Islam

Islamic State Label Sparks Controversy in Malaysia

July 25, 2007

Author: Clarence Fernandez

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070725/ts_nm/malaysia_religion_dc

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Bitter debate in Malaysia questioning whether the mainly Muslim nation is an Islamic state has exposed religious and racial faultlines ahead of a widely expected early general election.

As Malaysia prepares to celebrate its 50th year of...

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Office Raided on Suspicion of Terrorist Ties

July 24, 2007

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070724/NEWS02/70724034/1001/NEWS

Federal agents are raiding today the Dearborn offices of two charities suspected of having ties to terrorist groups in the Middle East.

A Dearborn police officer guarded the entrance to the office of the Goodwill Charitable Organization, a fund-raising office established by the...

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"The European Problem - How American Muslims Could Become as Alienated as European Muslims," a Commentary by Moushumi Khan

July 24, 2007

Author: Moushumi Khan

Source: Slate

http://www.slate.com/id/2171071/nav/tap1/

The two terrorist attacks known worldwide by their dates—9/11 and 7/7—inspired suspicion of Muslims in communities in both Europe and America. But each one also symbolizes the different relations each continent has with their Muslim populations. On 9/11, America was attacked by Muslims who came here solely for the purpose of attacking it. On 7/7, London was bombed by...

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Mosque Leader Accused of Immigration Fraud

July 24, 2007

Author: Shelley Murphy

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/24/mosque_leader_accused_of_immigration_fraud/

The spiritual leader of a mosque in Sharon was arrested yesterday on federal immigration fraud charges, sparking a protest outside the courthouse in Boston by a group of religious leaders and civil rights advocates who called the case a witch hunt.

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Chappelle Produces Muslim Comedy Film

July 24, 2007

Source: ContactMusic.com

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/chappelle%20produces%20muslim%20comedy%20film_1038529

Cult comic DAVE CHAPPELLE is to produce a new movie which will introduce comedy fans to the world's funniest Muslims. Allah Made Me Funny - The Official Muslim Comedy Tour features America's top Muslim comics Preacher Moss, Azhar Usman and Mohammed Amer. Chappelle says, "Allah Made Me Funny is one of the...

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Muslims Look to Plant Roots in Northern Westchester

July 23, 2007

Author: GARY STERN AND ELIZABETH GANGA

Source: The Journal News

http://www.nynews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070723/NEWS02/707230341

NEW CASTLE - It was 10 years ago that a group of highly educated, affluent Muslims who had been drawn to the comfortable lifestyle and top-ranked schools of northern Westchester began to pursue a vision of a new community.

They would set up a temporary mosque, begin to meet their...

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Muslim Workers at Nebraska Meatpacking Plant Complain of Religious Harassment

July 23, 2007

Author: OSKAR GARCIA

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070723/NATION/707230381/1041/LIFESTYLE04

OMAHA, Neb. -- Supervisors at a meatpacking plant have fired or harassed dozens of Somali Muslim employees for trying to pray at sunset, violating civil rights laws, the workers and their advocates say.

The five- to 10-minute prayer, known as the maghrib, must be...

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"An Inability to Tolerate Islam Contradicts Western Values," a Commentary by Karen Armstrong

July 21, 2007

Author: Karen Armstrong

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2131444,00.html

In the 17th century, when some Iranian mullahs were trying to limit freedom of expression, Mulla Sadra, the great mystical philosopher of Isfahan, insisted that all Muslims were perfectly capable of thinking for themselves and that any religiosity based on intellectual repression and inquisitorial coercion was "polluted". Mulla Sadra exerted...

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