Islam

Muslim American Society Convention Stresses Need for Increased Spiritual Life and Women's Participation

December 27, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=2007

On December 27, 2004 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "thousands braved the cold, snow, lost luggage, and airline delays to attend the annual Muslim American Society - Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago over the weekend. This year’s theme was American Muslims Working for the Greater Good, stressing the need for...

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Islam Attracts Unprecedented Numbers of Latina Converts

December 27, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1227/p11s02-ussc.html

On December 27, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "at [the] Union City, N.J., Mosque, women account for more than half of the Latino Muslims who attend services here. Nationwide, there are about 40,000 Latino Muslims in the United States, according to the Islamic Society of North America. Many of the Latina converts say that their belief that women are treated better in...

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Female Muslim Preacher Murdered in Louisiana, Family Points to Religious Hatred

December 26, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.com

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-12/26/article04.shtml

On December 26, 2004 IslamOnline.com reported, "The family of a Palestinian female preacher, who was stabbed to death on December 17 in her Louisiana home in the United States, pointed the finger at religious hatred. Ahmad Jamal Muhanna, the brother of slain Iman, told IslamOnline.net Sunday, December 26, that the grisly killing of his sister showed no sign of...

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Israel and Palestinian Authority to Jointly Market Region as Pilgrimage Destination

December 26, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15875_1.html

On December 26, 2004 Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service reported, "Israel and the Palestinian Authority plan to jointly market their region as a pilgrimage destination, Israel's Ministry of Tourism announced Sunday (Dec. 26). Israeli Tourism Ministry Director General Eli Cohen and his Palestinian counterpart, Dr. Bajis Ismail, agreed on the plan during a meeting in...

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New Book Offer Insights for Developing Christian-Muslim Friendships

December 26, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-muslim26dec26,1,6506715.story?coll=la-news-religion

On December 26, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "for a first-time author from Lake Forest [CA], a book demystifying Muslims for Christians was easy, because she had grown up as both... First-time author Shirin Taber, 38, said the idea for the book came in the months after the terrorist attacks of...

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Israel Allows Free Travel to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Distributes Candy to Palestinians

December 24, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15854_1.html

On December 24, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Israel allowed free travel into Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and handed out candy to Palestinians and foreign pilgrims at roadblocks, the latest sign that Israeli-Palestinian relations have warmed since the death of Yasser Arafat. During more than four years of fighting, Christmas in the...

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Muslim Youth in America Lead a New Religious Future

December 23, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0412230227dec23,1,4940419.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

On December 23, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "the children of Muslim immigrants who began coming to this country in larger numbers in the 1970s are going to college. Born in America or brought here when they were young, they are defining what it means to be a Muslim...

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Thousands of Teachers Strike in South, Demand Gov't Protection Against Muslim Militants

December 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4119965.stm

On December 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Thousands of teachers have gone on strike in southern Thailand, urging the authorities to do more to protect them from attacks by Muslim militants.

Teachers say they are perceived by the rebels to be representatives of the Buddhist-dominated administration.

Bangkok said it would send 2,000 extra policemen south to boost security....

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Community Gives Overwhelming Support to Swansea Mosque Plan

December 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_west/4118901.stm

On December 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Fundraisers behind plans for a new mosque in a derelict church in Swansea say support for the project has been overwhelming from people in the city. They have condemned a British National Party (BNP) leaflet opposing it and believe the Muslim community centre would strengthen race relations... Mr [Arjan] Ali [one of the project...

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Catholics, Protestants Decline; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism on the Increase

December 22, 2004

Source: NZZ Online/swissinfo

http://nzz.ch/2004/12/22/english/page-synd5418722.html

On December 22, 2004 swissinfo reported, "The religious landscape has changed in Switzerland, with the Catholic and Protestant Churches emerging as the biggest losers. A substantial proportion of the population say they are not religious and minority religions, such as Islam, are on the rise. About 75 per cent of the population are practising Catholics and Protestants, according to...

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Toronto Mosque Seen as Model for More Flexible Form of Islam in West

December 21, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15843_1.html

On December 21, 2004 the Religion News Service reported, "The handful of girls and women arriving for Friday prayers at the Islamic center make small talk before removing their coats and shoes, tying their head scarves and quietly filing into the prayer room -- just as their Muslim sisters do the world over this day...The only conspicuous difference is that at the Noor...

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