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As Muslim community grows, Muslim funerals follow suit

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Until recently, many Muslims buried their loved ones in Muslim sections of Christian cemeteries, relying largely on non-Muslims to guide them through the process of death. As the Muslim population has grown, so has the need for Muslim-specific services like funeral homes and cemeteries. By Tim Townsend.

Muslims to gather to combat anti-Shariah movement

(RNS) Some 15,000 Muslims are expected at this weekend’s 37th annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America, the second largest Muslim convention in the country, where attempts to ban Islamic law are expected to take center stage. By Omar Sacirbey.

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Does love last longer in arranged marriages?

NEW YORK (RNS) The Unification Church has a new strategy for drumming up interest. Studies appear to show that arranged marriages like those practiced by Unificationists last longer. But will Americans take heed? By Daniel Burke.

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Guidelines seek line between free speech, bullying

WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of religious and civil rights groups released guidelines to balance two occasionally conflicting interests: students’ rights to free religious expression and their rights to remain safe from discrimination and bullying. By Lauren Markoe.