Omar Sacirbey | Religion News Service

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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Citizens on No-Fly List

The ruling by Judge Anna J. Brown of the U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon is a victory for Muslim Americans and civil liberty activists.

Internet Hate Speech Can Lead to Acts of Violence

A new report links aggressive online behavior with potential real-world violence.

Religious, civil rights groups demand investigation of NYPD spying

RNS () — A coalition of 125 religious, civil rights, and community-based organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department … Continued

CAIR taps Jewish filmmaker to lead Philadelphia chapter

RNS () — The Council on American-Islamic Relations has hired a Jewish filmmaker and interfaith activist as executive director of … Continued

Muslims say they deserve school time off for holidays, too

RNS () — Hannah Shraim, a 14-year old sophomore at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., will miss school on … Continued

Lost on the hajj? There’s an app for that

RNS () — The hajj can be a grueling journey, full of physical and mental demands. With 3 million pilgrims … Continued

Middle Eastern virus may mar hajj pilgrimage

RNS () — The annual pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the hajj, presents a gantlet of health challenges. This year’s … Continued

Assault on professor part of wave of attacks on Sikhs, Muslims, others

RNS () — Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University physician Saturday (Sept. 21), a Muslim woman was attacked … Continued

Abercrombie & Fitch to change ‘look policy,’ allow hijabs

RNS () — Abercrombie & Fitch will change its “look policy” and allow employees to wear hijabs after a three-year … Continued

Denim burqa ad: bold or insulting?

RNS () — Islamophobic or empowering? Those are among the reactions to a new Diesel jeans ad featuring a heavily … Continued

Can bubbas love Muslims? A new documentary tries

RNS () — Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it … Continued

Muslim clerk wins hijab fight against Abercrombie and Fitch

RNS () — A federal judge ruled Monday (Sept. 9) that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment … Continued

Muslim mother seeks justice for the son she lost on 9/11

RNS () — It’s been five years now that Talat Hamdani has been able to talk about her son without … Continued

Bullying of Asian-Americans spikes in New York City schools

RNS () — A report released Thursday (Sept. 5) by two civil rights groups found a dramatic spike in bullying … Continued

N.C. governor allows anti-Shariah bill to become law

RNS () — North Carolina became the seventh state to prohibit its judges from considering Islamic law after Gov. Pat … Continued

Oklahoma anti-Shariah amendment struck down

RNS () — A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment that would have prohibited judges in the state … Continued

What imams talk about during Eid

RNS () — In their holiday Eid al-Fitr khutbas, or sermons, on Thursday (Aug. 8) many imams across the country … Continued

Muslims oppose possible Raymond Kelly bid for Homeland Security

RNS () — Muslim-American groups are mounting a growing campaign to quash the potential nomination of New York City Police … Continued

NC Muslims hope Gov. Pat McCrory vetoes anti-Shariah bill

North Carolina Muslims hope they can persuade Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to veto a bill that prohibits state judges … Continued

Shariah 101: What is it and why do states want to ban it?

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday (July 24) approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, … Continued