Archive for March, 2012

France has barred a group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices in Islam

Published March 29, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS – France has barred a group of Muslim clerics, including one of the most prominent voices in Sunni Islam, from entering the country to attend a conference.

France’s foreign ministry said Thursday the clerics were invited by the French Islamic Union to speak at a congress in Le Bourget near Paris from April 6-9.

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USA/Islam: South Florida Muslims Meet With BSO Officials, Urge Collaboration

March 30, 2012
FORT LAUDERDATE (Florida, USA), 6 Jumada Al-Awwal/28 March (IINA)-The men file in slowly to the meeting room at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. “As-Salaam-Alaikum,” they greet one another, shaking hands, smiling warmly at a Sunrise police officer they recognize from prayer services.

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Congressional Candidate Decries Cop-Muslim Meeting in Broward

Kenric Ward’s blog | Posted: March 29, 2012
A warm and fuzzy meeting of Muslims leaders and Broward County sheriff’s officers is giving a congressional candidate the chills.

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French Muslims Resent Sarkozy’s Ban of Egyptian Preacher

March 26, 2012
The Union of French Islamic Organizations (UOIF) on Monday expressed surprise at President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to ban an influential Egyptian preacher from visiting France next month.

Sarkozy said earlier that Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi was not welcome in France, where he was scheduled to address a conference of the UOIF on April 6, along with fellow Egyptian preacher, Mahmoud El Masri.

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Op-Ed: Strengthening Muslim-Jewish ties in the face of evil

By Marc Schneier and Shamsi Ali · March 26, 2012
OPINION

NEW YORK (JTA) — As a rabbi and an imam, we deeply mourn the tragic loss of innocent lives in the murderous terrorist attacks in France. We express our heartfelt sympathy and compassion for the bereaved.

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FBI files detail Muslims’ religious practices

March 27, 2012
(AP) WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday released records it obtained from the FBI that it said showed the bureau’s San Francisco division used its Muslim outreach efforts to collect intelligence on religious activities protected by the Constitution.

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Family of murdered Iraqi-American woman recounts story of brutal attack

March 27, 2012

By Kamal Kobeissi
Al Arabiya

In their first interview with the media, the family of Iraqi-American woman Shaima Alwadi, who was beaten to death in San Diego, decided to break their silence and recount the details of the murder that has sent shock waves across the United States and brought back worries of rising Islamophobia in the West.

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Muslim rival to Facebook calls for NZ members


By Lincoln Tan
March 21, 2012
Muslims in New Zealand are being encouraged to use a soon-to-be-launched Islamic social networking site instead of Facebook.

Called “Salamworld”, the site aims to be to Muslims what Facebook is to others – but without all that is considered “haram” or forbidden in Islam, such as gambling and alcohol advertisements, pornography or sexy images.

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Gingrich Says It Should ‘Bother’ Obama That People Think He’s Muslim

March 23, 2012
FOURCHON, La. — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is amping up his language on President Obama’s faith and his relationship with Muslims. Gingrich told ABC News Friday that that he takes the president at his word that he’s a Christian, but finds it “very bizarre” that Obama is “desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics.”

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Peter King Blasts Christie Over NYPD Muslim Surveillance Criticism


Christie responded Wednesday by accusing King, a fellow Republican, of trying to attract publicity.
By Chris Hawley
March 22, 2012
Long Island Rep. Peter King says New Jersey’s governor should show more gratitude toward the NYPD for its counterterrorism work.

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A growing Islamic identity for Chechnya


By Diana Markosian, Special for USA TODAY
SERZHEN-YURT, Chechnya – Seda Makhagieva, 15, had to fight to wear the hijab, a scarf that some Muslims say must be worn by women and older girls.
“My family didn’t allow me to wear it at first,” the petite Chechen girl said as she wrapped a pastel-colored scarf around her head and neck, concealing every strand of her long, brown hair.

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Florida Muslims could be pivotal in 2012 election


By Jeff Kunerth, Orlando Sentinel
March 19, 2012

Muslims have the potential to play a pivotal role in the 2012 election as Islamophobia and immigration issues galvanize the minority group into a voting bloc, according to a forum Sunday at the University of Central Florida.

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Slain American in Yemen ‘Respected Islam’


OnIslam & Newspapers
Monday, 19 March 2012
CAIRO – The school employing an American teacher killed by Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen has denied accusations he was proselytizing Christianity, saying he “highly respected” the Islamic faith.

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Islamic Fashion Festival


By MARBEE SHING-GO
March 19, 2012
MANILA, Philippines — February offered a different kind of affair as the Islamic Fashion Festival (IFF) debuted in Manila. Coming from Indonesia and Singapore, the Philippines is the IFF’s third ASEAN destination after its home country, Malaysia. The event, which lasted for two days at the Manila InterContinental Hotel, celebrated the teachings of Islam and the manner of dress which the religion prescribes.

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Tributes pour in as Egypt mourns Shenouda

Published: 15:09 March 18, 2012

By Ramadan Al Sherbini, Correspondent

Cairo: Egyptian and world leaders on Sunday mourned the death of Pope Shenouda III, as a man of tolerance and wisdom who helped Egypt keep united.

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USA/Islam: Muslim student group teaches the art of Quranic recitation


By Ramadan Al Sherbini, Correspondent
Published: 15:09 March 18, 2012
SOUTH BEND (Indiana, USA), 12 Rabi al-Thani/5 March (IINA)-Notre Dame’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) invites students to engage in prayer around the world Tuesday with the Art of Qur’an Recitation.

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Eight cab drivers claim their boss made them choose between prayer and their job


March 12, 2012
By: Alison Morrow

ORLANDO, Fla. – It is often said, “A picture is worth 1,000 words,” but for the man in a photo taken a few months ago at Orlando’s Premium Outlets, the picture was worth his job.

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Nation of Islam leader’s speech at U.S. university creates stir

Monday, 12 March 2012

By Al Arabiya With Agencies

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan’s speech to hundreds at the University of California Berkeley on Saturday has created controversy for his statements about Jews dominating the slave trade.

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Shepherdsville business said to be target of hate crime will close

Posted on March 12, 2012
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) — The Iraqi-owned business that police say was the target of a hate crime will not reopen. The business manager for Jacob’s Smoke Shop says he filed paperwork with the secretary of state to officially close the business.

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Circumcision tied to lower prostate cancer risk

By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK | Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:19am EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Circumcised men may have a slightly lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who still have their foreskin, according to a new study.

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