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  • California official apologizes over ‘ban Islam’ post

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – A US Muslim advocacy group has called for the resignation of an El Monte, California, official who posted an Islamophobic comment, urging world countries to ban Islam on social media as discriminatory and un-American. “While [Art] Barrios has the right to his bigoted views, it is unacceptable for a person

  • Qazzaz Coffee looks to take higher ground

    Qazzaz Coffee looks to take higher ground

    By Sameed Khan TMO Contributing Writer It was 1955 when the 16-year old Anwar Qazzaz found himself in Brazil, seeking to make a living and provide for his family back home in Jerusalem. He eventually found a small, local gig, but was more interested when his friend introduced him to coffee. His pursuit of a

  • Linda Sarsour: a true NY Muslim

    Linda Sarsour: a true NY Muslim

    By Sarah Harvard OnIslam US Correspondent NEW YORK – With conflict in the Middle East making headlines and anti-Muslim backlash a nationwide concern, the public discourse around Islamophobia has grown considerably in the US, and NY’s Linda Sarsour is unstoppable on the subject. “I let the Brooklyn out of me,” Sarsour laughingly admitted to supporters

  • Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

    Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

    USA Today BOSTON — A jury has sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by execution. Tsarnaev looked straight ahead, showing little emotion. The jury’s decision closed one of the most painful chapters in Boston’s history. The judgment comes from the same group of seven women and five men who found Tsarnaev guilty on

  • Sister Helen Prejean: Tsarnaev ‘genuinely sorry for what he did’

    Sister Helen Prejean: Tsarnaev ‘genuinely sorry for what he did’

    Jeffrey MacDonald USA Today  BOSTON — Sister Helen Prejean, the Catholic nun and anti-death penalty activist whose story came to fame with the 1995 film” Dead Man Walking,” took the stand on Monday (May 11) in the penalty phase of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial. She said he is “genuinely sorry for what

  • Muslim Community Picnic with Mayor Johnny Crist

    By Aisha Yaqoob ATLANTA – The Atlanta Muslim community hosted a one of a kind event this past Saturday. On May 9th, leaders from two masajid, Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz in Norcross, GA and Madina Institute, USA in Duluth, GA came together to host a picnic for community members in the greater Gwinnett County

  • US Muslims demand protection after threats

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – A leading American Muslim advocacy group has urged law enforcement authorities to step up protection of mosques and Islamic schools which received a series of attacks and threats after Texas’ Garland shooting earlier this week. “All Americans, regardless of faith, have the right to feel safe and secure in school

  • Dearborn Heights residents are fed up with local police

    Dearborn Heights residents are fed up with local police

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Writer Dearborn Heights, MI–Within the past 12 months the Dearborn Heights Police Department (DHPD) has faced two public discrimination lawsuits, has been accused of using excessive force with a disabled man and faced several dozen complaints on their lack of properly handling situations. Many residents of Dearborn Heights are constantly

  • US Muslims counter hate with virtues

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan US OnIslam.net Correspondent DALLAS – Building bridges between people, promoting understanding with those of other faiths, and living the virtues of a good neighbor are just some of the Islamic fundamentals Imam Daniel Adbullah Hernandez emphasizes when encouraging his Southeastern Texas congregation to look beyond the masjid walls and to connect

  • Businesses catering to covered women take off

    Businesses catering to covered women take off

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan TMO Contributing Writer For many entrepreneurs, business has no religion, and as the Muslim-American community grows and becomes increasingly visible, some non-Muslims have identified hijabi women as a potentially profitable market demographic and have found ways to cater to their unique needs. Take for example Josie Lyons, who works in the

  • CAIR National and CAIR-LA host leadership webinar

    By Susan Schwartz TMO Contributing Writer The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, and the CAIR-LA chapter hosted an educational and informative webinar as part of a leadership training initiative this week. The event dealt with the intertwined issues of Islamophobia and hate crimes – their definitions and

  • Ninth annual Houston Palestine Film Festival By Atiya Hasan The Houston Palestine Film Festival (HPFF) is gearing up for its ninth year beginning on May 8, 2015. As excited I am to know that such an event exists, that too in my hometown of Houston, TX, I wanted to know more about the founding of

  • Muslim Observer lauded on BuzzFeed

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor The Muslim Observer was recently featured in a BuzzFeed list of 100 must follow Twitter handles. The alphabetical list, compiled by community user A123LAD, says it included the Twitter handles of “the most prominent scholars, news and current affairs … on Islam and other religions, and sociopolitical commentators

  • US Muslims urge Baltimore calm

    OnIslam & News Agencies MARYLAND – As an uneasy curfew entered its first night in Baltimore, a leading American Muslim group called for calm and expressed condolences to the family of fallen African American Freddie Gray, whose death resulted in protests that erupted across the city, culminating in widespread looting and arson as defiant demonstrators

  • LaunchGood supports global Muslim initiatives through crowdfunding

    LaunchGood supports global Muslim initiatives through crowdfunding

    By Mahvish Irfan TMO Contributing Writer Imagine being in the business of making dreams come true. This is everyday reality for LaunchGood, a global crowdfunding platform that supports an all-encompassing range of positive Muslim initiatives. From the creative, to the entrepreneurial, to the charitable, LaunchGood helps raise funds for them all. Co-Founder Amany Killawi explains,

  • US Muslims denounce Garland shootings

    US Muslims denounce Garland shootings

    OnIslam & News Agencies CAIRO – Following Sunday’s controversial anti-Muslim cartoon drawing of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad contest in Garland, Texas, resulting in the shooting deaths of two gunmen killed by police officers, American Muslim leaders reasserted their position that anti-Muslim advocate Pamela Gellar is free to draw whatever she wants. “We cannot fight free

  • Ilyas & Duck campaign boldly aims to reach 5,000 US libraries

    Ilyas & Duck campaign boldly aims to reach 5,000 US libraries

    By Reem Faruqi Omar S. Khawaja is on a mission to send Islamic children’s storybooks to 5,000 libraries across America.  From a look at his online crowdfunding campaign, he might just achieve his goal. Khawaja is an American Muslim and self-published author of “Ilyas & Duck”, a popular children’s books series that has been sweeping

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