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Muslims Campaign to Reclaim ‘Jihad’ from Extremists

May 16, 2008

Author: OMAR SACIRBEY

Source: The Kansas City Star/Religion News Service

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/622918.html

The end to Ani Zonneveld’s “jihad” on “jihad” came during an episode of “Desperate Housewives,” when Lynette (Felicity Huffman) discovers she has cancer and throws a stone at a opossum.

“Look at yourself,” replies her husband, Tom. “You’ve declared jihad on a...

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Police Apologise Over Mosque Show

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/7401704.stm

West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have apologised for accusing the makers of a Channel 4 documentary of distortion.

The apology and the promise of £100,000 were made at the High Court on Thursday.

It follows comments made about a Dispatches programme, Undercover Mosque, which tackled...

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Cambodian Muslims Have Full Religious Freedom Says Prime Minister

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Monsters and Critics

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1405632.php/Cambodian_Muslims_have_full_religious_freedom_says_Prime_Minister

Cambodian Muslims must be integrated into the community and their religious restrictions and needs universally respected, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday.

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Mansfield Teens Find Fellowship, Support in Summit High School's Muslim Student Association

May 15, 2008

Author: ERIN EIDENSHINK

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/051508dnmetmuslimstudents.102569ea2.html

The ring tone of a popular hip-hop song begins to play from a cell phone left on a classroom desk. The 15 or so high school students kneeling on the floor keep praying, ignoring the interruption.

It's 2:45 p.m. on a Wednesday. The...

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Australian Young Muslim Leaders to Explore Indonesian Islam

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: European News

http://europenews.dk/en/node/10155

A delegation of young Muslim leaders from Australia arrived in Jakarta early this week to explore Indonesia Islam, Democracy and Interfaith Harmony, an Australian Embassy media release has said.

"It`s important for young Australians to gain a better understanding of the role of religion in Indonesia and to share their views on how Islam contributes to diverse, democratic societies...

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Ellison, Carson Urge US to Take Action in Darfur

May 15, 2008

Author: FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iSO7F9QK7rEr1XZXU2_f8ewat4wwD90LL1OO0

Congress' two Muslim members urged the U.S. government on Wednesday to lead efforts to end the violence in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced.

Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana joined other black Democratic lawmakers...

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Local Muslim Leader Met Privately with Obama

May 15, 2008

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080515/NEWS05/80515096/1007/news

A Muslim leader from Dearborn met privately with Sen. Barack Obama during his Wednesday visit to Michigan.

Imam Hassan Qazwini, head of the Islamic Center of America, said in an email that he met with Obama at Macomb Community College. A mosque spokesman, Eide Alawan,...

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Muslim and Jewish Students Win Advanced Degrees from Catholic Union

May 14, 2008

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-interfaithmay15,0,439350.story

As a teen, Sarah Bier traveled from Chicago to Israel to learn more about Judaism. But her journey to the Holy Land, marred by religious violence from beginning to end, ultimately led her to explore other faiths as well.

Syafa Almirzanah chose to pursue similar studies after growing tensions...

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Islamic Group Backs Service Dog Owner Threatened by Muslim Students

May 14, 2008

Author: PAUL WALSH

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/18931124.html

When it comes to the rights of the people with service dogs vs. the tenets of Islam, a leading Islamic group in Minnesota is encouraging Muslims to be tolerant.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today is expressing support for a St. Cloud State University student's right to his service dog after he left the school in...

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Religious Funds Can Draw More than the Faithful

May 14, 2008

Author: TIM PARADIS

Source: Mail Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080514/BIZ/805140312

Moazzam Ahmed tried for years to square his investment goals with the tenets of Islam.

"There was a lot of research that I had to do on my own," he said, referring to the time he spent poring over potential investments to weed out objectionable...

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Decision to Build More Mosques in Sarajevo Sparks New Debate

May 14, 2008

Author: Azra Martin

Source: Southeast European Times

http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2008/05/14/feature-02

Since the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) announced plans to build several more mosques in Sarajevo, a vigorous debate on the issue has resurfaced. Many question whether such plans will threaten the country's multi-ethnic character,...

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Uganda: Legislators Disagree on Religious Studies

May 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: All Africa/New Vision

http://allafrica.com/stories/200805140045.html

TO teach or not to teach religious education as a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools was at the centre of debate yesterday as MPs considered the Education Bill 2007.

While some argued that it was necessary for the student's holistic growth, others contended that it would unnecessarily burden students with another compulsory subject...

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Fashion Students Designing Stylish Cloaks for Muslim Women

May 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Dallas Morning News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/051408fealivcloak.246de41.html

The assignment for Virginia Commonwealth University fashion students: design an abaya, an enveloping cloak worn by Muslim women, that is stylish yet acceptable in Arab countries.

The results: elaborately...

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