because one of the alleged bombers in Britain was Somali? I mean, this is the kind of absurd levels you get to when you start advocating racial profiling.

Mr. MEHLMAN: There's more. Look, race is one factor. Nobody is suggesting that the only. . .

Mr. HOOPER: And why is it the factor that you choose?

Mr. MEHLMAN: Can I please finish my sentence? Nobody says that you target simply because of race or ethnicity, but you also look at other factors, the kind of factors that Mr. Hooper was talking about, how people were acting. You put a combination of factors together, and those are the people you target, and you could eliminate a large segment of the people who are entering the subway system that way.

CHEN: Mr. Mehlman, is it a violation of civil rights?

Mr. MEHLMAN: We do it all the time. As I pointed out before, insurance companies do it. Police departments do it all the time. There's a--you can take it beyond a certain point where it becomes discriminatory, but we do have a pretty good sense of who we ought to be looking for out there.

CHEN: Ira Mehlman, Ibrahim Hooper, we thank you both for joining us for this discussion this morning.

Mr. HOOPER: Thank you.

Mr. MEHLMAN: OK.

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MUSLIMS FEEL TARGETED AT MOSQUE - TOP
Andrew Wang, Los Angeles Times, 7/30/05
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/state/la-me-mosque30jul30,1,178428.story

As members of a Pomona mosque gathered for prayers Friday, they tried to make sense of vandalism at their religious center this week. Some Muslims suspect the incident was a hate crime, although police said it was too soon in the investigation to declare it so.

Imam Ridha Hajjar told about 50 people gathered for Friday prayers at the blockish, split-level building near the San Bernardino Freeway he was uncertain whether Ahlul-Beyt Mosque was the target of anti-Muslim sentiment. According to police, vandals broke into several classrooms and stole a 40-inch flat-screen television and a donation box and pay phone change box with unknown amounts of money.

I'm not sure about their motivations," the imam said, speaking in English peppered with Arabic phrases. But "if it was robbery, then why the destruction?"

But others at the mosque, where worshipers are predominantly Shiite Muslims from Iraq, were certain the incident was a reaction by those who blame all Muslims for the recent bombings in London, the bombings of commuter trains in Madrid last year and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"Prejudice and religious hatred are alive and well," said Nabil Shmara, 45, a civil engineer who lives in Anaheim Hills. "This is a normal or expected backlash."

"We are law-abiding people. Most of us came to this country for the opportunities for us and our children," Shmara said as he sat on the green-carpeted floor of the mosque's sanctuary for the noon prayer. "Those who did this to our mosque are the same as those who did the bombing in London&. They are also hurting innocent people."

Pomona police found no sign of forced entry nor any clear-cut evidence of a hate crime, but they have said that an unknown number of people may have had keys to the mosque. Police said the burglary was discovered Wednesday and could have taken place several days before that. (MORE)

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THOSE WHO ACCUSE MUSLIMS OF SILENCE AREN'T LISTENING VERY WELL - TOP
Allie Shah, Star Tribune, 7/31/05
http://www.startribune.com/stories/562/5533865.html

Where are the moderate Muslims?

And why aren't they condemning the terrorist attacks in London and the Middle East?

Is their silence a sign of tacit or even overt support for the killings? Or is it that they're afraid of retaliation?

In short, why aren't Muslims speaking out against terrorism?

Since 9/11, this question in one form or another has been raised by non-Muslims on talk radio, where the verbal attacks against Islam and Muslims borders on terrorizing, and in letters to the editor and in water cooler conversations.

The better question might be: Why aren't you hearing us?

To be fair, most of us are doing the same things you all are doing this summer: going to school or work, attending weddings, shuttling kids to summer camps, and trying to get ahead on our never-ending task lists.

We're living our lives, pursuing the American Dream.

What are we supposed to do? Drop everything and walk out to the nearest street corner with a bullhorn and shout: "I am a Muslim and I love America and the West and I abhor and condemn the latest suicide bombing in XYZ country that killed X number of people"?

The fact is that many prominent American Muslim groups have clearly and publicly denounced acts of terror in the name of Islam as barbaric, heinous and just plain wrong. Though they religiously send out press releases and e-mail statements after every attack, somehow their message doesn't seem to penetrate.

On July 7, as the news broke about the horrific bus and subway bombings in London that killed 56 people, American Muslim groups scrambled to issue statements condemning the attacks and expressing sympathy for the victims' families. Some, including the Muslim Public Affairs Council based in California and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, D.C., continue to post their statements on their websites. (MORE)

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BEING MUSLIM IN A MAD, SAD WORLD - TOP
Sabaa Saleem, Washington Post, 7/31/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/29/AR2005072901935.html

Since I began working as an editor in The Post's foreign section a year ago, I have come into the office every day hoping only one thing: Please do not let there be another story about a bloody attack perpetrated by extremist Muslims. Not in Iraq, Britain, Egypt, not anywhere.

I'm often disappointed.

Raised in the United States, I have felt fear in my heart as an American treading the vicious new world we all inhabit in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. As the daughter of Pakistani-Muslim parents, I have ached at seeing an entire faith -- my faith -- often vilified because of the actions of a few.

The recent bombings in London and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, came as punishing one-two blows to me, pushing me to ask the question that I know many Muslims ask: Why do young people who are supposed to be my brothers or sisters in faith terrorize innocent civilians to make a point I can scarcely fathom?

Perhaps the reason I cannot find the answer to this question is that it is rooted in the non-Muslim American reality, a reality that is categorically rejected by extremist Muslims. This rejection incites an equally vehement condemnation by Americans of the extremist worldview.

Thus, we have an impasse: Two realities sharply separated. No nuances, no gray area.

Or is there?

Growing up in the United States, I have learned that we Americans stride across the world's stage with an assured gait, a confidence born of the belief that we act in the interest of freedom, democracy and an ineffable yet essential goodness. The images that have pulsed through me since my youth are of an ascendant America, an icon of liberty and hope.

These are the reasons my parents immigrated here, the reasons so many Muslims have come here. Rooted in this reality, I reject everything extremists say, every excuse they make, and I see only my reality and their misguided outlook.

But there is some inner voice nagging at me, reminding me that when I speak with peaceful Muslims from America, Australia, England, Pakistan and Scotland, I become aware of their reality, which conflicts on some very deep levels with my own. With fresh eyes, I begin to see their point of view. And I realize that their voices have been adopted and warped by Islamic radicals.

I feel that the concerns of moderate Muslims are legitimate when I read this: According to two British organizations, at least 25,000 Iraqi civilians have died so far in the war, more than one-third of them killed by U.S. troops and their allies and more than 1,000 of them children. Killed in a war that the Muslims I have spoken with found difficult to justify.

And when I read this: Nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica in July 1995, and callously tossed into mass graves in the surrounding area. They were murdered with U.N. troops standing by, unable to act. Murdered after the world had vowed that genocide would never taint Europe again. And while some implicated in the atrocity have been tried, its two main architects remain at large. (MORE)

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MUSLIM PR CAMPAIGN REJECTS TERROR, EXTREMISM - TOP
Susan R. Miller, Palm Beach Post, 7/30/05
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2005/07/30/s1c_islam_0730.html

PEMBROKE PINES - Florida's Muslim community on Friday launched a public relations campaign designed to deliver a unified message condemning terrorism and extremism.

Nearly a dozen South Florida Muslim leaders flanked Altaf Ali, Florida's executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, during a news conference to declare that there is no justification for violence and that their religion promotes peace. (MORE)

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SOUTH FLORIDA MUSLIM LEADERS JOIN NATIONAL FATWA TO CONDEMN TERRORISM - TOP
James D. Davis, Sun-Sentinel, 7/30/05
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-cfatwa30jul30,0,4532672.story

Leaders of most of South Florida's mosques Friday endorsed a national fatwa, or religious ruling, condemning terrorism in the name of Islam.

"Targeting civilians' life and property . . . is haram, or forbidden," said Altaf Ali, Florida director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a press conference. "And those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not martyrs.

"We will unite with our brothers and sisters of other faiths to stand against these barbarians," Ali added during the gathering, at the council's state headquarters in Pembroke Pines.

His words found agreement from leaders of 18 mosques from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, representing many of the area's estimated 70,000 Muslim residents. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS HERE DECRY RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM - TOP
EMILY NGO, Chicago Sun-Times, 7/30/05
http://www.suntimes.com/output/terror/cst-nws-fatwa30.html

In light of bomb attacks in London and Egypt, Muslim interest groups in Chicago on Friday joined Muslims nationwide in publicly decrying acts of violence performed for religion's sake.

Several Muslim interest groups here officially endorsed the fatwa, or religious decree, issued by the Fiqh Council of North America against religious extremism.

According to the teachings of the Quran, acts of terrorism targeting innocents are forbidden in Islam, the fatwa reads. The decree seeks to remind Muslims that Islam condemns violence and to assure non-Muslims that not all of the Islamic world resorts to violent means.

"We believe suicide bombing is criminal and sinful," said Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. "Killing civilians, for whatever cause, will result in God's utter displeasure."

Ahmed Rehab, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Mohammed Kaiseruddin, president of the Muslim Community Center, and other area leaders joined Mujahid at the Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State, to announce their support of the fatwa. (MORE)

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MUSLIM LEADERS WORK TO GET ANTI-TERRORISM MESSAGE HEARD - TOP
HOLLY LEBOWITZ ROSSI, Religion News Service, 7/30/05
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/living/religion/12257152.htm

"Why haven't Muslim leaders condemned terrorism?"

This is the most common question that Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, gets on a daily basis from media and other inquirers.

Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Muslim organizations disagree on the best way to battle the perception that they are soft on terrorists who attack in their religion's name.

At issue is the public-relations strategy of U.S. Muslim groups. At stake is the way Americans view the world's second-largest religion, with more than 1 billion adherents, as the United States wages a global war on terrorism.

While groups hone their media-relations skills and issue immediate statements in the wake of attacks, lingering criticism remains. Frustrated, an increasing number of Muslim leaders say they will focus more on taking concrete actions to eradicate terrorism from their faith communities than on winning the war of words. (MORE)

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ECUMENICAL WEDDING HAS LESSONS FOR TODAY - TOP
SANDRA THOMPSON, St. Petersburg Times, 7/30/05
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/07/30/Columns/Ecumenical_wedding_ha.shtml

In the car on the way to my daughter's wedding I realized I had forgotten a scarf.

I was sitting in the back seat between the bride and the groom. My husband was driving, and my ex-husband, father of the bride, was in the passenger seat.

My daughter immediately picked up her cell phone.

"Sarah?" she said. "My mom forgot her scarf. Can you bring one?" She turned to me. "She wants to know what color?"

We met Sarah and her husband in the parking lot of the mosque. She handed me a piece of beautiful ivory silk with delicate stitching of flowers. The colors were perfect.

On her way to her car, a woman in a traditional long dress, her head covered, heard we were having a wedding. She cried out congratulations and hugged the bride, Sarah, me.

We all introduced each other.

"I'm the Jew," said the father of the bride, who had flown in from New York.

She laughed. "Oh, good, we can duck behind cars and throw rocks at each other!"

There were no rocks thrown.

The wedding party was ecumenical. My daughter is Jewish although I am not, so some strict interpreters would say neither is she. I was raised as a Methodist. My husband is Episcopalian. The groom is Muslim. My daughter's friend, Sarah, is Muslim, and her husband is a recent convert to Islam.

It may have been the first marriage between a Muslim and a Jew at this mosque. (MORE)

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MUSLIM GROUPS NOT SATISFIED WITH APOLOGY FROM TANCREDO - TOP
By Kirk Mitchell, Denver Post, 7/31/05
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2902576

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's remarks about bombing Islamic holy sites, including Mecca, were so inflammatory and insensitive that a simple apology is not enough, Muslim officials said Saturday at a Denver rally.

"He needs to be removed from office," said Gerald Muhammad, a Nation of Islam minister from Denver. "We're not going to stop pushing until he is censored. We can't afford to have a man like that in office."

Muhammad, who said Tancredo's comments were racist, was one of several Muslim leaders who spoke to a crowd of about 200 people at Civic Center on Saturday afternoon for the "With Justice Comes Peace" rally.

The controversy began July 15 when the Republican congressman, asked on a Florida talk-radio show how the United States might respond to a nuclear strike by Islamic terrorists, said, "You could take out their holy sites."

When host Pat Campbell replied, "You're talking about bombing Mecca," Tancredo answered, "Yeah." (MORE)

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BANGLADESHIS PROTEST U.S. POLITICIAN'S MECCA REMARK - TOP
Reuters, 7/30/05
http://in.today.reuters.com/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-07-29T205720Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-211059-1.xml

DHAKA (Reuters) - Thousands of Bangladeshi Islamic activists staged a noisy protest in the capital Dhaka on Friday after a U.S. congressman suggested the United States might consider bombing holy sites, including Mecca.

"Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)", "Be Aware Bush-Blair", "World Muslims Unite to Fight U.S.-British Aggressions," protesters chanted.

U.S. Republican Tom Tancredo made the comment on July 14 in answer to a radio host's question about a possible response to any hypothetical nuclear terrorist attack on the United States.

"If this happens in the United States and we determine that it is the result of extremist fundamentalist Muslims, you could take out their holy sites," the Colorado Republican said.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca?" the host asked.

"Yeah," Tancredo responded, according to an audio excerpt posted online by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based group. A spokesman for the congressman confirmed the substance of Tancredo's remarks.

Moulana Mohammad Hemayetuddin, a leader of the Islamic Constitution Movement, told protesters in Dhaka: "Such extremist remarks will spark more fire which will engulf not only the U.S., but the whole world." (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/1/05

* HADITH: A Similar Place in Paradise
* CAIR-CA: Bay-Area Mosques to Support Anti-Terror Fatwa
* CAIR: Muslims Find Room to Grow in DC Suburbs (Wash Post)
            - MN: Mosque Prepares Doubling of Space (Star Trib)
* CAIR-IL: Chicago Mosques Support Fatwa (ABC)
            - TX: A Welcome Statement Against Terror (DM News)
            - KS: Local Muslims Condemn Terror (Wichita Eagle)
* CAIR: PA Game Featuring Arab Raises Concern (Patriot News)
            - OH: Shine A Bright Light on Those Who Spew Hate
            - Profiling is Against Our Interests (Wash Post)
* INCITEMENT: Cartoon Shows Bombs Given to Kids at Mosque
* CAIR-DC: Govt Turns to 'Moderate Muslim Outreach' (FT)
            - CAIR-CA: New FBI Chief Meets with Muslims (Sac Bee)
* Prosecutors Faulted Trials for Detainees (NY Times)
            - Secret Memo: Send to be Tortured (Newsweek)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A SIMILAR PLACE IN PARADISE - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever builds a mosque, God will build for him a similar place in Paradise."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Hadith 441

The Prophet also said: "You may pray wherever you are at the time of prayer, for all (of the earth} is a mosque."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 2, Number 67

VERSE OF THE DAY: THOSE WHO VISIT AND MAINTAIN MOSQUES

"(Mosques) should be visited and maintained by those who believe in God and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, spend in charity, and stand in awe of none but God. It is they who are expected to follow the true guidance."

The Holy Quran, 9:18

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CAIR-CA: BAY-AREA MOSQUE LEADERS TO SUPPORT ANTI-TERROR FATWA - TOP
CAIR releases English, Arabic, Urdu radio versions of anti-terror PSA

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/1/05) - On Tuesday, August 2, the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CAIR-SFBA) will hold a news conference at the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) to endorse a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) against terrorism and religious extremism.

The fatwa has been issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), an association of Islamic legal scholars that interprets Muslim religious law, and has been endorsed by more than 150 Muslim groups, leaders and institutions nationwide. (The term "fiqh" refers to Islamic jurisprudence.)

WHAT: Endorsement of Fatwa Against Terror and Extremism/Release of CAIR
Radio Anti-Terror PSAs
WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 11 a.m.
WHERE: South Bay Islamic Association at 325 North Third Street, San Jose, CA
CONTACT: CAIR Executive Director, Safaa Ibrahim, 408-986-9874, 831-246-3702, or E-Mail: nocal@cair.com

At Tuesday's news conference, CAIR will also release radio versions of
CAIR's 30-second "Not in the Name of Islam" television public service announcement (PSA) in English, Arabic and Urdu. The PSA campaign ties into CAIR's "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.

To listen to the PSAs, go to:
English: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/english.mp3
Arabic: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/arabic.mp3
Urdu: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/urdu.mp3
TV: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CAIR-DC: MUSLIMS FIND ROOM TO GROW IN D.C.'S OUTER SUBURBS - TOP
Nikita Stewart, Washington Post, 8/01/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/31/AR2005073101185.html

In the outer suburbs of Washington, long filled with Christian churches, new and expanding Muslim mosques are changing the religious landscape.

In Woodbridge, a $1.8 million mosque built to hold 1,000 worshipers will open in January. Starting in October, Ellicott City Muslims will pray in a new $2 million mosque large enough to accommodate almost 1,000 people. Mosques from Annapolis to Manassas are growing as Muslims who have migrated to the outer suburbs seek places to worship near where they live.

In the region, two new mosques are under construction in Ellicott City and in Woodbridge, and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society's new mosque in Sterling is to be expanded. In addition, from Columbia to Manassas, dozens of masjids, or informal mosques, have sprung up in office buildings, homes, even churches . . .

"Like all other segments of society, there's a move to suburbia, and Muslims are part of that movement," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington. (MORE)

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MOSQUE PREPARES DOUBLING OF SPACE - TOP
Matt McKinney, Star Tribune, 8/01/05
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5536198.html

An Islamic minaret and shining gold dome will soon rise over a bustling north Minneapolis neighborhood under plans made by a local Muslim community to double the size of their mosque.

The $1 million renovation of the Masjid An-Nur at the intersection of 18th and Lyndale avenues marks a significant milestone for the Muslim community it serves, said Makram El-Amin, the mosque's imam.

"What we're trying to do here is raise the profile in order to bring a better light to the religion of Islam," he said. (MORE)

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CAIR-IL: AREA MOSQUES SUPPORT RELIGIOUS FATWA CONDEMNING TERRORISM - TOP
Judy Hsu, ABC News, 7/29/05
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/news/072905_ns_fatwa.html

Muslims living in the United States are launching a campaign against terrorism. Scholars are calling on all Muslims in America to help authorities fight the violence carried out by Islamic extremists. It is also an effort to end the perception that Islam is linked to terrorism.

Across Chicago area mosques, Friday services delivered a unified message condemning terrorism. This follows the recent religious ruling from American Muslim scholars, called a fatwa.

"The fatwa decidedly states that violence and extremism has no place in Islam. Muslims have a religious obligation to contribute constructively to any society in which they live," said Ahmed Rehab, Council on American-Islamic Relations. . .The Council on American-Islamic Relations has posted the full text of the fatwa on it's Web site.

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A WELCOME STATEMENT AGAINST ISLAMIST TERROR - TOP
Dallas Morning News, 7/31/05

http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/stories/080105dnedifatwa.7af4269.html

It would be premature to hail a religious statement from American Muslim leaders condemning terrorism as a seminal moment against Islamist terrorism. But we certainly hope historians one day will say just that.

On Thursday, an association of Muslim jurists who interpret Islamic law and more than 100 Muslim organizations, mosques and leaders stood behind a religious declaration to denounce people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam as "criminals, not martyrs." Called fatwa, the judicial ruling also bars Muslims from helping anyone "involved in any act of terrorism or violence" and obligates the faithful to cooperate with law enforcement officials.

This is much more than an expression of regret or sympathy. It is a potentially powerful interpretation of the tenets of Islam and a compelling spiritual counterweight to the corrupt extremist doctrines that inspire terrorists. (MORE)

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QURAN, LOCAL MUSLIMS CONDEMN ACTS OF TERROR - TOP
Nabil Seyam, Wichita Eagle, 7/31/05
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/editorial/12265705.htm

The July 7 bombings in London led imams and other Islamic religious leaders and government officials across the world to release statements denouncing terrorism and vowing to confront religious extremism. Muslims went beyond just condemning the attacks; they also took and continue to take active steps to combat extremism and the exploitation of religion for violent political purposes.

According to the teachings of Islam, Muslims are those who live their lives based upon the principle of moderation. According to the Holy Quran 25:70, "One who kills a person will find his place in Hellfire unless he reaffirms his faith, seeks God and his victims' forgiveness and lives a life of good deeds."

The Holy Quran clearly declares that killing an innocent person was tantamount to killing all mankind and, likewise, that saving a single life was as if one had saved the life of all mankind. This is both a principle and a command.

The social culture of Islam is based on the principle of inviting people toward good, courteously and wisely. We are firmly of the view that these killings had absolutely no sanction in Islam; nor is there any justification whatsoever in our noble religion for such evil actions. (MORE)

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CAIR-DC: PAINTBALL GAME FEATURING GENERIC ARAB RAISES CONCERN - TOP
John Beauge and Mary Warner, Patriot-News, 8/01/05
http://www.pennlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/112288802430810.xml?pennnews&coll=1

Stroll a county fair this summer and you might find Freedom Bunker, where the staff wears military fatigues and American flags flutter.

Players shoot paintballs at stationary targets, including a likeness of Osama bin Laden -- and at a man dressed in typical Middle East garb. Some players shout at him, "Die, terrorist!" . . .

Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington, had not heard of Freedom Bunker but recalled reports of similar caricatures.

"With Osama bin Laden, no one's going to debate people shooting at a picture of him," she said. "Our concern is when they see a figure that's very generic. That is sending a dangerous message that anyone of this skin type or that dress or that religion is a terrorist."

Freedom Bunker is being played as Americans react to recent terrorist attacks in London and Egypt and continued suicide bombings in Iraq.

At the same time, American Muslims have been calling attention to their abhorrence of terrorism. Just last week, CAIR and more than 120 other Muslim groups endorsed a fatwa -- a religious edict -- calling terrorists criminals and not martyrs.

CAIR released a public service announcement, "Not in the Name of Islam," with a similar message two weeks ago. No Pennsylvania TV stations have picked it up, Ahmed said. (MORE)

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WE SHOULD SHINE A BRIGHT LIGHT ON ALL THOSE WHO SPEW HATE - TOP
S. Amjad Hussain, Toledo Blade, 8/01/05
http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050801/COLUMNIST12/507310321/-1/NEWS15

In a recent New York Times column, Tom Friedman said that we should shine a bright light on the spoken and written words that advocate hatred and incite violence against others. Just as we have annual lists of terrorist organizations and the countries that abuse human rights, Mr. Friedman would like a list of hate-mongers as well. To his credit he would also include those who spew hatred against Muslims. He would also like to shine light on those who show moderation and condemn terrorism. I could not agree more. . .

Recently the Fiqh Council of North America, a national organization of Muslim jurists, came out with a religious edict - a fatwa - condemning recent acts of terrorism in London and Egypt. This was not a fatwa of political expediency but a well-thought out and reasoned edict based on solid religious ground. The Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations among others have endorsed this fatwa. (MORE)

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TARGETED PROFILING IS AGAINST OUR INTERESTS - TOP
David A. Harris, Washington Post, 08/01/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/31/AR2005073100808.html

Letter to the Editor:

Charles Krauthammer's endorsement of the profiling of "young Muslim men of North African, Middle Eastern and South Asian origin" ["Give Grandma a Pass," op-ed, July 29] restated the misguided belief that using racial or ethnic appearance as a factor in deciding who merits police suspicion makes for good law enforcement. He is mistaken. Using race or ethnicity this way will not make us safer; it will make us less safe.

In a war against terrorism, we must train our law enforcement personnel to watch for the things that terrorists do, no matter what they may look like. The Israeli aviation security system has made this a guiding principle. Our certainty about what our enemies "look like" distracts our security forces from what's important: terrorist behavior. The result is less accuracy.

In addition, the inclusion of people who "look like" our enemies results in a huge number of false positives upon which we spend our precious time and resources.

Perhaps most important, when we focus on Muslims from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, our ability to receive intelligence from these groups will be corroded because these people will begin to fear law enforcement. And fear will cut off communication and our best source of human intelligence on potential sleeper cells in the United States. (MORE)

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INCITEMENT WATCH: CARTOONIST SHOWS BOMBS GIVEN TO KIDS AT MOSQUE - TOP
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CAIR-DC: BUSH ADMINISTRATION TURNS ITS ATTENTION TO 'MODERATE MUSLIM OUTREACH' - TOP
Edward Alden, Caroline Daniel and Guy Dinmore, Financial Times, 8/01/05
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/2e43d0c6-0228-11da-9481-00000e2511c8.html

The Bush administration's new, and still evolving, counter-terrorism strategy stems from the conviction that military might alone cannot win the war against religious extremists, nor can the US succeed without traditional allies.

Repairing the transatlantic relationship that was so badly damaged by disagreements over Iraq has been a priority since the second Bush administration took office in January. Officials say it reflects a significant shift in foreign policy under a new team that is predominantly pro-European in outlook and background.

The change in course is also driven by the realisation that the administration is losing American public support for the war in Iraq. Meanwhile, claims that Iraq has become the "central front" in the war on terror and that the world is a safer place as a result are met with growing scepticism. . .

