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A slice of African American Muslim tradition

CNN photojournalist Anthony Umrani writes about bean pies, “a creation born out of the strict dietary code of the Nation of Islam,” for CNN’s Belief Blog. Delving into NOI dietary laws, Umrani writes: “In accordance with Islamic law, pork was prohibited, but there was a list of other banned foods that could not be explained … Continue reading

Why I Am a Five Percenter, the Religion Dispatches review

Hussein Rashid reviews Michael Muhammad Knight’s Why I Am a Five Percenter in Religion Dispatches: Living Between Worlds: Muslim, American, Five Percenter

Malcolm X: The Paragon of Self-Transformation

Muqtedar Khan, The Huffington Post The month of February is celebrated as Black History Month in America. It is also during this month that Malcolm X, an African American Muslim minister and civil rights activist, died in 1965. His legacy is important for Muslims and non-Muslims alike — and one that has influenced many American … Continue reading

WLOX: Muslims looking for ways to better African American communities

Danielle Thomas BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – The epidemic of African American men in prison has a South Mississippi community of faith looking for solutions. On Sunday, the Biloxi Islamic Center celebrated both Black History Month and Savior’s Day. Members said Savior’s Day is a time when they reflect on the history, present, and future of … Continue reading