Muslim First Responder who died on 9/11 gets New York Street named after him.

September 11, 2014

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CAIR-NY Welcomes Salman Hamdani Way Street Naming Ceremony (NEW YORK, NY, 4/28/14) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed a street naming ceremony for Salman Hamdani Way on 204st street in Bayside, Queens in honor of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, the 23-year-old certified EMT and NYPD cadet who lost his […]

In Memoriam: The Victims of 9/11

September 11, 2014

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May we never forget those who perished at the hand of terrorists on 9/11 and may we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the life of these victims.  

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NPR STORY: “New PBS Documentary on Female Muslim Hero Against Nazi Germany”

September 8, 2014

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NPR.org Noor Inayat Khan, one of the heroines of World War II, had a short, astonishing life, one that took her from a pacifist childhood to a daring career in covert operations. She was a Muslim woman who worked as a British spy — a radio operator — in Nazi-occupied Paris. A new docudrama about […]

Sexual Assault on American Campuses: The Dark Side of University Life in the US

September 4, 2014

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Recently, the sad plight of a Columbia student, Emma Sulkowicz who had been raped on campus was brought to light by her courageous quest for justice.  Since the university would not expel her alleged rapist,  she has decided to carry a twin size mattress everywhere she goes on campus to call attention to sexual assault […]

US Coalition of Muslim Organizations denounces ISIS for Steven Sotloff’s Murder

September 4, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Oussama Jammal Secretary General 202-683-6557 ojammal@uscmo.org Muslim Coalition denounces ISIS for Steven Sotloff’s Murder (WASHINGTON DC – 09/03/2014) – The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of several national and local organizations, today condemns a terrorist and anti-Islam group for a video purporting to show the gruesome beheading […]

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 […]

Fatwa against Terror Group ISIS now issued by British Muslim Authorities

September 3, 2014

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Source: ZACHARY DAVIES BOREN, independent.co.uk Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic extremist group Isis, and have said that British jihadis are “betraying their own societies” by getting involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria The fatwa represents the British Muslim community’s strongest denunciation of Isis yet, calling the extremist group “heretical” and “an […]

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Honoring A Hero Journalist–Steven Sotloff

September 3, 2014

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The barbaric terror group ISIS (which must be neutralized by peace loving Muslims) has killed another great journalist Steven Sotloff. We honor him for the many sacrifices he made in covering the Middle East in the most objective manner, and for the heroism he demonstrated by being on site in areas where the news took […]

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 […]

In Memoriam: A Journalist Extraordinaire–James Foley

August 20, 2014

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As reported elsewhere, “The extremist terrorist group ISIS posted a video on Tuesday that it said showed the beheading of James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, according to a transcript released by the SITE Intelligence Group. The authenticity of the video, which was also posted on YouTube, […]

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)

Greed, Rapaciousness and Intrigue: How Egypt became dependent on Israeli Gas

June 13, 2014

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These oil and gas deals “add up to a total loss to the Egyptian people of possibly over $11bn. Almost all of these involved Hussein Salem at some point in time arranging the deals.” Mika Minio-Paluello Energy Analyst

When $ trumps human rights violations and crimes against humanity: Gap enters Burma (Myanmar)

June 7, 2014

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In spite of the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma–(please read the article “US House passes resolution calling on Myanmar to end abuses against Rohingya Muslims), GAP has decided that profits matter more and is now establishing two factories in Burma (known now as Myanmar). Muslims around the world should boycott GAP products. Gap: First […]

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 […]

American Muslims Honor Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2014

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Both my son as well as my wife served honorably in the US NAVY. My father and my uncles also served in the British Army during and after the Second World War. To them and to all others who have served to defend the cause of freedom and justice, we say a great thank you […]

Boko Haram: “Neither in the name of Islam, nor of Muslims globally.”

May 23, 2014

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A Group of Nigerians and Muslims have launched a campaign in response to the recent Boko Haram abductions of young girls and other atrocities. What they have to say may surprise you. The Campaign is called #NotInGodsName (Not In God’s Name) is an a public declaration to reject criminal acts in the name of God […]

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:

An Open Letter to Boko Haram

May 15, 2014

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Recently, Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad of the Sacramento Mosque wrote a very moving appeal to the extremist child abductors of Boko Haram, and it outlines very clearly the Islamic position on such horrendous behavior by “Muslims”.  Here is part of  his letter verbatim: I address you with the blessed greeting of Islam, under the assumption […]

Muslims are required to be Eco-Friendly: Here’s the Qur’anic evidence

April 6, 2014

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This is an excerpt from the article: “10 Quran Verses On The Environment And Do-able Action Plans” from the ecomuslim.com blog. For Muslims the Qur’an is the ultimate green-guide. Believed to be a sublime revelation with remarkable ideas, this divine scripture is scrupulously read by Muslims for spirituality. But it is not limited to only […]

A Muslim Hero for All Times: The Lady of the Two Girdles

April 5, 2014

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AMAT AL-KAREEM ‘The Lady of the Two Girdles’, Asma’ bint Abu (ra) with her was an excellent example of dignity and heroism. She bravely and steadfastly faced two tyrants. One of them was Abu Jahl, ‘Amr ibn Hisham, the ‘Pharaoh of this Ummah’, according to the title the Prophet of Allah (s) had given him. […]

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 […]

