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Muslim Father Forgives and Hugs Man Involved With Son’s Murder

by Aysha Qamar “Forgiveness is the greatest gift in Islam,” Abdul-Mumin Sombat Jitmoud said during the hearing, which lasted for almost three hours. The father of a murdered Muslim pizza delivery driver forgave the man who was sentenced to prison for playing a part in his son’s death. In April 2015, 22-year-old Salahuddin Jitmoud was making one […]

Promise for Palestine Tour 2017

Islamic Relief USA is proud to present the Promise for Palestine tour, featuring special guests Mohammed Assaf and Linda Sarsour. This amazing fundraising event for Palestine Humanitarian Aid will span seven cities, giving participants an exclusive look into the life and times of humanitarian and world renowned entertainer Mohammed Assaf as you have never seen him before: sharing his story, […]

The Powerful Ways Japanese-Americans have Shown Solidarity with Muslims

by Fatima Ahmed – Follow @fattya123 The Japanese-American community has seen many atrocities during the second World War. As per Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 issued in 1942, around 110,000 Japanese-Americans were interned in camps mainly along the west coast. Thousands were forced to abandon their homes, businesses, farms, and possessions to move into what the […]

Trump is President-Elect, Here’s What That Means For Us

By Aseel Machi, managing editor Okay–glad I could get your attention. Sorry, the title was misleading. The truth is, I cannot tell you what Trump presidency will mean for you or I as a minority. No one can. We can make some guesses, but the truth is, no one will know until the president-elect actually […]

Muslims ‘Check In’ in Solidarity With Standing Rock

Nearing a million check ins on Facebook, including hundreds, if not thousands from Muslims, Standing Rock Indian Reservation would appear to be hosting currently 900,000 individuals. Well, they are–virtually. National activists working in solidarity with the reservation called for everyone to make their posts public and lend their support by giving a virtual presence to the site […]

A Great Humanitarian Dies at 91

By Susan Schwartz, contributing writer The human rights movement lost a great and compassionate activist last week when Hedy Epstein passed away at the age of 91 in her St. Louis home. Born in Germany, she was a witness to the horrors of the Nazi regime. At the age of 14, Hedy’s parents were able […]

The Noor Effect is Coming to Dearborn

Noor Tagouri, famously known as the Muslim woman who seeks to be the first major news anchor in the United States, is making her way to Dearborn for a visit this week. She has been featured on several news outlets and is a famed journalist.   Tagouri will be speaking and presenting her start up […]

London’s New Mayor: A Muslim?!

Sadiq Khan, now infamous for his faith, has become London’s newest mayor and is the latest world sensation. Numerous news outlets and coverage surrounding his win in the major United Kingdom city have circled around his identity and religion. Indeed, Khan is a Muslim. Not only is he Muslim, but with a background of that […]

ISPU Case Study: Muslims Give to Flint

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, or ISPU, once again provides data that Muslims are taking up efforts to help with the Flint water crisis: 550+ Muslim volunteers have been working in Flint in various methods of distribution and health clinics since the area was declared a state of emergency. The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village is a […]

Recent ISPU poll gives ‘surprising’ results on Muslims

Recent ISPU poll gives ‘surprising’ results on Muslims Many common accusations against American Muslims have been debunked, at least according to a recent poll from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, or ISPU: Going to the mosque means Muslims are more involved in the community – not less  Muslim Americans who regularly attend mosques are more […]

Neighborly Needs Inc.: A helping hand

By Aseel Machi By giving a helping hand–literally–a non-profit organization out of Detroit, MI, Neighborly Needs Inc. has been working with the local and surrounding communities to help provide opportunities for growth and rejuvenation in local Detroit. Their activities include renovating homes in Detroit to offer a place to live for youth entangled in the […]

Restaurant review: Ellie’s Desi Kitchen

By Sameer Sarmast New York – Two feet of snow, catching up with “Making a Murderer” on Netflix and dreaming about beach season; these are the things that I can imagine went through most New Yorker’s minds this weekend. Yet while everyone else was locked inside their dwellings with nowhere to go, I was soaking […]

Lessons men can learn from a woman built masjid 

By Aslam Abdullah Masjid Ibrahim opened its prayer hall on Jan. 29 after a four year long wait. It had existed since 1995 as a small facility for those who lived in its neighboring area in a single family residence with a huge lot. It served a small number of people. In 2005, the person […]

Carson makes mockery of mental illness, uses bigotry against Muslims

By Halim Naeem, psychologist and president of Muslim Mental Health Ben Carson has shown his incompetence as an aspiring civil servant yet again. Calling ‘Sharia adherent’ Muslims “schizophrenic” for engaging a democracy is simultaneously stigmatizing and bigoted. Carson should take a lesson from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).  It is wrong to stigmatize […]

Nike dispute resolved

By Susan Schwartz, contributing writer Nadeel Kaukab, a 40-year-old Muslim residing in New York City, found himself in a dispute recently with the NIKE Inc. Kaukab attempted to purchase a pair of shoes from the popular retailer using their customizable option, NIKEiD, on their website. Kaukab wanted the words ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’ written on his shoes and […]

Letter from the editor

Every year brings new goals and resolutions and this year is no different for the team at the Muslim Observer (TMO). As the days are flying by and we are well on our way to the heavy rains and coming blooms of spring, the changes at TMO are going to reflect our own season of […]

It’s Ramadan

By Laura Fawaz, contributing writer “We had three months to do pioneering work.  This had never been done before and we really had our work cut out for us,” said Wissam Bazzi, founder of the “It’s Ramadan” commercial campaign. In efforts of battling negative stereotypes of Islam and the rise of Islamophobia in America, Bazzi […]