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    Dear Hope you are all inshallah safe and well.

    Whenever and wherever, our fellow non-Muslim Americans, come to our assistance and display their compassion, understanding and humanity, then in my personal opinion, we should make it a point to show our gratitude, express our appreciation and pass on words of encourage to them. A few words of solidarity and support, alone, indeed goes a long way, whiling showing them that we too are behind them, and will be, in any time of need, and will share their concerns.

    As we scan the headlines of newspapers and magazines across the country, yes, there have been a few isolated incidents of hate and ignorance. But there has been much more news of support and solidarity by our American friends and neighbors. These articles have shown the greatness of the American people and what heights they can rise to in times of need. We Americans have turned our anger and frustration into a positive energy of good.

    Interfaithpeace.org has been struggling endlessly for the past month or so, to have mainstream America understand and accept Islam, just as another religion. They have for instance risked humility by adorning the hjiab for our Muslims sisters. I have been in regular contact with Jennifer and Debra, the organizers, -- a great bunch of people and very sincere and caring -- and would appreciate if you could please send a few personal words of encouragement to them. Words of comfort and understanding always soothes the heart and clears the hurdles of the road, and makes the path of resistance a little worthwhile. Please take some time to visit their site interfaithpeace.org, and see what you can do for such people and the many others like them out there. They inshallah, plan to organize an even larger rally on a global level sometime around Eid. Lets help them as best as we possibly can and others that share in this time of national anguish. Its our turn now. Please spread the word.

    As horrible, unfortunate and disgusting as that incident of violence was, this a very beneficial time for the American Muslims to show to this great nation, the true religion of Islam and what it is really is, that of peace, tolerance and justice. If you get a chance, please do write to your representatives in Government, whether it be your mayor or state senator and share your feelings as an American Muslim. Please do take some time out to write to the editor of your local newspaper, and share some words of appreciation, our grief at human loss, as well some positive words on Islam.

    Your assistance will be appreciated. May God bless this great nation and keep its citizens safe and proud. May God give us all the strength, guidance and patience to do what is right and what is needed. Thanks... Fi Amanillah...

    Regards,

    various articles of solidarity:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...07/MN58893.DTL
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...-2001Oct5.html
    http://capitolalert.com/news/old/cap..._20011004.html
    http://www.metropulse.com/dir_zine/d...0/t_cover.html


    Nation quietly fights intolerance
    Acts of solidarity illustrate what many see as newfound maturity

    Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, October 7, 2001





    More than 1,000 worshipers prayed with Imam Hatem Bazian in a Berkeley mosque after the terrorist attacks last month, yet most of those who knelt toward Mecca had no Islamic background and little knowledge of the rituals. But for them, it was still an act of faith. They were joining their fellow Americans in prayer. Bazian was stunned by the turnout and amazed to see that many non-Muslim women had donned a traditional Islamic head covering. Many continued to wear it for days after the service as a sign of unity. "It's astonishing that people will go this far to show their solidarity," said Bazian, who holds a doctorate in Islamic studies in addition to the religious title imam, or teacher of the faith. In the weeks since terrorism became known to the average American, hundreds of incidents of hatred and hypocrisy have occurred -- arbitrary acts of violence and bigotry carried out in the name of democracy. All but overlooked have been the quieter but perhaps more numerous acts of kindness, large and small, such as the Christians who kept a protective watch over a Seattle mosque after someone dumped gasoline in its parking lot; the dozens of supportive calls to Islamic centers such as Yaseen in Foster City; and the San Francisco couple who marched into their local deli to make sure the owners, a Syrian couple, were OK. And, for the first time, U.S. leaders are promoting tolerance and acceptance on an international scale. President Bush has been widely praised for his repeated explanations of the difference between the practice of Islam and the practice of militant extremism in its name. FROM THE TOP DOWN

    His use of the most effective bully pulpit on the planet to voice respect for Islam sets a modern tone of tolerance that is catching on globally and in this country. "Islam is peace," Bush said at the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., six days after the attacks. "When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. . . . And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race." A week later, when Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi boasted Western culture was "superior" to Islamic culture, other foreign leaders quickly told him, in effect, to shut up. American leaders told Louisiana's congressional representative, John Cooksey, much the same thing when he called Muslim turbans "diapers." Clearly there is self-interest at work. Every official hand extended to Arab Americans also goes out to the foreign allies this country hopes to recruit and retain. Yet tolerance, like its evil twin, hatred, spreads fast and has found uses in areas far beyond foreign policy. Technology has become the new catalyst for Americans' sudden and domino- like expressions of caring. The ability to share ideas instantly and globally through e-mail and the Web was barely available a decade ago during the Gulf War, and was limited even six years ago after the Oklahoma City bombing. Americans then were comparatively isolated in their responses to those major national events. By contrast, more than 100,000 people have logged onto http://www.tolerance.org/ since Sept. 11, spending an average of 13 minutes per visit perusing its hate-crime data and anti-hatred lesson plans, and chatting with each other online about human rights, rearing children in a dangerous world and other topics, said Kelvin Datcher of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which runs the site. On Friday, the group also began collecting personal stories of tolerance sent by e-mail. POSTAL SERVICE DELIVERS MESSAGE

