Islam is just another religion. Like Christians, they pray. Like Jews, they fast. Like humans, they feel.
In honor of the end of Ramadan, I wanted to showcase Islam in a positive light and talk to those who know the religion and its meaning best.
Sitting Down with Dr. Rouzana Hares
On the first day of Eid, I headed to the Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills, MI to take a tour of the festivities with former president Dr. Rouzana Hares. Eid al-Fitr is a 3-day celebration following the holiest month of Islam – Ramadan. In the next few hours I would be hugged, kissed and welcomed by more people than I could even count. The video below highlights the heart of the MUC as well as faces tough questions about what it means to be Muslim and what it means to be human.
Photos from the MUC
More on Ramadan
Ramadan is known for being a month of fast – but did you know these other things about the holiest month?
Source One : CNN
Source Two: Dr. Rouzana Hares
Source Three: India Times
Being a Muslim Woman – Nayema Khandaker
Another interview but this time with 20 year-old Nayema Khandaker. She discusses how her faith has grown, the difference between being Muslim and being Muslim in America, and what she loves about being Muslim.
Trends of Hate Crimes Against Muslims vs. Christians
Below is a graph that shows the number of hate crime incidents against Christians or Muslims. The data specifically shows incidents that were motivated by religious bias. Something to consider is events that occurred during or after these years. After the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, hate crimes against Muslims (or perceived Muslims based on appearance) notoriously increased. The largest increase in hate crime incidents against those of the Islam faith occurred between the years of 2013 and 2015.
Soure: FBI – Hate Crime