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August 24, 1998 | By Mohamed El-Bendary
Thursday's U.S. attack on suspected terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan and Sudan may spark fears among many American Muslims - fears of renewed stereotyping of Muslims and Arab Americans. Violence has no place in Islam. By injecting the words Muslim or Islamic before the words terrorists and extremists, we are denigrating 6 million American Muslims who encompass a wide spectrum of ethnic backgrounds. Why should one group bear the burden of radicals whose actions don't represent their religion?
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December 8, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER JTomczuk@phillynews.com @JackTomczuk
Almost three weeks after he and his cousin were temporarily barred from boarding a plane for speaking Arabic, Maher Khalil, 28, still is traumatized. "It's like a nightmare," said Khalil, of Northeast Philadelphia. "I feel I'm not free to speak my language. " The men's ordeal not only made headlines, it rang true for other Arab Americans and Muslims. In the weeks since the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, U.S. Islamic organizations and news reports tell of increased episodes of bias, with local police seeing a rise in tips implicating men of Middle Eastern appearance.
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September 18, 2001 | By TAREK E. MASOUD
THERE'S A FAMOUS photo of a Japanese-owned grocery store in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor with these words emblazoned across the front: "I AM AN AMERICAN. " It accurately encapsulates the way many of us in the Islamic and Arab community feel at this hour. As it becomes ever more apparent that our co-religionists have visited slaughter upon our compatriots, so many of us want to declare from the rooftops our allegiance to this great nation, to show our solidarity with our fellow citizens, and to join the fight against our common enemy.
NEWS
November 16, 2009
AN AMERICAN, who seems normal but is driven by religious fanaticism, picks up a gun and kills 29 unarmed, innocent people. This was not U.S. Army Major NidalMalik Hasan, who killed 13. It was Baruch Goldstein, who killed Muslim worshippers in a West Bank mosque in 1994. I have no trouble calling Goldstein a religious extremist and a Jewish terrorist. He was widely and loudly condemned by almost all American Jews and Israelis. Why should anyone pause before calling Hasan a religious extremist and an Islamic terrorist?
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October 16, 2012
AMERICAN MUSLIM Zuhdi Jasser is a jihadist. A veteran of 11 years in the Navy and a medical doctor, Jasser is on a jihad for democracy, the American-style democracy he has enjoyed since birth as the son of parents who fled Syria. I believe immigrants - especially those coming to freedom from dark lands of terror and oppression - appreciate America more than most native-born Americans who don't know how good they got it. Jasser was born here, and his parents taught him to honor both his faith, Islam, and America, with its faith in freedom and democracy.
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November 13, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - There's a new reality show star on the tube Sunday night. Suehaila Amen doesn't drink, prays daily, and wears a head scarf in public to preserve her modesty. I don't think we're at the Jersey Shore anymore, Snooki. Suehaila is one of the cast members of TLC's new series All-American Muslim . While most of the women on the show, set in Dearborn, Mich., choose to wear the hijab (traditional scarf), there are some startling exceptions. Glamorous blonde Nina Bazzi, for instance, appears to have wandered over from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills set by mistake.
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February 17, 1991 | By Andrew Cassel and Alexis Moore, Inquirer Staff Writers
Abdul-Malik Mujahid's sermon was about pain. His thin arms grasping the air, his lilting English heavy with the accent of his native Pakistan, Mujahid told the 1,000 Muslims seated on rugs in the converted ballroom that the Persian Gulf war had demonstrated the pain of the Islamic world. Who are the people in the world most displaced from their homes? he asked. Kuwaitis, Palestinians, Afghanis Muslims. Who are the sickest, the hungriest? Ethiopians, Sudanese, Bengalis - Muslims.
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November 23, 2001 | By Zlati Meyer INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Azza Selim was among the millions of Americans who spent part of yesterday preparing a Thanksgiving feast, but, unlike many other budding Martha Stewarts, the 52-year-old Vanguard employee couldn't sample her fare. A practicing Muslim, Selim was observing Ramadan, the 30-day period of sunrise-to-sunset fasting and abstinence. Yesterday, for the first time in 32 years, Ramadan, observed during the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, coincided with Thanksgiving. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the religion, along with declaration of faith, prayer, charity and pilgrimage to Mecca.
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October 24, 1998 | By Mary Otto, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
America's millions of Muslims - adherents to possibly the nation's fastest-growing religion - are gradually learning to embrace politics. The change can be seen in the politicians who flock to meet voters in Detroit-area mosques and in California Islamic centers. At Muslim gatherings across the country, thousands have registered to vote. And, in a departure from the past, some Muslims are entering politics themselves, and the professionals among them are learning to exercise their financial clout.
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August 3, 2016 | By Shuja Nawaz
By Shuja Nawaz Khizr Khan fired a shot across the Trump campaign bow when he asked, from the Democratic National Convention stage, whether the Republican presidential nominee had even read the U.S. Constitution. But Donald Trump miscalculated by returning verbal fire. The backlash against this counterattack has forced Trump to walk back his response. He now calls the Khans' son - U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, killed in action in Iraq in 2004 - a "hero. " Yet Trump continues to paint all American Muslims with the brush of radical Islam.
