Islam

Muslims Finally Get Someone to Root for

February 24, 2010

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/for_muslims_a_long_awaited_good_guy_on_screen/

The 100 or so young couples, college students, middle-aged parents and grandmothers in headscarves that packed a movie theater could have been mistaken for an audience in Mumbai, Lahore or other South Asian city.

They had come to see “My Name is Khan...

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Pakistani Hindus to Miss Holi Celebrations

February 23, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Zee News

http://www.zeenews.com/news606456.html

The few Pakistani Hindus, who have made the federal capital their home, will miss splashing colours at each other as they brace up for a quiet Holi.

Many of the Hindus, most of whom are businessmen from Sindh province, have taken on Muslim names and lead rather discreet lives here. 

"We have two Eids, too. One is Diwali, the other is Holi. We celebrate both...

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CAIR Thanks Fla. Sheriff for Response to Anti-Islam E-Mail

February 23, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News/PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20100223/pl_usnw/DC59588

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today thanked a Florida sheriff for his "prompt and professional" response to the circulation of an anti-Islam message by members of his department using official e-mail addresses.

The Washington-based Council on American-...

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MPAC Testifies Before Maryland State Legislature Supporting Workplace Religious Freedom Act

February 22, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1041

Last week, Muslim Public Affairs Council Government Liaison Alejandro Beutel testified before the Maryland General Assembly's House Economic Matters Committee to express its support for the Maryland Workplace Religious Freedom Act (HB 381). MPAC testified alongside a coalition of Jewish, Christian and Sikh organizations.

Civil Rights And the Wartime Supreme Court

February 22, 2010

Author: Dawinder S. Sidhu

Source: Supreme Court of the United States Blog

http://www.scotusblog.com/2010/02/civil-rights-and-the-wartime-supreme-court/

The following essay was written for our Race and the Supreme Court event by Dawinder S. Sidhu, a founding director of the Discrimination and National Security Initiative at Harvard University.  Mr. Sidhu’s work focuses on discrimination against Muslim-...

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D.C. Center Teaches 6th-Graders About Islam

February 21, 2010

Author: Jamie Tarabay

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123946035

Most American schoolchildren learn about Islam in a social studies classroom. But at the Friends School in Baltimore, sixth-graders make their own mini-pilgrimage every year, to the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C.

As their bus rattles along the highway south to Washington, most of the kids are busy making up songs about each other....

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Muslims Turning to Home Schooling In Increasing Numbers

February 21, 2010

Author: Tara Bahrampour

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022001235.html

On a chilly afternoon in western Loudoun County, a group of children used tweezers to extract rodent bones from a regurgitated owl pellet. A boy built a Lego launcher. A girl practiced her penmanship. On the wall, placards read, "I fast in Ramadan," "I pay zakat" and "I will go on...

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2009 Oct 30

Pluralism Project Co-Sponsors Muslim Women’s Leadership Conference

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Harvard Divinity School

On Friday, October 30, 2009, the Pluralism Project co-sponsored “Muslim Community Leadership in America: Women’s Challenges in Horizons” at Harvard Divinity School. Other sponsors included the HDS Diversity Fund, the Women’s Studies in Religion Program, the Center for the Study of World Religions, and certain member of the HDS faculty. This student-initiated conference was the brainchild of Celene Ayat Lizzio, an MDiv student who organized this conference as a field education project with the help of her peers. Its purpose was to...

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Halal Meals Come to Homebound Muslims In Mich.

February 19, 2010

Author: Jeff Karoub

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100220/ap_on_re_us/us_halal_house_call

Mariam Wehbe learned about a program offering home-delivered meals made according to Islamic law at a good time — poor health made cooking impossible and a grandson who helps her had to cut back to devote more time to school.

Plus, as a Muslim, she could keep halal...

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U.S. Muslims Debate Over Holding Services In English

February 19, 2010

Author: Rachel Zoll

Source: Deseret News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700010652/US-Muslims-debate-over-holding-services-in-English.html

Sana Rahim was born in the cowboy country of southeastern Wyoming, to Pakistani parents who had emigrated so her father could earn a doctorate.

She speaks Urdu with her family but can't read or write the...

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Racist Graffiti On French Mosque for 6th Time

February 18, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Charleston Gazette

Wire Service: AP

http://wvgazette.com/ap/ApInternational/201002180125

France's main Muslim group says a mosque has been defaced with racist graffiti in the sixth such incident this year.

The head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith says racist words were painted over the weekend on the walls of the mosque in Sorgues, in the picturesque Vaucluse region...

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Muslim Women to Mosque: Tear Down This Wall

February 18, 2010

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/02/women-protest-for-right-to-mix.php

The walls that segregate Muslim men from women inside many American mosques took a long time to go up, and it could be a long time before they come down.

On Saturday (Feb. 20), Fatima Thompson will find out just how firm those walls are. 

Thompson, 44, is planning for...

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Cinemas Fight Islam Stereotypes

February 17, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/cinemas-fight-islam-stereotypes

The stereotypical media cliches about Islam, cultural identity, fundamentalism and honor killing are taking the central stage in this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

"It has taken nearly 10 years after 9/11, but these issues are finally going from the headlines into the cinemas," German director...

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Under Indonesia’s Surface, An Intricate Quilt Of Faiths

February 17, 2010

Author: Norimitsu Onishi

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/world/asia/18indo.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

As if on cue, the two Buddhist monks in saffron robes appeared one late afternoon recently, seemingly out of nowhere, to complete the picture of Indonesia’s religious past and present.

The visitors stood at the edge of a large fenced-off pit where a ninth-century Hindu temple had...

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