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Muslims open Ramadan with social distanced prayers, vaccines

By Niniek Karmini — April 13, 2021
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — COVID-19 cases are spiking in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, but vaccines are being administered and the government is loosening restrictions.

For interfaith couples, Ramadan can deepen ties to faith and each other

By Silma Suba — April 12, 2021
(Interfaith America) — Ramadan can be an opportunity for Muslims in interfaith relationships to introduce their partners to the core beliefs and teachings of Islam.

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

By Mariam Fam, David Sharp — April 10, 2021
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it's acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during Ramadan.

Martin Luther King III calls new voting legislation ‘greatest hypocrisy’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘People came out and voted in every mechanism, and they want to stop people from voting,’ said the son of the civil rights leader. ‘That's unconscionable.’

World Vision faces pandemic’s ‘perfect storm,’ seeks to meet US, global needs

By Adelle M. Banks — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — 'There's a real threat that 30 years of progress in our fight against extreme poverty could be reversed,' World Vision US President Edgar Sandoval Sr. said.

Civil rights group sues Facebook over anti-Muslim posts

By Alejandra Molina — April 8, 2021
(RNS) — 'Hateful, anti-Muslim attacks are especially pervasive on Facebook,' the lawsuit alleges.

In Ramadan’s spirit of hope, New York’s Muslims cautiously open mosques

By Zainab Iqbal — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — Last year, Ramadan fell in the worst of the pandemic. Still haunted by the toll of the pandemic, some mosque leaders are following the guidance of local leaders.

Nation of Islam says suspect in ‘tragic’ Capitol attack sought to be a member

By Adelle M. Banks — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — The faith group said it is researching Noah Green’s life and ‘we cannot rest until we find out what caused him to take a turn like this.’

Controversial Iraq war battle to be subject of new video game

By Joseph Hammond — April 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Six Days in Fallujah’ depicts the Iraq War’s bloodiest battle and is set to be released some 13 years after it was first announced.

Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship

By Bob Smietana — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — While Americans still believe in God, a growing number have dropped out of organized religion.

Barack Obama’s beloved step-grandmother, a Muslim and philanthropist, dies in Kenya at 99

By Fredrick Nzwili — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — The family matriarch and celebrated philanthropist was open to all faiths, religious leaders here have said.

Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 wounded

By Yusuf Wahil, Niniek Karmini — March 29, 2021
MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — Two attackers believed to belong to a network that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State blew themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during a Palm Sunday Mass.

The religious foundations of Arab-Israel peace

By David Rosen — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — If we aspire to forge truly sustainable peace between people, we must also invoke the values and identities by which they define their lives.

After being detained in China, one LA resident began a Uyghur restaurant to educate through food

By Joseph Hammond — March 25, 2021
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (RNS) — A large mural depicting Uyghur culture sits above an outside dining area with the ready-made social-media hashtag #GoogleUyghurs in one corner.

Muslim groups mourn and raise money for Colorado shooting victims

By Alejandra Molina — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — As further details about the suspect began to emerge, many expressed concern and fear over ramped-up Islamophobia.
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