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13-Year Old Muslim Artist Paints Hindu Gods

Source: IBN Live

On February 21, 2006 IBN Live reported, “She does not paint masterpieces, but coming from a girl in early teens, her art is impressive to say the least.

Insha Manzoor, the artist, is the daughter of a Muslim truck driver from Mattan in Anantnag district. And while the world burns with protests over Prophet Mohammad’s cartoons, this 13-year-old girl from a humble background is painting Radha and Krishna.

Her paintings are a reflection of what she truly believes in and practices: A world undivided by religion.

‘Art knows no boundaries of religion. I want to say that like art, even people should not have any divides. We should all live together, peacefully,’ envisions Insha Manzoor, the young artist.

Her paintings range from portraits of Mahatma Gandhi to images from Hindu mythology.

But ask Insha about her favourite subject, and she doesn’t have to blink her eye.

‘I like painting Radha-Krishna. I paint them from my imagination,’ beams Insha.

Insha’s choice of subject did raise doubts among her family members initially. It could have been difficult for a Muslim girl to paint Radha and Krishna in a valley torn apart by religious strife.

But today, her parents are proud of their little daughter, who has followed her passion against all odds and made a difference.”

13th Street May Become Al-Rahman Street in Garden Grove, CA

Source: Los Angeles Times,0,6378380.story

On January 13, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that “Garden Grove [CA] officials are considering whether to change the name of a small stretch of 13th Street to Al-Rahman Street at the request of a local Islamic group… Most of the block on 13th west of Brookhurst Street is owned by the Islamic Society of Orange County, where thousands of Muslims congregate daily for prayers at the mosque or attend the Orange Crescent School. Al-Rahman, which means ‘all merciful,’ is one of several Islamic names for God… City staff is researching what other cities have done and are expected to bring the matter back to the council for review… ‘We are a multiethnic community,’ Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater said. ‘Everybody has a right to have a seat at the table. We have the largest mosque in the U.S., and we have to give them some respect. If [the Rev. Robert] Schuller [of the Crystal Cathedral] came to us and asked us to change a street name, we’d look at it. So that’s what we’re doing, we’re listening.'”

14 Hindus Get Life in Killing of 116 Muslims

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: Reuters

An Indian court sentenced 14 Hindus to life on Saturday for killing 116 Muslims and burying their bodies in a cauliflower patch during one of India’s bloodiest religious riots almost 20 years ago.

A lower court in Bhagalpur District in the eastern state of Bihar said that the 14 could not get the death penalty because the case did not fall under the “rarest of rare cases.”

The 14 men, including a police officer, were part of a mob that hacked to death 116 Muslim men, women and children with swords and daggers on Oct. 27, 1989. More than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in Bhagalpur during the rioting.

During a hearing in June, the court found all of the accused guilty.

Seven of the men are at least 60 years old now, the oldest is 82, according to court documents. Six other men accused of taking part in the killings have since died. Four others are missing.

The men are expected to appeal the verdict.

15,000 Want off the U.S. Terror Watch List

Author: Mimi Hall

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON — More than 15,000 people have appealed to the government since February to have their names removed from the terrorist watch list that delayed their travel at U.S. airports and border crossings, the Homeland Security Department says.

The complaints have created such a backlog that members of Congress are calling for a speedier appeal system that would help innocent people clear their names so they won’t fall under future suspicion. Among those who have been flagged at checkpoints: toddlers and senior citizens with the same names as suspected terrorists on the watch list.

£15 Million Sikh Temple to Open Next Week

Author: Michael Adkins

Source: The Gravesend Reporter 24

One of the biggest Sikh Temples outside of India is to officially open next week, after a multi-million pound project taking almost a decade to complete.


Members of the current Siri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Clarence Place, Gravesend, will vacate the site on Thursday as a massive procession is expected to herald the completion of the new temple, off Khalsa Avenue.