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“Singapore Elects First Female Muslim President”

From The Strait Times (Singapore) SINGAPORE – Madam Halimah Yacob is set to be Singapore’s next President, with the first presidential election reserved for candidates from the Malay community headed for a walkover. The 63-year-old former Speaker of Parliament was … Continue reading

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“Female Muslim Named Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate”

From Philly.com by John Timpane “I’m writing about identity,” says Husnaa Hashim, “about being multiple things at once – a woman, a Muslim, an African American. Authenticity is very important to me: I am all the things I am, all … Continue reading

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“Muslim Woman Shines on TV’s ‘Project Runway’ Show”

From Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) by Scott Pierce One of the contestants on the new season of “Project Runway” is a Salt Lake City resident who has, to her surprise, found herself representing her religion on the reality/competition show. To … Continue reading

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“Muslims Helping Disaster Relief Efforts in the South”

From Religion News Service by Yonat Shimron PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — When it comes to disaster relief, few outfits across the South have been as organized, efficient or cheerful as the Baptist and Methodist recovery networks. Whether it’s tornadoes, floods … Continue reading

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“South Asian Women Tackle Islamophobia & Patriarchy”

From The Village Voice by Aviva Stahl On a recent Saturday afternoon, after the rainclouds had cleared, a group of young South Asian women gathered under a bright blue sky in Frank D. O’Connor Playground, across Broadway from NYC Health … Continue reading

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VIDEO: “Virginia Mosque Starts Hospital Visiting Program”

From Voice of America A young member of a Muslim religious center near Washington, D.C. has created a program for people who are suffering health problems. But the program does not try to heal their bodies; it aims to help … Continue reading

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NPR: “Summer Camp Gives Muslim Kids Safe Space”

From National Public Radio by Leila Fadel The sun has set, the hiking, swimming and prayers are over and a group of kids are goofing off, taking turns telling corny jokes in the woods. “Why did the cow cross the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: “Muslim Women Learn Self-Defense in NYC”

From New York Post A New Yorker is preparing Muslim women to protect themselves against hate crimes. Rana Abdelhamid, from Queens, is the founder of the International Muslim Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment, a grassroots organization that offers self-defense classes and teaches leadership … Continue reading

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“Canadian Muslim Wins World Entrepreneur of the Year”

From Financial Times Son of immigrants to Canada uses lentil business empire to help feed refugees Murad Al-Katib has been named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, not only for his success in building a business empire focused on … Continue reading

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VIDEO: “Halal Food Truck Hit With ‘F-ck Muslim’ Messages”

From Gothamist Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Astoria after a halal cart operator was pelted with eggs and Islamophobic messages earlier this week. The unidentified attackers threw several eggs at food vender Farid el-Baghdadi, with one of … Continue reading

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