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Muslim Refuses Shake, Loses Prize

June 22, 2008

Author: Damien Foley and Mark Tighe

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article4188508.ece

A Muslim asylum seeker lost out on an award for volunteer work after indicating that he would not shake hands with the woman who was to present him with the prize.

Alinoor Ahmed Sheikh, a Somali based in an asylum hostel in Tralee, was to have been honoured for his work raising funds for...

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Nigeria: Nirec Calms Religious Frayed Nerves

June 22, 2008

Author: Salisu Na'inna Dambatta

Source: Daily Trust/AllAfrica

http://allafrica.com/stories/200806230739.html

The Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC) came into being after the dawn of democracy in 1999 to serve as a platform for high-level dialogue between the leaders of Christians and Muslims in this country, thereby promoting public good.

It organises conferences designed to promote understanding, appreciation of one another and the...

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Publisher Draws Criticism from Muslims

June 21, 2008

Author: Purva Patel

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/5849356.html

Pakistan Times publisher Sheikh Najam Ali has been looking over his shoulder [everyday] for a month since running an ad that proved controversial in the local Muslim community.

The ad, announcing a local Ahmadiyya celebration and describing the faith as Muslim, prompted death threats from anonymous callers,...

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Arrests After Attacks on Christian Property in Egypt

June 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080621/wl_africa_afp/egyptreligionchristianunrest

Police arrested 20 people when hundreds of Egyptian Muslims attacked Coptic Christian property after a woman who converted to Islam went missing, a security official said on Saturday.

At least five people were also slightly hurt when police used...

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Muslim Headscarves Test the Limits of German Tolerance

June 20, 2008

Author: Thomas Darnstädt

Source: Spiegel Online

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,560812,00.html

For years, Germany's legal experts have been arguing about whether Muslim public officials have the right to wear headscarves. The issue raises difficult questions about religious tolerance and constitutional rights in Germany.

"When you do something," Brigitte Weiss says, "you need to do it right."

It'...

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Muslim Convert 'Recruits' Inmates

June 20, 2008

Author: Sally Chidzoy

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cambridgeshire/7464736.stm

A former British National Party activist who converted to Islam in jail is trying to radicalise young prisoners, the BBC has learned.

Inmate Stephen Jones is being held in a segregation unit at Whitemoor Prison, Cambridgeshire, the BBC has been told.

The convicted murderer was put there after being...

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Parents 'Key' in Terrorism Fight

June 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7465362.stm

Muslim parents could be placed at the forefront of a new anti-terror strategy being developed in Scotland.

The head of counter-terrorism for the police in Scotland, said parents should be encouraged to come forward if they had concerns about their children.

Allan Burnett believes such an approach...

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Indian Politician Calls for Hindu Suicide Bombers to Target Muslims

June 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/06/19/2008-06-19_indian_politician_calls_for_hindu_suicid.html

A radical right-wing Indian politician called on Hindus to form suicide bomber squads and attack Muslim neighborhoods — a threat promptly condemned by political friends and foes alike.
...

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Historic Cedar Rapids Mosque Loses Prized Artifacts

June 18, 2008

Author: Jessie Halladay

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080618/NEWS/806180351/1001/NEWS

Imam Taha Tawil slipped off his muddy shoes and padded across the cream-colored carpet marred by someone else's muddy footprints.

He turned to the northeast and began to pray.

Below him, in the basement of the Mother Mosque of America, are...

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Muslim Kindergarten Opens Amid Controversy

June 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deutsche-Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3407535,00.html

Earlier this year, the opening of a kindergarten in an immigrant district of Berlin was blocked on account of the founder’s alleged ties to a radical Muslim group. Once he was replaced, the center got the green light.

In February, an application for a Muslim kindergarten landed on the desk of the education authority in the central...

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Pa. Lawmaker's Anti-Muslim Comment Derails Measure

June 18, 2008

Author: Mark Scolforo

Source: Lebanon Daily News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.ldnews.com/news/ci_9626724

State lawmakers Wednesday held up voting on a resolution in recognition of a Muslim group's upcoming convention after a legislator protested that "the Muslims do not recognize Jesus Christ as God."

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County, north of Pittsburgh, said he opposed the House's formal recognition of...

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