Islam

School Sacks Woman after Veil Row

November 24, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bradford/6179842.stm

A Muslim classroom assistant suspended by a school for wearing a veil in lessons has been sacked.

Aishah Azmi, 23, was asked to remove the veil after the Church of England school in Dewsbury, West Yorks, said pupils found it hard to understand her.

Last month, an employment tribunal ruled Mrs Azmi had not been discriminated against, but awarded her £1,100 for "...

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Ellison Seeks Meeting on Removal of Clerics

November 24, 2006

Author: Rochelle Olson

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/587/story/833707.html

Congressman-elect Keith Ellison wants to meet with executives of US Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission to discuss the removal of six Muslim clerics from a flight on Monday.

Ellison sent the letter to US Airways CEO Doug Parker and Jeff Hamiel, executive director of the MAC, late Wednesday. As of Friday, no meeting had been scheduled....

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Uzbekistan Accuses U.S. of having Double Standards on Religious Freedom

November 24, 2006

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/11/25/news/nation/14_08_3011_24_06.txt

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Uzbekistan accused the United States of practicing double standards on human rights issues Friday after Washington listed the former Soviet republic as one of the world's worst violators of religious freedom.

Last week, Uzbekistan was included in the annual State Department list of "countries of particular concern,"...

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European Muslim Women: Spirituality and Responsibility Discussed at WISE Conference

November 23, 2006

Author: IlhamAllah Chiara Ferrero

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/print/european_muslim_women_spirituality_and_responsibility/

The theme of women’s spirituality is arousing increasing interest and not only in the Islamic world, where, for example, the great Muslim women saints of the past still today provide us with valuable food for reflection. At...

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Praying in Public Concerns Muslims

November 23, 2006

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061123/LIFESTYLE04/611230372/1020/NATION

DEARBORN -- With many Muslims traveling to and from Detroit Metro Airport for major events in December, local leaders said they are concerned about continuing friction at airports and the phenomenon many now call "flying while Muslim."

The Hajj begins on Dec. 29,...

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Making Room for Others

November 22, 2006

Author: Joe Sinasac

Source: The Catholic Register/Catholic Online

http://www.catholic.org/views/views_news.php?id=22105

A recent poll suggests that Canadians still embrace multiculturalism and religious diversity. At the same time, the survey shows that at some point newcomers must find ways to accommodate themselves to this country’s deepest principles.

This should not be a surprise. Canada is a country of immigrants, right from...

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‘Flying While Muslim’

November 22, 2006

Author: Jessica Bennett and Matthew Philips

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15856333/site/newsweek/

Nov. 22, 2006 - As a Muslim-American and president of the North American Imams Federation, Dr. Omar Shahin is no stranger to the heightened security of a post-9/11 world. On more than one occasion, the Phoenix, Ariz., resident says he’s been picked out of a crowd by the color of his skin -- interrogated, finger printed or detained. So...

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Muslims Spread Holiday Spirit in Hyde Park

November 22, 2006

Author: Esther J. Cepeda

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/145833,CST-NWS-muslim22.article

There's a saying in the Islamic religion: "A person does not have true faith if they sleep comfortably on a full stomach while his neighbor suffers from hunger."

It embodies the spirit of charity and giving that will see almost 300 turkeys delivered to Emmett Louis Till Math and Science Academy in Hyde Park...

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‘Humble Man’ is Free on Bail: Student Visa Requirement is Key to U.S. Government’s Case Against Sharon Spiritual Leader

November 22, 2006

Author: Lane Lambert

Source: The Patriot Ledger

http://www.patriotledger.com/articles/2006/11/22/news/news04.txt

BOSTON - Did he leave the United States as he was supposed to, or did he stay?

That 15-year-old question is at the heart of the government’s immigration case against Imam Hafiz Muhammed Masood, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of New England’s mosque in Sharon, who was detained last week.
...

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Parents Halt School Mosque Trip

November 21, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6170028.stm

Parents have forced a school trip to a mosque to be abandoned because they did not want their children exposed to a religion that was not their own.

A class of 10-year-olds at Atwood Primary, Croydon, south London, were due to tour Croydon Mosque as part of their religious education lessons.

But a number of parents withdrew their support saying their children were too young to learn...

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Boston Imams and Son Released On Bail

November 21, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3905

WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 21, 2006 (MASNET) Imam Abdul Hannan, Imam Masood, and Hassan Masood were released on bail today after an immigration bail hearing. Bail was set at $7500 each for the two Imams and $2500 for Imam Masood's son, Hassan Masood.

Hundreds of interfaith supporters from all walks of life flooded the JFK plaza for a post-bail release press conference. The press...

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A Bid to Bring the Female Voice to Islamic Law

November 21, 2006

Author: Ben Arnoldy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1121/p01s04-ussc.html

For centuries, devout Muslims have looked to the fatwa - an opinion based on religious reasoning of a learned individual or committee - for direction on how to resolve moral dilemmas ranging from the mundane to the sublime. And for centuries, Muslim women have conceded the ground, for the most part, to the men who issue these opinions.
...

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Egypt Minister in Headscarf Row

November 21, 2006

Author: Heba Saleh

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6169170.stm

Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni is under pressure to resign after saying that wearing the Islamic headscarf was "regressive".

In parliament, 130 MPs have signed a petition calling for confidence to be withdrawn from the minister.

Mr Hosni will now have to appear before two parliamentary committees to answer a number of questions.

Mr...

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