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  • Grandma Obama speaks to TMO

    Grandma Obama speaks to TMO

    By Kiratiana Freelon Exclusive for The Muslim Observer When “Mama” Sarah Obama visited the New York City last year, she told an audience of 400 people that she had one request of her step-grandson, President Barack Obama—that he visit her in Kenya before he leaves office in 2017. Her request might soon be granted. This

  • Minnesota students try on hijab to get to know Islam

    OnIslam & Newspapers Setting the groundwork for a better community for Muslims on campus, a Muslim group in the University of Minnesota invited their colleagues to try hijab for a day to spread awareness about the importance of the Islamic veil in Islam. “They told us they don’t know why we wear hijab[s],” English and

  • Theologians claim death row inmate as their own

    Theologians claim death row inmate as their own

    By Sarah Morice Brubaker Editor’s note: The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Read more at www.religiondispatches.org. The story of Kelly Gissendaner has both showcased the promise of public theology—and spurred self-reflection among those of us who do it. Gissendaner is a Georgia woman who was sentenced to death in 1998 for conspiring

  • US Muslims team up with tech experts to counter ISIL

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Leaders of the American Muslim community have been campaigning to counter militants’ use of social media and online recruitment to reach young Muslims, cooperating with tech companies to win over the hearts of youth. “It’s a battle of hearts and minds taking place online,” Yasir Qadhi, a Muslim scholar who

  • Boston mosque youth leader builds bridges

    Boston mosque youth leader builds bridges

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Reaching out to Muslim teens in Boston, the largest mosque in New England has hired a new youth director who is conversant with American culture, in a bid to fill the gap after the departure of imam William Suhaib Webb last December. “I don’t necessarily need kids to spend the night reading

  • Arrested – Georgia ‘patriot’ planted bombs with Quran in park

    By Edward Mitchell AtlantaMuslim.com Georgia resident Michael Sibley planted pipe bombs, a Quran and a list of potential terrorism targets in a Cobb County park last November, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sibley, 67, appeared in court Monday to face federal charges of conveying false information and attempting to damage federal property. “The defendant

  • Muslims see Charlotte shooting as hate crime

    Muslims see Charlotte shooting as hate crime

    OnIslam & News Agencies CHARLOTTE, N.Carolina – Leaders of the Charlotte Muslim community have asserted that the shooting of 18 bullets at the backyard of a Muslim family’s home is more likely to be an intentional hate crime rather than a random act of violence. “We strongly feel this was not a random shooting. Whose

  • Baltimore Muslims fight for holidays

    OnIslam & News Agencies BALTIMORE – Muslims in Maryland’s largest city of Baltimore have been campaigning to get their holy days recognized in school holidays, a few months after their request in Montgomery County in the eastern state was rejected. “I’m not asking for much, just asking for maybe equality,” Farah Ibrahim, one of the

  • US Muslim leader finds protection with her dog

    US Muslim leader finds protection with her dog

    OnIslam & News Agencies CAIRO – Dr. Ingrid Mattson, a renowned Muslim professor, has shared her story with her dog Ziggy in a YouTube video produced as part of a series about the lives of American Muslims. “Dr. Mattson is one of the most prominent female leaders in the Muslim community, and was almost attacked

  • Muslim actor plays son of Mary in ‘Killing Jesus’

    By Jonathan Merritt Religion News Service “Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him.” This was the reaction of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman’s mother after she learned that her son had been cast as Jesus in National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Jesus.” The three Abrahamic religions will collide on Palm Sunday (March 29) when the

  • Preparing to make the call to prayer in all 50 states

    Preparing to make the call to prayer in all 50 states

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan TMO Contributing Writer For much of his life, Jameel Syed has been led by inspiration. In fact, it was the inspiration and influence of a special Quran teacher he knew in his youth that helped to shape a great part of his spiritual life today – his role as a muaddhin.

  • ‘Trust Muslims’ Project Reaches Europe, NY

    OnIslam & News Agencies NEW YORK – Spreading peace and religious tolerance in the US and Europe, the social experiment in which a blindfolded Muslim asks passersby to give him a hug has reached New York, Sweden and Norway. “It is a first step in helping educate people that not all Muslims are ‘bad people’

  • Ohio Faiths Support Muslims Against Threats

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Representatives from several faith groups gathered at an Ohioan mosque to support the Muslim congregation against increasing Islamophobic threats, stressing Muslims’ role in sowing peace and understanding in the community. “An attack on Muslims of the Noor Center is an affront to all of our faith traditions and the entire

  • 7.5 million Americans lost their religion since 2012

    By Tobin Grant Religion News Service A new survey shows in stark relief that what some are calling the Great Decline of religion in America continues: Since 2012, the U.S. has about 7.5 million more Americans who are no longer active in religion. Earlier this month, the 2014 General Social Survey was released. The GSS is the

  • US: first Muslim college gets accreditation

    OnIslam & News Agencies CALIFORNIA – Making history for Islamic education in the US, a Muslim college has received formal academic accreditation last weekend, becoming the first officially recognized Islamic institution of higher learning in the country of seven million Muslim population. “Today, Zaytuna’s accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher

  • The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies

    The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies

    By Tom Ehrich Religion News Service On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimage across the U.S., I occasionally used my radio’s “seek” function to find stations. I often stopped on a “Christian radio” station, sometimes a national network such as American Family Radio, sometimes a local effort featuring preachers from area churches, always conservative. I did so

  • Muslim Mental Health Conference addresses trauma

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor The seventh Muslim Mental Health conference will be held March 26 to 29 at the Dearborn Inn located in Dearborn Michigan. The conference is the only recurring meeting of Muslim faith leaders, behavioral scientists, and health providers in the United States. Dr. Halim Naeem, President of the Institute

  • Death penalty gets mixed reaction from N.C. Muslims

    By Yonat Shimron Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C.—News that prosecutors plan to seek the death sentence for the man accused of killing three Muslim students last month drew a mixed reaction from the local Muslim community. Many activists welcomed the move, but the family of Deah Barakat, the UNC dental student who was shot dead

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