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For Muslim Women, Education and Economic Empowerment Are Keys to a Better Life

March 5, 2007

Author: Margaret Besheer

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-03-05-voa20.cfm

International Women's Day Thursday highlights women's struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. For many it is a day to celebrate progress. For others, it is a reminder of just how far they still must travel. VOA's Margaret Besheer reports that, positive changes affecting women in the Islamic world are coming slowly, but steadily.

The...

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Md. Bill to Provide Muslims End-of-Life Alternatives

March 5, 2007

Author: Lisa Rein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/04/AR2007030401376.html

Muslims bury their dead with neither flourish nor casket, but a ritual cleansing before the body is quickly returned to the earth, cocooned in a white shroud. But this tradition handed down over centuries has eluded Muslims around Washington, who, like Jews, do not practice embalming -- and...

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Indonesia's Secular Traditions Threatened

March 4, 2007

Author: ROBIN MCDOWELL

Source: Canoe News

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2007/03/04/3695190-ap.html

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Women are jailed for being on the street alone after dark in parts of Indonesia, long held up as a beacon of moderate Islam. Gamblers are caned as punishment, Christian schoolchildren are forced to wear headscarves and a proposed law would sentence thieves to amputation of the hands.

Though most people in...

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Interfaith Group Takes on 'Islamophobia'

March 2, 2007

Author: NICOLE SACK

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/02/25/news/californian/20_34_472_24_07.txt

TEMECULA ---- When U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress in January, the Minnesota Democrat took his oath of office on a copy of the Quran that had belonged to the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, Thomas...

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Cop Accused of Slur Against Muslim Congressman

March 2, 2007

Author: Knight Ridder

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/213/story_21318_1.html

Mar. 2 - A Minneapolis police lieutenant faces an internal investigation into recent comments that fellow officers say implied that U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is a terrorist.

The comments allegedly were made during a required police ethics training class this week by Lt. Bob Kroll, according to Mayor R.T. Rybak. In a highly unusual move, Chief Tim...

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World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is Launched

March 1, 2007

Source: WCMP.net

http://www.thewcmp.net/press_release.php

Oak Brook, IL- In the wake of recent natural and man-made calamities, there has surfaced the need for an intense and determined action to collectively address global humanitarian concerns. This calling motivated local humanitarians to institute a first-of-its-kind forum, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP). The WCMP annual conference will give Muslim philanthropists the opportunity to share ideas and cultivate...

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Plans for Mosque Approved

February 28, 2007

Source: Capital News 9

http://www.capitalnews9.com/content/your_news/capital_region/default.asp?ArID=206172

Plans for building a new mosque in the Town of Colonie have been on the table for five years.

But finally the town planning board made a decision to approve the 50,000 square foot facility.

The Masjid Al-Hidaya Mosque is set to be built off Route 2 in Latham. The worship center will house the mosque, and eventually a...

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Soccer Officials Should Learn Their Own Rules on Headgear

February 28, 2007

Source: Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=9bce6ff5-2cf6-46aa-97f9-ad83cca6b436

For the second time in less than than two years, the reputation of amateur soccer in Canada has been needlessly tarnished by referees, administrators and politicians who misunderstand the rules, yet expect players to follow their faulty directives anyway.

The latest debacle occurred in Quebec,...

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Frederick Mosque Possible Target of Hate Crime

February 28, 2007

Source: NBC4

http://www.nbc4.com/news/11138569/detail.html

FREDERICK, Md. -- Police said they are investigating a possible hate crime in Frederick County after vandals defaced a mosque last week.

Authorities said someone threw large stones through some of the mosque's windows last Wednesday. The incident is the third of its kind against the Islamic Society of Frederick in just more than a year, officials said.

A window was broken at the mosque three weeks ago,...

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Controversial Mosque Plan Refused

February 28, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/6403269.stm

A Muslim association has criticised a council's decision not to grant planning permission for a £6m mosque.

Dudley's planning committee voted unanimously to refuse outline permission. Thousands of signatures and letters of objection had been sent.

Khurshid Ahmed, chair of Dudley Muslim Association, said it was "very likely" to appeal and accused the...

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Two Charged in Violent Hate Crime Against Deli Clerks

February 27, 2007

Source: KOMO-TV

http://www.komotv.com/news/6004201.html

SEATTLE - Two people have been charged under the state's hate crime law after a surveillance camera at Saleh's Delicatessen in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood caught a confrontation between two customers and two clerks during which racial slurs, obscenities and punches were thrown.

A Seattle man and a Shoreline woman were charged Thursday afternoon with malicious harassment. The two are accused of slinging words and...

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Muslim Girl Sparks Canada Hijab Dispute

February 27, 2007

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Canada-Hijab-Conflict.html

MONTREAL (AP) -- An 11-year-old Muslim girl was ejected from a soccer game for refusing to take off her hijab, reigniting Quebec's debate over reasonable accommodation for minorities and even prompting comments from Premier Jean Charest.

Quebec's soccer federation said Asmahan Mansour of Ottawa was given the...

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Malaysia Stands Out Among Muslim-Majority Countries, US Praises

February 27, 2007

Source: bernama.com

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=248832

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- The United States Tuesday praised Malaysia as its success story in the Muslim world demonstrates clearly the capacity for Islam to resume the leadership role it once played among the world's civilisations.

Speaking at an intellectual discourse, US ambassador to Malaysia Christopher J. LaFleur said Malaysia was clearly a success story in Southeast Asia,...

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