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One gigantic technological step backward in the UAE: Banning Blackberry functions

August 1, 2010

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Commentary from Rafik: Strategic myopia and one gigantic step backward: UAE acts to muzzle Blackberry. While the remainder of the world moves forward, Middle Eastern Arab countries are especially good at find unimaginable ways at shackling their own people and slowing any kind of progress. Here we go again. In the past, they would have […]

Good Samaritan 101: Thank you CBS and NBC for rejecting Islamophobic TV ad

July 15, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: The ad below is one of the most Islamophobic ads I have ever seen.  It has been launched by the National Republican Trust Pac, and plays on the worst fears of my fellow countrymen in the US.  As the former President of the Northern Nevada Republican Men’s club,  I deplore this […]

Muslims Rising Against Terrorism Globally

June 23, 2010

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BBC Radio U.S.A. India Pakistan United Kingdom This part 1 of 8. Please go to Youtube.com to view the remaining parts. Canada Middle East

FBI Visits Prompt Reminder of Muslims’ Legal Rights

May 21, 2010

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CAIR Action Alert #609 (Washington, D.C., 5/21/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that its offices nationwide are receiving an increasing number of reports of FBI agents, along with other law enforcement officers, visiting and interviewing American Muslims, particularly members of the Pakistani-American community. These visits often include both FBI agents and […]

Pipe Bomb Attack on Mosque in Jacksonville, Florida

May 12, 2010

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American Muslims Welcome Arrest in Times Square Bomb Plot

May 4, 2010

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/10) — A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today welcomed the arrest of a suspect in connection with last weekend’s failed car bomb attack on Times Square. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with several other national and regional Muslim groups,* said the alleged actions of the Pakistani-American […]

ABC News: One Man’s Fight Against Islamophobia.

April 22, 2010

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Governor signs repeal on teachers’ religious dress; ban will lift in July 2011

April 2, 2010

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By Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian April 01, 2010, 1:08PM With supporters of religious freedom looking on, Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill this morning that will end Oregon’s ban on teachers wearing head scarves and other religious attire. The ban won’t lift until after the 2010-11 school year. The rationale for the delay is to […]

Travelers with Muslim names find themselves fighting for U.S. visas

March 31, 2010

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By Edward Cody, washington post foreign service Thursday, April 1, 2010  LYON, FRANCE — The clean-cut young Frenchman seemed to have everything going for him. Graduate of an elite French engineering school, he had interned at the upper-crust Rothschild bank in Paris, handled wealth management for a while on Wall Street and was accepted for […]

Federal Panel Finds Bias in Ouster of Principal, Debbie Almontaser

March 15, 2010

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March 12, 2010 By ANDREA ELLIOTT, New York Times A federal commission has determined that New York City’s Department of Education discriminated against the founding principal of an Arabic-language public school by forcing her to resign in 2007 following a storm of controversy driven by opponents of the school. Acting on a complaint filed last […]

Muslim scholar’s fatwa condemns terrorism

March 3, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: London, England (CNN) — A Muslim [Sufi] scholar has issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, that says suicide bombers are destined for hell. Tahir ul-Qadri condemned terrorism and criticized Islamic extremists who cite their religion to justify violence. Ul-Qadri’s 600-page fatwa is “arguably the most comprehensive theological refutation of Islamist terrorism […]

In U.S., Religious Prejudice Strongest Against Muslims than Against Christians, Jews or Buddhists

January 22, 2010

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43% of Americans admit to feeling some prejudice toward followers of Islam Analysis by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 4 in 10 Americans (43%) admit to feeling at least “a little” prejudice toward Muslims — more than twice the number who say the same about Christians (18%), Jews (15%) […]

US Government Lifts Ban on Tariq Ramadan

January 20, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE London, January 20 2010 After more than five years of waiting, the American State Department has decided, in a document signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to lift the ban that prohibited me (as well as Professor Adam Habib from South Africa) from entering the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union […]

Torture in Abu Dhabi by Royal Family Member: Guilty or Not Guilty?

