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Marshals Decry Imams' Charges

November 29, 2006

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20061129-121812-1240r.htm

Air marshals, pilots and security officials yesterday expressed concern that airline passengers and crews will be reluctant to report suspicious behavior aboard for fear of being called "racists," after several Muslim imams made that charge in a press conference Monday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Six imams, or Muslim holy men, accused a US...

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Mayfield Settles Case Against Feds for $2 Million

November 29, 2006

Author: Ryan Geddes

Source: Beaverton Valley Times

http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/news/story.php?story_id=116482687291016800

The Washington County lawyer wrongly arrested by the FBI in connection with the 2004 terrorist bombings of passenger trains in Madrid has settled his lawsuit against the federal government for $2 million.

Brandon Mayfield, a muslim who lives in Aloha and practices law in Beaverton, sued...

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Southeast Asian Muslim Leaders Plan Task Force to Promote Moderation

November 29, 2006

Source: Indian Catholic

http://www.theindiancatholic.com/newsread.asp?nid=4786

MAKATI CITY, Philippines (UCAN) -- Government officials and leaders of Muslim groups at the second international conference of Southeast Asian Muslim leaders here agreed to form a task force to promote "the moderate teachings of Islam."

The proposed body was provisionally named the International Islamic Da'wah Task Force, according to Taha Basman, president of the Philippine branch of...

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Muslim Students in Rome see Learning as a Two-way Street

November 28, 2006

Author: Tracy Wilkinson

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-students28nov28,1,6960986.story?coll=la-headlines-world

ROME - When Zeinep Ozbek told her parents how she planned to pursue her education, they were shocked.

Not only was the young Muslim woman about to leave her native Turkey, she was venturing into a strict traditional bastion of...

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Cedar Rapids Residents Work To Restore Oldest Mosque

November 28, 2006

Source: KCCI

http://www.kcci.com/news/10415116/detail.html

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The first mosque built by Muslims in the U.S. is located in Iowa.

It's called the Mother Mosque of America and was built in 1934 in Cedar Rapids.

Residents are working to restore the mosque that is used as a cultural center, a library and a place of worship.

In the late 1800s, Cedar Rapids had its first influx of immigrants from a region that is now Lebanon. A small but...

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Allure of Islam Signals a Shift Within Turkey

November 28, 2006

Author: SABRINA TAVERNISE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/28/world/europe/28turkey.html

ANKARA, Turkey — A short 24 hours before a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to this Muslim country, its prime minister finally agreed to meet him publicly. The venue: the airport, on the Turkish leader’s way out of town.

A pedestrian street in Istanbul, where women in miniskirts and head scarves mingle. Turkey...

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US Works to Bridge its Muslim Trust Gap

November 27, 2006

Author: Alexandra Marks

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1127/p01s03-ussc.html

NEW YORK – It was an awkward moment for Martin Ficke, the special agent in charge of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New York.

He was seated next to a member of the British Parliament for a panel on the "War on Terror and the Clash of Civilizations." Why, the moderator asked Mr. Ficke, was this prominent British...

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Blending Muslim Tradition with American Reality

November 27, 2006

Author: Janet I. Tu

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003449310_muslim27m.html

Uzma Siddiqi has visited many mosques, both locally and in other cities where she's lived.

But none felt quite right for her.

Some, for instance, devoted 90 percent of their space to men's prayers and activities, setting aside only 10 percent for women and children.

But when she...

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Lampson to Build on the Support of Muslims

November 27, 2006

Author: Armando Villafranca

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=3909

The Muslim-American community in Houston should know that there will be someone who will listen in the offices of the 22nd Congressional District, U.S. Rep.-elect Nick Lampson said Saturday.

Lampson, who will take over Tom DeLay's former seat in January, said he has never had as large an electoral base in any previous election as he had...

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Muslims Celebrate Thanksgiving with Halal Turkeys

November 27, 2006

Author: Alia Malik

Source: The Capital

http://www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi-bin/read/2006/11_19-57/LIF

WASHINGTON - Mohammad Malik, owner of Bismillah Halal Meat in Langley Park, doesn't have Thanksgiving off. He will spend the day in his store, cooking the food his Muslim customers want for the holiday - lamb and goat roasts and pound after pound of rice.

But recently, more people have come in requesting something different:...

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Imams Stage Airport 'Pray-in' as Protest

November 27, 2006

Author: Leslie Miller

Source: The Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/nation/16107962.htm

WASHINGTON - Imams, ministers and a rabbi staged a "pray-in" demonstration Monday at Reagan Washington National Airport and demanded an apology from US Airways for barring six Muslims from a Minneapolis to Phoenix flight last week.

The religious leaders called...

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Relief and Anger as Two Boston-area Imams Given Bail

November 27, 2006

Author: Jay Lindsay

Source: South Coast Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/11-06/11-22-06/10state-region.htm

BOSTON -- The six days since two local imams were arrested have been restless ones for supporters and family, who've risen up to fight what they say is an injustice.

Hundreds signed petitions of support, college students fasted and prayed, children sent...

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Muslims Protest with Prayer at Sea-Tac

November 25, 2006

Author: Seattle Times Staff

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/faithvalues/2003446938_prayin25m.html

Six Seattle-area Muslims gathered in prayer Friday in front of a US Airways ticket counter at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to protest the removal of six imams from a flight in Minneapolis earlier this week.

The prayer lasted eight minutes without incident.

"We are...

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