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03 4 12
 

Sharia Law Campaign Begins As Muslim Group Fights Bans – MT

 
by Falak Rahman
 
After heated debates in two dozen statesover banning Sharia law, the legal code of Islam, a national Islamic group is beginning a multi-million dollar effort to explain how Sharia applies to the lives of American Muslims.
 
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03 4 12
 

American Muslim campaign to repair Sharia’s reputation

 
By Al Arabiya with Agencies
 
Sunday, 04 March 2012 – In the wake of the Arab Spring across the Middle East, the Muslim form of jurisprudence, Sharia law, has come under the spotlight as many demand its implementation which is causing concern for Western leaders and policymakers unfamiliar with it.
 
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03 4 12
 

ICNA Helps U.S. Citizens Understand Shariah

 
March 3, 2012 – Various conservative pundits, analysts and bloggers have identified Shariah, or Islamic religious law, as a growing threat to the United States. Shariah Law is something, which to many, carries negative connotations. The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) aims to provide an insight to help people understand what Shariah means.
 
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03 4 12
 

A Campaign to Restore Shariah Law’s Good Name

 
March 3, 2012. By Saleem Safdar
 
Recently, Shariah (Islamic law) has received a bad rep in America, and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) wants to change that. ICNA is kicking off its Defending Religious Freedom campaign on Monday in order to create a better understanding of shariah law and to dispel common misunderstandings. ICNA says its campaign is aimed at “educating Americans” on what it says is the noble meaning of Sharia through conferences, billboards, and TV and radio PSAs.” The main website for ICNA’s Defending Religious Freedom campaign is here. ICNA has also launched a nationwide toll-free hotline to answer peoples’ questions on shariah, which is 1-855-SHARIAH.
 
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03 4 12
 

Study Shows Sharp Increase in Mosques in the United States

 
A study shows growth was fueled in part by increases in the number of Muslims from West Africa and Somalia.
By Jonathan P. Hicks, 02/29/2012
 
The number of Islamic mosques in the United States has grown sharply, by about 75 percent, in the last decade according to a study by a number of Muslim groups and the University of Kentucky.
 
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03 4 12
 

U.S. mosque report rapid growth in past 10 years

 
By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service, February 29, 2012
 
WASHINGTON — The number of mosques in America has jumped 74 percent since 2000, and the majority of them — 56 percent — espouse a less-than-literal approach to interpreting Islam’s holy texts.
 
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03 4 12
 

Study shows mosques spreading across US, little Islamist influence

 
By: Mark Rockwell, 2012-03-01
 
A study sponsored by a coalition of major American Muslim and academic organizations shows ethnically diverse, community-minded mosques have spread across the U.S. in the last ten years with little radical Islamist influence.
 
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03 4 12
 

Islam In America: Mosques See Dramatic Increase In Just Over A Decade

 
By Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post
 
02/29/2012 – 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.
 
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03 4 12
 

U.S. mosque count grows by 74 percent in decade

 
By Matt O’Brien
 
The number of American mosques grew by 74 percent in the past decade and are increasingly found in the suburbs, according to a national survey by a coalition of Muslim groups.
 
The 2011 U.S. Mosque Survey counted 2,106 mosques in the United States, 246 in California and 62 in the Bay Area.
 
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03 3 12
 

Mosques in America growing at exponential rate

 
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM), 3/2/2012
 

Islamic houses of worship continue to be built

 
Mosques, Islamic houses of worship, have become an increasingly common sight in post – 9/11 America. Congressional hearings on radicalization and campaigns against their construction projects have all failed to slow the tide. Nine hundred mosques have been built in the U.S. since the year 2000. According to recent surveys, fewer Muslims see America as “hostile” to Islam today.
 
In the previous survey, conducted a year before 9/11, a majority of mosque leaders, or 54 percent thought America was hostile toward Islam. Today, only a quarter of those surveyed said they feel that way.
 
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03 2 12
 

Debunking the Non-Existent Threat

 
By Billy Hallowell, March 2, 2012, The Blaze
 
“Shariah” has become a dirty word of sorts both domestically and internationally, as the examples of the Islamic form of law’s brutality have continued to gain exposure in media and throughout the blogosphere. But The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a group that works to “establish connections between Islam and the public,” has launched a new pro-Shariah campaign to help transform the image of Islam in the eyes of a skeptical America.
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03 2 12
 

Muslims launch campaign to ‘understand’ Shariah

 
By Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service
 
March 2, 2012 – Against a backdrop of heartland fears that U.S. Muslims seek to impose Islamic law on American courts, a leading Muslim group will launch a campaign on Monday to dispel what it called misconceptions about Shariah.
 
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03 2 12
 

U.S. Muslims fight back against sharia ban

By Michelle Nichols, Reuters

NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) – As some 20 U.S. states consider legislation that would ban Islamic sharia law, a grassroots group is fighting back with a national campaign to defend religious freedom and dispel misconceptions about how Muslims in America observe their faith.

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03 2 12
 

Muslim campaign looks to repair Sharia’s reputation

 

By Dan Merica, CNN

 

Washington (CNN) – A major American Muslim group is embarking on a national campaign Friday to clarify a word it says has been given a bad name by recent global and domestic politics: Sharia.
 
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03 2 12
 

Sharia Law Campaign Begins As Muslim Group Fights Bans

 
By Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post
 
03/02/12 – After heated debates in two dozen states over banning Sharia law, the legal code of Islam, a national Islamic group is beginning a multi-million dollar effort to explain how Sharia applies to the lives of American Muslims.
 
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03 1 12
 

Number of mosques nearly doubles in decade

 
By Associated Press, Published: February 29
 
NEW YORK — The number of American mosques has increased dramatically in the last decade despite post 9/11 protests aimed at Muslim houses of worship, according to a new study. The new Islamic centers serve Muslims who moved into the suburbs and newer immigrants from Africa, Iraq and elsewhere.
 
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02 29 12
 

The American Mosque: A Thriving Institution

 

New study finds significant growth in number of mosques and mosque participants

 
By Rida Fozi
 
Washington D.C. (February 29, 2012) – The number of mosques continues to rise in the United States. A recent report conducted by a group of major American Muslim organizations and academic institutions reveals mosques counted across the country in 2011 totaled to 2,106, more than double the number of mosques in 1994, and mosque participants increased from 2 million in 2000 to 2.6 million in 2011.
 
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02 13 12
 

Imam says he’s had warm reception at WFU

 
By Lisa O’donnell
 
Wake Forest University hired Imam Khalid Griggs as an associate chaplain to serve the needs of Muslim students, staff and faculty and promote religious diversity on its campus.
 
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02 6 12
 

Islamic Group Calls on Ray Kelly To Resign

 
By David Freedlander 1/25
 
The Islamic Circle of North America called on police commissioner Ray Kelly to resign today, after more revelations about an anti-Islamic film screened for NYPD officers came out.
 
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02 5 12
 

Police: No Extra Patrols Planned for ICNA Mosque

 
Local police have already beefed up patrols for all area construction projects, but no plans for more than usual at mosque off of Rt. 1.
 
By Jessie Biele | February 6, 2012
 
A Northern Virginia chapter of the Ahmadiyya Community, scheduled to open in Chantilly in late February, saw its opening get pushed back after vandals threw rocks at the windows on Jan. 29, causing an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in damages.
 
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