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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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In Indonesia, Many Rooting for an Obama Victory

October 14, 2008

Author: Michael Sullivan

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95600966

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, and a place where America's image has been badly tarnished by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Indonesians are keenly interested in the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, and they have a soft spot for Democrat Barack Obama, who spent part of his childhood there.
...

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Indian Muslim Leaders Slam Government on Crackdown

October 14, 2008

Author: Rina Chandran

Source: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/14/AR2008101400739.html

Hundreds of Islamic leaders in India demanded Tuesday that the government protect their community from persecution, saying Muslims were being unfairly targeted in a police crackdown after bombings across the country.

Communal politics has surfaced as an issue ahead of a general election...

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'Rock the Muslim Vote' Forums Draw Candidates for Discussion About Key Issues

October 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=717

Last weekend, the Muslim Public Affairs Council took part in three election townhall forums on the East and West Coasts in an effort to educate Muslim American voters on key issues.

The forums also allowed attendees the opportunity to engage with candidates running for local, state, and national offices as well as representatives from the presidential...

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Youthful Voice Stirs Challenge to Secular Turks

October 14, 2008

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=16925923

High school hurt for Havva Yilmaz. She tried out several selves. She ran away. Nothing felt right.

"There was no sincerity," she said. "It was shallow."

So at 16, she did something none of her friends had done: She put on an Islamic head scarf.

In most Muslim countries, that would be a nonevent. In...

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Muslim Father Fights Custody for Hindu Daughter

October 13, 2008

Author: Vivek Vijayapalan

Source: DNA India

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1197516

This is straight out of a Bollywood tearjerker. A Muslim man who has no family finds an abandoned Hindu girl at a railway station and ‘adopts’ her. The father-daughter duo is living a happy life but by a quirk of fate, the police land at the man’s door and take away the girl, accusing him of keeping her illegally.

Now, at 60,...

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Israel Religious Rioting Enters Fifth Day

October 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/10/12/Israel_religious_rioting_enters_fifth_day/UPI-20021223824494/

Sporadic rioting hit the northern Israeli city of Acre for a fifth day Sunday despite a massive police presence, officials said.

With 700 police in place, religious clashes were diminishing as leaders of the city's Arab community agreed...

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The Man Behind the Whispers About Obama

October 12, 2008

Author: Jim Rutenberg

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/us/politics/13martin.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

The most persistent falsehood about Senator Barack Obama’s background first hit in 2004 just two weeks after the Democratic convention speech that helped set him on the path to his presidential candidacy: “Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion.”

That...

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Islam Novel Delayed in Wake of Firebombing

October 12, 2008

Author: Gregory Katz

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.buffalonews.com/nationalworld/international/story/461234.html

A British company has delayed publication of a controversial novel about one of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives after its offices were firebombed, a magazine reported Saturday.

The Bookseller magazine said on its Web site that Gibson Square publishing has decided to postpone the publication of...

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