Islam

Blessed Friday as Religious Festivals Harmonise

March 20, 2008

Author: Aroosa Masroor

Source: The International News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=102278

March 21 will be of special significance this year as the calendars of five different religions will coincide, giving each faith a reason to celebrate the day.

As Muslims celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (the birth of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) on Friday, Christians will mark the crucifixion and death of Jesus as Good Friday, while Hindus and...

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Canada Reluctant to Support Afghan Islamic Schools

March 20, 2008

Author: Murray Brewster

Source: The Canadian Press/The Gazette

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/03/20/5063331-cp.html

Canada plans to build as many as 50 schools in Kandahar province over the next few years, but is hedging on whether it supports a controversial Afghan program to construct a handful of madrassas - schools of Islamic education.

Canadian officials on the ground - both civilian and military - have been...

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After the Mullahs

March 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10881298

THE moustaches have ousted the beards. While Parliament met this week in Islamabad to debate who should be prime minister nationally, at the provincial level in the North West Frontier (NWFP), a deal has been done. Later this month, the Awami National Party (ANP), a secular Pushtun outfit, will take over the provincial...

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Gadhafi Celebrates Prophet's Birthday

March 19, 2008

Author: ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and Godfrey Olukya

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gEoBixN6lIls6zpQ35lG1y8FGTNgD8VGO00G0

In his drive to spread Libyan and Islamic influence in Africa, Moammar Gadhafi inaugurated a huge new mosque in this predominantly Christian country Wednesday, with several African heads of state attending and scores of Arab journalists flown in for the occasion.

Packed in Kampala's soccer...

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Southern Thailand Hotel Bombing Spurs Security Warnings

March 18, 2008

Author: Simon Montlake

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0318/p99s01-duts.html

Recent attacks in Thailand's restless Muslim-dominated south have rattled Thailand's new government, which called an emergency meeting March 21 with security chiefs. Two people died in a blast Saturday outside a luxury hotel in Pattani Province that is popular with Thai government officials, visiting foreign diplomats, and reporters. A...

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Bennett Criticizes Media’s Ignorance of Islam

March 18, 2008

Author: Sheba Ali

Source: New University

http://www.newuniversity.org/checkDB.php?id=6683

Managing Editor of the Washington Post Philip Bennett gave an hour-long lecture entitled “Covering Islam: A Challenge for American Journalism” on Monday, March 3. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy as a part of the 2007-08 Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series.

“[The] United States news media has...

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Muslims Denounce Attack on Priest

March 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7301382.stm

Muslim leaders have condemned an attack on an Anglican clergyman calling the assault "cowardly and despicable".

Canon Michael Ainsworth, 57, was beaten by youths described as Asian in the grounds of St George-in-the-East, Shadwell, east London, on 5 March.

Mr Ainsworth suffered cuts, bruises and two black eyes when he...

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Bishop Speaks of 'Christian UK'

March 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/7300387.stm

An Anglican bishop who received threats after comments about Islamic extremism has spoken on the importance of the UK's Christian heritage.

The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, was threatened after claiming Islamic extremism made some places "no-go areas" for non-Muslims.

In an exclusive interview, he...

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Muslim Community Leader Honored

March 17, 2008

Author: Matthew Artz

Source: Inside Bay Area/The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_8600813

It's not easy keeping up with Moina Shaiq.

One day after state Sen. Ellen Corbett named the 49-year-old Fremont resident Woman of the Year, she was up at the crack of dawn, attending a fundraising breakfast for the Tri-City Homeless Coalition, which she serves as vice president.

From there, it was off to a volunteer...

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Spain’s Many Muslims Face Dearth of Mosques

March 16, 2008

Author: VICTORIA BURNETT

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/world/europe/16spain.html

As prayer time approached on a chilly Friday afternoon and men drifted toward the mosque on North Street, Hocine Kouitene hauled open its huge steel doors.

As places of worship go, the crudely converted garage leaves much to be desired, said Mr. Kouitene, vice president of the Islamic Association for Union and Cooperation...

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Vandals Break Windows at Islamic Center Here

March 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/laworder/story/70B7B1E997D142808625740F000696A0?OpenDocument

Seven windows were broken during the weekend at an Islamic religious center in an apparent act of vandalism, police said. They said it was the third act of vandalism in less than a year at the Imam Hussin Foundation building in the...

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