Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2007«

Fallen Muslim American Soldier Mourned

July 28, 2007

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Source: Voice of America and USASOC news service Major James Michael Ahearn had a near perfect life. The 43-year-old career army officer was newly married and recently became a father for the first time. On July 5th, during a routine patrol in Iraq, a roadside bomb exploded, killing Major Ahearn and his driver. For Urdu […]

Egypt’s Grand Mufti comes out against the killing of apostates

July 26, 2007

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By OMAR SINAN, Associated Press Writer One of Egypt’s most senior Muslim clerics has raised controversy by saying there is no worldly retribution for Muslims who abandon their religion, prompting an outcry from conservatives insisting Islamic law requires such apostates be killed. The editorial in The Washington Post came from Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, […]

America was built on diversity. The same is true of Islam.

July 26, 2007

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By Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan Newsweek, July 30, 2007 INTERNATIONAL section; Guest Column; Pg. 32 U.S. Edition It’s strange that the United States and the Muslim world so often seem to be in conflict. The more you know about America’s basic ideals and those of classical Islam, the more similarities you see. […]

Good appearance in Islam

July 25, 2007

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Dr. Muhammad ‘Ali Al-Hashimi The true Muslim takes good care of his clothes, so you will see him presenting a pleasant appearance, without being extravagant. He is pleasant to look at and to meet, and does not annoy people with his careless, disheveled appearance. He always checks himself before he goes out to meet people, […]

Islam in America: Are Muslims Integrated Into Our Society?

July 24, 2007

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Newsweek, July 30, 2007 issue What would you tell suicide bombers who invoke Islam to justify their actions? What are the rights of women in Islam? Is it permissible for a Muslim to convert to another faith? After September 11, many Americans asked whether Muslims living here at home were susceptible to the same extremist […]

Muslims must hold fast to flexibility in their tradition

July 24, 2007

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Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt Irish Times, July 24, 2007 Almost two years ago the citizens of London were victims of a great atrocity. Those who perpetrated those crimes would like you to believe that they were inspired by the religion of Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is nothing […]

Bipartisan U.S. Senate Resolution Praising American Muslim Physicians

July 23, 2007

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Dr. Faroque Khan, MD After the recent developments in UK implicating some physicians of involvement in terrorism, a number of American Muslims publicly denounced these acts of terrorism and violence. IMANA issued a press release which received world wide coverage on AP, CNN, BBC etc. The US Senate also took note of this, and attached […]

Praying while working at the bottom of the sea

July 23, 2007

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هنيئاً له إن قبلت عند الله صلى في مكان يصعب على البشر الصلاة فيه ما أعظم الصلاة ، وما أعظم شأنها اللهم ارزقني شرف المحافظة عليها دائماً وأبداً يا حي يا قيوم Please click here to read our article on ‘Missing Prayers at Work’.

Islamophobia 101: Episode 17-China’s ‘war on terror’ hides brutal crackdown on Muslims

July 22, 2007

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Michael Sheridan in Kashgar, China Sunday Times (London) THE CHINESE executioners came for Ismail Semed before 9am. They led him out of his cell as the sun climbed over the Tien Shan mountains in the land he called East Turkestan. The day before, he had seen his wife, Buhejer, his son, 7, and his daughter, […]

Diverse Muslim identity must replace the stereotypes

July 21, 2007

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Niall Crowley, The Irish Times, Opinion Section, July 21, 2007, p. 15 Reducing all Muslim people to a singular, all-encompassing unit justifies inequality and discrimination and does not serve the emergence of an integrated society, writes Niall Crowley. A man stands up in a Dublin bus, points at an Irish Muslim girl and shouts “terrorist”. […]

Pakistan Ulema (religious Islamic scholars) condemn suicide bombing

July 21, 2007

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Text of report by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) news agency Peshawar, 20 July: The ulema [Muslim clergy] in the Jumma [Friday] congregations, while condemning suicide bombing, have stated it an act of anti humanity and a heinous crime. “The act is anti Islam and inhuman”, they told the faithful in their sermons. They said […]

Report on low English skills among Imams in Britain raises concerns

July 20, 2007

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Max de Lotbiniere The Guardian Weekly, July 20, 2007, p 44. Research reveals that only 6% of Muslim religious leaders in Britain speak English, raising concerns that preachers in mosques are not able to communicate effectively with young British-born Muslims. The survey of 300 mosques in Britain was carried out by Chester University for the […]

