The first ever systematic poll of
American Muslims finds a 58 percent approval rating of President Bush for
his handling of the terrorist attacks on September 11 and two-thirds agree
with the Bush Administration's assertion that the war is being fought
against terrorism, not Islam. Two-thirds also responded that a change in America's policy in the Middle East is the best way to wage the war against terrorism.
"The Poll clearly shows the determination of the Muslim community," said Project MAPS Co-Director Zahid Bukhari of Georgetown University's Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. "Although it took the heat after September 11, more than 50 percent experienced incidents of backlash, the community is yet very much eager to fully participate in the American Public life. The American Muslims have great potential to become a moral voice in the society."
The poll results were released today by Project MAPS: Muslims in the American Public Square at the National Press Club. Zogby International interviewed 1,781 persons nationwide who identify themselves as Muslim from November 8 through November 19, 2001.
John Esposito, University Professor and Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, said "This opinion poll, part of a major project sponsored by the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the PEW Charitable Trust, provides important new insights into the demographics, voting habits, and participation of Muslims in American public life."
The poll results also suggest that American Muslims favor big government solutions to issues like health care and poverty but are conservative on other social issues like the death penalty, gay marriage, abortion, and pornography. American Muslims report significant involvement in the broader community through donations to non-Muslim social service programs and participation in the American political process.
For a copy of the executive summary of the poll results, please contact Doug Shaw at 202-687-4327.
A court hearing for Rabih Haddad is set for today at 2:30 p.m. in Detroit. The Judge will be asked to allow Haddad to post bail.
The hearing will take place at: 1155 Brewry Park Blvd., Room 450, Detroit, MI 48207
The wife of Muslim leader Rabih Haddad met with supporters to protest his detention, but got little response from federal officials who remained tight-lipped about the case.
Haddad, 41, serves on the board of a group suspected of funding terrorist activities. He was detained on a visa violation by the Immigration and Naturalization Service on Friday afternoon, the same day federal agents raided the offices of Global Relief Foundation in Illinois.Haddad's wife, Salma al-Rashaid, denied that the organization has terrorist links.
"I don't know why the media's saying that," she told about 40 supporters gathered at an Ann Arbor community center on Tuesday.
Haddad was scheduled to have a bond hearing at U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit at 2:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, said his attorney, Ashraf Nubani… (703-256-1300)
…Al-Rashaid said INS officers never explained why her husband was being taken and refused to tell her where he was going when they arrested him on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, the feast at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"They should have told us why they took him," she said, saying the incident frightened her and the couple's four children, ages 3, 7, 9 and 11. She was told she couldn't visit or call Haddad.
Greg Palmore, a spokesman for the INS in Detroit, said he couldn't comment on the case…
…Tariq Colvin, a member of the Muslim Community Association in Ann Arbor, questioned why Haddad is being held without a hearing and without bond in a Monroe County jail.
"Is this America or not?" he asked. "We won't stand for these KGB tactics, of coming in the middle of the night and taking people and throwing away the key."
Michael Steinberg, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Detroit, said American citizens may be held for no longer than 48 hours without a hearing.
"If they have something on him, let's see it," Steinberg said. "The Constitution protects people within the United States, regardless of their citizenship."
Nubani said Haddad has been in the United States on and off for 14 years and first came on a student visa. Haddad attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln….