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Islam is a religion of compassion and mercy, considering that the two adjectives most used in the Quran to describe God are the "compassionate" and the "merciful." It is also a religion of justice. Throughout Islamic history, many non-Muslims would take their disputes to Sharia courts, over their own religious courts, because of the firm injunctions in the Quran and Sharia law to adhere to high standards of justice.

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Al Qaeda threat rising in Maliupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 20:57:00

CNN's Erin Burnett discusses new concerns over the the threat of al Qaeda in the northern region of Mali.

'Bars for Ramadan' list sparks protest in Dubaiupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 07:48:00

An English-language magazine in Dubai has been accused of disrespecting Islam by recommending places to drink during Ramadan.

Federal judge paves way for Tennessee mosque to open for Ramadanupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 20:03:00

A federal judge's ruling Wednesday cleared the way for a controversial mosque in Tennessee to open in time for the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Husband, female friend indicted in killing of Muslim wife during Ramadan strollupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 19:11:00

A New Jersey grand jury handed down a 17-count indictment Thursday accusing a man and his female friend with shooting and killing the man's wife -- and also shooting the man himself, in what prosecutors say was an attempt to blame a murder on "terrorists."

Fans line up to buy new iPadupdated: Mon May 14 2012 13:13:00

Thousands lined up across the world to be among the first to get the new iPad. CNN's Rick Vincent reports.

Santorum wants to impose 'Judeo-Christian Sharia'updated: Wed Feb 22 2012 12:12:00

There are two Rick Santorums: The first one I might not agree with, but the second one truly scares me.

Muslim groups: 'Third Jihad' should cost NYC commissioner his jobupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 23:29:00

Two prominent Muslim civil liberties groups called for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to resign on Thursday because of his participation in a film that they say paints all Muslims as terrorists.

Federal court blocks Oklahoma ban on Shariaupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 16:55:00

A federal appeals court has blocked an Oklahoma voter-approved measure barring state judges from considering Islamic and international law in their decisions.

Explain it to me: The Hajjupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 16:37:00

Each year, faithful Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. CNN's Nima Elbagir describes their journey.

For young Muslims, Hajj pilgrimage reawakens Islamic valuesupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 16:37:00

Each year, more than 3 million Muslims commit to Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that represents the fifth and final "pillar" of Islam and the largest annual human gathering on the planet. Every Muslim who is physically and financially able to do so is expected to make this pilgrimage once in their lifetime.

Libyan leader's embrace of Sharia raises eyebrowsupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 11:45:00

Officials with Libya's interim government are reassuring the West that their religious views are moderate, after the country's interim leader called for the country's new laws to be based on Sharia, or Islamic law.

Islamic banking in West Africaupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 10:18:00

Lotus Capital Managing Director, Hajara Adeola discusses the fundamental principals of Islamic banking.

Islamic finance spreads in Nigeriaupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 10:18:00

Home to some 70 million Muslims, Nigeria is stepping up efforts to capitalize on the growing popularity of the one of the world's fastest-growing financial sectors: Islamic banking.

Muslim festival brings rare joy for some this year, but not all cheerupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 22:47:00

For Christians, the wild celebrations of Mardi Gras come before the solemnity of Lent, a last chance to celebrate before the abstinence marking the 40 days to Good Friday and Easter.

Violence mars Eid celebrations in Syriaupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 22:47:00

CNN's Jim Clancy has more on reported violence during Eid-al-Fitr celebrations in Syria.

Deadly attack strikes Algeria military academyupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 17:09:00

In a growing toll, 18 officers and two civilians were killed in an attack on a military academy in Algeria, the country's ministry of defense said Saturday.

Arab Spring casts a shadow over Ramadan TVupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 08:37:00

Egyptian Gabriel Khoury's first foray into television drama "Dawaran Chobra" is being watched by millions on four channels every night during the holy month of Ramadan.

In Tripoli, Libyans prepare for Ramadanupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 19:33:00

Last-minute shopping before the start of the Muslim month of Ramadan brought back bustle and commercial activity to the center of a city that is increasingly showing strain from Libya's grinding civil war.

