Islam

Syrian Grand Mufti Condemns Terrorism, Calls for EU Help in Mideast

January 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: EarthTimes/DPA

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/173797,syrian-grand-mufti-condemns-terrorism-calls-for-eu-help-in.html

Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmad Bader Hassoun condemned Tuesday the use of violence in the name of religion and called on the European Union to play a bigger role in the Middle East. "Do not use religion for killing; religion is for peace," he said...

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Muslim Survey Launched by Council

January 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bristol/somerset/7184644.stm

A series of events over three months to learn more about Bristol's Muslim communities has been launched by the city council.

Bristol Mujtama aims to identify the faith group's needs and celebrate Muslim life in the city.

The project begins with a week-long event at the city's central library looking at...

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Political Ads Make Muslims Uneasy

January 13, 2008

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080113/NEWS15/801130615/1001

Victor Ghalib Begg has long been an active Republican. The 60-year-old furniture store owner from Bloomfield Hills campaigned hard for President George W. Bush and former Gov. John Engler, cutting them and other Republicans numerous fat checks over the years.

But as the race for...

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Quran, Prayer Rug Requested

January 12, 2008

Author: Jamie Satterfield

Source: KNOX News

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jan/12/quran-prayer-rug-requested/

A Saudi Arabian man who allegedly admitted perusing child pornography is demanding a Quran and a prayer rug while behind bars.

Nasir Ehmood Alkhallefa, 28, insisted at an arraignment hearing before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley on Thursday that officials provide him with the Islamic religious...

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Three Convicted in Islamic Charity Case

January 12, 2008

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/2008/01/13/int9.htm

BOSTON, Jan 12: Three Arabs who raised nearly $2 million for an Islamic charity were convicted of defrauding the US government by using the tax-free donations to support holy war and holy warriors, prosecutors said on Friday.

A federal jury in Boston on Friday found Libyan-born Emadeddin Muntasser, Muhamed Mubayyid, a Lebanon native and Samir Al-Monla, an immigrant from...

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Irving Imam Denounces Honor Killings after Sisters' Deaths

January 11, 2008

Author: ERIC AASEN and SAM HODGES

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/011208dnmethonorkillings.224909b.html

IRVING – The leader of an Irving mosque denounced honor killings Friday, saying they have no place in Islam.

Imam Zia Sheikh's comments came after speculation that two teenage sisters were victims of such a killing....

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Muslim Officer Appeals Ruling

January 11, 2008

Author: DAFNEY TALES

Source: The Philadelphia Daily News

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20080111_Muslim_officer_appeals_ruling.html

Kimberlie Webb has been a Philadelphia police officer since 1995 and a follower of the Islamic faith for just as long.

But since 2003, the 35th District officer has been embroiled in a legal battle over her right to wear a khimar, a traditional head scarf worn by Muslim...

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Where “Soft Islam” is on the March

January 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10497396

IS INDONESIA, the most populous Muslim-majority country, undergoing creeping Islamisation? It is not hard to assemble enough recent evidence to give Western Islamophobes goosebumps. In late December a mob attacked and burned a prayer house in West Java belonging to Ahmadiyah, a sect deemed heretical by some mainstream...

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Overcoming Muslim Stereotypes

January 10, 2008

Author: Shauna Staveley

Source: Arlington Advocate

http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/homepage/x1925658856

ARLINGTON, MASS. - Ali S. Asani, Harvard professor of the practice of Indo-Muslim languages and culture, said he knows how to end dehumanization in society — particularly of Muslims.

The solution is death of cultural and religious illiteracy, and the birth of a truly pluralistic society, he said on Nov. 5 at the Dialogue...

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Islam and Democracy: The Practice—and the Theory

January 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10499167

“TURKEY sets a fantastic example for nations around the world to see where it's possible to have a democracy coexist with a great religion like Islam.” Those were George Bush's words of welcome, this week, to Turkey's President Abdullah Gul.

In decades past, a Turkish leader might...

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Terror Suspect Barred from Teaching at His Islamic School

January 9, 2008

Author: Stewart Bell

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=224337

A Federal Court judge has refused to allow an Egyptian man linked to the deadly 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to teach at the Toronto Islamic school he founded.

The judge also prohibited Mahmoud Jaballah, believed to be a member of the Egyptian Al-Jihad terrorist group, from holding Arabic and Koranic classes in the...

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