Browsing All Posts filed under »Faith-related Diversity«

Don’t collectively punish Muslims

December 16, 2015


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 […]

Islamic Scholars and Leaders Expose the ISIS Terror Group

September 29, 2014


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


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 […]

Muslim Football Players at the 2014 World Cup

June 16, 2014


“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)

Petition Against the execution of Sudanese Christian woman

May 29, 2014


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 […]

Freedom of Religion and Apostasy: the Islamic Perspective

May 15, 2014


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

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

January 23, 2014


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 […]

Religion in America: Islam on the increase

December 18, 2013


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 […]

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

December 9, 2013


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


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


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 […]

Eid 2013 Stamp issued by United States Postal Service.

September 2, 2013


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


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 […]

World’s Youngest Professor is a 19 year old Woman

April 23, 2008


By Bob Considine contributor updated 7:42 a.m. PT, Wed., April. 23, 2008 Perhaps in Alia Sabur’s wildly advanced studies she came across a famous quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “Knowing is not enough. We must apply,” the German writer once observed. That could serve as explanation for what prompted the 19-year-old to become […]

Muslims Against Anti-Semitism: Ways to Promote Common Values

December 30, 2007


by Tariq Ramadan Mosque. Photo/Horst Rutsch The situation in our societies is becoming more and more difficult insofar as the increasing public expression of anti-Semitism and racism. We all know—Governments, official institutions, as well as citizens—that if we remain passive, the situation will worsen and drive us towards a new troubled era of racist and […]

In the U.S., Jews and Muslims Set Up Big Interfaith Effort

December 16, 2007


By Michelle Boorstein Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, December 16, 2007; A09 Two major Jewish and Muslim organizations unveiled an interfaith dialogue curriculum yesterday and are urging their hundreds of thousands of members to use it. Both sides say it is the broadest Jewish-Muslim interfaith effort in the continent’s history. Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president […]

Palos mosque controversy: A Harvard case study

September 10, 2007


Harvard University students are going to be studying Palos Heights this fall. A case study titled “A Mosque in Palos Heights,” based on real events in that city in 2000, has been developed by Harvard’s Pluralism Project, which studies America’s changing religious diversity to better understand its impact on society. In 2000, the Al Salam […]

Smearing the Accomplishments of a Muslim School Principal

August 29, 2007


By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN New York Times Last Feb. 12, you may recall, New York education officials announced plans to open a minischool in September that would teach half its classes in Arabic and include study of Arab culture. The principal was to be a veteran teacher who was also a Muslim immigrant from Yemen, […]

European Union Losing Turkey

August 21, 2007


by HUGH POPE, Wall Street Journal August 20, 2007 Istanbul When a half-century of convergence between Turkey and the European Union last floundered a decade ago, the Turks regrouped and forged forward and the EU met them halfway. The result was a revolutionary period of reform in Turkey. Last month, grateful for their most fruitful […]

Along a Brooklyn avenue, a melting pot — and peace;

August 15, 2007


Rick Hampson USA Today NEW YORK — What is it about Coney Island Avenue? That’s what Brooklyn College sociologist Jerry Krase wonders as he rides the B68 bus along this 5-mile commercial strip, which is populated at various stops by pockets of West Indians, Latinos, Pakistanis, Indians, Orthodox Jews, Chinese, Russians, Israelis and Ukrainians. How […]

Muslims adopt Hindu IDs to escape discrimination in India

August 15, 2007


Shaikh Azizur Rahman, SPECIAL TO THE STAR Toronto Star On a busy street in Calcutta’s business district, he runs a food stall called “Rajib’s Paratha” and is known as Rajib Mallick. Using the popular Hindu name, no one suspects he is Rajab Ali Mollah, a Muslim who has adopted a fictitious identity to blend in […]

Muslim Meat Packing Plant Workers Want Accommodation For Prayer Time

August 13, 2007


Source: O’REILLY: “Personal story” segment tonight, more accommodations requested for American Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, wants a meat packing plant in Nebraska to give Muslim workers time to pray around sundown. The plan says that would interrupt the assembly line. Joining us now from Chicago, Ahmed Rehab, head of CAIR’s […]

Islam in the Workplace (Part 2): Muslims’ Attire

August 7, 2007


Note from Rafik and Nadiah Beekun: Though some of the following information is available on other websites, we have reproduced it here because of its direct relevance to the issues covered by this blog. We have also added to the material available on the internet through our own research. We will explore the implications of Hijab […]

Muslim doctors’ group seeks to educate about Islam’s medical care guidelines

August 6, 2007


Susan Hogan/Albach, The Chicago Sun-Times, August 6, News, p. 16 Can a Muslim ever use medicine containing pork products? Terminate a pregnancy? Use fertility drugs? For American Muslims, there isn’t anything like a Catholic magisterium issuing definitive policies. So who decides? “Some patients turn to Muslim doctors; others turn to imams,” said Shiraz Malik of […]

Egypt’s Grand Mufti comes out against the killing of apostates

July 26, 2007


By OMAR SINAN, Associated Press Writer One of Egypt’s most senior Muslim clerics has raised controversy by saying there is no worldly retribution for Muslims who abandon their religion, prompting an outcry from conservatives insisting Islamic law requires such apostates be killed. The editorial in The Washington Post came from Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, […]

Islam in America: Are Muslims Integrated Into Our Society?

