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Peace Diplomacy and Interfaith Dialog Highlight Worldwide Iftar

September 28, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Manilla Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/sept/28/yehey/moro/20070928moro1.html

World leaders are celebrating Ramadan with the Muslim ummah by tendering iftar—the evening meal for breaking the daily fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Several are also pursuing interfaith dialog and peace diplomacy as they break bread. The United Nations, through its secretary general...

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Feds Sue Prison Over Head Scarf Ban

September 28, 2007

Source: CNN

Wire Service: AP

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/apwire/D8RUHDT80.htm

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Prison officials violated workplace discrimination laws when they fired a Muslim nurse who insisted on wearing a head scarf on the job, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged Thursday.

The agency charged in a lawsuit that The Geo Group Inc., a private company that operates the Delaware...

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S. Calif. Imams Use Friday Sermons to Condemn Terror

September 27, 2007

Source: CAIR Press Release

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=23244&&name=n&&currPage=1&&Active=1

(LOS ANGELES, CA, 9/27/07) – On September 28, imams (prayer leaders) of a number of Southern California’s largest mosques will denounce terrorism during their Friday “khutbas,” or sermons. The imams will reiterate the need for Muslims in America and abroad to stand on the side of justice and peace, and...

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2 Patriot Act Provisions Ruled Unlawful

September 27, 2007

Source: CBS News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/09/26/ap/national/main3302830.shtml

(AP) A federal judge issued a stern rebuke of a key White House antiterror law, striking down as unconstitutional two pillars of the USA Patriot Act.

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled Wednesday that using the act to authorize secret searches and wiretapping to gather criminal evidence _ instead of...

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Muslim Students Learn to Fight Stereotypes

September 27, 2007

Author: Stephanie Gehring

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/576901,092707citizenship.article

Standing in front of Muslim high school students, Ahmed Rehab asked the girls at Universal School in Bridgeview what non-Muslims might think when they see them at the shopping mall in their hijabs, or headscarves.

"Terrorists, crazy, oppressed," the students shouted.

"Where did they get those...

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Breaking Fast at Statehouse

September 26, 2007

Author: Robert King

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070926/LOCAL18/709260468/1195/LOCAL18

Muslims from across Indiana broke their daily Ramadan fast under the Statehouse rotunda Tuesday evening in an event that Gov. Mitch Daniels says he has come to look forward to each year. On an evening when recitations of the Quran echoed through the halls of power, Daniels...

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Holy Land Deliberations Start Over after Juror Dismissed

September 26, 2007

Author: JASON TRAHAN

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/richardson/stories/092707dnmetholyland.111a29099.html

U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish on Wednesday instructed jurors in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial to restart deliberations after he dismissed one of them and replaced him with an alternate.

The judge did not...

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Ramadan Dinner Teaches, Reaches into Community

September 26, 2007

Author: Stephanie Gehring

Source: Sun-Times

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/574271,092607Ramadan.article

Each time Mary Jane Schneider attends the Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview's annual Ramadan Community Dinner, she learns something different.

The teacher aide at Simmons Middle School joined other staff members from Ridgeland School District 122 at Tuesday night's iftar.

"(The district is) so multicultural; we...

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Hindu Idols to Be Removed From Police Stations

September 26, 2007

Author: Shahid Raza Burney

Source: Arab News

http://arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=101729&d=26&m=9&y=2007&pix=world.jpg&category=World

With an eye to the mid-2009 state elections, the Democratic Front (DF) government in Maharashtra — made up of an alliance between the Congress and Nationalist Congress parties — has directed police to remove Hindu religious idols and pictures from police...

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A Muslim Astronaut's Dilemma: How to Face Mecca From Space

September 26, 2007

Author: Patrick Di Justo

Source: Wired

http://www.wired.com/science/space/news/2007/09/mecca_in_orbit

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor of Malaysia, a crew member on the 16th mission for the International Space Station, gives thumbs-up near the Soyuz-TMA capsule before the final test outside Moscow on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007. Photo: Associated Press / Mikhail Metzel

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor has a problem. Two problems. The first is that...

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Critics Blast Norwegian Aid to 'Koran Schools' in Pakistan

September 25, 2007

Author: Nina Berglund

Source: Aftenposten

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article2013769.ece

Norway's Foreign Ministry has been sending financial aid to controversial religious schools in Pakistan. Researchers and local Pakistani experts want it to stop, as does a conservative politician.

As much as NOK 6 million (more than USD 1 million) has gone to 118 so-called "Koran schools" in northwest Pakistan. Some local experts,...

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Foot-Washing Sink Proposal Causes Stir

September 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Indy Channel

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/14185308/detail.html

A proposal to install a foot-washing sink at Indianapolis International Airport is prompting debate over ethnicity, religion and the U.S. constitution.

Muslims use the sinks to wash their feet before praying but some say that allowing the sinks on public property violates the separation of church and state, 6News' Cheryl Jackson...

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