September 18, 2012 |
Last week, an acquaintance sent me a link to an article on the Atlantic's website about "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Islam film that has provoked so much violence in the Middle East. To my horror, the story prominently featured a picture of me. When I watched the film clip, I was even more appalled. A year earlier, I had done two days of acting in a film I'd been told would be called "Desert Warrior. " The images were clearly from that film, but my words had been replaced by words I would have never uttered, and the resulting film was something I would never have agreed to participate in. Here's how it happened.
July 19, 2012 |
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.
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.
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."
August 29, 2007 |
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.