Macron and Le Pen’s positions on halal

In France the issue of halal meat has often been polemicized in presidential campaigns. Le Pen has previously stated that "according to the Île-de-France Agricultural Chamber, 100% of meat killed in the region is halal." She added that "ritual slaughter makes animals suffer, but it also poses...

Laïcité and Islam: the positions of Macron and Le Pen

Oumma.tv has published a compilation video of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen's statements regarding Islam and laïcité. Clips include Macron asking: "how can we ask our fellow citizens to believe in the Republic if certain people use laïcité to tell them there is...

France’s Muslim leaders discourage abstention

While the majority of French Muslims traditionally have voted for leftist parties, at a recent UOIF conference there was talk of abstention. The main candidates--save for Marine Le Pen--met the leaders of the French Council of the Muslim Faith before the election's first round, and...

First round of elections: Muslims voted Mélenchon

While 46% of practicing Catholics voted for François Fillon in the first round of elections, 37% of Muslims voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon. These findings are according to an Ifop poll for the newspaper Pèlerin, published on April...

Grand Mosque of Lyon’s rector calls on Muslims to vote

Kamel Kabtane, rector of the Grand Mosque of Lyon, published a communiqué before the first round of the elections in which he called on the Muslim community to assume its "duty" to vote. "Our responsibility, as...

Grand Mosque of Paris calls on Muslims to vote Macron

"The Grand Mosque of Paris and its National Federation (FGMP) calls on France's Muslims to vote en masse for the candidate Emmanuel Macron who, regarding Republican values and the strict application of laïcité, personifies the route to hope...

Egyptian-American woman freed in Egypt goes home on U.S. military plane

Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian who holds U.S. citizenship, was acquitted by a Cairo court on Sunday along with seven others who had worked with street children. Hijazi was released from jail on Tuesday, having...

Muslim teen in Minnesota wins fight to box wearing a hijab

Amaiya Zafar, a 16-year-old from Oakdale, who is Muslim, recently won a battle that will allow her to wear a hijab and fully cover her arms and legs while boxing. That means she can put...

A Young Latino Arab American Throws His Hat in Congressional Ring

A young, American-born man of Latino and Arab heritage decided to throw his hat in the political ring after working as a community activist and in the Obama administration. Ammar Campa-Najjar, 28, announced his candidacy...

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, first African American woman on New York’s top court, found dead...

Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African American woman to serve on New York’s top court, was found dead in the Hudson River on April 12, police said. She was 65. It is not yet known how...

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