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Converts to Islam Playing More Important Roles in Militant Networks in Europe

September 16, 2007

Author: Craig Whitlock

Source: Washington Post/San Fransico Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/16/MNVGS7351.DTL

Religious converts are playing an increasingly influential role in Islamic militant networks, having transformed themselves in recent years from curiosities to key players in terrorist cells in Europe, according to counterterrorism officials and analysts.

The arrests this month...

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Muslim Cabbies Get Tickets While Praying

September 16, 2007

Author: LEONARD N. FLEMING

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/559988,CST-NWS-taxi16.article

Faisal, a taxicab driver who works at O'Hare Airport, wants to be a good cabbie while staying true to his Muslim faith.

But Muslim cabdrivers are finding the latter difficult lately, as they've been hit with a rash of tickets for parking in access lanes leading to the airport terminals near...

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Finding Room, but No Place to Worship

September 16, 2007

Author: JOSEPH BERGER

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/16colwe.html

FOR now, the Upper Westchester Muslim Society worships in a spare room in a bleak industrial building here that houses a lumberyard and a pottery studio, and lies across the street from a Shop-Rite.

Strolling toward the building on a recent Friday afternoon, the ambience was anything but spiritual....

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Of Muslims, Movies, Mosques Mecca, the Koran, and Schools

September 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: New Europe

http://www.neurope.eu/articles/77727.php

The integration into Dutch society of growing numbers of Muslims has created a cauldron of debate pitting critics of fundamentalist Islam against legislators, educators and supporters of religious tolerance, calls to ban the Koran, a gay movie, and taboos in the Muslim community. Dutch legislators argued face-to-face over a call by the liberal-rightist Freedom Party (PVV) to ban the...

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Religious Leaders Dampen Rising Tension

September 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: allAfrica.com/UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

http://allafrica.com/stories/200709140760.html

Religious leaders in northern Mozambique are making attempts to prevent any possible outbreak of communal violence after three mosques were burnt in a matter of weeks in Lichinga, capital of Niassa Province.

The police are investigating arson attacks on the mosques, one of which was set alight last week. The...

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Israel Curbs Ramadan Prayer Entry

September 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6994606.stm

Scuffles broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the West Bank, as Muslims tried [to] reach a holy shrine on the first Friday of Ramadan.

Hundreds waited at checkpoints north and south of Jerusalem after Israel imposed tighter security than usual.

Only men aged over 45 were allowed to enter Jerusalem for prayers at the...

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Naperville Man is 4th Charged with Mosque Break-Ins

September 14, 2007

Author: Jennifer Golz

Source: Sun-Times

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/557307,4_1_JO14_MOSQUE_S1.article

Charles Htun likely will celebrate his 20th birthday this weekend in DuPage County jail.

The Naperville man was sentenced Thursday to 90 days of periodic imprisonment in DuPage County Circuit Court for his hand in the July 21, 2006 break-in at the Islamic Center of Naperville, 450...

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Islamophobia on Rise, Especially in Europe-U.N. Envoy

September 14, 2007

Author: Stephanie Nebehay

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070914-0725-un-racism-.html

The United Nations investigator on racism on Friday condemned a rising trend of Islamophobia, especially in Europe, where he said it was being exploited by some right-wing political parties.

Doudou Diene, U.N. special rapporteur on racism,...

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Muslim Players Face Challenge of Ramadan Fasting

September 13, 2007

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/religion/chi-ramadan_13sep13,1,1165054.story

For Omar Mukahhal and his other Muslim teammates on Stagg High School's varsity football team, the strength to endure the next 30 days of football season will demand mental and physical vigor. It will also be a spiritual test.

Not only is Mukahhal aiming for the playoffs...

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Muslim Cemetery for City Envisioned

September 13, 2007

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070913/NEWS01/709130426/1008/NEWS01

As Muslims today begin Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer, one local group is hoping to raise funds for a Muslim cemetery.

The Bosniak-American Islamic Center, formed by Muslim refugees and immigrants from Bosnia-Herzegovina, hopes to raise the needed...

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Displaced by Fire, Islamic Center Regroups for Ramadan

September 13, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: The Mercury News/The Contra Costa Times

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6888921?nclick_check=1

Amid a row of women bowing in diaphanous, brightly-colored gowns, Sughran Ahmed prayed -- prostrate in silence, rising with the imam's sung, "Allah Akbar," God is great. Suddenly, her 3-year-old son, Muhammad Ali, broke free from his caretaker, ran to his mother and threw his arms around her neck....

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Charitable Tradition in Transition

September 13, 2007

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/12/AR2007091202284.html

During Islam's sacred month of Ramadan, U.S. Muslims are stepping up holiday charity toward non-Muslims to counter anti-Islamic sentiment since the Sept. 11 attacks, experts said.

Key edicts of Ramadan, which began yesterday at sunset, are to fast and promote good conduct....

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Congresswoman Johnson Introduces Resolution to Pay Tribute to Ramadan

September 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=676&&ArticleID=23086&&name=n&&currPage=1

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced a resolution to recognize the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"We are blessed to live in a nation that protects its citizens’ right to religious freedom, communal worship, and interfaith dialogue and...

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