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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 […]

Previous Posts

Qu'ran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
As the Independence Day celebrations draw near, it's time to talk (once again) about the role of women in American Islam. Yes, this blog (despite digressions abroad) centers on Muslims in the United States. Women here are regarded differently ...

posted 7:16:51pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Stories of Resilience
Theme for the 52nd annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is "Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative". The confab takes place September 4 through 7, 2015, in the Donald E. Stephens Convention ...

posted 1:40:40pm Jun. 22, 2015 | read full post »

No-Fly List Dispute
"Four Muslim men who have accused FBI agents of putting them on a no-fly list because they refused to become informants want to pursue damages against the agents even though the travel ban has been lifted, the men's lawyers told a federal judge ...

posted 1:38:23pm Jun. 18, 2015 | read full post »

The Hijab Dilemma
“Every time I walk into the room, the first thought is, ‘There’s a Muslim,’ ” said Ms. [Zahra] Cheema, 25, the American-born daughter of Pakistani immigrants, describing that moment when she meets with a potential employer or argues a ...

posted 1:29:36pm Jun. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Hijab as Religious Expression
"The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned down a Muslim job applicant because she wore a hijab, even though her religious beliefs never came up in ...

posted 1:09:17pm Jun. 02, 2015 | read full post »

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