Islam

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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Ethiopian Denies Mosque Killings

April 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7364543.stm

Ethiopia has denied accusations from Amnesty International that its troops killed 21 people at a mosque during the recent fighting in Somalia's capital.

Government spokesman Zemedkun Tekle dismissed their report as "mere hearsay and propaganda" coming from Islamists.

Amnesty International said the soldiers also took away 40 children during the raid on...

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Ordinary Lives of Muslims on Show

April 23, 2008

Author: Frances Harrison

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7361614.stm

A storytelling exhibition called Peace by Piece has opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark in south London that aims to challenge some of the stereotypes about Muslims.

A recent study by the Institute of Community Cohesion found Britain is home to the most diverse range of Muslim communities in the western world, but too often they are...

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German Police in Islamist Swoop

April 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7363463.stm

German police have carried out a series of raids targeting homes and cultural associations believed to be used to spread extremist material.

The raids, which took place in several areas, including Bonn and Berlin, were linked to nine suspected Islamists.

The nine men, aged between 25 and 47, are believed to have tried to recruit militants to fight...

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British Ex-Jihadis Form Ranks for Tolerance

April 23, 2008

Author: Mark Rice-Oxley

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0423/p01s09-woeu.html

They once plotted insurrection in Britain. Young, middle-class, and angry, they were the vanguard of a generation of disaffected Muslims that, at its most extreme, gave rise to the July 7, 2005, transportation bombers.

But now, in one of the most visible assaults on political Islam from within the British Muslim community, a...

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Muslim Martin Luthers: The Theologians Working Towards a Euro-Islam

April 22, 2008

Author: Dieter Bednarz and Daniel Steinvorth

Source: Spiegel Online

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,548970,00.html

Leading Muslim scholars are laying the theological foundations for a "Euro-Islam" which would reconcile their religion with the challenges of modernity. But just how compatible is Islam with secular Western values?

The air in the conference room is stale, and the dour mood among those present is...

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Searches Follow Muslim Festival

April 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/staffordshire/7361370.stm

Police have seized several computers after receiving complaints about "inflammatory" posters and leaflets displayed during a Muslim festival.

The posters, displayed during the annual "March for Mohammed" in Burton upon Trent on 23 March, apparently contained anti-US remarks, police said.

Five addresses in...

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Africa: Muslim-Christian Dialogue is Noble and Urgent for Continent

April 22, 2008

Author: Henry Makori

Source: allAfrica/Catholic Information Service for Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200804220877.html

Catholic bishops and other officials from sub-Saharan Africa met in Nairobi last week to evaluate the Church's progress in its relations with other religions, especially Islam. The conference, opened by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue at the Vatican, took place against a backdrop of...

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