After Nice attacks, Pope Francis and French Catholics call for peace with Muslims

By Claire Giangravé — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The Catholic community in France must not give in to sterile anger,’ said one French lay church leader, ‘but must also have the courage to name and denounce evil.’

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Ismaili, Ahmadi Muslims push national voter registration efforts

By Aysha Khan — 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.

Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib denounce Facebook as complicit in anti-Muslim violence

By Alejandra Molina — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Their condemnation comes after a new report found that Facebook has played a role in anti-Muslim violence in Germany, Sweden, New Zealand and the United States.

Muslims in Michigan, a key vote in a must-win state, on track for record turnout

By Weam Namou — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Muslim areas around greater Detroit could be a key factor in who will be president in January.

Rohingya American voters ‘grateful,’ ‘excited’ to cast ballots for the first time in Chicago

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 21, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — About a dozen Rohingya refugees voted for the first time Tuesday (Oct. 20) at an early voting site in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Petition for a new American Girl doll asks popular toy company to tell the modern refugee story

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 20, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — ‘I think by inviting the American Girl Company to pay attention to the importance of refugee stories and people, we are showing God’s love to the world and to refugees,’ said Laura Laurie, petition creator.

French police operations underway after beheading of teacher

By Associated Press — October 19, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Sunday across France in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher.

‘Faith Vote’ 20-minute ad aims to cement liberal believers for Biden

By Jack Jenkins — October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Every moral issue is at stake in this election,’ Muslim civil rights advocate Linda Sarsour says in the ad.

Rihanna’s hadith fashion show moment has some asking: Is Islam too sacred for art?

By Dilshad Ali — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — Other faiths have all seen their texts and imagery used and abused by art and fashion. Islam and Muslims still enjoy — and expect — a bit more protection.

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

By Aysha Khan — 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.

The difference between heroes and martyrs

By Russell P. Johnson — October 8, 2020

(Sightings) — When we memorialize victims of police violence, their past actions are irrelevant.

Why all Americans need Muslim Americans to vote

By Wa'el Alzayat — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — American Muslims are part of the American story, and we all need our next president to be a leader who respects our nation’s diversity and will confront fascism. 

Hindu nationalists see Muslim jihad everywhere in India

By Bhavya Dore — October 5, 2020

(RNS) — The Quran’s concept of the term ‘jihad’ is being framed as a conspiracy against India’s Hindu majority.

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