July 10, 2009 |
A Chinese official says mosques in Urumqi have been ordered to stay closed, preventing traditional Friday prayers, after ethnic violence that left at least 156 dead. Another city in Xinjiang region has suspended visits by foreigners. The official said the mosques were ordered closed for public safety and that "people should stay at home today and pray." Separately, officials in Kashgar in southwestern Xinjiang have told visiting journalists that they and other foreigners had to leave.
January 29, 2003 |
The FBI on Tuesday defended its national tally of Muslim mosques as only one part of a much broader effort to apply scarce anti-terrorism resources and identify vulnerable sites. Critics called it a form of ethnic and religious profiling. The number of mosques was one of dozens of pieces of information that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III directed the 56 FBI field offices to gather.
March 16, 1990 |
An explosion tore through a mosque in Rennes in western France, apparently the latest in a series of attacks against Muslim immigrants from North Africa. No one was injured in the blast, which came hours before the governing Socialist Party was to open a four-day congress in the city. The blast, apparently caused by an explosive planted against a wall, heavily damaged the building, police said.
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June 9, 2009 |
FBI Director Robert Mueller says his agency will continue to use informants inside American mosques despite complaints from Muslim organizations. Mueller told reporters Monday in Los Angeles that investigations in places of worship will be respectful of 1st Amendment rights but will continue if warranted by evidence of possible wrongdoing. A Muslim organization has asked the Justice Department to investigate complaints that the FBI is asking followers of the faith to spy on Islamic leaders.
January 18, 1988 |
Police Minister Chaim Bar-Lev on Sunday vehemently denied widespread reports that Israeli security forces fired tear-gas grenades into mosques after last Friday's Muslim services. The former head of the armed forces told a Cabinet meeting that the tear gas was used only outside the Temple Mount and was directed against crowds assaulting police forces.
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January 10, 1997 |
As Muslims today begin a month of daytime fasting, a $2.2-million mosque--the first in Southern California to be built solely with local money--nears its long-delayed opening in the San Fernando Valley. During Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, able-bodied Muslims are expected to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to sunset as an act of spiritual self-discipline. At mosques, the Koran, the sacred scripture of Islam, is recited in its entirety during the lunar month.
March 27, 2006 |
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.
August 28, 2007 |
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.
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January 8, 2000 |
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.