Islam

Plucky Granny Fights for Inheritance Rights of SA’s Muslim Wives

May 18, 2008

Author: Biénne Huisman

Source: The Times

http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=768294

Soft-spoken Fatima Hassam has become the unlikely champion of thousands of South African Muslim women who are left destitute and desperate when their husbands die.

After slaving in her husband’s shop for 36 years of married life and bearing him four children, Fatima, 61, was heartbroken when she found he was...

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U.S. Not at War with Islam Faith, Bush Says

May 17, 2008

Author: Jon Ward

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080517/NATION/104450158/1002

President Bush yesterday told students in Israel he hasn't done enough to dispel the idea that the United States is at war with Islam, but also blamed the "poisonous" state-run TV stations in the Middle East for mischaracterizing him.

During an extended conversation with about 12 college and high school...

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An Innovative Approach to Hindu-Muslim Dialogue

May 16, 2008

Author: Mudassir Rizwan

Source: Two Circles

http://www.twocircles.net/2008may15/innovative_approach_hindu_muslim_dialogue.html

55 year-old Syed Abdullah Tariq runs an Islamic group based in Rampur, a town in western Uttar Pradesh, that focuses on dialogue with Hindus. An engineer by training, he was one of the chief disciples of the late Maulana Shams Naved Usmani, a noted Islamic scholar who had also a deep knowledge of...

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New York Imam Forges Close Ties with City's Jews

May 16, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSL1319001520080516

New York's largest mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC) on East 96th Street in Manhattan, is getting applause from an unexpected quarter -- the city's influential Jewish community.

Rabbis who've spoken there call it an open and welcoming community. The Jewish Theological Seminary and the ICC are planning a joint soup...

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Muslims Campaign to Reclaim ‘Jihad’ from Extremists

May 16, 2008

Author: OMAR SACIRBEY

Source: The Kansas City Star/Religion News Service

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/622918.html

The end to Ani Zonneveld’s “jihad” on “jihad” came during an episode of “Desperate Housewives,” when Lynette (Felicity Huffman) discovers she has cancer and throws a stone at a opossum.

“Look at yourself,” replies her husband, Tom. “You’ve declared jihad on a...

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Dutch Cartoonist Arrested, Released for Anti-Muslim Drawings

May 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3340581,00.html

A Dutch Internet cartoonist was arrested and then released again on suspicion of publishing work that is discriminatory against Muslims and people of color, Amsterdam police disclosed on Friday, May 16.

A police spokesman said authorities searched the cartoonist's home, that the arrest took place Wednesday, and the artist was released a...

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Mansfield Teens Find Fellowship, Support in Summit High School's Muslim Student Association

May 15, 2008

Author: ERIN EIDENSHINK

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/051508dnmetmuslimstudents.102569ea2.html

The ring tone of a popular hip-hop song begins to play from a cell phone left on a classroom desk. The 15 or so high school students kneeling on the floor keep praying, ignoring the interruption.

It's 2:45 p.m. on a Wednesday. The...

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Australian Young Muslim Leaders to Explore Indonesian Islam

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: European News

http://europenews.dk/en/node/10155

A delegation of young Muslim leaders from Australia arrived in Jakarta early this week to explore Indonesia Islam, Democracy and Interfaith Harmony, an Australian Embassy media release has said.

"It`s important for young Australians to gain a better understanding of the role of religion in Indonesia and to share their views on how Islam contributes to diverse, democratic societies...

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Police Apologise Over Mosque Show

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/7401704.stm

West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have apologised for accusing the makers of a Channel 4 documentary of distortion.

The apology and the promise of £100,000 were made at the High Court on Thursday.

It follows comments made about a Dispatches programme, Undercover Mosque, which tackled...

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Ellison, Carson Urge US to Take Action in Darfur

May 15, 2008

Author: FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iSO7F9QK7rEr1XZXU2_f8ewat4wwD90LL1OO0

Congress' two Muslim members urged the U.S. government on Wednesday to lead efforts to end the violence in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced.

Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana joined other black Democratic lawmakers...

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Cambodian Muslims Have Full Religious Freedom Says Prime Minister

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Monsters and Critics

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1405632.php/Cambodian_Muslims_have_full_religious_freedom_says_Prime_Minister

Cambodian Muslims must be integrated into the community and their religious restrictions and needs universally respected, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday.

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Local Muslim Leader Met Privately with Obama

May 15, 2008

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080515/NEWS05/80515096/1007/news

A Muslim leader from Dearborn met privately with Sen. Barack Obama during his Wednesday visit to Michigan.

Imam Hassan Qazwini, head of the Islamic Center of America, said in an email that he met with Obama at Macomb Community College. A mosque spokesman, Eide Alawan,...

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Decision to Build More Mosques in Sarajevo Sparks New Debate

May 14, 2008

Author: Azra Martin

Source: Southeast European Times

http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2008/05/14/feature-02

Since the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) announced plans to build several more mosques in Sarajevo, a vigorous debate on the issue has resurfaced. Many question whether such plans will threaten the country's multi-ethnic character,...

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