Islam

Islamic Centers Part of "Dynamic Interfaith Effort" to Assist Evacuees in Baton Rouge

October 8, 2005

Source: Advocate

http://2theadvocate.com/stories/100805/rel_rel003.shtml

On October 8, 2005 the Advocate reported, "[Soon after Hurricane Katrina hit, Rita Jenkins, a New Orleans resident] and 17 members of her family piled into three cars and headed for higher ground... they took the wrong exit off the interstate and ended up in Baton Rouge at the Islamic Complex on East Washington Street. There they sought directions, but found refuge instead. Like their...

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Jews and Muslims Break Their Fasts at Interfaith Potluck in Columbia

October 7, 2005

Source: Missourian

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On October 7, 2005 the Missourian reported, "More than 50 Muslims and Jews gathered in [Missouri University's] Gwynn Hall on Thursday night to break their fasts for the day and share their beliefs with one another. The potluck dinner, sponsored by Boone Tikkun [a Columbia-based Jewish group focused on interfaith relations], was held on the second day of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and reflection for Muslims, and on Gedalya, a minor Jewish fast...

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Hillsborough Schools May Drop All Religious Holidays Rather Than Adding New Ones

October 7, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

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On October 7, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "There may be no day off next school year for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Also on the chopping block are vacation days for the Christian faith's Good Friday and the Monday after Easter. After considering a request to recognize a Muslim school holiday, the Hillsborough County School Board next week will discuss ending student days off on all religious holidays, whether...

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Roanoke Prison Agrees to Find Muslim Chaplain

October 7, 2005

Source: Roanoke Times

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On October 7, 2005 the Roanoke Times reported, "Officials at Wallens Ridge State Prison have taken steps to accommodate Muslim inmates who complained about not being allowed to pray at the maximum security prison. Some inmates also claimed they received death threats from a guard who had recently returned from military service in Iraq with a hatred for Muslims. Both issues were discussed during a recent meeting between prison officials and the Council on...

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Anti-Racism Training a Part of Irish Police Force's New Recruitment Strategy

October 7, 2005

Source: Irish Examiner

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On October 7, 2005 the Irish Examiner reported, "The new integration awareness strategy is aimed at combating incidents of institutional racism. The training was announced yesterday during an information seminar on the current garda [Irish police] recruitment drive, which is the first following the government’s decision to remove the Irish language as a condition for application. The seminar, held in Dublin, was attended by...

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Statewide Interfaith Group Proposed to Coordinate Hurricane Relief

October 7, 2005

Source: Disaster News Network

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On October 7, 2005 Disaster News Network reported, "Representatives from more than a dozen faith groups met Tuesday to discuss forming a statewide interfaith organization aimed at coordinating Louisiana's faith-based relief efforts. After back-to-back hurricanes affected the Louisiana coast in August and September, local faith-based groups from around the state sprang into action to feed, clothe, and shelter those forced to evacuate their homes....

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Music Celebrates Tolerance, Helps Muslims Resist Religious Extremism

October 7, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/06/AR2005100601559.html

On October 7, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "One of the people watching this tragedy [the rise of Muslim extremism in Indonesia] unfold was a brilliant young musician named Ahmad Dhani. Leader of the immensely popular rock band Dewa, Dhani began to use his musical platform to influence millions of fans in Indonesia,...

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Second "Interfaith Dialog Dinner" in Reno Draws 130

October 7, 2005

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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On October 7, 2005 the Reno Gazette-Journal reported, "Sisters Nadia and Hannah Khan of Sparks broke their Ramadan fast Thursday with three Carmelite Sisters from Reno... Both sets of sisters were among the 130 people Thursday night at the second Interfaith Dialog Dinner at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The event was organized by the Sierra Foundation, an interfaith group of mostly Turkish Muslims. A Catholic...

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"Shopping for God:" Salt Lake Journalist Visits Area Religious Groups, Writes Reports for "Seeking"

October 6, 2005

Source: Salt Lake City Weekly

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On October 6, 2005 the Salt Lake City Weekly ran a feature article by Stephen Dark, a freelance writer. He provided readers with an overview of religious communities in and around Salt Lake City including Jewish, Quaker, Baptist, Mormon, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist centers. The following is part of the introduction to Dark's work: "Amidst the panoply of old and new religions, mega-churches and one-man-bands, the quest to find a spiritual home...

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Muslim Women's Groups Coming Together Across the US

October 6, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-rama1006,0,5975337.story?coll=nyc-swapbox1

On October 6, 2005 Newsday reported, "A major coming together of Muslim women in the United States... may take place sometime in 2006 at an ambitious, first-of-its-kind conference that [Daisy] Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, has just begun to organize. In large part, she said, 'It's an...

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Traditional Irish Police Force Seeks to Recruit Muslims, Jews, Sikhs

October 6, 2005

Source: Ireland Online

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On October 6, 2005 Ireland Online reported, "Gardaí [Irish police officers] from ethnic communities may be allowed to wear turbans on duty in a bid to attract new members to the force, it emerged today. The changes are part of a major recruitment campaign which will increase the size of the force to 14,000 members. Superintendent John Grogan said the force was committed to adapting its uniforms, dietary practices and working patterns to...

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Bay Area Mosques Host Open Houses During Ramadan

October 5, 2005

Source: The Argus

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On October 5, 2005 The Argus reported, "Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, begins today. It is a time for Muslims to abstain from food, drink and other 'worldly pleasures' from dawn until dusk. But Ramadan also is a time for generosity and being a better father, mother, child and neighbor. And this year, mosques throughout the Bay Area are hoping their neighbors get to know them a little better. Next weekend, many mosques are holding open...

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Quebec Education Department States that Private Schools Can Reject Hijab

October 5, 2005

Source: Canada.com/The Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/soundoff/story.html?id=1738f0e4-c3fd-4088-8899-a4f2e52131a6

On October 5, 2005 The Gazette reported, "The Quebec government will not force private schools to accept the hijab, the head scarf worn by some Muslim women. Despite the Quebec Human Rights Commission's legal opinion to the contrary, it's up to each institution to apply the rule...

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Controversial Play about a Muslim-American Family Opens in Chicago

October 5, 2005

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/religion/cst-nws-silkroad05.html

On October 5, 2005 the Chicago Sun-Times reported, "In the Silk Road Theatre Project's upcoming play, a devout Muslim-American family's seemingly uneventful life quickly skids off the road and slams into a brick wall -- hard. One son decides he doesn't believe in God. Another has a homosexual tryst. And the suburban California clan's only daughter suddenly isn't sure...

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