HADITH OF THE DAY: DO NOT RETURN EVIL FOR EVIL - TOP
Narrated Ayesha: “(The Prophet Muhammad) did not return evil for evil, but he would forgive and pardon.”
Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1528
CAIR-MI: REFUSAL TO RELEASE IMAM'S AUTOPSY RAISES SUSPICIONS - TOP County medical examiner cites investigation as the reason for holding on to information Paul Egan, Detroit News, 12/22/09
Dearborn -- The Wayne County medical examiner's refusal to release its autopsy report on Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah is fueling concerns in the Muslim community about a possible cover-up of facts surrounding his death, a community leader said Monday.
Abdullah, 53, was killed Oct. 28 in a gunfight with the FBI at a Dearborn warehouse. The FBI said Abdullah, an alleged leader of a radical Muslim separatist group involved in fencing stolen goods, fired a weapon that killed an FBI dog.
The county Medical Examiner's Office denied a Nov. 2 request The Detroit News filed for Abdullah's medical examiner report, saying it was not complete.
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations ofMichigan, said the county office has not responded to a request from his organization requesting a copy of the report once it is completed. The office also quoted exorbitant fees for copies of autopsy photos, he said. (More)
CAIR-MI: RELEASE ABDULLAH'S AUTOPSY NOW - TOP Jeff Gerritt, Detroit Free Press, 12/22/2009
The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office, at the request of Dearborn Police, has refused to release an autopsy report of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah. The autopsy report is public information and should be released immediately. Delaying its release until the Dearborn police finish their investigation into the Islamic leader’s shooting may be illegal. Information delayed is information denied. In any case, the action has just raised further questions in the community about a government cover up. Among some in the Muslim community, Abdullah has already become a martyr…
“Not releasing the autopsy report has led to more suspicions in the community," said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan. “Transparency is the best way to restore the public’s confidence." (More)
CAIR: FBI WALKS TIGHTROPE IN OUTREACH TO MUSLIMS, FIGHTING TERRORISM - TOP Jerry Markon, Washington Post, 12/20/2009
At a retirement party last week for the head of the FBI's Washington field office, Muslim and Arab leaders presented the guest of honor with a crystal plaque.
It thanked Joseph Persichini Jr. for reaching out to the local Muslim and Arab communities. Yet even as the tribute on Capitol Hill went on, his agents had a different mission. They were flying toPakistan to interrogate five Washington area Muslim men arrested in a terrorism probe. The outcome of that investigation threatens to undermine the very relationships their boss tried to foster.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, FBI agents from the same office have met with Muslim leaders, fielded questions at mosques and participated in Ramadan feasts. The outreach might well have resulted in the families of the five men coming forward to the FBI to report them missing.
But that action now has agents and prosecutors facing a dilemma as the case has morphed from a missing persons investigation into a counter-terrorism probe. As U.S. officials consider whether to file criminal charges against the men and how aggressively to prosecute any potential case, some Muslim leaders are calling for leniency, saying the tough approach often used by the Bush administration would alienate a community whose relationship with law enforcement is uneasy.
"Charging them and throwing them in jail is not the solution," said Nihad Awad, national head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which approached the FBI on behalf of the families. "The government has to show some appreciation for the actions of the parents and the community. That will encourage other families to come forward." (More)
STILL NO ARRESTS IN 2005 MOSQUE BOMBING - TOP WLWT, 12/20/2009
CINCINNATI -- Four years later, federal agents are still trying to figure out who bombed aCincinnati mosque.
On the anniversary of the attack, the local Muslim community is looking back on the blasts as the FBI works to find those responsible.
It was late in the night on Dec. 20, 2005, when two pipe bombs went off outside the Islamic Association of Cincinnati. Luckily, no one was hurt, but no one has been ever been arrested or charged.
The bombs did damage to the front of the mosque along Clifton Avenue, and agents said someone could have easily been injured or killed had the blast gone off at a different time.
The blast was large enough that neighbors five blocks away heard it and called police. (More)
CAIR-CHICAGO: LAWSUIT: RACISM, RELIGIOUS BIAS AT TRUCKING FIRM - TOP African-American Muslim Employee Sues USF Holland CBS2, 12/21/2009
CHICAGO (CBS) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an African-American Muslim who worked as a truck driver in the Chicago area, and who says he was harassed both for his race and for his religion.
Reginal Exson worked as a truck driver for the Cook County location of USF Holland, according to a news release from the council.
Exson says a company representative made insulting remarks calling him a "liar," making derogatory remarks against African-Americans and telling Exson that lying "must be part of your gene pool." (More)
CAIR-OK: MUSLIM GROUP PRESENTS REPORTS ON HATE CRIMES, LOCAL PROGRESS -TOP Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel, 12/17/2009
A MidTown Oklahoma City-based group focused on advancing the civil rights of Muslims in the U.S. and Canada has presented locally a national report summarizing incidents of violence, discrimination and harassment reported during 2008. While pointing to many concerns, apparent progress in reducing such incidents was considered a hopeful sign.
Speakers included Razi Hashmi, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Oklahoma chapter, Michael Aziz Gipson, CAIR-OK board chairman and the event’s moderator, and Huda Abdul-Razzak, operations coordinator for CAIR-OK. (More)
WASHINGTON: A Sikh graduate student, working as a part-time pizza delivery person, was thrown into a swimming pool and brutally assaulted in West Texas, according to the Sikh Coalition, a community advocacy group.
When the young man, whose identity has been withheld for his protection, brought pizzas for delivery into a home, four men took the pizzas and started eating without paying, while hurling racial epithets and threatening him.
"I'm going to **** you up in Iraq, I'm going to **** you up in Afghanistan, I'm going to **** you up over here," they were quoted as saying by the Coalition in a media release. But it did not say when the incident took place.
The four men then grabbed the Sikh student and threw him into a swimming pool. The four attackers surrounded the pool, kicking him in the head and body. Every time he tried to escape, they would stomp or hit at him.
For 20 minutes, he swam for his life trying to escape. He eventually seized an opportunity to flee and barely made it to his car with two men in pursuit, the community group said. (More)
PARENTS: RELIGION LED TO CHILDREN BEING TAKEN AWAY - TOP Checkey Beckford, CBS 13 Sacramento, 12/20/2009
Two local parents believe being Muslim cost them their children, and a former OJ Simpson defense attorney is now representing them.