Islam

Islamic Sorority Upholds Devotion to God

January 4, 2006

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060104-122658-7552r.htm

On January 4, 2006 The Washington Times reported, "America's first Islamic sorority is more about God than being Greek. There will be no beer at Gamma Gamma Chi functions, in obedience to Islamic law, nor will there be group fraternizing with the opposite sex... Thirteen women at the University of Kentucky will form the sorority's first college chapter this spring,...

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South Florida Latinas Convert to Islam, Reverting to Traditional Cultural Mores

January 3, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-pconverts03jan03,0,7380692.story

On January 3, 2006 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "When she converted to Islam in May, [Melissa] Matos, a Dominican-American raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, expected the passage to be lonely... [However,] scholars say Matos is part of a growing number of Latin women converting to Islam for its...

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Niche Market Grows for Muslim-Americans Traveling on Hajj

January 3, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/182/story_18233_1.html

On January 3, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "Whatever you bring to Mecca, bring patience. That's what travel agents, Islamic scholars and veterans of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest city, tell Muslims preparing for the journey. When 1.5 million people from abroad descend on Saudi Arabia for this annual rite, the possibilities of...

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Islamic Center Planned for Former Legion in Brighton

January 3, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/01/03/veterans_profit_from_building_sale/

On January 3, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Just after World War II, an American Legion Post in Brighton found the perfect home: For just $500, the City of Boston sold the Mary L. Brock School, a historic building on Chestnut Hill Avenue. For almost six decades, former soldiers and sailors...

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Rockstar Bridges Gap Between Moderate and Extremist Islam

January 1, 2006

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/13510283.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

On January 1, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "One of Salman Ahmad's earliest gigs was a talent show at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was studying to be a doctor. Moments after he strummed his first...

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Bloggers’ Threats Force Muslim Retreat to Relocate

January 1, 2006

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/01/Tampabay/Blogs__threats_force_.shtml

On January 1, 2006 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "Chantal Carnes didn't recognize herself. A friend had e-mailed her a blogger's article. It described Carnes as a supporter of terrorists, a fan of suicide bombing... Carnes, a Chicago resident who converted to Islam 11 years ago, was scheduled to speak at a spiritual retreat for Tampa Muslims this...

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Sarasota Mosque Plans Modified to Exclude Minarets

December 31, 2005

Source: CentreDaily.com/The Herald Today

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/nation/13520947.htm

On December 31, 2005 The Herald Today reported, "Without the 85-foot minarets that caused some controversy, a new $1.5 million mosque will break ground this spring, said Hytham Bakr, a member of the board of directors of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton. The new Islamic center... will be no more than 40 feet tall including its dome,...

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Op/Ed: "Defending Malaysia’s Diversity"

December 30, 2005

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/30/opinion/edbowring.php

On December 30, 2005 the International Herald Tribune ran an opinion piece by columnist Philip Bowring, who writes, "Natural wealth and a benign history have enabled Malaysia to prosper economically while religious/ethnic divides have grown, at least in peninsular Malaysia. (Things are different in the ethnically more diverse Borneo states). It may be hard to admit...

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Muslim Immigrants Face a Tough Future

December 30, 2005

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/25/news/islam8.php

On December 30, 2005 the International Herald Tribune reported, "Europe's failure to integrate a growing population of immigrants, many of them Muslims, starts desperately early: in education systems that still systematically neglect these and other disadvantaged children, trapping them in uneducated poverty and depriving them of a sense of worth and belonging. The daughters...

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Students Make T-Shirts Messengers of Religious Tolerance

December 29, 2005

Source: Islamic Society of North America/Lincoln Journal Star

http://www.isna.net/index.php?id=35&backPID=1&tt_news=532

On December 29, 2005 the Lincoln Journal Star reported, "Some local high school kids spell tolerance like this: The 'T' is the cross of Christianity. The 'A' is the six-pointed Star of David, a symbol of Judaism. The 'C' is the crescent moon, a symbol of Islam. The kids, students at Lincoln’s Pius X High, had the word put onto 50 black T-...

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Court Rejects Hindu Widow’s Claim to Husband’s Body, Saying He Converted to Islam

December 29, 2005

Source: Taipei Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2005/12/29/2003286489

On December 29, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "An ethnic Indian Malaysian was buried with Islamic rites yesterday after his Hindu widow lost a court battle over his religious identity, in a sensational case that has the potential to blow into a racial firestorm. The High Court ruled in favor of the Islamic...

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Kansas City Hosts Interfaith Peace Gathering

December 28, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/13500522.htm

On December 28, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported, "The Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery will host an interfaith peace gathering as part of the annual World Peace Celebration... Native American smudging, Tibetan Buddhist chanting, prayer and meditation, Sufi dancing and a Muslim 'call to prayer' are part of the program, which aims to bring different cultures together. The Rev. Bob...

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Female Converts to Islam on the Rise, Some Counterrorism Officials Concerned

December 27, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1227/p01s04-woeu.html

On December 27, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Ms. [Mary] Fallot is a recent convert to Islam. In the eyes of the police, that makes her potentially dangerous. The death of Muriel Degauque, a Belgian convert who blew herself up in a suicide attack on US troops in Iraq last month, has drawn fresh attention to the rising number of Islamic converts in Europe, most of...

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East Meadow Muslim Group Charges Bias in Building Controversy

December 26, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limosq264565721dec26,0,3507970.story

On December 26, 2005 Newsday reported, "A Muslim group that was denied a variance to build a mosque on a busy East Meadow road is claiming anti-Muslim prejudice. The Hempstead Board of Appeals denied the application by the Long Island Muslim Society, on the grounds that a new mosque would compromise public safety on the already congested...

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