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Protest at Kansas school after student told to remove hijab

October 23, 2020

 

Officials at a Kansas high school are investigating after a student was told to remove her Islamic head scarf, known as a hijab, prompting other students to stage a demonstration.

A spokeswoman for the Geary County School District said officials are still determining details of the incident, but a student reported an employee at Junction City High School told her to remove the hijab on Tuesday.

 

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Muslims in Michigan, a key vote in a must-win state, on track for record turnout

October 23, 2020

 

With his Lebanese last name and his Muslim background, Mike Chehab, an attorney from Sterling Heights, Michigan, said he has heard prejudiced comments during his run this fall for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Chehab is a third-generation American — his great-grandfather came to Michigan in the early 1900s and his father built automobiles in nearby Warren — married to a Catholic. But in his Detroit suburb, parts of which are known as “Little Baghdad” for the Iraq War refugees who found work in...

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An experiment in unity: Jews, Christians and Muslims mingle on shared campus

October 21, 2020

 

At a time when the nation feels more divided than ever, one unlikely group in Omaha, Nebraska, is trying to bring people together.

The Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique experiment in unity, sprawling across 38 acres on the edge of the city, almost smack in the center of America. There's a synagogue, a mosque and a church — and on Saturday, Tri-Faith introduced a new interfaith center, the final piece of a plan that was...

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After St. Paul mosque vandalized multiple times, CAIR-MN asks for community support

October 15, 2020

 

After someone went into a St. Paul mosque’s school building and spraypainted all over, leaving extensive damage, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for community support.

There have been several acts of vandalism at the Dar Uloom Islamic Center in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood in recent months, but the first caused more than $20,000 in damage to the school building over the summer, according to CAIR-Minnesota.

“We are not concerned about residents in the immediate neighborhood around Dar Uloom Islamic Center, who have been...

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In San Diego, Black Muslims are working to expand voting access in jails

October 13, 2020

 

Most inmates in California jails are eligible to vote. But former inmate Christopher Jackson says few of them actually know that. Fewer still have any idea how to cast their ballots from behind bars.

During the months Jackson spent in custody at San Diego Central Jail and George Bailey Detention Facility, he registered about 200 of his fellow inmates to vote ahead of the 2018 municipal elections.

Nearly all, he said, were surprised to learn that Californians in pretrial incarceration can legally vote, or that their votes for city council members or...

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Proposed Prince William Co. school calendar adds Jewish, Hindu, Muslim holidays

October 13, 2020

 

Prince William County school officials added Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim holidays to a tentative 2021-2022 calendar for the Virginia school system, and are asking parents to weigh in.

The proposed calendar would include the following:

  • Jewish new year of Rosh Hashanah;
  • Jewish day of atonement Yom Kippur;
  • Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights;
  • Eid al-Fitr, which marks breaking...
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Supreme Court Hears Case of Muslims on No-Fly List

October 8, 2020

 

The Supreme Court has in recent years been quite receptive to lawsuits claiming violations of religious rights. But the justices seemed torn on Tuesday over whether to allow three Muslim men to sue federal officials for money under a law protecting religious freedom.

“Federal agents put my clients on the No-Fly List because they refused to spy on innocent coreligionists in violation of their Islamic beliefs,” Ramzi Kassem, a lawyer for the men, told the justices, who heard the case ...

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A Muslim athlete was disqualified from her high school volleyball match for wearing a hijab

September 29, 2020

 

A Tennessee high school athlete was disqualified from a volleyball match for wearing a hijab, prompting calls for a statewide rule change.

Najah Aqeel, a freshman at Valor Collegiate Prep in Nashville, was warming up for a match on September 15 when her coach said a referee had refused to let her play due to her headscarf.

The referee cited a casebook rule requiring athletes who wear a hijab to be granted authorization from the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). Najah, 14, said she did not have authorization, but that it wasn'...

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How COVID affects religious organizations at UM

September 23, 2020

 

As the University of Miami continues to respond to pandemic, Father Philip Tran the university’s full-time chaplain at St. Augustine Parish says UM’s religious organizations are also concerned about the spiritual health of the student body.

He, along with the rest of the religious organizations at UM, say they are trying to adapt in order to make sure their members can still be a part of their religious communities.

While there have been many setbacks for this upcoming semester, Tran says he believes that UCatholic has been successful. They have...

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Muslim woman sues Los Angeles Police Department for forcibly removing her hijab

September 18, 2020

 

A 26-year-old Muslim woman is suing the Los Angeles Police Department a year after she said officers forcibly removed her hijab.

The federal lawsuit, filed Thursday (Sept. 17) in the Central District of California, names the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore, police Detective Corey Harmon and four officers as defendants.

On Sept. 17, 2019, officers handcuffed and...

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Building interfaith community at work

September 10, 2020

 

There are lots of ways to be an “only” at work; mine has always been my faith. I’m a visibly Muslim woman who’s been wearing a headscarf, aka hijab, since I was 16 years old, out of my own desire and love for my faith. In the month of Ramadan I fast in an office filled with free snacks, regular lunch meetings and all the coffee one’s heart can desire. I strive to pray five times a day, which can be hard when there’s no space to pray at work.

I don’t drink alcohol and feel a bit uncomfortable at bars and happy hours where much of the team building and...

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Staying spiritual, safe: Campus religious groups adapt to social distancing

September 9, 2020

 

The Hillel Jewish Student Union used to pack hundreds of students into its Forbes Avenue building almost every Friday evening. Although students can no longer gather in crowded rooms, they’re still spending their Fridays with a few friends and a whole lot of challah.

From socially distant Shabbat to virtual Bible studies to international pen pal programs, students of various religions are solidifying their faith and their communities while following public health...

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Trump’s travel ban motivated Muslims to participate in politics. Now, they’re eyeing local office

September 9, 2020

 

The five young Muslim Americans huddled around a table inside the Yemeni coffee shop, pouring adeni chai into curved red and gold glasses. Voice by voice the discussion turned to why they must make their presence felt on Nov. 3, and the need to hold politicians’ feet to the fire on issues like immigration, racial justice and foreign policy.

“For a long time, Muslims have felt a lot of bigotry and racism, and just feeling like our contributions in society weren’t looked at or held like other communities,” Adam Abusalah, 19, told the group from behind his mask...

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Islamic Beliefs

Islamic beliefs inform the worldview, lifestyle, and practices of Muslims worldwide. Amongst Sunni Muslims, the key tenets of faith are belief in: God, angels, revelations, prophets and messengers, the Day of Judgement, and divine decree. While Shi’a Muslims generally agree on these beliefs, they also add Imamate as a foundational tenet.... Read more about Islamic Beliefs

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