    Other evidence of a new brand of respect can be seen in the full-page newspaper ads taken out by the U.S. Postal Service calling it "an honor" to deliver letters like that of Grace Zahrah, a fourth-grader with an Arabic surname who thanked nurses for helping victims of the terrorism. There is the new national movement among students to accompany Arab American children to class if they are afraid. Kent Mitchell, San Francisco's teachers union president, told instructors it is their "duty to make sure that in our classrooms and schools, feelings of rage are not channeled into despicable incidents of hate." In Pleasanton, a teacher and an Indian father worked together when first- graders suddenly stopped talking to his son. Six-year-old Karan Saravana was saddened by the cold treatment on the playground -- but his teacher moved the boy to the front of the class, his father encouraged him to keep talking to his friends each day, and the problem worked itself out. And then there were the numerous invitations -- extended by Jews and accepted by Arab Americans -- to worship together during the recent Jewish High Holy days. Such acts exemplify what Bazian calls the "moral maturity" of the mainstream. They may distinguish this nation from countries where suspicion is the norm. But they also distinguish America from its own past. NATION'S UGLY PAST

    History's most egregious example spans the nearly 250 years during which the ancestors of today's white Americans owned the ancestors of black Americans. Although slavery coincided with the birth of democracy, it took a civil war to establish the basic right of citizenship for blacks -- and another 100 years for the mainstream to recognize it. "I rarely feel like an American," said Eva Jefferson Paterson, a black lawyer in San Francisco. "But since Sept. 11, I've never felt so much like an American. I think of who was killed in the World Trade Center and on the planes -- black people, white people, Asians, poor people, rich people. The common denominator was that we were all Americans." An attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, Paterson defends the victims of social injustice. And as an "Air Force brat" from Texas, some of her oldest friends are conservative, white Republicans, one of whom told her he would be reluctant to let his daughter marry a black man. Since last month's tragedy, that man has spoken out for Arab American rights, Paterson said. Another, a Navy officer's son, told her he is torn about attacking Afghanistan because, as a Christian, he is for turning the other cheek. "The right wing has been very critical of multiculturalism," Paterson said. "But it has really seeped into the American consciousness." Earlier this year, conservative John Ashcroft's confirmation as U.S. attorney general was threatened as his willingness to fully prosecute hate crimes came into question. "But Ashcroft has probably been the leading voice against hatred toward Arab Americans and Muslims," said Datcher of the Southern Poverty Law Center. PREJUDICE IN NAME OF SECURITY

    There was no such voice in 1942, when reason lost out to fear and prejudice as the government imprisoned Japanese Americans by the thousands. So accepted was the notion of the "yellow menace" in the American consciousness that even the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sever its Northern California chapter for condemning the internment. Just two members of the California Legislature voted against Gov. Earl Warren's internment plan: Ralph Dills in the Assembly and John Shelley in the Senate. The ultimate imprimatur came when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of the camps. John Tateishi was 3 years old when his family lost their Los Angeles property and was sent to rugged Manzanar, a camp in Inyo County by the eastern Sierra. When he came down with German measles, he was placed in quarantine -- and under guard. Tateishi's mother told him when he recovered, "Never try to escape." He wondered what she meant until they learned one day that a young man in the camp had attempted just that. "He was shot and killed," Tateishi said. KNOWLEDGE MEANS GROWTH

    Today, as the national executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League in San Francisco, Tateishi protects constitutional rights for a living. "The climate is very different today," Tateishi said. "We have leaders willing to speak out, and we have a much more informed public." But just in case, Tateishi sent out a national admonition within hours of the terrorism urging "restraint and caution against the possible scapegoating of any group based on ethnicity, religion, or national origin." Helal Omeira, executive director of the Northern California Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations agrees that some good has emerged from the evil. "I don't remember any official coming out after the Gulf War saying there should not be a backlash," Omeira said. "America's tolerance has evolved. It shows in the leadership we have. America is a great place."
    ACTS OF KINDNESS

    To share a personal story of solidarity on the Web, go to http://www.tolerance.org/. Chronicle staff writers Meredith May and Chris Heredia contributed to this report. / E-mail Nanette Asimov at [email protected].

