Islam

Cities See Rise in Black Muslims in Wake of Sept. 11

May 26, 2007

Source: Sioux City Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2007/05/26/news/faith/44226a14c6aced76862572e7000edb60.txt

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Allahu Akbar, the Muslim call for prayer, rings out on a recent Friday and a group of black men and women gather to celebrate the Islamic day of rest.

The wooden house in Pittsburgh's rundown Homewood neighborhood looks like...

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West Point Grad Rare in his Class

May 26, 2007

Author: JOHN IWASAKI

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/317300_muslimgrad26.html

On Saturday afternoon, in the 209th commencement at a historic campus dotted with monuments to famous generals, Faraz Bala will graduate from West Point.

The Snohomish man is a rare Muslim in his class of 900 cadets, whose four years at the U.S. Military Academy overlapped with the war in Iraq.

His father...

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A Quiet Revolution in Algeria: Gains by Women

May 26, 2007

Author: MICHAEL SLACKMAN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/26/world/africa/26algeria.html

ALGIERS, May 25 — In this tradition-bound nation scarred by a brutal Islamist-led civil war that killed more than 100,000, a quiet revolution is under way: women are emerging as an economic and political force unheard of in the rest of the Arab world.

Women make up 70 percent of Algeria’s lawyers and 60...

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Rejected by PBS, Film on Islam Revived by CPB

May 25, 2007

Author: Paul Farhi

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/24/AR2007052402571.html

In an uprecedented move, the agency that oversees public broadcasting has stepped in to arrange distribution for a TV documentary on Islam that PBS had rejected as unworthy.

The federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting helped find a new distributor for "Islam vs....

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CAIR Condemns India Bombing, Seeks Protection of Religious Minorities

May 25, 2007

Source: CAIR Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/25/2007) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has condemned a recent deadly bomb attack on an Indian mosque and is asking that religious minorities in that nation be protected.

In a letter to Ronen Sen, the Indian ambassador in Washington, D.C., CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed wrote:

"I hope that this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits. I am writing to you today to express CAIR's unequivocal condemnation for the recent bombings at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad,...

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Quran is Suitable for Taking Oath, Judge Says

May 25, 2007

Author: STEVE HARTSOE

Source: Detroit Free Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007705250439

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Witnesses and jurors being sworn in at state courthouses can take their oath using any religious text, not just the Bible, a judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling came after the American Civil Liberties Union argued that limiting that text to the Bible was...

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Muslim Minister Leads Prayer in Alabama House

May 24, 2007

Source: The Birmingham News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.al.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-29/1180028970141200.xml&storylist=alabamanews

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Muslim minister gave the opening prayer Thursday in the Alabama House.

Kareem Abdullah, imam of the Birmingham Islamic Center, prayed for Alabama to prosper as the House was coming into session. Ministers...

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"Media Coverage of Muslims Bombs," a Commentary by Lorraine Ali

May 24, 2007

Author: Lorraine Ali

Source: Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18853924/site/newsweek/

May 24, 2007 - According to a Pew Research Center poll released earlier this week, Muslim-Americans are “largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.” The poll showed the majority surveyed have close non-Muslim friends, believe in a strong...

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