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Palestinians, Israel police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque; 53 hurt

By Joseph Krauss — May 7, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) —The clashes erupted when Israeli police deployed heavily as Muslims were performing evening prayers at Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan.
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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.

Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.

Stopping sexual harassment where religious communities meet

By Azza Karam, Audrey E. Kitagawa, Cassandra Lawrence, Katherine Marshall — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — The interfaith movement will become irrelevant if it does more to protect reputations than keep leaders accountable.

Philanthropists and politicians: Religion is not a problem to solve, it’s a partnership opportunity

By Michael Wear — May 3, 2021
(RNS) —  It is certainly within the rights of philanthropic and political institutions to 'not do religion,' but such an approach undermines any meaningful, holistic commitment to community or place-based humanitarian efforts in much of this country.

Faith leaders concerned about Southern California temporary shelters for migrant children

By Alejandra Molina — April 30, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — One of these 'influx centers,' the Fairplex, was also previously used as a temporary detention camp for Japanese Americans during WWII, faith leaders noted in a recent statement.

RNS Weekly News Quiz: April 29, 2021

By Emily Churchill — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of current events in the world of religion.

Humanitarian Day reborn, Umar Hakim celebrates Ramadan his way

By Rhonda Roumani — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Humanitarian Day embodies why Islam is relevant in America today,’ said a Black Muslim activist of Hakim’s signature event.

Global pressure mounts for Nigerian atheist’s release after year in detention

By Fredrick Nzwili — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — The 37-year-old Bala, who recanted his Muslim faith in 2014, has faced numerous death threats and harassment, according to Humanist International.

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%.

For California Muslims: A Ramadan approaching normal

By Joseph Hammond — April 28, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California could not enforce restrictions on at-home indoor religious gatherings. The 5-4 ruling, coming on the eve of Ramadan, has been a boon to California Muslims.

‘Beautiful’ Ramadan returns for Israeli Muslims as restrictions lift

By Michele Chabin — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — Last year, Israel was under a strict lockdown to thwart the spread of COVID-19. Worshippers were forbidden to pray at mosques, synagogues and churches, even during Ramadan, Passover and Easter.

At Orange County mosques, they come for the halal tacos and stay for the vaccination

By Alejandra Molina — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — Activists working on Latino & Muslim unity are holding vaccination events at Islamic centers where Muslims can break their Ramadan fast while feasting on halal tacos.
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