Islam

First Muslim in U.S. Congress to Use Historic Koran

January 3, 2007

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/03/AR2007010300790.html

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, attacked for planning to use the Koran at his swearing-in instead of a Bible, will use a copy of the Muslim holy book once owned by Thomas Jefferson, an official said on Wednesday.

Representative-elect...

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Airport Hesitant to Grant Muslim Prayer Room

January 3, 2007

Author: EMILY GURNON

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/16370149.htm

Somali immigrants passing through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport want a private place to say Muslim prayers. The airport suggests they share a room with people of other religions.

Like a new couple learning to dance, immigrants and their adopted countries often trip each other up, and the prayer-room issue is...

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Touting the Muslim Culture in the Bible Belt

January 2, 2007

Author: KATHY HANRAHAN

Source: The Buffalo News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20070102/1005965.asp

JACKSON, Miss. - This mid-sized Southern city with its thriving Baptist, Methodist and Catholic churches may seem an unlikely home for one of the only museums in the United States devoted entirely to Muslim culture.

Still, the International Museum of Muslim Culture opened in April...

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Muslim Family Claims Discrimination by Racial Profiling at Airport

January 1, 2007

Author: Brynn Galindo

Source: KGET

http://www.kget.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=4153898d-6402-4f85-bb73-68088f320f9c

BAKERSFIELD - It was supposed to be a fun family reunion, but instead a Bakersfield family claims their Muslim father had a hard time getting to Bakersfield from Germany because of airport security.

This is familiar territory to the Islamic community where someone is allegedly...

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Schools Try to Patch Rift in Mosque Project

December 30, 2006

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/12/30/schools_try_to_patch_rift_in_mosque_project/

The presidents of two prominent local religious institutions are calling on a Jewish advocacy organization and the backers of a Roxbury mosque project to drop their lawsuits in their contentious dispute over the mosque's construction.

Nick Carter ,...

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Bosnia's Muslims Divided Over Inroads of Wahhabism

December 29, 2006

Author: Daria Sito-Sucic

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/29/AR2006122900336.html

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Last week, Sarajevo's Jesus Heart cathedral was packed for Christmas mass. This week its King Fahd mosque is filled ahead of the Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice.

The Bosnian capital is...

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Iraq's Shiites and Sunnis Come Together For Hajj

December 29, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/208/story_20812_1.html

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 29 - Yassin Subhi, from Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, vowed that his prayers during the hajj pilgrimage on Friday would be a sword to fight his country's occupiers. Nearby, a procession of his fellow Iraqis marched to a holy site, waving a Shiite banner.

Iraqi pilgrims say the hajj unites them - Shiites and...

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Muslim Pilgrimage Spurs Screeners' Training

December 29, 2006

Author: CAROL EISENBERG

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-ushajj295032520dec29,0,7228608.story?coll=ny-leadnationalnews-headlines

WASHINGTON - A month after the removal of six imams from a U.S. Airways flight spurred accusations of harassment, the federal government has given airport security trainers cultural awareness training about the Islamic...

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Spate of Thefts Prompts Burqa Ban in Some Indian Jewelry Shops

December 28, 2006

Source: The China Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/latestnews/20061228/43357.htm

Pune, India: Muslim women wearing the head-to-toe Islamic robe, or burqa, could be banned from shopping at jewelry stores in this western Indian city after a series of thefts carried out by burqa-clad robbers, jewelers said Thursday.

The Pune Jewelers Association has applied to police for permission to bar people who cover their...

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Spain Cathedral Shuns Muslim Plea

December 28, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6213665.stm

The Roman Catholic bishop of Cordoba in southern Spain has rejected an appeal from Muslims for the right to pray in the city's cathedral, a former mosque.

Juan Jose Asenjo rejected the request made by Spain's Islamic Board in a letter to the Pope.

It had asked that the cathedral become an ecumenical temple where believers from all faiths could worship.

The bishop said such a move would...

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Navy Chaplain Provides Diverse Array of Religious Services During Holiday Season

December 28, 2006

Source: Blackanthem Military News

http://www.blackanthem.com/News/military_2005122802.html

On December 28, 2006 Blackanthem Military News reported, "December is a month of celebration for multiple faiths, making the holiday season an extra busy time for chaplains in Iraq. Between Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Islamic Hajj, Navy Capt. Vince Arnold, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) group chaplain, knows the importance of providing for all service members...

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