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Islam & Muslims in the Post 9/11 America
A source book


UN Secretary General:
Muslims have become convenient scapegoats

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Muslims have become “convenient scapegoats,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday (Jan 16), addressing a forum to tackle the recent rise in discrimination against Muslims. The forum in New York City was co-organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Permanent Missions of the United States, Canada and the European Union Delegation. Read More

In an open letter to US Congressmen:
90 civil advocacy groups oppose anti-Muslim rhetoric

AMP Report: About 90 national religious, secularist, civil advocacy and civil rights organizations have urged the members of Congress to “support core principles of the First Amendment and religious freedom in our country by denouncing anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals.” In an open letter sent on Tuesday, January 17, the organizations said as anti-Muslim rhetoric became more prevalent during the presidential campaign, the rate of crimes against Muslims also increased. “Establishing anti-Muslim policies, such as forcing Muslims to register on a national scale, goes directly against the American principles of freedom of religious belief and of expression.” Read More

Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump Muslim registry

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: On January 5, 2017, nine Democratic senators filed a bill blocking the executive branch from registering people based on religion, race, gender, age, national origin or nationality. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) was quoted by The Hill as saying that “if our incoming President ever attempts to create a discriminatory database of Americans, let this be our warning shot: we will fight him every step of the way and in every way we can.”  Read More

2016: The worst year for American Muslims since 2001

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Three mosques in California were sent anonymous hate-mail in November warning them that Donald Trump would “cleanse” Muslims from the US the same way “Hitler did to the Jews.” This story best reflects the dilemma of the seven-million-strong Muslim American Community during the presidential election year. The year 2016 was perhaps the worst year for American Muslims since 2001. The New York Times pointed out: Hate crimes against American Muslims have soared to their highest levels since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to data compiled by researchers, an increase apparently fueled by terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad and by divisive language on the campaign trail. The trend has alarmed hate crime scholars and law-enforcement officials, who have documented hundreds of attacks — including arsons at mosques, assaults, shootings and threats of violence — since the beginning of 2015. Read More

American Muslim groups welcome decision
to end
program once used to track Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: American Muslim civil advocacy groups Thursday (Dec. 22, 2016) welcomed President Barrack Obama’s decision to permanently dismantle the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS) also called “Special Registration.” CNN quoted Neema Hakim, a DHS spokesman, as saying: “The Department of Homeland Security is removing outdated regulations pertaining to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems (NSEERS) program, with an immediate effective date.”  By 2011, nearly a decade after the program was enacted, NSEERS had not resulted in a single terrorism conviction. The Department of Homeland Security determined in 2011 that the program was “redundant and did not provide any increase in security,” said Hakim. Read More

Vandals deface Korans and books about Islam in libraries across US

Raw Story: A number of libraries across the U.S. say that they have seen an increased number of anti-Muslim acts of vandalism and hate speech in the wake of the election of Republican candidate Donald Trump. The Guardian reported Monday (Dec 12, 2016) on a survey by the American Libraries Association (ALA), which found that copies of the Koran and books about Islam have been defaced with swastikas and other hate speech at a number of libraries. The worst incident so far, the Guardian said, was an attack on a Muslim student in which a man tried to forcibly remove her hijab.Four days after the election, the BBC said, a Muslim student said she was studying at the University of New Mexico library when a man in a Trump shirt tried to pull off her hijab, the scarf women of certain Islamic sects wear over their hair. Read More

Islamophobia will be in White House

San Antonio Express-News Editorial: In a video making the rounds, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be his national security adviser says, “Islam is a political ideology … that definitely hides behind this notion that it is a religion.” At another point in the video, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn says of Islam, “it’s like a malignant cancer that has metastasized.” Read More

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – December 10, 2016

 Worries grow that election has ’empowered’ bigotry

By Natasha Lindstrom: The attack came unprovoked.The 54-year-old white man donning a Pirates cap elbowed and then punched in the head the brown-skinned man who sat at the Red Robin restaurant in South Hills Village.”I don’t want you sitting next to me … you people,” witnesses said they heard Jeffrey Burgess say in addition to anti-Muslim racial slurs during the incident two days before Thanksgiving, according to a criminal complaint filed by Bethel Park police. The assault marked the first high-profile violent act against a person in Western Pennsylvania believed to be motivated by hate or bias since Donald Trump clinched the U.S. presidency, though reports of hate-fueled acts during and in the aftermath of the presidential campaign have proliferated nationwide. Read More

