Islam

"Where Are Malaysia’s Religious Authorities Heading?" a Commentary by Dr. Farish A. Noor

April 15, 2007

Author: Farish A. Noor

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/where_are_malaysias_religious_authorities_heading/0013689

Since 2006 Malaysia has been rocked by a number of hugely controversial cases involving the fundamental right of belief and freedom of religion. Between 2005 to 2006 the country was a virtual battleground with opposing factions...

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Secular Rally Targets Turkish PM

April 14, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6554851.stm

Some 300,000 people have demonstrated in Turkey's capital, Ankara, to demand that religion and politics should be kept separate in their country.

Protesters carried banners of Kemal Ataturk, the revered founder of the Turkish republic as a secular state.

The rally comes two days before the presidential election process begins and is intended to pressure current PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to stand...

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Islamic Center Set Afire

April 13, 2007

Author: KEITH MORELLI

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/MGB2T611G0F.html

TOWN - 'N COUNTRY - Local, state and federal investigators sifted through the ashes of a deliberately set fire at the Islamic Education Center of Florida on Thursday morning and tried to allay fears the arson was a crime of hate. They couldn't say for sure, however.

Initial reports said there was an explosion, but responding firefighters said were...

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Senator Balks at Imam-Led Prayer

April 13, 2007

Author: JOHN MORITZ

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.star-telegram.com/226/story/58691.html

AUSTIN -- When the leader of the Islamic Association of North Texas stepped into the well of the Texas Senate to deliver the morning invocation Wednesday, Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston left his place on the chamber floor because he did not want it to appear that he endorsed the Dallas-area imam's message.

"It's important that we are tolerant as a people...

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Muslims Ask City to Use Leverage with Hotel Firm

April 13, 2007

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070413/BUSINESS/704130480/-1/LOCAL17

A developer planning to build a Convention Center hotel in Downtown Indianapolis has come under fire from local Islamic advocates concerned that the company will discriminate against Muslim women here.

White Lodging Services Corp., one of the two...

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"For Obama, A Little Religion Might Be A Little Too Much," a Commentary by Hazem Ibrahim Kira

April 11, 2007

Author: Hazem Ibrahim Kira

Source: AltMuslim

http://www.altmuslim.com/perm.php?id=1899_0_25_0_M

In a 1937 Gallup poll, 47 percent of Americans said they would not support a Jewish candidate for President, regardless of a candidate's qualifications. During the past 70 years that number has dropped to a low of 15 percent, even prompting a Vice-Presidential hopeful in 2000 (Joe Lieberman).

The zenith of that anti-Semitic era was the "Red Scare...

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New Umbrella Organization to Represent Muslims in Germany

April 11, 2007

Source: The Muslim News

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=12584

Islamic associations in Germany have announced they have founded an umbrella organization. It is intended to represent the interests of all Muslims throughout Germany and be a contact point for politicians.

Rafet Öztürk of the Cologne-based Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (DiTiB) said four different Muslim associations had established the umbrella...

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Divisive Scholar Draws Parallels Between Islam and Democracy

April 11, 2007

Author: Pamela Constable

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/10/AR2007041001509.html

Tariq Ramadan has a huge following in Europe but a controversial profile in the United States. The Islamic scholar has been barred from entering the country since 2004, when he was denied a visa he needed to accept a professorship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
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Muslim Leaders Sign "Code of Honor" to Promote Intrafaith Harmony

April 11, 2007

Source: Islam Online Network

http://www.islamonline.com/cgi-bin/news_service/world_full_story.asp?service_id=2919

Before an audience of more than 700 people, Muslim American scholars signed onto an “Intra-Faith Code of Honor” at the Muslim Unity Celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday hosted by Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (CA).

The Code of Honor was drafted by Muslim American leaders who...

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Clarksville Muslims Experience Hate Crime

April 10, 2007

Author: NATE KARLIN

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070410/NEWS06/704100349/1023

CLARKSVILLE — Jerome Heath hadn't even heard of a hate crime in Clarksville in the seven years he's lived here.

That changed Friday. That day, just two hours before the Islamic Center of Clarksville held its 1 p.m. prayer service, called Jummah, a Quran was found vandalized on...

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Push to Include Buddhism in New Constitution

April 10, 2007

Source: Radio Australia

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/programs/s1893868.htm

Thailand is in the middle of drafting a new constitution. Many lobby groups have been voicing their opinions since the drafting process began last September. But one of the most controversial lobbyists is the Thai Buddhist clergy, who are again calling for the religion to be part of the new constitution.

HILL: Buddhism's influence on Thai culture is obvious to even a...

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Clerics' Airline Suit Brings Backlash

April 10, 2007

Author: Oren Dorel

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070410/a_clerics10.art.htm

When six Muslim clerics filed a lawsuit against US Airways claiming the airline infringed on their freedom to worship last fall, Rep. Pete King of New York and others saw something different — an attempt to intimidate airline passengers from reporting suspicious activity.

That's because the lawsuit named as...

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Doctor Sues Hospital After Muslim Ritual Gets Him Removed

April 9, 2007

Source: WBAL-TV

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/11576686/detail.html

BALTIMORE -- A radiologist who was kicked out of the University of Maryland Medical Center after he performed a Muslim ritual has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the hospital.

The suit said Dr. Mohammed Hussain was at the hospital last month to undergo surgery. He was washing his hands and feet in a sink in a lobby bathroom when a security guard came in...

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Cadets Learn Islam as Part of 'Winning the Peace'

April 9, 2007

Author: Wayne Woolley

Source: Pew Forum

Wire Service: RNS

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=13185

The lights in a Jersey City mosque flickered at dawn and more than a dozen West Point cadets stirred in sleeping bags scattered across the prayer room.

As Imam Hussein Wahdan began the melodious call to prayer in Arabic, bearded men filed past the cadets, kneeled and then bowed to the floor to begin their...

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