Doctor helps bring Islamic conference to Detroit

April 20, 2014
By Carol Cain
With polls showing Islamophobia a problem at the same time more Muslim Americans are making a positive impact on local communities, Dr. Syed Mohiuddin figured it’s time to hold a national conference about Islam in Detroit. Mohiuddin led the team that worked to help bring the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) 2014 annual conference: “The Generations Rise: Elevating Muslim American Culture” conference to Detroit for the first time in the organization’s 51-year history.

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The NYPD confirmed that detectives on the unit have been transferred to other duties.

Abril 16, 2014
Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department’s Intelligence Division.

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Alexandria Declaration on Women Rights in Islam

Saturday, April 12, 2014
By Shari`ah Staff
During the International conference, “Women’s Issues: Towards a contemporary Islamic Ijtihad[1]“, participants discussed the importance and significance of issuing a declaration that springs from cognitive and cultural grounds, and asserts legitimate rights of women. The Conference – organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandria in collaboration with a number of civil society institutions during the period 10 – 11 March, 2014, maintained that

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Nigeria Faiths Want United, Just Homeland

Saturday 12, April 2014
LAGOS – Muslims and Christians are calling for deeper understanding among members of the two communities attending Nigeria’s stormy national conference, warning of the dangers of polarizing the nation along ethno-religious lines and expressing hopes that the country would emerge more united and stronger. “Yes, at the beginning there were such fears (of religion polarizing the country) because then people were

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Malaysia bans ‘un-Islamic’ Noah film

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Malaysia has joined a list of other Islamic countries which banned the Hollywood biblical epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe, denouncing it as irreligious and saying it violates the Islamic code against depicting prophets, Agence France-Presse reported. A home ministry official Saturday confirmed that Paramount’s latest big budget film, which has sparked an outcry among Muslim groups worldwide, will not be screened in predominantly Muslim Malaysia.

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No Muslim tried to leave religion over past decade, minister says

By Zurairi AR March 24, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 24 — Not one Muslim applied to convert out of their faiths in the Shariah Courts over the past decade, a minister said today, laying to rest previous claims of apostasy repeatedly made by religious hardliners. To the contrary, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said 4,520 individuals embraced Islam in just four years between 2008 and 2012, according to the Federal..

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Kenya Muslims Condemn Church Attack

OnIslam & News Agencies
Monday 24, 2014
NAIROBI – Leading Kenya Muslim scholars have vehemently condemned the attack on a Mombasa church that left six killed and dozens wounded, stressing that attempts to spoil religious harmony would be foiled. “The attackers have not done this on behalf of any religion or right-thinking group,” Sheikh Juma Ngao, a prominent Muslim scholar in Mombasa, told Reuters on Sunday, March 23.

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FIU’s Muslim Students Say They Found a Listening Device in a Campus Prayer Room

By Kyle SwensonMon., Mar. 10 2014
The evening was sliding toward midnight, but the students were still hanging out. It was February 9, 2013, and the five members of Florida International University’s Muslim Student Association had finished their evening prayers in the room they used daily at the Graham Center, the student union on the school’s Modesto Maidique Campus.They were lounging like any group of college kids, prayer mats spread out on the room’s ugly blue-green-brown industrial shag, when one noticed a bump in the weave.

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UK’s Feminist Muslim Women

Onislam Newspaper
March 16, 2014
CAIRO – A growing number of British Muslim women have been engaging themselves recently in defending women issues, correcting a misconception about Islam’s contradiction with feminism. “An awful lot of Muslim women have felt excluded from the debate about women’s rights and this project really focuses on bringing ordinary women into a debate about Islamic feminism that has so far only really been heard in academic circles,” Latifa Akay of social enterprise Maslaha told The Observer.

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Muslim family ‘forcibly’ removed from Empire State Building for praying – lawsuit

March 20, 21
Security guards at the Empire State Building in New York City forcibly removed a Muslim family who, without disturbing any tourists, had knelt down and begun to pray on the skyscraper’s observation deck, according to a new lawsuit.

Fahad Tirmizi, his wife Amina, and the couple’s two children were visiting the popular attraction on July 2 at 11:00 p.m., a time when the family’s “religious beliefs require them to recite the evening prayers wherever they may be at the time,” according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan District Court on Tuesday.

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Islam Cultivates Malawians Life

By Khalid Abubaker,
OnIslam Correspondent
Friday, 21 March 2014
LILONGWE – Despite its minority status, the influence Islam has been widening on Malawi’s cultural and socio–economic aspects over the past years, setting a phenomenon and a model to other religions in the largely Christian dominated Southern African nation.

