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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 […]

The Prophet (s) was slow to anger and quick to forgive.

January 27, 2014

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As our khateeb indicated in this past week’s khutbah, “The Prophet (s) was slow to anger, and quick to forgive.” Let us reflect on the above statement some more. A hadith reinforces the need for a Muslim to control his or her anger: In Al Tabarani, itt is narrated that our Prophet (s) said : […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

A Jewish Rabbi’s Brave Stand Against Islamophobic Ad

September 26, 2012

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  CNN, Rachel Kahn-Troster Subway ads: A right to hate speech, a duty to condemn My daily trek to work is the last place I would expect to encounter a hateful message. But anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller is determined to make that happen to me and my fellow commuters. This week, at 10 subway stations […]

Mohamed “Mo” Farah, Olympics Gold Medalist 2012 and British Muslim Runner

August 8, 2012

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Source: Islamophobia Today It was a golden night in the Olympic stadium as both Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford picked up gold medals in the heptathlon and long jump before Mo Farah took to the track.   Please click here to watch Mohamed Farah win the 10,000 m Olympic race. And Farah admits that he had […]

New book examines Muslims, Jews — and their common ground

May 27, 2011

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Emma Silvers, Jweekly.com Last summer, as the debate over the Islamic community center near ground zero reached a fever pitch, longtime friends and former classmates Reza Aslan and Aaron Hahn Tapper were watching, fascinated. “There were some Jewish organizations coming down on the rights of Muslims to build that center, and then some other Jewish […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Message from Church: “We support our Muslim Friends”

September 14, 2010

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NY Muslim Firefighter Responded When Country Was Under Attack On 9/11

September 1, 2010

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American Muslims have much in common with other faith-based communities

September 1, 2010

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Thank you, New York Times, For Your Editorial: A Monument to Tolerance

August 14, 2010

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Thank you New York TImes.  You got it right in this editorial about the Muslim Community Center in Lower Manhattan. It has been disturbing to hear and read the vitriol and outright bigotry surrounding the building of a mosque two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. […]

Pew Global Attitudes Project 2010: Limited Support for Terrorism in Muslim World

August 10, 2010

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Pew Research Center Support for terrorism remains low among the Muslim publics surveyed. Many fewer Muslims in 2010 than in the middle of the past decade say that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilians are justified to defend Islam from its enemies. However, the new poll does show a modest increase over […]

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 […]

ABC News: One Man’s Fight Against Islamophobia.

April 22, 2010

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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 […]

Good Samaritans: Malaysian Muslims Protect Churches

January 10, 2010

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Islamonline.com Muslim groups in Malaysia are offering their help to prevent any further attacks on Christian places of worship amid a spree of attacks on churches in the multi-ethnic, Muslim-majority Asian country, The Star reported on Sunday, January 10. “This is an offer of peace and goodwill,” Nadzim Johan, the executive secretary of the Muslim […]

Army Muslim Chaplain: No Hostility Since Fort Hood

November 12, 2009

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NPR Please click here to listen to the interview of a U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain after the tragic events at Fort Hood.

Videos: U.S. Muslims Condemn Cowardly Fort Hood Attack

November 9, 2009

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Oklahoma Muslims Condemn Unequivocally Fort Hood Attack Fort Hood (Texas) Muslims Condemn The Deadly Rampage Rachel Maddow says Right-Wing Wrong on Fort Hood Attack Muslims Condemn Shootings, Urge Calm and Unity Cair Rep Discusses Fort Hood Attack on PBS ‘Newshour’ South Florida Muslims Pray Fr Peace Muslims Worry About Backlash N. Texas Muslims Fear Fort […]

Duke University News Tip: Muslim-American Values Not Reflected in Fort Hood Shooting

November 6, 2009

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——————————————- DUKE UNIVERSITY NEWS Duke University Office of News & Communications http://www.dukenews.duke.edu ——————————————- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 CONTACT: Camille Jackson (919) 681-8052 camille.jackson@duke.edu NEWS TIP: MUSLIM-AMERICAN VALUES NOT REFLECTED IN FORT HOOD SHOOTING, DUKE EXPERT SAYS Note to editors: Jen’nan Read can be reached for additional comment until 7 p.m. Friday at […]

Indian Muslims Denounce Terrorism

November 4, 2009

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Al Jazeera Some of the most influential Muslim scholars in India have passed a resolution condemning all forms of violence in the name of Islam. The Deoband is an influential Islamic school inspiring tens of thousands of religious study centres across the world, which some say has even inspired the Taliban’s ideology in Afghanistan. Prerna […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

“A New Beginning”? President Obama Addresses the Muslim World

June 4, 2009

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Please click here to download the transcript of President Obama’s speech in Cairo.

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 extends a hand to all faiths, including Islam

February 5, 2009

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Excerpt from President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast: We know too that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together.  Jesus told us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Torah commands, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.”  In Islam, there is […]

Obama at National Cathedral: Muslims referred to positively

January 21, 2009

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This is a great sermon. Listen to what she says about Muslims.

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 […]

Good Samaritan 101: Rabbi Steven Jacobs Confronts Clarion Fund’s Gregory Ross

October 16, 2008

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After a press conference against the “Obsession” movie held by the Coalition for Renewing American Democracy, the Communications Director of the Clarion Fund confronted the coalition members. Here, Rabbi Steven Jacobs is shown talking to the Communications Director. Interfaith leaders call ‘Obsession’ DVD hateful Detroit News Critics say film instills fear of Muslims with misleading […]

Obsessionwithhate.com–New website to answer anti-Muslim propaganda in “Obsession” film

September 26, 2008

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What is ‘Obsession’? Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West is a 2005 anti-Muslim propaganda film put together by controversial anti-Muslim figures to further the perceived divide between Western and Muslim audiences. 28 million copies of the DVD were recently distributed by a mysteriously-funded entity by the name of the Clarion Fund with the help […]

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 […]

Winning the War of Ideas–A U.S. Perspective

July 27, 2008

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Featuring James Glassman, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs July 8, 2008: Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James Glassman addressed The Washington Institute’s Special Policy Forum on July 8, 2008. The following is the prepared text of his remarks. During my confirmation hearings in January, I said that […]

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. […]

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 […]

Letter from Obama on his Muslim heritage

February 25, 2008

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Source: The Middle East Times. There has been a lot made in the recent weeks about the Muslim history of my family. Some of the things that have been said are true, others are false, so I am writing this letter to clear up the misunderstandings on this issue. Yes, it is true that I […]