Islam

Muslims Launch U.S.-Wide Census

June 17, 2008

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-06-16-muslim-census_N.htm

A team of Islamic advocacy groups and statistical organizations will start a nationwide census of American mosques this summer that organizers hope will paint a more accurate picture of the size and ethnic composition of U.S. Muslims.

One of the challenges will be finding all the venues where Muslims pray. Many...

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China Braces for High-Security Torch Leg in Muslim West

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Associated Free Press

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j1JohR3ZIqu6o0JcJXMa9hD6Q_xw

China braced Monday for a high-security Olympic torch relay leg through restive Xinjiang, where Beijing's rule of the remote western region is deeply unpopular among its millions of Muslims.

The torch was to arrive in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi in the evening ahead of its transit through the city centre on...

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Muslim Stylist Wins £4,000 Payout

June 16, 2008

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7457794.stm

The owner of a hair salon has been ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to a Muslim stylist who was turned down for a job because she wears a headscarf.

Bushra Noah accused Sarah Desrosiers of religious discrimination when she failed to offer her a job at her Wedge salon in King's Cross, central London.

An employment tribunal panel dismissed the 19-year-old's claim but...

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Two-Wife Muslim May Have to Quit Denmark

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Russia Today

http://www.russiatoday.ru/features/news/26232

An Iraqi man living in Denmark has been told that if he doesn't divorce one of his two wives, he will have to leave the country. The unnamed interpreter worked with Danish forces in Iraq before going to Denmark to escape the horrors of war.

The ultimatum presents the man with a tough choice: whether to break with his religious traditions and stay in Denmark,...

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ICG Fears Religious Strife in Indonesia

June 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/2008/06/17/int7.htm

There is a growing risk of conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia’s Papua, partly fuelled by migration and a growth in fundamentalism, International Crisis Group said in a report on Monday.

Twice last year in Papua, two provinces on the western half of New Guinea island, communal tensions almost erupted...

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Muslim Comedy Show Fights Racism with Laughter

June 14, 2008

Author: Fanou Filali

Source: France 24

http://www.france24.com/en/20080614-australia-Salam-Cafe-comedy-show-racism-muslim

Ever since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US and the 2005 racial riots in Cronulla, a southern suburb of Sydney, things haven’t been easy for Muslims in Australia. Targeted for their religious beliefs and often misrepresented in the mainstream media, Australian Muslims have felt under...

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Preaching Peace and Tolerance in the Face of Persecution

June 14, 2008

Author: Carla Power

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4132236.ece

On the day that Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was made caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslims he was terrified. “That day made me very embarrassed,” he says, recalling the moment five years ago when the sect elected him Khalifa, leader of the worldwide community. Trained as an agricultural economist in his native Pakistan, and only...

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Religious Clashes Erupt in India

June 13, 2008

Author: Subir Bhaumik

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7452132.stm

At least 40 people have been injured in religious clashes on a remote delta island in India's eastern state of West Bengal, police say.

Fifteen of those injured in the clashes on Sagar island, at the confluence of the Ganges and the sea, were policemen.

Supporters of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) and local Muslim...

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Commentary by Eboo Patel: "God and Man at Dartmouth"

June 9, 2008

Author: Eboo Patel

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/eboo_patel/2008/06/god_and_man_at_dartmouth.html

I chuckled to myself wondering what William F. Buckley, the author of the landmark conservative tract God and Man at Yale, might have thought of this year’s Baccalaureate Service at Dartmouth College. In addition to Christian hymns and Bible readings, there was a Native...

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The New Face of Islam

June 9, 2008

Author: Christopher Dickey and Owen Matthews

Source: Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/id/139433

Back in the mid-1990s, Osama bin Laden had a problem, and it was Islam. He wanted to say the Qur'an gave his followers license to kill innocents—and themselves—in the cause of "jihad." That was how he could justify his global campaign of terror. But that's not what the Muslim holy book says, and that's not the way it was interpreted by any of the great scholars...

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Emotions Run High Over Maclean's Article

June 7, 2008

Author: Petti Fong

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/439111

A high-profile B.C. Human Rights Tribunal heard yesterday that an article published in Maclean's magazine drew responses from readers that called for the mass killing, deportation and forced conversion of Muslims.

Faisal Joseph, the lawyer representing the Canadian Islamic Congress, said there is a conspicuous link between the 2006 article published in...

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