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  • 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

  • Woman sues Ohio jail for forced Christian services

    OnIslam & News Agencies OHIO – A Muslim woman has sued a northeast Ohio county for forcing her to participate in Christian services while serving time in jail, in the second lawsuit by a Muslim against the county for the same reason. “Those services were decidedly and unambiguously Christian in character,” Sonya Abderrazzaq, said in

  • US ‘Unveiled’ show tells Muslims’ stories

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Giving voice to American Muslim women, a California show will depict the negative portrayals of veiled women post 9/11 in a bid to create dialogue, amid soaring Islamophobia. “I hope it’s entertaining and I hope it creates dialogue,” Rohina Malik, a Muslim Chicago playwright and actress, told Times Herald. “I’m

  • First Qur’an recitation at Hagia Sofia in 85 years

    First Qur’an recitation at Hagia Sofia in 85 years

    OnIslam & Newspapers ISTANBUL – A Muslim cleric has for the first time in 85-years recited the Holy Qur’an in public inside the Hagia Sophia. A verse from the Holy Qur’an was recited late Friday at a ceremony in the Hagia Sophia to mark the opening of a new exhibition “Love of the Prophet.” It

  • Florida Muslims help needy children

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Giving back to their community, Florida Muslims held the 18th annual Islamic Charity Festival to help hundreds of needy children in Tampa city. Addressing the crowd, Talib Ali, a member of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance stated, “When we give to charity in the name of Allah, we verify that

  • Productive Muslim boosts performance by fusing Islamic teachings with modern tools

    Productive Muslim boosts performance by fusing Islamic teachings with modern tools

    By Mahvish Irfan From Joel Osteen Ministries to Deepak Chopra’s wellness workshops, modern spiritual sources dedicated to helping people add value and productivity in their lives abound, but is there anything catered specifically to the Muslim world? Yes. It’s Productive Muslim, a social enterprise committed to boosting productivity in the lives of Muslims everywhere. Using

  • Arizona faiths unite to reject Islamophobia

    OnIslam & News Agencies ARIZONA – The Tempe interfaith community joined forces over the weekend with the local Islamic center on its Open-Day event in a show of solidarity after it was targeted by the infamous hate preacher, Dean Saxton, a student at Arizona State University. Led by Saxton — also known as Brother Dean

  • ‘Pretend to be a Muslim’ school assignment OK?

    OnIslam & Newspapers Can assignments encouraging students to assume a new identity cultivate understanding and empathy? That was the goal one tenth grade history teacher had in mind when she assigned her world history class a five-paragraph point-of-view essay instructing students to write from the perspective of a male or female Muslim, identifying issues that

  • Ex-Blackwater guards convicted of manslaughter

    Ex-Blackwater guards convicted of manslaughter

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Writer Four former Blackwater employees were sentenced last week for a 2007 shooting in Iraq that killed 14 civilians. 17 civilians were killed in this shooting, though prosecutors did not believe that they have enough evidence to bring manslaughter charges on three of those 17 deaths. One of the former

  • Muslims to mark Earth Day with green khutbahs

    By Muneeb Nasir OnIslam Correspondent TORONTO – Marking the 45th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), Muslims world-wide will participate in the Green Khutbah Campaign on Friday, April 24, 2015, with religious leaders delivering sermons to raise awareness on the environmental challenges facing humanity. “The theme of this year’s Green Khutbah Campaign is ‘Water –

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