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Topics (messages 801 through 900):

CAIR-NET: URGENT - U.S. Muslim Opinion Survey
	801 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CORRECTED CAIR Survey Return Fax Number
	802 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Christopher Hitchens - 'Pipes the Propagandist'
	803 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: President to Appoint Daniel Pipes Without a Vote
	804 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: National Call-In Day Reminder: Oppose the Pipes Appointment
	805 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Mass. DJ Calls for 'Eradication of Arab Race'
	806 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Sen. Tom Harkin on the Nomination of Daniel Pipes
	807 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Daniel Pipes Appointment Harms U.S. Image
	808 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Penn. Police Officer Denied Right to Wear Hijab
	809 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush Nominee Supports Group Closed for Terror Ties
	810 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Fear Shakes NJ Immigrant Enclave
	811 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: ADL Attempts to Defame Florida Muslims
	812 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Calif. Muslim Sues Neocon Magazine for Defamation
	813 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: EEOC Sues Over Harassment of Muslim Worker
	814 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Koran for Dummies/Daniel Pipes is Unacceptable
	815 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: President to Appoint Daniel Pipes Today
	816 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Declare 'Moral Victory' in Pipes Appointment
	817 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-FL Rep. Selected for Leadership Program
	818 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush Peace Appointee Says War with Muslims May be Needed
	819 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FBI Asked to Investigate Fire at Georgia Mosque
	820 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Fire at Georgia Mosque Ruled Arson
	821 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Immigrants Say 9/11 Probe Violated Rights
	822 by: CAIR

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

CAIR-NET: Free CAIR T-Shirt with Membership at ISNA
	824 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: OHIO CATHOLIC SCHOOL BARS GIRL WEARING HIJAB
	825 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: National Review 'Regrets' Smear of CAIR-LA Official
	826 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Najaf Bombing
	827 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Make Civil Rights Top Issue
	828 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Slurs, 9-11 Taunts, Punch, But No Hate Crime?
	829 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bush Appointee Calls Al-Aqsa Mosque a 'Trick'
	830 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Report Cites Post-9/11 Discrimination
	831 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: DC-Area Community Invited to 9/11 Memorial Event
	832 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: GA Muslims Call a Sunday Peace Rally
	833 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Post 9/11 - U.S. Muslims Getting More Involved
	834 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Groups to Collect Food for Needy
	835 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Poll: Muslims Increase Political Activity Since 9/11
	836 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Directions to Tonight's 9/11 Memorial in DC/Muslim Wins Hijab 
Settlement
	837 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-LA Co-Hosts Meeting with Bustamante
	838 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Canadian Imams Denied Entry at FL Airport
	839 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Revered Muslim Cleric Held in U.S.
	840 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Hallmark Now Offers Eid Cards
	841 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: MD Muslims Gather Tons of Goods for Area Pantries
	842 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Oregon Prof Sues Bush Appointee for Defamation
	843 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Sikh Cabbie Shot/$2 Million Awarded to CA Muslim
	844 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslim Girl Punched in Face/Muslims Polish Image
	845 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Sign Up To Receive 'Washington Live' TV Talk Show
	846 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Arizona Mosque Vandalized/IN Student Punched
	847 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Patriot Act, Part II - Israeli Spies in Canada?
	848 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: IL Anti-Muslim Bomber Gets Probation, 'Anger Management'
	849 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CIA Paid for Fake Islamic Leaders - Book
	850 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Plan to Screen Travelers Hits Bump/True Patriot Act
	851 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslim Group Reacts to Gitmo Spy Probe
	852 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Edward Said
	853 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Immigration Officer Accused of Raping Detainee
	854 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR-CA Policy Statement on Proposition 54
	855 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Patriot Act Used to Pursue Non-Terror Crimes
	856 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NJ Muslim Leaves School Over ROTC Hijab Conflict
	857 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Support the 'True Patriot Act'
	858 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Terror Recruitment' Probe Concerns Muslims
	859 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: AZ Swastika Vandalism Suspect Arrested
	860 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Welcome Report on Public Diplomacy
	861 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Community Raises Funds to Rebuild Mosque
	862 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NC Congressman Blames Muslims For Marriage Failure
	863 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Haifa Suicide Bombing
	864 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Israeli Attack on Syria
	865 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 1,800 Turn Out for CAIR Dinner in California
	866 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Virginia Muslim Stabbed, Called 'Terrorist Pig'
	867 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Air Fears About Patriot Act
	868 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Bank of America Worker Faces Religious Discrimination
	869 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: House Condemns Bigotry Against Muslims
	870 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Okla. Student Suspended for Wearing Hijab
	871 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: NJ Muslims Demand Attackers be Tried as Adults
	872 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: FL Mosque Bomb Plot Accomplice Sentenced
	873 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 750 Turn Out for CAIR-SFBA Fundraising Dinner
	874 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Schumer's Aggressive Stance Draws Criticism
	875 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Protest Home Demolitions at Israeli Embassy in DC
	876 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Okla. Muslim Returns to School with Hijab
	877 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Detainees Pick Up Legal Support
	878 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: CAIR Condemns Gaza Convoy Attack, Home Demolitions
	879 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Top U.S. General Says Muslims Worship 'Idol'
	880 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Hispanics Find Familiarity in Islam
	881 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: General Says He'll Tone Down Rhetoric
	882 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Why Was This Muslim FBI Agent Fired?
	883 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Pentagon Deleted Part of Official's Apology
	884 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Muslims Condemn Killing of Palestinian Civilians
	885 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ramadan Publicity Kit Now Online
	886 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Both Black and Muslim in America
	887 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Demand Probe of Floridian with Terror Ties
	888 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Twins' Case 'Couldn't Hurt' U.S.-Arab Relations
	889 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Missouri Muslim Day-Care Center Harassed
	890 by: CAIR

CORRECTION TO: Missouri Muslim Day-Care Center Harassed
	891 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: 'Nuke Mecca' Writer Smears ISNA
	892 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Ramadan Greetings From CAIR
	893 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Illinois Muslims Accuse Barnes & Noble of Discrimination
	894 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Support House Resolution to 'Censure and Reassign' Boykin
	895 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: TN Muslim Sues Bus Line for Service Refusal
	896 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Register Online for CAIR's DC Dinner
	897 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Calif. Muslims Offer Prayers for Rain to Quench Fires
	898 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: Muslims Welcome Hispanic 'Reverts'
	899 by: CAIR

CAIR-NET: U.S. Evangelist Censured by Canadian TV
	900 by: CAIR


 
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Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 13:48:56 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <survey@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: URGENT - U.S. Muslim Opinion Survey

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR SURVEY OF AMERICAN MUSLIM OPINION - August 2003

As-salaamu alaykum. (peace be with you)

CAIR NEEDS YOUR HELP! We often receives requests for information on the 
views and make-up of the American Muslim community. Please take a few 
minutes to fill out the survey below so that we may accurately reflect 
Muslim views and concerns. (All responses are confidential.) Please 
print 
out this form for distribution in your local Islamic center or 
organization. Also post it on Muslim e-mail lists and forward to 
personal 
e-mail addresses of friends and associates.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SURVEY FOR MUSLIMS IN AMERICA. In the past, these 
surveys have been instrumental for CAIR, the American Muslim community, 
policy makers, and media experts in understanding the characteristics 
and 
views of the American Muslim community. Your response will strengthen 
CAIR's ability to improve its work and to articulate the community's 
views. 
We appreciate your cooperation.

PLEASE RESPOND BY Tuesday, August 19, 2003.

May Allah bless you for your time and effort.

PLEASE FORWARD A BLANK COPY OF THIS SURVEY TO FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.

-----

RETURN TO:

E-MAIL: survey@cair-net.org
FAX: 202-488-8383
MAIL: CAIR Survey, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.  20003

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1) Are you Muslim? ___ Yes ___ No

2) Are you a U.S. resident? ___ Yes ___ No

3) In which city and state do you live? City: ___________ State: 
_______

4) Are you eligible to vote in U.S. elections? ___ Yes ___ No

5) Are you registered to vote or will you register before the next 
election? ___ Yes ___ No

6) Did you vote in the 2000 presidential election? ___ Yes ___ No

7) In the last two years, have you done any of the following: (Check 
where 
applicable.)

___ voted in a congressional election
___ voted in a state of local election
___ donated money or time in a political campaign
___ donated money, time, or expertise to a local or national non-profit 
or 
political organization


8) Are you affiliated with any political party? ___ Yes ___ No Specify: 
_________________

9) Overall, which political party do you believe best represents the 
interests of the American Muslim community? ___ Republican ___ 
Democratic 
___  Green  _____None ___ Other (specify) 
_______________________________

10) In your opinion, which political party is trying to attract the 
support 
of the American Muslim community? ___ Democratic ___ Green ___ 
Republican 
___ None
___ Other (specify) _______________________________

11) If the presidential election were held tomorrow, would you vote for 
George W. Bush? ___Yes ____ No

12) Who is you favorite democratic presidential candidate? _____ Carol 
Moseley Braun _____ Howard Dean ____ John Edwards ____ Dick Gephardt 
____ 
Bob Graham ____ John Kerry ____ Dennis Kucinich ____ Joe Lieberman 
_____ Al 
Sharpton

13) What do you believe are the most important DOMESTIC issues for the 
American Muslim community? 1.________________ 2.________________ 3. 
_______________

14) What do you believe are the most important FOREIGN issues for the 
American Muslim community? 1.________________ 2.________________ 3. 
_______________

15) On a scale from 1-10 (1 being biased against Muslims and 10 being 
biased in favor of Muslims), how would you rate the Bush 
administration's 
policies related to DOMESTIC ISSUES of importance to the AMERICAN 
MUSLIM 
COMMUNITY? ___

16) On a scale from 1-10 (1 being biased against Muslims and 10 being 
biased in favor of Muslims), how would you rate the Bush 
administration's 
FOREIGN POLICIES related to the Muslim world? ___

17) Are you affiliated with a local or national NON-MUSLIM public 
affairs 
organizations? ___ Yes ___ No Specify: _____________________

18) Are you affiliated with a local or national American Muslim 
organization?
___ Yes ___ No Specify: ________________

19) Do you support AFFIRMATIVE ACTION in higher education? ___ Yes ___ 
No 
___ No Opinion

20) Do you support TAX REDUCTIONS as a means to boost the economy? ___ 
Yes 
___ No ___ No Opinion

21) Do you support the way the administration is handling the WAR IN 
IRAQ? 
___ Yes ___ No ___ No Opinion

22) Do you believe INTERFAITH DIALOGUE is important? ___ Yes ___ No ___ 
No 
Opinion

23) Do you support RACIAL/RELIGIOUS PROFILING for reasons of national 
security? ___ Yes ___ No ___ No Opinion

24) Do you support the use of SCHOOL VOUCHERS to improve our system of 
education? ___ Yes ___ No ___ No Opinion

25) Do you believe the USA PATRIOT ACT has contributed to a DECREASE in 
respect for civil liberties? ___ Yes  ___ No ___ No Opinion

26) In the last year, have you experienced anti-Muslim bias or 
discrimination? ___ Yes ___ No

27) That discrimination or bias took the form of:
___ verbal abuse
___ workplace discrimination
___ threats
___ assaults
___ housing discrimination
___ profiling (being singled out by law enforcement authorities or 
other 
security personnel because of your religion, ethnicity or national
origin)
___ Other: (specify) __________________________

28) Do you know at least one American Muslim who has experienced 
anti-Muslim bias or discrimination in the last year? Yes____ No_____

29) In the last year, have you experienced kindness or support from 
friends 
or colleagues of other faiths? Yes___ No___

30) That kindness or support was expressed in the following way:

31) What American television news channel do you watch the most?

32) Do you believe the image of Islam and Muslims in the American Media 
is: 
___ improving ___ changing to worse ___ remaining the same

33) Media outlet/outlets worthy of praise for their coverage of Islam 
and 
Muslims at the national level are:					

At the local level:

34) Media outlet/outlets that exhibited some of the most biased 
coverage are:
At the National Level:					

At the Local Level:

35) If you had to name one or more persons or organizations who 
consistently defame Islam and Muslims, you would name: 1. _____________ 
2._____________ 3._____________

36) Living in America, do you feel free to practice your faith without 
restrictions? ___ Yes ___ No

37) Since the 9/11 attacks, has your level of activism within your 
local 
Muslim community increased or decreases in the following areas?

a. Displaying Islamic symbols and identifying yourself as a Muslim in 
public forums. ___ increased ____ decreased ____ remained the same ____ 
I 
am not active at this level

b. Being active with you local Mosque or Islamic Center. ___ increased 
____ 
decreased ____ remained the same ____ you are not active at this level

c. Joining the membership of local or national American Muslim 
organizations. ___ increased ____ decreased ____ remained the same ____ 
you 
are not active at this level

d. Donating money to local or national American Muslim organization. 
___ 
increased ____ decreased ____ remained the same ____ you are not active 
at 
this level

e. Following the news of the American Muslim community and caring about 
their issues. ___ increased ____ decreased ____ remained the same ____ 
you 
are not active at this level

f. Participating in media, political, civil rights campaigns organized 
by 
American Muslim local or national organizations. ___ increased ____ 
decreased ____ remained the same ____ you are not active at this level

38) What kind of effect did each of the following factors have on your 
level of involvement with the community in the previous areas?

a. Government policies: ___ negative _____ positive ___ did not affect 
me

b. Media attitudes:  ___ negative _____ positive ___ did not affect me

c. Attitude of the larger American Society: ___ negative _____ positive 
___ 
did not affect me

d. Attitudes of your local Muslim community: ___ negative _____ 
positive 
___ did not affect me

e. Attitudes of the national American Muslim organizations: ___ 
negative 
_____ positive ___ did not affect me

39) Since the 9/11 attacks, have your activism with your larger 
American 
local and national society increased or decreases at the following 
levels?

a. Participation in the political process. ___ increased ____ decreased 
____ remained the same ____ you are not active at this level

b. Contacting the media. ___ increased ____ decreased ____ remained the 
same ____ you are not active at this level

c. Civil rights Activism. ___ increased ____ decreased ____ remained 
the 
same ____ you are not active at this level

d. Outreach and interfaith Activism. ___ increased ____ decreased ____ 
remained the same ____ you are not active at this level

40) Since the 9-11 terror attacks, your local Muslim community has: ___ 
become less active in social issues and politics ___ become more active 
in 
social issues and politics ___ no change in social or political 
activism

41) Since the 9-11 terror attacks, your life as an American Muslim has: 
___ 
changed for the better ___ changed for the worse ___ not changed

42) Name any local Muslim activists whom you think CAIR should get in 
touch 
with because they hold position in the following area related to CAIR's 
work:

1. Elected officials 1. ______ 2. _________ 3. _________
2. Running for Office: 1. _______ 2. ________ 3. ________
3. Working for Local Media: 1. ________2._________3.________
4. Working in Civil rights organizations: 
1.___________2.__________3.________

43) In your opinion, what kind of steps, activities, or campaigns 
should be 
taken to improve the image of Islam and Muslims in America?

1. _________
2. _________
3. _________

44) Your ethnic heritage is:
___ African-American
___ Arabic speaking world
___ South Asian
___ East Asian
___ Sub Saharan/East Africa
___ West African
___ Central Asia
___ European-American (white, non-immigrant)
___ European Immigrant (Bosnian, Kosovar, etc.)
___ Hispanic/Latino
___ Turkish
___ Iranian
___ Other (Specify country) _________________

45) You highest level of education is: ___ High School ___ 
Undergraduate
Degree ___ Graduate Degree

46) Your household income falls within the following range: ___ Under 
$20,000 ___ $20,000-35,000 ___ $35,001-50,000 ___ $50,001-75,000 ___ 
$75,000-100,000 ___ $100,000 +

47) How often do you attend a mosque? ____More than once a week _____ 
once 
a week ____ less than once a week ____ not at all

48) You are: ___ Male ___ Female

49) You are in the following age range: ___ Under 18 ___ 18-25 ___ 
26-35 
___ 36-55 ___ 56+

50) Are you a member of CAIR: ___ Yes ___ No

51) Since when have you been in touch with CAIR? _____ this is your 
first 
time ____ one week or less ____ one Month or less ____ one year or Less 
____ five years or Less ____ more than five years

52) On a scale from 1-10, where 1 is poor performance and 10 excellent 
performance, you would rate CAIR's performance as:  ______

53) The thing you liked most about CAIR's work was:

54) The area of CAIR's work that needs improvement is:

55) You receive CAIR's materials through:
___ CAIR-NET
___ ISLAM-INFONET
___ Other E-Mail List/Specify: _______
___ CAIR's Web Site
___ Newsgroup/Specify: _________
___ Fax
___ Mail
___ Postings in the Mosque
___ Other/Specify: ________

56) When you receive CAIR's news, do you forward them to friends? ___ 
Yes 
____ No (If yes, How many ____)

57) You would like to receive ___ CAIR materials/___become a CAIR 
member.
Send materials to me at the following mailing address.

Name:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:

58) CAIR can count on your help in the following areas: ___ civil 
rights 
____ media activism ____ political activism ____ fundraising and 
outreach 
projects

The following people would like to receive CAIR materials:

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS SURVEY.	

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			- PLEASE COPY, POST AND DISTRIBUTE -

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RETURN TO:

E-MAIL: survey@cair-net.org
FAX: 202-488-8383
MAIL: CAIR Survey, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.  20003

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Forwarded Message

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 14:17:11 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: CORRECTED CAIR Survey Return Fax Number

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CORRECTION: The fax number listed for returning the CAIR SURVEY OF 
AMERICAN 
MUSLIM OPINION was incorrect.

The correct fax number is 202-488-0833.

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Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 16:32:01 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
From:"CAIR" <cair@cair-net.org>
Subject: CAIR-NET: Christopher Hitchens - 'Pipes the Propagandist'

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/11/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A LOVING FATHER
* CAIR-NY: FREE LEGAL CLINIC
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6734 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
    	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* HITCHENS: PIPES THE PROPAGANDIST (Slate)
	- MPAC Urges President Not to Make Recess Appointment
* COPS: 'SOLID LEADS' ON SIKH ATTACKS (Newsday)
* JITTERY U.S. SOLDIERS KILL 6 IRAQIS (AP)
  	- Tension Grows Between U.S. Troops, Iraqis (AP)
	- Family Shot Dead by Panicking US Troops (Independent)
	- GIs Flood US with War-Weary Emails (Observer)
* DEPICTION OF THREAT OUTGREW EVIDENCE (Wash. Post)
	- Trailers Make Hydrogen, Not Biological Arms (NY Times)
* U.S. CHRISTIAN GROUPS FIGHT SUDAN PEACE PLAN (Newsweek)
* IDAHO'S GRASS-ROOTS RESIST THE PATRIOT ACT (AP)
* U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION AT LOCAL CONFERENCE
* MUSLIM BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN ILLINOIS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A LOVING FATHER

Narrated Aisha - "I never saw anyone more like the (Prophet Muhammad 
[peace 
be upon him]) in respect to gravity, calm deportment and pleasant 
disposition than Fatimah (the Prophet's daughter)…When she came to 
visit 
him, he got up to (welcome) her, took her by the hand, kissed her, and 
made 
her sit where he was sitting. When he went to visit her, she got up to 
(welcome) him, took him by the hand, kissed him, and made him sit where 
she 
was sitting."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2484

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CAIR-NY: FREE LEGAL CLINIC FOR SPECIAL REGISTRANTS

WHAT: On August 14, the Coney Island Avenue Project, the New York 
office of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and City Bar 
Association will hold a free clinic regarding any Notice to Appear 
(NTA) 
received when complying with the Special Registration program. Those 
seeking immigration relief to stay in the United States or having 
problems 
finding a pro bono attorney should also attend. Liz Ouyang will be the 
supervising attorney.

WHEN: Thursday August 14, 2003, 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: 1117 Coney Island Avenue #1R, Brooklyn NY 11230

For further information please contact: Bobby Khan at (718) 859-0238 or 
(917) 440-9002; CAIR, 212-870-2002.

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6734 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6734 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

Feedback from a sponsored library:

"Materials received were well reviewed.  The variety of formats is 
appreciated.  Thank you." - Laureldale, PA

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SPONSOR CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' TALK SHOW

CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
of the nation's capital to North America and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & 
Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: http://www.art-tv.net

It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
United 
States through the Dish Network, on cable and by satellite in other 
parts 
of the world.

Please note that to watch the show, you have to have ART. To subscribe 
to 
ART call 1-888-458-1278.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISH NETWORK SERVICE, GO TO:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml

To request information about sponsoring segments of the program, 
e-mail: 
cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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HITCHENS: PIPES THE PROPAGANDIST
Christopher Hitchens, Slate Magazine, 8/11/03
http://slate.msn.com/id/2086844/

When I read that Daniel Pipes had been nominated to the board of the 
United 
States Institute of Peace (a federally funded body whose members are 
proposed by the president and confirmed by the Senate), my first 
reaction 
was one of bafflement. Why did Pipes want the nomination? After all, 
USIP, 
a somewhat mild organization, is devoted to the peaceful resolution of 
conflict. For Pipes, this notion is a contradiction in terms.

I am not myself a pacifist, and I believe that Islamic nihilism has to 
be 
combated with every weapon, intellectual and moral as well as military, 
which we possess or can acquire. But that is a position shared by a 
very 
wide spectrum of people. Pipes, however, uses this consensus to take a 
position somewhat to the right of Ariel Sharon, concerning a matter 
(the 
Israel-Palestine dispute) that actually can be settled by negotiation. 
And 
he employs the fears and insecurities created by Islamic extremism to 
slander or misrepresent those who disagree with him.

This makes him a poor if not useless ally in the wider battle...

He is the founder of Campus Watch, a Web-site crusade that purports to 
expose heretical or subversive teachers in America…

On more than one occasion, Pipes has called for the extension of 
Israel's 
already ruthless policy of collective punishment, arguing that leveling 
Palestinian villages is justifiable if attacks are launched from among 
their inhabitants. It seems to me from observing his style that he came 
to 
this conclusion with rather more relish than regret. And, invited 
recently 
to comment on the wartime internment of the Japanese-as a comparison 
case 
to his own call for the profiling and surveillance of Muslim and 
Arab-Americans-he declined on the grounds that he didn't know enough 
about 
the subject. One isn't necessarily obliged to know the history of 
discrimination as it has been applied to American security 
policy-unless, 
that is, one is proposing a new form of it. To be uninformed at that 
point 
is to disqualify oneself, as the Senate should disqualify Pipes.

The board of USIP already contains enough people to make sure that the 
hawkish viewpoint does not go unrepresented. It includes Douglas Feith, 
undersecretary of defense, and Harriet Zimmerman of the American Israel 
Public Affairs Committee. The objection to Pipes is not, in any case, 
strictly a political one. It is an objection to a person who confuses 
scholarship with propaganda and who pursues petty vendettas with scant 
regard for objectivity.

ALSO SEE:

MPAC URGES PRESIDENT NOT TO MAKE RECESS APPOINTMENT 
http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=594

Washington DC,-- A serious rumor running thought the halls on Capital 
Hill 
concerns the possibility of the Administration making a recess 
appointment 
for Daniel Pipes to the board of the Unites State Institute of Peace.

Salam Al-Marayati stated that, "Such an appointment would call into 
question the this Administration's efforts to reach out to diverse 
members 
of American society.  This nominee is anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant, 
writing, among other things that 'brown skinned' immigrants eat strange 
foods and maintain different 'standards of hygiene'".

Such an action would fly in the face of senior Democrat leaders 
including 
Edward Kennedy D-MA, Tom Harkin D-Iowa, and Christopher Dodd D-CT who 
voiced their strident opposition to the nomination during an executive 
session of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee meeting 
held 
on July 23, 2003.  "Someone said that Mr. Pipes was a scholar. As I 
have 
read more of Mr. Pipes' writings and commentaries, it seems to me that 
he 
prefers provoking controversy. That is fine, but that is not the kind 
of 
individual that I think we want on the board of the Institute of 
Peace", 
said Senator Harkin during the session.

"A recess appointment would provide Americans and our allies a mirror 
into 
the thinking of this Administration." Stated Al-Marayati, "As a result, 
the 
US could not be relied upon to be a unbiased arbiter on sensitive 
issues 
involving the Middle East."

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COPS: 'SOLID LEADS' ON SIKH ATTACKS
Bryan Virasami, Newsday, 8/11/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/crime/nyc-nysikh113410241aug11,0,1790212.story 


Hate-crimes investigators are pursuing "solid leads" on suspects who 
yelled 
"Bin Laden family" and attacked three Sikhs on a Woodside street, a 
police 
commander said yesterday.

Capt. Douglas Rolston, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct in Long 
Island City, said investigators are aggressively working on the Aug. 3 
incident in which a Sikh couple and a cousin were attacked outside 
their home.

Rolston discussed the case in the Shri Guru Ravi Dass Temple in 
Woodside, 
telling Sikh leaders "there are some solid leads" but cautioning that 
it 
doesn't necessarily mean an arrest is "imminent."

Sitting barefoot in a circle on the floor, about two dozen Sikh 
religious 
and community leaders raised several concerns about bias incidents 
across 
the city and complained that none of the estimated 200 incidents 
against 
South Asians, Muslims and Arabs since Sept. 11, 2001, have resulted in 
arrests...

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JITTERY U.S. SOLDIERS KILL 6 IRAQIS
Scheherezade Faramarzi, Associated Press, 8/10/03
http://www.military.com/NewsContent?file=FL_killed_081103

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The night air hung like a hot wet blanket over the 
north 
Baghdad suburb of Slaykh. At 9 p.m., an electrical transformer blew up, 
plunging the neighborhood into darkness.

American soldiers, apparently fearing a bomb attack, went on alert. 
Within 
45 minutes, six Iraqis trying to get home before the 11 p.m. curfew 
were 
shot and killed by U.S. forces...

Confronted by daily guerrilla attacks that have claimed 56 American 
lives 
since May 1, U.S. troops are on edge. Iraqis complain that many 
innocent 
people have died at surprise U.S. checkpoints thrown up on dark streets 
shortly before the curfew. Drivers hurrying home say they don't see the 
soldiers or hear their orders to stop...

ALSO SEE:

TENSION GROWS BETWEEN U.S. TROOPS, IRAQIS
Scheherezade Faramarzi, Associated Press, 8/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A38619-2003Aug9

JAZEERAT EL-ANBAR, Iraq - The tribal leader had just been freed after 
12 
days in an American prison. Well-wishers flocked to his house. They 
kissed 
his cheek. They cried. Mostly, they cursed their U.S. occupiers.

Sheik Saad Naif Mish'hen al-Hardan, wearing a yellow Arab robe, looked 
pale 
and dazed. "History will record this," the 40-year-old leader told his 
followers.

"Everything that begins must end," he said, shaking his head. "And no 
incident will be forgotten."

The meaning of al-Hardan's words was not lost on the dozens of men 
sitting 
on his porch, their rage palpable. The al-Daylami tribe was deeply 
insulted 
that U.S. forces arrested al-Hardan, and in front of his people...

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FAMILY SHOT DEAD BY PANICKING US TROOPS
Justin Huggler, Independent, 8/10/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=432202

BAGHDAD - The abd al-Kerim family didn't have a chance. American 
soldiers 
opened fire on their car with no warning and at close quarters. They 
killed 
the father and three of the children, one of them only eight years old. 
Now 
only the mother, Anwar, and a 13-year-old daughter are alive to tell 
how 
the bullets tore through the windscreen and how they screamed for the 
Americans to stop.

"We never did anything to the Americans and they just killed us," the 
heavily pregnant Ms abd al-Kerim said. "We were calling out to them 
'Stop, 
stop, we are a family', but they kept on shooting."

The story of how Adel abd al-Kerim and three of his children were 
killed 
emerged yesterday, exactly 100 days after President George Bush 
declared 
the war in Iraq was over. In Washington yesterday, Mr Bush declared in 
a 
radio address: "Life is returning to normal for the Iraqi people ... 
All 
Americans can be proud of what our military and provisional authorities 
have achieved in Iraq."

But in this city Iraqi civilians still die needlessly almost every day 
at 
the hands of nervous, trigger-happy American soldiers.

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'BRING US HOME': GIS FLOOD US WITH WAR-WEARY EMAILS
Paul Harris and Jonathan Franklin, Observer, 8/10/03
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1015684,00.html

Susan Schuman is angry. Her GI son is serving in the Iraqi town of 
Samarra, 
at the heart of the 'Sunni triangle', where American troops are killed 
with 
grim regularity.

Breaking the traditional silence of military families during time of 
war, 
Schuman knows what she wants - and who she blames for the danger to her 
son, Justin. 'I want them to bring our troops home. I am appalled at 
Bush's 
policies. He has got us into a terrible mess,' she said.

Schuman may just be the tip of an iceberg. She lives in Shelburne 
Falls, a 
small town in Massachusetts, and says all her neighbours support her 
view. 
'I don't know anyone around here who disagrees with me,' she said.

Schuman's views are part of a growing unease back home at the rising 
casualty rate in Iraq, a concern coupled with deep anger at President 
George W. Bush's plans to cut army benefits for many soldiers. 
Criticism is 
also coming directly from soldiers risking their lives under the guns 
of 
Saddam Hussein's fighters, and they are using a weapon not available to 
troops in previous wars: the internet.

Through emails and chatrooms a picture is emerging of day-to-day 
gripes, 
coupled with ferocious criticism of the way the war has been handled. 
They 
paint a vivid picture of US army life that is a world away from the 
sanitised official version.

In a message posted on a website last week, one soldier was brutally 
frank. 
'Somewhere down the line, we became an occupation force in [Iraqi] 
eyes. We 
don't feel like heroes any more,' said Private Isaac Kindblade of the 
671st 
Engineer Company.

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DEPICTION OF THREAT OUTGREW SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
Barton Gellman and Walter Pincus, Washington Post, 8/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39500-2003Aug9.html

His name was Joe, from the U.S. government. He carried 40 classified 
slides 
and a message from the Bush administration.

An engineer-turned-CIA analyst, Joe had helped build the U.S. 
government 
case that Iraq posed a nuclear threat. He landed in Vienna on Jan. 22 
and 
drove to the U.S. diplomatic mission downtown. In a conference room 32 
floors above the Danube River, he told United Nations nuclear 
inspectors 
they were making a serious mistake.

At issue was Iraq's efforts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes. The 
U.S. 
government said those tubes were for centrifuges to enrich uranium for 
a 
nuclear bomb. But the IAEA, the world's nuclear watchdog, had uncovered 
strong evidence that Iraq was using them for conventional rockets.

Joe described the rocket story as a transparent Iraqi lie. According to 
people familiar with his presentation, which circulated before and 
afterward among government and outside specialists, Joe said the 
specialized aluminum in the tubes was "overspecified," "inappropriate" 
and 
"excessively strong." No one, he told the inspectors, would waste the 
costly alloy on a rocket.

In fact, there was just such a rocket. According to knowledgeable U.S. 
and 
overseas sources, experts from U.S. national laboratories reported in 
December to the Energy Department and U.S. intelligence analysts that 
Iraq 
was manufacturing copies of the Italian-made Medusa 81. Not only the 
Medusa's alloy, but also its dimensions, to the fraction of a 
millimeter, 
matched the disputed aluminum tubes...

ALSO SEE:

IRAQI TRAILERS SAID TO MAKE HYDROGEN, NOT BIOLOGICAL ARMS
Douglas Jehl, New York Times, 8/9/03
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0809-05.htm

WASHINGTON - Engineering experts from the Defense Intelligence Agency 
have 
come to believe that the most likely use for two mysterious trailers 
found 
in Iraq was to produce hydrogen for weather balloons rather than to 
make 
biological weapons, government officials say.

The classified findings by a majority of the engineering experts differ 
from the view put forward in a white paper made public on May 28 by the 
C.I.A. and the Defense Intelligence Agency, which said that the 
trailers 
were for making biological weapons.

That report had dismissed as a "cover story" claims by senior Iraqi 
scientists that the trailers were used to make hydrogen for the weather 
balloons that were then used in artillery practice.

It had not previously been known that a majority of the Defense 
Intelligence Agency's engineering team had come to disagree with the 
central finding of the (CIA) white paper: that the trailers were used 
for 
making biological weapons...

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FIGHTING A PEACE PLAN
E. Benjamin Skinner, Newsweek, 8/18/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/950427.asp

Malong is a warlord who commands 6,000 troops. Officially, he fights 
with 
the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the southern Sudanese 
rebel 
organization that, until a recent ceasefire, had waged a fierce civil 
war 
against the Muslim north for nearly 20 years. But Malong, who is at 
odds 
with the SPLM leadership negotiating a peace settlement, told NEWSWEEK 
he 
cannot drop his objective-"a secular state for all of Sudan." He added: 
"I 
will fight for 100 years, with or without international support."

Malong's guests-two representatives of the Swiss-based human-rights 
group 
Christian Solidarity International (CSI), along with five "antiterror 
consultants" from Archangel Corp., a Colorado-based security firm-don't 
believe he should fight alone. The burly military advisers once served 
with 
the most elite units in the world-U.S. Special Forces, Russian 
Spetsnaz, 
British SAS. For two hours, over a meal of goat and flatbread, they 
share 
tactical information with Malong. John Giduck, the president of 
Archangel 
Corp., claims his security group worked with Malong "for the betterment 
of 
his troops and the protection of his people."

Since the Sudanese civil war began, more than 50 nongovernmental 
organizations-most working under a U.N. umbrella-have provided aid 
services 
to victims on both sides of the conflict. CSI, along with the 
U.S.-based 
groups Voice of the Martyrs and Samaritan's Purse (run by Franklin 
Graham, 
the son of Billy Graham), are among a handful of Christian groups that 
have 
taken sides in the dispute. They work exclusively in southern Sudan-and 
provide not only humanitarian aid but also political and sometimes 
logistical support for the southern rebels…

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IDAHO'S GRASS-ROOTS RESIST THE PATRIOT ACT
Rebecca Boone, Associated Press, 8/10/03
http://www.latimes.com/la-adna-patriots10aug10,0,2201547.story

BOISE, Idaho - Put pacifists, gun-rights advocates, abortion-rights 
supporters and anti-abortion activists in a room and try to find a 
political viewpoint they all agree on.

It could take awhile.

But bring up the USA Patriot Act - a national law designed to fight 
terrorism that critics contend erodes basic civil liberties - and they 
may 
start nodding in agreement.

Such is the case with the Boise Patriots, a group whose diverse members 
hope to keep the Patriot Act from being implemented in Idaho...

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U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORT FEATURED AT LOCAL CONFERENCE

WHAT: More than 40 local churches, academians, and organizations have 
been 
invited to participate in the first annual conference of the National 
Association of Muslim Women, Inc. (http://www.namw.org).  The 
first-of-its-kind event sponsored by a local organization of Muslim 
women 
is open to the general public and will include community service award 
nominations as well as presentations on civic empowerment and human 
rights.

The conference theme, "Braving the Storm:  The High Cost of Freedom in 
an 
Era of Intolerance", focuses on the continuing struggle confronting 
Muslim 
Americans in American society.  The conference program includes a full 
day 
of presentations and work shops from prominent community activists, 
imams, 
and political candidates.

Copies of the 2003 commission report on the status of civil rights for 
Muslim Americans and Arabs in the state of Virginia will be available 
at 
the conference.

WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 555 E. Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Tickets are available the day of the conference for $45 each. For more 
information on group discounts, call (804) 306-3238.

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MUSLIM BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN ILLINOIS
http://www.jafari.org/conf_programes.htm

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Subject: CAIR-NET: President to Appoint Daniel Pipes Without a Vote

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #391

PRESIDENT BUSH TO APPOINT DANIEL PIPES WITHOUT A VOTE
Wednesday is 'National Call-In Day' to Contact White House

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/12/2003) - CAIR has learned that President Bush 
will 
issue a so-called "recess appointment" for Daniel Pipes to the board of 
the 
United States Institute of Peace (USIP). A recess appointment allows 
the 
president to circumvent the normal approval process in the Senate.

SEE: "Bush to Sidestep Muslim Groups, Senate on Scholar" 
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3265810

On WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, CAIR, along with a number of Muslim, 
Arab-American, civil liberties, and interfaith groups, is asking all 
people 
of conscience to take part in a NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY by contacting the 
White House to protest this attempt to bypass the democratic process.

On THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, a news conference will be held in Washington, 
D.C., 
to ask the president not to issue the appointment. WHEN: THURSDAY, 
AUGUST 
14, 10 a.m. WHERE: National Press Club Building, 13th Floor, Lisagor 
Room, 
529 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The president nominated Pipes to the board of directors of the United 
States Institute for Peace (USIP) in April, but his nomination has been 
stalled by concerns about Pipes' bigoted anti-Muslim and pro-war views. 
The 
nomination has been opposed by the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning 
News, the Chicago Tribune, as well as many foreign policy scholars and 
Jewish peace groups.
	
"This back-door move by the president is a defeat for democracy and an 
affront to all those who seek peace," said CAIR Communications Director 
Ibrahim Hooper. "Pipes' appointment calls into question all of 
President 
Bush's previous statements claiming that the war on terrorism is not an 
attack on Islam and shows distain for the democratic process."

Pipes, who many Muslims regard as the nation's leading Islamophobe, 
faced 
mounting criticism from American Muslims, Arab-Americans and interfaith 
groups because of his past inflammatory remarks about issues related to 
Islam, the Middle East and conflict resolution. Muslims say Pipes holds 
extremist anti-Islamic views and lacks the peace-making credentials 
necessary to be on the USIP board.

At a meeting in July of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions 
Committee, the body that would have taken the initial vote on the 
nomination, several senators expressed opposition to Pipes' bigoted 
views. 
That meeting ended without a vote.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. Calls 
are 
best, followed by faxes and then e-mails.)

Take part in the NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY by contacting President Bush to 
ask 
that he withdraw the nomination of Daniel Pipes to the board of the 
United 
States Institute of Peace.

CONTACT:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

COMMENTS: 202-456-1111, FAX: 202-456-2461
E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov
COPY TO: greggstaff@labor.senate.gov, senator@kennedy.senate.gov, 
cair@cair-net.org

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY REMINDER: OPPOSE THE RECESS APPOINTMENT OF DANIEL 
PIPES

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. Calls 
are 
best, followed by faxes and then e-mails.)

Take part in today's NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY by contacting President Bush 
to 
ask that he withdraw the nomination of Daniel Pipes to the board of the 
United States Institute of Peace.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Call even if you responded to previous action alerts on 
this issue. Please ask your family, friends and colleagues to also 
call, 
e-mail or fax the president.

CONTACT:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

TEL: 202-456-1414
COMMENT LINE: 202-456-1111
FAX: 202-456-2461
E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov
COPY TO: greggstaff@labor.senate.gov, senator@kennedy.senate.gov, 
cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR ACTION ALERT #391

PRESIDENT BUSH TO APPOINT DANIEL PIPES WITHOUT A VOTE
Wednesday is 'National Call-In Day' to Contact White House

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/12/2003) - CAIR has learned that President Bush 
will 
issue a so-called "recess appointment" for Daniel Pipes to the board of 
the 
United States Institute of Peace (USIP). A recess appointment allows 
the 
president to circumvent the normal approval process in the Senate.

SEE: "Bush to Sidestep Muslim Groups, Senate on Scholar" 
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3265810

On WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, CAIR, along with a number of Muslim, 
Arab-American, civil liberties, and interfaith groups, is asking all 
people 
of conscience to take part in a NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY by contacting the 
White House to protest this attempt to bypass the democratic process.

On THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, a news conference will be held in Washington, 
D.C., 
to ask the president not to issue the appointment. WHEN: THURSDAY, 
AUGUST 
14, 10 a.m. WHERE: National Press Club Building, 13th Floor, Lisagor 
Room, 
529 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The president nominated Pipes to the board of directors of the United 
States Institute for Peace (USIP) in April, but his nomination has been 
stalled by concerns about Pipes' bigoted anti-Muslim and pro-war views. 
The 
nomination has been opposed by the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning 
News, the Chicago Tribune, as well as many foreign policy scholars and 
Jewish peace groups.
	
"This back-door move by the president is a defeat for democracy and an 
affront to all those who seek peace," said CAIR Communications Director 
Ibrahim Hooper. "Pipes' appointment calls into question all of 
President 
Bush's previous statements claiming that the war on terrorism is not an 
attack on Islam and shows disdain for the democratic process."

Pipes, who many Muslims regard as the nation's leading Islamophobe, 
faced 
mounting criticism from American Muslims, Arab-Americans and interfaith 
groups because of his past inflammatory remarks about issues related to 
Islam, the Middle East and conflict resolution. Muslims say Pipes holds 
extremist anti-Islamic views and lacks the peace-making credentials 
necessary to be on the USIP board.

At a meeting in July of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions 
Committee, the body that would have taken the initial vote on the 
nomination, several senators expressed opposition to Pipes' bigoted 
views. 
That meeting ended without a vote.

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SEE ALSO:

HITCHENS: PIPES THE PROPAGANDIST
Christopher Hitchens, Slate Magazine, 8/11/03
http://slate.msn.com/id/2086844/

The objection to Pipes is not, in any case, strictly a political one. 
It is 
an objection to a person who confuses scholarship with propaganda and 
who 
pursues petty vendettas with scant regard for objectivity.

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WHY SHOULD ALL PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE OPPOSE DANIEL PIPES' NOMINATION?

Because Pipes:

* Supports the unrestricted profiling of Muslims and Arabs.
* Refuses to condemn the internment of Japanese-Americans during World 
War II.
* Suggested that Israel "raze" Palestinian villages.
* Claims 10 to 15 percent of all Muslims are "potential killers."
* Opposes President Bush's repeated statements that Islam is a religion 
of 
peace.
* Opposes the president's "road map" to peace in the Middle East.
* Espouses a theory of conflict resolution that rests on the assumption 
that peace is achieved only by one side defeating the other with 
military 
force, and only rarely through reconciliation or negotiation.
* Fails to meet the USIP requirement that board members "have 
appropriate 
practical or academic experience in peace and conflict resolution."
* Decries any positive portrayal of Islamic history and beliefs in 
public 
schools.
* Termed the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet" an 
"outrage."
* Stated: "I worry very much from the Jewish point of view that the 
presence, and increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of 
American Muslims...will present true dangers to American Jews." Pipes 
defended criticism of that quote by saying: "I make the same point 
respectively to audiences of women, gays, civil libertarians, Hindus, 
Evangelical Christians, atheists, and scholars of Islam, among others, 
all 
of whom face 'true dangers' as the number of Muslims increases."
* Launched Campus Watch, a web site that included "dossiers" on 
professors 
and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too 
sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.
* Said: "Mosques require a scrutiny beyond that applied to churches, 
synagogues and temples."
* Said: "The Palestinians are a miserable people...and they deserve to 
be."
* Claims Muslims have no real religious attachments to the city of 
Jerusalem.
* Claims to have a special mental "filter" with which he can detect 
those 
who want to "create a Muslim state in America."
* Compares American Muslim voter registration drives to those of the 
Communist Party USA.
* Said: "As the population of Muslims in the United States grows, so 
does 
antisemitism," and "black converts [to Islam] tend to hold vehemently 
anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic attitudes."
* Recommend that "vigilant application of social and political pressure 
to 
ensure that Islam is not accorded special status of any kind in this 
country."
* Said: "What we need to do is snarl, not be nice. What we need to do 
is 
inspire fear, not affection."
* Supports Mujahedeen-e Khalq, a group designated as terrorist by the 
State 
Department.

(References are available for all the items above.)

WHAT DO MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS SAY ABOUT THE PIPES NOMINATION?

* Chicago Tribune (4/30/03): "The White House ought to withdraw the 
[Daniel 
Pipes] nomination, or the Senate should reject it."

* Washington Post (4/19/03): "If the White House doesn't rescind 
[Pipes' 
nomination], Congress should have the good sense to turn it down."

* Dallas Morning News (4/19/03): "The very idea of putting an advocate 
of 
force over negotiation onto the board of any organization with 'peace' 
in 
its title seems odd."

* The San Jose Mercury News said Pipes' nomination sends a "mixed 
message" 
on religious tolerance.

WHAT DO FOREIGN POLICY SCHOLARS SAY ABOUT PIPES?

* Judith Kipper, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and 
International Studies, said Pipes "has very extreme views."

* Middle East scholar Don Peretz, professor emeritus of political 
science 
at the State University of New York at Binghamton said: "I don't think 
his 
views are conducive to the objectives of the U.S. Institute of Peace, 
which 
are to work toward peaceful resolution of conflicts."

* William Quandt, a professor who headed the Middle East desk at the 
National Security Council during the Carter administration, said he 
worried 
that if Pipes is confirmed, the appointment would send a discouraging 
message to scholars applying for USIP grants.

* Noted scholar and author Edward Said wrote that Pipes is one of a 
group 
of anti-Muslim pundits who seek to "make sure that the '[Islamic] 
threat' 
is kept before our eyes, the better to excoriate Islam for terror, 
despotism and violence."

* Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy 
studies at the Cato Institute, said Pipes is "perhaps the most extreme 
hawk 
that you could find."

* Prof. Ali Mazrui said that with Pipes on "the Board of this 
Institute, 
its decisions about Muslims both here and elsewhere would appear less 
objective."

* John Womack Jr., Professor of History Center for International 
Development Harvard University and Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor of 
History 
and Philosophy of Science MIT Cambridge: "Pipes...is widely held to 
have 
virulently racist views and is one of our country's leading Muslim 
bashers." (This statement was signed by 58 other professors from around 
the 
country.)

WHAT DO OTHER MUSLIM, ARAB AND INTERFAITH GROUPS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT 
PIPES' 
NOMINATION?

* Muslim Public Affairs Council: "Daniel Pipes is NOT an objective 
source 
on the issue of Islam, Muslims, American Muslims, or Israel/Palestine, 
and 
has demonstrated this time and time again."

* Arab American Institute: "Throughout his career, Pipes has been a 
consistent and virulent critic of the Islamic faith and Muslims in 
general. 
Nowhere do his writings or speeches indicate that he shares the 
Institute's 
goal of promoting peaceful resolutions to conflicts."

* American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: "Daniel Pipes is 
fundamentally opposed to peace and reconciliation in the Middle East, 
except as a consequence of total Israeli military victory and the total 
defeat and subjugation of the Palestinian people, which is a recipe for 
endless conflict."

* The Islamic Free Market Institute: "Daniel Pipes has made it his 
mission 
to promote hate and bigotry and to divide people. The US Institute for 
Peace needs a person who brings the many cultures, religions and 
ethnicities of our diverse world together, not someone who seeks to 
divide 
people based on race or religion."

* The Association of Muslim Social Scientists: "In his most recent 
writings, Pipes tried to create fear and mistrust in the Jewish and 
Christian communities toward Muslim Americans, thereby undermining 
interreligious peace and pitting one community against another."

* Interfaith Freedom Foundation: "Pipes likes to say that he opposes 
only 
'bad' Muslims, but in fact he regularly generalizes about Muslims as a 
group."

* The Interfaith Alliance: "As has been made clear by his own remarks, 
Daniel Pipes - an outspoken nominee who clearly harbors inherent biases 
against Muslim Americans - is hardly an appropriate fit for the United 
States Institute of Peace."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/13/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A KIND RULER
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6735 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* MASS. DJ CALLS FOR 'ERADICATION OF ARAB RACE' (Boston Herald)
	- VA Islamic Reading Room Vandalized
* GROUPS TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE ON PIPES APPOINTMENT
	- Bush to Make Recess Appointment (AP)
	- Pipes Set to Join Peace Board (Phil. Inquirer)
	- President Bypasses Democracy (Interfaith Alliance)
	- Is Bush Getting Apocalyptic Advice? (MSNBC)
* MUSLIM HELD 2 MONTHS; NO CHARGE (Ariz. Daily Star)
	- Muslim Files Suit Against University (Tuscaloosa News)
	- Muslim Center Weighs Lawsuit (Chicago tribune)
* MUSLIM-AMERICAN GROUP TO MOBILIZE VOTERS (AP)
	- NC Muslims Hold Meeting with Law Enforcement
* MUSLIM GIRLS HAVE A BALL (USA Today)
* MILITARY FAMILIES PUSH TO BRING TROOPS HOME (Reuters)
	- Iraq War Critics Purged (antiwar.com)
	- U.S. Soldiers Discover Islam In Iraq (Islam-Online)
* ASHCROFT'S ENDLESS ATTACKS DIMINISH OFFICE (Daily News)
* INDIAN MUSLIM DETAINED, DEPORTED FROM ISRAEL (AP)
* BRUTALITY OF CHECHEN WAR SPILLS ACROSS BORDER (Wash. Post)
* MUSLIM FAMILY DAY 2003 AT SIX FLAGS-CHICAGO

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A KIND RULER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "O God, he who controls 
the 
affairs of my people and is hard upon them -- be Thou hard upon him, 
and he 
who controls the affairs of my people and is kind to them -- be Thou 
kind 
to him."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 845

The Prophet also said: "The worst of guardians is a cruel ruler. Beware 
of 
becoming one of them."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 846

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6735 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6735 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

Feedback from a sponsored library:

"We have diverted the books for younger readers to our permanent youth 
non-fiction section, A/V materials have been diverted to our permanent 
VHS, 
DVD and audio books section...thanks for sending everything." - Auburn 
Hills, MI

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It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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MASS. DJ CALLS FOR 'ERADICATION OF ARAB RACE'

'RKO'S OZONE SUSPENDED OVER `GENOCIDE' REMARKS
Dean Johnson, Boston Herald, 8/13/03
http://www2.bostonherald.com/inside_track/inside_track/dean08132003.htm

WRKO-AM morning man John Osterlind aka "Ozone" was sent into the Ozone 
for 
two weeks by station suits yesterday after he called for "the 
eradication 
of the Palestinian people."

'RKO Program Director Mike Elder said Ozone went off the P. C. 
reservation 
shortly before 6 a.m. yesterday when he and his cohost, Peter Blute, 
were 
jawing over the latest round of Palestinian suicide bombings.

The duo's discussion led to what could be done to stop the suicide 
bombers 
and Ozone's response "called for `the eradication of the whole Arab 
race,'" 
said Elder.

Blute tried to defuse the diatribe, said the program director, but 
Ozone 
opened up the phone lines to discuss "eradication."

Station general manager Tom Baker called his morning man's comments 
``totally, totally unacceptable..."

ALSO SEE:

VA ISLAMIC READING ROOM VANDALIZED
Similar incident followed 9/11 terror attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Islamic bookstore and reading room in
Virginia that was damaged following the 9/11 terror attacks, has once 
again 
become the target of vandals.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reports that the 
display 
window of the Islamic Cultural Center in Alexandria, Va., was shattered 
by 
a rock sometime last night. That display housed Islamic books and other 
religious and cultural items. Center owner Hazim Barakat says nothing 
was 
stolen from the display case.

On September 12, 2001, the facility, which offers free Islamic 
materials to 
the public, sustained similar damage at a location five blocks from its 
present site. Hate-filled notes were also left at the scene. The 
incident 
was apparently part of the anti-Muslim, anti-Arab backlash resulting 
from 
the 9/11 terror attacks.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is requesting 
that 
law enforcement authorities investigate the vandalism as a possible 
hate crime.

DONATIONS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE MAY BE SENT TO:

Islamic Cultural Center
1512 King Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
TEL: 703-836-2000
FAX: 703-518-8855

Please inform CAIR of any donations by e-mailing: cair@cair-net.org

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NOTE: Make your voice heard about the Pipes recess appointment by going 
to:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=150&page=AA

GROUPS TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE ON PIPES APPOINTMENT

WHAT: On THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), along with a number of other Muslim, Arab-American, civil 
liberties, and interfaith groups, will hold a news conference in 
Washington, D.C., in reaction to reports that President Bush will soon 
issue a recess appointment for Daniel Pipes, regarded by many Muslims 
as 
the nation's leading Islamophobe. (A recess appointment allows the 
president to circumvent the normal approval process in the Senate.)

WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 10 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club Building, 13th Floor, Lisagor Room, 529 14th 
Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Those same groups have designated today as a "NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY" to 
oppose the Pipes appointment.

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

SEE ALSO:

BUSH TO MAKE RECESS APPOINTMENT TO PEACE INSTITUTE
Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press, 8/12/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/08/12/national1914EDT0704.DTL

President Bush is expected to bypass the Senate and appoint an 
outspoken 
Middle East scholar to a federal think tank over the objections of 
Democrats and others who say he is anti-Muslim.

According to sources close to the matter, Bush intends to appoint 
Daniel 
Pipes, director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, to the 
board 
of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

The move would come just weeks after Democrats on the Senate Health, 
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee raised strong objections to 
Pipes' 
nomination, forcing the panel to postpone a vote on the appointment.

The White House does not comment on personnel appointments prior to 
their 
announcement, but spokeswoman Ashley Snee said Bush continues to 
support 
Pipes, who was nominated for the post on April 2. Pipes also had no 
comment 
on the nomination...

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., spoke out against Pipes during the 
committee meeting, saying his positions are inconsistent with the 
USIP's 
efforts to "contribute to the promotion of international peace and the 
resolution of conflicts without recourse to violence..."

The expected appointment "is a defeat for democracy and an affront to 
Muslims, Arab-Americans and all those who seek peace," said Ibrahim 
Hooper, 
spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "This person 
has 
such a long record of anti-Muslim bigotry."

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PHIL. SCHOLAR SET TO JOIN PEACE BOARD
Thomas Ginsberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/13/03,
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/nation/6518827.htm

President Bush has decided to sidestep critics and temporarily appoint 
Daniel Pipes, an incendiary Philadelphia-based scholar of Islam, to a 
government-financed peace think tank, sources said yesterday.

Arab and Muslim civil rights groups have called Pipes an "anti-Muslim 
bigot," and some members of Congress, mostly Democrats, have said he is 
an 
inflammatory choice for the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace...

Amid the criticism, a Senate committee put off a vote late last month 
on 
Bush's nomination of Pipes.

Congressional sources told Reuters news agency yesterday that Bush 
intends 
to install Pipes as early as this week using a recess appointment. That 
means Pipes could serve without Senate approval, but only for about 16 
months rather than for a full, four-year term...

Word of the planned appointment reignited criticism...

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
a Washington-based advocacy organization, said the appointment "would 
call 
into question all of Bush's previous statements claiming that the war 
on 
terrorism is not an attack on Islam."

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a senior Democrat on the 
Senate 
Health and Education Committee that had considered Pipes' nomination, 
said 
in a statement that Pipes' "record and experience do not reflect a 
commitment to bridging differences and preventing conflict."

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PRESIDENT BUSH SIDESTEPS US SENATE - BYPASSES DEMOCRACY
Interfaith Alliance, 8/13/03
http://www.interfaithalliance.org/

WASHINGTON - The Interfaith Alliance has learned that Daniel Pipes, an 
outspoken critic of Islam, will be seated as a Director of the U.S. 
Institute of Peace through a Presidential Recess Appointment.  After 
languishing in the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) 
Committee for several months, the Senate Committee indefinitely 
postponed a 
vote on the nomination of Daniel Pipes six weeks ago.

"Sidestepping Congress is a familiar tactic of the White House, 
especially 
when the White House does not get its way," said the Rev. Dr. C. Welton 
Gaddy, president of The Interfaith Alliance.  "Ultimately, by 
disregarding 
the counsel and labor of many Senators, Muslims and other community 
groups, 
the president is doing by appointment that which he has been unable to 
accomplish through the legislative process. The public's outrage over 
Dr. 
Pipes' nomination is an indication of the need to reassess his ability 
to 
serve, not an invitation to bypass the process."

On May 15, The Interfaith Alliance, at the invitation of the Senate 
HELP 
committee staff, brought together a diverse panel of religious leaders 
from 
the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Sikh communities, to raise concerns 
and 
serious objections over the nomination of Dr. Pipes. While the 
panelists' 
individual messages were derived from their own unique faith 
perspectives, 
they agreed that Dr. Pipes' nomination sends a chilling message to all 
Muslim Americans...

The Interfaith Alliance also submitted a letter to all 100 members of 
the 
Senate raising concerns over Dr. Daniel Pipes' nomination to the United 
States Institute of Peace...See 
http://www.interfaithalliance.org/Issues/Issues.cfm?ID=4843

Contact: Kim Baldwin, Interim Director of Communications
Phone 202.639.6370 ext. 106

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IS BUSH GETTING APOCALYPTIC ADVICE?
Ashley Pearson, MSNBC, 8/13/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/943879.asp?0cv=LB10&cp1=1

Is the Bush administration turning to a televangelist doomsayer for 
political predictions? Apocalyptic preacher Jack Van Impe is claiming 
that 
he was contacted by Condoleezza Rice's office and the White House 
Office of 
Public Liaison for an "outline" of his take on world events.
VAN IMPE is the author of such books as "Israel's Final Holocaust" and 
"The 
Great Escape: Preparing for the Rapture, the Next Event on God's 
Prophetic 
Clock."

He has predicted that the end of the world will strike somewhere 
between 
2003 and 2012 and one reviewer has called his TV preaching show with 
wife 
Rexella "a fantastically loopy apocalyptic take on the week's news."

The issue of the alleged involvement with the Bush administration came 
up " 
target=new>on his Web site when someone asked Van Impe, "Do you think 
that 
President Bush, apparently a Christian man, believes and knows he is 
involved in prophetic events concerning the Middle East and final 
battle 
between good and evil?"

"I believe he is a wonderful man," Van Impe responded, and goes on to 
say, 
"I was contacted a few weeks ago by the Office of Public Liaison for 
the 
White House and by the National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to 
make 
an outline. And I've spent hours preparing it. I will release this 
information to the public in September, but it's in his hands. He will 
know 
exactly what is going to happen in the Middle East and what part he 
will 
have under the leading of the Holy Spirit of God. So, it's a tremendous 
time to be alive..."
		
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MUSLIM HELD 2 MONTHS; NO CHARGE
Joseph Barrios, Arizona Daily Star, 8/13/03
http://www.dailystar.com/star/today/30813AL-QUDHAIEENUPDATE.html

Al-Qudhai'een is a former UA graduate student.

Almost two months after a former UA graduate student was taken into 
federal 
custody, local Muslims have been given little explanation why.

Muhammad Al-Qudhai'een was taken into custody by federal agents as a 
material witness in June and transported to the federal jail in 
Alexandria, 
Va. The Saudi Arabian citizen is being held in the same jail where 
Zacarias 
Moussaoui, the man accused of conspiracy to commit murder and terrorism 
in 
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and John Walker Lindh, the "American 
Taliban," 
have been held.

But federal officials have not disclosed specifically why 
Al-Qudhai'een, a 
University of Arizona linguistics graduate and father of five, was 
detained...

Deedra Abboud, of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Phoenix, 
said the Saudi Embassy is "not interested in any publicity" so is not 
releasing any details about this case.

Council officials have presented their concerns about Al-Qudhai'een's 
case 
to the office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz.

"We're going to bring this case and see if he might be willing to at 
least 
look into it. He can make inquiries and at least let … the government 
know 
that we are being active and interested in it being determined that 
either 
he has information or he doesn't have information," Abboud said. 
"Whether 
or not the congressman can do anything, I don't know."

Abboud said the government, without explanation, is "basically putting 
people's lives on hold." Almost certainly, Al-Qudhai'een's student visa 
has 
lapsed and he could be deported once he's released, she said...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM FILES SUIT AGAINST UNIVERSITY
Stephanie Hoops, Tuscaloosanews, 8/13/03
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030813/NEWS/308130325/1007

An Iranian-American Muslim who taught mathematics at the University of 
Alabama for more than a decade has filed a federal lawsuit against UA's 
Board of Trustees for job discrimination, alleging that university 
employees harassed him and gave preferential treatment to Christians, 
especially after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Seyed Moosavi claims that his Christian co-workers, including Interim 
Director of Introductory Mathematics Gail Queen and Professor Nancy 
Fisher, 
harassed him regarding his ethnicity and religious beliefs. Queen and 
Fisher are named in the lawsuit but are not listed as defendants...

Queen, who was Moosavi's direct supervisor, said UA's counsel had 
suggested 
that she not comment.

Fisher, who has retired, said she had no comment.

In the court papers, Moosavi claims that he was turned down for a 
teaching 
position he interviewed for in 2002, a job he says Queen and Fisher 
participated in interviewing him for.

UA spokeswoman Janet Griffith said Moosavi did not get the job because 
he 
was not as qualified as the chosen candidates...

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MUSLIM CENTER WEIGHS LAWSUIT
Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 8/13/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/nearnorthwest/chi-0308130262aug13,1,4963468.story

After receiving another setback this week in its effort to build a 
mosque 
on its property in Morton Grove, Muslim Education Center officials said 
Tuesday it is becoming more likely that they will have to wage a court 
battle to expand.

On Monday, the Morton Grove Village Board refused to consider the 
organization's request for the village to vacate a 50-foot-wide strip 
of 
land that bisects the center's property and is a crucial to its 
expansion 
plan. The decision will prevent the center from joining the two strips 
of 
land it owns.

"We are very disappointed because it seemed like a customary request 
that 
would be granted," said Mohammed Kaiseruddin, president of the Muslim 
Community Center, which oversees the education center. "We are becoming 
very pessimistic. We don't want this to go to court. We haven't made a 
decision yet to do that, but we may have to."

Even before Monday's decision, center officials had begun preparing for 
a 
costly court battle. Over the last two weeks, they have been soliciting 
donations for a $100,000 legal fund to fight for approval of the 
expansion, 
Kaiseruddin said...

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MUSLIM-AMERICAN GROUP TO MOBILIZE VOTERS
Associated Press, 8/12/03
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,94470,00.html

WASHINGTON - The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation  aid Monday 
it 
is launching a national drive to register Muslims, give them a crash 
course 
on American civics and mobilize them for the 2004 election cycle.

"Campaign V.I.P: Voting is Power" is aimed at registering some 2.5 
million 
Muslim-Americans, said Mahdi Bray, the group's executive director. 
Mosque 
surveys estimate 750,000 Muslim-Americans are currently registered, he 
said 
on the eve of the campaign's start.

"Many, when they come to this country, tend to become insular," Bray 
said. 
"We're trying to get people out in the communities and active in the 
civic 
process. We want them in parent-teacher associations, rotary clubs, 
public 
service organizations."

He said there are 7 million Muslim-Americans.

Bray said the timing of the campaign has a lot to do with a backlash 
that 
many Muslim-Americans have experienced since the terror attacks of 
Sept. 
11, 2001...

Other groups have announced similar campaigns in the past, including 
one in 
February 2002 by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (search) 
which 
sought to register more than 100,000 Muslim voters before the November 
2002 
elections.

SEE ALSO:

NC MUSLIMS HOST TOWN HALL MEETING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

(CHARLOTTE, NC- 8/13/2003) - On August 16, 2003, at 6:00 p.m., local 
Muslims will host a Town Hall Meeting at the Islamic Center of South 
Charlotte. This event is sponsored by the Islamic Center of Charlotte 
(ICC), the Coalition for Peace and Justice (CPJ), the Islamic Political 
Party of America (IPPA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the 
Charlotte Fellowship Of Reconciliation (FOR).

Panelists for the meeting include Chris Swecker, Special Agent in 
Charge of 
the FBI for the state of North Carolina, attorney Jim Gronquist 
representing the ACLU, Lester Martz from the bureau of Alcohol, 
Tobacco, 
and Firearms (ATF), Lisa Carriker from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police 
Department, National Coordinator of IPPA Ali Abdur-Rashid, Mark Ortiz 
with 
Charlotte Area Greens, and Jibril Hough from the ICC. The spokesman for 
the 
ICC, Mujahid Idlibi, will be moderating the event.

"The purpose of this event is to discuss pertinent law enforcement 
issues 
with respect to the Muslim community, and to promote a greater 
understanding of Islamic beliefs and practices with the FBI, ATF, and 
local 
law enforcement officials," said ICC spokesman Mujahid Idlibi.  In 
addition, the panelists, special guests, and members of the Muslim 
community will break bread together.  Added Idlibi, "This is another 
proactive measure that we are employing to circumvent any type of 
misunderstanding, backlash, or hatred towards the Muslim community."

WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2003 @ 6 p.m.

WHERE: ICC-South, 559 N. Polk St., Pineville, NC.

CONTACT: Call ICC Spokesperson, Mujahid Idlibi, at (980) 721-6625.

NOTE: Because this is taking place at a religious institution, 
reporters 
and photographers of both sexes should dress moderately.  That is, no 
shorts for men or short skirts for women.

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MUSLIM GIRLS HAVE A BALL
April Umminger, USA Today, 8/12/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-08-12-camp-usat_x.htm

For six years, the non-profit group has sponsored a two-week girls' 
sports 
camp at the Westridge School, a private girls' school in Pasadena, 
Calif. 
The camp is open to all faiths, but its Islamic component is what draws 
most participants. (link: Related gallery: A sporting way to pray.)

Muslim women generally don't feel comfortable playing sports in their 
traditional garb, says Semeen Issa, the camp's founding director. "The 
camp 
philosophy is that it doesn't matter what you dress as, you can play."

The camp emphasizes two things, she says: empowerment and role models. 
"Nowhere do you find Muslim women athletes. Muslim women soccer 
players, 
basketball players, volleyball players, tennis players, where are they? 
There aren't any. Why? Because they haven't had role models..."

GRAPHIC: Bend it like Beckham: Asha Bilal, 10, is one of 30 girls 
enrolled 
in the Muslim Women's League girls' sports camp, which "defies a lot of 
the 
stereotypes of Muslim women," says Rabia Ahmed, communications 
coordinator 
for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Camps for Muslim women 
seem 
like it's an increasing trend, but a Muslim women youth camp is pretty 
unique."

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US MILITARY FAMILIES PUSH TO BRING IRAQ TROOPS HOME
Niala Boodhoo, Reuters, 8/12/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N12296827.htm

WASHINGTON - A group of about 600 U.S. military families, upset about 
the 
living conditions of soldiers in Iraq, are launching a campaign asking 
their relatives to urge members of Congress and President George W. 
Bush to 
bring the troops home.

"We're growing more and more disturbed about the conditions that are 
developing. Our concerns are both for our troops and the people in 
Iraq," 
said Nancy Lessin, a founder of Families Speak Out, formed last fall to 
oppose the war in Iraq.

Susan Schuman, whose son Justin is in the Massachusetts National Guard 
deployed to Samarra, Iraq, said he shares a small room in a former 
Iraqi 
police barracks with five other men. "They are rationed to 2 liters of 
water a day and it's 125 degrees (52 degrees C), they haven't had 
anything 
but MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)," she told Reuters, adding that 
uncertainty 
about when the troops would come home was "most disheartening."

Organizers hope to take advantage of Congress' summer recess to voice 
their 
concerns to lawmakers in their home states...

ALSO SEE:

IRAQ WAR CRITICS PURGED
Justin Raimondo, antiwar.com, 8/13/03
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The battle of Baghdad is over, but the struggle for control of the Bush 
administration is just now entering its final stages, with the neocons 
lunging for the State Department and plenty of old-style conservatives 
and 
patriots in government returning fire in earnest. Maureen Dowd acidly 
notes 
the attempted coup at the Department of State:

"Let others fight over whether the war in Iraq was a neocon vigilante 
action disrupting diplomacy. The neocons have moved on to a vigilante 
action to occupy diplomacy. The audacious ones have saddled up their 
pre-emptive steeds and headed off to force a regime change at Foggy 
Bottom."

She's absolutely right that when the neoconservatives within the 
administration "want something done, they will get it done, no matter 
what 
Bush thinks." Ruthless, disciplined, and clear about their policy 
objectives, the neocons have always operated in the Leninist style, as 
befits their intellectual history as red diaper babies and Trotskyist 
apostates...

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U.S. SOLDIERS DISCOVER ISLAM IN IRAQ
Aws Al-Sharqy, Islam-Online, 8/13/03
http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2003-08/13/article08.shtml

BAGHDAD, August 13 (IslamOnline.net) - Discovering an Islam that is 
totally 
different from the one smeared in their media, a number of American 
servicemen and women were said to have embraced Islam and married 
Iraqis.

"After daily interactions with Iraqi citizens and a first-hand 
experience 
in dealing with Muslims in the war-ravaged country, many U.S. soldiers 
willingly accepted Islam," Sheikh Mahmoud el-Samydaei, member of Iraq's 
Muslim Scholars Society, told IslamONline.net Wednesday, August 13…

A U.S. officer visited the Civil Affairs Court in the Baghdad district 
of 
el-Karkh earlier this week to declare:  "I bear witness that there is 
no 
God but Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger."

The man later married Iraqi doctor Samar Ahmed whom we met while 
standing 
guard in Medicine City Hospital.

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ASHCROFT'S ENDLESS ATTACKS DIMINISH OFFICE
Dayton Daily News, 8/11/03
http://www.daytondailynews.com/opinion/content/opinion/daily/0811ashcroft2.html

Attorney General John Ashcroft's scowling, swaggering, dyspeptic 
antipathy 
for anyone who questions his methods and authority is transforming him 
and 
his office into mere caricature.

Since assuming office more than two years ago (after his nomination was 
approved in the closest confirmation vote, ever, involving an attorney 
general), Mr. Ashcroft has used fear-mongering and invective to 
minimize 
accountability of federal law enforcement and undermine the authority 
of 
the judicial branch of government.

To those who are alarmed, or who question or criticize his approach, 
Mr. 
Ashcroft has said: "Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode 
our 
national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to 
America's 
enemies and pause to America's friends."

The USA Patriot Act - post-9/11 legislation proposed by Mr. Ashcroft 
and 
rushed through Congress in the immediate aftermath of the terror 
attacks - 
purports to give the FBI broad new powers to secretly monitor the 
affairs 
of citizens and others lawfully residing in the United States...

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MEMBER OF INDIANA PEACE DELEGATION DETAINED, DEPORTED FROM ISRAEL
Associated Press, 8/13/03
http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1400439&nav=0Ra7HRUk

Bloomington, Ind. - A member of an Indiana group visiting the Mideast 
to 
promote human rights accused Israeli authorities of religious profiling 
after he was detained as a security risk.

Dennis Childers of Bloomington was detained for nearly 24 hours 
following 
his arrival at Tel Aviv International Airport, The Herald-Times 
reported 
Wednesday. He was ordered to return to the United States early Sunday.

Childers was the sole Muslim in a nine-member group that traveled to 
Israel 
on Saturday for a two-week trip to promote peace and human rights in 
Israel 
and Palestine.

"They see you as a checklist and the big one is that you're a Muslim," 
Childers said.

Childers said he was pulled aside shortly after his arrival by Ministry 
of 
Interior officials who questioned him about his conversion to Islam and 
asked if he knew any Palestinians who worshipped at his home mosque in 
Bloomington...

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BRUTALITY OF CHECHEN WAR SPILLS ACROSS THE BORDER
Peter Baker, Washington Post, 8/13/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51901-2003Aug12.html

Galashki, Russia - It wasn't until the next day that they found his 
pale, 
blue body, buried in a shallow but carefully disguised grave. His teeth 
had 
been shattered, his jaw broken, his nose smashed, his right arm 
fractured, 
his leg bludgeoned and his body riddled by 14 bullet holes.

Strewn around the site, according to the official investigation report, 
were telltale clues, the detritus of a military encampment -- empty 
Russian 
armed forces porridge and pork ration cans, hundreds of spent 
cartridges 
and an explosive device marked "Defense Products Complex" with a 
military 
serial number.

As recounted by relatives, villagers, human rights investigators and 
Russian prosecutors, the disappearance, torture and murder of 
31-year-old 
Umar Zabiyev following the ambush of a farm truck outside this tiny 
village 
in the mountains of Ingushetia shows that the war in Chechnya next door 
respects no borders. More and more, it is spilling over in the form of 
attacks on Russian troops stationed here and, according to victims, 
attacks 
by Russian troops.

Two months after his brother died, Musa Zabiyev is convinced that 
Russian 
troops were responsible -- no easy conclusion for him, because Musa 
Zabiyev 
wears the Russian military uniform himself. He is a major and deputy 
commander of all Russian Interior Ministry troops in Ingushetia.

"I'm ashamed to look in my mother's eyes," he said, shaking his head. 
"My 
own colleagues killed her son." So far, the family can only speculate 
as to 
why...

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MUSLIM FAMILY DAY 2003 AT SIX FLAGS-CHICAGO

WHAT: Imam W.D. Muhammed will be a special guest imam to lead one of 
the 
prayers at the "Muslim Family Day 2003." Muslim women will be able to 
enjoy 
the amusement rides while wearing their headscarves, provided the 
headscarves are secured in a safe manner. Prayer accommodations 
provided.

WHEN: Saturday August 16, 2003 at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

WHERE: Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL

INFO: Tickets for Muslim Family Day 2003 at Six Flags Great America are 
discount priced at only $25.00 per person.  (Reg. price is almost $42 
w/tax). For further information on where to purchase tickets in your 
area 
of Chicagoland and suburbs, visit our website link: 
http://www.chicagomuslimscouts.org/greatamerica.htm

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Notes of appreciation may be sent through:
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STATEMENT OF SENATOR HARKIN
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Mr. Chairman.  I would like to address the nomination of Mr. Pipes to 
the 
U.S. Institute of Peace Board of Directors.

I was here at the beginning of our efforts to start the Institute of 
Peace 
with my former colleagues, Senator Sparky Matsunaga and Senator Mark 
Hatfield.  At that time, we wanted to set up a National Academy of 
Peace.  This idea had first been proposed by George Washington and a 
couple 
of others involved in our Revolutionary War.  They proposed setting up 
a 
Department of Peace within the Federal Government.

Unfortunately, the idea of a Peace Academy did not take hold at first 
and 
was debated for many, many years.  Finally in the late 1980's through 
compromise and negotiation it was decided that there would be an 
institute 
rather than an academy.  The law establishing the U.S. Institute of 
Peace 
was signed by President Reagan in 1984.

Since its inception, the U.S. Institute of Peace has had a very good 
record 
of stimulating discussions, working with high schools, colleges, and 
hosting visiting professors. I have spoken with many people involved 
with 
the Institute's work of Peace, and since we fund it through our 
Appropriations Subcommittee I have had a keen interest in how it has 
evolved and how it has operated.  I think it has had a very 
distinguished 
board, not all of whom I have agreed with philosophically, but I always 
have thought that they were well-meaning individuals who brought a 
degree 
of rigorous academic examination to the policies and procedures of the 
Institute of Peace.

I have never met Mr. Pipes, but I have read his writing.  I have taken 
the 
time to read his writings.  I have also taken the time to contact 
people 
who have been involved with Mr. Pipes and it is clear to me that after 
you 
strip away everything else, Mr. Pipes is a highly controversial 
individual.  I think anyone could agree on that.  Mr. Pipes is highly 
controversial.

At this point in time there is a need for a United States Institute of 
Peace that can usefully be involved in negotiation, conciliation, 
understanding, and dialogue.  The United States Institute of Peace is 
the 
last place that we need someone who is going to be a lightning rod for 
controversy -- and Mr. Pipes is a lightning rod.  If he is on this 
board, 
more of the talk is going to be about him and his views than it will be 
about the work of the entire institute.

Someone said Mr. Pipes was a scholar.  As I have read more of Mr. 
Pipes' 
writings and commentaries, it seems to me that he prefers provoking 
controversy.  That's fine, but that is not the kind of individual that 
I 
think we want on the board of the Institute of Peace.  Mr. Pipes 
appears to 
have taken this course, to engender controversy, to make outrageous 
statements that people can then pick up on.

I have an interview-this was a report done by Mark Richardson that was 
in 
the Ontario, Canada London Free Press in which Pipes was quoted as 
saying, 
"I worry very much from the Jewish point of view that the presence and 
increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American 
Muslims 
will present true dangers to American Jews."  Increased stature, 
affluence, 
and enfranchisement.  He is talking about the right to vote.  The right 
to 
vote.

The writer says, "Mr. Pipes makes is no distinction between Islamism 
and 
Islam.  So I e-mailed Pipes for clarification and he was good enough to 
respond."  From Mr. Pipes, "As the number of Muslims increases in 
Western 
countries, those countries are going to become more Muslim in nature, 
and 
that will inevitably be to the detriment of some elements.  I was 
speaking 
to a Jewish audience.  I would make the same point to audiences of 
women, 
gays, civil libertarians, Hindus, evangelical Christians, among others, 
all 
of whom face similar true dangers as the number of Muslims increases 
and 
threaten their interests.  For an example of a country that is 
experiencing 
advanced problems along those lines, see my article about Denmark at 
www.danielpipes.org Article 450."

The writer says, so I did.  In his New York Post article Pipes says, 
among 
other things, "Muslims are only 4 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million 
people 
but make up a majority of the country's convicted rapists, an 
especially 
combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are 
non-Muslim."  This is Daniel Pipes' writing, not mine.  This is his 
writing.  "This is not a pleasant fact to point out,"  Pipes noted in 
closing, "but all concerned are better off dealing with the truth and 
not 
hiding from it."

The writer goes on to say, "not so fast.  No one can blame minorities 
for 
feeling threatened, but that applies to Islamic minorities too.  I 
suspect 
that the root cause of the problems Pipes associates with Muslim 
immigration are the very lack of stature, affluence, and 
enfranchisement 
that he fears."

Another writer went on to point out that the stats he pointed out about 
Denmark are really not true.  So somehow this was made out of whole 
cloth, 
that Muslims make up 4 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million people but make 
up 
a majority of their convicted rapists.  These are inflammatory 
statements 
made by Daniel Pipes to invoke controversy.  But again, I hope you can 
see 
that someone like this on the Institute of Peace is going to draw more 
fire 
around him.

I might just add, Mr. Chairman that this inordinate fear that Mr. Pipes 
has 
of the enfranchisement, stature, and affluence of American Muslims 
falls on 
deaf ears when it comes to this Senator.  In the State of Iowa we have 
the 
oldest operating mosque in America.  The oldest, in my State of Iowa, 
in 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  We have been blessed with a rich diversity in our 
State of Northern Europeans, we have a huge Jewish population in many 
parts 
of our State, and we have Muslims in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

Now if Mr. Pipes's fears were anywhere true, we would have seen a lot 
of 
discontent and discord in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  That has been the 
opposite 
of what has happened.  The Muslims in Iowa have become lawyers and 
business 
owners, union members, doctors, part of our community.  And they have 
been 
enfranchised; they vote.  And some of them are quite affluent, and some 
of 
them are not.  They make up a wide range.

 From the deepest part of my body I strongly disagree with Pipes when 
he 
says that the very fact of enfranchisement, affluence, and assimilation 
will somehow threaten our values.  The opposite is true.  They have 
taken 
on our American values and have become American Muslims, just like 
other 
minorities who have come to this country.  They brought their 
religions.  They brought their customs.  But they have Americanized.

I remember as a young child going to my small Catholic Church in my 
small 
community with my mother who was an immigrant who could barely speak 
English.  On certain feast days my mother liked to wear the clothes of 
her 
native land.  These were not the normal clothes that one would wear in 
a 
small town in Iowa.  And I can remember people making fun of her.

So when Mr. Pipes makes statements like this, I think about my 
mother.  Sure, she talked funny.  Maybe she didn't dress like everyone 
else 
did.  She wanted to bring some of her customs with her to this 
country.  But anyone who knew my mother could never deny that she was 
American to the core.

My staff also contacted Dr. Juan Cole at the University of Michigan 
department of history.  I do not know Juan Cole.  I have never met him, 
but 
my staff has talked to him to verify what he has said and to make sure 
that 
he can back up what he has written.  According to Mr. Cole, in 
September of 
2002 Mr. Pipes set up a web site that targeted scholars that "did not 
support U.S. interests in the Middle East."

Quoting from Dr. Cole, "in September of 2002 Mr. Pipes placed me and 
other 
academics on a McCarthyite watch list that disrupted our teaching and 
scholarship and resulted in death threats and massive spamming.  The 
watch 
list encouraged those who know me to spy on me and to submit to Mr. 
Pipes 
reports on my statements and activities, which would either be secretly 
archived by his Middle East forum or published on the web."

The keeping of dossiers on individual academics provoked an outcry 
among 
all Americans concerned about freedom of speech.  Judith Butler of the 
University of California suggested that persons all across the U.S.  
"turn 
themselves in" to Pipes and ask that they be added to his watch list.

On 21 September, the eight targeted scholars on whom Pipes had set up 
web-based dossiers began receiving hundreds and even thousands of 
e-mails 
each day.  This massive spamming was the work of hackers who illicitly 
nested in a Verizon server in southern California and automated the 
sending 
out of these numerous spam messages.  Mr. Cole goes on to say, as a 
result 
of this, I could not even do my work.  I could not read by e-mails.  I 
could not even e-mail fellow academics.  I had thousands of spasm every 
day 
locking up his computer."

Mr. Cole continues, "around October 1st of 2002 Mr. Pipes responded to 
the 
outcry that his neoMcCarthyism had provoked by taking down the dossiers 
on 
individual professors.  He continued to have web pages on individual 
campuses, however, and the materials on the individuals was simply 
transferred to those sites.  That is, the surveillance continued simply 
under a different heading."

For all of these reasons, Mr. Chairman, and especially for what he did 
to 
these professors, indicated that this is an individual that is a 
lightning 
rod, highly controversial.  When he talks about Muslims being funny 
looking, bringing different customs, I am sorry; this is not the person 
that ought to be on the U.S. Institute of Peace board.

I close, Mr. Chairman, by saying I do not know why we are considering 
this 
person.  We have had no hearings on him.  I have not been able to 
question 
him.  He has not appeared, and all of a sudden his name is brought up.  
I 
do not know what is going on.  But for all these reasons, this is not a 
person that ought to be put on the United States Institute of Peace.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/14/03

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* MUSLIMS SAY PIPES APPOINTMENT HARMS U.S. IMAGE
	- Pipes-Schemes (Mother Jones)
* GOVERNMENT STING OPERATION CRITICIZED AS SETUP (ABC)
* EEOC SUES IL CIVIC CENTER SECURITY AND MANAGEMENT FIRMS
	- Feds Accuse Two Firms of Discriminating (WBBM)
* LOOKOUT SENTENCED IN MOSQUE ATTACK (Chicago Tribune)
	- Mosque Seeks to Expand (Detroit Free Press)
* UCLA PROFESSOR APPOINTED TO RELIGION PANEL (LA Times)
* PENTAGON COMES UNDER FIRE FOR TERROR TRIAL RULES (AP)
* FLAG IS FLASH POINT IN A BAGHDAD SLUM (Wash. Post)
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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD'S HEALING

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Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 639

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
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CAIR-LA FALL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

CAIR-Southern California (CAIR-LA) is seeking applicants for its fall 
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Interested and qualified applicants should contact Maryam Dadabhoy at 
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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. Calls 
are
best, followed by faxes and then e-mails.)

Contact President Bush to ask that he withdraw the nomination of Daniel 
Pipes to the board of the United States Institute of Peace.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Call even if you responded to previous action alerts on 
this issue. Please ask your family, friends and colleagues to also 
call, 
e-mail or fax the president.

CONTACT:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

TEL: 202-456-1414
COMMENT LINE: 202-456-1111
FAX: 202-456-2461
E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov
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MUSLIMS SAY PIPES APPOINTMENT HARMS U.S. IMAGE
CAIR: Move would 'poison the well' of interfaith relations worldwide

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/03) - At a news conference this morning with a 
number of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and interfaith groups, the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said a recess appointment of Daniel 
Pipes 
to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) would "poison the well" 
of 
interfaith relations and harm American interests worldwide. (A recess 
appointment allows the president to circumvent the normal approval 
process 
in the Senate.) In a statement released at today's news conference, 
CAIR 
Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

"A recess appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States 
Institute of Peace would be a slap in the face to all those who seek to 
build bridges of understanding between people of faith. Such a move 
would 
poison the well of interfaith relations, harm America's image and 
interests 
worldwide and serve to impede the vital mission of the institute. As 
Senator Tom Harkin noted at the July 23rd committee meeting on Pipes' 
nomination: 'If [Pipes] is on this board, more of the talk is going to 
be 
about him and his views than it will be about the work of the entire 
institute.'

"Pipes is known for his hostility to Muslims, Arabs and anyone who 
disagrees with his bigoted views. This is a man who supports the 
unrestricted profiling of Muslims and Arabs, refuses to condemn the 
internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, suggested that 
Israel 
'raze' Palestinian villages, decries positive portrayals of Islamic 
history 
and beliefs in public schools, claims 10 to 15 percent of all Muslims 
are 
'potential killers,' and has spoken against the enfranchisement of 
American 
Muslims, saying it poses 'true dangers' to our society. He even opposes 
both the president's repeated statements that Islam is a religion of 
peace 
and the 'road map' to peace in the Middle East.

"In a McCarthyite attempt to stifle debate on the Middle East conflict, 
Pipes launched Campus Watch, a web site that included 'dossiers' on 
professors and academic institutions thought to be too critical of 
Israel 
or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims. A number of academics listed 
on 
that site received threats along with thousands of hostile e-mails. As 
writer Christopher Hitchens recently noted: '[Pipes] confuses 
scholarship 
with propaganda and…pursues petty vendettas with scant regard for 
objectivity.'

"As we seek to bring democratic values to the Middle East, we must not 
circumvent democracy in the United States by doing an end-run around 
the 
Senate confirmation process. We call on President Bush to withdraw this 
divisive nomination, or at the very least, to let the Senate hold 
hearings 
at which all parties may be heard."

CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 16 
regional 
offices nationwide and in Canada.

					- END -

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

SEE ALSO:

PIPES-SCHEMES
Motherjones.com, 8/14/03
http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2003/33/we_525_04b.html

Congress has been out on recess for little more than a week, and 
already, 
Bush has been sneaking in and pushing his agenda through on the sly. 
This 
time, the leader of our democracy is sidestepping Congress to put a 
friend 
of his with a reputation as an anti-Muslim and an extremist, Daniel 
Pipes, 
into the US Institute of Peace -- a federally funded think tank 
dedicated 
to promoting peace.

