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February 6, 2012
Re: "Mailbag: Opposing views on column about Islam, Feb. 1: I'd like to thank Mark Bridle for pointing out the lie in the Jan. 28 article headline as well as pointing out the truth about Islam in his letter and for taking the Daily Pilot to task regarding what should be included in their "news" coverage and what should be placed in the "editorial" section ("Unveiled: A Muslim girl in O.C.: In Islam, men, women are equals") . He is right on the mark that women in Islam do not enjoy the same rights as men — not on earth and not in the afterlife; Mona Shadia's response is not correct.
NEWS
September 9, 2010
The world has become a tightly twisted and tangled ball of string that no man can untangle. With every political election it is only becoming darker. So does staging a "burn fest" of the Koran bring forth light or only spread more bitter darkness? At the heart of this issue is the intolerance of the global rise of Islam and its profound effect it had on United States on 9/11 in its extreme form. To make a positive and profound stand against Islam and the forces of darkness that have overshadowed our world for centuries all one must do is simply turn on the light.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | January 8, 2010
Costa Mesa police are considering the case of a burnt Koran found last week outside the Islamic Education Center of Orange County as a hate crime, police officials said Friday. About noon New Year’s Day, an education center member found a copy of Islam’s holy text torched and lying open in the center’s parking lot. A member of the center’s board said most took it as a hateful message. Even though there are no leads and no suspects, detectives are treating it as a hate crime, said Sgt. Frank Rudisill.
NEWS
January 18, 2010
As a pastor, I was shocked to learn of the burning of the Koran at the Islamic Education Center of Orange County. As a Costa Mesa resident, I feel frightened knowing that someone like ?Seabreeze? lives in our community. The fact that this person does not acknowledge the hate crime belittling it, and further threatening to commit a mass burning of the Koran as a beach bonfire, is appalling and unconscionable. Initially, I was upset with the Daily Pilot for displaying the comment on the front page of the paper.
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By Mona Shadia | August 1, 2012
The other night I struggled to come up with a simple way to describe the magnitude of "taraweh" — the extra prayers performed nightly during Ramadan. And then an enigmatic Muslim poet I know compared it — perfectly — to opera. There's standing in place in awe of the eloquence of God's words and their melody. There's simultaneous bowing. There's kneeling and prostrating in unison. There's dramatic begging, hands raised toward the sky. There are trembling voices, tears. There are no instruments, but who needs them?
NEWS
By Margaret Mooney | August 2, 2013
In response to Vicki Bowers' July 19 letter to the Pilot, " Hoag has freedom too ," it seems that she favors Hoag's position which is, "I will use my freedom to choose to take away a woman's freedom and right to choose. " In so many words, Hoag is saying, "Ladies, contrary to our past policies, you no longer have the right to control your own body and reproductive life at our hospital. Please go elsewhere if you would like to preserve your rights. " But let's be clear, not everyone at Hoag was in favor of this choice, as many of the doctors have indicated, so their freedom of choice was taken away also.
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By Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini | March 13, 2009
Rabi al-Awal (the First Spring Season) is the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar and it is well known in the Muslim world as Shahr al-Mawlid (the Month of Birth) of the Prophet Muhammad, who was born on the 17th of Rabi al-Awal. The Prophet Muhammad, whose name means “highly praised,” was born in 570 AD. Under the care and guidance of his paternal uncle Abu Talib, he grew into an exceptional man who was known among his community as “Al-Ameen,” which means “The Honest, the Reliable and the Trustworthy.
NEWS
December 1, 2004
Jeff Benson The Torah, the Bible and the Koran may tell people to worship in different ways, but local religious leaders believe they're contextually quite similar. Orange County religious leaders Rabbi Robert Altshuler, Father Raphael Luevano and Muzammil Siddiqi, representing the Jewish, Catholic and Islamic faiths, told nearly 200 UCI students Tuesday at the university's Student Center that each of the sacred texts should be taken for the time period and cultures it was written for, and not as so absolute.
NEWS
By Mark S. Miller | March 12, 2011
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' apostle of transparency, "exposed" a cabal of international Jewish conspiracists, whom he charged with making common cause to smear him and attack his website. He was piqued over personal e-mails being published by some newspapers. Oh, the irony that something he intended to be private was made public! When told that the object of his wrath, the editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper, was not Jewish, Assange countered that he was "sort of Jewish" because he had a Jewish brother-in-law.
