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Yale Students Mark Islam Awareness Week

Muslim students at prestigious Yale University have hosted the annual Islam Awareness week that turned into a bittersweet event in which they helped their colleagues to learn about Islam, though being reminded by rising anti-Muslim hate crimes.

“Islam Awareness Week this year has been bittersweet,” Elamin Elamin ’18 said in opening remarks for a “Positioning Islam Today” teach-in held Saturday, Yale Daily News reported on Monday, March 7.

“While we have enjoyed the opportunity to have events, discussions, and hand out roses … we were harshly reminded of the real, tragic impact of senseless violence that plagues the Muslim community.

“In a time when hate crimes such as violence against individuals and vandalism of mosques are the highest since 9/11, it is most pressing that we speak and learn about Islam in an open and honest way.”

Islam Awareness Week was hosted by the Muslim Students Association at Yale from February 28 to March 5...

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Humorous ads targeting Muslim stereotypes debut on N.Y.C. subway

Humorous ads for a documentary film that aims to promote understanding and tolerance of Muslims went up in New York subways on Monday after the movie's production company won a legal battle with the city's transit authority...

The ad campaign strives to combat negative perceptions of Muslims as the world grapples with accommodating millions of people fleeing Middle East violence and abject poverty in other parts of Africa.

"The point of the movie is just to show Muslims in a positive light, to build a bridge with mainstream Americans," Farsad said in an interview. "Muslim-Americans can be super-hilarious and that's kind of just what we want to show people."...

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Muslims Giving Back (MGB) - Brooklyn Charity

Muslims Giving Back (MGB) are located in Brooklyn, New York.

This is their web site for more info:

http://www.muslimsgivingback.org/

An excellent initiative by Muslims supporting non-Muslim neighbors:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-u6L1o5N24

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Positive Experience of White House Muslim Staff Member

WASHINGTON – Becoming a role model for Muslim women worldwide, Rumana Ahmed is the only hijabi employee in six US Muslims who work in the white house, expressing enthusiasm to serve their country.

“First of all, I couldn’t believe I was in this building. I was a little over-conscious of how people might be looking at me,” Ahmed, who works as an advisor to US President Barack Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes, told Al Arabiya about joining work in the White House.

However, “people were so nice, they looked at me just like they looked at every single other person. Ben, my boss, has given me exciting opportunities to be in front of the president...

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California Mosque Grows Against All Odds

The new construction will include classrooms, a social hall, and enough room to fit twice as many worshipers as its current space.

Along with expanding space, the mosque officials planned several events to reach out to their neighbors.

Through a lecture series, “Understanding Islam,” the mosque hopes to share its faith with the Coachella Valley throughout the year, said acting Imam Nour.

The next lecture, which will be on the Qur’an, will be Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert in Rancho Mirage...

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Successful Illinois Open Mosque Day (more than 1,000 visitors)

The Islamic center of Naperville, Illinois, has received more than 1000 visitors in a successful open house, offering them true information about Islam and giving them an insight into Islamic and Arabic contributions to the sciences and arts.

“That conversation really made me happy. It made my day,” Mansoor Syed, form the Islamic Center of Naperville, told Chicago Tribune.

“People have been so open and forthcoming. This (open house) is a great platform for telling people about who we are and how we are part of the community.”

The huge number of non-Muslim visitors to the center offered a chance to discuss misconceptions about Islamic faith...

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US Muslims Lobby for 2nd National Advocacy Day

Hundreds of Muslim delegates from different American states are lobbying efforts for the coming National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington next April 18.

“With a dynamic legislative agenda, American Muslims are positioned to advocate for core social justice issues that will benefit all Americans, regardless of faith or background,” Robert McCaw, chairman of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) Advocacy Day steering committee, said in a statement released by The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday, March 16.

The second event, planned on Monday, April 18, will be attended by some 300 delegates from more than 20 states...

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Illinois Groups Campaign Against Bigotry

Angered by anti-Muslim rhetoric flared by politicians and presidential hopefuls, religious and social justice organizations in Evanston, Illinois, have launched a poster campaign to decry Muslim profiling and welcome refugees to their city.

“We want a visual reminder for everyone going through Evanston that Evanston is not a community that supports hate or religious bigotry,” Lesley Williams, an Evanston resident, told Chicago Tribune.

