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03 29 14

ICNA’s Regional Convention in Hartford, CT

by Janan Zaitoun
On 22-23 March 2014, The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) held a two-day regional convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The event throughout the day included: main sessions, parallel workshops, youth sessions, a sisters-only workshop, and a bazaar. The theme of the convention was “Prophet Muhammad: Mercy to Mankind”.
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03 14 14

New organization unites US Muslims in one coalition

By Amanda Murphy | Religion News Service, Updated: Friday, March 14
WASHINGTON — Seeking to make a bigger impact in American politics and to better protect their civil rights, 10 Muslim groups have banded together under a new umbrella group: the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.
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03 12 14

New group aims to conduct census of American Muslims

Seeks to promote rights, goals
By Meredith Somers, The Washington Times, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A newly-formed umbrella group of American Muslim organizations is planning to conduct a census as a means to help promote the rights and goals of its members.
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03 10 14

U.S. Muslim Groups to Launch New Council

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/10/14) – On Wednesday, March 12, eight* major national American Muslim organizations will hold a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to announce the formation of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella group that will serve as a representative voice for Muslims as that faith community seeks to enhance its positive impact on society.
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02 22 14

UCF students fast to help battered women

By Margaret Kavanagh, Reporter
Friday, February 21, 2014
ORLANDO — A group of University of Central Florida students fasted for one day to help raise money for battered women.
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02 20 14

Washington officials: faith voices matters

Your voice matters.
That’s the message Labor Secretary Tom Perez sent last week as he spoke with faith leaders from across religious traditions about the moral imperative to raise the federal minimum wage.
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02 10 14

ICNA-MAS Convention Coming Back to Baltimore

07 February 2014 – One of the major national Islamic events, the ICNA-MAS Annual Convention, is coming back to Baltimore on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2014. It will be the 39th ICNA convention and 13th ICNA-MAS joint convention. Interestingly, the first ICNA-MAS joint convention was held at the Baltimore convention center in 2002. ICNA also organized its two previous annual conventions at this same convention center in 1999 and 2000.
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02 10 14

February 5th Declared As “Shahid Afridi” Day

By Sohail Zafar
February 7, 2014 – Impressed from Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi’s persona and his unparalleled cricket career, the mayor of Port Arthur, a city in US state Texas, has declared February 5 as “Shahid Afridi Day.”
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02 3 14

Group hopes billboard helps educate others about Islam

By Mark Hicks, The Detroit News, February 2, 2014
Perched along Interstate 96 near Milford Road for the past month, a large red billboard asks travelers in the thousands of vehicles that pass it daily: “What is Islam? Who are the Muslims?”
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01 17 14

Record attendance increase at ICNA Convention in Atlanta

By Zainab Arain
In the final days of the winter holiday season, Muslims in the southern United States gathered for a weekend of spiritual rejuvenation at the 19th annual, ICNA-MAS South East Convention, in Atlanta, Georgia, from Dec. 27 to 29.
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01 14 14

First ICNA Convention in Houston: A Big Success

By Saad, The Muslim Voice
The ICNA Convention – the atmosphere, the vibe, and hype is quite amazing. Just the thought of thousands of Muslims gathering at one location for three days straight, meeting Muslims from so many diverse communities, and listening to your favorite and inspiring speakers upfront, totally beats any other average weekend.
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12 2 13

US Muslims Fight Winter

OnIslam Staff, 2 December 2013
As the winter approaches, different Muslim groups across the US have launched special clothing drives to help the needy and homeless in different American states.
“As winter quickly approached, during the month of November, ICNA Relief volunteers organized efforts to protect them from the upcoming harsh winter weather,” the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)’s Winter Clothing Drive, said on its website.
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11 15 13

Changing religious landscape: Increase in Muslim Latinos

Thursday, November 14, 2013
By ELISA CORDOVA, Cronkite News Service
TEMPE — Chris Cruz was born and raised Roman Catholic but converted to Islam in large part because of its call for a healthier lifestyle, including a prohibition on drinking.
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11 3 13

WhyIslam Expands in Mexico

By OnIslam Staff, Thursday, 31 October 2013
SOMERSET, New Jersey – After notable success in the US, a leading Muslim organization has expanded its awareness campaign to Mexico to present an accurate image of Islam and create new opportunities for dialogue with a new community.
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11 3 13

Islamic center vandalized in Newark, Delaware: 3 arrested

By Staff
NEWARK, Del. – October 29, 2013 — Police say the three 16-year-old boys targeted the Islamic Society of Delaware building on 28 Salem Church Road early Friday morning, tearing down a fence and using rocks to damage a digital sign. Pieces of that fence were then used to make a cross that was tied together by string.
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10 27 13

Relief work continues for Pakistanis post Sandy

by Gwen McClure, October 26, 2013
NEW YORK — On Neptune Avenue, near the intersection of Brighton 7th Street in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, Moviz Siddiqi is unloading bags of frozen goat meat from the back of his car. On behalf of ICNA Relief, he is donating the meat, recently slaughtered for Eid al-Adha — the Islamic holiday of sacrifice — to the local grocer, who will pass it along to community members who might otherwise go without.
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10 23 13

Interview: Muslim Mothers in Chiapas, Mexico

Nahela Morales is a Mexican mother of one currently living in New Jersey, USA. She serves as the National Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for WhyIslam, a dawah project of ICNA.
Recently, she and a team of volunteers traveled to Mexico to give dawah and provide aid for impoverished families. It was during this trip that she visited the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas in the State of Chiapas, home to a growing number of indigenous converts to Islam. This is her story of the Muslim mothers living there.
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10 22 13

Federal workers deserve a living wage

By Simone Campbell, Naeem Baig, and David Saperstein
WASHINGTON (RNS) – “All labor has dignity.” That’s what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said 50 years ago, and it’s still as true today.
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10 12 13

Why So Many Latinos Are Becoming Muslims

By Tim Padgett
Most Latinos know the country is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month right now. What far fewer Latinos know is that next week marks Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s most sacred holidays.
And yet the two observances are more related now than most Latinos realize.
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09 26 13

“Find Jesus in the Quran” billboard drawing attention

Sep 25, 2013
ATLANTA – A billboard on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard is raising a few eyebrows. The sign, located just before Interstate 285 reads “Find Jesus in the Quran.”
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