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Guyana foreign minister meets new Islamic organisation head


NEW YORK, USA — Guyana’s foreign minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birket, met last week with the new secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Amin Madani, on the sidelines of the United Nations 69th General Assembly,Guyana and Suriname, the only two Latin American and Caribbean countries to do so, joined the OIC in the 1990s.Madani recently was elected to ... Read More »

US President Barack Obama greets Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Adha


US President Barack Obama today sent best wishes to Muslims around the world, who are celebrating Eid al-Adha and those performing the Hajj pilgrimage this year. “As our Muslim neighbours and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the millions of pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings,” Obama said. Hajj brings together Muslims ... Read More »

Hindu-Muslim Family’s Choice of Cremation Arouses Anger


Friends and family remember Shafayet Reja as an affectionate young man who stayed up late to write poetry, danced exuberantly at weddings and explored the faiths of his father and mother with an openheartedness that led him to declare on his Facebook page, “I never get tired of learning the new things that life has to offer.” Shafayet Reja, left, ... Read More »

Lady al-Qaida: On the trail of the world’s most wanted prisoner


The message from the militants was revealing. “You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,” it said. “We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention, like our sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui. However, you proved very quickly to us that this is not ... Read More »

Why and how Westerners go to fight in Syria and Iraq


THE two young men in the bus from Antakya, in south-eastern Turkey, to Reyhanli, nearer the border with Syria, sported long beards, calf-length trousers and toted small drawstring bags with their minimal belongings. They spoke in broken Arabic to the bus driver (local Turks usually have a smattering of the language) but to each other in a regional British accent. ... Read More »

CAIR-CA Marks Milestone with 10th Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Conference at State Capitol


Beginning today, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will hold its 10th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) in Sacramento. WHEN: Thursday, August 7 – Sunday, August 10 Senate Floor Session: Saturday, August 10 at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, California CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916.441.6269, This annual conference brings together 45 ... Read More »

For Muslims in New York, Observing Ramadan Is a Blend of Rituals Far and Near


On a sweltering afternoon, Mohab A. Sewilam worked at his 40th Street lunch cart, serving hot dogs and gyros in the thick of the Times Square crowds. Finished cooking, he handed a hot dog to a waiting customer. But he had not eaten lunch himself this day, or for the previous two weeks. Like many of New York City’s estimated ... Read More »

White House Iftar dinner guests press Obama on surveillance of Muslims


Attendees of a White House dinner this week celebrating a Muslim holiday attempted to leverage their direct interaction with Barack Obama into a presidential commitment to discuss widespread and controversial surveillance of their communities. They left feeling they had Obama’s interest, but not much more. Less than a week after the Intercept, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, showed ... Read More »

Muslim children join their parents in fasting for Ramadan


Adam Alkhateeb was with family at the Newseum in the late morning of the fourth day of his Ramadan fast when his stomach started hurting — a lot. But was it just normal hunger-pain, he was trying to figure out, or pain signaling something was really wrong? If he broke his fast for no good reason, he’d need to give ... Read More »

Ramadan Forces Muslim World Cup Players to Decide: Religion or Sports?


With the Islamic holy month of Ramadan set to begin this weekend, dozens of Muslim World Cup players will have to make a tough call: which comes first — their religious beliefs or their athletic ambitions? During Ramadan, healthy adults are expected to fast — meaning no food or drink — during daylight hours for 30 days. Most Muslims wake ... Read More »