Two views on France's 'burqa ban'updated: Wed Jul 27 2011 09:08:00

Should France ban the wearing of veils covering women from head to toe?

Law expert explains Sharia and Islamupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 11:17:00

CNN's Soledad O'Brien sits down with Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, who describes the basics of Sharia Law.

Why do Republicans love Sharia law?updated: Mon Apr 18 2011 11:17:00

To be fair, I'm not sure if all Republicans love Sharia law, but they certainly do love talking about it.

2 arrested as France's ban on burqas, niqabs takes effectupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 09:37:00

French police arrested two veiled women protesting the country's law banning face-hiding Islamic burqas and niqabs Monday, just hours after the legislation took effect.

France bans the burqaupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 09:37:00

CNN's Atika Shubert on the controversial burqa ban that has divided opinion in France.

Don't overstate anti-Muslim biasupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 10:49:00

Almost two weeks after the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on radicalization in the Muslim community in America, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has announced he will hold a hearing in the Senate. But, rather than focus on the problem of radicalization in the Muslim community, Durbin's panel will be directed to another subject: anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States.

Fighting against a new mosqueupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 10:49:00

Meet Kevin Fisher, who is leading the fight against a new mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Soledad O'Brien reports.

Not all in northern Sudan embrace Islamic lawupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 16:33:00

Many southerners are voting for an independent Sudan this week, thirsting for freedom from the north. They equate sharia or Islamic law that President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to strengthen with slavery.

Judge issues permanent injunction on Oklahoma Sharia law banupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 16:45:00

A federal judge in Oklahoma has issued an order putting on hold the certification of a ballot measure that forbids state courts from considering or using international laws, as well as Sharia, or Islamic law. That permanent injunction will allow the judge more time to consider the constitutional issues raised by State Question 755, which was approved by voters earlier this month.

Judge extends ban on Oklahoma's anti-Islamic law referendumupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 10:39:00

A federal judge has extended a temporary restraining order against an Oklahoma referendum that would ban the use of Islamic religious law in state courts.

Sharia law on ballot in Oklahomaupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 10:39:00

In October, CNN reported on Oklahoma voters deciding on a proposal banning the practice of Sharia law in state courts.

2009: What is Sharia law?updated: Mon Nov 22 2010 06:21:00

In 2009, CNN's Octavia Nasr explained the origins of Sharia law and what it meant to the Muslim world.

Arguments to take place in Oklahoma over ban on Islamic law in courtsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 06:21:00

A federal judge will hear arguments Monday on a temporary restraining order against an Oklahoma referendum that would ban the use of Islamic religious law in state courts.

Judge blocks Oklahoma's ban on Islamic lawupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 17:30:00

A federal judge Monday blocked an amendment to Oklahoma's state constitution that would bar the use of Islamic religious law in state courts after American Muslims challenged the proposal in court.

Recapping their road trip for Ramadanupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 15:21:00

CNN's Kyra Phillips talks to two bloggers who visited 30 mosques in 30 states during Ramadan.

Al-Shabaab fighters hit Mogadishu airport, 5 deadupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 14:20:00

Suicide bombers in cars disguised as government vehicles slammed into the main gate at Somalia's main airport Thursday, killing two Ugandan peacekeepers and at least three civilians, Somali and African Union officials said Thursday.

Should Obama have weighed in on mosque?updated: Tue Aug 17 2010 11:06:00

Was it a political mistake for President Obama to have taken sides on the NYC mosque debate?

Obama courageous, then craven on mosqueupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 11:06:00

At a White House dinner last week -- an iftar on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan --President Obama delivered what many rightly considered a courageous speech in which he weighed in on the controversy surrounding the proposed construction of a mosque near ground zero.

Iranian team drops star for 'refusing' to fastupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 11:44:00

One of Iran's biggest soccer stars has been kicked off his team for refusing to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, the team's website reported.

Why we needed an Imams' declaration for peaceupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 13:27:00

Immediately before 9-11, al Qaeda was considered almost below most Americans' notice. One Washington Post/ABC News poll found that in early 2002, only 14 percent of Americans thought Islam encouraged violence.

