Senate panel schedules Muslim rights hearing
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin called the hearings.
March 23rd, 2011
07:58 PM ET

Senate panel schedules Muslim rights hearing

By Rachel Streitfeld, CNN

Washington (CNN) - For the second time this month, members of Congress will hold a hearing on American Muslims - this time with a decidedly different spin.

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee plans to consider “measures to protect the rights of American Muslims” in a March 29 hearing, just weeks after an unrelated House committee prompted a flurry of controversy and media attention by examining the “radicalization of American Muslims.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Tuesday that he called the hearing on Muslims’ civil rights in response to “a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry” including highly-publicized protests over a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York and a Florida pastor who planned to burn copies of the Koran.

“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” Durbin said in a statement. “During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance. It is important for our generation to renew our founding charter’s commitment to religious diversity and to protect the liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) welcomed the hearing Wednesday as a “positive development.”

The advocacy group came under criticism at the Muslim radicalization hearing, during which some House members said CAIR had counseled its members against cooperating with law enforcement - a charge the group vehemently denies.

“Given the (radicalization) hearings, given the threatened Koran burning last year, given the opposition to the mosques you see across the country, our story is very much front and center of the civil liberties struggle right now,” said CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor.

“I think it would be very important and useful to let people see what’s going on,” he said.

Durbin’s office released a list of speakers for the hearing:

Muslim civil rights leader Farhana Khera; Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, the Obama Administration’s top civil rights official; and former Assistant Attorney General Alex Acosta, the Bush Administration’s top civil rights official.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Politics

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Muneef

    Will see you then there what you have to say for your self,but now you can go jumping like a grass hopper and would say nothing to you.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      T for trouble

      March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Tony

    stupid is not a religion

    March 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Tony

    a time of intense disputes... Time could mean the Middle East, “intense” could mean “ Israel “ dispute “ Palestine “

    March 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      Middle East cover more than just Israelies and Palestinians ....
      Any way friend good night for now have to catch up with my Fajer prayers...thanks you are wise and your words are deeper than they look..meet you again some other time.

      March 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  4. T-party

    Muslims have the right to live in America and learn how much of waste of time and energy their stu-pid religion really is.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Tony

    i see

    March 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Muneef

      We are already in it as you can see and will becoming worse and worse by all means, as you can see each country had or having a different type of tsunami hitting them, example "JPN tsunami is quite different that the tsunami that had his Tunisia or Egyipt or Libya or Yemen or Bahrain or Syria and so on...

      March 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Tony

    a general and very important sign are Calamities.. a time of great confusion, intense disputes and violent deaths, When people are afflicted by disturbances and fear.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Tony

    the final defeat...The exact time when these events will occur is unknown

    March 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      Signs of the Appearance of the Dajjal and His Destruction

      March 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  8. Tony

    pretending to be...can be the hypocrisy

    March 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      It depends on what purpose it serves bad or good... Beside only God can judge what in the hearts of men and only he who will punish or reward each for their doings..

      March 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  9. Muneef

    Dajjal is the corruptor and he will conquer the world telling them that he is God and he will be having super powers to make people believe in him being God...and we are told who will believe in him will be entering paradise but find him self in Hell and those disbelieve in him will be thrown to fires like Hell to find them selves in paradise.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Muneef.. it is no wonder that we have so many mental disorders today.. you try to make sense of these crazy stories and you have to believe them or else.. If you have to have only faith to understand god, and you do not need proof.. and yet this impostor comes forward and you have faith he is the one but hes not but offers proof he his...but no...he is a devil . then suddenly those non beleivers like me will suddenly be in paradise.. better not let CW or Heavensent find that out...

      March 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Muneef

      Hi there;
      Believers or non believers all will follow him and only those with strong faith and been warned of him and his look and doings will stand firm against him and his followers....
      By the way they say he is already here and that's why so much corruption in the world (the one eyed).

      March 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Tony

    why go back and redo the undone...what would the second coming be like!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  11. Mallory

    This is so encouraging! After being so frustrated with the King hearings this is really uplifting.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • BG

      ooohh, those searches for the truth can be soooo frustrating...

      Go paint your nails.

