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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

Ramadan Around the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan is observed in diverse ways in different Islamic countries and Muslim communities around the world. Here’s one author’s round-up. Do you do something differently? How do you observe Ramadan where you live?

Ramadan and the Olympics: A Dilemma for Athletes

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s no question that travelers are able to postpone the fasting requirement of Ramadan. But what does that mean to an Egyptian-born fencer in 2012? Here’s a look at Sherif Farrag’s dilemma: “How Best To Compete During Ramadan Fast”.

Zakat for Ramandan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Where is your charitable contribution during Ramadan going? .

Ramadan Begins Friday

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan is a Holy Month for Muslims. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar (which is lunar, not solar), it begins tomorrow, July 20, 2012. Significantly, the first verses of the Qu’ran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during this […]

Ramadan: the basics

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan has two basic meanings. First, it is the name of the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. Second, it is the designated month of fasting (from dawn until dusk). It can be compared to the Christian observance of […]

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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 »

What Actually Happened in Garland?
Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Hamid Soofi, 34, both of whom attended the same mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, turned up at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Sunday in body armor and carrying weapons. Both were shot and killed by a Garland ...

posted 12:34:12pm May. 05, 2015 | read full post »

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