Belgium's lower house votes to ban burqaupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 11:24:00

Lawmakers in Belgium on Thursday approved a ban on the wearing of burqas and other Islamic garb that covers a woman's face but the bill must still be approved by the upper house of parliament before it becomes law.

Belgium considers ban on Islamic face coveringsupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 07:36:00

The latest round in the battle of the burqa kicks off Thursday in Belgium, which could become the first country in Europe to ban face coverings worn by observant Muslim women.

Sunni Islam's top cleric diesupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 08:14:00

Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, the head of Sunni Islam's top learning center, died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, Egyptian state-run television reported. He was 82.

Move to ban candidates sparks political crisis in Iraqupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 16:15:00

Iraq's simmering sectarian tension boiled in recent days over a controversial decision banning more than 500 people with alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party from running in next month's Iraqi national elections.

Burqa becomes focus of tense debate in Europeupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 22:05:00

As France moves closer to a partial ban on the burqa, a leading European lawmaker declared Wednesday that the full Muslim veil is a symbol of political Islam and has no place in Europe.

Preventing H1N1 at the Hajjupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 14:24:00

Saudis take serious measures to prevent the spread of swine flu during the Hajj. CNN's Isha Sesay reports.

Gearing up for prevention: The Hajj meets H1N1updated: Thu Nov 19 2009 14:24:00

For many Muslims it's the journey of a lifetime: making the Hajj pilgrimage. Almost 3 million faithful, together, in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. But this year, the Hajj could become an incubator for the H1N1 virus.

Peaceful preaching inside, violent message outside a New York mosqueupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 15:24:00

Outside a Manhattan mosque where the imam preaches against terrorism, the brothers of the "Revolution Muslim" are spreading a different message.

Violent message outside mosqueupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 15:24:00

Inside a New York mosque, the Imam preaches peace. Outside, some radicals support violence against the U.S.

Imam shot dead in FBI raidupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 22:01:00

Susan Candiotti looks at the man the FBI says preached jihad against the U.S. government and law enforcement.

Headwear hullaballoupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 08:50:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports from Cairo, Egypt, on the ruckus raised over female university students' dress code.

Egyptian women protest ban on austere veilupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 08:50:00

There's more to wearing the "niqab" -- the austere, all-covering veil favored by ultra-religious Muslim women -- than meets the eye.

Women take lead in building mosque in Turkeyupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 10:25:00

There is a shiny addition among the Ottoman mosques and palaces that make up Istanbul's stunning skyline: the metallic, mirrored dome of the new Sakirin Mosque, a Muslim place of worship built with a woman's touch.

The mosque a woman builtupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 10:25:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on a woman architect who tackles the challenge of designing the newest msoque in Istanbul.

Al Qaeda message urges Pakistanis to back militantsupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 06:51:00

The people of Pakistan must back Islamic militants to counter the influence of the United States in their country or face punishment from God, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, said in an audio message released early Wednesday.

U.S. providing weapons to Somali government, officials sayupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 16:08:00

The United States is providing weapons and ammunition to Somalia's transitional government as it fights al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Thursday.

Taliban: All local leaders must quitupdated: Thu May 14 2009 03:00:00

A Taliban spokesman issued a series of threats and ultimatums against Pakistani officials Wednesday as the country's military continued its offensive against the militant group in the Swat Valley.

Bergen: Pakistan lacks strategy to deal with Talibanupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 22:25:00

Taliban militants took control Wednesday of a district 60 miles away from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Commentary: Deals with Taliban could be dangerousupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 14:44:00

It is a longstanding cliché that there is no military solution in Afghanistan, only a political one.

Zakaria: Policy on radical Islam should see distinctionsupdated: Sat Feb 28 2009 00:15:00

The Pakistani government recently announced a truce with the Taliban and allowed it to set up Islamic courts in the country's Swat Valley. Reports abound that girls will no longer be allowed to go to school, that brutal beatings are taking place for minor infractions, and the list goes on.