Williams, who organized a previous rally held in December against hateful rhetoric, warned that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has continued to be the source of “a lot of hateful rhetoric” directed toward Muslims and undocumented immigrants.

“The continual onslaught is very intimidating to a lot of people of Muslim, Middle Eastern or Latin American backgrounds and contributes to this feeling that they don’t belong and are not a part of the American landscape,” said Williams, a member of Jewish Voices for Peace-Chicago — one of the groups that organized Sunday’s event...

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Muslim Festival Extends Bridges in Memphis

Building bridges among different communities, the Muslim community in Memphis has hosted MusliMeMfest to strengthen the relationship between the diverse peoples of Memphis and Shelby County and spread more information on Islamic culture.

“I just like for people to know we’re just normal people, we happen to practice the faith of Islam,” Angie Odeh, marketing coordinator for the free festival, told The Commercial Appeal.

“We’ve put special emphasis on what we’d like to share about ourselves that people want to know, especially in this political climate right now.”

The free festival was held last Saturday, March 26, from 10 am to 8 pm at the Agricenter building in Memphis.

Held for the first year, MusliMeMfest is the latest addition to a series of events hosted by the Memphis community during March over the past 14 years...

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Muslim Woman Gives Up Dr Pepper Twitter Handle to Help Flint

FLINT – As Flint water crisis continues to bite residents, unexpected huge help came from a Michigan Muslim woman who gave up famous Dr Pepper Twitter handle in exchange of thousands of water bottles to the city where high levels of lead were found in the city’s municipal water supply.

“I had been thinking a lot about Flint at that point,” Diana Hussein, 29, told ABC News on Wednesday, March 30.

“I didn’t feel there was anything that I was doing.”

Hussein, who is of Arab origin, decided to step in and offer help to the deflected city by giving up @DietDrPepper twitter handle she created in 2009...

The Texas-based business delivered 41,000 bottles of water last month in exchange for the @DietDrPepper Twitter handle.

Hussein, who works as a communications specialist, said she was thinking “maybe I could convince them to do some kind of monetary contribution” to help Flint.

“When I found out they owned and distributed [bottles of water], I thought that was a really great opportunity.”

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US First Twin-Minaret Mosque

The Diyanet Center of America in Maryland is located 21 kilometers from Washington DC.

The Islamic social complex, called kulliya, is the largest mosque in America and the first to have twin minarets on its top.

The land was first bought in 1990 by the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs and had only a 100-square-meter small Turkish mosque and community building on it.

The new center will include a library, conference and exhibition halls, an assembly hall and a reception area.

The Islamic Research Center within the building will provide a consultancy service for undergraduate and graduate students coming from Turkey to the US.

There is also a 300-square-meter (3,229—square-foot) Islamic Arts Museum below the mosque and 10 traditional Ottoman houses within the complex, where guests can lodge...

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Muslim Community Forgives Mosque Shooter

An American citizen who once shot his neighboring mosque in Meriden, Connecticut, has visited his Muslim neighbors’ house of worship, offering apology and opening a new page of relations to bridge gaps.

“I was drinking that night more than I probably should have been,” Ted A. Hakey Jr. told more than 50 members and guests who attended a symposium titled “True Islam and the Extremists” at “House of Peace” Mosque, Hartford Courant reported.

“As a neighbor, I did have fears, but fear is always when you don’t know something. The unknown is what you are always afraid of. I wish I had come knocked on your door, and if I spent five minutes with you, it would have made all the difference in the world. And I didn’t do that.

“Going forward,” he added, “I want to help you bridge that gap and help someone else not make the same mistake I did. … Everything happens for a reason and I believe some good will come out of this.”

Back in November 2015, a heavy drunk Hakey picked up one of his guns and fired several shots at the mosque next to his home...

Facing his fears, he visited the mosque asking for forgiveness which was granted immediately with open hearts.

“We all had tears, and words cannot express that,” Dr. Mohammed Qureshi, president of the Meriden mosque, said.

“We will be better neighbors and what was said that day made a huge difference to us. We greeted and we hugged just like a Muslim neighbor. We know why he did what he did — because he never heard our message. We now see it in his heart and we see it in his eyes.”

Attending the event, Rev. Norm Erlendson, a minister the Third Congregational Church of Middletown, said there will be no peace on Earth until there is peace among religions.

“My faith teaches me the beauty of reconciliation and forgiveness,” Erlendson said.

“We saw a great, beautiful example of that today.”...

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