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Hijab Incident Prompts Mass. Bar Examiners to Review Religious Clothing Rules

Iman-Abdulrazzak-2Lisa Wangsness, Boston Globe

Iman Abdulrazzak, an observant Muslim, realized at the last minute that she needed special permission to wear her headscarf while taking the Massachusetts bar exam. She scrambled to fax her request for an exemption to the ban on hats and other headwear. She called the board's office in Boston repeatedly to make sure it got through.

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Muslims gather in Richmond to celebrate Ramadan's end

Richmond-Eid-2013By Laura Kebede, Richmond Times-Dispatch

About 1,500 Muslims from around Virginia gathered at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Thursday morning to end the month-long fast of Ramadan. The worldwide ceremony Eid al-Fitr, which includes prayer, teaching and eating with family and friends, marks the end of fasting from food and drink from sunrise to sunset that started July 9 this year.

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Video: CAIR News Update, August 8-9, 2013


Topics covered in the video include:

  • CAIR-MN Named 'Nonprofit to Know'

  • CAIR-Sacramento Welcomes Pope’s Outreach to Muslims

  • CAIR Reps Urge Action to Address Global Terror Threat

  • Father of Muslim Shot by FBI Meets CAIR-FL Reps

  • CAIR Distributes Sample Eid Media Advisory to Muslim Communities

Eid Mubarak

As-salaamu 'alaikum and Eid Mubarak!

On behalf of CAIR's board and staff, we wish you and your family a happy and blessed Eid. We pray that God will accept all of our prayers, fasting, and good deeds.

Thank you for your generous support of CAIR this Ramadan and always.



Muslim 'Foodies' to Host California's First Halal Food Fest

halal-food-festBy Lisa Fernandez, NBC Bay Area

Muslims across the globe are poised to break pita on Thursday with a joyous festival called Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

And in California, Muslim foodies are also gearing up to celebrate the end of the fast with the state's first "Halal Fest," where nearly two dozen vendors will be selling everything from halal hot dogs to cake pops. All the goodies have been prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

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How they came to choose Islam

Pittsburgh-convertsBy Marina Bolotnikova, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philip and Sherry Snow grew up Catholic in predominantly Christian towns on opposite sides of the country. Today, Philip and Sherry go by Ibrahim and Safiye, live on the North Side with their four children -- and are devout adherents to Islam.

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Muslims love Jesus, too

I-heart-JesusBy Hesham A. Hassaballa, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

These were the beginning words of a now-viral Fox News interview with American religious scholar Reza Aslan about his new book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." As breathtaking as the ignorance of the question was, his calm and measured response was equally breathtaking:

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Anti-Islam Activists Are Freaking Out About Crayons Now

crayola-coloring-bookBy Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

Anti-Shariah activists have a new target in their sights: Crayola. Late last week the Pickens County (Ga.) Republican party posted a call to action on its website about a new promotion from the world's leading crayon manufacturer, which had begun offering free Islamic-themed coloring pages in honor of Ramadan.

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Fox News to Scholar: Why Would a Muslim Write a Book About Jesus?

Reza-Aslan-Fox-interviewBy Daniel Politi,

It's got plenty of competition but this may just be the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview on Fox News. At least in recent memory. Fox News anchor Lauren Green had religious scholar Reza Aslan on her show Friday to talk about Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, his book that has been stirring up some online controversy recently.

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