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Two months ago, board members of an Islamic seminary in southern California debated late into the night before voting 7-1 to reject the single biggest grant they’d ever been awarded: $800,000 in U.S. government funds. Administrators knew the decision would be welcomed by Muslims nationwide. What they didn’t expect was a windfall. Declining the grant money drew instant praise for Bayan Claremont from Muslims who saw it as pushback against so-called CVE, or countering violent extremism, anti-radicalization tactics that focus primarily on Islam. Along with the compliments came cash – lots of it. Since the vote, private donations have made…

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An Islamic center in Virginia have reached a settlement agreement with Culpeper County that will allow them to build a mosque — after local officials rejected the group’s sewage permit, despite approving similar permits 26 times since 1992. Nine of those 26 sewer permit approvals were granted to churches. In December 2016, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Culpeper County, alleging that local officials violated federal law and placed “a substantial burden on the religious exercise of the” the Islamic Center of Culpeper. The suit also said the county discriminated “against the ICC and its members on the basis…

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One morning Khalid Latif was asleep in his bed when he was awakened by two FBI agents. Khalid remembers the agents telling him, “You’re just too good to be true, and we want you to know we’re watching you.” At the time, Khalid was an honored member of the NYPD and traveled around the world for the US State Department. He had met with President Obama, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama. This has been his reality in a post-9/11 world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaYhcgwsfgg

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This is Sahar Al-Faifi from Cardiff, a molecular geneticist who works at an NHS cancer diagnostics lab in a hospital. Sahar Al-Faifi She works at an NHS cancer diagnostics lab in a hospital during the day, and is a community leader with Citizens UK, the community organisation. She also has an executive position on the Muslim Council of Britain. And she goes skydiving five times a year. Juanmonino / Getty Images An example of a generic picture of a woman wearing a niqab, or face covering. However, she’s been pretty busy this week after UKIP launched their integration policy pledging…

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The President of Austria has called for all women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight “rampant Islamophobia”. Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Green Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate to take office in January, said freedom of expression was a fundamental right. “It is every woman’s right to always dress how she wants, that is my opinion on the matter,” he told an audience of school pupils. “And it is not only Muslim women, all women can wear a headscarf, and if this real and rampant Islamaphobia continues, there will come a day…

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The CEO of home appliances manufacturer Danby, Jim Estill, has taken it upon himself to oversee the resettling of hundreds of Syrian refugees to his home city of Guelph, in the Canadian province of Ontario. This courageous act was motivated by what Jim feels are his Canadian values: “It’s the right thing to do. You see what’s going on, it’s a crisis and we’re Canadian”. Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program Jim is utilizing Canada’s admirable Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program. This program allows private citizens to bring into the country up to 14,000 refugees per year, with the…

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What makes a Muslim, a Muslim? Just being born into a Muslim family sure doesn’t make one a Muslim. So what is it?  Is it the five daily prayers? Is it the regular remembrance of God? Or is it the hijab for women? In my opinion, what makes a Muslim, a Muslim is his or her Iman. Iman or the faith in one God and His teachings is the foundation of Islam. It’s the faith in your Lord that differentiates you from the others. This is something that is intangible, something that can’t be seen and can only be felt…

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Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Green Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate to take office in January, said freedom of expression was a fundamental right. “It is every woman’s right to always dress how she wants, that is my opinion on the matter,” he told an audience of school pupils. “And it is not only Muslim women, all women can wear a headscarf, and if this real and rampant Islamaphobia continues, there will come a day where we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – all – out of solidarity to those who do…

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A Swedish woman has explained her shock at being told during a job interview with Scandinavian airline SAS that she would have to take off her headscarf if she wanted the position. Aye Alhassani, 23, had completed several tests and a group interview before she was invited to an individual interview for the position with the airline. It was during the interview that she was informed SAS has a uniform policy banning the wearing of religious symbols. “At first they were cautious and I don’t think the interviewer wanted to be straight about it. But eventually it was clarified that…

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Police arrested a German-Russian citizen on Friday morning on suspicion of carrying out the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus last Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging that the bombing was motivated by financial greed. The Dortmund team bus was targeted with three bombs after it left a hotel to travel to the Westfalenstadion for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco. Defender Marc Bartra and a policeman were injured in the blasts, which saw the match postponed until the next day. Investigators found a letter close to the crime scene that appeared to claim responsibility in the name of…

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