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Woman's Right to Testify In Veil a Religious Freedom?

March 2, 2009

Author: Shannon Kari

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1343205

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is arguing that a provincial court judge failed to recognize the religious freedoms of a Muslim woman when he ordered her to testify at a sexual assault trial without a veil known as a niqab.

The government agency is asking for special permission to be allowed to intervene at a Superior Court proceeding...

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Muslims Define Themselves Through Outreach

March 2, 2009

Author: William F. O'Brien

Source: The Edmond Sun

http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/local_story_061223435.html

“None of you truly believe,” the Prophet Mohammad told his followers, “Until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”

President Obama recently quoted that statement at the National Prayer Breakfast. The president said in his Inaugural Address that the United States is reaching out to the...

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Chechen Leader Imposes Strict Islamic Code

March 2, 2009

Author: Lynn Berry

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/02/europe/chechen.php

The president of Chechnya emerged from afternoon prayers at a mosque and with chilling composure explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die.

Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had "loose morals"...

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OC Muslims Say FBI Surveillance Has a Chilling Effect

March 1, 2009

Author: Teresa Watanabe and Paloma Esquivel

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-muslim1-2009mar01,0,1456958.story

The Islamic Center of Irvine is a beige stucco building that blends into the rows of office buildings surrounding it. But last week, it became the most publicized mosque in California with disclosures that the FBI sent an informant there to spy and...

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2 Palestinian Women Become Judges In Islamic Court

February 27, 2009

Author: Nasser Shiyoukhi and Diaa Hadid

Source: Press Democrat

http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/article/20090224/API/902241719?Title=2-Palestinian-women-become-judges-in-Islamic-court

The Islamic courts were among the last male-only bastions in Palestinian society, where women have been presidential candidates, police officers and even suicide bombers.

Now two stern-looking...

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MU Graduate Helps Bridge Religious Gap After Converting to Islam

February 26, 2009

Author: Jessica Nunez

Source: Columbia Missourian

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/media/multimedia/2009/02/26/media/Archive/index.html

When Katie Hurst moved to Columbia 10 years ago to study religion at MU, her intention was to work at a nonprofit or teach Christian education. She didn’t expect to have adopted an entirely new lifestyle and belief system by the time she graduated.

But that’s...

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Burial Site for Muslim Community

February 25, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/7910426.stm

A dedicated Muslim burial area has been introduced for the first time in a Dorset town.

The burial area, in Kinson cemetery, Bournemouth, will help to meet the religious customs of the Muslim community, the borough council said.

Bournemouth's cemeteries were laid from 1878 to 1938 and in line with Christian traditions, meaning a Muslim...

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Muslim Students Given Prayer Space

February 25, 2009

Author: Allison Rudd

Source: Otago Daily Times

http://www.odt.co.nz/on-campus/university-otago/44945/muslim-students-given-prayer-space

Their new prayer spaces might be small and austere, but the 200-300 Muslim students at the University of Otago do not mind. They are just pleased to have been given a private place to say their daily prayers after more than six years of asking.

Muslims must pray five...

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Islam's Gift to South Los Angeles

February 25, 2009

Author: Yusuf Khan

Source: The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/x-2721-Islamic-Examiner~y2009m2d25-Islams-gift-to-south-Los-Angeles

"If you want to see what Muslim-Americans truly represent, go to the UMMA Community Clinic and you will see it there." - Rep. Maxine Waters, Democrat-CA

A few short years ago, a handful of aspiring physicians who were also members of the Muslim Student Association at...

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Muslim Group Invites FBI Director to Mosque

February 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://wcco.com/local/fbi.mosque.invite.2.942680.html

A Muslim advocacy group is inviting FBI Director Robert Mueller to an open house at a controversial Minneapolis mosque.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations made the public invitation on Tuesday to the dinner on Wednesday at the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center.

The invitation comes a day...

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New Group In Muslim Police Drive

February 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/berkshire/7908099.stm

Thames Valley Police have encouraged a drive to employ Muslim officers by creating a dedicated association.

The force's Muslim Police Association has been formed to support its Muslim officers.

PC Raja Yousaf, the head of the association, said the group will "help to cultivate a better understanding of Islam and Muslim culture"....

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Religion: Covering Gives Testimony to Muslim Faith

February 24, 2009

Author: Carla Hinton

Source: NewsOK

http://newsok.com/scarf-exposes-norman-womans-beliefs/article/3348046

Lobna Hewedi welcomes questions about her hijab, a traditional head scarf worn by Muslim women.

The hijab serves as a symbol of her Muslim faith and an entry point for interfaith dialogue when people at fuel stations and grocery store checkout lines stare at the Norman woman’s apparel.

"My feeling is...

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