September 9, 2010 |
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.
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January 1, 2011 |
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.
June 18, 2010 |
Confidence in President Obama among the world's Muslims is slipping, according to a poll of global attitudes that also found widespread concern that the United States remained a go-it-alone nation even under the new administration. The survey, by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, found support for Obama had remained strong in most nations even while his approval rating at home had slipped. But in five of seven Muslim nations that were polled, he was regarded with approval by about one-third or less of respondents, and his popularity had slid over the last year.
January 30, 2007 |
Israel installed the first Muslim Cabinet minister in its 58-year history, with parliament approving his appointment 59 to 23. The government billed Raleb Majadele's appointment as a step toward equality for Muslim Arabs, Israel's largest minority. But hard-liners said the move was little more than political expediency, and Arab lawmakers dismissed the development, saying the government has little real interest in improving the lot of Israel's Arabs.
December 30, 2006 |
More than 2 million Muslim pilgrims, mostly on foot, streamed down to Muzdalifah near Mecca, where hajj tradition says they should spend the night. Many carried their belongings on their backs, and some pushed relatives in wheelchairs. Earlier, pilgrims spent the day at Mt. Arafat, a sacred zone outside Mecca where the prophet Muhammad gave his last sermon 1,400 years ago.
December 23, 2003 |
The leader of an Islamic group accused of separatist violence in China's northwest was killed in a joint U.S.-Pakistani operation this month, Chinese state media reported. Hasan Mahsum was named last week in China's first terrorist wanted list as one of 11 people blamed for what it claims is a campaign of bombings and assassinations in the Muslim Xinjiang region. His East Turkestan Islamic Movement is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.
April 7, 2008 |
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 |
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 |
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."