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The Sweetness of the East African Ramadan of My Childhood

The Sweetness of the East African Ramadan

I was born and bred in East Africa by the shores of the Indian Ocean. There, the palm trees swayed in the night to the lullaby of the breeze from the ocean, filling the air with the aroma of the sea. I Towards the end of Shaban, the nights prior to Ramadan were filled with …

Meet Muneera Rashid - The Vibrant British Muslim Artist

Meet Muneera Rashid - The Vibrant British Muslim Artist

“If We Aren’t Allowed to Take Up Space, We’ll Create Space Ourselves.” Muneera Rashid Muneera Rashid, one half of the hip-hop duo ‘Poetic Pilgrimage’, is a Jamaican-British slam poet, public speaker and actress. As one of the speakers during the Belgian arts centre De Roma‘s ‘female focus’, the vibrant artist gave her perspective on what feminism, decolonization, …

Tips to Develop Ithar (Selflessness)

Stories and Tips to Develop Ithar (Selflessness)

Itahr, or selflessness, is one of the noble qualities emphasized in Islam. One who is selfless places concern for others above concern for himself. The selfless person is generous with his time and freely lends aid and support to others. The opposite of selflessness is selfishness, which involves being concerned with one’s own well-being without regard for the …

Muslim Fishermen Who Saved Lives in Wildfire Granted Greek Citizenship

ATHENS – The Muslim migrants who saved lives during Athens wildfire last July have been granted Greek citizenship in a ceremony attended by the Greek President, BBC reported. “You are now European citizens too, and so you can teach all our partners who don’t realize the values of Europe, to do what they ought to …

To Become Citizens, Denmark Requires Muslims to Shake Hands

But Denmark is not alone on this. Switzerland and France have recently cited “lack of assimilation” in rejecting citizenship to foreigners who refuse to shake hands with officials. COPENHAGEN – In a move seen as deliberately targeting religiously conservative Muslims, Denmark has passed a law stating individuals who take citizenship tests must shake hands during ceremonies. …

US Muslim Faith Leaders Join Pro-Immigrants Protest

SAN DIEGO – Leading Muslim imams and scholars joined other local and national faith leaders at the San Diego-Tijuana border on Monday, December 10, in an act of peaceful civil disobedience in support of asylum-seekers and immigrants. “We stand today, tomorrow and every day, committed to ensuring that every human being receives dignified treatment and …

Canadian Muslims, Christians Launch Campaign against Discrimination

LONDON – In an Ontario city where more than one-fifth of the population is comprised of immigrants, five churches and a mosque are sending a targeted message that they embrace everyone in the community regardless of faith or ethnicity, London Free Press reported on December 10. “The purpose of the campaign is to change the …

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Dutch Still Get it Wrong on Muslims: New Study

AMSTERDAM – According to Ipsos Perils of Perception survey,  the Dutch people, fuelled by Islamophobia, overestimate the number of Muslims in the Netherlands and the percentage of the population born abroad, Dutch News reported on December 6. The research, which takes place in 37 countries, shows that the Dutch think 26% of the population were born outside …

Regina Farm Embraces Diversity with Halal Meat

Kim MacDougall has had sheep for decades and he and his family have filled a niche need for Regina’s immigrant population by providing halal meat They started out butchering for a few close friends, but as Regina’s immigrant population grew, so did the market for halal meat. REGINA, Saskatchewan – A local farm in Regina, …

NY Faith Leaders March to Support Refugees, Muslims

ITHACA, New York – About 60 people of different faiths marched together in Tompkins County, New York, on Saturday, November 3, to show solidarity with immigrants and refugees and call for compassionate immigration policies as part of the worldwide “Share the Journey” campaign. “Let us make this pilgrimage today as a way to stand in …



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