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Mayor Joins Mosque's Tribute to Civil Rights Icon

April 5, 2008

Author: Paloma Esquivel

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs5apr05,1,5458175.story

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the guest of honor Friday at a Los Angeles mosque. But it was the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that held the crowd.

"King was a leader who gave his life working for justice," said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Society...

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Mukherjee Promises Haj Pilgrims More Facilities

April 3, 2008

Author: Nilofar Suhrawardy

Source: Arab News

http://arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=108525&d=3&m=4&y=2008&pix=world.jpg&category=World

Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said yesterday the government would make arrangements to ensure that Haj pilgrims do not face any problems this year.

Speaking at the All India Haj Conference, Mukherjee said, “I can assure you that...

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At CBAAC, Olupona Canvasses Inter- Faith Dialogue as Panacea to Religious Crises

April 3, 2008

Author: Mcphilips Nwachukwu

Source: All Africa/Vanguard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200804030448.html

In her continued effort to ensuring global understanding and appreciation of Black African arts, culture, history and civilization, Centre for Black African Arts and Civilization, CBAAC last week at the Banquet Hall of Excellence Hotels, Ogba, Ikeja held a very high profile lecture on the volatile subject of religion.

It came on the heel of...

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Leaders Urge Obama to Make Religion Speech

April 3, 2008

Author: Andrea Useem

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15320

The first Muslim elected to Congress on Thursday (April 3) urged Sen. Barack Obama to show "transcendant leadership" by tackling issues of religion -- including allegations that Obama is a Muslim -- in the same way he addressed racial divisions.

"Religious pluralism is under threat," Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said at a forum...

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Religious Community Holds Vigil After Vandalism

April 3, 2008

Author: Jennifer Thome

Source: CBS3, Springfield

http://www.cbs3springfield.com/news/local/17281829.html

For weeks the Islamic Center in West Springfield has been cleaning up broken glass and listening to threatening phone calls. On Thursday night, the interfaith community came together to show their solidarity.

Mohammad Saleem Bajwa, President of Islamic Society, says "{The Islamic community} has a strong fear that something is going...

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Two Unamalgamated Worlds

April 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10958534

HE DID not plan it that way. But when Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, arrived in Germany for an official visit in February he found the Turkish community in turmoil. A few days before his arrival nine Turks, five of them children, had died in a fire in the south-western city of Ludwigshafen. A hate...

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Arabs, Muslims Battle West Over Free Speech at UN

April 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dawn.com/2008/04/02/top9.htm

Arab and Muslim countries defended on Tuesday a resolution they pushed through at the United Nations to have the body’s expert on free speech to report on individuals and news media for negative comments on Islam.

An amendment passed by the UN Human Rights Council on Friday directed the body’s expert on freedom of...

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U.S. Muslims and Mormons Share Deepening Ties

April 2, 2008

Author: David Haldane

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-morlims2apr02,1,2488142.story

The Mormon Church has to be among the most outgoing on earth; in recent years its leaders have reached out to, among others, Latinos, Koreans, Catholics and Jews.

One of the most enthusiastic responses, however, has come from what some might consider a surprising source: U.S. Muslims.

"We are...

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Muslim Official Visits Church, Temples

April 2, 2008

Author: SEAN YOONG

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/364029.html

A lawmaker from Malaysia's Islamic opposition party said Wednesday he made rare visits to a church and temples to help assure non-Muslim minorities about their religious rights.

Khalid Abdul Samad, a Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party lawmaker, said he wanted to ease suspicions among non-Muslims that his party...

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U. to Hire First Full-Time Hindu, Muslim Chaplains

April 1, 2008

Author: Sarah Pease-Kerr

Source: The Daily Princetonian

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2008/04/01/20644/

The Office of Religious Life (ORL) is nearing the end of its search for the University’s first full-time Muslim and Hindu chaplains. The appointments will be made in early May.

The chaplains will be responsible for promoting programming for each community, counseling students, participating in interfaith initiatives and leading or...

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Young French Muslims Vent Frustrations on Iraq's Battlefields— and Come Home to Recruit

March 31, 2008

Author: Ingrid Rousseau and Daniel Woolls

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna23872546

Boubakeur el Hakim traded his Paris neighborhood of boulangeries and halal butcher shops for the insurgent camps of Iraq. When he came home, he told his war...

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Blaine Hate Crime Sparks Town Meeting Focused on Unity, Answers

March 31, 2008

Author: EMILY BRIGHT

Source: Twin Cities Daily Planet

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/03/31/blaine-hate-crime-sparks-town-meeting-focused-unity-answers.html#

On the night of January 27, three men entered Mohammad Ismail’s Blaine Dairy store as he was closing shop and threw flaming glass bottles at the walls, destroying everything in the store. Ismail escaped through the...

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Muslim Volunteers to Serve at Morristown Soup Kitchen

March 31, 2008

Author: Minhaj Hassan

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803310304

A "Muslims Serve Day" will take place at the Community Soup Kitchen next month.

Serving at the soup kitchen gives the Muslim community an opportunity to participate in an "act of righteousness" and show the community at large the true and compassionate face of Muslims and Islam, said Zamir Hassan, a coordinator with...

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