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Muslims in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

February 3, 2004

Source: The Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectid=C3B738BD-3C3A-4EE0-BCEDACB70

On February 3, 2004 The Voice of America reported on two Muslim families living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, one of the oldest Muslim communities in the United States. Despite the fact that the majority of the population is Christian, these Muslims report that its a comfortable place to make their homes and practice their religion. The article discusses...

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Chaplain Yee's Father Accuses Government of Profiling

February 2, 2004

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/7857544.htm

On February 2, 2004 The Miami Herald reported that "the father of a Muslim Army chaplain accused of mishandling classified information said the charges against his son are based on ethnic and religious profiling. Capt. James Yee, 35, is a Chinese-American who had been serving as a chaplain to suspected terrorists at the military's detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba....

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Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha; Putin Calls for Religious Tolerance

February 2, 2004

Source: The Moscow Times

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/02/02/012.html

On February 2, 2004 The Moscow Times reported, "Millions of Muslims across Russia began celebrations Sunday for Eid-ul-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, a major Muslim holiday that symbolizes Ibrahim's willingness to obey God and sacrifice his son Ismail. President Vladimir Putin took the opportunity Sunday to issue another call for tolerance within Russian society. 'This holiday...

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Kanchi Seer Questions Dalai Lama's Offers of Mediation in Ayodhya Talks

February 2, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/469147.cms

On February 2, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati on Sunday questioned the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s propriety in initiating a dialogue on the Ayodhya issue. 'The Dalai Lama does not believe in Lord Rama. Nor does he belong to this land. How can he promote a dialogue between the two groups,' he asked. 'Talks are in...

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Norweigian Court Orders Leader of Islamic Militant Group to Remain in Custody

February 2, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3451289.stm

On February 2, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A Norwegian court has ordered the founder of an Islamic militant group to remain in custody for another four weeks. Mullah Krekar, head of the Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam, was charged last December with plotting the murder of his political rivals in northern Iraq. 'The accused, with reasonable grounds, can still be suspected of illegal acts,' a court statement said. US...

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Lamb Sacrifice Causes Controversy in Va

February 2, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A4106-2004Feb1.html

On February 2, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "The custom of sacrificing lambs to mark the end of the Muslim hajj has caused controversy in the rural Prince William County town of Haymarket, where some residents say an illegal slaughterhouse is being operated in their neighborhood. The issue is a pen that contained dozens of lambs that were being killed...

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America's New Melting Pot

February 2, 2004

Source: The Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/tilove020504.html

On February 2, 2004 The Newhouse News Service reported, "The Melting Pot comprises the nation's largest metropolitan areas, where most immigrants come in search of their American dream and from which many existing residents depart to chase their dreams in the presumably greener pastures of the New Sun Belt. The Melting Pot is becoming less white and more diverse at a pace without...

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Mufti Asks Muslims to Respect Hindu Sentiments, Not Sacrifice Cows for Eid ul-Zuha

February 2, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/469249.cms

On February 2, 2004 The Times of India reported, "In a significant gesture on the eve of Eid ul-Zuha, the influential Darul Uloom school of Islamic theology on Sunday asked Muslims to sacrifice animals other than cows in states where cow-slaughter is banned. 'Though cow-slaughter is legitimate under Shariat, it is advised that sheep, goat and camel be sacrificed in states where...

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Government Issues Worldwide Call for Muslims to Reject "Hatred, Extremism and Terror"

February 1, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3448735.stm

On February 1, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Saudi Arabia's monarchy has called on Muslims worldwide to unite against terrorism in a message to mark an important Islamic holiday, Eid al-Adha. Muslims should reject 'hatred, extremism and terror', it said in a message carried by state TV on Sunday. Some 1.4 million foreign Muslims are in Saudi Arabia this weekend on the annual Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj....

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Eid Celebration Includes Voter Registration

February 1, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/dn/religion/stories/020204dnmeteid.72af1.html

On February 1, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "For North Texas Muslims, Sunday's annual Eid observance included a little patriotism along with the traditional prayers. Thousands gathered at Fair Park for the prayers and festival known as Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. The Eid marks the end of the week of hajj, the...

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Muslim Population Growing in Quebec

February 1, 2004

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/story.asp?id=5B7FF5CD-FE6D-4664-B998-7254 CE6B4C32

On February 1, 2004 the Montreal Gazette reported on the growth of the Muslim community in the Quebec province: "There are more than 50 mosques and other prayer rooms in the Montreal area, where many members of Quebec's Muslim community, estimated by its leaders to be 120,000, gather for Friday prayers, and in smaller numbers at other...

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Muslim Women and the Media

February 1, 2004

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/7844272.htm

On February 1, 2004 The Philadelphia Enquirer published an editorial by Laila Al-Marayati on the portrayal of Muslim women in the media. She writes, "The struggle for freedom, democracy, and human rights in the Muslim world has long predated this administration's campaign for a 'tidal wave' of reform. Activists are struggling to enlighten others, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, about alternative...

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Opposition to Ban of Religious Symbols a Minority Position

February 1, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1136434,00.html

On February 1, 2004 The Guardian ran a story from The Observer on the division in France over the headscarf ban: "[Jamila] Farouk, a 30-year-old office assistant, believes the law banning 'ostensive' signs of religious affiliation in schools - which is likely to be passed with cross-party support by the French parliament this week - is a deliberate...

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Oldest Mosque in Montreal Adds First Minaret to City Skyline

February 1, 2004

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/story.asp?id=0CCC7C71-64D 9-4567-ADB5-9CB22E572423

On February 1, 2004 the Montreal Gazette reported, "The first minaret on Montreal's skyline is going up in an unlikely corner of the city - close to the high-tech businesses in St. Laurent's industrial park. The 105-foot minaret, expected to be completed this spring, is being added to the Islamic Centre...

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Interfaith Service in South Carolina

January 31, 2004

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/7840904.htm

On January 31, 2004 The State reported, "People of faith from a wide range of traditions came together at Washington Street United Methodist Church Friday night to affirm their commitment to fight poverty and injustice in the world. The interfaith worship service, which drew a diverse crowd of more than 200, was part of the People’s Agenda for Economic Justice, a two-day effort...

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