Islam

Ismaili, Ahmadi Muslims push national voter registration efforts

By Aysha Khan — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — Voter mobilization efforts in US Muslim communities have long been characterized and led by Sunni institutions and figures. That’s starting to change.

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Rohingya American voters ‘grateful,’ ‘excited’ to cast ballots for the first time in Chicago

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 21, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — About a dozen Rohingya refugees voted for the first time Tuesday (Oct. 20) at an early voting site in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Petition for a new American Girl doll asks popular toy company to tell the modern refugee story

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 20, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — ‘I think by inviting the American Girl Company to pay attention to the importance of refugee stories and people, we are showing God’s love to the world and to refugees,’ said Laura Laurie, petition creator.

French police operations underway after beheading of teacher

By Associated Press — October 19, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Sunday across France in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher.

‘Faith Vote’ 20-minute ad aims to cement liberal believers for Biden

By Jack Jenkins — October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Every moral issue is at stake in this election,’ Muslim civil rights advocate Linda Sarsour says in the ad.

Rihanna’s hadith fashion show moment has some asking: Is Islam too sacred for art?

By Dilshad Ali — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — Other faiths have all seen their texts and imagery used and abused by art and fashion. Islam and Muslims still enjoy — and expect — a bit more protection.

In San Diego, Black Muslims are working to expand voting access in jails

By Aysha Khan — October 13, 2020

(RNS) — Pillars of the Community is hiring a team of pretrial inmates to register eligible voters from behind bars. The group’s leaders say it’s part of their faith as Muslims.

The difference between heroes and martyrs

By Russell P. Johnson — October 8, 2020

(Sightings) — When we memorialize victims of police violence, their past actions are irrelevant.

Why all Americans need Muslim Americans to vote

By Wa'el Alzayat — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — American Muslims are part of the American story, and we all need our next president to be a leader who respects our nation’s diversity and will confront fascism. 

Hindu nationalists see Muslim jihad everywhere in India

By Bhavya Dore — October 5, 2020

(RNS) — The Quran’s concept of the term ‘jihad’ is being framed as a conspiracy against India’s Hindu majority.

Biden campaign labels racism as religious issue at post-debate event

By Adelle M. Banks — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Christians, Jews and Muslims ‘better have an answer for why it’s not their essential issue in this election,’ said facilitator Jim Wallis.

Poll: Muslim American support for Trump rises, but most plan to vote for Biden

By Yonat Shimron — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Muslims appeared to be the religious group least likely to support Trump in 2020, according to a new poll that also shows voter registration among Muslims lagging other religious groups.

Calling all women: It’s time to take our stand together against tyranny and injustice

By Faith in Public Life — September 30, 2020

(RNS) — Every holy text we follow, from the Quran, Torah and Bible to the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, demands a moral obligation to the most marginalized people in society.

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