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A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

Near the corner of Westchester Avenue and Pugsley Street in Parkchester, just off the elevated tracks of the No. 6 train, Yaakov Wayne Baumann stood outside a graffiti-covered storefront on a chilly Saturday morning. Suited up in a black overcoat with a matching wide-brimmed black fedora, the thickly bearded 42-year-old chatted with elderly congregants as

At 27, new imam represents a homegrown American Islam

At 27, new imam represents a homegrown American Islam

By Tim Townsend ST. LOUIS – At just 27 years old, Asif Umar is the new imam of Daar-ul-Islam mosque, the largest mosque in the St. Louis area. The son of Indian immigrants is devoted to the city’s sports teams, marking the end of Ramadan with a St. Louis Blues hockey game. He also represents

Muslims Struggle to Find Suitable Candidate

Muslims Struggle to Find Suitable Candidate

By Ambreen Ali The presidential candidates of both parties are competing for cash and votes on every front, with one possible exception. Muslim Americans, particularly conservatives, say they feel slighted this election cycle. Rather than court Muslims, Republican candidates have been competing for the toughest stance on national security and openly discussing whether Muslims should

Rumi Khan: 12-Year-Old App Creator

Rumi Khan: 12-Year-Old App Creator

There are now more than 500,000 iPhone apps, and one of them is the creation of Rumi Khan, a 12-year-old student at Newark Charter School. The Delaware Department of Education recently recognized Rumi’s efforts to create and distribute “Dare to be Square: The Adventure of the Red Square.” Rumi designed the game, wrote the code

Milestone at University of Michigan

Milestone at University of Michigan

Although the population of Muslim students is growing, there are only about 30 Muslim chaplains at colleges across the country. This semester, the University of Michigan became the first public university with an endowed position for a Muslim chaplain. “Muslims need to rely on somebody through times of hardship,” says Mohammed Tayssir Safi, who was

Separate ‘Shariah’ Law System

Separate ‘Shariah’ Law System

A new study based on interviews with more than 200 North American Muslims over four years concludes that a recent spate of state laws banning “sharia law” from the court system may be an overreaction to a non-existent threat. Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana each passed laws or referendums to ban state judges from considering sharia

Three Biggest Biblical Misconceptions

Three Biggest Biblical Misconceptions

By John Shelby Spong The Bible is both a reservoir of spiritual insight and a cultural icon to which lip service is still paid in the Western world. Yet when the Bible is talked about in public by both believers and critics, it becomes clear that misconceptions abound. To me, three misconceptions stand out and

Exhibition at British Museum

Exhibition at British Museum

By Karen Armstrong Ever since the Crusades, when Christians from western Europe were fighting holy wars against Muslims in the near east, western people have often perceived Islam as a violent and intolerant faith – even though when this prejudice took root Islam had a better record of tolerance than Christianity. Recent terrorist atrocities have

Live Into the Gospel: Stand Up Against Anti-Muslim Hatred

Live Into the Gospel: Stand Up Against Anti-Muslim Hatred

Rev. Emily C. Heath Today I am praying for my Muslim friends and extended family. Because I know they are afraid. We don’t have any official confirmation yet whether or not the two brothers who Boston Marathon bombers are Muslim. There are many reports, though, and already anti-Muslim statements are being made. It doesn’t matter

10 Essential points about the Boston Marathon bombers, Islam, and America

10 Essential points about the Boston Marathon bombers, Islam, and America

Omid Safi Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the horrific Boston Marathon explosions has been apprehended.    Presumably, we can take a break from round-the-clock coverage of the chase that has consumed the nation.    Less than 24 hours ago, no one had heard of the Tsarnaev brothers.    That’s almost literally true:  even their uncle had not