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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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Religious Funds Can Draw More than the Faithful

May 14, 2008

Author: TIM PARADIS

Source: Mail Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080514/BIZ/805140312

Moazzam Ahmed tried for years to square his investment goals with the tenets of Islam.

"There was a lot of research that I had to do on my own," he said, referring to the time he spent poring over potential investments to weed out objectionable...

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Islamic Group Backs Service Dog Owner Threatened by Muslim Students

May 14, 2008

Author: PAUL WALSH

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/18931124.html

When it comes to the rights of the people with service dogs vs. the tenets of Islam, a leading Islamic group in Minnesota is encouraging Muslims to be tolerant.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today is expressing support for a St. Cloud State University student's right to his service dog after he left the school in...

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Uganda: Legislators Disagree on Religious Studies

May 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: All Africa/New Vision

http://allafrica.com/stories/200805140045.html

TO teach or not to teach religious education as a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools was at the centre of debate yesterday as MPs considered the Education Bill 2007.

While some argued that it was necessary for the student's holistic growth, others contended that it would unnecessarily burden students with another compulsory subject...

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Muslim and Jewish Students Win Advanced Degrees from Catholic Union

May 14, 2008

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-interfaithmay15,0,439350.story

As a teen, Sarah Bier traveled from Chicago to Israel to learn more about Judaism. But her journey to the Holy Land, marred by religious violence from beginning to end, ultimately led her to explore other faiths as well.

Syafa Almirzanah chose to pursue similar studies after growing tensions...

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Fashion Students Designing Stylish Cloaks for Muslim Women

May 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Dallas Morning News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/051408fealivcloak.246de41.html

The assignment for Virginia Commonwealth University fashion students: design an abaya, an enveloping cloak worn by Muslim women, that is stylish yet acceptable in Arab countries.

The results: elaborately...

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Town Swears in First Muslim Mayor

May 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/humber/7397953.stm

The first Muslim mayor in the Humber region has been sworn in.

Councillor Jawaid Ishaq MBE, 62, replaced Tony Ellerby as the Mayor of North Lincolnshire in a ceremony at the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe.

He said: "I come from a tiny village in Kashmir and I'm proud to have come this far in British politics.
...

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Turkey's Religious Authority To Open Turkish - Islamic Center in The States

May 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Turkish Press

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=230624

Turkey`s religious affairs authority plans to establish a Turkish-Islamic cultural center that would work as a think tank organization, top Muslim cleric of the country said on Friday.

Ali Bardakoglu, head of Turkish Religious Affairs Dept., said that the center would bring together Turkish students, businessmen and academics living in United States and...

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Muslim Clinics Fill Health Care Needs

May 11, 2008

Author: ALEXIS GRANT

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/5771549.html

Elena Lopez needed diabetes medication and was due for a medical exam, but the 64-year-old had no health insurance.

So her daughter, Rosa Ramirez, took Lopez to the Ibn Sina Foundation community clinic in southwest Houston, where she paid a small fee to see a doctor on a walk-in basis.

"Otherwise, I...

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Muslim Police Group to Tackle Anti-Islam Prejudices

May 10, 2008

Author: Lucinda Cameron

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Muslim-police-group-to-tackle.4070298.jp

A MUSLIM Police Association is to be established in Scotland, it was revealed yesterday.

The group, headed by Strathclyde Police, will aim to encourage recruitment and retention among Muslims, improve understanding of the faith and tackle "Islamophobia".

PC Amar Shakoor, who was Scotland's...

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Islamic Group Files Hate-Crime Complaint Against Newspaper

May 10, 2008

Author: Arielle Godbout

Source: Canwest News

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=c24eff78-a452-4297-bbf4-ba117f38a68e

A Halifax Islamic group has filed a complaint with the police and the Human Rights Commission of Nova Scotia over an editorial cartoon published in a local newspaper.

The Centre for Islamic Development filed the complaints because the cartoon creates "an...

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500 Workers of Islamic Party Arrested in Tamil Nadu

May 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/500-workers-of-islamic-party-arrested-in-tamil-nadu_10046881.html

About 500 workers of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) attempting to pray in a disused 200-year-old mosque inside the fort here were arrested Friday, Vellore District Collector D.P. Yadav said. “Over 2,000 police...

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Churchgoing on its Knees as Christianity Falls out of Favour

May 8, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3890080.ece

Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation, research published today suggests.

The fall - from the four million people who attend church at least once a month today - means that the Church of England, Catholicism...

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