Islam

President Hosts Iftar at the White House

October 18, 2005

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20051018080359nnnn.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Story.html

On October 18, 2005 News Blaze reported, "Hosting his fifth Iftar dinner October 17 at the White House, President Bush spoke of the spirit and compassion of Islam and thanked the Muslim nations that have joined the coalition in the War on Terror... Bush, addressing American Muslim leaders as well as members of the diplomatic corps in the...

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Convergence of Christian, Jewish, Muslim Holy Days Creates Context for Interfaith Collaboration

October 18, 2005

Source: U.S. Department of State

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2005/Oct/19-878982.html

On October 18, 2005 U.S. Department of State reported, "The rare confluence of Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy holidays during October and November this year is encouraging interfaith gatherings across the United States... American Muslims and Jews are taking advantage of this coincidence of their holy months to arrange interfaith gatherings across the United States...

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University of Miami Raises Funds for Disaster Response as Part of National Ramadan Fast-A-Thon

October 18, 2005

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12928710.htm

On October 18, 2005 The Miami Herald reported, "Just before the sun rose Monday, Amy Cohen chomped on some gummy worms, knowing it would be her last meal for 14 hours. 'You're restraining yourself for a good cause,' she told herself as the sun grew strong.

Cohen, 21, a senior at the University of Miami, joined some 400 other non-Muslim students in refusing food for a day as part of 'Fast...

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British Muslims Face New Challenges

October 18, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/10/18/british_muslims_face_new_hurdles/

On October 18, 2005 The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece by Globe columnist H.D.S. Greenway, in which he describes his conversation with a British Muslim man about the new challenges facing Muslims in the UK. Greenway writes, "[Sher] Khan and other British Muslims I have talked...

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Jews, Muslims Gather to Celebrate Ramadan and Rosh Hashana

October 17, 2005

Source: The News Observer

http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2818700p-9266404c.html

On October 17, 2005 The News Observer reported, "Ten years ago, Khalilah Sabra could not imagine herself participating in interfaith activities with Jews. 'Although I am not Palestinian, the occupation was like a sore that would not heal,' said Sabra, a Muslim woman living in Raleigh. In a classic leap of faith, Sabra organized such a gathering Sunday when about 50 Muslims and...

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Prime Minister Urges Calm After Buddhist Murders

October 17, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=BKK206284

On October 17, 2005 Reuters reported, "Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called for calm in the restive Muslim south on Monday after the murders of a monk and two teenage boys at a Buddhist temple stoked fears of growing religious tension.

'Even Muslim leaders cannot stand this. It was an act human beings would not dare to do,' Thaksin told reporters when...

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Religious Relief Agencies Aid Earthquake Victims

October 17, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/176/story_17662_1.html

On October 17, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Religious relief agencies, already faced with numerous disasters in the last year, have begun assisting survivors of a massive earthquake in South Asia. After a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday (Oct. 8), Catholic Relief Services staffers already based in...

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Religious Makeup Shifts with Growing Number of Pagans, Immigrant Religious Traditions

October 16, 2005

Source: The Age

On October 16, 2005 The Age reported, "[Caroline] Tully [a witch in Melbourne] is part of an Australian trend in which witches and charismatic Christians are leading religious growth. Many women are turning to witchcraft or paganism as a reaction to the patriarchal nature of traditional Christianity. Academic Dr Philip Hughes, of the Christian Research Association, told a Melbourne seminar on spirituality that 'nature' religions rose by 140 per cent between 1996 and 2001. Agnostics are on the rise, too. For many, the nature religions were...

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Tour Guides Educated About Country’s Religious Diversity

October 16, 2005

Source: Bernama

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=160815

On October 16, 2005 Bernama reported, "When was the first Thaipusam festival held at Batu Caves? When were the steps into the temple -- perched high up in the limestone caves -- built? Who built the Hindu place of worship that yearly attracts millions of devotees and tourists from the world over? The answers to these and other questions are facts that the 7,000 or so tourist guides in the...

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Sikh Property in Lodi Vandalized with Graffiti

October 15, 2005

Source: Lodi News-Sentinel

http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2005/10/15/news/3_graffiti_051015.txt

On October 15, 2005 the Lodi News-Sentinel reported, "The crudely painted black, red and green swastikas and letters came as a shock this week to Lodi Sikhs who regularly gather at their property [in Lodi, California]... Who painted the swastikas and letters that stand for 'white power' is not known. The vandalism appeared this week on the Sikh property...

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Immigrant Families Mourn Losses, Fund Quake Relief Efforts

October 15, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/politics/nyc-pak1015,0,2689587.story

On October 15, 2005 Newsday reported, "From the old Pakistani enclaves of Brooklyn to the spanking new mosques of Bay Shore, Muslims gathered Friday to mourn, to pray and to collect money.

'Everyone is very, very shaken up,' said Dr. Hafizur Rehman, a pediatrician from Bay Shore whose family comes from the earthquake-devastated region...

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After Visa Denial, Al-Ahzar Decides to Boycott U.S.

October 15, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-10/15/article06.shtml

On October 15, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, the highest seat of religious learning in the Sunni world, has decided to shun American officials and freeze cooperation with all US institutions after Washington denied one of its senior officials an entry visa. 'Grand Imam Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi decided to ban US officials from entering...

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Bay Area Mosques Host Open Houses During Ramadan

October 15, 2005

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/15/BAGOEF8UP81.DTL

On October 15, 2005 the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "As part of their commemoration of Islam's holiest month, Bay Area mosques are inviting non-Muslims to learn more about Islam during five Ramadan dinner celebrations this weekend. Organizers hope the outreach will help break down stereotypes about their faith. 'We're inviting people into...

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