Pakistani government does deal with Taliban on sharia lawupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 20:33:00

Pakistani government officials announced Monday an agreement with the Taliban to allow strict Islamic law, or sharia, to be implemented in parts of North West Frontier Province.

Hopes high for Somalia's new Islamist presidentupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 09:25:00

It was an odd sight in Ethiopia's capital this week: a standing ovation for Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the man whom Ethiopian forces had removed from power in neighboring Somalia two years ago.

Sunni Arabs embracing local Iraq electionsupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 15:29:00

Saddam Hatim sauntered down a Baghdad street and stopped to admire the posters of candidates for Iraq's provincial elections set for Saturday.

Seasons of hope: Travel takes fear out of foreign waysupdated: Thu Dec 18 2008 11:29:00

If all you know about Islam is Gaddafi, Khomeini, Saddam, and Osama bin Laden, it's no wonder you see a threat. I balance my take on Islam by traveling to (and learning about) mainstream countries such as Turkey -- a moderate Islamic nation with a determination to face the West without giving up its culture.

Commentary: How Obama should fight al Qaeda and its alliesupdated: Sat Dec 06 2008 12:39:00

The Mumbai attacks remind the world that the intertwined problems of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan will be the most extreme foreign policy challenge that President Obama will face as he assumes office.

Israeli Web site advises using wisdom of Quranupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 09:54:00

A new Web site launched by an Israeli university professor and his Bedouin students aims to address life's everyday quandaries from the perspective of an ancient sacred text: the Quran.

Karzai on Talibanupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 12:19:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai talks about Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Afghanistan: Karzai defends Taliban peace moveupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 12:19:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has defended his peace "overtures" to some Taliban militants but emphasized the fight against terror groups like al Qaeda must continue.

Time.com: First Mosque Opens in Former East Germanyupdated: Thu Oct 16 2008 15:55:00

The first mosque with a minaret and a dome in Germany's formerly communist east opened on Thursday as police corralled protesters behind a roadblock three blocks away

Quran used as target practiceupdated: Fri May 23 2008 10:43:00

The U.S. military formally apologized after a soldier admitted to using the Quran as target practice.

Imams in Iraq denounce Quran shootingupdated: Fri May 23 2008 10:43:00

Imams delivering their Friday sermons in Iraq are denouncing the shooting of a Quran, the holy book of Islam, by a U.S. soldier.

Afghans protest over Danish cartoonupdated: Sat Mar 08 2008 06:30:00

Thousands of Afghans packed a sports stadium in the western Afghanistan city Herat Saturday to protest the reprinting of the same Danish cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed that sparked rage in the Muslim world two years ago.

Newspapers reprint Prophet Mohammed cartoonupdated: Wed Feb 13 2008 08:32:00

Newspapers across Europe Wednesday reprinted the controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed that sparked worldwide protests two years ago.

American at Hajjupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 05:54:00

An American convert to Islam makes her pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj. CNN's Isha Sesay reports.

Time.com: Muslim Leaders Send Peace Messageupdated: Thu Oct 11 2007 08:40:00

Their letter marks the first time so many high-profile Muslims have come together to make such a public call for peace

The making of 'God's Warriors'updated: Wed Aug 22 2007 02:51:00

The making of 'God's Warriors'

Muslim women: My headscarf is not a threatupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 02:51:00

Last year at Christmastime, Rehan Seyam, a Muslim living in New Jersey, went to pick up some things at a local Wal-Mart. Seeing her distinctive traditional Muslim head covering called a "hijab," a man in the store, addressing her directly, sang "The 12 Days of Christmas" using insulting lyrics about terrorism and Osama bin Laden.

Time.com: Baghdad Mosque Bombing Kills 78updated: Wed Jun 20 2007 09:50:00

A truck bomb struck a Shi'ite mosque Tuesday in central Baghdad, killing 78 people and wounding more than 200

Islam -- a brief overviewupdated: Tue Dec 12 2006 04:58:00

Islam is one of the world's major religions, along with Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Christianity.

