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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)

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 […]

Support Muslim Disability Awareness

December 26, 2013

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“My story – Living with muscular dystrophy”  by a Muslim sister Growing up my grandparents always reminded me to count my blessings and not my shortcomings; advice that echoes within Islam. I have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy; diagnosed aged 9. Before I reverted to Islam 14 months ago I saw my disability as a hurdle […]

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 […]

Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakkul Karman gives away $500,000 prize money

November 5, 2013

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(CNN) — Nobel Peace laureate Tawakkul Karman has decided that the best use of her half million dollars in prize money is to give it all away. Karman, the Yemeni activist who in 2011 became the first Arab woman to be awarded the peace prize, says she has donated the $500,000 prize money to a […]

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 […]

This cardiovascular surgeon’s story will shake your iman, Insha Allah

July 26, 2012

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Recounted by one of friends: The Husband Who Was Too Shy To Look At His Wife (a moving story) This story was recounted by Prof. Khalid Al-Jubeir, consulting cardiovascular surgeon, in one of his lectures: Once I operated on a two and a half year old child. It was Tuesday, and on Wednesday the child […]

Online Islamic Management Course now being offered at Islamicity.com

January 13, 2011

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Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim – In the name  of God the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful Announcing Good News Jan 7, 2011 – Anaheim: Islamic Shura Council of Southern California is pleased to launch an online leadership and management course tailored for the current and future leadership of Masajid and non-profit organizations. “Masajid ought […]

Muslim Youths Feeding the Homeless in San Antonio

December 28, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Please also see the article about the Northern Nevada Muslim Community feeding the homeless during Thanksgiving.

Good Samaritans drop flowers at Mosque in Reno

September 14, 2010

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KRNV.com Reno-area Christian church presents gift of flowers to Muslim center By Jeff DeLong • jdelong@rgj.com • September 10, 2010 It was a gesture of kindness and understanding during turbulent times. On Friday, members of the Summit Christian Church in Spanish Springs presented a gift of flowers to members of the Northern Nevada Muslim Cultural […]

Good Samaritan 101: Mayor Bloomberg Stands Up For Muslim Community Center Near Ground Zero

August 3, 2010

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Commentary from Rafik Beekun: Mayor Bloomberg, who is of the Jewish faith, stands up for the Community Center near Ground Zero–one more reason why Muslims should draw a clear distinction between Judaism and Zionism. As for myself, I have friends from many faith-based communities and we respect each other’s faith and try to dialogue as […]

Federal Panel Finds Bias in Ouster of Principal, Debbie Almontaser

March 15, 2010

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March 12, 2010 By ANDREA ELLIOTT, New York Times A federal commission has determined that New York City’s Department of Education discriminated against the founding principal of an Arabic-language public school by forcing her to resign in 2007 following a storm of controversy driven by opponents of the school. Acting on a complaint filed last […]

Abu Dhabi Grants US$ 25 million to Global Malaria Partnership

February 12, 2010

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www.thewcmp.org FEBRUARY 11, 2010 The Government of Abu Dhabi announced today a grant of US$25 million, over five years, to support the work of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Specifically to scale-up malaria control worldwide and contribute to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015. The grant from the Government of […]

Unexpected Partners: Muslims Helping in Haiti

February 7, 2010

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By WAJAHAT ALI http://www.counterpunch.org/waj01282010.html Haiti is experiencing unimaginable suffering from its devastating earthquake, with more than 150,000 dead and one to three million individuals displaced. Individuals, groups and governments from around the world have stepped in to do what they can. United by their religious tradition of charity, Muslims have emerged as effective partners in […]

Islam finds a place in Haiti

January 26, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun Islam is blossoming in Haiti. Please click here to go to the website of Muslims in Haiti. cnn.com June 13, 2002 Posted: 6:47 PM EDT (2247 GMT) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) — Tucked away on a corner of the Haitian capital’s dusty, congested Delmas Road, a modest white building bears a curious […]

