May 21, during his first trip abroad as US president, Donald Trump spoke to Saudi Arabian leaders about their shared burden of rooting out “Islamic extremism.” Many watching anxiously awaited to see what terminology the president would use to refer to religiously-motivated terrorism. Trump had previously criticized President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for their refusal to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” but declined to use the term himself Read more about In Riyadh Speech, Shift in Trump’s Tone on Islam
On March 3, award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Lee released an album that diverged significantly from his earlier work. In his self-explanatory new album “Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam for the Whole Family,” Lee branches into the world of child-friendly, educational music.
American Muslims have a strong message for Chicago drivers: a new billboard off of I-294 in Illinois proclaims, “Hey ISIS, you suck! From: #ActualMuslims.”
The billboard is part of a broader campaign by Muslim PR organization Sound Vision to present a counter-narrative about Islam. Including a quote from the Quran reading “Life is sacred,” the billboard is designed to demonstrate to non-Muslim Americans that ISIS does not represent most Muslims’ values and beliefs.
For Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan is already halfway done—the holiday will end on July 15, followed by the feast of Eid al-Fitr. If non-Muslims know one thing about Ramadan, it is that observers fast during the day. But from family gatherings, to spiritual discipline, to global charity, there is much more to understand about why Ramadan is such an important month for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. We highlight some of the most interesting stories below.