July 24, 2007


Newsweek, July 30, 2007 issue What would you tell suicide bombers who invoke Islam to justify their actions? What are the rights of women in Islam? Is it permissible for a Muslim to convert to another faith? After September 11, many Americans asked whether Muslims living here at home were susceptible to the same extremist […]

Diverse Muslim identity must replace the stereotypes

July 21, 2007


Niall Crowley, The Irish Times, Opinion Section, July 21, 2007, p. 15 Reducing all Muslim people to a singular, all-encompassing unit justifies inequality and discrimination and does not serve the emergence of an integrated society, writes Niall Crowley. A man stands up in a Dublin bus, points at an Irish Muslim girl and shouts “terrorist”. […]

Good Samaritan 101: Jews come to the help of Muslims in building new mosque

July 16, 2007


By Tim Townsend ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH A FAMILIAR STORY IN THE 1950s • Temple Israel bought land in Creve Coeur. The city amended its zoning to block the temple’s efforts to build. The case went to the Missouri Supreme Court, and Temple Israel prevailed. NOW • In Lemay, the Islamic Community Center bought 4.7 acres […]

The Six Imams File Lawsuit Alleging Racial and Religious Discrimination

July 13, 2007


Source:  Aisha Aziz, Southern California Infocus WASHINGTON – Six imams, who were removed from a U.S. Airways flight last year, have filed a lawsuit for racial and religious discrimination, unleashing a fresh outcry from right-wing bloggers, columnists, and media, who commented extensively against the imams when they were first de-planed in November. Headlines such as […]

Muslim Dunkin’ Donuts Owner Can Sue Over Pork, U.S. Court says

July 11, 2007


LOS ANGELES – A discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee who was not allowed to renew his contract with the chain because of a refusal to sell pork products can proceed, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision reversed an Illinois federal court judge’s 2004 ruling that rejected Walid Elkhatib’s argument […]

Media Misusing Statistics When Reporting on Muslims

June 26, 2007


Sources: The Pew Research Org and Abiya Ahmed The first-ever, nationwide, random sample survey of Muslim Americans finds them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world. The Pew Research Center conducted more than 55,000 interviews to […]

Caring for People with Special Needs in Islam

June 14, 2007


by Muhammad Mus`ad Yaqut The civilized world has recently paid attention to people with special needs. This started after it had cast aside corrupt, racist theories calling for neglecting them on the false grounds that people with special needs are not of any benefit to the society. A report issued by the United Nations International […]

University of Michigan-Dearborn Installs Footbaths for Muslim Students

June 6, 2007


Source: Detroit Free Press and In order to accommodate its growing Muslim student population, the University of Michigan-Dearborn plans to install footbaths in its restrooms, officials said Monday. The move comes after an increasing number of students were found washing their feet in restroom sinks before prayers. Islamic tradition requires Muslims to wash their […]

Somali Muslims Returning to Jobs After Quitting Over Muslim Prayers Issue

May 30, 2007


By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Writer © 2007 The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Dozens of Somali meatpacking workers who quit their jobs because they were not given enough time off for Muslim prayers have returned to work, but the issue could resurface as sundown inches later through the spring, a union official said Friday. […]

Salam Al-Maryati in a conversation with Irshad Manji

May 28, 2007


Source: If you have access to a podcast program (such as Itunes), please listen to the following link within your podcasting program. Writer Irshad Manji joins Executive Director of the Progressive Muslim Union Ani Zonneveld and Executive Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council Salam Al-Marayati in a conversation following a screening of the […]

Workplace Discrimination Against Muslims after 9/11

May 6, 2007


[…] Hadji said that in late 2004, he reproached a customer for harassing a Tunisian waiter. Hadji said he asked the customer to leave after the diner said, “If you don’t like it, go back to your country,” and “I fought two wars to get rid of people like you.” The restaurant’s owners ordered Hadji […]

Types of workplace discrimination experienced by Muslim Women wearing Hijab

May 6, 2007

2 The issue of discrimination experienced by Muslim women who wear hijab when they apply for work was established in 2000 through consultations conducted by Women Working With Immigrant Women (WWIW) with Muslim serving organizations and through surveys of labour organizations and institutions such as the Ontario Human Rights Commission to find out what information […]

Muslim Scholars Look at Conflict Between Islamic Tenets and Job Duties

May 6, 2007


May 05, 2007 By Omar Sacirbey When the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America convenes later this year, the few dozen Islamic scholars will try to hammer out an answer to a question vexing the North American Muslim community: How do Muslims reconcile the mandates of their faith with jobs that may require actions prohibited […]

How To File A Charge Of Discrimination If You Are A Muslim

May 5, 2007


Source: EEOC Anyone who believes that s/he has been subjected to discrimination in violation of Title VII may file a charge with the nearest field office of the EEOC. Persons who file a charge, oppose unlawful employment discrimination, participate in employment discrimination proceedings, or otherwise assert their rights under the laws enforced by the Commission […]

When Can Clerks Refuse To Serve, Citing Religion?

