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  • Mosque might serve as a temporary shelter for the homeless

    MINNEAPOLIS,MN–A Minneapolis mosque might serve as a temporary shelter for the homeless. The West Bank Community Coalition is discussing the possibility of opening a temporary warming house at the premises of Dar Al Hijrah mosque. The emergency shelter will be open from November to April each year if the plans go forward. The coalition is

  • Fund in memory of Muslim students established at UNC

    CHAPEL HILL,NC–A scholarship fund in the memory of slain Muslim students has been established at the University of North Carolina’s dental school. The endowment of $60,000 has been set-up by the UNC-Chapel Hill and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina in the names of Dean Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha. The two were killed in their

  • Dr. Saida Rasul honored with Order of British Columbia

    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–Dr. Saida Rasul, a Vancouver area dentist, was honored with the Order of British Columbia award for her remarkable community services. Dr. Saida Rasul is a dentist and community volunteer focused on the improvement of the lives of the less fortunate in British Columbia and in many other countries. During her tenure on

  • El-Sharkawy recognized for leadership award

    FORT WORTH,TX–American Airlines Group has recognized four employees with the 2015 Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion for their work in making a lasting impression in the workplace, in the community and as role models in diversity. Among the awardees is Mohamed El-Sharkawy who works as a specialist at Line Maintenance

  • Hussein, Khwaja receive awards at East Stroudsburg U

    STROUDSBURG,PA–East Stroudsburg University senior Aalih Hussein was recognized for a number of her contributions and achievements at the annual student awards ceremony. She received the Robert J. Dillman Student Leader Award from the Student Senate; Woman of Distinction Award from the Feminist Alliance; Commitment to Diversity Award from Multicultural Affairs. Zara Khawaja, a junior majoring

  • Junad Khan receives research excellence award

    Dr.Junad Khan, assistant clinical professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, received the Excellence in Research Award, at the 2015 convocation held last month. He was introduced during the ceremony as follows: “He possess the qualities of all great researchers: he’s honest, patient, self-critical and always willing to start over when the research demands. He’s

  • KinderUSA holds successful banquet fundraiser

    By Susan Schwartz TMO contributing writer KinderUSA (Kids in Need of Development, Education, and Relief) held a highly successful banquet/fundraiser at a Middle Eastern themed restaurant in Los Angeles May 31. The annual fundraiser was titled: Rebuilding the Lives of Children in Gaza. A capacity audience enjoyed a reception and dinner followed by an entertaining

  • Inclusive India discussed in Rolling Meadows

    ROLLING MEADOWS,IL–The issues of Indian Muslims were the focus of discussion at a meeting organized by the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin at the College of Northwest Suburbs in Rolling Meadows. The well attended program’s keynote speaker was Prof.Akhtarul Wasey, commissioner of linguistic minorities of India. Prof. Wasey highlighted the need for the

  • Syed Ejaz appointed to task force

    COLUMBIA,MO–Mayor Bob McDavid of Columbia, Missouri, appointed 15 local leaders to the new Pedestrian Safety Task Force this week. The task force, established after a unanimous council vote last month, is “tasked with reducing collisions between vehicles and pedestrians by studying local accident trends and providing a report to the council by May 16, 2016.”

  • Desi Senior Centre thriving in Queens

    QUEENS, NY–The Desi Senior Centre in Queens which opened last December is thriving, according to media reports. It is a partnership project between India Home and Jamaica Muslim Centre. It was realized thanks to a $100,000 grant from Councilman Rory Lancman of Queens, whose district has one of the largest South Asian population in New

  • NYPD Meets Muslims

    NEW YORK,NY–The New York Police Department held its annual pre-Ramadan conference with the city’s Muslim leaders on June 9th, according to media reports. Besides security for the holiday, they touched on how Muslims have been vilified in the past and how the Islamic State has been targeting youth on the internet, according to NY1 television

  • Farhan Latif appointed president of El-Hibri Foundation

    By Mohammad Ayub Khan TMO Contributing Writer The El-Hibri Foundation, an organization that supports peace making and diversity, has named Farhan Latif as its new President. Mr. Latif comes to the Foundation with a breadth of experience in peacebuilding, policy development, higher education, social entrepreneurship, and interfaith leadership. Chairman of the El-Hibri Foundation, Fuad El-Hibri,

  • Jasmine Syed wins science award

    ARDMORE, PA–Jasmine Syed, a high school senior in Pennsylvania, has won both a national runner up and local affiliate award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) in computer science for 2015. She was recently profiled in the Mainline Media News as ‘Student of the Week.’ She has an extensive track record

  • Vandals target mosque sign in Midland Park

    MIDLAND PARK, NJ–Vandals struck the El Zahra Mosque in Midland Park, New Jersey, just two weeks before it was set to open. According to the Midland Park Suburban News the vandals targeted the mosque’s sign on May 25th. Swastikas and male reproductive organs were reportedly carved on the sign of the mosque located at the

  • Study to document Muslim challenges in Macomb County

    MOUNT CLEMENS,MI–The Interfaith Center for Racial Justice has received a financial grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to document the challenges faced by the Muslim community in Macomb County. The $25,000 Heritage Grant, which will be used to “document the history of a growing, but under-reported Muslim community that has been living, working and going

  • Misbah Uddin re-elected to accountant’s union

    NEW YORK CITY,NY–Maf Misbah Uddin has been elected unopposed to his sixth term as president of Local 1407 of District Council 37, which represents Accountants, Tax Auditors and other financial titles in the New York City area. The Bangladesh born Uddin came to the US in 1984 and obtained his third Masters Degree in Actuarial

  • Prof. Diagne wins Lenfest Award

    NEW YORK,NY–Souleymane Bachir Diagne,a professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia, was recently declared as one of the winners of the Lenfest Distinguished Teaching Awards. The awards were created in 2005 by Gerry Lenfest , a trustee emeritus whose total donations of more than $100 million place him among Columbia’s most generous benefactors. His $12

  • Rasheed Alhadi receives community award

    Duke University undergraduate Rasheed Alhadi received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for his services to the community. . As part of the nomination process for the Sullivan Award, he was recognized for his work and commitment with the Muslim Student Association and Duke Voices for Interfaith Action, showing a dedication to members of the Muslim

  • Mohammad Haroon Rashid seeks nomination for council

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—Mohammad Haroon Rashid, a seventy three year old businessman, has thrown in his hat for for the democratic primary in Ward 4 of the Atlantic City council. He faces the incumbent William Marsh and fellow challenger Steven Young. Rashid moved to Atlantic City permanently in 1981 and has run a variety of local

  • Mehmood Khan among World’s Most Creative People

    By Mohammad Ayub Khan TMO Contributing Writer Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer at Pepsico, has been named among the world’s most creative people by the Fast Company magazine for the year 2015. He has been selected for “stimulating the world’s taste buds.” Khan had played an important role in developing new and

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