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What It Means To Be Muslim In America

Muslim Life In America is a series dedicated to exploring the manmuslim lifey ways in which Muslim Americans navigate their religious, cultural and ethnic identities in the United States. The series highlights Muslim American voices from a broad spectrum of communities, at once investigating the challenges Muslims face in this country while celebrating the different voices of Islam in America. What It Means To Be Muslim In America

You will hear stories from Muslims who are activists, students, artists, comedians, farmers, parents, journalists, lawyers and more. They come from communities across the country and reflect the diversity among Muslim Americans. …more .huffingtonpost

Muslim Prof: West Leads the World in ‘Islamic Values’

Are non-Muslim countries more Islamic than Muslim countries? That is what Hossein Askari, an Iranian-brtr1j5cworn professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, believes. Askari says Ireland “leads the world in Islamic values as Muslim states lag.” After studying 208 countries and territories he found that the top countries in both economic achievement and social values are Ireland, Demark, Luxembourg and New Zealand. Britain also ranks in the top ten.  The first Muslim-majority nation is Malaysia ranking at 33, while the only other state in the top 50 is Kuwait at 48….more  frontpagemag

Our Founding Fathers included Islam

jeffersons_quran-620x412At a time when most Americans were uninformed, misinformed, or simply afraid of Islam, Thomas Jefferson imagined Muslims as future citizens of his new nation. His engagement with the faith began with the purchase of a Qur’an eleven years before he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s Qur’an survives still in the Library of Congress, serving as a symbol of his and early America’s complex relationship with Islam and its adherents. That relationship remains of signal importance to this day….more  .salon

The most beloved places on Earth

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The most beloved places on Earth to 15472_769723769730643_3434608137583792615_nAllah are its mosques, and the most despised places on Earth to Allah are its markets.” [Sahîh Muslim]

From all the places on Earth, Allah loves the mosques above all else. They fulfill the most important function. They are the places where those on Earth make contact with their Creator and Sustainer. The Arabic word for prayer – salâh – means to make a connection between the worshipper and his Lord.
The mosque is the pure location that the hearts of the worshippers are drawn towards. It is where the hearts find contentment from the worries of daily life. It is where they are cleansed of the vain desires and temptations that always beset them. The mosques are a place of tranquility and mercy where a soul can find a short reprieve from the long day’s turmoil. . ..more islamtoday

Minnesota high school senior accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools

“I was very surprised,” Munira Khalif, senior at Mounds Park Academy, said. “The best part for me was being able to call family members on the phone and to hear their excitement. This was truly a blessing from God.”

The 8 Ivy League schools are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University. In addition, Khalif was accepted to Stanford, Georgetown, and the University of Minnesota…more  myfoxtwincities

Mohammed Nisar Hands Back Passenger’s forgotten Bag Containing £10,000

Car dealer Adrian Quinn gives cabbie Mohammed Nisar a reward after he handed back £10,000

Car dealer Adrian Quinn gives cabbie Mohammed Nisar a reward after he handed back £10,000 Photo: Caters
 n honest taxi driver has made a friend for life after returning a passenger’s bag containing £10,000.

Car dealer Adrian Quinn said cabbie Mohammed Nisar saved his business when he held onto the large amount of cash for him.

The 46-year-old was running late for one of his regular business trips to British Car Auctions, in Walsall, from his home in Hereford because a train had been cancelled. MORE:  telegraph.co.uk