Islam: Key factsupdated: Tue Dec 12 2006 04:46:00

Islam is considered one of three major world religions, along with Judaism and Christianity. The following are some key facts about the religion.

Pope's Islam comments condemnedupdated: Fri Sep 15 2006 05:23:00

Pope Benedict XVI came under a hail of criticism from the Islamic world Friday for comments he made earlier in the week regarding the Prophet Mohammed and the Muslim faith, in some cities provoking street protests.

Church sorry for prophet cartoonupdated: Tue Mar 21 2006 04:53:00

The Anglican Church in Wales has apologized to Muslims after a cartoon satirizing the Prophet Mohammed was printed in its Welsh-language magazine.

Musharraf: Bush concerned by cartoons updated: Sat Mar 04 2006 06:44:00

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday said U.S. President George W. Bush expressed concern to him over the "thorny issue" of cartoon caricatures depicting Prophet Mohammed -- images that have sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world.

Gunmen strike 27 Baghdad mosques, kill imamsupdated: Wed Feb 22 2006 01:55:00

Gunmen targeted 27 Baghdad mosques and killed three Sunni imams Wednesday in the wake of a bomb attack at one of the holiest Shiite sites.

Iran: End anti-cartoon violenceupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 06:44:00

Iran's foreign minister has called for an end to violent protests over cartoons of Prophet Mohammed that have swept across the Muslim world after the images were published in several European newspapers.

Hajj stampede kills hundredsupdated: Thu Jan 12 2006 08:20:00

At least 345 people have been killed in a stampede during a symbolic stoning ritual at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, according to the country's Health Ministry.

Two million pilgrims making Hajjupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 01:24:00

About 2 million Muslims from around the world are streaming toward Mecca as they make the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammad.

Two million pilgrims begin Hajjupdated: Sun Jan 08 2006 01:07:00

About 2 million Muslims from around the world began streaming out of Mecca on Sunday, the first day of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammad.

Elections will alter political landscapeupdated: Tue Dec 13 2005 18:25:00

Iraqis started the year with a historic transitional assembly election. They voted for a constitution in October. And on Thursday they will cap their tumultuous year when many are expected vote for a full four-year parliament.

Violence hinders Iraqi political processes updated: Thu Jun 02 2005 01:12:00

Sunni Arabs -- many of whom boycotted Iraq's elections -- began talks Thursday with members of the panel writing the country's new constitution, officials said.

Sunni Iraqis announce political coalitionupdated: Sat May 21 2005 11:15:00

Sunni Arabs flexed their weakened political muscles, announcing Saturday the establishment of a nationwide coalition representing their religious community as they begin a three-day, mosque-closing protest.

Eric and the Islamistsupdated: Fri Feb 25 2005 06:58:00

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Ramadan terror concerns?updated: Wed Oct 06 2004 16:54:00

As more than one billion Muslims prepare to celebrate Ramadan, terror experts are mixed about whether the holy month is a tool for recruiting terrorists.

Lawyer: Case against Muslim cleric is 'fantasy'updated: Fri Aug 06 2004 19:36:00

The attorney for a Muslim cleric accused of laundering money to aid terrorists called the government's case "fantasy" Friday and vowed to fully fight the charges.

Villepin targets non-French imamsupdated: Thu Apr 22 2004 09:03:00

France must tackle the issue of training Muslim prayer leaders in a moderate "French Islam" that respects human rights and rejects terrorism, Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin says.

U.S. denies troops defiled Baghdad mosqueupdated: Fri Jan 02 2004 13:01:00

A U.S. military commander defended coalition troops Friday against allegations they defiled the Koran during a raid on a Sunni Muslim mosque in Baghdad.

Fortune: Banking On Allah Devout Muslims don't pay or receive interest. So how can their financial system work?updated: Mon Jun 10 2002 00:01:00

"There is no sin in the Koran--not even drinking, not even fornicating, not even homosexuality--which could be as abhorrent and serious as dealing in riba [interest]." --SHAYKH NIZAM YAQUBY (at lef...

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