COVID-19 Brings a New Kind of Ramadan for Muslim Community

Muslims in the Fresno area will cast their eyes skyward Friday morning in search of the crescent moon that will signal the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. As happens every year, there will be prayers, fasting, and feasting for the next 30 days. But ...

Must Muslims Fast for Ramadan During COVID-19?

When Islam's holy month of Ramadan begins next week, there will still be prayers, fasting, and feasting, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic the prayers and celebrations will be in the homes of the Muslim fait...

US Growth of Islam Creates Need for Religious Scholars

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — Imam Mohammad Qazwini's deep understanding of Islam and his formal training at a seminary in the holy city of Qom, Iran, draws students to this suburban Detroit classroom just off the large prayer room of a mosque. "In many other s...

Can Gen Z Figure Out How to End Islamophobia?

Muslims and Christians gathered last week at Fresno Pacific University to talk about Islamophobia, its causes, and what Generation Z — the generation of Americans now of college age, who are said to be the nati...

Muslim Youth Have a Place to Call Their Own at My Deen

Eighteen-year-old Salman Khan is outside shooting hoops with a handful of friends, some of them his buddies since elementary school. Like Khan, the other players are Muslim young men; their basketball "court" is in a parking lot behind My Deen (it's Arabic for...

What Ramadan Means to Muslims: 4 Essential Reads

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from dawn to sunset. (GV Wire publisher Darius Assemi offers a personal perspective on the Ramadan tradition of fasting in the vide...