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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | August 2, 2011
Ramadan began Monday with special significance for Orange County Muslims, who celebrated the democratic tide washing over Egypt and Tunisia but also expressed concern for those who remain in peril in Syria, Libya and other Middle Eastern dictatorships. "It's definitely a Ramadan with a different taste," said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area, in Anaheim. "It comes as the first Ramadan under freedom to tens of millions of Muslims around the world, but who are still dealing with the challenges of instability and the unknown.
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By Benjamin Hubbard | April 30, 2011
Every few years, we all end up at the DMV, the great leveler, where ethnicity, income or community standing is inconsequential. In a recent visit, amid a crowd of every age and personal background, I was struck by how similar we all are — both in dealing with passing driver exams and coping with life. Everyone in that DMV hall, besides needing to get the coveted license, had challenges — some physical, some psychological, some financial, some social and some about making sense out of life.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | March 24, 2011
VILLA PARK — Erik Oatman grew up in one of the most affluent cities in Orange County: Newport Beach. On Tuesday evening, he stood with hundreds of protesters in another Orange County affluent community, Villa Park, condemning what they say were words of bigotry and hatred against Muslims by a member of the City Council there. Oatman, 24, joined his sister, Annalise, brothers Scott and Brett, and two friends at Villa Park's City Hall to denounce what Councilwoman Deborah Pauly said in February outside of a Muslim charity in Yorba Linda.
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By Jon Dillingham, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 10, 2011
Editor's note: This updated version changes a description of UC Irvine student Hadeer Soliman's demeanor. IRVINE — It was like any other day at UC Irvine's Cross-Cultural Center, a hub where campus groups congregate for official events or just hang out. Some students were chatting socially while others were buried in their books. A small group gathered outside on prayer rugs facing Mecca. They belonged to UCI's Muslim Student Union, one of the most visible groups on campus.
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November 15, 2010
COSTA MESA — Eid ul-Adha, a Muslim holiday, will begin today with observations in Costa Mesa and throughout Orange County. The four-day observance marks the end of the annual Pilgrimage, or Hajj, to Mecca with a prayer and celebration of Eid ul-Adha. This year about 3 million Muslims made the trip, a requirement of the faith for those able to go. Muslim believe that Eid ul-Adha, or "festival of the sacrifice," honors the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, at God's command.
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September 30, 2010
I agree with the Daily Pilot's editorial board ("Editorial: Defusing Islamophobia," Sept. 12). There is a fear of Islam. Or, more specific, a fear of the practice of Islam. The group that fears Islam the most are women, especially young Muslim women. How could one not have a general fear or dread of it? Knowing the slightest infraction of Muhammad's Law, the slightest discourtesy or appearance of disrespect towards the male Muslim will bring serious consequences. Disowned or shunned by your own family; never see your children again; beaten and thrown into jail; public hanging or beheading; being mutilated and disfigured for life; stoned by your family and neighbors until ... God smiles on you and allows one large piece of concrete to crush your skull to end the pain.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | September 14, 2010
ANAHEIM — The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) held a media breakfast at its offices Tuesday morning with reporters and editors from various Southern California news outlets to discuss how the American media portrays Islam and Muslims. The regional office of the Muslim American advocacy and civil liberties group organized the event mainly to give media representatives information, resources and ideas on how to cover Muslims in a more positive light, as they are often typecast.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.co | September 9, 2010
COSTA MESA — Newport-Mesa Muslims on Friday will join worldwide celebrations of what is known as Eid al-Fitr , which marks the end of Ramadan, Islam's holy month. The celebration began Thursday night after the last prayer with a chant embracing and thanking God, and will continue Friday morning with prayers, gift exchanges and visitations with friends and family. For Muslims, celebrating Eid is about thanking God for allowing them another chance to exercise discipline, test their self-restraint and generosity . "Eid is the celebration of God's forgiveness," said Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa.
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September 3, 2010
The American public's questions and doubts about President Barack Obama's religion continue to dog him nearly two years after his election. For example, a new poll by the Pew Research Center shows that nearly 1 in 5 Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim, although in fact he is a Christian. According to the Pew survey, the percentage of Americans thinking that he is a Muslim increased from 12% to 18% between March 2008 and August 2010, while the percentage of those thinking that he is a Christian dropped from 47% to 34% during that period.
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From KTLA News | August 24, 2010
ANAHEIM — A Muslim woman who is fighting for the right to wear her religious scarf to her hostess job at Disneyland has been taken off the schedule. Disney officials say they stopped putting Imane Boudlal on the schedule during the ongoing issue. The hotel workers' union claims that Boudlal, a restaurant hostess at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, was suspended without pay. On Tuesday, Boudlal rejected a third, alternative head covering that Disney provided, and she was sent home for the eighth time.
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