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S. Florida Mosques Raise Over $102,000 for Tsunami Relief

January 11, 2005

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/miami/sfl-dtsunami11jan11,0,2049150.story

On January 11, 2005 the Sun-Sentinel reported, "The Council on American-Islamic Relations has announced that South Florida mosques have raised more than $102,000 for tsunami victims in Asia. Thirteen mosques from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties collected the donations from many of the estimated 50,000 Muslims who live in South...

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China Sends Seven Tons of Halal Food Tsunami-Hit Areas

January 11, 2005

Source: People's Daily Online/Xinhua

http://english.people.com.cn/200501/11/eng20050111_170221.html

On January 11, 2005 the People's Daily Online/Xinhua reported, "China has sent about seven tons of Muslim food to the tsunami-hit areas among batches of other relief materials, according to Beijing Yueshengzhai Muslim Food Co., Ltd., one of China's major Muslim Food producer. Since many victims in the tsunami-hit areas are believers of Islam, Chinese...

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Some Rejecting "Asian" Label in Favor of Religious Identity

January 11, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1387449,00.html

On January 11, 2005 The Guardian ran a commentary by Sarfraz Manzoor on the rejection of the term "Asian" as a colonial term. He writes, "[T]he very word 'Asian' was also cooked up in this country. It went largely unnoticed at the time but, as I discovered while making a radio documentary, there has been a sharp rise in the number of Asians who are rejecting the label in...

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NY Church Holds Interfaith Service for World Peace

January 10, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/011005/b05w10dedication.html

On January 10, 2005 The Journal News reported, "Religious leaders assembled yesterday to proclaim world peace and foster an understanding of people's differences and common bonds. Nine colorful batik banners with symbols representing the world's major religions and cultures were unveiled during a morning service at Memorial United Methodist Church. The flags...

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Saudi Arabia Rejects Unwed Female Converts Visas for Hajj

January 9, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-01/09/article04.shtml

On January 9, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Praying for a cherished dream to come true, French female converts are disappointed at Saudi regulations, which ban women from performing hajj without a husband or a close male relative forbidden in marriage (a mahram). Many were the times that the Saudi consulate in Paris denied female converts visas for such a...

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Jewish-Muslim Conference Condemns Killing in Name of God, Pledges to Work for Peace

January 9, 2005

Source: Ha-Aretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/524476.html

On January 9, 2005 Ha-Aretz reported, "There was no shortage of moving moments during the unprecedented 'Rabbis and Imams for Peace' conference, which was sponsored by the organization Hommes de Parole. The conference hosted more than 200 rabbis and imams as well as Christian clergy from all over the world to convey the message that religion does not send people out to kill and that anyone who takes a life in...

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CAIR Urges Bush Administration to Treat Muslim-Americans Making Hajj as "Pilgrims, Not Suspects"

January 8, 2005

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2005/01/09/top14.htm

On January 8, 2005 Dawn reported, "A prominent Muslim advocacy group has urged the Bush administration to cooperate with American-Muslims and clarify whether people participating in this year's Haj will be fingerprinted or singled out for special security measures. Usually, non-Saudi Muslims wanting to visit Saudi Arabia are fingerprinted and have to go through strict security searches. But the Washington-based Council on...

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Evangelical Groups Mix Humanitarian Aid and Missionary Work

January 8, 2005

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.md.missionary08jan08,1,6917267.story

On January 8, 2005 The Baltimore Sun reported, "Some evangelical groups are mixing Christian missionary work with humanitarian aid in countries ravaged by the tsunamis and earthquake, a provocative approach shunned by the majority of faith-based relief organizations. Spreading faith this way can antagonize the people...

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Muslim Community in SC Raises Money for Tsunami Relief

January 7, 2005

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/10586442.htm

On January 7, 2005 The State reported, "Members of the Muslim community in the Midlands [of South Carolina] are organizing fund-raising efforts for the nations hit hard by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster...Mirza Baig, a member of the Islamic Center of Columbia, also known as Masjid Al-Muslimmin, on Gervais Street in Columbia...said special prayers were offered for tsunami victims at...

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Debate Over Whether to Specify Religion on Passports Highlights Tensions

January 7, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/07/international/asia/07pakistan.html?oref=login

On January 7, 2005 The New York Times reported, "A heated dispute over whether new Pakistani passports should specify the bearer's religious affiliation has underlined the problems President Pervez Musharraf faces in projecting Pakistan as a moderate Islamic state. The controversy is the latest between Mr. Musharraf and hard-line...

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Update: Cat Stevens Still Barred from Entering U.S.

January 6, 2005

Source: Times Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/entertainment/music/10583286.htm

On January 6, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is still barred from entering the United States because of terror intelligence that identifies him as a security threat. 'The intelligence is the same. The reasons we rejected him several months ago still exist...

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Kansas City Faithful Ring in the New Year with Interfaith Service, Tsunami Fundraiser

January 5, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/10563889.htm

On January 5, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported that on, "Dec. 31, nearly 300 folks gathered at the Rime Buddhist Center for the 19th annual 'World Peace Meditation.' This year the program included the Muslim call to prayer, American Indian smudging, a Buddhist chant, a Sikh prayer, sacred Hindu music, a Christian hymn and a Sufi dance. In the keynote address, the Rev....

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Tsunami Interfaith Service Near D.C. Builds Community

January 5, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48988-2005Jan5.html

On January 5, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "The faithful of many faiths gathered last night in Montgomery County to speak words of peace and welcome in Arabic, to chant Buddhist prayers and read Old Testament Psalms. They spoke in many tongues, but all called out to God for the same purpose: relief for the victims of the deadly South Asian tsunami....

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