Zaha Hadid: ‘I wouldn’t build a prison’

November 2, 2013

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Sheena McKenzie, CNN She wouldn’t build a prison. But the world’s most famous female architect, Zaha Hadid, says she’s willing to work in countries which have faced criticisms over their human rights records. The 62-year-old Iraqi-born Briton made the comments during an exclusive interview with CNN — to appear in full Friday. Hadid, the first […]

Extraordinary Courage: Policewoman gives chase after being shot in the face

November 2, 2013

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NBC: Texas police officer Ann Carrizales took two bullets at point-blank range — including one to the face — during an early morning traffic stop last Saturday. Yet she still went after the bad guys. […] Carrizales pulled over a car in Stafford, Texas, just outside Houston, around 3 a.m. She said her instincts told […]

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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 […]

Migrant Servant Abuse and Exploitation in Saudi Arabia

October 31, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Where do these “Muslims”  learn their Islam from? Islam does not tolerate such behavior towards one’s servants. Abu Hurairah (R.A.) relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say “Whoever beats the […] servant unjustly, revenge will be taken from him on the Day of Judgment.” CNN; In the amateur video, […]

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Honoring a True Hero: Slain Nevada teacher, Michael Landsberry, ‘put his life on the line’

October 22, 2013

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  Note from Professor Beekun:  Thank you for your service to our country and to the children under your care.  You made the ultimate sacrifice to protect them from the shooter with a gun, and will never be forgotten.  God Bless, and rest in peace, Mr. Michael Landsberry. CNN The Nevada teacher credited with shielding […]

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Modern Day Slavery in the Gulf

October 21, 2013

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By Dimitri Gkiokas, Special to CNN [I} recently left the Middle East after a decade in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Both are places of invariable desert yellow monotony and mind-blowing heat, with a fine touch of 90 percent humidity during the summer months – unbearable for most, but apparently not the tens of thousands of Indian, […]

Mark of shame on Muslim Countries and on the World: The Continued Existence of Slavery

October 21, 2013

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What is modern slavery. According to the Walk Free Foundation, “In 2013, modern slavery takes many forms, and is known by many names: slavery, forced labour or human trafficking. ‘Slavery’ refers to the condition of treating another person as if they were property – something to be bought, sold, traded or even destroyed. ‘Forced labour’ […]

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The Surprising Story of ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an’

October 13, 2013

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NPR Staff Thomas Jefferson had a vast personal library reflecting his enormous curiosity about the world. Among his volumes: a Quran purchased in 1765 that informed his ideas about plurality and religious freedom in the founding of America. In her book Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, author Denise Spellberg draws parallels between the beliefs of […]

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The Muslim Hero Who Rescued Lives at the Westgate Mall during the Nairobi Terror Attack

September 27, 2013

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Paul Canning This is one of the most moving and viral images which came out of the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Last night we learned the identity of the man who the little girl is running towards and all of Kenya is hailing him as a hero. His name is Abdul […]

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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 […]

In Memoriam: Never Forget 9/11

September 11, 2013

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We honor those who were killed by terrorists on 9/11, and all the first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice.  May they rest in peace.   May their families and loved ones find solace.  Our prayers are with all of them.  May we never forget the price of freedom.

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. […]

The faulty FBI files that can mess up your current career or career prospects

September 2, 2013

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By Madeline Neighly, Special to CNN CNN) — No amount of economic growth will land you a job if you get unfairly snagged in the FBI‘s faulty background check system. And you can lose your job because of the FBI file inaccuracies, too. After working without incident at a Philadelphia port for 33 years, Russ […]

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Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance

August 30, 2013

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Note from Rafik Beekun When you reward the top people in a company for doing a bad job, you encourage them to repeat their bad performance and you also indicate to everybody else in the company that bad performance will get them rewarded (and maybe the CEO position). Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance […]

Decision-making biases may hamper your effectiveness and productivity

August 25, 2013

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The Qur’an engages Muslims to practice consultative decision making by urging us in  chapter 42 verse 38, “Amruhum Shura Baynahum.” “Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular Prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation among themselves; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance” [are praised] Please note that the shura process […]

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How its employee ranking system has destroyed Microsoft

August 25, 2013

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Source: Will Oremus, http://www.slate.com There were many reasons for the decline of Microsoft under Steve Ballmer, including, as I wrote this morning, its lack of focus and its habit of chasing trends rather than creating them. But one that’s not obvious to outsiders was the company’s employee evaluation system, known as “stack ranking.” The system—and its poisonous […]

