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berlin bans muslim group accused of supporting terrorism


berlin—local authorities on tuesday banned a muslim group accused of supporting terrorism, offering a fresh sign of germany’s increased efforts to combat islamist extremists in the wake of december’s deadly christmas-market attack.officials in berlin, which is governed as a city-state, moved quickly through the arduous legal process of banning the muslim group fussilet 33 e.v. they did so after learning that anis amri, who attacked...






police arrest leader of muslim group behind jakarta protests


jakarta, indonesia — indonesian police said they arrested the leader of a hardline muslim group and several other activists for suspected treason ahead of a blasphemy protest in the capital jakarta.jakarta police spokesman argo yuwono said muhammad al khathath, leader of the muslim peoples forum umbrella group, was suspected of involvement in a conspiracy to commit treason and was arrested at a hotel early friday.the forum, which includes the islamic defenders front vigilante group, has been behind a series of huge protests against the minority christian governor of jakarta who is on trial for allegedly blaspheming the quran.the protests have shaken mainstream muslim groups and the secular government of muslim-majority indonesia.yuwono said four other islamic activists were also arrested e






‘f*ck you, terrorist’ spray-pained on non-muslim man’s home while he was on vaca


a man who returned home from a brief vacation found his house in oregon had been broken into and vandalized with expletive-laden racist and anti-islam graffiti that called him a “muslim” and a “terrorist.” however, the victim’s faith is not islam. “i’m not muslim,” 33-year-old hasel afshar told local news outlet pamplin media group. “i just…






uk police, muslim youths to link hands to mark london attack


london — british police officers will be linking hands with members of a muslim youth group on a london bridge to mark last week's attack outside parliament that killed four people.the metropolitan police federation says the intention is to link hands across westminster bridge from the south to the north at the moment the attack began at 2:40 p.m. on march 22.the ahmadiyya muslim youth association says its members plan to wear t-shirts printed with the message "i am a muslim, ask me anything."the expression of solidarity marks the moment khalid masood mowed down pedestrians on the bridge, killing three. he then fatally stabbed a policeman in the palace of westminster's forecourt.police say there's no evidence that masood was directly linked to the islamic state group or al-qaida.






police arrest leader of muslim group behind jakarta protests


jakarta, indonesia (ap) — indonesian police arrested the leader of a hardline muslim group and several other activists for suspected treason ahead of a blasphemy protest in the capital jakarta on friday.jakarta police spokesman argo yuwono said muhammad al khathath, leader of the muslim peoples forum umbrella group, was suspected of involvement in a conspiracy to commit treason and was arrested at a hotel early friday.the forum, which includes the islamic defenders front vigilante group, has been behind a series of huge protests against the minority christian governor of jakarta who is on trial for allegedly blaspheming the quran.the blasphemy case and the ease with which hard-liners attracted several hundred thousand to protest against gov. basuki “ahok” tjahaja purnama have undermined in






the reasons behind muslim population growth


for the first time in history, muslims will overtake christians as the most popular religious group by around the year 2017, according to the pew research center. but while some may fear a grand muslim takeover, the reasons for this dramatic shift are numerous and complex. 1. muslims are younger muslims have the youngest median age…






muslim advocacy group seeks broader travel-ban injunction


alexandria, va. — a judge is weighing a request from a muslim civil rights group for an even broader injunction against president donald trump's proposed travel ban than what is already in place.federal judges in hawaii and maryland have issued orders that already block the vast majority of trump's revised ban, which would restrict immigration from refugees and from six majority-muslim countries.at a hearing tuesday in alexandria, lawyers for the council on american-islamic relations asked a judge to issue an injunction blocking the entire executive order. lawyer gadeir (geh-deer') abbas said a section of the order affecting how waivers are granted for visa applicants remains in force.acting assistant attorney general chad readler said the remaining provisions of the travel ban have no pra






