MUSLIM WOMAN BECOMES UK’S FIRST HIJABI JUDGE

From The National (UAE) A woman in Britain who has become the first judge in the western world to wear a hijab hopes to be an inspiration to young Muslims. Raffia Arshad, 40, who grew up in Yorkshire, north England, has wanted to work in law since she was 11. Ms Arshad, a barrister, was last week appointed a deputy district judge on the Midlands circuit….

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THE WEEK MAGAZINE: “THE COVID HAJJ”

From The Week by Arsalan Iftikhar | July 28, 2020 There are very few gatherings on the face of the Earth which capture more of the world’s imagination than the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Every year, over two million Muslims (out of a staggering 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide) from every country on the planet embark on this once-in-a-lifetime journey to fulfill the fifth foundational…

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PAKISTANI WOMAN NAMED DEAN OF MIT SCHOOL OF SCIENCE

From MIT Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Science, effective Sept. 1. She will succeed Michael Sipser, who will return to the faculty as the Donner Professor of Mathematics, after six years of service. Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics, is renowned for her pioneering work in gravitational-wave detection, which she conducted as a leading member of…

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BLACK MUSLIM WOMAN NAMED MINNESOTA TEACHER OF YEAR

From TwinCities.com Qorsho Hassan is a fourth-grade teacher at Echo Park Elementary School in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District. “It means a lot,” Hassan said of the award. “It’s very validating.” Hassan, who has been teaching for eight years, credited her students with making her the teacher she is. “They are the reason I was selected as the recipient (of the Teacher of the Year…

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MARVEL SUPERHERO IS PAKISTANI-AMERICAN TEENAGER

From LA Times Before Sandra Saad was a superhero in a major Marvel property, the actress found herself in an unfortunate, potentially career-killing position for a young performer. She had to turn down acting opportunities. It’s crucial, says Saad, a first-generation Egyptian American, to take on characters that don’t fall into Middle Eastern stereotypes. But the pitfalls of certain roles aren’t always immediately apparent. While…

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DETROIT WOMAN BECOMES 1ST MUSLIM US ATTORNEY EVER

From Detroit Free Press by Niraj Warikoo | Detroit Free Press | January 24, 2021 Starting next month, the new top federal prosecutor in Detroit will be Saima Mohsin, the first Muslim to be a U.S. attorney in Michigan and the country, according to federal officials and Muslim advocates.  On Feb. 2, Mohsin, 52, is to become the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan after the…

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HARVARD LAW REVIEW ELECTS 1ST MUSLIM PRESIDENT

From Reuters by Nate Raymond | February 5, 2021 BOSTON (Reuters) – The Harvard Law Review has named a Los Angeles-born Egyptian-American as what it believes is its first Muslim president in its 134-year history, elevating him to the top of one of the most prestigious U.S. law journals. Harvard Law School student Hassaan Shahawy said he hoped his election represented “legal academia’s growing recognition…

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AIR FORCE GRADUATES 1ST FEMALE MUSLIM CHAPLAIN

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — First Lt. Saleha Jabeen, the U.S. military’s first female Muslim chaplain, graduated from Air Force Basic Chaplain Course Feb. 5 at Maxwell Air Force Base. The graduation ceremony for BCC Class 21A was a historic event as the Air Force aims to foster a more diverse and inclusive service. Jabeen, a native of India, said she was grateful for the opportunity…

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MUSLIM WOMEN CARE FOR IRELAND’S HOMELESS

From The Irish Times (Ireland) It’s 6pm on a Friday in February and Met Éireann has issued a snow and ice warning for most of the country, urging people to stay inside as temperatures plummet nationwide. Flecks of snow blow across O’Connell street as a biting cold wind roars under the arches of the GPO. Around the corner, on Prince’s Street North, Lorraine O’Connor is coordinating the transfer of…

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NEWSWEEK: “MINNESOTA MOSQUE VANDALIZED WITH ‘DEATH TO ISLAM’”

In the middle of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a mosque in Minnesota was vandalized with anti-Muslim graffiti. Early Sunday morning, police officers in Moorhead, Minnesota, were dispatched to the Islamic Society of Fargo-Moorhead Mosque on a report of vandalism to the building. According to a press release from the Moorhead Police Department, officers found hate messages directed toward the Islamic faith and its…

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