Bay Area Muslims and non-Muslims
band together in wake of Trump election

Peninsula Press: Earlier this month at daybreak, Kristen Krauss, a teacher from San Jose, put on a headscarf for the first time and walked beside Saima Saleem, a mother of three from Santa Clara, who has worn one for most of her life. Joined by about 70 other hijab-wearing hikers, the group trekked towards Mission Peak, past rolling green hills dotted with cows as the city of Fremont began to appear below them. Krauss organized the Dec. 3 “Hijab Hike” via Facebook after reading reports of a woman with lupus who went for a hike near Mission Peak wearing a headscarf and returned to find her car window smashed and a hate note left on her windshield by someone who thought she was Muslim. Read More

Nearly 200 U. S. organizations demand rescinding of Muslim registry law

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: In a letter, sent to President Barack Obama, nearly 200 organizations Friday (Nov. 21) called on his administration to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). The signatories include civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Leadership Conference on Civil Human Rights, American Immigration Council, Center for American Progress (CAP), National Council of La Raza, the National Immigration Forum (NIF), and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Read More

New York Times: Muslim Americans speak of escalating worries

November 19, 2016: Muslim Americans, already alarmed by the election of Donald J. Trump, said Friday that Mr. Trump’s choices for crucial posts heightened their fears of discrimination, violence, deportation and even detention, The New York Times said Saturday adding: Many said they worried that a more hostile America could prompt more Muslims to join forces with terrorists. Meanwhile the LA Weekly reported The initial sense of shock and disbelief has led to apprehension, as Muslim leaders in L.A. monitor the latest news from Trump Tower on the cabinet appointments and policy directives of the new president-elect. Read More

Post-election spate of hate crimes against
Muslims worse than post-9/11

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: “What may seem like a dramatic rise in the number of hate harassment and hate incidents happening across the country in the wake of Tuesday’s general election is not in anyone’s imagination,” the USA today quoted experts as saying. Melanie Eversley of USA Today wrote on Saturday (11/12) there indeed has been a spike in the number of reports of such incidents, according to representatives for two organizations that track such occurrences. A representative for one group, in fact, said the rise appears to be even worse that what was took place immediately after the terror attacks in 2001. Read More

Muslim groups call on President-Elect Trump
to respect the rights of all Americans

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Like millions of voters and minorities, the upset victory of Donald Trump on Tuesday night was not a pleasant situation for the seven-million-strong American Muslim Community that was at the receiving end during the 2016 controversial presidential election campaign.  Hence, an urgent question for the American Muslims is how they will be treated by the forthcoming administration of Donald Trump. With this in mind, nine Muslim and Arab civil advocacy groups held a joint press conference in Washington DC on Wednesday to offer reaction to the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president. They were joined by the National Council of Churches of Virginia. Read More

More than 70% Muslims to vote for Hillary Clinton

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Thursday, October 13, 2016,  released the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the upcoming presidential election indicating a likely high turnout of Muslims at the polls on November 8 – more than 70 percent of whom say they will vote for Hillary Clinton – and concern about issues such as civil rights, education, the economy, bullying, a proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and national security. Read More

What’s at stake in the 2016 local elections?

MPAC: The 2016 presidential race may be the most important election in our lifetime. The next president will be confronted with a myriad of problems — from the threat of ISIS to global warming to the Syrian conflict. But, local elections and statewide propositions may impact us more than the decisions of the president — from education to public safety to infrastructure. Read More

Message from the ADC Voter Protection Unit (VPU)

ADC: The time to vote for our next President is around the corner. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) wants to make sure everyone’s voice and vote is heard and counted. The ADC Voter Protection Unit (ADC-VPU) was established to address intimidation and ensure the fundamental right to vote is upheld without fault or censure.  The ADC-VPU is dedicated to protect the Arab-American community from attempts to interfere with the right to vote, and responding to fear tactics designed to promote hate, division, and hostility against the Arab-American community. Read More

Happy new Hijra (Islamic) year 1438

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Today, October 2, 2016 marks the first of Moharram, the beginning of the new Hijra year 1438, according to the Islamic calendar announced by the Fiqh Council of North America and endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America, a leading American Muslim civil advocacy group. However, the New York-based “Central Hilal Sighting Committee of North America” announced on October 1st that the crescent of Moharram was not sighted anywhere in North America therefore the first day of Moharram will be Monay, October 3, 2016. Many mosques in North America follow the decision of the Central Hilal Sighting Committee which has local hilal committees throughout the US, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. The Central Hilal Sighting Committee  was formed in June 2009 after a meeting of Islamic religious leaders in New York. Read More

