January 16, 2016
By George Parry At last week's press conference following the attempted murder of Officer Jesse Hartnett, Police Commissioner Richard Ross discussed the motive for the attack. Under police questioning, suspect Edward Archer is reported to have said, "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that's why I did what I did. " Ross further explained that Archer "believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran. " It was also disclosed that Archer, described by his imam as a devout Muslim, had traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012.
December 20, 2015
VIRGINIA School canceled over Islam lesson A Staunton school district canceled classes and a holiday concert after being flooded with angry messages over a school calligraphy lesson that involved copying a Muslim statement of faith in Arabic. Some of the tens of thousands of emails and Facebook posts "posed a risk of harm to school officials" and threatened protests at Riverheads High School, Superintendent Eric Bond said Friday. The students were to practice calligraphy by writing a statement that translated to: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
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.
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.
February 20, 2006 |
Islam and sorority. The words are so far apart on the spectrum that even Rutgers University student Amina Moghul, a Muslim, couldn't fathom the idea of pairing the staid principles of Islam with an American institution known more for its social graces than religious devotion. But as an emerging generation of American-born Muslim women seeks to assert itself and its cultural identity, the concept is not so far-fetched. In fact, through Gamma Gamma Chi, the nation's first Islam-based sorority, takes shape at several universities across the country, it has become a reality.
January 10, 2006 |
They told her Royale was at peace, in a better place. They told her that the pain that wracked the little girl's body, that the indignity of being left to die on the street, was forgotten. Outside a West Philadelphia funeral home yesterday, friends and family tried to comfort Victoria Smith, aunt of 12-year-old Royale Harris. Smith listened, sniffling, and then said aloud what others were thinking. "I know God's got her," Smith said, "but I just want to hold her again. " Royale died Thursday after being struck by a car on North 61st Street, then left in the road, where another car hit her, dragging her more than 50 feet.
November 18, 2004 |
A Google search for the phrase "uproarious Muslims" produces no results - but that's part of the joke for the Allah Made Me Funny troupe, three comedians of Islamic faith who use humor to treat what they call the 9/11 Hangover. Azhar Usman, for instance, is just the sort of fellow one would want to sit next to on a long flight - a witty, erudite and well-traveled former lawyer, 6-foot-2 with a bushy beard, black skullcap, and bearish countenance that invariably cause double-takes in airports.
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.
October 24, 2003 |
After committing two Philadelphia bank robberies in 1987 and then fleeing the country, Edward Anthony Hart re-created himself. Using his adopted Muslim name, Aku Yazid Abd Allah, Hart traveled to Morocco and Spain before settling in Birmingham, England, later in 1987. He married, had two children, and, by all accounts, lived a law-abiding life as a British citizen working for the Birmingham housing authority. He made one mistake: He came back. Yesterday, 11 months after his arrest, Abd Allah, 45, was sentenced to at least six - and up to 18 - years in prison for robberies that netted him $18,390 from two banks that no longer exist.