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Boston police name 1st Muslim captain

 As Boston police Captain Haseeb Hosein, a former science teacher and a firm believer in the power of reading, assumes leadership in Mattapan as the department’s first Muslim captain, he plans to have his officers walking not only the streets, but school hallways.

“I want my guys to go into the schools and spend 30 minutes and read” with a child, said Hosein, 52, who received his captain’s shield Wednesday in a ceremony at police headquarters. “I hate that police officers are always the bad guy. We should be an asset.”  more bostonglobe.com/

Prophet Mohammed and Woman

“Certainly, even today one would have a hard time trying to find an Arab who would tell you, “I was so afraid10689842_10152312019412377_8124923957645586409_n that I ran home to my wife.” They just aren’t that way. Yet Muhammed felt comfortable enough with his wife to be able to do that”. more islam101.com

The Quran is Amazing

by Gary Miller

Imam: It’s ‘code red’ for American Muslims

“The last bastion of support we’ll find in this country are among the liberals and some moderately conservative people,” Webb said.

“What happened on that show that night was to challenge that community and its traditional support of religious minorities in this country, and if we don’t think that’s something we should be worried about, then basically we are building our own coffins.”  more  cnn.com/Suhaib-Webb-Synagogue-Sermon-Unites-Faiths

When the West wanted Islam to curb Christian extremism

October 16 at 8:00 AM

The tiresome debate over whether Islam is somehow more violent than other religions unfortunately won’t go away. Recent spats between outspoken commentator Reza Aslan, TV host Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris — who said on Maher’s show that Islam was “the mother lode of bad ideas” — have launched a thousand blog posts and vitriolic tweets.

Writing last week in The Washington Post’s opinion pages, Fareed Zakaria acknowledged the existence of an unpleasant level of intolerance in some Muslim-majority countries, but stressed such societal ills can’t be laid at the feet of a whole religion. “So, the strategy to reform Islam,” Zakaria asks Maher, Harris and their supporters, “is to tell 1.6 billion Muslims, most of whom are pious and devout, that their religion is evil and they should stop taking it seriously?”  more  washingtonpost.

I’m a feminist, and I converted to Islam

Editor’s note: Theresa Corbin is a writer living in New Orleans. She is the founder of Islamwich and a 141008161410-01-muslim-women-dress-horizontal-gallerycontributor to On Islam and Aquila Style. A version of this piece first appeared on CNN iReport.
(CNN) — I am a Muslim, but I wasn’t always. I converted to Islam in November 2001, two months after 9/11.
I was 21 and living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was a bad time to be a Muslim. But after four years of studying, poking and prodding at world religions and their adherents, I decided to take the plunge.
Questions and answers more .cnn.

Imam About Town

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From wedding ceremonies to the NYPD, there isn’t an area of Muslim life in New York that the young Imam Khalid Latif hasn’t worked tirelessly to improve

In 2000, Khalid Latif, an 18-year-old first year undergraduate at New York University, still fresh off the train from Edison, New Jersey, found himself standing before a group of his fellow Muslim students, delivering his first sermon. ‘What do you mean give the sermon? You want me to stand in front of 150 people and lecture them about their religion?’ he responded, when the then president of NYU’s Islamic Center invited him to cover for an absent imam. ‘He said, “Just do it. You can do it.”’ more at http://brownbook.me/

Thank You, Bill Maher, for Proving Islamophobia is Real

Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Sam HarrisBy Zainab Chaudry

If there’s one issue these days that unites self-identifying liberal and conservative political pundits who otherwise can never seem to agree on anything, it’s bashing Islam.

Last week, stand-up comedian and political commentator Bill Maher invited a scholar on religion, Reza Aslan, as a guest on his HBO talk show “Real Time” and proceeded to lambast him with inaccurate generalizations regarding the status and treatment of women in Islam.

Specifically, Maher wrongly painted female genital mutilation (FGM) as “an Islamic problem” and alleged that Islam does not respect the rights of women. more  /www.patheos.com