‘The Muslim doctors’ oath rejects all acts of terrorism

July 20, 2007

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Dr Abdul Majid Katme, letters GP Magazine, July 20, 2007, p. 18 This is the oath of a Muslim physician: ‘Praise be to Allah, the Teacher, the Unique, Majesty of the heavens, the Exalted, the Glorious, Glory be to Him, the Eternal Being who created the Universe and all the creatures within, and the only […]

Islamophobia 101–Episode 16: Eradicate Muslims like Beetles from the Face of this Earth

July 19, 2007

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Please click here to listen to a threat from radio host Neal Boortz to eradicate Muslims like beetles from the face of this earth. Press the play button to start the audio clip. For more information on Neal Boortz, please click here. Please do not contact him directly because Mr. Boortz can and will use […]

Illegal Undercover FBI Sales Sting Fails

July 19, 2007

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Associated Press, 7/18/07 A Butte County judge has dismissed the case against a Chico market owner who was accused of purchasing stolen cigarettes, saying it appeared the charges were a way for the FBI to question the owner about terrorism. “A reasonable person could draw the conclusion that this ABC undercover operation was a subterfuge […]

From Atheism to Islam: Professor of Mathematics, Jeffrey Lang

July 18, 2007

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Dr. Jeffrey Lang is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas, one of the biggest universities in the United States. He started his religious journey on Jan 30, 1954, when he was born in a Roman Catholic family in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The first 18 years of his life were spent in Catholic schools, which […]

50,000 Iraqi refugee women and girls forced into prostitution

July 18, 2007

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Women and girls, many alarmingly young, who fled the chaos at home are being further betrayed after reaching ‘safety’ in Syria By Nihal Hassan in Damascus Published: 24 June 2007, The Independent, U.K. It’s Monday night in a dingy club on the outskirts of the Syrian capital. Two dozen girls are moving half-heartedly on the dance […]

Australian Visa Laws Unfair to Muslims

July 18, 2007

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Mark Dunn, Herald TImes (Australia) 07/18/2007, p 13. NEW laws that demand Arabs seeking visa entry into Australia provide the names of their parents and grandfather hint at racial and religious profiling, according to a leading Islamic group. ”It would be pretty naive to think there is no religious profiling going on (with visa applicants), […]

Drivers accuse FEDEX bosses of discrimination

July 18, 2007

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David Abel, Boston Globe, 7/17/07 Four Arab-American drivers who said they were harassed by their supervisors at a FedEx Corp. facility in Wilmington have filed a lawsuit alleging they were subjected to a steady flow of vitriol and discrimination. In a lawsuit the plaintiffs’ lawyer said was served on FedEx yesterday, the drivers said managers […]

Fighting Extremism is Up to All of US

July 17, 2007

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Saeed Saeed, Canberra Times FOREIGN Minister Alexander Downer recently addressed the opening ceremony of the Peace and Harmony Interfaith Conference in Sydney. He ended with a plea to Australia’s Muslim leaders and community members to take the lead in eradicating the community’s extremist fringe. ”You might feel that it is not your problem,” Downer said. […]

Indian Muslims oppose fatwa against co-education

July 17, 2007

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By Shaikh Azizur Rahman, THE WASHINGTON TIMES Indian Muslim leaders are uniting with female students in opposition to a “fatwa” or Islamic edict demanding that Muslim girls stay away from academic institutions where boys are studying. The order, issued by the influential theological school of Darul Uloom Deoband in northern India last week, said coeducation […]

Good Samaritan 101: Jews come to the help of Muslims in building new mosque

July 16, 2007

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By Tim Townsend ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH A FAMILIAR STORY IN THE 1950s • Temple Israel bought land in Creve Coeur. The city amended its zoning to block the temple’s efforts to build. The case went to the Missouri Supreme Court, and Temple Israel prevailed. NOW • In Lemay, the Islamic Community Center bought 4.7 acres […]

Radicalism Among Muslim Professionals Worries Many

July 16, 2007

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Hassan M. Fattah – The New York Times Media Group DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 13 — They were some of the best and brightest in the Muslim world who toiled for years to master their knowledge. Now they stand accused of seeking mass murder. For weeks, commentators and analysts in the Muslim world have […]

