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Letter Sent to Mosques Promises Genocide of Muslims

California mosques are hoping for greater police protection

(Newser) - "Your day of reckoning has arrived,” reads a letter sent to at least three California mosques this week. “There’s a new sheriff in town—President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you... More »

'Muslim Ban' Disappearance From Trump Site Just a Glitch

It's back now

(Newser) - Donald Trump's infamous "Muslim ban" briefly vanished from his campaign website Thursday, but it's back now and a spokesperson says the disappearance was simply the result of a glitch. Some had shared the news on social media as a sign that Trump was softening his views on... More »

'The Juslims' Win Halloween

Muslim-Jewish friends come up with superhero costume idea

(Newser) - Two California 13-year-olds are the stars of Halloween this year with their joint costume: A superhero team they created called "The Juslims." As 13-year-old Casey Pearlman's father explained on Twitter Saturday, "My daughter is Jewish. Her best pal is Muslim. For Halloween they created a superhero... More »

Hijab Makes Its Playboy Debut

Hijab-clad journalist Noor Tagouri is featured in the magazine's 'Renegade' issue

(Newser) - Playboy has stepped into the debate over Islamic dress and women's rights by featuring a hijab-clad woman in its pages for the first time. Muslim-American journalist Noor Tagouri appears in the October issue wearing a sexy snarl, black leather jacket and jeans, and a beige head scarf. (Playboy this... More »

Bomb Suspect's Family Eatery Targeted on Yelp

Family complained about anti-Muslim bias years ago

(Newser) - The adage "There's no such thing as bad publicity" probably doesn't ring true for the owners of First American Fried Chicken: The Elizabeth, NJ, restaurant is owned by the family of alleged bomber Ahmad Rahami , and Vice reports that its Yelp page is being spammed with negative... More »

Burkini Inventor: Who's Worse, Taliban or French Politicians?

Aheda Zanetti says she invented the burkini to give women freedom

(Newser) - The inventor of the burkini believes France and others who want to ban it have fundamentally "misunderstood" what the garment is all about. Aheda Zanetti, writing in the Guardian , says she invented the burkini in 2004 after watching her niece try to play netball in a makeshift skin-covering athletic... More »

Family Sues Middle School Over Boy's 'Terrorist' Confession

$25M suit alleges East Islip forced Muslim boy into it

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim boy with special needs confessed earlier this year to being a member of ISIS and plotting to blow up the school fence, and now his family is suing the school district in East Islip, NY, alleging that officials there forced a false confession and violated his... More »

Cops Nab Suspect in Queens Imam's Murder: Sources

Sources say gunman was arrested Sunday night after ramming cop car

(Newser) - The man suspected of gunning down an imam and his friend outside a Queens mosque has been arrested, sources tell the New York Daily News . Police would not confirm the suspect was in custody but the Daily News says he was busted Sunday night after he rammed an unmarked police... More »

Muslim Flight Attendant Who Wouldn't Serve Booze Sues

Charee Stanley wants her job back

(Newser) - The Muslim flight attendant placed on unpaid leave last year after refusing to serve alcohol in accordance with her religion is now suing her employer. Charee Stanley of Detroit says Georgia-based airline ExpressJet was initially quite accommodating of her religious beliefs when she converted to Islam in 2013, even granting... More »

Muslim Woman on Plane Detained for Reading Syrian Book

Crew member got nervous

(Newser) - A Muslim woman who works for the UK's National Health Service as a mental health services practitioner—and whose job includes preventing youth from becoming radicalized—describes a "hurtful" experience she had on a Thomson Airways flight back from her honeymoon in Turkey, the BBC reports. Faizah Shaheen,... More »

$5K Fine for Students Who Won't Shake Teacher's Hand

Swiss authorities say handshake tradition outweighs freedom of religion

(Newser) - Swiss authorities ruled Wednesday that any student who refuses to shake a teacher's hand could earn their parents a stiff $5,000 fine, USA Today reports. Last month, two teenage Muslim students at a Swiss middle school refused to shake hands with female teachers, citing an interpretation of the... More »

Muslim Student Labeled 'Isis' in Yearbook

Misprint? 'I beg to differ,' Bayan Zehlif says

(Newser) - A principal in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is calling it a "regrettable misprint." But the Muslim student misidentified as "Isis Phillips" in the Los Osos High School yearbook isn't buying it. "I am extremely saddened, disgusted, hurt, and embarrassed that the Los Osos High School yearbook... More »

Sadiq Khan Becomes London's 1st Muslim Mayor

He won with 57% of the vote

(Newser) - Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, was elected mayor of London with 1.3 million votes—57% of the total—the AP reports. The final result came after midnight Saturday, more than 24 hours after the polls closed. He defeated Conservative rival Zac... More »

Women Enter 1K-Year-Old Building for First Time

Mosque's wooden carvings, architecture have long enchanted its male worshippers

(Newser) - For the first time in its 1,000-year history, one of India's oldest mosques opened its doors to women. Thousands of Muslim women flocked to the religious site in Kerala on Sunday, reports the Times of India , making their way into the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid to view its historic... More »

Lindsay Lohan: I'm Studying Islam

She's also into something called 'tapping'

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan, who may or may not be engaged (the latest reports claim that she is ), also may or may not be considering converting to Islam. According to Dan Wootton of the Sun , LiLo gave him an exclusive interview about her interest in the religion after she was photographed... More »

Minnesota Sorry for Issuing 'FMUSLMS' License Plate

It will be revoked immediately

(Newser) - Someone at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety was maybe not paying close attention when they issued a personalized license plate reading "FMUSLMS" back in June. The plates got attention after a Somali community activist posted a picture of one on Facebook over the weekend, and now the DPS... More »

Child's Spelling Error Leads to Police Questioning

'Terraced house' ended up 'terrorist house'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Muslim boy made a truly unfortunate spelling error at his UK school and ended up getting interviewed by police. The boy meant to write, as part of an English lesson, that he lived in a "terraced house," but accidentally wrote instead that he lived in a... More »

Cops: Gunman Who Shot Philly Officer Praised ISIS

Officer survived and suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Philadelphia police say the man accused of ambushing a city cop and shooting him at point-blank range has confessed to doing so "in the name of Islam" and to support ISIS, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was in his patrol car Thursday night when a gunman... More »

Company Fires Nearly 200 Protesting Muslim Workers

Employees claim they were told, 'If you want to pray, go home'

(Newser) - Nearly 200 Muslim workers—mostly Somali immigrants—were fired by a Colorado meat-packing plant last month for walking off the job over claims their employer was preventing them from praying, USA Today reports. "Prayer is the first priority to every Muslim," a man assisting the fired employees says.... More »

'Interfaith Do-Gooders' Wearing Hijabs Are Misguided

Two Muslim women make their case

(Newser) - They mean well, but non-Muslim women who don head scarves as a sign of religious solidarity are actually doing a disservice to modern Muslim women, argue two members of the latter camp. In their essay at the Washington Post , Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa describe themselves as "mainstream Muslim... More »

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