Islam

Michigan’s Muslim voters mobilize to vote ‘uncommitted’ in Democratic primary

By Fiona André — February 26, 2024
(RNS) — For many, Tuesday's primary is a chance to show the impact of Muslim Americans' dissatisfaction with Biden's support for Israel and his refusal to advocate for a cease-fire in Gaza.
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Faith leaders renew push for ‘accurate’ Black history education in Florida

By Adelle M. Banks — February 23, 2024
(RNS) — Training sessions in Tallahassee and in Orlando will feature curriculum companies whose products could enhance those wishing to teach Black history in schools and churches.

Islamist Nigerian militants press attacks against Christians to foment religious war

By Tonny Onyulo — February 23, 2024
ABUJA, Nigeria (RNS) — The militants 'want to use religion to achieve their target of destabilizing the country and establishing an Islamic state,' said a local evangelical Christian pastor.

Umrah diary: Prayers, grief and joy in Mecca

By Dilshad Ali — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — I was disappointed to not experience my children’s reaction to seeing the Kaaba for the first time, but made my peace.

Historic New Delhi mosque is the latest Muslim heritage site to face demolition

By Kaisar Andrabi — February 21, 2024
NEW DELHI (RNS) — The Sunehri mosque, architecturally significant and a time capsule of the early 20th century British plan for India’s capital, is said to be a traffic hazard.

For Iranian converts claiming religious persecution, European courts require proof of faith

By Hanna Vioque — February 20, 2024
LONDON (RNS) — Judges across Europe are having a tough time deciding whether asylum-seekers claiming religious persecution are ‘genuine’ Christians.

Muslims calling for peace in Gaza have been answered with rampant Islamophobia

By Wa'el Alzayat — February 19, 2024
(RNS) — The repercussions go far beyond the current conflict overseas.

Documentary about the murders of 3 Muslims explores religious hatred

By Yonat Shimron — February 19, 2024
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — '36 Seconds' examines the agonizing overnight pivot of the bereaved families as they move from shock over their loved ones' murders to advocacy for a hate crime conviction that never materialized.

African Methodist Episcopal Church leaders call for halt to all US funding of Israel

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2024
(RNS) — The statement comes in a week of continuing calls for cease-fire and humanitarian aid for the victims of the war that began on Oct. 7.

Turkey will stop sending imams to German mosques – here’s why this matters

By Brian Van Wyck — February 16, 2024
(The Conversation) — The Turkish government started sending imams to Germany in the 1980s, but under a new agreement, imams will be trained in Germany instead.

The first traditional Hindu temple in the Middle East promotes a message of interfaith tolerance

By Richa Karmarkar — February 14, 2024
(RNS) — The mandir, or temple, will create a spiritual home for the more than 3.5 million Indian expatriates who make up 30% of the UAE’s population.

Umrah diary: God makes his own plans for our time in Medina

By Dilshad Ali — February 12, 2024
(RNS) — Medina, where Muhammad is buried, is not part of the official pilgrimage but offers contentment.

From church to the mosque, faith and friends help Iowa’s African immigrants and refugees build a sense of home

By Osamamen Oba Eduviere and Brady G'Sell — February 9, 2024
(The Conversation) — Immigration may be concentrated on America’s coasts, but newcomers are putting down roots in Midwestern communities as well.
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