Muslim groups in the US say a conscious decision by the administration to reach out to moderate Muslims would be both welcome and long overdue. Rabiah Ahmed, of the Council on American Islamic Relations, says its advocacy group has long promoted this. But it had met with little response from the administration. "You have to wonder why. There has been more dialogue in the UK," she said. (MORE)

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CAIR-CA: LATEST FBI CHIEF AIMING TO STAY  - TOP
Crystal Carreon, Sacramento Bee, 07/31/05

The walls are bare and the photographs and plaques are still bubble-wrapped, but Drew Parenti is on the job, keeping tabs on an 88,000-square-mile swath of California.

Parenti, the Sacramento region's new FBI special agent in charge, hasn't had the chance to unpack the boxes of a 21-year-law enforcement career. But after a month in Sacramento, he says he hopes to stay longer than four predecessors who have passed through the office in as many years.

He understands the value of longevity and connecting to the community he serves. "Our job is based on relationships," Parenti said. "You have computers and satellites and all of that, but at the end of the day it's all about the people."

Last week, he met with members of the local Muslim community in midtown. Since the June arrests of five Lodi men with suspected ties to al-Qaida, reports of racial profiling and other alleged wrongdoing have surfaced.

"He seemed very genuine; he was paying attention to our concerns," said Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It was a good start." (MORE)

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TWO PROSECUTORS FAULTED TRIALS FOR DETAINEES - TOP
Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, 8/01/05
http://nytimes.com/2005/08/01/politics/01gitmo.html

As the Pentagon was making its final preparations to begin war crimes trials against four detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, two senior prosecutors complained in confidential messages last year that the trial system had been secretly arranged to improve the chance of conviction and to deprive defendants of material that could prove their innocence.

The electronic messages, obtained by The New York Times, reveal a bitter dispute within the military legal community over the fairness of the system at a time when the Bush administration and the Pentagon were eager to have the military commissions, the first for the United States since the aftermath of World War II, be seen as just at home and abroad.

During the same time period, military defense lawyers were publicly criticizing the system, but senior officials dismissed their complaints and said they were contrived as part of the efforts to help their clients. (MORE)

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SECRET MEMO-SEND TO BE TORTURED - TOP
Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, 8/01/05
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8769416/site/newsweek

An FBI agent warned superiors in a memo three years ago that U.S. officials who discussed plans to ship terror suspects to foreign nations that practice torture could be prosecuted for conspiring to violate U.S. law, according to a copy of the memo obtained by Newsweek. The strongly worded memo, written by an FBI supervisor then assigned to Guantanamo, is the latest in a series of documents that have recently surfaced reflecting unease among some government lawyers and FBI agents over tactics being used in the war on terror. This memo appears to be the first that directly questions the legal premises of the Bush administration policy of "extraordinary rendition"-a secret program under which terror suspects are transferred to foreign countries that have been widely criticized for practicing torture. (MORE)

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CAIR urges people of all faiths to join in spiritual effort

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/2/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on U.S. mosques and Islamic centers to offer prayers for rain in the draught-stricken African nation of Niger during this week's Friday congregational services, or "jummah."

CAIR, a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, is also calling on people of all faiths to offer prayers for rain according to their own religious traditions.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says drought and a locust invasion in the predominantly-Muslim nation have pushed several million people, including 800,000 children, to the edge of starvation. International donations for food supplies have been slow in coming.

SEE: "Niger: Famine Warnings Unheeded"
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/08/02/earlyshow/main713303.shtml

CAIR initiated the prayer request to provide a spiritual dimension to Niger's humanitarian crisis. The special Islamic prayer, called Salatul Istisqa (sal-at-al-istis-ka), was performed by the Prophet Muhammad and is traditionally offered during times of drought.

In Salatul Istisqa, the Prophet would offer supplications such as: "O God, give us a saving rain. . .O God, (Your) servants, land, animals, and (Your) creation are all suffering and seek protection. . .O God, remove from us the hardship, starvation and barrenness, and remove the affliction from us, as no one removes afflictions save Thee."

"We hope this nationwide spiritual effort will help bring the humanitarian crisis in Niger to the attention of people of faith and will prompt policy-makers to address the issue," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad asked that churches, synagogues and other houses of worship throughout the nation join their Muslim neighbors in praying for rain and to help the people of Niger by donating generously to groups working to deliver relief supplies.

For a list of organizations gathering Niger aid, go to:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/07/29/niger.aidgroups/index.html

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/2/05

* VERSE: The Book of Guidance
* Positive 'Explore the Quran' Feedback
            - Support CAIR's Free Quran Campaign
* NY: Probe Eyes Interrogation of U.S. Muslims (AP)
            - Backgrounder: Muslims Sue DHS Over Detentions
* TN: Nashville Leaders Reach Out to Muslims (Tennessean)
* CAIR-CA Condemns Terror (AP)
            - CAIR-CA: Muslims Support Fatwa (Sac Bee)
            - CA: A Welcome Fatwa (LA Times)
            - Saving Islam from Itself (Wash Times)
* NJ: Bias Discounted in Mosque Fire (AP)
* NY: Little Pakistan Lost Residents Since 9/11 (Newsday)
            - CA: Why I Don't Go On Dates (Time)
* NY: Profiling Supported, Opposed (Newsday)
* Pentagon to Increase Domestic Surveillance (FOX)
* US Keeps Uighurs at Gitmo after Found Innocent (AFP)
            - British Resident Describes Alleged Abuse (AP)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: THE BOOK OF GUIDANCE - TOP

This is the book - let there be no doubt about it - that is (meant to be) a guidance for all the God-conscious who believe in (the existence of) that which is beyond the reach of human perception, and are constant in prayer, and spend on others out of what We provide for them as sustenance."

The Holy Quran, 2:2-3

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POSITIVE 'EXPLORE THE QURAN' FEEDBACK - TOP
http://www.explorethequran.org

To date, nearly 20,000 people have requested free Qurans through CAIR's "Explore the Quran" campaign. The following are excerpts from e-mails received by those who already received their Qurans:

"Dear Muslim friends: My copy of the Qur'an, by Muhammad Asad, arrived in today's mail. What you sent gives significant witness to your efforts to encourage greater interfaith understanding and mutual respect; and to the standing of this Holy Book. Be assured that this Holy Book will be treated just as you have stated is expected of Muslims. . ."

"Dear Sir: I received your holy book today. I am a Catholic but mainly a Christian. I really appreciate your outreach to me and others. I will treat this book with great respect. . ."

ACTION REQUESTED: SUPPORT CAIR'S QURAN CAMPAIGN - TOP

CAIR has pledged to cover the costs of shipping Qurans to all those who submit request, but we need your support to fulfill that pledge.

1) SPONSOR a free copy(s) of the Quran so that people of other faiths may learn the truth about Islam and Muslims. To sponsor one or more Qurans online, go to: http://www.explorethequran.org To sponsor a Quran by phone, call 1-800-78-ISLAM (1-800-784-7526). (In order to ease the pressure on CAIR's switchboard, those sponsoring a free Quran may also send a donation to: Explore the Quran, CAIR, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003)

2) IMAMS and COMMUNITY LEADERS should ask congregations to support this important project.

3) FORWARD this alert to your Muslim friends, family and colleagues.

4) Join CAIR-NET. CAIR offers an e-mail list designed keep American Muslims informed about efforts such as "Explore the Quran." To SUBSCRIBE to CAIR-NET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/cair-net/ CAIR is willing to respond, inshallah, to every request received. We ask every Muslim to help cover the cost of at least one Holy Quran.

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PROBE EYES INTERROGATION OF MUSLIMS - TOP
ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO, Associated Press, 8/2/05
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/manhattan/nyc-musl0802,0,3715001.story

A criminal investigation has been launched into allegations made by a group of Muslim Americans that they were illegally interrogated last December while returning from a religious conference in Canada, their attorneys said.

The five Muslims filed suit earlier this year in federal court in Brooklyn to challenge the practices of the Department of Homeland Security after they were allegedly detained, interrogated, fingerprinted and photographed because they had attended a religious conference in Toronto.

In a letter filed last week, attorneys for the New York Civil Liberties Union said they had been told by homeland security officials in May that a criminal probe had been started based on the allegations in the lawsuit. (MORE)

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BACKGROUNDER: AMERICAN MUSLIMS SUE DHS OVER BORDER DETENTIONS - TOP
http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1549&theType=NR

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PURCELL, CITY LEADERS REACH OUT TO MUSLIMS - TOP
Lee Ann O'Neal, Tennessean, 8/02/05
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050802/NEWS0202/508020337/1009/NEWS

Leaders of the Islamic community met yesterday with Mayor Bill Purcell's top brass, with one Islamic leader asking them "to open your hearts to us."

The meeting was one of a series of overtures to Nashville Muslims in recent weeks.

The imam of the Islamic Center of Nashville spoke to the mayor's regular meeting of department heads, including the police chief and the executive director of the Metro Human Relations Commission.

Commission director Kelvin Jones has arranged some of the conversations. Yesterday, Jones and six leaders met with staff from the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, including president and CEO Raul Regalado.

The meetings have been the most significant and intense effort by the city to reach out to the Islamic community, Jones and Islamic leaders said.

The meetings were spurred by a recent case in which a Quran, the Muslim holy book, was found covered with flies and mashed into what appeared to be feces on the steps of an east Nashville apartment. Islamic leaders criticized the police response as too slow. (MORE)

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CAIR-CA: ISLAMIC GROUP CONDEMNS TERRORISM - TOP
Associated Press, 8/2/05
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/12282210.htm

A chapter of a prominent American Islamic group will meet in Santa Clara today to endorse a ruling condemning terrorism.

The fatwa, or edict, against terror and religious extremism was recently issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, an association of Islamic legal scholars that interprets Muslim religious law.

The fatwa has been endorsed by more than 150 Muslim groups and leaders, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is the latest to approve it.

In the fatwa issued last week, the council wrote that people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam were ``criminals, not `martyrs.' ''

``There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism,'' the scholars wrote. ``Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram -- or forbidden.''

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AREA MUSLIMS SUPPORT RELIGIOUS RULING AGAINST TERRORISM - TOP
Stephen Magagnini, Sacramento Bee, 8/01/05
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/13335121p-14177116c.html

Sacramento-area Muslims, joining Muslim leaders throughout the U.S., Canada and Great Britain on Monday, backed a fatwa - or religious ruling - against terrorism.

At a press conference outside the Capitol, several Muslim and non-Muslim leaders denounced violence against innocent civilians and sought to distance patriotic, law-abiding American Muslims from a handful of extremists.

"We have said this many times in the past - we hate violence, it is not permitted by Islam," said Irfan Haq, president of the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations. "We want our children to be safe, our neighborhoods to be safe, we want this to be a safe country.

"There are those people who have hijacked our faith by using Muslim names," Haq said. "They are hated by our community. If we find them we will be the first ones to turn them in to the FBI."

Since the 9-11 attacks, Muslims worldwide have condemned terrorism again and again, but Muslim American leaders fear that nobody's listening.

The fatwa - in the wake of bombings in London and Egypt - was issued last week by the Fiqh Council of North America, a group of 18 Islamic jurists who interpret fiqh, or Islamic law. It has been endorsed by more than 120 U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions, said Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national civil liberties group. (MORE)

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A WELCOME FATWA - TOP
Los Angeles Times, 8/02/05
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-fatwa2aug02,0,6577742.story

For most of the last two decades, the West knew the word fatwa through the death sentence laid by Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on author Salman Rushdie for his novel "The Satanic Verses," which rather mildly satirized his own Muslim religion. The novelist survived (though his Japanese translator was killed in 1991), but had to spend some of those years in fearful, heavily guarded hiding.

Fatwa arose again, though to less notice, after Sept. 11, 2001. Fundamentalist preachers in some Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, declared the thousands of victims to be culpable infidels.

Now the fatwa is headed for rehabilitation, this time used in a vigorous backlash against the brand of terrorism that has struck Britain, Spain, Morocco, Egypt and, over and over again, the civilians of Iraq. A broad group of U.S. and Canadian Muslim scholars and religious leaders last week issued a fatwa that is as unequivocally anti-violence as those of Khomeini or Osama bin Laden were pro-murder:

"All acts of terrorism are haram, forbidden by Islam. It is haram, forbidden, to cooperate or associate with & any act of terrorism or violence." The declaration then went beyond familiar condemnations to demand action: It is the "civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of civilians." (MORE)

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SAVING ISLAM FROM ITSELF - TOP
Akbar Ahmed and Susan Bradford, Washington Times, 8/02/05
http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20050801-094052-1487r.htm

Muslim groups on both sides of the Atlantic have categorically condemned suicide attacks made in the name of Islam, leading us to ask why have they taken so long to address the issue and what needs to be done henceforth to build on this new momentum and craft a peaceful conclusion to the war on terrorism.

Following the London attacks, Britain's largest Muslim groups issued a fatwa condemning suicide missions. Muslim groups in the United States and around the world have followed suit. As noted by Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, terrorism is not consistent with Islam, and "those who try to commit acts of terror in the name of Islam try to misinterpret and misuse certain issues in Islamic jurisprudence and have no authority or qualification except their anger." Their anger is rooted in perceived injustices against Islam, such as the occupation of the Arabian Peninsula, the disregard of Muslim civilian life throughout the war on Iraq and the perceived indifference to the Muslim plight in areas such as Kashmir, Chechnya, and throughout the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS, OFFICIALS DISCOUNT BIAS AS MOTIVE IN ISLAMIC CENTER FIRE - TOP
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 8/2/05
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--muslimcenter-fire0802aug02,0,477275.story

NEWARK, N.J. -- Investigators and local Muslim leaders are discounting bias as a motive for the fire that destroyed a vacant building in Paterson that a prominent mosque planned to use as a community center.

Although the July 24 fire remains under investigation, Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano said he agrees with Muslim leaders that the blaze does not appear to have been an act of anti-Muslim hatred.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, Avigliano said Tuesday.

The Islamic Center of Passaic County bought the property, a former lighting factory, two years ago.

Sohail Mohammed, the attorney for the Totowa-based American Muslim Union, said several factors indicate the blaze was not an anti-Muslim act.

"Nobody in the area knew" that the Islamic Center owned the property and had planned a community center for the area, he said. "And there were no signs left at the site that this was an anti-Islamic act, no graffiti or vandalism like you would find at a site where a mosque was targeted."

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PROFILING: SUPPORTED, OPPOSED, COUNTERED - TOP
Carol Elsenberg, Newsday, 8/2/05
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nydov024367900aug02,0,209076.story

When Brooklyn Assemb. Dov Hikind suggested this weekend that the NYPD use racial profiling to identify terrorists who might blow up the subways, the reaction was mostly predictable.

Many liberal leaders, including Democratic mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer, denounced the proposal as ineffective and un-American. Conservatives hailed his common sense.

But a handful of religious and political leaders acknowledged that Hikind, a Hasidic Jew, gave voice to sentiments shared by thousands of New Yorkers. And they suggested the old liberal-conservative divide about profiling was obsolete in an age when young men strapped bombs to their bodies and went out to wreak destruction on civilians.

"We have a right wing who tends to want to use power indiscriminately, and a left wing who considers any use of power bad," said Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in Manhattan. "So the vast majority of us in the middle feel unsafe."

Kula called for a third way to talk about profiling - an approach that he said must transcend the potential abuses of power inherent in Hikind's proposal, as well as the left's unwillingness to face new dangers.

"Can we imagine a conversation - ideally led by Muslims themselves - on a new category in a post-Sept. 11 world called 'ethical racial profiling'?" he asked.

Kula said he doesn't know what such a system might look like, but believes New York could lead the nation in putting together such a policy.

But many religious and political leaders yesterday flatly rejected Hikind's proposals to use Middle Eastern profiles as "inappropriate and irresponsible." (MORE)

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LITTLE PAKISTAN HAS LOST PLENTY OF RESIDENTS SINCE 9/11 - TOP
Robert Polner, Newsday, 8/2/05
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nypaki274367921aug02,0,1488708.story

Along a stretch of Coney Island Avenue, butchered goats hang by their hooves in the rear of a grocery store, and a meaty white fish arrives from the home country every Friday for deep frying in the kitchens of South Asian restaurants. In this part of Brooklyn, lassi, a yogurt drink served salty or sweet, is at least as popular as Snapple.

While in some ways, life goes on as usual in Brooklyn's Little Pakistan, in many other ways, much has changed.

Probably no ethnic enclave, in a city chockablock with them, has drawn as much FBI and immigration-service investigation since 9/11. Merchants say the neighborhood is still staggering from the attention, while many residents fearfully anticipate a new wave of scrutiny by U.S. authorities in light of the recent terror attacks in London.

Leaving Little Pakistan

In the tense weeks after 9/11, federal agents began pounding on doors in the middle of the night and detained hundreds of Pakistanis in the Little Pakistan area. Thousands of people, gripped with fear, soon bolted. Many of them went to other states, back to their homeland, to Canada or even Western Europe.

Few have returned, by all accounts.

"No business anymore - it's dead here," said Pervaiz Saleem, who runs a South Asian grocery store on the Little Pakistan strip. "My customers, so many of them did get interrogated, were deported or just fled. People disappeared." (MORE)

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WHY I DON'T GO ON DATES - TOP
Armaan Rowther, Time Magazine, 7/31/05
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1088731,00.html

My life growing up in California has continually been shaped by the fact that I'm a Muslim Pakistani American. I'm faced with the same day-to-day challenges as any other boy my age, but the way I meet them is very different because of my culture and religion. The way I choose to live my life often seems unusual to my peers, and as a result, my principles are sometimes questioned.

One thing that seems to set me the farthest apart is that my culture and religion do not accept the American concept of dating. Any teenager living in America knows how big an emphasis is placed on having boyfriends or girlfriends, both in society and in the media. On television any show that's meant for a teenage audience covers the topic of dating nearly a hundred times. At school it's the only thing kids seem to talk about. Thus you can see how significant the fact that I don't date is in my life and how hard it makes it just to fit in. (MORE)

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PENTAGON TO INCREASE DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE FOR COUNTERTERRORISM - TOP
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, Fox News, 8/01/05
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,164328,00.html

The Department of Defense has developed a new strategy in counterterrorism that would increase military activities on American soil, particularly in the area of intelligence gathering.

The move is sparking concern among civil liberties advocates and those who fear an encroaching military role in domestic law enforcement.
In an argument that eerily foreshadowed the July London terror attacks, the Pentagon in late June announced its "Strategy for Homeland Defense and Support," which would expand its reach domestically to prevent "enemy attacks aimed at Americans here at home."

The strategy, approved by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England on June 24, argues that the government needs a multi-layered, preventive approach to national defense in order to combat an unconventional enemy that will attack from anywhere, anytime and by any conceivable means. (MORE)

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US KEEPS UIGHURS AT GUANTANAMO AFTER FOUND INNOCENT - TOP
Agence France Presse, 8/01/05
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050801/pl_afp/usattacksguantanamo_050801221932;_ylt=A86.I1Q6iO9CiPcAuBCsOrgF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

The US military has kept two ethnic Uighur Muslims from a troubled Chinese region at its Guantanamo 'war on terror' detention camp even though they have been found not to be "enemy combatants," a rights group said.

Lawyers for Abu Bakker Qassim and Adel Abdu al-Hakim went before a federal court in Washington on Monday to seek the release of the pair.

According to the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a New York-based legal activist group, a Guantanamo review panel ruled in March that Qassim and Hakim should not be considered "enemy combatants" who would face military tribunals.

But the CCR said the men's lawyers were never told about the finding. "It was not until Friday, July 30, 2005 that the government disclosed that the men had been cleared on arch 26 this year," said a statement by the group which has been working on the case of the Uighurs.

"Since (March 26) the government has failed to notify their attorneys, families or anyone else of the men's innocence, instead allowing them to remain in detention for an additional six months." (MORE)

ALSO SEE:

BRITISH RESIDENT DESCRIBES ALLEGED ABUSE AS A SO-CALLED 'GHOST DETAINEE' HELD BY U.S. - TOP
Mara D. Ballaby, Associated Press, 8/2/05

LONDON (AP) - A British resident being held as a terrorist suspect by U.S. forces claimed he was tortured, beaten and cut with a knife by his prison interrogators over a three year period, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Benyam Mohammed said he was held for 2 1/2 years at a series of prisons in Pakistan, Morocco and Afghanistan as a so-called unregistered ``ghost detainee'' by the United States before being transferred to the Guantanamo Bay prison, according to notes prepared by his lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith.

Stafford Smith said that he met with Mohammed in June and July at Guantanamo Bay, and his notes are based on those interviews.

``For three years, Mr. Mohammed has been tortured systematically, in an attempt to coerce him into making false confessions regarding terrorist plots he had no knowledge of,'' Stafford Smith said.

The U.S. Embassy did not immediately return a call seeking comment. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said that the United States demands assurances that terror suspects won't be tortured before handing them over to foreign governments. But he acknowledged that once a transfer occurs, the United States has little control.

Human rights advocates have condemned the policy, warning that it is outsourcing torture, and U.S. Republicans are currently pushing for a bill that would govern treatment of terrorism suspects. (MORE)

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #464

DC RADIO HOST CLAIMS QURAN TEACHES MUSLIMS TO LIE
Ask WMAL to address incitement of anti-Islam hate by talk show hosts

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/3/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on a Washington, D.C., radio station to address the incitement of anti-Muslim hatred caused by its talk show hosts. CAIR issued that call after a replacement for a talk show host suspended for anti-Islam remarks made similarly Islamophobic comments.

On Friday, July 29, WMAL-AM replacement host Geoff Metcalf stated: "And by the way, let me just add a sidebar here that's significant, and everybody forgets this, but according to the Quran, believers in Islam are not required to tell infidels, and that's us, the truth. So they apparently have permission to lie when it is appropriate." Most callers to the program expressed similar hostility to Muslims and to the faith of Islam.

Listen to the quote at:
http://www.cairfl.org/audio/050729wmal-Metcalfe.mp3

The entire program may be heard at:
http://wmal.com/listingsEntry.asp?ID=323805&PT=630%20WMAL%20On%20Demand
Click on Michael Graham's Friday program under "Listen Now."

Metcalf was replacing host Michael Graham, who was suspended without pay by the station for stating repeatedly that "Islam is a terrorist organization." Graham was suspended when CAIR initiated a public campaign against WMAL and the station's advertisers after receiving complaints from Muslim listeners.

In a statement, WMAL President and General Manager Chris Berry said that Graham would be suspended for statements that "crossed the line." "We do not condone his position and believe his statements were irresponsible," said Berry. (WMAL is owned by the Walt Disney Co.)

SEE: "WMAL Suspends Talk-Show Host for Comment on Islam"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/28/AR2005072802241.html

"We are strong supporters of the First Amendment, but it is disingenuous to misuse it as a shield for incitement to religious hatred," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "WMAL needs to address the promotion of Islamophobia by its talk show hosts if the station is to maintain credibility with mainstream listeners and advertisers."

Hooper said CAIR is calling on Washington-area Muslims to contact WMAL advertisers and express their concerns. He added that people of all faiths may obtain a free copy of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, by going to: www.explorethequran.org

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, please be POLITE.)

1. CONTACT WMAL to urge that Michael Graham's suspension be made permanent. CONTACT: Mr. Chris Berry, President & General Manager (202-895-2333), and Mr. Randall Bloomquist (202-895-2327), Program Director, WMAL, 4400 Jenifer Street NW, Washington DC, 20015. Switchboard: 202-686-3100 FAX: (202) 537-0009 (To be on a WMAL talk show, call 202-432-WMAL, toll free 888-630-WMAL.) E-MAIL: randall.bloomquist@abc.com, ernie.fears@abc.com, chris.j.berry@abc.com COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

2. CONTACT WMAL ADVERTISERS to express your concerns about the anti-Muslim incitement of the station's hosts. (See list below.)

