Islam

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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Muslim Leaders Affirm Saudi King's Interfaith Effort

June 6, 2008

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15791

Hundreds of Muslim leaders from around the world have endorsed Saudi King Abdullah's recent call for intensified interfaith dialogue in order to dampen global conflict and demonstrate Islam's commitment to solving world problems.

The declaration came on Friday (June 6) at the close of a three-day conference in Islam's holy city...

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Religious Tolerance Flourishes on Tunisia's Djerba Island

June 6, 2008

Author: Jamel Arfaoui

Source: Magharebia

http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/reportage/2008/06/06/reportage-01

Eliza Wazzen was playing in the middle of the school yard with her cousin Gael and friend Ahlam Chehibi when scores of visitors appeared. The children didn't understand anything about what was going on around them or why all these strangers were taking pictures. For Eliza...

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Turkey’s High Court Overturns Headscarf Rule

June 6, 2008

Author: Sabrina Tavernise and Sebnem Arsu

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/06/world/europe/06turkey.html

Turkey’s highest court dealt a stinging slap to the governing party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, ruling that a legal change allowing women attending universities to wear head scarves was unconstitutional.

The Constitutional Court said in a brief statement that the change,...

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St. Maarten a Terrific Candidate for Tapping Faith Tourism Market

June 3, 2008

Author: Judy H. Fitzpatrick and Hazel Durand

Source: The Daily Herald

http://www.thedailyherald.com/news/daily/l010/faith010.html

St. Maarten may be only sixteen square miles, but its varied facilities, natural Caribbean setting, strategic location and cultural and religious diversity make it a prime candidate for faith tourism, a multibillion-dollar industry beckoning to be exploited.

With the pressure to find new niche markets to...

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Al Qaeda Linked to Danish Embassy Attack

June 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/03/pakistan.blast/

Al Qaeda or one of its affiliates was likely behind the blast outside the Danish embassy in Pakistan, Denmark's intelligence service said Tuesday.

The massive blast in the capital city of Islamabad killed at least six people, injured 24 others and damaged the embassy wall and a neighboring United Nations building. It also left a four...

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Mom Saw Chance for Muslim Girls to Expand Lives

June 2, 2008

Author: Jennifer O'Brien

Source: The London Free Press

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2008/06/02/5742206-sun.html

They hike, sell cookies, do good deeds for badges and, like all Girl Guides, promise to do their best.

And most of them do it wearing hijabs.

Meet London's first Muslim Girl Guide troop, spearheaded by a Somali mom who saw and seized an opportunity to empower her girls, her way.

"We...

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