Islam

Constructing a Dream in Times of Tumult

September 25, 2008

Author: Peter Applebome

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/nyregion/25towns.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Back then they would meet at one another’s houses to pray, one evening at Mohammad Ziaullah’s, another at Khaja Fasihuddin’s or Jamal Kibria’s or Dr. Fayyaz Sheikh’s.

It was long ago. Ronald Reagan was president. Billy Martin was manager of the Yankees. Billy...

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For French Muslims, A Catholic Education

September 25, 2008

Author: Katrin Bennhold

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/25/europe/schools.php

The bright cafeteria of Saint Mauront Catholic school is conspicuously quiet: It is Ramadan and 80 percent of the students are Muslim. When the lunch bell rings, girls and boys stream out past the crucifixes and the large wooden cross in the corridor, heading for Muslim midday prayer.

"There is respect for our...

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Ruling Allows Guide Dog in Mosque

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/leicestershire/7633623.stm

In Islam dogs are regarded as unclean and are not allowed in mosques.

However, the Muslim Law (Shari'ah) Council UK has now issued a fatwa which allows guide dogs inside mosques but not into prayer rooms.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the Muslim Council of Britain worked together to support...

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CAIR Welcomes House Resolution Supporting Interfaith Dialogue

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CAIR

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=25497&&name=n&&currPage=1&&Active=1

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a non-binding resolution “supporting Christian, Jewish, and Muslim interfaith dialogue that promotes peace, understanding, unity, and religious freedom.”

The resolution...

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London's Olympic Park Toilets to Turn Away from Mecca Out of Respect for Islamic law

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1061051/Londons-Olympic-Park-toilets-turn-away-Mecca-respect-Islamic-law.html

Toilet facilities are being built at London's Olympic Park so Muslims will not have to face Mecca while sitting on the loo.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has said it wants to produce an ideal venue for people of all...

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Thieves Target Muslim Worshippers

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/lancashire/7633501.stm

Burglars are targeting the homes of Muslims in Lancashire who are visiting mosques during Ramadan.

Homes in Brierfield have been burgled by the men, who are believed to be Asian, during special prayer times.

CCTV images have been issued of two men police want to speak to in connection with the burglaries.
...

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Ellison Inspires Voters at 1st 'Rock the Muslim Vote' Townhall Forum

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=704

More than 200 people attended the Muslim Public Affairs Council's kick-off "Rock the Muslim Vote" Election Townhall Forum at New York University over the weekend. Featuring Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), MPAC Government Relations Director Safiya Ghori-Ahmad and Imam Suhaib Webb, the interactive forum stressed the importance of Muslim American voter participation at...

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Muslim Group Reports Jump in Workplace Bias Complaints

September 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CAIR

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=25496&&name=n&&currPage=1&&Active=1

A report released today by a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group shows an increase in American Muslim complaints of workplace bias in 2007.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) report, called “Without Fear of Discrimination,” outlines 2...

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NCC Governing Board Responds to 'A Common Word,' and Calls for Immigration Reform and an End to Trafficking

September 24, 2008

Author: Philip E. Jenks

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/080924gbwrap.html

The National Council of Churches Governing Board approved an ecumenical response to the Muslim message, "A Common Word Between Us and You," declaring Christianity and Islam share a love of God and "are compelled to find common ground."

The Governing Board also passed resolutions calling for action in reforming U.S. immigration and...

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Bosnian War Refugees Work to Build New Mosque in Des Moines

September 23, 2008

Author: Daniel P. Finney

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008809230362

In a tan building across the street from the Merle Hay Mall Younkers parking lot, the American dream is happening.

It looks like any other construction site in Des Moines: A stack of bricks sits on a trailer outside the front gate. Pails of spackle and paste sit inside the 3,700-square-foot...

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Jewish and Muslim Students Break Challah, Boundaries

September 23, 2008

Author: Noa Borkan

Source: The Wesleyan Argus

http://www.wesleyanargus.com/article/6724

The Jewish and Muslim chaplains came together last Friday to teach their congregants about the most famous anti-religion book in recent memory, Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.”

This seemingly unusual occasion has become a now-regular event: the fifth annual Interfaith Iftar-Shabbat Dinner, which brings...

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Muslim Group Seeks Probe of 'Radical Islam' DVD

September 23, 2008

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: The Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080924/ap_on_re_us/rel_radical_islam_video;_ylt=AngVpTeBEYmFlBxOiOeDKOE7Xs8F

A U.S. Muslim advocacy group Tuesday asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether a nonprofit group that distributed a controversial DVD about Islam in newspapers nationwide is a "front" for an Israel-based group with a stealth...

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