May 5, 2007


By Jen Haberkorn THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published March 29, 2007 Can a cashier or clerk wish a customer “Merry Christmas”? Must a pharmacist dispense birth control devices if his faith forbids it? Can a Muslim clerk refuse to touch a whisky or beer bottle, or a pork chop? Disputes between retailers and employees over religious […]

Marketing to Muslims in the USA

May 2, 2007


Source: New York Times Louise Story […] Grocers and consumer product companies are considering ways to adapt their goods to Muslim rules, which forbid among other things, gelatin and pig fat, which is often used in cosmetics and cleaning products. Retailers are looking into providing more conservative skirts, even during the summer months, and mainstream […]

Islamophobia 101–Episode 15: The case of the “Towel-head Sniper”

April 27, 2007


Source: ARLINGTON, Va. — Federal Officials said an Arlington man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly sent e-mails to family members threatening to kill Arab women and Latinos. The FBI arrested 57-year-old Charles Gerbino Thursday morning in his Arlington home. Video: Watch The Report Related: Excerpts From Threatening E-Mail (WARNING: Remarks May […]

Islamophobia 101–Episode 14: Florida Mosque Set on Fire by Arsonists

April 14, 2007


Source: Abbie Vansickle, St Petersburg Times Someone deliberately set fire Thursday morning to the Islamic Education Center of Tampa,Florida, a mosque tucked into a neighborhood of tidy suburban homes in Town ‘N Country, according to Hillsborough Fire Rescue and the FBI. Whether hate fueled the fire remained under investigation, said FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier. […]

High Street Account For Muslim Businesses

April 11, 2007


Source: AWD Money Extra Lloyds TSB has announced the launch of a high street Islamic business account. The account, which complies with Islamic law (Shariah), is available across the bank’s 2,000 branches, and will be open to the UK’s estimated 100,000 Muslim firms. There are two separate accounts on offer. Businesses with a turnover of […]

Good Samaritan 101–Jews and Israelis Seeking to Help Palestinian Trade

April 10, 2007


Source: BIG April 2, 2007 The latest report of the International Development Select Committee regarding the Occupied Palestinian Territories (31 January 2007) makes for very distressing reading. In its section on trade, it refers to the ongoing restrictions in movements and access faced by the OPT, citing an OXFAM report which points out “that transaction […]

Muslims in the European Union: Discrimination and Islamophobia

March 28, 2007


“What happened on 11 September was like a catalyst, you know. Things which they never thought of saying publicly, from one day to another, they say it publicly now. Before, there was a lot of ‘political correctness’ but after 11 September all political correctness went within seconds.” (Male, Germany) “I have heard it many times […]

Canadians Interact Least with Muslims and Favor Hijab Ban

March 21, 2007


by  JEFF HEINRICH Source: The Gazette (Montreal), p. A3, News [In an Environics poll conducted recently], Canadians said they interact with blacks most – 69 per cent said they’re in contact with them often or occasionally. Chinese were next (65 per cent), then East Indians and Pakistanis (54 per cent), aboriginals (54 per cent), Jews […]

Profiling At US-Canadian Border Hampers Livelihood of Muslims

March 20, 2007


Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada) March 20, 2007 Tuesday The federal government must pressure U.S. border authorities to stop racial and religious profiling of Canadian Muslims and Arabs, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations said yesterday. [more] “The livelihood and future of Canadian citizens cannot be halted without just cause.” Mahmoud Zeitoun, a student […]

Target Stores Offer Muslim Employees Acceptable Alternatives

March 20, 2007


Steve Karnowski, Associated Press, 3/19/07 Muslim cashiers at some Minneapolis Target stores who object to ringing up products that contain pork are being shifted to other positions where they don’t need to, the discount retailer said Saturday. The Star Tribune reported last week that some Muslim cashiers at local Targets had declined to scan pork […]

Muslims Look To Athletes As Faith Ambassadors

March 19, 2007


By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service […] “It can be a struggle growing up Muslim in America,” said Saleem, whose family emigrated from Pakistan shortly before he was born. “So when you see other Muslims doing and succeeding at the sports you love, that can’t help but give you a lift.” In their primes, Ali […]