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2010-02-10 15:19:00

Islamic scholars seek changes to scanner software, urge pat-down alternative WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today supported a statement by a prominent group of Muslim scholars that full-body scanners being introduced in airports worldwide violate religious and privacy rights. In a February 9 statement, the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) asked that scanner software be altered to produce only an outline of the body and...

2009-06-04 12:09:00

CAIRO, Egypt, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the occasion of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Egypt and his speech to the Muslim World, which he gave today at Cairo University, the Members of the Islamic Research Council (IRC) welcome President Obama's visit as a clear gesture of goodwill and respect. This gesture is particularly welcome given the fact that President Obama chose Egypt as the venue of his speech to the Muslim World, in recognition of its rich legacy and...

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2009-05-22 14:45:00

With the exploding popularity of Facebook, Muslim clerics in Indonesia decided on Friday that followers could use the networking site to connect with friends or for work, but not to gossip or flirt, The Associated Press reported. At least 700 clerics, or imams, decided on the rule during a two-day meeting in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Nabil Haroen, a spokesman for the organizers, said they agreed to draft up guidelines on surfing the Web after receiving complaints about Facebook...

2009-03-13 15:48:45

A Muslim cleric in Egypt issued a fatwa saying community members can file for divorce on a couple's behalf. Sheik Gamal Qutb, former head of Egypt's top religious institution, the Fatwa Committee at al-Azhar, said Sunday during a meeting at the Egyptian Press Syndicate that his fatwa states that neighbors and family members can file for a couple's divorce if the pair's differences appear irreconcilable, al-Arabiya reported Friday. Qutb said community members should first attempt to help solve...

2009-02-20 09:17:13

An Islamic scholar in Saudi Arabia said using ethanol or other alcohol-derived fuels in vehicles may be a sin for Muslims. Sheik Mohamed al-Najimi of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy told Saudi newspaper Shams that the prophet Mohammed banned alcohol for all uses -- including buying, selling, carrying and manufacturing, Al-Arabiya reported Friday. Najimi said Muslims who use biofuel, which is made from fermented plants, in their cars are violating the ban since the substance is...

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2009-02-11 10:41:23

The execution order for writer Salman Rushdie remains valid even though the issuing cleric has died, the Iranian foreign ministry said Wednesday. Talking to reporters during his press briefing, ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said the verdict issued by the founder of the Islamic republic, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, unlike political decisions remains in place until it is nullified by the cleric who has issued it, the state-run news agency IRNA reported. Khomeini died in...

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2008-11-26 14:49:11

In a move that drew widespread protests, Malaysia's National Fatwa Council of prominent Islamic scholars advised Muslims at the weekend to avoid yoga because it involves Hindu prayers that could compromise the faith of Muslims. The ban raised the concerns of many over Malaysia's growing Islamic fundamentalism. However, the nation's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi reversed the ban on Wednesday, saying that Muslims should still participate in the practice. Badawi told the national news...

2005-09-20 07:52:15

By Dean Yates JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Joining a group of young Indonesian intellectuals who hold liberal Islamic views was once just a ticket to controversy. Now, it could be life-threatening. Since Indonesia's top Muslim council issued religious edicts in late July that banned liberal interpretations of the faith, death threats against members of the 4-year-old Islamic Liberal Network, known as JIL, have poured in. The fatwas that JIL says triggered the hate campaign...

2005-09-01 03:08:40

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - When Salman Rushdie complains about being treated like a celebrity by the press, it is clear the effects of Iran's fatwa calling for his death have worn off. The Indian-born writer upset the Muslim world with what it saw as his blasphemous book "The Satanic Verses," culminating in Iran's famous edict of 1989. Today he condemns the culture of instant fame almost as readily as he does Islamic radicalism. "The problem is that when you are well...

2005-08-11 06:55:12

LONDON (Reuters) - British novelist Salman Rushdie, sentenced to death in 1989 by a Muslim edict for "The Satanic Verses," called on Thursday for an Islamic Reformation to update the religion and broaden its appeal to the young. Writing in The Times newspaper, Rushdie said that in cities such as Leeds -- home to three of the four rucksack bombers who attacked London on July 7 -- Muslims were living in "near-segregation from the wider population." "From such defensive, separated worlds some...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.