This week a doctor from north London was telling me about one of his patients, a lad of 20 who has lived in the borough of Hackney all his life. He was born here and grew up here. And he's a bright boy – yet he speaks only a few very rudimentary words of English. The language he speaks at home and at school is Yiddish. Some may be appalled by the insularity of the community in which this young man was raised. But I admire it. In particular, I admire the resilience of a community that seeks to maintain its distinctiveness and recognises, quite rightly, that assimilation into the broader culture would mean the gradual dilution, and the eventual extinction, of its own way of life. It is no surprise to me that the ultra orthodox are thriving, with high birth rates and predictions that they will be constitute a majority of the Jewish population within 20 years. They have refused assimilation.
It adds immeasurably to the richness and diversity of how life is apprehended that not everyone sees the world in the same way. It is mind-expanding to be challenged by those who commit to another way of life. What a miserably grey one-dimensional place it would be if the dominant model of middle-of-the-road liberal secular capitalism became the only acceptable way of living.
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Since the result of the US elections was announced, America has borne witness to a sharp increase in Islamophobic hate crimes.
For instance, in Ann Arbor, a female Muslim student at the University of Michigan was approached by a stranger who threatened to set her on fire if she didn't remove her hijab. In Georgia, a female Muslim high school teacher was left an anonymous note. Scribbled on it was a message stating that her "headscarf isn't allowed anymore". It went on to suggest that once she had removed her hijab, she could use it to hang herself. Likewise in Ohio, a Muslim woman along with her children and elderly parents were threatened by a man while they were stopped in their car at traffic lights. Shouting obscenities at the terrified family, the man told the woman that "she doesn't belong in this country". In many ways, it is somewhat unsurprising that such an upsurge in Islamophobic hate crimes has coincided with Donald Trump's emergence as president-elect.
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Ben Carson: This is the guy Donald Trump has nominated to be HUD secretary.
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a man for secretary of Housing and Urban Development who thinks Islam isn't a religion and has argued that there's a covert Muslim plot to destroy the U.S. from within.
It's concerning that Ben Carson is set to fill a seat in Trump's Cabinet, a Muslim civil liberties group said Monday.
"Based on his past Islamophobic statements and policy positions, all Americans should be very concerned on how Dr. Carson would treat Muslim HUD employees or Muslims seeking agency services," Robert McCaw, government affairs director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a statement.
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"You Belong. Stay Strong. Be Blessed. We Are One America."
One small sign; one big message.
A Texas man was photographed holding a sign on the side of a road outside the Islamic Center of Irving, near Dallas, reading: "You Belong. Stay Strong. Be Blessed. We Are One America."
A passerby snapped a photo of the man, dressed in a cowboy hat and checkered shirt, and shared it on Twitter Saturday, where it quickly went viral.
A representative for the center told The Washington Post that the man had been standing outside the mosque with his sign for days. He wanted to show support for the local Muslim community after Donald Trump was elected president this month following a campaign dominated by anti-Muslim pledges.
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Constitutional judges say schoolgirl cannot be excused mixed classes on grounds of Islamic dress codes
Germany's highest court has ruled that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes.
The constitutional court in Karlsruhe on Wednesday rejected an appeal by the girl's parents that she should be excused from the classes because a burkini did not conform with Islam's ethic of decency, German media reported.
"Tonight wasn't just important for me. I don't think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada."
Toronto's CityNews channel needed an anchor to fill in for a broadcast last week, so Ginella Massa stepped up to the plate ― becoming, she believes, the first woman in a hijab to appear on a Canadian newscast.
The response to her first segment in front of the camera has been "overwhelmingly positive," she told The Huffington Post in an email. Still, nasty comments are difficult to escape.
Common media representations and political rhetoric would have us believe that the roughly 1.7 billion Muslims on the globe are a homogenous, monolithic group. And this couldn't be further from the truth.
In the latest episode of "The Secret Life of Muslims," a web series directed by Joshua Seftel and featured on Vox, 15 prominent Muslim Americans explain why no single definition of what it means to be Muslim can account for all 1.7 billion faithful.
