(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.
(RNS) The federal government has filed suit against an Illinois
school district for not allowing a Muslim teacher to make the hajj
pilgrimage to Mecca, and the ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia
woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf.
(RNS) Backers of a referendum that would bar Oklahoma courts from
considering Islamic law admit they suffered a setback when a federal
judge issued a temporary injunction against the measure last month.
(RNS) Some 12,000 American Muslims are expected to join an estimated
2.5 million pilgrims in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for the hajj,
the annual Islamic pilgrimage that this year runs between Nov. 14 and
(RNS) Lawyers for the Oklahoma Attorney General's office have two
weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a
voter-approved state constitutional amendment that prohibits courts from
considering Islamic law.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sarah Albahadily will wear her headscarf
to a Brad Paisley concert and her cowboy boots to a mosque. There are
two things she says she never misses: Friday prayers or a University of
Oklahoma football game.
(RNS) Oklahoma state Rep. Rex Duncan expects his "Save Our State"
referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on
Nov. 2. He's less certain a similar measure could pass in Michigan.
The reason? Muslims have already established a foothold in and
around Detroit, and wield enough political power to stop it, he says.