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Muslim In America: a 'Voyage Of Discovery'

February 9, 2009

Author: Jessica Ravitz

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/02/09/muslims.america/index.html

Hailey Woldt put on the traditional black abaya, expecting the worst.

The last time she'd worn the Muslim dress that, with a head scarf, covered everything but her face, hands and feet, she was in Miami International Airport, where the stares were many and the security check thorough.

This time, she...

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Scholar Surveys Islam In Atlanta, Finds Diversity

February 6, 2009

Author: Trevor Williams

Source: GlobalAtlanta.com

http://www.globalatlanta.com/articlevid/17141/212/#ad_1

The diverse Muslim community in Atlanta reflects the spirit embodied by President Obama, that a new page of inclusiveness has been turned in American history, an Islamic scholar said during a recent GlobalAtlanta interview.

The Georgia capital was the 50th out of 60 cities Akbar Ahmed is visiting as part of his “Journey Into...

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Ottawa Radio Station Chastised for Comments On Muslims

February 6, 2009

Author: Chris Cobb

Source: Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/Life/story.html?id=1262335

A veteran open-line radio host in Ottawa contravened Canadian broadcasting standards when he made “abusive and discriminatory” remarks against Muslims, the national broadcast watchdog ruled Friday.

According to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, Lowell Green launched an “uninformed and unfair” attack when he told his CFRA...

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Spruill Apologizes for Muslim Remark

February 5, 2009

Author: Tim Craig

Source: The Washington Post

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2009/02/moran_camp_wants_spruill_to_ap.html

Del. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) apologized today for saying on the House floor yesterday that he doesn't like to hear prayers of different religions, "especially those of the Muslim faith that I don't care too much about."

Spruill, who is also a member of...

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UN Report Slams Violation Of Indian Minorities’ Religious Rights

February 4, 2009

Author: Jawed Naqvi

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2009/02/05/top8.htm

A UN report has slammed the pervasive climate of fear and intolerance perpetuated by religious mobs in many parts of India, and asked the government to provide effective protection to the minorities of whom Christians and Muslims in particular were vulnerable, often helpless and increasingly ghettoised.

“Even though a comprehensive legal framework to protect freedom of...

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Moderate Islamists Take On Hard-Liners In Battle for Somalia

February 3, 2009

Author: Scott Baldauf

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0203/p06s01-woaf.html

The Ethiopian peacekeepers have withdrawn from Somalia and the radical Islamist militia called Al Shabab is rapidly moving in to take control of the war-battered country.

Perhaps the only thing standing in Al Shabab's way is an unlikely enemy: an army of citizens and clerics who are fighting to preserve what's left of the Somalia...

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Muslim Woman Denied Service In US Bank for Wearing Headscarf

February 3, 2009

Author: Subhabrata Das

Source: Digital Journal

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/266466

The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, called on the US Department of Justice to find out whether the US bank has violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman when it denied service because she was wearing hijab, a mandatory headgear for Muslim women.

According to the woman, she was...

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Thousands Of Muslims Vow to Combat Terror

February 3, 2009

Author: V.P.K. Shukoor

Source: Arab News

http://arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=118812&d=3&m=2&y=2009&pix=world.jpg&category=World

India’s one of the most prominent Muslim organizations, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind (JUH), organized a massive anti-terrorism convention in Bangalore on Saturday, which strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms.

Attended by thousands Muslims from...

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"Policy Adrift Over Rohingya, Myanmar’s Muslim Boat People," a Commentary by Bill Tarrant

February 3, 2009

Author: Bill Tarrant

Source: Reuters Blog

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2009/02/03/policy-adrift-over-rohingya-myanmars-muslim-boat-people/

The Rohingyas, a Muslim minority fleeing oppression and hardship in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar, have been called one of the most persecuted people on earth. But they have seldom hit the headlines — until recently, that is. More than 500 Rohingyas are...

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Russian Muslims Build Their Future In Spirit Of Religious Tolerance: Chairman Of Russian Mufti Council

February 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Trend News

http://news-en.trend.az/islam/1412255.html

“The Russian government pays a great attention to Muslims in Moscow and other cities, as well as creates conditions to satisfy their spiritual needs. Moreover our Muslims build their future in spirit of religious tolerance under support of the authorities,” Chairman of the Russian Muftis Council Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin said at an opening ceremony of a new temporary...

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Order to Take Off Niqab Pits Law Against Religion

February 2, 2009

Author: Betsy Powell

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/580790

A judge has ordered a Toronto woman to testify without her niqab at a sexual assault trial – raising the thorny issue of whether Muslim women should be allowed to appear as witnesses wearing a veil that covers everything but the eyes.

The issue is a collision of two rights, pitting religious freedom against the right of a defendant to face an accuser in...

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