Carol Kuruvilla A good reminder that we all have more in common than meets the eye.
Amazon chose to highlight a moment of friendship between a Christian and a Muslim in its Christmas advertisement this year ― and it's exactly the kind of interfaith solidarity the world needs to focus on right now.
Amidst reports that Islamophobia is on the rise in the United Kingdom and the United States, the online retail giant launched an advertising campaign on Wednesday that promotes the message that you don't need to follow the same religion to be a good friend to your neighbor.
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Channel 4 news anchor Fatima Manji has warned Muslim and other minority groups in Britain are now "open to attack" after the country's press watchdog rejected complaints about a column by Kelvin MacKenzie.
The Channel 4 journalist said it was "frightening" that Ipso, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), had cleared MacKenzie of wrong-doing.
In outright defiance of the rising levels anti-Muslim hate in America, University of Michigan students joined forces on Monday to protect their own.
After hearing that a Muslim student had reportedly been threatened for her faith, hundreds of students and faculty showed up to stand guard around classmates who had gathered in a main square to perform one of Islam's five daily prayers.
The public Ishaa prayer, or nighttime prayer, was organized by the university's Muslim Student Association. Club president Farhan Ali, a junior, told The Huffington Post that members of his group wanted to show the campus that they were proud to be Muslim.
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They proudly wear their headscarves in spite of sexism and Islamophobia.
Islam is the world's second largest religion, but the faith ― and the women who choose to show their dedication to it with their hijabs ― are increasingly misunderstood by Western communities.
In Minnesota, just 1 percent of residents are Muslim. The community, which includes many Somali refugees, exists alongside a majority white Christian population, but Muslims still face hateful and misinformed rhetoric.
Although Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim woman ever elected to a state legislature had her victory just last week, it came days after Donald Trump blamed "faulty refugee vetting" for the state's "large numbers of Somali refugees" and linked the community to ISIS and extremism while speaking for a cheering crowd.
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"Your headscarf isn't allowed anymore. Why don't you tie it around your neck & hang yourself?"
Days after President-elect Donald Trump's won the presidency, a Muslim high school teacher in Georgia found a chilling note in her classroom.
"Your headscarf isn't allowed anymore. Why don't you tie it around your neck & hang yourself?"
Mairah Teli, a language arts teacher at Dacula High School in Gwinnett County, uploaded an image of the anonymous note on her Facebook account on Friday. It is unclear who it was written by, or whether the writer was a student or teacher at Teli's school.
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The 34-year-old Muslim woman was elected to Minnesota's state house of representatives, soon after Donald Trump said Somali immigrants are a 'disaster'
In an election that starkly divided the country on Tuesday, one result was a glimmer of hope for people who opposed Donald Trump: Minnesota elected America's first Somali American legislator, Ilhan Omar.
The number of hate crimes reported to police nationwide surged in 2015 by 6.7 percent compared to 2014, according to date released by the FBI on Monday.
Far outpacing the national increase in hate crime overall was the elevated number of bias crimes against Muslims. The FBI said there were 257 anti-Islamic incidents last year compared to 154 reported in 2014, an uptick of 67 percent. That was one of the largest increases against any group, according to the bureau's data.
By Amel Yacef and Michael Privot, Chair and Director of the European Network Against racism (ENAR)
France has been in the spotlight this summer, starting with a number of mayors banning burkinis from beaches in their towns and escalating into women simply wearing a headscarf on the beach being forced to undress by policemen or be fined. All this in the name of a certain vision of secularism, women's rights and the fight against terrorism.
The rule of law seems to have gone down the drain with the political hysteria around the burkini. French local authorities and administrative courts have put forward arguments that violate fundamental rights in upholding the bans in various coastal cities of France. Legal arguments no longer seem to work for authorities and part of public opinion. Although the Council of State, France's highest administrative court, recently ordered the suspension of the ban in the city of Villeneuve-Loubet, stating that the decrees led to illegal infringements on fundamental freedoms, mayors are now refusing to respect this decision.
