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July 23, 2000 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Farheena Ahmed and Zeshaan Rasheed, dating was always out of the question. The custom in their Muslim culture is to seek a mate, not a date, and the introduction of potential partners is commonly done by the parents. In this case, Farheena, 24, and Zeshaan, 25, met on their own in 1998 when both were working in a lab at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. At the time, she was a master's degree candidate at Johns Hopkins (she has since graduated, and is starting law school in the fall)
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July 30, 2009
RE PAT Dougherty's July 10 letter, "Off the Hook on Hate!": I am a Muslim, and I don't hate, nor do I wish to kill anyone. Being a Muslim is about peace, surrender, unity, education and love for one another and everything that's pure. Before she makes statements about something, she should have a clearer understanding about what she's calling ignorant! Shawn Sutton Pa. Department of Corrections
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March 13, 2002 | By MOHAMED CHARFI
SINCE SEPT. 11, the world has come to know more about the educational systems prevalent today in Muslim countries and their role in promoting hostility toward the West. The educational system of Osama bin Laden's native Saudi Arabia is being criticized in the West, particularly in the United States. The Indian government in December announced an effort to reform the Muslim religious schools known as madrasas, though this is perhaps a mixed blessing given that the same government is using the schools to promote Hinduism as part of its nationalist program.
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July 27, 2016
By Emir Hadzic Every act of terrorism seeks to effect political changes. When we implement those changes hastily, we can aid our adversary. Terrorists want to trigger a backlash, and some U.S. politicians have been willing to oblige, with some even depicting children as security threats. It doesn't matter whether - as appears to be the case with the repugnant attack in Nice, France - the perpetrator is more of a petty criminal than a Muslim; there are points to be scored demonizing Muslims, and politicians willing to score them.
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October 12, 2001
THIS IS AN open letter to the Muslims in Philly who also happen to be African-American: Now that Islam is in the news every day, why don't we make in extra effort to help promote it in the correct light? To my brothers in Islam: come in off the corners, put the weed and crack down, get rid of the guns, clean yourselves up. Stay out of the clubs, stop the fornicating, stop chasing skirts, find the Muslim wives. Get to the masjid for the salat, turn down Jay-Z and listen to the imams on tape.
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July 7, 1996 | By Rachel Smolkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Brightly colored hijabs and jilbabs - head scarves and full-length dresses - filled the Valley Forge Convention Center yesterday as Muslims from all over the United States and Canada gathered to explore their heritage and future. "Our Islamic Heritage" organized by the Islamic Circle of North America attracted up to 4,000 Muslims for its 21st annual event. "We are learning how we as Muslims should be living in America," said Tariq Hafeez of Chicago, who was attending the convention for the first time.
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February 9, 2003 | By Fawn Vrazo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday, red and blue prayer rugs and white plastic tarps were unfolded and laid out in the middle of a damp north London street. About 120 faithful, all of them men, sat down on the ground cover outside the Finsbury Park mosque to await the man who would lead them in both prayer and controversy. He arrived deep in the center of a throng of masked security guards, but there was no mistaking him. Abu Hamza al-Masri, a towering man in his mid-40s with no hands and only one eye, has become Britain's most visible - and notorious - Muslim leader, much to the pain of the country's large mainstream Islamic community.
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December 10, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Sheikh M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, spiritual leader of an international Muslim fellowship headquartered in Philadelphia, died Monday of respiratory complications, a spokesman for the fellowship said. Bawa was believed to be more than 100 years old. He is said to have attracted more than 10,000 members to the fellowship's 12 branches around the world and 800 followers to the mosque here. The mosque and fellowship center at 5820 Overbrook Ave. was built by volunteers in 1984. Bawa, a native of Sri Lanka, became a Sufi master and a patron of the Serendib Sufi Study Circle, said spokesman David Freudberg.
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February 16, 2006
RE THE OP-ED "And some guts wouldn't hurt, either" by Michael Graham (Feb. 14): You give two reasons that U.S. newspapers should print those cartoons of Muhammad, now let me tell you one why they shouldn't: As you have seen from the reaction around the world, it is very offensive to Muslims. News organizations have always tried not to offend a particular religion or ethnicity by publishing certain statements or pictures. Would your newspaper ever publish a cartoon that features Jesus or the pope in some negative way?
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September 4, 2003 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Host and Guest plays out its tragedy in a remote village in the Caucasus at an unspecified time in the past, but its core themes of the appalling price of ethnic hatred and religious fanaticism are sadly applicable in many parts of the world. Unnumbered words have been expended on this subject, but Host and Guest is at its most effective and telling when nothing is said. This pertinent folk tale, adapted from the work of the Georgian poet Vazha Pshavela by Roland Reed and ably directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, uses sinuously choreographed movement and kinetically staged explosions of violence to drive home the devastation brought on by blind loyalty to a creed and its perceived demands.
