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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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6 Imams Removed From Twin Cities Flight

November 21, 2006

Author: Steve Karnowski

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6230459,00.html

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations called Tuesday for an investigation into the behavior of airline staff and airport security in the removal of six Muslim scholars from a US Airways flight a day earlier.

A passenger raised concerns about the imams...

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9/11 Prisoner Abuse Suit could be Landmark

November 20, 2006

Author: Richard A. Serrano

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-jail20nov20,0,4583237.story

NEW YORK -- Five years after Muslim immigrants were abused in a federal jail here, the guards who beat them and the Washington policymakers who decided to hold them for months without charges are being called to account.

Some 1,200 Middle Eastern men were arrested on suspicion of...

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Muslim Group Deflates Stereotypes

November 20, 2006

Author: Eleni Economides

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_4690837

SAN JOSE -- Maha ElGenaidi wants to put a human face on Islam.

"Muslims that are -- guess what? -- exactly like you," says ElGenaidi, president and CEO of Islamic Networks Group.

Since 1993, the group has worked to educate members of the community, law enforcement agents, corporations and health-care providers about Islam. Using presentations of varying...

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Rally Calls for Religious Freedom

November 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/6165086.stm

A rally to defend the right to freedom of religion and an end to Islamophobia is due to be held in London.

Organised by Muslim and human rights groups, it aims to halt a "deplorable regression" in community relations.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who will address the rally, compared the recent "demonisation" of Muslims to that of Jews in the 19th century.

"As at that...

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Christian Pressure Kills off Bias Ban

November 19, 2006

Author: Jeremy Roberts

Source: The Australian

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,20787618-949,00.html#

The South Australian Attorney-General has admitted dropping a planned ban on religious-based discrimination from a new law because of fears from Christians they would be prevented from converting non-Christians.

Muslim leaders and legal experts have condemned the decision to drop the ban, arguing that laws were...

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Leader Warns Turks Ahead of Pope's Visit

November 19, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/204/story_20469_1.html

The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians cautioned Turks in an interview published Sunday against creating potential "unpleasant incidents" during Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to Turkey.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I said in an interview published in the Sabah newspaper Sunday that the pope's Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 trip was a...

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Auction Raises Money for Muslim Domestic Violence Victims

November 19, 2006

Source: News 8 Austin

http://www.news8austin.com/shared/print/default.asp?ArID=175138

An art auction on Saturday helped some Central Texas women picture a better life. A nonprofit that primarily serves the Muslim community hosted the art and silent auction to benefit victims of domestic abuse.

Central Texas Muslimaat says domestic violence plagues all races and ethnic groups, but may be especially difficult for Muslim women to come forward and seek...

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Dutch Muslims Condemn Burqa Ban

November 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6160620.stm

Dutch Muslims have criticised a government proposal to ban women from wearing the burqa or veils which cover the face in public places.

Dutch Muslim groups say a ban would make the country's one million Muslims feel victimised and alienated.

The Dutch cabinet said burqas - a full body covering that also obscures the face - disturb public order and safety.

The decision comes days ahead of...

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Rape Law Reform Roils Pakistan's Islamists

November 17, 2006

Author: David Montero

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1117/p07s02-wosc.html

Putting an end to a skirmish but not to the longer battle, Pakistan's lower house of parliament voted on Wednesday to amend the Hudood Ordinances, the country's religious-based laws that govern rape and vice.

Before, women who reported rape were compelled to produce four male witnesses to the crime or face charges that they had...

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