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Hajj Pilgrims Grieve Tsunami

January 18, 2005

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.hindu.com/2005/01/19/stories/2005011901471400.htm

On January 18, 2005 Reuters reported, "More than two million Muslim pilgrims began streaming out of Mecca towards Mena today, the first day of a Haj pilgrimage marked by grief over the Asian tsunami disaster and security fears. This year's Haj has a particular poignancy for thousands of pilgrims from Asia, where most of the...

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Trinity College Among Growing Number of Institutions to Hire Muslim Chaplain

January 18, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0118/p14s02-legn.html

On January 18, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "when Trinity College students return to their snow-bitten campus next week, for the first time they will discover a Muslim chaplain working there. Sohaib Nazeer Sultan is one of only a handful of Muslim chaplains at colleges and universities across the country. But as the number of Muslim college students continues to...

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British Education Chief Angered Many with Comments about Single Faith Schools

January 18, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1392831,00.html

On January 18, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The head of the government's education watchdog prompted an angry reaction from Muslim leaders yesterday after claiming that the growth of Islamic faith schools posed a challenge to the coherence of British society.

In a deliberate intervention criticised as 'irresponsible' and 'derogatory' by senior Muslim...

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Investigation Finds Indian Train Catastrophe Accident, Not Hate Crime

January 17, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4180885.stm

On January 17, 2005 the BBC News reported, " An Indian train fire that killed 59 Hindus and provoked deadly religious riots in 2002 was started by accident, a government inquiry has said. Evidence suggests the fire began inside the train, not that it was fire-bombed, an investigating judge decided. Most accounts from the time and since said a Muslim mob threw petrol bombs at the train,...

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Abbas Extends Hand in Peace to Israel, Conflict Rages OnRages On

January 16, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13163-2005Jan16.html

On January 16, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Mahmoud Abbas extended his hand in peace to Israel as he was sworn in as the new Palestinian leader Saturday, but the Israeli army killed eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and 46 election officials resigned over alleged ballot irregularities, crushing...

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Coalition Unites to Stop Hate Speech

January 15, 2005

Source: Muslim Civil Rights Center Press Release

http://www.mcrcnet.org/ENewsletters/ENews_details_2004.htm

On January 15, 2005 a Muslim Civil Rights Center Press Release reported, "following intense pressure from community groups spearheaded by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Santa Monica, CA storeowner agreed to remove signs from her store windows which called Palestinians 'Gaza cockroaches' and Islam a 'pig faith.' Bunnie Meyers also stated her intention...

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Germans Increasingly Anti-Semitic, Xenophobic

January 15, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20050114-095938-6856r.htm

On January 15, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "Germany is growing less tolerant of immigrants, especially Muslims, and more inclined toward anti-Semitism, regarding Jews in the same vein as foreigners, according to a new study of German attitudes. 'There is no distinction anymore between Jews, foreigners and Muslims,' said Paul Spiegel, chairman of the Central Council of...

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African American Muslims Face Double Crises Since 9-11

January 15, 2005

Source: The Northwest Herald/ LA Times

http://www.nwherald.com/StyleSection/308332753332736.php

On January 15, 2005 The Northwest Herald reported, "if there is an American iteration of Islam – and worshipers here insist there is – the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood on the corner of 113th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue is it. This thriving, mostly black congregation is a place where Islam has no foreign accent, and where notions of Islam vs. the West...

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Osceola County Residents Oppose Building of Mosque

January 14, 2005

Source: WFTV

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wftv.com/news/4083322/detail.html

On January 14, 2005 WFTV/AP reported, "a group of Osceola County homeowners is fighting to prevent construction of a mosque in the neighborhood. Members of the Albir Islamic Association want to build a new mosque between 17-92 and Tampa Highway. They say they've outgrown their storefront mosque off State Road 535... County planners have recommended commissioners approve...

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Shari’ah Law Proposal Supported by B’nai B’rith, Sparking Ire of Islamic and Jewish Feminists

January 14, 2005

Source: The Forward

http://forward.com/main/article.php?id=2547

On January 14, 2005 The Forward reported, "In a move that is angering Jewish feminists, B'nai Brith Canada is supporting the demands of conservative Muslims in the province of Ontario who wish to have the right to use private arbitration based on Islamic law for the resolution of their marital, custody and inheritance disputes. A report prepared for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General recommended last...

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Middle School Teacher Transferred After Disparaging Remark About Qur'an

January 14, 2005

Source: Detroit Free Press

Wire Service: AP

http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw110059_20050114.htm

On January 14, 2005 the Detroit Free Press reported, "a middle school history teacher in a heavily Arab Detroit suburb has been transferred for telling students that Bedouin Arabs used the Qur'an as toilet paper. The Woodworth Middle School teacher had been under paid suspension since last month as school officials investigated and...

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Religions Vie for Roles in Tsunami Relief Effort

January 13, 2005

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15939_1.html

On January 13, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Muslim radicals are handing out Qurans with the bags of rice and sugar they distribute to tsunami victims. Christian aid groups have also rushed in, quietly promising salvation in this predominantly Islamic region but fearful their presence could spark sectarian violence. Across the Indian...

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