Islam

A Growing Demand for the Rare American Imam

June 1, 2007

Author: Neil MacFarquhar

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/01/us/01imam.html?ref=us

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. — Sheik Yassir Fazaga regularly uses a standard American calendar to provide inspiration for his weekly Friday sermon.

Around Valentine’s Day this year, he talked about how the Koran endorses romantic love within certain ethical parameters. (As opposed to say, clerics in Saudi Arabia, who denounce...

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American Muslim Music (2007)

Islamic worship is rooted in oral and aural experience. Qur’an in Arabic means recitation; the literal word of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad is not a text to be read silently, but a text to be recited and listened to by believers. The first pillar of Islam is the shahadah, an oral testament to the Oneness of God and the prophethood of Muhammad, and the only necessary action to become a Muslim. The second pillar of Islam is salah, ritual prayer five times a day. Salah commences with the athan, a call to prayer, and consists of reciting and...

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Families of Srebrenica Victims to Sue Dutch, U.N.

June 1, 2007

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/01/AR2007060100451.html

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Families of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia will sue the Dutch state and the United Nations, which they blame in part for allowing the killings to happen, lawyers said on Friday.

The law firm representing a group of about 6,...

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Arabic School in N.Y.C. Creates Stir

June 1, 2007

Author: Alexandra Marks

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0601/p03s01-ussc.html

New York - In September, New York City will open the nation's first public school dedicated to teaching Arabic and Arab culture.

Named after the Christian Arab poet Khalil Gibran, it's one of 65 specialty dual-language schools in New York. But it's the only one that has sparked a public controversy.

Some conservative...

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Motions Heard Today Before Civil Lawsuit Trial against NMSU Football Coach Hal Mumme

June 1, 2007

Author: Jose L. Medina

Source: Las Cruces Sun News

http://www.lcsun-news.com/news/ci_6033854

LAS CRUCES — A federal judge will hear motions today in what may be the final hearing before a civil lawsuit alleging religious discrimination against New Mexico State University head football coach Hal Mumme goes to trial.

The trial is scheduled for June 25. The lawsuit was brought by four former players who allege Mumme discriminated against them and...

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Police Find Gilbert Teen Innocent in Bomb Scare

May 31, 2007

Author: Sarah Lynch

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/90694

Ban Abdulghafoor did not expect to hear the voice of a Gilbert police officer on the line when she answered the phone last Thursday.

It was the final day of school at Mesquite Junior High School, and her 13-year-old son, Mustafa Abdul Razzaq, decided to stay home because it was a halfday. The call woke him from his late-morning slumber.

While...

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Proposed Pakistani Law Would Criminalize Conversion From Islam

May 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/6/6.shtml#3

NEW DELHI, India, May 31, 2007: A draft bill in Pakistan's National Assembly would impose the death penalty on Muslim men -- and a life sentence on Muslim women -- if they renounce Islam. The bill has received its first reading and now sits before a standing committee of the National Assembly. It has been tabled by Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal, an alliance...

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Muslim, Jewish Leaders See Fresh Start

May 31, 2007

Author: Raja Mishra

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/05/31/muslim_jewish_leaders_see_fresh_start/

Boston-area Jewish and Muslim leaders sighed in relief yesterday at the resolution of a lengthy legal dispute over the planned construction of a mosque in Roxbury, saying the development cleared the way for renewed local dialogue between adherents of the two faiths.

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New York City Police Seek Trust Among Immigrants

May 31, 2007

Author: Cara Buckley

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/31/nyregion/31outreach.html

Sidique Wai slipped into a mosque in Harlem as afternoon prayers broke, a wisp of a man swimming upstream against the crush of robed worshipers spilling out. He stepped out of his shoes and walked briskly to the front of the prayer room. A microphone was pressed into his outstretched hand.

“How many of you know a police...

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Sydney Terror Accused Deny Guilt

May 31, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6706701.stm

Nine men arrested in Australia's largest counter-terrorism operation have pleaded not guilty to charges of plotting an attack in Sydney.

The men, who are all Muslims, are accused of allegedly planning an attack to advance a "political, religious or ideological cause".

Their lawyers insist they are innocent, and that chemicals found at their homes were for household or...

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