Islam

U.S. Officials Want More Outreach to American Arabs, Muslims

March 15, 2007

Author: Adam Schreck

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-terror15mar15,1,2191748.story

WASHINGTON--Senior Homeland Security officials told a Senate panel Wednesday that they were having a hard time employing enough interpreters and analysts to counter domestic terrorist threats and that they needed to do more to reach out to American Arabs and Muslims.

They also...

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Muslim Organization Revives Minnesota Branch

March 15, 2007

Author: Richard Meryhew and Pamela Miller

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1058473.html

A controversial national Islamic civil liberties organization has revived its Minnesota chapter after a series of highly publicized incidents involving Muslim taxi drivers, store clerks and airline passengers.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has 32 chapters in the United States and Canada, will open a St....

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Planned Mosque Causing Quite a Stir

March 14, 2007

Author: Matt O'Brien

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_5432719

HAYWARD — The neighborhood surrounding Gading Road always has been known for its row of Christian churches, most of them built in the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate the rapid growth of nearby housing tracts.

But it has never seen the likes of a minaret before.

That could change now that a group of Fijian...

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"Muslim Women Can Reshape Islam," a Commentary by The Christian Science Monitor

March 14, 2007

Author: Christian Science Monitor

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0314/p08s02-comv.html

Something special went unnoticed last week when the US State Department gave out its first awards for "women of courage" to 10 foreign recipients: Seven of the women had demonstrated their honored bravery within Muslim countries.

Were these awards another US effort to help reform Islam? Possibly. But Secretary of State...

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Graduation Ceremony in Church Spurs Lawsuit

March 14, 2007

Author: Kasi Addison

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/213/story_21375_1.html

A high school graduation ceremony held last year in a Newark church has sparked a lawsuit over religious freedom.

A senior who was graduating from West Side High School says he could not attend the ceremony because his Muslim faith prohibited him from entering a building with religious icons, such...

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Mosque Bombed after 8 Thai Buddhists Slain

March 14, 2007

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-03-14-thailand_N.htm

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A bomb wounded eleven Muslims outside a mosque in southern Thailand on Wednesday, in possible retaliation for the execution-style killings of eight Buddhist commuters in the same area earlier in the day.

Col. Apirat Sangkhao, the police chief in Yala province's Yaha district — where both attacks took place — described the bombing as "an...

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Jewish Groups Back ISB's 'Day in Court'

March 13, 2007

Author: Kristin Erekson

Source: The Jewish Advocate

http://www.thejewishadvocate.com/this_weeks_issue/news/?content_id=2704

Three Jewish groups are aligning themselves with the Islamic Society of Boston, leaving leaders of the local organized Jewish community hesitant to speak about the implications of this rift.

Jewish Voice for Peace, Tekiah and the Boston Tikkun Community signed a joint amicus curiae - a “friend...

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Muslim Inmates Demand Equality on Their Plates

March 11, 2007

Author: Juli S. Charkes

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/11/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/11WEmain.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

MUSLIM inmates at the Westchester County Jail are free to study the Koran and worship together. But they say that they are not able to adhere fully to their faith because county jail officials have declined to meet their demands in one area: their diet.

“...

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Muslims, Buddhists Stage Rival Demonstrations in Troubled Southern Thailand

March 11, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/11/asia/AS-GEN-Thailand-Southern-Violence.php

BANGKOK, Thailand: Muslims and Buddhists staged rival protests Sunday in southern Thailand, as violence in the troubled area continued with three more killings.

In Pattani province, about 60 veiled Muslim women blocked a main road to demand the release of three...

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Between Black and Immigrant Muslims, an Uneasy Alliance

March 11, 2007

Author: Andrea Elliott

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/11/nyregion/11muslim.html?hp

Under the glistening dome of a mosque on Long Island, hundreds of men sat cross-legged on the floor. Many were doctors and engineers born in Pakistan and India. Dressed in khakis, polo shirts and the odd silk tunic, they fidgeted and whispered.

One thing stood between them and dinner: A visitor from Harlem was coming to ask...

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"Faith's School," a Commentary by Mona Siddiqui

March 10, 2007

Author: Mona Siddiqui

Source: The Scotsman/The Messenger

http://living.scotsman.com/books.cfm?id=380012007

WITH AN INCREASING FOCUS ON Islam and the Muslim world, it has become fashionable to talk about a "Muslim reformation". Indeed, the western world in particular is quite rightly eager to discover who are the voices of reformative Islam, who are the scholars and thinkers calling for the Muslim world to reflect on the challenges posed by modernity and...

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Idaho Mosque Plastered with Swastika Stickers; Police Investigate

March 9, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/10/america/NA-GEN-US-Mosque-Harassment.php

BOISE, Idaho: A few swastika-emblazoned stickers have been left on a mosque and another building in Boise, Idaho, prompting a police investigation, officials said.

The stickers were reported Sunday as children arrived at the Islamic Center of Boise for Sunday school, said...

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The Battle for the Mosque Broadens and Deepens

March 9, 2007

Author: Stephen Schwartz

Source: TCSDaily

http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=030707B

At the launching of the Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP) two years ago, TCSDaily was one of the media institutions most supportive to our work, and I have therefore chosen this venue to present a balance sheet of CIP's activities in promoting moderate Islam.

We have enjoyed significant success. But some notable obstacles remain before us. These include...

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Our Muslim Neighbors

March 8, 2007

Author: TERI MADDOX

Source: Belleville News-Democrat

http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/living/16857523.htm

You've never heard of prejudice based on first names? That's because your name isn't Mohammed.

After 9/11, Belleville psychotherapist Mohammed Kibria noticed people began treating him as "stupid" or "dangerous" or both. He faced intense security checks at airports and eventually was asked to leave his job at a mental-...

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