Serving Selflessly the Poor, Rejected And Destitute: Abdul Sattar Edhi

April 4, 2014

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Abdul SattarEdhi is 82 years old. 60 years ago, he stood on a street corner in Karachi and begged for money for an ambulance, raising enough to buy a battered old van. In it, he set out on countless life-saving missions. Gradually, MrEdhi set up centres all over Pakistan. He diversified into orphanages, homes for […]

Angelina Jolie Reports on The sad Plight of Syrian Children Refugees in Lebanon

April 3, 2014

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Though she is a world famous actress, Angelina Jolie took the time to visit the Syrian children refugees in Lebanon. This is a must watch video: j Please donate generously to Islamic Relief and make sure to specify Syria or donate to support orphans.  One cup of starbucks sometimes cost over $5.00; that is more than […]

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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) […]

GM: Choosing to save money over a 57 cents part instead of ensuring car passenger safety

April 1, 2014

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) General Motors came under harsh criticism on Capitol Hill Tuesday as CEO Mary Barra went before members of Congress investigating a botched GM recall. Barra, appearing before a House committee, apologized for the 13 deaths that GM says were caused by a faulty ignition switch, as well as GM’s 10-year delay in issuing […]

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Nemat Shafik: economist to be Bank of England deputy governor

March 22, 2014

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Sean Farell, guardian.co.uk Nemat Shafik’s appointment as deputy governor of the Bank of England will turn her from a relative unknown into arguably the most powerful woman in the City of London. Shafik, known by her nickname of Minouche, will oversee banking and markets in a newly created job at the Bank and will join […]

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 […]

How Successful People Manage Stress and Stay Calm

February 12, 2014

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Travis Bradberry, Forbes The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and […]

The Tragic Abuse and Displacement of African Farmers by Foreign Investors

January 31, 2014

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Al Jazeera.com 1. The case of Ethiopia Just a few decades ago, Ethiopia was a country defined by its famines, particularly between 1983-1985 when in excess of half a million people starved to death as a consequence of drought, crop failure and a brutal civil war. Against this backdrop, it is impressive that in recent […]

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Horrible Treatment of Migrant Workers Leads FIFA to set Qatar Deadline

January 31, 2014

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(CNN) — Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been set a tight deadline by FIFA to explain how conditions are improving for migrant workers on the various building projects associated with the hosting of football’s showpiece competition. The world governing body are demanding a “detailed report” by February 12 with “information on specific […]

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 : […]

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 […]

The Teen Who Saved 2000 Schoolmates by Stopping a Taliban Suicide Bomber

January 11, 2014

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BBC News Tributes have been pouring in for a Pakistani teenager who was killed on Monday when he tackled a suicide bomber targeting his school in the Hangu area. Aitzaz Hasan, 15, was with friends outside school when they spotted a man wearing a suicide vest. Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided […]

Top 10 least stressful careers

January 10, 2014

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collegesear.ch In today’s fast-paced and busy world, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid stress in day-to-day life, especially if one is trying to balance family and work while earning an online degree. However, there are certain career fields that give people less anxiety than others. For those who are looking for a low-anxiety job that […]

Why America (and the World) Should Stop Shopping at WalMart

December 29, 2013

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WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE is a feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families and small towns in America. Related articles Wal*Mart: Fight the Evil Giant? (eauddinkhan.com) Wal*Mart Scorns the Bangladeshis (eauddinkhan.com) Wal*Mart Policy: Prey on the Poor (eauddinkhan.com) Wal-Mart – Evil Empire or Opportunist? (norberthaupt.com) Always Low Wages? […]

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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 […]

Ahmed Kathrada, Anti-Apartheid Activist and Mandela’s Lifelong Friend

December 15, 2013

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Ahmed Kathrada is an anti-apartheid activist who spent 26 years in Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. The Man Behind Nelson Mandela [..] Anthony Sampson, author of the authorized biography of Nelson Mandela, mentions in the preface Ahmed Muhamed Kathrada from whom Anthony had collected most of the information the book. Ahmed Kathara had spent 26 […]

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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 […]

Amnesty International: Qatar Foreign Workers “Treated Like Animals”

November 17, 2013

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BBC.CO.UK At a Glance Migrant workers in Qatar There are some 1.35 million foreign nationals working in Qatar. Migrant workers now make up some 94 per cent of the total workforce in the country. 90% had their passports held by their employers 56% did not have a government health card, essential to access public hospitals […]

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. […]

Happy Veterans’ Day to All who Fought for the Preservation of Freedom and Justice

November 11, 2013

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Both my son and my daughter are US Navy veterans.   Veterans from my father’s family fought against the Nazis in Northern Africa as part of the British Army.  The veterans from this country liberated us from Hitler and Nazi hegemony, freed this country from the British, chased down Al Qaeda and neutralized it, and […]

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Philippines Humanitarian Aid Urgently Needed

November 11, 2013

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Some 10,000 people are feared dead after a massive storm swept over the Philippines leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan’s 150 mph winds drove huge waves ashore, crashing into villages and towns, flattening buildings and ripping families apart. The storm is one of the strongest on record. The […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Eighth grade student expelled and arrested after setting fire to Muslim relief teacher’s hijab

November 2, 2013

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MATT BLAKE, dailymail.co.uk A schoolboy has been arrested for setting his teacher’s hijab on fire moments after she told him off for misbehaving in class. The 14-year-old eighth grader, who has not been named, was attending a lesson at Westdale Middle School, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the substitute teacher reprimanded him for causing trouble. When she turned […]