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AUTOMOTIVE

Alexandria Buick, Pontiac & GMC
499 South Pickett Rd
Alxandria VA
Phone: 703-370-7211
www.alexandriabuickpontiacgmc.com

Brown's Buick
10245 Lee Highway
FairFax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-934-4900
Fax: 703-934-4957
http://ffxbuick.brownscar.com/

Brown's Lincoln Mercury
10287 Lee Highway
FairFax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-352-5500
www.brownsautomotive.com

Cherner Lincoln Mercury
8550 Leesburg Pike
Phone: 703-893-0800
Fax: 703-898-8559
www.cherner.com

Cowles Parkway Ford
13779 Noblewood Plaza
Woodbridge VA
Phone: 800-730-8203
www.cowlesford.com

FairFax Automile
Route 50 FairFax--21 different dealers
www.fairFaxautomile.com

Manassas Chrysler
8100 Centreville Rd.
Manassas, VA.
Phone: 703-368-5300
Fax: 703-392-0457
www.manassaschrysler.com

Moore Cadillac/Hummer
8595 Leesburg Pike
Phone: 703-790-0950
www.moorehummer.com

New Car Network
3273 Blue Heron Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-534-SAVE
Fax: 703-241-8861

Ourisman World of Ford
6129 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA.
Phone: 703-660-9000
www.OurismanWorldofFord.com

Pohanka Lexus
13909 Lee Jackson Highway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 800-399-0681
Fax: 703-968-7725
E-Mail: sales@pohankalexus.dealerspace.com
www.pohankalexus.com

Radial Tire
9101 Brookville Road
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 301-585-2740
www.radialtire.com

Safford Lincoln Mercury
3110 Automobile Blvd
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: 301-890-3900
Fax: 301-890-7817
www.saffordlm.com

WANADA
Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association
5301 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington DC NW 20015
Phone: 202-237-7200
www.wanada.org

BEAUTY & PERSONAL

Aveda
4807 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-1610
www.aveda-bethesda.com

Skin Zinc
Phone: 800-890-7236
www.skin-zinc.net

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Phone: 1-800-GOT-JUNK
www.1800gotjunk.com

Affordable Creative Services, Inc.
3554 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 306
FairFax,Va 22030
Phone: 703-352-7900
www.acscreative.com

Intelligent Office
Phone: 866-684-1500
www.iowashingtondc.com

Pepper Hamilton
600 Fourteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-2004
Phone: 202-220-1200
Fax: 202-220-1665
E-Mail: mandelle@pepperlaw.com
www.pepperlaw.com

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Comcast Sports Net
7700 Wisconsin Avenue
Phone: 301-718-3262
Fax: 301-718-3275
E-Mail: bbroullire@comcastsportsnet.com
www.comcastsportsnet.com

S Families Magazine
www.familiesmagazines.com

TCI
5554 Port Royal Rd.
Springfield VA
Phone: 800-TCI-1001
www.tcicomm.com

Washington Post
www.WashingtonPost.com

COMMUNITY & ORGANIZATIONS

CAUSE
4601 President's Drive Suite 120
Lanham, MD 20706
Phone: 301-731-0330
Fax: 301-731-5343
www.mcamw.org

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
1146 19th street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-207-0185
Fax: 202-207-0191
E-Mail: rwc@defenddemocracries.org
www.defenddemocracies.org

MADD
21991 Sunstone Court
Ashburn VA 20148

Melwood
5606 Dower House Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone: 301-599-4519
Fax: 301-599-0180
E-Mail: jcreech@melwood.com
www.melwood.com

NARFE--National Active and Retired Federal Employees
606 N Washington Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Phone: 703-838-7760
www.narfe.org

National Kidney Foundation
5335 Wisconsin Avenue,NW
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: 202-244-7900
www.kidneywdc.org

Salvation Army
The more you do, the more we can do
6528 Little River Turnpike
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-642-9270
Fax: 703-642-3556

Volunteers of America
There are no limits to caring
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 800-948-1818
www.carshelpingpeople.org

COMPUTERS & BUSINESS EQUIPMENT

Geeks on Call
Make the Right Call.
Phone: 800-905-GEEK
www.Geeksoncall.com

IGSI - International Global Systems Inc.
Phone: 1-866-833-IGSI
E-Mail: fedgov@1igsi.com
www.goigsi.com

PC Retro.com
6901 A Distribution Dr. (Corp.)
Phone: 301-937-8440
Fax: 301-937-0601
www.pcretro.com

PlumChoice
Phone: 1-888-plumhelp
www.plumchoice.com

Zeroid Office Machines
5500 Cherokee Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-461-8383
Fax: 703-461-0292
www.zeroid.com

EDUCATION & INSTRUCTION

Fair Oaks Church and Academy
4601 West Ox Road
FairFax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-631-1112
Fax: 703-378-8139
E-Mail: info@fairoakschurch.org
www.fairoakschurch.org
www.fairoaksacademy.org

Regent University
1650 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314-2857
Phone: Admissions Info - 866-734-3688
E-Mail: admissions@regent.edu
www.regent.edu

The College of William & Mary
11111 Sunset Hills Rd
Reston, VA
Phone: 703-547-2224
Fax: 703-935-0307
E-Mail: emba.coordinator@business.wm.edu
http://www.emba.wm.edu

ENTERTAINMENT

Choral Arts of Washington
Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: 202-244-3669
www.choralarts.org

Military District of Washington
Fort Leslie McNair
Phone: 202-685-4989
Fax: 202-685-1999
E-Mail: combsa@fmmc.army.milmil

Renditions Golf Course
1380 W Central Avenue
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Phone: 410-798-9798
Fax: 410-798-9788
www.renditionsgolf.com

FINANCIAL

A. Anderson Scott
51 Monroe Street Suite 1901 Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-424-7901
Fax: 301-424-7902
www.aasmg.com

The Collins Firm
7601 Lewinsville Road, Suite 400
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 1-877plannow
Fax: 703-748-3405
www.thecollinsfirm.com

Edelman Financial Services
12450 Fairlakes Circle
Phone: 703-818-0800
Fax: 703-818-1910
E-Mail: redelman@ricedelman.com
www.ricedelman.com

HarVest Bank of Maryland
Let's Us Help You Grow
15005 Shady Grove Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-838-4263
Fax: 301-838-4203
www.harvestbankofmd.com

James Monroe Bank
3033 Wilson Blvd
Arlington ,VA 22201
Phone: 703-524-8100
Fax: 703-524-8101

The Malone Financial Group
11710 Plaza America Drive Tower 2, Suite 20
Reston VA 20190
Phone: 703-796-9300
Fax: 703-796-6443
E-Mail: rmalone@fbw.com
www.fbw.com/branchreston.htm

The Mutual Fund Store
11095 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas
Phone: 913-579-5700
E-Mail: cbraudis@mutualfundstore.com
www.themutualfundstore.com

Mortgage Bankers Assoc
1919 Pennsylvania Ave, NW 8th Floor
Washington DC 20006

New Car Network
3273 Blue Heron Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-534-SAVE
Fax: 703-241-8861

Pinnacle Financial Corp
8230 Boone Blvd Suite 200
Vienna, Va 22182
Phone: 703-738-9358
Fax: 703-991-4524
E-Mail: www.1800yeshome.net
www.pinnaclefinancial.com

Theirry Roche
4094 Majestic Lane #195
FairFax va 22033
E-Mail: trock@erols.com

West Financial
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-941-9133
Fax: 301-941-9167

FOOD, BEVERAGE & DINING

Blackie's Restaurant
1217 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-1100
Fax: 202-331-7850
www.blackiesdc.com

Dante's Restaurant
1148 Walker Road
Great Falls, VA
Phone: 703-759-3131

I Ricchi Ristorante
1220 19th Street
NW Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-872-1220
E-Mail: crricchi@aol.com

NesCafe
Phone: 800-243-1100
www.nescafe.com

Normandie Farm
10710 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Phone: 301-983-8838
Fax: 301-983-0752
E-Mail: chef47@msn.com
www.popovers.com

Outback Steakhouse
www.outback.com

Tahitian Noni Juice
www.tahitiannoni.com/1967216

Tony and Joe's Seafood Restaurant
At Washington Harbor, 3000 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-944-4545
Fax: 202-944-4587
www.dcseafood.com/TAJ/default.asp

Whole Foods
6015 Executive Blvd
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-984-2020
Fax: 301-984-2072
www.wholefoods.com

HOME & GARDEN

Infestation Control
14650 E Rothgeb Drive
Rockville,MD20850
Phone: 301-294-0800
Fax: 301-294-6106

Manor Works
www.manorworks.com

Merrifield Garden Center
8132 Lee Hwy
Merrifield, VA 22116
Phone: 703-560-6222
Fax: 703-222-6959
E-Mail: fodebbie@aol.com
www.merrifieldgardencenter.com

Mid Atlantic Waterproofing
1040 West street
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: 800-midatlantic
E-Mail: midatlantic@basements.com
www.basements.com

Offenbachers
Phone: 301-340-9404
www.offenbachers.com

Regional Pest Management
Phone: 800-36-5-STAR
www.regionalpestmanagement.com

HOME REMODELING & CONSTRUCTION

Cabinet Discounters
9500 Berger Road
Phone: 1-800-THE-DREAM
www.cabinetdiscounters.com

Architectural Ceramic Paint
Never Paint Again
www.aceramicpaint.com

Courthouse Kitchen's & Bath
Phone: 888-getstyle
www.getstyle.com

Cropp Metcalfe
2816 Dorr Ave.
FairFax, VA 22031
Phone: 1-800-GOCROPP
www.croppmetcalfe.com

DeSantis Desgin
314 Victory Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: 703-437-0051
Fax: 703-437-0730
www.desantisdesigns.com

Desert Dry
401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 208
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 800-238-8805
Fax: 301-279-7721
www.nomorewater.com

Empire Today
333 Northwest Ave.
Northlake, IL 60164
Phone: 800-588-2300
www.empiretoday.com

Gutter Helmet
1121 Benfield Blvd.
Phone: 888-5-HELMET
Fax: 410-987-4194
www.harryhelmet.com

Procraft Liquid Siding
14702 Flint Lee Rd Suite G
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 757-687-1700

Long Fence
8545 Edgeworth Dr.
Capital Heights, MD.
Phone: 800-917-LONG
www.LongFence.com

Roof Masters
Avoid Disasters Call Roof Masters
Phone: 301-365-5781
Fax: 301-365-5120
Roofdog@aol.com

Solatube Skylight
Phone: 301-330-2171
Fax: 410-403-4614
E-Mail: sales@solatubeskylight.com
www.solatubeskylight.com

St Josephs Roofing
11825 Waples Mill Rd
Oakton VA
Phone: 703-716-ROOF
E-Mail: sales@sjroof.com
www.sjroof.com

Steadfast Construction
Phone: 703-385-2525

Thompson Creek Window
Phone: 800-886-7274
www.thompsoncreek.com

MEDICAL & HEALTH

Dr. Edward Dougherty in Bethesda
Phone: 866-98-Relax
www.bethesdasedationdentistry.com

The Eye Center: Dr. Boutros
Phone: 888-846-2020
www.theeyecenter.com

Dr. Clinch
2 Wisconsin Circle
Phone: 877-DR-CLINCH
www.drclinch.com

Georgetown Hospital Center
Phone: 202-444-2000
www.georgetownuniversityhospital.org

Heart Check Washington DC
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite LL-150
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 800-639-8378
E-Mail: info@heartcheck.com
www.heartcheckamerica.com

Hypnosis Wellness Center
1934 Old Gallows Road suite 402
Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: 703-883-9270
Fax: 703-987-3398
tony1winkler@yahoo.com
www.method1.net

McLean Sedation Dental Center and Spa
8270 Greensboro Drive
Phone: 703-827-9250
Fax: 703-845-0257
E-Mail: urchjm@aol.com
www.stepheneburchdds.com

VA. Hospital Center
1701N. George Mason Dr.
Arlington, VA.
Phone: 703-558-5000
www.VirginiaHospitalCenter.com

Washington Hospital Center
Phone: 202-877-DOCS
www.whcenter.org

MISCELLANEOUS

DC Lottery
2101 Martin Luther King Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-645-8000
www.dclottery.com

Maryland Lottey
Let yourself play!
www.mdlottery.com

Pepco
www.pepco.com

Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes
Rockville & Bethesda Locations
7557 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-2200
E-Mail: pumphrey@pumphreyfh.com
www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com

Virginia Lottery
www.valottery.com

Virigina State Poilce H.E.A.T.
Phone: 1-800-947-HEAT
www.heatreward.com

Virigina State Police Insurance Fraud
Phone: 1-877-623-7283
www.stampoutfraud.com

REAL ESTATE

Brooke Grove Retirement Village
18100 Slade School Road
Phone: 301-924-2811
Fax: 301-924-1200
E-Mail: sfrazier@bgf.org
www.bgf.org

FairFax Ridge Condominiums
11301 Aristotle Drive
FairFax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-995-7000
Fax: 703-995-7001
www.fairFaxridgecondos.com

Palazzo at Park Center
4556 Strutfield Lane
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: 703-682-6200
Fax: 703-682-6201
www.palazzoatparkcenter.com

Profitable Property
866-237-1382
www.profitableproperty.com/workshop

Realty Echange
4500 Martinwood Drive
Haymarket, VA 20169
Phone: 800-795-0769
Fax: 703-754-0754
E-Mail: bill@1031.us
www.1031.us

Stewart Agency, Inc. - Eric Stewart
795 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-424-0900
Fax: 301-424-9290
E-Mail: StewartTeam@PointingYouHome.com
www.pointingyouhome.com

Th, eExchange At Van Dorn
4840 Eisnhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 703-682-7600
Fax: 703-682-7601
www.exchangeatvandorn.com

The Marquis at Vienna Station
9480 Virginia Center Boulevard
Vienna, VA 22181
Phone: 703-995-6600
www.marquisatviennastation.com

The Savoy at Reston Town Center
12000 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 571-262-8000
Fax: 571-262-8001
www.savoyreston.com

The Virginian
9229 Arlington Boulevard
FairFax, VA 22031
Phone: 703-385-0555
www.thevirginian.org

The Washington Real Estate Investors Assoc. Network
Phone: 866-217-4482
www.washingtonreianetwork.com

WC and AN Miller
now and forever
4701 Sangamore Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
Phone: 301-229-4000
Fax: 301-229-4015
www.wcanmiller.com

RETAIL & SHOPPING

Ann Hand Collection
4885 MacArthur Blvd
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-2979
Fax: 202-333-8862
E-Mail: info@annhand.com
www.annhand.com

Colony House
www.ColonyHouse.net

Continental Jewelers
1010 Connecticut Av. NW
Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202-833-3366
www.ContinentalJewelersDC.com

Cutting Edge Kiosks Inc
Phone: 888-225-2196
E-Mail: cuttingedgekiosks@yahoo.com
www.cuttingedgekiosks.com

Direct Jewelry Outlet
101 E. Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone: 703-5-DIAMOND
www.djo.com

Hot Spring Spas of Washington
1221 Nebel Street
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-770-1516
Fax: 301-770-3008

Jordan Kitts Music
9520 Baltimore Blvd
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-513-1235
Fax: 301-474-3648
E-Mail: pottenritter@jordankitts.com
www.jordankitts.com

Mattress Discounters
Have a good nite sleep on us.
6808 220th St SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Fax: 425-774-8499
www.mattressdiscounters.com

Mervis Diamond Importers
1900 Mervis Way
Tysons Corner, VA
Phone: 703-448-9000
Fax: 703-848-2539
www.mervisdiamonds.com

PajamaGram
Phone: 1-800-givePJs
www.pajamagram.com

Select Comfort
What is your sleep Number?
Phone: 800-548-7231
www.selectcomfort.com

Shoppes of Bethesda
Bethesda, MD
Phone: 301-881-3090
www.shoppesofbethesda.com

Purina One
Take the Purina One 30 Day Challenge
Phone: 800-630-MEOW
www.purinaone.com

Vermont Teddy Bear
Phone: 800-282-3131
www.vermontteddybear.com

TRAVEL & LODGING

Vacationspot.com
888-317-SPOT
www.Vacationspot.com

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Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2005 15:38:29 -0400
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: NY Politicians Call for Racial Profiling/Muslims Speak Out Against Terror

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/3/05

* VERSE: Bad and Good are Not Equal
* CAIR-NY: Politicians Call For Racial Profiling (AP)
            - Contact CAIR-NY
* CAIR: Muslims Speak Out Against Terror (SP Times)
            - CAIR-CA: Muslims Call Bombers `Criminals' (SJMN)
            - VA: Mosque Backs Ruling Against Terror
* CA: LA-Area Mosque Open Houses (San Bernardino Sun)
            - TX: All Clear at Islamic Center (WOAI)
* INCITEMENT: Islam Hostile to Non-Muslims
            - MA: Foe Isn't Islam, It's Binladenism (Boston Globe)
* NY: Growing Up to be a 'Deportable Alien' (Newsday)
* Documents Tell of Brutality by GIs (Wash Post)
            - Detainee Alleges Abuse En Route to Gitmo (Wash Post)
* Israel Seeks $2.2 Billion From U.S. For Pullout (Reuters)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: BAD AND GOOD ARE NOT EQUAL - TOP

"Say: 'Bad and good are not equal, even though the abundance of the bad may dazzle you; so be conscious of God, O people of understanding, that you may prosper.'"

The Holy Quran, 5:100

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CAIR-NY: TWO POLITICIANS CALL FOR RACIAL PROFILING IN NY SUBWAY TERROR CHECKS - TOP
Sara Kugler, Associated Press, 08/03/05
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5186144,00.html

Middle Easterners should be targeted for searches on city subways, two elected officials said, contending that police have been wasting time with random checks in efforts to prevent terrorism in the transit system.

The city began examining passengers' bags on subways and buses after the second bomb attack in London two weeks ago. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have said several times that officers will not engage in racial profiling.

But over the weekend, state Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should be focusing on those who fit the "terrorist profile."

"They all look a certain way," said Hikind, a Democrat from Brooklyn. "It's all very nice to be politically correct here, but we're talking about terrorism."

On Tuesday, Republican City Councilman James Oddo said the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack by Middle Eastern men in hijacked airplanes prompted him to publicly declare his support for Hikind's statements&The director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Wissam Nasr, said their push for racial profiling is offensive and ignorant.

"Terror comes in all shapes and sizes, and certainly there's no legislation or system that's going to identify terrorists on the spot," Nasr said. (MORE)

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr, 917-751-1017 or 212-870-2002, E-Mail: director@cair-ny.org - TOP

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CAIR: MUSLIMS SPEAK OUT AGAINST TERROR - TOP
St. Petersburg Times, 08/03/05
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/08/03/Opinion/Muslims_speak_out_aga.shtml

Last week's religious declaration by a group of U.S. and Canadian Muslim leaders condemning terrorism sends an important message: Muslims cannot support or tolerate terrorism and be true to the teachings of Islam.

North America's leading Islamic scholars and jurists who interpret Islamic law condemned terrorism in language that was direct and unequivocal: "Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden. And those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not "martyrs' . . . It is haram, forbidden, for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence." The statement was endorsed by leaders of more than 120 U.S. Muslim groups&

Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is airing radio and TV ads distancing Islam from extremist violence, with moderate Muslims declaring they "will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals." Given the number of Muslim civilians killed by suicide bombers in places like Iraq, the efforts of groups such as CAIR to marginalize support for martyrdom is an important counterweight to Islamic extremism. (MORE)

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CAIR-CA: MUSLIM LEADERS CALL BOMBERS `CRIMINALS' - TOP
Lisa Fernandez, Mercury News, 08/03/05
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/12290497.htm

Prompted by the terrorist bombings in London that killed dozens last month, a group of Bay Area Muslim leaders Tuesday read aloud a fatwa, or religious ruling, at a San Jose mosque calling the attackers ``criminals'' who violate the letter and spirit of Islam.

As terrorism around the globe continues to harm innocent civilians, many U.S. Muslim groups are stepping up efforts to condemn these acts and address criticism that they haven't acted or spoken forcefully to denounce religious extremism.

Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Santa Clara joined about 120 self-described moderate-minded Muslim organizations nationwide, which began making public and emphatic proclamations late last week, denouncing terrorism.

In endorsing this fatwa, CAIR and other groups turn the tables on Islamic extremists who have used religious decrees as a way of rallying followers to action. Terrorist leader Osama bin Laden issued one to his troops to kill Americans&

In the last four years, CAIR members have tried to improve the public image of Islam, insisting that most Muslims are peace-loving people who value human life. Last month CAIR gave away thousands of free Korans, and last year it began airing public service announcements called "Not in the name of Islam,'' 30-second broadcasts denouncing terrorism. (MORE)

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VA: ADAMS BACKS RULING AGAINST TERROR - TOP
The Loudon Times-Mirror, 08/02/2005
http://www.timescommunity.com/site/tab1.cfm?newsid=14966776&BRD=2553&PAG=461&dept_id=506035&rfi=6

The Sterling-based All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) last week offered its support for the fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America. "Fiqh" refers to Islamic jurisprudence.

According to the ADAMS Center, the fatwa was endorsed by more than 120 U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. In addition, almost 700,000 U.S. Muslims and their families have signed a petition condemning terrorism. (MORE)

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NON-MUSLIMS INVITED TO OPEN MOSQUE DAY - TOP
San Bernardino Sun, 8/3/05
http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208%257E12588%257E2992867,00.html
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Hoping to improve relations with non-Muslims, mosques throughout Southern California are scheduled to open their doors Aug. 21 to followers of any faith.

Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., attendees will tour the mosques, meet Muslims, ask questions of clergy and eat Middle Eastern cuisine.

Local mosques participating in the event are the Islamic Center of Claremont, 3641 N. Garey Ave., in Pomona; the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco, 465 Santana Way, in Corona; the Islamic Center of Riverside, 1038 W. Linden St.; and the Islamic Center of Upland, 525 N. Central Ave., Ste. 2.

Open Mosque Day is sponsored by the Islamic Shura Council, which oversees Southern California mosques. For more information, visit www.shuracouncil.org or call [714] 239-6473.

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ALL CLEAR AT ISLAMIC CENTER - TOP
Jim Forsyth, WOAI, 8/3/05
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=AFAFC3B9-5944-4B6A-B6B1-656BEFBAF4BD

An apparent attempt to make a donation resulted in a bomb scare at a San Antonio mosque Wednesday morning.

Police said a man arrived at the San Antonio Islamic Center to open the Mosque for morning prayers when he found an open metal suitcase containing $100 bills on the front step of the building, which is protected by a tall fence and a locked gate, and is located in a residential area on the city's southwest side.

Muslim worshipers who arrived for prayers were sent away, the area was sealed off and the San Antonio police bomb squad was called. Several dozen people were evacuated from two nearby apartment buildings.

Police Sergeant Gabe Trevino says when bomb squad investigators investigated, they found the suitcase contained several hundred dollars in cash and nothing more, apparently a donation to the mosque.

"It appears so," Trevino said. "If somebody wants to come by and claim the money, we will give it to them. They can turn it back over to the center if they like, but for now it will remain in the custody of the police."

Trevino said a high level response like the one this morning is not uncommon for bomb scares involving mosques.

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM HOSTILE TO NON-MUSLIMS - TOP
Charles Morris, York Daily Record, 8/3/05
http://ydr.com/story/letters/79682/

In 1554, after a coalition of European armies turned back Islamic invaders at the very gates of Vienna, the defeated Muslim leader, "Sueleiman The Magnificent" vowed that Islam would return to finish the job "even if it took 500 years."

Do the arithmetic. It's almost exactly 500 years since Pan Arab Islamic terrorists began attacking western nations - in the first instance by attacking Israel, then by hijacking airplanes, and each time escalating the violence on a pre-arranged schedule.

The imbeciles in our country who call Islam a peaceful religion ignore the very precise words in the Koran, which instruct all faithful Muslims with respect to "infidels" (non-believers). They are to be treated in the following order: converted, enslaved or finally, killed to the very last man, woman or child.

Anyone who claims otherwise has not read the Koran, nor studied history. The most respected Islamic historian, Ibn Khaldun, who wrote an extensive text about 1377, made it clear how Muslims should feel about any non-Muslims. He said that all blacks and westerners (in those days Europeans), were by nature fit only to be slaves and should not be permitted self-government. His book "The Muquaddimah" is available on Amazon.com or through your local bookstore. It's very specific, and is still referred to extensively by Arab "scholars."

Any of our congressional, media or religious "leaders" who deny the basic hostile plans of Islam to the West, take note. Not having their own technology, clever Arabs waited to borrow ours and are using it in their war of extermination against the West.

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FOE ISN'T ISLAM, IT'S BINLADENISM - TOP
Abdul Cader Asmal, Boston Globe, 8/3/05
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/08/03/foe_isnt_islam_its_binladenism/

WHETHER WE are American, Nigerian, Indonesian, or British, we look like them, we dress like them, we speak like them, and we pray like them. We cannot identify them before they strike. They hate us because we reject their ideology. They would kill us as ''infidels." We are Muslims. So are they. But they are terrorists and we are not. That is the distinction. This is where we must make our stand. (MORE)

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GROWING UP TO BE A 'DEPORTABLE ALIEN' - TOP
Robert Polner, Newsday, 8/3/05
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-sid0803,0,416243.story

Kamal Essaheb has completed his second year at Fordham University Law School, speaks fluent Arabic and counsels South Asian victims of domestic violence under a paid fellowship.

But Essaheb, a native of Morocco and a resident of Queens since he was 11, also is a "deportable alien," with his childhood visa long since expired.

"The whole thing is kind of weird. I grew up here. My brothers and I were Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, Michael Jordan," said Essaheb, 23, whose classmates have generated more than a 1,100 letters from law school administrators and students around the New York region to the Department of Homeland Security, asking that his prosecution be discontinued.

As Essaheb's case reflects, the children of immigrants whose visas have expired are hardly immune from deportation proceedings, especially when it comes to those of Arab and Muslim ancestry since 9/11. Civil liberties activists contend that beefed-up enforcement of immigration laws needlessly rips families apart. (MORE)

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DOCUMENTS TELL OF BRUTAL IMPROVISATION BY GIS - TOP
Josh White, The Washington Post, 8/03/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/02/AR2005080201941_pf.html

Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was being stubborn with his American captors, and a series of intense beatings and creative interrogation tactics were not enough to break his will. On the morning of Nov. 26, 2003, a U.S. Army interrogator and a military guard grabbed a green sleeping bag, stuffed Mowhoush inside, wrapped him in an electrical cord, laid him on the floor and began to go to work. Again.

It was inside the sleeping bag that the 56-year-old detainee took his last breath through broken ribs, lying on the floor beneath a U.S. soldier in Interrogation Room 6 in the western Iraqi desert. Two days before, a secret CIA-sponsored group of Iraqi paramilitaries, working with Army interrogators, had beaten Mowhoush nearly senseless, using fists, a club and a rubber hose, according to classified documents.

