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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

Muslim Athletes Must Balance the Call to Fast With a Desire to Compete

Muslim Athletes Must Balance the Call to Fast With a Desire to Compete

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — When the Qatari sprinter Noor al-Malki makes her debut at the London Olympics, she will not be among those contending for a medal. Breaking her own national record in the 100 meters will be enough of a prize. But even this modest goal presents a challenge. Al-Malki, 17, whose oil-and-gas rich

Ahead of elections, French Muslims feel like scapegoats for nation’s problems

Ahead of elections, French Muslims feel like scapegoats for nation’s problems

Richard Allen Greene, CNN Clichy-sous-Bois, France (CNN) - There’s no doubt in university student Ouissem Satouri’s mind about who he is. He’s Muslim. And he’s French. And there’s no contradiction between the two. “I’m sitting here with you in a French cafe, wearing French clothes and having a French book in my bag, and I’m never

Illinois Religious Diversity: State Among Nation’s Most Diverse, Muslim Faith State’s Fastest Growing

Illinois Religious Diversity: State Among Nation’s Most Diverse, Muslim Faith State’s Fastest Growing

According to data released this week, while no longer the nation’s most religiously diverse state, Illinois is now home to the second-highest number of different religious faiths. And one faith, in particular, is experiencing rapid growth in the Prairie State: While Roman Catholics continue to rank as both the nation’s and state’s largest religious group,

Muslims See Little Backlash After Boston Bombing

Muslims See Little Backlash After Boston Bombing

Rachel Zoll NEW YORK — It looked like the backlash was starting even before the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified as Muslim. Hours after the explosions, a Bangladeshi man told police he was dubbed an “Arab” and beaten in New York. A veiled Muslim woman in a city near Boston said she

I’m Muslim, and I hate terrorism

I’m Muslim, and I hate terrorism

Dean Obeidallah (CNN) – I’m an American-Muslim and I despise Islamic terrorists. In fact, despise is not even a strong enough word to convey my true feelings about those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam. I hate them with every fiber of my being. I’m not going to tell you, “Islam is a

West Broward High School girls show support for Muslim teammate

West Broward High School girls show support for Muslim teammate

Christy Cabrera Chirinos HOLLYWOOD — Most of them will never know what it’s like to be taunted for their faith. They’ll likely never be bullied or physically attacked for what they wear or have racial epithets thrown their way. But on Thursday afternoon, some members of the West Broward High flag football team took a