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Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin of Iran (L) and Hedaya Wahba of Egypt. (Photo: Getty Images/Laurence Griffiths)

Olympics: Muslim women becoming a “growing force” in taekwondo

By: OLYMPIC NEWS SERVICE Source: OLYMPIC NEWS SERVICE Young women from Muslim countries are a growing force in taekwondo and, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, that is being manifested in rising success. The bronze medals for Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hedaya Wahba of Egypt in the women’s -57kg on Thursday (18 August) showcases the talent that comes from North Africa and the Middle East. The medals are the first for a female taekwondoka from either country and, in Alizadeh Zenoorin’s case, the first Olympic medal for a woman from Iran. It may not be the last. “I hope that this medal can open the way for other girls (from Iran) to get to the...

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New Zealand publishes its “Halal food guide”

By: Ni Nyoman Wira Source: The Jakarta Post Muslims traveling to New Zealand will have less to worry about as the country’s tourism board has released a halal food guide. Curated by Kiwi Muslim Directory and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), the guide consists of general information about New Zealand, halal outlets that have been certified by FIANZ, halal outlets that are owned by Muslims and places to enjoy vegetarian dishes. The list itself is divided into bakeries/snack foods, meat stores/grocery stores and restaurants/takeaway. New Zealand foods are more than just fish and chips. For instance, in the country’s largest city Auckland, travelers can...

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Muslim US army chaplain works to bridge gaps

By: Carla Babb Source: VOA News THE PENTAGON – Inside the Pentagon’s 9/11 memorial chapel, built where Islamic extremists attacked the building nearly 15 years ago, sounds of the Muslim call to prayer softly welcome passersby at around 2:00 p.m. each day. The prayer service is led by Dawud Agbere, one of five Muslim Army chaplains or imams. Since being stationed at the Pentagon, Agbere leads afternoon prayer to give fellow Muslims a chance to connect with their creator. Abdul Zaid, an IT contractor who works in the building, credits Agbere with “running interference” to make the prayer service available. He calls Agbere a spiritual leader who cares, consoling his...

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