Second Muslim elected to congress

On Tuesday, Indiana voters elected Andre Carson to Congress, making Carson the second Muslim elected to Congress in U.S. history. Andre Carson is the grandson of the late Democratic Representative Julia Carson, and was elected to serve the balance of her term in the House of Representatives; Julia died in December 2007, after serving 11 years in the district. Andre, who beat the republican candidate with 52% of the vote compared to his opponent’s 44%, converted to Islam about a decade ago. He becomes the second of that faith to be elected, the first being Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, also a Democrat.

Ukraine: Crimean Muslims want to take issue of mosque land to Council of Europe

Crimean Muslims proposed that the Council of Europe’s conference on regional development in Ukraine should discuss the issue of allotting land for the construction of a major mosque in Simferopol. The groups sent a letter to Halvdan Skard, the representative of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The group has also called to discuss the reinstatement of rights for deported Crimean Tatars.

Prominent Jewish group urges dialogue with “moderate” Muslims

Members of the World Jewish Congress presented a message to Pope Benedict XVI saying that they would like to reach out to moderate Muslims, saying the religion is under attack from within. The group’s secretary general, Michael Schneider, says “Most Muslims are not terrorists” and are not different from other people.

U.S. Muslims Hail Ramadan Resolution as Symbol of Acceptance

by Omar Sacirbey U.S. Muslims are welcoming a congressional resolution commemorating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as an important, if symbolic, sign that they are gaining acceptance in America. Still, conservatives critics say the resolution is an exercise in political correctness. Congress regularly passes resolutions commemorating holidays such as Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. But the Oct. 2 vote marks the first time Congress has passed a resolution recognizing Ramadan, which ends Oct. 12 this year. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and co-sponsored by 30 other representatives, including Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Congress’s first elected Muslim.

Islamic Creationist and a Book Sent Round the World

By CORNELIA DEAN In the United States, opposition to the teaching of evolution in public schools has largely been fueled by the religious right, particularly Protestant fundamentalism. The book says that creatures today are just like creatures that lived in the fossil past, so evolution must be impossible. Now another voice is entering the debate, in dramatic fashion. It is the voice of Adnan Oktar of Turkey, who, under the name Harun Yahya, has produced numerous books, videos and DVDs on science and faith, in particular what he calls the deceit inherent in the theory of evolution. One of his books, Atlas of Creation, is turning up, unsolicited, in mailboxes of scientists around the country and members of Congress, and at science museums in places like Queens and Bemidji, Minn.

Muslims Want to Pray in the Cordoba « mezquita »

Andalusian Muslims requested permission from Pope Benedict XVI to pray in the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba. Taking as an example the image of the pope praying in the Blue Mosque next to the Grand Mufti of Istanbul during his trip to Turkey, the Islamic Congress of Spain wrote to the Holy Father to ask him if Muslims could be authorized to pray, alongside Catholics, in the “mezquita”, the ancient Grand Mosque of Cordoba, which became a cathedtral seven centuries ago. The Muslim association specified in its letter that its objective was not to “appropriate this place but to honor it, with you and those of other faiths, as a unique ecumenical space in the world.”

Keith Ellison, a Democratic state lawmaker and lawyer, has become the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress

On the campaign trail in his urban Minneapolis district, Ellison, 43, talked little about his religious background, focusing instead on his call for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and his support for single-payer health care. He broke from more conservative Muslims by favoring gay rights and abortion rights.

U.S. Muslim Runs For Congress; Abu-Ghazalah Calls For Bringing Home The U.S. Troops Occupying Iraq And Repealing The U.S. Patriot Act

NEWARK, Ohio, February 25 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – Maad Abu-Ghazalah is hoping to be the first Muslim American ever elected to Congress. He will vie in the March 2nd Primary against fellow Democrats Tom Lantos and Rohit Khanna. The Palestinian-born Abu-Ghazalah, 44, has already raised $30,000 at a fundraiser at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara, California, reported the New California Media (NCM), a group comprising some 700 ethnic communities worldwide. His platform calls for brining home the U.S. troops occupying Iraq, repealing the U.S. Patriot Act, ending the corporate influence on the policy-making mechanism and protecting the environment.