Iranian American wrestling champion leads effort to develop singlet for conservative Muslim women

By Daoud Kuttab — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston, the first American woman to medal at the world championships in freestyle wrestling, formed a committee to design a wrestling outfit for international competition that respects religious and cultural traditions.
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With National Rally showing strength in Sunday’s vote, French Muslims hold their breath

By Fiona André — July 5, 2024
PARIS (RNS) — While National Rally leader Marine Le Pen recently said no Muslim citizens would lose rights if her party won, Muslim leaders expect the closure of many mosques and Islamic schools, the deportation of foreign imams and stricter bans on wearing hijab if Sunday's vote goes her way.

Labour wins UK elections in landslide, but suffers losses in heavily Muslim areas

By Catherine Pepinster — July 5, 2024
LONDON (RNS) — Labour lost a handful of former strongholds to independent candidates standing on pro-Palestinian tickets.

Pakistani court sentences Christian man to death for posting hateful content against Muslims

By Asim Tanveer — July 3, 2024
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — In August 2023, groups of Muslim men burned dozens of homes and churches after some residents claimed they saw two Christian men tearing out pages from Islam's holy book, the Quran.

The new hijabi-only beach in Montenegro is a welcome sign of inclusivity

By Anna Piela — July 2, 2024
(RNS) — Discrimination against Muslim women at beach resorts and pools has become rife across Europe.

In UK, Muslims threaten electoral damage on Labour Party over support for Israel

By Catherine Pepinster — July 1, 2024
LONDON (RNS) — A number of parliamentary seats, once considered safe bets for the Labour Party, could be lost as Muslims organize around Gaza.

Custodians of the Hajj — who’s to blame for heat-related deaths?

By Dilshad Ali — June 27, 2024
(RNS) — One can’t sweep 1,300 deaths under the rug.

LA mayor considers buffer zones at houses of worship after protest at synagogue

By Alejandra Molina — June 27, 2024
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — An ordinance regulating masks at public demonstrations, however, would not ‘withstand judicial scrutiny,' the LA mayor said.

Harvard task forces find discrimination and harassment against Jews, Muslims

By Yonat Shimron — June 27, 2024
(RNS) — Their preliminary recommendations include more anti-harassment training and a high-profile series of talks that model respectful disagreement.

Why the swing state faith voters who really matter in 2024 aren’t evangelicals

By Bob Smietana and Jack Jenkins — June 25, 2024
(RNS) — MAGA evangelicals grab all the headlines. But it’s swing state faith voters — Catholics, mainliners and Black Protestants — who will likely decide the election.

More than 1,300 people died during Hajj, many of them after walking in the scorching heat

By Samy Magdy — June 24, 2024
CAIRO (AP) — More than 1,300 people died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as the faithful faced extreme high temperatures at Islamic holy sites in the desert kingdom, Saudi authorities announced Sunday.

Hundreds died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid intense heat, officials say

By Samy Magdy — June 20, 2024
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has not commented on the death toll amid the heat during the pilgrimage, required of every able Muslim once in their life, nor offered any causes for those who died. However, hundreds of people had lined up at the Emergency Complex in Al-Muaisem neighborhood in Mecca, trying to get information about their missing family members.

Pilgrims commence the final rites of Hajj as Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha

By Samy Magdy — June 18, 2024
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Masses of pilgrims on Sunday embarked on a symbolic stoning of the devil in Saudi Arabia under the soaring summer heat. The ritual marks the final days of the Hajj, or Islamic pilgrimage, and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world.
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