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  • The first public school in the country to require a world religions course

    The first public school in the country to require a world religions course

    By Joseph Laycock The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Follow RD on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates. We are a nation of religious illiterates. From the differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims, to the Hindu values invoked by India’s BJP party, to Biblical allusions that saturate American political rhetoric, survey data shows

  • Ahmed Louri named installed as Karlgaard professor

    Professor Ahmed Louri was installed as the first  David and Marilyn Karlgaard Professor at George Washington University.  Professor Louri’s primary research interests are in computer architecture.  Professor Louri was a member of the faculty of the University of Arizona’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1988 to 2015. At the University of Arizona, he

  • Walid weighs in on Sterling Heights mosque dispute

    Walid weighs in on Sterling Heights mosque dispute

    By Dawud Walid The evening of September 10th in Sterling Heights, Michigan reflects the complex convergence of trauma and bigotry that affects Chaldean and Muslim communities in Southeast Michigan. The American Islamic Community Center (AICC), which currently resides in Madison Heights, purchased property in neighboring Sterling Heights to relocate its small center to build a

  • Sterling Heights mosque: opportunity to grow in faith and community

    By Steven P. Spreitzer Opposition to a proposed mosque in Sterling Heights provides an opportunity for open-minded people to support their fellow co-religionists who are continuing to write the rich history of metro Detroit’s diverse faith community. On August 18, a number of concerned citizens expressed their opposition to the proposed mosque at a Planning

  • Muslim flight attendant suspended for not serving alcohol

    Muslim flight attendant suspended for not serving alcohol

    By Greg Toppo USA Today A Muslim flight attendant said the Atlanta-based airline ExpressJet suspended her for refusing to serve alcohol, a practice that is against her religious beliefs. Charee Stanley filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week, saying she wants to do her job without serving alcohol, as she

  • Largest Muslim convention held in Chicago

    Largest Muslim convention held in Chicago

    By Muneeb Nasir OnIslam Correspondent CHICAGO – Muslims from across North America streamed into Chicago’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Friday to attend the opening day of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) 52nd Annual Convention, the largest gathering of its kind on the continent. “This convention creates a certain type of excitement,”

  • Canada’s Salaam Swipe offers matchmaking opps

    OnIslam & News Agencies BRITISH COLUMBIA – Offering Canadian Muslims an opportunity to marry within their Islamic culture, a new matchmaking app has been created to help young ones find life partners in a halal way. “Being the person to bring people together is seen as a very noble thing to do,” Khalil Jessa, the

  • AFMI renews commitment to excellence

    AFMI renews commitment to excellence

    By Mohammed Ayub Khan TMO Contributing Writer BURLINGTON, MASS- The American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) held its twenty-fifth Silver Jubilee convention in the Boston suburb of Burlington on August 29 with a renewed commitment on the educational empowerment of Indian Muslims. The two day convention was attended by members and supporters from

  • 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.’

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