“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 […]

The Risks of Consuming 5-hour Energy or similar Energy Drinks During Ramadan or At Work

July 29, 2013

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Note to those Muslims who knowingly consume any product that may cause them harm: The prophet (s) said, “Whomsoever drinks poison, thereby killing himself, will sip this poison forever in the Hell-Fire.” Another legal proof is the Qur’anic verse in which Almighty Allah says: “Do not cause your own destruction” (2: 195) Finally, The Prophet […]

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Ramadan fast survival guide will help you stay fit and healthy

July 26, 2013

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This is a partial reprint of an article by Sarah Hashim-Waris in the Los Angeles Times, USA, July 24, 2013 […] Though it’s tempting to gorge on anything edible in sight once the sun sets, Levine urged me to resist and explained that I’d be better off if I slowed down the fast-breaking food consumption. About […]

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Workers’ Safety, Health and Welfare in Islam: “Those who work for you are your brothers.”

May 1, 2013

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“Those who work for you are your brothers.  Allah has made them your assistants.” ——— Bukhari and Tirmidhi. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “There is reward for kindness to every living thing.” ——— Bukhari and Muslim. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is […]

In Bangladesh, corruption kills hundreds

April 29, 2013

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Transparency international Around the world, corruption hurts people. In many countries – like Bangladesh – it can even kill. More than 200 people died and more than 1,000 were injured following the collapse of a building that housed several garment factories in Savar, near the capital city of Dhaka. While families mourn loved ones lost, […]

The horror of Bangladesh Sweatshops

April 29, 2013

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Video of Fire in 2012, Nov 27 Following Saturday’s deadly garment factory fire in Bangladesh, some wonder if greed is being put before safety? Robin Stickley reports. Building Collapse of April 24, 2013 An eight storey block housing factories and a shopping center collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing more […]

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Are your brand name clothes helping or hurting Bangladeshi Sweatshop Workers?

April 29, 2013

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Doug Saunders, the Globe and Mail, USA Inside the garment factory, hundreds of poor women sewed the clothes that filled our shops. The factory’s owners had been warned that the place was hazardous; they ignored the warnings. When disaster struck, the death toll was horrendous. That describes the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which […]

From our readers: Choosing Salaat over a Job Promotion

April 24, 2013

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Note from Rafik  Beekun: In response to a recent story about salaat on this blog (Whether to pray or not?), one of our readers from South Africa sent us this very inspiring post about a critical job related decision he had to make.  May Allah strenthen all of us to choose our deen over dunya […]

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Victims of the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

April 15, 2013

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We pray for the victims of the recent terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, and pray for their speedy recovery. We also pray that whoever committed this horrendous and criminal act be brought to justice as swiftly as possible.

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A true story about Salaat: To pray on time or not?

February 11, 2013

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A moving and true story about salaat from a young sister and that can inspire all of us: While on my way to Starbucks (my current location), I realized I hadn’t prayed dhuhr yet…it was about a quarter passed 3 and ‘asr would surely find me here 45 mins later. Through the cab ride, I […]

Honoring Vicki Soto, the New Town, Connecticut Teacher who gave her life for her students

December 17, 2012

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Huffington Post A 27-year-old teacher of Puerto Rican descent has emerged as a hero in the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Details remain fuzzy, but it appears that Victoria Soto hid students in a bathroom or closet and died trying to protect them from alleged shooter Adam Lanza, according to several […]

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In Memoriam: The Slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School

December 15, 2012

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Schools are meant to be safe places of learning and discovery, and elementary schools are specially sacrosanct.  May the children and school staff who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School rest in peace, and may their parents, families and friends find solace and comfort.  Our whole country stands with you in your moment of […]

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From horror to hope: How a 7-year old boy fought back forced begging in Bangladesh

December 6, 2012

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Saeed Ahmed, Lisa Cohen and Sara Sidner, cnn.com “You cannot die! You cannot die!” the father mumbles to the bloodied, mutilated boy who lies unconscious on his lap. His hands press down on the boy’s slashed-open stomach to keep the insides from spilling out. He sobs convulsively. “Listen to me! You cannot die!” he repeats […]

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Not Qualified: Exposing the Deception Behind America’s Top 25 Pseudo Experts on Islam

