Craig Hicks fatally shot newlyweds Deah Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor’s 19-year-old sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and was given three life sentences.
Hicks was not charged with hate crimes, despite the victims’ families insisting they were targeted for their religion….more: BBC
On Monday evening, three Muslim members of Congress ― Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― hosted a historic iftar in the U.S. Capitol to recognize the holy month of Ramadan and honor the contributions of the Muslim American community. The gathering to break that day’s Ramadan fast was the first iftar….MORE: huffpost
Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib notched another historic first on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first Muslim woman to preside over the House floor…CNN
Her turn on Wednesday leading the proceedings of the House of Representatives came months after she, along with Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, became the first Muslim women to join the US Congress.
…“I want to let people know that’s it’s not a bad thing to stand up for yourself when you’re getting mistreated,” Sgt. Cesilia Valdovinos, 26, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
She alleges that her troubles began in June 2018, when her brigade commander, Col. David Zinn, granted her approval to wear a hijab with her uniform; from that time forward, she claims, her hijab triggered “extremely hateful” behavior towards her, including repeated vitriol and harassment….more: yahoo
…April Fools’ Day hit its stride (avoiding the banana peel) in England in the 18th century, and was brought to colonial America by the English, Scottish, and French.
2.) Second, we should know that cigarettes were not even invented until AFTER the time of the fall of Muslim Spain (January 1492). According to the State College in Framingham, the Human Biology course by Dr. Roger Morrrissette, Ph.D., smoking of any kind did not exist in Spain until after it was brought back from the New World AFTER King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella had come to rule Spain….more: https: islamtomorrow.com
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The death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village has risen to 134, the United Nations says. New video, which emerged on Sunday, shows victims strewn on the ground amid the burning remains of their homes. An ethnic Dogon militia already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over the past year attacked an ethnic Peuhl village just before dawn on Saturday….more: amp.news
Muslims have lived in Germany in significant numbers for decades; in 1961 the Federal Republic concluded an agreement with Turkey that would ultimately bring nearly a million Turkish workers to Germany by 1973. The relationship of these migrants to broader German society changed—many put down roots, formed families, and have been in Germany for three or four generations. Today, 4 million Muslims live in Germany….more .aicgs.org
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Following news of the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history, locally, many will gather to hold a vigil to honor the lives lost. This interfaith gathering is being organized along with the local Muslim community. This is going to take place at the Islamic Society of Western Mass on Amostown Road. …more: westernmassnews.