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Ibtihaj Muhammad

Hijabi Olympian puts extremists of all types in their place

By: Ian Reifowitz Source: Being Muslim in America—especially if you wear your Muslimness openly—is no doubt a complicated thing. Beyond the travails of practicing a minority faith, looking Muslim makes one especially vulnerable in a time when Donald Trump got where he is to a significant degree by exploiting Islamophobia. It is no coincidence that hate crimes against Muslims in America are on the rise since Trump began running for president a year ago. Just last week, a New York City Muslim imam named Alauddin Akonjee, along with his assistant, Thara Miahand—both of whom were dressed in religious garb—were assassinated in the street. The assailant was charged with first-degree...

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Community members take part in a protest to demand stop hate crime during the funeral service of Imam Maulama Akonjee, and Thara Uddin in Queens. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

US: Anti-Muslim attacks becoming more frequent

By: Masood Farivar Source: VOA News WASHINGTON – The cold-blooded killing of a New York imam and his assistant over the weekend has heightened Muslim American fears of rising violence against the 3.5 million-strong community. While prosecutors have yet to uncover any religious motive in the shootings of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin, to many Muslims, the murders illustrate the increasingly violent face of Islamophobia in the United States. “The perception among Muslim Americans is that it is potentially a hate crime,” said Engy Abdelkader, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of a recent report on Islamophobia in America. A surge in Islamophobia seen in...

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A police sketch of the suspect.

NYC Mayor says Muslims in cross-hairs of bigotry

By: BBC Source: BBC Imam Maulana Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, were shot in the head on Saturday in the borough of Queens. Some mosque-goers said the shooting was a hate crime, but police say there is as yet no evidence the men were targeted because of their faith. Attacks on US mosques are at their highest levels since records started. The two men, originally from Bangladesh, were approached from behind by a man who shot them both in the head, police said. They had both just left the al-Furqan Jame mosque. A man holding a gun was seen leaving the scene of the shooting in the Ozone Park area, but no-one has been arrested. Police said the suspect had a “medium complexion”....

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