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Article Archive for June 2011

Al-Azhar calls for democratic state
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Egypt should establish a democratic state based on a constitution that satisfies all Egyptians, Al-Azhar announced in a document released Monday. “There should be a democratic system that is based on elections to achieve concepts for Islamic consultation and penalizing officials,” Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Al-Azhar’s grand sheikh, said in a press conference.

Andrew Brown: Islamophobia and antisemitism
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The great thing about being in Dubai last week was being a foreigner once more. It’s how I spent much of my childhood, how I grew up, and how I feel most at home; but it brings professional rewards as well as personal pleasures.

Brooklyn Hasid charged with felony hate crime after attacking ‘f—ing Arabs’ living next door
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A boozy Brooklyn man was hit with hate crime charges Sunday for pouring beer on a newlywed neighbor, calling her an “Arab terrorist” and pummeling her husband, police sources said.

Allen West and ACT! for America: Radical anti-Muslim Activists
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ACT! for America, or as they are better known ACT! for Hate, held a meeting recently headlined byRep. Allen West. Allen West of course is an anti-Muslim Islamophobe extraordinaire, we’ve covered his rise to prominence within the hardcore radical anti-Muslim right-wing quite extensively.

Kosovo: University Students Across Religious Lines Unite to Restore Jewish Cemetery.
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PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) – American and Kosovo students have cleared out debris out of the neglected Jewish cemetery, a lone remaining sign of the dwindling community in this predominantly Muslim country. (Scroll down for photos)

Wilders Acquittal Strains Netherlands
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The acquittal of Dutch politician Geert Wilders on 22 June 2011 on charges of “inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims” is a political victory for Wilders, a legal travesty, and a missed opportunity for Dutch democracy. Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV) are known around the world for their Islamophobic propaganda.

Interfaith service at Washington National Cathedral promotes religious tolerance
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As worshipers entered Washington National Cathedral for Sunday morning’s service, some crossed themselves and some took photographs, some wore ties while others wore shorts and a few even wore yarmulkes.

Bill on Humane Slaughter Yields New Front for Muslim Tensions
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AMSTERDAM — It has not been a good year for Ahmet Kilic. Sales are down in the store where for the last two and a half years he has sold groceries and meat, slaughtered according to halal conditions.

Roxbury mosque is first Islamic center in US to receive Energy Star
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A Roxbury mosque became the first Islamic center in the country to receive a federal environmental label indicating the facility’s energy performance is better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.

Ibrahim Abdul Matin: A Muslim American’s Thoughts on Gay Marriage
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When you are a compassionate person, you also fight against injustice.

As a Muslim, I have always been taught to be compassionate.