January 10, 2010

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Rafik Beekun Islam is strictly against torture. Here is what a Royal Family member, Sheikh Issa Bin Zayed, did to an Afghan man because he suspected him of having overcharged him in a grain deal for about $5,000. Video 1 Video 2 Video 3–if you understand arabic For more information, please go to this site: […]

Open Season on Muslims: Increase in Profiling

January 9, 2010

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CAIR Nadia Hassan says she was the victim of profiling during a full body search at an airport. CNN’s Alina Cho reports. (CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad quoted on profiling incidents.) Muslim Fears Over Profiling Heightened Debate over Racial Profiling

Islamophobia 101: Episode 36–Mayor Koch: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Are Terrorists

January 8, 2010

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Rafik Beekun Amazing words from Mayor Koch who suddenly sounds like right wing extremists, Steve Emerson and Ann Coulter, labels “hundreds of millions” of Muslims as terrorists, and voices his support for profiling every Muslim who is flying. Should we profile every person of Jewish faith because of the past actions of the Jewish Defense […]

Report Recommends Ways to Discourage Muslim-American Radicalization

January 6, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 CONTACT: Karen Kemp (Duke) (919) 613-7394 karen.kemp@duke.edu or Dee Reid (UNC) (919) 843-6339 deereid@unc.edu REPORT RECOMMENDS WAYS TO DISCOURAGE MUSLIM-AMERICAN RADICALIZATION Note to editors: A copy of the report is online at http://www.sanford.duke.edu/news/Schanzer_Kurzman_Moosa_Anti-Terror_Lessons.pdf.  (Note from Rafik Beekun: It can also be downloaded from my blog if the Duke […]

Obama’s TSA Rules Amount to Profiling

January 4, 2010

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 CAIR (WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/4/2010) – A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today said new security measures announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) amount to profiling of Muslims. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the new guidelines, under which anyone traveling from or through 13 Muslim-majority nations will be required […]

Prophet Muhammad (s) Promise to Christians

December 30, 2009

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By Muqtedar Khan Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware Muslims and Christians together constitute over 50 percent of the world. If they lived in peace, we would be half way to world peace. One small step we can take towards fostering Muslim-Christian harmony is to tell and retell positive stories and abstain […]

To profile Muslims or Not?

December 30, 2009

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Ibrahim Hooper on the O’Reilly Show CAIR-LA Comments on Airport Profiling Questions Raised on Airport Profiling The director of the Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Zahra Billoo, tells ABC7 when airport screeners focus on anyone who looks Middle Eastern or Muslim, the screeners may miss more important indicators. “If someone […]

U.S. Right Wing Calls for Profiling of Muslims or Anyone with the Name “Abdul”

December 28, 2009

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Dr. Rafik Beekun Here we go again.  Al the right wingers are out of the closet again. Source: Think Progress The right wing’s predictable policy prescription in the aftermath of any terror incident is to impose greater ethnic profiling of Muslims. For instance, following the Ft. Hood shooting, Sarah Palin said, “profile away.” After six […]

ABC Primetime: Is there Discrimination Against American Muslims?

December 16, 2009

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Rafik Beekun While some may discriminate against Muslims, many day-to-day Americans are just and decent folks, and will also stand up for and defend Muslims’ rights to practice their faith. This sense of balance and fairness among my American countrymen is what makes America such a great and welcoming country.

Shari’ah Law: A Matter of Belief

December 16, 2009

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Georgina Fuller, PersonnelToday.com With increasing numbers of Muslims employed in the UK is it time for employers to pay more than lip service to Islamic law? Georgina Fuller reports. The furore after Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, suggested earlier this year that integrating some aspects of Shariah law into the UK legal system might […]

Muslim Customer Allegedly Harassed at CitiBank for Wearing Hijab

December 9, 2009

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CAIR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CAIR-Chicago Asks Citibank to Apologize for Hijab Incident Muslim customer allegedly harassed by bank guard because of Islamic scarf (CHICAGO, IL, 12/8/09) — The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today called on Citibank to apologize to a Muslim woman who was allegedly verbally abused by a security […]

Switzerland Ban on Minarets Condemned

December 1, 2009

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“[The ban] raises concerns as to whether fundamental rights of individuals, protected by international treaties, should be subject to popular votes.” , Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of Council of Europe. Al Jazeera Switzerland is facing international criticism and charges of intolerance following a shock referendum vote backing a constitutional ban on the construction of new minarets. […]

