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Canadian Muslims Seeking Common Ground

May 14, 2007

Author: LAURA CZEKAJ

Source: CNEWS

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/05/14/4178652-sun.html

Imam Zijad Delic arrived in Canada to find he had three choices on how to adapt to his new surroundings.

He could set aside his religious beliefs and traditions in exchange for acceptance by the general population.

Or he could isolate himself out of fear of becoming assimilated.

The route Delic chose, the route...

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New Islamic Mosque Planned For Spring Hill

May 13, 2007

Author: Michael D. Bates

Source: TBO.com

http://news.tbo.com/news/metro/MGB947K9O1F.html

BROOKSVILLE - Planning and zoning commissioners will consider a request today from the North American Islamic organization to build a 6,677-square-foot mosque off Barclay Avenue, south of Irving Street near The Oaks subdivision.

The proposed facility would replace a mosque at the site and be located on the same piece of property.

The new building...

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"An Interfaith View: Flying While Muslim," a Commentary by Lawrence Swaim

May 11, 2007

Author: Lawrence Swaim

Source: Infocus News

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/14705/286/

When Omar Mohammedi filed a lawsuit in defense of six Imams who were unceremoniously kicked off a US Airways flight, he thought he was engaging in straightforward civil rights litigation. Then Kevin J. Hasson, President of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, offered free legal services to John Does cited in the lawsuit. In an open letter to Nihad Awad,...

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"Green Islam," a Commentary by Derek Wall

May 10, 2007

Source: The Guardian

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/derek_wall/2007/05/politics_can_get_you_down.html

Politics can get you down: banal arguments ... shallow Machivellianism ... the ruthless use of rhetoric to advance the careers of those whose psychological weaknesses make them long to be leaders.

This is especially hard to take when you are involved in ecological politics, which is based on the premise that without some pretty...

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Anger at Somali Face Veil Burning

May 9, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6638841.stm

Two hand grenades have gone off in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, where government soldiers were confiscating and burning face veils worn by women.

A BBC correspondent says one woman was injured in the explosions at a junction near the city's main Bakara market.

Eyewitnesses say soldiers were ordering women in burkas to remove their face veils on Tuesday, but the operation was later stopped by their...

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New Apostasy Bill to Impose Death on Anyone Who Leaves Islam

May 9, 2007

Author: Qaiser Felix

Source: Asia News

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=9218

Oslamabad (AsiaNews) – A draft bill adopted in first reading by Pakistan’s National Assembly is now before a standing committee. Tabled by a six-party politico-religious alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal or MMA, the Apostasy Act 2006 which the government sent to the committee would impose the death penalty on Muslim men and life in prison on Muslim women...

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N.Y. Jail to Hire Muslim Chaplain After Controversy over Anti-Islamic Cartoons

May 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Union Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20070509-0619-jailchaplainsuspended.html

NEW CITY, N.Y. – The county jail where a Christian minister handed out anti-Islamic cartoons announced it will hire an imam for its Muslim inmates.

The Rockland County Jail also said it will provide religiously appropriate food...

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Islamic Center Planned

May 8, 2007

Author: Serdar Tumgoren

Source: Gilroy Dispatch

http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/contentview.asp?c=213604

Gilroy - A growing Islamic organization hopes to build a mosque, school and interfaith community center on a hilltop just south of Morgan Hill.

Silicon Valley Islamic Center, now based in Morgan Hill, is in the earliest stages of planning its future Cordoba Center for Muslim Community and Religious Affairs. After five years of...

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"Years after 9-11, American Muslims Increasingly Targets of Hate," a Commentary by Ralph De La Cruz

May 8, 2007

Author: Ralph De La Cruz

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/columnists/sfl-ralph08may08,0,6015881.column

Sometimes it takes a real yahoo to wake up a village.

So, just wanted to say thanks to the person who sent Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a death threat last week.

It carried the usual "Death to Islam"...

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Thai Halal Food Lab Signs Tech Deal with Malaysian Firm

May 8, 2007

Author: ANCHALEE KONGRUT

Source: Bangkok Post

http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/08May2007_news08.php

Kuala Lumpur _ Chulalongkorn University's Halal Science Centre (HASCI), the world's first laboratory for halal food research, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technical cooperation with Malaysia's giant Halal Industry Development Corp. The signing was welcomed by Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who said it would...

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U.S. Muslims Tackle Sectarian Divisions

May 7, 2007

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4780943.html

Muslim leaders are trying to strengthen Sunni-Shiite ties in the United States, hoping to head off conflicts between the faith's two major sects and get American Muslims to focus on common problems.

With sectarian divisions fueling violence in Iraq, Sunnis and Shiites in the U.S....

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A Show of Islamic Faith and Goodwill

May 6, 2007

Author: Beth Feinstein-Bartl

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/478/story/95818.html

Members from mosques throughout South Florida came together on April 21 for a celebration that affirmed their pride in being American Muslims and their participation in a nonprofit organization that assists people of all faiths.

About 400 people turned out for the dinner, marking the 10th anniversary of the American Muslim Association of North...

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Meeting Challenges, Challenging Stereotypes

May 6, 2007

Author: Stephen A. Norris

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/04/AR2007050402431.html

Playing tennis makes no sense to most of Raheela Fazal's Muslim friends. Is it for grades, they ask? No. Does the Potomac senior do it because of a punishment? No.

"I tell them it makes me happy, and it's fun," Fazal said. "It's not just standing around. It makes me feel...

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