Islam

Britain Takes Step Toward Regulating Mosques and Imams

April 5, 2007

Author: Jane Perlez

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/05/europe/london.php

LONDON: The British government on Thursday took a first step toward regulating Muslim religious leaders and mosques, declaring that imams working in government prisons and hospitals would be required to meet certain criteria, including a good grasp of English.

In addition, the minister of local government and communities,...

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Patrick Boycotts Prayer, Praises Religious Freedom

April 5, 2007

Author: CLAY ROBISON

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4689405.html

AUSTIN --Republican Sen. Dan Patrick on Wednesday boycotted the first prayer delivered in the Texas Senate by a Muslim cleric, and then praised religious tolerance and freedom of speech in an address at the end of the day's session.

"I think that it's important that we are tolerant as a people of all faiths, but that doesn't mean we have...

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'Anti-Muslim Rhetoric' Cited After Vandalism at Mosque in UA Area

April 4, 2007

Author: Stephanie Innes

Source: Arizona Daily Star

http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/176940

Officials with the Islamic Center of Tucson say a recent rise in "anti-Muslim rhetoric" may have spurred vandalism at the University of Arizona-area mosque.

Tucson Police Department detectives are investigating a Sunday-night break-in at the mosque during which someone smashed the lock on a side door, broke an office window, ransacked the office and wrote "Bush was...

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Muslim Workers Leave Gold’n Plump Over Prayer Time Dispute

April 4, 2007

Author: Abdi Aynte

Source: Minnesota Monitor

http://www.minnesotamonitor.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1549

For eight months, Issak Horor delayed his floating break time to say his dusk prayers. That was until Sunday, when his employer, Gold’n Plump, a St. Cloud-based chicken processing company, told him that he wasn’t eligible to do that anymore.

“I told them that God made me eligible to pray five times a day,”...

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Plan for Muslim Prayer in Senate Angers Some

April 3, 2007

Author: R.G. Ratcliffe

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4686200.html

AUSTIN -- The first prayer ever by a Muslim cleric in the Texas Senate will be delivered today --outraging some conservatives because it is occurring just before Easter.

The invocation will be delivered by the Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque at the invitation of state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano....

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NYPD Names Its Second Islamic Chaplain

April 3, 2007

Author: BRADLEY HOPE

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/51736

The New York Police Department has hired a 24-year-old Muslim leader to become the Islamic chaplain for the thousands of Muslims in the department, officials announced yesterday.

Khalid Latif is the second Islamic chaplain ever hired by the police.

"Because of the life-and-death nature of police work, the role of the chaplain in the police department takes on...

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Teacher of Arabic Connects Wichitans

April 2, 2007

Author: Christina M. Woods

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/212/story/34441.html

Teaching Arabic is Yassin Shourbaji's method of building bridges between communities.

Shourbaji, a retired engineer and member of the Islamic Society of Wichita and the Islamic Association of Mid-Kansas, has been teaching Arabic to English-speakers for four years.

He expanded his course offerings in March to include an introductory course for...

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Old Church Becomes Mosque in Uneasy Britain

April 2, 2007

Author: JANE PERLEZ

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/02/world/europe/02britain.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

CLITHEROE, England — On a chilly night this winter, this pristine town in some of Britain’s most untouched countryside voted to allow a former Christian church to become a mosque.

The narrow vote by the municipal authorities marked the end of a...

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Former U.S. Diplomat Interprets Islam

April 1, 2007

Author: Sam Howe Verhovek

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-montanaislam1apr01,1,120048,full.story

PLENTYWOOD, MONT. — Dave Grimland spent nearly 30 years as a foreign service officer — "telling the U.S. side of the story," he says — in Bangladesh, India, Cyprus, Turkey and other nations with large Muslim populations. He wrote ambassadors' speeches,...

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1,000 Buddhists Rally in Thailand Against Muslim Insurgents

March 31, 2007

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/214/story_21483_1.html

Saba Yoi, Thailand - Hundreds of Buddhists rallied in Thailand's restive south Monday in anger over a bloody Islamic insurgency amid fears it could erupt into a sectarian battle between religious communities, officials said.

Protesters demanded that civilians be allowed to carry guns to protect themselves, and urged authorities to resist...

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Ellison Traveling to Israel as Part of Congressional Trip

March 30, 2007

Author: FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Source: Examiner

Wire Service: AP

http://www.examiner.com/a-648239~Ellison_traveling_to_Israel_as_part_of_congressional_trip.html

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, arrived in Israel Friday as part of what his office called a "goodwill mission" to the Middle East.

The nine-day congressional...

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