Christopher Hitchens, writing for Slate, slams Pipes as "dangerous and 
unreliable." Hitchens points out Pipes' blatantly racist comments 
towards 
Palestinians, and cites Commentary magazine's February 2003 issue in 
which 
Pipes attacked road map proposals and used the words "the so-called 
Palestinian refugees" and what Hitchens calls other "crude tricks of 
language" to imply there had been no Palestinian dispossession.

Mother Jones' Michael Scherer notes that Pipes sees no need for 
diplomacy, 
compromise, or even negotiation:

"Like many other Middle East scholars, Daniel Pipes sees a way to end 
the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But unlike most of his peers, Pipes sees 
no 
room for negotiation, no hope for compromise and no use for diplomacy. 
'What war had achieved for Israel,' Pipes explained at a recent Zionist 
conference in Washington DC, 'diplomacy has undone.'

His solution is simple: The Israeli military must force what Pipes 
describes as a 'change of heart' by the Palestinians in the West Bank 
and 
Gaza -- a sapping of the Palestinian will to fight which will lead to a 
complete surrender. 'How is a change of heart achieved? It is achieved 
by 
an Israeli victory and a Palestinian defeat,' Pipes continued. 'The 
Palestinians need to be defeated even more than Israel needs to defeat 
them.'"

Scherer notes that Pipes' extreme views put him at odds with the Bush 
administration and its stated policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian 
conflict -- i.e. the "road mad" for peace. As a result, Bush's 
nomination 
of Pipes to a peace-promoting think tank took many by surprise…

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U.S. GOVERNMENT STING OPERATION CRITICIZED AS SETUP
Brian Ross, ABC News, 8/13/03
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/World/missile030813_sting.html

Administration officials are leaving out key facts and exaggerating the 
significance of the alleged plot to smuggle a shoulder-launched missile 
into the United States, law enforcement officials told ABCNEWS. They 
say 
there's a lot less than meets the eye.

The accused ringleader, British national Hemant Lakhani, appeared today 
in 
federal court in Newark, N.J., and was ordered held without bond on 
charges 
of attempting to provide material support and material resources to 
terrorists and acting as an arms broker without a license.

Outside the courtroom, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie called 
Lakhani an 
ally of terrorists who want to kill Americans.

"He, on many occasions, in recorded conversations, referred to 
Americans as 
'bastards' [and] Osama bin Laden as a hero," said Christie.

But what he did not say was just how much of the alleged missile plot 
was a 
government setup from start to finish.

For example, Lakhani had no contacts in Russia to buy the missiles 
before 
the sting and had no known criminal record for arms dealing, officials 
told 
ABCNEWS...

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EEOC SUES DALEY CIVIC CENTER SECURITY AND MANAGEMENT FIRMS
http://www.eeoc.gov/

CHICAGO ­ The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today 
filed suit in federal court here against Aargus Security Systems, Inc. 
and 
Miglin-Beitler, Inc., d/b/a MB Real Estate and Miglin-Beitler 
Management 
Corporation (collectively "MB Real Estate"), alleging that the 
companies 
discriminated against a security guard assigned to the Richard J. Daley 
Civic Center because he is a Muslim of Arab descent.  The Commission 
alleges that the companies singled out the employee, Tom Zegar, for 
unwarranted discipline immediately after the events of September 11, 
2001 
because of religious and national origin bias in violation of Title VII 
of 
the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The EEOC said that its administrative investigation, which preceded the 
lawsuit, revealed that Aargus Security and MB Real Estate, on the day 
of 
the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., suspended the 
employee, who was of Jordanian descent, for four days without pay, 
reassigned him to another building and demoted him to a floater 
position­all supposedly for an alleged security breach, although no 
action 
was taken with respect to other employees on duty at the same location 
at 
the same time with the same responsibility.

Tom Zegar, the employee who was suspended, said, "What happened on 
September 11thin New York and Washington was terrible. We were all hurt 
by 
this. But because of my religion and national origin, I was blamed for 
something I did not do. I feel disappointed and hurt to have been 
treated 
so badly, and I am glad the EEOC is doing something about it."

According to the EEOC's Regional Attorney in Chicago, John C. 
Hendrickson, 
"One thing involved in this  case is religious freedom, and we have 
always 
been a nation in which that has been a bedrock principle. Another thing 
is 
national origin, and we have always been a nation of immigrants and the 
descendants of immigrants.  So this is a matter which ought to speak to 
us 
where we live. It should also to remind all employers that the terrible 
tragedy of September 11 must strengthen our resolve to actually apply 
the 
precepts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

The EEOC's law suit, captioned EEOC v.  Aargus Security Systems, Inc.,
Miglin-Beitler, Inc., d/b/a MB Real Estate and Miglin-Beitler 
Management 
Corporation, has been assigned to Judge James F. Holderman of the U.S. 
District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division 
and 
designated case No. 03 C 5587.  The case was filed after the EEOC's 
efforts 
to negotiate a voluntary conciliation agreement with the firms proved 
futile...

Note: Tom Zegar's attorney, Kamran A. Memon can be reached at 
312-961-2354.

ALSO SEE:

FEDS ACCUSE TWO CHICAGO FIRMS OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MUSLIM EMPLOYEE
Steve Grzanich, WBBM Newsradio 780, 8/13/03
http://www.wbbm780.com/asp/ViewMoreDetails.asp?ID=26195

Chicago - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit 
Tuesday against two Chicago firms who are accused of discriminating 
against 
an employee because he is Muslim.

The suit names as defendants Aargus Security and the Miglin-Beitler 
Real 
Estate.

The complaint says the companies discriminated against Tom Zegar, a 
security guard who was assigned to the Daley Center.

According to the lawsuit, Zegar was wrongly disciplined following a 
security breach on the day of the September 11th attacks. Even though 
Zegar 
was among several guards who were on duty at the time, the suit says he 
was 
the only person suspended without and pay and then reassigned to 
another 
building, allegedly because he is Muslim and of Jordanian descent.

So far there's been no comment from the county or MB Real Estate 
regarding 
the lawsuit. Stay tuned to WBBM Newsradio 780 for the latest 
developments 
on this and other stories.

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LOOKOUT SENTENCED IN MOSQUE ATTACK
Art Barnum, Chicago Tribune, 8/14/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0308140343aug14,1,565560.story

A DuPage County judge admonished a 16-year-old Lombard teen Wednesday 
for 
his role in terrorizing worshipers at a local mosque and ordered him to 
perform 100 hours of community service and write an essay on respecting 
other races and religions.

The youth, who pleaded guilty in June to a hate crime, drove two other 
youths on the evening of March 11 to the Islamic Foundation Mosque, 300 
W. 
Highridge Rd., Villa Park.

Assistant State's Atty. Matt Fuesting said that the two passengers went 
up 
to a window and one shattered it with a baseball bat. Fuesting said 
that 
the youth being sentenced Wednesday used a cell phone to warn the 
others 
when a police car was seen in the area...

The youth who swung the bat, a 16 year old from Villa Park, previously 
pleaded guilty to a hate crime and was sentenced to 200 hours of 
community 
service and ordered to write a similar essay. The third juvenile was 
not 
charged.

Fuesting has said the attack allegedly was provoked by the fact the 
brother 
of the Villa Park youth was being sent to the Middle East with his 
military 
unit. The soldier has returned home...

ALSO SEE:

MOSQUE SEEKS TO EXPAND
Jewel Gopwani, Detroit Free Press, 8/14/03
http://www.freep.com/news/cfp/4/tpray14_20030814.htm

The chitchat halted as the call to prayer was made at the Islamic 
Association of Greater Detroit.

More than 100 women settled into informal rows in the Rochester Hills 
mosque on West Auburn between Livernois and M-59.

They sat on their feet on the beige carpet, their covered heads facing 
the 
room's northeastcorner -- the one that points toward Mecca.

It's the same corner where the television is perched -- the imam's face 
on 
the screen.

Men at this mosque get to watch the imam lead prayers live; there isn't 
enough room for the women to join them.

So the women pray from the old dining room -- accommodations mosque 
leaders 
hope to change with a proposed $1-million-plus project to build a 
mezzanine 
above the men's prayer area. There, women can pray with their eyes on 
the 
imam, not the television...

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UCLA PROFESSOR APPOINTED TO RELIGION PANEL
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 8/14/03
http://www.latimes.com

A UCLA professor of Islamic law, one of the nation's most prominent 
Muslim 
critics of Saudi Arabia's puritanical brand of Islam known as 
Wahhabism, 
has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious 
Freedom, the White House announced Wednesday.

Khaled Abou el Fadl, 39, a blunt-spoken scholar and longtime champion 
of 
human rights, pledged to bring "meticulous fairness" to his work on the 
national panel…

Abou el Fadl, the commission's only Muslim member, is expected to bring 
particular expertise to its other current key areas of concern, 
including 
Iraq and Afghanistan. The commission is an independent federal agency 
created in 1998 to monitor and advise the U.S. government on religious 
freedom around the world. The nine voting members are appointed by the 
president or Congress...

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PENTAGON COMES UNDER FIRE FOR TERROR TRIAL RULES
Associated Press, 8/13/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-08-13-tribunal-rules_x.htm

WASHINGTON - Friends and critics alike are pressing the Bush 
administration 
to change its new rules for trying suspects in the global war on 
terrorism 
- rules for the first military tribunals planned by the United States 
since 
World War II.

And it appears the Pentagon is prepared to bend a little.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon's top lawyer held a third round of 
negotiations 
through which Britain is seeking special treatment for its two citizens 
facing trial - talks that critics say smack of political favoritism.

The American Bar Association said Tuesday the administration should 
drop 
plans to let agents eavesdrop on conversations between terrorism 
suspects 
and defense lawyers and should ease other restrictions to ensure 
military 
tribunals are fair and open.

The ABA's policy-making House of Delegates took no position on whether 
individual lawyers should participate in tribunals, although another 
lawyers' organization has already said it would be unethical to 
represent 
terrorism suspects under the current rules...

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FLAG IS FLASH POINT IN A BAGHDAD SLUM
Anthony Shadid, Washington Post, 8/14/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55761-2003Aug13.html

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military helicopter flew low over Baghdad's largest 
slum 
today, about an hour before noon prayers. For a while, it hovered near 
a 
transmission tower. Then, Sheik Ahmed Zarjawi said, a U.S. soldier 
tried to 
kick the black flag that fluttered atop the tower, inscribed in white 
letters with the name of one of Shiite Islam's most revered figures.

"How can we sleep at night when we see this?" he recalled asking.

There followed a day of anger and fervor in a Shiite neighborhood 
already 
on edge. Protesters incensed at what they saw as a religious insult 
poured 
out of houses and shops. In some of the worst unrest since Baghdad fell 
to 
U.S.-led forces on April 9, clashes erupted with an American patrol, 
killing one Iraqi and wounding at least three others.

Into a sweltering evening, hundreds of demonstrators waving religious 
banners and rallied by neighborhood clergy moved across streets awash 
in 
sewage, calling for a day of reckoning with U.S. troops, who they said 
they 
no longer wanted to enter their neighborhood...

ALSO SEE

WHITE HOUSE FANTASIES ON IRAQ
New York Times, 8/14/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/14/opinion/14THU1.html

Someday, in the months ahead, there may be an Iraq where a smoothly run 
American occupation authority has dealt devastating setbacks to 
terrorism, 
brought security to most of the country, improved infrastructure and 
basic 
services, and elicited encouraging signs of democracy, economic renewal 
and 
cultural rebirth. Unfortunately, right now that Iraq exists only in the 
pages of the implausibly upbeat 100-day progress report recently issued 
by 
the White House.

In Iraq today, American soldiers die, electricity shortages lead to 
rioting, and the threat of terrorism against civilians must be taken 
increasingly seriously. The biggest problems have been airbrushed out 
of 
the White House report, making it read more like a Bush campaign flier 
than 
a realistic accounting to the American people. There have, of course, 
been 
positive accomplishments, but making a success of Iraq will require 
much 
time, many billions of dollars and real sacrifices. Pretending 
otherwise 
risks future public disillusionment.

In the face of news reports detailing continued insecurity, failing 
basic 
services and painstakingly slow political progress, the White House 
cites 
significant signs of better security, improved basic services and 
emerging 
democracy. Not mentioned in the Panglossian report, covering the 100 
days 
after President Bush declared an end to major combat operations, were 
the 
56 American soldiers killed in attacks during that period...

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NORTHERN VIRGINIA MOSQUES ORGANIZE THE 3RD ANNUAL NORTHERN VIRGINIA 
CIVIC 
PICNIC

WHAT: The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic 
Center, Manassas Mosque, in coordination with the Muslim American 
Society 
(MAS) Freedom Foundation, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are having the 3rd Annual Northern 
Virginia Family Civic Picnic. ADAMS, Dar Al-Hijrah, Manassas Mosque, 
MAS 
Freedom Foundation, MPAC and CAIR will be inviting all candidates from 
all 
parties to address the community.  Civic involvement, Voter 
Registration 
and Family fun will be the theme of the picnic

WHEN: Sunday, August 17, 2003, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

WHERE: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive (Large Shelter and Picnic Area, near the 
large bathroom facility)

Note: Please look for "ADAMS" or "CIVIC PICNIC" signs with arrows 
pointing 
to the picnic area.

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AMINAH MCCLOUD SPEAKS IN MICHIGAN

WHAT: American Learning Institute for Muslims presents an evening with 
Dr. 
Aminah McCloud, titled, "Building Indigenous and Immigrant Muslim 
Symbiosis 
in America."

WHEN:  Thursday, August 14th, 2003.  Registration: 7:15 PM; Lecture: 
7:30 PM

WHERE:  Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft, Livonia, MI 48150

NOTE: Fee: $5.00. For more information: alimsummerinfo@yahoo.com

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

PENN. POLICE OFFICER DENIED RIGHT TO RELIGIOUS ATTIRE
Muslim employee threatened with termination over Islamic scarf
			
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 
today 
called on the Philadelphia Police Department to allow a Muslim police 
officer to wear her Islamic head scarf while on duty.

Beginning in 1998, the Muslim officer -- who has been on the force for 
eight years - had several requests for religious accommodation turned 
down 
by supervisors. When the patrolwoman went to work wearing her head 
scarf 
earlier this week, she was reprimanded, sent home without pay and told 
not 
to come back until the scarf was removed. The officer is now being 
threatened with termination if she again comes to work with her 
religious 
head covering.

SEE: "OFFICER'S HEADGEAR DEBATED"
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/6535907.htm

On August 6th, CAIR sent a letter to Philadelphia Police Commissioner 
Sylvester Johnson (http://www.ppdonline.org/) outlining the 
department's 
legal duty to accommodate the religious practices of employees. That 
letter 
sought an investigation of the case, requested that dress code policies 
be 
amended to allow religious exemptions and recommended sensitivity 
training 
for department staff.

"A restrictive dress code policy cannot supersede an individual's 
sincerely-held religious beliefs, particularly when the Muslim officer 
is 
willing to modify her scarf to address any safety concerns," said 
Joshua 
Salaam, CAIR civil rights manager. "Given the growing religious and 
ethnic 
diversity of our society, creative solutions must be found to balance 
the 
needs of employers with the religious rights of employees as guaranteed 
by 
the Constitution and federal law."

Salaam applauded the Philadelphia Police Department's recent decision 
to 
change its no-beard policy by allowing officers to grow facial hair for 
religious or medical reasons. He called on the department to make a 
similar 
accommodation for the female officer.

SEE: "A NO-BEARD POLICY IS AMENDED"
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/6511294.htm

In a similar case last year, Illinois' Cook County Sheriff's Department 
allowed a Muslim and a Jewish deputy to wear religiously-mandated head 
coverings while on the job. That decision came after concerned Muslims 
from 
across America contacted the sheriff's office to request religious 
accommodation for the two officers. In 2001, CAIR helped a Muslim woman 
firefighter in Maryland win the right to wear an Islamic scarf while at 
the 
same time addressing her employer's concerns about safety.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from 
discriminating against individuals because of their religious beliefs 
or 
practices. The act requires employers to reasonably accommodate the 
religious practices of an employee, unless to do so would create an 
undue 
hardship. CAIR publishes a booklet, "An Employer's Guide to Islamic 
Religious Practices," designed to prevent these types of incidents.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/16/03

* BUSH NOMINEE SUPPORTS GROUP CLOSED FOR TERROR TIES
	- Daniel Pipes Backs Mujahedeen-e Khalq (NY Post)
	- No Pipes for Peace (UPI)
	- Bush Nominee Faces Opposition (Cox)
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT COMBATS ANTI-ISLAM VIEWS (Observer)
	- The Christian-Muslim Divide (Wichita Eagle)
	- Catholics, Jews, Muslims Team Up (CNS)
* WORLD POLITICS SIMMER BENEATH INDIA FESTIVAL (Mercury News)
* CAN SESAME STREET WIN OVER ISLAM? (Daily Telegraph)
* CITY MIGHT REAFFIRM LIBERTIES (News Tribune)

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BUSH NOMINEE SUPPORTS GROUP CLOSED FOR TERROR TIES

IRANIAN EXILES' OFFICES SHUTTERED
Eli J. Lake, United Press International, 8/16/03
http://www.washtimes.com/world/20030815-101313-1749r.htm

The United States yesterday seized assets and shuttered the Washington 
offices of the People's Mojahedin, the major exile opposition to 
fundamentalist Iran since it came to power under Ayatollah Ruhollah 
Khomeini in the late 1970s…

U.S. Treasury agents closed the National Press Club offices of the 
Iranian 
opposition, also known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran 
and 
notified vendors in the United States and abroad that the group was 
considered a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

The Treasury Department also took steps to freeze the group's bank 
accounts 
while Justice Department officials delivered a cease-and-desist order 
to 
individuals associated with the organization…

Powell determined that it was the political arm of Mujahideen Khalq, 
which 
has been listed as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997. This 
name 
for the opposition group is a translation of People's Mojahedin…

Alireza Jafarzadeh, the group's U.S.-based representative, suggested 
the 
opposition group had become a pawn in negotiations with Iran.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: An "ALI JAFARZADEH" is a signatory to the "STATEMENT OF 
MUSLIM SUPPORT FOR PIPES APPOINTMENT TO USIP BOARD" published on a 
pro-Pipes web site.]

SEE ALSO:

DANIEL PIPES BACKS MUJAHEDEEN-E KHALQ

A TERRORIST U.S. ALLY?
Daniel Pipes and Patrick Clawson, New York Post, 5/20/03
http://www.nypost.com

One of the stranger news items coming out of Iraq these days concerns 
an 
Iranian opposition group called the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK). It's a 
U.S. 
government-designated terrorist organization that coalition forces 
first 
bombed from the air, then signed a cease-fire agreement with - and 
finally 
disarmed and protected…

Is the MEK a terrorist group? No. It used terrorism decades ago, when 
its 
members attacked Americans. For the last 15 years, however, the MEK has 
been organized as an army, and its only violent actions have been 
directed 
against the Iranian regime…

Can the MEK be useful? Yes. Western spy agencies are short on "human 
intelligence" - meaning spies on the ground in Iran, as distinct from 
eyes 
in the sky. Coalition military commanders should seek out the MEK for 
information on the Iranian mullahs' agents in Iraq. The MEK can also 
supply 
key information on developments in Iran - where, despite a tendency 
toward 
exaggeration, it has had some major scoops…

And in November, when the secretary of state next decides whether or 
not to 
re-certify the MEK as a terrorist group, he should come to the sensible 
conclusion that it poses no threat to the security of the United States 
or 
its citizens, and remove it from the list of Foreign Terrorist 
Organizations.

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NO PIPES FOR PEACE
Peter Roff, United Press International, 8/15/03
http://www.upi.com

The Bush administration made a major effort at outreach to the American 
Islamic community in the aftermath of 9/11. The unstated if obvious 
purpose 
was to reassure Muslims living in the United States that they would not 
be 
subject to persecution because of the heinous act perpetrated by a 
handful 
of their co-religionists…

Overall the outreach effort helped build upon the already considerable 
level of support for Bush in the U.S. Muslim community, an example of 
coalition politics at its best. A pending personnel move, however, 
threatens to undermine a two-year record of achieve.

The president has nominated Daniel Pipes, the director of the 
Philadelphia-based Middle East Institute, for a term on the board of 
directors of the United States Institute for Peace, a small federal 
agency 
charged with the exploration of ideas in the field of conflict 
resolution...

Groups including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the 
Anti-Defamation League have come out on his behalf, urging the Senate 
to 
confirm him to the board…

But others say that Pipes paints his criticisms with too broad a brush, 
slurring most of Islam. In the spring 2000 edition of The National 
Interest 
magazine, Pipes, in trying to explain what he found to be the 
difference 
between Islam and "Islamism" -- the extremist face of the faith -- 
described the latter as having "three main features: a devotion to the 
sacred law, a rejection of Western influences, and the transformation 
of 
faith into ideology." The problem with such a definition, say some of 
his 
opponents, is that it could be construed as including most observant 
Muslims. With that as a backdrop, it is not then surprising that some 
take 
offense when Pipes says, later in the same article, that it represents 
"an 
Islamic-flavored version of the radical utopian ideas of our time, 
following Marxism-Leninism and fascism."

A number of groups and organizations have come out against his 
nomination. 
The Washington Post editorialized that it was "a cruel joke" and "salt 
in 
the wound" for American Muslims.

The unexpected opposition, from within Republicans ranks as well as 
from 
Democrats, caused the confirmation process to slow. When the Senate 
Health, 
Education, Labor and Pensions committee had a hearing on the nomination 
last July, it adjourned without taking a vote because of objections to 
Pipes lodged by several prominent members of the panel, including Sen. 
Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass…

Now, in an effort to get around the refusal of the Senate to act, the 
White 
House is believed ready to place Pipes on the board by means of a 
recess 
appointment, allowing him to serve without confirmation for one year.

The news has inflamed the American Islamic community. At a news 
conference 
Thursday, a number of groups, led by the Council for American-Islamic 
Relations, charged the administration with trying to make an end run 
around 
the Senate and voiced concern over the unfolding situation.

"A recess appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States
Institute of Peace would be a slap in the face to all those who seek to 
build bridges of understanding between people of faith," CAIR Executive
Director Nihad Awad said.

"Such a move would poison the well of interfaith relations, harm 
America's 
image and interests worldwide and serve to impede the vital mission of 
the 
institute," Awad, whose group has repeatedly clashed publicly with 
Pipes, said.

Khaled Saffuri, executive director of the Islamic Institute, another 
Washington-based group, said Pipes, "has made it his mission to promote 
hate and bigotry and to divide people. (He) has repeatedly condemned 
the 
president's message of inclusion and he opposes the president's Road 
Map to 
Peace." Saffuri worked to generate support for Bush among 
Muslim-Americans 
in the 2000 presidential election…

ALSO SEE:

BUSH NOMINEE FACES OPPOSITION
Bob Dart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 8/15/03 
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0803/15pipes.html

Washington -American Arab and religious leaders expressed outrage 
Thursday 
at reports that President Bush may use a congressional recess to 
appoint a 
controversial Middle East scholar to a peace-promoting think tank.

The tension centered on Daniel Pipes, a 53-year-old outspoken 
Harvard-educated historian, and his potential appointment to the board 
of 
the federally funded U.S. Institute for Peace.

"Daniel Pipes has a long track record of bigotry…and of advocating war 
and 
violence, especially in the Middle East," said Mary Rose Okar, 
president of 
the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. "He has no business 
serving the United States Institute for Peace in any capacity..."

Bush nominated Pipes, who heads the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia, 
to 
the scholarly institute in April. The nomination was stalled in 
committee 
in July.

With Congress in recess, however, Bush could bypass the Senate 
confirmation 
process by naming Pipes to the board, where he would serve at least 
until 
the Senate acts. The White House has declined to comment on 
nominations. 
But at a news conference Thursday, opponents denounced efforts Bush 
might 
make toward the appointment.

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DONATIONS SEEK TO COMBAT ANTI-ISLAM SENTIMENT
Aysu Grodowski, Salem Observer, 8/14/03
http://www.salemobserver.com/issues/030814/salem_01.html

In September 2002, the Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a 
program to raise awareness about Islam and counter anti-Muslim bigotry. 
The 
yearlong campaign, "Explore Islamic Civilization and Culture," 
distributes 
books, videos, and audiocassettes about Islam and Muslims to 16,200 
public 
libraries around the nation, including Salem.

Last week, a group of young Muslim girls, grades 10 to 12, presented a 
package of Islamic multimedia to the Kelley Library. The books and 
movies 
were donated by Muhammad Ashraf and Zulfiqar Mohammad, both from Salem.

The package contains the PBS documentary "Islam: Empire of Faith," and 
"The 
Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?" By Professor John Esposito. A copy of 
the 
Koran and children's books on Ramadan are also included. There is media 
for 
all ages.

The books and tapes get into the hands of the young women when, last 
year, 
Sabina Khan, Marium Chowdhry, Saba Chowdhry, Saira Ashref, and Waqarun 
Rashid, all close friends, decided to become Leading Islamic Girls 
Helping 
Teach Islamic Tolerance, or LIGHT IT! for short. They are all first 
generation, with parents from Pakistan.

"We weren't exactly sure what we were getting into," said Khan. It took 
awhile to get money, but once they did, the girls notified CAIR and 
called 
New Hampshire libraries to donate the books...

"The media stings," said Marium Chowdhry. "We just want to counter all 
that."

ALSO SEE:

THE CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM DIVIDE
ABE LEVY, Wichita Eagle, 8/16/03
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/6543468.htm

A neighborhood flier announcing a Christian sermon on the dangers of 
Islam 
attracted a couple dozen new faces to Wichita's Pleasant Valley Church 
of 
Christ last month. "Did you know that the events of 9/11 are virtually 
described in the Quran?" the flier stated.

The sermon was a PowerPoint presentation focusing on passages in 
Muslims' 
holy book that concern the church's minister, Jerry Blount.

The presentation ended with pictures of the traditional tombs of 
Muhammad 
and Christ side by side and the words: "These two couldn't be more 
different!"

Among those in the audience were nearly a dozen Muslims. They left 
believing interfaith understanding had taken a major step back -- at 
least 
by this roughly 90-member congregation.

The encounter is one example of the varying efforts -- or lack thereof 
-- 
at Christian-Muslim dialogue sparked by the events of Sept. 11, nearly 
two 
years ago.

Since then, many of the estimated 3 to 6 million Muslims in America 
have 
initiated public forums on Islam as a way to emphasize their national 
loyalty and their differences with militant versions of Islam.

Christians have tended to respond in one of two ways: Some want to 
learn 
about Islam and find common values, while others stress fundamental 
dangers 
in Islam that need to be confronted…

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CATHOLICS, JEWS, MUSLIMS TEAM UP FOR CITIZEN EMERGENCY RESPONSE CORPS
Ana Rodriguez-Soto, Catholic News Service, 8/14/03
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/20030814.htm

MIAMI- Be it a hurricane or a terrorist act, disaster does not 
discriminate.

Muslims died in the World Trade Center. People of every race and 
religion 
lost their houses during Hurricane Andrew.

That is why Bruce Netter and Sofian Abdelaziz are working together. 
Netter, 
a Jew, is manager of disaster relief services for Catholic Charities of 
the 
Miami Archdiocese. Sofian, a Palestinian, is director and counselor of 
the 
Miami-based American Muslim Association of North America.

"We have to take out the hate. We have to make sure that our 
communities 
understand that when a disaster comes, we all have to work together on 
it," 
said Abdelaziz told The Florida Catholic, Miami's archdiocesan 
newspaper...

Abdelaziz said his role is to convey that message to the Muslim 
community.

"I'm telling our Muslim leaders: Isn't it (a principle of) Islam to 
help 
your neighbor? Isn't it Islam to prevent destruction of buildings? Yes. 
We 
need to be involved in this," he said. "We have to help our community. 
We 
have to be a constructive part of our community. We have to be part of 
the 
solution, not the problem."

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WORLD POLITICS SIMMER BENEATH INDIA FESTIVAL
Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury News, 8/16/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/movies/6547474.htm

The mission of the 11th annual Festival of India and Parade, being 
hosted 
this weekend in Fremont, is meant to celebrate India's independence 
from 
British rule in 1947.

The event, which features folk dancing, samosas and appearances from 
famous 
Bollywood actors, is the largest cultural event for the Bay Area's 
burgeoning Indo-American population of about 155,000.

The festival seems benign, but scratch the surface and you'll find 
deeper 
undercurrents of geopolitical unrest.

Some minority religious groups from the South Asian country living here 
wonder: Whose India is being celebrated? Of India's 1 billion 
residents, 
about 80 percent are Hindu, 12 percent are Muslim, 2 percent are 
Christian 
and 2 percent are Sikh. Buddhists, Jains and Parsis comprise the rest.

The agitation comes mostly from a number of Sikhs, who make up about 25 
percent of the Bay Area Indo-American community. These critics say they 
feel excluded from the event, which is sponsored by supporters of the 
Indian government, a democracy led by Hindu nationalists. About 100 
Sikh 
protesters flock to the Fremont festival each year to rail against the 
government's treatment of their people and to demand their own state.

Some Muslims say they also haven't been represented at the festival. 
But 
this year, instead of complaining or staying away, they are joining the 
festival to remind people that India is their homeland, too…

"Our participation is to make sure the agenda isn't hijacked by the 
right-wing elements," said Sajed Ahmed of Santa Clara, a Muslim from 
Hyderabad, India. "Muslims have rights on paper in India, but they are 
very 
poor and suffer religious persecution."

Ahmed said when his group wanted to rent a booth, some of the festival 
organizers were "apprehensive, wondering if we were going to do 
something 
anti-Hindu."

But he pacified them by answering: "We will try to showcase India's 
diversity and how we have lived together for centuries."

Still, less than 48 hours before the event, one of the organizers, who 
is 
Sikh, called Ahmed to tell him there was no room for his Muslim group. 
Ahmed suspected religious intolerance. But after a frantic series of 
phone 
calls, all was resolved: a space was found for his booth…

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CAN SESAME STREET WIN OVER ISLAM?
Daily Telegraph, 8/15/03
http://www.dailytelegraph.com

In a bizarre bid to win the hearts and minds of the Islamic world, the 
American government, Spy learns, has now called up the fluffy puppets 
of 
Sesame Street.

Over the next three years, the Bush Administration's Agency for 
International Development is hoping to beam the wacky children's 
characters 
into the homes of hundreds of millions of Muslims, at a cost of 
$6.3million.

"We hope that exporting the show to Asia will help young people there 
to 
see the similarities, as well as the differences, between America and 
their 
own countries," a Washington spokesman confirmed yesterday.

"We're also aiming to promote greater understanding of American 
morality 
and culture, although the show will reflect both Muslim and American 
values."

Supported by American television network PBS, the show will initially 
be 
aired in Bangladesh, but, if all goes well, there are plans to expand 
the 
concept to Pakistan and the Middle East...

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CITY MIGHT REAFFIRM LIBERTIES
Kris Sherman, News Tribune, 8/15/03
http://www.tribnet.com/news/local/story/3675679p-3706074c.html

The Tacoma City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday that would 
symbolically designate Tacoma a "civil liberties safe zone" by 
reaffirming 
the city's sanctity of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The resolution, sponsored by council members Bill Evans, Sharon 
McGavick 
and Bil Moss, is intended to show the city's concern over how sweeping 
anti-terrorism legislation has eroded the Bill of Rights, Evans said.

Though it has no teeth, because a local resolution can't trump federal 
law, 
Evans said such a reaffirmation of the Bill of Rights is crucial in any 
community - especially one whose American citizens of Japanese ancestry 
were interned during World War II.

Three states and 149 cities and towns across the United States, from 
tiny 
Tonasket in north-central Washington to Philadelphia, already have 
passed 
similar resolutions, according to the national Bill of Rights Defense 
Committee...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/18/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: PRAYER WASHES AWAY SIN
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6799 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* FEAR SHAKES NJ IMMIGRANT ENCLAVE (Philadelphia Inquirer)
	- Jury Considers Mental-Illness in Sikh Murder Case (AP)
* PIPES QUOTES WRITER FOR SITE SEEKING TO 'ERADICATE ISLAM'
	- CA Muslims Protest Pipes Nomination (Enterprise-Record)
	- War of Words Over Bush's 'Peace' Appointment (Asian Times)
* MUSLIMS TALK ON IMPACT OF PATRIOT ACT (Charlotte Observer)
	- Muslims Meet with Law Enforcement (News 14)
* NEW VISA RULES HOLD UP DOCTOR'S U.S. RETURN (Newsday)
	- Muslim Charity Leader Sentenced to Prison (AP)
* WASH. POST WRITER ON HER ARRAIGNED MARRIAGE	
* `TORTURE IN ISRAEL HAS AGAIN BECOME ROUTINE' (Haaretz)
* RAIDERS OF THE NIGHT FIND THE PICKINGS ARE SLIM (SMH)
        - Porn, Drugs, Weapons are Available in Iraq (AP)
* FROM DHAKA, WITH HOPE (Los Angeles Times)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: PRAYER WASHES AWAY SIN

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The five prayers 
(required 
by Islam are) like an overflowing river passing by (your) gate in which 
(you) wash five times daily."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 323

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tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

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FEAR SHAKES IMMIGRANT ENCLAVE
Gaiutra Bahadur, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/18/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/6556864.htm

ATLANTIC CITY - The neon go-go girl still flashes near the deli where 
Mukeem Butt once worked. The streets are still studded with 
cash-for-gold 
joints. And an endless train of holiday gamblers and sunbathers 
continues 
to animate the Boardwalk.

But away from the hubbub of Atlantic City's casino economy, there has 
been 
a quiet exodus.

Al-Taqwah mosque does not bulge at the seams as it used to on Fridays. 
And 
behind the counters of the mom-and-pop stores lining the Boardwalk, the 
faces have changed.

The signs are subtle, as low-key as the illegal immigrants from 
Pakistan 
who occupied little-observed nooks here - and then scattered.

Mukeem Butt was among 5,000 Pakistanis nationwide to seek asylum in 
Canada 
after 9/11. Mainly, they fled New York. But New Jersey accounted for 
the 
second-largest number of refugees, nearly a thousand, according to the 
Pakistani Embassy in Washington.

Many were terrified they would repeat the experiences of compatriots 
locked 
up on immigration charges after the terror attacks. Pakistanis 
accounted 
for about a third of the 762 illegal immigrants rounded up in the 
months 
after Sept. 11, more than any other group.

Little Pakistan in New York City, where two-thirds of the detainees 
were 
picked up, has withered, its shops boarded up and ghost apartments left 
behind. The exodus has left less of an imprint in Atlantic City, where 
there are fewer enclaves.

But for several Pakistani families who fled Atlantic City for Hamilton, 
Ontario, leaving has made all the difference…

SEE ALSO:

JURY TO CONSIDER MENTAL-ILLNESS DEFENSE IN CASE OF MAN CHARGED WITH 
KILLING 
SIKH IMMIGRANT
BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press, 8/18/03

MESA, Arizona (AP) - Americans were still reeling from the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks when shots rang out on a street corner in this 
Phoenix 
suburb a few days later, leaving an Indian immigrant dead.

Balbir Singh Sodhi was neither Muslim nor from the Middle East, as the 
terrorist hijackers had been. Yet authorities say the gas station owner 
was 
targeted days after the attacks because he wore a turban and beard as 
part 
of his Sikh faith.

Now a jury will be asked to consider whether the alleged gunman in the 
Sept. 15, 2001, killing, Frank Silva Roque, committed a racially 
motivated 
hate crime, or whether a mental illness was to blame. Jury selection in 
the 
capital murder case is scheduled to begin Monday.

Sodhi's family believes the first argument is the truth. "As far as I'm 
concerned, my brother is a victim of 9-11," said Sodhi's brother, 
Lakhwinder "Rana" Singh Sodhi.

Balbir Sodhi had been outside his gas station when authorities say 
Roque 
drove up and shot him. Prosecutors say Roque later shot at a 
Lebanese-American clerk at another gas station and fired into the home 
of a 
family of Afghan descent. No one else was hurt…

Assistant Attorney General Joseph Maziarz, who helped work on a draft 
of 
the state's guilty except insane statute, called it a "defense of 
desperation" and said he thinks it will be a hard sell.

"They have to prove that (Roque) did not know the act was wrong in the 
moral sense, not just criminally wrong," said Maziarz, who isn't 
involved 
in the case. "I don't know how they get around the wrongness issue."

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PIPES QUOTES WRITER FOR SITE SEEKING TO 'ERADICATE ISLAM'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today said it has learned that an author cited as a "moderate 
Muslim" by presidential nominee Daniel Pipes writes for an Internet 
hate 
site seeking to "eradicate Islam." CAIR once again called on President 
Bush 
to withdraw Pipes' nomination to fill a position on the board of the 
United 
States Institute of Peace (USIP),

The hate site's home page states: "This site is created by ex-Muslims 
to 
help Muslims leave Islam. Islam is a lie and this site is the proof…The 
truth is that Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion of 
hate, 
of terror and of war…The only way to confront Islamic terrorism is to 
eradicate Islam." In one of his articles on the site, the writer says: 
"As 
probing of Islam becomes an ordinary and mundane exercises (sic) in 
this 
day of openness (thanks to the Internet!), more of Islam's inanities 
will 
be revealed." (CAIR has chosen not to reveal the web site's address or 
the 
name of the writer in order not to give either the publicity they seek. 
Details will be provided to accredited media professionals who contact 
CAIR's Communications Department.)

Pipes quotes the writer, who uses a Department of Justice reply address 
for 
at least one of his articles, in a July, 2003, syndicated commentary 
attacking CAIR and blaming Muslims for a recent poll showing an 
increase in 
the public perception that Islam is a violent faith. The person Pipes 
quoted is also a signatory to the "Statement of Muslim Support for 
Pipes 
Appointment to USIP Board" published on a pro-Pipes web site.

"With each new utterance, Daniel Pipes becomes a greater embarrassment 
to 
the president and to America's image around the world," said CAIR 
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR is one of many Muslim, Arab, Christian, Jewish, and interfaith 
groups 
challenging Pipes' qualifications to be appointed to the USIP board. 
President Bush is said to be considering a recess appointment of Pipes 
after his nomination failed to pass through a Senate committee because 
of 
opposition from leading Democratic senators.

SEE ALSO:

LOCAL MUSLIMS PROTEST PIPES NOMINATION
Larry Mitchell, Chico Enterprise-Record, 8/16/03
http://www.chicoer.com/Stories/0,1413,135~25088~1573975,00.html

Rep. Wally Herger heard this week from a group of local Muslims about 
the 
controversial nomination of Daniel Pipes to the board of directors of 
the 
U.S. Institute of Peace.

If what Rabina Khan of Chico and others told him about Pipes was 
accurate, 
Herger said, "I would say someone missed along the way (in nominating 
Pipes)."

Pipes is a commentator on Middle Eastern issues and an author of many 
books 
on the religion and politics of that region.

Earlier this year, President Bush nominated him for the board of the 
Institute of Peace, a federal agency that is supposed to try to promote 
world peace. Part of its mission is to increase public understanding 
about 
the nature of international conflicts.

Pipes' nomination has aroused strong feelings...

An organization fighting Pipes' nomination, the Council on American 
Islamic 
Relations (CAIR), is organizing a letter-writing campaign right now, 
urging 
the president not to appoint Pipes. There have been reports that Bush 
may 
circumvent the Senate and simply make the appointment while Congress is 
in 
recess, said Sabiha Khan, communications director for CAIR's Southern 
California office...

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WAR OF WORDS OVER BUSH'S 'PEACE' APPOINTMENT
Katrin Dauenhauer, Asian Times, 8/19/03
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EH19Ak04.html

WASHINGTON - US Arab and Muslim groups are continuing their opposition 
to 
the nomination of an outspoken Middle East scholar to a federally 
funded 
peace institute, but the administration says Daniel Pipes might now 
even 
get his place without a Senate vote.

President George W Bush nominated Pipes to the board of directors of 
the 
United States Institute for Peace (USIP) in April, but the move has 
been 
stalled by concerns about Pipes' highly controversial views on the 
Muslim 
world and the Arab-Israeli conflict, among others.

Last week the president suggested he might use a "recess appointment" 
to 
place Pipes, director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, in 
the 
USIP position while the Senate is on its summer break. The appointment 
would last until the next Congress is sworn in, potentially 2005...

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MUSLIMS TALK ON IMPACT OF PATRIOT ACT
Samantha Peterson, Charlotte Observer, 8/17/03
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/local/6552197.htm

Much of the discussion at a Saturday evening forum between 
Charlotte-area 
Muslims and local law enforcement officials centered on one topic: the 
USA 
Patriot Act.

Differing interpretations of the act, passed soon after Sept. 11, 2001, 
became clear during the forum. But event organizers stressed that area 
Muslims want to prevent terrorism just as law enforcement officials do.

"We want to do that, fight crime, as much as you do," said Islamic 
Center 
spokesman Mujahid Idlibi. "But at the same time, we don't want our 
freedoms 
to be compromised."

About 80 people attended the forum, designed to improve relations 
between 
the two groups in the wake of Sept. 11. The free event was at the 
Islamic 
Center of Charlotte (South).

Jim Gronquist, a lawyer speaking for the American Civil Liberties 
Union, 
said Muslims have been targeted and profiled because of their religion. 
The 
Patriot Act, he said, makes it easier for law enforcement to 
investigate 
people because it lowers the bar for what is needed to begin an 
investigation...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS MEET WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT
Shawn Flynn, News 14 Carolina, 8/17/03
http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=38575

PINEVILLE, N.C. - It was a meeting of the minds in South Charlotte 
Saturday, as members of the Islamic community, had a chance to talk 
with 
law enforcement officers. They had lots to talk about, including the 
loss 
of personal freedoms, because of the war on terror.

A particular Islamic prayer asks for knowledge to do what is right and 
not 
be lead by ignorance. That is how a special town hall meeting between 
members of the Islamic Center of Charlotte and law enforcement officers 
began.

Muslims pray for knowledge to what is right and not be lead by 
ignorance.

"The theme tonight is war on freedom and the war on terror," said 
Jibril 
Hough. "We're using this theme because the loss of civil liberties in 
the 
war on freedom at home and the war on terror is very much connected."

Hough said Muslims feel like they are the targets of government 
insecurities about security and that the American Patriot Act crosses 
the 
line on a violating civil rights.

"Often times, you fear the unknown or fear what you don't understand," 
said 
Hough.

That was the point of the meeting so both sides could have a better 
chance 
to understand each other...

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NEW VISA RULES HOLD UP STONY BROOK DOCTOR'S U.S. RETURN
Martin C. Evans, Newsday, 8/17/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limous173416757aug17,0,4286346.story 


As the charges for his rent, insurance and cable television pile up, 
Hasan 
Mousli's Coram apartment sits empty. His car sits idle and his 
television 
is never on.

With bills to pay and an eagerness to get started, Mousli has yet to 
show 
up for a single day of work at his new job at Stony Brook University 
Hospital, though his employer expected him to start July 1.

Mousli, a Jordanian citizen scheduled to complete his medical training 
in 
neurology at Stony Brook this year, has not been able to get the State 
Department to renew his visa so he can resume his work.

Now, seven weeks after he was supposed to be on the job, Mousli feels 
he is 
caught in a Kafkaesque quagmire - the victim of increased American 
scrutiny 
of Muslim immigrants...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM CHARITY LEADER SENTENCED TO PRISON
Mike Robinson, Associated Press, 8/18/03

CHICAGO - A Muslim charity leader linked by prosecutors to Osama bin 
Laden's terrorist network was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in 
federal prison for defrauding donors.

Enaam Arnaout, 46, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen who says he has met bin 
Laden 
but opposes terrorism, was calm as the sentence was imposed by U.S. 
District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon.

The government's investigation of Arnaout and his Benevolence 
International 
Foundation, based in suburban Palos Hills until it was shut down in 
2002, 
has been a major component of the war on terrorism.

Attorney General John Ashcroft traveled to Chicago to announce the 
charges 
against Arnaout when he was indicted.

Arnaout (pronounced ARE-not) pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge, 
admitting that he diverted thousands of dollars from his Benevolence 
International Foundation to support Islamic military groups in Bosnia 
and 
Chechnya.

Conlon sentenced Arnaout to 11 years and four months in prison. He must 
serve nearly 10 years before he is eligible for parole. She declined to 
boost the sentence on the basis of Arnaout's ties to members of bin 
Laden's 
al-Qaida network, saying they supplied grounds for suspicion but didn't 
constitute evidence that he backed terrorism...

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ARRAIGNED MARRIAGE: A PROPOSAL I NEVER THOUGHT I'D CONSIDER
Sabaa Saleem, Washington Post, 8/17/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1219-2003Aug15.html

In spite of myself, I think I may agree to an arranged marriage.

Beginning next month, my parents will contact Muslim family friends 
around 
the world with a list of criteria for a husband: a twentysomething, 
classically handsome, Urdu-speaking Muslim man who is 6 feet tall, with 
an 
MD and MBA, as well as a PhD in something respectable like molecular 
toxicology. He must have a good sense of family and a financial 
portfolio 
fat enough to take care of the next 15 generations. My parents will 
screen 
the candidates, and after I graduate from college next spring, they 
will 
introduce me to the few they deem best. Ultimately, the lucky man will 
have 
to pass my own stringent test: Does he own every Radiohead album and 
listen 
to them regularly?

Like so many other young South Asians in America, I am the product of 
two 
cultures whose conflicting values pull at me with equal urgency. Never 
have 
I felt as torn between the two as I do about the question of marriage. 
I 
have been a Californian for all but the first year of my life, when my 
family lived in Britain, where I was born. I grew up in a small town in 
the 
Mojave Desert where conservative Republicans were as common as cacti. 
Inexplicably, I grew up liberal and a feminist…

A month ago, I asked my mother about her determination to have me 
married 
soon, especially when her own marriage at 21 took her to London, away 
from 
the world she knew, preventing her from pursuing a career and 
establishing 
her independence. She said, "Do you think I want to you to leave us -- 
to 
have a man at the center of your life? Maybe even to go away? I want my 
daughter close to me always, but this is my duty; I don't have a choice 
-- 
I can't be selfish. I have to let you go."

That day, I decided I would have an arranged marriage.

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`TORTURE IN ISRAEL HAS AGAIN BECOME ROUTINE'
Moshe Reinfeld, Haaretz, 8/18/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=330457

A report released yesterday by the Public Committee against Torture 
claims 
that the use of torture in the interrogation of Palestinian suspects 
has 
increased significantly over the past two years.

Hundreds of Palestinians were subject to Shin Bet security service 
interrogations defined as torture, inhumane or humiliating during each 
of 
the first six months of the year, compared to dozens in September 2001, 
the 
human rights group said.

The abuse of Palestinian suspects has worsened and can justifiably be 
termed torture under criteria established by international law, 
according 
to the report. Moreover, such use of torture in interrogation violates 
a 
ruling reached by Israel's High Court in 1999.

"Torture in Israel has once again become routine," the report's writers 
conclude. They charge that Israeli authorities such as the High Court 
and 
attorney general, which are supposed to monitor the Shin Bet and 
guarantee 
that its interrogation procedures conform with the law, have failed to 
discharge such responsibility. Rather than supervising the Shin Bet, 
these 
authorities have simply rubber stamped the security service's 
decisions...

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RAIDERS OF THE NIGHT FIND THE PICKINGS ARE SLIM
Sydney Morning Herald, 8/18/03
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/17/1061059719776.html

The Herald photographer Jason South watches as one of the US soldiers 
pockets a small wad of US cash from a handbag he comes across as he 
goes 
through the contents of a wardrobe in a ground-floor room.

A week later, as Colonel Rabena's men mount up, one of them declares to 
his 
mates, all of them incongruously sucking on a ChupaChup lollipop: "I 
hope I 
get to kill an Iraqi tonight…"

ALSO SEE:

PORN, DRUGS, WEAPONS AND LOOTED GOODS READILY AVAILABLE ON BAGHDAD'S 
STREETS AS IRAQIS EXPLOIT "NEW FREEDOM"
Andrew England, Associated Press, 8/18/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/08/17/international1349EDT0461.DTL

BAGHDAD, Iraq- A Quranic verse plastered on a monument to freedom 
carries a 
simple message - God will send a plague on those who deal in drugs and 
spread corruption.

But the message is being widely ignored.

Across the busy highway from the monument, built in 1958 after the 
overthrow of the monarchy, traders have set up gambling tables and are 
openly selling pornography, fake ID cards and looted goods - including 
laboratory microscopes, industrial fuse boxes and pills stolen from 
psychiatric hospitals.

"Now we have freedom and democracy," said a 34-year-old trader selling 
pornographic DVDs with titles such as "The Dirty Family" and "The Young 
Wife," and photocopied postcards of couples in various sexual 
positions. 
"We could not sell them when Saddam was here."

This is Baghdad four months after U.S. troops took over the sprawling 
city 
of 5 million - jobless, insecure, and in many cases taking "freedom and 
democracy" as license to do pretty much what you want and get away with 
it...

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FROM DHAKA, WITH HOPE
Ted Widmer, Los Angeles Times, 8/17/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-op-widmer17aug17,1,1649056.story

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - This sleepy town on Maryland's Eastern Shore is 
deeply 
rooted in the 18th century. Crab fishermen still ply the waters of the 
Chester River, and painstakingly restored homes bear witness to its 
history 
as a remote outpost of the British Empire long before it joined the 
upstart 
United States. Yet Chestertown has improbably become the laboratory for 
a 
bold new experiment in the war on terrorism.

Against this colonial backdrop, 21 young Muslim student leaders from 
South 
Asia, chosen from among hundreds of applicants, spent their first 
summer in 
the United States. Like their American counterparts, they went to 
cookouts, 
baseball games and Fourth of July parades. Unlike most Americans, they 
hotly debated the fine points of the U.S. Constitution, explored the 
rising 
importance of Islam in America and stayed up late at night seeking 
solutions to the Kashmir conflict.

Six months ago, the State Department asked me to organize the first 
American Studies Institute - an experimental summer school on American 
values for students from the Muslim world. The brainchild of State's 
Bureau 
of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program is a visionary idea on 
several levels. By reaching out to foreign college students - which the 
department's educational programs have not done for nearly half a 
century - 
the program offers an alternative to the madrasas that have been 
training 
young Muslims in the fanatical extremes of anti-Americanism. By asking 
American colleges to run the programs, the federal government entrusts 
the 
teaching to independent scholars, avoids the taint of propaganda and 
widens 
public participation in our foreign policy...

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ADL ATTEMPTS TO DEFAME FLORIDA MUSLIMS
Behind-the-scenes smear campaign fails to block speakers

(MIAMI, FL, 8/19/03) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and 
advocacy group today said it has learned that the Anti-Defamation 
League 
(ADL) recently engaged in a behind-the-scenes smear campaign designed 
to 
block speakers from taking part in a Muslim event in Florida. That 
state's 
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), the 
sponsor 
of the event, said speakers disregarded an ADL letter smearing other 
event 
participants and making false allegations against CAIR.

The ADL sent letters to speakers, including journalists and human 
rights 
activists, scheduled to take part in the August 2nd CAIR-FL banquet in 
Ft. 
Lauderdale, implying that former Congressman (R-Ill.) Paul Findley is 
an 
anti-Semite because "he labored to depict Israel and its American 
supporters as a menacing force." The letter made similar accusations 
against another invitee, Rev. Bill Baker, based on statements he 
allegedly 
made in the 1980s. In a letter to CAIR-FL, Baker, who heads Christians 
and 
Muslims for Peace (CAMP), wrote: "The so-called 'quotes' attributed to 
me 
are pure, insulting, and outrageous lies."

CAIR itself was targeted by the ADL letter, which repeated a 
long-discredited claim that the group sponsored a 1998 conference in 
New 
York during which a speaker made anti-Semitic comments. In fact, CAIR 
did 
not sponsor the event, and no CAIR officials spoke at or attended the 
gathering. CAIR's New York office did not even exist at the time the 
conference took place.

"It is disturbing that the ADL, a group claiming to fight bigotry, 
would 
choose to exploit and amplify existing anti-Muslim prejudice by 
peddling 
scurrilous smears based on distortions, fabrications and guilt by 
association," said Altaf Ali, executive director of CAIR-FL. "If we 
thought 
an invited speaker did indeed hold anti-Semitic views, that person 
would 
quickly be disinvited. We thank all those who stood up to this attempt 
at 
religious exclusion to make our event such a success." Ali invited the 
ADL's Florida office to enter into a dialogue on the issue of Muslim 
participation in American society.

He noted that this was not the first time the ADL sought to exclude 
American Muslims from the public arena. In November of 2001, the group 
attempted to bar CAIR's Los Angeles office from taking part in a 
hearing on 
hate crimes. That same year, the Florida Commission on Human Relations 
rejected an ADL demand to exclude a Muslim representative from an 
annual 
civil rights conference and the State of California Select Committee on 
Hate Crimes turned down a similar demand to prevent a Muslim leader 
from 
offering testimony at a public hearing. In early 2002, the ADL demanded 
that Muslim groups be denied the right to offer presentations on Islam 
to 
public officials at a public event in Southern California.

At that time, the ADL's smear campaign was revealed when the Los 
Angeles 
Times wrote: "Pro-Israel or Jewish organizations such as the 
Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Defense League and [Daniel Pipes'] 
Middle East Forum think tank have provided news organizations with 
reams of 
critical documentation on Muslim leaders in recent weeks." (Los Angeles 
Times, 11/3/2001)

The ADL campaign is not limited to American Muslims. In April of 2001, 
a 
federal judge upheld a jury's findings that the ADL defamed a Colorado 
couple by publicly accusing them of being anti-Semitic. U.S. District 
Court 
Judge Edward Nottingham said that evidence was sufficient to support 
the 
jury's conclusion that the ADL "acted recklessly in its efforts to 
publicize what it perceived to be anti-Semitic conduct." (Associated 
Press, 
4/4/2001)

In 1999, the ADL agreed to pay $25,000 to a community relations fund 
and 
said it would not spy on other organizations as part of a settlement 
with 
the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other groups. The 
settlement resolved a class-action lawsuit filed in 1993 that accused 
the 
ADL of spying on Arab-American, pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid 
groups 
and individuals. (Associated Press, 9/28/1999)

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.

					- END -

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org; 
Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, E-MAIL: abedier@cair-florida.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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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/19/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: TRUTHFULNESS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6813 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* CALIF. MUSLIM SUES NEOCON MAG FOR DEFAMATION
* GOOD NEWS: MD MUSLIM ALLOWED TO WEAR HIJAB
	- Editorial: A Test of Faith (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* IMAM CALLS DEPORTATION A MISHAP (CC Times)
* BYU PROJECT BUILDING TIES TO MUSLIMS (DESERET NEWS)
* ISRAEL'S MADE-FOR-TV 'PEACE' MOVES (Haaretz)
	- Israelis Spot Business Opportunities in Iraq (AFP)
	- Israeli Law Targets 'Mixed' Families (Wash. Times)
	- Rights Group Accuses Israel of Abuses (Reuters)
* TX CONFERENCE - "EXTREMISM: A THREAT TO GLOBAL PEACE"

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HADITH OF THE DAY: TRUTHFULNESS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Truthfulness leads to 
righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 116

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6813 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6813 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

Feedback from a sponsored library:

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CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
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Radio & 
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It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CALIF. MUSLIM SUES NEOCON MAG FOR DEFAMATION
Lawsuit filed against National Review and former state GOP chair

(ANAHEIM, CA, 8/19/03) - A California Muslim activist today filed a 
personal defamation lawsuit against both the neoconservative National 
Review magazine and Shawn Steel, former chairman of the California 
Republican Party.

In his lawsuit, Hussam Ayloush states that on June 19, 2003, National 
Review published an article by Steel on its web site, National Review 
Online, falsely claiming that Ayloush co-hosted a May 1998 event at 
which 
anti-Semitic comments were allegedly made. In fact, Ayloush did not 
even 
attend that event. National Review editors did not contact Ayloush to 
verify the allegation prior to publication of Steel's article.

Ayloush, who is executive director of the Southern California office of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), categorically denies 
Steel's allegation and says it is a malicious attempt to harm his 
reputation. As stated in the lawsuit: "The portrayal of plaintiff 
Ayloush 
as an anti-Semitic individual was offensive and objectionable to the 
plaintiff and would be objectionable to a person of ordinary 
sensibilities."

Ayloush is a widely-respected community activist who regularly works 
with a 
number of religious and political groups to promote understanding and 
tolerance among people of all faiths. He filed the suit as an 
individual, 
not on behalf of or as a representative of CAIR-LA.

"It is important for the Muslim community, indeed for all Americans, to 
hold responsible those individuals and entities attempting to sow seeds 
of 
hatred in our nation through the use of lies and distortions," said 
CAIR-LA 
Communications Director Sabiha Khan. "We hope this action will deter 
hate-mongers from undermining the character and work of those who do 
not 
share their extremist views."

According to the lawsuit, the defamatory statement was prompted by an 
ongoing dispute between Ayloush and Steel. Earlier this year, Ayloush 
called on state GOP leaders to repudiate Islamophobic remarks allegedly 
made by Steel at two pro-war rallies. Steel said his remarks were 
inaccurately reported by the media.

On June 27, National Review editors were served with a demand for 
retraction. To date, no retraction has been published. The lawsuit 
seeks 
compensatory and punitive damages on three causes of action; defamation 
(libel), invasion of privacy (false light) and intentional infliction 
of 
emotional distress.

CAIR is American's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada.

					- END -

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

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GOOD NEWS: MD MUSLIM ALLOWED TO WEAR HIJAB

Following intervention by CAIR-Maryland, a Muslim woman in that state 
will 
now be allowed to wear a religiously-mandated head scarf, or hijab, 
while 
attending beauty school.

The woman was prevented from attending classes at the Silver Spring, 
Md., 
school after she started to wear hijab. School officials said the scarf 
violated the student dress code policy.

After CAIR-Maryland sent letters to the school and to accrediting 
associations, the Muslim student was allowed to return to classes with 
no 
penalty and the dress code policy was amended to allow religious 
exemptions.

CONTACT: CAIR-Maryland, Rizwan Mowlana, 240-401-4550 or 301-986-1900

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL: A TEST OF FAITH
Police gain little by barring religious expression
Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/19/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/6563587.htm

When Philadelphia police officer Kimberlie Webb reported to work last 
week 
with a Muslim head scarf on her head, the reaction from police brass 
was 
immediate. Take off the scarf or go home, a supervisor told Webb. If 
Webb 
wears it to work again, warned Police Commissioner Sylvester M. 
Johnson, 
she'll be fired.

Was the anti-scarf stand correct? Some, probably many, say it was. 
Police 
departments have a right to demand uniformity in dress for both 
discipline 
and safety reasons, they argue. Allow a woman officer to wear a Muslim 
head 
covering - called a hijab - and the next thing you know, policemen will 
demand the right to wear baseball caps instead of police headgear.

But in fact the department's anti-scarf call was wrong - for fairness 
reasons, for factual reasons, and most of all, for legal reasons.

Just a week prior, citing federal court rulings, Johnson said he would 
allow men on the force to grow close-cropped beards for religious or 
health 
reasons. He argued that Webb's hijab posed a safety concern - when 
actually 
it was designed so as to allow it to easily fall from her head if a 
suspect 
grabbed it.

Moreover, Johnson ignored the weight of federal civil rights law and 
rulings - which say that employers must allow reasonable religious 
accommodation for their workers so long as that accommodation doesn't 
cause 
undue hardship...

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IMAM CALLS DEPORTATION A MISHAP
Jack Chang, Contra Costa Times, 8/19/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/6566212.htm

LIVERMORE- People of all faiths are rallying around a local mosque 
leader 
who could be deported despite his lawyer's claim that a bureaucratic 
mix-up 
caused his immigration problems.

Egyptian citizen Ahmad Abdalghafar Abdalla has been the calm center of 
a 
storm that has involved everyone from Amnesty International to the 
First 
Presbyterian Church of Livermore in a campaign to keep him in the 
United 
States.

Federal officials picked up the 30-year-old man at his Livermore home 
in 
April and held him for about a week, accusing him of overstaying his 
three-year religious worker visa. On Monday, an immigration judge 
continued 
Abdalla's deportation hearing until Nov. 4.

Members of the Islamic Center of Livermore where Abdalla serves as 
imam, or 
religious leader, have been collecting money to pay for his and his 
wife's 
legal fees, which amount to about $35,000...

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BYU PROJECT BUILDING TIES TO MUSLIMS
Carrie A. Moore, Deseret Morning News, 8/19/03
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,510048028,00.html

Brigham Young University and the LDS Church are both benefiting from 
the 
school's efforts to coordinate translation of a series of ancient 
Middle 
Eastern religious texts never before accessible to the Western world. 
And 
the director overseeing the project sees God in the details. "I 
genuinely 
believe that a mind wiser than any of ours has nudged us in the right 
direction, time and time again," said Daniel Peterson, director of the 
Institute for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts 
(ISPART) at BYU. Such divine intervention "has led us to things and to 
people that we could not, on our own, have found…When human abilities 
were 
needed, they materialized. When financial resources have been required, 
they have appeared…I do not believe we have come this far by chance."

During Monday's opening sessions of BYU's annual Education Week, 
Peterson 
shared the history of how ISPART came to be, and the variety of 
materials 
and scholars involved in the translation effort over the past decade. 
He 
said the program is not only a premier academic endeavor, but is 
building 
bridges for the school and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints 
(Mormon) among international Muslim scholars, politicians and students. 
After the Foundation for Ancient Research in Mormon Studies (FARMS) 
came to 
prominence for scholarly inquiry into the Book of Mormon in the 1980s, 
the 
BYU-affiliated group began taking on non-LDS research projects. 
Peterson 
said he had wanted to translate classic Muslim texts since his graduate 
school days, and he was approached in the early 1990s by Elder 
Alexander 
Morrison of the LDS Church's Quorums of Seventy about how to reach out 
to 
Muslims...

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ISRAEL'S MADE-FOR-TV 'PEACE' MOVES
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 8/19/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=329189

On Thursday, an item on television: the Jenin-Ya'bad road is now open 
to 
Palestinian traffic. The IDF spokesman got the message to all the 
military 
correspondents, who rushed to publish it as stated, without checking. 
"This 
is part of a series of steps taken by Israel to ease conditions on the 
West 
Bank under the road map," the correspondents explain. Not just one 
step; a 
series. On TV, we see a bulldozer removing a dirt barrier.

On Sunday afternoon, the Jenin-Ya'bad road is deserted.

A road just opened to Palestinian traffic, empty? A taxi appears and 
the 
driver, clearly upset, gestures for us to turn around, using the sign 
language of all besieged West Bank drivers. The meaning was 
unmistakable: 
The Israeli army was on the road. But we came to see the townsfolk of 
Jenin 
enjoying the opportunity to drive unimpeded to Ya'bad, 10 minutes away.

Just before arriving at Jenin, we understood: Across the road, near the 
deserted banquet halls ("A sign of good taste"), stands an IDF armored 
personnel carrier, completely blocking traffic on the road that was 
just 
opened on television.

Most Palestinian drivers nowadays don't dare approach an IDF armored 
vehicle. The sweaty face of a young soldier peered out from the turret. 
Maybe he was upset, too; he gestured with one hand to the few 
Palestinian 
cars that dared approach, telling them to turn around and go back to 
Jenin. 
If their business was urgent, they wouldn't get close enough to explain 
it 
to him. We approached cautiously from the direction of Ya'bad...

ALSO SEE:

ISRAELIS SPOT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN POST-SADDAM IRAQ
Agence France-Presse, 8/18/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1312&ncid=1312&e=1&u=/afp/20030818/wl_mideast_afp/israel_iraq_030818141812

JERUSALEM - Israeli bosses are to gather at a conference this week to 
debate business opportunities in Iraq (news - web sites) with hopes 
that 
the post-war climate could enable them to build up exports worth 100 
million dollars a year.

The one-day conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, entitled "How to Make 
Business in Iraq", has been organised by Israel's Export Institute.

It is expected to be attended by dozens of businesses as well as 
representatives from the foreign and trade ministries...

The official said it was hoped that Israeli companies might first link 
up 
with counterparts from countries such as Turkey, which have much more 
experience of doing business in Iraq.

Iraq was a no-go area for Israeli business when Saddam Hussein (news - 
web 
sites) was in power. The two countries have no diplomatic ties and are 
officially still at war.

But a report in the daily Yediot Aharonot last month said that dozens 
of 
companies have already started procedures to export their products to 
Iraq, 
after the Israeli finance ministry had okayed the move...

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ISRAELI LAW TARGETS 'MIXED' FAMILIES
Joshua Mitnick, Washington Times, 8/18/03
http://www.washtimes.com/world/20030818-122330-9856r.htm

UMM AL-GHANEM, Israel - More than 20,000 Arab families face the 
agonizing 
choice of breaking up or leaving Israel after passage of a law banning 
Palestinian spouses of Israelis from obtaining citizenship or residence 
permits.

The amendment to the national citizenship law, passed two weeks ago, 
mainly 
affects Palestinians who have married Arab Israelis and joined them in 
Israel without obtaining the proper papers from Israel's Interior 
Ministry, 
often for years or even decades.

Salwa Abu Jaber, an Israeli Arab mother of four, said she lies awake at 
night waiting for police to come for her husband, Mahmoud, whom she 
married 
more than 10 years ago.

Israeli government statistics show that there are about 21,000 couples 
in 
the same situation as the Abu Jabers, prompting human rights groups at 
home 
and abroad to protest the legislation, which expires in a year...

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RIGHTS GROUP ACCUSES ISRAEL OF ABUSES IN HEBRON
Reuters, 8/19/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L19130584.htm

JERUSALEM - An Israeli rights group said on Tuesday Israeli security 
forces 
in the West Bank city of Hebron were doing virtually nothing to protect 
Palestinian residents from "daily violence" by Jewish settlers.

As a result, the B'Tselem human rights group said in a new report, 
thousands of Palestinian residents of Hebron's old quarter, where three 
heavily-guarded Jewish settlements are located, have moved out.

Around 150,000 Palestinians live in the city, including 35,000 in the 
old 
quarter where around 500 militant Jewish settlers also reside. The old 
quarter, known as H-2, is still ruled by Israel under a 1997 interim 
peace 
deal.

Violence by Jewish settlers towards Palestinians combined with the 
failure 
of Israeli soldiers and police to prevent the attacks and prosecute the 
assailants has made the lives of the city's Palestinian residents 
intolerable, B'Tselem said...

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ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM SOCIAL SCIENTISTS 3RD REGIONAL CONFERENCE

WHAT: Extremism and terrorism is a universal problem. To understand and 
explore the ways to combat extremism, the Association of Muslim Social 
Scientists, a branch of Islamic Society of North America (I.S.N.A.) is 
holding its 3rd Regional Conference, titled "Extremism: A Threat to 
Global 
Peace."

Honorable Congressman Martin Frost, Honorable State Representative Lon 
Burnam, and Honorable Mayor Robert Cluck will make the opening remarks. 
Prominent Texan and national leaders and scholars will address the 
conference.

A banquet will be held at 8 pm in Blue Bonnet Hall, University of 
Texas, 
Arlington, where Dr. Badawi will be making a keynote speech followed by 
interaction with audience.

Complimentary tickets for the media personnel will be provided at the 
venue, which includes lunch at the conference and dinner at the 
banquet.

WHEN: Saturday, August 23, 2003 between 9 am and 4 pm

WHERE: University of Texas at Arlington - Students Center, Blue Bonnet 
Hall, titled 'Extremism: A Threat to Global Peace.'

For further information, please contact:  M. Basheer Ahmed, M.D., 
Chairman, 
3rd Regional Conference of AMSS at 817-572-4981, 817-907-6080, and at 
mbahmed03@hotmail.com.  Or Call Azhar Azeez @ Cell # 214-769-0922 and 
e-mail at aazeez@prodigy.net.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/20/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: REWARDS CONTINUE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6815 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* EEOC SUES OVER HARASSMENT OF MUSLIM WORKER (Newsday)
* SOCAL MUSLIM ACTIVIST SUES NATIONAL REVIEW MAGAZINE (AP)
  	- Muslim Lawsuit (City News Service)
* PIPES, IBISH AND TANTER DEBATE NOMINATION ON NPR
	- Bush Nominee Says Cut Aid to Palestinian Refugees (NY Post)
	- USIP Fellow Calls Pakistanis 'Pakis' - NCPA Objects
* CABBIE CARAVAN DRAWS PROMISES FROM MN OFFICIALS (Star Tribune)
* ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS THE STEREOTYPE (GUARDIAN)
	- Experts Exhume Mass Grave in Bosnia (AP)
	- Project Seeks to Reduce Prejudice Against Muslims (Eagle)
* IRAQ: MAGNET FOR EVIL (NY Times)
  	- Mass Graves to Reveal Iraq War Toll (Guardian)
* CONGRESSIONAL TRIPS ARE EFFECTIVE WAY TO BOOST ISRAEL (JTA)
* EX-PRISONERS ALLEGE ABUSES BY U.S. MILITARY (Wash. Post)
* CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACY TRAINING IN ILLINOIS
* HAJJ DOCUMENTARY ON DISCOVERY TIMES CHANNEL

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HADITH OF THE DAY: REWARDS CONTINUE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Verily, what a believer 
continues to receive (in the form of reward) for his actions and 
virtues 
after his death is the knowledge that he acquired and then 
disseminated, 
the pious (child) he left behind, a copy of the Qur'an which he left as 
a 
legacy, the mosques that he built, the inn that he constructed for 
wayfarers, the canal that he caused to flow, or charity that he gave 
out of 
his property in a state when he was alive and healthy. (These are the 
acts 
of goodness the reward of which) reaches him even after his death."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 90

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6815 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6815 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

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SPONSOR CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' TALK SHOW

CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
of the nation's capital to North America and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & 
Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: http://www.art-tv.net

It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
United 
States through the Dish Network, on cable and by satellite in other 
parts 
of the world.

Please note that to watch the show, you have to have ART. To subscribe 
to 
ART call 1-888-458-1278.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISH NETWORK SERVICE, GO TO:
http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/international/packages/arabic/index.shtml 


To request information about sponsoring segments of the program, 
e-mail: 
cair@cair-net.org

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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EEOC SUES CITY FURNITURE STORE
Carrie Mason-Draffen, Newsday, 8/20/03
http://www.nynewsday.com/business/ny-bzeeoc203420516aug20,0,7451398.story

Alleging that an Egyptian immigrant was subjected to on-the-job taunts, 
including "Mrs. Osama Bin Laden" and "Mrs. Taliban," the U.S. Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission yesterday filed suit in Manhattan 
against 
the worker's former employer, a tony furniture store.

The EEOC sued Poggenpohl U.S. Inc., the U.S. operation of Poggenpohl 
GmbH., 
a German-based company that makes upscale kitchen cabinets. The agency 
said 
the company violated the civil rights of Azza Elmostehi, a Muslim, "by 
creating and maintaining a hostile work environment" in its Manhattan 
showroom, based on her national origin and religion. The two taunts 
referred to the al-Qaida leader and the deposed rulers of Afghanistan.

The company's attorney denied the charges…

Monique Roberts, the EEOC trial attorney handling the case, said it 
represents the difficulties Muslims have faced in U.S. workplaces since 
the 
terrorist attacks…

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SOCAL MUSLIM ACTIVIST SUES NATIONAL REVIEW MAGAZINE
Associated Press, 8/20/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6574387.htm

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A Southern California Muslim activist sued National 
Review magazine for allegedly defaming him in an article published on 
its 
Web site.

Hussam Ayloush, who heads the Southern California office of the Council 
for 
American-Islamic Relations, claims the magazine falsely suggested he 
supported anti-Semitic views.

The suit stems from a commentary article by Shawn Steel which states 
that 
Ayloush co-hosted an event at which an Egyptian Muslim leader called 
Jewish 
people "descendants of the apes."

The lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court denies Ayloush hosted 
or 
attended the May 1998 event and seeks damages for defamation, invasion 
of 
privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Steel, who was chairman of the California Republican Party until 
February, 
could not be reached for comment.

Jack Fowler, associate publisher of National Review, acknowledged the 
article but declined to comment…

In his story for National Review, Steel wrote that he was criticized by 
CAIR for comments he made at a Los Angeles rally to support U.S. troops 
in 
Iraq.

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM LAWSUIT
City News Service, 8/19/03
http://www.socalnews.com/index.html

SANTA ANA - The head of an Anaheim-based Islamic organization filed a 
defamation lawsuit today against the National Review and a former 
California Republican Party chairman.

Hussam Ayloush said the National Review published a commentary by Shawn 
Steel on its Web site, National Review Online, claiming the plaintiff 
co- 
hosted a May 1998 event at which anti-Semitic comments were made.

The remarks allegedly were made by an Egyptian militant Islamic leader, 
Steel wrote in the "Guest Comment" column.

Steel could not be reached for comment. But Jack Fowler, associate 
publisher of the National Review, pulled the commentary up on the 
Internet.

"Since Mr. Ayloush has entered into a lawsuit, it would be ridiculous 
of me 
to make a comment," he said. "Clearly, there is an article here as 
mentioned. Other than that, I cannot comment."

Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations in 
Anaheim, denies attending the event, and called the portrayal an 
attempt to 
harm his reputation…

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DANIEL PIPES, HUSSEIN IBISH AND RAYMOND TANTER DEBATE ON NPR

The program "Radio Times," an hourly talk-show on NPR affiliate WHYY in
Daniel Pipes' home-base Philadelphia, featured on August 18, 2003, a 
debate 
on the nomination of Pipes to the Board of Directors of US Institute of 
Peace.

TO HEAR THE PROGRAM IN REAL AUDIO:
http://www.whyy.org/rameta/RT/2003/RT20030818_20.ram

ALSO SEE:

BUSH NOMINEE SAYS CUT AID TO PALESTINIAN REFUGEES

The Refugee Curse
Daniel Pipes, New York Post, 8/19/03
http://www.nypost.com/seven/08192003/postopinion/opedcolumnists/3485.htm

Other Western governments should join with Washington to solve the 
Palestinian refugee problem by withholding authorization for UNRWA when 
it 
next comes up for renewal in June 2005.

Now is the time to lay the groundwork to eliminate this malign 
institution, 
its mischievous definition, and its monstrous works.

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USIP FELLOW CALLS PAKISTANIS 'PAKIS' - NCPA OBJECTS

The National Council of Pakistani Americans (NCPA) is a 
Washington-based 
public education and civil rights group.

WASHINGTON, DC, August 20, 2003: A national public education and civil 
rights group is asking for an apology and use of better language and 
judgment from a nationally televised cable show, Hardball, for using 
derogatory language against Pakistanis.

On Tuesday, August 19th, a guest at the Hardball show--hosted by Chris 
Matthews--Amatzia Baram of U.S. Institute for Peace, used derogatory 
language to describe Pakistanis. He referred to Pakistanis as "Pakis." 
This 
is as bad as calling an African American with the N-word.

SEE: http://www.usip.org/newsmedia/releases/2003/0707_PRbaram.html

[BARAM'S QUOTE: "These guys are not Iraqis. They are Jordanians, 
Palestinians, Syrians, Afghans, Pakis, they are Egyptians, some 
Saudis."]

"Hardball has shown a great degree of balance and responsibility in its 
coverage of world events, and for this we admire Chris Matthews.

However, remarks against Pakistanis by a member of the US-sponsored 
think-tank, are insensitive and extremely rude, and have no place at a 
show 
like Hardball. We demand an apology and a clarification from the 
producers 
of the show," said Faiz Rehman, President of NCPA.

NCPA also demands an apology form the USIP member, Amatzia Baram, for 
being 
ignorant and using abusive language for a nation which is our strongest 
ally in the war against terrorism.

NCPA hopes that this press release will serve as an advisory to those 
in 
the media who are not aware of the sensitivities attached to this 
condescending term.

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CABBIE CARAVAN DRAWS PROMISES FROM MINNEAPOLIS, STATE OFFICIALS
Margaret Zack and Conrad deFiebre, Star Tribune, 8/19/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4049209.html

Police have identified two suspects in the killing of Minneapolis 
cabdriver 
Mohamed Salah, whose death earlier this month stirred Somali cabbies to 
press for government action to make their jobs safer.

A search warrant filed Monday names an 18-year-old man and a 
15-year-old 
boy as suspects and says two other, unidentified suspects, also males, 
may 
have been involved.

Details of the investigation became public as dozens of Somali 
cabdrivers 
drove in a caravan to the State Capitol to honor Salah and Ahmed Ahmed, 
a 
driver shot to death last month, and to meet with state and city 
officials.

Salah, 28, was shot in the head about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 8 at the 
intersection 
of 24th St. and 18th Av. S. in the Phillips neighborhood. He had called 
his 
pregnant wife to say he had several suspicious passengers...

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS THE STEREOTYPE
Gwynne Dyer, Guardian (Charlottetown), 8/20/03
http://www.guelphmercury.com/

Sitting in Cairo in a flat borrowed from a friend. Turn on the TV and 
catch 
the news on BBC World: six stories in fifteen minutes. Iraqi guerillas 
blow 
up a couple of pipelines. European hostages released by Muslim 
guerillas in 
Mali. Nigerian peacekeeping troops in Liberia. Rioting between Muslim 
sects 
in Pakistan. Iceland resumes whaling. Islamist terrorists arrested in 
Indonesia. End of world news.

Four out of six: that's how many of the stories were about Muslims who 
do 
violent things. That would make sense if two-thirds of the world's 
people 
were Muslims, and most of them were violent. Since only one-fifth of 
the 
world's people are Muslims, and many of them don't even spank their 
children, it calls for an explanation. Especially because the 
international 
news is like this most of the time.

BBC World is not particularly bad. In fact, from Minnesota to Moscow to 
Manila it is the preferred source of TV news for people with an 
interest in 
the world, a knowledge of English and access to cable. It is serious 
about 
delivering 'balanced' news to a multi-national audience, and yet it is 
doing an absolutely terrible job. Why?

Consider the four 'Muslim' stories among the BBC World six I listed at 
the 
top of this article. The Iraq story is legitimate: when the world's 
greatest power is sinking into a political and military quagmire, it is 
going to get coverage. But why Muslim hostage-takers in Mali rather 
than 
politically motivated kidnappers in Colombia? Why sectarian clashes 
between 
Muslims in Pakistan rather than inter-caste violence among Hindus in 
India?

The story of suspected terrorists arrested for the Marriott hotel 
bombing 
in Jakarta is of legitimate interest, but there's a lot less follow-up 
when 
suspected Basque terrorists are arrested in Spain, or when a resurgent 
Sendero Luminoso blows something up in Peru. The BBC is not 
anti-Muslim, 
but it is responding to a definition of international news that makes 
'violent Muslims' more newsworthy than violent people in other places.

It is largely a Western definition, following an agenda set mainly by 
the 
dominant U.S. media. It is rooted in Western perspectives on the 
long-running Arab-Israeli conflict, and has been vastly strengthened by 
the 
Islamist terrorist attack on the United States two years ago. It is 
also a 
huge, steaming heap of horse-feathers…

For the past month I have been wandering around the Middle East with 
eight 
other members of my extended family. For some, it was their first time 
in 
the region; others of us have lived here or visited often enough to be 
able 
to lead everybody astray. And we gave less thought to our personal 
safety 
-- and much less to petty theft -- than we would have done on a 
comparable 
trip across America, or even through Europe.

I won't go on about how kind and friendly most of the people we met 
were, 
because most people are like that everywhere. I would point out that 
every 
single person I discussed current events with was against the American 
invasion in Iraq, but that I nevertheless encountered no personal 
hostility 
although I am easily mistaken for an American. (Would an Arab doing a 
similar trip around America have the same experience?)

If Iraq gets completely out of hand, the patience and tolerance that 
still 
prevail at street level in the Muslim Middle East will be severely 
eroded, 
and even Asian Muslim countries may end up taking sides against the 
U.S. 
and Britain.

But for the moment Samuel Huntington's nightmare vision of a coming 
'clash 
of civilizations' is still a long way off, and the most striking thing 
is 
the sheer ordinariness of daily life in the Muslim world. Don't be 
misled 
by television.

Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist.

ALSO SEE:

EXPERTS EXHUME 150 BODIES FROM LARGEST MASS GRAVE IN BOSNIA
Alexander S. Dragicevic, Associated Press, 8/20/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/08/20/international0902EDT0517.DTL

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina- Experts have found the remains of 150 
victims 
of the Bosnian war in the country's largest mass grave uncovered so far 
and 
the total is expected to climb to 700, officials said Wednesday.

The mass-grave site, the size of a tennis court, was opened last month 
on 
Crni Vrh hill, close to the border with Serbia, some 80 kilometers (50 
miles) northeast of the capital of Sarajevo.

Judging by documents and clothing found in the grave so far, the 
remains 
are those of Muslims killed by Bosnian Serb soldiers in and around the 
eastern town of Zvornik between April and June 1992. Most are 
civilians.

Murat Hurtic, the head of a local branch of the Muslim Commission for 
Missing Persons, said some of the victims were reburied after being 
unearthed from elsewhere, including three mass graves in nearby 
Zvornik.

Two months ago, following tips from eyewitnesses and survivors, 
forensic 
experts opened those graves on the edge of a cemetery, only to find 
them 
empty. Parts of clothes and a few scattered bones showed where hundreds 
of 
bodies had been buried but had since disappeared…

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PROJECT SEEKS TO REDUCE PREJUDICE AGAINST MUSLIMS
Abe Levy, Wichita Eagle, 8/20/03
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/6572797.htm

Inter-Faith Ministries and the Muslim Public Affairs Council have begun 
a 
new initiative to reduce bias against Muslims and promote 
interreligious 
understanding.

The "More Alike Than Different Project," is funded by a $91,000 grant 
by 
the ChevronTexaco Foundation, in cooperation with the National 
Conference 
for Community and Justice.

Trained speakers will make multimedia presentations about Islam 
beginning 
Thursday for Wichita public school employees and continuing through 
January 
31 for a variety of area agencies and community groups.

For more information or to schedule a speaker for any organization, 
call 
Karole Bradford at 264-9303 or Donna Sibaai at 461-5306.

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MAGNET FOR EVIL
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 8/20/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/20/opinion/20DOWD.html

WASHINGTON - The Bush team has now created the very monster that it 
conjured up to alarm Americans into backing a war on Iraq.

Rushing to pummel Iraq after 9/11, Bush officials ginned up links 
between 
Saddam and Al Qaeda. They made it sound as if Islamic fighters on a 
jihad 
against America were slouching toward Baghdad to join forces with 
murderous 
Iraqis.

There was scant evidence of it then, but it's coming true now.

Since America began its occupation, Iraq has become the mecca for every 
angry, hate-crazed Arab extremist who wants to liberate the Middle East 
from the "despoiling" grasp of the infidels…

The administration's optimism was exposed as a fantasy when the two 
efforts 
it holds most dear - the reconstruction and democratization of Iraq, 
and 
advancing the Palestinian-Israeli peace process - both went up in smoke 
yesterday, literally…

ALSO SEE:

MASS GRAVES TO REVEAL IRAQ WAR TOLL
Jamie Wilson, Guardian, 8/19/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1021466,00.html

The task of identifying thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians who 
died 
during this year's war has begun with the exhumation of a mass grave at 
one 
of Saddam Hussein's former palaces in Baghdad.

The Iraqi Red Crescent, the Islamic version of the Red Cross, which is 
coordinating the exhumations, said 45 bodies had been recovered since 
the 
palace beside the Tigris river, now used as the coalition headquarters.

Nobody knows exactly how many Iraqis died in the war, but an 
Anglo-American 
research group, the Iraq Body Count, has estimated the number of 
civilian 
fatalities at between 6,000 and 7,800. The number of military 
casualties is 
between 10,000 and 45,000…

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FOR AIPAC, CONGRESSIONAL TRIPS ARE EFFECTIVE WAY TO BOOST ISRAEL
Matthew E. Berger, JTA, 8/19/03
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?strwebhead=AIPAC+ups+congressional+Israel+trips&intcategoryid=3

WASHINGTON - The next time Rep. Jim Langevin steps into the U.S. House 
of 
Representatives to vote on a matter concerning Israel, no background 
briefing will be as valuable as what he experienced earlier this month.

Visiting Israeli towns that border the West Bank, the second-term 
Democrat 
from Rhode Island said he saw for himself how the controversial 
security 
fence Israel is building will prevent suicide bombers and other 
terrorists 
from entering Israel, making the country safer.

The trip gave him a new appreciation of Israel's commitment to putting 
security first and foremost, he said.

"It gave me a better understanding of why things like the fence are 
necessary - and a rational response to the terrorist threats Israel 
faces," 
Langevin told JTA.

Even without the visit, he probably would have voted for pro-Israel 
measures, Langevin said, but now he is more sympathetic to Israel's 
plight.

"I will forever feel a closeness to Israel, having been there and seen 
the 
challenges they face on a day-to-day basis," he said.

That's just what the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the main 
pro-Israel lobby in Washington, likes to hear…

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EX-PRISONERS ALLEGE RIGHTS ABUSES BY U.S. MILITARY
Tania Branigan, Washington Post, 8/19/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11440-2003Aug18.html

Prisoners released from the military camps at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba 
and 
Bagram air base in Afghanistan have said in a series of interviews with 
Amnesty International that they were subjected to human rights abuses.

The accounts, which provide some of the most detailed information so 
far on 
alleged violations, include claims that people were forcibly injected, 
denied sleep and forced to stand or kneel for hours in painful 
positions. 
These charges are included in a new report from the human rights 
organization, which is reviewing 23 months of U.S. actions in the war 
on 
terror.

Sean McCormack, spokesman for the National Security Council, declined 
to 
comment yesterday, saying he had not seen the report. NSC spokesmen 
have 
challenged previous claims of ill treatment, saying that the United 
States 
treats enemy combatants humanely.

