DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: A November 12 piece, "Fevered Pitch," by Franklin Foer, and a December 24 Notebook item, "Flopaganda," both incorrectly attributed a statement to the Council on American-Islamic
Relations' executive director Nihad Awad. The statement, about the involvement of Mossad and Egyptian intelligence in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, appeared in an unsigned editorial in the March 31, 1994,
issue of the Muslim World Monitor, where Awad was the contributing editor. We regret the error.
[NOTE: We thank The New Republic for making this correction and hope other media outlets that have used similar misquotations will follow suit.
CAIR and many other American Muslim organizations have recently been the targets of a vicious smear campaign based on misquotations, distortions, fabrications, outdated and out of context information, and guilt by association.
This campaign relies on the amplification of prejudice and stereotyping that resulted from the justifiable rage expressed by the American people, including Muslims and Arab-Americans, following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Every major American Muslim group and leader, without exception, has been the target of these unjustified and politically motivated smears.
We ask that journalists and policy-makers examine the agenda of those who are making these false allegations and to refrain from assisting anyone who would seek to silence the voice of an entire American religious minority or to undermine the President's assertions that we are engaged in a war on terrorism, not against Islam or Muslims.]
After 20 years of ceaseless war and famine, the women of Afghanistan must heal themselves, and ultimately their nation, by rediscovering their identity as empowered, dignified Muslim women.
To many, such an assertion seems like an exact reversal of the truth. After so much suffering, some think, the last thing these women need is more of what apparently caused it. However, a brief look at history and women's rights through a correct understanding of Islam paints quite a different picture.
It was Islam, in the 7th century, that established women's spiritual and intellectual equality with men. Muslim women were granted the right to vote, own property, inherit, receive a higher education and even run a
business in which men were subordinates.
These teachings were immediately put into practice, where 1,400 years ago women played an active political role, not only voting for their leader, but also advising him. The Prophet Mohammed's wife, Khadijah, was one of the most successful businesswomen in Mecca, employing many men, including at one point the Prophet himself. Aisha, whom the Prophet married some years after the death of Khadijah, became a scholar of Islam. A man of the time described her by saying, "I have not seen a greater scholar than Aisha in the learning of the Koran, shares of inheritance, lawful and unlawful matters, poetry, literature, Arab history and genealogy." It was not surprising, then, when the world's first institution of higher education --
Al-Azhar Islamic University, founded in Cairo in 969 A.D. -- was named after a woman, Fatima al-Zahraa…
WHAT: CAIR-Central Pennsylvania (CAIR-PA) will conduct two seminars on Islam at the Bosler Free Library in Carlisle, Pa.The seminars will cover the following topics:
January 19 - Islam Between Rejection and Extremism - by Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Chair, CAIR-PA. Description: Islam is the path of moderation - the middle way.
January 26 - Muslim Women 2002: Ancient Relics or Friends of the Future - by Ms. Mumina Kowalski, Muslim Chaplain at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy, PA.
WHEN: January 19 and 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.A question and answer session will follow the 1-hour presentations.
WHERE: The Bosler Free Library, 158 West High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
P.O. Box 4516
Harrisburg PA 17111
E-MAIL: [email protected]