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Boston Marathon’s Muslim Runners To Play A Critical Role In Shattering Stereotypes

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The First Mosque in Turkey Designed by a Women

The Şakirin Mosque is thought to be the first Mosque in Turkey to be designed by women and it’s beautiful. The Mosque which is situated in Istanbul combines a contemporary and modern design whilst paying homage to traditional Ottoman design.

The 500 capacity Mosque was designed by interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu who is famous for designing shops, restaurants and luxury hotels along with other female artists receiving worldwide acclaim.

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BBC: Mother of Iran murder victim stops public execution at last minute. A series of dramatic images of a public execution in Iran, which was stopped at the last minute, are being widely shared and discussed in the country.

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Time: Female Muslim Athletes Paving the Way. From tennis to triathlons these Muslim women are taking the sporting world by storm.

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(3/18/14) Imam Azhar Subedar of Masjid Nur (Islamic Community of South West Florida) in Port Charlotte, FL, is the first Muslim American to deliver the Opening Prayer in the Florida Senate in its 174 year history. “From distant lands, with array of cultures, it is not the color of our skin or the languages we speak; not even the way we live or the faith and belief we ascribe to. Rather the common ground that unites us all and makes us one and all here in this nation of ours, is our pledge to our flag and the promise to uphold our Constitution.” -Imam Azhar

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Happy British Muslims: The HonestyPolicy created this video to show the world despite the negative press, stereotypes and discrimination we are burdened with we should respond with smiles and joy, not anger. Watch the video and read the story at the HonestyPolicy Blog.

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Pakistani visual effects artist wins third Oscar for Disney's Frozen

In Frozen, we watch the little girl Elsa create snowfall and her enchanting ice world emerge. The line between fantasy and reality blurs, so real are the images. But this much is clear; the artist behind this graphic wizardry deserves the three Oscar awards he has received in six years.

The recognition from the industry for Pakistani visual effects artist, 38-year-old Mir Zafar Ali, has been nothing short of a dream come true. His latest Academy Award, for Frozen, was the first in the animation category for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The 3D musical fantasy-comedy film is now the highest-grossing animated film in history, beating the Lion King and Toy Story 3. It has also made it to the top 10 biggest films, leaving far behind the likes of Star Wars and the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

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An increasing number of young Australian men and women are now crossing over and converting to Islam.

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Washington State Legislature passed SB 5173 ” Respect for Holidays of Faith and or Conscience” and Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law on March 31, 2014.  Five years ago the idea for a Holiday bill was generated and discussed on a Seattle Muslim e-group with the Islamic Civic Engagement Project. When the Farole sisters took on the bill idea in 2012 they went the extra mile in ensuring that SB 5173 was actually written and filed through Senator Bob Hasegawas office, then presented in the legislature while bringing exposure of the bill to communities in our region.
Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa and House Representative Luis Saul Moscoso were primary sponsors on the Holiday bill.  In early 2013 Senator Hasegawa and Muslim leadership gathered to discuss the advancement of SB 5173 which ensures two excused floater days of absence for students and state employees. The written and verbal testimonies for this bill were an excellent opportunity for our Islamic community to educate our state legislature about Eid ul Fitr and Eil ul Adha and how the dates are determined, why this bill is important to us.  Other faiths in America face similar challenges as the Muslims do when hoping to observe their holidays with time off, due to how work and scheduled school vacations are set. This was a multi-faith advocacy effort ensuring that  citizens faiths and beliefs will be recognized regarding days of for faith and or conscience.
Thanks should be given to all who advocated for the passage of SB 5173 “Respect for Holidays of Faith and or Conscience” bill allowing for two excused floater days for students and state employees. Special thanks to many legislative staff and aides, who were very patient and steadfast in walking our community members through the many steps it takes to pass a bill through the state legislative process; in and out of hearings and committees, direct communications to each committee leadership separate and specific to each committee, rewrites to the bill, changes to the bill title name, and with perseverance the best end of all, signed into law by our Governor. All of this process was long, and nerve wracking at times, especially when we might only know hours before when the bill was to be heard in a committee.
Thanks also goes to Muslim Civic Leadership, Jewish Federation, Faith Action Network, Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Islamic Civic Engagement Project. Each of these groups worked collaboratively this 2014 session to ensure that SB 5173 was passed.  Many Masjids, Islamic organizations and individual Muslims participated in the bill passage by exercising their civil rights; calling and or writing to their respective state elected official during this process.
* Photo is not for reproduction. This photo Janice Tufte has paid for the rights to share this registered photo from Legislative Supportive Services http://www.lssphotos.com/
Janice E Tufte
Islamic Civic Engagement Project
"Your Voices Form the Laws" is the tagline for the Islamic Civic Engagement Project, we believe that we all are able to create a better future for generations ahead through voicing our concerns and building laws to protect civil rights, our environment, our food systems, our housing, and safety for all residents in America.

