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Nation of Islam

UFOs and science fiction in Muslim culture goes well beyond ‘Dune’

By Joseph Hammond — November 19, 2021
(RNS) — In the Middle East, in particular, science fiction became an outlet for political criticism.

NY court expected to overturn 2 convictions in Malcolm X assassination

By Joseph Hammond — November 17, 2021
(RNS) — Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, who had long maintained their innocence, spent years in maximum security prisons with limited access to their children and families.

What is the Nation of Islam and why is Marjorie Taylor Greene praising it?

By Paul O'Donnell — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Anti-vaccine conspiracies and rampant populism represent definite parallels between the Georgia congresswoman's agenda and the Nation's.

Ken Burns portrays the multitudes of Muhammad Ali

By Eboo Patel — September 24, 2021
(RNS) — A new PBS documentary shows how religion can be a machinery for improvement.

Report: Number of mosques in US grows overall, but African American mosques in decline

By Joseph Hammond — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — The majority of America’s new purpose-built mosques are found in suburban areas, a shift that reflects the demographic footprint of Muslims in America. 

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.

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.’

New Topps cards focus on Muhammad Ali’s faith

By Joseph Hammond — February 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Converts to Islam’ tells the impact of his decision on Ali’s life and on the world.

Chicago History Museum shares stories of ‘American Medina’ in new exhibit

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 21, 2019
CHICAGO (RNS) — The Windy City has also earned the nickname 'American Medina' as a leading area for Muslim communities in the United States, according to a new Chicago History Museum exhibition.

Meet the imam building a ‘Muslim Village’ in the heart of Vegas

By Aysha Khan — October 11, 2019
LAS VEGAS (RNS) — Since 2010, the imam of Las Vegas’ oldest mosque has slowly but surely driven local drug houses and gangs out of his historic neighborhood. Now, he's on a mission to purchase the surrounding properties and transform them into affordable housing.

The black Muslim female fashion trailblazers who came before model Halima Aden

By Kayla Renee Wheeler — May 10, 2019
(The Conversation) — Clothing has played a central role in constructing a unique black Muslim identity since at least the mid-20th century.

Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons

By Aysha Khan — March 4, 2019
(RNS) — Muslim prisoners say the Arkansas Department of Correction requires them to attend a combined Friday prayer service with members of the Nation of Islam and Nation of Gods and Earths.

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories roil DC city government

By Yonat Shimron — May 2, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — The issue nearly derailed a City Council meeting Tuesday (May 1) and resulted in the resignation of a city official who organized a disastrous 'unity rally' that featured a speaker who called all Jews 'termites.'

Farrakhan rekindles controversies about race, Jews, 9/11 in speech at Watergate Hotel

By Adelle M. Banks — November 16, 2017
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The 84-year-old Nation of Islam leader dove into all sorts of controversies – from slavery to the unhealthy water in Flint, Mich., to current reports of sexual harassment by national leaders and celebrities.

Nation of Islam ring, hat fetch high prices but documents pulled from auction

By Lauren Markoe — May 15, 2017
(RNS) The family that tried to put a trove of Nation of Islam documents up for auction does not actually own them, according to a challenger.
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