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  • California Recognizes August as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month

     

    The California State Assembly voted Monday to pass a resolution that officially recognizes August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.

    The resolution comes at a time of increased anti-Muslim rhetoric, according to a recent civil rights report compiled by the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

    HR-59, introduced by California Assemblymember Bill Quirk in June after Quirk was approached by a community activist on the issue, was officially passed Aug. 1 with bipartisan support.

     

     

     

     

    "Muslim Americans have made contributions to education, science, entertainment and medicine both nationally and globally," Quirk told NBC News in an email. "Unfortunately, the Muslim community has been, and continues to be, the target of harassment, discrimination and assaults."

    He added, "It is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves."

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    CAIR-Sacramento Valley Executive Director Basim Elkarra told NBC News that the passing of the resolution represented a day of hope for the Muslim-American community. He explained that Muslims contribute greatly to the diversity of the nation and the state, carrying various key roles throughout the state of California as engineers, doctors, law enforcement officials, and more.

    "Muslims participate in every facet of life in California and for them to be appreciated for their contributions ... it's very hopeful for the community when the community is under siege in this election cycle," Elkarra said.

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  • Emirates plane crash-lands at Dubai airport

    Airport with almost 300 people on board, officials say.

    Images posted online show thick black smoke coming from the plane.

    The Dubai government media office said on its Twitter account that all passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far.

    The Boeing 777 was reportedly flying from the Indian city of Trivandrum to Dubai.

    Emirates airline said there were 275 passengers and crew on board.

    “Our main priority now is the safety and well-being of all involved,” the airline says on Twitter.

    The live air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said takeoffs and landings at Dubai had been suspended because of the incident.

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  • 164 expats convert to Islam every day

     

    RIYADH: The number of foreigners working in Saudi Arabia, who converted to Islam over the past year, stood at 46,000 males and females, at the rate of 164 per day. Males accounted for 65 percent of the total.
    Riyadh had the highest number of new Muslims 25,642 (56 percent). The Eastern Province with 8,424 new Muslims came second, followed by Makkah with 7,495 converts. Hail had 892 new Muslims during the same period. With 13, Jazan recorded the least number.
    The data came from the Organization of Islamic Call, Guidance and Foreign Communities, which has 45 centers across the Kingdom.

    Source—  http://coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/89238-over-160-expats-accept-islam-in-saudi-every-day-46k-conversions-last-year

     

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  • Churches launch Ramadan campaign

     

     

    MINNEAPOLIS - Ramadan, an Islamic holiday focusing on prayer, charity and religious devotion begins Sunday night.

    In a campaign against negativity directed at Muslims, The Minnesota Council of Churches is inviting communities to show respect with a lawn sign. The signs read, "To our Muslim neighbors: Blessed Ramadan."

    Several churches in Minneapolis made the signs available to their congregations today.

    Individuals, congregations and organizations can make or order their own signs. 

     

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  • BBC is 'too Christian' and 'could broadcast Muslim prayers' to reflect growing multi-culturalism

     

    The BBC’s religious output is too Christian, an internal review by the Corporation has concluded, opening the way for more programmes on other faiths.

    A report by Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, has suggested Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths should get more airtime.

    One Muslim leader suggested the review could lead to Friday prayers from a mosque being broadcast in the same way that Christian church services currently feature in the BBC’s schedules.

    The report is now being considered by Lord Hall, the director general, who could make changes to make religious output less “disproportionate”, the Sunday Times (£) reported.

    Mr Ahmed told a Commons meeting on religious literacy he had written a report for Lord Hall that would answer criticisms from non-Christian faiths that they were under-served.

     

    Mr Ahmed said in a statement: “Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and there are more hours dedicated to it than there are to other faiths.

    “Our output in this area is not static, though.

    “It has evolved over the years and we regularly assess it."

    He added: “We do look at the number of hours we produce, and measure that against the religious make-up of society.”

    The number of Muslims in Britain has doubled in a decade to three million.

    Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the BBC could televise Friday prayers from a mosque and extend coverage of Eid.

    But he added: "We would not wish Christians to have any less exposure."

    The BBC's religious output on television includes Songs of Praise and Sunday Morning Live, while radio also features a wide range of religious content including Thought for the Day on Radio Four’s Today programme.

     

     

    Asked whether greater coverage of other faiths could lead to cuts in Christian coverage, a BBC spokesman said it was too early to say which programmes were safe but added that Songs of Praise would be secure.

    "We ... are actually intending to do more programming around Christianity and more on other faiths as well, so there is absolutely no question of an 'either or' on our output," he added.

    Mr Ahmed's appointment in 2009 was controversial because of allegations he had shown a pro-Islam bias in his previous role at Channel 4.

    Source:—  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/15/bbc-is-too-christian-and-could-broadcast-muslim-prayers-to-refle/

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  • London buses to carry 'praise Allah' adverts during Ramadan

     

    London buses will carry adverts praising Allah as part of a drive by Britain’s biggest Muslim charity to help victims of the Syrian civil war during Ramadan.

    Islamic Relief said it hoped the posters, which bear the words “Subhan Allah”, meaning “Glory be to God” in Arabic, will portray Islam and international aid in a positive light.

    The adverts will be carried in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester and Bradford later this month.

    Charity leaders hope it will encourage generous donations during the religious festival, which is expected to begin on June 6.

    Organisers added they hoped the campaign will help young Muslims to focus on humanitarian work.

    Imran Madden, the UK director of Islamic Relief, said: “In a sense this could be called a climate change campaign because we want to change the negative climate around international aid and around the Muslim community in this country. 

    "International aid has helped halve the number of people living in extreme poverty in the past 15 years, and British Muslims are an incredibly generous community who give over £100 million to international aid charities in Ramadan.”

    It comes as London has just elected Sadiq Khan as the city’s first Muslim mayor following an historic victory over Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith.

    The capital is home to about half of Britain's estimated three million Muslims. 

    Transport for London, which regulates the advertisements appearing on the city’s buses, does not allow posters linked to a “political party or campaign” but does not prevent religious ads.

    Former mayor Boris Johnson scrapped adverts by a Christian charity on buses after it was accused of claiming to “cure” g** people.

     

    Source-  http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-buses-to-carry-praise-allah-adverts-during-ramadan-a3243026.html

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