Islam

President States, "Islam is Not an Enemy of the West"

July 11, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2005-07/11/article02.shtml

On July 11, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Austrian President Heinz Fischer has said that Islam is not an enemy of the West, warning of offensive reactions to Muslim minorities across Europe over the London blasts. 'Islam is not an enemy of the West, but the real enemies are a bunch of fanatics who should be isolated,' Fischer told Channel One’s Press Hour...

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In Santa Clara, Mosque Provides Forum for "Difficult Questions"

July 11, 2005

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_valley/12104446.htm

On July 11, 2005 The Mercury News reported, "An effort to educate the public about the Muslim faith gained a new urgency Sunday in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in London. The Bay Area's largest mosque held a two-hour open house Sunday, distributing free copies of the Koran for the first time...

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All-Faith Temple "Upholds the Spirit of Ayodhya"

July 10, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

On July 10, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "A kilometre away from the ravaged grounds where the Babri mosque once stood, curious visitors trooped into Satya Mandir. On Wednesday, a special prayer for peace was held in this all-faith temple, which was built after the mosque was brought down in 1992. As political shrapnel flies in the wake of the terror attack on the makeshift Ram temple, priests in this ancient town have taken it upon themselves to preserve social and communal harmony. Guchi, who has been living in...

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Asra Nomani: At the Islamic Center of Southern California, Woman Joins Men in the Main Prayer Hall

July 10, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0507/11/A14-242112.htm

On July 10, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "On a recent Friday, a veiled woman entered a mosque and surveyed the scene. In the front, a few hundred men waited for the call to prayer. In the back, women and children sat in a separate area behind tinted glass. With barely a pause, Asra Nomani made her choice. Defying age-old Islamic traditions, she stepped over a low...

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Des Moines Mosque Hosts Open House in Wake of London Attacks

July 10, 2005

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050710/LIFE05/507100333/1039/LIFE

On July 10, 2005 The Des Moines Register reported, "Last week, while preparing for Saturday's open house at the Islamic Center of Des Moines, one of the Muslim organizers received a disturbing phone call. 'Tell me, when are you going to blow up another bus?' asked the male caller, making an apparent...

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After Bombings, Faith Leaders Stand Together with Joint Statements, Joint Services

July 10, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4668835.stm

On July 10, 2005 BBC News reported, "UK religious leaders have issued a rare joint statement condemning Thursday's 'evil terrorist' attacks in London. Leaders of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths each read out parts of the statement...

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks said the leaders had come together to commemorate the end of World War II and the 'courage, commitment and sacrifice by which the evil of...

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Opinion: Muslims Must Find New, Non-Violent Language to Express Faith's Values

July 10, 2005

Source: Sunday Herald

http://www.sundayherald.com/50712

On July 10, 2005 the Sunday Herald ran an opinion piece by Merryl Wyn Davies, a British Welsh Muslim woman, co-author of The No- Nonsense Guide To Islam, about the need for reform within Islam to prevent extremist abuse of the religion. Davies writes, "To make a difference in the world, we have to make meaningful change in ourselves. There is little point endlessly complaining about how misunderstood we are when by sheer...

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Muslim and Jew, Halal and Kashrut, Come Together at a Montreal Restaurant

July 10, 2005

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/597440.html

On July 10, 2005 Haaretz ran a feature article on Sassi Haba (38) and Musayed Amla (25), who met when Haba was an Israeli soldier at Musayed Amla was a Palestinian trying to get through a security checkpoint. Six years later, they jointly own a restaurant in Montreal. In describing their partnership, the article says, "On February 15 of this year [Haba] landed in Montreal. Until he was joined by his wife and...

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Imam at Finsbury Park Mosque Calls for Help in Identifying Bombers

July 9, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/09/international/europe/09muslim.html?pagewanted=all

On July 9, 2005 The New York Times reported, "The new imam at the Finsbury Park mosque, once a hotbed of radical Islam, had a message for those who gathered for prayer on Friday, a day after four bombs killed at least 49 people: help identify the bombers, he told them. Show your anger at what happened here. His call to cooperate...

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Flint Islamic Center Condemns Attacks, Opens Friday Jum�ah to Non-Muslims

July 9, 2005

Source: Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-30/1120918808263600.xml

On July 9, 2005 the Flint Journal reported, "Dr. Abdelmajid Jondy preached a message of peace Friday at the Flint Islamic Center, while condemning the terrorist attacks in London.

'Islam is a peaceful religion,' Jondy said. 'Those who kill innocent people are not Muslim.'

Jondy, president of the center, said he's...

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In San Francisco, Muslim and Interfaith Groups Condemn Bombings

July 9, 2005

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_2848821

On July 9, 2005 the San Mateo County Times reported, "Muslim and interfaith groups from across the Bay Area gathered at the Islamic Society of San Francisco Friday to send a clear message to those responsible for the 'heinous' and 'barbarous' London subway bombings Thursday...

Many from Islamic organizations felt that a quick response to...

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Toledo’s “Summer Church Tours” Includes Mosque, Temple

July 9, 2005

Source: toledoblade.com

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050709/NEWS10/507090338/-1/NEWS

On July 9, 2005 toledoblade.com reported, "It's known as the Summer Church Tours, but the popular event that begins Tuesday has expanded over the years into a multifaith event with visits to a Muslim mosque, a Hindu temple, and Jewish synagogues. This year, the seven stops on the summer tour will include five churches, one Jewish...

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