Islam

Letter to the Editor: "At Odds with Islam" by Adeeba Al-Zaman

June 18, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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On June 18, 2006 a letter to the editor by Adeeba Al-Zaman, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Philadelphia appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer: "As a practicing Muslim, I find Carlin Romano's commentary ('Daring to reject the cruelties and abuse of Islam,' June 4) at odds with the actual teachings and practice of my faith. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the subject of the article, fails to make distinctions...

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Opinion: "What Pluralism Means to Islam" by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar

June 18, 2006

Source: The Star

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On June 18, 2006 The Star ran an opinion piece by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World. Muzaffar writes, "I was perplexed – and perturbed – by the remark attributed to the State Mufti of Perak, Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria, that pluralism was an attack upon the faith of the Muslims (Star, June 14, 2006). What does pluralism mean in the Mufti’s dictionary? Pluralism in the social sciences...

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Sikh Video Game Creator Claims BBC Misrepresented Sikhs as Anti-Muslim

June 17, 2006

Source: The Times of India

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On June 17, 2006 The Times of India reported, "A Birmingham-based Sikh video game creator has accused the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) of misrepresenting a Sikh history-based game he has developed as anti-Muslim. According to a report in Eastern Eye , an ethnic Indian newspaper in Britain, Taranjit Singh has claimed that BBC's Asian Network, in a show, manipulated and took out of context the content of his game and made it look like one of...

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London Museum Features Contemporary Islamic Art

June 17, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4987284.stm

On June 17, 2006 BBC News reported, " A new exhibition at the British Museum in London looks at contemporary art of the Islamic [w]orld. Word into Art - Artists of the Modern Middle East, focuses on the way artists are experimenting with different approaches to Arabic script. But the BBC's Vincent Dowd says you can also simply enjoy it as a useful guide to contemporary art in the Middle...

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Lutheran Seminary in Chicago Establishes Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement

June 16, 2006

Source: ELCA Newservice

http://www.wfn.org/2006/06/msg00282.html

On June 16, 2006 ELCA Newservice reported, "The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will inaugurate a Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) Sept. 21. LSTC is one of eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). According to an LSTC news release, the center will provide cultural and educational opportunities where Christians, Muslims and members of other...

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Pakistan to Liberalize Visas for Sikhs

June 16, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: PTI

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On June 16, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Pakistan will liberalise its visa regime for Sikh pilgrims and improve facilities during their stay in the country, Prime Minister Shuakat Aziz has said. 'The government would not only issue them liberal visas but also offer them all possible facilities during their stay in Pakistan,' Aziz said after inaugurating a seminar held in...

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Prominent Leader of St. Louis Islamic Foundation Steps Down

June 16, 2006

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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On June 16, 2006 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, "From settling family disputes to meeting with heads of state, Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah has been a father of sorts for the Muslim community in St. Louis, a leading voice for Muslims in America and their representative to the rest of the world. After 16 years, Abdullah has resigned from his position as spiritual leader of the Islamic...

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"Muslims Standing Tall for Multiculturalism in Canada" by Dr. Mohamed Elmasry

June 16, 2006

Source: Canadian Islamic Congress/The National Post

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On June 16, 2006 The National Post reported ran an opinion piece by Dr. Mohammed Elmasry, national president of the Canadian Islamic Congress. He writes, "Canadian Muslims are proud Canadians... But we are living in a post 9/11 era and Muslims are being seen through a dark and clouded lens. Realizing this impediment to peace and progress, the Canadian Islamic Congress called on the federal government...

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Muslim-American Ambassadors Set Out to Improve Image of US Abroad

June 16, 2006

Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/06/b47f318d-dcef-4b59-ac09-9a9d33a70805.html

On June 16, 2006 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, "A recent survey again found that the world's opinion of the United States is slipping, and nowhere more so than in predominantly Muslim countries like Indonesia and Turkey. Next week the U.S. government launches a new people-to-people initiative...

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Sikhs to Observe 400th Martyrdom Anniversary

June 15, 2006

Source: Garden State Sikh Association, Inc.

On June 15, 2006 Garden State Sikh Association, Inc. reported, "Sikhs all over the world will observe 400th anniversary of their 5th Guru or prophet in June, 2006. Guru Arjan Dev Ji was executed by the Mughal ruler, Jahangir in 1606 in Lahore, Pakistan. Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth successor of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, is credited for giving the infant Sikh religion a strong footing. During his Guru period, he constructed the Harmandar Sahib which is popularly known as the Golden Temple, in Amritsar and compiled the...

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Religious Accommodations Group Helps Muslim Students in Seattle Schools

June 15, 2006

Source: The Seattle Times

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On June 15, 2006 The Seattle Times reported, "On Friday afternoons, Nathan Hale High School senior Abdisiyad Adan asks his fifth-period teacher what he'll miss in class, writes down the homework for the weekend and leaves school. Other Muslim students at Nathan Hale pile into Adan's car, and they set off for the Idriss Mosque a little more than a mile away. By the time they return from their mandatory Friday prayers, the school...

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First Islamic Cemetery to Open in Michigan

June 15, 2006

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060615/LIFESTYLE04/606150383/1041

On June 15, 2006 The Detroit News reported, "Like many Muslims throughout Metro Detroit, Ron Amen had to search for a proper place to bury his mom when she died. It did not matter that [his mother] Katherine Amen, an activist, was among the most prominent Arab-Americans in the area. There was no cemetery solely for Muslims,...

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