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Muslim group seeks to educate Houstonians on Islamic law

Muslim group seeks to educate Houstonians on Islamic law

By Lomi Kriel The way supporters of the conservative group Texas Eagle Forum see it, a growing number of U.S. Muslims are practicing “stealthy jihad,” secretly trying to impose their religious doctrine on Americans and form a parallel judicial system, one that could force women to wear burkas or even condone honor killings. Sharia, the legal,

How Islamic inventors changed the world

How Islamic inventors changed the world

1 The story goes that an Arab named Khalid was tending his goats in the Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia, when he noticed his animals became livelier after eating a certain berry. He boiled the berries to make the first coffee. Certainly the first record of the drink is of beans exported from Ethiopia to

Islam In America: Mosques See Dramatic Increase

Islam In America: Mosques See Dramatic Increase

By Jaweed Kaleem In the decade since 9/11, American Muslims and mosques have come under a close lens, from congressional hearings on radicalization to campaigns against mosque construction projects and anti-Sharia legislation proposals in dozens of states. Despite such difficulties, a comprehensive survey of American mosque leaders released Wednesday reveals that the number of mosques in the

Not All Islam Is Radical Islam

Not All Islam Is Radical Islam

By Noah Fitzgerel “The portrayal of Muslims as victims or heroes is at best partially accurate.” When Newsweek published this sentence from Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World” on February 6, the publication stooped to a new low. The article that Ms. Ali wrote was simply a well-worded rendition of an alarming new

Muslim Women Take Back the Mic on International Women’s Day

Muslim Women Take Back the Mic on International Women’s Day

Everyone has an opinion about Muslim women, even those — especially those — who have never met one. As Muslim women born and raised in America, we are tired of hearing everyone — politicians, pundits, men and women of other faiths (or those not adhering to any faith) — talk about Muslim women without ever

Record Muslims Embrace Muslim Faith in UK

Record Muslims Embrace Muslim Faith in UK

The number of Britons choosing to become Muslims has nearly doubled in the past decade, according to one of the most comprehensive attempts to estimate how many people have embraced Islam. Following the global spread of violent Islamism, British Muslims have faced more scrutiny, criticism and analysis than any other religious community. Yet, despite the

‘What if my daughter is afraid of her?’

‘What if my daughter is afraid of her?’

By Jenn Hardy Not too long ago, if I saw a woman walking down the street with her face covered by a niqab, I would feel it was my duty to glare. As a non-religious feminist, I had decided that a woman who covers her face is oppressed – that she is uneducated, and that

Reflections of a Non-Muslim

Reflections of a Non-Muslim

By Erin Smith On April 21, 2011, I donned hijab (the headscarf worn by many Muslim women) as a participant in International Scarves in Solidarity Day, an event organized both in response to legislation banning various forms of Islamic clothing, as well as in support of women’s right to dress as they deem appropriate, whatever

A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

Near the corner of Westchester Avenue and Pugsley Street in Parkchester, just off the elevated tracks of the No. 6 train, Yaakov Wayne Baumann stood outside a graffiti-covered storefront on a chilly Saturday morning. Suited up in a black overcoat with a matching wide-brimmed black fedora, the thickly bearded 42-year-old chatted with elderly congregants as

At 27, new imam represents a homegrown American Islam

At 27, new imam represents a homegrown American Islam

By Tim Townsend ST. LOUIS – At just 27 years old, Asif Umar is the new imam of Daar-ul-Islam mosque, the largest mosque in the St. Louis area. The son of Indian immigrants is devoted to the city’s sports teams, marking the end of Ramadan with a St. Louis Blues hockey game. He also represents