September 4, 2002 |
Philadelphia school officials will let a Muslim security guard at Olney High School leave campus briefly on Fridays to pray at a local mosque, ending a dispute that flared at one of the city's most diverse schools. Bernie Mattox, 34, had maintained that his civil rights were violated when a new principal in May revoked his permission to attend communal jumah prayers at a mosque off campus each Friday. The district had countered that Mattox, who also uses the Muslim name Abdul-Ahad Muhammad, often was unable to return to campus in time for dismissal around 3 p.m., a crucial time for security guards.
August 28, 2000 |
It's a small piece of fabric, slightly translucent. But for Oumama Belkhayat, it is everything. It is a symbol of her faith, and of her struggle to show it. It is a catalyst for prejudice, she says, and makes her an object of discrimination. Belkhayat plans to wear the scarf, or khimar, in her classroom at St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington City, where next month she will become the first Muslim teacher at the 163-year-old school for kindergarten through 12th grade.
November 3, 1996 |
At a Catholic school, saying prayers during the day is pretty much the norm, but for Sumeyya Ashraf, 14, a freshman at Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill, prayer time is when she slips away from class for a few private minutes. Sumeyya is a Muslim, and in keeping with the law of Islam, she prays five times a day. Since one of the prescribed times is around her lunch hour, Sumeyya practices her ritual of standing, kneeling and lying prostrate in the office of the school's president, Sister Catherine Robinson.
September 23, 2005 |
A suspended Philadelphia firefighter who sued the city for the right to wear his beard on the job lost his bid before a state judge yesterday. To Curtis DeVeaux, 25, the beard is his religious obligation as a Muslim. But to Common Pleas Court Judge James Murray, the facial hair constitutes a safety hazard. DeVeaux, of the Northeast, was suspended without pay on Feb. 2 after refusing to shave. The Fire Department bans beards, saying they interfere with the tight facial seal on masks that provide oxygen to firefighters and keep poisons out. DeVeaux sued under the Pennsylvania Religious Freedom Protection Act. Murray did not tackle the constitutionality of the law, which says that, unless a compelling interest can be shown, religious expression should be respected.
June 2, 2005 |
A Common Pleas Court judge has stopped the city from firing a Muslim firefighter who cited religious obligations in refusing to shave off his beard. In a preliminary injunction issued last week, Judge Joseph A. Dych barred the city from either firing Curtis DeVeaux or cutting his pay during the course of litigation. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania brought the suit on DeVeaux's behalf after the city Fire Department suspended him without pay in February. Department officials argued that DeVeaux's beard, grown as a sign of Muslim faith, interfered with effective use of a respirator and, as a result, amounted to a safety hazard.
July 27, 1999 |
Atiq Chaudhry did not know that he was creating the ultimate Philly fusion cuisine. He just thought that he was reacting like a good businessman. A few years ago, Chaudhry noticed that more and more of the customers at his Pizza Pak II hoagie shop were Muslim, and that more and more were requesting halal meat - meat slaughtered according to Islamic law. That is when Chaudhry, a Pakistani immigrant, came up with the idea of combining a local food favorite with a centuries-old Islamic tradition.
December 21, 2011
Osama bin Laden is dead, al-Qaeda is reeling, Middle East dictators are deposed seemingly every other Tuesday, and yet, in the fevered and delirious minds of far too many of our elected leaders, the United States is forever on the verge of becoming just another province in the ever-expanding Muslim caliphate. Never mind that the last actual caliph lost that title back in 1922, when the Ottoman Empire dissolved. Or that most estimates put the Muslim population of the United States at less than 1 percent.
September 20, 2013 |
HALAL trucks can be found all over our city these days. For most of us, these are a delicious foray into foods from Middle Eastern and other Muslim countries. For Muslims in Philadelphia, halal signifies that animals used in the dishes were sacrificed according to Islamic law. When Sieedah Abdellah converted to Islam more than 20 years ago, halal meat wasn't as accessible as it is today. "At first, I had a long drive to find it, but now, because of the growing population, even supermarkets are offering meat that is certified halal," Abdellah, who lives in Overbrook Farms, said.
December 4, 2002
RE SIGNE'S "Miss Muslim World" cartoon: To paint a group of people in such a manner, even though it was "probably" meant to be satirical, is an outrage. The interesting thing is that I would not have seen the cartoon if it was not shown to me by several garbed Muslim sisters of mine that hold master's degrees. To add to the myth that all Islamic cultures treat women as second-class citizens is an outright lie. You guys should apologize - then research and print a big human-interest story about the progressive Muslim population here in our city.
August 14, 2008 |
The mother of murder victim Jereleigh Morton sobbed as she looked at the tiny woman in the Montgomery County courtroom yesterday, and begged her to apologize for killing her son. "I loved you," Delzora Morton said to her daughter-in-law, Myra Morton. "All you had to do was walk away like I told you so many times. You didn't have to take him away from me. "Can you say, 'Mom, I'm sorry?' Can you say it?" And for the first time, Myra Morton apologized for pumping two bullets into her husband as he slept in Whitpain Township on Aug. 5, 2007, the morning he was to fly to Morocco to meet and impregnate a woman he had taken as his second wife.