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Students in Maryland school system to be off on Muslim holiday — and Lunar New Year

Elected officials in the Washington suburbs adopted an academic calendar for next school year that gives students a day off on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a move that followed the resolution of a possible conflict with Advanced Placement testing.

The calendar for 2020-2021 in Montgomery County, passed Tuesday by the county school board, designates May 13 as a teacher professional day so that students can be out of classes for the Islamic holy day.

Source: Students in Maryland school system to be off on Muslim holiday — and Lunar New Year – The Washington Post

Citing religious beliefs, electrician sues SEIU, Boston College over mandatory union dues

A religious discrimination lawsuit filed last month in federal court against a local union and Boston College is being hailed by anti-union groups for upholding individual workers’ rights — and railed against by union advocates who say it’s an attempt to weaken organized labor.

The plaintiff, a Muslim electrician and member of Service Employees International Union 32BJ District 615, informed the school and the union last fall that his religious beliefs conflicted with being part of the union. He requested that his dues be diverted to charity, and when no action had been taken a year later, according to the complaint, he sued.

Source: Citing religious beliefs, electrician sues SEIU, Boston College over mandatory union dues – The Boston Globe

Film follows ‘honest struggle’ of formerly incarcerated Muslims reentering society

Darrell Davis was 18 years old when he was first sent to prison.

By the time the former gang chief was released in 2013, after being found guilty of murder, aggravated battery and armed violence, he had spent more than half of his life on the inside. He had also discovered a new identity as a faithful Muslim, taking on the name “Sadiq,” Arabic for “honest,” as part of his resolution to leave behind his previous life of violence.

The documentary “The Honest Struggle,” directed by four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Justin Mashouf, follows Davis’ journey as he returns to the South Side of Chicago and builds a new life after 24 years behind bars.

Source: Film follows ‘honest struggle’ of formerly incarcerated Muslims reentering society – Religion News Service

College Board to expand testing options for AP exam on Muslim holiday

Responding to concerns about a possible conflict between Advanced Placement exams and a major Muslim holiday next school year, the College Board will expand testing options for the holy day of Eid al-Fitr in 2021.

College Board officials said Wednesday that tests planned for May 13 of that year — the expected date of the Eid holiday — would be given a second time on May 18, to support students observing the holiday.

Source: College Board to expand testing options for AP exam on Muslim holiday – The Washington Post

Muslim woman who was told to remove her hijab at Denver arena speaks out

Gazella Bensreiti says out of all the times she has visited the Pepsi Center, this one was different.

“When I entered Will Call, the security person that was working immediately waved at me and told me that I had to ‘take that thing off’ of my head,” she said during a news conference outside the Colorado Muslim Society Wednesday morning.

The “thing” the security person was referring to was Bensreiti’s hijab.

Source: Muslim woman who was told to remove her hijab at Denver arena speaks out

Muslim Americans win local races, despite hateful attacks

Safiya Khalid says the recent elections send a powerful message.

“You don’t win elections on the internet,” the 23-year-old said. “You win them at the doors.”

Khalid quit Facebook at one point during her campaign for a seat on the City Council of Lewiston, Maine, because she was getting so many hate-filled messages. Someone even posted her home address.

“I even saw one that said, ‘I will shoot you,’” she said. “One that said, ‘You should be stoned.’”

Source: Muslim Americans win local races, despite hateful attacks

Sustainable Halal Meat is Making Inroads in Muslim Communities

On a tidy two-lane road outside Columbus, Ohio, a hand-painted sign in red and white script hangs on the edge of a corn field. It reads “Bismi Allah Farms,” derived from the Arabic phrase “bismillah,” meaning “in the name of Allah,” or God, and a word said in reverence by practicing Muslims numerous times a day.

But “farm” is a bit of a misnomer. The four-acre operation, run by Ahmed Fram, a Moroccan immigrant and his family, is actually a licensed halal slaughter facility, where a centuries-old, sacred religious ritual converges with modern demand in a two-car garage retrofitted for the task.

Source: Sustainable Halal Meat is Making Inroads in Muslim Communities | Civil Eats

Lawsuit: Muslim boy questioned at Ohio school about religion

The parents of a 10-year-old Muslim boy who said he was questioned by an Ohio student teacher about his patriotism and religious beliefs and was told to undress to determine if he had been physically abused at home have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the boy’s civil rights were violated last November.

The lawsuit filed last week names the Lakeview Local School District, a teacher, the student teacher and a school nurse as defendants. The district is based in Cortland, roughly 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland.

Source: Lawsuit: Muslim boy questioned at Ohio school about religion | Religion | phillytrib.com

New England art exhibition shows another side of American Muslims

Next week, the Massachusetts State House in Boston will house a collection of artwork by 24 Muslim artists from the Midwest to Massachusetts.

The artwork is part of the annual art series “More Than My Religion,” now in its fifth year, a project organized by New England Muslim artists to reflect American Muslims’ multifaceted identities beyond their religious practice.

“We’re focusing on American Muslims because their narrative has been the most hijacked,” said organizer Irum Haque, a pastel artist in Westford, Massachusetts. “We want to reclaim who we are and tell our own real stories. And every art piece that hangs in the exhibition is the story of a human life as American Muslim citizens.”

Source: New England art exhibition shows another side of American Muslims – Religion News Service

High school athlete, 16, is disqualified at her cross-country meet for wearing Nike hijab

An Ohio high school athlete was disqualified from a cross-country meet for wearing a Nike hijab.

Noor Abukaram, who is a student at The Bounty Collegium, was preparing to check in for the Sylvania School District’s race at Owens Community College in Findlay, Ohio, on Saturday when her coach was told there was a problem with her uniform.

The 16-year-old has competed with the Sylvania Northview High School girls cross country team for the past three years and has never had a problem with her Nike hijab, which Nike specifically created for women athletes.

Source: High school athlete, 16, is disqualified at her cross-country meet for wearing Nike hijab | Daily Mail Online

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