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Would God Make Me Speak Arabic?

My name is Mustafa Sanjata, I was born in Akron, Ohio and raised up in a small college town not far from there called Wooster. I was adopted into a family from Southern Georgia, who were migrant workers. My father was 33rd degree Mason, so he didn’t hold too tight to religion but my mother was a church mother, she …

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Viral video of marriage proposal in front Holy Kaaba sparks outrage

Marriage etiquette has changed over the generations and of all the headline-grabbing proposals from around the world, TRT reporter Yusuf Akyön may have taken the cake when he popped the question to his girlfriend this week. Every culture has its own unique marriage traditions — many Muslims, for instance, prefer to propose to their significant others in the presence of …

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Rajab, First Sacred Month: Time for Peace

Ramadan is so special for Muslims that we should avail of every opportunity to make the most of it. Having such a love of Ramadan and recognizing its blessings, it is said that the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to spend six months preparing for Ramadan and the rest of the year thanking Allah for its …

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NJ Muslim Hailed Hero After Defusing Street Fight

NEW JERSEY – A New Jersey Muslim man has been praised as inspirational for stepping in to stop two brawling teens engaged in a street fight, and this eventually led both young men to shaking hands in peace. “I’m a Muslim. I was raised by Muslim parents. That’s what we were taught in my house, always, growing up,” Ibn Ali Miller, 26, …

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Help Famine Victims in Yemen & Somalia

More than 23 million people are facing the risk of famine in Yemen and Somalia, according to figures by the United Nations. Aid agencies estimate that a total of 6.8 million people in Yemen are deemed to be in a state of emergency – one step from famine on the five-point integrated food security phase classification (IPC), the standard international measure.   …

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Islam to be Largest Religion by 2070: Report

LONDON – A new report by Pew Research Center analyzing demographic change over the coming decades has found that Muslims are expected to outnumber Christians by 2070, if the world population maintained it current growth rate. Analyzing the world’s major religions, the US-based center found that the world’s population of Muslims will grow by 73 per cent between 2010 and …

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Army makes history by putting Muslim in charge of 14,000 US soldiers’ spiritual needs

WASHINGTON: In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health. He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After …

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<100 days until Ramadan 2017

Although not especially distant, with fewer than 100 days until the arrival of Ramaḍān this year, there is still a significant amount of time before its appearance. As such, we must ask: is it already the topic of any conversation? If we are consistently reminded that from our many failings as an Ummah is our inability to plan and prepare adequately for …

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Meet the ‘silent sheikh’ who hasn’t spoken since 1990

More than 25 years ago, Sudanese Sheikh Bashir Mohammed Bashir decided to no longer talk and he’s been dubbed the silent sheikh since then. Bashir communicates with people by writing down what he wants to say on paper. He participates in conferences and appears on television interviews and also uses a pen and paper to communicate and answer questions. A …

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6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam To America

As a Muslim of West African origin living in the United States, my Muslim-ness is always contested by Europeans, Americans, and even clueless Africans. They ask me questions like: “Are you Muslim?” and “Were you born Muslim?” I get asked these questions a lot by Americans because Islam is something that was made to sound foreign to them. “I’ve never …

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