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Workplace bias complaints pour in from Michigan Muslims

By Tresa Baldas  USA TODAY Network  DETROIT — Just days after a Muslim couple carried out a mass shooting in California, the phone lines at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn, Mich., started ringing. Women in headscarves were calling for help, asking how to protect against discrimination in the workplace — and anywhere else they ventured. […]

Your child’s self-image is an extension of your own

By Nadirah Angail My kids swear I’m beautiful. I try not to do anything to convince them otherwise. What so many women forget (myself included sometimes) is that our children don’t see us through our eyes. They see us through their eyes—fresh, uninfluenced, unconditioned. So however you look is automatically beautiful, regardless of how near it is to a […]

Restaurant review: Le Bon Choix Rotisserie & Café.

By Sameer Sarmast It’s often been said that the three hardest ingredients to be creative with in French cooking are chicken, potatoes and onions. While using strictly French techniques might limit the application of these three ingredients in dishes, if you were to infuse another culinary point of view—say the American South—into your cooking, then […]

5 things kids don’t know about ISIS

By Imam Arshad Anwar AtlantaMuslim.com Muslims know better than anyone that ISIS is a major problem. That’s why we have condemned their brand and all other brands of terroristic cults. Despite this, the media’s unwavering focus on these criminals and extremists who happen to be Muslim has created significant backlash against mainstream American Muslims. Political rhetoric […]

The rhetorical brilliance of Trump the demagogue

By Jennifer Mercieca The Conversation Donald Trump’s December 7 Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration has attracted worldwide disdain. Nearly 500,000 Britons have signed a petition asking their government to prevent Trump from entering their country. In the US, Trump’s comments have been denounced by Democrats, Republicans, the media and religious groups. Yet a recent poll has found that 37% of likely voters across […]

A response to Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa

By Keziah Ridgeway Alt Muslimah Editor’s note: this article was written in response to Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa’s piece: As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the ‘hijab’ in the name of interfaith solidarity. Dear Asra and Hala, I need to share some things with you about my experience as a Modern […]

3 reasons Christians should back religious freedom for all

By Ed Stetzer  Religion News Service Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about religious liberty — that’s good. What’s troubling, but perhaps not surprising, is that they are less enthusiastic about those liberties for some religions. According to a recent poll by The Associated Press and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, 82 percent said religious liberty […]

Muslim student sparkles with 36 ACT score

By Carissa D. Lamkahouan TMO Contributing Writer For Hamza Zahurullah, when it came to taking his ACT tests, the third time was most definitely the charm. The saying is a tired cliché, but Hamza’s perfect composite score of 36 – a ranking achieved by less than 1 percent of the nearly 2 million test takers […]

The dangers of teaching our daughters to be polite

By Jennifer Zobair I pulled up behind the parked sport utility vehicle and texted my daughter. She and a friend were doing community service, helping special needs children with a yoga class at a local studio. They’d finished early, and I was caught in traffic. Fortunately, her friend’s father got there early, and when I […]

Dear Republicans: Do your patriotic duty

By Christopher Parker The Conversation Dear Republicans: For the past week, we have been reminded of the precarious position in which we find ourselves as Americans. The situation I’m referring to is the latest poll numbers for the GOP candidates. What has drawn the lion’s share of the attention to date is Donald Trump’s increasing […]

Detroit archbishop denounces proposals to bar Muslims from U.S.

By David Gibson Religion News Service Without mentioning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by name, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has blasted proposals like Trump’s that would specifically bar Muslims from the U.S., saying the idea “fractures the very foundation of morality on which we stand.” Vigneron’s denunciation, in a letter he sent on Thursday (Dec. […]

Saudi Arabia stifled true death count in hajj stampede: 2,411

RNS staff A horrific stampede in Mina in September actually killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, more than three times the number that Saudi Arabia, which controls safety at the Muslim pilgrimage site, has acknowledged, according to a new, independent death count by The Associated Press. The wire service’s count, based on state media reports and […]

San Bernardino Muslims unite to help community

By Susan Schwartz TMO Contributing Writer In the aftermath of the mass shooting on December 2nd in San Bernardino, California, there was a predictable upsurge in Islamophobia. The usual cast of characters gleefully tarred all Muslims with the same brush, and in a statement that was not entirely unexpected, GOP presidential front runner, Donald Trump, proposed a […]

White House says Obama won’t declare Muslim holiday

Gregory Korte  USA Today  WASHINGTON — President Obama supports the right of Muslim Americans to celebrate religious holidays, the White House said Friday. He just can’t give them the day off. Responding to a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site, the White House declined to declare federal holidays for the Muslim holy […]

5 Muslim women to look out for on YouTube

By Mahvish Irfan TMO Contributing Writer There’s a ton of YouTubers out there, but these 5 Muslim women are shining in the spotlight like no other. They’re addressing a growing and hungry market of young, educated, modern Muslims and taking their talents in everything from activism, to fashion, to comedy and sharing it with large […]

Facing the stormy seas of Islamophobia with dignity

By Hina Khan-Mukhtar Late night discussions with my high school senior son in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks have left me feeling anxious and exhausted these days. As a parent, I feel like I’m in uncharted waters, not knowing how best to guide him. My normally easy-going, even-tempered son has been […]