Islam

Australian PM Hosts Anti-Terrorism Summit with Muslims

August 7, 2005

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/news/war-on-terror/howard-to-host-muslim-antiterrorism-summit/2005/08/06/1123125944756.html

On August 7, 2005 The Age reported, "Prime Minister John Howard is to host an anti-terrorism summit with Muslim leaders to find ways to confront religious figures and others who preach fear and violence. Mr Howard is expected to write this week to the Australian Federation...

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Post 9-11 Workplace Discrimination Claims Continue

August 7, 2005

Source: Salt Lake Tribune / USA Today

http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_2922645

On August 7, 2005 USA Today reported, "Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks, Muslim, South Asian and Arab-American employees continue to report discrimination on the job. Compared with the first two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of employees saying they have been discriminated against as a form of backlash because of the attacks has declined. But charges continue to come in...

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Opinion: Salman Rushdie Urges Islamic Reform

August 7, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/05/AR2005080501483.html

On August 7, 2005 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Salman Rushdie, a novelist and essayist and author of "The Satanic Verses," on the need for Islamic reform in Britain. Rushdie writes, "[Sir Iqbal] Sacranie, [head of the Muslim Council of Britain], is a strong advocate of Blair's much-criticized new religious-...

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Immigrant Muslims Balance Cultures in the US

August 7, 2005

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.mcrcnet.org/Balance.htm

On August 7, 2005 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "Adam Bdeir jigged his shoulders like rapper Jay-Z. Then the 7-year-old spat out the Arabic alphabet, to the beat of a Middle Eastern drum: Alif, Baa, Taa. The so-called Alif Baa rap, concocted at a summer camp among suburban estates, is a twist on an old story: immigrants and their children become part of American society by fusion. But it also captures - in the...

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New Wave of American Imams Bridge Gap Between Islamic Traditions and Second Generation

August 7, 2005

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.mcrcnet.org/New-Wave.htm

On August 7, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "There's a new imam in town who criticizes forced arranged marriages, insists Muslim nations need to become democracies and says it's OK to drink an ice-cold martini - if you're dying of thirst in the desert. And he uses the Qur'an to back him up. He's Mohammed Abdul Azeez of SALAM Islamic Center, and he's tall, hip and handsome... As terrorism in the name of radical Islam...

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Faith Groups Oppose Compulsory ID Cards

August 7, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1544226,00.html

On August 7, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Mounting concerns over the government's plans to introduce compulsory ID cards were given fresh impetus yesterday after it emerged that Britain's major religions oppose the scheme. A previously unpublicised report, produced by the Faith Community Consultation (FCC) consortium, which comprises representatives from the country's...

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Crowds, Congestion at Fremont Bohra Mosque Raise Concern

August 6, 2005

Source: The Argus

http://insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_2919394

On August 6, 2005 The Argus reported, "Since last Sunday, Canyon Heights resident Rod Spikula has watched cars line up and down Old Canyon Road. Although he was aware that a $4 million masjid, or mosque, was being built just down the road from his mobile home, Spikula said he was not prepared for the more than 1,000 people who have converged on his neighborhood this week... Organizers say about 1,...

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Fatwa Against Pluralism Gets Mixed Reactions

August 6, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-08/06/article06.shtml

On August 6, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "The controversial multi-fatwa issued recently by the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has drawn a mix of reactions, ranging from sharp criticism to staunch support. Former president Abdurrahman Wahid has rejected the fatwa, urging the MUI to reconsider it thoroughly. 'Just let people find out by themselves. It can be a...

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Interfaith Activists Lament Islamic Council’s Fatwas Against Pluralism in Indonesia

August 6, 2005

Source: Micrificia.net

http://mirifica.net/wmview.php?ArtID=2007

On August 6, 2005 Micrificia.net reported, "Muslim and non-Muslim advocates of interfaith dialogue have expressed concern about a state-sanctioned Islamic council declaring that liberalism, secularism, pluralism and interfaith prayers are forbidden. On July 28, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI, Indonesian Ulama Council) issued 11 fatwa (religious edicts) during its four-day national congress. About 300 ulama (religious...

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Wayne County Butchers Who Falsely Claim Meat is Halal, Kosher to Face Fine

August 5, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0508/05/B01-270537.htm

On August 5, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "Wayne County butchers selling bogus blessed meat soon could find themselves in trouble with the law.

Acting on a string of complaints, the County Commission on Thursday made it a misdemeanor for food sellers to falsely claim their meat is halal or kosher. Halal food includes beef, lamb or chicken slaughtered according to...

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Survey Finds Doctors Likely to Come from Religious Minority Groups

August 5, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17227_1.html

On August 5, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Physicians are often every bit as religious as their patients, but what they believe is apt to be quite different, according to a new survey. That's because a disproportionate percentage of physicians come from religious minority groups, according to University of Chicago research published in the...

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Muslims Hold Rally Against Terrorism in Hartford

August 5, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/connecticut/ny-bc-ct--muslimrally0805aug05,0,6320395.story?coll=ny-region-apconnecticut

On August 5, 2005 Newsday reported, "Holding signs that read 'Hate has no religion' and waving U.S. flags, about 150 Pakistani and other Muslim Americans rallied at the state Capitol Friday to denounce terrorism.

They voiced concern that all...

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Central Asia Sees Revival of Islam

August 5, 2005

Source: Payvand/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

http://payvand.com/news/05/aug/1054.html

On August 5, 2005 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, "[M]ost of the peoples of Central Asia have historically been Muslim. According to regional surveys, some 95 percent of the members of those historically Muslim populations consider themselves Muslim today... Yet Islam in Central Asia, which dates to the 8th century, has traditionally had a moderate cast compared to practices in Saudi...

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British Muslims Fear Backlash

August 5, 2005

Source: Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=67976&d=5&m=8&y=2005

On August 5, 2005 Arab News reported, "'You filthy Muslim dogs. You will be torched this Friday. Many Muslim pigs will burn,' the hand-scrawled note reads. At a recently vandalized mosque in the east of Britain’s capital, a shocked 65-year-old Siddique Ali handles one example of hate mail targeting British Muslims following the deadly bomb attacks on London...

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