The sleeping bag was the idea of a soldier who remembered how his older brother used to force him into one, and how scared and vulnerable it made him feel. Senior officers in charge of the facility near the Syrian border believed that such "claustrophobic techniques" were approved ways to gain information from detainees, part of what military regulations refer to as a "fear up" tactic, according to military court documents.

The circumstances that led up to Mowhoush's death paint a vivid example of how the pressure to produce intelligence for anti-terrorism efforts and the war in Iraq led U.S. military interrogators to improvise and develop abusive measures, not just at Abu Ghraib but in detention centers elsewhere in Iraq, in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mowhoush's ordeal in Qaim, over 16 days in November 2003, also reflects U.S. government secrecy surrounding some abuse cases and gives a glimpse into a covert CIA unit that was set up to foment rebellion before the war and took part in some interrogations during the insurgency. (MORE)

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DETAINEE ALLEGES ABUSE EN ROUTE TO GUANTANAMO -  TOP
Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 08/03/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/02/AR2005080201702.html

A 27-year-old Ethiopian man being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay alleges that interrogators in jails through which he passed before reaching Cuba repeatedly abused him physically and psychologically, his attorney said Tuesday.

Benyam Mohammed alleged that the torture took place in Pakistan, Morocco and Afghanistan and that he was flown between those countries by American operatives, according to Clive Stafford Smith, a British human rights lawyer who said he represents about 40 Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

There is no known independent verification of the allegations made by Mohammed, who the lawyer said reached Guantanamo in September.

Following standard policy, a Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on whether Mohammed is at Guantanamo, or on the specifics of his claims. (MORE)

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ISRAEL SEEKS $2.2 BILLION FROM US FOR GAZA PULLOUT - TOP
Dan Williams, Reuters, 07/11/05
http://today.reuters.com/News/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-07-12T002132Z_01_N11515466_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-MIDEAST-DC.XML

Israel is seeking $2.2 billion from the United States, in one of the largest aid requests by the Jewish state, to help pay for its planned withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli political sources said Monday.

In a meeting with senior U.S. officials in Washington, an Israeli delegation gave the White House an assessment of Israel's "needs and requirements" for relocating military bases from Gaza, and for developing the Galilee and Negev regions, where many settlers are likely to be moved, Israeli sources said after the talks.

"U.S. officials will now study the presentation and see what additional questions we may have," a spokesman for the White House National Security Council said.

"A number of programs and needs were described and we will, as the president has said, be working with the government of Israel to understand the proposal and see how we can assist in making the plans a reality," the NSC spokesman added.

Both Israeli and U.S. officials described the proposal as initial or preliminary.

Israel is among the largest recipients of U.S. aid, and the $2.2 billion would be in addition to annual aid of around $2.8 billion. Much of the annual funding comes in the form of grants that are spent on U.S. military exports. (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/4/05

* HADITH: Charity and Paying Debts Encouraged
* CAIR-DC: Forum with Muslim Women Leaders
* NY City Sued Over Subway Searches (Newsday)
            - CA: Iranians Targeted by FBI? (Contra Costa Times)
* CAIR-AZ: Cartoons an Insult to Muslims (AZ Rep)
            - CAIR-CAN: 'Sheik' Quip Lands Banker in Training
            - CAIR-DC: Police Chiefs and Suicide Bombers (Wash Post)
* CAIR: NC Muslims Will Pray for Rain in Niger (Charlotte Obs)
            - CAIR: U.S. Muslims Asked To Pray For Rain in Niger
* CAIR-TX: Cash Left at Mosque Brings Bomb Squad (Express News)
* WA: Fatwa Welcome News from Muslims (Seattle Times)
            - NY: Muslims Against Terrorism (Long Island Press)
            - CA: 'Fatwa' Against Terrorist (Oakland Trib)
            - CA: Muslim Council Takes a Stand (OC Register)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY AND PAYING DEBTS ENCOURAGED - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If I had (a mountain of) gold, I would love that, before three days had passed, not a single (coin) thereof remained with me if I found somebody to accept it (as charity), excluding some amount that I would keep for the payment of my debts."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Hadith 334

VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD IS AWARE OF THE GOOD THAT YOU DO

"They ask you (O Muhammad) what they should spend in charity. Say: 'Whatever you spend with a good heart, give it to parents, relatives, orphans, the helpless, and travellers in need. Whatever good you do, God is aware of it.'"

The Holy Quran, 2:215

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CAIR-DC: PANEL DISCUSSION ON MUSLIM WOMEN LEADERS IN PUBLIC LIFE - TOP

WHAT: CAIR's Research Center invites the public to attend "Muslim Women Leaders in Public Life."

Speakers:

* Aisha Al-Adawiya, Executive Director, Women in Islam
* Asma Mobin-Uddin, M.D., Vice President of CAIR-Ohio

WHEN: Monday, August 29, 2005, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR's Capitol Hill Office, 453 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Complimentary copies of "Women Friendly Mosques and Community Centers" will be available.

Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Refreshments will be provided.
To R.S.V.P please e-mail mnimer@cair-net.org by August 26.

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NYCLU SUES CITY OVER SUBWAY SEARCHES - TOP
Joshua Robin and Dan Johnson, Newsday, 8/4/05
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/crime/nyc-suit0804,0,646390,print.story

The New York Civil Liberties Union will file suit against the city Thursday to keep police from searching the bags of passengers entering the subway, organization lawyers said.

The suit, which will be filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, will claim that the two-week old policy violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection and prohibitions against unlawful searches and seizures, while doing almost nothing to shield the city from terrorism.

It argues that the measure also allows the possibility for racial profiling, even though officers are ordered to randomly screen passengers.

"While concerns about terrorism of course justify -- indeed, require -- aggressive police tactics, those concerns cannot justify the Police Department's unprecedented policy of subjecting millions of innocent people to suspicionless searches," states the suit, a partial copy of which was provided to Newsday.

Names of the plaintiffs -- subway riders who object to the searches -- were redacted in the copy, but are expected to be released Thursday morning.

A city Law Department spokeswoman said that since officials had not yet received the suit, she could not yet comment. (MORE)

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IRANIANS FEAR FBI SEES THEM AS TARGETS - TOP
Nathaniel Hoffman; Contra Costa Times, 8/4/05
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/world/12300652.htm

SAN FRANCISCO - About seven months ago an Iranian-American called the American Civil Liberties Union to report that an FBI agent had phoned for an interview.

The agent mentioned she was part of the "Iran desk," said ACLU Arab, Muslim and South Asian advocate Dalia Hashad.

That tip and, since October, an increasing number of calls for legal advice from Iranian-Americans sent up red flags for a coalition of civil rights organizations monitoring the treatment of Muslims and natives of two dozen countries in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Iranians are increasingly seeking aid after being questioned by the FBI, put on government watch lists and losing their jobs or security clearances.

"Over the past year or so there are increasing numbers of Iranian-Americans who are being discriminated against across the board," Hashad said Wednesday at a news conference at the offices of the National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement. (MORE)

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CAIR-AZ: CARTOONS AN INSULT TO MUSLIMS - TOP
Arizona Republic, 9/4/05
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0804thurlets047.html

The number of hate crimes against Muslims has risen to disturbing levels. Cartoons such as those by The Republic's Steve Benson on July 28 and Sunday will not help this situation.

The cartoons are gross misrepresentations of Muslims and totally disregarded the countless condemnations made by American Muslims every day. We are doing our utmost to speak out against terrorism in all forms.

Part of the work that Council on American-Islamic Relations of Arizona (CAIR-AZ) is fostering positive relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. We offer sensitivity training to organizations here in the Valley, including the airport and police departments. We engage in interfaith dialogue and raise awareness about Islam.

Islam does not teach hatred. It teaches that there is no justification in killing innocent people. My wife is Christian. Islam allows Muslim men to marry from different faiths (Christian or Jewish). Islam prohibits killing innocent people, regardless of their faith.

We have always been contributors to the American society in many fields - education, health, business and others - and consider this country to be our home as well. - Mohamed El-Sharkawy, Phoenix

The writer is CAIR-AZ chairman.

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'SHEIK' QUIP LANDS BANKER IN SENSITIVITY TRAINING - TOP
Colin Freeze, Globe and Mail, 8/4/05
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050804/MUSLIM04/TPNational/TopStories

Jeff Rubin, the famously voluble chief economist of CIBC World Markets, has been sent to sensitivity training after angering Canada's most prominent Islamic lobby group with language he used in a report on the oil market.

In April, he predicted that oil prices would double by 2010. Demand will outstrip supply because "this time around there won't be any tap that some appeased mullah or sheik can suddenly turn back on," he wrote.

While Mr. Rubin used the terms to describe the OPEC-induced price shocks of years past, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) found the language offensive. In fact, CAIR-CAN wrote the bank saying it was "gravely concerned that Mr. Rubin is promoting stereotyping of Muslims and Arabs."

Two weeks after the complaint, CIBC World Markets chief executive Brian Shaw responded.

Mr. Shaw said in a letter to CAIR-CAN that the remarks "were not meant to offend anyone" but "in hindsight, the comments were insensitive."

Mr. Shaw went on to say that "we will be providing him [Mr. Rubin] with training to ensure that this situation does not occur again in the future . . . in addition, Jeff has withdrawn the research report from the World Markets website [and] redrafted the paragraph in question." (MORE)

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POLICE CHIEFS GROUP BOLSTERS POLICY ON SUICIDE BOMBERS - TOP
Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, 8/4/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/03/AR2005080301867.html

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents the heads of police departments in the United States and across the world, has issued new guidelines saying that officers who confront a suicide bomber should shoot the suspect in the head.

The recommendations, the first from a major police organization to deal with the realities of a post-Sept. 11 world, take a more aggressive posture than typical lethal-force guidelines. The guidelines were published July 8 -- about two weeks before the London police, acting on a similar policy, fatally shot an innocent Brazilian seven times in the head because they mistook him for a suicide bomber.

The National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board is developing the first national protocol for response to suicide bombers and is also recommending to police bomb squads nationwide that if a suspect is wearing a suicide bomb, an officer who needs to use deadly force should not shoot near the bomb.

U.S. police officers and federal agents typically have been authorized to use deadly force if lives are in imminent danger. But since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the definition of imminent danger has changed, prompting law enforcement officials to rethink the rules of engagement . . .

The Israeli training of British and American law enforcement officials makes some groups ask whether the police are going too far. The tension is especially pronounced among Muslim community leaders, who are deeply suspicious of Israel because of the country's long-standing conflict with the Palestinians.

"The London situation where an innocent man was shot and killed was based on Israeli procedure, and I don't think that we want to be replicating the actions of a foreign government engaged in a brutal occupation of another people," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It sends the wrong message to the Muslim world." (MORE)

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MUSLIMS WILL PRAY FOR RAIN IN DROUGHT-STRICKEN NIGER - TOP
Charlotte Observer, 8/4/05
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/12298542.htm

Charlotte-area Muslims plan to pray Friday for rain in Niger, part of a national effort encouraging the Islamic community to focus on the drought-stricken African nation.

Friday's services, or Jummah, at four places of worship in Mecklenburg will include supplication for the millions in Niger suffering from drought, famine and locusts. Services are at 1:15 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Charlotte, 1700 Progress Lane, and Islamic Center of Charlotte-South, 539 N. Polk St. in Pineville. Services are also at 1:30 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, 7025 The Plaza, and Ash-Shaheed Islamic Center, 2717 Tuckaseegee Road.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington is calling on U.S. mosques and Islamic centers -- and all other houses of worship -- to pray for rain in the predominantly Muslim nation, and to donate to relief efforts. The council said the special Islamic prayer Salatul Istisqa was performed by the Prophet Muhammad and is traditionally offered in a drought.

To learn more about the issues or to offer aid, visit these Web sites: U.N. World Food Program at www.wfp.org or Oxfam at www.oxfam.org.

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U.S. MUSLIMS ASKED TO PRAY FOR RAIN IN NIGER - TOP
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CASH LEFT AT MOSQUE BRINGS BOMB SQUAD - TOP
Mary Moreno, Express-News, 8/4/05
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA080405.1B.mosque_scare.17a07f06.html

It might have been meant as a gift, but an open briefcase filled with money and left at the front doors of a Northwest Side mosque Wednesday morning caused panic.

Imam Yousef Said says the Islamic Center of San Antonio will accept the money if it was meant as a gift.

Worshippers arriving at the Islamic Center of San Antonio at 5:30 a.m. for the first of five daily prayers found the silver briefcase with $5, $10 and $20 bills. They became suspicious and called police.

Given the current atmosphere of hostile feelings toward Muslims in some parts of the world, Imam Yousef Said said they couldn't just take the money as a random act of kindness.

"I thought there was something wrong for sure," he said.

Police also were uneasy with the find and the San Antonio Police Department's bomb squad asked that several nearby apartment buildings be evacuated and part of Fairhaven Street be closed to traffic.

Yousef said the mosque at 8638 Fairhaven St. hasn't seen major problems, but it has received a few hate calls, and the mosque's sign near the road was hit a few times with paintballs.

"We'd like to think that San Antonio is exempt (from) that, but we don't want to be naive," police spokesman Sgt. Gabe Trevino said.

The briefcase had a partition that made it impossible to see all the way through, Yousef said. And nobody could tell what was lying underneath the cash.

"It could have been something very innocent," said Sarwat Husain, chairwoman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "But we didn't know if this was a trap." (MORE)

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WELCOME NEWS FROM MUSLIMS - TOP
Seattle Times, 8/4/05
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2002419262_fatwaed04.html

The fatwa - a formal message - issued by an association of North American Islamic scholars last week is welcome clarification in the ongoing battle to fight terrorism.

Not only does it clearly state Islam denounces the terrorism that killed more than 3,000 people in the 9/11 attacks, but it helps clarify the societal debate for non-Muslims tempted to jump to conclusions. Almost four years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and a month after the four London bombings that killed dozens, the enemy in the war on terrorism still remains murky. It is too easy to define the enemy by what we know about the culprits: the 9/11 attackers and the London bombers all are Muslim men.

"There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric attacks are criminals not 'martyrs."

But they are more than that. They are fundamentalist radicals, an aberration, but a formidable one. They do not represent Muslims in general. That has been the consistent message of many American Muslims and Islamic scholars.

Last week, the Fiqh Council of North America issued a ruling formalizing that view. The fatwa carries the weight of an opinion issued by a recognized religious authority. The ruling reads, in part:

"Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric attacks are criminals not 'martyrs.' "

The fatwa further forbids Muslims from cooperating with terrorists and affirms it is their duty to cooperate with law enforcement to protect innocent civilians. As of Thursday, 163 imams, mosques and Muslim organizations endorsed the fatwa.

This is not a new position for the council, or most Muslims. It follows a similar ruling by the Muslim Council of Britain. But it is an important and responsible affirmation of their faith's principles, which have been obscured by the terrorists who insist they are something different.

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MUSLIMS AGAINST TERRORISM - TOP
Lauren Wolfe, Long Island Press, 8/04/05
http://www.longislandpress.com/?cp=162&show=article&a_id=5147

A fatwa against terrorism issued by American Muslim clerics after the recent London bombings has been roundly applauded across the country. Yet, along with the applause comes a nagging question: Why has it taken so long for Muslim leaders to speak out?

Muslims say it hasn't; they just haven't been heard.

"From what I've seen, everybody has been involved and engaged and we're all trying to grapple with this issue," says Faroque Ahmad Khan, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, in Westbury. Khan says that he and his colleagues discuss terrorism-as they discuss any major world issue-with their congregations.

The time since 9/11 has been "a double tragedy for Muslims," he says. Besides the impact the Muslim community felt when hundreds of their own died in the World Trade Center, there is the cloud of suspicion all Muslims live under today.

"The purpose of the fatwa is to put on record once and for all where we stand on this issue," Khan says.

Until now, there has been little in the news of such condemnations of terrorism by American Muslim groups. Rabiah Ahmed of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group, puts the blame for the silence partly on the media and partly on her own community's ignorance of PR.

"These are things that have been said since 9/11," Ahmed explains, "but the community was not media savvy before. We've had to make up for lost time." Illustrating the spotty understanding of public outreach, Ahmed Yuceturk, an imam at the United American Muslim Association of N.Y., in Dix Hills professed complete ignorance of the fatwa.

CAIR's Ahmed says the fatwa was inspired by a similar one issued by British clerics. Previously, groups like hers issued press releases against terrorism, often weekly. A fatwa, which is a legal opinion culled from Islamic law, however, carries a religious and moral weight that a press release clearly doesn't.

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'FATWA' AGAINST TERRORIST - TOP
Catherine Ho, Oakland Tribune, 8/4/05
http://www.insidebayarea.com/searchresults/ci_2912628

A GLOBAL CRY for peace was answered on Tuesday in the halls of San Bruno's Al Madinah Academy, as Moi Din joined hundreds of Muslim leaders from California to Great Britain in support of a "fatwa" condemning terrorism and religious extremism.

"We're totally against terrorism because there is no such thing in Islam," said Din, president of the Al Madinah Academy and mosque. "Islam is about peace."

This was precisely the message behind the fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, that was issued Thursday by the Fiqh Council of North America, a group of Islamic legal scholars who interpret Muslim law.

The anti-terror declaration, which comes in the face of a widespread post-9/11 backlash toward many followers of Islam, is part of the Muslim community's effort to disassociate the faith from the violent acts of extremists.

"In all cultures, there are good people and bad people. Some of the radical Muslims go beyond that, and that's not right," Din said. "We're not supportive of those kinds of organiza7tions or people at all."

Sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, the fatwa has made an international impact, drawing support from Muslim leaders in the United States, Asia and Europe. (MORE)

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MUSLIM COUNCIL TAKES A STAND - TOP
Benjamin J. Hubbard, Orange County Register, 8/4/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/08/04/sections/commentary/orange_grove/article_621443.php

To some it may seem as too late in coming, but the Muslim Fiqh Council of North America, under the leadership of Muzammil Siddiqi, took a significant step July 28 when it declared that "[a]ll acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam."

Siddiqi heads the 18-member Council, which decides judicial matters for Muslims. He is also the longtime spiritual leader of the Islamic Society of Orange County, and a part-time lecturer in Islamic studies at Cal State Fullerton, where I teach, and at Chapman University.

The council issued a fatwa or legal ruling that - along with condemning terrorism and extremism - said it is forbidden "to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence," and it is "the civil and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians."

Siddiqi's prominent role in the issuance of the fatwa is typical of his careful but courageous work in the field of interfaith relations over the last quarter century. (MORE)

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BREAKING NEWS:

* CAIR Condemns Bus Attack by Israeli Terrorist
* Pro-Israel Lobbyists Charged with Classified Leaks (AP)

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CAIR CONDEMNS BUS ATTACK BY ISRAELI TERRORIST - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/4/05) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned a shooting attack by an Israeli terrorist that killed four people and wounded many others on a bus in the Arab-majority town of Shfaram.

SEE: "Gunman Kills 4 on Israeli Bus"
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/08/04/bus.shooting/

In its statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:

"This brutal attack on innocent civilians once again demonstrates that terrorism and extremism can rise out of any faith. We call on American religious and political leaders to condemn the attack and to repudiate the extremist views that apparently motivated the perpetrator. Terror is terror, no matter what faith the terrorist espouses."

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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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FORMER PRO-ISRAEL LOBBYISTS CHARGED WITH CLASSIFIED LEAKS - TOP
Associated Press, 8/4/05
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-08-04-spyingcharges_x.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two former employees of a pro-Israel lobbying organization were indicted Thursday on charges they conspired to obtain and disclose classified U.S. defense information over a five-year period.

An indictment unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., names Steven Rosen, formerly the director of foreign policy issues for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and Keith Weissman, the organization's former senior Iran analyst.

The five-count indictment also spells out in greater detail the government's case against Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin, who already is facing charges he leaked classified military information to an Israeli official and the AIPAC employees.

Rosen and Weissman disclosed sensitive information as far back as 1999 on a variety of topics that included terrorist activities in Central Asia, the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda and U.S. policy in Iran, the indictment says. Among their contacts were foreign government officials and reporters, the indictment says. (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/5/05

* VERSE: Qualities of the Righteous
* WMAL Advertiser Drops Spots over Anti-Islam Host
            - 2 Million Americans View CAIR Anti-Terror PSA
* CAIR-NY Rep Discusses Profiling on MSNBC's 'Hardball'
* MI: Fines For Fake Halal Ads (Free Press)
            - MI: Religious Food Gets Protection (Detroit News)
* NY: Muslim Cabbie Returns Lost Diamonds
            - INCITEMENT: Islam is a Religion of Hate
* MD: County's First Mosque Takes Form
* DC: Read the Indictment Against AIPAC Lobbyists

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VERSE OF THE DAY: QUALITIES OF THE RIGHTEOUS - TOP

(The righteous are) those who are patient in adversity; who are true (in word and deed); who worship devoutly; who spend (in the way of God); and who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning."

The Holy Quran, 3:17

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WMAL ADVERTISER DROPS SPOTS OVER ANTI-ISLAM HOST - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded a decision by an advertiser on a Washington, D.C., radio station to drop its commercials from a program that Muslims say promotes Islamophobic hatred.

CAIR said the advertiser dropped its ads from WMAL-AM's Michael Graham program after receiving complaints from concerned Muslims. In an e-mail, a representative of the advertiser stated: "I have asked that our ad be pulled from this show, I personally agree with your comments although I also believe the world takes many types of people, some ignorant, some extreme." (The name of the advertiser is being withheld to prevent a backlash from Graham's supporters.)

Graham was suspended without pay by the station for stating repeatedly that "Islam is a terrorist organization." His suspension came after CAIR urged Muslims to contact WMAL and its advertisers. (A replacement host for Graham made similarly Islamophobic comments when he falsely claimed that the Quran, Islam's revealed text, teaches Muslims to lie.)

SEE: "WMAL Suspends Talk-Show Host for Comment on Islam" http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/28/AR2005072802241.html

"We thank the advertiser for refusing to subsidize religious bigotry and again urge that Graham's temporary suspension be made permanent," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper said CAIR is calling on Washington-area Muslims to contact other WMAL advertisers to urge that they too drop their commercials from the program. A complete list of WMAL advertisers may be viewed at: http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=275&theType=AA

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
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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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2 MILLION AMERICANS VIEW CAIR ANTI-TERROR PSA - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that more than two million people nationwide have already viewed the group's "Not in the Name of Islam" anti-terror television public service announcement (PSA) since its release last month.

CAIR's 30-second PSA ties into the "Not in the Name of Islam" online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The PSA has been translated into Arabic and Urdu for distribution to media in the Muslim world. Radio versions of these PSAs have also bee produced.

To view or listen to the PSAs, go to:

TV: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram
English: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/english.mp3
Arabic: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/arabic.mp3
Urdu: http://www.cair-net.org/psa/urdu.mp3

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CAIR-NY REP DISCUSSES PROFILING ON MSNBC'S 'HARDBALL' - TOP
Ken Allard, Pete Williams, Chris Matthews, Hardball MSNBC, 08/04/05
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8838904/

MATTHEWS: Since those terrifying London subway attacks of July 7, law enforcement here in New York has begun random bag searches on the subway in order to ferret out would-be bomber, a policy now being challenged by the New York Civil Liberties Union. Recently, however, a New York state assemblyman, Dov Hikind, and City Councilman James Oddo have proposed legislation to make racially profiling Middle Easterners who fit a young Arab fundamentalist profile legal.

Both Hikind and Oddo declined HARDBALL`s invitation to join our discussion tonight.

Former City New York Police Commissioner Howard Safir, however, is a proponent of this kind of profiling.

How do you -- how do regular beat patrolmen do this, look for the most obvious suspects in these kinds of cases?

HOWARD SAFIR, FORMER NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER: Well, first you have to distinguish.

You talked about racial profiling. I don`t consider this racial profiling. This is terrorist profiling. We know what the 19 hijackers looked like on 9/11. We know what the London hijackers looked like. We know what the embassy bombers looked like in Africa. We know what the Cole bombers looked like.

MATTHEWS: Mr. Nasr, what is wrong with what the former commissioner just suggested?

WISSAM NASR, AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS COUNCIL: . . .Well, first of all, the subway structures are fundamentally flawed. You are not going to find a terrorist doing random searches. You find terrorists doing focused searches. Another thing is that racial profiling is illegal. So, everything we even talk about on the show is about an illegal practice. The fact of the matter is, is that we don`t know what a Middle Eastern person looks like. You can ask that Brazilian man who was shot to death in the train station because he looked Middle Eastern. (MORE)

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WAYNE CO. LAW FINES FOR FAKE ISLAMIC DIET ADS - TOP
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 08/05/05
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/halal5e_20050805.htm

Suehaila Amen and her family relish Mexican food, but because they are observant Muslims, they were unable until recently to enjoy one of their favorites dishes, chicken fajitas, when eating out.

The reason? Under Islamic law, all consumed meat must be halal -- the Muslim equivalent of kosher. And the meat in most restaurants doesn't meet the strict doctrinal standard.

On Thursday, the Wayne County Commission passed a law to address the concerns of observant Muslims who want to be sure what they are getting is really halal. It penalizes those who mislead consumers by falsely advertising halal or kosher products . . .

The law is similar to statewide statutes passed in New Jersey and Illinois over the past few years. Meanwhile, Muslims in other states, such as California, are lobbying elected officials to pass similar laws, said Rabiah Ahmed of the Council on American-Islamic Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Growing up in Warren, Ahmed, 28, found it easy to keep a strict Islamic diet because of the plethora of halal butchers, restaurants and grocery stores in the area. That has only spread in recent years.

