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Seeking a Way Between Two Worlds

June 6, 2009

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060503146.html

Many had just entered high school in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks and now, eight years later, they are leaving college and choosing their path in life. Young Muslims in the Washington area are part of a generation that appears markedly different from their parents in career...

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Officers Can Order Removal Of Veils

June 6, 2009

Author: Lisa Rein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060503430.html

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has issued a legal opinion allowing security officers to require Muslim women and other people who cover their faces for religious reasons to remove their veils when entering courthouses. Gansler said law enforcement officers could require...

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Hindu Americans Welcome Obama's Speech to Muslims, Wonder Why Hindus Ignored

June 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/?q=node/292

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) welcomed President Obama's much heralded speech in Cairo, Egypt, that was billed by the White House as an address to the global Muslim community. In a nearly hour long speech, President Obama condemned Islamic extremism while also calling for increased tolerance and pluralism in many officially Muslim countries...

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Mohan Died a Muslim, Says Court

June 5, 2009

Author: Lisa Goh and Rashita A. Hamid

Source: The Star

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/6/5/courts/4055243&sec=courts

The Syariah High Court has ruled that deceased art director Mohan Singh was a Muslim at the time of his death on May 25 and should be buried according to Muslim rites.

Syariah High Court judge Justice Mohamad Khalid Shaee @ Shaii ruled that Mohan Singh’s conversion was valid...

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Obama Calls for End to Discord With Muslim World

June 5, 2009

Author: Christi Parsons and Jeffrey Fleishman

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-obama-cairo5-2009jun05,0,2725096.story

President Obama's sweeping call Thursday for a "new beginning" between the United States and the Islamic world was greeted by Muslims of many countries as a conciliatory gesture aimed at setting aside suspicion and moving ahead on problems that...

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MPAC Welcomes Statement By Attorney General Holder On Muslim Civil Liberties

June 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=825

After President Obama’s speech in Cairo, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement on the Department of Justice’s outreach and enforcement efforts to protect American Muslim Civil Liberties. This bold and significant statement is a strong testament of the integrity of the Obama Administration. It clearly indicates commitment to keeping the president’s promises to the...

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Challenging Sex Taboos, With Help From the Koran

June 5, 2009

Author: Robert F. Worth

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/06/world/middleeast/06dubai.html

Wedad Lootah does not look like a sexual activist. A Muslim and a native Emirati, she wears a full-length black niqab — with only her brown eyes showing through narrow slits — and sprinkles her conversation with quotes from the Koran.

Yet she is also the author of what for the Middle East is an amazingly...

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Obama, Once Fearful Of Muslim Ties, Now Embraces Them

June 4, 2009

Author: Tiffany Stanley

Source: Religion News Service

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

Dogged by persistent but untrue rumors that he was a closet Muslim, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign carefully sidestepped questions about his Muslim ancestry and asked two Muslim women in headscarves to take seats away from the cameras....

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O.C. Mosque Vandalized With Spray Painted Threats

June 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KTLA News

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-mosque-vandals,0,194500.story

A Southern California mosque has been vandalized with racial slurs and spray painted threats.

Police Sgt. Tom Bruce said an officer spotted the slurs and expletives painted on the Islamic Center of Cypress on the 5000 block of Ball Road,at 4 a.m. Thursday and the graffiti was still wet to the touch.

The...

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Festival for New York, That Muslim City

June 4, 2009

Author: Felicia R. Lee

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/05/arts/05musl.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The hookahs looked like exotic animals lurking in Hookahnuts, a shop for gifts and food in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. In various shades of red, blue and green, these water pipes, used to smoke flavored tobacco, were the most vivid sign of the shop’s Middle Eastern culture, presented among an eye-catching...

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Sikh Council Wants Govt to Issue Directives On Conversion Issues

June 3, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/6/3/nation/4034729&sec=nation

The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council is appealing to the Government to issue proper directives to the Islamic religious authorities to prevent any controversy involving a person’s final rites.

The council was referring to the case of Mohan Singh, who died of a heart attack on May 25 but his remains...

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