Islam

Muslims Honor Birth Of Prophet

March 6, 2009

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090306/LIFESTYLE04/903060356/1041/LIFESTYLE04

As Muslims commemorate the birth of the prophet Muhammad beginning Saturday at dusk, some say that remembering the events of the prophet's life and the guidance revealed by the Quran are especially important this year, after some pointed attacks on the reputation of...

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A Hometown Bank Heeds a Call to Serve Its Islamic Clients

March 6, 2009

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/07/us/07religion.html?_r=1&scp=11&sq=religion&st=nyt

Until a stranger without an appointment showed up one day in late 2001, Stephen L. Ranzini was feeling rather pleased with himself. University Bank here, which he led as president, had just won a national award for community service. The honor attested to Mr. Ranzini’s success...

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Islamic Sharia Law Expands In Northwest Pakistan

March 6, 2009

Author: Mark Magnier

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-fg-pakistan-sharia6-2009mar06,0,3072254.story

In an apparent expansion of Islamic fundamentalists' authority in the picturesque Swat Valley, local Pakistani officials have agreed to close shops at prayer times and crack down on prostitution and drug dealing as part of a proposed peace deal, according to...

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Nigeria: Onaiyekan, Sultan Preach Religious Tolerance

March 5, 2009

Author: Taye Obateru

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200903050017.html

The co-chairman of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), who is also the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rt. Rev. John Onaiyekan has advocated sanctions for religious leaders who preach inciting messages as a way of curtailing incessant religious crisis in the country.

Similarly, the Sultan of Sokoto and co-Chairman of the same council...

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Islamic Group Questions Driver’s License Bill

March 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Journal Record

http://www.journalrecord.com/article.cfm?recid=96553

An American Islamic group asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to determine whether legislation in Oklahoma and Minnesota prohibiting the wearing of religiously required head scarves in driver’s license photos is constitutional.

In Oklahoma, language was added to a measure in committee that would not allow “hats,...

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Azeri Muslims Feel State Far From Friendly

March 5, 2009

Author: Seymur Kazimov

Source: Institute for War & Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=crs&s=f&o=350704&apc_state=henh

“In Azerbaijan, non-Muslim, Christian communities are allowed to operate freely, whereas the Muslim community for some reason is not.”

So said Haji Gamet Suleimanov, imam of the Abu-Bekr mosque in centre of the capital, Baku. “It’s because the Council of Europe and the Americans are behind the...

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Muslims Seek to Build Future In Italy

March 4, 2009

Author: Elisabetta Povoledo

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/04/europe/muslims.php

On one side of a drab street in working-class Milan, a squat structure houses a conservative mosque linked in the past to suspected Islamic terrorists.

On the other, an office building houses the budding newsroom of "Yalla Italia" (Let's Go, Italy), a monthly magazine written by 2Gs - the name here for second-...

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Italy: Muslim Leader Calls for Religious Tolerance

March 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Adnkronos International

http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Religion/?id=3.0.3069915929

The leader of Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, Hasyim Muzadi, has called for greater religious tolerance and understanding at an interfaith conference held in the Italian capital, Rome, on Wednesday. Muzadi, president of Nahdlatul Ulama, was at the conference organised by the Indonesian and Italian governments and...

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Anti-Muslim Myths Shattered In US Study

March 3, 2009

Author: Karin Zeitvogel

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=30729

Muslim American women are educated, active in the workforce and on an equal footing with men in terms of income, according to a report released Monday, which analysts said chips away at myths associated with Islam.

"What we learned in the study is that US Muslim women are roughly equal to men and to women who are non-...

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Muslim American Prosperity Is Tinged With Alienation, Survey Finds

March 3, 2009

Author: Sarah Gantz

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-muslims3-2009mar03,0,4554384.story

A study of Muslim Americans released Monday presents a portrait of an often misunderstood community -- one that is integrated socio-economically but culturally alienated; that succeeds in the workforce but struggles to find contentment.

The numbers suggest economic and...

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US Muslims: Young, Diverse, Striving

March 3, 2009

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0303/p02s02-ussc.html

A "national portrait" of Muslim Americans, released Monday by Gallup, depicts the youngest and most racially diverse religious community in the country as striving for a secure place in American society and an active role in public life.

The report describes a group that has achieved successes and shares much in common with other...

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A Woman’s Place Is In the Mosque?

March 2, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7915393.stm

The role that women play in mosques varies substantially around the Muslim world. Visits to two mosques in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, show just how different women's experiences can be.

The al-Seddeeq mosque, in a prosperous suburb of Cairo, stands in front of a park - unusual enough in an overcrowded city lacking much green space.

The...

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Meet 'Unseen America'

March 2, 2009

Author: Lashonda Stinson Curry

Source: The Gainesville Sun

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090302/articles/903021005

The faces of Muslims are framed in an art exhibition at Reitz Union that offers a window into their lives and culture.

University of Florida students Mohamed-Eslam Mohamed, Asaad Musba, Charissa Dawn Scott and Hena Waseem and UF graduate Muhsin Aziz Ahmad were asked to take pictures that documented Muslim life...

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Somali Student Group Protests Bare-Head ID Bill

March 2, 2009

Author: Erin Carlyle

Source: City Pages

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2009/03/somali_student.php

A St. Cloud legislator's bill would require full exposure of the head and face in driver's license photos. A Somali group says the proposal would violate their freedom of religion.

State Rep. Steve Gottwalt, of St. Cloud, introduced the bill last month. The Somali United Movement, a group of college-aged Somalis working to improve...

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