American Muslims 15 years after 9/11

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: – For Muslims now, 15 years since 9/11, ‘it seems more people are more openly hateful’ (Penn Live) – Muslim Americans still struggle with hate crimes, 15 years after 9/11 (AOL) – 15 years after 9/11, unwelcome spotlight returns to Islam (USA Today) – Muslims are still under attack for their beliefs 15 years after 9/11 (Desert News) These headlines best reflect the dilemma of the seven-million-strong American Muslim Community which remains target of assault, bigotry, hate-crime and profiling, one and half decade after the horrific terrorist attacks. Muslim men were attacked, some fatally, while Muslim women in headscarves were harassed and mosques and Muslim businesses were vandalized. In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, U.S. Muslims were targeted by a slew of hate crimes, some tragically resulting in loss of life. But 15 years after the attacks, religious tolerance and assimilation into the fabric of the country continues to largely elude Muslims in America, whether they are from Middle Eastern or Asian countries, American-born and bred, white or black, says Ivey DeJesus of Penn Live. Tellingly, in the 15 years since the 9/11, hate towards Muslims has become more openly acceptable. Anti-Islam rhetoric is no longer playing out behind closed doors. It’s explicit, not implicit anymore. Read More

Nearly 90 percent of Muslims say Islamophobia
during the campaign has caused negative
impact on them and their families

By Josh Keefe: Mental health researchers—many of them Muslim—warn that an increasing number of America’s 3.3 (read around 7) million Muslims are suffering trauma because of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. This campaign season has brought an unprecedented level of anti-Muslim rhetoric into presidential politics, including Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims traveling to the United States. Most recently, Trump questioned whether Islam, and her husband Khzir Khan, forbade Ghazala Khan from speaking at the Democratic National Convention about her son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who died serving in the Iraq War. Read More

 No loyalty test for American Muslims

By Dawud Walid: A few minutes within the last night of this year’s Democratic National Convention have been the focus of a series of conversations as of late. Khizr and Ghazala Khan graced the main stage in Philadelphia that night to speak about the life of their son Captain Humayun Khan who lost his life while serving in the U.S. military while deployed in Iraq. Khizr Khan was highly critical of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposal of temporarily banning immigration of Muslims. Read More

CA: August is declared as
‘Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month’

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Taken a strong stand against a rising climate of Islamophobia in America, the California State Assembly has declared August as the ‘Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.’ On Monday, August 1, the Assembly passed a resolution that declared August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month, as part of an effort to acknowledge the “myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country.”  The resolution (HR-59) was introduced by Assembly Member Bill Quirk and passed with bipartisan support. The sponsors of the resolution pointed out that California is home to over 240 mosques, more than any other state in the country. The resolution also decried the discrimination that Muslim Americans have had to endure in the years following the September 11 attacks. Read More

Bill Clinton’s comments disappoint American Muslims

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong American Muslim community was disappointed by former President Bill Clinton’s comments on the American Muslims during his speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Tuesday night. “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you,” Clinton said toward the end of his address that was largely focused on humanizing his wife. Read More

“The GOP anti-terrorism package would result
in DHS investigating beliefs of ordinary Muslims”

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 5, 2016 – The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said raised constitutional concerns regarding the House Republican “anti-terrorism” package assembled by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and said it would result in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigating the religious and political beliefs of ordinary Muslims. Read More

Blanket surveillance of Muslims in Japan

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected a second appeal by the country’s Muslim community against nationwide surveillance of Muslim groups, mosques and even halal restaurants. This may not be surprising to America’s seven-million-strong Muslim community which has been under real and virtual surveillance since 9/11. Read More

‘Never been a time like this’:
Alarmed Muslim voters mobilize to stop Trump

Talking Points Memo: This election cycle – with Republican nominee Donald Trump proposing a ban on Muslims entering the country and threatening to shut down mosques–Muslim Americans have are urgently aware that they need to mobilize against him.  “There has never been a time like this with so much tension,” Ehsan Islam at the Dar Alnoor Islamic Community Center in suburban Washington, D.C. told TPM. Read More

