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Iowa Town Named for Muslim Hero

Iowa Town Named for Muslim Hero

By Samuel G. Freedman ELKADER, Iowa — Amid an expanse of undulating farmland, deep in the steep valley carved by the Turkey River, the town of Elkader sits most of the year in remote obscurity. Population 1,200 and gradually shrinking, it is the seat of a county without a single traffic light. Improbably enough, this

Link Between Islam And Violence Rejected

Link Between Islam And Violence Rejected

By Jaweed Kaleem After the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were revealed to be Muslims who investigators said were motivated in part by radical Islam, American Muslims were quick to condemn the bombings and plea for Americans to not retaliate against the peaceful majority. Now, the results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and

Fasting and Olympics

Fasting and Olympics

James Christie As the sun set on Thursday, millions of Muslims worldwide began the holy month of Ramadan, when fasting during daylight hours is a religious requirement. Included in this group are more than 3,000 Muslim athletes and officials attending the London Olympic Games, faced with the challenge of balancing religion with athletic training. The

Ramadan Around the World

Ramadan Around the World

By Michelle Locke What’s on the table for Ramadan? Plenty. If you were expecting kebabs and more kebabs, think again. Food served during the Islamic observance is as diverse as the Muslim world itself. Ramadan, which lasts one month and falls on July 20 this year, focuses on spirituality and inner reflection, with observers fasting

What’s Al-Sharia, and What’s Wrong With Sharia Law?

What’s Al-Sharia, and What’s Wrong With Sharia Law?

Dr. David Liepert Do you know the craziest thing about all the efforts some non-Muslims are undertaking to prevent Muslims from bringing Sharia Law here, to North America? Islamically, there’s actually no such thing as Sharia Law in the first place: it’s a bilingual oxymoron, incorrectly implying that something perfect can be made by men.

Islamic Art

Islamic Art

One of the first things visitors will see at the entrance to the new suite of galleries are two 15th-century examples of calligraphy from present-day Uzbekistan, from what is thought to be the world’s largest Koran. “It’s a very important thing for us to show right at the entrance, because we are the Islamic department

‘Alif the Unseen’ by G. Willow Wilson

‘Alif the Unseen’ by G. Willow Wilson

Janet Maslin In an unnamed emirate in the Persian Gulf there lives a young man with Harry Potter potential. He calls himself Alif, for the letter in the Arabic alphabet, but that’s not his real name. It’s the Internet moniker he uses for his work as a hacker, protecting his clients from censors and the secret police. Alif

Islamic State in Egypt

Islamic State in Egypt

Timothy Stanley The West is understandably nervous about the election of Mohamed Morsi. The president-elect of Egypt is taking charge of a febrile situation. The economy is contracting and human rights abuses are rampant — attacks on Coptic churches by Islamic groupshave forced an estimated 100,000 Christians to flee the country. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood is philosophically committed to

Getting Ready for Ramadan

Getting Ready for Ramadan

In today’s HuffPost Jummah, I would like to briefly discuss a very timely matter with you. In a few days a very special guest, a guest of God to Muslims will start. Holiest of the holy period in Islamic calendar will start with the start of the month of Rajab, followed by the month of

All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim

All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim

American and Muslim. To some, this might seem like the greatest oxymoron since military intelligence, or affordable housing, or…American Muslim. According to the essays compiled in this book, however, there at least forty-five men whose narratives prove that individuals can live and identify fully as both Muslim and American—without conflict. And apparently they’re not that