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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

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Muslim teen Amal Kassir fights injustice with poetry

Denver Post: Amal Kassir, 18, has defied the stereotype of Muslim women as shy, softspoken and powerless. Kassir works at her family’s two Middle Eastern restaurants in metro Denver. She’s also an activist in the fight to end the Syrian civil war and has won poetry-slam awards all over the country. 

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April 22, 2014: More than 100 members of the California Muslim community met with their state lawmakers in Sacramento as part of the annual “Muslim Day at the Capitol” organized by the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Fourth Amendment Protection Act (SB 828), which would ban state agencies, officials, employees and corporations that provide services to the state from supporting federal government agencies in collecting electronic data from Californians without a federal warrant.

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How Muslims Won the Second World War