Islam

Two Arrested over Mosque Arson

March 25, 2005

Source: The Muslim News

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/paper/index.php?article=1896

On March 25, 2005 The Muslim News reported, "A 27 year-old man and a 17-year-old woman, both white, from Worthing, were arrested on March 13, in connection with the arson attack on Worthing Islamic Society Masjid Al-Islam in Ivy Arch Road, Worthing, West Sussex. They have been bailed to return to the police station on March 23. A worshiper at the mosque discovered the fire when he...

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Arabs, Muslims a New Source of Political Clout in New Jersey

March 25, 2005

Source: Daily Record News

http://www.dailyrecord.com/midday/midday1-update0323.htm

On March 25, 2005 the Daily Record News reported, "in Denville, Aref Assaf is supporting U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, warming to his willingness to include more Arabs and Muslims in his administration and to fight what the Democrat considers the excesses of the USA Patriot Act. Three and a half years after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Arab-American and...

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Girl Pursues Her Dream to Become an Imam

March 25, 2005

Source: Religioscope/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

http://religion.info/english/articles/article_159.shtml

On March 25, 2005 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported, "Tursunai looks much younger than her 11 years. She struggles to correctly write her name but fluently recites Islamic texts. Tursunai is one of half a dozen girls attending the madrasah who says she wants to become a buatin, or a female imam. Although her father is himself an imam, Tursanai's...

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Update: Religion Column Restored to Passports

March 23, 2005

Source: Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=60889&d=23&m=3&y=2005

On March 23, 2005 Arab News reported, "The government of Pakistan has restored the column of religion in passport, said Federal Minister of Defense Rao Sikanader Iqbal here yesterday.

The column identifying the bearer’s religious affiliation will be restored to the Pakistani passport, in a bid to avoid a clash with Islamic parties threatening a...

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Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Christian Ethicists Weigh in on Schiavo Case

March 23, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

On March 23, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "as the quest to sustain the life of a brain-damaged Florida woman commands the attention of the American public, people of all faiths are pondering if ancient tenets can resolve the moral quandaries posed by modern medicine. Withchemotherapy, respirators, feeding tubes and other artificial means possibly adding years to a human life, believers across the spectrum are challenged by the questions raised in the Terri Schiavo case. But for Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Christian bioethicists,...

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Theater at Center of Sikh Controversy to Stage Play About Muslim Brothel

March 22, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4373221.stm

On March 22, 2005 BBC News reported, "A theatre, which dropped a play after violent protests by Sikhs there last year, has confirmed it is to stage a drama about a fictional Muslim brothel. The Birmingham Rep said 'Bells' is set in a property which is a butcher's shop by day and a brothel by night. It says it has not had any complaints about Yasmin Whittaker Khan's play, which is...

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Plans for Muslim Center Challenge Yorktown Community

March 21, 2005

Source: The News Journal

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050321/NEWS02/503210314/1018

On March 21, 2005 The News Journal reported, "Yorktown Planning Board hearing continues on plans to divide the former Franciscan High School property to allow for a Muslim center on part of the land... As much as the prospect of the Muslim center has stirred debate, it is not really on the table yet. Before Bill Catucci...

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Update: Death Toll for Blast at Sufi Shrine Reaches 49

March 21, 2005

Source: The Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_21-3-2005_pg7_24

On March 21, 2005 The Daily Times reported, "At least 49 people have died in Saturday’s blast at a Sufi saint’s shrine in Gandhawa in the Balochistan district of Jhal Magsi, a caretaker of the shrine said on Sunday. However, government officials said the death toll from the explosion was 29. The shrine’s caretaker, Faqir Ghulam Hussain, said...

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Islamic Studies Chair Filled at Harvard Divinity School

March 21, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=506635

On March 21, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "Baber Johansen, a renowned professor of Islamic studies and expert on muslim law, has accepted a position as Professor of Islamic Studies at the Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Johansen, who has been at the ...cole des Hautes ...tudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris for a decade, will assume tenure at HDS in July 2005, filling a position that has...

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Teachers in Purchase Learn Lesson on Islam

March 20, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050320/NEWS02/503200352/1018

On March 20, 2005 The Journal News reported, "the teachers were gathered at round tables, answering a quiz about the Jewish scripture, the New Testament and the Quran. They were asked to match the holy book with the quotations, which included references to Adam in the garden, Moses parting the sea and the immaculate...

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Bomb Explodes at Muslim Shrine, Killing 30

March 20, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4365053.stm

On March 20, 2005 BBC News reported, "More than 30 people have been killed and many injured in a bomb blast at a Muslim shrine in southern Pakistan.

The explosion occurred as thousands gathered at the site in the village of Fatehpur, about 300km (185 miles) from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombing.
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