Islam

Swiss to Hold Referendum on Muslim Minaret Ban

July 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hKGgzL2v7BjS70ALL_GckqynPPsAD91PODI01

Switzerland will hold a nationwide referendum on whether to ban the construction of minarets where Muslims traditionally issue the call to prayer, officials said Tuesday.

Swiss nationalists have collected enough signatures to force a vote on the ban, the Interior Ministry said. Organizers backed...

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Egypt's Christian-Muslim Gap Growing Bigger

July 8, 2008

Author: Ethan Cole

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080708/egypt-s-christian-muslim-gap-growing-bigger.htm

The divide between Egypt’s Coptic Christian community and the Muslim majority is growing bigger as an increasing number of Christians are cutting ties with Muslim neighbors and turning to the Church for all their social needs.

Many Christians in Egypt are...

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Minorities Push for Secular Constitution in Muslim Bangladesh

July 8, 2008

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2064

A joint forum of Buddhist, Christian and Hindu minorities in Bangladesh is lobbying quietly for the restoration of a secular constitution that was abolished 20 years ago making Islam the state religion in the Muslim-majority nation.

"We are trying our best to make our voices heard," Nirmal Rozario, organizing secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu...

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Most Muslim Coverage 'Negative'

July 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7495384.stm

Researchers looking at the way British Muslims are represented by the media say they have found that most coverage is negative in tone.

A Cardiff University team behind the study looked at nearly 1,000 newspaper articles from the past eight years.

Two-thirds focused on terrorism or cultural differences, and much of it used words such as...

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Milan Mosque 'to be Closed Down'

July 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7493756.stm

A controversial mosque in the Italian city of Milan is to be shut down, the country's right-wing government says.

The Jenner mosque attracts about 4,000 Muslims each week, with Friday prayers often spilling out on to the street.

Now, after years of complaints from local residents, Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has said he will close the...

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CAIR-WA Welcomes Police Memo on Religious, Ethnic Profiling

July 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CAIR Press Release

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=777&&ArticleID=25105&&name=n&&currPage=1

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today welcomed an internal memorandum from Seattle’s police chief cautioning against the use of religious or ethnic profiling in training programs.

In his memo to department captains,...

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Dispute Over Burial: Shariah Court Jumps the Gun

July 7, 2008

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2008/07/07/stories/2008070759861500.htm

In a rude shock to a Hindu family which moved the court to stop Malaysia’s Islamic authorities from burying a relative claiming that he was converted, a Shariah court on Sunday ruled that the deceased was a Muslim.

The family of Elangesvaran Benedict, 34, wanted to cremate the deceased according to Hindu rites, saying it was not aware of his reported conversion to Islam....

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Halal ... and Locally Grown

July 6, 2008

Author: Tara Tuckwiller

Source: The Charleston Gazette

http://www.wvgazette.com/News/200807050258

When Ruby Abdulla moved to Charleston 32 years ago, she and her husband started looking around the grocery stores for halal foods - the only foods that are lawful for Muslims to eat.

"I have to tell you - when we first came here, we couldn't even buy bread," said Abdulla, a realty agent with Old Colony. "Sunbeam bread was the only one that had vegetable...

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In Hartford, Thousands Gather To Celebrate Islam

July 6, 2008

Author: Matt Burgard

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/community/news/hfd/hc-ctislam0706.artjul06,0,890224.story

A woman wearing a burqa sat on a bench Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, the fabric across her face revealing only her eyes.

Next to her, a group of children chatted on cellphones and shrieked merrily over the sound of chanting music calling the assembled...

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Sniffer Dogs to Wear ‘Muslim’ Bootees

July 6, 2008

Author: Stuart MacDonald

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4276489.ece

Police sniffer dogs will have to wear bootees when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offence.

Guidelines being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) urge awareness of religious sensitivities when using dogs to search for drugs and explosives. The guidelines, to be published this year, were...

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