September 5, 2014
IMAGINE IT IS Sunday, the day a law takes effect stripping American Catholics of their rights. Such a law disenfranchised German Jews in 1935. Fewer than 40 years after the Nazis did it, Pakistan disenfranchised its Ahmadi Muslim Community. This Sunday is the 40th anniversary of that tragedy for human rights. When it was carved from India in 1947, Pakistan was to be a safe haven for Muslims, a democracy with freedom of worship. How ironic that in 1974 it declared Ahmadis - with 30 million peaceful followers in 206 countries - to be non-Muslim, heretics.
July 30, 2014 |
AT FDR PARK in South Philadelphia, hundreds of Muslims prayed in unison yesterday as children jumped gleefully in a moon bounce nearby and the smell of barbecue wafted in the air. Munthir Muhammad's son pulled on his father's arm excitedly, urging him toward the fun. "We don't have Christmas or Easter. This is our holiday," said Muhammad, 40, of Grays Ferry. The gathering was the Eid al-Fitr celebration held by the United Muslim Masjid to mark the end of Ramadan and its 30-day fast.
June 25, 2014 |
From the history of Muslim Moors first coming to Philadelphia in 1684, to architectural influences and and now the long Muslim-style "Philly beard," the impact of Islam in Philadelphia transcends style, infrastructure, and cultural background. Documentaries by nine Muslim community groups, produced through Scribe Video Center's Muslim Voices project and to be screened Tuesday at International House, offer intimate perspectives of Muslim life. "We wanted a project that reflected the broad diversity of Muslim communities in Philadelphia in terms of practice of faith, ethnicity, longevity, or geography," said Louis Massiah, director of the project and founder of Scribe Video Center, which works with community groups to tell their authentic stories.
February 27, 2014 |
Many business concepts begin with a market problem. For partners Aqil Jones, Saiyd Muhammed, and Ladia Hinton, it was a design flaw in the standard-issue niqab , or Islamic face veil - which, it turns out, is ideal for maintaining modesty, but less so for eating or drinking. Their solution: The ZipNiqab. Instead of lifting, flicking, or tucking her veil, a woman can zip it open and snap the fabric in place behind her head for hassle-free dining. In 2011, they tapped their savings, ordered the first run of ZipNiqabs, and began selling them to clients in Europe, Asia, and here in Philadelphia.
January 3, 2014 |
MOST TEENAGERS do dumb things. But not trying-to-rob-Joe-Galiano dumb. Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County. There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, Galiano is surrounded by guns, including the .45-caliber pistol on his hip. Can't miss it. And the police station is just around the corner from the shop. Despite these conspicuous crime deterrents, two teenagers nonetheless decided to throw on burqas and pull a silver handgun on Galiano about 1:40 p.m. yesterday in a botched attempt to stick him up, police said.
September 20, 2013 |
HALAL trucks can be found all over our city these days. For most of us, these are a delicious foray into foods from Middle Eastern and other Muslim countries. For Muslims in Philadelphia, halal signifies that animals used in the dishes were sacrificed according to Islamic law. When Sieedah Abdellah converted to Islam more than 20 years ago, halal meat wasn't as accessible as it is today. "At first, I had a long drive to find it, but now, because of the growing population, even supermarkets are offering meat that is certified halal," Abdellah, who lives in Overbrook Farms, said.
September 18, 2013 |
Jesus of Nazareth was not a religious prophet with a message of peace and universal love - much less the Son of God. He was a revolutionary, a Jewish resistance fighter who worked to overthrow Israel's Roman rulers. So writes comparative religionist Reza Aslan in Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth , which he will discuss at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (A limited number of tickets are still available.) As radical as this may sound, Aslan's theory is hardly new or particularly revolutionary.
July 12, 2013 |
CAIRO - With a mob of Muslim extremists on their tail, the Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumping from building to building in their southern Egyptian village. Finally they ran out of rooftops. Forced back onto the street, they were overwhelmed by several dozen men. The attackers hacked them with axes and beat them with clubs and tree limbs, killing Emile Naseem, 41. The nephew survived with wounds to his shoulders and head and recounted the chase to the Associated Press.
June 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The New York Police Department's widespread spying programs directed at Muslims have undermined free worship by innocent people and should be declared unconstitutional, religious leaders and civil rights advocates said Tuesday after the filing of a federal lawsuit. "Our mosque should be an open, religious, and spiritual sanctuary, but NYPD spying has turned it into a place of suspicion and censorship," Hamid Hassan Raza, an imam named as a plaintiff, told a rally outside police headquarters shortly after the suit was filed in federal court in Brooklyn.
June 13, 2013
Jellyfish sting ends Fla. swim HAVANA - Australian endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours in the water when she was stung by a jellyfish Wednesday night. It was the fifth failure involving three women who have tried to make the marathon swim since 2011. Jellyfish stings and strong currents have been the main impediments. Her support team released a statement saying McCardel stopped her effort to become the first person to swim across the Straits of Florida nonstop without a shark cage "due to a severe debilitating jellyfish sting.