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Increased Attacks on Houses of Worship

 
The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Washington) called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting  Umar Al-Farooq mosque in Mountlake Terrace.

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All You Need is a Good Heart

What does it take to effectively demonstrate for human rights?  Community organizer and writer, Magdaleno ‘Leno’ Rose-Avila reflects on his first protest in high school. (more…)

Emergency Vigil In Solidarity with a Palestinian call for a General Strike

On Tuesday, May 18th, An Emergency Vigil in Solidarity with a Palestinian all for a General Strike was held at Jimi Hendrix Park, next to the Northwest African American Museum.  KBCS reporter, Fadumo Ali contributed this story about the event.

       

     

 

 

What is Sharia?: Sounds from the Anti-Sharia Protest and its Counter-Protest

The anti-Sharia protest and its counter-protest in downtown Seattle on Saturday was a face-off of a smaller group of anti-Sharia protestors and a colorful and loud, larger group of counter-protesters. Between the two groups was a zone of about 50 feet lined with  rows of  police.  It was a noisy affair with counter-protestors blaring horns and the sound of a train whistle.  Listen to our series on what Sharia is, as shared by the people who attend the protest and counter-protest. (more…)

Modest Dress And The Current Political Climate

As anti-Muslim rhetoric continues locally, and around the U.S., we turn to the Owner of modest fashion Boutique Al Firdaus, Chema Oh.  She shares  how Muslim women are increasingly becoming targets for the way they dress in this current political climate.  She speaks with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama. (more…)

Hijabs & other Modest Wear, And Their Impact On the Fashion Industry

Catch a glimpse of the lucrative industry of modest wear, which includes hijabs and abayas. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Boutique Al Firdaws Owner, Chema Oh. Her boutique is in the Muslim Association of Puget Sound mosque in Redmond. (more…)

Malikah Fashion Festival: Muslim, Jewish and Sikh Wear

The fashion of modest Muslim, Jewish and Sikh men and women is the inspiration of the Malikah Festival held this weekend. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama interviewed Chema Oh, organizer for the Malikah Festival and Owner of Boutique Al Firdaws located in Redmond’s Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) building this week. They discuss the power of the hijab.

The Malikah Festival is hosted in partnership with the City of Redmond and Zena Consulting. The event is this Saturday, May 6th at the Redmond Senior Center from 4pm to 8pm. It’s free and open to all.

The Redmond Mosque’s Free Health Clinic

On the third Sunday of each month, a mosque in Redmond opens its doors as a free clinic to all, regardless of faith, race, gender and income. It’s held at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound or MAPS, and it serves anyone, whether or not they have health care – no questions asked.  A small team of volunteer doctors with backgrounds in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, naturopathy and acupuncture attend to patients along with other medically trained help. KBCS’s Jim Cantu brings you this story.

Photo of Nehat Sharif by Yuko Kodama

American Muslim Youth: Serving The Community

Recent news has been buzzing with stories about terrorist attacks, and another presidential ban on six Muslim-majority countries.  In this story, we highlight our local Muslim neighbors. The Muslim Association of Puget Sound is an active participant in our local community. Local American Muslim youth share their experiences from one project that provides food for the area’s homeless population. Reyan Haji reports.

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Putting a meal together.

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Getting them ready to go.

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American Muslim Youth Identity

The news continues to buzz with the impact of the recent Presidential executive order banning nationals from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. KBCS producer and Bellevue high school student, Reyan Haji interviewed several of his friends about their experiences growing up as American Muslim youth. Find out how they’re impacted by messages from our government and media. Listen to the story, American Muslim Youth Identity.

 

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Reyan with a few friends

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