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  • Islamophobia haunts US Muslims

    Islamophobia haunts US Muslims

    By Carissa Lamkahouan onislam.net DALLAS – For Mohammed Jafri, thoughts that his hijab-wearing wife might be attacked when she is running errands by herself, either in grocery shopping alone or shuttling the kids to the park, have hijacked his personal feeling of safety forever. “I tell her to try not to go anywhere she doesn’t

  • Supreme Court to hear case of a headscarf that cost a Muslim teen a job

    Supreme Court to hear case of a headscarf that cost a Muslim teen a job

    By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Feb. 25) will hear the case of a young Muslim woman who says the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store illegally denied her a job because she wears a hijab in keeping with her faith. The store argues that company policy used to forbid floor “models” — the company’s word

  • Flu: a worldwide menace 

    By Dr. Anis Ansari Flu (Influenza) is a worldwide problem every year, causing havoc  in some part of the world. Influenza Virus has spread to all contiguous part of the United States. It is thought to have killed 200, 000 people worldwide over the years. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 5-20 percent

  • Obama: No religion responsible for terrorism

    Obama: No religion responsible for terrorism

    By David Jackson USA Today WASHINGTON – President Obama said Thursday he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. “No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism,” Obama told

  • Zaytuna College’s Dearborn fundraiser

    Zaytuna College’s Dearborn fundraiser

    By Laura Fawaz, TMO Contributing Reporter Dearborn, MI – Last Sunday Zaytuna College held a fundraiser event at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, in efforts to further their five-year plan for the college and the students. About 500 attendees were present from across the country. “Who represents Muslims intellectually?” said Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, Zaytuna College

  • The ‘herstory’ of Malcom X’s legacy

    Margari Hill Often, when we talk about the history of Islam in America, we focus on the great men and their big ideas. This month, in looking at the BlackLivesMatter Movement through the life and legacy of Malcolm X, I thought of the many women who were also part of our nation’s freedom struggle. Just as

  • American Muslims react to NC killings with acts of charity

    American Muslims react to NC killings with acts of charity

    By Marium Mohiuddin TMO Contributing Writer Last week, while the country mourned after the news of Chapel Hit hit the airwaves, something surprising and harmonious immerged – a strong interfaith/community service movement to show that we stand together. Inspired by Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha’s dedication to community service and activism, mourners from

  • Apple deal, tax change could spark solar stampede

    Apple deal, tax change could spark solar stampede

    By Nichola Groom (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s deal to buy nearly $1 billion of power from a massive First Solar Inc plant could be the first of a stampede of contracts driven by the looming change in a solar tax incentive that makes such projects particularly attractive. Together with a sharp drop in the cost

  • ‘SpongeBob’ movie wipes ‘American Sniper’ from top of box office

    ‘SpongeBob’ movie wipes ‘American Sniper’ from top of box office

    By Chris Michaud (Reuters) – A talking animated sponge knocked a Navy Seal sharpshooter from the top of the box office chart as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” earned $56 million in ticket sales, deposing “American Sniper” after a three-week run at number 1. The Oscar-nominated war film starring Bradley Cooper and directed

  • Arab-Muslim American woman alleges harassment on Delta Airlines flight

    Arab-Muslim American woman alleges harassment on Delta Airlines flight

    By Laura Fawaz, Contributing Reporter An Arab-American Muslim family claims they were harassed by a fellow passenger, and then intimidated by a Delta Airlines flight attendant, while taking a flight to Detroit last week. The Hider family, who claims that they were victims of racist harassment by another passenger, contacted American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-Michigan (ADC-Michigan).  The

  • Palestinian-American professor Sami Al-Arian deported to Turkey

    Palestinian-American professor Sami Al-Arian deported to Turkey

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor 12 years after being accused of allegedly supporting Islamic Jihad, Palestinian-American professor Sami Al Arian was deported to Turkey on Thursday at midnight. “In 2003, Sami Al-Arian was a professor at the University of South Florida, a legal resident of the U.S. since 1975, and one of the most

  • 1,000 years of Islamic art exhibited in Houston

    1,000 years of Islamic art exhibited in Houston

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan TMO contributing writer Some say a community’s art should reflect the fabric of the community and the people within it. With that in mind, the Houston, Texas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s recent expansion of its “Arts of  Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait” exhibit is only fitting considering the

  • ‘Our three winners’ gunned down in North Carolina

    ‘Our three winners’ gunned down in North Carolina

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor Three Muslims studying at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were found gunned down in their off-campus condo in an attack that many are speculating is a hate crime. The Guardian reported “Craig Stephen Hicks, who turned himself in, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection

  • 20 groups call on media to avoid stereotyping, division

    20 groups call on media to avoid stereotyping, division

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor Twenty civil rights and faith groups, including the NAACP, Amnesty International USA and Asian Americans Advancing Justice jointly signed an open letter to the media asking reporters to seriously consider the role they play in creating stereotypes, keep their coverage factual, and avoid divisive rhetoric. The letter said

  • Jamillah Karim on gender, race and Islam

    Jamillah Karim on gender, race and Islam

    By Crystal Corman Dr. Jamillah Karim’s lived experience and research highlight the diversity within Islam in the United States, as well as perceptions toward African American Muslims. In this interview, Karim discusses her motivation to study gender and race within Islam in the United States, as well as her experience researching this topic in immigrant communities. What drew you

  • Muslim alcoholics: a hidden problem we need to deal with

    Muslim alcoholics: a hidden problem we need to deal with

    By Shaykh Hamid Waqar He knew the Quran prohibits drinking alcohol — even as he tried his first beer, about four decades ago. “Maybe I was 22 or 23 when I was in college,” said Iqbal, recalling how it all started. “After one or two years, I started drinking a couple of beers in the

  • Podcast casts closed murder case in new light

    Podcast casts closed murder case in new light

    By Sadef A. Kully It can be said that when the Serial podcast debuted last year featuring Adnan Syed it became more than viral, it evolved into a digital movement of sorts. Last year, Sarah Koenig, one of the creators of the public radio show “This American Life”, dropped Syed and the mysteries surrounding him

  • Muslim women in Los Angeles start a mosque of their own

    Muslim women in Los Angeles start a mosque of their own

    By Mariam Sobh Religion News Service (RNS) A downtown Los Angeles interfaith center that once served as a synagogue was the site of a historic worship service last week, as dozens of women gathered for Friday Muslim prayers in what is being dubbed the first women’s-only mosque in the United States. Hasna Maznavi, founder and president of the

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