    Muslims receive threats, support

    By Laura Mecoy
    Bee Los Angeles Bureau
    (Published Oct. 4, 2001)

    The killing of an Arab American convenience store owner in the Fresno County community of Reedley last weekend sent tremors of fear through the local Arab American community.Muslim leaders urged the slaying be investigated as a hate crime triggered by anger over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington."The Arab American community is very upset and very frightened," Sgt. Toby Rien of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department said. "That is magnifying everything they hear. It is kind of a frenzy."The department hasn't labeled the death a hate crime yet. But deputies are investigating that possibility and trying to quell the fears of Arab Americans.Statewide and nationally, Arab American and Muslim leaders said fear continues to pervade their community, even as reports of hate crimes against Arab Americans and Muslims subsided in the last two weeks.In the place of hate crime complaints, they said they've experienced an outpouring of good will from other Americans and a growing concern about more institutional forms of discrimination in the workplace and from officials in government."About the second week after the attacks, we started to receive a massive number of messages of support from people saying they regret that we had to go through this," said Khalil E. Jahshan, vice president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.He said his organization received about 350 reports of hate crimes against Arab Americans and about 10,000 messages of support.Jahshan said he was especially moved by a message from a soldier who said he was willing to die for the rights of Arab Americans and Muslims."I thought that was more reflective of all Americans than the 350 incidents," Jahshan said.In California, the state attorney general's office said it received nearly 100 reports of hate incidents against Arab Americans and Muslims from the state's largest law enforcement agencies since Sept. 11.Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his organization has received 10 to 15 reports of supportive gestures for every single account of a hate incident. Non-Muslim women have offered to wear traditional Muslim head scarves to show their support for Muslim women, he said, and some families have shopped for Muslim women who are afraid to leave their homes.In Pomona, Ayloush said non-Muslim neighbors even escorted Muslim parents and their children to a local Islamic school."I have seen and heard things I would never have believed or imagined," he said. "It makes me proud to be an American."But Ayloush and other Arab American leaders also said they've received an increasing number of reports of discrimination against Arab Americans and Muslims at airports and in the workplace. They're also concerned that government officials may go overboard in their zeal to investigate terrorist activity.Ayloush said his organization has received "hundreds" of reports nationwide of Arab Americans undergoing more extensive security checks at airports and even being removed from flights because of fellow passengers' fears."The term 'flying while Muslim' is as true as the term 'driving while black' was," he said. "We are not even keeping track of these reports -- not because we agree with them, but because we understand the paranoia going on."The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is also receiving reports of workplace discrimination from Arab Americans who have been sent home from work or harassed by co-workers since the Sept. 11 attacks."Now you see the more institutional stereotyping and profiling," Jahshan, the committee's vice president, said. "The next thing we may see will depend on the nature of the (anti-terrorism) laws Congress passes."He is concerned about provisions that would expand investigators' ability to detain foreign suspects and conduct electronic surveillance.Jamie Fellner, associate counsel for Human Rights Watch, said her group also is worried about official acts that may target Muslims or Arab Americans, like "roundups" by immigration officials or law enforcement in connection with the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks."The internment of the Japanese (during World War II) is not that long ago," she said. "And that was done with the approval of the highest reaches of the federal government and the support of the people."Since the Sept. 11 attacks, though, government officials ranging from the president to California's governor have visited mosques and Islamic centers to call for tolerance.The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Ad Council and the Arab American Institute have launched a new series of print and radio public service advertisements to encourage all Americans not to discriminate against Arab Americans and Muslims in response to the terrorist strikes.The Davis administration is holding a news conference in Los Angeles today to announce a new toll-free number to report hate crimes, coordinated help for hate crime victims and training for attorneys and community organizations on California's hate violence law and remedies.Also today, the Arab American Chamber of Commerce of Sacramento said Police Chief Arturo Venegas Jr. will speak to the organization's members on the best ways to protect their civil rights.Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, said government officials have "done a good job of making it clear they are not attacking Islam; that they are attacking terrorists."In Reedley, though, the family's reports that convenience store owner Abdo Ali Ahmed had found a hate-filled note on his car windshield shortly before his death have fueled speculation that his killing was a hate crime.Rien, who is investigating the slaying for the Fresno sheriff's office, said Ahmed threw the note away, and they have no other evidence to prove the killing was motivated by hate."But if you were to ask me if it has the appearance of a hate crime, I would have to say yes," he said.




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    aarazuu jurma vafaa jurma tamannaa hai gunaaha ye vo duniyaa hai jahaa.N pyaar na....

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    Thats is very pertinent & particularly important to emphasize for us.We have been taught much to be thankfull for such things as most ppl. take for granted viz. air,water,sun,moon,....BUT we make mistake of not thanking anyone after we have thanked ALLAH.Of course allah is the almighty ,most benefecient & master of us ALL,but i dont think it is wrong after thanking the god almighty to thank humans who are instrument of gods.No body is asking to idolize human ,for all praise be to allah ,almighty ,as humans we alasio like to be appreciated eventhough we ourself remain beholden to allah the almighty.
    Shukuriya & shukran,thankyou ,is all it takes to make the difference.There is nothing about ego in this & no body has accepted any faults just by thanking his adversary even.

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    Chin-o-arab hamaara
    hindostaan hamaara
    muslim hai hum, vatan hai saara jahaan hamaara

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