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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?

Be Careful Out There

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From NBC News: “On Sunday and Monday, when Muslims will celebrate the end of Ramadan, even many who are less observant the rest of the year will be at mosques to pray. But many worshippers will celebrate amid heightened security […]

Previous Posts

NYPD Stops Routine Surveillance of Muslims
It's about time! The New York Police Department has shut down its controversial Muslim surveillance program. As reported on The Huffington Post, the decision "comes amidst two federal lawsuits against the NYPD's secretive Demographics Unit, and is the first major indication Police Commissioner

posted 12:51:09am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Russia vs. Islam?
Writing in an OpEd piece for the New York Times, Vali R. Nasr comments, "Russia’s problems with Muslim societies are bigger than the West’s. Some of its restless Muslim regions are turning to extremism; that is why Russia has always looked at the Arab Spring with suspicion, fearing that successf

posted 2:33:30am Mar. 11, 2014 | read full post »

"Innocence of Muslims"
"Google must take down a controversial anti-Muslim video on YouTube that sparked protests across the Muslim world because keeping it on the website violates the rights of an actress who sued after she was duped into appearing in the film," reports Howard Mintz of the San Jose (California) Mercury Ne

posted 10:35:30pm Feb. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Gender Segregation
Religious Freedom, Secular Forum, penned by Kenan Malik and printed in The New York Times discusses a topic that has come up many times in non-Muslim-majority countries: "Should gender segregation be allowed in Muslim public meetings." Please note that we're not talking about gender segregation i

posted 2:34:21am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Richard Dawkins is Not an Islamophobe
"The fact [Richard] Dawkins presents – that so few Muslims have won Nobel Prizes — does raise legitimate questions that Dawkins himself addresses in a blog post about the controversy he stirred up by his tweet. He points out that in view of the grandiose claims advanced by some Muslims for the

posted 9:00:04pm Dec. 09, 2013 | read full post »


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