About 700 prisoners have been kept at Guantanamo Bay, most captured in 
Afghanistan after the war in 2001. About 60 men have since been 
released. 
Many had been transferred there through the base at Bagram, north of 
Kabul, 
which still holds an unknown number of prisoners. The United States has 
designated the prisoners "enemy combatants" and has refused them access 
to 
lawyers or relatives…

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THIRD CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACY TRAINING FOCUSING ON MEDIA ACTIVISM

WHAT: Building Professional Relations with the Media, Don Wycliff, 
Public 
Editor, Chicago Tribune; Writing Press Releases and Letters to Editor, 
Thom 
Clark, President, Community Media Workshop

Interviewing Skills, Developing Talking Points and How to Become a 
Better 
Spokesperson Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald

Major Civil Rights Issues Faced by Muslims in United States, Dr. Seema 
Imam, Vice-chair, Muslim Civil Rights Center

WHEN: Saturday August 23, 2003, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

WHERE: Iqra Foundation, 7450 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

NOTE: www.mcrcnet.org or call 1-866-648-6272 to register.

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HAJJ DOCUMENTARY ON DISCOVERY TIMES CHANNEL

In THE HAJJ, The Discovery Times Channel follows five pilgrims as they 
prepare for the trek, leaving their modern lives, homes and families to 
perform the arduous physical and spiritual journey that every Muslim is 
expected to undertake in their lifetime. An all-Muslim crew provides an 
insider's look at this incredible and compelling annual event. THE HAJJ 
debuts on The Discovery Times Channel on October 20 from 8-10 PM/ET

Wih the backdrop of a war looming in Iraq, THE HAJJ follows five 
diverse 
Muslims from Britain, Pakistan, Kuwait and the U.S. as they prepare to 
depart from their everyday lives and leave their families to 
participate in 
the 2002 Hajj.  Pilgrims literally risk their lives to experience Hajj, 
despite precautions and safety measures set into place by the Saudi 
government, some die each year from the heat or are crushed by crowds.  
THE 
HAJJ provides rare access for viewers into this fascinating Muslim-only 
event.

The pilgrims featured in the film come from five very different walks 
of 
life.  From an African American banker to a Pakistani magazine editor, 
these intriguing characters provide unique insights into what it means 
to 
experience Hajj.  The sheer emotion and spiritual intensity of the 
pilgrims 
is captured as they join the masses to participate in ancient rituals 
such 
as stoning the Jamarat, a ritual based on the Prophet Abraham slaying 
the 
Devil a sheep.  The spiritual magnitude of millions of Muslims from 
around 
the globe joining together to reach the same dream is skillfully 
captured 
in this U.S. premiere documentary

Artwork is available by registering at www.press.discovery.com. Click 
on 
U.S., then Discovery Times Channel, Artwork & Photography on the left 
hand 
side of the page.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/21/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: FELICITY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6816 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
	- CAIR-NY Annual Banquet: "Empowerment Through Activism"
	- CAIR-LA 7TH Annual Banquet Awards Youth Activism
	- Free Legal Clinic for Special Registrants
	- CAIR Fall Internship Program
* INCITEMENT WATCH: KORAN FOR DUMMIES
* INCITEMENT WATCH: IRAQIS WANT BARBARISM
* INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM IS EVIL
* DANIEL PIPES IS UNACCEPTABLE (Wash. Post)
	- E-mail CAIR received From Pipes' Supporter
* USIP FELLOW APOLOGIZES FOR 'PAKI' REMARK (NCPA)
* DEPLORABLE DETENTION (ST. Pete Times)
	- Immigrant Awaits Deportation (Post-Dispatch)
* IRAQ: A PRICE TOO HIGH (NY Times)
	- Withdraw U.S. Forces (USA Today)
	- Bush's Secret War (Guardian)
* THE IMPERIAL BLUSTER OF TOM DELAY (Counterpunch)
	- Israel, U.S. Sign Loan Guarantee Accord (AP)
* ELLIS: ISLAM FILLING VOID LEFT BY THE CHURCH (Baptist Press)
* INLAND MUSLIM SUES OVER WEB COMMENTS (Press Enterprise)
        - Area Muslim Leader Files Libel Suit (LA Times)
* ISNA CONVENTION BRINGS MUSLIMS TO CHICAGO LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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HADITH OF THE DAY: FELICITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If you are given health 
and 
security from evil in this world and the next, you have attained 
felicity."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 781

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6816 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6816 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

FOR LIBRARY SPONSORSHIPS IN CANADA, PLEASE VISIT 
www.caircan.ca/lib_proj.php

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SPONSOR CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' TALK SHOW

CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
of the nation's capital to North America and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & 
Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: http://www.art-tv.net

It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
United 
States through the Dish Network, on cable and by satellite in other 
parts 
of the world.

Please note that to watch the show, you have to have ART. To subscribe 
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To request information about sponsoring segments of the program, 
e-mail: 
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CAIR-NY ANNUAL BANQUET: "EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACTIVISM"

WHAT: The fundraising event will feature speaker such as John Esposito 
and 
Yvonne Ridley, a former British journalist for the Sunday Express. 
Ridley 
is author of the book: "From Captivity to Conversion"

WHEN: Sunday, September 7th, 2003, 5:00 PM ¨C 10:00 PM

WHERE:  THE LAGUARDIA MARRIOTT, 102-05 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 
11369. For directions call: 718-565-8900; Pay online 
http://www.cair-ny.com/ab-2003.html

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CAIR-LA 7TH ANNUAL BANQUET AWARDS YOUTH ACTIVISM

The Council on American-Islamic Relations- Southern California 
(CAIR-LA) 
wishes to recognize the contribution of high school and college 
students 
who have volunteered their time and given of their talents, energy and 
enthusiasm to enrich our community with the Muslim Youth Activism 
Award.

The winners of the Muslim Youth Activism Award will be recognized and 
thanked at the CAIR-LA 7th Annual Banquet on October 4, 2003 at the 
Anaheim 
Convention Center Ballroom. You are invited to nominate one or several 
volunteers who you believe are worthy of recognition.

A total of nine youths will be awarded, three persons in each of the 
following categories of civic, religious and social. First place will 
receive $500, second place will receive $400 and third place will 
receive 
$250 in each category.

Recognition will be given to Muslim youth who are residents of Southern 
California and whose area of achievement has benefited the Muslim 
community 
in Southern California. Eligible applicants must be students in high 
school 
or college.

For more information, contact Maryam Dadabhoy, Development & Programs 
Coordinator, at maryam@cair.com or 714-776-1847x 225

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FREE LEGAL CLINIC FOR SPECIAL REGISTRANTS

WHAT: Coney Island Ave. Project and the New York office of the Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), in collaboration with City Bar 
Association, will hold free clinic for special registrants. Questions 
regarding Notice to Appear (NTA) for Special Registration, immigration 
relief to stay in US and finding a pro bono attorney will be answered. 
Liz 
Ouyang will be Supervising Attorney.

WHEN: Thursday August 21st and 28th, 2003 from 5-8 p.m.

WHERE 1117 Coney Island Avenue #1R, Brooklyn NY 11230

For further information please contact: Bobby Khan at (718) 859-0238 or 
(917)440-9002; CAIR 212-870-2002.

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CAIR FALL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

CAIR is seeking applicants for its Fall internship program. The program 
is 
open to Muslims 18-years and older who have legal status in US to 
receive 
monthly stipend. This Internship program is specially designed for 
College 
and University students.

The application deadline for the Fall season has been extended to 
September 
3, 2003. Interested and qualified applicants should email: 
internship@cair-net.org

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INCITEMENT WATCH: KORAN FOR DUMMIES

POLITICAL CARTOON SMEARS QURAN, MUSLIMS, IRAQIS

http://www.caglecartoons.com/archive.asp?artistID={A7CF8A6C-58D2-4E21-BB51-B32DB03CD89A}/ 
(Click on "Iraqi Gratitude.")

POLITE COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO: huffaker@rockbridge.net, 
cari@cagle.com, 
brian@cagle.com COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

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INCITEMENT WATCH: IRAQIS WANT BARBARISM

BAGHDAD BOMBING: IT'S WHAT ARABS WANT
Zev Chafets, New York Daily News, 8/19/03
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/110377p-99696c.html

Responding to the terrorist bombing of the United Nations headquarters 
in 
Baghdad, President Bush remarked that the Iraqi people will have to 
make a 
choice. Do they want a life governed by Western notions of freedom and 
prosperity, or do they prefer barbarism?

The President has said this before. He seems to think it's a rhetorical 
question. It is, but not in the way he imagines.

The people of Iraq have made their choice. They want barbarism.

The polite term for this in the Arab world is self-determination. For 
many 
decades now, Arabs have been given the chance to rule themselves. The 
result is almost two dozen impoverished, xenophobic dictatorships.

This is not a condition imposed upon the Arabs. On the contrary, it 
expresses their political culture. The great majority regards such rule 
as 
natural and, in many cases, divinely mandated. There are no Arab 
democracies. There are also no significant pro-democracy movements - in 
Iraq or anyplace else.

This explains why the "liberation" of Iraq has little support in 
Baghdad 
and no perceptible effect on wider Arab society. No dictatorial 
dominoes 
have fallen...

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INCITEMENT WATCH: ISLAM IS EVIL

CALL IT EVIL
Alan Caruba, CNSNews.com, 8/21/03
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCommentary.asp?Page=%5CCommentary%5Carchive%5C200308%5CCOM20030821d.html

Islam runs counter to all that we in the twenty-first century 
understand 
and agree to be civilized behavior. Its treatment of women is 
uncivilized. 
Its sanction of suicide-bombers is uncivilized. Its taking hostage and 
the 
killing of diplomats and journalists is uncivilized. The justifications 
Islam puts forth undermine all rules of civilized behavior between 
nations.

Islam may pass for a religion, but at heart it is a seventh century 
warrior 
cult built around the worship of Mohammed. Islam not only justifies 
killing 
"infidels" in the name of Allah it preaches that one can and should do 
this 
as an act of faith. This is a definition of evil.

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DANIEL PIPES IS UNACCEPTABLE
Washington Post, 8/21/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23372-2003Aug20.html

Regarding Charles Krauthammer's Aug. 15 column, "The Truth About Daniel 
Pipes": As an American Muslim, I have come to accept that Muslim 
institutions and individuals will be the focus of law enforcement for 
the 
immediate future. I might not agree with the profiling of Muslims, but 
it 
is reality.

But Mr. Pipes goes way beyond that. He has said that 10 percent to 15 
percent of all Muslims are "potential killers," has questioned the 
loyalty 
of all Muslims to this country and has campaigned for greater scrutiny 
of 
Muslims who work in government and law enforcement.

Mr. Krauthammer may believe that Democrats who oppose Mr. Pipes's 
nominations have "surrendered to political correctness," but Mr. Pipes 
has 
a frightening notion of the way to go about finding peace.

Ali Ayub, Arlington

--

Charles Krauthammer vigorously defended the nomination of Daniel Pipes 
to 
the U.S. Institute of Peace, attacking a "quartet of craven senators" 
and 
the "complacent and clueless Middle East academic establishment" who 
oppose 
the nomination.

Mr. Krauthammer ignored the fact that most of the Muslim organizations 
in 
the United States, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
also oppose the nomination because of Mr. Pipes's biased and at times 
openly Islamophobic statements.

Mr. Pipes's appointment to the board would undermine the reputation of 
the 
U.S. Institute of Peace as an independent research institution 
dedicated to 
management, prevention and resolution of conflicts worldwide.

Alexander Melikishvili, Washington

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E-MAIL CAIR RECEIVED FROM SUPPORTERS OF DANIEL PIPES

1) Finally a President that is willing to stand up to the evils of 
Islam 
and support Daniel Pipes. islam is an evil religion. (Note I even 
refuse 
the courtesy of capitalize the word)...islam is a sick and violent 
religion. We are at war with islam and finally someone who is willing 
to 
say it. Thank you President Bush and thank you Daniel Pipes…

2) Sounds to me like Mr. Pipes is the right man for the job. You have a 
choice if you do not like it.........just move away and do not return.

3) No Fifth Columns in America!! LOVE LIVE PIPES!

4) PIPES WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF
TERRORISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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USIP FELLOW APOLOGIZES FOR 'PAKI' REMARK
www.ncpa.info, 8/20/03

WASHINGTON, DC- In response to an NCPA call for apologies for a 
derogatory 
anti-Pakistani remark, MSNBC TV commentator, Dr. Amatzia Baram, 
apologized 
for using the expression "Pakis" on the Hardball show, hosted by Chris 
Matthews.

In a letter written to NCPA, Dr. Baram, a fellow at the US Institute of 
Peace, said: "I certainly apologize for the use in my Hardball 
interview of 
an expression I now understand you find offensive.  I also want to 
express 
my deep dismay."

On Tuesday, August 19th, Dr. Baram, while discussing on the show the 
situation in Iraq has said the following: "These guys are not Iraqis. 
They 
are Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, Afghans, Pakis, they are 
Egyptians, 
some Saudis."

The National Council of Pakistani Americans sent a national alert and 
press 
release asking for an apology and asking the members to register their 
protest with the USIP and the Hardball show. The press release 
(www.ncpa.info) received a wide coverage both in Pakistani and US 
media.

"We sincerely accept Dr. Baram's prompt response to our call. We 
understand 
that the meaning of the slur is not widely known in the US, and hope 
that 
its use can now be avoided due to NCPA's activism,"
said Faiz Rehman, President of the NCPA, a Washington-based civil 
rights 
and public education group...

ALSO SEE:

To: NCPA
From: Dr. Amatzia Baram, US Institute of Peace
Dear Sirs,

I certainly apologize for the use in my Hardball interview of an 
expression 
I now understand you find offensive.  I also want to express my deep 
dismay. I am not an American, and unfortunately I have never been to 
Pakistan. I was unaware that this expression is being seen here, or in 
Pakistan, as derogatory language. I certainly had no intention, in any 
way 
whatsoever, to ridicule or offend Pakistan or the people of Pakistan. 
Far 
from it: I admire Pakistan as a great nation and I wish it the best. I 
fully agree that Pakistan, its people and government, have been pivotal 
in 
the struggle against terrorism, and I believe that they deserve all the 
respect and gratitude for that. For many years now I wanted to visit 
Pakistan, but as an Israeli national  I was prevented from doing this. 
I 
hope that within a few years, when an Israeli-Palestinian peaceful 
settlement is achieved, such a visit will be possible.   Again, I wish 
you 
all the best, and regret my mistake. Neither Mr. Chris Matthews nor the 
US 
Institute of Peace should in any way be held responsible: I take full 
responsibility.

Sincerely Yours
Dr. Amatzia Baram

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DEPLORABLE DETENTION
St. Petersburg Times, 8/20/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/08/20/Opinion/Deplorable_detention.shtml

Sami Al-Arian is a thoroughly unsympathetic character, and federal 
authorities have presented substantial evidence linking him to Mideast 
terrorism. We hold no brief for Al-Arian, but under our system of 
justice 
he is entitled to the presumption of innocence and to due process - 
nothing 
more, nothing less.

Al-Arian's trial on terrorism charges is still 18 months away. 
Meanwhile, 
the former University of South Florida professor is being held in 
conditions usually reserved for criminal monsters. If this punishing 
confinement is an effort by the federal government to wear down 
Al-Arian 
physically and mentally so he doesn't have the capability to mount a 
defense, it is a deplorable tactic. Al-Arian's case will be watched by 
the 
Muslim world, and he should be tried through a fair process that leaves 
no 
doubt that justice was done.

Al-Arian is being held without bond at Coleman Correctional Facility in 
Sumter County on charges that he provided key support to the Middle 
Eastern 
terror group, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has been linked to 
more 
than 100 deaths. He is being held in the Special Housing Unit of the 
prison, a place for violent and uncontrollable convicts, in a 
windowless 
7-by-13-foot cell that he shares with another inmate. Al-Arian has been 
denied a watch or clock and the artificial light in his cell is always 
on. 
Recreation consists of one hour, five days a week, when Al-Arian may 
walk 
around another steel cage...

ALSO SEE:

IMMIGRANT AWAITS DEPORTATION, WONDER WHAT WENT WRONG?
Phillip O'Connor, Post-Dispatch, 8/20/03
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/1CBA76A2855CBA4886256D890016D11B

Walid Ghounem shakes his head in disbelief as he reviews the mistakes, 
miscues and misunderstandings that any day now will force him to live a 
half-world away from his wife and three small children.

The lawyer who took advantage of him shortly after he arrived in New 
York 
from Egypt nine years ago.

The misplaced paperwork that might have aided his hopes of becoming a 
permanent U.S. resident.

The immigration officials who seem indifferent to his plight even 
though an 
appeals court has yet to rule on his plea to stay in America.

"I just want a fair hearing," said Ghounem (pronounced go-neem). "I 
need my 
life back..."

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IRAQ: A PRICE TOO HIGH
Bob Herbert, NY Times, 8/21/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/21/opinion/21HERB.html

How long is it going to take for us to recognize that the war we so 
foolishly started in Iraq is a fiasco - tragic, deeply dehumanizing and 
ultimately unwinnable? How much time and how much money and how many 
wasted 
lives is it going to take?

At the United Nations yesterday, grieving diplomats spoke bitterly, but 
not 
for attribution, about the U.S.-led invasion and occupation. They said 
it 
has not only resulted in the violent deaths of close and highly 
respected 
colleagues, but has also galvanized the most radical elements of 
Islam...

The American people still do not have a clear understanding of why we 
are 
in Iraq. And the troops don't have a clear understanding of their 
mission. 
We're fighting a guerrilla war, which the bright lights at the Pentagon 
never saw coming, with conventional forces.

Under these circumstances, in which the enemy might be anybody, 
anywhere, 
tragedies like the killing of Mazen Dana are all but inevitable. Mr. 
Dana 
was the veteran Reuters cameraman who was blown away by jittery U.S. 
troops 
on Sunday. The troops apparently thought his video camera was a 
rocket-propelled grenade launcher...

ALSO SEE:

WITHDRAW U.S. FORCES
Richard E. Rubenstein, USA Today, 8/20/03
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20030820/cm_usatoday/11644726&cid=679&ncid=1501

Question: When is a conquering army a liberator rather than an 
occupier?

Answer: When it leaves the conquered country and lets the local people 
decide their own fate.

During the past five months, Iraq has turned into a tar-paper trap 
worthy 
of Br'er Rabbit. The more we try to win the war against anti-American 
and 
anti-British guerrillas there, the more we become stuck in a no-win 
situation.

Violent attacks against the occupying troops, their allies and their 
Iraqi 
collaborators have taken place at the rate of approximately 13 assaults 
per 
day, and the pace is stepping up. Unfortunately, the measures adopted 
by 
U.S. forces to combat the resisters are virtually guaranteed to expand 
and 
strengthen the resistance movement.

Mass sweeps and arrests, the establishment of detention camps, harsh 
questioning (if not torture) of suspects to extract information, 
nullification of ordinary court procedures, hair-trigger responses to 
apparent threats and postponement of political reforms. Measures such 
as 
these are certain to enrage a people who are already hostile to foreign 
occupation.

The predictable results are an increase in guerrilla recruits, 
intensified 
repression by occupation forces and an ever-escalating spiral of 
violence...

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BUSH'S SECRET WAR: HOW FIVE MUSLIMS IN MALAWI WERE SPIRITED AWAY IN THE 
NIGHT
Rory Carroll, Guardian, 8/21/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1026199,00.html

When security agents took away her husband in the middle of the night 
they 
did not tell Ellah Ulusam that Washington had just opened a new front 
in 
its war against terror. They said he would be back the next day. Arif 
Ulusam vanished along with four other Muslim men, all arrested at home, 
handcuffed and bundled into a car for a bizarre odyssey which has not 
yet 
ended.

This is a part of George Bush's war which does not make it on to 
television 
news, for it is waged on a front so remote few know it exists. In less 
eventful times what happened would be considered extraordinary. As it 
is, 
their story has been barely reported.

On June 22 Malawi security agents seized five men in Limbe, outside 
Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, and spirited them out of the 
country 
on suspicion of belonging to al-Qaida, earning praise from the US 
ambassador.

Relatives were distraught. "Taking Arif away was a big loss to me. I 
was 
stranded. I didn't know what was going on," says Ellah, 27, cradling 
her 
daughter Kardelen, not yet three. "Kardelen misses her father so much, 
she 
puts on his shoes, kisses his shirts..."

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THE IMPERIAL BLUSTER OF TOM DELAY
Edward Said, Professor at Columbia University, 8/20/03
http://www.counterpunch.org/said08202003.html

During the last days of July, Representative Tom Delay (Republican) of 
Texas, the House majority leader and described routinely as one of the 
three or four most powerful men in Washington, delivered himself of his 
opinions regarding the roadmap and the future of peace in the Middle 
East. 
What he had to say was meant as an announcement for a trip he 
subsequently 
took to Israel and several Arab countries where, it is reported, he 
articulated the same message. In no uncertain terms, Delay declared 
himself 
opposed to the Bush Administration's support for the roadmap, 
especially 
the provision in it for a Palestinian state...

The sheer number of people in the southwestern United States who think 
like 
Delay is an imposing 60-70 million and, it should be noted, included 
among 
them is none other than George W. Bush, who is also an inspired 
born-again 
Christian for whom everything in the Bible is meant to be taken 
literally...

Thus, were Delay's pronouncements simply to have been either the 
personal 
opinions of a religious enthusiast or the dreamlike ramblings of an 
inconsequential visionary, one could dismiss them quickly as nonsense. 
But 
in fact, they represent a language of power that is not easily opposed 
in 
America, where so many citizens believe themselves to be guided 
directly by 
God in what they see and believe, and sometimes do...

ALSO SEE:

ISRAEL, U.S. SIGN LOAN GUARANTEE ACCORD
Peter Enav, Associated Press, 8/21/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6584491.htm

JERUSALEM - Israel and the U.S. have signed a $9 billion dollar loan 
guarantee agreement clouded by Israeli plans for a security barrier 
cutting 
deep into the West Bank, a Finance Ministry official said Thursday.

U.S. officials said last month they were considering reducing the loan 
guarantees by the same amount Israel spends on any sections of the 
disputed, partially built barrier that extend beyond the so-called 
``Green 
Line'' marking Israel's eastern border.

Israeli officials and representatives of the U.S. Agency for 
International 
Development signed the agreement Wednesday, Israel's Deputy Accountant 
General Eldad Fresher said.

He said the agreement ``requires Israel to report to the U.S. on the 
expenditures it makes over the Green Line and defines how they will be 
dealt with.'' He declined to say whether that meant that every dollar 
spent 
on the security barrier beyond Israel's border would be subtracted from 
the 
value of the loan deal.

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ELLIS: ISLAM FILLING VOID LEFT BY THE CHURCH
Rob Phillips, Baptist Press, 8/20/03
http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=16523

RIDGECREST, N.C. -Islam is rising in America, not because of its 
strength, 
but because of the retreat of the church, and if the religion founded 
by 
Muhammad 1,400 years ago continues to grow at its current rate, there 
will 
be more Muslims than Christians in every major U.S. city by 2020.

The observations were voiced by Islam expert Carl Ellis during the Aug. 
15-17 National Conference on Islam cosponsored by LifeWay Christian 
Resources and the North American Mission Board's interfaith evangelism 
team 
at LifeWay's Ridgecrest (N.C.) Conference Center.

Ellis is co-founder of Project Joseph, an effort to educate the church 
about contemporary issues. An expert on Islam who travels around the 
world 
and speaks extensively on the subject, he was among the conference's 
featured speakers.

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, with 1.2 billion 
devotees, with Ellis reporting its growth at 2.75 percent per year. By 
some 
accounts, Muslims will overtake the current 1.8 billion Christians by 
2020.

In America, where there are an estimated 7 million followers, Islam is 
growing at a 6 percent annual rate. White Americans are the 
fastest-growing 
segment of U.S. Islam, and 80-85 percent of all U.S. Muslims consider 
themselves former Christians. If present trends continue, every major 
U.S. 
city will be predominantly Muslim by 2020, Ellis warned...

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INLAND MUSLIM SUES OVER WEB COMMENTS
Sharyn Obsatz, Press- Enterprise, 8/21/03
http://www.pe.com/localnews/corona/stories/PE_NEWS_ncmuslm21.f24a.html

A Muslim activist from Corona filed a defamation lawsuit this week 
against 
a conservative publication and a former California Republican Party 
chairman.

Hussam Ayloush accuses Shawn Steel of writing a column for National 
Review 
Online that falsely portrayed Ayloush as anti-Semitic. Ayloush said in 
a 
phone interview that he works regularly with Jews and Christians as 
part of 
his job as executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations' 
Southern California office.

Steel is in Alaska and declined to comment until he sees the lawsuit. 
National Review Publisher Edward Capano said Wednesday that he would 
comment only after being served with the lawsuit by Ayloush's attorney.

Ayloush's lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, 
alleges 
libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional 
distress. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

"I think somebody needs to learn a lesson that it's not fair to 
demonize 
Muslims or someone you disagree with politically . . . No one accepts 
being 
called anti-Semitic or a racist when they're not," said Ayloush, who 
sued 
as an individual, not on behalf of his organization...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations earlier this year had urged 
California Republican Party leaders to repudiate comments Steel made 
about 
Islam at two pro-war rallies.

In his guest commentary, Steel wrote that his comments were misquoted, 
making it appear that he was talking about "the disease of Islam" 
instead 
of an intolerant cancer growing "within Islam."

ALSO SEE:

AREA MUSLIM LEADER FILES LIBEL SUIT AGAINST MAGAZINE AND GOP FIGURE
H.G. Reza, Los Angeles Times, 8/21/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-libel21aug21,1,4375915.story

A Southern California Muslim leader has sued the National Review 
magazine 
and a former chairman of the California Republican Party for 
defamation, 
alleging that they falsely suggested in a commentary that he endorsed 
anti-Semitic views.

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Shawn Steel defamed him 
in 
a June 19 commentary that appeared on the magazine's Web site. Steel 
wrote 
that Ayloush co-hosted an event in May 1998 attended by a militant 
Egyptian 
leader who, he said, harbors anti-Semitic views.

Ayloush said he did not co-host the event and did not meet the 
Egyptian, 
Wagdi Ghunaym, until this year. In the lawsuit, Ayloush said Steel's 
commentary implied that he associates with racists and endorses 
anti-Semitism...

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ISNA CONVENTION BRINGS THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS TO CHICAGO

WHAT: The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council of 
Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIO) will once again join 
hands 
to host the  40th Annual ISNA Convention, an event renowned as an ideal 
forum for constructive dialogue and understanding of social, religious, 
political and business issues relevant to America's expanding Muslim 
population. Over 35,000 Muslims will convene at the McCormick Place 
Convention Center from Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1, 
2003 
to enrich their faith and Islamic knowledge, celebrate their diverse 
Islamic identities, enjoy multi-cultural activities, great ethnic food 
and 
browse through the colorful bazaar.

Notable scholars and personalities scheduled to speak at the convention 
include: Yusuf Islam (former rock singer Cat Stevens); Sheikh Nur 
Abdullah, 
ISNA President and Director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater 
Missouri; 
Dr. Ingrid Mattson, ISNA Vice-President & Professor of Islamic Studies 
at 
the Hartford Seminary; Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, founder of the Zaytuna 
Institute 
in Hayward, California; Imam Siraj Wahhaj of Masjid Al-Taqwa, Brooklyn; 
Jamal Badawi, Professor at St. Mary's University,  Nova Scotia; and 
Abdul 
Hakim Jackson, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the 
University of 
Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Convention highlights include: 1] the Sixth Annual ISNA Inter-faith 
Unity 
Banquet (Friday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m.) where  prominent religious and 
civic leaders will come together to renew their bonds and forge a path 
of 
unity for the future; 2]  the first ever Open Islamic Art Exhibit 
featuring 
a wide spectrum of displays from  gifted Muslim artists including 
paintings, sketches and calligraphy; and 3] the Second Annual ISNA Film 
Festival featuring over 20 films, including features, short subjects, 
documentaries and animated  films covering a range of contemporary 
Muslim 
perspectives.

For details, Press Passes & interviews contact Farhan Younus, Ph. 
630-926-5566, fyounus@ciogc.org or Lara Suleiman, Ph. 630-661-7545, 
lsuleiman@ciogc.org - or visit www.isna.net.

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Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 07:27:09 -0400
To:cair-net@cair.biglist.com
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Subject: CAIR-NET: President to Appoint Daniel Pipes Today

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

BREAKING NEWS - 8/22/03

PRESIDENT TO APPOINT DANIEL PIPES TODAY

PIPES TO BE NAMED TO THINK TANK
Controversial Mideast Scholar Will Be Recess Appointment
Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, 8/22/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28713-2003Aug21.html

President Bush will sidestep congressional opposition by making a 
recess 
appointment today of a controversial Middle East scholar, Daniel Pipes, 
to 
the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, an 
administration 
official said.

Although the position is largely honorary, Muslim organizations and 
some 
Jewish groups have campaigned vigorously since April against Pipes's 
nomination to the federally funded foreign policy think tank, which has 
70 
staff and 15 board members.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil 
rights 
group, said Pipes is "known for his hostility to Muslims," and called 
the 
appointment "a backdoor move" that is "an affront to all those who seek 
peace."

A Harvard-trained author and lecturer, Pipes, 53, heads the Middle East 
Forum, an independent think tank in Philadelphia. He also founded 
Campus 
Watch, a group dedicated to combating what it sees as pro-Palestinian, 
anti-Israeli bias on university campuses…

At a July 23 meeting on the nomination, Democrats on the Senate Health, 
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee questioned what signal Pipes's 
appointment would send. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Pipes's 
record did not "reflect a commitment to bridging differences and 
preventing 
conflict," and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the controversy could 
"overshadow" the institute's work.

By making the appointment while Congress is in recess, Bush avoids a 
confirmation vote. But instead of serving the usual four years, Pipes 
will 
serve the remaining 18 months of an unexpired term.

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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL. Calls 
are 
best, followed by faxes and then e-mails.)

Contact President Bush to express your concerns about his recess 
appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of the United States Institute 
of 
Peace.

CONTACT:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

TEL: 202-456-1414
COMMENT LINE: 202-456-1111
FAX: 202-456-2461
E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov
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Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 11:43:46 -0400
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Subject: CAIR-NET: Muslims Declare 'Moral Victory' in Pipes Appointment

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUSLIMS DECLARE 'MORAL VICTORY' IN PIPES APPOINTMENT
Move shows lack of support for nominee, led to formation of coalitions

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/22/03) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights 
and 
advocacy group is declaring a "moral victory" in the fight to prevent 
Daniel Pipes from being appointed to the board of the United States 
Institute of Peace (USIP). According to media reports, President Bush 
will 
today bypass the Senate confirmation process and issue a recess 
appointment 
for Pipes, who is regarded by many Muslims as the nation's leading 
Islamophobe.

SEE: PIPES TO BE NAMED TO THINK TANK
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28713-2003Aug21.html

In a statement released this morning, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR) said:

"While a defeat for democracy, the president's backdoor appointment of 
Daniel Pipes is a moral victory for the tens of thousands of American 
Muslims, Arab-Americans, Christians, Jews, and civil rights activists 
who 
contacted the White House and the Senate since the nomination was 
announced 
in April.

"By issuing this recess appointment, the president acknowledges that 
Pipes' 
nomination would have been turned down by the Senate, despite that 
body's 
Republican majority. Without being approved by the Senate, Pipes will 
serve 
just 18 months of what would have been a four-year term.

"The campaign to defeat Pipes' nomination and to expose his bigoted 
views 
also showed the Muslim and Arab-American communities that there are 
those 
in Congress who will stand up for what is right, despite tremendous 
political pressure to remain silent. At a July 23 Senate committee 
meeting 
on Pipes' nomination, Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Christopher Dodd 
(D-CT) 
and Tom Harkin (D-IA) all opposed the appointment. Sen. Harkin, who was 
involved in the formation of the USIP, spoke at length about Pipes' 
statements warning of the 'dangers' posed by the enfranchisement of 
American Muslims and his 'dossiers' on academic critics of Israeli 
policies.

"Perhaps the most positive by-product of the campaign was the creation 
of a 
broad coalition of religious, ethnic, and civil liberties groups that 
will 
last long after Pipes takes his seat on the USIP board."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/22/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T GO TO EXTREMES
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6827 SPONSORSHIPS
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* CAIR-FL REP. SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
* INJUSTICE IN GUANTANAMO (NY Times)
	- Bush's Personal Rule of Law (Wash. Times)
	- Guantanamo Suicide Attempts Rise to 31 (AP)
	- Camp Delta Justice Urged (Guardian)
* FBI WON'T GIVE FILE TO DOC CLEARED OF TERROR TIES (Post-Gazette)
	- For Some Muslims, Life after 9/11 is Worse (Time-Record)
	- Detainee Abruptly Deported (Post-Dispatch)
	- She Fights on Liberty's Front Lines (CC Times)
* LOTS OF WORK FOR SETTLEMENT 'SPY' (CSM)
* AUSTRALIA 'SEXED UP' IRAQ WMD RISK (CNN)
	- Kelly: 'I'll be Found Dead in the Woods'(Guardian)
* PATRIOT ACT II RESURRECTED? (Wired News)
	- Santa Clara Opposes Patriot Act (Daily Stanford)
* THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN ISLAM (Gulf News)
* MUSLIMS IN TEXAS PARTICIPATE IN FIELD GLEANING
* SALT LAKE AMERICAN MUSLIM CULTURAL FESTIVAL

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T GO TO EXTREMES

A group of three men once asked how the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon 
him) worshipped. When they were told of the Prophet's religious 
practices, 
they began to view their own worship as insufficient. One of them said: 
"I 
will offer prayers throughout the night forever." The other said: "I 
will 
fast throughout the year and will not break my fast." The third said: 
"I 
will keep away from women and will not marry forever." The Prophet came 
to 
them and said: "I am more submissive to God and more afraid of 
(displeasing) Him than you (are); yet I fast and break my fast, I sleep 
and 
I also marry women. So he who does not keep to my (moderate) tradition 
in 
religion, is (not one of my followers)."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 1

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CAIR-FL REP. SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Altaf Ali, executive director of CAIR-FL, has been selected to 
participate 
in the Leadership Broward Class XXII (2003-2004) program year. The 
Leadership Broward Foundation Selection Committee chose 58 individuals 
whose applications demonstrated exemplary leadership, dedicated 
community 
involvement and solid understanding of the issues facing Broward 
County.

Throughout the program year, participants will hear from local experts 
about a variety of community issues, participate in the development of 
solutions for the community in a project group and develop leadership 
skills through a unique and dynamic concept called Servant Leadership. 
In 
addition, participants will have the opportunity to network and 
establish 
relationships with Broward County's decision-makers and leaders.

Ali, Executive Director of CAIR-FL, was nominated to the Leadership 
Broward 
Program by Dr. Carol Spring, Executive Director of NCCJ, Broward 
Chapter.

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INJUSTICE IN GUANTANAMO
New York Times, 8/22/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/22/opinion/22FRI2.html

As the prisoners in Guantánamo approach their second anniversary in 
captivity, the Bush administration is finally talking about bringing 
them 
to trial. The delay in holding trials, and releasing the innocent, is 
unacceptable. So are the rules the administration has outlined for 
conducting their trials. The Defense Department should heed the calls 
of 
respected voices in the legal community, including that of the American 
Bar 
Association, and develop fairer procedures.

The detainees held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on suspicion of involvement 
in 
terrorism have been in custody so long it may seem that they have been 
found guilty of something. But the detainees, most of them captured in 
the 
Afghanistan war, have not had trials, and it is not clear when they 
will. 
Relatives and human rights groups say many were simply in the wrong 
place 
at the wrong time, or were picked up based on bad intelligence.

The administration has indicated that it intends to start putting the 
detainees before military tribunals soon. The procedures that have been 
adopted for these proceedings are unfair. The trials themselves may be 
held 
in secret, and lawyers can be prevented from speaking publicly about 
the 
proceedings. Secret trials make it impossible for the outside world to 
determine whether justice is being done...

ALSO SEE:

BUSH'S PERSONAL RULE OF LAW
Nat Hentoff, Washington Times, 8/18/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20030817-105446-3423r.htm

Immediately after Tony Blair's soaring speech to Congress on July 17, 
the 
prime minister and the president were asked at a press conference about 
a 
rift between the two countries concerning whether two captured British 
citizens, imprisoned at Guantanamo, would be getting a fair trial under 
the 
prospective military tribunals at that American base. President Bush 
noted 
that he and Mr. Blair would address that issue, but then the president 
said, without qualification: "The only thing I know for certain is that 
these are bad people."

The president of the United States was, in effect, publicly prejudging 
the 
guilt of these defendants. It was like the trial in "Alice in 
Wonderland" 
when the Queen of Hearts insisted: "Sentence first - verdict 
afterwards."

It was not surprising that the president discarded the presumption of 
innocence. After all, he alone on his authority has already designated 
two 
American citizens "enemy combatants," sending them to military brigs on 
American soil indefinitely - without charges, without access to a 
lawyer or 
to anyone but their prison guards....

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GUANTANAMO SUICIDE ATTEMPTS RISE TO 31
Associated Press, 8/20/03
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030820/APA/308201065

Another terrorism suspect at the Pentagon's prison in Guantanamo Bay, 
Cuba, 
has tried to kill himself, the second such attempt in as many weeks.

This week's suicide attempt was the 31st since the high-security prison 
opened in January 2002, Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Burfeind 
said Wednesday. She said the suicide attempt happened in the last few 
days 
but could not be more specific.

Twenty prisoners have tried to kill themselves, some more than once. 
None 
have so far succeeded.

Most attempts occurred this year, which officials and critics alike 
have 
attributed to the effects of indefinite detentions on prisoner morale. 
Some 
of the prisoners have been held for more than a 18 months without 
charges, 
access to lawyers or indications of whether or when they may be 
freed...

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CAMP DELTA JUSTICE URGED
Mark Oliver, Guardian, 8/21/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1026262,00.html

The heads of 10 leading law bodies around the world call on the US 
today to 
give a "fair and lawful trial" to prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay 
and 
be a "beacon of justice in an unjust world".
In a letter to the Guardian, law society chairmen and presidents, 
including 
those from Britain, France, Sweden, Australia and Canada, express 
misgivings about the US plan to put foreign prisoners held at Camp 
Delta in 
Cuba before partially secret military tribunals without juries.

Human rights groups have voiced concern about the treatment and fate of 
the 
650 or so prisoners, who include nine Britons, seized during the war in 
Afghanistan and accused of being members of the Taliban or al-Qaida.

Today's letter says: "As leaders of the legal professions in our 
respective 
countries, we wish to make public our concerns at the treatment of the 
non-US 'enemy combatants' detained by the US authorities. We strongly 
believe that there are now only two legally acceptable courses of 
action 
open to the US authorities.

Either the US government must return the detainees to their own home 
countries where they can be tried under their own national laws, or 
they 
should be tried in a US civilian court with full guarantees for a fair 
trial..."

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FBI WON'T GIVE FILE TO DOCTOR CLEARED OF TERRORIST TIES
Torsten Ove, Post-Gazette, 8/21/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/03233/213412.stm

An FBI file on an Egyptian-born radiologist initially suspected of 
having 
terrorist ties and later cleared will not be turned over to his lawyer 
as 
part of a civil suit because it contains "classified information" about 
the 
attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

U.S. Magistrate Francis Caiazza quashed a subpoena this week from a 
lawyer 
demanding the government release the file on his client, Dr. Basem 
Moustafa 
Hussein, who most recently was living in Coraopolis.

On Sept. 11, 2001, FBI agents searched Hussein's apartment near New 
Castle 
after his landlord said she saw "suspicious" items there.

Authorities exonerated Hussein a few weeks later, but he sued the 
landlord. 
As part of that lawsuit, his lawyer, Craig Fishman, wanted the FBI to 
hand 
over its files on the investigation, but the agency refused.

In court papers, the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh and the FBI 
said 
the file would reveal secret information, including the identity of a 
"confidential source..."

ALSO SEE:

FOR SOME MUSLIMS, LIFE AFTER SEPT. 11 IS MUCH WORSE
Jessica Wehrman, Times Record News, 8/20/03
http://www.timesrecordnews.com/trn/nw_national/article/0,1891,TRN_5703_2195949,00.html

Two years after Sept. 11, most Americans no longer look to the sky in 
fear 
when airplanes fly overhead. They remember the day as a surreal 
nightmare.

For some of the estimated 7 million Muslims in America, however, the 
nightmare continues. Here are two of their stories...

Asif Iqbal does not want to highjack an airplane. He just wants to 
board 
one without hassle.

But Iqbal, a Pakistani who has lived in the United States since 1994, 
has a 
post-Sept. 11 problem. His name is on the Transportation Security 
Administration's "No-Fly List." When the software consultant and ardent 
Texas Longhorn fan tries to board a plane, he usually is stopped, 
suspected 
of being a Middle East terrorist...

On March 19, the day the war in Iraq started, police raided 
Abdul-Wahab's 
house in Richmond, Va., with rifles and automatic weapons drawn.

They handcuffed him and his pregnant wife, as well as his elderly aunt, 
while their four children watched, crying. Police searched the house 
looking for documents related to his car dealership, at one point 
asking if 
a fragrant bag of Turkish coffee was opium, he said. At another point, 
he 
said, they asked him where he kept the drugs. Thinking they were 
talking 
about prescription medicine for his children, he told them the 
refrigerator...

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DETAINEE ABRUPTLY DEPORTED
Eyana Adah McMillan and Wendi Himmelright, Post-Dispatch News, 8/20/03
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/Stories/0,1413,138~10021~1581390,00.html

Rose Lami is frantically looking for her father, Munir Lami.

She last heard from him Friday afternoon, when the 54-year-old 
Palestinian, 
who is blind, called from the York County Prison to say he had been 
asked 
to sign release papers and was a free man.

But before she could drive out from Philadelphia, Lami learned from an 
immigrants-rights advocate that she should stay put.

County prison officials said that Munir Lami was no longer in York. He 
had 
instead been moved to a Buffalo, N.Y., facility for deportation.

"They actually told him, 'Call your family,' Rose Lami said. "Now we 
don't 
know what he signed ... He can't see. He's blind. How can he sign a 
paper 
without his lawyer there?"

Munir Lami now appears to be the most recent example of detainees 
deported 
without any notice to friends, family or lawyers.

Federal officials say they cannot notify people of upcoming 
deportations 
because of security concerns. But that's a big problem for immigrants 
and 
their families, a local activist said...

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SHE FIGHTS ON LIBERTY'S FRONT LINES
Jack Chang, Contra Costa Times, 8/22/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/crime_courts/6592001.htm

Before Sept. 11, 2001, attorney Banafsheh Akhlaghi split her time 
teaching 
constitutional law at JFK University in Walnut Creek and setting up a 
small 
law practice in a Berkeley office.

It was a simple, orderly arrangement that she enjoyed.

Then the planes hit, the government cracked down on thousands of 
Muslims 
and Middle Easterners, and the now 34-year-old Iranian-born woman's 
life 
took an unplanned turn into the heart of one of the biggest civil 
liberties 
battles in decades.

A few days after the attacks, Akhlaghi received a call for help from 
the 
secretary of a mosque in Folsom whom FBI agents wanted to question. 
Such 
calls have since multiplied into an avalanche of cases.

Akhlaghi is arguably the most visible and prolific legal soldier on the 
front lines defending immigrants, predominantly Muslims and Middle 
Easterners, from government attempts to investigate and deport them.

"You need to be where you're needed," Akhlaghi said in her modern, airy 
San 
Francisco office on a recent morning, while clients waited to talk with 
her. "Everything else in my life is pretty much on hold..."

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LOTS OF WORK FOR SETTLEMENT 'SPY'
Ben Lynfield, Christian Science Monitor, 8/22/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0822/p06s01-wome.html

GIVAT HA ROEH, WEST BANK - Dror Etkes slows to a near halt on a winding 
dirt road deep inside the West Bank, the battlefield of his nonshooting 
war 
against the Israeli government's settlement drive.

"I wrecked two cars [on rough roads] last week and I don't want to 
wreck 
another one," explains Israel's only settlement spy, who carries out 
his 
surveillance on behalf of Israel's dovish Peace Now movement.

Mr. Etkes parks outside the outpost known as Givat Ha Roeh. Outposts 
are 
settlements considered illegal not only by international law as all 
Israeli 
settlements in the occupied territories are, but also by Israeli law 
since 
they never received cabinet authorization.

According to an international peace blueprint, the road map, Givat Ha 
Roeh 
should have been dismantled, but it is getting bigger. Digging of 
foundations into the hill beneath existing trailers is under way, and 
pipes 
and metal sheeting are spread nearby. Etkes calculates that six new 
houses 
will be built on the spot, permanent housing for residents of the 
trailers.

Using a camera, a plane, and old fashioned sleuthing techniques, Etkes 
arguably knows more about the settlements than all but a few 
individuals in 
the government and the top settler leadership. He documents their daily 
expansion, which he says has intensified over the last few months. It 
is a 
job that makes him a traitor to some right- wingers but popular among 
US 
diplomats who report home on the settlements...

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AUSTRALIA 'SEXED UP' IRAQ WMD RISK
CNN, 8/22/03
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/auspac/08/22/australia.iraq.wmd/

CANBERRA, Australia - The heat being generated over Iraq's alleged 
weapons 
of mass destruction has moved to Australia with a former senior 
intelligence officer accusing Canberra of exaggerating the threat posed 
by 
Saddam Hussein's regime.

Speaking to an inquiry called by the Australian Senate, Andrew Wilkie 
said 
Friday information in intelligence reports had been distorted by the 
prime 
minister's office and "sexed up" to suit the government's political 
agenda.

Wilkie resigned from Australia's elite Office of National Assessments 
(ONA) 
in March in protest against the government's alleged misuse of 
information 
provided by the agency.

The ONA is an elite agency which evaluates intelligence from all 
Australian 
and allied agencies and passes on that advice to Prime Minister John 
Howard's office.

The Howard government has been a staunch supporter of the Bush 
administration position on Iraq and contributed troops and military 
hardware to the U.S.-led "coalition of the willing..."

ALSO SEE:

KELLY'S CHILLING WORDS: 'I'LL BE FOUND DEAD IN THE WOODS'
Ewen MacAskill, Nicholas Watt and Vikram Dodd, Guardian, 8/22/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/hutton/story/0,13822,1027372,00.html

The weapons specialist, Dr David Kelly, said six months ago that he 
would 
"probably be found dead in the woods" if the American and British 
invasion 
of Iraq went ahead, Lord Hutton's inquiry was told yesterday.

His chilling prediction of his own death during a conversation with the 
British diplomat David Broucher in Geneva in February, throws new light 
on 
his state of mind about the row over Britain's role in the Iraq war.

In a startling string of revelations yesterday, Lord Hutton's inquiry 
was 
told that Dr Kelly:

· confirmed there had been a "robust" debate between Downing Street and 
the 
intelligence services about the September dossier on weapons of mass 
destruction

· expressed scepticism about British claims that Iraq's weapons 
capability 
could be deployed quickly

· had been in direct contact with senior Iraqi scientists and officials 
he 
knew, promising them the war could be avoided

· feared he had "betrayed" these contacts and that the invasion had 
left 
him in a "morally ambiguous" position...

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PATRIOT ACT II RESURRECTED?
Ryan Singel, Wired News, 8/21/03
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,60129,00.html

Congress may consider a bill that not only expands the government's 
wiretapping and investigative powers but also would link low-level drug 
dealing to terrorism and ban a traditional form of Middle Eastern 
banking.

The draft legislation -- titled the Vital Interdiction of Criminal 
Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003, or Victory Act -- includes 
significant 
portions of the so-called Patriot Act II, which faced broad opposition 
from 
conservatives and liberals alike and embarrassed the Justice Department 
when it was leaked to the press in February.

The Victory Act also seems to be an attempt to merge the war on 
terrorism 
and the war on drugs into a single campaign. It includes a raft of 
provisions increasing the government's ability to investigate, wiretap, 
prosecute and incarcerate money launderers, fugitives, 
"narco-terrorists" 
and nonviolent drug dealers. The bill also outlaws hawalas, the 
informal 
and documentless money transferring systems widely used in the Middle 
East, 
India and parts of Asia...

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SANTA CLARA OPPOSES PATRIOT ACT
Brendan Marten, Daily Stanford, 8/21/03
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&repository=0001_article&id=11669#

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution 
opposing 
the U.S. Patriot Act in a four-to-one vote on Tuesday. By doing so, the 
county has joined 150 other communities across the country in opposing 
the 
government's policies resulting from the controversial Patriot 
legislation.

The Patriot Act, passed by the U.S. Congress on Oct. 24, 2001, shortly 
after the Sept. 11 attacks, has been assailed by critics as 
compromising 
critical civil liberties granted to Americans in the Bill of Rights. 
Proponents, on the other hand, argue that the measures are necessary 
and 
appropriate to ensure homeland security.

The effort to obtain the resolution's approval was spearheaded by a 
coalition group called Silicon Valley for Civil Rights, in addition to 
assistance provided by organizations such as the American Civil 
Liberties 
Union, SEIU Local 715, South Bay Mobilization and others.

However, some maintain that laws like the Patriot Act are exactly what 
is 
needed to provide a sense of comfort in the less predictable 
contemporary 
global environment...

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THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN ISLAM
Dr. John Esposito, Gulf News, 8/22/03
http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/Opinion.asp?ArticleID=95794

For decades Islam has evoked discussion and debate. The religion is 
under 
the microscope after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Never before has 
Islam been so questioned as to the extent that it is today. A few 
scholars 
have come to its rescue to clarify the principles on which Islam is 
based. 
One such scholar is Dr. John L. Esposito who has done so through his 
writings. This is the sixth in a series of nine articles by Esposito 
shedding light on the many areas of Islam, among them being the Holy 
Quran, 
politics, women, and terrorism, to eliminate the misunderstandings in 
Islam.

The status of women in Muslim countries has long been seen as evidence 
of 
"Islam's" oppression of women in matters ranging from the freedom to 
dress 
as they please to legal rights in divorce. The true picture of women in 
Islam is far more complex.

Are women second-class citizens in Islam?

The Quran raised the status of women. It prohibited female infanticide; 
abolished women's status as mere property; established women's legal 
capacity; granted women the right to receive their own dowry; and 
allowed 
women to retain control over their property and use their maiden name 
after 
marriage...

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MUSLIMS IN TEXAS PARTICIPATE IN FIELD GLEANING

Muslims of Dallas/Fort Worth metro area will take part in a project 
called 
"Field Gleaning," which is the collection of crops from farm land that 
has 
already been mechanically harvested or on fields where it is not 
economically profitable to harvest.

The collected crops will be distributed to Muslim refugees, North Texas 
Food Bank and Soup Kitchens. The project is scheduled for Sept 20th at 
a 
farm in East Texas.

This and other community service projects in Dallas are to encourage 
the 
Muslim community to participate in establishing their local communities 
as 
American Muslims and to reach out to all those who are in need 
regardless 
of faith and ethnicity.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: outreach@iant.com

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SALT LAKE AMERICAN MUSLIM CULTURAL FESTIVAL

WHAT: The Salt Lake Muslim community is hosting a "Proud to be an 
American 
Muslim" festival. Mayor Rocky Anderson will open the festival - a safe, 
low 
cost entertainment for the whole family. The festival is also an 
occasion 
to get to know each other and the Community at large! Free admission.

WHEN: Sun Sept 7, 2003 from ll a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City, 239 S. Main Street 
Downtown Salt Lake City.

Festival Info: Ghulam Hasnain
Phone: (801) 523-8266
Cell: (801) 671-6709
Email: ghhasnain@hotmail.com

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/23/03

* BUSH PEACE APPOINTEE SAYS WAR WITH MUSLIMS MAY BE NEEDED
	- Bush Appoints Anti-Muslim to Peace Role (Guardian)
	- Don't Appoint Hatemonger (Miami Herald)

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BUSH PEACE APPOINTEE SAYS WAR WITH MUSLIMS MAY BE NEEDED

BUSH TAPS CONTROVERSIAL PHILA. SCHOLAR
Named to Institute of Peace, Pipes says Muslim war might be needed.
Thomas Ginsberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/23/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/6599426.htm

Daniel Pipes, a controversial Philadelphia-based scholar of Islam 
appointed 
yesterday to a tax-funded peace institute, says war may be necessary 
for 
peace with some Muslim nations.

"Conditions of peace have, by and large, been created through military 
victory," he said last week on condition his comments not be published 
until President Bush named him to the U.S. Institute of Peace.

"Conflict without violence is the goal," the historian said. "We have 
differences with all our allies, but there is no possibility of 
resorting 
to force with them, and that is the goal which we all hope for. But 
that is 
not where we find ourselves now, as we found in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
We 
cannot always rely on nonviolent methods."

Bush installed Pipes, 53, on the 15-member board of the think tank 
after 
the Senate failed to vote on his nomination, following opposition led 
by 
Muslim and Arab organizations and at least three members of Congress, 
all 
Democrats…

Critics deride Pipes as unfit to promote peace and bigoted against 
Muslims. 
In the face of defeat yesterday, two groups claimed partial victory 
against 
a nomination that otherwise might have gone unnoticed...

Pipes created the Middle East Forum in 1990 while serving as director 
of 
the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. Its fortunes 
soared 
after the Sept. 11 attacks, and its board membership changed.

"The diversity [of opinion] was gone," said Jerry Sorkin, a Wayne 
businessman who quit the board in July. "Views not in accordance with 
[Pipes'] are gone."

Pipes said his board still contained diverse views; he declined to 
debate 
Sorkin's contention.

After the terror attacks, Pipes launched a Web site called Campus 
Watch, 
which currently describes its mission as critiquing Mideast-studies 
programs at colleges for "problems that include the mixing of politics 
with 
scholarship" and other issues…

Pipes' writings form the basis for most disputes between his critics 
and 
supporters.

On the Middle East, Pipes wrote in July that democracies tended to give 
away too much in pursuit of peace with totalitarian foes, with "the 
delusion that sweetening the pot would bring about the desired 
results." In 
fact, it often ends "in a major outbreak of violence," he wrote.

Palestinians, he wrote in 2001, "will not give up on their aggressive 
ambitions vis-a-vis Israel until fully convinced that these cannot 
succeed. 
Only then can they build a policy and an economy commensurate with 
their 
dignity and talent. Ironically, then, Palestinians need almost as much 
to 
be defeated by Israel as Israel needs to defeat them."

Critics call those words proof that Pipes opposes peace between 
Palestinians and Israelis...

He has estimated that 10 to 15 percent of Muslims in the United States 
may 
be adherents of radical Islam or terrorism. He wrote that the rest are 
"innocent" but that many still should be scrutinized, particularly 
those in 
military, diplomatic and law-enforcement positions.

"Singling out a class of persons by their religion feels wrong, if not 
downright un-American," he wrote. But "if Americans want to protect 
themselves from Islamist terrorism, they must temporarily give higher 
priority to security concerns than to civil-libertarian sensitivities."

SEE ALSO:

BUSH APPOINTS ANTI-MUSLIM TO PEACE ROLE
Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian, 8/23/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1028113,00.html

A Middle East expert who has written dismissively of diplomacy and 
holds 
views to the right of the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, was 
yesterday named to the board of the US Institute of Peace.

The largely honorary appointment of Daniel Pipes, a gift of President 
George Bush, has outraged Democratic senators, American Muslims and 
Arabs, 
liberal Jews and a large portion of the academic community, who say his 
opinions are not conducive to peace…

As a frequent commentator, he has warned that America's Muslims are the 
enemy within and called for unrestricted racial profiling and 
monitoring of 
Muslims in the military.

 From his own thinktank in Philadelphia, he has also clashed with 
fellow 
scholars, who say his Campus Watch website has initiated a witch-hunt 
against those he views as critics of Israel or lacking in patriotic 
zeal.

Within the community of Middle East scholars, he is regarded as 
extreme. He 
opposes the "road map" for the Middle East, as he opposed the Oslo 
peace 
accords, and objected to efforts to reform the Palestinian Authority.

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DON'T APPOINT HATEMONGER
The Miami Herald, 8/23/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/editorial/letters/6598180.htm

Radicalism is not unique to Islam. Preachers who use religion for their 
own 
causes radicalize people. Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham and Jerry 
Falwell 
have also abused their power and radicalized Christianity.

President Bush will again blunder in his dealings with the Muslim world 
if 
he appoints Daniel Pipes, the worst of Islam-phobic scholars, to the 
U.S. 
Institute of Peace. Only neocons would like to see another hatemonger 
appointed to the peace institute. If Bush wants to win the hearts and 
minds 
of the Muslim world, especially U.S. Muslims, he will withdraw Daniel 
Pipes' nomination.

SHABBIR MOTORWALA
Institute for Islamic Education and Research

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IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

DONATIONS to help rebuild the mosque may be sent to:

Islamic Center of Savannah
1030 Dutchtown Road
Savannah, GA 31419

Let CAIR know if you send a donation. E-mail: cair@cair-net.org

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FBI ASKED TO INVESTIGATE FIRE AT GEORGIA ISLAMIC CENTER
Shooting and racist note with swastika precede 'suspicious' fire

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/24/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today called on federal authorities to investigate an overnight 
fire 
that destroyed an Islamic center in Georgia. That fire, which arson 
investigators have termed "suspicious," came after two recent incidents 
at 
or near the same center that point to the possibility of a bias motive.

Local police and officials with the Islamic Center of Savannah in 
Savannah, 
Ga., tell CAIR the fire was reported around three in the morning. The 
blaze 
spread quickly and engulfed the house that was being used as a 
temporary 
center until a larger facility could be built.

Center officials say two recent incidents lead them to suspect arson. 
On 
August 3, five bullet holes were discovered in the door to a prayer 
area in 
the center. On August 18, the apartment of a Muslim who lives near and 
frequently prays at the center was broken into and a racist anti-Muslim 
note with a Nazi swastika was left at the scene. The note threatened 
the 
lives of local Muslims, demanded that they leave Savannah and claimed 
the 
Islamic community was being watched "24-7."

"Given the fact that there were two other suspicious incidents 
involving 
this community, it is imperative that the FBI aid local law enforcement 
authorities in the investigation," said CAIR Communications Director 
Ibrahim Hooper. He added that the FBI is looking into a number of 
anti-Muslim hate crimes nationwide.

Hooper cited an attack on a Sikh family in New York during which 
anti-Muslim statements were made, a cross burning at a Maryland Islamic 
school and the kidnapping and beating of a Massachusetts pizza delivery 
man 
whose attackers thought he was Muslim. He noted that a Sikh man who may 
have been mistaken for an Arab was shot recently in Phoenix, Ariz.

Since the beginning of this year, CAIR has received reports of physical 
assaults against Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim in California, 
Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina and other states. One incident in 
Yorba 
Linda, Calif., left a Muslim teenager badly beaten by a mob that 
allegedly 
included white supremacists. In Illinois, an explosive device destroyed 
a 
Muslim family's van. In Florida, a man was recently sentenced to 12 1/2 
years in federal prison for plotting to attack some 50 Islamic 
institutions 
in that state.

Incidents targeting mosques and Islamic centers have occurred across 
America and in Canada, particularly since the 9/11 terror attacks.

As early as 1994, a nearly completed mosque in Yuba City, Calif., 
burned to 
the ground in what was ruled an arson attack. In 1995, arson destroyed 
a 
Springfield, Ill., Islamic center. In 1996, a suspect was charged for 
involvement in an arson attack on a Greenville, S.C., mosque. In 1999, 
a 
would-be terrorist was arrested after fleeing from the area of a mosque 
near Denver, Colo. The suspect's car was found to contain loaded 
weapons 
and bomb-making materials. Also that year, an arson attack severely 
damaged 
a Minneapolis, Minn., mosque. In 2002, a pick-up truck was driven into 
the 
front of the Islamic Center of Tallahassee, Fla. Police said the 
attacker 
was motivated by "hatred of Muslims." Similar incidents have occurred 
in a 
number of other states.

Victims of hate crimes are urged to fill out report forms, which are 
available for download at: 
http://www.cair-net.org/ireport/Incident_Report.doc, or by calling 
202-488-8787. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 offices nationwide and in 
Canada.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/25/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GOLDEN RULE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6834 SPONSORSHIPS
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	- Br. Syaiful Idris Passes Away
* FIRE AT GEORGIA MOSQUE RULED ARSON
* NCPA CONDEMNS MUMBAI BOMBINGS
	- IMC-USA Condemns Mumbai Bombings
* GOOD NEWS: NEWSPAPER APOLOGIZES FOR OFFENSIVE CARTOON
* TAHERI IS DEAF TO FEMALE INTELLECT (National Post)
* UNWRA RESPONDS TO DANIEL PIPES (National Post)
* 'ASHCROFT UNPLUGGED:' COMING SOON (Chicago Tribune)
	- An Unpatriotic Act (NY Times)
	- Destroying Freedoms to Save Them (Denver Post)
* ANALYSTS DOUBT U.S. CLAIM ON IRAQI DRONES (AP)
	- Israel to Discuss Transfer of Iraqi Oil (Haaretz)
	- Poll: Most See U.S. Bogged Down in Iraq (AP)
* BLACKLISTED BY THE BANK (Christian Science Monitor)
* ACCOMPLICE IN PLOT TO BOMB ISLAMIC CENTER PLEADS GUILTY (AP)
* GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN (CBS)
* MUSLIM WOMAN TO RECEIVE PEACEMAKER PRIZE (Journal News)
* FOOD-LABELING LAW TO PROTECT MUSLIM CONSUMERS (Star-Telegram)
* MARYLAND MUSLIMS FIGHT HUNGER THROUGH FOOD BANK

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HADITH OF THE DAY: THE GOLDEN RULE

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Sahih Muslim, Hadith 852

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BR. SYAIFUL IDRIS PASSES AWAY

The board and CAIR staff wishes to express their sincere condolences to 
the 
friends and family of Syaiful Idris, who passed away in a motorcycle 
accident in Malaysia on Friday.

An active and respected member of the community, Idris was featured in 
CAIR's ad campaign designed to showcase the positive contributions made 
to 
society by Muslim Americans. To view the ad, please visit: 
http://www.americanmuslims.info/ad.asp?m=02&d=16 (Br. Syaiful is on the 
right).

For more information about the fund being established for Idris' 
family, 
contact info@islamicmedia.com

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FIRE AT GEORGIA MOSQUE RULED ARSON
FBI and ATF join investigation of 'incendiary' fire

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/25/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today said fire investigators in Georgia have determined that a 
blaze at the Islamic Center of Savannah early Sunday was an act of 
arson. 
The national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group also said the FBI 
and 
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have now 
joined the investigation. (CAIR called for FBI assistance in the case 
in a 
statement released yesterday.)
        	
Bob Klitsch, chief fire investigator with the Savannah Fire Department, 
and 
FBI Special Agent Steve Crum confirmed to CAIR that the fire was 
"incendiary" in nature and that the case will now be investigated as a 
civil rights violation because the center was a house of worship. Local 
Muslim leaders told CAIR that two recent incidents led them to suspect 
arson.
        	
On August 3, five bullet holes were discovered in the door to a prayer 
area 
in the center. On August 18, the apartment of a Muslim who lives near 
and 
frequently prays at the center was broken into and a racist anti-Muslim 
note with a Nazi swastika was left at the scene. The note threatened 
the 
lives of local Muslims, demanded that they leave Savannah and claimed 
the 
Islamic community was being watched "24-7." SEE: "Suspicious Fire 
Destroys 
Savannah Islamic Center," 
http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/082503/LOC_fire.shtml
        	
"We appreciate the quick work of local fire investigators and the 
willingness of the FBI to aid in the investigation," said CAIR 
Executive 
Director Nihad Awad. "Now that the cause of the fire has been 
determined, 
it is vital that the perpetrators be brought to justice."
        	
Since the beginning of this year, CAIR has received a number of reports 
of 
physical assaults against American Muslims (or those perceived to be 
Muslim) and Islamic institutions. One incident in Yorba Linda, Calif., 
left 
a Muslim teenager badly beaten by a mob that allegedly included white 
supremacists. In Illinois, an explosive device destroyed a Muslim 
family's 
van. In Florida, a man was recently sentenced to 12 1/2 years in 
federal 
prison for plotting to attack some 50 Islamic institutions in that 
state. 
In New York, anti-Muslim statements were made allegedly during an 
attack on 
a Sikh family.
        	
Other incidents include a cross burning at a Maryland Islamic school, 
the 
kidnapping and beating of a Massachusetts pizza delivery man whose 
attackers thought he was Muslim and the shooting of a Sikh man in 
Arizona 
who may have been mistaken for an Arab.
        	
As early as 1994, a nearly completed mosque in Yuba City, Calif., 
burned to 
the ground in what was ruled an arson attack. In 1995, arson destroyed 
a 
Springfield, Ill., Islamic center. In 1996, a suspect was charged for 
involvement in an arson attack on a Greenville, S.C., mosque. In 1999, 
a 
would-be terrorist was arrested after fleeing from the area of a mosque 
near Denver, Colo. The suspect's car was found to contain loaded 
weapons 
and bomb-making materials. Also that year, an arson attack severely 
damaged 
a Minneapolis, Minn., mosque. In 2002, a pick-up truck was driven into 
the 
front of the Islamic Center of Tallahassee, Fla. Similar incidents have 
occurred in a number of other states, particularly since the 9/11 
terror 
attacks.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 16 offices nationwide and in Canada.

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

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NCPA CONDEMNS MUMBAI BOMBINGS
www.ncpa.info

WASHINGTON, DC- The National Council of Pakistani Americans, a public 
education and civil rights organization, condemns in the strongest term 
today's bombings in India's financial hub Mumbai. According to press 
reports, at least two car bombs went off at different locations killing 
46 
people and injuring many. No group has claimed responsibility for the 
bombings.

"These acts of indiscriminate violence have no justification whatsoever 
and 
no place in a civilized world. Perpetrators of these heinous acts can 
achieve no goals by killing innocent people," said Faiz Rehman, 
President 
of NCPA.

ALSO SEE:

IMC-USA CONDEMNS MUMBAI BOMBINGS
http://www.imc-usa.org/cgi-bin/cfm/PressRelease.cfm?PRID=61

Indian Muslim Council-USA, a Washington based advocacy group working 
toward 
safeguarding Indian society's pluralist and tolerant ethos, condemned 
the 
multiple bomb blasts in Mumbai, India on August 25, 2003.

According to news reports received on August 25, 2003, more than 45 
innocent lives were lost when multiple bomb explosions rocked India's 
financial capital, Mumbai.

Rasheed Ahmed, Vice-President of IMC-USA said, "We are always deeply 
pained 
by such senseless acts of violence. We callon the Indian government to 
arrest the perpetrators of this heinous act and swiftly bring them to 
justice and seek maximum penalty under the law. We are confident that 
Indian government will not let the violence escalate to avoid further 
loss 
of life and civility. We stand in sympathy with the families and 
friends of 
those who lost their lives and call on all Indians to join together and 
condemn all violence against innocent civilians."

Since it was founded on the independence day, August 15th, 2002,
IMC-USA has been actively promoting values of pluralism and tolerance 
amongst the Indian Diaspora in the United States.

CONTACT: Rasheed Ahmed (708) 466-0244

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GOOD NEWS: IDAHO STATESMAN ISSUES APOLOGY FOR OFFENSIVE CARTOON

The following is a copy of the apology issued by Carolyn Washburn, 
Executive Editor of Idaho Statesman, after her newspaper printed an 
offensive editorial cartoon about Islam in its August 18th issue:

We apologize for an editorial cartoon on the Commentary page on Monday, 
Aug. 18. The cartoon was titled "Koran for Dummies." Our standard is to 
publish cartoons of all points of view, even if the editorial board 
disagrees, because cartoons express the opinion of the cartoonist. But 
our 
standard is to not run cartoons that do little more than reinforce 
stereotypes about religion, race or other things of a personal nature. 
We 
apologize.

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TAHERI IS DEAF TO FEMALE INTELLECT
Sheema Khan, National Post, 8/25/03
http://www.nationalpost.com/search/site/story.asp?id=3B25D164-D326-4C8A-B226-934B0FDB202C

Sheema Khan, chair, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Canada, 
Ottawa 
on "Lifting the Veil On Gender Apartheid," by Amir Taheri, Aug. 19.

After reading Amir Taheri's commentary about Islamic attire, I followed 
his 
suggestion and went to check our family album to see if my female 
relatives 
wore an Islamic head-scarf prior to the 1970s. There were no 
photographs. 
The reason: According to strict Muslim tradition in India at that time, 
taking photographs of people was forbidden.

I then checked with my mother, who informed me that she, along with 
most 
other Muslim women in Benares (hardly a rural centre) wore the burka -- 
a 
long tunic with a face veil. And so the inaccuracies of Mr. Taheri's 
article began to unravel...

Mr. Taheri's contempt for the hijab is clear. Women who wear the hijab 
are 
assumed to be mindless, following the whims of scholars and "duped" 
wholesale about Islamic teachings. This is reminiscent of the 
contemptuous 
attitude of some Muslim preachers who claim that a woman's intellect is 
never to be trusted. Ironically, in the name of secular fundamentalism, 
Mr. 
Taheri asserts the same; namely that a Muslim woman cannot be trusted 
for 
her choice.

And this is the most insulting aspect of the article. Somehow, a woman 
who 
wears the hijab could not have made a conscious choice. Yet, Islamic 
teachings stipulate that each individual is responsible for her choice 
before God -- and God alone.

Here in the West, many of us have heard both sides of the hijab 
argument -- 
both pro and con -- and have made decisions using our God-given 
intellect. 
We are not in need of Islamic reformers to tell us that we are mindless 
sheep, duped by godless atheists or religious extremists. We have minds 
of 
our own, keen to learn, listen and contribute towards the evolution of 
Islamic thought. Our historical traditions -- both Sunni and Shia -- 
are 
replete with examples of Muslim women with courage, intelligence, piety 
and 
yes -- a veil.

No, Mr. Taheri, we are not hard of hearing due to our hijab. It is you 
who 
is deaf to the intellect of Muslim women...

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UNWRA RESPONDS TO PIPES
Paul McCann, National Post, 8/25/03
http://www.nationalpost.com/search/site/story.asp?id=3B25D164-D326-4C8A-B226-934B0FDB202C 
(Scroll down.)

Paul McCann, chief, public information office, UNRWA headquarters, Gaza 
on 
"The UN's Palestinian Refugee Trap," by Daniel Pipes, Aug. 21.

GAZA - It is with great dismay that we read Daniel Pipes's commentary 
on 
the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the Palestine refugees. 
While Prof. Pipes is entitled to his opinion, his column is misleading 
on a 
number of points.

Palestine refugees differ from other refugees because a majority of 
them 
continue to suffer the plight of dispossession and statelessness. 
Rather 
than their "status" as refugees creating "anguish and discontent," it 
is 
their dispossession and statelessness that lie at the heart of their 
predicament.

The standard mechanisms by which refugee problems are solved are:

- voluntary repatriation;

- voluntary resettlement in host states; and

- voluntary resettlement in asylum granting third states.

In the case of the Palestine refugees, repatriation has consistently 
been 
rejected by Israel, whereas resettlement in the Arab host states has 
been 
rejected by both the states concerned and the refugees themselves...

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'ASHCROFT UNPLUGGED:' COMING SOON
Jonathan Turley, Chicago Tribune, 8/ 25/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0308250185aug25,1,6190165.story

(Jonathan Turley is a professor of public interest law at George 
Washington 
University)

It is the record industry's answer for any aging rock band or artist 
with 
slipping sales: Go on tour. The White House appears to be following 
that 
advice in trying to bolster the slipping support for both Atty. Gen. 
John 
Ashcroft and the USA Patriot Act. The tour promises to be "Ashcroft 
Unplugged," a city-by-city performance explaining why citizens should 
embrace the Patriot Act and its rollback on civil liberties. Of course, 
this will be a hard sell in the more than 150 cities and three states 
that 
have passed resolutions opposing the Patriot Act and fighting its use 
in 
their communities. It is one thing to get people to shell out a few 
bucks 
for a final KISS tour. It is a bit more difficult to get a free people 
to 
surrender their freedoms.

The Justice Department announced the national tour to correct 
"misinformation" about the Patriot Act and to share its many 
virtues--and, 
by extension, those of the attorney general himself, who remains the 
least 
popular member of the Bush administration. Since I have been cited by 
the 
Justice Department as one of the critics who have misinformed the 
public, I 
would like to offer my own suggestions for "Ashcroft Unplugged."

In many ways, this tour is a variation of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 
classic 
"Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." 
If 
citizens are going to come to love the Patriot Act and the rollback of 
their civil liberties, Ashcroft needs to emphasize the other less-known 
positive features of the law. For example, the new authority to conduct 
secret physical searches of our homes means greater interaction for 
home 
pets...

ALSO SEE

AN UNPATRIOTIC ACT
Kamran and Imanlinc Staff, New York Times, 8/25/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/25/opinion/25MON1.html

Attorney General John Ashcroft has embarked on a charm offensive on 
behalf 
of the USA Patriot Act. He is traveling the country to rally support 
for 
the law, which many people, both liberals and conservatives, consider a 
dangerous assault on civil liberties. Mr. Ashcroft's efforts to promote 
the 
law are misguided. He should abandon the roadshow and spend more time 
in 
Washington working with those who want to reform the law.

When the Patriot Act raced through Congress after Sept. 11, critics 
warned 
that it was an unprecedented expansion of the government's right to spy 
on 
ordinary Americans. The more people have learned about the law, the 
greater 
the calls have been for overhauling it. One section that has produced 
particular outrage is the authorization of "sneak and peek" searches, 
in 
which the government secretly searches people's homes and delays 
telling 
them about the search. The House last month voted 309 to 118 for a 
Republican-sponsored measure to block the use of federal funds for such 
searches...

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DESTROYING FREEDOMS TO SAVE THEM
Diane Carman, Denver Post, 8/24/03
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~115~1588127,00.html

The line that got me was the one Attorney General John Ashcroft used on 
the 
stump last week. Ashcroft was trying to rally the masses in support of 
the 
one government initiative that has succeeded in uniting the political 
left 
and the right, albeit in rabid opposition to it.

He said the USA Patriot Act, which expands law-enforcement powers to
levels that make J. Edgar Hoover's legendary goons look like Girl
Scouts, "ensures liberty."

He said this with a straight face.

I kept thinking that something about that line rang familiar.

So I went to the library and began searching. I scrolled through the
computerized card catalog. I searched the Net. I talked to a librarian.

I finally found it, right there among the science fiction classics.

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."

Ashcroft was channeling George Orwell...

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ANALYSTS DOUBT U.S. CLAIM ON IRAQI DRONES
Dafna Linzer and John J. Lumpkin, Associated Press,
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Aerial%20Weapons

Huddled over a fleet of abandoned Iraqi drones, U.S. weapons experts in 
Baghdad came to one conclusion: Despite the Bush administration's 
public 
assertions, these unmanned aerial vehicles weren't designed to dispense 
biological or chemical weapons.

The evidence gathered this summer matched the dissenting views of Air 
Force 
intelligence analysts who argued in a national intelligence assessment 
of 
Iraq before the war that the remotely piloted planes were unarmed 
reconnaissance drones.

In building its case for war, senior Bush administration officials had 
said 
Iraq's drones were intended to deliver unconventional weapons. 
Secretary of 
State Colin Powell even raised the alarming prospect that the pilotless 
aircraft could sneak into the United States to carry out poisonous 
attacks 
on American cities...

But the Air Force, which controls most of the American military's UAV 
fleet, didn't agree with that assessment from the beginning. And 
analysts 
at the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said the Air Force view was 
widely 
accepted within their ranks as well...

ALSO SEE:

PARITZKY TO DISCUSS TRANSFER OF OIL FROM IRAQ DURING U.S. VISIT
Amiram Cohen and Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, 8/24/03
http://www.haaretz.com/

The United States has asked Israel to prepare a plan to renew the 
transport 
of oil from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Haifa port, Army Radio 
reported 
Sunday.

Infrastructure Minister Yosef Paritzky told the station that he intends 
to 
leave for Washington within two weeks to discuss the project in 
meetings 
with U.S. officials.

"I intend to examine the idea of an oil pipe, but the contacts are only 
preliminary," Paritzky told the station.

Sources involved in the project said that it has far-reaching economic 
implications, but that it will not be carried out in the near future 
due to 
the instability of Iraq...

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POLL: MOST SEE U.S. BOGGED DOWN IN IRAQ
Associated Press
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,95612,00.html

WASHINGTON (AP) - With public confidence declining in President Bush's 
handling of the war in Iraq, nearly 70 percent of Americans feel the 
United 
States will be bogged down in the country for years without achieving 
its 
goals, a poll finds.

The Newsweek poll released Saturday also found that nearly 6 of 10 
people 
are concerned that the U.S. military will be overextended should 
another 
security threat arise outside Iraq. And 7 of 10 are concerned the costs 
of 
the war will increase the deficit and hurt the economy.

The war costs the United States roughly $1 billion per week...

U.S. and British troops have also been targets of guerrilla attacks. 
Military figures show that 135 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq since 
May 1, 
when President Bush declared the end of major combat operations there.

Americans had mixed feelings over how to proceed. About 48 percent said 
the 
United States should withdraw military personnel because of the 
attacks, 
while 47 percent said the soldiers should stay.

About 61 percent said the United States did the right thing in taking 
military action, down 7 percent from a poll taken in late July.

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BLACKLISTED BY THE BANK
Sarah Miller, Christian Science Monitor, 8/25/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0825/p15s01-wmcn.html

In an age of homeland insecurity, financial institutions add layers of 
scrutiny that some critics call overzealous.

Hossam Algabri ripped open his statement from Fleet Bank one day after 
work 
last November, and began to read: "We regret to inform you that we have 
decided that it is not in our best interest to continue your banking 
relationship with us."

Mr. Algabri assumed that a mistake had been made. He hadn't bounced a 
single check since he opened an account at the institution's 
predecessor, 
BayBank, 11 years earlier.

As he dialed customer service, he began to wonder: Did this have 
anything 
to do with the war on terrorism?

"You hear about it all the time, but you never think it will happen to 
you," says the Egyptian native, who came to the United States at age 12 
and 
became a citizen this year...

"Many of [those targeted] are immigrants. They don't want to draw 
attention 
to themselves," says Khurram Wahid, a legal adviser for the Council of 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington. "They don't want themselves 
on 
any system complaining about anything."

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ACCOMPLICE IN PLOT TO BOMB ISLAMIC CENTER PLEADS GUILTY
Associated Press, 8/23/03
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030823/APN/308230716

TAMPA, Fla.- A month after withdrawing a guilty plea, a man accused of 
providing guns to a Pinellas County podiatrist who planned to attack 
Islamic centers changed his mind and pleaded guilty again.

Samuel V. Shannahan III admitted he provided 11 weapons, including 
several 
machine guns, to podiatrist Robert Goldstein, who is serving 12 1/2 
years 
in federal prison for plotting to attack the mosques in retaliation for 
the 
Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

Shannahan's previous plea fell apart during what was supposed to be his 
sentencing hearing last month. Assistant U.S. Attorney Colleen 
Murphy-Davis 
accused Shannahan of perjuring himself and defense attorney Jeffrey G. 
Brown accused Murphy-Davis of violating a plea agreement.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew concluded the prosecutor had violated 
a 
portion of the plea agreement, and allowed Shannahan to retract his 
guilty 
plea.

Brown subsequently filed court papers accusing the prosecutor of being 
dishonest when she accused Shannahan of perjury...

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GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN
CBS News, 6/24/03
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/04/06/60minutes/printable548023.shtml

Recently, the Justice Department's inspector general released a report 
criticizing the unduly harsh way our government treated many of the 
1,200 
Muslim and Middle Eastern men who were rounded up and questioned by 
U.S. 
authorities in the months following Sept. 11.

As 60 Minutes first reported earlier this year, and the Justice 
Department 
report confirms, many of those men who were held in solitary 
confinement in 
maximum security prisons for months on end - without their families 
being 
notified, without real access to legal aid, and without being charged 
with 
a crime.

Three such detainees tell correspondent Bob Simon their stories...

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MUSLIM ACCEPTANCE
Nazia Kazi, Chicago Tribune, 8/23/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-0308230263aug23,1,700180.story

(Nazia Kazi is a student at Northwestern University)

Evanston - For almost two years, I've walked on eggshells because of my 
identity as a Muslim.

I've had to hold my breath when dressed in my religious attire, when 
passing through security at the airports, and even when potential 
employers 
discover that I'm a Muslim.

For two years, I've witnessed the construction of the Patriot Act, 
which 
strips some Americans of their basic rights.

However, it is not because I'm anti-American that I'm disturbed by the 
front page article about Muslim chaplains in prison. It is precisely 
because I believe in American values of acceptance, free speech, and 
tolerance that I am very bothered by it.

Weeks before a large Islam in America (ISNA) convention takes place, an 
article is written labeling ISNA leaders as co-conspirators in the 1993 
World Trade Center attacks.

All of these claims are, of course, only "alleged," yet such a story is 
allowed to take a spot on the front page.

I call on those of you who read the article to contact ISNA leaders, to 
attend the ISNA convention, and to read the writings of Imam Siraj 
Wahhaj. 
Feel free to notify authorities if you find one shred of extremism or 
terrorism in any of those exchanges. I call on the journalists to stand 
by 
the values upon which this country was built...

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MUSLIM WOMAN TO RECEIVE PEACEMAKER PRIZE
Hema Easley, Journal News, 8/25/03
http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/082503/a0125interfaith.html

Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan remembers the day she was invited to speak about 
Islam 
to a Christian congregation in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Though the 
surgeon had frequently spoken about her religion in public forums, the 
prevailing atmosphere of anger and suspicion made her anxious that day.

But in a gesture that floored her, the pastor of the church offered her 
the 
pulpit for her talk.

"It was an honor," said Hassan, a Pleasantville resident, remembering 
the 
almost electric connection she made with the congregants that Sunday 
morning two years ago. "Learning and teaching about each other's 
religion 
is what brings understanding."

Developing good relations among diverse religions in America has been 
Hassan's mission since she rediscovered Islam after making the hajj 
pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca seven years ago. Hassan, an 
American 
who is a native of Pakistan, travels across the Northeast to discuss 
the 
peaceful message of Islam and to help develop better relations among 
her 
religion and other Abrahamic faiths - Judaism and Christianity...

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NEW FOOD-LABELING LAW TO PROTECT MUSLIM CONSUMERS
Diane Smith, Star-Telegram, 8/25/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/6612938.htm

Mohsen Mousa, who co-owns the Giza Specialty Foods store in Bedford, 
displays a package of meat that is "halal," or lawful, and was prepared 
in 
accordance with Muslim religious beliefs.

Consumers of food products prepared under Islamic rules have new 
protections against businesses that misuse the halal label.

Muslim consumers typically purchase meats and other foods that have the 
word "halal" on the package. The Arabic word means "lawful," and it 
helps 
Muslims know the food was prepared in accordance with their religious 
beliefs.

Effective Sept. 1, anyone selling mislabeled halal food at stores or 
restaurants could face misdemeanor charges...

Muslim leaders said the effort shows that their community's concerns 
are 
being noticed by lawmakers. The law also recognizes a constituency that 
is 
becoming more integrated in public policy debates.

"It shows how mature our community is getting," said Rabiah Ahmed, a 
spokeswoman with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 
Washington, D.C.

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MARYLAND MUSLIMS FIGHT HUNGER THROUGH FOOD BANK

The Baltimore County Muslim Council (BCMC), along with other Muslim 
organizations throughout Maryland, is joining hand with the Maryland 
Food 
Bank to fight hunger in Maryland and is organizing a Food Drive between 
September 6th and September 14th, 2003. Each Muslim Council is leading 
the 
effort at the County level in their area. The food and money collected 
by 
BCMC will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

Handing over the collected food will take place at a Picnic on 
September 
14. Several State and County officials are expected to be present at 
this 
ceremony.

For more details, please call: Dr. Saba Siddiqi 410-825-2770; Akbar 
Ansari 
410-625-0304' Nasrin Rehman 410-252-2175

Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB)
Email: info@isb.org
Web: www.alrahmah.org

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/26/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ACT JUSTLY
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* CAIR CONDEMNS MUMBAI BOMBINGS
* CAIR JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS
	- CAIR-St. Louis Annual Banquet
* IMMIGRANTS: 9/11 PROBE VIOLATED RIGHTS (Phil. Inquirer)
	- Secretive Jailings Protested (Calgary Herald)
* RIGHTS ADVOCATES SLAM SCREENING SYSTEM (Wash. Times)
* BUSH PUTS HAWK IN NEST OF DOVES (Charlotte Observer)
	- Palestinian Exclusion (Jerusalem Post)
* INVESTIGATORS SAY ISLAMIC CENTER FIRE WAS ARSON (SMN)
	- Peace Coalition Supports Local Muslim Group (WTOC)
	- Images of Mosque Fire (WTOC)
* IOWA UNIVERSITY GETS GRANTS TO EACH ARABIC (AP)
* STATION FIRES HOST AFTER ANTI-ARAB COMMENTS (Boston Globe)
* INSIDE ISRAEL'S SECRET PRISON (Haaretz)
* PROSECUTORS OPEN GENOCIDE STAGE OF MILOSEVIC TRIAL (AP)
	- 230 Muslim Victims Found in Bosnia Grave (Reuters)

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position of authority...fear God and act justly."

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It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
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CAIR CONDEMNS MUMBAI BOMBINGS
	
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/03) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, a 
Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, today 
condemned 
in the strongest possible terms the bombings Monday that killed at 
least 50 
people in Mumbai, India.

CAIR's statement said: "The bombings were acts of terrorism against 
innocent people and cannot be justified for any reason or by any cause. 
The 
criminals who committed these acts must be brought to justice. Indians 
of 
all faiths should now focus on justice, equality and tolerance, not 
force 
of arms."

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CAIR JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS

ANAHEIM, CA - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Southern 
California (CAIR-LA) is pleased to announce a Journalism & 
Communication 
Scholarship Award for Muslim Students.

One scholarship awardee residing in the San Diego area will receive a 
one-time scholarship stipend of $5,000 for pursuing education in the 
field 
of journalism and communication.

CAIR will award the scholarship to a Muslim student in his or her 
junior 
year of college who demonstrates a willingness to pursue journalism or 
communications.

Selection criteria include a required minimum Grade Point Average of 
3.0 
and a record of activism in the Muslim community. The awardee will be 
required to keep in good standing with his/her respective college and 
complete 200 hours of Muslim community volunteer service in the field 
of 
journalism and communications under the supervision of CAIR.

