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Ramadan a Time to Rejoice and Learn

October 27, 2006

Author: Jim Smith

Source: Daily Democrat

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_4535794

A hastily prepared Ramadan "Iftar dinner" became an occasion of cultural and religious diversity Saturday night with guests learning more about themselves as well as Islam.

Co-sponsored by Yolo County Supervisor Mariko Yamada, the American Muslim Voice and the Council on American Islamic Relations, the dinner was held in the atrium of the county's Irwin Meier...

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UK Hindus Work to Correct Poor Portrayal of Hinduism

October 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/10/28.shtml#1

LONDON, ENGLAND, October 27, 2006: The following report was sent by Jay Lakhani of the Hindu Council UK:

"We participated at the Foreign Press Association meeting where faith members from Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism debated the issue of so-called "honor killing" (usually, the murder of a female for supposed sexual or marital offenses -- see here) with Dr. Gill a lecturer...

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India: PM Fears Report On Muslims Will be Explosive

October 26, 2006

Source: Adnkronos International

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Politics&loid=8.0.353853973&par=0#

The Indian government is worried about the impact of a report that lists the findings of a committee that was appointed last March to look into the social, economic and education status of Muslims in India. According to sources, the report has essentially detailed data proving that the status of Indian...

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Man Battles to Have Confiscated Feathers Returned

October 25, 2006

Author: Andres R. Martinez

Source: The Monitor

http://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=16052&Section=Local

McALLEN - The turkey feathers in Robert Soto’s porcupine brocade are nothing more than placeholders for the two golden eagle feathers they replaced.

Soto’s eagle feathers were confiscated by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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Veil Makes Islam Women Faceless

October 25, 2006

Author: Cathy Young

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/289808_cathyyoung25.html

Britain has been in turmoil over veils in recent days, after a school in Yorkshire suspended a Muslim teacher's assistant for wearing "niqab" -- a form of the traditional veil that leaves only a slit for the eyes.

Further stoking the flames, House of Commons leader Jack Straw revealed that in meetings with...

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U.S. Muslims Are Leaning Democratic

October 25, 2006

Author: Bethe Dufresne

Source: The Day

http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=bd05cf80-66c5-4f9f-bdb2-0dd2529b96a1

A survey released Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations shows Muslim voters to be religiously diverse, well-integrated into American society, highly educated, politically active and gravitating toward the Democratic Party.

Forty-two percent of Muslims surveyed said they belonged to the Democratic...

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Russian Muslims Celebrate Eid

October 24, 2006

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200610240313.htm

Muslims in Russia, who constitute over 12 per cent of the population in Russia on Monday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr amid growing xenophobia and racial intolerance in the post-Communist society.

Amid tight security arrangements thousands of Muslims gathered in Moscow's main mosque on Monday morning for Eid Namaz led by the Russian Mufti Ravil Ghainuttdin.

In his message, President...

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Latina Muslim Converts Gather to Share and Forge their Newfound Faith, Friendship

October 23, 2006

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4279586.html

When Zulayka Martinez left the Roman Catholic Church and converted to Islam six years ago, she was happy and at peace with her decision. But she felt like an outsider in her new faith.

Looking back, she realizes her problem was more of a cultural and language barrier. Most members of Houston mosques were of Arab or...

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Muslim Could Be a 1st in Congress

October 23, 2006

Author: Joseph Williams

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/10/23/muslim_could_be_a_1st_in_congress/

While there is no such thing as a sure thing in politics, congressional candidate Keith Ellison is a good bet to join the freshman class of 2006 in the US House of Representatives.

If he does, Ellison, who is the Democratic nominee in an overwhelmingly Democratic...

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A Muslim Pope Luther?

October 23, 2006

Author: Martin Marty

Source: Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/1023.shtml

Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, a.k.a. Paracelsus, was challenged by authorities who called him the Luther of medicine. "Why do you call me a medical Luther?... I leave it to Luther to defend what he says, and I will be responsible for what I say." I thought about P.A.T.B.v.H. this week while...

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Violence Casts Shadow on Muslim Holiday

October 23, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/202/story_20230_1.html

Women in southern Lebanon wept at the graves of loved ones killed in the Israel-Hezbollah war, while many Iraqis stayed home amid fears of violence Monday at the start of a major holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

The three-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr is customarily celebrated with family gatherings, presents and lunchtime feasts, but fighting...

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West Point Dedicates Space to Muslim Worship

October 23, 2006

Source: Army Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2304993.php

Muslims at the U.S. Military Academy numbered just two in 2001. This year, there are 32. Now West Point has opened its first space dedicated to Muslims, a worship hall complete with a pulpit facing Mecca. The space officially opened Thursday.

“I knew the Army had a policy of religious tolerance, but I didn’t know it was to...

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Beloved Ramadan Traditions Fall Victim to Iraq's Dangers

October 22, 2006

Author: Amit R. Paley

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/21/AR2006102100334.html

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, is drawing to a close. But for many Iraqis, it never really began. One by one, 1,000-year-old rituals have fallen by the wayside this year, lost to the sectarian violence that has paralyzed this city.

There was majinah , an Iraqi version of...

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