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    Bern imam named Swiss of the Year

    By Jeannie Wurz Imam Mustafa Memeti of Bern has been named Swiss of the Year by the Swiss weekly newspaper SonntagsZeitung. He was chosen for “his courage and his engagement in the most explosive debate of our time”. The Islamic religion was a dominating theme of the year 2014, according to the newspaper. Memeti was […]

Bern imam named Swiss of the Year

By Jeannie Wurz
Imam Mustafa Memeti of Bern has been named Swiss of the Year by the Swiss weekly newspaper SonntagsZeitung. He was chosen for “his courage and his engagement in the most explosive debate of our time”.

The Islamic religion was a dominating theme of the year 2014, according to the newspaper. Memeti was an outspoken

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Tory packs lunches for needy at Muslim Welfare Center

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The Osaka imam who represents Islam’s growth in Japan

IBARAKI, OSAKA PREF. – An Egyptian legal scholar based in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, says he is working to increase understanding between the Japanese people and the more than 100,000 Muslims who live among them.

Islam has gradually put down roots in Japan. There are now around 60 mosques, many of them established in former private homes.

Mohsen Bayoumy,

By |December 24th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

The number of Britons choosing Islam doubled in the past decade

The number of Britons choosing to become Muslims has nearly doubled in the past decade, with one of the most comprehensive attempts to estimate how many people have embraced Islam, according to news source the Independent.

While previous estimates placed the number of Muslim converts between 14,000 and 25,000 an inter-faith think tank estimates the real figures

By |December 24th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It's bigoted and Islamophobic.

By Max Fisher
There’s a certain ritual that each and every one of the world’s billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It’s a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh named Man Haron Monis took

By |December 18th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Sydney cafe: Australians say to Muslims "I'll ride with you"

As a gunman holds people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, thousands of messages of support have been posted online for Muslims in Australia who are afraid of an Islamophobic backlash.

The spark was this post on Facebook by Rachael Jacobs, who said she’d seen a woman she presumed was Muslim silently removing her hijab while

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Sydney cafe: Australians say to Muslims "I'll ride with you"

As a gunman holds people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, thousands of messages of support have been posted online for Muslims in Australia who are afraid of an Islamophobic backlash.

The spark was this post on Facebook by Rachael Jacobs, who said she’d seen a woman she presumed was Muslim silently removing her hijab while

By |December 18th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Central Jersey Muslim groups condemn Islamic extremism

By Bob Makin
The Franklin chapter of WHY-ISLAM hosted a symposium on “Renouncing Religious Extremism” on Nov. 1 to promote the accurate teachings of Islam.

WHY-ISLAM?, a project of Islamic Circle of North America, addresses a growing need for accurate information on Islam and Muslims, organizers said in a news release. Recent world events continue to paint a negative picture

By |December 4th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Bangladesh's walking librarian

Polkan Sarkar travels eight miles every day, getting books to those who cannot read in his community. 

By |December 4th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

    By Eliza Berman Bassam Tariq didn’t grow up eating turkey; his parents didn’t like it. On Thanksgiving, they’d roast chicken and call it a day. But now Tariq has a hundred customers relying on his East Village Halal butcher shop, Honest Chops, to purvey the staple in their holiday meals, and they’re not just expecting any […]

Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

By Eliza Berman
Bassam Tariq didn’t grow up eating turkey; his parents didn’t like it. On Thanksgiving, they’d roast chicken and call it a day. But now Tariq has a hundred customers relying on his East Village Halal butcher shop, Honest Chops, to purvey the staple in their holiday meals, and they’re not just expecting any turkey.
Each

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