September 10th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

No deal made to halt Quran burning, Muslim leader says

(CNN) - A Florida Muslim leader is disputing claims by the Rev. Terry Jones that he brokered a deal to get the Islamic center project near New York's ground zero moved if the pastor called off his Quran burning event.

Imam Muhammad Musri said Jones may have hatched the story about the Islamic center moving to "give himself a reason to call this off."

Jones "was trying to save face," Musri said Thursday night on CNN's "AC360."

Musri said he did not tell Jones that the Islamic center project would be moved away from ground zero.

'He's accusing me of lying to him, which I did not. I was very explicit with him." said Musri, who is with the Islamic Society of Central Florida.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Christianity • Church • Florida • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Quran • United States

September 10th, 2010
07:58 AM ET

Quran controversy casts pall over Eid celebrations

(CNN) - This Friday, Muslims around the world will bid goodbye to a long month of fasting with three days of feasting and festivities.

The faithful usher in the holiday, Eid al-Fitr, with joyous community prayers, acts of charity, visits from far-flung relatives, gift-giving and hearty greetings of "Eid Mubarak," or happy Eid.

This year, however, one controversy has cast a pall over the celebrations for many Muslims: a Florida pastor's threats to burn copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holidays • Islam • Muslim • Quran • Ramadan

September 10th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My take: Why this Ramadan was different

Editor's Note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of NYU's Islamic Center.

By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN

I started fasting regularly when I was in fifth grade.

I was one of two Muslims in my school and every day when the rest of the kids in my class went to the cafeteria for lunch, we would head to the computer lab to play Oregon Trail or Where in the World is Carmen San Diego for an hour.

Even though I was doing different things, my classmates who weren't Muslim never thought of me as different and I didn't think much of it. I was more worried about why I kept losing oxen every time I had to ford a river or how people in my wagon kept dying of cholera or dysentery.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holidays • Islam • Muslim • Opinion • Ramadan

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