Inside Islam: What A Billion Muslims Really Think

November 25, 2009

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Dear  Reader, How many times have you heard the following: “Islam has nothing to do with democracy,” “Muslims are violent,” “They oppress women?” In partnership with Unity Productions Foundation, the makers of a new PBS documentary “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” Link TV broadcasts this prescient and important new film that reveals […]

Filling A Gap in Pakistan’s School System

November 24, 2009

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Amna Nawaz, NBC News KARACHI, Pakistan – No one is exactly sure how old Taimur Muslim is. A soft-spoken, lanky lad with a chipped front tooth and eyes undecided between green and gray, Taimur told me that school is his favorite part of the day, that he hates having to watch over his younger siblings […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 34–”Going Muslim” vs. “Going Postal”

November 14, 2009

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Tunku Varadarajan, a clinical professor (akin to a lecturer hired because of professional, not academic experience) at NYU’s Stern Business School and a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, is executive editor for opinions at Forbes. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree. He writes a weekly column for Forbes Forbes.com Tunku Varadarajan, 11.09.09, 12:00 AM ET  “Going […]

Islamophobia on the Rise After the Massacre at Fort Hood

November 14, 2009

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Robert Spencer on the Savage Nation Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Says The Problem Is Islam Source: CAIR “It is the proper role of national religious and political leaders to challenge those who promote hatred and intolerance,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Extremists who seek to exploit the Fort Hood tragedy are doing a […]

Army Muslim Chaplain: No Hostility Since Fort Hood

November 12, 2009

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NPR Please click here to listen to the interview of a U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain after the tragic events at Fort Hood.

CAIR Director Discusses Fort Hood Shootings on Hardball with Chris Matthews

November 10, 2009

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Videos: U.S. Muslims Condemn Cowardly Fort Hood Attack

November 9, 2009

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Oklahoma Muslims Condemn Unequivocally Fort Hood Attack Fort Hood (Texas) Muslims Condemn The Deadly Rampage Rachel Maddow says Right-Wing Wrong on Fort Hood Attack Muslims Condemn Shootings, Urge Calm and Unity Cair Rep Discusses Fort Hood Attack on PBS ‘Newshour’ South Florida Muslims Pray Fr Peace Muslims Worry About Backlash N. Texas Muslims Fear Fort […]

Swiss Muslims open mosque doors

November 7, 2009

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BBC News Muslims in many parts of Switzerland have invited the public into mosques – three weeks before a vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets. Muslim organisations say they hope their open day will counter what they say are fears and prejudices. The conservative group that initiated the vote – the largest […]

Duke University News Tip: Muslim-American Values Not Reflected in Fort Hood Shooting

November 6, 2009

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——————————————- DUKE UNIVERSITY NEWS Duke University Office of News & Communications http://www.dukenews.duke.edu ——————————————- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 CONTACT: Camille Jackson (919) 681-8052 camille.jackson@duke.edu NEWS TIP: MUSLIM-AMERICAN VALUES NOT REFLECTED IN FORT HOOD SHOOTING, DUKE EXPERT SAYS Note to editors: Jen’nan Read can be reached for additional comment until 7 p.m. Friday at […]

Indian Muslims Denounce Terrorism

November 4, 2009

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Al Jazeera Some of the most influential Muslim scholars in India have passed a resolution condemning all forms of violence in the name of Islam. The Deoband is an influential Islamic school inspiring tens of thousands of religious study centres across the world, which some say has even inspired the Taliban’s ideology in Afghanistan. Prerna […]

Islamophobia: Muslim Interns Infiltrating Congress?

October 28, 2009

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The above video is referring to the attack by four Republican Congressional Representatives on Muslim interns in Congress and on CAIR. Please click here to read about the unjustified attack by these lawmakers. Rep. Ellison Speaks Out Against Muslim ‘Intern Spy’ Hunt [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STSqmcs-Y_U]

Double Standards for Freedom of Expression At Columbia University

October 21, 2009

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Al Jazeera Blog When President Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke to students at Columbia University in September 2007, the students, the faculty and the media were all given front row seats to condemn and to vilify. Even the President of the University, Lee Bollinger, took the opportunty to get a dig in, telling Ahmadinejad: ““Mr. President, […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 33–Muslim Interns “Spying” on Congress

October 18, 2009

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Rachel Maddow Exposes Anti-Muslim Extremists in Congress Media Matters and CAIR The Council of American-Islamic Relations has recently come under attack from four Congressional Republicans who accuse the group of attempting to plant spies in key Congressional offices in order to affect policy. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), […]

