Islam

North African City to Create "Route of Temples"

October 12, 2005

Source: Vocento/VMT

On October 12, 2005 Vocento/VMT reported, "The Vice Advisor of Tourism, Javier Mateo, announced that a 'Route of Temples' will be created in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa of just 20 square kilometers and 69,000 people. It will connect the temples of the four traditional cultures of the city, the mosques, synagogues, churches and the Hindu temple, to promote a new element of cultural tourism. Projects already exist to rehabilitate the holy places of the four religions. Thus, when Ramadan is finalized, the rehabilitation of...

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Annual Ramadan Fast-Breaking Held on Capitol Hill

October 12, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News / U.S. Newswire

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20051012/pl_usnw/ramadan_iftar_held_on_capitol_hill211_xml

On October 12, 2005 U.S. Newswire reported, "Almost 100 congressional staffers, American Muslim community leaders and diplomats from Islamic-majority nations turned out last night for the third annual Ramadan 'iftar,' or fast-breaking meal, on Capitol Hill. The iftar, held in the Rayburn House Office Building,...

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Columbia Students Discuss Role of Islam in Latino Culture, Break Fast with Tex-Mex

October 12, 2005

Source: The Columbia Spectator

http://www.columbiaspectator.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/10/12/434ccd7e69d50?in_archive=1

On October 12, 2005 The Columbia Spectator reported, "Students came together [at Columbia University] to break their Ramadan fast over an iftar dinner and stayed for halal tex-mex... The mix of the two unlikely meals represented the blend of cultures at Tuesday night’s 'Latinos in Islam: Rediscovering our...

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Hawaiian Muslims Raise Funds for South Asian Earthquake Victims

October 11, 2005

Source: The Hawaii Channel

http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/news/5085674/detail.html

On October 11, 2005 The Hawaii Channel reported, "Muslims in Hawaii have launched a fundraising drive for the victims of the South Asia earthquake that left more than 30,000 people dead. KITV accepted an invitation to be present at a special gathering of the Muslim Association of Hawaii at the Muslim mosque in Manoa. Muslims gathered in Manoa to pray in the sacred month of Ramadan....

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Police Launch Training Book on Religious Diversity

October 11, 2005

Source: New Zealand Police

http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/2146.php

On October 11, 2005 the New Zealand Police press release reported, "The Police Religious Diversity Book will be launched in Christchurch on Wednesay 12 October 2005. 'A Practical Reference to Religious Diversity' covers seven major religious faiths including Maori spirituality, Buddhist Faith, Christian Faith, Hindu Faith, Islamic Faith, Jewish Faith, and the Sikh Faith. The book provides...

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European Commission Issues Call for Engagement with Muslim Communities

October 10, 2005

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council press release

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=823

On October 10, 2005 a Muslim Public Affairs Council Press Release reported, "The Vice President of the European Commission last week announced a 'strategic decision intended to strengthen the trans-Atlantic partnership.' At a Ramadan iftar hosted by Commission Head John Bruton, Franco Frattini stressed that Muslim communities in all nations should not be courted...

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U.S. Muslims Provide Aid to South Asian Earthquake Victims

October 10, 2005

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5333581,00.html

On October 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "As relatives in the United States mourned victims of the deadly South Asian earthquake, worshippers on Sunday prayed and donated tens of thousands of dollars for relief efforts. Aid group Islamic Relief USA raised about $130,000 from those attending Ramadan services...

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"Tough Measures" Taken to Protect Hindus during Durga Puja Festival

October 10, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/DHA276885.htm

On October 10, 2005 Reuters reported, "Bangladesh has deployed over 200,000 police and other security forces to guard thousands of Hindu temples as the religious minority celebrates its biggest festival, Durga Puja, this week. The Puja began on Sunday and will run through Thursday when colourful clay idols of Goddess Durga will be immersed in rivers across the country. State Minister for Home...

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Bishop Criticizes Muslim Countries Denying Religious Freedom to Christians

October 10, 2005

Source: Middle East Times

http://www.metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20051010-045022-3474r

On October 10, 2005 the Middle East Times reported, "A Roman Catholic bishop taking part in the Vatican synod criticized Muslim countries on Saturday for not allowing Christians to practice their faith. Archbishop Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia cited the example of Ethiopian and Eritrean guest workers in Arab countries who he...

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Chaplain James Yee Recounts Experiences at Guantanamo Bay

October 9, 2005

Source: The Sunday Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-1817081,00.html

On October 9, 2005 The Sunday Times ran a feature article on James Yee, an officer and Muslim chaplain in the United States Army, telling the story of his experiences at Guantanamo Bay. The following is an excerpt of that story: "My cell was 8ft by 6ft, the same size as the detainees’ cages at Guantanamo. Barely a week ago I had received a glowing evaluation for my...

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Islamic Centers Part of "Dynamic Interfaith Effort" to Assist Evacuees in Baton Rouge

October 8, 2005

Source: Advocate

http://2theadvocate.com/stories/100805/rel_rel003.shtml

On October 8, 2005 the Advocate reported, "[Soon after Hurricane Katrina hit, Rita Jenkins, a New Orleans resident] and 17 members of her family piled into three cars and headed for higher ground... they took the wrong exit off the interstate and ended up in Baton Rouge at the Islamic Complex on East Washington Street. There they sought directions, but found refuge instead. Like their...

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Roanoke Prison Agrees to Find Muslim Chaplain

October 7, 2005

Source: Roanoke Times

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/wb/xp-36620

On October 7, 2005 the Roanoke Times reported, "Officials at Wallens Ridge State Prison have taken steps to accommodate Muslim inmates who complained about not being allowed to pray at the maximum security prison. Some inmates also claimed they received death threats from a guard who had recently returned from military service in Iraq with a hatred for Muslims. Both issues were discussed during a...

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Jews and Muslims Break Their Fasts at Interfaith Potluck in Columbia

October 7, 2005

Source: Missourian

http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=16427

On October 7, 2005 the Missourian reported, "More than 50 Muslims and Jews gathered in [Missouri University's] Gwynn Hall on Thursday night to break their fasts for the day and share their beliefs with one another. The potluck dinner, sponsored by Boone Tikkun [a Columbia-based Jewish group focused on interfaith relations], was held on the second day of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting...

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