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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

European Hindus oppose German call for swastika ban - Faithwise Review of the Week

  • European Hindus oppose German call for swastika ban - Reuters, London, January 16, 2007, » World » Europe » Story
    Hindus in Europe are joining forces to oppose German calls for a law across the European Union banning the display of Nazi symbols, saying the swastika symbolises peace and not hate. full story
    image soruce: Hindus start campagne - Hands off our sacred Swastika - Stop E.U.C. ban on Swastika - Swastika - The Symbol of the Buddha
  • Ardh Kumbh: When sins get washed away
  • Over one lakh people get lost at the Kumbh, By Alistair Scrutton
  • The tree that binds Hindus and Muslims, 'The Hindu' Wed, 17 Jan 2007, Barrackpore, UNI:
    Faith has done what politics failed in Azamchanditala, an epitome of secularism. At a time when Hindus and Muslims are fighting over their places of worship, Azamchanditala in North 24 Parganas is a welcome exception. Here people of both communities offer prayers at the same place. Three trees--a fig, date and banyan--have grown from a single point and thousands of devotees from both communities have been thronging it for decades to offer prayers to the trees by tying threads with a piece of earth to the branches. The first day of the Hindu month of 'Magha'(mid-January-mid February), has been observed here as an auspicious day and people celebrate it with an annual fair.
    ''It is beleived that if one ties threads on these branches then all their desires are fulfiled,'' a devotee said. ''Many believe that the place is the abode of both 'Azam'(Allah) and Goddess Chandi,''
    Khardah-based doctor K K Biswas, who had been visiting Azamchanditala temple ith his wife for years, said. According to folklore a Hindu king and a Muslim nawab had halted at this spot while travelling in their mercantile ships along the Sonai river, that flowed through this place a few centuries ago, after goddess Chandi ordered them in their dreams to offer pujas. Since then the spot was named 'Azamchanditala', a point of assembly for Hindus and Muslims, a local, Letu Thakur said. ''We do puja and say our namaz together. There is no ill feeling. We are one religion here,'' declared Md Sheikh, who had come from Kolkata for his 'mannat'. He further added, ''there are no priests here, the devotees perform their pujas themselves by offering water and milk at the base of the trees.'' A saint meditating on the premises said, ''I don't know about he pujas but at least the trees are being fed everyday.'' A fair is also held here each year with people of both the religions participating with full enthusiasm. ''It is the only common fair of both Hindus and Muslims. It binds us together. We are one here,'' said an enthusiastic Abdul Rahim. ''We pray, eat, celebrate, dance and enjoy together,'' Subir Das, a businessman who comes here every year with other traders for a brisk business in the fair, said.
  • Burkini swimsuit covers all angles for Muslim women, MadeleineCoorey, Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    What do you get when you cross Australian beach culture with a desire to remain clothed in a way acceptable to Muslim women? If you're designer Aheda Zanetti, you get what she says is the world's first two-piece Islamic swimsuit, the burkini.
  • Religion in the news, BENJAMIN HARVEY, Associated Press
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - It's Sunday and prayer leader Bektas Akkaya is twanging a Turkish version of the electric banjo, working some 200 members of this country's largest religious minority into a trance.
    Women in headscarves slap their knees, sway to the music and wipe tears from their eyes. A young man swings his arms wildly and beats his chest, his head gyrating like a bobblehead doll until he collapses.
    Here, there is no imam, minaret or call to prayer. But for an estimated 20 percent of Turkey's 71 million people, this is Islam.
  • Muslims "get" globalisation, but does it get them? By Mehmood Kazmi, January 17, 2007 Daily Star, Egypt
  • Teacher's anti-Israel resolution angers Jewish group, parents, splits union January 17, 2007 - COLIN PERKEL,
  • UK, Canada Ran Neck and Neck in 2006 Race to Exterminate Religious Freedom
    By John-Henry Westen, Wednesday January 17, 2007
  • Climate change unites science and religion, 17:29 17 January 2007, news service, Phil Mckenna
  • Islamic graves vandalised in Belarus cemeteryJanuary 17, 2007 Edition, Daily News

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