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Muslims feel growing hostility as 9/11 anniversary approaches and ‘Ground Zero mosque’ is built
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The scent of incense fills the room as the faithful gather quietly for afternoon prayers, their hands turned toward the ceiling, their shoes lined along the back wall.




Imam Behind Islamic Center Plans U.S. Tour
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The controversy over plans to build an Islamic center in downtown Manhattan subsided in November, almost abruptly, with the end of an election season that amplified its most emotional underlying issues.




Pastor Terry Jones Trying to Remain Relevant
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Jones said he decided to try a second time to come downtown because he wanted to pay his respects to the first responders killed on 9/11. Jones also wanted to promote his new organization, Stand Up America, which he said would combat radical Islam worldwide.




Flint Islamic Center works to erase Islamophobia
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“There is no such thing called ‘Holy War’,” said Flint Islamic Center Member Dr. Jamal Hammoud. “The word jihad has so many meanings in Islam. Jihad means strive, so when you strive against the illness of society, against the illness of your own self, that you strive against the whims of devil, and you’re trying to do something good.”




Scott Alexander: A Moral Fallacy in the Park51 Controversy
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The problem, however, is that the question as to whether the Park51 project should move forward is based on a moral fallacy. As human beings, we must respect the suffering of all those in pain and try to do all that we reasonably and morally can to help alleviate and transform it.




John L. Esposito: Time to Move On
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The last several months witnessed debates concerning relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, mainly as a result of the proposal to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. Talk radio hosts and media pundits made the national story that cast Muslims as insufficiently sorry for the acts of 19 hijackers and insensitive to the victims’ families.




Jamal Dajani: The Grinch Who Stole Eid
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Today, 1.5 billion Muslims across the globe celebrate Eid al-Fiter, a three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan, however; one renegade pastor of a church, Rev. Terry Jones, with fewer than 50 members has cast a shadow on their festivities.




Fighting Islamophobia: Come, Let Us Reason Together
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(RNS) Tolerance is one of the hallmarks of democracy, particularly American democracy. In recent months we’ve witnessed numerous examples of misunderstandings, intolerance and ignorance. The ugliness has challenged our views on religious freedom and harmed interfaith relations.




Christian Avard: Dr Jack Shaheen: “More leadership needed on Park 51 conversation.”
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The national conversation on the Park 51 Islamic Community Center has taken a turn for the worst. Opponents claim it’s too close to the Ground Zero and is offensive to families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.




Through Islamic Center Debate, World Sees U.S.
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A Muslim at a Rome mosque. Referring to one long-delayed project, another Muslim said, “At least in America, there’s a debate.” For more than two decades, Abdelhamid Shaari has been lobbying a succession of governments in Milan for permission to build a mosque for his congregants — any mosque at all, in any location.