Browsing All Posts filed under »Diversity and Muslims«

Eid Mubarak

September 11, 2016

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Wishing you well being every year. Eid Mubarak to you and your family Insha Allah.

Don’t collectively punish Muslims

December 16, 2015

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Sahar Aziz on CNN.COm (CNN)When news broke Wednesday that 14 people were killed and 21 wounded in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Americans were rightfully outraged. After all, it was yet another in a string of mass shootings in the United States. And Americans are also justified in wanting to know the motives […]

Muslim Americans more likely to reject violence and intolerance than other Americans

December 15, 2015

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David Bier and Matthew La Corte from Huffington Blog Donald Trump has proposed profiling Muslim Americans and shutting down mosques. He claims that Muslim “hatred is beyond comprehension.” But the truth is that Muslim Americans are not only integrating into U.S. society, but are actuallymore opposed to violence and more tolerant in many ways than […]

Top Ten Ways Islamic Law forbids Terrorism

November 14, 2015

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By Juan Cole, Nov 14, 2015 1. Terrorism or hirabah is forbidden in Islamic law, which groups it with brigandage, highway robbery and extortion rackets– any illicit use of fear and coercion in public spaces for money or power. The principle of forbidding the spreading of terror in the land is based on the Qur’an […]

Thank you Senator Reid and General Powell for standing against Islamophobia from US Presidential Candidates

September 21, 2015

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Recently, several presidential candidates have come out on the offensive against Islam (such as Dr. Carson) or have allowed bigoted comments against Islam and Muslims to stand (such as Donald Trump). Here are two video clips one from a Republican (General Powell) and the other from a Democrat (Senator Harry Reid) who have made it […]

Former US President Jimmy Carter’s Speech at the 2014 Annual Convention of ISNA

December 2, 2014

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Former US President Jimmy Carter gave a wonderful speech at the 2014 Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America. He is a great leader who has accomplished much especially since he stepped down from office. His speech focused on human rights:

Islamic Scholars and Leaders Expose the ISIS Terror Group

September 29, 2014

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Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Exposes the lies of ISIS during his Friday Sermon Muslims Scholars Destroy the Theological Arguments Behind ISIS ISIS’s use of Islamic scripture to justify their actions is completely illegitimate. This is important for muslims and non-muslims alike as it shows that simply using ‘this is what it says in the Qur’an’ is […]

Islamic Society of North America denounces ISIS’s Attacks on Religious Minorities

September 4, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ISNA Denounces ISIS Attacks on Iraq’s Religious Minorities (Plainfield, IN 8/9/14) Today, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) denounces the terrorist group known as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) for its attacks on Iraq’s religious minorities and the destruction of their places of worship. Earlier in the week, ISIS […]

The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in the US Military–a Photo Gallery

August 26, 2014

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‘We lost our jobs for reporting being raped’: Haunting photo essay depicts the suffering of women who were victims of sexual violence in the U.S. military The Battle Within: Sexual Violence In America’s Military is a photo essay by Pulitzer Prize finalist photographer Mary Calvert An estimated 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in […]

Muslim Football Players at the 2014 World Cup

June 16, 2014

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“I am to my servant as he expects of Me, I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his…” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Myanmar’s State Sponsored Apartheid Against and Genocide of Rohingyas

June 1, 2014

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This is an excerpt from an opinion piece written by Nicholas Kristoff in the New York Times: SITTWE, Myanmar — Minura Begum has been in labor for almost 24 hours, and the baby is stuck. Worse, it’s turned around, one tiny foot already emerging into the world in a difficult breech delivery that threatens the […]

Petition Against the execution of Sudanese Christian woman

May 29, 2014

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Islam has always been for freedom of choice with respect to one’s faith. In the Qur’an in Chapter 2, verse 256, God orders, “Let there be no compulsion in religion” Although apostasy is a sin in Islam, never during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s) was an apostate put to death simply for choosing […]

Wage Equity in Islam vs Wage Inequity at the New York Times–The Case of Jill Abramson

May 16, 2014

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Shame on the New York Times for gender bias. The number one (and biased) US news paper with a global reach shows its true colors by discriminating in pay against its first female executive editor, Jill Abramson, and then firing her. She found out that for equal work, she was making less money (in pay […]

