Islam

Ancient Religions Clash in Modern Iran

October 4, 2006

Author: Robert Tait

Source: The Guardian

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/111052.html

The boisterous scenes of wine, unveiled women and song confounded the popular stereotype of religious worship in contemporary Iran. In an isolated and awe-inspiring mountain setting, followers of an ancient faith were communing with God in festive and time-honoured fashion.

But when the government VIPs arrived, normal order - as defined by the country's stringent...

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Faith, Hope and Charity at Free Clinic

October 4, 2006

Author: Sarah Arnquist

Source: The Tribune

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispotribune/15674444.htm

Two San Luis Obispo doctors hope the 10th anniversary celebration of a free clinic they helped found while in medical school will shed light on the positive things Muslim-Americans do for their country.

Since their medical school days, Rushdi and Nishi Abdul Cader have put their faith into action, serving in war zones...

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Ramadan Fasting Teaches Muslims Many American Virtues

October 3, 2006

Author: Etin Anwar

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/OPINION02/610030337/1039/OPINION

The Muslim celebration of Ramadan, a season of penance and purification, started on the weekend of Sept. 23-24. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset for the month of Ramadan. At the conclusion of their fasting season comes Idul Fitr, one of the two...

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Detroit Judge Allows Patriot Act Lawsuit to Go Forward

October 3, 2006

Author: Paul Egan

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/UPDATE/610030453

A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that a lawsuit by the Michigan ACLU aimed at striking down the U.S. Patriot Act may proceed.

The 2003 lawsuit brought on behalf of Muslim and Arab groups alleges the anti-terrorist law passed following the September 11 terror attacks is unconstitutional because it...

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Manhattan College Investigates after Quran Found in Toilet

October 3, 2006

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--vandalism-quran1003oct03,0,4709559.story

A lower Manhattan college is investigating how a paperback copy of the Quran from the campus library ended up in a public toilet, school officials said Tuesday.

The discovery at Pace University was among three separate incidents in the past two weeks involving...

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Muslims Donating to the Less Fortunate

October 3, 2006

Author: Bronislaus B. Kush

Source: Telegram and Gazette

http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/NEWS/610030617/1008/NEWS02

During Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, practicing Muslims worldwide fast, pray, and take part in acts of charity to better themselves.

However, they’re not the only ones who benefit from the observance. Locally, a number of needy people, many...

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Students Want U-M to Divest from Israel

October 3, 2006

Author: Karen Bouffard

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/METRO01/610030314/1003/METRO

In a move already sparking debate, the student government at the University of Michigan-Dearborn passed a resolution last week demanding the school stop doing business with Israel.

The student Senate unanimously approved a resolution last Tuesday calling on the Board of...

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Workplace Bias Against Muslims, Arabs on Rise, Advocates Say

October 3, 2006

Author: Alana Semuels

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-eeoc3oct03,1,3563037.story

A tally of complaints jumped in 2005. Some victims may fear reporting to authorities.

The restaurant manager from Morocco, the Armenian caterer from Syria and the Yemeni sailor aren't all Muslims and hail from different homelands. But all three say they suffered discrimination at work after Sept. 11, 2001, because of...

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Faiths Meet to End Fast

October 3, 2006

Author: ANDREW OKUYIGA

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=514641

Over 100 members of Harvard's Jewish and Muslim communities packed Ticknor Lounge last night to break their religious fasts together.

In an event organized by the Harvard Islamic Society (HIS) and Harvard Hillel, Muslim and Jewish students feasted on falafel and hummus after sundown to break the fasting observed during Yom Kippur and Ramadan....

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Stafford Boasts of 51 Different Houses of Worship

October 2, 2006

Source: KLTV

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5484604

On October 2, 2006 KLTV reported, "Four times a day, Hindu devotees flock to Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a spectacular temple erected not in India or Nepal, but in Stafford, Texas. 'We felt something divine about this particular location,' said temple member Nilkanth Patel. Hindus aren't the only ones drawn to Stafford. In a town with just one movie theater, two grocery stores, and 14 gas stations, there are 51...

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Minneapolis Radio Station Apologizes for Muslim Satire

October 2, 2006

Source: Pioneer Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/15662109.htm

Top 40 radio station KDWB-FM has apologized for an on-air comedy skit called "Muslim Jeopardy."

The skit included an announcer using a fake South Asia accent introducing contest categories such as "infamous infidels" and "potent portables," according to the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which said it had...

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Hindu Temple of Toledo Sponsors "Erase the Hate" Play

October 2, 2006

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061002/NEWS08/610020366

On October 2, 2006 The Toledo Blade reported, "Christians singing, dancing, and praying together with Hindus and Muslims. Mahatma Gandhi leading his followers in a protest against the British tax on salt. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., looking out to the crowd and bellowing, 'I have a dream.' This was the scene at Lourdes College's...

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Opinion: "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, Moderate Muslim?" by Mark LeVine

October 2, 2006

Source: Tikkun

http://tikkun.org/rabbi_lerner/news_item.2005-08-09.8768345041/current_view

On October 2, 2006 Tikkun ran an opinion piece by Mark LeVine, a Professor of Middle Eastern history, culture and Islamic Studies at UC Irvine. "America has to choose: either we continue supporting corrupt, authoritarian and often brutal governments, or we support democracy and justice for the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. There can be no...

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Yale Chaplaincy Search Proves Challenging in an Era of Pluralism

October 2, 2006

Source: Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=33501

On October 2, 2006 the Yale Daily News reported, "The music is raucous, there is dancing in the aisles, and the band would not be complete without that clarinet. Dozens of polo shirt-clad students clap and stamp their feet singing the refrain. 'I will bless the Lord. Bless the Lord at all times!' This is the scene at the first All-Campus worship of the 2006-’07 school year, a...

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