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In a Muslim State, Fear Sends Some Worship Underground

January 27, 2011

Author: Liz Gooch

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/asia/28iht-malay28.html?ref=religionandbelief

Like most Muslims in Malaysia, Mohammad Shah was raised according to the Sunni school of Islam. But when he was about 30, he said, he came to believe that Sunni teachings did not answer all of his questions about Islam. He began reading about the Shiite school of thought, the world...

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U.S. Muslims Try To Counter Negative Perceptions

January 27, 2011

Author: Cathy Lynn Grossman

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-01-27-PewMuslimInside27_ST_N.htm?csp=34news

Mustafa Qureshi, a Cub Scout, holds an American flag and his sister, Aisha, joins in reciting King's "I Have a Dream" speech at a community center.

These are the people U.S. Muslims want people to see as their neighbors — not shadowy radicals envisioned by anti-Islamic...

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Wandsworth College Promotes Religious Diversity

January 27, 2011

Author: James Trueman

Source: Wandsworth Guardian

http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/8812926.College_promotes_religious_diversity/

Students from South Thames College were given the opportunity to increase their awareness of different communities as part of Multi-Faith Week.

The initiative, which took place between January 17-21, aimed to encourage students to learn about the UK’s distinct...

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Hawaii Senators Hold Prayer Despite Vote To End It

January 26, 2011

Author: Mark Miesse

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/26/AR2011012605698.html

A group of nine Hawaii senators held hands, bowed their heads and sought God's blessing Wednesday, signaling that they'll still pray despite a vote last week to abandon official invocations.

Fears of court challenges compelled the...

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Sikh Shrine In Baghdad Lives On In Memories

January 26, 2011

Author: Anwar Faruqi

Source: Yahoo News

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110126/wl_mideast_afp/religionsikhsiraqindiashrine

A desolate courtyard surrounded by fields of mournful graves is all that remains of an ancient shrine to the Sikh faith?s founder Guru Nanak inside a sprawling Muslim cemetery in Baghdad.

 

War, insurgents or looters have wiped any trace of a historical footnote that had preserved...

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Wealthy Indians Revive Ancient Fire Ritual

January 26, 2011

Author: Rama Lakshmi

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/25/AR2011012502071.html?nav=rss_religion

For dozens of centuries, Hindu priests have performed an elaborate 12-day fire ritual, chanting hymns, making offerings to the sun god and praying for a world free of negative energy.

 

The tradition faded in modern times, and pious...

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Muslims Welcome Hijab Law In Argentina

January 26, 2011

Author: Melissa Abalo

Source: PressTV

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/162033.html

The administration of Cristina Fernandez has passed an historic legislation that allows Muslim women to wear hijab in public places without the fear of persecution. They can use photographs wearing headscarves for their national ID cards.

The new law seeks to promote freedom of religion and expression in the Latin American country, and help the Muslim community to integrate...

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Proposed Buddhist Monastery Expansion Causing Concern

January 25, 2011

Author: Staff Writer

Source: 10 News San Diego

http://www.10news.com/news/26618473/detail.html

Residents expressed concerns at a community meeting on Tuesday about the proposed expansion of a Buddhist monastery in Bonsall.

The Buddhist monks at the Dai Dang monastery plan to expand their complex to include three additional buildings totaling 33,000 square feet. The buildings will house a school, worship center, commercial nursery and the...

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