Islam

Muslim Scholars Write the Pope - and Everyone Else

October 19, 2006

Author: Dan Murphy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1019/p01s03-wome.html

Sohail Nakhooda says Islam has a problem getting its message heard.

Thirty-eight Muslim scholars from 20 countries sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI urging mutual tolerance and respect over the weekend, and 500 prominent Muslims signed a religious ruling rejecting violence against civilians on Tuesday. Neither got much publicity....

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Spanish Schools to Use Islam Book

October 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6067446.stm

The Spanish government, Catholic Church and Muslim leaders have joined forces to publish a school textbook on Islam.

The book Discovering Islam - for primary school children - was written in Spanish by a Muslim leader.

Spanish officials say the book has no parallel among Spain's EU neighbours with large Muslim minorities.

Spain has about a million Muslims, out of a 44 million...

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Pastor Presses On Toward Potential Partnership with Moderate Muslims

October 18, 2006

Source: WDC Media

http://www.wdcmedia.com/newsArticle.php?ID=2075

A Florida pastor who was dropped from political appointments by Governor Jeb Bush and Attorney General Charlie Crist for statements against Islam now says he wants to work together with peace-loving Muslims to oppose Islamic extremism. Dr. O'Neal Dozier says clarifying his beliefs about Muslims is an important step in the proposed alliance.

Dozier, pastor of Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach,...

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Thai PM 'to Reach Out to Muslims'

October 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6061264.stm

Thailand's new Premier Surayud Chulanont has said he will use peaceful means to try to resolve the Islamic insurgency in the country's south.

Speaking after a meeting in Malaysia, Gen Surayud said he wanted to reach out to Muslims in the troubled region.

His comments signal a different approach to the hardline stance taken by his predecessor Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup...

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USCIRF Commended for Policy Focus on Bangladesh

October 18, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_uscirf_bangladesh.htm

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) affirmed its focus on the grave human rights abuses faced by adherents of non-Islamic religions in Bangladesh last week in yet another forum. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), created by the federal government to provide policy recommendations to the U.S. State...

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MAS Launches Service Corp To Assist America's Needy

October 17, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=3844

The Muslim American Society (MAS) is pleased to announce the nationwide launch of its new charity and service division - MAS Service Corps (MSC).

According to Iyad Hindi, a North Carolina MAS leader and organizer who serves as coordinator for the initiative, MSC will function as the national, social and community arm of the Muslim American Society, and work for the...

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Pope to Visit Turkey Despite Row

October 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6054958.stm

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Turkey in November, his first visit to a predominantly Muslim country.

The Pontiff will visit Ankara, Izmir, Istanbul and ancient Ephesus during the trip, which will begin on 28 November.

The trip has been overshadowed by a row over remarks he made about Islam.

The visit, which will run until 1 December, is the result of an...

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The Environment as a Muslim Issue

October 16, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/views.asp?id=3840

WASHINGTON, DC - Oct. 16, 2006 (MASNET) On the weekend of October 14th-15th, more than 5,000 people attended the Green Festival in Washington, D.C. This conference and expo, one of several major events scheduled over the next six months connected social activists, environmentally-friendly “green” businesses, policy advocates, and consumers concerned with a spectrum of issues ranging from...

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Debate about Veils is 'Healthy'

October 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6055340.stm

MPs and Muslim leaders have said the debate surrounding women wearing the veil is "healthy".

They said honest debate helped to break down barriers between Muslims and other sections of British society.

Government ministers were also right to give their views on British Muslims, they said.

Their comments came after the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said recent pronouncements by...

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Granada's New Mosque Revives Memories Of The Moors

October 16, 2006

Author: Habeeb Salloum

Source: Mathaba

http://mathaba.net/news/?x=544512

"There is no more beautiful city in the world than Granada. Not even Cairo, Baghdad or Damascus with their wealth and splendour can compare with Granada."

These words inscribed on the emblem of one of the last Arab royal families in Granada well describes this Moorish city at the end of the 15th century, just before its occupation by the armies of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and...

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Celebrating Ramadan in the Deep South

October 16, 2006

Author: Maggie Lee

Source: World Politics Watch

http://worldpoliticswatch.com/article.aspx?id=259

Somewhere in the world, the sun is setting and its time to break fast. The world's Muslims are in the middle of Ramadan, a month of daytime fasting, followed by evening communal meals and prayer. It will end with the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a morning of prayer capped by days of celebration, eating and visiting.

Three hundred nightly regulars...

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