‘Let My Building Burn’: Muslim Restaurant Owner Shows Solidarity with Minneapolis ProtestersThe Muslim Vibe
“Life is more valuable than anything else…We can rebuild a building. But we cannot give this man back to his family.”
Black Pain Is Ours: Minneapolis Somali Community Rallies Over Floyd KillingMiddle East Eye
Somali community, being both Muslim and Black, plays unique role within protest movement.
Arab-Black Relations: Floyd Tragedy Highlights Ties and TensionsMiddle East Eye
Debate emerges about responsibilities of Arab American-owned businesses in mostly Black neighbourhoods.
Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t Understand the Protests? What You’re Seeing Is People Pushed to the EdgeLA Times
Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible-even if you’re choking on it-until you let the sun in…As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands.
For The Fourth Year Running, Black Muslims Are Sharing Photos Of Themselves Celebrating Eid With #BlackoutEidBuzzFeed
“Happy quarantEid or whatever.”
It’s Time for the US to Rethink Huntington’s Philosophy: Part IIPRI's The World
Monolithic civilizations don’t exist. … Not in any analytically meaningful way. When they’re not dressed up in the finery of social science, the word we usually use for dramatic generalizations about people based on ethnicity is “racism.”
Questions Remain after US Cop Kills Muslim Man who 'Threw Rocks'Al Jazeera
Community searches for answers after a sheriff’s deputy killed Yassin Mohamed in the US state of Georgia earlier this month.
Shots Fired At Indianapolis Mosquewfyi Indianapolis
A handful of worshippers were inside the mosque following a sunset prayer on Eid al-Fitr, a holy day celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan. The mosque would ordinarily be packed with worshippers at the time of the shooting, but restrictions in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus prevented a larger gathering.
New USAID Adviser Sparks Furor Over Past Anti-Islam CommentsABC
Muslim American groups and the Anti-Defamation League are decrying the U.S. Agency for International Development’s hiring of a religious freedom adviser who has reportedly made past anti-Islam comments.
Some U.S. Prisons Denied Fasting For Muslims During RamadanMuslim Co
Authorities announce the building of the first-ever Islamic Research Center in capital Addis Ababa.
Early African Muslims Had a Halal -- and Cosmopolitan Diet -- Discovery of Thousands of Ancient Animal Bones ShowsPhys.org
Halal butchery practices became common when Islam spread through Ethiopia as vibrant communities developed because of the import and export of products around the Red Sea, and to Egypt, India, and the Arabian Peninsula, archaeologists have found.
Ethiopia: No Mass Eid Prayers but Festive Spirit AliveAnadolu News Agency
Authorities announce the building of the first-ever Islamic Research Center in capital Addis Ababa.
Coronavirus: Sudan’s Economy and Pandemic Threaten Revolutionary GainsThe Africa Report
It is just over a year since Sudanese revolutionaries ousted Field Marshal Omar al-Bashir, who had presided over a military-backed Islamist regime for 30 years.
Tanzania Says Virus Defeated Through Prayer, but Fears GrowThe Times of Israel
Country has not reported a new case in three weeks, but critics have been arrested, top health officials fired and citizens discouraged from going to hospitals.
The World's First, and Still-Operating, University Is in MoroccoTRT World
Not Oxford or Bologna, but al-Qarawiyyin is the world’s first university. Still functioning today in the Moroccan city of Fes, it was a place bursting with knowledge and multiculturalism even as early as the 9th century.
Death of Algerian Girl, 10, in 'Faith Healing' Ceremony Sparks OutcryThe Guardian
A 28-year-old man has been arrested over the death of the girl, who showed signs of ‘blows and burns.’
Tunisia to Reopen Mosques, Cafes After Nearly 3 MonthsAnadolu News Agency
Restrictions on long distance travel to continue, while universities to restart education as of June 8.
15,000 Rohingya Under Quarantine as Coronavirus Cases RiseAl Jazeera
Three sections of camps in Bangladesh blocked off by authorities after confirmed infections among refugees hit 29.
When Lockdown Eid Broke a Long-Held Taboo in Muslim HomesIndian Express
The Covid-19 pandemic has beautifully dispelled the taboo, the myth, the common practice — that women do not and cannot pray with men.
Malaysian Wins Landmark Right to Challenge Muslim Gay Sex BanReuters
LGBT+ rights groups say Islamic laws have been increasingly used to target the country’s gay community, with a rise in arrests and punishments ranging from caning to jailing.
Cultural Genocide: China Continues to Destroy Uyghur Mosques and Islamic SymbolsThe Muslim Vibe
China has now partially destroyed and removed the historical Islamic scriptural plaque at the entrance of the Id Kah mosque in the city of Kashgar, as well as the star-and-crescent symbols at the top of the mosque. Id Kah is the largest and oldest mosque in Xinjiang, with Uyghurs regarding this mosque as an important symbol of faith and historical importance.
Why Maltreatment of Nigerians in China May Not End SoonThe Conversation
Racism against Nigerians – and other Africans – is not new in China. Africa-China history is marked by solidarity, but also dented by old and new racism. Nothing at this moment suggests that the current situation will drastically change.
