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.
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.
December 10, 2015 |
The terrorist attacks this fall that killed 43 people in Beirut, 130 in Paris, and 14 in San Bernardino were not the work of "Islamic extremists," a panel of speakers told an audience at Rutgers-Camden on Tuesday. "The term Islamic extremists is a contradiction in terms," said Imam Shaheed Muhammed of the United Muslim Masjid in Philadelphia. Most Muslims, he added, "are just as much in fear for our lives from ISIS" and other terrorists "as anyone else. " His views echoed those of the two other panelists, who spoke before a gathering of about 100 students in the student center.
June 22, 2015 |
DURING the month of Ramadan, which began June 17 and ends July 17, the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge becomes a whirlwind of activity, with worshippers coming and going at nearly all hours of the day. The mosque's musalla, or prayer room, is busy but quiet. At night, hundreds of worshippers pack the room shoulder-to-shoulder, led in prayer by a few young men who have memorized the entire 640-page Quran. It's a welcoming place, even to curious visitors. "We don't ask 'Who are you?
September 26, 2014
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA an Islamophobe? Does he hate Muslims? Those pushing that lie to inflame Muslims are anti-West, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-democratic and anti-modernity jihadis. In this regard - and probably in this regard only - President Obama and Pamela Geller are on the same page. They are anti-radical Islam. Obama is careful with his words. Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is not, often extending her disdain to all of Islam.
June 9, 2013 |
Halal Hustler T-shirts and Muslim Princess tote bags were for sale, as were funnel cakes and fried chicken. At the Islamic Heritage Festival on Saturday at Penn's Landing, Muslim culture meshed with classic summer festival tradition. "Muslims are just as much a part of American life as other cultural traditions," said Abdul Rahim Muhammad, director of the Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council, which started the festival 21 years ago. Billed as the largest festival of its kind in the United States, the annual event celebrates "unity in diversity," Rahim Muhammad said, standing in front of a table displaying a propped-up Quran, the main religious text in Islam, and pamphlets titled "Understanding Shariah" and "What Does Islam Say About Terrorism?"
April 16, 2013 |
Calls from some legislators to ban American Muslims from following Islamic law are born of a "bogeyman fear" that Muslims will try to impose their way of life on others of different faiths, an imam and author of books on Islam said Sunday at Congregation Beth El in Voorhees. "It's illogical. It's a fear tactic. It's stupid," Imam Sohaib Sultan told more than 100 people who attended "Islamic Sharia Law: Myths and Facts," an interfaith event hosted by Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey.
October 5, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities on Thursday released two Coptic Christian boys taken into juvenile detention for allegedly urinating on the Quran, but they will remain under investigation, a security official said. Even as news spread that the boys would be freed, their village remained tense. According to priest in the village, located in the province of Beni Suef south of Cairo, local leaders of Gamaa Islamiya - once a prominent militant group - took to mosques, rallying Muslims to rise up against the order to release the boys.
September 3, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD - A Muslim cleric is accused of stashing pages of a Quran in a Christian girl's bag to make it seem like she burned the Islamic holy book, a surprising twist in a case that caused an international outcry over the country's strict blasphemy laws. Pakistani police arrested Khalid Chishti late Saturday after a member of the cleric's mosque accused the imam of planting evidence as a way to push the Christians out of the neighborhood. Chishti denied the charges Sunday while being led to court in shackles, wearing a white blindfold.
August 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A series of miscommunications, poor guidance, and soldiers' decisions to take "the easy way instead of the right way" resulted in the burning of Qurans and other religious books at a U.S. base in Afghanistan early this year, according to the findings of a military investigation released Monday. The U.S. military said six Army soldiers escaped criminal charges but received administrative punishments for their involvement in the Quran burning, which roiled relations with Afghans.