Applicants must reside in the San Diego area and attend a certified 
U.S. 
college or university.

Nominations must be received by CAIR no later than September 12, 2003.

For more information, please contact CAIR-LA Development and Programs 
coordinator, Maryam Dadabhoy (Maryam@cair.com) at 714-776-1847, or 
visit  www.cair-california.org/sandiegoscholarship.htm.

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS ANNUAL BANQUET

On Saturday, September 27, 2003, CAIR-St. Louis will host its 2nd 
Annual 
Fundraiser & Award Banquet.  Speakers include Sam Page (Missouri State 
Representative - Creve Coeur), Omar Ahmad (Founder and Chair of 
CAIR-National), and Arsalan Iftikhar (CAIR-National's Director of Legal 
Affairs).

Also, the 2003 Excellence in Journalism Award will be presented to Jean 
Jackson, co-host of the KTRS Morning Show and former anchor for KSDK 
News.

The event will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Laclede's 
Landing, 
901 N. First Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102. For directions to the 
hotel, please visit our website at www.cair-stl.org.

The cost for the fundraiser is $40 per person; however, if you purchase 
two 
tickets, the cost for each ticket is reduced to $30 per ticket. You may 
order tickets by calling Hashim Raza at (314) 579-0632 or Kamal Yassin 
at 
(314) 576-5875. Tickets will also be on sale following jummah prayer 
beginning Friday, September 5, 2003 at area mosques.

The evening will begin with registration and a silent auction at 6:30 
p.m.  The auction will include assorted items including Rams tickets 
and 
various services donated by Muslim vendors and service providers. All 
proceeds from the silent auction will go to CAIR-St. Louis.

Magrib prayer will follow at approximately 7 p.m. The dinner and awards 
presentation will begin promptly at 7:30.  An excellent meal consisting 
of 
halal chicken, salad, rice, bread and a dessert will be provided.

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IMMIGRANTS: 9/11 PROBE VIOLATED RIGHTS
Gaiutra Bahadur, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/26/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/nation/6617384.htm

BRAMPTON, Ontario- Everything had been set for Akhil Sachdeva's fresh 
start.

He had sold his gas station on Long Island to raise money for a 
sandwich-shop franchise in Toronto. His belongings were boxed up in the 
basement. He had even arranged to change the odometer on his BMW 
convertible from miles to kilometers.

Then Sachdeva, a middle-class Hindu about to put a failed marriage and 
the 
United States behind him, did one last errand. He returned a call to 
the 
FBI, which wanted information about one of his Muslim workers.

That call ultimately landed him in a room with blackened windows in a 
New 
Jersey jail, where he sat for four months, caught in a net widely cast 
by 
federal agents investigating the Sept. 11 attacks.

Now Sachdeva, 31, a legal resident of Canada since 1998, is suing the 
U.S. 
government, as are six other men detained after Sept. 11. They contend 
they 
were treated like criminal suspects but denied the constitutional 
rights of 
defendants.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status on behalf of hundreds of 
similarly detained immigrants, alleges that the government held them 
longer 
than federal law allows on immigration charges, which are civil 
violations. 
Meanwhile, the suit says, agents hunted for evidence to tie them to 
terrorism...

Passaic County Jail, which housed more Sept. 11 detainees than any 
other 
facility in the United States, was so overcrowded that he shared a cell 
with sentenced inmates, which is against INS regulations. Sachdeva 
bears a 
souvenir of a jailhouse fight, a broken tooth.

Two other plaintiffs in his lawsuit said they had contracted 
tuberculosis 
while held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where 
guards 
allegedly slammed immigrants into walls and taunted them with ethnic 
slurs. 
The inspector general concluded there was evidence to support a pattern 
of 
physical abuse there…

"Nothing can bring your time back," Sachdeva said. "What is gone is 
gone. 
But in the future, it shouldn't happen again."

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SECRETIVE JAILINGS PROTESTED
Tim Naumetz, Calgary Herald, 8/25/03
http://www.canada.com/calgary/

Family members and supporters of five Muslim men being held as 
terrorist 
threats in Canadian jails staged a quiet but emotional protest Monday, 
marching along Ottawa streets to deliver a personal plea to Prime 
Minister 
Jean Chretien for help.

Backed by a coalition against secret hearings used in deportation 
cases, 
the wives and children of several of the men demanded the federal 
government make public evidence showing the prisoners would be a threat 
to 
Canada's security if they are released.

The group successfully delivered a petition of support with 4,500 
signatures to Steven Hogue, Chretien's deputy communications director, 
outside Chretien's central office on Wellington Street, but were unable 
to 
gain entry for a private meeting with any of his officials. Chretien 
was in 
the Northwest Territories to sign a first-nation land claim settlement.

The five men were arrested separately in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal 
over 
the last three years. One has been in custody since 2000.

All five were taken into custody through the power of a national 
security 
certificate, signed by the federal solicitor general and the 
immigration 
minister, which allows a Federal Court judge to hear the evidence 
against 
them without disclosing its details. The evidence is kept secret to 
protect 
informants and intelligence agents as well as the integrity of on-going 
investigations by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency...

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RIGHTS ADVOCATES SLAM NEW SCREENING SYSTEM
Audrey Hudson, Washington Times, 8/25/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20030825-112400-8083r.htm

Conservative and liberal advocates are banding together to oppose new 
airline passenger screening methods that they say will be a "quantum 
leap" 
in government surveillance programs.

The program under development by the Transportation Security 
Administration 
would conduct background checks using a data system containing 
information 
on more than 2 million passengers flying daily in the country.

Bob Barr, a civil liberties advocate and former Republican congressman 
from 
Georgia, said the program seeks to "gather evidence on law-abiding 
citizens 
in vain hopes this will somehow magically identify terrorists."

The Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System, or CAPPS II, is a 
predecessor to the current program that critics say profiles air 
passengers 
for buying one-way tickets or using cash and established a "no fly" 
list 
preventing some passengers from flying.

This second-generation profiling technology would collect personal, 
commercial and government information - including credit records - to 
determine whether travelers posed any threat, said Laura Murphy, 
director 
of the American Civil Liberties Union's legislative office...

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BUSH PUTS HAWK IN NEST OF DOVES
Arsalan T. Iftikhar, Charlotte Observer, 8/24/03
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/editorial/6605436.htm

Arsalan T. Iftikhar is the Director of Legal Affairs for the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil 
rights 
group.

Created in 1984, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a 
fairly 
obscure taxpayer-funded institution created by Congress "to promote the 
prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international 
conflicts."

Presidential nominees to the USIP board rarely cause any controversy. 
However, President Bush's recent recess appointment of Daniel Pipes, 
regarded by many American Muslims, Jews and Christians as the nation's 
leading Islamophobe, has created a significant controversy...

Pipes has shown a pattern of troubling bigotry toward Arabs and 
Muslims. As 
early as 1983, an otherwise positive Washington Post book review noted 
that 
Pipes displayed "a disturbing hostility to contemporary Muslims. He 
professes respect for Muslims; but is frequently contemptuous of them." 
Pipes, the Post reviewer wrote, "is swayed by the writings of 
anti-Muslim 
writers" and the book "is marred by inconsistencies and evidence of 
hostility..."

Pipes' appointment during Congress' recess is a moral victory to those 
who 
opposed the nomination because it effectively proves that Bush knew 
Pipes' 
nomination would have difficulty being approved by the normal 
senatorial 
confirmation process.

In a time when we need open and lucid dialogue to help instill 
harmonious 
relations throughout the world, President Bush's recess appointment of 
Pipes sends a completely contradictory message to the Muslim world. On 
one 
hand, the president has repeatedly called Islam a "religion of peace." 
On 
the other hand, he circumvents senatorial confirmation to appoint a man 
who 
has a documented history of disturbing anti-Islamic rhetoric. If he is 
trying to improve relations with the Muslim world by issuing this 
recess 
appointment, he is most certainly headed in the wrong direction.

President Bush appointing Daniel Pipes to the United States Institute 
of 
Peace is the moral equivalent of placing a hawk into a nest full of 
doves.

ALSO SEE:

PALESTINIAN EXCLUSION
Jerusalem Post, 8/26/03
http://www.jpost.com/

Sir, - Daniel Pipes places no blame on Israel for the plight of 
Palestinian 
refugees ("The refugee curse," August 20). Instead he blames Arab 
governments hosting these refugees, and faults even the UN humanitarian 
organization UNRWA, which he absurdly accuses of "monstrous works."

Certainly Arab host governments, and the international community 
generally, 
should do more to assist the long- suffering Palestinian refugees. 
Israel, 
however, should not be exculpated. For the world to accept Israel's 
permanent exclusion of these refugees from their homeland would be 
tantamount to acceptance of ethnic cleansing. Perhaps if Pipes were not 
so 
blinded by bias, he might understand that exclusion, not humanitarian 
assistance, is the real "monstrous work" against the Palestinians.

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INVESTIGATORS SAY ISLAMIC CENTER FIRE WAS AN ARSON
Anne Hart, Savannah Morning News, 8/26/3
http://savannahnow.com/stories/082603/LOC_firecause.shtml

A weekend blaze that destroyed the Islamic Center of Savannah was set 
on 
purpose, Savannah fire investigators said Monday.

While investigators hesitate to label the arson a hate crime until 
their 
probe is done, members of the southside mosque say they're being 
targeted 
because of their faith.

"We do feel it is a hate crime," said Saad Hammid, a board member of 
the 
Islamic Center. "This will continue until those criminals are put 
behind bars."

The early Sunday blaze destroyed the temporary mosque - housed in a 
two-bedroom home on Dutchtown Road - and a rare handwritten Koran. No 
one 
was injured.

The 3 a.m. fire came after two other incidents earlier this month that 
members believe were anti-Muslim. On Aug. 3, members said, five bullet 
holes were found in the garage door at the center. On Aug. 18, the 
apartment of a student who worships regularly at the center was 
burglarized.

The burglar allegedly left behind a note demanding that Muslims leave 
Savannah and that Muslims are being watched "24-7." The student lives 
near 
the Islamic Center. Both incidents were reported to Savannah police and 
the 
FBI...

ALSO SEE:

SAVANNAH PEACE COALITION SUPPORTS LOCAL MUSLIM GROUP
Holly Bristow, WTOC, 8/26/03
http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1416821&nav=0qq6HeZy

Leaders in the Muslim community have no doubt that the fire which 
destroyed 
their place of worship was intentional.  "How convinced are you this 
was a 
hate crime?" asked WTOC Reporter, Holly Bristow. "100 percent," 
answered 
Dr. Masood Ahmed, Vice Chairman of the Islamic Center.

But the Muslim members are feeling a little better after attending a 
rally 
held in support of them by the Savannah Peace Coalition. "We're here in 
solidarity," said Kelly Gasnick, who organized the event. Nearly two 
dozen 
people showed up for the candle light vigil. to rally around the 
members of 
the Islamic Center. "It's clear that the members of the community were 
victims of racial and religious terrorism," said Gasnick.

Members of the Muslim community feel those responsible for setting the 
blaze that gutted their mosque are ignorant about the religion that 
started 
in the Middle East. "They think Muslims are terrorists. When people 
come to 
know about Islam and when they truly meet a Muslim following his faith 
they 
will not have any negative feelings about them," said Dr. Ahmed. 
"Unfortunately there are a few people who don't know the true peace and 
honorability of these people," said Patti Emfinger, a physicians 
assistant 
who has worked along side two doctors who are practicing Muslims...

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MOSQUE ARSON INVESTIGATED
Nicole Teigen, WTOC, 8/25/03
http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1416248&nav=0qq5He7I

An mosque burned to the ground Sunday morning, and police are calling 
it a 
case of arson. Around 3 a.m. Sunday - someone set fire to the Islamic 
Center of Savannah on Dutchtown Road. During the investigation, the 
arson 
dogs smelled something suspicious at the scene and alerted their 
handlers. 
They've since asked the FBI and ATF for help in solving this crime...

The Savannah Fire Department says there are several reasons why they 
believe this was arson, and one of those reasons could be hate. The 
fire 
completely destroyed the building but it wasn't the only thing 
targeting 
this mosque. Just a few weeks ago, bullets slammed into the garage door 
and 
one of its members received hate mail. With all these factors, the 
Savannah 
Fire Department's investigators have good reason to believe this fire 
was 
intentional...

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UNIVERSITY GETS FEDERAL GRANTS TO EACH ARABIC
Associated Press, 8/26/03

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa will use two federal grants to 
teach Arabic for the first time and fund more international study 
fellowships.

"We have really lagged behind, and our students want it," said William 
Reisinger, associate provost for academic programs and dean of the Iowa 
International Programs.

Interest in Islamic studies has risen in recent years while Iowa has 
remained the only school in the Big Ten not to offer some sort of 
Arabic 
language instruction, Reisinger said.

Iowa courses on Islam have been popular with students and filled up 
quickly 
when they were first offered, the university said…

The university is currently looking for Arabic instructors to teach the 
courses when they become available in the spring semester, spokeswoman 
Lois 
Gray said.

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WRKO DISMISSES OSTERLIND
Mark Jurkowitz, Boston Globe, 8/26/2003
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/238/living/WRKO_dismisses_Osterlind+.shtml

Two weeks after he was suspended for what the station said were 
inappropriate on-air remarks about the Palestinians, WRKO-AM (680) 
morning 
drive cohost John ''Ozone'' Osterlind was fired yesterday. A WRKO press 
release called the dismissal another step in the ''evolution'' of the 
station. And in an interview, station general manager Tom Baker said he 
and 
program director Mike Elder ''had time to assess what he said, and we 
decided . . . it was time to make a decision. We felt the remarks were 
insensitive and not appropriate for the radio station.'' Osterlind's 
exact 
remarks still remain a point of some contention and confusion, but they 
were made in the context of a Mideast discussion about eradicating the 
Palestinians...

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INSIDE ISRAEL'S SECRET PRISON
Aviv Lavie, Haaretz, 8/26/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=331637

Detainees are blindfolded and kept in blackened cells, never told where 
they are, brutally interrogated and allowed no visitors of any kind. 
Dubbed 
'the Israeli Guantanamo,' it's no wonder facility 1391 officially does 
not 
exist.

M, who serves in the Intelligence Corps reserves, remembers the first 
time 
he was sent to do guard duty at Camp 1391. Before climbing to the top 
of 
the observation tower he received an explicit order from the 
responsible 
officer: "When you're on the tower you look straight ahead only, 
outside 
the base, and to the sides. What happens behind you is none of your 
business. Do not turn around."

M., of course, couldn't resist the temptation and occasionally snuck a 
look 
behind him. From atop the tower he saw the double fence surrounding the 
camp, enclosing a compound ruled by trained attack dogs; the jeep that 
patrols inside the two fences; the vehicles utilized by the members of 
the 
unit who man the base; and especially the large concrete structure, 
dating 
from the British Mandate period, when it was used by the British 
police, 
and which now bears a description that carries an aura of mystery: 
Israel's 
secret detention facility.

Some of the people who were interviewed for this article dubbed the 
camp 
"the Israeli Guantanamo..."

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PROSECUTORS OPEN GENOCIDE STAGE OF MILOSEVIC TRIAL
Anthony Deutsch, Associated Press, 8/25/03
http://www.boston.com/dailynews/237/world/Prosecutors_open_genocide_stag:

The Hague, Netherlands - A former Bosnian Serb soldier who confessed to 
executing at least 100 Muslims from Srebrenica in 1995 testified at 
Slobodan Milosevic's war crimes trial Monday that the massacres must 
have 
been ordered by higher ranking military officials.

The former Yugoslav president denied involvement in the killings and 
blamed 
mercenaries who he said had been paid in gold for work allegedly 
commissioned by the French intelligence.

''Neither Serbia nor I have anything to do with these events in 
Srebrenica,'' Milosevic said.

Former soldier Drazen Erdemovic, 31, took the stand as prosecutors 
entered 
a final, critical stage of their case, in which they will try to prove 
allegations that Milosevic orchestrated the most heinous crime of the 
Balkan wars genocide in Bosnia.

Erdemovic who pleaded guilty to murder as part of a deal with 
prosecutors 
in 1996 and has served a five-year sentence described how on July 11, 
1995, 
his battalion summarily shot 1,000-1,200 people at a farm in the 
northeastern enclave Srebrenica.

He said that in spite of moral objections, he participated in the 
killing 
spree for four hours straight before being relieved...

SEE ALSO:

NEARLY 230 VICTIMS FOUND SO FAR IN BOSNIA GRAVE
Nedim Dervisbegovic, Reuters News, 8/26/03

NEAR ZVORNIK, Bosnia, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Forensic experts said on 
Tuesday 
they had exhumed remains of nearly 230 Muslims killed early in Bosnia's 
1992-5 war from one of the largest mass graves, but adding that 
hundreds 
more bodies might be found.

Documents retrieved in the Crni Vrh (Black Peak) grave showed the 
victims 
were Muslims who went missing when Bosnian Serb forces, the former 
Yugoslav 
army and Serbian irregulars swiftly captured several eastern Bosnian 
towns, 
they said…

The commission had said that based on evidence from witnesses and other 
sources it expected to find remains of people killed in the area in 
1992 
and those killed in the 1995 Serb massacre of thousands of Muslims from 
Srebrenica…

"Many bones and skulls were damaged with bullets which means that the 
victims were most probably executed," Klonowski said.

Sinan Hrustic, a 24-year-old Muslim who recently returned to live in 
the 
nearby village of Klise which his family fled in summer 1992, watched 
the 
exhumation work hoping the remains of his father and brother would be 
found 
in the grave.

"They were among 150 people from our village and about 750 from the 
area 
that disappeared then," Hrustic said while his mother-in-law Ajka 
Hasanovic, in a traditional Muslim long dress and headscarf, stood by 
the 
mass grave and wept.

"She lost 18 male family members and relatives. It is really hard for 
her," 
he said.

Of 28,500 people missing from the Bosnian war, mostly Muslims, the 
remains 
of around 16,500 have been found and 11,500 identified.

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MUSLIMS TO HOLD 9/11 VIGIL AT U.S. CAPITOL
"A Day of National Unity" event to promote interfaith relations

WHAT: On WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, 
will 
host an interfaith memorial event at the Capitol Reflecting Pool in 
Washington, D.C., to mark the second anniversary of the 9/11 terror 
attacks 
and to challenge those who seek to divide America along religious or 
ethnic 
lines.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool (Westside), Washington, D.C.

The event, "A Day of National Unity," will include songs by a 
children's 
choir, speeches from local and national community and religious leaders 
and 
a candlelight vigil in memory of those who died in the attacks. (Groups 
or 
individuals interested in participating in the vigil should contact 
Joshua 
Brockwell at: jbrockwell@cair-net.org or call 202-488-8787, ext. 3221) 
The 
event will also include presentation of the first annual "Voice of 
Unity 
Award" to the Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington, an organization 
founded in response to the post-9/11 backlash against American Muslims, 
Arab-Americans and those perceived to be Middle Eastern.

"Now more than ever, we must come together as one nation to challenge 
the 
voices of division in our society," said CAIR Board Chairman Omar 
Ahmad. 
"The threat of terrorism, and our response to it, continues to test our 
ability to live together in a spirit of interfaith harmony and 
inclusion. 
This is a test we must pass if America is to maintain the values of 
religious tolerance we all hold dear."

CAIR is American's largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada.

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/27/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WORSHIP GOD
* FREE CAIR T-SHIRT WITH MEMBERSHIP AT ISNA
	- Muslim Leaders to Hold Press Conference in Chicago
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6843 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* MUSLIM CABBIE RETURNS LOST MONEY (Detroit Free Press)
* TRIAL BEGINS TODAY IN BIAS SUIT AGAINST AMD (Mercury News)
* MUSLIMS PRAY IN TENT AFTER MOSQUE DESTROYED (Mercury News)
	- Chestnut Ridge Mosque Sends Aid to Baghdad (Journal News)
* PIPES BRINGS USIP NEGATIVE REPUTATION (Daily Nebraskan)
* CITY'S MUSLIMS WOUNDED BY BASELESS ALLEGATIONS (Edmonton Journal)
	- Recent Arrivals Subject to Patriotic Tests (Post-Gazette)
* WE'RE FIGHTING TERROR, BUT KILLING FREEDOM (Newsweek)
	- U.S. Risks Repeating A 'Fundamental Injustice' (Insight)
* ISRAELI VOWS NOT TO SERVE IN PALESTINIAN LANDS (AJC)
	- Sharon is Now a Danger to US Troops (Guardian)
	- GW Hospital Provides Free Care to Palestinian Teen
* HOW AND WHY DID IRAQI DIE? (NY Times)
	- Iraq Could Become U.S.'s West Bank and Gaza (Newsday)
	- Optimists are Losing Heart about Iraq (Guardian)
	- The Jihad All-Stars (NY Times)
	- U.S. Opens Hearing on Alleged Iraqi Abuse (AP)
	- Danish Minister Under Fire Over Iraqi Deaths (Reuters)
* EASTSIDE DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT NOT SEEN ON BALLOT (Seattle Times)
* INTERVIEWEES SOUGHT FOR DOCUMENTARY ON IRAQI WOMEN

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WORSHIP GOD

When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) died and the people would 
not 
believe the news of his death, the Prophet's companion Abu Bakr said: 
"Whoever worshipped Muhammad, (know that) Muhammad is dead. But whoever 
worshipped God, (know that) God is alive and will never die." He then 
quoted the Quran, which states: "Muhammad is no more than an Apostle. 
Many 
were the Apostles that passed away before him. If he died or were 
slain, 
will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his 
heels, 
not the least harm will he do to God; but God (on the other hand) will 
swiftly reward those who (serve him) with gratitude." (Quran, 3.144) 
The 
narrator of this hadith added: "It was as if the people never knew that 
God 
had revealed this verse before Abu Bakr recited it, and then whoever 
heard 
it, started reciting it."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 333

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MUSLIM LEADERS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council of Islamic 
Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) will co-host a press 
conference 
scheduled for Friday, August 29, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. in Room S501 of 
McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois.  This press 
conference will be held as a part of the Islamic Society of North 
America 
Conference held at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois from August 29, 
2003 
to September 1, 2003.

The ISNA Conference is the largest voluntary gathering of Muslims in 
the 
Western Hemisphere and will be attended by over 25,000 Muslims from 
across 
North America. During Labor Day weekend, the attendees will attend 
lectures 
and participate in discussions on a variety of issues important to 
Muslims 
today.

The press conference will feature Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Secretary General 
of 
ISNA, Kareem Irfan, Chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of 
Greater 
Chicago, Dr. Bob Edgar, Secretary General of the National Council of 
Churches, Dr. David Schwartz, Federal Bureau of Prisons Religious 
Services 
Administrator and expert on Islam, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Vice President 
of 
ISNA-USA, and other Muslim leaders from across North America.

Kareem Irfan, Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations stated, 
"This press conference is an excellent opportunity for members of the 
press 
to learn the perspective of real experts on Muslims and Islam, Muslims 
themselves."

Dr. Sayyid Syeed stated, "The 40th Annual Convention of ISNA brings 
together the strength of the growing Muslim community in America and 
the 
strength of America in respecting diversity.  The press conference will 
help us to prepare ourselves for identifying the richness of the 
program 
activities and the socio-political message of the convention."

Journalists seeking additional information or the opportunity to 
schedule 
one-on-one interviews with Muslim leaders should contact Lara Suleiman 
at 
630-661-7545.

[For details, Press Passes & interviews contact Lara Suleiman, Ph. 
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MUSLIM CABBIE RETURNS LOST MONEY

THE CONCEPT OF HONESTY EXTENDS THROUGH ALL RELIGIONS
MORT CRIM, Detroit Free Press, 8/27/03
http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/crim27_20030827.htm

Mention the words "New York cabbie" and what's the first thing comes to 
mind?

Harrowing, swerving thrill rides through Manhattan's concrete canyons? 
Sarcasm? Caustic commentary on everyone from the mayor to the driver 
who 
just cut him off?

Well, how about honesty?

That's what one New York woman will think of first the next time she 
recalls a particular New York cabbie -- a young Pakistani by the name 
of 
Qurbe Tirmizi -- a gemology student who wants to become a jeweler. 
Tirmizi 
is 20 and drives the cab to pay for tuition at the Gemology Institute 
of 
America.

So he could have used the $32,000 in cash the elderly woman left in the 
back of his cab. But integrity is worth more to Tirmizi than money. 
He's a 
devout Muslim.

So when he found the woman's identification in the leather satchel, he 
took 
it immediately to police.

It was the woman's life's savings and she tried to give Tirmizi a 
reward. 
No, he said. Returning her money was the right thing to do. All he 
wanted 
from her was her blessing to help him through his studies and through 
life. 
That, of course, was something he already had…

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TRIAL BEGINS TODAY IN BIAS SUIT AGAINST AMD
Therese Poletti, Mercury News, 8/27/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/business/6629797.htm

Opening arguments will be heard today in a lawsuit filed by a former 
top 
executive of Advanced Micro Devices who claims that his distinguished 
career at AMD was abruptly derailed when top officials learned he was a 
Muslim.

Walid Maghribi, a Lebanese-American who ran AMD's memory-chip business, 
filed a suit against the Sunnyvale chip maker in April 2002. In his 
complaint, Maghribi contends that several weeks after the Sept. 11 
terrorist attacks, AMD's top two executives learned that he was a 
Muslim of 
Arab heritage and his career went into a tailspin.

The opening arguments by Maghribi's attorney and by AMD's counsel will 
be 
heard in U.S. District Court in San Jose. Judge Jeremy Fogel has set 
approximately three weeks for trial...

Maghribi said in his complaint that a joint venture he was brokering 
between AMD and Fujitsu was put on hold by Chairman Jerry Sanders after 
Sanders learned at a company dinner that Maghribi was a Muslim. The 
terms 
of the joint venture had been approved by AMD's executive council Oct. 
24, 
2001, but a few weeks later, Sanders changed his mind about the 
structure 
of the deal, Maghribi claimed...

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SAVANNAH MUSLIMS PRAY IN TENT AFTER MOSQUE DESTROYED BY ARSON
Russ Bynum, Associated Press, 8/26/03
http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=17732

SAVANNAH, Georgia - The five men removed their shoes, knelt and prayed 
beneath a white tent angled east toward Mecca - and facing the charred 
shell of what was their mosque before an arsonist turned it to 
blackened 
bricks and ash.

Fire investigators have said the blaze that destroyed the Savannah 
Islamic 
Center before dawn Sunday was set, and the FBI is investigating the 
fire as 
a possible hate crime.

Muslims who attended the mosque, where about 100 families worshipped, 
said 
Tuesday they would continue praying openly - even in the afternoon heat 
over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius).

"In this tent, we are seeing more people than we used to see in this 
air-conditioned house," said Saad Hammid, one of the center's board 
members. "We already see our community is stronger..."

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CHESTNUT RIDGE MOSQUE SENDS AID TO BAGHDAD
Khurram Saeed, Journal News, 8/26/03
http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/082603/b0126mosque.html

As Iraqis struggle to regain control of their lives and their country, 
a 
Chestnut Ridge mosque is helping by filling their stomachs.

The Jerrahi Mosque has sent 75 tons of flour, sugar, lentil beans and 
pasta 
to Baghdad during the summer, in partnership with the Islamic Relief 
Agency, which is based in the United Kingdom.

The effort is one of several projects in the region coordinated by the
Jerrahi Order, a Sufi branch of Islam. The order has mosques in 
Rockland, 
Redwood City, Calif., Seattle and Toronto, as well as in more than a 
dozen 
countries in Europe and South America.

Virtually all of the $30,000 for the food aid was collected in 
Rockland, 
said Tosun Bayrak, the leader of the Chestnut Ridge mosque. People made 
donations during Friday prayers, and mosque members gave as part of the 
annual charitable requirements mandated of Muslims.

Despite the constant threat of looting, Bayrak said relief has been 
reaching the people. The first delivery took place in July; the most 
recent 
this month...

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PIPES BRINGS USIP NEGATIVE REPUTATION
Kyle Michaelis, Daily Nebraskan, 8/26/03
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/08/26/3f4ade86024c3

"Help them to see -- That the people here are like you and me --Let us 
show 
them how to play --The pipes of peace -- Play the pipes of peace."

Paul McCartney did not set out to write a song capturing the essence 
and 
intent of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) when his "Pipes 
of 
Peace" was released in 1983. In fact, the Institute of Peace did not 
even 
exist until 1984, after years of lobbying for such an organization by 
anti-war activists across the country.

Yet, the grand old man of rock 'n' roll's music could quite easily have 
been playing in the halls of Congress when the USIP was created to 
provide 
"the widest possible range of education and training ... and the means 
to 
promote international peace and the resolution of conflicts among the 
nations and peoples of the world without recourse to violence..."

Still, the USIP has continued to operate on a meager budget in relative 
obscurity to its natural counterparts in the Pentagon and the 
Department of 
Defense, working hard to stay true to its stated end. Keeping with his 
administration's incomprehensible ideology as an enemy to peace. 
However, 
President Bush has now declared war on the USIP by undermining its 
efforts 
in insidious and unforgivable fashion with the appointment of 
controversial 
columnist and Middle Eastern affairs scholar Daniel Pipes to its board 
of 
directors.

Bush made the appointment Friday, during Congress' summer recess, slyly 
avoiding a very nasty confirmation hearing certain to dwell on Pipes' 
history of anti-Muslim remarks, not to mention the general disdain 
reserved 
for him in numerous academic circles...

CAIR also quotes Pipes saying of Islam in 1996, "this religion would 
seem 
to have nothing functional to offer," while claiming in a 2001 
Salon.com 
interview that the idea of America having a Muslim president was akin 
to 
electing a fascist.

Most disturbingly, though, Pipes has a long history of advocating 
violence 
against the Palestinian Authority and throughout the Middle East, 
expressing skepticism that the rifts between the Western and Muslim 
world, 
especially in the case of Israel, can be solved by peaceful means...

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CITY'S BATTERED MUSLIMS WOUNDED BY BASELESS ALLEGATIONS
Tim Weis, Edmonton Journal, 8/27/03
http://www.canada.com/edmonton/edmontonjournal/

Tim Weis is an Edmonton member of the advisory board to the Council on 
American Islamic Relations Canada (CAIR-CAN)

The Muslim community in Edmonton dates back over a century to early 
Lebanese immigrants who landed here. While growing in size and ethnic 
diversity, Edmonton Muslims have integrated into the web of Albertan 
society, contributing farmers, teachers, doctors as well as members of 
Parliament. Bill Smith, Ralph Klein and Jean Chretien have recently 
recognized their collective achievements over the past 100 years.

Edmonton's Muslim community takes pride in the fact that it was on 
101st 
Street and 108th Avenue of Alberta's capital city, that the first 
mosque in 
North America was established in 1938. The Al-Rashid mosque has since 
moved, and grown to become one of the largest Islamic centres in 
Western 
Canada, housing not only a prayer area, but also a school, a youth 
centre 
and a gymnasium.

It was in this gymnasium that I found myself on the night of Sept. 11, 
2001 
sitting at a round table with over 50 other saddened, scared and 
confused 
faces from across the city. While barely having enough time to digest 
the 
tragedy that unfolded that morning, the community was bracing itself 
for 
being held collectively responsible for the vicious attacks in New York 
City.

It was in part due to the long roots that Muslims have in this city 
that 
led to an unexpected reaction by Edmontonians. Instead of being blamed 
for 
the attacks, overwhelmingly the initial response post-Sept. 11 was an 
outpouring of support. Letters and phone calls came in to all of the 
Islamic organizations across the city offering understanding and a 
desire 
to strengthen relationships.

Unfortunately, as the days and weeks wore on, and as the bombardment of 
negative images of Islam and Muslims flooded the newspapers and 
televisions, the backlash that was felt across the U.S. and Canada 
eventually reached Edmonton. Threatening phone calls and e-mails that 
had 
been initially rare became more frequent while racist comments and acts 
of 
vandalism were reported citywide...

ALSO SEE:

RECENT ARRIVALS TO THIS FREE SOCIETY ARE ALL TOO OFTEN SUBJECT TO 
PATRIOTIC 
LITMUS TESTS
S. Amjad Hussain, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/27/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/search/redir.asp?path=/forum/comm/20030827edhuss0827p1.asp&date=8/27/03%201:59:35%20AM

Recently an irate reader of mine took me to task for criticizing the 
foreign policy of our government. He questioned my patriotism and my 
loyalty to this country. What amused (and startled) me was his angry 
suggestion that I should go back to the country of my origin and help 
"your 
own people that our young boys are helping overseas." He also reminded 
me, 
as if I need to be reminded, that I should be grateful for being in 
this 
country rather than criticize the policies of our government.

While it is tempting to brush aside such outbursts as the ranting of an 
otherwise educated professional who happens to be a xenophobe and an 
Islamophobe, close scrutiny reveals that such attitudes have become 
rather 
pervasive since 9/11. Somehow, everyone who looks different and thinks 
different is a suspect and a turncoat.

This attitude -- permit me to call it un-American -- is not uncommon in 
some of the Third World countries where nationalistic and religious 
fervor 
fuels the fires of prejudice and intolerance. Ours is a pluralistic 
society 
that accommodates and encourages conflicting and opposing opinions. 
Here in 
America, one could speak out loudly and stridently without being 
reminded 
of one's foreignness or for that matter one's legitimacy...

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WE'RE FIGHTING TERROR, BUT KILLING FREEDOM
Randall Hamud, Newsweek, 9/1/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/956446.asp

Are the rights of my Arab and Muslim clients really expendable? Only if 
we're ready to give up our own

In the last 23 months I've received countless threats accusing me of 
being 
a terrorist, but this one caught my attention because it was in 
Spanish. 
"Te vas a morir!" the voice on my answering machine said. "You're going 
to 
die!" The caller, a Hispanic man who had probably experienced racial 
discrimination at some point in his life, should have known better.

I'm an Arab-American lawyer. Shortly after September 11, the families 
of 
three young Arab Muslim men asked me to represent them. The men had 
been 
arrested in San Diego as material witnesses and taken to New York to 
testify in front of the grand jury investigating the attack. They were 
acquainted with Nawaf Alhamzi and Khalid Almihdhar, two of the 
terrorist 
hijackers who crashed the plane into the Pentagon. Alhamzi and 
Almihdhar 
had visited San Diego the year before the attack and befriended my 
clients.

Though my clients knew nothing about the hijackers' plans, the Bush 
administration wasn't taking any chances. Immediately after September 
11, 
approximately 1,200 Arab and Muslim men were arrested. Many of them are 
still in secret custody...

ALSO SEE:

AMERICA RISKS REPEATING A 'FUNDAMENTAL INJUSTICE'
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, Insight on the News, 9/15/03
http://www.insightmag.com/news/450327.html

Recently the Justice Department released a report indicating that the 
federal government unnecessarily incarcerated many of the illegal 
immigrants it detained in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. 
According to the report, top government officials ignored calls from 
immigration agents who could have cleared innocents and, as a result, 
many 
people were unnecessarily imprisoned.

Now the federal government may deport more than 13,000 Muslim men who 
voluntarily registered with Department of Homeland Security officials 
earlier this year. Many of these men have complied legally with 
immigration 
officials and have waited years for their applications to be approved. 
Some 
have wives with valid green cards and American-born children. Still, 
they 
may be forced to return to their Middle Eastern homelands.

Of the 82,000 men who registered, only a few had links to terrorist 
organizations. Despite this fact, Attorney General John Ashcroft 
recently 
returned to Congress telling legislators that he needed more power 
effectively to hunt down terrorists who could pose a threat to national 
security

Since Sept.11, not one single act of terrorism has been successfully 
committed in the United States...

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ISRAELI RESERVIST VOWS NOT TO SERVE IN PALESTINIAN LANDS
Sheila M Poole, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 8/26/03
http://ajc.com/news/content/news/atlanta_world/0803/27refuser.html

Stav Adivi is a Zionist.

He's also a reserve major in the Israel defense forces.

But Adivi, who usually serves about four weeks a year on reservist 
duty, 
carries another description that generates debate within Israel and the 
Jewish community in the United States.

Adivi is a refuser. Like hundreds of other Israeli men and women, Adivi 
refuses to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, lands Israel has 
occupied 
since the Six Day War of 1967 and the home to 3.5 million Palestinians.

Joining one of several refuser movements is not an easy decision for 
anyone 
growing up in the Jewish state, where military service is compulsory 
and 
the Israel defense forces are considered almost "sacred," Adivi said 
during 
a recent Atlanta visit...

ALSO SEE:

SHARON IS NOW A DANGER TO US TROOPS AND HOPES IN IRAQ
Martin Woollacott, Guardian, 8/22/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1027329,00.html

The crisis of American power that has been building since the Twin 
Towers 
attacks is close to a point of no return. The bombs which brought havoc 
to 
Baghdad and Jerusalem this week and the likely collapse of the 
ceasefire in 
the Holy Land illustrate how unsteady is the American hand in the 
Middle 
East. Great enterprises demand great qualities. While the US has 
certainly 
not yet failed in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Holy Land, and has some 
achievements, ultimate success depends on it showing a new 
determination 
and clarity.

The Americans have been slow - slow to act and slow witted; slow to 
discard 
the assumption that Iraq and Afghanistan could easily be restored to 
normality after their regimes were destroyed; slow to set aside 
ideological 
preconceptions; and slow to grasp, if they have grasped at all, the 
deviousness of their Israeli ally.

That slowness has allowed Islamic extremists to move into Iraq, in what 
force it is not yet known, but it would be prudent to assume it is 
substantial...

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GW HOSPITAL PROVIDES FREE CARE TO INJURED PALESTINIAN TEEN
15- Year-Old Boy Has Deadly Aneurysm as Result of Explosion

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A two-hour interventional 
procedure 
performed by Anthony Venbrux, MD, Director of Interventional Radiology 
and 
Elizabeth Ignacio, MD, has cured 15 year-old Palestinian teenager, 
Saleh 
Al-Hajin, of a deadly aneurysm.  Through a tiny incision, a catheter 
was 
fed to the site of the aneurysm. The catheter held a self-expanding, 
covered metallic stent, which was used to seal the aneurysm.  GW 
physicians 
are optimistic that Saleh will make a full recovery and require no 
further 
medical intervention for the aneurysm.

Saleh was seriously injured in an explosion last September, which 
resulted 
in a false aneurysm near a major artery. The aneurysm was a time bomb; 
potentially rupturing at any time, causing sudden death. The injury 
occurred last September when a tank shell exploded, leaving several 
flechettes, or darts, lodged into the boy's body…

"After surviving such an attack only to learn that his mother, brothers 
and 
cousin did not, we wanted to give Saleh a reason to smile," said Dan 
McLean, CEO of The George Washington University Hospital.  "I am 
honored to 
be able to assist PCRF in providing the necessary care so Saleh can 
resume 
his childhood and spend time with his father…"

Contact: Marti L. Harris of the George Washington University Hospital, 
202-715-4447; e-mail: marti.harris(At)gwu-hospital.com Lana Ghandour, 
202-262-7566           Rani Awwad, 703-470-1076 both of PCRF

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HOW AND WHY DID IRAQI DIE? 2 TALES OF ANGER AND DENIAL
John Tierney, New York Times, 8/26/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/27/international/worldspecial/27CIVI.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Any of Ali Muhsin's neighbors can describe the scene 
after 
he was shot by the Americans.

First he stumbled around the corner, dripping blood, and collapsed near 
the 
front door of his home. His neighbors hailed a taxi to take him to the 
hospital, but then a Humvee roared down the street and blocked the way.

An American soldier leaped out and ran up to Ali, firing a shot in the 
air 
to scatter the crowd, then aiming his rifle at the boy. The boy's 
mother, 
Rajaa Yousif Matti, implored the soldier not to kill him. She wept and 
wailed. She pleaded in Arabic that he had done nothing wrong and begged 
to 
put him in the taxi. She kissed the soldier's boots. But she could not 
get 
through to the American...

The soldiers' answer is that they could not and did not. In their 
version 
of the scene, they feared for their own lives when they entered that 
narrow, crowded street in a tough neighborhood, yet they still did 
their 
best to save a young man who had just tried to kill them with a 
grenade. 
But, just like Ali's mother, they could not make themselves understood.

Stories about murderous civilians and brutal soldiers are becoming 
endemic. 
The truth is generally impossible to ascertain because many incidents 
are 
not even formally reported, much less investigated...

ALSO SEE:

IRAQ COULD BECOME U.S.'S WEST BANK AND GAZA
James P. Pinkerton, Newsday, 8/26/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-vppin263429010aug26,0,6526032.column

George W. Bush is on to something when he argues that the United States 
and 
Israel face a common enemy in the Middle East. However, insight is not 
the 
same as good news; if Bush is correct, then the United States can look 
ahead to years, if not decades, of conflict in the area.

In his Saturday radio address, the president linked the two suicide 
bombings, in Baghdad and Jerusalem, taking scores of lives on Aug. 19.

Both acts were committed, he said, by terrorists animated by a 
"malicious 
view of the world."

Bush's words are hard to argue with, but it's also clear that the 
bombers 
see the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel as their chief 
enemy; 
those are, after all, the three nations that are occupying territory 
they 
inhabit. But wait a second, one might say, the terrorists blew up the 
United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. Yes, but that's the brutal 
logic of 
insurgency: Insurgents aim to make occupation impossible, by any means 
necessary. And so humanitarian workers are often "collateral damage..."

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EVEN THE OPTIMISTS ARE LOSING HEART AS IRAQ GOES FROM BAD TO WORSE
Rory McCarthy, Guardian, 8/27/02
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1030002,00.html

It was late June and the searing heat of summer was taking hold when 
finally, after weeks of searching, I found what I had been looking for. 
Over several days I met a group of extraordinary young Iraqis who - 
without 
anger, fear or hatred - were beginning to shape the outlines of a 
bright 
future for their country...

For weeks I had chronicled endless lootings, killings, betrayals, 
broken 
promises and tragic misunderstandings, the grotesque accoutrements of a 
modern military occupation. Nothing else I had seen in Iraq since 
America's 
war spoke to me with such hope as these men and their promise of a 
reasoned, moral reckoning that would drag their country away from the 
legacy of three decades of dictatorship towards a brighter future. I 
left 
believing that against all the odds there was still a chance Iraq would 
succeed.

Nearly two months later, I have returned to Iraq and so much has 
changed. A 
wave of fury and despair among Iraqis has drowned out the few voices 
that 
filled me with hope. Those of my Iraqi friends who clung resolutely to 
their optimistic dreams are finally losing heart. They shrug their 
shoulders and begin to list the unrelenting failures of the new Iraq...

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THE JIHAD ALL-STARS
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 8/27/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/27/opinion/27DOWD.html

Yep, we've got 'em right where we want 'em.

We've brought the fight to their turf, they're swarming into Iraq and 
blowing up our troops and other Westerners every day, and that's just 
where 
we want to be.

Our exhausted and frustrated soldiers are in a hideously difficult 
environment they're not familiar with, dealing with a culture America 
only 
dimly understands, where our desperation for any intelligence has 
reduced 
us to recruiting Saddam's old spies, whom we didn't trust in the first 
place, and where we're so strapped that soldiers may have to face 
back-to-back yearlong overseas tours.

We don't know exactly which of our ghostly Arab enemies are which, how 
many 
there are, who's plotting with whom, what weapons they have, how 
they're 
getting into Iraq, where they're hiding, or who's financing and 
organizing 
them.

And we certainly don't understand the violent internecine religious 
battles 
we've set in motion...

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U.S. OPENS HEARING ON ALLEGED IRAQI ABUSE
Associated Press, 8/27/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6630539.htm

UMM QASR, Iraq - The U.S. military opened a hearing Wednesday into 
allegations that four U.S. Army reservists abused Iraqi prisoners of 
war at 
a camp in this southern port city.

Possible charges include dereliction of duty, assault and maltreatment 
of 
prisoners. Three of the soldiers also could be charged with making a 
false 
official statement and one faces possible obstruction of justice 
counts.

The hearing, being held at Camp Bucca, is the equivalent of a civilian 
grand jury investigation that will produce a nonbinding recommendation 
to 
be forwarded to senior military officials for a final judgment.

They are alleged to have punched and kicked several Iraqis, breaking 
one 
man's nose, while escorting a busload of prisoners to a POW processing 
center at Camp Bucca in May in Umm Qasr. The soldiers have said they 
acted 
in self-defense...

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DANISH MINISTER UNDER FIRE OVER IRAQI DEATHS
Per Bech Thomsen, Reuters, 8/27/03
http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters08-27-100053.asp?reg=EUROPE

COPENHAGEN - The Danish army said on Wednesday it would compensate the 
families of two Iraqis killed by Danish soldiers as the defence 
minister 
faced opposition calls for his resignation over his handling of the 
incident.

The army said in a statement that the 80,000 Danish crown ($11,730) 
payouts 
were being made after discussions with local Iraqi leaders and 
according to 
local customs. The "matter of guilt" had not been discussed, it said.

The two Iraqis were killed by a routine Danish patrol west of Basra on 
August 16 in what was initially described by the Danish military as a 
gunbattle with looters. A Danish soldier was also killed in the 
incident, 
although that was put down to "friendly fire."

The government stuck to the "gunbattle" line until Sunday, when Danish 
media broadcast reports that the Iraqis were not looters but unarmed 
fishermen...

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EASTSIDE DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT NOT SEEN ON BALLOT
Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times, 8/26/03
http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=minority26e&date=20030826

Asif Rauf, following the long tradition of American politics, went to 
an 
Independence Day picnic to schmooze voters, donors and potential 
campaign 
workers.

The novice candidate walked through the gathering at Redmond's Grass 
Lawn 
Park, introducing himself with a familiar campaign mantra.

"I'm Asif. I'm running for Redmond City Council. I need your help."

The difference is, it was Pakistan Independence Day. The burgers on the 
barbecue had been specially butchered and prepared for Muslims. The 
crack 
of bat on ball was from a cricket bat.

Rauf, a Pakistani immigrant, is one of a tiny number of aspiring 
Eastside 
politicians hailing from the area's growing minority communities...

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BASRA ENTERTAINMENT SEEKS INTERVIEWEES FOR DOCUMENTARY ON IRAQI WOMEN

Basra Entertainment is producing a documentary film about the 
experiences 
of Iraqi women and children under the conditions of the former regime, 
wars, sanctions and current environment in Iraq.  Basra Ent. is seeking 
interviewees, Iraqi women who are willing to tell their story on 
camera. 
Looking for any kind of support for filming in Iraq and the U.S. to 
bring 
the suffering of women and children to light.

Please contact producers Daniela Ryan and Tony Shawkat by phone or 
email if 
you would be interested in being interviewed or offer other support, 
tel: 
(760) 324-9855, email: Tony@BasraEntertainment.com or 
Daniela@BasraEntertainment.com

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OHIO CATHOLIC SCHOOL BARS GIRL WEARING MUSLIM SCARF
REGINA HIGH BARS GIRL WEARING MUSLIM SCARF
Karen R. Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/28/03
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/106207423574610.xml

Amal Jamal is not welcome at Regina High School anymore.

The returning senior learned Monday as she stood in line to buy 
textbooks 
that she now violates her Catholic school dress code by wearing a 
Muslim 
headscarf, or hajib. Surrounded by classmates, Amal put down her books, 
fought back tears and left.

"I was in shock; I didn't understand," Amal said. "All along, they gave 
me 
a room to pray in. They asked me questions about Islam. They always 
accepted me for who I was. Now they have decided it is against school 
policy to wear my hajib."

Amal, a soft-spoken 17-year-old, sat in her Euclid living room 
yesterday, 
too stunned to consider what she might do next as her 270 schoolmates 
attended a second day of classes on the South Euclid campus. Amal said 
she 
was stung that no administrator, teacher or student had called her or 
tried 
to help.

"I feel very bad about this situation. I've agonized over it," said 
Sister 
Maureen Burke, Regina's principal for 12 years. "Amal is a wonderful 
young 
woman. The family is very fine. . . . But the uniform issue is very 
important to who we are as a Catholic school."

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American Islamic 
Relations 
in Washington, DC, said he knew of no other American private school 
dismissing a Muslim girl in this way. "It's just ridiculous," he said. 
"You 
have a religious school denying a student the right to her religious 
belief."

Yesterday Hooper called Burke in an effort to intervene. Burke 
explained 
that a private school had a right to enforce its particular rules. In 
contrast, no American public school can prohibit a girl from wearing a 
religious headscarf, according to the U.S. Department of Education...

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Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/27/03

* NATIONAL REVIEWS ‘REGRETS’ SMEAR OF CAIR-LA OFFICIAL
* CATHOLIC LEADERS ASKED TO INTERVENE IN HIJAB CASE 
* SAVANNAH MOSQUE FIRE FOLLOWED SHOTS, HATE NOTE (Atlanta Journal)
* 2 CONVENTIONS AIM TO UNITE MUSLIM AMERICANS (Chicago Tribune)
* BUSH APPOINTEE IS A BIGOT (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
	- Don't Support ‘Scholar' with Malice for Islam (St. Pete Times)

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NATIONAL REVIEWS ‘REGRETS’ SMEAR OF CAIR-LA OFFICIAL
http://www.nationalreview.com/letters/letters-steel082803.asp

CORRECTION - In his June 19, 2003 National Review Online article "Who
CAIRs," Shawn Steel made a factual error. Hussam Ayloush, executive
director of the southern California chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, did not co-host the May 1998 event as 
described
in the piece. We regret the error. — Eds.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On August 19, Hussam Ayloush filed a personal 
defamation
lawsuit against both the neoconservative National Review magazine and 
Shawn
Steel, former chairman of the California Republican Party. In his 
lawsuit,
Ayloush states that on June 19, 2003, National Review published an 
article
by Steel on its web site, National Review Online, falsely claiming that
Ayloush co-hosted a May 1998 event at which anti-Semitic comments were
allegedly made. In fact, Ayloush did not even attend that event. 
National
Review editors did not contact Ayloush to verify the allegation prior 
to
publication of Steel's article.]

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CATHOLIC LEADERS ASKED TO INTERVENE IN HIJAB CASE
Ohio High School says head scarf ban will be reviewed

(COLUMBUS, OH, 8/29/2003) - The Ohio office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today called on national 
Catholic
authorities to intervene in the case of a Muslim student at a Catholic 
high
school in Ohio being denied the right to wear a religiously-mandated 
head
scarf. 

CAIR-Ohio also called on Regina High School to allow the student to 
return
to class while this issue is being resolved. "The Student has attended 
this
school for several years, and has a great deal invested in her 
education at
this school, it would be devastating for her to have to change schools
during her senior year," said Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin Vice President of
CAIR-Ohio, who attended a catholic school herself. 

In a statement issued earlier today by Regina High School Principal Sr.
Maureen Burke stated: "The school community will undertake a process 
that
will allow for a review of policy." In response to this statement Dr.
Mobin-Uddin stated: "We appreciate the schools willingness to review 
its
policies, but the most important issue at this time is the education of 
the
student, and that is why we are asking the school to allow the student 
to
attend classes until the policy in question has been reviewed." 

The student, who was scheduled to attend Regina High School in South
Euclid, Ohio, was sent home after coming to the school wearing her
headscarf (Hijab). Principal Burke told the student's parents that the
scarf violates the school's dress code policy prohibiting head 
coverings.
Burke also told CAIR that another Muslim student had in the past been
unable to enroll at the school because of the policy. When asked 
whether
the policy meant that no Muslim student wearing a head scarf could ever
attend the school, Burke answered "correct." 

There are an estimated 150,000 Muslims in Ohio, 7 million in the United
States, and 1.2 billion worldwide. 

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 16 offices nationwide and in Canada. 

					- END – 

CONTACT CAIR-OHIO: 614-451-3232 

Following is the August 29, 2003 "Statement from Sister Maureen Burke,
Principal of Regina High School

“A school's dress code and other policies and procedures are developed 
to
meet the needs of a particular school community. When a family chooses
Regina High School they are made aware of and agree to abide by the
school's policies and procedures. The Regina school community takes 
these
policies and procedures seriously. The issue of wearing a head scarf to
school has generated much discussion and brought to the forefront 
issues
that are much broader than the adherence to a dress code. We believe 
that
these questions and issues warrant further exploration. The school
community will undertake a process that will allow for a review of 
policy,
its implementation and the issues of religious tolerance that have
surfaced. This process will be done as quickly as possible." 

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

REGINA HIGH BARS GIRL WEARING MUSLIM SCARF
Karen R. Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/28/03
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/106207423
574610.xml

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SAVANNAH MOSQUE FIRE FOLLOWED SHOTS, HATE NOTE, MEMBERS SAY 
JINGLE DAVIS, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 8/29/03
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0803/29mosque.html
 
SAVANNAH -- The pungent smell of charred wood permeated the small white
tent where a group of Muslims gathered for evening prayers this week.

As members prayed, they faced the burned-out remains of a two-bedroom 
gray
brick house that had served for almost a year as a temporary Islamic 
Center
for about 100 coastal families. The house was torched before dawn 
Sunday,
investigators say.

Because of two other recent incidents, the Savannah police and fire
departments, the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms are investigating the blaze as a possible hate crime. But
officials warn that it is too early to say who burned the center or 
why, or
whether the fire was related to the other incidents.

"We don't know at this point whether it was a burglary, terrorism,
juveniles or something else completely," said Stephen Miller, a 
Savannah
fire official. Authorities are pursuing multiple leads, Miller said.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations,
said the Washington-based organization is closely following the 
Savannah
investigation. There have been a number of attacks on Muslims in 
America
this year, he said, including the severe beating of a Muslim teenager 
in
California by a mob and the destruction of a van belonging to a Muslim
family in Illinois. CAIR reported in July that the number of 
"anti-Muslim
incidents" in the United States increased in 2002 to 602, a 15 percent
increase over the previous year…

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2 CONVENTIONS AIM TO UNITE, EMPOWER MUSLIM AMERICANS
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 8/29/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0308290286aug29,1,1428666.story

Faced with an increase in hate crimes, threats to their civil 
liberties,
and a U.S. foreign policy they see as an assault on their faith, 
American
Muslims are expected to gather in record numbers at two Chicago 
conventions
this weekend to chart a course for increasing their political power and
influence.

Attendance at the annual meetings is expected to be greater than in
previous years, Muslim leaders said, because the Islamic community 
believes
that events since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks have created an 
urgent
need to organize to defend their constitutional rights. 

"The Koran says, 'Don't sit around and cry.' I feel that Muslims must 
do
something now," said Janaan Hashim, a board member of the Chicago 
chapter
of CAIR, the Washington D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic 
Relations.

The Islamic Society of North America is expected to draw 30,000 to 
45,000
members to its convention at McCormick Place. The other conference, at 
the
Hyatt Regency, is hosted by the American Society of Muslims, a
Chicago-based organization of African-Americans that expects tens of
thousands of its members to attend.

While African-American Muslims and immigrant Muslims, primarily from 
South
Asia and the Middle East, historically have kept some distance, leaders
from both groups said they must unify in the current climate. Immigrant
Muslims note that they hope to learn from the experience of
African-Americans during the civil rights movement…

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BUSH APPOINTEE IS A BIGOT DISGUISED AS A SCHOLAR
FEDWA WAZWAZ, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 8/28/03
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/6632902.htm

President Bush's back-door appointment of Daniel Pipes to the United 
States
Institute for Peace is an act of injustice. This appointment, which
bypassed the normal approval process in the Senate, allowed a racist to
masquerade as a peacemaker.

What are Pipes' qualifications? His resume reads:

* Launched Campus Watch, a Web site that included "dossiers" on 
professors
and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too
sympathetic to Islam and Muslims.

* Advocated the unrestricted profiling of Muslims and Arabs. 

* Declared that 10 to 15 percent of all Muslims are "potential 
killers."

* Recommended the "vigilant application of social and political 
pressure to
ensure that Islam is not accorded special status of any kind in this
country."

Does Pipes have any experience in peace and conflict resolution? None.

Pipes' supporters mention his "prophecy" of warning Americans that 
Muslim
terrorists were going to attack America. Keep in mind that the 
terrorists
were not exactly secretive that they were planning a "surprise attack."
Even so, Pipes fails to comprehend that 9/11 was an act of terrorists 
and
not the Muslim people en masse.

One does not hear Pipes or his supporters replay and remind the 
American
people of Baruch Goldstein, who massacred scores of Muslims kneeling in
prayer during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan -- or of Allan Goodman, 
who
entered the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and started firing shots 
randomly
at Muslims. These are two American Jews, among the thousands of illegal
settlers who exported violence and terror from America to the 
Palestinian
Territories.

Pipes claims it is militant Islam and Muslims he is attacking. However, 
he
gives no measurable criteria to differentiate between a radical Muslim 
and
a moderate one. More troublesome is that Pipes supports Mujahedeen-e 
Khalq,
a group designated as a terrorist group by the State Department. One 
gets
the impression that if you disagree with his political views, you're a
Muslim radical…

Pipes' supporters argue his criticism is in the best interests of 
Muslims
and America. They need to explain, then, why he attacks the acceptance,
equality and liberty of Muslims and Arabs in America. He compared the
American Muslim voter registration drives to those of the Communist 
Party
USA and incited fear that "as the population of Muslims in the United
States grows, so does anti-Semitism," and "black converts (to Islam) 
tend
to hold vehemently anti-American, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic
attitudes." 

I can sum up Pipes' logic in one word: bigotry. Bigotry is the child of 
an
extremist, not a peacemaker. President Bush lost any credibility to 
attack
extremism anywhere with his appointment of an extremist to the 
Institute
for Peace.

Wazwaz is a Muslim activist residing in Crystal and a former Pioneer 
Press
community columnist.

SEE ALSO:

DON'T SUPPORT "SCHOLAR' WITH MALICE FOR ISLAM
St. Petersburg Times, 8/29/03
http://www.stpetetimes.com/2003/08/29/Opinion/Don_t_support__schola.shtml

Re: Senseless attacks on Islamic scholar, by Charles Krauthammer, Aug. 
15.

This is not the first time Charles Krauthammer expresses his one-sided
approach on matters related to Muslims and Islam, but this time he has
crossed the line and insulted our intelligence by his comments about 
Daniel
Pipes.

Pipes has devoted his career to spreading hate, fear and bigotry 
against
immigrants and Muslims. If one visits the Web site of the Middle East 
Forum
( http://www.meforum.org ), he will find scores of articles written by
Pipes since the 1980s. Just select any five written pieces at random 
and
read them. You will come away with a distinctive thread that runs 
through
all Pipes' written work - a tinge of malice in respect to almost every
aspect of Islam. Although Pipes writes from the Jewish perspective, he 
is
more like a character from a Shakespearian tragedy. He really can't 
help
himself…

Pipes stated that 15 percent of the Muslims in the world are "potential
terrorists and killers." In an interview by Mark Richardson that was in 
the
Ontario (Canada) Free Press, Pipes was quoted as saying, "I worry very 
much
from the Jewish point of view that the presence and increased stature 
and
affluence and enfranchisement (voting rights) of American Muslims will
present a true danger to the American Jews…"

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, was outraged by Pipes' comments. Harkin 
states,
"From the deepest part of my body I strongly disagree with Pipes when 
he
says that the very fact of enfranchisement, affluence and assimilation 
will
somehow threaten our values; the opposite is true. They have taken our
American values and have become American Muslims."

So how can anyone describe such a person as a "scholar" and, worse, how 
can
such a person serve our country's interests in the U.S. Institute of 
Peace,
a federal agency charged with the mission of expanding society's 
knowledge
about the changing nature and conduct of international relations and 
the
management of international conflicts as well as increasing 
understanding
about international conflicts, and approaches to their prevention,
management and resolution?
 
Roy Smith, Tampa, and Ezzat Zaki, Lithia

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/30/03

* CAIR CONDEMNS NAJAF BOMBING
* U.S. MUSLIMS LOOK TO INTERFAITH RELATIONS (AP)
* KENNEDY SAYS PIPES IS 'WRONG PERSON FOR THE JOB' (Boston Herald)
        - Pipes Appointment: Sign of the Times (Al-Ahram)
* CATHOLIC GIRLS SCHOOL TO REVIEW DRESS CODE (Plain Dealer)

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CAIR CONDEMNS NAJAF BOMBING

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/30/03) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR) today condemned the car bomb attack Friday in the city of Najaf, 
Iraq, that killed more than 100 people, including Ayatollah Mohammed 
Baqir 
al-Hakim.

In its statement, CAIR said:

"This unspeakable crime could only have been perpetrated by those who 
have 
no regard for moral or religious values. The bombing clearly 
demonstrates 
that Iraq is falling into a state of chaos. Only a swift turnover of 
political power to a representative Iraqi government has a chance of 
stemming the rising tide of violence and instability."

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U.S. MUSLIMS LOOK TO INTERFAITH RELATIONS
RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press, 8/30/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/6655512.htm

CHICAGO (AP) - American Muslims assembled by the thousands Friday for 
an 
annual convention, stressing a desire for closer relations with other 
faiths to counter evangelicals who blame Islam for inciting terrorism.

The Islamic Society of North America, which organized the three-day 
event, 
invited moderate and liberal Protestant leaders to share the stage with 
Muslim leaders and address participants at the opening session.

The Rev. Daniel Vestal of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which 
represents moderate Southern Baptists, told the audience that not all 
Baptists agree with recent statements by evangelicals ``demeaning 
Islam.''

The Rev. Jerry Vines, a Southern Baptist Convention leader, has called 
the 
Prophet Muhammad a ``demon-possessed pedophile.'' Other critical 
statements 
of Islam have been made by the Revs. Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson.

"Please know there are many other Baptist Christians whose words and 
deeds 
are different," Vestal said. "We desire understanding, community and 
common 
cause."

Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society, noted that 
when 
Muslims began immigrating to the United States in large numbers in the 
1960s, it was the Christian campus ministries that provided Muslim 
college 
students with space to worship.

The Rev. Bob Edgar, head of the National Council of Churches, which 
represents thousands of mainline Protestant and Orthodox Christian 
congregations, drew applause when he noted his group had opposed the 
U.S.-led war on Iraq.

He condemned what he called the "hate speech" of conservative Christian 
leaders who condemn Islam and committed the resources of his 
organization 
to fostering respect for the religion…

The meeting comes at a difficult time for the U.S. Muslim community, 
which 
has felt under siege since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 
Estimates 
of the number of Muslims in the United States vary dramatically, 
between 2 
million and 6 million.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group in 
Washington, released a report last month blaming the government 
crackdown 
on terrorists for encouraging other citizens to target Muslims.

The council's annual study found a 15 percent jump last year in 
incidents 
of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and harassment…

Muslims also were outraged when President Bush last week appointed 
controversial Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of 
Peace, a government-sponsored think-tank. Muslims consider Pipes an 
extremist and bigot for his critique of their religion, a claim Pipes 
denies.

The Islamic Society of North America, based in Plainfield, Ind., is an 
association of Muslim organizations working in education, social 
service 
and other areas.

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SEN. KENNEDY SAYS PIPES IS 'WRONG PERSON FOR THE JOB'

PIPES NOT FIT
Boston Herald, 8/29/03
http://www.bostonherald.com

Your editorial criticizes my opposition to the Bush administration's 
appointment of Dr. Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace 
("Kennedy 
vendetta's price," Aug. 27). But a review of his record clearly shows 
that 
he's the wrong person for the job.

The Institute of Peace was founded in order to find ways to bridge 
differences between nations, cultures and religions to prevent armed 
conflicts. Its mission is more important today than ever, and we should 
appoint to it only the best that America has to offer…

Regarding the Middle East conflict, he wrote, "The idea that a 'peace 
process' can take the place of the dirty work of war is a conceit." The 
view that armed conflict is inevitable may be debated in academic 
circles, 
but it has no place at the Institute of Peace.

Pipes also has made various offensive remarks over the years, and has 
called for racial and religious profiling in law enforcement. He 
believes 
that mosques should be targets of police surveillance. These 
controversial 
stands make him unsuited for a position that's about bringing people 
together…

But surely, we can find someone better to serve at our Institute of 
Peace.

- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy

SEE ALSO:

SIGN OF THE TIMES
Mohamed Hakki, Al-Ahram Weekly, August 28-September 3
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/653/op1.htm

In the greater scheme of things the appointment of a professor at an 
institute in Washington DC, even an institute that is federally funded, 
should not be a major concern. That is unless the professor in question 
is 
a notorious bigot, propagandist and proponent of the McCarthyist 
thought 
policing of US universities and academic institutions. There is more: 
the 
United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a federally funded 
organisation 
the members of which are proposed by the president and confirmed by the 
Senate.

On 23 July the Senate committee charged with this met and decided to 
"indefinitely" postpone the confirmation. Four Democratic members 
questioned what signals the appointment of Daniel Pipes would send. 
Pipes' 
appointment, said Edward Kennedy, did not "reflect a commitment to 
bridging 
differences and preventing conflict".

Pipes appointment, Senator Tom Harkin said, could easily overshadow the 
institute's work. Senator Harkin also quoted a report carried by the 
London 
Free Press in Canada in which Pipes is quoted as saying that he worries 
"very much from the Jewish point of view that the presence and 
increased 
stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims will 
present true dangers to American Jews". The Senator added: "Increased 
stature, affluence and enfranchisement. He is talking about the right 
to 
vote. The right to vote!"

No surprise, then, that Muslim American organisations were shocked by 
the 
news of Pipes's appointment to this think tank. They have been joined 
by 
many Jewish and mainstream Christian organisations. In a joint press 
conference at the National Press Building they outlined the reasons for 
their opposition.

Pipes, they pointed out, supports the unrestricted profiling of Muslims 
and 
Arabs; he refuses to condemn the internment of Japanese Americans 
during 
World War II; he has suggested that Israel raze Palestinian villages; 
he 
claims that 10 to 15 per cent of all Muslims are "potential killers"; 
he 
has publicly opposed President Bush's repeated statements that Islam is 
a 
religion of peace; he opposes the roadmap; he denounces any positive 
portrayal of Islamic history and beliefs in public schools; he launched 
Campus Waters, a Web site that includes "dossiers" on professors and 
academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel or too 
sympathetic to Islam and Muslims; he advocates that the activities of 
mosques require scrutiny beyond that applied to churches and 
synagogues. 
The list goes on and on…

One can go on enumerating Pipes's shortcomings. The important question, 
though, is why President Bush should be so adamant about his 
appointment in 
the face of Congressional disapproval. Why was it that the White House 
sought to sneak through the appointment, announcing it at 11.19pm on 22 
August in an attempt to minimise any coverage by a media that is in any 
case compliant, so embedded is it in the neo-con cabal? Is it possible 
that 
President Bush is unaware of his appointee's sordid history? Is it 
possible 
that he could be unaware of the myriad objections raised by senators, 
religious leaders and Muslim organisations?...

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CATHOLIC GIRLS SCHOOL TO REVIEW DRESS CODE
Karen R. Long, Plain Dealer, 8/30/03
http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1062236314108621.xml

Regina High School, responding to mounting criticism, announced 
yesterday 
that it will review the dress code that caused it to bar a returning 
senior 
for wearing a Muslim head scarf to school this week.

"The school community will undertake a process that will allow for a 
review 
of policy, its implementation and the issues of religious tolerance 
that 
have surfaced," Principal Maureen Burke said in a prepared statement. 
"This 
process will be done as quickly as possible."

While some supporters encouraged the small Catholic girls school to 
stand 
firm, the Ohio Council on American Islamic Relations asked national 
Catholic authorities to intervene on behalf of student Amal Jamal.

Former Rep. Mary Rose Oakar and the Rev. Joseph Hillinski, interfaith 
director of the Catholic diocese, also called on Regina High School to 
re-admit the girl.

Amal, who was born 17 years ago in Cleveland, began in June to wear the 
hijab, the Muslim head scarf, everywhere. She was standing in line 
buying 
textbooks Monday when Burke told Amal that she could not attend classes 
on 
the South Euclid campus in her scarf.

Jad Humeidan, CAIR's Ohio executive director, praised Burke for the 
review 
and asked officials if Amal might attend classes in the meantime. He 
said 
Regina's response was noncommittal.

In a letter e-mailed yesterday to members of the Islamic community, 
Hillinski wrote: "It might help for you to realize that other Catholic 
schools, and especially those under the direct administration of Bishop 
Pilla called Diocesan schools, would welcome a young woman who wore the 
hijab because of her religious conviction. I assure that I will 
continue to 
help our Catholic people realize that we esteem the religious 
convictions 
and traditions of Islam…"

Hillinski said he wished Burke had consulted him before deciding that 
Amal's head scarf violated the dress code. The priest noted the long 
cordial relations between the Jamals and both Regina and Holy Cross 
Elementary School in Euclid.

"I really think the Jamals did not guess for a moment that [he ban on 
headdress] applied to them," he said. "They thought the handbook spoke 
to 
decorative headwear."

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/2/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: ACTS OF KINDNESS
* U.S. MUSLIMS MAKE CIVIL RIGHTS TOP ISSUE (AP)
	- Boss of American Society of Muslims Quits (AP)
	- Turning Point for Islamic Blacks (Chicago Tribune)
	- AMPCC Open Letter to the American Muslim Community
* WRAP UP THE HIJAB CONTROVERSY (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
	- Editorial Cartoon on Hijab Controversy
* GHOSTS OF 9/11 HAUNT CANADA (TORONTO STAR)
* HIGH LEVELS OF RADIATION AROUND BAGHDAD (DR)
  	- White Man's Burden (Haaretz)
* POLICE USED EXCESSIVE FORCE ON ISRAELI ARABS (NY Times)
	- Israeli Arabs Decry Inquiry Report (CSM)
	- Spy for Israel Going Back to Court (CNN)
  	- Failed Society Collapses, Leaders Silent (Forward)
* NEW AFGHAN CONSTITUTION IS WORRYING U.S. PANEL (Forward)
	- Reverse Flawed Policies (USA Today)
* NCPA PRESIDENT TO GIVE KEYNOTE AT BALTIMORE FUNCTION

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HADITH OF THE DAY: ACTS OF KINDNESS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The first of those who 
shall enter Paradise are the people who do acts of kindness."

Related by at-Tabarani in al'Awsat.
Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, 97B

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some published reports overseas indicated that a 
decision 
has already been made about who national Muslim groups will or will not 
endorse in the 2004 presidential elections. Those reports are 
inaccurate. 
No such decision has been made. For a description of the endorsement 
process, see the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council's 
(AMPCC) 
"Open Letter to the American Muslim Community" below. AMPCC is made up 
of 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslim American Congress 
(includes both American Muslim Alliance and American Muslim Council) 
and 
Muslim Public Affairs Council.]

U.S. MUSLIMS MAKE CIVIL RIGHTS TOP ISSUE
Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, 8/31/03
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20030831_629.html

CHICAGO - American Muslim leaders, stung by the government's scrutiny 
of 
their community during the domestic hunt for terrorists, have pledged 
to 
express their anger at the polls.

Leaders of the Islamic Society of North America announced plans Sunday 
during their annual meeting to register 1 million Muslim voters and 
make 
civil rights a top issue in any endorsement of a presidential 
candidate.

"A defining moment of Islam in America is approaching," said Nihad 
Awad, 
executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a 
civil 
rights group based in Washington. "We cannot surrender our future and 
our 
destiny to hate in this country."

Muslim leaders made their first unified endorsement in a presidential 
race 
in 2000, backing George W. Bush. Many thought he would take a harder 
line 
against Israel, and, based on statements he made while campaigning, 
would 
protect the rights of immigrants facing deportation.

Muslims say they have been bitterly disappointed on both counts.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush won points with American 
Muslims by 
visiting a mosque and declaring Islam a peaceful religion.

But since then, the federal government has detained hundreds of 
immigrants, 
shut down U.S. Muslim charities suspected of terrorist ties and gained 
broad new powers to monitor citizens under the USA Patriot Act…

National Muslim organizations, including Awad's, reported a dramatic 
increase in donations and membership. Immigrant Muslims who had taken 
little interest in U.S. government began inviting their mayors, 
governors 
and even FBI agents into local mosques to learn about the community.

Muslims see the recent fight over Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes as 
another sign of their political progress.

Bush nominated Pipes, an outspoken critic of militant Islam, to a 
federally 
funded think tank called the U.S. Institute for Peace, angering Muslims 
who 
consider him a bigot a claim Pipes denies.

After an intensive Muslim-led campaign to block the nomination, Bush 
appointed Pipes in recess on Aug. 22, bypassing the Senate approval 
process 
where his confirmation was in jeopardy. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., 
was 
among the lawmakers who opposed the nominee.

"For the first time, someone on Capitol Hill was advocating our 
issues," 
said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs 
Council based in Los Angeles…

Also on Sunday, black Muslim leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed announced his 
resignation from the American Society of Muslims but pledged to 
continue 
working on Muslim issues.

ALSO SEE:

BOSS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MUSLIMS QUITS
Rachel Zoll, Associated Press, 9/1/03
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP.V8568.AP-Black-Muslims-R.html

CHICAGO - Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the black Muslim spiritual leader who 
over 
three decades transformed how American blacks practice the religion, 
has 
resigned as head of the American Society of Muslims.

Mohammed said he will continue to represent and guide black Muslims and 
direct his ministry, The Mosque Cares, but would no longer lead the 
society, the main organization representing his movement.

"I'm getting ready ... to do more, to be more productive and to 
contribute 
to the good life of the believers," Mohammed said Sunday at the start 
of 
his keynote speech at the society's annual convention.

Mohammed, who will turn 70 in October, on Saturday privately informed 
his 
movement's imams, or prayer leaders, that he would step down.

His national representative, Imam Earl Abdulmalik Mohammed, announced 
the 
decision before Sunday's keynote speech. Some audience members gasped, 
then 
applauded and cheered for him. Former heavyweight champion Muhammad 
Ali, 
who is Muslim, attended but did not speak…

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TURNING POINT FOR ISLAMIC BLACKS; COURSE UNCLEAR AS MOHAMMED EXITS
Geneive Abdo and Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 9/2/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-0309020208sep02,1,3268263.story

The unexpected resignation of W. Deen Mohammed over the weekend leaves 
his 
estimated 2 million African-American followers at a crossroads, torn 
between continuing on his path of integration with mainstream Sunni 
Islam 
or returning to the black separatist ideas Mohammed left behind nearly 
three decades ago.

Mohammed, 69, said in a telephone interview Monday that he is stepping 
down 
as the leader of the group he established, the American Society of 
Muslims, 
in part out of frustration with the imams, or preachers, in the 
organization, who he said are not trained theologians.

"American Society of Muslim leaders (imams) don't support me, but the 
followers do. I have tried over the last 10 to 12 years to encourage 
them 
to get more religious education, but I have made no progress," said 
Mohammed. "They want their followers just to obey them, but not 
question 
them or right their wrong deeds."

Mohammed said Sunday in Chicago at the annual convention of the 
American 
Society of Muslims that he was resigning to work on projects to change 
the 
negative image of Islam in the United States. One project is an Islamic 
community in Chicago's south suburbs…

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY
American Muslim Political Coordinating Council, 9/1/03
(This letter was distributed at the Islamic Society of North America 
convention in Chicago.)

Assalamu Alaikum (peace be with you) Brothers & Sisters, Fellow 
American 
Muslims,

As we commemorate this Labor Day weekend by reflecting on how the 
fruits of 
hard work have truly made this country the land of opportunity, we know 
that our nation is still an experiment, a work-in-progress, and that 
American Muslims must play an instrumental role in making it even 
better.

Our challenges are many, both from within and without. We are 
relatively 
young community in the U.S., ethnically and culturally diverse, and 
still 
"learning the ropes" when it comes to the realm of politics. We are 
challenged by the after effects of 9/11, erosion of civil rights, and 
the 
general tone of anti-Muslim sentiment emanating from Washington D.C. 
and 
some elements in the media.

Our challenges are great, even historic, but rising to such challenges 
is a 
hallmark characteristic of our collective history and we will, 
Inshallah, 
do no less is current times. Besides, what we face today is nothing 
when 
compared to the daunting challenges faced by the Prophet Muhammad 
(PBUH).  Learning from his shining example, we American Muslims must 
fulfill our duty to our religion in part by fulfilling our duty to our 
nation.

With a sense of God-consciousness, the AMPCC believes American Muslims 
must 
defend our country intellectually, spiritually, and physically.  We 
must 
defend America against terrorism and violence. We must defend its civil 
liberties, its religious pluralism, and coalesce the Islamic and 
American 
spirit of respect and tolerance.  We must do so in the best of forms 
through kindness, care, harmony, healing, and love.

Many of us are already exemplifying the spirit of our faith in our 
day-to-day interactions with co-workers, neighbors and friends.  But to 
truly become a recognized and influential community, American Muslims 
must 
organize and fully participate in the democracy we live in.  
Practically 
speaking, we must vote!

For us to take our voting rights for granted, or to give in to a sense 
of 
political apathy or fear and not vote altogether, would be an irony of 
historic proportions. This will only hearten those who seek to exclude 
us 
from the American mainstream.

Beyond that, we live at a time where our very civil rights are at 
risk.  With the passage of the "USA Patriot Act" in 2001, and the 
pursuits 
of the U.S. Justice and Treasury Departments, AMPCC has focused its 
efforts 
on a "Civil Rights Plus" agenda. By this we mean we will seek to defend 
not 
only the civil rights of the American Muslim community, but of all 
Americans. As this process is helping us expand our mental and moral 
horizons, we will also be engaged in issues pertaining to education, 
homelessness, economic recovery, environmental and ecological concerns, 
electoral reform, crime, and global peace and justice.

How AMPCC is working for you

Although AMPCC is an umbrella organization comprised of AMA, AMC, CAIR, 
& 
MPAC, we recognize American Muslims are not a homogenous 
group.  Alhamdullilah, we differ in thought and opinion on a variety of 
matters.  To that end, AMPCC has worked hard in establishing a criteria 
and 
a process for candidate endorsement.

Election 2004:

The AMPCC Board has developed special, structured and comprehensive 
plans 
for reaching out every ethnic and socio-economic group within the 
American 
Muslim Community and developing stable, harmonious and mutually 
beneficial 
relations with them. Each participating organization will be obliged to 
make a good faith effort to reach out to its own members to ensure 
their 
full participation in the endorsement process. Organization will be 
free to 
seek such participation and policy input through opinion polls, 
questionnaires, community forums, town hall meetings, e-groups and 
other 
similar means. Each organization shall make a good faith to enable each 
of 
its members to have an equal say in the decision making process. The 
Taskforce shall make good faith effort to ensure that each member 
organization will receive the due consideration during the 
decision-making 
process.

The AMPCC has established a taskforce that will seek to involve all 
major 
organizations in the decision-making process. It will seek their 
agreement 
over the policy and decision-making criteria and process.  To that end, 
it 
will:

1. Communication and community education: The Taskforce will seek to 
educate the Muslim American Community though monthly/weekly reports, a 
pre-election score card (indicating the position and performance of 
candidates), community forums, candidates forums, town hall meetings, 
and 
special reports. Set a shared communication system to be used during 
the 
elections. This will include a forthcoming website about Muslim voters 
(www.americanmuslimvoter.net).

2. Criteria: develop consensus around a criteria such as the following: 
a) 
Accessibility of the candidate to the Muslim community Position on key 
issues, c) Track record, d) Feedback from the community (To satisfy the 
fourth criterion, we will ask each organization to seek structured 
input 
from its members)

Endorsement: At the end of this process, the Taskforce will decide by 
consensus to or not to endorse one of the presidential candidates. The 
final endorsements will, inshallah, reflect consultations with all 
major 
groups and organizations as well as input from every willing Muslim 
American.

Civil Rights

As the attacks on Islam, Quran and the Prophet of Islam are mounting, 
we 
remain committed to defending our sacred books, or beloved Prophet and 
the 
principles of our religion. The AMPCC will continue to defend civil 
right 
of all without exceptions. We have developed a three-part plan to 
pursue 
this goal:

1. Education: We will continue to educate fellow Americans about Islam 
and 
Muslims. Also, in the same spirit we are attempting to learn about 
other 
groups, their histories, sufferings, struggles and achievements.

2. Coalition Building: We will continue to work to expand our 
cooperative 
work in the interfaith, ethnic and civil rights communities. Today, 
Americans from every walk of life and every ethnic and religious 
background 
are stepping forward to support and defend the rights of Muslim and 
Arabs. 
We will continue to deepen and strengthen our working relations with 
the 
African American, Latino American and Asian American communities.

3. Full Involvement: The AMPCC will continue to encourage each and 
every 
Muslim American to take part in every aspect of American public life 
ranging from public debate to political campaigns.

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WRAP UP THE HIJAB CONTROVERSY
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/1/03
http://www.cleveland.com/editorials/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1062415812242500.xml

As a parochial institution free from direct federal support, Regina 
High 
School has every right to decide what students can wear to class. But 
in 
the case of a student barred for wearing a Muslim headscarf, the school 
should reconsider.

Amal Jamal, 17, decided this summer that she was prepared to wear the 
headscarf, known as a hijab, to demonstrate her deepening faith. When 
the 
senior returned to Regina's campus last week to purchase textbooks, 
however, she was told that the garment was a violation of the school's 
dress code.

Supporters of the school's stand note that student uniforms are an 
integral 
part of the parochial school experience. Regina's dress code explicitly 
prohibits hats, bandannas and headwraps. At the very least, these 
defenders 
say, Amal and her family should have discussed in advance with Regina 
officials her plans to wear the hijab.

This position presumes an understanding that Amal and her family say 
they 
did not have. Both Amal, and her older sister, a 2002 graduate, had 
found 
Regina welcoming of their alternative faith in many ways; the school 
even 
established a prayer space for them. In that context, it did not occur 
to 
the family that Amal's hijab would be considered objectionable - 
certainly 
not that it would fall into the same category as, say, a baseball cap.

This incident has stirred national interest, and thus highlights the 
learning opportunity available. Regina officials should meet with the 
Jamals and learned representatives of both positions. At the very 
least, 
such a conversation should educate each side about the nuances of the 
other's beliefs. Ideally, it would lead Regina to allow a member of its 
community to finish her academic journey with her classmates.

SEE ALSO:

EDITORIAL CARTOON ON OHIO HIJAB CONTROVERSY
http://www.cleveland.com/darcy/index.ssf?/darcy/more/082903.html

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE:

CATHOLIC GIRLS SCHOOL TO REVIEW DRESS CODE
Karen R. Long, Plain Dealer, 8/30/03
http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1062236314108621.xml

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GHOSTS OF 9/11 HAUNT CANADA
Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star, 9/2/03
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1062195013699

In October, 1970, faced with two political kidnappings, Canada's 
federal 
government invoked the War Measures Act, a remarkably draconian piece 
of 
legislation that suspended civil liberties throughout the country.

At the time, most Canadians cheered. When, two days later, one of the 
kidnap victims was murdered by his Front de liberation du Quebec 
captors, 
support for the government's tough line soared.

So it goes in times of stress. When people are frightened, they want 
their 
governments to crack down - regardless of the consequences…

These days, one would have to travel far to find anyone who would 
justify 
the incarceration of Japanese Canadians during World War II.

So I have some hope that, eventually, the post 9/11 pathology, too, 
will 
pass. These days, all too familiar arguments are being made to justify 
actions that, in less fretful times, most Canadians would find 
abhorrent.

I speak, of course, of the attitude toward Muslims in general and 
Muslim 
immigrants in particular…

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DANGEROUSLY HIGH LEVELS OF RADIATION MEASURED AROUND BAGHDAD
Drudge Report, 9/1/03
http://www.drudgereport.com/flash4.htm

Soldiers and civilians in Iraq face a health timebomb after dangerously 
high levels of radiation were measured around Baghdad.

Levels between 1,000 and 1,900 times higher than normal were recorded 
at 
four sites around the Iraqi capital where depleted uranium (DU) 
munitions 
have been used across wide areas.

Experts estimate that Britain and the US used 1,100 to 2,200 tons of 
armour-piercing shells made of DU during attacks on Iraqi forces.

That figure eclipses the 375tons used in the 1991 Gulf War. Unlike that 
largely desert-based conflict, most of the rounds fired in March and 
April 
were in heavily residential areas.

DU rounds are highly combustible and tiny particles of the radioactive 
material are left on the battleground.

If inhaled the material can attack the body causing cancers, chronic 
illness, long-term disabilities and genetic birth defects - none of 
which 
will be apparent for at least five years…

ALSO SEE:

WHITE MAN'S BURDEN
Ari Shavit, Haaretz, 9/1/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=280279

The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most
of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of
history. Two of them, journalists William Kristol and Charles 
Krauthammer, 
say it's possible. But another journalist, Thomas Friedman (not part of 
the 
group), is skeptical…

At the conclusion of its second week, the war to liberate Iraq wasn't 
looking good. Not even in Washington. The assumption of a swift 
collapse of 
the Saddam Hussein regime had itself collapsed. The presupposition that 
the 
Iraqi dictatorship would crumble as soon as mighty America entered the 
country proved unfounded. The Shi'ites didn't rise up, the Sunnis 
fought 
fiercely. Iraqi guerrilla warfare found the American generals 
unprepared 
and endangered their overextended supply lines. Nevertheless, 70 
percent of 
the American people continued to support the war; 60 percent thought 
victory was certain; 74 percent expressed confidence in President 
George W. 
Bush…

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POLICE USED EXCESSIVE FORCE ON ISRAELI ARABS, PANEL SAYS
James Bennet, New York Times, 9/1/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/02/international/middleeast/02ISRA.html

JERUSALEM- Finding a pattern of government "prejudice and neglect" 
toward 
Israel's Arab minority, a landmark Israeli commission of inquiry today 
accused the police of using excessive force three years ago to combat 
riots 
that it said had resulted from simmering, overlooked anger.

The commission said insensitivity by the Israeli "establishment" 
permitted 
widespread discrimination against Israeli Arabs and the buildup of a 
"combustible atmosphere," as, it said, a politicized Islam began to 
radicalize the population.

The three-member commission was charged with investigating the deaths 
of 13 
people from police fire in October 2000, when thousands of Israeli 
Arabs 
choked streets and threw stones in solidarity with Palestinians in the 
West 
Bank and Gaza Strip, who just had just begun their uprising against 
Israel. 
A Jewish motorist was also killed, by a stone-thrower.