December 2, 2012

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Muslim Public Affairs Council, USA Executive Summary Based on the tracking of media coverage on American Muslims, anti-Muslim sentiment seems to be at an all-time high. The negative sentiment appears in many venues, from state legislatures debating anti-Sharia bills to opposition over construction of new Islamic centers. At the same time, media coverage has begun to […]

Migrant Workers worked to death in Malaysia

December 1, 2012

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Aljazeera.com Thousands of foreign workers have died in Malaysia in recent years from accidents, illnesses and suicide. They work in so-called ‘3D’ conditions – dirty, dangerous and difficult. Critics say the death rate is a result of slack safety standards, poor housing conditions and weak enforcement of laws to protect them. Last year, more than […]

Disability in Islam Guide & Campaign

October 25, 2012

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Disability in Islam Guide & Campaign Assalamu Alaikum Inshallah Tala, hope you are doing well. From our acquaintances, we know that there are individuals with disabilities in our families and friends. However, not many of them partake in our community activities and discourse for fear of being seen differently. At times they feel not welcomed […]

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Our Prayers Are With You, Malala Yousufzai

October 11, 2012

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To God we belong, and to him is our return. Anas reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, used to supplicate, “O Allah, there is no ease except what You make easy, and you alone can turn a difficulty into ease.” (Ibn As-sinni) Any ad or video clip below the double lines is from […]

Another shameful, unIslamic act from the Taliban against women and education

October 9, 2012

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Note from Rafik Beekun: Typical of the Taliban, they committed the cowardly act of shooting an unarmed, 14 year old school girl–all because she wanted an education for our sisters and spoke up for the rights of children.  Bu then maybe we should not be surprised.  What do the Talibans know of Islam?  The Prophet’s […]

Time to End Prostitution in the Muslim World

September 30, 2012

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Prohibition against prostitution from the Qur’an: Allāh says in Sūrat An Nur: A painful punishment waits in this world and the next for those who like indecency to spread among the believers. God knows and you do not.  [Qur’an, Sura An Nur, 24:19]. […] Nor shall you compel your handmaidens to whoredom–for they too ardently […]

Human Rights Organizations’ Concerns on Employment of Muslims in Europe

September 27, 2012

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  Amnesty International, 2012 “Muslims are subject to a variety of forms of racism and intolerance, as described in several sections of this report. In particular, some factions of public opinion make no distinction between terrorists, religious extremists and the Muslim population as a whole. In some cases, it is claimed that these prejudices lead […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mourning the loss of our Ambassador and Diplomatic Envoys in Libya–Never Forget Chris Stevens

September 12, 2012

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This article will be updated until those responsible for the murder of our envoys are brought to justice. Last updated on September 16/2012. Ambassador Chris Stevens 1960-2012[/caption]Today is indeed a sad day.  A few Muslim terrorists violated one of the most sacred tenets of Islam, i.e. that of not harming diplomatic envoys or emissaries (as […]

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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 […]

Cheating among U.S. high school and university students is common

September 8, 2012

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RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, New York Times Large-scale cheating has been uncovered over the last year at some of the nation’s most competitive schools, like Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, the Air Force Academy and, most recently, Harvard. Studies of student behavior and attitudes show that a majority of students violate standards of academic integrity to some […]

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 […]

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 […]

At least 13 U.S. Mosques Victims of Arson or Bombings Since 2003. Muslim Owned Businesses May Be At Risk Too.

August 7, 2012

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The arson fire at the Islamic Center of Joplin in Missouri is not new. Since 2003, 13 mosques around the country have suffered arson or bombing attacks.  Please note that the cameras on top of the Joplin Mosque were burnt in the fire.  A video of an earlier attack on July 4, 2012 showed an […]

Muslim woman wins $5Million in workplace-harassment case

August 3, 2012

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  ASSOCIATED PRESS WIRE REPORT Tuesday, May 8, 2012 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City woman who converted to Islam in 2005 said she was harassed for years at AT&T, and that the abuse boiled over in 2008 when her boss snatched her head scarf and exposed her hair. A Jackson County jury […]

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Muslims Workers Mistreated Globally Because of Ramadan

August 3, 2012

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Two newstories one from China and one from France indicate that Islamophobia is now a worldwide phenomenon. China Bans Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramadhan in Xinjiang Region BEIJING (AFP) – Authorities in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramazan, prompting an exiled rights […]

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