U.S. President Barack Obama introduces Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir during a dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, September 1, 2009
Refugee woman adjusts her headscarf at Dagahaley camp in Dadaab in Kenya’s northeastern province June 5, 2009. The United Nations said on Friday that 96,000 Somalis had fled their homes during a month of battles between Islamist rebels and the government in Mogadishu. They have swelled the more than 1 million internal refugees in Somalia, which aid agencies say has one of the world’s worst — and most neglected — humanitarian crises.
In this file picture taken on July 2, 2005 a Turkish woman wearing a headscarf walks past posters sporting a woman veiled by the European Union flag in central Istanbul. Five years after a “big bang” took the European Union deep behind the former Iron Curtain, enlargement fatigue, worsened by the economic crisis, has gripped the bloc. Institutional hurdles and divisions over whether mainly Muslim Turkey should be allowed in have added to fallout from the financial turmoil to dampen enthusiasm for Europe, to the detriment of Balkan nations that want to join.
A line judge in headscarf watches Elena Dementieva of Russia serve against compatriot Nadia Petrova during their WTA Tour Championships tennis match in Doha .
Muslim woman sits on a bench at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
A Muslim girl runs along a street lined with buildings from the French colonial era on Goree Island in Dakar May 1, 2009. Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade named a new government on Friday, with his son Karim a notable inclusion in the team despite losses in local government elections, which dealt a serious blow to the Wade family.
A Muslim woman cries as she arrives for a funeral of 34 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Vlasenica in the Serb part of Bosnia April 25, 2009. Those buried were killed by Serb forces during the country’s 1992-95 war and exhumed from mass graves in the area but many more are expected to be found.
Moroccan women pray on the esplanade of the Hassan II Mosque.
Fagmieda Miller, 34, is from Cape Town, South Africa. The first Muslim in South Africa to reveal her HIV-positive status. An AIDS activist, she is a winner of the Femina Women of Courage award and gives weekly radio advice on HIV/AIDS. I was the first Muslim in South Africa to declare that I was HIV-positive. I am 34 years old. Eight years ago, when I first learnt that I was HIV-positive, I thought I had brought shame upon my family and God had punished me. I prepared myself for death by giving away my stuff.I was referred to a counselor and I learnt that I could live a long time if I took care of myself. Eventually I told my parents. I couldn’t talk because I was crying so much. My father said, This disease comes from God. You shouldn’t think of it as a sin. Don’t turn your back on God. You need him more than ever. It was difficult because there was no support.
A woman supporter of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) takes part in a protest in Karachi on March 4, 2009, to condemn the damage done to a memorial for assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto during a protest by Pakistan Muslim League supporters in Rawalpindi. Bhutto is pictured on the woman’s headband.
Officials of the Nigerian Red Cross attend to injured victims of the civil unrest at Jos in Plateau State on November 30, 2008. Some 200 people were killed in two days of post-election violence in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the Plateau State information minister said, giving the first official toll. Calm appeared to have returned to the city of two million which is the capital of Plateau State and lies in Nigeria’s "middle belt," between the predominantly Muslim north and mainly Christian south.
Palestinian Islamic Law Judge, Khuloud Faqih, hands a file to one of the court’s employees at her office at the Islamic Law Court in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Palestinians recently appointed the first two women as judges in Islamic courts. Muslim courts in the Palestinian Authority rule over family affairs: marriage, divorce, inheritance and custody, relying on Islamic jurisprudence rather than secular rules.
A woman wearing a head scarf walks past a pile of books at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 17, 2008. The world’s biggest book fair is showcasing Turkey this year and some 7,000 exhibitors from 101 countries will be present from October 15 to 19, 2008.
An Afghan girl adjusts her head scarf during lessons at the girls high school Ayeshe Sedeqa in the center of Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. About 3000 girls of Kunduz attend in three different shift daily school lessons.
An Arab Israeli girl stands next to a photo during an exhibition about Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in the northern Israeli town of Ramle, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. An exhibition on Albanian Muslims who sheltered Jews during World War Two opened in the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Ramle on Tuesday to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but the event was overshadowed by tensions in the wake of Israel’s recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Muslim women hold placards and shout slogans during a rally outside the parliament building in Jakarta October 29, 2008.
Hospital patient transporter Elisa Machado (C) talks with radiology staff member Tiffany Pope (R) while wearing her Muslim hijab as she works in her job at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Machado is a university student studying to go into the field of medicine. Women who cover up for their faith may encounter problems getting some kinds of work outside the Muslim world, particularly ones requiring them to interact with the public.
A muslim woman wears a mask on the back of her head during a protest against the air strikes on Gaza outside the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, December 29, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
An Iranian football fan adjusts her headscarf after pinning the flag of the Islamic republic to her veil during the Asia Group 2 World Cup qualifying match between Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on October 19, 2008 at Sheikh Maktoum Stadium in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. Iran are on top of the group, which also includes South and North Korea and Saudi Arabia. They have four points from two matches and are tied with South Korea, but trailing on goal difference. Hosts UAE have lost all their three matches to date.
A policeman walks past a human chain formed by Muslim women on a street-side in Mumbai December 12, 2008. Thousands of Mumbai residents on Friday formed a human chain around some of the sites that were attacked recently, the latest in a series of citizen initiatives to express anger and demand action from the government.
Stranded Muslim pilgrim women from southern Thailand sit at a check-in counter as an anti-government rally continues at the Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on November 29, 2008.
Children wait for the start of Friday prayers at a mosque in Marawai City, the only Islamic city in the Philippines.
Women in headscarves hold posters reading ‘Do not touch my headscarf’ as they stage a demonstration in front of the Constitutional Court in Ankara on October 23, 2008. Lifting a ban on women wearing the Muslim headscarf at university violates Turkey’s secular constitution, the country’s top court said on October 22, 2008, defending a decision against the ruling AK Party.
Muslim women from Dar es Salaam, eastern Tanzania, hold signs as they participate in a anti-Bush demonstration in Dar es Salaam on February 16, 2008. US President George W. Bush arrived 16 February in Benin, the first stop on a five-country African tour to highlight US aid to battle malaria and HIV/AIDS and efforts to resolve regional conflicts.
Muslim women walk across the first muslim cemetery built in Austria during its official opening at Vienna’s Grossmarkstrasse on October 3, 2008. The site is be able to hold 4,000 graves. There are 140,000 Muslims in Vienna, most of them coming from Turkey.
Ethnic Muslim Uighurs leave the Nuijie Mosque in Beijing after prayers to celebrate Eid al-Fitr festivities marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on October 2, 2008.
Muslim women wave Cambodian and Kuwait national flags during a welcoming ceremony for Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah at Phnom Penh international airport August 3, 2008. Sheikh Nasser is in Cambodia on a three-day official visit.
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