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America's Muslim Population is Gaining a Hispanic Accent

February 9, 2008

Author: SHERRI DAY

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/09/Hillsborough/America_s_Muslim_popu.shtml

Before the women can begin, they must pray.

Propped up by pillows, they sit in a circle on the floor, cup their hands upward and close their eyes.

"Give us clarity, Allah," a woman intones. "Give us truth and honesty. And, help us to succeed in our humble mission."

The women...

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Interfaith Movement In America Digs Deeper

February 9, 2008

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/08/AR2008020803233.html?hpid=sec-religion

For more than a decade, interfaith efforts have been on the rise in the United States, fueled by the growth of newer religious minority groups and by post-Sept. 11 interest in Islam. But participants and experts say a new credo is changing the...

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Muslim Legislator Feels Religion Now Less a Political Factor

February 9, 2008

Source: Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080209/APN/802090674

The only Muslim in the Alabama Legislature said he hopes he is an example of how religion is becoming less a factor as people judge political candidates and that some of the paranoia caused by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is evaporating.

State Rep. Yusuf Salaam, D-Selma, said he believes he has helped make the religion...

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Forum to Explore what Catholics, Muslims Share

February 9, 2008

Author: Khalid Moss

Source: Dayton Daily News

http://www.daytondailynews.com/l/content/oh/story/living/religion-faith/2008/02/08/ddn020908lifefaith.html

Bringing people of different faiths together will be the theme of a Feb. 20 program hosted by Dayton's Sisters of the Precious Blood.

The featured speak for "Catholics and Muslims: More in Common Than You Think" will be Pat Morrison, a...

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Potential Hire Says 'No;' Cites Bigotry

February 8, 2008

Author: Mark Page

Source: Montana Kaimin

http://www.montanakaimin.com/index.php/news/news_article/potential_hire_says_no_cites_bigotry/2253

Maha Nassar was offered a job as the new Middle Eastern history professor but, to the disappointment of history department chairman Richard Drake, she turned the job down in mid-January, citing prejudice against her Muslim faith in the Missoula community as her reason...

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Williams Under Fire in Sharia Row

February 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7233335.stm

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attracted widespread criticism after appearing to back the adoption of some aspects of Sharia law in the UK.

Dr Rowan Williams said the UK had to "face up to the fact" some citizens did not relate to the UK legal system.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said such moves would create "social chaos."...

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Holocaust Center Ends MSU Prof's Islam Talk

February 8, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/METRO02/802080332/1041/LIFESTYLE04

The Holocaust Memorial Center this week canceled a Feb. 26 appearance by a Michigan State University professor after Muslims expressed concerns that Indrek Wichman and the group that was sponsoring his appearance, The Michigan State University Young Americans for Freedom,...

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U.S. Intelligence Officials: Muslim Backing Of Al-Qaeda Wanes

February 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/07/AR2008020703686.html

The violent attacks by al-Qaeda and by the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq have led people and religious groups in the Muslim world to reduce their financial support for Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and to question its leadership, senior U.S. intelligence officials told...

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Puzzled Voices Among Bradford's Muslims

February 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7235615.stm

Bradford's Muslims generally seemed puzzled by the Archbishop of Canterbury's suggestion that Sharia laws should be adopted in Britain.

Stand on any one of the hills overlooking Bradford and across the skyline you can see the domes of mosques.

About 75,000 Muslims live here and many of them have been following the reaction to the comments by Dr Rowan Williams....

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Muslim Cleric not Allowed into UK

February 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7232398.stm

The controversial Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been refused a visa to visit Britain.

The Home Office said the UK would not tolerate the presence of those who seek to justify acts of terrorist violence.

During his last visit in 2004, Dr Al-Qaradawi defended suicide attacks on Israelis as "martyrdom in the name of God", during a BBC interview....

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Muslim Prayer at Legislature Challenged

February 7, 2008

Author: JASON CLAYWORTH

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080207/NEWS10/802070398/1001/NEWS

A Muslim imam's opening-day prayer at the Legislature has sparked controversy over statements he made that some say are similar to terrorists' calls to harm Americans.

But Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad said the imam's words were being taken out of context....

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Christian, Muslim, Jewish Leaders Urge U.S. Leadership to End Israeli-Palestinian Violence

February 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/15399626.html

American Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders say there is an urgent need for U.S. leadership to negotiate a lasting cease-fire in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

In a statement released Monday, the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle...

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