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Naperville Man is 4th Charged with Mosque Break-Ins

September 14, 2007

Author: Jennifer Golz

Source: Sun-Times

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/557307,4_1_JO14_MOSQUE_S1.article

Charles Htun likely will celebrate his 20th birthday this weekend in DuPage County jail.

The Naperville man was sentenced Thursday to 90 days of periodic imprisonment in DuPage County Circuit Court for his hand in the July 21, 2006 break-in at the Islamic Center of Naperville, 450...

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Israel Curbs Ramadan Prayer Entry

September 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6994606.stm

Scuffles broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the West Bank, as Muslims tried [to] reach a holy shrine on the first Friday of Ramadan.

Hundreds waited at checkpoints north and south of Jerusalem after Israel imposed tighter security than usual.

Only men aged over 45 were allowed to enter Jerusalem for prayers at the...

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Religious Leaders Dampen Rising Tension

September 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: allAfrica.com/UN Integrated Regional Information Networks

http://allafrica.com/stories/200709140760.html

Religious leaders in northern Mozambique are making attempts to prevent any possible outbreak of communal violence after three mosques were burnt in a matter of weeks in Lichinga, capital of Niassa Province.

The police are investigating arson attacks on the mosques, one of which was set alight last week. The...

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Islamophobia on Rise, Especially in Europe-U.N. Envoy

September 14, 2007

Author: Stephanie Nebehay

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070914-0725-un-racism-.html

The United Nations investigator on racism on Friday condemned a rising trend of Islamophobia, especially in Europe, where he said it was being exploited by some right-wing political parties.

Doudou Diene, U.N. special rapporteur on racism,...

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Muslim Players Face Challenge of Ramadan Fasting

September 13, 2007

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/custom/religion/chi-ramadan_13sep13,1,1165054.story

For Omar Mukahhal and his other Muslim teammates on Stagg High School's varsity football team, the strength to endure the next 30 days of football season will demand mental and physical vigor. It will also be a spiritual test.

Not only is Mukahhal aiming for the playoffs...

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Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Muslim Woman Fired From Job

September 13, 2007

Author: Casey Nolen

Source: KSDK

http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=129452

A Florissant woman said she was fired for the way she dressed and now a lawsuit has been filed on her behalf.

The company, St. Charles-based Client Services, Inc., said it has a dress code.

The woman, Mariam Soultan, said it's a matter of religious freedom.

"I felt really comfortable during the interview," Soultan said...

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Muslim Cemetery for City Envisioned

September 13, 2007

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070913/NEWS01/709130426/1008/NEWS01

As Muslims today begin Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer, one local group is hoping to raise funds for a Muslim cemetery.

The Bosniak-American Islamic Center, formed by Muslim refugees and immigrants from Bosnia-Herzegovina, hopes to raise the needed...

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Charitable Tradition in Transition

September 13, 2007

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/12/AR2007091202284.html

During Islam's sacred month of Ramadan, U.S. Muslims are stepping up holiday charity toward non-Muslims to counter anti-Islamic sentiment since the Sept. 11 attacks, experts said.

Key edicts of Ramadan, which began yesterday at sunset, are to fast and promote good conduct....

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Displaced by Fire, Islamic Center Regroups for Ramadan

September 13, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: The Mercury News/The Contra Costa Times

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6888921?nclick_check=1

Amid a row of women bowing in diaphanous, brightly-colored gowns, Sughran Ahmed prayed -- prostrate in silence, rising with the imam's sung, "Allah Akbar," God is great. Suddenly, her 3-year-old son, Muhammad Ali, broke free from his caretaker, ran to his mother and threw his arms around her neck....

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Swiss Citizenship System 'Racist'

September 13, 2007

Author: Imogen Foulkes

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6992670.stm

An official report into the process of naturalisation in Switzerland says the current system is discriminatory and in many respects racist.

The report, from Switzerland's Federal Commission on Racial Discrimination, recommends far-reaching changes.

It criticises the practice of allowing members of a community to vote on an individual's...

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Congresswoman Johnson Introduces Resolution to Pay Tribute to Ramadan

September 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?mid1=676&&ArticleID=23086&&name=n&&currPage=1

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced a resolution to recognize the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"We are blessed to live in a nation that protects its citizens’ right to religious freedom, communal worship, and interfaith dialogue and...

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Terror Jury Islamophobia Warning

September 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/6991074.stm

A jury in a three-week terror trial has been warned not to convict the accused through a "fear or alarm" of Islam.

Donald Findlay QC, defence counsel for Mohammed Atif Siddique, told the High Court in Glasgow that his client was merely researching Islamic terrorism.

The 21-year-old, from Alva in...

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With Holidays, a Vow for Better Jewish, Muslim Relations

September 12, 2007

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/09/12/with_holidays_a_vow_for_better_jewish_muslim_relations/

A group of local Jewish and Muslim leaders have signed a joint statement urging better relations between the two communities, which have suffered a serious rift over each other's response to controversial remarks by onetime leaders of a...

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Mentally Unstable Muslim Convert Alleged to Plot to Kill Mayor

September 11, 2007

Author: ALISON GENDAR, KERRY BURKE and MICHAEL WHITE

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/09/11/2007-09-11_mentally_unstable_muslim_convert_alleged.html

A mentally unstable Muslim convert tried to recruit help at a Brooklyn mosque to kill Mayor Bloomberg, prompting the NYPD to beef up security around the mayor, law enforcement sources said.

American-born Edwin...

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'Ex-Muslims' Demand Right to Leave Islam

September 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Express India

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=92044

The Hague, September 11: A 22-year-old Dutch-Iranian will launch a campaign on Tuesday for Muslims to have the right to renounce their faith and find support from peers, a view which has made him the victim of three physical attacks.

Although similar initiatives have started elsewhere in...

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