Freedom of Religion and Apostasy: the Islamic Perspective

May 15, 2014

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This is an excellent expose on Islam’s position versus apostates:

Far right Islamophobia in France: Marine Le Pen in her own words

April 5, 2014

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Many Muslim leaders have blamed Le Pen’s fiery rhetoric on Islam and immigration for a rise in Islamic intolerance and xenophobia in France. But she insists she is neither a racist nor xenophobic, but simply a patriot. Al Jazeera sat down with far right french politician Marine Le Pen to talk about Islam and immigration […]

Deplorable Swedish Airport Islamophobic Behavior: Yanking the scarf off a Muslim woman’s head.

April 3, 2014

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A Swedish woman wearing a Muslim headscarf claims security staff at a small northern airport tugged on her hijab in public rather than take up her offer to take it off away from prying eyes. “The female guard asked me ‘What’s on your head’,” recalled state employee Saama Sarsour, who told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) […]

A Muslim Woman Defies the Nazis In WW II Paris

February 16, 2014

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http://www.enemyofthereich.com/ Throughout the 1930′s, an unimaginable evil tore through Europe, as Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Muslim woman living in Paris found her calling. Noor Inayat Khan grew up in a home that fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature […]

Unlike France and Quebec, the US cherishes and supports diversity as Pentagon OKs religious beards and attire

January 23, 2014

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The U.S. military approved a new policy that loosens regulations on religious symbols worn by service members, the Pentagon announced Wednesday — a victory for some Sikhs, who have pushed for the move after being barred from serving for insisting on wearing turbans and beards in accordance with their faith. Pentagon spokesman Nathan Christensen said the new […]

Kudos: Bradford synagogue saved by city’s Muslims

December 22, 2013

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Helen Pidd, The Guardian Newspaper, UK Friday 20 December 2013 10.25 EST It was around this time last year that the trustees of Bradford’s final remaining synagogue faced a tough choice. The roof of the Grade II-listed Moorish building was leaking; there was serious damage to the eastern wall, where the ark held the Torah […]

Religion in America: Islam on the increase

December 18, 2013

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Niraj Chokshi, Washington Post It goes without saying that religion is big in America. It played a starring role in the founding of the nation and continues to be the source of policy fights. Just this week, a group of Satanists launched a donation drive to erect a monument on Oklahoma’s Capitol grounds, in what […]

In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

December 15, 2013

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“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination,” he said. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, […]

Nelson Mandela’s Journey with Islam and Muslims in the Struggle Against Apartheid in South Africa

December 9, 2013

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JOHANNESBURG – As millions worldwide bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, many Muslim eyes were turned back to history, reviving memories of a long history of interaction between Muslims and the iconic leader across the past decades.  As the Nelson Mandela himself once said, ““In the face of European colonialism, Islamic communities took their place along […]

The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military

November 14, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun: The US Military is supposed to to be upholding our Constitution where the “inalienable rights” of each man and woman in the USA are guaranteed, where freedoms such as freedom or religion are guaranteed. Unfortunately, some extremists within the military are forgetting why they wear the uniform of our great country. […]

Job Discrimination Because of One’s Religion: Judaism, Islam and Sikhism

November 2, 2013

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Why America is light years ahead of many countries, including Muslim countries. Regular people come to the help of a Jewish man, a Muslim woman and a Sikh man who are being “discriminated” against during a job interview. These people did not know that these situations were staged. It is heartwarming to see how day […]

Turkey breaks another taboo by including headscarf wearing women as deputies in Parliament

October 31, 2013

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Today’s Zaman 31 October 2013 / TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH REUTERS, İSTANBUL Amid fears that tension in Parliament would rise over several Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies wearing headscarves while attending parliamentary sessions, four headscarved deputies walked into Parliament on Thursday and faced no words of protest or anger from opposition parties, marking the end […]

Muslim Prayers for Peace and A Condemnation of the Terrorist Attack in Nairobi, Kenya

September 22, 2013

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From Professor Rafik Beekun I despise and denounce anybody or group who goes out and kills innocent civilians who’ve done nothing to hurt them–as happened today in Nairobi. Whatever these terrorists from Al Shabab did has nothing to do with Islam. As God Himself says in the Qur’an (5:32), “[If] any one slew a person […]

Official: Reports of sex assault in US Navy increase

September 12, 2013

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Al Jazeera The number of sexual assaults reported within the Navy has grown by about 50 percent in the past year, which Navy officials said Wednesday is a sign that a growing number of sailors feel more comfortable reporting an assault and believe something will be done about it — a prior source of concern […]

9/11 Muslim First Responder’s Mother Still Waiting for Son’s Ultimate Sacrifice to be Recognized.

