Islam

Area's Sunnis and Shiites Keep A Delicate Balance Across Divides

March 8, 2007

Author: Pamela Constable

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/07/AR2007030702311.html

In its modest way, the Muslim Community School in Montgomery County is a tiny bulwark against the hate-filled sectarian violence that has ripped Iraq apart, threatens to divide the Muslim world and has created tensions among Muslim immigrants in the United States.

Each...

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New Dutch Muslim Cabinet Minister Accuses Lawmaker of Racially Motivated Political Attacks

March 7, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/07/europe/EU-GEN-Netherlands-Muslim-Minister.php

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: One of the first two Muslims appointed to a Dutch Cabinet post, Ahmed Aboutaleb calls himself a "foot soldier" in the cause of immigrant integration. And as a foot soldier, he expects to be a target, he said Wednesday.

Since being sworn...

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Muslim Congressman Talks up 'American Values' in State Department Outreach

March 7, 2007

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2007/03/muslim-congressman-talks-up-american.html

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department is turning to Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, to help burnish the country's image in the Muslim world -- despite Ellison's outspoken criticism of the Bush administration's foreign policy.

"I plan to talk to people in the State Department and...

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Museum of Tolerance to be Built on Top of Muslim Cemetery

March 7, 2007

Author: Abdussalam Mohamed

Source: Southern California In Focus

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/4012/135/

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has raised at least $200 millions, mainly from American donors, to build a Museum of Tolerance on the Ma’am Allah cemetery, a site believed to contain the remains of dozens of companions of Prophet Muhammad as well as thousands of Jerusalemite Muslims.

On May 3,...

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"Religious Freedom Expands Under Bush," a Commentary by Charles C. Haynes

March 6, 2007

Author: Charles C. Haynes

Source: Burlington Free Press

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070306/OPINION/703060322/1006

Charles C. Haynes--Here's one of the best-kept secrets about the Bush presidency: Over the past five years, the U.S. Department of Justice has quietly, but vigorously, enforced civil rights laws designed to protect religious freedom.

Now Attorney...

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Md. Bill to Provide Muslims End-of-Life Alternatives

March 5, 2007

Author: Lisa Rein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/04/AR2007030401376.html

Muslims bury their dead with neither flourish nor casket, but a ritual cleansing before the body is quickly returned to the earth, cocooned in a white shroud. But this tradition handed down over centuries has eluded Muslims around Washington, who, like Jews, do not practice embalming -- and...

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Indonesia's Secular Traditions Threatened

March 4, 2007

Author: ROBIN MCDOWELL

Source: Canoe News

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2007/03/04/3695190-ap.html

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Women are jailed for being on the street alone after dark in parts of Indonesia, long held up as a beacon of moderate Islam. Gamblers are caned as punishment, Christian schoolchildren are forced to wear headscarves and a proposed law would sentence thieves to amputation of the hands.

Though most people in...

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Interfaith Group Takes on 'Islamophobia'

March 2, 2007

Author: NICOLE SACK

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/02/25/news/californian/20_34_472_24_07.txt

TEMECULA ---- When U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress in January, the Minnesota Democrat took his oath of office on a copy of the Quran that had belonged to the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, Thomas...

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Cop Accused of Slur Against Muslim Congressman

March 2, 2007

Author: Knight Ridder

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/213/story_21318_1.html

Mar. 2 - A Minneapolis police lieutenant faces an internal investigation into recent comments that fellow officers say implied that U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is a terrorist.

The comments allegedly were made during a required police ethics training class this week by Lt. Bob Kroll, according to Mayor R.T. Rybak. In a highly unusual move, Chief Tim...

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World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is Launched

March 1, 2007

Source: WCMP.net

http://www.thewcmp.net/press_release.php

Oak Brook, IL- In the wake of recent natural and man-made calamities, there has surfaced the need for an intense and determined action to collectively address global humanitarian concerns. This calling motivated local humanitarians to institute a first-of-its-kind forum, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP). The WCMP annual conference will give Muslim philanthropists the opportunity to share ideas and cultivate...

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