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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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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.
NEWS
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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July 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 31, 2016
Answer: Indonesia. Though more than 80 percent of Indonesia's population is Muslim, more than 80 percent of Bali's population is Hindu.
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January 23, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
As Philadelphia City Council returned Thursday for its first meeting of the new term, bills were offered that would add teeth to minority hiring, look hard at how schools have been hurt by years of budget cuts, and shed light on the businesses that receive big tax subsidies. But the meeting's most compelling moment came when a nonbinding resolution was offered suggesting that two Muslim holidays become official city and School District holidays. Speaking before a chamber packed with men wearing Muslim prayer caps and women wearing hijabs, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said an acquaintance had questioned his timing, considering the recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who said he was acting on behalf of Islam and the tension surrounding calls for Muslims to be banned from entry to the United States.
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January 23, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council on Thursday called on the city and the school district to officially recognize two Muslim holidays, which would give students and employees those days off. Speaking before a chamber packed with Muslim men wearing prayer caps and women wearing hijabs, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said the change would impact an estimated 200,000 Philadelphians who practice Islam. Jones said a friend had questioned his timing, considering the recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who said he had acted on behalf of Islam.
NEWS
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.
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January 14, 2016 | By MARK FAZLOLLAH, Staff Writer
ABOUT 100 Muslim Americans marched to a city police station Tuesday to demonstrate their support for Officer Jesse Hartnett, who was shot last week, authorities said, by a man claiming to be an Islamic State supporter. Waving signs saying that they backed police, Hartnett, and peace, the group - most in it students - denounced the shooting and terrorism. "These are the real Muslims," said Ozzy Khalil, a spokesman for the Muslim American Society of Philadelphia, which operates a school, mosque, and community center near the Whitaker Avenue station house shared by the 24th and 25th Police Districts.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | Solomon Jones, Columnist
LATE LAST WEEK, as darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn't the shooting that shocked the city. Nor was it the irony of Archer shooting Hartnett with a police service weapon that had been stolen from an officer's home in 2013.
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.
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January 12, 2016 | BY MICHAEL MATZA, Staff Writer
ASIM ABDUR RASHID, imam of Masjid Mujahideen on south 60th Street in West Philadelphia, said he was stunned Friday when his son called and said that someone near the mosque shot a police officer in the name of Islam. "I said, 'What?' " Rashid recalled yesterday. Friday afternoon, Rashid denounced the shooting and said he did not know the gunman, whom police identified as Edward Archer, 30, of Philadelphia and Yeadon. A few hours later, members of the masjid set Rashid straight by citing Archer's Muslim name.
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