Islam

Iran to Intensify Dress Crackdown

July 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6900111.stm

Iran will intensify a crackdown on women flouting Islamic dress laws, a senior policeman has told local media.

Tehran police chief Ahmad Reza Radan said from 23 July twice as many police will tackle "immoral behaviour".

Hundreds of women have already been arrested and some beaten by police since the drive began in April, human rights groups...

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From Muslim Youths, a Push for Change

July 15, 2007

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/14/AR2007071400985.html

Attending what Muslim American activists say is the highest-level meeting ever between Muslim American youths and U.S. officials, Mohamed Sabur couldn't help but notice a frustrating paradox.

Part of what motivated the 23-year-old to leave computer science for politics...

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Islamic Activists Want FBI to Look into Arson and Vandalism of Sarasota County Home

July 14, 2007

Author: LATISHA R. GRAY

Source: The Herald Tribune

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20070714/NEWS/707140330/1230/NEWS08

SARASOTA COUNTY -- Islamic activists are calling on the FBI to investigate a hate crime in which a Bosnian family's home was burned and spray painted with anti-Muslim slurs.

Hasib Sejfovic, 43, walked through what was left of his Avila Avenue home Friday afternoon. He looked at the charred remains...

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Jihadis Tap Anti-Musharraf Feeling

July 14, 2007

Author: Barbara Plett

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6897601.stm

President Pervez Musharraf's decision to storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad and his words about the elimination of terrorism and extremism are a challenge to the home-grown Pakistani Taleban and its attempts to mobilise religious opposition to military rule.

It was easy to dismiss the burka-clad...

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Muslims' Scarves OK in License Pics

July 14, 2007

Author: SHARON COOLIDGE

Source: The Enquirer

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070714/NEWS01/707140395/1077/COL02

Two suburban Cincinnati Muslim women were wrongly asked to remove head scarves before their driver's license photos were taken.

When made aware of the gaffe in late May, the Ohio Department of Public Safety sent an e-mail to the state's 216 registrar offices reminding them...

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Imams' Lawyer Receives Second Death Threat

July 13, 2007

Author: Abdi Aynte

Source: The Minnesota Monitor

http://www.minnesotamonitor.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=2062

For the second time in a few months, the attorney for the six Muslim imams who were removed from a plane last year at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport has received a death threat sent from Minnesota.

Among other threats, the party responsible for the letter warns the attorney that they "can use [rocket propelled grenade] rounds...

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Diverse Groups Review Valdosta's Court Ban

July 12, 2007

Author: CAROLE HAWKINS

Source: Florida Times-Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/071207/geo_183883789.shtml

Valdosta has examined a rule that prevents people from wearing headgear in courtrooms Wednesday, but has not decided how to update it.

City and court officials met Wednesday with representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers, or...

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A San Diego School Adjusts its Schedule to Accommodate Muslim Worship

July 12, 2007

Author: Randy Dotinga

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0712/p01s03-ussc.html

San Diego - When afternoon recess comes at an elementary school on the outskirts of San Diego, some students rush out for a quick game of hopscotch, while others gather in a room for Muslim worship. Like a growing number of school districts around the country, San Diego's is changing its ways to meet the needs of its Islamic students. Here,...

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Boston Mosque Rises Above the Fray

July 12, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0712/p13s03-lire.html

More than 2,000 people gathered in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood last month for a highly symbolic moment – the capping of the minaret on a new mosque. A joyous occasion, the event sparked greater emotion than usual because construction of the Islamic Society of Boston's Mosque and Cultural Center had been stalled for more than two...

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Homeland Security Chief Tells NAACP to Fight for Muslims, Too

July 11, 2007

Author: Melissa Domsic

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070711/METRO/707110413/1003

DETROIT -- While the NAACP has been fighting for the rights of African-Americans for nearly a century, it's important to fight for Muslim Americans in a post-9/11 world, the nation's Homeland Security chief told guests at the 98th NAACP national convention Tuesday evening.

"(We've)...

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