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August 3, 2016 | By Shuja Nawaz
By Shuja Nawaz Khizr Khan fired a shot across the Trump campaign bow when he asked, from the Democratic National Convention stage, whether the Republican presidential nominee had even read the U.S. Constitution. But Donald Trump miscalculated by returning verbal fire. The backlash against this counterattack has forced Trump to walk back his response. He now calls the Khans' son - U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, killed in action in Iraq in 2004 - a "hero. " Yet Trump continues to paint all American Muslims with the brush of radical Islam.
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June 18, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
If you see something, say something. It is a dictum for terrorizing times, and as the carnage mounts, law enforcement is more urgently pressing the public to turn tipster. But what, exactly, does something mean? That depends. "If I have a friend who all of a sudden starts going to the masjid [mosque] five times a day, is that a sign of radicalization - or of admirable devotion?" said Quasier Abdullah, assistant imam at Quba Institute, a school and mosque in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
Donald the Demagogue has outdone himself in the wake of the Orlando outrage. With inflammatory rhetoric not heard since the McCarthy era, Trump has slurred all American Muslims for domestic terror attacks in California and Florida. "They knew" about the bad guys but "didn't turn them in," says Trump, with his customary lack of evidence. He wants to ban immigration from virtually all Muslim countries and has said he wouldn't give any visiting Muslims visas. Trump even hints that President Obama has a soft spot for jihadis and says the president should resign if he doesn't use the words radical Islam . Nothing so vividly illustrates the danger posed by a potential Trump presidency to the fight against terrorists than his obsession with these two magic words.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
How long will it be before American Muslims are forced to wear yellow badges with the star and crescent? Donald Trump, the man Republicans will nominate to be president, has already said that, in addition to banning Muslim immigration, he would also look at closing mosques and forcing Muslims already in the country to register with the authorities. And now, exploiting the weekend's massacre in Orlando, Trump is claiming that "thousands" of American Muslims, protected and hidden by their coreligionists, are prepared to commit even greater carnage because of their hatred for the country in which they live.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
Donald Trump needed validation. At a rally Friday, Trump was discussing racial violence at his events and the perception that nonwhite people are against him when he singled out a black man in the crowd. "Look at my African American over here," Trump said, pointing. "Look at him. Are you the greatest?" The gesture - reminiscent of Trump with a Cinco de Mayo taco bowl at Trump Tower tweeting "I love Hispanics!" - was as respectful as if he had just instructed the crowd to "look at my Irish setter over here.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
Leave it to Donald Trump to express absolutely the wrong view on the terrorist attacks that left at least 30 people dead and more than 200 injured in Belgium Tuesday. "Brussels was a beautiful city, a beautiful place with zero crime. And now it's a disaster city. It's a total disaster," Trump said. "And we have to be very careful in the United States, we have to be very careful and very vigilant as to who we allow in the country. " The Republican presidential candidate seems intent on making America's open society as closed as the European nations that have become breeding grounds for the terrorist acts being committed by disconnected, disaffected immigrants.
NEWS
January 13, 2016
THREE WEEKS AFTER two Muslim terrorists murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., a national Muslim organization held its previously scheduled annual convention there. After condemning the terrorism, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S.A. seized the opportunity to launch a campaign called "True Islam and the Extremists. " It is composed of online endorsements (at www.TrueIslam.com ), fliers, public meetings, open mosque events, and outreach to interfaith groups. Ahmadi Muslims have about 70 mosques and 20,000 adherents in the U.S., and are so devoted to nonviolence and accepting other religions that I think of them as the Quakers of Islam.
NEWS
January 4, 2016
Rana Elmir is the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked - by media figures, religious leaders, politicians, and Internet trolls - to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism. I emphatically refuse. Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State extremist group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, and other groups is just as foreign to me as the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country.
NEWS
December 9, 2015
AS EXPECTED, terrorists have struck the American heartland. Anyone with a sense of reality knew it was coming. It had happened before. This time, even our reluctant commander-in-chief was incapable of finding a euphemism for terror, no truth-suffocating case of "workplace violence" by a man carrying a card identifying himself as a "soldier of Allah. " It took President Obama too long to acknowledge the grim reality because of his professorial and antiseptic views of those who hate us. We are at war, and the enemy can justly be called terrorists, jihadists, Islamofascists, Islamic extremists.
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December 8, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER JTomczuk@phillynews.com @JackTomczuk
Almost three weeks after he and his cousin were temporarily barred from boarding a plane for speaking Arabic, Maher Khalil, 28, still is traumatized. "It's like a nightmare," said Khalil, of Northeast Philadelphia. "I feel I'm not free to speak my language. " The men's ordeal not only made headlines, it rang true for other Arab Americans and Muslims. In the weeks since the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, U.S. Islamic organizations and news reports tell of increased episodes of bias, with local police seeing a rise in tips implicating men of Middle Eastern appearance.
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