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NYU Freshman Hediya Sizar’s Foundation Gives Books to Underprivileged Children

In addition to managing her schoolwork, finishing her freshman year, and planning her summer, Steinhardt freshman Hediya Sizar also manages a non-profit organization, Bring on the Books Foundation, which she started with her brother in 2008.

Bringing the foundation to NYU, Sizar focuses on providing literacy opportunities to children across the nation by donating books to underprivileged, abandoned, homeless, and abused children.

The foundation has collected and donated over $700,000 worth of books to nearly 70,000 children in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City and Washington, D.C.

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Important lesson at ex-Jewish school, now Muslim

On Monday afternoon, Lori Lippitz and her little band of well-wishers pulled into the parking lot of the school they once thought of as theirs. They came bearing gift baskets — fruit, flowers, nuts, pencils, rulers — and a card that said, “We wish for you and your children many years of love, learning and laughter in the home that is now yours.”

They also came with some trepidation. How would it feel to walk back into their old Jewish school, which this August had reopened as a Muslim school?

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Richmond Firefighter Breaks Barriers, Balancing Faith & Service. RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Imagine signing up for one of the most dangerous jobs in Virginia and having to face questions every day about your religious beliefs and what you’re wearing. It’s a reality mother Kae Asima deals with on a daily basis as she’s the first female Muslim firefighter in the city of Richmond.

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Ebola virus: Top Sierra Leone doctor, Sheik Umar Khan, dies of disease

The top doctor treating patients infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has died from the disease, officials have confirmed. Dr Sheik Umar Khan had been hospitalised in quarantine since he contracted the virus last week. The virologist was credited with treating more than 100 patients at the hospital in Kenema - one of the world’s leading Ebola diagnosis facilities.

The current outbreak is the largest in history, so far killing more than 672 people across West Africa since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Nations affected include Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

Dr Khan’s death was confirmed by chief medical officer Dr Brima Kargbo, who had previously hailed him as a “national hero” when she announced he had contracted the the disease.

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PBS: Latino Converts to Islam. We visit the Islamic Center of Greater Miami to look at the rising number of Latino Muslims in the US—as many as 250,000, according to estimates. Some of the converts say that in Islam they have found theological simplicity and “no intermediaries with God.” The Islamic Circle of North America reports that more than half of the US Latino converts are women.

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Huffungton Post: Coke’s New Ad Wishes Muslims Ramadan Kareem

There’s nothing in life quite like the feeling of being totally understood. Whether it’s your academic interests, your career choices, the way you dress, or your romantic decisions, having your authentic self accepted and validated is a true blessing.

This Ramadan, Coca-Cola released a video called, “Open up, It’s Ramadan! (A Change Of Heart)” which captures a young photographer’s feeling of dread as his parents toast to his future engineering career— but that’s not the whole story. more…

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Muslim Spelling Bee Emerges As The Second Largest Spelling Bee & Largest Community Based Spelling Bee Competition

In 2011 Chicago based entrepreneur Tausif Malik established community based competition “Muslim Spelling Bee” on the principle of social enterprise has emerged as the Second largest Spelling Bee & largest community based Spelling Bee Competition.

The sole idea was to increase Muslim Student participation at major spelling bee competitions.

“All other major minority groups in the US have their own spelling bees, but Muslims did not,” Malik said. “I didn’t really understand why this was the case, so I decided to go ahead and start one.”

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Six-year-old Kazim Ali, a Kindergarten student in Utah beats entire school in spelling bee