 

Washington State Legislature passed SB 5173 ” Respect for Holidays of Faith and or Conscience” and Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law on March 31, 2014.  Five years ago the idea for a Holiday bill was generated and discussed on a Seattle Muslim e-group with the Islamic Civic Engagement Project. When the Farole sisters took on the bill idea in 2012 they went the extra mile in ensuring that SB 5173 was actually written and filed through Senator Bob Hasegawas office, then presented in the legislature while bringing exposure of the bill to communities in our region.

Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa and House Representative Luis Saul Moscoso were primary sponsors on the Holiday bill.  In early 2013 Senator Hasegawa and Muslim leadership gathered to discuss the advancement of SB 5173 which ensures two excused floater days of absence for students and state employees. The written and verbal testimonies for this bill were an excellent opportunity for our Islamic community to educate our state legislature about Eid ul Fitr and Eil ul Adha and how the dates are determined, why this bill is important to us.  Other faiths in America face similar challenges as the Muslims do when hoping to observe their holidays with time off, due to how work and scheduled school vacations are set. This was a multi-faith advocacy effort ensuring that  citizens faiths and beliefs will be recognized regarding days of for faith and or conscience.

Thanks should be given to all who advocated for the passage of SB 5173 “Respect for Holidays of Faith and or Conscience” bill allowing for two excused floater days for students and state employees. Special thanks to many legislative staff and aides, who were very patient and steadfast in walking our community members through the many steps it takes to pass a bill through the state legislative process; in and out of hearings and committees, direct communications to each committee leadership separate and specific to each committee, rewrites to the bill, changes to the bill title name, and with perseverance the best end of all, signed into law by our Governor. All of this process was long, and nerve wracking at times, especially when we might only know hours before when the bill was to be heard in a committee.

Thanks also goes to Muslim Civic Leadership, Jewish Federation, Faith Action Network, Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Islamic Civic Engagement Project. Each of these groups worked collaboratively this 2014 session to ensure that SB 5173 was passed.  Many Masjids, Islamic organizations and individual Muslims participated in the bill passage by exercising their civil rights; calling and or writing to their respective state elected official during this process.

* Photo is not for reproduction. This photo Janice Tufte has paid for the rights to share this registered photo from Legislative Supportive Services http://www.lssphotos.com/

Janice E Tufte

Islamic Civic Engagement Project

"Your Voices Form the Laws" is the tagline for the Islamic Civic Engagement Project, we believe that we all are able to create a better future for generations ahead through voicing our concerns and building laws to protect civil rights, our environment, our food systems, our housing, and safety for all residents in America.

 

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ABC 7 News: Oakland teenager Akintunde Ahmad has 5.0 GPA, 2100 SAT score and on his way to Ivy league.

He’s the first to tell you that his appearance throws people off, which is why he keeps his grades saved in his smartphone to show non-believers. Not only is he gifted in the classroom, but he also plays three instruments and has baseball scholarships on the table as well.

Like so many of his peers in the Oakland Public school system, he has tales of growing up and seeing his share of violence and losing friends in the process. But, fortunately for him, he has a ticket out of that situation and into the Ivy League school of his choice.

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US State Department publishes "American Muslims"

The US State Department Bureau of International Information Programs published a 100 page report on American Muslims as is downloadable PDF file

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American Muslims: What Do American Muslims Do?
This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in February 2014. This selection is from a four-part series on American Muslims.

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Muslim groups are putting their faith in food banks to help tackle poverty