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Muslim Groups Use Video to Combat Islamophobia

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of 9/11/01. In New York, the day is always loaded, especially in the face of the continuing controversy around the Islamic cultural center proposed for near Ground Zero, and the fact that this year, the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr falls on 9/11.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: 'Burn a Quran Day' Controversy

Friday, September 10, 2010

Takeaway listeners, like much of the world, have been captivated by the story of the Florida pastor who decided yesterday to call off his Quran burning.

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The Takeaway

Evangelical Minister: We Need More Moderate Voices

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pastor Terry Jones announced last night that he cancelled his plans to hold a Quran-burning in Gainesville, Fla. Instead, he will fly to New York to meet with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is proposing to build an Islamic Cultural Center and mosque near ground zero.

Yesterday we spoke with another evangelical Christian minister from Gainesville — Dan Johnson, minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lower Manhattan — who was opposed to the burning. He said, "I think this country is more eager now than ever to hear moderate voices, and they're tired of... being taken hostage by people on the fringes so much.”

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The Takeaway

Florida Pastor Ends Campaign to Burn Qurans

Friday, September 10, 2010

Few legal boundaries stood between Florida Pastor Terry Jones and his plans to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

While most of the world voiced dismay at Pastor Jones' political statement, fearing it would incite violence and radicalize religious extremists overseas, Jones argued that was demonstrating against what he calls the extremism of Islam. Yesterday, the pastor decided to call off his campaign to burn the sacred text after reaching what he said was an "agreement" to meet with the people planning an Islamic cultural center and mosque near ground zero.

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It's A Free Country ®

Daisy Khan: Reaction to Park51 'Un-American,' Muslim Community At Risk

Friday, September 10, 2010

This is the fate of the Muslim community, you know. Our entire future is at risk here. So many mosques have been under attack since this project was announced.  And the Muslim community is taking this very seriously and taking a real pause. You know this is Ramadan. And our Ramadan has not been the same.

- Daisy Khan, co-founder of the Park51 mosque and community center, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Features

Celebrate Eid ul-Fitr with Food from Around the Muslim World

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tens of thousands of New York Muslims begin to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on Friday, the festive celebration marking the end of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting and abstinence from worldly pleasures. The Eid, as it is affectionately called, starts when the new moon is sited or according to scientific calculations of when the moon will appear.

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The Takeaway

Evangelicals, Muslims, and 'Burn a Quran Day'

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Of all the commemorations of September 11th planned for this weekend, Pastor Terry Jones' "Burn A Quran Day" is almost certainly proving the most inflammatory. Jones has announced that with others, he will host a Koran-burning at the "Dove World Outreach Center" in Gainesville, Fla. this weekend. Jones has made international news with his planned action, drawing the ire of everyone from Muslims to Gen. David Petraeus, who says the Pastor's event will endanger U.S. troops abroad. The event has also brought out critics from within his own Evangelical Christian faith.

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The Takeaway

The World Responds to Mosque Near Ground Zero

Thursday, September 09, 2010

This summer, city-backed plans to build an interfaith community center and mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero sparked an international debate.  Although there are nuances to the arguments, one side clearly feels that building a mosque near the site of the September 11th attacks is an affront to the victims; on the other hand, supporters say that there is no reason to block the plans, beyond simple “Islamophobia.” 

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The Takeaway

Imam Behind Embattled 'Ground Zero' Islamic Center Speaks Out

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf announced in an op-ed in today's New York Times, referring to the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan that critics deride as the "ground zero mosque." On the eve of the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Rauf acknowledged the controversy that has polarized Americans and drawn the attention of Muslims all over the world. Rauf says he is "sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of 9/11," but adds that the Cordoba House will be "a center for unification and healing."

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Obama and the Economy, BP, and the Quran

Monday, September 06, 2010

President Obama is embarking on a week of focusing on the economy. He will visit Milwaukee to address Wisconsin's union workers; Cleveland, where he's expected to give details on his ideas to improve the economy and spark job growth; and back to Washington D.C. for a White House news conference on Friday.

