'Meet a Muslim' events hope to dispel misconceptions


'Meet a Muslim' events hope to dispel misconceptions
  1. 'Meet a Muslim' events hope to dispel misconceptions
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    When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California … Click to Continue…
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When Moina Shaiq realized even her own friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: "Questions and answers about being Muslim."

The ad offered ideas for questions: Are women oppressed in Islam? What is the Islamic view of terrorism? How does Islam view other religions?

She set up shop at a coffee house in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Fremont, hoping for good attendance. To her surprise, about 100 people turned out that January day last year, and "Meet a Muslim" was born.

With an uptick in anti-Muslim crimes in the U.S., Shaiq said she started the "Meet a…

  1. City to pay for public-records case fumble

    Sandiegoreader.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:44 sandiegoreader.com
    A state appellate court on August 15 ruled the City of San Diego failed to turn over documents requested in a Public Records Act request and is liable to pay attorney fees. On August 7, 2015, an attorney for Ponani Sukumar submitted a Public Records Act Request for documents pertaining to a code-enforcement investigation conducted at Sukumar's residence. Beginning in 1990, Sukumar's neighbors registered complaints to the city about noise and other disturbances from industrial washers and…
  2. Man who died when his pickup caught fire identified as 72-year-old Palm Springs man

    Desertsun.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:43 desertsun.com
    A man died in a burning pickup on Highway 111 Aug. 13 in Palm Springs. His body was burned beyond…
  3. Opinion: When Water Is Currency — and You Are Broke

    Wehoville.com -  West Hollywood
    08.17 / 14:41 wehoville.com
    September each year is National Preparedness Month, and our city dedicates its activities to preparing for the emergencies we are likely to encounter during an earthquake. In West Hollywood the most imminent threat for which we must prepare is the long-awaited “big one,” the inevitable major earthquake, which will cause considerable damage, devastation and human casualties. Our public agencies have for years been promoting the importance of preparing our homes, schools and businesses to sur…
  4. Two ‘eclipse parties’ will offer free glasses, telescope viewing

    Timespressrecorder.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:36 timespressrecorder.com
    Northern Santa Barbara County residents who want to get a close look at the partial solar eclipse Aug. 21 don’t have many options, just the “eclipse parties” planned near Vandenberg Air Force Base and in Santa Maria…
  5. Solar eclipse won’t be total, but still impressive on Central Coast

    Timespressrecorder.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:36 timespressrecorder.com
    On the morning of Monday, Aug. 21, more eyes than ever before in America will likely be focused on the heavens as one of the most spectacular celestial events takes place across 14…
  6. Professionals warn against viewing eclipse ‘with naked eyes’

    Timespressrecorder.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:36 timespressrecorder.com
    Astronomers, meteorologists, optometrists and doctors all agree that no one should view the solar eclipse without wearing a pair of certified “eclipse g…
  7. Ancients believed a solar eclipse foretold doom

    Timespressrecorder.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:36 timespressrecorder.com
    From Denmark to Mexico and China to the Middle East, people from early civilizations feared solar eclipses, believing them to be portents of doom for their rulers, their people or the entire human…
  8. Empire Fire Up To 1,400 Acres

    Mymotherlode.com - Mother Lode
    08.17 / 14:35 mymotherlode.com
    While most of the attention in Yosemite is on the South Fork Fire as it is burning near Wawona, the Empire Fire burning in a more isolated region is up to 1,400 acres. more…
  9. Creepy mosquito danger in San Fernando Valley: West Nile virus hotspot

    Mynewsla.com - Los Angeles
    08.17 / 14:35 mynewsla.com
    Almost half of the 22 people from Los Angeles County who tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year are from the San Fernando Valley, a hot spot where the disease appears to be spreading this season, according to public health and vector control officials. Officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector…
  10. Wanna be roller-coaster sick? Knott’s unveils gravity-buster ‘HangTime’

