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April 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Vandals defaced the graves of Muslim World War I soldiers in northern France and left behind a severed pig's head at the cemetery, a prosecutor said. Graves in the cemetery at Ablain-Saint-Nazaire were inscribed with anti-Islam slogans, and graffiti singled out Justice Minister Rachida Dati, who is of North African origin, a prosecutor in nearby Arras, Jean-Pierre Valensi, told France-Info radio. He said 148 tombs were targeted. In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the vandalism a form of "unacceptable racism" and said he shares the pain of France's Muslim community, the largest in Western Europe.
November 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A British Muslim who called for Sept. 11-style attacks across Europe during a protest outside the Danish Embassy in London was convicted of stirring up racial hatred. But a jury at London's Old Bailey court was unable to reach a verdict on a separate charge of soliciting murder in the case against Web designer Mizanur Rahman, who allegedly called for the "indiscriminate killing" of British troops in Iraq. He denied both charges.
April 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The son of a prominent U.S.-based Chinese Muslim activist was sentenced to nine years in prison on subversion charges, state media reported. Ablikim Abdureyim was sentenced in Urumqi, capital of the Muslim Xinjiang region in China's far west, after reportedly confessing to charges of "instigating and engaging in secessionist activities."
August 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a devout Muslim, won Turkey's presidency after months of confrontation with the secular establishment. He promised to be impartial and praised the idea that Islam and the state should be separate. Top generals did not attend the swearing-in of their new president and commander in chief. Local news media interpreted their absence as a protest against Gul, a member of Turkey's Islamist-rooted governing party.
January 8, 2000 | Religion News Service
The president of a Michigan community college apologized Tuesday to a Muslim student after an incident in which an instructor barred her from making a reference to God before a class presentation.
October 25, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Australian super-middleweight Anthony Mundine was dropped indefinitely from the World Boxing Council's rankings Wednesday for his controversial remarks about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mundine, a Muslim, said Monday that the United States had brought the attacks upon itself. He later apologized on his Web site. "The World Boxing Council read with stupefaction the statements [made by Mundine]," Jose Sulaiman, the sanctioning body's president, said in a statement.
February 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Nine Hindu defendants retried in the fatal burning of a group of Muslims during rioting in western India in 2002 were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Eight other Hindus were acquitted. More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died during the three months of rioting in Gujarat state.
September 9, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
To Muslims, the Koran is the word of God. Muslims believe the sacred text was delivered by the archangel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad over a period of 22 years in the early 7th century, about 600 years after the crucifixion of Jesus. "It is the light from God to humanity. The healing of the broken hearts. And the skill to decipher right from wrong," said Dr. Maher Hathout, a senior advisor for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Like the Bible, the Koran teaches moral values and tells stories of prophets, such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ.
November 23, 2008 | times wire reports
Malaysia's top Islamic body banned Muslims from practicing yoga, saying the Indian physical exercise contains elements of Hinduism that could corrupt Muslims. The national council that has the authority to rule on how Muslims must conduct their faith, issued a fatwa, or edict, saying that yoga involves not just exercise but also includes Hindu spiritual elements, chanting and worship. Decisions by the council in Malaysia are not legally binding on Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the country's 25 million people, unless they are enshrined in national or Sharia laws.
January 1, 2011 | By Nomi Morris
For the first 15 years of his working life, Naim Shah Jr. was the personal assistant to the imam at Masjid Ibadallah, a mosque in Los Angeles. He helped with Friday sermons and religious classes and dealt primarily with his Muslim congregants. But for the last six months, Shah has worked with Christian and Jewish activists across the city, drumming up support for the "responsible banking" ordinance, a law that would spur banks that do business with the city of Los Angeles to modify mortgages, increase loans to small businesses and invest in their neighborhoods.
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