“Since its introduction, about two hundred years ago, Islam has over the years become so influential,” Sheikh Ahmed Chienda, one of the country’s renowned Shariah scholars, told

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Mosque Arson Shocks Missouri Faith Leaders

JOPLIN, Missouri – A second arson attack on a mosque in the mid-western US state of Missouri is sparking a storm of outrage among religious leaders, amid calls for protection for worship places. “This incident should not stop us from worshiping our God,” a member of the Islamic Society of Joplin told CNN affiliate KYTV on Monday, August 6.

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Jersey Armory Hosts Prayer After Mosque Fire

OnIslam & News Agencies
Sunday, 17 March 2014
JERSEY – Rushing to help Jersey City Muslims whose mosque was destroyed by fire on Friday morning, February 28, the city officials have opened the city’s Armory to host Friday prayer, a move widely praised by leaders of the Muslim community. “We all saw how the Jersey City community really came together today,” Ibrahim Eldewak, president of Islamic Center Board of Trustees, 59, told inside the cavernous armory building after nearly 200 members participated in afternoon prayers.

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NJ Volunteers Erase Mosque Hate Graffiti

OnIslam & Newspapers
Saturday, 15 March 2014
The trio decided to stand up to provide help to the Muslim community by cleaning the graffiti. CAIRO – A group of New Jersey citizens have volunteered to remove hate graffiti sprayed on the Islamic society in Princeton city, showing solidarity with the Muslim community against hate.

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French Muslims Protest Islamophopic Laws

OnIslam & News Agencies
Sunday, 16 March 2014
PARIS – Marking the tenth anniversary of banning hijab in public places in France, hundreds of Muslims and rights activists have protested in Paris to demand abolishing Islamophopic laws and offering more protection to the religious minority. “All political parties contribute to the current climate of Islamophophia, but so does the media,” Jamel El Hamri, Muslim activist, told Press TV during the protest held on Saturday, March 15.

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Islam is easy, don’t make it difficult

Published — Friday 14 March 2014
WHAT God requires from a Muslim is not overly burdensome. He prescribes moderation in every walk of life.
I remember a conversation I recently had with my neighbor and friend who happens to be a non-Muslim. I had just returned from an Islamic conference. When she came to know about it, she looked worried, and asked: “No one advocates extremism at these sorts of things, do they?”

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Canadian Univ Hosts Islam Awareness Week

OnIslam & Newspapers
Wednesday, 12 March
CAIRO – For years, the campus building of Canada’s University of Windsor has been hosting Islamic awareness week, allowing its Muslim students to present a true message about their faith and dispel media misconceptions. “This whole week of events is meant to counteract the negative depictions of Islam,” Hanan Khaled, Muslim Student Association (MSA) executive member told Windsor Star.

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Guantánamo inmate takes on ‘inhumane’ force-feeding practices

by Massoud Hayoun@mhayoun
March 11, 2014
Yemeni national’s lawsuit is first court bid to force military to answer Guantánamo force-feeding abuse allegations. A Yemeni inmate at the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay will on Tuesday launch the first court bid to make the military respond to allegations of inhumane force-feeding of the prison’s hunger strikers. “This is the first time that any court will compare what the prisoners are saying about the torturous methods with what the military is saying,” said Clive Stafford Smith, director of London-based human rights group Reprieve and the legal counsel in the case.

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Turkey questions Canada on Quebec headscarf ban

World Bulletin / News Desk
March 3, 2014
Andrew Bennet had arrived in Turkey to discuss the expropriation of properties belonging to Christian and Jewish minorities in the country, even though Turkey is already in the process of returning such properties back to their rightful owners following the announcement of the democratization packet in October. Canada’s ambassador of religious freedom returned home from Turkey defeated after a failed attempt to criticize the country on its human rights record.

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Islamic museum opened in Melbourne, Australia

March 3, 2014
World Bulletin / News Desk
Austalia officially opened its first ever Islamic Museum on Monday in Melbourne, presenting a unique insight into slamic culture and civilization in order to address the many misconceptions prevelant in society. “I think art is more universal and can really bring people from all faiths and cultures together and once you learn and understand you’ll actually celebrate these differences,” Moustafa Fahour, the Islamic museum co-founder, told ABC news, adding it’s about creating a “fusion between Australian infrastructure but a lot of Islamic principles, from traditional calligraphy to geometric tile patterns.”

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