Islam

"God's October Surprise" Brings Holidays, Faiths Together

October 4, 2005

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/religion/story/13665454p-14508265c.html

On October 4, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Today is the first day of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. It is also the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan [in the United States]... Because the two faiths follow different calendars, the sacred months seldom coincide. The last time it occurred was more than three decades ago. For...

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Ramadan Greetings from Howard Dean

October 4, 2005

Source: Democrats.org

http://www.democrats.org/a/2005/10/dean_commemorat.php

On October 4, 2005 Democrats.org released the following statement by Howard Dean commemorating the start of Ramadan: "Today Muslims in America and around the world mark the first day of Ramadan, a month of contemplation, self-sacrifice, and affirmation of our commitment to our fellow man. The month of Ramadan marks the revelation of the first verses of the Qur'an, which made the principles...

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Gulen Movement in Islam Embraced by Some Turkish Immigrants in the US

October 4, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/03/AR2005100301661.html

On October 4, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "[Many] Turkish Muslims [in the U.S.] embrace the ideas of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish mystic and scholar who teaches a moderate, outward-looking brand of Islam. Gulen, 64, has been living in the United States for the past six years. A reclusive figure, he shuns interviews and...

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Ramadan Greetings from President Bush

October 4, 2005

Source: U.S. Department of State

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2005/Oct/04-892369.html

On October 4, 2005 the U.S. Department of State released the following statement by George Bush addressing Muslims all over the world: "Laura and I send warm greetings to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world as they begin the observance of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan, which commemorates the revelation of the Qur'an to the prophet Muhammed, is the...

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Tariq Ramadan Working to Reconcile Islam and Europe

October 4, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,5500,1583800,00.html

On October 4, 2005 The Guardian reported, "This week, [Tariq Ramadan] takes up a position as visiting professor at St Antony's College, Oxford. But he's also been accused of anti-semitism, having links to terrorists and preaching different messages according to his audience. After the debate, with the muffled sounds of conference parties in the background,...

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Pope Appoints Providence College Professor to Committee on Christian-Muslim Relations

October 3, 2005

Source: WPRI

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wpri.com/Global/story.asp?S=3903794

On October 3, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Pope Benedict XVI [has] appoint[ed] a Providence College professor to help improve relations between Christians and Muslims. Theology professor Sandra Keating will be one of two Americans to serve on a six-person committee created to improve interfaith communication and relations. Keating participated in a Christian...

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FBI to Assign Agents to South Florida Mosques

October 3, 2005

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-cfbi03oct03,0,1273141.story

On October 3, 2005 the Sun Sentinel reported, "The FBI has promised to assign agents to mosques as liaisons to build better relations between law enforcement and Muslims.

South Florida Muslim leaders said they welcome cooperation with the FBI, hoping the newly forged relationship will prevent Muslims from being harassed and...

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Southland Muslims Open Mosque 22 Years in the Making

October 2, 2005

Source: The Star

http://www.starnewspapers.com/star/spnews/news/02-sp6.htm

On October 2, 2005 The Star reported, "For 22 years, a group of [Chicago] Southland Muslims have worshipped in a converted airplane hangar [in Frankfort, Illinois] they dubbed 'The Shed.' After years of sacrifice from its roughly 300 members, the Sunni Muslim congregation will open a $2 million white-brick mosque next door. Construction on the mosque took two years to complete. The group...

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Government Hosts "Meeting of Civilizations," Interfaith Dialogue Among Christians, Muslims and Jews

October 1, 2005

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/news/europe/turkey.holds.meeting.of.civilisations.for.religious.tolerance.amid.eubid.threat/542.htm

On October 1, 2005 Christian Today reported, "According to the Associated Press (AP), around 2,000 Jewish, Christian and Muslim delegates attended the 'Meeting of Civilisations' conference in the religiously and ethnically diverse southern...

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Muslims in Rochester Struggle with Assimilation, Identity

October 1, 2005

Source: The Rake

http://www.rakemag.com/stories/section_detail.aspx?itemID=11438&catID=146&SelectCatID=146

On October 1, 2005 The Rake reported, "Islam is America’s fastest growing religion, and it seems especially apparent in Rochester, [Minnesota]. In the early 1990s there were fewer than fifty observant Muslims living in the city, most of whom were South Asian; organized prayers were held only on Fridays, in makeshift...

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Hispanic Converts to Islam to Celebrate First Ramadan

September 30, 2005

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-nw30ramadansep30,0,2961024.story

On September 30, 2005 the Sun Sentinel reported, "This year's Ramadan celebration will be extra special for members of a Margate, [Florida] mosque [Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen] who will observe the holiday in a brand new building... Melissa Matos is among some area Muslims who will be celebrating the season for the first time...

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FDNY’s New Muslim Chaplain Resigns After 9/11 Comments

September 30, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/176/story_17616_1.html

On September 30, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The fire department's new Muslim chaplain abruptly resigned Friday after saying in a published interview that he believes something other than al-Qaida hijackers brought down the World Trade Center... Habib told Newsday in an interview published Friday that he was skeptical of the official...

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Boeing, Bell Apologize for Ad Depicting Mosque Raid

September 30, 2005

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1174074

On September 30, 2005 Reuters reported, "Boeing Co. apologized on Friday for a mistakenly published advertisement for its V-22 Osprey aircraft showing troops dropping onto the roof of a mosque in what appears to be a simulated battle scene. The ad, coming amid rising concern among Muslims over U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, prompted immediate...

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Lawrence Librarian Creates “Green Pages” Directory of Muslim Businesses in New England

September 29, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/09/29/librarian_seeing_void_creates_business_directory_for_muslims/

On September 29, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Moving to Lawrence, [Massachusetts] from Turkey seven years ago, Kemal Bozkurt felt more at home than he ever imagined. In northern Massachusetts, he found mosques, Islamic centers, and Muslim doctors. He located grocery...

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