January 24, 1991 |
When the United States launched its attack on Iraq last week, a Philadelphia Islamic leader who was in Saudi Arabia said there was a sense of relief combined with exuberance among the Saudi people. "The mood was happy," said the Imam Muhammad Abdulaleem, "because (the attack) was long overdue. " Abdulaleem, imam of the Masjidullah Mosque on Ogontz Avenue near 77th Avenue, was one of 20 Islamic leaders from the United States who had been invited to Saudi Arabia for a briefing from religious and civic leaders there.
February 27, 2002
Paul Gigot: Islam is not a violent religion, but Islam does have a problem, which is that elements of it are at war with modernity. I mean, they have not accepted things like self-determination, personal freedom. Mara Liasson: And tolerance. Gigot: Or tolerance or, for example, the liberation of women. . . . And that creates some of this hostility which we see in the terrorism. Tony Snow: . . . What's going on now [is] a battle for the soul of Islam, in many senses.. . . This was a religion that, in its early centuries, was a conquering and civilizing force.
August 30, 1994
The way Roman Catholic and Islamic leaders are reacting to the upcoming International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, you'd think it was a coven of Satan's minions sent to destroy the world. Sorry about the Crusades and the counter-Crusades, mate, but evil bureaucrats are afoot. The conference is focusing on ways to limit global population growth - a goal that seems all the more pressing as disasters devastate countries that do not control their reproduction rate.
September 25, 2001
This was found on the Internet, and has been making the rounds of e-mail. The author is unknown, although the piece first appeared on the Web site adelaide.indy-media.org. BOMB THEM with butter, bribe them with hope. A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is exactly what the terrorists want. It will strengthen their fanatical ranks. Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing and medicine. It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of U.S. casualties and just might get the populace thinking that maybe the Taliban don't have the answers.
July 10, 2003
The Sister Clara Muhammad School is one of the oldest and respected Islamic schools in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area. Imam Shamsud-din Ali is one of our oldest and respected Islamic leaders in the City of Philadelphia. He has been aiding and promoting Islam for well over 36 years. The Sister Clara Muhammad School has weathered many adversities, hardships and outright opposition to its growth and development over the years of its existence and by the grace and mercy of Allah and the help of many people, Muslims and non Muslims alike, it still exists and survives.
October 26, 1986 |
Friends of slain Islamic scholars Isma'il Raji Faruqi and his wife, Lois, are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Faruqis' killer. Isma'il Faruqi, 65, and Lois Faruqi, 60 - who also was called Lamya - were stabbed to death in their home in Cheltenham Township about 2:30 a.m. May 27 by an intruder wielding a 15-inch survival knife. The couple's daughter Anmar Zein, 27, was stabbed six times in the arms and chest but survived.
September 20, 2010
Majority rule isn't always best A letter Tuesday ("Republicans are the ones listening") suggests that members of Congress shouldn't have voted for the health-care law because polls showed that 60 percent of the people were opposed to it. But majorities are often wrong, as most people don't have a full understanding of the problems we face as a society, nor do they fully understand the solutions. Our elected officials are not in government simply to fulfill the wishes of their constituents.
November 27, 2000 |
Today, the start of Ramadan, Muslim students throughout the Philadelphia school district will gather in unused classrooms, their school's library, or even the cafeteria to mark Islam's holy month of fasting. Every day, in growing numbers, male Muslim students are visible in the halls and classrooms with head coverings called kufis. Female Muslims wear long scarves known as khimars, some revealing only their eyes. Each Friday, hundreds of Muslim students leave school early and head for local mosques for the jum'ah, Islam's most significant weekly prayer.
October 8, 2001
Until yesterday, the United States had waged its war against terrorism through diplomatic words, judicial warrants and judicious use of its wallet. Yesterday, it added thunder. American forces, assisted directly by the British and indirectly by other allies, launched strikes at Taliban and terrorist targets inside Afghanistan. The usual fog of war and necessary shroud of secrecy prevented ordinary U.S. civilians from knowing yesterday whether the attacks were well-aimed or successful.
September 22, 1990 |
The Imam Muhammad Abdulaleem describes himself as "a common man," who rides public transportation and worries about SEPTA fare increases just like everyone else. Recently, though, his life went through some uncommon changes making him anything but "a common man. " Abdulaleem, 37, lives in Mt. Airy and is the imam of the Masjiullah (Mosque of Allah) in West Oak Lane. He was one of 400 Islamic Ulemas, or intellectuals; spiritual leaders, scholars, and community leaders chosen to attend an historic conference this month sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government and the Muslim World League to address the crisis in the Persian Gulf.