protesters who view group as anti-muslim crash meeting, shouting ensues


the meeting of a suburban chapter of act for america, a group that critics call anti-muslim, briefly descended into a shouting match monday evening between those sympathetic to its cause and others who questioned the organization's motives.the small chapter of act for america, which bills itself as the "nra of national security" fighting to "combat the threat of radical islam," has met a few times at the des plaines public library — raising controversy before — and its monday meeting drew about 30 people across the political spectrum and at times hostile interactions.the meeting included a screening of the 2013 documentary "honor diaries," a film about women's rights advocates working to end violence against women in muslim communities.following the screening, one of the organizers, france






protesters who view group as anti-muslim crash meeting, shouting ensues


the meeting of a suburban chapter of act for america, a group that critics call anti-muslim, briefly descended into a shouting match monday evening between those sympathetic to its cause and others who questioned the organization's motives.the small chapter of act for america, which bills itself as the "nra of national security" fighting to "combat the threat of radical islam," has met a few times at the des plaines public library — raising controversy before — and its monday meeting drew about 30 people across the political spectrum and at times hostile interactions.the meeting included a screening of the 2013 documentary "honor diaries," a film about women's rights advocates working to end violence against women in muslim communities.following the screening, one of the organizers, france






giant muslim group joins fight against fake news


jakarta—the world’s largest muslim organization is helping step up a battle in indonesia to scrub the internet of fake news.at first glance, a nearly century-old organization that normally focuses on things like maintaining islamic boarding schools and funding hospitals wouldn’t seem like the tech-savvy champion of such a cause. but...






muslim groups criticize wilders' 'moroccan scum' comments


the hague, netherlands — muslim organizations in the netherlands have criticized disparaging comments about moroccans made by anti-islam lawmaker geert wilders, but say they are just the latest in a long string of insults.launching his campaign saturday for the netherlands' march 15 parliamentary election, wilders criticized what he called "moroccan scum" for making the netherlands unsafe.ebubekir ozture, director of the muslim umbrella group contact organ muslims and government, on sunday called wilders comments "reprehensible," but added, "it is not the first time and probably won't be the last time," that wilders has used such language.wilders was convicted late last year of inciting discrimination and insulting a group for anti-moroccan comments he made before and after local elections






muslim civil rights group calls on public to fight bigotry


minneapolis — a muslim civil rights group is calling on the broader public to join with their muslim neighbors to help fight bigotry and hate. the minnesota chapter of the council on american-islamic relations is holding an event saturday to kick off a campaign to get 10,000 minnesotans active in challenging bigotry. the event, which features speakers such as gold star father khizr khan, comes in the same week that two muslim women reported being followed and harassed in minnesota. here are some things to know:call to actioncair-mn has been taking steps to get the broader community involved in speaking out against hate after noticing an increase in hostility toward muslims since the presidential campaign. saturday's event is designed to be a call-to-action.speakers will include khan, a mus






india jails 2 hindu hard-liners for blast at muslim shrine


new delhi (ap) — an indian court on wednesday sentenced two hindu hard-liners to life in prison for triggering an explosion at a muslim shrine in western india that killed three people and injured more than a dozen a decade ago.the court handed the sentence to the convicts in jaipur, the capital of rajasthan state. a third convict in the case died after the 2007 blast, which occurred in ajmer, a muslim pilgrimage center in rajasthan.indian news reports said two of the convicts were former preachers of the rashtriya swayamsevak sangh, or national volunteer corps, a hindu group that has long been accused of stoking religious hatred against muslims. india’s governing bharatiya janata party is a political wing of the rss.investigators initially suspected the involvement of a pakistan-based mil






