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  • Veil creates first ever climate-adjusting hijab

    Veil creates first ever climate-adjusting hijab

    By Mahvish Irfan TMO Contributing Writer Athletic apparel, business wear, and firemen suits all have technology incorporated in their clothing so wearers stay cool, dry and comfortable. But what about hijabis? Muslim women who wear the headscarf everyday no matter how blistering hot it is outside – what’s available for them? Nothing, really. Until now.

  • The little library that did big things

    The little library that did big things

    By Amina Shah AtlantaMuslim.com Why did I bother setting up a children’s library in a masjid? I love hearing that question. It gives me the perfect opportunity to discuss negative attitude towards children coming to mosques. This is a conversation that we must hold over and over, again and again, until every mosque welcomes children with

  • Masjid Allahu Akbar: 20 years of community

    By Layla Abdullah-Poulos OnIslam US Correspondent LONG ISLAND, NY – While many mosques fall victim to vandalism attacks, Masjid Allahu Akbar in Wyandanch, NY, sets an example of 20 years of success in developing congenial relationships with their non-Muslim neighbors, building a community based on respect and understanding. “We have been here longer than most

  • Orlando airport accommodates Muslims

    OnIslam & Newspapers FLORIDA – Accommodating Muslim travelers, a Florida international airport announced plans to build a prayer room for Muslims as flights to United Arab Emirates will start next month. “Orlando is truly becoming a global community, and we want to be able to accommodate and provide high-quality amenities for all our passengers,” airport

  • Muslim youth mark decade of volunteerism

    OnIslam & Newspapers Engaging young Muslim children in community work since young age, a Muslim women group in Texas has celebrated a decade of work in integrating young kids in voluntary works, working with various interfaith and NGOs throughout the Dallas area. “We are really proud of them,” Mona Kafeel, Chief Operating Officer of the

  • ‘I am the bananas’: micro-financier pens book

    By Susan Schwartz TMO contributing writer Jessica Jackley, a co-founder of KIVA, has written an excellent book on entrepreneurship, weaving together her autobiography with stories of inspiring entrepreneurs she has met. KIVA is an organization which provides interest free loans, usually in small amounts—$25 is typical – to entrepreneurs from underdeveloped nations. Her book, titled

  • Atlanta area communities gather for Third Annual Masjid Beautification Day

    Atlanta area communities gather for Third Annual Masjid Beautification Day

    By Aisha Yaqoob TMO Contributing Writer Volunteers from the Metro Atlanta community gathered Saturday for various service projects scheduled around the city. The third of its kind, the 2015 Masjid Beautification Day expanded its reach to four Masajid, a local cemetery, and the Home Park neighborhood in Atlanta. Participants registered ahead of time for the

  • Seattle officials support Islamic mortgages

    Seattle officials support Islamic mortgages

    OnIslam & News Agencies WASHINGTON – In an effort to increase home ownership among US Muslims, a proposal in Seattle meant to offering financing compliant with Islamic law is gaining ground according to the Fox News. “We will work to develop new tools for Muslims who are prevented from using conventional mortgage products due to

  • America welcomes Christians, Jews; atheists, Muslims not so much

    By Cathy Lynn Grossman Religion News Service Americans are all for religious freedom — but disagree on who can claim it. Diverse religious groups are recognized — but Christians and Jews are significantly more welcome than atheists, and many don’t see a welcome mat for Muslims. And not everyone means the same thing when speaking of a

  • 9 Muslim female athletes bike across Iowa for gender equality

    9 Muslim female athletes bike across Iowa for gender equality

    By BG Staff A group of Muslim female athletes and adventurers from around the globe have embarked on a 462-mile, seven-day bike ride for Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) 2015 to raise awareness for gender equality in the athletic world. They call themselves Team Shirzanan – the Persian word for ‘female heroes.’

  • Filmmaker Bayazid spreads Islam to millions with movies

    Filmmaker Bayazid spreads Islam to millions with movies

    By Mahvish Irfan What’s the most effective way to spread the message of Islam? Lectures? They’ll probably be ignored. Pamphlets? They’re usually tossed away. Movies? Now those are watched. Constantly. No one understands this better than Muhammad Bayazid, an award-winning Syrian filmmaker who studied filmmaking in London Film School and screenwriting in BBC. His incredible

  • Muslims living in tiny homes

    Muslims living in tiny homes

    By Mus’ab Abdalla and Sumaya Mehai There’s a saying that goes, “If there is room in your heart there will be room in your home.” Today we’re going to take you on a journey into our tiny yet nurturing home in Berkeley, California. You may have heard of the growing tiny home movement where people

  • Abercrombie pays $25K damages to hijabi woman

    Abercrombie pays $25K damages to hijabi woman

    OnIslam & News Agencies OKLAHOMA – Writing the final chapter in years-long case, Abercrombie & Fitch has dropped the appeal to a court ruling in favor of a Muslim woman in hijab, paying about $25K to settle the case. “Samantha Elauf’s persistence was a big part of this success,” Veronica Laizure, a civil rights attorney

  • Pakistani-American races on Belle Isle

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Reporter Detroit, MI–Nur Ali is the first Muslim and Pakistani American to become a professional racing driver. Last week he completed Red Bull’s Global Rally Cross at Belle Isle in Detroit. “When you’re a kid you want to be a football player, a baseball player, a racecar driver, so my

  • Muslims raise funds for Chattanooga victims

    OnIslam & News Agencies NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cooperating with interfaith groups, leaders of the Muslim community in Chattanooga, Nashville, have launched a fundraising campaign for the victims of the latest attacks, sending an out loud message against these attacks as contradicting with Islam. “The Chattanooga families lost fathers, brothers, and sons in a deplorable act

  • Rabbi and Muslim make connection in God’s work

    By Laura Fawaz, TMO Contributing Reporter Novi, MI–Rabbi Avrohom Susskind made a connection with a local Muslim doctor that lead to the usage of his building for a new Jewish’s Center in Novi, free of charge. In 2005 Rabbi Susskind was in touch with the Jewish Federation, a partnership of various Jewish social agencies, educational

  • Michigan’s tasty Halal Fest planned

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan TMO contributing reporter Following its wildly successful debut last year when more than double the expected amount of attendees showed up, the second annual Halal Fest Michigan is primed to make an even bigger splash this year with even more folks turning out to sample the festival’s larger lineup of delicious

  • Hijabi journalist Noor Tagouri tells all

    Hijabi journalist Noor Tagouri tells all

    By Mahvish Irfan TMO contributing reporter Noor Tagouri is on fire. At the young age of 21, this successful journalist and motivational speaker has already been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network and given a TED Talk. In 2012, she launched a viral #letnoorshine campaign encouraging herself and others to fearlessly pursue their passion. Nearing

  • South Carolina takes down Confederate flag

    South Carolina takes down Confederate flag

    Nathaniel Cary and Doug Stanglin USA Today COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Confederate battle flag — a powerful symbol of slavery and the Old South that has roiled emotions in South Carolina for decades — was removed from the Statehouse grounds Friday (July 10) in a brief ceremony observed by thousands kept at a distance behind

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