Islam

Help Inaugurate the Muslim-Jewish 'Twinning' Project

November 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=737

The Muslim Public Affairs Council invites you to be a part of the inaugural event for the "Weekend of Twinnings" of mosques and synagogues across North America, an historic continent-wide event linking more than 40 mosques and 40 synagogues across the continent during the weekend of November 21-23, 2008.

WHEN: Monday, November 17 7:00...

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Los Angeles-Area Catholics and Muslims No Strangers to Dialogue

November 17, 2008

Author: Raja Abdulrahim

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs17-2008nov17,0,2237585.story

World Roman Catholic and Muslim leaders made headlines this month when they met in a first-of-its-kind interfaith forum at the Vatican. Locally, some faithful saw the forum not as something new but as an affirmation of efforts they have been making for years.

The goal of the...

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Spiritual Leaders to Headline 'Confronting Islamophobia And Anti-Semitism' Event

November 16, 2008

Author: Michele Dargan

Source: The Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/2008/11/16/MONislam1117.html

Rabbi Marc Schneier attended a summit of imams and rabbis last November designed to promote better understanding between the Islam and Judaism.

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, of which Schneier is president, hosted the summit and, from that, a Weekend of Twinning was...

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Threat to Ban Yoga Tests Boundary of Tolerance

November 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Malaysia Today

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/14913/84/

Norien Hassan is used to pushing the limits in her yoga studio. What she did not expect was to test religious as well as physical boundaries.

The 37-year-old began practising yoga in Kuala Lumpur after she heard it could help women conceive.

Three years later, she is a proud married mother of two who now practises yoga up to six days a week as...

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Somali President Says Islamists Control Most of Country

November 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/16/africa/17somalia.php

President Abdullahi Yusuf has admitted Islamist insurgents now control most of Somalia, and he raised the prospect that his government could completely collapse.

Islamists have been slowly advancing on the capital, raising the stakes in their two-year rebellion...

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Melting Pot Cracks As Muslims Reject Christian Names in France

November 15, 2008

Author: Charles Bremner and Marie Tourres

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5158566.ece

They are born in France and called Louis, Laurent or Marie but they want to become Abdel, Said or Rachida. Such requests from immigrants’ children for name changes are mounting in the French courts and worrying a state that lays store on melding a single national culture.

In a sign...

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European Islamic Media Network in the Works

November 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Islam_28/European_Islamic_media_network_in_the_works.shtml

The heads of the two main Muslim news and networking Internet sites in France and Spain hosted a meeting Friday in Madrid to discuss the creation of a European-wide Islamic media network.

"We hope to create a better understanding of the Muslim faith and...

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Anti-Terror Police 'Need Muslims'

November 14, 2008

Author: Dominic Casciani

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7728577.stm

Urgent action is needed to boost the number of Muslim officers in counter-terrorism units, the National Association of Muslim Police has said.

A survey carried out by the association and think tank Demos suggests Muslims remain under-represented in the police. Half of the 51 UK forces took part.

There are 27 Muslim counter-terrorism officers out...

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A Rare Imam Who Juggles Fatwas, Interfaith Confabs

November 13, 2008

Author: Ilene R. Prusher

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1113/p01s01-wome.html

Sheikh Ishaq Abdel-Jawad Taha's phone is ringing off the hook.

"You're welcome, go ahead," says Sheikh Taha, sitting behind his desk at the Palestinian Authority's Al-Fatwa Council, of which he is the director. "She's still recovering, so she doesn't have to pray," he says.

The voice on the other end of the phone is...

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Hindus Applaud Christian-Muslim Dialogue at Vatican, Calling it “Step in the Right Direction”

November 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Media for Freedom

http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=12378

Hindus have lauded the groundbreaking three-day dialogue between Catholics and Muslims, which concluded at Vatican City on Thursday, and called it a “step in the right direction”.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was wonderful to watch the world’s...

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Indian Muslims Condemn Terrorism

November 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7719059.stm

A conference attended by thousands of Muslim clerics, scholars and community leaders in India has endorsed a religious ruling against terrorism.

The ruling or fatwa was issued earlier this year by an Islamic seminary.

It said that Islam rejected all kinds of bloodshed and the killing of innocents for selfish and politically motivated gains....

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Muslims' Free Speech 'Threatened'

November 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7718715.stm

Governments across Europe must do more to safeguard freedom of speech for Muslim reformers who face threats from extremists, a think tank has warned.

The UK-based Centre for Social Cohesion highlighted the cases of 27 writers, including Sir Salman Rushdie, activists, politicians and artists.

The centre said they had suffered violence and intimidation...

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