Trump’s vote-winning strategy – attack Muslims

By Mohammad Bazzi: Donald Trump prides himself on not backing down from any fight or controversial position. Hours after the Orlando nightclub mass shooting on June 12, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee doubled down on his plan to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. He also renewed his call for U.S. law enforcement agencies to use greater racial profiling, especially of Muslim Americans. Read More

The corporate funding of Islamophobia, a multimillion
dollar operation in support of Donald Trump

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky: Inciting hate towards Muslims has become a multimillion-dollar endeavor, supported by neocon corporate foundations, according to The Guardian quoting a recent report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the University of California at Berkeley’ Center for Race and Gender (CRG). Of significance, several of the groups involved are working hand in glove with the Trump election campaign. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and University of California Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender (CRG), some 74 foundations, think tanks, research centers, etc “contribute in some way to Islamophobia in the US, the primary purpose of which “is to promote prejudice against, or hatred of, Islam and Muslims”. Read More

FBI discontinues surveillance of Muslim Americans
after completing 15-year study of beautiful culture

The Onion –  After 15 years of broadly targeting the 3.3-million-member community and extensively monitoring its activities, the FBI declared an end Friday to its surveillance of Muslim Americans, saying its exhaustive study of their beautiful culture was finally complete. Officials confirmed that the program was started in the fall of 2001 when federal agents, captivated by Islam’s complex history and rich spiritual traditions, redirected the full force of the bureau’s intelligence-gathering apparatus toward developing a more thoughtful, nuanced appreciation of the Muslim-American way of life. Read More

Rising support among Republicans for anti-Muslim
proposals floated by Cruz and Trump

The Atlantic: Donald Trump needs little encouragement to bluster, but he may just have got some anyway. A new survey from Morning Consult, conducted in the wake of the Brussels bombings, details voter sentiment on national-security policies, including support for Trump’s prohibition on Muslims entering the United States. Trump—a poll obsessive—may tout the percentage of voters backing his idea as proof he knows what the country needs. Read More

Ted Cruz appoints leading Islamophobes as foreign policy advisers

 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven million-strong American Muslim community was disappointed by the Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz for appointing leading Islamophobes, Frank Gaffney Jr., and retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin as foreign his policy advisers. Read More

Illinois measure would create advisory council for Muslims

A bill approved by the Legislature would create a 21-member Illinois Muslim-American Advisory Council.Illinois could become the first state in the US with a law giving Muslim-Americans a formal voice in state government. Read More

Where were they radicalized?
Here are six instances of Trump supporters getting violent

By Imraan Siddiqi: Here’s a question:  Are Trump supporters violent?  Yeah, of course we know that not all Trump supporters are violent – it would be ridiculous to generalize a huge group of people based on the actions of a few…oh wait.   Read More

Arab Americans a ‘swing constituency’ in US presidential election

 By James Rein: Arab Americans make up about one percent of the US population, but many live in the swing states that could decide the White House race…..No analysis of US balloting trends is complete without mentioning the country’s large ethnic voting blocs. Mindful presidential hopefuls know that black and Latino voters can swing states – and that swing states can win the White House. The smaller population of Arab Americans is often neglected in these counts. But the surprise win of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in last week’s Democratic primary election in Michigan – partly through his popularity among Arab Americans – is changing perceptions. Read More

Donald Trump’s rhetoric horrifies American Muslims

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed at the mounting anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican Presidential hopefuls, particularly leading GOP candidate Donald Trump. An unprecedented wave of Islamophobia is now sweeping the United States as the Republican Party has become the epicenter of Islamophobia this election season. In recent months, GOP presidential candidates vying for the nomination have repeatedly used anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric to seek support of their voters. Senator Marco Rubio has advocated for shutting down mosques while Ben Carson insists that a practicing Muslim should not be president. Frontrunner Donald Trump, who in December 2015 proposed a ban on all Muslim immigration into the United States, declared Wednesday that “Islam hates America.”  Read More

Super Tuesday poll shows Muslim voters support Hillary Clinton

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, released on March 3, 2016 the results of a six-state “Super Tuesday” poll of almost 2000 Muslim voters indicating that almost half of those voters (46 percent) support Hillary Clinton, followed by Bernie Sanders at 25 percent and 11 percent support for Donald Trump. CAIR’s poll also showed that growing Islamophobia is the top issue for Muslim voters. Read More   

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