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2 Killings Near Mosque Plunge a Queens Neighborhood Into Fear – The New York Times

On Sunday afternoon, Nurul Khan changed clothes after working around his house on a sweltering day and set off on a short walk, just around the corner, to his mosque to pray. It is a stroll he takes five times a day, he said, starting each morning before the sun has risen.

Source: 2 Killings Near Mosque Plunge a Queens Neighborhood Into Fear – The New York Times

First Female Muslim-American on Her Way to Becoming Legislator – World Religion News

ILHAN OMAR WINS DISTRICT 60B PRIMARY FOR MINNESOTA STATE REPRESENTATIVE.

Ilhan Omar recently caused a stir in Minneapolis after winning the District 60B Democratic Primary for State Representative. This win firmly puts her on the track to becoming the first Somali-American to clinch a seat in a U.S. state legislature. With the elections just around the corner, on November 8, Ilhan has been receiving immense support from the Somali community in Minneapolis.

Source: First Female Muslim-American on Her Way to Becoming Legislator – World Religion News

France’s ‘Burkini’ Bans Are About More Than Religion or Clothing – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — There is something inherently head-spinning about the so-called burkini bans that are popping up in coastal France. The obviousness of the contradiction — imposing rules on what women can wear on the grounds that it’s wrong for women to have to obey rules about what women can wear — makes it clear that there must be something deeper going on.

Source: France’s ‘Burkini’ Bans Are About More Than Religion or Clothing – The New York Times

Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Whose Hindu Sect Became Largest in U.S., Dies at 94 – The New York Times

MUMBAI, India — Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader who engineered the global expansion of a socially conservative Hindu sect that grew to be the largest in the United States, died on Aug. 13 in Sarangpur, a village in the state of Gujarat in western India. He was 94.

Source: Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Whose Hindu Sect Became Largest in U.S., Dies at 94 – The New York Times

Hindus Prepare for Varalakshmi Vratam to Honor Lakshmi – World Religion News

HISTORY OF VARALAKSHMI VRATAM, THE FESTIVAL HONORING HINDU GOD LAKSHMI.

Varalakshmi Vratam is a Hindu festival honoring the goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu. What makes this celebration much more important for Hindus is the observance of the Varalakshmi Pooja (ritual) which is believed to be auspicious. Hindus believed that requests and wishes can be granted if the pooja is performed. From the time the festivity was created, it is the Hindi women, particularly the wives and mothers, who observe and perform the rituals. Most women perform the Varalakshmi Vratam asking for wealth, prosperity, health and well-being of their husbands, children and family.

Source: Hindus Prepare for Varalakshmi Vratam to Honor Lakshmi – World Religion News

How a Priest Made the Case for Mother Teresa’s Sainthood – The New York Times

Mother Teresa will be formally canonized on Sept. 4 by Pope Francis in Rome. Widely known as “the Saint of Calcutta,” she founded religious orders of women and men that serve the poor in more than 130 countries. Even for a woman who is an icon of modern saintliness, the Roman Catholic Church requires that someone must gather evidence of miracles and present a case that she is worthy to be admitted to the pantheon of saints.

Source: How a Priest Made the Case for Mother Teresa’s Sainthood – The New York Times

$125,000 Raised in Denver for Sikh Media Campaign | SikhNet

120 Sikhs from all over Denver and Colorado Springs gathered to support an effort to spread awareness about Sikhs and Sikhism in America. They raised $125,000, a substantial amount, to fund National Sikh Campaign’s media initiative. Sikhs have faced several incidents of violence and hate in the recent months in America due to a widespread ignorance about the Sikh tradition and because the Sikh turban and beard is confused with Taliban and Isis.

Source: $125,000 Raised in Denver for Sikh Media Campaign | SikhNet