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Malaysian Islamic Body Rejects Proposed Conversion Rule Meant to Ease Religious Tensions

April 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/29/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Islam.php

Islamic authorities have rejected a proposal by Malaysia's prime minister that would require non-Muslims to inform their families before converting to Islam.

The decision was made at a weekend meeting of top Islamic authorities, including...

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In France, Prisons Filled With Muslims

April 29, 2008

Author: Molly Moore

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/28/AR2008042802560.html

Samia El Alaoui Talibi walks her beat in a cream-colored head scarf and an ink-black robe with sunset-orange piping, an outfit she picked up at a yard sale.

After passing a bulletproof window, El Alaoui Talibi trudges through half a dozen heavy, locked doors to reach the Muslim...

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Pakistan Churches Back UN on Defamation Call

April 29, 2008

Author: George Conger

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1938

The National Council of Churches in Pakistan (NCCP) has backed the UN Human Rights Council’s call for legislation forbidding the defamation of religion.

On April 16, the NCCP voiced its concern over “the mischievous acts, maligning the Islamic faith in the name of modernisation, secularism and so-called freedom of...

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Two Muslims Killed in Thai South

April 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dawn.com/2008/04/28/top15.htm

Suspected separatists shot dead two Muslims in the Thai south on Sunday, police said, as the army warned of possible strikes by militants on the anniversary of a deadly mosque raid.

A 36-year-old Muslim suspected of involvement in the insurgency and a 38-year-old local government worker were shot dead in separate incidents in...

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Islamic Seminary's Plea Against Cow Slaughter Receives Praise

April 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Gulf News

Wire Service: IANS

http://www.gulfnews.com/world/India/10208989.html

The Deoband-based Islamic seminary's plea to refrain from cow slaughter and beef eating has been warmly received with people saying the gesture will go a long way in further cementing Hindu-Muslim brotherhood.

"The appeal to refrain from cow slaughter and beef eating is in tandem with India's secular...

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Critics Cost Muslim Educator her Dream School

April 28, 2008

Author: ANDREA ELLIOTT

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/nyregion/28school.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

Debbie Almontaser dreamed of starting a public school like no other in New York City. Children of Arab descent would join students of other ethnicities, learning Arabic together. By graduation, they would be fluent in the language and groomed for the country’s elite colleges....

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Protesters Burn Indonesian Mosque

April 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7370650.stm

Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia have set fire to a mosque belonging to the minority Muslim Ahmadiyya sect.

Police in the town of Sukabumi in western Java say nobody was injured but that many members of the Ahmadiyya community have fled the area.

The hardline Islamist demonstrators believe the Ahmadiyya practice to be a deviant form of...

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Muslim Scholar's Discourse on Ramayana, Geeta Hit Among Hindus

April 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economic Times

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ET_Cetera/Muslims_Geeta_discourse_a_hit/articleshow/2987528.cms

Every Thursday, the Kothanda Rama Swamy Temple here is packed to capacity by devotees to listen to the discourse on Kamba Ramayana, not by a Hindu teacher but by a Muslim scholar, M Abdul Salaam, whose secular lectures are popular in local mosques and...

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Pakistani Islamic Women Protest 'Anti-Islam' Film, Cartoons

April 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hcQZPE1-vK9jfezmm2eWw3C1zREw

Thousands of Pakistani women rallied here Saturday to protest against Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and a Dutch film said to insult Islam, witnesses said.

The women shouted "death to Denmark and death to Netherlands," as they marched about a kilometre (less than a mile) on a busy street.

Police said up to 4,000...

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Dutch Muslims Reject Debate with Islam Critic Wilders

April 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DPA/Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/201333,dutch-muslims-reject-debate-with-islam-critic-wilders.html

Attempts by Dutch legislator Geert Wilders to engage in public debate with Muslims about his controversial film Fitna have so far not been successful, reports said Friday. Dutch media reported that Imam Fawaz Jneid from the As-Sunnah- mosque in The...

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Govt Scores Derogatory Short Film About Islam

April 24, 2008

Author: Katrice R. Jalbuena

Source: The Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/apr/24/yehey/metro/20080424met2.html

As one of the major advocates of religious tolerance through interfaith dialogue, the Philippines is denouncing as “offensive” the the recently released short film, Fitna, which attempts to explore the Que’ranic motivation for terrorism, Islamic universalism and Islam in the...

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U.S. Islamic Group Argues Against Warrantless Wiretaps

April 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KMTR-TV

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24293684/

Lawyers for the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation say the Bush administration is using the so-called state secrets privilege as a "killer bullet" to shut down warrantless wiretapping cases.

The defunct Islamic charity was based in Saudi Arabia but had a chapter in Ashland, Oregon.

Last year, the 9th U.S...

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