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Bay Area Muslims set to fast, observe Ramadan starting Saturday

Bay Area Muslims set to fast, observe Ramadan starting Saturday

By Chris De Benedetti NEWARK — Ramadan is a yearly time of self-sacrifice and generosity, during which Muslims for a month go without food and drink during daylight hours while refocusing attention on God and others. Though steeped in centuries of Islamic tradition, Ramadan’s daily rituals present modern challenges for Bay Area Muslims, including Silicon

Detroit Muslim leaders focus on unity as Ramadan nears

Detroit Muslim leaders focus on unity as Ramadan nears

By Niraj Warikoo DETROIT — Amid tensions abroad and closer to home, many Detroit-area Muslims are focusing on unity and peace this Ramadan season. Starting Saturday at sunset, Muslims around the world will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, which includes fasting, prayers and nightly dinners — known as iftars — with family and friends. For many in metro

When Islam came to Australia

When Islam came to Australia

By Janak Rogers The white lines are faint but unmistakable. Small sailing boats, picked out in white and yellow pigment on the red rocks of the Wellington Range in Arnhem Land, northern Australia, tell a different story from the one most Australians accept as the history of their nation. They are traditional Indonesian boats known

Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?

Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?

By Nicolas Gattig Long ago, in another life, I went to a mosque in San Francisco to attend Friday prayer. More than the calling of Islam, it was a Libyan woman who beckoned me, and for the sake of family blessing, I considered a love conversion. Enamored and clueless, I checked out the scene —

Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.

Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.

By Jack Jenkins It’s not altogether unusual to find anti-Islamic rhetoric in conservative circles these days, but a particularly vitriolic breed of Islamophobia was on full display on Monday at the Heritage Foundation, where speakers at a panel mercilessly mocked and berated a Muslim student who asked about religious diversity. The event was ostensibly convened to discuss

Muslim woman has MP hopes

Muslim woman has MP hopes

By Cherie Howie New Zealand could soon have its first female Muslim MP. The Herald on Sunday understands Hamilton chartered accountant Anjum Rahman performed well at a recent Labour Party conference, and is expected to be ranked inside the party’s top 30 candidates for the September 20 general election. In 2011, Raymond Huo was number

A Muslim Entrepreneur Follows a Kosher Model to Mainstream Success

A Muslim Entrepreneur Follows a Kosher Model to Mainstream Success

By Samuel G. Freedman During the early months of 2010, Adnan A. Durrani found himself frequently thinking of kosher hot dogs. To be more precise, he was thinking of an ad campaign for them created decades earlier by the Hebrew National company. Its well-known slogan went, “We answer to a higher authority.” Let it be

In Tennessee mosque fight, religious freedom trumps Islamophobia

In Tennessee mosque fight, religious freedom trumps Islamophobia

By Charles C. Haynes After four years of protests, lawsuits, vandalism, arson, and a bomb threat, American Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tenn., can finally celebrate the power of religious freedom to triumph over hate and fear — at least in the courts. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a lawsuit filed in

This Lazy Discussion of Islam and Extremism Is Getting Just a Little Tired

This Lazy Discussion of Islam and Extremism Is Getting Just a Little Tired

By Shabana Mahmood To quote Shirley Bassey, I am what I am. And what I am is a Muslim. And in answer to the most common questions I get asked when people discover I’m a practicing Muslim: Yes. Yes. Yes. No. (Do I pray? Do I eat only halal? Do I observe Ramadan? Do I

Islamic finance — by the book

Islamic finance — by the book

By Robin Wigglesworth This spring, a clutch of politicians, civil service mandarins, bankers and overseas dignitaries gathered in the gilded halls of the UK Foreign Office’s Lancaster House in west London. Unusually for such a gathering, there was not a glass of wine in sight. For this was a reception designed to celebrate London’s credentials as