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Trump Is Getting Out the Muslim Vote

Salim Jaffer moved to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. His family, along with the rest of the Indian community, had been expelled from Uganda in 1972 under the violent dictator Idi Amin and sought a respite in America.But he said he’s never felt in danger until this year. “As a Muslim, I feel […]

FBI investigating Islamic Society vandalism as a hate crime

Surveillance video show three vandals spray-painting slurs on an exterior wall of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, Ind. Provided by Plainfield Police Department The graffiti vandalism to the The Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield. This photo was digitally altered to hide the vandalism….

Trump is getting Muslims to the polls — to vote against him

Salim Jaffer moved to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. His family, along with the rest of the Indian community, had been expelled from Uganda in 1972 under the violent dictator Idi Amin and sought respite in America. But he said he’s never felt in danger until this year. “As a Muslim, I feel threatened,” […]

Trump Is Getting Out the Muslim Vote

Salim Jaffer moved to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. His family, along with the rest of the Indian community, had been expelled from Uganda in 1972 under the violent dictator Idi Amin and sought a respite in America. But he said he’s never felt in danger until this year. “As a Muslim, I feel […]

Hind Makki Makes Sure a Women’s Place is in the Mosque, If She Wants

Not long ago, women weren’t allowed to pray in some Chicago-area mosques. Hind Makki is working to change that.The 36-year-old blogger of Orland Park recounts a time in the mid ’90s when she went to a mosque on Devon Avenue with her father and her sister. She and her sister were denied entrance. “One of the elderly […]

This Christian Is Fed Up With Islamophobic Rhetoric

Catherine Orsborn spends a lot of her time thinking about how to put an end to Islamophobia forever. It’s part of her job as the campaign director for Shoulder to Shoulder, an interfaith coalition made up of over 20 national religious organizations. The group brings together religious groups that differ widely on theology…

Fighting Islamaphobia with songs of peace and hope

After last week’s incident of anti-muslim vandalism at the Islamic Society of North America’s mosque in Plainfield, I remembered a piece I wrote for NUVO three years ago. In it, I looked back to my childhood growing up in Hendricks County just a few short miles from the site of the mosque. Within the text […]

When the Tide of Islamophobia Reached My Hometown Mosque

The Islamic Society of North America’s headquarters sit atop a grassy hill overlooking Plainfield, Ind. The complex includes a prayer hall, a space for community events and a field house with a basketball court and playground. It is surrounded by cornfields. As the largest mosque in the Indianapolis area, it draws hundreds of families…

Islamic Society of North America thanks criminals after vandalism over weekend

The headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield was vandalized Sunday morning. The writings had profanity, racial epithets and references to suicide bombings and ISIS. The FBI has opened a hate crimes investigation.Somebody saw a truck drive away from the building around that time, but didn’t think anything of it…