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St. Thomas Won’t Host Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu

A plan to invite Desmond Tutu to speak at the University of St. Thomas next year was scuttled by university officials who did not want to offend the Jewish community over the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, university officials confirmed Wednesday.

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October 11, 2007

Pakistan: Election Primer

Pakistan is probably unique in the world in having so many trappings of democracy without democracy itself. In the next few weeks, almost anything could happen — moves towards more democracy or less — but General Pervez Musharraf will certainly be President.

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October 11, 2007

Profile: Hassan M. Ahmed

Hassan M. Ahmed has been Chief Executive Officer and a member of board of directors of Sonus Networks since November 1998 and Chairman of the board of directors since April 2004. From November 1998 to April 2004, he was also President. Sonus provides voice infrastructure products which enable customers to deploy an integrated packet-based network carrying both voice and data traffic. The company employs 900 workers and has a market value of around $2 billion.

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October 11, 2007

The Magical Meccan Moon

A magical moment of unity seems to have swept through American mosques this year. An informal survey of local mosques shows that the majority began their fasting together on Thursday, September 13th, and will celebrate ‘eid on Saturday October 13th, which dates coincide with the determination of the Fiqh Council of North America regarding the beginning and ending of Ramadan…

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October 11, 2007

The Fight for Foothbaths at UM-D

“As soon as the news of the foot baths leaked, the small campus society became the center of hot debate. People were angry. Tax dollars were said to be used to install the footbaths, where in fact a percentage of students’ tuition would be deducted to update the bathrooms. Some argued that the university was promoting Islam and therefore violating the separation of church and state…”

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October 11, 2007

Fast-A-Thon at Wayne State University

Beginning the month of October with their annual Fast-A-Thon, Wayne State University’s MSA honored hundreds of starving Somalian kids and families. Uniting humanity through hunger, the theme of the evening, brought many fasters together from different faiths to feel the pain of the poor and hungry.

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October 11, 2007

Ramadan Blast Off!

Regardless of the purpose of sending a Malaysian to space, it is pretty exciting for the rest of us Muslims sitting safely on the ground to see one of our own blast off to space. May Allah bless Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s journey to space and make it fruitful.

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October 11, 2007

Ram Sethu Project: Indian Secularism At Stake

NEW DELHI – The manner in which noise has been made over the controversial Sethusamudram project or the Ram Sethu has raised question marks over the Indian political system, judiciary, practice of secularism as well the country’s development plans.

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October 11, 2007

Keep the Night of Power Throughout the Year

Verily! We have sent this Qur’an down in the Night of Power. And what will make you know what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the Angels and the Spirit by ALLAH’S leave. Peace! Until the appearance of the Dawn.

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October 11, 2007

KINDERUSA at Ramadan

“Among the earth’s suffering people perhaps none has captured the world’s attention more than the people of Palestine. That the suffering is manmade and not due to natural causes only heightens the tragedy of these beleaguered people. And, as is true of all suffering nations, the children are the most severely affected…”

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October 11, 2007

Breaking Bread, Building Peace

Ann Arbor-October 5–A mix of Jewish and Islamic scholars and professionals gathered Friday in Ann Arbor to celebrate faith, food and good company.

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October 11, 2007

Community News (V9-I42)

New Jersey travel agency Hajj fraud / Springfield MO prison inmate sues jail / First iftar dinner held at University of Nevada / Toronto–Dr. Zafeer Ahmed appointed VP of Bradmer Pharmaceuticals / Oak Lawn IL school district decides to Ramadan on its calendar with Christmas).

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October 11, 2007

Houstonian Corner (V9-I42)

Houston Mayoral Iftar & Dinner / Houston mayor’s daughter fasts during Ramadan in Jordan / Home-buying in a Shari’ah-compliant manner.

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October 11, 2007

Love Lost-Hope Gained

“I am going to tell you a story. A story of loss, grief, love and newfound hope: I know these are all clichés you have heard before. But as you read on remember that this is not just a story, this is my story…”

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October 11, 2007