Criticizing police tactics that included the use of sniper fire to 
disperse 
crowds, the report concluded that Israel "must educate its police that 
the 
Arab public is not the enemy, and should not be treated as such." More 
than 
a million of Israel's 6.6 million citizens are Arabs…

ALSO SEE:

ISRAELI ARABS DECRY INQUIRY REPORT
Ben Lynfield, Christian Science Monitor, 9/2/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0902/p07s01-wome.html

JERUSALEM - In an already poisoned atmosphere, the findings of an 
official 
Israeli inquiry into the death of 13 Arab citizens at the hands of 
Israeli 
police in 2000 seems to have no chance of bringing about catharsis, or 
even 
much relief.

Arab reactions to the findings of the three-member commission yesterday 
were generally negative, stressing that it did not find any of the 
police 
criminally culpable or make operative recommendations against the 
Israeli 
prime minister at the time, Ehud Barak.

The deaths of the 13 Arabs deepened wounds and distrust between the 
Jewish 
majority and the Arab minority, which accounts for 19 percent of 
Israel's 
population. The killings are considered by Israel's Arab citizens clear 
proof that their lives are cheap and they are seen as enemies, while 
Jewish 
memories tend to focus on the images of Arab citizens throwing stones 
and 
blocking roads, similar to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza 
Strip…

But the reaction of the mainstream Arab leadership, perhaps 
surprisingly, 
also contained a whiff of praise for the probe's detailing decades of 
government neglect of Arab grievances, listing that as the backdrop to 
the 
eruption of violence…

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SPY FOR ISRAEL GOING BACK TO COURT
David Ensor, CNN, 9/1/03
http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/09/01/pollard/index.html

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Pollard has spent nearly 18 years in prison, 16 
of 
them as part of a life sentence for spying against the United States on 
behalf of a U.S. ally -- Israel.

Pollard is scheduled to appear at a hearing Tuesday afternoon in U.S. 
District Court in Washington on whether he should be allowed to appeal 
his 
life sentence.

Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy, was arrested by 
FBI 
agents in November 1985 after he and his wife were rebuffed at the 
Israeli 
Embassy in Washington in their attempt to seek asylum.

He was accused of passing thousands of top-secret documents to Israeli 
agents in 1984 and 1985.

He cooperated with authorities and pleaded guilty to one count of 
espionage. When he was sentenced in March 1987, his wife was given five 
years in prison for complicity in her husband's deeds…

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A FAILED ISRAELI SOCIETY COLLAPSES WHILE ITS LEADERS REMAIN SILENT
Avraham Burg, Forward, 8/29/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.08.29/oped3.html

The Zionist revolution has always rested on two pillars: a just path 
and an 
ethical leadership. Neither of these is operative any longer. The 
Israeli 
nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption, and on foundations 
of 
oppression and injustice. As such, the end of the Zionist enterprise is 
already on our doorstep. There is a real chance that ours will be the 
last 
Zionist generation. There may yet be a Jewish state here, but it will 
be a 
different sort, strange and ugly.

There is time to change course, but not much. What is needed is a new 
vision of a just society and the political will to implement it. Nor is 
this merely an internal Israeli affair. Diaspora Jews for whom Israel 
is a 
central pillar of their identity must pay heed and speak out. If the 
pillar 
collapses, the upper floors will come crashing down.

The opposition does not exist, and the coalition, with Arik Sharon at 
its 
head, claims the right to remain silent. In a nation of chatterboxes, 
everyone has suddenly fallen dumb, because there's nothing left to say. 
We 
live in a thunderously failed reality. Yes, we have revived the Hebrew 
language, created a marvelous theater and a strong national currency. 
Our 
Jewish minds are as sharp as ever. We are traded on the Nasdaq. But is 
this 
why we created a state? The Jewish people did not survive for two 
millennia 
in order to pioneer new weaponry, computer security programs or 
anti-missile missiles. We were supposed to be a light unto the nations. 
In 
this we have failed…

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NEW AFGHAN CONSTITUTION IS WORRYING U.S. PANEL
Marc Perelman, Forward, 8/29/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.08.29/news1.afghan.html

The U.S. government's top human rights body is warning that the new 
constitution being drafted in Afghanistan may fail to protect basic 
human 
rights while allowing conservative Islamic clerics to curtail religious 
freedom.

A delegation from the United States Commission on International 
Religious 
Freedom, a bipartisan body set up by Congress to monitor human rights 
around the globe, drew worrisome conclusions from an official visit to 
Afghanistan earlier this month. The group, which visited the country 
from 
August 10 to August 13, is now preparing a report and will brief 
Congress 
and administration officials about its findings.

She called on the administration to give more open support to moderates 
who 
she says are being stifled by Islamic radicals and powerful warlords, 
and 
to be more assertive in claiming the centrality of human rights to 
Americans.

As violence worsens in the region and crucial political deadlines 
approach, 
both in Kabul and Washington, the administration is said to be planning 
a 
doubling of the aid and a comprehensive personnel turnover in 
Afghanistan 
to boost reconstruction, according to The New York Times…

SEE ALSO:

REVERSE FLAWED POLICIES
Paul Findley, USA Today, 9/1/03
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2003-09-01-oppose_x.htm

The thunderous U.S. aerial assault on Afghanistan in October 2001 and 
subsequent U.S. military efforts to reorder Afghan political life are 
early 
examples of President Bush's misdirected reaction to 9/1l. Other 
examples 
are his costly but floundering preemptive war in Iraq, his aborted 
effort 
to change Palestinian leadership, his decision to maintain U.S. 
military 
mastery of the world and his determination to make war wherever he 
alone 
decides.

To an alarming degree, America has become a scofflaw nation.

Bush's anti-terrorism campaign in countries such as Afghanistan 
consists 
mainly of the sword - not diplomacy. The U.S. Defense Department has 
four 
new bases in or near Afghanistan and four others taking shape in Iraq. 
Bush's program is devoid of any serious effort to redress, or even 
understand, grievances that provoke anti-American passions. For 
example, 
Bush seems oblivious to the worldwide anger - especially among Muslims 
in 
Afghanistan and other countries - over Washington's sustained and 
massive 
help in Israel's devastation of predominantly Muslim Palestinians.

These policies smack of empire building. They must be reversed, and 
Afghanistan is the place to start…

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NCPA PRESIDENT TO GIVE KEYNOTE SPEECH AT BALTIMORE FUNCTION

WHAT: National Council of Pakistani American's President Faiz Rehman 
will 
be the keynote speaker at a Pakistan Independence Day function. Mr. 
Rehman 
will speak on, "Need for Pakistani Americans to get involved, "followed 
by 
a question-and-answer session.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 12 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1724 Woodlawn Dr., Suite 12, Baltimore, MD, at Sam's Plaza.

Note: Admission for the program is $10 per person which includes 
Pakistani 
dinner. For more information, please call 410-944-8000. Please register 
by 
Sept. 9. You can also send e-mails regarding this program to NCPA at 
info@ncpa.info

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/3/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: REMEMBER GOD				
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6858 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* CAIR-FL TO SPONSOR TOWN HALL MEETING
	- CAIR-NY Annual Banquet
	- CAIR Executive Director on BBC 'Islamophobia' Forum
* SLURS, 9-11 TAUNTS, PUNCH, BUT NO HATE CRIME? (KnoxNews-TN)
	- Arizona E-Mail Threat Reported to FBI
* MUSLIM GROUP EMBARKS ON SEARCH FOR A LEADER (Chicago Tribune)
	- Young Muslims, Old Traditions (Chicago Tribune)
* MONTHS LATER, THE DOCTOR IS IN (Newsday)
	- Deportation of Palestinian Cost $138,995 (AP)
* BAPTIST CHURCH HELPS MUSLIMS AFTER ARSON (MNS)
* LATIN AMERICA'S MUSLIMS RESENT TERROR ALLEGATIONS (Sun-Sentinel)
* TWO GENTLEMEN BRING GRACE, HONOR TO THE GAME (SF Chronicle)
	- Halal Foods Find Wider Audience (SF Chronicle)
* ASSISTING TERRORISM'S OTHER VICTIMS (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
* ICNA'S WELCOME RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

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HADITH OF THE DAY: REMEMBER GOD

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garden 
of Paradise, avail yourselves of it." His companions asked: "What are 
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remembered)."

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 4, Number 102

"O ye who believe! Celebrate the praises of God, and do so often. 
Glorify 
Him morning and evening."

Holy Quran, 33:41-42

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6858 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6858 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
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Feedback from a sponsored library:

"We are planning a display of books, along with other similar books on 
Islam, during the month of Ramadan. Thank you for the beautiful items 
on 
Islam. We have received other donations in the past and when I began 
buying 
our religious books several years ago, I also began to build up our 
collection, which was woefully deficient in materials on Islam. 
However, 
your collection is of much higher quality than previous donations; and 
it 
has improved our collection tremendously. I am especially pleased 
because I 
see more and more Muslims in our community - a new mosque is being 
completed in Glen Ellyn - and these books will help those of us who are 
not 
Muslims to understand those who are. Thank you!" - Glen Ellyn, IL

FOR LIBRARIES IN CANADA, GO TO: www.caircan.ca/lib_proj.php

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SPONSOR CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' TALK SHOW

CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
of the nation's capital to North America and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & 
Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: http://www.art-tv.net

It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
United 
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Please note that to watch the show, you have to have ART. To subscribe 
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To request information about sponsoring segments of the program, 
e-mail: 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CAIR-FL TO SPONSOR TOWN HALL MEETING
Event to focus on changing face of America two years after 9-11

(MIAMI, FL, 9/3/03) - On September 10, the Florida office of the 
Washington 
based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will co-sponsor a 
town hall meeting designed to examine the changing face of America two 
years after the 9/11 terror attacks. The event is open to the public 
and 
will feature several well known civil rights and religious leaders, as 
well 
as representatives from several law enforcement agencies. Michael 
Putney, 
Senior Politics and Governmental Affairs reporter at WPLG-TV, will 
serve as 
moderator.

Panelists include: Marcos Jimenez, U.S. Attorney South District of
Florida; Hector Pesquera, FBI Special Agent in Charge; James D. Sewell, 
Assistant Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Cheryl 
Little, Executive Director, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center; Altaf 
Ali, 
Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida; 
Howard 
Simon, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida; 
and 
Rabbi Solomon Schiff, Executive Vice-President, Rabbinical Association 
of 
Greater Miami.

WHEN: September 10, 2003 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus; Room 1261300 NE 2nd Avenue,
Miami, FL 33132; Phone: (305) 237-3000

Note: Admission to the program is free. SEATING IS LIMITED.
Reservations can be made by calling 305-576-2337, ext. 17 (Dade) or 
954-916-5661 (Broward).

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CAIR-NY ANNUAL BANQUET: "EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACTIVISM"

Keynote Speakers: JOHN ESPOSITO, Center for Muslim-Christian 
Understanding 
at Georgetown University; OMAR AHMAD, CAIR Board Chairman, NIHAD AWAD, 
CAIR 
Executive Director; YVONNE RIDLEY, British journalist detained by the 
Taliban, who converted to Islam.

WHEN: Sunday, September 7th, 2003, 5-10 p.m.

WHERE: THE LAGUARDIA MARRIOTT
102-05 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

For directions call: 718-565-8900
Pay online http://www.cair-ny.com/ab-2003.html

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CAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON BBC 'ISLAMOPHOBIA' FORUM

ISLAMOPHOBIA: ASKS THE EXPERTS
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/special/islam/3174817.stm

Muslims living in the West were confronted with massive challenges to 
their 
faith in the wake of the 11 September attacks on the US.

Many Muslim residents in the US, UK and other Western countries began 
to 
rail against a culture of Islamophobia - fear and hostility towards 
Islam.

Are Westerners right to be afraid of Islam or does it reveal a 
misunderstanding on their part?

A large number of Muslims also blame media coverage and US and UK 
foreign 
policy for shaping public attitudes to their religion.

Do you think a culture of Islamophobia exists in the West? Who or what 
is 
to blame for creating it? How can it be reconciled?

CORRECTION: In the forum, Nihad Awad stated that there had been a 64 
percent rise in anti-Muslim incidents last year. The correct figure is 
15 
percent.

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: John Gill, chief of staff for the Knox County District 
Attorney's Office tells CAIR that the apparent bias motive of the 
assault 
will be taken into consideration at sentencing, if the defendant is 
found 
guilty. The Tennessee hate crime law would then allow for a more severe 
penalty.]

SLURS, 9-11 TAUNTS, THEN PUNCH: HATE CRIME?
BRYAN MITCHELL, KnoxNews, 9/2/03
http://knoxnews.com/kns/local_news/article/0,1406,KNS_347_2226350,00.html

No one disputes that Anthony Wayne Johnson yelled a handful of racial 
and 
ethnic slurs at a group of pedestrians two weeks ago on the Cumberland 
Avenue Strip.

What is questioned is whether Johnson's verbal attack and subsequent 
punch 
to a 28-year-old Knoxville man was motivated by bias.

"You got a drunk who has a bad temper," said Knoxville police 
investigator 
Gary Jones. "You can make anything a hate crime if the person makes 
some 
kind of slur."

Alex Taye, a friend of the victim who was involved in the Aug. 17 
episode, 
agreed - up to a point.

"Ignorance comes out when you're drunk," said Taye. "Us being Arabic 
caused 
a problem. Technically, it's a hate crime."

The Knox County District Attorney General's office decided that 
Johnson's 
actions did not qualify as a hate crime…

The FBI defines a hate crime as a criminal offense committed against a 
person, property or society, which is motivated in whole or in part by 
the 
offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual 
orientation or 
ethnicity or national origin…

Taye, a 20-year-old Kuwaiti native and University of Tennessee student, 
said Johnson began to yell at the three as they walked west on 
Cumberland 
Avenue.

"At first we were laughing, we thought he was just kidding around," 
Taye said.

Taye and his companions became concerned, however, when Johnson's words 
took a darker tone.

"He said 'I'll make you pay for 9-11 and that you look like one of 
those 
Arabic guys'," Taye said…

Khaldi met his friend at the BP gas station and approached Johnson.

The Palestinian and nine-year resident of Knoxville said he attempted 
to 
defuse the situation and thought he had succeeded when Johnson referred 
to 
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack again.

"What's the connection between me and 9-11?" Khaldi said. "If you had 
two 
white people fighting are you going to mention 9-11?"

Khaldi then turned around to approach Johnson and was struck once in 
the 
face, he said.

"All I remember was that I was on the floor and at UT hospital until 
Wednesday," said Khaldi, who suffered head trauma and broke some bones 
in 
his left leg…

Khaldi, for his part, believes his incident crosses the threshold for a 
hate crime set by the FBI.

"The only reason he struck me is because I am Arabic," Khaldi said. "I 
have 
no other explanation. I can't see why it's not a hate crime."

SEE ALSO:

ARIZONA E-MAIL THREAT REPORTED TO FBI

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/3/2003) - The Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
(CAIR) today asked the FBI to investigate an e-mail the group received 
threatening terror attacks on Muslims in the United States.

The message, headlined "comment," was apparently sent by a person using 
the 
e-mail address of a Nevada consulting firm. The e-mail stated: "We 
accept 
you (sic) holy war. Looking forward to it very much. We can deal with 
you 
easily especially because you are on our soil. You have taught us much 
about terrorism so get ready to be the receiver."

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MUSLIM GROUP EMBARKS ON SEARCH FOR A LEADER
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 9/3/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0309030057sep03,1,4366658.story

The American Society of Muslims has launched a search for a successor 
to W. 
Deen Mohammed who will rid the organization of elderly imams opposed to 
his 
efforts to integrate African-Americans into the mainstream Islamic 
world, 
leaders said Tuesday.

The new leader also must find ways to attract young African-American 
Muslims, many of whom feel the movement became too focused on classical 
Islamic teaching and ignored the social and political problems facing 
black 
Americans, the leaders said.

"It is difficult to pray and look for religious salvation as a complete 
answer when you live in a minority neighborhood that is being 
overwhelmed 
by gang violence, unemployment, lack of health care and education," 
said 
Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope, a social organization for 
African-American youths in Los Angeles.

"These are social problems young blacks face, but these needs were not 
met 
under W. Deen Mohammed's leadership," said Ali, who is also Mohammed's 
son-in-law.

The search began this week after Mohammed's sudden resignation Sunday 
at 
the organization's annual convention in Chicago. A committee has been 
formed to choose a new leader, said Vernon Fareed, an imam in Norfolk, 
Va...

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YOUNG MUSLIMS, OLD TRADITIONS
Geneive Abdo, Chicago Tribune, 9/1/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/north/chi-0309010193sep01,1,4740295.story

As an 18-year-old Palestinian, Lena Abuelroos appeared to have bought
into all the trappings of American life: She was an aspiring model, a
clotheshorse and top saleswoman at an Armani Exchange in Troy, Mich.

So one July morning, when she showed up for work wearing hijab, her
long, black curls out of sight beneath the folds of her veil, her 
co-workers were so alarmed they stopped speaking to her.

For Abuelroos, putting on hijab, or modest Islamic attire, was her way 
of 
getting in touch with the Muslim identity her family of Arab immigrants 
often downplayed. Her transformation mirrors that of many of the 2,000 
young Muslim women and men who gathered this weekend in Chicago as part 
of 
the 40th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, 
which 
organizers say drew tens of thousands of lay activists.

In the basement of McCormick Place, away from the glitz of the adult 
convention upstairs, young Muslims from hundreds of universities vowed 
to 
create a more pronounced Islamic identity in the United States through 
their Muslim Students' Associations. Not only do they plan to become 
more 
devout than their parents, whom they described as cultural, not 
religious, 
Muslims, but they also are on a mission to change the negative images 
of 
Islam in America...

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MONTHS LATER, THE DOCTOR IS IN
Martin C. Evans, Newsday, 9/3/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limous033439270sep03,0,5235036,print.story

He played soccer. He helped his father with business. He visited 
friends. 
He slept. He battled depression.

As the days dragged on in the heat of Amman, Jordan, Dr. Hasan Mousli 
did 
almost everything but work at the job he loves.

Until yesterday.

After almost giving up hope that he would ever be allowed to begin his 
fellowship in neurology at Stony Brook University Hospital, Mousli, a 
Muslim who got his medical degree in his native Jordan and has been 
pursuing medical specialties on Long Island for five years, finally 
returned to work yesterday.

Mousli, who rushed home to Amman to visit his ailing father in May, had 
been stuck there until Sunday night. Though he was due back by early 
June, 
he was forced to remain in Amman while U.S. officials checked out his 
visa 
application - a process that normally takes about two weeks, but in his 
case took more than two months...

Mousli said he applied for a visa to return to the United States on May 
27, 
one day after he flew to Amman to visit his father, who has since 
recovered 
from what appeared to have been a stroke. Mousli needed to return to 
complete his fellowship in neurology, a critical step in his medical 
training.

But a State Department spokeswoman said visa applications for students 
studying subjects on the "technology alert list" are taking longer to 
process than before because of the need to track potentially dangerous 
individuals in the wake of the terror attack that struck Manhattan and 
the 
Pentagon two years ago...

ALSO SEE:

DEPORTATION OF PALESTINIAN PROFESSOR COST AT LEAST $138,995
Associated Press, 9/3/03
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030903/APN/309030616

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The deportation of a stateless Palestinian 
professor 
last year required a private jet, four pilots and a four-man escort 
from 
Florida to Beirut, Lebanon, at a cost of at least $138,995, a newspaper 
reported Wednesday.

Mazen Al-Najjar was deported in August 2002 for overstaying his U.S. 
visa. 
Before his deportation, he spent more than 3 1/2 years in jail on 
secret 
evidence that prosecutors said linked him to terrorism. He was released 
in 
2000 and then arrested again in November 2001 and held until his 
deportation.

He was never charged with a crime.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the figure in 
response to 
a request filed by the St. Petersburg Times in October. The department 
did 
not provide a breakdown of the cost and it was unknown whether the 
figure 
includes the salaries of the flight crew and others on the trip.

Martin Schwartz, a Tampa lawyer who represented Al-Najjar, said the 
expense 
was unnecessary...

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BAPTIST CHURCH HELPS MUSLIMS AFTER ARSON
Ann Stifter, Morris News Service, 8/30/03
http://www.augustachronicle.com/stories/083003/met_029-1230.001.shtml

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Members of a south Georgia Islamic group whose mosque 
was 
destroyed by arson last week are finding support from a local Baptist 
congregation that lost its own house of worship to fire nearly a decade 
ago.

The Aug. 24 fire at the Islamic Center of Savannah brought back painful 
memories for the Rev. Matthew Southall Brown.

He immediately thought of the challenges his own congregation faced in 
October 1993, when St. John Baptist Church was lost to an accidental 
fire. 
Now the Rev. Brown hopes to lend a hand to members of the Islamic 
Center.

"That's an unfortunate situation out there. We certainly plan to give 
them 
some assistance, financial assistance," the Rev. Brown said. "I know 
what 
it is to rebuild a building."

Muslims continued offering their five daily prayers this week near the 
scorched mosque rather than drive eight miles north to another mosque 
downtown.

They prayed in a white tent more often seen at happier times, such as 
outdoor weddings and holiday barbecues...

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LATIN AMERICA'S FASTEST-GROWING FAITH RESENTS TERROR ALLEGATIONS FROM 
U.S.
Michele Salcedo, Sun-Sentinel, 9/1/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/caribbean/sfl-901overview,0,5176531.story 


PORLAMAR, MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- Margariteños cannot figure out 
how 
their picturesque island off the coast of Venezuela became a 
battleground 
in the war on terrorism.

No bomb ever exploded here, no shot fired. But the Bush administration 
has 
the island, and other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, under 
scrutiny as a place where terrorists might live, raise money or move 
contraband.

"The television commentators are distorting information," said Sulenma 
Reyes, who, like other villagers of El Magüey, learned from television 
reports that the United States suspected their village was a terrorist 
training camp. "I haven't seen anything they were talking about."

Three high-profile arrests and two bombings of Israeli targets in 
Buenos 
Aires in the mid-1990s are the main reasons the United States eyes the 
region as a potential threat. That, coupled with sometimes dated media 
reports that al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden may have ties to the region, 
has 
cast a pall over Muslims in the Southern Hemisphere...

Ultimately, American fears may be based much less on evidence of 
terrorism 
than on the clear, explosive growth of Muslim communities in nearby 
countries that exert little control over vast sections of their 
territories 
and on a broader definition of terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, to 
include 
criminal activity long known to exist in these areas...

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TWO GENTLEMEN BRING GRACE, HONOR TO THE GAME
Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 9/3/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/03/SPGLG1HVHG1.DTL

New York - There's a distinct edge to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, 
suggesting that it's about the most difficult undertaking imaginable. 
It's 
a minefield of rain delays, humidity, Grand Slam pressure, planes, 
blimps, 
traffic jams, jazz bands, general New York craziness and boisterous 
customers.

That's all front-burner stuff, from the players' standpoint. So many of 
them move grimly through the process, showing uncharacteristic 
volatility 
or making comments they later regret. But there's another sector of the 
community, the one occupied by Paradorn Srichaphan and Younes El 
Aynaoui, 
that reflects the true beauty of tennis…

"Every time I'm in a tournament, because I'm an Arab, I'm promoting my 
country and all the people who look like me," says El Aynaoui, who will 
play 7th-seeded Carlos Moya in the fourth round. "Every time something 
happens - Sept. 11, the bombings in my country -- I take it personally. 
I 
almost feel responsible. If I can go out on the tennis court and change 
the 
way people think about Muslim men, everything is happiness."

SEE ALSO:

FOODS THAT CONFORM TO ISLAMIC LAW FIND A WIDER AUDIENCE
Carol Ness, San Francisco Chronicle, 9/3/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/03/FDG481FJSO1.DTL

When 19-year-old Mariam Hansia and her friends get a screaming yen for 
fast 
food, they hop in the car and drive all the way from their homes in 
Mill 
Valley to Julie's pad Thai-burger place in Berkeley.

In San Bruno, La Creperie du Monde attracts eager diners from as far 
away 
as San Ramon and points east for its Breton-style crepes. Cabbies 
Burger in 
San Francisco's Tenderloin is the spot for burritos.

What lures Hansia and others in the know is that these spots serve 
halal 
food -- food, especially meats, that meet Islamic dietary requirements, 
often described as "kosher for Muslims."

Driven by the fast-growing Muslim population, halal foods are headed 
toward 
wider popularity. Once confined to traditional back-home dishes like 
curries and couscous, halal restaurants now offer pizzas, burgers, 
hoagies, 
Thai and Mexican foods. Halal meat markets are multiplying, and halal 
chicken nuggets and hot links are showing up in some supermarkets.

The surge has many people believing that the American halal food 
industry, 
now in its infancy, will follow kosher foods into the mainstream, 
pushed 
not only by the faithful but by non-Muslim consumers seeking clean, 
healthy 
foods...

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ASSISTING TERRORISM'S OTHER VICTIMS
Michael Anft, Chronicle of Philanthropy, 9/4/03
http://philanthropy.com/free/articles/v15/i22/22000701.htm

Seattle - One morning last November, Noor Ahmed's violence-scarred life 
was 
sent into another tailspin. A telephone cable installer, Mr. Ahmed, 38, 
was 
awakened at his apartment near Seattle's airport by three federal 
immigration officers, then handcuffed and jailed.

He was told he would soon be put on a plane bound for Somalia, the 
country 
of his birth, where his wife had been killed by a stray shot fired 
during 
the country's civil war, and where, before he fled in 1996, his life 
had 
been threatened by both warlords and roving bands of teenagers.

Like many of the estimated 25,000 Somalis in the Seattle area, Mr. 
Ahmed 
knew that two Somalis deported from the United States earlier in the 
year 
had been killed upon their return...

One of his fellow detainees had heard of the Hate Free Zone Campaign of 
Washington. The Seattle organization was formed the week after the 
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to help immigrants who had been 
targets of violence by angry citizens and increased scrutiny by the 
federal 
government...

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 8/27/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T PUNISH THE VICTIM
* BUSH APPOINTEE CALLS AL-AQSA MOSQUE A 'TRICK'
	- Top Mideast Scholar Suspends Ties with USIP (Forward)
* CALIF. MUSLIM CONTINUES DEFAMATION SUIT (Press-Enterprise)
* ANTI-WAR PROTEST PLANNED FOR WASHINGTON (AP)
	- Condi's Phony History (Slate)
	- Mossad Team Visited Iraq (Haaretz)
* GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES SEEK RULING (Financial Times)
	- AZ Grad Student Released from Federal Custody (AP)
	- Stop the Profiteering of Detainees (Herald News)
* MD MUSLIMS REACHES OUT TO NEIGHBORS (Washington Post)
* DC SYMPOSIUM: CULTURAL HERITAGE OF YEMEN
* SETTLEMENT EXPANDS AS ROAD MAP ENDS (Forward)
* EPISCOPAL CHURCH RESOLUTIONS REGARDING MUSLIMS

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T PUNISH THE VICTIM

Narrated Wa'il ibn Hujr - When a woman was forced against her will in 
the 
time of God's Messenger (peace be upon him), he avoided punishing her 
but 
(instead) inflicted (punishment) on the one who had molested her.

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BUSH APPOINTEE CALLS AL-AQSA MOSQUE A 'TRICK'

DANIEL PIPES: "…over the course of fourteen centuries, Muslim interest 
in 
Jerusalem has tended to be more political than religious in nature…in 
the 
seventh century A.D., when, to aggrandize the importance of a town 
under 
their control, the caliph built a mosque in Jerusalem and called it 
Al-Aqsa. By doing this, he fulfilled a verse in the Qur'an which tells 
of 
the prophet going by night to Al-Aqsa mosque. The trick worked, 
generating 
the now-ancient belief that Muhammad's night journey took him to 
Al-Aqsa 
mosque in Jerusalem… (Daniel Pipes' personal website, 9/3/03)

NOTE: Daniel Pipes is President Bush's recent appointee to the board of 
the 
United States Institute of Peace.

SEE ALSO:

TOP MIDDLE EAST SCHOLAR PROTESTS PIPES APPOINTMENT
ORI NIR, Forward, 9/5/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.09.05/news13.pipes.html

WASHINGTON - A top Middle East scholar is suspending his ties with the 
United States Institute of Peace to protest the recent appointment of 
Daniel Pipes to the board of the federally funded think tank, sparking 
fears of a wider boycott.

Former presidential adviser William Quandt told the Forward that he is 
suspending work on several projects to protest President Bush's 
appointment 
of Pipes, who has been accused by Arab groups and Middle East scholars 
of 
harboring an anti-Muslim bias…

While Arab groups and Democratic opponents focused much of their 
criticisms 
on Pipes's stated views on the threat posed by Islamic forces, Quandt 
said 
that he was most disturbed by Pipes's Campus Watch project, which seeks 
to 
monitor university scholars for signs of pro-Arab or anti-American 
bias.

"Campus Watch strikes me as an unusually unfortunate way of trying to 
bring 
pressure to bear on scholars with whom he perhaps disagrees," said 
Quandt, 
a political scientist at the University of Virginia who served as chief 
Middle East adviser to former President Carter during the Israel-Egypt 
peace talks. "I think it is contrary to the academic enterprise, as it 
tries to stifle debate rather than encourage it."

Quandt, who has not been targeted by Campus Watch, said he would finish 
one 
nearly completed project for the institute before suspending ties. He 
also 
said he would reconsider his boycott if he sees that Pipes is not 
attempting to stifle the institute's impartiality and independence.
Pipes declined to comment.

Asked about Quandt's decision, institute spokesman John Brinkley said 
that 
prior to the recess appointment, several Arab and Muslim scholars 
"suggested that they might find it difficult to continue working with 
us if 
he were confirmed or appointed. Whether they will follow through on 
that, I 
have no idea…"

Institute staffers have been banned from talking to the press about the 
appointment. But, according to sources familiar with the situation, 
staffers fear the controversy will damage the institute's credibility. 
Several institute staffers privately complained that Pipes's ideology 
and 
academic demeanor do not jibe with the institute's mission statement. 
Created by Congress, the institute's mission is to advise the 
government 
and "to promote international peace and the resolution of conflicts 
among 
the nations and peoples of the world without recourse to violence."

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CALIF. MUSLIM CONTINUES DEFAMATION SUIT

CORONA MUSLIM MAN CONTINUING LAWSUIT
SHARYN OBSATZ, Press-Enterprise, 9/3/03
http://www.pe.com/localnews/corona/stories/PE_NEWS_ncmuslim0.ed7d.html

National Review publishers and a former California Republican Party 
chairman said this week that they made a factual error in linking a 
Corona 
Muslim activist to a 1998 anti-Semitic rally.

But the activist, Hussam Ayloush, said he will continue to pursue his 
defamation lawsuit over an article written by former Republican Party 
Chairman Shawn Steel and posted June 21 on National Review Online.

Steel said Tuesday that, due to a rewrite error, his article wrongly 
stated 
that Ayloush co-hosted a May 1998 event at which Egyptian militant 
Islamic 
leader Wagdi Ghunaym slurred Jews.

Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations' 
Southern California office, said he never attended the event.

National Review Online posted a retraction on its Web site last 
Thursday...

Ayloush's lawsuit, filed last month in Orange County Superior Court, 
alleges libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of 
emotional 
distress. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

"The damage has been done," Ayloush said. "You can't put lives in 
danger 
and undermine their credibility and hide behind the excuse, 'It was a 
mistake. We can't find the letter. We're sorry…'"

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ANTI-WAR PROTEST PLANNED FOR WASHINGTON
Associated Press, 9/4/03

WASHINGTON (AP) - Protesters plan to return to the nation's capital 
next 
month to oppose the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, demonstration 
organizers said Wednesday.

The International ANSWER coalition, whose name stands for Act Now to 
Stop 
War and Racism, brought thousands of anti-war protesters to Washington 
in 
January, March and April.

Organizers predict the Oct. 25 march from the Justice Department to the 
White House and the Pentagon will attract tens of thousands of people. 
The 
group is seeking a protest permit for 10,000 people, the National Park 
Service said...

Organizers said at least 50 buses will bring people to Washington from 
around the United States and Canada.

On the Net: ANSWER coalition: http://www.InternationalANSWER.org	

SEE ALSO:

CONDI'S PHONY HISTORY
Daniel Benjamin, Slate, 8/29/03
http://slate.msn.com/id/2087768/

Rice-a-phony history?

As American post-conflict combat deaths in Iraq overtook the wartime 
number, the administration counseled patience. "The war on terror is a 
test 
of our strength. It is a test of our perseverance, our patience, and 
our 
will," President Bush told an American Legion convention.

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice embellished the message with 
what former White House speechwriters immediately recognize as a 
greatest-generation pander. "There is an understandable tendency to 
look 
back on America's experience in postwar Germany and see only the 
successes," she told the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Antonio, 
Texas, on 
Aug. 25. "But as some of you here today surely remember, the road we 
traveled was very difficult. 1945 through 1947 was an especially 
challenging period. Germany was not immediately stable or prosperous. 
SS 
officers-called 'werewolves'-engaged in sabotage and attacked both 
coalition forces and those locals cooperating with them-much like 
today's 
Baathist and Fedayeen remnants…"

According to America's Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq, a 
new 
study by former Ambassador James Dobbins, who had a lead role in the 
Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo reconstruction efforts, and a team 
of 
RAND Corporation researchers, the total number of post-conflict 
American 
combat casualties in Germany-and Japan, Haiti, and the two Balkan 
cases-was 
zero.

So, how did this fanciful version of the American experience in postwar 
Germany get into the remarks of a Princeton graduate and former trustee 
of 
Stanford's Hoover Institute (Rumsfeld) and the former provost of 
Stanford 
and co-author of an acclaimed book on German unification (Rice)? 
Perhaps 
the British have some intelligence on the matter that still has not 
been 
made public. Of course, as the president himself has noted, there is a 
lot 
of revisionist history going around.

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MOSSAD TEAM VISITED IRAQ FOR ANTI-TERROR EFFORTS
Haaretz Service, 9/3/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/336472.html

A Mossad delegation visited Baghdad last month in order to coordinate 
its 
anti-terrorism efforts with U.S. forces in Iraq, according to a report 
in 
the Arab-language Al-Hayat newspaper.

Basing its report on comments made by an anonymous Kurdish official, 
the 
newspaper claimed that the delegation held carried out a field tour in 
the 
Iraqi capital and aerial tours in a U.S. military helicopter above 
Mosul, 
Tikrit and Ramadi…

While there have been reports that Israeli companies have been invited 
by 
the U.S. to do business in Iraq, although this is the first report of 
Israeli security officials visiting the country…

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GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES SEEK RULING
Edward Alden, Financial Times, 9/3/03
http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1059479533454&p=1012571727172

Lawyers for the British, Australian and Kuwaiti citizens imprisoned by 
the 
US in the war on terror are asking the Supreme Court to rule that they 
cannot be held indefinitely at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, 
Cuba.

The case, if taken up by the court, would raise fundamental questions 
about 
whether the US has the legal authority to hold foreigners without the 
protection of either the US courts or the Geneva convention governing 
war 
prisoners.

In strongly worded briefs to the court filed on Monday, lawyers for the 
detainees argued that if the court refuses to hear the case, it would 
sanction the creation of "penal colonies" in which foreign prisoners of 
the 
US have no legal rights…

The government has 30 days to respond to the petition, after which the 
court must decide whether it will hear the case.

The court might be reluctant for fear of infringing on the 
administration's 
ability to prosecute the war on terrorism. The government has promised 
to 
bring the prisoners before military trials soon or to release them.

"The war on terrorism can be expected to last a very long time," said 
Mr 
Wilner. "The standards we set now will prescribe the nation's behaviour 
for 
years to come," he wrote.

SEE ALSO:

GRADUATE STUDENT RELEASED FROM FEDERAL CUSTODY
Associated Press, 9/4/03

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Saudi Arabian citizen who was a linguistics graduate 
student at the University of Arizona has been released from federal 
custody.

Deedra Abboud, of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Phoenix, 
said she was told Muhammad Al-Qudhai'een had been released from federal 
custody and had returned to his home in Saudi Arabia.

In June, the student and father of five was taken into federal custody 
and 
held in a federal prison in Virginia as a material witness.

His wife, friends and Islamic leaders, including Abboud, had difficulty 
gleaning information about the reasons behind his detention.

Abboud said that after Al-Qudhai'een arrived in Saudi Arabia, he called 
a 
friend here in Tucson to tell him that he had been released and had 
returned to his native country.

"He was deported without charges to Saudi Arabia," said Abboud, who 
added 
she has been unable to talk to Al-Qudhai'een directly but is trying to 
reach him.

Al-Qudhai'een, a Ph.D candidate who majored in second language 
acquisition 
and teaching at the University of Arizona, completed the spring 2003 
semester, but wasn't enrolled for the fall session, university 
officials 
have said.

This summer, Al-Qudhai'een's wife, Modhi, returned to Saudi Arabia with 
their children because she had not gotten any information about her 
husband's detention.

And federal officials have still not disclosed specifically why 
Al-Qudhai'een was detained…

Al-Qudhai'een's detention made for a "sad situation," said Muhammed 
As'ad, 
Islamic Center of Tucson spokesman.

"Having known him pretty well for years, he's a great guy, and I liked 
him 
very much," As'ad said. "Who he knew, or knows or spoke to, I don't 
know."

Al-Qudhai'een often led prayer at the Islamic Center of Tucson and at 
one 
time was a member of its board of trustees.

As'ad said he understands the need for national security in wake of the 
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but wants to see more balance.

"Security is fine, but I think we've got to be a little less hasty to 
tread 
on our rights," As'ad said. "You want to protect yourself, but at what 
cost?"

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STOP THE LOCAL PROFITEERING OF DETAINEES
FLAVIA ALAYA and JEANNETTE GABRIEL, Herald News, 8/31/03
http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkxNCZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NjQxOTg4Mw==

You know the Passaic County Jail. It sits as square on Paterson's Main 
Street as if this were Dodge City, its yellow-brick face spiked with 
razor-wire staring blankly down the brownstone spires of St John's 
Cathedral across the street. And if you've been by it lately, you've 
seen 
protesters on the church sidewalk, carrying signs that read: "Free the 
Detainees" and "Support the Hunger Strikes," and may have wondered, 
"What's 
going on?"

Well, what's going on is a national issue and a national shame. The 
"detainees" being held inside this jail are there under Passaic 
County's 
highly lucrative contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security. 
And there are hundreds, indeed over time, thousands of them - among 
tens of 
thousands held indefinitely in jails around the country. Yet they are 
neither criminals nor terrorists. They are innocent men; some with 
minor 
past convictions, previously paid in full, whose status as immigrants 
has, 
under recent immigration law, become their only "crime..."

Since 2001, this old and overcrowded facility, built for 800-plus 
prisoners 
and typically holding more than 1,700, has housed, in absolute numbers, 
the 
largest contingents of detainees in the United States - over 500 at one 
time - at a bounty of $78 apiece per-day. It now routinely holds an 
estimated 80-100.

One of two detention facilities investigated by the Justice 
Department's 
Office of Inspector General for brutality and abuse, it was singled out 
for 
human rights abuses in the OIG's June 2003 report to Congress. 
Remember, 
these conditions are not happening in some remote place or time. The 
overcrowding, poor food, lockdowns, denial of visitor and legal access, 
shackling - are all here, in our neighborhood, on our watch, at the 
behest 
of our duly-elected public officials. If we give silent consent to such 
treatment, if we allow it to go on because we cannot see it or because 
we're afraid to be the first to shout "Fire!," we too are accomplices.

At this very moment, among other forms of hardship, some 50 detainees 
are 
being denied access to telephones - innocent men, being hustled to 
deportation, unable to call for legal or other assistance, unable even 
to 
contact their families to say goodbye.

We call ourselves "a nation of immigrants," yet we permit this 
profiteering 
on the suffering of immigrants and their families, the uncles, 
brothers, 
cousins and sons of our own surrounding communities. We allow this 
reign of 
terror, absolutely at cross-purposes with the principles Americans have 
defended with their blood for over two centuries.

For the truth about the "detainees" is that they should not be held at 
all 
if we still believe in the due process and other civil liberty 
guarantees 
of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights…

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MUSLIM FOUNDATION REACHES OUT TO NEIGHBORS AGAIN
Susan DeFord and Mary Otto, Washington Post, 9/4/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19718-2003Sep3.html

Dozens of Muslim families will be going door-to-door this weekend to 
kick 
off the Howard County Muslim Foundation's second annual food drive to 
benefit local charities.

Parents and children, including foundation President Anwer Hasan and 
his 
children, Faiza, 10, Aisha, 14, and Zain, 16, hope to leave notes 
requesting donations at about 10,000 Howard houses Saturday. And this 
year 
they will be joined in the food drive by Muslims in Baltimore and 
Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties who will be 
canvassing 
their communities…

The Howard volunteers will return to the same houses Sept. 14 to 
collect 
nonperishable foods for local pantries, including the Howard County 
Food 
Bank. After the collections, volunteers will gather to picnic and 
celebrate.

The first drive, held last year with the approach of the first 
anniversary 
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was organized by local 
Muslims as 
a way of reaching out to the community. This year's drive continues in 
that 
spirit, organizers said…

The foundation estimates that about 4,000 Muslims live in the county. 
The 
local community, which includes many professionals, both immigrant and 
native-born, represents "a microcosm of Muslims in America," he said.

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DC SYMPOSIUM: "WINDOWS ON THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF YEMEN"
http://www.yemenembassy.org/symposium/index.htm

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SETTLEMENT EXPANDS AS ROAD MAP ENDS
ELLI WOHLGELERNTER, Forward, 9/5/03
http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.09.05/news12.settlement.html

KEDUMIM - A new neighborhood in this northern West Bank settlement was 
dedicated in a festive ceremony this week, in what Peace Now activists 
said 
was a deliberate display by the government to show that the road map is 
dead.

"They know exactly what is the meaning of this ceremony," said Mossi 
Raz, a 
former Meretz Knesset member and a long-time Peace Now leader. "It is 
to 
say, 'I don't care about the road map - I violate the road map, and I 
show 
you that I violate the road map.' I was very pessimistic about this 
government, but even I did not expect such a ceremony."

According to the American-brokered road map peace plan that was signed 
in 
June, Israel was to freeze settlement-growth and evacuate unauthorized 
outposts while the Palestinian Authority was to crack down on terror.

Raz said the ceremony was the first such celebration under the 
government 
of Ariel Sharon, and the fact that it was conducted not for a new 
settlement but only for a new neighborhood within Kedumim was proof 
that it 
was done specifically for public show.

"This is not in spite of the road map; this is because of the road 
map," 
said Raz, as he led some 100 demonstrators who were protesting 100 
yards 
down the road, about a mile and a half west of Nablus. "If there is no 
road 
map, there is no ceremony because there is no need for a ceremony…"

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EPISCOPAL CHURCH, USA GENERAL CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS REGARDING MUSLIMS

* FINAL VERSION - Concurred
Resolution D077
Topic/Title: Racism: Post 9/11 Racial Hatred And Incarcerations
Proposer: Mr. Warren J. Wong (California)

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this Church affirm its 
abhorrence of all violence toward and racial profiling of Muslims and 
people of color done in the name of religion, especially toward our 
Muslim 
brothers and sisters; and be it further

Resolved, That all members of this Church be encouraged to reach out in 
friendship to our neighbors of all religions (especially at this time 
to 
Muslims), seeking mutual understanding and expressing support; and be 
it 
further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church direct the Committee on National 
Concerns of Executive Council to examine and direct the Office of 
Government Relations to monitor governmental policies on the 
imprisonment 
and restrictions of American citizens or legal residents based solely 
on 
ethnicity; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention acknowledge the danger that in 
this 
post 9/11 era a repeat of racial hatred, terrorism, hysteria, and a 
failure 
of political leadership could result in governmental policies causing 
the 
incarceration of citizens and legal residents based solely on their 
ethnicity.

* Resolution is final but status and text are still under review before 
publication.

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* FINAL VERSION - Concurred
Resolution A090
Topic/Title: Interfaith Dialogue: Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Proposer: Ecumenical Relations

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That this 74th General 
Convention reaffirm Resolution 1997-D069 on "Substantive Dialogue 
Between 
Christian and Muslim Communities", which calls for a "dialogue that 
maintains the theological integrity of both faith communities and 
commitment to genuine human rights and religious freedom as affirmed by 
the 
71st General Convention (1994-D015)"; be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention directs current and future ECUSA 
efforts at Christian-Muslim dialogue and education to embody and 
strengthen 
that resolution's commitments to dialogue, in cooperation with other 
Christian bodies, founded on "genuine human rights and religious 
freedom", 
as embodied in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights (1948), 
Article 18, which states that "everyone has the right to freedom of 
thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to 
change 
his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with 
others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in 
teaching, practice, worship, and observance"; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention direct that such efforts 
strengthen 
the peaceful and secure religious witness of other Christians around 
the 
world in their ministry among Muslim neighbors, particularly in areas 
of 
experienced religious oppression.

* Resolution is final but status and text are still under review before 
publication.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/5/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GRANT RESPITE
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6887 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* INDIANA U STUDENTS MAY WEAR HIJAB IN IDS
* CAIR-FL DIRECTOR PARTICIPATES IN COMMUNITY FORUM
	- CAIR-FL Director on PBS
* REPORT CITES POST-9/11 DISCRIMINATION (Wash. Post)
	- Photog Focuses on Muslims After 9/11 (SF Chronicle)
	- Lawyer: Post-9-11 Rage Led to Sikh's Slaying (AP)
* ACLU FORUM QUESTIONS PATRIOT ACT (Grand Rapids Press)
* OPEN YOUR MIND ABOUT ISLAM (Sioux City Journal)
	- Unmasking Myths is Taxing for Muslims (KC Star)
* MAN SHACKLED, JAILED 27 HOURS (Houston Chronicle)
* SMOKING OVER PIPES' PEACE POST (Indianapolis Star)
* JEWS AND MUSLIMS EXAMINE CULTURES (Poughkeepsie Journal)
* PLANS FOR MOSQUES MEET RESISTANCE (Phil. Inquirer)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GRANT RESPITE

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "He who grants respite 
to 
one in difficult (financial) circumstances or gives up a portion of his 
claim against him, will be sheltered by God under the shadow of His 
throne 
on the Day of Judgment when there will be no other shade than 
Hisshade."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 417

The Prophet also said: "There was a merchant who used to lend to 
people, 
and whenever his debtor was in difficult circumstances, he would say to 
his 
employees, 'Forgive him so that God may forgive us.' So, God forgave 
him."

Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 292

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6887 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6887 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

Feedback from a sponsored library:

"Pleased to receive your generous package of materials on Islam 
culture. 
Thank you very much for your contribution to our collection. It is of 
high 
quality and breadth, and we will use it as a starting point to develop 
our 
collection on this topic." - Reading, MA

FOR LIBRARIES IN CANADA, GO TO: www.caircan.ca/lib_proj.php

ALSO SEE:

SPONSOR CAIR'S 'WASHINGTON LIVE' TALK SHOW

CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
of the nation's capital to North America and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & 
Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: http://www.art-tv.net

It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
United 
States through the Dish Network, on cable and by satellite in other 
parts 
of the world.

Please note that to watch the show, you have to have ART. To subscribe 
to 
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To request information about sponsoring segments of the program, 
e-mail: 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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GOOD NEWS: INDIANA U STUDENTS MAY WEAR HIJAB IN IDS

Muslim students at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., will now be 
allowed to wear religiously-mandated head scarves, or hijab, in their 
photo 
identification.

That move came after two female Muslim students were told to remove 
their 
scarves for the photographs. After filing a complaint with the 
university 
and with CAIR, the chancellor's office said the photo policy will be 
amended to allow for religious exemptions.

"We thank Indiana University both for its quick action in resolving 
this 
issue and for demonstrating continued commitment to religious 
diversity," 
said CAIR Civil Rights Coordinator Laurie Jaghlit.

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CAIR-FL DIRECTOR PARTICIPATES IN COMMUNITY FORUM

On September 5, CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali will participate 
in 
the Miami Dade Community Relations Board Forum 2003, "Uniting Our 
Culture:" 
A Vision of the Future." This event will take place at 2:15 p.m., at 
the 
Radisson Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Fla.

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org; 
Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, E-MAIL: abedier@cair-florida.org

SEE ALSO:

CAIR-FL DIRECTOR ON PBS

CAIR FL Executive Director Altaf Ali will join Dr. Joseph King, Trinity 
International University; Dr. Mary Carter Waren, Saint Thomas 
University; 
Dr. Nathan Katz, Florida International University, in a discussion of 
"The 
End of Time." The segment will be aired at noon on Sunday, September 
7th on 
PBS.

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REPORT CITES POST-SEPT. 11 DISCRIMINATION
Washington Post, 9/5/02
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28490-2003Sep4.html

Hate crimes and discrimination have had a severe impact on Arab 
Americans, 
Muslims, Sikhs and South Asians in the Washington area in the wake of 
the 
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said a report released yesterday by 
three federal advisory committees.

The report was issued by the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. advisory 
committees to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. It summarized 
testimony 
from an April 2002 forum on post-Sept. 11 rights violations that 
included 
federal and local officials, civil rights activists and Muslim and Arab 
American representatives.

The report said some tactics used in the government's war on terrorism 
pose 
threats to civil liberties, citing "racial profiling, searches, 
interrogations, detentions, deportations and violent raids on homes and 
businesses." It also said the USA Patriot Act was excessively broad...

SEE ALSO:

PHOTOGRAPHER FOCUSES ON BAY AREA MUSLIMS AFTER 9/11
San Francisco Chronicle, 9/5/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/05/WBG821GA3B15.DTL

As the two-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 
approaches, 
the reverberations from the catastrophe continue to be felt. And 
Oakland 
photographer Rick Rocamora continues to focus his attention on the 
impact 
of that event on Muslims living in the Bay Area.

His new and old images are among those on display this month in 
Oakland's 
City Hall. The show is an updated version of his exhibition, "Freedom 
and 
Fear -- Bay Area Muslims After 9/11," which originally premiered at San 
Francisco City Hall on the first anniversary of the attacks.

Rocamora has captured images of everyday life: men from Guinea visit a 
mosque in San Francisco; children read the Koran in Oakland; a 
Sausalito 
couple returns from hajj, a pilgrimage; but they are also lives tinged 
with 
fear...

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LAWYER: POST-9-11 RAGE LED TO SIKH'S SLAYING
Associated Press,
http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=local&story_id=090403d3_sikh_shooting

MESA - A man accused of fatally shooting an immigrant from India four 
days 
after the 9-11 terrorist attacks acted out of rage fueled by prejudice, 
a 
prosecutor said.

The day of the attacks, Frank Silva Roque was overheard promising to 
shoot 
people whom he described with an ethnic slur, prosecutor Vince 
Imbordino 
said during opening statements Tuesday in Roque's murder trial.

Roque is accused of killing gas station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi, 49, 
on 
Sept. 15, 2001.

He is charged with committing drive-by shootings later that day at a 
home 
owned by a family from Afghanistan and at a convenience store owned by 
a 
Lebanese man. No one was injured in the later shootings.

"This is a clash of two cultures and, in part, a result of Sept. 11," 
Imbordino said. "But the murder of Mr. Sodhi ran much deeper than 
that..."

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ACLU FORUM QUESTIONS PATRIOT ACT
Nardy Baeza Bickel, Grand Rapids Press, 9/5/03
http://www.mlive.com/grpress/

Hidden in the small print of your doctor's privacy statement, there's a 
line that grants the government the right to look through your medical 
records.

The government also may be looking at your library records, your online 
shopping and your bank account. Agents even could search your house for 
evidence and not immediately tell you.

Welcome to Patriot Act 2001. That's the picture experts painted 
Wednesday 
during an informational session organized by the American Civil 
Liberties 
Union at Fountain Street Church. More than 60 people attended to learn 
about legislation passed in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.

After two hours of listening, Karen Henry was ready to start building 
support toward limiting government's reach through that legislation. 
Henry, 
59, whose grandparents emigrated from the Middle East to the United 
States 
before her parents were born in Grand Rapids, said she believes that 
the 
law should be used to protect people, not harm them.

"(I've heard) of the applications of the Patriot Act and what (further) 
applications would look like," Henry said. "I'm here as a concerned 
citizen. I understand how much this act can hurt people. Especially my 
people."

Naomi Madsen agreed…

There's a growing concern in communities nationwide on the implications 
of 
the legislation that also allows the government to detain a terrorist 
suspect indefinitely without pressing formal charges.

More than 130 communities nationwide have objected to some of the 
legislation's provisions. Local organizers are hoping Grand Rapids will 
be 
next…

During the meeting, attendees heard from Noel Saleh, Michigan ACLU 
staff 
attorney.

Citing Japanese concentration camps during World War II, wiretaps on 
Martin 
Luther King and numerous other governmental abuses over the years, 
Saleh 
said it is hard for him to believe Ashcroft when he says the Justice 
Department will not abuse the Patriot Act.

"The government will tell you, 'We're just going to search on the bad 
guys,'" Saleh said. "We have a history (that shows) that the Justice 
Department tends to overreact in difficult situations. ... We don't 
want to 
make the same mistakes."

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OPEN YOUR MIND AND DON'T BE FOOLED ABOUT ISLAM
David Grimesey, Sioux City Journal, 9/5/03
http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2003/09/05/news_opinion/local/4862c17052dc424886256d9800160d83.txt

SIOUX CITY - The Koran says nothing about killing infidels, nothing at 
all. 
On the contrary, Islam is the first of the heavenly religions to 
directly 
say that this is prohibited. There is a part of the Koran in which it 
says 
that there is no coercion in religion, and that God will be the judge 
and 
people have no right to judge others on matters of religion.

That is why many Christians fled from Europe to live in Muslim 
territories 
during the Middle Ages. They were being persecuted in Europe, while the 
Islamic Empire did not care what religion you had. Do you want to know 
the 
truth about Islam? Talk to Muslims, ask them questions and by opening 
up a 
dialogue, you will be doing your part to fight terrorism by opening 
your 
minds. Do not be fooled by people who talk about how Islam is the enemy 
of 
this country or people who use Christian talk to undermine the truth 
about 
Islam. They merely use the Bible and the flag to push their own agenda 
which is neither American nor Christian...

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UNMASKING MYTHS IS TAXING FOR MUSLIMS
Lewis W. Diuguid, Kansas City Star, 9/5/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/opinion/6700422.htm

About a year from now expect to see a new cable and satellite TV 
channel 
that will counter the stereotypes and myths surrounding American 
Muslims.

Muzzammil Hassan, chief executive officer of the Bridges Network, said 
Bridges TV will offer news, sports, lifestyle, music, sitcoms, soap 
operas, 
dramas, documentaries and children's, religious and educational 
programming 
about Muslim life in America.

"The idea is it's more of an American Muslim lifestyle channel similar 
to 
BET (Black Entertainment Television) for African-Americans and 
Telemundo 
for Hispanics," Hassan said. "Our research shows there seems to be high 
demand for something like this..."

By creating their own media, American Muslims hope to undo 
misconceptions 
people have of them. It's one of many actions they're taking to help 
show 
people who they really are...

To help counter that stereotype, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations 
kicked off a yearlong advertising campaign called "We're All 
Americans." 
The first ad ran in The New York Times.

The ad has images of an Asian man, a white man and an African-American 
girl 
and asks, "Which one of us is a Muslim?" The answer: "We all are ... 
we're 
American Muslims."

A spokeswoman with the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it is 
seeking groups to sponsor the ad in newspapers nationwide. Such 
messages 
help promote greater understanding and counter anti-Muslim sentiment...

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HOUSTON MAN SHACKLED, JAILED 27 HOURS UPON ARRIVAL AT BUSH
Rosanna Ruiz, Houston Chronicle, 9/4/03
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2081346

It wasn't that federal agents wanted to question him about the overseas 
trip he had just taken, Firasat Shah says. He insists that he had no 
objection to answering them.

What left him feeling humiliated and mistreated, he said Wednesday, was 
that federal agents shackled him and detained him overnight like a 
criminal, simply because of where he had been.

"People come to this country to run away from this kind of thing," said 
Shah, a Pakistani who has lived in Houston since 1995. "I felt, maybe 
this 
is the time I should make a decision to leave this country."

Shah's eyes welled with tears as he recounted what he says happened to 
him 
at the hands of federal agents after he returned to Houston on July 29 
from 
a trip to his native land and Malaysia.

His decision to go public about his 27-hour detention comes as U.S. 
Attorney General John Ashcroft tours the nation to defend the USA 
Patriot 
Act, which some civil libertarians say allows federal agents to go too 
far 
in the name of preventing another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Shah said he waited more than a month to discuss the incident publicly 
because his wife and three children were still in Pakistan and he was 
concerned that they might have trouble returning...

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SMOKING OVER PIPES' PEACE POST
Dan Carpenter, Indianapolis Star, 9/3/03
http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/6/070799-4706-021.html

If President Bush truly is interested in brokering peace in the Middle 
East, how could he appoint Daniel Pipes to the board of the U.S. 
Institute 
of Peace?

Muslim groups are understandably perplexed, given that the 
Philadelphia-based writer and unabashed Israeli partisan is regarded by 
his 
critics as the chief Islamophobe in America.

But Muslims aren't the only Americans at war over a peacemaking role 
for a 
man whose lengthy skein of provocative utterances includes the recent 
quote 
that the cause of peace will be served by Israel's defeat of the 
Palestinians.

Moderate and liberal Christian organizations, foreign policy scholars, 
peace activists and Democratic senators added their voices to an effort 
to 
keep Pipes off the board of a federally funded think tank dedicated, in 
its 
words, to "the prevention, management and peaceful resolution of 
international conflicts..."

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JEWS AND MUSLIMS EXAMINE CULTURES
Angela Batchelor, Poughkeepsie Journal, 9/4/03
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/thursday/lifeentertainment/stories/li090403s2.shtml

Explore two cultures on Sunday at 2 p.m. during the Salaam-Shalom 
Family 
Culture Fest at the Poughkeepsie's Vassar Temple.

The event is sponsored by the Al-Noor Islamic School, Dutchess 
Interfaith 
Council and Dutchess County Arts Council. Workshops and programs run 
simultaneously throughout the free event.

"It was time to get to know each other and understand more about Islam 
and 
Israel and what better way than through the arts," says event 
coordinator 
Sue Lesser. "This is a celebration of the unique beauty found in the 
arts 
of all cultures and will promote peace, understanding and harmony among 
diverse populations of all faiths..."

According to Lesser, just planning the event has been a learning 
experience. For example, Lesser notes she felt resistance from the 
Muslim 
women while coordinating dance performances...

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PLANS FOR MOSQUES MEET RESISTANCE
Edward Colimore and Gaiutra Bahadur, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/4/03
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/6685651.htm

VOORHEES - The anonymous flyer showed up at homes last month, warning 
residents about a proposed mosque where "extremists and radicals" could 
"pray side by side" with other Muslims.

It said extremists "could include individuals with connections to 
terrorists" and encouraged opposition to the mosque.

Flyers, contentious township meetings, and a threat of legal action 
have 
marked efforts to convert a vacant Voorhees building into a mosque. The 
zoning board will consider a site plan tonight. Its approval could pave 
the 
way for construction by spring.

The proposal - in these days before the second anniversary of the Sept. 
11 
terrorist attacks - has divided residents.

Muslims seeking to build mosques in the United States have met 
resistance 
many times before, said academics who have tracked their efforts before 
local governments.

But Sept. 11 has intensified the struggle to build Islamic houses of 
worship...

"People are more willing to go public with their prejudice," said 
Ibrahim 
Hooper, spokesman for the Committee on American Islamic Relations, an 
advocacy group. "The societal reticence is not there anymore..."

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR ACTION ALERT #392

DC-AREA COMMUNITY INVITED TO 9/11 MEMORIAL EVENT
"A Day of National Unity" challenges those who divide America

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/5/03) - CAIR is urging members of the 
Washington-area 
community to take part in an interfaith memorial event at the Capitol 
Reflecting Pool to mark the second anniversary of the 9/11 terror 
attacks 
and to challenge those who seek to divide America along religious or 
ethnic 
lines.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(The event will take place rain or shine. Shelter will be provided.)
WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool (West side of Capitol Bldg.), Washington 
D.C.

The event, "A Day of National Unity," will include presentations by 
local 
and national community and religious leaders, songs by a children's 
choir, 
Maghrib (sunset) prayers, and a candlelight vigil in memory of those 
who 
died in the attacks. The event will also include a presentation of the 
first annual "Voice of Unity Award" to the Hate Free Zone Campaign of 
Washington, an organization founded in response to the post-9/11 
backlash 
against American Muslims, Arab-Americans and those perceived to be 
Middle 
Eastern.

"On this, the second anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, we must 
come 
together in a spirit of national unity and respect for religious 
diversity," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "There are those 
who 
seek to divide our nation along political, religious and ethnic lines. 
They 
can only succeed if good people fail to challenge bigotry and hatred."

"A Day of National Unity" is co-sponsored by: National Council of 
Churches, 
Interfaith Alliance, American Friends Service Committee, Sikh 
Mediawatch 
and Resource Task Force, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Arab American 
Institute, MAS Freedom Foundation, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination 
Committee, Muslim Society of Washington, ADAMS Center, Dar al-Hijrah, 
Muslim American Congress, Mustafa Center, Islamic Society of the 
Washington 
Area, Manassas Mosque, Islamic Society of Baltimore, along with other 
religious and community groups.

For more information about the event, or to add your group's name to 
the 
list of co-sponsors, contact: Joshua Brockwell at 202-488-8787 ext. 
3221.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. PARTICIPATE in the vigil in Washington, D.C. 		

2. ORGANIZE a similar event in your local community. Communities can 
open 
houses of worship on September 11 for interfaith visits, prayers, panel 
discussions, and other activities intended to foster national unity and 
religious tolerance. For help on how to plan a day of unity event, 
contact 
Rabiah Ahmed at 202-488-8787 ext. 3243

3. INFORM CAIR about your local activities.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/6/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WHAT IS FAITH?
* GA MUSLIMS CALL A SUNDAY PEACE RALLY
	- Peace Rally Near Site of Islamic Center Fire (AP)
* PASTOR: ISLAM IS 'AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE ENEMY' (Indianapolis Star)
	- 9/11'S Silver Lining (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
* GROUP'S LAWSUIT TARGETS MUSLIM CENTER (Chicago Tribune)
* CHRISTIAN COUNCIL URGES WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ (Atlanta Journal)
* DOLL PROMOTES SELF-ESTEEM FOR MUSLIM GIRLS (AP)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WHAT IS FAITH?

A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "What is 
faith?" The Prophet replied: "When a good deed becomes a source of 
pleasure 
for you and an evil deed becomes a source of disgust, then you are a 
believer." He was then asked: "What is a sin?" The Prophet said: "When 
something pricks your conscience, give it up."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 8

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MUSLIMS CALL A SUNDAY PEACE RALLY
Ann Stifter, Savannah Morning News, 9/6/03
http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/090603/LOC_peace.shtml

Two weeks after an arson fire destroyed the Islamic Center of Savannah, 
local Muslims will hold a Sunday peace rally near the ruins.

The "Together for Peace" gathering is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. at the 
southside center, located at 1030 Dutchtown Road.

"We're inviting Muslims and non-Muslims to express their views, that 
peace 
is the most important thing among people of all different faiths," said 
Masood Ahmed, a spokesman for the mosque.

"One should not let peace go no matter what faith they have."

At least one Christian expects to attend, partially to support a U.S. 
principle to worship freely.

"I'm Vietnamese and left when I was a child because of the Communism 
and I 
don't want anyone to dictate what I believe," said Mai Dang, a Roman 
Catholic…

The 3 a.m. fire on Aug. 24 gutted the converted home that is located in 
a 
residential neighborhood. But Muslims immediately erected a prayer tent 
at 
the site to continue performing their five daily prayers…

SEE ALSO:

PEACE RALLY TO BE HELD NEAR SITE OF ISLAMIC CENTER FIRE
Associated Press, 9/6/03

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A peace rally will be held Sunday near the ruins of the 
Islamic Center of Savannah, which was destroyed by a fire two weeks ago 
that authorities have deemed arson.

The "Together for Peace" gathering is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m…

The fire Aug. 24 gutted the center. Muslims immediately erected a 
prayer 
tent at the site to continue performing their five daily prayers.

FBI agents are investigating the fire as a civil rights violation. 
Evidence 
of possible accelerants in the fire and other clues point to arson.

The fire destroyed a rare, handwritten copy of the Koran and the 
temporary 
mosque that was housed in a two-bedroom home…

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PASTOR DEFENDS SERMON ON ISLAM
Jennifer Evans, Indianapolis Star, 9/6/03
http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/6/071957-3346-009.html

Avon -- A church sign in Avon has area residents asking whether its 
message 
is hate speech or a needed warning.

The marquee at Faith Baptist Church reads: Sunday sermon 10:30 a.m. 
"Islam: 
America's Number One Enemy."

"To call Islam an 'enemy' seems to be a message of hate," said Susan 
Jones, 
who works in Avon and has passed the marquee twice a day this week.

"It is just arrogant and ignorant, and I can't get past it. It is 
disheartening that a pastor, a pillar of the community, would be 
preaching 
this."

Marc Monte, pastor at Faith Baptist Church for 5½ years, said the 
sermon 
would provide needed information the public should receive -- but 
hasn't -- 
from the media and many Christian leaders.

"I want to stir interest, not alarm, but Islam is a false religion, 
dangerous and hate-promoting," Monte said.

"If I were a pastor who read KKK literature or Hitler's 'Mein Kampf,' I 
would hope the members of my church would head to other churches. It is 
awful stuff. I repudiate it, and I put Islam in the same camp."

Sayyid M. Syeed, director of Plainfield's Islamic Society of North 
America, 
said such views were inflammatory and dangerous to society.

"Whether it is a pastor in Avon or Osama bin Laden, it is religion 
spoken 
with the same language -- to incite others and provoke violence. It is 
the 
same treatment of religion; extremists think a lot alike," Syeed said…

Monte said he met with Syeed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 
2001. 
Afterward, Monte decided to read and study the Islamic text, the Quran.

"I met with Syeed, and it got me very curious. In this personal 
conversation, there were things that struck me as odd," he said. "I 
opened 
the Quran and smelled a stinking, bloated, dead rat on every page..."

SEE ALSO:

9/11'S SILVER LINING
ALLISON KENNEDY, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 9/6/03
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/living/6702351.htm

Arecent afternoon found Abeika Alexander in her backyard watching over 
her 
two young boys, Muhammed and Saalih. Muhammed was trying to water the 
grass 
at the family's Lawyers Lane home while Saalih, a toddler, sat 
contentedly 
beside his mother in his stroller.

Alexander, 25, and her family moved into this home built by Habitat for 
Humanity volunteers last November. The family is Muslim. Alexander's 
husband James B. Watson is the new imam, or spiritual leader, of Masjid 
Al 
Jannah on Forrest Road.

As required of Habitat projects, Watson assisted in the building 
project by 
contributing what's called "sweat equity" hours: he helped build the 
home. 
His wife couldn't help because she was pregnant.

As in other cities around the country, Columbus will commemorate the 
second 
anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Thursday in various ways. 
Several 
prayer services are planned.

Soon after the attacks, local clergy and other people of faith started 
meeting to discuss their commonalities. Largely composed of 
Episcopalian 
Christians, Jews and Muslims, friendships among them strengthened. 
Eventually they began strategizing about the three communities' 
building a 
Habitat home…

Nizam Khan, another Columbus Muslim, said this week he hasn't 
encountered 
any problems from non-Muslims. "There seems to be more awareness about 
Islam. People are inquisitive and curious to know what Islam teachings 
are."

The Rev. Doug Hahn of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, among the leaders 
who 
began meeting, said at the time that the group wanted to keep the focus 
on 
hope rather than on the terrorists' destruction.

Around the same time, Alexander and Watson applied to Habitat for 
Humanity 
and got picked as future homeowners.

Last year's one-year anniversary service of 9/11 at St. Thomas Church 
drew 
several hundred people. An interfaith service with Muslim, Jewish and 
Christian liturgies, Farhad AliFarhani -- a Muslim who goes by "Ali" -- 
gave the sermon. No similar service is planned for Thursday.

"We are all one. We are like a body, regardless of what we believe. We 
are 
all one nation. Part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts. We feel 
this 
pain and suffering," Ali said in his sermon…

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GROUP'S LAWSUIT TARGETS MUSLIM CENTER SERVICES
Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 9/6/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/north/chi-0309060137sep06,1,7689423.story

A group of Morton Grove residents asked a federal judge Friday to 
direct 
village officials to enforce an ordinance that would prohibit the 
Muslim 
Education Center from holding prayer gatherings.

The lawsuit by Morton Grove Organization alleges the village ordinance 
requires any organization holding large gatherings on its property to 
have 
a special-use permit--something the MEC has not had in the more than 13 
years it has held services at the school.

Members of the group say they repeatedly have asked village officials 
to 
enforce the ordinance. They say more than 400 Muslims attend Friday 
afternoon services in the school's gym, 8601 N. Menard Ave., causing 
parking and traffic problems.

"They are fed up," said Douglas Cannon, an attorney for the 
neighborhood 
group. "Their local government has turned a deaf ear to them."

The lawsuit also asks for an order prohibiting prayer services at the 
school.

"I can't read what is in their hearts, but the fact is the neighbors 
never 
complained of the Muslims' prayer meetings until after Sept. 11," said 
John 
Mauck, attorney for the MEC…

Mohammed Kaiseruddin, president of the Muslim Community Center, which 
oversees the education center, said: "We've tried to work with them for 
a 
very long time but their answer to the problem has long been, 'Get 
lost, or 
we'll sue.'"

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WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES URGES WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ
Atlanta Journal, 9/06/03
http://www.ajc.com/saturday/content/epaper/editions/saturday/faith_values_f39543fcc52570a50081.html 


The World Council of Churches has called for the "immediate and 
orderly" 
withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq and the transfer of power to 
the 
United Nations.

The WCC's Central Committee, ending its eight-day meeting in Geneva on 
Tuesday, also urged churches to provide humanitarian aid to alleviate 
the 
"horrific conditions and untold human sufferings" in Liberia.

In a five-page statement on Iraq, the WCC called the U.S.-led invasion 
of 
Iraq "immoral, ill-advised and in breach of the principles of the 
[United 
Nations] Charter."

The WCC said it remains concerned about the "long-term political, 
social, 
cultural and religious consequences of this war and the continued 
occupation, especially the negative impact on Christian-Muslim 
relations."

The Geneva-based body of 342 Protestant and Orthodox churches called on 
American and British forces to pay "full reparations" to the Iraqi 
people 
for the war's damages and urged "unimpeded access" for humanitarian 
groups.

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RAZANNE OFFERS IMAGE OF MODESTY, SELF-ESTEEM FOR MUSLIM GIRLS
TAREK EL-TABLAWY, Associated Press, 9/6/03

LIVONIA, Mich. - If Ken has any designs on this doll, he'd better 
convert 
to Islam and be prepared to fork out a hefty dowry because Razanne's 
looking for more in a man than the macho, debonaire image that Barbie's 
beau flaunts.

Instead, with her long-sleeved dresses, hijab or Muslim head scarf and, 
by 
her creator Ammar Saadeh's own admission, a less-than-flattering 
bust-line, 
Razanne is all about modesty and piety.

That's what encouraged Mimo Debryn of West Bloomfield Township to buy 
the 
doll for her daughter, Jenna, four years ago.

"Razanne looks like the majority of women around Jenna," said Debryn. 
"She 
loves that doll, and always took care of her, giving Razanne a special 
place in her room, treating her with respect."

"Jenna never tried to take Razanne's hijab off, though Barbie was 
usually 
stripped naked," she said as Jenna, a cherubic 11-year-old, curled up 
on 
the couch with a smile.

For Saadeh, the doll fills not only a marketing void, but also offers 
Muslim girls someone they can relate to.

"The main message we try to put forward through the doll is that what 
matters is what's inside you, not how you look," said Saadeh, who, with 
his 
wife and a few other investors, set up NoorArt Inc.

The Livonia-based company, founded about seven years ago, sells the 
Razanne 
doll and a number of other toys geared toward Muslim children…

In the United States, Mattel, which makes Barbie, markets a Moroccan 
Barbie 
and sells a collector's piece named Leyla in the Girls From Around the 
World collection. Leyla's elaborate costume and tale of being taken as 
a 
slave in the court of a Turkish sultan is intended to portray the 
trials 
and tribulations of one Muslim girl in the 1720s.

"It's no surprise that they'd try to portray a Middle Eastern Barbie 
either 
as a belly dancer or a concubine," said Saadeh, who noted that 
countering 
such stereotypes was one of the main aims in developing Razanne.

Razanne's launch five years ago has met with success, Saadeh said. 
While 
declining to give specific sales figures, he said the doll is marketed 
and 
sold throughout the United States, Canada, Singapore and Germany and 
soon 
will be sold in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and 
Bahrain…

On the Net: http://www.NoorArt.com

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* OIG LOOKS AT GOV RESPONSE TO REPORT ON 9/11 DETAINEES
	- Reno-Area Muslims Reflect on Lost Freedoms (AP)
* CAIR-ST. LOUIS PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
* POST 9/11: U.S. MUSLIMS GETTING MORE INVOLVED (AP)
	- Muslims Sense Both Outrage and Support (Appeal-Democrat)
	- Utah Muslim Festival Calls for Respect (SL Tribune)
	- IN Students Raise Awareness About Islam (Star Press)
	- TN Muslims Reaching Out to Community (Knox News)	
	- Putting the American in 'American Muslim' (NY Times)
	- MN Event Aims to Highlight Unity of Faiths (News Tribune)
	- CT Muslims Hope Worst of Intolerance is Over (Courant)
	- MI Muslims Still Deal with Aftermath of 9/11 (Lansing)
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CAIR-ST. LOUIS PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

(ST. LOUIS, MO) - On Saturday, September 6, some twenty Muslim 
volunteers 
from the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-St. Louis) came together to help build a house through the 
Habitat 
for Humanity program. Saturday's event was the third time CAIR-St. 
Louis 
participated in the Habitat project, which seeks to develop stronger 
communities by building new, affordable housing.

CAIR volunteers focused on the exterior and landscaping of their 
assigned 
home. Volunteers, who included physicians, students and professionals, 
received CAIR-Habitat t-shirts.

For more information on how you can work with CAIR and Habitat for 
Humanity, contact Jim Hacking, Executive Director for CAIR-St. Louis, 
at 
admin@cair-stl.org.

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OIG ANALYSIS OF DOJ AND DHS TO JUNE REPORT ON TREATMENT OF 9/11 
DETAINEES
http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/03-06/analysis.htm

On June 2, 2003, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the 
Inspector 
General (OIG) issued a report entitled "The September 11 Detainees: A 
Review of the Treatment of Aliens Held on Immigration Charges in 
Connection 
with the Investigation of the September 11 Attacks." The report 
examined 
aspects of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) response to the September 
11 
attacks, including the investigation initiated by the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation (FBI) called "PENTTBOM," to identify the terrorists who 
committed the attacks and anyone who knew about or aided their efforts. 
The 
OIG report focused on the 762 aliens detained on immigration charges by 
the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in connection with the 
PENTTBOM investigation during the first 11 months after the attacks. At 
the 
time, the INS was part of the DOJ, but as of March 1, 2003, it was 
transferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The OIG report described how the DOJ instituted a policy of opposing 
bond 
for all aliens arrested in connection with the September 11 
investigation 
until they were cleared by the FBI, which became known as the "hold 
until 
cleared" policy. The OIG report examined various aspects of the 
detainees' 
treatment, including the length of the detainees' confinement, the 
process 
undertaken by the FBI to clear the detainees, bond determination 
decisions 
for the detainees, and the policies governing removal of the detainees 
from 
the United States.

The OIG report also examined in detail the September 11 detainees' 
conditions of confinement. Overall, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) 
confined 184 of the detainees in its facilities nationwide, while the 
remainder of the detainees were held at INS detention centers or in 
state 
or local facilities under contract with the INS. Our report focused 
specifically on two facilities - the Metropolitan Detention Center 
(MDC) in 
Brooklyn, New York (a BOP facility), and the Passaic County Jail in 
Paterson, New Jersey (a county facility under contract to the INS to 
house 
immigration detainees).

In Chapter 9 of our report, we made 21 recommendations to address the 
issues examined in our review. The recommendations related to issues 
under 
the jurisdiction of the FBI, the BOP, leadership offices at the DOJ, 
and 
the DHS.

On July 21, 2003, in a memorandum from the Deputy Attorney General, 
Larry 
D. Thompson, the DOJ responded to the recommendations in the OIG report 
on 
behalf of the DOJ leadership offices, the FBI, and the BOP. In a 
memorandum 
dated August 4, 2002, Asa Hutchinson, the Under Secretary for Border 
and 
Transportation Security at the DHS, responded on behalf of the DHS to 
the 
recommendations in the OIG report concerning immigration issues that 
are 
now under the jurisdiction of the DHS…

In their responses, the DOJ has stated that the OIG report provides 
useful 
information and the DHS has indicated it is conducting a thorough 
review of 
the practices and policies that are discussed in the report. It also is 
apparent from the responses that both agencies are taking the OIG 
recommendations seriously and are taking steps to address many concerns 
raised by the report. However, as the following analysis indicates, a 
number of the recommendations are not addressed with sufficient 
specificity, and significant work remains before the recommendations 
are 
fully implemented and closed.

SEE ALSO:

RENO-AREA MUSLIMS REFLECT ON LOST FREEDOMS
ASSOCIATED PRESS, 9/8/03
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2003/sep/08/090810835.html

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Hazem S. EL-Zanan, a researcher and student at the 
University of Nevada, Reno's Desert Research Institute, wants to make 
the 
world a cleaner place.

A scientist and scholar, he was born and raised in Egypt and graduated 
with 
top honors from Cairo University.

He worked for the Egyptian Environmental Agency and during his three 
years 
at UNR, the chemist has become a leader among international students on 
campus.

But his background also has made him a suspect under the U.S. Patriot 
Act. 
He is a Muslim.

"It is the laws, not the people, who look at us as criminals," EL-Zanan 
said.

The Patriot Act, approved in October 2001, allows the government to 
secure 
personal information about U.S. residents in a fight against terrorism. 
The 
law allows the government to detain aliens deemed threats to national 
security without public knowledge. It also gives federal law 
enforcement 
officials greater wiretap authority, access to student and library 
records 
and new Internet wiretap powers.

EL-Zanan and other Muslim scholars living in the Reno-Sparks area say 
their 
religion and Middle East ethnicity no longer allow them freedoms they 
possessed before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"The message is: If you are coming from a Muslim country, you are a 
terrorist," Cahit Evrensel, an 18-year Reno resident from Turkey and 
associate professor of mechanical engineering at UNR, told the Reno 
Gazette-Journal.

"I thought in America, you are innocent until proven guilty," he said…

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U.S. MUSLIMS GETTING MORE INVOLVED
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 9/7/03
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?g6344_BC_MI--Sept11-MuslimMood&&news&newsflash-michigan

TOMS RIVER, N.J. - By 1 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, windows at the Masjid 
Bilal 
mosque were smashed, and someone had left a message on the answering 
machine threatening to burn it down.

In the weeks that followed, when the mosque's president and imam, 
Mohamed 
Elmasry, walked to a nearby Wawa for coffee, people driving past would 
scream curses at him and yell, "Hey, bin Laden!..."

But that was then. Now, two years after Muslim hijackers flew jetliners 
into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and crashed a fourth jet 
in a 
field in Pennsylvania, killing more than 3,000 people, American Muslims 
are 
re-emerging in more active, visible, involved roles in society.

Some are teaching classes on Islam to non-Muslims, while others 
organize 
voter registration drives or speak out against laws like the USA 
Patriot 
Act and its anti-terrorism provisions they consider discriminatory.

Most of all, many have moved beyond the fear and isolation they 
experienced 
shortly after the attacks to reclaim a place in this country...

The Council on American Islamic Relations started an ambitious effort 
last 
year on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to have 
educational 
materials about Islam placed in 17,000 public libraries in the United 
States. So far, nearly 7,000 people have paid $150 each to buy packets 
of 
books and tapes for the project.

"In the first year after 9/11, we were pretty much in a reactive mode, 
trying to state our opposition to terrorism and showing we are not a 
fifth 
column in the U.S.," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the 
Washington, 
D.C.-based civil rights group. "Now, Muslims are realizing we really 
have 
no choice but to become more active in defending our civil and 
religious 
rights. It took the first year just to get out of that mode of shock."

The group also launched a year-long nationwide advertising campaign 
depicting American Muslims in various roles in society, including Dr. 
J. 
Aisha Simon, a family physician, wife and mother who is shown examining 
a 
young boy with a stethoscope and declaring, "I'm an American, and I'm a 
Muslim…"

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIMS SENSING BOTH OUTRAGE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Munira Syeda, Appeal-Democrat, 9/7/03
http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2003/09/07/news/top_story/news1.txt

A range of anti-Muslim issues and events have challenged the American 
Muslims everyday life in the United States in the past two years, said 
Helal Omeira, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations' Northern California chapter.

He said those issues and events include backlash from the American 
public, 
racial profiling and detention of Muslims by law enforcement and at 
airport 
terminals, FBI interrogation and domestic registration of immigrants, 
among 
others.

"It's such a diverse pot of things that are happening, it's hard to put 
your finger on it," Omeira said...

Despite the various struggles Muslims sustained after Sept. 11, Omeira 
said 
there also has been an outpouring of support and love from non-Muslim 
American neighbors and community members.

The Sept. 11 attacks also forced Muslims to do some soul-searching and 
reach out to the community-at-large, Abdullah said. He emphasizes that 
more 
of that needs to happen, though...

Omeira said Muslims have encountered additional discrimination in the 
form 
of "anti-Muslim legislation."

For instance, the reconfiguring of the former INS in response to Sept. 
11 
attacks was a ploy to target minorities such as Muslims, he said...

Though Muslims may have faced discrimination when it comes to 
legislation, 
Omeira said a lot of good has come in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 
attacks.

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SLC'S AMERICAN MUSLIM FESTIVAL CALLS FOR RESPECT BETWEEN CULTURES
Mary Brown Malouf, Salt Lake Tribune, 9/8/02
http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Sep/09082003/utah/utah.asp

Four days before the anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster, 
the 
message at the Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival in Salt Lake 
City on Sunday was one of increased understanding, cooperation and 
respect 
between cultures.

The 9-11 tragedy two years ago and its present day consequences were 
never 
far from anyone's mind.

A reading from the Quran, a rendition of the national anthem and a 
speech 
by Mayor Rocky Anderson signaled the start of the festival Sunday 
afternoon. Then, Forrest Cuch, executive director of the Division of 
Indian 
Affairs for Utah, took the stage.

"According to the history books, American Indians were the first 
terrorists 
in this country," Cuch said in a surprisingly direct speech that 
compared 
the American Indian and Muslim experiences with stereotyping and racial 
profiling. He praised the Muslim community for inviting those 
representing 
Utah's indigenous population to help celebrate Muslim culture.

Event organizer Ghulain Hasnain said most people think of Salt Lake 
City as 
white and LDS, a perception Sunday's event aimed to change.

Mayor Anderson pointed out that diversity has two sides; it can help us 
understand one another or divide us. A day of sharing festivity and 
food, 
he said, is a step in the right direction...

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BALL STATE STUDENTS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT ISLAM
Star Press, 9/8/03
http://www.thestarpress.com/articles/3/005272-6993-004.html

MUNCIE - The Muslim Student Association at Ball State University will 
offer 
a series of events this week designed to provide a better understanding 
of 
the Islamic religion and Muslim culture.

"A Smile is a Charity" is the title for Islamic Awareness Week, which 
will 
feature guest speakers, panel discussions and a cultural carnival. All 
events are free and open to the public.

Fahad Alqurashi, a Ball State doctoral student and Islamic Awareness 
Week 
coordinator, said the programs should help to dispel rumors and 
misperceptions about his religion and culture.

"After Sept. 11 [the terrorist attacks on America in 2001], we realized 
that many people did not understand us," he said in a press release 
from 
Ball State University Communications. "We want the Ball State and 
Muncie 
communities to know that Muslims are a peaceful people and Islam is a 
religion of peace..."

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MUSLIMS REACHING OUT TO COMMUNITY
Jeannine F. Hunter, Knox News, 9/8/03
http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/local_news/article/0,1406,KNS_347_2241010,00.html

Joining community boards, speaking at organizational meetings and 
welcoming 
new members into their religious community has increased among local 
Muslims since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...

Muslims, in the wake of Sept. 11, focused on educating others about 
their 
faith and shaping an identity from their own experiences rather than 
one 
formed from media accounts of the horrible acts of a few.

Within the community, a political forum meets regularly to register 
Muslims 
and non-Muslims to vote and to heighten awareness of political 
issues...

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PUTTING THE AMERICAN IN 'AMERICAN MUSLIM'
Muqtedar Khan, New York Times, 9/7/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/07/opinion/07KHAN.html

WASHINGTON - Muslims in America. American Muslims. The difference 
between 
these two labels may seem a matter of semantics, but making the 
transition 
from the first to the second represents a profound, if somewhat silent, 
revolution that many of us in the Muslim community have been undergoing 
in 
the two years since Sept. 11.

On its face, this shift would seem to threaten the very core of Muslim 
identity and empowerment. After all, in the decade before the events of 
Sept. 11, Islam was one of the fastest-growing religions in North 
America. 
Mosques and Islamic schools were going up in every major city. Groups 
like 
the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Muslim 
Alliance 
established chapters in nearly every area with a Muslim population.

Muslim leaders, once a frustrated and marginal group, found themselves 
being courted by politicians, the news media and foreign governments 
seeking their support and influence. Indeed, many Muslims believe it 
was 
their votes that made the difference in Florida, making them primarily 
responsible for placing President Bush in the White House...

Muqtedar Khan, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, is 
author of 
``American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom.''

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EVENT AIMS TO HIGHLIGHT UNITY OF FAITHS
Linda Hanson, Duluth News-Tribune, 9/7/03
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/6713043.htm

The common desire for understanding and peace among different faiths 
will 
be highlighted at a Duluth event set to mark the date of the Sept. 11, 
2001, terrorist attacks.

