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Planned “Global Rally for Humanity” Anti-Islam Protests This Weekend

Another day, another Islamophobic event by white Americans to have us fear for our lives. In more than 20 cities across the United States, anti-Muslim rallies have been scheduled to take place planned through the Facebook page titled ironically “Global Rally for Humanity.” The page encourages “patriots” across the United States…

Muslim American Groups Demand Russia Stop Bombing Syria

Muslim American groups delivered a letter to Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. on Thursday, calling on Moscow to stop airstrikes in Syria. Zaher Sahloul, a senior advisor and board member of the Syrian American Medical Society, said the coalition of groups has asked Russia to be more productive in Russia…

Dozens Gather to Celebrate Eid at Annual Banquet

One hundred and thirty people packed into the Biotechnology Building on Saturday for Cornell’s annual Eid al-Adha Banquet, which boasted an upbeat atmosphere and diverse crowd. People who attended the banquet represented a variety of cultures and backgrounds, according to Hasna Zainul ’17, treasurer of the Muslim Educational…

Strengthening the idea of America by narrowing the divide between the West and Islam

Just recently, we Americans witnessed a young Muslim boy in Texas arrested over the clock he invented and simply wanted to show his teachers. Just recently, we witnessed Donald Trump fail to counter a questioner at a New Hampshire rally who essentially called for Muslim ethnic cleansing. As a Catholic raised in Northeast Ohio…

Pope Francis Picks Ground Zero for Interfaith Healing

Much of Catholic America is excited about Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States — and so are many American Muslims. Francis’ visit, said Imam Sayyid M. Syeed, “is even more important for Muslims than it is for Catholics.” How so? A pope 1,000 years ago exhorted Christians to launch the First Crusade against Muslims…

Local Muslim leader calls Carson’s statements ‘un-American’

The leader of Augusta’s mosque said Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s statement that a Muslim should not be elected president is “un-American” and goes against the Constitution. “The Constitution says never to test their religion for public office,” said Imam Mohammad Jamal Daoudi of the Islamic Society of Augusta…

Human Rights Advocates Say U.S. Response to Syrian Crisis Is Unjust

Human rights organizations say it is insulting that the United States is preparing to take in only 10,000 Syrian refugees next fiscal year, and rallied outside the White House on Wednesday to demand the country accept 100,000 Syrians instead.”This idea that the U.S. will take 10,000 more is an injustice and an insult to…

Pope Francis US Tour: Muslim Leaders Prepare To Welcome ‘Pope Of The People’

Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, a longtime Muslim interfaith activist, said he admires Pope Francis for his eagerness to address human rights, environmental issues and “the sacredness of life.” Abdur-Rashid, who leads a largely African-American community, noted that the Argentinian pope has focused on issues that particularly…

Muslims Launch Initiative for Woman-Friendly Mosques

I was blessed to attend the 52nd Annual Convention in Chicago this past weekend. Among the many great sessions was the launch of the campaign to make mosques in America more woman-friendly. It was an electrifying session. Yet, not only did I witness the launch of this initiative, but I was blessed to add my […]

‘We Need Pens, Computers Not Guns and Grenades’

A member of British House of Lords, Nazir Ahmad on Tuesday said that ‘Tripartite negotiations between Governments of India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership’ is the only way to resolve the “outstanding dispute of Jammu & Kashmir.” He was speaking during the 52nd Annual Convention…