March 15, 1989 |
Mohammad Arif was praying when the rockets began to hit. Kneeling, he leaned forward to touch his turbaned forehead to the blanket he had spread upon the ground. Screaming rockets kicked up dirt 40 yards away, but Mohammad Arif did not flinch. As he finished his prayers, he stood up, cupped his hands in the traditional gesture of receiving the grace of Allah, and slowly washed that grace onto his face. Only then did the mujaheddin commander return to battle. Flinging his blanket over his shoulder, he walked back to his rocket launcher, aimed at Afghan government tanks and positions several miles away.
February 17, 1997 |
Discipline problems? Macieo Jean-Marc A. E'ly, principal of Al-Aqsa Islamic School, dismisses the question with a faint smile and negative shake of the head. "No, we really don't have discipline problems here. From the first day of school, the students enter into a contract between themselves and Allah," says the Moroccan-born principal, reaching for a paper headed "Behavior Contract. " The contract has such statements as: "I will not call out answers, crack jokes in class, violate the Islamic code of behavior.
March 18, 2004 |
MOHAMMAD: Good news, oh, Great One. Osama: Good news I could use. Musharraf is starting to play hardball. I've been penned in for three weeks because of something called Task Force 121, and now my cave is beginning to smell like my turban after that three-week stretch in Tora Bora. Mohammad: Our activities exactly 911 days after Sept. 11 had great success in Madrid. Using cell-phone technology that did not necessitate sending our forces to martyrdom, we detonated seven explosive devices, killing 200 and wounding another 1,500.
April 2, 2013 |
ASHTABULA, Ohio - Panicked witnesses to a fatal Easter service shooting in Ohio feared many might be killed as the victim's son approached the pulpit, waving a handgun and yelling about God and Allah. "Tragic as it is, it could have been so much worse," the Rev. Steve Sargent, associate pastor of the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula, said Monday. Police say Reshad Riddle, 25, went to the church Sunday afternoon and killed his father, Richard Riddle, 52, with a single shot from a handgun.
January 25, 2013 |
AS A PRACTICING Muslim woman, I observe the command of Allah (as revealed in the Holy Quran) to dress modestly, to not reveal to random men, or women, the "span of my hips . . . the ride of my breast . . . the arch of my back . . . the bend of my hair . . . ," as poet Maya Angelou so eloquently states in her well-known work "Phenomenal Woman. " And it is because Islam indeed views the Muslim woman as phenomenal, valuable, worthy of respect, protection and honor, that I am more than willing - in fact, I am proud - to cover my hair and my body, and admire my sisters in Islam who even go so far as to cover their faces in public.
December 11, 1990 |
The women are swathed in swirls of fabric, cocoons of modesty and humility. In Allah's garden, Muslim women are delicate butterflies. But their beauty and sexuality - the wave of their hair, the contours of their figures - can take wing only in the privacy of their home, and only in the presence of immediate family. "Islam teaches us self-respect," said Enid Saunders, 16, who became a Muslim last year. "My body isn't to be flaunted about. My body isn't to be used. " From a Western perspective, Islam is often seen as oppressive to women.
November 20, 2001 |
The sounds of young voices waft through the holy room as Mehmet Cakmak, 10, the shortest in line, prays with his hands in the air, palms up. He prays that he will be able to stay up late on school nights and that his mother will stop nagging him about homework and allow him to watch Power Rangers. And he asks Allah that children in his fifth-grade class at Walt Disney Elementary accept him for who he is, without calling him a terrorist. Some classmates call out in the elementary school hallways, "There goes the kid that terrorized us!"
May 1, 2002
THE IRONY is striking as Secretary of State Colin Powell, a celebrated American general of African descent, works his way through the Middle East morass. He is constantly reminded by Palestinians, who enjoyed among the best living standards in the region until they started the current warfare, of the intolerable "humiliation" of checkpoints and other security measures that ostensibly triggered such hostility they had no choice but to turn their children into human explosives. I long for the day when he turns to Arafat and says, "Look, Yasser, you want to talk about humiliation and deprivation and displacement, let's do that.
September 12, 1999 |
After his latest business venture, the Alexander Diner in Washington Township, failed in 1997, Mohammed Ahamed found it hard to summon the courage for another undertaking. But his wife, Shirin, his behind-the-scenes muse, kept saying out loud what he knew in his heart: that this time, it would be different, that it would be more than a source of income. The Ahameds - immigrants from the city of Chittagong in Bangladesh - are opening a meat market and Asian grocery store on Gibbsboro Road in Lindenwold.
April 24, 2014
Running to live I am one of many who run in spite of a medical implant, a mechanical heart valve and reconstructed aorta ("Nothing's going to turn us away," April 22). Inspired by the patriotism displayed in Boston last year, I was determined to join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and support the Boston experience with so many dedicated persons. The 25 runners with medical devices honored annually at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon have my back, as they have shown me that lives can continue and rejuvenate with insulin pumps, internal cardiac defibrillators, heart valves, neurostimulators, and spine implants.