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The Islamophobia Industry Strikes in Kansas

The Islamophobia Industry Strikes in Kansas

Nathan Lean Just like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Republican Governor Sam Brownback had a feeling he was not in Kansas anymore. At least not the Kansas that he once knew. His Sunflower State was teeming with unfamiliar creatures and though not tin-men or scarecrows or wicked witches, they were nonetheless outsiders and were

Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

Barbara Bradley Hagerty As the hijackers boarded the airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, they had a lot on their minds. And if they were following instructions, one of those things was the Quran. In preparation for the suicide attack, their handlers had told them to meditate on two chapters of the Quran in which God

Muslim Funerals And Cemeteries Increase As Muslim Community Grows

Muslim Funerals And Cemeteries Increase As Muslim Community Grows

Tim Townsend ST. LOUIS (RNS) When Adil Imdad’s 28-year-old cousin died of cancer in Ohio two years ago, the family’s grief was compounded by the absence of Muslim ritual following her death. There was no imam nearby to handle the religious customs, no Muslim funeral director to supervise the washing of the body, no Muslim

Cartoonist’s Pen Leaves Mark Across Arab World

Cartoonist’s Pen Leaves Mark Across Arab World

By Isma’il Kushkush DOHA, Qatar — THERE are many players in a protest — the sign makers, the rabble rousers, the logisticians. And then there are the political cartoonists, who sketch the events unfolding on the streets and, if they are like Khalid Albaih, inspire even more tumult. Lanky, with thick glasses and a nerdy

Community Service Award for Interfaith Group

Community Service Award for Interfaith Group

By Krysta Huber After organizing service projects to help the homeless and hungry, a South Brunswick High School freshman was recognized by the state for his volunteer work as an interfaith group leader. Zain Bhayat of South Brunswick will receive the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Youth Community Service Award June 8 for cofounding Eleven

So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews?

So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews?

David J Wasserstein Islam saved Jewry. This is an unpopular, discomforting claim in the modern world. But it is a historical truth. The argument for it is double. First, in 570 CE, when the Prophet Mohammad was born, the Jews and Judaism were on the way to oblivion. And second, the coming of Islam saved

Why Basketball Is Muslims’ Favorite Sport

Why Basketball Is Muslims’ Favorite Sport

Omar Sacirbey (RNS) Omar Abdelkader, a student at Northeastern University in Boston, is an observant Muslim but admits that, at least as a kid, he was occasionally seduced by the swish of a perfect jump-shot over the Islamic call to prayer. “Sometimes we’d sneak out of prayers to play ball,” recalled Abdelkader, who grew-up attending

How Islam Made the West Cool

How Islam Made the West Cool

Khaled Diab Those who fear Muslim influence should raise a glass to the Sultan of Style next time they freshen up, don the latest fashions or enjoy a delicious three-course meal. In the wake of the Woolwich machete attack against an off-duty British army drummer, the stabbing in Paris of a French soldier and the

York mosque counters EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football

York mosque counters EDL protest with tea, biscuits and football

Ann Czernik A York mosque dealt with a potentially volatile situation after reports that it was going to be the focus of a demonstration organised by a far-right street protest movement – by inviting those taking part in the protest in for tea and biscuits. Around half a dozen people arrived for the protest, promoted online by

Muslim Woman Bridges Faiths to Advance Progressive Goals

Muslim Woman Bridges Faiths to Advance Progressive Goals

Samuel G. Freedman Faiza N. Ali paced across the plaza outside City Hall in Lower Manhattan, consulting a to-do list and juggling the messages on two BlackBerries. How was the turnout? Were the speakers prepped? One minister had already alerted Ms. Ali that he was running late. Another of her colleagues had gone to Borough