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Wedding Trouble As UK Muslim Marriages Not Recognised

February 3, 2010

Author: Divya Talwar

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8493660.stm

A growing number of young Muslims in the UK are entering marriages that are not legally recognised, BBC Asian Network has found. This is because couples are having an Islamic wedding without the civil ceremony needed for the marriage to be recognised under British law.

Shaheeda Khan married her fiance in a traditional Islamic religious ceremony, the nikah, at her...

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France Refuses a Citizenship Over Full Islamic Veil

February 3, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8494860.stm

The French government has refused to grant citizenship to a foreign national on the grounds that he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil.

The man, whose current nationality was not given, needed citizenship to settle in the country with his French wife.

But Immigration Minister Eric Besson said this was being refused because he was depriving his...

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Right to Worship Still Under Threat, Watchdog Warns

February 3, 2010

Author: Nurfika Osman

Source: The Jakarta Globe

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/right-to-worship-still-under-threat-watchdog-warns/356616

In another blow to Indonesia’s drive for religious tolerance, a report released on Wednesday said 200 violations against freedom of worship were filed with state agencies in 2009, involving 139 cases. 

Hendardi, the chairman of the Setara...

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Delta Muslims, Christians Denounce Jos Crisis

February 2, 2010

Author: Omon-Julius Onabu

Source: This Day Online

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=165579

Muslims and Christians in Delta State, under the auspices of Arewa Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday jointly denounced the recent ethno-religious crisis in Northern part of Nigeria, particularly in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

They also carpeted the Federal Government for what the...

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Cultural Open Days Introduce Islam to Spain

February 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/cultural-open-days-introduce-islam-spain

Spanish Muslims are opening mosques and Islamic centers across the European country to non-Muslims to build bridges with the mainstream society and clear misconceptions about their faith.

“The Cultural Open Day is the most important window for many mosques and centers to communicate with the...

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Priest Bridges Religious Divide By Funding Germany's Biggest Mosque

February 2, 2010

Author: Isabelle de Pommereau

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0202/Priest-bridges-religious-divide-by-funding-Germany-s-biggest-mosque

The recent Swiss ban on minarets reflects a climate gone sour between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. But here in Germany, two people have taken a stand to promote a dialogue that...

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Virginia Islamic School's Expansion Met Protests

January 31, 2010

Author: Jamie Tarabay

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122987391

In Northern Virginia, a private school needed the local county's approval to expand to serve more students. This would have hardly raised an eyebrow had it not been for one particular detail: The school is Islamic, funded by the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Islamic Saudi Academy, located in Fairfax County, has long been under the...

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Malaysian Hindus Celebrate Festival Amid Tensions

January 30, 2010

Author: Julia Zappei

Source: Yahoo News

http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/ap/20100130/tap-as-malaysia-hindu-festival-b3c65ae.html

Hundreds of thousands of people - many with hooks pierced through the skin of their backs -thronged temples Saturday to celebrate a Hindu festival amid tensions surrounding attacks on houses of worship in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Eleven churches, three mosques, two Muslim prayer...

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Muslim Advocates Decry California Councilwoman's Facebook Posting Over Murder Trial

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Los Angeles Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-anti-muslim-remarks,0,7568138.story

Muslim advocates are demanding an apology from a California city councilwoman for posting anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook social networking page.

Muslim organizations in California on Friday...

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Islamic Activists Angered By SoCal Mayor's Speech

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Fresno Bee

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fresnobee.com/state/story/1802761.html

Islamic-rights activists are criticizing the mayor of Lancaster for promoting Christianity during his State of the City speech this week, specifically his comment that he is "growing a Christian community."

The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday that Mayor R....

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