Islam

3 Men Cleared In Port Scare 'Treated Like Animals'

January 9, 2007

Source: local10.com

http://www.local10.com/news/10703815/detail.html

MIAMI -- Three Middle Eastern men who were arrested and later had charges against them dropped over a brief terrorism scare at the Port of Miami on Sunday said they were unfairly targeted because of their ethnicity and creed.

Amar Al-Hadad said he was "humiliated, disrespected (and) treated real badly just because my name is an Arabic name and I'm a Muslim."

The Iraqi-born Al-Hadad cried...

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Israel Arrests Muslim Cleric Deported by U.S.

January 9, 2007

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/209/story_20919_1.html

JERUSALEM, Jan. 9 - Israel arrested the former imam of Ohio's largest mosque after he was deported from the United States last week, the Shin Bet internal security service said Tuesday, ending a four-day mystery about his whereabouts.

Fawaz Damra, 46, was arrested because of his ties to Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian group classified by Israel and the U.S. as a terror organization, the Shin Bet...

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Muslims Protest Shift by the School Board

January 9, 2007

Author: Gina Davis

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-md.co.board09jan09,0,6308888.story

Area Muslim leaders are protesting a change in the Baltimore County school board's policy on public comments at board meetings, saying that using a lottery system to determine who can address the panel stifles their criticism of education policies.

Leaders of the Baltimore-based...

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Damage to Businesses and Mosques in Detroit Raises Wider Fears

January 9, 2007

Author: Cecil Angel

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070109/NEWS01/701090400/1003/NEWS01

As they repaired the broken windows of at least a dozen businesses and mosques along Warren Avenue in Detroit, many Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims wondered Monday if the vandalism was retaliation by local supporters of Saddam Hussein who resented that they celebrated the hanging of the Iraqi...

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Imams to Hold Special Meeting on Vandalism Incidents

January 9, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070109/UPDATE/701090438

DETROIT -- Imams from across Metro Detroit will meet Wednesday in Dearborn Heights to discuss a spate of vandalism in the Warrendale area. Many local Muslims who are originally from Iraq believe they may have been targeted.

While community leaders stress that until the perpetrators of the damage...

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For Airport Screeners, More Training about Muslims

January 9, 2007

Author: Alexandra Marks

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0109/p02s01-ussc.html

NEW YORK -- Say you're a security screener at the airport. You notice a large group of people wearing white robes, speaking a strange language. The women have head scarves and the men long beards. They look nervous. One of them is holding a Koran. Another appears to be praying. What do you do?

According to the Transportation...

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"Rites and Rights: the Mosque Movement From Mecca to Main Street," a Commentary by Margot Badran

January 9, 2007

Author: Margot Badran

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/rites_and_rights_the_mosque_movement_from_mecca_to_main_street/0012597

Women are flocking to mosques around the world. Now, during Ramadan, they are packing mosques nightly in many countries for tarawwih or the recitation of the Qur’an. It has not always been easy, or...

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On Aussie Beaches, Burqa Plus Bikini Equals Burqini

January 9, 2007

Author: Nick Squires

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0109/p01s04-woap.html

CRONULLA, AUSTRALIA – It's a sweltering day, and the beach is packed with suntanned bodies. Girls in swimsuits lounge on the sand while their boyfriends cradle surfboards. Mecca Laalaa is the lone exception. Instead of a barely there bikini, she's in a burqini - a top-to-toe two-piece lycra suit complete with hijab, or Islamic head...

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Morocco Reporters Defend Article

January 8, 2007

Author: Richard Hamilton

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6239825.stm

A Moroccan magazine editor accused of defaming Islam and damaging morality by printing articles about religious jokes has defended his position in court.

Nichane magazine's Driss Ksikes, who is on trial in Casablanca with magazine journalist Sanaa al-Aji, denied the articles were intended be offensive.

The prosecutor urged sentences of three to five...

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Italy to Monitor Mosque Funding

January 5, 2007

Author: Christian Fraser

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6235451.stm

The Italian government plans to introduce strict checks on the sources of foreign money used to build mosques in the country.

Italy's interior minister is considering setting up a foundation which would monitor foreign funding for religious buildings and mosques.

A similar system already exists in France.

Italy now has 1.2 million Muslims...

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U.S. Deports Imam for Supporting Terrorist Group

January 5, 2007

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/209/story_20905_1.html

DETROIT, Jan. 5 - A Muslim religious leader convicted of lying about his ties to a group labeled as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government has been deported, immigration authorities said Friday.

Fawaz Damra, who served as imam at Ohio's largest mosque, the Islamic Center of Cleveland in Parma, was convicted in June 2004 of concealing...

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Metro Area Muslims give Homeless a Hearty Donation

January 5, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070105/LIFESTYLE04/701050358/1005/LIFESTYLE

BLOOMFIELD HILLS -- Over the next several days, the hungry in Metro Detroit will be eating a meat not often available at homeless shelters and soup kitchens -- ample servings of lamb.

The donation of 14,000 pounds of mostly lamb comes from Muslims throughout Metro...

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India Awakens to its Other Pariahs: Muslims

January 4, 2007

Author: Mark Sappenfield

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0104/p01s04-wosc.html

DELHI AND HYDERABAD, INDIA – By almost any measure, Salam Mohsin has set himself up well to succeed in India. He has completed his primary education, he speaks a little English, and he is now attending business college. Yet every time he has looked to a future beyond the rickshaws and repair shops of Hyderabad's Old City, he has...

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