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Ramadan’s start inspires central Ohio Muslims | The Columbus Dispatch

June 8, 2016
The ice cream shops were open all night when Nimet Alpay and her children visited her native home of Turkey during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.In a country that’s more than 99 percent Muslim, breaking each day’s fast at sundown is a community event. Families flock to parks, passengers on subway cars share whatever they have to eat with strangers, and ice cream and coffee shops are open at night.

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Q&A | Reynoldsburg woman talks about living as a Muslim woman | The Columbus Dispatch

June 8, 2016
North Sider Cynthia Cox Ubaldo, 52, became known worldwide last year when a video clip went viral showing her hugging an anti-Muslim protester outside Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Hilliard.She is one of several Muslim women to be featured at Dispatch.com during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours and focus more fervently on their faith.Ubaldo, a native of Reynoldsburg, was a Christian before she became Muslim in 2014, and wearing a headscarf has brought some challenges, including avoidance and unkind comments from strangers, discrimination...
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At Ramadan, Muslim migrants in Europe dream of family and comfort food - WorldWide Religious News/Reuters

June 8, 2016
At Ramadan, Muslim migrants in Europe dream of family and comfort food(Reuters, June 7, 2016)As Ramadan began in Germany on Monday, Syrian asylum seeker Khairallah Swaid said he would pray for a reunion with his wife, who is stranded at a camp in Greece, and crave his mother’s makloubeh, a meat and rice dish served during the fasting month.

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New White House Muslim Liaison Will Represent Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs - World Religion News

June 8, 2016
Zaki Barzinji is just 27-years-old. However, his experience in community outreach and counter-radicalization is very impressive. That is one of the main reasons why the White House recently appointed him as the new American Muslim Community Liaison. Barzinji is the former Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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When Muhammad Ali Met Billy Graham (Op-Ed) | Religion Dispatches

June 8, 2016
During the Republican primary, Donald Trump was criticized for failing to challenge a supporter who stood up and declared,* “We have a problem in this country—it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one.” Later, after the shooting in San Bernardino, California, Trump called for the banning of all immigration of Muslims until “we know what the hell is going on.” His rise to being the presumed nominee, and his considerable inroads into grassroots evangelical votes, accompanied (and no doubt benefited from) such messages.

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Muslim Boys at a Swiss School Must Shake Teachers’ Hands, Even Female Ones - The New York Times

June 1, 2016
When two Syrian immigrant brothers refused to shake their female teacher’s hand this year, it ignited national outrage in Switzerland.This week, the authorities in the northern canton of Basel-Landschaft ruled that the students, who studied at a public school in the small town of Therwil, could not refuse to shake their teacher’s hand on religious grounds. They said that parents whose children refused to obey the longstanding tradition could be fined up to 5,000 Swiss francs, about $5,050.

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Germany to Build World’s First All-in-One Synagogue, Church and Mosque - Breaking News – Forward.com

June 1, 2016
A decade ago, the idea of building a unique religious structure that would combine prayer halls for the three main monotheistic religions was first proposed during archaeological excavations of a plot on the southern end of the Fischerinsel (Fisher Island) in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin. In 2012, an international architectural competition was held to plan the building, combining a synagogue, church and mosque. The Berlin architectural firm of Kuehn Malvezzi was selected.The building, named the “House of One,” will not be large, only 670 square meters, and construction is...
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Muslim Hip-Hop Group Dance to Sway Islamophobia - World Religion News

June 1, 2016
Amirah Sackett, an American following the Islamic faith and a hip hop dancer with a number of awards under her feet, dances wearing the hijab. Her purpose: change the way the non-Muslims view Islam. She also wishes to smash a number of stereotypes via performance.  She has her own female only Muslim dance group, satirically-and aptly-named We're Muslim Don't Panic or simply WMDP.

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Amid growing tension, Muslim convention aims to dispel 'destructive myths' about Islam | The State

June 1, 2016
Amid a presidential campaign season that has seen increased anti-Muslim rhetoric, and in the wake of Islamic State-inspired attacks in California and abroad, a national Muslim-American organization is bringing its annual convention to Baltimore this weekend. It expects to draw tens of thousands for programs aimed at "dispelling destructive myths about the Islamic faith and about Muslim Americans."

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He Was Caught Trying To Join ISIS, Now He's In Jihadi Rehab - WorldWide Religious News

June 1, 2016
All eyes were on 20-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf when he stepped on the stand in federal court last week in Minneapolis to testify for the prosecution in America's largest ISIS recruitment trial.As Yusuf began to speak, his words provided a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how more than a dozen young men convinced themselves that the way to prove they were good Muslims was to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS.p

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London’s Muslim Mayor Cites Islamophobia in Pledging To Fight Anti-Semitism - Breaking News – Forward.com

June 1, 2016
( JTA ) — London’s newly-elected mayor, Sadiq Khan, endorsed a pledge co-signed by dozens of American and European mayors to fight anti-Semitism.Khan, a Muslim Labour politician who won the May 5 mayoral election by a broad majority, recently informed the Board of Deputies of British Jews of his decision to join the Mayors United Against Antisemitism initiative, the Board said in a statement published Thursday.

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