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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

My Take: My hijab is my hoodie

My Take: My hijab is my hoodie

Linda Sarsour (CNN) - I’ve been among the millions mourning the killing of Trayvon Martin, but I’m also mourning the fact that another recent killing has gotten little national attention. Last week, a 32-year old Iraqi Muslim mother named Shaima Alawadi was found brutally beaten with a tire iron in her El Cajon, California, home and

Zahra Lari, the ‘Ice Princess’ in the hijab

Zahra Lari, the ‘Ice Princess’ in the hijab

AFP – From the sand dunes of the Rub al Khali desert to the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites in northern Italy, Emirati teen Zahra Lari made figure skating history this week. The 17-year-old not only became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in an international competition but the first to do

10 Muslim Women Every Person Should Know

10 Muslim Women Every Person Should Know

Fazeela Siddiqui Contrary to popular belief, Muslim women have served as revolutionary and heroic leaders. However, in recent years, due to the global socio-political climate, the phrase “Muslim woman” might conjure an image of a demure un-empowered woman sheltered by her burqa. Yet this image is not what our history records or what our present

Muslims on Wall Street

Muslims on Wall Street

Kevin Roose NAIEL IQBAL’S co-workers couldn’t figure him out. He’d just started at a Midtown Manhattan hedge fund — the kind of elite enclave where overachievers in button-downs go to make a few hundred grand before heading off to Harvard Business School. But Mr. Iqbal, 27, a graduate of the Wharton School, wasn’t acting like

The Hajj Comes to London

The Hajj Comes to London

Philip Seib LONDON — “Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam,” the exhibition at the British Museum that has drawn more than 80,000 visitors since it opened in late January is a remarkable achievement. First, it is glitz-free, relying on its intellectual content rather than the son et lumiere approach on which so many museums

Scouts launch outfits for Muslim girls

Scouts launch outfits for Muslim girls

The Scout Association has launched a new clothing range for Muslims in response to an increasing number of girls from the faith joining the organisation. A “hoodie dress” and a T-shirt dress, both with long sleeves, are to be made available for activities including abseiling and climbing, following requests from the Muslim community. The knee-length outfits feature