Thomas Jefferson fought to ensure the rights of Muslims

Thomas-Jefferson-QuranBy Denise Spellberg, Salon.com

Excerpted from Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an

[He] sais "neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion." -- Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776

At a time when most Americans were uninformed, misinformed, or simply afraid of Islam, Thomas Jefferson imagined Muslims as future citizens of his new nation.


NYC Republican Mayoral Candidate Defends NYPD Muslim Spying

joe-lhota-speakingJoe Lhota attacks the Associated Press while defending the controversial program in a BuzzFeed interview.

Andrew Kaczynski, BuzzFeed

New York City Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota defended the NYPD’s broad surveillance of Muslims and attacked the Associated Press’ Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting during a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed Tuesday.


How Muslims Wash, Bury Their Dead

body-washing-dummyBy Tasnim Shamma, WFAE

When a loved one dies, most of us turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In the Islamic tradition, it’s different. Family members often help wash and bury their bodies within 24 hours. But first, you have to learn how to do it.


TSA Hajj Traveler Awareness: Know Before You Go

airplaneTSA understands that the Hajj is a significant event for Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. Many observant Muslims perform Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Madinah in Saudi Arabia. Each year, more than a million pilgrims take part in the Hajj, including over ten thousand Americans. The dates for Hajj this year are Sunday, October 13, through Friday, October 18, 2013. The travel period this year will commence a few weeks before Hajj and end several weeks after its conclusion.


Catholic campus houses Suffolk's first Muslim school

Muslim-school-Catholic-campusBy Bart Jones, Newsday

In classrooms where Catholic girls once studied the Bible and prayed the Our Father, young Muslims now study the Quran and pray in Arabic.

The girls no longer wear uniforms of skirts and blazers, but traditional Muslim floor-length dresses called jilbabs, with hijabs covering their heads. Boys are neatly attired in light blue dress shirts and navy blue pants.


"Find Jesus in the Quran" billboard drawing attention

Jesus-QuranMyFoxAtlanta

ATLANTA - A billboard on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard is raising a few eyebrows. The sign, located just before Interstate 285 reads "Find Jesus in the Quran."


My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country

CBP-badgeEarlier this month, On the Media producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation. Sarah tells the story of their detainment, and her difficulty getting any answers from one of the least transparent agencies in the country.


Tenn. Schools Cut Field Trips to Religious Venues After Mosque Flap

Sumner-County-schoolsBy Tena Lee, Tennessean

Sumner County Schools students will no longer be allowed to take field trips to religious venues after the stepfather of a Hendersonville High School student accused the school of promoting Islam.


Abercrombie & Fitch loses headscarf bias suit and sales are plummeting

Abercrombie-CEOBy John Kruzel, Slate.com

In 1992, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries took a staid, century-old sporting apparel store, injected it with teenage hormones, and grew the rejuvenated company into a multibillion-dollar retail chain. He has also personally discouraged unattractive, unpopular, and overweight customers from shopping at Abercrombie, and during Jeffries' tenure as chief executive, the company has faced numerous discrimination lawsuits.


Muslim Veterans Honored for Making a Difference

MN-Muslim-vetsZafar Siddiqui, Star Tribune

Two Minnesota Muslims, Sakinah Mujahid and Mohammad Zafar, were among those who were honored at the 25 Veterans' Voices Awards ceremony at the Minnesota Humanities Center on 9/11/2013. The 25 Veterans' Voices Award highlights veterans who have made "exceptional contributions to the community, in business, health care, public safety, education, the arts, government or any other endeavor which merits recognition." It features young veterans who "have not merely returned to civilian life but are thriving and giving back to their Minnesota communities."