Doctors have no place in terrorism

July 16, 2007

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by Asma Mobin-Uddin Source: The Columbus Dispatch The thought of physicians treating sick patients by the light of day while plotting to kill innocent people under the cover of darkness sickens and angers me on a very personal level. If these accusations are true, they are the ultimate betrayal of the trust placed in physicians […]

Minds Buried Under Sand: Deficient High School Education in Saudi Arabia

July 14, 2007

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Source: Arabsnews.com Tariq A. Al-Maeena, talmaeena@aol.com Year in and year out, changes are expected in the field of education, and yet we see little progress. A society that has produced dependency on expatriate expertise has obviously failed to tune its educational curriculum to the needs of this growing country. Although the figures being touted by […]

Muslim Attorney Receives Death Threat from Minnesota

July 13, 2007

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Source: CAIR Newsletter (Note from Rafik Beekun: Mr. Mohammedi is the attorney representing the six imams who filed a lawsuit alledging racial and religious discrimination–see article below). The letter, sent from Minnesota to attorney Omar T. Mohammedi, states in part: “Who cares if the Federal courthouse is secure (which it really is not). . .Do […]

The Six Imams File Lawsuit Alleging Racial and Religious Discrimination

July 13, 2007

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Source:  Aisha Aziz, Southern California Infocus WASHINGTON – Six imams, who were removed from a U.S. Airways flight last year, have filed a lawsuit for racial and religious discrimination, unleashing a fresh outcry from right-wing bloggers, columnists, and media, who commented extensively against the imams when they were first de-planed in November. Headlines such as […]

Good Samaritan 101: Dr. Jessica Stern’s Speech on Double Standards Among Terror Critics

July 12, 2007

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 Source: Heather Robinson from the New York Sun A lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government claims there is a double standard by which Muslim clerics are criticized for not condemning Islamist terrorism when “rabbis are not condemning the violent settlers’ movement.” Jessica Stern‘s lecture and those of other participants sought to […]

Is There Academic Bias on U.S. University Campuses?

July 12, 2007

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CNN Interview: Ibrahim Hooper and Laura Flanders vs. David Horowitz

Muslim Dunkin’ Donuts Owner Can Sue Over Pork, U.S. Court says

July 11, 2007

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LOS ANGELES – A discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee who was not allowed to renew his contract with the chain because of a refusal to sell pork products can proceed, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision reversed an Illinois federal court judge’s 2004 ruling that rejected Walid Elkhatib’s argument […]

Islamic Medical Association of North America Denounces UK Terror Plot

July 7, 2007

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Chicago, IL, July 3, 2007:  The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) condemns in the strongest terms the attack on Glasgow Airport; the attack in London during the past weekend; all attacks by which innocent people are killed or harmed in any manner and all attacks that result in destruction of the property of […]

Muslim Doctors Angry and Saddened by Possible Terrorist Plot

July 7, 2007

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Source: Kmov.com Some Muslim physicians in our area, want the public to know they are angry and saddened by the possible terrorist plot, in the United Kingdom, which possibly includes Muslim medical professionals. Dr. Khaled Hamid a CAIR board. Member says, “We are part of the society, to stay and are not a threat.” [more] […]

Statement from the Association of Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) Regarding UK Terrorism Incidents

July 6, 2007

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July 4, 2007 It is with a heavy heart that we read about the affair in the United Kingdom. As we consider these events, we hope to remind ourselves and our peers in the health and the muslim communities of several things: We have faith in the British system of justice and hope and expect […]

Some U.K. Muslim Physicians Betraying Islam and the Medical Profession

July 5, 2007

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Source: New York Post Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, M.D. July 4, 2007 — AS THE investigation of the terror plots in London and Glasgow unfolds, I am experiencing the emotions I often do in hearing that people associated with my faith are involved – incredulity, anger, and outrage that once again, these heinous acts are associated […]

Fatwa Against Terrorism issued by U.S. Religious Council

July 2, 2007

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In light of the recent events in the United Kingdom, I am reprinting the following fatwa released in July 2005 from the highest body of Fiqh scholars in the U.S. as a reminder to all of us: The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam’s absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism. Islam strictly condemns […]

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