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Tariq Ramadan Considered Islam’s Modern Reformer

October 26, 2005

Source: The Herald

http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/49511.html

On October 26, 2005 The Herald reported, "It is the lot of the prophet to be simultaneously vilified and acclaimed, and so it is with Tariq Ramadan, who is both the subject of visa refusals and the recipient of eager invitations from the West to explain the heart of darkness in the Muslim East. As for Ramadan himself, he acknowledges the very mention of his name is divisive: those trapped in religious or right...

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Liberal MP Calls Transport Ban on Kirpan “Unacceptable”

October 26, 2005

Source: The Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=456574fe-c7ca-417f-815e-e8b2d07078b7

On October 26, 2005 The Ottawa Citizen reported, "Prime Minister Paul Martin's parliamentary secretary has condemned VIA Rail for ordering a Sikh student off a train for wearing a ceremonial sword, or kirpan, saying he intends to take the matter up with Transport Minister Jean Lapierre. Navdeep...

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Rice Hosts Muslims at State Department Iftar

October 25, 2005

Source: USINFO.org

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2005/Oct/25-764884.html?chanlid=mena

On October 25, 2005 USINFO.org ran an article on the Iftar dinner hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on October 25. In her address to the Muslim community, Rice thanks Muslims for their contributions to American society. "In recent months, Muslims around the world have demonstrated the qualities of generosity and benevolence that are at the...

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Editorial: Racial and Religious Hatred Bill Must Be Amended

October 24, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,2713-1840139,00.html

On October 24, 2005 The Times editorial commented on the religious hatred bill under consideration in Parliament. The Times editorial staff writes, "[T]he drafting of the Bill has produced not just a mess, but a proposed law that would severely threaten free speech. No one can choose their race, but they can, and do, choose their religious or political beliefs. Criticism of these...

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Muslims in Sacramento Area Unite to Provide Pakistani Earthquake Relief

October 24, 2005

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=3ecaf9e03801ce6f15f4496f5309bdf1

On October 24, 2005 New California Media reported, "In an unprecedented display of unity and caring, the greater Muslim and Pakistani community of the Sacramento region took advantage of Friday/Juma prayers plus the breaking of the fast Iftar gatherings and raised just over $100,000 for the victims of the biggest natural...

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Newark Sikh Community Donates $400,000 to Quake Victims

October 24, 2005

Source: ONLINE - International News Network

http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=88749

On October 24, 2005 ONLINE - International News Network reported, "[The] Sikh community in Newark has donated another $400,000 for the victims of [the] earthquake.

Sardar Manjeet Singh the leader of [gurdwara] committee handed over a cheque to the consul general of Pakistan Haroon Shaukat in a ceremony.

Sikhs in New York already donated... over 13,000...

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Islamic Relief Hosts First “Humanitarian Day for the Homeless” in Detroit

October 24, 2005

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/ramadan24e_20051024.htm

On October 24, 2005 the Detroit Free Press reported, "The organizers who held Humanitarian Day in Los Angeles the last three years recruited [Zarinah] El-Amin to run Detroit's on the same day events in Las Vegas, Chicago, Newark, N.J., Washington and, of course, Los Angeles were going on. This day, dedicated to helping homeless people, falls in the middle of Ramadan, the holy...

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Critics Warn that Religious Hatred Bill Could Be Used by "Witches and Satanists"

October 23, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,176-1838578,00.html

On October 23, 2005 The Times reported, "The government faces new embarrassment over the religious hatred bill with a warning that witches and satanists could use it to trigger police investigations of their critics. The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, now passing through parliament, has been used by Labour to bolster support among Muslims. Charles Clarke, the home secretary,...

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U.S. Muslim Women Organize to Provide Quake Relief

October 20, 2005

Source: Women's eNews

http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/2496/context/archive

On October 20, 2005 Women's eNews reported, "The massive earthquake that hit South Asia two weeks ago moved Shazia Nawaz, a Pakistani American woman in Tempe, Ariz., into action.

Nawaz learned of the 7.6-magnitude temblor while hosting a weekly informal discussion club for a handful of women in her living room.

As usual, they were talking about...

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Baha'i Conference Seeks to Close Gap Between Faith and Action

October 20, 2005

Source: Science and Technology News

http://www.stnews.org/News-1804.htm

On October 20, 2005 Science and Technology News reported, "For the Baha’i faith, understanding the relationship between science and religion is crucial to spiritual growth. A recent conference on 'Science, Religion, and Social Transformation' organized by the Association for Baha’i Studies in Boston aimed to close the widening chasm between philosophical understandings of science and religion and...

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Interfaith Statement Calls for U.S. Immigration Reform

October 19, 2005

Source: ZENIT

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=78573

On October 19, 2005 ZENIT reported, "The [2005] U.S. bishops' conference joined 37 other national religious organizations in a call for comprehensive reform 'that establishes a safe and humane immigration system.' Citing passages from Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament and the Koran, the interfaith statement draws the attention of lawmakers to the 'moral dimensions of public policy,' and urged...

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Muslim Students' Association at UW Raises Quake Aid and Awareness

October 19, 2005

Source: The Badger Herald

http://badgerherald.com/news/2005/10/19/muslim_association_u.php

On October 19, 2005 The Badger Herald reported, "University of Wisconsin students and members of the Muslim Students’ Association congregated in the Humanities building Tuesday to raise aid and awareness for victims of the catastrophic earthquake that struck near Pakistan’s capitol, Islamabad, less than two weeks ago.

While many efforts have...

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University of Miami Raises Funds for Disaster Response as Part of National Ramadan Fast-A-Thon

October 18, 2005

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12928710.htm

On October 18, 2005 The Miami Herald reported, "Just before the sun rose Monday, Amy Cohen chomped on some gummy worms, knowing it would be her last meal for 14 hours. 'You're restraining yourself for a good cause,' she told herself as the sun grew strong.

Cohen, 21, a senior at the University of Miami, joined some 400 other non-Muslim students in refusing food for a day as part of 'Fast...

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