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As an isolated hajj begins, Abraham’s trust in God is ours

By Omar Suleiman — July 29, 2020
(RNS) — This year’s disappointments may mean that Muslims will connect in a unique way this year to Abraham’s story as we celebrate Eid al-Adha.

Islamic holiday Eid comes as families grieve virus victims

By Mariam Fam — July 29, 2020
(AP) — Marwa Conelly was looking forward to the upcoming Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday this year — then she lost her father to the coronavirus, and less than 24 hours later her mother.

Illinois imam resigns over sexist, racist social media posts

By Aysha Khan — July 28, 2020
(RNS) — An imam at a suburban Chicago-area mosque has resigned after circulation of his social media posts using derogatory language toward Muslim women and a racial slur.

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic

By Aya Batrawy — July 28, 2020
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj, as Saudi authorities balance the kingdom’s oversight of one of Islam’s key pillars and the safety of visitors.

Intergenerational reading group draws on legacy of Timbuktu to ‘rebuild a Black consciousness’

By Aysha Khan — July 27, 2020
(RNS) – ‘It’s imperative for us to start to rebuild libraries in our own homes and our schools so they are reflective of all our intellect and history,’ said educator Zakiyyah Ali, who founded the initiative.

Why Hagia Sophia remains a potent symbol of spiritual and political authority

By Anna Bigelow — July 24, 2020
(RNS) — The Hagia Sophia has shifted identity with every change in power and will likely continue to do so.

From changing lives to preaching at iPads: How clergy are coping with the new normal

By Adelle M. Banks — July 24, 2020
(RNS) — ‘We moved from snow day mentality to marathon mentality now,’ said pastor and church consultant Rob Dyer.

Separated Muslim families, civil rights groups welcome House passage of No Ban Act

By Aysha Khan — July 22, 2020
(RNS) — The bill would repeal Trump’s travel bans against several African and Muslim-majority countries and restrict the president’s authority to enact such blanket immigration restrictions.

Biden makes bid for Muslim voters at virtual summit: ‘I want to earn your vote’

By Aysha Khan — July 20, 2020
(RNS) — In an address to Muslim voters, former Vice President Joe Biden promised to ‘earn’ their communities’ support and, if elected to the Oval Office, sign hate crime legislation, appoint Muslim staffers and immediately repeal the Muslim travel ban.

‘Ramy’: A TV show for those who still care about religion

By Imran Ali Malik — July 17, 2020
(RNS) — What the show tries to reveal is something not spoken of much in public, and certainly not in Hollywood: people’s actual relationship to faith and to the greater questions of purpose and meaning.

Through sci-fi and fantasy, Muslim women authors are building new worlds

By Aysha Khan — July 16, 2020
In the past few years, Muslim women have quietly taken the speculative fiction publishing industry by storm.

Trump’s limp response to Uighur persecution

By Mark Silk — July 14, 2020
(RNS) — The greatest abuse of religious liberty in the world today should incur a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

In Linda Sarsour’s new memoir, all activism is personal

By Simran Jeet Singh — July 14, 2020
(RNS) — Linda Sarsour's new memoir, ‘We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders’ reminds us that what makes us ordinarily human is what drives the most extraordinary and prominent among us.

25 years after Srebrenica, what happened to ‘Never Again’?

By Ari Gordon, Suhail Khan — July 13, 2020
(RNS) — If we are to make good on our promise to stop mass atrocities from happening, we must restore principled American leadership in multilateral institutions. 

As a Sufi singer, I believe the sounds of world religions can cultivate compassion during COVID-19

By Shumaila Hemani — July 8, 2020
(RNS) — Intercultural listening cultivates our compassion and humanity during a crisis.
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