IN THE NEWS: In the midst of all of the current debate about what is plauging the Muslim community, a Muslim jurist has written a compelling piece on how the community’s leadership vaccum, lack of youth involvement in leadership circles, and lack of institutional innovation foster extremism, stangnacy, and apathy.
IN THE NEWS: The Boston Globe photography team has published its annual Ramadan photo collection showing Muslim men and women across the world observing the holy month. But this year, the editors invite budding photographers to share photos they feel define Ramadan for them and their loved ones.
IN THE NEWS: Besides being a month focused on spirituality, Ramadan is also a time for celebration. In Istanbul, a project called “Ramadan’da Caz” (Jazz in Ramadan) is bringing together “the essence of Ramadan entertainment with modern cultural tastes.”
IN THE NEWS: MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, in a more than 12-minute tirade, blasted critics of the “inaccurately described ‘Ground Zero Mosque’” Monday, saying the issue has been blown out of proportion. He argued that efforts to block the community center’s construction are an affront on the United State’s founding principles of freedom and urged viewers to support it.
IN THE NEWS: The FBI has partially lifted a six-year gag order imposed on a plaintiff challenging the FBI’s ability to issue “national security letters” to obtain personal data of Americans without judicial approval.
IN THE NEWS: Businesses are increasingly catering their marketing messages to Muslim consumers, according to the New York Times. The “global halal market” is estimated at $2.1 trillion annually. It appears that the marketing is mostly geared towards Muslims abroad, though. Would it make sense for these same global corporations to cater to Muslims in the United States, too?
IN THE NEWS: President Obama welcomed Muslim leaders from across the country Friday to the White House for an annual Ramadan iftar. At the event, the president threw his support behind a proposed Muslim Community Center near ground zero in New York City that has sparked national controversy. “This is America,” the president said said. “Our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
IN THE NEWS: Chances are you know someone who is fasting today and someone who is not. Such is life as a Muslim in America. Much of the confusion comes from a mishmash of habits and associations within the American Muslim community, as described in this article in today’s Washington Post.
IN THE NEWS: If you saw Yahoo.com today, safety Husain Abdullah might have crept onto your screen like he does in pass coverage. This time, he is bringing Islam positive coverage as he made it known that he will be fasting during the NFL Pre-Season and the beginning of the regular season on Sept. 9th when the Abdullah’s Vikings play the New Orleans Saints.
IN THE NEWS: This week, TIME magazine highlights the tragic state of women enduring life in Afghanistan today. Published in the most recent edition is a collection of disturbing images in hopes of raising awareness and compassion towards the plight of Afghan women.
IN THE NEWS: FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged last week that an undisclosed number of agents cheated on tests regarding how to appropriately conduct domestic surveillance cases. He also told Congress the bureau’s domestic surveillance guidelines are properly applied and agents are not employing them to target people based on religion.
IN THE NEWS: Lights, camera, Allahu Akbar! A new reality show is dominating the airwaves in Malaysia. No, it’s not about finding the next big pop star, or a soul-mate, or a best friend for the country’s biggest z-list celebrity. The show, called “Imam Muda”, pits young Malaysian men against each other in a battle royale to showcase their prowess and knowledge of Islam. Cash, a new car, a scholarship to study Islam in Saudi Arabia, and an all expenses paid Hajj await the winner, in addition to a job as an imam.
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