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Ramadan is a time that many Muslims look forward to. However, the prospect of fasting for a month can also be frightening for some – especially those with addictions. For many people, the prospect of lasting an entire day without food or drink can seem daunting, but possible.
However, for people with addictions the thought of going through more than a few hours of the day without being able to feed their craving may seem impossible or even terrifying.
Many people associate the word ''addiction'' with alcohol and drugs. However, the word ''addiction'' is simply defined by Webster's Dictionary as ''being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.''
Alcohol and drugs are the most common of these substances. However, coffee, tea, sugar, sodas, candies, chocolate, and even food itself can become addicting. In fact, coffee has a long history of being banned in various cultures because of its stimulant and addictive properties.
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Given all the unrest in the world, the situation of the Middle East and the general circumstances surrounding the Islamic world, many people ask the question, ''How are we supposed to believe Islam is a religion of peace when all these wars are being waged in the name of Islam?''
They are right in a sense, as war is not the way to bring peace. So there is one fact that we have to keep in mind: Those who prefer war in the name of Islam are making a major mistake.
Regrettably, a majority of the Islamic world has abandoned the Holy Quran now; they are resorting to resources other than the Glorious Quran and follow non-Quranic ways. This is the reason behind the wars waged in the name of Islam, the reason behind the system of tyranny and why they try to introduce religion through oppression and persecution instead of democracy. Another painful outcome of this non-Quranic religion is the rise of a primitive and crude lifestyle built around misogyny, a general hostility towards art and beauty in life and a notable lack of refinement.
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Allah (all glory be to Him) tells us in the Holy Quran about Ramadan that, ''(He wants you) to complete the prescribed period (of fasting), and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.'' (Surat Al Baqarah: 2:185).
Many benefits, in addition to the spiritual, result from completing this prescribed period of fasting. This article attempts to explain those related to our biological rhythms.
A person goes through five stages while going to sleep.The background activity of the brain is called the electroencephalogram (EEG) and can be recorded by the use of scalp electrodes.
The dominant frequency and amplitude characteristic of the surface EEG varies with states of arousal.
The Relationship Between Ramadan and Jihad (Fighting) in the Way Of Allah
Rarely a month witnessed so many battles for fighting for the sake of Allah and the achievement of great conquests and victories of Islam like the month of Ramadan. Was that predestined to add more value to Ramadan other than being the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in order to establish a nation that fills the world with knowledge, enlightenment, and culture.
The month of Ramadan which witnessed the establishment of the Islamic nation was chosen by Allah to raise high the banners of Jihad to protect the nation that raises the banner of monotheism "La ilaha illa Allah (there is no deity but Allah)." This nation sums up the history of the divine calls since Adam, the father of mankind till Muhammad, the master of mankind, who sealed the messages of prophets and whose religion is the last one. Therefore, his followers were entrusted with protecting, disseminating, and making the religion of Allah superior by Jihad in the way of Allah which has no parallel among the acts of worship. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) answered when a man asked him: "Direct me to an action that equals Jihad?" He said: I do not find any. then said: "If the Mujahid (one who fights in the way of Allah) goes for Jihad, can you enter your Masjid (mosque) to offer Salah frequently and fast without breaking your fast?"
Ramadan is a month of serenity and spiritual elevation. But when the body's glucose level decreases too much from fasting, this could lead to irritability and aggression.
Other factors may also contribute to the feeling of irritability, such as refraining from the habitual cigarette.
Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) advised us to 'keep our cool' while fasting and prevent ourselves from being easily provoked or dragged into a fight. The practice of self-control is a pertinent part of fasting.
From Prophet Mohamed's (Peace Be Upon Him) traditions, ''If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, 'I am fasting'.''
FBI Tried To Lure Orlando Shooter Into Terror Plot In 2013
A police officer in Florida has revealed that Omar Mateen was targeted by an FBI informant in a failed attempt to push him to commit a terror attack.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to ''lure'' Orlando shooter Omar Mateen into committing a terror plot in 2013 through the planting of an informant in his life, revelations that raise serious questions about the FBI's indirect role in shaping the recent Orlando terror attack through its entrapment policies.