    Mynewsla.com - Los Angeles
    08.17 / 14:35 mynewsla.com
    If you love dizzying, gravity-defying roller-coaster terror that could make you sick, Knott’s Berry Farm has got a ride for you. A steel roller coaster billed as the only dive coaster on the West Coast will open at Knott’s Berry Farm for the 2018 summer season, according to theme park officials. HangTime will tower 150…
  11. Near-naked cop chase driver killed in fall from giant harbor crane

    Mynewsla.com - Los Angeles
    08.17 / 14:35 mynewsla.com
    Authorities Thursday were trying to figure out why a near-naked car theft suspect led police on a twisting high-speed chase to the harbor area before he died falling from near the top of a giant waterfront crane. He’d climbed hundreds of steps up the structure and then appeared to dance, sit, wander and take off…
  12. Why is LA Mayor Eric Garcetti campaigning in New Hampshire?

    Dailybreeze.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:33 dailybreeze.com
    LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in New Hampshire Aug. 28 to campaign for Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig, according to reports published today.New Hampshire is the site of the nation's first presidential primary. Garcetti has not ruled out a run for president, but has not declared himself a candidate either while remaining coy about his political…
  13. Trump defends Confederate statues

    Pressdemocrat.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:32 pressdemocrat.com
    WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump says it's "Sad to see the history and culture ……
  14. Bannon calls white supremacists 'clowns' in interview

    Pressdemocrat.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:32 pressdemocrat.com
    Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist, seemed to take issue with President Donald Trump on North Korea, attacked white supremacists as "clowns" and …
  15. Wineaux: Finding the words for wine

    Davisenterprise.com -Davis
    08.17 / 14:20 davisenterprise.com
    I like words. Their sound, their shape, their feel, their history, their suggestiveness. They’re magic. Finding the right word gives me a jolt of joy, using a wrong one a wince of pain. You can imagine my delight when, during a conversation about metaphor, not-yet-8-year-old Arlo groused that people are always misusing the word “literally.” [&#…
  16. Bob Dunning: Eclipse leads to hotel blackout

    Davisenterprise.com -Davis
    08.17 / 14:20 davisenterprise.com
    I’m not sure when I first heard that the Great Eclipse of 2017 would be passing through my home state of Oregon, but whenever that happened to be, it was much too late to find an available hotel, motel or campsite in the path of totality. Oh sure, you could find a room in an […
  17. At the Pond: Birds and dragonflies migrating through Davis

    Davisenterprise.com -Davis
    08.17 / 14:20 davisenterprise.com
    Please give yourselves a treat by viewing seven minutes of beauty filmed at North Davis Ponds. I guarantee you’ll smile. Visit (google) Facebook Friends of North Davis Ponds to view the video Spring Compilation created by Arav Karighattam, age 13, Aranya Karighattam age 10 and their mother Kavita with swallow photos by George Alexander Cook. You …
  18. Chancellor May gets personal on Facebook Live

    Davisenterprise.com -Davis
    08.17 / 14:20 davisenterprise.com
    UC Davis Chancellor Gary May has said he will be very accessible. And true to his word, he took to Facebook Live on Tuesday to answer questions from all comers. Submitted in advance, as well as collected in real time from comments posted during the session, some questions were generic — “What are your hobbies?” […
  19. Food Fairy: Tips for living on your own

    Davisenterprise.com -Davis
    08.17 / 14:20 davisenterprise.com
    A whole lot of people will be setting up housekeeping for the first time in the next few weeks. Since I remember clearly the trials of my first solo experience, I have some advice for them. (Those of you who are not new have my permission to pretend that you knew it all along.) About…
  20. Shasta High School Teacher Brian Grigsby Answers Questions about Monday’s Solar Eclipse

    Anewscafe.com - California (CA)
    08.17 / 14:20 anewscafe.com
    Q: Brian, it’s been a while since we caught up. I wanted to talk about the upcoming solar eclipse, but before we do, can you bring us up to speed about what you’ve…