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Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.

All Stories by Aysha Khan

‘The nuke we survived’: American Muslims breathe sigh of relief as Biden reverses travel ban

January 20, 2021

(RNS) — Over the last four years, more than 41,000 visa requests have been denied due to the ban.

Houston woman faces historic indictment over female genital cutting

January 14, 2021

(RNS) — The indictment alleges Zahra Badri knowingly transported a minor from the U.S. for the purpose of female genital cutting in 2016.

Pakistan attempts to prosecute Ahmadi US citizens for digital blasphemy

January 13, 2021

(RNS) — In 2016, Pakistan enacted digital regulations that allow authorities to block online content in the ‘interest of the glory of Islam.’

Muslim Pro, a popular prayer app, stops providing user data to firm selling to US military

November 18, 2020

(RNS) — An investigation by Vice News found that two Muslim lifestyle apps were among hundreds of smartphone apps whose users’ location data has been sold to companies passing data on to military contractors.

Across America, Muslims are becoming a fixture on the disaster relief landscape

November 9, 2020

(RNS) — Muslim American philanthropies are increasingly turning their volunteer efforts to emergency relief projects in the U.S.

Five states elect first-ever Muslim lawmakers, from Oklahoma to Delaware

November 5, 2020

(RNS) — On Tuesday, voters in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Oklahoma and Wisconsin all elected their state legislatures’ first-ever Muslim lawmakers.

Ismaili, Ahmadi Muslims push national voter registration efforts

October 26, 2020

(RNS) — Voter mobilization efforts in US Muslim communities have long been characterized and led by Sunni institutions and figures. That’s starting to change.

In San Diego, Black Muslims are working to expand voting access in jails

October 13, 2020

(RNS) — Pillars of the Community is hiring a team of pretrial inmates to register eligible voters from behind bars. The group’s leaders say it’s part of their faith as Muslims.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib joins Congressional Freethought Caucus

August 20, 2020

(RNS) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women in Congress, has joined the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

Body cam video released in 2017 police killing of Muhammad Muhaymin Jr: ‘Allah? He’s not going to help you’

August 20, 2020

(RNS) — Advocates are intensifying demands that Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the killing.

Muslim ICE detainees in Miami forced to choose between pork or rotten halal food, lawyers say

August 19, 2020

(RNS) — The ICE chaplain reportedly dismissed Muslim detainees’ repeated complaints by saying, ‘It is what it is,’ the legal advocates allege. 

Her American father was shot in a blasphemy trial in Pakistan. Now she’s fighting for justice.

August 19, 2020

(RNS) — Tahir Ahmad Naseem’s daughter is fighting for the U.S. government to deliver justice for her father — an American citizen who was killed while being tried on blasphemy charges in Pakistan.

Jim Wallis replaced as Sojourners editor after controversy over article on Catholic racism

August 14, 2020

(RNS) — Wallis said the decision to remove an essay criticizing white supremacists within the Catholic Church was wrong.

John MacArthur, Grace Community Church sue California officials over banning indoor worship, allowing protests

August 13, 2020

(RNS) — A suburban Los Angeles megachurch has filed a lawsuit to continue holding indoor services in person after California issued a second lockdown order in response to the pandemic.

How interfaith activism helped Saadia Faruqi change the face of children’s books

August 11, 2020

(RNS) – Saadia Faruqi’s writing draws on her two decades as a Muslim interfaith activist in Texas — and as the mother of two children.

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