Islam

Star And Crescent Joins Christmas Tree, Menorah

December 14, 2008

Author: Jim Fitzgerald

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jk0K5Yvz2_qJ9MBhvzqe0VPyq5qwD95208E00

When they light the town Christmas tree in Armonk on Sunday, there will be a Jewish menorah right alongside, as usual. There will also be something new this year — an Islamic crescent and star.

And if there are any Buddhists or Hindus in town who want to see...

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Muslims Celebrate Eid, Donate Meat to Needy

December 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081213/NEWS10/812130339

Toledo Muslims are donating more than 1,500 pounds of meat slaughtered for an Islamic holiday to the area's poor and needy.

"Fresh meat is something that is really missing in most food banks and shelter homes," Dr. M. Razi Rafeeq said.

The goats, sheep, lambs, and cows were...

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Dallas Rabbi Emerges as Leader in Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

December 13, 2008

Author: Sam Hodges

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/121308dnmetrabbi.39cd99f.html

Rabbi Jeremy Schneider spends a lot of time talking to Muslims, and wants other Jews to do the same.

At age 32, the assistant rabbi at Dallas' Temple Shalom has emerged as a national leader in Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

"He has been in the forefront...

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Filipino Christian Vigilantes Get Set for Battle

December 12, 2008

Author: Jonathan Adams

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1212/p06s02-woap.html

On a muddy, shaded track between fertile farmlands, 30 men lounge in flip-flops and tattered camouflage, displaying their beaten-up M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles.

They call themselves ilaga or "rats" in a local Philippines dialect. They're vigilantes: Christian farmers who have taken up arms to protect their land and...

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For Young Muslims, Finding Devout Spouse in U.S. is Difficult

December 11, 2008

Author: Jennifer Garza

Source: The News Tribune

http://www.thenewstribune.com/tacoma/24hour/religion/story/564506.html

The meeting was well into its second hour when Tamir Sukkary let out a loud sigh, put his head in his hands and asked about chaperones.

Should we have them?

He knew this was a sensitive subject for some Muslims.

"Mahram? Of course," answered one man, an outspoken member of the...

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A New Reality for Las Vegas Muslims

December 11, 2008

Author: Peter H. King

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-moment11-2008dec11,0,7546013.story

Masjid As-Sabur, sometimes called "the black mosque" by Las Vegas Muslims, sits on the backside of downtown, amid a mishmash of housing projects, run-down apartments and abandoned lots. Across the freeway looms the Lady Luck casino, its neon sign seeming to mock the...

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South Florida Muslims Use Bus Ads, Hotline to Counter "Obsession" DVD Campaign

December 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Miami New Times

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2008/12/south_florida_muslims_use_bus.php

Remember when a copy of the DVD Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West -- a film decried as Christian propaganda that seems to suggest Islam leads to terrorism -- was included in a Sunday Herald? And we ripped the daily a new one for not initially explaining the controversial inclusion --...

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American Muslims Hope Obama Will Encourage Tolerance, Respect for Rule of Law

December 10, 2008

Author: Mohamed Elshinnawi

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2008-12-10-voa37.cfm

What do American Muslims expect from President-elect Barack Obama? What can they do to help redefine their role in U.S. society? Those questions topped the agenda at the recent annual meeting of the private Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, in Washington D.C., attended by more than 700 Muslim-American activists from...

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Obama Hopes to Reboot US Image Among Muslims

December 10, 2008

Author: Jennifer Loven

Source: The Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081210/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_interview;_ylt=Ast14HBxyvpUsP8CU9LhNBc7Xs8F

President-elect Barack Obama says he will try to "reboot America's image" among the world's Muslims and will follow tradition by using his entire name — Barack Hussein Obama — in his swearing-in ceremony.

The U.S. image globally...

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Members of Destroyed Mosque Start Anew

December 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WKRN

http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=9500436

Ten months after a Maury County mosque was destroyed in a hate crime, members have a new building to worship in.

For days after the mosque was defamed and set ablaze, Daoud Abudiab and other members picked through the charred rubble, hoping to save what few items were still recognizable.

"Unfortunately, we were not able to salvage any of that," he told...

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Kashmir Pilgrimage Offers Hope for Hindu-Muslim Unity

December 10, 2008

Author: Sameer Mohindru

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122884940864892043.html

The annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave in the southern Himalayas has been a rare example of Hindu-Muslim unity in India for centuries.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Hindus trek through snow-clad peaks to the sacred cave of Amarnath, 3,888 meters above sea level, during a two-month period between June and August.
...

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Pakistani Christians, Service in the Midst of Conflict

December 10, 2008

Author: Henrik Hansson

Source: World Council of Churches News

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/pakistani-christians-ser.html

Pakistani Christian communities confronted with the presence of the Taliban and Al-Qaida serve their Muslim neighbours in an unfriendly environment.

Christians in the North Western Frontier Province of Pakistan find themselves in the...

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Hotline Set Up for Reporting Suspected Profiling at the Border

December 10, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081210/METRO/812100477/1361

A coalition of community and civil right groups announced today the establishment of a telephone hotline and Internet address for quick reporting of any incidents of suspected profiling at the U.S.-Canadian border.

The groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union-Michigan, citied the...

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On Eid, Bands Against Terror

December 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/On_Eid_bands_against_terror/articleshow/3815902.cms

They wore black ribbons, carried placards of peace, sent out emails and SMSes reiterating harmony, and put up banners saluting those who died in the 26/11 terrorist attack. From Chennai's Thousand Lights Mosque to Delhi's Jama Masjid, from Khwaza Banda Nawaz dargah in Gulbarga...

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