2016/12/27
A Muslim-owned Turkish restaurant is opening its doors to give free festive meals to the elderly this Christmas Day.The Kent restaurant is part of the Community Christmas charity scheme, intended to ensure no one is left alone on December 25.A range of different restaurants, from Caribbean to Indian and also McDonalds, are taking part.They will keep their doors open on the big day and some will be serving free meals...
2016/12/14
ST. LOUIS, MO. - A local Muslim group called Project Downtown is giving back to the community this holiday season.Volunteers spent Saturday preparing 100+ meals that were made from scratch to deliver them to St. Louisans in need. It's something they've been doing every single Saturday since 2013.One of Project Downtown's organizers, Abbas Ali said, "Every week is something different. Make the same food and people...
2016/12/10
In the opening to her new book, Muslim Cool, the Purdue University professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer makes an ambitious declaration of intent: Her research “poses a direct challenge to [the] racialization of Muslims as foreign and as perpetual threats to the United States.” For more than a decade, Khabeer has worked with young Muslims, largely in America, who are interested in art, fashion, and activism—and think about...
2016/12/07
A 19-year-old Minnesota woman made history in the state's Miss USA beauty pageant over the weekend, becoming the first contestant to compete in a hijab and burkini.Halima Aden, 19, didn't win the competition — she made the top 15 in a contest of 45 — but she still took the showing as a victory."This is a big win for us," she told NBC affiliate KARE. "I'm the first to do this, and I'm hoping to see more Muslim women...
2016/12/07
The first wholly Sharia law compliant retail bank in Scotland has opened for business with a branch in Glasgow. Birmingham-based Al Rayan Bank, which already has around 2,000 customers in Scotland, has set up the office at the Fitzroy Place premises of the Islamic Finance Council UK.Chief executive Sultan Choudhury said: “We have many Scottish customers, who in the past have managed their accounts through our online...
2016/11/29
The David Collection in Copenhagen boasts one of the world’s most impressive holdings of Islamic art. Its director, Kjeld von Folsach, talks to Apollo about building the collection and why it has a role to play in contemporary cultureThere are many different kinds of museum directors. Some are essentially scholars, others bureaucrats. A third group belongs to those who are by nature collectors – or would be if given...
2016/11/23
(CNN) - The country on Tuesday elected for president a man who once proposed "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."Now, the first Muslim-American elected to Congress is eyeing the position of chairman of the Democratic National Committee.ep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is looking to make a run for the influential post, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Although Ellison...
2016/11/16
For the city of Dearborn, Michigan, where one-third of the city’s 96,000 residents are of Arab descent, the presidency of Donald Trump is almost certain to be volatile and unpredictable.Just after 2.40am on Wednesday, when the election was called for the Republican nominee, Muzammil Ahmed, the chairman of the Michigan Muslim Community Council who attended an election watch party in Dearborn Tuesday night, tried to...
2016/11/13
In an election that starkly divided the country on Tuesday, one result was a glimmer of hope for people who opposed Donald Trump: Minnesota elected America’s first Somali American legislator, Ilhan Omar.The 34-year-old, who came to America as a refugee almost 20 years ago, beat out a Republican opponent to gain a seat in the state house of representatives.“Tonight, we are celebrating this win, our win. But our work...
2016/11/09
BIRMINGHAM – More than 100 Alabama Muslims gathered outside the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center to pray for rain, as the Birmingham Water Works Board announced their customers are under a Stage Four “Extreme Drought Emergency” as of last Friday.“As American Muslims, we are concerned about our state is going through,” Imam Dr. Sameh Asal told WBRC on Monday, November 7. Muslims’ prayer for rain, or Salat-ul-Istisqa,...

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