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By Margaret Mooney | August 2, 2013
In response to Vicki Bowers' July 19 letter to the Pilot, " Hoag has freedom too ," it seems that she favors Hoag's position which is, "I will use my freedom to choose to take away a woman's freedom and right to choose. " In so many words, Hoag is saying, "Ladies, contrary to our past policies, you no longer have the right to control your own body and reproductive life at our hospital. Please go elsewhere if you would like to preserve your rights. " But let's be clear, not everyone at Hoag was in favor of this choice, as many of the doctors have indicated, so their freedom of choice was taken away also.
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NEWS
By Mona Shadia | October 17, 2012
When I heard about the shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai by a coward, who must think he's a real man to shoot a teenage girl while on a school bus simply because she wants an education, I felt sick. I might sound like a broken record when I tell you over and over that Islam does not support this behavior. When I tell you that in fact, Islam liberated women and liberates women from being subjected and used by men. When I tell you that the Prophet Muhammad fought to stop the practice of burying newborn girls by men who believed women brought shame to families in Arabia during the pre-Islamic era. In fact, there are verses in the Koran recounting these events and prohibiting it for the believers.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | August 22, 2012
One of the reasons I enjoy a happy and fulfilling life is because of the people in it. They are a people who fear God, lead by example and strive, in their own way, for a better world. And last week, I was reminded once more how lucky I am when a few of them gathered for a Ramadan iftar/dinner at my home. My mom, Shadia, who is an excellent cook (I say this with total objectivity), prepared our food, and among her creations was one of Egypt's most popular dishes: kushary.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | August 1, 2012
The other night I struggled to come up with a simple way to describe the magnitude of "taraweh" — the extra prayers performed nightly during Ramadan. And then an enigmatic Muslim poet I know compared it — perfectly — to opera. There's standing in place in awe of the eloquence of God's words and their melody. There's simultaneous bowing. There's kneeling and prostrating in unison. There's dramatic begging, hands raised toward the sky. There are trembling voices, tears. There are no instruments, but who needs them?
NEWS
February 6, 2012
Re: "Mailbag: Opposing views on column about Islam, Feb. 1: I'd like to thank Mark Bridle for pointing out the lie in the Jan. 28 article headline as well as pointing out the truth about Islam in his letter and for taking the Daily Pilot to task regarding what should be included in their "news" coverage and what should be placed in the "editorial" section ("Unveiled: A Muslim girl in O.C.: In Islam, men, women are equals") . He is right on the mark that women in Islam do not enjoy the same rights as men — not on earth and not in the afterlife; Mona Shadia's response is not correct.
NEWS
By Paterik Tobias | January 7, 2012
I have always prided myself on being open-minded and fair, so it was with both surprise and shock that I read Mona Shadia's weekly column, "Unveiled: A Muslim Girl in O.C. " I almost couldn't believe what I was reading: A Muslim telling me, a Christian, that she and people of her religion give some credence to Jesus. Shadia refers to passages within the Koran regarding Jesus that reflect the very same beliefs that I hold. Because, like most Americans, I hold deep-seeded preconceptions and prejudices, I first read the column with more than a little skepticism.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | December 1, 2011
IRVINE — UC Irvine remained peaceful Thursday afternoon, despite the flames of controversy that erupted about a Koran-burning Christian pastor's planned visit. Students gathered in front of Langson Library, some sitting on blankets, facing the area covered in caution tape where the Rev. Terry Jones intended to speak. However, Jones was told not to come on campus after UCI police received intelligence informing them of suspicious activity associated with the visit that aroused safety concerns.
NEWS
By Mark S. Miller | March 12, 2011
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' apostle of transparency, "exposed" a cabal of international Jewish conspiracists, whom he charged with making common cause to smear him and attack his website. He was piqued over personal e-mails being published by some newspapers. Oh, the irony that something he intended to be private was made public! When told that the object of his wrath, the editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper, was not Jewish, Assange countered that he was "sort of Jewish" because he had a Jewish brother-in-law.
NEWS
September 9, 2010
The world has become a tightly twisted and tangled ball of string that no man can untangle. With every political election it is only becoming darker. So does staging a "burn fest" of the Koran bring forth light or only spread more bitter darkness? At the heart of this issue is the intolerance of the global rise of Islam and its profound effect it had on United States on 9/11 in its extreme form. To make a positive and profound stand against Islam and the forces of darkness that have overshadowed our world for centuries all one must do is simply turn on the light.
NEWS
January 18, 2010
As a pastor, I was shocked to learn of the burning of the Koran at the Islamic Education Center of Orange County. As a Costa Mesa resident, I feel frightened knowing that someone like ?Seabreeze? lives in our community. The fact that this person does not acknowledge the hate crime belittling it, and further threatening to commit a mass burning of the Koran as a beach bonfire, is appalling and unconscionable. Initially, I was upset with the Daily Pilot for displaying the comment on the front page of the paper.
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