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MPAC Commends Secretary Colin Powell for Remarks on Muslim Americans

October 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=720

The Muslim Public Affairs Council today commended Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who addressed the issue of Islamophobia in the current election cycle on NBC's "Meet the Press" this morning. Secretary Powell, who served both as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State under President...

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Liberia: Religious Group Writes MOE to Ban Bible Teaching

October 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Analyst

http://allafrica.com/stories/200810220870.html

The Ministry of Education is under pressure to put an end to the teaching of Bible in public schools across the country as evidence[d] by a call from a religious advocacy institution which has been praying for religious tolerance.

The group, Muslim and Christian United for Peace and Reconciliation in Liberia (MUCUL) says it has written the authorities of the...

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TV Series Covers Touchy Subject of Interfaith Relationships

October 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=syr&s=f&o=347250&apc_state=henh

A recent TV series has broken taboos by tackling the sensitive topic of Christian-Muslim relationships in Syria.

“Not a Mirage” was a mini-series shown during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which this year coincided with September. The drama, focusing on the secret marriage of a Muslim man and a...

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Nation of Islam Invites the Public to its Mosque

October 18, 2008

Author: Sophia Tareen

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6066367.html

The Nation of Islam, a secretive movement generally closed to outsiders, has planned a rare open-to-the public event at its Chicago-based headquarters in what the Minister Louis Farrakhan deemed a "new beginning" for the group.

Hundreds of religious leaders of different faiths have been invited to the event planned...

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Islamic Students’ Right to Pray

October 18, 2008

Author: Trent Hawkins

Source: Green Left Online

http://www.greenleft.org.au/2008/771/39782

One hundred students and staff at RMIT attended an information session on October 14 organised by the Islamic Students Society (ISS).

Muslim students at RMIT have been campaigning for eight months to hold the university administration to its promise to provide a dedicated prayer facility for Muslims on campus. A university survey found that the previously...

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Arab Muslims in Brooklyn Find Power in the Voting Booth

October 18, 2008

Author: James Estrin

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/19/nyregion/19muslim.html?em

As they pressed their foreheads to the sidewalk in front of the Islamic Center of Bay Ridge, a group of Arab men finished their noon prayers on a recent Friday. Unable to squeeze inside the mosque, they worshiped alongside a bright red table that held voting literature and buttons that said, “I’m Arab and I vote.”...

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MPAC Organizes Phone Banking Efforts in Critical Last Weeks of Presidential Election

October 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=719

As part of its "Rock the Muslim Vote" initiative, the Muslim Public Affairs Council will be organizing phone banking efforts in cities across the country as the presidential election enters its crucial last stage.

Volunteers will be calling registered Muslim American voters in the key battleground states of Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to encourage...

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From a Communist Area to a Mosque in Germany

October 17, 2008

Author: Melissa Eddy

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008277010_mosque17.html

The first mosque with a minaret and a dome in Germany's formerly communist east opened Thursday as police corralled protesters behind a roadblock three blocks away.

As police blocked off the street, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community celebrated the...

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Muslim Home Buyers Forbidden by Their Religion to Pay Interest Turn to Christian Charity

October 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,440201,00.html

Mohamed Nurhussien faced the usual challenges of a low-income worker trying to buy a home, with one big difference: As a Muslim he was forbidden by his religion to pay interest.

The 54-year-old Eritrean immigrant with five children thought his only option was to save enough money to purchase a home outright, with cash earned from his job at a...

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Muslim, Christian Religious Leaders Blame ‘Human Greed' for Financial Crisis

October 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=28338

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams blamed "human greed" for the international financial crisis after a meeting of Christian and Muslim religious leaders on Wednesday.

The conference in Cambridge, central England, was also attended by the second most senior figure in the Church of England, Archbishop of York John...

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Woman to Lead UK Muslim Prayers

October 16, 2008

Author: Natalie Hancock

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/7673845.stm

A woman is to lead a congregation of men and women in an Islamic prayer service for the first time in the UK.

Muslim scholar Professor Amina Wadud is to give the sermon - or khutbah - at the start of a conference on Islam and feminism at Wolfson College in Oxford.

The move has provoked opposition as the...

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Muslim DVD Rattles Voters in Key Battleground States

October 15, 2008

Author: Deborah Feyerick and Sheila Steffen

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/14/muslim.dvd/index.html

On a Sunday morning just weeks before the presidential election, Priscilla Linsley opened her local Denver newspaper and discovered a DVD inside.

"I was shocked at the content and horrified that this had been in my Sunday paper," said Linsley, a 74-year-old Democrat, who watched about half of the video before throwing it in the...

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