US Government Lifts Ban on Tariq Ramadan

January 20, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE London, January 20 2010 After more than five years of waiting, the American State Department has decided, in a document signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to lift the ban that prohibited me (as well as Professor Adam Habib from South Africa) from entering the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union […]

War Against Poverty: Cash in Hand Program

December 29, 2009

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BBC NewsCash in Hand A two part series that explores a simple but controversial idea that cash hand-outs can lift people out of poverty. The idea is to encourage certain patterns of behaviour by giving poor families money in exchange for sending their children to school. The series begins with a Report on the example […]

Thank you, President Obama, for your kind wishes for Ramadan

September 17, 2009

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President Obama wishes the Muslim world a blessed and happy Ramadan

Hillary Clinton Appoints U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities

September 16, 2009

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Swearing-In Ceremony for Farah Pandith US Dept of State’s (first) Special Representative to Muslim Communities. While we congratulate our sister in Islam for her appointment, please note that Secretary Clinton is dressed more modestly and thus in a way more acceptable to Muslims than Pandith.   http://www.state.gov/video/?videoid=40275422001 by Secretary Clinton: September 2009 While U.S. Muslims applaud this […]

Fasting (Siyam) Is Good For Your Brain

September 5, 2009

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Qur’an: Surah Al Baqara, 2: 184, “For to fast is to do good unto yourselves if you but knew it.” Andrea Useem, Health.com Ramadan is in its third week now, and the required dawn-to-dusk fasting often feels like a daily mini–marathon. By late afternoon, hunger and thirst have sucked me dry, leaving me sleepy, slow-minded, […]

Muslim-Jewish Cooperation: Ramadan in Virginia Synagogues

August 22, 2009

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Islamonline.net CAIRO — With mosques in the southern US state of Virginia are already bursting at the seams with worshippers, Muslims are turning to synagogues to perform prayers during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. “We say our prayers, and a few hours later they meet for Sabbath and they say their prayers,” Rizwan Jaka, […]

Young Muslims turn to technology to connect

August 7, 2009

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Manav Taneeru, cnn.com Esra’a al Shafei, a recent university graduate in Bahrain, is young, Muslim and frustrated. The 23-year-old says the complexity of who she is as a Muslim is being distorted by extremists and the media coverage of them. Channeling her frustration, she started Mideastyouth.com, a Web site she describes as a place for […]

Obama nominates Abdul K. Kallon to serve on District Court Bench

August 1, 2009

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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE July 31, 2009  President Obama Nominates Abdul K. Kallon  and Jacqueline Nguyen to Serve on the District Court Bench  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Abdul Kallon and Jacqueline Nguyen to United States District Court judgeships.  “These nominees have dedicated their careers to […]

New Brochure from the US State Department: Being Muslim in America

June 4, 2009

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The U.S. State Department has just released a very beautiful and informative brochure about “Being Muslim in America”.  Please click here to see the brochure.

Merciful Storekeeper Changes Robber’s Mind and Religion

June 4, 2009

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Kiran Khalid, CNN, 6/3/09 Click here to watch the video. NEW YORK (CNN) — A potential victim became a compassionate counselor during a recent robbery attempt, changing the would-be criminal’s mind — and apparently his religion. Storekeeper Mohammad Sohail was closing up his Long Island convenience store just after midnight on May 21 when — […]

Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans

May 7, 2009

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the findings of its independent Task Force on the civic and political integration of Muslim Americans on June 26, 2007. “Strengthening America” calls for Muslims and non-Muslims to work together to create full and equal opportunities for Muslim Americans to participate in American […]

Arif Alikhan Appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security

May 7, 2009

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Muslim Democrats Arif Alikhan is appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security The Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has appointed Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. He will be joining the DHS within a couple of weeks according to the press office […]