Islamophobia 101: Episode 32– Frank Gaffney calls Islam A Virus More Deadly than Swine Flu

October 1, 2009

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Frank Gaffney demonstates his ignorance of and his bias towards Islam. He says that according to the Shariah, “Allah’s Will says that you need to force others to submit to Islam”. Clearly, he has never read the Qur’an. Here are two verses and a chapter from the Qur’an that contradict Frank Gaffney and expose his […]

U.S. attorney targeted N. Miss. store owners

September 29, 2009

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Clarion Ledger Jerry Mitchell jmitchell@clarionledger.com The U.S. attorney’s office in Oxford targeted convenience store operators in north Mississippi, many of Middle Eastern descent, despite a lack of any connection to terrorism, according to documents obtained by The Clarion-Ledger. The Convenience Store Initiative arose from meetings with local law enforcement officers in the years following 9-11 […]

Fault Lines – Religion and Evangelical Fundamentalism in the United States and Israeli Military

September 21, 2009

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Part 1 The United States is a deeply religious country, over 90% believe in god and 80% believe in miracles. For the US military, dealing with its own religious identity has become an internal battle. Growing evidence points towards a rising influence of evangelical Christianity, and with two wars still raging in Muslim countries with […]

Perilous Job: Reporter Fired Upon By Israeli Soldiers on West Bank

September 13, 2009

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On September 4, 2009, Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas on Palestinians protesting against the Israeli separation barrier (apartheid wall) which cuts through their West Bank village of Bilin. The soldiers also fired tear gas at Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera’s correspondent who was covering the event live from near the village of Bilin. Here is […]

Americans See Muslims As Facing More Discrimination

September 12, 2009

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Pew Forum Eight years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Americans see Muslims as facing more discrimination inside the U.S. than other major religious groups. Nearly six-in-ten adults (58%) say that Muslims are subject to a lot of discrimination, far more than say the same about Jews, evangelical Christians, atheists or Mormons. In fact, of […]

Pew Forum Poll: Only A Minority of Americans Hold Favorable Views of Muslims

September 10, 2009

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Time/ CNN Eight years after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Muslim Americans — particularly Muslim-American women — continue to face battles in their struggle for acceptance and the right to wear religious garb in public settings. A new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that Americans see Muslims as encountering […]

When Muslims Saved Jews

August 31, 2009

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Dina Rabie, Islamonline.net “They came in as guests. They were given Muslim names, they were living with Muslim families,” Gershman told IOL. CAIRO — Norman Gershman has become accustomed to the reactions from people who see his photos and read his stories about Muslims sheltering Jews and saving their lives during the Holocaust. “I had […]

Fired for comparing the Holocaust experience to the Naqba

August 27, 2009

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Haaretz Yad Vashem fires employee who compared Holocaust to Nakba By Yoav Stern Yad Vashem has fired an instructor who compared the trauma of Jewish Holocaust survivors with the trauma experienced by the Palestinian people in Israel’s War of Independence. Itamar Shapira, 29, of Jerusalem, was fired before Passover from his job as a docent […]

Attack on Muslim Business Probed as Hate Crime

August 24, 2009

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/22/09) A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group reported today that anti-Iranian graffiti was scrawled inside a Philadelphia store ransacked by vandals earlier this week. According to the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the vandals also overturned counters, broke glass windows and doors and scattered food and other items around […]

Will China Again Forbid its Muslim Uighurs to Fast During Ramadan?

August 21, 2009

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During Ramadan in 2008, our Muslim brothers and sisters were forbidden from fasting by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang. Students, teachers and civil servants were barred from fasting. For example, students in schools through out this region were being ordered to eat. Children under 18 years were being specifically targeted: they could not fast or enter […]

Can Muslim Women Work Outside Their Homes?

July 22, 2009

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By Maulvi Waris Mazhari (Translated from Urdu by Yoginder Sikand) Some traditional ulema are of the view that Muslim women must not work outside their homes. They even argue that women can step out of their homes only under extreme necessity. Otherwise, they insist, they must remain within the four walls of their homes. Ironically, […]

“A New Beginning”? President Obama Addresses the Muslim World

June 4, 2009

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Please click here to download the transcript of President Obama’s speech in Cairo.

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