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Duke University Backtracks on Diversity

posted by Suzy Shuraym

This writer isn’t sure what to think about this turnaround on the part of Duke University’s administration. First they announced they’d do the call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower for Friday’s jummah prayer. Then, yesterday they come […]

Are you directing some of your alms to Syrian refugees?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

With Syria’s population struggling just to stay alive, the education system has fallen apart. Mac William Bishop of the New York Times visits volunteers who run unofficial schools for Syrian refugees. Here’s a video about the fight for Syrian schools.

Ramadan and Work

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In Muslim majority countries, Ramadan causes havoc with the work schedule — business just shut down or are open limited hours (often after sunset). What about in North America? How do you handle Ramadan in the workplace — especially when […]

Women Can’t Make the Hajj?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Nigerian officials say 908 Muslim women pilgrims traveling to Mecca face deportation from Saudi Arabia for traveling without male relatives.” Read the rest here. What would the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say?

Previous Posts

New York City schools will close for Eid holidays
According to the New York Daily News, New York City will recognize Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official school calendar starting in September.

posted 1:45:59pm Mar. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Use of Sharia Law in the U.S.
"According to Islamic law specialist Abed Awad, bans on sharia law are actually unconstitutional. Sharia law, like any foreign law or other religious law, is to be used as 'parol evidence' or 'extrinsic evidence' and provide cultural context for a ruling," writes Rahel Gebreyes in The Huffington Pos

posted 1:15:16pm Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Morocco's Hassan II Mosque
AFKTravel has a photo essay about the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Said to be the seventh largest mosque in the world, it cost some $12 million and was completed in 1993. The photo shows the top of the 60-story minaret, where there's a laser light shining the way toward Mecca. (

posted 1:25:36pm Mar. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Applying for a Job Wearing Hijab
According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court indicated yesterday (25 February 2015) it will side with a Muslim woman who didn't get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code to her job interview.

posted 1:56:41pm Feb. 26, 2015 | read full post »

An Example for ISIS?
"More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend," Reuters reports. The response? Norwegians said they'd form a peace circle a

posted 11:50:27am Feb. 23, 2015 | read full post »


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