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July 19, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, This post has been corrected. See note below.
An Islamic congregation in central Tennessee will not be able to move into a new mosque before Ramadan begins at sundown Thursday, despite winning a legal battle that cleared the way for occupancy. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is awaiting inspections from additional agencies and congregants can't begin worshiping there until the inspections are complete, lawyers for the mosque said Thursday. That could take up to 10 days. “It's a matter of dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's,” Hannah Smith, a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told the Los Angeles Times.
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WORLD
March 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
World Muslim leaders on Friday condemned extremism and terrorism as incompatible with Islam and proposed a high-level international meeting to promote a "dialogue of civilizations" with Christians. Leaders of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, which represents 1.5 billion Muslims across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, made the "Dakar Declaration" after a two-day summit in Senegal.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau
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.
WORLD
July 21, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Special to The Times
Be patient. This is just a phase. It will all blow over eventually. That's what Abdel Basset Zitouni tells the young people who come seeking his advice on getting a job or starting a business. But Zitouni's counsel isn't just in response to questions about finding work in a depressed economy. Many of the people who knock on his office door are Muslims from the housing projects in this city west of Paris who have felt the sting of discrimination. They tell of an unwelcoming professional world, with regular bank rejections for business loans, or months without a callback for an interview.
WORLD
January 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
December 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
December 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
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.
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