muslim civil rights group challenges trump travel ban


alexandria, va. (ap) — a muslim civil rights group is joining the legal battle to overturn president donald trump’s travel ban directed at seven muslim-majority nations.the council on american-islamic relations filed a lawsuit monday in federal court in alexandria, virginia, challenging trump’s executive order. the lawsuit characterizes the ban as a first step in fulfilling trump’s paign promise to impose “a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states” until the government “can figure out what is going on.”trump’s order suspends immigration for citizens of the seven countries for 90 days. trump has said the action is being falsely characterized as a “muslim ban.”a judge at the alexandria courthouse already had issued a restraining order against the administration in r






muslim civil rights groups challenges trump travel ban


alexandria, va. — a muslim civil rights group is joining the legal battle to overturn president donald trump's travel ban directed at seven muslim-majority nations.the council on american-islamic relations filed a lawsuit monday in federal court in alexandria, virginia, challenging trump's executive order. the lawsuit characterizes the ban as a first step in fulfilling trump's paign promise to impose "a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states" until the government "can figure out what is going on."trump's order suspends immigration for citizens of the seven countries for 90 days. trump has said the action is being falsely characterized as a "muslim ban."a judge at the alexandria courthouse already had issued a restraining order against the administration in respon






white supremacists cite trump in bomb threat targeting muslim students


facebook, u.s. news‘things have changed’: white supremacists cite trump in bomb threat targeting muslim studentserin corbett01 mar 2017 at 13:32 eton wednesday morning, two buildings at concordia university’s downtown campus in montreal were evacuated after several media outlets received an email threatening to target muslim students at the college by setting off bombs, the montreal gazette reported.montreal police are investigating the matter, and police spokesperson benoit boisselle said the department does not yet know “whether the threat is founded.” the email making the threat was written by a group that called itself the council of conservative citizens of canada (c4).the council of conservative citizens (ccc) is a u.s.-based white supremacist group that was founded in 1985 as a spin






ad agency leo burnett uses #reverseforkindness to protest travel ban


a muslim civil rights group is joining the legal battle to overturn president donald trump's travel ban directed at seven muslim-majority nations.the council on american-islamic relations filed a lawsuit monday in federal court in alexandria, virginia, challenging trump's executive order. the... (tribune news services)






trump welcomes anti-muslim activist to white house


brigitte gabriel , who founded the anti-muslim group known as act for america, made a visit to the white house tuesday and called her talks with members of president donald trump’s administration “productive.” gabriel and a colleague were at the white house to “participate in a brief meeting with a member of our legislative staff. the…






police investigate anti-muslim flyer at louisiana mosque


bossier city, la. — louisiana police are investigating an anti-muslim flyer pasted onto a sign in front of a mosque.bossier city spokesman mark natale (nah-tah-lee) says the letter-sized flyer reads "imagine a muslim-free america."natale says a second flyer reading "what made america great: blood and soil" had also been stuck onto the brick sign.he says both flyers carry the name american vanguard, which identifies itself on its website as a white nationalist group. the southern poverty law center has identified it as a white supremacist group.natale says identical flyers are available on the organization's website. american vanguard did not immediately respond to an emailed query.ksla-tv reports (http://bit.ly/2kys7et ) that the council on american-islamic relations is asking authorities






illinois democrats in congress lash out at trump's immigration order


a muslim civil rights group is joining the legal battle to overturn president donald trump's travel ban directed at seven muslim-majority nations.the council on american-islamic relations filed a lawsuit monday in federal court in alexandria, virginia, challenging trump's executive order. the... (tribune news services)






national 'meet a muslim day' sparks conversation, builds acceptance


san jose — with signs that read “ask me anything” and “meet a muslim,” dozens of young muslim men and boys in the bay area and beyond stood in public places saturday in hopes of combating islamophobia simply by talking with people.the first “meet a muslim day” was held in at least 50 cities and 120 locations nationwide. in the bay area, muslims participated in san jose, antioch, mountain view, san francisco, pleasanton, berkeley and  pleasant hill. the event was organized by the ahmadiyya muslim youth association usa, a maryland-based group that works with an estimated 5,000 muslim boys and men spread across 70 chapters nationwide.it was something iftikhar khan had never done in his life. the 38-year-old san jose resident brought his son, rizwan, , 10, and neighbor, raees qadir,14. the tri






