Islam

Armed Forces Imam 'Doing Duty'

May 1, 2007

Author: Karen Rollins

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6592031.stm

Imam Asim Hafiz was appointed Muslim chaplain to the British armed forces in November 2005. In his first full interview since taking up the role, he speaks to the BBC about his work.

Since his appointment, Imam Hafiz has kept a low profile as he provides "spiritual and pastoral" support to 340 serving British Muslims.

And he says that while the...

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"Untying Turkey's Head-Scarf Knot," a Commentary by the Christian Science Monitor

May 1, 2007

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0501/p08s02-comv.html

That strategic ally so vital to NATO; that bridge between Europe and the Middle East; that symbol of a relatively stable, secular democracy in a Muslim nation: Could Turkey now rupture over Islam's role in public life?

On Sunday, at least 700,000 protesters marched in Istanbul, insisting that Turkey maintain its secular laws and demanding the resignation of the government,...

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BRA Official Asked Help From Mosque Backer

May 1, 2007

Author: Donovan Slack

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/05/01/bra_official_asked_help_from_mosque_backer/

A Boston Redevelopment Authority official involved with the city's decision to reduce the price of land it sold to the Islamic Society of Boston for a Roxbury mosque asked a Saudi Arabian supporter of the project to help plan a trip to...

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Man Files Lawsuit to Try and Halt Mosque Construction

May 1, 2007

Author: Matt Sedensky

Source: Jacksonville.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.jacksonville.com/apnews/stories/050107/D8ORR2CO2.shtml

MIAMI - A man fighting the opening of a mosque in his suburban neighborhood filed a lawsuit Tuesday to try and halt construction, a move derided by Arab leaders as anti-Muslim.

Rodney Wright claims the relocation of the Islamic Center of South Florida to a new, larger...

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Muslim Scholar Talks About Challenges Facing Women in the Arab and Muslim Worlds

April 30, 2007

Author: Judith Latham

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/NewsAnalysis/2007-04-30-voa39.cfm

Last week the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID), a Washington-based organization dedicated to promoting freedom, democracy, and good governance in the Arab and Muslim worlds, sponsored a conference on “The Rights of Women in Islam and Muslim Societies.” And leading Muslim women scholars from the...

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In Turkey, Fear About Religious Lifestyle

April 30, 2007

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/30/world/europe/30turkey.html?ref=world

ISTANBUL, April 29 — When hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Istanbul on Sunday, it may have looked like a protest of government policy.

It was not.

Behind the slogans and signs of marchers in Istanbul on Sunday and in Ankara two weeks ago was something much...

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For Muslim Students, a Drive to Deem Holy Days as Holidays

April 29, 2007

Author: Emily Brady

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/nyregion/thecity/29holi.html

THE movement began last year when statewide tests for elementary school children were administered on Jan. 10, coinciding with Id al-Adha, a holiday that commemorates the story of Abraham and is a time of prayer and feast for the city’s Muslim community.

Muslim parents were dismayed that they were forced to choose...

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Muslim Leaders Reach Out to Ohio Communities, Invite Dialogue

April 27, 2007

Author: Meredith Heagney

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

http://www.columbusdispatch.com/dispatch/content/faith_values/stories/2007/04/27/open.html

Highway travelers driving past the hulking mosque on I-75 see the metallic gold dome, the 135-foot-tall minarets and the intricate stained-glass windows. The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo makes some people curious. For others, it conjures up stereotypes fueled by the...

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Kosovo's Top Islamic Leader Asks Local Muslims for Support

April 27, 2007

Author: Niraj Warikoo

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070427/NEWS01/70427069/0/rss07

The top Islamic leader of Kosovo spoke to Muslims in metro Detroit today, asking them to support the independence of his province.

Mufti Naim Ternava, president of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, is in Michigan as part of a visit to the U.S. to garner support for making Kosovo an...

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Muslim Woman Runs for Danish Parliament

April 27, 2007

Author: KARL RITTER

Source: The Kansas City Star

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kansascity.com/432/story/86795.html

A Muslim woman denounced and ridiculed by nationalists for wearing an Islamic head scarf announced Friday she was running for Parliament - a move bound to rekindle heated debate about Islam in Denmark.

The next election is not expected until 2009, but the mere thought of Asama Abdol-Hamid entering the...

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