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Legal Immigration: Red Tape Snags ID Checks

June 10, 2007

Author: Sarah Lynch

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/91297

It was springtime when Asad Khan and his wife, Uzma, drove from their Gilbert home to Phoenix to be interviewed by government officials as part of their quest to become U.S. citizens.

On the same day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services checked off “box A” on Uzma Khan’s application.

“Congratulations!” the...

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Give us a Mufti, say UK Muslims

June 10, 2007

Author: David Smith

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1909809.ece

MOST British Muslims think there should be a single leader for their religion in Britain to act as their voice and help them to integrate.

They think a British Mufti, to represent them alongside other religious leaders such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster and the Chief Rabbi, would...

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Cairo Campus Veil Ban Struck Down

June 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6737993.stm

A court in Egypt has ruled that the American University of Cairo cannot ban women from wearing the niqab - the full Islamic face covering - on campus.

The ruling comes after a lengthy legal battle between the university and a female student, who was told she had to remove the niqab for security reasons.

Supporters of the niqab greeted the...

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Muslims Look Online for Spiritual Guidance

June 9, 2007

Author: Peter Cox

Source: Columbia News Service

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/faith/06/09/0609imams.html

A young Muslim from the United States earnestly asks, "I have been wanting to get a tattoo of the crescent moon and star, then found out it is against Islam to get a tattoo. But what if the tattoo is religious?"

"Is it permissible for a Muslim to play in the NHL?" asks another from Canada....

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Place of prayer: Utahns Open New Mosque

June 9, 2007

Author: Jessica Ravitz

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_6100254

SANDY - Tucked in the corner of a strip mall, right beside a closed-down Lowe's home improvement store, Utah Muslims have a new place to pray and gather.

At the spiritual helm of the Utah Islamic Center is Imam Shuaib-ud Din, the longtime religious leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake and West Valley City's Khadeeja Masjid, or mosque, and a man who faced...

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On Their Guard

June 9, 2007

Author: Jennifer Garza

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/210869.html

Imam Mohammad Azeez reads aloud the weekly announcements on this Friday afternoon and again wonders why he couldn't find anyone else to do it.

"Remember to sign up for the new class starting soon," he says as many worshippers file out the mosque doors.

Pray for the mother of a member who recently had hip surgery, he continues.

Don't...

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Feature: New York is Hell for Young Osama

June 8, 2007

Author: Chris Reiter

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N06394027.htm

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) - After years of being taunted as "bin Laden" and "terrorist" at school, Osama Al-Najjar attempted suicide last July at the age of 15.

Now 16, he is an extreme example of the difficulties facing some Arabs in New York, the city hit hardest by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"They destroyed everything nice in...

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"US Shared Values Includes Muslims," a Commentary by Irshad Manji

June 8, 2007

Author: Irshad Manji

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21867577-7583,00.html

AGAINST the backdrop of civil war, Abraham Lincoln stirred Americans by appealing to their "better angels". Now some of those angels appear in an unprecedented study about Muslims in the US, and they may show us how to prevent civil war in Europe.

Muslim Americans, released by the Pew Research Centre,...

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Britain Funding Islamic Studies at Universities

June 8, 2007

Author: Thomas Wagner

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4874027.html

LONDON — Prime Minister Tony Blair this week announced $2 million in funding to back Islamic studies at British universities, urging the public to listen to the religion's moderate scholars rather than to its radicals.

Blair's government hopes the funding will lead...

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Shaping Islam In America: 10 Young Muslim Visionaries

June 7, 2007

Source: The Islamica Magazine

http://www.islamicamagazine.com/issue-19/shaping-islam-in-america.html

10 Young Muslim Visionaries

Introduction

There is no shortage of discussion about what is wrong with Muslims and the Islamic world these days. From our perspective, it is also important to take time to acknowledge the good that comes from Muslims inspired by their faith. For this reason Islamica decided to profile a series of individuals...

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15 Schools Agree to Provide Arabic and Islamic Studies

June 6, 2007

Author: Siham Al Najami

Source: Gulfnews.com

http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/06/06/10130394.html

Dubai: Fifteen schools in Dubai confirmed they will immediately work on providing Arabic and Islamic studies in their curriculum, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said in a release.

A survey by the School Agency, the first body created by KHDA, had revealed that 15 private schools were not offering Arabic and...

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Muhammad Second Most Popular Name

June 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6727101.stm

Muhammad is the second most popular name for baby boys in Britain, new research has found.

According to The Times, the name is now second only to Jack and is likely to rise to number one by next year.

The newspaper says the name - if all 14 different spellings are included - was shared by 5,991 new-born boys during last year.

The name's...

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What Does it Mean to be British?

June 5, 2007

Author: Lucy Rodgers

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6723325.stm

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly will set out plans for a national "Britain" day to celebrate Britishness and promote stronger national ties.

So what does it mean to be British? A conference on Islam and Muslims has been considering this question.

Religious leaders taking part this week in the two-day debate on Islam And Muslims In The World Today in...

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Turkish Women Raise Voice for Secularism

June 5, 2007

Author: Emma Ross-Thomas

Source: Dawn

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/05/int9.htm

ISTANBUL: Turkish women are on the street protesting as never before as the fight to preserve Turkey’s secular status gives them a louder political voice that could translate into parliamentary seats in this summer’s elections.

Women have dominated recent rallies in Turkish cities against the ruling Islamist-...

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