A panel discussion on "Bridging Faith: Creating a Future Worthy of Our 
Children" begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Kirby Ballroom, at the 
University of 
Minnesota Duluth.

"I want to show there is more unity than there is difference between 
our 
religions," said Arshia Khan, a Muslim woman who is one of the event's 
organizers.

The sponsors of the free event are the Islamic Center of the Twin Ports 
and 
Arrowhead Interfaith Council...

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CONNECTICUT'S ARAB, MUSLIM POPULATION HOPE WORST OF INTOLERANCE IS OVER
Lisa Chedekel, Hartford Courant, 9/7/03
http://www.ctnow.com/

Only when she gazes at a certain tree in her yard does Hina Sheerazi 
feel 
the jolt of anguish from remembering how her country turned against her 
family.

Her nephew, Ayazuddin Sheerazi, had been enthralled with the tree's 
changing colors when he came to Connecticut from his native India for a 
six-month visit in 2001. In between hustling orders for the family's 
successful rug business, he had snapped pictures of the leaves to show 
his 
parents back home.

That was before he was led away in handcuffs from the Torrington gas 
station that Hina and her husband own and held for 18 days by FBI and 
immigration authorities investigating a tip that several "Arab" men 
were 
scheming about anthrax in a local bar. After he was released without 
charges, authorities acknowledged that the tipster's account was bogus.

Although her nephew's faith in America was shaken so badly that he 
immediately returned to India, Hina Sheerazi is forgiving...

A recent report by the national Council on American-Islamic Relations 
found 
that while hate crimes against Muslims have fallen off after spiking in 
the 
weeks after Sept. 11, discrimination complaints have risen steadily. In 
2002, the council recorded 602 bias complaints by Muslims, a 15 percent 
increase over the prior year. Employment discrimination, passenger 
profiling at airports and discriminatory actions by government agencies 
were among the most common complaints.

"We've seen a significant increase in the incidents of discrimination 
in 
everyday life," said Mohamed Nimer, the council's research director. 
"There 
is a lingering impact of the fear and suspicion that arose from 9/11 
being 
exhibited against people who are or appear to be Muslims or Arabs..."

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AREA MUSLIMS STILL DEAL WITH AFTERMATH OF SEPT. 11
Amanda Leitch, Lansing Community Newspapers, 9/7/03
http://www.hometownlife.com/news/WilliamstonEnterprise/Default.asp?Page=9-7-2003/FullStory/AreaMuslimsstilldealwithaftermathofSept11.htm

INGHAM COUNTY - With the second anniversary of Sept. 11 coming up many 
area 
Muslims feel things will never be the same.

Asadullah Khan of Okemos, who is president of the executive committee 
of 
the Islamic Center in East Lansing, said the atmosphere has changed.

"Things have changed. It may become better but it will never be the 
same," 
he said. "I don't think we get treated differently everyday, but the 
whole 
atmosphere has changed..."

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ARAB-AMERICAN FEELS STING OF CHANGE
Jerome Burdi, Saratogian, 9/7/03
http://www.saratogian.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10126227&BRD=1169&PAG=461&dept_id=17708&rfi=6

WILTON -- Dr. Frank Akawi remembers fondly the days of belly dancing 
and 
men playing cards in smoky cafés in his native Jerusalem. The 
Jordanian-American, who moved to the United States in the 1980s, fell 
in 
love with this country -- but now despises its post-9/11 policies.

Akawi, a 42-year-old Catholic, said that after the attacks, the words 
'Middle East' and 'terrorists' were on the tongue of the nation, and he 
knew the profiling would begin.

'Immediately, I was feeling bad because you could see the guilt by 
association,' the veterinarian said. 'Simply by being of Middle-Eastern 
descent, people were looking at us as criminals, too.'

Of the 200,635 people in Saratoga County, 517 are Arab-American, 
according 
to the 2000 U.S. Census...

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BUSH APPOINTEE SAYS KENNEDY 'CARRYING WATER' FOR BIN LADEN
Daniel Pipes says war, not diplomacy will end Middle East conflict

CONTROVERSIAL SCHOLAR SPEAKS ON MIDEAST
John Brand, Press of Atlantic City, 9/8/02
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/atlantic/090803PIPES1.html

One audience member asked Pipes why Kennedy and other politicians are 
so 
adamantly opposed to his appointment, a question that was greeted with 
scattered laughter by the crowd.

But Pipes gave the crowd an inclination on how controversial his 
thoughts 
can be when he said, "They were essentially carrying the water for the 
lobbying of Osama bin Laden."

A culture change in the Mideast, Pipes admitted, will take decades to 
achieve. It cannot be achieved by diplomacy, but by a war the 
Palestinians 
must lose…

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SAVANNAH MUSLIMS HOLD PEACE RALLY
Nicole Teigen, WTOC, 9/7/03
http://www.wtoctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1432586&nav=0qq6HrQ3

Two weeks after their worship center was destroyed in a suspicious 
fire, 
Savannah Muslims are trying to put a end to many of the misconceptions 
facing the Islamic community. Tonight, they held a peace rally that 
brought 
hundreds of people together.

Even the rain could not keep hundreds of people from rallying and 
taking a 
stand for what they believe in. "I knew there were a lot of people who 
felt 
like I did, my family and friends do and they'd be out here to support 
them, so I'm very pleasantly impressed with the turn out," said 
Savannah 
resident, Patti Emfinger.

It was a turnout that brought people from all walks of life to end 
hatred 
in their community. "All of us, Christians, Jews, Muslims basically 
worship 
the same God, it's just a different name," said Robert Ludgate who 
attends 
the Unitarian Universalist church in downtown Savannah.

What would normally takes place behind closed doors, has been held out 
in 
the open since the fire and while the Muslim community practiced their 
faith, they encouraged people to stay and watch.

Another reason this peace rally was held was so people could have an 
inside 
look on at the Muslim faith and have any questions they had answered 
and in 
hopes this would erase some of the stereotypes...

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FROM SWAGGER TO STAGGER
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 9/7/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/07/opinion/07DOWD.html

WASHINGTON - On one channel tonight, we can watch the iconic side of 
the 
Bush presidency. In the risibly revisionist Showtime movie "DC 9/11: 
Time 
of Crisis," George W. Bush is Vin Diesel-tough as he battles 
terrorists. 
"If some tinhorn terrorist wants me, tell him to come get me," the 
fictional president fictionally snaps on Air Force One after the 9/ll 
attacks. "I'll just be waiting for the bastard."

On network channels at the same time - W. is pre-empting himself! - we 
can 
watch the ironic side of the Bush presidency. Even though Bush the 
Younger 
has done everything in his power not to replicate the fate of his dad, 
he 
is replicating the fate of his dad. Only months after swaggering out of 
a 
successful war with Iraq, he is struggling with the economy. His 
numbers 
have fallen so fast, Top Gun is now tap dancing. He will address the 
nation 
to try to underscore the imaginary line that links the budget-busting 
pit 
of Iraq to the heartbreaking pit of 9/11.

Just as the father failed to finish off Saddam, so the son has failed 
to 
finish off Saddam. Just as the conservatives once carped that the 
father 
did not go far enough in Iraq, now the "cakewalk" crowd carps that the 
son 
does not go far enough...

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THE PENTAGON'S BUNGLED PSYOPS STRATEGY
Brian Cloughley, Counterpunch, 9/3/03
http://www.counterpunch.org/cloughley09032003.html

The Pentagon defines Psychological Operations as intended ". . . to 
convey 
selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence 
their 
emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of 
foreign government [sic], organizations, groups, and individuals. The 
purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign 
attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator's objectives."

Further, "Psychological warfare [is] directed toward populations in 
friendly rear areas or in territory occupied by friendly military 
forces 
with the objective of facilitating military operations and promoting 
maximum cooperation among the civil populace..."

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MUSLIM MAN'S SUPPORTERS CRITICIZE HIS IMPRISONMENT
Susan Elan, Journal News, 9/8/03
http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/090803/a0108hudson.html

Ansar Mahmood felt like one of the luckiest people on Earth when, in 
1999, 
he won the immigration lottery, which allows a small number of 
applicants 
worldwide to live and work in the United States...

He also sent home photos of himself smiling in the foreground of his 
beautiful new surroundings: fields with deer grazing in the lush Hudson 
Valley, snow covering the Catskills. Over the years, Mahmood had 
collected 
hundreds of photos of himself in striking settings.

It was a view recommended by one of Mahmood's regular customers that 
led to 
his downfall.

The Hudson reservoir with the Catskills in the background would make a 
spectacular shot, antiques dealer Peter Jung suggested.

It was October 2001, and fear was rampant. At the reservoir, Ansar 
asked a 
water treatment plant employee to take his picture at the big lake. 
While 
one guard snapped his photo, a second phoned local police to alert them 
to 
the presence of a possible terrorist...

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FIERCE FIGHT OVER SECRECY, SCOPE OF LAW
Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, 9/8/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40110-2003Sep7.html

As the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks approaches, 
the 
Bush administration's war on terror has produced a secondary battle: 
fierce 
struggles in Congress, the courts and communities such as these over 
how 
the war on terror should be carried out. At the heart of this debate is 
the 
USA Patriot Act, the law signed by President Bush 45 days after the 
terror 
strikes that enhanced the executive branch's powers to conduct 
surveillance, search for money-laundering, share intelligence with 
criminal 
prosecutors and charge suspected terrorists with crimes.

Yet the paradox of this debate is that it is playing out in a 
near-total 
information vacuum: By its very terms, the Patriot Act hides 
information 
about how its most contentious aspects are used, allowing 
investigations to 
be authorized and conducted under greater secrecy.

As a result, critics ranging from the liberal American Civil Liberties 
Union to the conservative Eagle Forum complain that the law is 
violating 
people's rights but acknowledge that they cannot cite specific 
instances of 
abuse....

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FASHIONING A NEW IMAGE
Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury, 9/7/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6713512.htm

For a traditional Muslim woman, shopping in secular society is a drag.

But a fashion show tonight at the Santa Clara Marriott should ease the 
pain 
for those hunting for trend-setting outfits that don't violate Islamic 
rules of modesty.

A new Silicon Valley company, Flippant, headed by a trio of Muslim 
women, 
is offering its line to an untapped niche: second-generation Muslim 
hipsters hungry to dress in something more than floor-length robes.

''This is hugely important,'' said Sass Brown, a faculty member at the 
Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. ''This market has been 
under-served for quite some time. The demographics of our country are 
rapidly changing, and the marketplace hasn't reacted as quickly. We're 
still marketing to the Eurocentric norm, and many people don't fit that 
anymore...''

Helal Omeira, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 
said 
the Muslim community has come a long way in two years, networking with 
people of different faiths to explain Islam to a previously uninformed 
public. His group fielded dozens of calls in 2001 from Muslims being 
harassed for looking Middle Eastern. In the Bay Area, he said, those 
complaints have drastically decreased. He plans to babysit his son 
tonight 
while his wife attends the show...

ALSO SEE:

IU 'UNCOVERED'	
Paul Musgrave, Indiana Daily Student, 9/8/03
http://www.idsnews.com/story.php?id=18004

There's more to communicating than speaking and writing. Your gestures, 
your stance and your facial expressions speak eloquently even when you 
are 
silent...

Some people choose to demonstrate their faith through their clothing. 
Many 
Muslim women, for example, wear a hijab, or head scarf, to demonstrate 
their purity.

But when some female Muslim students recently tried to pose for their 
campus ID cards while wearing the hijab, they were told University 
policy 
required them to uncover their heads.

Two of these students refused. The hijab doesn't cover the face. The 
photo 
would still be useful as identification. But they were told to take 
their 
scarves off again....

Incidents like this happen all over the country.

"I think it's the most common type of discrimination Muslim-American 
women 
deal with," Rabiah Ahmed, communications coordinator at the Council for 
American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., said.

Ahmed said that 16 percent of incidents of anti-Muslim harassment 
reported 
to CAIR involved women wearing the hijab. Countless others go 
unreported, 
she said...

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SOUTH KOREA'S LG UNVEILS MOBILE PHONE FOR DEVOUT MUSLIMS
Associated Press, 9/8/03
http://www.canada.com/technology/story.html?id=9CE02FF2-10ED-47C1-9B31-0DC0FA2C625C

SEOUL, South Korea - Hoping to expand its market share among the 
world's 
1.1 billion Muslims, South Korea's LG Electronics on Monday unveiled a 
new 
mobile phone that includes an electronic compass to show the direction 
of 
Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Equipped with location tracking software, the phone's wide screen can 
be 
used as a normal compass but is especially intended for devout Muslims 
who 
pray five times a day facing Mecca, Islam's holiest city, said LG 
Electronics, South Korea's second-largest mobile phone handset maker.

Company spokesman Kim Byung-tak said the phone will be able to point 
toward 
Mecca even in remote places such as deserts...

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IN IRAQ, ONE INCIDENT, TWO STORIES
Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor, 9/8/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0908/p06s01-woiq.html

MAHMUDIYA, IRAQ - It was after midnight, and the teenage Iraqi boy was 
home 
with his older sister in a battered concrete apartment. Neighbors say 
he 
heard kicks at the door and thought thieves were trying to break in.

So Haroun Fadhil took an assault rifle - one per family is permitted by 
US 
authorities for self-defense - and fired off several bullets.

But the intruders were not thieves. They were soldiers from the US 
Army's 
82nd Airborne Division, who say their inquiries at a nearby pool hall 
about 
"bad guys" prompted an Iraqi to lead them to the Fadhil's door.

No one disputes these facts, that two Iraqis died and four US soldiers 
were 
injured. Beyond that, the US and Iraqi versions of what took place 
differ 
markedly, reflecting parallel realities that often erode trust as the 
US 
attempts to win Iraqi hearts and minds.

The result, according to Iraqis here: two dead civilians, six 
apartments 
shot up, and anger welling up toward American forces among some 
residents 
of Building 198, who say the predawn violence was a tragic 
overreaction.

The result, according to US soldiers on the scene: four wounded 
Americans; 
a trove of ammunition and pro-Saddam, anti-US propaganda; and an 
operation 
that was "by the book..."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/9/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: AUTHORITY IS A TRUST
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6895 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- 'Washington Live' Looks at U.S. Muslims Post-9/11 	
	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* REMINDER: CAIR 9/11 MEMORIAL EVENT IN DC
* CNN REPORTS ON BACKLASH AGAINST AMERICAN MUSLIMS
* MUSLIM GROUPS TO COLLECT FOOD FOR NEEDY (Sun Spot)
	- TX Mosque Strong Two Years After Arson Attack (NTD)
* POLK MUSLIMS SAY STIGMA STILL STICKS (Ledger)
* IMMIGRATION DATA OVERWHELMS U.S. GOVERNMENT (SMC Times)
	- Plans for Terror Inquiries Still Fall Short (NY Times)
	- Fliers to Be Rated for Risk Level (Wash. Post)
* IMMIGRANTS PAY 9/11 PRICE, ACTIVISTS SAY (Chicago Tribune)
* OTHER PEOPLE'S SACRIFICE (NY Times)
* RIVALS CRITICIZE DEAN FOR MIDEAST COMMENT (Wash. Post)
	- Israel, India Lobbies Work Together in U.S. (Haaretz)
* HOUSTON TOWN HALL MEETING ON ANTI-TERRORISM INITIATIVES
* PENN. STATE PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT ISLAM AND 9/11
* PEACE APPOINTEE SAYS PALESTINIAN CAUSE 'HOPELESS'

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HADITH OF THE DAY: AUTHORITY IS A TRUST

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "There is no sin more 
(worthy of punishment in this world and the next) than oppression..."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 2299

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: "Authority is a trust, and 
on 
the Day of Judgment it is a cause of humiliation and repentance except 
for 
one who fulfills its obligations and (properly) discharges the duties 
required."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 842

NOTE: The reference for yesterday's hadith was Sunan of Abu-Dawood, 
Hadith 596.

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6895 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6895 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

FOR LIBRARIES IN CANADA, GO TO: www.caircan.ca/lib_proj.php

ALSO SEE:

'WASHINGTON LIVE' LOOKS AT MUSLIM POST-9/11

CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
of the nation's capital to North America and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & 
Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: http://www.art-tv.net

It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
United 
States through the Dish Network, on cable and by satellite in other 
parts 
of the world. To subscribe to ART call 1-888-458-1278.

Tonight's program will look the American Muslim community two years 
after 9/11.

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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REMINDER: CAIR 9/11 MEMORIAL EVENT IN DC

9/11 COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS
Washington Post, 9/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45716-2003Sep8.html

Wednesday - 6:30-8:30 p.m., Interfaith memorial service and candlelight 
vigil sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Capitol 
Reflecting Pool (west side). 202-488-8787.

SEE ALSO:

MUSLIMS TO HOLD 9/11 VIGIL AT U.S. CAPITOL
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1022&page=NR

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CNN REPORTS ON BACKLASH AGAINST AMERICAN MUSLIMS
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/american.morning/index.html

On Wednesday, September 10, CNN's American Morning Show will report on 
the 
backlash experienced by the American Muslim community post-9/11. The 
report 
will focus on the mosque arson that occurred recently in Savannah, 
Georgia. 
The segment will air sometime between 7-8 a.m.

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MUSLIM GROUPS TO COLLECT FOOD FOR NEEDY
Liz F. Kay, Sun Spot, 9/9/03
http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/howard/bal-ho.fooddrive09sep09,0,6117008.story

In an effort to increase civic involvement and introduce themselves to 
people in their communities, volunteers from Muslim organizations in 
four 
Maryland counties and Baltimore City will collect food for several food 
banks Sunday.

They also hope to counteract negative perceptions of Muslims that 
sometimes 
are presented in the news media, said Anwer Hasan, president of the 
Howard 
County Muslim Council...

On Saturday, volunteers in Montgomery and Howard counties left notices 
on 
doors with details about the drive at about 10,000 homes in each 
jurisdiction. Those in Baltimore and Baltimore County planned to reach 
5,000 homes, and in Prince George's the goal was 2,000 homes, Hasan 
said.

The volunteers will return Sunday to collect nonperishable food from 
the 
doorsteps of the homes, which will be donated to organizations such as 
the 
Maryland Food Bank and Manna Food Center in Rockville...

ALSO SEE:

MEMBERSHIP STRONG AT LOCAL MOSQUE TWO YEARS AFTER FIREBOMB ATTACK
Kristie C. Rodriguez, North Texas Daily, 9/9/03
http://www.ntdaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/09/09/3f5d64af25138

Two years after a firebomb damaged Denton's only Islamic mosque, 
disrupting 
the Islamic community, followers maintain faith in sight of peace, even 
as 
the second anniversary of the 9-11 attacks approaches.

Mosque member Majad Turkmam on Monday reported no decline in 
membership, 
though there were a few individuals who did not attend prayer in the 
days 
following the attack.

"We cannot just be scared," Halil Okur, treasurer for NT's Muslim 
Student 
Association, said about expressing the views and ways of the 
organization.

There are currently over 100 members in the Islamic center, according 
to 
Turkmam...

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POLK MUSLIMS SAY STIGMA STILL STICKS
Eric Pera, Ledger, 9/9/03
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030909/NEWS/309090398/1039

LAKELAND - Some Muslims in Polk County say they're still paying the 
price 
for atrocities committed in the name of Allah on Sept. 11, 2001.

They talk of racial profiling and of racist comments made when dressed 
to 
express their faith in public places...

On the eve of the second anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on 
the 
United States, Marshall and other members of the Lakeland Islamic 
Center 
say the discrimination is upsetting and they fear things could get 
worse if 
terrorists attack again on American soil.

All Americans have seen their civil liberties diminish in the name of 
pre-empting another terrorist strike at home, but American Muslims have 
paid the heaviest price, said Altaf Ali, executive director of the 
Florida 
chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We have members who are being fingerprinted" for minor traffic 
infractions 
such as expired license tags, he said.

The Sept. 11 tragedy cast long shadows for Muslims across the nation, 
according to a July report by the CAIR, an Islamic advocacy group based 
in 
Washington, D.C.

Last year in Florida the council received 78 complaints of 
discrimination, 
compared with 40 complaints in 2001, a 95 percent increase...

The CAIR report blames the Bush administration and some evangelical 
Christians like Franklin Graham and the Rev. Jerry Falwell for fueling 
anti-Muslim sentiment in the workplace, at schools, in encounters with 
the 
courts, police and other government agencies.

The report says the media are part of the problem for using terms such 
as 
Islamic terrorists or Muslim militants, while rarely denoting religion 
when 
people of other faiths are associated with terrorism...

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IMMIGRATION DATA OVERWHELMS U.S. GOVERNMENT CAPABILITIES
Michele R. Marcucci, San Mateo County Times, 9/9/03
http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~1620194,00.html

The government is gathering more information on immigrants and foreign 
visitors than ever before. But the efforts may be doing little to 
protect 
Americans, experts say.

Without the intelligence and interior enforcement to back up the 
information gathering, the same problems exist that led to the Sept. 11 
attacks, experts say.

"We still do virtually nothing to enforce immigration laws within the 
U.S.," said Ira Mehlman, Los Angeles-based spokesman for the Federation 
for 
American Immigration Reform. "Once people get here, they have pretty 
much 
carte blanche to stay here and do whatever they want."

Even if such efforts were enforced, they might not protect Americans 
from 
Sept. 11-style attackers, who were mostly educated men from 
middle-class 
families who entered the U.S. legally and had no criminal record, 
according 
to the report, "America's Challenge," by the Migration Policy 
Institute...

ALSO SEE:

PLANS FOR TERROR INQUIRIES STILL FALL SHORT, REPORT SAYS
Eric Licthblau, NY Times, 9/9/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/09/politics/09DETA.html

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department, criticized for its treatment of 
hundreds of illegal immigrants jailed after the terrorist attacks of 
Sept. 
11, 2001, has not done enough to avoid a repeat by spelling out clear 
criteria for determining who is considered a terrorist suspect, an 
internal 
report concluded today.

In its report, the Justice Department inspector general's office said 
federal authorities had not developed adequate plans for classifying 
illegal immigrants arrested in terror investigations to ensure that 
those 
with no ties to terrorism would be cleared quickly and adequate F.B.I. 
resources would be devoted to such investigations.

The inspector general's report offered a mixed verdict on the progress 
the 
authorities had made in avoiding the pitfalls surrounding the arrests 
of 
more than 700 illegal immigrants after the 9/11 attacks...

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
said he was encouraged to learn that officials appeared to be taking 
serious steps to eliminate abuses.

"I would hope that we've learned from the past and we realize that a 
wholesale roundup of individuals based largely on their race, religion 
or 
national origin is counterproductive to national security and goes 
against 
our basic values of due process," Mr. Hooper said.

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FLIERS TO BE RATED FOR RISK LEVEL
Sara Kehaulani Goo, Washington Post, 9/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45434-2003Sep8.html

In the most aggressive -- and, some say, invasive -- step yet to 
protect 
air travelers, the federal government and the airlines will phase in a 
computer system next year to measure the risk posed by every passenger 
on 
every flight in the United States.

The new Transportation Security Administration system seeks to probe 
deeper 
into each passenger's identity than is currently possible, comparing 
personal information against criminal records and intelligence 
information. 
Passengers will be assigned a color code -- green, yellow or red -- 
based 
in part on their city of departure, destination, traveling companions 
and 
date of ticket purchase...

The new system, called Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System 
II 
(CAPPS II), has sparked so much controversy among both liberal and 
conservative groups that the TSA has struggled to get it going. Delta 
Air 
Lines backed out of a testing program with the agency earlier this 
year, 
and now the TSA will not reveal which airlines will participate when it 
tests a prototype early next year. If all goes as planned, the TSA will 
begin the new computer screening of some passengers as early as next 
summer 
and eventually it will be used for all domestic travelers...

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IMMIGRANTS PAY 9/11 PRICE, ACTIVISTS SAY
Oscar Avila, Chicago Tribune, 9/9/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-0309090055sep09,1,5618886.story

With the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 
approaching, 
activists on Monday said the federal government's harsh and secretive 
actions against immigrants represents a potential "second tragedy."

Advocates for immigrants and Muslims and for civil liberties demanded 
that 
the Department of Homeland Security provide more information about 
foreigners detained and deported during the U.S. crackdown against 
terrorism…

Surveys indicate that most Americans support reductions in immigration, 
particularly from Arab and Muslim nations, as a safeguard against 
terrorism.

While immigrant advocates say they support efforts to punish 
terrorists, 
they argue that the U.S. dragnet has been applied too broadly and 
ensnared 
immigrants whose only violation was working illegally…

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OTHER PEOPLE'S SACRIFICE
Paul Krugman, New York Times, 9/9/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/09/opinion/09KRUG.html

In his Sunday speech President Bush made a call for unity: "We cannot 
let 
past differences interfere with present duties." He also spoke, in a 
way he 
hasn't before, about "sacrifice." Yet, as always, what he means by 
unity is 
that he should receive a blank check, and it turns out that what he 
means 
by sacrifice is sacrifice by other people.

It's now clear that the Iraq war was the mother of all bait-and-switch 
operations. Mr. Bush and his officials portrayed the invasion of Iraq 
as an 
urgent response to an imminent threat, and used war fever to win the 
midterm election. Then they insisted that the costs of occupation and 
reconstruction would be minimal, and used the initial glow of 
battlefield 
victory to push through yet another round of irresponsible tax cuts.

Now almost half the Army's combat strength is bogged down in a country 
that 
wasn't linked to Al Qaeda and apparently didn't have weapons of mass 
destruction, and Mr. Bush tells us that he needs another $87 billion, 
right 
away. It gives me no pleasure to say this, but I (like many others) 
told 
you so. Back in February I asked, "Is this administration ready for the 
long, difficult, quite possibly bloody business of rebuilding Iraq?" 
The 
example of Afghanistan (where warlords rule most of the country, and 
the 
Taliban - remember those guys? - is resurgent) led me to doubt it. And 
I 
was, alas, right...

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RIVALS CRITICIZE DEAN FOR MIDEAST COMMENT
Jim VandeHei, Washington Post, 9/9/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45122-2003Sep8.html

Howard Dean came under fire yesterday from two rivals for the 
Democratic 
nomination for saying the United States should not "take sides" in the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Five days after Dean told supporters in New Mexico that "it's not our 
place 
to take sides" in the conflict, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) 
accused 
him of advocating a "major break" from the United States' long-standing 
policy of explicitly siding with Israel in the Middle East...

In an interview, Dean sought to clarify his statement but did not back 
down 
from his belief that the United State cannot negotiate peace unless it 
is 
seen as a neutral party in the region.

For more than 50 years, the United States has backed Israel as its 
closest 
ally in the region, providing the Jewish state with billions of dollars 
in 
military and humanitarian aid. Dean does not advocate breaking the 
U.S.-Israeli alliance, but believes the only way to bring peace to the 
Middle East is for the president to broker a deal without playing 
favorites...

ALSO SEE:

PRO-ISRAEL, PRO-INDIA LOBBIES NOW WORKING TOGETHER IN U.S.
Amiram Barkat, Haaretz, 9/8/03
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/337667.html

Last July, the pro-Israel and pro-India lobbies in Washington, D.C. 
held a 
joint reception for senators from both sides of the aisle, prompting a 
reporter for The Washington Post to call it a
"cacophony of accents" where "women in saris mingled among men in 
yarmulkes."

Tom Lantos, the Democratic Congressman from California, a Holocaust 
survivor, greeted the reception, emphasizing the commitment of Jews and 
Indians to respecting others, rule of law and democracy, and adding 
that 
lately the two lobbies have grown closer, because of a shared enemy of 
fanatic Islamic terror.

Cooperation between the lobbies only began in recent months but has 
already 
recorded some successes, including approval for the Phalcon airborne 
radar 
system sale from Israel to India, as well as an amendment added to an 
aid 
to Pakistan bill that requires the White House to report to Congress on 
Pakistani government prevention of infiltration into India. The next 
goal 
is to win congressional approval for an Arrow missile system sale to 
India...

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HOUSTON TOWN HALL MEETING ON ANTI-TERRORISM INITIATIVES

American Muslim Council (Houston Chapter) and the Houston Muslim 
Community 
are holding a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 5:00 
P.M. in Community Center, I.S.G.H., Northwest Zone (Spring Branch) 
located 
at 1209 Conrad Sauer, Houston, TX 77043 on the request of United States 
Attorney Michael T. Shelby to discuss the initiatives of the Southern 
District Anti-Terrorism Task Force address the concern of Muslim 
community 
in Houston.

United States Attorney Michael T. Shelby and Mr. Abe Martinez, Deputy 
Chief, Terrorism and national Security Division will be speakers from 
U.S. 
Department of Justice and some local Muslim leadership of Houston.

The Muslim community is requested to participate in this important Town 
Hall Meeting and address the issues that have direct effect on the 
Muslim 
community at large.

Please contact for information:
Mr. Amanullah Khan 713 628 8980
Mr. Syed N. Izfar 713 898 1922
Mr. Abdul Rauf Khan 713 270 9405

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PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT ISLAM AND 9/11

WHAT: Are Muslims violent, terrorists, and/or extremists? Do Muslims 
worship a different God from that of Christians or Jews? Does Islam 
oppress 
women? Find answers to these and other common misconceptions about 
Islam at 
a panel discussion titled, Religious Tolerance and Liberty in the Face 
of 
Terrorism:  Unraveling Misconceptions about Islam. The symposium will 
be 
the first of the Penn State Great Valley Diversity Action Councils 
Speaker 
Series. The participants in this panel discussion will learn about the 
basic beliefs and tenets of Islam. The discussion will focus on the 
experiences of American Muslims after 9/11.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Warren V. Musser Auditorium of the Safeguard Scientifics 
Building.

Note: For more information about this event please visit www.gv.psu.edu 
or 
call Roya Salehi at 610-725-5235.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: PEACE APPOINTEE SAYS PALESTINIAN CAUSE 'HOPELESS'
http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/5288.htm

DANIEL PIPES: "Give Israel license not just to defend itself but to 
impress 
on the Palestinians the hopelessness of their cause."

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

REMINDER: ATTEND TONIGHT'S 9/11 MEMORIAL ON CAPITOL HILL

Bring your friends and family to tonight's event to call for national 
unity 
in the face of those who would divide our nation along religious or 
ethnic 
lines.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool (Westside), Washington, D.C.

SEE: MUSLIMS TO HOLD 9/11 VIGIL AT U.S. CAPITOL
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1022&page=NR

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POLL: U.S. MUSLIMS INCREASE POLITICAL ACTIVITY SINCE 9/11
Dean tops Bush, Iraq policy slammed, affirmative action favored

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/10/03) - According to results of a poll released 
today 
by a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, roughly half of 
American Muslims surveyed say they have increased their social (58 
percent), political (45 percent), interfaith (52 percent) and public 
relations activities (59 percent) since the 9/11 terror attacks. (A 
number 
of open-ended questions on the poll are yet to be tabulated.)

Almost three-fourths (70 percent) of Muslim respondents said they feel 
free 
to practice their faith without restrictions and almost all (86 
percent) 
said they had experienced an act of kindness from people of other 
faiths. 
Those figures are balanced by the high number of respondents (88 
percent) 
who said they knew of at least one person who suffered anti-Muslim bias 
or 
discrimination in the past year. Fifty-six percent said they themselves 
had 
experienced discrimination.

The poll of 644 individuals, conducted by the Washington-based Council 
on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in August, indicates that almost half 
of 
American Muslims (49 percent) say they are now more public about their 
Muslim identity and have increased donations to local or national 
Islamic 
organizations (42 percent). (Surveys were faxed and e-mailed to Muslim 
individuals and organizations nationwide.)

The survey also looked at American Muslim views on political issues and 
on 
the current list of presidential candidates. When asked which 
Democratic 
Party candidate they would vote for, respondents favored Howard Dean 
(26 
percent), Dennis Kucinich (11 percent), John Kerry (7 percent), and 
Carol 
Moseley Braun (6 percent). Only 2 percent said they would vote for 
President Bush. The president also fared poorly on domestic and 
international issues of importance to Muslims. Only one-in-ten 
respondents 
supported the president's Iraq policy.

When asked to name the political party that best represents the 
interests 
of the American Muslim community, more respondents named the Democratic 
Party (27 percent) and Green party (25 percent) than the Republican 
Party 
(3 percent). A large number (44 percent) said none of the parties 
represented their interests. When asked to name the media outlet worthy 
of 
praise for coverage of Islam and Muslims, PBS topped the list. Fox News 
was 
viewed by respondents as the media outlet exhibiting the most biased 
coverage.

On domestic issues, Muslims said they support affirmative action in 
higher 
education (68 percent) and interfaith dialogue (89 percent), favor 
lowering 
taxes (55 percent) as a way to boost the economy, and are split on the 
issue of school vouchers (46 percent in favor, 32 percent opposed).

Other poll results:

* 34 percent of respondents were of South Asian heritage; 23 percent 
from 
the Arabic-speaking world

* 83 percent are registered to vote; 63 percent voted in 2000

* 34 percent attended a mosque at least once a week; 37 percent do so 
more 
frequently

* 70 percent rated CAIR's performance as 8 or higher on a scale from 1 
to 
10; 10 being excellent.

"The results of this survey, one of several scheduled prior to the 2004 
elections, show a resilient religious community that is diverse in its 
ethnic, political and ideological make-up," said CAIR Executive 
Director 
Nihad Awad. "The tragic events of two years ago have prompted Muslims 
to 
reach out to their neighbors, become more active in educating others 
about 
Islam and renew their commitment to defending America and its civil 
liberties."

Muslims from more than 41 different states (and the District of 
Columbia) 
responded to the survey, with the most responses coming from California 
(21 
percent), Texas (8 percent), Virginia (8 percent), New York (7 
percent), 
Florida (7 percent), Illinois (6 percent), Michigan (4 percent) and New 
Jersey (4 percent).

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 16 offices 
nationwide and in Canada.

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NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the 
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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/10/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY
* DIRECTIONS TO CAIR 9/11 MEMORIAL EVENT TONIGHT IN DC
	- Washington-area 9/11 Interfaith Peace Banquet
	- Historic Walk between Synagogue and Mosque in NYC
	- Clash of Civilizations or Common Ground?
* CAIR-FL: BRINGING FAITH INTO FOCUS (St. Pete Times)
	- CAIR-FL Official Takes Part in Law Enforcement Workshop
* NM MUSLIM WINS SETTLEMENT OVER HEAD SCARF
* LOW-KEY AREA EVENTS TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 (Wash. Times)
	- 'Hope, Not Hate' Topic of Public Talk (Sentinel)
	- Panel Speaks of Muslim Faith; None Were Muslims (BSU Daily)
	- 9-11 Casts Shadow Over S.A. Muslim Community (SA Express)
	- Plemon El-Amin: Busy Explaining Islam to All (Atlanta Journal)
	- Normal Life Strains Bonds Formed in Crisis (Chicago Tribune)
	- For Muslims Living in U.S., It Can be Daily Challenge (CNN)
	- Imam Al-Qazwini Says Islam Misunderstood (KC Star)
* WHAT THE WEST CAN LEARN FROM ISLAM (BBC)
* AP STAFFER FACT-CHECKS POWELL'S UN SPEECH (E&P)
* WHY DEAN GOT HIT ON ISRAEL (Wash. Post)
* AMERICAN PROFESSOR SAYS ARREST IS UNLAWFUL (Independent)
	- Rights Workers Seek U.S. Help in Arar Case (Ottawa Citizen)
* DES MOINES VOTERS ELECT FORMER BLACK PANTHER (AP)
* PUBLIC FORUM ON PATRIOT ACT

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HADITH OF THE DAY: CHARITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "(It is better that) a 
man 
give a (small amount of charity) during his life than give (a large 
amount) 
at the moment of his death."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1245

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DIRECTIONS TO CAIR 9/11 MEMORIAL EVENT TONIGHT IN DC

TONIGHT - 6:30-8:30 p.m., Interfaith memorial service and candlelight 
vigil 
sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Capitol 
Reflecting 
Pool (west side). 202-488-8787. SEE: 
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1022&page=NR

DIRECTIONS: The Capitol Reflecting Pool is located on 3rd Street 
between 
Independence and Pennsylvania.

ALSO SEE:

WASHINGTON-AREA 9/11 INTERFAITH PEACE BANQUET

WHAT: On September 11, 2003, members of the ADAMS Center will conduct 
and 
take part in many interfaith activities. ADAMS will hold an Interfaith 
PEACE Banquet at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA, from 6:30pm-9pm, in 
remembrance of the victims World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. 
Representatives of Christian, Jewish, and Sikh Faiths will be attending 
and 
speaking at this event. ADAMS will also be honoring Local Police and 
Fire 
Departments for their continuous community service.  The ADAMS 
community 
will also participate in the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action 
and 
GMU Interfaith Gatherings and other Interfaith Vigils on Sept 10, 2003.

WHEN: ADAMS Center Interfaith Vigil:  Thursday, September 11, 2003 from 
6:30pm to 9:00pm

WHERE: 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, VA 20164

CONTACT: Yasir Syeed at 571-213-5966

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HISTORIC WALK BETWEEN SYNAGOGUE AND MOSQUE IN NYC

Jews and Muslims will join together in the first PeaceWalk linking a 
synagogue and a mosque in a historic pilgrimage for peace in New York 
City 
to commemorate September 11th.

Representatives of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist faiths will 
Meet 
at 8:00 am on September 11, 2003 at Bowling Green Park and walk to the 
World Trade Center site to give witness that peace between people of 
all 
faiths is possible.

Participating Groups:

Peaceful Tomorrows is an advocacy organization founded by family 
members of 
September 11th victims who have united to turn grief into action for 
peace 
through non-violent solutions to terrorism.

The Jewish-Muslim PeaceWalk grew out of three historic peace walks 
between 
Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque and the Islamic Center of 
New 
Mexico. The Jewish-Muslim PeaceWalk conducts walks around the country 
between synagogues and mosques to build up a national movement of 
Muslims 
and Jews committed to ending the Israeli Palestinian conflict and 
building 
spiritual fellowship between these two world religions.

For more information contact Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb at the F.O.R. 
845-358-4601 
or Abdul Rauf Campos-Marquetti at 505 301-6052

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CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS OR COMMON GROUND?

WHAT: Is cooperation between the U.S. and the Islamic world possible in 
the 
aftermath of the Iraq war, or do the U.S. and Islam inevitably 
conflict?

Express your opinion! And hear the views of: Janet Reno; Former U.S. 
Attorney General; Dr. Muqtedar Khan, Brookings Institution scholar and 
Author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom; Arthur 
Teitelbaum 
Southern Area Director, Anti-Defamation League.

This event is part of the South Florida Town Hall, which is part of a 
broader nationwide initiative called "Hope not Hate," which will 
facilitate 
broad, inclusive dialogue at more than 20 universities nationwide on 
how 
the United States and the Islamic world can work together to stem 
growing 
hatred of one another. All are welcome to share their opinions at this 
free 
event.

WHEN: Saturday September 13th, 2003 at 4-6 pm

WHERE: Miniaci Auditorium Of Nova SE University

For more information about "Hope not Hate," please visit 
www.aidemocracy.org, phone Green at (202) 270-6268, or phone Siddiqui 
at 
(954) 914 5939.

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BRINGING A FAITH INTO FOCUS
WAVENEY ANN MOORE, St. Petersburg Times, 9/8/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/09/10/news_pf/Neighborhoodtimes/Bringing_a_faith_into.shtml

Interest in Islam and its adherents has remained high in the two years 
since the attacks, says Ahmed Bedier, 29, a local Muslim who has been 
working to demolish stereotypes about his faith.

The tragic events, he points out, have affected both Muslims and 
non-Muslims. At the Pinellas Park mosque where he worships, a 6-foot 
fence 
with electronic gates has been installed around the property to prevent 
repeated acts of vandalism. On the other hand, the mosque is moving 
ahead 
with plans to build a school for Muslim children.

Last week the community purchased almost four acres at 66th Street and 
94th 
Avenue N for the new school. Meanwhile, said Bedier, Muslims nationwide 
live under fear and scrutiny.

For him, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks brought personal changes as well, 
said 
Bedier, who was born in Egypt. In the time since, he married a 
Floridian, a 
convert to Islam, and now is the father of 7-month-old, Amira, whose 
name 
means princess.

"I think, on a personal level, it kind of made me get serious about my 
future," he said.

He rededicated himself to his faith.

"After I got married, my wife and I went on a pilgrimage to Mecca," 
said 
Bedier, who added that his parents, who live in Egypt, and his brother 
in 
California, joined them.

"That was a very spiritual trip that I felt that I had to do and it 
kind of 
put things in perspective and I returned back with a better sense of 
direction and more focused on basically presenting - not converting or 
evangelizing - Islam in both word and action. Because, after Sept. 11, 
our 
community faced a lot of backlash, mainly from people who didn't 
understand 
the religion and were afraid of it."

Last August, Bedier took the volunteer position of Florida 
communications 
director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He said he was 
motivated to work for the national organization because of Robert 
Goldstein, the Seminole podiatrist who pleaded guilty in April to 
plotting 
to blow up a mosque. He was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in 
prison. Bedier has been quoted as saying that had Goldstein been a 
Muslim, 
he would have received a harsher sentence.

With the approach of the Sept. 11 anniversary, CAIR organized events in 
Hernando County and visited churches Sunday to remember the tragedy.

"We don't want the society to think that Muslims were not a victim in 
this 
as well," Bedier said. "Ten percent of the people that died in the Twin 
Towers were Muslims..."

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CAIR-FL OFFICIAL TAPES PART IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP

WHAT: Community leaders and activists will present at a workshop on 
community organizations and grassroots issues with Miami-Dade Police 
Department captains and lieutenants.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Ms. Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, President, Miami-Dade 
ACLU;
Dr. Bradford Brown, President, NAACP, Miami-Dade Branch; Mr. Altaf Ali, 
Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) of 
Florida 
among many others

WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, 2003

WHERE: Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st ST., 29-A

CONTACT: Altaf Ali, CAIR-FL, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: 
altaf@cair-florida.org

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NM MUSLIM WINS SETTLEMENT OVER HEAD SCARF

A prospective Muslim employee in New Mexico who was allegedly denied 
employment because she wore a religiously mandated head scarf (hijab) 
to an 
interview has been awarded an undisclosed amount for her emotional 
distress 
and lost wages.

The Muslim woman applied for a position as a dental assistant and was 
subsequently called in for an interview. When she arrived at the 
interview 
with her hijab, she was told the position was filled.

Two weeks later the same ad for the dental assistant position still 
appeared in the newspaper.

Following CAIR's intervention, a formal mediation session was conducted 
whereby the attorney for the dentist's office reached a settlement with 
the 
applicant.

The dentist's office also apologized for the unfair treatment the 
Muslim 
woman suffered by stating: "We express any regret regarding the events 
involving your application for employment. We assure you there was no 
intent on the part of [our office] to act in other than a professional 
manner."

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LOW-KEY AREA EVENTS TO MARK 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
Tarron Lively, Washington Times, 9/9/03
http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20030909-092501-5536r.htm

At 6:30 p.m. today, a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group 
is 
urging members in the Washington area to take part in "A Day of 
National 
Unity," an interfaith memorial event at the Capitol Reflecting Pool to 
mark 
the second anniversary of the attacks and to challenge those who seek 
to 
divide America along religious or ethnic lines. The Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says many Muslim, Christian, 
Arab-American, Sikh and interfaith organizations have agreed to 
co-sponsor 
the event.

ALSO SEE:

'HOPE, NOT HATE' TOPIC OF PUBLIC TALK
Sentinel, 9/8/023
http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2003/09/08/news/news02.txt

Exploring the relationship between the U.S. and the Islamic world is 
increasingly important today as the conflict in Iraq drags on and 
Americans 
prepare to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Exploring the relationship between the U.S. and the Islamic world is 
increasingly important today as the conflict in Iraq drags on and 
Americans 
prepare to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Representatives from the National Organization for Women (NOW), the 
Council 
on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the local media will discuss 
these 
issues during the "Hope, Not Hate" event at Dickinson College, 
Carlisle.

The free public discussion will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 
Great 
Room of the Stern Center, West Louther Street between West and College 
streets.

The event is part of an initiative that involves 25 universities and 
colleges that are holding discussions on anti-Americanism and 
anti-Islamism.

The nationwide program has been organized, in part, by the Americans 
for 
Informed Democracy (AID), a nonpartisan group that seeks to raise 
awareness 
in the U.S. about world opinions of American foreign policy and to 
counteract anti-American sentiment overseas.

At Dickinson, the "Hope, Not Hate" event will begin with remarks from 
Terry 
O'Neill of NOW, Hamid Azad with CAIR and Carol Talley of The Sentinel.

For more information, call 717-245-1875 or visit www.clarkecenter.org.

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PANEL SPEAKS OF MUSLIM FAITH; NONE WERE MUSLIMS
Jessica Kerman, Ball State Daily News, 9/10/03
http://www.bsudailynews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/09/10/3f5ecc55da234

On Tuesday, three people not of the Islamic faith spoke about their 
encounters with the religion and their thoughts after interacting with 
its 
members.

The Muslim Student Association, in conjunction with the Islamic Center 
of 
Muncie, organized Islamic Awareness Week for Muncie residents and Ball 
State students. This event, titled "Islam In Their Eyes," was the first 
of 
many events scheduled this week.

Reverend Thomas Perchlik, one of the speakers at the event, said they 
were 
there to promote a better understanding of the Islamic religion through 
the 
eyes of non-Islamics.

The evening started with speakers recounting the times they spent with 
Muslims...

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9-11 CASTS SHADOW OVER S.A. MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Sonja Garza, San Antonio Express News, 9/10/03
http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=180&xlc=1052757

The bullet hole still visible in the storefront window of the Sahara 
Mediterranean grocery is a stark reminder of the anti-Arab, anti-Muslim 
sentiment exhibited by some following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror 
attacks.

Store manager Sam Alhamaydeh, a man of Jordanian descent, pasted a 
"Proud 
to be an American," bumper sticker over the spot where the bullet 
struck 
the glass.

It wasn't an attempt to stop the windowpane from splitting any further, 
he 
said. It was meant to show his patriotism.

And while some in the local Islamic community say strained relations 
between Muslims and non-Muslims have all but mended in the two years 
since 
9-11, others attest to a lingering fear and prejudice - though not as 
blatant as before...

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BUSY EXPLAINING ISLAM TO ALL
Moni Basu, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 9/10/03
http://www.ajc.com/wednesday/content/epaper/editions/wednesday/atlanta_world_f3e53c3736e1320a00db.html

In his 17th year as imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Plemon 
El-Amin 
became a really busy man.

While Muslims bore the backlash of a nation angered by killers who 
claimed 
to act in the name of religion, much of the nation reached out, 
yearning to 
know more about Islam, a faith still cloaked in mystery for many 
Americans.

El-Amin's speaking engagements increased tenfold. He has been on the 
road 
since, sometimes finding himself in the most unexpected places.

have spoken in parks and high schools and colleges and senior citizen 
homes.

"There was a great need to know more about Islam . . . and we were 
obligated to respond," he said...

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NORMAL LIFE STRAINS BONDS FORMED IN CRISIS
Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, 9/10/03
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0309100051sep10,1,2128117.story

This week many Americans are dusting off their "where were you on Sept. 
11" 
stories, recalling what they were doing and how they felt on that 
Tuesday 
two years ago when terrorists flew passenger jets into the World Trade 
Center and ripped apart our fantasy of safety. Few of us who don't live 
in 
New York, however, have a tale as dramatic as Joy Ding's.

I wrote about Ding, the marketing manager at R.R. Donnelley Logistics, 
a 
few days after Sept. 11, about how on that warm blue morning she found 
herself in a taxi headed from LaGuardia Airport to a meeting in 
Manhattan.

Suddenly, out on the horizon, she saw black smoke and red fire shooting 
from the trade center's twin towers. Every road the driver tried into 
Manhattan turned out to be blocked. From the fuzz on the radio, they 
could 
decipher little except the word "terrorists."

Then the driver's cell phone rang. It was his sister. "Come home," she 
said, warning that this was not the moment for bearded Pakistani 
Muslims to 
be out cruising...

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FOR MUSLIMS LIVING IN U.S, IT CAN BE DAILY CHALLENGE
Soledad O'Brien, Deborah Feyerick, CNN: American Morning, 9/10/03
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/american.morning/index.html

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Life has changed in many ways for
Americans since the September 11 attacks and for Muslims living in the 
United
States, it can still be a daily challenge.

Deborah Feyerick went to a mosque in Savannah, Georgia and spent time
With their community and she has the story of one Muslim doctor and his 
family.

DR. SAAD HAMMID: Yes, much better.

DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT : Dr. Saad Hammid is a pediatrician 
in 
Savannah, Georgia. He is also Muslim. Dr. Hammid was treating patients 
the 
day his adopted country was attacked. What was your immediate thought?

HAMMID: I hoped that the perpetrators were not Muslims. That was my 
prayer. 
We tried to be more secure.

FEYERICK: In the last two years, being Muslim in America has not been 
easy.

HAMMID: Every Muslim became a suspect. Every person became a target, 
either 
of just the questioning or just concern from the people around them.

FEYERICK: Before 9/11, Dr. Hammid, a Syrian born Palestinian, never had 
a 
problem living in Georgia. Like the 500 other Muslims in Savannah, he 
was 
busy working and raising two daughters with his wife Janet. People 
would 
stare at her traditional head scarf, but, she says, she never felt in 
physical danger...

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www.fdch.com)

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RELIGIOUS LEADER SAYS ISLAM MISUNDERSTOOD
John Shultz, Kansas City Star, 9/10/03
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/6732452.htm

Stressing that Muslims, Christians and Jews have more in common 
spiritually 
than not, the leader of the Michigan-based Islamic Center of America 
said 
Islam remains deeply misunderstood.

Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini, originally of Iraq, talked about bridging 
the 
gap between the faiths at an interfaith panel discussion Tuesday night 
at 
the Community Christian Church off the Plaza. Sharing the dais with him 
were Rabbi Neal Schuster of Congregation B'nai Jehudah and George 
Noonan, 
chancellor of the Catholic diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Al-Qazwini reinforced that Islam condemns the killing of innocent 
people, 
and said Muslims should condemn the acts of self-proclaimed holy 
warriors 
like the Sept. 11 hijackers.

"Those who committed the tragedies, the disasters of September 11th, 
although they were born into Muslim families, they were in no way 
representative of Islam," he said...

Al-Qazwini also noted that oppressive conditions in Muslim countries -- 
such as the Taliban's treatment of Afghan women -- were not intrinsic 
to 
the faith.

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WHAT THE WEST CAN LEARN FROM ISLAM
Imam Hamza Yusuf, BBC News, 8/29/03
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/talking_point/3190931.stm

Hamza Yusuf Hanson is an American convert to Islam. He is an outspoken 
advocate of better understanding between the Muslim world and the West.

Writing in the third century, the Arab poet Mutanabbi describes how a 
recipient of another's largesse will usually respond with either 
indebtedness or resentment :

'A generous soul is bought when it receives, a vile one returns good 
done 
with disease.'

Your response to another's good toward you determines your nature.

If good in nature, you will respond with indebtedness and respect; if 
vile, 
with resentment and envy.

Many of us in the West feel anger and resentment toward Islam and 
Muslims.

Often this is justified in our minds by the anger and resentment 
Muslims 
appear to have toward the West...

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AP STAFFER FACT-CHECKS POWELL'S UN SPEECH
Editorial and Publisher, 9/8/03
http://editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1971092

Last month, Charles J. Hanley, special correspondent for the Associated 
Press and winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, wrote a devastating 
2,500-word critique of claims made by Secretary of State Colin Powell 
in 
his influential Feb. 5 speech to the United Nations on Iraq's weapons 
of 
mass destruction. In a column published this week, E&P Editor Greg 
Mitchell 
calls this speech the single most important moment in the march to war 
-- 
and charges that the media's unquestioning endorsement of Powell's 
assertions made invasion inevitable. Here are brief, edited excerpts 
from 
the Hanley article (available in its entirety at Philly.com).

ALUMINUM TUBES: Powell said "most United States experts" believed 
aluminum 
tubes sought by Iraq were intended for use as centrifuge cylinders for 
enriching uranium for nuclear bombs.

Energy Department experts and Powell's own State Department 
intelligence 
bureau had already dissented from this CIA view... No centrifuge 
program 
has been reported found...

REVIVED NUCLEAR PROGRAM: "We have no indication that Saddam Hussein has 
ever abandoned his nuclear weapons program," Powell said.

On July 24, Foreign Minister Ana Palacio of Spain, a U.S. ally on Iraq, 
said there was "no evidence, no proof" of a nuclear bomb program before 
the 
war. No such evidence has been reported found since the invasion...

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WHY DEAN GOT HIT ON ISRAEL
Howard Kurtz, Washington Post, 9/10/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53687-2003Sep10.html

The pregame buzz among the reporters gathered to watch last night's 
Baltimore debate was whether Ron Fournier's story would produce any 
fireworks.

Fournier, a dogged AP reporter, had slipped into a story last week 
something that a number of reporters had heard Howard Dean say to 
supporters in New Mexico but did not report: that the United States 
should 
not "take sides" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Since Fournier used the quote in the 28th paragraph, there wasn't much 
reaction until Sunday, when Joe Lieberman's campaign called the AP to 
issue 
a statement slamming the former Vermont governor. John Kerry jumped in 
on 
Monday.

So the table was set, so to speak, for the Fox News/Black Caucus 
debate. 
Fox's Juan Williams served up the pitch, asking Dean about the comment 
(he 
said he'd preserve the "special relationship" with Israel) and inviting 
the 
Connecticut senator to respond. Lieberman hit Dean, Dean responded, 
Lieberman interrupted and Dean accused him of demagoguery -- none of 
which 
would have happened if Fournier hadn't picked up on the original 
remark...

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AMERICAN PROFESSOR SAYS ARREST IS UNLAWFUL
Andrew Gumbel, Independent, 9/10/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=441885

A Palestinian university professor being held in solitary confinement 
on 
terrorism charges in Florida has urged a federal judge to throw out his 
case, saying it amounted to a "thoughtless slaughter of First Amendment 
rights" and sought to criminalise him solely for his political beliefs.

The motion, filed by Sami al-Arian, is the latest twist in a tormented 
case 
that has pitted free-speech advocates and fellow academics against 
pro-Israeli terrorism experts and the local media on Florida's Gulf 
Coast, 
who have waged a campaign against Mr al-Arian for years.

A court ruled in 2000 that Mr al-Arian - a computer science professor 
at 
Florida State University in Tampa and founder of a political think-tank 
- 
had no links to Palestinian groups espousing violence.

But after the 11 September attacks prosecutors were granted access to 
thousands of hours of surveillance tapes collected by US intelligence. 
In 
February, Mr al-Arian was indicted on charges that he was the chief 
North 
American pointman for Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

He was fired from his job, denied bail and placed in solitary 
confinement 
for 23 hours a day pending a trial that is not due to start until 2005 
at 
the earliest...

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DES MOINES VOTERS ELECT FORMER BLACK PANTHER, OUST BOARD LEADER
Associated Press, 9/10/03

DES MOINES, Iowa- Voters ousted the president of the school board as 
they 
elected a Muslim leader who is a former Black Panther and a community 
activist to the board.

Ako Abdul Samad and Connie Boesen will join the seven-member board. 
Board 
President Marc Ward, a two-term incumbent, was defeated.

"It says people did not want business as usual," said Samad, who is the 
third black elected to the board in 30 years. Des Moines lawyer Nolden 
Gentry served on the board from 1970 to 1983, and insurance executive 
Jacquie Easley was a board member from 1990 to 1996...

Samad's religious beliefs stirred controversy and prompted a growing 
number 
of threatening calls as the election approached. The 52-year-old said 
he 
practices a traditional form of Islam.

But Samad said his religion was not the issue. He said it's time for 
people 
to set that aside and focus on the serious issues facing the 
district...

ALSO SEE:

RIGHTS WORKERS SEEK U.S. HELP IN ARAR CASE
Robert Fife, Ottawa Citizen, 9/10/03
http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/

A delegation of human rights activists, including former foreign 
affairs 
minister Flora Macdonald, will meet senior U.S. embassy officials 
tomorrow 
to enlist Washington's support to win the release of a Syrian-born 
Canadian 
now imprisoned in Damascus.

It is the first time U.S. officials have agreed to discuss the 
imprisonment 
of Maher Arar since U.S. agents arrested and deported him from New York 
City to Syria last fall on suspicions of belonging to the al-Qaeda 
terrorist network without notifying Canada and despite Syria's dismal 
human 
rights record.

The group, which includes Ms. Macdonald, now with the International 
Civil 
Liberties' Monitoring Group, and representatives from Amnesty 
International 
and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will meet Robert Flora, 
the 
head of the embassy's political section, but not U.S. Ambassador Paul 
Cellucci. The embassy rejected a request to include Mr. Arar's wife, 
Monia 
Mazigh, in the delegation.

Alex Neve, the Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada, said 
the 
group believes only Washington has the clout to pressure the Syrians to 
free Mr. Arar or to at least ensure he gets a fair trial.

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PUBLIC FORUM ON PATRIOT ACT

WHAT: The USA PATRIOT Act and similar new laws and edicts have 
radically
changed your Constitutional and civil rights. Join: Jim Moran, U.S. 
Representative, Eighth Congressional District of Virginia; Kit 
Gage,  National Coalition Against Repressive Legislation; Sherifah 
Rafiq, 
Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; Jeanne Herrick-Stare, 
Friends 
Committee on National Legislation; and Patrice Webb, American Civil 
Liberties Union as they discuss these issues of vital interest to the 
community and give advice on actions we can take to preserve our rights 
and 
liberties.

Arlington's local chapter of Amnesty International will host this forum 
to 
raise awareness of the dangerous new laws that threaten your freedoms.

WHEN: Sunday September 14, 2003, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Arlington County Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street

For additional information, contact Richard Bromberg, 202-835-0660,
Find more on the USA PATRIOT Act at http://www.aclu.org/

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/11/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WEALTH AND WISDOM
* CAIR-LA CO-HOSTS MEETING WITH BUSTAMANTE
* CAIR CONDEMNS BIN LADEN VIDEOTAPE
* FOR DC AREA MUSLIMS, REFLECTION AND OPTIMISM (Wash. Post)
	- Ceremony Honors Victims of 9/11 (Wash. Times)
	- D.C. Mayors Proclaims 9/10 as "Day of Unity"
	- CA Congressman Honda Congratulates CAIR on 9/11 Vigil
* INTERFAITH GROUPS ARE STILL GOING STRONG (Post-Intelligencer)
	- Religious Solidarity by Dialogue (Tri-Valley Herald)
	- Arab-Americans, Jews in California Hope for Peace (AP)
	- Jews, Christians, Muslims Fill Church (AJC)
	- Attacks Opened Connection with Neighbors (SF Chronicle)
	- Religions Converge in Time of Crisis (Akron-Beacon)
	- N.Y. Author Building Bridges with Islam (Toronto Star)
* CAUTION IS BYWORD FOR MUSLIMS (Poughkeepsie Journal)
	- Foreign Students Endure Scrutiny (Star Telegram)
	- Muslim Students Say Progress Needed (State News)
	- Absences Anger Panel Members (Sun-Sentinel)
	- Muslims Seek Harmony (St. Pete Times)
	- MI Arabs Strive for Acceptance (Free Press)
* KIN OF PAKISTANI WTC VICTIM HOLD OUT HOPE (AP)
* LOCAL ACTIVIST SEES GREATER INTEREST IN ISLAM (Gannett)
* BUSH CALLS FOR BROADER POLICE POWERS (NY Times)
	- Patriot (ACT) Games (Wash. Post)
* NEW MOSQUE PLANNED FOR NORTHERN UTAH (AP)
* CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL TO SUPPORT BILL FOR HASAN FAMILY
* MUSLIM AMERICANS CALLED ON TO DOCUMENT 9/11 STORIES

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WEALTH AND WISDOM

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Envy is not permitted 
except in two cases: (Envy) of a person who God has given wealth and he 
spends it in the right way, and (envy of) a person who God has given 
wisdom 
and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to others."

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 490

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CAIR-LA CO-HOSTS MEETING WITH BUSTAMANTE
Discussion centered on economy, immigration and civil rights

(ANAHEIM, CA - 9/11/2003) - Representatives of the American Muslim 
community met yesterday with California Lieutenant Governor and 
gubernatorial candidate Cruz Bustamante to discuss a variety of issues 
related to California Muslims and Arabs. The meeting was co-hosted by 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA) 
and 
the Arab American Democratic Club of Orange County.

Lt. Gov. Bustamante listened to Muslim and Arab community leaders speak 
on 
issues such as the state's ailing economy, immigration, the erosion of 
civil liberties, and education. Community leaders emphasized the 
importance 
of inclusion at all levels of government in order to better represent 
the 
state's diversity. Bustamante spoke about reaching out to Muslim, Arab, 
and 
other communities after 9/11 to stop and prevent any misdirected 
backlash 
against these communities.

The Lieutenant Governor pledged his commitment to inclusiveness 
stating: "I 
am the lieutenant governor for everybody in the state of California and 
if 
I become governor, I will represent everyone...I, in fact, will extend 
myself to everyone and I will look for the very best in people 
regardless 
of who they are, regardless of where they came from." He urged 
Californians 
to look to his record in office as proof of that commitment.

For more information, contact: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 
714-390-0334, 
E-MAIL: socal@cair.com

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CAIR CONDEMNS BIN LADEN VIDEOTAPE

(WASHINGTON DC, 9/11/03)- The Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR), 
a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, today 
categorically condemned the newly-aired videotape and message of Osama 
bin 
Laden.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"As Americans of all faiths commemorate the tragic events of 9/11, we 
unconditionally condemn the message of Osama bin Laden in his most 
recent 
videotape.

"Muslims and people of other faiths should not be misled by the 
inflammatory rhetoric of Osama bin Laden. The hateful message he 
conveys is 
completely inconsistent with Islamic principles of peace and justice.

"As our nation remembers the lives of those lost two Septembers ago, 
messages of division should only strengthen our resolve to remain 
united as 
a nation of different races, religions and cultures."

View a sample of CAIR's initial condemnations from the September 11 
attacks, including a full-page statement in the September 16, 2001 
Washington Post at: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/911report.pdf

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, is 
headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices 
nationwide 
and in Canada.

					-END-

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

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FOR AREA MUSLIMS, REFLECTION AND OPTIMISM
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 9/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57571-2003Sep10.html

When members of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society observe the second 
anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a banquet 
tonight 
at their Sterling mosque, the guests of honor will be representatives 
from 
the local Christian and Jewish communities...

But the 3,000-member congregation will also be discussing the huge 
challenges Muslims continue to face in the tragedy's aftermath, the 
Sudanese-born Magid said. "We are worried about laws that say that 
Muslims 
can be put in jail without knowing why, and no one should tell you 
why," he 
said.

The mixture of optimism and apprehension at Magid's mosque is typical 
of 
the general mood among local Muslim Americans...

At a vigil in the District last night, an imam lit the candle of a 
pastor, 
who lit the candle of a child in front of the Capitol, which glowed 
pink in 
the sunset. The "Day of National Unity" was held to "remember there is 
no 
future in intolerance," said Arsalan T. Iftikhar, director of legal 
affairs 
for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which sponsored the 
event.

"The one thing we all have in common is that we are American," Iftikhar 
said. "We love the freedoms and liberties this country has to offer."

A poll released yesterday by the Washington-based council, a leading 
Muslim 
advocacy group, found that Muslim Americans are indeed becoming more 
socially and politically active. In the August survey of 644 Muslims, 
about 
half of the respondents said they had increased their social, 
political, 
interfaith and public relations activities since the terrorist 
attacks...

The council's survey also found that although 86 percent reported an 
act of 
kindness from someone of another faith in the past year, 56 percent 
said 
that they had experienced anti-Muslim bias or discrimination...

ALSO SEE:

INTERFAITH CEREMONY HONORS VICTIMS OF 9/11
Tarron Lively, Washington Times, 9/11/03
http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20030910-111220-7422r.htm

The thousands killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks will be 
honored 
where they died and across the nation on the second anniversary of the 
attacks today, with cities falling silent, names read aloud, wreaths 
laid 
and bells tolling for the dead.

The ceremonies began yesterday, when the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations (CAIR), a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group in 
the 
D.C. area, held its second "Day of National Unity," an interfaith 
memorial 
event at the Capitol Reflecting Pool to mark the anniversary of the 
attacks.

The event included songs by a children's choir, speeches from local and 
national community and religious leaders, and a candlelight vigil in 
memory 
of the victims.

"It was even better than last year," said Joshua Brockwell, CAIR 
executive 
assistant and event organizer. "We had good media coverage. The people 
who 
showed up made the event what it was. The speakers and the content of 
what 
they had to say was pretty important."

The organization's first "Voice of Unity Award" was presented to the 
Hate 
Free Zone Campaign of Washington, an organization founded to combat 
post-September 11 hostilities against American Muslims, Arab-Americans 
and 
those perceived to be Middle Eastern.

"The theme was definitely positivity," Mr. Brockwell said. "We had 
representatives from the National Council of Churches, Jews for Peace 
in 
Palestine and Israel, Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force, and the 
fact 
that they were all out en masse made for a very positive event, and 
that is 
what we were going for..."

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D.C. MAYOR PROCLAIMS 9/10 AS "DAY OF UNITY"

Following is the text from a proclamation issued by the Mayor of the 
District of Columbia, Anthony A. Williams, declaring September 10, 2003 
as 
"Day of Unity."

"Whereas, on September 10, 2003, the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, 
will host an interfaith event at the Capitol Reflecting Pool in 
Washington, 
D.C. to mark the second anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack; and

Whereas, activities throughout the day will include songs by a 
children's 
choir, speeches from local and national community leaders, and will 
culminate with a candlelight vigil in memory of those who died in the 
attacks; and

Whereas, the threat of terrorism, and our response to it, continues to 
test 
our ability to live our lives harmoniously; and

Whereas, the tragic events of 9/11 have stirred us all to a renewed 
commitment to re-establish peace for ourselves and our prosperity; and

Whereas, it is appropriate that each of us work together toward world 
peace:

Now, therefore, I the Mayor of the District of Columbia, do hereby 
proclaim 
September 10, 2003, as "Day of Unity" in Washington D.C., and call upon 
all 
the residents of this great cit and nation, to join me in helping to 
make 
this world a better place to live, work, and play."

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CA CONGRESSMAN HONDA CONGRATULATES CAIR ON 9/11 VIGIL

The following is a congratulatory letter on behalf of Michael M. Honda, 
Member of Congress, to CAIR for the 9/11 interfaith vigil:

"Congratulations to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
for 
your event marking September 10th as a day of "National Unity." With 
the 
challenges our nation faces both home and abroad, we need organizations 
such as CAIR to raise our nation's discourse and educate our 
communities.

There are those who seek to divide our nation, perpetrating acts of 
bigotry 
and violence against Muslim-Americans, Arab-Americans, and 
Sikh-Americans. 
As a young Japanese-American, my family and many American communities 
faced 
great challenges during and after World War II under the U.S. 
government's 
violative internment policies. These mistakes of our past must not be 
repeated. I believe tolerance and understanding are essential if we are 
to 
continue as a nation that promotes democracy, freedom, and justice. Our 
democracy emanates from our diversity.

Once again, thank you for your efforts in promote healing and 
understanding 
in our great nation. Your voices help make America stronger."

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NEW INTERFAITH GROUPS ARE STILL GOING STRONG
Vanessa Ho, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 9/11/03
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/139074_911religion11.html

As a corporate vice president at Microsoft, Jawad Khaki normally sits 
at a 
desk, wielding a mouse and a telephone. But last month, Khaki spent two 
weeks hanging drywall in some new homes with an interfaith group he 
started 
two years ago.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, many people joined in some kind of 
interfaith effort. They learned about Islam at a church event or ate 
dinner 
at a mosque during Ramadan. Some gatherings were sporadic or one-time 
events.

But not Khaki's group. Comprising Muslims, Jews and Christians, his 
group 
of about 14 congregations has come together the last two summers to 
build 
homes with Habitat for Humanity. Khaki started the group after Sept. 11 
to 
help people bridge spiritual differences...

Sept. 11 also helped spawn a Seattle chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, a national, non-profit group that helps 
Muslims 
through political and social activism....

ALSO SEE:

RELIGIOUS SOLIDARITY SOUGHT THROUGH INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
Melissa Evans, Tri-Valley Herald, 9/11/03
http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1624698,00.html

Larry Swaim is a Christian. His wife and adult daughter are Jewish. His 
13-year-old daughter from a previous marriage is being raised a Muslim.

It's no surprise that the Fremont resident would endorse interfaith 
dialogue. But since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Swaim has 
wedded 
his support with activism in civil rights.

Religion has become the newest front for discrimination, he says.

The only way to counter the trend is to use religious solidarity, which 
springs from interfaith dialogue, as a means to fight for faith groups 
that 
are suffering injustice.

He is not alone. A slew of civil rights advocacy groups have formed in 
the 
past two years under the banner of interfaith dialogue -- World 
Alliance 
for Peace, American Muslim Voice and Swaim's Interfaith Freedom 
Foundation, 
among others...

Muslims, too, are doing their part. In a poll last month of 644 Muslim 
Americans, 52 percent said they have increased their interfaith 
activities 
in the past two years, according to the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, a Muslim civil-liberties group...

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ARAB-AMERICANS AND JEWS IN CALIFORNIA HOPE FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE
Laura Wides, Associated Press, 9/11/03
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030911/APN/309110630

LOS ANGELES- Arab-Americans and Jews in California, reeling from the 
collapse of the latest peace efforts, agree on two things - they see no 
sign of an end to the conflict and they refuse to give up hope...

The latest cycle of killings comes after the resignation this week of 
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. On Tuesday two suicide 
bombings 
killed 14 Israelis and wounded dozens more. Israel retaliated 
Wednesday, 
bombing the home of a Hamas leader and killing his eldest son and a 
bodyguard. Hamas now says it will add Israeli high-rises and homes to 
its 
bombing campaign.

Arab-Americans interviewed Wednesday disavowed the suicide bombings, 
but 
they insisted that the attacks cannot be isolated from the violence and 
harsh living conditions Palestinians face daily in the Gaza Strip and 
West 
Bank...

Within the Jewish community, responses to the collapse of negotiations 
were 
varied...

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JEWS, CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS FILL CHURCH
Add Seymour Jr., Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 9/11/03
http://www.ajc.com/print/content/epaper/editions/today/news_f306413b1127528f1091.html

Last year, Muslims and Christians came together in Fayetteville to 
promote 
healing on the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedies.

This year, Jews joined them.

"It's a way for, at least in this community, you can come together and 
overcome prejudices and then pray together," said Sandy DeMuth of 
Fayette 
County's Congregation B'Nai Israel.

Nearly 90 Jewish, Muslim and Christian believers gathered at the 
Episcopal 
Church of the Nativity on Wednesday night to remember the terrorist 
tragedies of two years ago that also shined a light on differences 
among 
religious communities.

At that time, Fayette was abuzz after a letter to the editor to a local 
newspaper criticized the Muslim faith in a county where nearly 500 
Muslims 
live...

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ATTACKS OPENED CONNECTION WITH CATHOLIC NEIGHBORS
Anastasia Hendrix, San Francisco Chronicle, 9/11/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/11/BA298905.DTL

The streets that divide a Roman Catholic church in the Tenderloin from 
the 
mosque a few hundred feet away remain as wide as ever, but today they 
seem 
much closer, said Souleiman Ghali, president of the Islamic Society of 
San 
Francisco...

The neighborly relationship blossomed during the dark days that 
followed 
the Sept. 11 attacks, when many Bay Area Muslims feared the terrorist 
strikes might forever wedge their community from the rest of American 
society. Instead, in many instances, the opposite has occurred.

That's because the tragedy, for all its horror, prompted dozens of 
religious and cultural leaders to come forward with expressions of 
support 
and compassion, Ghali said, even as anti-Arab harassment and hate 
crimes 
escalated in the months that followed...

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RELIGIONS CONVERGE IN TIME OF CRISIS;
Area Christians, Jews, Muslims share a meal, offer prayers for peace
Lisa A. Abraham, Akron Beacon Journal, 9/11/03
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/6743589.htm

CUYAHOGA FALLS- It was just days after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, 
when 
a neighbor knocked on the door of Dr. Islam Ibrahim's home.

The Egyptian-born physician, who lives and works in the Akron-Canton 
area, 
said his neighbor asked if he was safe. He told Ibrahim, ''If you feel 
threatened in any way, I want you to knock on my door. I'm there for 
you.''

This act of neighborly kindness, Ibrahim said, helped to dispel his 
concerns about the future of Muslims in America following Sept. 11, and 
reinforced his belief that goodness could arise within tragic 
circumstances.

On the eve of today's second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist 
attacks 
on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Ibrahim joined with more than 
300 
Muslims, Christians and Jews to share a meal, remember the tragedy, and 
pray for a peaceful future...

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N.Y. AUTHOR BUILDING BRIDGES WITH ISLAM
Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star, 9/11/03
http://www.torontostar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1063231811677

Sept. 11 divided the world into two broad camps: those who said it was 
all 
about Islam and Muslims, and those who said it was about 19 criminals. 
Noah 
Feldman belongs to the second group.

A professor at New York University Law School, he is the author of 
After 
Jihad: America And The Struggle For Islamic Democracy. He is also a 
constitutional adviser to the Iraqi Governing Council.

Feldman grew up an Orthodox Jew in Boston, and studied Hebrew and 
Aramaic. 
At 15, he started learning Arabic. A graduate of Harvard, he went to 
Oxford 
as a Rhodes scholar and earned a Ph.D. in Islamic thought. Then, after 
completing law school at Yale, he served as law clerk to Justice David 
Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. Along the way, he helped draft the 
new 
constitution of Eritrea...

He says the perpetrators of 9/11 did not get the support among Muslims 
they 
must have hoped for. It proved that "Osama bin Laden does not represent 
the 
views of the Muslim world. This is a hugely important point, too often 
neglected in the West..."

The contrary argument that Islam stems from deep and rich values that 
are 
not the values of Bin Laden. It is necessary to stand up and say that. 
Not 
because of any sense of collective responsibility, which is garbage, 
but 
because, as a pragmatic matter, this is a battle which is important to 
win..."

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CAUTION IS BYWORD FOR MUSLIMS
Elizabeth Lynch, Poughkeepsie Journal, 9/11/03
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/today/localnews/stories/lo091103s8.shtml

Dr. Arif Muslim is the chairman of the board of trustees of the Masjid 
al-Noor in the Town of Wappinger. He volunteers for airport searches 
because he said it was inevitable anyway.

Arif Muslim began volunteering to be searched at airports. ''They'd 
say, 
'We didn't call you,' '' he said. His answer: ''You will.''

The searches were frustrating, but the support from the community in 
the 
two years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks put Muslims under 
scrutiny has been overwhelming, said Muslim, chairman of board of 
trustees 
of the Wappinger Falls-based Islamic mosque, the Masjid al-Noor.

''I'm being treated as an outsider because of my name and the color of 
my 
skin,'' said Muslim, who has lived in the United States for more than 
30 
years and who has practiced medicine in Newburgh for more than 25. ''I 
never objected ... because it's for our safety.''

For many local Muslims, life is subtly different...

There were 600 bias incidents against Muslims in 2002, a 15 percent 
increase over 2001, said Mohamed Nimer, research director for the 
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. The council has 
been compiling statistics for nearly a decade. During times of crisis, 
incidents seem to spike, he said.

''Attacks on mosques continue to be reported in a steady stream,'' he 
said...

While it's unclear what the statistics for 2003 will show, ''I don't 
think 
they're going down,'' Nimer said.

Despite the increase in incidents, there also has been an increase in 
interfaith activities between Muslims and other faiths. There was a 
flurry 
of activity right after the attacks, but it hasn't become 
institutionalized, council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said...

''It's not clear which side is winning,'' he said.

ALSO SEE:

FOREIGN STUDENTS ENDURE CLOSER SCRUTINY SINCE 9-11
Diane Smith and Jessamy Brown, Star-Telegram, 9/11/03
http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/6744728.htm

Some foreign students who want a U.S. university degree have learned to 
cope with a new reality since Sept. 11, 2001: Without careful planning, 
they can miss semesters or even jeopardize their residency status...

Officials at the University of Texas at Arlington said the number of 
international students stuck in their home countries has not increased 
this 
year.

Nationwide, delays are smaller this year than last year, according to 
the 
nonprofit National Association of Foreign Student Advisers...

But many international students and visiting scholars say special 
scrutiny 
because of their homelands -- or even the courses they study -- is the 
norm 
two years after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the 
Pentagon.

The adjustment has been especially profound for students from Middle 
Eastern or Islamic countries, Muslim community leaders say.

"Why go through the agony?" asked Mohamed Elmougy, chairman of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations in Fort Worth and Dallas.

"Unfortunately, when I talk to people from the Middle East right now, 
there 
is this fear of sending their kids here. They are always fearful of 
these 
stories of people being detained..."

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MUSLIM STUDENTS, FACULTY SAY PROGRESS STILL NEEDED
Benita Mehta, State News, 9/11/03
http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=18997

Dr. Khalida Zaki will speak about "Where Are We Heading in Post 9/11? 
The 
War Against Terrorism and Its Consequences for Muslims Abroad and at 
Home," 
on September 11 at noon in room 150 of Student Services.

Two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, members of MSU's Muslim 
community say education is still needed to help move forward and 
increase 
understanding of their religion.

Khalida Zaki, an MSU sociology professor, said the impact of Sept. 11, 
2001, has been significant for Muslims, as the 19 hijackers followed 
the 
Islamic faith...

But fear of the Muslim community has caused a surge in hate crimes. 
Since 
Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI reported 414 hate-crime investigations 
involving 
Muslim, Sikh and Arab-American victims. Seventeen people have been 
federally charged so far.

Rabiah Ahmed, communications coordinator at the Washington D.C.-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, said it's the responsibility of 
the 
Muslim community to teach others about the Islamic religion.

"Coalitions have been formed with Jewish, Sikh and other religious 
groups," 
she said. "Instead of being afraid of Muslims, people need to educate 
themselves and others on what being a Muslim is all about."

She said communication is required between the FBI and Muslims...

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ABSENCES ANGER PANEL MEMBERS
Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 9/11/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-cthall11sep11,0,3880685.story

Immigrant communities in fear, unprecedented government access to 
citizens' 
private records, and racial profiling were among the topics discussed 
at a 
town hall meeting on the eve of the Sept. 11 anniversary.

Organizers intended the meeting to give South Floridians the chance to 
discuss how life has changed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 
2001, 
and whether the country is doing a good job at balancing security and 
freedom.

Yet the meeting opened with comments about the striking lack of balance 
on 
the panel.

Leaders from organizing groups the American Civil Liberties Union, the 
Council on American Islamic Relations and the Florida Immigrant 
Advocacy 
Center were dismayed to find several empty seats around them as they 
addressed a crowd of more than 100 people at Miami-Dade Community 
College.

U.S. Attorney Marcos Daniel Jiménez, a representative from the FBI, and 
the 
assistant commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement 
never 
appeared. All three had originally agreed to attend...

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MUSLIMS SEEK HARMONY NEAR TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY
Joy Davis-Platt, St. Petersburg Times, 9/11/03
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/09/11/Hernando/Muslims_seek_harmony_.shtml

SPRING HILL - The children perched on the altar steps as the Rev. 
Dwight 
Wolter tried teaching the difference between Muslims and Christians.

God, Wolter said, is like a church.

"If you peek in through one window, you might think God looks like a 
big 
light in the ceiling," he said, crouching near the children. "If you 
look 
through another, you might think God looks like a big cross."

Wolter and his congregation at Spring Hill United Church of Christ were 
part of an attempt Sunday to bring awareness of Islam to Christians in 
Hernando County.

Two groups, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Florida, and the 
Human Rights Coalition of Hernando County, visited several churches as 
part 
of their ongoing effort to encourage understanding of the 
1,400-year-old 
religion...

With the approach of the second anniversary of the attacks in New York 
City, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, 
members 
of CAIR said they felt it was important to reach out to non-Muslims...

But many Muslim-Americans still feel they are held accountable.

A CAIR-Florida report on the status of civil rights for Muslims in 
2003, 
titled "Guilt by Association," shows a 95 percent increase in 
discrimination against Muslims since 2001.

"The only real way to combat that kind of ignorance is to make sure our 
voices are heard," said Altaf Ali, executive director of CAIR-Florida. 
"Once people see that we really aren't so very different, it's like the 
sun 
shining through the clouds. Everything changes."

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METRO DETROIT ARABS STRIVE FOR ACCEPTANCE AMID UNCERTAINTY
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 9/11/03
http://www.freep.com/news/metro/arab11_20030911.htm

As the Arab Americans took the field at Comerica Park, some of them 
wondered: What if the fans boo, hurl insults or maybe something worse?

It was Arab and Chaldean Day at the stadium, and a group of local Arabs 
were showcasing their contributions to Michigan in a pregame ceremony. 
Standing in front of home plate, a local Muslim cleric wrapped in a 
turban 
and cloak recited words from the Koran. A Chaldean American belted out 
a 
song he wrote about his love of America. And a Dearborn teenager 
sporting a 
traditional Muslim head scarf gently sang the national anthem.

The crowd cheered for all of them...

The tension between acceptance and alienation is still felt two years 
after 
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by many in metro Detroit's Arab-American 
community, a population eager to move on with life but haunted by an 
event 
that clouds its identity...

In many ways, the community has become stronger. From politics to art 
to 
religion, Michigan's Arab-American population is buzzing with ideas, 
events 
and an urgency to survive that moves it forward...

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KIN OF PAKISTANI WTC VICTIM HOLD OUT HOPE
Zarar Khan, Associated Press, 9/11/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-pakistan-attacks-victim,0,4075153.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

KARACHI, Pakistan - When the World Trade Center came under attack on 
Sept. 
11, New York police cadet Mohammad Salman Hamdani drove across the 
city, 
parked his two-door Toyota a few blocks away, then rushed into the eye 
of 
the storm.

Like hundreds of others, he died heroically trying to help the 
thousands of 
people trapped inside.

Two years after the terror strikes in the United States - and 17 months 
after Hamdani's funeral in New York - his relatives in Pakistan still 
hope 
against hope that he will return home to them.

``It may sound a little strange to others, but we all believe he will 
return one day as we all have seen him in dreams coming back to us,'' 
his 
uncle, Anis Hamdani said, choking back tears...

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LOCAL ACTIVIST SEES GREATER INTEREST IN ISLAM
Gannett News Service, 9/11/03
http://www.theadvertiser.com/news/html/F8745AA2-2772-4A88-BFC1-6E20014E7015.shtml

LAFAYETTE - Hesham Tillawi said that Muslims in the United States are 
better off today than they were two years ago.

"Back in 2001, people did not know much about the Muslim religion. They 
thought it was something from outer space, he said, "but now, people 
are 
more familiar with what Islam is all about."

Originally from Palestine, Tillawi has lived and worked as a civil 
engineer 
in Lafayette for the last 20 years.

And if Americans had never heard of Islam before Sept. 11, Tillawi said 
they learned about the religion very quickly. Tillawi said copies of 
the 
Quran were exhausted in this country in the wake of Sept. 11, creating 
a 
rush to print more copies...

On Tuesday, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations 
released its poll of 644 American Muslims that reflects this optimism 
and 
skepticism.

Seventy percent said they felt free to practice Islam without 
restrictions, 
and 86 percent had experienced an act of kindness from non-Muslims.

On the other hand, 88 percent knew of at least one Muslim who had been 
discriminated against, and

56 percent had personally experienced anti-Muslim discrimination...

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BUSH CALLS FOR BROADER POLICE POWERS TO FIGHT TERRORISM
David Stout, NY Times, 9/10/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/10/politics/10CND-TERR.html

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 - Invoking the memories of Sept. 11, 2001, 
President 
Bush prodded Congress today to "untie the hands" of law enforcement and 
enact broader search-and-seizure powers and wider use of the death 
penalty 
to combat terrorism...

Intensifying a lobbying campaign led in recent months by Attorney 
General 
John Ashcroft, Mr. Bush said the measures sought by his administration 
- 
broader subpoena powers and much tougher bail rules for suspected 
terrorists, for example - are "fully consistent with the United States 
Constitution," and vital to protect the country against future 
attacks...

At home, Mr. Bush said, law enforcement people need not only the 
measures 
adopted by Congress in the so-called Patriot Act only weeks after the 
attacks, but even stronger measures...

ALSO SEE:

PATRIOT (ACT) GAMES
Washington Post, 9/11/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57924-2003Sep10.html

"I Support Dramatic revision of the Patriot Act. The last thing we 
should 
be doing is turning over our privacy, our liberties, our freedom, our 
constitutional rights to John Ashcroft." So said North Carolina Sen. 
John 
Edwards during the Democratic presidential candidates debate in 
Baltimore 
Tuesday night. Surely, then, Mr. Edwards voted against the 
anti-terrorism 
law rushed through Congress after Sept. 11? Well, no. When he rose on 
the 
Senate floor to speak on the proposal two years ago, he said: "The bill 
is 
not perfect, but it is a good bill, it is important for the nation, and 
I 
am pleased to support it." Indeed, Mr. Edwards voted against all four 
amendments offered by Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) to 
ameliorate some of the civil liberties concerns that Mr. Edwards now 
seems 
to feel so keenly -- and that the Democratic audiences he is wooing 
respond 
to with such fervor.

In Baltimore, Mr. Edwards decried "the notion that they are going to 
libraries to find out what books people are checking out." But this 
authority existed prior to passage of the Patriot Act; the law extends 
it 
to national security investigations, which isn't unreasonable, and 
requires 
court approval. The Justice Department should be more forthcoming with 
numbers, and vigilance on behalf of privacy is certainly in order, but 
there's no evidence to date of baseless government snooping. And Mr. 
Edwards voted against a Feingold amendment that would have given extra 
protections to libraries.

It's time, in short, for a little bit of reality, and not just from Mr. 
Edwards, about two favorite, related targets of the Democratic 
candidates: 
the Patriot Act and the attorney general. We've got our problems with 
both...