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RELIGIOUS FOOD GETS PROTECTION - TOP
Joel Kurth, Detroit News, 08/05/05
http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0508/05/B01-270537.htm

Wayne County butchers selling bogus blessed meat soon could find themselves in trouble with the law.

Acting on a string of complaints, the County Commission on Thursday made it a misdemeanor for food sellers to falsely claim their meat is halal or kosher. Halal food includes beef, lamb or chicken slaughtered according to Islamic law. Kosher food is prepared under strict Jewish rules.

When the ordinance takes effect in 44 days, violations will be punishable by $500 fines or 90 days in jail.

Although it applies to kosher and halal food, the ordinance was prompted because of the popularity of halal food. Once hard to find, the blessed meat now is available at Metro Detroit chain supermarkets, Asian restaurants and even two McDonald's restaurants in Dearborn.

It's so ubiquitous now that some of southeast Michigan's 100,000 Muslims have trouble trusting the meat that claims to be halal. (MORE)

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24-CARAT CABBIE - TOP
Jose Martinez, Kansas City Star, 8/05/05
http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/334707p-285893c.html

He's a gem of a guy.

An honest Brooklyn cab driver Thursday answered the prayers of a Canadian jewelry dealer by returning a diamond-stuffed suitcase that had been left in the trunk of his yellow cab.

"It's like a perfect miracle," said Thierry Delisha, 32, of Montreal. "I am so proud to meet such an honest gentleman."

Hossam Abdala made the sparkling discovery Thursday, hours after dropping off Delisha and two other men at LaGuardia Airport for a flight to Canada around 7:15 a.m.

In their haste to unload eight pieces of luggage, the men didn't notice until it was too late that Abdala had driven off with a suitcase loaded with hundreds of thousands of dollars in bridal jewelry. . .

One call later to Crown Ring, the company Delisha owns in Montreal, and Abdala tracked down the grateful diamond dealer, who had stayed in New York hoping for a miracle.

"The guy's lucky," said Abdala, 30. "Usually, I find cell phones and things like that, but never very heavy bags filled with diamonds."

Delisha and his partners had been in New York for a jewelry expo at the Javits Convention Center.

They were on their way to another show in Toronto when they discovered they might have to show up empty-handed.

"That would have been terrible," Delisha said. "I thought they were gone for good."

Abdala, whose 12-hour shifts behind the wheel start at 4 a.m., received what Delisha called a "very nice reward" for his good deed.

"In New York, with so many people, I never would have believed this could happen," Delisha said. "I found a very good man."

For Abdala, he was relieved he was able to track down Delisha. They reunited last night at LaGuardia.

"It's the right thing to do," said Abdala, a married father of a 4-year-old girl who immigrated from Egypt in 1997. "I knew I had to find the owner."

The episode reaffirmed Delisha's belief in the power of prayer.

"I'm Jewish and he's Muslim, so there has to be a message from God in this," he said. "I wish there could be more people like him." (MORE)

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF HATE - TOP
http://www.lufkindailynews.com/opin/content/news/opinion/stories/2005/08/05/20050805LDNletter.html

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COUNTY'S FIRST MOSQUE TAKES FORM ON RT. 108 - TOP
Paul Peluso Jr., The View, 8/05/05
http://www.theviewnewspapers.com/article.asp?article=6158&paper=91&cat=193

The Dar al-Taqwa Muslim congregation, formed in 1992, is finally getting a place they can call home.

The organization is nearing the end of a decade-long process of building Howard County's first mosque on land that they purchased in 1994 off of Route 108 across from the Cedar Lane Park entrance.

"It's something that is needed," Anwer Hasan, president of the Howard County Muslim Council, said. "The Muslim community has grown in population significantly in Howard County over the last four or five years." (MORE)

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READ THE INDICTMENT AGAINST AIPAC LOBBYISTS - TOP
http://www.antiwar.com/rep2/FranklinSupersedingIndictment.pdf

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ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED FOR THREAT AGAINST U.S. MUSLIM GROUP
CAIR thanks law enforcement agencies for 'swift and professional' actions

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today thanked the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department for "swift and professional" actions that led to the arrest of an Illinois man who allegedly threatened to bomb the group's Capitol Hill headquarters.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrest earlier today of Max L. Oakley, 50, of Toledo, Ill. Oakley allegedly sent e-mailed threats claiming that he would bomb CAIR's Washington, D.C., office and American mosques unless the civil rights and advocacy group made a public announcement that it was ceasing operations. (See the Department of Justice news release below.)

"We wish to thank the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department for their swift and professional actions in helping to apprehend the alleged perpetrator," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This arrest will send a clear message to Islamophobic bigots that intimidation of American Muslims and threats against their institutions will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted vigorously."

Awad added that those who incite anti-Muslim hatred in our society bear a degree of responsibility for the inevitable consequences of their inflammatory rhetoric.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-415-0799; 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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U.S. Department of Justice

KENNETH L. WAINSTEIN
United States Attorney for the
District of Columbia
Judiciary Center
555 Fourth St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 5, 2005

ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED FOR HOAX BOMB THREAT - TOP

Washington, D.C. - United States Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein announced that Max L. Oakley, age 50, of Toledo, Illinois, was arrested by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations today on charges of sending e-mail threats to bomb the headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) located in Washington, DC.

The criminal complaint charges Oakley with a violation Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e), for willfully making a threat and maliciously conveying false information knowing the same to be false, in and affecting interstate commerce, by sending e-mails concerning an alleged attempt to be made to destroy a building by means of an explosive. If Oakley is convicted of these charges he faces up to ten years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the criminal complaint, in the early morning hours on July 29, 2005, CAIR received e-mails advising that everything was in place to take out the CAIR headquarters and all mosques, and that the only way to stop these attacks was to make a public announcement on national television and all cable news stations by 9:00 o'clock p.m. that night that CAIR was closing down. Officers of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit searched the building with K-9 dogs, but found no evidence of explosives.

Agents of the FBI quickly determined that the person sending these e-mails was Max L. Oakley of Toledo, Illinois. When FBI agents interviewed Oakley prior to the 9:00 p.m. deadline, he admitted that he had sent e-mails to CAIR and that the email address from which the emails were sent belonged to him.

In announcing the arrest, United States Attorney Wainstein stated, "As today's arrest demonstrates, law enforcement shows no tolerance for those who use e-mail to spread hateful anti-Islamic rhetoric and threaten violence against innocent persons and organizations."

Oakley is expected to appear before a United States Magistrate Judge in East St. Louis or Benton, Illinois for a removal hearing.

For Information Contact:
Public Affairs
Channing Phillips (202) 514-6933
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/dc

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/8/05

* HADITH: Always Tell the Truth
* Probe Urged for Fire at Muslim Home in Rhode Island
* CAIR-CAN Urges Hate Crime Probe of Swastika Vandalism
* CAIR-FL: Why Attackers Haven't Hit U.S. (USA Today)
            - CAIR-FL: Terrorism Condemned (Bradenton Herald)
            - CAIR-DC: Post-9/11 Work Bias Claims Persist (SL Trib)
            - CAIR-CA: State Dept. Official Meets With CA Muslims
* CAIR-DC/IL: Man Arrested for Anti-Muslim Bomb Threats
* Profiling: A Shameful Hypocrisy (Wash Post)
            - Targeting Muslim Men Does Not Work (Ventura Co. Star)
            - Profiling Fears Surface in Subway (LA Times)
* NC: Should the Quran be in the Courtroom?
            - Fixing N.C.'s Oath (Charlotte Observer)
* MI: Faith, Finance Forge New Path (Free Press)
            - For Muslims, Loans for the Conscience (NY Times)
* KS: Overcoming the Islamic Fear Factor (Wichita Eagle)
            - MO: How I Converted to Islam (KC Star)
            - MN: Growing Up Muslim and American (WCCO)
            - PA: Muslims Balance Between Cultures (Phil Inq)
* U.S. Troops Demanded 'Rent' From Iraqi Vendors (LA Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked: "Can a believer be a coward?" The Prophet said: "Yes." He was then asked: "Can a believer be a miser?" He replied: "Yes." And finally, he was asked: 'Can a believer be a liar?" The Prophet said: "No."

Al-Muwatta, Volume 56, Hadith 19

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PROBE URGED FOR FIRE AT MUSLIM HOME IN RHODE ISLAND - TOP

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/8/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today called on state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate a recent fire at a Muslim family home in Rhode Island for the possibility of a bias motive.

CAIR said three members of the North Kingstown, R.I., Muslim family were injured, one severely, when a fire broke out sometime around 1 a.m. on Friday, August 5. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the family believes it began when someone ignited an outdoor grill after midnight.

SEE: "Overnight House Fire Injures Three in Family"
http://www.projo.com/southcounty/content/projo_20050806_nkfire6.22500737.html

"Given recent incidents targeting Muslims, and a general rise in Islamophobic rhetoric in our society, it would only be prudent to investigate this fire with an eye to the possibility of a bias motive," said CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

CONTACT: Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787, 202-415-0799, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726

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CAIR-CAN CALLS FOR HATE CRIME PROBE OF SWASTIKA VANDALISM - TOP

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 08/08/05) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is calling on police in Windsor, Ontario, to investigate the recent vandalism of spray-painted Nazi swastikas as hate crimes.

According to media reports, swastikas and racial slurs were spray-painted late last week at an elementary school, on street signs and at the homes of some Jewish residents.

SEE: "Vandals Target Jewish Families"
http://www.canada.com/fortstjohn/story.html?id=1244e5ae-f1bc-499e-ab93-2198b8fb0dfe

A year ago, a Windsor mosque was forced to evacuate after receiving a bomb threat.

CONTACT: Halima Mautbur at 613-254-9704; Cell: 613-795-2012; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org

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CAIR-FL: WHY SUICIDE ATTACKERS HAVEN'T HIT U.S. AGAIN - TOP
Rick Hampson, USA Today, 8/07/05
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-08-07-suicide-attacks-cover_x.htm

After the bombings in London and Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, the question that rivets America is one that has no sure answer: Why haven't Muslim militants executed another suicide terror attack on the U.S. home front?

If suicide bombers can strike daily in the Middle East and hit the capitals of Europe, why does 9/11 remain a spectacular exception?

There are theories about why the United States still hasn't had a homegrown attack like the ones last month in London. Suicide bombing isn't that easy. The USA isn't that vulnerable. American Muslims aren't that militant. Foreign terrorists aren't focused, not yet, on a domestic strike.

Over the past four years, Jeremiahs as varied as Dick Cheney and Osama bin Laden have said another attack is inevitable. It could come at any time, and it could come from within; homegrown suicide terrorists are notoriously difficult to identify before they strike.

U.S. Muslims want the American dream, not jihad. The United States has assimilated immigrant Muslims more successfully than Western Europe, where there is a higher proportion of poor, alienated Muslims, according to Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. American Muslims seem to have more of a stake in keeping peace.

"No one wants to attack their own people," Bedier says. "Muslims here see themselves as Americans more than Muslims in France see themselves as French."

Last week a council of leading American Muslim scholars issued an edict condemning those who commit terrorism in the name of Islam as "criminals, not 'martyrs.' (MORE)

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CAIR-FL: TERRORISM CONDEMNED - TOP
Altaf Ali, Bradenton Herald, 8/07/05
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradentonherald/news/editorial/letters/12323737.htm
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On July 29, representatives from several Islamic centers in Florida gathered at the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida office to officially endorse the recently issued national fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) against terrorism and extremism. The fatwa was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and is being endorsed by more than 150 major U.S. Muslim organizations including CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, Mosque Cares and MAS.

The Islamic religious ruling states in part, "Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is forbidden, and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals. In the light of the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state:

All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.

It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence. (MORE)

Altaf Ali, Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic
Relations Florida
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POST-9/11 WORK BIAS CLAIMS PERSIST - TOP
Stephanie Armour, Salt Lake Tribune, 8/07/05
http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_2922645

Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks, Muslim, South Asian and Arab-American employees continue to report discrimination on the job.

Compared with the first two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of employees saying they have been discriminated against as a form of backlash because of the attacks has declined. But charges continue to come in, indicating that Arab-American and other workers still feel discriminated against.

''People are being called 'terrorist' at work, things of that sort,'' says Arsalan Iftikhar, national legal director at Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. ''A lot of cases continue to go on. People have been called Osama bin Laden, told they are going to mosque to learn how to build a bomb.'' (MORE)

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STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL MEETS WITH CALIF. MUSLIMS - TOP

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/8/05) - The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) said today that it helped arrange a recent meeting between local Muslim leaders and Ambassador Richard Boucher, former State Department spokesman and current Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

The meeting was designed to discuss foreign policy issues and to identify the Muslim community's views on and concerns about these issues. A dozen community leaders, including Imams and leaders of local Muslim organizations, were in attendance.

Ambassador Boucher offered comments on current world events and said he first came into contact with the Muslim world while on a mission to
Senegal. His comments were followed by an open discussion with the Muslim leaders.

Topics discussed ranged from foreign and domestic policy issues to why anti-Americanism seems to be growing worldwide. The discussion continued the next day with a breakfast meeting at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

"We thank Ambassador Boucher for his interest in the Muslim community and its concerns, and hope this is just the beginning of a productive dialogue," said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Omar Hassaine.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego, 858-344-9352, E-Mail: cair_sd_pres@yahoo

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TOLEDO MAN ARRESTED FOR ANTI-MUSLIM BOMB THREATS HE ALLEGEDLY E-MAILED - TOP
NATHANIEL WEST, Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, 8/8/05
http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2005/08/08/news/news01.txt

TOLEDO -- Federal authorities arrested a Cumberland County man for allegedly threatening to bomb American mosques and the national headquarters of an Islamic civil liberties group.

Max L. Oakley, 50, of Toledo was taken into custody by FBI agents after an investigation revealed he allegedly sent threatening e-mails to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Attorney's office there.

Oakley later admitted he was responsible for the e-mails, said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein.

"As today's arrest demonstrates, law enforcement shows no tolerance for those who use e-mail to spread hateful anti-Islamic rhetoric and threaten violence against innocent persons and organizations," Wainstein said in a release Friday.

According to the federal complaint against Oakley, CAIR received several e-mails on July 29 from an individual claiming the group's headquarters and all Muslim mosques would be attacked unless CAIR announced on national television it would shut down its operation. The e-mails indicated a deadline of 9 p.m. that night.

The U.S. Attorney's office reported that the Washington police department bomb squad searched the CAIR building, but found no explosives.

FBI agents then determined Oakley was the alleged perpetrator of the e-mails, according to the federal prosecutor. Oakley was interviewed by the FBI prior to the 9 p.m. deadline on July 29, when he admitted sending the messages, Wainstein said.

Oakley has been charged with "willfully making a threat and maliciously conveying false information ... by sending e-mails concerning an alleged attempt to be made to destroy a building by means of an explosive," according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

If convicted, Oakley could receive a 10-year prison sentence and $250,000 fine. He is expected to appear before a magistrate at the federal courthouse in either Benton or East St. Louis.

Nihad Awad, the executive director of CAIR, said in a release Friday that the organization thanks federal authorities "for their swift and professional actions in helping to apprehend the alleged perpetrator." (MORE)

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A SHAMEFUL HYPOCRISY - TOP
Colbert I. King, Washington Post, 8/06/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/05/AR2005080501437.html

I am mystified by the conservative commentators who voice their support for racial profiling as a way to catch terrorist suspects. These pundits support the authorities screening or otherwise keeping a close eye on mainly young Muslim men of North African, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, because an overwhelming number of terrorists hail from those regions.

But here is where the commentators have me confused. They are well known for arguing that:

* The Constitution, specifically the 14th Amendment, bars the government from creating and enforcing laws that treat people differently simply because of race.

* Individuals should be judged by the same standard regardless of national origin, race or religion.

* The government should not have double standards based on race, ethnicity or religious beliefs. (MORE)

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TARGETING MUSLIM MEN DOES NOT WORK - TOP
David A. Harris, Ventura County Star, 8/07/05
http://reg.venturacountystar.com/vcs/web/loginForm?from=www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/opinion/article/0,1375,VCS_125_3984254,00.html

The impulse to use a profile targeting young Muslim men may seem obvious in light of the bombings in London and elsewhere, but using these kinds of demographic factors in law enforcement, except as a description of a known suspect, would be a first-order strategic mistake. We won't be more safe, we'll be less safe.

Our enemies are not "young Muslim men," and the struggle in which we are engaged should not be considered a war against "terror." Our enemies are extremists or fanatics, wherever they come from and whoever they are, and terror is their tactical approach, not an enemy we can fight.

What we care about is stopping anyone behaving like a terrorist. When we ignore these basic facts, we give these murderous fanatics a large strategic advantage that they have shown themselves clever and flexible enough to exploit. Security forces must focus on the behavior of terrorists. Such behavior profiling works; it has worked successfully in Israel's aviation system for years. When we make sharing the appearance of "young Muslim men ... of Arab or South Asian origin" one of the criteria we use to decide who is suspicious, we lose what must be a total focus on behavior. This makes our law enforcement forces less accurate in finding what they're looking for, as all of the relevant studies of the subject have shown. (MORE)

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PROFILING FEARS SURFACE IN SUBWAY - TOP
Josh Getlin, Los Angeles Times, 8/08/05
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-subway8aug08,1,2834490.story

As subway riders poured into Pennsylvania Station, a police officer stopped Ahmed Mohammed and asked him to open his backpack. The Pakistani-born engineer, who was visiting New York with his family, shrugged and agreed to the search.

He looked embarrassed as the officer quickly examined its contents -- T-shirts and presents purchased at Macy's -- and waved him through the turnstile. Heading for the rush-hour train, Mohammed was angry.

"We all want to feel safe after what happened in London," the 29-year-old tourist said last week. "And police have to do their job. But they picked me out of the crowd just because of the way I look. Not because of anything I have done."

When police began screening subway riders two weeks ago, many New Yorkers accepted it as necessary. During the first few days, hundreds of commuters came up to officers and opened their bags for inspection, prompting reminders from top brass that the searches had to be done randomly.

Law enforcement has stressed that the policy is not targeting any particular group. But passenger complaints such as Mohammed's are becoming more frequent, and critics more vocal. (MORE)

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SHOULD THE QU'RAN BE IN THE COURTROOM? - TOP
Cash Michaels, Wilmington Journal, 8/06/05
http://wilmingtonjournal.blackpressusa.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=60193&sID=4

"The basic purpose of using sworn testimony is to assure that the information being provided is truthful and as correct as is possible.">--Special Agent Dick Searle, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation

"Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?"

Those who have testified in a court of law anywhere in North Carolina or across the country recognize these words to be the oath administered to witnesses prior to their sworn testimony.

As has been procedure for decades, the right hand is raised, and the left hand is placed on the Holy Bible.

I do.

The courts have long favored the Christian book of faith as the ultimate symbol of truth. For a Christian, to swear on it means that to tell anything other than the truth in testimony is a blasphemy and a sin before God that will be taken into account on Judgment Day.

But what if a witness or juror isn't a Christian? What if he is a Jew or a Muslim? Both groups have their own books of faith, their own symbols of religious truth. (MORE)

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FIXING N.C.'S OATH - TOP
Charlotte Observer, 8/08/05
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/opinion/12328685.htm

If the State of North Carolina wastes a dime defending itself against a suit recently filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the official numbskull who decided to do so should be required to pay it.

The suit involves a state law that says persons being sworn in court proceedings may take the oath on the "Holy Scriptures." Some judges have interpreted that to mean the Bible but no other sacred text, such as the Quran, for example.

This law is like those restrictive covenants that still exist in some old property deeds -- the clauses that say the property can be sold to whites only. Such restrictions have been so obviously overtaken by the law that arguing about them would be an exercise in nuttiness.

The same is true of allowing persons to swear on the Bible but no other religious text. Yes, the law provides other options -- persons may simply affirm that their testimony is truthful, or they may swear without putting a hand on the Bible. But a Muslim can't swear on the Quran, a judge has said, or Jews on the Torah. That's so plainly an unconstitutional show of preference for one religion over all others that it's hard to imagine the state's lawyers could argue otherwise with a straight face. This suit should be ended by a declaratory judgment in favor of the ACLU. (MORE)

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ISLAMIC MORTGAGES: FAITH, FINANCE FORGE NEW PATH - TOP
Kim Norris, Detroit Free Press, 8/06/05
http://www.freep.com/money/business/islamic6e_20050806.htm

When Shereen Solaiman and her husband, Brandon Metzger, bought a home in Ypsilanti eight years ago, they had to make a difficult compromise.

Solaiman, who was born into Islam, and Metzger, who embraced the religion 13 years ago, took out a conventional mortgage that charged interest.

By many interpretations, Koranic law forbids the payment or receipt of interest on the theory it creates a culture of debt slavery, which begets other evils.

But when Soliaman and Metzger moved to Canton earlier this year, they found a new way to finance their house that didn't compromise their principles. (MORE)

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FOR MUSLIMS, LOANS FOR THE CONSCIENCE - TOP
Patrick O'Gilfoil Healy, New York Times, 8/07/05
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/07/realestate/07nati.html

Every time Subhan Khan paid his mortgage, stepped into a mosque or talked about real estate with friends, he felt the shadow of shame creeping over him.

To buy his first home, Mr. Khan had quietly but deliberately violated Islamic laws that bar Muslims from paying or receiving interest on loans. He had financed a home in Atlanta with a conventional mortgage, and was pricked by regret whenever he listened to an imam rail against the sin of money lending.

Never again, Mr. Khan told himself. When he sold the house and moved to Michigan last year, he vowed he would somehow buy a home for his family where guilt wasn't part of the purchase price.

In suburban Detroit, home to the country's most concentrated Arab-American population, thousands of other observant Muslims trying to move from renting to owning a home face the same quandary: how can they balance their faith and finances?

"I always felt bad about purchasing a home on a mortgage," said Mr. Khan, 35, who recently bought a home in Dexter, Mich. "To a Muslim, it's haram - it's not religiously acceptable. It's the wrong thing to do." (MORE)

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OVERCOMING THE ISLAMIC FEAR FACTOR - TOP
Wichita Eagle, 8/06/05
http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/living/religion/12315107.htm

Call it the fear factor: Muslims and terrorists. The two go together in many people's minds, and little if any distinction is made between fanaticism and faith.

Before you give in to fear, ask yourself: How much do I know about the religion of Islam? When I hear the word Muslim, do I immediately think only of terrorists?

Regardless of your preconceptions -- or misconceptions -- are you willing to learn more about the religion of more than 1 billion people?

First, take this six-question quiz to give yourself a baseline for learning: (MORE)

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HOW I CONVERTED TO ISLAM - TOP
Andrea Lorenz, Kansas City Star, 8/07/05
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/12295389.htm

Richard Cramdon, 47, was raised in a Catholic family in New Jersey. He was involved in the church, but he had questions.

He enrolled in a three-year Bible study class. That didn't appease him either.

"If God is supposed to be omnipotent, why would he create a human being as a son?

"If we can go all of our lives and sin and then say, 'I accept Jesus,' and I'm saved? I can't buy that.

"If you live a bad life and you get the same thing as someone who lived all their life to do the right thing, why do you both get the same reward?"

Cramdon, who works as a vendor for Home Depot, had questions but no answers.

About six years ago Cramdon, of Grandview, would stop by to see a friend of his and sometimes pick up the friend's Qur'an.

Eventually he asked his friend if he could borrow the book. He did and he liked it, so he attended Friday night service at the mosque with his friend.

"What really did it for me was when I heard the call to prayer. I heard this beautiful, melodic voice that could only come from somebody who believed in God." (MORE)

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GROWING UP MUSLIM AND AMERICAN - TOP
Karen Leigh, WCCO, 8/07/05
http://wcco.com/seenon/local_story_219112439.html

The recent bombings in London brought back a familiar fear of uncomfortable questions and dirty looks for four Muslim teens living in the U.S.

"I'm thinking, 'Oh, here we go again,'" said Shabaz Gyagenda, 16.

"Going to the supermarket with your scarf on, or whatever, people look at you as, 'Oh, they're out to get us,'" said Yosra Khalisa, 16.

"It's a feeling that they don't want you here, even though you're as American as anyone else," said Alaya Naim, 15.

"People will ask questions so I have to be prepared to answer and explain that Islam does not condone such actions," said Nafees Syed, 16. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS BALANCE BETWEEN CULTURES - TOP
Gaiutra Bahadur, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/07/05
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/12320538.htm

Adam Bdeir jigged his shoulders like rapper Jay-Z. Then the 7-year-old spat out the Arabic alphabet, to the beat of a Middle Eastern drum: Alif, Baa, Taa.

The so-called Alif Baa rap, concocted at a summer camp among suburban estates, is a twist on an old story: Immigrants and their children become part of American society by fusion.

But it also captures - in the weeks after suicide bombings in London carried out by Britons by birth - why experts say second-generation Muslims here are less likely recruits for terrorist organizations.