      March 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  12. Tony

    Dajjal who will conquer Jerusalem...but why

    March 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      He will emerge between Shaam and Iraq, and his emergence will become known when he is in Isfahaan at a place called Yahudea.
      The Yahudis (Jews) of Isfahaan will be his main followers.
      Apart from having mainly Yahudi followers, he will have a great number of women followers as well.
      He will have with him fire and water, but in reality the fire will be cold water while that what appears to be cold water will in reality be a blazing fire. Those who obey him will enter "his Jannat" while those who disobey him will enter "his Jahannam."
      There will be a thick fingernail-like object in his left eye.
      The letters "Kaaf"  "Faa"  "Raa"  will appear on his forehead and will be deciphered by all Mu'mineen regardless of them being literate or not.
      He will have a wheatish complexion.
      He will travel at great speeds and his means of conveyance will be a gigantic mule. It is said that he will play beautiful music which will attract the music lovers.
      Dajjal will lay claim to prophethood.
      He will then lay claim to Divinity.
      He will perform unusual feats.
      He will travel the entire world.
      He will send down rains upon those who believe in him, which in turn will cause good crops to grow, trees to bear fruit and cattle to grow fat.
      He will cause drought to those who disbelieve in him, resulting in starvation and hardship for them.
      During those trying times the Mu'mineen will satiate their hunger through the recitation of Subhanallah and La'ilaha Ilallahu.
      The hidden treasures will spill forth at his command.
      He will stay on this Earth for a period of forty days; the length of the first day will be one year, the second day will be equal to one month, the third day will be equal to a week and the remaining days will be normal.
      He will be unable to enter Makkah because the Malaikah will be guarding the Holy City and nor will he be able to enter Madina because there will be Malaikah guarding each of the seven entrances to Madina; From Madina he will proceed towards Shaam where Imaam Mahdi will be stationed.
      Finally Eisa alayhis salaam will descend from the heavens and pursue him and eventually kill him at present day Lydda (Baad Lud).

      March 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  13. Tony

    “Recite” is a very powerful word

    March 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Muneef

      It would be a powerful word since you will need a powerful memory to keep in what you can recite from memory...

      March 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  14. Tony

    Can one be a prophet, and is a prophet the prophecy...

    March 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Muneef

      In the elder scriptures the coming of the prophet was a prophecy. But until he came he was the final of a row of prophets...humanity should not expect any other prophet coming except that of Jesus returning to earth to kill the dijjal.

      March 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  15. Muneef


    Am confused as picture no clear for me to see what you are pointing out,can you kindly clarify more...?

    March 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  16. Tony

    But can the blind see what they can not hear!

    March 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  17. Tony

    that is good, nice i like it

    March 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  18. Tony

    It is said that that “believers are not seekers and seekers are not believers” I wander who said that?

    March 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  19. Tony

    Interesting..but what does it mean to the wind?

    March 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Muneef

      It did travel with the wind through sails to reach countries world wide....and only those who listen would hear what the wind had to say...

      March 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  20. Muneef

    Our faith of Belief;

    Al-Ikhlas (Faith) sura 112:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Say: He is Allah, the One! (1) Allah, the eternally Besought of all! (2) He begetteth not nor was begotten. (3) And there is none comparable unto Him. (4).

    Al-Baqara (The Cow) sura 02:
    Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous. (255) There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower. (256) Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false deities. They bring them out of light into darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein. (257).

    Al-Baqara sura 02:
    "Alif. Lam. Mim. (1) This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance unto those who ward off (evil). (2) Who believe in the Unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that We have bestowed upon them; (3) And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter. (4) These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the successful. (5)". 

    Al-Baqara sura 02:
    "The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers – We make no distinction between any of His messengers – and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (285) Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved. Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (286)".


    March 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • g

      Why do you waste your time and ours posting quotes when no one asked you to and no one can trust you to post the truth?
      Do you think you can just bust in anywhere and pretend to be a teacher and people would listen to you?
      You are here because of one guy almost burning a bunch of Qurans, but you bring disrespect to Quran and Islam by acting the fool.
      You show that the Quran is unworthy, that it is better to burn all Qurans, that not even you can respect it. So why don't we burn all Qurans and make Islam against the law?
      Where is your respect for other religions when all you do is speak of your own? You are like one who is blind, deaf, and dumb who makes donkey noises in the marketplace. No one can respect what you say for many reasons. You do not show that your words might have any meaning worth listening to. You can show nothing of Islam by quoting the Quran.
      You should consider your disrespect for your Quran and stop trying to give people stones from a distance.
      We do not want your stones. Why don't you use them to wash yourself?

      March 24, 2011 at 5:43 am |
    • JeehaadMyNutz

      Are you high?

      March 24, 2011 at 10:27 am |
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