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The Oldest Mosque in America

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Mother Mosque of America, once known as The Rose of Fraternity Lodge, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is said to be the first permanent structure to be built specifically to serve as a mosque in the United States. Construction was […]

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Black Muslim Leaders: Elijah Muhammad

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

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Muslims Among African Slaves

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The shipments of human cargo in the mid-16th century (via the efforts of Sir John Hawkins) disembarked on Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico rather than on the North American mainland. The first black slaves to arrive in what is […]

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Who’s going to ISNA’s annual conference?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The 49th annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America takes place over Labor Day weekend in Washington, D.C. “One Nation Under God, Striving for the Common Good” is the theme for the event, set for August 31 through […]

What are the sacred places in Islam?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Well, sure, there’s Mecca. Let’s compile a list of the rest! Some (say, Medina) are obvious, others not so much. When you name the place, give some reasons why it should be on the list. For ideas, check out this […]

Black Muslim Leaders: Wali Fard

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

Visions of Islam Collide in the U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Two overarching stories can be told of Islam in America: that of traditional Islam as practiced in Muslim-majority countries and that of indigenous Islam, whose practitioners are popularly known as Black Muslims. These two threads began to intertwine in the […]

Back to the Beginning

posted by Suzy Shuraym

No: Islam did not arrive for the first time in North America in the mid-20th Century. It’s likely that the first Muslims to set foot in the Western Hemisphere arrived in 1492 on one of the three ships captained by […]

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ISIS and "The West"
"Much of the imagery of Western Orientalism of the past two centuries has a similar message, highlighting a binary difference between 'us' and 'them',” writes Frederick Bohrer in The Los Angeles Review of Books. "Would the ISIS videos even ...

posted 12:15:30am May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Black. Gay. Imam.
"Think you have challenges in your life? What do you think the challenges are for a gay, black, Muslim who is the United States’ first openly gay Imam?" Read more about Daayiee Abdullah, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.: Meet ...

posted 1:34:31pm May. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Do Muslim Babies Always Grow Up to Be Muslim Adults?
Here's a provocative assertion: "The recent Pew survey shows that Islam is the fastest growing religion, not because people are converting to Islam, but because they’re having more babies. The fertility rate is much higher than that of any ...

posted 12:01:15am May. 17, 2015 | read full post »

ISIS is at it again: Palmyra in its sites
The jury of public opinion is still out about whether ISIS had anything to do with the shootings in Garland, Texas, but there's no doubt they're still causing havoc in the Middle East. This week's target? The ancient city of Palmyra. (One ...

posted 12:38:56am May. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Did ISIS Really Do It?
ISIS has claimed "responsibility" for the two gunmen shot down in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. One wonders why, since the pair failed miserably in their attempt to kill some of the crowd at the event. Why crow about abject failure? As many ...

posted 1:02:55pm May. 06, 2015 | read full post »

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