Islam

Cultural Open Days Introduce Islam to Spain

February 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/cultural-open-days-introduce-islam-spain

Spanish Muslims are opening mosques and Islamic centers across the European country to non-Muslims to build bridges with the mainstream society and clear misconceptions about their faith.

“The Cultural Open Day is the most important window for many mosques and centers to communicate with the...

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Virginia Islamic School's Expansion Met Protests

January 31, 2010

Author: Jamie Tarabay

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122987391

In Northern Virginia, a private school needed the local county's approval to expand to serve more students. This would have hardly raised an eyebrow had it not been for one particular detail: The school is Islamic, funded by the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Islamic Saudi Academy, located in Fairfax County, has long been under the...

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Malaysian Hindus Celebrate Festival Amid Tensions

January 30, 2010

Author: Julia Zappei

Source: Yahoo News

http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/ap/20100130/tap-as-malaysia-hindu-festival-b3c65ae.html

Hundreds of thousands of people - many with hooks pierced through the skin of their backs -thronged temples Saturday to celebrate a Hindu festival amid tensions surrounding attacks on houses of worship in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Eleven churches, three mosques, two Muslim prayer...

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Islamic Activists Angered By SoCal Mayor's Speech

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Fresno Bee

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fresnobee.com/state/story/1802761.html

Islamic-rights activists are criticizing the mayor of Lancaster for promoting Christianity during his State of the City speech this week, specifically his comment that he is "growing a Christian community."

The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday that Mayor R....

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Swiss Court Upholds Basketball Headscarf Ban

January 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8484890.stm

A Muslim woman has failed to overturn a ban stopping her from wearing a headscarf during league basketball matches in Switzerland.

Sura al-Shawk, 19, was told she could not wear a headscarf by the basketball association (ProBasket) in August 2009.

A local court in Lucerne has upheld the ruling on safety grounds. ProBasket also argued the sport needed to stay...

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Video: Muslim American Leaders Coming Of Age In a Post-9/11 World

January 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1021#axzz0envCXLiO

A group of young Muslim-American leaders came to the Center for American Progress last November to discuss the challenges and opportunities they are facing, and to explore ways to strengthen their work. The meeting was held exactly one week after the Fort Hood shootings in Texas, and that event colored the day's conversation. As...

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RI, US Religious Groups Team Up to Tackle Poverty

January 28, 2010

Author: Lilian Budianto

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/01/28/ri-us-religious-groups-team-tackle-poverty.html

Participants at an interfaith forum in Jakarta have pledged to work closely to end poverty and enhance education while trying to help people cope with climate change.

The joint declaration came at the conclusion of the three-day forum Wednesday, attended by...

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A Modern Tale Of Meatpacking And Immigrants

January 28, 2010

Author: Kate Linthicum

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-immigrant-nebraska28-2010jan28,0,6078807.story?page=1

Hawa Farah was living in Minneapolis three years ago making $8 an hour at a bakery when her fiance, Hussein Hussein, got a call about good jobs that paid better.

So the couple, like many Somali immigrants who follow work around the...

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Pig Heads Left At Malaysia Mosques After Allah Row

January 27, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8482267.stm

Several severed pigs' heads have been found in mosque compounds in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The national police chief, Musa Hassan, linked the discoveries to recent attacks on various houses of worship.

Pigs are considered unclean by Muslims and their presence in the mosque compound will be taken as an insult.

In recent weeks,...

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Detention Of Ten Baha’is Leads to Fears for Other Prisoners

January 27, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/751

Concern is growing over the lack of information about the status of 10 Baha'is who were arrested earlier this month in Iran.

In addition to worry about their safety, there are fears that charges against these 10 will be used to create false evidence in court against the seven Baha'i leaders who have been held since 2008 and whose trial is set to resume on 7 February.

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AAI, ADC And MPAC Meet With Attorney General Holder to Discuss Profiling; Encourage Engagement

January 26, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1018#axzz0e9Z8imnx

Executives of the Arab American Institute (AAI), American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), met with Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday (January 25) to discuss issues of concerns to the Arab American and Muslim communities.

Leaders spoke with...

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