By Tara Kulash, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Some St. Louis Muslims and Jews are realizing that they share more in common than they may have thought.
"Good deed," for example, translates to very similar words in Judaic and Islamic texts.
So on Wednesday's third annual Day of Service, members of the Jewish community completed a tzedakah, and Muslims completed a sadaqah.
Jason Margolis, PRI "The World"
Like most Latinos, Fletcher was raised in a Catholic family, but he says his parents also encouraged him to find his own truth. After briefly studying Christianity, Judaism, Taoism and Buddhism, Fletcher came to believe Islam was, in fact, the true religion of God.
By David Kravets, Wired Magazine
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is former Stanford University scholar Rahinah Ibrahim connected to Malaysian jihadists, as the FBI once suggested, or is she the victim of misguided U.S. bureaucrats who erroneously placed her on a U.S. terror watchlist? Is she even on a watchlist at all?
In 2005, a Stanford doctoral student named Rahinah Ibrahim tried to check in at the San Francisco airport for a flight to a conference in Hawaii. She was traveling with her 14-year-old daughter. Authorities arrested Dr. Ibrahim, a Malaysian citizen, at the ticket counter and detained her in a holding cell for two hours. After she missed her flight, she was released and told that she had mistakenly been placed on the government's no-fly list.
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 12/10/13) – More than 400 people turned out on Sunday for the 8th annual banquet of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego). The banquet was dedicated to the struggle of Nelson Mandela. Many of the speakers reflected on how to learn from his long struggle and how to make this world a better place.
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This year's banquet was moderated by CAIR-San Diego Executive Committee Member Noha Salem. Attendees included numerous local and state elected officials, interfaith leaders, civil rights advocates, and law enforcement officials.CAIR-San Diego presented awards to Omar Hassaine (CAIR-San Diego founder) and Edgar Hopida (its past public relations director) to honor their many years of commitment and service to the community and to the chapter.
Other speakers included Sheikh Yaser Fazaga, Max Blumenthal and CAIR’s Gadeir Abbas.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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By Catie Talarski, WNPR
South Windsor physician Saud Anwar is the state's first Muslim mayor. He sat down with Where We Live to talk about his faith, his vision for the town, and how he plans to juggle his busy schedule. Anwar is a native of Pakistan, who came to Connecticut via Illinois to study medicine at Yale.
By Linda Trimble, Daytona Beach News-Journal
DELAND -- A world history textbook that sparked a heated controversy over the way it covers Islam will remain in Volusia County high schools, the School Board decided Monday after hearing four hours of public comments about its merits and shortcomings.
Sunday school students learn techniques to prevent, address bullying
PHOTO: (L-R) CAIR-MD Operations Coordinator Salam Shaguj, CAIR National Outreach Coordinator Lauren Schreiber, and CAIR-MD Outreach Coordinator Mariam Mirza facilitate CAIR-MD's anti-bullying workshop at Masjid An-Nur in White Marsh, Md.