Islam

MAS Leads Muslim Involvement on World Food Day

October 16, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3842

On the weekend of October 14-15, 2006 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 organic farming to addressing the global...

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Quran Contest Gives Muslims Spotlight

October 13, 2006

Author: Hassan M. Fattah

Source: The New York Times

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061013/LIFESTYLE04/610130367/1041/LIFESTYLE04

With its big-budget sets, promise of large cash prizes and surly judges who grimace at the slightest slip-up, the contest might seem like yet another made-for-TV talent show.

But the competition being beamed by satellite across the Muslim world...

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Meal, Prayers Shared by Faith Groups

October 11, 2006

Author: Geoffrey D. Brown

Source: The Frederick News-Post

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?storyid=53008

An interfaith dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews is gaining momentum almost two months after the Frederick County Islamic community's spiritual leader called for increased religious tolerance.

The Islamic Society of Frederick welcomed people of all faiths Monday at a community...

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Council Considers Adding Prayer at End of Meetings

October 11, 2006

Author: MICHAEL LAFLEUR

Source: Lowell Sun

http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_4475500

Though unwilling to end their practice of opening meetings with a Christian prayer, some city councilors last night offered a potential compromise on the long-held tradition.

Councilor Jim Milinazzo, chairman of the council's rules subcommittee, told members of the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance, or GLILA, that he would consider recommending that his...

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Across Europe, Worries on Islam Spread to Center

October 11, 2006

Author: DAN BILEFSKY and IAN FISHER

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/world/europe/11muslims.html?ref=world

Europe appears to be crossing an invisible line regarding its Muslim minorities: more people in the political mainstream are arguing that Islam cannot be reconciled with European values.

“You saw what happened with the pope,” said Patrick Gonman, 43, the owner of Raga, a funky...

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A Family of Jain Religion Observes Ramadan in India

October 11, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0610114210122921.htm

Believing that Ramadan is a month during which God tests its followers, a family of the Jain religion in Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra, has been observing the month- long Ramadan, one of the pillars of the Muslim faith, in the past 30 years.

While the practice is sacred for Muslims, Jains too are known to observe an annual fast during the time of...

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A Hundred Thousand Dalits Gather in Maharashtra to Burn Anti-Conversion Laws

October 11, 2006

Author: Nirmala Carvalho

Source: Asia News

http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=7449

More than 100,000 Indian Dalits or outcastes are meeting on Saturday in Nagpur, Maharashtra, to publicly burn copies of the anti-conversion laws adopted by some of India’s states and express their support to anyone who wants to abandon the Indian caste system. The event will also mark the 50th anniversary of the conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism of Baba...

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Tri-City Mosques Open Doors to Dialogue

October 10, 2006

Author: Eleni Economides

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_4468957

HERMAN MELVILLE once said "Ignorance is the parent of fear," and Bay Area Muslims made it their goal this week to educate curious community members about their religion during a series of open houses at local mosques.

"I know of many people that are scared to come to the mosque, but we want people to come and learn about who we are,"...

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Christians and Muslims Work Together for Indonesian Development

October 10, 2006

Source: Ekklesia

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_061010indo.shtml

Four months after an earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Java, Indonesian Mennonites and Muslims are rebuilding homes and forging new relationships across religious lines, says Jeanne Jantzi a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) country representative for Indonesia.

Mennonites are Christians in the Anabaptist peace church tradition. MCC is a North...

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George Joins Muslim-Christian Gathering in Orland

October 10, 2006

Author: Isaac Wolf

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/90355,1ND8-10.article

Cardinal Francis George feasted on Middle Eastern delicacies Monday night, conspicuously participating in an annual Muslim celebration when he has canceled many recent public appearances.

After cancer surgery in July, George scrapped much of his schedule, but he attended the 10th annual community iftar designed to bring together Muslims...

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Rushdie Criticizes Muslim Veils

October 10, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/201/story_20107_1.html

Prime Minister Tony Blair and author Salman Rushdie praised a British official on Tuesday for raising the difficult issue of whether Muslim women visiting his office should remove their veils.

The comment by Jack Straw, a former foreign secretary who now is leader of the House of Commons, has plunged Britain into a debate over Islamic...

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Pope Adds Apologetic Footnote to Official Text of Islam Speech

October 9, 2006

Author: Stacy Meichtry

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/201/story_20104_1.html

In his latest bid to clarify remarks that enraged the Muslim world, Pope Benedict XVI has added a cautiously worded footnote to the official text of the address he delivered at the University of Regensburg in Germany.

The footnote aimed to further assuage anger over Benedict's use of a quote by a...

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Local Muslims & Christians Come Together to End Barriers

October 9, 2006

Source: WLNS

http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=5513506

Two mid-Michigan religious groups are using their differences to understand each other. Muslims and Christians from neighboring congregations gathered to help break down some religious barriers.

It's a narrow strip of land that separates two faith communities- the Islamic Center of Lansing on one side and University Lutheran Church on the other, but instead of dividing the two congregations, the piece of...

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