WA: Muslim Magazine Treads Carefully

By 5:30 on a recent Sunday morning, when most people in his suburban Issaquah neighborhood were still asleep, the unpaid publisher of Washington's largest Muslim magazine was already hard at work in his tidy den. After morning prayers, Nazeer Ahmed Basheer, who on weekdays works for a cellphone company, sat at the computer doing his other job: publishing Our Rising Star. An English-language publication that was founded here 10 years ago as a Muslim newspaper with an academic and international bent, Our Rising Star has since morphed into a family-oriented magazine. It features articles, for instance, on whether it's OK to let Muslim kids read Harry Potter books, and reviews of movies such as "Kingdom of Heaven." (MORE)


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