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NEW MOSQUE PLANNED FOR NORTHERN UTAH
Associated Press, 9/11/03
http://tv.ksl.com/index.php?nid=5&sid=47543

OGDEN, Utah- Northern Utah Muslims, who have gathered for prayers 
weekly 
for the last 10 years in a tool shed behind a house in Ogden, hope to 
move 
into a mosque by the Oct. 27 start of the Islamic holy month of 
Ramadan.

The new mosque near downtown Ogden will serve Muslims from Layton to 
Brigham City. Utah currently has mosques in Salt Lake City, Logan and 
Provo.

About 35 to 40 people meet for prayers on Fridays at the Ogden shed, 
about 
half of them Weber State University students. There are an estimated 
20,000 
Muslims in Utah, said Mohammed Al-Tigar, head of the Islamic Society of 
Ogden Valley, which covers the area from Brigham City to Layton....

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there has been an increase in 
confusion 
of what Islam is really about, he said.

Utah Muslims want to educate people about the religion and its 
teachings. 
Ogden Muslim Brahim Kahn said they want people to know that Islam is 
really 
about peace, not about the violence done by a few...

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CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL TO SUPPORT REP. HOLT'S BILL FOR HASAN FAMILY

WHAT: On Two-Year Anniversary of Murder of Waqar Hasan, New Jersey 
Community Will Join His Wife and Daughters To Host Candle Light Vigil

Waqar Hasan, a Pakistani man who had lived and worked in New Jersey for 
nearly ten years, lost his life for no other reason than he was a 
Muslim 
with a "Middle Eastern" face.  An angry young man walked into his 
convenience store in Dallas, Texas on the night of September 15, 2001, 
four 
days after 9-11, and shot the 46-year-old father of four in the face.

When asked by police why he shot Waqar, 32 year-old Mark Anthony 
Stroman 
expressed no remorse.  "I did it to retaliate on local Arab Americans 
or 
whatever you want to call them," he said.  His family now faces 
possible 
deportation unless Congress passes a special bill, H.R. 867, introduced 
by 
Rep. Rush Holt.

WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2003 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Borough Park, Milltown NJ

For more information, contact the National Council of Pakistani 
Americans 
at tel: 202-544-1898 or e-mail: media@ncpa.info URL: www.ncpa.info

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MUSLIMS CALLED ON TO DOCUMENT 9/11 STORIES

Today marks the second anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. That day 
profoundly 
shook the American Muslim Community. All Americans were shocked, 
saddened, 
and outraged by the events of that day. Yet for many Muslims in 
America, 
9/11 and its aftermath also represented a turning point in America's 
struggle to accept Muslim Americans as a community with a distinct 
religious identity. In that regard, Muslims have witnessed the good, 
the 
bad and the ugly. Not only did Muslims die in the attacks, but they 
also 
had to cope immediately with a violent backlash and lingering 
anti-Muslim 
agitation.

To recognize, celebrate, and preserve the American Muslim experience in 
the 
wake of the attacks, 9/11 Digital Archives urges you to participate in 
a 
special project that will help ensure that the experience of Muslim 
Americans becomes part of how the history of September 11 comes to be 
told. 
The September 11 Digital Archive -in affiliation with the Library of 
Congress and the Smithsonian Museum -- has been working for the last 18 
months to collect, preserve, and present the historical record of the 
attacks and the public responses to it. The Archive is dedicated to 
gathering stories, e-mails, photographs, and digital animations 
stemming 
from the attacks.

The September 11 Digital Archive is scheduled to become the first 
digital 
acquisition of the Library of Congress in December 2003, further 
assuring 
that individual contributions will remain a vital part of the 
historical 
record.

In order for American Muslims to contribute their stories, emails and 
other 
digital materials related to 9/11, the September 11 Digital Archive has 
created a special, dedicated Web page for people to share their 
experiences 
with each other (http://911digitalarchive.org/cair/). Participation can 
be 
anonymous, and applicants will retain all rights to your contributions.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/12/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T HARM CIVILIANS
* CANADIAN IMAMS DENIED ENTRY AT FL AIRPORT (AP)
* MUSLIM, ARAB GROUPS CONDEMN LA RESOLUTION
	- Motion Tying Muslims to Terror Dies (LA Times)
* CAN THERE BE ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY?  (Globe and Mail)
* CAIR BOARD CHAIRMAN MEETS WITH DALAI LAMA
	- CAIR-DFW Seeks Applicants for Office Manager Position
* DHS ISSUES MEMO ON PHOTO REQUIREMENTS
* QUOTE OF THE DAY: MUSLIMS PICKED UP IN A 'HEARTBEAT'
* BUSH APPOINTEE ATTACKS REPUBLICAN ARAB CANDIDATE
	- Don't Ignore the Root of the Problem: Israel (RM News)
* THE ISRAELISATION OF AMERICA (Al-Ahram)
	- Breyer Says U.S. Could Learn From Israel (AP
* MUSLIM GROUP SHIFTS TO INTROSPECTION (Journal News)
	- Has Post-9/11 Dragnet Gone Too Far? (CSM)
	- Terror Plans Not likely to Move Fast Through Congress (CQ)
	- Man in Syrian Jail Say Ottawa's Forgotten Him (G&M)
	- Muslim Leaders Expound on Islamic Justice (Daily Penn.)
* MIAMI'S MUSLIM COMMUNITY COMMEMORATES 9/11 (VOA News)
	- Muslim Open House Honors Differences (Post-Gazette)
	- Maryland Muslim-Americans Remember 9-11 (WBAL)
* MEETINGS AIM TO HEAL U.S.-MUSLIM RIFTS (AP)
	- New Ways to Tell U.S. Side of the Story (LA Times)
* ARCHITECTS OF IRAQ WAR PUT ON THE DEFENSIVE (CSM)
	- Iraq the 'Flytrap,' U.S. Troops the Bait (Antiwar.com)
	- US "Friendly Fire" Kills 8 Iraqi Allies (Reuters)
* MAS SUPPORTS MUSLIM WOMEN WEEKLY DOJ PROTEST

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HADITH OF THE DAY: DON'T HARM CIVILIANS

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told military personnel: "Do 
not 
kill an (elderly person), or a young infant, or a child, or a 
woman...do 
right and act well, for God loves those who do well."

Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1103

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TWO CANADIAN IMAMS DENIED ENTRY AT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT, RETURNED
Associated Press, 9/12/03

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Two Islamic leaders from Toronto were denied 
entry 
into the United States on Friday after being detained for 16 hours at 
an 
airport by federal agents who told they picked the wrong day - Sept. 11 
- 
to fly, an Islamic civil rights group said.

Ahmed Kutty, 59, and Sheik Abdul Hamid, 37, were detained Friday 
afternoon 
at the Broward County Jail, said Altaf Ali, executive director of the 
Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

They were denied entry into the United States and were booked for an 
afternoon flight back to Toronto, Ali said.

"I'm totally flabbergasted," Ali said. "I've heard some crazy things in 
the 
past about people being detained, but this beats them all."

FBI agents interviewed the men Thursday at the request of U.S. Customs 
officials, but did not charge them with any crime or order them to 
remain 
detained, said spokeswoman Judy Orihuela.

Customs and immigration officials did not immediately return phone 
messages 
Friday seeking information on who ordered them back to Canada.

The imams were flying through Fort Lauderdale on Thursday to Orlando 
where 
they planned to raise money for an Islamic school in Canada, Ali said.

They were stopped and searched at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood 
International Airport and agents found a business card for an Islamic 
organization on one of the men, Ali said.

"One of the agents told them, 'You guys have picked the wrong time to 
fly,"' Ali said…

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MUSLIM, ARAB GROUPS CONDEMN LA RESOLUTION
Groups Urge New Resolution to Prevent anti-Muslim Bigotry

(LOS ANGELES, CA - 9/12/2003) - Prominent Muslim and Arab-American 
civil 
rights and advocacy organizations* today condemned the recent push for 
an 
anti-Muslim Los Angeles City Council resolution. The groups called on 
the 
council to pass a counter-resolution to acknowledge the peaceful and 
tolerant nature of Islam and the important contribution Muslims make to 
the 
nation and the great city of Los Angeles.

The anti-Muslim resolution, which was intended to memorialize the 
events of 
September 11th, blamed Islam for terrorism and accused American Muslims 
of 
not doing enough to denounce terrorism. The resolution was introduced 
by 
Councilwoman Jan Perry (9th District), seconded by Councilman Antonio 
Villaraigosa (14th District), and certified by the Council President 
Alex 
Padilla.

"Muslims have repeatedly condemned those who claimed to act in the name 
of 
Islam. No group of people should be blamed for the acts of a few," said 
Sabiha Khan, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA). "Such bigoted notions have 
no 
place in the great city of Los Angeles that prides itself on respect 
for 
diversity."

According to news reports, council members have rescinded the proposed 
resolution and will apologize to the Muslim community.

The groups urged Mayor James Hahn, Councilwoman Jan Perry (9th 
District), 
Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa (14th District), and Council President 
Alex 
Padilla to repudiate the original resolution and to initiate a thorough 
investigation into how such a racist resolution could pass through city 
offices unnoticed for a vote

* Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California 
(CAIR-LA), 
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination - Los Angeles/Orange County 
(ADC-LA/OC), 
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

					-END-

NOTE: Interfaith, Civil Rights, and other organizations are encouraged
to contact the CAIR-LA office to sign on this statement.

CONTACT: CAIR-LA: Sabiha Khan, (714) 776-1847 or (714) 390-0334, 
socal@cair.com; ADC-LA/OC: Ban Al-Wardi, (310) 552-2888, 
adclaoc@hotmail.com; MPAC: Sarah Eltantawi, (714)383-3443

ALSO SEE:

MOTION TYING MUSLIMS TO TERROR DIES
Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 9/12/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-muslim12sep12,1,1770571.story

Los Angeles City Council members Jan Perry and Antonio Villaraigosa 
said 
Thursday that they had made a mistake when they signed a resolution 
blaming 
Muslims for the Sept. 11 attacks and other acts of terrorism.

The motion, which the elected officials said had been drafted by an 
advocate for the homeless, Ted Hayes, and which Villaraigosa said he 
had 
signed without reading carefully, said that "in remembering the victims 
of 
Sept. 11 ... we also remember and acknowledge the truth as to who the 
perpetrators themselves claim to be, that is, Muslims, carrying out the 
will of the Deity of their religion known as Islam."

The resolution also called on Muslims to "intensify their ... 
denouncements 
of those members within their religion and community who continue to 
engage 
in acts of terror throughout the world."

Maher Hathout, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California 
and 
senior advisor of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said the Muslim 
community was outraged by the motion...

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CAN THERE BE ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY?
SHEEMA KHAN, Globe and Mail, 9/12/03
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030912.sheema12/BNStory/International/

(Sheema Khan is chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
[Canada].)

Some in the West say Islam and democracy cannot co-exist. Some Muslims 
feel 
the same way. But people like Osama bin Laden don't offer alternate 
visions 
of governance; they're not interested in building states, but 
destroying 
them. Meanwhile, hundreds of years of Islamic culture say that 
democracy 
and Islam are compatible -- provided democracy is rooted in Islamic 
values.

Developing such a democracy is also the vision of Noah Feldman, a New 
York 
University law professor and author of After Jihad: America and the 
Struggle for Islamic Democracy, currently an adviser appointed by the 
Bush 
administration to help set up the interim Iraqi governing council. 
Prof. 
Feldman points out that Judaism and democracy co-exist in the state of 
Israel; true, there are tensions, but they are creative tensions.

Muslim scholars and intellectuals of diverse backgrounds agree that 
Islam 
emphasizes certain fundamentals of governance -- justice, human dignity 
and 
equality, the rule of law, the role of people in selecting their 
leaders, 
the obligation of consultative government, and the value of pluralism. 
Clearly, these elements are lacking in many Muslim countries. But a 
sweeping new international poll shows that a majority of Muslims 
believe 
that their political institutions must become more democratic, even as 
they 
find a greater role for religious leaders…

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CAIR BOARD CHAIRMAN MEETS WITH DALAI LAMA
The Dalai Lama at USF: Stresses World Peace, Compassion
Rupal Shah, India-West, 9/12/03
http://www.indiawest.com/cgi-bin/news/viewNews.cgi?article=1063300873&Department=News

SAN FRANCISCO - The University of San Francisco welcomed His Holiness 
the 
14th Dalai Lama to the Bay Area for a day of interfaith prayer and 
teachings of world peace, compassion and harmony.

Amidst 1,800 USF students, spiritual leaders, celebrities and community 
members, the Dalai Lama spoke after an interfaith prayer service at St. 
Ignatius Church that began with a liturgical procession of USF students 
and 
members of the spiritual community, such as Dr. Nahid Angha of the 
International Association of Sufism, Sister Chandru Desai of the Brahma 
Kumari Meditation Center, Swami Prabuddahananda of the Vedanta Society 
of 
Northern California, Omar Ahmed of the Council on American-Islamic 
Relations, and Lama Arjia Rinpoche of the Tibetan Center of Compassion 
and 
Wisdom.

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DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES MEMO ON PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

After requests by CAIR, the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigrations Services (BCIS), has issued an official 
memo 
clarifying its Alien Documentation, Identification and 
Telecommunications 
(ADIT) photograph requirements.

That move comes after numerous Muslim women complained to CAIR that 
their 
photos had been rejected because they wore a head scarf that covered 
their 
right ear. CAIR requested BCIS to issue an official memorandum 
clarifying 
this issue once and for all.

The memo states: "...Pursuant to this memorandum, a photograph will not 
be 
considered unacceptable due to the sole fact that for religious reasons 
the 
subject of the photograph is wearing a headcovering covering the 
alien's 
hair, and/or right ear. Such a photograph should be accepted provided 
the 
subject of the photograph otherwise remains clearly identifiable..."

Please note: A headcovering that covers the face or the eyes is not 
acceptable. And along with the photograph, the alien must make a signed 
brief written statement explaining why he or she cannot submit a 
photograph 
that meets the standard requirements of an uncovered head and/or 
visible 
right ear.

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CAIR-DFW SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR OFFICE MANAGER POSITION

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter 
(CAIR-DFW) is now accepting applications for contract Office Manager. 
The 
ideal candidate will have excellent communications and computer skills. 
Apply in person at CAIR-DFW new office located at:

Grey Stone Building
3010 LBJ Freeway
Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75234

Applications will be accepted with initial screening beginning Monday 
September, 15th ending on Friday September, 19th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Salary will commensurate with skills and previous work experience. For 
more 
information please call (972)462-9630

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: MUSLIMS PICKED UP IN A 'HEARTBEAT'

Thomas Ginsberg and Maria Panaritis, Philadelphia Inquirer,
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/6724908.htm

"Before 9/11, if you had a person who was illegal, it was hard to get 
them 
picked up," said police Chief Raymond Fluck of Green Lane, Montgomery 
County. "Now, if it's an Arab or Muslim, they come in a heartbeat. But 
not 
for the others."

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BUSH APPOINTEE ATTACKS REPUBLICAN ARAB-AMERICAN CANDIDATE

DANIEL PIPES: "Kamal Nawash, an immigration lawyer and legal director 
of 
the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) since 1997, has 
thrown his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for state senator 
in 
the 31st district of Virginia. His campaign website offers stances only 
on 
the sort of issues a state senator might deal with (baseball stadium 
construction, traffic, property taxes, etc.) but, as a long-standing 
staffer of the extremist ADC and a colleague of the notorious Hussein 
Ibish, one cannot wonder what Nawash thinks on national issues such as 
the 
need to take steps to protect the country from Islamist terrorists who 
wish 
to enter it. (From Daniel Pipes' personal web log, September 10, 2003.)

NOTE: President Bush recently bypassed the Senate to appoint Daniel 
Pipes 
to the board of the United States Institute of Peace.

ALSO SEE:

DON'T IGNORE THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM: ISRAEL
Steve Laudeman, Rocky Mountain News, 9/11/03
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/opinion/article/0,1299,DRMN_38_2249431,00.html

In his Sept. 6 article, "Refugees forever?," Daniel Pipes errs on many 
fronts in his attack on the United Nations and its support of the 
Palestinians.

For starters, he manages to write a detailed article regarding the 
Palestinian refugees and only mentions Israel once, and then only in a 
quote from the United Nations. How can anyone address the Palestinian 
refugee problem without discussing the source of the problem and the 
cause 
of its continuation: the state of Israel and the militant Zionists who 
control the Israeli government?

Pipes compares the status of the Palestinians with that of many other 
refugee groups who have assimilated into the societies of their 
usurpers, 
and wonders why the Palestinians can't just get along.

Fact of the matter is, the conflict that created the first Palestinian 
refugees still continues. The majority of Palestinian refugees are 
being 
held captive by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza. Thanks to Israel and 
its 
brutal occupation of Palestinian territories, the second and third 
generations of refugees are living in conditions not much better, and 
in 
some cases worse, than those of their parents and grandparents...

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THE ISRAELISATION OF AMERICA
Ahdah Soueif, Al-Ahram Weekly, 9/17/03
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/655/op41.htm

Once again it's funny mirrors time. The world watches the events taking 
place in Palestine, and Western media see one process taking place 
while 
the Arabs generally see another.

Interpreting these events is largely a matter of how you view the 
relationship between the USA and Israel. A few weeks ago I heard a 
well-known British columnist say he was sick of being told that the 
Palestinian/Israeli conflict was the 'litmus test' for how people can 
expect the American Imperium to influence the world. Yet "Freedom for 
Palestine" was the demand on millions of the banners in the anti-war 
demonstrations that swept the world last February.

America's support for Israel dates to the beginning of the Zionist 
project 
in the late 19th century and grew stronger throughout the 20th...

SEE ALSO:

BREYER SAYS U.S. COULD LEARN FROM ISRAEL
ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press, 9/12/03

NEW YORK (AP) - The United States could learn from compromises Israeli 
courts have struck to balance terrorism and human rights concerns, 
Supreme 
Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Friday.

Israeli judges have adopted what Breyer called ``intermediate 
solutions'' 
that acknowledge the security risks the country faces, the justice told 
an 
audience at Columbia Law School.

"There are many solutions that ... solve nothing to everyone's 
satisfaction 
but are not quite as restrictive of human rights as an extreme 
solution, 
nor as dangerous as some other extremes," Breyer said.

He gave an example drawn from Israeli courts of terror defendants who 
might 
try to use visits from lawyers to communicate terror instructions from 
behind bars. The security risk might make it impossible to allow such 
defendants to receive visits from any lawyer they choose, Breyer said, 
but 
not impossible to ensure a defendant has a lawyer nonetheless. 
Defendants 
could still choose lawyers from an approved list, Breyer said.

"Maybe to have a lawyer not of your choice (is better) than none at 
all," 
Breyer said.

Without mentioning the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Breyer said the Israeli 
experience is especially relevant to U.S. courts now. He stopped short 
of 
endorsing Israeli solutions but praised Justice Aharon Barak, president 
of 
the Israeli Supreme Court, who also spoke at Columbia.

"He's had to implement that kind of system, and when I read what he's 
done 
in particular cases, I think, yes, we have something to learn that 
could 
prove to be topical…"

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MUSLIM GROUP SHIFTS TO INTROSPECTION
Noreen O'Donnel, Journal News, 9/11/03
http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/091103/b0111wtcmuslims.html

The aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, led Aasma Khan to Pakistan, where the 
onetime corporate lawyer studied Arabic so she could read the Koran 
without 
the barrier of a translation.

A founder of a group called Muslims Against Terrorism, the 32-year-old 
former New Yorker and daughter of Pakistani immigrants spent the first 
year 
after the attacks explaining her faith to Americans filled with new 
fears 
about Islam. As she grappled with what she saw as a virulent distortion 
of 
her faith, she wanted to be able to understand the text for herself. 
She 
felt at a disadvantage, especially when taking part in complex 
discussions 
with other Muslims...

In the two years that have passed since the Twin Towers were destroyed, 
the 
raw emotions felt by many New Yorkers have softened with time. For this 
group of young American Muslims, that has meant moving beyond an 
outspoken 
and very public outrage - and a sometimes hectic schedule of speaking 
engagements in schools and synagogues, and on television shows like the 
now 
canceled "Politically Incorrect" - to look inward as they wrestle with 
the 
repercussions of the attacks...

ALSO SEE:

HAS POST-9/11 DRAGNET GONE TOO FAR?
Warren Richey and Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor, 9/12/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0912/p01s04-uspo.html

MIAMI AND WASHINGTON- When they came for Adham Hassoun, America's 
counterterrorism forces took no chances. Federal agents and sheriff's 
deputies circled his car in a quiet residential area not far from his 
home 
in Sunrise, Fla., and whisked him into custody.

"It was like a movie, with helicopters above me," Mr. Hassoun recalls 
in a 
telephone interview from Miami's Krome Detention Center. "They thought 
I 
was somebody important... They thought they hit the jackpot."

Now, 15 months later, Hassoun has yet to be charged with a violation of 
any 
US law. Nonetheless, he remains behind bars - and fears he is about to 
lose 
everything he has ever loved and worked for during 13 years in America.

Hassoun's experience is not unlike that of other immigrants of Middle 
Eastern or Islamic heritage swept up in a post-Sept. 11 dragnet aimed 
at 
disabling terrorists before they strike again. It is a nationwide 
antiterror campaign with tactics including preventive detention, 
coercive 
interrogation, and secret deportation hearings, targeting a community 
of 
noncitizens in America now living in silent dread of a knock at the 
door...

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ANTI-TERRORISM PROPOSALS NOT LIKELY TO MOVE THROUGH CONGRESS QUICKLY
Keith Perine, Congressional Quarterly, 9/11/03
http://www.cq.com/

Congress is not likely to move as rapidly as it did two years ago to 
expand 
the government's powers to combat terrorism, despite the urging of the 
president and a few senators this week.

Two Senate bills were introduced Sept. 10, the same day President Bush 
called for several new tools for law enforcement and the courts to use 
in 
pursuing and punishing terrorists.

Both bills would add to the powers provided under a sweeping 
anti-terrorism 
law (PL 107-56) that Bush signed six weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. 
But 
neither is expected to be acted upon soon. Indeed, the House already 
has 
moved in the opposite direction, voting in July to effectively suspend 
one 
provision of the 2001 law, dubbed the USA Patriot.

To be sure, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil might spur Congress 
to 
heed the administration's call, much as lawmakers did in the wake of 
the 
Sept. 11 attacks. Barring such an event, many in Congress are reluctant 
to 
give the Bush administration more powers. Many lawmakers say it is 
important first to understand the ramifications of the 2001 law...

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FRIENDS OF MAN IN SYRIAN JAIL SAY OTTAWA'S FORGOTTEN HIM
Globe and Mail, 9/11/03
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030911.wsyrian0911/BNStory/National/

Ottawa - Friends and family of a Canadian being held in Syria without 
charge for over a year and allegedly being tortured say the government 
has 
forgotten him, CBC's The National reported Thursday.

A small group of Maher Arar's family and supporters visited the 
American 
Embassy in Ottawa on Thursday to demand answers why that country's 
immigration officials deported him to a country he hasn't been to in 
over 
15 years.

"Civil liberties are also a casualty of Sept 11," Riad Saloojee, a 
representative from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told 
CBC's 
The National.

"In this sense, it is quite clear that Maher Arar and his family are 
also 
one of the casualties of Sept. 11."

Mr. Arar, a dual citizen of Canada and Syria, is accused of having 
links to 
al-Qaeda...

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MUSLIM LEADERS EXPOUND ON ISLAMIC JUSTICE
Molly Petrilla, Daily Pennsylvanian, 9/12/03
http://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/vnews/display.v?TARGET=printable&article_id=3f6190214c646

Two years ago, members of al Qaeda attacked the World Trade Centers, 
killing thousands.

However, despite the attackers' religious identity, their actions 
lacked 
religious justification, according to filmmaker and scholar Alex 
Kronemer.

Kronemer, who spoke along with former national and Canadian Muslim 
Student 
Association President Altaf Husain to Penn students last night at an 
event 
sponsored by the Penn MSA, said that the terrorist actions had no 
religious 
grounds.

"The Quran says 'don't transgress certain limits,'" Kronemer said. "It 
also 
says 'don't do that which makes you an abomination in the eyes of 
others,'" 
which the attackers clearly did.

Wharton junior and Penn's MSA President Muhammed Mekki added that the 
discussion, entitled "Muslim Perspectives: Injustice Anywhere is a 
Threat 
to Justice Everywhere," was meant to create an understanding of the 
concept 
of justice in Islam....

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MIAMI'S MUSLIM COMMUNITY COMMEMORATES SEPT. 11 ANNIVERSARY
Jim Teeple, VOA News, 9/11/03
http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=6B9A78EA-DD42-4D39-912CEFC22257DEE1

The Muslim community in southern Florida held a memorial service 
Thursday 
in Miami to commemorate the victims of the September 11 terrorist 
attacks.

The Muslim call to prayer rang out in downtown Miami early Thursday. 
Members of South Florida's Muslim community gathered at Miami's Torch 
of 
Friendship Monument to remember those who perished two years ago in the 
September 11 attacks...

Many in the crowd said they were still shocked by what happened two 
years 
ago, and many said they were initially fearful of a backlash against 
Muslims in the United States...

ALSO SEE:

MUSLIM OPEN HOUSE IN OAKLAND HONORS DIFFERENCES
Lori Shontz, Post-Gazette, 9/12/03
http://www.post-gazette.com/neigh_city/20030912islamiccenter0912p4.asp

After spending several hours last night at the Islamic Center of 
Pittsburgh's open house, Brandon Whitfield and his four college 
classmates 
were clearly embarrassed by their lack of knowledge of the religion.

It's early in the semester, and their class on Faith, Religion and 
Society 
at Seton Hill University hasn't yet covered much ground.

The five agreed, however, that when they woke up on the second 
anniversary 
of the Sept. 11 attacks, they could have summed up their impressions in 
one 
word: terrorist.

After getting permission to skip baseball practice, however, to fulfill 
a 
class requirement, the students sampled a variety of food, sat in on a 
roundtable discussion involving Muslims and non-Muslims, heard the call 
to 
prayer and observed the Sa'laat, or worship...

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MARYLAND MUSLIM-AMERICANS REMEMBER 9-11
TheWBALChannel.com, 9/11/03
http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/2476296/detail.html

BALTIMORE -- Muslim Americans in and around Maryland also remember the 
9-11 
attacks and some are reflecting on life before the attack in addition 
to 
the work that remains to rebuild perceptions.

WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Deborah Weiner reported that when Dr. Hassan 
Makhzoumi recalls 9-11, he first recalls Sept. 9, 2001, the day at 
Arundel 
Mills Mall when he saw a kiosk selling a keychain with the name 
"Muhammed" 
on it. He thought Muslims had made it in America.

Then two days later, the world changed...

"I felt as though I was completely melted in this melting pot of ours 
and 
my background was nothing more than a curiosity. [Just like] someone is 
Italian, I'm Arabic," Makhzoumi said.

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MEETINGS AIM TO HEAL U.S.-MUSLIM RIFTS
Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press, 9/12/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3136940,00.html

WASHINGTON - A deep rift remains between America and the Islamic world 
two 
years after the terror attacks, say organizers of more than a dozen 
meetings meant to promote trust and understanding.

The gatherings - dubbed ``Hope not Hate'' town halls - are scheduled 
for 
Friday in Washington, New York, Boston, Atlanta and other cities.

The idea, said one organizer, is to prompt a dialogue on finding common 
ground between Muslims and non-Muslims in and outside America...

Seth Green, co-founder and coordinator of Americans for Informed 
Democracy...said anti-Muslim sentiment is still a problem in the United 
States and anti-Americanism is increasing in the Islamic world...

ALSO SEE:

IN MIDEAST, NEW WAYS TO TELL U.S. SIDE OF THE STORY
Sonni Efron, Los Angeles Times, 9/12/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-image12sep12,1,2019245.story

 From an office inside what used to be the kitchen in Saddam Hussein's 
palace, Nabeel Khoury takes the heat in one of the toughest political 
jobs 
in Baghdad: defending America in the Arab media...

Some days, Khoury is the lone Arabic-speaking American seen jousting 
with 
critics of the United States on the Al Jazeera television channel. His 
duties include shooting down misinformation, disinformation and 
conspiracy 
theories while trying to win friends or at least influence a skeptical 
audience.

Much is riding on Khoury's efforts and those of his colleagues in the 
State 
Department's Office of Public Diplomacy, the group responsible for 
America's international public relations.

After a failed advertising campaign in the Middle East and then the war 
in 
Iraq, which most people in the region opposed, the Bush administration 
is 
struggling to find a better way to communicate. Plans call for new 
messages 
as well as new messengers -- including launching an Arabic-language 
satellite television station to compete with Qatar-based Al Jazeera...

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ARCHITECTS OF IRAQ WAR PUT ON THE DEFENSIVE
Howard LaFranchi and Gail Russel Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor, 
9/12/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0912/p02s01-usfp.html

WASHINGTON - The neoconservative policymakers who helped spur George W. 
Bush toward war in Iraq may not be on the way out, but their influence 
is 
undergoing its greatest test since Sept. 11.

This week, Congress has grilled key promoters of the idea of 
transforming 
the Middle East, and spreading American values, through regime change 
in 
Iraq. Gone is the self-assuredness - some say arrogance - that typified 
Bush administration testimony through the end of "major hostilities." 
Gone, 
too, are claims that Americans would be greeted as liberators and then 
soon 
leave, or that Iraqi oil would quickly defray reconstruction costs.

Instead, Washington is witnessing a course correction on Iraq that 
signals 
a number of shifts with long-term repercussions including:

o A wider door to the international community that includes 
acknowledgment 
of other countries' interests.

o Heightened congressional scrutiny exemplified by a tighter clutch on 
the 
purse strings and more aggressive oversight.

o Less ideology-driven policy, which, among other things, means moving 
more 
quickly to encourage Iraqi dominance of Iraq's affairs, even if the 
results 
aren't fully in America's image...

ALSO SEE:

IRAQ IS THE 'FLYTRAP'- AND U.S. TROOPS ARE THE BAIT
Justin Raimondo, antiwar.com, 9/12/03
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

The complete moral bankruptcy of the War Party is coming out of the 
closet, 
as they say, with the emergence of the strategic thinking behind the 
war in 
Iraq. To those Americans who see that there was no connection between 
Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, no weapons of mass destruction, no 
imminent 
danger, the war is a mystery. As American casualties become a daily 
routine, and Iraq slips into chaos, more and more Americans want to 
know: 
What we they thinking?

Ah, but Andrew Sullivan knows...

In the confidential manner of a practiced sycophant, the British-born 
writer, former editor of The New Republic, and George Orwell wannabe, 
is so 
eager to show off his chumminess with the powerful that he lets slip 
the 
following:

"Some time before the Iraq war, I found myself musing out loud to 
someone 
close to the inner circles of the Bush administration. We were talking 
about the post-war scenario, something that even then was a source of 
some 
worry even to gung-ho hawks like myself. …I voiced some worries about 
what 
might happen if an occupied Iraq became a target for international 
terrorism. Wouldn't U.S. soldiers become sitting ducks? What was to 
stop al 
Qaeda using Iraq as a battleground in the war against the West?...

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US "FRIENDLY FIRE" KILLS 8 IRAQI ALLIES, JORDANIAN
Fadhil Badran, Reuters, 9/12/03
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3434633

FALLUJA, Iraq - American troops killed eight members of a U.S-trained 
Iraqi 
security force on Friday when they mistook them for guerrillas and 
witnesses said a Jordanian hospital guard was also killed in the 
crossfire.

Elsewhere in the restive "Sunni Triangle," where Washington suspects 
deposed President Saddam Hussein is hiding, two U.S. soldiers died and 
seven more were wounded in a botched pre-dawn raid in Ramadi likely to 
further fuel anti-American sentiment.

In Falluja, police officer Assem Mohammed told Reuters a joint force of 
the 
Iraqi police and the U.S.-backed security force were chasing thieves in 
a 
car shortly after midnight when U.S. soldiers opened fire, mistaking 
them 
for guerrillas.

There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military but a spokesman 
said 
U.S. forces came under a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the area 
and 
one soldier was wounded...

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MAS FREEDOM AND ADVOCACY GROUPS SUPPORT MUSLIM WOMEN WEEKLY JUSTICE 
DEPT. 
PROTEST
Group hopes to bring attention to government abuses

(Washington, D.C. - September 11, 2003)  MAS Freedom and a coalition of 
justice and civil rights advocates announce that they will join in the 
Muslim women's group S.I.S.T.E.R.S. (Sisters In Solidarity To End 
Repression Secret Evidence, Spying, Search and Seizures), weekly Friday 
protest against the U.S. Justice Department and its Attorney General, 
John 
Ashcroft, in front of the Justice Department. S.I.S.T.E.R.S. is 
particularly concerned about the recent round up of Muslims in the 
Northern 
Virginia area. The group will protest the department's abuses against 
the 
Muslim Community since September 11 and the subsequent passage of the 
Patriot Act. The group indicated that it will protest in front of the 
Justice Department every Friday at 11:45 a.m. through October 25, 2003, 
the 
second anniversary of the passage of the Patriot Act.

WHERE: 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. at 11:45 am until 12:15 pm

WHEN: Friday, September 12, 2003

Contact: Sherifah Rafiq or Mr. Mahdi Bray 202-496-1288 or 202-421-3623

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/13/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: MORAL CHARACTER
* REVERED MUSLIM CLERIC HELD IN U.S. (Toronto Star)
	- Islamic Leaders Denied Entry (Sun-Sentinel)
	- U.S. Kicks out Canadian Muslims (Globe and Mail)
	- 2 Islamic Leaders Booted from U.S. (Miami Herald)
	- Muslim Fliers Feel Unfairly Profiled (Bradenton Herald)
* DOJ TO SPONSOR ARAB, MUSLIM, AND SIKH AWARENESS SEMINAR
* $22,500 REWARD IN ARSON OF ISLAMIC CENTER (AP)
	- 'Judge not, that ye be not judged' (BSU Daily News)
	- Reaffirm Commitment to Tolerance (Miami Herald)
	- Hatred Ebbs, But Slowly (Newsday)
* INFLUENTIAL ISLAMIC LEADER STEPS DOWN (Los Angeles Times)
* ABRAHAM EVENT OPENS RELIGIONS' DOORS (Davis Enterprise)
* SURVEY: ISLAM AND THE WEST (Economist)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: MORAL CHARACTER

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "On the Day of Judgment, 
the 
dearest and closest to me…will be those who have the best moral 
character."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 218

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REVERED MUSLIM CLERIC HELD IN U.S.
JOSEPH HALL, MICHELLE SHEPHARD AND TIM HARPER, Toronto Star, 9/13/03
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1063404610930&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154

One of Canada's most moderate and respected Muslim clerics was pulled 
off a 
plane Thursday and thrown in jail by U.S. immigration officials in Fort 
Lauderdale without any charges being laid.

Ahamad Kutty, who has preached tolerance and peace throughout North 
America 
for more than two decades, was ordered off his Orlando-bound flight 
from 
Toronto and interrogated in an airport holding cell and a local jail 
for 16 
hours as the U.S. marked the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks 
on 
New York and Washington.

He has been declared a risk to national security.

Kutty, an imam and scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto and at 
the 
city's west-end Jami Mosque, was detained with fellow Toronto cleric 
Abdool 
Hamid. The pair had travelled to Florida to attend seminars and give a 
series of lectures and sermons on, among other things, the dangers of 
fanaticism in the Islamic world.

"We have gone through a traumatic experience. Really it dehumanized 
us," 
said Kutty, who arrived at Pearson International Airport last night at 
8:30 
p.m. Kutty said he was pulled off the plane at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and 
was 
grilled by at least 10 officials until about 1:30 a.m. yesterday.

"They handcuffed us and took us to jail."

Kutty said immigration officials told him his Islamic Institute of 
Toronto 
organization sounded familiar in name to the Islamic Institution of 
America, which he assumed was some sort of suspect group.

Authorities, Kutty said, were especially interested in a business card 
that 
he carried in his wallet bearing the name Islamic Society of North 
America. 
He said immigration officials made him sign a waiver giving up his 
application to enter the United States.

Kutty also said he would not return to the United States and would 
caution 
others in the Canadian Muslim community against doing so…

"This is by far the most bizarre incident I have ever heard of or 
witnessed," said Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida office of 
the 
Council on American-Islamic Relations, who visited Hamid in a Fort 
Lauderdale jail.

"You are allowed to fly on any day you wish in this country."

Ali said he had been denied permission to see Hamid's affidavit by the 
Homeland Security department.

Khurrum Wahid, a New York lawyer who spoke with Kutty, called the 
decision 
"outrageous" and said he would be willing to file a lawsuit against the 
U.S. government if Kutty wanted to take the case further…

In the wake of 9/11, Kutty became a beacon of reason and calm within 
the 
city's Muslim community. In an October, 2001 column, the Star's Jim 
Coyle 
quoted one of the imam's sermons at the Jami Mosque in which he 
cautioned 
his congregation against Islamic extremism:

"Let us make no mistake about it: Today, Muslims have no enemy greater 
than 
fanatics in their midst.

"Let us know that fanaticism is ignorance; it is nothing but sickness 
and 
bigotry; let us know that fanaticism is opposed to both scripture and 
reason."

Muslim leaders in Canada were quick to slam the detentions as racially 
motivated and were calling on Ottawa to denounce the incident and 
insist on 
fairer treatment for Islamic Canadians and Arabs travelling to the 
United 
States...

SEE ALSO:

TWO ISLAMIC LEADERS FROM CANADA DENIED ENTRY AT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT
Tanya Weinberg, Sun-Sentinel, 9/13/03
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-cimams13sep13,0,4404979.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

Two Canadian Islamic leaders were set to fly back to Toronto on Friday 
after federal agents at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport 
denied them entry into the country.

"Because of security reasons, they were found inadmissible," said 
Bureau of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nina Pruneda.

She would not elaborate, but a local Muslim civil rights leader said he 
was 
outraged because the men reported comments from an agent that they had 
picked the wrong day to fly -- Sept. 11.

"Since when are Muslims throughout the world being told they cannot 
travel 
on Sept. 11?" asked Altaf Ali, Florida executive director for the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations. "Does that mean we are being held 
responsible for the actions of 19 individuals?"

Ali visited one of the two men, Ahamed Kutty, in jail in Fort 
Lauderdale on 
Friday. He said Kutty reported being questioned from 9:30 a.m. Thursday 
until 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents summoned the FBI to question 
Canadian citizens Kutty and Abdool Hamid, who are natives of India and 
Guyana.

"We cleared them. We didn't think there was any reason to detain them 
any 
longer," the FBI's Miami spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said. "Whatever 
Customs 
decided to do, that wasn't anything we told them to do."

This gives the sense that there was no legitimate security concern, 
said 
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union 
in 
Florida…

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U.S. DETAINS, KICKS OUT TWO CANADIAN MUSLIMS
COLIN FREEZE, Globe and Mail, 9/13/03
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030913.uimam0913/BNStory/National

Two moderate Islamic scholars were kicked out of the United States and 
sent 
back to Canada last night, after U.S. authorities detained them as 
suspected terrorists when they landed in Florida on the anniversary of 
the 
2001 terrorist attacks.

Ahmad Kutty, 59, and Abdool Hamid, 37, are Canadian citizens affiliated 
with the Islamic Centre of Canada in Mississauga, Ont. They were flying 
to 
Orlando to lead an Islamic prayer service, but were intercepted by 
immigration agents during a stopover Thursday stopover in Fort 
Lauderdale.

In Florida, suspicion of terrorism runs especially high, partly because 
al-Qaeda ringleaders who carried out the hijackings that killed 3,000 
people two years ago took flight training there. According to a man who 
met 
one of the detained Canadians in prison, a U.S. border agent said, 
"You've 
chosen to fly on the wrong day," Sept. 11.

Altaf Ali, head of the Florida chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic 
Relations, said the account was relayed to him by Mr. Hamid when he met 
him 
in prison early yesterday. "He was very embarrassed to be in orange 
[prison] clothes," Mr. Ali said…

The case appears to be the latest example of the perils facing Islamic 
Canadians passing through the United States.

Some outraged Canadian Muslims suggest this case bears similarities to 
that 
of Berna Cruz, an Indian-Canadian who was sent back to India after 
Chicago 
agents accused her of carrying a fake passport, and Maher Arar, a 
Syrian-Canadian who remains locked up on suspicion of terrorism in 
Syria, 
where he was sent a year ago after passing through New York...

The imams said they were detained in the Fort Lauderdale airport at 
9:30 
a.m. on Thursday and questioned by about 10 different U.S. agents for 
16 
hours, before briefly being sent to jail.

The two men were then given the option of returning to Canada or being 
detained for two to three months in the United States while immigration 
authorities checked them out. They chose to return…

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AFTER NIGHT IN JAIL 2 ISLAMIC LEADERS BOOTED FROM U.S.
SONJI JACOBS, Miami Herald, 9/13/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/6759624.htm

Federal agents detained two prominent Muslim religious leaders 
overnight in 
jail after they arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International 
Airport 
from Toronto at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

They were released from Fort Lauderdale City Jail Friday afternoon and 
returned to Canada.

The two men, Sheikh Ahmed Kutty and Sheikh Abdul Hamid, were on their 
way 
to Orlando to speak and pray with members of a local Islamic community 
when 
they were detained in Broward.

"I will never forget this for the rest of my life," said Kutty, 59, 
from 
Toronto. "It was a traumatic experience.

"It seemed very clear that they hated Islam and the fact that we were 
scholars seemed to make it even worse."

Altaf Ali, director of the Florida chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said he learned about the detentions from 
members of Orlando's Islamic community.

Ali said he visited with Hamid at the Fort Lauderdale City Jail Friday 
morning. Hamid said seven agents questioned them from 9:30 a.m. 
Thursday 
morning until 1:30 a.m. Friday and told them they "picked the wrong 
time to 
fly," Ali said.

The federal agents' actions concerned him, Ali said.

"The kind of message we're sending worldwide is not something positive. 
This is not the American way."

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MUSLIM FLIERS FEEL UNFAIRLY PROFILED
SYLVIA LIM, The Bradenton Herald, 9/13/03
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/6759965.htm

SARASOTA - Some of the roughly 400 Muslims in Manatee and Sarasota 
counties 
say they feel the community's attitude toward them has improved in the 
two 
years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But when they travel, 
it's a different story.

They feel they are treated differently in airports because of their 
names 
or the way they look, some said at the Islamic Society of Bradenton and 
Sarasota's center after Friday afternoon prayers. About 100 Muslims 
went to 
pray at the center on Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota.

Samir Khatib, spokesman for the Islamic Society, said sometimes 
security 
targets people with Muslim names.

"I've traveled a lot, and it pleases me that somebody's watching," he 
said. 
"But the attitude can demean the process."

He said if things could be done in a respectful manner, these security 
checks would be faster and more pleasant.

A British citizen originally from Palestine who came to Florida 11 
years 
ago, Khatib said security in Europe is more stringent…

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE TO SPONSOR
ARAB, MUSLIM, AND SIKH AWARENESS AND PROTOCOL SEMINAR
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/pramstotpgcounty09252003.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 19, 2003
CONTACT: Daryl Borgquist 202/305-2966
www.usdoj.gov/crs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations 
Service (CRS) will sponsor an awareness and protocol seminar for 800 
law 
enforcement officers, support service workers, local officials and 
community leaders from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region.

The seminar - focusing on Arab, Muslim, and Sikh awareness - will be 
held 
on September 25, 2003 at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium of Prince George's 
Community College's Queen Ann's Fine Arts Building. Prince George's 
Community College is located at 301 Largo Road in Largo, Maryland. The 
welcome will be open to the media. In addition, there will be press 
availabilities before the morning session and at 12:00 p.m. The 
training 
session and "train-the-trainer" seminar in the afternoon are open to 
registered participants only.

Remarks will be given by CRS Director Sharee M. Freeman, Prince 
George's 
Community College President Dr. Ronald A. Williams, Prince George's 
County 
Executive Jack B. Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of 
Virginia Paul J. McNulty, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland 
Thomas 
M. DiBiagio and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Roscoe C. 
Howard…

This seminar, one of the largest in a series of educational "train the 
trainer" awareness and protocol seminars, are sponsored by CRS as a 
continuation of its efforts to address issues affecting Arab, Muslim, 
and 
Sikh populations in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist 
attacks. 
Community dialogues, forums, cultural awareness and protocol seminars 
have 
been effective in defusing racial tensions towards members of those 
communities.

Community representatives from throughout the country will be attending 
this seminar. The cultural awareness presentations will be made by 
expert 
commentators of the Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities...

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AUTHORITIES OFFER $22,500 REWARD IN ARSON OF ISLAMIC CENTER
Associated Press, 9/13/03

SAVANNAH, Ga. - State crime investigators are offering a $22,500 reward 
for 
information that could lead to the arrest of the arsonist who set fire 
to 
the Islamic Center of Savannah.

The FBI, Georgia Arson Control Board and CrimeStoppers are offering the 
reward collectively.

The early morning blaze on Aug. 24 destroyed a rare, handwritten copy 
of 
the Quran and the temporary mosque that was housed in a two-bedroom 
home. 
About 100 families worship at the center, but no one was hurt in the 
fire.

Members of the mosque say they were being targeted because of their 
faith, 
though authorities have stopped short of calling the fire a hate crime.

Center members said two other anti-Muslim incidents happened earlier in 
August. Five bullet holes were found in the center's garage door on 
Aug. 3.

SEE ALSO:

'JUDGE NOT, THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED'
BSU Daily News, 9/11/03
http://www.bsudailynews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/09/11/3f601c893cbde?in_archive=1

For the second year in a row, the Rev. Marc Monte of Faith Baptist 
Church 
in Avon used his pulpit to address the "evils" of Islam on the Sunday 
before Sept. 11.

In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Monte called Islam 
"dangerous 
and hate-promoting." He compared the Quran to KKK literature and 
Hitler's 
"Mein Kampf," adding, "I ... smelled a stinking, bloated, dead rat on 
every 
page…"

Christianity hardly has a clean record -- countless people have been 
killed 
in its name. Jesus was pretty hard on hypocrites, so it's strange that 
some 
who claim to follow him feel safe condemning another faith on the 
grounds 
of violence…

The Quran itself says that Allah does not love those who exceed the 
limits 
in fighting (2.190) and that there should be no hostility except 
against 
oppressors (2.193).

So what did Monte see that scared him so much?

Perhaps it was this: "When you march up to attack a city, first offer 
it 
terms of peace. If it agrees to your terms of peace and opens its gates 
to 
you, all the people to be found in it shall serve you in forced labor. 
But 
if it refuses to make peace with you and instead offers you battle ... 
put 
every male in it to the sword."

No, wait, that couldn't be it. That's from the Bible (Deuteronomy 
20:10-13).

Guess you can catch a whiff of "rat" in any religious text if you try 
hard 
enough.

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REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO TOLERANCE, RESPECT
SETH GREEN, Miami Herald, 9/13/03
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/editorial/letters/6759643.htm

This weekend, people will assemble at more than a dozen universities 
across 
the country, including in South Florida, to discuss the growing rift 
between the United States and the Islamic world. These town-hall 
meetings, 
call Hope, not Hate, offer a glimmer of hope at a time of alarming 
anti-Americanism in the Islamic world and rising anti-Islamism in the 
United States.

The meetings can help unite Americans and Muslims and stem the tides of 
hatred. If discussions devolve into a forum for extremism, we will lose 
an 
opportunity to protect our common security.

In the wake of the Iraq war, anti-Americanism is rife throughout the 
Islamic world. A recent Pew survey found that majorities in Pakistan, 
Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have unfavorable views of the United States 
and 
have considered boycotting American products.

Worse yet, less than a quarter of citizens in these countries support 
the 
U.S.-led war on terrorism. Pew surveys also illuminate a dire picture 
for 
Islam in the United States: In March 2002, 25 percent of Americans 
thought 
that Islam encouraged violence. Today, 44 percent of Americans hold 
this 
belief…

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HATRED EBBS, BUT SLOWLY
Tomoeh Murakami Tse, Newsday, 9/13/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/longisland/ny-limusl133452956sep13,0,247346.story

Angry, screaming strangers no longer cut Harpreet Bagga off on the Long 
Island Expressway. They do not vandalize his home or spit in his face, 
as 
they had done to many other Sikh, Arab and Muslim Americans amid the 
terror 
and confusion immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Two years later, the backlash felt by these minority groups appears to 
have 
subsided, just as the grief of Sept. 11 has started to ebb for many.

But the threat of terrorism is still very real, and so is, many say, 
the 
misdirected hatred, now more hidden and subtle but which nonetheless 
bubbles to the surface at unexpected times…

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INFLUENTIAL ISLAMIC LEADER STEPS DOWN
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 9/13/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-relmuslim13sep13,1,1521207.story

The recent resignation of Imam W.D. Mohammed, arguably the nation's 
most 
influential African American Islamic leader, marks a defining moment 
for 
the group he had headed for nearly 30 years.

Some analysts fear that Mohammed's surprise resignation as leader of 
the 
American Society of Muslims could set that movement adrift, with no one 
to 
unify the 300-plus affiliated mosques across the nation.

"It will be a devastating loss," said Imam Saadiq Saafir of Masjid 
Ibadillah, a Los Angeles mosque on West Jefferson Boulevard. "The 
danger is 
that the community could become fragmented, where you have so many 
leaders 
taking the people in so many different directions. Some people may 
wonder 
if the community can actually survive."

Others, however, said Mohammed's resignation could encourage African 
American Muslims to take more individual initiative to advance their 
religion, improve blighted communities and become a powerful showcase 
for 
Islamic values in America.

"For African Americans, we're going to see the beginning of a 
renaissance 
for Islam in America," predicted Najee Ali, Mohammed's son-in-law who 
heads 
Project Islamic Hope, a Los-Angeles based social service 
organization...

Accurate statistics on the number of African American Muslims are not 
available. But according to Ihsan Bagby, who helped conduct a 2001 
study 
for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, about 27% of the 
nation's 
1,200 mosques were predominantly African American. Among those mosques, 
Bagby found, 67% were affiliated with Mohammed's American Society of 
Muslims.

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ABRAHAM EVENT OPENS RELIGIONS' DOORS
Cory Golden, Davis Enterprise, 9/13/03
http://www.davisenterprise.com/articles/2003/09/12/news/110new0.txt

Just as they built friendships while organizing the event, the planners 
of 
Sunday's "Celebration of Abraham" hope those who attend -- be they 
Christian, Muslim or Jewish -- will grow to better understand their 
neighbors.

People of all faiths are invited to the event, which will be held at 
the 
Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St. in Woodland, from 5 to 
7 p.m.

The celebration will explore the common bond of the major monotheistic 
religions represented by Abraham and his journey of faith, the way he 
answered God's call to travel from his homeland to an unknown country…

Sunday's event is sponsored by the American Muslim Alliance, 
Congregation 
Bet Haverim/Jewish Fellowship of Davis, the Council on American Islamic 
Relations, Holy Rosary Church of Woodland, The Islamic Center of Davis, 
Muslim Mosque of Woodland, St. James Catholic Church, St. John's United 
Church of Christ, United Methodist Church of Davis and United Methodist 
Church of Woodland.

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SURVEY: ISLAM AND THE WEST (Economist)
http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=2035107

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/14/03

* HALLMARK NOW OFFERS EID CARDS
* AIRPORT SCRUTINY ANGERS MUSLIM TRAVELERS (Wash. Post)
	- Still a Chill in NY for Arab-Americans, Poll (NY Times)
	- FBI Knocks on Fox Valley Muslims' Doors (WBAY)
	- Wounds from Alligator Alley Saga Still Hurt (News-Press)
	- Feds, Rights Groups Battle Over Post 9/11 Liberties (MSNBC)
	- Security, Rights Butting Heads (Arizona Republic)
* CHRISTIANS, JEWS, MUSLIMS AID IMMIGRANT (Atlanta Journal)
* CANADIAN MUSLIMS HIRE LAWYER AFTER U.S. DETAINMENT (CTV)

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HALLMARK NOW OFFERS EID CARDS
http://pressroom.hallmark.com/Eid_facts.html

EID AL-FITR 2003

Media Contact: Deidre Parkes, 816-274-5768
All Other Inquiries Contact: info@hallmark.com

WHAT IS IT?
Eid is a day of rejoicing that marks the end of the month of Ramadan, 
which 
is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. It is a celebration 
of 
month-long fasting, which is one of the five pillars, or fundamental 
obligations, in the religion of Islam.

WHEN IS IT?
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal that 
follows Ramadan. In 2003, Ramadan is expected to begin at sundown Oct. 
25, 
ending on Nov. 24, with Eid al-Fitr falling on Nov. 24-25.

WHO CELEBRATES IT?
Eid is celebrated by Muslims - followers of the faith of Islam. 
Currently 
the worldwide Muslim population is about 1.2 billion, with an estimated 
7 
to 10 million living in the United States.

HOW DOES HALLMARK HELP?
For the first time in 2003 Hallmark is offering cards for Eid.

A single card and two multi-packs are offered in stores. Cards are also 
available on Hallmark.com.

Since Islam is practiced worldwide, Hallmark avoided any icons that 
could 
be construed as regional or cultural, rather than Islamic.

The common Arabic phrase "Eid Mubarak," which means "Happy Holiday" is 
used. The writing conveys the celebration, joy and thanks of the 
holiday 
and reinforces the bonds of friendship, family and faith.

Images feature ornate Islamic-inspired patterns and rich color. On one 
card 
an illustration appears of two pairs of hands shaking in greeting.

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INTENSE AIRPORT SCRUTINY ANGERS MUSLIM TRAVELERS
Caryle Murphy, Washington Post, 9/14/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6308-2003Sep13.html

A delegation of 18 Yemeni citizens invited to Washington by the U.S. 
State 
Department was held for five hours after arriving at Dulles 
International 
Airport while immigration officials questioned and fingerprinted them.

The Sept. 3 incident, during which one member of the delegation was 
handcuffed for half an hour, angered the visitors from Yemen, whose 
government has been a key U.S. ally in the war against terrorism.

"I was in shock. If things are going to continue like this, why should 
I 
come to this country?" said Yahya al Habari, 44, a member of Yemen's 
legislature who had come to meet with senior trade and agriculture 
officials. Habari, who travels on a diplomatic passport and has been to 
the 
United States dozens of times for his business as an importer of U.S. 
crops, said, "I'd rather import Australian or Canadian wheat and save 
myself problems."

Besides businessmen and legislators invited to meetings with top U.S. 
officials, the Yemeni delegation included cultural figures 
participating in 
"Windows on the Cultural Heritage of Yemen," a symposium held Sept. 5 
and 6 
at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art. The event was 
sponsored by the Smithsonian, the State Department, the Yemen Embassy 
and 
the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

The episode at Dulles is one of many recent cases in which Muslim air 
travelers have complained of being subjected to lengthy delays and 
sometimes being questioned by U.S. law enforcement officials for no 
apparent legitimate reason…

SEE ALSO:

THERE'S STILL A CHILL IN NEW YORK FOR ARAB-AMERICANS, POLL SAYS
MARJORIE CONNELLY, New York Times, 9/14/.03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/14/nyregion/14arab.html

Two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, two-thirds of New Yorkers say 
Arab-Americans, Muslims and immigrants from the Middle East are still 
likely to be unfairly singled out, according to the latest New York 
Times 
Poll. That sentiment is stronger among those who count Arabs among 
their 
close friends.

Typical of those who think Arabs are targets for discrimination is 
Shirley 
Haq, who came to the United States from Pakistan as a child. "As soon 
as 
people hear you are a Muslim," Ms. Haq, a 38-year-old real estate agent 
who 
lives in Manor Heights, Staten Island, said in a follow-up interview, 
"you 
hear comments about who Muslims are and what they do."

Most of the New Yorkers polled -- 976 adults were surveyed by phone 
from 
Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 -- do not know anybody from an Arab country. The 
survey 
shows that 34 percent know an immigrant from an Arab country, and 12 
percent are close friends with an Arab immigrant. The poll's margin of 
sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

New Yorkers who do have close friends who are Arabs are particularly 
inclined to say Arab-Americans, Muslims and others from the Middle East 
are 
at risk for unfair treatment…

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FBI KNOCKS ON FOX VALLEY MUSLIMS' DOORS
Islamic Society Wants Fairness From FBI
Kathryn Bracho, WBAY, 9/14/03
http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=1441009&nav=51s7HyN8

Imagine you're in your office when federal agents walk in unannounced 
to 
ask you questions-- in front of everyone you work with. Or they show up 
at 
your house. That's what some Muslims families have dealt with in recent 
weeks. They say there is no need for the questioning, and the Islamic 
Society wants to do something about it.

Local Muslims gathered Friday for the Azaan, the call to prayer. They 
are 
calling for fairness when the government questions them.

Salman Aziz of the Fox Valley Islamic Society described one family's 
recent 
visit by the FBI. "They just come unannounced, and in one case it was 
only 
the wife there, and she got very annoyed and, of course, a little 
apprehensive."

Agents came to another man's work. He would not talk with us on-camera, 
but 
he told us he had to resign.

The Islamic Society is asking Martin Gruberg for help. He is a 
U.W.-Oshkosh 
professor and an American Civil Liberties Union board member. Gruberg 
said 
of the FBI's investigation, "Presumably they're looking for 
intelligence-- 
but a lot of it is not intelligent. They can't tell the good guys from 
the 
bad guys."

The Islamic Society planned a meeting with the FBI to let the agency 
know 
they're willing to help but that they expect to be treated fairly…

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ONE YEAR LATER, WOUNDS FROM SAGA ALONG ALLIGATOR ALLEY STILL HURT
DENES HUSTY III, News-Press, 9/13/03
http://www.news-press.com/news/local_state/030913aligatoralley.html

A year after three medical students of Middle Eastern descent and a 
retired 
nurse were thrust into the national spotlight because of an overheard 
conversation at a Georgia restaurant, all four say their lives still 
aren't 
back to normal.

Former nurse Eunice Stone, who reported what she believed to be a 
possible 
terrorist plot against targets in Miami, said she still lives in fear 
of 
retaliation.

The students - Kambiz Butt, 26, and Ayman Gheith, 28, both of Chicago, 
and 
Omer Choudhary, 24, of Independence, Mo., were detained by police but 
never 
charged. They said they're owed more than $8,000 and an apology.

"It would be nice if somebody would call us," Choudhary said.

"There were actual threats against my life, just because I stepped 
forward 
and did the right thing," Stone said.

The case never has been officially closed.

The whole incident, which came to a head on Sept. 13, 2002, and closed 
Alligator Alley for 17 hours, began at a restaurant in Georgia a day 
earlier.

It was because of a conversation among the men that Stone overheard in 
a 
Georgia restaurant during breakfast that the students became the target 
of 
an interstate police manhunt.

What ensued reminded a still shell-shocked American public of the 
terrorist 
attacks in New York and Washington a year and two days before.

The medical students' two cars were stopped east of Naples.

Alligator Alley - a toll road that's part of Interstate 75 between 
Naples 
and Florida's east coast where they were pulled over - was shut down 
after 
bomb-detecting dogs indicated they found explosives.

More than 100 federal, state and local law officers, emergency 
personnel 
and support groups - 19 agencies in all - swarmed to the scene.

Dozens of television trucks followed to broadcast the event live across 
the 
nation.

People from Miami to Seattle watched as explosives experts in 100-pound 
blast suits searched the cars in the sweltering South Florida heat, 
while 
others operated a robot by remote control to aid in looking for 
explosives.

"How could I forget the news frenzy?" said North Naples Fire Department 
spokesman Jerry Sanford, who was there all day.

The students were kept in patrol cars all day while being questioned. 
Their 
shoes were removed to prevent a possible escape.

Authorities believed it was the real deal.

"I thought those things were going to detonate at any moment," Sanford 
said. He vividly remembered Sept. 11, 2001, when several of his friends 
with the New York Fire Department died, along with almost 2,800 other 
people, when the World Trade Center's Twin Towers collapsed.

"It was scary," he said.

In this case, there were no explosions. No bombs. Nothing…

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FEDS, RIGHTS GROUPS BATTLE OVER POST 9/11 LAWS, LIBERTIES
Kari Huus, MSNBC, 9/10/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/964078.asp

Sept. 10 -  Sitting in jail in upstate New York, Rafil Dhafir is living 
testimony to the legal climate two years after the 9/11 attacks. Until 
February, Dhafir was a pillar of his community in Rome, N.Y. He was a 
practicing oncologist, an imam in his local mosque, and for most of a 
decade he had run a charity called Help the Needy. This February, the 
FBI 
came knocking and Dhafir - a U.S. citizen born in Iraq - has been held 
without bail ever since. Is this a triumph of the new U.S. homeland 
security strategy or a sign that it is running amok?...

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SECURITY, RIGHTS BUTTING HEADS
Dennis Wagner, Arizona Republic, 9/14/03
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0914terrorchase14.html

In the name of national security, dozens of people in Arizona have been 
arrested or detained on charges unrelated to terrorism.

The Muslims and Middle Easterners have been rounded up by Arizona's 
Joint 
Terrorism Task Force and charged with visa violations, fraud and other 
offenses that have little to do with national security…

But, for many Muslims and civil libertarians, the campaign has been an 
assault on Islam, Arabs and American fundamentals. They say the 
government, 
under intense public pressure and lacking real terrorism suspects, has 
targeted Middle Easterners for ethnic profiling and used lawful 
coercion as 
a tool to get cooperation and information.

"We understand the need for a tough hand. But they are specifically 
looking 
for something to get these people on because they are Muslims or from 
the 
Middle East," said Deedra Abboud, director of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations here.

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CHRISTIANS, JEWS, MUSLIMS AID IMMIGRANT
STACY SHELTON, Atlanta Journal, 9/14/03
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/0903/14habitat.html

A diverse community of the faithful picked up hammers, nails and paint 
brushes in Smyrna on Saturday to build a home for an Iranian immigrant 
family.

Most of the more than 50 volunteers from Cobb County churches, a 
synagogue 
and a mosque worked on the Habitat for Humanity project. Habitat, 
headquartered in Americus, is a Christian organization that helps build 
simple homes for people who otherwise couldn't afford it.

"We have a Jewish temple, a Catholic church and an Islamic mosque 
[taking 
part]. I said to my husband, 'This is just a Godsend,'" said Paula 
Todd, 
head of the coalition that put together the Habitat project. "There's 
not 
another [Habitat house] like it."

Some who took part in the project Saturday said their volunteer sweat 
was 
also a statement of unity, a common bond in the midst of the discord 
laid 
bare by terrorism in America.

Imam Amjad Taufique, who leads a Marietta mosque, said he received 
hate-filled voice messages after the attacks in New York and 
Washington. He 
said he also got calls from two women, one Jewish, the other Christian, 
who 
offered their homes as safe places and volunteered to accompany Muslim 
women on errands.

Taufique began talking to Christian church groups to spread 
understanding 
of his religion.

"Before 9/11, a lot of Muslims were very happy in their environment, in 
the 
mosque, and it never occurred to them how important it is to visit 
their 
neighbors or be part of the community," said Taufique, the prayer 
leader at 
Masjid Al-Hedaya. "I want my neighbor to feel safe that this Muslim is 
not 
what everyone else says, so he'll stand up and say 'This Muslim is not 
like 
that.'"

Nationwide, what are called "anti-Muslim" attacks by the 
Washington-based 
Council on American-Islamic Relations are on the rise. Last year, there 
were 602 incidents, a 15 percent increase from 2001, the council 
reported. 
The attacks included a mob beating of a Muslim teenager in California 
and 
the destruction of Muslim family's van in Illinois…

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CDN MUSLIMS HIRE LAWYER AFTER U.S. DETAINMENT
CTV.ca News Staff, 9/14/03
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1063513503026_79/?hub=Canada

Two respected Canadian Muslim clerics who were ordered off a flight in 
Florida are taking their case to court with the help of an American 
lawyer.

Ahmad Kutty, 57, and Abdul Hamid, 38, were denied entry into the United 
States and questioned for 16 hours at the Florida airport by government 
agents.

The men were thrown into jail without being charged and returned to 
Toronto 
on Friday. Hamid was told they had picked the wrong day to fly -- 
September 
11th.

"We have gone through a traumatic experience. Really, it dehumanized 
us," 
Kutty said when he arrived at Pearson International Airport.

Kutty is a scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto and was 
travelling 
to Florida to attend seminars and give a series of speeches.

Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations, said he was shocked by what had happened.

"I'm totally flabbergasted. I've heard some crazy things in the past 
about 
people being detained but this beats them all," Ali said after the 
incident…

The Muslim Canadian Congress is warning Muslim Canadians not to travel 
to 
the U.S. "for their own safety." The organization is also urging 
supporters 
to boycott American products.

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MD. MUSLIM VOLUNTEERS GATHER TONS OF GOODS FOR AREA PANTRIES
Nurith C. Aizenman, Washington Post, 9/15/03
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11020-2003Sep14.html

The fliers distributed to more than 30,000 Maryland homes by Muslim 
civic 
groups across the Washington region last weekend contained a simple 
plea 
for non-perishable goods for an upcoming food drive.

But the Muslim volunteers who circled through their communities to pick 
up 
contributions yesterday said they hoped their neighbors had also gotten 
the 
unwritten message: "We are one of you. We want to be a part of this 
country," said Ellicott City pediatrician Naseem Khan.

Like many of the several hundred participants, Khan said her 
involvement in 
the food drive was largely a response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist 
attacks.

"Suddenly you realize that the impact of that act was reflected on 
Muslims 
at large," she said. Now, she added, "it's like a drive in me" to make 
clear just how contrary the attacks were to the principles of Islam.

The most effective way for Muslims to do that is to get more involved 
in 
their communities, said Anwer Hasan, president of the Howard County 
Muslim 
Foundation and an organizer of the drive.

"Actions speak louder than words," he noted. "And when you reach out to 
your neighbors, they see you as a mainstream person who believes in 
giving 
to the needy and helping to build a stronger America."

Initiated last year by the Howard County Muslim Foundation, the food 
drive 
was also held yesterday by related groups in Baltimore city and 
Montgomery, 
Prince George's and Baltimore counties. Members brought the 
contributions 
they collected to festive picnics in each county, where they mingled 
with 
friends and a host of political leaders, including Montgomery County 
Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) at 
the 
Germantown picnic, and Howard County Executive James N. Robey (D) and 
Rep. 
Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) at the Ellicott City event.

By early evening, organizers estimated that volunteers had collected 
more 
than 22,000 pounds of supplies for local food banks…

SEE ALSO:

ARAB FESTIVAL INSPIRES PRIDE
Guy Ashley, CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 9/15/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/content_syndication/local_news/6775760.htm

SAN FRANCISCO - Mohamed Elsherbini knows what it's like to be eyed 
suspiciously at the airport ticket counter.

Jamal Dajani says he is sure the Patriot Act, and other initiatives 
providing law enforcement with greater investigative latitude, will be 
focused on Arab-Americans like himself.

Neema Ejaz says she is sometimes scorned by other American women who 
find 
the traditional Muslim head covering she wears distastefully 
subservient.

They and other Arab Americans attending the ninth annual Arab Cultural 
Festival in Golden Gate Park on Sunday said they often feel the sting 
of 
misunderstanding toward their heritage.

But they said the cold, shunning glances and even the outright 
hostility 
won't prevent them from celebrating the tight-knit, fun-loving 
community 
they have helped create as Arab-Americans living in the Bay Area.

"We can't be held hostage by the misunderstanding that continues to be 
focused on us," said Dajani, president of the Arab Cultural and 
Community 
Center, which sponsored the festival…

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NEW SCHOOL IS A 'DREAM COME TRUE' FOR MUSLIMS
Art Jester, HERALD-LEADER, 9/15/03
http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/6774662.htm

For two years it has been a dream postponed, but it's a dream about to 
become a dream fulfilled.

It's the Lexington Universal Academy, Lexington's newest private school 
and 
the first built and sponsored by Muslims. The academy, at 4580 
Nicholasville Road, is scheduled to open Oct. 6.

The delay was not the fault of the academy's founders. It was caused 
when, 
according to a fire department investigation, lightning touched off a 
fire 
Oct. 24, 2001, on the 1.9-acre site. The blaze gutted the single-story, 
4,300-square-foot building of the Islamic Society of Central Kentucky, 
which was to have become a school for grades K-5 in January 2002.

In a sense, the setback became a blessing. The building's charred 
remains 
were cleared out, and now workers are finishing a new brick building 
about 
five times bigger (22,500 square feet).

"This is a dream come true, for our children to be in an Islamic school 
environment," said Mahmoud Shalash.

Shalash is one of Lexington's most visible and influential Muslims. 
He's 
the imam, or spiritual leader, of the 200-member Islamic Center of 
Kentucky; chairman of the board for the new academy; and president of 
the 
academy's sponsor, Islamic Society of Central Kentucky, whose members 
are 
two mosques in Lexington and mosques in Danville, Richmond and 
Frankfort.

When the academy opens, it will have 52 students in grades K-4, the 
majority of them in kindergarten and, so far, all Islamic, Shalash 
said…

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MUSLIM GROUPS SAY PIPES MISREPRESENTED ENDORSEMENT
Alleged signatories call for removal of page from Bush appointee's web 
site
http://www.al-khoei.org/declaration_daniel_pipes.htm

DECLARATION (9/12/2003) - The Ulama and Organizations cited in the 
purported endorsement of Dr. Daniel Pipe's appointment to the United 
States 
Institute of Peace was a misrepresentation and that none of the Ulama 
and 
Organizations was consulted nor was aware of it beforehand.

Therefore, the Ulama and Organizations whose names are appended below, 
categorically deny any association with this endorsement and call for 
the 
immediate withdrawal of the document from the website of Dr. Daniel 
Pipes 
to whom this declaration is also being transmitted.

SEE THE MISREPRESENTED "ENDORSEMENT" -

LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT AMERICAN MUSLIMS OF THE SHIA TRADITION 
http://www.danielpipes.org/usip/e_11.php

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BUSH SEEKS TO EXPAND ACCESS TO PRIVATE DATA
Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 9/14/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/14/national/14PATR.html

WASHINGTON- For months, President Bush's advisers have assured a 
skittish 
public that law-abiding Americans have no reason to fear the long reach 
of 
the antiterrorism law known as the Patriot Act because its most 
intrusive 
measures would require a judge's sign-off.

But in a plan announced this week to expand counterterrorism powers, 
President Bush adopted a very different tack. In a three-point 
presidential 
plan that critics are already dubbing Patriot Act II, Mr. Bush is 
seeking 
broad new authority to allow federal agents - without the approval of a 
judge or even a federal prosecutor - to demand private records and 
compel 
testimony....

ALSO SEE:

'THESE ADDITIONAL POWERS ARE NOT NECESSARY'
Arian Campo-Flores, Newsweek, 9/12/03
http://www.msnbc.com/news/966037.asp

These aren't happy days for the civil-liberties crowd. In a speech last 
Wednesday at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va., President Bush 
called for broader powers to pursue and hold terror suspects.

Among the Items on his wish list: allowing federal law-enforcement 
agencies 
to issue "administrative subpoenas" that wouldn't require a judge's 
approval, expanding the death penalty to cover terror-related crimes, 
and 
raising the bar for terror suspects to be released on bail. All of this 
came on the heels of Attorney General John Ashcroft's nationwide tour 
to 
defend the increasingly controversial USA Patriot Act, which granted 
authorities new surveillance and detention powers in the immediate 
aftermath of September 11…

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MUSLIM CLERICS SAY OTTAWA COULDN'T HELP THEM
CBC, 9/15/03
http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/09/14/imam030915

TORONTO - Two moderate Muslim clerics from Toronto say they will 
complain 
to the Department of Foreign Affairs about the department's inability 
to 
help them when they were seized in the United States last Thursday.

Abdul Hamid and Ahmad Kutty were interrogated for 16 hours and kept in 
jail 
in Florida Thursday, before being sent back to Canada Friday.

They were going to Florida to lead prayers on the second anniversary of 
the 
Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

The Canadian consulate was unable to discover what had happened to the 
men, 
despite repeated phone calls.

Canadian Muslim spokespeople have suggested the two were detained 
because 
they were Muslims.

ALSO SEE:

DEMAND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF CANADIAN MUSLIMS AND ARABS OVERSEAS
Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association
www.cmcla.org

(Toronto, Canada - Sept. 15 2003) - CMCLA is today calling on all 
Canadians 
to demand that the rights of Canadian Muslims and Arabs are protected 
when 
travelling to the US.

This follows the detention and harassment of two prominent Imams at the 
hands of American authorities on Friday.

Imam Ahmad Kutty and Imam Abdool Hameed were arrested and interrogated 
for 
16 hours in Fort Lauderdale while on their way to Orlando to attend 
seminars. The Canadian government has been unable to obtain any reason 
for 
their detention, but one US official told Imam Abdool Hameed that they 
had 
chosen "a bad day for travel".

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (Be polite, but firm):

1) CONTACT Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Foreign Affairs Minister 
Bill 
Graham to demand they act to ensure that the rights of Canadian Muslims 
and 
Arabs are protected. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Tel: 613-992-4211, 
Fax: 
613-941-6900, E-mail: pmo@pm.gc.ca. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bill 
Graham, Tel: 613-992 5234, Fax: 613-996-960, E-mail: 
Graham.B@parl.gc.ca

Ask Mr. Graham to bring up the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Colin 
Powell and the head of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge.

2) CONTACT your local MP and demand that they take up this issue 
urgently 
in the House of Commons. The most effective way to communicate with 
your MP 
is to meet in person at his/her constituency office. The next best 
method 
is to call the office of your MP and register your concerns. You can 
also 
email your concerns to your MP. Obtain the name and full contact 
information of your Member of Parliament by calling (613) 992-4793, or 
by 
typing your postal code at: 
www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/PostalCode.asp?Source=SM

3) WRITE a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to express your 
concerns over the unjust detention and harassment of Imams Kutty and 
Abdool 
Hameed citizen by US authorities. Newspapers and TV stations have given 
extensive coverage to their ordeal.

Toronto Star: See www.torontostar.com and search for "Kutty"
Send letters to: lettertoed@thestar.ca
The Ottawa Citizen: Send letters to letters@thecitizen.southam.ca
The Montreal Gazette: Send letters to letters@thegazette.southam.ca
Calgary Herald: Send letters to letters@theherald.southam.ca
The Globe and Mail: See www.globeandmail.com and search for "Kutty"
Send letters to: letters@globeandmail.ca

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SYRIAN MUSLIM SEEKS SANCTUARY IN CHURCH
CanWest News Service, 9/15/03
http://canada.com/national/story.asp?id=7E3A2A4B-CB66-4ED1-A339-A9C9AB9BC169

A Syrian Muslim has taken sanctuary in a Winnipeg church to avoid being 
deported to Syria after his refugee claim was denied. Ammar Khatib went 
to 
the church because his supporters were afraid police and immigration 
officials would not show a mosque the same respect as places of 
sanctuary 
as Christian churches traditionally receive. The 25-year-old University 
of 
Winnipeg computer student was scheduled to be picked up by immigration 
officials at 8 a.m. today and placed on a plane to Syria, where Khatib 
feared he would be tortured and executed because of his family's 
anti-government beliefs. Khatib's wife Sofiya is a Canadian citizen, 
but 
the federal Immigration Department has ruled Khatib must first leave 
Canada 
and then have his wife apply to sponsor him to be admitted as a landed 
immigrant.

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EDITORIAL ON MUSLIM-JEWISH RELATIONS

THREE CHEERS
Poughkeepsie Journal, 9/15/03
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/today/opinion/stories/op091503s2.shtml

Three cheers to the Muslim and Jewish communities of the mid-Hudson 
Valley 
for joining together in the Salaam-Shalom Family Culture Fest Sept. 7 
at 
Vassar Temple.

''Salaam'' and ''shalom'' are the Arabic and Hebrew words for ''peace'' 
-- 
and this wonderful, well-attended event should go far to foster peace 
between these two peoples locally.

The festival was highlighted by Israeli and Muslim traditional dancing, 
calligraphy, henna hand-painting -- and, of course, plenty of delicious 
food.

Thanks to Vassar Temple, Masjid al-Noor and the al-Noor Islamic School, 
the 
Dutchess County Arts Council, and the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum for 
helping to make this event possible. But, most of all, thanks to the 
hundreds of Jews and Muslims -- and others too -- who overcame doubt 
and 
discomfort, who came, who made new friends, who had a great time, who 
gained a new respect and appreciation for each other.

Their faiths, as well as Christianity, share common roots in the Bible, 
and 
their cultures have many similarities. Only in modern times has there 
been 
violence between Muslims and Jews. For centuries, they lived amicably 
together in many parts of the world.

It is hoped that there will be many more celebrations of their heritage 
and 
cultures -- such that there may someday truly be peace between these 
two 
faiths here and everywhere.

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FRIDAY DECISION HAS CHILLING EFFECT
Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
9-15-03

TAMPA- On Friday, Federal Judge James Moody ruled that access to over 
20,000 hours of audiotapes in the case of Dr. Sami Al-Arian would be 
banned 
from the public. Access to the tapes was only granted to Dr. Al-Arian 
and 
his co-defendants' defense teams, which are threatened with legal 
sanctions 
if the tapes are discussed in public.

Friday's decision only serves to heighten the atmosphere of secrecy and 
fear that the government is building to justify its groundless claims 
against Dr. Sami Al-Arian.  It is worth noting that the same government 
that wasted no time divulging its indictment of Dr. Al-Arian is 
suddenly 
concerned about revealing tapes that could clear Dr. Al-Arian's name 
and 
defend his reputation.

What is equally puzzling is the local and national media's silence on 
this 
issue. While the media have traditionally been bold defenders of the 
public's right to know, it is clear that they have abandoned this 
principle 
in Dr. Al-Arian's case. This is one of many indications of the 
government's 
success in creating an intimidating environment to which even 
journalists 
are not immune…

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IRAQI LEADER SAYS U.S. TROOPS MISTREAT CIVILIANS
Daniel Flynn, Reuters, 9/15/03
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3444887

MADRID - A member of Iraq's Governing Council Monday accused U.S. 
troops of 
regularly mistreating Iraqi civilians so that the population had come 
to 
regard American forces as an army of occupation.

"There is widespread discontent with the coalition forces, the majority 
of 
whom treat the Iraqi people with violence and contempt," Rajaa Habib 
Khuzai 
told a joint news conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio.

"The opinion of the Iraqi people about the coalition forces is that 
they 
are forces of occupation," said Khuzai the head of a maternity hospital 
in 
the southern Iraqi city of Diwaniya and one of 13 Shi'ite Muslims on 
the 
25-member council.

Khuzai said the U.S.-backed Governing Council was in talks with 
coalition 
forces to transfer sovereignty to the Iraqi people, but no deadline had 
been established...

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INDIA'S MUSLIM TIME BOMB
Pankaj Mishra, New York Times, 9/15/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/15/opinion/15MISH.html

NEW DELHI - Soon after arriving at the site of the bomb explosions in 
Bombay that killed more than 50 people last month - the sixth and most 
lethal in a recent series of blasts in the city - Lal Krishna Advani, 
the 
deputy prime minister in India's Hindu nationalist government, blamed 
terrorists based in Pakistan.

This was to be expected: the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party routinely 
describes India as besieged by Muslim terrorists backed by Pakistan and 
based there or in the disputed valley of Kashmir, where Indian security 
forces have fought a Muslim insurgency for more than a decade. This 
time, 
however, Mr. Advani's accusation was swiftly contradicted by the Bombay 
police. The four people arrested this month in connection with the 
attacks 
were Indian Muslims, part of a new group called the Gujarat Muslim 
Revenge 
Force. They may have received logistical support from a Pakistani 
militant 
outfit with links to Al Qaeda, but they were Indian citizens.

This can be only disturbing news - for India, the region and the United 
States. The radical Islamist movements that spread so quickly in the 
last 
decade in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan had heretofore left 
untouched India's 140 million Muslims, even as the Hindu nationalists 
rose 
to power in India by demanding, among other things, that Muslims adopt 
what 
they define as India's "Hindu culture..."

ALSO SEE:

COWERING MUSLIM WITNESSES IN GUJARAT WAIT IN VAIN FOR POLICE PROTECTION
Praveeena Sharma, Agence France Presse, 9/15/03

AHMEDABAD, India - For Muslims brave enough to depose in cases related 
to 
last year's sectarian riots in the western Indian state of Gujarat, 
police 
protection has remained a distant hope despite court orders.

Instead of providing the 1,000-odd Muslims round-the-clock security, 
only a 
few hours protection is given by policemen who often pester their 
reluctant 
hosts for food, snacks and beverages, witnesses said.

"It seems that the police just does not care about the Supreme Court 
order. 
They come only for a few hours and ask us to call if we need them," 
said 
Alam Khan Anwar Khan Pathan, a witness in a case in which 40 people 
were 
killed.

Pathan and his wife saw seven members of their family being killed by a 
Hindu mob during the incident, but fear for their own lives kept him 
from 
deposing before a court who heard the case on August 28 and 29...

ALSO SEE:

RIOT VICTIMS SEEK JUSTICE IN INDIA
Scott Baldauf, Christian Science Monitor, 9/15/03
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0915/p06s01-wosc.html

BARODA, INDIA- Top court intervenes in Hindu-Muslim case, bypassing 
widely 
criticized state justice system.

One of the most brutal hate crimes in recent Indian history may soon 
get a 
hearing in India's top court. But as sporadic riots return to the state 
after months of relative peace, it may be a case of too little, too 
late.

On Friday, India's Supreme Court began hearings for the Best Bakery 
case, 
named for the bakery where some 14 people were murdered last year. The 
Supreme Court's decision to take up the case last month surprised many 
state officials and activists, since it bypassed the appeals system of 
the 
state of Gujarat, where the trial and the crime took place. A lower 
state 
court acquitted all the accused for "lack of evidence."

Best Bakery was just one of hundreds of possible murder cases - and 
with 
several surviving eyewitnesses, one of the strongest cases - after the 
Gujarat riots of the spring of 2002, in which at least 1,000 citizens 
were 
killed, most of them Muslims...

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SISTERS IN SOLIDARITY RALLY TO END TO END REPRESSIONS

WHAT: Sisters in Solidarity Sisters in Solidarity to End Repressions 
Secret 
Evidence, Spying, Search, and Seizures (S.I.S.T.E.R.S) have joined 
efforts 
with the Muslim American Society for civil justice. They will hold a 
rally 
to protest the Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Justice 
Department's 
abuses against the Muslim Community since September 11 and the 
subsequent 
passage of the Patriot Act.

Rev. Grayland Haggler, Black Voices for Peace; Imam Abdul Malik Johari, 
Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations; Muslim Society of 
Washington; 
Rev. William Fauntroy, The Civil Rights Round Table

WHERE: Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 
-- 
September 19, 2003

CONTACT: Sherifah Rafiq or Mahdi Bray, 202-496-1288 or 202-421-3623

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CONFERENCE ON MUSLIM POLITICS AND U.S. POLICIES AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY

WHAT: The Pew Forum and The Institute on Religion and World Affairs at 
Boston University hold a conference on "Muslim Politics and U.S. 
Policies: 
Prospects for Pluralism and Democracy in the Muslim World."[AGENDA] 
Highlights: -- 1:15 pm - John Bowen, Washington University in St. 
Louis; 
Michael Peletz, Colgate University and Robert Hefner, Boston 
University, 
"Muslims After 9-11"

WHERE: Mayflower Hotel, Chinese Room, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, 
Washington, D.C.

WHEN: September 17, 2003

CONTACT: 202-955-5075; 
http://www.pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=50

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

BREAKING NEWS - 9/16/03

* OREGON PROF SUES BUSH APPOINTEE FOR DEFAMATION
* MISREPRESENTED 'ENDORSEMENT' STILL ON PIPES WEB SITE

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OREGON PROF SUES BUSH APPOINTEE FOR DEFAMATION

UO PROFESSOR SUES AUTHORS OF COLUMN
Bill Bishop, Register-Guard, 9/16/03
http://www.registerguard.com/news/2003/09/16/a1.profsuit.0916.html

A University of Oregon sociology professor is claiming defamation and 
seeking $1.1 million from the authors of a column published in the New 
York 
Post last year that labeled him as anti-Semitic and listed him among 
six 
"left-wing extremists" who "indoctrinate students" through their 
teaching.

Adjunct professor Douglas Card names as defendants Daniel Pipes, a 
Middle 
East scholar and controversial Bush administration appointee to the 
U.S. 
Institute of Peace, and Pipes' research assistant, Jonathan Schanzer, a 
specialist in radical Islamic movements.

The June 25, 2002, op-ed piece remains in publication on the Web site 
of 
Campus Watch, a group Pipes formed through his Philadelphia think tank, 
Middle East Forum, to monitor and critique the teaching of Middle East 
issues.

The column, titled "Extremists on Campus," accuses Card of describing 
Israel as "a terrorist state" and Israelis as "baby killers" in his 
course. 
The column also claims that Card insists that his students agree in a 
final 
exam with his view that Israel "stole land."

The column claims that "leftist activism that too often passes for 
Middle 
East scholarship" creates a wave of "verbal and physical attacks" on 
campuses and cites four examples - none at the UO.

In his lawsuit, Card says Pipes and Schanzer are wrong about how he 
teaches 
and their column is false and defamatory. The suit, filed by Eugene 
lawyer 
David Force, says Pipes and Schanzer refused to retract their 
statements 
after Card provided proof they were wrong.

Card also claims Pipes and Schanzer tried to force him to provide names 
of 
his students and contents of his class examinations in violation of UO 
policy. Card also claims the authors tried to compel him to write an 
essay 
condemning political activism and expression in college classrooms in 
exchange for a retraction of their column…

SEE ALSO:

MISREPRESENTED MUSLIM 'ENDORSEMENT' STILL ON PIPES WEB SITE

EDITOR'S NOTE: Daniel Pipes is keeping an "endorsement" from Muslims on 
his 
web site even though those groups and individuals say they were not 
consulted before being listed. They have asked that Pipes remove the 
document from his site. Pipes has offered no explanation of how he 
obtained 
the "endorsement."

