Ahmed Burhan’s victory caps a recent pattern of Americans doing better in the competition in recent years, according to Gulf News, which says this is the first time someone from the United States has won the prize, worth about $68,000. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
A Quad Cities woman has become the first to wear a hijab while reporting full-time for a mainstream American TV station. Read more →
Religion and sports has married in the world of soccer where the faithful fans of Liverpool have created an ‘I’ll be Muslim too’ chant to honor their star player, Mohamed Salah. Read more →
If you’re a reasonable person, Rowda Asad’s comment to MPR reporter Doualy Xaykaothao in the aftermath of the weekend bombing of the Islamic Center in Bloomington was a gut punch.
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Even if this bombing turns out not to be a crime of hate, there have been plenty that have and it’s going to take more than leading to stop the march toward sectarian violence. It’s going to take some following. Read more →
Ayaz Virji could be forgiven if he’d followed his instinct and moved his family out of Dawson, Minn. Virgji, the medical director of a local hospital, was upset that his community had voted for Donald Trump, spurred on by the candidate’s portrayal of Muslims as terrorists. Virji was the first Muslim to move to Dawson Read more →
Steve Inskeep tried mightily again to get an answer to the question, ‘Does Donald Trump believe Islam is a religion?’ when Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to the president appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition for the second time in a month and got the question again. Read more →
Stephen Jones, the school superintendent in Little Falls, Minn., pushed back and pushed back hard this week against criticism that his school system is making accommodations for Muslim students. Read more →
The must-read story of the day is NPR reporter Asma Khalid’s, an Indiana native who signed on to cover the presidential campaign. Read more →
A crowd of mostly white, mostly Christian residents of Detroit Lakes wanted nothing to do with an anti-Muslim speaker who disrupted a ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbors’ night in the city this week. Read more →
It’s not this picture that has gotten Larycia Alaine Hawkins in trouble with her employer, Wheaton College in Illinois. The private liberal arts school insists it has no opinion on the hijab she’s wearing to show her solidarity with people of other faiths.
Rather, it’s these words she wrote on Facebook that the evangelical Christian school has a problem with. Read more →