(RNS) Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the
power of the Internet means he won't soon be forgotten. And that,
experts say, could make him just as dangerous dead as he was alive.
(RNS) An amendment to Oklahoma's constitution that bans state judges
from considering Islamic law will face its next legal hurdle on Monday
(Sept. 12) when a federal appeals court considers its constitutionality.
A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful
of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of
Islamophobia, according to a report issued by the left-leaning Center
for American Progress.
(RNS) After all the books, speeches, seminars, Facebook posts and mosque
open houses to teach Americans about Islam in the wake of 9/11,
Americans say they now know more about Islam than they did 10 years ago.
The problem, pollsters say, is that Americans don't seem to like
what they're learning.
(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks,
there were stories of men named Muhammad who started going by "Mo,"
mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low and women leaving their
headscarves at home.
(RNS) Brown, sticky, and wrinkly, dates seem a sad or unremarkable
fruit. But every Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that began on Monday
(Aug. 1), dates take on tremendous religious significance for the
faith's 1.6 billion followers.
Throughout the world, Muslims will break Ramadan's required daytime
fasts just as Prophet Muhammad did nearly 1,400 years ago: with dates.
(RNS) With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 looming, attendees at North
America's largest Muslim gathering next month will be told that the best
way to deal with Islamophobia is not to lay low, but get involved in
politics, interfaith work and community affairs.
Officially, President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his
State Department speech in May, but U.S. Muslims were equally interested
in how their faith will be treated in a post-Osama bin Laden era.
(RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for
Democracy, an eight-year-old group that twins conservative and Islamic
values, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the more visible Council on
Residents of the northern German city of Lübeck have long taken pride
in four native sons—three Catholic priests and a Lutheran pastor—who
were beheaded in quick succession on November 10, 1943, by the Nazi
(RNS) When Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca asked Sgt. Muawiya
"Mike" Abdeen to set up a liaison unit to local Muslims in 2008, the
idea was to build bridges to a community that is often fearful of, or
unknown to, law enforcement.
It was tough going at first, said Abdeen, a 23-year veteran of the
They were moved when the first Muslim elected to Congress shed tears
discussing a Muslim who died trying to save others on 9/11. They were
irked by accusations from House members and annoyed when fellow Muslims
maligned their faith.
At times they constituted an Amen corner. At other moments, they jeered and glared at the images beamed live from Capitol Hill.
(RNS) A former FBI counterterrorism director on Tuesday (March 8)
rejected allegations by the chairman of the House Homeland Security
Committee that Muslim Americans don't cooperate with law enforcement in
Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, will open hearings on
Thursday about Muslim radicalization that critics say unfairly singles
(RNS) Is sending a secret informant into a mosque in search of
terrorists proactive policing, or a violation of worshippers' civil
That's the question a federal judge will have to answer after the
American Civil Liberties Union and the Council of American-Islamic
Relations filed a lawsuit Tuesday (Feb. 22) in Los Angeles against the
Is the pop standard "Baby It's Cold Outside" a heartwarming ode to
winter romance or the worst example of American hedonism? After hearing
the song at a Colorado church dance in the late 1940s, Egyptian exchange
student Sayyid Qutb viewed the song as a moral indictment of the West—a
view that some say could now shape the future of Egypt.