U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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Testing an Opaque Security Power, Michigan Man Challenges ‘No-Fly List’

The plaintiff, a Lebanese-American, says he was barred from flying after refusing to become an F.B.I. informant.

#airport-security, #american-civil-liberties-union, #constitution-us, #hezbollah, #justice-department, #michigan, #muslim-americans, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Clergy Preach Faith in the Covid Vaccine to Doubters

With widespread immunity essential to ending the pandemic, priests, imams, rabbis and swamis are successfully urging their congregations to get the shots. Many people trust them more than they trust health officials.

#clergy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hispanic-americans, #imams, #jews-and-judaism, #medicine-and-health, #ministers-protestant, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #rabbis, #religion-and-belief, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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‘Like a Warm Hug From an Angel’

For a handful of cultures across the globe, the Arab world among them, these distinct blankets deliver not only an impossibly warm, soft hug but a great sense of belonging.

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A Pakistani-American Tale Upends Expectations Onscreen and in Life

Iram Parveen Bilal’s “I’ll Meet You There” depicts a parent who supports his daughter’s dream. The filmmaker’s own parents weren’t as sure about her passion.

#bilal-iram-parveen, #content-type-personal-profile, #ill-meet-you-there-movie, #immigration-and-emigration, #movies, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #united-states

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We Don’t Need Another War on Terror

Prosecute the Capitol rioters. But new antiterrorism laws could end up targeting people of color.

#muslim-americans, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #united-states, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door

Few foreigners welcomed President Biden’s election victory as enthusiastically as the tens of thousands of Muslims who have been locked out of the United States for the past four years.

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Her Father Had a Theory About Her Killing. Then Came the Arrest.

Ola Salem’s body was found in a Staten Island park last year. Her father said she had talked about being followed on the highway.

#asiyah-womens-center-brooklyn-ny, #domestic-violence, #mcmahon-michael-e, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslim-americans, #salem-ola-d-2019, #staten-island-nyc

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Militia Leader Is Convicted in Bombing of a Minnesota Mosque

Prosecutors said Michael Hari had helped to bomb the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington in 2017 to try to terrorize Muslims and scare them into leaving the country.

#bloomington-minn, #mcwhorter-michael-j-1989, #morris-joe-bloomington-minn-mosque-bombing, #mosques, #muslim-americans

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He Stopped by Her Table, and Then Into Her Life

Bamba Sama left a lasting impression on Khrehaan Ebah, who was having lunch two years ago at a TGI Fridays, where Mr. Sama was the general manager.

#marriages, #muslim-americans, #tgi-friday, #weddings-and-engagements

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If Amy Coney Barrett Were Muslim

It’s not hard to imagine how conservatives would smear her religious beliefs.

#carson-benjamin-s, #discrimination, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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I’m a Muslim and Arab American. Will I Ever Be an Equal Citizen?

Nearly 30 years after arriving from Morocco, after building a life and family here, I still hear: “Go back home!”

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #morocco, #muslim-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

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Three in Masks Sought in Denver House Fire That Killed Five

Detectives hope that a chilling picture of people in dark hoods and white masks leads them to those who set fire to a house this month, killing five members of a Senegalese family.

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A Birthday at the Cemetery

All I could think about was how quickly the first 40 years of my life had flown by and how nothing was guaranteed ahead.

#cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam

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‘I Am Here to Prove You Wrong’

At Miss Muslimah USA, a pageant for young Muslim women, the complexity of modesty is on full display.

#beauty-contests, #muslim-americans

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Why Did Cup Foods Call the Cops on George Floyd?

Nuisance abatement laws force stores in low-income neighborhoods to operate almost as an arm of law enforcement.

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Why ‘Ramy’ Is So Important to Muslims

He refuses to be the perfect ambassador for Muslims. It’s refreshing.

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‘Ramy’ and the New American Muslims of TV

Even positive portrayals of Muslim Americans after 9/11 seemed burdened with a responsibility to explain and defend. But that burden is starting to be cast off.

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The Pandemic Upends Islam’s Holiest Month

Zoom calls and socially distant food drives have replaced family gatherings and community prayers.

#bangladeshi-americans, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #mosques, #muslim-americans, #ramadan

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Islamic Center Damaged in ‘Suspicious’ Fire on First Day of Ramadan

The police said the fire, at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau in Missouri, was being investigated as possible arson.

#arson, #missouri, #mosques, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam

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