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US Airways Seeks Imam-Suit Dismissal

May 30, 2007

Author: Audrey Hudson

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070530-023947-9029r.htm

US Airways is asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of Muslim imams, saying the airline followed government guidelines when it removed the men from a flight because of suspicious behavior.

The response to the lawsuit, filed March 12 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, says...

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Worshippers Raise Cash for Mosque

May 29, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/6699583.stm

A mosque in Nottingham badly damaged in a fire is being repaired with help from the local community after an insurance claim was rejected.

The Forest Fields mosque was targeted by arsonists in April but insurance has not been paid out as an alarm was not switched on at the time of the fire.

Imam Raza ul Haq said the local community had rallied around...

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Kashmir Fatwa Over Mosque Rebuild

May 29, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6701881.stm

A Muslim cleric in Indian-administered Kashmir has issued an edict against the renovation of Islamic mosques and shrines by the Indian army.

Grand Mufti Bashiruddin's edict, or fatwa, said only Muslims may carry out such work on holy sites.

India's army says it has spent more than $130,000 on the repair of Muslim holy sites in the region as part of its campaign for "hearts and...

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Swiss Move to Ban Minarets

May 28, 2007

Author: Imogen Foulkes

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6676271.stm

A row is brewing over religious symbolism in Switzerland.

Members of the right-wing Swiss People's Party, currently the largest party in the Swiss parliament, have launched a campaign to have the building of minarets banned.

They claim the minaret is not necessary for worship, but is rather a symbol of Islamic law, and as such incompatible with...

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America Not an Enemy of Islam, Muslim Cleric Says

May 27, 2007

Author: PAUL SHUKOVSKY

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/317528_bosniak28.html?from=wtnews

A moderate European Muslim leader -- in Seattle this weekend to attend the annual conference of the Congress of North American Bosniaks -- drew upon a deep affection for the United States before cautioning Americans, "Don't cease to believe that you are good."

The gentle warning from Grand Mufti...

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'Stop and Quiz' Comes under Fire

May 27, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6696673.stm

Proposals to allow police to stop and question anyone in the UK under new anti-terror laws have been criticised.

Opponents warned that plans to ask people about their identity and movements may harm community relations.

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said care must be taken not to alienate whole communities.

But Home Office minister Tony McNulty said there would be plenty...

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A Quiet Revolution in Algeria: Gains by Women

May 26, 2007

Author: MICHAEL SLACKMAN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/26/world/africa/26algeria.html

ALGIERS, May 25 — In this tradition-bound nation scarred by a brutal Islamist-led civil war that killed more than 100,000, a quiet revolution is under way: women are emerging as an economic and political force unheard of in the rest of the Arab world.

Women make up 70 percent of Algeria’s lawyers and 60...

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Cities See Rise in Black Muslims in Wake of Sept. 11

May 26, 2007

Source: Sioux City Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2007/05/26/news/faith/44226a14c6aced76862572e7000edb60.txt

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Allahu Akbar, the Muslim call for prayer, rings out on a recent Friday and a group of black men and women gather to celebrate the Islamic day of rest.

The wooden house in Pittsburgh's rundown Homewood neighborhood looks like...

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Farrakhan Urges Unity

May 26, 2007

Author: Kristen Kridel

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who promised to speak at the Faith Community of St. Sabina Church on the South Side before undergoing surgery earlier this year, fulfilled that pledge Friday evening before a thunderous crowd of several hundred.

In contrast to his previous, often divisive messages, Farrakhan struck an inclusive chord Friday...

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West Point Grad Rare in his Class

May 26, 2007

Author: JOHN IWASAKI

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/317300_muslimgrad26.html

On Saturday afternoon, in the 209th commencement at a historic campus dotted with monuments to famous generals, Faraz Bala will graduate from West Point.

The Snohomish man is a rare Muslim in his class of 900 cadets, whose four years at the U.S. Military Academy overlapped with the war in Iraq.

His father...

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CAIR Condemns India Bombing, Seeks Protection of Religious Minorities

May 25, 2007

Source: CAIR Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/25/2007) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has condemned a recent deadly bomb attack on an Indian mosque and is asking that religious minorities in that nation be protected.

In a letter to Ronen Sen, the Indian ambassador in Washington, D.C., CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed wrote:

"I hope that this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits. I am writing to you today to express CAIR's unequivocal condemnation for the recent bombings at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad,...

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Quran is Suitable for Taking Oath, Judge Says

May 25, 2007

Author: STEVE HARTSOE

Source: Detroit Free Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007705250439

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Witnesses and jurors being sworn in at state courthouses can take their oath using any religious text, not just the Bible, a judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling came after the American Civil Liberties Union argued that limiting that text to the Bible was...

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