Islam

Jordan Puts Shiites On Trial In Unprecedented Case

August 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32527855

A Jordanian judicial official says six Shiite Muslims have been put on trial before a military court for promoting Shiite ideology and instigating religious sectarianism in this Sunni majority country.

The official said Sunday that the closed-door trial that started last week was the first of its kind in Jordan. He said the six men...

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Abundant Faith, Shrinking Space

August 22, 2009

Author: William Wan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082103876.html

They stream in through the doors every Friday -- a sea of Muslims pouring into a synagogue in Reston.

The men roll out long prayer rugs on the synagogue floor. An imam stands up front and praises Allah. And as the faithful begin whispering their prayers in flowing Arabic, their...

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Muslims Begin Ramadan Holy Month

August 22, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8215640.stm

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan has begun across most of the Muslim world, ushering in 30 days of dawn to dusk fasting and extra prayer.

On the eve of Ramadan, US President Barack Obama said he wanted to build a new partnership between the US and Muslims around the world.

He said US efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan were in keeping with...

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Longer, Hotter Days Strain Islamic Holy Month

August 21, 2009

Author: David Grant

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090821/ap_on_re_us/us_rel_long_hot_ramadan

During most of his high school football career, Baquer Sayed broke the Ramadan fast during halftime, when the stadium lights began to flood the field after sundown.

With the traditional sunrise-to-sunset fast set to last a few hours longer this year...

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As Ramadan Nears, Muslims Plan to Donate

August 20, 2009

Author: Cathy Lynn Grossman

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/life/20090820/zakat20_st.art.htm

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer, begins at sunset Saturday, and many believers are already planning a key observance: zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Often translated as "charity," it requires believers to give 2.5% of their cash assets (even including the value of their...

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Muslims Warned Of Ramadan Thieves

August 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_yorkshire/8210214.stm

Muslims in Leeds are being urged to ensure their homes are secure during the holy month of Ramadan.


Last year there were a number of burglaries across the city that targeted Asian households containing valuable gold jewellery, police said.
Throughout the festival, which begins on Friday, Muslims will make...

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Muslims to Observe Ramadan With Fasting, Charitable Works

August 19, 2009

Author: Oralandar Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090819/METRO/908190335/1041/LIFESTYLE04/Muslims-to-observe-Ramadan-with-fasting--charitable-works

For Linda El-Amin, the Islamic religious observance of Ramadan is about more than what she can't do: It is also a time of reflection and renewal.

"I see Ramadan as a time...

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New PBS Film About Muslim

August 19, 2009

Author: Anema Qureshi

Source: InFocus news

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/38481/1174/

"On a Wing and A Prayer" is an intimate, funny family feature that takes its viewers into the sky with Monem Salam as he follows his American Dream of obtaining a pilot license even as he draws the attention of the FBI.

The film carries viewers deep into the life of the Salam family in the small town of Bellingham, Washington, not only...

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French Minister Urges Burka Ban

August 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8203290.stm

A ban on the wearing of the burka in France would help stem the spread of the "cancer" of radical Islam, one of its female Muslim ministers has said.

Urban Regeneration Minister Fadela Amara told the Financial Times that a veil covering everything but the eyes represented "the oppression of women".

Ms Amara said she was "in favour of the burka...

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Swiss Move to Ban Minarets As 'Symbols Of Islamic Power'

August 14, 2009

Author: Tony Paterson

Source: The Independent

http://www.independ

The normally sleepy Swiss country town of Langenthal has become the focus of a virulent right-wing campaign to ban minarets from all mosques in the Alpine republic on the grounds that they symbolise ideological opposition to the country's constitution.

Switzerland's "stop minaret" movement is backed by the influential ultra-conservative Swiss People's Party, (SVP) which was re...

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Muslim Ex-Inmate Settles Quran Lawsuit Against Prison

August 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: USA TODAY

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-08-13-muslim-prison_N.htm

A former inmate who accused federal prison workers in Illinois of defiling his Quran and torturing him with a nightstick when he complained has settled his civil rights lawsuit for $48,000, one of his attorneys said Thursday.


U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan...

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