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How mosques around America will celebrate Eid during a pandemic

By Aysha Khan — May 21, 2020
BOSTON (RNS) — Muslim communities are finding creative ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this weekend while abiding by social distancing guidelines.

Need a Quran teacher? There’s an AI for that

By Aysha Khan — May 20, 2020
(RNS) — Tens of thousands of Muslims are turning to technology to continue the sacred practices of hifz, or preserving the entirety of the Quran through memorization.

Four young people of different faiths move into a home together, then a pandemic happens

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2020
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Hadar Cohen, Ala’ Khan, Maya Mansour and Jonathan Simcosky were selected to move into the Abrahamic House, a co-living and co-creating space in the Koreatown neighborhood of LA.

Coronavirus restrictions on mosques bring women to the fore

By Hind Makki — May 18, 2020
(RNS) — Sheltering in place may be giving American Muslims an opportunity to reshape our community spaces.

Ramadan Lights to pick Detroit area’s best-decorated homes

By Mike Householder — May 14, 2020
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s stay-home order makes typical Ramadan celebrations impossible, so Detroit-area Muslims have teamed up to host the inaugural Ramadan Lights contest.

Wrongfully imprisoned for decades, Jimmie Gardner is driven by faith and justice

By Aysha Khan — May 13, 2020
(RNS) — Former pro athlete Jimmie C. Gardner spent 27 years behind bars in West Virginia’s prison system. And all the while, he says, it was his trust in God that kept him pushing to prove his innocence — and now that he's out, to fight for others like him.

Federal hate crime charge in Missouri Islamic center fire

By Jim Salter — May 13, 2020
O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Nicholas J. Proffitt has been indicted in an April fire that destroyed the Cape Girardeau Islamic Center, the same center he defaced more than a decade earlier.

Released from prison due to outbreak, fringe Muslim leader continues ministry

By Aysha Khan — May 11, 2020
(RNS) — Imam Earl Abdulmalik Mohammed, who claims to be the rightful successor to Imam W. Deen Mohammed, has been released early from federal prison due to the coronavirus.

On Mother’s Day, young Uighurs ask: Where are our moms?

By Aysha Khan — May 8, 2020
RNS — Akida Pulat and other Uighurs suspect their parents have disappeared into this system. In a social media video they plan to publish on Sunday (May 10), she and over half a dozen young Uighurs around the world will demand the release of their mothers.

Religious leaders decry, question death of Ahmaud Arbery after video surfaces

By Adelle M. Banks — May 8, 2020
(RNS) — Here’s a sampling of 10 voices who, across racial and ideological lines, reacted to the video and demanded justice for Arbery’s death.

New Jersey man accused of ramming Muslim woman’s car

By Aysha Khan — May 7, 2020
(RNS) — Michael Morrison is in jail after allegedly ramming his SUV twice into a Muslim woman’s car and threatening to kill her and her son.

Women leaders condemn threat against Muslim candidate

By Luis Andres Henao — May 7, 2020
(AP) — Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of MuslimGirl.com who is running for Congress, is the first Muslim woman to run for federal office from New Jersey.

After advocating for his release, Uighur woman hears from father via Chinese media

By Aysha Khan — May 6, 2020
BOSTON (RNS) — Samira Imin’s next mission is to determine whether her father’s release from Chinese detention is genuine.

National Day of Prayer, reshaped by pandemic, includes interfaith and online events

By Adelle M. Banks — May 6, 2020
(RNS) — In its 69th year, the observance — often predominated by evangelical Christians gathering in public places — will feature interfaith and even international voices on computer screens and cellphones.

Ramadan in the quiet spaces

By Ruth Nasrullah — May 1, 2020
(RNS) — We don’t need a crowd and we don’t need the vast expanse of the prayer hall. God is with us wherever we pray.
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