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Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner Held in Montville | TAPinto

June 5, 2019
Approximately 75 people gathered at the Montville United Methodist Church in Towaco May 10 for an interfaith Iftar dinner. The Iftar is the meal that Muslims eat after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan to break their daily fast. Christians, Jews and Muslims ate together at the meal, sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute, to learn something about the Islamic faith and share conversation and peace, in the words of Montville United Methodist Church Pastor Donald Kirschner.

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Muslims greet holy month of Ramadan fasting at first City Hall iftar dinner

May 10, 2019
For the first time in St. Louis’ history, City Hall was host to Muslims across the region breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The official recognition of the celebration meant a lot to St. Louis Muslims, said Donnel Malik Sims, a member of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and one of about 100 people in attendance, including elected officials and representatives of more than 16 mosques in the St. Louis area. “It means we’re welcome,” Sims said. “St. Louis is a place where we ca

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Reaching out for Ramadan

May 6, 2019
Metro area Muslims hope to share the traditions surrounding Ramadan through a series of community events planned for the coming weeks. Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, will begin for many Muslims at sunset on Sunday and end at sunset June 3, followed by the annual end-of-Ramadan Eid ul-Fitr festival on June 4. The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma (CAIR-OK), Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City and the Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma City have partnered with several community or

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In The Wake Of Recent Attacks, Boston’s Jewish And Muslim Communities Connect In Solidarity

May 2, 2019
On Massachusetts' third annual Open Mosque Day on Sunday, 18 mosques across the commonwealth opened their doors to the larger public as members answered questions and gave their neighbors a chance to get to know their local Muslim community. After prayer and a video presentation, Kashif Syed, who represents the outreach team at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, opened the floor for questions. One woman raised her hand to ask about oppression: “How does your community deal with that?” “We put ou

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New law requires professors in Washington to accommodate religious holidays 

May 2, 2019
A new state law makes it easier for college students to take time off for religious holidays. Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5166 into law on Monday (April 29), making Washington the first state requiring that institutions of higher education provide academic accommodations to students who need them for religious observances. This includes rescheduling exams and permitting absences, as long as the student notifies the professor of the needed accommodation within the first two weeks of class. College p

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In D.C., a call for restaurants to give fasting Muslims an alternative to IHOP in Ramadan

April 29, 2019
When it comes time for Muslims to break their Ramadan fast at sundown during Islam’s holy month, they traditionally start with a few dried dates. For their last full meal before a full day of fasting, many American Muslim families down a plate of pancakes at IHOP. It’s not because Muslims like pancakes more than other Americans. It’s because the 24-hour pancake house chain is often the only local restaurant open at suhoor, the meal eaten just before the ritual fast begins at daybreak. A new initiative cal

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Philly’s Muslim cabbies’ ingenuity and community build a mosque at the airport 

April 25, 2019
The words of the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, are identical wherever it is sung, in every country where Muslims worship. "Hayya 'alas salah" is sung around the globe five times a day, including outside a construction trailer parked in a remote lot at Philadelphia International Airport by a city taxi driver, Sylla Salif. "Hayya 'alas salah." "Come to prayer. Come to prayer." As Salif sang recently, men washed their hands in streams of water from spigots, as is the Muslim custom to prepare for prayer

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A Jewish-Muslim legal duo is turning heads in New York City 

April 15, 2019
In a world plagued by polarization and xenophobia, this Brooklyn judge and his law clerk rule in favor of peaceful coexistence.Judge Noach Dear, an Orthodox Jew, and his court attorney Deema Azizi, a Syrian Muslim refugee, have been turning heads at the New York Supreme Court since they began working together two years ago.“When people see Deema for the first time, they always do a double take,” he said. “With the response, ‘What a combination, an Orthodox Jew with a Syrian Muslim woman — it’s unbelieva

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How Hind Makki is changing the conversation around women's inclusion in mosques 

April 8, 2019
When Hind Makki leads workshops on inclusive mosques, she asks attendees what they do when they’re praying at the mosque and something goes wrong. What happens, for example, when the imam’s mic inevitably suddenly stops working? For men, the answer is usually simple. The imam speaks a bit louder, and those who still can’t hear the imam take their cues on when to stand, bend and bow from the row in front of them. “But for the women, they’re like, ‘It’s pandemonium,'” said Makki, a Chicago-based interfaith

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How new role models are inspiring young Muslim women to reimagine their lives 

April 1, 2019
When 23-year-old Rabia Khan was a student at Princeton University, she felt safe within the confines of its ivy-covered walls. That changed when she graduated. “I am hyperaware of whether someone will attack me or say racist things to me because I am hijabi,” Khan said. She is right to be concerned. A 2017 survey found that more than half of Muslim women living in the U.S. say they had experienced at least one incident of anti-Muslim discrimination in the last year. Women like Khan are watching closely as

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In Chicago, one mosque charts its own path 

March 28, 2019
On Friday afternoons, the tech startup staffers and other daily occupants of a downtown co-working space here are learning to coexist with a new neighbor down the hall: A small conference room on the third floor has been transformed into a Muslim prayer room. It’s not the most conventional setting for a mosque, but then little about Masjid al-Rabia is typical. Here, congregational prayer is typically led by a woman, as is the call to prayer. In fact, there’s no gender segregation of any sort: Men and wome

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We the (faithful) People: A coalition of religious groups is pushing to redefine faith in Colorado politics 

March 11, 2019
coalition of faith groups is showing up at the state capitol every Tuesday and taking on two big tasks: Pushing legislators for policy that reflects their values and trying to redefine the political voice of the faithful in Colorado. At the launch of Faithful Tuesdays in February, prayers from a Reform rabbi and a Unitarian pastor caused the heads of those gathered to bow, and short sermon-style speeches from a Catholic priest and an African Methodist Episcopal layperson echoed around the grand halls on th

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