Islam

Magnificent New Mosque Opens In Billerica

October 21, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 21, 2004 The Boston Globe reported "For years, members of this Shi'ite Muslim community have had to celebrate Ramadan and their other religious services in space provided to them by two non-Muslim religious organizations in Chelmsford: the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church and Congregation Shalom synagogue. Now, they have a place of worship of their own a new mosque in Billerica...In a special open-house event, dozens of people from the church and synagogue toured the Dawoodi Bohra's religious complex off...

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Progressive Muslim Union of North America Prepares to Go National and Abroad

October 20, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/features/ny-p2two4011400oct20,0,5495863,print.story?coll=ny-entertainment-headlines

On October 20, 2004 Newsday reported, "on Nov. 15, during the Muslim holiday of Eid, [a progressive Muslim movement] will launch in Manhattan as the Progressive Muslim Union of North America, the first national organization devoted to liberal Muslim projects. The group's goals are ambitious:...

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In Jerusalem, Diversity Does Not Breed Tolerance

October 19, 2004

Source: The New York Times/Jerusalem Journal

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/19/international/middleeast/19israel.html

On October 19, 2004 the Jerusalem Journal reported, "Jerusalem may have the world's highest diversity of religious belief per square meter but here, it seems, diversity does not produce a lot of tolerance. In fact, it is almost the reverse, suggests Rabbi David Rosen, based in Jerusalem as head of inter-religious affairs for the...

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Hope for Jewish-Muslim Relations in Jordan? An American Tourist Reports

October 18, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1018/p18s02-hfes.html?s=hns

On October 18, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran a story by Margie Goldsmith, an "American... female... blond... with a Jewish last name" who traveled to Jordan. She writes about her learning about Arab-Jewish tensions in the country: "When I asked my guide, Ali, how he felt about Jews, he said that Jews, Christians, and Muslims had lived happily side by side...

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Christians Increasingly Vulnerable After Church Attacks

October 18, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1018/p06s01-woiq.html?s=hns

On October 18, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran a story on Iraqi Christians, increasingly under attack and fleeing the country. The article opened with a baptism scene in a Baghdad church and quoted a priest: "'We should be strong in our hearts and work together, united,' the priest said. 'Thanks to our Muslim neighbors, who helped us. Let God protect our country...

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Presidential Endorsement not Likely from American Muslim Taskforce

October 18, 2004

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/more

On October 18, 2004 Muslim Wake Up reported, "barring any last minute initiatives from the Kerry campaign, the American Muslim Taskforce (AMT), a coalition of major Muslim organizations, is preparing to announce later this week that they are not issuing an endorsement for a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections. According to several members who attended a 7-hour meeting in Washington on Sunday to...

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Muslim-Jewish Dialogue at Princeton

October 18, 2004

Source: The Daily Princetonian

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2004/10/18/news/11129.shtml

On October 18, 2004 The Daily Princetonian reported, "Muslim and Jewish students shared cookies, conversation and conceptions of God in Cafe Vivian Wednesday at the second Muslim-Jewish Dialogue (MJD) event of the year. Marc Grinberg, a senior in the politics department, and Rasha Al-Duwaisan, a junior in the Wilson School, created the program last year...

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Lebanon Bans "The Da Vinci Code" Over Fears of Anti-Christian Sentiments

October 17, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38753-2004Oct16.html

On October 17, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Few places seem to indicate how far this country has come from civil war better than the sunny hipness of the Virgin Megastore that fills a blond-stone building in the heart of the new Beirut... But there is a hole in the megastore's inventory that suggests the war's legacy has not entirely faded. The store's...

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University's Holiday Policy for Hindu and Muslim Staff and Students Inconsistant

October 17, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com/Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

http://allafrica.com/stories/200410181357.html

On October 17, 2004 Sunday Times (Johannesburg) reported, "Community leaders have criticised a University of KwaZulu-Natal decision to make Hindu and Muslim staff members take leave to celebrate key religious holidays. UKZN's interim executive director of public affairs and corporate communication, Prof Dasarath Chetty, said that from next year students would be given 'condoned...

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Advises American Muslims to Vote for Kerry

October 17, 2004

Source: Muslim WakeUp!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/001253.php#more

On October 17, 2004 Muslim WakeUp! posted an "open letter to American Muslims" from Mahathir Bin Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, on the subject of the upcoming election. Mohamad writes, "In the past four years, during the Presidency of George W. Bush, the Muslims and their countries have suffered oppression and humiliation as never before in the history of Islam. There is an...

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Muslims Must Not Form Isolated Communities, Scholar Says

October 16, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1328742,00.html

On October 16, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Muslims must reach out and connect with other Britons as equal citizens, and resist the impulse to withdraw into isolated communities, one of the foremost thinkers on Islam in Europe will tell his audience this evening at the European Social Forum in London. Tariq Ramadan urges Muslims to embrace and get to know the culture and history of...

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Catholic and Muslim Clergy Call for Dialogue on Construction of Islamic Prayer Room

October 16, 2004

Source: The Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2004/oct/16/yehey/top_stories/20041016top10.html

On October 16, 2004 The Manila Times reported, "To douse the tension caused by the planned construction of an Islamic prayer room in the heart of Greenhills’ shopping district, an alliance of Catholic and Muslim clergy on Thursday called for a dialogue between residents of upscale subdivisions and Muslim leaders. The...

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Engineering Schools Refuse to Provide Space for Muslim Ramadan Prayers

October 15, 2004

Source: CBC News Online

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2004/10/15/ramadanmontreal041015.html

On October 15, 2004 CBC News Online reported, "As the holy month of Ramadan begins, Muslim students will have to pray in cramped stairwells at two Montreal engineering schools because the institutions won't rent space to let them practise their faith. The post-secondary schools say they are secular institutions and do not need to accommodate...

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