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September 5, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
After tea and homemade sweets, the Soul Sisters are ready to get down to business. But first, the women - two Catholics, two Jews, and two Muslims - hold hands around a dining-room table in Voorhees. They listen silently as group member and host Zahida Rahman recites lines from the opening chapter of the Quran, including: "Ihdena seraatal mustaqeem. " "Show us the right path," she translates. For the next 90 minutes, the six South Jersey women, most of them retired professionals, have a conversation centered on faith and grounded in friendship.
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August 3, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Daniel Block, and Vibha Kannan, STAFF WRITERS
A flame that was lit last week in Philadelphia continued to scorch Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday, over his criticism of a bereaved Muslim family whose son, an Army captain, was killed in Iraq. Members of nearly two dozen Gold Star families - those who have had a loved one die in military service to the United States - signed a letter demanding an apology and calling Trump's remarks "repugnant and personally offensive to us. " The new president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the nation's oldest and largest veterans group, called Trump's attack "out of bounds," and said it "will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression.
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July 29, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Yasmeen Kaboud's father is an Egyptian immigrant, and her mother, a child of the American heartland. And that diverse family tapestry - from her grandfather who owns a laundromat in rural Indiana to the cousins who shared her cramped bedroom when they immigrated to the United States - has always been a point of pride. Not until recently did she start to feel half that heritage was under attack. "I will be voting for Hillary Clinton come November," said Kaboud, 20, a University of Pennsylvania student who was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
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July 27, 2016
By Emir Hadzic Every act of terrorism seeks to effect political changes. When we implement those changes hastily, we can aid our adversary. Terrorists want to trigger a backlash, and some U.S. politicians have been willing to oblige, with some even depicting children as security threats. It doesn't matter whether - as appears to be the case with the repugnant attack in Nice, France - the perpetrator is more of a petty criminal than a Muslim; there are points to be scored demonizing Muslims, and politicians willing to score them.
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July 23, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Bensalem Township has temples, synagogues, and churches, but in 2014 Bucks County's largest municipality declined to grant a permit for a mosque. That, said the U.S. Justice Department in a suit filed Thursday, constituted religious discrimination. The suit seeks to have the township give the Bensalem Masjid approval to build the mosque, provide training for township employees regarding religious land-use laws, and pay unspecified damages. The Bensalem Masjid has been embroiled in litigation with the township since 2014.
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July 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. - The reclusive Muslim cleric blamed by the Turkish government for last week's failed military coup said Sunday that he did not believe U.S. authorities would give in to Turkish demands for his extradition. But during a rare interview at his gated retreat in the Poconos, Fethullah Gulen, 77, said he would comply if the State Department asked him to leave. "If a request from what is essentially a dictator is taken seriously in the United States, I think it would run contrary to what the United States stands for," he said, speaking through an interpreter, of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former ally turned bitter foe. "But if there is any possibility of a forceful extradition, of course we will oblige," he added.
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July 18, 2016
As France recovers from its third demoralizing terrorist attack in 18 months - the massacre Thursday in which a man plowed a delivery truck through Bastille Day crowds in Nice, killing more than 80 - it's important to consider how our two nations differ. Most notable is France's continued isolation and marginalization of a sizable Muslim immigrant population, which makes it as easy for radical Islamists to recruit and indoctrinate disaffected Muslims face to face as it is on the Internet, which seems to be their primary tool to enlist lone-wolf jihadists in the United States.
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July 8, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
BERLIN - On a trip to the beach, a German friend recently saw two teenage Afghan refugee boys stare in shock at female bathers in scanty bikinis. She overheard one youth agitatedly ask the German volunteer accompanying him: "Where are their fathers? Where are their fathers?" The good news is that the boy spoke German and had a German friend who could explain the culture gap between Afghanistan and Europe. The bad news is obvious: Germany has an overwhelming task trying to integrate many of the million or so Muslim migrants who arrived in 2015.
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June 20, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
In this sour campaign season, where the immigration issue has turned so ugly, it's instructive to watch the European debate over migrants. That debate should make Americans realize how lucky we are. As an immigration country, we have a proven ability to absorb newcomers, including those from Muslim countries. (And we could resolve the problem of illegals from south of the border if both parties cooperated.) Europe, on the other hand, has failed to integrate generations of Muslim guest workers, many of whom still live in ghettos and are preyed on by radical Islamists.
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June 15, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
THE MASSACRE at Paris' Bataclan concert hall last year was the work of Islamic terrorists, as was the attack on Pulse. More people were murdered at Bataclan - 89, yet the Orlando massacre where 49 died somehow seems worse. The people dancing and drinking in Pulse were hated not just for where they lived - in the liberal West - but for what and who they were. This one was different from the tragedies at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine. Omar Mateen drove two hours to murder gay people.
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