Clashing Assessments of Links Between Taliban and Islamic State Point to Problems for Afghanistan’s Peace ProcessThe Washington Post
The theory is unproven, but it highlights deep mistrust at a critical point in the peace process.
Iran's Mosques to Resume Daily Prayers as Lockdown EasesReuters
Iran, hit by the deadliest outbreak of the virus, began to loosen restrictions on human interaction in April.
‘Honor Killing’ Of 14-Year-Old Romina Ashrafi Sparks Outrage Across IranMuslim Co
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has announced new legislation to end this practice.
Saudi Arabia to Allow Mosques to Open for Friday PrayersAl Jazeera
Authorities have announced three phases of easing coronavirus restrictions, culminating in curfew ending on June 21.
Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia Reopens 90,000 Mosques as Lockdown EasedMiddle East Eye
The Gulf kingdom has so far reported 83,384 cases of coronavirus and 480 deaths.
Saudi Propaganda Is Demonising Islam and the Palestinian CauseMiddle East Eye
The Saudi government’s oppressive efforts to control the narrative have destroyed the state’s legitimacy, both politically and morally.
Tomb of Umayyad Caliph exhumed by Militias in SyriaMiddle East Monitor
Militias fighting alongside the Syrian regime of President Bashar Al-Assad destroyed and desecrated the grave of the eighth Umayyad Caliph Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz yesterday, located in the north-west province of Idlib.
Israel Occupation Arrests Al-Aqsa Mosque ClericMiddle East Monitor
The Israeli forces arrested Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, president of the Supreme Islamic Council and cleric of Al-Aqsa Mosque, after storming his house in occupied Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Information Centre (PIC). The occupation forces have stormed Sheikh Sabri’s house several times and removed him from Al-Aqsa under the pretext of inciting citizens to pray in the mosque.
Coronavirus: Thousands Pray at Al-Aqsa After More Than Two MonthsMiddle East Eye
Israeli police arrest dozens of Palestinians after settlers entered the compound later in the morning.
Coronavirus: How Turkey Took Control of COVID-19 EmergencyBBC
Covid-19 came late to Turkey – on 11 March – but soon signed every corner of the country. Within a month all 81 provinces had been affected.
North Macedonia’s Islamic Community Shows Stormy Leader the DoorBalkan Insight
North Macedonia’s Islamic Religious Community, IVZ, has terminated the services of its long-standing leader, who often grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Tory Party Becoming a Breeding Ground for IslamophobiaArab News
Preoccupied with the current pandemic, policymakers and the media alike took little notice of this month’s decision by the Equality and Human Rights Commission not to conduct an inquiry into allegations of Islamophobia within Britain’s ruling Conservative Party.
Muslim Woman Becomes UK's First Hijab-Wearing JudgeAl Araby
A Muslim woman has become the first judge in the UK to wear the hijab, after she was appointed as a deputy district judge on the Midlands circuit last week, British media reported on Tuesday. Raffia Arshad, 40, who grew up in Yorkshire, north England, had been practicing law as a barrister while wearing the Islamic headscarf prior to her promotion.
Coronavirus: Bodies Held in Mosque Awaiting RepatriationBBC
The bodies of 18 Turkish Cypriots who are due to be repatriated to their homeland are still being held in a London mosque weeks after their deaths.
Ramadan: German Church Opens Doors for Muslim PrayersBBC
COVID-19: Mosques In Iran To Resume Daily Prayers; Uzbekistan Starts Lifting Some RestrictionsRadio Free Europe
Uzbekistan’s government has extended its coronavirus lockdown until June 15, but authorities say they are starting to lift restrictions in some parts of the country “depending on the epidemiological situation.”
Coronavirus: Famous Mosques Reopen in Saudi Arabia and JerusalemBBC
Some of the most important sites in Islam have reopened two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to shut, allowing worshippers to enter under strict guidelines.
Islamic Scholars, NGOs Call for Makkah, Madinah to Be Placed Under International ControlMiddle East Monitor
A non-governmental organisation named the International Commission to Monitor Saudi Administration of the Two Holy Mosques – otherwise known as Al Haramain Watch – has launched an campaign and petition to establish an international administration to manage the affairs of the two holy mosques of Makkah and Madinah.
Muslim Comics Gather Over Zoom To Celebrate Eid With Jokes And JoyNPR
The goal was to give Muslims around the world some comic relief as they do the unprecedented: celebrate Ramadan and Eid in isolation at home, with fewer family members and friends than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic.
For Gen Z Muslims, Gigi And Zayn Are More Than A Hollywood Power CoupleElle
The internet was lighting up with a glimmer of good news: Young Hollywood’s foremost power couple of Muslim origin was about to have a baby.
Aboubakar Soumahoro, the Ivorian Trade Unionist Shaking up ItalyThe Africa Report
A former farm worker, the Ivorian/Italian trade unionist has become a leading figure in Italy to such an extent that the media portrays him as the country’s “new left-wing star.”
Opinion: Social Distancing Is a Part of Islam’s Rich HeritageThe Houston Chronicle
In conclusion, the pandemic will certainly test our faiths. We must take the time to reflect on our relationship with our loved ones, to recognize the triviality of material wealth relative to our health and well-being, and to reconnect with nature and God.
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