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UN Rights Council Passes Islamic Resolution on Religious Defamation

March 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/27/news/UN-GEN-UN-Rights-Council.php

The top U.N. rights body on Thursday passed a resolution proposed by Islamic countries saying it is deeply concerned about the defamation of religions and urging governments to prohibit it.

The European Union said the text was one-...

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Speaker Likens 'Islamophobia' to Anti-Semitism

March 27, 2008

Author: MARGARET FOSMOE

Source: South Bend Tribune

http://southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080327/NEWS01/803270340

Contemporary stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims as inferior, primitive and untrustworthy should have a familiar ring, according to Hussein Ibish.

Similar stereotypes were perpetuated historically by those who hate or mistrust Jewish people, said Ibish, executive director of the...

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Islamic Loans Turn Profit for Banks in USA

March 27, 2008

Author: Paul Wiseman

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/banking/2008-03-26-islamic-finance-sharia_N.htm

A customer showed up at little Devon Bank on Chicago's North Side, asking for a loan to open a neighborhood shop. But there was a hitch, the would-be borrower explained: "We can't pay any interest. Can you help?"

At the time, seven years ago, the answer was: "Nope," recalls...

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Scholar Denounces Muslim Baptism

March 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/europe/7313870.stm

A Muslim scholar involved in high-level dialogue with the Vatican has denounced the Pope's baptism on Saturday of a prominent Italian Muslim convert.

Aref Ali Nayed, the head of Jordan's Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, called the baptism of journalist Magdi Allam a deliberate and provocative act.

The Vatican has not yet commented, but its...

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Class Teaches New Muslims About Faith's Practices

March 25, 2008

Author: Jamie Tarabay

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89053354

It may be one of the fastest growing religions in the world, but in the U.S., it's a challenge for converts to Islam to learn about their new faith. Muslims are a minority here, with estimates of the population ranging from 2 million to 6 million, and they often come together in small groups to learn what they can and cannot do as practicing...

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Muslim Bus Driver Who Wouldn't Remove Kufi Gets His Job Back

March 25, 2008

Author: Ali Zafar

Source: National Post

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2008/03/25/162612.aspx

A York Region bus driver has been reinstated after being suspended for refusing to take off his kufi – an Islamic cap – while on the job.

McGregory Jackman, a newly hired bus driver for York Region’s VIVA transit system, said he was humiliated when an inspector with his...

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Controversy Over U.S. $10,000 Islamic Schools' Subsidies

March 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: All Africa/The Inquirer

http://allafrica.com/stories/200803260657.html

The Islamic Schools System says US$ 10,000 intended as subsidy for them from government has been diverted by some individuals.

The Chairman of the Islamic Schools System, Mr. Mohammed F. Kawah, said the amount was signed by the Muslim Congress School with the assistance of another Muslim who is a prominent figure in the Ministry of Education....

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Utah Muslims Honor Muhammad's Birth

March 25, 2008

Author: Jessica Ravitz

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_8675451

More than 1,400 years after he came into this world, Utah Muslims came together Sunday afternoon to honor the birth of the prophet Muhammad.

Tins of homemade food - including chicken curry, kebabs and traditional desserts - lined tables and counters in Sandy's Utah Islamic Center as about 300 people gathered to praise the founder of the Islamic religion.
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