Tag: Muslim Americans

The Creeping Liberalism in American Islam

Since 9/11, a recurrent theme in the far-right circles of America has been “creeping Shariah.” It reflects the fear that Islamic law will silently spread through the land of freedom to ultimately overtake it — to put all women in burqas and all adulterers to death. In this scenario, American Muslims, who make up only […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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Muslims Form Community Patrol. Some Neighbors Say No, Thanks.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Maeen Ali remembers the worry he felt when he first spotted the “Punish a Muslim Day” screed online. The letter, mailed last spring throughout England, encouraged violence that ranged from pulling off a woman’s head scarf to bombing mosques. […]

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They Created a Muslim Enclave in Upstate N.Y. Then Came the Online Conspiracies.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] HANCOCK, N.Y. — Deep in the dense woods near the Catskill Mountains, a settlement was started decades ago by Muslim families, many of them African-Americans from New York City, who were seeking to distance themselves from neighborhoods they saw […]

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4 Arrested and 23 Guns Seized in Plot Against Muslim Enclave in Upstate N.Y.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A seemingly offhand remark in a high school lunchroom set off an investigation that uncovered an arsenal of weapons and a plot to attack a Muslim enclave in upstate New York, law enforcement officials said. The comment was made […]

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Glorified and Vilified, Representative-Elect Ilhan Omar Tells Critics: ‘Just Deal’

WASHINGTON — As a 12-year-old refugee from Somalia adjusting to life in the Virginia suburbs, Ilhan Omar fended off bullies who stuck gum on her scarf, knocked her down stairs and jumped her when she changed clothes for gym class. Her father “sat me down, and he said, ‘Listen, these people who are doing all […]

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Somali Workers in Minnesota Force Amazon to Negotiate

Soon after Hibaq Mohamed immigrated to Minneapolis from Kenya, where she had been living as a refugee, in 2016 she got a job at a new Amazon warehouse near the city. At first, she enjoyed packing boxes for delivery to consumers. But over time, she said, Amazon required her and her co-workers to pack at […]

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Ilhan Omar Compels Democrats to Amend Ban on Head Coverings in the House of Representatives

Rep. Ilhan Oman (Mn.)Photo: Stephen Maturen (Getty Images) For 181 years, the U.S. House of Representatives has imposed a ban on its members wearing head coverings. With Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman to be elected to Congress set to take her oath of office in January, that rule—which would have prohibited her wearing her […]

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Night of Firsts: Sharice Davids, Ayanna Pressley and More Make History in Midterm Elections

There were historic firsts across the country on Tuesday night, as voters chose from a set of candidates that was among the most diverse ever to run in the United States. Native American, Muslim and African-American women, and L.G.B.T. candidates, were among those who broke barriers. Here are some of the winners who will made […]

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The Muslims Are Coming

The Muslims are coming! For some Americans — those who support a travel ban, a wall along the Mexican border and increased restrictions on refugees, all while holding on to the ridiculous belief that the world’s 1.8 billion Muslim hate America, despite the fact that it’s home to nearly 3.5 million of us — that […]

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Heard the One About the Disabled Muslim Comic From Jersey?

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. — The stand-up comedian Maysoon Zayid likes to joke that if there were a competition called the Oppression Olympics, she would win gold. “I’m Palestinian, Muslim, I’m a woman of color, I’m disabled,” Zayid, who has cerebral palsy, tells audiences, before pausing a beat to hang her head, her long dark hair […]

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What Could Hold Back a Democratic Wave? Economy, Confidence, Independence.

YARDLEY, Pa. — Sitting at her pumpkin-decorated dining room table, Kristen Donnelly ticked off her top political concerns: pay equity for women, gun control and anti-immigrant sentiment. (Her husband of five years has a green card.) As for the president? “I would never vote for Trump,” Ms. Donnelly declared. An independent, and co-chair of the […]

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The Latest Attack on Islam: It’s Not a Religion

Religious liberty has become a particularly politicized topic in recent years, and recent months were no different. In a long-awaited June decision, the Supreme Court decided in favor of a Christian baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. In July, Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduced a “religious liberty task […]

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From Canada to Syria, Muslims Tell Us What Eid al-Adha Means to Them

Advertisement As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the biggest holidays of their religious calendar, we asked them to tell us how they see it. ImagePalestinian girls take a selfie Tuesday following morning prayers marking the first day of Eid al-Adha celebrations, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif in […]

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