Dan Gross, senior editor and finance expert at Newsweek, says tax breaks to encourage companies to hire will be the main item on Obama's agenda.

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Park51: Muslim Leaders Make Their Stand

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

A group known as the Majlis Ash-Shura of Metropolitan New York, aka the Islamic Leadership Council, braved the furious heat (remember, observant Muslims aren't even drinking water these days) and the questions of a sizable press contingent as they tried to reframe the story of the planned Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Park 51 Context: Imam Rauf's Comments on American Mideast Policy

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Comments about American policy in the Middle East that Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf made in the aftermath of 9/11 are stirring the controversy over the proposed mosque and cultural center near ground zero. Kenneth Adelman, member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under George W. Bush and former director of arms control under Ronald Reagan, revisits the conversation about US policy that took place after 9/11 and helps put the Imam's comments into context.

→ Watch Videos We Played Today: Bush Speech on Iraq and Middle East (11/6/2003) | Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf on 60 Minutes

→ Complete WNYC Coverage of the Park51 Development

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The Empire

Bloomberg's Iftar Dinner

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Michael Bloomberg's Iftar Dinner

Kristen Artz / nyc.gov

Bloomberg's annual Ifter dinner in Gracie Mansion, in 2004.

Michael Bloomberg is hosting his annual Iftar dinner tonight at Gracie Mansion. Above is a photo from an Iftar dinner he held there in 2004.

It’s the perfect venue for Bloomberg to reassert himself as the pre-eminent defender of the Park51 project, which, with one exception, has drawn a collective mumble from other city officials.

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The Takeaway

Young American Muslims Offer Their Thoughts on the New York Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The pitched battle over a proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan continues to heat up. We've heard from academics and lawmakers. Today, we're asking young Muslim Americans where they come down in this debate. 

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The Takeaway

Ramadan Relief Efforts for Pakistan Flood Victims

Monday, August 23, 2010

Devastating flooding in Pakistan continued over the weekend as the Indus River surged south and authorities raised the spectre of easily communicable waterborne diseases passing among the millions of people displaced from their homes.

The flooding is taking place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It's a time when, along with prayer and fasting, Muslims donate to various charities. We're taking a look at how Ramadan is being observed in Pakistan and here at home where Muslim communities are rallying to raise donations.  

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The Takeaway

New Yorkers Split on Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan

Friday, August 20, 2010

Whether they are families of September 11 victims or just normal New Yorkers, a recent poll showed that the city is split over Park 51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque proposed a few blocks from Ground Zero, in lower Manhattan. Two-thirds of New Yorkers are against it, and less than one-third in favor. Mid-term election candidates have made the center an election issue, with politicians defending it as a First Amendment right or demanding that the city prevent the construction by taking over the site via "eminent domain." With all the controversy, emotions are running high. 

If you could decide whether or not the center were built at that location, how would you make your decision?

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The Empire

Palin's Question for those Other Mosques

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What's the point of another mosque, Sarah Palin wonders, during an appearance on Fox last night:

There are already a hundred mosques in New York…

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Now, if the purpose of this mosque, as we are lead to believe, is to create this tolerant environment to avoid anything like a 9/11 ever repeating, you have to ask ‘Why didn’t any of those 100 mosques already accomplish such a thing, allowing that tolerance and acceptance of differing views?' So, I don’t buy into that reason, that that’s the purpose of this location being chosen.

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The Takeaway

Imagining a 'World Without Islam'

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The recent debate over whether an Islamic cultural center should be allowed to be built near Ground Zero has only gotten hotter since President Obama weighed in last Friday. "As a citizen, and as president," Obama said, "I believe that Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable." Stoked by arguments over this one building, the national discussion about Islam's role in American society has dramatically heated up. That got us thinking about Graham Fuller's new book, "A World Without Islam."

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The Empire

Nadler's WTC Boundaries

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose district includes Ground Zero and the site of the proposed Islamic center, offers this succinct description of where people's sensitivities about 9/11 should end:

"Two blocks away...is not hallowed ground," says Nadler.

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On Being

Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

14 Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is

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