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Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith

By NPR Staff Representative Keith Ellison became the first Muslim to be elected to Congress in 2006, and the first person of color elected to represent Minnesota in the national legislature. Along the way he’s confronted questions about his faith, patriotism, and even some unpaid parking tickets that nearly derailed his first campaign. He talks

Medina Charter of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Pluralism

By Sean William White The Medina Charter serves as an example of finding resolution in a dispute where peace and pluralism were achieved not through military successes or ulterior motives but rather through respect, acceptance, and denunciation of war —aspects that reflect some of the basic tenets of the religion Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

By Alexandra Hartmann The minaret of the Jara Mosque in Gabes towers over its surroundings. Formed of golden brick, it jolts up from the flat, sand-colored cityscape around it, all the better to broadcast the call to prayer across the coastal city. But what’s most noticeable about the minaret is not its height or architecture,

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

By NPR Staff Toga parties and keg stands have become stereotypes of college fraternities. But Ali Mahmoud had something else in mind when he founded Alpha Lambda Mu, the first social Muslim fraternity in the country. “I realized that there was this void for Muslims on campus,” says Mahmoud, a junior at the University of

Islam, the American way

Islam, the American way

By Lee Lawrence FLINT, MICH.; AND ALEXANDRIA, VA. Listening to immigration attorney Muna Jondy talk about growing up in Flint, Mich., it’s easy to imagine her as a teenager, eyes ablaze, hands on hips, confronting her Syrian-born parents with her all-American attitude. A petite woman with a strong, expressive face, she sits cross-legged on her

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

By Ryan Schuessler The building is in a quaint neighborhood of what locals call the 500 zone — the area the city has designated as being at risk for a flood every five centuries or so. Taha Tawil had heard the warnings before, but even the historic floods of 1993 hadn’t touched the mosque. This

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

By Craig Considine Muslims worldwide have recently joined together to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. This day is an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims, such as myself – a Catholic – to reflect upon the life and legacy of the prophet of Islam. In this short essay, I want to share

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

By Perri Klass On the “Muslim Street” in the Chinese city of Xian stands a bronze tableau in honor of street food. There, on a crowded lane packed with stalls selling Islamic-Chinese cuisine — lamb dumplings, mutton soup, pancakes and mung bean noodles — tourists can pose with statues of a soup seller and his

Dallas Museum Lands a Rich Trove of Islamic Art

Dallas Museum Lands a Rich Trove of Islamic Art

By Randy Kennedy While Texas may have the fifth largest Muslim population in the United States by some estimates, its public art collections have only recently begun to reflect the 14-century sweep of Islamic history. But on Friday, with the stroke of a pen — sealing a complex agreement hashed out over months — the Dallas

Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of ‘American’

Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of ‘American’

In a gorgeous series titled “The Converts,” photographer Claire Beckett captures portraits of the American men and women who have chosen to convert to Islam. Her stunning photos reveal the faces of these new Muslims in the United States, individuals who were not born into the religion but have found the faith later in life. “The project