Islam

New England's Muslim Population Continues to Grow, Adding Mosques

March 26, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D892R2PO1-84.shtml

On March 26, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "[A] Portland mosque is not the only one to spring up in an unusual location as northern New England's Muslim population grows. In Colchester, Vt., Muslims converted the former offices of a computer repair company into a mosque. Its neighbors are a recording studio and swimsuit factory. In New Hampshire, the Islamic Society of Greater...

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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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