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September 13, 2001
As the nation wakes up on the day after, many Americans are wondering, was it just a bad dream? Could the surreal have been real? Could those images forever seared into our memories just be figments? Indeed, the grim reality is that terrorism did strike America in an unprecedented way. By some estimates, this grotesque act has killed more than all those who landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day during World War II. It is the symbolic equivalent of Pearl Harbor in its ferocity and effect, shaking our country's foundation but renewing our resolve to combat terrorism.
NEWS
September 19, 2001
As you can imagine, it is quite difficult being an American Muslim right now. In spite of the efforts of our leaders (from President Bush to Glendale City Councilman Frank Quintero) not to blame Arab and Muslim Americans for the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., their words seemingly fall on deaf ears. People are angry, as am I. But while we clearly and loudly condemn these horrific acts, American Muslims are still harassed, attacked and discriminated against, just like we were after the bombing at Oklahoma City.
NEWS
July 16, 2009
Zarian to host Islamic rep Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, is scheduled to appear live on ?The Larry Zarian Show? Thursday to discuss changing attitudes and public perceptions of Muslims. The council, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., was created to defend the civil rights of American Muslims, while working to integrate Islam into ?American pluralism,? according to the agency. Al-Marayati is scheduled to appear in the first half of the one-hour show, with Sona Mooradian, administrative analyst for city of Glendale, slated to discuss affordable housing programs for low-income residents in the second half.
FEATURES
January 8, 2009
The new year is here. What is your message for a prosperous 2009? Worldwide economic crisis, massive real estate and stock devaluations, terrorism in Mumbai, indiscriminate civilian casualties in Gaza, you name it, from the macro to the micro, 2009 will bring some measure of turmoil to each of us. Significant change is the only certainty in 2009. Prosperity can be achieved if we throw the status quo out the window, adopt some new perspectives and plan a new course of action for the new year.
NEWS
October 22, 2001
As we move further away from Sept. 11, American Muslims have been heartened by the reactions of our fellow citizens toward our community. The initial fear of backlash has certainly materialized in some respects, but not nearly to the scale that Muslims had thought it would. On the contrary, many people have expressed solidarity with, and support of, our community. Whether it was the pastor who called and said "I'll bring my entire congregation to your mosque to protect it" or the Japanese American who said, "My internment was not in vain" (i.e.
FEATURES
November 13, 2009
The shootings last week at Fort Hood, Texas, have been met with everything from fear and anger to disbelief, shock and sadness. Every day we are learning more about Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged gunman, and his motivations behind the attack that killed 13 last week. What are healthy and maybe spiritual ways that we can react to this incident without adding fuel to fire of this already volatile occurrence?   Americans are experiencing shock and disbelief as the details unfold about the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings.
NEWS
September 10, 2002
Muslims working with all Americans for peace It is not any stretch of the imagination to say that our lives as citizens of Glendale and of America have been forever changed by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It is unfortunate that it took such a tragic day to prompt some residents to walk next door and reintroduce themselves to their long-time neighbors in an effort to strengthen a sense of neighborhood community. Nevertheless, these events underscore the importance to continually strive to better understand the world around us, and that starts right here in our hometown.
NEWS
October 5, 2001
Sang Lee The horrific events of Sept. 11 affected us all. Most Americans responded to this tragedy by realizing a newfound sense of patriotism and a feeling of unity toward fellow Americans. But some, unfortunately, have chosen to use this calamity as an excuse to show their prejudices toward others in this country who are perceived as "different." With the acts of terror against our nation apparently being the work of Islamic extremists, some Americans have foolishly shown their anger and frustration by lashing out against Americans of Muslim faith and Middle Eastern descent.
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August 12, 2011
Q. As Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan, a new survey shows that American Muslims are happier than ever. A Gallup study found that 60% of Muslim Americans surveyed reported they were “thriving,” slightly higher than for Americans of any other religion except Jews, and are optimistic about their lives. The survey, carried out over two years by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, found that Muslim Americans said their standard of living was improving over past years and that, with the election of Barack Obama, they felt a sense of political enfranchisement.
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FEATURES
November 21, 2009
“His name had barely been released, his heritage and history not immediately known, but the reaction was fast and furious,” began an article last week in the Canadian Press. Many questions remain about the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, with some reports alluding to a connection Hasan had with a military Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is calling Hasan a hero. As such, questions like “Were the shootings an act of terrorism?” and “Should Muslims be allowed to serve in the military?
NEWS
July 16, 2009
Zarian to host Islamic rep Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, is scheduled to appear live on ?The Larry Zarian Show? Thursday to discuss changing attitudes and public perceptions of Muslims. The council, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., was created to defend the civil rights of American Muslims, while working to integrate Islam into ?American pluralism,? according to the agency. Al-Marayati is scheduled to appear in the first half of the one-hour show, with Sona Mooradian, administrative analyst for city of Glendale, slated to discuss affordable housing programs for low-income residents in the second half.
FEATURES
January 8, 2009
The new year is here. What is your message for a prosperous 2009? Worldwide economic crisis, massive real estate and stock devaluations, terrorism in Mumbai, indiscriminate civilian casualties in Gaza, you name it, from the macro to the micro, 2009 will bring some measure of turmoil to each of us. Significant change is the only certainty in 2009. Prosperity can be achieved if we throw the status quo out the window, adopt some new perspectives and plan a new course of action for the new year.
NEWS
September 10, 2002
Muslims working with all Americans for peace It is not any stretch of the imagination to say that our lives as citizens of Glendale and of America have been forever changed by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It is unfortunate that it took such a tragic day to prompt some residents to walk next door and reintroduce themselves to their long-time neighbors in an effort to strengthen a sense of neighborhood community. Nevertheless, these events underscore the importance to continually strive to better understand the world around us, and that starts right here in our hometown.
NEWS
October 22, 2001
As we move further away from Sept. 11, American Muslims have been heartened by the reactions of our fellow citizens toward our community. The initial fear of backlash has certainly materialized in some respects, but not nearly to the scale that Muslims had thought it would. On the contrary, many people have expressed solidarity with, and support of, our community. Whether it was the pastor who called and said "I'll bring my entire congregation to your mosque to protect it" or the Japanese American who said, "My internment was not in vain" (i.e.
NEWS
October 5, 2001
Sang Lee The horrific events of Sept. 11 affected us all. Most Americans responded to this tragedy by realizing a newfound sense of patriotism and a feeling of unity toward fellow Americans. But some, unfortunately, have chosen to use this calamity as an excuse to show their prejudices toward others in this country who are perceived as "different." With the acts of terror against our nation apparently being the work of Islamic extremists, some Americans have foolishly shown their anger and frustration by lashing out against Americans of Muslim faith and Middle Eastern descent.
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