SEE:

MUSLIM GROUPS SAY PIPES MISREPRESENTED ENDORSEMENT
Alleged signatories call for removal of page from Bush appointee's web 
site
http://www.al-khoei.org/declaration_daniel_pipes.htm

DECLARATION (9/12/2003) - The Ulama and Organizations cited in the 
purported endorsement of Dr. Daniel Pipe's appointment to the United 
States 
Institute of Peace was a misrepresentation and that none of the Ulama 
and 
Organizations was consulted nor was aware of it beforehand.

Therefore, the Ulama and Organizations whose names are appended below, 
categorically deny any association with this endorsement and call for 
the 
immediate withdrawal of the document from the website of Dr. Daniel 
Pipes 
to whom this declaration is also being transmitted.

SEE THE MISREPRESENTED "ENDORSEMENT" -

LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT AMERICAN MUSLIMS OF THE SHIA TRADITION 
http://www.danielpipes.org/usip/e_11.php

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AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/16/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: LIBERALITY
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6909 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- 'Washington Live' Looks at CAPS II, Patriot II
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* ABDULLAH MEETS WITH MUSLIM, ARAB-AMERICAN LEADERS
	- Save Nov. 29 for CAIR's Fundraising Dinner
* GOOD NEWS: MD POSTAL WORKER GIVEN TIME OFF FOR JUMAH
* ALERT: OPPOSE MAKING LOCAL POLICE ACT AS INS ENFORCERS
* CAIR-CAN MEETS WITH U.N. RAPPORTEUR
* CABDRIVERS FEARFUL IN WAKE OF SLAYING (Mercury News)
	- Sikhs Call Cabbie's Death Hate Crime (Mercury News)
	- Sikh Accuses Delta of Profiling in Suit (Reuters)
	- An American Tragedy (Washington Times)
* JURY AWARDS $2 MILLION TO MUSLIM WORKER (LA Times)
* ALGERIAN PILOT SUES US OVER TERROR CHARGES (Guardian)
	- At Mideastern Stores, 9/11 Still Hurting (Star Tribune)
	- Muslims Complain of Pressure to Inform (NPR)
* AMANPOUR: CNN PRACTICED SELF-CENSORSHIP (USA Today)
	- No Evidence in Draft on Iraq Arms Search (Reuters)
	- U.S. Raids Leave Iraqis Angry (Reuters)
	- Iraq Never Revived Nuke Programme (Reuters)
* AMERICANS RISE AGAINST 'PATRIOT ACT' (SF Gate)
* JUDGE SLAMS BID TO DEPORT ORANGE MAN (Orlando Sentinel)
	- A Chilling Message to Muslims (Toronto Star)
* THE DEVIL AND DANIEL PIPES (In these Times)
* HINDU LEADERS DISTORTING ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS (AP)
* WOMEN OF ISLAM CHOOSE GOD, PEACE (Journal Gazette)
	- Scouts: Serving Allah or Dharma (Oregon Live)
* NJ MUSLIMS WANT STRICT STANDARDS FOR HALAL FOOD (AP)
* MEDIA REQUEST: BBC LOOKS FOR AMERICAN MUSLIM WRITER
* MS ISLAMIC MUSEUM HOLDS FUNDRAISER

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HADITH OF THE DAY: LIBERALITY

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Liberality is a tree in 
Paradise of which he who is openhanded will seize a branch, and the 
branch 
will not leave him until it brings him into Paradise."

Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 588

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6909 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6909 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
America's 
16,000 public libraries. GO TO: www.libraryproject.org

FOR LIBRARIES IN CANADA, GO TO: www.caircan.ca/lib_proj.php

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'WASHINGTON LIVE' LOOKS AT CAPS II AND PATRIOT II

CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
out 
of the nation's capital to North America and worldwide by the Arab 
Radio & 
Television (ART) satellite network. SEE: http://www.art-tv.net

It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
United 
States through the Dish Network, on cable and by satellite in other 
parts 
of the world.

TONIGHT'S PROGRAM will look at the CAPS II airline safety system and 
proposals for new laws related to the Patriot Act.

Please note that to watch the show, you have to have ART. To subscribe 
to 
ART call 1-888-458-1278.

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To request information about sponsoring segments of the program, 
e-mail: 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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ABDULLAH MEETS WITH MUSLIM, ARAB-AMERICAN LEADERS

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, along with other American Muslim 
and 
Arab-American leaders, met yesterday with King Abdullah II of Jordan in 
Washington, D.C. The discussion focused on the escalation of violence 
in 
the Middle East and on the current situation in Iraq. Abdullah is in 
Washington to meet with President Bush for talks on Middle East peace.

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SAVE NOV. 29 FOR CAIR'S FUNDRAISING DINNER IN DC

CAIR's 9th Annual Fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, November 
29, 
2003, at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, Va. The cost is 
$55/person, 
$85/couple.

The theme for this year's dinner is: "Muslims in America: A Defining 
Moment...What Legacy Will We Leave?"

FOR MORE INFORMATION, E-MAIL: register@cair-net.org

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GOOD NEWS: MD POSTAL WORKER GIVEN TIME OFF FOR JUMAH

Following the intervention of CAIR's Maryland chapter (CAIR-Maryland), 
a 
Muslim postal worker will now be given time off to attend Friday 
prayers 
(Jumah).

The Muslim employee, who accepted Islam in January, was initially given 
Fridays off to attend the prayers. In June, her schedule request was 
disapproved, with no reason given. She tried working through her union, 
but 
was unsuccessful.

After the worker notified CAIR-Maryland of the problem, a meeting was 
arranged with her manager and union representative. At the meeting, a 
mutually-agreeable solution was reached in which the Muslim employee 
will 
be able to attend Friday prayers.

CONTACT: Ibrahim Moiz, CAIR-Maryland, 301-986-1900

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ACTION ALERT: OPPOSE MAKING LOCAL POLICE ACT AS INS ENFORCERS

American Muslims and other people of conscience are urged to contact 
their 
elected representatives to oppose the recently introduced Clear Law 
Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act, or CLEAR Act, which would 
require local law enforcement authorities to act as branches of the 
INS, 
thereby compromising their role as protectors of local populations, 
alienating crime victims and potential witnesses, and minimizing their 
ability to effectively fight violent crime.

While enforcement of immigration laws is important, such enforcement 
should 
not compromise community safety. Police departments that have tried 
enforcing immigration law in the past have met with disastrous results. 
Having learned from this experience, police departments around the 
country, 
including those of several major cities, have issued statements 
opposing 
any attempt to deputize them to enforce immigration law.

They argue that such policies:

A. Alienate crime victims, preventing them from reporting crimes
B. Alienate potential witnesses and informants, depriving police 
departments of essential information
C. Burden police with additional responsibilities, spreading thin 
already-tight budgets
D. Undermine communication and trust between police and the communities 
they serve
E. Reverse decades of outreach and bridge-building towards immigrant 
communities living in fear
F. Undermine police department programs to fight racial profiling, by 
giving police a federal and financial incentive to pursue members of 
certain ethnic communities

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and 
Citizenship will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 18, 2003, at 
2:30 
p.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, on "State and 
Local 
Authority to Enforce Immigration Law: Evaluating a Unified Approach for 
Stopping Terrorists."

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL):

GO TO: http://capwiz.com/cair/home/

Enter your zip code into the "Take Action Now" box to send a free email 
message to your representative urging him or her to oppose H.R. 2671.

Follow up your email with a phone call. Follow up your email and phone 
call 
with a personal letter - these are most effective.

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CAIR-CAN MEETS WITH U.N. RAPPORTEUR

(OTTAWA, CANADA - 16/9/2003) - In its testimony today to the United 
Nation's Special Rapporteur on Racism and Xenophobia Mr. Doudou Diène, 
the 
Canadian office of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) 
expressed its concern that Canada is not protecting the rights of 
Canadian 
Muslims and Arabs when they travel to the United States.

Mr. Doudou Diène was appointed by the U.N. to conduct a cross-Canada 
visit 
to gain first-hand knowledge of Canada's policies to address 
discrimination. After meeting with government officials, Aboriginal 
communities and other ethnic, racial and religious non-governmental 
organizations, Mr. Diène will report his findings to the UN Commission 
on 
Human Rights.

In a statement released after the meeting, CAIR-CAN wrote:

"There is a widespread sentiment among Canadian Muslims and Arabs that 
Canada is doing little to protect their rights when they travel to the 
United States.

"The cases of Canadian Muslims and Arabs who have been subjected to 
detention and discrimination in the United States have been steadily 
growing in the face of an indifferent and hands-off approach to the 
problem 
by our government.

"Canada must regain the confidence of its citizens through immediate 
and 
effective intervention with the United States."

					- END -

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

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CABDRIVERS FEARFUL IN WAKE OF SLAYING
Patrick May, Mercury News, 9/15/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6775641.htm

As dozens of Peninsula Sikh cabdrivers staged a work slowdown Sunday to 
mourn a colleague slain over the weekend, many lashed out at the 
Redwood 
City Police Department, saying their refusal to talk about details of 
the 
crime has left them too terrified to pick up fares...

Investigators have given no indication that the shooting death of 
Davinder 
Singh early Saturday was a hate crime. But many of the cabbies and most 
of 
Singh's relatives worry that the 21-year-old driver was targeted 
because of 
his accent and orange turban. In the absence of a public account of the 
incident, fear has settled in.

Detectives, who early Saturday arrested Singh's accused killer, Lousa 
Mataele, a 31-year-old Tongan construction worker from Menlo Park, did 
not 
return calls Sunday. But Redwood City police Sgt. Sean Hart expressed 
surprise that the cabdrivers felt they were being treated unfairly...

Singh's relatives are outraged by the way authorities have dealt with 
them, 
saying police didn't notify them in the hours after the death. The 
victim's 
older brother, Sarabjit, said police were ``not very forthcoming. They 
never even called us to say my brother had been shot...''

ALSO SEE:

SIKHS CALL CABBIE'S DEATH HATE CRIME
Joshua L. Kwan, San Jose Mercury News, 9/16/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/6783461.htm

The shooting death of Sikh cabdriver Davinder Singh in Redwood City 
early 
Saturday morning was a crime of violence and greed, not hate, Redwood 
City 
Police Captain Ron Matuszak said Monday.

But one of Singh's brothers said the family still believes Singh's 
death 
was motivated by prejudice.

"When the TV shows Osama bin Laden's picture in the news, people don't 
differentiate between us and him," said Ranjeet Singh, 21, the victim's 
younger brother.

"They don't know we don't belong to him. We've got turbans and we've 
got 
beards, but people in the United States don't know we follow totally 
different religions."

Monday morning, a handful of Sikh cabdrivers rallied briefly outside 
the 
San Mateo County courthouse in Redwood City demanding to know if the 
21-year-old Redwood City man who wore a turban in accord with his Sikh 
faith was the victim of a hate crime...

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U.S. SIKH ACCUSES DELTA OF RACIAL PROFILING IN SUIT
Grant McCool, Reuters, 9/16/03

NEWARK, N.J., Sept 16 (Reuters) - A Sikh businessman on Tuesday sued 
Delta 
Air Lines Inc and a flight crew accusing them of racial profiling, the 
first civil rights lawsuit by an American Sikh against a carrier since 
the 
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The man, Hansdip Bindra, 34, who wears a turban and a beard in keeping 
with 
his Sikh religion, said he was singled out by a flight attendant as 
"trouble" on a Nov. 26, 2002, flight in Ohio.

The flight attendant angrily told Bindra that he and others from "the 
Middle East" should keep a "low profile," according to court papers 
filed 
in the U.S. District in Newark.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Arab and Muslim men have been profiled for 
investigation and Sikhs have frequently been mistakenly perceived as 
being 
of Middle Eastern origin.

Anthony Black, a spokesman for Atlanta-based Delta declined comment on 
the 
lawsuit…

"I went through a horrible experience," Bindra told a news briefing. "I 
was 
told agents were going to meet me at the door. For 45 minutes I was 
shaking 
on that flight."

He said several passengers aboard the flight were willing to testify on 
his 
behalf about his how he was treated.

Bindra said passengers told him after the flight that the flight 
attendant 
asked them to respond to a signal from her to subdue him if necessary. 
"See 
the man up front with the turban on? He's the one who is going to cause 
trouble," court papers quoted her as telling passengers...

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JURY AWARDS $2 MILLION TO MAN FIRED FOR MISSING WORK
Jean Guccione, Los Angeles Times, 9/16/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-verdict16sep16,1,1829247.story

A Los Angeles jury has awarded $2 million to a Muslim courier who was 
fired 
for missing three days of work when his third child was born.

Mehmood Darjee, 38, sued Laboratory Corp. of America, alleging 
religious 
discrimination and violation of the state's Family Rights Act.

His attorney, Carol L. Gillam, said that last week's verdict should 
send a 
message to "workers, particularly in the immigrant community ... that 
our 
justice system still works to protect them, despite the otherwise 
significant loss of liberty many are experiencing in these post- 9/11 
times."

The jury of seven men and five women awarded Darjee $150,000 for lost 
wages, benefits and emotional distress, plus $2 million in punitive 
damages...

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY
Melvin G. Talbert, Feisal Abdul Rauf and Marla J. Feldman, Washington 
Times, 9/15/03
http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20030915-123024-7289r.htm

Two years ago, an angry young man walked into a convenience store in 
Dallas 
and killed Waqar Hasan, an innocent Pakistani man who was working hard 
to 
earn a living for his family and to become an American citizen. Mark 
Anthony Stroman shot Hasan to death, claiming that he "did it to 
retaliate 
on local Arab Americans or whatever you want to call them."

Stroman added that he "did what every American wanted to do but 
didn't." At 
his trial, Stroman held up an American flag in his defense...

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ALGERIAN PILOT SUES US OVER TERROR CHARGES
September 11 'suspect' seeks $20m and apology
Audrey Gillan, Guardian, 9/11/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1042915,00.html

An Algerian pilot wrongly accused by the United States government of 
training some of the September 11 hijackers is to sue the FBI and the 
Department of Justice for $20m (about £13m), his British lawyers 
announced 
yesterday.

Lotfi Raissi, 29, who spent five months in Belmarsh high security 
prison 
following the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, had 
originally been told by the US that he was likely to be charged with 
conspiracy to murder and could face the death penalty.

However, a British judge refused to extradite him to America on the 
grounds 
that there was no evidence against him.

Yesterday, his US attorneys issued claims against the FBI and the 
Department of Justice of $10m each. Mr Raissi's British lawyer, Jules 
Carey, said cases were being prepared against the British crown 
prosecution 
service and the police...

ALSO SEE:

AT MIDEASTERN STORES, 9/11 STILL HURTING
Sharon Schmickle, Star Tribune, 9/16/03
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1576/4099714.html

Fady Daw counts his store, Cedar Valley in Columbia Heights, as a 
victim of 
the Sept. 11 attacks. It has suffered a slow and ambiguous decline, not 
the 
explosive ending generally associated with a terrorist strike.

The loss, nevertheless, is real. Sales have dropped by about one third 
since the attacks, and Daw said he sold the supermarket on Monday, to 
buyers who plan to shift the emphasis from Middle Eastern food to 
Mediterranean with a French and Italian flair...

The ethnic business owners say they have also suffered from other, more 
subtle factors that are difficult to quantify. They say customers seem 
to 
be shunning businesses associated with regions where the United States 
is 
fighting terrorism...

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MUSLIMS COMPLAIN OF PRESSURE TO INFORM
NPR, 9/11/03
http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1427735
	
Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, federal law enforcement officials 
have 
cultivated more informants within the Muslim community.] But some 
Muslims 
say they have been pressured to spy on people they know and threatened 
with 
retribution if they refuse. Hear NPR's Jennifer Ludden...(Listen to 
Morning 
Edition audio)

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AMANPOUR: CNN PRACTICED SELF-CENSORSHIP
Peter Johnson, USA Today, 9/14/03
http://www.usatoday.com/life/columnist/mediamix/2003-09-14-media-mix_x.htm

CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press 
muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" 
by 
the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and 
self-censorship."

As criticism of the war and its aftermath intensifies, Amanpour joins a 
chorus of journalists and pundits who charge that the media largely 
toed 
the Bush administration line in covering the war and, by doing so, 
failed 
to aggressively question the motives behind the invasion.

On last week's Topic A With Tina Brown on CNBC, Brown, the former Talk 
magazine editor, asked comedian Al Franken, former Pentagon spokeswoman 
Torie Clarke and Amanpour if "we in the media, as much as in the 
administration, drank the Kool-Aid when it came to the war."

Said Amanpour: "I think the press was muzzled, and I think the press 
self-muzzled. I'm sorry to say, but certainly television and, perhaps, 
to a 
certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and 
its 
foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear 
and 
self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we 
did..."

ALSO SEE:

NO SOLID EVIDENCE IN DRAFT ON IRAQ ARMS SEARCH-ABC
Reuters, 9/15/03	
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3448980

WASHINGTON - A draft report on the search for weapons of mass 
destruction 
in Iraq provides no solid evidence that Iraq had such arms when the 
United 
States invaded the country in March, ABC News reported on Monday.

Citing unidentified officials, ABC said the report by the civilian 
leading 
the search for hidden weapons will detail Iraq's effort to maintain the 
capability to produce biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

Before ordering the invasion that toppled Iraqi President Saddam 
Hussein, 
U.S. President George W. Bush referred to an imminent threat posed by 
Iraqi 
weapons of mass destruction as a prime justification for war.

U.S. forces in Iraq searching for evidence of chemical, biological and 
nuclear weapons have not found any. But U.S. officials said in July 
that 
the search had uncovered documents pointing to a program to develop 
such 
weapons...

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U.S. RAIDS IN SADDAM'S HOMETOWN LEAVE IRAQIS ANGRY
Saul Hudson, Reuters, 9/16/03
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3449212

TIKRIT, Iraq - U.S. troops lost the hearts and minds of some Iraqis on 
Tuesday in aggressive pre-dawn house raids in the hometown of Saddam 
Hussein, blowing open gates, kicking down doors and shoving faces in 
the dirt.

Ten-year-old Ahmed, herded with the rest of his family into his garden, 
shook visibly as he watched soldiers interrogate one man, whose head 
slammed onto the ground with a thud.

"I will become an Iraqi fighter and I will kill Americans," the boy 
said. 
He pointed at troops who charged into his home with rifles, 
sledgehammers 
and bolt-cutters hunting for anti-American guerrillas. "They are the 
enemy," he said.

The U.S. military raids dozens of homes each day throughout Iraq, 
trying to 
stem the flood of mine, grenade and mortar attacks against them by 
rounding 
up suspected assailants...

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SCIENTIST SAYS IRAQ NEVER REVIVED NUKE PROGRAMME
Louis Charbonneau, Reuters, 9/16/03
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L16263595.htm

VIENNA - Iraq never revived its secret nuclear weapons programme after 
it 
was dismantled by U.N. inspectors in the 1990s, a senior Iraqi 
scientist at 
Iraq's new Ministry of Science and Technology said on Tuesday.

Before launching the March 20 war to topple Iraqi President Saddam 
Hussein, 
the United States and Britain said Saddam was trying to develop an 
atomic 
bomb and other weapons of mass destruction.

In four months of inspections before the war, U.N. weapons inspectors 
never 
found any evidence of this. Since major military actions ended in Iraq, 
U.S. and British military have also found no evidence to support this 
allegation...

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AMERICANS RISE AGAINST 'PATRIOT ACT'
San Francisco Gate, 9/14/03
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/14/ED241918.DTL

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has been on a whirlwind public 
relations tour of 18 cities, hoping to counter growing opposition to 
the 
so- called Patriot Act, a 342-page law rushed through Congress, without 
debate, within weeks of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Ashcroft says that just "editorial boards and others who are very 
liberal" 
are worried about the new law. He only wishes that were true. Three 
states 
and 160 communities have passed resolutions either condemning the law 
or 
refusing to help federal agents enforce its provisions.

Some members of Congress, moreover, have grown increasingly worried 
because 
Ashcroft has repeatedly refused to answer questions about how the 
Department of Justice is implementing the Patriot Act. In July, the 
House 
voted -- by 309 to 118 -- to repeal a provision of the law that allowed 
officials to conduct "sneak and peak" searches of suspects' homes 
without 
notifying the target...

In the wake of Sept. 11, everyone agrees that the government must 
balance 
our civil rights against its responsibility to protect us against 
terrorism. The Patriot Act went too far. It's time for Congress to 
reassess 
the expanded law-enforcement powers it so readily approved in a moment 
of 
national trauma.

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JUDGE SLAMS BID TO DEPORT ORANGE MAN
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez, Orlando Sentinel, 9/13/03
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-asecflowers13091303sep13,0,6339834.story 


Six years ago Kussay "Gus" Al-Sabunchi made a big mistake: He sent 
roses to 
his estranged wife trying to win her back.

That gesture set off a chain of events that today has resulted in the 
U.S. 
government trying to deport the Iraqi-born computer engineer.

Stemming from the federal government's crackdown on Arab and Muslim 
immigrants since 9-11, his situation has infuriated a federal judge in 
Orlando who called immigration officials "overzealous" and "outrageous" 
for 
their handling of the case.

Al-Sabunchi, 39, who has remarried and lives and works in Orange 
County, 
faces a deportation hearing in November. The case comes at the same 
time 
that the federal government wants to expand the controversial Patriot 
Act 
to allow federal agents to seek records and compel testimony without 
the 
approval of a judge or a prosecutor. Congress passed the Patriot Act in 
response to the Sept. 11 attacks two years ago to give federal agencies 
more investigative power...

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A CHILLING MESSAGE TO MUSLIMS
Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star, 9/16/03
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1063663808240

When Sajidah Kutty called the Star on Friday, she seemed more 
bewildered 
than frightened.

Her family, frantic to find out what had happened to her father Ahmad, 
had 
finally received a phone call from him at 4: 30 that morning.

I'm all right, he told them. The Americans were holding him and fellow 
Canadian citizen Abdool Hamid in a Fort Lauderdale jail. And no, he 
didn't 
know why.

"You hear of this kind of thing happening to Muslims just because they 
are 
Muslims," Sajidah told me. "But you never really expect it to happen to 
you 
or your family."

As it turned out, Kutty and Hamid were finally released and sent home 
after 
a bizarre 31-hour ordeal - a post-9/11experience you might say - that 
began 
when they landed in Florida last Thursday, climaxed with 16 hours of 
non-stop interrogation plus a night in jail, and ended with the two 
Canadians being escorted back to Fort Lauderdale's airport in 
handcuffs...

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THE DEVIL AND DANIEL PIPES
Salim Muwakkil, In These Times, 9/29/03
http://inthesetimes.com/comments.php?id=353_0_3_0_M

The Bush administration's war on terrorism has done little so far but 
increase the ranks of potential terrorists. And while this may seem to 
be 
the regrettable result of a bumbling foreign policy, there are signs 
the 
administration is deliberately trying to antagonize the Islamic world; 
there seems to be method to its madness.

After a few bellicose statements about "crusades" early on, Bush's 
public 
sound-bites have consistently portrayed Islam as a peaceful religion 
that 
has been "hijacked" by the forces of terrorism. But his official 
policies 
have done little to mark that distinction. The latest White House 
affront 
to Muslims is the recess appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of 
directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

The Institute is a quasi-governmental think tank dedicated to 
international 
"peace and conflict resolution." It was created to help build bridges 
between cultures and, since 9/11, one of its most pressing projects has 
been the Special Initiative on the Muslim World.

Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum, a right-wing think tank 
based 
in Philadelphia, a prolific author of anti-Islamic screeds and creator 
of 
Campus Watch, a Web site that monitors professors who criticize Israel. 
He 
has a long paper trail, and perusal of Pipes' oeuvre reveals two clear 
positions: He is strongly pro-Israel and avidly anti-Muslim...

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HINDU LEADERS DISTORTING ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS ON DISPUTED SITE IN 
NORTHERN INDIA, MUSLIMS SAY
Babu Lal Sharma, Associated Press, 9/13/03

LUCKNOW, India- Hindu leaders have distorted the findings of 
archaeologists 
to support their claim that a temple existed at a disputed religious 
site 
in northern India, Muslim leaders said Tuesday.

Hardline Hindu leaders are using the report by government 
archaeologists to 
support their claim that a temple existed at the site of the razed 
Babri 
mosque in the town of Ayodhya, they said.

"The report will not help protagonists of the temple movement as the 
Archaeological Survey of India has not claimed destruction of the 
temple 
during the 16th century," Zaffaryab Jilani, a senior Muslim leader told 
Associated Press...

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WOMEN OF ISLAM CHOOSE GOD, PEACE
Nathaniel West, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, 9/15/03
http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2003/09/15/news/news03.txt

CHARLESTON -- When intolerant people call her "Osama's girlfriend," 
Eastern 
Illinois University student Amna Latif bears it with grace.

After all, she said, those jeers pale next to her devotion to God. 
That's 
why she still wears a "hijab."

"The best way to preach is to set our own example," said Latif, with 
only 
her large, brown eyes visible through the green and white checkered 
veil 
and head covering.

She also has the admiration of her peers and elders, who feared wearing 
the 
traditional Muslim garb ever since Sept. 11, 2001. Some would like to 
do so 
again, for practical and spiritual reasons.

And that contrasts to the popular notion that Islamic women are forced 
to 
dress as such, they said. These and other myths were dispelled Saturday 
during a forum at Eastern Illinois University, as four panelists 
discussed 
their past, present and future as women of Islam...

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DEVOUT SCOUTS: SERVING ALLAH OR DHARMA
Shelby Oppel, Oregon Live, 9/15/03
http://www.oregonlive.com/living/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/living/1063454193187750.xml

The Girl Scouts of Troop 869 are 10, 11 and 13. Inside a white-shingled 
house in Beaverton, they giggle about Britney Spears, groan about their 
brothers and count the days until high school.

But as a recent troop meeting began, they quieted. Mariam Ali, the 
troop 
leader, asked them to recite the first chapter of the Quran in memory 
of 
the Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq who had died two days earlier when 
a 
bomb exploded outside their mosque.

"Remember the tragedy that occurred in Najaf," Ali said. The girls, all 
Shiite Muslims, spoke the verses together in Arabic.

The mood lifted a few moments later, as talk shifted to memories of the 
girls' first year of scouting: the sleepover during Ramadan, a pizza 
party, 
a summer hike in Washington Park...

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NJ MUSLIMS WANT STRICT STANDARDS FOR HALAL FOOD
Wayne Parry, Associated Press, 9/15/03
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-nj--halallaw0915sep15,0,885486.story 


PATERSON, N.J. - New Jersey's Muslim community is pushing for changes 
to 
the state's law governing halal food, including a ruling on what is and 
is 
not prepared in a manner acceptable under Islam.

But state regulators are unlikely to go that far in issuing new rules, 
preferring instead a disclosure form that enables consumers to decide 
for 
themselves whether food meets their own standards.

For many New Jersey Muslims, the issue is second in importance only to 
civil rights concerns in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

New Jersey passed a halal food law three years ago. But critics say the 
bill lacked teeth, including criteria that could be used to enforce 
it...

But many Muslims want the law to go a lot further than that, including 
a 
definition on what is and is not halal...

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MEDIA REQUEST: BBC LOOKS FOR AMERICAN MUSLIM WRITER

BBC Radio Four, the UK's speech-based network, is looking for an 
American 
Muslim to correspond with an Evangelical Christian about local/national 
tensions resulting from the 9/11 attacks. The idea is for the two 
letter 
writers to come to a better understanding of the other's point of view, 
and 
the resulting letters will be broadcast on BBC Radio Four to a UK 
audience.

If you are interested, please contact Jenny Dunn, BBC Researcher, at 
jenny.dunn@bbc.co.uk

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MS ISLAMIC MUSEUM HOLDS FUNDRAISER

The "International Museum of Muslim Cultures" in Jackson, Miss., will 
hold 
a fundraising event 5 p.m. Saturday, September 20 at the Ramada 
Southwest 
in Jackson.

SEE: http://www.muslimmuseum.org/

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/17/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: A HUMAN PROPHET
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6909 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Sponsor CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* NY MUSLIM GIRL PUNCHED IN FACE (New York Times)
* PATRIOT ACT TALK OPEN, SEATING LIMITED (Arizona Republic)
	- Ashcroft Mocks Librarians for Opposing Law (NY Times)
	- ABA: More Oversight Needed for Patriot Act (UPI)
* AMERICAN MUSLIMS POLISH IMAGE (UPI)
	- L.A. Intersection Named After Malcolm X (LA Times)
	- Prayer Rooms for Muslims OK'd (Citizens Voice)
* WHITE HOUSE'S CYNICAL IRAQ PLOY (Nation)
	- Rumsfeld Sees No Link between Iraq, 9/11 (AP)
	- US Admits Holding 10,000 Iraqi Prisoners (ABC News)
	- Powell Draws a Veil Over Killings (Independent)
* FOREIGN STUDENTS FEEL EFFECTS OF SEPT. 11 (KR)
	- Admin. Creates Center for 'Watch List' (NY Times)
	- U.S. Terror Fears Ensnare Ottawa Man (Ottawa Citizen)
* 3 ISRAELI SETTLERS CONVICTED IN BOMB PLOT (AP)
	- Bias Against Palestinian Christians (ME Policy)
* VA MUSLIM WOMAN HOSTS MFA THESIS EXHIBIT

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HADITH OF THE DAY: A HUMAN PROPHET

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once came upon some farmers 
grafting trees. He asked what they were doing and then suggested that 
they 
should abandoned the practice. After some time, the trees began to 
yield 
less fruit. The farmers mentioned this to the Prophet, and he replied: 
"I 
am a human being, so when I command you about something pertaining to 
religion, accept it. When I command you about a thing out of my 
personal 
opinion, keep in mind that I am a human being."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1100

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CAIR's library project has received 6909 sponsorships for $150 book and 
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Our 
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CAIR's weekly hour-long program, called "Washington Live," is broadcast 
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It airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and is available in the 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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MUSLIM GIRL PUNCHED IN FACE; BOY IS ARRESTED
Shaila K. Dewan, New York Times, 9/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/17/nyregion/17MBRF1.html

A 14-year-old Muslim girl was punched in the face after school on 
Monday by 
a boy who used an anti-Muslim slur, the police said yesterday. The 
police 
arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with the incident, which 
occurred 
in Baychester, on charges of assault and aggravated harassment. The 
police 
did not release the name of the victim or the suspect or the exact 
location 
of the incident.

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PATRIOT ACT TALK OPEN BUT SEATING IS LIMITED
Carol Sowers, Arizona Republic, 9/17/03
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0917patriotact17.html

A Town Hall in Phoenix today is one of many where the public is invited 
to 
debate the Patriot Act, a law that has become the rope in a tug-of-war 
between civil libertarians who say it ignores the Constitution, and 
federal 
officials who call it vital for national security.

Critics say the midday meeting, with space for only 80 to 100 people, 
is 
little more than a stunt to convince the public that the government 
cares 
what they think about the act, passed six weeks after Sept. 11, 2001...

Deedra Abboud, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 
Phoenix, agrees.

"This is just something to make it look like they are following the 
will of 
the people," she said. "If they wanted to represent the town, they 
wouldn't 
have the meeting at 10 a.m. on a workday when few people can come..."

Abboud, who hopes to be among the 80 to 100 inside the meeting, said 
she is 
concerned that banks are incorrectly interpreting the act and using it 
to 
close accounts of Muslims and others who have never been convicted of 
terrorism.

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ASHCROFT MOCKS LIBRARIANS AND OTHERS WHO OPPOSE PARTS OF 
COUNTERTERRORISM LAW
Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 9/16/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/16/politics/16LIBR.html

WASHINGTON- Attorney General John Ashcroft today accused the country's 
biggest library association and other critics of fueling "baseless 
hysteria" about the government's ability to pry into the public's 
reading 
habits.

In an unusually pointed attack as part of his latest speech in defense 
of 
the Bush administration's counterterrorism initiatives, Mr. Ashcroft 
mocked 
and condemned the American Library Association and other Justice 
Department 
critics for believing that the F.B.I. wants to know "how far you have 
gotten on the latest Tom Clancy novel."

The association, which has argued for months that the government's new 
antiterrorism powers risk encroaching on the privacy of library users, 
took 
some satisfaction from the broadside...

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ABA: MORE OVERSIGHT NEEDED FOR PATRIOT ACT
United Press International, 9/16/03
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20030916-024349-7757r.htm

CHICAGO - American Bar Association President Dennis Archer called on 
Congress Tuesday to be increasingly vigilant in its oversight of the 
Patriot Act.

In remarks prepared for delivery to the City Club of Chicago, Archer 
said 
the enhanced investigation and surveillance powers given law 
enforcement 
officers by the Patriot Act make it imperative lawmakers protect the 
civil 
liberties of all Americans.

Said Archer: "We must not trample on civil liberties in a rush to 
protect 
our national security. We must not abandon our Constitution, our Bill 
of 
Rights or our beliefs."

The president has requested an expansion of the controversial Patriot 
Act. 
Among other things, Bush wants investigators to be able to obtain 
subpoenas 
without the approval of judges and to be able to hold suspects without 
bail...

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MUSLIMS POLISH IMAGE
Al Swasnson, United Press International, 9/16/03
http://www.upi.com

CHICAGO - American Muslims have an image problem a Madison Avenue 
public 
relations firm probably could not begin to fix.

Most Americans are far more likely to see a grainy video of Osama bin 
Laden 
carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and praising the suicide pilots who 
flew 
hijacked planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon than watch 
any 
positive image of Arabs or Muslims...

The latest bin Laden tape, although U.S. officials cannot set a time 
frame 
for when the video had been made, featured threats from his top deputy, 
Ayman al-Zawahiri. It was the first released image of the elusive Saudi 
terror mastermind since a tape was found by U.S. troops in Afghanistan 
in 
November 2001.

The video broadcast on the eve of the second Sept. 11 anniversary 
provoked 
a visceral reaction in many Americans...

A New York Times Poll found two-thirds of Arab-Americans, Muslims and 
Middle East immigrants to the United States said they were unfairly 
singled 
out...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Islamic 
civil 
rights and advocacy group, condemned the videotape.

"Muslims and people of other faiths should not be misled by the 
inflammatory rhetoric of Osama bin Laden. The hateful message he 
conveys is 
completely inconsistent with Islamic principles of peace and justice," 
CAIR 
said in a statement.

CAIR's statement and its condemnations of the initial Sept. 11 attacks 
were 
not widely reported.

Neither have interfaith efforts by moderate Muslim groups to reach out 
to 
different religions and the broader community.

The Islamic Society of North America consulted Islamic scholars and 
imams 
to put together educational materials to promote understanding of Islam 
among Christians and Jews.

Both kits include DVDs of the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a 
Prophet," another DVD called "A Visit to a Mosque in America: 
Understanding 
Islam and the American Muslim Community," the Discover Islam Reader, a 
CD-ROM with Power Point presentations on Islam and Islamic Horizons 
Magazine.

The kit for Christian communities includes the books "Jesus and 
Muhammad: 
The Parallel Sayings," "Mary and Jesus in the Quran," "More in Common 
Than 
You Think: The Bridge Between Islam and Christianity" by Bill Baker and 
"Islam and Religion of Life" by Abdul Wadod Shalabi.

The kit for Jewish communities includes "Islam: A Short History" by 
Karen 
Armstrong, "Islam, What Non-Muslims Should Know" by John Kaltner, "Arab 
and 
Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture" by Jack Shaheen, 
"Averroes, Aquinas and the Rediscovery of Aristotle in Western Europe" 
by 
Majid Fakhry and "Children of Adam: An Islamic Perspective on 
Pluralism" by 
Fathi Osman…

Such materials may never have the impact or distribution of a bin Laden 
video but it's a step that mainstream Muslims must take to begin to 
counter 
irrational prejudice.

"It's about what you think," said a Jewish neighbor. "They use their 
best 
and brightest to get across their points."

The Islamic Society of North America education kits sell for $55 each 
plus 
$6.50 shipping and handling for the first kit and $2 for each 
additional 
kit. They can be ordered from Astrolabe, 201 Davis Drive, Suite 1, 
Sterling, Va., 20164.

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SOUTH L.A. INTERSECTION NAMED AFTER MALCOLM X
Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 9/17/03
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-malcolm17sep17,1,6098279.story

As Malcolm X's daughter watched from the audience, the Los Angeles City 
Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name an intersection in South Los 
Angeles after the slain civil rights leader. Malcolm X Way will be at 
Central Avenue and Martin Luther King. Jr. Boulevard near the Bilal 
Islamic 
Center.

A convert to Islam, Malcolm X promoted black separatism as a minister 
for 
the Nation of Islam. In the last years of his life, however, he broke 
with 
the Nation and modified his views, increasingly stressing black 
empowerment 
and the common bonds of all races.

In approving Councilwoman Jan Perry's motion, council members said it 
was 
high time Los Angeles gave public recognition to Malcolm X, a fiery and 
eloquent speaker who was gunned down in 1965 and whose name now graces 
streets and monuments in several other U.S. cities...

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PRAYER ROOMS FOR MUSLIM STUDENTS OK'D
Fred Ney, Citizens' Voice, 9/17/03
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10174798&BRD=2259&PAG=461&dept_id=455154&rfi=6

Wyoming Valley West School District has made an accommodation for two 
Muslim students whose parents requested they be provided with a place 
to pray.

Charles Suppon, director of pupil services at WVW, Tuesday acknowledged 
the 
parents of one student attending the State Street Elementary Center in 
Larksville and the parents of one student attending the Chester Street 
Middle School in Kingston, approached district officials and made the 
request.

Suppon said it was decided to seek out "a quiet place" where the 
students 
could gather and pray if they desired between 1 and 1:10 p.m. each 
day...

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WHITE HOUSE'S CYNICAL IRAQ PLOY
Robert Scheer, Nation, 9/16/03
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030929&s=scheer1016

It's hard to believe that it was just a slip of the tongue rather than 
a 
calculated lie when Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz sullied the 
memory of those who died on 9/11 by exploiting their deaths for 
propaganda 
purposes. The brainwashing of Americans, two-thirds of whom believe 
that 
Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks, is too effective a political 
ploy 
for the Bush regime to suddenly let the truth get in the way.

"We know [Iraq] had a great deal to do with terrorism in general and 
with 
Al Qaeda in particular and we know a great many of [Osama] bin Laden's 
key 
lieutenants are now trying to organize in cooperation with old 
loyalists 
from the Saddam regime," Wolfowitz told ABC on this year's 9/11 
anniversary.

We know nothing of the sort, of course, and the next day Wolfowitz was 
forced to admit it. He told Associated Press that his remarks referred 
not 
to a "great many" of bin Laden's lieutenants but rather to a single 
Jordanian, Abu Musab Zarqawi. "[I] should have been more precise," 
Wolfowitz admitted.

Even if the leaders of the Bush team were half as smart as they think 
they 
are, it would be amazing that they "misspoke" as often as they have. As 
happened Sunday when Tim Russert challenged Vice President Dick Cheney 
to 
defend his claim, made on Meet the Press before the war, that Iraq 
possessed nuclear weapons. "Yeah, I did misspeak," Cheney admitted. "We 
never had any evidence that [Hussein] had acquired a nuclear weapon..."

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RUMSFELD SEES NO LINK BETWEEN IRAQ, 9/11
Associated Press, 9/16/03
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20030916_1592.html

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday he had 
no 
reason to believe that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had a hand in the Sept. 
11, 
2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

At a Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld was asked about a poll that 
indicated nearly 70 percent of respondents believed the Iraqi leader 
probably was personally involved.

"I've not seen any indication that would lead me to believe that I 
could 
say that," Rumsfeld said...

The Bush administration has asserted that Saddam's government had links 
to 
al-Qaida, the terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden that 
masterminded 
the Sept. 11 attacks. And in various public statements over the past 
year 
or so administration officials have suggested close links...

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US ADMITS HOLDING 10,000 IRAQI PRISONERS
ABC News, 9/17/03
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s947282.htm

US officials have admitted they are holding 10,000 prisoners in Iraq, 
double the number previously reported, including six claiming to be 
Americans and two who say they are British.

"They didn't fit into any category," said Brigadier General Janis 
Karpinski 
of the 3,800 extra people who have now been classified as "security 
detainees..."

Asked if they had any rights or had access to their families or legal 
help 
while they were being "secured", she said: "It's not that they don't 
have 
rights ... they have fewer rights than EPWs (enemy prisoners of war)."

There were previously some 600 people classified as security detainees, 
so 
that category now numbers about 4,400, said General Karpinski.

There are 300 enemy prisoners of war, and about 5,300 criminals or 
suspected criminals in detention, making a rough total of 10,000, she 
added...

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POWELL DRAWS A VEIL OVER KILLINGS AS HE TOURS IRAQ
Robert Fisk, Independent, 9/16/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=443808

Kurdish families lined the streets of Halabja, where one of Saddam 
Hussein's most infamous atrocities was perpetrated against civilians 15 
years ago. At least 5,000 were killed in a poison gas attack by Iraqi 
aircraft at the height of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988. Mr Powell visited 
grave sites, lit a candle of remembrance and promised that Ali Hassan 
al-Majid, the Iraqi believed to have ordered the massacre and who is 
now in 
US custody, would be judged by an Iraqi court.

Unmentioned by Mr Powell was that in 1988 the Americans were supporting 
Saddam in his titanic conflict with Iran and that the CIA urged US 
diplomats at the time to suggest that the mass gassing may have been 
the 
work of Iran. "I cannot tell you that the world should have acted 
sooner ­ 
you know that," Mr Powell told the Kurds of Halabja. He was accompanied 
by 
Jalal Talabani of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Massoud Barzani 
of 
the Kurdistan Democratic Party. The Kurds remain the happiest of Iraqis 
in 
the aftermath of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, partly because it 
brought them freedom from the fear that Saddam will ever return and 
partly 
because Iraqi Kurdistan ­ unlike the rest of the country ­ is not 
really 
occupied. As long as the Americans keep the Turkish army out, there 
will be 
no guerrilla attacks on US forces by Kurds...

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CONTINUE TO FEEL EFFECTS OF SEPT. 11
Diane Smith and Jessamy Brown, Knight Ridder Newspapers, 9/17/03
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6792446.htm

FORT WORTH, Texas - Some foreign students who want a U.S. university 
degree 
have learned to cope with a new reality since Sept. 11, 2001: Without 
careful planning, they can miss semesters or even jeopardize their 
residency status.

Many international students and visiting scholars say added scrutiny 
because of their homelands - or even the courses they study - is the 
norm 
two years after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the 
Pentagon.

Nationwide, delays in registering for classes are shorter this year 
than 
last year, according to the nonprofit National Association of Foreign 
Student Advisers: Association of International Educators, based in 
Washington, D.C.

The adjustment has been especially profound for students from Middle 
Eastern or Islamic countries, Muslim community leaders say.

"Why go through the agony?" asked Mohamed Elmougy, chairman of the 
Council 
on American-Islamic Relations in Fort Worth and Dallas.

"Unfortunately, when I talk to people from the Middle East right now, 
there 
is this fear of sending their kids here. They are always fearful of 
these 
stories of people being detained..."

ALSO SEE:

ADMINISTRATION CREATES CENTER FOR MASTER TERROR 'WATCH LIST'
Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 9/17/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/17/politics/17TERR.html

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration announced the creation of a new 
counterterrorism center today intended to develop a master "watch list" 
of 
more than 100,000 terrorism suspects and avoid the communication 
breakdowns 
that plagued the federal government before the Sept. 11 attacks.

The move comes in response to repeated calls from members of Congress 
for 
law enforcement and intelligence officials to develop an integrated 
list to 
replace the piecemeal approach now in place.

Federal agencies now maintain at least a dozen watch lists to determine 
such things as who can enter the country and who can board an airplane. 
But 
a report in April from the General Accounting Office, the investigative 
arm 
of Congress, found that some agencies had no policies for sharing 
information, while those that did were hindered by turf battles and 
outdated technology that made it difficult to transfer information 
about 
suspects.

The plan announced today would create a new screening center, to be led 
by 
the F.B.I. in conjunction with the C.I.A., the Justice Department, the 
Department of Homeland Security and the State Department...

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U.S. TERROR FEARS ENSNARE OTTAWA MAN
Ken Gray, Ottawa Citizen, 9/17/03
http://www.canada.com/search/story.aspx?id=af63f8b5-e190-4c59-94a6-67d992b6bd45

A Britannia man's attempt to wire $116 to a friend in the Netherlands 
has 
been caught in a U.S. net designed to intercept money to terrorists.

Said Ali, who came to Canada from Somalia in 1991, now has his money 
frozen 
by the U.S. firm Western Union because the recipient's name is Mohammed 
Ali 
-- a Dutch citizen who is also originally from Somalia.

The name "Mohammed Ali" appears on a list of names linked to terrorism 
produced by the U.S. Treasury Department.

According to Danielle Jimenez, a spokeswoman for Western Union, if 
either 
the sender's or recipient's name appears on that restricted list, the 
money 
is frozen until the person with the name appearing on that list can 
prove 
his identity.

Mohammed Ali refused to surrender a copy of his passport to Western 
Union 
because he "did not want to give his passport number to the United 
States 
for fear of what they would do with that number and for his dignity," 
Said 
Ali wrote in a letter to Bay Councillor Alex Cullen, to whom he was 
appealing for help...

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3 ISRAELI SETTLERS CONVICTED IN BOMB PLOT
Peter Enav, Associated Press, 9/17/03
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3158917,00.html

JERUSALEM - A Jerusalem court on Wednesday convicted three Israeli 
settlers 
for attempting to blow up an Arab girls' school in Jerusalem last year 
to 
avenge Palestinian attacks against Jews.

Shlomo Dvir, Yarden Morag and Ofer Gamliel, all from the West Bank 
settlement of Bat Ayin, were convicted of attempted murder and illegal 
weapons possession in connection with the failed attack in the 
Jerusalem 
Arab neighborhood of A-Tur in April 2002. Sentences will be passed at a 
later date.

The convictions come against the background of mounting concern over 
the 
emergence of a new Jewish ``underground,'' reminiscent of settler 
vigilantes who attacked Palestinians in the mid-1980s.

The court found that Dvir and Morag parked an explosives-laden trailer 
outside the main entrance to the school before dawn and set a timer for 
7:25 a.m., just as students would be arriving. The attack was aborted 
when 
a passing police cruiser became suspicious of the men and found the 
trailer 
contained two bricks of explosives, cooking gas canisters, a clock, 
battery, detonator and fuse.

Gamliel was found to have helped plan the attack.

The judges rejected the defendants' claim that the explosive device was 
for 
demonstration purposes only, and there was no intention of harming 
students 
at the school...

ALSO SEE:

BOOK REVIEWS: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PALESTINIANS
Robert Brenton Betts, Middle East Policy, 9/22/03
http://www.mepc.org/public_asp/journal_vol10/0309.asp

Second Class: Discrimination against Palestinian Arab Children in 
Israel's 
Schools, Human Rights Watch, 2001. x + 187 pages. $ 18.50, paperback.

Overlooking Nazareth: The Ethnography of Exclusion in Galilee, Dan 
Rabinowitz. Cambridge University Press, 1997. xiv + 222 pages. $ 26.88.

The most startling fact in Second Class, a very understated expose of 
the 
relegation of Israeli citizens of Christian and Muslim Arab descent to 
an 
inferior public education system, is the fact that they comprise 25 
percent 
of the school-age population in Israel (as opposed to 18 percent of the 
population as a whole). It doesn't take a great deal of mathematical 
skill 
to work out what this means for the future of Israel in a decade or 
two. 
What is equally startling is that this substantial population, "nearly 
one 
in four of Israel's 1.6 million schoolchildren, are educated in a 
public 
school system wholly separate from the majority...Their schools are a 
world 
apart in quality from the public schools serving Israel's majority 
Jewish 
population" (p. 1). Not only inferior facilities, but "discrimination 
at 
every level of the education system winnows out a progressively larger 
proportion of Palestinian Arab children as they progress through the 
school 
system--or channels those who persevere away from the opportunities fur 
higher education" (p. 3). Issues of funding, teacher allocation and 
average 
number of students per class are carefully considered and 
well-documented 
by statistics. All point to an end result of educational disadvantage 
for 
non-Jewish students....

Overlooking Nazareth is the story, sadly repeated all over Israel, of a 
Jewish settlement erected on stolen Arab land, not in the occupied West 
Bank, but within the pre-1967 boundaries of the state of Israel. In 
1957 
the land was seized to build Natzerat Illit--Upper Nazareth--a 
strategically placed town literally overlooking Nazareth, the largest 
urban 
concentration of Palestinian Arabs in the Jewish state at the time, 
then 
about equally divided between Christians and Muslims. In the first of 
the 
two parts of this study (# 105 in the Cambridge series in social and 
cultural anthropology), fetchingly entitled "Bigoted Liberals," the 
author 
takes "a journey with the Haj," or to be precise, a tour of the Jewish 
town 
with an old Palestinian man who remembers the land when it was owned 
and 
farmed by various members of the Nazareth community. All the old 
landmarks 
have disappeared...

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VA MUSLIM WOMAN HOSTS MFA THESIS EXHIBIT

WHAT: Huda Totonji will be hosting her MFA Thesis show. It will feature 
Arabic calligraphy, women's voices, video clips from Saudi Arabia, and 
sculpture.

WHEN: September 22-October 1st, 2003
Opening Tuesday, September 23
Artist's Talk 12:00pm
Reception 6:00pm-8:30pm

WHERE: George Mason University, Fine Arts Gallery, B104 Fine Arts Bldg.
Gallery Office: 703 993 8865, kmalone@gmu.edu
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thu 9:00AM-5:00PM (Weekends by appointment)

For directions: http://coyote.gmu.edu/map
Artist contact: Huda Totonji http://www.huda-art.com or 
dream_22_6pm@hotmail.com

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/20/03

* CAIR-OHIO TO RECEIVE ACLU LIBERTY'S FLAME AWARD
* ARIZONA MOSQUE VANDALISM DECRIED (Arizona Republic)
	- IN Student Punched, Called 'Osama' (Times)
* STEVEN EMERSON DROPS ACTIONS AGAINST JOURNALISTS
	- IIC 'Vehemently Opposed' to Pipes Nomination
	- MFI Does Not Endorse Daniel Pipes
	- 'Misrepresented' Endorsement Still on Pipes Web Site
* UNDERSTANDING THE MUSLIM PRESENCE IN NORTH AMERICA
* TEEN DESIGNS FASHIONABLE CLOTHES FOR MUSLIM WOMEN (AP)
* AUTHOR, ARTIST BRINGS TALE OF ISLAM TO CHILDREN (NPR)

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CAIR-OHIO TO RECEIVE ACLU LIBERTY'S FLAME AWARD

(COLUMBUS, OH, 9/20/2003) - The Ohio Chapter of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) has been selected to receive the 
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio's (ACLU-Ohio) annual Liberty's 
Flame 
Award for contributions to the advancement and protection of civil 
liberties.

The award will be presented at a program and reception on Saturday, 
October 
25, in Columbus, Ohio. Professor Mark Brown of Capital University will 
be 
the keynote speaker.

"It is a privilege and honor to be recognized by an organization with 
such 
a long history of defending civil rights," said Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, 
president of CAIR-Ohio. "This award is a tribute to the hard work and 
dedication of CAIR-Ohio's staff and volunteers."

CAIR-Ohio and the ACLU of Ohio have been working together on projects 
defending the constitutional rights of Muslims.

There are an estimated 150,000 Muslims in Ohio, 7 million in the United 
States, and 1.2 billion worldwide.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered 
in 
Washington, D.C., and has 16 offices nationwide and in Canada.

          						- END -

CONTACT: Mr. Jad Humeidan, Executive Director, 614-451-3232, 
jad@cair-ohio.com; Ms. Chris Link, Executive Director, ACLU of Ohio, 
216-472-2220

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TEMPE MOSQUE VANDALISM DECRIED
The Arizona Republic, 9/19/03
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0919evmosquevandal19.html

TEMPE - Muslim leaders and police spoke out against the latest attack 
at a 
Tempe mosque after vandals spray-painted the front door early Thursday.

A witness spotted two men painting the door of the mosque with a 
swastika, 
a thunderbolt-shaped "SS" and other Nazi symbols about 2 a.m. Deedra 
Abboud, director of the Council of American Islamic Relations in 
Arizona, 
said no one was in the building at the time, but surveillance videos 
may 
have recorded the suspects.

Abboud joined other Muslims and Tempe Police Chief Ralph Tranter on 
Thursday at a press conference outside the Islamic Cultural Center, 
where 
the mosque is housed near Sixth Street and Forest Avenue. This is the 
fifth 
incident of vandalism at the center this year. In July, vandals set 
fire to 
a car parked there, and the three other incidents also involved 
vehicles, 
Abboud said.

Police are looking for two men, 19 to 22 years old, who were seen in a 
faded red, 1970s pickup truck.

Tranter promised to increase patrols near the center, which is around 
the 
corner from the police station.

"This is as clear as you can get that a hate crime has occurred," 
Tranter said…

Anyone with information is urged to call Tempe police at (480) 
350-8311.

SEE ALSO:

STUDENT PUNCHED, CALLED 'OSAMA'
KEN KOSKY, Times, 9/19/03
http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2003/09/19/news/porter_county/da1720738e57cdb886256da60017b549.txt

VALPARAISO -- Ben Franklin Middle School Principal Robert Rarick said 
he's 
disappointed one student allegedly called another student Osama bin 
Laden 
and punched him because of his Middle Eastern appearance.

But Rarick said he's pleased other students talked to the injured 
student 
after Wednesday's incident and made him feel welcome at the school.

"That really made me feel good that the kids don't want (student 
harassment) happening here," Rarick said.

The victim, an eighth-grade boy, was punched in the face and suffered a 
cut 
that required stitches to close, police said. In addition, police said 
he 
suffered injuries to his teeth that may require dental care. Rarick 
said 
the boy returned to school Thursday.

The suspect, also an eighth-grade boy, was taken to the Juvenile 
Detention 
Center on a charge of battery with bodily injury. A detention hearing 
was 
set for this morning in Magistrate John Shanahan's court to determine 
if 
the suspect will be released or kept in custody...

Police said the investigation into Wednesday's incident showed the 
victim 
didn't want to fight the suspect and tried to walk away, but was pulled 
and 
punched. Police also were told the suspect called the victim Osama bin 
Laden and "dirty Muslim," and his younger brother was called Saddam 
Hussein.

Police said they spoke to another student who said he and others had 
been 
calling the victim Osama. Police said that student spoke highly of the 
victim and was remorseful after being spoken to about the effects of 
racial 
terms and name-calling.

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EMERSON DROPS ALL ACTIONS AGAINST COLE, SUGG, AND WEEKLY PLANET

TAMPA, Sept. 17, 2003 /PRNewswire/ -- Self-styled terrorist hunter 
Steven 
Emerson has dropped all legal actions against former Associated Press 
reporter Richard Cole, Tampa's Weekly Planet and former Planet Editor 
John 
Sugg.

Emerson dropped his case against Cole, notifying lawyers and the court 
in 
letters received over the last week. In May, after a judge ordered 
Emerson 
to produced proof of his allegations and claims, he abandoned his 
lawsuit 
against Sugg and the Planet.

"This is a complete vindication," said Cole, now a crime reporter with 
the 
Daily News in the San Francisco Bay area. "The lawsuit never had any 
merit, 
and was an attempt by Emerson to salvage his reputation at the expense 
of 
Sugg, Cole and the Planet."

Sugg, who is now senior editor of the Planet's sister paper in Atlanta, 
said: "Our reporting was sound and fair, and Emerson is now revealed as 
a 
person who makes serious accusations without the willingness to provide 
proof. Emerson has a long record of trying to intimidate his critics in 
the 
media. We would not be intimidated."

The defamation case, filed in Washington D.C. in 1999 and later 
re-filed in 
Florida, was based on a 1998 story written by Sugg in the Planet. In 
the 
article, Cole, who had written a 1997 series on terrorism for AP, was 
quoted as questioning the authenticity of a document Emerson had 
provided 
the wire service.

"Had this baseless lawsuit ever gone to trial, my defense would have 
been 
that everything I said in the Planet story was true, and we had the 
evidence to prove it," Cole said.

Emerson's lawsuits had asked for total damages of $33 million. 
Attorneys 
for Sugg and the Planet are currently seeking to recover from Emerson 
their 
costs and attorneys' fees incurred in the Florida litigation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Richard Cole, 650-327-6397 ex. 344.
John Sugg, 404-614-1241.
Attorneys for Cole: Pat Anderson, 727-865-6505; and Stuart Pierson,
202-274-2950.
Attorney for Sugg and the Planet: David Snyder, 813-258-4501

SEE ALSO:

IIC 'VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED' TO PIPES NOMINATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE					
CONTACT:  Lyana Snow, 301-421-1347
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2003	                 			

The Islamic Information Center is an organization established by Shi'a 
Muslims on a national level to provide authentic information about 
Islam 
and to create harmony among Muslims and Non-Muslims through active 
dialogue 
and communications. Recently the Center was approached by a number of 
organizations for the Center's position regarding the nomination of Dr. 
Daniel Pipes to the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

With this press release, we would like to make it amply clear that the 
Islamic Information Center is, and has always been, vehemently opposed 
to 
the nomination of Dr. Pipes for the U.S. Institute of Peace because of 
his 
being against Islam and Muslims, as reflected through his writings and 
ample evidence in the public domain. We are opposed to people and 
efforts 
that divide and weaken our great country. We support harmony, 
understanding 
and an honest and open dialogue with respect for each other that 
strengthens our great country. We also earnestly request the U.S. 
President 
to urgently reconsider and terminate Dr. Pipes' nomination for the 
benefit 
and effectiveness of the Peace Institute.

IIC would like to point out that Dr. Daniel Pipes has a record of 
creating 
conflict among the Americans by challenging faith of American Muslims. 
We 
as Americans, regardless of which faith we practice, expect a person of 
great caliber to hold this position which requires an understanding and 
respect of other faiths. Can we Americans afford to tolerate this at 
such a 
critical time when we are trying to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, and 
help 
promote peace in Palestine and Israel?

Thank You,

Syed R. Naqvi
Chairman
Islamic Information Center
www.islamicinformationcenter.org
P.O. Box 119 Burtonsville, MD 20866
TEL: 301-421-1347

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MFI DOES NOT ENDORSE DANIEL PIPES

This is to unequivocally refute the false reports being currently 
circulated on the Internet regarding the alleged endorsement of Daniel 
Pipes by the Shias or Shia organizations. Please note that no one at 
the 
Muslim Foundation has issued or endorsed any such statement on the 
subject. 
That even the name of the MFI President in the report is given 
incorrectly 
speaks for its falsehood. Such cooked up reports aimed at dividing the 
Ummah merit no credence and must be outrightly rejected. Thank you and 
Wa-Salaam.

Regards,
Syed M. Rizvi, MD
President,
Muslim Foundation, Inc.
New Jersey

47 CEDAR GROVE LANE
SOMERSET NJ 08873 USA
Tel: 732 564 1331
Fax: 732 564 1222

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MISREPRESENTED MUSLIM 'ENDORSEMENT' STILL ON PIPES WEB SITE

EDITOR'S NOTE: Daniel Pipes is keeping an "endorsement" from Muslims on 
his 
web site even though those groups and individuals say they were not 
consulted before being listed. They have asked that Pipes remove the 
document from his site. Pipes has offered no explanation of how he 
obtained 
the "endorsement."

SEE:

MUSLIM GROUPS SAY PIPES MISREPRESENTED ENDORSEMENT
Alleged signatories call for removal of page from Bush appointee's web 
site
http://www.al-khoei.org/declaration_daniel_pipes.htm

DECLARATION (9/12/2003) - The Ulama and Organizations cited in the 
purported endorsement of Dr. Daniel Pipe's appointment to the United 
States 
Institute of Peace was a misrepresentation and that none of the Ulama 
and 
Organizations was consulted nor was aware of it beforehand.

Therefore, the Ulama and Organizations whose names are appended below, 
categorically deny any association with this endorsement and call for 
the 
immediate withdrawal of the document from the website of Dr. Daniel 
Pipes 
to whom this declaration is also being transmitted.

SEE THE MISREPRESENTED "ENDORSEMENT" -

LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT AMERICAN MUSLIMS OF THE SHIA TRADITION
http://www.danielpipes.org/usip/e_11.php

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ABBASI FAMILY ENDOWS NEW PROGRAM IN ISLAMIC STUDIES AT STANFORD
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/news/pr/03/islamicpr.html

Lisa Kwiatkowski, director of communications, School of Humanities and 
Sciences: (650) 723-3901, lisakwi@stanford.edu

Relevant Web URLs: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/relstud

Stanford University's School of Humanities and Sciences announced today 
a 
gift of $2.5 million from Sohaib and Sara Abbasi to establish and endow 
a 
new Program in Islamic Studies. With matching funds from the William 
and 
Flora Hewlett Foundation's gift to the school, the program's core 
endowment 
will total $5 million.

"The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford will 
make a significant contribution to Stanford and beyond," said Stanford 
President John Hennessy. "Despite its growing importance in the world, 
Islam is poorly and inadequately understood in our country. To serve 
our 
educational mission into the 21st century, we must expand our program 
in 
Islamic studies, and this wonderful gift will help us do exactly that."

The university's goal of increasing understanding of Islam appears to 
be 
shared by students on campus. Student interest in the field has 
increased 
in recent years, and courses on Islam are consistently overenrolled.

"Our decision to endow this program at Stanford is based on a desire to 
see 
expanded opportunities for the study of Islam in Stanford's 
curriculum," 
said Sohaib Abbasi, a former executive at Oracle Corp. "We are 
privileged 
to participate in the formation of the Islamic Studies Program at 
Stanford 
that will foster a better understanding of Islam, Muslims and the 
Islamic 
civilization. We look forward to Stanford becoming one of the 
pre-eminent 
institutions for Islamic studies in North America…"

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UNDERSTANDING THE MUSLIM PRESENCE IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA
http://www.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/spew4th.pl?ascribeid=20030917.100327&time=12%2036%20PDT&year=2003&public=1

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Sept. 17 (AScribe Newswire) -- Indiana University 
Bloomington will host a major conference that will address issues 
facing 
Muslims in North America and Europe and feature presentations by more 
than 
50 of the world's leading scholars on Islam and the study of Muslim 
societies worldwide.

The conference, "East Meets West: Understanding the Muslim Presence in 
Europe and North America," is the 32nd annual meeting of the 
Association of 
Muslim Social Scientists. IU's College of Arts and Sciences will 
co-sponsor 
the event, which is being hosted by the Department of Near Eastern 
Languages and Cultures and the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 
Program 
on Sept. 26-28.

Last year, George Washington University and American University 
co-hosted 
the conference in Washington, D.C.

Nazif Shahrani, chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and 
Cultures, said conference participants will explore questions about 
Muslim 
presence in the West -- past, present and future -- and bring fresh 
insights to the situation of Muslims in North America and Europe.

The issue of Muslim presence in Europe and America stares "at our faces 
daily," Shahrani said. "There is an attempt to make Islam the 'other,' 
something alien, foreign and exotic. What the conference will emphasize 
is 
that Muslims are here and part of the fabric of our society in the 
United 
States. We are proud of this society and respectful of all others who 
live 
in this country, enjoy the good life and contribute to the making of an 
even greater society…"

"On the evening news, we are frequently shown people who are dressed in 
turbans and long beards, looking fierce and allegedly doing terrible 
things," Shahrani added. "What we hope this conference will show is 
that 
those of us who are living here in America do not come anywhere near 
those 
images and pictures that are used to falsely portray and represent the 
essence of Islam. We are maligned on the basis of presumed activities 
of a 
few criminals."

Conference presenters will come to Bloomington from all over the world. 
They include scholars from IU, Harvard University, the universities of 
Michigan and Texas, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the 
University of Toronto and the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy.

The keynote address will be delivered on Sept. 27 by Dr. Ali Mazrui, 
director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State 
University of New York-Binghamton. His address will examine the 
subject, "A 
Marriage of Two Civilizations? The Balance Between Western Norms and 
Muslim 
Values…"

Among the topics that will be explored at the conference are the 
political 
and philosophic perspectives of Islam on democracy and the identity and 
assimilation of Muslim culture in Western societies. Shahrani said it 
is 
possible for people to maintain their Muslim identity and tradition 
while 
thriving in a larger multicultural society like the United States...

For more information, contact Layla Sein, AMSS conference coordinator, 
at 
coordinator@amss.net or Martha Al-hieh, AMSS local organizing committee 
member, at malhieh@indiana.edu.

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TEEN HOPES FOR CAREER DESIGNING FASHIONABLE CLOTHES FOR MUSLIM WOMEN
Associated Press, 9/18/03
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/state/hc-18193039.apds.m0220.bc-ct-fea--sep18,0,4698891.story

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Nyla Hashmi had a minor clothing crisis when 
she 
returned to West Hartford after living for five years in Pakistan.

It was the fall of 2001, and the styles for teenage girls were sexy as 
ever, Nyla learned when she did her back-to-school shopping.

Nyla looked around the mall - there were lots of low-rise jeans and 
cropped 
tops with spaghetti-thin straps - and couldn't find anything she liked 
that 
also would meet with approval from her parents and her religion.

Muslim girls and women, as well as those from more conservative Jewish 
and 
Christian denominations, are expected to dress more modestly than 
typical 
American women. The degree to which they must be covered varies, but 
garments designed to show off long legs, shoulders, buttocks and 
cleavage 
are clearly off limits.

Nyla wanted to be a good Muslim by covering herself, but what could she 
wear to school?

"My mom said, 'Great. You can start sewing clothes.' At first, I just 
thought, 'No, I just want to buy clothes,"' Nyla said.

But then she started sewing. She made elegant tunic-length shirts, 
nipped 
in at the waist to provide some shape, and paired them with long jeans 
or 
flowing pants. The effect was elegant, crisp and cool.

An idea formed as her wardrobe expanded.

"I really grew passionate," Nyla said. "I said, 'I am going to make 
modest 
clothes for Muslim girls that are not expensive."'

Today, her dream is haute couture, as she starts her first year at the 
Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She even has a name 
picked out for her label - Nyla Coast to Coast - because her name could 
be 
an acronym for New York, Los Angeles…

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AUTHOR, ARTIST BRINGS TALE OF ISLAM TO CHILDREN
http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_1433867.html

Sept. 18, 2003 -- The children's books by the author and artist who 
goes by 
just one name -- Demi -- are works of art. With brilliant jewel-toned 
colors, intricate patterns and gold leaf on every page, the books look 
like 
they belong on a museum wall instead of in a children's playroom.

Her latest book, Muhammad, is the story of the prophet and an 
explanation 
of the creation of Islam and the Koran. Yet Demi faced the challenge of 
writing and illustrating a biography about someone who's image she 
couldn't 
portray, out of respect for the religion's beliefs. She decided to draw 
only his outline only, blending him to the background on some pages or 
using gold foil to represent his shape on others.

Demi, who was born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, has created many children's 
books, but her recent choices center on tales with strong spiritual 
underpinnings, such as King Midas, Gandhi and the Emperor's New 
Clothes. 
NPR's Michele Norris, host of All Things Considered talks with Demi 
about 
her work.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/22/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: WORLDLY AFFAIRS
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6913 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Subscribe to CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* NY MAN ARRESTED FOR HARASSING MUSLIM WOMEN (NY Post)
	- Officer Wins Ruling on Beard (NY Times)
* PATRIOT ACT, PART II (NY Times)
	- The New Inquisition (Denver Post)
	- Security Collides with Civil Liberties (Sac. Bee)
* ISRAELI SPIES IN CANADA? (Ottawa Sun)
	- Antiwar.com on the Israeli 'Art Students'
* AMERICA PUTS IRAQ UP FOR SALE (Independent)
* STANFORD RECEIVES GIFT FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES (Mercury News)
* JESUS: A PROPHET IN ISLAM LECTURE IN DC

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HADITH OF THE DAY: WORLDLY AFFAIRS

The Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) companions once expressed 
concern that when they were in his company they focused on spiritual 
matters, and when they were away from him they attended to worldly 
affairs. 
The Prophet told them: "If your state of mind remains the same as it is 
in 
my presence, and you are always busy in remembrance (of God), the 
angels 
will shake hands with you in your beds and on your paths. 
However...time 
should be devoted (to worldly affairs) and time (should be devoted to 
prayer and meditation)."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1279

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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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NY MAN ARRESTED FOR HARASSING MUSLIM WOMEN
New York Post, 9/20/03
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/40458.htm

A young man was arrested yesterday for spewing anti-Muslim insults at 
two 
female students and tugging at their head coverings on the City College 
campus in Harlem, officials said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, told the women he 
did 
not like Muslims as he followed them from a subway station to the 
campus on 
West 137th Street and Broadway at 8:20 p.m. Thursday.

A security guard saw the man pulling at the students' head wear and 
confronted them. The students described what happened, and the guard 
arrested the man.

SEE ALSO:

MANHATTAN: OFFICER WINS RULING ON BEARD
Paul von Zielbauer, New York Times, 9/22/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/22/nyregion/22MBRF1.html

The Department of Correction was wrong to require a Muslim correction 
officer to trim his beard, an act that would violate his religious 
beliefs, 
an administrative law judge has ruled. Since July 2002, Officer Hasani 
Shabazz, who works at Rikers Island, has refused orders to trim his 
beard, 
now about five inches long. Departmental regulations require beards be 
"closely trimmed and shaped in conformity with the jaw line." In her 
ruling, Administrative Law Judge Rosemarie Maldonado said the 
department 
had failed to show that accommodating the beard posed an undue 
hardship. 
The department had argued that beards prevented airtight seals in gas 
masks, which are used when pepper spray is required to remove an inmate 
from a cell. But Judge Maldonado ruled that even a five-inch beard 
could be 
accommodated in ways that allowed the mask's proper use.

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PATRIOT ACT, PART II
New York Times, 9/22/03
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/22/opinion/22MON1.html

The Bush administration has been on a campaign to shore up support for 
the 
Patriot Act and argue for an expanded version, which is being dubbed 
Patriot Act II. This public-relations offensive comes, however, at a 
time 
when a growing number of Americans are saying the original act already 
gives government too much power. Faced with these reasoned objections, 
the 
administration is becoming more shrill. Last week, Attorney General 
John 
Ashcroft named librarians as the latest group to pose a threat to 
freedom. 
Rather than lash out at well-intentioned critics, the administration 
should 
listen to the thoughtful voices from across the political spectrum who 
are 
saying we need less Patriot Act, not more.

President Bush spoke out last week in favor of a three-point plan for 
expanding the law. Patriot Act II would give the government broad 
powers to 
seize documents and force testimony without a court order, expand use 
of 
the death penalty and make it harder to be released on bail. None of 
these 
tools are necessary to fight terrorism, and each threatens to infringe 
on 
the civil liberties of Americans.

The most troubling part of the new plan is the call for expanding 
government access to private data, allowing federal agents to issue 
subpoenas for private medical, financial and other records, without a 
court 
order. The lack of judicial oversight removes an important check on 
government misconduct. Record holders would be required to comply, or 
face 
prison, and would be barred from telling anyone about the subpoena...

ALSO SEE:

THE NEW INQUISITION
Walter Cronkite, Denver Post, 9/21/03
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%7E29003%7E1640999,00.html

President Bush's televised answer to the growing concerns of many - 
including some Republicans - about the powers granted to him in the USA 
Patriot Act was to ask for even stronger measures, particularly the 
expanded use of "nonjudicial subpoenas." That means a federal agency 
such 
as the FBI can write its own subpoenas to conduct a search - no judges 
needed.

Unfortunately, security and liberty form a zero-sum equation. The 
inevitable trade-off: To increase security is to decrease liberty and 
vice 
versa. In the past, such trade-offs have been temporary - for the 
duration 
of the crisis of the moment. But today, we cannot see an end to the War 
on 
Terrorism, and that forces us to decide how secure we have to be and 
how 
free we want to be.

By delivering the speech last week himself, Bush added presidential 
heft to 
the issue and took some of the heat off of his attorney general, who is 
seen by many as the heedless champion of security at any price...

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LIBERTY IN THE BALANCE: SECURITY COLLIDES WITH CIVIL LIBERTIES
Sam Stanton and Emily Bazar, Sacramento Bee,
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/projects/liberty/story/7457444p-8400138c.html

The FBI is counting mosques, and law enforcement has asked hundreds of 
libraries about your reading habits.

There are secret lists governing whether you can get on an airplane, 
secret 
surveillance of e-mail and the Internet, and new warrants allowing the 
government to search your home, your bank records and your medical 
files 
without your knowing it.

When FBI agents were told last year that terrorist training included 
scuba 
diving techniques, the agency asked for -- and got -- the names and 
addresses of more than 10 million Americans certified as divers.

Immigrants nationwide have been jailed indefinitely over visa 
violations 
that in the past would have been ignored, and about 13,000 face 
deportation.

Others have languished in cells while officials lied to their families 
about where they were.

And thousands have fled the United States, seeking refuge in Canada.

For countless American citizens and immigrant residents, the echoes of 
Sept. 11, 2001, continue to resound in what a growing number of critics 
contend is a loss of basic civil liberties stemming from the federal 
government's anti-terrorism campaign...

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ISRAELI SPIES IN CANADA?

NINE ISRAELIS FACE DEPORTATION
Spy agency suspects they may be foreign agents

John Steinbachs and Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Sun, 9/19/03
http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/ottawa-sun1.html

NINE Israeli nationals -- who[m] CSIS suspects are possible foreign 
agents 
-- were arrested by Immigration and Ottawa police tactical officers 
last 
Friday, blocks from Parliament Hill.

The nine have all been charged by Immigration for working in Canada 
illegally. All are in their 20s and were apparently selling art in 
Ottawa. 
The arrests follow similar takedowns of Israelis in Toronto and Calgary 
over the past few weeks.

An Ottawa police source said police were told members of the group were 
possible agents from Mossad, Israel's spy agency, but given no further 
information by CSIS.

CSIS declined to comment yesterday.

All nine have since been released and are staying in several rooms at a 
Lisgar St. apartment-hotel...

Posting Note: This article was pulled by the Ottawa Sun for unknown 
reasons 
within hours of posting…

ALSO SEE:

ANOTHER 9/11?
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 9/22/03
http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html

Some conspiracy theories, as I pointed out in a recent column, get 
respectful attention no matter how implausible. But other conspiracy 
theories, being politically incorrect, are relegated to the Memory 
Hole, 
even as evidence of their validity begins to break through the wall of 
silence.

Yes, folks, those Israeli "art students" - you know, the ones who 
attempted 
to penetrate U.S. government facilities in the months leading up to 
9/11, 
showed up at the homes of federal employees, and were said to be 
watching 
the 9/11 hijackers 24/7 - have popped up yet again, this time in 
Canada:

"Nine Israeli nationals - who CSIS suspects are possible foreign agents 
- 
were arrested by Immigration and Ottawa police tactical officers last 
Friday, blocks from Parliament Hill. The nine have all been charged by 
Immigration for working in Canada illegally. All are in their 20s and 
were 
apparently selling art in Ottawa. The arrests follow similar takedowns 
of 
Israelis in Toronto and Calgary over the past few weeks. An Ottawa 
police 
source said police were told members of the group were possible agents 
from 
Mossad, Israel's spy agency, but given no further information by CSIS.

"CSIS declined to comment yesterday."

Headlined "Nine Israelis face deportation: Spy agency suspects they may 
be 
foreign agents," this story appeared in the Ottawa Sun, on Friday, 
September 19 - and disappeared from the paper's website completely in 
less 
than a day, unlike the Sun's other articles, which are archived and 
available. Here is the Google cache. Check it out before it disappears, 
just like Carl Cameron's December 2001 series on the same subject.

In Cameron's case, this disappearing act was the result of outside 
pressure 
and a campaign of calumniation against Fox's crack investigative 
reporter: 
Israel's amen corner hissed that Cameron was disqualified as an 
objective 
reporter because he spent his youth in a Muslim country.

In the case of the Ottawa Sun, it's a case of Izzy Asper strikes again. 
The 
owner of Canada's largest newspaper chain is famous for his directive 
that 
no criticism of Israel be printed in his newspapers, leading to 
resignations and increasing resentment of media monopolism via 
mega-mergers...

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AMERICA PUTS IRAQ UP FOR SALE
Philip Thornton and Andrew Gumbel, Independent, 9/22/03
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=445744

Iraq was in effect put up for sale yesterday when the 
American-appointed 
administration announced it was opening up all sectors of the economy 
to 
foreign investors in a desperate attempt to deliver much-needed 
reconstruction against a daily backdrop of kidnappings, looting and 
violent 
death.

In an unexpected move unveiled at the meeting in Dubai of the Group of 
Seven rich nations, the Iraqi Governing Council announced sweeping 
reforms 
to allow total foreign ownership without the need for prior approval.

The initiative bore all the hallmarks of Washington's ascendant 
neoconservative lobby, complete with tax cuts and trade tariff 
rollbacks. 
It will apply to everything from industry to health and water, although 
not 
oil.

But it is still likely to feed concerns that Iraq is being turned into 
a 
golden opportunity for profiteering by multinational corporations 
relying 
on their political connections...

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STANFORD RECEIVES GIFT FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES
Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News, 9/21/03
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/6817231.htm

Stanford University has received $9 million to endow a program and 
professorship in Islamic studies - gifts that could position the school 
to 
become a powerhouse in the study of the world's second-largest faith.

The field of Islamic studies has attracted more interest, research and 
students since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

In the last two years, student demand for classes on Islamic religion, 
culture, history and languages has soared. And many universities, 
including 
Stanford, have not been able to keep pace.

Retired Oracle executive Sohaib Abbasi and his wife, Sara, hope to 
change 
that, Sohaib Abbasi said. The Atherton residents, who were born in 
Pakistan, donated $2.5 million to establish the Islamic studies 
program, 
Stanford announced Friday.

In addition, Stanford alumna Lysbeth Warren gave $2 million to endow a 
new 
Islamic studies professorship. Both gifts were matched by the William 
and 
Flora Hewlett Foundation, bringing the total to $9 million...

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JESUS: A PROPHET IN ISLAM LECTURE

WHAT: George Washington University's Muslim Students' Association (MSA) 
and 
the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) of the Washington Area are 
hosting an educational program and dinner, titled, "Jesus: A Prophet of 
Islam (peace be upon him)."

The program is primarily for our non-Muslim colleagues, neighbors, 
friends 
and classmates. Muslims may accompany their non-Muslim guests but must 
RSVP 
ahead of time.

Confirmed Speakers are Dr. Jamal Badawi, Professor, Management & 
Religious 
Studies, St. Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada; and Dr. Zulfiqar 
Shah, 
Former President of Islamic Circle of North America.

Please note an accurate guest count is needed. Please email the names 
of 
all attendees/guests at DCMuslimOutreach@yahoo.com or call 571-203-9277 
or 
703-680-4622.

WHERE: At George Washington University
21st & I Street, NW, Washington DC
Marvin Center, Ballroom, 3rd Floor

WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 2003, 5:00 PM

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

				- MEDIA ADVISORY -

IL ANTI-MUSLIM BOMBER GETS PROBATION, 'ANGER MANAGEMENT'
Islamic civil rights group calls for terrorism charges following light 
sentence

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/23/2003) - The Chicago office of the Council on 
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a news conference 
today 
to demand that federal terrorism charges be brought against an Illinois 
man 
who got off with just two years probation and 'anger management' 
classes 
after he bombed a Muslim family's van.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 1 p.m.  (Central)
WHERE: In front of the Dirksen Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn, 
Chicago, Ill.
CONTACT: 312-922-4720 or 708-415-7927

Eric K. Nix, 24, was sentenced last week in the 5th District of Cook 
County 
Circuit Court (case 03CR0945401) after being charged with arson, 
criminal 
damage to property and committing a hate crime. In March, Nix threw an 
explosive device into the van of a Burbank, Ill., Palestinian Muslim 
family. The van's door was blown off, shattered glass was thrown up to 
30 
feet away and a hole was punched in the vehicle's floor.

Nix will be on probation until September 15, 2005. He previously served 
a 
30-day sentence for throwing a brick into an Arab furniture store in 
suburban Chicago two days after the 9/11 attacks.

"It is unfathomable that a perpetrator of two anti-Muslim hate crimes, 
including a terrorist bombing, would be let off with a slap on the 
wrist 
and 'anger management' classes," said CAIR National Board Chairman Omar 
Ahmad. "It goes without saying that the result would have been much 
different had the perpetrator been Muslim or Arab. If the Justice 
Department wants to prove that it is serious about combating 
anti-Muslim 
hate, it must take up this and similar cases at the national level."

Ahmad cited a Florida case in which a man was sentenced to just 12 
years in 
prison for plotting to attack some 50 Islamic institutions in that 
state, 
including a school, as another example of light sentencing for 
anti-Muslim 
terrorism.

Since the beginning of this year, CAIR has received a number of reports 
of 
physical assaults against American Muslims (or those perceived to be 
Muslim) and Islamic institutions. Those incidents included a recent 
arson 
attack on a Georgia Mosque, a cross burning at a Maryland Islamic 
school, 
the kidnapping and beating of a Massachusetts pizza delivery man whose 
attackers thought he was Muslim, and the shooting of a Sikh man in 
Arizona 
who may have been mistaken for an Arab. Similar incidents have been 
reported in a number of other states. CAIR, America's largest Islamic 
civil 
liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 
offices 
nationwide and in Canada.

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

AMERICAN MUSLIM NEWS BRIEFS - 9/23/03

* HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD WANTS TO PARDON SIN
* CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6913 SPONSORSHIPS
  	- Subscribe to CAIR's 'Washington Live' Talk Show
  	- CAIR 'Islam in America' Ad Campaign
* BOOK: CIA PAID FOR FAKE ISLAMIC LEADERS (Reuters)
* CON ARTISTS POSE AS MUSLIM CLERICS (Gazette)
* BUSH APPOINTEE TO USIP A RIGHT-WING ZEALOT (Vanguard)
* ODIGO SAYS WORKERS WERE WARNED OF ATTACK (Haaretz)
* JEWISH EXTREMISTS PLANNED ATTACKS ON MOSQUES: REPORT (AFP)
* POWELL CALLS U.S. "JUDEO-CHRISTIAN," THEN AMENDS (Reuters)
* PATRIOT ACT USED IN 16-YEAR-OLD DEPORTATION CASE (Wash. Post)

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HADITH OF THE DAY: GOD WANTS TO PARDON SIN

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If you did not commit 
sin, 
God would sweep you out of existence and…replace (you with) people who 
would commit sin, and (then) seek forgiveness...and He would have 
pardoned 
them."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1278

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CAIR LIBRARY PROJECT: 6913 SPONSORSHIPS

CAIR's library project has received 6913 sponsorships for $150 book and 
tape packages on Islam to be placed in libraries across the country. 
Our 
goal is to send accurate and objective information about Islam to 
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CAIR 'ISLAM IN AMERICA' AD CAMPAIGN

CAIR has launched a year-long "Islam in America" advertising campaign 
designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter the 
rising 
tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: http://www.americanmuslims.info

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CIA PAID FOR FAKE ISLAMIC LEADERS

CIA PAID MULLAHS TO SPREAD MODERATE MESSAGE - BOOK
Tabassum Zakaria, Reuters, 9/22/03
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2668390a12,00.html

WASHINGTON- The CIA paid Mullahs and created fake Islamic religious 
leaders 
to preach a moderate message and counter anti-American sentiment in the 
Arab world after the Sept. 11 attacks, a new book said on Monday.

In "The CIA at War," Ronald Kessler, an investigative reporter and 
author 
of several books about the CIA and the FBI, also detailed espionage 
activity in Iraq that supported the March invasion that toppled 
President 
Saddam Hussein.

For the book, made available to Reuters in advance of its October 
publication, Kessler interviewed CIA Director George Tenet in May and 
other 
senior CIA officials. The agency supplied most of the photographs in 
the book.

"In Islam, as in many other religions, anyone can call himself a 
religious 
leader," he said in the book. "So, besides paying mullahs, the CIA 
created 
fake mullahs -- recruited agents who would proclaim themselves clerics 
and 
take a more moderate position about nonbelievers..."

"We are taking over radio stations and supporting clerics," a CIA 
source 
was quoted as saying. "It's back to propaganda. We are creating 
moderate 
Muslims."

Kessler said the CIA also paid for mullahs to issue fatwas, or 
religious 
edicts, urging Iraqis not to resist American forces. He did not specify 
the 
countries this took place in…

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CON ARTISTS POSE AS MUSLIM CLERICS
Montreal Gazette, 9/23/03
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/

At least two local Muslim leaders have been approached by con artists 
posing as stranded clerics seeking "immediate financial help" in recent 
weeks. The Canadian Islamic Congress issued a warning yesterday about 
telephone calls from strangers claiming to be Muslim professionals 
stranded 
at an overseas airport without money or tickets. They say they're on a 
trip 
to visit Canadian mosques and have lost their baggage. They ask that 
emergency funds be sent through Western Union. The CIC is urging anyone 
who 
receives such a call to contact local police or the RCMP.

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BUSH APPOINTEE TO USIP A RIGHT-WING ZEALOT
Kenneth Norris, Vanguard, 9/22/03
http://www.usavanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/09/22/3f70756f58dcb

Controversy surrounded President Bush's recent appointment of Daniel 
Pipes 
to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Bush announced Aug. 22 
he 
would appoint Pipes to the board of USIP during the congressional 
summer 
recess.

Executive nominations to the board of USIP require Senate confirmation, 
but 
the President may make recess appointments to fill a board position for 
up 
to 18 months instead of a full four-year term. Some senators contend 
Bush 
made the recess appointment to avoid Senate rejection of Pipes because 
of 
his "extreme views." The senators opposed to Pipes argue that views of 
Pipes and the mission of USIP are incompatible...

One wonders how Pipes can "promote the prevention, management, and 
peaceful 
resolution of international conflicts" after he authored a report three 
years ago calling for military force to disarm Syria of weapons of mass 
destruction and to end its military presence in Lebanon...

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ODIGO SAYS WORKERS WERE WARNED OF ATTACK
Yuval Dror, Haaretz Daily, 9/23/03
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=77744

Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers 
received 
messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 
predicting 
the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with 
Israeli 
and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the 
original