minnesota muslim rights group, others react to travel ban


minneapolis — the minnesota chapter of a muslim civil rights organization says president donald trump's new travel ban must be challenged.jaylani hussein is executive director of the council on american-islamic relations in minnesota. he says trump is trying to make the discriminatory ban more palatable to the courts. but hussein says it's really an attempt to legalize bigotry.the ban issued monday would bar new visas for citizens from six muslim-majority countries — including somalia — and temporarily shut down america's refugee program. minnesota has the largest somali population in the u.s.hussein says the ban will delay the reunification of many families whose loved ones have already been in refugee camps for years. and, he says the ban won't make america safer because it gives terrori






american muslim students 4 times as likely to be bullied


more than two in five american muslim students in grades k-12 were bullied because of their faith in the last year. according to a new survey. muslim students have also become more than four times as likely to be bullied for their religion at school than american students generally, the american muslim poll 2017, published tuesday…






anti-muslim group with ties to trump white house willing to do ‘whatever it take


roy white, a 62-year-old air force veteran heads the san antonio, texas chapter of act! for america, an anti-muslim organization that was founded on the grounds of protecting the united states from islam. the group has direct ties to the trump white house, the chicago tribune reports.white has described muslim civil rights groups, such as the council on american-islamic relations (cair) as “jihadist.” he said, “they’re jihadists wearing suits. that’s a tough thing for us to wrap our heads around because we don’t feel threatened.”according to act’s founder brigitte gabriel, the group has 500,000 “relentless grass-roots warriors ready to do whatever it takes to achieve our goal of a safer america.” in this case, a safer america involves the eradication of islam.gabriel also has direct ties t






muslims more satisfied with u.s. than any religious group, poll finds


people exit the darul qur'an mosque after attending an open house march 18, 2017 in chicago, illinois.(photo: joshua lott, afp/getty images) 3748 connectlinkedinemailmorealmost half of their children face bullying at schools. they're twice as likely to face additional screening at airports. yet muslims in the united states are the religious group most satisfied with the nation's trajectory, a new survey found.the american muslim poll 2017 comes from the institute for social policy and understanding, a nonprofit focused on american muslims, found muslims and jews are most likely to express fear for their personal safety after the election of president trump.the study showed both muslims and jews reported higher levels of fear and anxiety than other faith groups because of the election resul






muslims more satisfied with u.s. than any religious group, poll finds


people exit the darul qur'an mosque after attending an open house march 18, 2017 in chicago, illinois.(photo: joshua lott, afp/getty images) 1171 connectlinkedinemailmorealmost half of their children face bullying at schools. they're twice as likely to face additional screening at airports. yet muslims in the united states are the religious group most satisfied with the nation's trajectory, a new survey found.the american muslim poll 2017 comes from the institute for social policy and understanding, a nonprofit focused on american muslims, found muslims and jews are most likely to express fear for their personal safety after the election of president trump.the study showed both muslims and jews reported higher levels of fear and anxiety than other faith groups because of the election resul






first muslim women's day celebrated, and chrissy teigen hits out at fox news


image copyrighttwitter/@nylonmagonline supporters and sceptics mark the first ever muslim women's day, us model chrissy teigen hits out at fox news on twitter, and a pakistani passenger forces a plane to turn back to lahore for love.muslim women's daythe first muslim women's day has been hailed a success with large support online, although some voiced their scepticism.the online campaign was launched by muslimgirl, a website by and for muslim women, in partnership with several media organisations, centring on the voices and experiences of muslim women.the state of florida also proclaimed 27 march as muslim women's day throughout the state, recognising the "economic, cultural, and social contributions of muslim women".and indiana governor eric holcomb wished everyone around the world a happ