Islamic Banking Helps An American Bank Succeed

March 7, 2009

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  A Hometown Bank Heeds a Call to Serve Its Islamic Clients By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN, New York Times ANN ARBOR, MICH. Until a stranger without an appointment showed up one day in late 2001, Stephen L. Ranzini was feeling rather pleased with himself. University Bank here, which he led as president, had just won a […]

Obama reaches out to Muslims

January 17, 2009

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The Sunday Times January 18, 2009 Sarah Baxter in Washington BARACK OBAMA is planning to reach out to the Islamic world, seeking a rapprochement with Muslim opinion alienated by the Bush administration. He believes a personal initiative will dramatise his wish to reassure Muslims, and intends to give a speech in an Islamic capital during […]

Dallas rabbi emerges as leader in Muslim-Jewish dialogue

December 16, 2008

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02:28 PM CST on Saturday, December 13, 2008 By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News samhodges@dallasnews.com Rabbi Jeremy Schneider spends a lot of time talking to Muslims, and wants other Jews to do the same. At age 32, the assistant rabbi at Dallas’ Temple Shalom has emerged as a national leader in Jewish-Muslim dialogue. […]

New social entrepreneurship program aims to foster dialogue

December 9, 2008

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marie Burks, 212.854.2747 or meb2155@columbia.edu   New social entrepreneurship program aims to foster dialogue among Jewish and Muslim communities   The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Partner with Columbia Business School and Scholars from Cambridge University   New York, NY – December 9, 2008 – Columbia Business School’s Executive Education division will […]

Putting family before politics: Senator Obama and his ailing grandmother

October 21, 2008

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“And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business or making her way in the world, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman..” She’s the one […]

Good Samaritan 101: One Newspaper Refuses to Distribute ‘Islam Terror’ DVD

September 17, 2008

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By Greg Mitchell Published: September 15, 2008 10:00 PM ET NEW YORK As explored here this past weekend, the Clarion Fund has paid dozens of newspapers across the country — almost solely in “swing” election states — and The New York Times to distribute the “Islam terror” DVD “Obsession” with their home delivery packages. Among […]

Good Samaritan 101–Thank You, Congressman Pascrell, for Defending U.S. Muslims

July 31, 2008

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Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. [D-NJ-08] yesterday stated his strong disagreement with statements made by Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Peter King (R-NY) who expressed his belief that while American Muslims may not support terrorism they are not doing enough as a community to help law enforcement fight terrorism. This exchange occurred […]

U.S. Restores Fulbright Scholarships to Gaza Students

June 2, 2008

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GAZA CITY (CNN) — The U.S. has reversed its decision to take Fulbright scholarships away from seven Gaza-based students, saying it is working with Israel to let them leave the Palestinian territory to study at American universities. Student Hadeel Abukwaik, 23, says she hopes to have an exit visa to leave Gaza for the U.S. […]

Aqeeda: Saudi Businessman bans alcohol at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Cairo

May 23, 2008

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By Magdi Abdelhadi BBC News, Cairo A decision by the Saudi owner of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Cairo to ban the sale of alcohol and destroy millions of dollars worth of beverages has sparked a debate in Egypt. The international company which runs the hotel has urged Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Brahim – a relative of […]

A Muslim 9-year Old Genius with an IQ of 155

May 19, 2008

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CNN Please click here to read about this Muslim genius child, Mahmoud Wael, from Egypt.

