Islam

Muslim Holidays Rejected by Board

April 26, 2007

Author: Tarron Lively

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20070425-105140-6054r.htm

Baltimore County public school officials have said that adding Muslim holidays to the school calendars is unlawful and "irresponsible," marking another setback in attempts across the region to add the holidays.

Muslim supporters wanted schools to close for Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca,...

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A Bridge Between Cops and Community

April 25, 2007

Author: ERIK ORTIZ

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1668388.php

ANAHEIM – Strengthening rapport with the city's Arab-American and Muslim communities required Anaheim police officer Omar Adham to show his trustworthiness.

Being Egyptian-American and speaking some Arabic were assets for the officer, but in a way, his uniform spoke louder.

"Typically,...

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"New Questions for the ISB," a Commentary by Jeff Jacoby

April 25, 2007

Author: Jeff Jacoby

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/04/25/new_questions_for_the_isb/

THE DATE was Oct. 28, 2000. The place: Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. At a demonstration against US policy in the Middle East, Abdurahman Alamoudi took the microphone.

"Anybody supports Hamas here?" he yelled to the cheering crowd. "Hear...

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Muslim Veil Allowed in UK Courts: Judges

April 25, 2007

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/news/World/Muslim-veil-allowed-in-UK-courts-judges/2007/04/25/1177180691369.html

Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in British courts, senior judges said.

Muslim women should be permitted to wear the full facial covering, known as the niqab, as long as it does not interfere with the administration of justice, the Judicial Studies Board's Equal Treatment...

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Southland Muslims Promote Code of Unity

April 23, 2007

Author: Rebecca Trounson

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-shiasunni23apr23,1,3425510.story

As the conflict deepens between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Muslim leaders in Southern California have launched what they hope will be a nationwide movement to promote unity among different branches of the faith in this country and help prevent acts of violence here....

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An Unwavering Push for Muslim School Holidays

April 23, 2007

Author: Gina Davis

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.muslim23apr23,0,3533316.story

Bash Pharoan sees his long-running campaign to close Baltimore County's schools on Muslim holidays as a demand for fairness: If schools are shut down on Yom Kippur and Christmas Day, they also should be closed on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

He first advanced this idea a decade ago, and...

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MAS Freedom Foundation Underscores Egyptian Human Rights Campaign with Visits and Rally

April 23, 2007

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=4074

WASHINGTON, DC - Apr. 23, 2007 (MASNET) On March 2, 2007 the Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation, through its civil and human rights department, responded to the human rights violations and severe assault on nonviolent opposition groups by launching the Human Rights Campaign in Egypt.

The Freedom Foundation has officially expressed its concerns to the U.S. State...

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Muslims in Quandary Over State Food Law

April 23, 2007

Author: Margaret Ramirez

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0704230037apr23,1,4673700.story

As a Muslim mom and teacher, Dilara Sayeed struggles to find the best food to nourish her family and feed their devout faith.

She wants beef and chicken that are healthy as well as halal: slaughtered and blessed according to Islamic law. Yet often she finds there are limits to the...

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First Muslim-Oriented High School in NW to Open

April 22, 2007

Source: KOMOTV

Wire Service: AP

http://www.komotv.com/news/local/7141111.html

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Mounting pressures from Muslim parents in the region have prompted the Muslim Educational Trust to open the new coeducational Oregon Islamic Academy - the first high school in the Northwest geared to Muslim students.

Syed Ahmad was one of those parents. He told Wajdi Said, the trust's executive director, that he moved his family from Texas to...

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Arson Scatters Mosque Members

April 21, 2007

Author: ABBIE VANSICKLE

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/04/21/Hillsborough/Arson_scatters_mosque.shtml

TAMPA - Their mosque destroyed by arson, they had promised to keep holding Friday prayers.

They thought they could make do with a tent. But no one prayed on the grounds of the Islamic Education Center of Tampa that day, about a week after an arsonist burned the prayer hall, leaving behind...

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Islamic Center to Hold its Annual Open House

April 20, 2007

Author: GRACE ASSOUAD

Source: Columbia Missourian

http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=25281

For the past year, the Muslim community in mid-Missouri has been under more scrutiny than any other religious group.

Just last month, five men linked to a Columbia-based Islamic charity, the Islamic American Relief Agency-USA, were accused of illegally trafficking $1.4 million in funds to a Sudan-based organization with ties to a then-...

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