first muslim women's day celebrated, and chrissy teigen hits out at fox news


image copyrighttwitter/@nylonmagonline supporters and sceptics mark the first ever muslim women's day, us model chrissy teigen hits out at fox news on twitter, and a pakistani passenger forces a plane to turn back to lahore for love.muslim women's daythe first muslim women's day has been hailed a success with large support online, although some voiced their scepticism.the online campaign was launched by muslimgirl, a website by and for muslim women, in partnership with several media organisations, centring on the voices and experiences of muslim women.the state of florida also proclaimed 27 march as muslim women's day throughout the state, recognising the "economic, cultural, and social contributions of muslim women".and indiana governor eric holcomb wished everyone around the world a happ






pregnant hijabi raps to celebrate muslim women


image copyrightyoutube/mona haydarimage caption mona's first rap video was filmed when she was eight-months pregnant and featured a diverse group of hijabis a pregnant hijabi's rap video on celebrating muslim women who wear the headscarf has had support online, though some conservatives are against it.hijab and rap - do they mix? one woman certainly thinks so.syrian-american muslim poet and activist mona haydar, 28, put out her first rap song, hijabi, on muslim women's day earlier this week. and the unique music video has received a warm response, with people using the hashtag #hijabixmona to show their support.however, some claimed it contravened islamic values.the video, which was shot in one day, features an eight-months pregnant mona, rapping about wrapping her hijab, and a diverse gro






pregnant hijabi raps to celebrate muslim women


image copyrightyoutube/mona haydarimage caption mona's first rap video was filmed when she was eight-months pregnant and featured a diverse group of hijabis a pregnant hijabi's rap video on celebrating muslim women who wear the headscarf has had support online, though some conservatives are against it.hijab and rap - do they mix? one woman certainly thinks so.syrian-american muslim poet and activist mona haydar, 28, put out her first rap song, hijabi, on muslim women's day earlier this week. and the unique music video has received a warm response, with people using the hashtag #hijabixmona to show their support.however, some claimed it contravened islamic values.the video, which was shot in one day, features an eight-months pregnant mona, rapping about wrapping her hijab, and a diverse gro






aclu: the new order is 'still a muslim ban'


the american civil liberties union, which went to court over the first travel ban, described the new executive order as "still a muslim ban." "the trump administration has conceded that its original muslim ban was indefensible. unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws. the only way to actually fix the muslim ban is not to have a muslim ban," omar jadwat, director of the aclu’s immigrants’ rights project, said in a statement. "instead, president trump has recommitted himself to religious discrimination, and he can expect continued disapproval from both the courts and the people," jadwat said. “what's more, the changes the trump administration has made, and everything we've learned since the original ban rolled out, completely undermine th






former fbi agent: muslim ban 'not about security' |


last week, president donald trump implemented a travel ban from seven muslim-majority countries coming into the united states.will this so-called muslim ban backfire and simply embolden groups like isil, or will it help to protect the us?former fbi agent and counterterrorism expert ali soufan says trump's policy decisions are a "godsend" to isil."isis members and isis leaders, at least in their propaganda, have been calling president trump and his ban and his recent policies a godsend," says soufan, who is also the ceo of intelligence think-tank the soufan group. "we cannot win this war by dealing with our friends the same way we deal with our enemies."asked if this was in the interests of national security, soufan said it would "hurt", not help."it's very difficult, mehdi, to say it's abo






porn star goes on anti-muslim, pro-kkk rant


former adult film star jenna jameson took the internet by the storm tuesday afternoon when she lambasted “muslim rape gangs” on her twitter account and said the ku klux klan was not as bad as people portrayed them to be. “i have a problem with roving muslim rape gangs … call me crazy,” jameson tweeted. “i…






