Islam

Controversial Mosque Plan Refused

February 28, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/6403269.stm

A Muslim association has criticised a council's decision not to grant planning permission for a £6m mosque.

Dudley's planning committee voted unanimously to refuse outline permission. Thousands of signatures and letters of objection had been sent.

Khurshid Ahmed, chair of Dudley Muslim Association, said it was "very likely" to appeal and accused the...

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Plans for Mosque Approved

February 28, 2007

Source: Capital News 9

http://www.capitalnews9.com/content/your_news/capital_region/default.asp?ArID=206172

Plans for building a new mosque in the Town of Colonie have been on the table for five years.

But finally the town planning board made a decision to approve the 50,000 square foot facility.

The Masjid Al-Hidaya Mosque is set to be built off Route 2 in Latham. The worship center will house the mosque, and eventually a...

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Soccer Officials Should Learn Their Own Rules on Headgear

February 28, 2007

Source: Vancouver Sun

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=9bce6ff5-2cf6-46aa-97f9-ad83cca6b436

For the second time in less than than two years, the reputation of amateur soccer in Canada has been needlessly tarnished by referees, administrators and politicians who misunderstand the rules, yet expect players to follow their faulty directives anyway.

The latest debacle occurred in Quebec,...

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Frederick Mosque Possible Target of Hate Crime

February 28, 2007

Source: NBC4

http://www.nbc4.com/news/11138569/detail.html

FREDERICK, Md. -- Police said they are investigating a possible hate crime in Frederick County after vandals defaced a mosque last week.

Authorities said someone threw large stones through some of the mosque's windows last Wednesday. The incident is the third of its kind against the Islamic Society of Frederick in just more than a year, officials said.

A window was broken at the mosque three weeks ago,...

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Malaysia Stands Out Among Muslim-Majority Countries, US Praises

February 27, 2007

Source: bernama.com

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=248832

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- The United States Tuesday praised Malaysia as its success story in the Muslim world demonstrates clearly the capacity for Islam to resume the leadership role it once played among the world's civilisations.

Speaking at an intellectual discourse, US ambassador to Malaysia Christopher J. LaFleur said Malaysia was clearly a success story in Southeast Asia,...

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Two Charged in Violent Hate Crime Against Deli Clerks

February 27, 2007

Source: KOMO-TV

http://www.komotv.com/news/6004201.html

SEATTLE - Two people have been charged under the state's hate crime law after a surveillance camera at Saleh's Delicatessen in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood caught a confrontation between two customers and two clerks during which racial slurs, obscenities and punches were thrown.

A Seattle man and a Shoreline woman were charged Thursday afternoon with malicious harassment. The two are accused of slinging words and...

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Muslim Girl Sparks Canada Hijab Dispute

February 27, 2007

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Canada-Hijab-Conflict.html

MONTREAL (AP) -- An 11-year-old Muslim girl was ejected from a soccer game for refusing to take off her hijab, reigniting Quebec's debate over reasonable accommodation for minorities and even prompting comments from Premier Jean Charest.

Quebec's soccer federation said Asmahan Mansour of Ottawa was given the...

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Camp Uses American Indian Traditions to Help Soldiers Heal

February 26, 2007

Author: Cindy V. Culp

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/02/26/02262007wacphoenixproject.html

For decades, Richard Thompson has struggled with an injury he received during Marine Corps training.

But the Gholson resident doesn’t dwell on the loss of most of the hearing in his left ear. Instead, he is troubled that the resulting medical discharge...

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Lawsuit Over Mosque Site is Dismissed

February 25, 2007

Author: Stephen Kurkjian

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/02/25/lawsuit_over_mosque_site_is_dismissed/

A Suffolk Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit that contended the Boston Redevelopment Authority's sale of a parcel of land in Roxbury for a price significantly below its appraised value to the Islamic Society of Boston violated the constitutional separation between...

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Islam's Pioneering Women Priests

February 25, 2007

Author: Richard Hamilton

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6392531.stm

A radical innovation in the Islamic world has arisen in Morocco - women preachers. The Mourchidat, as they are known, are the first women ever in any Muslim country that can perform the functions of a male Imam in a mosque, except lead the prayers.

Fifty Mourchidat have graduated and have now begun their ministries.

However, not everyone agrees with...

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Evidence Against Muslim Charity Appears Fabricated

February 25, 2007

Author: Greg Krikorian

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-holyland25feb25,1,4876426.story

When the Bush administration shut down the nation's largest Muslim charity five years ago, officials of the Dallas-based foundation denied allegations it was linked to terrorists and insisted that a number of accusations were fabricated by the government.

Now, attorneys for...

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Nation of Islam Members, Mainstream Muslims Unite at Detroit Forum

February 23, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070223/UPDATE/702230449/1041/LIFESTYLE04

DETROIT -- About 5,000 members of the Nation of Islam prayed this afternoon at Cobo Center with members of mainline Islamic groups, as the organization continues to makes some moves that would foster a closer alliance with mainstream Islam.

"I am very thankful to...

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Sectarian Violence Embroils Iraqi Muslims, but in Houston the Focus is Common Ground

February 23, 2007

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4578026.html

Ask Rodwan Saleh if he is a Sunni or a Shia and his reply comes quickly.

"I am a Muslim," says Saleh, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, an umbrella organization that includes both groups. "Muslims should always identify themselves that way."

Other Houston Muslims respond similarly.
...

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UK Police to Start Hindu Safety Forum

February 22, 2007

Source: Daily News and Analysis

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1081494

LONDON: Britain's Metropolitan Police has assured the Hindu community here that it will take action against aggressive conversion techniques and intimidation being employed against Hindu girls by radical Muslim groups in university campuses.

This was announced on Wednesday at a conference organised by the Hindu Forum of Britain and the National Hindu Students Forum.

Issues...

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Row Over Dutch Muslim Ministers

February 22, 2007

Author: Geraldine Coughlan

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6385463.stm

The appointment of two Muslim politicians to the new Dutch cabinet has reawakened a row in the country over dual nationality.

Nebahat Albayrak and Ahmed Aboutaleb are both Dutch passport holders, but also have Turkish and Moroccan passports respectively.

Right-wing opposition parties want to see an end to dual nationality.

The row has...

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