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  • San Diego school offers halal meals

    OnIslam & News Agencies SAN DIEGO – In an effort to meet students’ demand, a San Diego school has added halal launches to its menus, following campaigns by the students’ parents. “I normally will not eat at school because the food options were not good,” Rosa Duarte, 17, told KPBS on Wednesday, May 20. “But

  • Terror threats worry New York’s Muslims

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Threats by a former congressional candidate to blow up a Muslim community in New York have been extended to South Carolina’s Holy Islamville, where hundreds of Muslims expressed concerns about their safety. “We are worried that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and we want to make sure

  • YouTube didn’t have to yank anti-Muslim film, court says

    By Elizabeth Weise USA Today SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court has overturned a controversial ruling that required YouTube to take down a video that disparaged Muslims. One of the actresses in the film sued to take it down and won, but an appeals court ruled May 18 that she didn’t have the right to

  • The 40th annual ICNA-MAS convention: “Muhammad: peace and blessings be upon him.”

    The 40th annual ICNA-MAS convention: “Muhammad: peace and blessings be upon him.”

    By Zaid Nakadar BALTIMORE – On this past Memorial Day weekend, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held its 40th annual ICNA-MAS Convention. The convention took place from Saturday, May 23rd to Monday, May 25th, in the city of Baltimore. Thousands of people attended the conference, whose theme was “Muhammad: Peace and Blessings be

  • Prof. Wasey on Iqbal’s poetry

    Prof. Wasey on Iqbal’s poetry

    By Mohammed Ayub Khan TMO Contributing writer TORONTO, CANADA—The poetry and thought of the legendary poet Allamah Iqbal was the subject of discussion at the Annual Iqbal Day event organized by the International Iqbal Society (Canada chapter) in the of town of New Market near Toronto on Saturday, May 23, 2015. The venue was the

  • Muslim students among recipients of Gates Scholarship

    UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) flagship scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, has announced its Class of 2015 high school student recipients. Each of the 1,000 students will be awarded a scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities.

  • 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

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