United States Seeks to Avoid Linking Islam with Terrorism

May 7, 2008

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U.S. aims to unlink Islamic, terrorism May 7, 2008 UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL – U.S. officials are being advised in internal government documents to avoid referring publicly to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups as Islamic or Muslim, and not to use terms like jihad or mujahedeen, which “unintentionally legitimize” terrorism. “There’s a growing consensus [in […]

Live Webcam of the Kaaba in Makkah and Masjid an Nabawi in Madinah (Updated September 12, 2016)

April 28, 2008

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Updated and verified on September 12, 2016 by your brother in Islam Rafik Beekun Here are the current weather conditions in Makkah and Madinah. For more information about current weather, current time in either city and 5-day weather forecast, please click any of the two blue icons below, and then use your browser’s back arrow to […]

Poll Finds Iranians Favor Direct Talks with US on Shared Issues

April 11, 2008

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  Poll Finds Diminished Perception of US Threat, General Thawing of Hostility    For Release: 12:01 EDT April 7, 2008 Contact: Steven Kull, director, WorldPublicOpinion.org (202) 232-7500   College Park, MD—A new poll finds that although Iranians continue to view the United States negatively, they strongly support steps to improve US-Iran relations including direct talks […]

Christians, Jews and Muslims Working Together in Uganda

April 7, 2008

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I found this video clip on Mohammad Latiff’s blog, and liked it so much that I am reposting it here. It is a positive and heart-warming video, and speaks to the inherent good in each one of us. Thank you Br. Mohammad.

Formation of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement

March 26, 2008

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A historical milestone toward Muslim-Jewish relationship was reached with the formation of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, a collaborative between USC Center for Religion & Civic Culture (CRCC) with Hebrew Union College (HUC) and the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation (Omar). This project represents an unprecedented institutional initiative promoted by three proven and successful educational structures. […]

Hispanic women in Queens convert to Islam

March 19, 2008

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BY NATHALIE ALONSO Monday, March 10, 2008 3:05 PM EDT As an adolescent, Jackson Heights resident Carla Carballo, 29, would greet her male friends in typical Latin fashion – with a kiss on the cheek.However, ever since she converted to Islam a decade ago, Carballo, who is single, has given up that custom and no […]

Muslim Philanthropists Meet in Istanbul

March 14, 2008

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Muslim Philanthropists to Meet in Istanbul  Leading Muslim Philanthropists to mobilize human and financial resources to address poverty, literacy, social justice and economic development    Oakbrook, Illinois, March 14, 2008 –    Eminent Philanthropists will gather from around the globe to attend the first assembly of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP), to be held […]

Second Muslim elected to Congress

March 12, 2008

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Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:16pm EDT By Judith Cebula INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana voters on Tuesday elected a Muslim to Congress, only the second of that faith chosen in U.S. history. Andre Carson, grandson of the late Democrat Rep. Julia Carson, was elected to serve the balance of her term in the U.S. House of […]

Kudos to Harvard University for Women-only Workouts in Gymn

March 5, 2008

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Julia Shearson, Harvard alumna and executive director of the Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland), discusses a recent move to allot six hours per week for women-only workouts at one of Harvard’s campus gyms. For those who complain about political correctness on behalf of Muslims, please listen to the video below from […]

URGENT! POST MATRIC SCHOLARSHIPS for poor Muslim students in India

February 13, 2008

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Help For Muslims by Central Government, Deadline 15th February 2008 Here is some help for Muslim students. Those who have passed SSLC with 50% marks, and annual incomes below 2Lakh are eligible to get scholarship from Government of India. The LAST DATE for submitting the forms is the 15th of February 2008. Government of India given instruction to the […]

Good Samaritan 101–Americans helping Iraqi Children

January 17, 2008

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Rescuing a little Iraqi boy who needed drastic medical help Day to day Americans are among the most philanthropically minded and generous people on earth. Please click here to watch the story of an American soldier who worked very hard to help a little Iraqi boy who was in dire need of help: the child […]

Muslim Investment Funds Are Rewarded for Their Faith

December 27, 2007

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 By Lawrence Carrel TheStreet.com Senior Writer 12/24/2007 6:13 AM EST Islamic law prohibits the collection and payment of interest. That means mutual funds aimed at Muslim investors must avoid financial services stocks. This proved to be a winning formula in 2007, when Wall Street finally paid the price for several years’ worth of predatory lending […]