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Hamza Yusuf Leads Bay Area Prayer Service for Rain
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BY AUDREY WONG

Bay Area Muslims prayed for rain to relieve the drought affecting California on Saturday, at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.




Bias against Muslims rampant in “liberal” California
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by Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada

Khaled Gareb, a Muslim American living in San Francisco, did not need to read a sociological study to learn that his community has suffered from increasing hostility since11 September 2001.




Muslim college carves niche in USA
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Abass Darab closes his eyes, unwraps the prayer beads from around his wrist and clutches them in his lap. A half-minute or so later, he opens his eyes. He is ready, he says, “to help people know what my school stands for.” Often, that means explaining what Zaytuna College, a liberal arts college founded by American Muslims, does not stand for.




Free speech and the “clash of civilizations”
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Rightly or wrongly, the message is: use certain hateful words in public, and you’ll pay the price. So why is there a different set of values at work when it comes to the hurt caused Muslims by hateful, Islamophobic characterizations of the Prophet Mohammed, or denigrations of Islam?