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Sacramento Bee

Published 12:00 am PDT Monday, August 18, 2008

California State Fair: Muslim booth offers answers on Islam

By Jennifer Garza

Cindy Cassidy is the first to admit she knows little about Islam. She has questions, but she's never had the opportunity to ask Muslims about their faith.

Until now.

For the first time since 9/11, visitors to the California State Fair can ask Muslims about Islam. No topic is off-limits, no subject too personal.

Officially, it's called "WhyIslam." Unofficially, it could be called "Ask a Muslim." The booth, which has been set up in Exhibit Hall B, is sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which focuses on outreach and education of the faith. Muslim volunteers are on hand to answer questions, pass out brochures and give away Qurans.
The Halifax Chronicle Herald (Canada)
Published: 2008-08-17

Aquatic centre’s windows pose problem for Muslim women
Group that has rented Northcliffe for years needs privacy because of religious beliefs



Depending on your perspective, they can be functional, beautiful or problematic.

The new aquatic centre at Halifax’s planned $40.5-million Mainland Common Centre will include two 25-metre pools and lots of big windows designed to handle natural and artificial light.

For one user group — Muslim women who like to swim — the window configuration at the centre is a concern, municipal officials familiar with the project said Friday.

That’s because modesty and privacy are paramount for these religious women.
Chasing a Mirage

By David Solway | 8/20/2008

Tarek Fatah’s Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State is in many respects a courageous and edifying book whose bracing opposition to Left-liberal woolly-mindedness and the totalitarian mindset of political Islam is to be applauded. A member of the intellectual vanguard known as “progressive Muslims,” Fatah provides vigorous objection to the nuptials which a blinkered and opportunistic Left has celebrated with a sly “Islamist” aggressor whose purposes it has failed to understand is apt. He is perfectly correct when he warns that we must be wary of “segments of the non-Muslim community in the West, especially the guilt-ridden Left that comes out in support of sharia…under the garb of diversity.” Fatah wants us to realize before it is too late that the “liberal-left custodians of fair play and equity are being taken to the cleaners” by the mosque establishment and the soi-disant Islamic civil rights organizations.

But the real strength of the book resides in its stout opposition to the wholesale takeover of Islam by feuding warlords, the devastation it has wreaked among its own peoples, the intrinsic conviction of the supremacy of Arab over non-Arab Muslims, and the duplicity of current Muslim leaders consolingly affirming that jihad is only a peaceful, interior struggle of the soul when it is, in effect, a many-pronged war against liberal democracy.
Coca-Cola celebrates Ramadan
Company observes Muslim holiday with star, crescent design on cans

Posted: August 19, 2008 10:35 PM Eastern

Coca-Cola plans to celebrate Ramadan this year by decorating cans with a crescent moon and star – a widely recognized Islamic symbol.

The moon and star can be found on at least 11 flags of Muslim countries, and now it will be featured on packaging in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia and other Islamic countries during the Sept. 1-30 Muslim holiday, blogger Bob McCartney reported.


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