Islam

Survey Reveals Mosque Insights

February 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7904593.stm

The average mosque in England and Wales attracts 400 attendees at Friday prayer meetings, while providing a range of community services, a survey has found.

The survey of 255 mosques also revealed that on average they had an estimated annual income of £233,452.

Most - 83% - had been established more than 10 years ago, it found.

Many of the...

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Gruesome Killing Poses Another Test for US Muslims

February 21, 2009

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29321257/

The crime was so brutal, shocking and rife with the worst possible stereotypes about their faith that some U.S. Muslims thought the initial reports were a hoax.

The harsh reality of what happened in an affluent suburb of Buffalo, New York — the beheading of 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan and arrest of her estranged husband in the...

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American Muslims Call to Action to End Domestic Violence

February 20, 2009

Author: Fedwa Wazwaz

Source: The Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/yourvoices/39903162.html?elr=KArks:DCiUMEaPc:UiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

On Thursday February 12, 2009 - Aasiya Zubair Hassan, a 37 year old mother of four, was found decapitated in Buffalo, New York by her husband.

Today is the national event: American Muslims Call to Action to End Domestic Violence.

American Muslims are making a...

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SF Campaign Aims to Educate City About Muslims

February 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KCBS

http://www.kcbs.com/pages/3884837.php?

It's a group that brings an important contribution to the city's culture, but many in society know very little about American Muslims. The goal of a new campaign in San Francisco is to change that, by opening the lines of communication.

After 9/11, and with U.S. troops engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, misconceptions and stereotypes persist about Muslims and their religion.
...

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More Understanding Of Islam Is Needed, Lecturers Tell MSU Crowd

February 19, 2009

Author: Anne Pettinger

Source: MSU News Service

http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=6840

The executive director of a California-based council on American and Islamic relations told hundreds of people gathered at Montana State University Wednesday night that Muslims are a very diverse group of people and simply cannot be categorized in any one way.

Muslims are "as diverse as America," said Hussam Ayloush, executive...

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Two New Podcasts Created to Increase Understanding About Islam

February 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PRWeb

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb2101734.htm

The Voices and Visions Project provides resources for individuals who wish to tackle the complexities of Islam and create an interfaith dialogue within their communities.

Through the two podcasts, Crash Course in Islam and Muslim Voices, the project brings together balanced viewpoints and various voices within and outside of Islam to supply straight...

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Pennsylvania High School Rescinds Ban On Muslim Scarves

February 18, 2009

Author: Diane Macedoca

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,495804,00.html

A Pennsylvania high school is permitting Muslim students to wear scarves known as kaffiyehs in school just a day after ordering two students to remove them for class.

Gateway High School officials met with parents Wednesday after seniors Mohammad Al-Abbasi, 18, and Ahmad Al-Sadr, 17, left school Tuesday after refusing to take off the...

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Clinton Says U.S. Seeks Unity With Muslim World

February 18, 2009

Author: Glenn Kessler

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/17/AR2009021700957.html?hpid=topnews

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that the Obama administration will make "a concerted effort" to restore the image of the United States in the Islamic world and will seek to "enlist the help of Muslims around the world against the...

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Muslim-Christian Relations Threatened By Spate Of Kidnappings In Mindanao

February 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Business World Online

http://www.bworldonline.com/BW021709/content.php?id=075

An interfaith group has warned that the series of kidnappings is threatening Muslim-Christian relations in Southwestern Mindanao.

The Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace, a loose movement of Islamic, Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders, said the abductions undermine inter-religious goodwill and solidarity from years of...

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Saudi Arabia Appoints First Female Minister

February 16, 2009

Author: Julian Borger

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/16/saudi-cabinet-woman-minister

An expert on girls' education became Saudi Arabia's first woman minister on Saturday as part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle by King Abdullah that swept aside several bastions of ultra-conservatism.

Nora bint Abdullah al-Fayez, a US-educated former teacher, was made deputy education minister in charge...

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Muslim Women Face Serious Crisis, UN Official Says

February 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2009/02/16/2003436221

Muslim women around the world are facing a “growing crisis” as Islamic governments fail to honor commitments to end inequality and violence against them, a senior UN official said.

Yakin Erturk, the UN’s rapporteur on violence against women, said at a weekend conference that women must demand their...

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