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Islam in US

Anti-Muslim hate crimes still in high levels: FBI

Source : Agencies | 13 Dec 2012

Hate crimes against perceived Muslims, which jumped up 50% in 2010 largely as a result of anti-Muslim propagandizing, remained at relatively high levels last year, according to 2011 hate crime statistics released today by the FBI.

The bureau reported that there were 157 reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2011, down slightly from the 160 recorded in 2010. The 2011 crimes occurred during a period when Islam-bashing propaganda, which initially took off in 2010, continued apace, reported SPLC.

Ten years later: Paying tribute to the forgotten Arab victims of 9/11

Source : Kamal Kobeissi | Al Arabiya / New York / 11 Sept 2011

Throughout the 10 years that followed the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington hardly anyone heard about the Arab victims of that massive terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 3,000 civilians. It is not clear why they have been neglected. Perhaps it is because there were few of them, and because marginalization has always been their destiny.

Survey: U.S. Muslims have moderate views

By Haya El Nasser : USA Today | 04 September 2011

Almost half the nation's estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists but a vast majority are far more satisfied with the way things are going in the United States than is the overall population, according to the first comprehensive survey of U.S. Muslims in four years.

Alabama Muslims feed the hungry during Ramadan fast

By Kay Campbell : The Huntsville Times | Friday, 26 August 2011 / Alabama

"What will convey to you what the steep road is? Emancipation of a slave, or feeding on a day of hunger an orphaned relative or a destitute pauper. Then one will be of those who believe and practice patience and practice kindness. They are the company of the right." - The Quran 90:12-18, translated by Thomas Cleary.

NY police defends "spying", Muslims demand US probe

Source : Agencies
New York | 25 Aug 2011

A U.S. Muslim civil liberties organization on Wednesday called for a federal investigation and Senate hearings into a report the CIA was helping New York City police spying on mosques and minority neighborhoods.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) suspects the joint CIA-police intelligence-gathering described in an Associated Press report violates the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Privacy Act of 1974 and a presidential order banning the CIA from spying on Americans, CAIR attorney Gadeir Abbas said.

Obama hosted iftar dinner at White House celebrating Ramadan

Source : Agencies
Washington | 11 Aug 2011

Continuing a tradition first started by one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, President Obama hosted an iftar dinner Wednesday evening in the State Dining Room to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The president is no stranger to the sunset fast-breaking meal – he likely attended many as a boy in Indonesia – but Wednesday’s event came with a star-studded guest list and an agenda: reaching out to an important, and often embattled constituency.

US museum explores Muslim roots

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies
Washington | 05 Aug 2011

Digging into the history of early Muslims who came to America centuries ago, a new Islamic Heritage Museum has opened recently in Washington DC in a new attempt to fight misconceptions about Muslim roots.

“So many times people, Americans and non-Americans, Muslims and non-Muslims, have misperceptions of Muslims saying they came from the Nation of Islam or that they came through the immigrations in the 60s and the 70s,” co-founder and curator Amir Muhammad told Press TV on Friday, August 5.

Americans must give their Muslim brethren a break

Source : John L. Esposito | The Daily Star
Tuesday : 07 Jun 2011

Muslim Americans deserve a break. There are as many as 6-8 million Muslims living in the United States, where they have been contributing to the country as doctors, engineers, artists, actors and professionals.

However, for a decade now, many have found themselves and their religion wrongly equated with the acts of terrorists such as Osama bin Laden. Many have been the victims of fear, suspicion and prejudice, Muslim-bashing, unlawful surveillance, illegal search, arrest and imprisonment.

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