Islam

Afghan Shiites Embrace New Acceptance

January 4, 2009

Author: Pamela Constable

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/03/AR2009010301995.html

For the past week, caravans of cars have raced triumphantly around the Afghan capital, trailing huge green and red banners. Overpasses are draped with black cloth, and loudspeakers blare hypnotic religious chants punctuated with the slow rhythm of clanking chains.

This is...

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Holy Land Foundation Court Case Puts Burden On Muslim Charities to Explain Where Money Goes

January 4, 2009

Author: Jason Trahan

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-muslimgifts_04met.ART0.Central.Edition1.4a54563.html

American Muslims are finding it more difficult to donate money to help Palestinian refugees and other Middle Eastern causes because of court decisions showing that some charities were using the money for...

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Egyptian Women Break New Ground At the Mosque

January 4, 2009

Author: Hadeel Al-Shalchi

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/04/AR2009010400667.html

Amira Khairy is mobbed by housewives kissing her cheeks in greeting as she arrives to give a lesson on reciting the Quran to women at the Al-Sedeeq mosque in a Cairo suburb. Students set up chairs for the class, and soon the hum of chanting female voices fills one of the building's...

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Local Leaders With Ties to Gaza React to Conflict

January 4, 2009

Author: Mary Taing

Source: ABC News

http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S728760.shtml?cat=10226

The violence continues tonight in Gaza.

It’s the eighth day of fighting and Israeli troops are advancing deeper into Gaza City, trying to gain more ground control in the area they say Hamas used to fire rockets into Israel.

More than 500 people have been killed in the crossfire, leaving thousands more desperate for food,...

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Independent, Tajiks Revel In Their Faith

January 3, 2009

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/world/asia/04tajik.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The crowd in the airport parking lot was jubilant despite the cold, with squealing children, busy concession stands and a tangle of idling cars giving the impression of an eager audience before a rock concert.

But it was religion, not rock ’n’ roll, that had drawn...

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MPAC Calls for TSA Investigation Of AirTran for Removal Of Muslim Passengers

January 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=761

The Muslim Public Affairs Council today called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to open an investigation of AirTran Airlines, which removed nine Muslim American passengers from a flight yesterday after two other passengers heard them making what they thought were suspicious remarks about security.
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Mideast Conflict Hits Home

January 2, 2009

Author: Annysa Johnson

Source: The Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/37030949.html

Ali and Heyam Alzaibaq sit glued to the television in their son and daughter-in-law's Brookfield home.

They watch in horror as bombs rain down on their native Gaza, and they dial the phone, over and over, checking their daughters and grandchildren there.

"The children are very worried. Two of them are sick now,...

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Interfaith Statement From Metro Detroit Religious Leaders

December 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20081230/NEWS05/81230066

Salaam, Shalom, Peace,

Many have joined us in our prayers for working together for peace in the days ahead. May the God of Compassion and Mercy, draw all of us together with bonds of justice and reconciliation.

We recognize that all of the events in the Middle East have local implications. And, we know that our Metropolitan...

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Muslim Woman’s Headscarf Leads to Civil-Rights Fight

December 24, 2008

Author: Dionne Walker

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/952013.html

Workers in a suburban municipal court will undergo sensitivity training and post dress codes after police arrested a Muslim woman for refusing to remove her headscarf before a hearing.

A judge ordered Lisa Valentine, 40, to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court after the Dec. 16 incident. She was released in less than a day.

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Many Muslims Skeptical Of Fort Dix Verdicts

December 23, 2008

Author: Wayne Parry

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.timesleader.com/news/ap?articleID=1323467

Yes, they talked tough, fired guns and watched jihadist videos.

But the five young Muslim men accused of scheming to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix may not have been guilty of anything more than youthful braggadocio and poor judgment.

That was the verdict rendered by Muslim leaders immediately after the men were convicted of...

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Questioning of Prophet's Existence Stirs Outcry

December 23, 2008

Author: Tom Harpur

Source: The Star-Ledger

http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/557645

A noted Muslim scholar has provoked a huge controversy in Europe by openly questioning the existence of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Islamist at the centre of the storm in Germany over whether Muhammad ever existed as an historical figure says he is simply following the conclusions of many years of rigorous research.

Muhammad Sven Kalisch, 42,...

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