Islam

Nigeria: Govt Moves to Avert Religious Crisis

August 12, 2008

Author: Imam Imam

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200808120296.html

Zamfara State government has moved in swiftly to avert a possible clash between Christians and Muslims in the state.

It has therefore sent a warning to all its citizens not to take part in any street demonstration to protest an alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad by some Dutch nationals.

Similar protests in the past had led to confrontation...

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"A Common Word" Letter Sparks a Series of Dialogues Among Christians and Muslims

August 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/quota-common-wordquot.html

A recent dialogue held in late July at Yale University in the United States brought together Muslim and Christian scholars, intellectuals, academics and religious leaders from the United States and around the world. The event was one of a series of dialogues...

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4 Killed as Kashmir Muslims Clash With Security Forces in Protest Over Road Blockade by Hindus

August 11, 2008

Author: Aijaz Hussain

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.startribune.com/world/26845069.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBcy7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Security forces fired bullets and tear gas Monday trying to stop marches by Kashmir Muslims protesting a road blockade by Hindus, leaving four people dead, including the leader of an alliance of nonviolent separatist groups.

Police later ordered a curfew for most of Indian...

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Islam Awareness Week Launched In New Zealand

August 10, 2008

Author: Syed Akbar Kamal

Source: The Public Record

http://www.pubrecord.org/component/content/249.html?task=view

In an increasingly multi-cultural and diverse ethnic landscape of Aotearoa Gov-Gen Anand Satyanand underscored the need to channel efforts in realizing religious understanding while launching the 5th annual Islam Awareness Week organized by Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) here at the Wellington Islamic...

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Interfaith Dialogue Unites Groups

August 10, 2008

Author: Nikki Patrick

Source: The Morning Sun

http://www.morningsun.net/news/x282403726/Interfaith-dialogue-unites-groups

Christians and Muslims are getting to know each other a little better through an interfaith dialogue that started in June.

“Khamis Siam and I have been discussing this possibility for at least four years,” said Charles Peterson, a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of...

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South Florida Muslims Gathering to Urge Involvement in Communities

August 10, 2008

Author: Lois K. Solomon

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flpmuslim0810pnaug10,0,4263668.story

South Florida's Muslims have decided it's time to raise their profile.

For the first time, Muslim leaders from Broward, Palm Beach and other southern Florida counties will gather for a summit that will allow them to socialize, share safety concerns...

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American NGO Condemns Maldives Constitution Over Religion Clause

August 9, 2008

Author: Olivia Lang

Source: Minivan News

http://www.minivannews.com/news/news.php?id=4814

An American-based NGO promoting religious pluralism has condemned the Maldives’ new constitution over a clause requiring all citizens to be Muslims, saying it does not conform to international norms and human rights.

The Institute on Religion and Public Policy (IRPP) says the regulation in the country’s new constitution – ratified on...

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Kashmir Sees Worst Communal Tension in Decades

August 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.dawn.com/2008/08/09/top9.htm

Occupied Kashmir is facing a shortage of food, fuel and medicine as the violence-hit region is gripped by the worst Hindu-Muslim tensions in decades, locals say.

Angry protesters in Hindu-dominated Jammu have been attacking trucks ferrying food, drugs and other essential supplies to the Muslim-majority valley, seeking to impose an...

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In China's Far West, Violence Is Just the Eruption of Long-Pent Tension

August 8, 2008

Author: James T. Areddy

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121813553021721423.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

When Dang Dongming completed a military tour in this remote corner of western China, he did an increasingly common thing. He stayed.

The 26-year-old son of a farmer from China's Gansu province refers affectionately to Kashgar as "an oasis in the desert," a good spot to practice his hobby...

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Obama's Muslim Outreach Director Resigns

August 7, 2008

Author: Nedra Pickler

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/5928291.html

An attorney who volunteered to help Barack Obama improve his relationship with Muslim and Arab-Americans has resigned from the campaign amid questions about his connection to a fundamentalist imam.

Mazen Asbahi started as the campaign's outreach coordinator on July 26, and he resigned in a letter to the campaign...

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Muslim Census a Difficult Count

August 6, 2008

Author: Cathy Lynn Grossman

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-08-05-muslim-jew-census_N.htm

A new census of Muslim congregations is reviving controversies over how many Muslims are in the USA, how they are counted and why it matters.

For minority religious groups, particularly Muslims and Jews, higher numbers can mean enhanced social and political clout in the U.S. public square.

On...

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MasterCard Creates an Islamic Debit Card

August 6, 2008

Author: Lara Wozniak

Source: Business Week

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=676&&ArticleID=25282&&name=n&&currPage=1

MasterCard Worldwide and EonCap Islamic Bank (a member of Malaysia's Eon Bank Group) have jointly launched what they are billing as the world's first Islamic debit MasterCard—the EonCap Islamic Debit MasterCard.

The EonCap Islamic Debit MasterCard is basically a debit card...

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