Islam

Dearborn School District May Lose Funding Over Absences on Eid-ul-Adha

January 7, 2006

Source: Lansing State Journal

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On January 7, 2006 the Lansing State Journal reported, "Dearborn Public Schools could lose an estimated $100,000 in funding next week because of a misunderstanding about the exact dates of the three-day Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha. About 30 percent to 35 percent of the districts' students may stay home from school to celebrate the holiday. According to David Mustonen, district communications coordinator, any school day...

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Mississippi Home to Growing Number of Muslims

January 7, 2006

Source: Clarion Ledger

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On January 7, 2006 the Clarion Ledger reported, "Everyday around noon, Shaheed Muhammad, a 55-year-old African American, finds a private area inside the Jackson-Evers International Airport, lays a small rug on the floor and begins to pray. At the same time, Turkish-born Sabri Agachan, 27, performs an identical ritual inside his office at Jackson State University. Muhammad and Agachan represent the metro area's diverse and...

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Muslim Leaders Gather to Defend Al-Arian

January 6, 2006

Source: The Tampa Tribune

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On January 6, 2006 The Tampa Tribune reported, "For the first time, some of the nation's most prominent Muslim leaders will visit Tampa en masse to jump into the Sami Al-Arian fray. They'll gather today at the federal courthouse downtown to express their frustration over Al-Arian's treatment and rally for a resolution. Despite support for Al-Arian, many shied away from the routine protests surrounding the case. Now, the 'demonizing and criminalization' of...

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Ads Spur Conflict Between Jews and Muslims in Boston

January 5, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/01/05/muslims_jews_spar_in_ads_over_mosque/

On January 5, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Controversy over the mosque being built by the Islamic Society of Boston has done serious damage to relations between Muslims and Jews in Boston, members of both groups say. The Islamic Society and Jewish community leaders have suspended...

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Debate Continues over Islamic Center in Boston

January 5, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0105/p13s01-lire.html

On January 5, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Worshipers at the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) still pack into their cramped mosque in Cambridge, Mass. The crowd spills out into the parking lot for the Friday prayer service. Their hopes of celebrating this past Ramadan in a brand-new mosque and cultural center were dashed. The stated aim of the quarter-century-old...

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Islamic Sorority Upholds Devotion to God

January 4, 2006

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060104-122658-7552r.htm

On January 4, 2006 The Washington Times reported, "America's first Islamic sorority is more about God than being Greek. There will be no beer at Gamma Gamma Chi functions, in obedience to Islamic law, nor will there be group fraternizing with the opposite sex... Thirteen women at the University of Kentucky will form the sorority's first college chapter this spring,...

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Islamic Center Planned for Former Legion in Brighton

January 3, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/01/03/veterans_profit_from_building_sale/

On January 3, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Just after World War II, an American Legion Post in Brighton found the perfect home: For just $500, the City of Boston sold the Mary L. Brock School, a historic building on Chestnut Hill Avenue. For almost six decades, former soldiers and sailors...

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South Florida Latinas Convert to Islam, Reverting to Traditional Cultural Mores

January 3, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-pconverts03jan03,0,7380692.story

On January 3, 2006 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "When she converted to Islam in May, [Melissa] Matos, a Dominican-American raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, expected the passage to be lonely... [However,] scholars say Matos is part of a growing number of Latin women converting to Islam for its...

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Niche Market Grows for Muslim-Americans Traveling on Hajj

January 3, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/182/story_18233_1.html

On January 3, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "Whatever you bring to Mecca, bring patience. That's what travel agents, Islamic scholars and veterans of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest city, tell Muslims preparing for the journey. When 1.5 million people from abroad descend on Saudi Arabia for this annual rite, the possibilities of...

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Rockstar Bridges Gap Between Moderate and Extremist Islam

January 1, 2006

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/13510283.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

On January 1, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "One of Salman Ahmad's earliest gigs was a talent show at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was studying to be a doctor. Moments after he strummed his first...

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Bloggers’ Threats Force Muslim Retreat to Relocate

January 1, 2006

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/01/Tampabay/Blogs__threats_force_.shtml

On January 1, 2006 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "Chantal Carnes didn't recognize herself. A friend had e-mailed her a blogger's article. It described Carnes as a supporter of terrorists, a fan of suicide bombing... Carnes, a Chicago resident who converted to Islam 11 years ago, was scheduled to speak at a spiritual retreat for Tampa Muslims this...

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Sarasota Mosque Plans Modified to Exclude Minarets

December 31, 2005

Source: CentreDaily.com/The Herald Today

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/nation/13520947.htm

On December 31, 2005 The Herald Today reported, "Without the 85-foot minarets that caused some controversy, a new $1.5 million mosque will break ground this spring, said Hytham Bakr, a member of the board of directors of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton. The new Islamic center... will be no more than 40 feet tall including its dome,...

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