Though the camp in Whitemarsh, al-Bustan, is not exclusively Muslim or even Arab American, it is devoted to promoting Arab culture. It is part of a multicultural mechanism that allows Muslims here to strike a compromise between two worlds, even in the midst of a post-9/11 backlash that has made that compromise harder. And its campers mirror the Muslim population in the United States: They come from middle-class, suburban families who do not live sealed off in ethnic enclaves. (MORE)

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MILITARY SAYS TROOPS DEMANDED 'RENT' FROM IRAQI VENDORS - TOP
Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times, 8/05/05
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-me-guard6aug06,1,6819446.story

California Army National Guard troops charged unauthorized, off-the-books "rent" to Iraqi-owned businesses inside Baghdad's Green Zone in Iraq to raise money for a "soldier's fund," military officials and sources within the troops' battalion said Friday.

The disclosure is the latest to emerge from a wide-ranging investigation into the conduct of the 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment of the Guard, which is headquartered in Modesto, Calif.

Military officials had confirmed previously that the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Frey, had been suspended and that one of the battalion's companies, based in Fullerton, Calif., had been removed from patrol duties and restricted to an Army base south of Baghdad, the capital.

According to military officials and members of the battalion, soldiers from the battalion's Bravo Company, which is based in Dublin, an East Bay suburb of San Francisco, approached several businesses earlier this year that were owned and operated by Iraqi nationals. (MORE)

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VA MUSLIM ATTACKED BY MEN SHOUTING RACIST SLURS
Pregnant woman in Islamic dress assaulted, called 'terrorist b*tch'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/9/05) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on law enforcement authorities to treat an assault this morning on a Virginia Muslim woman as a hate crime.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported that a 23-year-old Muslim woman, who is 8 months pregnant and wears and Islamic head scarf, said she was out for her morning walk in Arlington, Va., when three white men in a pick-up truck began screaming anti-Muslim and racist slurs at her. According to the victim, the men shouted, "You terrorist b*tch, go back to your country. . .You n*gger b*tch." (The woman is African-American.)

The truck drove away and then returned as the woman continued on her walk. One of the men, who was wearing military-style clothing, allegedly got out of the vehicle and began shoving the woman and preventing her from moving away. During the assault, he shouted, "You terrorist b*tch. . . We're going to kick you're a*s. . . you're nothing." The other men then called the attacker back to the truck and it sped off.

"We believe these types of incidents are the direct result of the growing level of virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric Americans are exposed to on the Internet, in newspaper editorial pages and on radio talk shows," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "Our nation's political and religious leaders must begin to challenge Islamophobic hate-mongers."

Hooper noted that a Washington, D.C., radio talk show host was recently suspended without pay for stating repeatedly that "Islam is a terrorist organization." He added that an Illinois man was arrested just last Friday for threatening to bomb CAIR's Capitol Hill headquarters.

In July, a national council of American Muslim religious scholars issued a "fatwa," or formal Islamic legal ruling, against terrorism and religious extremism. That fatwa has been endorsed by some 200 Islamic groups, leaders and institutions. SEE: http://www.cair.com/includes/Anti-TerrorList.pdf

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/9/05

* Verse: God is Forgiving, Merciful
* CAIR-CA: Youth Leadership Conference at State Capitol
            - CAIR-MI Meets with Paper Over Offensive Cartoon
            - CAIR-LA Takes Part in Interfaith Panel Discussion
* Muslims Care: IL Muslims Collect Meals for Food Drive
* Incitement: Islam's Crusade Against the West
            - No Group Holds Patent on Terrorism (SP Times)
* CAIR Thankful For Arrest of Man Who Threatened Bombing
            - VA: FBI Offers Reward for Arson Details
            - PA: Judge OKs Muslim Woman's Lawsuit
* AIPAC Scandal: A Spy Plot Thickens (OC Register)
* VA: Muslim Women Achievement Awards
            - DC: Apply For Arab-American Leadership Training
* Killings by U.S. Troops Angers Iraqis (LA Times)
            - Detainee Accuses U.S. Jailers of Abuse (NY Times)
* Islamic Law Aids Tsunami Widows (CS Monitor)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD IS FORGIVING, MERCIFUL - TOP

"Let not those among you who have been graced with (God's) favor and ease of life ever become remiss in helping their relatives, the indigent and those who left their homes for the cause of God - rather let them forgive and overlook - do you not wish that God should forgive you? God is Forgiving, Merciful."

The Holy Quran, 24:22

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CAIR-CA YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AT STATE CAPITOL - TOP

WHAT: Beginning August 18, the California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will hold the first Annual Muslim Youth Leadership and Empowerment Conference in Sacramento.

WHEN: Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21, 2005
WHERE: California State Capitol, Sacramento California

The conference will feature workshops on community organizing and advocacy, public speaking and media activism. A highlight of the conference will be a 'Mock Legislature' session, during which participants will serve as legislators as they debate public policy issues and prepare bills to be presented on the floor of the State Senate.

Only 30 scholarships are available to eligible juniors and seniors in high school. Applicants may apply online at: www.cair-california.org.
Deadline to apply is August 10, 2005.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Alia Aboul-Nasr, 714-776-1847, E-Mail: aliaa@cair.com

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CAIR-MI MEETS WITH PAPER OVER OFFENSIVE CARTOON - TOP

(LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI, 8/9/05) - The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today announced that steps have been taken to resolve Muslim concerns about an offensive newspaper cartoon.

On July 28, 2005, the Oakland Press located in Oakland County, Mich., printed a cartoon portraying Muslims and their symbols as causes of terror. In the cartoon, a man was sitting on a prayer rug with a caption over his head saying, "Bless me, Imam, for I have failed to detonate." Behind the man was a black bag with "failed London bombers" written on it. A wall separated the man and a slovenly looking Imam (Islamic prayer leader) who appeared to be hearing confession. The Imam, wearing a hood over his head, had "Theology of Murder" inscribed on the front of his garment.

A representative of CAIR-MI, along with other communities leaders including Shaykh Muhammad Musa, Imam of the Unity Center in West Bloomfield Hills, Imam Achmat Salie, Imam of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit, Dr. Ismail Nakada, President of the Muslim Observer weekly newspaper, and Ghalib Begg, Steve Spreitzer, and Sharon Buttry from The National Conference on Community and Justice - Michigan Chapter, met with the president, executive editor and senior editor of the Oakland Press on August 4, 2005.

During the meeting, the newspaper agreed to not use the cartoonist again. The Oakland Press also expressed willingness to meet with leaders of the Muslim community in October to schedule some form of sensitivity training, including visiting local mosques in Oakland County. The editors also expressed a willingness to diversify their editorial board by adding a Muslim and to allow for more editorial submissions from the leaders of the Muslim community in Oakland County.

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248.569.2203, E-Mail: dawud07@yahoo.com

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CAIR-CA: PANEL ON RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVE ON TODAY'S HOT-BUTTON ISSUES - TOP
Associated Press Daybook, 8/09/05

WHAT: A panel will discuss "Religious Perspective on Today's Hot-Button Issues," with panelists to include Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Southern California; the Rev. Stephen Mather of Planned Parenthood's national board of directors; Rabbi Kenneth Milhander of Temple Beth Tikvah; and the Rev. Timothy Babcock of Holy Cross Melkite-Greek Catholic Church.

WHEN: Aug. 9. 10 a.m.

WHERE: Mackey Auditorium, Cal State U. Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, California

Contacts: (Public Relations), (714) 278-2446

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MUSLIMS CARE: CHICAGO MUSLIMS FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS 22,678 MEALS - TOP
www.muslims-care.org

As of August 8, 2005, the Chicagoland Muslim community summer canned food drive has provided 22,678 meals, through the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. These numbers are not final, because food has not yet been picked up from all locations. If your organization has a barrel of food that has not yet been picked up, please contact me, so we can update the numbers.

In addition to the food collected, the Muslim community's online food drive (organized through the Greater Chicago Food Depository website) collected $4,084 (making it the most successful online food drive ever conducted by the Greater Chicago Food Depository). These funds paid for 16,791 meals.

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM'S CRUSADE AGAINST THE WEST - TOP
Paul Erdman, Market Watch, 8/08/05
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7B6096CB7D%2D85B9%2D47D5%2DADD4%2DF4359DD2A891

What should be apparent to all is that we are not dealing with a few thousand religious renegades led by the likes of Osama bin Laden. We are facing the wrath, overt and covert, of a sizable percentage of the Islamic world -- which totals over a billion people. To think of them in terms of some sort of radical Islamic cult, as most of us have been led to do, is to demonstrate ignorance of the Quran, which is to Islam what the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are to Judaism and Christianity.

The Quran explicitly states that one of the prime missions of Islam is the elimination of infidels in a process defined as a jihad, or holy war. As the world is on the verge of perhaps finding out, the definition of "infidel" is not restricted to Jews and Christians but includes Muslims, in this case the House of Saud, who have allied themselves with the West and thus turned their backs on the "true believers" of the world of Islam.

In the United States it has become politically incorrect in intellectual and political circles to even think in terms of a War between Civilizations. Yet that is precisely what we are talking about here.

The Quran is the root source of the escalating Islam terrorism.

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NO GROUP HOLDS PATENT ON TERRORISM - TOP
Susan Taylor Martin, St. Petersburg Times, 8/09/05
http://www.sptimes.com/2005/08/09/Columns/No_group_holds_patent.shtml

JERUSALEM - In resigning Sunday, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he feared Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip would leave the area "a base of Islamic terror." His words came just days after a rampage by a Jewish army deserter brought to the fore another issue that has received relatively scant attention - Jewish extremism.

It was a reminder that terrorists aren't unique to any one religion or culture.

Thursday evening, 19-year-old Eden Natan-Zada, a right-wing extremist who had been AWOL for months, shot and killed four Israeli Arabs on a bus in northern Israel before being beaten to death by an angry crowd.

Most Israelis were revolted by the killings, which Arab and Jewish leaders alike branded an act of "Jewish terrorism." It's a phrase you don't often hear in the Middle East, where terrorism is usually associated with Palestinians who have killed more than 1,000 Israelis in five years. (MORE)

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ISLAMIC GROUP THANKFUL FOR ARREST OF MAN WHO THREATENED BOMBING - TOP
Religion News Service, 8/8/05
http://www.religionnews.com/

WASHINGTON - The Council on American-Islamic Relations is thanking the U.S. Justice Department for the swift arrest of a man who threatened to bomb CAIR's headquarters if the organization did not disband.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, whose mission is to "enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."

Max L. Oakley, 50, of Toledo, Ill. is accused of sending multiple email threats to CAIR's headquarters in Washington during the early morning hours of July 29. Officers of Washington's Metropolitan Police Department's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit searched CAIR's headquarters with bomb-sniffing dogs but discovered no explosives.

FBI agents traced the origin of the threatening e-mail messages to Oakley and interviewed him. During the interview Oakley admitted that he had sent e-mail messages to CAIR and that the address from which the messages originated belonged to him, according to a Justice Department report. He was arrested Friday (Aug. 5).

"Law enforcement shows no tolerance for those who use e-mail to spread hateful anti-Islamic rhetoric and threaten violence against innocent people and organizations," said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein, in announcing the arrest.

If convicted, Oakley faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. (MORE)

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FBI OFFERS REWARD FOR ARSON DETAILS - TOP
Times Dispatch, 8/09/05
http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031784328081

The FBI says it will pay up to $20,000 to learn who set a Chesterfield County business on fire and left behind profane and anti-Arab graffiti.

The bureau's Richmond office announced the reward yesterday more than eight months after arson destroyed the Chevron Minimart at 2730 E. Hundred Road in Enon.

"We're trying to generate some information out there and some interest," said local FBI spokesman Lawrence Barry. "Somebody may not have actually witnessed it because it occurred in the early morning hours, but somebody in the community has probably heard some talk about who may be responsible."

"We'd certainly love to pay [the reward] if we can get somebody to come forward," he said.

Police believe the person or persons who set the Nov. 24 fire also scrawled anti-Arab graffiti on a nearby trash container and shed. (MORE)

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JUDGE OKS MUSLIM WOMAN'S LAWSUIT - TOP
Shannon P. Duffy, LAW.com, 8/09/05
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1123504530160

A woman who claims she was fired from her job at a maternity clothing store soon after she converted to Islam and started wearing the traditional full-length robe and head scarf has the right to take her case to a jury, a federal judge has ruled, because she can show that the store tolerated other violations of its dress code, such as an exposed midriff, and pierced eyebrows and lips

In his 29-page opinion in Davis v. Mothers Work Inc., Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. denied a motion for summary judgment on claims of religious and racial discrimination after finding there were several key factual disputes in the case.

Although Mothers Work claims that Betty Davis was fired for failing to show up for a scheduled shift in its Motherhood Maternity store in the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania, Yohn found that Davis has evidence that the reason was a "pretext," and that she was "set up" by a district manager who changed her work schedule without telling her. (MORE)

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AIPAC SCANDAL: A SPY PLOT THICKENS - TOP
Orange County Register, 8/9/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/08/08/sections/commentary/editorials/article_624664.php

This could turn out to be nothing much, or it could be a major scandal that ends up affecting U.S. relations with Israel. The emerging Larry Franklin-AIPAC story bears watching because it could signify an organized effort to affect U.S. policy in the Middle East - perfectly legitimate - that veered over the edge of legality.

Last September the FBI let it be known it was investigating Mr. Franklin, a mid-level employee with the Department of Defense's Office of Special Plans. The OSP had acquired a reputation for interpreting intelligence in ways that justified invading Iraq - perhaps reprehensible but not necessarily criminal.

Then in May Mr. Franklin was charged with passing classified information to two employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying outfit, and officials of a foreign government. Perhaps Mr. Franklin, known to be a strong neoconservative supporter of Israel, had let his enthusiasm lead him to disclose some classified material.

The indictment Thursday of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, the two AIPAC staffers in question, moves the case to a new level of interest. (MORE)

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AMWA EXCELLENCE IN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS CONFERENCE - TOP

WHAT: The Association of Muslim Women in America extends an invitation to you to attend the second annual AMWA Excellence in Achievement Awards Conference (EIA).

Each year, AMWA solicits the names of Muslim women and other persons from our communities who have made outstanding contributions in community service, entrepreneurship, media arts, and education.

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Virginia Commonwealth University, Student Commons, Salons I-II, 907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, Virginia.

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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR ARAB-AMERICAN LEADERSHIP TRAINING - TOP

The Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership is now welcoming applications for its 3rd intensive, 5-day training session planned for Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2005, in Washington, DC. Applications are sought from those who wish to be considered for the Nov. 28-Dec.2, or for other future training sessions. All applications for the Nov. 28-Dec.2 session should be received by Friday, Sept. 9, 2005.

There is no charge for the training sessions, which are held in Washington, DC, but trainees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. The training will be led and coordinated by the Hala Foundation's Program Director, Dr. Hussein Ibish.

Applicants should be young Arab-American professionals who have completed their education and have already begun their professional careers, or those in the final stages of a Ph.D. program. They should have a demonstrable commitment to advocacy on behalf of Arab-American concerns, and a desire to devote substantial time and effort to leadership on behalf of the community.

Applicants should send a letter of interest explaining their desire to become community leaders or activists, a CV and a writing sample or any other relevant material to:

The Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation
815 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC
20006

Please visit http://www.halafoundation.org for more details
Email director@halafoundation.org with any questions

THE TEXT OF THIS APPEAL FOR APPLICATIONS IS ONLINE AT:
http://www.halafoundation.org/leaders.htm

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KILLINGS OF CIVILIANS BY U.S. TROOPS ANGERS IRAQI GOVERNMENT - TOP
Richard C. Paddock, Los Angeles Times, 8/07/05
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/08/07/MNGJSE2BCB1.DTL

Baghdad -- Three men in an unmarked sedan pulled up near the headquarters of the national police major crimes unit. The two passengers, wearing traditional Arab dishdasha gowns, stepped from the car.

At the same moment, a U.S. military convoy emerged from an underpass. Apparently believing the men were staging an ambush, the Americans fired, killing one passenger and wounding the other. The sedan's driver was hit in the head by two bullet fragments.

The soldiers drove on without stopping.

Such shootings are far from rare in Baghdad, but the driver of the car was no ordinary casualty. He was police Brig. Gen. Majeed Farraji, chief of the major crimes unit. His passengers were unarmed hitchhikers whom he was dropping off on his way to work.

"The reason they shot us is just because the Americans are reckless," the general said from his hospital bed hours after the July 6 shooting, his head wrapped in a white bandage. "Nobody punishes them or blames them." (MORE)

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DETAINEE AT BRIG IN CHARLESTON ACCUSES HIS JAILERS OF ABUSE - TOP
Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, 8/08/05
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/09/politics/09enemy.html

Lawyers for an Illinois student from Qatar who has been imprisoned as an enemy combatant for more than two years charged Monday that his military jailers had subjected him to inhumane treatment, including threats against his family and mistreatment of the Koran.

The detainee, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 39, challenged the conditions of his confinement in a federal suit that offered what human rights activists described as a rare glimpse inside the military operation used to house enemy combatants at a naval brig in Charleston, S.C.

Responding to the suit, the Defense Department said in a statement: ''This is a legal matter that will be handled through legal channels, and we will not comment on specific allegations. However, allegations of this nature have been proven false in the past, and we know that enemy combatants have been trained to make sensational claims about their detention if captured.''

Mr. Marri, who American officials say pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda and attended a terrorist training camp, is one of only two people apprehended in the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks and declared enemy combatants by President Bush. He and the second man, Jose Padilla, an American citizen arrested in Chicago, are now housed at the Charleston brig. A third, Yaser E. Hamdi, an American citizen of Saudi descent captured in Afghanistan, was held at the same brig for nearly three years before the United States released him to Saudi Arabia last October. (MORE)

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ISLAMIC LAW AIDS TSUNAMI WIDOWS - TOP
Scott Baldauf, Christian Science Monitor, 8/09/05
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0809/p06s01-woap.html

BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA - When the tsunami came to sweep away her seaside home, her three children, and her husband, Yuniarti thought that she had lost everything she could possibly lose.

She was wrong. After the disaster, the parents of her late husband took away her car, her motorcycle, and other belongings, telling Yuniarti that they had more right to inherit their son's property than she did as a wife.

They were wrong. According to Islamic law, a widow has greater right to inherit her husband's property. Now, Yuniarti is asserting those rights under Islamic sharia law, a 1,300-year-old legal system that has some surprisingly modern notions of women's empowerment.

"The only way I have is to go to sharia court," says Yuniarti, who claims her husband's family has begun to threaten her after she asked repeatedly for her property back. "I know that I will win the case in Islamic court. My husband's parents are religious people, I hope they will hear the decision of the sharia court and accept it." (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/10/05

* Verse: Seek God's Help with Patience and Prayer
* CAIR-CA Hosts 'Know Your Rights' Session
            - CAIR-Houston Annual Banquet Sept. 24
            - CAIR-TX Helps Fight Muscular Dystrophy
* Quote of the Day: Profiling a Blessing to Terrorists
            - Calls for Profiling Renewed (SF Chron)
* VA: Police Investigate Attack on Muslim Woman (NBC4)
            - Muslim Woman Reports Harassment in Arlington (AP)
            - Possible Hate Crime (Wash Post)
* RI: Muslim Groups Call for Probe of Fire (Prov Journal)
* Religious Leaders Should Reconcile, Not Divide (VOA News)
            - Muslims Respond to 'Islam's Crusade Against the West'
* CT: New Country, Same Innocence (Conn Post)
            - Life is Good For Muslim Women (Calgary Herald)

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VERSE OF THE DAY: SEEK GOD'S HELP WITH PATIENCE AND PRAYER - TOP

"Seek (God's) help with patient perseverance and prayer: and this, indeed, is a hard thing for all but the humble in spirit."

The Holy Quran, 2:45

HADITH OF THE DAY: HUMILITY PREVENTS OPPRESSION

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "God has revealed to me that you must be humble, so that no one oppresses another. . ."

Sunan of Abu Dawood, Hadith 2294

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CAIR-CA HOSTS 'KNOW YOUR RIGHTS' SESSION IN TRACY - TOP

WHAT: On Saturday August 13, the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) and the Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers (BAAML) will host a panel discussion, titled "Know Your Rights," a panel at the Tracy Islamic Center.

Confirmed Speakers include: Shirin Sinnar, Esq. - Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights; Marwa El-Zankaly, Esq. - McManis, Faulkner and Morgan; Saad Ahmad, Esq. - Law Offices of Minter and Ahmad; Dina EL-Nakhal, Director of Communications, CAIR-SV

WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 2005, 3:00-5:00 PM
WHERE: Tracy Islamic Center, 11299 Larch Rd., Tracy, CA 95276
CONTACT: Dina EL-Nakhal, 530-219-2457, E-Mail: dina@cair.com or Sima Ali, 209-640-7499

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CAIR-HOUSTON ANNUAL BANQUET - TOP

WHAT: On September 24, the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) will host its annual banquet, "American Muslims: Partners for Equality, Promoting Community."

WHERE: The Westin Oaks, 5011 Westheimer Road at Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056
WHEN: September 24, 2005

Action Requested:
1) Mark Your Calendars
2) Contact CAIR-Houston to help us promote this important event by phone: 713 838 - CAIR or by email: info@cairhouston.org

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CAIR-HOUSTON HELPS FIGHT MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY - TOP

On August 18, 2005, CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa Galloway will participate in a mock arrest to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

This event will feature volunteering business professionals and community organizations whose executives will be presented with mock warrants for arrest and held, pending collection of their bail, at Morton's of Chicago Restaurant, Houston, Texas.

Through this effort, Iesa Galloway will need to raise at least $3,780 for MDA; this money will help support individuals affected by muscular dystrophy by providing clinic services, support groups, research grants and the summer camp program for kids. The Association's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors. MDA seeks no government grants, United Way funding or fees from those it serves.

CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa Galloway, 713-838-CAIR-(2247), E-Mail: iesa.galloway@cairhouston.org

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: PROFILING A BLESSING TO TERRORISTS - TOP
Issac Bailey, Myrtle Beach Sun News, 8/10/05
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/12345622.htm

Racial profiling reinforces warped thinking, such as the belief that law-abiding Muslims can or should control Muslim extremists. That would have been akin to asking the white civil rights worker or Christian in the 1950s why he was not able to convince the Ku Klux Klan to stop lynching blacks.

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CALLS FOR RACIAL, ETHNIC PROFILING RENEWED AFTER TRANSIT ATTACKS - TOP
Edward Epstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 8/10/05
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/08/10/MNG16E5JTC1.DTL

WASHINGTON- In the aftermath of last month's terrorist attacks on London's subways and buses, some have renewed calls in this country for authorities to use racial and ethnic profiling to try to identify terrorism suspects at airports and on the nation's transit systems.

So far the idea has been advanced most forcefully by columnists, academics and local politicians in New York City, where anti-terror precautions including random searches of subway passengers' bags were instituted after the London attacks. Bush administration officials resist the notion -- which is against federal policy -- but even the staunchest opponents of profiling admit the idea will gain force if Islamic extremists begin new attacks.

Emblematic of the proposals were comments by New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat who said he will introduce legislation to allow police to zero in on Middle Easterners when they conduct terrorism-prevention searches in subways or other locally controlled systems. For the past few weeks, New York City authorities have randomly searched subway riders' bags and packages and say they're doing it without regard to ethnicity or race.

"They all look a certain way," Hikind said, referring to Muslim terrorists responsible for the London attacks and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "It's all very nice to be politically correct here, but we're talking about terrorism." (MORE)

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POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTACK ON MUSLIM WOMAN - TOP
NBC 4, 8/09/05
http://www.nbc4.com/news/4830091/detail.html

ARLINGTON -- Arlington police are investigating a Tuesday-morning attack on a pregnant woman.

Mary Anne Coldia, 23, said she was attacked by three men who shouted anti-Muslim slurs and called her a terrorist. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is calling on local and federal authorities to treat the attack as a hate crime.

Coldia, who is 8½ months pregnant, was taking her morning walk along 8th Street and had just turned onto the sidewalk at Walter Reed Drive when three men in a light green pick-up truck began shouting insults at her, she said. She continued walking down the block, and one of the men jumped out of the truck. Coldia said the man walked in front of her and pushed her around before getting back into the truck.

"The other two guys they were just laughing and screaming at the top of their lungs like it was a joke, and then they just sped off down the street," Coldia said. (MORE)

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MUSLIM WOMAN REPORTS HARASSMENT IN ARLINGTON - TOP
Associated Press, 8/10/05
http://www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=25&sid=552304

ARLINGTON, Va. - A Muslim woman who is eight and a half months pregnant was allegedly harassed Tuesday morning.

"We're asking the Arlington Police and the FBI to treat this as a hate crime," says Ibrahim Hooper, spoksman for Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group.

Arlington Police spokesman Matt Martin says that's how police are treating the incident.

"These types of crimes are taken very seriously in Arlington," Martin says. "Arlington is a very diverse community, a very tolerant community. These type of hate-type crimes are not tolerated."

Martin says the 23-year-old woman told officers she was walking in the 800-block of South Walter Reed Drive when three white men in a pickup truck drove by shouting anti-Muslim epithets at her. (MORE)

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POSSIBLE HATE CRIME - TOP
Washington Post, 8/10/05
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/09/AR2005080901366.html

Arlington County police said yesterday that they are investigating a pregnant woman's report that she was attacked while on a morning walk because she is Muslim and African American, authorities said.