In an exclusive interview published June 15, Sheriff Ken Mascara of Florida's St. Lucie County told the Vero Beach Press Journal that the FBI dispatched an informant to ''lure Omar into some kind of act'' but he ''did not bite.''
ISLAMOPHOBIA- The Idea Of Hate Directed Towards Muslims- May Have Been Connected To The Murder Of Joe Cox.
Recent revelation that the murdered Labour Mp, was about to release a report warning of an 80 percent rise in Islamophobic incidents in the UK. The report was to warn of a high level of far right activity across Yorkshire.
Scheduled for release on the 29th if June, the report was being prepared alongside Tell Mama- an organisation which releases reports on anti Muslim reports every year. The organisation also works with three police forces whose data are used to store national estimates.
'This reminds us of the times of Hitler': In the heart of Europe, anti-Islam politics are on the rise
ERFURT, Germany This medieval city of timber-framed buildings and cobblestone streets is on the front lines of the escalating culture war over Islam in the West.
Donald Trump may be calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. But on this side of the Atlantic, too, Islam is under fire, with political opposition to the faith growing as an anti-Muslim message emerges as the rallying cry of Europe's far right.
In few places is the shift more startling than here in Germany, where attacks by Islamist radicals in neighboring nations and a record wave of Middle Eastern migrants are testing the national will to protect minority rights adopted after World War II.
I've studied radicalization and Islamophobia often plants the seed
By Sarah Lyons-Padilla, who is a research scientist at Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions
The evidence shows that alienating an entire religious community, as Donald Trump has done, will make us less safe. There are better ways to fight extremism
Speculation has been rife about the motives of Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old man who killed 49 and injured at least 53 in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Reports say that he called 911 to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State shortly before opening fire.
Following an attack of this nature, we can expect two streams of reactions. President Obama, Hillary Clinton and others are of the first type, urging us to condemn retaliation against Muslims. In contrast, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is of the second, insisting that the US strictly scrutinize or even ban Muslims from entering the country.
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Donald Trump's pro-gay Islamophobia is straight out of the European right-wing playbook
Islamophobic hate crime: is it getting worse?
From online abuse to fire bombs thrown at mosques, there has been a spike in anti-Muslim attacks. While many incidents are not reported to the police, groups such as the Tell Mama project paint a worrying picture of rising Islamophobia and violence
"I don't really want to go out now," Rizwan Ali says anxiously. "If I needed something I used to just go to the shops, but I've been staying in." On 24 May the father of four had been to Friday prayers at his local mosque. On his way home he popped into Pound Stretcher to look at gardening equipment. As he browsed he noticed another customer staring at him.
"He was looking at me, as though I had done something," Ali (not his real name), explains. "Then he started shouting: 'You are a Muslim, you are a soldier killer.' I was shocked and scared. It was very upsetting. I moved to the front of the shop, but he kept following me."
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Man who shot a Meriden mosque gets 6 months in federal prison
Defendant Ted Hakey Jr., accused of shooting into a mosque next door to his Meriden home, is seen for a court appearance in New Haven in January.John Woike Hartford Courant via APHARTFORD >> A man who fired rifle shots towards a Meriden mosque in the hours following the terror attacks in Paris last year, was sentenced Friday to six months in federal prison, with credit for time served, followed by a period of three years of supervised release.
Attack on Western University Muslim student 'a wake up call' says Mayor
The attack on a Western University student from Iran, being probed by London police hate crime officers, is a ''wake-up call'' for London, Mayor Matt Brown says.
''This is . . . another wake-up call for all of us, that racism exists in 2016, and it's our collective responsibility to address it,'' Brown said Thursday from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference in Winnipeg.
''I'm deeply concerned and saddened to learn this act occurred in London. Islamophobia has no place in London, in Ontario, in Canada, or anywhere . . . We need to stand shoulder-to-shoulder as Londoners and clearly communicate this type of hate won't be tolerated.''
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