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Muslim women run for offices in Maryland

During one of the most memorable election cycles in recent history, one county in Maryland is adding its own twist: Three Muslim women are running for three different offices at the same time. Published March 8, 2016

Titled "It's Ramadan, Curious George", the new publication follows a series of books exploring religious holidays including "Merry Christmas, Curious George" and "Happy Hanukkah, Curious George".

'It's Ramadan, Curious George': New book features Muslim tradition

The latest installment in the Curious George children's book series features the main character meeting a family of Muslims and celebrating the Islamic holy month of fasting known as Ramadan. The young monkey will visit a mosque, participate in the "iftar" meal when Muslims break their fast each day, and learn about the Islamic Eid holiday. Published March 1, 2016

A volunteer for the Who is Hussain campaign, Balssam Fatlawi, 26, helps prepare water for donation to the Red Cross in Flint, Michigan on Sunday. (Courtesy of Mohammed Almawla)

Muslims donate 30,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, during water crisis

A Muslim organization called "Who is Hussain?" donated 30,000 bottles of water to the Red Cross in Flint, Michigan on Sunday to help alleviate the water contamination crisis that has gripped the city for months. The donation drive came on the heels of President Obama's declaration of the situation as a federal state of emergency. Published January 17, 2016

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, shown here speaking at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2013.  (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Emily Zoladz) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT

How to stop ISIS

As the Islamic State continues to conduct attacks against Western targets, while holding off the Iraqi army, and simultaneously withstanding the combined air strikes of the United States, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Syria, and soon China, it is imperative to develop a strategy to defeat the terror group. Published December 7, 2015

Shiite faithful worshippers pray inside the holy shrine of Imam Abbas during Muharram, an important period of mourning for Shiites in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The remembrance of Muharram marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) **FILE**

Shiites go high tech in Karbala, Iraq

Karbala, one of the holiest cities to Shia Muslims, has started a technology race in the Middle East, with the use of high powered cinematography drones over its holy shrines. In footage recently released to the public on youtube by Digital Lion Studios, aerial video of the famous shrine of Imam Husain is seen for the first time in 4K resolution. Published February 15, 2015

This image provided by the Durham County Sheriff's Office shows a booking photo of  Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, who was arrested on three counts of murder early Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. He is being held at the Durham County Jail. Police were responding to a report of gunshots around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when they found three people who were pronounced dead at the scene. The dead were identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill; Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. (AP Photo/Durham County Sheriff's Office)

Muslims react swiftly to Chapel Hill, NC, killings

Reaction from the Muslim community was immediate. Statements were quickly released by Islamic groups such as Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA), calling for investigations as to whether the murders could be classified as hate crimes. Published February 11, 2015

Nihad Awad, national executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Muslim group hits Fox News - and Fox responds

Fox News is being criticized for issuing a challenge for Muslim leaders to condemn "Islamic extremism," and then refusing to let any leaders from the Muslim community come on the network to participate in the challenge. Published November 13, 2014

Egyptian Muslim pilgrims pray last year after they cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called Jamarat; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

HUSAIN: American Muslims predict sectarian violence at Hajj

A growing chorus of American Muslim voices are predicting a major incident of sectarian violence during the Islamic Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year. The prediction is based upon the increased strife in the Middle East. Published September 19, 2014

HUSAIN: American Muslims march on Saudi Embassy to protest extremism

Blaming the Saudi government for exporting extremism around the Muslim world, a cluster of American Muslim groups joined a protest at the Saudi Embassy this week. Organized by the Chicago based Al Baqee Organization, the rally was held in remembrance of a multitude of Islamic heritage sites that were destroyed by the Saudi Royal family upon assuming power nine decades ago. Published August 10, 2014

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, right, meets with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered and influential Shiite cleric, in the southern city of Najaf, Iraq, on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Mr. Ban urged lawmakers during his visit to "find a common ground" so they can address the crisis sparked by the Islamic State group, whose push has threatened to fracture Iraq. (AP Photo/UN Photo, Eskinder Debebe)

HUSAIN: World’s grand ayatollahs rally behind Sistani

For any grand ayatollah to comment on the activities of another is rare, and for six of them to publicly support the specific activities of any one grand ayatollah is history in the making. Published July 31, 2014

Relatives and mourners of  Shiite pilgrims who were killed on Tuesday by a bomb blast, protest sitting next to their bodies, in Quetta, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Shiite Muslims in Baluchistan protested Wednesday in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, demanding action to stop the continued violence against their sect; they brought the coffins of many of the dead into the streets as part of their protest.  (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

HUSAIN: Counting violent Muslim deaths by country in 2014

More than 37,000 Muslims have been killed in protracted violence in 2014 alone, despite the fact that five months remain in the calendar year. The count takes only a few countries into consideration, including Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, and Burma, but the results are chilling nonetheless. Published July 15, 2014