The woman, whose name was not released because she is a witness, told police she was targeted about 7:30 by three white men in a green pickup who yelled racial and anti-Muslim slurs at her, said Matt Martin, a police spokesman. The truck reportedly circled the block and then returned, and one of the men allegedly exited and shoved her and continued to yell epithets while the others looked on, Martin said.

"We take these claims very seriously," Martin said of the alleged assault in the 800 block of South Walter Reed Drive. "We don't tolerate those kinds of incidents."

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, called on authorities to treat the allegations as a hate crime. But Martin said that Virginia has no separate hate crime law and that the state's hate crime statute can be applied only to enhance the penalties of another felony or misdemeanor -- in this case, assault.

Martin said the woman was unable to provide detailed information about the truck in which the assailants were riding. They were described only as white men, one of whom was dressed in military-style clothing, according to a statement released by CAIR.

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MUSLIM GROUPS CALL FOR PROBE OF N. KINGSTOWN FIRE - TOP
Chelsea Phua, Providence Journal, 8/10/05
http://www.projo.com/southcounty/content/projo_20050810_nkmuslim.131933d2.html

NORTH KINGSTOWN -- Two Muslim groups are calling for a thorough investigation into a fire that severely damaged a Muslim family's house Friday morning.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Muslim civil-liberties group based in Washington, D.C., and the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, are wondering whether the fire at 84 Greenwood Rd. is motivated by anti-Islamic hate fueled by the recent global bombings.

The blaze, which started about 1 a.m., appeared to be caused by a gas grill on the deck, state fire officials and local police officers said. Deputy State Fire Marshal David W. Scott said the department is investigating the incident as an accidental fire.

But the grill had not been used for two weeks, said Syed Haque, as he stood in front of his raised ranch yesterday afternoon. Windows near the charred deck were boarded up and a towering pine tree beside the deck was burned on one side.

The 64-year-old engineer, who is also a Muslim chaplain at the University of Rhode Island, has lived in the neighborhood with his family since 1987. The Haques emigrated in the 1970s from Bihar, a Hindu-dominated state in northern India, said Mofiz Haque, 35, a doctor. Mofiz Haque flew from Ohio as soon as he heard his parents and sister were hurt in the fire. (MORE)

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RELIGIOUS LEADERS SHOULD RECONCILE, NOT DIVIDE - TOP
Zlatica Hoke, VOA News, 8/09/05
http://www.voanews.com/english/NewsAnalysis/2005-08-09-voa12.cfm

From the crusades to terrorist attacks, from Ireland to the Middle East, religious conflicts have been a part of human history. But analysts say most holy scriptures teach love and understanding among nations. . .

"First of all, all of us believe that God created the individual in his own image, regardless of race or gender or religion. We are invested with an inviolability, with a divine potentiality. We all come from Adam. And Adam, we must remember, was not a Jew. He was not a Christian. He was not a member of Islam."

Rabbi Harold also says that according to the Bible, God loves all the people. He quotes Chapter 19, verses 22-25, of the book of Isaiah. "'Blessed be Egypt my people and Assyria the work of may hands and Israel my heritage.' Each one is loved by God. And I think it is important that we, who are the children of God, treat each other as brothers and sisters. To love God, but to hate his creation, is not only a contradiction, it is the uttermost blasphemy." (MORE)

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: ON ISLAM'S CRUSADE AGAINST THE WEST - TOP
Market Watch, 8/09/05
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?column=Letters+to+the+Editor&siteid=mktw&dist=

I was shocked at the level of ignorance and hatred shown in the comments. Is this how we are going to fight terrorism! Remember, we can not win this war against terrorism unless we all work together.

-- A. Hadi Khan, Aug. 9, 2005

What a shame to let someone like Mr. Erdman to write in your network about Islam and the Moslems in a divisive way, he is a prime candidate of those who contribute hate out of character flaws or ignorance.

-- A. Bamashmus, Aug. 9, 2005

I am truly disappointed by the inflammatory article in the MarketWatch edition. This is exactly what promotes hatred. Rather than helping the situation you are causing to create more problems and issues. I urge you to please re-look at what you publish and see first if it is the truth and if it helps mankind.

-- Vaseem Anjum, President & CEO SchoolCity Inc., Aug. 9, 2005 (MORE)

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NEW COUNTRY, SAME INNOCENCE - TOP
Edward J. Crowder, Connecticut Post, 8/10/05
http://www.connpost.com/news/ci_2928145

Except for the occasional headscarf or burst of foreign speech, it could have been any group of American kids frolicking in the shade of a red maple on Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport.

"Let's play dodgeball; there's enough people!" someone cried in barely accented English.

"Dodgeball! Dodgeball!" came the unanimous response, sparking off a lawless frenzy of tossing and ducking.

What sets these kids apart is that they and their parents come from places many Americans know only from the news: Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia, to name a few.

They're part of a summer program run by the International Institute for refugee and immigrant children.

"They love to throw balls at each other," said Sweety Islam, the program's youth director, herself an immigrant from Bangladesh.

About 40 kids, 5 to 12 years old, are enrolled in the program, which meets four times a week. All are refugees or immigrants themselves, or their parents are, Islam said.

The program gives participants a chance to socialize while polishing useful skills such as reading, writing and speaking. (MORE)

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LIFE IS GOOD FOR MUSLIM WOMEN - TOP
Maureen McCormick, Calgary Herald, 8/10/05
http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=6c1a5632-a376-4ac3-b9b8-3e56b4e8ed91

When I was a non-Muslim, I, too, believed that Islam was misogynistic, male-dominated and backwards. Imagine my surprise after I read the Qur'an and learned Islam is diametrically opposed to misogyny and male dominance, and, in fact, is a very progressive and gentle faith which protects women.

I have seen a lot of controversy over the last few weeks about the application of sharia law to resolving family disputes between willing individuals in Canada. The subject has led to a discussion of the status of women in Islam.

As a Canadian caucasian woman who recently accepted the Islamic faith, I would like to share my thoughts.

There is good and bad everywhere and it is important to stress that not every Muslim follows true sharia. Humans are not infallible.

First and foremost, Islam gives a woman more legal rights than she is afforded using Canadian law -- the right to keep all of her property, even in a divorce; the right to keep her own money; even the right to be sexually satisfied, among many other things. Non-Muslim women don't have those rights; they are just expected to suck it up.

The concept of a dowry might seem odd in Canada, but it has its merits. Many divorced women in Canada live below the poverty line because their ex-husbands are unwilling to support them. They pay the least amount of alimony possible and transfer their assets to their new wives so that the ex-wife gets nothing.

There are not many divorced women who live at the same standard they had while married unless they are professional women. To me, a dowry is like an insurance policy -- the just-in-case part of marriage.

(I thought the concept of men being able to have multiple wives was also a way for women to be kept safe and protected if their husbands died or they could not otherwise marry. I'm not sure whether that is as relevant today; most men don't have enough money to support more than one wife and family. Moreover, the Qur'an stipulates that what one wife gets, the others must also be provided with).

Islam gives women more respect than any other faith. My experiences have shown me (for the most part) that Muslim men really respect women and like them for who they are. In my opinion, nothing is sexier than a woman who is covered up. No woman with any amount of self-respect would walk around looking like she is soliciting sex. Too many people have no respect for each other at all. It's very sad to see.

Refraining from sex before marriage affords the woman the right to know a man first and give the man her mind, heart and soul before she decides to give her body (which is completely backwards to the thinking here, where a woman has to "put out" in order to get another date).

The woman is never compromised or coerced in any way in Islam. She is always in control of her body and is always provided a safe environment. What a concept.

Women are protected in Islam. Men are responsible for the safety, protection, financial support and well-being of their wives and families. Perhaps an old-fashioned concept, but it works. Real women want to be with real men. Moreover, Islam allows for women to be emancipated and independent.

Islam is easy and fair for both sexes. It is a faith between an individual and God. In its story about Adam and Eve, Islam did not mention that Eve encouraged Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. The original sin concept led to the downgrading of women in the early Christian culture. Islam actually treats love-making with ease and Muslims expect to be rewarded for making love to their lawful spouses.

Muslim women can do anything that any other woman in the world can do, cultural limitations notwithstanding. The only difference is good Muslim women still have their honour and respect their husbands.

Generally speaking, my experience has been that Muslim women have more self-respect and confidence than non-Muslim women because Muslim women know what really counts. (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/11/05

* Hadith: This World and the Hereafter
* CAIR-LA 9th Annual Banquet
* ISLAM-OPED: Islam, Democracy and American Muslims
            - CAIR Policy Bulletin: Islam and Democracy
* IL: Man Appears in Court for Threats Against CAIR
* Links Between Israeli Extremists, Americans (Forward)
* Condemnation of Terrorism (UPI)
            - DC: Young Muslims to Combat Stereotypes (MTV)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THIS WORLD AND THE HEREAFTER - TOP

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "(The significance of) this world (in comparison) to the hereafter is similar to one of you dipping his finger in the ocean and then seeing (the amount of water that) has stuck to it."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1330

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CAIR-LA 9TH ANNUAL BANQUET - TOP
http://www.cair-california.org

WHAT: On September 17, the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will hold its 9th Annual Banquet, "American Muslims: Partners for Peace and Justice," in Anaheim.

WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2005
WHERE: Anaheim Convention Center Ballroom Conference Room, 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA

Confirmed Speakers include: M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law and President, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law; Rodwan Saleh, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Omar Ahmad, Founder and Past Chairman of CAIR National.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA, 714-776-1847, socal@cair.com, www.cair-california.org

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ISLAM-OPED: ISLAM, DEMOCRACY AND AMERICAN MUSLIMS - TOP

ISLAM-OPED is a national syndication service of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed to offer an American Muslim perspective on current political, social and religious issues. ISLAM-OPED commentaries are offered free-of-charge to one media outlet in each market area. Permission for publication will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis.

CONTACT: ihooper@cair-net.org
TEL: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726 (c)

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ISLAM, DEMOCRACY AND AMERICAN MUSLIMS
By Mohamed Nimer
WORD COUNT: 572

[Mohamed Nimer, Ph.D., is research director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. He may be contacted at: mnimer@cair-net.org ]

In an age of senseless violence and terror, coupled with rising Islamophobia and anti-Americanism, one of the best things mainstream American Muslims can do is to help isolate extremists, whatever their faith.

At the core of the American Muslim experience is a desire to create and promote a real-life model synthesizing Islam and democracy, despite the fact that Islamophobes in America and their anti-American counterparts in the Muslim world may view this task as unachievable or even undesirable.

Islam favors public structures based on shura, or popular participation and consultation. In the Quran, Islam's revealed text, God promises a spiritual reward for those who "conduct their affairs by mutual consultation." (Quran, 4:38)

The Quran acknowledges differences between people and values diversity. All those who strive to lead a moral, productive life are given special honor in the Quran when it states: "Those who believe (in the Quran), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), the Sabians, and the Christians - any who believe in God and the Last Day and work righteousness - on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." (Quran, 5:69)

Furthermore, freedom of religion is enshrined in the Quranic verse that states, "Let there be no compulsion in religion." (Quran, 2:256) Establishing justice and opposing oppression are also pillars of good governance in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad said: "The best (jihad) in the path of God is (to speak) a word of justice to an oppressive ruler.

In the understanding of mainstream Islam today, these values are universal and apply to Muslims and people of other faiths alike.

Islamic scholars in North America have ruled that it is a religious duty to support equal citizenship rights for all people and all segments of society.

Muslim scholars consider the principles of freedom and justice outlined in America's foundational documents as compatible with Islam.

A prevalent misconception in the West is that Islam prohibits its adherents from following man-made laws. However, much of the Islamic legal tradition flowing from Islamic scripture is man-made and resulted from an intellectual effort called "ijtihad," or reaching an opinion through an examination of religious texts, precedents and the facts of a given situation.

Long ago, Muslim scholars observed that continuous study is necessary to find better ways in which Muslims can live in conformity with their faith, while at the same time meeting the demands of an ever-changing world.

In America's interconnected civil society, Muslims can be part of any universal reform agenda that benefits all segments of our nation. In America's diverse Muslim community, democratic practices are making their way into the establishment of Islamic institutions, as evident in the formalization of membership and election procedures.

American Muslim community institutions can build on these important gains by: (1) devoting more resources to the delivery of tangible community services; (2) formalizing democratic leadership selection processes based on mutual consultation; (3) developing transparent management practices; and (4) including women in leadership positions.

This final point is important because no community can reach its maximum potential without the enthusiastic participation of 50 percent of it members.

These steps could give rise to an American Muslim form of institutional governance, which would demonstrate clearly and in practical terms that (1) Islam and democracy are compatible; and (2) Muslims are accepted as part of the fabric of American society.

A functioning democratic American Muslim polity will help marginalize the extremist vision of a civilizational war between Islam and the West.

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CAIR POLICY BULLETIN: ISLAM, DEMOCRACY AND AMERICAN MUSLIMS - TOP

This commentary above is based on a longer CAIR policy bulletin, titled
"Islam, Democracy and American Muslims," which may be viewed at:
http://www.cair-net.org/pdf/cair_bulletin_july_05.pdf

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TOLEDO MAN APPEARS IN FEDERAL COURT FOR ALLEGED THREATS AGAINST MUSLIMS - TOP
Nathaniel West, Journal Gazette Time, 8/08/05
http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2005/08/08/news/news004.txt

BENTON -- A 50-year-old Cumberland County man accused of threatening to bomb American mosques and a Muslim civil liberties organization will remain jailed at least until Thursday morning, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

Toledo resident Max L. Oakley will then decide whether he wants further court proceedings to be held at the federal courthouse in Benton or before the court in Washington, D.C., said an official with the U.S. Attorney's office in the capital.

Should a federal judge decide there is enough evidence to continue prosecuting Oakley, he will be transferred eventually to Washington in the custody of U.S. Marshals, according to Channing Phillips, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein.

On Monday, Oakley made his first appearance at the U.S. District Court in Benton following his arrest Friday by FBI agents in Toledo.

Oakley has been charged with sending e-mails to the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, allegedly claiming he would blow up the group's headquarters unless they closed down their operations, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday at the federal district court in Washington. (MORE)

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BUS ATTACK HIGHLIGHTING LINKS OF ISRAELI EXTREMISTS, AMERICANS - TOP
Nathaniel Popper, Forward, 8/12/05
http://forward.com/articles/3794

Last week's terrorist killing of four Israeli Arabs has cast light on a network of ties linking mainstream American Jewish groups to an extremist fringe in Israel that nurtured the Jewish gunman.

The killer, Eden Natan-Zada, was a 19-year-old Israeli army conscript who had gone AWOL with his weapon after refusing to participate in the upcoming evacuation of Gaza. His attack on a busload of Israeli Arabs was described by top Israeli officials as a terrorist act aimed at inciting Arab-Jewish violence and derailing the Gaza withdrawal.

Israel's defense minister this week told a Knesset committee that at least nine other soldiers were AWOL with their weapons, and defense sources told the daily Ha'aretz that several of the missing soldiers appeared to match Natan-Zada's psycho-social "profile."

Natan-Zada had spent his last months in Kfar Tapuach, a tiny West Bank settlement that is a stronghold of the banned Kach movement founded by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane and branded as a terrorist group by the Israeli and American governments. In April, Natan-Zada participated in a march to the Temple Mount - banned and blocked by the Israeli police - that was led by a right-wing Tapuach rabbi, David Ha'ivri. Both men were among the 30 or so people arrested at the event, according to Israeli Defense Ministry officials.

Ha'ivri, a student of Kahane, is one of a number of Tapuach residents with ties to American organizations. He was hosted during a fundraising tour last fall by a number of Chabad-Lubavitch synagogues in the United States as well as by Americans for a Safe Israel, the organization that has led the most prominent anti-disengagement rallies. The tour came just six months after Ha'ivri was arrested by Israeli authorities for "incitement to violence."

A few months before Americans for a Safe Israel, or AFSI, hosted the event in New York, the group mounted its own tour of Israel, during which members were given a lesson on the use of attack dogs by Ha'ivri and Mike Guzofsky, who is listed as a contact on the Web site Kahane.org, which is listed on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of terrorist organizations.

In terms of ideology and fundraising, "there's a pretty thin line between the Americans for a Safe Israel and the Kahanists," said University of Pennsylvania political scientist Ian Lustick, one of the few scholars who has studied Jewish extremist groups in depth.

The chairman of AFSI, Herbert Zweibon, said his organization had not done any fundraising for Kahanist groups, and that his group does not support violence. Zweibon defended his organization's contact with Ha'ivri.

Zweibon described Ha'ivri as a "responsible" person. "It isn't all that important whether he's on a Treasury list [of terrorists] or not," Zweibon said. "They should not be on a list."

When reached by the Forward, Ha'ivri said his organization had no links to terrorism.

"Violence is a terrible thing," Ha'ivri said, avoiding direct condemnation of last week's shooting. In one recent essay on his Web site, Ha'ivri wrote, "We don't use violence and break the law for its own sake." (MORE)

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CONDEMNATION OF TERRORISM - TOP
Louay M. Safi, United Press International, 8/11/05
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/uk/article_1040633.php/Outside_View_Condemnation_of_terrorism

WASHINGTON, United States (UPI) -- London terrorist bombings elicited familiar response: Islamic organizations and Muslim communities in Europe and North America condemned the terrorist attacks and stressed the dissonance between the deplorable acts of the terrorists and the humane principles of Islam. Tony Blair paid tribute to the intrinsically peaceful teaching of Islam and reminded his countrymen that British Muslims are law-abiding and contributing members of the British society, as he condemned the militant ideology espoused by the terrorists.

"We know that these people act in the name of Islam," Blair stressed, "but we also know that the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims here and abroad are decent and law-abiding people who abhor terrorism every bit as much as we do."

Pundits of the militant right found in the London attacks another opportunity to equate Islam with terrorism, to question the sincerity of the Muslim rejection of terrorism and to incite the public against Islam and Muslims. Given the loud and extensive condemnation of terrorism by Muslims, particularly in North America and Europe, the militant right`s cry has shifted from "why Muslim leaders do not speak out against terrorism?" to "are Muslim leaders sincere in their condemnation of terrorism, or are they doing it to deflect anger and prevent a backlash?"

Clearly, Muslims are genuinely appalled by the brutality of the terrorist acts, and some are going the extra mile to make sure their condemnation is made loud enough, and is repeated enough, so that they can be heard by the deafest of their critics. The fatwa issued by the Religious Council of North America, and supported by major Muslim organizations, is the latest effort in this regard.

The strong stand taken by American Muslim leaders against indiscriminate violence is a testimony of a remarkable maturity and the clarity of vision in dealing with a complex issue. The loud condemnation of terrorism is important to cut through the anti-Islam rhetoric and to reassure the public that Muslims reject indiscriminate violence and the killing of innocent civilians.

Muslim leaders cannot, however, stop their quest for justice at condemning atrocities committed by few misguided Muslim youth. They must do more to show young Muslims how to turn their moral indignation into a positive force that brings more balance and justice to the world, instead of exploding in anger. Muslim leaders must work more to shed light on the double-standard approach adopted by many Western governments and institutions toward Muslims.

This is not only the right thing to do, but also the only path to ensuring that Muslim leaders continue to speak for the values and interests of the larger Muslim community and address Muslim concerns. The expression of justice and compassion should not be reserved to atrocities committed by the terrorists against Western civilians, but must also address Muslim pain and suffering visited on them by the action of Western democracies.

Muslim leaders must do more to expose the harsh reality of many Muslims throughout the world and speak for the Muslim suffering; they must do more to pressure political leaders and leaders of public opinions to address the roots of anger and frustration that breed militancy and give rise to terrorism.

The key here is the foreign policy of Western powers, particularly the United States, toward Islam and Muslims. Ignoring legitimate grievances and applying double standards in dealing with Muslim societies and issues must stop if the war on terrorism is to bear fruit. (MORE)

Louay M. Safi is the author of "Peace And The Limits Of War: Transcending Classical Conception of Jihad, Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World and The Challenge of Modernity." This article was made available to UPI by the Common Ground News Service -- Partners in Humanity.

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YOUNG MUSLIM-AMERICANS TO COMBAT STEREOTYPES - TOP
MTV.com, 8/11/05
http://www.mtv.com/thinkmtv/features/discrimination/muslim_american_students/

WASHINGTON - When the first images of shattered glass and bloodied victims from the London train bombings hit the airwaves three weeks ago, college student Samad Pardesi was gripped by an all-too-familiar feeling.

"[We] have this gut reaction whenever these attacks happen," said Pardesi. "We think, 'Oh God, please don't let this be another Muslim attack.' "

The gut reaction described by Pardesi is felt by many young Muslims who have struggled in recent years with negative stereotypes that began to surface in American society following the September 11th attacks.

Student leaders like Pardesi, 20, who is the president of Georgetown University's Muslim Students' Association, have been working to raise awareness about Islam since the 2001 terrorist attacks. His mission becomes more and more challenging, Pardesi said, with each headline - like those from London - which chronicle young Muslims as perpetrators of terrorist acts.

"You work day in and day out to show that Muslims just live regular lives and really aren't violent at all," Pardesi said. "When this kind of stuff happens, it puts [our efforts] back years and kind of erases all of the stuff that we've been doing."

A few hours up Interstate 95, Sabra Bhat, a senior at Hackettstown (N.J.) High this year, described an experience she had following the London attacks which perfectly illustrates what Pardesi is talking about.

"My mom and I were working out at the gym, both wearing our headscarves," Bhat said, "and there were some people talking loud enough so that we could hear. They were saying that immigrants come into our country, steal our opportunities and then bomb us."

The gym comment was "the same kind of reaction" Bhat received in the weeks after Sept. 11, as a 13-year-old girl who had just started observing the hijab, or wearing her headscarf.

After these incidents, Bhat decided to take action. She invited other Muslim teenage girls in her town to form a "sisterhood," and began holding meetings at her home.

"That's when we started learning just how peaceful Islam can be," Bhat said. (MORE)

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/12/05

* Verse: Be Among the Truthful
* CAIR-Georgia 3rd Annual Banquet
            - CAIR-LA: New Executive Committee President
* AZ: Muslim Dies Helping Police Officer
            - Dawud Isa Abusida
* Can Firms Meet Muslims' Workplace Requests? (MSNBC)
            - CAIR 'Employer's Guide'
* IL: Feds Release Man Accused in Bomb Threats
* NV: Imam Explains Islam's Non-Violent Views (VOA)
            - AZ: Muslims Must Be Loudest Voice Against Terror
* Pentagon: Abuse Photos Pose Risk (OC Register)
* Profile: Dr. Ahmad M. Jaber (Newsday)
* WA: Muslims Host Interfaith Benefit for Niger Famine

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VERSE OF THE DAY: BE AMONG THE TRUTHFUL - TOP

"O believers! Remain conscious of God and be among those who are truthful in word and deed."

The Holy Quran, 9:119

HADITH OF THE DAY: A TRANQUIL HEART AND TRUTHFUL TONGUE

During his prayers, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would say: "O God, I ask You for a tranquil heart and truthful tongue."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 1, Number 161

The Prophet also said: "Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 116

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CAIR-GEORGIA 3RD ANNUAL BANQUET - TOP

What: On August 27, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) will hold its 3rd annual banquet.

WHERE: Holiday Inn Select Capitol, 450 Capitol Ave, Atlanta GA

WHEN: Saturday August 27, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 ($25 for Students)
For more information contact the CAIR office at 770-220-0082, E-Mail: cair@cair-northgeorgia.org

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NEW CAIR-LA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESIDENT - TOP

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA) is pleased to announce Tahra Goraya as its new President of the Executive Committee for CAIR-LA.

Goraya has had extensive involvement in the American Muslim community including with the UMMAH Free Clinic in South Central Los Angeles and past board member with the New Horizon School, Pasadena. She currently is a member of the Islamic Social Services of America and served as Co-Chair of Muslim Students Union, Irvine as an undergraduate in the mid 90's

She also serves as the Executive Director of Day One in Pasadena, California, a non-profit organization dedicated to working to reduce and prevent harm to youth and families by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through education and awareness, alternative activities, capacity building trainings for parents and communities, and environmental and public policy advocacy.

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POLICE IDENTIFY DEPUTY, TWO OTHERS KILLED IN STRUGGLE LAST NIGHT - TOP
Jeffry Scott, Arizona Daily Star, 8/11/05
http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/dailystar/88244.php

Authorities have released the name of a Pima County Sheriff's Deputy killed in the line of duty Wednesday night near West Ajo Way and South Kinney Road, the name of a man who died while trying to help him and the name of a suspect who started a fight with them.

Deputy Timothy David Graham, 30, went to a Circle K at the intersection around 8 p.m., after a 911 call reported a "crazed man" at the store. That man, 23-year-old Aaron Swyers, fought Graham across the gas station lot, across the eastbound lanes of traffic and into a wide median with tall grass.

A nearby taxi cab driver, Dawud Isa Abusida, 56, who saw the deputy's struggle, parked his car and ran to help. With his assistance, Graham was able to get handcuffs on one of the Swyers's wrists.

But during the struggle, all three men fell into the westbound fast lane and were hit by a pickup driven by a 70-year-old man, who had his 12-year-old grandson with him. Officials have not yet released the name of the driver. Graham, Abusida and Swyers died at the scene. (MORE)

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THE 3 WHO PAID DEARLY - TOP
Arizona Daily Star, 8/12/05
http://www.dailystar.com/dailystar/allheadlines/88385.php

Dawud Isa Abusida

Dawud Isa Abusida, 56, was a veteran Tucson cabdriver who started his own business, Budget Cabs, just two months ago.

