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Supreme Court Rules for Muslim Inmate Over Prison Beard Policy

An Arkansas inmate is permitted to grow a half-inch (1.3 cm) beard in accordance with his Muslim beliefs, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday

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January 22, 2015

Students at MSU Write Short Guide to Muslims

From pronouncing the word “Muslim” to explaining Islamic holidays, a new guide written by students at Michigan State University aims to educate the public about Muslim Americans at a time when the issue of Muslims in the West is being intensely debated…

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January 22, 2015

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Islam Isn’t About Murder

“It’s not what Islam is about.” That was the clear opinion given by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of America’s most decorated athletes, on the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly.

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January 15, 2015

Ohio Man Arrested Planning Attack on U.S. Capitol

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Ohio man claiming sympathy with Islamic State militants was arrested and charged on Wednesday in connection with a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs, court documents disclosed. Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati researched the construction of pipe bombs, purchased a semi-automatic rifle and 600 […]

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January 15, 2015

Duke University Allows Friday Adhan

Starting from next Friday, Muslim students at Duke University in the US eastern state of North Carolina will be allowed to raise adhan or call to prayer on a weekly basis for Jumu`ah prayer (Friday congregational Prayer).

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January 15, 2015

Photo Gallery at Idaho State University Illustrates Muslim-American life

The term “Muslim” is not synonymous with “terrorist.”

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January 15, 2015

A Tribute to Dr. Maher Hathout

Dr. Fathi Osman, with whom I had the privilege to work in London, asked me to move to Los Angeles in 1989 to focus on the Minaret magazine and introduced me to Dr. Maher Hathout first time. For almost 16 years, there was not a single day when we did not talk, or meet or attend a function or share a forum pertaining to every aspect of Muslim life in America.

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January 8, 2015

Inspiring Women Discuss Their Motivation at ICNA-MAS Convention

ICNA-MAS held its annual national convention from December 26 to 28. Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib was featured in a panel discussion at ICNA-MAS’ annual national convention.

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January 4, 2015

Despite Death Threats, Cartoonists Challenge Religious Hatred and Censorship Online

Singh is based in New York City and launched Sikhtoons in the wake of 9/11. He says his inspiration came from political cartoonist Mark Fiore, whose work challenged hatred directed at Muslims and Sikhs after the attacks.

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January 4, 2015

Serial, Shaky Evidence, and Why Adnan Syed Deserves Better

Adnan’s story, combined with my own experiences, remind me of the saying, “There, but for the grace of God, go I…”

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December 24, 2014

Rabbi David Saperstein Confirmed: US Ambassador for Religious Freedom

The Senate has confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein as the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom

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December 18, 2014

The Muslim Observer Seeks Freelance Reporters Across the U.S.

The Muslim Observer (TMO) seeks energetic, experienced freelance reporters across the country to report on stories impacting the Muslim community.

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December 8, 2014

New Immigration Laws Lead to New Possibilities

Last week, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, making changes to immigration reform affecting almost five million undocumented immigrants across the county, and clashing with Republicans in the process.

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December 4, 2014

Hassen & Barghi Among 2015 Rhodes Scholars

Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, announced last week the names of the thirty-two American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States…

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November 26, 2014

Christian Beheads Roommate for Practicing Witchcraft, Religious Right Silent

But there’s one beheading in Oklahoma that has drawn nothing but silence from the “Christian” Right. Isaiah Marin of Stillwater, Oklahoma was charged …

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November 20, 2014

Nashville Treatment of Muslims is 21st-Century Disgrace

… instead of dwelling on the Nashville of the 1960s, I kept flashing to Middle Tennessee’s treatment of Muslims today…

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November 13, 2014

Zoya Khan wins Google Hackathon

Zoya Khan, a Wichita State University College of Engineering graduate student in computer networking, contributed the idea behind an app that won the People’s Choice Award at the Google Hackathon 2014, held Oct. 24-25 at the national convention of the Society of Women Engineers, in Los Angeles. She was one of only 75 participants selected […]

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November 13, 2014

Government Aggressively Seeks Defendant’s Associates; Defense Fears Intimidation

Tsarnaev trial

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November 6, 2014

Serve, Believe, Work

28th MMCC Unity Banquet gathers hundreds for inspiring speeches

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November 6, 2014

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