Islam

British Muslims Face New Challenges

October 18, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/10/18/british_muslims_face_new_hurdles/

On October 18, 2005 The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece by Globe columnist H.D.S. Greenway, in which he describes his conversation with a British Muslim man about the new challenges facing Muslims in the UK. Greenway writes, "[Sher] Khan and other British Muslims I have talked...

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Religious Relief Agencies Aid Earthquake Victims

October 17, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/176/story_17662_1.html

On October 17, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Religious relief agencies, already faced with numerous disasters in the last year, have begun assisting survivors of a massive earthquake in South Asia. After a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday (Oct. 8), Catholic Relief Services staffers already based in...

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Jews, Muslims Gather to Celebrate Ramadan and Rosh Hashana

October 17, 2005

Source: The News Observer

http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2818700p-9266404c.html

On October 17, 2005 The News Observer reported, "Ten years ago, Khalilah Sabra could not imagine herself participating in interfaith activities with Jews. 'Although I am not Palestinian, the occupation was like a sore that would not heal,' said Sabra, a Muslim woman living in Raleigh. In a classic leap of faith, Sabra organized such a gathering Sunday when about 50 Muslims and...

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Prime Minister Urges Calm After Buddhist Murders

October 17, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=BKK206284

On October 17, 2005 Reuters reported, "Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called for calm in the restive Muslim south on Monday after the murders of a monk and two teenage boys at a Buddhist temple stoked fears of growing religious tension.

'Even Muslim leaders cannot stand this. It was an act human beings would not dare to do,' Thaksin told reporters when...

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Tour Guides Educated About Country’s Religious Diversity

October 16, 2005

Source: Bernama

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=160815

On October 16, 2005 Bernama reported, "When was the first Thaipusam festival held at Batu Caves? When were the steps into the temple -- perched high up in the limestone caves -- built? Who built the Hindu place of worship that yearly attracts millions of devotees and tourists from the world over? The answers to these and other questions are facts that the 7,000 or so tourist guides in the...

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Religious Makeup Shifts with Growing Number of Pagans, Immigrant Religious Traditions

October 16, 2005

Source: The Age

On October 16, 2005 The Age reported, "[Caroline] Tully [a witch in Melbourne] is part of an Australian trend in which witches and charismatic Christians are leading religious growth. Many women are turning to witchcraft or paganism as a reaction to the patriarchal nature of traditional Christianity. Academic Dr Philip Hughes, of the Christian Research Association, told a Melbourne seminar on spirituality that 'nature' religions rose by 140 per cent between 1996 and 2001. Agnostics are on the rise, too. For many, the nature religions were...

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Bay Area Mosques Host Open Houses During Ramadan

October 15, 2005

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/15/BAGOEF8UP81.DTL

On October 15, 2005 the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "As part of their commemoration of Islam's holiest month, Bay Area mosques are inviting non-Muslims to learn more about Islam during five Ramadan dinner celebrations this weekend. Organizers hope the outreach will help break down stereotypes about their faith. 'We're inviting people into...

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Sikh Property in Lodi Vandalized with Graffiti

October 15, 2005

Source: Lodi News-Sentinel

http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2005/10/15/news/3_graffiti_051015.txt

On October 15, 2005 the Lodi News-Sentinel reported, "The crudely painted black, red and green swastikas and letters came as a shock this week to Lodi Sikhs who regularly gather at their property [in Lodi, California]... Who painted the swastikas and letters that stand for 'white power' is not known. The vandalism appeared this week on the Sikh property...

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After Visa Denial, Al-Ahzar Decides to Boycott U.S.

October 15, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-10/15/article06.shtml

On October 15, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, the highest seat of religious learning in the Sunni world, has decided to shun American officials and freeze cooperation with all US institutions after Washington denied one of its senior officials an entry visa. 'Grand Imam Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi decided to ban US officials from entering...

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Immigrant Families Mourn Losses, Fund Quake Relief Efforts

October 15, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/politics/nyc-pak1015,0,2689587.story

On October 15, 2005 Newsday reported, "From the old Pakistani enclaves of Brooklyn to the spanking new mosques of Bay Shore, Muslims gathered Friday to mourn, to pray and to collect money.

'Everyone is very, very shaken up,' said Dr. Hafizur Rehman, a pediatrician from Bay Shore whose family comes from the earthquake-devastated region...

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Vatican Pledges to Further Relationship with Muslims

October 14, 2005

Source: The Mercury News

Wire Service: AP

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On October 14, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Vatican sent a message to Muslims on Friday for the end of Ramadan, pledging to keep up momentum for closer relations begun by the late Pope John Paul II and to work for 'greater justice and enduring peace.' The traditional message, signed by the head of the office for interreligious relations, Archbishop Michael...

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Korean Muslims Celebrate 50 Years

October 14, 2005

Source: Chosun

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200510/200510140006.html

On October 14, 2005 Chosun reported, "It was half a century ago that two Muslims, Imam Zubercoch and Abdul Rahman, fought for peace in the Korean War as part of the UN forces and in the process introduced Islam's holy book, the Koran, to Korea. On Friday, the country celebrated the golden anniversary of their mission. Sponsored by the Korea-Middle East Association,...

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Many U.S. Muslim Charities Reemerge for the First Time Since 9/11 to Provide Quake Relief

October 14, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/14/international/asia/14charity.html

On October 14, 2005 The New York Times reported, "All across America, Muslim charities, many of which have shunned the spotlight since 9/11 lest they attract unwanted law enforcement attention, are now stepping up their efforts to raise money for the victims of the earthquake that crumbled the northernmost corner of Pakistan. In many cases, they have been more...

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Glastonbury Abbey Inter-Religious Series to Feature "Acting on Faith" Film

October 14, 2005

Source: The Mariner

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On October 14, 2005 The Mariner reported, "[Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts is hosting its] seventh annual series of 'Listening to Other Voices.' [This year, the themes is] 'Religion and the World We Live In.' The title was motivated by the abundance of news items that were defined or interpreted by a religious perspective. [These have included the] Tsunami... stem cell research... war... political...

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Burka-Clad Women Face Benefit Cuts, Burka May Be Banned in Public Places

October 14, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,174-1824918,00.html

On October 14, 2005 The Times reported, "A Dutch city is to cut benefits for unemployed Muslim women whose refusal to take off their burkas stops them getting jobs. Utrecht City Council voted for the measure the day after the Dutch Government announced plans to ban women wearing the burka in some public places as a security measure, and on the same day that Maria van der Hoeven,...

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