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Muslim Converts in Mexico Make Up A Diverse, Fast-Growing Community

Muslim Converts in Mexico Make Up A Diverse, Fast-Growing Community

By Bernd Debusmann MEXICO CITY –  When Moroccan national Said Louahabi arrived in Mexico City in 1994, he and fellow Muslims had to attend religious services at the Pakistani embassy because there were no mosques or Islamic centers. “I started looking for Muslims and a mosque when I first arrived,” Louahabi, an English teacher, told

A French Town Bridges the Gap Between Muslims and Non-Muslims

A French Town Bridges the Gap Between Muslims and Non-Muslims

By Alissa J. Rubin ROUBAIX, France — Wearing head scarves and long skirts, the women glide along the faded back streets of this poor French town as they make their way to the mosque to hear the last prayer of the evening. Like their husbands and brothers, fathers and sons, they feel at home here.

Pakistan’s new hero Burka Avenger

Pakistan’s new hero Burka Avenger

By Sebastian Abbot Wonder Woman and Supergirl now have a Pakistani counterpart in the pantheon of female superheroes – one who shows a lot less skin. Meet Burka Avenger: a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills who uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs seeking to shut

How they came to choose Islam

How they came to choose Islam

By Marina Bolotnikova Philip and Sherry Snow grew up Catholic in predominantly Christian towns on opposite sides of the country. Today, Philip and Sherry go by Ibrahim and Safiye, live on the North Side with their four children — and are devout adherents to Islam. When Sherry met Philip, a convert to Islam, online in

Ramadan Reflection Day 20: Softening the Heart Through Spiritual Retreat — The Last 10 Days of Ramadan

Ramadan Reflection Day 20: Softening the Heart Through Spiritual Retreat — The Last 10 Days of Ramadan

By Imam Khalid Latif In my freshman year of college, Ramadan was in the Winter. Immediately after my last exam, I took a train back to NJ, dropped some things off at my parent’s house, and went to our local mosque where I intended to spend the last week or so in the masjid for

In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives The Call To Prayer

In Hollywood, The Actor Who Gives The Call To Prayer

By John Burnett   It is said, in Los Angeles, that Abdulwahab Benyoucef’s call to prayer is so lovely and so clarion that Muslims come to the mosque just to hear him. About three times a week, the Algerian actor — who has shortened his name to Ben Youcef — comes here in his traditional

Ramadan Reflection Day 15: A Conduct That Is Quranic in Nature — The Qur’an on Good Character

Ramadan Reflection Day 15: A Conduct That Is Quranic in Nature — The Qur’an on Good Character

By Imam Khalid Latif Ramadan is the month in which it is said the Qur’an was revealed to mankind. Like most scripture, the Qur’an is essentially providing principles, commands, prohibitions, and parables to its reader for the purpose of elevating and moving them closer towards God. To me, one of the most remarkable aspects of

Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market As Muslims Talk Of Growing Commercialization

Ramadan Business A Boon In Islamic Market As Muslims Talk Of Growing Commercialization

By Jaweed Kaleem Growing up in a mostly Christian neighborhood in southern Virginia in the 1970s and 1980s, Raana Smith remembers feeling “lacking” around the holidays. While friends frolicked at Easter Egg hunts and got giddy over the presents under their Christmas trees each December, her Muslim family’s traditions didn’t translate well into toys or

Ramadan Cute Kids Light Up The Holy Month

Ramadan Cute Kids Light Up The Holy Month

By Yasmine Hafiz Ramadan is a time for introspection and soul-searching as believers embark on a month long fast. However, the holy month is not just about physical and mental discipline — it’s also a time of celebration and family. These little kids show the lighter side of the holiday with their adorable antics. [See

Live From Mecca, It’s Ramadan

Live From Mecca, It’s Ramadan

By Bill Chappell Live streaming views of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holy city in Saudi Arabia that is closed to virtually all non-Muslim visitors, are playing online, depicting pilgrims’ visits for the holy month of Ramadan. The video shows the faithful performing prayers and circumambulation around the Kaaba, the sacred cube at the