Archive for February, 2012

Islam In America: Mosques See Dramatic Increase In Just Over A Decade, According To Muslim Survey

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Islam In America: Mosques See Dramatic Increase In Just Over A Decade, According To Muslim Survey

Mosque Survey

First Posted: 02/29/2012 12:20 pm Updated: 02/29/2012 4:23 pm

In the decade since 9/11, American Muslims and mosques have come under a close lens, from congressional hearings on radicalization to campaigns against mosque construction projects and anti-Sharia legislation proposals in dozens of states.

Despite such difficulties, a comprehensive survey of American mosque leaders released Wednesday reveals that the number of mosques in the country has grown tremendously, with more than 900 new centers being established since 2000. Another finding from the survey reveals that compared to the turn of the millennium, fewer Muslims see America as “hostile” to Islam today.

The nation’s largest Islamic groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Circle of America released the survey that asked hundreds of mosque leaders about the demographics and theological and political leanings of their congregation.

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Abida Parveen: Sufi soul – The Express Tribune

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Abida Parveen

One of my all time favorites!

Abida Parvene: Sufi Soul

By IANS

Published Febrary 29, 2012

NEW DELHI:

The Indian capital is set to witness national and international singers like Abida Parveen, Ali Zafar and Hans Raj Hans, Andrea Griminelli (Italian flautist) as well as some emerging talents at a three-day Sufi festival to be held from March 2-4.

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Islamic Art Extends Bridges in Utah – Americas – News – OnIslam.net

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The exhibition offered its visitors a step back in time to walk through the art and culture of Islam.

Islamic Art Extends Bridges in Utah

Friday, 24 February 2012 15:03

The exhibition offered its visitors a step back in time to walk through the art and culture of Islam.

CAIRO – Extending bridges between different cultures, Islamic art from around the world has been exhibited in Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art, offering visitors a walk through the centuries-old art and culture of Islam.

“When you are trying to cross bridges, these bridges really need to be crossed between people who are different, but who also have a lot to share,” project director Sabiha Al Khemir, told Desert News on Thursday, February 23.

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I have been happy to see many of the exhibits around the world that are reconnecting people of all kinds to the art and culture of Islam. If you live in or near New York City, or are planning a trip there, be sure to visit the new permanent exhibit of Islamic Art there, it re-opened in a newly designed gallery in November of 2011 and is an extraordinary collection, highly recommended by yours truly.

Tel Aviv is no haven for asylum seekers – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Friday, February 24th, 2012
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For many refugees and asylum seekers, Israel is considered a last resort destination

Tel Aviv is no haven for asylum seekers

by Charlotte Silver

Al Jazeera English

African refugees going to Israel take a harrowing journey to get there – only to be left to fend for themselves.

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2012 11:02

Ramallah, West Bank – The notion of a “Jewish and democratic state”, never a feasible reality, continues to unravel as its inherent racism is revealed in a new way. Any political discussion of refugees that are of the wrong ethnicity inevitably refers to African migration to Israel as an “existential threat”. Labelling these refugees as “threats” allows the state to criminalise and imprison them. Meanwhile, the country continues to solicit immigrants from East Asia to fulfil the need for cheap labour, and Jewish immigrants to battle the internal demographic war.

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Saving Khader Adnan’s life and legacy – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Khader Adnan recently ended his 66-day hunger strike after Israel agreed to release him in April

Khader Adnan recently ended his 66-day hunger strike after Israel agreed to release him in April

I highly recommend reading this opinion piece from Richard Falk in Al Jazeera English.

Saving Khader Adnan’s life and legacy – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

Some of the article…

Santa Barbara, CA – It is a great relief to those millions around the world who were moved to prayer and action by Khader Adnan’s extraordinary hunger strike of 66 days that has ended due to Israel’s agreement to release him on April 17.

We, who were inspired by such a heroic refusal to accept humiliation and arbitrary arrest, can only hope that for the sake of his family, for the cause of Palestinian resistance, and for the struggle to achieve a just peace that Mr Adnan will fully recover to resume his personal and political life. We cannot take for granted that there will be a full recovery given Mr Adnan’s critical condition confirmed by examining doctors, just prior to his decision on February 21 to resume eating in a normal manner.

While it is appropriate to celebrate this ending of the strike as “a victory”, there are several disturbing features that deserve comment. To call an arrangement that saved someone’s life a “deal”, as the media consistently put it, is itself demeaning, and reveals at the very least a failure to appreciate the gravity and deep dedication of purpose that is bound up with such a nonviolent form of resistance.