First Female to Recite the Quran at the Annual ISNA Convention (Update with reactions)

From the YouTube video description:

Usthadha Tahera Ahmad, Associate University Chaplain and Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University, opened the first main hall session of the 50th Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention on Aug 30th, 2013 with this recitation of the Holy Quran. This is the first time a female has been invited to recite the Quran

More info on the sister:
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Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi Twitter Hacked? (UPDATE: Tweet Removed)

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi Twitter Hacked? (UPDATE: Tweet Removed)

UPDATE: It appears the tweet has been removed alhamdulillah. Perhaps that Twitter account is not the official one of Shaykh Muhammad.

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I don’t know how I can explain such a tweet from Shaykh Muhammad except that someone hacked his account or someone is doing a really good job of impersonating him on Twitter.  I hope this is not his official account and I pray that he never said this.

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Link to the tweet on Twitter here.

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Abdul Mateen Chida: A Pioneer In Islamic Work and Entrepreneurship [Update: He has passed away]

Abdul Mateen Chida: A Pioneer In Islamic Work and Entrepreneurship [Update: He has passed away]

UPDATE:

Our dear elder brother Abdul Mateen Chida has passed away on Friday October 11, 2013. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon (From Allah we came and to Allah we shall return to). May Allah have mercy on him and forgive him.
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Current Vice President of ISNA, Azhar Azeez, posted this on his Facebook and I thought I’d share it on my blog since it’s such an amazing story of the history of Islam in America:
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Mohamed Soltan, American Citizen and Ohio State Grad, arrested in Egypt

Mohamed Soltan, American Citizen and Ohio State Grad, arrested in Egypt

I have recently learned that a friend, Mohamed Soltan, of some of my friends was attacked and arrested in Egypt for protesting against the Egyptian military coup. I have pasted their words with their permission. Mohamed Soltan has been an activist in Egypt calling for Democracy. You can see him on Twitter here and he was on ABC News doing an interview here.

From my friend Raef:

Mohamed Soltan, shot earlier by Egyptian security forces is now arrested by the bastards. They broke into the apartment and took him – as of now, no one knows where he is.

From my friend Ahmad Abuhamda:

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A Must Read – Sharif Aly: My Perspective on Egypt

A Must Read – Sharif Aly: My Perspective on Egypt

I have dear family and friends in Egypt who are surprised by my position on what is happening. Some random people on Twitter even cursed at me and called me horrible names for sharing news articles and voicing opinions that I believe are based on solid, trustworthy sources and eyewitness testimony. Keep in mind there are journalists from all across the world in the middle of the violence, capturing the actions as they happen and sharing them with the world.
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We’ve Seen Ta’leef Collective, now meet “MakeSpace”

We’ve seen the work of Ta’leef Collective in creating an inclusive place for Muslims, well now meet MakeSpace. This is a group of Muslims in the DC Metro area trying to create a center where Muslims can come and grow without the barrier of entries in other places.

The mission of MakeSpace is to serve as an inclusive, responsive and transparently-managed hub for the Washington Metropolitan area Muslim community, with a strong focus on youth and professionals, to grow spiritually, intellectually and professionally and to develop an American Muslim identity rooted in the values of balance and compassion through educational programs, civic engagement initiatives, community service projects and recreational activities with the aim of making the timeless message of Islam relevant to the lives of all community members.

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