thousands join 'i am a muslim too' rally in new york to protest trump's immigrat


more than 1,000 people of various faiths rallied in new york city in support of muslim americans and to protest president donald trump's immigration policies.the "i am a muslim too" rally was held in times square on sunday and was organized by several groups, including the foundation for ethnic understanding.the protesters waved american flags, held signs saying "no muslim ban," and chanted "we are one."democratic mayor bill de blasio spoke at the peaceful rally, saying "we have to dispel the stereotypes" and that america is "a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs."hip-hop mogul russell simmons headlined the rally. he said the muslim community was being used as a scapegoat but that "diversity will prevail."trump has initiated a crackdown on illegal immigration. he has also






uk police, muslim youths link hands to mark london attack


london — police officers, muslim youths and hundreds of others linked hands wednesday on westminster bridge to honor the four people who died in a terrorist attack that started on the span a week earlier.the bridge fell silent at 2:40 p.m. to mark the moment when khalid masood began mowing down pedestrians, killing three. masood then fatally stabbed a policeman in a courtyard on the grounds of parliament.police say masood, a native briton, was inspired by extremist ideology, but that there's no evidence he had direct links to the islamic state group or al-qaida,nurses and doctors from st thomas' hospital, where many of the injured were treated, joined the vigil on the bridge, which was closed for the event.schoolchildren clutching yellow roses held signs reading, "islam says no to terror"






muslim groups criticize wilders’ ‘moroccan scum’ comments


the hague, netherlands (ap) — muslim organizations in the netherlands have criticized disparaging comments about moroccans made by anti-islam lawmaker geert wilders, but say they are just the latest in a long string of insults.launching his campaign saturday for the netherlands’ march 15 parliamentary election, wilders criticized what he called “moroccan scum” for making the netherlands unsafe.ebubekir ozture, director of the muslim umbrella group contact organ muslims and government, on sunday called wilders comments “reprehensible,” but added, “it is not the first time and probably won’t be the last time,” that wilders has used such language.wilders was convicted late last year of inciting discrimination and insulting a group for anti-moroccan comments he made before and after local elec






muslim athletes running rock ‘n’ roll marathon carry flag to show their love for


agha hasnain has already finished marathons in 50 states of america.(photo: file photo) 53 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — a group of six muslim-american runners will participate in the 2017 rock ‘n’ roll marathon in washington, dc, on march 11, with a simple message: "we are americans and we love america too."they plan to carry an american flag the entire length of the race and will wear jerseys proclaiming their love for america."we love america as much as any other american. nobody should doubt our love for our homeland," said agha hasnain, the 50-state finisher.there has been a 40% increase in hate crimes against muslims since the presidential elections, says corey saylor who is director of the department to monitor and combat islamophobia at the council on american-islamic relati






muslim athletes running rock ‘n’ roll marathon carry flag to show their love for


agha hasnain has already finished marathons in 50 states of america.(photo: file photo) 20 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — a group of six muslim-american runners will participate in the 2017 rock ‘n’ roll marathon in washington, dc, on march 11, with a simple message: "we are americans and we love america too."they plan to carry an american flag the entire length of the race and will wear jerseys proclaiming their love for america."we love america as much as any other american. nobody should doubt our love for our homeland," said agha hasnain, the 50-state finisher.there has been a 40% increase in hate crimes against muslims since the presidential elections, says corey saylor who is director of the department to monitor and combat islamophobia at the council on american-islamic relati






how to really get your message out on facebook


in a wave of anger after president donald trump's election, many people have taken to writing facebook protest messages. to get their message out as far as possible, they often end their posts with postscripts, such as: "if you plan to share, please copy and paste rather than share. you'll reach more people."copy and pasting a facebook post actually doesn't help broaden it audience. sjvn ah, no. sorry, it doesn't work that way. special feature cloud - how to do saas right software as a service offers irresistible benefits for organizations of all sizes — from cost savings to scalability to mobile accessibility.here are some facebook postings basics: first, not everyone who's your facebook friend is going to see your posts. facebook controls their news feeds -- and yours -- with programming