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'Respond to evil with good’: Muslim community raises money for victims of synagogue shootingWashington Post
A Muslim-American activist organized a fundraiser for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, stating Islam has taught him to do good for people in need.
US mosque strikes point to looser targeting rules in fight against Islamic StateAl-Monitor
The US-led coalition launched airstrikes against several mosques while targeting the Islamic state, claiming the mosques were being used by IS forces.
Israeli minister's mosque tour highlights diplomatic push in the GulfReuters
Israel’s culture minister visited several Gulf countries in an effort to form diplomatic relationships between Israel and Gulf nations and increase Israel’s allies in the Middle East region.
‘Walk to heaven’: Shiite pilgrims trek to Iraq’s KarbalaAP
Shi’i pilgrims walk to Iraq’s Karbala to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandsons at the hand of the Umayyads. According to an Iraqi official, the Arbaeen commemorations draws more pilgrims each year than Hajj.
Italy's League blocks Muslims from buying and converting chapelReuters
Italy’s League prevented a Muslim association’s attempt to buy and convert a chapel; according to Muslim groups in Italy opening mosques in the country is nearly impossible, forcing groups to hold prayer services in improvised spaces such as garages.
Iranians find joy in serving pilgrims on road to KarbalaFrance 24
Iranian volunteers enjoy helping pilgrims on the road of Karbala through sewing clothes, shining shoes, and providing food for travelers regardless of their cultural backgrounds.
None of us should enjoy the right to have our beliefs shielded from abuseThe Guardian
In an op-ed for The Guardian, the writer argues against the enforcement of blasphemy laws in Europe, as such laws and rulings enforcing them will create a backlash.
US voters poised to elect 2 Muslim women to CongressChannel News Asia
US voters will likely elect two Muslim women to Congress in the midterm elections despite the rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the country.
White Men Convicted of Plotting to Bomb Somali Muslims Claim Trump and Russian Bots Made Them Do ItThe Root
Three men were convicted of plotting to bomb members of the Somali Muslim community, possibly incited by anti-Muslim rhetoric and Russian propaganda on social media.
Anti-Muslim sentiment drives Muslims into US politicsYeni Safak
The hate aimed at Muslims has motivated many to enter US politics to fight back against anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Indonesia: populism and politicisation of IslamThe Interpreter
New legislation aimed at addressing a rise in extremism has come up against increased conservatism and populism in Indonesia.
Conservative Christians: Think Twice Before Claiming ‘Islam Is Not a Religion’Re-Wire
Conservative Christians calling Islam a false religion should be aware of the dangers such rhetoric brings, as similar claims have recently appeared to target Christian minorities in other countries.
AP PHOTOS: In Morocco, tribal tattoos fade with age, IslamAP
Tribal tattoos among Amazigh women have slowly disappeared, both due to an increased awareness that some branches of Islam prohibit tattoos and to views that such tattoos are outdated.
The Jewish and Israeli story through Islamic art on exhibit in S.F.Jewish News
At the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, an exhibit of manuscripts from the National Library of Israel will showcase manuscripts demonstrating a deep and sustained interest in the exploits of Alexander the Great on the part of Muslim scholars in the sixteenth century.
Saudi crown prince described slain journalist as a dangerous Islamist in call with White HouseWashington Post
In a phone call, the Saudi crown prince insisted that the slain Jamal Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a claim the family of the deceased has repeatedly disputed.