Islam

At Swearing in, Congressman Wants to Carry Koran

December 7, 2006

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1207/p01s03-uspo.html

Keith Ellison hasn't even started his new job, and he's already under fire.

When America's first Muslim congressman, a Democrat from Minnesota, let it be known he will carry a Koran to his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 4, conservative pundit Dennis Prager called it "an act of hubris ... that undermines American civilization."
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Love of Diversity Drives Muslims’ Christmas Charity

December 7, 2006

Author: Sandra Oey

Source: Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e4ce9800-7588-4d84-b1d9-9680ff7cbf3e&k=92474

This is not the first time the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization is having a food drive, but it is the first time they’re doing it for Christmas.

The organization has purposely chosen to hold the event during the Christian holiday season,...

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Turks Debate whether an Imam Can Revere the Cross

December 7, 2006

Author: Mustafa Akyol

Source: Turkish Daily News

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=61126

The visit by Pope Benedict XVI has sparked a new debate in Turkey about the rightful limits of religious ecumenism. The Turkish media have been discussing whether a Muslim cleric can revere Christian symbols like the sign of the cross, and whether it is really necessary to be so accommodating in order to establish genuine religious...

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"Babri Mosque Demolition has a Symbolic Relationship with General Discrimination of Indian Muslims?"

December 6, 2006

Source: The Milli Gazette/Council of Indian Muslims Press Release

http://www.milligazette.com/IndMusStat/2006a/949-CIM-Babri_masjid_ayodhya-6dec06.htm

LONDON: British Indian Muslims have urged the Indian Government to handover the Babri Mosque site to Indian Muslims and let them rebuild the mosque there. Marking the 15th anniversary of the demolition of the 14th century historic Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992, Britain’s two leading Indian...

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Ellison Won't Be First Politician to Forgo Bible in Taking Oath of Office

December 5, 2006

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Pew Forum

Wire Service: RNS

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=12096

When Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat who last month was elected the first Muslim in Congress, announced he would take his oath of office on Islam's holy book, the Quran, he provoked sharp criticism from conservatives and some heated discussion on the blogosphere.

The ensuing discussion has revived...

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Muslim Woman Cites Gym after Interrupted Prayer

December 5, 2006

Author: Greg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061205/LIFESTYLE04/612050368/1041

DEARBORN -- Fitness USA, a gym chain, is investigating an alleged civil rights violation involving a local Muslim woman who says her afternoon prayer was interrupted by a fellow patron, and that her complaint to management about the situation was rejected.

"The manager told me, '...

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Muslim-American Group Targets Radio Host Over Koran Oath Comments

December 5, 2006

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,234237,00.html

WASHINGTON -- A Muslim-American advocacy group has called on radio talk show host Dennis Prager to be removed from the governing board of the federally funded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum after Prager last week blasted a representative-elect for planning to use the Koran at his swearing-in next month.

Prager, who is Jewish, slammed Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison...

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First Muslim Congressman has Right to Take Oath on Quran

December 5, 2006

Author: Dean Koldenhoven

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/opinion/guests/159871,051guc1.article

The news that Minnesota congressman-elect Keith Ellison says he does not want to put his hand on the Bible while taking the oath of office really is a nonissue.

Unless the formality of the swearing-in changes, the official swearing-in for the House of Representatives is done in the House chambers by...

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Lawsuit Says NYPD Anti-Terror Cyber Unit Filled with Muslim Hate

December 5, 2006

Author: Larry Neumeister

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-bc-ny--terror-biassuit1205dec05,0,1286841.story

NEW YORK -- A celebrated police anti-terrorism cyber unit became a beehive of anti-Muslim rhetoric after a city consultant unleashed hundreds of hateful e-mails saying Muslims and Arabs were all potential terrorists, a unit member said in a lawsuit Tuesday.

The...

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US Holocaust Museum Urged to Drop Islam-Basher

December 4, 2006

Source: CAIR Press Release

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=12099

WASHINGTON, D.C., CAIR: A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called for the removal of a presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council because of his intolerant views toward Islam in American society.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged that talk show host and columnist Dennis Prager be removed from the...

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Islamic Group Awards Rabbi for Bridging Faiths

December 4, 2006

Author: Jennifer Barrios

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl045002044dec04,0,7252702.story

A Long Island Islamic group gave its community-service award to a Great Neck rabbi who was vocal this election season against a congressman who denounced the group as "radical Islam."

Rabbi Jerome Davidson of Temple Beth El received the third annual award from the Islamic Center of...

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Finding My Religion: A Silicon Valley Imam is on His Way to the Hajj, the Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca

December 4, 2006

Author: David Ian Miller

Source: San Francisco Gate

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/g/a/2006/12/04/findrelig.DTL

Imagine standing in a crowd of 2 million people whose most cherished dream has just come true. For many Muslims, participating in the hajj -- the annual journey to the physical and spiritual heart of Islam -- is the most central spiritual experience of their lives.

All Muslims are expected to make...

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With no Mosque in Salem, Muslims Find a Place to Pray

December 4, 2006

Author: Ruth Liao

Source: Statesman Journal

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061204/NEWS/612040324/1001

Marwan Albustami of Salem unrolled a child-sized prayer mat fringed in red and blue and explained how he teaches his children how to pray.

Young children learn the importance of prayer after witnessing the devotion of their parents' prayers five times per day, he said.
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