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Muslim Volunteer Campaign Grows with Time

July 6, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/14980653.htm

On July 6, 2006 The Mercury News reported, "More Muslims are volunteering this summer - and not just for traditional Muslim charities. They're responding to a national Islamic group's appeal to get more involved in community social services and thereby turn back anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. 'You can talk about the beauty of Islam until the...

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Interfaith Couples Make Marriages Work With Two Faiths

July 6, 2006

Source: MSNBC

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13699089/

On July 6, 2006 MSNBC reported, "As Muslims become more integrated in the West, marriage to people of other faiths is becoming more commonplace. Nowhere is this more true than in London, perhaps the most cosmopolitan European capital. Muslims make up about 8 percent of the city’s population and neighborhoods are renowned for their diversity. The 1960s and 70s Britain saw an influx of immigrants — a majority of whom were from South...

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Leading Muslim in UK Challenges Blair's Blame Game

July 6, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5152854.stm

On July 6, 2006 BBC News reported, "A leading Muslim has accused Tony Blair of playing an 'unhelpful blame game' by suggesting moderate Muslims are doing too little to challenge extreme views. Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said Mr Blair's remarks could hamper the good work being done.

Moderate Muslims had promoted dialogue and peace in their...

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Organization of Gay Muslims in London Sparks Controversy, Dialogue

July 6, 2006

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13712248/

On July 6, 2006 MSNBC reported, "Ubaid, who asked that his last name not be used, was born in London to a close-knit and devoutly Muslim Pakistani family...

Several years after deciding not to enter into a marriage arranged by his parents, he is now secretary of Imaan, the United Kingdom's only gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender Muslim group.

Imaan's members feel like they are targets of both a wider society...

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Update: After Lewiston Hate Crime, Muslims Call for Respect

July 6, 2006

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/060706lewiston.shtml

On July 6, 2006 the Portland Press Herald reported, "The arrest of a man suspected of tossing a pig's head into a mosque has local and national Muslim leaders calling for a greater understanding of the Islamic faith. One day after police arrested Brent Matthews, 33, of Lewiston on a misdemeanor charge of desecrating a church, the Council on American-Islamic...

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Religions Participate in Various Environmental Efforts Around the Globe

July 6, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/195/story_19537_1.html

On July 6, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "More than a decade ago on an Aegean island, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians made a startling proposition: That pollution and other attacks on the environment could be considered sins.

At the time, the idea earned him little more than a nickname - the 'green patriarch...

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Neighbors Battle Islamic Foundation Expansion

July 5, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/pennsylvania/14969266.htm

On July 5, 2006 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "When the Foundation for Islamic Education took over a 23-acre college campus in Villanova in 1994, Muslim leaders overcame neighborhood opposition by agreeing to abide by an array of restrictions, including limits on traffic, permanent residents, religious retreats and noise. Now...

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Polarization on the Rise Between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat

July 5, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0705/p07s02-wosc.html

On July 5, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "With shackled feet and closed eyes, pilgrims walk toward the tomb of Pir Imam Shah Bawa, a Sufi saint. If the shackles disentangle on their own as the devotees take their first few steps, the faithful here - Hindus and Muslims alike - believe their prayers will come true... Eager to slough off the shrine's Muslim identity...

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Muslim MP Criticizes Efforts to Engage Muslims One Year After London Bombings

July 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5142762.stm

On July 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "Ministers are facing criticism over the response to the 7 July bombings from one of their most prominent Muslim MPs. In the week of the first anniversary of the attacks, Sadiq Khan says he is disappointed with efforts to engage with the Muslim community.

The MP for Tooting says there is an air of despondency over the achievements of the special taskforce set...

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On Independence Day, Some U.S. Muslims Feel Alienated by Patriot Act

July 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/file_on_4/5145970.stm

On July 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "For U.S. citizens, 4 July - Independence Day - is the most patriotic day in the calendar but for Sabri Ben Kahla and many of the country's six million Muslims, the word patriot has taken on a more sinister meaning. The 30-year-old graduate from Falls Church, Virginia, who once aspired to serving his country as a diplomat, has fallen foul of the U.S....

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Sikh-ing Harmony Interfaith Dialogue Project Launched on Independence Day

July 4, 2006

Source: Sikh Council on Religion and Education

http://www.sikhcouncilusa.org/article.aspx?article=interproject

On July 4, 2006 the Sikh Council on Religion and Education reported, "The Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) and the Dialogue Forum announce the launch of an innovative interfaith dialogue project: Sikh-ing Harmony. This project facilitates dialogue and understanding between the three major Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity...

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Pig's Head Thrown into Lewiston Mosque During Prayers

July 4, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2006/07/04/severed_pigs_head_thrown_into_mosque_during_prayer_session/

On July 4, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "A group of Muslim men praying at a Lewiston mosque were thrown for a jolt when somebody threw a severed pig's head into the mosque. Police arrested a man on Tuesday who said he thought it was a joke.

A frozen...

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Small Interreligious Panel Seeks to Mediate Roxbury Mosque Dispute

July 4, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/07/04/mediating_the_mosque_dispute/

On July 4, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "A group of prominent Christian and Jewish leaders has begun trying to settle quietly a bitter dispute over construction of a mosque in Roxbury that has deeply strained relations between Muslims and Jews in Greater Boston. The 40-member panel of ministers,...

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