He also was a scientist, with a master's degree in food science from the University of Arizona, a fact that surprised many of his co-workers, who said he never mentioned it, though he displayed a keen intelligence.

His co-workers and his family were not surprised to learn he died while trying to help a sheriff's deputy. His youngest son, Islam, 24, said his father's actions were consistent with the man he had become.

"I'm really proud of him and what he did, even though it did cost him his life," he said.

He said his father did "a lot of good things and gave good advice. He always told me to plan as if you're going to live forever but prepare yourself like you're going to die today."

Dawud Abusida was a Palestinian who emigrated from Saudi Arabia to the United States, where he thought the future would be brighter for him, his wife and their four children.

He earned his master's in 1979 and went back to Saudi Arabia. He returned to Tucson in 1987 and his family followed in 1989.

He wasn't perfect, his son said, and the family had problems early in their stay here. Abusida and his wife, Seham, divorced, but they reconciled and remarried seven years ago.

"My dad turned his life around," Abusida said.

Islam Abusida said his father's religion was important to him and the reason he named his youngest son to honor it.

Abusida said he and his father had developed a loving relationship in just the past year. "We cleared up our past and started a new friendship."

He said his father stopped by his home Sunday. "He said he missed me and just wanted to see me."

In addition to his wife and youngest son, Abusida is survived by his brother, Esam, of Tucson; two other sons, Ala, of Franklin, Ohio, and Eisa, of Phoenix; a daughter, Sohare, who lives in Jordan; and four grandchildren.

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CAN FIRMS MEET MUSLIMS' WORKPLACE REQUESTS? - TOP
Chris Penttila, MSNBC, 8/11/05
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8916647/

When 30 Dell temporary employees walked off the job in February, saying they weren't allowed to conduct sunset prayers, it brought attention to Muslim prayer accommodation in the workplace.

Globally, there are an estimated 2 billion Muslims, with 7 million living in the United States. "Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world," says Rabiah Ahmed of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, DC, advocacy group for the American Muslim community.

According to CAIR's annual civil rights report, religious accommodation is consistently one of the top three concerns for Muslim Americans. Muslims, Ahmed says, are "dealing with issues other minorities and religious groups have dealt with in trying to accommodate a religion as well as other responsibilities." A Muslim's responsibilities include praying five times a day, ideally in a certain time frame. And unlike in other faiths, Muslims need to step away from work to pray, Ahmed says. (MORE)

CAIR 'EMPLOYER'S GUIDE TO ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS PRACTICES' - TOP
https://www.cair-net.org/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=3

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IL: FEDS RELEASE MAN ACCUSED IN BOMB THREATS - TOP
Nathaniel West, Journal Times, 8/11/05
http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2005/08/12/news/news004.txt

BENTON -- A federal judge on Thursday ruled prosecutors could continue their case against a Toledo man accused of threatening to bomb an Islamic civil liberties group in the U.S. capital.

During a hearing at the federal courthouse in Benton, Magistrate Judge Phillip Frazier also released Max L. Oakley after the defendant promised to appear for additional court proceedings in Washington, D.C.

According to officials with the federal court in Benton, 60-year-old Oakley also waived his right to a "probable cause" hearing.

"The judge did find there was probable cause (to continue the prosecution), and he will go to D.C. assuming he is indicted," said a court official.

A grand jury in Washington would issue that formal indictment, added the official.

Oakley, who claims to be a Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, has been charged with e-mailing bomb threats to the capital-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.

He has not yet entered a plea, although that may happen at his next hearing Aug. 19 in Washington, said the court official. (MORE)

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LAS VEGAS IMAM EXPLAINS ISLAM'S NON-VIOLENT VIEWS - TOP
Ky Plakson, VOA, 8/11/05
http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2005-08-11-voa68.cfm

The 6 million or so Muslims living in the United States have become very aware since 9/11 of how little their neighbors know about their religion and culture. The leader of one small community of 10,000 Muslims is taking a leading role in promoting cross-cultural understanding.

"The country wants to be re-assured that a community that is part of them [the Muslim-American community] does not identify with those people who use its name to promote their own political violent agenda," says Imam Aslam Abdullah of the Islamic Society of Nevada. The former vice president of the American Islamic College in Chicago holds several degrees in Islamic studies. For the past 25 years, he's been speaking and participating in non-violent movements in England and India. Like other Muslim leaders across the United States, he's begun an outreach effort to the larger community: a three-day course exploring what Islam has to say about non-violence.

Topics include how Islamic prophets applied the concept of non-violence throughout history& were some prophetic movements historically violent& and is the present-day violence justified from a religious perspective? In exploring those questions, Imam Abdullah relies on scholarly works about the religion& and the Koran itself. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS MUST BE LOUDEST VOICE AGAINST TERRORISTS - TOP
Muhammad As'ad, Tucson Citizen, 8/11/05
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=opinion&story_id=081205b5_guestmuslims

'Islam means peace!" "Terrorism is condemned in Islam!" How often have I said these things as a teacher and in churches, synagogues and community centers while speaking on Islam around Tucson and to the media? Too many times to count.

I'm not the only one. Across the nation, the refrain is the same. Islam means "peace," literally (in Arabic) and in its teachings. As for whether all its adherents exhibit peaceful attitudes and actions, that's another story altogether.

Perceptions of Islam have worsened since 9/11, with suicide bombings, beheadings of hapless victims and attacks on U.S. troops becoming all too commonplace.

It's no wonder so many non-Muslims can't distinguish between what Islam teaches and what some of its so-called adherents do.

Add to this the widespread ignorance about Islam. Such was not the case for "Christian" terrorists like America's KKK, Ireland's IRA, Germany's Bader-Meinhof Gang, Italy's Red Hand Gang or, worst of all, Germany's Nazis.

Their religious affiliations were never an issue. It was more or less understood who and what they were.

Why is it different for Muslims? Why do the actions of so few cause 1.5 billion Muslims around the world to be painted with the same brush? Is it just the media, or are we also partially to blame?

The majority of American Muslims are immigrants, many of whom tend to remain isolated with social lives revolving around the mosque. They seldom venture outside this comfort zone, except to go to work, shop or visit friends.

Change takes time. Meanwhile, their non-Muslim neighbors don't get to know them well or learn much about Islam except what they see on the news and read in the papers.

Religious practices - prayers five times a day in an increasingly secular world, distinctive dress for the women (headscarves) and the celebration of different holidays - cause Muslims to stand out. In a society that promotes conformity, these are all no-nos.

In the U.S., many Muslims "go to ground" when terrorist attacks happen, trying to remain as inconspicuous as possible. They say little, hoping it'll all go away and their neighbors will see them for who they are: good, decent, hard-working people with families, trying to make ends meet and adjust to a new country.

Unfortunately, these days, a good example is not enough. And because of their general absence from the scene, Muslims have become easy targets for the news and political cartoonists. Fortunately, this is changing. (MORE)

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PENTAGON: ABUSE PHOTOS POSE RISK - TOP
Julia Preston, OC Register, 8/12/05
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/08/12/sections/news/focus_security/article_632189.php

NEW YORK - Senior Pentagon officials have opposed the release of photographs and videotapes of the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, arguing they would incite public opinion in the Muslim world and put the lives of U.S. soldiers and officials at risk, according to documents unsealed in federal court.

Gen. Richard B. Meyers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a statement that he believed that "riots, violence and attacks by insurgents will result" if the images are released.

The documents reveal both the high level and the determination of the Pentagon officials engaged in the effort to block the disclosure of the images. In his statement, dated July 21, Myers said he became aware June 17 that the photos' release might be imminent. He said he consulted with Gen. John P. Abizaid, the U.S. central commander, and Gen. George Casey, the commander of the U.S. forces in Iraq. Both officers also opposed the release, Myers said.

His statement makes it clear that he has examined the images and finds them disturbing. "I condemn in the strongest terms the misconduct and abuse depicted in these images," he said in the statement. "It was illegal, immoral and contrary to American values and character." (MORE)

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PROFILE: DR. AHMAD M. JABER - TOP
Sheila McKenna, Newsday, 8/12/05
http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nypro124380441aug12,0,7680185.story

Obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice in Bay Ridge. Senior attending at Lutheran Medical Center and founding chairman of a new mosque at the medical center. Chairman of the board of the Islamic Mission of America-Dawood Mosque in Brooklyn Heights. Co-founder and president of the Arab American Association of New York (arabamerican ny.org)

BIOGRAPHY

58 and a Palestinian. Graduated from Mosuel University Medical School in Iraq and moved to the United States in 1974. Completed his post-graduate training as an OB-GYN from Flushing Hospital and residency at Lutheran Medical Center in 1978. The same year he started his practice in Bay Ridge. Married with four children. Lives in Bay Ridge.

LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT

"After 9/11, when the Muslim population was under such scrutiny, we needed to have a voice that spoke for us without being afraid. It became very important to have a place in the city, and to have a place in the hospital, where Muslim patients could go to also treat their spiritual needs. We decided that the time had come for one. I thought, why not have a place for prayer right here in the hospital, and put together a task force to create one. The mosque is on the main floor of the medical center, right next to the chapel."

IMPACT

"The Arab Association is a not-for-profit center in Bay Ridge that provides the Arab community of New York with a host of social services. It's a place where they can air their feelings and frustrations, whether it's over issues about immigration or their children's education. All people, when they come to a new country, face problems, whether it's cultural or financial. Muslims first think of a place to pray, a mosque, and a school to send their children, but there are other problems that they face and they need help navigating the system."

PROUD OF

"My efforts in helping the Arab community integrate into their new American way of life. I hope to be some kind of a voice for them while they adjust to their new home. Because I know how difficult that can be."

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MUSLIMS HOST INTERFAITH BENEFIT FOR VICTIMS OF NIGER FAMINE - TOP
Relief camp ration of rice and millet to be served for dinner

WHAT: (SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 8/11/05) ­ On August 12, 2005, Seattle-area Muslims will host an interfaith dinner to aid the starving children of Niger and Mali, at the Islamic School of Seattle.

WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2005, 7 pm ­ 9 pm

WHERE: The Islamic School of Seattle, 720 25th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122

CONTACT: Samia El-Moslimany, 206-409-3407, E-MAIL: samiaelmo@yahoo.com, Ramsey El-Moslimany, 206-850-8882, E-MAIL: ramsey@ilovecrayons.com

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/14/05

* Hadith: Always Remember God
* 'Explore the Quran' Recipient Thanks CAIR
            - Obtain or Sponsor a Free Quran
* Media Profile of New CAIR N. Calif. Director
            - CAIR-TX: In Defense of Muslims
            - CAIR-CA: '30-Days' Award at CAIR Banquet
* African-American Muslims (VOA)
* AZ: Praise for Heroic Muslim Cabbie (Daily Star)
            - Laying a Hero to Rest (Tucson Citizen)
* MI: Detroit Mosque a Testament Integration
            - PA: Where is the Koran on Violence? (Inquirer)
            - TN: Muslims Debunk Myths about Islam (Tennessean)
* ND: Filmmakers Document Lebanese-Syrian Immigrants

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ALWAYS REMEMBER GOD - TOP

A man came to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and said: "The laws of Islam seem to be a lot for me (to remember), so tell me something that I should stick to." The Prophet replied: "Let your tongue never cease to be moist with the remembrance of God."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 437

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EXPLORE COMMONALITIES INSTEAD OF DIFFERENCES - TOP
Kelley Wenzlaffl, Dispatch, 8/13/05
http://www.dispatch.com/editorials-story.php?story=dispatch/2005/08/13/20050813-A11-04.html

I recently received my free copy of the Quran from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. I expected a pocket-size version of the text. Instead, I received a full-size, leatherbound volume, with gold-embossed lettering.

I thank Nihad Awad and CAIR for funding this effort. They obviously care deeply for their cause and are sincere in their efforts to spread understanding and tolerance. Awad's accompanying letter requested that I treat the Quran with respect. I assure him that I honor his generous gift.

I have read through the text and was surprised to find that the Quran and the Bible share many of the same stories and characters. Mary, Joseph and Moses, the stories of David and Goliath and Noah's flood, and many other familiar teachings are found throughout the Quran. Jesus is referred to 22 times.

Anyone who centers their worldview in Jewish, Islamic or Christian tradition should be aware that all three religions offer valuable primarysource material. These texts offer great historical insight into the early civilizations of the Middle East and the struggles between different subcultures. They share in the same purposes: to offer moral guidance and honor the divine. For me, it became clear that all of these seemingly different religions grew from the same tree. (MORE)

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OBTAIN OR SPONSOR A FREE QURAN - TOP
www.explorethequran.org

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CAIR-CA: SPREADING NEWS OF ISLAM'S PEACE - TOP
Jessie Mangaliman, Mercury News, 8/14/05
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/12381393.htm

When the former executive director of the Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations retired this year, a committee embarked on a search for a replacement, fielding local and national candidates.

But the committee members needn't have looked farther than their own boardroom to find Safaa Ibrahim, a volunteer who drove three times a week from her home in Aptos to Santa Clara, well-known to other volunteers and the search committee for her tireless, passionate work.

With her background in project management, she multi-tasked like a paid professional, planning logistics for a fundraising banquet, setting up Web conferences and establishing a system for managing civil rights cases. She also served on CAIR's executive committee and board of directors.

"Sometimes you take for granted the resources you have," said Athar Siddiquee, vice president of the executive committee that was conducting the search. "One day, we said, `What about Safaa?'"

Ibrahim, 30, was recently named executive director of the Bay Area chapter of CAIR, taking the reins of an organization that has become a major voice for Muslims in the region. (MORE)

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LETTER: IN DEFENSE OF MUSLIMS - TOP
Iesa Galloway, Lufkin Daily News, 8/14/05
http://www.lufkindailynews.com

[Iesa Galloway, is the executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations - Houston.]

I was disappointed to see that John Gardner's hateful and ignorant letter made it to print. Far from hate, Islam calls upon its followers, "Muslims" to love and obey the creator, to love mankind and to be thankful for the many blessing and privileges that Allah, the Arabic term for God, has given us all.

"We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favors above a great part of Our Creation." Quran, 17:70

Like all privileges free speech should be used responsibly. I can not begin to imagine the recklessness or possibly the arrogance that must be required to speak as an authority on someone else's faith or to rewrite history without at least quoting a scholarly source. I can assure your readers that it is irresponsible.

The use of terms like "Muhammadanism" to refer to Islam and to a lesser degree "Moslems" instead of Muslims are tale-tale signs of tremendous ignorance or bias.

I hope that Gardner and others like him can follow just one of the sayings of the prophet Muhammed, who said; "You like for the people what you like for yourself, and you dislike for them what you dislike for yourself." Or if they can not take advice from an Islamic source maybe they can then follow the golden rule?

While it would take pages to correct the fictionalized accounts of propaganda that Gardner regurgitates. A look at what real historians have to say as well as a few examples of authentic Islamic teachings may shed truth to the subject.

"There is no compulsion in religion." Quran, 2:256

Many distinguished non-Muslim historians have attested to the fact that Islam was not spread by the sword. In fact, there is substantial evidence to the contrary one only needs to read. Let me suggest Sir Thomas W. Arnold's book, "The Preaching of Islam" or Marshall G. Hodgson's book, "The Venture of Islam."

The true teachings of Islam include; protecting the innocent, the elderly, women, children, religious leaders, the environment, ending of slavery and tolerance towards what others consider scared.

In regards to the term infidel it is important to understand its origin. Like the phrase pagan the word infidel was coined by the church for use by European Christians to describe Muslims and Jews at the time of the crusades. The term infidel was needed to dehumanize both the Jews and Muslims (who both are clearly not pagans) for the crusaders who set out to convert or slaughter them as the journeyed to take the holy land.

"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)." Quran, 49:13

In the common struggle against hatred, those accusing others may first want to look inward before revealing their own hate.

The Muslim community has continuously denounced terrorism and those whom employ it. We have also repeatedly invited our neighbors to visit our Mosques, to get to know our community, our beliefs and to build friendships. I invite Mr. Gardner and all my fellow Texans to get to know our community, to visit our Mosques or to order a free copy of our holy book the Quran.

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CAIR-CA: '30-DAYS' AWARD AT CAIR BANQUET - TOP
The Columbus Dispatch, 8/14/05
http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/30days/main.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California will award the program '30 Days' with the "Bridge Builder" Media Award at its annual banquet on September 17. This FX channel program will be recognized at the banquet for helping to bring awareness and greater understanding of American Muslims and Islam to the American public through the media.

In '30 Days', a Christian agrees to uproot his life among his like-minded family and friends and live for 30 days in a large Muslim community in Dearborn, Michigan. The show follows David Stacy from West Virginia as he lives with Shamael and Sadiq Haque. The program shows the many challenges that David faces including those of his own preconceptions of Islam and the lessons he learns at the end of his journey.

CAIR-LA invites the community to meet David and the Haques at the 9th Annual Banquet as they receive the "Bridge Builder" Media Award. Purchase your tickets for the banquet today as they sell out early every year! Call (714) 776-1847, email socal@cair.com or visit www.cair-california.org to purchase your tickets online.

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSLIMS - TOP
Maura Jane Farrelly, Voice of America, 8/12/05
http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2005-08-12-voa49.cfm

When reporting on Islam in America, the media often focus on immigrant communities, either from the Middle East or from Southeast Asia. But as many as 40% of the Muslims in this country were born here, and their families have been living in America for generations. By some estimates, African Americans are the largest single ethnic group within America's diverse Muslim population. And until recently, black Muslims felt somewhat alienated from their immigrant religious brethren.

It should be stated from the outset that the overwhelming majority of African-American Muslims are Sunni Muslims. They do not subscribe to the racist ideology of the Nation of Islam, which says white people were created by the Devil to test black people. It is a common misconception that all African-American Muslims belong to this controversial group, when in fact most practice a racially inclusive form of Islam that -- theologically, at least -- is just like the Islam practiced in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. That does not mean, though, that African-American Muslims are exactly like the immigrants with whom they share a faith.

"My generation of Islamic reverts came out of a social movement here in the United States, says Muhaimina Abdul-Hakim, who has belonged to the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, New York, sine 1972. "The Civil Rights movement and Black Nationalism. So we had a different political ideology about America in the first place."

Ms. Abdul-Hakim very consciously refers to herself as a "re-vert," rather than a "convert," because she sees her conversion to Islam as a return to the faith of her ancestors. The first Muslims in America were slaves, brought here from Africa in the 17th century. Like so many other black Muslims her age, she converted at a time of great social change in the United States. And because of this, there is still a strong desire within the African-American Muslim community to change America's socio-economic structure.

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GROUPS GATHER IN PRAISE OF HEROIC MUSLIM CABBIE - TOP
Daily Star, 8/15/05
http://www.dailystar.com/dailystar/dailystar/88498.php

The family of Dawud Isa Abusida, and three diverse groups of people who consider him a brother, gathered at the Islamic Center of Tucson on Friday to mourn his loss, pray for his soul and praise the heroic actions he took in the final moments of his life.

One group, members of the Sunni Muslim community at the mosque Abusida attended regularly, responded to prayers chanted in Arabic and listened to Imam Mohammed Elfarooqui proclaim in Arabic and English that the best death is that met "in doing deeds that benefit humanity."

Translating from the Quran, Elfarooqui said: "For those who believe and do good, we will certainly give them abode in the high place in Paradise, beneath which rivers flow."

Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Parish represented the second group, the Pima County Sheriff's Department, which was out in force "to pay its respect to a hero."

Abusida died Wednesday trying to help Deputy Timothy Graham arrest Aaron Swyers. The three men were struck and killed by a truck as they struggled and fell into traffic on Ajo Way near Kinney Road.

He said Abusida, in giving his life while trying to aid Graham, had become a brother to him as well. "We consider him a fallen comrade who put his life on the line and ultimately lost it. His courage should be an example to us all," Parish said. (MORE)

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LAYING A HERO TO REST: 'WHAT HE DID WAS RARE' - TOP
Blake Morlock, Tucson Citizen, 8/13/05
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=local&story_id=081305a4_funeral

Local law enforcement officers lead the procession for the funeral of Dawud Isa Abusida. Sheriff's deputies showed up in force to honor him. Pima County sheriff's deputies joined about 200 local Muslims to mourn Dawud Isa Abusida, the cab driver who was killed Wednesday while helping a deputy subdue a person. (MORE)

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A MOSQUE IN DETROIT STANDS AS A TESTAMENT TO ISLAM'S INTEGRATION - TOP
Plain Dealer, 8/13/05
http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/112394701893820.xml&coll=2

Dearborn, Mich. - Suddenly in late spring, Fridays brought a new feeling along the strip this Detroit suburb calls Altar Alley.

Dearborn's big, older churches cluster on an access street that parallels teeming Ford Road, west of the tinted-glass forest of automotive corporate towers.

A striking new institution joined them in May, after seven years of planning, fund raising and construction.

It stands at the gateway to the stretch of Christian worship venues but with shapes and symbols that contrast with those of its neighbors. From the road, the face shows golden-hued domes, Moorish arches, a stone exterior of desert tones, deep-green decorative tiles and two 110-foot-tall minarets topped with crescent moons.

The 92,000-square-foot, $14 million Islamic Center of America buzzes with activity most days, observers say. But Friday, the Islamic Sabbath, brings hundreds of worshippers, filling parking lots with cars and the classrooms, banquet areas and prayer room with people.

The nation's largest mosque opened its doors less than four years after extremists inspired by their own violent vision assaulted the nation on Sept. 11. A message from the Shiite Muslims who worship here is that, however others respond, they will not hide their religious practices in the heart of their own country.

Three months after its opening, the big worship place already has become a familiar feature of Dearborn's landscape. (MORE)

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WHERE IS THE KORAN ON VIOLENCE? - TOP
Jim Remsen, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/14/05
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/special_packages/sunday_review/12376792.htm

When Islamist radicals took responsibility for the deadly London transit attacks July 7, mainstream Muslims cringed. Islamic groups issued denunciations. A body of North American scholars issued a fatwa, or edict, condemning violence against civilians. The Muslim American Society called on imams to give sermons against "terror, hate and violence."

At the same time, critics of Islam spoke out. The Southern Baptist Convention welcomed the fatwa - but also remarked that "nearly 100 verses in the Koran promote fighting and killing." A radio host in Washington was suspended after calling Islam "a terrorist organization." The conservative Regnery Press released The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, which argues that the Koran "commands Muslims to make war on Jews and Christians" despite the benevolent assertions of U.S. Muslims and their allies.

Does the Koran promote violence against nonbelievers? Why do Muslims divide the world into "the House of Islam" and "the House of War"?

We posed those questions to a local cleric, Imam Naser Khatib. Khatib, 33, a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, is resident imam at Masjid Al-Hidaya, a mosque in Feltonville. A slender, soft-spoken figure in an ankle-length robe, he sat recently in the mosque's kitchen and mulled the nature of Muslim scripture.

Khatib: There are 2 ayas [verses in the Koran] that tell us how to deal with non-Muslims. They say people who do not fight you or try to kick you out from your homeland, you should be virtuous toward them. But the other kind of people who fight Muslims because of their religion or try to kick them out from their homes or try to help anyone who tries to harm Muslims, these people the Muslims should fight back. (MORE)

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MUSLIMS SET OUT TO DEBUNK MYTHS ABOUT THEIR FAITH - TOP
JEANNINE F. HUNTER, Tennessean, 8/14/05
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050814/NEWS01/508140377/1006/NEWS

Local Muslim families took time yesterday to open their religious center to guests for shared prayers and conversations about one of the world's largest and most misunderstood faiths.

Imam Abdul-Hakim Mohamed, one of the community's leaders or religious teachers, addressed misconceptions about the faith, including the perception that women are oppressed and sacred writings advocate killing the unarmed, women and children as well as non-Muslims.

"Islam rejects it," he said. "I challenge anyone who can find a verse here that says people who do not carry the faith of Islam will be killed. . . .Disrespect in the Muslim world is due to cultural differences, not religious tenets." (MORE)

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FILMMAKERS DOCUMENT IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN PART OF STATE - TOP
Jill Schramm, Minot Daily News, 8/14/05
http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/12379185.htm

ROSS, N.D. - Film producer Joan Mandell has documented the Gaza Strip and highlighted civil rights issues involving Palestinian immigrants charged with terrorism in California.

Her special interest in the Arab community recently brought her and her husband, Rich Wieske, from Michigan to western North Dakota to film another documentary - this time to tell the story of Lebanese-Syrian immigrants and their descendants.

Mandell said she first came to Mountrail County to interview descendants of Lebanese-Syrian homesteaders a year ago. Her visit in May 2004 was part of research for a video on Arab Americans that she was preparing for the Arab American National Museum's opening this past May in Dearborn, Mich.

Muslim settlement

The story of the Muslim settlement at Ross was so compelling that she decided to return to tape a separate documentary.

"The stories of Ross and Stanley seemed much too rich for a 30-second sound bite in a short video," Mandell said. "It was one of our two or three top, favorite places, just because of the people and landscape."

Mandell and Wieske, the production cameraman, were in Ross for the July 5 dedication of a small mosque at a Muslim cemetery. The mosque stands in memory of early pioneers who built a mosque at that same site around 1929. That building deteriorated and was torn down in the 1970s. (MORE)

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