September 11, 2013

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Omar Sacirbey   (RNS) It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without crying, but she still prefers mostly not to tell his story. “It’s all over the Internet,” she said.  Show caption (August 26, 2001) Salman Hamdani, an NYPD cadet and EMT who was killed on […]

Discrimination against hijab-wearing Muslim woman at Abercrombie and Fitch

September 11, 2013

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Omar Sacirbey (RNS) A federal judge ruled Monday (Sept. 9) that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines when it fired a Muslim employee in 2010 for not removing her religious headscarf, or hijab, for work. Abercrombie asserted that as part of its business plan, it not only employed sales-floor personnel, […]

In Germany, wearing a headscarf may spoil your job interview chances

September 11, 2013

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Source: islamophobiawatch.co.uk n a study due to be released in full at the end of the year, economists at the University of Linz in Austria examined whether wearing a headscarf affected women when applying for jobs at German companies. Initial results show that German firms appeared less inclined to invite an applicant for an interview […]

Eid 2013 Stamp issued by United States Postal Service.

September 2, 2013

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Source: US Post Office Featuring calligraphy from the 2011 Eid stamp with a new green background, this 2013 Eid Forever® stamp issuance commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other Eid mubarak, the phrase shown in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. […]

“Flying while looking like a Muslim” may cause you to be refused boarding

August 24, 2013

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It is no longer a question of whether you are “flying while Muslim”; it is now whether you are “flying while looking like a Muslim.” Either way, you run the risk of being profiled, harassed, monitored closely, and possibly refused to board your flight. Hindu Man Mistaken for Muslim Refused Service by JetBlue Source: Neetzan […]

Discrimination in France against Muslims

September 27, 2012

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It is truly sad to see the country which proclaims “Liberty, equality and brotherhood” for all systematically discriminate against Muslims. In this first video, a woman who is wearing a head scarf is discriminated against because she is wearing a headscarf: Muslim Women Discriminated in the Workplace for Wearing Headscarf French Muslims face job discrimination […]

The First Mosque Designed by A Turkish Muslim Woman–A Magnificent Masjid

September 8, 2012

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CNN.com There is a shiny addition among the Ottoman mosques and palaces that make up Istanbul’s stunning skyline: the metallic, mirrored dome of the new Sakirin Mosque, a Muslim place of worship built with a woman’s touch. For what may be the first time in history, women have been at the forefront of the construction […]

Differing views of Democrats and Republicans Towards Muslim Americans

August 23, 2012

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Wait for about 30 seconds until the data loads completely. Then use the scroll bar below to view the surprising divide between Republicans and Democrats in the manner they regard Muslim Americans as compared to Americans from other faith-based communities. This divide has worrisome implications for Muslim Americans either in the workforce or about to […]

In Defense of American Muslims Working for the US Government

July 25, 2012

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Thank you US Senator McCain, US Congressman Keith Ellison for coming to the defense of patriotic American Muslims working for our government.  Thank you too Anderson Cooper for uncovering the truth. Thank you to the 42 interfaith groups who have rallied to the defense of American Muslims. Senator McCain Defends Huma Abedin Anderson Cooper Exposes […]

Islam has the highest regard for women

July 8, 2012

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The Talibans are practicing an extremist and puritanical form of Islam and often behave unIslamically–as in the manner they treat their women. Prophet Muhammad (s) said, ” “The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best and kindest to his wife.” and ““Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for […]

Bigotry on the Playing Field against Judaism and Islam

March 12, 2012

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Editorial, New York Times, March 11, 2012 Intolerance seems to be part of the message sent to student-athletes on the sporting fields of Texas. Only under legal pressure and public criticism did the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which organizes competitions for more than 200 schools, recently agree to accommodate an Orthodox Jewish […]

