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Islamic Center Condemns Attacks on Samarra and Holds Memorial

June 13, 2007

Author: The office of Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini

Source: Islamic Center of America

http://www.icofa.com

The office of Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini, spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of America, issued the following statement today:

“Once again, terrorists have proven their cowardice by attacking the holy and magnificent shrine of Imam Ali Al –Hadi and Imam Hassan Al-Askari, may the peace and blessings of God be upon them.

"We express our deepest...

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"To Defeat Terrorism, First Uproot the Hate Culture," a Commentary by Dr. Sami Alrabaa

June 12, 2007

Author: Dr. Sami Alrabaa

Source: World Tribune

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2007/ss_terror_06_12.asp

The majority of Westerners, mostly Europeans, the mainstream media, and think-tanks, on the one hand, and Islamists, a minority of radical Muslims, on the other, are exaggerating the impact and clout of Islam and Muslims. The "Westerners", are convinced that they are waging a great "war on terror", in self-defense...

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New Mufti a Gentle Soul: Islamic Council

June 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Canberra

http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?story_id=594972

Australia's newly appointed Mufti Sheik Fehmi Naji El-Imam will not be as high profile as his outspoken predecessor, director of the Islamic Council of Victoria says.

Controversial Muslim leader Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali on Sunday declined to accept another term in the top Islamic post.

Australia's imams elected 79-year-old...

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Frankfort Muslims Treat Neighbors to Community Fair

June 11, 2007

Author: Duaa Eldeib

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/422423,112NWS2.article

While best friends Henna Eassa and Melanie Fernando share almost everything, there is one distinct aspect of their lives that they don't have in common: their faith.

But on Sunday, Henna, a 16-year-old Muslim, and Melanie, a 17-year-old Christian, spent the day together, munching on Indian and Pakistani cuisine, admiring their...

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Canopy's Rise Signals End of Mosque's Plight

June 10, 2007

Author: Brian R. Ballou

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/06/10/canopys_rise_signals_end_of_mosques_plight/

As a crane hoisted a 5,000-pound, copper canopy toward the top of a red brick tower in Roxbury yesterday afternoon, thousands of area Muslims looked upward, some with tears running down their cheeks.

"This is the moment we have been waiting for for two...

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A Day of Korans and Camaraderie

June 10, 2007

Author: Dwight Ott

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/philadelphia/7923962.html

They came from far: Pakistan, Lebanon and India, organizers said. And from near: 80 percent were African Americans from Philadelphia, they added.

With the Delaware River flowing serenely in the background and strains of Middle Eastern music rising from red-capped singers on a bright and warm late spring day, an...

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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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