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  • 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

  • Eastern Market’s Annual Flower Day

    Eastern Market’s Annual Flower Day

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Writer Detroit, MI–The Sunday after Mother’s Day is a day when Detroit’s Eastern Market is transformed into a colorful array of flowers, food and clothes. 2015 was the 49th annual Flower Day. When driving to the Eastern Market for the flower day, you’ll be stopped by the large crowds of

  • Najeeba Syeed receives Faculty Award

    Najeeba Syeed, assistant professor of interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology, received the Fisher Faculty Teacher Award at the annual commencement this week. She was nominated by her students for the award. She is a prolific practitioner and effective educator in the area of conflict resolution among communities of ethnic and religious diversity. Her

  • Motive sought behind man filming mosque

    SAN DIEGO,CA–The Council on American Islamic Relations has asked the authorities to seek the motives of a man seen photographing the license plates of vehicles parked at the Islamic Center of San Diego. According to a press release when members of the mosque approached him to ask about his intentions, the man claimed he did

  • Mosque proposed for Wausau area

    WAUSAU, WI–The growing Muslim population in Wausau has made the current mosque in the area inadequate for them. The Islamic Society of Central Wisconsin has now purchased a building and hopes to convert it into a mosque in the next two years to meet the demand. Adeel Aslam, a member and general secretary of the

  • Atif Qarni runs for Virginia Senate

    DALE CITY,VA–Atif Qarni, a math teacher and former marine, is seeking a seat in Virginia’s senate for the 29th district. So far he is the only Democrat in the race to replace Chuck Colgan, a fellow Democrat who had held the seat for four decades. He had worked in a Washington law firm for eight

  • Shefali Tsabary engages with hundreds of parents in Troy

    Shefali Tsabary engages with hundreds of parents in Troy

    By Adil James, TMO contributing reporter Dr. Shefali Tsabary may be the hottest current phenomenon in child psychology. She has been celebrated by Oprah Winfrey who said of her: “What I believe every parent wants is a deeper connection with their children. Now meet the woman that can help you get it and keep it.”

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