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US-MUSLIMS
(2007-05-07)
(wgvu) - MUSLIM LEADERS HOPE TO HEAD OFF CONFLICTS BETWEEN
THE FAITH'S TWO MAJOR SECTS AS RIFTS BETWEEN SUNNIS AND SHIITES
FUEL VIOLENCE IN IRAQ.
ISLAMIC LEADERS IN DETROIT ARE EXPECTED THIS MONTH TO SIGN A
CODE OF HONOR THAT FORBIDS HATEFUL SPEECH AND URGES PEACEFUL
DEBATES. THE "INTRA-FAITH CODE OF HONOR" WAS FIRST SIGNED BY
SUNNI AND SHIITE LEADERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
DETROIT-AREA SHIITES BLAMED SUNNIS FOR VANDALISM AT SHIITE-RUN
MOSQUES AND BUSINESSES AFTER THE EXECUTION OF SADDAM HUSSEIN. THE
FORMER IRAQI LEADER WAS A SUNNI WHO REPRESSED THE SHIITE MAJORITY
IN HIS COUNTRY.
SHIITE IMAM HASSAM QAZWINI OF THE ISLAMIC CENTER OF AMERICA IN
DEARBORN SAYS MOST SUNNIS AND SHIITES GET ALONG. BUT INTRA-FAITH
EFFORTS CAN DEAL WITH THE BIGGER PROBLEM OF ANTI-MUSLIM SENTIMENT
AND BIAS.

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