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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2009 | By Duke Helfand
Jihad Turk -- clean-shaven and youthful -- is telling an interfaith audience that the prophet Muhammad traces his lineage to Abraham, the biblical patriarch. Turk explains to the crowd of mostly Christians and Jews that Muslims also revere Jesus and Moses as prophets, and that Islam cherishes life. But some in the Pepperdine University audience are skeptical. One man wants to know why so many Muslims are "willing with perfect ease to kill," as he puts it, drawing brief applause.
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WORLD
March 27, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
At least 17 Iraqis were killed Sunday night when U.S. and Iraqi special forces stormed a mosque and clashed with Shiite Muslim militiamen, police officials said, further inflaming the country as its leaders struggled to form a new government and stem sectarian violence. An Iraqi police official said the dead were Shiite worshipers at the Mustafa mosque in northeast Baghdad.
WORLD
August 28, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
baghdad -- A suicide bomber detonated a vest packed with explosives in a Sunni Arab mosque in Fallouja on Monday, killing 10 worshipers, including the imam, and shattering what had been a period of relative calm for a region that was once the most volatile hotbed of Iraq's insurgency. The attack at the end of evening prayers was blamed on the militant group Al Qaeda in Iraq by American military officials and a Fallouja police official.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beneath the gleaming blue minaret of the new King Fahd Mosque that towers over Washington Boulevard in Culver City, more than 1,200 Muslims gathered Friday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the joyful festival marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. At the morning Eid service, Muslim men in flowing robes and women wearing bright, colorful hijabs over their heads prostrated themselves in prayer under the mosque's grand dome.
NEWS
February 20, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mosque had been closed, its imam exiled by Israeli authorities and the muezzin ordered not to call the town's Muslims to prayer. Yet, 10 minutes before noon, the men of Bir Nabala began to arrive for the midday Friday prayers, lining up quickly across the front lawn and spreading burlap bags and nylon sacks to serve as small prayer rugs. "We have come to pray," Ayoub abu Nada, a pensioner in a brown tweed jacket, said as he took his place with his grandsons.
WORLD
February 11, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
A bomb exploded in a car parked 10 yards from a Sunni Muslim mosque Friday, killing eight worshipers in Iraq's deadliest attack during a week otherwise marked by conciliatory words between leaders of feuding religious sects. The midday blast hit people leaving Iskan Shaabi Mosque after the main weekly prayer service in Baghdad's Dora neighborhood. Witnesses said bodies flew through the air and nearby cars went up in flames, sending smoke through the mosque's shattered windows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year's deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals. The Muslim Public Affairs Council - which long has pushed for a moderate, American-based Islam - hopes its "Safe Spaces Initiative" will get mosques to stop a pattern of dealing with extremists by simply shunning them and kicking them out. The plan was unveiled a day before Tuesday's one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing, allegedly orchestrated by ethnically Chechen Muslim brothers who lived in the Boston area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after the outbreak of the Gulf War, more than 1,000 worshipers gathered for weekly prayer, or juma, at the Islamic Center of Southern California, where immigrants, converts and native-born Muslims practice an innovative blend of Islam and American-style social activism. The prayers were in Arabic, but the sermon, or khutba, was in English.
WORLD
June 14, 2007 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
The twin explosions Wednesday at one of Iraq's holiest Shiite Muslim shrines, heavily damaged in an attack last year, dealt a powerful blow to the U.S.-led security plan, seen as a last chance to stem sectarian bloodshed in Baghdad and surrounding areas. Officials imposed curfews, Iraqis hunkered down in their homes, and a top U.S. commander said he had a "sinking feeling" Wednesday after bombs leveled two minarets at the Golden Mosque in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.
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