Islam

A Day in the Life of a British Imam

August 5, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4747359.stm

On August 5, 2005 BBC News reported, "Completing our series of features on religious leaders, the BBC spends a day with an imam who explains what they do in their communities. It can't be easy rising in the middle of the night. Most of us only ever do it for the entirely selfish reason of an early flight to summer sun. But there are people who do it day in, day out, all year round. Maulana Saeed Ahmed's day in Preston...

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Leading British Muslim Moderate Tells Women to Abandon Hijab to Avoid Backlash

August 4, 2005

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200508041010.htm

On August 4, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Amid a wave of race attacks, Dr Zaki Badawi, head of the Muslim College in London and Chairman of the Council of Mosques and Imams, has advised Islamic women to stop wearing the 'hijab'(head scarf).

Badawi, a progressive Muslim leader who has advocated integration between...

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Muslim Woman Soldier Proud of her Iraqi Tour

August 4, 2005

Source: New Haven Register

http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14974872&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=517515&rfi=6

On August 4, 2005 the New Haven Register reported, "Leafing through her scrapbook from her tour in Iraq, National Guard Sgt. Tanya Abdul-Karim Williams admires the final entry: a photo showing Iraqi women enthusiastically holding signs after Saddam Hussein’s capture. 'This shows the Muslim sisters and...

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Second Generation of ‘Deportable Aliens’ Struggle to Find a Place in the US

August 3, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-sid0803,0,416243.story?coll=nyc-swapbox1

On August 3, 2005 Newsday reported, "Kamal Essaheb has completed his second year at Fordham University Law School, speaks fluent Arabic and counsels South Asian victims of domestic violence under a paid fellowship. But Essaheb, a native of Morocco and a resident of Queens since he was 11, also is a 'deportable alien,' with his...

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Profiling Debate Heats Up in London

August 3, 2005

Source: News24

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1748404,00.html

On August 3, 2005 News24 reported, "Young Muslim men in the British capital and nationwide have been angered by an announcement by British Transport Police (BTP) that 'people from certain ethnic minorities' were 'more likely to be stopped and searched' in the wake of the recent bombings... Ian Johnston, chief constable of the BTP, fanned the flames by saying that his...

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Butchers Close Shop Voluntarily for Jain Holy Week

August 3, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=75568

On August 3, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "They have won the legal battle to keep meat shops open during the eight-day Jain holy period of Paryushan, but for the sake of communal harmony, butchers in the city have decided to down shutters during that period... The Qureshi Jamaat, an organisation of traditional butchers and slaughterers, has appealed to meat shop...

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Ahmadiyya Muslims Find a Home in Norcross

August 3, 2005

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/0805/03ahmadi.html

On August 3, 2005 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "As members of a little-known Muslim sect trickled out of a Norcross mosque last month, an ominous-looking silver Mercedes circled in the parking lot. Scrawled across the windshield in Urdu and English was a string of insults, including the word 'kafir,' or infidel... It was an all-too-...

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At "Living Islam" Family Festival, Muslims Examine What it Means to be Muslim and British

August 2, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4730219.stm

On August 2, 2005 BBC News reported, "Several thousand British Muslims have gathered to pray in a field in rural Lincolnshire. Over a nearby hedge, children are jumping on a big pink bouncy castle. Side by side, boys and girls have formed friendly football teams. Stalls are selling everything from Islamic literature to coffee cake. This is Living Islam, a festival which its organisers call Britain's largest...

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Fast Food Halal Burger Joint Opens in Paris Suburb, Provides Jobs for Youth

August 2, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4737585.stm

On August 2, 2005 BBC News reported, "Parisian Muslims can now enjoy halal meals in an atmosphere that mimics US fast-food joints after BKM, or Beurger King Muslim, opened its doors. BKM has set up in the northern Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, where many locals are first or second generation Muslims from former French colonies. And half of the suburb's population of 28,000 are aged under 25, the Agence...

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Indonesia’s Islamic Authorities Issue Fatwas Against Pluralism

August 2, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1541091,00.html

On August 2, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Indonesia's reputation as a bastion of moderate, tolerant Islam has been cast in doubt after the nation's ulemas council (MUI) issued 11 fatwas banning liberal Islamic thought, religious pluralism, inter-faith marriage, inter-faith prayers led by non-Muslims and women leading prayers attended by men. At its...

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British Muslim Community "Experiences Shortcomings Peculiar to Our Condition"

August 2, 2005

Source: OpenDemocracy

http://www.opendemocracy.net/conflict-terrorism/identity_2721.jsp

On August 2, 2005 OpenDemocracy reported, "The image of British Muslims in the media and among the public is often coloured by prejudice, exaggeration or stereotype. The truth is that this group of around 1.6 million people is composed overwhelmingly of pretty ordinary people with the same sort of desires, ambitions, frustrations, failures and successes as members of...

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Update: Paterson Mosque No Longer Thought to be Act of Bias

August 2, 2005

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--muslimcenter-fire0802aug02,0,477275.story?coll=ny-region-apnewjersey

On August 2, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Investigators and local Muslim leaders are discounting bias as a motive for the fire that destroyed a vacant building in Paterson that a prominent mosque...

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Update: Nashville Leaders Reach Out to Muslims

August 2, 2005

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050802/NEWS0202/508020337/1009/NEWS

On August 2, 2005 The Tennessean reported, "Leaders of the Islamic community met yesterday with Mayor Bill Purcell's top brass, with one Islamic leader asking them 'to open your hearts to us.'

The meeting was one of a series of overtures to Nashville Muslims in recent weeks... The meetings have been the most...

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