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January 3, 2009 | Cynthia Dizikes
After helping deliver the District of Columbia's first baby of 2009, Dr. Kashif Irfan boarded a flight to Orlando, Fla., with his wife, three children and other relatives to participate in a weekend retreat on the peaceful practice of Islam. But instead of taking off as scheduled, Irfan and his family were suddenly ordered off the plane, detained in the airport and refused passage by the airline after they were cleared by the FBI.
September 29, 2001 | MARLON MOHAMMED, Marlon Mohammed is an actor. He lives in Baldwin Park
Now that a little time has passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that stunned our nation (and, indeed, the entire world), people are examining some of the issues created in the aftermath of the attacks. One such issue concerns what is perceived to be a growing sense of suspicion and hostility directed at American Muslims.
January 7, 2005
Re "Some See God's Hand in Remade Landscape," Jan. 5: Only selective and tortured thinking can lead anyone to "see God's hand" in anything related to this tsunami disaster. Surviving another disaster, the Shoah, I could either believe in God and reject it for the 6 million victims or realize the travesty my nation was stuck with. Either way, there can't possibly be a God I want to worship that makes a Shoah or a tsunami. Albert Reingewirtz Carlsbad I read the Jan. 5 commentary, "What Was God Thinking?"
Hedab Tarifi received a crash course in quilting this month. Beginning at 5 p.m. every day for the last two weeks, Tarifi, 41, along with two other women from the Islamic Center of Southern California, worked until 1 a.m. or later, embroidering cursive letters or stitching together 98 red, white and blue fabric squares. They spent Saturday putting on borders and trim. The women expect to send the finished quilt, with about 3,000 embroidered names listed alphabetically, to New York next month.
March 4, 2006 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
After Friday-night prayers, inside a modest mosque behind a McDonald's on Murchison Avenue in Pomona, nearly 400 Muslims were gathered for a rare town hall meeting on the situation in Iraq. They were Shiites and Sunnis, men, women and children from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds from throughout Southern California. But, inside Ahlul-Beyt Mosque, a Shiite house of worship, those labels appeared not to matter.
February 22, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
When suicide bombers blew up a London subway last year in an attack that British police suspect involved several local Muslims, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca began questioning what else he could do to help prevent homegrown terrorism here. So he called a man he thought could offer some answers: Maher Hathout, senior advisor to the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Calling themselves a "sleeping giant," Muslims gathered Saturday in Irvine to brainstorm ways to increase their clout in the U.S. political system and the November elections. A bipartisan slate of speakers--from Rep. Tom Campbell (R-San Jose) to California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres--encouraged Muslims to register to vote, volunteer on campaigns, donate money and forge personal relationships with elected officials.
August 24, 2006
Cindy Chang's annoyance with Americans who ask her if she speaks English ["Just Consider Her the Girl Next Door," Aug. 17] reminds me of the pharmacist with the Chinese name and accent who insisted on addressing me in Spanish. I was born in the U.S. and speak English without an accent, so I found the woman's decision to practice her Spanish on me amusing and, yes, slightly off-putting. Ms. Chang has discovered that life is not fair. But Ms. Chang attempts to make a connection between her pique and the 1942 internment of Japanese Americans and what is causing Muslim Americans to be singled out today.
April 21, 1999 | FAWAZ A. GERGES
Bloody and costly as it is, the conflict in the Balkans has the potential to transform the historically hostile relationship between Islam and the West into a partnership, particularly if it succeeds in restoring and empowering the more than 600,000 displaced Kosovo Albanian Muslims.
September 11, 2010 | By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
On the eve of the Sept. 11 remembrance, President Obama spoke of his own Christianity on Friday while calling on Americans to turn away from religious divisions and join together as "one nation, under God. " It was a rare personal reference from the president, coming in a news conference that sounded more like a homily to the nation before a somber anniversary. "As somebody who relies heavily on my Christian faith in my job, I understand the passions that religious faith can raise," Obama said.
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