Category Archives: Islam

How Fox News helped Reza Aslan’s book on Christianity hit No. 1

This story has been circulating since the weekend, and hit my radar once Reza Aslan’s book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” hit No. 1 on Amazon. The book was doing well before Aslan’s much-talked about appearance … Continue reading

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York mosque plans special Ramadan food giveaway

Ramadan is underway and that means for one month, Muslims will take in no food or water from sunup to sundown. Ramadan, which began July 9 and ends Aug. 8, is the centerpiece of the Islamic faith and the month … Continue reading

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Muslim reaction to Boston Marathon bombing

I saw some Facebook posts over the weekend from right-wing sites wondering why Muslims didn’t condemn the Boston bombing. So I decided to investigate. First off, I returned to work Sunday to find a message from Mujahid “Rick” Ramos, imam … Continue reading

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Aamir Liaquat: Pakistan’s version of the American televangelist

I’ve written recently about televangelists and millionaires Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. The charismatic evangelist is a unique aspect of American faith history, one that predates the television. Back then, traveling preachers like Sam Porter Jones were known as “revivalists” … Continue reading

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Muslims persecutions similar to anti-Catholic sentiments

Interesting piece in the New York Times yesterday by Doug Saunders, author of “The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?.” In it, Saunders notes the wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. And it’s not … Continue reading

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My meeting with York Muslims on Ramadan

I sat down last week with Mujahid “Rick” Ramos and Marlene Ameerah Robinson of York to talk about Ramadan. The story will be out tomorrow. To summarize, Ramadan is central to the Islamic faith and involves special prayers and charity. … Continue reading

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Should schools adopt Muslim holidays?

And today, we have this from our friends at to the south. It seems Maryland public schools are considering closing for Muslim holidays. I can’t wait until Bill O’Reilly and Fox News hears about this. The issue is interesting, … Continue reading

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Leadership lacking on West Shore prayer issue

I have a friend who faithfully listens to an afternoon incendiary call-in radio show. I suspect it’s where he gets a lot of his views on political and social issues. This story recounted how one of those shows fanned the … Continue reading

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Why are we afraid of Muslims?

When I started the religion beat in September, one of the first people I met was Mujahid “ Rick” Ramos, imam of the congregation Masjid At-Tawheed in York. We had a very pleasant conversation at the Martin Library downtown. Rick … Continue reading

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Ahmadi Muslims convene in Harrisburg

A three-day, national jalsa (convention) hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is expected to draw thousands to the farm-show complex in Harrisburg starting Friday. The gathering aims to promote peace and educate Ahmadis, as well as other believers, organizers say. … Continue reading

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