Islam

Looking At Islamic Center Debate, World Sees U.S.

August 25, 2010

Author: Thanassis Cambanis

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/26islamic.html?ref=religion_and_belief

For more than two decades, Abdelhamid Shaari has been lobbying a succession of governments in Milan for permission to build a mosque for his congregants — any mosque at all, in any location.

For now, he leads Friday Prayer in a stadium normally used for rock concerts. When sites...

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Vandalism At Madera Mosque Called Hate Crime

August 25, 2010

Author: John Ellis and Jim Guy

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/08/25/2053382/vandalism-at-madera-islamic-center.html

Imam Abdullah Salem arrived at the Madera Islamic Center on Tuesday to find a pair of menacing signs, including one that read "Wake up America, the enemy is here."

It was the latest in a series of incidents that the Madera County Sheriff's Department is investigating as hate...

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In Pakistan, Muslims And Hindus Pray Together Against Floods

August 25, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Deccan Herald

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/91298/in-pakistan-muslims-hindus-pray.html

In times of adversity, religious differences are forgotten. In a rare demonstration of communal harmony, Muslims recited the Quran while the minority Hindus gathered for special prayers on the banks of river Indus near Shahdad Kot town of Pakistan'...

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Muslim College In Berkeley Starts Down Ambitious Road

August 24, 2010

Author: Matt Krupnick

Source: The Contra Costa Times

http://www.insidebayarea.com/top-stories/ci_15847351

The Quran is the primary textbook at this city's newest institution of higher learning.

Zaytuna College will open today to its first class of 15 students, who will strive to become the first graduates of a Muslim four-year, liberal-arts college in the United States. The school, which hopes to enroll 2,000 students a decade from now, is...

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Triangle Muslims Devote Efforts to Disaster Relief

August 24, 2010

Author: Mark Hensch

Source: The News Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/08/24/644394/triangle-muslims-devote-efforts.html

For Pakistani Muslims in the Triangle, this year's observance of Ramadan is especially poignant, as they watch their homeland try to recover from massive floods that have killed 1,500 and left 6 million homeless.

During the monthlong Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink...

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Headscarf Ban Sparks Debate Over Kosovo's Identity

August 23, 2010

Author: Mark Lowen

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11065911

The home of Florinda Zeka in central Kosovo is an idyllic spot, surrounded by undulating hills.

The silence of the countryside is broken only by the family chickens wandering idly through the garden.

But for the last few months, life for this 17-year-old has been anything but peaceful.

She was forced to leave school when she donned the hijab - or...

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Muslim Employee Rejects Disney's Hat Alternative

August 23, 2010

Author: Sarah Tully

Source: The Kansas City Star/Orange County Register

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/23/2169500/muslim-employee-rejects-disneys.html

A Muslim employee is refusing to wear a hat and bonnet that Disney provided in place of a head scarf, which she wants to leave on at work for religious reasons. 

Imane Boudlal, a restaurant hostess at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, last week in a press...

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Proposed Muslim Center Draws Opposing Protests

August 22, 2010

Author: Michael Grynbaum

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/nyregion/23protest.html?ref=religion_and_belief

Around noon on Sunday, Michael Rose, a medical student from Brooklyn, approached some of the hundreds of protesters who had gathered near ground zero to rally against a mosque and Islamic center planned for the neighborhood.

Mr. Rose, 27, carried a handwritten sign in favor of the...

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Teenage Summer, the Fasting Version

August 20, 2010

Author: Susan Dominus

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/21/nyregion/21bigcity.html?ref=religion_and_belief

Why was Jay Mustafic, 14, wearing slippers over his tube socks the other afternoon on a basketball court in his neighborhood in Ridgewood, Queens?

The slippers — technically more like slides — are to ward off temptation. For a teenage boy who is fasting during Ramadan on...

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