Islam

Tri-City Mosques Open Doors to Dialogue

October 10, 2006

Author: Eleni Economides

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_4468957

HERMAN MELVILLE once said "Ignorance is the parent of fear," and Bay Area Muslims made it their goal this week to educate curious community members about their religion during a series of open houses at local mosques.

"I know of many people that are scared to come to the mosque, but we want people to come and learn about who we are,"...

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Pope Adds Apologetic Footnote to Official Text of Islam Speech

October 9, 2006

Author: Stacy Meichtry

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/201/story_20104_1.html

In his latest bid to clarify remarks that enraged the Muslim world, Pope Benedict XVI has added a cautiously worded footnote to the official text of the address he delivered at the University of Regensburg in Germany.

The footnote aimed to further assuage anger over Benedict's use of a quote by a...

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Local Muslims & Christians Come Together to End Barriers

October 9, 2006

Source: WLNS

http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=5513506

Two mid-Michigan religious groups are using their differences to understand each other. Muslims and Christians from neighboring congregations gathered to help break down some religious barriers.

It's a narrow strip of land that separates two faith communities- the Islamic Center of Lansing on one side and University Lutheran Church on the other, but instead of dividing the two congregations, the piece of...

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Jewish, Muslim Women Live Together to Seek Peace, Understanding

October 9, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/09/america/NA_GEN_US_Peace_Dorm.php

About a dozen women students, including a handful of Muslims and Jews, are living together at Rutgers University as they work toward ideals that have seemed out of reach for years in the Middle East: peace and understanding.

Rutgers was to hold a dedication ceremony Monday evening for...

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Muslim-Themed Products Mimic Icons in American Popular Culture

October 9, 2006

Author: Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,219864,00.html

For Muslims wanting their fast food, soda and dolls infused with a little Islamic flair, Beurger King Muslim, Mecca-Cola and Fulla might be just the ticket.

American pop culture icons such as Burger King, Coca-Cola and Barbie dolls have traditionally done well around the world, including in predominantly Muslim countries. But in recent years...

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Beliefwatch: Fast Friends

October 9, 2006

Author: Dilshad D. Ali and Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Source: Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15079909/site/newsweek/

The Roman Catholic peace group Pax Christi USA has decided to fast, but it's not waiting for Lent. After Pope Benedict XVI quoted a Byzantine emperor's statement that Islam is "evil and inhuman," the group said that, to soothe tensions, thousands of its members are fasting for Ramadan. (For the 30 days of the Islamic holy month,...

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Denmark's Prime Minister Condemns Latest Mocking of Prophet Muhammad

October 8, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/08/europe/EU_GEN_Denmark_Prophet_Drawings.php

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday condemned the youth wing of an anti-immigrant party for mocking the Prophet Muhammad during a summer camp meeting earlier this year.

"I strongly condemn the behavior of members of the youth wing of the Danish People's...

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Defusing the Clash of Civilizations

October 7, 2006

Author: John Colson

Source: Aspen Times Weekly

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20061007/ASPENWEEKLY/110080065

As tensions rise between the Islamic and non-Islamic countries of the world, fed largely by an ever-growing fear and hatred of the United States among some international Muslims, a past mayor of Aspen continues to do what he can to defuse the situation.

Former Mayor John Bennett admitted this week that a recent high-...

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Group Opposed to Roxbury Mosque Sues BRA for Documents

October 6, 2006

Author: Charles A. Radin

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/10/06/group_opposed_to_roxbury_mosque_sues_bra_for_documents/

The David Project, a non profit Jewish advocacy organization, yesterday charged in Suffolk Superior Court that the Boston Redevelopment Authority is withholding public records related to the authority's sale of land to the Islamic Society...

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In US, Ramadan Gets an American Twist

October 6, 2006

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1006/p03s01-ussc.html

Aaliyah Turner used to light up the scoreboards for the Emmanuel College women's basketball team - even while observing the Islamic month of Ramadan. She would go all day without food and water until half time, when the sun set. So during this year's observance, playing a pickup game of basketball with a youth team organized through her...

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Seven Muslims Are Granted Citizenship After Years of Waiting

October 6, 2006

Author: H.G. Reza

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-aclu6oct06,1,5190346.story

Seven Muslims who have been waiting years to become U.S. citizens were notified Thursday that their applications had been approved, two months after they joined a lawsuit accusing immigration officials of illegally delaying background checks and allowing applications to linger indefinitely....

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