The Diversity of Muslims in the United States: Views as Americans

April 18, 2011

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United States Institute of Peace Summary There are approximately 6 to 7.5 million Muslims in the United States who identify themselves as Americans. The community consists of a combination of immigrants and second- and third-generation Arab, Latino, Asian, European, African, and African-American Muslims. The growth of the American Muslim community has fostered the development of […]

Areas of Workplace Sensitivity for Muslims

April 18, 2011

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BY MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON TH STAFF WRITER Telegraph Herald On line Although Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the U.S., it and its adherents often are misunderstood by the majority culture, said a Muslim woman working to dispel misconceptions about her adopted faith. Lisa Zaynab Killinger, vice president of the Iowa chapter of the Council on […]

Anti-religious stereotyping by any government body is dangerous.

March 11, 2011

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Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board, 3/10. 2011 King hearings on Muslim Americans: When government hits on one group The House hearings chaired by Rep. King focused almost solely on Muslim Americans. Such religious stereotyping by any government body is dangerous. When government makes assumptions about a whole group of people, it’s not the same as […]

U.S. Muslim Servicemen who Have Died in the Service of Our Country

January 11, 2011

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Crescents Among the Crosses at Arlington Cemetery Source: ThinkProgress.org “As of 2006, some 212 Muslim-American soldiers had been awarded Combat Action Ribbons for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and seven had been killed,” the New York Times reported in 2009. On Memorial Day, 2008, the organization Muslim Military Members asked that the Muslim soldiers […]

Muslims in America are in need of help

January 4, 2011

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Karin Friedemann (LETTER FROM AMERICA) 1 January 2011 Khaleej Times Since 9/11 hundreds if not thousands of Muslims have faced “preemptive prosecution,” where Muslims who are deemed “dangerous” are prosecuted before they commit a crime. In these prosecutions, there are so many holes in the government’s theories that the case is nothing but a list […]

Record Numbers of Britons Convert to Islam

January 3, 2011

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Jerome Taylor and Sarah Morrison, http://www.independent.co.uk Tuesday, 4 January 2011 The number of Britons choosing to become Muslims has nearly doubled in the past decade, according to one of the most comprehensive attempts to estimate how many people have embraced Islam. Following the global spread of violent Islamism, British Muslims have faced more scrutiny, criticism […]

How Christians, Muslims can find peace

January 2, 2011

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Paul Moses, CNN. com Editor’s note: Paul Moses, professor of journalism at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of “The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace” (Doubleday, 2009). New York (CNN) — Speaking hours after a terrorist attack killed 21 people […]

2010 in review: The year for Muslims in the U.S.

January 1, 2011

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NPR Please click here to listen to an interview of Moustafa Bayoumi, author of “How does feel to be a problem?” on NPR. He reviews 2010 with respect to American Muslims. Note from Rafik Beekun: My blog was hacked, and the above link to the interview was changed to refer to a link promoting a […]

Anti-Muslim and Anti-Islam trainers being hired to train law enforcement and public officials

December 28, 2010

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Berkeley schools sued over denial of Muslim pilgrimage

December 14, 2010

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December 14, 2010 The federal government has sued a west suburban school district for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca that is a central part of her religion. In a civil rights case, the department said the school district in Berkeley denied the request of Safoorah Khan […]

An Agnostic Jew Speaks Eloquently and Movingly About the Qur’an

December 9, 2010

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Lesley Hazleton explores the Koran and finds much that is quite different from what is reported in commonly cited accounts. A psychologist by training and Middle East reporter by experience, British-born Lesley Hazleton has spent the last ten years exploring the vast and often terrifying arena in which politics and religion, past and present, intersect. […]

Muslims and Jews Come together to Deplore Vandalism at Synagogue

December 6, 2010

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(Herald Times) By Dann Denny 331-4350 | ddenny@heraldt.com It was a tiny gathering – 11 people huddled around a table in a small room at the Beth Shalom synagogue – eating cookies, sipping hot tea and talking. But the five Muslims who had come to express their support and solidarity Thursday afternoon to a Jewish community that’s been […]