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    The Muslims of Early America

    By Peter Manseau IT was not the imam’s first time at the rodeo. Scheduled to deliver an invocation at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo last week, Moujahed Bakhach of the local Islamic Association of Tarrant County canceled his appearance because of the backlash brought on by a prayer he had offered a few days before. […]

The Muslims of Early America

By Peter Manseau

IT was not the imam’s first time at the rodeo.

Scheduled to deliver an invocation at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo last week, Moujahed Bakhach of the local Islamic Association of Tarrant County canceled his appearance because of the backlash brought on by a prayer he had offered a few days before. The imam […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Islamic center opens its doors for 'Meet Your Muslim Neighbor' event

By Will Healey
The Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga held “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor,” an open house for members of all belief systems to learn about the religion over coffee and snacks, at the I.S.G.C. Center on Gunbarrel Road on Saturday.

Dozens of people were spaced throughout the center’s large gymnasium, munching and mingling, while members of […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Muslim UCF students combat hate with peace

    By Adam Rhodes A dirty look, a glare, people muttering under their breath. Imagine all of this happening simply because you’re Muslim or you’re wearing a hijab. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 1.6 billion Muslim citizens around the world, which makes up 23 percent of the world’s population. Additionally, 13.7 percent of […]

Muslim UCF students combat hate with peace

By Adam Rhodes
A dirty look, a glare, people muttering under their breath. Imagine all of this happening simply because you’re Muslim or you’re wearing a hijab.

According to the Pew Research Center, there are 1.6 billion Muslim citizens around the world, which makes up 23 percent of the world’s population. Additionally, 13.7 percent of all religious-based […]

By |January 28th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|1 Comment

Why We Need the Islamic Call to Prayer at American Universities

By Jordan Denari
The average college student spends eight to 10 hours a day on a smartphone. Eighty percent of college students report feeling frequently stressed, and one in 10 have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression or other mental disorders. Like the rest of the country, universities are fraught with busyness and competing distractions. Students rush around, faces buried in […]

By |January 28th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Duke Muslims And Non-Muslims Join For Call To Prayer

By Yonat Shimron
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) In the end, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (Jan. 16), as hundreds of students, some Muslim but mostly non-Muslim, gathered in solidarity for the right of all students to pray publicly.

The gathering, replete with […]

By |January 18th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Islam does not preach violence

    By Saulat Pervez I recently attended a library event highlighting Muslim heritage where a gentleman asked, “Would you say that the acts of ISIS represent true Islam and that the rest of the billion-plus Muslim population is in fact deviating from the actual teachings of Muhammad?” When the coordinator responded with a firm, “No,” the […]

Islam does not preach violence

By Saulat Pervez
I recently attended a library event highlighting Muslim heritage where a gentleman asked, “Would you say that the acts of ISIS represent true Islam and that the rest of the billion-plus Muslim population is in fact deviating from the actual teachings of Muhammad?”

When the coordinator responded with a firm, “No,” the man looked […]

By |January 18th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

In France's Muslim Community, Stories Of Heroism, And Some Fear

By Lauren Frayer
When Lassana Bathily escaped from a Paris supermarket that was under siege, police at first thought he was the assailant. They forced him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Bathily, 24, is an immigrant from Mali, with the same skin color as the gunman for whom police were hunting. Also like the gunman, Bathily […]

By |January 13th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Slain officer’s family warns against viewing all Muslims as extremists

The family of one of the police officers murdered in Wednesday’s assault by Islamist extremists on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris has appealed to the public not to blame all Muslims for the attack.

Ahmed Merabet, himself a Muslim, was one of the 17 victims of a three-day Islamist killing spree that has shaken […]

By |January 13th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Muslim charities look to give back locally

By Noor Javed
By the time breakfast was served, Firaaz Azeez was convinced.

Azeez, a manager at the Muslim Welfare Centre, a local charity based in Scarborough, was on a tour of city schools to see the student nutrition program, run by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, at work.

“I was amazed by what I saw,” said […]

By |January 7th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Two Muslim groups’ donations to help pay for water bills

By Mark Hicks
Two Muslim groups are contributing $100,000 to efforts aimed at helping Detroit residents with their water bills.

The Michigan Muslim Community Council and Islamic Relief USA are donating the money to the Detroit Water Fund — a partnership between the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan — and […]

By |January 7th, 2015|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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