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Joseph Hammond

Joseph Hammond is an author at Religion News Service.

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Zahid Quraishi confirmed as first Muslim federal judge

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — The US Army veteran has been assigned to a federal district court in New Jersey.

Riz Ahmed launches new effort seeking to increase Muslims in Hollywood

By Joseph Hammond — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — While the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is spearheading the effort, he is joined by some of Hollywood’s leading Muslim professionals.

New e-prayer rug offers digital support to Muslim prayer

By Joseph Hammond — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — To help guide new and young Muslims, the rug uses voice prompts and an LED display that shows the correct postures of prayer.

Iranian politician, Hezbollah founder, dies of COVID-19

By Joseph Hammond — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — Mohtashamipour, 74, was one of the last living members of a generation of Iranians who played essential roles in the founding of Iran’s largely theocratic state.

Report: Number of mosques in US grows overall, but African American mosques in decline

By Joseph Hammond — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — The majority of America’s new purpose-built mosques are found in suburban areas, a shift that reflects the demographic footprint of Muslims in America. 

The film ‘Two Gods’ studies the life of a Muslim casket maker

By Joseph Hammond — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — The film ‘explores the juxtaposition of grief and the rituals of death with the vibrancy of coming of age,’ said director Zeshawn Ali.

American Jews and Muslim interfaith groups resume efforts after Gaza battles

By Joseph Hammond — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — Multiple faith leaders admitted such efforts were strained by the latest battles in the Holy Land.

Survey: Religion a key topic for many millennial moms during pandemic

By Joseph Hammond — May 21, 2021
(RNS) — Nearly a third of mothers discussed faith or spirituality last year, a new survey found.

Mustafa Akyol argues for Islamic reform from within

By Joseph Hammond — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — His new book calls for a revival of rational thought in Islamic theology.

American Muslim groups boycott White House Eid celebration

By Joseph Hammond — May 17, 2021
(RNS) — A number of prominent Democrats and Muslim American groups pushed back against the timing and fanfare of the event, as fighting between Israelis and Palestinians continues to rock the Holy Land.

China challenges UN event focused on its Uyghur population

By Joseph Hammond — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — China attempted to arrange a boycott of the United Nations event before ultimately deciding to make a last-minute appearance denying the various charges against its treatment of the country’s Uyghur minority.

Ramadan interfaith events go online for a second year

By Joseph Hammond — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — While in-person iftars have more 'electricity,' said one observer, online events generally have higher attendance than in-person events and attract more nationally known speakers.

Kyrie Irving’s recent conversion puts a spotlight on athletes observing Ramadan

By Joseph Hammond — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — Both amateur and professional athletes across the country must figure out how to continue competing well as they fast during the month of Ramadan.

To break Ramadan fast, many Muslims turn to apricot drink with ‘lunar’ name

By Joseph Hammond — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — In the Arab world, an apricot juice drink known as Qamar al-Din, or ‘moon of the religion,’ satisfies the requirements for breaking the daily fast.

Report details discrimination faced by American Muslims

By Joseph Hammond — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — The report, titled ‘Resilience in the Face of Hate: Civil Rights Report 2021,’ found a 9% increase in complaints in 2020, even as hate crimes fell by 20%.
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