Islam

Second Muslim Elected to Congress

March 11, 2008

Author: Judith Cebula

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1164415020080312

Indiana voters on Tuesday elected a Muslim to Congress, only the second of that faith chosen in U.S. history.

Andre Carson, grandson of the late Democrat Rep. Julia Carson, was elected to serve the balance of her term in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election.

She died in December 2007, after...

Read more about Second Muslim Elected to Congress

Faith Groups 'Contribute £100m'

March 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7289508.stm

Religious and faith organisations contribute more than £100m in economic benefits to Wales, a report says.

But the groups have little in return, with barely a quarter of faith communities getting public funding, the research found.

According to the study, around 40,000 unpaid volunteers do 80,000 hours of community work a week...

Read more about Faith Groups 'Contribute £100m'

Turkish Scholars Aim to Modernize Islam's Hadith

March 11, 2008

Author: Yigal Schleifer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0311/p01s03-woeu.html?page=1

For centuries, the Hadith – a collection of the words and deeds of the prophet Muhammad – has guided Muslims in their daily lives and served as a basis for Islamic jurisprudence, offering direction on everything from hygiene to war.

The Hadith deals with events that took place some 1,400 years ago, but...

Read more about Turkish Scholars Aim to Modernize Islam's Hadith

Fremont Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Muslim Mom

March 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CBS/KPIX/Bay City News

http://cbs5.com/local/Urango.Alia.Ansari.2.674266.html

Manuel Urango of Fremont was convicted of first-degree murder today for what prosecutors say was the random shooting of Afghan-born Alia Ansari in broad daylight on a quiet street on the afternoon of Oct. 19, 2006.

Urango, 30, faces a state prison term of 50 years to life when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Reginald Saunders...

Read more about Fremont Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Muslim Mom

As Crime Visits Mosques, the Imams Grow Anxious

March 9, 2008

Author: EMILY BRADY

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/nyregion/thecity/09mosq.html

IN the predawn darkness, Mohamed Azeem Khan unlocked the front doors of the mosque in Jamaica, Queens, to prepare for the morning prayer. For Mr. Khan, the imam of Masjid Omar Ben Abdel-Aziz for 18 years, opening the mosque every morning has become as routine as the rising sun.

But on this particular day, Feb. 1, Mr. Khan...

Read more about As Crime Visits Mosques, the Imams Grow Anxious

"Obama and the Bigots," a Commentary by Nicholas D. Kristof

March 9, 2008

Author: NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/opinion/09kristof.html?ex=1205726400&en=d8d8e2a23c48eb86&ei=5070&emc=eta1

The ugliest prejudices in this campaign season are not directly about race. Barack Obama’s skin color may cost him some working-class white voters, but it’s also winning some votes among blacks and among whites eager to...

Read more about "Obama and the Bigots," a Commentary by Nicholas D. Kristof

Halaal Row Turns into Religious Feud

March 9, 2008

Author: Suthentira Govender

Source: The Times

http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=722593

A National consumer organisation has slammed halaal certification bodies, accusing them of exploiting and misleading South African consumers.

Tony Naidoo, head of the Concerned Citizens Council (CCC), claimed on SAfm’s AM Live show this week that consumers were “unknowingly footing the bill for the...

Read more about Halaal Row Turns into Religious Feud

Saudis Offer Pioneering Therapy for Ex-Jihadists

March 9, 2008

Author: Jason Burke

Source: The Guardian/The Observer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/09/saudiarabia.terrorism

Tomorrow a young man in traditional white robe and headdress will walk out through the iron gates of an anonymous low-rise compound down a gravel lane behind a Lebanese restaurant, 30 minutes' drive from the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.

Ali Saeed al-Ghatani, 17, will head home to the resort town of Abha...

Read more about Saudis Offer Pioneering Therapy for Ex-Jihadists

Senior Thai Buddhist Monks in Egypt for Talks with Sunni Muslim Leader

March 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/TNA

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,6026,0,0,1,0

Five senior Thai Buddhist monks arrived in the Egyptian capital on Sunday for an official visit in which they will hold talks with the Sunni Muslims’ highest spiritual leader later in the week.

The Thai monks, led by Phra Dhramakosajarn, rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, were welcomed by Thai...

Read more about Senior Thai Buddhist Monks in Egypt for Talks with Sunni Muslim Leader

Gujarat to Withdraw Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill

March 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The TImes of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Gujarat_to_withdraw_Freedom_of_Religion_Amendment_Bill/articleshow/2848531.cms

The Gujarat government has decided to withdraw the controversial Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill 2006 after Governor Nawal Kishor Sharma returned it to the Assembly for reconsideration.

The bill will be...

Read more about Gujarat to Withdraw Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill

Pages