Islam

SoFla Muslims Fear Backlash From Terror Attempt

May 5, 2010

Author: Amara Sohn

Source: NBC Miami

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local-beat/SoFla-Muslims-Fear-Backlash-From-Terror-Attempt-92853924.html

When news broke late Monday night that a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen had been arrested for the failed Times Square bombing, many South Florida Muslims became worried about a backlash against their community.

"I wished he's not Muslim," said ...

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An Unusual Perspective: I Wore a Niqab for a Day In a Major German City

May 5, 2010

Author: Chamselassil Ayari

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5560643,00.html

Chamselassil Ayari, a reporter for Deutsche Welle's Arab language service, wore a Muslim full-body covering garment for one day. Her experiment begins on a sunny spring Saturday afternoon in Cologne's busiest shopping street.

People jostle through the streets and the many stores. I glance into the window of a luxury shoe store not...

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Diversity Of Islamic Art On Display In Fremont

May 5, 2010

Author: Matthew Artz

Source: The Oakland Tribune

http://www.insidebayarea.com/health/ci_15017156

Even after working for a year to bring a Pan-Islamic art exhibit to the East Bay, Fremont artist Nabeela Sajjad stills struggles to define Islamic art.

She says it's much more than just calligraphy and that it's as much defined by the diversity of Muslim communities across globe as by the religion's prohibition on depicting faces.

To showcase...

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Near Ground Zero, a Mosque Moves In And Meets the Neighbors

May 5, 2010

Author: Aaron Rutkoff

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/05/05/near-ground-zero-a-mosque-moves-in-and-meets-the-neighbors/

Ground Zero is going to get a new neighbor: a mosque.

The project is driven in part by the needs of a growing Muslim population in Lower Manhattan. The nearest existing Islamic prayer space, the Tribeca Mosque, has been holding three...

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Muslim Woman In Italy Is Fined for Wearing Veil

May 4, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/world/europe/05italy.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

A 26-year-old Tunisian woman has been fined for wearing a face veil while walking to a mosque in northern Italy, adding to the growing debate on the integration of Muslim minorities in Europe.

The police in the city of Novara, a...

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Swiss Canton Considers Burqa Ban

May 4, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/321920,swiss-canton-considers-burqa-ban.html

A Swiss canton on Tuesday passed legislation preparing the groundwork for a possible ban on the Islamic burqa.

The local council in Aargau, a canton (state) in the north of Switzerland along the German border, voted overwhelmingly to work on a state initiative to make wearing the burqa...

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Malaysia Top Court Hears Landmark Religious Dispute

May 3, 2010

Author: Razak Ahmad

Source: Reuters

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-48177820100503

Malaysia's highest court began proceedings on Monday on a landmark inter-religious child custody dispute whose outcome could further raise political tension in this mainly Muslim country.

The Federal Court heard objections by lawyers representing an ethnic Indian couple fighting each other for custody of their two children and...

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Appeals Court: Holding Cells Not Covered By Religious Freedom Laws

May 3, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The San Francisco Appeal

http://sfappeal.com/alley/2010/05/appeals-court-holding-cells-not-covered-by-religious-freedom-laws.php

A federal appeals court ruled in San Francisco today that Orange County officials were entitled to require a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf when she was held in a courthouse holding cell four years ago.

A panel of the 9th U.S....

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Utah Islamic Center Raises $100,000 for New Mosque, School

May 3, 2010

Author: Lesley Mitchell

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_15003928

The Utah Islamic Center moved one step closer Sunday to raising money needed to build a new mosque and school in south Salt Lake Valley.

A fundraising dinner and auction Sunday evening netted about $100,000, bringing the total raised to more than $300,000, said Nadeem Ahmed, chairman of the board of Utah Islamic Center in Salt Lake City. While the group...

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Belgium's Muslims Lash Out At Ban On Islamic Veil

May 1, 2010

Author: Yann Ollivier

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5habSJFhPLUnJZ6W7N8AUep6w-wJA

Muslims in Belgium hit out at a looming public ban on the full-face Islamic veil, saying claims it was being introduced for security reasons were simply an excuse to crack down.

"I think they're trying to wind us up," Souad Barlabi, a young...

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Mosque Plan Inches Forward

April 30, 2010

Author: Scott Merzbach

Source: Amherst Bulletin

http://www.amherstbulletin.com/story/id/170891/

A smaller parking lot and stricter limits on the number of people allowed in the building at one time appear to be making neighbors in Amherst and Pelham more comfortable with the conversion of a former school on Harkness Road into the Hampshire Mosque.

Planning Board members asked mosque officials to provide a better management plan for parking,...

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Local Muslim Group Hopes to Form a United Front

April 30, 2010

Author: Helen T. Gray

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/04/30/1914932/local-muslim-group-hopes-to-form.html

Whenever there has been a crisis in the world, from 9/11 to events in the Middle East, no one group in the metro area has been able to speak for the local Muslim community.

The newly formed Midland Islamic Council wants to change that. And it also has other ambitious goals, such...

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