July 23, 2000 |
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)
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
March 13, 2002 |
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.
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.
July 11, 2015 |
It wasn't Ralph who was Rotten at Rotten Ralph's, a popular bar and eatery in Old City. Instead, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was Rotten Ralph's general manager, Sharwin Coates, who fired a Muslim server in July 2013 for wearing a hair covering, saying employees couldn't wear "hoodies" at work. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Rotten Ralph's parent company, Half Shell Inn Inc., in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Tuesday, claiming that the company violated federal laws barring religious discrimination when it fired server Tia Rollins.
July 7, 1996 |
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.
February 9, 2003 |
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.
December 10, 1986 |
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.
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?
September 4, 2003 |
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.