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Muslim Leaders Say Faith Gaining Ground in U.S.

July 5, 2008

Author: Richard Vara

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/5873419.html

Despite the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, acceptance of Islam politically and socially is on the increase in the U.S., [n]ational Muslim leaders gathered in Houston said Saturday.

"American Muslims have become an important global force," said Sayyid M. Syeed, director of the Islamic Society of North America's...

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Muslims Feel Ignored by McCain, Obama

July 5, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080705/POLITICS01/807050354/1041/LIFESTYLE04

Dr. Abdul Raheman Nakadar, a retired cardiologist and political activist, says he finds a particular aspect of the 2008 campaign for the U.S. presidency curious.

Why, Nakadar asks, are the campaigns of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain not reaching out...

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Shootings Kill Seven in Restive Thai South

July 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Associated Free Press

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hd_otaqnZQpWUHWdH-axlbbgvt6w

Seven people have been killed in four separate shooting incidents in Thailand's troubled southern states, police said Saturday.

In a drive-by shooting early Saturday, witnesses said at least five militants in a pick-up truck opened fire on a tea shop in Yala province's Raman district, killing four villagers and...

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Schoolboys Punished with Detention for Refusing to Kneel in Class and Pray to Allah

July 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily Mail Reporter

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1031784/Schoolboys-punished-detention-refusing-kneel-pray-Allah.html

Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and 'pray to Allah' during a religious education lesson.

Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting...

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Art Exhibit Making US Debut Aims to Shatter Stereotypes of Muslim Women

July 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: IHT/The Associated Press

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/03/arts/NA-US-Breaking-the-Veils.php

In the months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, Princess Wijdan Al Hashemi and her friend Aliki Moschis-Gauguet noticed that the only depictions they saw of Muslim women showed figures behind veils, oppressed by their cultures.

Moschis-Gauget said, "'Do you see what's going...

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Muslim-Hating Iranian gets 4 Years for Attack on Edm. Dentist

July 3, 2008

Author: Karen Kleiss

Source: Canwest News Service/Edmonton Journal

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b5b045bc-3f70-47a3-8bd1-1afdfb2a7d5c

A Muslim-hating Iranian refugee who nearly killed a dentist in a "brutal" and "shocking" attack was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.

Provincial Court Judge Mike Allen said Mohammadreza Gholamrezazadehshirazi, 46, and others like him...

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Faith Leaders Give Mosque Blessing

July 2, 2008

Author: Roger Dickson

Source: The Cairns Post

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2008/07/02/5108_local-news.html

Spiritual leaders from across the religious spectrum have thrown their support behind a controversial mosque set to be built in suburban Cairns.

Catholic, Anglican, Jewish and Buddhist leaders are all behind the push saying that all faiths have the right to a place of worship.

Plans to expand the mosque,...

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Muslims in the Military

July 2, 2008

Author: Gordon Corera

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7484334.stm

A country house in Hampshire was the rarefied setting for the second conference hosting Muslims serving in Britain's armed forces.

Those who gathered at Amport House - the home to military chaplains from all faiths - came for a mix of practical advice and spiritual support, talking of how the military had done much to accommodate them but arguing that there was...

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Harris Sheriff Apologizes to Muslims for Offensive E-mail

July 1, 2008

Author: Matt Stiles and Rosanna Ruiz

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/5864319.html

Reacting to the latest controversy about his office in recent months, Sheriff Tommy Thomas on Monday apologized in person to a local Muslim group for insensitive e-mails sent by members of his staff.

Monday's appearance before the Islamic Society of Greater Houston was Thomas' second apology in...

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American Muslims Exhibit Visits BMC

July 1, 2008

Author: Katherine Fung

Source: The Bi-College News

http://www.biconews.com/?p=6893

The first major national exhibit about Muslims in America, “Collections and Stories of American Muslims: Presenting America’s Islamic Heritage,” came to Bryn Mawr last week as part of Religion on Campus Week.

Sarah Khasawinah ’09, the main organizer of the event, wanted to bring the exhibit to Bryn Mawr, because she saw a need for greater and more...

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Apology Over 'Offensive' Puppy Police Advert After Muslim Complaints

July 1, 2008

Author: Simon Johnson

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2229719/Apology-over-'offensive'-puppy-police-advert-after-Muslim-complaints.html

A police force has apologised to Islamic leaders for the "offensive" postcard advertising a new non-emergency telephone number, which shows a six-month-old trainee police dog named Rebel.

The German shepherd puppy has proved...

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9,574 Delegates Attend Ahmadiyya Muslim Annual Convention

July 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/3175/

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community US held its 60th Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center Harrisburg from June 20-22. This year Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community graced the event with his presence.

As a consequence more than 9,500 delegates from all over the US traveled to...

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Ahmedabad Pays Tributes to Martyrs of Hindu-Muslim Unity

July 1, 2008

Author: Mudassir Rizwan

Source: Indian Muslim News and Information

http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2008/jul/01/ahmedabad_pays_tributes_martyrs_hindu_muslim_unity.html

Leading citizens of Ahmedabad Tuesday paid rich tributes to Vasant and Rajab who sacrificed their lives for communal harmony 62 years ago.

A memorial programme, organised by the Movement for Democracy (MSD) and other...

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Study Suggests "Turban Effect" as a Source of Islamophobia

June 30, 2008

Author: Shannon Proudfoot

Source: CanwestNews Service

http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=cfe386b8-e1bd-4b0c-9eac-caf2739104d3

A Muslim-style turban is perceived as a threat, according to a new study, even by people who don't realize they hold the prejudice, dubbed "the turban effect" by researchers.

Research volunteers played a computer game that showed apartment...

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