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Muslim Community Leaders Meet With New FBI Assistant Director In Charge

May 27, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1141

Last week, a number of leaders in Southern California met with the new Assistant Director in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Steven M. Martinez in Los Angeles. Organized by the FBI, the two and a half hour meeting consisted of a forum with a number of community leaders in Los Angeles. Different groups represented included MPAC, the Omar...

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US Envoy to Muslim World Touts Respect And Tolerance

May 27, 2010

Author: Brittany Knotts

Source: Southern California Public Radio

http://www.scpr.org/news/2010/05/27/us-representative-to-the-muslim-world-talks-respec/

In an effort to improve relations between Islam and the West, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Farah Anwar Pandith as the first ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities.

Pandith spoke to Alex Cohen on the Patt...

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NYC Bus Ads Asking 'Leaving Islam?' Cause a Stir

May 27, 2010

Author: Deepti Hajela

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iBg-1E2kjeQkuLZtQMsa4Qtvrw6gD9FUSTLG0

The questions on the ads aren't subtle: Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you?

A conservative activist and the organizations she leads have paid several thousand dollars for the ads to run on at least...

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Ceremony Held to Mark Thai Unrest

May 26, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10160335.stm

Monks and other religious figures have held a vigil in Bangkok a week on from the army's operation to clear the capital of anti-government protesters.

Several hundred monks led ceremonies which featured Christian, Sikh and Muslim leaders in mass prayers to bless the city.

The government says it wants to pursue reconciliation in the...

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Mosque’s Plan to Expand Near Ground Zero Sparks Debate

May 26, 2010

Author: Josh Nathan-Kazis

Source: The Jewish Daily Forward

http://forward.com/articles/128347/

A plan to build a Muslim community center and mosque near the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in Lower Manhattan has drawn fierce opposition, despite the moderate reputation of the imam spearheading the effort.

Community members voted to support the project, and Jewish leaders who have worked with Feisal Abdul Rauf speak highly of the imam’s...

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Feds to Investigate Anti-Muslim Activity At Minnesota Schools

May 26, 2010

Author: Andy Birkey

Source: The Minnesota Independent

http://minnesotaindependent.com/59348/feds-to-investigate-anti-muslim-activity-at-minnesota-schools

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating anti-Muslim activities at public schools in Owatonna and St. Cloud, according to the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Recent reports of both students and...

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Mosque On 2nd Floor Over Church In Southern Turkish Province

May 25, 2010

Author: İsmihan Özgüven

Source: Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=0523121732018-2010-05-23

In the southeastern province of Hatay, along the Syrian border, it is not unusual to see a mosque, a church and a synagogue all on the same street – or even right on top of each other.

In Yoğunoluk village, part of the province’s Samandağ district, for example, there is an...

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Mosque Pray-Ins Against Segregation Of Sexes Are Springing Up

May 22, 2010

Author: William Wan and Michael Laris

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052104253.html

Last Saturday, five women took off their shoes and walked across the padded carpet at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, one of the Washington region's largest Islamic centers.

For weeks, they had planned for this moment, to stand behind the men in the main prayer hall...

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South African Muslim Bid to Ban Cartoon Fails

May 21, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8696763.stm

A bid by a Muslim group in South Africa to stop the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad has failed.

The drawing by Jonathan Shapiro, known as Zapiro, shows the prophet on a psychiatrist's couch bemoaning his followers' sense of humour failure.

He drew it in response to a Facebook group inviting drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, which prompted...

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Interfaith Group Visits Mosque In Chino

May 21, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_N_ncenter22.13b66512.html

About 130 members of the Women's Interfaith Committee of Southern California, came to the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino for a tour and meeting with Imam Shamshad on Thursday

Organizers said Imam Shamshad took the guests inside the San Bernardino County-based mosque prayer hall and gave them an...

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Muslim Families Withdraw Mosque Zoning Request

May 21, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WSMV Nashville

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wsmv.com/news/23633196/detail.html

A group of 40 Muslim families who had hoped to build a mosque in the affluent Nashville suburb of Brentwood have withdrawn their rezoning request. 

Jaweed Ansari, trustee for the proposed Islamic Center of Williamson County, told The Tennessean the families were not prepared for the anger from neighbors...

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