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Nadia Saleh is Australia’s First Elected Hijabi Councillor

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Lebanese descent, has won a seat in the city council of Canterbury-Bankstown, Sydney. Nadia is the first elected hijabi councillor in the country.

She won the race for the country’s largest city council in terms of population along with other two Muslim councillors, Mohammad Huda and Mohammad Zaman, from the same Sydney suburb….MORE: mysalaam

Houston Mosques Opening Up as 24-hour Shelters for Harvey Victims


Houston’s Muslim community is at the forefront of helping those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, which has flooded much of the fourth most populous city in the United States. Dozens of mosques have either opened their doors for shelter, aided in rescue operations or provided goods, such as food, blankets and bottled water for those in need. “In the whole Greater Houston area, people are helping people; neighbors are helping neighbors and we are trying everything we can to help people,” said MJ Khan, the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. The Islamic Society of Greater Houston represents 21 Islamic centers in the area. Khan said all types of evacuees, including a number of families, have come to find shelter at the places of worship. “Our volunteers there got together with the first responders to rescue people. Since 9/11 was inundated and were only dealing with life threatening situations, our volunteers knew where people were stranded, boated into their homes and brought them to the mosque”, Khan told Middle East Eye.

Islamic Society to collect for Harvey victims during Eid al-Adha observance

Cars drive through flooded streets from Tropical Storm Harvey in Orange, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.On its website, the society notes the work of Islamic Relief USA, which has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, in assisting the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

IRUSA has been helping to manage the “mega shelter” in the Dallas Convention Center, and is arranging to serve a special meal to those there who observe Eid al-Adha.

IRUSA’s disaster relief team was the first Muslim organization to partner with the Red Cross. It provides such relief both in this country, including distributing 300,000 bottles of water during the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Mich., and abroad….more:  masslive.com

Hyundai CEO Mong Hyun Yoon Began Fasting in Ramadan Because Seeing the Workers Fast “left me in awe.”

 A touching letter sent out in which Yoon addressed those fasting during Ramadan said that he began fasting to be able to sympathize with Hyundai workers. But this isn’t a first for Yoon. He mentions that he also fasted the previous year to the surprise of the readers. “As of last year, to be one with the HAOS family in their thoughts and understand them, I decided to take fasting as a habit,” the CEO said in his letter….MORE: IKNOWBRO.COM

UW professors hold after-sunset finals for Muslims fasting during Ramadan

Students take their final for Introduction to Physiology at the University of Washington. Professor Bryan White held after-hour final exams for Muslim students observing Ramadan. (Bryan White/UW)Two other professors at the UW heard about White’s gesture and decided to do the same. One of them, Rania Hussein, is also Muslim.

White says that besides the food and the timing, students who feel they belong do better on tests.

“I’ll have my students chant, ‘I am meant to be in this Intro to Physiology,’” White said. “I know that’s corny, but … I want them to think, ‘this class really cares about each other.’seattletimes