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12,000 American Muslims to Make Pilgrimage to Mecca

November 10, 2010

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: The Huffington Post

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/09/12000-american-muslims-to_n_781230.html

Some 12,000 American Muslims are expected to join an estimated 2.5 million pilgrims in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for the hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage that this year runs between Nov. 14 and 18.

The number of pilgrims...

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Obama Lauds Indonesia as a Model Of Religious Tolerance

November 10, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/09/indonesia.obama/

Indonesia and the United States share principles of unity and tolerance and both can benefit from strengthened ties that will bolster trade and combat terrorism, President Obama said in a highly anticipated speech Wednesday.

The address at the University of Indonesia was considered a highlight of Obama's two-day stop in the...

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Council Unanimously Approves Permit For Mosque

November 10, 2010

Author: Jeff Bollier

Source: The Northwestern

http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20101110/OSH0101/101109181/Council-unanimously-approves-permit-for-mosque

The Oshkosh Common Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit to allow the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community-Oshkosh Chapter to establish a mosque and community center across from Oshkosh West High School.

 

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Faith Groups Divided Over New York Islamic Center

November 9, 2010

Author: Ed Payne

Source: CNN

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/09/faith-groups-divided-over-new-york-islamic-center/

American Christians, Muslims and those of other faiths are divided over what to do about a proposed Islamic community center near ground zero in New York, a new poll shows.

 

While some six in 10 Catholics and Mormons think another location should be found, less than a...

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Oklahoma's Anti-Shariah Law Put On Hold -- For Now

November 8, 2010

Author: Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Source: National Public Radio

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131168920

A federal judge on Monday temporarily stopped Oklahoma's new anti-Shariah law from taking effect.

 

Oklahoma's law — a ballot initiative approved by 70 percent of Oklahomans in the Nov. 2 elections — would change the state constitution to prohibit courts from considering international...

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Retired Justice Stevens Defends Plans for Islamic Center

November 4, 2010

Author: Bill Mears

Source: CNN News

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/04/justice.stevens.ground.zero/index.html

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens expressed support Thursday for a planned Islamic community center near the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, urging religious and ethnic tolerance.

 

"American Muslims should enjoy the freedom to build their places of worship wherever permitted by...

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Oklahoma Muslims Unsure of Status After Shariah Referendum

November 4, 2010

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: BeliefNet

Wire Service: RNS

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/11/okla-muslims-unsure-of-status.php

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sarah Albahadily will wear her headscarf to a Brad Paisley concert and her cowboy boots to mosque.

There are two things she says she never misses: Friday prayers or a University of Oklahoma football games.

But after seven in...

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Name Debate Echoes an Old Clash of Faiths

November 4, 2010

Author: Rachel Donadio

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/world/europe/05cordoba.html?ref=religion_and_belief

The great mosque of Córdoba was begun by the Muslim caliphs in the eighth century, its forest of pillars and red-and-white striped arches meant to convey a powerful sense of the infinite. With the Christian reconquest of Spain in the 13th century, it was consecrated as a...

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Mecca Hopes to Revive Pilgrim Tourism During Haj

November 3, 2010

Author: Ulf Laessing

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A259P20101103

Rashed Abdullah displays Oriental perfumes on a glass table to late-night shoppers in his small shop in Mecca ready for what he hopes will be a sales bonanza during this month's haj pilgrimage.

He is confident of attracting customers after fears of a swine flu outbreak kept many away last year.

"This year will be the best. There is really strong...

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HAF Critical Of Obama Canceling Golden Temple Visit

November 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hafsite.org/HAF_Critical_Obama_Canceling_Temple_Visit

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed concern over the White House’s announcement that President Barack Obama would not be visiting Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar, Punjab -- the holiest shrine for Sikhs -- on his upcoming trip to India. According to some sources the decision was made...

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Respecting Muslim Patients’ Needs

November 1, 2010

Author: Roni Caryn Rabin

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/health/01patients.html

A woman in her mid-30s wearing a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, comes to an urgent care center complaining of leg pain. The first thing she asks: “Are there any woman doctors around?”

 

She declines to be alone in an exam room with a male doctor. She does not want to be touched by a man who...

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Island Hindu Community Steps Up For Pakistan Flood Victims

November 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Staten Island Advance

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/island_hindu_community_steps_u.html

In a gesture of interfaith and international compassion, Staten Island's Hindu community has come together to bring some measure of relief to victims of the Pakistani floods.

Several dozen boxes of supplies were sent to the region yesterday, in a gesture, members of the community...

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American Muslims Mix Modern, Traditional Routes to Marriage

October 31, 2010

Author: Stephen Magagnini

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/2010/10/31/3141339/american-muslims-mix-modern-traditional.html

A mosque in northeast Sacramento recently hosted an evening of speed-dating for 48 singles looking for love American Muslim style.

 

Every four minutes, the men played musical chairs, moving one seat to their left to chat up the next woman across the table....

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