Islam

Muslim Group Wants Mentoring Center

February 18, 2007

Author: Jon Wilson

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/02/18/Neighborhoodtimes/Muslim_group_wants_me.shtml

ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association wants to establish a mentoring center in Childs Park and is sponsoring a luncheon Thursday to begin its campaign.

"We want to really introduce the idea to the St. Pete community," said Abdul Karim Ali, the association's board chair....

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Thai Islamic Bank's Buddhist Chief Helps Build Trust

February 17, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3742,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- The boss of Thailand's only dedicated Islamic bank has a unique job description: work in one of the most dangerous corners of Asia, go to mosques to drum up business and become an expert in chicken-farming.

A knowledge of Islam is essential, but being a Muslim is not.

"I am a non-Muslim...

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Parents Speak out on Teacher's Remarks

February 17, 2007

Author: Eric Paul Zamora

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/30377.html

Parents of a sixth-grade student at Riverview Elementary School say their son was treated differently by his classmates and distracted from his schoolwork because of comments his teacher made about Muslims and Iranians.

The parents, Mashalah Boroujerdi and Rezvan Jamshidy, spoke publicly for the first time Friday, elaborating about incidents that have...

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Arab-American Soldiers Stress Loyalty, Patriotism

February 16, 2007

Author: Mohamed Elshinnawi

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2007-02-15-voa46.cfm

As American troops battle Islamic extremists in Iraq and Afghanistan and try to bring stability to the region, here at home the Pentagon is reaching out to Arab and Muslim Americans, trying to interest them in joining the U.S. military. At least 15,000 Muslims, including about 3,500 Arab-Americans, are already in uniform. In fact,...

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"What the West Can Learn From Islam," a Commentary by Tariq Ramadan

February 16, 2007

Author: Tariq Ramadan

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/errors.dir/noauthorization.php3?page=/weekly/v53/i24/24b00601.htm

In late September, I finally received a response to the question I had been asking the Bush administration for more than two years: Why was my work visa revoked in late July 2004, just days before I was to take up a position as a professor of Islamic studies and the...

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Iraq War Tests Unity Among U.S. Muslims

February 15, 2007

Author: Tim Gaynor

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/inDepthNews/idUSN0924297820070215

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Islamic community are fearful that sectarian slaughter tearing Shi'ite and Sunni communities apart in Iraq is testing unity among Muslim immigrants in the United States.

Imams, analysts and community leaders say the daily round of truck bombings, kidnappings and slaughter pitching former...

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"Native American Courts: Precedent for an Islamic Arbitral System," a Commentary by Issa Smith

February 14, 2007

Author: Issa Smith

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/native_american_courts_precedent_for_an_islamic_arbitral_system/0013143

In the United States today, there is a system of courts which is just outside of the federal and state court systems, known as the American Indian Tribal Courts. The Tribal Courts deal with criminal, civil...

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Interfaith Panel Tackles Modesty, Modernity

February 14, 2007

Author: Michah Rynor

Source: University of Toronto Campus News

http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bin6/070214-2928.asp

European governments are currently debating whether or not to ban certain Islamic garb worn by Muslim women due to their concerns that veils and hijabs cause civil strife, discourage assimilation and help disguise terrorists and lawbreakers.

The Canadian debate has been far less dramatic but it continues to be a topic of discussion,...

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Mosques' Women Policy Criticised

February 13, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/6358761.stm

East Midlands MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk has urged the government to pass a new law to force mosques to open their doors to women. Mr Kilroy-Silk, who sits as an independent MEP, has written to ministers calling for urgent action.

He said not allowing women into mosques meant they were being regarded as "second-class citizens".

But a spokeswoman for a...

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Miffed Muslims Visit 'Code' Town

February 12, 2007

Source: Winnepeg Sun

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/12/pf-3596022.html

HEROUXVILLE, Que. -- Clad in traditional Islamic head scarves, a delegation of Muslim women paid a visit yesterday to the Quebec town that passed a controversial code aimed at potential immigrants.

Six women, accompanied by a handful of male and female Muslim students, appealed for changes to a so-called "code of life," which lays out societal norms for Herouxville, 165...

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"A Native American Muslim's Story," a Commentary by Lois Stands-Ali

February 12, 2007

Author: Lois Stands-Ali

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_native_american_muslims_story/0013127

All Praise is due to Allah, the Creator who guided me to ISLAM--the Way of Life--the Red Road--the Straight Path.

I began my journey on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, in one of the communities called Oglala. When I was born, my earth parents...

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